Monday, May 25, 2015

T Squared

As many of us enjoy this beautiful day off from work, let us not remember the reason we have the right to celebrate.  Memorial Day - a day to honor those who have fallen to give us the freedoms we take for granted.  I have family that has served and I know of people that have given the ultimate sacrifice.  We get to have freedom because of the brave.  I am so thankful.

What's a freedom that you are thankful for?  I am thankful for my freedom to be able to write.

Today, we (yes, you know you are included) celebrate #ThePlusDiaries as we enter the terrible twos.  Yep, #ThePlusDiaries turn 2 today and I am so excited.  Terrible twos?  Now, I am a little bit more optimistic, but what can we do to make this year so interesting?  

I think we can take some chances with this blog.  I did a feature a few weeks ago and absolutely loved doing that.  So, maybe, just maybe I can do a few more of those.  In fact, I have an idea so that might can even happen this week.  Hmmmmm.....this could be the start of something really awesome.  What else can we make happen in this year?  Maybe we can take a few more chances and get more in tune to the entertainment life.  I mean, I do love me some entertainment and maybe I can reach out and have a few interviews.  Hey, it can happen.  Another thing?  How about yall see a little bit more of me this year?  I try to be so open, but have yall really had the chance to see me?  I don't think so - in other words, I need to do better.  

So, here's the deal - I am going to need your help.  I'm open with you, so I need you to be open with me.  Tell me what you want to talk about.  I love it when you give me ideas because I feel like it helps me connect to you.  In fact, I might be getting a little deep with you this week, but I haven't decided just yet.  I'm going to have to think about that one.  

As we get ready for the terrible twos, I look forward to this journey ahead.  I look forward to what I am going to learn from you and I look forward to sharing life with you.  Also, I just want to give you a heads up about another project that I am working on.  It is so special to me, that it gets its own blog.  Be on the lookout for #Aria313.  That blog site doesn't officially launch for another 6 weeks, but if you love this site, you will love that one as well.  

Here's to the terrible twos and the lessons that will be learned on the road ahead. Cheers! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rocking the white - Leslie style!

I think the post I am getting ready to do tonight is a first for me!  I have had the pleasure of interviewing celebs and posting those on other sites, but I have never featured anyone in my personal blog on this page.  Now, this lady I am featuring tonight is not a celebrity, but I truly think she should be.  This was my first time meeting her and she has an absolute sweet spirit and her awesome style is second to none.  

So, why did I wait so long to do this type of feature?  Well, believe it or not, I do have a bit of a shy side.  Those of you who know me are probably laughing at that statement and saying she doesn't have a shy bone in her body.  But when it comes to this blog, I am so open and weird and honest.  I mean really, it was only a few months ago we were talking about my goddess getting "sugared" instead of waxing (which I had never tried out of fear).  

Well, can't really segway out of that so I'll just continue.  Saturday, a wonderful friend of mine had a launch party.  It was simply beautiful and and I was able to meet some wonderful people.  Now, just in case you were wondering, I'm observant when it comes to clothes because I love things that catch my eye, both positively and negatively.  However, on Saturday, this fabulous lady struck me with her boldness and her desire for fashion and it was amazing.  Immediately, I thought I had to have her in my blog and then I thought, she is breaking all the rules and looking gorgeous while doing it.

Meet the fabulous Leslie!  First of all, let's just start out by saluting the beautiful hair and makeup.  However, I really want to quickly draw your attention to the outfit!  Let's break this thing down.  Because this skirt gave me life, I have to start there first.  The skirt is white.  Now, many moons ago, I was watching an unremembered TV show and the lady on there said, "plus size women should not wear white bottoms".  First of all, I wasn't to go through the TV and ask her who gave her permission to say that, but then I thought, well maybe I am too big to wear white.  But this skirt on Leslie is just too amazing!  As you can see, it is a great length, stopping just above the knee.  Then, the texture just set it off.  Seriously, this skirt was just like BOOM because it is gorgeous and it broke the plus size rule.  But aren't rules make to be broken?  Just in case you were wondering, the skirt is from Macy's.  I had never thought about shopping at Macy's, I do believe that Leslie has changed my mind.  Let's move on to the top.  

Ok, so real talk, I am not down with floral prints like this for two reasons.  1 - there is a hint of purple and 2 - it is too many colors in one area for me.  Now, I know I am a colorful person, but I like to be in charge of the color selection.  In other words, I would rather have my bottoms and tops 2 different colors than having 3 different colors in one top.  That fact is totally different for dresses though.  I know I just probably confused you, but I digress.  Back to this top.  The white area in front flows perfectly down to the skirt.  That along made a beautiful symmetry to the outfit. The top is also long enough to cover our plus problems, but yet it is short enough to show off Leslie's gorgeous figure.  The denim jacket just adds that extra umph that this outfit is screaming.  The length is perfect for Leslie's shape and the arm length is perfect for night when there is a bit of chill in the air.  My favorite part about this jacket is that it is not a dark denim jacket.  This light blue matches perfectly.  I think if this would have been a dark blue, it would have been better with darker bottoms.  The floral print top and the denim jacket are both from Lane Bryant.  

Last, but certainly not least, let's talk about those shoes.  The color is a burgundy color with a metallic toe.  Some of you may think this does not match (and you can have that opinion), but I totally think this works.  It adds a contract to an outfit that is already bright.  That darker color in the shoes brings out the darker color in the floral top.  The metallic tip is the perfect pop of bling.  

Now, I don't know if you can see it clearly, but on Leslie's left arm, there is a gorgeous pink bracelet.  What got my attention about this is that I have one, just in a light pink.  

That's Leslie's outfit in a nutshell!  How beautiful does she look?  When I saw her, I knew she had to be featured and I am so glad that she allowed me to use her beauty to be part of my blog.  Feel free to leave your comments for this beautiful woman! 

So, if you see another person or outfit, you would like for me to feature, contact me on via social media (info at the top of the site).  I cannot wait to hear from you beautiful people!    

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The shaming meals

I'm in one of my semi-hostile moods right now.  Not because someone in particular has done anything to me, but I feel some type of way on behalf of my other plus beauties.  I don't know what it is lately or maybe I am just paying closer attention, but the body shaming has been really bad here recently and I've also heard some negative things about how we eat.  

Let's start with this body shaming thing - sit down and shut up!!!  We were not all created to look alike, whether it be big or small.  Admit it, you would get bored if you saw the same body type all day every single day.  Even the married men I work with will tell you I'm married, not blind.  I love working around men because they are so honest and they also think I'm not listening.  One of them is a boob man, one is an ass man, one said he cannot stand females without meat on their bones, and the other ones try to be so secretive that I have to play detective to get stuff out of them.  However, I love being around them because they make life interesting...and they also prove that there is room for all body types!!!  

I think I hate the body shaming of Kelly Clarkson the most because she is absolutely gorgeous, is rocking her post baby body, and seems to be enjoying life.  The people talking about her have no clue about her life and need to have several seats.  Yes, I am a Clarkson fan and I cannot stand hearing people talk badly about her weight.  For some of you this next statement is going to be breaking news, but not everyone loses their baby weight.  However, there are some people that have abs during the eighth month of their pregnancy.  
Sarah Stage is a model and she caused quite a buzz on the Internet because of her toned body during her pregnancy.  I got tired of people talking about her too and her (then) unborn child.  From all indications that she gave, she was healthy and her baby was healthy.  People that knew nothing about her or her body started talking and it was just absolutely ridiculous.  

Now, some of you are probably wondering why I talked about Kelly Clarkson and Sarah Stage in the same blog.  Some of you are probably wondering why I even mentioned Stage in a "plus size" blog.  Well, here is your answer - big or small, body shaming is body shaming.  It just absolutely should not happen.  Also, you should know by now that I love to give shoutouts to our smaller pals because not all of them look at us plus divas like we are worthless because we are the size we are.  

Alright, on to the next topic.  

I went out to eat for lunch earlier this week and today I finished my meal.  I seriously ate of that lunch portion for 3 meals.  Here is the thing people, just because I am the size I am doesn't mean that I don't take care of myself.  Do I have cheat days?  Of course. Cinco de Mayo was this week and my wonderful Mexican friend made a delicious supper and I just couldn't resist!!!  On the other hand, tonight, I made cauliflower pizza and I absolutely loved it.  I can tell you proudly that I have maintained my current weight for 7 months.  Honestly, I think maintaining a weight is harder than losing weight.  Remember, this is my blog so this is my opinion.  I have been trying to decide if I want to lose more weight to read my goal weight or do I just want to maintain because I reached my goal jean size.  Decisions, right?  

Here is the deal...I eat what I want, just less of it.  I have learned the art of portion control.  When I go out to eat, I usually order an appetizer and that fills me up.  When I order a mean, I usually get 2 meals (maybe 3) out of the deal.  

No matter your size, it's important to take care of yourself.  That's truly all that really matters.  So what can we take away from this?  Chill with the body shaming and have eat what is right for you.  You know your body best.