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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…

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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: Reel Clever Films

October 17th, 2015

Downtown Detroit

Detroit Garment Group Feature

“Style It Local”

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Jewelry:

Earrings, necklace, and bracelet: F21

Midi Rings: Torrid

I was chosen to be featured in Detroit Garment Group‘s blog “Style It Local” for the month of October.

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As you can see, I was very much excited.

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Clutch: Avenue

My makeup was courtesy of Madinah. And the photos were taken by my buddies at Reel Clever Films. Thanks guys.

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Diva much?

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Turban: Caniff Gift & Variety

Faux Fur Vest: Burlington

Dress: F21

Turtleneck: Wal-Mart

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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)

 

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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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(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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(Picture Courtesy of Reel Clever Films)

It’s been a while since I was in the area of Downtown Detroit near the previous Tiger Stadium. It has been refurnished for the better, yet still has that ‘old’ Detroit feel to it.

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(Eden of Reel Clever Films)

The power of social media and how it can connect people from all over the world. Eden followed me a few months back; I had no idea who she was. I went to a fashion show, and she was there! She came up to me like, ‘Hi. I’m Eden from Instagram!” I’m like, “Heeeeeeey, girl.” The rest is a short history.

Follow her company on Instagram @ReelCleverFilms and http://www.reelcleverfilms.com/

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(Lil Miss JB Style, A.K.A Jordan)

I met so many fashion boos this year. Check out Jordan’s blog, too. http://www.lilmissjbstyle.com/

 

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Makeup Extraordinaire, Madinah M. 

Yall know my sistah’ friend already. Go follow her @TheeeBeautyQueen on Instagram 🙂

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(Reel Clever Films)

I love my new camera. It has taken everything I do to the next level. And I am learning how to edit.

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Shades from SunniesMania!

I was going for an eccentric laid back look. I really love how you can play with fashion and switch your style up. I added a fuzzy turban and a pair of cat-eye shades from SunniesMania. My new fave shade store.

 

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Thanks Eden for capturing these beautiful moments. I love, love, love them and I hope you do, too!

IMG_9013(Photo: Sumiyyah Abdur-Rasheed, MUA: Bertina B., and Model/Stylist: Leah. V.)

The photo above shows a lady who just got off a plane, had about four hours of sleep, and curated an entire photo-shoot with wardrobe included for four models from another state. Mind blown.

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So basically, I was introduced to Sumiyyah of Ann Nahari earlier this year. We clicked immediately. She told me she had equipment. I told her I could get models and curate the shoot. We came up with this set of beautiful photos. Our concept was ‘Ragin’ Turbans’.

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I wanted this shoot to be culturally diverse, as well as body-diverse. We wanted to show people that anyone could rock a turban!

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I found Brittany off Instagram. She’s also an Atlanta-native. Boy, did she transform!

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I fell in love with this “Golden Girls” sequin top.

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So fierce. I can’t even handle it. I love when my team’s work comes to life!

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Erica is also a local Atlanta model and a dance choreographer. Such a pleasure to work with 🙂

For this look, I was going for African Queen. I love how the prints mix and collide.

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Queen Erica.

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I had an idea for a dress. Sumiyyah took my idea and made it come to life. The dress fit like a glove. I love designing!

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So, at the end of the day, this was an amazing shoot. Everyone chipped in when I started to freak out. Clothes and bits of fabric was everywhere. All in all I had a wonderful time curating this shoot. Thanks to everyone who was involved :0 🙂 😮

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July 11, 2015

3rd Annual EMBRACE The Natural You

Natural Hair, Health, and Beauty Expo

Detroit, MI

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The founder of Embrace The Natural You, Ginny invited me to her beauty expo 🙂

She’s super cool. Follow her @Embracethenaturalyou on Instagram

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I’m using my new Samsung NX mini. Selfies with fan girls!

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The ladies of Lipstick Cult.

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She’s like I’ve seen your pic trending on IG. So basically, I’m IG famous 🙂

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I got to meet Jenell of KinkyCurlyCoilyME.com

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My girl Jen.

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My other girl, Etta.

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*Wardrobe Breakdown*

Accessories:  Forever 21 and Dot’s Fashion

Neck Cover: The Ummah Shop (Etsy)

Lace Shirt: Deb’s

Throw Dress: Forever 21

Print Pant: Wal-Mart

Sandals: Pay-Less

Shades: F21

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Feeling my new camera. So in love with it.

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Fashion shots of Lamiah’s accessories.

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Yaaasssss!


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