Springtime Favorite: Denim Jackets

Loves, my ultimate and favorite outerwear to wear in the Spring, are denim jackets. You can dress them up, dress them down, throw one on over sweats to go run your errands (quickly). I have a whole closet section for denim jackets, I’ve just been dying to wear them! I’ll probably start wearing them to the living room, to be honest. Also, denim jackets do not have to be expensive to look stylish. You can thrift a great denim jacket and style it up or buy one from almost anywhere. I recently gave a denim jacket to one of my closest friends, and she decided to paint her logo onto it, which is extra dope. They aren’t just for women either, men look great in denim jackets! It’s all about how you wear it and expressing yourself.

The easiest and probably most common denim jacket look is; denim jacket, white-t-shirt, black pants, any color shoe. Literally, this is the most natural and most effortless way to style a denim jacket. Anybody can pull it off, and it requires items you probably already have in your closet. The hardest look to pull off, in my humblest of humble opinions, is a denim on denim look. If the colors of denim (SO MANY CHOICES) are off, then the whole look can be one for the books – in the wrong way. But I will say there is no wrong way to wear a denim jacket. You can literally do anything with it even and look great.

Before I get to how I wear my denim jackets, consider this your weekly quarantine check-in. I have been attempting to do everything I can to stay sane. It is quite tricky. It’s almost like living in a nightmare that continuously gets worst. Sometimes I struggle to turn those negative times into positives. I’m living in a lot of regrets at this moment. I am regretting not experiencing more life, not spending more time outside of my home, not being “young” and spontaneous. I had just started to coordinate monthly “frates” with a friend. I spent a lot of time talking myself out things, but it’s different when you don’t have the option to go out. I hope and pray that the day will come where we can all be outside again and have no worries about getting infected or anything else for that matter. I am discovering myself a lot during this time and have ordered a yoga mat to continue the love that I felt the first time I did yoga. I know we are all struggling, but try to find as many positives as you can. Reset your life and rediscover you and what makes you, YOU. If you are quarantined with a significant other, rediscover each other. If you are isolated with family, try to understand each other and communicate. If you are isolated with your kids, spend time with them. When “normal” life resumes, don’t forget these moments. They are important. On to the jackets!

Jacket One: Medium washed denim jacket paired with loose polka dot dress and color block sandals. This is an effortless look; I threw on the shoes for a bit of color and was utterly happy with this look. I usually don’t wear tight clothing, so I felt very comfortable in this dress. Once outside opens, I’ll be glad to wear this dress solo with a more flat pair of sandals.

Jacket Two: Bleach wash denim jacket paired with plaid mini-skirt, white graphic t-shirt, and black booties. I have had this since Black Friday, and I have been waiting to show you guys. When I saw where the jacket fell on my body, I thought this would be the perfect outfit. I feel like this is a kinda casual outfit, I would probably wear it on a casual night out, maybe to a bar. Pairing lights and darks give your outfit a lot of dimensions and create an awesome break-up.

Jacket Three: The piece de resistance. Light washed denim jacket, with raw hem and FRINGE paired with distressed black jeans, black booties, black corset. Listen, honey, I saw this jacket on the Fashion To Figure website and bought it almost immediately, I didn’t want it to go out of stock! Anyone who knows me knows that this jacket screams Shanice. I love it! Instead of going crazy with the pairings, I decided to keep it somewhat muted. The jacket is already a lot. I find myself dressing like that quite often, one statement piece to complete any outfit.


To Mix or Not to Mix

Last week I got really casual and personal with you guys. We discussed how to stay active (mentally and physically) during this time of uncertainty. I even went sans makeup and decided to tone down my choice of clothing to ensure the message was not misconstrued. This week, we need some positivity, and I am bringing it to you in the form of mixed prints.

When I was a kid, my parents made it a big deal that I didn’t mix prints. It would look a certain way and wouldn’t be very fashionable. In more recent times, I have noticed, and appreciated, people, mixing prints and making it look tasteful and stylish. My tips for mixing prints are relatively straightforward. You can match prints by color so that you have a similar color scheme. You can match prints by wearing one super busy print and a more muted print. You can match prints by throwing together whatever you feel like looks good. As long as you feel great in your clothes, then nothing else really matters.

For this blog post, I chose prints with similar color schemes. One because that’s what I feel like looks great on me and two because I’m still testing the mixed prints waters. Which brings me to my point this week! Loves, I know we are stuck in the house, and we really can’t go anywhere right now. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t try things outside of our comfort zone. Try to cook new food, try to do a DIY project, try a new type of workout (i.e., Yoga), try to meditate, try something! Open your mind to a new perspective and try new things. We can drive ourselves crazy at home. For me, I love being inside but only by choice. I have a whole list of things that I would like to accomplish in my home and within myself. It’s easy to get lost in a Netflix show, but when is the last time you purged your closet? I can answer that LAST WEEK! I purged my closet and am oh so happy with the results. Don’t sit around, waiting for things to stay the same. Make a change!

First Mix: plaid pants and various animals in tennis gear top paired with clear heels. I felt super comfortable in this look. The pants have zero stretch, but I made it work! I was looking for a shirt in the same-ish color scheme, and I found it perfect. I didn’t feel like I was walking around on the wacky-tacky day.

Second Mix: floral pants and blue/white pinstripe shirt dress paired with black heels. The shirt pattern is a little hard to see, but I felt like the subtleness made it easy to match the items together. I didn’t want anything crazy on my feet because I’m 5’3 ½” and these types of pants usually drag on the floor.

Third Mix: bigger polka dots with smaller polka dots paired with pink bow mules. Guys, I love this combination! I felt like a cute little thing, I’m not sure what word to use to describe it! I felt dainty, and I loved this. I feel like this is the most natural print to mix because you’re not really mixing anything at all. This is like the prints you mix when you are still afraid to mix prints. Just saying, everyone should try this.


Fashion To Figure, I Love You

As a plus-sized woman, even a woman in general, I’m always on the hunt for the next best thing in fashion. I like to stay current, so I follow the best bloggers, the most relevant fashion lines, and I have literally downloaded every single app. I am always looking for something to wow me and something that I can easily create outfits in my head for. Side note: I should probably do a blog post where I style things, I couldn’t easily create an outfit. Anyway, I stumbled upon Fashion To Figure quite a few years ago when I was looking for an outfit for my aunt’s wedding. I followed them until they closed all the stores and then was super excited when they reopened them under New York and Company.

FTF is an exclusive plus-size brand. They got from a 0 to a 4 or 5 for specific clothing and up to a 24 in pants. The is an excellent range for apparel. They are always up to date on their trends and release new clothing every week it seems like. They have workwear, swimsuits, beautiful seasonal dresses, lovely tops, the greatest bodysuits, cute sets, lingerie and intimates, and jewelry. I have a few issues with their sizing, which isn’t a big deal. I can really wear anywhere from a 0 to a 2 depending on the material and the make. It makes shopping online (which is pretty much all I do) kinda difficult. Returns are relatively straightforward, though; I usually take it to the store closest to my home. The other issue is that they don’t currently have an app. Other than that, I have NO problems with FTF. Their clothes are of quality, and their prices might be a little high, but the store consistently has sales. Navigating the website is also very easy.

Loves, before we get into these beautiful clothes, I had a few things to say. We are all watching the news and silently freaking out about the COVID-19 virus and the issues surrounding it. I just wanted to remind you all that every moment in life counts. 2020 started off rocky for me, I don’t know about you guys, but I did not expect life to hit me so interestingly. If I’ve learned anything from 2020 so far is that life is full of surprises, and some of them aren’t going to be enjoyable. Kobe Bryant’s death shook everyone to the core and made it so that people started questioning everything in life. COVID-19 is bringing about the worst in people and also causing people to carpe diem. All I’m saying is, if you want something in life, go for it. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to fall into your lap before you make a change.

Do the things that make you happiest and waste no time on things that interrupt any part of your peace. Don’t talk about it to anyone, don’t brag about your plans, don’t put on for the ‘Gram, do it! Live more life, laugh more, cry more, smile more, enjoy it. If you love someone, tell them. Shoot your shot with your crush. Go on that vacation that you always wanted (I know I said you don’t wait but wait until it’s safe to travel to some of these countries). Do everything before it’s too late. Alright, I’m hopping off of my soapbox. Let’s get to these clothes.

Olive green, puffy-sleeved jumpsuit with snakeskin booties. This jumpsuit is now a staple in my closet, and I’ll wear it every year for the rest of my life probably. It is so comfortable and cute! There are such lovely details; the sleeves tie at the wrist, and the legs tie at the ankles.

Tie-dye mesh dress with transparent wedges. I am so sorry; this dress was completely sold out online the last time I checked. Do you know what ruching does for a body? Absolutely amazing thing! This dress was very flattering, and I was very comfortable wearing it around town. I can’t wait until they release another color!

Polka dot surplice top with coral slip skirt and transparent heels. This top is very low cut in the front, I had a bit of a hard time BUT super cute. Very comfortable and springy. I’m really into polka dots these days. Don’t judge me. The bottom of the top isn’t tight, but it’s more fitted than the rest of the blouse.

Olive green off-the-shoulder cargo dress with platform Fenty Pumas. Listen, if you love this dress as much as I do, go buy it now! This dress was absolutely one of my favorite items that I have ever purchased from FTF. The details are impeccable, and I love that it’s off-the-shoulder and not a regular collared dress. I decided to wear these sneakers because I wanted to dress it down just a bit. When I do wear it again, I’ll probably wear less chunky shoes.