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{Link Love} Shouts & Raves | Vol 2

So much is happening in the plus size world and of course I have to start with the history making Sports Illustrated cover featuring Ashley Graham. This has of course been a long time coming.

Ashley, who posted an ugly cry video on her instagram page from when she found out she would be in the issue, said that she is "Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to"



{Five Fab} Ways to Break The Winter Slog

Hey Fabs!

Am I the only one who thinks that December & January are like the sun and the moon? In December even if it's cold, everything is glitzy and festive and glam but come January, especially in the cities that really experience real winter, like here in Chicago, everything gets soooo bleak.

And that's a bummer because these cold months are the ones where we really NEED all the sparkle and bling uplifting to make it thru all the harshness.

And with the below zero temps we are having, a girl tends to be buried in layers and cloaked in dark colors and super into hibernating, which is why there has only been one OOTD post so far this month..sigh.

But it hit me the other day...I aint going out like that!  I refuse to let winter drag me down into dullsville any longer, so let Operation Break The January Slog begin.

Here are five things I will be doing:

1. Of course shaking things up via beauty is one of the easiest tweaks you can make, so I will be rocking my brightest nail polish shades, like the ones below from my pampering party & lippies and even werking some new eye shadow looks to keep things fresh and bright.


{Lifestyle} Fresh n' Lean Meal Delivery Service Review + Giveaway #Foodie

Hey Fabs!

As I have mentioned before, I am all for ways to make my crazy life easier, so I was geeked to try Fresh n' Lean meal delivery service. I love that so many of these businesses are popping up. They are a godsend, especially this time of the year.

I mean most of us have so much going on on a regular basis, so when you add to that all that the holidays bring, who has time to cook every night?  So it's nice to be able to just pop a meal in the microwave and enjoy it.


{Five Fab} Vegan Foodie Instagram Accounts You Must Follow

He Fabs!

My love for instagram is well documented and every day I find more accounts that feed my various obsessions. And since I always have food on my mind, in particular vegan food I have a lot of accounts that I stalk. Here are five of the ones that I think are fab. Oh and there is also lots of good food under my #CurvesGoneVegan hastag.

{Check out my previous instagram Fab Five post HERE}
First up is the insanely delicious page from Tilda aka FlourishingHealth, Everything on her page looks so delicious and lively. She is only 18 but her passion for vegan food is obvious. She posts lots of sweet goodies which is totally my thang. 


{Lifestyle} The Purple Carrot #Vegan Meal Delivery Service #CurvesGoneVegan

Hey Lovelies!

I drafted this post MONTHS ago & I was so excited to see The Purple Carrot on the Today Show yesterday, so I am posting this so folks can get a review from a regular girls point of view ohh & 50% off your first box! On to my review...

As I shared in my My Vegan Foodie Life Preview post, I really want to make cooking at home more of a regular part of my life but with the days flying by the way that they do, it is not always the easiest thing to do.

So, when I came across The Purple Carrot, which is a plant based, whole food meal delivery service, it felt like my cooking more at home prayers were answered and I immediately signed up to check them out.

The Purple Carrot Vegan Meal Delivery Review


Insta {My Style} Recap - Workout Gear, Shoes & More!

Mother nature has really been a buzz kill for me so while I have so much new in, I haven't had it in me to get out there and shoot so Instagram is always the place where I can share my latest easily, so that's where you will find a lot of my random things, including fashion, food and so much more.

And since it's been a while since my last Insta {My Style} post, I am sharing some new and old things from my insta with more details like where to buy, fit and more.


{Five Fab} Things To Rock The Weekend!


Last weekend I was still taking it easy and resting up my poor back after my trip to the ER and mama nature was still hating on us with crazy temps, so if I was going to leave the flat it would have been out of desperation for a peppermint mocha but other than that, I was on total hibernation status.

And while laying on the couch semi-conscious, flicking through the never ending Comcast on demand menus, I thought wouldn't it be nice to have some lists with some good recommendations for these kind of moments and that is where this post was born.

I am not sure if it will be a weekly thang but I wanted to share with you some things that I have enjoyed or still am enjoying  or want to try that I think would totally rock your weekend.


I finally watched "The Theory of Everything" and it had such a profound effect on me. Have you seen it? I don't want to drop to many spoilers but I was just struck the entire time by the story. And the MUSIC, Soundtrack by Johann Johannsson just fills me, especially the song Rowing, it's so beautiful.


{Lifestyle} My Vegan Foodie Life Preview #CurvesGoneVegan

Hey Lovelies!

I have been really working to keep my vegan foodie life as varied and delicious as possible, so I have of course ordered books, LOTS of books including Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and I pre-ordered the forthcoming Health Happy Vegan Kitchen Cookbook from one of my favorite sites, Healthy Happy Life,

But another thing that I have done because I really am serious about cooking more at home but time is usually an issue, is check out this really fab service that sends you all the raw, pre-measured ingredients you need to make plant based meals and snacks at home and I can not wait to share with you the first two meals that I made.

Stay tuned!


{Lifestyle} Vegan Shamrock Shake Smoothie #CurvesGoneVegan

As noted in my the Robert Irvine Personal Blender has changed my smoothie life post, I am seriously geeked to try as many new kinds of smoothie combos that I can think of or find that others have made.

So with St. Patrick's Day fast approaching and all things green showing up everywhere, I thought this would be the perfect time to whip up a symbolic treat.

Enter the vegan shamrock shake smoothie!


{Lifestyle} For The Love Of Smoothies #CurvesGoneVegan

I love smoothies and was seriously feeling pretty bummed that they were not a regular part of my everyday life. And being vegan now, I am really working to eat more real whole, plant based foods, so smoothies are a perfect option for doing so.

And the reason why I hadn't been making smoothies wasn't because we didn't have ingredients to make them at home because we always have fruits and greens and various nut milks in the fridge. The reason was that I just hate having to pull out the blender and even more so I HATE having to take it apart and clean it after I have used it.

Yeah, I know...first world problems.

So I to rectify this situation I purchased the Robert Irvine Personal Blender from HSN and it has changed my smoothie life!

For one, it is so small that I don't mind leaving it sitting on the counter, which is a huge thing of mine, as I hate a cluttered counter top. It is also so crazy easy to use and clean up. And it comes with 3 bottles, so if I want, I can prep my smoothies in the fridge beforehand or make additional ones for Joe or myself. And you basically make your smoothie in it and can pop a lid on it and go. So EASY!

{Five Fab} Instagram Accounts You Must Follow

Hey Lovelies!

I know I am not the only instagram-a-holic around these parts and it has been a minute since I have shared some of my favorite accounts, so I am doing so today and I think you will agree that all of these accounts are must follows.

My love of food is highly documented all over the web, so it should come as no surprise that I drool over the Food52 instagram page. They also have a great website full of recipes, cooking tools and more.


{What I Ate} and I am Joining in on #NaBloPoMo

Years ago I joined in on NaNoWriMo and started writing a book so this new (to me) blogging challenge based off of it called NaBloPoMo is something that I am excited to get into because my goal is to continually get better about sharing regular content here on le blog.

NaBloPoMo November 2014And what better season for this than now. With the holidays fast approaching, we all can sometimes get so busy that some things and in particular for me, the blog can definitely get pushed to the wayside.

So, it's day 1 of NaBloPoMo and truth be told I am writing this after a very longgggg but fulfilling day while soaking in the bath and with one eye open because I am soooooo sleepy. But I wanted to get off to a good start by getting in day 1. I mean come's the least I can do right?

And to sweeten up the post a little, I am sharing here on the blog finally that I have gone completely vegan. I say here on the blog because I have been posting about it on social media for a couple of weeks now under the hastag #CurvesGoneVegan.

More to come on this but in the meantime, here are some of the good vegan eats that I have been consuming.


{Foodie} Graze'n

CONFESSION TIME: I, Jaye Gipson am a snack-a-holic!


And of course snaking can be hazardous to your health and waistline, so when I came across graze, the healthy snacks box, I was like, wait...I can have snacks delivered to me on a regular basis? And they are healthy?

I was ALL IN!

I originally intended to take more pics of the snacks but I was so busy eating them that never happened.


{Fab Five} + A Few Things From The Weekend

Sweet Sunday morning lovelies!

Lots of open items on my to do this list & I am grateful that I am starting to feel like myself again & actually beginning to get things done. After working out, today will be spent mainly putting in some overdue work on projects.

I am so ready for Spring & I have been working to bring some really pretty pieces to Closet Fete. This necklace set & stud drop earrings are just a couple of items. I hope you will love them as much as I do {and will buy them} ;).


{Fun} Brunch With The Girls & What I Wore

I hosted a brunch this past weekend @ my boo Jonquil's flat and it was a lovely 
way to spend time with some of my fav girls.

The menu was what I like to call simple southern.  
Nutella french toast, shrimp & grits, eggs, turkey sausage and some sweet libations.


{Fab Five} Things I am Smiling About!

This Fab Five is all about things that are making me a really happy girl right now!

1. Joe is on that entrepreneur journey and home every day, so I now have a full time photographer which explains all of the outfit posts as of late. AND having a chef at home who is recipe creating and menu planning is such a BONUS because I get meals like the one below and like this and this!


My insta {Life} via the 'grams!

Lately i have been posting more pics on instagram than normal and wanted to share a few here on le blog.

This regram picture speaks to me life!!! With the exception of the stogie, me and she are HERE!!!


{fun} instagram my life

Happy Sunday!

Here are some of the fun, fab things that have shared on instagram lately...

came across these crazy shoes. would you rock them?


{fab five} loving now...movies, food & more

i am up early this sunday...gonna hit up Randolph Market then make my way back home to be domestic...lots of organizing, digging out some of my winter things...

last weekend i was so glad to just chill a bit and squeeze in a little movie time, so i
turned to netflix instant watch and ended up watching two very different yet
both very enjoyable movies...

first i watched exit's about a guy who ends up moving in 
with his girlfriend after getting evicted and it is laugh out loud 
funny and at times just plain insane...perfect for a good release...

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