Macys Presents Soul: A Celebration Of Black Style

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Kicking off fashion week is no easy feat but, for Macys they thought of something bigger than New York! Bigger than fashion! With the help of wardrobe stylist and designer June Ambrose and on screen costume designer Johnetta Boone they took the magic of Macys on the road. And luckily for me and all the other very special invited guest, bloggers and philly fashionista’s Philly was the second stop on the tour!

Tai Beauchamp, June Ambrose, Johnetta Boone

Tai Beauchamp, June Ambrose, Johnetta Boone

In true Macys fashion the night started off with wine flowing and a wondrous assortment of fancy finger foods and charcuterie. The host/ moderator for the event was Tai Beauchamp. Not sure who this beauty may be? Well you could Google her but let me enlighten you. She was the first African American and youngest editor in chief at Seventeen Magazine. Currently, she’s a style and lifestyle expert, entrepreneur and on-air personality (learn more here). I could go on but I won’t. But as you can see she is the bomb aka everything.

@TheTaiLife ~ Follow Her

@TheTaiLife ~ Follow Her

She was joined on stage by two of the greats in all things behind the scene(s) of fashion, June and Johnetta. The conversation and the questions for the panel were great. We started in 1960, made a quick stop in 1970, and by the end we were right back in 2015. Here are some of my favorite quotes and snapshots from the night.

Q: What is black style? 

A: June – Well first of all black is my favorite color. Its all about creativity, expression and a certain attitude.

Q: Why was the 70’s an important era in fashion? 

A: June – Women could finally wear pants. It was such a glamorous time in fashion. You could take the trash out in sequins and furs. Men wore suits. They weren’t afraid to wear prints, color or a sports coats. 

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” Grace is more powerful than sexy. Always dress with intention.” 

Quiet as kept June is my former boss! I interned with her for 1 year and it was amazing seeing her again for the first time in 7 years! She remembered me. I was honored and as you can see we had a good laugh!  I think its safe to say good times were had by all. 

Not a Philly Girl? Missed the event in your city… no worries Macys, Tai, June and Johnetta are celebrating all month long. Click the link below for a full list of upcoming event dates in your city! http://www1.macys.com/m/campaign/sitelets/black-history-month/in-store-events

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Macys Celebrates Style & Black History In Your City

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Here at Curvy Girl Stylist Blog February is all about Fashion! And for the second year in a row I will be working with Brand Friend of The Blog, Macys! This year Macy’s is celebrating Black History Month with “The Soul Era.” A festive and stylish fashion event featuring (my former boss) celebrity stylist and designer June Ambrose along with amazing costume designer, Johnetta Boone!

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A FREE and open to the public event, the evening will transport you back to 30plus years to the era’s of mod style and disco dancing!  Don’t miss this entertaining look back at the fashion, accessories and attitude that rocked the runways of the ’60s and ’70s. Following the panel, there will be a reception for the attendees and lots of fashion.

For more information Visit macys.com/celebrate to see when the event is taking place in your area. For my fellow Philly Girls you can catch me at the Macys event next Wednesday February 11th. Want to increase your fabulousity? Enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City, my home away from home, for a Macy’s shopping spree and a makeover from June Ambrose! Sweepstakes will be held from now until February 28th at Midnight EST. 

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Find Your City, Join The Conversation 

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Follow the conversation online @Macys @CurvyGirlStylis @JuneAmbrose @JohnettaBoone. Hashtags #(Your City) #BlackHistoryMonth #SoulEra —> Be There or Be Square!  

CURVY GIRL STYLIST TURNS 4

Today is our 4th birthday here at Curvy Girl Stylist! Life has been so crazy that I almost forgot! Not only am I in the middle of a move but, I’m working on a new business campaign “New Year, New Bra” and on top of it all my personal life has been in a whirlwind. Having said that, I want to thank each and every one of you for being amazing loyal readers and supports. I would have never made it this far without you. My new blogging schedule will reconvene Monday February 2nd! Because to me FEBRUARY = FASHION!

HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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C/O OF MEGANUNCHAINED.COM

PS: The symbolic meanings of the number four are linked to those of the cross and the square. “Almost from prehistoric times, the number four was employed to signify what was solid, what could be touched and felt. Its relationship to the cross (four points) made it an outstanding symbol of wholeness and universality, a symbol which drew all to itself”

HERE’S A HINT ABOUT WHATS BREWING 

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How To Dress An Apple Body Shape

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This week I’m teaching a class called ” Shop like a pro: Learn your body shape.” I love teaching women how to look great in clothes. The smiles on their face when they love what they see in the mirror or learn a new trick brings me true joy. So in prepping for my class I put together a few images of different outfits that compliment each body shape. I also broke them down into work-wear, weekend and date night categories.

This week we are starting with the Apple or Inverted Triangle body shape. Think Sherri Shepard, Wendy Williams and  Catherine Zeta Jones. Apple shapes carry their “weight” in the upper half of the body. They are the exact opposite to Pear shapes which carry their “weight” in the lower half of their bodies.’

One of the points I make in this class is the importance of knowing your measurements. That includes, bust, shoulders, waist, hips, and length (for inseams). This will not only help you when getting things altered and tailored but also during shopping.

If you are like me and you hate trying on clothes, the next best thing would be to keep a measuring tape with you at all times. That way you can measure the waist & hip of pants, dresses, and skirts when you are shopping. Although trying things is is best, though it can be annoying.

 A good clear indication that you are an apple shape is if your shoulders are 5 inches or more wider than your hips. Though your hips and thighs are smaller than your top half you are known for having gorgeous legs! And therefore I threw some dresses in with my 3 looks for my beautiful apple shaped readers! Check them out below.

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Why the Work Look Works: I chose this mini aline dress for a few reasons:

  1. It shows off your legs.
  2. The shape of the dress isn’t tight but falls just enough away from the body to show your shape but hide any visible belly jelly.
  3. The print is fun but work appropriate. It also draws more attention to the hips and creates the illusion of more curves.

The jacket is polished and keeps your arms covered. The pump is good for the office or happy hour but can be worn with many things in your closet. Same as the handbag.

Why the Weekend Look Works:  If you want to be trendy this Fall then add sneakers or leather to your look. The sporty luxe trend thats exploded everywhere is perfect for weekend errands or social gatherings. I chose to pair denim and leather together to breakup the look. Doing denim on denim would be ok too, but adding texture to your bottom half creates balance and adds symetry to your body. The vest is a fall staple for some but, for you worn open will add visual interest to your look. Black is boring at times, red is passionate and vibrant. Chose a shoe (or carry both with you) and your ready for a playdate or a night with the girls.

Why the We Time/Date Night Look Works: By now you are getting the feel for how your body shape works and how to look great in your own skin. I love this dress by Kenzo. Mainly because of the feather detail but, also because any woman can rock this look, from 22 t0 42 to 62. What more could you want it in black baroque chicness. With your body shape everything you love about your body is revealed and what you don’t love is concealed! I’d say job well done to any dress that does that!

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Have more questions? Are you an Apple Girl and wants to try one of these looks? Send your pictures, questions, and comments to skinnyminority@gmail.com or tweet me @CurvyGirlStylis (leave out the t) with the hashtag #cgstalk 

 

Wear It Now: Oversized Jacket

 

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I got this oversized jacket because it reminded me of the movie Clueless (don’t you just love that movie). At the time of purchase, (like 18+ months ago) it wasn’t exactly oversized. Fast forward to now and its a bit bigger but still just as stylish and ironically even more on trend (or haven’t you noticed that plaid is everywhere). Here’s why it works:

  1. Pushed up sleeves always look cooler! And in many cases make you look thinner, especially when your skin shows. Try this at home with an older jacket/blazer.
  2. Can be worn as an over-coat before coat season officially starts.
  3. Oversized yes, shapeless no! Curved princess seams are a girls best friend (and yes in some cases they are better than diamonds). Your jacket must have shape to it. Tailoring with great seams is just the place to start. They are usually located on the sides and backs of jackets.  The last thing you want to have is a boxy oversized anything. You want to show the curves you have and add some where there aren’t any.
  4. I added a pinstripe shirt to show you an easy way to mix patterns. The key is to make sure the colors are the same if not similar. Create a color story with your outfits and visually it will make sense.
  5. Color blocking is fading out, remember this formula: statement on top, simple on the bottom or the reverse. A good story has 1 main character and your outfit should be the same. Statement jacket, simple pumps.

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How To Dress For A Funeral?

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When I told my friends and family I was prepping for this post they all said, What? Why? What kind of questions do your readers send you! In your defense I replied, ” Well a funeral is a life specific  occasion. Grim and sad as they may be, its something we all experience. And yes what to wear, depending on the circumstance can be one of your top 10 questions concerning the event. In fact did you know that what to wear to a funeral service is one of the top 5 most Googled style questions on the net? Grim and sad as it might be I thought that was pretty cool. So here’s what I’m proposing you wear to one of life’s most un-welcomed occasions. And yes it’s black. 

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The Art Of Style: Karima Renee

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Inside My Wardrobe | A great collection of vintage dresses. Way too many jackets and blazers and not nearly enough shoes. Far too many women don’t take advantage of wearing dresses. They make getting dressed 10x easier. Rachel Roy once said “if you want to hide the circumference of your thighs wear a skirt.” A dress is the next best thing!

My Power Piece | A crisp white shirt. No Matter what you pair it with, it works. From a silk ball skirt to boyfriend jeans. 

My Work Uniform | My favorite blazer, a white or grey tee my favorite jeans or pencil skirt + pumps. Please See Below. 

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How I Shop | I’m an in-store kinda girl. But since I’m always in front of a computer I constantly browse online yet I rarely buy. The stylist in me likes to feel the fabric and see the construction of the garment.  

How I Pack | In a very organized way with all my bases covered. Coordinating colors. Only packing 2 pairs of shoes. And lastly putting all toiletries in slide grip ziploc bag.  

Who/What Inspires Your Style |  I get inspiration from everything. Movies, Trends, Bloggers other Stylist, Instagram, lol. 

Fall Essentials |  All things black and white. Lots of Grey and Hunter Green. And an Olivia Pope Coat. See More Here. 

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What Do You Carry In Your Bag | Tons of lipstick and gloss. Floss. Business Cards. IPhone. Wallet.