Fashion

Fashion has always played a huge role in my life.  When I weighed over 500 pounds, Fashion was non-existant in my life.  I had to buy and wear what would fit from online retailers.

My picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

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       The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and is now open for everyone!! YAY! I was able to shop the early access sale and let me just say, I found a lot of great items. If you do not know about this sale, it is a time where Nordstrom comes out with NEW items for the fall and discounts the price. So everything is on major sale AND it is all new and upcoming pieces, not old things they are trying to get rid of. I know with this sale comes a lot of hype and I am sure you have seen so many bloggers and so many Instagram posts about this sale…but its just that good!! I wanted to share with you how I shop this sale, why I shop this sale, and what worked for me in the past, and what I am loving and picking up for myself now. Like always I will share some amazing plus size options from this sale too. I got you, girl! Before we get started with my top picks from this sale, just know that things sell out quickly. So if you see something you like do not hesitate to purchase it, remember you can always return it, if you decide it is something you don’t want to keep. (Nordstrom has the best customer service and returns policy) Don’t be like me and hold off and then try to get it later only to find it is all sold out and you…


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My Favorite Shoes for Summer! Styles and Types of Shoes that Help me Feel Comfortable and Confident.

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       To say I have a love for shoes is an understatement. When I was a little girl, my sister and I used to get a treat when we were good at the doctor when we had to get a shot, or just about anytime we were with our dad (love you, Dad). My sister was usually all over the place with what she wanted. But I knew every time what I wanted to get. Ever since I can remember, when I would go out and get a treat, I would want to go to Nordstrom and pick out a new pair of shoes. Yes even when I was like 3 years old this is what I would want. So it is safe to say, shoes have always had a special place in my heart. While I was on my weight loss journey, shoes also played an important part. But let’s backtrack again for a little more. As I found myself gaining weight, I found myself needing to get new shoes. When I was at my heaviest of over 500 pounds, my shoe size was a 9 1/2. I had to keep getting new shoes since my feet were also getting bigger and bigger. Something many people may not know about weight gain is that yes it affects your feet too. This was hard for me since a lot of shoes stopped fitting, and it was hard finding shoes that fit my overweight feet. So once I began losing weight, that…


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Body Positivity Self-Love Question and Answer with Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick.

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1      1Share There are just some people in life that when you look at them you think, “this person has crossed my path for a reason.” Sarah, @sassyredlipstick, is one of those people for me.  I was introduced to her by someone on Instagram when they told me I HAD to check her out…and I am so glad I did. Sarah is a huge body positive and self-love activist and completely loves herself and her body just how it is.  I love that.  Being someone who is learning to fully love and embrace my body just as it is, it is so refreshing to see others being confident, happy and spreading nothing but love…that is something that I completely admire about her. When I struggle with my own body image and have days that I just don’t feel good enough, I love turning to others who can help lift me up and make me realize that it is ok to have bad days, we all have them.  What matters is how we keep going and keep fighting to love ourselves and to continue to help others do the same.  One of the people I turn to when I’m having an off day is…Sarah. Not only is she someone I admire and look up to for her self-love and body positivity, but the relationship she and her husband Robbie (@Tripp) have is seriously couple goals.  The way he supports her loves her and cherishes her, just the way she is truly one…


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The Best Accessory You Can Wear Is Your Confidence…Go Ahead and Rock that Red Jumpsuit!

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              Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s this red jumpsuit! I have to say this red jumpsuit is one of my favorite items of clothing I have ever bought. I think the reason is that I never thought I would EVER be able to wear not only a fitted one piece but that it would be bright red! Don’t get me wrong, this is totally me! Colorful, sassy, girly…everything I am… all in one item! But actually being able to wear it on my body…now that is a different story. You see, I never thought someone like me could pull off something like this. Wearing something so fitted, and bright would draw so much attention to me. Only girls with slim bodies and big boobs can pull off jumpsuits like this right? WRONG!! So wrong!!! That is old Jacqueline’s way of thinking. In the words of Taylor Swift…old Jacqueline is dead! So when I saw this jumpsuit and found those negative thoughts coming back into my head…the only thing I could do was grab it off the rack and try it on. No more thinking we have to be a certain body shape or type to wear something. No more thinking bright colors are only for people with “perfect bodies.” (PS, there is NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT BODY) and no more thinking that we have to only wear black, and baggy clothes, and things that do not show off our figures and draw no attention…


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