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August 2016

Plus Size Blogger Mix Prints Chardline

How to Rock Mixed Prints and Not Give a Damn About It

In Personal Style

So this Summer, I promised myself I would mix prints more. Watching celebs like Beyonce or Blake Lively mix their prints was inspiring to say the least. With my newfound love for travel and prioritizing my acceptance into Boston University, I never got around to trying to mixed prints. Instead of waiting until the Fall to get some mix prints action going, (because trust me,  you will be calling me Sir. Mix-A-Lot after you see my Fall looks) I come bearing minor details to mixing prints. Today, I want to feature how you can mix prints on the lowest of levels: accessorizing.

Accessories are a girl’s best friend. They always make or break an outfit, even if you aren’t trying. In a world of fashion faux-pas, I’m the girl who can’t seem to follow the rules because I like what I like. My neon green, leopard print, and striped outfit is a perfect example of something minor mixing in a semi-unconventional way. –side note, if you need inspiration for wearing neon colors, please check out this Pinterest Board…I am hooked-

When mixing prints, here are some suggestions that work for me:

  1. Know what your neutral prints are. Leopard is basically its own color. There’s no WRONG WAY to wear leopard. If anyone says otherwise, you shouldn’t be their friend.
  2. Break up the look with solid colors. Sometimes I get a little print crazy so before I allow it go all the way left, I might balance it out with a solid color.
  3. Try to keep your fabrics the same. Now this doesn’t mean cotton needs to go with Cotton, but if you don’t want the beauty of your mixed prints getting lost, you may want to stay away from fabric stacking.
  4. Start small then go crazy. This post is an example of me starting small with mixing prints. In the end, there’s no right way to express yourself artistically, but when you do find a way, rock it!!

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Plus Size Blogger wearing mixed prints Chardline

Top: Gwynnie Bee Skirt: Fashion to Figure Shoes: Zara
Purse: Avenue

So how are you going to mix your prints? Are you going to start small or go big? Please tag me in your looks!!

Until next time,

Char.

Images: Brittanny Taylor 

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Grad School Acceptance to Boston University

Chardline Gets Ready for Grad School

In Beauty, Body Positive, Fitness & Health, Lifestyle, Personal Style, Travel

-inserts cliché- There comes a time in every person’s life where opportunities arise and there is nothing you can do but accept it. On August 5th, I got my opportunity in the form of one phrase: “On behalf of Boston University Metropolitan College’s Admissions Committee, I would like to congratulate you on your acceptance into the Master of Urban Affairs Program at Boston University. “

YOUR GIRL IS GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL ON A FULL RIDE!

Boston University Grad School

I’ve been putting off this feat for the past few years.  As soon as I graduated, I continued to work in public service. I must admit, from time to time I would get overwhelmed because of work life and blog life. But now that I have a handle on everything, I feel confident enough to take the plunge.

Before committing to school, I researched a few ways to make sure that I have productive two years. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t sacrifice my blog, my job, my health, or my grades.  With some great advice from Nicole of Curves on a Budget , meeting with a time management specialist, and some insight from alumni, I learned 8 effective practices that are going to aide me with my journey to diploma #2. And guess what?  I am going to take you ALL on my journey. With each practice, I will include some links and resources as to how I’m getting through this rat race called graduate school. But most importantly, I will make sure each post includes some style attributes. Don’t worry; I am still going be the best dressed lady in the library.

So here’s a preview of some of the practices and tips that will help me get through these next two grueling years!

  1. Staycation: Taking time to reflect, plan and execute is going to be crucial to getting out of this unscathed. A staycation needs to happen somewhere that is free of distraction and an area that screams Feng Shui. You know the saying, “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.”
  2. Rest: Developing regular sleeping patterns is crucial to survival. I am going to have my first mattress review on the blog. This mattress will not only ease my way into snoozeville, but I will highlight the attributes it has for heavier women.
  3. Nutrition: Food is fuel! The wrong set of meals and all the sudden you’ll have a bad case of the itis. It’s important to make sure you are eating well and finding resources that help with planning out your meals for the week.
  4. Physical Activity: It’s very important to make sure your machine is well oiled. You have to make sure that all those school books feel as light as a feather and that you’re in great shape throughout the way.
  5. Organization: I am going to take a trip into everyone’s favorite one-stop shop to get supplies that will help organization and effectiveness. Whether it’s a new laptop or a drawing board, you have to be organized. From developing a shooting schedule with my photographer or answering emails in a timely manner, I will show you the ins and outs of getting through a successful week of work, school, and blogging.
  6. Time Management: My brain often goes off into la la land but luckily my time management specialist has showed me some way to beat this. Whoever knew that a watch can take your time management skills over the top?
  7. Vacation: Nothing says, “Good Job Chard” like a well-deserved vacation. When my semester is done, I will be vacationing on a resort in Haiti. When my parents left Haiti for the United States, their main goal was to raise a beautiful family that will go a lot further than they could afford to. I can’t wait to reflect on my parent’s homeland while bringing their vision to life.

But enough with the sappy story! Can’t wait to be so open and vulnerable throughout this entire journey. From long nights to delusional behaviors, you all are going to be on a bumpy ride!!

First stop, staycation!

Cheers!

Chardline celebrating her acceptance into grad school

 

Plus Size Summer Fashion Trends

5 Reasons Why I am Going to Miss Summer Fashion

In Personal Style

I know you guys see it. The grass is looking dry, the back to school commercials are popping up by the dozen, and if you are anything like me–you are racking up on the Summer clearance items. Summer fashion is officially fading out. We have a few more weeks to ride out this train and I am going to take full advantage of it. In the early spirit of nostalgia, I wanted to take time to share 5 reasons I am going to miss Summer fashion. It’s honestly the only time of the year where I will get close to my happiest state: NUDE.

1. The Floral Accents: There were so many types of florals this year. Large print. Small print. Kaleidoscopic print. One big ole’ flower. Mixed print florals. Kate Spade inspired florals. My floral swing dress from Gwynnie Bee doubled up as the perfect top in the Summer. Some days I wanted all my legs to be out, and other days I didn’t shave!

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  1. Speaking of legs, I am going to miss the options of having them fully revealed, mid revealed…or bare. This scuba dress from Sweet Funk Boutique is the perfect example of a breathable skirt that provided so much versatility. This year, I truly built up a lot of courage to wear my legs out…I needed more than 3 months to enjoy this.

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3. Mix Matching Accessories: This summer, I learned that mixing patterns and completely off colors was OK. In fact, it was encouraged. A striped clutch mixed with floral was my go to. Check out how well my stripes “match” my florals! I could cry…

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4. Heels that bare all: Now let’s face it, my toes are already numb from most of the heels that I wear. How will I transition them into the Fall without me catching frostbite?

5. Eff it: Eff this whole list…this is what I am gonna do:

  • I am going to wear fall inspired florals and rock them.
  • I am gonna wear super cute tights and rock all my legs out until frostbite eventually catches up with me.
  • I’m going to mix and match my accessories sparingly because all the attention is going to be on my clothes.
  • Heels…Hmmm I will come back to them but I saw a couple of cute Velvet Block Heels that are going to be a Fall and Winter favorite!
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Yea, I think I’m gonna be alright. Every season has its strengths so who knows, Fall may be the season I won’t be able to live without.

Until next Summer,

Char.

Huge thanks to Brittanny Taylor for the Snaps!

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Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupon

Saving BIG BUCKS with Groupon

In Beauty

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine*


Happy Monday!

This past weekend, I realized that I need to get back on my savings plan. As a part-time grad student, a part-time blogger, a full-time government employee, and all around beauty queen, I find myself choosing between my nail appointments and dinner dates. Is this considered adulting? If so, I wasn’t ready! Upon finishing my regular routine last Saturday –mani, pedi, wax, and relax– I felt defeated. I spent over 170.00 dollars on a process that I commit to at least 2 times a month. I was pretty frustrated, but then it dawned on me: GROUPON! Although I have a lot of loyalty to my regular spa spot, they do not have a lot of loyalty to my wallet. I usually use Groupon to search for discounted hotel stays but I never thought about discounted Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons.

Groupons offers a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. Whether you’re looking for spa services or looking discounts on makeup brushes, there is a Groupon for everything.

Since I was just pampered last Saturday, I started researching on discounted services that were in my backyard. While browsing the Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons,  I saw a few Groupons for Laser Hair Removal.  In the past, I read a lot of about Laser Hair Removal. As much as I wanted to try it, the sessions were too expensive for me.  With a bit of Groupon searching, not only did Groupon help with the process of me finding a great Laser Hair Removal spot in the Boston area, they were a lot cheaper than I expected. For 8 small sessions at the Four Seasons Laser Center, it came up to 99.00 dollars! Another aspect that I love about Groupon are the ratings and reviews included at the bottom of each Groupon. Reading open and honest reviews about the Four Seasons Laser Center put me at ease. With a procedure that is minimally invasive, you want to make sure you going to the right place.

 

Groupon for Laser Hair Removal

So if you are ever looking for discounted Health, Beauty & Wellness service, make sure you check out Groupon first! You never know how much you’ll save! Next month, I will follow up with my sessions at the Four Seasons Laser Center!

Until next time, Char!

5 Reasons Why Curves Rock Weekend ROCKED

In Plus Size Fashion, Travel

Last weekend, I had to privilege to attend the 5th Annual Curves Rock Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. From an empowerment brunch to meeting some of the “Who is Who” in the plus size fashion industry, Curves Rock Weekend was a celebration of empowerment, femininity and CURVES! This year was Curves Rock’s 5th Anniversary, and instead of doing the same ole recap, I want to highlight 5 reasons why Curves Rocks Weekend was the place to be!

1. Size Diversity

This is the first time I’ve been to a fashion show where complete body diversity was clear. From size 8 to size 28, every single body shape was represented. Another interesting aspect the Curves Rock committee members covered was various heights on the models! There were women who were 5 feet tall and there were women who were as tall as 6’3. Seeing this amount of diversity was jaw dropping. For the most part, you see a lot of women who range from 5’7-6’1. The casting was amazing! A huge shout out to Samantha Lebbie for really making sure there was a lot of diversity in the runway show this year!

Plus Size Models at Curves Rock Weekend

Photography by, Doug Swaim of Never Forgotten Photography

2. You Got to Meet All of Your Online Fashionista Friends

It really warmed my heart to see some of the ladies that in interact with regularly via social media.  Seeing Yazzie receive her Humanitarian Award was one of the greatest highlights of my trip!

Yazzie Receiving Humanitarian Award at Curves Rocks Weekend

Photography by, Doug Swaim of Never Forgotten Photography

Seeing Elena rip the runway and pursuing her dreams of being a model.

 

Or my favorite; seeing Laura Lee so poised and killing the runway with every look. In the age of social media, it’s always a blessing when you actually get human interaction!

 

3. Baltimore Gets Turnt!

With such a diverse age of women, Curves Rocks Weekend doesn’t sleep. Although I was busy blogging in the hotel room, I saw so much footage of people cuttin’ up! It looks like everyone was having a ball! There’s something about being able to turn up in a judgement free zone. Heels on or off it was a great time Even at the Cuff-links Mixer, the turn up was real!

4. You Got to Hear About Health from Women Who Looked Like You

Time and time again, I end up learning about healthy living and proper workouts from women who do not look like me. This can be very discouraging. It sends out a message that I do not fit the standard of health associated with image. But when you see a woman who has curves and speak about their journey to health from a similar narrative to your own, it truly helps you explore the possibilities of creating your own journey. Anowa Adjah truly challenged us to take our fitness to a new level in a safe space! Plus, losing the gut and not the butt is my life motto.

Anowa Adjah teaching at Curves Rock Weekend Anowa Adjah teaching at Curves Rock Weekend

 

5. If you follow Chanell Jones and Tykesha Reed, You Finally Get to See All of Their Hard Work

Putting together a full week of events that challenge stereotypes of curvy women, elevate curvy women, and celebrate curvy women is hard work. I’ve had the honor of attending Curves Rock Weekend for two years and it’s always a sight to you see. Thank you ladies for all the work you continue to contribute towards the plus size industry.

Tykesha and Chanell of Curves Rock Weekend

Make sure you head to the Curves Rock Weekend’s  website to see what’s in store for next year. You already know I will be there!

Til next time,

Char.