Monday, July 31, 2017

My Picks from ASOS Plus Men

If you think shopping as a plus size woman is difficult, you should see how hard it is for guys to find the goods. You run into the typical problems: either you find pieces that work but they are out of our price range or you find affordable pieces but there simply aren't enough (or any left of) big guy pieces.

As a woman who is currently dating a burly (and quite surly) man who enjoys looking dapper, I get to witness the frustration whenever we go shopping, so I feel y'all dudes.

So, this past February when ASOS dropped their like for kingsize dudes, we all had a reason to rejoice. And the British shopping site is showing no sign of slowing down, with trendy and classic pieces all tailored to fit bigger guys without breaking bank.

And its pretty good stuff in my opinion! I mean, come on y'all, do you see this out fit over there?! Let me tell you something; let Earl show up on a date looking like this and I absolutely might fall apart (in the best way possible).

So here are my picks from ASOS' highly acclaimed plus men's line.

My Picks from ASOS Plus Men

ASOS mens slim fit jeans
$39 -

ASOS mens tall jacket
$79 -

ASOS tall mens clothing
$140 -

ASOS tall mens clothing
$98 -

ASOS mens tall shirt
$21 -

Like this? Let me know. Drop a comment below!

Also, stay locked to the blog because next week, I am dropping all the coolest places to get affordable plus size guys fashion without breaking bank.

Reclaimed Readables, July 31st

Happy Monday good people!

Let's wrap up July with this week's #ManCrushMonday featuring ways to stay stylish in the swampiest month of the year, a quick guide to summer fabrics, the sordid history of your favorite sunglasses, why its hard to find stylish clothes for big guys, the state of plus size menswear, and grooming products you'll actually want to use.

GQ: Mastering the non sweaty style
He Spoke Style: Summer fabrics, the history of Aviator sunglasses 
Put This On: Why its hard to find big and tall clothes
Chubstr: The state of plus size menswear
Menswear Style: Grooming products you actually need

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Non-Traditional Beauty Rocks (a.k.a. how Amber Rose just proved she's not a feminist)
You guys know I don't typically talk a lot about celebrities here, however, this one deserved a mention for so many reasons.

In a recent interview with former rapper N.O.R.E. on Revolt's "Drink Champs", supposed feminist Amber Rose, (I guess in probable a bid to attempt to remain relevant in a world that often forgets she exists), proceeded to tell an entire room of what appears to be sloshy drunk men that she grew up in a city where people "aren’t traditionally attractive ."

I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, trying to see if I may have read the quote wrong or if someone was trying to sensationalize it to say something she didn't mean. So I listened to the interview (as much of it as I could anyway before becoming grossed out) and, yes, she did say what she said (insert face-palm here).

I was going to include the video here in the post, but due to it's overwhelming sleaziness, I deemed it unfit for permanent placement here in our little happy place.

According to, Rose said
“I don’t know how I can say this without sounding [expletive] up, but a lot of the people where I’m from aren’t traditionally attractive people...For me, being blessed with beauty, as beautiful women know, is a blessing and a curse. To grow up in such an area and be blessed with beauty, it was very difficult for me.”

First and foremost, HUH? Really, Amber? As a fellow Philadelphian, I would be insulted if her words really mattered. In truth, the only reason why I am even tapping away at my laptop keys about her is that she is supposed to be a feminist. Now, whatever you think about feminism, one thing we can all agree upon is that feminism is supposed to uplift women, bring women together, encourage and empower women.

Comments like this are so incredibly offensive to the movement, its laughable. How dare she even claim to be a "liberated feminist" and in the same breath call any group of women unattractive, (especially those from her own home city). To be honest, there aren't too many things more anti-feminist than that. It makes us need to take a second look at that whole Slut Walk as nothing but nude promoted publicity stunt.

Secondly, oh poor you, Amber Rose. Poor you to be "blessed with beauty" that you have to attack the demographic that probably wasn't the one making you feel this way: women. I can see how if guys were constantly berating you while you walked down the street or home or to work, how that might be the reason being "blessed with beauty" might feel like a curse (after all, who wants to be verbally berated while they go grocery shopping or run to the post office?)

However, turning what would be a valid and worthy discussion of rape culture and misogyny to a commentary on the appearances of an entire neighborhood of women instantly devalues not only Amber's current opinions but the overall her previous attempts of looking like a feminist in general.

Let's go a little deeper: why attack "non traditionally beauty" standards? And then in the same interview discuss that not wearing a wig made her a non traditional beauty?

There is just so much hypocrisy, it could makes my head spin.

Furthermore, these comments reveal a deeper issue with Amber that should be addressed. Saying things like this only point out how little she actually thinks of herself. Think about it: this rhetoric is easily low self confidence masking itself as confidence. Because when you actually have confidence, when you actually do think highly of yourself, you do not need to belittle the beauty of anyone. In fact, you do the exact opposite. You point out the beauty in others. You embolden others. You complement others, not compete with others.

Shout out to Twitter who caught all of this:

And the tweets continue...

I am not here to pull out old photos of Amber to challenge the above commentary, nor am I here to put her down with nasty names. She is a shrewd business woman who used what she has to get what she supposedly wanted.

But I am here to point out that this is only a sad example of a sad woman who, despite daily commentary on her appearances, has little to offer beyond that. There is no longer any reason to take her seriously (if you ever did).

And if you ever did believe her half hearted, fully nude exploits were reason to shape you mouth to call her a feminist, here is a blatant, recent, tangible reason to never do that again.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Reclaimed Readables, July 28th

Happy Friday loves!

Today's Readables feature15 famous women on not settling for less, Amazon's "The Fix" actually has the coolest shoes and bags, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel on staying sane, Sports Illustrated finally gets on the curvy model train, and how to get free lipstick from M.A.C. today.

The Cut: Amazon's 'The Fix' has cute shoes and bags, 15 famous women on not settling for less
Byrdie: Nathalie Emmanuel on fame and fearlessness
Hello Giggles: Sports Illustrated finally gets on the plus swimsuit models, MAC is giving free lippies

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Pimp Your Planner for $0

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for aesthetics. I try to surround myself with the prettiest things that keep me inspired.

So when I treated myself to a new and much fancier planner, the first thing I had to do was to grab goodies to fill it that would be both pretty and inspirational.

Oh yeah, and not too pricy either.

That is why I was amazed by all of the free (yes, FREE, girl!) pretty printables I found on the web, the hot spot for them all: Pinterest. A quick search of "planner printables" across Pinterest yielded a wealth of beautiful print-it-yourself stationary that I quickly snatched up.

My favorite had to have come from Clementine Creative, a lovely stationary site based in South Africa created by Carmin Cronjé. Clementine features so many happy patterns and cheerful backgrounds that just beckon to be scribbled upon.

In addition to vibrant, fun, and motivational quotes and Bible verses written in calligraphy, there was an entire FREEBIE section on her site's blog. And that is where I found all of these little goodies that just made my typical white paper planner instantly full of personality.

Maybe these bright elements aren't your thing. That cool. Head to Pinterest and do your own search to see what planner printable goodies pop up for you!.

Reclaimed Readables, July 26th

Happy Thursday loves!

Today's Readables feature how to start your dream business with no money, 9 people on their biggest money mistakes, how to pay off your student loans and still have a life, how to increase your income without changing jobs, how to hack your own personal finances, and how to successfully launch your own Instagram store.

Style Caster: How to launch your own Instagram store
My Domaine: How to pay off student loans and still have a life, personal finance hacks, tools for freelancing
Apartment Therapy: 9 people on their biggest money mistakes
Career Girl Daily: Starting a business with no money

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

All the pieces I'm buying from Premme once they restock

I have been following fellow blogger Gabi Fresh's journey since I started blogging around 4 years ago. Her bold stance, self love, and absolute slayage of curvy girl looks actually helped me come out of my own shell, embrace and even show my curves more.

So when I heard tell that she and blogger bestie, Nicole Mason launched their own fashion line strictly for us curvy girls, I had to check it out. Their line, Premme, is already hailed as the cool line for curvy girls, featuring pieces like body con dresses, crop tops, and strategically cut jumpsuits and dresses so cute that I can see why.

Bad news: It literally sold out in one day. ONE. DAMN. DAY. (insert weep emoji here). The love is so real that as soon as there was tell of their line dropping, Premme's website crashed. They literally broke the internet.

But that says a lot in itself, doesn't it? That two curvy blogger girls can do a better job creating pieces other curvy girls want to wear than the traditional fashion crew is both baffling and inspiring. Take note, fashion brands, this is how to become and stay relevant. Personally, I am so psyched for Gabi and Nicole, and I wish Premme continued success.

So as soon as they restock, which is hopefully soon, here are the super cute pieces I am snagging from Premme.

Reclaimed Readables, July 26th

Happy Wednesday Beauts!

Today's Readables feature the new plus blogger fashion launch everyone can't stop talking about, why happiness isn NOT a number on the scale, 4 nude lipstick collections created for and by Black Women, how to create your own capsule wardrobe, why shopping for clothes is so much like shopping for groceries, 21 ways to trick people into thinking you're stylish this summer, and 10 cheap beauty products everyone swears by put to the test.

Girl With Curves: Happiness is not a number on the scale
Buzzfeed: 21 ways to act stylish in summer, 10 cheap beauty products put to the test
Fashionista: The Blogger BFF launch you have to see
BGLH: 4 nude lipstick collections created by Black Women
WhoWhatWear: 8 piece capsule wardrobe
Man Repeller: Shopping for clothes is like shopping for groceries

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In Defense of Birkenstocks

I know, I know. Everyone is so over normcore and anything associated with it, and that includes the fugly shoe known as the Birkenstock.

But hear me out. Since their resurgence, Birkenstocks have become the sandal for nerds and hippies (no offense to either), it has become a staple for any girl who dares to call herself fashionable. The current Birkenstock style is more streamlined and chic and features a wide variety of colors, styles, and shapes to flatter any footsie.

Here are my top picks of these pairs, all under $50. Happy Shoesday!

In Defense of Birkenstocks

Birkenstock white sandals
$57 -

Birkenstock waterproof shoes

Reclaimed Readables, July 25th

Happy #TuesdayShoesDay loves! This week's footwear Readables features super cute tassel espadrilles that are to DIY for, the newest sneaker by Vans, how to style your Birkenstocks, the big brand that just bought for favorite shoe brand from Sex and the City, and the celeb approved sandal that is actually affordable.

DIY Tassel Espadrilles
Vans newest sneaker
How to style Birkenstocks
Guess who just bought out Jimmy Choo
Affordable celeb approved sandals

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mens Shades Under $50

*This post was updated from the April 17th, 2017 original post 

Barring sunscreen, shorts, and water, is there anything more essential to summer style than a great pair of shades? I think not. The right pair of shades can elevate even the hokiest tee and cargo shorts and put a dapper finishing touch on your workwear without really much effort.

Outside of the obvious function of protecting your peepers from the sun's intense light and harmful rays, a great pair of shades can sometimes make (or break) the whole outfit. With the right shapes and colors, you are guaranteed to stay stylish all summa long.

Here are 10 picks to get you started, all under $50. You're welcome and happy Monday.

Mens Shades Under $50

Reclaimed Readables, July 24th

Greetings and Salutations Gents!

This week's #ManCrushMonday features 5 simple changes to make to get fit this summer, the biggest grooming turn offs as told by your girl, updated aviators, why guys really do hate shopping, why you might want to grab some retro style workout clothes, and the shoe of the summer.

Menswear Style: 5 changes to make to get fit, grooming turn offs, updates on aviators
BuzzFeed: Why dudes hate shopping
GQ: Retro workout clothes are the way to go
He Spoke Style: You should own a pair of espadrilles