Brights, Camera, Fashion

Spring is here and that means time to pull out the bright colors and rompers. You can imagine my delight when I found out that Charlotte Russe introduced a plus size line. The prints are on trend and I love that they are a company that realizes that women with curves like to dress in trendy, fashionable attire too. The shoes and rompers that I am wearing are both from Charlotte Russe.

I ordered this two rompers in a 1x( I usually wear a size 14-16) the fit was great and comfortable. One thing I will tell all my curvy ladies, do not get caught up in the size. Get what looks good on you and wear stuff that you are comfortable in and fits your body type. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should wear.

They clothing that Charlotte Russe has released are affordable too. So check them out, you will be glad that you did.

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Be Yourself

I was perusing the internet today and somehow I always seem to stumble across crazy things. I stumbled across an article entitled :Women with natural hair have low self-esteem. Below is a paragraph from the article.

“According to the study by Bountiful Hair, natural hair being viewed as a messy look is causing many women, who wear their hair in that manner, to feel inadequate and less desirable as their counterparts. Those feelings of inadequacy causes women with natural hair to lash out at women with treated or straightened hair, and in turn lowers their self-esteem”

What now? I guess this “Study” questioned 3,000 natural women and 2,500 said that they didn’t feel pretty as a natural women.I weep for them.

What kind of study was this? and how controlled was is? I truly believe that you should do WHATEVER you want to YOUR hair that makes you happy. Who am I to try to tell you that being natural is the only way of life. What I will say is don’t think that just because you watch 1,000 YouTube tutorial that YOUR curls will look the same. Also not all products work for your hair type.

I think many women go into the natural route thinking that they can change their hair texture and turn it into something it’s not. As much as I would love to have Tracee ellis Ross hair

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just look at that beautiful hair

I know that the texture that grows from my scalp is one of a kind. I have learned what works for my hair and what does not. I realize that I will never have the same style as someone else and that is ok. I am comfortable in my skin and being my own person.

To many people join the natural movement and think its easy. umm no! you have to set your hair two -three days before you may get it to look the way you want it to look( I love 2nd and 3rd day hair the best myself) you have to show your hair some TLC. When I say that I can’t do anything because I’m washing my hair I mean it! wash day is a spa day for my hair. I need to show her some love. natural-hair-wash-day

Being natural is not for every one. I repeat..NOT FOR EVERY ONE. I can’t stand people who tell you how you should do your hair, that is one of the reasons that in my hair videos I make sure to tell you these are MY thoughts and that this may not work for everyone. If you like to have your hair fried, dyed and laid to the side then rock it. There is no need for us as women to try to bring down another women just because she isn’t rocking the style WE feel SHE should.

We also need to be aware that only WE can allow someone to make us feel inferior or have low self-esteem. We have to make it our aim to love ourselves even if no one else does. We are our #1 fan. I will say this. You are beautiful no matter your size, hair color, color of your skin etc.  Don’t you forget that, just live your life and be yourself large

 

 

Love Never Fails

It’s hard to believe that my husband and I are approaching our 10 year wedding anniversary. It really doesn’t seem like it has been that long. Marriage is HARD work and has its ups and downs but so worth it. There isn’t a marriage anywhere in the world with two perfect people. It’s important that you each put 100% into your relationship. I am feeling a little sentimental so I would like share some things that have helped keep our marriage and us close over the past decade.

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I know we look 16 but we are actually both over legal drinking age here

1.) Never belittle your spouse in private or public : Since marriage is made up of two imperfect people there will be arguments. Your spouse will get on your nerves at some point. We all vent about things but you shouldn’t speak out about your spouse in a negative way to everyone you meet. I am not saying don’t confide in someone but EVERY ONE should not know what is going on in your marriage.Calling your spouse out of their name is something we don’t do. It shows disrespect, your spouse has a name and even when they make you upset you should use it.

2.Communication is key: This is VERY important. When we first got married we said we would never go to bed mad at each other. But sometimes you have to put a pin in a discussion and sleep on it and continue when you are level-headed. When a disagreement comes up we tell our spouse we want to talk about this but right now is not a good time and the other spouse respects that. We take care of it the next day. Never let your feelings of hurt or anger linger. I am also proud that we have NEVER given each other the silent treatment. That doesn’t solve anything, it just gets you more upset. Communication is key to a long and happy marriage. Keep in mind when sharing your feelings you want to be respectful,you should watch your tone and never say anything that you wouldn’t want someone to say to you(You may slip up and say hurtful things but you need to apologize within a day of saying those things because you always want to keep the lines of communication open)

3.Never stop dating:  I have said this in previous blogs. always date your spouse. You are constantly growing and changing as a person and in order for you to grow together you have to do things together and date. We go on a date once a week(it doesn’t have to be that frequent) but it is important to have that alone time and reconnect as a couple(especially after having children). The dates don’t have to be expensive at all. If you would like some ideas check out this blog post I wrote.

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One of our dates. We went to Cedar Point

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Family Date: Nature Walk

4. Have the same moral values: You can be different, no one wants to marry someone who is exactly like them(well some people do but I was not one of them) No matter how different you are it’s important to have similar moral values. This is the core of the person they are. If you have different core values than it’s very difficult to keep your marriage a happy one. My husband and I both look to the bible for guidance in our life. One of the scriptures that helped us when choosing a marriage mate was 2 Corinthians 6:14 – “Do not become unevenly yoked” now some may say that they bible is outdated but have you ever heard the saying Do on to others as you want them to do onto you? Guess where that comes from? The bible, Jesus himself spoke about this concept at Matthew 7:12. The bible is a great source for principles to live by. My husband and I just happen to both be of the same faith and that has helped out marriage because even though we were raised different and from different backgrounds we have the same moral values.

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Visiting the Watchtower Educational Center in Patterson, NY as a Family

5.Laughter  If you can find a life partner that makes you laugh and laughs with you it’s one of the best things in the world. My husband and I love to laugh and humor is something we use to cope with hardships we also use it to just relax and have a good time. In our 10 years together we still lay in bed and have a good laugh over anything and nothing at all. So keep laughing together.

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6.Forgive Freely: We will all make mistakes at some time in our life. For the peace of your household and your sanity you should forgive your spouse for shortcomings. It’s not easy but when you extend that forgiveness it helps bring you closer together.

 

These are a few simple things that have helped us have a great relationship and happy marriage. I am not saying that we are experts by any means. I am saying that I am so happy that I was blessed with a partner who has my back and these are some things that have helped us keep our joy through the ups and downs of marriage.

 

 

 

 

Guys and Doll

Last week as I was getting prepped to attend Dapper Day at Magic Kingdom I looked at the weather forecast and it said 80% chance of thunder storms. So imagine my excitement when I saw that forecast had changed and it was going to be a clear sunny day high of 86.

That is unusually warm for this time of year and FL but my husband and I were excited to dress our family up and strut our stuff. There were a few Dapper Day events going on but when you have a toddler they don’t care about events lol

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We missed the festivities BUT it felt like we were in a special club, not everyone was dressed for dapper day at the park but everyone one who was dressed in their best would say: “Happy Dapper Day” with the biggest smile. We would compliment each other on our outfits, it was so cool to see the different dapper looks during the day

We JUST missed the boat ride with all of the other dapper guest but we were able to see them dock and step of the boat in style.

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I have to say that our first Dapper Day as a family was a success and I look forward to many more to come

What we wore:

Amber: Top: H&M//Skirt: Mod Cloth//Shoes:Toms(comfort is key in an amusement park)

Kevin: Shirt, Pants, Bow-tie & Suspenders: Express//Shoes: Converse

X: Shirt & Bowtie:Littlest Prince Couture//Shorts: Children’s Place//Hat &Suspenders:Zara//Shoes:Converse

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Spring Fever

All over the us everyone is having spring fever. Temps are rising and every one is ready to kiss winter goodbye. A few of my favorite work from home moms have debuted their spring lines. These are so cute and great for boys and girls(check site for clothing sizes)

Each company has more than the shirts pictured. These are just some of my favorites. Check out Beautiful Melody Designs and Little Urban Apparel for more cute clothing

What shirt will your little ones be rocking this spring? My son will be rocking one or two from each collection and I will make sure to post an OOTD so you can see how I style them.

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1. Natures Candy//2.Crush T-shirt//3. Kind Heart, Kind Soul//4. Express yourself

5. Natures Candy Raglan// 6 Sailboat 

summer time 21.Chillin’//2.Surfer Pineapple//3.Jammin’ // 4.Dino Rawr

5. No Sleep//6.Killin’ It T-shirt

The promise of springs arrival,is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter~Jen Selinsky