Featured Plus Size Designer-Zelie for She

I love indie plus size designers because they tend to be more creative and they take their craft seriously.  Plus I love supporting small business.  I came across yet another plus size brand that I absolutely adore.  It’s called Zelie for She and it’s by plus size blogger/designer Elann Zelie.  I wonder how it took me this long to discover this collection considering it’s been around since 2012.  However, it’s never too late and boy am I glad we met. Her line boasts a lot of prints (I love prints!) and I love the vintage flair that she incorporates into a lot of her pieces.  Her latest collection Prints on Prints has me drooling at the mouth and I’m destined to buy the Bliss bralette and skirt number pictured left above.  My second favorite is the Geo pant and cape with the white bralette top (pictured right).  I love the idea of the cape with side slit for your arm.  The whole ensemble reminds me of a look from one of those 80’s stylebooks but it’s a look I definitely love.  Her prices aren’t too shabby either considering the price you would pay for a less creative piece from other plus size retailers.  Check out the rest of her collection at www.zelieforshe.com.

Featured Plus Size Designer-Zelie for She

I love indie plus size designers because they tend to be more creative and they take their craft seriously. Plus I love supporting small business. I came across yet another plus size brand that I absolutely adore. It’s called Zelie for She and it’s by plus size blogger/designer Elann Zelie. I wonder how it took me this long to discover this collection considering it’s been around since 2012. However, it’s never too late and boy am I glad we met. Her line boasts a lot of prints (I love prints!) and I love the vintage flair that she incorporates into a lot of her pieces. Her latest collection Prints on Prints has me drooling at the mouth and I’m destined to buy the Bliss bralette and skirt number pictured left above. My second favorite is the Geo pant and cape with the white bralette top (pictured right). I love the idea of the cape with side slit for your arm. The whole ensemble reminds me of a look from one of those 80’s stylebooks but it’s a look I definitely love. Her prices aren’t too shabby either considering the price you would pay for a less creative piece from other plus size retailers. Check out the rest of her collection at www.zelieforshe.com.

Plus-Size Fashion To Watch: Youtheary Khmer


I recently discovered this amazing brand called Youtheary Khmer.  Youtheary Khmer is a startup plus size brand by model turned designer Theary Sims.  Her pieces are very fun and girly and shows just the right amount of skin to make it sexy but modest.  The prices are above average of what one would pay to buy plus size clothes in other stores and boutiques but I do like her choice of fabrics and the attention to detail that is apparent in each piece.  Her customer satisfaction ratings speak for themselves in her online shop. This is one of the brands that I look forward to seeing blossom in the future.  You can check out the rest of her collection on Etsy at the link below:


https://www.etsy.com/shop/youthearykhmer

Plus-Size Fashion To Watch: Youtheary Khmer


I recently discovered this amazing brand called Youtheary Khmer. Youtheary Khmer is a startup plus size brand by model turned designer Theary Sims. Her pieces are very fun and girly and shows just the right amount of skin to make it sexy but modest. The prices are above average of what one would pay to buy plus size clothes in other stores and boutiques but I do like her choice of fabrics and the attention to detail that is apparent in each piece. Her customer satisfaction ratings speak for themselves in her online shop. This is one of the brands that I look forward to seeing blossom in the future. You can check out the rest of her collection on Etsy at the link below:


https://www.etsy.com/shop/youthearykhmer

Lane Bryant introduces 6th and Lane collection.  

Lane Bryant introduces their new runway inspired collection called 6th and Lane.  The pieces are very chic and reminds me of Eloquii’s style.  The prices look the same too.  Skirts are the one thing I am severely lacking in my wardrobe so of course I looked at the skirts in their new collection first.  While very stylish and has nice cuts, I see the same issue with this collection as I had with Eloquii.  Fabric quality.  For me personally a rayon, nylon/spandex mix just isn’t structured enough for plus size.  I like the spandex addition to fabrics because it adds comfort but at that price point I would love to see more quality fabrics used for plus size clothing.  You can check out the new collection at www.lanebryant.com.

Lane Bryant introduces 6th and Lane collection.

Lane Bryant introduces their new runway inspired collection called 6th and Lane. The pieces are very chic and reminds me of Eloquii’s style. The prices look the same too. Skirts are the one thing I am severely lacking in my wardrobe so of course I looked at the skirts in their new collection first. While very stylish and has nice cuts, I see the same issue with this collection as I had with Eloquii. Fabric quality. For me personally a rayon, nylon/spandex mix just isn’t structured enough for plus size. I like the spandex addition to fabrics because it adds comfort but at that price point I would love to see more quality fabrics used for plus size clothing. You can check out the new collection at www.lanebryant.com.

Sunny Day Staples: Plus Size Guide To Summer Fashion Trends

Sunny Day Staples: Plus Size Guide to Summer Fashion Trends Infographic
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If Kristian Kordula were bald?

If you watch The Haves and The Have Nots no doubt you would’ve seen the sheer hotness that is Kristian Kordula. I have a major crush!  So I was looking at a TV ad with Boris Kodjoe and I couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance between both men. I think Boris is a bald version of Kristian. You decide.

If Kristian Kordula were bald?

If you watch The Haves and The Have Nots no doubt you would’ve seen the sheer hotness that is Kristian Kordula. I have a major crush! So I was looking at a TV ad with Boris Kodjoe and I couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance between both men. I think Boris is a bald version of Kristian. You decide.

I’ve been Vera-ed!

Not Vera Wang but Vera Bradley, although I do love Ms. Wang’s gowns a lot. I used to see Vera bags everywhere and thought only certain women wore them. I wasn’t as repulsed as some folks are who say that they couldn’t stand them or hated to see people with them. No I wasn’t an angry Vera hater but they just didn’t catch my eye initially.  That’s actually hard for me to say with a straight face because if you’ve seen Vera’s bags before, you know that you can’t possibly miss the ultra-bright abstractness going on with the patterns. My inclination to Vera bags did not start out as a fatal attraction as you can probably already guess but instead it grew out of me wanting to fill a valid need. I had a Jenny Craig freezer bag years ago that I used as a travel tote last minute when my roller bag failed and it was then that I realized how easy it was to pack and carry a quilted tote. My freezer bag turned travel tote didn’t last long but I knew my choice of travel bag would forever change. It took me a few years to officially make my first Vera purchase. At first, I wasn’t too fond of the price but after doing countless searches for similar bags I realized that even Thirty-One tote bags are priced similarly. 
The defining moment came when I actually walked into Vera Bradley and had an up-close look at their totes. The workmanship and quality surpassed what I expected. I like the quilting, the padded straps on their large carrier totes and the more than ample pockets in each bag. The only thing left to do was find a color that suited my taste. I ended up going with the Flower Shower in the large carrier tote for my travel needs. I liked it so much that I got a smaller tote for work in the Ziggy Zags pattern. At first I got the tablet tote but I didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t remove the base so that it can be washed like the other totes. I opted for the Trimmed Vera instead. Although also not machine washable, the inside has a plastic lining that can be easily cleaned and the pattern is bright enough that it can camouflage dust and dirt. At least, we”ll see how that goes. The other thing I love about her totes are that a lot of them have zippers which allows you to throw it around and do whatever without the contents spilling. I used to have this issue all the time especially when driving and my bag would flip over if I braked or turned a corner. 
My advice for buying Vera bags is to go in-store if you can and look at each to see what they look like in person. Some patterns look better in person than in picture and you can also check out the other features such as pockets and zippers to see if it suits your needs. For example, the carrier tote has two plastic pockets at either end on the inside which is ideal for storing toiletries that could create a mess. Also, sign up for emails from Vera online. They often have great online sales not found in-store. Sixty percent off and free-shipping anyone? Another tip is to read the details to make sure the bag is machine washable. It is a cloth bag so it will get dirty and being able to wash it is a plus. Majority of the bags are washable but there are a few totes where the base cannot be removed and you can only spot clean. No one wants to spot clean a print with a lot of white in it. If you’re buying online make sure you look at the dimensions carefully and try to get an idea of the actual size of the bag. They may all look similar in the picture but some can be way larger or smaller than you expect. Finally, keep an open mind. Don’t knock it till you try it. The bags are very functional for someone who totes around a lot of stuff and they are very easy to carry so don’t let the patterns keep you away from functionality. Not all the patterns are as gaudy as you think. If you find a bag that you like for the functionality just keep your eye out for new patterns that may be less overbearing. They come out with new patterns all the time.

I’ve been Vera-ed!

Not Vera Wang but Vera Bradley, although I do love Ms. Wang’s gowns a lot. I used to see Vera bags everywhere and thought only certain women wore them. I wasn’t as repulsed as some folks are who say that they couldn’t stand them or hated to see people with them. No I wasn’t an angry Vera hater but they just didn’t catch my eye initially. That’s actually hard for me to say with a straight face because if you’ve seen Vera’s bags before, you know that you can’t possibly miss the ultra-bright abstractness going on with the patterns. My inclination to Vera bags did not start out as a fatal attraction as you can probably already guess but instead it grew out of me wanting to fill a valid need. I had a Jenny Craig freezer bag years ago that I used as a travel tote last minute when my roller bag failed and it was then that I realized how easy it was to pack and carry a quilted tote. My freezer bag turned travel tote didn’t last long but I knew my choice of travel bag would forever change. It took me a few years to officially make my first Vera purchase. At first, I wasn’t too fond of the price but after doing countless searches for similar bags I realized that even Thirty-One tote bags are priced similarly. 
The defining moment came when I actually walked into Vera Bradley and had an up-close look at their totes. The workmanship and quality surpassed what I expected. I like the quilting, the padded straps on their large carrier totes and the more than ample pockets in each bag. The only thing left to do was find a color that suited my taste. I ended up going with the Flower Shower in the large carrier tote for my travel needs. I liked it so much that I got a smaller tote for work in the Ziggy Zags pattern. At first I got the tablet tote but I didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t remove the base so that it can be washed like the other totes. I opted for the Trimmed Vera instead. Although also not machine washable, the inside has a plastic lining that can be easily cleaned and the pattern is bright enough that it can camouflage dust and dirt. At least, we”ll see how that goes. The other thing I love about her totes are that a lot of them have zippers which allows you to throw it around and do whatever without the contents spilling. I used to have this issue all the time especially when driving and my bag would flip over if I braked or turned a corner. 
My advice for buying Vera bags is to go in-store if you can and look at each to see what they look like in person. Some patterns look better in person than in picture and you can also check out the other features such as pockets and zippers to see if it suits your needs. For example, the carrier tote has two plastic pockets at either end on the inside which is ideal for storing toiletries that could create a mess. Also, sign up for emails from Vera online. They often have great online sales not found in-store. Sixty percent off and free-shipping anyone? Another tip is to read the details to make sure the bag is machine washable. It is a cloth bag so it will get dirty and being able to wash it is a plus. Majority of the bags are washable but there are a few totes where the base cannot be removed and you can only spot clean. No one wants to spot clean a print with a lot of white in it. If you’re buying online make sure you look at the dimensions carefully and try to get an idea of the actual size of the bag. They may all look similar in the picture but some can be way larger or smaller than you expect. Finally, keep an open mind. Don’t knock it till you try it. The bags are very functional for someone who totes around a lot of stuff and they are very easy to carry so don’t let the patterns keep you away from functionality. Not all the patterns are as gaudy as you think. If you find a bag that you like for the functionality just keep your eye out for new patterns that may be less overbearing. They come out with new patterns all the time.

Calling a Spade a Spade. The Undermining of Type 4 Hair

I recently watched this video with Curly Nikki on the Steve Harvey show and although I know I am late, I still have to comment. The video is about a woman on Steve’s show who decided to wear her hair natural but her husband hates it as he is used to seeing her with long, straight weaves.

http://youtu.be/n06Sl_L5IEU


This drives home a point I made a few years ago to one of my weave enthusiast friends. I told her that while I have no issues with weaves per se and would probably try one in the future, I was very skeptical to meet guys and go out on a first date with one on. I think it complicates things when you do decide to go natural and they aren’t familiar with you without straight hair. I agree that people should fall in love for way more than looks but since natural hair has had so many negatives associated with it for so long, it is a still a process trying to get some folk to see the beauty in it.

Natural hair acceptance has come a long way these last few years but still has a long way to go. I remember being called all sorts of things when I big chopped years ago. Even by family members who ironically now some of them have become naturals. With men, it is a whole other ball game because while some have no issue with it there are still a few men, like the one in the video, who go through shock when women go natural. I really believe this is a situation where although the husband loves his wife, I feel he also fell in love with her having a certain look and now he can’t get past that. That’s something they will have to work out together or with a good counselor but I am not here to comment on people’s marriage.

I did like the styles that Nikki brought out but I was disappointed that they didn’t bring out more practical styles that someone with her clearly 4b/4c texture could use. This is what bothers me the most about the whole video. The husband already has a hard time accepting her Type 4 texture but then they bring out styles that cater to a different texture that may look different on her hair, thus giving the couple unrealistic expectations. Type 4 hair is beautiful and it is the most versatile of all hair types. I know she can pull off a lot of hairdos but we need to stop using Type 3 textures to advise Type 4 naturals.

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"If the grass looks greener somewhere else, it’s time to water your own lawn."

— Craig Groeschel-Weird (via themellowcanary)

"You have to start saying no to good things so you’ll be able to say yes to the best things."

— Craig Groeschel, Weird