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January 2017

Plus Size Print Mixing

Mixing Prints: The Basics 101

In Personal Style

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Plus Size Print Mixing

When you carry the weight of the world’s expectations, you start to realize that everything is limited. Your ability to perform is always the second guessed. Sometimes even your creativity feels stifled because you are afraid of being judged. If you can find time to remove yourself from all of the judgment and expectations, you’ll conclude that the only person who has to answer to is you.

One thing I still get raised eyebrows for is mixing patterns and prints. I am the sucker for complementary and noncomplementary patterns. Many times, I see this choice of style on straight sized bloggers. Meanwhile, I’ve watched how online trolls trash plus size women/bloggers for “looking a hot mess” because they aren’t “playing it safe.” Newsflash–we don’t all share the same comfort zone! With that said, I decided to give share a minor mixing print moment I had on one of those RARE sunny days–I think it was like 55 degrees in the middle of January.

Remember this jacket from Modcloth?  Well, I had to bring it back and pair it with another Modcloth find! Modcloth’s Dusk and Stunner Midi Skirt is a print mixer’s dream! You can use it as a solid or as a print. In this outfit, I used it more like a solid because I wanted to balance out the vibrancy of the velvet jacket and of course my fav leopard pumps! These are sold out, but found some that were equally as versatile at Amazon!!

Come back next Wednesday and I will take the print mixing up a notch!!
Until next time, Char.


Blazer: Here Skirt: Here Shoes: Sold out; replacement here.

SAG Awards 2017 Nominee’s Beauty Challenge

In Beauty

Over the weekend, I finally got around to see the SAG nominated film, Hidden Figures. Not only did I feel empowered as a black woman, but I looked at my all progression as personal and communal wins! Also, I loved seeing Taraji P Henson, who played Katherine Johnson, in a whole other element. She did THAT! In the spirit of the SAG Awards creeping up, a few of my blogger friends and I thought it would be cool to participate in a SAG Awards 2017 Nominee’s Beauty Challenge. Each participant in the beauty challenge will create a look from someone on the nominee list. Since Hidden Figures left me speechless, I chose to recreate the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Hidden Figures. More specifically, I wanted Taraji’s look. It was simple, beautiful, and reminds me of something I would wear to work on most days.

Before I get into the products that I used, here’s the final product.


Let’s talk about these brows! Now, most of you know I don’t get my eyebrows done. I grew up with a strict Haitian mother and by the time I was of age to start making decisions for myself (in her eyes of course) my eyebrows pretty much looked beautiful to me…never thought about getting them done. But I’m not going to lie, some days I want to make them look shaped up without the hassle of having to get them threaded or waxed.

Palladio has an amazing brow definer that gives my brows a quick pick me without the having to pluck or tweeze! Also, their products are enriched with Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E and natural humectants and skin soothers such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile.

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

In combination with the brow definer, I used two products from City Color Cosmetics: Mattifying Balm and Brow Quad. Before I started, I applied the Mattifying Balm as a primer. It goes on glossy and allows for a seemingly poreless finish! The Brow Quad gave more of a natural color for my eyes brows after using Palladio’s Brow Definer.

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

The next item I used was the Firming DMAE Eye Lift. I naturally have baggy eyes, and they often take away from any eye shadow or lash extensions I apply. Instead of using lots of concealer, I added a little bit of Derma E’s eye lift, and it truly made a difference. After using my Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (which is one the best full coverage foundations I’ve used), I topped off my look with e.l.f. Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lipstick.

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

So what do you think? I know I don’t do many makeup hauls, or skin care regiments on the blog, but why not try now?

 

Want to see other girls? Check out my friend and blogger boo Kurvy Katie’s SAG Awards 2017 look! Hope you enjoyed my first beauty post!! And if you want to find the items, click on the text or the pictures! Also a huge shout out to Face by Trace! She’s my dear friend and makeup artist that helped me execute this look! She actually does all my looks!

Char.

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yasss Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacket

Fashion IDGAF Pas: Yas Queen

In Personal Style

Do you know what it feels like to be in a “Fashion IDGAF Pas” mood? The feeling of just feeling like you-you don’t care about how other’s feel about your look–as long as you feel fly? Today is one of those days! Over the holidays, the team over at Lane Bryant gifted me with this shirt! When I first looked at it, I thought I was gonna jeans and blazer it. And then it hit me, BIH, THE SHIRT SAID YASSS QUEEN, NOT PLAY IT SAFE.

In two minutes, I legit grabbed three items that called to me the most, and I went to work! First, my fall favorite: My leather fringe jacket! I knew I could wear this baby out! Second thing, my gold pleated skirt. I had no clue what to wear it with for the past three months…and to be honest, I still have a hard time figuring it. But I liked this look.

Lastly, the see-thru booties. I ran away from this trend for the longest. But when I saw my sister Hayet rock them, it was only minutes before they ended up in my closet. So, did I really slay? -Of course, I am saying this as a courtesy, because I know I did lol-Plus Size Blogger wearing Yas Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacketPlus Size Blogger wearing Yas Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacketPlus Size Blogger wearing Yas Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacketPlus Size Blogger wearing Yas Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacketPlus Size Blogger wearing Yas Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacketPlus Size Blogger wearing Yas Queen Shirt and leather fringe jacket

So when will I see you Queenin?

Shirt: Lane Bryant- Gift (find similar shirt here)

Skirt: Eloquii

Shoes: Fashionova 

Jacket: Lane Bryant, sold out.

Til next time,

Char.

A huge thank you to Brad Bahner for the flicks!

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#FitnessFridays :Plus Size Sports Bras past size 40D

In Fitness & Health, Where to Shop

With my workouts in full swing,  I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you one of the key things to surviving HIIT or my Zumba Classes training: A BOMB SPORTS BRA! Currently, I am 44D. Now I know that it’s not the biggest size…as far as boobs go. But, my workouts are a lot smoother and less exhausting when my breast are strapped down.

According to Overstock, the benefits of a sports bra (vs. a bathing suit bra or your everyday bra) are:

  • Sports bras are best for support during exercise. They are important for maintaining the integrity of the breast wall and the shape of the breast. Too much intense movement can cause ligaments surrounding the breasts to stretch and tear. Much of this damage is irreversible, and it causes drooping, sagging breasts; however, the right sports bra offers enough support to prevent this condition from occurring prematurely.
  • Some sports bras now have storage capabilities. With sports bras designed to hold keys and small MP3 players, there is no need for a bag or a pouch around the waist. Especially popular with runners, these sports bras reduce the number of things you have to carry or stash away. With these items invisibly and securely tucked away, you’ll never have to worry about losing them again.
  • Sports bras can also be very comfortable. Because full-figure sports bras are designed to work more than to flatter, they offer comfort in ways that regular bras cannot. For example, their increased coverage and wider straps distribute breast tissue evenly. Their general lack of underwires, firm ribbing, and delicate fabrics makes it easier for you to move around. Because they minimize breast movement, sports bras also minimize chafing or rubbing.

So if you are part of #TeamWellEndowed, check out these 5 plus size sports bras that’ll get you through even the bounciest of workouts.

Panache

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Glamorise

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Lane Bryant


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Wacoal

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Torrid

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See one that works for you decide to post a cute workout pic, tag me! I will make sure to feature you on @chard.gets.fit

Until next time,

Char.

Plus Size Blogger wearing Melissa McCarthy Seven 7

Feeling Free & Right on Time

In Personal Style

Since January commenced, I’ve been feeling free! I legit walk around the house with no bra on. I elect to ignore phone calls. And if I don’t want to write, I don’t have to. If you’ve ever watched Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, this is the level of freedom I hope to reach. I want to go home with ten puppies. I want to feel so comfortable with myself that it makes other people uncomfortable. With these feelings looming about, no better way to introduce Melissa McCarthy’s line, Melissa McCarthy Seven 7. Melissa McCarthy’s plus size line came about in 2016 and is continually bringing the heat for size 12+. With a focus on loosing the uniformity in plus size options and allowing plus size women to discover their personal style, Melissa McCarthy Seven 7 is a brand to watch!

My look

While browsing Fullbeauty’s website, I had to find something I hadn’t tried in the past. As of late, I’ve been leaning towards looks that I can wear to work, school, and out with the ladies. When I saw Melissa McCarthy Seven 7’s Vegan Leath Peplum Top, I knew this would be my transitional top. Nothing says winter staple like an article of clothing you can wear all day! YASSSSS!

When I was looking for the perfect pair of denim jeans, the Skinny Roll-Up Pant immediately caught my attention. These jeans exuded the “Feel Free” attitude that I’ve been invoking lately. 5 different colors splattered on the jeans and just enough room in the hip area! And I love pockets; it’s been a while since I’ve worn denim with pockets–anyone else notice pockets are slowly disappearing?

Lastly, Accessorizing. Have you heard of this watch company called Daniel Wellington? They make some elegant watches for the modern-day timepiece aficionado. While on their website, I feel in love with their Classic Sheffield model with the a rose gold accent. Talk about feeling important? I now have a reason to look down at my wrist! I have a horrible habit of looking down at my wrist when people ask me for the time. Well, the terrible part is that I never have a watch on, so here’s to looking the part. I paired the watch with Daniel Wellington’s Classic Cuff  because it gave the watch a feminine look. Use code BEAUSION15 to get 15% off your first order!

My boots were an easy steal from Urban OG  I always wanted some velvet boots but with a little heel. So If you are a size 11 and looking for diverse on-trend styles, make sure you check them out!

A little fringe clutch and I were ready to go! Although this is sold out from Fashion to Figure, you can find a similar one at Amazon Fashion! So what do you think of the look?

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So what do you think? Ready to shop? Check out the list of where I got my outfit!

Top: Fullbeauty featuring Melissa McCarthy

Jeans: Fullbeauty featuring Melissa McCarthy

Boots: Urban OG

Watch: Daniel Wellington (use code BEAUSION15 to get 15% off)

Clutch: Fashion to Figure (sold out, but Amazon Fashion has the same purse)

Until next time,

Char