ELEVEN TWENTYFOUR FOURTEEN

forever 21, mother and daughter,  asos curve, carmakoma, plus size clothing, leopard, plus size clothing

forever 21, mother and daughter,  asos curve, carmakoma, plus size clothing, leopard, plus size clothing

forever 21, mother and daughter,  asos curve, carmakoma, plus size clothing, leopard, plus size clothing

forever 21, mother and daughter,  asos curve, carmakoma, plus size clothing, leopard, plus size clothing

forever 21, mother and daughter,  asos curve, carmakoma, plus size clothing, leopard, plus size clothing
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

forever 21, mother and daughter,  asos curve, carmakoma, plus size clothing, leopard, plus size clothing
[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

#celebratemysize, lane bryant jeans, forever 21 plus size, river island, plus size denim

#celebratemysize, lane bryant jeans, forever 21 plus size, river island, plus size denim
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

#celebratemysize, lane bryant jeans, forever 21 plus size, river island, plus size denim
[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

STRIKE A POSE

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[SKIRT:SIMPLYBE | TRENCH:ASOS | SANDALS:ASOS | TOP:FOREVER 21 (SIMILAR)]

I know these are spring colors but I figured the trench makes it “cold weather” appropriate. How can you go wrong with a pencil skirt, crop top, and a trench? A trench coat can go along way and will last foreva’!

Happy Hump Day ūüėČ

XoXo
Serena

HALLOWEEN-EY

forever 21 plus size, top shop, Halloween, ootd

forever 21 plus size, top shop, Halloween, ootd

forever 21 plus size, top shop, Halloween, ootd
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

forever 21 plus size, top shop, Halloween, ootd

forever 21 plus size, top shop, Halloween, ootd
I don’t think this is the debut she wanted, but here you go mom.

I thought it would be cute to post this look today since it is Halloween! What is more “Halloween-ey” than black and orange? I threw this on to meet my mom for an impromptu dinner date. I could go for another bowl of that Pho right about now.

I am wearing Forever 21 plus size pants, and top. The sandals are from TOPSHOP.

Happy Halloween, stay safe.

XoXo
Serena

GOLDEN

H&M, TORRID, Forever 21, plus size
H&M, TORRID, Forever 21, plus sizeH&M, TORRID, Forever 21, plus size
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS
H&M, TORRID, Forever 21, plus size
Here are a few photos we took as the sun was rising, A.K.A “The Golden Hour” (the best time to take pictures). Wearing a sweater from H&M, ankle pants and nude wedges are Forever 21, and the sheer top is from Torrid.
Happy Monday!

Xo
Serena

REFINED

asos, H&M, plus size, #OOTD, #celebratemysize, asos curve
asos, H&M, plus size, #OOTD, #celebratemysize, asos curve
asos, H&M, plus size, #OOTD, #celebratemysize, asos curve
DSC_0702asos, H&M, plus size, #OOTD, #celebratemysize, asos curve
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS
asos, H&M, plus size, #OOTD, #celebratemysize, asos curve
[DRESS:ASOS CURVE| MEN’S BOMBER JACKET:H&M | LEOPARD MULES:GUESS]

My new mission in life is to refine my personal style and stay relevant at the same time. I am half kidding, half serious. Maybe that is not the most practical goal for a “life mission” but it is what it is.

I rue the day when I look back at pictures 20 years from now and say to myself “what was I wearing”. I am sure it is inevitable, but I will try to avoid it at all costs.

Happy Tuesday!
XoXo
Serena

Timbo

timberland, simplybe, target, forever 21, plus size clothing, fall 2014

timberland, simplybe, target, forever 21, plus size clothing, fall 2014

timberland, simplybe, target, forever 21, plus size clothing, fall 2014

timberland, simplybe, target, forever 21, plus size clothing, fall 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

timberland, simplybe, target, forever 21, plus size clothing, fall 2014
[ Jeans:asos | Boots:Timberland | Jacket:Forever 21 | Grey Tee:Target ]

Came across these photos from our last day in San Francisco! I am ready for another fix, I love that city. I feel like I’m in another world when we are there.

Hopefully Los Angeles is next, if it was closer I would be there all the time. Soon enough, I will make the City of Angeles my permanent residence. I’ve wanted to live in Los Angeles since I was about 10 years old. As long as I am there by 30 I’ll be good! Do you have a “dream” city you would like to live in?

Happy Friday!

XoXo
Serena

SHOPPING ONLINE

asos curve, top shop, plus size skirts, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #OOTD

asos curve, top shop, plus size skirts, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #OOTD

asos curve, top shop, plus size skirts, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #OOTD

asos curve, top shop, plus size skirts, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #OOTD
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

asos curve, top shop, plus size skirts, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #OOTD
[ Skirt:ASOS Curve | Sandals:TopShop ]

There are a lot of people (especially fuller figured women) who are not active in the fashion/blogging world that aren’t aware of all the resources and inspiration available online. I know ordering from the internet can be intimidating, but unfortunately, a lot of retail stores are not as fashion forward in the plus size department as we would like. I understand ordering something¬†online¬†not knowing how it fits can be scary. However, once you find THAT item, it is so worth it. Also, most online stores offer free return shipping, if you’re not sure read the shipping info before placing an order.

This top is a men’s cycling jersey from some random website in China. I could not find anything similar in stores (that fit) or from my “go to” online retailers (listed below). At first I was skeptical to give my credit card number, but I am happy I did. The jacket is exactly what I wanted.

Here is a quick list of blogs and websites I use for inspiration and of course shopping!

MONICA ROSE
GABI Fresh
PROFRESH STYLE
SINCERELY Jules
NICOLETTE MASON
Nadia Aboulhosn
KARLA’S CLOSET
PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE
ASOS
Simply Be
NET-A-PORTER
STYLE.COM

Women’s Wear Daily
TOPSHOP
EVANS

Naturally Fashionable
MANGO VIOLETA

Do Your Thang Girl

lane Bryant, forever 21, H&M, plus size denim

lane Bryant, forever 21, H&M, plus size denim
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

forever 21, lane bryant, H&M, plus size denim
[ TOP:FOREVER 21 |DENIM SKIRT:LANE BRYANT | HEELS:H&M ]

I am not sure if I have ever made my goal clear for this blog but I want to briefly say that my intent is to empower women and encourage them to express themselves in a way that is authentic and true to self.  Allowing society or friends and family to dictate what to wear and not to wear is  easy to do but not good for our souls. It is time to do what make us feel good about ourselves and not be concerned how others will perceive it.

I am forever on a journey of discovering what I like and dislike, but I am finding it out for myself and basing it off of my personal feelings and opinions. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for flattering your figure and accentuating your best features, but play around until YOU like what YOU see.

Moral of the story: Do your thang’ girl! Stay true to yourself and what you like.

Besos Chicas

You Are Beautiful!

Xo
Serena

Chik-A-Boom

target, lane bryant, guess, plus size jeans

target, lane bryant, guess, plus size jeans

target, lane bryant, guess, plus size jeans

target, lane bryant, guess, plus size jeans

target, lane bryant, guess, plus size jeans

Although fall is around the corner, I’ll be dressing for warm weather as long as possible. I wore this to grab brunch with my¬†honey at this¬† cute¬†restaurant, Two Chicks. I found this linen top from Target’s main range when I was in San Francisco last. I threw it on with a pair of destroyed¬† denim by Seven7 from lane Bryant and leopard heels for a little sexiness.

Are you doing anything fun for the last days of summer?

Always remember,
You are beautiful!

Xo
Serena