A little Island Gyal with Forever21

A little Island Gyal with Forever21

Can you believe it… Its the first day of summer ! Wow I can say this so many times , this year is going by so fast !  woMAN! So if I could be anywhere right now I would love to be on somebody’s island enjoying a nice pineapple beverage with the sun warming my skin with a nice tropical breeze.  Let me stop day dreaming … since the island can’t come to me I will bring it to me. Guess I will post up in the city  until  the day comes I get the chance to sip a drink by the pool .

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I wish yall could have seen me in Forever21 trying to put this outfit together. LOL I walked around the plus size section about 20 times to get the right outfit to match the headband. Mad woman on the loose !   Before I even started looking I came across this leaf inspired headband. Now if you been reading my blog you will know that I love floral aesthetics. Anyway, my braids were freshly done and I wanted to rock a cute headband… so lets the finding of an outfit commence! First, I ran across an eyelet off the shoulder crop top. The color had me sold!  You would also know that I have outright relationship with the color yellow. It has been dub my color !  Back to the outfit, I don’t know what it is but a nice off the shoulder top to show off my shoulder does something to me. It  so subtle and seductive at the same time when my shoulders are out and exposed.  Also I love the fact that it has the elastic band at the bomb to hold the crop top in place. While I was in the store I found these linen shorts that I thought match well with this fit. I could have bought these shorts in a 1x but I stuck with 2x because I wanted to fit a little baggy.  Linen blend fabrics are super comfy to the touch for me. Lastly, the gold Monsetra leaf earring in my opinion sent this outfit out of orbit ! Man on man it was sooooo bomb . It was complete. (Sidenote: Let me say that Forever21 need go ahead a partner up with me because I spend so much time in the store it crazy !)  I feel like this outfit can be worn up or down.  It has slight of city vibes mix in with a island glow!  City Boho …. hmmm. I am picturing  this outfit at a island theme night party with drinks with a umbrella in them and awesome pool decoration and globe lights nestle around the fences !

never stop chasing your summer 

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Monstera Leaf Drop Earring// Forever21

Little sidetone:

Go out and enjoy your life. We never know how many summers we have left so make each summer you have on this earth a good one. Enjoy time with your family and your closest friends. I just want to stress how important it is to enjoy your life to the fullest. We do not have time to just focus all on the serious stuff. Have some fun and smile ! 

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when you sprinkle city vibes with a little island gyal vibes 

Leaf Headband// Forever21

Monstera Leaf Drop Earrings // Forever21 (LINK)

Mustard Eyelet Off the Shoulder Top // Forever21 (LINK)

Linen Blend Strip Shorts// Forever21 (LINK)

Bamboo Purse// UrbanOutfitter

Freya Peeptoe Cut Work Shoe Boot// BooHoo (old)


Location: Mexicantown -Southwest Detroit

Photographer: Mom – Always a special shout to my mom always being down and available to take my pictures. You are and always will be the real MVP !


 

So what are you looking forward to this summer ?

Let me know in the comment section below.

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push forward.

cassandra

 

Reclaiming Your Confidences

Reclaiming Your Confidences

For the pass few days I have been jamming to Janelle Monae’s album Dirty Computer. I Like That has been on repeat …

 A little crazy, little sexy, little cool
Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth… and I like that!

This album really speaks about simply being yourself, living your truth, being okay with you are, and making sure you don’t allow anybody to take away what makes you, you ! Yes check out the Emotion Picture.

This album resonate confidences.  Can you believe I lack self confidences? I let fear and what other people told me, dictate how I was going to live my life.  I was going be hip hop dancer but I let other people make me feel like I was too big to dance. I was going to a lot of stuff but the validation for other people stopped me in my tracks. This then turned in to lack of confidences and shot down my self esteem. Then, I would allow people to say and treat me with so much disrespect, I wouldn’t fight back at all. I would just cry and grow numb. Or I use my funny antics to hide the hurt inside. I put up with too much bullshit from people. I did not think I was worthy and it really impacted how I live my life. Would you believe me if I told you, you can reclaim your self esteem/ confidences? I had to put in the work but I did it. I really had to change the way I view myself. and how I think. Seriously I did it and I work on it everyday. Reclaiming my confidences was the backbone behind me starting  my blog FashionLayn. Through my blog I learn to love and appreciate myself. Gain peace with who I am, all the bad and good. I had to live my truth because the truth was busting out.  It all came from within. Your girl is really all that now.

Hell the addiction for approval is a hard thing to put behind.. However, that validation is not enough and it will never be enough, we all need that real love. That self love that I  preach so much on my blog and continuously drill in my head.  You are the key to your confidences. Self love, I believe, can cure you from the approval addiction. So sis… yes I am talking to you beloved it time for you to reclaim your confidences. Lack of confidences is crippling. I think it can put your life on hold.. really it had my life on stand still. I want you reach down deep in yourself and work on this everyday. You are the light and don’t let anybody take your light away from you.

Reclaiming Your Confidences

  1. First and foremost you are worthy ! – the only approval you need is from yourself, nobody else. Be good with you.
  2. Choose to be Happy –  This is tough one for me to grasp. Happiness is truly  a state of mind. Either you choice to wake up and be happy or choose to be sad. Be more intentional.
  3. Believe in yourself: Simple as that, change your mindset and believe that you can do anything that you put your mind too. Don’t let the snakes ruin what you got going on
  4. Find a passion or Be passionate- Blogging found me and now it is my passion. I feel more confident than every since I started and it is one the first thing that I think about. What can I talk about on my blog to uplift the person that is reading.
  5. Be yourself — No more hiding behind the disguise be your authentic self. Now you might have to set back and really get to know yourself again.

(look details: scroll to the bottom and enjoy the pictures) 

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Shop My Look:  

The inspiration around this look was “black hippy”. I just wanted do whatever I wanted to do when I put this look together. Freedom and love was the key to look.  I wanted to be vulnerable and showcase who I am really., the girl who marches to her own beat. Always believe that I was on  another wave length. No matter how much I tried to go along with the flow and dress the way everybody else did, my true colors always resonated. I am the  shy, unique , funny girl that loves her braids, graphics tees and bright colors.  All the things on the outside that I like and love.

 Also who didn’t love ALL THAT, the 90s show on Nickelodeon. I like to think of it as the kid version to SNL.   I want to be on that show so bad because  and I knew I had something in me to knock them dead.  However the dream is in the past and I will not stop dreaming and never stop reaching for my dreams. Hey it maybe a dream deferred. So when I saw this shirt in Forever21 I picked it up with the quickness and did not care that the shirt was too big. I made it work.

Shirt: All That Tie Dye Tee// Forever21 (LINK)

Shorts: Mustard Woven High-Rise Shorts// Forever21 (LINK)


Special Shoutout to Darrien Pope, the Detroit native photographer, on the beautiful pictures You are a true talent. I. These pictures are so breathe taking. Thank you so much for working with and dealing with my silliness. I really appreciate you !

Instagram: @darrienpope |Facebook: @darrienpope |Website: www.darrienpope.com 


So with all that being keep striving! Believe in yourself , be yourself and I know that it all will happen for. Reclaim your confidence!

My Body Image Gives Me The Blues Sometimes! How to deal ?

My Body Image Gives Me The Blues Sometimes! How to deal ?

Dealing with body struggles is a tough thing to swallow. It something that everybody has dealt with throughout or some point of their lives. I can really be tough on my body at times. Wishing my stomach was flatter, I wish I didn’t have dimples on my butt, or stretch marks. Wishing my skin was more clearer or my teeth brighter.  All those things that keep me obsessing.

Here come the school stories. I was called “butter ball” in middle school. Also I was the thick girl in high school. Yeah some guys actually called me big mama! Really ! You already know that having meat on your bones was rarely celebrate or in style.  Then I had a bad love triangle thing in college… all the way wrong! So yes the anxiety set in and your trying to do anything and everything to fit in what the world says is normal. Little do you know your now on the road of body image struggles.

Over time I learn to love my body but I don’t love it all time. I can be somewhat critical of myself, and that really gives me the blues something.  How do I deal with my body struggles ?

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The way I looked at my body struggles came from a number of things. Bad breakups, being teased, a lot of negative things that shaped how I feel and see my body. It really hard being a woman trying to find her place in world with it different standards on body image, and beauty. Its hard as hell ! I know a number of us have one or handful things that they want to change about our appearance. So how do we cope with this? How do we not get completly disgusted with our bodies ?

How to Improve Your Body Image ?

  1. Stop being so mean to yourself . We can be our worst critic! Have you noticed that you can list the negative things faster than the positive things. So listen and become more aware to what you are saying to yourself. Remember that no one on this earth is perfect . So if you see yourself being negative… Stop it ! Say I am “fine as hell”! I say  lol that but really give yourself a positive compliment !
  2. Learn and accept your body. I learn to love my body when I started my blog. I become a blogger specifically to improve how I seen and felt about my body. Getting in front of the camera. Taking risk with certain outfit really change how I viewed myself. I started taking more pride in myself
  3. Positive affirmations. Every morning I tell myself how much I love me ! Especially in the mirror. Something I stand in front of the mirror naked and I just give myself positive affirmation shower. I shower myself with self love.
  4. List what your love about yourself. I love to think about this. Every once in awhile I have to remind myself because I get the blues. So I listen all the things I love about me. I love my butt, or my smile! Or how funny I am ! All those things matter.
  5. Get a massage!
  6. Nourish your body. Feed your body right. I never claim to be a fitness guru or anything like that. However I notice when I eat right and really nourish my body I feel good. My image on my body is not distorted based off how I feel. When I feel good internally my image of my body looks good too

“Don’t let your mind bully your body”.

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Sis you are worthy!

Self Worth is key to battling  your negative body image. You are worthy!  What is self worth ? Well the way I understand self worth is being deserving of good things. You are worthy of good health, happiness, success, or whatever you see fit to make you happy. In order to do something about how your perceive body you first have to re-evaluate your worth. If you do not tackle this  or understand how worthy you are you will undermine everything step you take to improve your body image. So work at consistently.  I preach this all the time, take time and learn yourself. Ask yourself serious question about you, what make you tick, what you love ? Accept the good,  bad , and the ugly. Self Love. Have compassion and I think you are on the right path in improving your self worth.


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On The Fashion Tip

Omg this look paired with this location just all came together so beautifully.  I chose to do a classic look for the spring time. My views on my body change so much over time, I love showing off my curves and even my stomach. Look at the belly button peeping through lol. I got this whole outfit….. Give you time to guess!! If you a frequent reader you already know how much I love Forever 21. SO yes the whole outfit is from Forever. I decided to do a classic look however it had a few twist. Normal classic look is consider a nice pair plain denim jeans with a button down woven shirt. Classy right ! I had to push to agenda. Yes a blue and white stripped woven shirt  with twisted hem set the outfit off right. I wore this shirt out and I got a lot of compliments on it and really becoming on the belly.  Now the denim. Spring always bring out the classic denim looks however, my denim are always distressed. I love distressed jeans because of  that extra edginess I need to bring to my look. Lastly to keep this look clean, sharpe , and edgy I had to add my all time favorite sneakers into the mix. Low Top White Converse ! This shoe alone can make a lot of outfits complete !

 Check out the links below to get this look in your closet !  

This whole outfit is less than 110 bucks!

Plus Size Blue & White Stripped Woven Twist Hem Shirt//Forever21// Shop |Similar

Plus Size Distressed Skinny Ankle Jeans// Forever21// Shop

White Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top// Journeys// Shop

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With all that being said sis it never to late to change the way you view your body. Your body is unique and it yours so get out of your own way and love on you. Remember you are worthy and that is the key to help arm yourself from your negative views of your body image. You got the tools so work on this daily. I am right with you sis. No more blues !

push forward.

Alayna

 

Location: Belle Isle Park | Detroit, MI

Photographer: Reem Eissa Photography

special shoutout to Reem. she is my new favorite photographer. omg shooting with her is amazing. the location alone was beautiful. i love shooting at the belle isle conservatory because you can get a different look every time.

IG: @reem.eissa.photo

FB:Reem Eissa Photography

 

Check Please ! How I style my Gingham Pants ?

Check Please ! How I style my Gingham Pants ?

Yes, the spring time is among us and I here for the warm up ! So yes let start off with some prints and bold colors.

My first pair of gingham pants and I love them.  Gingham pants give off  kinda a preppy look ! In the magazine the prep look is really in style for the spring ! It can be dressed up or down and  definitely consider a classic look. You can pair it with a graphic tee, pop of color, bright sweater, another print! I decided to pair my gingham pants with a bold color! I get a lot of love when it comes to mustard yellow ! So yellow it is ! As soon as I saw these pants at Forever 21 I knew I had to have them. Its something different, and outside of my comfort zone. So sis go out and get you some gingham pants and style them up !

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Why yellow is apart of my daily wardrobe?

So I was looking through all my Instagram pictures and notice I have a real life relationship with yellow. I find some way to incorporate yellow in my daily fits ! I enjoy yellow because I love how it looks on my skin! It adds a glow and I get a lot of love for you guys when I do !

“HOW WONDERFUL YELLOW IS. IT STANDS FOR THE SUN.”

-VINCENT VAN GOGH

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Plus size Gingham Ankle Pants// Forever21 – (LINK)

Off-The-Shoulder Skimmer Shirt// Charlotte Russe – (LINK)

location: Detroit, Mi

Photographer: My Mom 🙂

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have a fantastic day.

Alayna