Thursday, August 21, 2014

Discussion: The Plus Size Era

Over the course of the year I’ve seen the plus size empire grow rapidly from plus size bloggers, to major stores like Forever 21 and H&M carrying plus size clothing, to television shows.
What is plus size…
Clothing or people, of a size larger than the normal range.
What is considered normal? The average American woman is a size 14. In the model world anything over a size 8 or 10 is considered plus size…
The Market 
I remember when there were only a few stores that carried plus sizes and little to none online stores.  So did the market finally realize that there was a group of people who are eager to spend money on clothes that are not attainable? I guess so!


 
The style
The style selections have changed over time as well. I’ve notice now you can get the same size shirt, skirt, dress that is in the “normal” section in the plus size section. I’m glad that designers and stores are making a better effort to supply stylish clothes, shoes, and accessories.
This topic does remind me of a phrase that I’ve always heard when it comes to plus size clothing… “Just because they make it in your size doesn’t mean it’s for you.” That phrase is pretty cruel! I think the proper way to say it is that “this item might be in your size BUT it’s still important to dress for your shape.” Even girls of smaller sizes could purchase an item and its looks awkward on them because of the way they are shaped.
 
 
 
No matter what size you are, you are beautiful! This makes me think of the new song “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. The song is giving a message that it’s ok to have a little extra! Lol J Check it out!

Join the Conversation!

This is a pretty broad subject and can go many directions. Though plus size fashion has come a long way, what are some things that stores and designers should work on? What is your basic few of this era of plus size fashion? Comment below!



JL
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FYI The Weekender

Hey you guys! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! This weekend was pretty fun filled with events and networking of course! I’m here to give you the rundown of those festivities!
 
 My first event that I attended was the pre-grand opening of the Browning Learning Academy. This event was not fashion related but we must shine light on people who are trying to better themselves and the community. Founder Andrea Smith, MBA, MPA, states that “The browning Learning Academy, Inc. seeks to create a hands-on teaching environment that encourages learning through age-appropriate, development-appropriate & movement-based instructional activities…Each student’s self-esteem and individual needs are fostered by positive relationships with students and staff.” 
 
 

 
 

 
Good Luck Andrea! I wish the best for you and the Browning Learning Academy!!
 
 
Saturday I attended my good friend Taylor Morgan’s (@electricstyle) benefit concert “Whispers in the Wind”. There was definitely some awesome talent in the room! Don’t let me forget to mention how good the crowd looked! 

Taylor picked  a great place to have the concert. Anytime where there are drinks, smooth sounds and accompanied by great people, sounds like a good night to me!
 







 
 
 
 
 
 


 I’m starting to enjoy live performances more. I like when singers and musicians make the audience involved with their performance. Stage presence is a must for me to tune in! Kudos to Taylor for selecting a great group of musicians!
 
 Photography- Fotophresh by DG



Sunday, was an event that I got noticed on last minute but glad I attended! Tim Jon Salon presented a fall style premiere where panelist gave tips and info about different looks to achieve. The panel included the make-up brand Glamour RX, Luxury Trade, Katera Collection, Endless Flow Hair and hairstylist from Tim Jon Salon.

Check below of some of the looks that this awesome panel put together!
 






 

 
 

 
 
 





Special thanks to Bethany of Endless Flow Hair (@endlessflowhair) for the invite!

This weekend will be pretty chill for me. No events but I’m planning for the Fall Fashion mixer 2014! Stay tuned!
 
JL


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer Headpieces

Headpieces and headbands have been a cool accessory this season. From chain headbands to flower crowns, to head scarves, you can transform your look with either one!

Flower crowns are no longer made just for weddings! Wear this with a cute tank and a maxi skirt and you’re good to go!





Chain headpieces are perfect for special occasions and fun photo shoots. I think they are extra nice on ladies with pixie haircuts!

 
 
 

Below check out more headbands and turban looks!






 



Hey it’s me! Lol. This outfit was so randomly put together but it worked! The headband I have on is from 20Two10, a local boutique here in Tyler. You know how when you purchase new headbands and they hurt the first couple times you wear them? Well not this one! It was a perfect fit like it was made just for me! I love the simplicity of the band, it’s definitely something I can wear on a regular day.




 

 
Outfit Details
Headband- 20two10
Double bar necklace-20Two10
Top-G by Guess
Maxi skirt- Body Central

Sandals- Cato’s

Photography credit- My mom!!

 
Don’t these headbands make you feel like you should be on a beach, or on someone’s vacation!!?? What are some of your favorite headbands this season!?


JL


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspired Chanel Phone Case

My inspired Chanel phone case catches all kinds of stares and compliments!  I must say, it is a different piece of eye candy! I purchased it about a month ago from www.fancykouture.bigcartel.com. I’ve had my eye on this case for awhile. Before the only ones that were available were for iphones. So when Fancy Kouture posted that she was taking pre orders for the galaxy S4 I had to purchase!




Take a look at some of the other cases available.

 
 

 

 
 

The Pros and Cons…

Pros-
·         Super cute!

·         Option to wear it like a purse.

·         No one in my area has one like it! (I’m guessing!)

Cons-
     ·         A piece of it fell off the first week.
·         A little pricey for a cell phone accessory

·         Paint peeling (small)

 Overall I would rate this item a 7. I would recommend this case to someone who doesn’t throw their phone around, and who do not have small children. This case is really just for show. Perfect for going out or when you’re feeling fancy! ;-)

 
 

JW

 

K Mills Collection

 Hello, hello, hello!! It’s been a lil minute huh!? Well I’m back and I’m excited to share with you events I’ve attended and other fashion news!

This past weekend I attended the Southern Dallas Magazine Art Wine Jazz Fashion event that presented the new clothing line by Kenya Mills, the K Mills Collection. There were goodie bags, fundraising, networking, and of course great fashion. I haven’t seen a great looking crowd in so long; it was nice to see people put in great effort in their choice of clothing for the affair!



The new K Mills collection consists of vibrant colors, which are perfect for the summer season, and different styles that will have you ready for any occasion!  






My favorite is the yellow suit! Do you know how many heads you will have turning in this suit! I like how it’s not your traditional pants and jacket. The pants are high waist and are slim at the ankle, and the jacket has a peplum, flared look. Love it!  


 
Kenya couldn’t have picked a better model! LaTasha made these garments look so chic and effortless.
A huge congratulation goes out to Kenya Mills! You rock and I can’t wait to see what’s next!






 
Kenya Mills with guest



 
 
Myself with DeDe McGuire from K104


  So are you ready to place your order yet!? For inquires on prices and available colors email  KMillsCollection@yahoo.com

Profession pictures by D.Lacy Photography (@dlacyphoto)
JW
Monday, June 23, 2014

FYI What to Wear

What to wear to an all white party!? There’s a concert that is coming to town this weekend and it’s an all white affair featuring the RnB group Jagged Edge. Well thanks to the promoter Demarcus Bailey, I have all kinds of people in my inbox wanting to know what to wear for this event? Since I’m not able to style everyone and some do not want to pay my styling fee (shade), this complimentary post should help many out!
 
  

  • Blazer & Shorts- This is one my favorite combos! It’s classy and still sexy.

  • Jumpsiuts- Very easy to find now days. Just beware of the jumpsuit being too short in the legs or too tight in the mid-section.

  • Button-Up & Ankle pants- This is sleek and chic. A cute flowy white button up, some white ankle pants, and some stand out pumps.

  • Dress- You can go for the popular body-con dress, or a peplum dress.  

  • Shoes-Your feet will be you blank canvas for the night so pick any color you like! This will give you a chance to show off your shoe game that you’ve been waiting to share!

 
LADIES! We know that white can sometimes attract attention to our problem areas, so we want to be careful and wear the proper under garments!! If you need some help to push that tummy in more, put on some spanx! Know that white underwear and white clothing is not a good combination. It’s black!
 

 

 
 



 




 
 
Men I cannot leave you out! Style might not be an area of expertise for some of you, but you want to be fly that night.

  • Make sure that you that your white is white. Stains are so easy to spot when theyre on white clothing.
 
  • Try some different accessories. I think this event will be appropriate for bowties and hats.
 
  • Shoes! Men you know that one of the things that ladies look at when they meet a man is their shoes! So make sure that they are clean and scuff free!

 
 


 

 
 




Suggested Retailers

Dillards
Macy’s
Men’s Warehouse
Cato’s
Marshalls
G by Guess


 Online

Shoppinklucy.com
Flawlessfoxboutique.com
Ikravemiami.com

 
I hope this will help some of you! If you have any other questions you can email me at fyi_forever@yahoo.com or you can inbox me on Facebook under Joyce-Lynn Williams.