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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

My Life: The World's Tallest Virgin

I am so excited to share this with you...MODE featured my story in their My Life series!

I am honored to have been chosen as one of the people in the series. I believe we are all built to tell our stories and should share them in any way that we can. A huge thank you to MODE for giving me this platform to share my voice.

I will let the video speak for itself (I would love to know what you think) but here is a breakdown of what I wore in the piece:

TTYA X LTS Denim Jumpsuit  - Long Tall Sally/ TTYA X LTS Bobble Trim Crop Top  - Long Tall Sally
Sports Contrast Long Sleeve Running Top  - Long Tall Sally/ Sports Fluoro Stripe Leggings  - Long Tall Sally/ LTS Rio Sneakers  - Long Tall Sally  Thank you for training me Lisa:-) Check out her amazing  BETTER BODY website!

Sports Contrast Long Sleeve Running Top - Long Tall Sally/Sports Fluoro Stripe Leggings - Long Tall Sally/LTS Rio Sneakers - Long Tall Sally

Thank you for training me Lisa:-) Check out her amazing BETTER BODY website!

L'amour De Hauteur Shirt - Height Goddess /Skinny Jeans - The Buckle  Candice is always there for me...check out her awesome accessories line  CANDID ART !

L'amour De Hauteur Shirt - Height Goddess/Skinny Jeans - The Buckle

Candice is always there for me...check out her awesome accessories line CANDID ART!

Kacy Maxi Dress  - Height Goddess/ Heart Necklace  - Candid Art/Hat - Forever 21

Kacy Maxi Dress - Height Goddess/Heart Necklace - Candid Art/Hat - Forever 21

Marilyn Dress - Alloy Apparel Tall /Pumps - Jessica Simpson  I work with some amazing photographers and  Meg Russ  is one of them.  Check out her website HERE.

Marilyn Dress - Alloy Apparel Tall/Pumps - Jessica Simpson

I work with some amazing photographers and Meg Russ is one of them. Check out her website HERE.

High Rise 38" Leather Skinnies  - Amalli Talli/ Tall Bodysuit  - TTYA London/ Tall Vest  - ASOS/Shades and necklace - Forever 21

High Rise 38" Leather Skinnies - Amalli Talli/Tall Bodysuit - TTYA London/Tall Vest - ASOS/Shades and necklace - Forever 21

Tall Bodysuit - TTYA London /Skirt - H&M/Shoes - Payless/Necklace - Forever 21

Tall Bodysuit - TTYA London/Skirt - H&M/Shoes - Payless/Necklace - Forever 21

Last but certainly not least... hair and makeup by Nikki Notarte . My ride or die!

Last but certainly not least...hair and makeup by Nikki Notarte. My ride or die!

Thanks again to MODE and everyone who made this possible. I appreciate everything that you do for me to share my voice and stand tall every day, in every way!

Ibena Love

Ibena Laser-Cut pump   - Eleanor Anukam Footwear  (shown in size 12)/Coat - Next Tall/Dress and Ring - Forever 21/Oversized Metallic Clutch - Target/ Hair - Perfect Locks    Photo Credit: Meg Russell Photography

Ibena Laser-Cut pump - Eleanor Anukam Footwear (shown in size 12)/Coat - Next Tall/Dress and Ring - Forever 21/Oversized Metallic Clutch - Target/Hair - Perfect Locks

Photo Credit: Meg Russell Photography

When you come across a new shoe line that is just for us...you must scream it from the rooftops! Well...

ELEANOR ANUKAM FOOTWEAR IS HERE!!!

Girl...let me tell you. The new shoe line from Eleanor Anukam comes in sizes 9-13 and is hot on another level. Not only does the line have these beautiful laser-cut pumps, they also have an array of fashion forward styles in both heels and flats and are constructed in the highest of fashion. I could go on for days about the craftsmanship however this video shows you better than I could ever explain it...

Wasn't that just breathtaking? Side note: These green babies are next on my list followed by the same pair in all black.

My first pair are the Ibena Laser-Cut pumps in nude (also comes in black). They are showstoppers. You really don't have to wear much with them because they are the outfit. From the detail to the perfect neutral color to the fit, these pumps pack a tall style punch. 

Upon first wear there was a little discomfort (that new-shoe moment) but it quickly went away and I fiercely walked all over the place in them. As you can see, when I wear them, I rock simple pieces with clean lines because the shoes really do speak for themselves. I am in serious love with the Ibena and the entire Eleanor Anukam Footwear line. They are crazy good, in our size and made impeccably well...what's not to like? Side Note: The box they come in is sturdy, pretty and enclosed is a durable shoe bag. You have to appreciate a shoe line that pays attention to all of the details!

So that is the skinny on an exciting new footwear line that is awesome enough to make shoes in sizes 9-13. I hope you like them as much as I do! So...what do you think?

Seeing Red

Spring is definitely peeking though (and we love her) but until she is here for good, I have been spending the last chilly days I have in casual chic style.

I will always rock a fierce heel but when I work a lot (which seems like always nowadays), I tend to gravitate towards low-key looks in my downtime.

Today's outfit is a perfect example of casual meeting chic. It's completely comfy with an edge. The longline vest (which can be dressed up or down), gives the all black a pinch of drama and the pop-of-red Jordans pull the whole look together. The oversized clutch really wasn't strategically planned. I simply picked it because a bag wouldn't flow but I had a lot of stuff to carry that day. 

Now you may notice that I am wearing my trusty Long Sleeve Jersey Body from the TTYA x Long Tall Sally collection and that is because I wear it with everything! It's one of those famed, basic pieces that you can layer with pieces that are not necessarily tall (like the longline vest). Invest in the basics and you will unlock a whole new wardrobe!

So that's my version of casual-chic dahling...what do you rock in your downtime beautiful?

The Infamous Tunic

Two Pocket Tunic Shirt - Long Tall Sally /Midi Skirt - Forever 21/Peep Toe Booties - Payless/Crossbody Clutch - Thrifted/Hat - Key West Hat Company of New Orleans/Cross Necklace - Nordstrom/Chain Necklace - Forever 21/Bracelet - Charlotte Russe  Photo Credit:  YBowyer Photography

Two Pocket Tunic Shirt - Long Tall Sally/Midi Skirt - Forever 21/Peep Toe Booties - Payless/Crossbody Clutch - Thrifted/Hat - Key West Hat Company of New Orleans/Cross Necklace - Nordstrom/Chain Necklace - Forever 21/Bracelet - Charlotte Russe

Photo Credit: YBowyer Photography

Ah. The infamous tunic. You know...the shirt that is supposed to go past your booty but usually ends up just looking like a typical shirt on us. Yep. That tunic.

Well, today I have a real, tall tunic that shatters all of your tunic disappointments. It fits just like a bonafied, tried and true tunic should. Long, with long arms and full booty coverage. Cha-ching my tall friend!

The Two Pocket Tunic Shirt is one of the new arrivals in the Long Tall Sally Spring Collection. I am obviously in love with the fit, but also the versatility and vibrant color. This season, blue has in many ways become the new black so you can rock it in many different ways with many different colors and patterns.

I love pairing blue and black together and stripes are my jam right now so I whipped up this look and absolutely love it. And before I get any comments...yes...this is the hat you have seen in like 3 of my other posts. Listen, I wear things more than once (gasp). In addition, I have a rather large head which makes selecting hats a difficult task. Thus, when I find one that works, I rocketh it ofteneth.

I also have to talk about this crossbody clutch. I found the actual clutch at a used bag place in Oakland for $6.99. It had an ugly rope handle, so me with my DIY self, cut it off and replaced it with black chain and clasps. I love it because you can adjust the length really easily with the clasps and, well, it looks cool.

I really want to say something else whitty but it's 1amish and I am one tired tall girl so I leave you to sleep and have sweet dreams. Smooches!

Pretty in the City

Mini Dress - ASOS Tall/Faux Fur - WAYF via Nordstrom/Shoes - Nine West/Neck Piece - Forever 21/Bracelets - Charlotte Russe/Tights - Hanes/Clutch - Thrifted   Photo Credit: YBowyer Photography

Mini Dress - ASOS Tall/Faux Fur - WAYF via Nordstrom/Shoes - Nine West/Neck Piece - Forever 21/Bracelets - Charlotte Russe/Tights - Hanes/Clutch - Thrifted

Photo Credit: YBowyer Photography

I feel pretty,

oh so pretty.

I feel pretty and whitty and bright!!! (in my Julie Andrews voice)

This outfit has me all giddy y'all. I mean, what girl doesn't want to prance around The City in a frilly dress, fab heels and a faux fur coat??? This Tall Girl does and did.

Last weekend my friend was having a little soiree in San Fran so I hopped on the Alameda ferry and floated right over. As you can imagine it was chilly (and it's always a bit windy in SF) so I opted for tights instead of bare legs. I also thought it added a pinch of glam to the look.

I absolutely love everything in the pink-blush family right now and this dress definitely hit the color mark. I paired the pink with greys to keep the whole look soft. And don't you just love the tall-short length? It's definitely showing some leg (as we should) but we would also be showcasing some buns too without the tall ASOS cut of this mini frock.

The shoes take the glam meter up a notch as well because of the t-strap. It's a nod to those proper times where bustles were très chic.

Last but certainly not least, my neck was definitely frosted out cubic zirconia style (fake it til you make it boo) courtesy of the one and only Forever 21. I am pretty sure I put one of the owners kids through college with all of the accessories I have purchased over the years (a bit over the top, but you get my drift). You just can't beat the chic options and price points.

We had a fabulous time but it really didn't matter in the end because...I felt so dang pretty!

So dress in what makes you feel giddy and have some fun this weekend! I will be mad at you if you don't and nobody likes a mad Alicia;)