Your Style is Your Brand: An Interview with Stania Roman of Miss Sassy LLC

One of the absolute best things about blogging, one thing I never even counted on or expected, was all of the new people I was blessed to meet on this adventure. One such person is Stania Roman. Human Resources professional by day and wardrobe stylist and motivational speaker by night (and weekend!), Stania is truly making a name for herself through her company, Miss Sassy LLC. And sassy, she is! Stania was good enough to take a few moments to share some of her key insights in the areas of fashion, image, and personal branding.

photo 1 (3) When did you first fall in love with fashion and style? I can remember being about 7 years old. Most of my clothes were made by a seamstress at that time and I was usually styled from head to toe by my parents. Yes, the stylish life of a West Indian child! When did you decide that you needed to share this love through blogging? About 4 years ago, I decided that I needed a central location to share style tips, inspiration and my natural passion and expertise on style and shopping. How did you come up with the name "Miss Sassy"? I wanted a name that was catchy and with the 'S' initial to match my first name. The name was a good description of how I felt about myself and when styling others. I always encourage others to 'Stay Sassy.' How would you describe your own personal style? Definitely into classic looks, being effortlessly chic and flavors of vintage. You can't lose with that photo 3 (2)combination. Although trends freshen things up, it's good to be able to build your wardrobe around items that will always show your personality and keep you versatile. In addition to sharing your own style on the blog, you also coach business students on professional attire and teach self-esteem workshops for young girls. What would you say are the top three tips that you share when speaking to each of these groups? With my background as a Human Resources professional, I've seen a lot of dos & don'ts while recruiting and on the job. That combined with an eye for style has motivated me to empower others to obtain a more professional image. Business etiquette is also a great portion of my presentations to students.The self esteem workshops are a way for me to influence the youth into becoming confident young women, in and out of the workplace. My top three tips for business students are usually: (1) Your style is your brand. (2) Your work is your brand. (3) Your attitude is your brand.

My top three tips for business students are usually: (1) Your style is your brand. (2) Your work is your brand. (3) Your attitude is your brand.

For youth, I help them determine their talents and how all of their characteristics make them special and valuable. That foundation must be established before anything else like style, can be polished. What can we expect next from the Miss Sassy brand? Projects that are tailored to building and maintaining a positive and attractive image. The ultimate goal of Miss Sassy LLC is to become an image consulting brand. How can my readers keep up with you? Visit my blog - and subscribe! - at www.miss-sassy.com. I'm also on Instagram (Miss_Sassy_Style), Twitter (MissSassyStyle), Pinterest (MissSassyStyle) and Facebook (MissSassyPage). Please be sure to stop by Stania's website and social media pages - you won't be sorry!


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Transition to Fall in Your Maxi Dress – #WorkwearWednesday

While the sun is still shining well into the evening, the temperature continues to drop. Fall is definitely in the air! However, if you're anything like me, you probably can't bring yourself to put away your favorite pieces from your summer wardrobe...not quite yet. So, today's Workwear Wednesday features a transitional look featuring a maxidress! Yes, I know what you're thinking. A maxi dress? At work? For reals? Much like Corporette, I was initially horrified by the idea. But, then I saw Shea over at Curves and Confidence work the look to perfection! By adding enough "business" elements to it (the fitted blazer, the structured handbag, the sensible shoe), I believe you can absolutely wear a maxi dress in a work environment. The exception, of course, is the business formal setting where everyone is expected to wear dark suits, hosiery, etc. at all times or when you might have an important meeting with a client, investor, etc. Anyhoo, here is today's #WorkwearWednesday transitional fall look!

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FELICITY & COCO Stripe Strapless Maxi Dress ($98.00); City Chic Bow Pocket Jacket ($40.79); BC Footwear 'Landing Gear' Pump ($34.96); Topshop Foldover Faux Leather Holdall Bag ($76.00); Vince Camuto Pendant Necklace ($48.00).
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What about you, dear readers? What are some ways that you are incorporating your favorite summer pieces into your wardrobe as the temperature cools?

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Monday Morning Memo – Working Toward Happiness

monday-morning-memo NEW "We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.” — Epicurus



Does it ever seem like it's a lot of work to pursue happiness? I mean there are books about how to achieve it; songs bemoaning the lack of it; we spend billions and billions of dollars on medical treatments fighting for it. And, as today's Monday Morning Memo proves, humans have been striving towards happiness since ancient times. In a strange way, I find this fact comforting. Sometimes when you are just scratchin' and survivin', it can feel like you're all alone in the struggle. At least now I know that it's not completely me just being extra. What are your thoughts on all of this? Are you just a naturally happy person or do you have to work towards happiness?

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Chasing the Crown: A First-Person Reflection on Miss Plus USA

You may recall that earlier this summer, we featured Sasha Ballard, Miss Virginia Plus USA in our ever-popular Real-Life Curvy CEO feature. Well, the pageant took place just a few short weeks ago in Seattle, Washington. Although Sasha didn't take home the top title, she did have an incredible experience that opened the door to new friendships and new opportunities. Let's take a look at her first-hand recap of her experience....

evening headshotDoing a pageant or more so competing for a title of any sort is something I never envisioned or had interest doing. The way it was advertised, I felt like it was a great opportunity and something kept tugging at my heart to do it. More than anything I wanted to check something else off the list of things I had set out to accomplish and things I attempted to try—even if I was not successful. Being able to set an example to my young daughter that accomplishing dreams is possible.

I think what I gained the most from the experience is that pageantry is a sport. I have a new found respect for it that I never had before. The same way I used to practice when I played basketball and volleyball is the same amount of effort people put in to competing for national titles. I am quite certain I did not realize that going in nor did I realize how huge the investment and sacrifice is. I shared a room with Miss Florida Plus USA and we built an instant connection. She has become like a little sister to me. I also met tons of other women representing their respective states who have great things to offer. Each of us has a different personality and a different style. You would think with all that estrogen there would be some major problems, but most of us had built camaraderie with each other. Most of us wanted to see the other do well. I do think one has to understand and remember that there is a time and place for “friendship” and not to lose focus on the one goal everyone is trying to achieve and that, most of the time, is winning. sportswearThe advice I would give to anyone wanting to participate in something like this is to do your research. Make sure whatever you are signing on to do is something that makes you truly happy and that you are comfortable with it. Mostly, make sure you are prepared to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity that may arise. Had I not done that and set a precedent for the platform I represent, I would not have been on the news and had multiple radio station interviews. Also, one of the designers who sponsored me has asked me to participate in some major shows that she is doing and I will be one of the only if not the only plus size model walking in the show. That’s a big deal. The even bigger deal is the things that I have learned and the ability that I have had to impact my community and the purpose of my life to help and change the lives of others. So would I do this again? No, it is not for me. Despite my personal gains, I found that overall, it is not my passion to be a part of the pageantry industry. However, everything in life happens for a reason and if you can take the positives out of negatives and align them to your passion, well then you’re doing better than most and you are positioning yourself to a greater vision and vision for your future success.

If you are interested in learning more about the Miss Plus USA pageant - which is already accepting pre-registrations for 2015! - please visit www.officialplususa.com.


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Why Yes, I AM Wearing White After Labor – #WorkwearWednesday

We are well into September, but the weather is still hot and humid. (If you think about it, this actually makes perfects sense because autumn doesn't technically start until September 22.) With the temperatures still in the 80s and 90s, why not dress like it? Even though you may offend a few outdated notions of what is good and proper, why not take a fashion risk and rock a white business ensemble? Go ahead. You'll be fine. Even Vogue says it's ok.

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ASOS CURVE Exclusive Midi Dress In Stripe ($45.70); ASOS CURVE Blazer With Cropped Lapel And Split Hem ($79.98); ASOS FOSTER Leather Flat Sandals ($41.89); POVERTY FLATS by rian 'Colorful' Shopper (58.00); kate spade new york 'izu petals' long station necklace ($98.00).

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I plan to squeeze as much as I can out of these last few days of summer, fashion-wise. That means wearing white, open-toed shoes, you name it. What about you, dear readers? How do YOU plan to take advantage of the last few warm weather days before the fall?

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