Make Me Blush

Right now, I am infatuated with blush. I literally have a blush piece of clothing in every genre. So when I found some blush jeans that were long enough for us, I pounced. No literally, I attacked these jeans. They had no chance but to be in my closet. 

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And I am so glad that I did because these babies from Alloy Apparel are amazing. They come in 35" and 37" length and in sizes 3-15. In fact, Alloy just launched a curvy line that includes tall and I couldn't be more excited. It's about time a brand has us ALL covered.

Not to mention, they have just the right amount of stretch and are high waisted. I don't know about you, but I'm not really in to showing booty crack when I bend over and there is no way that you can do that in these jeans. They hit the waist just right and give you that curve that's hot like fiyah.

The top is also a tall alloy piece. I love a sheer top that actually is long enough...win-win. 

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Let's talk about these shoes. They are from Target. YES. Target goes up to a size 12 online. I found some amazing, budget friendly styles that I am going to wear all summer long. Check them out for yourself! 

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I am certain this won't be the last time you see me in blush or in something from Alloy Apparel. They are all about tall and releasing great styles daily. They really do have tall and ALL covered. Check them out and let me know what you think! 

Above the Fray

Yo. That Tall Girl is wearing glasses AND a shirt with a bunch of glasses on it. #Predictable. #MatchyMatchy.

Why yes, I certainly am because why the heck not. I mean, this shirt is the cutest and I felt like being literal. Sue me. But really these glasses are a nod to the one and only, Karl Lagerfeld.

What!?! Karl Lagerfeld hooked us up with some Tall clothes? You better believe it. Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Long Tall Sally teamed up to present a classic collection that is beautifully constructed. I love these pieces! Let's break them down shall we...

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This crispy shirt is so cute. I have dressed it up and down and gain an abundance of compliments every single time I wear it. It's long enough in the arms and not too long in the body. I know it's crazy to say that something is not too long in the body but we have all had that tall shirt that is overcut to the ankles and you can never tuck it in quite right. This one hits the body length perfectly.

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Pause for the curls! They are flourishing. Loving this line that is straight out of Oakland called Beija Flor Naturals. Check them out! The product lasts forever and my hair loves whatever is in the Maracula Milk and Creme Brulee. They also have products for the body that I am dying to try!

Now...back to the fit...

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I love a black skinny and especially one with details like the fray on these babies. The length is much appreciated, but let's give a round of applause for a tall jean option that isn't boring. I also love the amount of stretch that they have. Nowadays, I feel like jeans almost tend to have too much stretch. These hold up quite nicely but are still forgiving as you put them on. 

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THE SHOES! Listen. I love a metallic detail on a shoe. These fit amazingly however I do want to point out that the way my toes are set up, they almost make a point and are built for shoes like this. If you have a wider foot, I would recommend finding a different option. Just keeping it real. I wouldn't want you to get all excited and then have to return them:-( Been there and would never want to cause it. HOWEVER, if your foot is of the more narrow persuasion...they are lovely. Like butter really. 

  Shirt ,  Jeans  and  shoes  -  Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally  | Glasses - @opaqueeyewear | Hair - Braidout using  Beija Flor Naturals   Maracula Milk  and  Creme Brulee  (a little of both...it goes a long ways)  Photo Credit -  Lakeela Smith

Shirt, Jeans and shoes - Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally | Glasses - @opaqueeyewear | Hair - Braidout using Beija Flor Naturals Maracula Milk and Creme Brulee (a little of both...it goes a long ways)

Photo Credit - Lakeela Smith

Kudos to Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Long Tall Sally! I am a fan of this fit but i'm curious...what do you think of the line overall? Take a look and please let me know. I will be patiently waiting for your review:-)

I will also be over here waiting on my invite from Karl to walk one of his runways or slay a photoshoot. It's time for a 6'6" model to rock your creations Monsieur Lagerfeld. I am on deck and ready for the call. I'm so serious.

I Give Up

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Admittedly my love life has kind of sucked. There have been a lot of lows and some amazing moments which enabled me to completely understand what love is and why it is so important to have it in some capacity in your life. I have toiled over the reasons why it is taking me so long to find it. There have been tears, confusion and often times sheer anger that it has not come my way. I have had years of constant control along this road that have led me to one life-changing conclusion...

I don't have control over it at all.

Yes. My steering of the love ship has been fruitless because God is the one who should be steering it. While it may be His choice for me to be single, there is a reason for it and no matter what I do, His plan for my life will prevail. There isn't a worry, a moment of anger or a pit of confusion that will stop it, so why am I wasting that energy? Quite simply...

I. GIVE. UP.

That's right. I completely and totally give up the control to God. I lay it down right in front of Lord knowing that it was always yours in the first place. You have merely been waiting for the moment for me to give it to you. IT IS YOURS!

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I will not toil over it, run after it or try to figure it out. I will not plan it out in my head or orchestrate a picture in my mind of who it will be. When it comes to love, if it doesn't come from you, I don't want it. Point. Blank. Period.

I am completely open to your picture of it. I know that love will come in an unlikely package and it will be the best one that I have ever opened. God, I know that if it is in your will, it is you and you alone that will make it happen. Your will for love in my life be done.

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And really...this should translate to EVERYTHING in our lives. If God doesn't send it, return that bad boy right to the sender. He orchestrates everything in our lives for our good because we love Him. Control in everything is not yours, it is HIS.

This is undoubtedly easier said than done but try your hardest to take a breath, drop that elephant of anxiety from your chest and rest in His perfect timing.  The picture He paints is different for each and every one of us but one thing is for sure...they are ALL masterpieces. 

 SHIRT -  God is Dope  | Shoes - Target (shown in size 12, sorry out of stock,  similar HERE ) | Ankle Pants - ASOS Tall (similar  HERE ) | Crossbody - Forever 21 | Earrings -  Candid Art   Photo credit -  Lakeela Smith

SHIRT - God is Dope | Shoes - Target (shown in size 12, sorry out of stock, similar HERE) | Ankle Pants - ASOS Tall (similar HERE) | Crossbody - Forever 21 | Earrings - Candid Art

Photo credit - Lakeela Smith

A Good Fall

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If you have ever read my blog or followed me on social media, I have made no secret over the years that depression is a part of my life. It’s real, it happens, it sucks but I eventually overcome.

Currently, I am blessed to only be effected by depression in certain ways. Mainly, I just get sad and can’t shake it for a sporadic amount of time. It could be a day, a couple of days, a week or as long as a season. When it sets in, for the first couple of days I am like what is this? It’s strange. As an occurrence that I am acquainted with, you would think that I could easily detect it but it’s almost like I am in full denial that it is happening again.

When I finally realize that it’s not just a bad day, I have acquired knowledge over the years to attack it and outwardly function in it. Bible reading, sermons, a lot of calls to my Mom and a strong series of workouts all act as antidotes for me. Personally, I don’t take medication. While there is nothing wrong with it, it doesn’t sit well with me. I took it once when I was a teenager. It not only intensified the feelings, it made me feel completely out of control. I flushed those pills down the toilet and vowed to never take them again.

This current match has been nearly 5 months long. While it’s no coincidence that the last 5 months has been an unfair period of time for me, I have to look at the entire picture and pinpoint my part in it.  While medically, there are some things that are out of my control, at the end of the day, you are responsible for your overall happiness. Nobody can dictate it or put it back together for you. If you rely on someone or something to complete it, it will never be whole or real.

With this in tow, I’m taking an inventory of the ways in which I fail to take control of my happiness.

Yes. I said FAIL.

Embrace that bad boy. All of us fail in some way every. single. day. The more you run away from failure, the further away you are from making the change that will transform you into the exact person that God wants and needs you to be. We learn far more from failure than we ever will from success. Sometimes it takes a good fall to learn exactly what makes you stand the tallest.

I contribute to my unhappiness in the following ways;

FOCUS. Instead of focusing on the amazing things that are going on in my life, I tend to fixate on what I have lost. The lost things hurt my soul and I just stand there looking at them while completely ignoring the beautiful people, places and things around me. It not only sucks the happiness out of my life, it’s disrespectful to the beauty that God has placed in my life. Place all of your focus on the light and it will spread throughout your life.

DISTRACTION. When I am down, I power down. Instead of attacking with the word, fellowship, prayer and physical activity, I run to the house of Netflix. Basically, anything that deters me from working through it, I embrace. This isn’t happiness. This is denial. Anything that keeps you from overcoming is a step in the wrong direction.

PROCRASTINATION. I often prolong my sadness by delaying decisions that I know are standing in the way of the path that I am supposed to be on. Are they hard decisions? Yes. Are they essential in living my best life? Absolutely. Stop delaying the life that God promised you because you are afraid to make a decision. Seasons are to be greaduted from, not stayed in. Are you listening Alicia?

LANE SPLITTING. Are you in someone else’s lane? Completely guilty. If you are comparing yourself to others, trying to follow in anyone’s footsteps that aren’t God’s or fighting for someone to see you in the way that God does, you have inevitably taken yourself out of the game. You are no longer walking down your path yet occupying another that you will never see success in. Find respite in your lane, strive and seek God to direct all of your steps. His orchestration brings peace, light and love.

PERSPECTIVE. Alicia, your current situation isn’t the only situation. Stop making your world small by painting yourself in only one picture. God’s landscape is vast. His promises always win. Live in a lavish point of view. God isn’t small and neither are His plans for you.

Selfishly, I wrote this because I really needed to read it today but I hope that you gathered some power from the lessons that are occurring in my life.

Bring it on failure. Bring it on Depression. Little do you know, I will use both of you for my strength.  

Do you still care?

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I’m doing this post for 2 reasons…

1. This outfit is fabulous. The top and pants are straight asos tall. If you know me, you know that the asos tall line is my jam. And these shoes (enter eye bulging emoji). I am in love. They are from Smash Shoes. Again, if you know me, you know that Smash Shoes is also my jam. Quick note: order a size down in this shoe. It also comes in beige and I am here for it. Last but certainly not least...I die for these earrings! Full disclosure, my bestie makes them and she named them after me (emotional tear) but even if I didn't know her, I would buy ALL of her creations because they are fly. Actually fly doesn't even begin to describe her pieces. Don't believe me? See for yourself:-)

2. Do you care about style posts anymore?

No seriously. Be honest. I want to know.

While I will always share tall tips with you, do you still want to see what I am wearing? For me personally, I am moving into a space where my overall life is far more important than what I put on.

Gasp. Try not to fall out. Hold yourself up. It’s going to be ok.

I have a lot of life changes going on. Some amazing. Some very unpleasant. But the one thing that I know, is that the important things are being highlighted in the most vibrant way and clothing really isn’t anywhere in the top 10 right now. Do I strongly like clothing? Heck yes. Do I think I will die without it? Heck no.

So basically, I wanted to see if you were on the same wave. I feel like the Cinderella days of style blogs are over. Style posts or not, my evolution will be televised on TallSWAG. I’m going to do what I want to do, when I feel like doing it but I’m highly curious about your thoughts.

Let a tall girl know…are you still into what people are wearing? Por que?

My Self-Love Story

I am a creator on GoInspo and recently I had the opportunity to tell my Self-Love story. It is always a blessing to be able to share my path. I truly believe that the more we tell our stories, the more we change ourselves and more importantly, the lives of others. 

Self-love is so incredibly important. It all starts with the love that you have for yourself. It took me a long time to get to where I am today and I am blessed to share it once again in this video. Thanks in advance for watching!