Thursday, September 22, 2016

Meet Leonardo D'Almagro!

 Hey everyone! We’ve add another special guest to our BOSS Beauty Brunch & Workshop! Meet CEO, jewelry designer, and fashion editor Leonardo D’Almagro! We’re glad to welcome Leonardo on our panel to discuss his start in the business and give you is expert advice on how to keep it going. Check out his background information below!


Leonardo D'Almagro is the only Hispanic U.S. jewelry designer selected this year to present a jewelry line at Vicenzaoro in Italy.  Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world.  Buyers, experts in international trends, and fashion editors go there to see the new brands which are accepted for presentation to the Global Marketplace; Leonardo D’Almagro presented his new jewelry line at Vincenzaoro this year.
 
Leonardo created his timeless jewelry line using the best gems and material to provide high quality, handcrafted, feminine pieces.  Prior to the official launch of Leonardo’s jewelry line, national TV host Gabriela Natale wore his jewelry to the ceremony where she received an Emmy award.  USA reality-TV celebrities, like LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas”, frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry line… as do American TV host, Hillary Kennedy, and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host, Jeanette Chivvis.  The Leonardo D’Almagro jewelry line was presented during Paris Fashion Week as accessories for Binzario Couture.
 

CEO and designer, Leonardo D'Almagro, who hails from Venezuela, is also a fashion editor and contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador.  He is based in Austin, Texas and speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and is frequently featured in fashion segments for national and international networks (TV Host-Producer) such as Univision, MSN.com USA Hispanic market, MSN Latino Latin American (LATAM), MSN Brazil, and Telemundo.  Leonardo is a member of the Fashion Group International and is certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional.






If you are in the East Texas area, I urge you to attend this event! You just never know the relationships and opportunities that you’ll come across! It’s going to be a great event and I can’t wait to see all of you! Please email me if you have any questions and ask about our sponsorship opportunities! fyi_forever@yahoo.com

JL


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BOSS Beauty Brunch & Workshop Panelist

I’m so excited to present to you the BOSS Beauty Brunch & Workshop! Over the past 4 years that I’ve been a blogger and stylist I’ve attended many of workshops to help grow my brand, business, and network. I want to provide that same experience to my hometown. I know many women who want to start their own business but don’t know where to start, what resources to use, or they just need some extra encouragement.


Meet the panel! Below I’ve selected some of the most ambitious women! These ladies all have different stories and professions that inspire me to keep going and stand out! I can’t wait for you to meet them!

Esmesha Campbell is a full-time writer, editor and fashion influencer based in Houston, Texas. The young talent holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Sociology from the illustrious Prairie View A&M University. She also holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy from Texas Southern University. In 2014, Esmesha started working for Fashion Bomb Daily, the #1 multicultural online magazine and the #43 most influential style site in the world, where she created a niche as an intern. By 2015, she was hired as a full-time staff writer. Her work on The Fashion Bomb includes daily celebrity fashion identifications, seasonal trend reports, the wildly-popular Bomb Blogger feature, fashion news, red carpet coverage, beauty highlights and the Look of the Week. The site is a one-stop destination for a versatile group of fashionistas, especially African-American women, and continuously serves up engaging and stimulating content to thousands of readers everyday. In March 2016, she founded her own online portfolio EsmeshaCampbell.com where she focuses more on further cultivating her passion for writing while covering local events, personal outfits and personal reflections.



Esmesha’s brand is centered around inspiring women of color to go after their dreams, despite what society dictates as “the norm”. There are so many times where young women are hesitant to go after their lifelong passions – but, Esmesha is living proof that dreams can transform into epic realities. Her platform is also set upon the premise of dedication, faith, an unwavering work ethic and flawless style.




https://esmeshacampbell.com/

Chakayla J. Taylor, social media coach and consultant, helps dope women build BOMB online brands, by way of social media marketing and email marketing. With an intense passion for empowering others to see the power in their dreams and aspirations, Chakayla is dedicated to helping those around her become successful! With nearly seven years in the blog industry, she continues to expand her knowledge base by collaborating and building with fellow bloggers and business women.





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Rachael Yvonne Davis is a potent force of beauty, boldness and brilliance. Surviving one of the most severe car crashes didn’t stop her, but rather propelled her into action. Now Rachael Yvonne Davis, also known as RYD, tours schools visits hospitals, and speaks about what it means to truly be “focus driven” – touching on the importance of car safety and staying in alignment to ones life’s purpose.


When she isn’t at the podium, you might find her on the runway or making an appearance on behalf of the vast pageant system. As a former Miss New York Plus America and former Miss Texas Plus America she currently reigns as  Miss Lone Star Plus America – From New York to New Orleans to Texas, RYD has adorned her crown to abiding fans, supporters and friends. The boardroom comes calling for RYD also.
Founding Principal of United Enterprises, a boutique marketing and PR firm, her client list reads like a Who’s Who of high society. She is known for assessing brand potential and working with clients to help manifest profitable living brands that address real needs and improve the human condition. It is only the beginning for RYD. The model / maverick has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Platform:
Be A Book Angel: Helping families develop, practice, and maintain strong readers for life.  
http://www.bookangelnonprofit.com
http://www.rachaelyvonnedavis.com/

I’m excited to have celebrity stylist, designer, and owner of K Mills Collection, Kenya Mills to be our special guest.


“My line was created with the thought process of making beautiful, timeless, sophisticated and elegant clothing for the woman of discerning taste.  I love when women look beautiful and graceful.  I wanted to create a line that had sex appeal without being too sexy and revealing.  I feel like KMillsCollection strikes that balance.”

You may have seen K Mills Collection on some of your favorite celebrities and style influencers. Check out her signature pieces at www.shopkmillscollection.com










There you have it! The panelist for the BOSS Beauty Brunch and Workshop! Stay tuned for  special guests and other business professionals that will be in attendance!

For tickets visit the link below!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Who Run the World: Curvy Girls

So much has changed since my post The Plus Size Era there are some curvy women who have and are still fighting to change the fashion world! Take Whitney Thompson who was the first plus size model to win America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 9, 2014), Ashley Nell Tipton who was the first plus size designer (2016) to win Project Runway, and Ashley  Graham who was the first plus size model to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated (2016).


Project Runway Winner  Ashley Nell Tipton

I recently got a chance to style my photographer Dashown in this fun, back to school inspired look. It’s casual but still a show stopper. And who says curvy ladies can’t wear crop tops? As long as there is a balance where the top is short but the bottoms are high or you can accentuate your waist by tying a shirt around the waist. You’ll be fine! (Secret: Dashown works behind and front of the camera! She use to be a model!!)








Outfit Details
Jacket- Old Navy
Top- F21
High Waist Shorts- F21
Shoes- Converse
Sunglasses- Cupcake Mafia

Bracelets- Target & F21 Red
Model-Dashown (@djacques_photography)
Photographer- Ke'er (@pointandclickphotography)


Below are some of my favorite plus size bloggers! Be sure to check out their sites and Instagrams, for more outfit inspirations, you won’t be disappointed!

Beauticurve.com


Garnerstyle.com

+Kelly Augustine 


Everythingcuryandchic.com
Below there's a list of great stores and online shops that caters to women with more curves!

Store & E-commerce list
ASOS.com
Torrid
H&M Plus
Forever21 +
Old Navy
ModCloth.com
LaneBryant
Cato’s
Rainbow (Don’t sleep on rainbow! You can put together a bad (meaning good) outfit from there and many would never know you got it from there!)
Target
Shunmelson.com
Stylistjbolin.com



We’ve come so far with the plus size community but there still some ways to go. Keep fighting to change the game ladies! It’s working!

JL

Friday, July 29, 2016

Coffee & Conversation


Happy Friday! For this outfit post I wanted to do something fun and cute but still have a grown up feel. I love stripes and I love wide leg pants! So the fact that I found the two together was a win!




I was a little worried about the pants though. I didn’t want it to come off clown-ish, so I had to be cautious about what shirt I was going to pair it with.





Denim Shirts are a closet staple! You can’t go wrong with having one in rotation. There’s so many outfits you can create with a denim (chambray) shirt.


Outfit Details
Denim Shirt- Tommy Hilfiger (TJ Max 24.99)
Pants- Target (On Sale $12.00)
Shoes- Steve Madden (Dillard’s)
Sunglasses- Ann Taylor Loft ($12.00)
Handbag- Michael Kors (Macy’s)
PomPom Accessory- TopShop 
Necklace- Icing by Claire’s


Photographer- Dashown Jacques (@jacques_photography)




FYI Summer16 Favorites


We’re half way through the summer and there are some items that you need to get before the summer season ends! Below is a list of my summer must haves. Check it out! 

Off the shoulder shirts are majorly trending for the season! They’re perfect for casual day events or great for dressing up for evening dates! I can’t tell you how many I have, I’m obsessed with them!





I’ve randomly found a less expensive brand for getting matte lips! NYX is a good replacement if you don’t feel like spending $18 on a lipstick or lip gloss from MAC.I believe that you can find them at your favorite drug store or beauty supply retailer.



You can never have too many sunglasses! As you can see I’m all about clear frames right now! Be sure to check out A Friends Closet (@afriendscloset) and Don Smith (@donthejunkman) for all the coolest frames.










Flare jeans are certainly trending again! I just love the way they look and most are pretty comfortable. 






This Texas heat ain’t playing right now! (Yes, I said ain’t!) Due to the heat I’m not a big fan of wearing a lot of makeup. I’ve found a great alternative to getting a beat face without all the heaviness. So I’ve swapped out my MAC foundation for the Mary Kay CC cream tinted moisturizer. I also use it with the Mary Kay mineral powder and MAC’s N45 cream concealer for my blemishes and under my eyes.







There’s nothing more comfortable than throwing on a maxi dress in this very warm weather. This summer season be sure to get you a floral or paisley printed one.








White blouses are closet staples. They're great paired with jeans, your favorite striped pants, or printed shorts.



 Thanks to Beyonce, she's had everyone screaming “Lemonade” and wearing the color yellow and lemons this spring and summer. K MillsCollection  has a great selection of yellow in tops dresses, pants, and jumpsuits!








My summer go to stores are Earth Bound (Broadway Square Mall), Target, Versona (Cumberland Village), White House Black Market (Broadway Square Mall) . Check out their summer selections right now! 

The 90s are back! The choker is a must have accessory this summer! I was rocking them before they were even back in style! I'm just saying! lol 

You can get them pretty much anywhere now. My go to places are Agaci, Versona, and Forever 21. 








And there you have it! My Summer 16 fashion favorites! Did I miss anything?! Be sure to comment below!


JL



Monday, July 18, 2016