Summer Bathing Suits for ALL Part I: We all deserve to enjoy bathing suit shopping

I remember a time when bathing suit shopping was nothing but FUN.  I had drawers filled with different styles, low cut, bandeau tops, cheeky bottoms, all of course BIKINIS.  Never would I have considered a high waisted bottom, much less a one piece bathing suit.  One piece bathing suits were for MOMS, my mom specifically, and I would NEVER ever wear that.

Well how the tables have turned my dears, and I am sure most of you can sympathize with my thoughts exactly.  After having my son, I fell into a sad realization that bikinis were not for me, no thanks to stretch marks and a giggly mid section. About 10 years ago, plus size was regarded as a nicer way of referring to bigger women.  The clothing styles, were succumbed to nothing but frumpy looking tops, and ugly “mom” jeans/bottoms.  Not sure which one was worse, if being considered a plus size woman, or wearing the clothing in the plus size section.

Plus size clothing has come a long, long way…now we have brands like Forever21 making cool crop tops, and ripped jeans ranging from sizes 0-28.  You say you want a revolution?  Well we are living it, and boy are “WE” lucky to be finally included in the world of chic and flirty fashion styles.  This is especially true when it comes to bathing suits.  We are no longer limited to one piece bathing suits attached to a skirt…lol.

Brands like Old Navy, Eloquii, and Target have helped pave the road to fashion success for us curvy ladies.  Recently I have fallen in love with one specific brand who like these brands, have also developed a brand name for themselves, that reeks “bathing suits for all”.  I am talking about swimsuits for all.  Swimsuits for all ranges from sizes 4-34.

Today’s bathing suits are both from Swimsuits for all.

The first featured bathing suit is by Ashley Graham.  It has been one of this summer’s best sellers, and its not available at the moment, however there are similar bathing suits like this style by Ashley Graham.  Some of which are on major sale.

I chose this bikini, although I feel most comfortable in a one piece.  This two piece is comfortable, its not low cut, and it has good back coverage, it avoids readjustment of the bottom; which is especially helpful when I go to the beach or play in the pool with my son. The crossing underneath by breasts and crossing through my back, add a fun and flirty touch to the entire look.

I absolutely love this picture of me sitting.  It is the true essence of what we struggle with as women.  We struggle with looking good, most importantly in a bathing suit.  Miami raised woman, are  brought up to believe that looking good in a bathing suit is one of the top priorities for making it BIG in the city.  So wearing this number was a breathe of fresh air.  It allowed me to get outside of my comfort zone.  It allowed me to pose, without worrying about what people would say.  I wanted to depict my true form, and show that it is ok to let it hang.  We are all different sizes, and have different body types.  Why should we ever pretend to look (even for a picture) like someone we are not?!!  This picture of me sitting,  shows one of my worst angles, but yet here I am SMILING!…My hope is that you will find the same comfort I have found in  swimsuits for all.   

I paired this bathing suit with a white fringed, open front cover up, that I bought four years ago, at a local boutique.

 

The second featured bathing suit is also from swimsuits for all.  It is actually my FAVORITE bathing suit.  I remember putting this bathing suit on for my photo shoot, and posing with such confidence.  Besides having an amazing photographer, who is simply inspiring, I knew loving what I a was wearing made a big difference.  I felt like a latina version of Beyonce.  The whole time I could hear the “I dont think your ready for this JELLY” hook by Destiny’s child in my head.  My hair was not done that day, but I was feeling it, running wild and all, and might I say I owned it. This bathing suit is a MUST, MUST have this summer.  Just make sure you size up as this bathing suit is very low back, and runs rather small for us taller, curvier women.

 

Lastly, I decided to pair this black magic woman bathing suit with a Geometric Boho Kimono.  The kimono is perfectly oversized.  You can wear it with jeans, as much as with a bathing suit. It adds a touch of chic.

Photography by : Robert Jay Photography

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Never TUTU old : Tulle Skirt Oufit of the Day

Wedding dresses, ballerinas, first communion.. and of course, Carrie Bradshaw {Sarah Jessica Parker} from Sex & The City and the “Carrie” outfit, are some of things that come to mind when I think of tulle.  Who can forget the infamous Carrie SATC tutu skirt  she wore in the opening credits to the show?  I remember seeing that outfit, and thinking, “only on TV, I could never pull off a puffy skirt, much less made out of tulle!” I mean Carrie did change the game of fashion.  She made tutus work in the middle of Times square, and made cosmos cool again.

***Fun fact… The famous tutu skirt was a $5.00 bin find by the show’s stylist, Patricia Field.***

How about the final episode, when Carrie finally reunites with BIG in Paris, while wearing an oversized tulle skirt ? I remember wishing I had guts like Carrie to wear the same look.

Fast forward 19 years later (yes, 19 years, I googled it) and here I am, with my very own adult tutu skirt, loving it, and wearing it with all the confidence in the world.  Are we ever  TUTU old for a tutu? NOOO! We are NOT!

Today’s outfit of the day featuring this beautiful tulle skirt is brought to you by Amazon fashion

Dreamy huh?! Well…My excitement to wear this bottom, could not be stressed enough. I am actually looking forward to wearing it again for a baby shower this summer {stay tuned on my IG stories for that look}.

Though this skirt is made out of tulle, it is very airy, not once did I find myself uncomfortable or hot.  It has a silk lining which prevents it from being see-through, and adds a soft approach to the look.  Ladies, if  you decide to buy this piece, I suggest you size up.  The one I am photographed wearing is a size XL. The elastic band on the waist is perfect for added comfort.  Although a size L would have sufficed, I knew I wanted to have space to tuck in a shirt.  I wanted the waist portion of the skirt to fit gracefully versus too fitted, in consideration of a crop top for future styling purposes.

Seeing the skirt itself is an accessory of its own, I choose to barely accessorize.  Instead, I took on a very unconventional approach to styling this piece. Initially, I was going to rock my black converse with this look.  As  much as I am an adult, the little girl inside of me, playing dress up in my mothers clothes, forced me to go with heels.  I went with a softer, demure approach pairing this skirt with Steve Madden stilettos.  To complete my shoe game, I went with something spunky that would compliment the outfit.  I decided on  square patterned sheer socks .  One of my favorite buys from this look, as I have been able to style them with multiple open- toed sandals, but also with booties, and closed toed work shoes. They are comfortable, and a must in my book, due to its versatile function.

The black top is actually a bodysuit.   I bought it about 3 years ago from Forever 21. Below you will find links to some similar black bodysuits you can snag at a reasonable price.

  1. Forever 21 Bodysuit
  2. Shahuwa Sexy Bodysuit
  3. Lace up Bodysuit
  4. Xhilaration Target Bodysuit
  5. Who What Wear Target Plus Size Bodysuit

Finally, I decided to throw a little denim into the mix.  After all, denim DOES go with everything!

 

 

 

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Hats Please!: Top 5 Must Have Straw Hats For Summer 2017

2017 Summer Hats

My first encounter with hats consisted of a  little white hat, put in place by a pesky rubber band like string, resting underneath my chin, at the young age of three.  Yes, you guessed it, it was one of those fru fru little darling Easter hats.  Little did I know that somewhere down the line, my concept of hats, would eventually change.

Years later, after surviving my childhood hat trauma, I still found myself avoiding hats, as I thought wearing a hat seemed too over the top. It was about eight years ago that I rekindled my relationship with hats.  In actuality it was like falling in love all over again.  And like any great love story…So it began with a “Once upon a time”….

I had just had my son, we were on a “staycation”, and if you live in Miami, you know that all staycations involve the beach.  I was not  feeling my new mommy bod, and was much less in the mood to tan.  What this new mommy needed was time to relax.  I decided to stop by a Walgreens to get a hat, as I knew I definitely wanted to keep the sun away from my face.  And ladies, side note here…if there’s one thing I have learned 33 years young, is that there is nothing like a hat to keep the face protected, of course, second to sunscreen….can i get an AMEN?!

I was lucky to find an oversized straw hat that was quite fashionable, although I did not quite appreciate it at the time.  We went on to enjoy the rest of our weekend, breastfeeding, changing diapers, reading, naptime (for momma) and all while wearing my $10 straw hat.  It was not until we got back home, and I recapped the weekend, that I realized the hats functionality.  See in times before,as a young woman in my twenties, all i wanted to do was tan to a crisp, so a hat was definitely not anything I considered for practicality, and given my distaste for hats as a child, much less for fashion purposes.  I realized my face stayed intact, and so had my shoulders thanks to the hat size.  From that day on, this was my go to hat anytime we would go on vacation.  This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

“The Walgreens Hat”

Fast forward eight years later, and I find myself  a sucker for all types of hats, summer and fall.  So ladies, if you struggle with confidence or comfort when finding the right hat, I suggest you keep looking.  Hats are just too divine to not wear.  I mean there are just too many styles, to let them pass you by.  Given the season, my suggestion is you start with a summer look, like the straw hat.  Below are some of my straw faves.

 

  1. The Pom Pom Hat by Cottonon – Unfortunately, this beauty is not available online…but they are still available in-store.  If store shopping is not your thang, no worries, I have curated a few similar pom pom hats from Amazon here and here. Hope you likes.
Pom Pom Straw Hat and white cropped palazzo pants

   

2.San Diego Black Hat– This black beauty was perfectly matched with my JCPenney tropical romper.  For women standards, my head is bigger than average women.  Still this hat was the perfect fit.  It not only fit well, but stood well against the wind, and is made of sturdy straw material, making it less easy to squish and loose its shape.

 

San Diego Hat

3. The Neon Flat Top Straw Hat– This neon number is one big concoction of summer goodness. I mean straw material and neon thread? Really?! Can you say PERFECTION! There is something about bright colors for the summer, especially neon colors, that I cant help, but gravitate towards.  If you are anything like me, you will find pure bliss in this bohemian flair of style.

Rolled up Visor Straw Hat

 

4.  The Roll Up Visor Straw Hat– For my mommies on the go, for my ladies who dont have space to spare in their beach bags, or if you are just looking for the ease of storing a straw purse while on vacation, please please take notice of this little wonder.  Girls! I give to you the best thing since running water…the roll up visor from Target. It fits in your average sized handbag, beach or not, its great for the everyday  “soccer mom” and its just so DARN cute.

NY Fashion Fedora

5. NY Fashion Fedora- This fedora fabulousness by far is my top 5 favorite.  Its the one I use the most.  It comes in three different colors, with a wide brim, and it has an inside insert to make the fit adjustable. I of course wear it in the most loose setting.  I have been able to style this hat with linen pants, bathing suits, and dresses.  The featured picture, is styled with a red off the shoulder dress from Amazon, and tie-up flats from Zara.

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Orange YA glad you came?-WEAR a blog is born

 

ORANGE -ya glad you came?!!!!

Welcome to my blog’s premiere.  I look forward to getting to know all of my lovely readers.  Please feel free to leave a comment, ask questions, email me, and most importantly, please subscribe to my blog, so that you are kept up to date on the latest beauty and lifestyle trends.  So let’s get to it!

Speaking of ORANGE…Today’s outfit of the day {OOTD} is a burnt orange dress by ZARA . When I say this dress is one of my favorite casual outfits, I mean it as a complete understatement.  I love this dress for everyday errands, a day by the pool, to clean the house, and even for a day- date with my hubby.  Today’s OOTD was styled as  more of a day-date look.  YES, I do wear my hair in a messy bun on dates with my husband, and YES, there’s a lot more I can say about the messy bun look, but why steal this dress’ thunder?!  More on that topic, in due time.

Moving on…The dress’ length and style can be appreciated for the versatility it brings to the table.  Depending on your  height, the dress can be worn at maxi or midi length.  The neckline of this beauty is meant to be worn with exposed shoulders, and although I embraced showing my shoulders, I found more comfort (thanks to the elastic neckline) in wearing it as a boat neck.  Regardless of the length, or neckline style you choose to wear, this boho chic dress is a definite WIN!

Enough about my “ORANGE – YA glad” dress… Lets talk about the  eye-gawking accessories that completed the look.  The bright colored turban with the tropical print from ZARA, JEAN frindged yellow blocked heels by JUSTfab, chic yellow tassel earrings from Amazon, and of course, last but not least, a personal fave of mine…..drum roll pleaseeeee…my straw pom pom bag  from Target.

The hair turban definitely goes down as an EVERY summer must-have accessory, in my opinion it is a timeless piece.  It was  proudly used in the seventies as much as it is now. It is as appropriate to wear with a swimsuit, as it is with a dress.  If you don’t go with this turban in particular, be sure to gather a few other turbans for the summer.

***Did I mention it’s a great way to keep those messy baby hairs out of your way?***

The Jean! oh JEAN!  What CAN’T I say about these cute yellow fringed perfections?  Not only are they comfortable, thanks to the very popular blocked heel, they also give a sexy sleek look to the lady stems. The color is more of a mustard hue, and they are a subtle suede material.

 

I know what you’re thinking…”suede in summer?!”  Yes, in this case it is an absolute MUST…”no harm, no foul”.  JUSTfab currently has a get 2 for $24 deal for all new members. Click here to signup.

I am thrilled to say that with bags like this, its no wonder why straw bags are in high demand this summer.  Can we say O-M-G about the three gigantic POM POMS on the bag?!! I mean, this IS the summer of tassels and poms poms, is it not? And if this bag was not desirable enough, lets talk about the extra cargo space inside the bag.  One of my biggest pet peeves is the lack of room inside handbags, specifically beach bags.  I can attest that I have been able to fit two beach towels, a wallet, sunscreen, hairbrush, a change of clothes, and a small snack in this precious beauty.

THE BEACH IS WHAT WAY again?!!!!

 

Photos by Robert Jay Photography

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