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June 2017

Wearing my Awkward Crown

In Body Positive

Remember that time when being awkward was cool? It lasted a whole seven days; then people went back to following the “IT GIRL.” You see, I was always awkward. I have done a pretty good job at masking it, but from time to time you will catch me in my natural state.

Being awkward is more than responding to common situations weirdly, it is also stressing over the reason why others do not react the same way you do. Each of my friends will collectively say, “Chardline is so awkward, but I love her though.” Moreover, as I grew older, I realized that being awkward is not such a bad thing—it is a great thing. While everyone is crying at a scene from Titanic, I still find solace in knowing that if I were on that ship, I would not have to pay my student loans anymore–I would be at peace.

Does that mean I am savage? Nah, it just means that I process things differently. I am writing this post not only to show off my dope fedora from Kuronne, but to encourage everyone to be the best version of yourself. We live in a time where our quirks and personalities are not celebrated. In fact, we are invited to be more like sheep than a flock of diversity.

Some days I wish I were normal. Sometimes I think to myself, “If I were less awkward, I would finally get the guy.” Alternatively, my favorite, “If I were less awkward, I would be able to express myself better instead of joking about matters that were serious to me.” However, God made me this way for a reason, and I am gonna let it fly.

However, don’t get me wrong be awkward is probably what led me to all of my accomplishments today. Too many to name but one of my favorites is my relationship with my nephew. No one in the family understands why we are as close –and I think it’s because awkwardly, we understand each other. 20 years apart and he’s the only person I can connect with in my house.

So today, celebrate the things about yourself that you’ve been trying to hide. Learn to embrace those things about yourself, too. Issa Rae did it when she first wrote The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, and now look where she is! AN AWKWARD BOSS! Jesse Eisenberg is my #MCE and I think it’s because he’s a pretty awkward guy himself.

See we are not all that strange!

Want to see how my homegirls expressed their Kuronne fedoras? Check out their Instagram pages. Bianca + Genevieve.

 

Which Kuronne hat best represents you?

Til next time, Char!

Plus Size Camo Print Pants

Why Women Can’t Stop Buying Camo Print

In Fashion, Personal Style

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Is anyone else a sucker for camo print like I am? There’s something about the mix of military greens that always gets me. But let’s face it, it isn’t the easiest to style. Sometimes it’s a little challenging trying to figure out if you want the camo print stick out by itself or treat it as a neutral to make another piece stand out.

Well, why not both? Eloquii’s hottest selling item is their  Camo Cigarette Pant! And after trying it on, I can see why. You can easily dress these pants up and wear it to work (my co-workers loved it), or you can pair it with some denim and pumps and make it party outfit!

Today, I take on styling Eloquii’s Camo Cigarette Pant as both a neutral and the pop out item! The way I accomplished this was by pairing it with Eloquii’s neutral but fun Tassel-Trimmed Off the Shoulder Chambray Top . By doing so, both items have an equal opportunity to shine. Also, by pairing it with my favorite pumps olive green pumps from Amazon Fashion, they bring out the hues of green in Eloquii’s Camo Cigarette Pant.

What are some ways that you style camo print?

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Outfit Details

Top: Eloquii

Pants: Eloquii

Sandals: Amazon Fashion

Earrings: Eloquii

Till next time,

Char.

5 Reasons Why I’m Not Going Back to Mexico

In Fashion, Travel

…unless it’s with Parlour Magazine at UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya


It has been exactly a week since I left Mexico and I SO REGRET GOING! When Ty of Gorgeous in Grey posted the #TravelFlySolo17 trip, my interests were SLIGHTLY piqued! For some reason, all I could think about was a group trip in an uber-touristy place. UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya made sure to disappoint my assumptions.

Despite the title of this article being a little misleading, my five days in paradise was AMAZING! Every time someone asks me about how it was, I cannot help but smile. The premise of Parlour Magazine’s #TravelFlySol017 was to allow yourself to experience revolutionary rest! The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is for the luxe-loving woman (that I know you are) who wants to try solo travel or enjoys, but appreciates being around familiar faces (for safety) and having company for dinners, outing, etc. Just like Ty said, this trip was a completely self-designed weekend—NO itinerary, NO group think, NO feeling like you are in a machine. There was a digital guide that assisted in planning our weekend.

Dress from Rebdolls

Essentially, it is the “non-group trip” for the woman who hates the typical “group trip.”

At first, I went in thinking, “I cannot wait to hang out with all my blogger boos and get wasted” However, by day three, I found myself resting and thinking under the beautiful sunset in the Riviera Maya. I suggest that every person takes at least one trip of revolutionary rest, a phrase coined by Shannon Washington–co-founder of Parlour Magazine. I slept by the beach and let the salt water restore my wounds. I went on a small ATV tour and sped like I was a biker! I ate until I could not eat anymore! I was BLESSED! This is by far was the BEST VACATION that I have been on. So to that end, I wanted to list the five reasons why vacationing with Parlour Magazine at UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya was the best experience.

Location! Location! Location!

The RESORT was BREATHTAKING!! I am talking about an ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT with dirt cheap inclusions. Where can you get a full body exfoliation for $30.00? I mean they got in between every crevice and gave me a brand new layer of skin! Also, a huge shout out to Gavyn because I learned that my tan would look better if I got a full body exfoliation beforehand.

Unico also comes with an app that is very intuitive and user-friendly. With customized turn down service, scheduled resort activities for the day, and real-time food service, I do not think I could stay anywhere else!

Also, I know you saw my posts in my outdoor jacuzzi! Well, each room has an outdoor jacuzzi or a hammock/swim-up room! Like, COME ON! Lastly, this isn’t  Cabo; this was the Riviera Maya. Meaning, no rowdy people passing out drunk everywhere. It was full of Mayan ruins, rustic art; iguanas staring you down, swimming in the Cenotes cave, dining, and sailing, etc. If you are looking to relax, this is the place! Whether you I was at the Yucatan jungle or gazing at pyramids, it was amazing.

Swim set from Rebdolls

FOOD!

I cannot begin to tell you how good the food was. With four major restaurants on site, I was in a new country every night. The first night was Italian, then Japanese, then Mexico, etc. It was HEAVENLY! Paired with a buffet that opened from 7 am to 5 pm, it was impossible to starve. Also, room service was FREE! So when I wanted churros at 3 am, I got my churros at 3 am!

Great Wifi

That pretty much says it all! There was wifi throughout the entire resort–even on the beach! Also, free calls to the US! As a blogger, I had to keep you  updated on my travels, so Unico’s wifi made it possible!

Mesh Top from Fashion to Figure

 Revolutionary Rest

I am a woman who wears MANY HATS! I work a full-time job, I blog, and I am in school part time. Living by the motto, “Sleep when you die” has always been my excuse to keep working harder. The idea of taking time off to RELAX felt like a luxury. But #TravelFlySolo17 helped me destroy that myth of having to work all the time.

Getting full 10 hours of sleep, AMAZING!
Waking up at UNICO for a private yoga session, AMAZING!
Spending the morning exploring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, AMAZING!
Afternoon zip lining through the jungle, AMAZING!
Finishing with a beachside dinner back at UNICO was like a dream come true.

Ladies, rest is your friend!

My Girl Gang GREW

Although I knew about 6 to 8 ladies who were part of our travel group, I met six new friends who were just as awesome! Jenny from Brooklyn has to be my fav! She understands me. We tried to crash a Too Short concert by hopping on a random bus and trying to blend in with the crowd! Although we did not get in, this was one for the books! GUCCI! Ebony is an up and coming blogger who has so much soul and gets me!! Moreover, lastly, spending time with my blogger boo Katie was the icing on the cake! I love my new sisters!

GUCCI! Ebony is an up and coming blogger who has so much soul and gets me!! Moreover, lastly, spending time with my blogger boo Katie was the icing on the cake! I love my new sisters!

Ebony is an up and coming blogger who has so much soul and gets me!! Moreover, lastly, spending time with my blogger boo Katie was the icing on the cake! I love my new sisters!

When preparing to look for clothes for the tropical weather, your safest bets are always going to be Fashion to Figure and Rebdolls! From clubbing at Cannibal Beach to Cruising in my ATV, I had the perfect outtfit for every occasion! I shared most of the links to my outfits during my trip, but here they are in case you missed them:

Rebdolls

Swim Suit 

Maxi Dress

Fashion To Figure

Tankini Bathing Suit

Yellow Maxi Dress

Mesh Shirt

Beach Tote

Ruffle Dress

Mesh Top from Fashion to Figure

Accessories:

Sunglass Up:

Mirrored Glasses

Round Glasses



Amazon Fashion:

Cape Robbin Pom Pom Heels

So are you ready to Travel Fly SOLO? Make sure you follow Parlour Magazine for their next trip! I know I will be there!! Also, a special shout-out to Travel By Design for hooking us up with such a sweet deal!! I am using them from here on out!

Until next trip.

Char!

Men´s Fashion Gift Ideas

In Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted some of the best big and tall options for men and since Kavah of the Gentlemen’s Curb is off in the world doing BIG things, I thought I’d bring share a few words on the topic!

As you all know, I love fashion. I appreciate that the way you dress makes a huge difference to how you think of yourself and how the world sees you, so it is an important subject which is one reason I like to write about it.

However, I realized the other day I rarely write about men´s fashion. Given the fact that most of my readers are women, this is not surprising. But, it also struck me that some of you ladies out there have men in your life who you would like to buy clothes for. So, there really is no reason I should not sprinkle in a few men´s fashion posts, as well. After all, clothing makes a great gift for any man.

Men´s shirts

Shirts are a great example of this. They are a versatile item of clothing, which always gets a lot of use. This retailer sells some fantastic men´s shirts. They are stylish and fashionable, and this retailer provides their clothing in a wide range of sizes. This retailer´s shirts are available in chest sizes of between 36 and 66 inches.

You can easily grab a shirt out of your man´s wardrobe and measure it so that you order the right size. Remember, if you are buying a formal shirt to make a note of the neck measurement before you go shopping.

T-shirts

T-shirts also make great gifts. The level of choice is amazing. Plus, of course, if you cannot find something suitable you can always get one custom made. All you need to do is to provide the t-shirt printing firm with the image you want to be used.

Sports clothing

That brings me nicely to another men´s gift idea, sports clothing. Most men love sports. They either take part or follow a team, often both.

If the man you are buying for is a just a fan, anything with their favorite team´s logo on it could potentially make a great gift. For those who play sports, items of kit can make great presents.

However, you do need to be careful when buying this type of gift. Trying to train in a pair of gym shorts that are not the right cut, or size, would be very uncomfortable. Therefore, it is wise to keep the receipt and make it clear that you will not be offended if he chooses to exchange your gift for something else.

Consider buying men´s clothes for yourself

While researching this article, about men´s clothing, I noticed that they were considerably cheaper than women´s. When I went online to find out more, I was stunned to find out that it was not my imagination. Men´s clothes really were a lot cheaper than women´s, considerably cheaper. In some cases, you can save yourself 40% by shopping in the men´s aisle. You can find out more about the price difference, here. When I go thrift shopping, I often find myself gravitating towards male clothing because there’s so much versatility– it gives me Aaliyah vibes!

Was this helpful? Father’s Day in America is around the corner so there’s not perfect time like the present! What are other unique ideas that you have? I would love to hear them!

Til next time,

Char.

Dear Kurvy Katie

In Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Personal Style

Today’s post is short and sweet!


I want to dedicate the best blogger friend that I have: Kurvy Katie.

Y’all may know her as “the girl who has all the promo codes and gets things for the low-low,” but to me, she is so much more. We can talk about EVERYTHING and not feel a hint of judgment. In the blogging world, it’s so hard to know someone’s true intentions because it can be catty! Now don’t get me wrong, I have other friends that I vibe with and trust, but making friendships within any industry is tough.

To that end, I wanted to send my Katie a love letter cuz she’s the bee’s knees!

Dear Slim (cuz she loves hip hop and MIGHT like Eminem lol),
Thanks for being that friend that is down to turn up and turn down. Always providing me with direction, advice (like cut that dude off or “let me text him for you and tell him you like him lol”) and the truth! It’s easy to find people who will smile in your face but talk craziness behind your back! Ya mad dope son. From serving overseas to continuing to serve the community of armed forces back home, you truly are a gem!

Two weeks ago, I was going to spend 1500 in accommodations for training in DC…but you intercepted with the quickness and looked out for your homegirl! Thanks for looking out! Letting me lounge around and even kick it with you and Kiki (oooh—tell her she should start a Youtube called “Kickin’ It with Kiki).

Aside from letting me crash, when Boston Curvy Fashion Week just started, for two weeks in a row you came out and supported! That was deep, dude!

In a few short days, we are taking our first international trip together, and I can’t EFFIN wait! I couldn’t think of a better roommate and travel mate! So here’s to great vibes, Mexican guys, and Mai Tai’s! Love you
Char!

Chardline Outfit Details

Denim Dress (40% off using code SHOPJUNE): Eloquii 

Gingham Heels: Sold out, from Shoe Dazzle

Katie’s Outfit

Striped Dress (on sale for 25.00 now!) : Target

Chuck Taylor Sneakers: Macy’s