Black Girl Magic is Power

Black Girl Magic

Hey Loves,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to FINALLY post these pics. I had the amazing opportunity to shoot with the amazing head wrap company Fanm Djanm. Owned by a good friend Paola Mathe, Fanm Djanm gives endless visual of the beauty and diversity of black women. When Paola emailed me and asked if I wanted to be a part of this project, I couldn’t email her back fast enough. This shoot was all about celebrating black history month and our power as black women. I mean honestly, why would I not want to be a part of this? If you aren’t familiar with Fanm Djanm (strong woman in creole) it is the brainchild of Paola Mathe that brings quality headwraps, clothing, jewelry and more to your closet. Paola is not just about selling headwraps but rather creating a story that will allow women to look, feel and be empowered. Be sure to check out her website. You most certainly won’t be disappointed. Soooooo excuse me while I sprinkle #BlackGirlMagic all down this blog post.

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Staying Fresh with Dove Advanced Care

Dove advance care deodorant

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As a woman, particularly a plus size woman, personal hygiene is very important to me. I’ve always been someone that sweats easily (something I never liked). But instead of fighting it, I’ve learned to find products that work for me to keep me feeling fresh at all times. For this post, I teamed up with Dove to talk about how upgrading to their new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant has helped me feel fresh longer. Dove Advance Care offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms.

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Plus Size Models Slay NYFW

Plus size models slayed the runway during NYFW
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With NYFW coming to a close all the photos from the amazing shows are flooding in left and right. But one of the best things that definitely didn’t go unnoticed is the number of plus size models who graced the runways this season. Top models such as Ashley Graham, Denis Bidot, Marquita Pring, Precious Lee and more slayed the runway for amazing designers. Designers such as Christian Siriano and Chromat, using plus models is nothing new. But it was nice to see other designers and brands follow suit. Check out which Plus size models slayed the runway during NYFW.
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Prabal Gurung For Lane Bryant

Prabal Gurung for Lane Bryant
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Yet another designer collaboration is coming to plus size retailer giant Lane Bryant. After major success with Christian Siriano, Isabel Toledo, Lela Rose and the continued success of the Sophie Theallet lingerie, Lane Bryant is now teaming up with designer Prabal Gurung.  I applaud these designers who are making a point to create amazing fashion for the plus market. It is most certainly a step in the direction of inclusion. The collection will range in price from $38 to $398 and sizes 10-22. I personally can’t wait for the collection come out. I definitely plan to do a try on video so we can gush all about sizing and fit.
The full Prabal Gurung for Lane Bryant collection will be available on Lane Bryant’s website on 2/27/17.
Check out the collection below! Models Barbie Ferreira and Iman McDonnaugh look absolutely stunning.
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My Realizations While on Jenny Craig

gAfter thoughts of Jenny Craig

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

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I’ve been on the Jenny Craig program for a little over a month and it has been an interesting experience, and by interesting I mean good. But for this post, I want to talk about what kept me going on this journey. The truth is it was discipline, that got me through this process. Because many times I wanted to just grab some fries or have the quesadilla. But I knew that would throw my calorie count way off and I would suffer in the end. My struggles were very real during this process but what kept me going was being disciplined and have the ability to talk through my issue each week. So her are some of my after thoughts of Jenny Craig
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Plus Size Fitness IG @ShayShapesUp

plus size fitness instagram

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I have a confession to make. I now run a 3rd Instagram page. You read that right a 3rd Instagram page. You all know (at least you should know lol) my main page @Thickgrlscloset. In 2016 I started a woman empowerment page @IEmbodyMe, which has so amazing since starting it. Now as a result of my time with Jenny Craig and for my own personal accountability, I started my plus size fitness Instagram page @ShayShapesUp

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5 Must Have Gray Lipsticks

5 must have gray lipsticks

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I know the thought of gray lipstick can be a bit intimidating. I can’t lie, I felt like that for a long time. Gray lipstick is one of the colors that you have to be ready for, but when you do wear it, it’s bomb.com. A few months back I had the urge to wear gray lipstick, I don’t know how or why, but I just wanted a change from my usual reds, pinks, and purples. Talk about COMPLETELY different. So of course, I went on the hunt for gray lipsticks. I am quite surprised that I found quite a few brands that sold gray lipsticks. I narrowed down these 5 must-have gray lipsticks because truthfully  I felt they complimented my skin the most.

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Birthday Wishlist

27th birthday wishlist

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You ever notice that as you get older your birthday list gets smaller and smaller? Or you don’t have one at all sometimes. I’ll be turning 27 on the 12th of this month. So I figured for this post why not talk about what I would really LOVE for my birthday. Now obviously I do not expect everything here. But in a perfect world, if all the stars were aligned, with a prayer & a miracle, these are what made it to my 27th birthday wishlist.

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V-Day Love with Fashion to Figure

plus size valentine's day outfits

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Yup it’s February is here so of course, we talk about Valentine’s Day…because societal norms. lol And because I love getting dressed so thank you to the folks at Fashion to Figure here are some sexy options for Valentine’S Day. All three looks are perfect for a date night with your husband/boyfriend wife/girlfriend, a date with your homegirls or hell a date with yourself (which I’m all for btw) Fashion to Figure has always been a go-to shop for me when I need something sexy.

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Denim Dress Worn 2 Ways

City Chic denim dress from Gwynnie Bee styled 2 Ways

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You all know I’m all about helping you figure out ways to get the most out of your clothes. It’s always awesome when you can wear one piece of clothing multiple ways. When I tried on this  City Chic denim dress from Gwynnie Bee, I knew it had to come home with me. This dress is just uber sexy, and can be dressed up or down depending on what your mood is like.  So for this post, I put together 2 different looks with this one denim dress. The dress is available via Gwynnie Bee. If you are not a member of GB, be sure to sign up for your FREE 30 Day Trial. You’ll thank me later.

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