Big Girl Cosmetics Spa Grand Opening

Socialite Adventures Pt 2

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This weekend was the birthday weekend of my fellow socialite cousin, Ashlee.  As you know from the last post about her sister’s birthday, we like to glam it up and go out on the town diva style 😀  This outing took us to the Butterfly Sushi Lounge on Grand Avenue in Chicago and then Vibe nightclub.  Fun was definitely had by all and here’s the photo proof:

The birthday girl

now for the rest:

Happy 23rd birthday baby girl!!!

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Socialite Adventures

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My cousin Amanda turned 22 this weekend and of course we had to all get dolled up for pretty fun out in Chicago, live the Socialite Dream!  Dinner was at the fabulous Zocalo, a snazzy Mexican restaurant downtown on Ontario, where much tequila was consumed in the form of shots and margaritas 😀

The birthday girl in a fabulous white dress from Asos


Amazing elotes, or corn covered in cotija cheese, mayonnaise, and chile piquin.

Spicy green enchiladas covered in sour cream….yum!

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From Fat to Chic

To be positively cliche, today is the first day of the rest of my life.  Why?  This marks the beginning of my weightloss journey, a quest to be a tighter, toned, healthier, sexier me.

My weight story: warning, novel size post ahead!  this is the first entry of the weight chronicles, so I’m piling it all in, but future posts about this won’t be so long 😛  Bear with me

I’ve never been a skinny girl, but that’s mainly due to my own bad eating habits which includes a massive love of sweets and pasta while having an aversion to salads.  I come from a family where my grandma was the good ole southern type, making huge chicken and dressing sunday dinners,  smothered pork chops during the week, sweet potato pies just for me because she knew they were my favorites, piled on plates suitable for a grown man and the admonishment that I better clean my plate before I left the table.  So that pretty much meant that I’ve been quite thick then chubby then fat from the time I was 9.  God rest her fiesty soul (RIP grandma, love you!) but that didn’t set me up for good eating habits  and that carried on later in life, then came lots and lots and lots of pizza in college so that freshman 20 added on to what was already a chunky shape.   Through high school I was  solidly a size 9/10, maybe with bouts of being an 11/12 and got down to a 7/8 for prom my junior year because I’d had mouth surgery and couldn’t eat for two weeks much more than smoothies.   Went right up to an 11/12 once I could eat again.

In college I was an 11/12 and then picked up weight to become a 14/16 because of said pizza consumption and no desire to workout even though I WORKED at the gym.  Now how silly was that?  Here I was in the place to be healthy and fit, and I paid it no mind.  Other than sometimes doing a kick-boxing class and hopping on the elliptical every now and again, I was being very lazy with my lifestyle habits.  THEN I met a boy…oh this tall fine basketball player whom I wanted to impress.  With THAT heart pounding crush came the desire to get smaller by ANY means necessary and I’m sad to say that it wasn’t healthy means.  I refused to eat over 700 calories a day, worked out on that elliptical like it was going out of style, and even threw up when I felt that I had let myself down with bad foods.  NOT good.  This equaled 25 lbs gone, cutely curvy thick shape, but it wasn’t sustainable.  As soon as I started eating regularly again that 25 lbs came back plus about 15 which threw me into sadness.  Combine that with graduating college and being stressed over not having some stellar career mapped out and no plans, working freelance from home for a magazine and therefore not getting out and DOING things like walking around work, and I ended up being the biggest I’ve ever been and quite unhappy which didn’t spark energy to DO anything about it.   And here we are with the present size 14/16.  Certainly not whale proportions, the average American woman is a 12/14, but for my family history of diabetes (my other grandma died from that) and the fact that I have a really small frame (I’m only 5’1), then I know that I must get it together to live the best life that I can.

So no more excuses.  My weight isn’t genetic nor caused by any disease, it is just pure laziness and a willing mouth to gobble down any cookies that come my way. My cousins on my dad’s side are mostly slim with either cute round butts or nice boobs (lol, they can’t seem to have both, always either or) and my mom’s side had really slim ladies while younger so I know that I am not predisposed to being big.  I hit the jackpot from both sides of the family of having great boobs AND a round butt, so it really irks me that I’ve allowed myself to have so much fat piled around those assets and not show them off to their best potential.  Well, that’s going to change.  Come with me on this journey and if you are losing weight, let’s do it together!  If in chicago, email me at socialitedreams@gmail.com and we can talk about maybe meeting up and motivating one another 🙂

Starting stats:

5’1

Starting Weight: 186 lbs

Goal Weight (GW): 125 lbs

Starting Measurements: 38-32-43

Goal Measurements:  34-25-36 (or 38)

I am not doing this to be skinny, I love my curves and don’t want the boobs or most of my butt to go ANYWHERE, but the chub on my back and waist and thighs LEADING to the boobs and butt can surely go away and be toned up 🙂 Around a size 6 would be great for me, maybe even a 4 but I’m playing it by ear on what looks right and feels right.

The plan:

My aunt recently lost 65 lbs by a set up that her doctor gave her of taking a B12 shot for energy and daily phentermine pills in a 30 mg dosage, so I too am starting with that: http://www.olivera.com/index.htm (if you are in the Chicagoland area and would be interested in doing that program, please check it out and say that Javonne Stewart sent you and we BOTH get a discount!  Total win).

In addition to taking those, with the new energy from the pills I will work out 4-5 times a week if not more, at least 30 mins a day, eat WAY better and cut down the sweets/pasta/pizza/fats, and up the water intake.  I hope that I can find a workout regimen that keeps me interested and some foods that don’t make me feel totally deprived, that is the key to everything.  Portion control and allowing myself treats sometimes just not any time that I want it will also be important.  Here we go!

Body shape inspiration: Salma Hayek (we both are curvy and short, actually a pretty feasible goal body for me)

2nd Natural Hair Meetup – Chicago

This past Saturday Leila of http://www.bglhonline.com hosted the second Chicago natural hair meetup and it was so much fun!  The first meetup was more a meet and chat type event, where we sat and shared hair tips/stories/questions while munching on muffins and goodies.  THIS meetup was a vendors paradise however because there were about 11 vendors and all of the wonderful natural hair girlies showed up to buy things and get information.  The turnout was much larger this time too; there were about 30 people last time and I’d say over 100 this time!  Great fun 😀

I was selling www.biggirlcosmetics.com makeup and we did well.  You all KNOW that I love me some makeup so it was enjoyable to describe it and do makeovers on people or color match them.  Congrats to my boss, the owner of the line, Kiley Russell because Big Girl Cosmetics just got picked up by 20 Macy’s stores!  And the new retail location should be opening in Hyde Park Chicago this summer like July.  Maybe Michelle Obama will come home and let me do her makeup 😛

What really made the event so fun is getting to know my fellow beautiful naturals.  So laid back and easy going with sharing information!  And just genuinely happy to see each other succeed, talk about sisterhood camaraderie!  Everyone was buying up makeup and jewelry, squealing over each other’s hairstyles and asking tips, complimenting, and just joking around while having fun 😀  I loved it!  There is supposed to be another one at the beginning of July and needless to say I’ll be there bright and early.

Fabulous chicas mingled with at the event:

Bree of Shop Boutique Unique She’s funny and cool, I love hanging with her at the meetups!  I seriously wanted to buy up ALL of her jewelry, it’s so beautiful and she even handpaints and makes so much of it.  Just GORGEOUS things, check out her store by clicking the link.  Aren’t these pretty?

Image of Branch Earrings

Patrice of Afrobella She is beyond sweet and down to earth, even though she’s a big time blogger for VOGUE black now!!  Couldn’t have happened to a better person 🙂  I wish her luck on her blogger journey, doing it big girl!  Keep it up 😀

Chris-Tia, author of “Thank God I’m Natural” This lady is a total class act.  Super nice and just BEAUTIFUL, I loved her hair.  I meant to ask where she got it done because it was comprised of intricate twists, but probably not done in Chicago 😦  She signed books for me and my boss, just a total doll 😀

Photos from the event:

Big Girl Cosmetics Table

the fabulous Bree of Shop Boutique Unique

Me and Chris-Tia author of "Thank God I'm Natural"

Chicago Natural Hair Meetup Part 2

Saturday May 15th from 11am – 2pm there will be another natural hair meetup in Chicago at The Little Black Pearl, hosted by Leila of http://bglhonline.com/ again!!  I can’t wait to see my fellow naturals 🙂  If you read my previous post about the first meetup, you guys know that it was a good time and I hope that anyone in the Chicago area will come to join us to share hair care info, beauty products, hair products and much more 🙂  Check us out!

I’ll be there selling wonderful products by www.biggirlcosmetics.com such as diva gloss, mineral eye shadows, body butter and more 😀  The owner is a fellow Chicago natural sporting gorgeous Locs, so we have to support our peeps!  Bree of http://www.shopboutiqueunique.com/ will also be in attendance and she always has fly jewelry, so have those wallets ready for everything!  I’m sure there’ll be goodies all around.

Chicago Natural Hair Meet Up

Today I went to my first natural hair meetup and it was super fun, even though I was running on CP time and got there pretty late 😦  Still got to mingle and isn’t that what it’s all about?  Having fun, chit chatting, exchanging information = ALWAYS WIN!

It’s quite nice to put a real in person face to the web personas that you are used to admiring, tweeting with, or reading the blogs of.  Lovely Leila Noelliste of Black Girl Long Hair put on the event and it was held at the Little Black Pearl of Chicago.  People brought products to trade and some jewelry was on sale, which allowed me to meet my buddy Bree of Boutique Unique and buy a gorgeous cranberry colored bracelet which I will rock the heck out of in NYC this week.

She’s so sweet and pretty, check out her boutique for great priced jewelry and shirts

Bree and Socialitedreams

Shout outs to her and Tori from A Kinky Hair Monologue whom I got to meet.  Last but not least, it was a pleasure to meet Patrice, Ms. Afrobella herself!  She was oh so cute with her big pretty hair!  Quite the bella indeed 🙂

Socialitedreams and Afrobella

The weather decided to pull a Chicago and go from 65 degrees Friday to 30 degrees and snowing Saturday, but we all came out and had fun!  It was a great meetup and I look forward to any future ones!

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