Month: October 2013

7 Deadly Sins Of Fashion

So I’m surfing YouTube one day last week and I saw this video tag and took a look at it. They were all really cool and seemed like fun, so I’m taking a stab at it. Feel free to do it yourself and its also fun to do with friends. Enjoy 🙂

1. GLUTTONY

What do you own in excess or extravagance?

I have tons upon tons upon TONS of eyeshadow. I have so many different palettes and I switch between them everyday, but in my defense I’m an aspiring makeup artist so I do need them. Mattes, frosts, shimmers I’ve got them all.

2. GREED

What type of clothing do you have or desire to buy?

I always seem to gravitate to tops for some odd reason. When I go shopping I’ll have like 20 tops and 2 pairs of pants or jeans. I also have an obsession with polka dots and stripes. I really can’t even explain the fixation, I just love wearing them. Every other piece in my closet is either a stripe or polka dot. I have a problem.

3. SLOTH

When you’re getting ready but feel to lazy what is your go-to outfit?

Leggings and a tunic top and a cute beanie always seems to be my lazy-day go-to outfit. Its so comfortable and easy to put together. This look always works for me because usually on these days wearing actual pants is too big of a commitment for me. Judge me if you must, but this look is super versatile and that’s why I love it.

4. WRATH

What makes you angry when you are shopping?

Omg when pants don’t fit me. Gahhh! That drives me insane. As the title of this blog suggests, I am wild and chic but also curvy. And as a curvy woman it’s always tough finding the right fit for pants. If it fits over my thighs and butt there’s a 98 percent chance it’ll be too big for my waist. Belt it, right? Wrong. Usually that doesn’t work, and if it does its only momentarily. Oh another thing I hate is when I find the right pair of jeans and they carry every size but mine. I mean what do you mean you don’t carry size 30 Michigan Avenue Forever 21?!?!

5. ENVY

Which celebrity style do you most envy?

Solange Knowles. Knowles, Solange. Beyonce’s baby sister. Solange. I love everything about Solange’s style from her wigs, to how she color-blocks like a boss, to the way she mixes her prints. That woman is my style icon. I mean the confidence she exudes! Lawd Gawd! Everything about Solange is bold and beautiful from her makeup to her gorgeous afro. Ok I’ll stop being a groupie now, but I really do love her. If I could just look at her closet just once…. *le sigh*

6. LUST

Which store’s outside appearance do you find most physically attractive?

I think the best thing about working off Michigan Avenue is the vast array of storefront displays. Neiman Marcus, All Saints, Bloomingdale’s all the top high-end retailers are there. But the one that always stands out to me the most is Victoria’s Secret. The displays and overall condition of the storefront always draws me in. As a merchandiser I love looking at store displays because it challenges me to step my game up on my own. One thing I love about VS is how they use their products. When you see a PINK display you automatically think, “Fun. Slumber party. Girl’s night. I need to go into Victoria’s Secret and get blah, blah, blah”. That is marketing at it’s best folks.

7. PRIDE

Which outfit are you most proud of?

Any outfit I put together that allows me to be chic without compromising my comfort makes me proud. But I also design sets on Polyvore, and when I put something together and it really resonates with other people that makes me very proud. This is especially true when I kind of just throw something together and people on Facebook or Instagram are like, “OMG! That’s so cute”. That makes me feel good because I want to create looks that touch others in a special way.

So those are my 7 Deadly Sins of Fashion, what are yours?

Clarity

Blogging is a process. There is no formula or equation that spews out the perfect blog, trust me. When I first started I had this vision of me with a super successful blog with tons of followers. It wouldn’t take too long, I mean its not that hard right? Wrong. So very, very wrong.

The bloggers I look up to (Aimee Song, Kelly Framel, Jane Aldridge) all make this….stuff look effortless but it is anything but, its a lot of hard work. I used to read their stuff and try to mirror it, fail.com. I tried, I mean TRIED, so hard to be a fashion blogger. But it just wasn’t working out. One day I was nose deep in a book and I read something that changed my entire perception of blogging and everything else I was pursuing and life in general. People are so quick to ask successful people what exact steps they took to get them where they are in hopes of retaining the same results.  We are so quick to do this but slow to go out into the world and make our own way. Why? For fear of failure.

Like I said before, there is no formula, potion, or easy button for making this sh….stuff work. This whole time I’ve been trying to be a fashion blogger who writes a blog about fashion and how it changed my life, made me a more confident woman, and helped me love my body and all its imperfections. And I finally got the hang of it but something was missing. *light bulb goes off*  Instead of TRYING to be a blogger why don’t I just be one?  Why don’t I stop trying to be like everyone else around me and be me? And produce content that feels good to me. So that’s what I’m doing.

Fashion is a big part of my life, but there is more to me than that. I also love cooking and baking, sports,  good movies, tv shows, books, and ripped shirtless men. All of which will make it on here in such elegance and grace all you’ll be able to muster up is a feeble “Ahhhh!” and maybe a couple “Ooooh”s. We’ll just play it by ear. But this go-round I’m much more grounded and I’ve finally found my voice as a blogger (and stylist) and I’m excited about this breakthrough. So just know this isn’t a blog about fashion and I’m not some uber chic fashion guru that’s too cool for you to fathom. I’m a woman with a very put-together sense of style, and this is a blog about me where fashion makes appearances here and there. Okay, a lot but you get the point.

Change Is Good

Okay so Fall is finally here and, if you’re like me, you might be a little unprepared. Usually it creeps up on me and then WHAM! Before I know it its fifty-six degrees outside and I’m still wearing shorts and sandals wondering where I went wrong in life. One cannot afford to make those mistakes while living in Chicago, the weather plays no games. This year I was better prepared though. If you’re wardrobe still has Will Smith’s “Summertime” stuck on repeat here are a few tips you can follow to whip it into shape:

1. ALL SIGNS OF SUMMER MUST GO

Now’s the time to start throwing out any and all pieces that scream Summer. Printed maxi dresses, thong sandals, linen shorts, and cotton dresses all must be given the heave-ho’. DO however keep anything silk (blazers, blouses, etc.) or heavier cotton. Both can be worn year-round.

2. CLEAN EVERYTHING BEFORE STORING

If you’re putting clothes away in a storage unit, basement, or attic it’s absolutely imperative that you get them dry-cleaned first. Moths are attracted to everyday scents like perfume and deodorant. The same goes for bags too. Make sure you empty them before you place anything in them. Crumbs attract bugs, and nobody has time for that.

3. REINVENT YOUR CLOTHES BEFORE YOU BUY NEW ONES

Utilize the talents of the many tailors in your city or town. DO this especially if you’re on the fence abut getting rid of particular items. A tailor can transform a garment and make it look and feel completely different. And all for the low-low. Booyah!

4. SPLURGE WISELY

Summer-wear is all about your entire outfit, since every item is visible. But for the fall and winter its really all about the coat you wear. A well fitting, stylish coat can carry an entire outfit. With that being said know this: Splurging on a coat is worth it if you know you’ll be wearing it for seasons to come. If you’re on a budget try something classic like a black wool overcoat, or something else that will never go out of style.

5. BUY NEW SHOES THAT FIT

If you’re investing in a new pair of shoes it would behoove you to be mindful of what you’ll be wearing them with. For example, if you’re buying a pair of sleek leather or suede pumps (to wear barefoot or with tights) they should be worn true to size, or even a half size smaller since leather stretches. Plus your feet won’t swell in cold weather. And if you’re buying boots, chances are you’ll be wearing them daily with thick socks, so be sure to bring a pair to the store since you may have to go a size up.

Well, I hope this helped. A few more things to keep in mind though: DON’T impulse buy, DON’T try to follow every single trend that is out (especially simultaneously), and DO have fun shopping (it’s your birthright). Good luck.

Stay beautiful 🙂