Transformation Tuesday with the Loft Hair Studio

In Beauty, Lifestyle

I am actually really excited to share this post with y’all because I feel like it’s coming of self-post. For the past three years or so, I’ve been wearing my hair in wigs, weaves, crochets, braids, YOU NAME IT! While 50% of the reason why I always wore those styles were for convenience, the other 50% was a mix of the following:

  • I didn’t think my 4b textured hair was good enough. My parents (even to this day) look at my natural hair, and they always say “You would look so good with a perm. At the age of 9, I got my first relaxer, so there’s that.
  • I didn’t know how to take care of it. Again, I have the thickest thin hair that I know. In fact, most days I legit want to cut it off and wear a wig. I didn’t have proper knowledge of the do’s and don’ts of my hair. I would simply see my hair stylist and kinda go with the flow. There was no real care for my hair underneath.

While I do not plan on giving up wigs, weaves, crochets, braided up do’s, you know the whole 9, I never really have my natural hair a chance. That’s where The Loft Hair Studio comes in. Before I tell you about the life-changing experience that I had at the Loft Hair Studio, let me give you a little background:

The Loft Hair Studio is professionally owned and managed by Sharita Payton. While the Loft Studio is equipped to do all types of styles and hair types, Sharita truly believes in the magic of your own crown. In an interview conducted by Curly Nikki, Sharita states, “The most important reason I would say I shifted my business is helping more women of color to embrace their natural textures. I feel the biggest reason we don’t is the fear of the unknown. Most of us are not sure what our natural texture is or what to do with it. I get people who sit in my chair and say they don’t even know what their natural hair looks like because their parents started relaxing their hair at 10, 11, 12 years of age. Many can only go based off of childhood pictures which is very telling of where we come from.

So when Sharita contacted me about visiting The Loft Hair Studio, I was intrigued…but not all the way sold. First off, when I usually see naturals in commercials, they have super loose and “manageable” tresses. When I look at my hair, I see short, thick, and harsh hair. I kept thinking to myself, how is this gonna turn out? What Hail Mary miracle is going to come out of this. But read on….

When she first saw my hair, I was a little embarrassed. But as Sharita started to assess my hair, she said, “ALL YOU NEED IS SOME MOISTURE AND SOME TLC.” I laughed a little bit when she said that because my hair has been through all types of damage. From prolonged weave wear with no maintenance to color and heat damage…you name it. But after all was said and done, I was IMPRESSED! I never thought in a million years that my hair could curl, look as full as it did, and it even went back to its original color.

So here’s my play by play at the Loft Hair Studio!


(super dry, kinda crusty)


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the Loft Studio

Y’all see how moist my hair is? Amazing! I honestly gave up on my curls because I didn’t think I had any!

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Sharita, the Curl Whisperer!

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She made it sound so easy! Seriously, I was so happy!

the Loft Studio


A huge thank you to Sharita for tending to my curls and showing me that I don’t have to go through a whole big chop. If I just work with what I have now with the proper care, anything is possible!

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Til next time,




Plus Size Blogger Mixing Stripes and Fur

IG Influencers Who Are Influencing My Goals

In Body Positive, Inspiration

Y’all! It’s been a whole month since I’ve posted on here. I didn’t do much planning for 2018 and I kinda snowballed into it. Usually when I am feeling stuck and lost like this, I look for sources of inspiration to get me right on track. Every year I usually write a post about my goals and how I am going to actualize them for the year. While we all know that I can write for hours, I thought I could try something different. Actually, my mantra for 2018 is ‘Somethin’ Different.’

instead of me writing about how I want to do better as a person, blogger, influencer, and careerist, I thought I would highlight people that I follow on IG, who personify these goals. So for example, if I wanted to become the first Black Mayor of the City of Boston, I would feature Yvonne Spicer, who was recently sworn in as the first African-American Mayor…actually first mayor ever, of Framingham, MA (yup, she is goals).

So in no particular order, here are my blogger/influencer goals for 2018!

Micah Giannelli– Style Goals

Micah’s IG is all things goals. From her daring looks to awesome collaborations, if I can find it in myself to be half as illuminating as Micah, I would feel like 2018 is complete. I’ve been following Micah for about one year, and I never get bored of her posts. The truth is, sometimes I get bored of my own so here’s to letting out the inner Micah in me!

Lisa al Mode- Drive Goals and Connectivity

I met Lisa back in 2016 and watching her journey has been amazing! She is so connected to her audience and is always trying to find ways to connect with them better. With every post, Lisa shares a little piece of herself. As a full-time content creator, I admire her drive and honesty– especially with her audience. She truly makes an earnest effort to be authentically herself, which is something I struggle with every day.

Essie Golden – Drive and Goal Mapping Goals

I remember meeting Essie sometime in 2013 at an Ugly Sweater Party that she co-hosted. Ever since then, I’ve only watched her set the bar higher for herself every time. Landing campaign after campaign and growing her Golden Confidence brand to an over 160k following in one year is GOALS! With successful collection curations with Rebdolls and Fashion to Figure, Essie is a force that can’t be stopped.

Garner Style and CeCe Olisa- Innovation and Continuity Goals

After my second year of attending the Curvy Con, I couldn’t be more proud of Chasity of Garner Style and CeCe Olisa. While the tickets were little over 100.00 for general admission, I felt like I got over $800.00 worth of pointers from the leading experts in the industry, made great connections with brands that were vending, and memories to last lifetime. Meeting the bloggers that I’ve only met online was definitely a highlight. Also, Chasity also said something that resonated with me: “I’ve been blogging for a while now, and I am not going to be blogging forever.” Chasity’s said this was ONE of the founding reasons as to why they created Curvy Con. Not only to put their name on the map but to give back to a community that deserves just as many accolades and flare as the straight size community. Can’t wait to go next year!


The Curvy Fashionista– Paying it Forward and Boss Empire Goals

I’ve been following TCF for as long as I could remember. While she’s always been one of the bloggers with high readership, she always puts on the newer bloggers. In 2016, TCF featured me in her Fashion Blogger Spotlight and to be honest; it’s one of my favorite features to read. I love going to read about the new influencers on the block. Also, TCF doesn’t feel that sharing about other bloggers will diminish her light because she’s always working on her own brand and securing collaborations with amazing brands!

Ady Del Valle- Risk Taker Goals

I met this Boston-based powerhouse at the Curvy Con in 2017. He is just as amazing in person as he is online. Every day, his IG posts and IG stories provide me with a little momentum to keep pushing; no matter what anyone has to say. His posts seem so fearless, and he always lives in his own authentic light! With a few collaborations and fashion shows under his belt, I predict that Ady is gonna go far!

This was my 4th runway show in one year, I still don’t know how I’ve made it this far, but I’m riding this bull to the end. People believe in me and see my purpose and how I’m helping represent, I hope to make the best of each opportunity and not disappoint the people that have my back and are rooting for me, will give my 100% or more always. • • PhotoCred: @xltribe • • Wearing: @mvp_usa • • PS: I know I talk about this a lot but you have no idea how hard and what I’ve gone through to get to this point. Something I’m proud of. • • #BigAndTall #streetfashion #streetstyle #urbanfashion #malemodel #mensfashion #beardgang #beardporn #malefashion #bigmensfashion #bigandtallmodel #gay #gaymen #malestyle #fashion #fatshion #plussizemalemodel #plussizemodel #effyourbeautystandards #brawn #plussizemenswear #plusmenrevolution #brawnsquad #BodyPositivity #WLYG #celebratemysize

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OJ of OJ Fit- Go Hard or Go Home Goals

This feature might be biased because he’s my best friend, but OJ is one of the VERY FEW trainers that I’ve seen go above and beyond for his clients. Based out of Boston, MA, OJ recently completed his National Academy of Sports Medicine certification to a CERTIFIED personal trainer. As someone who witnessed his ten months of classes to receive this certification, it’s kinda dope to see the result. He went from asking me to lift weights all the time, to designing an entire program–with a nutrition plan just for me.

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. One other thing.. always be open to learn. A person is never too good, too smart, too old to learn something new. If you can gain one new idea or experience, you are better than you were yesterday. With that being said, I came in humble, open minded, and learned some awesome new modalities. _____________________ S/O to @Realworld_tactical _____________________ #ResistanceSprints #Power #Conditioning #FunctionalStrength #Perseverance #Nike #NikeBoston #Relentless #StayHungry #Gainz #OJFit #BeGreat #AboveAverage #FitnessMotivation #FitnessJourney #1stPhorm #GymLife #CrossFit #Fitspiration #Fitfluential #BostonFitness #NYCFitness #ReachingNewLevels

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Natalia Lily- Living Your Best Life Goals

I met Natalia Lily about two years ago when we co-hosted an event at the Fashion to Figure in Brooklyn. Admittedly, I didn’t know half of the people there because I didn’t go to many plus size events. Today, I feel like I’ve known Natalia forever! With every post, she’s unapologetic. She’s not looking to see who cares; she’s just her. Whether she’s traveling abroad or in a sexy, sleek number at Art Basel, Natalia is LIVING HER BEST LIFE! I need ALLLA DAT in my life!! And don’t sleep, even though she’s living her best life, she is GRINDING! I see you boo!

everything else is just noise 🎯 Jumpsuit: @fashionnovacurve #novababe

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Marche Robinson – I Can Live My Best Life and Be Corporate Attorney Too,  Goals

I’ve officially been following Marche of Robinson Style for a year. While this boss babe is often seen at some of the hottest hotels, hottest vacation spots, and in the hottest outfits, don’t let her fool you, she’s a corporate attorney. Right now, I am trying to strike a balance between work and play. For some reason, it’s always been ‘go hard or go home,’ ONE PASSION AT A TIME! When I look at Marche’s life, she makes it seem so effortless. I definitely want to start planning my life better because while I work in a legal capacity as well, I am always afraid what my boss will say about “the real me.” But I see you, Marche!!

Chante of Everything Curvy and Chic – Business Goals

While Chante has been building her brand as an influencer for years, she’s recently stepped into the world of brick and mortar business ownership. The reason why I had to specify that it’s a brick and mortar business is that it’s Florida’s 1st Specialty Plus Size Clothing Boutique. One Curvy Boutique , located in Ocala Florida, isn’t like your everyday boutique. Not only do they offer fabulous plus size clothing from around the world but they also provide “Personal Styling” and a top of the line “Get Ready With Us” service. While Chante is still very active on the social media front, she’s running a successful business that caters to plus size women in Florida!

Thorton Paul – Drive and Go-Getter Goals

Thorton Paul is a Boston based athlete, model, influencer, AND NOW AUTHOR!!!! I am so proud of this guy because his hustle never sleeps. After being featured as Essence Magazine’s Man Crush, Thorton has been moving harder than ever! With his booked slated to release in February 2018, I can’t wait to see what else Thorton comes us with.

Miss Posh- Fitness and Style Goals

I know y’all have to see Miss Posh on this innanets! Not only does bring life to my IG Feed but her fitness journey was nothing short of amazing! If there’s anything that I wanna to tackle this year, it’s my fitness and health. This running on E business is not cool…and neither is sizing out of Forever 21 :(.

Nyviana Skye – Life Goals

Nini has a heart pure as gold! As a mother, model, artist, and supportive friend, she pushes the envelope for herself and her family and friends every day. Even after working a double triple, she still finds time to hone in on her craft, help her children actualize their dreams, and surprisingly finds time to travel as well. I’ve talked to a few of my friends and told them about my family planning goals. If I can be just a fraction as organized and determined as Nini, I think I will do ALLLLRIGHT!

KurvyKatie – Life Goals

Like Nini, Katie also has a strong dedication to her craft, her daughter, and to her country! But don’t get it twisted, she’s always down for a good time and will have you laughing until your insides hurt! In a matter of 6 months, Katie has transformed her brand into a more interactive guide of the budget conscious millennial! Over time, I want to be able to develop that much dedication to staying on course.

Voyaj Kreyol- Travel Goals

My Haitian sisters have travel on lock!! Combined Stephanie Voltaire and Vannie Paradis have traveled to 20 countries, 15 US states, 38 plus cities, and counting. Now, I already have three significant trips outlined for this year…but if I can travel like Stephanie and Vannie are traveling, I will be golden! I am really going to look into their tips on how to travel on a budget and collect points as I go along.

We are LIVE!! Go check the blog out! #VoyajKreyol

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Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus

Olay Winter Skin Challenge

In Beauty, Fitness & Health, Lifestyle

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Let’s face it; the winter has the worst side effects on our skin. In the winter, our skin is subject to extreme temperature changes, especially when going into the cold snow then entering warm space. I tend to suffer from dry itchy skin, especially on my arms and face. Graphic, I know, but the solution is ten times better! Today I’m teaming up with Olay to partake in the #WinterSkinChallenge! This challenge is all about keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and fresh during this harsh winter months. So what’s the first layer of protection to keep my skin hydrated? Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus!

Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus

Olay’s Moisture Ribbons Plus is the latest addition to my skincare routine and it should be yours too! Unlike most of the skin care products that I’ve been using, Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus has dual ribbon technology made up of both cleansers and moisturizers. At first glance, it looks like lotion. But as you start to lather up, you can feel and smell the fantastic cleansers working on your pores.

Growing up, I was accustomed to using soaps that not only dried out my skin, but they were also comparable to the same cleaning agents in dishwashing soap. Who would’ve known that my everyday routine was contributing to winter dry skin? Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus was formulated by Olay Skin Experts for a rich moisturizing experience with every wash so that you can reveal the natural the beauty of your skin.

Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus

My favorite scents right now are Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea + Manuka Honey and Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea + Lavender Oil Body Wash!

The Manuka Honey body wash deep conditioning formula is infused with shea butter, and the decadent scent of Manuka honey makes for a relaxing shower. If you’re a fan of lavender, Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea Butter + Lavender Oil Body Wash is a next level feeling. Infused with shea butter and the essential oil fragrance of soothing lavender, you will feel like you just left a spa. I’m such a therapeutic scent person, so these are like heaven to me.

So are you going to join me for Olay’s #WinterSkinChallenge? Check out Manuka Honey and Lavender Oil body washes and I know you’ll become a believer just like me.

Stay moisturized,


Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus

Christmas Gift Worthy Items via Amazon Prime

In Where to Shop

Like every year, I am doing my Christmas shopping super late. I mean, this year has to be the worst because Christmas is less than five days away. While I can run all around Boston looking for gifts in our gargantuan sized malls, I just realized that I am an Amazon Prime member! That means free two-day shipping that will be delivered just in time for the holidays! One thing that I love about Amazon is that they have GREAT quality! I would hate to give someone a gift and it looks fake or flat poor quality. With Amazon, you generally never have to worry about the item you’re receiving. If you remember my Amazon Prime Day Post , I added some tips for first time Amazon Shoppers, so make sure you check it out.

With that said, I have 5 more days to get my shopping done and Amazon Prime is going to be the savior of the year! So I compiled a list of a few items that you can get just in time for Christmas if you use Amazon Prime! If you don’t know who to sign up, refer back to my Amazon Prime Day Post. 






Happy Shopping!


Christmas in the City Lookbook

In Personal Style, Plus Size Fashion

This post is done in collaboration with Macy’s. As always, these opinions are 1000% my own.

The first brand that comes to my mind when I think about the holidays is Macy’s. If you are anything like me, Thanksgiving Day isn’t complete without watching the Macy’s Parade. As soon as Santa makes his way down the road, I officially cue the Christmas songs and start planning for holiday shopping. This year, I wanted to take a more “Christmas in the City” type of approach. While I’m completely enamored by the bright reds and soothing emerald greens, I am an edgy fashionista at heart. I love a little drama when it comes to the holidays…and I know I am not the only one.

My idea of the perfect holiday looks includes pops of red, a little bit of plaid, a sleek black number for the office holiday party, and edgy little number that I can wear to the mall all day long!  So what does my Christmas in the City look like?


The Every Day Look

Christmas in the City often involves commuting to work during the holidays and when your job is in the middle of downtown Boston, the sidewalk becomes your runway. One item that is a must-have during the holidays is plaid, and these plaid pants by Tommy Hilfiger hug the curves just right. Paired with Tommy Hilfiger’s Terzo Flats and a blazer, you’re 9-5 look is complete! This look is also optimal if you’re looking to go out for holiday drinks with your co-workers.

Plus Size Plaid Pants from Tommy Hilfiger for Macys

Plus Size Plaid Pants from Tommy Hilfiger for Macys


The Halls of Mall

During the holidays, I am at my fiercest. This outfit from City Chic gives me all the “fierce feels.” While most people are out in their sweats pants while shopping, the mall feels like an absolute runway for me, especially during the holidays. City Chic’s Skylar Corset Coated Skinny Jean accentuates every living curve of my body! And unlike most faux leather material pants I’ve worn, these babies have to be the best quality! Paired with their Layered-Look Shirt, how can you lose? Happy Shopping!

Plus Size Leather Pants for City Chic for Macy's

Plus Size Leather Pants for City Chic for Macy's

Plus Size Leather Pants for City Chic for Macy's


The Night Look

While I am someone who usually avoids jumpsuits at all costs, it was hard to avoid this one by NY Collection. The Cold-Shoulder Wide-Leg Jumpsuit is perfect for the Christmas party or family get together. With the option to widen the chest area, this jumpsuit can be worn on Christmas day or straight into New Years!


Plus Size Jumpsuit by NY Collection for Macy's

Plus Size Jumpsuit by NY Collection for Macy's





So which type of Christmas fashionista are you? 


The Every Day Look?

Pants: Tommy Hilfiger, Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger


The Halls of Mall?

City Chic for Macy's

Top: City Chic, Pants: City Chic


The Night Look?

Plus Size Jumpsuit by NY Collection for Macy's


Jumpsuit: NY Collection


Check out The Edit on to see help find the perfect holiday look for you!


Photo Creds: Distorted FX