Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well. Friday is almost here! I’m so excited that I’m going to Berea College’s 2015 Homecoming celebration. It always feels good to come home. I’ve been looking for cheap pieces that would serve as a elegant homecoming outfit. Money is always on my mind. Katie is picking me up and escorting me to Berea. I’m so happy to spend the weekend with such an awesome person. Since we are both covering gas, the room, and food, I wanted to maintain a budget. I headed to Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe to see what fab things I could find. 

Here’s what I tried at Forever 21: 
This was fun and flirty but missing a certain pizzazz. (3x- $37.40?)

This was so tight. Yes, I am as uncomfortable as I look. 

I was hoping my body would look good, like a cold glass of milk. Instead, I looked like hot cottage cheese. Epic Fail. My arms were screaming for release! 3x and I’m still struggling! 

This was fierce but too long for my short frame. I felt regal in this. 

This turtle neck dress gave me Kim K. Still, It wasn’t glamorous enough for homecoming. 

I’ve blogged this $15.90 dress before and it’s still fly! All curves and belly, no girdle. I’ll get it one day. Just not for homecoming. 

Here’s my body from the side. I’m learning to love the side view as much as I love the front view. 

I bought the skirt in 3x $17.90 but not the crop top. 

I don’t know how to style this. My breasts   And belly are too big for this. No, no, no! The concept is sensual and feminine. The execution is not friendly to many plus shapes and frames. 

This dress is cute. It can be dressed up or down. Not bad for 17.90. I’ll go back and get it. 

I’d like this too with a poofier skirt. Hindsight is 20/20. This top wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. Sometimes when I’m trying things on, I get in a funk and assume that everything looks terrible. 

The sleeves were friendly to my flabby arms. 
I searched the clearance rack at Charlotte Russe to see what I could find. 

This 3x $15.00 crop top was cute! Just not homecoming worthy. 

For another occasion, I might give this dress a chance, for this one, I’m passing. 

The woman and the girl in me are fighting. I want to be flirty, and sensual but maintain my classy self. I’m a young, single woman. I shouldn’t be so reserved  yet I don’t want to be overexposed. It’s a hard conflict to solve. There are many parts to my personality. I’ve neglected the  sensual side. She’s needs to develop. I don’t want to dress like an elderly lady at 23. In 2016, I hope to become more comfortable with the woman that I want to be. I have to embrace all of myself. 
I neglected desire. I’ve closed off my emotions. I’m working on developing all of myself. Showing some skin won’t get me! 
I’m not a girl, not yet a woman. All I need is time. 
What pieces did you like best? 
I can’t wait to show you want I put together for the dance! 
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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