Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WhatUp Wednesday #38

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! It's that time again where I share my looks and my faves and all the stuff I have been up to. Although I have been under the weather and haven't really been up to much of anything lately...

I thought I would start by sharing all of the looks that I haven't shared in the last couple of weeks! I share these on my Instagram feed but in case you don't follow me there I try to recap them on Wednesday posts. Underneath the picture is a description of each outfit. Here's today's look of the day too...



                              Sundress from City Chic                                          


Lularoe Cici


Lularoe Debbie 



Butterfly dress from SheIn- use coupon code "curvygirl20" for a discount


Obsessed with this set from Tomboy X!


Draper James for Eloquii 


NY Collection from Macy's 


Fun bow dress from Eloquii


Gorgeous printed dress from SheIn- use code "curvygirl20' for a discount




Outfit from Fashionnova Curve- use code "ONTHERUN" for a discount


Lularoe Dani


Lularoe Ana 


Outfit from Walmart

So because I have been sick, I really have only one outing to share with you all and that was with my team from work. We went to the Angelika Theater in Dallas and saw the movie McQueen which was so good and then had a delicious lunch at Urban Taco. The food was great and I would definitely recommend it!





I am currently watching The Mindy Project on Hulu- I am on season 5 and this only went 6 seasons. I should finish up this weekend I bet! I also am still watching I Am A Killer on Netflix but I am going to take this one slower. I watched To All The Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix and I think I am in the minority of people who don't love this movie. It wasn't bad but I do have a son who is almost 13 years old and I just don't want to think about stuff like this in the movie happening in high school. Plus it's a movie about high schoolers. I will leave it there. 

That's all I am sharing today! I will be off the next few days resting and trying to get rid of this nasty sickness. I hope I am feeling better by the weekend to try and get out and do something. Next week is my New York trip so I have to be well for that! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday Style: The Butterfly Effect

In this blog post, I thought I would get a little personal- not too personal, but just a little. I am wearing this gorgeous navy blue dress embroidered with butterflies from SheIn. It is a perfect little dress for the hot summer temps that we are currently having. I paired some fun sparkly sandals and some tassel earrings to complete the look. 





Why butterflies though? Have you all seen my butterfly tattoo? It is funny because some people probably don't even notice it or don't know I have one at all. I actually got this butterfly tattoo when I was first separated from my ex-husband a few years ago. I had wanted a tattoo but just never had the guts to get one or really wanted to get this particular one until I went through something really hard. I realized that I would be reminded every time I looked at it of my scars and the way I used to feel. 

It hit me. I am a butterfly. I have to transform. Butterflies are not beautiful or even cute when they are first born. They are ugly caterpillars. They transform through metamorphosis and then, only then do they become the beautiful creatures that we see. 

Did you know that butterflies defend themselves by becoming what their environment looks like? They can blend in to look like a tree so their predators don't get them. Some can also emit a chemical that makes their enemies think that they taste bad so they will leave them alone. I think about this and feel I have done both really.  I have blended in to look like my surroundings to survive and I have also emitted terrible things in the way of words and actions to survive. 

The greatest threat to a butterfly is climate change or a change to its habitat. I moved from Michigan to Texas to further my career and better myself. After a challenging few years, I felt the move was necessary to survive although I think many thought I would not.  I have found myself transformed into truly a new person. I look different and act different and I am happy to not only be surviving but to be thriving in my new environment. 

Butterflies are not just around to be pretty.  They are also around to help flowers pollinate, eat weedy plants and provide a food source to other animals. Butterflies are also deep representations of life just like in my example. They are often associated with resurrection or transformation. Around the world people also view the butterfly to be representing endurance, change, hope and life. 

The Butterfly Effect is a theory that one small thing like a butterfly flapping its wing can make way for a tornado somewhere else. It is believed that such a small thing or movement such as this can make way for a larger one. I got to thinking about this. 

In my life, I want to be the small influence on someone causing a much bigger effect. Helping women realize they are beautiful no matter their size. Helping them understand that it is okay to wear whatever they want and to be truly freed from the taunts of others. Confidence plays a big part in this. I am working on being more confident every day-whether it is in my personal or professional life-as I know many of you are too. I hope that one small action like writing an encouraging comment on your IG post or baring my body in a swimsuit will help you all to realize you can do it too. May we start a movement bigger than all of us. The Butterfly Effect. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post! If you have, please feel free to share with others. Sometimes knowing others have or are currently still going through the same things help us to feel better about ourselves. 

You can shop my dress here and don't forget to use my code "curvygirl20" for a discount!

Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae

Friday, August 24, 2018

Giving You The Cold Shoulder

Sponsored by Macy's NY Collection

I went out and about this past weekend giving everyone the cold shoulder. I wasn’t mean, I just am referring to my dress! I am loving the stripes and the shape of this dress that I purchased from Macy’s NY Collection a couple of weeks ago. It was comfy as I was around town running my errands and I even stopped in and got a foot massage wearing it! 

This dress is from the NY Collection and is perfect for wearing now in the summer or later in the year! I paired wedges with it this time but in the fall I could see myself pairing it with a moto jacket and some booties! What do you all think about that combo for the fall?







Love this dress? Shop it here- stop by and tell me what you think about it and how much you love it!

Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae 


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fun and Flirty Shirtdress

This post is in collaboration with Macy’s.

You guys know how I love sharing brands and products with you, right? Well, I have a good one for you today! I am featuring this gorgeous shirt dress from Tommy Hilfiger and I am super excited to share it with all of you! 

From the gorgeous patterns to the fit and style of this dress, it was love at first sight. The pale blue and white polka dots and flowers make this dress oh so special. I love it for the way it hangs on my curves yet is so feminine. It feels like a boyfriend’s shirt yet is decent (and long enough) to wear out in public. I love the patchwork design of this dress and the roll up cuffs on the sleeves. They literally thought of everything when making the perfect dress!

The best part is that it is available at Macy’s! I walked into the mall and was able to look at bestseller items on the rack like khakis and cute tops as well as order online other items that weren’t available in store. I love that Macy’s is carrying extended sizes up to a 24W making it easier for me to shop. And let’s talk about the preppiness of Tommy Hilfiger and how I love that they are making sizes for everyone! 

I paired my dress with some fancy flip flops and am carrying a fun bag. I also went for my coral tassel earrings to have even more fun with this look! I can definitely see myself also wearing this with slides and a crossbody bag for a trip to the museum or farmers’ market.

All in all a delightful experience with this brand so I wanted to be sure to share it all with you! You can shop my dress here and look at other items from this collection as well. 

Here are some photos for you of this fun, relaxed look:







Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WhatUp Wednesday #37

Hi friends! I am so glad I am able to write today! I have been in bed with bronchitis for the last couple of days but I finally made it out of bed this afternoon and got dressed and made up to pick my son up from his first day of school and do a Target run. I decided to wear this new dress that I got from my friend Tracy- she sells Lularoe and this is a new style called the Dani dress. My sweet friend also included this fun necklace so I thought I would throw it on for an easy afternoon look. (Follow her site here).




This is basically a tank dress- it's a straight column dress but I love the way it hugs my curves in all the right places! I might need to get more in this style!

So this last week was super busy and rainy-probably why I ended up with bronchitis. But seriously, it was super busy with work and getting ready for my son to come back and start school. I didn't do a ton of stuff but I did visit a couple of new restaurants so I thought I would review.

The first place I went for a business lunch was this steakhouse called Y. O. Ranch Steakhouse. My boss loved this place. I will say it was good but I still think left a lot to be desired. I ordered the Grilled Tenderloin Sandwich which was good but I don't know I just didn't love the place. The waiter seemed kind of weird or distracted maybe and there really weren't that many people in the place for lunch. He offered us free banana pudding for dessert but I didn't care for it at all. You guys, it's just my opinion but by all means, try the place out if you want to!



I also went out to dinner on Saturday night with some friends and went to Moxie's in Uptown Dallas.  I loved everything about this restaurant! The ambience was lovely and the food was so good!  I ordered a Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule for a drink and the Chipotle Mango Chicken for dinner which was excellent! We also shared a White Chocolate Brownie which was also delicious. It was a fun night out with friends!





That's it for food. I did do something else fun and that was attend a live radio show. My friend Gerald from Capital One days has an internet radio station called Let's Get It Radio and he and Ms Dutchess do an adult-themed show on Thursday nights. I went over and sat in while they did the show and it was so fun! They play music 24 hours a day and then he is slowly working up his content with additional shows. Give it a listen if you are so inclined to do so!



For shows, I finished the season 6 of Orange is the New Black. I don't know about the ending. I won't spoil it for anyone but it wasn't my favorite. I am curious to see how it all shakes out in the next season. I also started watching The Mindy Project on Hulu. I watched some of it before on regular television but I am liking rewatching the series in its entirety. I sure do get a lot of outfit inspiration from her! 

I also binge watched The Staircase on Netflix over the weekend. It was legit a great show and I am glad I took the time to watch it. I don't know if he is guilty or innocent-only the Lord knows but it was a really great put together show. Now I am starting I Am a Killer on Netflix which is about criminals in prison who tell their stories. Don't judge-I have been sick the last few days and not done much except for relaxing. I really need to get back to the library and check out more books so I am not just sitting watching shows. 

I will recap a few outfits and then that's it for this post! I am loving all things printed for summer right now and it clearly shows in my outfits! 



I did a Get Ready with Me for Dia and Co and this outfit with shorts and kimono and this dress was in my box! I am loving both of these looks!



I am showing off some denim looks for Fashionnova Curve and this is one of them! I love this wrap top and StudMuffin jeans! You can also use my code ONTHERUN for a discount!



I talked about this pretty floral dress from Perfectly Priscilla in Sunday's post but you can shop the dress here as well. Use my code Curvygirl20 for a discount!





I am loving this dress from SheIn and the skirt on the bottom is from SheIn as well! You can shop the dress here and the skirt here. Use my code Curvygirl20 for a discount!


The last look is this one from Eloquii. I don't know why I waited so long to wear this one. I love the skirt and the top and they were both just included in the Warehouse sale that they just had over the last couple of days. I hoped some other lucky ladies snagged this look as well!

I am signing off for tonight! I am tired and in need of some sleep and we've got a fun day at work tomorrow!

Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae