TSU Homecoming Weekend

Happy Sunday everyone. Some of you may still be in church. Others may have attended Bedside Baptist this morning. At any rate, I hope your so far day has been pleasurable. Since I don’t have internet at home, posting has become a bit tricky. I’m doing my best to keep things rolling out for you all! Thanks for being patient with me. 

Last weekend was Tennessee State University’s homecoming weekend. This event is definitely a weekend affair. People come from Everywhere to celebrate. Their homecoming is big event for all Nashvillians and not limited to TSU students both current or past. My favorite two events to attend are the Homecoming Parade and the Tailgate. As I’ve progressed into adulthood, waking up early on a Saturday morning no longer  excites me. For the past few years, this year included, I have missed the parade. I love the big crowd, and the excitement of watching talented marching bands, dancers, and other performance groups. 
On Thursday night, Future and Dej Loaf held a concert at the Gentry Center. I was unable to attend the event. The plans for the rest of the weekend were undetermined as of Friday. After work, I headed to the mall to see what fab finds I could don to any parties that Erika, Jasmine, and I attended. The mall was packed with people doing exactly what I was. 
I wore this patterned wrap dress from Ross to work on Friday. 

Wrap dresses are friendly to all body types because they do one of two things: either they accentuate the curves you already have or they create curves when curves are absent. 

Here’s what I tried: 
Forever 21

This tightness is definitely out of my comfort zone. While I do need to tap into my flirty/ sexy self, I didn’t feel comfortable in this look. Surprisingly the top greeted my bosom with love. Initially I thought my breasts would look smothered. Unfortunately the skirt was so tight, I couldn’t get the zipper shit. Such is life for a plus size women in a store that sells junior plus clothing. 

Both pieces, the oversized vest and the midi body con dress worked for me. Adding a heel, waist belt, and a cloth would have completely dressed this look up! Both pieces are a size 3x. 

Talk about a 70s Bohenian vibe! This turtle neck knit dress made me feel as though I’d stepped on to the set of That 70s Show. The burnt orange color is hot for fall. Honestly, I didn’t like the dress enough to purchase it. It’s a size 3x also. 

Lastly, I tried on this sparkly mess. The material felt like tin foil and was uncomfortable. Potential vs. Reality. This dress with a little more consideration for a plus size woman’s body could have been a hit! Instead, the side openings were bunched, the zipper was screaming and I felt like an unattractive, beached whale. 

Needless to say, I left Forever 21 empty handed. 
Saturday, my parents and I attended a homecoming cook out. I like people and I love free food! My dad’s dialysis buddy, Tim, passed away a few months ago. He and his wife have a cookout every year for homecoming. Despite his recent passing, she kept up with tradition. It was nice to interact with such a warm. Inviting group of people. Afterwards, I headed downtown to the Tailgate at Nissan Stadium. Who can complain about free food, free booze and strolling Greeks? I love high energy and the tailgate was nothing short! 
Here’s what I wore to the cookout and tailgate: 

Shall/ Purse-Ross, Top- H&M, Jeans- Avenue Pkus, Boots- Payless. 

When the tailgate ended, we ventured to Cookout for more food. 

Sunday, I met up with Jessica for lunch. I hadn’t seen her in a while. 

In all, I had a nice weekend. While not getting into too much detail, my lesson for that weekend consisted of three major realizations. Firstly, Follow your gut. Listen to your body, trust your instincts. Secondly, You are the only person that can control your reactions and responses. Walking away from a negative situation can save your life. Lastly, lighten up. You don’t have to smile from ear to ear all of the time but resting bitch gave can have its cons. So many people made comments about my scowl. Guess I came across as uninviting due to the look on my face. You don’t have to smile if you don’t want to smile. Just be cognizant of how your face is presenting you to others. 

Hope you all have a great week! 
Until next time,

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My name is Nora. I am a 30 year old Nashville native. By day, I am a #corporaterebel in the Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Industry, In my spare time, I am a plus-size blogger, Youtuber, and social media influencer. On my platform, I discuss beauty, fashion, faith, lifestyle, and everything that I encounter and experience as a young black woman who is building her empire. In my free time, you can catch me playing Sims, binging Netflix and Hulu, enjoying a bottle of sweet wine, enjoying #foodie life, getting my beauty rest, or out styling and profiling.

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