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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

So I know I've been MIA on the blog scene lately. We all know that sometimes life moves faster than we can keep up and well...this is one of those times for me.

But all has not been lost! Though I haven't been posting about my latest favorite 'fit (a.k.a outfit), I have been busy vlogging on my YouTube channel.

I've really enjoyed vlogging as it's allowed me to let my creative juices flow in a new direction. And best of all I'm still giving out honest opinions about things I actually use "in real life".

Check out some recent videos below!

Here's my latest crochet review featuring KIMA Volum crochet hair:



I've dabbled in beauty reviews as well:





Be sure to subscribe to stay up on the latest reviews you can use! And don't worry...I'll be back to sharing more fashion pics before you know it!
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


'Tis the season for blooming buds, sunny days, rain showers that bring flowers and the ideal time to clean & spruce up around your home. If you're planning to start with your closet, check out my video for a few tips to help make the task a bit easier.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


March is my blogiversary month, so this is the time when I look back at the entire year with so much gratitude about how far I've come. I essentially do two 'annual' reviews...one at year end in December and then again right around now during my anniversary month (BBDF is two years old & growing!).

I thought the title would be fitting since it really does reflect my general, go-to style...long, colorful maxidresses!  And as you can see, when I like a certain design I get it in as many colors as possible. These dresses all come from Curvaceous Boutique. I believe I bought the black one first and after that the rest was history!




I've worn them for all kinds of events and really have never gone wrong...runway shows, parties, the opera! The style is incredibly versatile and can serve you well in virtually any setting. All but one is a "Gabby" style dress; the red dress is a "Bree" style dress which is nearly identical with the exception of the neckline. Some of these were just candid shots taken as I was out on the town...only a couple of them made it into actual posts...that is, until now! :)

These dresses must be hugely popular because despite the fact that I bought some last year and in 2015, they're still available on Curvaceous Boutique's site. So take page from my "keep it classy" playbook and pick up one (or five) of these lovely ladies for yourself. You won't be disappointed! 



Styling notes: As you can see, the dresses all sweep the floor on me. I'm 5'6 & some change and wearing about 3 or 4 inch heels in most of the photos. The dresses have great stretch and are true to size. They're pretty much tall girl friendly as long as you're fine with the possibility of the dress stopping at your ankles and not necessarily covering your shoes.

This post is not sponsored by the vendor showcased. No affiliate links are used in this post.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017



I know it's waaaaaaaaaaaaay too late to say "happy new year", but since this is my first post of 2017 I feel I have to say something so....Happy March 2017! And since I'm actually coming up on the second anniversary of my blog, Happy Blogiversary BBDF!

I took an extended holiday break from hustle & bustle just to reconnect with life. Self-care is of utmost importance to me, and it's even more essential given the political and social climate in this country nowadays. So when I need to retreat from the busyness & craziness of it all I do it! No fanfare. No announcements. Just a fade to black, bow out gracefully type of thing. 

But just because I'm on break (which will be ending soon by the way), doesn't mean the deals stop rollin' in & Kiyonna is having a fabulous cyber sidewalk sale ($60!!!) on some of the great looks I featured on the blog last year. The funny thing is that last year's anniversary post also featured Kiyonna, so this might become an annual tradition! (My review post that is, not the sidewalk sale...I make absolutely no guarantees for that at all! :)

The sale ends on March 13, so snatch up as many of these cuties as you can for your upcoming spring parties & festivities! Click the photo to go straight to Kiyonna's site to get the dress; click the caption to see my review of the item. Happy shopping!


 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Charm Wrap Dress

Big Bella Donna Charm Wrap Dress

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Serene Maxi

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Serene Maxi

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Serene Maxi

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Peplum

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Peplum

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Swing Dress

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna Swing Dress

The company featured in this post sent me their products for my review. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience with the products. Some affiliate links are featured in this post. 
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 Big Bella Donna Sydney's Closet

We're a little shy of two weeks away from 2017...can you believe it? No seriously...can you? Each and every December feels like the year just began when it's nearly over. And this year sure has been a doozy, huh? To list all the mind blowing moments of 2016 would take another post entirely, so let's just recap some more of my favorite looks starting with the one above from Sydney's Closet

Sydney's Closet will always have special place here on BBDF. This exclusive plus size evening wear designer is truly dedicated to their mission of providing gorgeous gowns in plus and extended plus sizes. Read more about the gown featured above in this post recapping the auto show I attended in January of this year.

Now for more favorites from Sydney's Closet! I wore this beauty to the gala for the African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) this past spring.


 Big Bella Donna Sydney's Closet

And this party perfect dress is from my most recent post featuring the Golden Girl cocktail dress from Sydney's Closet. This dress is ideal for NYE parties! You really can't go wrong with their wonderful selection of formal gowns and dresses.


 Big Bella Donna Sydney's Closet

This Paige dress from GCGme was another fave. I wore it to a very special event I attended in late summer. It was comfortable, chic and absolutely perfect for the event.


 Big Bella Donna GCGme

Earlier in the summer I did another white series to complement the one I did for the winter season. I got an opportunity to feature one of the designers I had set out to try before the end of year.


 Big Bella Donna SWAK

I also featured this gorgeous look from another blog favorite, Kiyonna, in the summer white series.

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna

 Big Bella Donna Kiyonna

African print made several appearances on the blog this summer as well. The first two skirts were from D'iyanu, a designer that's local to my area. I love featuring local talent whenever possible.

 Big Bella Donna D'iyanu

 Big Bella Donna D'iyanu

The other beautiful African print maxi skirt featured on the blog was from L'aviye. I had fun styling this bright, bold skirt.

 Big Bella Donna L'aviye

As I mentioned in the previous post, there were so many great looks featured this year. This is really just a small sampling. Be sure to check out my YouTube channel to see my reviews on some of the hairstyles featured in these posts.

I am truly grateful to the companies that asked me to share my honest reviews on their products this year. I'm also glad that I got a chance to feature pieces from some of my favorite places to shop. As another year ends, I reflect on how much I've survived during the past 12 months. I may not share all that I've gone through here on the blog...but just know life hits me hard sometimes just like any of us. Nevertheless, just as with each new year, I'm excited to see what awaits in 2017. 

I wish you a very happy holiday season and blessings & peace in the new year!

~KA

Some of the items featured here were sent to me for my review. See original posts for more information. Some affiliate links are featured in this post.

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