This month, online publication Au'loni Magazine made its debut featuring yours truly! The publication is designed to provide a platform for “the next big thing” in the start-up world, the “up and comings” of small businesses, and the “unique” missions of non-profits! I was so delighted when I was approached to be in the premiere issue - please stop by the site, check out the articles, and show this new venture some love!
(By the way, if you haven't heard India.Arie's rendition of "Strange Fruit," do yourself a favor and click here.)Given the timing, activists called for consumers to participate in #BlackoutBlackFriday and boycott retailers in protest on Black Friday. As a fashion blogger and shopaholic, you know how this pained me. But then I got to thinking...even though the originators insist that this is just the first step, I know that for many people, this will be the only step. In order to prevent that from happening, I came up with a simple list of small tasks that people can take to keep the fight for social justice going beyond Black Friday. (Honestly, these are things that every citizen should do, but sadly, many of us do not.) Feel free to add to the list and please pass along!
"For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving...." - 1 Timothy 4:4
My prayer for you today, dear readers, is that you are surrounded by people you love, eating food you enjoy, and basking in a well deserved break from your corporate adventures. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
"“You’re not in control so stay calm, be kind and everything will turn out alright.” - Iman, on what she would tell her college-self now
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the USA this week, one thing I think we can all express gratitude for is the learning that comes from life experience. Whether positive or negative, we all learned something from what has happened in the past. In fact, looking back on my life, I have more regrets now about the things that I didn't do than the things that I did do that turned out worse than I would've hoped. So, that's what I'm most thankful for this week.
What about you, dear readers? What are you thankful for? Please share in the comments section!
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is so easy to get weighed down by the competing demands for our time and attention. There are invitations to send, decorations to set up, meals to make, gifts to buy, etc., etc. And oh yeah, regular life and it's ever-present demands are still there as well. As the days move past swiftly on the calendar, don't be afraid to ask for help. It may just be the key to your sanity between now and December 31.
Of course, I would be lying if I didn't admit that your position creates a certain expectation level in terms of your wardrobe. No one is going to take you seriously as a Senior VP if everyone else in the C-Suite is decked out in Donna Karan and Ferragamo and you are rocking a pair of plastic shoes from Payless and a faux leather handbag from that store that shall not be named.
Likewise, if you're the personal assistant to the CEO and making only slightly more than minimum wage, everyone is going to start getting really curious about those red-bottom shoes you seem to rock on the regular. Pretty soon, people are going to start placing bets as to whether:
No matter what the truth is, it is NOT a good look!
The good news is that, after years of shopping, I can state pretty firmly that it is fairly easy to find nearly identical versions of the SAME ITEM OF CLOTHING at astronomically different prices if you just look hard enough. By doing so, you can look absolutely fabulous and still meet the goals of dressing for the job you want AND living beneath your means. Therefore, I'm so pleased to present this new feature to Curvy CEO.... *fanfare*
Through this feature, we will compare very similar (if not darn near identical) items that are available at VERY different prices.
Ready? First up is something that combines two of my absolute favorite things - handbags and leopard print! *drool*
IF YOU'RE THE CEO...
Jimmy Choo Riley Tote - $1,885.00
IF YOU'RE A VICE-PRESIDENT...
kate spade new york 'charles street leopard - kensington' tote - $398.00
IF YOU'RE A PROJECT DIRECTOR...
The Limited Leopard Mini Dome Satchel Bag - $79.95
IF YOU'RE AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT...
Apt. 9 Olivia Dome Lock Satchel - $34.99
Again, this is a new series. What items would YOU like to see featured? Leave a note in the comments section or shoot me an email!
To me, part of the key for dressing well in a creative office environment (e.g., advertising, fashion, beauty, etc.) is to wear what you would wear in a traditional office environment, but to swap it out one piece something with an extra "pop." For example, a pair of black slacks, button down top and, say, an animal print blazer. Or, a simple neutral twinset with a uniquely patterned skirt or pair of pants.
Here are a few examples...
ELOQUII Plus Size Leopard Jacket - Animal Print
ELOQUII Plus Size Heart Print Scuba Pencil - Pink
Foxcroft Shaped Johnny Collar Shirt (Plus Size) Electric Blue 20W
ZAC by Zac Posen Happy Shopper, Dahlia Red
Hush Puppies Cosette Women's Dress Shoes (10 M in Aqua Suede)
Get the idea? Have a great day, everyone!
The Shopaholics Suite occurred last Saturday in Silver Spring, I must say, it was quite the success! I was overwhelmed by the support from blog readers who came out as well as sponsors like Fashion to Figure and partners like the Aveda Institute of Washington.
But enough of me and all my talk...see for yourself, courtesy of these great images captured by Mickey Armstrong...
[caption id="attachment_8426" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A glimpse of the clothes, the snacks, and the shoppers. (I actually still have that that purple sequin purse. If anyone would like to buy it, drop me a line!!!)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8431" align="aligncenter" width="868"] Nel's Shoe Game![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8432" align="aligncenter" width="667"] Ola of the Road to Fashionable making sales!!![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8434" align="aligncenter" width="749"] Students from the Aveda Institute of DC provided FREE hair styling and hand, neck, and shoulder massages for guests. (You KNOW this was a huge hit!)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8435" align="aligncenter" width="965"] My girl Tekisha, Independent Sales Representative for Silpada Designs![/caption]
Now, one thing we promised at the Shopaholics Suite was lots of giveaways...and give away, we did!!! Thanks to sponsors and partners like SimplyBe, Torrid, Dress Barn, Avenue, Shoba, Your Hair to There, and the aforementioned Fashion to Figure, we were able to give away several hundred dollars worth of prizes!
[caption id="attachment_8439" align="aligncenter" width="369"] The winner of our "beauty basket" - including Your Hair to There Shea Butter and Torrid Haute Cash - strikes a pose![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8440" align="aligncenter" width="846"] The winner of the Fashion to Figure gift card giveaway strikes a pose with company reps![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8441" align="aligncenter" width="667"] Our grand prize winner walked away with several prizes, including a $200 coupon from SimplyBe and her very own "Work Your Curves" sweatshirt courtesy of moi![/caption]
Ok, self-promotional moment: Several people stopped by my table and expressed interest in purchasing the "Work Your Curves" sweatshirt that we were raffling away - blew me away! You can actually purchase "Work Your Curves" apparel - sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, pajamas, etc. via my Cafepress store. (You can also click the Products link at the top of the blog!) /self-promotion
[caption id="attachment_8443" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Team Picture (minus yours truly cuz...you know my deal :)[/caption]
One of my favorite expressions is "Team work makes the dream work" and that was no more evident than with this event. The Shopaholics Suite was truly a humbling experience for a control freak like me. I learned that no matter how smart or how sufficient you think you are, you cannot accomplish anything great on your own. You absolutely need the support of other people to ensure success. So, I want to give a massive shout out to fellow co-organizers Vivi of Heart, Print, and Style and Sherra of Ivie Rose Boutique. Also, without bloggers to sell apparel, there would be no event, so extra special thanks to title vendors Kym of Curvy Girl's Kitchen, Elle of Eat Style Play, Jann'l of Girls of Plenty, Deb of Real Girl Runway, Ola of The Road to Fashionable, and ChiChi of SuppleChic. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention sweets vendor Leola's Bakery and Cameo Person of Perfectly Posh for providing swag for the gift bags.
I'm sure it will take me several weeks to recover from the Shopaholics Suite, but it was, indeed, a labor of love. I hope you all had as much fun as we did!!!