Beauty and the Muse

Archive for September 2013

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The beautiful models of Ashley Stewart in Lathrup Village , Michigan

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I was invited to the launch and fashion show of Ashley Stewart’s new Signature Style Line.

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Curvy model, Tiffany, rocks pieces from the new collection. The pop of colors are a nice way to dress business chic without using the traditional black and grays.

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This another one of my favorite looks. Curvy model, Liza, works her black and white dress, adds a belt and handbag with a hint of red and gold. And her heels were killer. Werk, Liza.

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This dress and jackets comes in two colors. You can wear it with a pair of kitten heels or knee high boots.

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They had giveaways. (Left) This woman won a $100 gift card. (Right) The manager and store volunteer gives away T-shirts.

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(Left) Liza gives me a huge hug. (Right) Kimberly looks oh-so-fab in her rocker vest.

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(Left) Kimberly and I Pose. (Right) It was Kimberly’s daughter’s 8th birthday. Little fashionista.

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My blogger gear and Outfit Of The Day. You like?

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The makeup artists needed some love too 🙂

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Great job ladies. And thank you Ashley Stewart for allowing me to cover the event.

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Look who I bumped into…Model, Christina Mendez. I did an interview with her just a week before. Check that out.

While I was in Baltimore helping with Curves Rock Weekend, I briefly heard about Plus Night Out in NY happening in September. It is a plus-centric event that happens during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week…Curvy Style!

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Ashley Stewart was the corporate sponsor and also was included in the runway fashion line up. The event was hosted by the fabulous Joanne Borgella (above) from Nuvo TV’s “Curvy Girls”.

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I got to see my boo, Tionna Smalls, author and MTV television host. I also have an interview with her, check that out too!

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I got to meet popular curvy fashion bloggers (Left) GoldenLady25 A.K.A Essie G. and OutOfTheCorner (right).

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(Left) A model from the show. (Right) Two audience members.

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The power pack. Heeeey Anita 🙂 Fashionistas to the max!

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My outfit was fab. I had on a sequenced lapel blazer from Rainbow Clothing. The pants are also from Rainbow Clothing.

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Can’t wait for next year ladies 🙂

 

NB Launch

Nina Bitton is a chic fashion line created in Canada that was just launched this year by sisters, Muriel and Hanna Amar (Above).

“We believe that a woman, no matter the size, is only as beautiful as she feels.” – NinaBitton.com

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LV: You both are obvious bombshells. How was it growing up for you? Were you always confident or was it something you had to learn as you matured?

Hanna: I personally always had a weight problem, and I only started embracing my curves when this line came out. It taught me to be more bold and confident.

Muriel: I had self-esteem issues growing up, but I’ve worked really hard on loving myself the way I am.

 

LV: What were your individual styles growing up?

Hanna: Growing up, I was a jeans and t-shirt girl. I wore my hair in a ponytail most of the time but always loved fashion and girly dresses.

Muriel: Growing up, I always stuck to classic pieces but always added something that was in style at the time.

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LV: Can you explain your Spring/Summer 2014 line and how you guys started it?

Both: My sister and I decided to launch a plus size clothing line after seeing how much curvy girls struggled with finding sexy and fashionable clothing.

 

LV: How would you describe your individual styles now?

Both: Muriel has a more classic, clean cut yet femme fatal look and I (Hanna) have more of a rocker chic look with a pinch of baby doll.

 

LV: How and when did you two decide you wanted to start a plus-size clothing line?

Both: We decided about a year ago that we wanted to mix our styles together and create a fabulous line.

 

LV: What types of setbacks have you two faced as curvy women?

Hanna: I’ve always been very creative and would always want to wear clothes that I couldn’t find in stores. It’s very tough because to me fashion is expression.

 

LV: What are some big projects you guys are working on currently?

Both: Right now, we are in the process of getting our line into stores, and working on our next season.

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LV: What advice would you give other women who are in your position or want to get to your positions?

Both: Go for it because it’s so worth it in the end, it’s a lot of work and stress but when you see someone wearing your dress proudly, that’s the best feeling in the world.

 

LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

Both: Dream it. Wish it. Do it.

 

To see the full Spring/Summer 2014 collection of Nina Bitton go to http://www.ninabitton.com

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Ah, it was that time again, and the smell of new and emerging fashion was in the air. I hopped on a plane and flew over to NY not knowing if I would get into a show or even get inside the building.

I got into the building. I didn’t get into any shows 😦 It’s ok though. I met some cool people.

And I got a ton of photographers taking pictures of me. I felt like a real celeb. I was featured on a clip on New York Times Instagram page. Whoop! And I got to do an interview on style with Papyrus.

I am coming up.

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Check out her candy package purse. Don’t you love it?

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Fashion. Fashion. And need I say more fashion. New York baby!

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Style Network was in the building. I wish my girl Riri was really there.

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Fellow fashion bloggers and stylists. Looking fab ladies.

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This pic was taken outside on the deck (Left).

Giuliana Rancic from the Style Network told me that she liked my style. Bad pic? I know right. She was speed walking! (Right)

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More stylistahs in the lobby of the Mercedes Benz lobby.

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New York Fashion Week had the colorful to the simple styles.

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I believe these two girls were models. But I just liked their ensembles. (left)

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The woman on the left designed both of these looks. Original. I love it!

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I met these girls outside. I told her to walk so I can get a pic of her dress flowing. So Paris and Nicky Hilton photo bombed our shoot. Lol. See the picture in the right hand corner. Hilarious.

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Paris and Nicky Hilton looking real fab.

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More fashionistas. I love the black stud chic. Rock on!

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Social media is a powerful thing. It is amazing how many people I have met through it. People who are like minded, creative, and just pure awesome. I followed Siana Treece (Pictured above with her model) on Instagram. I never knew she was a designer. She stopped me the night before at the show and told me to come check out her showcase. I was like sure!

And I was so blown away by her sexy, vivacious, red carpet looks that I had to do a separate blog post for it.

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This gown is sexy and sleek with a pop of crazy on the bottom.

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Siana gives us metallics and high thigh slits.

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I’ve never seen the side cut out before. It is sexy but not overly raunchy.

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Girly yet business like. I can see this dress dressed up or down.

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How many times can I say I loved every piece?

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So flirty and elegant.

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This was one of my top two favorite gowns of hers. The silhouette and the detailing are just amazing.

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This was my top favorite. This is the most interesting, most stunning dress I’ve ever seen. It is such a conversation piece. I am in just in love with her line.

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And then it was the end of the show. Great job Siana Treece. Keep up the amazing work girl!

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A few months ago, I sought out some styling work in the fashion industry, and I stumbled upon Leslie Ann Philing and F.A.S.H Fest, boy was I excited to work with her and her team on this fashion show. As a “dresser” behind the scenes, we had to wear all black. I went for an edgy chic look.

Let’s break down the look: The scarf, shirt, half jacket, and pants were from Dot’s Fashion, the necklace was from Deb’s, the bracelets were given to me by a friend, the ring was from Claire’s, the studded flats are from Cato’s. Oh, and the shades are from Forever 21. You likey?

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More pics of my OOTD 🙂

 

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My good friend and stylish MUA, Madinah, came along. (left)

I met a really cool, and chic blogger from Detroit for the second time, Liz. (right)

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Hair stylists at work. Look at the dedication in those faces.

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The models were gearing up to rip that runway. Great job ladies.

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Corsets and styles by Ivy’s Custom Corsetry by Robin  Richardson.

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A stylist at work. Creating art.

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This forest inspired dress was mesmerizing. The best dress in the show for me.

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Madinah with a fellow male model .

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Jireh, an awesome photographer, Liz, a blogger, and Madinah, MUA.

 

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Tionna Smalls is an author, relationship advisor, television personality, youth advocate, diva, outspoken glam queen who doesn’t take crap from anyone. She tells it like it is, but she is a very sweet woman, who has the business sense of a top CEO. We’ve seen her on Vh1 before with Chilli from the all girl R&B group, TLC. Now she hosts a show on MTV “Girl Get Your Mind Right” where she helps young women build self-esteem and confidence, and hopefully find love in the meantime.

LV: How was it growing up for you?

TS: I grew up in a two parent household. It was three girls, and it was crazy. My parents taught us early on not take “no stuff” from guys.

 

LV: Were you always confident?

TS: When I was 8 years old, I was very skinny. One day, I started to gain weight and got breast and stuff. I was like, “I love it”.

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LV: When did you know that you were meant to become a writer and publish books?

TS: I’ve been writing since I was in the third grade. As I got older, it was mad crazy, every girl I knew was going through drama and the first book I independently published in 2007 (Girl Get Your Mind Right) it was like a rant. People kept coming up to me, asking for advice about their relationships and from them on I told myself that I was going to take this (writing) serious.

 

LV: How did you become a relationship guru?

TS: I always used to give relationship advice even before I started publishing. But I officially became a relationship guru when I started a career at Gawker. Seriously, people come up to me on the street, asking this and that and helping them became an obsession for me. So now I am trying to make everything legit and become a therapist.

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LV: What types of setbacks or obstacles have you faced as a curvy woman, a black woman, just being a woman in the entertainment industry?

TS: Everything is a setback. Everyday there is a setback. If you don’t tolerate crap then you’re labeled as a bitch. Women who are successful are considered bitches, and it is really hard to keep your head together sometimes. Women have to face setbacks of feeling the need to have to sleep with someone just to get ahead. So every day I go through some stuff. I am from the hood. Being from the hood is a setback. But fortunately, I know how to play the game very well.

 

Most people don’t have a problem with me being curvy. It’s usually cornball fans who make comments about my weight. I mean look at Jenifer Hudson. She doesn’t get anything more than what she did before she lost the weight. I grew up underweight and now I love the body I have.

 

LV: What are some big projects you are working on?

TS: I am producing a stage show. It’s coming together slowly but surely. I have a TV show coming out about rappers. And I have a string of boutiques that I want to open across the U.S. (Also Tionna is working on the launch of her own magazine called “Bossy” and also her audio book “Men Love Abuse just dropped last month.)

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LV: How would you describe your individual style?

TS: I am very glamorous. I love to look girly. I love old school glam, Audrey Hepburn and Phyllis Hyman. I love the half hat and gowns. I plan on bringing that glam style to my boutiques.

 

LV: What advice would you give other women who are in your position or want to get to your position?

TS: I would tell them to be yourself. People don’t have their own identity anymore. Be yourself. Work very hard. Work harder than everybody. I work like I have nothing. I’m 29 years old and I got to be more stable.

 

LV: What are your goals for the future?

TS: I always have like a five and ten year goals. I want to be stable, own properties, own businesses, get into public politics. I want to be everywhere, all of the time, helping the community, building self esteem.  I want to be happy. And I want kids and a husband… one day.

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LV: How do you give back to the community?

TS: I am going to have my own organization soon, but I have worked in nonprofits and transition homes all my life. I just did a huge back to school event. I help out all of the time. I am hosting an event September 21 for the kids. I will be painting fingernails. I give back in so many different ways. But we don’t display what we do. The Tionna Smalls foundation is going to be for the youth, and it’ll have a Scholarship fund.

 

LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

TS: “Whether you’re skinny or fat a bad bitch is a bad bitch and that is that.”