Category: Spring/Summer

Back in a New York State of Mind

Hey All,

Sorry I have been quiet lately but I have been out of the state on a much needed mental holiday. With everything that has been going on I haven’t been able to tell if I was coming or going most days and so it was great to pack a bag and head out for a while.

Where did I go, you ask?
Colorado; Breckenridge, Boulder and Crested Butte to be exact.

Why Colorado?
Why not? I have never been and flights out of NYC were decently priced. I am always looking to explore new places and see new things. Like I always tell people “I have a passport and am willing to travel” It isn’t always about going to exotic locals of far and distant lands (although I love to go to places like that) but more about spending time with good people and having a good time together.

And a good time we did have from day hiking and campfires to tea houses and bookstores there was just so much to see and do! The only thing is that for was that in some spots the internet was a little spotty and with all of the driving around we had to do there just wasn’t enough time (or energy) to post so I will just have to settle with this one sort of re-cap. All in all we (Sissy, D and I) had an amazing time and they even got the chance to practice their driving skills (I’m still not quite un-clenched enough to really talk about some of those moments.)

Here are a few pictures (looking for more check out my Instagram with the link above)

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Me and the Sissy in Breckenridge (isn’t she purrrty)
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Me and D rocking it out on a bridge

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View from the riverside deck our last morning in Boulder

All in all it was a great time and I am happy that I went (even though I had to “take time” off from work) in the end it is just money, right? Nothing will be able to replace the memories of our time there but I will say it is good to be back. Sometimes you really do have to learn in order to realize that there is no place like home.

Until next time,
Sabrina

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Spandex, Feathers and Glitter, Oh My!

Folks it is Labor Day, also known as the unofficial end of summer, and here in Brooklyn that can only mean one thing; West Indian Day Parade! While I am not normally a reveller of the Parkway madness that is playing mass I thought some of those who have never seen the parade, a look at this year’s costumes. I happen to be lucky enough to live on the “warm-up” route for the parade as the bands start pumping up the music and the crowd on their way to the official start line on the parkway.

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Now I tried to keep the images as PG as I possibly could, unfortunately that also meant the best photos could really be included, sucks I know but I tried.

One thing that is undeniable is that as dressed or as undressed as some of the women are, you have to admit seeing all these women of all color, shapes and sizes, strutting their stuff under the HOT sun (if you happen to be Jamaican -H for accurate translation, ha ha ha!) is inspiring, so take a lesson and ring out the summer with confidence!

Until next time,

Sabrina

 

 

 

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Hye Sun Mun and Williamsburg: #OOTD

One thing I have to admit about NYC is that there is never a shortage of people, both young and old, chasing the dream! From the street hustler’s dancing in the subway cars to the old dudes shuffling cards on the sidewalk. Everyone here is chasing some dream and it is an inspiration to be amongst them.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet an up and coming designer Hye Sun Mun at the Kai D boutique, (Can you call it a boutique if it offers menswear? Anywho), in Williamsburg to take a closer look at her women’s line. I was originally called out to assist on her video shoot to promote her line but it was great to see her at work styling her models and learning more about the whole process of shooting promotional videos.

While her line isn’t exactly what I would call full-figured friendly; its flowing lines and old world feel will have droves rushing to buy her pieces. I managed to get a couple of pics during the shoot to give you a behind the scenes look:

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Kai D Store Front window in Williamsburg
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Model in the Colleen Dress, in fore ground

Since I was already out and about on the Williamsburg water front helping out with the shoot, I figured I may as well gets some snaps of myself and why not? I had gotten early too!

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Dress: ASOS/ Shoes: Xhilaration via Target

I can’t wait to see the final product for the shoot but I know either way it was great meeting a few fellow dream chasers and I look forward to whatever pieces Hye Sun Mun cooks up for the next season. Maybe I can talk her into a larger size range…hmmm.

We will see what happens next. Until then!
Sabrina

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Summer Skincare Must Have: Anthony’s Logistics Instant Fix Oil Control

As we get further and further into the scorching heat of summer (this week will be in the 90s here in NYC) and prepare to battle the humidity that leaves you feeling like you are walking through a stick of butter. Prepping your skin for the long day ahead is more important than ever. I’m sure many of us can agree that nothing can ruin your selfie more than greasy looking skin and half melted foundation.

But what is a girl to do?

Take a stroll down the Men’s skin care line:
As long as there are no hormonal or hair growth ingredients what is there so wrong with women using men’s products? Especially when you’re looking for products that will reduce perspiration and or oil control. Let’s be real here, men’s products are not only created stronger and longer lasting but there are also CHEAPER than their feminine counterparts. So who really cares if it doesn’t smell like amazon rain or powdery floral radiance? It isn’t that serious and trust me you will live. Especially when you can get through a whole day at work or hitting the town and still look and smell after shower fresh.

One such product that I was introduced to, during my sister’s make-up lesson from a fashion week make-up artist pro, who may or may not be a biological XY, (not for me to judge but anyway her make-up was Fierce so more power to ya!) was Anthony’s Logistics Instant Fix Oil Control. With a pea size drop of the product applied to your face (after you cleanse and tone and whatnot) it will leave you with a healthy and cool looking matte finish to your skin. Which is the perfect palate for your make-up.The product is also Paraben-Free (if that is important to you) and light enough for everyday wear and a definite must have even on your make-up free days!

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A tube of Anthony’s will normally run you about $28 and is available for purchase online from Anthony’s website, other major retailers and for your convenience the pictured link above. The price might seem like a lot to you but when you think of the amount of product you are getting and how much you actually use, it easily lasts 3-4 months with everyday use and it works for the WHOLE day, that makes this product a winner in my book and my bank account, I’m just saying.

What are your must have skin care products for this summer?

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Better Late Than Never; ELOQUII & Redbook Event

Yes, I know that I am soooooo late with my account of the ELOQUII and Redbook’s private shopping event in celebration of Full Figured Fashion Week but it is as they say, Better late than never right? And granted there may be dozens of other posts about this on various sites you never got the chance to hear it from me now did you?

Speaking of late, I was late to the event, of course all because I had to go to work that day! (Damn you insufferable need of money!) Which caused some technically issues with wardrobe for the event (Another damn you to Companies Code of Conduct rules stifling my fashion expression!) After wracking my brain for what to wear to the of it and carry during the long day at work, I settled on the Alice & You Grid Print Shift Dress via SimplyBe that I got at the #ShopandSwapNYC event the week before. Talk about great timing.

The event was held in the penthouse suite of The London Hotel in the heart of the tourist central aka Midtown Manhattan and while that can be a nightmare at the best of times traversing the over crowded streets full of sky gazers in the summer heat with multiple bags in 4 inch sling back wedges was a whole new level of tiring. But thankfully I reached without causing permanent damage to myself or any tourists so I would count that as a successful journey!

Reaching the pent house level of the hotel I was pleasantly greeted by members of the event team and was directed to enjoy taking a look at the samples from the ELOQUII’s Line as well as the bar, tarot readings and manicure’s. After snagging myself a refreshing drink from the bar, and navigating through the crush of the fabulously dressed, I headed up to the second floor to see if my interests could be piqued by the line.

That’s where I found it, my fave piece from the entire collection available for viewing, the Studio Embellished Artisan Jacket which is available for purchase on the ELOQUII site. The jacket stuns with its funky print and edgy embellishments, I’m a sucker for metal hardware on anything! Who knew I was such a pro a pattern mixing the lightweight jacket is perfect for early summer in the city and took my outfit from school girl prep to artist chic! This piece is a must-have for my wardrobe!

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Artisan jacket/ Tunic Dress

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Necklace: Old H&M/ Lippy: Ted Gibson Beauty in OLAN

It was great getting to meet everyone from the brand and all my fellow bloggers and plus size models. It was definitely event not to be missed and if you did don’t worry there will be more to see! Of course don’t let that stop you from heading over to ELOQUII to check out all of the other awesome items.

featured image for this post c/o ELOQUII

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Satisfy Your Style Cravings

Now that a warmer season is upon us (not really here in NYC but you get the point!) and as we begin to shed those heavy layers of winter and catch up on all of the runways hottest new looks in anticipation of fabulous rooftop parties and splashing away at the shore.

If you are feeling the urge to start rocking crop tops and floral prints or you’re feeling bold in blue this season; no matter what your body type there are many options for the budget conscious as well as the generously built (you like that huh? LOL!).

Take advantage of holiday sales!
Major retailers like ASOS.com from the UK, which offers great deals for all they have just launched ASOS Tall as well as having a Plus and Curve line! (No flood hemlines or popping buttons!) AND they have free shipping BOTH ways! AND (I’m running out of breath here…whew) they are offering a 20% off on the ASOS label! (YAY!) So you don’t need to feel guilty about purchases like these:
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H&M, also (not to exculde Forever21 and Macys in-store and online just to name a few) has an awesome online sale going on this weekend with items up to 50% off, so in between the Easter festivities with the family be sure to make time to check out these and other sales for Easter weekend and Satisfy Your Style Cravings!

What items do you have your eye on this weekend? Leave a comment below about where you looking to indulge!

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