#NashvilleCurves presents Kearsten

Kearsten is a recent college graduate with a mission to make a big impact in the health industry as a nurse. As the youngest member of #NashvilleCurves Class of 2017 it’s amazing to see her evolution as a voice in Nashville’s plus size community! Confidence is created when we are faced with our greatest truth. Read Kearsten’s story below. Be inspired to be a confidence creator in the lives of young women around you.

Name, Age: Kearsten, 22

What do you do, why do you do it?
I’m a Class of 2017 graduate of the Illustrious and historic Fisk University. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a part of healthcare in any capacity. I currently work as a CNA for while working towards obtaining my Master’s of Science in Nursing. As of late, it’s becoming more evident that I need to do more in pursuing plus size modeling as these types of opportunities have been presenting themselves. But…we’ll see *birdman hand rub*

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”
Honestly, this happened for me fairly recently. All through college, I would steer clear of social events or being visible period because I wasn’t 100% comfortable with my size. This meant I didn’t like how I looked in certain clothing which led to me thinking I had nothing to wear so now I don’t have to go anywhere . . . yay. Closer to the end of my undergraduate years, out of nowhere really, I gained this confidence and adopted a mindset that allowed me to step out of my shell and be who I genuinely was. That meant being comfortable with ALL that God has blessed me with.

Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?
I’ve never been skinny in my life except for like once when I was like 3! So, I’ve always had people comment about my size; especially family that you haven’t seen in forever. After my first year of college, not gonna lie, I gained a scary amount of weight. I remember, in 2014, when my uncle came to pick up my brother and I to go to our family reunion in Cincinnati. This was the first time he had seen me since I graduated high school. Literally, the first thing he said was “Wow, freshman 50?” It really hurt at that time but I just laughed it off.

Out of nowhere really, I gained this confidence and adopted a mindset that allowed me to step out of my shell and be who I genuinely was.

What would you tell your YOUNGER curvy self?
Literally, I would say “Girl, stop trippin! Thick thighs save lives.”

When you were asked to do a bathing suit shoot, what was your first reaction?
“This is mad dope. She did this last year and it was FIRE. I’m gonna get to smize and stuff.” Then, reality set in. “Girlllll, you’ve never done anything like this before and why’d she pick me of all people?” But I remembered Melissa commenting under a picture from a photo shoot I did for my birthday back in March saying she had something in mind for me to do . . . .this was it. Needless to say, it was indeed mad dope.

What’s your favorite store to shop at and why? (local, online, vintage/thrift, etc)
Goodwill, Forever 21, and Target are my road dogs. I like Torrid because they have cute shoes for people like me with big feet and wide calves. Locally, I like shopping at Styles Boutique. My go to online stores are Fashion to Figure and Rebdolls.

I love that more and more people are seeing natural curves as beauty and something to be embraced as opposed to being shamed or scorned.

Tell us about one item in your closet you’ll never let go of?
I will never let go of my red blazer so long as she does right by me. Also, everybody has a pair of converse; I love my white ones.

Describe your favorite summer look?
I’m loving the off-the-shoulder trend. Whether it’s a sundress, blouse and shorts, romper or what have you, I’m for it.

What does Nashville need to add to its CURVE APPEAL?
I love that more and more people are seeing natural curves as beauty and something to be embraced as opposed to being shamed or scorned. I think that creating a vibe of community among thick chicks is vital which is why I appreciate efforts like Nashville Curves Plus Size Meetup and other events that cater to thick thighs, wide hips, big butts, and all luscious lumps.

You can find Kearsten on Instagram as @ogkearsten

Click the links below to shop Kearsten’s Look:

#NashvilleCurves presents Derika

Some know her as Derika, others know her as DD, but I guarantee, after reading her profile, you’ll want to call her friend! This Nashville entrepreneur tells us how therapy helped her be ‘ok’ with her and allowed her to cultivate the confidence to experience a more enriched life! 

Name, Age: Derika, 32

What do you do, why do you do it?
I’m a typical left-brained person. Very logical, analytical and solution driven. So naturally when I identify a problem, I can’t wait to find a solution and fix it, even the hard stuff. After being bored, almost to death, with corporate America I decided to start a boutique software development company (@madebyamaven) a couple years ago. Now I get to collaborate with talented people from all over the world to create custom software solutions for businesses. It’s pretty dope!

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”
I started going to therapy a few years back while mourning the death of a friend. I didn’t realize it then, but this was one of the best decisions I ever made. I didn’t expect to discover that I had subconsciously convinced myself that certain goals were unattainable for me because I was over a certain size. Removing that mental block changed everything, leaving me open to more experiences, more opportunities, more LIFE!

“I’m a typical left-brained person. Very logical, analytical and solution driven!”

Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?
Most of my insecurities about my weight came from comments that were said to me as a child. So, I did the only thing I knew how to do at the time; shrink. I spent a lot of time and money in therapy coming back from some of the shame that was, most likely, unintentionally placed in me when I was compared to my slimmer brother and cousins. This is what society does to anyone that does not fit “the mold.”

What would you tell your YOUNGER curvy self?
Your self-worth is not determined by your size.

When you were asked to do a bathing suit shoot, what was your first reaction?
I was excited because I’ve never done anything like this before. I think answering this questionnaire was the scariest part! lol

What’s your favorite store to shop at and why? (local, online, vintage/thrift, etc)
I don’t really have a favorite. I like unique pieces so I randomly pick up things here and there.

“Your self worth is not determined by your size!” – Dericka
Tell us about one item in your closet you’ll never let go of?
I’m the only girl on both sides of my family so I get a lot of really nice hand me downs from my mom, aunt and grandmother. Everything from my grandmother comes with a story that includes where she was and what she was doing back in the day that makes it priceless. I’ll never part with any of those items.

Describe your favorite summer look?
I love to have my shoulders out so I love the off the shoulder tops and dresses, and swim suits! 😉

What does Nashville need to add to its CURVE APPEAL?
I’d love to see @curvycurlyconscious make a stop in Nashville!

Follow Derika on Instagram under @pettyDD and her business account, @madebyamaven

SHOP for Derika’s Look: Click here to purchase the one piece, black off-the-shoulder swimsuit by Tempt Me Womans. Click here to purchase the tribal print, one-piece cut out suit. Purchase glasses at Sunnyband Sunnies

Shot by T. Denisa Photography

Nashville Coffee with Brewpass


Who loves coffee??! Like, everyone, right? That’s why I’m excited to collaborate with Brewpass! Brewpass is a coffee subscription app that helps you to DRINK LOCAL and SAVE MONEY! If you drink coffee on the daily, you know it can be expensive. Brewpass helps you to stay on budget by allowing you to pay a monthly price to drink coffee.  Brewpass boasts four monthly plans that can save you up to $1000 a month; starting at $14.99 a month!

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EVENT: Finding Ashley Stewart Nashville Plus Size Model Search

Plus-Size retailer, Ashley Stewart is looking for the an amazing woman to be their next model! Is that you? On Saturday, August 12, at 1pm the Ashley Stewart team will host a plus-size fashion show and model search at The Mall at Green Hills. 

The event starts at 1p, but model registration begins at 12p. Participants are asked to come READY TO SLAY. That means, have you makeup done, your outfit selected, and an amazing attitude! I’ll be in the building to help choose a winner! I’m so excited to see what Nashville has to offer! 12 semi-finalists will walk the runway, receive a $50 gift certificate from Ashley Stewart, and receive a super swag bag sponsored by Creme of Nature and IMAN cosmetics. 

Don’t want to rock the runway? No worries! Come join the audience, and cheer for your fave. There will be tons a giveaways, prizes, and amazing fun. This is truly a great time for curvy Nashville to unite … with style! I hope to see YOU there! 

#15MinsofFAB: Staying in your lane! 

This week on the #15MinutesofFab Facebook Livestream I’ll be discussing: fashion, blogging, and staying in your lane. I’ve had so many people asking me, “How do you like blogging full-time? How have you found your niche?” 

Have you asked yourself these questions? Are you trying to start a style blog? Let’s talk about it! Leave your comments below and join me live on Facebook and Instagram. 

#15minutesofFAB – Staying in your lane

Every Monday, 6p CST, I jump on Facebook Live (then on Instagram) to discuss life, style, & blogging with my Fab Family! Tune in every week for a little slice of my life and some advice from an old lady in the game. Lol! I’ll answer your questions every week in a friendly chat. Let’s have fun! 

MOTIVATION: Where to start?

When you don’t know where to start, just go to a place you miss so much.” – Unknown

It might sound crazy to start a ‘Motivation’ piece with the topic of confusion, but some of my best motivating moments were born when I was most confused. After quitting my job, this summer has been all about confusion. When I thought I was on the right path, the universe sent me several curveballs. Basically, it ain’t that easy. 

It felt like I almost needed to start again. Then, I was blessed with this new website design, and my passion for blogging and telling my story was reignited. As the quote above suggests, I needed to go to the place I missed so much. For me, it was the blog. Just telling my story and using my words. 

When I started blogging, you didn’t have to have professional photos, know the latest in technology, or fight the machine that is instagram. Interest was organic and people were drawn to the simple story of your life. Whether you told that story through cooking, fashion, making music, or even bird whatching, there was an audience for you. Everyone had a lane.

Often, when I’m asked about starting a blog,  people point out the superficial: the free stuff, the photos, and the attention. Listen, it comes. But don’t let the pursuit of those things distract you from telling your story. There has to be a reason that you want to share your life with the world … and it need to be more than a free ticket to Disney Land. Find your lane, help your tribe. 

So that’s my suggestions for this week. Think about the place you miss so much (literally or figuratively). Why do you miss it? Why did you leave? How can you center yourself enough to share your story and help others? The motivation you need is found in clearing your path! 

Have a FAB week! 

City Winery has new Summer Fare

You should already know that City Winery is one of my favorite places in Nashville. So when the team at City Winery invited me to taste their new menu, you know I had to say “yes!”. When they sent the photos for me to review, I had to share with you! Guys, this food looks so BOMB! The chef at City Winery strives to source local food & produce to create these amazing dishes.

Take a look at some of the new dishes below. Tomorrow, Lia from Lia Went Where, and I are gonna try some of these tasty meals and drinks. I love hooking up with my blogger boos to experience new stuff.  Stay tuned to our social media platforms to see us experience the summer menu. On Friday, I’ll have a full review on the tasty new summer menu at City Winery.

Black Hawk Farm Burger

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Blueberry Cake-CityWinery-Fabglance

HELLO AUGUST! What’s new on FabGlance?

Hello August! Hey girl, when did YOU get here? Seems like I was just wishing for warm weather, now I’m hoping the summer will stay around a bit longer. And it will, because I live in Tennessee. We won’t feel the chill of cool air until October. So, let’s just bask in the HOT glory! 

Anyway, what’s going on with Fabglance this month? Let’s see:

  • Thanks for your comments on the new blog layout! Please be patient as we are continuing to work out the bugs of migrating EIGHT YEARS worth of posts to a new server. Forgive me if a link doesn’t go where it’s supposed to go. 
  • The #NashvilleCurves Swimsuit Shoot will drop on August 14th! I gave you a sneakpeek yesterday and that’s not even 10% of the awesomeness we have on deck! Can’t wait for you to meet these ladies!
  • We have one month left for you to join the #ShowYourArms Squad! Just tag any pic on social media with the hashtag and help promote body positivity all summer! Photos are featured on my Instagram every Thursday and Friday! 

  • Did you know that ASHLEY STEWART, one of the country’s top plus-size retailers is coming to NASHVILLE! They are bringing their model search & fashion show to the Mall at Green Hills on August 12th! I’m a VIP correspondent for the event so you know I’ll keep you posted on the amazingness! I better see you there! CLICK HERE to RSVP
  • I have a couple collaborations this month! I’m most excited about my partnership with BrewPass! Brewpass is a coffee service that allows you to save money if you buy coffee EVERYDAY! For a monthly fee you can get as much coffee as you’d like, from local coffee shops. You know I have a coupon code for you! Use the code ‘FABLOVESCOFFEE‘ to get $10 off membership or off an a la carte item!
  • Oh yeah, BE MY GUEST, is coming back! There are some great music events at City Winery that I’ll have tix for! Make sure to sign-up for my newsletter to get details on free shows! 

That’s about it … for right now! New posts go up weekly, check back daily for fun fashion info. What are you doing this month? Let’s talk about it on the comments section! 

SNEAKPEEK: #NashvilleCurves Class of 2017

The #NashvilleCurves, Class of 2017, is about to make their debut! Last year, I had the bright idea to invite some of Nashville’s most beautiful plus-size influencers to do a Swimsuit Shoot. The response was amazingly overwhelming! I knew I had to do it again!

This year I selected four Curvy women who are influencers, bloggers, college graduates, and beautiful individuals. In the next couple weeks you’ll learn about each woman, her goals, and how she uses her curves to inspire others! Oh yeah, and we look hella good in our bathing suits!

Special shout out to T. Denisa Photography for shooting this campaign! She’s amazing behind the lens. She has a great way of shooting the female form that’s fierce and graceful!

Another shout out to Sunny, Sunny Band for supplying the location AND our amazing sunglasses!

STYLE: It’s #NationalLipstickDay! 

Rocking, RUBY WOO, one of my faves!

I had to pop in to let you know that today, July 29, 2017, is NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY! Listen, I don’t know who comes up with the fun holidays, but I’m here for celebration. Apparently, so is MAC cosmetics! In celebration of #NationalLipstickDay, MAC is giving away a FREE full size lipstick to any customer who comes in the store, no purchase necessary! (while supplies last, participating stores only)
MATTE ROYAL, by MAC is a fave too!

I love a good lipstick! Sometimes that’s all you need to make your day a bit brighter! You better RUN to your nearest MAC counter and get you a good one! Let me know which is your favorite lipstick, in the comments section. 
(Source: MAC cosmetics, twitter)