Beauties,

I'm a fat, black woman.  I'm sure most of you are having one of two thoughts after reading that.  One being, "Ok and?" ...or... "Ashley, you're out of pocket right now."  For the longest time, the word, "fat," made me feel uncomfortable.  In fact, I know it is a word that many people aren't fond of, but I recently realized that that word doesn't bother me anymore.  To be honest, I've always been a bigger girl.  I often laugh to myself when I reminisce on how my mom used to order my school clothes from the JCPenney catalog when I was younger.  I mean, where else were you going to find clothes for a big girl in the country back in the 90's?!


Beauties,

If you know me, you know I absolutely love to thrift. Thrifting is something I have been doing since I was in high school, but I remember my first encounter with thrifting as a little girl. I remember going to a local consignment shop downtown with my mom around the age of five. My mom has always been an impeccable dresser and she would take pieces (...I mainly remember suits) to the consignment store to sell. I used to love looking around the store to see what they had for sale and they had everything from clothing to books to toys.


Beauties,

My annual vacation is almost here and I can hardly wait. Two things I love about longer days and warmer weather is spending more time outside and making trips out of long weekends. I don’t care if it’s a one day trip or a few days, vacations are good for the soul. I always love to pick up a few pieces to wear on vacation and it just so happens that Talbots Friends and Family Event is officially going on right now. The event is going on now until Sunday, May 5th and you can save 30% on your entire purchase!


Beauties,

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you probably aren't new to the fact that I love sharing positive affirmations and excerpts from my daily devotional.  I gain so much inspiration daily from my devotional and quotes I read online.  They give me just the right boost to start the day so I love sharing them in hopes that it does the same for you.  Over the last week, I have been reading a lot about loving yourself in my daily devotional.  Love is always a popular topic, but how often are we discussing loving ourselves?


Beauties,

I can't tell you all how excited I get when I find incredible pieces on clearance.  In fact, I honestly can't remember the last time I paid retail price for anything.  I always keep a coupon or promo code in tow and if a coupon can be used on clearance, even better!  Late last year, I was visiting my mom and one of our traditions is always to go shopping.  We tend to stick to thrift shopping, but sometimes I like to stop into It's Fashion Metro because they have a huge selection at their Goldsboro location.  On this trip, I dropped into It's Fashion Metro and found this plaid jumpsuit after only a few minutes.  I went into the dressing room and of course, fell in love with it!


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