Forever 21

ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES, BABY!

asos curve, simply be, forever 21, plus size dresses, plus size clothing

asos curve, simply be, forever 21, plus size dresses, plus size clothing

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

asos curve, simply be, forever 21, plus size dresses, plus size clothing
[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

HOW TO SPEND YOUR VALENTINES DAY IN

Valentines day, plus size, love, candy, lane bryant, river island, asos, torrid, #effyourbeautystandards, #celebratemysize

Valentines day, plus size, love, candy, lane bryant, river island, asos, torrid, #effyourbeautystandards, #celebratemysize

Valentines day, plus size, love, candy, lane bryant, river island, asos, torrid, #effyourbeautystandards, #celebratemysize

Valentines day, plus size, love, candy, lane bryant, river island, asos, torrid, #effyourbeautystandards, #celebratemysize

Valentines day, plus size, love, candy, lane bryant, river island, asos, torrid, #effyourbeautystandards, #celebratemysize
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

Valentines day, plus size, love, candy, lane bryant, river island, asos, torrid, #effyourbeautystandards, #celebratemysize
(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

TWELVE TWO EIGHTY-SIX

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

simplybe, plus size pants, white pants, forever 21 plus size, #ootd, #honormycurves, #celebratemysize

simplybe, plus size pants, white pants, forever 21 plus size, #ootd, #honormycurves, #celebratemysize

simplybe, plus size pants, white pants, forever 21 plus size, #ootd, #honormycurves, #celebratemysize

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

simplybe, plus size pants, white pants, forever 21 plus size, #ootd, #honormycurves, #celebratemysize
[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

WATER COLOR

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[Skirt:Simplybe | Blouse:Forever21 Plus Size | Bra:CACIQUE| Slip-ons:Steve Madden]

Here is a quick look from a couple of weekends ago. I wore a floral, watercolor skirt from Simplybe with a strapless bra from CACIQUE intimates. I unbuttoned this top from F21 to show a little somehtin’, somethin’. My honey and I grabbed a delicious ice cold margarita from SIRI (a new casino in downtown Reno) for a stroll on the river walk. This is  one of my favorite things to do in the summer months. By the way, these Steve Madden slip-ons are the perfect height and very comfortable for a long day of walking. I am quite pleased with this purchase!

Xo
Serena