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Cooking in Style

February 23, 2017



I’m serving it up in the kitchen (literally and figuratively)! I recently had the opportunity to try out Blue Apron which is a food delivery service and I am so excited to tell you guys about it. I’ve never tried out a service like this before but now having experienced it, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to go back to the way things were before. The picture above shows the end result so let me break it down how I got to that point.

First you sign up for the service which is really easy to do. During the sign-up process, you can choose between a 2-person plan or a family plan and you will receive 1 box per week that includes 3 meals. You can customize your boxes by including your dietary restrictions or preferences and you can see in advance what meals you will be receiving. If there is something that you don’t like, you can simply swap it out for something else. There are a ton of recipes to choose from! After you’ve made your selections, it’s time to get your box! (which is recyclable by the way!)



Imagine receiving all of the ingredients that you need for 3 meals perfectly portioned out so that all you have to do is cook it?! For someone that is always on the go, this was such a huge convenience for me. Sometimes cooking can seem like a chore (am I right?) but I was genuinely excited to cook. Complete with cards that give step by step instructions on how to prepare the meals, I was ready to go!



So what’s on the menu? Well I’m glad you asked! I’m making Cajun Catfish and Spiced Rice served with sautéed mushrooms and collard greens. As soon as I saw this meal on the plan I said sign me up! I followed each step carefully to make sure that it came out as pretty as the picture and (spoiler alert) it tasted amazing!

First I chopped all the veggies…


Then I got to cooking (and signing to music playing in the background)!





Now it’s time to plate!


Just look at this meal! Colorful, appetizing and oh so pretty.


At this point, I did what anybody else would do after cooking dinner…I posed for pictures! In all honesty, I do not normally cook in a cute little dress and heels (even though I’m sure you’re thinking that, right? lol). However, I wanted to have a special date night complete with a great dress and a delicious gourmet meal thanks to the help of Blue Apron!



I highly encourage you to give Blue Apron a try. You will not be disappointed. The first 25 readers will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Just click here to get started!

You can check out what Blue Apron is all about here and how beyond the convenience that they provide their customers, they are really dedicated to providing healthy, fresh ingredients, supporting farmers, and eliminating food waste to replenish our natural resources.

Dress details: ASOS

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own

Hair Update: Living Proof

February 21, 2017



Hey guys! So if you will remember, about 2 weeks ago I started a hair trial using Living Proof products. To refresh your memory, you can check to post out here. I was looking for a solution that would keep my hair shiny and vibrant so that I could stay camera ready for all of my blog pictures. I used the complete system of the Restore line including their all new Restore Perfecting Spray. The Perfecting Spray is to be used after you’ve washed & conditioned your hair (while still wet) and is the final touch to strengthen, smooth and provide body to your tresses. Just spray on from root to tip and comb through with no tangles!


So I gave it a try and tested these products out for two weeks and I must say that I love it! This is me after I’ve already used the products a few times so that’s why I have a smile on my face. :)



The first thing that I noticed was the smell. It smells heavenly! I probably overdid it on my first use because I didn’t want the smell to go away (haha).


I use a lot of heat products when I’m styling my hair. Most of the time I do not have the luxury of letting it air dry because I am always in a hurry so I have to blow dry it. Then I follow that up with a hot comb (women of color definitely know this step) to get my roots straight and smooth. Then I style it with either a straightener or a curling iron depending on which way I choose to do my hair. In summary, that’s a lot of heat and heat can damage your ends and leave them feeling dry (not cute).

I can honestly say that I saw a difference very early on. When blow drying my hair, it felt so soft already and by the time that I got to curling it, I knew for sure that this product was working. The Restore Perfecting Spray uses “a blend of a cationic detangler and a slip-enhancing polymer” that when combined, provide easier detangling. The formula also includes UV and thermal protection and is sulfate-free, silicone free, oil-free and safe for color and chemically treated hair. I’d say that covers it all!

Camera ready? Approved!



I would highly encourage anyone to give these products a try. You can get the Restore Perfecting Spray here and the full line of Restore products here. It will be in my regular hair care routine and I’m excited to have found new products that work. Thank you Living Proof!


*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own

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Striped Right

February 19, 2017








How many times have you heard that plus size women shouldn’t wear stripes? It’s usually one of the first fashion “dont’s” that arise when it comes to dressing a plus size frame.  The theory is that stripes make you look wider, especially horizontal stripes because of the nature of the design. We all know that this is a myth and that plus size women can wear stripes just like anyone else. What I always say is that there really aren’t any fashion “dont’s”, there are only opportunities to make those trends or styles work for you.

So I decided to be living proof of turning a “don’t” into a “do” by rocking this multicolored striped skirt from Rachel Roy. I love the mixture of Winter and Spring colors in the skirt that will come in handy for the upcoming Spring season. Since the stripes are the highlight of this look, I paired it with a simple off the shoulder top and my fave nude pumps creating a cute, chic look (if I do say so myself).

So to all of the people out there that put limits on our style, its time to fall in line!

Outfit details:

Top: Similar here | Skirt: Rachel Roy | Shoes: Nine West (Similar here) | Clutch: INC International Concepts

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Fling

February 14, 2017







Spring is just on the horizon which means warmer weather, brighter colors and longer days are ahead! Although Fall/Winter are my favorites for fashion, I also love the blooming of the Springtime. It is a breath of fresh air to shed the heavy layers in exchange for lighter, cooler color palettes. And since its Valentine’s Day, it’s only right to call this post Spring Fling! Just for a moment we are going to forget that we are still in Winter and have a brief fling with Spring.

Old Navy has been one of my favorite denim brands for quite some time now particularly their Rockstar line. In anticipation of the upcoming season, they have fun, colored denim in their Rockstar line that are the perfect pop of color. With shades from Tattle Teal (which I’m wearing) to Strawberry Dust, you can put together an outfit that is unique and stylish. Pair it with a crisp white blouse as I did, a chambray top or just a simple t-shirt to create a look that will leave you head over heels!

Outfit details:

Top | Pants (wearing size 18). Size 22+ here | Bag (Similar here) | Shoes: Coach (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Old Navy. All opinions are my own

Orange Is The New Black

February 12, 2017







While retail stores have become infiltrated with Spring fashion, I’m still trying to hold on to Fall/Winter style for as long as I can. Although I am excited about Spring with all of the bright colors and prints, it always seems like the new season’s fashion comes just before I’m ready. Am I the only one? I understand how the fashion world works and how it’s always a season ahead, however I haven’t finished wearing my scarves, booties and all of the other great things that I love about this time of the year. So today I’m rebelling against Spring (just today though) with this all black look and burnt orange accents. I have always loved how chic an all black outfit can look. Combining that with a vibrant colored scarf is simple yet stylish!

Outfit details:

Top: ASOS | Jeans: Similar here | Scarf: ASOS | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Wardrobe Essential: Blazers

February 10, 2017





Outfit details: Calvin Klein Blazer | Melissa McCarthy Jeans

If you haven’t figured it out by now, one of my go-to garments are blazers! Long gone are the days when blazers were strictly associated with work wear. Now, blazers come in a variety of colors, styles and prints, making it one of the most versatile garments out there. They are super easy to wear, look great on everyone and can go with just about anything in your closet. From the office, to drinks to even casual looks with sneakers, blazers can be worn for any occasion.

Here’s a look back at some of my most blazing moments (get it) and how you can steal these looks!

The “Ring the Alarm” Blazer


So as you can see, I’ve worn this blazer before for a completely different look. This was a more “Summertime Fine” look that I paired with denim shorts and fun leopard print accessories! With a fire engine red color, this blazer is not for the faint of heart but the sleek, laid back style helps it to transform to just about any look.

Outfit details: Calvin Klein Blazer (another option here)

The Crisp White Blazer


White blazers have to be my all time favorite style. There is something so polished and fresh about it that it immediately takes your outfit up several notches. Paired with a simple white t-shirt, skinny jeans and cute accessories, this simple look is anything but boring.

Outfit details: Similar White Blazers here and here

The Cape Blazer


Cape blazers have been all the rave for quite some time now and I have to admit that I still love them. Ultra-chic and just outright fabulous are the descriptive words that I would use to describe this style. You can never go wrong with a cape blazer.

Outfit details: Similar cape blazer found here

Now go out and be trailblazers!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Hair Trial with Living Proof

February 8, 2017


Great hair is essential to any outfit that you can put together. It is an accessory and can enhance and elevate your style. After all, your look is a complete package that includes everything from head to toe, not just the clothing that you put on. So while it is great to keep up with the latest trends and designs, it is also important to maintain healthy, vibrant hair.

So I’ve teamed up with Living Proof to try out their Restore line of hair care products particularly their brand new Restore Perfecting Spray. You all know that I take a lot of pictures. I am constantly shooting for either my blog or brands which means that I am constantly styling my hair. I like to change up my hair styles along with my looks but that doesn’t always leave my strands feeling their best. With continuous heat styling, exposure to the sunlight and other elements, I need a hair care line that will keep my tresses from drying and provide a smooth, natural shine. From curly to straight to everything in between, I want to be able to continue to be versatile with my hair while also keeping it vibrant and protecting it from damage. After all, I have to be camera ready at all times!






I’m trying out this regimen for 2 weeks and will report back with a hair update. As you can see, I will be using the Restore Shampoo & Conditioner, the Restore Mask Treatment and Instant Protection and of course the Restore Perfecting Spray.



I am particularly interested in the Restore Perfecting Spray because it seems like it will be the solution I need for my busy life. It’s a featherweight detangler that you spray on your wet hair after washing and it boosts hydration, conditions and has a heat protectant. All of Living Proof’s products have what’s called OFPMA, which is their patented Healthy Hair Molecule that repels dirt, eliminates frizz and protects your strands. They also have PBAE which is their patented thickening molecule to create voluminous, full hair even on finest of textures. All of those qualities in one spray will seriously help to save time on wash days!

Have you ever used Living Proof before? If so, how did it transform your hair? Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for the results. Also, you can try out the products with me and find them here.



*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own.