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Like Water For Chocolate…

Love has been the topic of choice that has dominated my mind these last few months. I have found myself on the outside looking at many different relationships and wondering, what is it that I REALLY want?

I have Friends getting married, cohabitating, making babies and others throwing the best break up parties EVER! I wonder about relationships, why they end, why they start and just where do I fit in the spectrum? or do I even want to fit in the spectrum at all?!?! (Lemme stop playin’ I so want in on that spectrum ya’ll lol)

I recently had an amazing conversation with a good friend about some of my favorite books, I recalled one of my favorite love stories “Like Water For Chocolate” which is a popular Spanish love story written by Author Laura Esquivel.

The story is about a woman named “Tita” who is deeply in love with a man name “Pedro.” Without giving too much away “Tita” is forbidden to marry her true love due to family tradition, so she expresses her deepest love for him in her cooking.

I thought back to that Novel because it mirrors so much of how I personally express myself with love. I may not tell you everyday, but I sure hope you can feel how much I love you by the way I make you feel. (Future boo take notes zaddy *flirts*)

This outfit post is my homage to “Tita” a beautiful Spanish Senorita yearning to be with the one she loves… I can relate girl *smiles*

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Photo Credit: Elliot Parrott

Outfit Details: Top is from Suzy ShIEr (Sold Out) but similar (HERE), Skirt (HERE)

***this post is not sponsored, just a simple creative look to share a fun thought***

Love and Blessings,

Annika

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Break off your Relationship with Comparison…ASAP!

Comparison is the Thief of Joy” I absolutely live for this quote by Theodore Roosevelt. It describes quite clearly the negative effects comparison can have on your life, personal progress and self worth.

Up until a few years ago I lived my life always measuring it up to other people. I valued their opinions, their values and lifestyles over my own. I remember being riddled with self hate wondering if I was at all good enough. One of the areas that took a real hit was how I viewed my Body. I would compare myself to my friends or others in the modeling industry and lose appreciation for my own body. Living like that was so mentally debilitating and became a huge blocker on my life for many years.

I am grateful that is not my story today. I was fortunate enough to have embarked on a body positive journey that started 10 years ago at a local Plus Size Beauty Pageant in my City. I continue to surround myself in environments and with people that encourage my positive growth and personal self expression. Doing this feeds my confidence and silences the need in me to constantly compare myself to others. Healthy relationships and environments help me reinforce my confidence and keeps me in a space of Joy.

 

If you ever find yourself in a place of constant comparison, do yourself a favor and look at your surroundings and the people you let speak into your life. It may be time to do some personal inventory, just to so you can simply remind yourself that YOU ARE ENOUGH.

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Outfit Details: Jeans (Here)

Photo Credit: Elliott Parrott

 

Until Next Time Lovelies,

Annika

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“No More Rain In This Cloud” Featuring Eshakti

So Yesterday was Mother’s Day, I was setting up to shut down all of my Social Media outlets and just live in my head all day. Losing my Mother earlier this year has left a huge hole in my heart that I can not explain.

To my surprise yesterday was pretty freaking awesome to say the least. I went to Church which I was planning to do anyway, my Pastor’s presented me with a beautiful Bouquet of Flowers. They shared a bit of my journey with the congregation and the whole entire moment made me feel like a bag of cuddly Kittens.

I then proceeded to visit my Mother’s Grave site and on the way there, my Best Friend called me and invited me out to Brunch with her family. What was supposed to be an Afternoon gathering then rolled into the Evening, we ended up back at her house laughing, talking about Life, Boys and singing along to Bruno Mars and Beyonce at the top of our lungs along side our miracle Kiddos Aniyah and Jordan.

I came home later that night with my Daughter in toe, looked around at our quiet little Apartment and smiled. It was in that moment my O I realized my life is VERY Blessed.

I have Friends that are closer than Family, I have love in some of the truest forms you can think of and each day my purpose becomes a little more clearer to me. I miss my Mother there is no getting around that, but she gave me the gift of Joy, Love and left behind an amazing Community of which I can share my life.  For that along with many other things she has Blessed me with to her I am eternally grateful. Thank you my dear sweet Mommy Angel Sonia “Elaine” Reid.  

My Mother’s Day was Lovely!!! …and I must say so was my Style!

Check out this gorgeous frilly number from Eshakti. It’s called the “Ruched Ruffle Cotton Poplin Dress”

 

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Yes you saw correctly, this Dress has pockets baby!! Eshakti sent me this Dress earlier this year, I customized it myself which is one of the amazing features when you purchase from this company.  I was able to get the length that I wanted which makes this Dress the perfect Spring Brunch ensemble. Flirty enough to get noticed, yet professional enough for them to pay attention. Definitely one of my favourites for this season.

Right now they are offering 25% off their entire inventory!! Click (HERE) to discover your personal Eshakti style!

To get the look I featured in this post click (HERE).

***This post was sponsored by Eshakti, all opinions surrounding the product are authentic and completely my own.***

Photo Credit: Elliot Parrott

Until Next Time Lovelies,

Annika

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My Spring Style Picks for Toni Plus+

Hey Loves,

I had the esteemed pleasure of partnering with Canadian Plus Size Fashion Retailer Toni Plus recently. Our mission? To select some of my favorites from their Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.

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I must say, I am quite impressed with the level of quality and selection they offer, I loved the versatility most of the pieces I saw for this season, lots of transitional items you can take from Spring/Summer right into the Fall with creativity and some fun style imagination.

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Click (HERE) to check out my favourites, and feel free to let me know what you think. Share, Comment and get into it! Even though the weather in Toronto has been questionable lately, Summer is around the corner so lets get Stylishly ready for it with Toni Plus+

 

To view all of my selections, please click (HERE)

 

Until Next Time Loves,

Stylishly Yours,

Annika

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Less Is More…

Maybe I am getting older, or my style palate is changing but I am really feeling clean lines, less colour and more staple pieces in my wardrobe lately. Black is my preferred colour of choice these days and you may see me mix it up with Nudes, Grey, Navy blue and the occasional African Print when I want to get all Black Girl Magic on folk. I shot these looks earlier this year to help illustrate my new appreciation for well… “The power of simplicity.”

I am in love with all things minimalism lately. After watching a documentary on Netflix called “The Minimalists” I was so intrigued by the message I decided to subscribe to their podcast and then read the book all created by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan NicodemusWithout giving too much away, their entire message really moved me in a way nothing had before. Joshua lovingly shares his final memories of loosing his Mother to Cancer and how it made him re-evaluate what was truly important in his life. That really resonated with me deeply because at the time my now late Mother was really ill also and I just remembered feeling so overwhelmed with work, life and idea of working at a Job I hated to accumulate “stuff” meanwhile time was slipping away with my Mother.

I decided to take two years off work to embark on a personal healing journey and to spend time with my Mom. In those two years my income dropped significantly and I had to learn to rely on just what I needed to survive, even though my cash flow was limited I found that I was at peace and doing things that really felt good to me such as taking my Mom for walks in her wheel chair, or riding the Bus to take my Daughter to Music Class, even though I did not have the fancy amenities I had grown accustom, it helped me realize the one thing that was truly important to me and it was NOT having “stuff”…it was the blessing of good love and healthy relationships.

Sadly just as I decided to head back to work earlier this year, my Mom passed away.  Even though I miss her like crazy, I am at peace because I took the minimalist journey which gave me the quality time I needed with her.  That is why I am aspiring to continue with the a more Minimalist lifestyle. It creates peace when you shift your focus from things, to experiences and love.

Minimalism for me has really helped me re-evaluate my own life and the things I used to put value in. It has inspired me to move out of this massive Apartment I share with my only child and downsize to something more comfy, cozy, intimate and affordable. It has taught me the joy of living within my means and how much more I can enjoy life when I stop using my time to chase and attain things, but rather use my life to be a positive force or a blessing to someone else.

I can’t lie, I still fall slave to the shopping bug every now and then, but I must say my purchases have become in my opinion classical, timeless, simple yet elegant or better yet meaningful. Over the past few months I have sold/donated over 15 garbage bags of clothing. YIKES!!! I realized that I was accumulating all these “things” and loosing sight of what truly mattered in my life. Meaningful relationships with amazing humans, quality time with my Daughter Aniyah and personal and spiritual growth.

Because of this new found personal awakening, my personal style aesthetic has taken a hit and I’m not mad at! For the next while you will see my style morph into simple yet powerful…kinda like who I believe am growing to be. *Smiles*

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Thanks for letting me share some of my Journey with you, feel free to comment, share or ask questions, I’m here for it all.

Until Next Time Loves,

Annika

This entire you look is from Canadian Plus Size Retailer Addition Elle. This look is not sponsored and it is completely styled by me. 😉

Photo Credit: Elliot Parrott