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Fierce Fridays – The Distressed Sweater Dress

Good Morning Loves,

So since Spring decided to reappear this week after several hot days, it was time to pull out the ever so comfortable sweater dress from TNT Unique Designs, a mobile Boutique in the DMV area. Today is a light day for me so I decided to run my Costco errands in a little style. This dress is so lightweight and breathable due to the open knit construction. The most fabulous aspect is that its truly one size fits all, with so much room to move around and feel comfortable throughout the day. Unfortunately, this color is sold out completely but the white and black versions are still available at the links below:

White Distressed Sweater Dress

Black Distressed Sweater Dress

Hope you Love it As much as I do!!!!!

 

With Love,

LoLo

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Shape Up: Best Body Shapers for Pear Body Types

Good Morning Loves,

So I am often asked what type of shapewear do I use for those special occasions, and although I cannot speak for every woman, I can speak for what helps those pear shaped divas out there. I decided to compile a short list of brands and shapewear that I have ACTUALLY used to assist my pear babies on their journey to being snatched under their garments.  This list isn’t limited to pears shapes, but I do know that it really works well with pear shapes. Please click the hyper links, as it will take you directly where you need to go, to purchase each item.

  1. High Waist Miracle Suit – If you have that little kangaroo pouch like myself, this bad boy will sleek it on out making you like you were born with a flat stomach for the gawds. For photoshoots I love to pair her with my squeem, which will be reviewed next. later down the list.
  2. Squeem Waist Cincher – WARNING this garment is not comfortable by any means but if you want to have a slim waist and no back fat under a fitted dress, this is your best friend. However, I do not suggest this for extended wear throughout the day because the boning will squeeze tight against your sides.
  3. Me Moi SlimMe High Waist shapewear – I wore this bad boy in an XL (probably should have gotten an XXL) and it does much better than the spanx brand. I truly love the way it slims the stomach and thighs and contours the waist. I usually don’t like many thigh trimming shapewear combos, but this is one of my favorites.
  4. Shape by Cacique Illusion Open Bust Body Suit – I have to buy another one!!!! However, this is like getting lipo in one step. The price point is a little higher than the other options, but you will not regret it if you want a full body contour to your shape.
  5. Lover Beauty Underbust Corset – Not ready to invest in a squeem, here is the very very suitable alternative. I don’t train my waist, however, if you are interested in doing so, this one is much more comfortable than the squeem for half the cost. Additionally, you will absolutely get that shape you are seeking with this product.
  6. Waist Snatchers Curve’  – I personally have yet to try this one, however, the reviews from women on social media have made me a firm believer that this product is worth the investment. I plan to get one soon and do a full review in a later post.
  7. Spanx Everyday shaping panty – now I’m not a huge fan of most spanx products but I do love these. If you just need a little boost of confidence daily with moderate control, these will be your best friend for my pear shaped women who suffer from a little lower belly bulge (like myself). I swear these keep me feeling my best day in and day out

If you have one that I haven’t listed and think I should try, definitely leave a comment below or on the comments section of the blog.  I hope this list at least gets you started on your way as it definitely assists me on my journey until I can live shaper free. Have a Happy Monday and First Week of April.

With Love,

LoLo

LoLo’s March Madness

Good Afternoon Loves,

This month has been crazy (posts have suffered) but right now I’m really into florals…. and what a perfect pattern for spring right. Don’t worry though, April will be filled with glorious flowers and bright colors,weightloss greatness, beauty, and inspiration. For now, enjoy this adorable look from @trudivadesigns (this is her instagram handle) that I wore to the Premiere Party for the Real Housewives of Potomac in celebration of my girlfriends achievements (follow her on instagram @the_bourgeois_hippie for your wig unit needs). If you love it, leave a comment….if you hate it….STILL leave a comment lol. The show officially premiere’s Sunday, April 2nd, make sure you’re watching this season *wink wink*

With Love,
LoLo 

First Blossom

Good Evening Lovelies,

So today I had a ladies brunch, and even though I felt like crap about my body….I was excited that a pair of jeans that usually fit so tight I can’t walk were actually manageable. It let me know that progress had been made and that I indeed am slowly getting myself to a healthier place. What’s even better is I didn’t finish my dessert, which lets me know I’m growing in my journey! Here are some quick shots of today’s brunch attire for the coming of spring: 

Top: Forever 21 Plus

Jeans: Fashion to Figure

Vest: Ashley Stewart

Boots: Torrid 

A Seat At The Table with Tavira Tapley of TNT Unique Designs

Good Afternoon Loves,

As you know being a curvy woman has its benefits, but it also has its disadvantages, particularly in the world of fashion. Many women have a hard time finding custom designed pieces that truly embrace their identity through fashion.  However, TNT Unique Designs is one plus boutique that has been breaking the mold in plus designs by offering high-quality, diversified, and affordable options to women of all shapes and sizes in the curvy community.  After working with her on a few of her print campaigns in 2016 I was inspired to discover what lead her to this journey of not only being a provider of fashion, but being a female voice for the plus size community.  She provided some excellent words of wisdom, encouragement, and business insight:

COC: Why did you enter the Plus Fashion Industry:

Tavira: Well first of all, I am plus size myself and I wanted to have quality clothes that were not being worn by everyone due to limited boutiques offering plus sized clothing.  I was tired of showing up to events and parties and seeing 4 other women with my same dress on because we all shop at the same store because it’s the only store in town that sells edgy clothing for plus women.

COC: LeSe Williams is your house model correct? How does she represent the TNT Brand and Image?

Tavira: LeSe has the body type that truly represents what being a plus brand is. She is a size 3x with a full curvy body and that to me is what plus size women are looking for when they shop.  Most women who shop with my boutique are not a size 10 through 14, so it doesn’t make sense for me to use a model that truly doesn’t convey what my clothes will look like on them.  They want to see true plus size representation and that is what I offer with my brand.

COC: What was the biggest challenge you faced starting your boutique?

Tavira: It was hard trying to find my target market because I wanted to please everyone. Eventually, I came to the realization that I had to offer what I saw fit and represented the direction in fashion that I found most trendy and unique.

COC: Why did you choose to be a mobile boutique instead of having a storefront?

Tavira:  I know a lot of boutique owners and I know that I could have a store but I want to keep my prices as low as possible. A store front is a lot of upkeep and the in order to meet the cost margins, I would have to mark up my clothing.  I have seen dresses inside of other boutiques that are selling it for $140.00 that I am offering for $79.00 because they have to take into account of all the expenses of maintaining that store when they price their product. They have to place it at a price point so that they can profit from the sell of the item and have money to pay for necessary store upkeep. Additionally, I want my customers to leave with the feeling that it is affordable to look great. That it won’t take a whole lot to look amazing, and still feel that the clothing is of high quality. That is What TNT Unique Designs is about.  Additionally, being a mobile boutique makes it easier to network  with different business opportunities in the area.  I can take my business wherever I go and be able to capitalize from that experience.

COC: What trends is TNT focusing on this Spring?

Tavira:  Lots of neon yellow and royal blue pieces. More items with fringe and tassel details.

COC:  I see that you occasionally showcase your boutique in fashion shows throughout the East Coast, do you ever host Model Calls for these opportunities?

Tavira: No, I have my models that I have built a strong relationship with that I know I can depend on when I need to host events or present at fashion shows.

COC: What is the one piece of advice you would give plus size women when it comes to fashion?

Tavira:  Never be intimidated to try something new and to embrace your curves. They are beautiful and you should own every part of yourself.  You don’t have to cover up and hide behind your clothes.

COC: What are some future projects that you are working on?

Tavira:  One of my future aspirations is to start a swimsuit line for TNT Unique Designs, it will be a distant goal due to the research and finding the right material and designs I want but it is definitely something I have been simmering on for quite some time.  Another goal I am working on is creating a workshop for female entrepreneurs to teach them some of the tools I used to start my business and build my success and to also build a networking opportunity in the DMV area for women to meet and feel empowered.

It was definitely an honor being able to speak with Mrs. Tapley and really getting a better understanding of her and the TNT Unique Designs Brand.  Below are some of my favorite looks offered at TNT Unique Designs. Click the link to go directly to her website and shop Today!!!!

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Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year All,

So how happy were you to get rid of 2016???? I know I was ecstatic to move forward with a fresh year to succeed in. This year the blog, my personal life, and my goals will take a huge upswing.  One thing that I am really big on is health… Although last year, I slacked off. This year it is more about training my body for my hormones to work for me and not against me. PCOS really is about lifestyle modification, although sometimes I just want to eat anything I want and not gain a pound. However, that is not realistic. What really triggered my  need for change is this week I ate out almost every day but then late on Friday night, my chest began to pain.

It was the first time I actually felt like I may be having heart trouble. I am good at keeping in tune with my physical checkups and making sure I am okay, but this alarmed me. I knew then that I had to really stop playing around and make a change. So this year on the blog, things will be centered on my health journey and of course fashion. However, it will mainly be a digital diary of my health journey for all PCOS sufferers and those with other endocrine issues alike. I will also post some more of my philosophical thoughts as well.  I think that one thing that I don’t do enough is share my wisdom and growth with others. I am by no means perfect, but I love helping people, especially women become the vessels God intended on us becoming. So definitely look forward to some of those posts as well.

For now, I am starting Whole 30 body detoxification and will keep all of you posted on some of the recipes I attempt and post them so that if you are interested, you can try them out.  I look forward to another great year with you lovelies!!!!

 

Sincerely,

Lorna

UnWrap Me Under The Tree Part 1: Lingerie Edition with Torrid

Good Morning Lovelies!!!!

So this month has been rough as I have been battling extreme fatigue so I haven’t been posting regularly because I have been exhausted beyond belief (that post will come later this week). However, today is all about curvy girls lingerie for play with Torrid. With it being cold outside, may as well heat it up indoors with your significant other. Here are my top choices for this cuddle season :). Click the links below each picture to get full purchase details!

Strappy Lace & Mesh Chemise

Strappy Mesh Lace Long Line Bralette & High Waist Panty

Lace & Mesh Long Line Bralette

Plaid Crop Lace Bralette & Hipster Panty

Strappy Lace Bralette

Strappy Lace Long Line Bra and Half Slip

Satin Robe

Microfiber Lace & Fishnet Chemise

Lace & Mesh Strappy Halter Bralette

Mesh & Lace Halter Bralette

Torrid Trim Lace Bralette

 

 

 

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 

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:

Why Christian Siriano is having the best MONTH Ever

Good Evening Lovelies,

Fall is always my favorite time of year for the weather, the food, and more importantly the fashion: PLUS SIZE FASHION.  2016 has been full of curves and really has started to shake up the world showing everyone just how beautiful EVER BODY is.  This year Ashley Graham truly left everyone bright eyed and drooling over her Sports Illustrated Cover and now the fall showing for NYFW 2016 has been decorated with Plus Models serving serious life on the catwalks for numerous designers.  My favorite of all is Christian Siriano.  I have been obsessed with him since his appearance on Season 4 of Project Runway. This year, however, he has truly taken my breath away first teaming up with Lane Bryant debuting a jaw dropping Spring Collection, mtm4nty5mtyyodqxnjyyodg2

to now showcasing several plus models in his 2017 Spring Collections:

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However, that is NOT ALL….Mr. Siriano ran the Emmy’s red carpet with fashion, and I couldn’t be more excited about his success.  Take a glimpse of the start studded elegance seen on ABC’s Emmy Award Show Below:

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I can’t wait to see more from him and am utterly excited for all the success he is receiving!!! He is now being considered one of the designers that are proud to dress all women, and gives everyone glamorous options to consider. This is so important because some of us just are not genetically going to be thin,  no matter how many fad diets, programs, and tummy teas we consume.  Christian is allowing everyone to feel like they have a place to be fashionable…..and I truly appreciate and love him for it.

With Love,

LoLo