The Je ne sais quoi

A Guide To A Stylish Plus Size Life












 
I often get asked what I think is missing from the plus-size clothing industry and my mind sometimes draws a blank. Honestly my closet is packed with so many amazing pieces, but I realized that I was missing the elevated basics that I so often craved. I don’t have a go-to t-shirt that I can’t live without and I don’t have great t-shirt dress that doesn’t just look blah on me. But that all changed when I was introduced to a new brand, See Rose Go.

See Rose Go is a new to the market plus size brand who is introducing elevated plus size basics. Things amazing pieces that you want to throw on daily and that fit for almost every occasion. When Erin, one of the founders of See Rose Go, reached out to me I was genuinely impressed with her passion for the plus size industry. I was blown away when she started discussing the CoolRose fabric that they created for their clothing.  The CoolRose is a jersey knit that they developed using Coolmax fabric. Designed to be breathable/cooling, anti-pilling, comfortable and durable. I can’t think of anything that works better for my breakneck schedule.

The See Rose Go Team sent me over the Cool Rose My Favorite T-shirt which can be worn about a million ways. As a round neck, as a v-neck, casual, dressy and on and on. The Cool Rose My Go-To Dress is just that my go-to dress. I won’t tell you how much I’ve worn this since I received it. I requested a size 3 in both pieces and they fit me perfectly. For reference I’m a size 22/24 and They would work on a size 26/28 as well. I do hope they expand their size range eventually, because currently it stops at a size 3.

For you my dear reader team at See Rose Go is giving away two passes to the The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo in Atlanta to see their products first hand during the Expo! You can enter here for a chance to win! 

Have you heard of See Rose Go? Isn't the CoolRose Jersey exciting? Don't forget to enter the contest







Dress | Shoes | Bag | Head Wrap | Sunnies


Today is my 39th Birthday and as always I find myself being extremely reflective as I celebrate another year on Earth.  If I'm can be honest, I'm in no way, shape or form where I thought I would be at this age. Yet at the same time, I regret nothing. If I never made the decisions I made I would never be the person I am today. And I have fallen in love this this incredibly flawed creature that I am

Over the past few weeks I've received so many hidden and not so hidden messages about manifesting the things you want in your life. I listened to pod cast and sermons on creating list to put your desires into the universe, and understanding that you are equipped you need to be successful. Its as almost as if the universe was conspiring to help me come to a few conclusions and to stop dragging my feet on key decisions that I've been avoiding like the plague. Often times I find myself getting anxious over making the right decisions, getting lost in the what could go wrong that I forget to just do it!

So as I prepare to make my 40th trip around the sun, I decided to create a list of 40 things I want to do before I turn 40. Cliche I know, but it was incredibly important for me to put somethings into the universe. Things that I have been scared to act on, things I forgot I wanted to do, things that I never thought I could accomplish. Is it entirely possible that I won't get these things done? Absolutely! It's also possible that I will do each and everyone of them!


  1. Take a solo vacation
  2. Decide where I want to live ( I have been dragging this one out)
  3. Embrace more change
  4. Be open to more possibilities 
  5. Spend Thanksgiving volunteering 
  6. Go skinny dipping (Sorry Mom)
  7. Go to Paris 
  8. Buy a Chanel Bag
  9. Exercise at least 3 days a week (consistently)
  10. Stop shying away from compliments
  11. Participate in a marathon (notice I said participate, not run)
  12. Take a spontaneous road trip
  13. Go to the Georgia Aquarium
  14. Invest in the stock market
  15. Start a book club
  16. learn how to put on false lashes
  17. Go on a date to the drive-in movies
  18. Learn how to cook more 
  19. Plan a trip to somewhere with snow
  20. Start meditating 
  21. Go camping/glamping
  22. Dye my hair (I haven't done that in years)
  23. Don't let money get in the way of taking leaps of faith
  24. Lead a Small Group at Church
  25. Increase my savings 
  26. Dust off my Spanish speaking skills
  27. Stop so much spontaneous spending on clothes
  28. Have a blogging/fashion event
  29. Get a second ear piercing (sorry again Mom)
  30. Go fishing 
  31. Write my business plan out
  32. Take my vitamins daily (this is a struggle)
  33. Rad 50 books this year 
  34. Host a dinner party
  35. Plant a garden
  36. See the Northern Lights (Hopefully in Iceland)
  37. Go on a spiritual retreat
  38. Learn how to play spades
  39. Be comfortable telling people no
  40. Buy myself a piece of jewelry (diamond preferably)
One of the joys of having a blog is the built in accountability you get from putting intentions into the Universe. I am grateful for those of you who join on this journey. For those of you who have helped me accomplish so much. I am blessed beyond measure.

Thank you for reading! You are appreciated! 

J




Sunglasses  | Dress | Shoes | Bag-Vintage (Love This One)


True story when I was in Lane Bryant shopping for this dress, a man tried to convince his wife to try on one of the polka dot dresses that I ended up leaving the store with and she absolutely refused. I could hear her whisper I would never wear that much print. I sighed and imagined having a Stacey London moment with her in the dressing room, but I could tell she was terrified to try the polka dots. Of course the antiquated rules of fashion have ingrained in so many women that the less print the better, I absolutely refuse to follow this rule. I will wear whatever print I want, whenever I want. Honestly even if I wore all black from head to toe I would still look like I was size 22, cause I am.

Now that my rant is over, this year is truly the year of the polka dot. I am soooo very happy to see one of my favorite prints in full effect all over the place. I'm also really happy to see the plus-size market on trend, on time for once. It's nice to be fashionable at the same time is everyone else! I went in Lane Bryant a few weeks ago and fell in love with two dresses and almost picked between the two, but my Instagram followers made me see reason and I bought both dresses. Because honestly I would have regretted not buying them. This one was so fun and I loved the two sizes of polka dot and the fact that  it can be worn dressy or casually.

I went with a size 22/24, for a little bit of room, but the 18/20 fit fine as well. Since polka dots are so classic I know won't regret going a bit over board adding items to my collection. Have you bought any polka dot pieces this summer? How do you feel about them? Below I've added a few other polka dot items that I've picked up this summer so far.





Thank you for reading, you are appreciated!

J








Dress - Similar | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies(old)- Similar & Similar




Let me start off by saying I'm sorry for this post in advance. This dress is more thank likely sold out and for that I'm really sorry. It's been returning back to stock weekly, so there is still a chance you could pick it up. It's always a blogger's nightmare to post about something that sold out, but I love these shots so much, and this dress to I wanted to share it with y'all.

A few summers ago I saw a favorite blogger of mine wearing a dress like this, and when I saw pictures of Gabrielle Union floating around in one, I hoped and prayed the NY& Co XXL would fit (and that was a super strong prayer y'all). As soon as I realized it was coming in plus sizes I jumped all over it! When I say I jumped all over it. I stopped what I was doing (driving) and bought this dress. My biggest fear was what size I needed, but after consulting the size chart I went with the 3x.

Whenever a brand launches a plus collection, the first thing I do is go and look at the size chart. Since I shop online so much, I rely heavily on size charts. I also keep tape measures everywhere (office, house, car) so I can get my measurements periodically. My midsection is heavier than my upper body and legs I solely purchase based on that part of my body. When I looked online I could tell in pictures that this dress was fitted in the middle and loose up top so I ordered my size accordingly. There is nothing worse that ordering a size and having it fit everywhere, expect for where you need it to fit. So shopping for my hips and tummy are important for me.

It was a huge sigh of relief when it fit exactly the way I wanted it! Maybe that was a squeal or scream hmmm. I know it was happiness! This dress will live in my closet forever y'all. I do mean forever. Again I'm sorry if you didn't get it! We are going to keep our eye out for restocking and returns. I have seen several of my fellow influencers wear this dress and it hasn't looked bad on anyone, not anyone.

What part of your body do you shop for? Mine has changed it used to be my chest area, but now it's shifted to my midsection. Tell me all about it!

Thank you for reading! You are appreciated.

J

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