This past weekend I drove six hours to Atlanta, Georgia to attend “The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo“. On day two Marie had a two panels scheduled: “This Body: A Conversation About Self-Acceptance, Body Image And Size Diversity” and “Model 101: So You Want to Be a Model?” She also had tons of vendors set up for shopping and two fashion shows: “Ashley Stewart Fashion Show” and “TCF Style Fashion Show” on the agenda. I attended the body positivity panel as the subject is important to me. I very much enjoyed the panel the women spoke their truth and made some very valid points about the industry, brands and womanhood in general.
“This Body” panel beginning at 3 P.M featured Erica Watson, Alysse Dalessandro, Maui Bigelow, Shaina Glover, Jes Baker, & Lakrisha Joseph – Baker. Comedian Erica Watson had the room in uproars with her jokes and side comments. Alysse, Maui, Shaina, and Jes are my bopo warrior babes, I have been following their journeys for a while. It was inspirational hearing them share bits of their stories and life experiences. Lakrisha’s message was so relatable and touching I was almost in tears.
Now let’s talk about my look, I wanted to try the matchy-matchy trend. How to rock this trend? All you have to do is wear one color in one shade from head to toe. I saw the trend in the August 15th issue of People Magazine. The collage of celebrities wearing their clothes, shoes and accessories in one hue inspired me. Pink is one of my favorite colors so it was easy to slay the trend.
I started my look with this pink caged crop top I purchased from society plus. They have this sassy little staple top in seven colors. Then I paired it with my favorite pink tutu from Charlotte Russe. I tied the look together with this fabulous pink fur vest from ReDress. I purchased this faux fur last year during the spring season so this piece is no longer available.
My glamorous jeweled necklace by Betsey Johnson pulled the look all together. Necklace features a cluster of gems in different shades of pink with a few pearls in the mix. I paired the outfit with nude faux leather pointed toe flats from Charlotte Russe. Nude is such a soft and versatile color it matched well with the blush pink. I sealed the deal with this natural pink lipstick by Estee Lauder the color is called Grapefruit.
This past weekend I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending “The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo“. On day one Marie had a two panels scheduled: “The Business of Plus Size Fashion” and “Styling 101: So You Want to Be a Plus Size Stylist?” Both panels were very insightful. I learned some new tips from the panelist and they also affirmed somethings that I was already doing. The first panel beginning at 10 A.M featured Susan Moses, Gwen Devoe, Chenise Lewis, Sarah Rae Vargas, Monif C and Nikki Free.
They spilled the tea about being in business in the plus size fashion industry, the good the bad and the ugly. They also cleared up some industry myths and gossip while clarifying the process in their rightful sectors. It was so interesting to listen to all their different points of view and experiences in the women’s various careers. Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist, blogger, guest editor, spokesperson and designer, her book is on my summer reading list. Gwen Devoe is a former plus model turned event coordinator, she is also the creator of “Full Figure Fashion Week”. Chenise Lewis is a hostess and runs her own podcast show. Sarah Rae Vargas is a vlogger whose topic list is endless. Monif Clarke is a fashion designer and the owner of the Monif C clothing brand. Last but not least the fabulous Nikki Free a fashion publicist and blogger.
“Styling 101: So You Want to Be a Plus Size Stylist?” was the second panel discussion that took place from 2PM – 4 PM on Friday. The panel was full of different types of stylist: Personal, Editorial, Studio, Celebrity and Wardrobe Stylist. Shun Melson, Reah Norman, Meaghan O’Connor, Patrick and Nadia of Dia & Co were all on the panel. The group talked about industry experience and also shared some tips and tricks of the trade. They were honest about their careers as stylists and what it took them to get there. I think Marie did a great job putting together the panel discussions they were very informative and I learned quite a bit from all the speakers collectively.
Now let’s talk about this look, I honestly didn’t know what the heck to wear to the Expo. I just knew I didn’t want to look like anyone else or risk wearing the same thing as someone else. I started off this look with a plain white fit and flare dress. Dress featured a wide scoop neckline and a flirty knee length hem. I made a skirt of a sheer burgundy fabric that featured a raised black suede leopard print texture. Skirt definitely was the star of the look, I just wore it over the dress to give an overlay effect. I accessorized outfit with a black faux leather handbag and oxfords.
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Dress: K & G | Skirt: Fatshion Forward (By me) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Handbag: Gifted | Lipstick: E.L.F. “Wine”
This was only the first year can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year. I met so many talented people. Here are some of my selfie shots with models, guests, & staff at NYFW+ & PNO2015 . P.S. If I missed any shots you took with me send them to my email firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be featured here.
“Brooke Journey” by Tatiana Castro specializes in street wear and custom designs for the everyday woman to feel confident in. Tatiana designs affordable apparel for women who don’t wear ball room gowns. Her passion is to “make women feel confident, no matter their shape or size”. Brooke Journey is based in San Diego, California and they focus on long lasting effortless style as opposed to following fads. Collection features lots of vibrant prints, color, and curve hugging silhouettes. My favorite pieces were the hi-low skirt, Polkadot /purple 2 piece set, the reversible hoodie and the “Cherry Blossom” 2 piece set.
Eula Taylor is the designer for Twelve26 a brand whose mission is to get women to embrace their individuality with sophistication and style. On Day 3 of NYFW+ the contemporary ready-to-wear line took center stage. The collection features lace trims, silk, and ruffled sleeves. The line gave off a 60’s Mod vibe with its pastels, prints, and simple silhouettes. The brand fits the lifestyle of young professional women and the garments are timeless. Twelve26 offers a clean and structured look that can go from day to night, and seems to hug your curves in all the right places. The models were so poised and elegant with their updo’s that cradled baby breathe.