Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Feed In Braids by So Unprofessional

I’ve been going with the motions with my hair and wanted to something different other than throwing on a wig or sew in some bundles, so I decided to get some braids. I can’t tell you the last time I wore some cornrows, other than under my wigs! lol (probably 10 years ago) But I’ve seen many instagram and Pinterest post to know that I wanted some braids!




Here at FYI we’re all about showcasing young entrepreneurs. Meet Camry, the owner/stylist of So Unprofessional. This 19 year old is onto something with these cool braids, twists, and sew-ins!

Now through December 16th Camry is having a special for Feed In braids for only $40! This is a great style for the holidays, vacations, and just getting up and go! Book your appointment today through Instagram @_sounprofessional!






Photography- Hell or High Water Photography 

JL

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Save & SLAY

As a blogger and stylist, a lot of my money is spent on clothes, shoes, accessories, and magazines! I had to take a moment and step back and figure out a plan on how to get everything at a decent price and not keep breaking my bank! Below are steps that I’ve taken to that have saved me time, money, and free items!

-Sign up for your favorite stores rewards programs. They work! After you purchase so many items, or spent so much money, you gain points to get free stuff or store cash. Most times stores send better coupon offers to their rewards members. Whoever knew that you can get money for spending money?!



-Sign up for store emails. I know, who wants their emails for of annoying store emails? Make a separate one just for that!

-Check the end of your receipts! How many times have you had the store clerk remind you that there are coupons at the end of the receipt and you throw them away? You’re throwing away discounts! Don’t be crazy! Save them, but beware of the expiration date!

-Fill out the surveys! I can’t tell you how many times my sister fills out Chick Fil A surveys just to get a free sandwich! Perfect for the days where it’s close to payday and you don’t have money for lunch! Lol

-Get acquainted with your favorite store employees! I can tell you that I have a bestie in every store that I’m always in! They’re able to give you heads up on deals or maybe spot a couple of extra coupons on the register!


-Sometimes you just have to do the old fashion waiting game! Believe it or not, there are some items I just can’t spend a lot of money on and I will literally wait until it goes on sale or clearance before I purchase it!


It’s ok to SLAY on a budget! I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!



























JL 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BOSS Beauty Brunch & Workshop

The BOSS Beauty Brunch & Workshop was a SUCCESS! Women from Dallas, Houston, and East Texas came to listen to our awesome panelists, shop, network, and sip some mimosas!


Panelists: Kenya Mills, Rachael Yvonne Davis, Leonardo D'Almargro, Host Joyce-Lynn Williams, Chakayla Taylor, Esmesha Campbell


The energy in the room was absolutely amazing! I’m excited to see the new business relationships and collaborations that will form from the event!


I’m so overwhelmed by the feedback from the event! Many say that it motivated them to start something new, reconstruct their business goals, or push harder to reach their goals.










Thank you to Vicks Creations and Jess’ Sweet Tooth for the candy apples and small cakes! The guests enjoyed them both!




Thank you to the panel! I couldn’t have picked a better group of people for this first brunch series!














Check out these cute bags from our friends at Cato at the Hwy 64 store in Tyler, TX. Each one of our special guests and early bird ticket guests received this bag with some great coupons and goodies inside.  







Special thank you to our proud sponsors and vendors.


Mink Lashes
Black Orchid Hair Collection
www.Blackorchidhc.com

Cato Fashion
Highway 64 Tyler, TX

White House Black Market
Broadway Square Mall
Tyler, TX

ShuEsq, The Shoe Bar

3 Charritos Mexican Restaurant
Tyler, TX

SFA Alumni Association
www.sfaalumni.com


Thanks to everyone again! It was a very humble and emotional event. It showed my that anything that you set your mind to, plus put in the work to make it happen, it’ll pay off! I’m beyond pleased with the outcome of the event.

Where will the BOSS Beauty Brunch & Workshop be next? You’ll have to stay tuned!


JL
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