Colorful Gallery Wall With Framers Pointe

Ever since we redecorated our loft (Cloudland) earlier this year, there has been one huge  empty wall in the living room.

I made a yarn tassel garland as a placeholder to temporarily bring all the colors in the room together, but I always knew that I wanted to do something more fun!

I’ve partnered with Framers Pointe to create an epic gallery wall inspired by my Instagram feed. Framers Pointe is a online only custom framing site. They have frames, art prints and customizable functional decor like dry-erase, chalkboards and cork! The pricing is pretty reasonable and they have free shipping and returns, which totally makes the whole process way less stressful.

For the gallery wall, I decided to get a bunch of photos framed and printed on canvas. The process was easy enough… you just upload an image and choose whether you want it printed on canvas or as a regular photo. If you want the print framed, there are over 40 framing options to chose from. I opted for a simple gold frame (“Artisan Gold”)  that would work with all of the gold accents in the space.

Since the gallery wall was inspired by my Instagram feed, most of the photos that I got printed were taken with my iPhone. You will want pay close attention to the size and resolution of the original image when choosing what size you’d like your print to be. My prints ranged in size from 8×7 for the some of the canvas to framed prints as large as 24×36. Everything arrived carefully packaged and in perfect condition. Each of the frames came with a little kit that had almost everything you needed to hang them. The only additional items you really need are hammer and nails.

I used about a dozen framed photos and a dozen printed on canvas to cover most of a 12 by 12 foot wall. I wanted the wall to be colorful and fit the fun and upbeat vibe of our living room area and home, so I picked a mix images of objects and fun pics of Sal and I (and our pups of course)!

When uploading my original images and choosing the print sizes, I tried to keep a running total of the square footage of each print, but I didn’t really do any further planning beyond that.

This was both Sal and my first time installing a gallery wall or really hanging frames of any sort… so there was definitely a learning curve. But we followed the instructions that came along with the little kits and got the hang of things rather quickly. (lol see what I did there 😉

(And by “we” I mean that Sal did all the heavy lifting and I chose the photos and told him where to put what)  I totally recommend doing this with 2 people if possible! Especially if hanging anything large and heavy or high up.

Overall I am totally happy with my gallery wall and my experience with using Framers Pointe. I love the way all of the prints jazz up the space and and another interesting layer of texture to the room.

I did however underestimate how jarring it would be to see a 3 foot tall photo of myself in print lol… definitely a lot bigger than my phone screen 😉

A Dozen Cute Things at Modcloth Right Now!

The holidays are officially in full swing… which means it’s time for gift giving, getting cozy and dressing up and Modcloth has everything you need to do it all!  Here are 12 super cute things from Modcloth (in no particular order) available right now!

1.  Cute Floral Frock: I love this dress! I had 3 inches taken off and ever since its been one of my favorites!

 

2.  Unicorn Mug: I’ll only be drinking out of this unicorn mug from now on!

 

3. Sheep pushpin holder:  Literally the cutest pushpin holder I’ve ever seen

4. Black Dog dress: This is the same dress as #1 but in a different print. The dress was so nice I bought it twice! (I had this one altered too)

 

5.  Unicorn Onesie: There are a lot of unicorn onesies out there, but I really love this color combo, plus it looks super cozy!

6.  Blush  bow blouse: This pink top looks so cute layered under my floral dress… its also pretty fab with jeans or a skirt.

7.  Silver pleated skirt: I LIVE for a short pleated skirt! I want this one in every color!

8. Unicorn collar pin: Add to a cozy cardigan or crisp collar for instant magic!

9. Emerald green maxi dress: This dress is giving  spring in the winter time vibes, plus its super comfortable… obvi a must!

 

10. Chiffon shirtdress: Ive learned one thing fro trying to curate a closet full of cute…. When you see a cute dress covered in candy and sweets you buy it! There are candy canes, but I’d still wear it after Christmas.

11. Donut socks: I have a lot of socks, but none are this cute when they’re rolled up; such a clever idea and it would make a great gift.

12. Unicorn bag: I love this take on a unicorn cross body! The face is so cute and those pom poms! *gasp*

Two Cute Date Night Dresses (Featuring Modcloth)

I partnered with Modcloth to share a couple of cute dresses that are perfect for Date night (or any night). I’ve been married to my husband Salvatore for almost a decade, but theres’ still something so special about our date nights. We work together running our business Studio Mucci, which often bleeds deep into our personal time. When we finally get the chance to step away from work and spend some quality time together, I like to look extra cute 😉

Now, I love Modcloth dresses, but I get especially excited when I find ones that fall above the knee that feature cute prints and figure flattering silhouettes.  Since its still like 1,000 degrees here in LA, it seems like I’ll be twirling  my short dresses right into the New year (No complaints here)!   Anyway, these two frocks definitely fit the bill. (And one of them is even black! Gasp!)

Little Black Velvet Dress:

Even a unicorn like me needs a LBD! I love that while this dress is black, its definitely not basic. This Velvet Burnout Shirt Dress with Neck Tie is an easy dress to wear for a more  special night out.

I paired it with sparkling sneakers and The Reel Deal Bag (also from Modcloth). With it’s rich fabric and bow tie neck, this dress is festive enough for holiday parties too, and super comfortable!

Polkadots and Ponies: 

You had me at ponies! Honestly, what is a pony but a horn-less unicorn? This Mesh Detail A-Line Shirt Dress provides the perfect balance between well put-together and effortlessly flirty… which is exactly how I want to look at pretty much all times, but especially on date night!

Throw on some pink shiny flats and a cross-body and you’re ready for wherever the evening takes you. It’s also super cute layered with a cardigan or denim jacket.

Catching Feelings For Fall With ModCloth

Fall is here! And while everyone else is planning their halloween costumes and o-d-ing on pumpkin flavored everything, I’m typically clinging to my summer wardrobe and trying to decide how early is “too early” to start putting up Christmas decorations.

I wouldn’t say that I hate fall, but its definitely been my least favorite season for as long as I could remember.  Tbh, if it wasn’t for my love of candy corns and my birthday which happens to be on Thanksgiving  I would just “skip” fall altogether.

But just like the seasons, somehow I think my feelings towards fall are finally starting to change… and with all the cute offerings from ModCloth, I will have plenty of playful looks to celebrate my new found affinity for what I used to call “pre Christmas”  lol 

Here are two of the most falliest outfits I’ve ever worn. And if you’re a spring/ summer lover like me, maybe these will get you into the swing of things.

I like to call this outfit my “Casual Pumpkin Patch” look. These photos were taken at Disneyland but I couldn’t imagine a better thing to wear whilst picking out the perfect  “watermelon of fall”.

It all started with this adorable pumpkin print blouse

I initially wanted to style it with a rich jewel-tone colored skirt,  but when I saw these velvety peacock blue overalls, I knew they’d be the perfect pairing! I pulled the look together with fuchsia chucks, minnie mouse ears and this cute pumpkin crossbody bag. 

So for this next outfit, I have to warn you…things get pretty dark! I was really feeling the witchy vibes. And I figured if I was really going to commit to this fall thing, I needed to add more black clothing to my collection and thus what I like to call the “Spooky Spice” look was born.

If this Modcloth “Record Time A-line Dress” doesn’t scream spooky but cute but spooky, I don’t know what does.

This is such a versatile dress that you can totally wear in 70 degree L.A. weather or layer it up if you’re in a place that actually has seasons.

I love a good Fair Isle holiday sweater so I figured this one with skulls would totally increase the creepy factor.

Fall or not, I’m still me, so I had to add at least one pop of color to balance all of this black and white and I figured a classic red accent was the best way to go.  These little red canvas sneakers are also from ModCloth. You can find my spooky bat bag here 

 

While you wont find me gushing over chunky knits, rolling around in pile of leaves or drinking gallons of PSL anytime soon (or ever! Lets be real here). I am so here for all of the fun novelty prints and channeling my inner witch. I mean…  thanks to Modcloth  I did totally double the amount of black clothes in my closet (from two to four).   Lets see if all the cute clothes and fall festivities will keep me distracted long enough to keep my pink christmas tree in storage until after Halloween.

*This blogpost was made in collaboration with ModCloth.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black (While Battling Bulimia.)

The first time that I told my mother that I had an eating disorder was during a therapy session while I was in treatment. I shared that I had been purging since I was 12 and how hard its all been dealing with everything…. I was raw and vulnerable, pouring out my guts and telling all of my painful secrets. Meanwhile, my mother maintained her “we’re in front of company” voice… you know, the one you might hear had she been on a job interview or conducting business over the phone. I could tell how hard it was for her to hear these things for the first time, in front of a stranger, but I had to say the words. I had to tell her “I’m not okay” over and over so that it could be real for the both of us. But we were there in front of my therapist (read nice white girl that seemed a little young) in a nice room, so the best that I could get from my mom was nice. I ugly cried and she was nice, I screamed at her at the top of my lungs (because I clearly must have forgotten myself ) and she continued to be nice, barely raising her voice.

Black girls don’t have eating disorders, at least not in my family. We may eat too much or feel insecure about our weight, but its not really that big of a problem, certainly not an illness. No one ever said those words to me but somehow they were an unspoken part of my narrative, so much so that when I started binging and purging as a preteen I didn’t think anything of it. I was a chubby black girl in a family full of appropriately curvy women and according to my mom “ I was beautiful no matter how much I weighed”

Bulimia just about destroyed my life in every way. I dropped out of high school because I was always “sick” and couldn’t keep up with my advanced classes. By the time I was 17 I had my GED and resolved to make up for my failure by excelling in community college… But bulimia prevailed yet again. And again when I was in my early 20s and could barely keep a job. I lived a secret life of shame, even after I began sharing a home with my now husband, I kept my other life hidden. Thats what it had become, a second life where I hid food like like a junky stashing heroine and binged until I couldn’t move all so I could feel that release. Purging was like a drug and I stayed high as a bird. Until one day I found myself standing on the ledge of a building with no wings preparing to leap. It wasn’t until I came crashing to the ground that day (because a stranger grabbed me before I could jump) that I truly knew I was sick.

Im sharing this because when I was 12 or 16 or 22, reading the story of an actual black girl that not only had an eating disorder but fought for her life and won could have changed things for me. I won because I’m still alive and fighting every single day. I have real problems and stress and hard times but I never disappear back into the secret shame. I talk about it, I air it out so that it doesn’t grow like mold in the familiar darkness and and infect my entire life again. I’m a magical Black girl, a unicorn, an artist and entrepreneur a creative thinker and a survivor and I am in my 6th year of recovery from bulimia.

If you can relate to any of this, please don’t give up. Please don’t let the shame convince you that this is your fault. This is an illness and a deadly one that thrives in the darkness.  Air it out, let some light in… If I can do it, I know you can too.

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Plus Size Lookbook Modcloth Spring 2017

If you love colorful dresses, fun prints, whimsical novelty bags and shiny shoes, then you’ve found the right blog! Since the previous sentence pretty much describes my entire closet, places like Modcloth have become among my favorite! They are known for their vintage inspired flair, but I think the best thing about is their clothes is their sense of humor. Did I mention that most of the clothes are available from sizes XS to 4X?!  If you’re plus size (like me) you know that words like “fun” and “good fit” are still too rarely mentioned in the same sentence when it comes to fashion.

So if you’re new to Modcloth, or even if you frequently shop their site, I have put together a little lookbook featuring some of my favorite pieces that are perfect for spring(or all year round). Scroll to the bottom of each look and click to shop!

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To see these outfits in action, check out my video and don’t forget to subscribe!

Fun With Frank Body: Coffee Scrub and Face Range Review

Lets be Frank….  my constantly evolving ability to beat my face has definitely lead me to neglect my skin more than I should. So I’ve decided that 2017 is the year that I will focus more on whats going on underneath the makeup.

I’ve been a fan of Frank Coffee Scrub ever since the first time I tried it on my sensitive dry skin a few years ago.

Shortly thereafter, I started to try it on my face and the fandom quickly turned into an obsession.

It left my skin soft, glowing and feeling like new. I mean you could see a visible difference almost immediately after use.

I loved it, but it wasn’t the most convenient product to work into  a face regimen for daily or even every other day use… I mean It’s kind of a mess, which would probably be my only negative feedback for the scrub.

But the the brand totally revels in the idea of getting dirty before you get clean, so I knew what I was getting myself into 🙂 In fact, thats one of the reasons why I tried the scrub o begin with! Frank Body just seemed like a brand that liked to have fun, and honestly thats what I’m all about!

I continued to use the scrub and body balm (which I completely recommend for anyone with sensitive rash prone skin) on an as needed basis.

When they finally came out with products specifically for your face  (I think they’ve been out for more than a year or so now) I knew I had to try! I ordered the Sweet Cheeks Kit lickity split! The kit comes with the creamy face cleanser, face scrub and  everyday moisturizer.

Honestly, it did not disappoint! Much like my experience with the original coffee scrub, my skin was glowing, well moisturized and noticeably softer after just one use.

You can see more about the my experience with the face range in the video below (Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel)

Check out Frank’s cheeky Instagram @frank_bod (expect lots of pink, playfulness and pretty girls)

Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what you think about the products! Be sure to follow me on Instagram as there will be a Frank Body giveaway very soon!

Positive Rainbow Vibes With Rainbow OPTX

Amina Rainbow BackpackI always try to surround myself with as many rainbows as possible. I’ve always found color to be such a powerful source of positivity and happiness. So naturally when I discovered the these cute shades in rainbow colors by Rainbow OPTX, I was eager to try!

Amina Magenta Rainbow Optx

I received 2 full sets in the wayfarer and heart frames… can you guess which one is my favorite?!

Amina Rainbow Optx Green Heart Frames
I am OBSESSED with the heart frames!!!

They come in 10 beautiful colors, each with a different affirmation and focus to help shift your perspective based on what you need more of in your life.Rainbow Optx color therapy My personal favorite would have to be (surprise surprise) the rose colored lenses… They focus on love and help you purify, open, uplift and awaken and they also make everything you see feel happy and warm…. kind of like your eyes are getting a hug 🙂

Amina Black lipstick rainbow optx rose heart shades

Pink Flatlay Rainbow OptxAmina Rose color therapy sunglasses

My second favorite to experience are the yellow lenses. They have a similar effect to the pink and help you focus on will power.  You should wear these when you need to be happy, connect, protect, balance, and purify and to achieve a sense of openness (or like whenever you want :))

Amina Rainbow Optx Yellow Lenses

Amina Mucciolo Rainbow Optx Yellow

Yellow Lenses Rainbow OptxIt’s such a fun way to add color to your look and even change your mood!

Guess what!? I am offering a special coupon code just for my unicorns. Head to https://rainbowoptx.com and use the code STUDIOMUCCI to get 20% off 4 or more pair (trust me you will want to buy more than 1 because they are already super reasonably priced)

Amina Mucciolo Rainbow Optx Green Heart Frames

AND we are also giving away two pairs on Instagram. Head over and enter for your chance to win.

Amina Mucciolo Wildfox Black Star Sweater

Amina Star Lennon Sweater Wildfox Rainbow

Be sure to watch my Rainbow OPTX haul video where you can learn more about each color and my experience with them.

Plus Size Holiday Looks: Torrid

I love Torrid, as I’m sure you know by now! They have some really great stuff this holiday season and here are a few of my favorite looks.

Plus Size Festive date night:

Amina Torrid Plus Size date night

The best thing about this look is how versatile it is. You can obviously wear this outfit (and all of the pieces) any time of year for a bunch of different occasions. AND THIS SKIRT!

Amina Torrid Plus Size date night 2But theres something about holiday season that makes me want to add a bit of extra sass to everything I’m wearing.

Amina plus size fringe skirt

Plus size 90’s babe: Girls Night Out

I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit with this look and donned a lot of faux leather and black…

Amina Plus SIze 90s babebut it totally felt like something my older sister would have worn in the 90’s (had she been cooler ;))!

Amina Torrid Plus Size 90's babeI feel like this would be a great look to go grab drinks with you girlfriends. You can’t tel in this picture but the pants have his pretty delicate glitter which totally gives this edgy look a whimsical feel.

Amina plus size girls night out torridPlus Size Christmas Day: Red plaid and Rose Gold Foil

Amina Plus size red plaid torridHonestly I can’t say enough about these pieces! This gold foil skater skirt is so perfect I want it in every color.

Amina plus size gold skater skirtIMO there really is no better time to wear red plaid than Christmas and the shoes take the cuteness to the next level, because pompoms duh!

Amina Plus size christmas look torridI also really love this faux fur collar sweater. It made me feel like John Snow lol!

Plus Size New Years Eve Look

I think for NYE theres only one rule…

Amina plus size nye dress torridYou have to sparkle! While, I love a sequin for this task, but I’ve been feeling the metallic foil fabrics lately too.

Amina Plus size metallic blazer torridThis gilver colored metallic foil skater dress paired with the shimmery blazer definitely adds the glamour needed for NYE while being  comfortable enough to dance the night away.

Amina Plus size Metallic skater dress

See these looks in action in my latest video