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Printed Persistence

I’m a dreamer. More importantly, I’m a dream chaser. I realize that my dreams will not become realities on their own; they require a crap load of work! I can’t lie, I want to give up lots of times. Sometimes, I want to give up on blogging; I almost cancelled my workshop (recap coming this week); I consider shutting down Clutched & Covered; the list can go on and on. Whenever, I want to give up, something or someone reminds me to keep trying, to not give up, and everyday, I see that persistence really does pay off.

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Jacket: J. Lo. for Kohl’s (similar); Shirt: Converse- Target; Shorts: Boxing Kitten (similar); Shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop

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“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” – Elbert Hubbard

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I don’t know if you are like me and want to give up sometimes, then today I encourage you to not give up! Whatever your dreams, goals, and aspirations are, big or small, keep pushing, keep trying, take it step by step, second by second, and keep moving until your goal is achieved. It can be easy to quit, but persisting until you achieve your goal, will be SO rewarding!

How do you maintain your persistence when reaching for a goal?

P.S. I can’t seem to keep my hands out of my hair with these curls, LOL.

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Again and Again

I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I understand the idea of wearing a garment once, or even having an allotted time between when clothing pieces can be worn again. It just seems like a a lot of effort, and totally ignores the important rule of getting a great CPW (cost per wear out of your clothes).  Particularly, when investing in quality pieces, CPW is everything!  While some people schedule when they can repeat clothing, I wore the same shirt for two very different parts of my Sunday, to church, as seen in yesterday’s post, and to hang with friends here :-).  I’ve gotten more than my money’s worth on this $3 Ralph Lauren shirt thrifted from the boys department!

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Brooch:  Monet (similar);  Shirt:  Ralph Lauren; Shorts:  Unknown (used to be men’s pants from a friend); Shoes:  Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop (get them here); Lip Stain: Always Red- Sephora

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Cost Per Wear=  Price of Garment + Maintenance/ Total Number of Wearings

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Great style includes getting the bang for your buck!  What do you do to get your money’s worth out of clothes?

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Plaid + Flowers

Ok, so I’m swamped and exhausted from running around town preparing for my workshop, to beheld on Saturday, but I really love this of plaid and flowers, lol.  So, today’s post is going to be all about the pics :-).

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Brooch:  Monet (similar);  Shirt:  Ralph Lauren; Dress (worn as skirt)- Foreever 21 (similar); Shoes:  Jean Michel Cazabat c/o Shopbop (sold out, but you can get a pair here)

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Do you like wearing plaid and floral?  What are your tricks for mixing these two prints?

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Life Blowing

Lovelies, life is trying to blow me each and every way right now, and I am trying very hard to keep my eye on the prize, walking against the wind towards my dreams.  Is this something you can relate to?  When this happens, we must hunker down, holding on to everything to everything good, letting the wind of life blow away all of the bad, so that we can rebuild, if necessary, and keep pushing forward.  Sometimes, I write these post with others or my friends in mind, but today, I am talking to myself, and hopefully you as well :-).

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Blouse:  Ishyu- vintage (similar); Skirt:  Unknown- vintage; Shoes:  Dolce Vita c/o Shopbop (similar); Bag:  Zara

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“However mean your life is, meet it and live it.” -  Henry David Thoreau

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SMILE

I like to keep it pretty transparent around these parts.  I almost didn’t write today’s smile post because as I type  this, I honestly don’t feel like smiling. As strong as my exterior may be, I am extremely sensitive when it comes to people I sincerely care about, which means sometimes the littlest of things can hurt my feelings.  Hopefully, by the time this publishes, I will be in more of a smiling mood, so I’m sharing what ha shade me smile this week anyway :-).  I hope your week has been full of smiles and you’re in a mood than I!  Every week I share pictures (via Instagram, or my regular iPhone camera) of things that made me smile.

These are some things that made me smile this week:

  • Shoe shopping :-).

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  • Impromptu dinner with my bestie.  The food sucked, but we don’t get to hangout enough so I was happy, lol.

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  • Weather warm enough for a mini dress and converse.

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  • Celebrating my friend’s engagement!

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  • Little Nintendo console earrings :-).

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  • A bit of sequins from Target.

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  • Breakfast + work on my Your Body Is Fabulous workshop.  Get your ticket here. :-)

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I’d really love to hear what made you smile this week.  Feel free to share in the comments!

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Your Body Is Fabulous- Teacake

The YBIF series was started as a result of a book I started writing many years ago, “Your Body Is Fabulous: Dress Like It,” because I feel style and fashion is nothing if you don’t love the body you’re dressing. So, every Thursday I feature a lovely lady, bloggers as well as other gorgeous ladies I know or meet, who tell us what makes their bodies fabulous! The purpose is to empower women to to accept and love their bodies’ as they are by showing women with various body types, skin colors, hair textures, and more.  Today the awesome Teacake shares with us!!

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What makes your body fabulous?
It’s MINE. Every curve, dimple, cellulite, and stretch mark are all a part of my make up. It took me some time to accept that but I realized if I could look in the mirror and gawk at the parts I love most, I could embrace the parts I love least.

What is your favorite thing about how you look?  And why? 
My favorite thing about how I look is that I APPEAR to be proportionate! I may not be perfect in terms of numbers and measurements, but I have developed a knack for tricking the eye by choosing carefully what I wear. No one would ever know, unless I told them, that I don’t really have hips. I have plenty of backside but not-so-curvy hips. (Oops! I guess I just let the cat out of the bag!) I make sure I wear clothing and pose a certain way in photos to give the illusion that I have hips.

What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
Although I feel great in spandex dresses that hug my body and all its glory, my favorite things to wear are maxi dresses. Long and flowy gowns/dresses leave things to the imagination while still accentuating the positives like my bust line and “onion” if you will.

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When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across?  And how do you solve them? 
My issue is with finding jeans! Jeans are what I like to call my “Hell-Wear!” When shopping for jeans the issues I come across are that they are too tight in the thigh and buttocks area, yet too large in the waist. I would purchase a larger size and wear a belt so tight that the jean would bundle up! (Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about). Recently, I have solved this issue by biting the bullet and buying more expensive brands. I found myself spending no less that $90 for one pair! Needless to say, I don’t wear jeans very often.

What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
The media! The media? The media. Well, I’ll put it like this. I sometimes feel like going crash diets…because of the media! I sometimes want a slimmer face…because of the media! I sometimes want laser surgery to rid myself of the “stretch mark life”…because of the media! But there is ONE positive sentiment. I thank my lucky stars that I have an ALL NATURAL BOOTY…BECAUSE OF THE MEDIA! It is definitely time out for the glorified size 2. Now, this is coming from someone who wore a size double zero most of her life so don’t get your boy shorts in a wad. I believe that the media, at this time, is still on the fence about body acceptance. For example, they seem to accept the CURVACEOUS woman as long as she is CONFIDENT. But as soon as that same woman loses 20 to 50 pounds or more, “She’s STUNNING!” Well, wasn’t she stunning prior to the weight loss? As they say via text, “ijs” (I’m just saying).

What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
As a 29 year old woman, I have battled with my own body acceptance over the years. I had to realize that I am not that thin GIRL that I used to be. I am a curvy WOMAN now. When I started getting down in the dumps about my body, it didn’t take me too long to understand that is wasn’t my clothes being mean to me or the scale lying to me…it was all ME abusing it. While I am a firm believer in embracing YOU and the cloth that you are made of, I am also a believer in taking care of YOU. I lived in the fast food lines, I stayed active in singing, acting, and dancing but I never worked out. That was all abuse. But, when the fast food stopped and the water, juicing, healthy eating, and exercise began, I started to see and feel a difference in my body. The positive changes made me feel better about myself and appreciate the skin that I am in. I wouldn’t dare paint the picture that this was easy for me, it wasn’t, and some days it’s not. But once you have peace within, you will start to make peace with your body. I will never be a size 2 again, but I ACCEPT by body, I won’t ABUSE it anymore, and I APPRECIATE what I have. YOU should too.

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Like Teacake, I love my dimples, cellulite, and natural booty too!!  She’s just lovely, real, and can sing too!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! Send in your answers and pictures telling me what makes your body fabulous so that I can feature you and further share the body acceptance/love message!

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for my workshop, “Your Body Is Fabulous:  Dress Like It!” in a little over a week; I’d love to see your face in the place :-).  Seating is limited, so sign up, here.