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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

Blending

January 21, 2018

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Here I go again with my colorblocking ways. I’ve just come to the realization that I simply cannot help myself. Sometimes, I see two garments and immediately know that the colors will work well together. Half of the time, that’s not even my intention but it just ends up working out that way. However, it really does prove that mixing colors can present endless possibilities. I have used this technique so many different times and each outfit has been unique because of the different shades that I’m use. You can create some unlikely combinations that really work when blended together.

I loved the deep, rich purple tone in the skirt and thought that it would be a great contrast against this khaki green. These are two colors that I would have never thought to put together. I purchased them independently and realized that they could create a great look. These Eloquii skirts are one of my favorites and they have them in a plethora of colors. If you are trying to create your own color combination, I would highly recommend that you start there as the base. Feel free to get creative and think outside the box!

Outfit details:

Top: Boohoo | Skirt: Eloquii (Potent Purple) | Clutch: INC International Concepts | Shoes: Steve Madden (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Winter Poncho

January 14, 2018

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Oh ponchos, how I love you so. Your comfort and ease of wear make you one of my go-to pieces this time of year. This versatile garment can be worn by itself as I’ve have done or you can layer it with a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt underneath. Either way, they are a great staple to have in your wardrobe.  I knew that I wanted to pair my poncho with over the knee boots. They were just so fitting to pair with this style. I also wanted them to pop so what better way to do so then with opposing colors. The white is a stark contrast to the suede black boots with the neutralizer being the gray top. They all work together to make one succinct outfit.

Check out below for other poncho styles that I’m loving as well as some tips for finding the best boots for you!

Outfit details:

Poncho: Steve Madden | Jeans: Poetic Justice | Boots: Torrid (similar – see fit notes below) | Bag: DSW (similar)

*Fit Notes: These exact same boots from Lane Brant are no longer available. They do have an almost identical pair (just with a lower heel) found here offered in different colors. My calf circumference is an 18 – 18.5″ and even though the calf circumference for the Lane Bryant boots says 17″, they do stretch and fit very comfortably even with denim as you can see. The Torrid boots that I linked above are obviously not the same pair but they are black if you are trying to achieve this same look. Torrid lists the calf circumference by size in the “Details” portion which is EXTREMELY helpful and takes the guessing game out of trying to see what we will and won’t fit. They also have a heeled lace up boot if you prefer that over a wedge and a flat boot.

Other ponchos I’m loving:

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Power Play

January 7, 2018

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This is my very first blog post of the New Year and I knew that I had to put together a look that set the tone for 2018. I’ve set some pretty big goals for myself both personally and professionally and although they may be lofty, I know that mindset is half the battle. So if I think it, believe it and visualize it, I’m already on the right track. In order to make boss moves, I have to look like one and this look encompasses all that I desire to be. It’s subtle yet powerful, stylish, chic and commands the attention of those around. It’s a pantsuit that packs a punch!

I have been looking for a matching blazer/pants combination for a while and have not been successful. When I stumbled on these Harper pants from Old Navy, it dawned on me that I could make my own matching set instead of trying to buy one. I already owned a blush blazer so I ordered the pants crossing my fingers that the two would match. And they did! While not the exact same hue, they are so close that you wouldn’t be able to tell that they were purchased from two different places. A faux fur scarf just seemed like the perfect accessory to complete this ensemble and contrast the blush pink. Now that I look the part, it’s time to work on actually being the part. Let’s kill these goals in 2018!

Outfit details:

Jacket: Amazon and Kaari Blue (similar) | Top: Old Navy | Pants: Old Navy (Light Pink, Size 18) | Faux Fur Scarf: Forever 21 and INC International Concepts (similar) | Purse: HSN | Shoes: Missguided

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

New Year Cheer

December 31, 2017

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“Let all acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mindddddddd…” Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!! By the way I just discovered those are not the correct lyrics to that song. I have been singing it that way for the longest but its actually “Should auld acquaintance be forgot.” Who knew?! Any who, we have reached the final day of 2017. What a year it has been! The one word that I think of when reflecting on 2017 is blessed. I have been blessed beyond measure. It’s so funny how you envision things to happen in your life and they don’t but yet it still has a way of working out to be even better than you thought. God works in mysterious ways! I am entering 2018 in such an optimistic and hopeful way. I know it may seem cliche to say things like “New Year, new me” but I believe there is something so powerful about resetting and starting a new. I intend to become every bit of the woman that God has made me to be, of course stumbling along the way but always keeping focused on the fact that there is a unique purpose over my life. I pray that 2018 is everything you hope for and everything you dream of.

Cheers to a New Year!

Outfit details:

Dress: ASOS

Sequin dresses don’t have to end on NYE. Here’s some of my favs:

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Top 10 of 2017

December 26, 2017

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We are in the very last week of 2017! I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by and how the year is officially coming to a close. This has been one of the most exciting and scary yet thrilling years of my life. I cannot thank you enough for all of the love and support that you have given me! Every message and comment has not gone unnoticed and I cherish the relationships that I have built from this platform. As we end the year and head into 2018, I just had to recap some of the most liked looks of 2017. So without further adieu, here they are!

Number 10: Pencil Me In

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Number 9: Golden Hour

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Still available – Skirt: Modcloth (on sale for $45!)

Number 8: Cape-able

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Still available – Hat (with black band): Forever 21 | Cape: Anne Klein (on sale for $27!)

Number 7: Tropicale

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Number 6: Per-suede

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Number 5: NYFW

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Still available – Skirt: ASOS (on sale for $20!)

Number 4: Rachel Roy

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Still available – Skirt: Rachel Roy

Number 3: Cranberry

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Still available – Duster: Boohoo | Leather Pants: Celebrity Pink (on sale for $35!)

Number 2: thredUP

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Number 1: Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook

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xoxo,

Kristine

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Slay Bells Ring

December 24, 2017

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Merry Christmas Eve my loves! What a blessing it is to see another holiday season and to be able to spend time with those you love. And while I know we are all running around buying last minute gifts and preparing for Christmas, it’s so important to take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the holidays. It’s about giving, showing kindness and loving one another. It’s funny how differently I view Christmas as opposed to when I was younger. It used to be all about the gifts, am I right? Who got me what and is it what I put on my Christmas list. Now, I could care less if I don’t get a thing because I realize what is most important in life. The important moments are when we hold hands and pray as a family each saying what we are thankful for. Or the moment where we laugh because we can never remember how to slice the turkey the right way. Or simply laughing and talking around the table. Those are the times that I cherish because life is unpredictable and tomorrow is not promised. Gifts are great but the real gift cannot be bought.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Outfit details:

Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Michael Kors

Photographer: Steve Suavemente