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February 2017

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

The Big Fig Mattress: A Mattress for the Fuller Figure

In Fitness & Health

It’s one thing to find clothing and shoes that fully accommodate your size, but to find a mattress that is PERFECT for the fuller figure; that’s a unicorn. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce the Big Fig Mattress. When the team over at Big Fig reached out to me about conducting a review on the Big Fig mattress, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

Sleep is one of the most underrated forms of healing. In my post entitled, Chardline Gets Ready for Grad School I talked about how busy my life is. I work a full-time career as a Fair Housing Investigator, I take night courses twice a week, I am the only person operating this blog, familial obligations never seem to stop, I go to the gym three times a week, and I spend many nights on long bus rides to New York and back.

Can you imagine what the physical toll this has taken on my body? As a plus size woman with lots of junk in the trunk, I often have pains that radiate from my lower back. Upon seeing a physical therapist, she asked me about my physical activity. I mentioned everything I stated above, and she told me how common this was for people my size. She talked about how being bottom heavy tends to add a strain to the back. It’s like a constant pulling down. After a two mile jog, the first place I would begin to feel discomfort is my back. And to make matters worse, this pain worsens as soon as I hit the bed! My back would often sink into the bed, and the lack of support would exacerbate the pain.

After 3 and half months with Big Fig, it takes me less than 5 minutes to fall asleep peacefully. While my physical therapist gave me great suggestions to help build up the strength in my back, it did not help with my painful sleepless nights. But the support of the Big Fig mattress is like no other. My back is fully supported, that means no lower back sinking. The firm yet comfortable support feels like an illusion. I didn’t realize it was possible to achieve both. Even after three months of my mother, my nephew, and I sleeping on the bed, there isn’t any wear on the bed!

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

In the past, I thought if I purchased a larger bed (meaning upgrading from a Full to King), I wouldn’t rectify the issue. Unfortunately, that just provided a bigger bed, not a supportive one. Also, I tried getting beds that were foam-based. But again, although I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud, the middle of my back would continue to hurt and sink.

Here are some of the amazing features you get with a Big Fig mattress:

*High Density Foam -The Big Fig Mattress is constructed with 3 inches of high-density foam cushioning, with a minimum density of 1.8 pcf (pounds per cubic foot). That’s over 50% denser than the foam in a standard innerspring mattress.

*Hybrid Construction– The Big Fig’s hybrid construction of springs and foam provides the ultimate mix of support and comfort. Individually wrapped coils support the layers of foam to maintain their shape and resilience over time.

*Innerspring System- With 50% more coils than the average premium innerspring mattress on the market, our 1600 count innerspring system actively pushes back against body weight, and provides underlying support.

*Firmer Edge Foam To Keep You Happily In Place– The Big Fig Mattress is designed with the firmest foam around the edges to keep you feeling secure in bed, even close to the edge. Supportive edges also expand the usable sleeping area, making your mattress feel more spacious.

*Tested To Last 20 Years With Published Results
the average lifespan of a traditional mattress is frustratingly short – especially for plus size sleepers. We sent the Big Fig Mattress to an independent testing facility to prove its durability and longevity. We used a heavier weight than normal (350lbs to be exact) to simulate 20 years of use, and the Big Fig passed with flying colors.

…and much much more.

My Big Fig has not only become my beacon of rest, but I often do my homework there too. Before the big figure, I honestly couldn’t wait to start my day because I would do anything to escape my sinking back pains. But now, you might as well send in the jaws of life because I’m not getting off this bed. Also, my mother loves the bed as well! She usually receives cortisone injections for her back issues, but while I was on vacation, she stayed in my room for three weeks. Since then, little by little her back has been showing signs of improvement and less dependency on her muscle relaxers. Her birthday is coming up in March, so I can’t wait to redeem code: FEBFIG  to receive $200.00 off my purchase for her.

Plus Size Mattress by Big Fig

A good night’s sleep is truly an investment in your health. With all the hustle and bustle of my life, I needed to prioritize health outcomes. And with Big Fig’s 20-year warranty, HOW CAN YOU LOSE!! Also, please invest in the bed frame because my last bed frame collapsed on me and I was sleeping on a box spring for some time. So this 315lb girl is satisfied. Her mom is going to be satisfied, and I know you will be too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Or do you want to find out about what other plus size influencers think? Check out Natalie , Bruce, Alysse , and Corrisa.

Night Night!
Char.

 


A king size Big Fig mattress was provided to me, but my opinions are 1000% my own!

 

That Christian O’meshun Love

In Body Positive, Personal Style

Tomorrow is the holiday that I’ve grown to have a love/hate relationship with. While taking a stroll down memory lane, I could only remember ONE VALENTINE’S DAY worth recanting…and that was in 2011. Today’s post is all about my Galentine’s Day with my squad. We are taking plus size fashion to a new level ha!

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I’ve always wanted to do a collaboration with my homegirls. A chance for us to look pretty and take pictures doesn’t come often. But when it does, we can only slay featuring the best! Enter: Christian O’meshun. Christian Omeshun was created for the sophisticated curvy woman who values modern fashion! If there is ever a brand that speaks to empowering women through entrepreneurship and style, they still don’t compare to Christian O’meshun.

Founded by fashion designer A’Shontay Hubbard, Christian O’meshun designs custom clothing for sizes 12-32! When I introduced this brand to my squad, they asked me, “What makes this brand so unique?” Aside from the perfect fit and the breathable fabric, the designer, A’shontay, embodies all things L-O-V-E.

Her drive for her brand is a love of passion. Her dedication to making clothing that goes up to a size 32 (especially with most brands catering to a size 22) is well founded with each customer photo she reposts. And time and time again, we are always asking for body diversity! Well if you go to her website, the models range from size 14-22+. Also, there is a type of clothing for everyone on her website. I am a modern day career woman. I love slacks and button ups, but occasionally, I like to test the waters with a little something form-fitting in the board room. The love that I have for my curves and the love that I have for my job are all summed up in this one look.

When talking to my girls about which pieces they were getting, I saw that there was a moment of empowerment happening. We each started to point out our strong points, For instance, Stavana  loves form-fitting clothing, and we knew she could kill any bodycon.We all told her she would look amazing in the Cold Shoulder Set.  Or that Bianca has a perfect chest…no for real; she can fill in any dress– so we knew she could kill the Iris Set.

With each affirmation, we saw how we empowered each other to look and feel our sexiest! Without doing too much, our Galentine’s Day was a success! We don’t need someone to call ‘bae’ for us to realize that we are loved–many times it’s just being around your friends that get us there. So a huge shout out to my squad! We roll deeper, curvy, and great!

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My Outfit Details

Outfit: Christian O’meshun’s Christian Wide Leg Set

Fur Stole: Amazon 

Choker: Tricevault 

Shoes: Eloquii

Plus Size Fashion

A huge thank you to Christian O’meshun for gifting us these fabulous outfits for this post! Sizes 14-24 are represented in these photos. Make sure you visit Bianca, Veronica, and Stavana’s website’s to see their looks!

Also, another huge thank you to Tricevault for curated the jewelry for outfits! After all, a girl can’t have too many chokers!

Lastly, thank you to Brad Bahner for standing out in the cold and making sure we got our shots!

For all our readers, Christian O’meshun is offering 20% off of your purchase if you use code SQUADGOALS at checkout!

And of course, please check out my Squad’s posts as well: Stavana, Bianca, and Veronica!

Happy Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day everyone!

Char.

plus size women working out

This is How Fat Girls Look Like When…

In Body Positive, Fitness & Health

“Smile, you are taking a picture.” No. Last time I checked I was working out.

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There was a period in my life where I did not want to workout in front of people. For some reason, when I look at fit gurus, I can never see myself in them. I always see a person who is thin and has epic facial features. But when I looked at myself, I saw a woman with lots of love handles and a double chin that wouldn’t cease movement even after I stopped moving. In the past, when I was asked to promote workout clothes but I always kept it pretty! Maybe 50% of the poses I did were meant to flatter my figure and give the illusion of working out like a boss! Why did I do that?

-insert Mr. Rogers storytime music here-

When I first started taking Zumba classes in 2010, I usually came too late to get a spot in the front of the mirror. Then one day, I got one! I was so excited to see myself go hard in all of my the glory. As we started to move, I found myself so disgusted with what I saw. I was well coordinated and even had all the moves down pack, but when I started to compare myself to the woman next to me, I couldn’t look at myself.

I saw that all three of my rolls were apparent in every waist move I did. I saw that my fupa would occasionally slip out of my leggings and assumed others saw it as well. I was so shocked that I never went back to the mirror and always danced to the furthest left of the class.

Then one day, the Zumba teacher asked if we wouldn’t mind being recorded . Absent-mind I said, “Sure, I love this song.” After she uploaded it on Youtube, my fears INSTANTLY went away. I WAS KILLING IT! I WAS KILLING IT HARDER THAN SOME OF THE SMALLER WOMEN TOO! At that moment, I saw that not only was I killing it, but I also wasn’t afraid to see my rolls and fupa fall out. Since then, all the workouts I do have been for myself–not caring for a single person watching or comparing myself to the person next to me.

So what does a fat girl look like when she’s working out? FUCKING FABOULOUS…just as anyone else who exercises their right to get their workout on!

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Outfit details
Top: Target 

Bottom: Target

Shoes: Target 

Hat: Amazon 

Water Bottle: Amazon

Yoga Mat: Amazon

Huge thank you to Brad Bahner for the flicks! You can find his work here: http://www.bradbahner.com/

Til next time,
Char.

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself on Valentine’s Day #VdayWithPSBU

In Beauty, Body Positive, Where to Shop

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to make sure we self-pamper during Valentine’s Day. The guilt-free feeling when purchasing your favorite item or heading to a spa is unmatched.  This year, I wanted to share five ways that I pamper myself during Valentine’s Day.

So for me, Valentine’s Day is all about being in a constant state of love and euphoria.  During the weekend of Valentine’s Day, I try to accomplish the following:

*Caution, I prepare for this day ONE YEAR in advance, so some of this may seem costly–but of course, I provide alternatives*

 

Paying Off a School Loan

Image: Credit.com

Way to start off on the unconventional route huh? A few of my stressors come from $40,000 worth of school loans I have to pay for over the next 10 years. Although I finance them like no tomorrow, nothing feels better than paying off a loan. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder and like my credit score went up. Well barely, but it certainly puts me closer to buying my first home. There are two ways I’ve done this:

a. Saving a portion of my check every month.
b. File my taxes and apply 75% of my returns to the loan.

Buy a great quality item

Image: Top10for.com

In 2015, I told myself that I would invest in things that produce longevity. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a deal or even a cheaper manufactured item because these pockets are not deep, but Valentine’s Day is all about treating yourself. Since my last name is Chanel, I thought I would get something under $2,000.00 . Good luck right? Well actually, ever since I was 18 years old, I wanted to get Chanel Number 5. So this year, not only am I get one bottle, but I am getting Chanel N 5 New and the classic. I love scents more than I should.

If this seems like too much commitment, but you really want to try new scents, you should check out Scentbird! I received some of the BEST perfumes from this service, and it’s only 14.95 a month. All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire and then travel size amounts are delivered to you! I love love LOVE IT!

 

Journaling

Image: Myoneword.org

This has to be the least expensive thing you can do, but it provides the most return. I always take the time to journal about why I love myself. Analyzing everything apart from what guys have said about me or what family members appreciate about me. I write down things that I want to keep working on and ways in which I can learn to love myself more and more. The way you love yourself sets the standard for the way you give love to others.

For example, if I don’t love myself—this can be a catalyst for me not to love another person, over-obsess over someone because I want that feeling, or love someone because you notice how much they love themselves. Always look for at least one thing to appreciate about yourself. It makes all the difference. And you don’t have to do this only do it on Valentine’s Day! In fact, you can do it at any time. But on the days you are feeling down, refer back to that entry–it will provide some comfort!

Full Body Massage

Image: mangwanani.co.za

Yup, cliche but after a year of paying bills and taking care of others, all you want to do is relax and escape. On Groupon, I found a nice deal for a full body massage and you can couple it with a Mani/Pedi and facial for 100.00. The best time to look for deals is during Valentine’s Day because the “Good for Gifting” option is usually the best section on Groupon.

Buy Something for Someone

I know this post is supposed to be all about you, but nothing makes me happier (aside from paying off student loans) than seeing someone smile! Just a little gift that says “thinking of you” or “your beard looked a little whack so here’s something!” One product that is flying off the online shelves is Harry’s.  Harry’s is a New York-based company that manufactures and sells shaving equipment via mail order. I gave this to my brother once, and now he religiously buys their products.

So don’t fret if you aren’t celebrating this holiday with a special someone…because the most specialist(lol) person out there is YOU!

And if you are celebrating it with someone, don’t forget to share whatever candy you get–my mailbox is waiting.

Happy V-Day,
Char.

Plus Size Blogger Mixing Stripes and Fur

Let that Bad and Boujee Flow

In Personal Style

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Happy Friday! Today is part two of mixing prints on Plus Size Beausion. Last Monday, we took it on the light side. This week, we aren’t holding back! Today, we get to back into time and feature some mixed print flair with JD Williams!

One of my favorite prints to play with is stripes. Whether they are geometric or flat out crazy, they provide the loudest neutrality when it comes to a great outfit. For example, this Long Sleeve Stripe Shirt is a great staple for mixing prints. You can go thunderous with it or bring down a notch. Today, I decided to use it as a neutral and let my Faux Fur Gilet do all the talking. Unlike most fur vests, this has hooks in the middle so if you want to close it; you can!

Also, patchwork on jeans is one of my favorite trends. So if you feel like braving the waters, then make sure you try it out. Now, to complete my look I had to accessorize. Accessories are the butter of any look. You can accessorize upwards or downwards–it’s your call. Today, I decided to land something that said, “I’m a little bad and a little bougie.” A classic black face watch with a matching cuff gave it that bougie, but this Embossed Bowler Tote Bag  GAVE IT ALL THE BAD IT NEEDED!!

Lastly, I tried something new. Heeled mules have been floating around and you know, I’m not even mad at it. Although these are sold out, I found another option that is just as nice!

Outfit details:
Striped Blouse: JD Williams
Fur Vest: JD Williams
Purse: JD Williams
Jeans: Here
Shoes: Sold out, but you can find some here.
Watch: Daniel Wellington , use code BEAUSION15 for a special discount!

Also, a big thank you to Brad for this amazing images. Make sure you check him out at his website: www.bradbahner.com

Until next time,
Char.

 

 

P.S–THE WIND COULDN’T STOP THIS SLAY LOL

 

 


This post was sponsored by JD Williams. All opinions are my own. PLUS, I LOOK GOOD! Lol check them out!