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Stand Tall Through It All

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Check Camden Skinny Jean - Long Tall Sally/Tall White Tee - Taller Than Your Average/Cardigan - Collage Clothing Lounge/Hat - Key West Hat Company/Boots - Nine West (size 12)/Chain - Forever 21/Clutch - Thrifted *Love the skinnies. They give just the right amount of plaid which is a hot pattern for fall and winter. The tall tee from TTYA is just the right length and has a very sexy neckline that brings it from casual to chic. I layered a cardigan on for fun and warmth and the boots are some of my favorites. Unfortunately they are from two seasons ago but Nine West has a great boot selection that comes in sizes up to 12 that is worth a looksie.  Photo Credit: Lindsay Carlisle

Check Camden Skinny Jean - Long Tall Sally/Tall White Tee - Taller Than Your Average/Cardigan - Collage Clothing Lounge/Hat - Key West Hat Company/Boots - Nine West (size 12)/Chain - Forever 21/Clutch - Thrifted

*Love the skinnies. They give just the right amount of plaid which is a hot pattern for fall and winter. The tall tee from TTYA is just the right length and has a very sexy neckline that brings it from casual to chic. I layered a cardigan on for fun and warmth and the boots are some of my favorites. Unfortunately they are from two seasons ago but Nine West has a great boot selection that comes in sizes up to 12 that is worth a looksie. 

Photo Credit: Lindsay Carlisle

I am going to keep it all the way real with you...

This is the second time I am writing this post because I accidentally erased the first fabulous one. I mean, the blog about these 36" inseam Check Camden Skinny Jeans from Long Tall Sally was stellar and I could recreate it but I always want to share real thoughts and feelings with you, so here goes...

I am freaking frustrated. Right now, because an hour of work on the tail end of a long work day is down the drain but lately, it's been a bevy of things. From career paths, to failing to fall into faith to the mystery of unlocking love, I have had the continuous twinge of frustration upon me for weeks now.

There. I am not perfect. I admit it and completely cop to it. I have come a long ways. I am continually growing. I will constantly evolve. I, like everyone else on this earth am human with emotions that overtake and feelings that bend.

But I will not break. I won't. I refuse. I emphatically say no.

You see, you will go through things. It is inevitable and is something that EVERYONE experiences. Whether behind closed doors or for the world to critique, our experiences have similar threads. No two stories are the same but all have unequivocal tendencies. None of us can say that we haven't navigated a storm.

Regardless of the state that we are in, I know one thing, you must stand tall though it all. Yes, you may be frustrated but you must know that this state shall pass. It's not permanent but what is etched in stone is that you are a strong, beautiful, God loved individual that already has their life planned out in a blessed way. What you feel now, is a building block for what's to come. Grow from it, absolutely. Wallow in it, never.

So that's it my friends. I am a confident, blessed woman who gets frustrated beyond belief. I am raising my hand for myself and those who cannot yet raise them. This outfit is outstanding but this is truly how I am standing right now and I hope you see beauty in the stance.

More importantly I hope you see the beauty in your stance...and continue to stand tall...despite the state that attempts to take you down.

You can't control the waves but you can build a tall, strong ship.

 

#TTYA4LTS

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Today is a HUGE deal in the world of tall style! The ultra chic Taller Than Your Average has teamed up with tall fashion powerhouse Long Tall Sally to release a limited edition capsule collection for autumn/winter 2014. In fact, Glamour Magazine called the line; the coolest fashion range ever for tall girls. If that doesn't excite you, I don't know what will! I am honored to be one of the first to try the collection!

There are so many amazing pieces in the collection. I literally found myself drooling while I was pursuing the look book. When I received options from the capsule collection those feelings were completely validated. The collection is constructed beautifully. The length is proper and the design is forward thinking and thoughtful. When you put it on, you definitely know that it was made for a tall woman on the move.

I am in love with the stripe wrap shirt. It feels amazing, it's cut perfectly and is appropriately sexy. You can't help but to feel beautiful in it. I dressed it up a bit here but the versatility of this top is another reason why I am a huge fan of it. You can easily take it from day to night with a simple switch of a shoe and blazer.

Can we talk about these leather look trousers!? As you can see they are also very versatile but my favorite part (besides the long length) are the details. These aren't your run of the mill leather look pants. The biker inspired details chic up the pants and the placement of the details are great as well. The knee detail actually hits the knee! What a novel idea. That further speaks to accurate tall cut of the line.

THIS. JACKET. IS. SICK. Seriously. I can't say enough about. It feels like butter, has super long arms, is cut like a dream and he one of the most unique tall pieces you will find in the space of tall fashion. I am simply enamored.

Last, but certainly not least is the long sleeve jersey body. This is one of those staple pieces that will take your wardrobe to new heights. There are so many ways that you can wear it. It's a very chic foundational piece that will take your layering moments to new heights. Another thing I love about it is it's adjustable. All too often you only have one snap in the bodysuit but this one has two so you can find your level of comfort in the areas that usually ride in a bodysuit.

My hats off to Taller Than Your Average and Long Tall Sally for this outstanding tall collection. I am a big fan of both brands and am so happy to see them come together in this beautiful way. No lie, I literally want every single piece. Don't you? Just look at them!

I look forward to showing you more pieces from the breathtaking TTYA Capsule Collection for Long Tall Sally. What is your first take on the line? I can't wait to hear what you think!

Tall Scandal

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Attention Tall Gladiators...it's here!

The highly anticipated Scandal Collection, presented by The Limited, dropped today! The collection is a collaboration between actress Kerry Washington, The Limited Lead designer Elliot Staples and Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo. The collection, which includes 13 tall options, was created to inspire possibilities for ladies who lead - women just like you.

It's a beautiful collection that I can't wait to try! I am really in love with the Plaid Cape, Drape Collar Wrap Coat, Neck-Tie Blouse and Elbow Sleeve Sweater. I have a feeling that everything is going to go fast so if you know you want it, go for it sooner than later.

Check out the slideshow above to see all of the scandalous options. If you like it, click it for more details and information. What is your favorite tall piece from the Scandal Collection?

*All photos courtesy of TheLimited.com.

LTS Pop Up Shop

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I am a huge fan of pop up shops. Unfortunately for us, most of our options are online so when an opportunity pops up (pun intended) to have an actual shopping experience and try things on, I sprint to it like I was in the Olympics. Seriously. I would qualify if the finish line had a pop-up shop on the other side.

Perhaps my favorite pop up shop experience happened yesterday at the Long Tall Sally Pop Up Shop in San Francisco. I have attended one before (video HERE) but for many reasons this one was particularly special...

Photo credit: Asha Wilkerson

Photo credit: Asha Wilkerson

I arrived and was obviously super happy about it. Who wouldn't be!? I was also ready to make some purchases as well...hence the open handbag.

When you walk in, you automatically feel like the experience was made for you. Off top, the clothing looks tall. No lie. I almost felt like it looked too long because of the racks we are used to seeing but then I snapped out of it because something being too long is just a ludicrous thought that no proper tall girl should ever have.

The selection of jeans with long inseams was out of this world. I guarantee you, you won't find this many in one spot anywhere else. Click play and prepared to be amazed.

Not only did they have a great selection of clothing, they also had a selection of shoes up to size 15. Now, the shoe selection definitely wasn't as large as the clothing selection but it was still a rare opportunity to walk in and try on a pair of shoes in our size. Even if you don't walk out with a pair of shoes, it's a great way to find out your fit for future online orders.

After checking out the scene, it was off to the races! When I say my friend Asha and I tried on everything, I mean we tried on the ENTIRE pop up. It was so much fun! The arms were long enough, the skirts hit the floor, the pants covered those ankles and the outerwear was on another level. I mean, I almost didn't take the padded parka coat off. You were seriously going to see me in it for the entire fall/winter season cold or not.

Can you blame me? Just look at the tall, warm fabulousness!

And can we talk about the actual dressing room? While they definitely have private changing rooms, there was a communal dressing room with a bunch of mirrors. Now, I know that seems strange but it was a blast! Everyone was styling each other, laughing, comparing tall stories and having a good ol time.

Photo credit: Asha Wilkerson

Photo credit: Asha Wilkerson

But the real reasons why this pop up shop experience is so special, are the tall, beautiful ladies that you meet there. Every single person that I met at the pop up shop changed my life in some way, shape or form. It's amazing what can happen when we just talk to each other! Being in a room where everyone understands the gift that we were given is so incredibly powerful.

While it was amazing meeting everyone, I nearly broke into tears when I met Josie. She is the beautiful 14 year old girl on the far right. When I saw her, I immediately thought of myself at that age. She carries her height like a rock star but we all know what it's like to grow up tall. I immediately felt a connection with her and our conversation about tall life was truly a blessing that will continue to inspire me.

So when and where can you take part in this amazing experience? Check the schedule below and click for more information.

While you are there (or even when you order online) don't forget to share your experience with other tall girls out there. We need to know! Don't hold the good, bad or ugly back from your tall sisters. We must always stick together!

Happy pop up shopping tall beauties!

The Dogs That Bark

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"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." -Winston Churchill

This past weekend I was in Vegas during the Mayweather vs. Maidana fight. As you can imagine there were a ton of people in town. I mean it was packed everywhere you went. Now you know, with a lot of people, come a lot of stares and ridiculous comments. I couldn't walk 5 feet without catching someone pointing at me or hearing those loud whispers they think we are deaf to. Some people just outright screamed from across the room dang you tall girl. It was a display of tall ignorance at it's worst.

Normally I let the comments roll off my back. But I have to say for the first time in a long time it bothered me. Not annoyed me...straight made me upset and ready to lash out at every single person who did anything in reaction to my God given inches.

I was pissed.

I started calling out people, checking them and returning their rudeness with some vile rudeness of my own. I morphed into one of them for a brief moment.

How dare I let them win.

While I internally calmed myself down, I thought about the time and energy it took to reciprocate their remarks. It was a sheer waste of time and the only person it hurt was myself. My blood pressure went up, ugly words invaded my mind and spilled out of my mouth and I became what they wanted me to become.

While it was only for a brief moment, I remember when I lived life like this. I let every comment and stare feed my depression. Yes, we are all human. Yes, we will have moments. But what you must stop, RIGHT NOW, is living a life where you stop for every dog that barks.

With the gift of height, comes some challenging moments BUT the blessings far outweigh the rough patches. If you focus on the rough moments, you will live a rough life. If you focus on the blessing, you will live a blessed life. I know, I know. How cliché of me. This may be something that many people say but that doesn't make it any less true.

So stand tall, hold that head high and walk past those barking dogs with the fiercest walk possible. I guarantee you...it will silence them faster than any stone will.