A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Democratic National Convention. While I was there, a fabulous thing happened.
Well, TWO fabulous things actually.
The first, of course, was this . . .
The second thing, though, was my discovery of Scarlett Plus – an absolutely charming plus-size boutique in Charlotte.
First off, the boutique itself is beautiful. It is chock full of outfits for every occasion – business meeting, cocktail hour, and everything in between. As soon as I walked in the door, owner and designer Todd Albaum came right up to me and asked me if I was a model. *blush* When I explained that I was just browsing, he launched into the various offerings at the shop, which includes his own designs. I could tell right away that this wasn’t a typical “sales pitch” – he really seemed interested in me as a customer and meeting my needs. After chatting with him a bit (and before I revealed my blogger status), he shared how the shop often hosts workshops on issues like health, self-esteem and modeling. He talked about how many of his customers come in and don’t really have a sense of what would look best on them. So, part of the boutique’s function is not only to help customers clothe their bodies, but also to learn to appreciate and understand them. (Okay, that sounds very seventh-grade-health-class-ish, but you get what I mean.)
I literally only had 30 minutes at the boutique before I had to head to the airport, so I didn’t get any pictures. Fortunately, though, Todd produced this great video about the store:
They also have YouTube Channel featuring segments on how to dress for your body and local fashion shows. Todd is clearly an expert on plus-size style as he was a contributor to the Full Figured Fashion insert from USA Today (published in select cities just a few weeks back). He also offers a wonderful subscription service called Fashion 101 Plus – basically an online fashion consultancy designed for specific body times. (The site also includes a blog.) Amazing, amazing stuff!
You ladies in Charlotte are LUCKY!!!
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