Red, White, & Blue

The 4th of July is upon us, and it's always fun to participate in the festivities starting with a red, white, and blue outfit.  My top and skirt are from Modcloth. One of the things that I love about them is that have a large selection of items from small to 4X.  This look will have you feeling fun and festive, but also comfortable.  I always try to steer towards wearing cotton in the summer, so my skin can breathe.  This little white cotton top does just that.


Get Tested at Walgreens for Free!

I'm so elated that Walgreens asked me to partner with them in support of National HIV Testing day on June 27th.  I believe in taking care of yourself and your body.  I remember very vividly being in my 20s in Atlanta standing in long lines on this day to get an HIV test and feeling proud that so many of my peers around me were taking charge of their health by finding out their status. Of the 1.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., it's estimated that 1/8 of them don't know they are living with the disease. The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested.  Besides going to the doctor or clinics, you can even do it in the privacy of your own home with at-home testing or even at your nearest pharmacy.  Walgreens is doing their part in helping you find out your status by offering FREE testing on the following days:

Thursday, June 23rd from 3 pm - 7 pm
Friday, June 24th from 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, June 25th from 10 am - 2 pm

HIV testing is a scary thing, but early diagnosis and treatment are known to improve health, extend life and help prevent the spread of HIV.  If you test regularly and after every time you put yourself at risk, you can stay on top of your health.  It is always better to know.

HIV/AIDS is a scary topic, but thinking back to living in the 90s and being a kid and seeing this disease wipe people out to now to seeing people living life with treatment is an amazing thing and is a testament to progress and our understanding of the disease. One of the easiest ways to help combat the spread of the HIV/AIDS is just by being tested and knowing your status.  



Navy and nautical looks in the summer are always a go-to for me.  Add in some touches of gold and you have a fantastic classic look. This was my first time trying out the Rachel Roy plus size collection.  I ordered four pieces and was impressed with the fit.  Pants are always hard, so a pair of pants that fit extremely well off-the-rack are a good sign.  


#TrashYourShapewear & Get A Shaper That Won't Roll

Have you every just had a piece of shapewear fail you at the wrong moment in your life?  You would think with all my experience with shapewear; I would have the upper hand finding the best ones. Welp, I got duped and recently and might I add, on the way to last month's Beyonce concert. So hang out with me for a moment while I tell you how to enter to win a piece of HookedUp Shapewear and share my recent story about my shapewear horror story.


Weekend Casual

I'm a girl who loves my weekend casual.  For the weekend, I want something effortless, comfortable, but still stylish.  I've gotten a lot of requests for more casual looks and looks that incorporate my shirt being tucked out.   This outfit from Kohls accomplishes all of that on a budget.  Whoop! Whoop! I'm wearing pieces from my favorite Kohls collection, J.Lo. One of my favorite weekend wear looks came from that collection.  You can find that post here.  It was an adorable jumpsuit that was great for travel, priced just right, and that garnered me compliments every time I wore it.


Look for Less: My $15 Dress

Summer is rolling in and at full speed ahead.  Here in the Bay, we are getting those 80+ degree days that have you thinking about your summer wardrobe.  I'm always sliding into Ross to see what I can get for a great price. I'm excited to have partnered with them again. I know you ladies love a good bargain and Ross has enough to go around. I found this adorable dress and clutch and each item was only $15. I paired it with items that I already had in my closet.  When you are updating your summer wardrobe you want to be able to integrate your new pieces in with items that you already have.  Besides getting an awesome bargain at Ross, working in new pieces with old pieces saves you money too.


Simply Pink

What's there not to love about this pink vest? The color is gorgeous and vibrant.  It quickly transitions into a dress.  A dress that you and style two ways, because of the huge collar.  I will often (and I've done this a couple of times on the blog) drape one of the collars and use a brooch to hold the drape in place.  Doing this gives you a nicely draped collar and you can create a little bit of stiffness to that will allow the collar to stand. This is a fabulous staple to add to your wardrobe.