The Je ne sais quoi

A Guide To A Stylish Plus Size Life









Jacket | Pants | Shoes | Bag - Similar  | Sunnies- Love these and these 

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I hope you had a fabulous holiday season! As I was looking through my blog one of the things I hardly ever talk about is work wear. Which is odd, since I spend most of my time at work. So I want to introduce to you 9 to 5 To Stay Alive a series that I will post to discuss work wear and any questions you have about it! Though my office is business casual there is still occasions when I have to dress up for different events. When I first started out in my career I wore suits and stockings daily and how quickly I realized that wasn't the life for me. My ever present need to represent my feelings through fashion always rears it's head no matter what.

This year I want to include a few more post on work wear. Honestly it can be hard to navigate through and easy to lose yourself in what you think is appropriate. Injecting your personal style into your work style isn't as hard as you might think. It can be as simple as wearing your favorite color, or your favorite shape of suit, or even your accessories.

If you follow me on Pinterest then you know I love a good suit. Suiting can be so powerful, but with the wrong cut and the wrong shape it can also be dowdy. When I saw this suit at Eloquii's headquarters back in November I knew it had to be mine. The shape of the sleeves, the easy fit of the pants it was too perfect to not add to my wardrobe. All of the styling possibilities of these two pieces went running through my mind!

So how do you feel about work wear? What is your style when it comes to what you wear to work? Do you have any questions on work wear?

Thank you for reading!

J





Jumpsuit | Blazer | Shoes | Earrings | Purse-Vintage | Sunnies- Similar (here and here)



This year my New Year's Eve is gonna be totally low-key. I honestly might even wear tennis shoes, since I'm still nursing this sprained foot. But if I wasn't this jumpsuit from Lane Bryant would be perfect for a night out on the town. First of all it's comfortable, the fit is amazing and it has pockets. All important requirements for a going out outfit. I looked at this jumpsuit online and kept going back and forth, but when fell in love when I tried it on in the store! Thank you to all of my IG followers who told me to buy it! LOL! I love y'all! The velvet detailing take this jumpsuit up a notch and made it different from my other jumpsuits. FYI I'm wearing a size 22, just in case you're buying it online.  I styled the jumpsuit by adding my velvet mules, blazer and these beautiful earrings I picked up at Loft.

Honestly I can not believe that we are at the end of another year. Everything has rushed by so fast. I sincerely want to say thank you to everyone who has continued to read my blog year after year! This year has been so amazing for me blog wise that I am totally inspired to push myself harder and harder  to develop this little corner of the Internet. I am thankful for everyone who has left me a comment, liked my pictures, commented and interacted with my in any way! I hope you have an amazing 2018! If there is anything you want to see here please don't hesitate to email me and let me know! I love interacting with y'all!

Thank you for reading! Love you all!

Jeniese











Duster | Tank | Jeans (Similar) | Shoes (Similar)| Sunnies



I 've been addicted to sequins for as long as I could remember. They are perfect for absolutely any occasion. Every holiday season I have to stop myself from taking the sequin addiction too far. Conversations in my mind sound like self... do you really need another sequin jacket?! Of course I do! Now I just like to think of this section of my closet as my sequin collection. That makes me a collector right? See how I justify that.

Back in August I was the TCF Style Expo and I picked up this Courtney Noelle duster! I love buying pieces from independent designers. They are always on the cutting edge of styles, fabrics and designs. If you haven't heard of Courtney Noelle please head over and check out her designs, this isn't a sponsored post, I just love her stuff!

Since this duster was the show piece I paired with simple black tank, jeans and pumps. I was also excited to try my new favorite lippie from Nars called Paint It Black. Sooo I sprained my ankle and my holiday looks are all changing cause no heals for me any time soon (smh).

Anyone else addicted to sequins? fur? Leather? What can't you get enough of?

Thank you for reading!

J














This post is sponsored by Just My Size. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you know that versatility is my personal key to building a strong wardrobe. Honestly, if I can’t wear an item at least three different ways on three different occasions why on earth should I buy it? Unless of course, I consider the piece to be art. When Just My Size challenged me to style their Goddess Dress in two different ways, I jumped at the chance to flex my styling muscles! 

Just a little about the dress, I’m wearing a 3X and I loved the softness and breathability of the jersey fabric. Since winter is just rolling around I’ve been expanding my wardrobe with things that are seasonless. The Goddess dress is essentially ideal for so many occasions from work, church or a night on the town. And did I mention that they are super affordable, priced under $30.00? 

Since I go out less and less these days, my main wardrobe consists of what I wear to work, so I love pieces that I can style for both uses. Having items that go from day to night are often a lifesaver when I’m running through my busy schedule. Don’t you agree? For my daytime look, I paired my favorite camel vest with a pair of nude pumps and bag. Normally I would have leaned towards black accessories but for the daytime but I wanted to dabble with neutrals.

Heading out after work?  To turn it up a notch, I added black pumps, a dangly earring, a clutch and a darker lippie. Moving it even further from my work look, I slid my dress off the shoulder, creating the perfect after-5-PM look.

During this busy Holiday season, it’s essential for me to survive by wearing looks that translate from occasion to occasion. Just My Size’s collection of dresses is honestly perfect for doing so. 

Thank you for partnering with me Just My Size. 

What are you looking for in a dress this season? Have you checked out Just My Size’s collection of dresses? I also love this ruffle sleeve dress!

Thank you for reading! 

J
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