No more food and weight talk please! This week has been a strange week in terms of healthy eating and weight talk. If those things trigger you, please bypass this post. I have had so many convos about healthy eating. Most of the conversations covered these questions: what do you eat, how do eat, how has it helped you, and finally do you feel healthy? Then everyone wants to try and tell me what is right for my body. No ma’am!
If you have been following me on Twitter or Instagram, where I made a name change, then you know that the past two years have been a bit interesting for me. I quit my job to help take care of a few sick family members. Some of them have gotten better and some of them-including my father- have passed away. It was a bit too much for me to keep up this blog at the time.
The Fat and Skinny on Fashion turned ten years old in January. I am busy with a coding bootcamp and trying to get my life back together after completely devoting it to my family’s well being and of course grieving the loss of my father. I am still pretty active on Instagram and Twitter, and try to be consistent on Facebook. Please follow me on those websites. I plan on writing posts here more often. When I first started this blog, I wrote several posts a day. I think for now I will just write things whenever the spirit moves me. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support TFAS and me.
Universal Thread is big box store Target’s answer to inclusive denim and style. The new line of denim and accessories- which debuts on February 4th, is set to make a big splash in the industry. The line is affordable, super stylish, comes in various sizes, and the ads are super inclusive.
Target’s Who What Wear Collection is chock full of amazingness and it comes in plus sizes too. Also Target’s other new lines are really great too, but this collection is so good. I went to the store with mom and I wanted to get these pants. The Who What Wear Collection Tapered Leg Patent Papaerbag Trouser is calling my name. I am so mad I didn’t get these pants. The only reason I didn’t get them is because I am still on my weight loss journey and every time I buy pants or skirts, they end up falling off of me the next week.
Hello, TFAS Readers!
My name is Shanika Pichey and I have a personal lifestyle titled, Life is Pichey, where I talk about books, shows and movies, recipes, plants, thrifting, crafting, and whatever else comes to mind. Today I’m sharing a quick home decor project that cost me less than $10 to complete. *You can find her own line of cute homemade apparel over at Sebastian Harper.
Happy Libra new moon! Asiah Mae is back with another moon ritual for you. This time she is giving us a new moon in Libra ritual so we can make the most of this lovely moon energy. Don’t forget to check out Asiah Mae’s other cool projects like For the Scribes and illvibethetribe.Thank you Asiah Mae and check out her last guest post!
Libra is all about balance, and if your 2017 has been anything like mine then this energy is welcomed! With Jupiter in Scorpio, the universe is on our behinds about committing to our goals and buckling down, but the new moon poses the questions: how do you plan on balancing it all? What is really worthy of your time? In the next year, how can you commit to not spreading yourself too thin in order to accomplish your goals? Use this energy to get it done! Below is a ritual I’ve used before and I’ve grown to love, I hope it helps!
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Today we have a guest post from Asiah Mae. She is a goddess who produces many cool projects like For the Scribes and illvibethetribe. Today she graciously shares her full moon ritual with us. Thank you Asiah Mae!
Happy Hunter’s Moon aka Full Moon in Aries!
Are you ready to reap what you’ve been sowing? Aries full moon is all about personal truths. The fierce, determined person inside of you, the badass that’s forever getting it done. Oh and the passion! This is what Aries brings to us. You’re probably feeling very powerful, or super ready to start a new project. Maybe you’ve cleaned the whole house today (I definitely have), organized your blog, or ran a mile.
Either way, you’re ready to go. But slow down! Full moons are for release, and re-evaluation, and with the sun in polar opposite and balancing Libra ask yourself: in what areas do I need to be more balanced? In what ways do I need to give more to myself, but also to others? Aries can be a selfish and boastful sign, and it’s also ruled by Mars, the planet of war, so we need to take extra care as to not hurt anyone around us with our words or emotions today. Take some time to meditate and figure out what’s your “why” today. What’s the passion behind what you want or what you do? What obstacles do you need to get over in order to be your best you?
Full Moon Ritual
- red candles
- fire safe bowl
- crystals (optional)
Start by clearing your space with either sage, Palo Santo or with the energy of your mind. Find a quiet space and set the mood. I usually have a playlist going very softly, incense lit, and things that make me happy surrounding me, in this case some items that represent your passions. Light your red candle and meditate upon what you’d like to let go of, and what you’d like to manifest. Visualize yourself wrapped in a red bubble, start at the top of your toes and let it surround you. Inside of the bubble, visualize all of your passions taking form. Let that sink into you.
When you open your eyes, begin to write. Make a list of all the things you’re passionate about, and why. On another sheet of paper, write down all the things you want to let go of, and what you would like to replace it with. Always close with your karma free clause.
“I welcome all of this into my life, or something greater, for the greatest good of all concerned”.
When you are finished, fold each paper and burn it with the red candle. Drop them in the bowl. Make sure it is completely burned. Take your ashes outside and toss it to the wind (Libra is Air, Aries is fire.) Take note of how you feel after, your energy levels and the color of the flame. Let me know on social media at @_asiahmae on twitter!
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This is a sponsored post. Simply Be gave me these clothes to review. This is still an honest review.
Hey y’all. I know it has been a minute, but I have been thinking of rebranding this site. I can’t decide if I should rebrand TFAS or start anew. Anyway…Simply Be gave me these sweet plus size dresses to review. They are perfect for fall, but since we aren’t exactly experiencing fall weather right now it was super hot when I took these photos.
Thanks Simply Be for these dresses. They are super cute, and I am totally in love with them. I was sent three separate dresses, so I am going to tell you about each one so you can know how to shop the site.
Hooray! Hooray!! Hooray!!! After multiple tech issues, I can get back into my blog. I’m not gonna lie though. I did enjoy that break! Anyway. Here is the blog post I promised a few weeks ago on Himalayan Sole. I can honestly say that I do feel a difference in my body on the days that I drink it versus the days I do not. You may recall that I have collapsed arches in my feet. I wake up with horrible stiff and painful feet. One glass of this in the morning and I feel invigorated and the pain is gone. Check out the blog below to see another one of my self care tips.
FCC: I was not paid for this review. This is an honest review.
What is CurvyCo?
Have you heard of CurvyCo? It is the world’s first retail marketplace for sizes 10 and up. It reminds me of web resale store Poshmark, except it is even better because it is strictly for plus sizes. I like that is it for plus sizes only because I don’t have to look over a limited selection of plus size clothes mixed with other things on the other websites. They have all the plus size clothes, shoes, and acccessories.
I think I need to start a series called “Adventures in Self Care”. This year has seriously been about upping my self care game. I showed you a Dollar Tree haul where I bought items to take care of my skin, and I have been showcasing my adventures to The Salt Pad on Instagram. For those of you who don’t know, The Salt Pad is a Himalayan salt filled room that relaxes you and eases certain ailments. It is literally the best. Now I, and my adventures in self care, bring you my foot spa experience.
Searching for a plus size bralette…Well I found them at Torrid. Actually there are a ton of stores out there selling them since fashion hopped on the plus size bralette trend. Women everywhere are wearing them now. I was afraid to wear them because I, like many plus size women, are full-chested. The thought of me wearing a bralette without support was low key frightening, but I did it and now I’m back to tell you what I bought.
I was looking for yoga slash meditation videos one day during a moment of self care when I found the YouTube channel of Faith Hunter. Faith Hunter is an amazing woman. Her videos are easy to follow and the overall vibe of her channel is calm and serene. She has some guided meditations and a beginner yoga playlist is yoga is something you’re interested in. Below I decided to list some of my favorite Faith Hunter videos.
What Is A Natal Chart
Hey everybody! How’s it going? One of the things I did while I took my blogging break was get my natal chart done. What is a natal chart? Well…the natal chart or birth chart is an astrological forecast for your life based on the movement of the planets, moons, stars, and even asteroids at your time of birth. It also basically tells you why you are the way you are.
FTC: eShakti gave me this skirt for free to review.
Where Have I Been and What I’m Wearing
Hey Everybody! It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post, but I have been traveling and I was battling a bad cold. I really didn’t feel like writing blog posts while I was hacking up my lungs. Anyway. eShakti sent me this super cute lobster applique skirt back in February. I couldn’t take pictures of it because I was sick, but I tried it on and it fit.
I’ve been trying to write this blog post for what seems like forever. Last week when I was trying to write my Dollar Tree haul post, my internet kept going out. My internet has been cutting off and on. I am about to lose it to ATT on the phone if it doesn’t stop acting up. UGH!!!
I love using oils on my skin and hair. When Actually Organic Argan Oil offered me a free bottle to try, I was very excited. Not all argan oil is created equal. This particular brand is very good because it actually made from 100% pure and cold pressed argan oil from Africa. This isn’t the synthetic-kinda mixed with other questionable things type of oil. The owner of the company went to find the purest, best smelling oil. I have been using this oil for a month now. I use it on my cuticles, my hair, the corners of my eyes, my lips, and my elbows. I really have been getting my use out of this oil. I really talk about how I use the oil in the video below. The 4 ounce bottle of Actually Organic Argan Oil is on sale at Amazon for $23.99. I was actually given the 1 ounce bottle. It costs $11.99 and lasts a long time. After all I have been using it for, I still have a great deal of oil left. You really don’t need that much oil for each use. Check out hte video below for more.
Sooo I know you all have been wondering where Jai and The Fat and Skinny on Fashion has been, well I am still here. We’re still here. I took a much needed break throughout the holidays, this blog’s 8th birthday and my very own 30th birthday! I needed to take a break. Sometimes you just need time to relax, relate, and release. Don’t worry. The blog will be back with more vlogs and fashion news. Happy new year!
The holidays can be a stressful time. Couple that with the anxiety most people seem to be feeling this year, and it all can be a bit overwhelming. If you are stressed out or looking for a good post workout stretch session try this video from JessicaSmithTV. I’ve been using her workout videos on YouTube for awhile now, and I really like them.