GarnerStyle X Rebdolls Capsule Collection

Chasity Garner plus–size model and fashion blogger teamed up with Rebdolls to create a capsule collection. The GarnerStyle X Rebdoll collection debuted today on the Rebdolls site. So what can you expect from this collection is a nautical inspired line that is based on a neutral color palette spiked with striped-patterned garments.

My thoughts on the collaboration…well I definitely feel like the collaboration imbued more styling and detail then what is typically found in Rebdoll garments. Not to say that I don’t appreciate the basics that Rebdoll offers. However, it was nice to have some more structured garments within the mix.

My favorite piece within the entire collection are the Drift Tailored Pant there is an almost Rosie Assoulin inspired nature to the tailoring and detailing of the pants. As a plus-sized woman myself I am always excited when I can get my hands on a perfect pair of tailored white pants. Other standouts from the collection are the ‘SOS ‘ striped maxi dress and ‘the captain’ midi dress. Overall, I believe that the collection has items that will satisfy the taste of many. Hopefully this capsule collection is the start of many more to come albeit it with GarnerStyle or another tastemaker.

Adrift Tailored Pant
Adrift Tailored Pant
The Captain Midi Dress
The Captain Midi Dress

 

Michelle Gill

The Art of Procrastination – And How to Overcome It

If I had a dollar for every time I said I’d do something tomorrow rather than today, I’d be rich by now. I am a professional procrastinator and I know it. It’s not that I’m an underachiever, I’m actually the total opposite; but I know me and I work very well under pressure which is why I sometimes tend to put things off for another day. However, this is not healthy. Procrastinating keeps my thoughts all over the place and has my mind running nonstop. If you’re anything like me, you know you need to stop putting things off and focus and starting today, we’re in this together.

Step 1: Know Yourself and Your Limitations

When I say know yourself and your limitations, I mean know what kind of worker you are and what kind of environment works for you. If being in a room with a television distracts you, know that you need to leave that room. If you know you can’t work in a messy space, clean it up. This will help you center and focus.

Step 2: Set Deadlines

When it comes to my writing, I try and type atleast 1,000 words a day on any story I’m working on. It may not seem like alot but I purposely set the bar at a consistent number because nine times out of ten, I surpass that. Set boundaries and goals for yourself to meet. Thank me later.

Step 3: Eliminate All Distractions

Go back to Step 1 and make a list of all the things that distract you. The TV, Twitter, Facebook, your cell phone – jot it all down. Once you’ve got your list compiled, get rid of them. I don’t mean throw them away –  I mean turn them off for thirty minutes to an hour at a time. No matter how interesting your timeline might be, that newsfeed will still be there when the hour is up. Imagine how much work you could get done if you put your devices on hold.

Are you ready to tell procrastination you are not the one?

By Monique C. Tillman

Laverne Cox ‘Grateful’ to Avoid Facial Feminisation Surgery

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Laverne Cox has admitted she didn’t go through with the procedure to have her face structurally changed and says she has “learned to love and accept” everything which makes her transgender.

She explained: “Years ago I wanted to have the kind of cosmetic facial feminisation surgery that Caitlyn [Jenner] has made popular in terms of people’s understanding.

“But I didn’t have the money to do it. I’m so blessed and grateful that I didn’t because I would look completely different. I’ve had to learn to love and accept all those things about me that make me distinctly trans: my broad shoulders, my big hands and feet, my deep voice.”

And the 31-year-old actress also admitted she gets a lot of compliments on her looks but worries it’s just because people think she is beautiful for a trans person.

She added to Nylon magazine: “When Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover came out, the language that people were using was deeply misogynist – she looked beautiful according to very specific standards, and that’s deeply problematic.

“So many people on my social media pages say, ‘You’re gorgeous,’ and who doesn’t like hearing that?” she said. “But it made me think: Are people saying I’m beautiful for a trans person? Are they saying I’m beautiful because they couldn’t tell I’m trans? I mean, you can find blogs where people are like, ‘Laverne Cox is drop-dead gorgeous,’ and there are other blogs saying I have ‘linebacker proportions.'”

The standard of beauty, female beauty in specific seems to change on an almost everyday basis. I’m kind of glad Laverne didn’t have the surgery – if she had of she’d just end up looking a bit like everyone else. Kudos for originality.

By Monique C. Tillman

Eminem Tells Why He Turned Down the Lead Role in “Southpaw”

Eminem rarely makes appearances these days – unless he’s rounding up Slaughterhouse members and dropping a cypher video to get the internet in a frenzy, we don’t see much from Slim Shady. He’s always kept a low profile which is what makes his appearance on the red carpet at the NYC premiere of “Southpaw” that more rare and special. Eminem, who’s real name is Marshall Mathers joined stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and 50 Cent – and told Extra why he decided to pass on he role (Eminem was originally offered the lead role) but ultimately ended up executive producing the soundtrack:

I feel like it turned out incredible, the timing wasn’t right for me at the time, but I always felt like this film had the potential to be special and I think it really is, so I knew I just wanted to be involved in it somehow.

There’s stuff from the soundtrack that’s in the movie, there’s stuff on the soundtrack that kind of just feels like the movie…We always want to do stuff for music that…fits the..reminds you….

It reminds you of the film, like Breakfast Club, Eye Of The Tiger, that’s kind of the direction of the soundtrack.

By Monique C. Tillman

Chris Brown Posts Open Reflections on Instagram

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This month has not been the best for Chris Brown – first his aunt was locked in a closet at gunpoint while his home was robbed and now he’s been barred from leaving the Philippines and has missed his Hong Kong show.  While Chris has yet to comment directly about the matter, this week he shared a reflective message on Instagram. He writes:

 

When u tired of the f*cking devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn’t hesitate to blow his f*cking brains out but that’s the cowards way out… Most won’t understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart. What’s on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say “be a man”. Yeah, that’s right but it doesn’t take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father. I don’t have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self destruct!!

As always, Chris is in our prayers!

By Monique C. Tillman

Jennifer Hudson Named Face of New York & Company Soho Jeans

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Congratulations are in order for Jennifer Hudson – she’s getting her coins! Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson has been named the face of New York & Company’s Soho Jeans collection.

The new collection which will be available in stores for purchase beginning July 22, will fit a wide variety of women, ranging in sizes 0 to 18.

Jennifer Hudson had the following to say about working with New York & Company:

“What I love most about New York is the diversity. It’s a haven for individuality and I have always found that to be inspiring. That sort of energy affects me in all ways but especially when it comes to my style. New York & Company’s Soho Jeans Collection helps women the same way with a line that’s fashion forward, great fitting and comfortable for whatever your day brings.”

Are you looking forward to rocking these styles come the 22nd?

By Monique C. Tillman

Talking Bodies! Bad Boy Justin Bieber Kills the Cover of Interview Magazine!

Celebrities are losing clothes like insomniacs are losing sleep nowadays! “Bad Boy ” in recovery, Justin Bieber, was just showing his buns to the world last week and now he is “Talking Bodies” Tove Lo style on the cover of Interview Magazine! As you may already know (or not care) Biebs has been on a one man image to change his public persona and show the world he really is a good guy. Needless to say these pictures do not exactly help his case as they appear gritty, reminding us there’s still a bad boy underneath all this recent polish!

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Hey Mikey- “Mauerbauertraurigkeit”

Hey Mikey,

My friend is really giving me the blues. I am not sure why he constantly acts like this but it is getting on my last damn nerves. He is always pushing me away, we have been friends for years and now he is sending me a damn “Dear John” letter talking about we cannot be friends because friendships make him uncomfortable. I keep trying to be there for him, but I just don’t know what the hell I can do to help him. Do you think he is bipolar?

-Currently Clueless

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***Currently Clueless, it sounds like your friend is feeling the following “obscure sorrow:”

Mauerbauertraurigkeit

n. The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like—as if all your social taste buds suddenly went numb, leaving you unable to distinguish cheap politeness from the taste of genuine affection, unable to recognize its rich and ambiguous flavors, its long and delicate maturation, or the simple fact that each tasting is double-blind.

Sad, right? What is even sadder is when we do not know how to let go. When someone is blatantly trying to push you out of their lives do not make it so hard for them. Press the fast forward button on your feet and run on. This is something they will have to work out on there on. As hard as it is to do that you have to. Misery loves company, and that emotion is not only contagious–it’s crippling.

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡

Stingy With Me

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Every now and then we all change or alter ourselves a little to gain the approval of someone else. Maybe you heard the guy you like, likes girls with curly hair so you spent $50 at the salon over the weekend getting your hair spiral curled and styled. Maybe you had your eye on this cute pair of stiletto heels for a while and then when you finally bought them, your best friend said you looked like a 41st hooker –  so you in turn took them back to the store and exchanged them for more “sensible” shoes.

But by doing these things we somewhat lose ourselves in the process. You forget how much you love your silky straight hair or how much more confident you felt in those heels. But why do we change ourselves to fit someone else’s mold? Would they do the same for us? More than likely, they wouldn’t. And you know what – it’s time to be selective about who we give our time and energy to.

The same way we pick and choose what we’ll have for breakfast and lunch, is the same way we need to choose who we keep in our inner circle. Be stingy with yourself because if the people in your circle aren’t adding to your life, then they’re robbing you of your livlihood.

By Monique C. Tillman

Timbaland’s Wife Files For Divorce

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Grammy award winning and creative artist/producer for FOX’s hit show Empire, Timbaland finds himself walking the familiar path of separation and divorce for a second time with soon to be ex wife Monique Mosely. Monique, who is also a fashion consultant to Fox’s hit show, has allegedly, filed for divorce for a second time.
Originally, it was reported back in 2013 that the pair were splitting up. At the time, they had been married for over ten years and the couple share one daughter together and Mosely has a child from a previous relationship that Timbaland has been a father figure to.  Later in 2014, the two withdrew their petition to divorce. Now a year later, they have decided to move forward and go their separate ways.

As previously reported, during their initial split, Monique originally asked for spousal support, alimony, and continued support for not only her daughter, she shares with Timbaland, but also the child he has been a father figure to as well.

Timbaland has not referenced their split on his very active Instagram page. Instead, he’s been using his social media page to post and share pictures of him working in the studio, his artist Tink and reuniting in the studio with legendary producer/artist/Grammy winner Missy Elliott and Magoo. Do you think the two will actually get a divorce this time?

By Monique C. Tillman

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