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Bring Style to Fashion Trends: My Top 15 Stylistas!

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Happy Friday!

This morning I woke with such a bad cold and couldn’t find a single thing to wear to work in this cold weather. I haven’t officially transferred over to my Fall closet, so I’ve been mixing my Summer patterns with Fall pieces from last year. But then I thought the best way to get out of this mental rut was to check out some of my fav bloggers, models, and fashionistas who slay everyday! So here’s my top 15 women who are always SLAMMING FOR THE GRAM! Click on their pictures to see where they got their looks from!

Bloggers

As a fellow blogger, I love to shout out my boos doing their thang!!!

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Dana slays every time. POINT. BLANK. PERIOD. I love her effortless style and her warm smile (I sound creepy huh). So positive and refreshing!

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Kurvy Katie

On a day like this, where all of New England is waiting on Hurricane Joaquin to touchdown,  I honestly wanted to “Netflix and Chill.” Lol I know…sounds awful, but I want to go to the movies and chill in my kicks. Katie understood that meaning before I did! Check out her look!

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Flight of the Fat Girl

My Haitian sister! NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE ELSE SAYS! LOL! Today I was looking for some of my blues to go with my turquoise bag, but I couldn’t find one. Of course Cynthia came to rescue in this beautiful blue number!

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Golden Kaleidoscope

Essie is just something else! She’s very creative with her styling and delivers!

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Flaws of Couture

As of late, I’ve found myself becoming a constant fan of Sashagai of Flaws of Couture. Her looks vary from elegant to straight up sex symbol! She is so fluid in her styling and everything compliments her!

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Models

Although they model by trait, it never means they don’t have their own personal style!! Here are my top 5 models that kill it by day and night!

Anita Marshall

Does it count if she’s my baby mama?? OF COURSE IT DOES!!! I remember when Anita was into her dark colors but you know the saying “When a woman cuts her hair, she’s about to change her life.” I am loving this look!

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Vanessa Mays-Hinds

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for anything plaid! She nailed it and curves brought it to life!

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Franchel 

Fall on the West Coast is so dope and it’s mostly because of Franchel! I am loving this look from head to toe!

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Tess Holliday 

I love this picture of Tess and I love her outfit so much! I actually really want to recreate this whole look and I think I know exactly where I will start!!

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Samantha Lebbie

Samantha always looks so nice and doesn’t look like she has to try hard to do it. Whether it’s jeans and a vest or sleek body con, her curves bring it to life!

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My Fly Fatties

You don’t have to be a model, blogger, or stylist to be fly! I find these women to be the most inspiring because they wake up and look fly for themselves!

Shaina aka OutofTheCorner

Shaina…better known to me as Sista Slay All Day, is so fierce with her looks! And you couldn’t tell  her any different because she knows that #FatGirlsBeWinning!

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Alysse 

Most days I check out Alysse’s Instagram for inspiration because she always knows how to spruce up basic pieces! I love the usage of her brand’s, Ready to Stare, body chains in 60% of her outfits and they seem so versatile!

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 Vanessa

My cousin Vanessa was the original slayer of the family…she still is lol! Her looks are simple and compliments the person she is !

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Sabrina

FACCCCKENNNN-AHHHH Since Sabrina is a reality star, stylist, and model, and I couldn’t really fit her in any of the categories! Lol, but she does slay every time!

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Kresskala 

My momma!!! I love the way she looks in her outfits! Anyone woman who uses tulle, captures the entirety of my soul!

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Tess Munster- Retro Chic

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Tess Munster is not your average plus size model! She embodies this very retro chic look that I want to try!! I first saw her on Domino Dollhouse and since, I’ve pretty much been in love!

Tess is a Plus-Size Model, Make Up Artist, Hair Stylist and Blogger based in L.A., who turned her hobbies into a successful career. She says she is now doing what she always dreamed of. Tess was born in a small town in Mississippi, July 1985. She always longed for a life bigger than what her small town could offer. She had always been different than other girls growing up; Tess was teased for being curvy, fair skinned, and short. The bullies at school were relentless, but she kept her head up. Knowing that she’d never quite fit in never kept Tess from dreaming. When Tess turned 15 she attended a casting call for Plus Models in Atlanta, GA, where she was not warmly received. Standing at 5’4″, wearing a size 16, she noticed everyone towering over her, and quickly realized her dreams of being a model might just be a dream. Tess then turned to her first love, Make Up Artistry. It was reading Kevyn Aucoin’s book, “Changing Faces,” that opened her eyes and showed her that makeup could truly “transform” someone inside and out.

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Check out our interview:

What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry?

I feel like I do a bit of everything. Model, blogger, enthusiast, fashionista, etc.

When did you first start to take an interest in fashion?

From BIRTH! HA! I have always loved dressing up!

Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?

Peg Bundy, Miss Frizzle (from the Magic School Bus), Miss Piggy, Beth Ditto, Divine, Tank Girl, Mae West…I could go on! I feel so inspired by so many people.

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Where do you find inspiration?

Every where! LA Street art, nature, magazines, blogs, you name it.

When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase?

Can I live without it? Does it fit me NOW and look good from all angles?  Is it worth the price? How is the quality? ETC.

How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today?

We are definitely making our voices heard and leaving an impact that I didn’t see 10 years, or even 5 years ago. It’s really amazing to watch, and I’m blessed to be a tiny part of it.

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Where do you do you see plus size fashion in 30 years from now?

I am an optimist, so I’m hoping next to straight size models in Vogue and on billboards. Not a joke, or something to question, but respected and well deserved at that.

Where are some of favorite places to shop?

Domino Dollhouse, Forever 21+, Nordstrom, ASOS, City Chic, SWAK, Jessica Louise Clothing, & vintage/thrift stores.

How long have you been modeling for?

2 years and counting!

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Where are some places you have modeled for?

I’ve been the face of a TV show & was on an ad that ran nationwide, Domino Dollhouse, SWAK, Jessica Louise Clothing, Evil Pawn Jewelry, Black Cat Bikinis, Empress Lingerie, Vintage Box 1947, Batcakes Couture, Em & Sprout, & various other indie designers.

Do you have any projects that you are anticipating?

So many! I shot with David LaChapelle a few weeks ago, and I’m dying to see the end result. It was a dream of mine! I’m also working on a few projects that I can’t talk about yet, but will be hopefully out in the next few months. 2013 is gonna be a big year… pun intended!

Do you have any tips for women who may want to model?

Think really long and hard about why you want to model, and if you really decide it’s something you want to do, make sure you have thick skin. It’s a very tough industry, and it’s a lot of work. It’s not just getting dolled up and taking photos, it’s so much more than that. Also, make sure you have a good support network around you, that’s crucial in succeeding (in every aspect of life, not just modeling).

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Why did you start modeling?

It had always been a dream of mine, but it was one of those dreams that I never thought would happen…like being an astronaut. The chances that I would actually become a model were so slim, and I had every odd stacked against me, but something in me just kept pushing. I wanted to prove to not only myself, but other women that anything is possible if you dream big enough and work hard.

Lastly, Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere?

Never underestimate your power. You deserve the very best from others, and how you treat yourself. Never let your size (big or small) stand in the way of your happiness.

Please Check Her Out!!

Website: www.Tessmunster.com

Facebook: facebook.com/tessmunster

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Malida: La Très Belle Femme

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I am happy to have my first Haitian feature in honor of Haitian Flag Day coming up this weekend.

Malida Theodore was born in Port au Prince, Haiti and currently resides in Brockton, Massachusetts.

By day she works with Bank of America as a Mortgage Loan Officer but BY LIFE she is an amazing Singer and Songwriter!

She sang a beautiful duet with J-Beatz, one of my favorite Haitian Artist!

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Check our Interview:

Where do you see yourself in the world of fashion?

I’m more of a spectator, I like to watch and see new styles. I also love to watch people and how they dress. Sometimes it gives me a few ideas as to how I can incorporate styles into my wardrobe.

When did you start taking interest into fashion?

I started taking interest in fashion when I was in college. I used to take the train into Boston and just people watch. I would first look at shoes then their accessories and finally their ensemble.

Who do you look up to in the world of fashion?

Some of my favorite fashion icons would have to be Rihanna, Marilyn Monroe and our first Lady Michelle Obama.

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Where do you find inspiration for your style?

I find inspiration in simple and clean pieces. I’m not into the crazy patterns. For me, I like to apply the quote “Less is More.”

When you go shopping, what decisions do you make before you buy something?

I have to assess the quality of the garment, name brand and I must try everything on before a purchase. I am very big on quality because they usually stand the test of durability!

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Where do you like to shop?

Some of my fave places to shop are BCBG, Lord and Taylor, H&M,  and Macy’s.

What are your thoughts on the full figured industry today?

Being plus size/curvy is coming back. It’s the healthy look and we need more iconic figures to be in that category. There are many curvy women who are looking for trendy things to wear. If the demand continues to grow so will the plus size industry.

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 Where do you see the plus size industry in 20 years from now?

I think it will be still around but definitely more streamline. Hopefully one day it will be fully interpreted and not as it’s own entity!

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Do you have any words for us curvy ladies everywhere? 

I want every curvy girl to know that she should embrace her curves never lose sight of staying healthy by exercising and eating right. This will help keep your curves looking tight and of course keep you healthy. Lastly that beauty must be found inside first, love yourself and be proud of your curvy body.

If you’d like to contact Malida or hear her music:

Facebook Page

Malida’s Music

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Alissa Wilson: The Lady with Killer Curves!

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This lady needs no introduction, but here’s a little bit about this fashionista.

Alissa Wilson is editor and chief of Stylish Curves!  Stylish Curves is a fashion and lifestyle blog that bridges the gap between straight and plus sizes by showing plus size curvy women that they can dress just a fabulous as straight size women do. The blog aims to give the curvy plus size woman a different perspective on fashion by showing them how to shop within and outside the plus size realm to get celebrity looks and to create their own personal style. We live in a world that wants plus size women to be unhappy with their bodies and Stylish Curves believes that every woman should learn to appreciate and love their bodies no matter their size

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Editor & Chief: Alissa Wilson
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Alissa Wilson is a native of Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Journalism from Nyack College.  Alissa always dreamed of a career as a fashion writer and after a rough start breaking into the fashion industry, she decided to take the route of becoming a fashion blogger. As a plus size woman, Alissa knows how hard it is for women over a size 14 to find stylish fashionable clothing. She started Stylish Curves to serve as a shopping resource for plus size women to find out where to get the latest trends and celebrity styles in their size.  Alissa brings eight years of retail experience and seven years of working in finance to the blogging industry.
Here’s my interview with Alissa!

What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry?

I am a fashion blogger that focuses on plus size fashion and shopping. My blog offers the latest trends, designers, and celebrity fashion all geared towards plus size women.

When did you first start to take an interest in fashion?

I started taking interest in fashion in Jr. High School. While growing up,  it was all about name brands. People would  wear a brand just because it was popular. Instead of wearing what was popular I became interested in who designers and certain brands were. I would research them and educate myself on fabrics and style.

Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?

I wouldn’t say that I have Icons but I have fashion era’s I love. I am obsessed with 70’s fashion. Pam Grier and Diane Carroll were some smoking hot ladies in the 70’s. I also was a fan of Bianca Jagger and they way she would look sexy and chic in menswear.

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Where do you find inspiration?

I draw inspiration from magazines and everyday people that I come across. I could read something or see someone and instantly be inspired. Sometimes I take quiet time in my day just to observe my surroundings. That always leaves me inspired!

When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase?

It’s important for me to look for quality. Regardless of your budget you should buy things that are the best quality that YOUR money can buy. I also look at how something fits me. As a plus size woman I like my clothes to fit properly and not be too tight or too big. So before I put my money down on that counter the fit has to be good and if something looks great and is too big I determine if it is worth it to take it to the tailor. Last, I try not pay full price for things. In this economy, stores have sale turnarounds within 2 weeks so if a piece has a lot of sizes left then I will wait until it goes on sale to get it.

How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today?

I think the plus size industry has made remarkable strides in the fashion industry. I feel like people are finally paying attention to us. I want to give some of that credit to plus models, plus magazines, and most definitely plus size bloggers. There is still a long way to go but with events like Full Figured Fashion Week and magazines like Plus Model Mag pushing the envelope we will begin to see more great things happen in the industry.

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What are your favorite fashion trends?

My favorite trends right now is the black and white trend, mint, and floral prints. I am completely obsessed with everything that is black and white and mint is such a great color for my complexion. I think for the spring and summer that is all I am going to wear.

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Have been featured in other publications?

Yes, it was an honor to be featured in the New York Times style section and to be asked to appear on Good Morning America to talk about plus size fashion and why we are ignored.

Where do you do you see plus size fashion in 30 years from now?

I am hoping to see more brick & mortar stores, countless plus size designers, and to see the main stream fashion industry incorporate us in more NYFW shows. I think plus size fashion will be forever evolving.

Where are some of favorite places to shop?

I am a department store kind of girl. I love Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor to purchase my designer pieces, however, I also love me some ASOS and Simply Be for fun trendy looks at affordable prices. These are the main places I shop.

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Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere?

To all my curvy, plus size women out there I want you to know that you should never ever allow anyone to dictate to you how you should feel about your body. Be honest with yourself about how you feel when you look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see, change it and if you love what you see embrace it. Always be honest and true to yourself never try to be like anyone else. Last but not least make sure you’re speaking words of encouragement to each other and not tearing each other down.

There you have it! I love her words of encouragement to us ladies!!! PLEASE CHECK HER OUT!

 

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Paris Alexandra: Embracing Art One Outlet at a Time!

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Alexandra Paris is the definition of someone who embraces all of life’s art forms.

She a Writer, Teaching Artist, and Plus Size Model. She brings life to everything that she does and I had the honor of interviewing her on the world of being a plus size model.

Full Name  Paris Alexandra

Born and Reside Originally from Minnesota and Reside in Brooklyn, New York

Occupation Teaching Artist and Young Women Empowerment Mentor

What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry? : MODEL

When did you first start to take an interest in fashion? I’ve always been interested in how people outwardly expressed themselves in creative ways.

Who are some of your favorite fashion icons? In the plus industry I love Monif C., Queen Grace Collection, Cult of California, and Qristyl Frazier to name a few.

Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration from everyday people expressing their individuality and creating stylish looks from what they have. Brooklyn has some of the best dressed people and at the same time everyone is doing them!

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When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase? Style, how it fits my curves, and price.

How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today? It’s constantly growing! I am seeing more and more plus size fashion!

Where do you do you see plus size fashion in 30 years from now? Everywhere! In high fashion, Vogue,  and all around the world. I see all women represented from size 8 and up. We need more of our images represented!

Where are some of favorite places to shop? Aside from some of the designers I listed, I like Forever 21, H & M, Fashion to Figure, Pay Half, and many more!

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How long have you been modeling for? I’m fairly new at modeling and became interested last year. I’ve done a few test shoots and am looking forward to doing more! I did my first photoshoot with major plus photographer Michelle Alexandra this past December. It was such a great experience and I am looking forward to growing and learning more as a model!

Where are some places you have modeled for? So far, I have modeled for Maasari, a plus size french designer.

Do you have any projects that you are anticipating? I am starting my own company and I look forward to sharing more once things fall into place!

Do you have any tips for women who may want to model? Research, study, and shoot! Invest in your craft.

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Lastly, Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere? We are all beautiful in our own way. You don’t necessarily have to be a model to prove that so represent who you are, curves and all!

 

Please visit and like Paris’ page at www.facebook.com/parisalexandra007

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