Body Noire 2: A Celebration of Black Female Bodies

"Society tends to promote slimmer size women and leave behind plus size women, this became too frequent in magazines and in many commercials so I decided to find a way to promote self love, self awareness, and self confidence for women who are plus size like myself through my hashtag #purebodylove." -Jezra M.
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Want to read more? Please check out @beyondclassicallybeautiful article on "A Celebration of a Black Females Bodies"!!

Catherines goes to GA!!

Savannah Savannah Savannah !!!! What a beautiful place.

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to meet up with Catherine’s in Savannah, Georgia!!! And I must say I had an amazing time. I got the chance to enjoy some days of fun in the sun with, Catherine’s, Jessica Torres and Jennifer Buckingham. It was my first time in Savannah and I couldn't wait to see what Savannah had to offer. As soon as we got to the house we got ready and went out for lunch. I wore this beautiful black sequins dress along with a pair of comfortable black sandals which i also from Catherine's.

 

My entire stay in Savannah, GA was amazing everyday we did something exciting. Our first night we learned how to cook a delicious southern full course meal plus dessert. It was such a treat!! My favorite part of the whole experience was learning the southern style way of frying chicken and making cold slaw without mayonnaise.

The ladies and I worked so hard to make sure our dinner came out tasty and delicious the way Chef Darin from Chef Darin's Kitchen Table taught us. When it was time to eat we all were happy at a job well done!!  Special thanks to Chef Darin for being an amazing teacher.   

The next day we headed out bright and early for our Savannah Tours Bus. The tour bus was amazing from start to finish, not only was it very informative the site of Savannah is just so beautiful.   

This tree is 300 YEARS OLD!!!

This tree is 300 YEARS OLD!!!

My outfit choice was great for the adventure and for the weather. I wore comfortable jeans, a tank top and a suede light material blazer. Comfortable jeans are always a must when walking around and these Catherine's jeans were defiantly comfortable. 

When our tour ended the ladies and I decided to stop in this nice tourist attraction area, to continued our site seeing. We stopped at this cute street market place to snap a picture. 

Last but not least we boarded this astonishingly giant boat named Georgia Queen, she was sure a queen. This day was just right for this boat ride up the river.

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How cute is this tie dye dress from Catherine's ? When i saw this dress on the Catherine's website I knew I had to get it. I decided to wear it on our boat adventure, not only was it cute and comfortable it complimented my curves exactly how I like it.

The next morning as we sat in the den we laughed, drank coffee and reminisce about our amazing trip in Savannah in our cute PJ's.

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Want to shop my amazing looks, you can find all of them HERE!  Thank you again to Catherine’s and to Kellie Brown for this amazing opportunity that I will never forget.

All Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Simply Be Collaboration -Workout edition

Fitness Newbie is a name I gave myself because I’m still a newbie to the whole fitness world. However, I’m super pump, ready and willing to learn all the ends and outs of being healthy, gaining energy and strength. One of the main concerns other than eating right and exercising for me is finding the appropriate clothes to workout in. Being comfortable in your work out gear while workingout is a major deal for me so I was excited when I got the chance to collaborate with Simply Be. While my body is running and walking on the treadmill or on the track I want to feel comfortable and not have to focus or worry about adjusting my clothes. The track suit I got from Simply Be was super soft on the skin and every comfortable, it fit me just the way I like it which is defiantly a plus. The tracksuit felt so comfortable on me that I extended my time on the track for a few hours and didn't feel the need to run and take the suite off like I have had to do many times with other workout clothes. I love the CHILL top its super cute and also comfortable. All workout clothes doesn't have to be black you can always work out in any color. Love their sneakers selection, they offer different types of sneakers with very cute colors to choose from. Its very important to wear comfortable sneakers when working out so I was super to try their sneakers out. Below are few of the looks I received from Simply Be

My looks can be found HERE

Catherine’s come to busy yet sweet New York City

Hey Loves,

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to meet up with Catherine’s in New York City and I must say I had a great time. I got the chance to enjoy a full day with Catherine’s as well as Misti from MistiMichelle.com. The whole day was full of excitements we worked-out and learned how to cook a delicious healthy meal. 

We started our day at New York Pilates Bowery, in Manhattan. It was my first time ever doing Pilates so I was very nervous yet excited to see what it was all about. I felt ready and super comfortable in my full workout gear. I wore a Galaxy Top, Galaxy Jacket and Good Soles Keep The Pace Active Sneaker which were very comfortable and complimented my whole look perfectly.

I was dressed and ready for what the instructor wanted us to do. My whole entire body was used while doing the exercises and I LOVED it. I used the muscles in my body that I never used before and that made the class even more fun. We stretch our arms, our legs and did a lot of balancing which I don’t normally do when I go to the gym. It was such a great experience and the class was very informative the instructor taught us how to use our inner body to help us with our outer body strength. Pilates is something I don’t think I would have ever thought about doing on my own, so I was very happy I got the chance to do it and now that I've tried it, it wouldnt be my last. I would definitely recommend everyone to go to a Pilate’s class at least once in their life.

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When I got the news we were going to be cooking something tasty and healthy for part 2 of our day I became super excited because I love to COOK!!  We invaded Kola House which is marvelously designed; their décor was out of this world, please if you are ever in New York City go check them out. Everything was nice and not to mention their kitchen, it was heaven. Being in the large kitchen and cooking was literally the icing on the cake.

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After a great morning of working out Misti and I were very hungry so cooking really sound like a great plan. The owner of Kerber Farm Nike Voulgaris was our cooking instructor who also brought all his famous spices directly from his farm for us to work with which made our food taste fabulous. He was so generous he gave us our very own Kerber set full of spices to have.

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The menu for the day was a Squash soup, Grill seasoned chicken on a fresh green salad and for dessert was a slice of apple pie and ice cream. Sounds delicious huh? Well it was beyond tasty. After learning what we were going to make it was time start, after we washed our hands it was time to started cooking. We had such a blast pilling the skin off the squash; it was actually my first time making squash soup.

We then started on making the grill chicken salad, we seasoned the chicken using all of the Kerber spices.

While we were waiting for the food to finish cook we went back downstairs and waiting until Nick and Kola House put the finishing touches to our amazing lunch. For the second half of the day I went for a more casual yet chic look, because as you know it’s cold in New York City now. I decided to wear this cute Most-Loved Turtleneck; I actually really love wearing turtle necks. What typically love about this turtle neck is that the neck part was not tight around my neck which made it every comfortable to get on and to get off. I accessorized the turtle neck with Critter Trio Pin Set from Catherine. I really love wearing pins but I don’t seem to find them as much, I love how they bighting up my outfit. Let me tell you about these boots. First of all for a woman with large caves it’s very hard to find boots to fit, so when I found these Good Soles Autumn Night Boot I was grateful, they fit perfectly over my caves and they are very comfortable defiantly a must have. The last touch to my outfit was knee length Curvy Collection Linear Wrap Skirt. I knew this skirt would look nice on me as soon as I seen it on the website, I love the length and the way it fit on my curves.  

I must say I had an amazing day in New York with Catherine's and Misti. Want to shop my looks, you can find them HERE!!  Everything was great from start to finish. Learning a new way to exercise and learning how to make a tasty yet healthy lunch from scratch it was defiantly a perfect way to end that great day.  

Thank you again to Catherine’s and to Kellie Brown for this amazing opportunity that I will never forget.

All Photos by Lydia Hudgens