Black is the new Black 

  
“I own too much black”- said NO ONE EVER!!!

Well, I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour – ha ha! 

But seriously, I do love black – and who doesn’t?!?! 

  
I’m not entirely comfortable with the tube part of this dress (bearing full arms) but I’ve been pushing myself to move outside that zone. You know, live a little – LOL! I do love the style though, especially the pockets! 

This uneasy feeling just reiterates how difficult it is for anyone to move away from a poor self image, it’s a daily battle. 

Some days are better than others but looking back I can surely see an improvement so I know I’m getting better. 

   
    
    
 Dress: Truworths (old) | Sandals: Makro_Sa (old) | Beads: Mrs Rogéro | Earrings & Sunnies: Mrp

Fun Fashion Fact:

“In the 1500s, fashion designers showed off their clothing by putting it on miniature dolls. There were no such thing as models until 1853.”

Stay Sassy xxx

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Monochrome


When temperatures are soaring in SA due to a heat-wave (reaching well into the 30’s – degree Celcius) AND you’re a plus size girl, you start imaging a life where Eve didn’t eat from that forbidden fruit!

It’s really, really HOT!

This dress is perfect though, lightweight and breezy, exactly what you want in this weather!

The monochrome fashion trend has been popular for a while now so I thought I’d give it a go in a colour other than black & white.



  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Dress – Ackermans / Sandals & Earrings – MrP (old) /  Beads – Mrs Rogéro / Sunnies – Cotton On / Lips – LA Girl

Fun Fashion Fact: 

“The skirt is the second-oldest garment, with only loin cloths predating it. Oh, and up until the 1600-1700s, men and women both wore them.”

Stay Sassy xxx

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Do you know what today is? 


(Singing in my Tony Toni Tone voice) – It’s our anniversary!!!!


Yep! 9 years ago I said I do to my BEST friend and 9 years later, I still do!

My husband and I started dating 2 days after my 17th birthday (his 19th birthday).

I knew from the moment we first met that he was very different to other guys. Apart from his charming good looks, ( wink) he had this “thing”about him, still has today. It’s this, I-don’t-care-what-people-think-about-me attitude and honestly, it’s what attracted me to him.

At 17 (and many years later) I was the complete opposite of this (what I thought), rebellious 19yr old boy. He lived in the moment, did what made him happy and never apologized for it. It was intriguing to say the least.

Today, after almost 16yrs as an item and 9 yrs of marriage, we’ve both changed and grown in many ways but he still has that “thing” about him. Although, not in a selfish, single guy kind of way, no, he still lives in the moment, only now, he lives to make his family happy – and still doesn’t apologize for it!

I would like to honour you today Brandon (this post is for you babe), beside the obvious; our 3 beautiful kids, the provision, the protection, the affection that you often have to fight for (sorry), you have loved me literally from thick to thin and back to thick again. Your love was constant, undeterred by the number on the scale.


You took care of me when I was as good as dead and you were right there when depression reared its ugly head (rhyming skills ha ha).

You are never afraid to let me & the rest of the  world know how much I mean to you. You love our children (and tease the heck out of them) unconditionally. You’ve taught me how to make my voice heard and how to say no when I need to. But most of all, I want to thank you for the laughs. You really do make me LOL and that’s my favorite thing.

Here’s to 91 more anniversaries with you babe ❤️

I love you more and more everyday (except yesterday, yesterday you were really annoying LOL). 

Is that a mush I see?

  
  

Mirror Mirror on the wall…


Are you happy with what you see when you look in the mirror?

Now, I’m not talking about your fabulous legs or your million dollar smile, no, I mean when you look long and hard – are you happy with the person you see looking back at you?

It recently hit me how far I’ve come in the last year. You see, a year ago I wasn’t in a very good place. Some relationships /friendships had gone sour and I felt betrayed. I allowed my feelings of betrayal to make me bitter and resentful and we all know how that just eats at you like poison.

I didn’t realize then what God was teaching me. I didn’t trust Him like I should’ve and my bitterness was a clear indication. Slowly, He showed me His plans and today I’m  grateful.

I’ve since forgiven  (even though the relationships might not have gone back to the way it was) , I’m moving forward with all the lessons learned. I can confidently say I’m stronger, wiser and better than my former self. Yes, I am (and forever will be) a work in progress but I do not despise the lessons learned, however small.

So, my answer would be yes, I am happy with what I see when I look in the mirror – because I am fearfully & wonderfully made!

 

  
  
  
  
  
Dress – Ackermans (old)

Sandals – Rockport (gifted)

Earrings – Mr P

Bangles – Truworths

Lips – LA Girl matte gloss in Tulle

Fun Fashion Fact:

” False eyelashes were first invented in 1916 when Hollywood producer, D.W. Griffith decided to enhance the eyelashes of Seena Owen for his film “Intolerance”. He wanted her eyelashes to brush her cheeks.These were made by a local wig maker using human hair woven through fine gauze.”

 

Thanks for stopping by and stay cute xxx

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The Shift Tunic 

I must admit, I was a little reluctant to try a shift tunic. I just assumed that it wouldn’t be flattering since its not structured, but I am quite feeling this navy blue one I picked up from Ackermans. Paired with these old faithful, floral pants and we have a winner!

I’m finding that the more confident I feel about myself, the more open I am to trying different trends. I’m loving the 70’s look, which is very popular at the moment, I’ll have to play a little dress up first and see if I can pull it off.

  
  
  
  
Shift tunic & shoes:::Ackermans

Pants:::PEP

Earrings & bag:::MrP

Beads:::Mrs Rogéro

Fun Fashion Fact:

 

Thanks for stopping by & stay cute xxx

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A Few of my Favourite things…

As a plus size girl, it’s rare to find something that fits absolutely perfect. Skinnies are almost always too wide at the ankle. Blazers too wide at the forearms. Tops that are wide enough to fit my hips and tummy will often be too big around the boobs. The top I’m wearing now is one of those. I sized down so it would fit the chest area even though it’s a little snug around the hips, it’s easily concealed when tucked in like this. I couldn’t pass it up because of a minor fit problem. Forgive me for the creases in my top – I’ve been sitting at my desk!


I live in these joggers. They are seriously my fave. Also, light-weight but the reason I really live in them is because unlike the top, these pants are one of those rare items that just fit! They are super comfy and just make me feel really confident when I’m wearing them (which is always my main objective when getting dressed).




Cute, pointy flats are my thing – but cute, pointy, metallic flats…they’re my thang!!!! Hahaha! Bonus: they’re very comfy too!


The beads I’m wearing I just purchased from the stunning, Mrs Rogéro, and she’s got a variety of colours (pictured below). I can already tell they’re going to be my go-to accessory this season!



I’m loving the LA Girl flat finish pigment gloss in Dreamy. A lip colour that really stays put is always a bonus for me. They’ve got a range of awesome colours – that I’d love to have…soon!


Top & earrings:::MrP

Joggers:::PEP Stores

Pumps & Sunnies:::Cotton On

Beads:::Mrs Rogéro.

And those are a few of my Favourite things 😊

Fun Fashion Fact: 

 

 

 

“Sneakers came to us thanks to Keds, the first company to create this type of shoe, in 1917. Converse produced their first pair of sneakers later that year.”


Thanks for stopping by and stay cute xxx

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Proud Moments

[DISCLOSURE:- THIS IS NOT AN OUTFIT POST – WELL…NOT REALLY!]

This past Friday, my husband and I had the priviledge of attending my oldest daughter’s Drum Majorette Awards Ceremony. I previously mentioned here that they’d won the President League South-African Championship and this was the formal ceremony to celebrate their victory as well as announce the new leader, sub-leaders and duals for the 2016 squad.

For those unfamiliar with the sport you can learn more about it here and here.

Back to the celebrations…

It was a beautiful evening and fun was had by all. Our girls looked amazing all dolled up in pretty dresses and heels (which was right up my 11yr olds alley) but seeing the pride on the girls’ faces as they received their awards is what really gave me the feels. The long hours, the tears, the sore feet, it all paid off, they truly are our champions!

The height of my evening is when my daughter  was chosen as a sub-leader for 2016. I am the proudest parent alive! Anyone who knows us knows that this is a big deal for Amber. This sport has brought about so many positive changes in my Amber. Although she’s still quite shy (around others), her confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. She no longer suffers from anxiety and depression, she shows more self-discipline and she has such a passion for the sport that it often brings tears to my eyes.

So, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to her trainers for believing in her when she couldn’t believe in herself (even though I always did), for always pushing her to do more and be more, for seeing her through my eyes. Thank you, you’ve helped to mould this young lady I call my daughter!

Congratulations to the Grace Trinity Drum Majorettes and trainers for an outstanding achievment!

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A few of the Drummie Moms and I
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The head trainer having a dance with his squad
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The “Fun” awards
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Maces for the New Sub-leaders
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The Trophies
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Table Decor
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The husband, Amber and I
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Squad 2015
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My daughter, Amber
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Waiting for the announcement of the new leaders!
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Drummie Dads
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receiving her trophy
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With her new mace – sub-leader 2016
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Decor
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Table Seating
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Squad 2015
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Squad 2015
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Squad 2015
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Squad 2015
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Receiving my “fun” award LOL
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And…my OOTN

My Outfit breakdown:

Top, Skirt, Shoes & bag – MrP

Earrings – Truworths

Gold plate belt – Miss Boss Couture

Fun Fashion Fact:

“The word ‘jeans’ comes from the cotton pants worn by “Genes,” the local term for Genoan sailors.”

Thanks for stopping by and stay cute xxx

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I love Hues 

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Finally, Spring is upon us!

Yeah, we thought that about a week ago, but then Mother Nature was like, “nah just kidding, it’s still cold!”

Well it’s certainly resembling Spring time now.

I love the print and the hues of this dress. I’ve paired it with a textured blazer since it’s still a wee bit nippy especially in the early mornings.

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My hair is so frustrating right now! Let me tell you, transitioning to natural hair IS NOT for the faint hearted! Shoooweee! It takes oodles of patience – which I’m running out of fast! I think I did my hair 9 times this morning?!? I’m so sick of this bun life (apologies to my natural sisters) I know, I know, it’s a protective style and all and there are tons of styles I could try out, I’m just lacking inspiration at this point. I’m a newbie – don’t judge!

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Style Breakdown:

Dress, blazer, shoes, bag, sunnies – Mr P

Earrings – Truworths

 

Here’s another Fun Fashion Fact:

“All women should be thanking Mary Phelps, a New York socialite, for creating the modern bra. The ones she made and patented in 1914 were very unlike the ones we wear today, though. Hers were made of handkerchiefs.” 

 Thanks Mary – the ‘girls’ appreciate your invention 😊

Stay Cute xxx

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Little Lotta 


Little Lotta was a nickname given to me when I was a little girl by an older cousin.

About Little Lotta…


Little Lotta Plump was a fictional character published by Harvey Comics, the same publishers of the famous Richie Rich comics. In fact, Little Lotta appeared in many Richie Rich adventures.


Lotta Plump, has an obsession with (drum roll…) food! Her insatiable appetite (being her defining characteristic) however, doesn’t make her on obese slob, but rather, the more Lotta eats, the stronger she becomes, giving rise to superhuman strength. Lotta is depicted as friendly, kind-hearted and readily uses her tremendous strength to do good.

Lotta has a boyfriend, Gerald, who is the complete opposite (physically). Gerald is a tiny, shy, nerdy-type of guy. Together with Lotta, the twosome go on many adventures.

About Lauren as Little Lotta…

I can’t tell you how much I hated that nickname (little Lotta)  when I was growing up  (mind you I didn’t care much for the person who gave it to me either).

Obviously my cousin was referencing my weight when he gave me the name (because everyone knows that all fat people spend their days stuffing their faces with copious amounts food right?!?!)  For years that name gave rise to many negative emotions, especially when I knew I’d be seeing said cousin.

It wasn’t until recently that I actually learned more about Little Lotta’s character. Like the fact that she was friendly and kind-hearted. Or the fact that she used her strength to good in her community. The fact that she didn’t care how silly she and Gerald looked together. Or that people thought he was diminutive and weak. Lotta didn’t let her bullies get the better of her. No, she did what she deemed good regardless of anyone’s opinion.

So to you, my ‘dear’ cousin, thank you for the nickname. I own it now.

I am indeed friendly and kind-hearted. I am now using my strength to uplift and inspire many women, especially in the Plus Size community. I don’t care that my husband weighs half of what I do, and I certainly don’t care if people think we look odd together. I will no longer allow bullies, like yourself, to diminish me for looking different. I AM DIFFERENT DAMNIT! I will continue doing what I deem good – regardless of anyone’s opinion (even Nicole Arbour’s) AND I’ll do in style!

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Style Breakdown:

Cardigan – PEP Stores

Top – Truworths

Ripped Jeans, earrings, necklace & bag – Mr P

Shoes – Makro_SA

Sunnies – China Town

Lips – LA Girls Matte gloss in Tulle

Hair – you know my signature bun by now!

Here’s a Fun Fashion Fact:

Napoleon wasn’t just about war. He contributed to fashion in many ways too. The reason we have buttons on the sleeves of our jackets is because Napoleon got tired of his soldiers wiping their noses on their sleeves. 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Stay Cute xxx

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