Natural Splendor Product Review

Hello All My Darling Divas!

 Today on the blog I did a review on the Natural Splendor products! Now just a disclaimer that I am NOT being sponsored to this post. This was all done on my own to shine light on a product that is new to me and probably new to alot of you naturalistas as well. So now that we got that lil disclaimer out the way, take a look at the video and meet me below for more details!

Did you enjoy the video? I sure do hope so. Now lets get down to business.( and defeat the huns! What Disney movie is that from? Comment and let me know below)

Natural Splendor Social Media( click each word to visit each site)
Now in the video I mentioned I would link the blog post to the videos that show you how I did certain hairstyles and methods mentioned in this video.
  • Click here to check out my Natural Hair Regimen showing you how I tension method blowdry my hair. 
  • Click here to check out how I 3strand twist my hair.
  • Click here to check out I do my Faux Bun
A recap of how I feel about the products
I overall was very impressed with these products. I plan to go in and try these products again when I have more time. So be prepared for a Natural Splendor Follow up in the next couple of weeks. 
So ladies that is all! Be sure to check out the Natural Splendor website if your interested in any of the products. You can also go on and follow me on my social networking sites. They are all linked above. Until tomorrow

Back 2 School Lookbook

Hello All My Darling Divas!

Today I am kick-starting my back to school week on the blog with a lookbook! I intended on posting this earlier in the week, but had a couple of complications, so I hope this gets to you all either during or before your first week of school! This is a collection of outfits that I think are perfect for back to school. They are all comfortable, versatile, and casual which are 3 things that I look for when getting dressed for class. Feel free to recreate and use these looks as inspiration for your back to school wardrobe! Hashtag #TeamNoMinusPlus on any of your social media so that I can take a look at your back to school fashions.

Look 1
Top- Target
Jeans-Ashley Stewart
Shoes-Nine West
This look is a cool and comfortable look that is perfect for school! The jeans and top are both different prints, so your mixing prints while still keeping cute! (sidebar: Dont you just love how my hair matches my jeans)

Look#2
Hat- Charlotte Russe 
Cardigan-Thrifted
Top-Target
Shorts-Lane Bryant
Shoes-Target
Now this look is perfect for the days where its still hot outside, but you still want to keep a bit warm in those cold classrooms.

Look #3
Hat- Dont Know
Top- Umgee
Dress-Forever21
Shoes-Target
Now I think of this look as a modern school girl. I absolutely love this overall skater dress from Forever21. Its playful and cute which is perfect as back to school atire.

Look#4
Cardigan- Umgee
Top-Hot Topic
Skirt-Deb Shops
Tights-Target
Shoes-Torrid
This look is probably my favorite out of the lookbook because it features HARRY POTTER! Yes folks that shirt says Hogwarts Alumni! This look is super cute and funky, and I def love mixing it up for school.
Look#5
Cardigan- Fashion2Figure
Dress-Fashion2Figure
Belt-K&G
Shoes-Ashley Stewart
Now you know that any lookbook of mine isn’t complete without a splash of cheetah! This look is a perfect mixture of dressy and casual. The shoes have a bit of a low heel and is perfect for any ladies out there who like to be a bit dressy for school, but still comfortable.

So ladies thats it for the back to school lookbook! I hope you all have enjoyed! Which outfit do you see yourself wearing to school? And also be sure to show me any of your Back to school looks by adding the hashtag #TeamNoMinusPlus. I would love to see your recreations or your outfits in general!
You can as always feel free to follow me on any of my social networking sites. They are all linked above. Until next time ladies, love ya lots like tator tots!!!!!!

Interviewing Miss New Jersey Plus USA

Hello All My Darling Divas! Today on the blog we will doing something pretty different and special! I got a chance to meet up with the current Miss New Jersey Plus USA Jeanel LeBlanc! Jeanel is a close friend of my mine from high school, and when I heard that she was competing in a plus size pageant ,I just knew I had to present this to all of my darling divas! So I asked her a couple of questions and she was more than happy to answer them!

Q. So How did this all begin? 
I had done a pageant previously, and I was told that part of the reason why I didn’t win was because I was too tall (My gown didn’t sweep the floor.) I was also the largest girl competing which was discouraging at times. I always thought of doing another pageant, but I didn’t know which one, or when. Then I discovered Miss Plus USA. I made a decision at the beginning of this year that I would not let fear stop me from doing anything. When I happened upon the Miss Plus USA website, I got really nervous, but that told me that I have to at least TRY.

Q. What was the process of getting into the competition?/What process did you have to go through to become Miss New Jersey Plus USA? 
The State Queens are chosen through an application process. The application includes 2 letters of recommendation, a headshot, a full body photo, and a video explaining your platform and why you would make a good state representative of Miss Plus USA.

Q. How as being a part of this competition changed your life so far? 
Seeing the amount of support I have from my friends and family is extremely encouraging. I feel so loved! Being a state queen has also helped boost my self-confidence.

 Q.  What advice do you have for plus size  young women who want to enter this competition next year? 
Go for it!! Just know that it will not be easy. You have to put in a lot of work and stay motivated. But, don’t let fear stop you! It’s a great experience!

Q.What’s next for you in the competition? 
I leave for Seattle on August 10th!!!

Here Jeanel is picture with Miss New York Plus USA Tanisha Frazier, Miss Northwest Plus USA Brittany Hudson, and the Plus USA’s NY/NJ Agent Sonja Elise Freeman

Jeanel will be competing for the title of Miss Plus USA in Seattle Washington on August 16th! Wont you darling divas join in me in wishing her luck to bring home the title! Leave uplifting comments below, and I will be sure that she see’s your warm wishes! You can also help her cover some last minute cost for the competition by click here to go to her GoFundMe page. Any amount helps!


You can click here to check out Jeanel on Facebook
You can click here to visit the official website for Miss Plus USA. There you will find more information about the pageant and if you are interested in applying for the pageant next year, all that info is on that website too. 

I hope you ladies have enjoyed this blog post! I really enjoyed reconnecting with a great friend and I’m so proud that she went after her dreams! That is definitely inspiration for all of us to go out and of course try!!!! Ladies feel free to follow me on all my social networking sites. They are all linked above. Until next time, love you lots like tator tots and GOOD LUCK TO JEANEL!


Top 10 Fashion Essentials for Summer

Hello All My Darling Divas!

Welcome back to another week on the blog! Today were going to be talking about my Top 10 Fashion Essentials. Since it is now towards the end of summer, I figured it was time to finally put up all the essentials that I have been using all summer. I have also done a Top 10 SkinCare and Makeup Tutorial which you can click here to see, and a couple of years ago I did a Top 10 Natural Hair Essentials. You can check that out here. I will probably revisit these top 10 list in the colder months sincee my essentials change up due to the weather change.  So enjoy the video and meet me below for more details and pics of course!

Did you enjoy the video? Comment below and let me know what some of your fave summer fashion essentials are. Here are pics and details of the items listed in this video.
1. A Dress
I loveee  dresses in the summer! They provide comfort and keep me cool on summer days. The dress in wearing here is a high-low dress from Umgee. Click here for my video on this dress and others from Umgee for more details.
2. Light Weight Hoodie
 Hoodies are not just for the colder months. They are perfect to pull out on those cool summer evenings. I got this light hoodie from Target. I absolutely love the neon color!
3. Sunglasses
 Of course no summer day is complete without a pair of cool shades to block out the sun! I grabbed these babies on sale from Icings! Click here for the haul video that I mentioned these in for more details.
4. Decorated Shorts
 Now you know I had to slide my decorated shorts in this list! I have been rocking these pairs of shorts all summer. Whats even more awesome is that these are shorts from my own store! Click here to visit my website StyledByNoMinusPlus! Grab yourself a pair while the weather is still hot.
5. Canvas Sneakers
 Now im usually not a fan of sneakers, but my canvas sneakers have been a definite staple this summer for me! It pairs perfect with any outfit, I can slip them on and go, and they are just really cute! I purchased mine at Target.
6. Sandals
  
Sandals of course have to be on this list. What summer outfit isn’t complete without a cute pair of sandals? Sandals and sneakers were pretty much the only things I wore this summer. I purchased these sandals from payless.
7. Vest
 

 To me the vest is the perfect thing to layer outfits with in the summer. I wear all types of vest in the summer, but my denim vest definitely is my favorite. I got my vest from forever21.
8. Scarf
I would have to say that turbans are my go to hairstyle. Whenever I am being lazy, or my hair doesn’t want to behave, I slap this turban right on. The summer has very harsh sunrays which can be pretty damaging to my hair. The turban is perfect for hot days and protects my hair from the sun. Click here for my video on how I tie my turbans. 
 9. Arm Candy
 I overload on the arm candy when its hot out. I like layering and stacking my bracelets to create a fashionable look. Its almost as if I’m styling my wrist. My bracelets come from Torrid, Fashion2Figure, and Ashley Stewart. All of those stores carry bracelets that cater to a woman with larger wrist like myself.
10. Oversized Bag

A big bag is sooo needed in the summer! I carry around so much stuff(crap) with me when its really hot. A big bag ensures that all of my things can be carried in one fashionable place. I got this purse as a gift, but you can find over-sized bags pretty much everywhere!

Ladies that’s a wrap for today’s video! I had soo much fun recording this for you all, so I hope you really enjoyed it! Make sure to check back here on Friday for the second blog post for this week. It will be a very special one! Be sure to follow me on any of my social networking sites. They are all linked above. Until next time, love ya lots like tator tots!