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The One And Only Stranger

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

So, I’m back with another Michael Jackson fan inspired post. I have so many MJ tees that I have lost count. Truth be told, one of the 2 massive drawers under my bed is full of MJ t-shirts! The sweaters and jackets have their place within my wardrobe lol! I have been collecting these for years and some of them are even sought after collectables from fans. The thing is, it was after Michael passed away that the options became so vast. Seriously, there was only 1 cut available previously, usually for a man’s shape and they were only available in L or XL. This led to many fans either looking drowned in fabric or squeezed into theirs. Not a pretty picture when it came to everyone, I can assure you lol.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Stranger In Moscow is one of my favourite songs from the King Of Pop. The song speaks of Michael going through quite a difficult and traumatic time in the Russian city. The music video (short film to MJ fans) sees Michael and many people all experiencing their own sense of loneliness on a cold and rainy day. Such a beautiful melodic song matched with gorgeous black and white cinematography makes for a really powerful piece. It’s not a song that is raved about quite like some of Michael’s other hits but it deserves to be! The final scene sees Michael surrendering to the elements and allowing the rain to saturate him. He finishes strong in a pose that is reminiscent of the Shaw shank Redemption movie poster. This very frame is captured in the face on my t-shirt.

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson Stranger In Moscow t-shirt from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Music is such a powerful and beautiful medium, one which musicians tend to look at and appreciate in a different way to the listener. Stranger In Moscow has always connected with me. The seamless layers of melody, percussive sounds and vocals encompass a complex and thought provoking piece. As a musician I like to listen to songs in layers pulling out the random sounds and elements, this song just has so many ingredients! As an MJ fan t-shirts connected to the HIStory album are few and far between. Even this one is a newer piece of merchandise from the Vegas show MJ One, I just had to have it!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled bootsA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Last Summer I went to Las Vegas and was lucky enough to get one of the best seats in the house at the by Cirque Du Soleil. The very scene that features Stranger In Moscow was beautifully put together. I won’t say what happens as I know many fans will be reading this who plan to see it soon. I will say this, you might want some tissues at the ready! This t-shirt was actually made available after I returned home from sin city. Luckily due to some fab connections I got my hands on one! I did however pick up this amazing varsity jacket featuring the MJ One illustration on the back. Guess what, the jacket even has built in headphones!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

This t-shirt is one of many amazing items from the Cirque show available at King Of Shop. If you wanna get your hands on it or something else from the show I would head on over to the website! The only other way to get your hands on MJ One goodies is to take yourself to Vegas itself! That’s not a bad idea though, the stage show is amazing and the city is so much fun! If you wanna hear a bit about my trip and see another MJ inspired look of mine. Check out this post here.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Today I Choose Joy

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

It’s funny, sometimes the energy you put out there can really start a new topic of discussion. I have had countless people contact me recently all speaking on the positivity I display. Many people find it to be refreshing and others have asked me ‘Mayah what makes you so happy?’ In all honesty, I choose to be happy. The more time I spend navigating this world the more I see that joy and happiness are things that don’t happen to you. These are things that you grab by the hands and take for yourself.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

My story is one full of roller coaster situations with twists and turns. My childhood and teen years saw me go through quite traumatic bullying. As a result, I ended up making poor choices, entering bad relationships and not taking care of myself. I had to reach a place where it was important for me to “check myself”. I guess you could say I learned that in order to get to a place of joy I had to start with myself…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling with her eyes closedA plus size woman wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans and black boots

Several years ago my life led me to a place where I took my relationship with God to a deeper place and I decided to get baptised. I had been contemplating doing so for a while but I guess all things happen in the correct timing. People of faith often speak on joy as though it’s something only reserved for believers. I don’t agree with that statement. I think we all have a right to happiness, light and love but I do know from personal experience that we have to make it happen. People tend to fall into the trap of thinking that one day they will wake up and everything in their life will be perfect. The thing is this; if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! I think a paradigm shift and taking the steps to make things happen is the key.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt and silver faux leather backpack A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

I decided to start enjoying how I look, surrounding myself with like minded and positive people among other things. Talking about what I wanted in life was a pointless exercise. Deciding to just get on with things and focus on what makes me happy and what I’m good at made the difference. The easy thing is to focus on the things we’re bad at. That weight we’ve gained, our singleness, lack of money we have… I could go on really. My point is that we spend too much time and energy thinking about what’s wrong with our situations. When you switch your thought patterns to focus on the positive everything changes. You’ll be surprised at how happy you actually are! Don’t get me wrong you may not be where you want to be but, you will have made some strides forward!

black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing hoop earringsA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglasses

When I saw this slogan t-shirt from Zizzi at Navabi I knew I had to have it. This one phrase describes my current state of mind and place in life. ‘TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!’ In other words, I’m making the choice to be happy. I like everyone else have my bad days but I thought i’m gonna make a statement by wearing the words and not just a smile! When putting this look together I wanted to pair the grey tee with a simple pair of black jeans. I selected my supper skinny stretch jeans from Lane Bryant. Yours Clothing recently sent me these fab ankle boots so they were an easy inclusion.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots, holding a silver faux leather backpack

Finishing things off I decided to add a touch of freshness with this baby pink trench coat from Evans. I thought it would be cool to wear some accessories. Hanna let me borrow her Celine Audrey sunglasses for some added glam. Tobi recently sent me some fun new things which I wanted to include with this look. I’m pretty sure that by now when people think of my style hoop earrings come to mind. With that being said you can see why I wanted this pair of in the loop hoops! Adding more silver I selected the faux leather backpack.

Aside from what i’m wearing, ultimately the key is to do the things that make you happy. It might the clothes you wear that make you smile, the people you’re with or what you do.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirt
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile! 

Get It Checked

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Over the past few years we have seen that checked shirts have been in style for women all over the country. I personally hadn’t owned one until just a few months ago. Now I find myself with a few in my wardrobe each with a different element of style. In The Style Curve have quite a range of plus size clothing and there is pretty much something for everyone. Sometimes you just want to wear something with some colour that can either be dressy, smart or casual.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

When I saw this shirt from the Binky collection I knew I wanted to try it out. The rich and warm colours really caught my eye. Reds and oranges really work against my complexion so I knew that something containing both would be a really nice fit. This one is designed as a dress but I like to wear it as a shirt with some extra length. I like that checked shirts allow for a mix of colours in a single garment. It can make putting together an outfit rather fun. I decided to keep things simple and only wear black with this one.

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Whenever I buy dresses or shirts with front fastening buttons I up-size. When you have a large bust you need to account for this to minimise the gaping that can take place. I have this one in size 26 because of this. I like that unlike other checked shirt designs there is a small but subtle added detail, the sleeves! They come with long checked ties that you can use to fasten bows or leave loose if you wanted to have a different look altogether!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Lane Bryant recently sent me this pair of super stretch skinny jeans. Of course black skinny jeans go with a multitude of clothing items so you can see why it was so easy for me to pair these with my checked shirt dress. I should note that usually you downsize with American sizing when buying in the UK. I did however get these in a size 26. From my trip to Vegas last summer I knew that with Lane my size for shorts, trousers and jeans would be a US size 26. That being said if you disregard the size label in the back of your jeans the fit is amazing. The denim is super stretch and extremely comfortable. They honestly feel as comfortable as a pair of thick leggings. Perfect for this time of year!

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

So there are many ways you can put together a casual yet stylish look. Some work with shapes, prints and cuts. I like to colour coordinate my looks and go from there. Whatever it is you do to look stylish be sure to have fun in your clothes and stay warm in the winter cold!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt

*Checked Skirt And Jeans Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Style Explorations

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Sometimes when it comes to fashion clothing can be more than what we wear, it can be rather exciting. I love to branch out and wear a variety of styles and if you were to go through my wardrobes it would look like clothing for about 5 different women lol. My style changes with my mood and so I like to have items to pretty much suit every situation. I like to push boundaries at times and challenge my confidence. I often find that when I push myself out of my comfort zone my confidence is majorly boosted!

A plus size woman wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Hanna and I were on our way to view the latest lingerie and swimwear collections from Elomi a couple of weeks ago. When I attend press events I usually like to wear something from the brand i’m visiting, however I had no intention of walking the streets of London in my underwear! With that in mind I thought why not wear a lace top from Zizzi that I bought about a year ago. Most women have clothes that they have never worn before and this item was one of mine! Underneath I was wearing my Carmen lingerie set featuring plum coloured plunge bra. I figured that as I have no issue wearing dresses that highlight my cleavage what difference would this look make?!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirtA plus size woman wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

We all have our own set of style rules that we choose to follow. In my case I don’t like to showcase both my legs and cleavage. I figure it’s best to balance everything out by going with one or the other. As it was a chilly November day in London I decided to pair this top with my gold metallic skirt from Lane Bryant (previously seen on the blog about a year ago). The funny thing I find is that when I wear daring items my confidence soars. Some people may find that they feel exposed or on display. For me I think it shows that only a confident woman would put her outfits together the way I do lol.

A plus size woman wearing a lace blousemetallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Coordination is the name of my game and so I decided to select items with gold adornments to finish off my look. Starting with my signature hoop earrings of course, pulling out my vanity boots from Hotter and wearing a black handbag showered in gold studs. The hint of purple in the bra is literally the only colour i’m wearing here other than black and gold lol. I actually got a lot of compliments for this outfit even though it is rather edgy. Of course I was feeling sassy, fierce and quite like the fashionista…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

It’s always good when items you’ve had for a while are still very much in fashion and on trend for the season. That doesn’t matter though, I say wear what makes you feel amazing and confident. Don’t get caught up by the so called rules, unless of course you set these rules yourself! Experiment with what you wear, step outside of the box and try something new. You may surprise yourself with how your confidence improves!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!