Thursday, April 26, 2012

Color Embrace

BLACK~GRAY~WHITE~BLACK~GRAY~WHITE it's like a bad tune that's stuck on repeat.  EVERY Single woman I've ever known loves to wear white, enjoys wearing gray and can't live without black and especially the big girls.  Just because you have an extra roll or two doesn't mean you cannot embrace a little color.  Today is the day that you start embracing you and all your curves.  Hiding behind black pants and a white shirt will not make you only makes you boring.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that you walk into your super conservative office job wearing lime green pants.  But what's wrong with a pink cardigan to match your black pants?  And when you're not going to work, you can really FUNK it up.  "Color Blocking" is sooooo in and I'm loving it!!!  I've been the "Unique aka Weird" dressed girl for years...having no reservations about rocking my so called "mitched-matched clothing."  But now, society has finally caught up to wear I've always been.  It's spring and this is the best time to start embracing a new you, a new look, a new color. 

So you can get with THIS....

OR you can get with THAT....


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

BIG Pride

Since I've starting my journey with BBB I've received much needed positivity and encouraging words from friends, family, and people that I don't even know.  I never before would pay attention to the images of BIG beauty but now I realize it's ALL around me. I can honestly say that BIG Pride is alive and present.  Yes, the jerks are still out there.  The skinny people that wish they were fat and the crazies that thing FAT is FAILURE.  But I've learned to understand that those people are the true failures.  They are uncomfortable in their own skin and they're secretly hoping for a society of miserable people.  Why?  Because unfortunately, misery loves company.  So in order to stand true to self and not let the crazies get me down, I often turn to images of BIG Pride.  Like Victoria Janashvili who's collection of "commercial real women" photos is nothing short of fabulous.  These images make me smile, they make me laugh, but most of all they make me PROUD!!!  Here are just a few...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Inner Struggle

I am currently having a NERVOUS breakdown.  Not suicidal just a tad bit psychotic.  I think I've set the bar WAY too HIGH.  Not shopping for three months is driving me insane and it's only been three weeks.  I can't take the pressure...I feel like a kid at the zoo and literally every animal is trying to snatch me up!  Bad illustration...let's just stick to a kid in a candy store.  Anyway, you get the picture.  Everything I see, I want and it literally wants me to buy it.  The first two weeks were OK, I was just coming to terms with my decision but the last week has been pure torture.  Now, I can honestly say my cousin was right...I have an addiction!!! 

So since I'm not doing any new shopping or even looking.  This week I can't introduce a new "Pick of the Week."  But I will post the last five as a recap.  Think of it as looking into a photo album...the memories are still there.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Summer Arms

Yes, I'm back on let me just say what you already know.  I HATE-HATE-HATE MY ARMS!!!!  And now that the summer is slowly creeping back around, my anxiety is on FULL BLAST.  So, I've decided that I have to defeat this thing.  This year, I've decided that I will not let my ARMS control me - determine my summer plans - rain on my summer wardrobe parade.  I've made a promise to me and my May through September clothing.  A promise that only the bravest of ARM-shy-girls will ever make. "I BBBthink will rock you (my summer clothes) ALLLLL summer long like I have Michelle Obama arms."  This is for every cute tank that I usually smother beneath a cardigan, for ever summer dress that never sees the light of day, and for all those strapless rompers that my visa card just couldn't escape.  Pray for's going to be a long summer. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

B-day Recap

Hands down one of the best b-day's ever!!!  It was drama free, simple but fun, and I enjoyed a little bit of time with all of the special people in my life!  In addition, I didn't go broke buying a new head-to-toe look...definitely a first for me.  The only thing new was my dress which came from Fashion to Figure and cost me less than 40 bucks.  I wore a pair of shoes that I brought earlier this year, made my own earrings out of jewelry that I already owned and I didn't even spend an obscene amount of money on food and drinks.  All in all I would say I'm on the right track to a productive 27th year.  Here are a few pics of me and my girls...check out the earrings in my close-up shot.

My Girls!

My college ace and deuce!

My co-worker/work-bf

Loving my new homemade earrings!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

YES, I'm in Rehab

After recent serious conversations with one of my favorite people, I can now stand and admit that I am an addict and my addiction to shopping has long taken over my life.  I've had these conversations with a number of family and friends but one of my cousins did the ultimate.  She showed me her entire wardrobe which consist of 15% items that she's purchased while 85% consist of items that I purchased, wore once, maybe twice then gave to her.  YES, it's true...I have a serious problem.  It's a problem because I'm not balling out of control.  Yes, all of my bills get paid and I've NEVER been late, I still save money and I give back to my community.  But sometimes too much is toooooo much.  I say this because I can always save more, I can always give more back to my community, and I'm still not a homeowner (one of my goals).  So, I've checked myself into rehab.  For the next 3 months, I will not purchase anything new (I'm going to die...I know it).  Well I started my journey with my birthday.  Yes, I bought a new dress but the orange shoes that I so desperately wanted to wear with my dress...well I didn't buy them.  I still can't believe it, I've decided to rock a pair of shoes that I already own.  Then I wanted new jewelry.  I admit, this is even more crazy than the shoes.  I have enough jewelry to open up two stores.  So instead, I took a necklace that I never wear, broke it and added the pieces from the necklace to a pair of hoops that I already owned.  I've decided to fully commit myself to this task thus having to maximize on all of my resources.  Revamping each shirt, pair of pants, dress, jewelry, shoes and handbags to look like I purchased it yesterday.  If I can succeed, this will be a true test of my will-power, creativity and designer instinct.  So pray for me, I'm in REHAB! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Birthday Remix

I refuse to have a meltdown on my bbb-day.  Despite the fact this birthday, the year 27, provokes people to remind me that I'm almost 30.  Give me a break...I'm not a homeowner, I'm not married/engaged, and I'm not Oprah...all the things I thought I would be by 30.  So relax folks...these last three years are critical and I'm not rushing!!!  So instead of thinking about all of the major things that I need to accomplish before 30, I'll focus on all of the things that will help me look 27 forever.

1. Stress Less
2. Laugh More
3. Spend more time doing the things that I enjoy
4. Don't fall asleep with my makeup on
5. Sleep as long as I want, when I want
6. Live Healthier
7. Travel Travel Travel
8. Love Lots