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I love trying new styles and trends. It’s an opportunity for me to branch out of my comfort zone a little bit. I think we all have those select “go-to” styles or silhouettes that we gravitate towards (I’m guilty of that for sure) but with the ever-changing world of fashion, you have to evolve with it.

So the name of this post is perfectly fitting for the type of  fashion that I am displaying. This midi skirt totally gave me a tribal vibe when I first saw it. Tribal fashion consists of bold and graphic prints, geometric patterns and some sort of earthy tone to tie it all together. This skirt actually comes in a set but with the busyness of the pattern, I decide to pair it with a solid color top and a head wrap to accessorize.

Sometimes, you have to have a little fun with your fashion. Try something new and you’d surprised of the result. This is definitely not an outfit that I can wear everywhere but it’s fun, chic and best of all trendy!

Outfit details:

Top: Irene’s Story (similar here) | Skirt: ASOS | Scarf: H&M | Shoes: Charles Jourdan via DSW (sold out online)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Gladiator

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Gladiator sandals and heels were all the rave at one point in time. They saturated the fashion scene from celebrities wearing high-end designer brands to everyday people wearing the knock offs. They were literally everywhere! The gladiator style is somewhat tricky though  in my opinion. There are many different styles (some bulkier than others, some that go higher up than others) and what I discovered was that balance is key. You need the right garments to balance out the shoe. If you have a bulkier shoe, go with a simple outfit on top but if you have a less bulky shoe, you can ramp it up with the accessories a bit. I never felt that I could find the right shoe that fit my style…until now.

I spotted these Aldo heels and was immediately drawn to them. They have the classic gladiator look and only come up to just below the calf (which works for me because I have large calves anyway). They are noticeable but not overwhelming even with the bright red color. I still wanted to keep my outfit more of a  minimalist style so I went for a more casual look. I also tied in a colored necklace and a few gold bangles to accessorize and complete the outfit.

Outfit details:

Blazer: Bar III | Shorts: JCPenney | Shoes: Aldo | Bag: Fashion to Figure

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Over-it-All

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I just love when fashion recycles itself and styles that were once popular reemerge back on the scene. Overalls are definitely one of those nostalgic garments that take you back to your childhood days. Instead of being suitable for playground attire though, overalls or dungarees have gone through a chic transformation. Using different fabrics such as lace and linen, this style has evolved to cater to today’s ever-changing fashion scene. I decided to keep it simple with a classic denim material and I paired it with red and gold accents to give it a polished look.

Outfit details:

Dungarees: Simply Be | Clutch: Moschino via Rent the Runway

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Colorful Expression

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Clothes have a way of speaking for you even before you’ve uttered a word. They give people a little insight into your sense of style, your personality, your status even. I’d like to think that this outfit gives off a bold, fun-loving and confident vibe. I naturally gravitate towards all things bright and vibrant so this falls perfectly in line with my style aesthetics. I’m also not one to shy away from being noticed and I think that is prevalent in the way that I dress. We all make first impressions every single day. Why not make it a colorful one?

So let’s talk about the outfit details. Because the prints and the colors are so striking, I went with muted and minimal accessories. Remember, it’s all about balance. A simple gold collar, that I believe is an accessory staple, and an oversized envelope clutch to finish the look. I’m in love with this clutch not only because of the cute design and gold trim but also because it’s oversized! Regular clutches are great but I carry around a lot of items (multiple lipsticks, multiple sunglasses, lotion…is anybody with me?) so most of the time my stuff doesn’t fit. This clutch will hold all of my random items and allow me to do it in a chic and trendy way.

Outfit Details:

Top: Rachel Roy | Skirt: ASOS | Clutch: Everything Will Be Cute | Necklace: Everything Will Be Cute

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

 

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Just Jump

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I cannot get enough of jumpsuits this season.  There are so many different variations and styles that you can dress up or down for any occasion. Not to mention, jumpsuits are so easy and comfortable to wear. I love clothes that can be interchanged from day to night and that’s definitely the kind of versatility that you need in the summertime. With long days and warm weather, I find myself out of the house for extended periods of time so I need outfits that can work for anything from brunch with my girlfriends to date night with the beau. This outfit is just that. The hat gives the look a little daytime flair but you can easily go without the hat and add some chunky jewelry for a night out on the town. It’s chic, sleek and most of all trendy!

Outfit details:

Jumpsuit: Dorothy Perkins | Hat: H&M

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Must-Have Plus Size Swimwear of the Season

Summer is upon us and I just love everything about this time of year. The long days and warm nights, the backyard BBQs and holiday parties, and of course anything that has to do with water. I don’t know about you, but I stock up on swimwear in preparation of all of the upcoming festivities. This time around, there seems to be an abundance of fabulous, chic and vibrant swimwear for every body shape and I love that every season, we have more and more options for plus size swimwear. So here are a few of my favorites that I will be rocking all summer long!

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Why I love it: One piece swimsuits have definitely taken on a whole new look. No more are the boring, unflattering suits of the past. This has everything that you would want in a one piece: the bra-like cup provides ample support, the ruched bodice minimizes the tummy area and the design completely conforms to a curvy figure.

Swimwear: Ava One Piece | Coverup: City Chic (similar here)

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 Why I love it: The fabulous GabiFresh designed this ultra-cute midkini for Swimsuits For All. Ever since I first saw it, I knew that I needed to have it in my possession. The colorful Aztec pattern is enough to make you swoon but there is so much more to this suit. The midkini style is a mixture of a bikini and a tankini so it has the appeal of separates but hangs a bit lower on the torso. The slits on the sides are stylish, chic and tastefully sexy (which I live for).

Swimwear: GabiFresh Nala Underwire Midkini | Coverup: H&M

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Why I love it: And last but not least, the epitome of cutting edge plus size swimwear, Monif C. This is actually my very first Monif C purchase and I have to say that her swimwear does not disappoint. The fit, the color, the quality is so deliberate and well designed. Monif C knows how to accentuate curves, slim your frame and make heads turn while doing it.

Swimwear: Santa Rosa Bikini

I encourage all of my ladies of all shapes and sizes to step out of your comfort zone a little bit this season. Do not let fear of others opinions dictate your life and happiness. You are so beautiful, every part of you is beautiful. Be bold, be trendy, be curvy!

Photographer: The incomparable Steve Suavemente

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Happy Birthday to me!

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It is officially my birthday and I must say that I am truly blessed to see another year filled with love, prosperity, good health and good people. As you get older, you cherish birthdays a little bit more and realize the importance of each day spent with your loved ones. God has been good to me and I cannot thank Him enough for His blessings over my life.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all you for the abundance of love that you have shown me on my special day. Even though I have never met you, y’all have become my girls! You tell me what’s hot (and what’s not), you write the most hilarious comments, but most of all your support and love is unparalleled. You have no idea how your words inspire me and lift me up so for that I say THANK YOU!

Outfit details:

Dress: BCBG | Shoes: Audrey Brooke

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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