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ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES, BABY!

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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

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 ūüėČ

XoXo
Serena

SHOPPING ONLINE

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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

MILKY

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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

SIMPLIFY

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lane bryant, simplybe, steve madden, plus size

lane bryant, simplybe, steve madden, plus size

lane bryant, simplybe, steve madden, plus size

lane bryant, simplybe, steve madden, plus size

lane bryant, simplybe, steve madden, plus size
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JU’WAN ANDREWS

lane bryant, simplybe, steve madden, plus size
[Slip-on Sandals:Steve Madden | Boyfriend Shirt:Simplybe | Bra & Seven7 Jeans:Lane Bryant]

You cannot go wrong with a white button up, seven7 distressed jeans from Lane Bryant, slicked back hair, and a pair of Steve Madden slip-ons. Sometimes, it is best to simplify your look, and don’t forget a bold lipstick, it adds a certain je ne sais quoi .

Have a good weekend, be happy and enjoy the sunshine.

Xo
Serena

YOU are beautiful, WE are beautiful