Tuesday, April 30, 2013

San Diego (His and hers OOTD)

On Friday, Ryan and I woke up at 6 am to be in San Deigo by 10 for his friends Naval Commissioning. Needless to say, I was not the least bit prepared to put on my best face so early. I decided that my peplum LBD by PennyChic (available only at www.walmart.com) would be chic and simple enough to throw on at 7am. For some color, I threw on my bright2l pink suede mary janes from Call It Spring and added my statement necklace appropriately named, "Mini Ga."  I'll admit, short dresses are not my thing. I thought this was long enough when I tried it on at home, but turns out that it rides up quite a bit while walking. Which had me tugging and pulling. Then again, I'm 5'10" and I tend to go with longer dresses for that reason.

Ryan looked mighty dapper himself. I just had to share his look with you. Lately I find that he is outshining me when it comes to taking fashion risks. And it all started with his moustache. He is building his entire wardobe around his facial hair. It's kind of cool, but he makes my outfits look boring in comparison lol Ahh well. I like a snazzy dresser!

Monday, April 29, 2013

My journey to better health

Hey y'all! It's been a minute. I KNOW! There are so many moments when life gets way busy. I have finally started to kick start my wedding planning because my mother will not have it any other way. I will share with you all in separate posts as to what's going on. But, I have also been training for my first 5K. If you follow me on facebook or Instagram, then I'm sure you've already noticed my attempt to get back into a healthy, active lifestyle. Remember around the new year when I said one of my goals was to become much more active? Well, I have been and I plan on continuing it.

I've been really hesitant to talk about it on here. I know so many fat bloggers get shit for working out and eating healthy. Which, if you ask me, is body shaming at it's finest, but that's another topic...for another day. Some friends and readers of my blog have inquired about my new routines. They want to know and see what I'm doing. My thing is, I didn't want to focus on the numbers at first. Meaning, I don't want to focus all of my energy on changing the number on the scale. That will come naturally with any change in eating habits and daily exercise. I've been working out 4-5 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour. I started with simply trying to make exercise a habit. It takes 21 days to create a new habit. I'm happy to say that I am now on week 5 day 1 of my new exercise routine. I also wanted to focus on how I feel, energy, stamina, overall sexiness. Rawr!

My goal...
To run or at least jog my very first 5K run. Thanks to my friend Lynnelle at work, I am hoping to participate in my first run  ever, the Firefly Run! I also want to do the Run For Your Life Run in September. So damn excited! Not sure exactly why I want to run, but I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that people don't think fat girls can run.
In order for my heels (oh God my heels, they hurt to the point where I can't stand without assistance some days) and legs to stop aching as much as they do, I must lose at least 45 lbs. I work on my feet, and it kills me to haul around over 330 lbs during an 8 hour shift. About 10 years ago, I was at this weight, which is my highest. I went to the doctor about a few concerns and of course the first thing he told me to do was to lose weight. I rolled my eyes and instantly became offensive. When I finally decided to start exercising, and the weight started coming off, I could feel the difference in how I felt at the end of my work day. He was right, I had to lose weight in order for my heels to stop killing me and for my sciatic nerve pain to go away. Not to mention, it's pretty scary stuff when your father has open heart surgery at the age of 59! The diabetes, the heart disease, the cancer...it all has me looking at my health a bit differently.

Some things I have tried...
So because I want to run jog in a 5K, I have to get my ass off the couch right? I downloaded the Zombie 5K Training app which satisfies my need for all things zombie related since The Walking Dead is now off the air until the fall. This app is pretty sweet. Technically, I should be doing it outside, but I've found ways to do the exercises and drills on the treadmill. So needless to say, I've been doing tons of walk/run drills. Since I'm a member at the gym, I do most of the cardio equipment and I hit the free weights about 3 times a week.

Taking on the Culver City stairs proved to be a bit overwhelming for me. So Ryan and I walked the path, and I'm happy to say that I made it to the top! I plan on doing this outdoor work out much more often.

I do take a thermogenic from GNC. While I cannot recommend this for everyone, I will say that it gives me the energy to complete my workouts without that jittery feeling. I actually started taking this one in particular last year while doing Insanity because getting up at 6am to workout, well, I need that boost. I get that and it doesn't leave me feeling like I'm dragging throughout the rest of my day.

Some things I plan on trying...
A couple of months ago, I was selected to try some weight loss products from Creative Bio Science. I didn't respond right away because I wanted to make sure that I could make this healthy lifestyle change  first. The thing about these products is that they will not make you make you skinny overnight. Hell, I don't even want to be skinny, that is NEVER the goal for me. I just wanted to make sure that I had a better eating regimen and a regular active lifestyle before I added anything for "weight loss." I think with products we tend to get our hopes up. I certainly did not put these 80 lbs back on overnight, so I don't expect them to go anywhere overnight. So when I was contacted again to see if I was still interested, I felt that I was ready. I am at a point in my routine where I'm willing to try a supplement to see what it does for my current goals.

I have decided that I am going to try Garcinia Cambogia 1234.

Scientists and medical professionals believe HCA extracted from Garcinia aids weight loss in two ways: it helps block fat formation, and it suppresses your urge to eat. Dieters still need to eat smart and stay active, but HCA enhances diet results. It appears to fight fat by inhibiting citric lyase, an important enzyme that our bodies require to convert carbohydrates to fat. HCA also acts to slow production of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the same way. 
HCA also increases serotonin (a.k.a. "happy hormone") levels in the brain, which not only improves mood by reducing anxiety and depression, but reduces your likelihood of eating as a response to stress. Many of us resort to comfort food when we encounter stressful situations.
I am choosing this one because I tend to be an emotional eater, and I eat when I am bored. It's a terrible habit. While I've learned to grab something much healthier, I'm hoping that this will aid me. Not to mention I'm planning a wedding and just recently took on a new position at work, so my stress levels tend to be a little high these days.

If you are a blogger and you think you'd be interested in testing out one of these products to do a review on your blog, visit http://www.creativebioscience.com/90-day-weight-loss-challenge.html. While I totally did not initially weigh myself when I first started working out 5 weeks ago, I have weighed myself over the last two weeks, not including this week and I have lost 5 lbs. It could be more, but totally wasn't thinking about weighing in when I first started.

So there you have it. This is what I've been up to for the last month. I've become a gym rat and working on my endurance so that I can jog my first 5K. I really hope you guys will be open to me adding a few health related things on here. If I offend you, then I cannot apologize. My intent is to not force you into a lifestyle change, it's to share with those who have asked me about my workouts and routines. I will not shun you, shake my finger, roll my eyes or any other rudeness if you choose to continue your lifestyle as you see fit. So if this isn't your thing, that's ok! I just ask that you completely respect not only myself, but those who seek a change.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Domino Dollhouse Nuclear Seasons

I absolutely LOVE when I check my email and I get any sort of updates from Tracy of Domino Dollhouse. I've been stalking following them on FB and Instagram and I already had a pretty good idea that this Spring collection was going to be trippy. Eeeee! Super happy to share with you all the Nuclear Seasons Spring Collection from Domino Dollhouse.
We had full on 90's nostalgia for Spring '13 and thus created the Nuclear Seasons collection. We continued focusing on spectacular fit and threw in a heaping dose of print mixing to create this bold and bright Spring collection. We focused on streetwear; totally wearable pieces for everyday life that are ANYTHING but pedestrian. We've used stretch velvets, luscious stretch mesh, and lycra fabric to enhance ease of wear and make the fits more flexible. This entire collection was Made in the USA and the quality is superb. The Nuclear Seasons Collection pieces are available in sizes 1X­4X and range from $34.99 to $99.99.
Pretty sure I'll have to make this mine!

Photo Credits:
All of the clothing garments in this look book were designed and created exclusively by Domino Dollhouse*
Models: Lia Freeman and Alex De Vel
Photography: Shannon Brooke Imagery
Make Up: Natasha Marcelina
Hair: Frankie Sin
*All of the accessories are available for sale, but not designed specifically for our shop. Shoes and tights not for sale

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

VIDEO: I Am Torrid: Spring / Summer Blogger Event

Of course there was a video! Check it out! You can check out each girls individual looks right here.

I am Torrid Spring Preview Blogger Event

There are so many perks to being a blogger and I'd be lying if I didn't say that I loved them! It's amazing what being honest about the things you love and maybe don't love so much will do in this day and age. A few weeks ago, I, alongside some of L.A.'s hottest plus size movers and shakers, got to attend Torrid's Spring Preview blogger event. Torrid not only opened their doors to us, but their minds as well. It was pretty neat learning about the whole Torrid brand and who their consumer is. We got to see quite a bit of behind the scenes inspiration that showed us how Torrid brings you their interpretations of fashions hottest trends walking down the runway.

I'll admit, the feedback that we were giving them, well, it was harsh and definitely an eye opener I'm sure. As a fattie who enjoys clothing and fashion, I'm reminded that not everyone is as open to fashion as I am, and certainly not as bold as some of the bloggers who attended. I have to applaud the Torrid team. It definitely isn't easy trying to satisfy every woman. But they are trying!

While there, we got to meet the designers and the buyers for the Torrid team. They asked for feedback in each category such as woven tops, denim, shoes and intimates. They listened to each and every person in the room, took notes and then went in for more. After our session, we feasted on Panera Bread (my favorite) and split into groups where one group got to preview the Spring line up close and personal while we got up close and personal with the team.

While there, we found out that 40% of Torrid's core customer is 24-34. Hey! That's me and probably you too! Torrid admits that it has taken some time to figure out who their girl is. They realized that at one point, all they really offered was an assortment of club clothes and finally they stopped and asked themselves, what does our girl do outside of the club? Who is she? What does she do for a living? Thus starting the creative journey to become the "it" retailer for plus size women. Going forward, you will see a lot more edgy pieces, sexy "feel good" clothing and hopefully styles translated from the runway with less compromise.

As someone who has worked retail for about 15 years, this preview and meeting definitely opened my eyes to the other side of the business. I truly enjoyed engaging with the team and giving them my personal feedback. Some of my requests? More padding in the shoes, no more banded bottoms on the tops, consistent sizing for the denim and more sexy lingerie.

So, yeah, about that photoshoot... We got to play around and try on a lot of the new styles. My personal favorite? The boyfriend jean! Super comfy, perfect fit and easy to transform from a day around town to date night. These are a definite must! I also tried the Stiletto ankle pant, which in the regular length flared out at my ankle. If you have that similar problem, try the shorter inseam and they'll fit just fine. I haven't made them mine yet, but the Vintage Floral Skinnies will be mine as well.

Here's what you really want to see! The pictures! Check out how each girl styled some of their favorite pieces. Ooooh, there's also a video, you can check that out here.
Myself, Marcy of The Marcy Minute, Elann of Elann Zelie, Allison of Curvy Girl Chic

Melissa of Chic and Curvy Boutique, Chenese www.cheneselewis.com, Joy  
Kristin of glitternglue.com, Marcy, Chenese

Marcy, Elann, Jasmine of Glitter on the Ceiling, Reese of Reese Rants and Raves

Allison, Melissa, Lanae of Polished Plus, Jasmine

Tess of Tess Munster, Monique of Curves and Chaos, Ivory of Ivory Jinelle, Tulin of Plus Model Magazine
Disclosure: I wasn't paid for my time at this Torrid event, but I was given a gift bag at the end which in no way affects my opinion.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The coolest nail wraps EVER!

I'm not going to say much, but I will say this...I randomly came across this page through facebook yesterday and I plan on spending A LOT of money on with ncLA like very soon. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I can be a bit obsessive about nail polish and nail art. These nail wraps right here are giving me life with all the designs those nail art pros do on IG, but in less time and frustration! They also sale regular nail polish as well.

These will all be mine within the next few weeks! I'm very determined! The best part? They are local! Ok, enough talking, take a look for yourself. See anything you like?

Wanna shop? Shop ncLA!

Throwback Thursday; Boutique Larrieux behind the scenes

Once upon a time...I was a model.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

LuxeVain Floral Dress review

I was contacted by a new online boutique called LuxeVain to do a review on one of their items. After taking a look at their site, I can't lie, I had a hard time choosing. The have plenty of body loving dresses and bottoms, but I feared that a lot of things were way too young for me. Don't get me wrong, 10 years ago I would have bought everything on this site, but now, the 30 something me likes to cover up a bit more. I was a bit hesitant at first, no lie, but as I scrolled through everything, I knew that somehow I could make this work! Even at 31, I knew I could rock the same thing the 20 somethings are wearing but just make it more...well, me!

Originally, I picked out a cute black and white tribal body con dress but it was sold out. My second choice was what you see above. This on trend floral print dress with the mesh inserts. By the way, the dress I choose is currently sold out. 

Why yes, I am fat and willing to sport some mid drift.

My package arrived promptly and inside were a few business cards, which is awesome for when people ask "where'd you get that?" and a cute note card. I'll admit. That type of personalization made me feel quite special.

My first impression?
This dress is tooooooooooo cute! The material is soft and feels great against the skin. It's on the thicker side and it doesn't feel cheap.

What I love?
This dress is cute, flirty and sexy all at the same time. I didn't feel super exposed with my belly showing. That little strip of mesh actually put a lil' umph! in my step. I wore this dress initially when I went wedding dress shopping (still working on that post by the way) and I got several compliments and several stares. But I didn't care about those, all that mattered was that this dress made me feel good.

What could be better?
The length! It's super short. I mean like if I wore this without my leggings, you'd see my lady lumps without me even taking a step! Yes! I am 5'10" and I can appreciate some leg, but I'm pretty sure nobody wanted to see my Hanes Her Way...so leggings only with this one. 

I am very pleased with this item. Luxe Vain definitely gets two thumbs up from me. The owners have been great at communicating throughout this process. The floral print is totally my style and I have so many other ways in my head that I'd like to style this. The shipping is prompt and the personal touch I absolutely loved. That will win me over each time. They have some new arrivals on their site, like this dress, this leotard and this top that are really calling me. I think I might answer. It's time to be a little more bold and sexy. 

 This dress was sent to me for review purposes from Luxe Vain. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are that of my own.

Keep up with LuxeVain and follow them on twitter.

Posh L.A. Fashion Week; The premier fashion experience!

As a "fashion" blogger, when events arise, I often freak out about what to wear. It happens every time. I woke up Sunday morning and knew that I had nothing to wear to Posh LA Fashion Week. Nothing in my closet fits well and the things that do, I've worn them time and time again and I'm not quite sure how to make those items "new" again. I keep telling myself that I'm going to push my wardrobe and do something outside of my fashion box, but I always go back to what is comfortable and what works. I ended up going SUPER casual, which I'm sure disappointed some folks. Trust me, a couple of people at work made sure to let me know that I should have been BAM! *sigh* And I should have been!
/ Blazer, JCPenney / Boyfriend Tee, Target / Destructed Jeggings, Macy's / Wedges, Payless / Ring & Bracelet, Sears / Owl Necklace, Forever 21 /

Unfortunately, I lost track of time and missed the panel discussion, but was filled in shortly after by a friend of mine. Shortly after the meat, no pun intended, of Posh LA Fashion Week begun...the runway show! The front row was filled with fashionistas, bloggers and even celebrities like Lisa Raye, Macy Gray, Marlon Waynes and Fatman Scoop, there to support his beautiful and talented wife Shanda. The crowd awaited with anticipation as the DJ set the mood with some old school Janet Jackson and opened with Sommer Green's very own 12-OH-1 line. The most gorgeous models in the industry stomped their way down the runway with designs from Chic and Curvy Boutique, Cult of Cali, Shanda Style, Becca Etc, Sorella Swim, Ashley Stewart and Ann Nahari. Ryan sat behind me and tapped me every time something went down the runway that he liked. Let's just say, I got a ton of taps!

I was able to snap a few pics with my awesome camera phone. Yes, that was sarcasm. I'll share what I have but if you'd like to see more, my girl Monique of Curves and Chaos has some pretty awesome sneak peek pics! I promise that if I wasn't broke from planning my wedding, I'd be broke from buying everything that I saw walking down the runway. Some of my favorite pieces were from Shanda Style, she has a lot of white pieces and all I could think was, "OH! That could be worn to my  bridal shower!" Shanda told me after the show that there's always white parties during the summer and she wanted to give plus size girls more options. Way to go girl! You definitely succeeded with those pieces! Ugh and her sequin caftan was to diiiiiiiiiie for! I also loved some of the pieces from the Chic and Curvy Boutique, which is located right here in Inglewood for all you L.A. natives. There was this rainbow sheer maxi dress that was all kinds of gorgeousness just gliding down the runway. I'm pretty sure that Marie  from The Curvy Fashionista and I will be fighting over that piece! Cult of Cali definitely came through with out of this world galaxy prints and the cutest active wear ever!

The best thing about Posh L.A. Fashion Week? Janae Jones and Sommer Green, the creators, promise that it's not just a one time event! You can expect to see me front and center at the fall show as well!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

American Rag; Fitting Room Run

I'll admit it, I'm not a Macy's customer. Once upon a time, I was a cosmetics whore lover, so I frequented the MAC Counter and all the different fragrance counters. Every once in a blue moon I stop in for I.N.C. pants for work because I do love the fit. My best friend, Jasmine, who was visiting from Michigan, is actually a Macy's card holder and has been known to start fires with it. *cue Alicia Keys, THIS CARD IS ON FIYAAAAAAAAAAAH* While I was at work Jasmine and Ryan picked out an outfit. Unfortunately, the top wasn't my style or taste and the pants were extremely low rise, Hydraulic brand, which meant that Jasmine and I had to return back to Macy's and I had to do an exchange.

We spent a good hour and a half cruising through the racks. Although I had always loved American Rag, I have never actually tried it on, again, I am not a Macy's shopper. They actually had a ton of stuff that I was loving but clearly size 3x is very popular because there were little to none left on the racks.

I gathered up what I could and hit the fitting room twice in hopes of finding something that fit and that I loved on me.
Excuse the funky faces! I didn't plan on taking pics, or even trying on so much. It was a very "natural" makeup day with only mascara, blush and lip balm.

As you can see I'm a bit obssessed with two things, vest and florals. I am in love with the pink denim vest. I would actually recommend sizing down because they do run large. The first flower print dress was a high low with floral and lace. I loved the neutral color, but I wasn't loving the fit, it was a size 2x and a 3x was not available. That dress could have been a winner if it fit properly around the hips and tummy. Sorry, I could not find the link on the site.

The second "outfit" is the tennis ball yellow button down top from Style & Co. It actually fit in the arms, but I wish it fit at the bottom. I was in love with it, but I'd like it to fit properly. The jeggings are American Rag. Love these! I actually exchanged the pair of Hydraulic pants for these! So comfy and the fit is right on!

Here we go again with the florals for the last two. Dress 3 is available here. The fit wasn't too bad considering it was a 2x, but the lining was a bit snug and actually very short, but then again I'm 5'10". So it could work if you're a bit shorter. Other than that, I loved the lace detailing along the top of the chest and the back. And since I just kept going back to the pink denim vest, I totally took it home with me.

The last dress, ahhh it fit so perfectly and so amazing! You can purchase it here. The fit was on point! It has an empire waist and beaded details. The only reason I didn't walk out of Macy's with it was because I was already over my exchange budget and I didn't want to spend too much extra money. If it goes on sale, or I spy a coupon, it will be mine!

I walked out with three pieces, one of the tops are not pictured and I only spent an extra $27.71. Thanks to a 20% off coupon that Jasmine keeps in her purse. Everything I purchased was on sale which was great, but I probably would have been encouraged to spend a little more had I known that. None of the items in the American Rag section were signed on sale. I'm sure I've probably missed out on a some great deals before, but just kept walking past because all I saw was the regular price tag.

Have you ever tried American Rag? How did you like the fit? Any favorite pieces? Let me know below!

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