The Je ne sais quoi

A Guide To A Stylish Plus Size Life






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





When your schedule get’s super busy it’s so hard to decide if you have time for a vacation or if a staycation might do the trick! Don’t get me wrong I love a vacation, but when I need a quick get away or some time to myself a simple staycation will do the trick. No matter which one you choose having some downtime is extremely important. I’ve partnered with Babblebox to bring share with you a few products that are perfect for a vacay or a staycay! 


Now y’all know I love a great subscription box, especially when it exposes me to new products that I think are amazing! Here is a peak at what’s in the box: 

Not sure about y’all but the first thing I do when I get home is take off my bra and put on something comfortable. The first item in my box was the Bali Comfort Revolution Bra from Bali Intimates, now comes with cool comfort fabric that wicks moister and helps to keep you cool and comfortable. It’s seamless design gives you complete comfort and it’s super flexible. Cause who wants to be uncomfortable while they are relaxing. I got an XL in this bra so I wasn’t able to try it, but it looks and feels amazing! 


Self-care for me always involves peace and skin care. There is nothing I love more than a beauty treatment. Bellame: Acqua Lumiere Hydrating Moisturizer and & Eye Cream Both are lightweight moisturizer that you can use both night and day to target fine lines and wrinkles. The eye cream helps with puffiness and after a few weeks I saw a huge difference in the fine lines that are developing around my face and eyes. I am a huge fan of anything with hyaluronic acid, especially since I have dry skin. I would recommend this for anyone who is concerned with aging or who has dry skin. You can go to www.bellame.com to learn more about the product. 


Along with skin care, hair care is my second favorite self-care practice. With the OMM Thickening Hair Mask & Oil. The hair mask is thick, rich and super conditioning. The Oil is a leave in treatment that is light, non-greasy and nourishing. After a day in the pool, slept in the oil treatment and my hair thanked me for taking the extra step. Both treatment are excellent for anyone who wants to thickening and treat their hair. For more info on the hair products go to www.OMMCollection.com


Who vacays without wine? Not me! Faustino I Gan Reserva, Bodega Faustino is Spain’s largest producer Gran Reserva wines. It is a wonderful blend of Tempranillo, Graciano & Mazuelo that ages 26 months in French and American oak barrels and at least 3 years in the bottle. It was soooo good! I mean I can’t say how good it was! For more information on their wines you can go to www.bodegafaustino.com/us



I would rather be reading at all times. There is nothing I love more than losing myself in a great book and My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley did not disappoint! It was such an easy, fun summer read.  I was so happy when I found this in my box, I really felt like Babblebox got me! You can pick up your copy here! 


And no vacation is complete without sunscreen and mosquito repellent. It’s an added bonus that it’s the deet free mosquito repellent. The repellent is cruelty-free and the sunstick is reef-safe with non-nano zinc. And if you purchase this you can use the code BABBLEBOX05 to get 10% off from now until September 30th. You can to go www.erinsfaces.com for products! 

Do you ever take staycations? Or are you all vacation? 

Thank you for reading! You are appreciated! 

J

Thank you for partnering with me and sponsoring this post www.babblebox.com! 





Dress c/o Who What Wear Collection  | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies 


Y'all life is hard, but getting dressed shouldn't be. The last thing anyone needs is to stand in front of their closets with dread on a daily basis.  Our lives are filled daily with so many ups and downs, the last thing you want is a wardrobe filled with things that make you feel anything but joy. I'm no Marie Kondo (just one look in my room would let you know this), but I'm deeply moved by owning things that make me happy. I look at my closet as constantly changing work of art. Complete with functional and nonsensical items that make me extremely happy for different reasons. Buying items that are easy to wear, comfortable and versatile should bring you joy and peace. Having those go too items make it so easy to get dressed.

One of these joyous items is this black dress from The Who What Wear Collection that brought me immense joy the second I saw it in stores. I knew it was the perfect black dress to get me through the summer. Perfect silhouette, breathable fabric, neutral color, delicate detailing, pockets and it was under $40! The absolute perfect dress for me to wear to work, church, lunch, brunch, drinks, you get my drift. I can't lie I was super tempted to buy it in the white as well, but I didn't.

I've had this dress on a bit of repeat since I got it! It wears so well in the sweltering Alabama heat. So does your closet fill you with joy? Or do you dread it when it's time to get dressed? Have you filled with items that make it easy to get dressed? Or are you triggered just thinking about it? Let's talk about it!

Thank you so much for reading! You are appreciated!

J

* Thank you to The Who What Wear Collection for partnering with me on this post!






Shirt  | Jeans-old (similar) | Bag | Sunglasses | Shoes


Suddenly finding yourself wearing a size 10 shoe in sixth grade makes shoe shopping a gift and a curse. Having your feet grow to a size 11 as an adult makes it even harder. My feet have always been one of my arch nemesis. From an early age I wished that my feet would just stop growing. Of course they never did.

Over the years shoe shopping has gotten way better, but occasionally I have a hard time finding that perfect fit. This year I was searching for the perfect red boot that didn't have too high of a heel, was the perfect shade of red and had the right toe shape. So when Shoes of Prey approached me about designing my own shoe, I jumped all over the chance.

Having the ability to go in and customize my own shoe is priceless. I spent so much time browsing the inspirational shoe photos, looking at what other people created. Then I finally decided to stick with my guns and make a red boot. Then I created exactly what I spent months looking for. A red boot with a lower chunky heel! You also so get the chance to customize even the smallest detail of your show, the sole, lining and the zipper! I was completely blown away that I could put my name inside of my boot! As a Southern Belle I love any opportunity to have something monogramed (LOL).

If you haven't checked out Shoes of Prey yet you really should. If you have small feet, wide feet or long feet they have the right fit for you! My boots aren't just pretty, they are extremely comfortable. You can head over to shop for the latest offerings from Shoes of Prey here http://bit.ly/2FCFpeS.

I hope everyone is doing well!

Thank you for reading! And a huge thank you to Shoes of Prey for partnering with me on this post!

J
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