In all Seriousness
My life has been a tad bit complicated…nothing that I can ever seem to eloquently express.
I, as many people, paint a smile in my face to deal with the day to day. The more I do this I trick myself into thinking…hoping…praying all will be ok.
There are days when anguish covers me and im internally fighting. I OFTEN Laugh to keep from crying.
BOTTOM LINE is that I used to feel bad about feeling my feelings…and very much ashamed to express them. People who don’t know me know me think I have it all together…people whom I allow myself voluranabilty…know that I’m constantly… trying to mend myself.
They think they know all that is there to know, but I find it hard to express my full self. To know what to disclose and what is not worth it…because they wouldn’t understand anyway…right?
These things make you feel crazy!
How dare I struggle with anxiety and stress and OCD AND procrastination/Laziness? And Stephanie…if you know these things are your “issues” …why don’t you just fix them?
Girl..you have a job…your own home…a car…food to eat (sometimes…too much!)
I dont write these words for sympathy…I write these words AS THERAPY…and so my sisters out here know you are not alone!
This is my answer to all the “if you ever need to talk girl!!” End of fluffy conversations that a lot of us clichely add when we depart.
So If you you want to talk…comment below. I’m here with you sis…..NOW!
Stay Luxe…while plus.. and Live Life!
Hey Luxe Babes!
September 23rd was the first day of Autumn and in Atlanta we have lows of 63 degrees and highs of 94 IN THE SAME DAY!!!! (Insert hand clap emojis!) So I know some of you ladies and gents are prepping for Fall, but still feeling the heat! This wont be a super long post, but I want to show you 3 Fall transition dresses from BOOHOO that are GREAT for this warm “Fall” weather, and will having you look the part AND still be weather appropriate!
My First look is this Versace print inspired Chain Printed Shirt Dress ! It is such a Hot Girl Fall look…its both Edgy and Glam and I LOVE IT!!! This shirt dress could easily wear it as a topper for a pair of Leather leggings or even a pair of wide-leg trousers or jeans! Add a tank top or even a belt to complete the look! I Love a piece you can wear Multiple ways! (If you want me to style this more ways, comment below! I Paired it with a pair of Red Vince Camuto Healed sandals (QVC I think…) and a Red Ralph Lauren Cross body (Marshalls)!
The Second look is a nod to Parisian fashion, and this just happens too be Paris Fashion week! I can totally see me walking the streets of Paris, looking for the next spot to eat a buttery Croissant! LOL! So, This ruffled wrap dress is in a super cute forest green and has white polka dots! Its called the Spotty Wrap Skater Dress), and INDEED it shows a little leg! I paired this dress with a Italian Bag from Marshalls. A Golden Yellow Beret from JustFAB ( <<Click here for a discount on your first order) I also wore a cute pair of White Loafers from Poshmark! I love the Mood this look gives and its comfortable and easy! When it cools down, pair this look with a pair if Tan or brown over the knee boots and maybe a Tan poncho or a classic trench!
The 3rd look was this SUPER pretty and feminine Floral Satin ruffle wrap dress! I felt amazing in this dress! I always suggest having a go-to wrap style dress for every season! You WONT be dissapointed! This dress hit my curves in just the right way. I Paired this dress with a pair of SUPER CUTE White booties from :::GASP::: Walmart Time @ True! Walmart is KILLING the Fashion game lately! I think I will find a dope pair of Earth-toned snake-print boots and a leather jacket to pull this look together for colder weather!
Thank You for stopping by today! What was your favorite dress from BooHoo? Comment below!
I think I honestly cant decide! Each on has such a different vibe!
And as always! Stay Beautifully You!
Photographer: Russell Gilliam from Ingenious Images (He’s Awesome! Check him out!
Hello Luxe Babes!
I want to stop in because I never got a chance to share on of my favorite blazer from LOFT! Its is a Navy double breasted blazer that feels so nice on the body. It is sold out, unfortunately, but there is another one in a gorgeous Glen Plaid that is on my list! Ill link it HERE! Let me know if your like these quick “How I Styled” Post? Comment Below!
I Styles it with a tunic-length top from Target. Its the perfect Peek-a-boo length and gives that preppy feel I like!
I wanted to show case a structured DKNY tote to edge it up a bit (linked a Similar style). A statement handbag is in huge demand this Fall, but it dose not have to break the budget! Purchase what best suits your budget…just take a look at whats trending and be inspired by that look. The DKNY Logo on a tote bag gives the perfect balance of Sporty and chic! I also added simple pair of Heals from Just Fab. Classic pumps are ALWAYS in style! Being CLASSIC is always in style too! Don’t let Fast-Fashion tell you otherwise!
As far as small accessories, I added a pair of Sunnies from and a Fabric knotted headband from Target! Statement headbands are POPPING for the fall! The bulkier the better with this trend! Also explore fancy and funky hair clips and pins! Be creative!
I also showed a Flat option with the Rumi Mule in a luxe silk-spun Marigold fabric from Sam Edeman! A statement flat will substitute those times where heals are not an option. Add a pop of color or chose a few pair with over-the-top embellishments such as feathers, fur or rhinestones! Make a statement hunny!!!
Thank you dolls for checking out my quick outfit post! I LOVE a good Blazer for the Fall! I even look forward to doing some thrifting for some menswear blazers! Thank GOD i’m in a new building that isn’t always hot, so I feel comfortable layering with some of the chic Blazers in my collection. I will be mixing in affordable fashion with whats in my closet…NO CLOTHES LEFT BEHIND!! Love You Dolls! :-*
Photographer: Russell Gilliam of Ingenious Images
Hello Dolls and Gents!!
So! Those who know me, or have scrolled through my Instagram, knows that I have a mild obsession with leopard print! Its funny, I always pick on my girl Rhonda (from www.LifeByRhonda.com ) about her obsession with this print, but secretly I’m celebrating the fact that I have a friend who knows that this print is CLASSIC AND WILL NEVER DIE!!! :::insert hand clapping emogies ::: LOL!
Anyway! I was in Walmart making a quick purchase before work…and when I mean quick, I mean I was going to be late for work if it took more then 10 mins! As I dashed through the store to grab my item, in the corner of my eye…I saw a dress! I was like OK WALLY WORLD! THIS WILL BE A LOOK!! Dammit Stephanie!!! Focus!! I had to go!
Long story short: I went to Walmart after I got off that night and thank God they had my Size! It was late….so all I needed it to do is Fit! Its Did and now here to show you about this dress!
The Dress is from Time and Tru and is in the iconic leopard print! It has a peasant Boho feel and is super transitional! You can wear this dress now into winter with no problem! So great fro warm days and cool nights!! Let me shut up and show you the dress!!!
I immediately knew i wanted a Rocker Chic vibe when styling this dress! I paired the dress with the “Jenna” Studded bootie from JustFab, my Suede Fringe bag from Vince Camuto and a simple quilted watch I picked up from Burlington (Listen… I needed a watch I could wear to work and I wouldn’t hurt anyone if it got damaged…IJS) Oh! And bog ole round shades! I have no idea where they are from…Im Assuming Target…cause I have officially forwarded my mail there…lmao! #PostOfficeDeclined
I love pairing a studded bootie to toughen up a look! It just compliments the leopard print…and the fringe gives it a rock star vibe! A Leather Moto jacket would look BOMB with this look in the colder months! Add some tights and some knee-high or combat boots would look perfect!
To soften the look…add a feminine cross-body bag or a tote, a pair a fabric-upper pair of Over-the-knee/Thigh High boots and a long, soft Tan Cardigan!
If you guys want me to do a look-book on ways to style this dress, let me know in the comments below!
Thank you guys for checking out my new favorite dress! LOL! It’s super versatile and makes an awesome transitional piece for this Fall! I always tell people not to sleep on Walmart! They often have some cute stuff, specially the Time and Tru Line & Terra and Sky! Oh! I purchased a size XXL and I wear a size 18/20 in Plus. This dress didn’t come in plus, but this definitely shows how somethings you just need to try things on! I will say, if you wear a bra larger then a 40H…Issa no for you dawg! LOL! And my arms barely made the cut! Another fact is..I look better then the Model! The right body and accessories make an outfit hunni!!
Till next time Luxe Babes and Gents!
Hey Luxe Babes! I wanted to pop on the Blog and show you 3 great Denim options from Royalty For Me! The one think they have in common is they all have “Ankle” (Or Hem if you rather) detail! I really don’t want to ramble, So lets get to it!
WOMEN PLUS SIZE ANKLET WITH SIDE LEG ZIPPER
This, By Far was my favorite pair! It the rise was perfect, it had a built in Tummy Control Panel and zipper detail at the ankle! I paired it with that Boohoo Satin Animal print oversized blouse (Which should should be familiar…if not imma need you to check out my previous blog post!) and a pair of fuchsia linen mules from JustFab! This look is perfect for hanging out with the girls and grabbing a bite to eat…and still look chic!
The hem on these jeans are are super edgy and cute! I caution you, these have a lower rise, so make sure your ok with that before ordering! I Paired them with a Tee Shirt from Je T’aime Tee shirt and a Super cute pair of white woven Mules from….wait or it…Walmart! The Linen tie blazer if from Lane Bryant (Purchased at Marshalls for a STEAL! last summer!) and that cute Dasein Patent Faux Leather Barrel Satchel w/ Shoulder Strap that I purchased from Evine Live!
Ok…these have a classic cuff look in a medium rinse. It has mild distressing, which I Love. The Cuff is adjustable, which means you can adjust to whatever look you want…even a straight leg! I paired this look with my “Honey” Tee from Shien and my Lauren Conrad slides Past season from Kohls and that straw bag from walmart. My hair is tied up in a curly messy pony with a colorful scarf that was gifted to me years go, some gold hoops and my famous sunnies (That i wear ALL THE TIME!! so if a sunglass company wants to sponsor me…lets do this!!! LOL!)
Thank you Babes for stopping by! I hope you like my Royalty for Me Picks this month! If you want to see more looks that I have done with them, head over to my Instagram @LuxePlusLifeBlog If you liked any of these styles, please head on over to Royalty For Me’s website, and use the codeh RFM25 to save 25% off your order! (This excludes the $19.99 and under selection)
Till next time dolls!
Well Hello Luxe Babes!
I wanted to drop a few looks for you guys since Valentine’s day is just around the corner! I cented the looks around a closet staple we all have (Or should have…wink Wink!), the Little Black dress! I will refer to this as the “LBD” through out this post So I’m not going to smother you with my witty commentary hugs and my sarcastic kisses Although…I know you like it…lol…Lets get to it! Oh!! And there is a surprise at the end of this post…so keep reading!
First Off…lets talk about this LBD!
The LBD…or shall I say LBS (Little Black Slip) is from Sonsee! They are an awesome company that has mastered the art of comfortable shapewear. They have a vas selection or under garments to suit your everyday needs. I’m even wearing their shapewear under this dress! Lets get back to the dress! Here is a description from the Site:
“A must-have wardrobe essential. This long sleeve slip is made to support your body and every curve with stretch fabric that’s flattering and comfortable…but lightweight fabric that won’t overheat. If you’re a traveller, or need something that works in every climate, make this slip your new best friend. Pair it with tights of any denier, boots or sandals.”
So here is me (A real Body…) in the Slip/dress! I am not what is deemed by society the perfect Plus Size body. I have plenty of roles and a tummy! I do have on the light Shapewear from Sonsee as well. And YES, and there are still some rolls left! BUT this keeps me from “Jiggling” as I move throughout my day! And it’s super Comfy! I’ll also post a pic of those below. Sonsee has everything from Hosery to Day-Bras to Shapewear! Check them out!
Running Morning Errands Cuteness!
Its Valentines Day morning…you have to take the kids to school, run a few errands or just want to run out to grab some coffee. I got you boo! An yes, your LBD can come along for the ride! I decided to layer this look by adding an oversized xersion Long-sleeve Tee that I knotted in the front to take away some of the volume. I topped that off with a dope Camo jacket from JustFab . I accessorized with my Go-to Adidas and my Arcadia Tote.
Casual Lunch with the Girls (Or that guy…)!
So you and the girls decided to go out for lunch (Or your Boo, or just you…Hunni…I don’t know your life!lol!) and you want a casual look that says “Im Edgy but i have a girly romantic side too”. This look will do the trick. Same LBD, I paired it with a pair of sneakers (Sold Out, bur here is a similar pair) from Justfab. The jacket if from Kate and Mallory from Evine (I linked an alternative, since this style is sold out as well!). The Clear CrossBody bag is from JustFab! The inside is a cute clutch I had from awhile back, but if you want to keep your contents hidden (Which I suggest…), I would use cure Makeup bags or clutches that compliment the look your rocking to hold your contents.
I had to bring you a sophisticated look for you guys! I Paired our LBD with a Chic Gray Kimono Sweater from Target (Click HERE for an alternative! I Just bought this a month ago, you might still be able to find it in stores). The Shoes and the clutch are from Just Fab (Alternatives Linked). You will feel put together and chic for your dinner date…and the subtle pops of blush will add just the right touch or romance!
Ok Luxe Babes! Are you ready for a Coupon code!!! I See you Lookin like Yaaaassss!!!
Sonsee* was generous enough to give me a $20.00 off coupon code! YES! $20 off you entire purchase! THAT’S A STILL PEOPLE!! Use the code “LUXE20″ and go an purchase the most comfortable Intimates that are out there! You will feel amazing! CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING!!!
Comment below and let me know which V-Day look was your Favorite! Remember that you don’t need a Beau… Just DRESS FOR YOU!!
Till Next Time Luxe Babes!
*(Note, this is not a sponsored post, Sonsee was generous to give me a coupon code upon request! Thank you again to Sonsee for your generosity!)
Hi Luxe Babes!
I wanted to share with you a new staple in your wardrobe! They are a pair of Faux Leather Leggings from DivaLux Boutique! These Faux- Leather leggings are such a versatile piece that can take you from a super casual day of running errands, shopping and brunch for those Christmas gifts or a Festive Holiday party! So I’m not going to waist any of your time, and show you 3 ways to wear these leggings that will have your comfortable and ready for the holidays! make sure you read to the end so you can score a sweet Holiday treat!
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…Run Errands While we SLAY!!!!
Pair your Faux- Leather leggings with your Favorite hoodie, sneakers and top off with a Luxe looking coat for a effortless athleisure look! I chose my go-to Adidas Hoodie and sneakers. Topped it off with my Lane Bryant coat (Past season…but here’s a pretty alternative!) and a sophisticated “For Business or For Pleasure” bag from ShoeDazzle!
The weather outside is frightful, But Shopping and Brunch is soooo Delightful!
Weather your wrapping up your holiday shopping or having brunch with the girls, these leggings will keep you comfortable and ready for a long day in these streets! I paired them with a pair of Comfort View Flat Over-The Knee Boots, a black tank top and a super Soft Cardigan from Marshall’s! This look was topped off with a gray Jeweled Beret (Borrowed from my girl Rhonda <<<Follow Her! She’s Awesome!!) and same bag! They were the perfect additions to complete this look!
I really CAN SLAY!! Baby It’s cold outside!
Holiday parties are almost inevitable! Don’t want to wear a dress? I got you boo! Pair….yeah you guessed it…the same Faux-Leather leggings with a cute top and some fancy heals or boots for a sleek, sophisticated look! Toss that Diva coat over your shoulders and let the party begin! (Pssstttt!! Top was a past season find from Exquisit Pink Boutique , here is s similar Dress/TOP AND you can save 15% off your purchase with the Code “Lux”) The Green Velvet Bryce Glam Platform are surprisingly past Season BUT THEY BROUGHT THEM BACK FOR THIS SEASON!!! I was Shooketh! LOL! The Lane Bryant coat topped it off!! And the shoes! (Yeah…I have a lot of stuff in my closet Dolls….but you already know that! LOL!
So from errand running realness to Holiday party Slays, these fabulous legging have you covered! Please don’t forget to check out DivaLux for all your DIVA Needs! Visit their site and use a special coupon code “LuxePlus10” and save 10% off your purchase!! SCORE!!! They have lots of pretty dress options for the holidays (And everyday….) as well as separates and accessories!
Meet me in the comments below and tell me what’s your favorite look!!!
Till next time Luxe Babes!
Hi Luxe Babes!
One of Fall’s Biggest trends is plaid! Now…I will say that I am not surprised! In the south, we are certainly not a stranger to this print! It’s a fall staple and I love how this print can be dressed up and down! Note: I wanted to do a office look, but I didn’t bring the correct shoes to the shoot, So it ended up being more of a casual Friday look! BUT you will see that look at a later date! If you follow my Instagram, I posted a Metallic skirt by GAP that I’m so in love with, and I plan to style it with this plaid!
The Shirt I chose to use is a Soft Yoke neckline Plaid top by Max Studio. I purchased this from Marshalls 2 Seasons ago, but usually you can find a variation of this shirt every year. It has rolled-Tab sleeves which allows it to be a super transitional piece. It runs between $19.99 to $29.99 at Marshalls. Of course, you can use any regular shmegular plaid top of your choice to complete these looks!
Look #1: Urban Chic
The first look I ended up doing was a Urban Chic look, which is simple, yet a younger approach. I Pulled my hair up in a youthful half-Up/Half-Down look. I Tied up the top at the waist and paired it with a very distressed pair of skinny jeans (Random pair from ROSS) and a clean Lace-up pair of Suede wedges (Click here for a Similar pair) I love this look because its not doing too much ans the Tan color of the booties gives me that “Tims” vibe!
Look #2: Bonfire Cozy
Ok…this look was my favorite look of them! This look screams southern girl ready for spiked Hot Chocolate and smores by a bonfire! I let my hair loose so it could literally Blow in the fall wind! I unrolled the sleeves and Layered over a Faux Sherpa Vest from Target (Past Season). I chose a medium Blue pair of denim by the brand Curve Appeal I Purchased at Marshall’s, But I Got yall! I found them in HSN for $19.99! Click Here to purchase?! The boots are past Season too…But they are from JustFab, I Found a Wide-Calf pair that are similar, but there are many variations for this outdoorsy boot! (Click Here)
Look #3: Casual Friday
This look, with the same jeans from the 2nd look, I tucked in this shirt and layered this awesome Faux Suede Drape coat from JustFab! It’s very Chic and fairly warm! It has stretch in the fabric (Similar to a heavier scuba weight) so Its very comfy when layering! I HATE wearing coats in the winter because I feel constricted, but this overcoat is very easy to wear! The Boots….THE BOOTS!!! They were purchases on QVC (I Believe) but I found them here on google for your purchasing pleasure! They are in the color “Deep Sugar Plum” and are a pretty Suede with fringe detail to die for! AND they come in Wide Width!!! Whaaaaattt!?!?!? They feel luxe on your feet hunny! The Bag is Italian and was purchased from Marshall’s.
Well, that’s it for now! Im super excited it is FINALLY starting to feel like fall here in Georgia! The temperature is dropping and nights are definitely cooler! What was your Favorite Outfit? Is Plaid a staple in your Fall wardrobe? Comment below!
Till next time Luxe Babes!
Photo Credit: Russell Gilliam of www.ingeniousImages.com
Hey Luxe Babes!
I wanted to share with you a couple of items that I purchased from from Rainbow Apparel, as well as 3 tips on how to choose what to order! I will be honest…I have for a long time, ruled out Rainbow because I felt that the clothing was basically disposable clothing, which tends not to look good on what I call a “Perfect Plus Size” Body Types.
Let me explain. I feel like if you are not a “Perfect Plus” size person, its hard not to look sloppy in clothing. I define “Perfect Plus” as someone who has a smooth curvy frame, most of the time your an hourglass in shape. This person has very few prominent rolls, lumps and bumps. Now I AM IN NO WAY SAYING what I call a “Perfect Plus” frame is better then, well, any other frame. I coined that phrase/description for the average model that you see in Ads and on websites. Sadly…a lot of fit models are that perfect plus shape as well, and thats IF that brand even has a Fit Model! I know i’m still going to get some backlash about using the term “Perfect” but…well…ummmm…FIGHT ME! lol!
Anywho!!!! Let’s get back to the point. Rainbow came through for your sis!! I ordered only 3 items (Ya girl is on a tight budget!) and 2 out of 3 were perfect! Not Bad huh?
BONUS TIP RIGHT OFF THE RIP!!!
Know the difference between JUNIOR PLUS and REGULAR Plus BEFORE Before you even start adding to the cart! I would definitely say the Rainbow leans more to Junior Plus…SO Size Up babes!!
Ok… (Steps off of soap box…) LegGO!
Tip 1: Try to choose a great basic!
If you purchase a pair of cheaper denim, in a lot of cases, the more distressing, whickering, embellishments it had, the cheaper it look! Now, I will say, Rainbow has some super cute distressed Jeans, but PLEASE, I beg of you, be carefull! I got a basic pair of jeans that I have already got sooooooo much use out of! They fit so well (Size 20) and I like the medium weight of them. They are made by Almost Famous ($22.99). They have just enough stretch to accommodate my fluffy waist as well as my very curvy thighs and legs. The length is perfect for a simple small roll of the cuff to show off a sandal or a bootie or you can wear it full length. The color is a medium Blue with a flattering grained denim finish (Makes them look more Luxe) and does not have a whole lot of unnecessary over-the-top shading and whiskering! Ill create another post talking about what I look for in jeans…but there are my new favorite Jean!
Tip #2: Pay Attention to Fabric.
The 2nd Item I purchased was this super cute cotton wrap top! I purchased a Size 3x because my upper arms are usually a trouble area to fit, and I felt like I could always tighten the wrap feature. I’m so glad I did because it was a perfect fit (With no room for error! LOL!)! I feel like because this was a cotton fabric, it looked and felt more expensive then it was. Some polyester fabrics tend to look a little cheezy, specially if its that shiny poly! SO please pay attention to Finishes of the fabric. Read the description and zoom in honey!!
A Few Full Body Photos! (Shoes: Vince Camuto)Tip #3: Know that everything might not work!The 3rd item I ordered is this cute Duster! I saw another Youtuber (Shainna from A Thick Girls Closet! Subscribe to her, shes awesome!). She looked super cute in it! But she is smaller in her arm region, that’s why I Sized up (Purchased a 3x). NOPE! Did Not work! So ill just either sell it (Its sold out online) Or hold on to it to see if I could fit in in at a later date. I’m SO trying not to do that because I am a “Ill get into it soon” hoarder! LOL! but I’ll insert a stock photo of it. Its too cute!Understand that shopping online can be a gamble sometimes BUT if you only shop brick and Mortar (Whats in stores) you are seriously limiting your self!Don’t say I didn’t tell you… Momma told you…(Insert Cardi. B Child Meme)I Hope these 3 tips (Specially the Bonus tip) help you navigate and choose wisely pertaining Rainbows Plus Size section. Of course you can ventur in store to shop, but I will say online carries a Waaaaayyyyy more vast Plus Size collection! When you get a good feel about sizing and material that a site carries, you will feel better about taking more shopping risks the 2nd or 3rd time around! You can use these tips at any other lower priced retailer! Let me know what you think about the items I chose! Should I do another Rainbow Haul?? I would love to hear your thoughts so comment below!Till Next Time Luxe Babes!xoxo~StephaniePhoto Credit: Russell Gilliam of Ingenious Images Photography
Hi loves! Just a quick check in! Life is super busy and im tring to drum up some great new content fot you! In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my last Try-on haul from New York and Company! I tried some streight sized and plus size options for us! New York and Company Plus Size Try-on Haul! Till next time Luxe Dolls! Xoxo???? -Stephanie