Pretty + , Where To Shop for Plus Size Fashion

We live in a decade where the fashion industry is finally realizing that women who have a little extra need to look cute too. I am a plus size woman who has shopped in numerous retailers and constantly see larger sizes being sold out. Being a former retail manager, I can tell you from experience that some companies only stock a few large sizes and that’s it. So what are we to do? Where are we to shop? I used to be afraid to shop at plus size retailers because although I am considered plus size, I’m not exactly shaped like a plus size woman. There’s no ass and hips over here.

So ladies, I think I’ve found a solution to our problem. I’ve going to give you a couple brands where I find some of my pieces and hopefully you can find something you like. Fashion is made for everyone, even those with an extra number added to it.

  1. SHEIN Curve + Plus

One of my favorite online retailers right now is SHEIN, and I’ve been faithfully shopping with them since 2011. They’ve been around since 2008 believe it or not, and is based out of China. This is one of the retailers where you will find a lot of trending styles on social media and celebrities for a cheaper price. All my finds on SHEIN have been classics so I’m sure you’ll find a favorite. They have every item you can think of from Plus lingerie, clothing, and swimwear. Depending on the fit of the item, customers usually leave reviews to let you know how it fits and if you should order up a size or down.

Gabby’s Picks

Photos provided by shein.com

2. Fashion to Figure

Fashion to Figure comes to us after a retailer by the name of Lane Bryant filed bankruptcy a few years ago. Founded in 2002, this plus size company is manufactured in the U.S. and brings numerous options from clothing to accessories to our closets. A great place to find essential and fashionable pieces no matter the size because they range in from sizes 14 to size 28.

Gabby’s Picks

Photos provided by fashiontofigure.com

3. PrettyLittleThing

Yaassss Queeens! PrettyLittleThing has been advertised all over social media platforms and even has collaborations with celebrities such as Doja Cat, Meg tha Stallion, and Big Latto. A UK-based company, PrettyLittleThing was founded in 2012 and now has an office based here in Los Angeles. They drop fashion pieces on the daily and always have a great promotion going on. Student discounts can even be used on your purchase. The PLT Plus selection offers jumpsuits, sleepwear, and wide fit shoes.

Gabby’s Picks

Photos provided by prettylittlething.com

4. ELOQUII

Eloquii is surprisingly owned by Wal-mart if you didn’t know and was founded in 2012. I just started shopping here about a year ago because I never knew about this store until recently. I started to see it advertised more on Facebook especially after some locations like Torrid and Lane Bryant had closed their locations in my downtown area. What’s cool about this website is that they carry a lot of workwear, business casual, and dressy pieces which I feel like is missing from fashion industry in plus size fashion.

Gabby’s Picks

Photos provided by eloquii.com

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Keto is Cute

I’ve just started my keto journey , (again) and let me say it has been quite a scary journey. I recently just got diagnosed with high blood pressure and pre-diabetes so this has been a real eye opener for me. Upon my research and talking with my doctors and nutritionists, we’ve agreed that keto can help reduce my blood pressure but I still must remain cautious with the amount of fat I intake and remember not to starve myself during it.

So I wanted to recommend and share some of my top picks for my Keto diet and why I chose to try them.

  1. Lewis Healthy Life products

I’ve been looking around for bread substitutes and Lewis products have pretty much saved my life with this one – especially during the summertime because I love barbecues. Their keto products include hot dog buns, loaves of bread, and hamburger buns. My nutritionist recommended that I eat more whole wheat and they provide a low carb 100% whole wheat option as well.

Photo provided by Healthy Life Products

2. Truffle Pig Ketchup

I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEE truffle and I love a good sauce and condiment to dress up my meat from time to time. This, this right here was definitely a hit. I found this product at Walmart and it’s a little pricey for a small jar of ketchup BUT it’s so worth it.

Photo provided by Walmart.com

3. Zero Sugar Coca Cola w/ Coffee

You didn’t think you’d have to give up your favorite drinks did you? Girl, no. Drink plenty of water of course but if you ever have a taste for something sweet, there are zero sugar options. I found this drink at Jewel while I was keto shopping and it tastes amazing. It’s one of my guilty pleasures on my keto. I also found zero sugar mango-flavored Pepsi.

Photo provided by Kroger

4. Gotham Greens

When I first started my keto journey I was like oh man, I can’t eat bread so how will I find ways to eat my favorite things like tacos and burgers? Thankfully Pinterest helped me out a lot and a lot of the boards gave suggestions for lettuce burgers and tacos. Gotham Greens is a great brand for greens because they have a wide variety of sizes that you could use for tacos, sandwiches, burgers, and more.

Photo provided by Gotham Greens

5. Butterball Turkey Burgers

Now I love a good burger and since it’s summertime I had to put you all onto my favorite turkey burgers by Butterball. I chose the Sweet Onion flavor because it’s very juicy and savory but you can add your own seasoning to your liking as well. They are kept in the freezer and you do not have to thaw them as they can be broiled, grilled, or prepared in a skillet. I think they taste best off the grill. Yum! It’s keto-friendly and packed with protein and flavor.

Photo provided by Butterball

All the items I have listed above can be found in Target, Wal-Mart, or Jewel-Osco but if you don’t have one of these stores near you, choose alternative options at local grocers in your neighborhood. I will be posting more haul videos for food products that I find in grocery stores so stay tuned! Enjoy lovelies ❤

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Benefits of Wig-Wearing as a Millennial

Ladies, Ladies. Now I know there are those women out there that are like “Um, wigs are for old people.” Well I’m here to tell you no, honey…it’s for everyone. Even your daughter is wearing your lacefront. I used to work at a beauty supply store and I fell in love with working in the wig section and I helped sell wigs for all types of woman – young, old, disabled, you name it.

Let me start with how I first became fond of wig-wearing though because I too thought wigs were for the aunties or grannies. I had a horrifying experience in high school where I became bald at the age of 14. Thankfully my grandmother took me to the beauty supply were we bought me a wig. There began my introduction to the wig industry.

As years passed I began to experiment with colors and styles, textures and types, and soon enough I became OBSESSED. I will say the celebrity influence helped out a lot with feeling more comfortable wearing wigs; and I’m not talking about just Nicki Minaj. It’s like it became more common on tv, in movies, and in the music industry especially within the Black community.

Enough about me though, let’s talk benefits because that’s what you’re reading this for right? Here are some reasons why wigs are beneficial for Millennials:

  1. Protective Style (If done correctly)

Anytime you wear a wig it is highly recommended that you wear a wig cap. It helps protect your hair against pulling or snagging that may be caused by the wig. I do also recommend that to braid your hair or slick it back into a ponytail to ensure that your wigs lay flat because if not it will look like your hair is bulking underneath the wig.

They come in three colors that best fit your skin tone for your scalp for the wigs that may show lace so buy whichever may seem fit for your liking and they’re only a dollar.

2. Endless Styles

I, Gabrielle London via YouTube

The options are ENDLESS ladies! I can be curly-haired today and have a straight bob tomorrow. I can attend a girls night out with my body waves and go to the beach in braids or twists next weekend. I can go dark with black for work and wear my spicy red style for my date right after. You can choose whatever you like, however you like. There are wig experts at beauty supply store locations that can help you find the perfect wig for you, or you can watch the wonderful ladies of YouTube that post wig reviews so that way you can see which wig is worth buying. Beware some wigs do not fit all, so it’s best to ask if a wig is big head friendly or not. Trust me, I know from experience.

3. Convenience & Cost-Effective

I don’t know about you but there have been many occasions where I have needed a quick look for a party or a trip and I just didn’t have the bands($$) to get a sew-in or a lace front wig glued or sewn in my head. So I would like to thank the creators of half-wigs and full-cap wigs because you are literally my lifesavers. Also, I don’t have to spend that much on the actual wig itself. I can go get a nice wig (temporarily because synthetic wigs don’t last that long), for like $25-$50, which isn’t that bad honestly. Now if you end up liking three styles and can’t decide on which one you want so you end up buying all three, then you might have a problem..

4. Customization

Did you know that one of the greatest things about a wig is that you don’t have to wear it straight out the package? Yes, girl it is all about the customization. You can alter the wig to your liking without feeling bad about it. You can add you some baby hairs, create a bang, and more. It’s too long, then cut it. It’s too curly then straighten it. If it’s to shiny, throw some baby powder on it and call it a day. Some women pluck the parts of a wig to make it look more realistic and add makeup to the lace to match their skin tone. Now if you aren’t into synthetic wigs there are human hair choices available as well. These wigs you can not only customize with length and texture but color as well. You can not dye all synthetic wigs, although some can take to color.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram @vinessagabriellelondon and subscribe to my Youtube channel for wig reviews that I post myself!

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It’s Not Not Wine – Podcast version

Guess what ladies? It’s Not Not Wine is a podcast now! You can hear all my random stories on Anchor.fm. Everything from my personal experiences shopping around for Beyonce’s exclusive Adidas collaboration for IVY Park to my horrible dating experiences of getting sent off.

Praise the Per*od It's not, not wine

The struggles of a girl on her cycle especially on birth control. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/itsnotnotwine/support
  1. Praise the Per*od
  2. Can I Keto?
  3. Body by Popular Demand
  4. I have Options*
  5. Yes, please send me off

Backstory:

It’s Not Not Wine was inspired by my obsession with wine, while not trying to acknowledge that I’m obsessed with wine. One day while getting my Maxxinista on in TJ Maxx, I came across a cute pink mug that read “It’s Not Not WIne”, and that’s when it hit me. Why not make a podcast about about my life and name it after my obsession while being humorous about it?

I’ve always been inspired to be a late night talk show host where I interviewed celebrities and discussed about hot topics and had great music performances. But we gotta start somewhere right? It’s Not Not Wine is only the beginning.

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Wine, Oh Oui.

I am a lover of wine and red wine to be more specific. It’s what I based my whole blog around. I am not an alcoholic though so don’t get confused with my love for the sweet drink.

Photo courtesy: Pinterest

There’s been research that has suggested that red wine is actually beneficial for you, especially females. So ladies listen to this…

Photo cred: Medlife.com

Medical experts on Healthline.com, have said that red wine provides antioxidants, may promote longevity, and can help protect against heart disease and harmful inflammation, among other benefits.

Now I’m not saying you should enjoy a glass of red wine with every meal or every day. You definitely need to watch the amount you drink especially if your diet is not the best. It’s only beneficial to your health if your dietary habits are healthy and if you don’t consume a glass every day.

Red wine is said to help with improve vision, dementia, high blood pressure, and even cancer,

Said MedicalNewsToday.com
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I will say that since I’m on keto , I can’t drink any sweet red wines because of the amount of sugar and carbs found in it. So dry reds are recommended because there’s less sugar and carbs. Am I fan of that? No, so I have turned to Pinot Grigio a white wine because it tastes sweet enough to drink although it’s a dry wine.

Skin benefits are also one of the great benefits of red wine.

Photo cred: Vinopack.es

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IT’S NOT NOT WINE Podcast

Praise the Per*od It's not, not wine

The struggles of a girl on her cycle especially on birth control. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/itsnotnotwine/support
  1. Praise the Per*od
  2. Can I Keto?
  3. Body by Popular Demand
  4. I have Options*
  5. Yes, please send me off

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Comment, or Not to Comment – The Choice is YOURS

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I’m new to this blog lifestyle so of course I want my followers to interact and tell me what they think! Let me know what your thoughts are and opinions. Please keep negative comments to a minimum because no one wants to read that shit at least not me.

The positive side of commenting gives me an idea of who is actually paying attention to what I post. I can also get an idea of the age range of my followers as well as the ethnicity and even sex of the person. It will motivate me to write more and be more consistent with my material and hopefully will spur a pool of new ideas and topics to touch on.

But the negative side of all of this is if I get a haters or a competitor trolling on my page that try to make me look bad and then I’ll have to just delete or block them if the comments are too derogatory or hateful. Hopefully no one will do that though and luckily it’s been good so far.

I’d love to create a discussion in my comments because that way you can interact with the other followers. Maybe you guys share the same opinion or come up with a great twist to a new idea or something, i don’t know. Anything is possible with my comments and I’m allowing it all.

I also post my articles and blog posts to social media to expand my reach and see how many interactions I can obtain from posting on Instagram and Facebook.

So………………………comment.

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Style, Food, & Wine : Get You a Travel Bestie

Photo Cred: The Curl Market

Pinterest is one of my favorite places to explore especially when it comes to manifesting ideas and creating exciting boards so I can visually see what it is I’m trying to get out of that beautiful brain of mine. I came across this photo posted by the Curl Market, which reminded me of my best friend Alisabeth and myself when we get together.

Every woman needs a traveling companion and a drinking buddy ( if you drink ), and I definitely found one in my best friend. We are always having a glass of wine and discussing our dating problems or the latest fashion trend and even where we plan to travel next when the pandemic is over.

Sure you can travel by yourself, but who else can you try to talk to handsome men with in France or wine and dine with for brunch at the beach in Barbados.

The benefits from having a stylish travel companion –

  1. Splitting Expenses / Money Management – Brunches, drinks, & shopping would all be so much cheaper and even booking flights together and Airbnbs. She will let you know when you don’t need something, “No girl, you don’t need that another bag!”
  2. Safety – No need to feel worried about your safety because your best friend will never let you out of her sight!
  3. Photo Ops – Make sure to get you a friend that knows your angles and can capture great shots for you with the scenery wherever you travel.
  4. Packing Essentials – Bestie will always make sure she has something you don’t in her bag or will remind you of something you always seem to forget.
  5. Creating Memories – Those beautiful memories will go down in history because it’s going to be the fondest of times that you will have with one another.

Fenty Beauty Body Sauce – A Black Girl’s Dream

YouTube – Samira Belle

Yaaaasssss, we are LIVING for everything Fenty. Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, Fenty clothing brand, Savage x Fenty, Rihanna Robyn Fenty, just everything. What makes this so special though is the fact that Rihanna has created a whole new platform of skin and beauty products and included those skin types and colors that were always left out of it all.

Introducing the new Body Sauce by Fenty Beauty, a body luminizing tint. The body blur comes in 7 skin-enhancing shades, is lightweight and gives you an all over glow. Every Black woman is so excited right now because not only did Rihanna give us all these options of makeup for our face but now you’re creating goodies for the skin on the rest of our body….what?!

Samira Belle, Beauty and Lifestyle influencer, picked up her Body Sauce from Sephora, and since you can’t try on anything at the store for sanitary reasons, Bell had to get three shades – Sinamon Sizzle, Fly Mamacita, and Chocolate Reign. Testing out the tints on her hand first and then blended on her chest, you can see the match (Sinamon Sizzle) is damn near perfect.

Photo Credit: Fentybeauty.com

Belle gives her insight on the transfer test to see if the tint rubs off onto her clothing and fortunately there was no transfer. Can’t say much for the Body Lava though due to the fact that it’s sticky and it definitely rubs off because it does not set in or dry completely. Make sure when applying the Body Sauce that your skin is clean and moisturized. The tint does not fully cover your scars but rather blurs them.

I’m so excited to try out the Body Sauce for myself because I am going to Miami next week and I don’t have the clearest skin but I would love to touch up and cover the places where I have some dark spots and scars. I always thought it was ridiculous to see women put makeup on their body and actually used to believe it was a myth or something. But now that I am a grown woman with blemished skin, I know now that sometimes it’s necessary!

You can buy both Fenty Beauty Body Sauce (retail price: $48) and Body Lava (retail price: $59), at any Sephora location and sephora.com, and on fentybeauty.com as well. But hurry before it sells out because it will.

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Keto is Key to Rapid Weight Loss

So I’m pretty sure you are familiar with the Keto diet trend that has been taking over these past couple years – if not well ladies, it’s time to get on board. Keto is basically a low-carb or no carb diet. That means it’s time to get rid of those burger buns, the sides of red potatoes, and sugary drinks (say good bye to the wine).

I have recently started my Keto diet journey again for the second time, but this time I plan on being more consistent throughout my everyday diet and exercise routine. A lot of my friends who are pretty active and are fitness trainers don’t recommend keto because it’s a very fat and protein- based diet and sometimes that doesn’t react well with everyone’s body. Thankfully the first time I tried it, my body reacted well, I actually lost eight pounds in a month.

Rapid weight loss is one of the main benefits from this diet, and that’s what caught my attention. But doctors have proven that it could benefit kid’s health such as epilepsy and type 2 diabetes. It can also help people who have syndromes, seizures, and heart disease. WebMD helps further explain the process of the keto diet, it’s benefits and what happens when you reach ketosis.

A lot of weight loss plans don’t work as quickly as this one because you have to put in more work than take out. With the Keto diet, just by cutting out sugar and carbs, you could lose weight without even exercising.

When I first began my journey, I wasn’t too sure about if it was going to work for my body. Now that I am back at it, I have more knowledge on what to eat, where to buy my keto grocery items and how often I should exercise. YouTubers and Instagram influencers I follow ( such as the Ketodashians ), have helped me out a lot because they always post what they buy, how to cook it, and where to find the products.

Currently, I have lost 3 pounds in five days. It is definitely harder the second time around because you have to train your body all over again to not eating carbs.

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