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2016

#FitnessFridays with @Chard.Gets.Fit

In Body Positive, Fitness & Health

Over the past few months, I’ve shared my experiences about my health and fitness challenges on On The Plus Side. From speaking about the priveledges of “looking fit”, to naming a few fitness and health inspirations in my life, I am starting to hone in on this part of my life more. After all, can’t flaunt what my mama gave me if it only looks pretty on the outside. Enter: Fitness Fridays!

Starting in the New Year, I want to take y’all on an interactive journey to the healthiest version of myself. Before you start huffing and puffing by saying things like, “Oh great, another blogger on a weight loss journey” or my favorite ” This post strikes me as an attempt to inject yet another call for weight loss into a movement that is founded on allowing people to accept the imperfections of their bodies”, CUT IT! That’s not my attempt at all. I am taking you on a personal journey that highlights how I am growing to love myself inside and out. I am at a point of where I want to take really take care of myself before it’s too late. This journey is very personal to me because back in 2012, I did this all wrong. In the end, it was a downward spiral that ended in lots of self-hate, spending 100’s on diet pills, and waist trainers. Since then, I’ve made sporadic attempts to get back on track but I was never intentional about it.

Fast forward to 2016, I already had a consultation with a nutritionist (can’t wait to share the details), my cystic condition is slowly getting better (again, I can’t wait to share the details), and I have energy! After my 80 + pound weight gain, I started to notice things about myself that scared me. The lack of energy, the constant staying in bed, my body odor started to change, sex life was completely different, and I developed a cystic condition. Will losing weight change everything? NO…not really, but keeping a healthy relationship with my body will.

Also, I am going to document my daily conquests on my IG page: @Chard.Gets.Fit ! Every two Fridays, I will introduce workout tips, doctor’s visits, workout clothes, natural supplements, self-care tips, and everything in between on all my social media channels and this blog! I encourage everyone to use this as a safe place. As I am learning about myself, please feel free to ask me about anything. I love being a sounding board!

Check out my latest posts on my IG now!

Fun fact, @goldencity_ kickstarted my first go round in the gym. 5 years later, we are back at it ❤️❤️

A photo posted by Chardline Chanel-Faiteau (@chard.gets.fit) on

Strengthening that back!

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In between time

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Lastly, I know many don’t feel that fashion and fitness should be considered in the same realm. In this case, I am not. I would never advocate for someone to lose weight for the sake of fashion or style. But, I won’t be unapologetic and raw with my posts. I won’t hold anything back as it pertains to myself! No comparisons or anything. Just raw reflections as they pertain to me being a better me.

In these last few IG posts, my workout clothes are from Lane Bryant! Lane Bryant was actually the first brand I worked with when it came to workout clothes. With workout clothes that up to size 28, it’s hard not shop there!

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So until next Friday where I tell you about my assesment!

Char.

 

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

The Trending Look: The Flower Bomb Dress by Eleven 60

In Personal Style

I know you’ve seen this dress before. From Rochelle of Beauticurve to Charisma of Chronic Teachings of a Regal Fatty, the Flower Bomb Dress by Eleven 60 is this seasons’ most coveted look!

@CaterinaModa, @TessenieMowatt, @Essiegolden, and @Nakitende_Esther

@CaterinaModa, @TessenieMowatt, @Essiegolden, and @Nakitende_Esther

When Kierra Sheard reached out to me to review this dress, my first thoughts were, “I already saw other women in the dress.” But when I actually received the dress, it was a whole other feeling. I know you are probably saying, is it really worth 245.00 dollars? In short- HECK YES! Don’t believe me? Well here are five reasons why I would buy the Flowerbomb Dress!

 

The Fit– The Flower Bomb Dress isn’t just your everyday fit and flare dress. It is made up of multiple layers that accentuate your waist. With two layers of fabric providing coverage above the thigh, you can wear this dress just about anywhere.

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

 

The Fabric- This isn’t a poor quality dress either. It has It’s entirely made up of polyester and has zero elastane. Therefore, all my rolls are tucked in nicely, and the sheer fabric allows for breathability. The black satin trimming is just a bonus.

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

 

Works for Most Heights- I loved this dress, especially for the holidays because it doesn’t rise above my knees. I am 5’8, and it rises just above my ankles. Unless you are 6’5 +, this dress has an elegant feel without raising above the knees. So with galas and holiday parties starting to roll in, you’ll want this dress!

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

 

It’s Trending– If you are a trend analyst like myself, you may have seen some of the lace trimming/florals over lace/shirred lace look on the runways ever since Spring 2016. I saw a few weak or cheaper attempts at this trend in the plus size fashion world, but Eleven 6o has the floral lace trend down pat!

 

LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!!!

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

Outfit Details:

Dress: Eleven 60

Shoes: Zara, sold out but I found a similar one on Amazon Fashion!

Clutch: Thirft Shop, but I found a similar one at Amazon Fashion! 

Are you convinced? If so, head to www.eleven60.com and get yours today! Using code LUVYMYMONDAY, you can score this dress for 30% off!

Until next time,
Chard!

19 Slays That I’m Having A Hard Time Getting Over

In Fashion

Tis the season and people are LEGIT whipping out their best! I mean slay after slay, I can’t contain how I am feeling right now. I want to say I feel inspired to re-create, but I’m pretty broke right now, so I can admire these looks until I get my funds together. From velvet to sequin, and everything in between, there’s no way we aren’t going to call these people out!

@Kellyaugustineb

Honestly, if it wasn’t for Kelly, I probably wouldn’t have started this list lol!

 

@Thortonpaul and @sauccdelux

Couple slays are may FAVORITE!

Complement. #EbonyWinterGala2016 #regal #muse #ourBlueVelvetLooksBlackbtYouGetTheIdea #4LooksLaterTho lol

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@charisma_monroe

Slay is her first name…I don’t care what anyone else says lol!

“There’s more ppl who want it than ppl that have it” ❤ #WeekendThings feat. @beautiful_curves_boutique. Use CHARISMA FOR 10% OFF!

A photo posted by Queen Charisma, Top Shelf BBW (@charisma_monroe) on

 

@hayet.rida

How is my sis slaying 5 DIFFERENT WAYS?

5 ways to rock the same dress. Which one is your favorite?

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@amanda_allison and @jessieretro

Awww the bestie slay is real! I love it!!

 

@jenesaisquoithe

THIS! EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS!

My very own Christmas Outfit up on the blog!!!

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@amandamonty and @mustangsallytwo

I loved watching Lisa’s installments for the #HolidayDoubleSlay! Make sure you check out ALL HER SLAYS!

 

@iamplusblog

Doesn’t she make it look easy!?!?!

 

@dhqyaya

Slays like this shouldn’t be allowed! SO GORGEOUS!

#humblenessOvaHypept3 #Dec2nd #DHQYAYA #LoveMyDress #BlessupMAC #dhq #african #customs #real #weddingdress #vibez

A photo posted by Miciyiaah ♐ DHQYaYa (@dhqyaya) on

 

@garnerstyle

It’s like this dress was made for her.

 

@thebigfashionguy

It’s kinda hard to catch this man slipping! He’s always to the T!

| #TheBigFashionGuy| A simplistic Monday…then you build up momentum throughout the week lol

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@iambeauticurve

I love Rochelle’s slays!

 

@__iveystyles__

Somewhere in the world, Ivey is slaying!

@byashleystewart is not playing this Fall . Get this look and more at Ashleystewart.com. 40%off Columbus Day Sale!

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@mariedenee

A little bit of leg action never hurt nobody!!

 

@simplycurvee

Again, you can’t stop a girl who’s gonna give that serious leg action!

 

@curvenvy

But this slay! I need to start mixing my closet up because…..

 

@gentlemenscurb

Yes sir!

 

@margieplus

@miss_voltaire

Yes Boston!

Okay, I can’t type anymore, my lunch break is about to be over…but keep on slaying y’all!

Until next time,

Char.

5 Ways to Sleigh the Ultimate Holiday Party #ShakeSprayGo

In Beauty

This year it’s my turn to host annual holiday party! Actually, it’s the 4th year in a row that I’ve been asked to host the annual holiday party. I guess I can say my hosting skills are THE BOMB! Hosting parties always seems like a daunting task, but with proper preparation, it can be smooth sailing! Before diving head first, I try to access how much movement will be involved. Sometimes, you have to workout hours before to ensure that you don’t have stiff joints for the day.  No matter what type of party it is, I always start my planning with 5 steps to ensure that I’m adequately prepared to SLEIGH these holiday parties!

Find Your Comfortable Pair of Pumps

Nothing is worse than limping the whole night! It’s ways important to make sure that your shoes are comfortable. Once you have that out of the way, it takes away about 50% of your worries for the night. After all, you will be moving around to make sure your guests are having a great time.

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Determine Your Playlist

In 2016, playlists are crucial! If you are in the passenger seat of a vehicle, you can lose major points for the wrong song selection. As a host, you are responsible for establishing the mood; there’s no way you can leave it to a random radio station to set the vibes. For the holiday season, I am very much a Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Vybz Kartel, and Tory Lanez kind of person. But, when it comes hosting, you have to consider different types of genres. Usually, you can find me putting together the playlist in the wee hours of the night. That’s when I am my most creative!

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Makeup and Hygiene

With all the hustle and bustle, you need to make sure that your face is fresh and your armpits are too! After all, no one likes a stinky host. Dove’s  Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on instantly dry and provides 48 hours of odor and wetness protection with all the care of Dove. Skincare is an important part of my daily regiment so I always use Dove when I am on the go! Also, it smells amazing! Whether you’re going straight to your office holiday party from work, or hosting at home, you’ll need a product that can keep up with your on-the-go lifestyle.

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Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

It’s the holidays! This is the time you go bold, gold, and silvers! And of course, as a style blogger, it’s my favorite part of getting ready for holiday parties! This year, I am trying out a beautiful white corset under my gold blazer! I am sure that it’s going to bring down the house!

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Tiny Decorative Statements

After the caterer has been confirmed and the house is cleaned, it’s always great to add little decorative statements to the house. I’m a simple decorator. I love ornaments, candles, and the occasional stocking. These final touches set the mood when it comes to holiday parties.

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So what did you think of my list? Are you hosting any parties of your own?

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.

Plus Size Eye wear

More to Love: Plus Size Eye Wear

In Personal Style, Where to Shop

“The truth is learning how to love your body can feel overwhelming and confusing – but it doesn’t have to be!” – Rachel Estapa of More to Love.  Plus Size Eye WearPlus Size Eye wear

Today, I wanted to introduce a brand that has the eye wear department down pat! More to Love Eyewear is the brainchild of Rachel Estapa of More to Love. After learning to embrace her curves, Rachel Estapa founded More to Love on a mission of body positivity, love, and acceptance. On her journey, she realized something fundamental — having more to love goes far beyond appearances. It’s about expressing your true self. Enter: More to Love Eyewear!

In partnership with Edison Optics, Rachel created a line of beautifully unique eye wear in refreshingly spacious sizes, so women of all shapes can find frames to fit their own, in a style that’s easy to love. As someone who has always appreciated a nice pair of glasses, this is like the holy grail for the rounder face! No more having to go to men’s department to get eyewear that compliments my face. Now, it’s easy to find a pair that flatters mine. One thing that WAS always so off-putting about glasses was the lines they left on either side of my face. They would be so tight that sometimes, you wouldn’t even see the temples or you would see the screws being pulled on. And as someone who genetically has a larger nose, the nose pads and pad arms were so irritating. But More to Love did away with all those inconveniences and built frames that support larger noses, rounder faces, and even higher bridges! Don’t believe me, check them out! I think you’ll be impressed with the customization and pricing! 

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Glasses: More to Love Eyewear 

Long-Sleeve Button-Front Tunic Shirt: JC Penney

Ankle Jeans : JC Penney

Shoes: Ebay. Sold out, but AMAZON CARRIES THE EXACT SAME BRAND!

Choker: Tricevault 

Purse: Zara, but it’s sold out! Amazon carries similar options such as Black “faux” Leather Black Fringe Clutch Bag

Until next time,

Char!