Beauty and the Muse

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It’s official! After months and months of planning and rewiring and uploading photos, I’ve finally made the move. Check out my new website below…

You can now visit me at www.Beautyandthemuse.net !!!!

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xoxox

 

Beauty and the Muse

 

 

 

 

Hey Fashionistas,

I haven’t blogged in about a month, because I have big news! I am switching my blog over to an actual website. I’m working with some amazing people and can’t wait to show off my new page. It should be done soon, so please be patient with me.

I will keep you all in the loop on my new ventures in 2016.

But I’d like to take a moment to give a big cyber hug to all of the readers, followers, and supporters who have been there with me since day one of my blogging journey.

Again hugs and kisses, and I’ll see ya soon.

 

xoxo

P.S. You can still follow me on IG: Lvernon2000 or on crazy Snapchat @LeahVDaily

IMG_1293Photo Courtesy of Amanda Sweet @amandasweet106

Styling by Flossy’s Suitcase @Flossyssuitcase

Makeup by me! 🙂

 

 

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(Photos Courtesy of Reel Clever Films)

Eastern Market Shed

Detroit, MI

12/14/15

Steve Madden Poncho Coat

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It is so hard to find coats that are stylish and fits my pear/apple shaped physique.

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I took a trip to TJ Maxx and laid eyes on this beauty. It’s a poncho coat with buttons and a hood. Super warm. Has an adjustable cinched waist and it’s oh-so-stylish. It cost $89.

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On this day, I was soooo tired. I didn’t feel like getting dressed or putting on any makeup. But Eden of Reel Clever Films had a booth at Eastern Market and I had to support. So, I dragged myself out of the house. Did a little beat. And went. Sometimes you just have to take that first step.

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I am so thankful to have photographers in my life, especially since my camera gave out on me. Ugh! That’s another story.

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But at the end of the day, these pictures came out super fab. Thanks boo.

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(Photos: Lala Trips)

11/11/15

Feelin’ Blue

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, MI

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My blogger friend, Lala and I, took a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Before the snow fell in Michigan, we had a mini photo taking session.

 

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Jeans are so hard to find for mostly all body shapes, especially since I have short, fat legs. So finally, I went to Burlington Coat Factory and found a pair of stretch jeans. OMG. They are nice and comfortable. Doesn’t even pinch my belly rolls either.

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I got this peplum jacket from Torrid last year. Had to pull this staple piece out the back of the closet. I really love this shot! So laid back, which I rarely am. Haha.

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Turban: Can’t remember

Neckpiece: Go Go Lush

Peplum: Torrid

Shirt and Shades: Forever 21

Jeans and Boots: Burlington Coat Factory

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I’m ‘so-called’ handling business.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my OOTD set 🙂

 

 

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(Photos Courtesy of Ready To Stare)

11/24/15

Ready To Stare

Holiday Collection Launch

Cleveland, OH

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 Around the time I started my own blog, I searched Instagram for a few fabulous fatties such as myself. I came across Alysse Dalessandro of Ready To Stare. I loved the name of her business. I loved her attitude. Her style is quirky, funky, and most importantly unapologetic.

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  Not only is she creative and cool. She’s a writer and is also a huge body positive advocate. In everything she does, there is intent and purpose. She’s fearful and pushes the boundaries of not only fashion but the status quo.

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(Model: April Raquel)

I’ve never met Alysse in person, but I follow her on basically every social media network and can see the changes she’s making in the industry. I feel as though we have a connection, because she paves her own path of style and business as she sees fit. And frankly, she does a stellar job at it. With that said, she is absolutely kick-ass! She’s one of my fave bloggers and businesswoman. I am sooooooooo excited to be one of the + bloggers to view her first holiday collection.

And Psst. I heard they already sold out some of the exclusive pieces already!

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Ready To Stare: “The collection was inspired by taboo silhouettes for fat bodies and the idea that the use of the word “flattering” in plus size fashion is just another way that our society polices fat bodies.”

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“Instead of only presenting items that “hug your curves” or “create an hourglass illusion,” this collection is about a love of fashion. If Rihanna can wear a pouffy hot pink gown to the Grammy’s, why can’t a fat person wear a similar silhouette to their Holiday party?”

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Yaaaaaaaaaassssss!

So, here’s my verdict. Wear what you want, when you want, and how YOU want. Don’t let trends or bloggers or the catwalk dictate what YOU feel good in. It seems like the world has become this super critical ball of confusion. You’re too this or too that! How about you be the best YOU. And I’ll leave my little rant at that. Haha.

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I love the colors, the prints, the velvety textures, the ridiculously huge bows, and fierceness accompanying the shoot.

So yall go cop these sweet high-quality pieces. And check out the website for the entire lookbook @ http://www.readytostare.com/

ABOUT READY TO STARE

Ready to Stare is the brainchild of Alysse Dalessandro. A jewelry designer, trained metalsmith, creator and self­empowerment advocate, she handcrafts statement jewelry and bold size inclusive apparel with an unapologetic confident attitude. Ready to Stare is designed for those who believe in following their passion, loving themselves and inspiring others to do the same.

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(Photo Sets by Reel Clever Films)

 

Bedrock Beauty Leather Ad Campaign

Ken Paves Salon

Clinton Township, MI

11.16.15

 

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An epic situation occurred this fall. I was called on to become the lead stylist with Reel Clever Films to work with an amazing cast of artists to create this bomb set of photos. I am super happy to finally be able to release these photos. I just want to thank the entire team, including the small business, Green & Glamorous of Canton and Flossy’s Suitcase of Highland Park, for hooking us up with some dope wardrobe.

Bedrock Beauty Leather was such a cool duo to work with. They are just starting their handmade luxury leather handbag business and wanted a sophisticated yet timeless touch to promote their new line.

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I chose ten of Detroit’s top models and had Bedrock Beauty choose which one they thought would represent their bags with confidence and grace.

Drum rolllllllll….They chose the fierce Fatima Kojima

For the “Lady in Red” set. I wanted to do a monochromatic look. So I paired this Green & Glamorous long sleeve form fitting dress with the snakeskin clutch. Sprinkled a little sexy into the mix. And bam! An outfit and bag for the nighttime businesswoman.

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For the second set, I wanted to mix it up and go in the opposite direction. I aimed for “European Swag”. We have texture, we have muted colors, and leg skin. Trendy yet very fall.

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All the pieces here were from Green & Glamorous

The hat is mine: Forever 21

Leather bag: Bedrock Beauty

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“Simple Chic”

Ladies want to be able to stylish yet work appropriate. Add that one statement piece that’ll take your style from 0 to 100. Real quick.

Houndstooth Open Poncho: TJ MAXX

Top & Pants: Green & Glamorous

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Perfect  1940’s vintage style from Flossy’s Suitcase

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I was definitely feeling the “Ginger Rogers” vibe going on here.

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We wrapped up the shoot with “Old Hollywood Glam”

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Shades: Pitaya

Fur Throw: Flossy’s Suitcase

Dress: Green & Glamorous

Thanks to Reel Clever Films for making it possible as well as Bedrock Beauty for allowing us to get really creative!

I also want to say thanks to the staff at Ken Paves Salon of Clinton Township. Shout out to Brianna and Hannah for hair and makeup 🙂