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Celebrate with Cricket

February 22, 2018

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I recently had the opportunity to partner with Cricket Wireless as they celebrate Black History Month.  I was able to attend their special “Live from Cricket Lounge” digital concert featuring Grammy nominated artist, Jazmine Sullivan! I am a huge fan of hers and really had a “pinch me” moment as she stood right in front of me belting out some of my favorite songs. This event is part of a new Sounds of Celebration program that Cricket Wireless launched this February to highlight music’s ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. Fans can tune in to the Cricket Nation Facebook page to catch all the action livestreamed.

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In addition to the digital concert, Cricket Wireless is also hosting a Sounds of Celebration sweepstakes throughout the month. The sweepstakes offers music fans the opportunity to win a $1000 concert gift card each week until 2/28. You can enter by completing the online entry form available at www.cricketsweepstakes.com/soundsofcelebration.

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Lastly, for my special followers/friends, I have 10 new Cricket Nation prize packs that include a tote full of items such as a $25 concert card, a speaker and more! Enter this giveaway on my Facebook & Instagram accounts by commenting on the image posted. Good luck!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Cricket Wireless. All opinions are my own

Fit Matters

January 26, 2018

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Ever since the beginning of my blog, one thing that I have preached and will continue to preach is about fit. The way your clothes fit your body is the most important thing when it comes to styling your looks. If a garment does not fit well, it detracts from the fashion and doesn’t allow your outfit to shine. I learned early on that I couldn’t hold on to the number on the back of my shirt but had to go with whatever size worked best for my body. Sometimes that even meant sizing up but I realized that no one will ever know what size I am wearing. I was getting hung up on the wrong things in concentrating more on the size versus the fit. And the result was ill-fitting garments that did my body no favors. When I finally came to realization that I needed to approach clothing in a different way, I became much more confident in how I was presenting myself. I knew that what I was wearing was the best choice for me, my body & my shape and I have kept to that philosophy ever since.

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This same principle can translate to many different things including your feminine products. What used to be a “one size fits all” product is now much more personal to each individual. So much so that Always has created Always My Fit™ which is a system designed to help women find the right size pad based on their panty size and flow. Just like I had the revelation that I was wearing clothing that was too small for me, I also came to know that my feminine products were not right for my body. Many things that I thought were normal and just “came with the territory” were actually totally preventable had I had the correct fit. And here’s another thing – I’m not alone. In fact, studies show that 60% of women are wearing the wrong size pad and 80% experience leaks every month. Good news though! These are all things that can be corrected with the Always My Fit system.

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What I discovered by taking the Always My Fit™ quiz is that the best product for me is a size 3. That provided me with much better coverage, longer leak protection and best of all the peace of mind in knowing that I wouldn’t have to worry.  After all, this is something that we as women have to encounter every month so it might as well be a better experience. Here’s a chart to see what would be the best size for you. As you will see, the Always My Fit system consists of 5 sizes. The reason for the range is to provide the best coverage for day and nighttime use. Everyone’s bodies are unique and the same goes for each person’s menstrual flow.  While you may find that a certain size works best for you throughout the day, at night you may have different needs. The Always My Fit system has several options to fit your shape and flow.

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I know for me personally, I had an “ah ha” moment when realizing that I should size up to a size 3. I, I’m sure like many of you, was a creature of habit in purchasing the same products month after month. Even when I experienced leaks (which were totally embarrassing by the way), it did not occur to me that it was the size of the pad that was the problem. We aren’t even going to mention the time that I experienced a leak at a Spring wedding in a light-colored dress. That was not fun at all! I finally saw the light and knew I needed to make a change.

To find the best size for you, you should:

  • Take the Always My Fit quiz answering the questions as honestly as possible
  • Look at the chart that is located at the top of Always pad packages
  • Pay attention to your body during your menstrual cycle to select the best coverage for day and night

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So in conclusion, fit matters! Find the best products to fit your body since everyone is unique. Your future self will thank you!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Girl Power…Always

June 27, 2017

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As women, we are connected by our many commonalities. No matter where you’re from or what your background is, our universal community shares a common thread. We experience things that only our fellow sisters can relate to and only we know the joys & struggles that come along with womanhood. We come from all walks of life yet we are still united. Our unity is our power!

So with that said, we all can relate to the topic of fit. On the blog, I preach about wearing garments that fit your shape because that is the most important thing when it comes to style. And we know all too well that one size definitely does not fit all. Clothes should be tailored to suit your size in particular so that they make you look as great as possible. So the question is, why can’t that same principle translate to feminine products? If women aren’t one size fits all, why should we wear the same size pad?

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I’ve teamed up with Always to talk about their new My Fit feminine hygiene pads and to shed some light on how fit DOES matter. Did you know that 60% of women are wearing the wrong size pads? This results in nearly 80% of women experiencing leaks during their period. So in other words, you’re not the only one! Now I don’t know about you, but I just thought that was something that came with the territory. However, the team at Always discovered that the main reason for leaks is because of the wrong size pad. So they developed the new Always My Fit™ system that offers different sizes so that YOU can choose the right fit for your body and flow.

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The system is numerically sized 1 through 5 with both day and night protection. There’s a sizing chart on the top of each pack so that it is easy find your best fit based on your underwear size and flow. There’s even a super a convenient online quiz to help you figure out your best fit. Cool right?  The most important thing that this offers is options. As plus size women especially, we know what it feels like to not have as many options that fit our bodies as our smaller counterparts. Women come in all shapes and sizes so in every area that is related to a woman’s body, there should be a wide range of sizes. Always My Fit™ does just that and that’s something that I can definitely get behind.

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So ladies, be sure to try these out for yourself and continue to be the powerful, unique and confident women that I know you to be!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Giving Back w/ Tampax

June 20, 2017

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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I teamed up with Tampax to do a really special thing. Tampax presented this amazing opportunity to facilitate a donation of 40,000 tampons to an organization of my choice. I love that my platform allows me to collaborate with brands that are really passionate about giving back. Although clothes and fashion are great, the real core of what having a following is all about is being able to impact the lives of those around you. So I am tremendously blessed be a vehicle to give some much needed feminine hygiene products to an organization that is doing just that.

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The organization of my choice is the Midnight Mission located in downtown Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, Los Angeles has a homeless population of approximately 47,000 people and “has more chronically homeless than any other city”. Skid Row, located in the heart of Los Angeles, contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States. Midnight Mission is a beacon of light situated at the start of Skid Row. They offer “a bridge to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness through recovery services, counseling, education, training, workforce development and continued care services”.

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I had the opportunity to visit the mission to see the donation from Tampax. To see so many boxes of feminine hygiene products stacked up in their warehouse was an incredible sight. I know that a lot of women are going to benefit from Tampax’s generosity as they go down the road to recovery and a better life.

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Thank you Tampax for your commitment to empowering women all around the world to be happier, healthier and more confident!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Cooking in Style

February 23, 2017

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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!)

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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!

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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…

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

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Now it’s time to plate!

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

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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!

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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.

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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