Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WhatUp Wednesday #27

It’s been a minute since I last wrote! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last week I was in Miami taking some time off for a much needed vacation! I thought this week I would share a few things that I’m loving right now and then I’ll do a separate Miami post with the fashion and sites and all that. 

First of all, I should say, Happy Spring! This is when the year starts with the time change forward and the budding flowers and trees-it’s also when allergy season starts...Anyways, I’m loving these yellow tie waist pants from Loft that I’m wearing today. These are easy to transition from work to play and I’ve already got a more casual outfit in mind for them. I had a meeting today so I dressed them up with a long sleeve stars blouse and wore heels and had to break out the sunnies since it was so bright! These pants don’t have a ton of stretch to them and I did size up to accommodate my larger bottom. 

I am also loving this fun bag that I got right before I went on vacation. It’s a straw/wicker bag whatever you want to call it. I got the dupe from Amazon since it was much cheaper.

Want some good spring dresses that won’t break the bank? I am loving all of these from SheIn  The red and white striped dress can be dressed up or down and the green floral dress is perfect for Spring! The red dress is another option for an event like a wedding or shower. Make sure to use my code “curvygirl20” for an extra discount!!

I invested in some new luggage since I badly needed some. It’s fun with confetti on the outside and stripes on the inside. Warning: one time checking this bag and you will need to come home and use your magic eraser on it to clean it. I have many black scuff marks on mine from being thrown around in baggage handling. 

Eloquii launched a new collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James and I’m in love! Gorgeous pieces in this collection have already sold out. But I’m told there is a second collection coming too. When? Not sure but I’ll let you know as soon as I find out! I ordered this fun jumpsuit and dress. I’ll let you know about sizing once I try them on. 

Lularoe launched a new style called the Maurine and only limited pieces are still available. I got a couple of these dresses and I love the flounce on the bottom and the bell sleeves! This dress is so comfortable and yet elegant! I think it’s one of my favorite items they’ve ever released. They’re currently not in production anymore so I would ask your nearest independent retailer if they have any in their inventory. I’d also recommend Michelle Driver or Tracy Vazquez as retailers who might have stock! You’ll need to join their Facebook groups as this is how Lularoe works. 

A show I loved watching on Netflix and I think you will too is called The Toys That Made Us  There are only four episodes and I wish there were more! This show details the history of some of our favorite childhood toys. I would strongly recommend it! I’m also watching Friends again because let’s face it, could you ever WATCH Friends too many times? Emphasis on “Watch” in my best Chandler Bing voice. 

I finished the book Station Eleven and it was good. Kind of weird but good. It is technically science fiction which is probably why it’s not a normal selection for me. It makes you think though about what would happen if the world did get a virus that destroyed everyone. Very thought provoking! 

Let’s see, oh, I got my hair done again - much lighter this time but it was time for a change! 

And we adopted a cat from the shelter and he is precious. His name is Mocha and we love having him with us. 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Style: I Wear What I Want

Not to sound like a spoiled little child, but I wear what I want. It never used to be that way. Not even a little bit. Most of you who know me know I grew up in a very strict home and only was allowed to wear dresses and skirts. And let’s not forget those horrible culottes. Or better yet, please let’s forget them! 

Anyways, fast forward to nowadays. I’m so tired of people saying you can’t wear this or you can’t wear that. One of the biggest myths is that bigger women cannot wear horizontal stripes. Why not? I look at it like this. If I’m bigger, I’m still going to be bigger wearing stripes. Nothing will change. My body is still my body. 

It took me a long time to get rid of the nastiness in my head. The voice telling me I was too fat. The voice telling me you can’t wear that. The voice telling me to go up sizes because you could see the shape of my butt or my stomach. And I  still felt so uncomfortable because the clothes didn’t fit me right. 

Lately, I cannot believe all of the sweet messages and comments that I have gotten on social media. I honestly don’t even know why or where this is coming from. But I will tell you what I tell everyone. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I really started to like my body. The shape of it, the stretch marks, the cellulite, all of it. It’s not perfect - oh my goodness, it’s not perfect. It never will be. But it is mine and I can either learn to like it and love it or stay miserable and cover it up. I’ll take the first choice please. 

So when it comes to choices of clothing, I’m now able to say I wear what I want. I love fashion and styling clothing in a way that is flattering and fun. I love putting outfits together and one day hope to maybe even venture out on my own and open a business doing this. Surprise! 

I honestly think confidence and a smile help you to rock any outfit. I do think you need to wear what fits. That is really my only rule. The reason for this is that if a garment is ill- fitting, you really are not doing yourself any favors. Pay a few dollars and get it tailored or do not buy it. I also love the retailers who offer garments made to fit you. You give them your measurements and they tailor make something to fit you. There are a lot of these places now and I’m loving it! 

So, please, wear what you want too. Be you. Do you. Don’t let anyone tell you no. I mean providing you don’t have a dress code or something...but be true to yourself. Try a style you’ve never tried before! Remember things look so different on the hanger than on your body. Try it on and don’t look away- I say this because I also used to hate looking at myself in the mirror. Learn to really show yourself some love. 

This awesome shirt was part of a package of tees that I got from The fun thing about this is I got a grab bag with three tees in it and all of them seemed so good for me! Here’s some pics of the ones I got: 

This last one will probably go to my friend Rebekah because  I saw this and immediately thought of her. She’s totally got to have this more than me...

The skirt I’m wearing is courtesy of Rainbow- they have so many good things! You should really check them out if you haven’t recently! This skirt is lightweight and good quality for the price. 

This week, wear what you want! Make sure to let me know if you do! Have a great rest of your Sunday! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WhatUp Wednesday #26

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! Well we are halfway through this week and today’s the last day of February already! I can’t believe how fast this month flew by compared to January that felt like it had 105 days in it! 

This last week was interesting to say the least. I didn’t post on Wednesday last week- I did a day late on Thursday since I didn’t have enough time on Wednesday. But I did want to share a story about kindness that happened to me on that day. Amongst all of the sadness and bad things that are happening in the world, one thing did make me believe a little more in the kindness of humans- in this case, kindness of strangers. 

It goes like this. It was cold and rainy all last week here in Texas. The temps were in the 30’s and if it were Michigan, it would have been snow. I digress. My sensor for my tires goes off in my car. It shows the passenger front tire is low- like extremely low. However, glancing at it would not show this. I decided I would go to the gas station to pump some air into the tire. I went to the first station and I instantly knew it wasn’t a good idea. Pouring rain, my hands were freezing, the umbrella was blowing away and the air pump wasn’t working. Oh and this dude in a Mercedes sat in his car and parked in the spot next to me watching me which was really making me mad. 

So I went across the street to another gas station and thought I’d try again. Only this pump wasn’t working well either and I managed to actually deflate the tire until it was almost flat! Ugh! Also don’t forget the pouring rain and freezing temps! My umbrella blew away and I looked up and a man was returning it to me. He walked up and asked if he could help me put air in the tire since it now was flat. He then tried to put air in it and did not succeed either. He said he didn’t want me driving anywhere and then proceeded to get out my spare tire and change it for me in the pouring rain. I did my beat to hold an umbrella over his head but the wind didn’t let  me and he said he just came from the gym and didn’t mind getting wet. We talked. He said his name was Andy. Hi Andy, I’m Sandae. I told him I moved here from Michigan as we talked about the cold. He asked me why I moved to which I replied - I moved here for a job that just let me and a thousand other people go. He said you know, most people find this devastating, but I always find when something like this happens, something better comes out of it. 

He finished replacing the tire then I asked if I could buy him a coffee or anything else. I was so thankful that he helped me but I’m sure he was thankful for the opportunity. Don’t forget to pay it forward, I remind myself! 

So I take the tire to get it repaired and surprise, the tire is perfectly fine. It appears that the rain and cold may have set off my sensor. Better to be safe than sorry! Modern cars are wonderful until things like this happen to drive you crazy! 

Andy restored my faith in humans. Be more like Andy. But for sure, look for opportunities to help others around us! I get so tired of the people that drive me crazy while I’m driving or even those that you see doing other stuff on the news. Be aware of those in need around us and be sure to be their angel if the opportunity presents itself! 

So, onwards and upwards! I saw Black Panther and it was so amazing! I forgot to tell you all that last week! I already want to go back and see it again - it was that good! 

I’m reading a great book that I’m about halfway through- it’s called Station Eleven and it’s really good! I’d definitely recommend it! It’s a book about a flu that wipes out the population and what happens to those remaining. It really makes you think! 

Netflix has been pretty generic for me lately as I finished rewatching Parks and Rec series and began Friends again. But I did watch a few episodes of The Toys That Made Us and it is so good! I love learning more about the history of the toys and how they were created. It is incredibly interesting to me and I think you’ll all love it too! 

And are you listening to Atlanta Monster ? I can’t get enough and I really love hearing more about this story and all of the research that they do. This past week they talked more about all of the information that is in the vault or leads that didn’t pan out or things like that. It is really a great series! 

I’m also loving this dress from SheIn ! I  got it in the red as seen here but it also comes in black. Remember to do a little research when ordering with SheIn as sizing can be different sometimes. I’d advise looking at the model’s size and measurements and also looking at the measurements on the size chart. Make sure to take your measurements so you can get the best size! SheIn has some amazing pieces and you can use my code “curvygirl20” to get a discount on your order too! You can order this dress or anything else! 

Here’s a recap of a few outfits that were posted on Instagram this past week: 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Style: The Phoenix

Happy Sunday! I want to share a beautiful dress with you all but I also want to talk about the Phoenix. The reason this idea came about is because this dress from Atelier Sorokka is called the Phoenix! I looked up the definition of what a Phoenix is and found it to be a bird in Greek mythology that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again.

I started thinking about my life and how I think this bird represents me. I’m in the middle of my own regeneration and rebirth of loving myself and learning to live again. While I don’t need to share everything with you all and go into detail, I do want you to know that I’m a survivor and I’m back to caring for myself the way I should. We all need love but we have to start with loving ourselves first. 

So this Phoenix arises from the ashes of its predecessor. It regenerates from the bird it was before and becomes a new bird. How many of us need to look at life differently perhaps and renew ourselves? I think it doesn’t mean a total do-over necessarily even just perhaps there is a part of our lives or our selves that might need to change. Just something to ponder over on a Sunday evening! 

Here are some pictures of this beautiful Phoenix dress from Atelier Sorokka. I paired some silver shoes with this and some pearl and silver earrings (not so sure you can see those) but really the dress needs very few accessories since it is such a beautiful all over print! One of the the things I really love about this company is that they want all women to feel beautiful in their clothing and they will custom make it to fit you! I love this so much! 

How’s your weekend treating you? Mine went by way too quickly!

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

WhatUp Wednesday #25 (A Day Late)

This week has just gotten the better of me I think! I am happy tomorrow is Friday because honestly, I'm looking forward to sleeping in or just staying in bed on Saturday morning! It seems like everyone across the country is having weird weather so maybe that's part of my uckiness- for lack of a better word...

So, I usually share with you all what I've been up to and this week is no different! I just finished the book Lily and the Octopus and it was very good. I have to say that I legit ugly cried and it was no joke. The book was well written but it is about a dog who has a tumor on its head. It's no spoiler for me to tell you that. I would recommend reading the book as it is just phenomenal how this man loves his dog. It's a book about relationships past and present and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. 

I also watched the whole season one show of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. Oh I loved this show!! I mean first of all the fashion is divine as it is set in the 50's but the storyline is just perfect! It was entertaining and left me wanting more! I mean when is season 2 coming out anyways?! 

Many of you know I've been looking for a job and really trying to think about my next steps in life. Losing a job for a lot of people is heartbreaking and devastating - for me it was too. But in life we are often reminded that our steps might not be our own. Meaning there might be a different path that is being laid for us to walk on. This is no different for me. I've been loving not working in a corporate environment so it might be the way I choose to go. I'm thinking about some things I love to do and ways I can work for myself as well. This wasn't the path that I chose, but it's the one I'm on. All I know is that He will provide for us all of our wants and needs. I'll leave you with that. 

So here's a look that I'm loving this week: it's a mixture of denim and comfort and boho style all in one. I'm loving everything kimono still and these Lularoe ones are no different! I paired these ripped jeans with a tee and kimono and flats and a fun bag. What do you all think? 

Here's a recap of some of the outfits over this past week: 

I went to Board and Brush again in Plano and I made this awesome planter box! I am really so happy that everything I make turns out so well! They also gave me four pots for it and I'm going to get some succulents this weekend! 

I also really enjoyed a fun girls' day on Sunday with brunch, nails and then a trip to a winery. I know I'm basic but it was a lot of fun and I'm thankful to have made new friends too! We went to The Fatted Calf in Rockwell for brunch and it was so amazing! Then nails then a trip to the Landon Winery in Greenville. Such a fun day! 

Anyone have any suggestions for me? Please let me know! I love to know what you all are enjoying too! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Monday, February 19, 2018

Dressed In Black

In today's post I am wearing this amazing dress from Fashion Nova Curve  I have to admit that I have never tried a dress like this before but I kind of love it!  I love the way this dress hugs my curves and I love the peekaboo strips in this dress! This dress is called the Side to Side dress and you can use my code ONTHERUN for a discount! 

As I was taking pictures today, it reminded me of the song Dressed In Black by Sia. I didn't know this song until someone I used to know shared it with me. I still remember driving around listening to him sing it. I remember downloading it after that and now I am always reminded of a time when life was good and fun and easy. 

I love this song because she talks about how she basically is getting a second chance at life and at love. Some people think her feelings come from being sober and having a sponsor while others equate it to love. I am a hopeless romantic at heart so I equate it to love. How amazing to find that love after you've given up and thought life was going to pass you by? 

While I no longer am close to the person who introduced me to the song, I will always remember feeling that way. Feeling like I had a second chance. Thankful for the chance to have a broken heart healed. Thankful for second chances. You broke down the walls and covered my heart in kisses. You found me in the back, dressed in black. 

Life is what we make of it. While dwelling on the past isn't good, remembering people or things or events who made you better is definitely something to think about every once in a while and smile. 

Thanks for sharing in my nostalgia today! Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Style Spotlight:

For today's post, I want to share with you all an online consignment store called This was my first experience using this site so I thought I'd share more with you all. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my live video I did while unboxing everything I got. If you didn't, it's okay because I'm going to give you a recap! 

The process of checking out the site and ordering was very easy. Picking out items wasn't as easy because I wanted to put so much in my cart! I love how they show you new arrivals and of course you can also filter by size and color etc for easier selections. I also love how they label each item with the condition of it as well as other pertinent information. I was given a credit from so I had a budget to stay within and I also wanted to purchase items that were brand new or gently worn. 

I thought I'd look for something that would be great to wear on a date or out to dinner or to a play. Something I could get a little bit dressed up for. I also thought I'd look for summer dresses or sandals since it will be warm here soon. 

Here's the look I picked for a fancier occasion- I'm in love with this dress! It fits great and I paired it with some simple nude heels and a leopard bag but I could also dress it down with a denim jacket and booties if I wanted. As I wear the other items, I will also post pics of those! 

I'm showing you all pics below of all of the items that I purchased- all of these items were either brand new or barely worn. requires all of the items to be clean and pressed and in good condition. Everything I received met all of my expectations and everything fit well! 

I was so happy to find a pair of Sarah Jessica Parker's shoes! I remember when they first came out and the grosgrain ribbon on the back and me saying I really want a pair of those! They are also in green which is my favorite color. Bonus! The other two pairs of shoes came in boxes and were unworn. They are great neutrals to wear for spring and summer! 

The other two dresses that I purchased were also in excellent condition. The straight dress is from eloquii which I love and the other dress is from Dress Barn. I'm looking forward to wearing the maxi when I go on vacation to someplace warm! 

I loved my experience with and I know you all will too! Use the code BEMINE25 for 25% off your purchase for first time shoppers! You are sure to find something that you love for any occasion! 

Let me know if you purchase anything and how you enjoyed your experience. Happy shopping! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me!