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TEN TIPS FOR DRESSING VISIBILE BELLY LINE’S

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(Don’t you just love that cotton candy sky?)

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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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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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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

FEAR NOT

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asos, plus size clothing, plus size denim, white pants, denim shirt

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asos, plus size clothing, plus size denim, white pants, denim shirt
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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asos curve, simply be, forever 21, plus size dresses, plus size clothing
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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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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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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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

ELEVEN TWENTYFOUR FOURTEEN

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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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

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

REFINED

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS
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[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

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[ 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

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[ 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