SWITCH IT UP: THREE SPRING FLORAL LOOKS





It's Official we are in Spring! I honestly forget the seasons living here in Miami but I always notice the change in the prints and hues in our retail stores. I noticed during Fashion Week that Dark Florals we're a huge trend. I guess we are doing away with looking like a picnic table with bright hues of yellow and red this spring.


ART OR FOOLISHNESS?



Just when I think we have made strides in our field I'm taken aback by what society thinks of the plus size community.  If you ever wanted to see your favorite celeb or socialite depicted as plus size Spanish artist David Lopera has done just that.  In his latest collection he has created images of celebs from Kim K to Katy Perry sporting his interpretation of a plus size celeb.  When I initially heard of the art I was intrigued and of course I went trolling the Internet for the images.

PHOTO: DAVID LOPERA/NEWS DOG MEDIA/DAVID LOPERA/NEWS DOG MEDIA

Rita Ora

GIRL TALK: DID YOU KNOW SHE PHOTOSHOPS HER PICTURES?




Did You know She Photo Shops her pictures? One of my favorite gal pals smirks while reaching for her smart phone. I must admit when having girl talk you never really know how you get on a subject or person for that matter. In hours of talking fashion, love, business, etc.nothing is off limits when chatting with girlfriends.

I waited as she scanned threw her phone for evidence of a bad photo shopped picture. In minutes there it was a extreme blurred wavy wall on her silhouette to make her waist drastically  smaller. I wanted it not to be true  I silently rooted for her just because so many girls look up to her on social media. What can you do when the truth is staring you in the face and photo after photo it become more apparent that she was altering her figure often and poorly.

(photo of plus size women made skinny via photoshop)

We no longer have to purchase programs for hundreds of dollars to make drastic changes to our photos. There are apps that are virtually free and easy to use that can create the same effect. I just wonder why some plus size woman are yearning to better proportioned  and not working with what they have. 
We are not all shaped the same and a hourglass figure will not be every ones shape. I wonder how many of us are hiding behind filters and face shots to avoid our bodies. The purpose of  body acceptance is accepting all parts of our bodies not just some. 

I see plus size women up and down my timeline hiding behind face shots, booty shots and the infamous huge purse to hide their stomach. I'm not saying lets all throw away our spanx but let us at least acknowledge we have a tummy or thighs that touch. 


So how do you feel about extremely altered pictures are they deceiving or it's okay to edit out what you don't like on your body?

LACE ALL OVER THE PLACE :SPRING 2015 TREND






Lace is a fabric that I wore for the first time 5 yrs ago and boy did I do it extremely provocative and wrong. I can remeber wearing these full lace leggings paired with a semi lace shirt and black boy shorts. I really went threw a raunchy phase in my early 20's. The looks and stares that night when  I entered into our local nightclub here in Miami. In time my style has progressed and I've grown to understand lace can be classy and chic.


Perhaps you feel lace is too small girlish petty to wear clothing with taste, personality and sexy because it looks sweet. In fact, the female stars wearing lace often steal the spotlight on solemn occasions. Lace is easy to wear always, women at different ages can all find out lace dresses which is suitable for them. There's no limit in wearing lace, and it's the combination of sweet, tender, mature and sexy. Whether as embellishment or the whole dress decoration, with proper use of lace decorative effect, lace will surely make you bloom refreshing scent of a woman.




In 2015 lace will be epic and can be seen in just about every single one of your favorite retail stores. I happened  to wear a black lace 2pc crop top set from Monif C a few weeks back and everyone loved it. It was  out for stock at the time but recently has been restocked and new colors have been added. I must admit I felt sexy but not too overly exposed. The fabric was rich and made with good quality fabric. Making sure lace fabric is extremely important when picking out a lace ensemble. If you purchase cheap lace you run the risk of it being very thin and tearing extremely easy when wearing.


I purchased this set in a size 2 which is equivalent to US 18/20 I wish I would have purchashed the skirt in a size 1 for a for more fitted look. The crop top has this hi-low effect to it and covered my entire back  so I didn't suffer from that completely bare look. I paired the lace outfit with a black deep plunge bra from Lane Bryant. In the event you would like to wear another shade of this lace ensemble I suggest a nude colored bra close to your skin tone. I would definitely suggest you  refrain from attempting to match your  outfit color with your bra. I paired the outfit with a pair of metallic heels from Aldo and a simple bright red Gucci Bag.


 If you would like to purchase this look feel free to head over to MONIF C



SIZZLIN SWIMWEAR: CURVY EDITION



SIZZLIN SWIMWEAR:CURVY EDITION









If you ask me what's my favorite season I will always answer SUMMER! As a Native of Florida we literally have sunshine  85% of the year but summer just feels different.  The beaches are filled with families and BBQ can be smelled for miles away. So my Obsession with Swimwear is a bit more extreme because who wants to wear the same bathing suit to the beach every time? NOT ME!


THE REAL HOST LONI LOVE BREAKS DOWN: WHY I'M ON THE FENCE!



COMEDIAN/HOST OF THE REAL LONI LOVE BREAKS DOWN!




          I  had already planned on addressing Ms.Loni Love about her poor choice of clothing on "The Real" talk show and her refusal to wear any kind of shapewear. The show which airs on B.E.T. weekly has become popular in the past  year. I happen to follow the show on Instagram anticipate their weekly collage picture of the cast and their attire for the day. The panel of fashion forward host include R&B singer Tamar Braxton, comic Loni Love, singer Adrienne Bailon, fashion expert Jeannie Mai and actress Tamara Mowry-Housley. 

I took notice after about three weeks of viewing the attire on the show  that Ms. Love stylist is either blind or doesn't know anything about dressing a plus size woman. It was to my surprise Ms.Love on a recent episode of the show  had a melt down about her weight and body image. I was on board with her wearing her truth and telling the audience she doesn't like her body at this time in her life. It was however when Ms. Love stated she couldn't find anything in her size that annoyed me. 


In 2015 in a world of designers such as Monif C, Rum & Coke, Nakimuli etc. How is this true? You can no longer use  the term "it doesn't come in my size as an excuse". The picture above is a direct reflection of my observation of Ms.Love's attire. All of the ladies are beat and fashionable and there she is in the back dressed like a old lady

 You mean to tell me there was nothing her team could have found for her to wear other than a pair of black slacks and a button up. I will not accept that I just won't when I see bloggers like Chasity of GarnerStyle kill it on a daily basis.   

When will these plus size women who have the spotlight take advantage of it? Newsflash Ms.Love there are millions of plus size women who shop from store to store and weeks ahead of an event to find an outfit. On a limited budget we make it happen and we make it look damn good! What's your excuse? You have money, A Stylist, Popularity and even a following of devoted fans. If you can't make it happen with your money and your exposure it's impossible for the rest of us. 

View Video Of Loni Love's Break Down HERE!

XOXO
LInda 





FLY ON A DIME: LESS THAN $20!

In this economy who doesn't like to look fab without breaking the bank to achieve the look? I'm sure we all get that same tingle when shopping and you come across that awesome find on the clearance rack. I know I was in heaven logging into City Chic and  discovering the OUTLET section on their site. It features everything from jeans to swimwear with all items priced at $10 dollars! Yes you read correctly everything is $10 dollars and Under.

If you have followed my blog over the years you will notice that I'm not really a pants person. I tend to find comfort in skirts, body con dresses and jumpers. When I discovered these Joggers from City Chic I knew I wanted them and I promised to wear them before the month was out as a goal.


I know we're in winter but when you live in Miami you really don't keep track of the seasons like the rest of the world. We are blessed  with Sunshine 90% of the time, which is why you never really see winter post from me. I desire to do  them really I do but it feels as if I'm wasting my money on clothing I won't actually wear. I do however have one or two coats that are my go to pieces when we have one of those random cold Miami nights.  

The joggers were far more brighter than I expected. When ordering online I always research a product to see if I can find it on a regular person or blog. It gives me an insight on how the item will look on a standard plus size body and the actual color of the product without all the professional lighting from a site.