outfits

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

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

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

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

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

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

LACKADAISICAL

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size, forever 21, target

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size,forever 21, target

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size, forever 21, target

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size, forever 21, target

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size, forever 21, target

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size, forever 21, target
PHOTOGRAPY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

forever 21, plus size clothing, plus size, target plus size, forever 21, target
[Dress:Forever 21 Plus (similar) | Sweater:Forever 21 Plus (similar) | Flats:Forever 21 | Purse:3.1 Phillip Lim for Target]
It would be a fib, if I told you this look was planned. The truth is, this is the result of me throwing on a dress, grabbing a comfy sweater, and running out of the house. The perfect opportunity, for an impromptu photo-shoot. Don’t you think?

Don’t forget to apply lipstick; it is amazing how color on your lips can bring life to a rather washed out face.

This Forever 21 plus size body-con dress is from a few years back. I have worn it as a dress, a top with jeans, and as a pencil skirt. It has surprisingly turned out to be quite a versatile piece in my wardrobe.

Ta-Ta for now…

XoXo

Serena