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Initially, I wanted to entitle this post: 29 things I learned last year. But to be honest, it wasn’t in my heart. This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending my birthday with my closest friends and family. I don’t think ANYONE knows me better than this bunch of people. Well, except my mom.

My brother and sister know me the best. For the most part, they see me through and through. They peep my evolution from time to time, but at my core, they know what I am thinking.

Nyviana is like my sister…she’s is my sister. I met her through my friend Tremana, and I don’t regret it not one bit. We travel together, cry together, and everything in between. When I say something “CRAZY,” she gets me more than anyone…she actually laughs and gives me an HI 5. There’s something so comforting about those hi-5’s. We come from two different walks of life, but when our paths crossed, it was like we knew each other forever.

Durand I’ve known the longest in this crew. We met each other during our freshman year of college. At first, he was timid, but I knew there was more to Durand to that. He is VERY observant, tactical, and practical. He makes the best predictions about. In fact, CHARDLINE.COM wouldn’t exist without him. Durand saw something in me, purchased the domain and website, and I ran with it. I honor our friendship like it’s my baby. I think I should listen to him more; he seems to know what’s up!

Tasha, I met less than four years ago. She’s a rock. She super fierce, confident, always down for the cause, her smile is infectious, and she’s HELLA smart!! Like MAAAAD SMART! She’s one of the most driven women I know and doesn’t take no for an answer! I love her to death because she isn’t one of those friends who require all the attention in the world…she just needs a person to be present at the moment! This weekend was a weekend of firsts for her!!

Lastly, OJ. If you follow my Instagram Stories of Snapchat, OJ is my best friend. I’ve known him since 2012, and he started off as my trainer. Over the years, we’ve bonded…mostly over food…I think we eat more than we speak. And recently, we’ve started traveling together. So far we’ve been to Philly, NY, LA, Toronto, and ATL together. I always feel like there’s more to us than food, but food is always a good start when it comes to OJ. Fun fact, he’s the only man that has said “I LOVE YOU” to me and I actually believe it. It only took 29 years, huh?

During this trip, I don’t know if they noticed, but I did ask a few questions to them. I posed the questions at random times so it wouldn’t sound too interrogatory. I am not sure if they actually read my blog, but if you ever do, I want to say thank you because you revealed some things about myself that I’m always afraid to explore. Character traits that I often ignore.

The first question I asked, “What was your fondest childhood memory?” While my friends said things like staying at my grandmother’s house or riding a bike, I remember not having many childhood memories. I remember my sister drowning in the pool at Canobie Lake; I remember having a cousin that didn’t act like a cousin…sorta creepy….I remember being called a whale while I was sleeping…and then variations of “fat” thereon. My positive memories seemed to have diminished and I all I could remember were times where I was hurt or scared.  But my friend’s memories taught me that it wasn’t too late to make new and fun ones now. The past already happened and I can’t control that. But this past weekend, I made some great memories. I only want to keep making them from here on out.

The second question I asked…OJ in particular because he knows me the best: what do you think my ego is? My brother just finished explaining what his definition of ego was. He said that an ego is what you project out to the world, but it’s not necessarily the reality you’re living. At first, OJ was reticent to answering the question…he was trying to vibe out. But after that, he said, “You portray an aura of being confident when in reality you are your harshest critic.” God must have blessed his tongue because this is something I realized about myself, I just didn’t know that someone else could see it, too. So what happens now? I live unapologetically. I have to figure out why I critique myself the way I do. Am I fair to myself? Am I practicing what I preach? Am I doing this for the show? Something to consider.

This post is almost 1000 words long, so I won’t bore you but just know part two is coming lol. It always does! But I won’t leave without sharing some good news! Before the new year takes off, I want to introduce three new parts coming to the blog:

  • #BostonProper – This is when I will dish on all things Boston. Boston influencer events, eats, events, brunches, staycations, gyms, spa, hair, YOU NAME IT! This is my city! I work, live, eat, breathe and sleep all things Boston (and Haiti). I can’t wait for you to experience Boston through my lens! After my feature on Chronicle 5, I’ve been invited to so many Boston based storefronts, events, spas etc! I have to share my city with you!
  • Dear Diary: While I speak my thoughts on my posts all the time, I think it’s time I keep those feelings in one space for you all to take a look at. Before blogging, I was a writer. I could write about anything and anyone. I’m hoping that this diary section of the blog will help you see me in a light that is more TRUE to my nature. I am working on Chardline the Blogger and Chardline, the Woman, being one. I can’t wait to hear your feedback on me…being me :).
  • Monthly Lookbook– Once a month, I am hoping to collaborate with one brand to show you themed looks for the month. Before the end of this month, you will see a lookbook from Debs Shops! Today’s look was gifted by Debs Shops so make sure you get it while it’s still here.

A huge thank you to Debs Shop for the look, and an even huger thank you to Distorted Concepts for the shots! He’s EFFIN AMAZING!

 

Plus Size Longline Jacket

Casual Ivory w/ the Denim to Match

In Personal Style

Plus Size Longline Jacket

With my birthday coming up, I am trying to find different ways to celebrate the last year of my 20’s. Aside from the birthday gatherings and shindigs, I want to do something different with my life altogether! Maybe a blonde weave or perhaps featuring lookbooks on the blog every month. Either way, I really want to soak up the last year of my twenties before everyone starts looking at me like I owe them a child and an engagement ring. With that, I thought I could try something different: wearing brighter colors.

As a plus size woman, it’s hard for me to notice how darker colors flatter me better than brighter colors. I stray away from the whites and yellows because they highlight my chichas and rolls. Maybe the new commitment for 29 is going to be for me to stop thinking with such a negative mindset. Who knows! But I thought that today I would ease into bright colors by featuring my latest find from Simply Be! Simply Be’s Joanna Hope Longline Pleat Detail Jacket is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your outfits!

Plus Size Longline Jacket

In this look, I wanted to find a way to make my Canadian Tuxedo POP!! By sizing up, I was able to wear the Joanna Hope Longline Pleat Detail Jacket has a laying essential for the fall. If Denim on Denim isn’t your thing, then wearing it with a bodycon might be! And if you are anti-bodycon, then there are many other ways you can get good uses out of Longline jackets!! You can pair it with a crop top and jeans, leggings boots and collared shirts, laying with a long maxi, high waist shorts w/ tights and a top…. you can honestly try whatever floats your boat!!

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Outfit details

Joanna Hope Longline Pleat Detail Jacket: Simply Be

Top: Amazon Fashion 

Jeans: Amazon Fashion

Shoes: Target (btw, I wore these babies for 4 hours straight and I didn’t cry! They have them in 4 colors!)

Until next time,

Char.

 

Sis Mix-a-lot feat. Who What Wear

In Personal Style

It’s been awhile since I’ve done some pattern blocking. And with the arrival of cold weather, mixing patterns and blazers are the new norm. Today, I wanted to feature some of my latest purchases from Target’s Who What Wear Collection.

This form of pattern block is new to me. While I loved both the Ruffle Poplin Blouse and the Who What Wear™ Cheetah Print jacket, as standalone pieces, seeing them together really made a statement for me. This might be because I grew up in Catholic Schools and my skirts colored block 5 types of vomit green. Anywho, I really thought these two pieces would pop!

But I didn’t want to get carried away with myself so wearing my dark blue jeans and black pumps really helped compliment the colors in Ruffle Poplin Blouse and Who What Wear™ Cheetah Print jacket. The blue hues in the denim went well with the blue stripes, and the black pumps matched the cheetah print. Once you’ve found a way to color block two intricate items, wearing them items separately should be easy.

So what do you think?

 

Outfit Details

 

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Plus Size Pyjama jacket

Pyjamas By Day

In Fashion, Personal Style

Ever fall in love with a trend at first sight? That’s how I felt when I saw Maggie Gyllenhaal and Chanel Iman rocking their Pyjamas jackets. Today, I share my take on the plus size pyjama jacket by Simply Be. +

Maggie Gyllenhaal from Vogue UK

Chanel Iman from Vogue UK.

While I’ve seen most celebrities wear their Pyjama jackets with a coordinating pant, like this one from Simply Be , I want to test out its versatility. At first, I was thinking of color blocking with other floral capris or even a black pleated skirt. But I decided to go basic with this one: distressed denim jeans. Like how can you not win?? The blue hues compliment each other, and my nude heels bring out the beige undertones in the jacket!

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A huge thank you to my photographer Jessica of JMP Image!!

How would you rock the pyjama trend? Soon, we are going to explore my favorite trend of the fall: Wearable Lingerie!! Can’t wait to share it with you!

 

Char!

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Denim Jeans + Blazers

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Plus Size Blogger Wearing Lane Bryant Skinny Jeans

 

There was once a time where I had one permanent look: Denim jeans and blazers. Celebs like Rihanna and Beyonce would always be photographed wearing this look. Whether they were on the go or lounging around the City, this look was a staple in their day to day activities! So guess what, I am bringing this look back with the help of Lane Bryant!

You would think Denim is generic and that most brands can make a jean that satisfies all the ebb and flows of a plus size body. While we know that’s not EVER THE FACT; we find solace in brands that do go above and beyond to perfect denim for hips and curves. A good pair of denim jeans can go a long way, and while Fall is usually the debut of most denim, we all know they are here to stick around throughout the year. Picking a good pair of denim jeans is hard, though. While fast fashion jeans might flatten your belly and flatten your butt (if that’s your thing), investing in high quality will give you a bigger bang for your buck!

So when I saw Kelly Augustine post about her participation in Lane Bryant’s #TheNewSkinny campaign, I already knew where I should start looking to replenish my denim collection. Lane Bryant has over ten pairs of skinny jeans that I can’t seem to stop staring at. The jeans I am wearing are called the SUPER STRETCH SKINNY JEAN WITH RELEASED HEM! It truly is a super stretch so that I would size down from your normal size.

Also, Lane Bryant recently put out a campaign for their latest Blazers! The fashion gawds must’ve picked up on my vibes because I needed a new blazer to wear for dates and work! The PEPLUM-BACK BLAZER is the PERFECT blazer that transitions day to night. Pairing my outfit with a pop of off-white and shades of brown, now I actually look like a celeb that is on the go!!

Plus Size Blogger Wearing Lane Bryant Skinny Jeans

Plus Size Blogger Wearing Lane Bryant Skinny Jeans

Plus Size Blogger Wearing Lane Bryant Skinny Jeans

Outfit Details

Blazer: Lane Bryant

Jeans: Lane Bryant

Top: Calvin Klein, similar from Amazon

Shoes: Amazon

Bag: Louis Vuitton

 

 

A huge thank you to my photographer Jessica of JMP Image!!

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