5 Hot Fall Colors And How To Add Them To Your Plus Sized Wardrobe

Well it’s here! The Fall season is upon us. You get to sport the boots, sweaters, and jackets we all love! Although I’ll definitely be pulling out some of last season’s wears,I always added a few pieces from the new trends to freshen up my wardrobe. This year I’m going with some of Pantone’s hottest colors to keep me up to date.

Every year Pantone Institute delivers its report with the names and code numbers of the hottest colors for each season. This Fall the colors were lead by the Blue Color Family. Here’s their official statement:

The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.

Other than blue jeans, I’m really not a fan of blue…however there are quite a few colors on the wheel I am loving! Now you know I’m not trying to break the bank, so most of these pieces are well under $100.  Here are my five favorite colors of the Pantone Fall 2016 Colors :

Warm Taupe

Fall 2016 Pantone Colrs

How to add it to your Plus Sized Wardrobe:

  • Boots- Wide calf “Circle Over The Knee Boots” are from Ashley Stewart $ 47.70 and the size range is 8-12
  • Hat – ” Tassel Brand” floppy hat Ashley Stewart for $ 29.50
  • Jeans- Fashion To Figure ” Chipmunk Skinnies” $42.90 size 12-24 they are BOGO %50 Or 2 pair for $ 64.35 !
  • Polish- OPI “Over The Taupe” for $9.00
  • Lip – Revlon Ultra HD Matte in Forever for $7.99

B T dubs; I have this brand of lippies in another color and I love it. Kinda like a cross between lipgloss and lipstick. It lasts long, feels smooth, and isn’t tight like some matte lippies.

Potter’s Clay

Fall 2016 Pantone Colrs

How to add it to your Plus Sized Wardrobe:

  • Coat – Shark Bite Belted Trench is from Ashley Stewart for $ 79.50 sizes 12-26
  • Jeans – Ultra Soft Jeggins are from Ashley Stewart priced at $ 39.50 sizes 12-26
  • Dress- Asos Curve 70’s Blossom wrap dress for $31.00 goes up to size 24.
  • Lip – Revlon Colorstay lip stain in ” London Posh” for $ 8.99
  • Polish- Essie called Potter’s Clay for $9

Spicy Mustard

Fall 2016 Pantone Colrs

How to add it to your Plus Sized Wardrobe:

  • Coat- Studio Neck Tie Fit and flare coat from Elouquii $ 199.99 40% off with code  AUTUMN sizes 12-28
  • Skirt – Side Elastic Ponti Skirt is from Ashley Stewart priced at $ 34. 50 sizes 12-26.
  • Shoes- Wide width Mid heel wedge are from Ashley Stewart for $29.70 sized from 8-12.
  • Lip- Poiz the color is “Daisy” priced at $15.99. I haven’t tried this brand yet…but I’m DEF buying a tube soon!
  • Polish- OPI it’s called ” The “IT” Color” it sells for $ 9.00

Aurora Red

Fall 2016 Pantone Colrs

How to add it to your Plus Sized Wardrobe:

  • Shoe  – Eloquii wide width Pointed Toe Loafer for $ 79.50 sizes 7-12. Use code AUTUMN for %25 off.
  • Jeans – Fashion To Figure ” Racing Rae” Skinnies $42.90 size 12-24 as above BOGO %50
  • Dress-Asos Curve Club L wrap dress for $24 goes up to size 24.
  • Lip – Revlon Ultra HD Matte in Passion for $7.99.
  • Polish- Essie called Maki Me Happy  for $9.00

Shark Skin

Fall 2016 Pantone Colrs

How to add it to your Plus Sized Wardrobe:

  • Coat – Asos Curve Wool blend Skater coat for $ 128.98 sizes 12-26
  • Shoe- Torrid wide width Cutout Lace Up flats priced at $ 36.50 sizes 6-11
  • Dress- Asos Curve Club L  Ribbed keyhole dress for $30.00 goes up to size 24.
  • Lip – Nyx Macaron lippie color is Black Sesame $6.00
  • Polish- Essie called Cashmere Bathrobe for $9.00

So there you have it! 5 of my favorite 2016 Fall Colors, complete with how, what, and where to get them straight into your closet! What are your favorite fall colors? Better yet, what trends are you loving this fall? Drop us a line in the comments!

Happy hunting!

 

Struck Oil: 5 Oils For Healty Natural Hair

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

 

 

Choosing the right products for your hair can be a daunting process. As a self professed kitchen beautician, I walk the line between natural and off the shelf products. In some instances only natures gifts will suffice. Natural oil is one of those cases. Instead of buying a product because it has my favorite oil on the label, I chose to use the pure oil itself.

The good part about natural oil is, in moist cases you really can’t do damage. You will see that coconut oil is not listed, my reason is, it dries my hair out. I have mostly low porosity hair and coconut oil actually locks the moisture out of my hair.

 

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

Natural oils are packed with vitamins and many have healing, softening and restorative properties. That’s why the beauty companies use them. Now the down fall here is many companies masquerade as pure oils when the really are a mix.

Tip: Check the ingredient label, the only ingredient should be that oil. That way you know it’s not a mixture, or have added fragrance or color.

 

Olive Oil
-This oil is packed with vitamins E, K, and D
-Softens your hair
-Seals the moisture into your hair after wash
-Heals damaged hair
– Fortifies hair and promotes hair retention
-Has Anti-inflammatory properties

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:
Hot Oil Treatment
As a sealant step 2 in L. O. C method after you wash & condition your hair
Mix with water in a spray bottle for daily moisture
As a rinse after you wash but before you condition
Mix with conditioner for an easy pre poo
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

If you know me, you know this is my favorite oil. To cook, for my hair, and it also holds a special place because this is the “blessed” oil that is used to anoint the sick, those who need prayer or as my grandmother use to do…what ever she deemed that needed it! Lol

Jamaican Black Castor Oil 
-Rich in vitamin E
-Packed with Omega Fatty Acids
-Heavier oil great for protecting hair in the colder months
-High Ph Balance which will help open the hair cuticle
-Seals the moisture into your hair after wash

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:

As a sealant step 2 in L. O. C method after you wash & condition hair.
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages.
To stimulate hair growth add to your daily refresher during your nighttime routine.
Add to deep conditioner to boots its repairative affects

There are 2 big down falls, the smell, and it sometimes causes itching. Now I normally mix it with other oils to consume the smell. Or if you add it to your shampoo and conditioner you will be able to reap some of the benefits but you will rinse it out so you dilute the smell.

 

Jojoba Oil-
-Most closely resembles the natural sebum that the body produces.
-Adds shine to your hair
-Has Antibacterial properties
-Emollient, fills the cracks of the hair shaft helping to heal damaged hair strands
-Readily and easily absorbed by the scalp which reduces dry scalp and promotes healthy hair

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:

Add to shampoo to add slip and decrease harshness
Mix with water in a spray bottle for daily moisture
As a rinse after you wash but before you condition
Mix with conditioner for an easy pre poo
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

Because this oil closely resembles the hairs natural sebum, this oil can be used by people that have a sensitive scalp.

 

Argan Oil
-Adds shine
-Penetrates hair shaft
-High in vitamin E
-High in Omega Fatty Acids
-Repairs damaged hair

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:
Add to your shampoo to add shine
Add to your rinse out conditioner for added boost
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

I haven’t found this in a reasonably priced form, so I almost always mix this with other oils, or shampoo. If I use it alone, I use it in a dropper as not to waste it.

 

 

Avacodo Oil-
-Penetrates Hair Shaft
-High in protein
-Enhances moisture
-Smooths hair cuticle
-Seals in moisture
-Packed with vitamin E

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:
Add to shampoo to add slip and decrease harshness
Add to your deep conditioner to give it a boots
Mix with conditioner for an great Detangler and pre poo
Mix with water in a spray bottle for daily moisture
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

Now for me it’s easier to use the whole avocado than just the oil…but this post is about oils. Lol!
In most cases these oils are as good for your hair as they are your skin Have you ever tried any of these oils? Let us know what you’re loving or not loving! We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below, or if your not following us on social media you should be!

Fall Flats: Cute Fall Flats For Wide Feet

Fall Flats

Is it me or does it seem like the shoe industry has not caught wind of the whole #plusisequal #celebratemysize , #hereiam movement?

One of of the most frustrating parts of  my shopping experience is shoe shopping! Don’t get it twisted I absolutely love shoes, but as my body has gotten wider…so has my foot. On top of which I have a short foot. I’ve just about given up on finding my size shoe. However I can’t  give up wearing cute shoes.

I can’t tell you how many pairs I’ve shoes I’ve purchased worn once or twice, and given away! At times I’ve even purchased shoes a size and a half bigger. Yeah what woman wants to buy bigger shoes?  It’s a little easier in the spring and summer because sandals are more forgiving. But, through that old scientific method …trial and error, I found a few go to Fall styles that always pay off!

Tips:

  • I generally look for neutral colors.
  • I choose trendy classics that move easily from business to casual.
  • I try on both shoes not just one.

Fall Flats

 

The Smoking Slipper

This one is from Chinese Laundry, I tend to buy black shoes for the obvious reason, they go with most of my wardrobe. The design of the Smoking Slipper gives the loafer look with out being as restrictive ( I also have a high instep…no loafers for me). The shoe trends are back to pointed toes so this one fits the current style. I purchased these a 1/2 size bigger ( just to be sure) at Burlinton for $19.00. They retail for around $45.00, Frugal Frogirl in effect!

Chines Laundry Smoking Slipper
Chines Laundry Smoking Slipper

The Ballet Flat

In case you haven’t guessed these are my favorite Fall Flats! The design of the ballet flat is perfect for my wide foot. The round cut makes them fit like a glove! The picture doesn’t show it, but they are also patent leather which is so on trend this year! I picked these up at Ross For Less at a whopping $7.99, yup less than 8 bucks! Because they were a ballet flat I knew I could get my true size! Love love love!

Me Too Ballet Flat
Me Too Ballet Flat

The Pointed Flat

Yes leopard is a neutral! He he he…it is in my book. I just love the classic silhouette of this shoe. These are usually cut right above the toe which is right below the thickest part of my foot. As long as the front isn’t too narrow these are always a win! I got these on one of my lunchtime shopping trips to Burlington back in July. I scored them for $ 9.99. They were marked down from $24.99. Got that off season discount!

XoXo Soft Pointed Flat
XoXo Soft Pointed Flat

 

I know I could always go the more expensive route of custom made shoes. But as you can see I didn’t pay much for these shoes. Or I could pay to get them stretched but that’s also more expensive.

Sticking to these shapes allows me to stop throwing money out the window buying shoes only to give them away after 1 or 2 wears. Or worst yet taking up valuable closet space by keeping items that I can’t use! Or the worst, the ugly granny shoes…I’m too young for that!

Do you struggle finding shoes that fit the three main points, comfort, style, price? If so I’d love to hear from you! Hope this information helps! If so let me know!

Leave In Lover: My Top 5 Leave In Conditioners

Leave In Lover

On this Natural Hair Journey one of the biggest obstacles I faced was figuring out what to use on my hair and when. I’d like to say, I’m going to do an epic post on the best hair practices, but with my track record that would be like a jinx or something and it would never get done! So for now I’m gonna share my top five leave in conditioners, what and when they have worked best for me.

5. Carols Daughter- Hair Milk Original Leave In Moisturizer. This is my third step for my LOC (Leave in, Oil, Cream) Method. This product is thick enough to be used as a cream although it’s labeled as a Leave In. It has a more creamy consistency then moist leave ins and even works as a heat protectant when I blow dry my hair. I also use this product for daily maintenance. It doesn’t sit on my hair and weigh it down. I have no down side to say about this product, but the words rubbed off the bottle.

Leave In Lover

4. Cantu Leave-in Conditioner – You can find it any and everywhere. From Walmart, Sally’s, to your local beauty supply and or drug store. I must admit for most of 2014 I really didn’t use much else on my hair. The only draw back is, if you are too heavy handed with the Cantu you can get a white residue on your hair. I use this combo on my Puff which is my goto style, and it keeps my edges slayed and laid. My entire family uses the Cantu, and we all have different hair types. I tend to use them together but they are both equally fierce all by themselves. For the price around $5-7.00 you can’t beat the results. I know people who pay a lot of money for expensive products and their hair doesn’t like it!

Leave In Lover

3. Shea Moisture Raw Sheabutter Extra-Moisture Detangler- Well technically this is not a leave in but any way, I got this from my Hairstory Swaportunity. As a Detangler I didn’t care for it. The feel is very slippery and I didn’t like it. But one of my friends told my she uses it as a leave in, and her hair always looks bomb. So, I decided to give it a shot on my twists. I loved it! It left my hair shinny and feeling soft and moist for days. It’s heavy the first night but by morning my twits looked shinny and healthy!

Leave In Lover

2. Alikay Naturals Lemon Grass Leave In- I love this product especially in the warmer months. It’s a very lite product which is a great alternative to the heavier butters used in the colder months. It smells great as does all of the products that I’ve used from Alikay. I love that it has a spray nozzle which makes it ideal to be used to refresh your Summer wash n go, or moisten your protective style. I usually find it at Target, it runs about $12.00.

Leave In Lover

1. Carmacare B’leave-in Conditioner. You can get them at http://www.carmacare.net . This is a local brand that I was introduced to at a Natural Hair Meetup in NYC. I absolutely love this product! I use it in almost any style. Especially in the colder months, it’s a creamy consistency, but it has wonderful sealing properties because it packed with safflower oil, and other goodies that my hair just loves. This is a prime example of a great product that I probably would have never heard of if I hadn’t of attended my local meet up.

Leave In Lover

For more reasons you should be attending your local natural hair meet ups ( click here)

We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below, or if your not following us on social media you should be! What are some of the products ? What’s your favorite Leave In? Do you use it at all? Have you ever tried any of these products? Let us know what you’re loving or not loving!

Ashley Nell Tipton Capsule Collection For Boutique+ at JCPenney

 


Ok ladies this is it! Finally stylish clothes created for plus sized women by a plus sized women! Ashley Nell Tipton has done it again! The ready to wear plus sized godmother has unveiled her 2016 boutique collection for JC Penney and it’s  hotter than ever! And guess what? She used real plus sized women of every shape, height, and size! Bravo to Miss Ashley! Take a peak below…oh yeah don’t be shocked she used some of our favorite real women! 😍

How To Rock Denim : Plus Sized Denim Style Guide

I guess I witness the evolution of denim. Growing up, my grandma called them dungarees, and you only wore them to do yard work or play outside. They were seen as articles you wore to save your ” good clothes”. Then came  the era of “designer Jeans” which most of today’s denim would be. Gloria Vanderbilt, Sasson, Jordache and Sergio Valentini are some that I remember being most coveted by the women around me.

Now Fast forward to present day style. Denim garners enough respect to have an entire runway show produced and aired for TV, i.e the namesake of this post which aired on BET last Friday. (Sidebar : Did you see it? I DVR’d it but haven’t watched it yet). Now it’s not only cool to rock denim, its uncool if you don’t rock the right style of denim.

We wouldn’t want you to be uncool right? So here are some of my favorite Plus Sized Bloggers showing you ” How To Rock Denim ”

Jumpsuits

Iamnikkifree
Iamnikkifree
Out Of The Corner
Out Of The Corner

Flared

Naki_tende Esther
Naki_tende Esther

Patches & Shadows

Everything Curvy and Chic
Everything Curvy and Chic

Cropped

Gorgeous In Grey
Gorgeous In Grey
Fath.Fully.Yours
Fath.Fully.Yours

Dressed

Shapelylouise
Shapelylouise
Bitemyheathbar
Bitemyheathbar

Ripped & Reworked

Frankie Tavares
Frankie Tavares
Style Delegate
Style Delegate

Shirted

Grown And Curvy
Grown And Curvy
Curves In A Cardigan
Curves In A Cardigan

Casual Glam

Sasee Chic
Sasee Chic
A Thick Girls Closet
A Thick Girls Closet

Colored

Curves on A Budget- SarahhhRae- Essie Golden - You Me N Fashion
Curves on A Budget- SarahhhRae- Essie Golden – You Me N Fashion for Fashion To Figure

 

As a plus sized woman it’s not always easy to find denim that looks good on me and is stylish. I look for classic cuts like skinnies. I do wear flares but at 5’2″ wearing a sized 22 sometimes it’s hard to find my length.  My favs right now are actually a black pair from Fashion To Figure. Torrid and Lane Bryant also has great jeans for plus sized ( I mean over a size 18) women.

We’d loved to hear how you rock denim! For more styles follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

5 Quick Natural Hairstyles -Not 60 Second Hairstyles Like The Today Show Styles

Last week the Today Show aired a segment called “60 Second Hairstyles ” although I did see the original segment, the part were the “beauty expert” did the makeover on the African American model went viral for all the wrong reasons.It was brutal!

Just in case you missed it, I’ll leave the link below.

To be honest if I had been watching TV, and I heard them say they were airing a segment on 60 second hairstyles, I would have definitely tuned in or at the very least set the DVR. I am always looking for quick styles to simplify my morning.  Here are 5 of my favorite quick hairstyles.

So I don’t do videos but thanks to some great vloggers I even have video content!

1- Quad Twists

Quad Twists
Quad Twists

It’s an updated version of a common style. This style was inspired by a picture I saw on Instagram of 4a Daniels. I timed myself and it took 13 minutes.

 

2- Two Jumbo Twists

Jumbo Flat Twists
Jumbo Flat Twists

This one literally takes 6 minutes. It is very simular to 2 cornrows, which was actually the first style I learned to braid, on my own head at about 7 or 8 years old. This is my absolute favorite style!

 

3- Two Twists

Two Flat Twits
Two Flat Twist

This one is very much like the Jumbo Flat Twist, but you don’t fluff the roots!

 

4- Updo

Updo
Updo

This is one of the styles that I use to wear all the time! When I was transitioning I couldn’t wait to be fully natural so I could rock this updo! It takes all of 5 minutes or so!

 

5- Double  Braid Updo

Now this last one is actually not one that I’ve tried yet! But, I really liked it and it looks super quick!

 

So I guess there really no such thing as a 60 second hairstyle. Well unless you count taking your bonnet off a protective style. Lol but you can rock so elegant quick styles that look like you spent a long time on them.

After all you don’t want to end up like this 🙈

 

Any my who what are some of your favorite quick styles? Hit us on our Facebook page or Instagram and let us know what you think!

In The Mix- Mixed Up In Mixed Print

In The Mix: Mixed up in Mixed Print

Mixed up in mixed print

Mixed up in mixed print

Don't ask me what I'm talking about
Don’t ask me what I’m talking about

Mixed up in mixed print

Mixed up in mixed print

Now mixed prints has been a trend for the past few years. I have to admit I haven’t gotten the hang of it. I love the concept. And it looks great…but it’s not easy! I always read the tips when ever I see an article or post, because I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time, but every time I try it on I feel mixed up. Lol I guess that’s the point.
Some say stick to one color scheme, or just stay with small prints, but I kinda think that defeats the purpose. I say if you’re going to do it, go bold! Why do it at all if you are only going to do it a little?

I won’t even begin to talk about what patterns plus size women should and shouldn’t wear! That would take this post on a whole other rant. So for now, we are mixing print right?

Any who, When I found this mixed print maxi skirt in Burlington, ( for $12.99) I knew this was the perfect piece to get mixed up in! The skirt itself is made in a bold mixed print style, so there was no way to do this a little. I paired it with a sleeveless top that I Thrifted ( cost no more than $5) a few years back. It finally felt like the perfect mix to me. I added a mixed denim clutch that I picked up at Ross For Less for $6, as far as jewelry I wore black and white jewlery that I’ve had for a while.

The whole idea of mixed print is about defying fashion rules, and expressing a certain fashion freedom. So I say the only fashion rule you should stick to is, do what make you feel beautiful!

How do you feel about mixed print? Don’t be scared or better yet, do it afraid. Be free, be fashion free!

July Product Empties – 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

July Product Empties - 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

Well, we are well into Summer 16, in fact it’s almost gone! In warmer months lighter products that won’t weight down your tresses are used. Also if you wear wash n go’s you’ll need a great detangling shampoo that won’t dry your hair out, and will minimize hair loss on wash day.

July Product Empties - 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer
Here are 5 products that get the Mrsphatandnaptural lazy natural stamp of approval to increase moisture and shine all summer 16!

All of these products can be found at your local beauty supply or drug store hair care isle:

◦ 1. Design Essentials Avocado & Almond Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo –The price point is right around $8, as are most natural shampoos It smells great! The shampoo lathers very well ( I love a good lather), it cleanses and moisturizes the hair. It has a nice thick constancy, and has great slip. The detangling claim holds true. The second time I used it I had a lot of product on my hair and didn’t have time to prepoo. I was ever so pleasantly surprised that my hair shed was minimal.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

◦ 2. Design Essentials Avocado & Almond Moisturizing and Detangling Conditioner – The conditioner is about $8-10. The conditioner works great too. It has the same pleasant smell as the shampoo. It’s also nice and thick, I didn’t have to use a lot to cover my thick hair. As I said above my second time using it I was in a rush, so I didn’t go through my normal wash day regime. But using only the shampoo and conditioner my hair was well moisturized and manageable. If you are wearing a wash n go this summer I’d suggest you give this line a try.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer
◦ 3. Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait- To say this smells great is an understatement! It definitely smells good enough to eat! It has a creamy texture. It’s a great alternative to heavy butters or creams for my LOC method. It left my hair soft and smelling great for days. This stuff just melts into the hair and doesn’t leave it oily at all. If you are wearing a protective style and not doing your hair daily, I suggest using this product for sustained moisture days at a time.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

◦ 4. Ecostyler Gel For Color Treated Hair– This is a gel that I’ve had for a while. I guess I ended up with it from a product swap. I only used it to tame my frizzys at the top when I part down the center. It’s alcohol free and very light. It served its purpose for what I wanted. I guess if I was looking for firm hold ( which the label states) I would have been disappointed. It doesn’t hold, but it did help control the frizz. I would necessarily go out to purchase it, but if I had it, I’d use it again.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

◦ 5. Softsoap Luminous Oil Avocado Oil Body Wash– I don’t usually do body product reviews. But this one right here is the bomb! The look caught my eye. It looks like a bottle of fine thick oil. I love a great oil. The smell is pleasing and light. The lather is great! Did I say I love bubbles? Lol yeah, I actually went through 2 bottles of this, and I went back to get 2 more. My Local Walgreens had them buy 1 get 1 free so I was super excited. I started to get four, but my husband tells me I’m too extreme so I just got the 2 for now…I’ll probably go back and get more later 😉.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below, or if you’re not following us on social media you should be! What are some of the products you’re using this summer? Have you ever tried any of these products? Let us know what you’re loving or not loving this summer !