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January 2015

Styling with Dia&Co

In Personal Style

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Happy Friday All! I wanted to introduce a super cool styling service that goes by the name of Dia&Co.  So how does the styling service work? It’s pretty simple. There is a $20 styling fee to use this service, but it is refunded back to you if you buy anything from their personalized style selection.

It can be explained in three easy steps.

It can be explained in three easy steps.

When the great team at Dia&Co reached out to me to test out the service, I was a little hesitant. I know that I have such a unique sense of style and couldn’t imagine someone nailing down my do’s and dont’s. But the great thing about Dia&Co is not only do they conduct a great style search based on your preferences, they also open your eyes to different styles that you may not realize looks great until you try it on.  Pretty neat huh?

After completing my style profile, Dia&Co sent me a box of 5 items. Along with the 5 items they sent me, there were prices attached to them. Now, I work for the Mayor of Boston, therefore bridging the gap between trendy but professional is pretty hard. What makes matters even harder is trying to do with lots of hips and curves. Dia&Co truly helped bridged that gap with all the trendy options they packaged to me.

Dia&Co truly takes the cake as the best styling service because they offer a few tidbits about how to wear the pieces. I decided to take on the task of styling one my favorite pieces from their choices for me.

One of my favorite pieces (that I am sooooo keeping) is this red blazer from Michael Kors.  I didn’t want to do something that I’ve done before and I didn’t want to go “too out there” with it either. But thanks to Dia&Co, they get us covered.  For any items that you don’t like, Dia&Co provides a return postage bag to ship it back to them. They also ask you to rate the garments that you received to better help them gauge for you styling needs.  Doesn’t this feel so stress free?

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Attached to each of the garments are these little tags that spark a few ideas about what to do with the pieces. I loved the idea of pairing it with denim and to be honest, I don’t think that would’ve came to mind either. Here is what I came up with:

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The pop of color truly made this outfit a nice casual Friday outfit for work.

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Now I know I vowed to keep tartan/plaid in 2014 but how could I when I had this vintage skirt screaming to be paired with my blazer from Dia&Co.

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To finish it off, I had a pair with my favorite winter accessories: ALL BLACK EVERYTHING!

Blazer: Dia&Co Skirt: Thrifted Denim Top: American Eagle Tights and Jewelry:  Lane Bryant Heels: Aldo Bag: Just Fab

Blazer: Dia&Co
Skirt: Thrifted
Denim Top: American Eagle
Tights and Jewelry: Lane Bryant
Heels: Aldo
Bag: JustFab 

So if you anything like me and you are having a hard time figuring out what to wear or how to wear it, Dia&Co is a great service to use.  Make sure you check back to we what items I kept as I styling them!

Toodles,

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Pinky in the Rain

In Personal Style

Happy Friday Everyone!

This past weekend, it kept raining in Boston. I mean pouring! I couldn’t think of a better opportunity to feel like I was in Twilight then Sunday before church. I recently got a few new items added to my wardrobe that I wanted to share with you all!

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Now, this sweater from Forever 21 is the BEES KNEES!! I LOVE IT!  Now there aren’t many left online but if you check in store, you will find a whole bunch!

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Another thing I realized is don’t like to accessorize much. This year I made a commitment to purchasing new bags, coats, earrings, etc. The smallest accessory can make or break an outfit.

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Another fashion piece I am starting to get used to are flats! I used to hate flats because at times they make me look like I have can-ckles! I swear I don’t but I do have a wide foot…which makes me feel less inclined to wear them. But hey, these are gonna be my feet forever so I might as well make the best of them!

Sweater: Forever 21 Blouse: Forever 21 Skirt: Ashley Stewart Tights: Lane Bryant Flats: Target

Sweater: Forever 21
Blouse: Forever 21
Skirt: Ashley Stewart
Tights: Lane Bryant
Flats: Target

If you need help looking for something similar, just let me know!

Toodles 🙂

The #TuTuFix

In Personal Style

If there’s one thing I can’t seem to leave in 2014, it is the trend. I’ve yet to try one on and feel need to wear a girdle or worry that it’s rolling down. This time around, I felt the need to find a tutu that would go with everything! So here’s my #TutuFix

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When my tutu came in from Voluptuous Vixen, I was trying to think of ways that I can wear it in the winter. My three favorite combos are Black and Gold (hence the heels and clutch), Silver and Gold (which was always the golden rule not to wear) and Black and Silver. After much deliberation, I decided to go black and grey (with a hint of my favorite color combinations for good measure). 

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When my friend asked me, “why do you mix your golds and silvers together” I could only reply with a smile. I love them ha!

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This sweater I bought over two years ago from Forever 21 has always been a winter staple in my closet. But unfortunately, it’s getting too big for me (side note, you can see wear the sweater is hanging off my body so it looks like I have major side boob). I wish I could buy another one but, I can’t only find similar ones! The wool is to die for.

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What I love about this Tutu is that it’s very reinforced! There’s at least 3 layers under this bad boy!

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Sweater: Forever 21; similar here. Skirt: Voluptuous Vixen Boutique; similar here. Tights: Lane Bryant Shoes: Just Fab Necklace: Lane Bryant Clutch: H&M

 

Hope you enjoyed the post! Tune in tomorrow to for a post on an event I am excited to be part of!!

Toodles,

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The #LiviLife Launch Party Re-Cap

In Fitness & Health

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the #PSPfit #LiviLaunch party this weekend at the South Shore Plaza, Braintree MA. With over 50+ people who stayed around to learn about the new 

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It was great to learn about the new Livi Active line and some of the key components that make Livi Active the amazing brand it is. The Regional Director, Sandy Hayes was able to tell me the function of each garment and how it contributes towards a great work out.

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The part I loved the most was helping women try on their new Livi Active garments. Some women came through the door looking to window shop, exchange Christmas gifts or buy new apparel, but instead they left with full knowledge of the Livi line and about the #PSPfit challenge!

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I was also honored by how many people knew about my blog and wanted to start #PSPfit challenge as well! It was great to see women who want to take charge of their health, one step at a time.

Women were signing up for all 5 of the raffles we conducted throughout the Launch Party. Some women never left because they really wanted to be one of the 5 winners.

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The prizes included:

Livi Active branded product coupon for Core Legging*

Livi Active branded product coupon for Top*

Livi Active branded product coupon for Bottom + Top*

Grand Prize #PSPfit Bootcamp Membership*

Grand Prize Jawbone Up24 fitness tracker*

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Thanks to LB for the super cool workout clothing I received! These are definitely my new favorite workout clothes!

Top: Lane Bryant Leggings: Lane Bryant

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Leggings: Lane Bryant

Also, you have a few more days to register for the January #PSPfit Challenge, so make sure you join us! I will dedicating one post per week to all the #PSPfit challenge so I hope you can tune in to check it out!

Lastly, thank you to the beautiful team down at Lane Bryant in Braintree! They are the nicest and funniest group of women that I’ve met in a long time! If you are in the Braintree area, please visit them!

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Check back next week as I update my journey on with #PSPfit!!

Toodles!

Be Fit For Life: #PSPfit and #LiviLife

In Fitness & Health

Happy New Years! I know this is the time of the year where we think about ways we can improve ourselves and now I have an opportunity for anyone trying to better themselves physically and mentally!

First, I want to talk about my weight loss journey a bit before I can into the meat of things. During my college years, it was a very hard time for me because I was working two jobs, taking 5 classes a semester, and still trying to maintain a social life. From 2008-2010 I gained over 70 lbs.

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Over the past few years I’ve trained with amazing workout gurus and learned about different nutritional lifestyles. Now, I’m entering the third leg of the race, I decided to take on the #PSPfit challenge!

So what is #PSPfit challenge? Read below:

#PSPfit is a health and fitness challenge for plus size women. We are committed to Healthy Curves at Every Size by shifting our focus from getting skinny to getting healthy. Members of #PSPfit are given weekly plus size workout videos, delicious recipes created by our nutrition coach and weekly community engagement online and via phone. Joining #PSPfit means taking the challenge to work out and eat right out of love for your body. #PSPfit has members all over the United States and in countries around the world. For more information and to join, visit www.PSPfit.com

The creator of #PSPfit challenge is CeCe Olisa and she has gotten her PCOS and other health issues under control with clean eating and fitness, she’s also lost 55 pounds!!! Check out her latest workout video here.

You can Join the #PSPfit Challenge from January 1- January 15

#PSPfit January Challenge registration is underway and the theme is Body Love. We’re going to work with a professional Nutrition Coach, cook clean recipes and exercise out of love for our bodies, not hate. Doesn’t this sound amazing? So what better way to commemorate such an amazing start to a healthier lifestyle than to have a party with Lane Bryant?  I’ve joined forces with Lane Bryant and CeCe (aka Plus Size Princess) to host a Launch #LiviLife Launch party!

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I hope all of my Boston area ladies can join me for this event at the South Shore Plaza! This event is 10 days way so over the course of the next two weeks make sure you check back to see some workout videos and to check out Lane Bryant’s new Livi Active line!

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If you have anymore questions about the Livi Active Launch Party, please feel free to contact me!

Come back soon to see some more workout videos and reviews on the Livi Active Line!