Thursday, April 28, 2011

Friend Friday: Fashionably Fit



Dress - Forever21
Tank - ?
Denim Jacket - Oldnavy
Bracelets - Forever21
Lizard Ring - Forever 21

I have been out of the Friend Friday loop for two months...but I'm back!!!
1. Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why?
Yes, mostly I do it because I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating organically and finally giving up meat! Secondly, it is a stress reliever...when I go for my runs I just zone out and listen to my music. It's like I am leaving all the stresses of the day behind. I also use workout DVDs...Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner are my favorite. I usually rotate through those. I have also used P90x in the past as well. I almost forgot exotic workouts...or pole aerobics! I started taking these classes at the beginning of the year. They are so much fun, but let me tell you much harder than it looks. After my first class I was sore all over the next day. Check them out, my instructor Shelly is a skinny lil thing but she doesn't play.

2. Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that
nature, helped with your own perception of body image?

Yes, I feel great when I work out and stay focused like I should. For the most part I have become more confident about my body especially areas I have always been self-conscious about.

3. When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what
do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion?

It's a little of both, I want to be fashionably functional, lol. I like putting on cute workout clothes, however after some trial and error I found out that it should be more about functionality and not fashionable.
·I prefer wearing capri leggings during my workouts, they don't roll up.
·A good sports bra is a must; I wear Hanes Sport in the multi-pack.
·I don't like t-shirts...they make me feel restricted. I own at least 15 or 20 of the Target Mossimo Long and Lean tanks, those things never stretch out of shape.
·My running shoes of choice is the Nike Air Max 2009, I love this shoe feels like you are walking on a pillow.
·I want to add Vibram FiveFingers to my collection for when I use my workout DVDs, they have great reviews, but those suckers are pricey, lol.
4. Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be
doing for your own physical fitness? No, but it seems that there is a perception about what a physically fit person should look like. Not everyone will be stick skinny because they workout. For me it's about being healthy. I try not to let my weight dictate how I perceive myself too much. It does matter but I am more focused on see how I can transform my body from my hard work.

5. Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal.
For now I am working on running a 5k in the near future and from there I will work my way up. Not saying I want to run a marathon or anything...maybe a half marathon.

Friend Friday was started by Katy of Modly Chic. Wanna join the fun? Check out Modly Chic for more details. Hope to see you join the discussion, membership is open to all beauty and fashion blogger's!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chic and Cheap Vol. II




Another chic and cheap outfit. I go this top at a store in NYC for $5 three years ago and this baby is still going strong! Of course I had to wear it with my favorite ankle pants...I haven't been able to find another pair yet. I am going to start buying my pants in multiples when I find a pair that fits me well.

I woke up not feeling well today but I am pushing myself because I have class tonight and we are reviewing for our final exam. I can breathe easy after Thursday which is the last day of classes before the summer term starts. After the summer semester I will only need 14 credits to finish my BS in Management and Supervision...wooohooo!

And I am loving my lilac nail polish, $2 at CVS!

Oh and I am on Twitter finally...@curveebeauty

Top - ?
Pants - JcPenney
Peep toes - Ninewest
Ring - Forever 21
Bracelets - Forever21
Watch - Fossil, gifted 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chic and Cheap




I love outfits like this, Chic and Cheap! The most expensive thing I have on is my hair, lol. I am feeling very put together in this look.

I am sad to say you guys probably won't see me wearing too many more blazers. The temperature is on the rise in South Florida, it was a little steamy this morning when I stepped out to take these pics...already 80 degrees. Summer has arrived and I am ready...dresses and high heel sandals for everyone!
Knit Blazer - Forever 21
Dress - Ross
Shoes - Steve Madden via Ross
Ring - Forever21
Charm Bracelet - Forever 21
Earrings - Forever21
Belt - Express 


Friday, April 15, 2011

Not so casual Friday



I didn't feel like dressing down today...so I broke out my denim trousers from Express. I love trousers! Unfortunately these are my only pair; I should actually get a few more because they fit me so well...no alternations needed. I still need to make some returns to Express so I might be able to get a pair...or two. I'm also loving the little peek-a-boo shoulder but not during working hours of course. And as you can see, the obsession with leopard continues....

This look can definitely be worn to work and can take you right into happy hour or a night out. I would probably add a clutch and a pair of big dangling earrings. For a sexier dressed up look a black tube skirt and strappy sandals would be perfect.
Top - Forever 21
Denim Trouser - Express Editor
Belt - Random
Ring - Forever 21
Bracelets - H&M
Wedges - Dolce Vita for Target
Earrings - JcPenney

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Plaid Perfection



Two good pics...this is what happens when I am rushing. I have had the skirt I am wearing for about 3 years, and she is still holding on. However, she will need to be taken in at the waist and maybe a little along the sides and shortened just a smidgen.

How do you feel about having your clothes altered? Until recently I wouldn't do it at all! I don't know why...I figured it should fit me perfectly if i am going to spend my money on it. However being pear shaped this doesn't work in my favor most times. Instead of being stubborn I gave in and found two great seamstresses. Having my clothes altered makes such a huge difference...particularly with pants. I always have major issues with gaping at the waist. My jeans and pants fit so much better after being altered. I don't have to constantly tug on them all day trying to keep them up at my waist.

So does anyone else invest in altering clothes or do just pass on something that doesn't fit you perfectly?


Top - Ross
Belt - Thrifted
Tank - Love Culture
Skirt - Target
Shoes - MRKT via Ross
Ring - Forever 21
Bracelets - Dots

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cute Kimono





I purchased this top for my N.C. trip but of course I didn't even take it with me, figures, lol. I am sure it will get worn many more times because I am in love with it. I saw it and knew it was going to be perfect for me, and I was right. I love the kimono sleeves and the tie at the waist, it's simple and beautiful. I think it would look really cute with white skinny jeans and wedges, maybe with shorts and some cute flat sandals...so many options.

So I tried something different with my hair today and my co-worker told me I looked like I was 16! lol. Not the look I was going for but at least it didn't make me look older.

Top - Forever 21
Tank - Love Culture
Pants - Tahari via Ross
Sandals - MRKT via Ross
Ring - Forever 21
Earrings - Bijuju.com

Friday, April 8, 2011

Casual and Cute



I woke up feeling so much better today...thanks everyone for your kind words...I love you guys!

However, I am pissed at the fact there may be government shutdown tonight at 12am. I am even more upset at the fact at that Congress will still get paid if the government does shut down.

I know this is out of left field considering this is a fashion blog. I am a veteran and it angers me that my fellow shipmates and soldiers will not get paid if this happens. I mean really...the entire budget is being held up because of planned parenthood and EPA regulations! Arrrrrrggggggghhhhh...what is really going on in America. Doesn't anyone care that this will effect 800,000 people. Okay I'm done ranting, I hope this thing gets resolved today.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend...I plan on do nothing all weekend, expect go to the mall (returns only) and couch surf...reruns of True Blood and Sex and the City!

Button up - Oldnavy
Tank - Target
Jeans - Levis Outlet
Pumps - Joey O via Ross
Earrings - Forever 21

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Make Believe



I am in such a funk right now and I can't shake it! It's really pathetic...smh. I don't know what is wrong with me but this needs to pass. I wasn't even gonna post today, but I forced myself to, I figured it would make me feel a little better.

Sometimes it may seem like people have it all figured out on the outside...I was always taught leave your problems at home. I am a master illusionist when it comes to emotions and feelings. Sometimes I pretend I don't care or turn off my feelings because it just seems easier that way sometimes. I have a thousand things running through my mind and my emotions are high for whatever reason. At least there is only one more day until the weekend, that's definitely something to smile about.

Cardigan - NY & Co.
Tank - Target
Ankle pants - JcPenney
Belt - Random
Slingbacks - Chinese Laundry
Ring - Bijuju
Bracelets - Forever 21

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Better LateThan Never




I really hate taking my outfit pics at the end of the day. I was running super late this morning and figured I would just snap a few pics after work. Maybe it's because I haven't taken any outfit pics since last week or exhaustion but I couldn't get it together today.

Any-who...I made it back from N.C. and I had a great time...still smiling. I did go to H&M but didn't buy one thing. I saw a few items but mostly saw stuff I already had from D.C., so no new clothes. I did visit a store called S.R.I. Shoe Warehouse aka shoe heaven. To bad they do not have ordering online, there pricing was amazing. I scooped up a pair of really cute BCBGeneration shoes...I had my eye on these but they didn't have them in my size, so sad because the were only $59.99.

Top - JcPenney
Skirt - Target
Peep toes - Nine West
Coil Bracelet - Forever 21
Ring - Forever 21