Current Yours Clothing Favorites!

This week I am doing a follow up to my favorite things I shared on my takeover on YoursClothing’s Instagram as well as mention a few items that didn’t make it. Mostly because it was so warm and I was so sweaty LOL. Imagine being in a dressing room except under direct sunlight and that’s what it was like LOL!  It’s ok though cuz you’ll get to see them now!!

BAGS!!

You know by now (maybe?! I don’t know how long you’ve been following me) that when it comes to accessories or bags I just don’t care very much. HOWEVER there have been some instances where I’ve been like YES I NEED THIS NOW. That’s how I felt when I saw these bags!! They’re just the size I need when I’m traveling and they are also cross body!! I hate carrying crap due to the fact that I have no upper body strength and have t-rex arms so cross body is my friend!

These Black & White Shorts + White Tank Top/Vest

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I don’t know if I’m ever looking to go out of my comfort zone, and I’m not sure if that’s what this is, but I went with these Aztec-inspired shorts because they were high waisted and had a pattern! When I think of my wardrobe I think of solid colors unless it’s a dress. I wanted to wear a pair of shorts that were different and also comfortable and I found that in these! The white vest is nice too! The fabric isn’t too thin or too thick, like April 25th.

Kimono!

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I have been waiting to own something like this for quite some time! It is comfortable, breathable and for the most part it stays on my shoulders!! You can see me wearing it in my newest vlog that’s going up at 3pm pst on my gloriashurinava channel.  Here’s a cute thumbnail!

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My clothing BFF, MY PINK ROBE/DRESSING GOWN!

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You’ve probably seen me wearing this in my vlogs quite a bit recently and it is so comfortable. I like wearing it at night after I’ve showered and am relaxing on my laptop before bed. When I say relaxing I mean still answering emails and editing. EITHER WAY I love it.

Multi Tropical Floral Dress!!!

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I wore this in Boston earlier this month and got a compliment or two about it. It’s a great dress for holidays because it’s light and airy (I’m sensing a pattern here) and the length was actually above the knee but I felt safe enough to where I didn’t think people could see my lady parts… except for when there were gusts of wind. I held my bag in front of me to prevent such disasters though LOL.

Last but not least, my Rose Pink Dress

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I posted about this on my blog last week so you can read up on it if you like!! But it’s definitely one of my faves so I had to mention 😀

I Like Pretty Pink Dresses

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I love me some pretty dresses and I love me some special occasions (especially weddings) and today I’m here to talk about this SUPER cute rose pink dress! While I was away in Boston, we were given the task to choose a dress that we would most likely wear at a special occasion. The choices were between maxi, midi, skater, swing/shift and tunic! I immediately wanted the skater because that usually means knee length, flowy, and possibly a sweetheart neckline! I searched through the site and saw this rose pink skater dress and was like MINE. It hit basically every mark I have on my list of “this is what I want as a guest at a wedding” dress:

It’s flirty. It’s pink. It’s cute. It’s flowy. It’s got a sweetheart neckline. It fits LOL.

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So I asked and I received! On top of the things I mentioned above, the dress is actually very comfortable and is heavy enough to withstand SOME wind. All I know is that I won’t be worrying about anyone seeing my undies because of any random UK gusts of wind this summer. I might have to worry in the Fall but still LOL.

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Me being the proper lady I am. Some objects in picture are more LIES than they appear LOL. I’m not a liar though just that first sentence of this caption was OK SO.

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selfie worthy!

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That detailing tho!

Be sure to check out the other girls’ blogs on what they chose for this summer’s occasion wear!

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My Issues with Wearing Heels

Lort have I had trouble with shoes no matter where I’ve shopped. I’ve had mostly negative experiences because when I try on shoes I get discouraged; my ankles are either too big or my actual feet are too big to fit parts of the actual shoe.

When I wear heels… Actually I don’t. I never wear heels. The only time I think I’ve ever been seen wearing heels is at a couple of photoshoots I’ve done over the years only because I didn’t’ have to walk in them lmao. The reason why I don’t wear heels is because 99% of my experiences have not been good ones. I thought it could be partly my fault because I always went for those tiny, thin heels with hardly any support on the bottoms.

I had basically given up on finding heels. I was however, given the task to talk about wide fit shoes and was a bit reluctant at first because of my issues I have with even wide fit shoes. I almost changed my task but being the never giver upper person I am (LOL I’ve given up on quite a few things through life, who hasn’t) I decided to give heels another try at Yours.

Now before I share my new experiences, I’m going to share the top mistakes I’ve made because if you think there are any similarities in our body types, it might help!

1. I have bought shoes with a thick second strap over the vamp area, does that make sense? I don’t have a big arch on my foot but I do have pretty chubby and wide feet. They don’t fit and there’s no point in wasting my money on shoes that I can’t even put on.

2. I’ve bought shoes that are wide, or “e” before but they apparently aren’t wide enough for me. I’d still have to size up and I’d look like I was wearing clown shoes. My feet wouldn’t have any support and would feel very sore just after a few minutes of walking. I’ve found that EEE is the best option in sizing for me.

3. High tops are usually a no-no. I have the Vans Bo Peep shoes that came out last year and they fit just fine but I had to size up. I wouldn’t recommend walking in them for a long time though.

4. As I mentioned before, long, tiny heels are horrible for me. There’s not enough balance and almost immediately I am uncomfortable and even though they look pretty, they are not for me.

All this said, it’d probably be best to try shoes on in person unless you’ve never had these issues. BUT NOW TO MOVE ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!

Even though I was reluctant at first, I did give heels another shot and purposely bought extra wide fit shoes that had more of a platform heel and toe. Here’s what I feel about my top 3:

1. First are these Black Comfort Insole Suede Wedges

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They are the narrowest of the three at the heel, but they are still very comfortable! I am a bit wobbly in these still but I think it’s just a matter of getting used to walking around in heels. The insole provides support and like the next two, adds automatic comfort that I am very thankful for LOL.

2. Black Comfort Insole Platform Slingback Heels with Glitter Bow

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They are still chunky but they are more comfortable on the back of my ankles. They don’t dig into the back of my foot like a lot of shoes normally do because of the strap and I feel like I’m about to walk the runway in these because they’re pretty high up but still very manageable!

3. Last but not least, and my ultimate FAVES!!! Black Comfort Insole Platform Sandals with Block Heel

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These are the actual best and the most comfortable heels/platforms I have ever worn. They are available in EEE and I was so surprised the second I put them on. I was able to walk in them right away, and because they have a little elastic on the buckle, they close with no issues. I spent hours wearing and walking in them with socks on at home (cuz that’s a tip I learned on how to break them in) and my knees, calves, and feet didn’t hurt at all! This is the first ever pair that I actually felt 100% comfortable in and confident in being able to wear them out. I’m still working my way up (and almost wore them last week but rain and NAH AH CHICA I’M NOT ABOUT TO FALL ON MY FACE JUST TO LOOK CUTE LMAO) to wearing them outdoors but you know that Manchester weather! When I wear em out, you’ll definitely see it happen hahaha!

Who Doesn’t Like a Flowy Spring Outfit?

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I was given the task by Yours Clothing to create a celebrity style steal featuring trends that are in right now and the first person I thought of was one of my favorite plus size cuties, Melissa McCarthy.

When I saw this look I immediately fell in love! To me, this outfit would be made even more perfect with a wind machine in front of her at all times to showcase her diva & boss lady status LOL. I’ve always admired her sense of style (and humor) whether it’s something she wore in the movies or something more casual off screen. I think I actually let out a little gasp because of how cute I think this look is.

Going back to the Yours task, this casual but floating-on-a-cloud look for spring inspired me to put my steal together. I chose a light, airy, pink top, a black and white midi skirt, white heels, suede bucket bag, and crystal drop earrings to pull the whole look together. You can get the following items on Yours Clothing‘s website and here’s a price breakdown with the links!:
Pink Top -£21
Black & White Midi Skirt – On Sale!!! £8.50
White heels £19
Suede Bucket Bag – £16
Crystal Drop Earrings – £4

I chose this look for spring because this an outfit that I would personally wear – especially if I could wear heels, but more on that later this week. My style has always been about comfort and when I look at this outfit not only do I see comfort but also versatility. It’s something you could wear for business meetings, a cute brunch, afternoon tea or even just to go out and have a fun picnic in the spring sun!

What is MY Fashion? -Feat. Yours Clothing

YAY! I’ve been shortlisted for the Yours Clothing “Be The Blogger” competition! I want to thank Yours Clothing for this awesome opportunity and thanks to everyone helped me get to the top 10! To those of you who didn’t know, I have for most of my adult life been working for myself and so much has changed over the last 7 years. I did not expect fashion to become a big part of my work even though it’s something I wanted to pursue since I was a teen but never knew how to get into. I’ve always told myself that I would absolutely not rely on everything I want to just fall into my lap: I needed to make things happen for myself if ANYTHING was going to happen at all. I started reaching out to brands on my own, doing all the research and to my surprise, I was getting a response from people in the fashion world out here. I did a couple of jobs, made some friends, and met some really sweet girls in the plus size community.

When it comes to my particular style, I have to feel comfortable first. That doesn’t mean that I  have to wear baggy clothes to hide my goodies in order to achieve the ultimate level of comfy. For example, I could wear Spanx to make my body feel smoother under a dress or jeans, tights because I feel like some dresses are too short on me, and FLATS ALL DAY ERRY DAY because as much as I love the way heels look, nah ah chica, I can’t walk around in them all day… ok not even for 10 minutes but that’s a whole other story hahaha.photo-17-01-2017-4-35-41-pm

I love a simple look that you can jazz up to be a night look, or jazz… down (?) to have a more casual look. This is one of the things I really appreciate about Yours Clothing. A lot of their items are comfortable, but can be either dressed up or dressed down depending on where you’re going, what you’re doing and what your personal taste is.

One of my favorite outfits this year that screamed COMFORT and versatility was this black and white striped top and textured striped skirt from Yours. I loved wearing it because not only is it comfortable, it’s super cute and you can mix and match the top and skirt with just about a bajillion different things and the whole look didn’t take me 10 years to put together.

The second thing to know about my take on fashion is that I am passionate about what I’m wearing whether it’s something simple or flashy. I’ve always picked things out that I would feel great in and even though shopping as a woman can be stressful, I eventually find what I’m looking for and BAM! THE OUTFIT TO REPEAT AT MULTIPLE OCCASSIONS IS HERE! (As seen below ;D)

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Making my way downtown…

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Last but not least, I wanted to mention how much fun it is to take something simple and have the item pull the entire look together. We went to MCM Comic Con out here in Manchester last year and I needed a top to go with my Lilo costume and found this one from Yours.

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^ Me & my BFF who is totally NOT a human being dressed as a friendly neighborhood feline.

When Ali and I moved over to the UK, it was like starting over.In the US I had my favorite plus size stores that I had been shopping from for years. Coming over here I had no idea what was available to me and in all honesty it made me feel pretty worried because I didn’t think I would be able to find brands that I would love as much as the ones I was used to. I can’t remember how I came across Yours Clothing but it just happened to be one of the first places I tried and ordered a couple of items  which I’m pretty sure was underwear and jeans. Jeans and I have not had a great relationship because I have short lil’ legs and have rarely found a pair I love but as soon as they arrived and I tried them on it was like “A WHOLE NEEEEWW WORRRRLLD MEEEEE”. Since then they have been my go-to place for almost everything and what’s great is it doesn’t break mine or Ali’s bank ;).

Honorable mention: These Marie PJs are comfy AF and got them at a sale Yours were having and I bring them along whenever we’re staying somewhere overnight because they’re also cute and I want the world to see them always.

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OOPS HAVEN’T POSTED IN *ALMOST A MONTH! – Update!

I’ve taken the time to post on FB about what my plan is for the new year in terms of my channel. This is what I plan to do and I hope to stick to it! I *will* stick to it… for as long as I can.. I hope. 😛 Here’s what I posted:

Me Monday – Things I love which includes all of my beauty related things or whatever I feel like talking about!

OOTD
Get Ready With Me
Monthly Favorites
Beauty Type Tags
Ask Gloria

WILDCARD WEDNESDAY! – I may post something comedy OR beauty related.. or maybe there’ll be NOTHING at all! LOL! This day depends on time and I’ve been watching too much It’s Always sunny ;P

Comedy
Challenges
Not So Beauty Tags
MAYBE Beauty Tags – WHO KNOWS! IT’S WILDCARD DAY!

Funny Friday – I’m sure the title speaks for itself but FUNNY VIDEOS EVERY FRIDAY! A lot of you are missing my new posts and I’ve been asked MULTIPLE times about WHY I don’t post funny videos anymore.. I do.. you just don’t see them for some reason!

Tita Auntie
Baby Smiley
Lyrical Lacey
Coco Chandelier ;]
Parody Makeup Tutorials

All of my videos have a designated day so be sure to check back each week! Please let me know what type of videos you’d like to see! you all!

I might start doing something similar on here. I like being able to go more in depth about what I’m talking about. I’ve mentioned this before and I like that people like to actually read these things LOL! Anyway, excited for the new year.