Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fashion Night 2012

So we know that yours truly is a fluffy fashionista. I'm a plus size girl who lives and breathes plus size fashion. But as a lover of fashion in general, you have to study not only your particular niche, but the world at large. And with that being said, I was given the opportunity to attend a local one-night charity fashion event that I'm super excited to tell you about!

The event was co-hosted by GoodTimezNow(with a "Z"!) and LSK Modeling & Events Company to benefit a local chapter of Chadwick Residence, an organization which provides transitional housing for women at risk (for more information, go to http://www.chadwickresidence.org).

The evening was a combination of hip-hop, r&b and urban fashion setting the night off with a dance trio by the name of "No Outlet" and ending with a performance by local R&B Singer Erica Lovette. Each line had an individual artist who performed an original song as their models strutted down the runway. One of the standouts for me was the consignment shop "Coming Around Again Boutique" which displayed ladylike elegance with lots of dresses, gloves, tea hats and fascinators a la the Royal Wedding. My favorite look was the show opener which was this super girly sheer white shirt and floral skirt combo.

For the sexy trendy girls, there was "Some Girls Boutique" which featured everything from peplum details to animal prints, color blocking and leather panels.

There were two original men's lines featured. One was called Unico Re Designs which showed urban casual clothing such as men's sweatshirts, t-shirts, polos and these cardigan and button down looks(which happened to be my favorite menswear looks of the evening). I had the opportunity to speak to the designer personally and he told me that he's also working on a women's line to be released early next year!

The second menswear line called Sky's Da Limit Clothing featured more outerwear like urban and varsity jackets. I've realized in looking at these, that I love a preppy look on a guy more than I thought. The pullover sweater is definitely my favorite!

I have, however saved the best, (in this humble little blogger's opinion)for last. My favorite of the night BY FAR was a young twenty one year old designer named Korianna who showed an original line with a take that was young, fresh and original. The look was definitely more Spring with lots of pastel colors and a mix of materials which included clear plastic and mesh netting but her take is an original one that I'm sure will be around for years to come. I'm looking forward to seeing much, much more from her!

All in all, it was a great time full of great music, drinks and fashion. Already looking forward to 2013! Here's some of my own pics from the evening. Check out my girl Tati in her fabulous outfit! She is killing the black, white & red!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lovely in Lace

I am SOOOOOO in love with lace! I think that it's my favorite of all the trends right now. It's super girly, always pretty and worn the right way it can be timeless. There are very few fabrics with the versatility that lace has. But, with that being said, one step in the wrong direction and you look like a walking version of grandma's old doilies.

You have to be careful with the details. Lace has the potential to be a showstopper but if you're not careful it can sometimes read as dowdy or matronly. My favorite way to freshen it up and modernize it is in a different color (like my dress)or with an unexpected fabric like the knit blazer below. Whether you decide to go full on or add just a touch, I definitely recommend adding a little lace into your wardrobe for the Fall season.

Super Sexy and Super Feminine at the same time!!!

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Peplum Dress in Lace

us.asos.com

$77.61

I love the lace trim detail on this blazer! And it's a nice neutral color that will go with absolutely everything!

Lace Ruffle Knit Blazer

www.maurices.com

$39.00

And a girl can never have enough scarves!

Lace Print Scarf

www.eloquii.com

$33.00

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sweet Dreams and Colored Jeans

So the colored jeans trend is definitely nothing new. It started early this year in the spring with the pastels, shifted into neons and stonewash for the summer and now finally, FINALLY we've hit a series of shades that I can appreciate. Jewel Tones!!!! We're talking royal blue, deep purple, emerald green, I could go on and on. I'm beyond excited! I let the trend pass by me for season after season but I'm definitely a jewel tones kinda girl. I'm so happy to finally be able to rock them!

Other than these, I've also tried cobalt blue, but I have to say that I am head over heels for this super regal shade of purple (which I loved with the red btw!) You know I'm a dress girl, but I LOVE me some jeans! There is nothing more comfortable than a good pair of jeans and adding color to your denim wardrobe is a nice way to spice up one of the ultimate wardrobe staples. Plus, when you get the right ones they can do amazing things for your tush! I highly recommend you go out and grab a few pairs of your own. Trust me you won't regret it!


Mossimo Plus Size Skinny Jeans

$22.99

www.target.com

P.S. Mine are also from Target, but they're the stretch skinnies from the Pure Energy Line. They're $29.99

I know these aren't colored, but I'm loving the patterns too!

us.asos.com

$60.36

www.forever21.com

$24.80

Monday, September 10, 2012

My Proactiv Journey - Day 30

Hey dolls! Sorry I've been MIA for a little while but I've been super busy! I was house sitting for my mom while she was on vacay so i just haven't had a chance to really sit down at the computer to write anything. Between taking care of two households, three animals and holding down two jobs, this girl is more than a little exhausted. I get tired again just thinking about it! But please forgive me, I'm back for good!

I've been asked about the conclusion of my Proactiv Journey so I figured I'd start there. Here's my pic on Day 30.


So the big question is, is it worth the money? I can definitely see a big difference in my overall skin tone and clarity and there is an obvious improvement with acne but it definitely isn't the miracle product they claim it is.

The biggest pro of all for me is that it works. Like I said, there's an obvious overall difference as far as the acne goes, but it hardly got rid of everything. I still have awful breakouts in areas that the Proactiv just did nothing for that I actually never got before I started using it.

My first and biggest con is that they don't give you nearly enough product. The trial size supply that they give you is a trio set with 2 oz. each bottles of the Cleanser and Toner (Steps 1 & 2) and a 1 oz bottle of the repairing treatment (Step 3) which are intended to last for 30 days. I don't know if I just use too much product but washing my face twice a day, 2 oz only lasted me two weeks. Then they ship you a trio set with 6 oz. each of the cleanser and toner and 3 oz of the treatment which made me a little happier but then I discovered that set was intended to last for thee months. Again, it is slated to last more along the lines of six weeks than three months and then you're stuck for six weeks with no product as they only ship once every three months. My normal bottle of Cetaphil is 8 oz, and even that only normally lasts for two months.

Overall, it works pretty well while you're using it, but I wouldn't say that it works any better than Cetaphil, which you can buy at any drugstore for around $8.00. Also just as an end note, I was warned before I started using it that Proactiv is great while you're using it, but once you stop you're skin goes right back to the way it was. For me, my skin got much, much worse after I stopped using it. It was actually worse than it's ever been. I feel like I'm stuck with the Proactiv now. My last and final word of advice is don't use it, unless you're prepared to use it forever. Again, I'm sure this isn't true of everyone's experience, but it certainly proved true in mine.

Here's my final side by side comparison beginning with Day 1 on the left and ending with Day 30 on the bottom.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NYC Trip in Instagram Pics

I heart New York. Brooklyn in particular. It's my second home. I try to get back as often as I can and luckily I got to go back recently for my godson's birthday party. It wasn't a trip intended for shopping, but I couldn't go to NYC without at least taking a look into the stores. It is the fashion capital of the country after all! Here's a quick peek into my trip!

1. I stopped into Aldo to take a look at what's hot for the Fall and there was studded detailing EVERYWHERE! I'm absolutely in love with those tan smoking flats (which by the way are also everywhere) in the front!

2. You guys already know how much I love Sephora. I never make a trip to New York without stopping in. The Times Square store is an entirely different experience than your average store. They have a DJ and everything so you can rock out to Rihanna while you shop!!

3. I took a trip to my old block. My time in New York had a lot of influence on my style and I have so many great memories there I had to post this pic.

4. I took the opportunity to edge up my look a bit being in New York and all, with a shredded sweater, a chain link necklace and my Urkel glasses added to a pencil skirt. What do you think?

I am so looking forward to my next trip back. Gonna have to make that one a shopping trip for my back to basics project!

XOXO ~JuJu

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back to Basics - Cardigans

I'm at a fashion crossroads, so to speak. I'm caught somewhere between sundresses and sweaters: dreading the end of the Summer but getting ready to welcome Fall. The mornings are getting colder and the daily temps are getting lower so there's no denying it; but I'm not quite ready to let go.

As I've told you before, I recently lost a lot of weight so none of my clothes from last year fit anymore and as the change in seasons looms closer, I've found myself completely unprepared! The idea of having to purchase an entire Fall wardrobe is extremely overwhelming if only from a financial standpoint, so in the interest of maintaining my sanity, I've decided to start with the basics and build from there one item at a time. I'm going to kick off my search with cardigans.

I love, Love, LOVE cardigans! They're so super versatile. You can wear them in transition season in the morning when it's cooler and take them off in the afternoon when it warms up and during the Fall/Winter they're great for layering without adding too much bulk. I don't think a girl can ever get enough cardigans! Here are some of my current favorites.

Where to buy it left to right: www.oldnavy.com, www.ashleystewart.com, www.newlook.com, www.citychiconline.com, www.evansusa.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

Optical Illusion

Part of the trick to be being a fabulously fluffy fashionista is to know your body type, recognize your flaws (we all have them), dress to accentuate what you love and camouflage what you don't. I'm obviously a PSP, but I'm pretty much straight up and down with almost no hips (again, know your body type!) so I try to wear things that accentuate the waistline to add curves where I don't naturally have them.


The style is called an Optical Illusion Dress and my big introduction to this silhouette like most everybody else was on Kate Winslet in a Stella McCartney dress. Doesn't she look amazing???


The trick to this dress in the curvature of the interior color. By adding the curve to the dress itself, it draws the eye inward and makes you appear slimmer in the midsection giving you that knockout, hourglass shape that will have you looking and feeling like the sexiest girl on the block. I don't know about you, but I'll take all the curves I can get! I must say, very few dresses I own get me as many compliments as this one. Bombshell away!!!

Black Illusion Peplum Dress

$79.00

www.dorothyperkins.com

And I am absolutely OBSESSED with this colorblocked one from Ashley Stewart!!!


Sheath Dress

$49.50

www.ashleystewart.com

~ XOXO JuJu

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Taking It All Off

I wear A LOT of makeup. I mean primer, foundation, concealer, pressed powder, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, the whole shebang. Every day, everywhere: to work, to the grocery store, to the mailbox, need I continue on? And because I wear so much, it becomes super important, especially in the interest of getting and maintaining healthy skin to make sure that I'm effectively taking it off every night. Blocked pores and acne aren't a good look on anybody! And just like I have a routine in applying it, I have my routine for removing it and it involves a trifecta of products I couldn't live without.

I start by using an eye makeup remover (notice everything I use is specifically oil free as we know my issue with acne) to gently remove makeup without having to pull or scrub or tug at my eyes; they are after all, the first place to show age. This one by Neutrogena even removes waterproof mascara with ease which is a big part of why I love it. Then I remove my lipstick or lip gloss with an oldie but goodie: good old fashioned baby wipes (trick I learned at the MAC Counter). And I don't bother with the expensive kind either. As you can see, these ones come from Family Dollar. They work perfectly to completely remove the color, are obviously super gentle since they're intended for babies and only cost $1.79! Finally I finish up with these Neutrogena cleansing wipes that have an amazingly addictive fresh grapefruit scent!

I know it seems like a lot of work, especially since all of this is before I even think about washing my face, but trust me, all those experts are correct in saying that sleeping in makeup is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. I'm speaking from experience here. Your skin needs time off to breathe to be at it's best and how else do you expect all of those creams and magic potions that we buy for our faces to work if they never get a chance to reach your skin? Makeup is great, but there's nothing like having beautiful luminous skin of your own underneath it all. With a payoff of a flawless complexion, it's worth the effort!

XOXO ~JuJu

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Proactive Journey - Day 14

My Skin on Day 14


Finally, FINALLY my skin is going back to normal! My original plan was to post pics every seven days over the course of my entire journey but my skin looked so bad on Day 7 that I couldn't bear to look at the pictures myself much less share them with you. It actually looked worse than it did on Day 1! It was awful. But I called the company and they said that it's perfectly normal for it to get worse before it gets better. They said that it's because the system is working to pull out everything, including what's under the surface to completely clear your skin and I guess they were right. Here I am in Day 14 and I can finally see my forehead again! I can't say that it's completely fixed everything and now I have some new marks that I'm going to have to work to get rid of, but there's definitely been some improvement. I'm on my way!

Here's the side by side comparison. The one on the left is Day 1

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