Tuesday, March 6, 2018

California Dreaming

Last month I visited Cali for the first-time and it was SUBLIME! The food, the scenery, the weather it was all perfect.  When one of my oldest friends moved to the Bay Area last summer, I promised myself a trip to The Golden State. We spent time in San Jose, Wine Country and San Francisco.  I did a little relaxation around her super cute crib, a lot of drinking wine, even more eating some of my fav foods (seafood and latino cuisines), and lots of sightseeing. So whenever I travel I reflect and takeaway at least one favorite thing.  Even if I don't like the city/area as much as I loved the Bay Area, I still find one positive takeaway.  Well needless to say, that wasn't hard to do this time around but fav takeaway from Cali was the beauty!  I loved just riding around and looking out the window to take in the sites. And on a day like today, when it's 44 degrees and gloomy in Washington, I'm "California Dreaming and screaming "take me back."

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Comeback FTF

As most BBB Think readers know, I shop at Fashion to Figure quite often.  It's my go to for cute, quick and inexpensive clothes.  It's not always my first choice but it's always the most convenient choice.  There's one located less than five minutes from my home and several others within a 15 minutes drive.  Well until last month.  the one closest to me, closed the week after Christmas.  But not before having one heck of a blowout sale that included $4 and $5 items.  So if you haven't heard, let me give you the 411.  Fashion To Figure was sold in the fall to New York & Co. or if you're an old school fashionista like me then you're still calling it Lerner.  According to my sources, ie. the girls who work in the various stores, LOL ... certain brick and mortar locations will reopen as well as the online store under the same name but with new products in February 2018.  Now of course I asked which locations, that answer was not so clear.  However, they did tell me that the one in Annapolis, MD will not reopen because sales were down at that location.  I was sad to hear that because I often would go to that location when I was having trouble finding what I was looking for at the other locations.  However, I was not surprised for that same reason ... they always seemed to have way more inventory in stock.  But the good news is that while shopping over the weekend, I walked past the one closest to my home and saw a sign on the window reading BRB February 2018.  So, that gave me a little hope.  In closing, I'm ready for February 2018 because I'm already having FTF withdrawal. I'm looking forward to the stores return and seeing how the products may or may not change. PS...I got TONS of great deals during the closing sale including this off the shoulder, lace top!  The black tuxedo pants are also from FTF and the boots are from Ashley Stewart.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

NYE 2018

Happy New Year Friends!!!
After five years of having spent New Year’s  Eve at home or at a friends house, I decided that this year I would switch it up a bit. 2017 was an amazing year and although I faced major challenges, I also accomplished a great deal. The biggest success, being the purchase of my first home. Although I received tons of moral support, it was all me financially! So, this deserved a celebration that was worthy of me getting dolled up and dancing the night away. And that’s exactly what I did. So what did I wear? After a search online at some of my favorite plus size stores, I decided to look on ASOS. I don't often shop there because I never know what size to order.  Well their website had many great options and since I couldn't decide on one, I got several and hoped that one would fit.  NOTE - ASOS does FREE returns :).  By the way, I ordered a size 20 in all of the dresses and the only one that was a little too snug for my taste was was by John Zack.  The ASOS Curve brand is definitely more forgiving. After doing a photo shoot in my bedroom, I chose a black, high neck - cold shoulder dress with lace and ruffle detail. It was a great choice! I paired it with a gold metal choker, which really dramatized the look, lots of gold bangles and platforms made with a gold metal anklet that perfectly matched the choker. The last but most important accessories, were the bright tricolor fringe earrings from ViVi Trendsetter and fuchsia BCBG purse...both gave the set just enough pop. Everything came together nicely and the only new purchases were the dress and earrings. The choker, bracelets, purse, and shoes are items that I already owned. The grand total was $82 ... $70 for the dress and $12 for the earrings. WINNING!!!

PS: I chose to wear my hair in a simple top knot to avoid my hair taking away from the outfit.  My hair is long and big and tends to get in the way :)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Hottie

Holiday party season can be stressful and expensive. And although we’ve almost made it through Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza don’t forget about NYE. You can save yourself time and money by re-purposing already owned attire. If you’re like me, your weeks were loaded with multiple holiday parties. They kicked off November 30th, yep...I didn’t even make it to December. So far I’ve attended six (not counting the invites), and I still have four more to go. So here’s an example of one of my holiday party looks, in which I didn't purchase one single new item.  And I suggest you do the same ... Don’t go broke trying to buy something new for every single event! Get creative with what you already own.
1. Shirt (6 mos. old) - Fashion To Figure
2. Skirt (4 yrs. old) - Ashley Stewart 
3. Shoes (2 yrs. old) - Cole Haan
4. Purse (3 mos. old) - Torrid 
5. Choker (1 yr. old) - Forever21

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Formal Flare

I recently attended a Masquerade Ball in honor of cancer survivors, hosted by the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  This gala was a double win for me - a great cause combined with an excuse for me to get dolled up - so of course when asked about attending, I said "I'm There!" Plus, if you've ever seen the movie "A Cinderella Story" w/ Hillary Duff then you know what I was most excited about ... wearing the mask no doubt. Yes, I'm a fan of romantic comedies and teenage movies ... DON'T Judge me, I'm still 13 at heart. Anyway, I found the perfect, and when I say perfect, I mean perfect dress. Sorry, I mean gown. Sorry, I mean garment. Sorry, I mean frock.  Nope none of those work because a simple description doesn't do it justice. It was more like an amazingly stunning piece of fabric that was perfectly mixed with jewels and beautifully crafted to make any fabulous chick like myself look just as DOPE as she feels.  So where did I find this storybook dress? I thought you'd never ask.  Burlington ... yes, the former "Coat Factory."  I too am still in shock at this diamond in a rough.  Just browsing through the racks w/ one of my fav cousins, I spot this lone-wolf masterpiece and had to make it mine. I prayed silently as I entered the fitting room because it was the only one left and a size 18, numbers these thighs haven't seen in years.  Well, I'm happy to report it fit like a glove (in a good way), thanks to all these steps I've been racking up on my Fitbit.  Needless to say that stunning piece of fabric came home with me.  The best part of it all was the price, $50, another double win. By the way, the mask was purchased on Amazon, the jewelry came from Charming Charlie, shoes (not pictured) not new, hair styled by yours truly and my makeup was professionally done by The Girl w/Big Hair, whom is a friend of mine. So this look came together for less than $100. Well here she is!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Burrrr Baby

"Winter is Coming!" Yes, that's a Game of Thrones reference.  Yes, I'm missing G.O.T. Yes, I can't wait for Season 8.  Anyway, enough about that.  I'm legit warning you that "Winter is Coming!"  When I stepped out of my house this morning, I was disappointed that I did not remote start the whip.  That's usually my first indicator that short sleeves, no tights and open toe shoes are exiting stage left until April.  So what did I do as soon as I sat down at my desk this morning? Look for coats of course! One of my go to spots year-after-year for good quality, reasonably priced, plus size women's coats is Jessica London.  I literally buy three things from this online plus size store that Momma BBBThink put me on to years ago.  Those three things; tights, boots and coats.  I openly admit that I'm not a huge fan of their clothing.  They're apparel tends to look a little older/mature.  However, I am a fan of their boots and coats, they're classic and quality.  Another great thing about this shop, they ALWAYS have some type of sale, anywhere from 25 to 50 percent off. So in my morning "Burrrr Baby" search on Jessica London, I came across these hotties.  All under 200 bucks might I add!  Let me know your thoughts on which one or two I should add to my beloved collection.

Asymmetrical Coat

Faux Fur Coat

Asymmetrical Coat w/ Belt

Wool Cape

Suede Leather Moto Jacket

Red Trench Coat

3/4 Length Pink Leather Coat

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oldie But Goodie

I've often advocated for re-purposing, re-wearing, re-accessorizing veteran items.  I don't want to call them old because maybe you've only owned that top for a year or two.  However, it feels old because you wore it often, or took one too many pics for Facebook or IG wearing it.  Whatever the case is, I'm here to tell you that you can reinvent the wheel.  Don't give up on that two seasons ago maxi dress that's the go to for every cookout.  Just find a new way to rock it.  As you know, I'm still on my frugally fly kick... #adultgoals. Therefore, I'm making it a point not to buy new clothes but instead revitalize the veteran.  So here are just a few of my recently worn oldie but goodie ensembles.

Top - 3 years old, Pants - 3 years old, Purse - 2 years old, Shoes - 1 year old

Jumper - 4 years old, Purse - Vintage but 5 years old to me, Shoes - new but not pictured

Dress - 1 year old, Shoes - 2 years old