Suit Up: How to Find Confidence this Summer on the beach

Special thanks to Target for sponsoring this post

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, the countdown to summer has officially begun but for many women, it's the precursor to swimsuit season.  As a fashion blogger, I love being able to style outfits that inspire you all to go outside your comfort zone and try it yourself. As a woman, especially, a full figured woman, I do face body challenges just like everyone else.

Let's get personal: Do you know I weigh more now than I did when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter? Yup, no exaggeration. However, at the same time, I've never been as confident as I am at this weight than any other time in my life. Why is that? Because I love me...all of me even the pesky cellulite and sneaky varicose veins. Yea, I'd take blemish free skin any day, but I choose not to dwell on the things I can't change and more-so on being happy.

The best confidence booster for me is to look good-meaning grooming (the shaving, waxing, primping and propping) and dressing nicely, which during the summer, includes in a swimsuit. Even I hesitate about being half naked on a beach or pool, however by picking the right swimsuit to emphasize my appealing body parts and de-emphasizing the not so great ones, I was able to find a great swimsuit from Target's Ava and Viv plus size line, after many a trial and error.

We all know plus size comes in various sizes, and it just so happens that Target's AVA and VIV line offers curve friendly swimsuits that look great both in and out the water for plus size women of every size. As you see below, I went through quite a few swimsuits in variations to find one that I was not only comfortable with, but flattered my shape. Unfortunately, my Target location was sold out in many pieces I saw online (where there are many more options for us).

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From Top Left to Right: Bikini top (runs small), skirted bottom// Blk/Whte1 piece//Colorful Bikini Top, Shorts// Floral Halter 1 piece

While I usually would be more drawn to a 2 piece with a high waist bottom, surprisingly enough I loved the retro style of the 1 piece. The ruching on the side and pattern placement helped with camouflaging the tummy area-my problem spot- while the halter top style allows me to choose the amount of bust support needed all the while giving off a somewhat pin-up vibe.

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How cute are my accessories?!  I love the colorful tassels of my beach bag and no summer is complete without a panama hat. I usually go with a neutral shade, but this white one worked perfectly! Not to mention, equally stylish casually paired with jeans or dress. I also had my eye out for this Ava and Viv coverup which I had planned on doubling up as a top with shorts or as a kaftan with a basic tank dress underneath-but that too was sold out at my location (tip: better to just shop online).

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I took my swimsuit out for a spin during memorial day weekend while sun bathing on my building rooftop in true NYC fashion. I expected it to be not so crowded but was surprised with neighbors grilling, children playing tag, and strangers taking in the city sights. A few years ago, I would've shied away from being half naked in front of strangers, but I l felt confident enough to not care. 

Conquering swimsuit season isn't just about overcoming body insecurities, it's about building confidence, having fun and letting your personality shine. Whether you're in a two piece or 1 piece stunner, I encourage you all to free your mind of insecurities and bask in the glow of not just the sun, but your self-love. Let's make this summer unforgettable!

Check out the entire Ava and VIV swimsuit collection here

Find your style @targetstyle

Evening Style || Wrap Blouse + Scuba Circle Skirt

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**I have on boyshorts underneath since my skirt was somewhat see-thru.

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Fashion to Figure Builtmore Bodysuit c/o // Scuba skirt (local) similar here//Schutz Kija Heels

All last week, I was glued to the dark sunless confinement of my bedroom in an ugly state of pain and torture due to a migraine spell that lasted 5 days. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for me as I have been suffering from this illness for over 20 years. 

On Saturday, I began to feel more like myself and decided to get dressed up and not waste the day indoors. The early morning rain gave way to a beautiful day and even better evening which prompted today's date night look.

Coming off from being sickly, I jumped at the chance of breaking in my new Schutz heels and went neutral on top in all beige. 



OFFICE STYLE | White Suit + Suede Fringe Heels

For the second year in a row, I've manage to stock my shoe closet with yet another pair of Schutz heels. Last year was the metallic Slate lace-up and as of late, my Odelia leopard mules have been repeat offenders on the blog. Well you guessed it, we got anotha one ya'll! Let me introduce you to Kija. Fringe is all the rage right now and rightfully so. It's such a fun detail that I've become totally obsessed with-from heels to jewelry.

I went with a neutral shade and immediately, saw myself wearing them with an all white denim outfit. However, I ended up wearing them with a makeshift (added a white bottom to my white blazer) white suit for work. In retrospect, I think these would be even more of a showstopper by pairing them with a short dress or shorts. Stay tuned, like it's sisters, Kija will sure to become a shoe regular this summer.

Schutz Kija heels pocket friendly version here/MissGuided Bodysuit//White pencil skirt//White blazer (old) similar here//F21 Cat Eye sunnies (sold out) luv these//JustFab Orlando bucket bag c/o
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Hi Guys! Quick post today sharing a simple all white outfit I wore few weeks back. The sun was out but it was slightly breezy, perfect weather to pull out my CarmaKoma crochet top. Although it's more of an ivory shade, it worked pretty well with my crisp white denim jeans and the neon accessories, I added for a punch of color. 

CarmKoma Ornell top c/o|| White Distressed Jeans|| Sunnies|| Neon Sandals|| Invicta Watch


I know many of you may have reservations on wearing all white but trust me, it can be done. This is coming from someone who is super clumsy and a red lipstick wearer. So here are some tips I use to keep from looking like a 5 year old.Whenever I wear white, I always make sure to:

  • have my Tide pen with me for little messes and stains.
  • always cover myself with either a sweater, blazer or even scarf- yes like a grown-up bib while I eat.
  • have wet wipes with you throughout the day to rid your hands of dirt, gook and makeup.
  • An alternative to the tide pen is stain remover wipes.
What are some tips you use when you wear white? Share with us.


P.S. Each shoe above comes in neon yellow


If you've been following me for a while, you'd know that I am a big fan of pairing denim together, most recently seen here. However, I decided to change it up a bit and pair my chambray top with a denim skirt-but not just any old denim skirt, rather a super cute bedazzled version. 

Old Navy furry jacket (old) similar here//AT Loft Chambray top//AT Loft denim skirt (almost sold out)//Fringe Heels


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