Dressing These Curves

Hey, I’ve come to the realization that I’m not a size 4-6 anymore. These days I’m more focused on how I feel, than what the scale says. No truly (seriously?)! I know most woman say this but don’t really mean it. Honestly, weight has always been a touchy subject for me. Growing up I was always the skinny girl. I hated when people told me I was skinny, especially when I did my best to put on weight.

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Dress by London Times

Boooobsss … yes I said it; you can’t miss them when you see me coming.

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If you’re anything like me, finding the right dress can be challenging. Do like I did in these pictures, go find you a flattering wrap dress. They look great on curvy woman and on other body shapes. Like I tell my clients, don’t be afraid of color! Find a wrap dress that matches your eye color or skin tone. When it comes to accessorizing, less is more. If you rock big hair like me, or long straight hair, simple stud earrings and a nondescript medium size clutch will do.

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I’m a true Cancer so I dress according to my mood. A little tip I use to put me in the best mood before heading out; do your hair and makeup first, then get dressed. If you need to get dressed first to avoid getting makeup on your clothes, cover yourself up with a robe, then ditch it for the final reveal. This way you look much better when stepping into your dress. You’ve concealed all those dark circles, acne scars, and your hair is lying just like you want it (or close to how you want it at least). You’ll have less to nag about and your significant other will thank you for being on time.

With Red

I’m gonna stay true to what feels right. You should do the same.

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Hello 2018! I’ve decided that I’m not wasting my time on crazy New Year resolutions that I can never seem to never keep up with. Instead I will continue to just be happy. I’m smiling in this pic because, lol, 2017 was great to me and my feet.

In 2017, I decided to stop forcing myself into uncomfortable shoes, especially high heels. I’ve always had a hate love (that’s right) relationship with high heels and now they really just don’t fit into my lifestyle. So just like my feet, I’m gonna stay true to what feels right. You should do the same.

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Here’s a quick styling tip for wearing red pants; consider opting for a light top and a dark coat or jacket. Have fun by mixing prints and textures, and to finish off the look, pair with some dark shoes or fun kicks with black and white graphics.

Happy New Year!

What was your first memory of your mom?

 

Mine was in Brooklyn, New York in the early 80s.

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I was about two-and-a-half to three years old. We just arrived to the States from Haiti. It was our first hot summer in NYC and we lived in a basement apartment with my grandfather and great grandmother, who wasn’t the nicest woman, especially to my mom. My mom was in her early twenties, scared I’m guessing, no job, and no idea how things would turn out for us. My dad was always working so we barely saw him.

What felt like every morning, my mom would sit out back (in this concrete garden where flowers never grew) and cry. I used to pull her face into mine, dry her tears, and kiss her all the time just to stop her from crying.

Years later, things are way better, but I guess I’ve never really forgotten those moments in the garden or the tears rolling down my mom’s face. Now that I’m a mom, I constantly worry about what my son’s first memories will be of me. So, I make it a point to smile a lot and protect the space my family is in so hopefully he has better early memories than I did.

 

 

Patience

 

Ugh, who would have thought that I would be suffering from so much acne in my 30s. I know… yuck. Honestly, some days I don’t want to leave the house. Other days, I avoid looking in the mirror and having my picture taken.

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After giving birth to my son, things seemed to get worse. I’ve gone to numerous dermatologists and they all say and do the same thing; push me to take medications that I don’t want to take. The acne is probably hormonal, and taking birth control pills might help me out, but I decided years ago that I wouldn’t take hormone altering birth control pills for personal and health reasons, so for now I gotta find other solutions.

So I decided to try and figure it out on my own; taking a more holistic and natural route. The first option I tried was an elimination diet, because honestly I am feeling that the acne is a result of something I’m eating that I’m allergic to that’s making me break out. So I’ve mostly cut out diary besides those nights when my husband teases me with delicious ice cream or chocolate (I can’t resist a bite).

The next option is to detoxify my body. After seeing a holistic doctor he suggested I do a kidney cleanse. I’m currently on my second tea detox routine for 12 days. The doctor makes nasty tasting teas made from herbs, roots, greens, etc… After the first 12 day routine I lost 7 lbs., felt super energetic, and my mind was less “foggy.” So, I decided to give the routine another go.

Next step is working out 2-3 days a week (that’s really all the time I have right now). I’ve been boxing for almost 3 years now, including throughout my entire pregnancy. I enjoy boxing and love how it makes me feel. Boxing really helped me avoid gaining too much weight during my pregnancy (I only gained 18 lbs).

Last step is water (I know some of you will say that this should be the first step). I’m working on drinking more water, which has always been a huge challenge for me. I just hate running to the bathroom every 5 minutes, especially when I’m out with my son. It can be quite challenging; I know you moms understand.

I know clearing up my skin will require a lot of patience and time. if you have any tips for clearing your skin please share; what’s your skincare routine?