The Power of Accessories

The Power of Accessories

In the day of social media and constant availability of You to the public, one can’t help but feel the pressure of unrealistic expectations of self. This can come in many shapes and forms, but I recently had a conversation with my cousin and she expressed to me how she does not like to post on Instagram all the time because it feeling of needed to not become “outfit repetitive”. Damn, isn’t that something, our overly accessibility of being view online is not preventing people to post their reality. I get it. Because I blog, I know how often I try not to post outfits on repeat, but is that realistic, HECK NO!. I wear the same outfit, or remix items more often than not, because guess what, I’ve paid for that. Although I do a lot of shopping and giving away clothing articles that I become tired of, I am sure I know where my overcompensation of clothing comes from. My days of being poor, duh, that obvious. What I don’t’ want to do is give women unrealistic expectations of being plus size and fashionable.

So I decided with this post I was going to take one entire outfit, dig some old items out the crate, and show you all the power of accessories. As far as the outfit, less accessories, the ribbed white bodysuit was found at Forever21, similar, and these cute linen vertical striped cropped pants were found at Target, and are super comfortable and light go up to a size 26!

I wanted to show you all that you can pull looks that are easily different and the same.

So for the first look, I added a straw fedora, found here, in the men’s section (a big headed woman’s go to for hats, lol). I also included an old favorite statement necklace I found in a hospital shop with muted blues and purple tones, as BCBG statement bracelet, old from Macy’s, and a tan bag from Justfab.com that is older as well. These cute little mules are pretty new and a Nordstrom Rack steal at $50, by  Melrose and Market.

For the second look I got rid of all the accessories for a quick revamp. This time I added a pastel peach and mint green necklace, not sure where I purchased this one but I think it was Nordstrom Rack, an old peach bangle which originally came in a set, and mint green statement pumps I found at Ross Dress for Less years ago. I added my old faithful blazer vest, and BAM, I’ve got a go to work look.

And its just that simple, realistic, and just as cute as a brand new head to toe look. I hope you all enjoyed these looks and take a look in your closets and play around with the power of accessories.

Peace and Posistivity!

Tiff

Balling on a Budget: Comfort and Sass

Balling on a Budget: Comfort and Sass

Hey all! I hope life finds all of you with smiles on your face and money in your pockets, lol! This is a quick Balling on a Budget look I threw on to head out on some errand runs and a night of grabbing a bite to eat with my mom and auntie. I can not get enough of the track pants trend there are all so comfy and chic. They come in so many varieties and can be dressed both up, down and in-between. I would consider this a in between-er. It was easy enough to wear while maneuvering thru the grocery store isles and cute enough to pair with a like leather jacket for a quick bite to ear.

This look is almost entirely from my guilt pleasure retailer, Tar-Jay, or Target if you want to get technical. I swear I try to avoid there clothing and shoes every time I am there shopping for the house, but somehow it drift quietly away from the cleansers, paper towels, and body soap area, and right on over to the Juniors’, Misses, and plus department :). The trousers are in a XXL and can be found, here. This cute little satin coral flouncy bodysuit was a must buy, being that it was such a gorgeous color with so many future outfits in mind, here. I paired it with a silver drop chain necklace from Forever21.com, and some old faux pearls, similar here. The silver clutch is one of me clearance favorites I found at HM for five bucks( so nice, I brought it twice! I got the gold one as well), similar here. My gunmetal mules are my new everyday fave shoe that I found at Off Sak’s Fifth Avenue. I absolutely love that store for shoe shopping. They are French Connection and the most expensive(but still a great deal) item in this look!

So let’s let the number talk now:

Track pants:    $ 22.99

Satin Bodysuit:  $ 17.99

Drop Necklace:    $ 5.90

Faux Pearls:     $ 2.90

Silver Woven Clutch:   $ 5.00

Gunmetal Grey Oxford Mules: $49.99

Total:       $104.77

Yasss, all this sass for a little cash, don’t you just love it!

Peace and blessings, loves,

Tiffany Chavon

 

Balling on a Budget- Holiday Party in Pink

Balling on a Budget- Holiday Party in Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey loves!! The holiday’s are literally around the corner get EXCITED!!! Time for a new Balling on a Budget- Holiday Party Pink look. I put together this little number with a dress I picked up from HM.com, for just $24.99, yes that is it!. I originally brought this for a masquerade party, and I did where it then, but who said you can’t rock it again 🙂 I loved this knee length mocked turtleneck dress because it was thin and simple but with a slight sheen to the polyester. I wanted to not do the traditional red or green for a our company luncheon, so I decided to go pink! And these shoes… ughhh.. I have only wore them 2 other times, smh.  I know that this is going to kill you guys, but I picked out these BCBG suede and  sequined shoes as one of my birthday gifts over three years ago, I found them here, but then noticed they are sold out 🙁 . These bangles came in a set purchased at my local Macy’s store and in true form, were a random find while I was skewering thru the clearance accessories, and they were $5.99. The pink lipstick is another Wet N’ Wild fav, for just $2. BALLIN!!, what you know about looking cute for under $100 bucks,  lol.

I love the holiday season, but I hate my procrastination. I am so busy at work that by the time I get off cook clean, get choker orders ready for morning drop offs, I am so over going out to deal with the holiday traffic. So I looks like I will be on some late night, hustle and bustle these next three nights before Christmas, but it will be worth it to surprise all my boo’s with their goodies 🙂

Happy holiday chaotic shopping to you, keep it cute and keep it frugal boo!!

 

XOXO Tiffany Chavon

Balling on a Budget- Cali and Chill

Balling on a Budget- Cali and Chill

 

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It’s finally starting to cool down so I am so excited for some sweater weather. With the holidays around the corner I can honestly say that I more on my Balling on a budget than ever so I brought back the series. This past weekend the wind was on chill and I had some holiday errands to run so I got a chance to finally bring out some warm clothes. I actually picked everything I had on during the Target Black Friday weekend, because all clothing were 30% off with an additional 15% off. YASSSS!! You can’t get more bargain fashionista than that.

 

This sweater I just could not get over its color and its feel. I loved how cozy it felt when I tried it on, and not itchy because there is no wool in it, thank God. I love the look of wool but I cannot tolerate wool feel. This plain white tank you can always find on sale for $9 bucks at Target, I like to stock up on my tanks for days when I just want to throw something on and go. You can never have too many white tanks when your me because I am constantly, as my hubby would say, “feeding my girls” lol. The jeans found here, are by Mossimo, and normally just under $30 and are great because the have good stretch. The booties were on clearance for $18 dollars and are just so cute I couldn’t believe they were on clearance in the store. The booties however on regular price online so you may want to take a look in your local Target and see what you may find in store.  I think I have been sleeping on Target lately, and this Black Friday sale really woke me up! The choker which is so cute is cream and has a small stone applique cased in gold, can be found here for just $7.00, and matches my $2.00 BBS earrings.  My lipstick is an older one by Fergie for WetNWild in the color Spotlight Red, and is discontinued, similar on is here for just $2.

Below I have calculate the totals for this weeks Balling on a Budget- Cali and Chill addition with the current prices online. Good thing is there is $25% off shoes on target.com and you get $10 off if you spend over $50 online.

Sweater        $29.99

Booties         $28.49

Tank              $9.00

Jeans            $27.99

Hoops           $2.00

Choker          $7.oo

Lipstick         $2.00

Discount     -$10.00

 

Grand Total    $96.47

Boom!! Under a hundred bucks for a head to toe Balling on a Budget- Cali and Chill, very simple yet chic, around town shopping day look.

I hope you guys enjoyed this look have a blessed day!

Oh yeah and tell me, what are you looking forward to the most and the least this Christmas shopping season? Comment below!

 

Peace and Blessings,

 

Tiffany Chavon

 

Adjustments-Making Your Plus Size Summer Clothes Fall Friendly

Adjustments-Making Your Plus Size Summer Clothes Fall Friendly

Sometimes we have can just say out with the old and in with the new. Today’s post I will revisiting some of my spring/summer favorites and re-purposing them to make them fall friendly. I know it is not always easy to just say new season lets go shopping so let just work on making adjustments by making your r plus size summer clothes fall friendly. I have 4 tips to revamping your summer closet to tweak it for the fall.

  1. PUT IT ALL OUT THERE. Take all of your favorites out or closet or drawer. Organize them into categories, i.e. tops, skirts, pants, jeans, etc. This will help you know what you have and determine what you may need to add in order accommodate the climate changes.

 

  1. DO SOME RESEARCH. Put in a little work. Open some magazines for trends that you like. Watch some of you favorite old movies inspiration, or look at your favorite actor or actress or any other entertainment personality for inspiration, as well. Colors, and accessories go a long way in changing it up a bit

 

  1.  MAKE A LIST. This list does not have to be long and consist of everything under the sun that you can think of, but just a few things can go far. Look at the items you have and what you need to add to them in order to turn them in to the looks that you would like to have for the fall. This can be jackets, scarves, hats, boots, or booties. You’d be surprise what changing shoes can do to an outfit.

 

  1. HAVE FUN WITH IT. Sometimes we are naturally overly critical of ourselves and what we wear. Remember to put things on that speak to you! You want to always be yourself in what ever it is that you combine in a outfit look. Its cool to like someone else’s look but make sure to do you at the same time. If you feel like you like a look but its to bold or not bold enough flip it! Do you boo 🙂

 

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This outfit is a little old with a little new. I’ve worn this cropped top before, here, and I decided to pair it with my new favorite faux leather pants, cute alternatives here. I added this new Melissa McCarthy duster, here, that came in my Gwynnie Bee subscription this month but it is now on sale for just $47.77. For a little pop of color I added my all time favorite hat that was gifted to me on my birthday, similar here, and my old red pumps, seen on the blog before a couple times and still available here. An inexpensive similar pair can be found here.  I also paid it with a custom faux snakeskin ombre black to white choker, found here.

I hope these 4 tips were helpful 🙂

 

Love, Peace, and Live Life Curvy,

 

Tiffany Chavon

 

Pride

Pride

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If have yet to mention that about a month ago I had the blessing of being chosen as one of the five CowCow Plus Bae Ambassador’s, which I initially was not going to enter out of fear, but look at God. I was not the top winner, but I now feel full of a sense of pride that someone looked at me and saw what I believe in the confidence that I am building in myself, and hoping to help other young ladies to build from within. With that I was able to chose from several of CowCows custom prints some of my favorite items, style them and give honest review on there products. This will be the first of many looks where I will include a CowCow item and I am excite to say I just found a new company to love! so how CowCow.com works is pretty awesome, you can literally upload a textile print and they will make it into the item of your choice. They offer everything from notebooks, to phone cases, to both men and women’s wear.

There was no way that when I saw this skirt I was not going to order it! I am a black woman and I pride myself in knowing and loving as much about my roots so why not rep them in my fashion, too. The kente print of course drew it to me and I already knew I was going to love it in a pencil skirt because they are my favorite. I paired it with a cropped top, similar here, and the classic moto jacket. I wore red pumps, similar found here, and these funky hoop earrings from HM in store, similar.  I failed to mention you can shop by designer on this website, here is the designer of this print they have so many other very cute prints, and you can see how many styles they have already created.

On another note, I wore this look out to go and see the movie Birth of a Nation,  I had this whole descriptive review of the film, when I realize that if I discuss it now it would be a complete spoiler. I will say this, it is a must see by every man/woman of every race. It is gut wrenching in some of its scenes, but very necessary. My husband and I took by 12 year old brothers to see this movie, and it was a huge debate on whether it was “appropriate” for them to see it given its reviews of gory scenes. We agreed that it was needed and had a discussion with them so they where prepared. It opened up a lot of great conversation. There is so little conversation about slavery in school now that if We do not educate our children on why we should be proud of who we are and what we come from they will have no knowledge of it. I want to go in-depth about the  movie SO BAD, but I will save that for a few weeks from now, but I will say is GO SEE BIRTH OF A NATION.

 

Happy Monday!

 

Love, Peace and Live Life Curvy,

 

Tiffany Chavon

White After Labor Day

White After Labor Day

 

 

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Summer is officially coming close to an end, **awwww**. This year I can’t tell if I am excited about fall or going to miss the summer’s warm nights. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the fall! Fabrics become more textured, boots turn into my favorite accessory, and the faux furs come out at night, lol. But what about the loss of one of my favorite crisp clean and some times obnoxious colors, white. No white after labor day is what they say, but do you follow that fashion rule? I cannot stand to be told what to wear and when or how to wear it, so for me that is a definite no go for me.

I order this cold shoulder skater dress online at Torrid.com, sold out but similar here, and it was quickly a summer hit in my mind. It is so easy, breezy, and comfy. I love how it flow and I feel so completed free in it. I think the chevron texture give it a little added flair.  So, it goes without being said that I transition it into the fall. It originally came with a thin camel colored belt but I decided to switch it up a bit and remove it. I add this adorable hat was purchased from the men’s department at Forever 21, and it is the perfect fit for my not so petite head :), similar here. The choker is one of my own designs, coming soon to chokdaccessories.com. The booties are from last season, but I found some that are similar here.

How do you feel about wearing white after labor day? Would you do it and say screw it, or is it a definite no, no. I am almost sure I wont be cutting white off any time soon, and I am sure that my white after labor day looks will fall into a winter white, post in the future.

I hope you all enjoyed your extra day off, I know it did!. I binged watched the Netflix original show “Stranger Things” and I am hoping they come thru with a second season, because we love some good Sci-Fi in my household 🙂

Thank for stopping by!!

Stay peaceful, Stay positive, and live your life, Boo!!

 

Securing the Bag

Securing the Bag

 

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Everyone who knows me knows I am a money girl. I have always been about the numbers and money, hence I took my first summer job at the ripe age of 11 years old. Sounds like B.S. right… nope, however what they paid me for the work was, lol. I will never forget $50.00 a week for 8 hour days. Read More

A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Coming

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Sometimes it take me forever to post a new item or outfit on here. This amazingly sexy casual plus size bodysuit is one. I am a sucker for a great fitting plus size bodysuit, remember this one, to die for. The only problem, its been so long since I purchased it that it is unfortunately not even available on the website,. I love a good pair of “hole-y”(distressed) jeans but I am also good for busting the holes out, lol, so I repurchased these bad boys here. I accessorized this outfit with these super cute shoes that previously appeared on this post, and my old faithful olive jacket that I have owned for at least two years and give me the perfect grungy upgrade to anything I throw it on with, similar.

 

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My big chain hoop earring I purchased a local So Cal boutique, but I was able to find them here for you. I am a crazy clearance rack shopper so the story behind this belt is that I found it on a dress that was $3 on dress that was way to big for me, but I purchased solely for the belt,hehehe. With this current California heat wave we are experiencing, I swear I am so looking forward to fall hunny!!! Its been crazy lately.

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Normally, it is bearable where I live because it is not to far from the beach, a couple of days ago it reached 102 degrees, ugh, so Fall its been a long time coming and I cannot wait to feel your presence again, lol. So I wore this little look to for a movie, and school shopping date. Why the heck did we combine those two activities? Because we have to maximize time in my household. With a husband, a teenager, and a set of pre-teen twins, all boys/men, someone ALWAYS needs something and this weekend it happened to be getting the majority of the school shopping  this done. And still be able to do something to make my only off days enjoyable.  Any-who Boo’s, I am rambling, and venting so…let me stop.

 

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Also, I have been trying to be more active on my blog, as you can hopefully notice 🙂 I want to put out more content that is helpful and inspiring especially to young ladies so I am working on ideas of new segments on peace and positivity. Any suggestions on things you’d like to see or ready about to help navigate you through this thing called life? Comment below.

 

Thanks stopping by the blog!!

Love, peace and curves HUNNY!

 

Tiffany Chavon

Live Life-Learning to be Comfortable in Your Skin

Live Life-Learning to be Comfortable in Your Skin

 

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Live LIFE!! I do not consider myself an advocate because I do not have a huge following, nor do I put together events to help women with focused on self-love (yet), however, am do consider myself a woman on a body positive, life positive journey that I must say I am quite proud of. Like many women it is extremely hard to not extra critical of oneself and outer appearance. If any woman is even a little bit like myself, you have been happy, angry, happy again, sad, and even cried yourself to sleep at night about your body image. You’ve dieted, exercised, and damn near(if not fully) starved yourself to try an obtain your “perfect” body. You may have compared yourself to others, critiqued others, compared yourself to others, and just been overly crucial of the way  your body looks. You’ve even at times prevented yourself form enjoying the world, because of what the world may say (let that one sink in, lol). Its sad, but its normal for a woman to be so screwed up, that they do not know how to handle loving and embracing their body as it is. For most of us, women, what we see one the television is not what we see in our mirrors, or better yet in the shower daily.  When I think about it, it damn near has me in tears (yes, I am the overly sensitive crybaby type at times, lol). For years I have never worn my thighs out. They have one of the many parts of my body that I was insecure about. Insecurity about thighs on women are common but mine was not just the normal cellulite complex, it was also my varicose and spider veins. I have had them since I can remember, but more specifically around the eighth grade. Do you know what this did to my life! Completely restricted it. I literally never wore short-shorts until about 20 years old, and would not be caught dead in a swimsuit without board shorts, or a long wrap, crazy right, When I finally purchased a pair I rarely wore them, it may have happened, once or twice that summer, with some heavy coercing from my BFF. It may sound foolish to most, now it even sound foolish to me! You know how they say with age comes wisdom, there also comes that give no fucks attitude. I think that comes from the loss of time, and the realization that much of your time past and what you have left you have to make enjoyable and memorable, and beautiful! And guess what its easy! You just got to live for YOU! Stop hiding, and bottling yourself in a comfort zone because of what society says does not matter. You know that saying “What they eat don’t make you shit.” Live by it, because it is awesome, and guess what it goes both ways, so when you think about those that you fear judgement from you can still apply it 🙂

With all that being said, these pictures were not supposed to be blog post, but I decided I was going to live life, being happy, confident, and comfortable in my skin on Sunday and post them 🙂  The tunic I recently purchased from H&M in-store, similar here. My white folded jeans shorts can be found, here, for just $ now, SUPER STEAL!! My statement necklace and sunglasses, you have already seen on my previous post, here, but can be purchased on Forever21.com, similar sunglasses here (they are no longer on the website but I still see them in the store), and necklace here. I picked this scarf up on my trip to the Orange County Fair, blog post on that adventure coming soon!

Live Life Curvy, and really LIVE!!!

 

Tiffany Chavon