August 28, 2016
I preach confidence, acceptance, and self love to my readers when they confide in me with their body image struggles. But I realize that someone telling you to love yourself, doesn’t make it any easier.
Ever since I had a picture of myself in a bikini go viral on Facebook—which resulted in so many women and men reaching out to me to share their own body concerns—I have been thinking about how I respond to my readers, and how I help them through these difficult times. I portray a very confident persona on social media and on this blog, and although that is very true to who I am, I should be more transparent.
The truth is, I have the same hardships as most of my readers, and I believe that almost all women do, too. No matter how strong, confident, and “perfect” someone may seem, they have insecurities, too. We’re all human. And with that being said, none of us are prone to having doubts or feeling like we could be better or look better.
August 24, 2016
After scrolling through my blog a couple of weeks ago and realizing that most of my outfits were all black everything, I have sort of made a conscious effort to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe. Starting with a symmetrical, neon floral top—a few posts ago—and now with this Hey-Sailor! Adele Striped Floral Print Shift Dress from Pineapple clothing. Not only does this brand boast bright colors and florals—which was perfect for my self imposed color challenge—but they also carry a wide array of sizes and styles. Up until three posts ago, I had never worn a shift dress before, but I actually love that the dress hugs my curves and then slightly flares out toward the bottom.
Hopefully I stick to this challenge because I am actually enjoying pushing myself out of my boundaries and into a more colorful wardrobe. Have you tried something that was out of your comfort zone lately?
August 14, 2016
The countdown to fall is officially on, but I am trying to embrace some of my favorite summer trends before the season ends. I have a love hate relationships with shorts—if you have thighs like mine, you would totally get it—but these lace trim shorts from Love, Lianca's summer line complete my chic day and night outfits.
For this look, I paired the shorts with a leather trim tank top, a statement necklace, and some nude lace up mini wedges for a day out. Be sure to check back for more looks incorporating these lace shorts from Love, Lianca!
August 7, 2016
As much as I am anticipating fall weather and fashion, I had to indulge in one of my favorite summer trends during these final months of sunshine. The off the shoulder look has been on my mind for quite some time, and I hadn't been able to find something that satisfied my trend craving—until now.
This "fan the flames" tunic dress from Perfectly Priscilla was just what I needed, and it came in plus sizes! The number one reason why I didn't partake in the off the shoulder trend sooner was because I could not find a plus size off the shoulder dress. Every dress I found was either too baggy or too brightly colored, and you know how I feel about color—I'm always the girl asking "Do you have this in black?"
August 2, 2016
Every woman on the go with fun dinner plans after work needs a shift dress in her closet. I usually wear dresses that hug my curves, and I'm not going to lie, the thought of a lose fitting dress made me nervous. However, I knew I couldn't shy away from this shift dress from Love, Lianca's summer line the second I saw it. The versatility of the garment is perfect for my wardrobe and lifestyle. I love that I can wear it out to a lunch with my friends or to work. And the pop of blush pink at the bottom is just the hint of color I needed to bring my mostly black-colored wardrobe to life.
Keep an eye out for more posts featuring my personal twist on Love, Lianca's summer line. I can't wait to share all of my favorite pieces with you!
July 24, 2016
If you live in Chicago, like me, you will have experienced the heat wave / tropical storm that was this past weekend. I decided to bring the heat to the blog when I thought, "What better way to top off the hot weekend with the hottest dress I have in my closet right now."
I expressed my love for the lace up trend two posts ago, and I am still dying to get my hands on anything with these sexy, laced up, plunging necklines.
July 18, 2016
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I posted this picture to Instagram yesterday while I attended a Pokémon Go meet up with my Poké-obsessed boyfriend. While I thought everyone would be laughing at my sarcastic caption and overly enthused face (another attempt at sarcasm), the attention went straight to my cat eye aviator sunglasses. But I don't blame you...
The frames are stunning and bold, which is why I just ordered three more pair in different colors. And now you can have a pair of your own, too! Shop these must have sunnies below for under $15!
July 13, 2016
Do me a favor: take a little scroll down the homepage of my blog. I bet you will notice an ongoing theme or trend. Have you found it yet?
I don't ever wear color (except for this one time).
My wardrobe consists of black on black pieces, and there are a couple of reasons why. As a full-figured woman, black is more flattering for my body. As a working woman, black is always something I can repeatedly wear and incorporate into different looks for a versatile work wardrobe. A little color here and there never hurt anyone, but the fact that most of my posts don't contain an ounce of color, the bright hues seem like "the plague," in my eyes.
So, I thought I would pick out my brightest, most "wtf is going on" blouse out of my closet and style it on the blog. While I am not too fond of bright colors in my wardrobe, I scored this shirt about four years ago, and I have worn it once or twice. But for some reason, every time I go through my closet and recycle my clothes, this one never gets tossed.
I am also wearing a lip shade (below) that I adore from my FabFitFun summer box. You can use the code "NATCITY" for $10 off your first box at FabFitFun.com!
July 5, 2016
Two of the most notable trends of Summer '16 are exposed shoulders and the sexy crisscross lace up tops and dresses. I happened to score both trends in one garment from Forever 21. So I paired my favorite blouse with some ripped denim and took this outfit on the road to Chicago's Food Truck Fest. I really don't think there is a better way to go about a summer day in the city. My choker and necklace duo is also one of my favorite summer covets from my road trip to Ann Arbor last month. Although the same choker isn't on the Pitaya website (the boutique I bought it from), I will include some similar pieces below for you to shop! Let me know what your favorite summer trends are in the comment section!
June 25, 2016
A man's best friend is a dog, and well, a girl's best friend is a black dress she can wear everywhere and with anything. I love the loose fitting fabric of this dress, but the drawstring under the bust still highlights my figure and gives the dress some shape.
I love to wear this piece to work, and then dress it up with a statement necklace and some wedges for a night out. These Dolce Vita wedges are also my go-to summer shoes. I have never really been able to find wedges quite as comfortable or cute since I scored them a couple of years back.