plus size fashion

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

FEAR NOT

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

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

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

CHINESE NEW YEAR

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plus size, forever 21, asos, river island , leather jacket, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards

plus size, forever 21, asos, river island , leather jacket, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

plus size, forever 21, asos, river island , leather jacket, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards
[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

TIMES ARE A CHANGIN’

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asos curve, junarose, target, plus size pants, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #andigetdressed, #tcf style, plus size clothing

asos curve, junarose, target, plus size pants, #celebratemysize, #effyourbeautystandards, #andigetdressed, #tcf style, plus size clothing
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS
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[TRENCH & TANK:ASOS | HEELS & JOGGERS:TARGET]

As you may know, Tess (Munster) Holliday was recently signed to Milk Model Management in London, as the first model of her height and size. She is 5’5 and a size 22, this is beyond major!

I would have loved to see a woman of her size in ads when I was a teen shopping for school clothes or daydreaming about being a model.
Unfortunately, media had fooled us into believing that plus size women were unacceptable to be in mainstream media. With the likes of Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, and Melissa McCarthy starring in movies and t.v series, they are paving the way and making a significant change in the game. As well as body positive activists Gabi Gregg, Tess Munster, and many others. I am excited to see what this year brings.

What are your thoughts on Tess being signed to a major model agency? I would love to hear your feedback.

XO,
Serena

GOLDEN

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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

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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

Do Your Thang Girl

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

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[ 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
[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

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