Monday, November 23, 2015

The Army Slay

The Army Slay

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Joyce-Lynn's Table of 20

Follow Your Intuition is now 3! I’m amazed that I’m still passionate about writing blog posts, attending events, and interviewing people. I guess that’s how you know it’s meant for you when it doesn’t feel like work!

This past weekend I put together a dinner with family and friends that have helped me get to where I am today. I’ve had awesome support and I hope that I continue to bring great content to blog so you can continue this fashion journey with me!

Everyone looked amazing that night! Check out some pictures of the dinner below!

2016 is already looking bright! I just received the opportunity to be the fashion and beauty columnist for IN Magazine. East Texas please be on the lookout for my first feature in the January/February issue!

Once again I want to thank everyone that came out to the dinner and everyone who has ever read a blog post, allow me interview them, and has purchased a “Don’t Forget to Slay” shirt!



Monday, November 9, 2015

1 of 1s By Jolie

When searching for a new online store to shop from, what are the qualities that you look for? Great customer service and custom clothing that’s going to set you apart from the crowd? Well, Angelique Walker, the owner of 1 of 1’s Jolie, has all that plus the ambition to keep her business thriving!

Check out the interview below to see how Angelique motivates herself to stay original in this over saturated online boutique frenzy, dreams of Beyonce’ wearing her pieces, and making a big move to Texas. 

How long have you been designing?

I’ve been designing since 2013. Actually, it was the most random moment ever. It was more of a hobby I would do with my mom. She’s my inspiration.

At the time I was working in retail and I attended an event here in Memphis, where I was seeing so many ladies in the exact same outfit. Same shoe, same dress, I’m like this can’t be life! (laughs) Here in Memphis we don’t have many selections to shop. So I came home one day and I’m like about to design my own dress and my own shoe. Since that event I would get asked can I make things for people but I never really took it seriously.

When I started getting emails about orders, that’s when I said,” hey I can make this into a career!” I love designing, I loving coming up with things that might seem weird to someone else, but you’re going to eventually fall in love with it. 

How do you deal with the pressure of getting out items to clients in a timely manner?

 I’m glad that a lot my clientele are appreciative of custom items. They understand that it takes time to make. Communication is so important. I would whether overly communicate to make sure that the client knows that it’s in the works. I had to learn that the hard way though.  

How is it finding a physical location?

Online of course you know it’s cheaper for everything. You don’t have to pay for rent, all you have to pay for is a webmaster and that’s it. Now I feel like I’m losing customers because you know women like to try on things. I feel like it’s time to take that second leap and get a location. I have a location but we want to make sure that it’s perfect. We’re trying to make sure we have something done by February 2016. 

How has social media helped you and hurt you in growing your business?

It has helped me tremendously, especially with the celebrity clientele. Even with non-celebrity clients, who may have many followers. You never know whose ordering and when they share it, you can gain a lot of followers. So of course it has helped me gain business.

 It has hurt me because you can’t please everyone. You never know if that one person has a big voice or you just don’t know who that person knows. So if someone has a bad experience and they blast you on social media that can really hurt. 

You have some celebrity clients up under your belt. Who do look forward to working with in the future?

I love Beyonce'! If I got some jeans on Beyonce’ I don’t think no one would be able to tell me nothing! (laughs) And Rhianna and Rita Ora, they can wear anything! 

What motivates you to keep going?

Just knowing that I have people rooting for me. It’s amazing the emails that I receive saying that others want to pursue their dream as well. Honestly, I didn’t have a blue print, I just wanted to be successful. I was just claiming of what I know is possible.

It’s amazing how many people wear my stuff! I literally just design in my apartment and I just do it because I love it so much! 

What can we expect to see from 1 of 1’s Jolie in the next few years?

Well of course a physical location. If the move is right, to be in Dallas or Houston.  And a huge department to carry my line.

What is your favorite go-to quote?

Success is like your own shadow. If you try to catch it you will never succeed. Ignore it and walk in your own way and it will follow.

You know how you try to follow people but you have to walk to the beat of your own drum. Then watch how other people try to follow you!

By speaking with Angelique you can tell that she has a very humble spirit. We want to wish her continued success with her business and we look forward to hearing about her physical location!

Be sure to visit her online boutique and be sure to follow on Instagram @shop1of1sbyjolie.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Tomorrow is the big day of the H&M x Balmain release! Many have been anticipating the collaboration since it's debut on Billboard Awards red carpet this past summer! Well the time has come! 

What can we expect from the collaboration? Creative Director, Oliver Rousteing, tells MarieClaire magazine, “All the elements that make up the powerful Balmain silhouette are in this collection. I looked at everything I’ve achieved since becoming creative director. The intricacy of the embellishment, the strong-shouldered tailoring… finishes your look with the high-waisted belt, and you’re totally Balmain.”

I love that H&M collaborates with some of the high-end fashion designers! It gives us regular people a chance to purchase extra fancy clothes for the low-low! I wonder what designer is next?! 

How many will be waiting in line? How many are going to be waiting by the computer?! Comment below or let me know on Instagram @fyijoycelynn!!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Queen of Icing

When you hear the words “Girl Boss”, what kind girl do you think of?! Someone who’s hard working, doesn’t take NO for answer, a risk-taker, and confident. If Girl Boss was in the dictionary Mary “Mz.Sittlez” Seats picture would be under it! The CEO of the urban-glam clothing line Cupcake Mafia has made her mark in the industry with the uniqueness and originality of the brand.

I actually got a chance to sit down with Mz.Skittlez at the Cupcake Mafia Boutique & Bakery in Atlanta.  We got a chance to discuss her book “The Icing on Top Ain’t Always Sweet”, having a loyal team, and a quick trip down memory lane of her being a music artist.  

What inspired you to write your story? Why was so important to share it?
Honestly, I used to be embarrassed about my story. I was booked to speak at a homeless shelter, and that was the first I shared it.  I spent four hours speaking with a section of kids that were suicidal or have attempted suicide, just trying to uplift their spirits.
Later that night I received an email from a young girl stating that I saved her life. She was going to commit suicide that night!  She heard my story and it gave her faith.

You were once a music artist. Would you ever go back to music?
Ummmm, nooo.(laughs) I don’t think so. Everybody always ask. I work with a lot of music artist and when Cupcake Mafia initially started it was to bring female artist together. So, more girls wanted to be a part of it who weren’t female artist that were regular artist that like draw or spray paint. I needed a way to engage everyone even if they weren’t an artist and so why not do it with clothing, because girls love clothes! 

Do you ever go back and look at your old YouTube videos?
Omg yes! People are always coming up to me saying they use to come to my shows! I’m like ohhh, I want to climb under a rock! (laughs) I was so young at the time. What tore me out of the music business was that the management I was with forced me to be someone. It didn’t really give me time to be who I was musically. Because of that it really pushed me away. 

They say that you can’t get to the top alone. How did you go about finding a loyal team?
I think there will always be those challenges. You will find those people that will stick you until the end, the people that will stick with you until they transition into something else, and you’ll have those people that will just not be around. You have to sort them out. I think I’ve done a great job at that. I’m a good judge at character. When I meet you I can tell off top what you’re motives are and if you’re going to work. The five people that started out with me, four of them are still around.

 I really speak family within my business. More or less, you work with me more than working for me. I try to give the people around me the opportunity to grow. 

Where do you get the inspiration for your collections?
Well I definitely know my demographic. If you know who your girl (customer) is, what they listen to, where they shop, what blogs do they look at, then you’re able to create something specifically for them. Cupcake Mafia is about girl unity. So to unite girls, you have to know their issues; you have to know what strikes them in the inside. I look at the girls around me and I get inspired, plusI travel a lot.

I imagine that running a successful business gets crazy and tiring. What motivates you to keep going?
When you love what you do, that should inspire you. I tell people if you could not wake up with $0.00 in your bank account and still want to do it, then you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur! There’s going to be times where you are going to have ZERO dollars and you still have to wake up and blog, or still have to wake up and be an artist. There was times when I had zero dollars, even in the negative and I still wanted to see Cupcake Mafia work.

My team, which I stated before is like my family, and my daughter also motivate me.

What can we expect from Cupcake Mafia in the next 5 years?
I definitely want to have five different locations. Hopefully collaborate with Forever21, have several shoe collaborations. Just staying current and relevant!

What’s your favorite quote?

A slow rise to the top is a better than a fast fall to the bottom. That’s like my mantra! It is so true! It’s just like climbing a ladder! If you hop to the top of the ladder you’re going to fall, but if take your time with each step up along the way, once you get to the top you’re balanced. You’ll understand that everything that you’ve endure along the way to the top has balanced you out. 

Mz.Skittlez is very informative! You know most business owners are not into telling their secrets to success or giving pointers, especially not for free! Talking with her I learned that it’s ok to dream BIG but be strategic. She mentions a lot in her videos to work smarter not harder. So definitely do your research before you jump into running a business.

If you’re in the fashion and beauty business I would advise you to please follow her on Periscope, Instagram, and pick up her book on!

Instagram- @cupcakemafia
Periscope- @mzskittlez4


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Fashion Overload!! 2015

The cooler weather is moving in and I couldn’t be happier! That means it’s time to bring out the blazers, scarves, and hats! Since fall is officially present, I’m here to give you a list of the must-haves of the season!

That 70’s show

The 70’s are back in full swing! I’m loving that most of the trends of this early fall season consist of memorable pieces of the 70’s!

Move back skinny and boyfriend jeans! Flare jeans are making a strong come back. I love how you can dress them up with your favorite button up or keep it casual with a v-neck tee.

Need some texture to your outfit? You can do so by adding a suede skirt or shoes. Also, try it in colors like teal green or navy blue.

Fringe Again

Fringe as been a strong trend for the past couple seasons, you can trust me that it’s still going to be one of the top trends this season. Be sure to invest in a fringe skirt or boots!

Plaid is everywhere on shirts, pants, coats, and handbags! Trying something daring season by mixing plaids!

Below is my 70’s inspired look. You can never go wrong with denim, especially in a jumpsuit!  Get all the details below!

Denim Jumpsuit - Versona
Necklace - Versona
Clutch - Versona
Belt - Catos
Cuff Bracelet - Whiplash Accessories
Earrings - Icing

Photography by Laura Moore (@__gentlewoman)

Make Up by Keriana Gainer (@makeupbymskeri)


These super cute and comfortable pants are a must have for the fall! They come in different prints, colors and pleats!

Boot Session

What is fall without finding that perfect pair of boots?! This season the longer the boot, the better! Knee and thigh high boots are set to be an important staple to your closet! 

But we also can not forget about the ankle booties. These are certainly my favorite as well!! 


When have Converse ever been out of style? These classics are great with it denim, or you can make your favorite dressy outfit casual. 


If you're a blazer fanatic then that means the blazer vest will be a perfect fit in your closet!  I love that they come in different lengths and colors and still have a classic, profession style.

 Let's not forget about fur vest! If you still have them in your closet from the past two fall seasons, you're still good! 

Turtle necks

I know many of us hated them as kids! But we’re older and we can add some sass to them now! You can wear them fitted, as a cute crop top, or even try the style on a dress! ! Add your favorite statement necklace, some ripped jeans and some ankle boots, and you have a instant head turning outfit! 

Knee Cleavage 

That's right, show those knees this season! It’s going to get cooler and who wants all those holes and rips in their pants?! More jeans are coming like this but it's no big deal to grab some scissors and reconstruct  jeans that you already have! 

The Hat

I cannot forget about the old faithful accessory for the season! Big brim and floppy hats are still a signature piece for the fall.  You need at least one in your wardrobe. For me, I have at least 6 in rotation… Don’t judge me! ;-)  

Did I forget any trends?! Which ones are you going to purchase immediately? Email, comment below, or reach out to me on Instagram!! @fyijoycelynn.

Affordable Retailers
Forever 21
New York & Company
H&M (boots)
Charlotte Russe
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