Who What Wear New Plus Items for Winter

Good Morning Loves,

So I adore Target, especially since the launch of Who, What, Wear over the past year.  Well now that we are deep into Fall, Target has released some more wonderful items in preparation for Fall. Below are some of my favorites:

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I am definitely going to be purchasing as many of these items as my pocketbook allows and you should too :).

With Love,

LoLo

SkinCare Challenge with Shea Shea Bakery

Good Evening Loves,

As October comes to a close and we are finally in the thick of Fall, my focus this fall is health and beauty. Summer was terrible to my skin, I broke out everywhere…..which left behind terrible hyperpigmention. In the past, I have tried several cosmetic creams, and over the counter products, but as I have been growing with my health awareness….. I wanted to try something more natural. After researching, I came across Shea Shea Bakery’s Skin Kit 1: Healthy and Clear. The Kit contains; Liquid Black Soap, Scar Healing Oil, Purifying Black Charcoal Mask, and a Vitamin Anti-Acne mist. Each product is all natural and handmade, so it intrigued me to give it a try. Below is a picture of my skin presently (some spots are located under my chin and on my right cheek as well):

I will be giving a full review after 4 weeks. Stay Tuned!!!!
Love,

LoLo

Model Search Alert with Ashley Stewart!!!!

Good Morning Lovelies!

Do you dream of being a plus model? Do You Love Ashley Stewart? WELL here is your chance to get one step closer to your dreams. Enter today.

With Love,

LoLo  

DIY Flat Tummy TEA

Good Morning Loves,

Recently, tea has become more popular than ever before for its health benefits and its uncanny ability to assist in reducing all things that puff out the stomach. Social Media has been set on fire with brands such as; Flat Tummy Tea,  MateFit, FitTea, KaOir Slimming Tea, and TinyTeaTox.  These teas which range from $23.99 to $49.99, for a couple of weeks worth of tea that ensures a flatter more toned physique. Celebrities such as Nene Leakes, The Kardashian Sisters, Blaque Chyna, and many others. It doesn’t stop there, many plus models and bloggers have also hopped on the band wagon of “tea-ing away the lbs”.  I don’t know about you, but for me budgeting is essential in this new phase of my life, so spending $50.00 on two weeks worth of tea is just not feasible. So after careful research I bring to you the effective DIY teatox for my budgetnistas!!!!

Flat Belly Tea Recipe

  • 1 cup organic hot green tea
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from a lemon half
  • Stevia or raw honey to taste

1. Brew 1-2 tea bags of green tea in 8oz of filtered water.

2. Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and stevia to taste.

3. Stir and enjoy!

Read more at http://www.awakenednutrition.com/blog/reduce-belly-bloat-with-this-flat-belly-tea-recipe

Flat White Tea Recipe

  • 1 cup organic hot white tea
  • cinnamon
  • Juice from a lemon half
  • raw honey to taste

Best to drink after a heavy meal if feeling bloated or just as a replacement to your coffee every day to keep your stomach flat

Read more at Pintrest.com

Secret Detox Drink Recipe

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Warm the water.
  2. mix all ingredients together.
  3. Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.

Read More at https://draxe.com/recipe/secret-detox-drink/

Dr. Oz’s Swimsuit Slimdown

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup grapefruit, orange, or pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons of applecider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)

Drink before each meal to breakdown fat cells.

Read More Here at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/463730092857219476/

Blueberry-Carrot Smoothie Flat Belly Drink

Two of the best sources of antioxidants in one rich drink? Start your day the healthy way with fresh fruits and veggies containing the vitamins and minerals that our bodies crave. To keep that slim waistline, use non-fat milk or yogurt.

Combine 1 cup of non-fat milk or yogurt in the blender along with 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries,  1 small peeled carrot, and 2 tablespoons whole oats. Add 1 teaspoon honey if desired. Blend until smooth. Enjoy this delicious breakfast flat belly drink!

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe | Calories: 125 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 3 | Total Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 42 mg | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 7 g | Protein: 7 g |

Grapefruit and Rosemary Flat Belly Drink

This grapefruit and rosemary drink combines nutrients that are beneficial for your health. Freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice is a powerhouse containing vitamin C, which helps to detoxify the body and lower cholesterol. Rosemary helps to detoxify the liver, which improves digestion and increases blood flow.

Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary needles (place in a tea infuser if available) and 1 tablespoon honey. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, remove the rosemary needles and allow to cool slightly. Combine the rosemary mixture with the freshly-squeezed juice of 1/2 grapefruit.

Yields: 1 serving | Serving Size: 1 glass | Calories: 27 | Previous Points: 1 | Points Plus: 1 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 0 g |

Read More Here http://skinnyms.com/5-flat-belly-drink-recipes/

Designer Spotlight: Khole Kardashian’s “Good American”….Launches Today! A Denim Line For All Body Types!

Good Morning Lovelies!!!!!

So I know that that Kardashian Klan is not always the beacon of media positivism for all…however, LET ME TELL YOU how IN LOVE I am with Khole on this day.  Khloe just recently developed her denim line and guess what! Sizes range from  size 0-24!!!! That’s right, you read correctly….size ZERO to TWENTY-FOUR!!!!! How amazing that she is creating a label that represents all women, something that top designers are  still reluctant to do!!!! These fabulous jeans are of course available at Nordstrom.com and in select stores across the nation and will launch today online.  The Ad included beauties such as;  Jordyn Woods, GabiFresh, Stephanie Rao, Nadia Aboulhosn, just to name a few. Check out the powerful images below:

 

 

All Images Courtesy of Nordstrom.com 

Spotlight Designer: Serena Williams

Hello Lovlies!!!!

This year at NYFW, Serena Williams debuted her new collection for HSN entitled “Front Row“, which drew a lot of attention to her ability to take on the world of fashion in the same magnitude as she has done athletically. However, did you know that there were items that catered to the full-figured as well in her collection? I didn’t either until recently and although some of these items have sold out (and will be restocked soon), I wanted to share some of my favorites that I gagged over on hsn.com.  The other beautiful part is that many of these gorgeous items are available on flex pay…where you can pay over time without taking out a credit card!!! Who doesn’t love that!!!! Below are my favorites that range in size from XS – 3XL:

 

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Serena Williams Heathered Rib Knit Maxi Cardigan
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Serena Williams Belted Maxi Vest
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Serena Williams Ultra High-Waist Legging
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Serena Williams Heathered Ribbed Knit Dress
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Serena Williams Lightweight Double-Breasted Maxi Coat
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Serena Williams Feather Trimmed Crushed Velvet Dress
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Serena Williams Striped Faux Fur Vest
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Serena Williams Reversible Faux Shearling Maxi Coat

Give em The Boot: My Top Picks for the Wide Calf Divas

Good Morning Loves,

The Weather has FINALLY cooled down and the world can now enter my favorite shoe season: BOOTS!!!!  Check out some of my favorites that are making a debut this season for the daringly curvy Below:

Breast Cancer, Obesity, and My 365 Challenge

Hello Loves,

So it is the Mighty Month of October!!!! Meaning it is Time to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness and continue to fight for the cure and promote wellness  for all women.  Now, as a woman of color, and statistically at a higher risk for breast cancer, I took this time to research links, causes, and ways to eliminate risks. However, contrary to what many may think, Obesity actually reduces your risk for breast cancer prior to menopause and increases the risk after menopause.  Unfortunately, another aspect of my research revealed that  PCOS actually increases my risks for other types of cancers due to my hormonal imbalance, excess weight, and insulin resistance. More specifically, thyroid cancer and endometrial cancer, along with diabetes and higher risks for strokes and cardiovascular issues. Of course, after reading all of this, I knew that my days of being hot and cold with my health was over. Now that I am 30 years old, I know that things within my body are going to slow down and it will become harder to attain my ideal health if I don’t start now.  With the encouragement of my love and my wanting of a healthier overall lifestyle, I started a 365 challenge with him. We both want to be at our healthiest for one another, but more importantly I need an accountability partner and he offered to be it.

Our current challenge is that in one year, I have to reach losing 25% of my body weight or I’ll have to be at his beck and call for 30 days. Seems like that isn’t a huge incentive, but if you knew him, it will be a tortuous situation. I decided to step it up a notch and give myself monthly challenges to push my competitive spirit to the max . So this month is all about working out 5 days a week for 30 days.  Seems easy right? No! Of course its not when you may tell yourself “Oh I worked out once this week, I’m great”. That is usually my inner coping mechanism, but I realized that if I’m going to be healthy, I can’t afford once a week and be okay. I invite all to join me because I want all my curvy divas to push towards health while maintaining the curves. The first step I took was buying a calendar on my fridge and mapping out my workout schedule and crossing off days once I achieve the workout. It is almost like a mini celebration every time I get to put an ‘x’ on a day. My second step is just really looking at my model crushes and remembering that I want to be in that phase of my career by next year. I spoke on this on my Snapchat and I will share it here “Being a Plus Model also has standard sizes and is not the same as the Body Positive movement, although size acceptance is still encouraged in the industry”. The standard size for plus size models who work is between size 10 to 14/16.  I currently am 4 dress sizes above being where I need to be to feel like I can truly be able to live out my dreams.

So with that said, I invite all to help me achieve my goals while you reach your own. Each month I will put up a monthly challenge to keep everyone focused. I look forward to receiving feedback and your honest opinions on the challenges I post.

With Love,

LoLo

 

 

Battle of the Bloat Part II: The Best Foods to BEAT the bulge

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Good Morning Loves,

This past week and a half has been terribly busy so I wasn’t able to post as I was working extremely hard closing out my fiscal year activities. However, no worries, I am still here serving you a different look into the life of the courageous and curvy. As promised, part II to beating the bulge is here.  Due to me missing a week, I will also dedicate this first week of October to several posts about PCOS and nutrition.  In the meantime, check out this list of foods that will snap you into shape if you are feeling puffed up and sluggish:

Bananas

Although bananas may feel heavy and a lot to consume, their high consistency of potassium help to reduce inflammation and water retention.

Cantaloupe 

Another potassium filled fruit is cantaloupe.  This not only is packed with the ability to help keep you trim but it also is good for hydration as it is packed with H2O, which will keep your body feeling fresh and energized.

Leafy Greens

Now I mentioned earlier that spinach fresh can make you bloat, but if blended down or cooked it actually cleans you completely out. This is also true for Kale as well; my other go to leafy green.  Other examples of bloat reducing leafy greens are Romaine Lettuce, Arugula, Collard Greens, and Swiss Chard.

Olive Oil

It has been scientifically proven that olive oil can help reduce stomach fat and ease bloating if ingested over a period of time.  Olive Oil contains a chemical called oleic acid, which helps break down fat in the body.

Artichokes

Artichokes have been linked to assist in proper digestion and ease the bloating of the stomach when eaten. NO not in the form of spinach and artichoke dip, which is fattening while delicious. Artichokes that are lightly steamed, sauteed, are the best way to receive benefits from them.

Avocados

These guac stars are filled with healthy, filling monounsaturated fat. Spread on whole-wheat bread for avocado toast, or slice up half an avocado and mix it into any salad

Fatty Fish

Those like salmon and mackerel are packed with healthy, filling omega-3 fatty acids, which are structural fats, not storage fats, so they’re less likely to be stored in a layer of belly fat

Cucumbers

These crunchy veggies have few calories and are natural diuretics, meaning they help flush out excess water weight

Berries

Hello, summer! Berries are full of fiber and antioxidants, plus they’re low-cal. Eat them solo or use them as a topping for yogurt or cereal.

Celery

Since it’s packed with water, celery helps your body flush out extra liquids, which makes your stomach appear flatter.

Asparagus

These stalks contain potassium, which helps remove excess fluids from your body. Eat them raw or sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil and toss them on the grill.

Eggplant

This veggie is very low in sodium and high in water, so it helps fight bloat.

Watermelon

This red fruit is packed with water, so you can eat tons of it. And what’s more refreshing at the end of a summer barbecue?

Almonds

Almonds are loaded with protein, making them a great afternoon snack. Just be sure to stick with the natural kind, and limit yourself to a one-ounce serving (about a shot-glass worth).

Shrimp and Eggs

Both are packed with protein and are lean sources to indulge in. Although science advises from eating too many egg yolks, so egg whites are your better pick (which actually contain the same amount of protein as the yolk). Shrimp is  packed with keep-you-full protein and is super low in calories, so you can eat up until you’re satisfied without getting bloated.

Lemon Water

Drinking water (contrary to what you may think) helps to flush excess sodium and sugar from your body while the lemon helps to ease the digestive system. So this combo always wins.  Other citrus fruits that also work well are limes, grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines.

More foods to help beat the bloat can be found on webmd.com and at this article posted on redbook at http://www.redbookmag.com/body/healthy-eating/advice/g772/foods-that-reduce-bloating/?