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FEAR NOT

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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

TIMES ARE A CHANGIN’

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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

MODERN DAY HOUSEWIFE

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”- Maya Angelou

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[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

HALLOWEEN-EY

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forever 21 plus size, top shop, Halloween, ootd
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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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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[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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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

Ambitionz Az A Ridah

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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!

CITY LIVIN’

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forever 21, target, plus size pants

forever 21, target, plus size pants

forever 21, target, plus size pants

forever 21, target, plus size pants
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[Pants:Forever 21 Plus Sizes | Pink Hanes Sweater:Thrift Store | Heels:Target]

There is something enduring about taking photos in the city at bus stations or airports that have a way of seizing the moment in time. Here is my version of a classic photo-op in the city.

Have a good weekend.

Talk to you later
XoXo
Serena

SUNDAY ROUTINE

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The first sign of morning, he feels me reaching for my phone and automatically wraps his arms around to pull me closer (he wants me off the phone). After a little morning cuddling ;), we take showers, which may or may not be taken together. We shout out a few “should I wear this with this?”, “Honey, have you seen my earrings?”, ”Where’s my jacket?”, and sometimes a “are you really going to wear that?”

His music is blasting from the office (most likely, it’s some sort of rap/hip hop or R&B). I play my music in the bathroom (usually 90’s R&B and pop) but as of late, OBVI its Beyoncé’s new album. I’m obsessed! I can’t get enough! I want to emulate her every move in those videos. I’ll make it my work out session; kill two birds with one stone. Get healthier, AND learn some new sexy moves for my man. Sounds like a win-win to me (it’s always good to switch things up, ladies). Finally, we choose our scents and accessories and we are on our way. A typical Sunday will go a little something like this… breakfast, a stroll through the flea market, and maybe a trip to Target or the mall. We end the day with dinner and a movie, and there ya’ have it, our Sunday routine.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

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[Jeans:Forever 21| My boyfriends Flight Jacket: H&M | Acrylic transparent clutch:Ebay via nicolette mason’s #followitfindit picks | Boots:Riverisland ]