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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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(Photos Courtesy of Worldiction)

 

October 12th 2015

Blogger Meet & Greet with Leah V.

Lakeside Mall: Lord & Taylor

Sterling Heights, MI

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(I’m searching for the perfect fall ensemble for my model for the event.)

I was contacted by Nicole, store manager of Lord & Taylor, to talk about their new and improved Plus-Size section including brands from Jessica Simpson, Calvin Klein, and Michel Kors, just to name a few.

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(My beautiful model, Amanda Sweet, in her 1st outfit.)

This was Lord & Taylor’s first blogger meet and greet in-store. I decided to get two models and style them live. I also was able to style myself from head to toe in L&T’s plus section.

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Strutting her stuff. All black with a splash of flair and color.

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Outfit #2 with paparazzi…A.K.A Style bloggers.

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Outfit #3 says I work hard, but I play harder.

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I also styled my bff, Madinah. Love the warm-toned accents.

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Want to give a huge shout-out to all my blogger buddies that came out to support.

Here are my ladies from Style Trifecta.

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Lil Miss JB Style was in the house!

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Thanks to the friendly customers who stopped by.

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Thanks to Nicole who allowed us to rummage through her store. Haha.

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Oh, hey, there’s Eden from Chic in the Tropics.

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Baby Dallas, Eden, and Thaad.

All smiles 🙂

 

 

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(Thanks for the pics JB!)

 

September 24, 2015

The Fillmore

Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed

Downtown Detroit

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(Custom lace gown by Ann Nahari)

I heard about Hour Detroit’s Best Dressed for two years in a row and somehow never got a chance to attend. I called Somerset. I emailed and even called Hour Magazine. And no response. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be, I thought. Finally, a few days before the event, their PR firm contacted me with a press pass. I was ecstatic.

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I felt like an all black dress would’ve been too blah…I wanted to make a splash at the event. I decided what better color to wear: red!

Hawt like fire.

Explosive like lava.

Spicy like peppers.

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I adore this photo. It says curvy fashionista conquers the world.

By the way: hat and sunnies from Forever 21, neck piece from Burlington, and belt was from Rainbow Clothing.

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Close-up. Tried new foundation from Lancome. Lipstick by Kat Von D. No, Madinah didn’t beat my face. I had to do it all by my lonesome. My wing liner is getting a little better.

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Oh, Hey at Lil Miss JB Style and Colour and Grace.

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Bumped into these rowdy youngins’ outside the venue.

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Best Dressed Trio goes to this beaded and laced gang.

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Best Dressed Male goes to this velvet suit and embellished loafer gentleman.

 

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Fashion Blogger Alliance: Happy Hour

Bobcat Bonnie’s

Downtown Detroit

October 2, 2015

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When bloggers get together, it gets a little crazy. We take random usies.

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We pretend to act cool. Haha.

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We even stick our tongues out.

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But deep down, we genuinely share a love for fashion and art. We strive to inspire through our creations.

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We come from different backgrounds.

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Somehow we just fit together.

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Creating new friendships.

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I am always the crazy one. Lol

Shout out to Bobcat Bonnie’s for housing us rowdy bloggers. Food was good and the service was on point.

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(L to R: Maryam, Tasneem, myself, and Fatimah)

 

Tokyo Club

Black & Gold Birthday Soiree

September 28, 2015

Downtown Detroit, MI

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(All photos courtesy of Scott Mitchell of Worldiction Arts)

The wait is over. I am finally blogging about my Black & Gold Birthday Soiree photos last month. Although it was stressful, we had a great time. I was even able to style the models above with wardrobe courtesy of Thrift on the Ave and Green and Glamorous. Thanks loves 🙂

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My big sis came and boogied down.

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The owners of Thrift on the Ave! Go check them out in Downtown Detroit.

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The photographer of the night, Scott.

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The hubby and I.

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My friends, thanks for coming and helping and taking the verbal abuse. Ha. And of course, thanks to Madinah for the makeup.

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More of my friends!

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My buddy Dierdra and Mike.

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Model Shia and I.

Oh, and my dress was designed by myself and brought to life by two designers/seamstresses: Mahgrib of Chimiwear and Taqwa of Ziarra Collection.

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Nafeesa and Fatima.

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We had a lil’ runway competition. And Maryam won!

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My cake cutting ceremony.

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Roberto’s Bakery did a wonderful job. We smashed it.

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Thanks everyone for a fun filled evening.

And I’ll send you off with a pic of my sis dropping it like its hot. Oh, boy. lol

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(Fabulous +Plus Blogger Chante from Everything Curvy And Chic)

 

Essence Street Style Awards

NYFW: Part Two

September 13, 2015

Dumbo, Brooklyn

 

This is part two of my NYFW journey. So after being denied access to Rachel Zoe’s show, I took the subway (with my large baby blue tutu) to Dumbo, Brooklyn to the Essence Street Style Awards. I met up with some native Detroiters, met a buddy from Boston, my bestie Kait, and of course, I took some bomb street style photos. Check em’ out:

 

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Preggers n’ Chic: she basically took three different concepts and smashed them together. And it worked.

 

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 Loving the different textures here.

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Oh, hi there. I caught this fashionista in mid-convo.

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I was immersed in so many turban looks.

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Large shades, clutches, and kilts.

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 I can’t even tell you all the things I love about this ensemble. Just love!

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 Natural hair. Don’t care.

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Basically, this pic was taken under my umbrella when the rain decided to pour down on us fashionistas. Kori is a local blogger from the D. She stays selfie ready.

I guess I did take over NYFW after all.

*Twerks*

Ha.

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(Fan pic at Chanel’s Pop-Up Exhibit: Boyfriend Watch Launch)

 

Leah V. Daily Crashes NYFW

New York City

NYFW Headquarters

September 13, 2015

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(Wilhelmina Model: Weston Serame @westonserame wearing the crown.)

 

As you all know, my blogger friends and I planned on doing a series on what we would wear to NYFW if we had a chance to go. Of course, I’d wear my tutu! I was on Instagram the next day and saw all my buddies at NYFW: posting selfies, street style, and clips from high-profile shows. At that very moment, I decided that I was actually going to fly to NY for the day and crash the Rachel Zoe show.

Here’s what happened…

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(NYFW isn’t NYFW without the street style photograpers.)

 

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(Fan pics with the crown and Coca-Cola)

I took the subway to Washington St. I then got lost. I hailed a cab. Got changed in the back of said cab. He dropped me off on the side of the building. I hopped out. Laid my tutu down. Threw on my crown and strutted into a barrage of hungry street photographers. They didn’t know my name, but they snapped. And snapped. And I posed and blew kisses. I even twirled. My time in the limelight was over once a ‘real’ celeb by. I was ok with that. I got my three seconds of fame. Ha.

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(Fan pics: Nikki Minaj face. lol)

I got in line to the Rachel Zoe show as if I had an invite. I stood patiently, more pics were taken of me. Fashionistas stood beside me, in front of me, and in back. The doors opened. People began taking their invites out. I gulped. When it was my turn to go up. I explained to the chic gate-keepers dressed in all black. I told them I was a blogger from Detroit. I flew in just on the belief that I would get into the Rachel Zoe show.

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(Dude’s face in the back: priceless)

The girls in black looked at me like I was crazy for wasting their precious time and politely said no. No ticket. No entry. I nodded and took the walk of shame out the opening. I fluffed my tutu and hailed a cab to NYFW Headquarters. I wouldn’t be defeated.

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I stopped by Chanel’s Meet My Boyfriend (the watch’s name) Exhibit. And received all the fan love after I was just denied access to Rachel Zoe’s show. I felt better already.

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(They offered me a customized Coca-Cola.)

 

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(They even let me try on a very expensive, fancy, schmancy watch encrusted with diamonds.)

 

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(A student photographer from Europe.)

After I left Chanel, I went across the street to NYFW Headquarters. Some of the people were a little snooty, but then I met this cool student and her friend (who took the pic).

 

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(Chloe Schnell, designer)

I asked Chloe if I could capture her style, and then we started talking. She’s an indie designer living in NYC.

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(Model: Maureen from Amsterdam. Her hair compliments my ensemble.)

 

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(I got to see my good friend, Kait. Style is definitely on Mars.)

So that is half of my story of how I crashed (or tried to crash) NYFW in my tutu and crown!

The 2nd part of my journey will be posted soon.

The story doesn’t stop here…

 

🙂

 

 

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of Worldiction

Bloggers: Eden, Me, JB, and Mel

September 10, 2015

Detroit Does NYFW

Eastern Market

Detroit, MI

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Photo: Worldiction

As you can see, none of us are going to be attending Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. (Pause) *Cries eyes out* So kidding. Although some of us are slightly disgruntled to not be apart of the shows, street style, and glam after-parties with mega supermodels, we decided to have our own little NWFW inspired shoot in none other but the D!

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Photo: Worldiction

So, JB (with the fur) came up with an idea. Let’s play in clothes (what we usually do anyway) and come up with what we’d wear if we were going to attend NYFW. Genius idea. And how can I deny a photoshoot with the baes 🙂

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Photo: Worldiction

Our goal here was to fake laugh, which turned into full blown cackles, witch laughter, and hooting. lol

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Along with our photographer Scott of Worldiction Arts, we welcomed Nigel, the cool videographer.

Shout out to Alua Aumade for the black and white handmade neck piece (jabot). He’s also got some dope bow-ties. Support your local businesses and check out his Etsy.

We’ll be posting pics of the entire photo shoot the entire week of NYFW on all of our blogs. Stay turned, fashionistas.

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(Model: Amanda Sweet and myself, doing whatever it is that I do)

 

Ashley Stewart

Lathrup Village, MI

August 29th, 2015

#LoveYourCurvesTour

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(Tamara from Ashley Stewart and Coco the Comic from 105.9 FM Detroit)

I had a photo shoot planned that morning that I’d been working on for the last few weeks. Tamara of Ashley Stewart emailed, asking if I’d like to cover the event and be a special guest. I couldn’t refuse.

The fashion show was awesome and the energy was high.

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Here are my top “Three” picks:

1. The tulle skirt. It can be paired with a cami, a denim button-up, or a blazer. Such a versatile piece.

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2. A tribal print dress.

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3. The Fringe bag. Basically anything with fringe on it is this fall’s trending detail. 

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It isn’t an event unless you have paparazzi.  

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As a special guest, I was able to join Ashley Stewart’s “Runway Competition”. I did win! Ha. But I had to take a pic with one of my fiercest competitors.   

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Fan Usie. 

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Fan Selfie. Digging the hat all the way! 

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My makeup artist, Madinah and my buddy, Cassy of The Fuller Women Network. 

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Style Trifecta was in the building. 

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It’s not about having the perfect picture, it’s about having the perfect attitude. 

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I was feeling myself like Yonce’. Wardrobe breakdown: 

Stripped Shirt: F21 Plus

Jewelry: VictoriousMe Canada

Tutu: I made it

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Renaissance Center/The Riverwalk

Downtown Detroit

July 26th 2015

Empowerment: Fashion Blogger Style

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Life is funny. The right people kind of just fall into your lap when you least expect it. I met these crazy fashion bloggers at different times, but it is like we’ve known each other for years.

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I’ve been blogging for about 2+ years now and didn’t even know there were other local bloggers like myself floating around the city. We’ve bounced around from fashion show to fashion show, colliding at the last step. And this happened.

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We decided to do a silver and black themed shoot, geared towards empowerment, strength, and entrepreneurship. Basically, everything we aspire to be and want to inspire others to partake in. Scott M., Worldiction, a local art photographer allowed our creative juices to flow without interruption.

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Each of our personalities and styles are different, yet we all have a common goal of wanting to empower each other through our blogs and vlogs as well as our audiences by encouraging creativity and individuality, a strong sense of self.

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Shall we do a wardrobe breakdown?

Turban/Scarf: Borrowed

Neck piece: I made it, booyah!

Lace Dress: F21 Plus

Snake Bracelet: Deb’s

Earrings and Ring: Joanne’s Fabric

Lace Hand Piece: Claire’s

Ballet Flats: Pay-Less

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This year has been a whirlwind of successes and failures. But as I keep pushing and meeting new people who inspire me every moment, I find the failures shrinking. Life is about living through our experiences and finding out what we’re supposed to learn from them. I am thankful to have a set of empowering women–and men–who push me to be something more, something greater than myself.

A photo  of the crew and Scott! The man behind the camera.

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My last photo of the day! And I have the whole city behind me.

xoxo


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