A Day in the Life of a Princess

In Fashion, Personal Style

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a princess or a ballerina. After complaining to my mom that I had going to practice, being a princess was my only option. As I got older, I realized that being a princess wasn’t like Beauty and the Beast. In fact, it was more like Michelle Obama, Frida Kahlo or Maya Angelou. Inspiring women to their best selves, regardless of what cards they are dealt. I’d like to think that I am a princess. I may not be as notable as Michelle Obama, but I feel like I overcame a lot and try to inspire others along the way. In fact, I hope everyone looks at themselves as princesses or queens! It may feel like a five-year-old’s depiction of the perfect life–but hear me out: When we were kids, we looked up to some of these Disney Princesses, what’s the harm of looking up to yourself? We get up every day; we put on a game face, (and some of us have to deal with a sexist president by the name of #45) then continue slaying dragons. And even if you feel defeated most days, don’t let that spark die. Let your invisible crown be your guide and may you feel like the best-dressed person where ever you go.

Naturally Nude by Eleven 60 Plus Size Blogger

Speaking of, remember when I had an amazingly detailed lace dress from Eleven 60? Well, I am back it again with their Naturally Nude dress!!  Talk about feeling and looking regal! This dress is giving me ALL THE PROPER VIBES!! I wish I still had more weddings to go to because I feel like stuntin’ a little bit!! I am wearing a size 3x, and it’s a perfect fit. If you have larger breasts or big arms, size up because there’s no stretch.

Naturally Nude by Eleven 60 Plus Size Blogger

Talk about feeling and looking regal! This dress is giving me ALL THE PROPER VIBES!! I wish I still had more weddings to go to because I feel like stuntin’ a little bit!! I am wearing a size 3x, and it’s a perfect fit. If you have larger breasts or big arms, size up because there’s no stretch. Remember, you are a princess in your own rite. You save lives every day, and you probably don’t even notice it. So put on that crown, kiss a few babies and do what you do!

Naturally Nude by Eleven 60 Plus Size Blogger

Dress Details: Eleven 60’s Naturally Nude!

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Turning a New Leaf feat. Teri Jon

In Body Positive, Fashion, Personal Style

At 28 years old, I feel like I’ve experienced more than I needed to. I’ve had like five near death experiences; I’ve had to make tough decisions that I wake up regretting every day and to make matters worse, I keep finding myself in a lot of the same experiences. I think the greats call this insanity.

One of life’s most challenging aspects is understanding love + partnership with a significant other. I swear, in high school, it was so simple. Love meant holding hands, going to the movies, and the worst thing your significant other can do is cheat on you.

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

As I’m getting older, love is starting to mean tough conversations, holding your tongue for the sake of bruising your partner’s ego, understanding that there is a gray area that isn’t always the prettiest place to hang out in, realizing that sex more than a physical act–it’s 90% mental, knowing that honest and direct communication will make or break a relationship, etc.

Now, there are more nuances to love but–even then, I still welcome it with open arms. Why? Love has the power to transform and heal you. I once had a friend who said, “Sha, you are brave! You go into dating with the hopes of you establishing something long lasting. You don’t seem to be scared of externalities such as hurt, depression, weight fluctuation, internalized views about yourself and men in general, etc.” As endearing as his speculation about me was, he was kind of wrong. I’m terrified of love. It can be horrifying!

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

It’s 2017, and society still dictates where a person should be in their late twenties. If it were up to my family, I would have been married with two kids by now. But, by the grace of God, I’m not even close. Being married isn’t a life goal for me. Being happy and making others happy is a better fit for me. Does that mean I’m going to put a pause on love? NAH! I’m going to love harder than I’ve ever loved before. But not in search of the dream guy—in search of Chardline. I’ve been relationships that have changed me for the worst. I honestly lost more and more of myself with every relationship.

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

While this post is only PART ONE, I hope you guys follow me as I figure out what it means to take the time to and LOVE ME! FINALLY! I’ve identified six things that kept me from loving me. With each layer revealed, I am going to share some of the tips and revelations that led me to this impetus. I’m also low key excited that I’m going to partner with people who’ve watched me grow and break down for the past 10+ years. Visuals, Interviews, and Testimonies!

No fancy production here, but this project means more to me than you all know. And yes, we can talk about this dress! The reason why I had to roll out my “Turning a New Leaf” project with this dress by Teri Jon is that I am still a style blogger and partnering with brands who are turning new leaves of their own is especially near and dear to my heart! Teri Jon just rolled out their #JustMySize campaign. Check out their video to learn more about it.

Even though my dress is sold out, check out these Fall classics that I know you’ll see on the blog again!! I am wearing a size 20 if it helps for reference. Also, I found the same dress on Saks!

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

Plus Size Wedding Dress by Teri Jon

Do me a favor? Hug yourself every night before you go to sleep. I promise it makes a world of a difference.

-Char.

Never go Eric Benet

In Fashion, Inspiration, Personal Style, Plus Size Fashion

“You almost went Eric Benét/Let the baddest girl in the world get away/I don’t even know what else to say/N*gga, never go Eric Benet”


In the spirit of a wedding that I am attending over the weekend, I thought I would put out a reminder to my future King and what not! Remember ladies, you are the prize! But for now, I am effin’ feeling myself! So here’s a short post to memorialize the way I was feeling on 7/27/2017! Oh yea, and happy birthday to my sister Katherine!!

For outfit details? Make sure you shop below :).

Summertime Fly Work Apparel

In Fashion, Personal Style, Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

Nothing is more confusing than trying to dress for the scorching while entering a freezer-like work space. I know you’ve been there. Stepping outside in a short sleeve shirt and skirt, only to freeze in an office that has A/C colder than a winter day. Even though the Fall is basically tomorrow, I wanted to sneak in a post for us ladies (and fellas too) showing one way I was able to overcome this dilemma.

Colors-
By choosing colors that are lighter, my fabrics aren’t absorbing so much heat from the sun. The darker the color, the more sun you’ll take in. Why do you think some of the marquee colors for Summer outfits feature high yellows or light blues? Having an outfit that works well in the office but can withstand the heat of summer is GOALS!

To Layer or Not to Layer-
I found a pretty healthy balance to layering in the office. By wearing items that have versatility, such as my hi-low skirt from Fashion to Figure, it gives me the freedom to be professional in the office while giving my legs a little breathing room. This skirt feels just as long as pants but has a lighter feel to it. As a bigger girl; it’s hard wearing different form fitting dresses in the work place. Certain cuts don’t “sit right” or may raise as I walk. But a fit and flare with a hi-lo looks still give me a little bit of leg action and won’t rise in the back.

Another important part of layering is to have a cardigan or piece that will keep you warm when you are in the office. With this outfit, my top for from Fashion to Figure doesn’t is light enough for me to tuck into my skirt…but it’s also reinforced enough to keep me warm. It’s all about finding what works for you. I always keep a white cardigan or bolero behind my chair because I never know what New England weather has in store for me.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
To add the “Chardline Touch,” I had to bring out something other than my work flats. Finding a cute sandal that isn’t too loud eliminates the sweaty foot syndrome that I typically get when I am walking home. My sandals from Shoedazzle have been my go-to’s for most of my summer looks. They are a little high, so if you are walking a lot, it may be better to transition into flats.

And for my fellas?
Well you know I am always here for the guys! But, if you find yourself looking for something casual but works in the office, I would suggest taking a look at Bonobos. They have such trendy options for the dapper dresser. Their chinos come in all different colors and styles, which are the perfect pant to wear to the office to meet up with friends after work. Check out this look below–Christian Grey vibes for sure!

You know who’s really good at doing this in real life? The Big Fashion Guy! He makes me want to up my skills everyday!

Pic Credits to The Big Fashion Guy

So how do you dress in the summer when you work in an icebox? I would love to hear ideas!

Til next time,
Chardline.

Dove Intensive Repair for Natural Hair

In Beauty

The summer has a way of damaging my hair like no other. Moreover, since I have a 4b natural hair type, trying to revive my after heat damage and chlorine damage from all the pool parties felt near impossible…until now. So far I have been to three tropical locations, and every time I came back to the United States, my hair would feel unmanageable and brittle. While I have hair products that aid in placating my damaged ends, it was hard finding something that would bring my hair back to life. Moreover, naturalistas, we know the summer struggle is real!

While searching for products that specialize in natural hair care, I stumbled upon  Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Now, I know that my fellow naturalistas may think I am kidding, but it works! In the past, I have spent over 30.00 dollars in trying to find products that repair my damaged and ends and brittle hair. However, Dove’s Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner does the trick, and it is very affordable. I am usually against using products that have sulfates, but this duo has an ingredient that helps with softening damaged hair: Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives. Keratin is an essential protein that combats frizzy, dry ends. It is every natural girl’s best friend! Kudos to Dove for adding an important ingredient that helps support our tresses!

Since I have purchased the product, I have used it about three times, and the Intensive Repair Conditioner is a perfect co-wash. I live for products that are multi-functional. With today being the second day of a heat wave, I feel at ease about jumping into the pool. Since Dove Intensive Repair works to repair hair and stop 90% of hair damage before it happens, I am ready to enjoy the rest of my summer and my luscious locs!

What are your thoughts? Ready to try Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner? Let me know what your results are!

Until next time,
Char!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.