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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

For the second installment of my short series featuring summer active wear, I'm highlighting the brand that makes up about 90% of my workout gear - Livi Active from Lane Bryant. I've been wearing Livi since I started caring about what I wear when I work out. I used to be in the "wear any old thing to exercise" camp, despite the fact that active wear has been around for quite some time. I just never thought I'd be into that kind of thing... throw on an old t-shirt & sweatpants and I was good.

But when I decided last Fall to get serious about what I wore when I began hiking my local trails, Lane Bryant was the first place I went to for comfortable, perfect fitting workout gear. Truthfully, I compare all my other active wear to Livi. I have as many full length leggings as I do cropped length. I tend to wear the full length leggings on the trails because sticks and stones can break my bones, and mud is so icky! 

I share the rest of my thoughts below and the links for the gear below video. Enjoy!

Top (size 22/24)
Bottom (size 22/24)
Hiking shoes (originally purchased from

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


"It's been a long time...shouldn't left you....without a new post to get to. But I came up with a plan with nothing but..." OK, I'll stop here. But you get my drift, right? #ericbandrakimforever

Anywho, I could have come back looking all glorious and decked out like bloggers often do after breaks. (And if you follow me on IG you'll see I still get decked out & all.)  But I decided to keep up with real life and show you what I've actually been wearing for the last few months. I workout about two to four times a week (I'll never be an 'every day-er'...just not in my DNA). My workout of choice is walking. I ditched the gym last fall in exchange for my local trails and began hiking my heart out. I try to get in two or more miles per workout. I didn't know how I'd feel about doing it in the hot summer sun, but I'm still out in these streets and on the trail getting in my steps. 

The rest of my thoughts about this workout look is in the video below; links to the items are below the video. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel as this will be the new format in which I share details about the outfits I post. Enjoy!


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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' 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.

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