I was so spoilt this week by so many that I had to make sure that it wasn’t November (my birthday month)!
One of those spoils are these cute sneakers I’m wearing – my SIL blessed me with them last night so I thought I’d do a post wearing them.
It got me pondering on the concept of giving – we sometimes undervalue what giving can do for the receiver and also the giver! In my opinion – giving is a natural response of LOVE – and what are we if we don’t have love right?!?!
So, to all who showed me love this week – thank you! I value you!
Top – MrP | Skirt – Truworths | Sneakers – Superga (Gifted) | Sunnies – Cotton On
“We make a living by what we get – we make a life by what we give!” – Winston Churchill
Today my outfit is very relaxed and sporty. You’d think I was going to hit a 5km run or something – but believe me – I AM NOT! Ha ha!
I had this cool tee custom-made (like many others I own) by the awesome peeps over at Tiffany Morgan Creations. I just love the quality of their work and their efficiency. I literally get my orders within a few days. Thank you Janice and the Tiffany Morgan Creations crew. You guys rock!!!!
Tiffany Morgan Creations specialises in personalized clothing, with a strong focus on blinging the bride. Some of their products include bridal party tshirts, satin bathrobes/kimono’s, towelling slippers, mugs and more. They also do I Do stickers that are worn under a bride or groom’s shoes. Visit their Facebook page and let them personalise it your way…
This outfit also features my first Superbalist purchase – these cool Adidas Flux sneakers! Super comfy and sleek. I really love the gold sole – very different!
Tee – Tiffany Morgan Creations | Leggings, cap, earrings, sunnies – MrP | Sneakers – Superbalist
“Adidas is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world. “
I really do love black, but just because I’m a plus size chick, does not mean I can’t be colourful too!
I find myself wearing/buying more colourful items the more comfortable I become in my own skin. I’ll admit, I still struggle with the bare arm thing – It’s really difficult to drop those negative thoughts about your body once you’ve been living with them for so long.
However, small steps are still steps right?!?!?!?!?
I’m wearing another jumpsuit, which also tells me that I definitely am getting there in terms of being more confident in my body. I wouldn’t give jumpsuits a second look not so long ago.
I do love the harem style and colour of this one – add to that the fact that it’s made from stretchy fabric and it’s a total winner for me.
Oh and did I mention it has pockets?!?! Ha ha!!!
Jumpsuit – China Town | Sandals & Sunnies – Mr P | Bag – Executive Luggage | Earrings – Truworths
Fun Fashion Fact:
” Eyeliner became popular after its discovery in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920’s. “
I think with each passing year I become more aware of everything. I feel more. I make a conscious effort to do more. To laugh more. Even cry more…more happy tears though! In fact, I cried a few happy tears just this morning. My daughter started “big school” so yes, Mommy’s a little fragile today.
Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Starting this blog in 2015 was the best thing I could’ve done for my personal growth. It’s helped me in ways I would never have imagined. Yes, it’s helped me to wander out of my comfort zone but besides that, it’s the one thing I can say is mine.
That sounds a little selfish, I know, but it’s just so true. It’s something I look forward to and often after posting, I get to see inside my own head haha! (I’m weird, I know lol.) It’s goes so much deeper than an #ootd.
I’m looking forward to 2016 and even more personal growth.
On Saturday I hosted a party to celebrate mine and hubby’s birthdays – mine was yesterday – yay me!!! and hubby’s is tomorrow – yay Bae!!! (Rhyming skills again – LOL).
The theme was “Gender Bender” – All my ladies came dressed as lads and guys came as girls and boy, was it fun!!!
The guys really pulled out all the stops for this one and it was worth all the laughs! For once the ladies didn’t have to worry about hair and makeup and partying all night in ridiculously, high heels. Some of the guys actually have newfound respect for us ladies and all we go through to look our best – which brings me to my next point.
I’ve noticed a lot of woman 2 woman hate on social media. Girls dissing other girls for just about anything – she’s so skinny, she’s so fat, look what she’s wearing, look at her hair etc etc etc…like, what’s up with that?
Can we not admire another’s beauty without questioning our own? I honestly don’t know what I would do without the support of the women in my life and that includes people I’ve never met personally but gotten to know through social media. There are countless times when I was feeling some sort of way and I’d log onto Instagram or other and a post will just speak so much life into me. So why then do we choose to use our power and influence to bring our fellow sisters down? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
So, from tomorrow I’ll be posting a #woman2womanwednesday (It’s similar to the #WCW except that it’s exclusive to women – sorry guys!!!) I’ll be using this # every week to salute a woman of my choice – family/friend/follower – anyone who I feel has inspired me at some point – because let’s be real – sometimes we just gotta hear the good stuff LOL!
So, ladies, please don’t be alarmed if I steal a pic and post some corny stuff about you hahahaha!
Jeans & Top – Mr Price I Sandals – Fashion Express I Sunnies – Cotton On I Beads – RogeroStyle I Lips – LA Girl Matte Lip in Stunner.
Quote of the Day:
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. – Audrey Hepburn
(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).
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.”
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!