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TWELVE TWO EIGHTY-SIX

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boohoo official, simply be, h&m, forever 21, sanfrancisco, birthday look, plus size clothing
boohoo official, simply be, h&m, forever 21, sanfrancisco, birthday look, plus size clothing

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boohoo official, simply be, h&m, forever 21, sanfrancisco, birthday look, plus size clothing
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS
boohoo official, simply be, h&m, forever 21, sanfrancisco, birthday look, plus size clothing
[PANTS: SIMPLYBE | TOP: BOOHOO | MENS JACKET: H&M | NUDE WEDGES: FOREVER 21 | CLUTCH: THRIFTED]

It is official, in two years I will turn the big 3-0! I am trying to convince myself to look at it from a “fine wine” perspective. Guess I will have to fake it til I make it. Am I the only one having a slight panic attack about this?

On a lighter note, I was happy to spend my twenty-eighth birthday in San Francisco. I love walking  around the city and taking pictures. I finally had the chance to visit  Miette pastry shop, and stopped by Bi-Rite Market for a few groceries. It was pouring rain which I loved but it would stop every time we needed it to. It was perfect! That city takes my breath away every time.

Where do you go when you want to take a quick little trip? Most importantly, what do you wear? I am the worst at over packing. What is in your getaway bag?

Happy New Years Eve! Have fun and stay safe.

Xo,
SERENA

ELEVEN TWENTYFOUR FOURTEEN

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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

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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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#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 😉

XoXo
Serena

HALLOWEEN-EY

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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

The Morning After…

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timberland, plus size sweats, forever 21, plus size sweater, plus size clothing

timberland, plus size sweats, forever 21, plus size sweater, plus size clothing
[SWEATER, LACE TOP, AND SWEAT PANTS:FOREVER 21 PLUS | BOOTS:TIMBERLAND]
Pictures below are from my phone. Unfortunately we did not have time to take good pics with our camera.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN

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[Honeycomb fishnet pullover:Hips and Curves ]

Here are a few snaps of what I wore to breakfast the morning after Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s On The Run Tour in San Francisco. It was incredible, to say the least. I will remember that night forever. We danced from the first song to the very last! I was legitimately sad when the concert was over, why did it have to end?!?

The morning after, I wanted two things- comfort and food. Between dancing and wandering the streets of San Francisco, my feet were in desperate need of relief. We set out on a quest for food and a new pair of comfy shoes. In true Jay-z fashion, I chose a pair of Timberland’s! I have wanted Timbs for a while, they are classic and go with EVERYTHING- dresses, pants, shorts, socks, no socks, you name it. Plus, they bring out the inner hood in all of us! Do you have your eye on any boots this season?

P.s
Sorry I have been MIA.

Xo
Serena

MILKY

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simplybe, plus size pants, white pants, forever 21 plus size, #ootd, #honormycurves, #celebratemysize
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[Linen Pants:SimblyBe | Crochet Tunic:F21 | Leopard Mules:Guess (old)]

I finally decided to get my lazy a** dressed. I was seriously in a slump, I had no motivation or inspiration to get dressed.  I’ve decided I have OCD in some form or another. It is insane how I will obsess over what to wear for photos! I overwhelm myself with trying to make everything perfect. If it is not exactly how I imagine it, I get so mad at myself for not executing the look. After taking these photos I wanted to kick myself in the you know what for getting worked up about nothing! I need to remember to relax, go with the flow, and do what I love to do.

If you find yourself in a rut as I was, try cleaning, seriously! Last weekend, I did a little deep cleaning, I found the cutest desk, chair, and dresser for my office/dressing room. I scrubbed the walls, rearranged furniture, and burned the best smelling lilac candle from Bath & Body Works. My honey picked up a clothing rack that I was in desperate need of to help separate what I am going to take pictures in apart from the mound of clothes overflowing on a bench at the foot of the bed AKA the “abiss”. I also picked up a clothes steamer ( I hate ironing) and a teeth whitening kit.

My point of all this is to say if you are feeling down or in a rut, do something for yourself that is good for the soul. Cleaning as much as I hate the thought of it, once you start, feels good and the end result is even better. This is something I am just learning. Self maintenance/hygene such as teeth whitening, waxing, exercising, eating healthy food, pedicures, getting your hair done, etc. is a great way to snap out of it. It feels good and helps you get in tune and intimate with yourself. A little self intimacy never hurt anyone, right? What do you do when you are looking for a little “pick me up”? Please share.

Side note:
I love, love, love, mid century cinder blocks, they are the perfect background for pictures. To me, it is very “Los Angels” circa 1950-1960.

P.S My boyfriend bought tickets this weekend to the Beyonce and Jay-z “On The Run” tour! I am geeked and of course freaking about what to wear!

Happy Monday, guys.

Xo
Serena

TRENCHY

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ASOS curve, plus size jeans, plus size jacket, forever 21 plus size, wedges, plus size trench coat

ASOS curve, plus size jeans, plus size jacket, forever 21 plus size, wedges, plus size trench coat

ASOS curve, plus size jeans, plus size jacket, forever 21 plus size, wedges, plus size trench coat

ASOS curve, plus size jeans, plus size jacket, forever 21 plus size, wedges, plus size trench coat
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

ASOS curve, plus size jeans, plus size jacket, forever 21 plus size, wedges, plus size trench coat
[TRENCH COAT:ASOS CURVE| ACID WASH JEANS:F21 PLUS SIZE | WEDGES:VAGABOND FROM ASOS | SWEATER:MACYS PLUS SIZE CLEARANCE RACK IN SAN FRANCISCO]

If you are currently not a proud owner of a trench coat, I am here to tell you… “you need to be”. It is an essential piece to have in your wardrobe. Seriously, it goes with everything, dressed up or down! I am so in love with this new trench coat from ASOS CURVE. I never thought I was a “trench girl”, but apparently I am! I have a feeling I will get a lot of looks out of this baby.

P.S
I am sooo ready for new hair. I’m thinking blonder, shorter, sleeker…

Xo
Serena

YOU are beautiful, WE are beautiful

Ambitionz Az A Ridah

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plus size pants, forever 21 shoes, forever 21 plus size, tupac, ambitionz az a ridah
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[Jeans & D’orsay flats: Forever 21 ]

This is a quick post of what I wore for a day of running around with my honey-bunny. I was channeling my inner Tupac (hence the title of this post). I Hope all of you have a great Easter weekend or just a good weekend if you don’t celebrate. We will be going to San Francisco for a quick weekend get a way. I need my Cali fix, I am too excited. Happy Friday guys!

Xo
Serena

You are BEAUTIFUL, we are BEAUTIFUL!

IT IS OK TO SAY YOU ARE SEXY

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[Pants & Body Suit:Forever 21 plus size | Heels:ASOS Curve]

Over time, I have noticed that many women are uncomfortable with saying they are sexy or beautiful. Even if they think they are, when it comes to verbalizing it, they act as if its taboo to feel such a way.

Honestly, I believe this originates from females being judgmental of one another (which nine times out of 10, stems from our personal insecurities). I have observed women that are utterly appalled by a woman who proudly and confidently exudes her sexiness. Why do they act as if a woman who is comfortable with her body and sexuality is either fast, a whore, conceited, stuck up or some other god forsaken derogatory statement?

Being a woman myself, I take pride in being, feeling, and embodying all of my beauty and sexiness. I feel blessed to have never felt ugly or ashamed of my size or myself. Of course, I have my moments, but who hasn’t?

Many women, big or small, have problems saying they are beautiful or sexy. I remember watching Oprah interview Kim Kardashian. Oprah asked, “do you think you are beautiful”? I do not recall Kim’s exact answer, but I know it was not yes! It blew me away. I thought to myself “Does she honestly believe she is not beautiful?” Or was that out of fear of being scrutinized for having the audacity to think or further more, say out loud that she is beautiful?

Attention: ALL WOMEN, GIRLS, MEN, and THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE, we are All BEAUTIFUL!! There is nothing wrong with believing in that and SAYING it out loud with pride! SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOP. We should empower and embrace one another and our differences!
Thinking you are greater because of your appearance or social status is what truly makes a person “UGLY.”
XoXo
SERENA

You are beautiful! We are beautiful!