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Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

Relationships that Matter

In Fitness & Health, Inspiration, Uncategorized

This post is sponsored by Rockland Trust. But as always, my opinions are 1000% my own.


Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

As a part two to last week’s posts, I thought it would be fitting for me to open up about how much I value the relationships in my life. As humans, we form lots of relationships. Whether it is with school teachers, gym trainers, financial advisors, family, friends, etc., we place value in all of these relationships because we understand the trust and loyalty that binds us. One relationship that I love to brag about is with my trainer turned best friend, OJ.

 

OJ epitomizes the definition of a best friend. I do not know a single person who is more present in my life than he is…well after my mom of course. When I first started blogging, he supported my entrepreneurial endeavors. Even if he was the only man submerged in a sea of ladies at my events, he never complained. He merely observed and smiled. Apart from being physically being present in my life, he’s always been the perfect person to mentally balance me out. While I tend to be a paranoid or anxious person, he’s always there to remind me to calm down. And on the flip side, when I complained to him that I couldn’t climb to the top of a mountain, he was right there pushing me along the way…and this isn’t a figure of speech either. He actually helped me climb to the top of two mountains.

Our relationship isn’t complicated or knows many boundaries. I don’t think there’s anything I have a hard time telling him. Our trust and candid talks is what binds us closer. When others started to notice that I gained 100 pounds, they quietly said, “Chardline, you are getting bigger.” But when OJ noticed he said, “Alright when I’ve completed personal training school, I am going to design you a program to help you with your fitness goals…” He never attacks me or makes me feel like I am doing something wrong…unless it’s a roast session. That boy can roast!  Instead, he picks up on certain patterns and behaviors and asks how I am doing.

 

Chardline and Orville Joseph for Rockland Trust

I can go on and on about my relationship with OJ, but the truth is I am choking up over here. And OJ knows this. I always let him know when I appreciate his friendship. Whether it’s a simple “I love you” or saving him food, we celebrate our relationship in awesome ways! We’ve already traveled from coast to coast; I wonder where life will take us now.

Both OJ and I were discussing how it’s time “grown-up moves” in our lives. While we have our sights on starting our own families and buying homes, we recognized the importance of building relationships with people and institutions that will help us actualize these goals. Being Massachusetts natives, we started looking into Rockland Trust. When I learned about a bank that focuses its mantra on building meaningful relationships with their customers, it didn’t take much for me to want to learn more. Rockland Trust is a bank that offers a wide of banking, investment, and insurance services to people like me.

I never thought I would experience the day where I can compare one of my most meaningful relationships in my life to a bank that can help me actualize my short-term and long-term goals. I value the relationships in my life and I am happy to know that Rockland Trust does the same for its consumers. I’ve banked with other institutions but I’ve never experienced a bank that is committed to helping me be a better Chardline, just like OJ is.

Interested in learning about Rockland Trust? Head to Rockland Trust’s website, where you can learn more about their services and even the philanthropic work they do. Also, follow their Instagram and Facebook for interactive posts and updates.

Give OJ a big hug for me if you see him in the streets!

Til next time,

Char!

 

29

In Body Positive, Fashion, Inspiration, Personal Style, Uncategorized

 

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!

 

Falling in Love

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Photo Creds: Wesley JeanBaptiste

Photo Creds: Wesley JeanBaptiste

Today is date night number 8! That’s right…I said it 8 !

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With that being said, I thought that I would give him a little bit fall action.

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This vest I got from the straight sized department of Forever 21. It acts as a great accessory to almost ANY fall outfit.

today1My pants that I am obsessed with came from Ashley Stewart’s Military collection! What I love about them the most is the geometric patterns mixed with the militaristic colors. I can see myself wearing these pants to work, the club, and church all in the same day!

Vest: Forever 21, Similar: Ashley Stewart  Shirt: Sears Pants: Ashley Stewart Shoes: Target
Vest: Forever 21, Similar: Ashley Stewart
Shirt: Sears
Pants: Ashley Stewart
Shoes: Target

 Wish me luck because I am good for scaring guys off :).

 

 

 

Good Bye Summer- THE KAYLA INSPIRED LOOK

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Well it looks like the summer is gone and it’s time to gear up for the fall. Couldn’t think of a better way then to go out with a bang colorful bang! My friends told me…you always play it safe and never have fun, well voila!

I dedicate this post to my Twibbon Kayla Delsoin. She always takes fashion risks that I’ve yet to conquer! Love you girl!

When I received this skirt in the mail, boy I was so excited!

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This skirt is from Youtheary Khmer and let me tell you, it’s truly a head turner. It was a little hard to iron so I suggest you get a steamer and work out all the kinks because it’s very delicate.

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My top actually a leotard  from H&M in the straight size section and it was the last one but I LOVED IT! But a great place to get some funky body suits is Only Leggings Dot Com.

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I am wearing a size 14, but I recommend sizing up if you’d like the see through lining to be a little lower.

Bodysuit/Leotard:  H&M Skirt: Youtheary Khmer Shoes: 6pm.com

Bodysuit/Leotard: H&M
Skirt: YouthEary Khmer
Shoes: 6pm.com

Hope you enjoyed my post!

One more post before I have a huge announcement!

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Peace!

PS. Big Thanks to Wesley Jean Baptiste for the photographs!

 

#TheBoyFriendJean

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Uncategorized

Hello Everyone,

 

I know it’s been a while and I am sorry I couldn’t check in but before I disappear for a bit, I wanted to you check out the Boyfriend Jean trend. This trend has been around for a while now BUT finally I’ve found some boyfriend jeans that look great on the fuller figure.

If you don’t believe me, ask:

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Or

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Or

Nadia Aboulhosn

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Super dope right?

cCheck out some of the Boyfriend Jeans that I found!

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

 

Asos

Asos

 

Torrid

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Thick Chic Boutique

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Forever 21

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and

Fashion to Figure

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Look out for my upcoming posts! I see a lot of Boyfriend Jean action in the near future!

Have a great weekend, Chardline.