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Are We Ready for Change in the Plus Size Fashion Industry?


If there’s one thing that bugs me the most about the plus size fashion industry, it’s the lack of true representation when it comes to body shape and size diversity. Not every plus size woman has a flat stomach, is hour glass shaped, or is 5’9 or taller. I’m 5’6, a size 16/18, and I carry most of my weight in my stomach. I’ve discussed this before on this blog or probably ranted about it on Twitter. It’s annoying and frustrating to say the least. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. Read more

Men We Love: Prince Fielder

Anyone who knows me, through and through, knows how much I love professional sports. There’s nothing I like more than the competition, camaraderie, an athlete’s performance, and mental discipline of sports. I will admit that I am not a subscriber of ESPN Magazine, although I should be. They just released The Body Issue, which features 22 athletes posing nude. Quite the eye-catcher already, but even more so for me because baseball player Prince Fielder is on one of the six body-loving covers. Read more

Searching for Inspiration

Sometimes…because it’s life…you get thrown into a funk. You don’t know where to go, where you’re headed, and how to jump back into it. And because it’s “life,” you just take it. I know, because I’ve been in a “blah” kind of mood lately. Read more

Would You Buy Dove’s Beauty Patch?

I came across an old photo the other day at my dad’s house. I’m about 18 or 19-years-old and probably weigh a good 120 pounds. I specifically remember this photo, where it was taken, and how I felt about my body at the time. Of course, I thought I was fat. When I looked at myself in the mirror, my eyes went immediately to my acne scars, round tummy, and ugly legs. I hated so many things about myself. I wish I could go back and tell my young self how beautiful I was. My perception of beauty was definitely screwed up.  Read more

Be the Woman You Were Meant to Be

I’m honored to have women in my life who inspire me daily. Women who are brave, smart, fearless, genuine, loving, and just straight-up phenomenal. They are themselves, without making excuses or apologies, for that matter. When I think of them, I know they are the women they were supposed to be—through and through. Read more

Be Yourself. Be Confident. Be Brave.

Last night, I was laying in bed and I couldn’t sleep (again). I grabbed my phone and started messing around on Twitter. As I scrolled through the tweets, a phrase popped in my head. “Be yourself. Be confident. Be brave.” I tweeted it out, closed my eyes, and fell asleep. It was like I just had to get it out. This morning I wake up, and I realize how vital this phrase is in my life right now. Read more

A Letter to Me…at 15

Dear 15-year-old Monique,

I’m going to make this short and to the point.

Stop it! Stop it right now! Stop hating your body. Stop hating your hair. Stop envying the “popular” girls. And please stop wishing you weren’t you. Read more

I Think it’s Time for a Personal Beauty Intervention

Aging sucks. We’re all trying to avoid it. No one wants wrinkles or super droopy sagging body parts. Some of us will go to amazing lengths to stop the aging process, no matter how silly we look. Lifts here…injections there…it really is an uphill battle.  Read more

Dear Ven Budhu of Project Runway…

Dear Ven Budhu of Project Runway…you are what’s wrong with the fashion industry. In your rude, unthoughtful, and abrasive words, you have proven in last night’s episode that you are not fashion designer material.  Read more