Sexy Plus Size Cover Ups


Hey Loves,


You all know I love doing my plus size swimwear post every year. And every year you all always ask about cover ups. I feel like this year so many brands have stepped up their cover up game. Especially with the release of new cover up collecetion from plus designer Jibri, cover ups are just as sexy as the swimwear. So whether you're going to Essie's Golden Confidence Pool Party or going on vacation I rounded up a few fierce plus size cover ups.

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Hey Loves,


I'm excited to be about this. When I started A Thick Girl's Closet on Tumblr 4 years ago, it was all about allowing all you beautiful ladies to submit your outfit pics and I would share them on my blog. I really want to get back to my roots and now with the wonderful invention of hashtags that's easier than ever! So when you post on instagram or twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #ATGCFashionista....I'll be watching!

xoxo
Shay

Summer Chic & Pleats

 Hey Loves,
You all should know this skirt quite well. It was on of my favorite skirts in the fall. But the wonderful thing about chiffon, it can be worn in different season. When I went to shoot this look, the wind was blowing and this skirt caught the wind just right. I realized that this skirt paired perfectly with this crop top from Charlotte Russe plus. I like that I can wear a crop top without needing to show too much skin.

Splurge or Save| Bucket Bag

Hey Loves,

Just a quick post for you loves. This could possibly be a new segment on the blog we'll see. But if you follow fashion trends (even if you don't) the bucket bag is one of the must have bags of the season. It adds the perfect touch to any outfit. The come in all types of sizes with just the right touch of embellishment. Now the fashion lover in me loves to covet the high end bags...but sometimes affordable fashion is the way to go.

Wendy Nichol Carriage Large Leather Bucket Bag & H&M Drawstring Shoulder Bag

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XOXO
Shay

My Favorite Summer Dress

Hey Loves,

I was inspired to rock this look after I saw a girl on Tumblr wearing some very similar. She had on an African print dress with a denim shirt. I was look oh snap! I can rock something similar. So I ran to my closet, pulled out one of my favorite summer dress. I purchased this sun dress from target 3 years ago. Yes that's right 3 years ago, and it's still going strong. I know I can always turn to this dress if I want to be cute and cool all at the same time.

Learning to be okay with not Knowing


Hey Loves,


This post comes from multiple streams of inspiration. As so many of my readers or friends of my readers are graduating, and moving on to the next chapter in their lives...I thought this post is a perfect time to be a bit open with you all. So here goes...

I was sitting in a meeting with the VP of marketing for one of my favorite brands just chatting & catching up, and she asked me about how things were going...you know outside of the blog. She knew from the last time we spoke that I was struggling career wise. While I'm in a better place than I was a year ago, I am FAR from where I want to be or where I see myself. And as I was talking to her, I realized that I really & truly have no earthly clue or idea of what I'm suppose to being doing or should be doing with my life.

I think to openly admit that I am sincerely lost in what I want to do it life is a bit disheartening & rather disappointing because sometimes I feel like I'm moving like tumbleweed...which ever way the wind blows, that's where I go. And I really don't want to be that way. 

At 25 I feel like I should be doing soooooo much more with my career and I don't even know where to start. Of course it's even harder to see my friends & peers walk into their careers. Don't get me wrong, I am happy for everyone's success. But I would be lying if I said it did it make me stop & think "what is it that I'm not doing right" Or "what and I doing wrong" So for the sake of my sanity I try not to dwell on all that. And many days I don't think about it. I just go about my day; blogging, writing, working and in those moments when my mind is occupied, I'm fine. I can function. But there are days and moments when I'm remind that the light bill is due, my cell phone bill is due, Sallie Mae is calling about my loans, I need to upgrade my blog, I have buy certain items to complete a look for the blog etc. & my pay check just doesn't cover all of that.



Some days I just want to shut down, because I'm constantly reminded by certain people ( I won't say their name because they might read this) that I should be doing this or I should be doing that...or I should be working here  or working there because they know a friend's kid is doing well and we're the same age. I feel like I'm suppose to have the answer because everyone seems to have the answer. You know because they're coming out of college with jobs, they're going to grad school and getting their Master's or J.D. or some other advanced degree and I'm just here with my blog, my laptop & my camera.

I stop and think everyday, maybe I should just do what's expected, take something with a pay check and live my life. But that's not where my heart is. Then it hits me, I don't have the luxury of following my heart. Bills come first. I'm a firm believer in all things happen for a reason. I believe God does things to you and for you, for a plethora of reasons. He'll take you out of situations that he knows aren't good for you in the long run. He moves you in directions that will help you build the proper foundation for something awesome that will come when you are ready. 



When I was working full time at a major media company, I was making a decent amount of money for a recent college grad. The company I was at, was very well known and could possibly open a million doors with the right experience. But I was utterly miserable at work. Actually I think miserable is an understatement. When I lost that job, of course it was a major blow. Of course I thought damn, there goes my pay check...how am I gonna pay my bills. I cried about it for a weekend, but by that Monday I went back on my grind to finding a job in the same field. But I started to see that jobs in which I knew I was more than qualified for, I just wasn't getting them. It made me think, like clearly God is telling me this is not the place for you. And I've been spiraling ever since. 

I'll be honest, my keyboard is wet with tears after writing this post. I'm trying my best to remain positive. In my prayers I continue to ask for guidance, for understanding and I continue to be thankful for the blessings in front of me. I have more than I had last year. The blog is doing better than it was last year, my relationship is in an even better place than it was last year. 

This is a process for me and everyday I just have to learn to stay strong. So many times some of my readers think I don't know what they're going through. Some tend to think I live in a different world because I blog, go to fun events, and get free stuff. But I live a very real life, that is not always glamorous. I wanted to share this because I'm sure someone else out there is going through the same thing. If that is you, please know that you are not alone. 

Let me know if you've ever felt like this. See you in my next post.

xoxo
Shay 

Crisp Palm Trees

Hey Loves,


Funny enough I was not planning to buy these pants from the Lilly Pulitzer pants. I stopped in to buy a pair of sandals I saw online. But I just happen to walk pass these pants and I just had to stop. I( did buy the sandals though) I was secretly hoping these pants wouldn't fit or that they would love funny on me just so I wouldn't buy them, but they were perfect. And to top to it off I found the perfect top from fashion to figure to go with them. Check it out below.