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It’s official! After months and months of planning and rewiring and uploading photos, I’ve finally made the move. Check out my new website below…

You can now visit me at !!!!

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Beauty and the Muse






(Photos: Lala Trips)


Feelin’ Blue

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, MI


My blogger friend, Lala and I, took a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Before the snow fell in Michigan, we had a mini photo taking session.



Jeans are so hard to find for mostly all body shapes, especially since I have short, fat legs. So finally, I went to Burlington Coat Factory and found a pair of stretch jeans. OMG. They are nice and comfortable. Doesn’t even pinch my belly rolls either.


I got this peplum jacket from Torrid last year. Had to pull this staple piece out the back of the closet. I really love this shot! So laid back, which I rarely am. Haha.


Turban: Can’t remember

Neckpiece: Go Go Lush

Peplum: Torrid

Shirt and Shades: Forever 21

Jeans and Boots: Burlington Coat Factory


I’m ‘so-called’ handling business.


Hope you guys enjoyed my OOTD set 🙂




(Photos Courtesy of Ready To Stare)


Ready To Stare

Holiday Collection Launch

Cleveland, OH

IMG_7096 (Owner: Alysse Dalessandro)

 Around the time I started my own blog, I searched Instagram for a few fabulous fatties such as myself. I came across Alysse Dalessandro of Ready To Stare. I loved the name of her business. I loved her attitude. Her style is quirky, funky, and most importantly unapologetic.


  Not only is she creative and cool. She’s a writer and is also a huge body positive advocate. In everything she does, there is intent and purpose. She’s fearful and pushes the boundaries of not only fashion but the status quo.


(Model: April Raquel)

I’ve never met Alysse in person, but I follow her on basically every social media network and can see the changes she’s making in the industry. I feel as though we have a connection, because she paves her own path of style and business as she sees fit. And frankly, she does a stellar job at it. With that said, she is absolutely kick-ass! She’s one of my fave bloggers and businesswoman. I am sooooooooo excited to be one of the + bloggers to view her first holiday collection.

And Psst. I heard they already sold out some of the exclusive pieces already!


Ready To Stare: “The collection was inspired by taboo silhouettes for fat bodies and the idea that the use of the word “flattering” in plus size fashion is just another way that our society polices fat bodies.”


“Instead of only presenting items that “hug your curves” or “create an hourglass illusion,” this collection is about a love of fashion. If Rihanna can wear a pouffy hot pink gown to the Grammy’s, why can’t a fat person wear a similar silhouette to their Holiday party?”



So, here’s my verdict. Wear what you want, when you want, and how YOU want. Don’t let trends or bloggers or the catwalk dictate what YOU feel good in. It seems like the world has become this super critical ball of confusion. You’re too this or too that! How about you be the best YOU. And I’ll leave my little rant at that. Haha.


I love the colors, the prints, the velvety textures, the ridiculously huge bows, and fierceness accompanying the shoot.

So yall go cop these sweet high-quality pieces. And check out the website for the entire lookbook @


Ready to Stare is the brainchild of Alysse Dalessandro. A jewelry designer, trained metalsmith, creator and self­empowerment advocate, she handcrafts statement jewelry and bold size inclusive apparel with an unapologetic confident attitude. Ready to Stare is designed for those who believe in following their passion, loving themselves and inspiring others to do the same.



Photo: Reel Clever Films

October 17th, 2015

Downtown Detroit

Detroit Garment Group Feature

“Style It Local”



Earrings, necklace, and bracelet: F21

Midi Rings: Torrid

I was chosen to be featured in Detroit Garment Group‘s blog “Style It Local” for the month of October.


As you can see, I was very much excited.


Clutch: Avenue

My makeup was courtesy of Madinah. And the photos were taken by my buddies at Reel Clever Films. Thanks guys.




Diva much?


Turban: Caniff Gift & Variety

Faux Fur Vest: Burlington

Dress: F21

Turtleneck: Wal-Mart


(Photos Courtesy of Worldiction)


October 12th 2015

Blogger Meet & Greet with Leah V.

Lakeside Mall: Lord & Taylor

Sterling Heights, MI


(I’m searching for the perfect fall ensemble for my model for the event.)

I was contacted by Nicole, store manager of Lord & Taylor, to talk about their new and improved Plus-Size section including brands from Jessica Simpson, Calvin Klein, and Michel Kors, just to name a few.


(My beautiful model, Amanda Sweet, in her 1st outfit.)

This was Lord & Taylor’s first blogger meet and greet in-store. I decided to get two models and style them live. I also was able to style myself from head to toe in L&T’s plus section.


Strutting her stuff. All black with a splash of flair and color.


Outfit #2 with paparazzi…A.K.A Style bloggers.


Outfit #3 says I work hard, but I play harder.


I also styled my bff, Madinah. Love the warm-toned accents.


Want to give a huge shout-out to all my blogger buddies that came out to support.

Here are my ladies from Style Trifecta.


Lil Miss JB Style was in the house!


Thanks to the friendly customers who stopped by.


Thanks to Nicole who allowed us to rummage through her store. Haha.


Oh, hey, there’s Eden from Chic in the Tropics.


Baby Dallas, Eden, and Thaad.

All smiles 🙂




(L to R: Maryam, Tasneem, myself, and Fatimah)


Tokyo Club

Black & Gold Birthday Soiree

September 28, 2015

Downtown Detroit, MI


(All photos courtesy of Scott Mitchell of Worldiction Arts)

The wait is over. I am finally blogging about my Black & Gold Birthday Soiree photos last month. Although it was stressful, we had a great time. I was even able to style the models above with wardrobe courtesy of Thrift on the Ave and Green and Glamorous. Thanks loves 🙂


My big sis came and boogied down.


The owners of Thrift on the Ave! Go check them out in Downtown Detroit.


The photographer of the night, Scott.


The hubby and I.


My friends, thanks for coming and helping and taking the verbal abuse. Ha. And of course, thanks to Madinah for the makeup.


More of my friends!


My buddy Dierdra and Mike.


Model Shia and I.

Oh, and my dress was designed by myself and brought to life by two designers/seamstresses: Mahgrib of Chimiwear and Taqwa of Ziarra Collection.


Nafeesa and Fatima.


We had a lil’ runway competition. And Maryam won!


My cake cutting ceremony.


Roberto’s Bakery did a wonderful job. We smashed it.


Thanks everyone for a fun filled evening.

And I’ll send you off with a pic of my sis dropping it like its hot. Oh, boy. lol

 SAM_2715(Tyra Beauty Cosmetics Line…And all mine! hehe.)

August 28, 2015

Leah V. Daily:

Tyra Beauty Review

Detroit, MI

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So as you guys know, I love-s my cosmetics. I can’t always apply it, but I love it nonetheless. I got some cool products from Supermodel, Tyra Bank’s new cosmetics line. I made a vlog about it on my new YouTube Channel: Leah V. Daily Tyra Beauty Review Check that out. And you can also see my beauty regimen as well.

In the gorge selfie above, I am wearing several of her cosmetics. Smack My Fat Lash (Mascara), OOPS Liner, Line ‘Em, Fashion-Able Blush (Cream), Cheek In A Stick, and Light In A Stick.

“We’ve created innovative, luxurious and easy-to-use products to help you look and feel your fiercest—in just minutes!”


Quote courtesy of

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First off, all these products are hypo-allergenic. There are a few liquid eyeliners that I can’t use because they burn my eyes. Opps Liner was very gentle and I loved the pointed tip and easy glide applicator. It also has an “Oops” tip on the opposite side where you can actually erase messy wing lines and sculpt the point to perfection. The Smack My Fat Lash was also gentle on my eyes and didn’t clump up upon application. I used Line ‘Em on the outer lower water line for extra drama.


WordPress won’t let me rotate this pic! Anywho, turn your computer sideways. Hehe. I used Fashion-Able Blush and Cheek In A Stick on my cheeks. The first one is in a cute little jar and the other in a stick. Both are so easy to blend and lasts all day.


(Shades: Pitaya, Flower band: Wal-Mart, Sweater: Torrid)

After a long day, my makeup lasted and I was satisfied with the products. If you want to check out the rest of Tyra Beauty or purchase any of her cosmetics go to Tyra Beauty

And I’m ready for my closeup :0

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