Four Indie +Size Brands You Should Know

According to Forbes and common sense, the average American Woman is a size 16. So hopefully American designers will take note and start designing for our real bodies. In general, the Plus Size Fashion market has been expanding rapidly and many brands and designers are starting to develop plus size lines like Rachel Rachel Roy. Smart brands like Khloe Kardashian’s new denim line Good American offer sizes 0-24. Here are four independent brands that you probably haven’t heard of that have been catering to curves for some time.


1. Zelie For She

Zelie For She is one of the first plus designer brands that I fell in love with. A mix of classic silhouettes and boho-prints, this line has something for everyone. There are also great samples, so be sure to check the sample sale for treasures in your size.

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2. Nakimuli

Nakimuli is known for it’s Afrocentric prints unique silhouettes. Every items is available from size small to 3x and the prices are very affordable.


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3. Love Yourz

Shop Love Yourz for trendy pieces in plus sizes. It’s basically a Forever 21 with better fabric quality and less style options. If you’re looking for on-trend seasonal staples like camo jackets, this site is perfect.


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4. Poshtiqe

If Kim K is your spirit animal and you love flaunting your curves in sexy bodycon dresses Poshtiqe is your best bet. Shop these nearly naked styles and others that are perfect for a confident woman of any size.

Image: Poshtiqe

Costumes You Have In Your Closet

Never buy another Halloween Costume! These ten DIY costume ideas are super easy and iconic. The best part is, you probably have some of these things in your closet already.

Pulp Fiction + Risky Business

Last Minute Halloween Costume: White Shirt

Party Animal + Tooth Fairy

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Tulle Dress / Shirt

Cool Cat + Cookie Lyons

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Faux Fur Jacket

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Faux Fur Jacket by xtralush

Grunge Girl + Lumber Jane

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Plaid Shirt

Scream Queen + Eleven

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Pink Dress

Links I Like

This Artist Drew 100 Portraits Of Our Favorite Feminist Heroes and donated 20% of all the proceeds to Girls Inc., who run programs that inspire girls everywhere and who advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. These original prints start at $5 each.


Images of the Northern Lights have been flooding my Instafeed lately. So when I saw this article explaining how you can Stay in this Amazing Glass Igloo and Watch the Northern Lights from Bed I was sold! If only my bank account agreed.


Prices for the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland start at about $450 a night which includes breakfast and dinner. That’s a reasonable price to see one of the world’s seven natural wonders right? Besides Finland, you can also see the aurora borealis from Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Russia starting mid September through the end of April.

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I’m currently OBSESSED with Tiny Houses. So I loved every second of this video showing one of The Oldest Malls In America After 48 Abandoned Shops Are Transformed Into Homes

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The holidays are quickly approaching, there are only 7 days until Halloween, less than 30 days until Thanksgiving and only 61 days left before Christmas. Here are a few things you might need for the most wonderful time of the year.

These 10 Creepy Cocktails You Need To Make This Halloween are great options for everything from a Halloween Party to cocktails with Bae. All of these recipes are from SVEDKA and range from cute to creepy.

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Not every curvy girls falls within the 1X-3X size range. Here are 8 More Sites To Shop That Cater To Extended Plus Size! Including Society Plus which is doing a fantastic job broadening their brand and product assortment. This vest would be a great topper for a casual Thanksgiving or Christmas look.


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 Speaking of the holiday season, I’m sure there are some responsible people who have already started their holiday shopping, myself excluded. Here are a few Gift Guides that caught my eye. 21 Dainty Jewelry Options For Foul-Mouthed LadiesTech Gift Guide: This Season’s Chicest Gadgets and 17 Gifts For People Who Love Sleep More Than Life Itself.

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You never have to feel left out of the Fashion Week frenzy with this tongue-in-cheek Illustrated Guide to Fashion Month from StyleBop and illustrator Julie Houts.


Mommy + Me + Five Days in Jamaica

I did it! I not only survived five days in a small room with my mom, I actually enjoyed it! She invited me to Jamaica with a couple of her co-workers and 20 other women from their church group. My first thoughts were; I’ll probably be one of the youngest people there and this would be the first time I traveled out of the country with my mom.

Day 1

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Within 24 hours of arriving in Montego Bay my phone broke. I was devastated. Not only could I not take photos…I couldn’t SNAPCHAT! And let’s face it, if you don’t Snap it…did it even happen? Joking…kinda! Most of these photos were saved to my Snapchat Memories, thank goodness! So please excuse the quality of some of these images. Luckily, I also brought my GoPro, so I was able to capture some of the island vibes.

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Besides early flights and longish layovers, getting from SFO to Montego Bay was easy. We traveled through the night and arrived in Jamaica the following afternoon. After we checked into the all-inclusive, Royalton White Sands Resort. We were more than ready for a shower and a nap, but we pushed through and headed out.

I quickly made friends with some of the staff and they all told me that the best places to party in Montego Bay are Margaritaville (better during the day) and Pier 1. We stopped by both but Pier 1 was packed and hosting a fashion show that night, yes please! There was an open air dance floor next to the DJ who was playing some of my favorite reggae, dancehall and Top 20 songs.

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Day 2

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The next day we hired a car to take us sightseeing and shopping. We ended up using the same driver the entire time, so he was more like a tour guide. On our way into Ocho Rios I spotted a coconut stand and just NEEDED one! After about an hour in the car, we all needed a bathroom break so we stopped in St. Ann’s Bay.



Right next door was Juici Patties, the best Beef Patties in Jamaica according to our guide. And that’s where I ate the best $1 meal of my life. If you’ve never had a beef patty, it’s spicy ground beef baked inside a flaky pastry shell. If I’m 100% honest, you can find beef patties all over the island. In gas stations, convenient stores and even your hotel. But the patties at Juici Patties were hands-down, the best.

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The next stop was Ocho Rios. We saw this little artists village and stopped to shop. At first my mom was overwhelmed by all of the vendors asking us to visit their booth. But by the end, she was haggling like a pro trying to get the best price for Blue Mountain Coffee. I on the other hand got a few small gifts for my brothers and bestie, a shot glass for my collection and was good to go!

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Before we left Ocho Rios we stopped at Scotchies for dinner. Scotchies is known for having some of the best jerk chicken in Jamaica and it didn’t disappoint. However, the Roast Fish was incredible and a must-try! I was also surprised to find that the coconut water comes in a clear bottle that looks like an average bottle of water (mind-blown!).

Day 3

The most exciting thing my mom and I did was the Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruise. We were picked up at the hotel and brought back to Ocho Rios where we had a simple lunch of jerk chicken, peas and rice and salad. We then boarded the boat where there was music and mingling before snorkeling in a coral cove. It was my first time snorkeling and I can’t explain how it felt seeing the underwater world. It was breathtaking. From there it was off to Dunn’s River for a hike from the bottom to the top of a waterfall!


When we got off the boat at Dunn’s River there was a couple smoking cigarettes. The park officials kindly asked them to put out the cigarettes and after a little back and forth one of the guards pointed upwards and said “The spiders don’t like the smoke.” I looked up and saw that the trail to the beach was lined with trees and each tree was the host to hundreds of HUGE spiders!

You better believe, on the way back to the boat I power walked that trail and didn’t dare look up!  Once we boarded the reggae tunes were turned up, beef patties were passed out and the bar was open. Like literally, OPEN BAR!  We also stopped at a store for discount goods (it was one of those tours..) but there was a free rum tasting. I might’ve overdone it that night. So after dinner, I excused myself and went to bed early.

Day 4


As digital nomad and work from home/abroad, so I scheduled a relaxing beach/pool/work day. I needed make some money but wanted to take some time to enjoy the resort facilities. My day started with breakfast at the buffet and my fair share of Blue Mountain Coffee with rum cream. I considered going to a water aerobics class, but headed down to lounge on the beach instead. The Royalton is a waterfront property, so I just walked passed the pool to the blue water beach. From the beach I hung out at the pool’s swim-up bar and after a few Bob Marley’s I headed up to my room for a nap and some styling. Click here to see a clip from Beach Day.


Day 5

I had a few more more hours of work to complete, so I worked again on the fifth day and packed knowing the last night would be busy. Some of the ladies did the Bob Marley Tour that day while others Swam with Dolphins at Dolphin Cove.

The ladies who planned the trip scheduled a themed activity each night. From Game Night to a Masquerade which just happened to be the same night there was a Michael Jackson impersonator performing. My favorite outfit was my White Party look. Those linen wide leg pants were so chic and comfy!  I wore them with a simple tank, tucked to show a little skin and a body chain. Although my face was melting off from the humidity, I wanted to make sure you noticed my green lipstick. Later that night we headed to the beach for a prayer circle and to release wishing lanterns. It was a perfect way to wrap up our time trip.


Overall, it was an amazing trip. Not only did I get to spend some quality time with my mom. I was able to get outside of my comfort zone and explore a new country. Food was a major part of this trip and the local cuisine lived up to the hype. Most importantly, I was able relax on the beach and drink rum punch, lots of rum punch. What more could a girl ask for?


Have you been to Jamaica? Visit any of the same places? Planning a trip there? Leave a comment and let me know.

Top Ten: Thailand Itinerary

My trip to Thailand is weeks away and instead of doing a guided tour like I did last year, I decided to do all the planning myself. I felt like it would not only give me an opportunity to do what I want, when I want. I would also get the chance to obsess over the Land of Smiles and all of the amazing things I can do there in 11 days.

Besides visiting as many temples as possible and eating everything I lay my eyes on, I wanted to plan an activity for each day. After I fly into Bangkok I’ll stay there for two nights then use a domestic (and cheap!) airline to fly down to Krabi for some island hopping. After four days in the southern islands I’ll head back up to Bangkok and explore the “City of Angels”.

Here is a look at my tentative itinerary and thought process for planning each adventure.

1. Chatuchak Market

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

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After flying into Bangkok my plan is to stay within walking distance of this colorful outdoor market. I love a good flea market and shopping is my profession. I’m so looking forward to trying the street food and discovering local crafts.

2. Island Hopping: Railay Beach & Ko Lanta  


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I decided that it would make the most sense to make Krabi home-base while I’m exploring the southern islands. It’s affordable and one of the best places to stay if you want to island hop. There are long boats and ferries at the nearby Ao Nang Beach and from there I’ll be able to get to one of the many neighboring islands.

I’ve read so many amazing things about Railay Beach, and the photos are ridiculous, so that’s a must see. I’ve also heard about renting scooters on Koh Lanta and being able to see the entire island in a day. I’m up for that challenge!

3. Phuket

I’m lucky to know a lot people who have traveled to Thailand recently. Many of them told me not to stay in Phuket. Word is, it’s a tourist trap and overrun with drunk backpackers. Because of this, accommodations are either very cheap or overpriced. I love a good party and a good deal even more. However, I opted to stay in the more mellow and affordable area of Krabi. That way I’m walking distance to long boats and ferries that can take me to Phuket.

4. Snorkeling

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I recently went snorkeling for the first time in Jamaica and was blown away! One of the things I’m looking forward to the most in Thailand is swimming with the fishes in the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea.

5. Party in Phi Phi

Kho Phi Phi is known as a party island and after looking into it, I’ve found that there’s something here for everyone.

If you want to hang with the cool kids, consider going to the Pool Party at Ibiza House. They’re held every Sunday and Wednesday from about 1pm to sunset. Although the entry is free, the drinks are overpriced. This seems like the perfect place for people watching. They even host a Full Moon Party which might be worth checking out.

The Banana Rooftop Bar has a great view and is one of the places I want to check out.

If you’re in the mood for a mellow Beach Party head to the Sunflower Beach Bar.

I’m also interested in visiting the Phi Phi Reggae Bar where the main attraction is the Muay Thai fight that’s held nightly.

The most unique bar in Phi Phi is the Tattoo Bar where you can get a needle or bamboo tattoo and have a delicious meal and Thai Ice Tea (no alcohol before getting inked!)

6. Don’t Ride Elephants – Visit a Sanctuary.


Elephants are hands down my favorite animal. I would pay money not to abuse them and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Instead of riding an elephant I want to volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary. Check out these 7 Ethical Elephant Experiences in Thailand for more ideas.

7. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Address: Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi, Thailand

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Images of Thailand’s Floating Markets are what inspired this trip. I remember watching an episode of America’s Next Top Model years ago where they did a photoshoot at a floating market in Thailand. I remember thinking, I have to see that!

8. Muay Thai Fight

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I’ve been an MMA fan for years and have seen a few live fights. So I think I’ll enjoy the adrenaline of seeing a live Muay Thai fight. I’m unsure of how I’ll feel seeing kids fight, but it will be an opportunity for me to appreciate one of the many cultural differences.

9. Pak Khlong Market (Flower Market) 

Address: 116 Chakphet Rd, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

The Flower Market in Bangkok

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I’ve seen SO many stunning images of the Flower Market. That was enough to garner my attention and add it to itinerary. I mean, what girl doesn’t love flowers?

10. Thai Massage

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The ideal way to end this trip would be with a Spa Day and authentic Thai Massage. Prices can range from about $7 to $20 an hour. I think I’ll start researching different spas, treatments and prices next so I can make sure to add this little luxury to my budget.

Check out my Thailand Itinerary board and Follow me on Instagram for more Thailand inspiration and to see real time images and video as I travel.

Tuesday Shoeday: Top Ten Halloween Inspired Shoes

Monsters and spiders and bats, oh my! With these creepy, scary and cool statement making shoes, who needs a costume!? Here are my top ten Halloween inspired shoes for the fashionista who would rather invest in a bold accessory than a cheap costume.
Creepy Scary Cool: 10 Halloween Inspired Shoes


Links I Like

Hey Lovelies! I know I’ve been MIA for a few months. Like last summer, I was in North Carolina for three months working at a summer camp. My plan was to work all summer and save for a few trips. First to California, then Jamaica with my mom and last the trip to Thailand I’ve been talking about for months. I’ll get more into my trips a little later, right now I want to share some of the links I’ve been stocking up on.

You probably already know that Halloween is my favorite holiday, but this year will be a little different. Instead of going out to party, I’m going to be staying in with friends and making some halloween themed snacks and treats. Not only will this be a more cozy and intimate, it will be more affordable which is my number one priority before my trip to Thailand.


Looking for a cute and easy dessert option? Try these Oreo Truffles Four Ways.

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Monsters, Mummies, Bats and Pumpkins, these frighteningly cute 5 Ingredient Halloween Oreo Truffles couldn’t be easier to make and the author even linked the hard to find ingredients so you can order them online!

If you prefer a more classic cookie as a sweet treat, check out these 13 Halloween Cookie Ideas You Can Actually DIY.
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October marks the beginning of cuddle season and what could be better than watching scary movies with bae?  Check out this list of The 34 Best Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix in October. After a long bus ride through the mountains of Germany listening to my travel-mates explain the plot of this twisted thriller. The Human Centipede is definitely on my To-Watch List.

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Although I’m not at all artistically inclined, these 73 Mind-Blowing Halloween Makeup Ideas do not disappoint! How cool and creepy is this Ouija Makeup!?

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Halloween is not complete without a Harry Potter-a-thon and as a Potterhead, I couldn’t be happier with all the new Harry Potter themed products and ideas popping up right now.

HP themed items are EVERYTHING and one thing that’s been ALL over my FB feed lately are these Harry Potter Makeup Brushes from Storybook Cosmetics. The biggest mind fuck of it all is I actually know one of the triplets who was genious enough to created these magical beauty brushes!

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My muggle life would be complete if someone could just create these Harry Potter Makeup Palettes IRL (in real life). SpellsandStars created these makeup palletes in Photoshop for fun and the Potter-sphere is going mad! While the Slytherin palate probably creates the best smokey eye, I’m Gryffindor through and through!

Image: SpellsandStars/Reddit

What could be better than a Halloween Party filled with Witches, Wizards, Sorting Hats and Dementors? From Table Quidditch and Butter Beer to Golden Snitches and Dementor Pinatas, here are the best and most creative  27 Magical Ideas For The Perfect “Harry Potter” Party that I’ve seen!


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Tuesday Shoeday || Night & Day

Night & Day


Print of the Season: Cactus

Print of the Season: Cactus

Looking for a fresh take on the typical floral print? I’m all about cactus prints this season! I love how versatile the print is, it can take on a fun youthful vibe, an artistic textural look or just plain realism. The trend can be found in all sizes, price points and on everything from socks and shoes to bikinis and crop tops. Most of the items I featured are currently sold out. Proof that this new trend has legs! What do you think of the cactus print trend? Does it tickle your fancy or is it too prickly for your taste?

DIY || Sandal Makeover

Summer sandals are always a must, but what to do with the ones from last season that are comfortable and worn in? I’ll show you how to upgrade them into this seasons must-haves with this DIY! Whether you live in flats like me, or need some height, I’ve rounded up my Top Ten Sandal DIY’s and collected even more ideas and inspo on my Pinterest.


Favorite Fabric + Hot Glue is all you need for this super Easy Artisanal Sandals via Kipi.diy_friendshipsandals_main2

Sally from Steel My Style made these Pompom Leather Sandals with her five year old daughter. Which makes this project even more special!20151116_140406-1-900x885

These Alexander Wang Inspired Gladiators via Guilty Pleasure are so similar to the high end designer version. They’re also a great solution for ladies with thicker calves. Now you can make your own custom shoes!Screen-Shot-2013-06-06-at-12.35.00-PM

I’m OBSESSED with these DIY Tassel Greek Sandals via Honestly WTF!! I might just have to attempt making these babies!tasselgreeksandals1-640x960

I have so many pair of Old Navy flip flops, these Braided Strap Sandals via Make It & Love It are a great way to update them.IMG_7048-670x446


This Neon Shoes DIY & Painting Leather via Yes Style uses NAIL POLISH to update this heels with the colorblock trend. Yeah, I was pretty impressed too!Neon Shoes DIY & Painting Leather

How expensive does this DIY Tassel Sandals via Honestly WTF look? Can you tell I’m into tassels this season?DIY Tassel Sandals1

These Knotted Rope Heels via Fab DIY are the classic, preppy and the epitome nautical chic. They also look pretty easy to - Edited (1)

I just HAD to included this adorable pair of DIY Tassel Sandals via Honestly WTF. They’re perfect if you want to update your nude heels and prefer fun and edgy over classic and preppy.tasselshoes10-640x960

Sparkle and shine with these DIY Star-Accented Heels. Wear them to dress up boyfriend jeans or add a unique touch to a little black dress look.209871_2_800