Father’s Day: Meet my Dad​

The thought of this post getting out there for everyone to read it just scares the hell out of me, but that is exactly why I am posting it. For those of you that have a complicated relationship with your dad. In honor of Father’s Day, I felt the need to share a little more of my personal life with you. I know that most of you follow my blog for the fact that I am a plus size woman that loves fashion. Or the fact that I write a lot of boss babe inspired posts, but today I want to share more with you than just my favorite dress at the moment. I want to share a big part of my story with you. I hope that you are ready because, to be honest, I may not be.

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This is my favorite and one of the few photos that I have with me and my dad together. Meet my dad, David, a hard working man that lost his life too soon. I don’t even know where to begin.

My dad and I haven’t always been the closest. He got my mom pregnant at a young age and then left her while she was pregnant to join the Navy. I know that it sounds horrible because it was, but the truth is that he wasn’t ready to be a father. He was in and out of most of my life, he made me cry, and made me feel like he didn’t love me. He missed father-daughter dances, he missed all of the football games that I cheered at, he even missed my high school graduation. I can count every single fight that we got into, I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t good enough for him to want to always be around me. Some may say that he was not the best father, but I can’t say that it was his fault, not entirely. When someone wasn’t taught how to love another person, how can you expect them to love you?

When I did get to see my dad, we always had an amazing time. He took me to the San Diego Zoo, I got to go on his boat, and he even took me ice skating. When he wanted to be, he was the best dad that a girl could ever ask for. I can remember every single moment that I got to spend with him growing up. Him not being around all of the time, made the moments that we did get to spend together even more special.

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As I got older I started to accept the fact that he wasn’t always around, but once I accepted it, we became closer. He taught me to always be humble, to be thankful, and to be strong. A big part of who I am today is thanks to him. Him not being around showed me that I am strong. I am able to take care of myself in the worst situations. I don’t need anyone to depend on, and if I want something in life, I have to get it myself. He also taught me to not take things for granted, he is proof that people are not going to be around forever.

September of this year will be five years that my dad has been gone. Once again; he wasn’t there to give me away at my wedding, he isn’t going to be there when his grandchildren are born, and he will miss their high school graduation. It hurts to say that out loud, but it’s the truth. Dad’s are blessings, mine was a blessing in disguise.

I want to thank my dad for everything that he has done for me. He may not have even known what he has done, but he has helped me out tremendously. For those of you that have a weird relationship with your dad, try to see the good in what he is teaching you by not being around, or by being too harsh on you. Do me a favor, make sure that you tell your dad that you love him today. Even if you have to write him a letter and throw it away, he won’t be around forever.

Wedding Wednesday: Reasons to Hire a Planner

Ah, welcome to another Wedding Wednesday. I hope that you are enjoying these posts because I am having the best time writing them! Today I want to give you a few reasons why you should hire a wedding planner and/ or coordinator. This post is in collaboration with my Aunt Cindy, she created these visuals for me to share! 

 

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There you have it! If you are in Bakersfield, Ca and are looking for some planners, make sure to check us out on Instagram. 

 

Friday Favorites

There is nothing that I love more than a Friday morning!

Okay I lied, I love amazing beauty products and a couple fashion pieces. Here are a few that I have been loving lately. Enjoy.

First things first, foundation! I cannot get enough of this new foundation from Maybelline. I have repurchased it twice and it’s still considered a new product. I am so in love with the SuperStay Long-Lasting Full Coverage Foundation. I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear it!

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To go along with that amazing foundation, I have been obsessed with the Ghost Baking Powder from Revolution. I bake every day and can’t get enough. 2516787

Lately, I have preferred glossy lips over matte. In my bag, I have the Pixi by Petra LipLift Max Lip Gloss in the shade Honey Sheen.

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One product that I must mention is my Wet Brush. I don’t know what I would do without it. It gets all of the tangles out of my hair, without all of the ripping and damaging. I need four more for backup!

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As for fashion, I have two pieces and they are both from Target. 

The first piece is a backpack, I am so in love with it! Everything from the storage space all the way down to the color! It is the Woman’s Foldover Faux Leather Backpack. It is just stunning.

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Lastly, I have the cutest shoes to share with you! They are the Women’s Alloy Slip-On Sneaker. They have the cutest bow, they’re black, and they go with anything!! Enough said.

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I hope that you enjoyed this Friday Favorites! There will be more to come.

2017 Fall Trends

Welcome to another Fashion Friday! Don’t you just love when I say the word Friday? Friday, Friday, Friday, Okay enough of that. On to the real reason that you are here. I have been noticing a lot of the fall trends that are going around and I am in love! I honestly don’t know which trend will be my favorite this season!

Fall Florals

I have been seeing fall florals everywhere that I go! Target, Forever 21, even the beauty gurus on YouTube are wearing this amazing trend! I love wearing florals during the spring, so this is going to be an easy one for me!

Cabbie Hats

I have loved cabbie hats even when they were not on trend! Instagram has been really making this trend blow up! They are super adorable and will look good on anyone!

Key Hole Lace Up Sweaters

I am sure that you have seen that the Key Hole tops were very trendy this summer, so it looks as if they are making an appearance this fall and winter!

Red

Red has always been a statement color, but it is especially popular this season! I can’t wait to rock those red fall lips! What about you??

Just curious, which fall trend do you think that you will be rocking this season? I think that I will be rocking all of them, personally. These are all such great trends and I am super excited about them!

 

Stay Confident.

Fashion Week: Outfit #3

We have made it to the end of Fashion Week. So sad to see it go, but we are ending it on an adorable outfit from Suzanne Betro.

I am so in love with the boho feel of this top, I received so many compliments when I wore it! If you don’t already know, black is my signature color, it’s a great go to. So classy, comfy, and adorable. The detail on this shirt is everything, the crisscross on the back gives it a more feminine feel to it. Did I mention that this look is also super affordable?

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These jeans are a little different from the others. These are bell bottom style with distressed areas. For sure a great statement piece. Especially now that winter is around the corner, it is the perfect time to pick up some cute jeans.

You can find all of the Suzanne Betro on Zulily.com. Hurry and go get your jeans from their new denim collection, you won’t regret it!

Which look was your favorite out of the three outfits? Let me know in the comments!

I would like to thank Suzanne Betro for sponsoring Fashion week this week. 

Stay confident.

Blogger Babe Series: Lizzie in Lace

This interview has been a long time coming. Today you are going to meet one of the biggest role models in my social media world. She is an amazing blogger, her Instagram is on point, she works her ass off and it is paying off 100%. Please meet Elizabeth Hugen, the lovely lady behind the brand Lizzie in Lace.  Lizzie is the sweetest person that you will ever meet, I can’t wait for you to get to know her a little bit.


 

What/who inspired you to start your blog/ Instagram?

I started my blog because I needed a creative outlet away from my non-creative day jobs and because after many failed attempts and roadblocks, I wanted to give my dream of being a fashion designer one last shot before giving up completely. It also stemmed from not being completely content with where I was in my life at that time. I felt that I wasn’t living up to my full potential and although I was going through the motions of what you are supposed to do, I still wasn’t feeling fulfilled. I decided that the only way that I was ever going to be happy was to go against what everyone else thought I should do and just do what makes me happy and what I am passionate about. My passion for fashion runs deep and has been the driving force in creating a life that I truly love. My Instagram account came afterward and even though I started with absolutely no followers because I thought Instagram was ridiculous, it has grown into my largest and most cherished platform that I absolutely adore. As funny as it sounds, I can honestly say that this social media platform has completely changed my life and given me the chance to live out my fashion dream.

How long have you been building your brand?

Two and a half years

What is the next step for you?

My next step is to make this my full-time job….my only job. I have always worked 2-3 jobs at the same time, including now and would love to have the freedom in having this as my only job. I feel like it would be so incredible to have a career that I enjoy, am passionate about and that I can give my all to!

 

Who is your biggest role model? 

LOVE Lauren Conrad!

Do you have a routine when it comes to posting content?

Yes! I feel like routine and consistency are the most important aspect of having a blog. I post every MondayWednesday, and Friday on the blog and usually twice a day on Instagram.

Would you say that blogging has changed your confidence? 

Actually no, this is something I am still working on. I’m surprisingly insecure and have never been super confident with myself, but building this from nothing shows me that I can do anything that I set my mind to if I’m willing to put in the time and effort. Seeing just how far I’ve come has given me confidence though. It shows me that some risks are worth taking and that it pays off to never give up on your dreams.

Where do you plan on traveling next?

I’ll be in New York for the first time next week to attend Fashion Week! AHHH!

If you could collaborate with any brand in the entire world, who would it be and why?

I actually have a “blogging bucket list” full of brands that I would love to work with. I have already crossed off a couple of those, but the ones I am shooting, for now, are Kate Spade, Dior, Rebecca Taylor and Zimmermann (among others) because they are my absolute favorite brands in the entire world.

What is your drink order?  (From anywhere and anything) 

Probably a strawberry lemonade or green tea.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband, for sure! When I was left without a photographer, he took it upon himself to help me out because he knew how important this was to me. We have both learned photography from scratch and are still learning every day. He decided to start taking it more seriously so we upgraded to our first DSLR and the rest is history. What started out as just snapping a few photos so I could get my work done turned into an undiscovered talent and something that he truly loves doing. I’m so excited to see how much he flourishes in the future!

 

Who is your favorite Instagrammer?

Aside from @juliahengel, I love @amelialiana! Her feed is absolutely beautiful!

Who is your favorite blogger?

Julia from Gal Meets Glam is my absolute favorite ever. I feel like she’s my style spirit animal.

How would you describe your style 

Feminine, romantic, whimsical, colorful, put-together. I incorporate a lot of pinks! 😉

 

You can follow Lizzie on Instagram:

 

 

If you would like to be apart of the Blogger Babe Series, please send me an email.

Blogger Babe Series

It’s that time again! Time to meet another hard working blogging babe like myself. I can’t wait for you to meet Baraka McCann, she is the brains and hard work behind She Simply Chic.

 

•What/who has inspired you to start your blog?

My mom inspired me, she’s always loved fashion, and taught me the ins and outs of the Fashion! My mom was best dressed in high school, and then I became best dressed in high school. I love everything about Fashion.

•How long have you been building your brand?

I have been building my brand for about a year now. I am so blessed of the opportunities, and collaborations. It’s only the beginning!

•What is the next step for you?

The next step is to start planning my woman’s clothing line. I have been brainstorming for about a year now.

•Who is your biggest role model?

I have to honestly say, my mom is my biggest role model like I said in the previous question, she taught me everything I know, the thought of her elegance in clothes is phenomenal.

•Do you have a routine when it comes to posting?

Yes, I do. I post every Tuesday between 2-3 o clock.

•Would you say that blogging has changed your confidence?

Yes, I thought I had some confidence beforehand. But ever since I started blogging, me putting on clothes and showing the world different ideas of clothes, is such a blessing to do. Brings so much confidence and fun.

•Do you travel? If so, where are going next?

No, I been in school none stop since I graduated from high school. I will travel after I graduate with my masters! But I am trying to go to New York in October!

•Which topic is your favorite to blog about?

My topic, or niche I would say. Is Plus size outfits. Or more so say Personal Fashion/tips

•What is your drink order from your favorite place?

Omg my favorite drink is Chai Green Tea, from TeaHouse

•What is your favorite color?

My favorite color blue.

•Who is your biggest supporter?

My mother and boyfriend are my biggest supporters. Don’t matter if the opportunity is big or small!

•Who is your favorite blogger?

My ultimate favorite blogger is Naturallyfashionable

•How would you describe your style?

My style is Simple but elegant look! With a side of chic!

•If you could collaborate with any brand in the entire world, who would it be?

That is hard! But the two brands for sure I would love to work with is Eloquii and Saint Laurent!

 

You can follow Baraka on Instagram: @shesimplychic

 

If you would like to be apart of this series, please email me at BakersfieldBeautyBlogger@gmail.com.

10 Things to do to get Inspired: Creator’s Block

We are all artists, no matter what our passion is, we create art. I can speak for myself when I say that I have been in a funk when it comes to creativity. It happens to the best of us, but it can be a challenge to get out of. So for those of you that are going through this little phase, here are a few things that you can do to become inspired

 

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1. Take a walk

Walking can clear your mind so that you can see the world around you. Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to open your eyes.

2. Go somewhere different

If you normally go to a Starbucks every morning, try the locally owned coffee shop downtown instead.

3.  Read a book

I know that you have a book in your room that you have been meaning to read, but have never gotten to it. Read it! So much inspiration can be on the first page.

4. Take a vacation

Even if you just go somewhere for the weekend. Get out of the town that you are in and go explore.

5. Change the screen saver on your phone

I know that this may sound a little silly, but I can’t tell you how many times that I have been inspired by someone’s wallpaper on their phone.

6. Create a vision board

Creating a vision board of everything that you want in life, or the things that make you smile can really change your mood.

7.  Shopping 

It doesn’t matter if I am shopping or window shopping, it always inspires me. Grab your shopping buddy and go!

8. Listen to music

Listen to your favorite music! I love me some 80’s and 90’s country!

9. Listen to a podcast

There are so many inspirational podcasts out there, pick one!

10. Talk to your favorite person

Talking to someone that you love can really help shift the mindset.

 

What do you do to get inspired?