It’s been awhile since I’ve done some pattern blocking. And with the arrival of cold weather, mixing patterns and blazers are the new norm. Today, I wanted to feature some of my latest purchases from Target’s Who What Wear Collection.
This form of pattern block is new to me. While I loved both the Ruffle Poplin Blouse and the Who What Wear™ Cheetah Print jacket, as standalone pieces, seeing them together really made a statement for me. This might be because I grew up in Catholic Schools and my skirts colored block 5 types of vomit green. Anywho, I really thought these two pieces would pop!
But I didn’t want to get carried away with myself so wearing my dark blue jeans and black pumps really helped compliment the colors in Ruffle Poplin Blouse and Who What Wear™ Cheetah Print jacket. The blue hues in the denim went well with the blue stripes, and the black pumps matched the cheetah print. Once you’ve found a way to color block two intricate items, wearing them items separately should be easy.
So what do you think?
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As women, our bodies are always changing. Earlier this year, I had major hormone shifts that caused my body to react negatively to my everyday hygiene products. Soaps that I’ve been using for decades instantly caused my skin to break out in hives. Even body moisturizer caused my skin to dry out. But nothing was worse than developing dermatitis from using aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants. In short, Dermatitis is when your skin becomes irritated by certain allergens. In my case, my aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants caused a rash like condition under my arms. This would cause my arms to scratch and burn throughout the day. Actually, it got so bad that water would start to hurt. Enter: Tom’s of Maine’s Long Lasting Deodorant – a natural deodorant option with no aluminum or petrochemicals.
Deodorant is the most crucial part of a work woman’s day. I begin my day at 5 am by heading to the gym, then head to my 9-5, and then finish off with grad classes or blog work until 11 pm. With all the hustle and bustle of the day, your deodorant should be the number one reason why you feel and smell fresh. When my dermatologist recommended Tom’s of Maine Deodorant to me, I was skeptical. But when my doctor mentioned Tom’s of Maine uses natural fragrances, as opposed to synthetic, I questioned whether it would last throughout the day. Nonetheless, I was desperate, and I knew I couldn’t keep using the antiperspirant I had home. After two days of usage, the redness and swelling under my arms started to go down. Ever since then, it’s been a match made in heaven. because I’ve had such a great experience with Tom’s of Maine after my dermatologist recommended it, I was delighted to partner with Tom’s of Maine to learn more about their Long Lasting Natural Deodorant.
So why make the switch? The naturally derived ingredients in Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant not only keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, but you can avoid artificial preservatives and other unwanted ingredients from being continually massaged into your pores. It’s unfortunate that we are exposed to all types of pollution in the air and our food, so why put them on your body?
And as someone who considers herself an athlete, I constantly have a fear of my deodorant not being strong enough. Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant is a long lasting deodorant that works just as hard as you do. Interested in learning more about my new favorite deodorant on the block? Head to Tom’s of Maine to see if it’s a fit for you! Always consult your doctor when making a change to your hygienic routine.
Til next time,
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
According to Unicef, since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
I am not one to cast a shadow on challenges of others…if you believe you are going through a problem, you, my friend are going through it. When people would say “I wish I were rich, I wouldn’t be going through this problem,” I often argue that wealthy people have a whole other set of issues that money can’t resolve. Unfortunately, as women in a 90% patriarchal world, we collectively go through a lot of the same issues.
Unequal pay, telling women they are playing “victim” when they go through rape, national leaders telling us what to do with our sexual organs (even condoning mutilation), fat shaming, barring access to education and driving, and the list goes on an on. And as much as I wish we were living through lines of Tupac’s “Dear Mama” song, we’re not.
I don’t advocate to be a feminist, but I do advocate for our human rights! I believe that we deserve to treat each other with the utmost understanding and respect. And even if it’s too late to do it now, we gotta start with youth…we shouldn’t have to condition young girls and women into believing that this is all society has to offer them. At the bare minimum, OUR HUMAN RIGHTS!
Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If efficiently supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. – Unicef.
So please, if you see a little girl today–even if it’s for three seconds, let them know they are appreciated and that they can put anything they set their mind to! When I was younger, images of women running shit were far and few. I wish I could have told myself that the buck doesn’t stop with what “they” tell you to do…keep pushing sis.
Ever fall in love with a trend at first sight? That’s how I felt when I saw Maggie Gyllenhaal and Chanel Iman rocking their Pyjamas jackets. Today, I share my take on the plus size pyjama jacket by Simply Be. +
Maggie Gyllenhaal from Vogue UK
Chanel Iman from Vogue UK.
While I’ve seen most celebrities wear their Pyjama jackets with a coordinating pant, like this one from Simply Be , I want to test out its versatility. At first, I was thinking of color blocking with other floral capris or even a black pleated skirt. But I decided to go basic with this one: distressed denim jeans. Like how can you not win?? The blue hues compliment each other, and my nude heels bring out the beige undertones in the jacket!
A huge thank you to my photographer Jessica of JMP Image!!
How would you rock the pyjama trend? Soon, we are going to explore my favorite trend of the fall: Wearable Lingerie!! Can’t wait to share it with you!
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I know it’s been an entire month since I’ve written on here. And even though I’ve been low-key on the social front, I’m trying to get it together. I am a point in my life where I am blessed with opportunity, but my energy, zest, and enthusiasm seem to be low. The last time I’ve felt energized and on my P’s and Q’s was when I was consistently active.
When I used to attend Zumba classes 3x times a week, my energy was through the roof. I loved it! Aside with the intended weight loss benefits, my dealing with stress became easier. I knew that problems wouldn’t go away immediately, but for those 60 mins, I was focusing on myself! Also, I would finally fall asleep as soon as I hit the bed—and all my close friends know that this NEVER HAPPENS ANYMORE. I trainer maybe 5 or 8 times a month with OJ of OjFit_ but I wanted to take it up a notch! So, I’ve decided to put myself back into consistent activity with TRILLFIT!
What is TRILLFIT?
As seen in the Boston Globe, InStyle, NBC, and much more, TRILLFIT is Boston’s original hip-hop workout party. They believe that fitness should be fun, inclusive, and set to the illest soundtrack. Any class that endorses twerking is a class you should try! I’ve been to a couple of classes in the past when I’ve had time, and they were AMAZEBALLS!
The classes they currently have are:
Sculpt- Our signature strength training class focuses on tightening and toning the whole body with an emphasis on booty work. Fusing elements of HIIT, core work, Pilates, and body weight exercises targeted towards arms, abs, legs, thighs, and butt, Sculpt will have you feeling the burn and looking back at it all damn day. We promise. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome.
TRILLFIT- Our signature dance class blends Beyonce-worthy choreography (we love a good twerk sesh) with multiple rounds of HIIT, to sweat your way to a tighter, toned body. Sneakers Required. All levels welcome
HIP HOP YOGA (my fave)- A slow flow vinyasa class that explores and deepens the connection between mind and body, while stretching and restoring the body from the inside out. Set to the sounds of DJ Nick Bishop spinning a live soundtrack of hip-hop and R&B, this class takes you deeper into your yoga practice with that same TRILLFIT spark. Be prepared to sweat and rejuvenate. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome.
…and more classes to come!
Check out this video of a Pop-up Class in LA.
With that said, I am going to challenge myself to 15 days of TRILLFIT! Even though their classes conflict with my school classes, I am going to push myself to attend Trillfit between now and November 16th …at least 15 times! By doing this, I am hoping to regain that energy and zest for life again. I am also hoping to see these curves morph back into the old Chardline I once knew!
Want to join me? I am starting this Wednesday, and I really want you there! The first two people to email me ([email protected]) get to take one class ON ME!!! That’s right, if you’re in the Boston area, please come and get this work!!! Also, want to watch a few snippets from class during my 15 days of TRILLFIT? Make sure you head to my fitness IG account where I will introduce the magic that is TRILLFIT! I am going to post some progress pics along the way…so make sure you follow :).
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1 week agoby chardlinechanel#ad Two months ago, I was diagnosed with a condition called dermatitis. While I couldn’t figure out why I was experiencing so much discomfort, my dermatologist told me that there were allergens in my antiperspirant that caused my skin to form a rash. That’s when she recommended that I switch over to @Toms_of_Maine . Because I've had such a great experience with Tom’s of Maine after my demonologist recommended it, I was delighted to partner with Tom’s of Maine to learn more about their Natural Long-Lasting Deodorant. Want to read more about #WhyISwitched , click the link the bio! #skinconditions#Dermatitis#AluminumFreeDeodorant …