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TCFStyleExpo: Event Recap!

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, The Curvy Fashionista, TCFStyleExpo, Atlanta Plus size bloggers

Hey, what's up, hello...

I've been trying for weeks to get this recap posted, but I had issues with some of my video footage, so all I have for you guys are images... bummer!  I almost didn't post it but I wanted to let you all know what an awesome event this was.  

I can't remember how I came to know of Marie Denee, founder of The Curvy Fashionista and event host of TCF StyleExpo but when I did I knew I wanted to feature her on my Feature  Friday series (click here for feature).  Me being a mini curvy fashionista (wink), I jumped at the opportunity to be able to work behind the scenes.  I've worked all types of events, but this one took the cake.  I was very impressed.  From the volunteers, vendors, panel guests and everything else in between.  I can't wait til next years expo.  

As a volunteer I wasn't able to cover the event like I wanted but check out my photo recap (Marie's recap here.) 

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Fashionably Noted Brunch

Whewww! What a weekend....  But I'm not going to complain, this is what I signed up for.  Anywho, on Sunday I attended the Fashionably Noted Brunch sponsored by Sapphire Inc PR.  I was excited to see that Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista and Kameka Johnson of Kami Cosmetics along with NaChera "Cherry" Brown and Toni Washington as the featured panelist.  

Since I'm transitioning from my 9-5 to full-time entrepreneurship I need all the advise and tips I can get.  Each of these ladies had some great advice to offer.  

  • Cherry said that if you're really serious about your business, you need to develop a business plan and get SWOT Analysis.  
  • Marie Denee's advise was to get a domain name.  There's nothing worst then coming up with your brand name only to find out that the domain name isn't available.  
  • With the different trends of makeup, Kami added that getting a good bronzer for your skin tone is important.  And that extreme contouring should be banished forever.
  • The most crucial piece to being successful is to find your voice and be consistent - Tony
Of course a lot more was said, however, these were the gems that spoke to me.  

I know, I know you were wondering what I wore.  This skirt was E-VER-Y-Thing and more.  It was kinda a lot to deal with, but - it was all worth it.

Outfit Details
Top, Belt, Skirt, Handbang - Thrifted
Scarf - H&M

P.S. Always! Always Believe in your brand!!!!!!

FEATURE Friday: Chrisette Michele

It's FEATURE Friday and today's Feature is singer-songwriter 

Let me first say that this interview was a chance encounter.  I received a text message asking me if I was going to the Chrisette Michele event; No, I wasn't.  So the reply text was if you'd like, you can be my +1.  Before I got to excited, I had to check with the hubby, since the event was the next night and I had already been running for the past 2 weeks.  Obviously he said YES!  

When I arrived at the Pose and Post Symposium (which at first I had no idea what it was about), I saw a few people I'd networked with before.  I got to meet two bloggers I follow and admire, one of which I've feature before (Marie Denee of - The Curvy Fashionista.)  It was an eye opening experience.  The first two hours was dedicated to media and bloggers to have a sit-down with the soulful songstress.  Since I was a tag-along, it never crossed my mind that I would be able to interview Chrisette.  Like I said, this was a chance encounter.  Her publicist came around asking people if they
had already had their interview.  So when she approached me about interviewing The Chrisette Michele, I was like ummm Yeah!  She said then you'll be the last one. I didn't care if I was the first, last or middle one.  This was an opportunity that I wasn't going to let pass me by.

It's kinda amazing when you see people in print or on television and then you get to see them in person.  Some look totally difference, however, Chrisette is just a pretty in person as she is on tv or in a magazine.  The other part that intrigued me about "Chris" is that she was very hands on in the setup of this event.  She wasn't just dishing out commands and demands; she was grinding.

Since this was an impromptu interview I had to quickly think of something to talk to her about.  I figured most people would talk to her about her music and maybe even her being on the show R&B Divas: LA.  I decided to talk to her about one of my all time fave pastime - Thrifting.

TSK:  Do you have a favorite thrift shop?

CM: My fave thrift shop is Beacon's Closet in New York.  I prefer the little smaller non-franchise shops over the bigger stores.

TSK: Do you look for anything in particular?

CM: My favorite thing to get is what I call "Grandpa Jacket".  They look really good with a pair of skinny jeans and a "T".  I'll usually scrunch up the sleeves.  I'll also look for the worn looking jeans so that I can cut them up and make them "booty" shorts...

TSK:  What items would you say you thrift the most?

 CM: Besides the "grandpa jackets"; I really like cool vintage jewelry, accessories and sunnies.

TSK: How much of your wardrobe is thrifted?

CM: Well, it's mostly jewelry and accessories, but I would say about 12%.

TSK:  How did you come up with Rich Hipster?

CM:  So I was hanging out in New York (Williamsburg) at a coffee shop and I saw all these people living in these amazing high rises with dirty Chuck Taylor's on.  Because of the area that I was in, I knew these people had money.  It was like they didn't even care if we knew that they were rich or not.  For some people, their richness resides on the inside of them.  Although they dresses like hipsters, they were still ballers; So I called them Rich Hipsters.  Rich in spirit, yet free to be creative!


FEATURE Friday with

Well we made it to Friday!  TGIF!!!

Today's feature is Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista

I started following Marie on IG long before I even met her.  I had an opportunity to meet her in personal at the Bfab Awards hosted by Tastemaker Magazine, however, I punk'd out and let the door close.  Anywho!  I was really excited when I reached out to her and she agreed to allow me to feature her on the Feature Friday series.  Oh! I finally did meet Marie this past week at the Pose N Post Symposium with Chrisette Michele.  

I must say I really enjoyed talking with Marie.  Check out our conversation...

* What's your best character trait?
     Hummm.... I can be goofy.  I try not to take myself so serious.  I try to have fun with everything.  Especially while taking pictures.  If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it my way.

* What's your personal style? 
     My personal style has evolved greatly.  I'm currently in the mist of my own personal style journey.  I feel like if I tell my readers to try something, then maybe I should try it to.  However, I like to keep the girlfriend tone to my look, kinda laid back. 

* What's your fave fashion accessory?

     Rings.  They are awesome and amazing.  I feel naked without my rings on.  And maybe my glasses (only because I need them.)  Although I'm starting to make a conscious effort to grow my prescription eye glass collection this year.  

*  If you weren't blogging full time, what would you still be doing?

     Probably working in retail, since that's what I was doing before.  I'd probably be someone's die-hard retail manager or exec in retail.  That's what I thought I was suppose to do.  I've held almost every retail position since the age of 15.   

* What inspires you?

     I'm inspired by various different things.  Really what inspires me is seeing and supporting other young black women or women in general.  Seeing them chase their dreams.  I've always been drawn to head strong, goal oriented or impassioned women.  Their drive motivates me.  It lets me know that I can achieve excellence.  I think being surrounded by these type of women has gotten me to the place where I am now.

* What do you say to that young curvy girl who's struggling with self image?

     You're not an accident.  It's not a foreign concept of why you are the way you are.  Comparison is the thief of joy.  Don't get caught up in what the next girl looks like, you may miss your blessing.  We all struggle with self image, it's how you learn to find your own voice in the mist of all the other voices.  The trick is to stay true to yourself.  

* Do you feel like you've made an impact in the plus size community?

     I feel like I've made some kind of impact.  If I've helped one woman see herself in a more positive light, then I've done more than I've expected.  However, in my mind I still have a ways to go.  I look to the Gwen DeVoe's and the Sharon Quinn's of the plus size community that inspires me to grow and be all that I can be.  

I really enjoyed speaking with Marie.  One thing she said that really stuck out to me was that everyone has their own journey and we shouldn't allow the media or social media to minimize our start based on where we see them now.  Everyone had to start somewhere.

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