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,

Char.

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!

Char.

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 Macys.com to see help find the perfect holiday look for you!

 

Photo Creds: Distorted FX

Plus Size Shapewear

Top 5 Plus Size Fashion Requests

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

First off, I would like to thank you all for still rocking with me! Remember when I told y’all how happy I was to start grad school? Well, 7 classes in and I feel so much more empowered but SUPER TIRED!! But Chardline Chanel is still pushing! With that, over the past two months, I’ve asked everyone what Fall/Winter items they would like me to feature. Even though I initially wanted to do five separate posts, I thought it would be best to keep them all in one place. So here are the top 5 plus size fashion requests that I’ve received…all inspired by YOU:

  • Wide calf boots
  • Shapewear
  • Leather jackets
  • Tights
  • Fur Coats

Wide Calf Boots

We all know the battle with these bad boys, but here are some brands that I’ve personally tried, and my calves are 18 inches in circumference. Also, keep in mind that the bigger foot, the wider your calf size is for most brands. For example, if you are a size 8, the base size for the calf on a boot maybe 15 inches. If you are a size 11 like me, the base size for the calf on a boot may widen by three inches…so the largest part of the boot will be 18 inches or so. But if you are really stuck, check out this guide for more details. 




 

Plus Size Leather Jackets

I’ve had the same leather jacket for three years because nothing beats a classic jacket that can be worn from Fall-Spring. With that, here are my top places to get leather jackets this year:





Plus Size Shapewear

I am back to wearing shapewear these days. As much as I want the freedom to let it all hang, I like being tucked in and smooth. Here are my number one contesters! I’ve worn them all! If you’d like me to do a specific post showing the various levels of hold, let me know!!


 

I love tights, but as someone who is a size 22 and is 5’8, it’s hard to find tights that go up all the way. While some of my friends can get away with purchasing tight from Rainbow’s I am stuck hoping that anywhere fits. These places, on the other hand, fit all 57 inches of my hips and thighs! Side note, Avenue fits me the best because they go all the way up past my waist.




 

While fur coats are finally a hot ticket item that most brands are carrying for us, it’s super hard when you have arms that are very wide in circumference. But never fear, here are some furs that pass the arm test!



 

Find anything you like? Again, make sure you let me know if you want to see something specific!! Until next time,

Chardline.

Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

Relationships that Matter

In Fitness & Health, Inspiration, Uncategorized

This post is sponsored by Rockland Trust. But as always, my opinions are 1000% my own.


Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

As a part two to last week’s posts, I thought it would be fitting for me to open up about how much I value the relationships in my life. As humans, we form lots of relationships. Whether it is with school teachers, gym trainers, financial advisors, family, friends, etc., we place value in all of these relationships because we understand the trust and loyalty that binds us. One relationship that I love to brag about is with my trainer turned best friend, OJ.

 

OJ epitomizes the definition of a best friend. I do not know a single person who is more present in my life than he is…well after my mom of course. When I first started blogging, he supported my entrepreneurial endeavors. Even if he was the only man submerged in a sea of ladies at my events, he never complained. He merely observed and smiled. Apart from being physically being present in my life, he’s always been the perfect person to mentally balance me out. While I tend to be a paranoid or anxious person, he’s always there to remind me to calm down. And on the flip side, when I complained to him that I couldn’t climb to the top of a mountain, he was right there pushing me along the way…and this isn’t a figure of speech either. He actually helped me climb to the top of two mountains.

Our relationship isn’t complicated or knows many boundaries. I don’t think there’s anything I have a hard time telling him. Our trust and candid talks is what binds us closer. When others started to notice that I gained 100 pounds, they quietly said, “Chardline, you are getting bigger.” But when OJ noticed he said, “Alright when I’ve completed personal training school, I am going to design you a program to help you with your fitness goals…” He never attacks me or makes me feel like I am doing something wrong…unless it’s a roast session. That boy can roast!  Instead, he picks up on certain patterns and behaviors and asks how I am doing.

 

Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

I can go on and on about my relationship with OJ, but the truth is I am choking up over here. And OJ knows this. I always let him know when I appreciate his friendship. Whether it’s a simple “I love you” or saving him food, we celebrate our relationship in awesome ways! We’ve already traveled from coast to coast; I wonder where life will take us now.

Both OJ and I were discussing how it’s time “grown-up moves” in our lives. While we have our sights on starting our own families and buying homes, we recognized the importance of building relationships with people and institutions that will help us actualize these goals. Being Massachusetts natives, we started looking into Rockland Trust. When I learned about a bank that focuses its mantra on building meaningful relationships with their customers, it didn’t take much for me to want to learn more. Rockland Trust is a bank that offers a wide of banking, investment, and insurance services to people like me.

I never thought I would experience the day where I can compare one of my most meaningful relationships in my life to a bank that can help me actualize my short-term and long-term goals. I value the relationships in my life and I am happy to know that Rockland Trust does the same for its consumers. I’ve banked with other institutions but I’ve never experienced a bank that is committed to helping me be a better Chardline, just like OJ is.

Interested in learning about Rockland Trust? Head to Rockland Trust’s website, where you can learn more about their services and even the philanthropic work they do. Also, follow their Instagram and Facebook for interactive posts and updates.

Give OJ a big hug for me if you see him in the streets!

Til next time,

Char!