The Je ne sais quoi

A Guide To A Stylish Plus Size Life

Dress c/o- Simply Be, Shoes  | Bag | Sunnies 

Does anyone else think that summer has flown by? Since beating the heat and still looking put together are my main priorities these days it's been so easy to put on a dress and go. When Simply Be asked me to partner with them to pick out my favorite maxi dress I was drawn to this beautiful kelly green number. Easy to dress up or down, this is the perfect dress to put on for any occasion.  Of course my favorite detail is the off the shoulder action (lolol).

Below I've linked up several of my favorite maxi dresses from Simply Be. They have so many beautiful options for every occasion. I am a little obsessed with several of the floral print ones. What have y'all been wearing this summer? Do you feel like you blinked and it's flown by?

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* Thank you for partnering with my Simply Be!

Earlier this month I had the extreme pleasure of being invited to explore Philadelphia with Catherine's. Since I've never been to been to Philly I jumped all over the chance to go and spend some time with my Catherine's Family. This time I was joined by two more bloggers, my boo Sandra from La Pecosa Preciosa and Alex from the You Tube channel Learning To Be Fearless. Getting to spend time with other bloggers is always so much fun for me!

We stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, which was so plush, in the heart of Old City Philadelphia. Old City is home to so many historical sights including Penn Landing, Independence Mall and the Historic Museum. It was so cool to see so many of these places!

We also visited the famous "Rocky Steps" on the Philadelphia Museum of Arts and they are no joke! Getting a chance to run up and down the steps was hilarious and quite a workout (currently looking for good steps in Birmingham to recreate this workout). We had a ton of fun reenacting the iconic scene from one of my favorite movies. After that we explored the majestic artistry of South Street and the Magic Gardens. They are unlike anything I've ever seen! I am totally obsessed with the area.

The highlight of my trip was getting to go to the Roots Picnic! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love live music. The Roots Picnic was high atop my list of festivals I wanted to go to, and this did not disappoint. Seeing Solange live and in person was life changing, and I do mean life changing. She is pure artistry in motion and the images of her preforming will forever be in my mind. Watching Pharrell perform with the Roots was pretty epic as well.

One thing that Philly definitely has is epic food. We ate at so many amazing places, including my personal favorites, Buddakan and Butcher & Singer.  Getting a chance to have an official Philly cheesecake and water ice were the perfect ending to a great weekend. Eating in Philly is definitely a main attraction!

The entire weekend I wore so many amazing looks from Catherine's that fit right into the exploration of Philly. My looks were comfortable and fashionable. I am still completely obsessed with the green maxi dress and printed pants. Oh and the workout pants are the best workout pants I've ever worn, seriously. The waist band is thick, the cotton is soft and I walked three miles in them and didn't have to pull them up once! Catherine's fit is generous, I am a 22/24 in most clothes and I wear a 1x to 2x in Catherine's. Most of my dresses were a 1x with the exception of the white lace off the shoulder dress. I could have gone with the 1x, but I didn't want it to be too tight. You can head to the Catherine's site to check out all of the looks I wore on the trip 

Have any of you ever been to Philly? Did you love it? I am planning to back soon!

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Thank you to Catherine's for partnering with me on this post and inviting me to explore Philly! 

Jacket & Pants  C/O Roaman's Fashion; Top, Shoes , Sunnies-(Similar)

Lately the only constant thing I've been experiencing in life is change. That's right my lovely readers I have spent the first part of early summer being caught up in the winds of change. From wanting to change things to trying to figure out how to change things, to not being swept up in involuntary changes. Every year as it nears my birthday I kinda shut down and figure out how I can be better for my next year of life. I wanted to take a tv timeout clear my head to figure it out. I have no desire to keep carrying things with me from year to year without taking the time to evaluate what needs to be fixed.

Have you ever been there? Feeling the brunt of being caught between self- imposed changes and forced changes. I wanted to share a few of my tips for figure out and dealing with change: 

  • Make a list of what needs changing - List always help me identify the problems/changes that need to happen. 
  • Take a t.v. time out - Rest and relaxation are key needs in enacting change in your life. No good changes ever come out of being frazzled. 
  • Try a tiny superficial change- Maybe it's your hair, eyebrows, nail color or style that needs some updating. I am currently experimenting lots with my hair so that's been distracting me. 
  • Think of your overall goals - Always keep in mind what you want out of life, make sure your changes are going to continue to get your there. 
I hope this helps someone going through changes or caught up in the midst of change. I know it's hard sometimes, but often we don't even realize how necessary change is. 

What about you my dear readers? How do you deal with change? How do you cope? Do you find change difficult? 

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Blazer | Pants | Shoes | Sunglasses

Have you ever had an outfit make to make you feel like a boss? Like a bonafide boss? Well this one made me feel like the biggest boss ever! It was love at first sight when this suit dropped on Eloquii! Who wouldn't be obsessed with a ruffled sleeve blazer!!! Sorry don't mean to yell, but this is the type of fashion that really gets me excited. The ruffles on this blazer are the perfect detail to take an item from a basic piece to a piece of art.

When I put this on I felt like a street style star on the way to a show in Paris, or like I could conquer the deal when I walked into the boardroom. The blazer is also super easy to mix and match with jeans. Sigh... Would y'all noticed if I wore this everyday? Okay I guess you would. As far as fit goes, I got a 20 in the jacket and a 22 in the pants which are my normal Eloquii sizes.

This suit has been sitting in my closet waiting for them to get it back in, but it's still a waitlisted item. But I can't say enough that if you're interested get on the waitlist. I love that Eloquii restocks items that are in high demand.

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