Plus Size

TEN TIPS FOR DRESSING VISIBILE BELLY LINE’S

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[JUMPSUIT & SHOES:ASOS CURVE]

If there is one thing, I know for sure, it’s dressing my body. If you have a visible belly line (VBL) like I do you are probably aware that no matter how good the shapewear is- our stomachs will not magically disappear. There is no reason to feel as if we should hide it. If you want to flaunt it, do it! If you feel like camouflaging it, do it! All that matters is you do what makes YOU feel good.

Having a VBL may require a little more effort in some of the styles we want to wear, but it’s worth it. The best tip I can give you is to learn yourself and your body. Regardless of your body type, learn what makes you feel confident, comfortable, and sexy. Dress for your individual body and authentic style.

Ten Tips For Dressing VBL’s

-Tailoring

-Shapewear

-Posture (good posture will take you further than you may think)

-Proper fitting bra (helps define the waist)

-Quality fabric

-Pleating (I love a good pleat in the tummy area)

-High waisted fitted pants (holds those love handles in perfectly)

-Boxy/loose crop tops (think symmetry)

-Know your angles (this will come in handy for photo op’s)

-Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

THE ART OF DESIRE

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[TOP & JEANS:ASOS CURVE | SANDALS:TOPSHOP]

“Detachment isn’t the same as indifference. When you let go, you aren’t saying ‘I don’t care what happens.’ You say, ‘I am open to whatever happens, and when it comes I will know the next step to take.’ The art of desire can be found in a single verse- ‘perform action without regard for the fruits of action.’ This is detachment and joy in one, because whatever happens you will always be centered in your true self.

Having your desire at the level of the true self and then releasing it, is the key. Being centered in your true self, you experience a quiet, relaxed state of confidence. The ability to manifest what you desire allows you to let go so that your intention can enter the field of pure potentiality. From there, the energy of attraction naturally flows with ease and harmony.

Manifestation is not the same as wishful thinking; action is still required to manifest the life we want, but we don’t need to loose our silent center in the process. The silent center guides us into the things we need to do, weeding out the unnecessary busy work and struggle.”

-Deepak Chopra

I am a huge fan of Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day meditation guides. As much as I love fashion and all the materialistic things that come with it, I am just as much in love with growing spiritually.

Meditation can help you become a more compassionate, loving, healthier, wiser, peaceful, and joyful person. If you wonder what your life purpose is, or have a desire to be more confident, healthier and happier, I invite you to try meditating. Start off by taking out five minutes every day to see how you like it. Let me know what you think.

Do you meditate if so do you have any tips for beginners?

Xoxo
Serena

I Let My Boyfriend Stop Me From Wearing A Crop Top

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[PANTS:LANE BRYANT | L.A NETTED JERSEY:FROM A FRIEND | WEDGES:ASOS]

This conversation was with my boyfriend while getting dressed to take pictures:

Me: Should I wear this crop top or a ribbed tank?

Boyfriend: Wear the tank.

Me: What makes you say that?

BF: I don’t know? Wear what you want.

Me: So what you’re saying is you don’t think I look good in this crop top?

BF: I didn’t say that.

Me: Then how can you tell me to wear something you haven’t seen me in yet?

BF: Wear the crop top!

We went back and forth with this conversation for awhile. In the end, I let his answer stop me from wearing it. Or did I let my insecurity keep me from wearing it?

He never once said not to wear the crop top, he just suggested wearing the tank top. I will never know why he told me to wear the tank top without seeing how it looked first. He probably doesn’t know why he said it either. Maybe he doesn’t  think crop tops ook good on me but that’s not for me to figure out.

I know he loves me, my mind, my soul, my body, and my style. He encourages me to express myself and wear what I want. He is my biggest fan, and I love him for that. I don’t need him to validate what I am wearing to feel confident in it though.

What I need to figure out, is why I let his comment stop me from wearing the damn crop top when I thought I looked good in it? Maybe I really didn’t think so? Who knows, maybe I was having a moment of insecurity, and his response was an excuse to confirm it?

Although I am very choosy how I style crop tops; I still wear them. Whether it’s with shapewear, the perfect fitting pair of high waisted jeans or a loose fitting duster, kimono, or sweater.

It doesn’t matter how or what you wear to make yourself feel good in your clothing. The important thing is that you are comfortable and confident in it no matter what anyone says.

Have you ever allowed someone’s opinion to stop you from doing or wearing something you wanted? I would love to hear your thoughts/experience.

Xo
Serena

FEAR NOT

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[WHITE DENIM PANTS:ASOS CURVE (SIMILAR) | LEOPARD FLATS:DSW | DENIM BUTTON-UP:FRENCH CONNECTION | NUDE UNDERSHIRT:NORDSTROMS]

What are you scared of? This was a question asked by Christina, of ProFresh Style awhile back (like a long while) in her VULNERABILITY PT 2: FAUX REGRETS post.

I fear failure, being stagnant, not taking enough risks (the exact opposite of Christina), having children, and or waiting too long to have them. I fear failure of marriage (when it happens) and starting a family without having the career I want.

I am terrified to fly but even more so of not flying before I turn 30 (it’s true, a 20 something-year-old in the 21st century has never flown). I fear the day I lose one of my parents, especially before major events in my life happen i.e. landing that dream job, having kids, getting married, etcetera!

I refuse to let my fears dictate my life any longer or prevent me from doing what I dream of.

I decided to buy tickets to the Curvy Con in New York, this June. I’m not going to lie; I’m freaking out a little bit, but it’s a good type of freaking! Are you going?

I’ll end this by asking you the same question as Christina, what are you scared of? Do you let it prevent you from pursuing your dreams?

Xo
Serena

ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES, BABY!

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[DRESS:ASOS CURVE | WHITE CROC BLAZER:SIMPLY BE | WEDGES:F21]

Accessories are everything- they can add uniqueness to an otherwise average look. I love hunting for rare jewelry that will stand out and is unique to my personal style. The best places to find pieces like this are thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, and or your mother’s jewelry box.

Right now, I am all about door knocker earrings, gold dainty lariat necklaces, pointer finger and turquoise rings, and of course leopard anything.

Spring is around the corner. I don’t know about you guys, but I am more than ready.

Are you planning your spring/summer wardrobe yet?

XO
SERENA

CHINESE NEW YEAR

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[LEATHER JACKET & SHEER PANELING BODY SUIT:ASOS CURVE | PANTS:FOREVER 21 PLUS | SUEDE MULES:RIVER ISLAND]

Happy Chinese New Year! Leave it to me to find another holiday to celebrate. Oh well, life is about being festive and celebrating it as much as possible, isn’t it?

I have always admired the ambiance of this restaurant where we took these pictures. I thought it was a perfect place to take pictures, it being the Chinese New Year and all.

Quick Tip: If you find yourself in a conundrum with what to do with your hair- braid it! Braids are full proof, they are sleek, sexy, and timeless. I see myself having different styles of braids in the near future.

What about you? Do you like braids, is there a particular style you like or dislike? Let me know in the comments.

Xo
Serena

HOW TO SPEND YOUR VALENTINES DAY IN

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(BRAS & SHEER PANTYHOSE:LANE BRYANT | FLORAL DRESS:TORRID | BLACK HEELS:ASOS | BLUE SUEDE MULES:RIVERISLAND)

Don’t feel like leaving the house for Valentines day? Here is my how to guide to spending the night (or day) in with your special someone for Valentines day.

-Pick out the girliest dress in your closet
-Grab your sexiest lingerie
-Pull out a pair of sheer pantyhose
-Slip your fresh pedicured feet in your favorite heels
-Have a lot of candy, cakes, and candles
-Bring out the candle holders and candy dishes
-Your preferred choice of beverage
-Pandora’s 90’s R&B station
-Enjoy the company of your special someone
-Maybe an impromptu photo shoot
-Have fun (try not to take yourself or others too seriously)

If you don’t have these things on hand, head to the store to pick up a few things, or be creative and make do with what you have. Everything I am wearing are items that have been in my closet. I picked up a few bags of candy, and Little Debbie Valentine cakes from the store. I baked a few cupcakes and asked my honey to pick up a few roses. Although, if this is Valentines day I will hope the prompting of flowers isn’t needed. But you never know, sometimes they need prompting.

Do you celebrate Valentines Day? If so, what are your plans?

Xo
Serena

TIMES ARE A CHANGIN’

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[TRENCH & TANK:ASOS | HEELS & JOGGERS:TARGET]

As you may know, Tess (Munster) Holliday was recently signed to Milk Model Management in London, as the first model of her height and size. She is 5’5 and a size 22, this is beyond major!

I would have loved to see a woman of her size in ads when I was a teen shopping for school clothes or daydreaming about being a model.
Unfortunately, media had fooled us into believing that plus size women were unacceptable to be in mainstream media. With the likes of Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, and Melissa McCarthy starring in movies and t.v series, they are paving the way and making a significant change in the game. As well as body positive activists Gabi Gregg, Tess Munster, and many others. I am excited to see what this year brings.

What are your thoughts on Tess being signed to a major model agency? I would love to hear your feedback.

XO,
Serena

ELEVEN TWENTYFOUR FOURTEEN

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[SHEER PANEL LEGGINGS:FOREVER 21 | TURTLE NECK:ASOS | FUR VEST:FLEA MARKET | HEELS:GUESS (Thrifted)]

Took pictures with my mom for her birthday to post on my blog. She wasn’t too pleased with her “debut” on here so I thought I would make it up to her. Love you momma, you are beautiful.

XoXo
Serena

MODERN DAY HOUSEWIFE

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”- Maya Angelou

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[DENIM:LANE BRYANT | HEELS & TURBAN: RIVER ISLAND | TOP: FOREVER 21]

I fell in love with these powder-blue suede mules and rusty pink turban from River Island; it is very 50’s housewife-chic to me. The destroyed denim makes for a more casual vibe. Wore this to lunch and a quick photo shoot with my honey.

I am not sure how much longer I’ll be able to get away with wearing open toe heels with winter right around the corner, but I plan to push it as far as I can. No one likes a quitter, right?

Are you ready for the holiday season?

XO
SERENA