Cyber Monday & Holiday Shopping: Lose the Guilt (it's okay NOT to shop)

Yesterday afternoon aka Cyber Monday, I was inspired to write this post after being bombarded with thousands of adverts on my timeline (and in person). Unfortunately, the lightbulb went off a little too late in the afternoon; due to my schedule, I was unable to post this yesterday (when it was most relevant). However, I think that the concept is certainly applicable to the Holiday Season as a whole and makes for appropriate year-round discussion. So let's get to it! 
Every year without fail, I find myself feeling guilty, lost and inadequate during the months of November & December. Obviously, the Holiday season is fast approaching, and it might have you feeling as frazzled as I. The panic sets in and I almost feel as though I've been left in a puddle of my own tears and defeat. With social media being in the forefront of our lives, it becomes incredibly easy for us to get stuck in the world of comparing ourselves to others. There are so many ways in which we compare ourse…

Searching for Validation: Dating as a Plus Size Woman

I am very blessed to connect with many different amazing, inspiring, intelligent and charismatic women everyday. Especially when I suit up and take on my blogger identity. I met Sasha (of Flaws of Couture) at an open casting call for a plus -size modelling gig in 2013 (it feels like such a distant memory, that I had to look this up). I had just completed my Bachelor's degree and had recently started a blog, but I still felt as if something was missing. I had just ended things with my first serious boyfriend and I was feeling kind of insignificant. My modelling experience and connecting with some amazing women (such as Sasha) gave me hope. I felt more empowered than ever before.
Sasha started a clothing brand called Flaws of Couture (FOC) a couple years back, and I've been stalking it ever since. FOC has an eclectic selection of athleisure-inspired jackets, tops & joggers. Pretty much, I wanted it all. However, there was one item that I was eyeing for a looooong time. The …

Plus Size Activewear: Svelte Shapewear (Brand Spotlight)

~ serving up athletic editorial vibes ~ It's not so often that I am approached by a clothing company that sells both straight sizes and plus sizes within the same collection (read: I can buy the same pair of pants as everyone else???). I was recently contacted by Svelte (a Canadian-based shapewear company) and was asked to review any item of my choice. Disclaimer: All opinions and words are my own. I only have interest in sharing honest and upfront reviews with my readers.

Considering that Svelte specializes in leggings, I went with what they seem to know to maximize the chances for a positive outcome (A: leggings). I chose a style called the "Riding Tight Ankle Leggings" because it offered up a unique variation on a classic. Also, I secretly used to want to ride Equestrian horses (kind of living out a fantasy, right?). Svelte carries most styles in all sizes (from 0/2 to 22/24). They have a size guide on their site which is very helpful! However, this review will provid…

Plus Size OOTD: Transitional Fall Fashion

The bulk of my recent posts has been non-fashion related, which is pretty disappointing considering my deep love for fashion. However, the reality of the situation is... I can no longer really be a walking runway show. I feel that my general aesthetic has been lost and I've reached a fashionable all-time-low. So, not only have fashion posts have been more difficult to curate and execute since my surgery -- but my day-to-day style has suffered too. I have been feeling out of place in the fashion world lately... which has also contributed to the slight shift in my content. When I can't wear what I want and must settle for something else, it feels wrong. I start to feel discouraged, unattractive and even annoyed... it's a vicious cycle that I can't seem to stop.

My disability effects body in ways that I never could have imagined. Prior to my surgery, I had significant pain in my back and legs, but my feet were feeling just fine. However, due to the nerve damage I sustain…

New Beginnings: Where it all Began (Part 1)

I'm going to go against the grain and talk about something a little different this week. I launched Erica Exposed as a platform in which I could be open and honest with not only the public, but myself as well. There are certainly aspects of my life that I do not often highlight on social media. My spirituality is one of those areas, but today, I'm going to take you there. Trust me, you're in for a bumpy and controversial ride. NOTE: After writing and re-writing this post for the past week (there was so much to say), I have decided to split it up into parts. This is Part 1 of 3 of my spiritual and health journey - make sure to keep your eyes peeled this week for parts 2 and 3! 

The Past
As an only child growing up in a small town and conventionally-Christian home, it's safe to say that I was a little sheltered. My extended family were more involved in the religious community than my parents (at the time), although this has changed now. I too tried to stay involved in th…

Sunscreen, Your #1 Summer Priority

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of posting lately. What a year 2017 has been so far. My life is unbelievably hectic right now, as I prepare myself to return to some form of normalcy. Also, I am working on a re-vamp of my blog as I am not very happy with its current setup. I hope you all can understand!  I have been spending a lot of time at my pool this summer. I suppose even more than last, which is pretty surprising (since I felt like I was always there). Now, I find myself there at least three times per week and as often as five! Part of my Spinal Cord Injury recovery is to maintain as much physical activity as possible. I have taken on swimming as part of my exercise regime for many reasons. First and foremost, I am such a water baby (Scorpio 4eva). Water also has amazing therapeutic benefits! Due to some of my limitations, the water facilitates the perfect environment for me to get my exercise on (weightlessness ftw).  What does swimming have to do with beauty, you might a…

Urgent Blog Update

Unfortunately, the photo hosting website that I have been using has decided that I no longer pay enough to have my images hosted there. At this point, they replaced every one of my photos with their advert/logo until I coughed up an absurd amount of money.

I sincerely apologize to anyone that has seen my blog in this state. I am embarrassed, as this is not the quality of work that I intent to create or share. As of now, my blog is Under Construction. I am working diligently to get up and running once again. I will replace, restore and/or re-upload content as I see fit. Also, stay tuned for some exciting new announcements over the next month! I can't wait to share what ideas have been brewing, which partnerships have been established and more.

I can't wait to share more of my life with you all! I created Erica Exposed as a platform to reach the widest audience possible and to share my self-love and confidence journey. I am eager to share my Spinal Cord Injury story and my road…