Tech

Using Lo-Fi Music To Code and Get Stuff Done

2020 has been a crazy year huh? If you have been following me on my Instagram, you would know that my coding journey hasn’t been all that great this year. As a matter of fact, it has kinda been at a standstill. Why? Well my brand new HP Envy x360 laptop that I bought in December 2019, crashed three times. Not one, not two, but three times. They finally sent me a replacement laptop that that had been refurbished with my original specs.

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Tech

Using GitHub’s New “Secret” Profile README Feature

Before I start off with info on GitHub’s new “secret” README feature, I want to write a little bit about what has been going on over here on my end. My last post was posted in November 2019. It is now July 2020. Since then, I took a break for the holidays and finished up my JavaScript App Development class with TechTalentSouth. Then I celebrated my birthday at the top of the year, did some much needed traveling, and then…Corona and the protests happened.

Actually the whole first half of 2020 happened. This year has been really wonky. I wrote two blog posts, about BulmaUI and SkeletonCSS, that got accidentally deleted. Things have just not been normal. Even my career plans have been postponed. I know a lot of people are going through it. I pray for everyone who reads this to be safe and be well. Now on to this new GitHub feature.

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Crafts · Fashion · Uncategorized

Where Are All The Plus Size Sewing Patterns?

Where are all the plus size sewing patterns? As someone who likes to sew her own clothes, it is pretty discouraging to see that there aren’t that many brands that make plus size sewing patterns. Things are changing, but it hasn’t been done fast enough. I go to the big box craft stores to check out the patterns from the big 4 made by Simplicity and McCall’s and rarely any of the trendy patterns fit me.


For context, sewing patterns fit based on measurements that are different from the clothes you buy in the store. You may wear a 6 in Macy’s, but you might wear a 10 or more/less in sewing patterns. When I was bigger, I wore a 32 in sewing patterns. Now that I have lost weight I wear a 26/28 or XL/XXL. I wear anything from a 16-20 and XL-XXX in regular clothing stores. Most patterns stop at 22/24. I’m almost there, so that means I can either wait until I lose more inches or grade the pattern up.

When I’m sewing my clothes, I don’t have time to grade my patterns up. Also, call me entitled, I don’t feel like it is fair that I have to do that. I want to have trendy patterns in my size. Every single item in the Big 4’s plus size section that goes above a 12 is dreadful. The patterns are often old patterns from years ago and look hella frumpy. The clothes you see in the featured image for this post is from Simplicity and shows the latest hot and trendy sewing patterns that aren’t in my size.

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Personal · Spirituality

Reviewing Speak Those Things by Chelsea Coffey of The Coffey Break

This blog post is long overdue. I reviewed the book Speak Those Things by Chelsea Coffey a long while ago, and I am just getting caught up on blog posts…so here it is. This book really has been one of the best $14 I’ve spent. If you check the video below, which you can also find on my Instagram or IGTV, you see that I really really really love this book.

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Tech

PlaceKeanu.com Is The Funniest Image Placeholder By Far

I wanted to bring you a quick blog post about something really funny-the PlaceKeanu.com image placeholder. One of the ways that web developers play around with images on different sites and web apps is to use an image placeholder. Image placeholders do exactly as you think they would do. They hold the space for images on a layout until you put the actual image in the right place.

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Personal

Imposter Syndrome And Where I’ve Been

The past few years have been really interesting and really hard. Sometimes I feel like I am suffering from imposter syndrome. I see others who are further along than I am. I have been trying to really hold it all together. Also to top it right on off, even though I have been coding for years with HTML and CSS…when it comes to other programming languages I feel like a complete and sometimes lost newbie.

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Tech

I Used the Codepen Design Asset From Unsplash

I used the Codepen Design Asset from Unsplash today on a little self-made web development project. I’m still trying to decide if this blog with be strictly tech or what. I think I am going to do a mix of my life for now, but here is a little tech project I made. This is what I used to make this project: HTML, CSS, SVGs for the background from Hero Patterns, and of course…the Codepen Design Asset from Unsplash.

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Personal

Welcome To My Blog!

Hello everyone! It’s me, Jai-Shirelle. You probably remember my fashion blog The Fat and Skinny on Fashion or maybe you don’t. Either way I am starting a new blog. This blog will be more personal. That is is why it is called Jai-Shirelle.

It will be about my journey into tech from fashion, and some of the same old stuff from the other blog. I also plan to talk about tarot and spirituality a bit more over here too. We will see how this goes because I really have no rhyme or rhythm for this blog.

Photo from Moyo Studio.