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Function + Fashion: Aerosoles Review

The busier I become, the less I want to wear uncomfortable footwear. Yet I still want to look stylish, so what’s a beauty blogger to do? Turn to Aerosoles! I’ve rediscovered this brand of footwear, since I am always seeking shoes that will help me go from dawn ’til dusk.

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles
Photos by Mackenzie Morrell

As a plus size would-be fashionista, I look for supportive soles that are hidden beneath an attractive exterior. I tend to get tired feet easily, but these really help alleviate that issue. Back in the day, you’d worry that you would have to wear shoes that might feel good, but look not-so-cute. Nowadays, you can find different styles that would look appropriate as footwear for even the most forward-thinking fashion blogger!

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles

Obsessed with these shoes!

I already have several pairs of Aerosoles that I adore, and the company sent me to a new fall style to review. It’s the Flower Girl, and they are SO versatile. Love me some metallics!


Perfect for fall

It’s an embossed snake leather ballerina flat with scalloped edges. Mine are in gun metal, but you can also get them in pink metallic, or black snake embossed leather. I need footwear that can run errands with me but go from day-to-night from my office job to a night out on the town, and these flats truly go with everything.

Form plus function? Yes, please!

According to the company, each Aerosoles shoe is packed with comfort technologies and features to enable you to do more with every step:

**Heel Rest Technology – Custom design distributes weight toward your heel and away from the ball of your foot.

**Stitch N’ Turn – Soles so flexible they twist and flex. No break-in required.

**Diamond Pattern Sole – Impact absorbing with every step. Feels like walking on “aer.”

**Memory Foam Foodbed – Cushy memory foam footbeds provide incomparable softness and comfort.

Work the shoes, work the shoes…

I have found these comforts to be crucial, so much as that I am unwilling to wear any other shoes that are not as supportive. Would you give Aerosoles a try? Comment below with the styles you think you would like the best!

Focus on the feet!

Thanks for reading!



Aerosoles provided complimentary products for review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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Loving Yourself, at ANY Size! Try Dia&Co for $20 off


Growing up, I never saw people on television or in movies who looked like me: I’m bi-racial, since my mother is Filipina and my father is Caucasian. Thankfully, that’s changed, and we now see far more diversity. However, I still feel that our society has some work to do when it comes to celebrating #RealWomen with #RealBodies and portraying them in advertising campaigns. I love that young girls can now see models like Ashley Graham and Alex LaRosa, who are making a splash and proving that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

To say that my weight has been a struggle my entire life is an understatement. In fact, the first word I learned in my mom’s native language was “tabachoy.” I won’t publish the literal translation from Tagalog, because it’s not flattering — and it was the first word people would say when they met me as a child.

When I put my mind to it, I CAN lose weight. Last summer, I slimmed down enough to where my father-in-law mistakenly thought I was my teen niece. But the moment I quit dieting, I gained back every pound I had lost, plus 5 extra!

My size directly impacts my confidence level, although I wish I could say it didn’t. I admire my fellow bloggers Sahily with Pretty in Pigment and April with April GoLightly, who are positive body advocates and beautiful role models. But if I’m being 100% honest with myself, I know I’m not mentally where I need to be.

Earlier this month, another blogger friend, Christina with Mascara Maven and More, asked me, “Why haven’t I seen you posting as frequently on your Beauty News YouTube channel?” I told her that I felt my face looks bloated, and she responded, “It makes me sad to even hear you say such a thing.” She was right — we shouldn’t bash ourselves, even in conversations with friends.

One moment that I recall vividly from back in my news anchoring days was when a viewer wrote “Angela has shoulders like an NFL linebacker.” That stung me deeply – it still does! – but my former clothing selections of boxy jackets certainly didn’t flatter my body type like they could have.

Thankfully, I’m blessed with excellent health, a supportive husband who frequently tells me I’m beautiful, and good energy. I’m trying to prioritize a sustainable, healthful way of eating, so it’s a work in progress. Meantime, one of the problems with my perpetual yo-yo dieting is that the costs add up, and I’m not talking about food – having to buy an entire new wardrobe every time I lose or gain weight is expensive. In my closet right now, there are literally RACKS of clothes that I don’t fit.

That’s where wardrobe subscriptions come in handy. Dia&Co is plus sized clothing and wardrobe styling for real women, and when they reached out for me to try their subscription service, I was excited to see what they offered.

I feel so much more confident when I have on a stylish outfit that’s flattering and comfortable – and I’m thrilled to report that the clothing I was sent from my stylist, Ashby, made me feel fierce! I tried on the first item I unboxed, which was a patterned dress I normally would not have chosen. I styled it exactly as Ashby advised, by pairing the dress with a denim jacket and a neutral wedge shoe. When I looked in the mirror, I felt trendy and fashionable.

Information about Dia&Co from the website: “Dia&Co is a body-positive styling service for women who wear sizes 14 and up. You’ll get a Dia Box with five garments hand-picked by your stylist. The $20 styling fee will be applied to any purchase you make from your Box. Keep what you love, send back the rest. Shipping both ways is always free!”

I sent back a couple of items from my first box (you have 5 days to try everything on), but my second box was spot-on for my taste and style. I also loved that Ashby’s personal note referenced a dress she chose for me — she wrote that it would “look great on TV,” which was so sweet! But I loved the colored pants and black jacket so much, I’m actually planning to wear those instead for my appearance next week – so tune in to see how they look on air! Too bad I can’t carry this purse with me to the studio, because it is super-cute. Can we say, “Date Night Inspo”?!

My hope with sharing my story here is because I believe we need to show the next generation that style is style at any size. You’ve heard me say in recent videos that I want to help you “look your best, so you can feel your best.” I know that’s so much more than what we’re wearing; it’s a mindset – and we should be accepting, not ashamed, of all women’s bodies. I want my nieces to see me loving myself on my social media, and that starts with me challenging conventional beauty standards. Let’s celebrate all kinds of diversity!

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Disclosure: Dia&Co sent me complimentary boxes to try their service. This is not a sponsored post, I just like this company. All opinions are my own.



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OOTD — FINDS: London Fog dress & Steve Madden wedges from GOODWILL!

My Outfit of the Day is a London Fog shift dress that only cost me $7 from Goodwill! The shoes are Steve Madden copper metallic wedges, also from Goodwill for $8. I know some people would be grossed out by wearing used shoes, but personally, I don’t care– especially when they’re as stylish and comfy as these. #LoveWedges

The earrings are from New York and Company. I also have the matching necklace, and love how they are chunky and statement jewelry in a neutral brown/amber shade.
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