First off I have to say this dress is one of those pieces that gives instant confidence! Nothing makes you feel as good as a great Dress! I picked it up from Fashion To Figure last year &25 buy one get one free at TheCurvycon. I’m not really a dress girl so I don’t wear it often. I tend to wear more dresses in the summer so I pulled this one out this week.
From the time I put it on I realized something that never dawned on me before. Fit & Flare is my perfect silhouette. I’ve said it before, one of my body flaws that I dress to camouflage is my midsection. This shaped dress ( sometimes called a Skater) makes my flaws fabulous!
The dress shaped my body in just the right places. It hugged the top, and flared out at the waste, creating the affect of a well defined high waistline.
The dress is strapless so to make it office appropriate I threw on a denim Ballero that I thrifted a few months back. A statement necklace that I picked up for $5 at Walmart, and a silver clutch that I got at Ross for less, my summer staple fringe sandals, and some silver hoops complete this look.
Conclusion: Fit & Flare makes my flaws look fabulous!
If you don’t know, shopping for stylish plus sized clothes is no easy feat. Getting great quality without spending an arm and a leg is my goal. I’d rather pay for good quality than get cheap stuff that’s s bad quality. But when I can get both! All is well with my world!
Well I guess I’m kind of putting the cart before the horse here. I haven’t done a review of my awesome experience at Thecurvycon. Yet I’ll be sharing some of my “next nothing” frugal fashion finds, thanks to discounts I received from thecurvycon. I scored quite a few goodies on the shopping floor. This cross-over tank top was free, yes free from Fashion to Figure for buying a pair of black jeans.
Fashion to Figure is one of the stores that returned from last year. They are one of my favorite stores. I was more than happy to go raking through those racks, especially for a buy 1 get 1 free! The top is a size 3x and it fits very comfortably. I usually don’t like the cross-over style because it tends to expose my lower belly and that’s no Bueno! But this one hits at just the right length. It’s just my kinda of boarder line casual, but I can dress it up type of style! I’m picturing it with some knickers too. This time I rocked it with a tube skirt and some fringe sandals, with a gold chain jewelry set.
The skirt and the sandals are from JCPenny. Ashlely Nell Tipton ( one of the headliners) has a partnership with JCPenny and they had some stations set up to decorate complementary tees they gave out, ( there goes that cart again). On the tables were coupons to get $20 off a $20 purchase. Yeah that sounds like free! I logged in on the Fourth Of July just to see if I could get some additional savings! Ding ding ding! What a score! The skirt was originally $60 marked down to $40 and 80% off clearance for the Fourth of July. After my Curvycon discount it was free! I got a size 3x and it fits great. It’s a tube skirt but it’s not clingy, which fits my shape well. I was a little weary of the stripes but once I tried it on I was sold.
The sandals were originally $50 and I ended up paying $15.99! They didn’t have wide with so I ordered a size 9 just to be safe! I wear an 8 wide when I can find it. Otherwise I get a 9 for the width. My total savings from JCPenny was a whopping $110.00! My total cost for this look was $15.99! I know the quality of these items is good and they’ll last me a few season.
Now the thing with frugal shopping is sometimes you can’t duplicate it. I did my best to find links to comparable items in style and price.
Honey, Aloe Gel, Olive Oil! My Favorite Summer Hair Products For Shiny Healthy Natural Hair!
If long healthy natural hair is your goal. Summer is Gods gift to you.
Most people retain more hair in the Summer. Due to the warm weather we naturally do things like drink more water, get more activity, and wear lower manipulation styles. Just doing these 3 things will increase your hair growth potential.
Now add in 3 of natures Summer gems and your on the way to waist length. Maybe not that long but you’ll definitely see added growth.
Honey– You can use raw honey, organic honey, or I just grab the same honey I put in my tea. Honey is a humectant. This means it naturally draws moisture out of the air into your hair. So use it as a pre poo ( recipe below), add it to your shampoo, or you can even use it as a great DIY deep conditioner.
Used to: Prevent or remedy dry hair. Increase manageability, and add shine to the hair.
Tip: if you use too much your hair can get soggy. It will be so soft that it won’t hold braids or twists.
For more information and my deep conditioning recipe click here – Honey Be Natural
Olive Oil- Again I use the same olive oil that I cook with. Olive oil is high in vitamin E which strengthens the hair shaft. Also the oil is good for the scalp. Most of the time I use it to seal the moisture into my hair after I wash it. Also it can be put in a spray bottle with some water and use it to re-twist at night. Or you can heat it and apply it to your hair as a hot oil treatment.
Used to: Seal in moisture. Add shine and coat the scalp. Tip: properly moisturized hair reduces the occurrence of single strand knots, a decreases detangling time. If you have a problem with single strand knots, try oil rinsing.
Aloe Vera Gel- I use Aloe Vera gel, but you can get the juice or cut open the plant. Aloe has many benefits for hair. The biggest is its packed with amino acids which strengthens the hair shaft. It increases circulation to the scalp which stimulates hair growth. It’s also a natural humectant, so it draws in the moisture from the air. And the super benefit is, it has anti bacterial ingredients which helps to combat dandruff and other bacteria that can form on the scalp. Used to: balance ph in hair. Add moisture and shine, promote hair growth. Cleanse the scalp.
Tip: if you have an area that is slow to grow try massaging the area 2-3 times per week with some aloe Vera gel. This will stimulate circulation and increase hair growth to that area.
Here is my Summertime Fine prepoo recipe:
4-5 tbsp. aloe Vera gel
3 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of honey.
Mix everything well and apply this on your hair from end to edge. The ends of the hair is the oldest part, and furthest away from the natural sebum the comes from your scalp. Leave on for about 20-25 minutes then shampoo and proceed with your normal routine.
This is a hydrating hair mask. If your hair is dull and dry this is just what the hair doctor ordered.
You can use this about once a month or as often as you deep condition which shouldn’t be more than 2 times per month.
now if you are not a DIY’er you can find commercial products with these ingredients in them. Or as I said earlier you can also just add them to your favorite shampoos, conditioners and or leave-in. (don’t add honey to your leave-in, it needs to be washed out).
Do you prefer to buy or are you a mixologist? Either way this is a simple and easy way to increase moisture and shine to your hair this summer! We’d love to hear some of your favorite DIY beauty recipes! Please drop us a comment.
Breaking All The Rules Yacht Party : Full FIGURED FASHION WEEK CURVES AT SEA ALL WHITE YACHT PARTY
Yes you heard it right! Hundreds of full figured beauties wearing all white dancing, singing and partying without a care! I must admit although I had a great time, and the food was excellent. I was doing a lot more watching than participating. I can’t help it I’m a people watcher. So, as I watched and admired how great everyone looked, I also realized that everyone was expressing their fashion their way! It was awesome!
Breaking rules and looking fabulous!
Rule #1 CURVY GIRLS SHOULD NOT WEAR WHITE
Rule # 2 CURVY GIRLS SHOULD WEAR LONG SHIRT – NO CROP TOPS
Rule # 3 CURVY GIRLS SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM LACE AND SHEER CLOTHING
Rule #4 CURVY GIRLS SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM FORM FITTING CLOTHING
Rule # 5 CURVY GIRLS SHOULD CAN NOT BE PAGENT QUEENS
I guess nobody told them about us!
Soooo just because they are my favorite looks of the night!
This is my favorite moment of the night! I got to meet my #haircrush Nakitende Esther!
Finally we are getting some hot days! I love summer fashion! The flowing dresses, bright colors, and light air feel to the clothes just puts a smile in my heart! As with many offices, my job has a business casual office attire. Although there is no clear definition of “ business casual” sometimes people forget the business and add a little too much casual.
In the warmer months we usually get that not so subtle reminder from HR. You know the one informing us of the obvious warmer weather, imploring us to use good judgement when dressing for working, and asking us not to embarrass ourselves, fellow coworkers, or the company. Yet and still some people don’t get the hint.
Navigating the difference between what’s appropriate for business casual and what not may not be easy. In my office we have certain restrictions which are pretty standard.
1. No sheer or see through clothing ( yes it needs to be stated).
2. Shoes must either have a strap on the back, or closed toes.
3. No cutoff shorts
4. No Tshirts with graphics
5. No swim wear ( yes it has happened)
My summer staples are maxi dresses and skirts, light denim, and bright colored everything. I incorporate these items in heavy rotation for work and play. So, I have a few guidelines of my own that I use to keep it stylish and appropriate.
Party On The Bottom
Pair your bold print pants and skirts with a neutral top. Choose a solid white, denim, or a another summer neutral that matches the bold print.
Bright Bold Beauty
Add color, bright colors, bold beautiful, summers tops and or bottoms. The bright color just screams summer. I love yellows, corals, and teals.
This one is my saving grace! I usually keep a light sweater or denim jacket on the back of my chair. You know those pretty sleeves summer dresses and shirts? Guess what you can wear them to the office! Just keep a blazer, jacket or sweater handy to cover your arms and voila! Office appropriate.
So there Girlfriend! Now as it heats up outside, make sure you keep it cool, casual, and be about your business!
If there was one thing you could do that would make your natural hair journey easier would you do it? It’s so simple, yet so many naturalistas miss this valued resource in the natural hair community. Better yet, even more don’t even know it exist! The one thing you can do is attend a natural hair meet up. It’s better than buying all the products in the isle, binge watching your favorite YouTube vlogger, and reading blog posts til your eyes are tired.
How many times have you watched a YouTube tutorial, followed all the steps, and didn’t get the desired result? Or read a blog post, ran out and bought the product, followed all the steps only to fail? If this has ever happened to you, you need to go right now and buy a ticket to the next meet up in your area!
Now I could go through a laundry list of reason why natural hair meet ups are a valued resource, but I’m gonna pick my top three reasons.
Face 2 Face Education
Yes that’s correct many of the local bloggers and vloggers, attend, host and guest speak at meet ups. So what’s better than a one on one conversation about your issue? Depending on the topic, and focus of the meet up there may be a panel discussion / Q&A or better yet they may just be mingling and you could ask them your questions personally. Not to mention there are usually tons of fellow Natralistas that have had the same problem you have and are more then willing to share their solutions with you. Very often natural hair meetups have:
Usually one or more full sized product will be included in the swag bags! All thought I’ve never been to one like this, but at the very least you will get samples and valuable discounts towards the purchase of products. I’ve always gotten between 1-5 full sized products as well as samples. This is a low cost way to build your product stash. The investment of the ticket purchase is usually a lot lower then the cost of product you will receive. Also, there are usually great give away sponsors, for prizes, raffles, and games.
And the very last but yet equally as important resource that natural hair meetups provide is access to the your local Curlfriends! There’s no substitute for surrounding yourself with like minded Curlies! They not only provide support and encouragement but also much needed comfort in the journey. I have meet so many wonderful young ladies that I would have never met in any other circumstance. Some are business owners, bloggers, long term naturalists, hair stylist, and so on.
There one last thing I feel is important to mention, you have to support your local natural hair community! That’s how brands decide if they are going to sponsor events, and or sell products in your area. If you don’t have a natural hair community in your area why not start one ?
Are you apart of a local natural hair community? If so give them a shout out in the comments! If not and you are looking to join one, drop a comment and we’d be more that happy to get you connected!
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I have a confession to make, I have to go out looking for a swimsuit, and I’m so dreading it! I haven’t owned a bathing suit in about 10 years. My poolside wardrobe has been a cute cover up over one of my husbands tanks ( yes I squeeze into his shirts 😂) with some shorts. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about bathing suits so I know that means, time to do a Swimsuit post!
Gabifresh turned the world on its ear a few years ago with the introduction of the “Fatkini”. She continues to release new collections with Swimsuits For All every swim season. Since that time plus sized swimwear has come a long way. But I still can’t say I totally buy into me in a bikini!
Most recently Ashley Graham also released her 007 inspired collection with them. But these big girl panties will run you a pretty penny! The prices rang from $ 109.00 – $ 298.00.
They are beautiful but pricey!
If you’d like a more budget friendly option check out this look book from My Thrifted Closet! Most of these pieces start from $17 and up, from places like Forever 21, and Swimsuits For All. She also gives tips on how to plan early for next year. I am such a fan of her frugal fabulosity!
Next up is Kendall Rae. She has a different body type but she illustrates good choices of suits for plus sized women.
Last but not least is the belle of the ball, A Thick Girls Closet in Monif C! I’ve never had the pleasure of owning any of her pieces yet! Soon Come!
Summertime is on its way! So you know what that means. Beach trips ( or as we say in Jersey going to the Shore), pool parties, and vacations are soon to follow. Where will you be getting your poolside gear?
Where ever you chose we know you’ll be smoking hot! As always for more follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest! You can find us at Mrsphatandnaptural across all platforms. So holla at us!
I just have to say I am still on a high from the experience of basking in the presence of over 150 women representing NJ Curlfriends. We had a ball! I surly hope everyone got more than they expected because I sure did! It was 4 hours of entertainment, education, shopping, food, and dancing! All while celebrating our fellow sisters and a few brothers lol, in a positive encouraging space. What’s better than that?
Speaking of the space, the place was beautiful! For the third year Cabriella from International Hair Design was the ever gracious New Jersey Host for the Montclair NJ leg of this 40 city, 3 country, 3 continent affair. It was held in the Montclair State University Conference Center! Surrounded on two sides with massive window that seem to reach the sky! If you could imagine it was elegantly casual! Yeah that’s it! Although the space is obviously a beautiful state of the art space, the warm nature and inclusive vibe made it ok to let your guard down and bare and share in the wealth of love, information, and kinship.
Thirty-Five Curlfriends purchased VIP admission which gave them early entry,a VIP reception, as well as swag bags sponsored by the INHMD 2016 title sponsors with full sized products from Made Beautiful, Eden Bodyworks, and others!
What’s a movie with out a soundtrack? DJ Twin kept us rocking with his Jersey blend of Club and Soul tunes.
We started the day off with New Jersey based motivation speaker Iamlunic. She set the room a blaze with her energy! Unfortunately, I was so caught up in her speech that I didn’t think to record her!
Next up was Quality Healthcare, who spoke about the heart health. As you must have heard Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for African American Women.
There were 2 demos, first was a hair demo by Scarlet of Wondercurl. She demonstrated a wash n go style using her hair products.
Next was local Naturalist and Holistic Hair Healer Ahava Feliciadad. Her presentation was “natural” is a four letter word, F. R. E. E. She spoke about the freedom of being natural.
There were many vendors selling everything from skinny tea, butters, African fashions, and the most beautiful clutches and earrings!
I was honored to be one of two New Jersey based bloggers to be in the Social Media Lounge. It was Spencer ( Curly Empress) and myself. Curlfriends that came over to our corner were gifted mini hair journals or detangling combs. The first visitors were also gifted a full size bottle leave-in sponsored none other than the maker of my favorite scalp and hair oil Janomi hair products. Thanks to Adrienne of Janomi 2 other Curlfriends also received full sized bottles of the oil! We also had a selfie station set up with our Glam light.
The final segment was a question and answer panel where we got to answer direct questions from Curlfriend regarding, working out with natural hair, hair porosity, dryness, and so on. Missed out on the fun? No worries, I got you! Although INHMD is only once a year, if you are following us on social media👉 ( Instagram,Facbook, Twitter ) we will be sure to keep you updated on all the latest happening!
As plus size fashionistas continue to lead the charge for market share and demand respect, we see more and more brands and designers trying to get a leg up on the competition. I myself am very excited to see all the developments taking place. These are just 3 of my recent favs! Ashley Nell Tipton with JC Penny for the Boutique+ collection!
This is the most epic collaboration. Not only does Ashley have exquisite taste and an eye for style, but she’s a fellow fat girl! So you know without a doubt no one has to tell her, we need a little stretch in our fabric. The tops and Tees seem to run a little large, so you should size down. Now when was the last time you heard that!?
She knows about that meat on the back of our legs that we don’t like to show! So she has bottoms and skirts midi length. How ever there are a few shorts in the collection.
I’m sure she is all too familiar with the mutant second stomach that hangs down below our hip line! So guess what she designs for that body.
I’m very much in love with both graphic tees, the blush pleated skirt, the cold shoulder tops, and the distressed knickers.
Now here is the best part, right now they are 40 % off! With price points this low ( 12.99- 35.99) I can pretty much get all of my favorite pieces.
Thanks to the lovely Kelly Augustine we have a video of the full runway show!!! It’s at the end of the post!!!!
I love that all the clothes are shown on real bodies! Curvy Style With Timothy Snell
The tag line says it all A-list Style for the everyday physique. He’s called the bodyguard of curvy fashion. I first heard Of him as Queen Lateefa’s stylist. He has styled some of thee most famous curvy body’s we know today.
On the show that airs on BET’s Centric channel Saturday at 10, he dresses one celeb client and one everyday woman. In both segments he gives tips for how he dresses certain body types. There has only been 2 episodes and already he’s touched on proper undergarments ( in my opinion the #1 plus size mistake), the importance of taking care of yourself as a mother and wife, and insecurities about issues we may or may not have.
We really need to support this show. It’s the first show where plus sized fashion is center stage!
Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant
This Runway show was a lot more formal. It was held outside at the United Nations in NYC! The setting was beautiful, and the clothes looked divine! It was very much a start studded “Fashion” event. Lots of celebrities and pretty people. Miss Danielle Brooks stole the show in this bright yellow number that flowed like she had wings!
The collection is very light and airy! Lots of bright colors, lots of patterns, all in all a very girly girl look! Now true to Lane Bryant the price points are on the high side ( 29.95-168). However there is a discount code 👇.
Buy 1 get 75% with code LOVELB
I’ll probably just wait for the price to go down. I’d rather wait to have something I really want, instead of buying something else just for the price.
So there you have it! 3 of my favorite “ Curves Are Trending “ stories happening in plus size fashion today! But before you go, click the link below and catch the #soworthit Ashley Nell Tipton collection for JC Penny!