Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Journey To Weight Loss Surgery: Post-Op

Hey curvies!!!

If you follow my fitness page on Instagram you may have noticed my name change and a date. My second Instagram account is now Curvybee_RNY_ (here). Since January of this year I have been on this Weight Loss Surgery (wls) journey with the support from Nurse Practitioner, surgeon, my family, boyfriend, and friends I am proud to say I had my surgery May 12, 2017. 

Let me just say that since surgery my main issue was simply nausea. It's said to be normal and I actually believe that, because certain foods my body no longer likes. One thing I can no longer handle is beef. Beef doesn't do my body well and I am willing to give it up forever. Also, early on I was drinking liquids too soon after eating and that caused me to be nauseous after eating. For some reason I thought I had to wait 15 minutes, but later found out I had to wait 30 minutes those extra minutes make a real difference. Those extra 15 minutes make a world of difference.

Another thing I was experiencing dizziness and feelings of weakness. At first I thought I was overreacting or that it was all in my head, but after speaking with my nutritionist for my 6 week post-op I spoke to my PCP and learned I was suffering from low blood pressure. She took me off of my blood pressure pills for 3 weeks and after my follow-up I no longer need them. Yayyyyy!!!! I have since been cleared to workout and I have been doing really well. I am currently down 73 lbs and still cannot believe that. If you or anyone know need someone to talk to or ask question feel free to reach out. With this journey I want to help as many people as possible. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Style Favs: Palazzo Pants

Hey curvies!!!

I am so excited to bring you all a new four part series "Summer Style Favs." With having surgery before Summer my energy was very low for the most part. I finally feel like myself.

Second up is palazzo pants. One of my all-time go to summer favs is palazzo pants (similar). Palazzo pants (similarare the most comfortable, chic, and casual pair of pants you will ever wear. These pants literally only require a body, nothing more. I was so happy about these pants the moment I laid eyes on them. The pattern is perfect.

This outfit was super easy to complete. My number one obsession is tank tops. I really have it bad. I buy tank top every chance I get and the store does not matter. I grabbed a black tank top from my closet and paired it with these gorgeous pants. I have been dying to try some flatform sandals and they were perfect with these pants. I added a cute little bucket bag and enjoyed my day.

Style Notes: The pants (similar) are true to size in a 2x. The tank top is super stretchy in an large. The flatform sandals are true to size and wide feet friendly in a 10.

Outfit Details ~ Tank Top ~ Pants (similar) ~ Sandals ~ Bucket Bag

Friday, August 11, 2017

Graphic Tees and Skinny Jeans

Hey curvies!!!!

I think you all know by now that I am not a jean girl. I'm the girl that will opt for a super cute dress or skirt, always. Jeans are more of a struggle for me instead of a place of comfort. Having thick thighs and a big butt adds to jean struggle. I think my jean struggle is finally gone!!!!! I found these super stretchy not really jegging like skinny jeans. Now skinny jeans can be tricky. I have found skinny jeans where I have to go up 3 sizes and they look horrible, I have also found jeans where they fit perfectly but the ankles are loose and distorted. These jeans are everything from cute, trendy, and comfortable!

This outfit was easy to complete because I am however, a graphic tee girl. I have basically saw so many people in these outspoken screen tees but never really ordered. Well, they were a vendor at the TCFStyle Expo and I could not pass up the opportunity to get my hands on some cute graphic tees. I completed this outfit with my red converse and it feels so right

Style Notes: These jeans are super stretchy I am a size 22 and I sized down to an 18. The graphic tee is true to size and I wearing a 1x. The converse are also true to size and I am wearing a 7 1/2 in men which is a 9 1/2 in women. 

Outfit Details ~ Graphic Tee ~ Jeans ~ Converse ~ Handbag

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Style Favs: Lace

Hey curvies!!!

I am so excited to bring you all a new four part series "Summer Style Favs." With having surgery before Summer my energy was very low for the most part. I finally feel like myself and first up in this series is lace!!!

Lace has always been a stylish texture of clothing. Most women can not live without an item of lace. I honestly did not become a fan a huge fan of lace until my mid-20's. I would shy away from everything lace, I really can not explain why, but these days I can not get enough of it. Lace to me screams grown and sexy. You really do not have to do a lot with lace pieces other than to simply make them the center of attention. 

This dress is just that, the center of attention. As a lover of all things pink, having a pink lace dress is icing on the cake! I wanted this dress to take center stage. I wanted to add texture with a denim jacket but the dress by itself felt so right. I added a powder pink handbag with a red fur-ball to add layers to this outfit. The red sandals are the absolute best and were perfect for the dress.

Style Notes: This dress is true to size in a 2x. I am wearing a size 10 in the sandals and they are also true to size.

Outfit Details ~ Dress ~ Handbag ~ Sandals ~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How An Introvert Takes On The TCFStyleExpo

Hey curvies!!!

That moment when you feel like Summer is just beginning! I have not smiled as much as I did this past weekend in FOREVER!!! This shy Memphis girl traveled to the TCFStyleExpo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mom and Sister
Now if you are super shy this might make you cringe! I went to this event with my mom and sister, but did not wear my glasses Friday night! I basically missed so much and really did not know who I was looking at until I was face to face with someone. I had no idea who I would instantly click with because it is so easy to give the occasional "you look so cute" comment under a beautiful photo or simply reply with "yasssss" under one of your photos. Now granted I did not realize I was super shy until my mom and sister walked away from me leaving me all by myself. People were walking up to me calling me "Curvaceously Bee" and I smiling from ear to ear not sure who I was talking to. Yeah, my glasses are my world. 

Tiffany and I
Ericka, Tiffany, and I
Body Politics: Finding OUR Identity & Representation Discussion Panel 
Sandra of La Pecosa Preciosa and I
I was so excited when I met Tiffany of Beautiffullyme because we actually had time to chat and we clicked! Yeah, so this shy girl made a blogger friend. I was so happy. As I was talking to Tiffany, Ericka of Shapely Louise walked passed and all three of us began to chat and actually headed to the "Body Politics: Finding OUR Identity & Representation Discussion" panel together. I was so excited I texted my mom and sister and was like "I'm good." The panel was awesome and my anxiety slightly lifted.

Tiffany, Faith, and I
Big Impact Beyond the Runway Panel
Saturday was sooooo much better because I had my glasses nearby. I was able to attend the blogger brunch were Marie Danee was being interviewed by Dia&Co. As I was sitting Tiffany came in and ended up sitting right by me, it was cool to know someone sitting at your table. After the brunch I was able to take pictures with Tiffany and Faith of Faithfully Yours, she was so nice too. I was able to attend the Big Impact Beyond the Runway Panel and really enoyed it. I also got to see so many bloggers and shop with some of my favorite brands. I enjoyed the TCFStyleExpo and look forward to attending next year.

Outfit Details (Purple) ~ Bodycon ~ Cardigan ~ Sandals (similar) ~

Outfit Details (Orange) ~ Dress ~ Sandals

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