Sunglass Hut Soho

"The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have." - Norman Vincent Peale

Three weeks ago I teamed up with Sunglass Hut to style my own section in their Soho store. Before my arrival, they asked me to pick out some items to showcase what my style and closet looks like currently for the season. I thought, this could go one of two ways. I could do my sporty, laid back side, or I could do my feminine glam side. After seeing all of their Miu Miu sunglass selection in store, I knew I needed to do my more feminine side. Thick knits, pastel pinks, gold accessories, fur, brown tones, and a bomber jacket are what I've been into lately for this season. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by at 496 Broadway and check it out! I also of course got a jar and filled it up with my favorite jelly beans.

Wearing:
Addition Elle x Nadia Aboulhosn coat
H&M long sleeve dress
Knee High boots(similar)

Shop my style closet:
Michael Kors tote
Jessica Simpson Claudette heels
Faux fur bed throw
olive green bomber jacket
Nordstrom knit sweater
gold chain belt
decorative gold candle
wood clutch purse
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Adidas Gazelles & Leather Cap

I've been doing a little exploring in places I've never been before. I realized that a lot of my every day outfits that include sneakers, you guys want to know about too. I figured I'd snap a few pictures of them, even if I'm not all dressed up with my hair and make up done. I went walking around and ended up on a gorgeous beach. I can't stop wearing baseball caps lately. Probably partially because I live in Florida again but mainly because I don't feel like doing my hair these days.

Ralph Lauren mens longsleeve shirt
Target light grey leggings
Sugarcloth mint green baseball cap (similar)
adidas Gazelle shoes
ralph lauren shirt leather baseball cap

some booty shorts

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

I spent most of my last days in Belize lounging around. I had a pool right outside my cabana but really only went outside for sun once or twice because the mosquitos are unbearable. They literally bite through clothes. One night I tried cooking and the propane tank wasn't working so I went downstairs to try and get it to work and there was a giant crab running sideways towards me. I was like nope, I want no parts of this. I'm so grateful to be able to travel. If you have the option to go and see the world, please do. Even if it is you traveling alone.

grey baseball cap
boohoo white crop top
Urban Outfitters denim shorts
Adidas Voloomix sleek slides
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Yahoo News

I flew to NY early October to launch my collection at Lord & Taylor's flagship store but before I arrived, I stopped by Yahoo News and did an interview with them. I speak on how bloggers, whether they have a small or large audience has influenced the fashion industry and touch tons of people when it comes to body acceptance. I'm so thankful to have a career that I can reach so many people and change how they feel about themselves just by being myself. We spoke about the term plus size and how I feel about it. I'm very much about making people feel like they belong to something as a whole instead of just labeling themselves one thing. I can understand why the industry labels and I've been saying this for the past five years I've been blogging. I don't consider myself a plus size model, a plus size designer, a plus size blogger. I'm a model, a designer, and a blogger. Period. No specifics needed. I think the bigger picture here isn't labeling, hashtags, or "movements", it's doing actual actions that speak in numbers to the point it becomes every day life. I want to design for every size. I want everyone to feel like they can relate to me in some aspect. Not just my size. I've gotten countless comments from women and men of all sizes that say I've helped them become a little braver. I've had anorexic women write me that they're a size 0 and I helped them feel confident because my size isn't the normal beauty standard and if I'm brave then they can be too. I don't want them to feel like they can't relate to me because of a label. If you're fashionable, you're fashionable. I'm not different from a runway model who is a size 0. We NEED diversity in this industry including size 0, including size 18. We need different ethnicities in this industry. We need diversity in general in mainstream media for everyone to feel like it is okay to be their genuine selves. I'll always truly believe the term plus size separates us rather than brings us together. It's not us versus them, it's all of us in this to bring what is classified as "normal" to be everything. I'm a person, just like them, who is in the fashion industry. I want everyone to feel comfortable and love themselves, I don't feel a label is needed to do that. I'm thrilled the other women in this video agree with me. Thank you to Yahoo News, Kaye, and Katie Couric for having me be a part of this. Thank you also to everyone in this industry that is helping brands and people to expand their views and open their minds to a different kind of beauty in society.

Wanderlust

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Traveling always puts things into perspective for me. It helps me step out of my comfort zones and reevaluate what is happening in my life. It helps humble me and reminds me that there is so much more to life than just my world and the bubble I live in. It helps me take less for granted and helps me understand I'm here for something greater than myself.

I spent 10 days in Belize and it was really an adventure. The first portion of my trip I stayed at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge and it was absolutely beautiful. I had my own little villa right next to the pool in the middle of the jungle. The first day I saw two separate Mayan ruins and while the sun was setting I went horseback riding through the jungle. The horses took us through a small river where you can see howling monkeys on the tops of trees. My horse's name was Black Mustang and I baby talked him the entire time. I learned that I can't walk straight after riding a horse and your private parts will hurt a few days after. The next day I traveled about an hour to get to a zip-lining course. Obviously, as shown below, I had to remake Kanye's zip-line pose. haha. We were over a thousand feet in the air gliding over tree tops. I can't lie I was terrified at first because I'm scared of heights but it's such a rewarding feeling doing something out of your comfort zone. I really pushed myself this trip to do things I've never done before. That night it poured rain and in the jungle the echo of the thunder comes in ripples. I've never heard anything like it before. The next day I hiked a giant mountain in the jungle and saw what they called the sleeping giant because the mountain's shape looks like a giant man is laying down on his back. After that I went kayaking.

The last few days I went to Caye Caulker which is an island in Belize. Then afterward went to San Pedro. I watched the sunset on the beach and the colors reflecting off the water looked like a desktop background. No matter what picture I took, it couldn't capture how beautiful it really was so I eventually stopped trying and just tried taking in the moment. While in San Pedro, I ate local food, went parasailing, and jet skiing. It was so gorgeous and I definitely recommend anyone debating on where to travel to head to Belize.

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