Full Figured Fashion Week Model Casting

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The last time I stopped in I was just about to give myself a sanity check by entering a model casting for Full Figured Fashion Week (FFF). Well I did it rocking this look and it felt so GREAT. The entire process was such a journey in self-care and self-love.

I heard about the FFF week casting call a month before they would arrive in my city, surprisingly I talked myself into attending. I contacted photographers, consulted my friends, and contemplated outfit options. Still, I was a bit apprehensive. I decided to ignore my apprehension and schedule a photo shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Amy Hendy of the Hendy image. As always the shoot was fun, I was super comfortable in front of her camera. That night, I cried looking through the amazing shots she captured of little ol’ me.

I cried for all the times I was told I was ugly, for all the times I was teased about my lips, my natural hair, my hips and dear Lord my lips! That cry was therapeutic, it didn’t heal all but it was a good start.

A good enough to start to help me strut my stuff at the casting the next day! The only thing I knew about model casting was to wear something that flatters my shape. My sexy jumper/cat suit did just that. You know this girl has a BAWDY!! In my cat suit, a comfortably pump, and gold belt I was ready to make a statement. Although I wasn’t selected in for the fashion show the experience taught me more about taking time to care for myself and loving myself. Cheers to that!

Check out my lovely head shot Amy captured.
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Jumper- Fashion to Figure (Sample sale)
Shoes- Payless s/o
belt- vintage (mom)

xoxo,
Linda

Feminine Edge

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I wanted to give you guys a closer look at the outfit I wore in my last post. I truly enjoy being a woman, my style is just the way I choose to tell that story. This dress is the epitome of femininity. The length, the shape, the florals, and the cut outs are so timeless. I could easily fit right in during decades of old. The faux fur snood definitely added another timeless element to the look.

My sister bought this dress almost a year ago from Jewel’s Vintage Closet. I talked her into giving it to me because it would overwhelm her (she’s a little bit on the short side.) I wanted to add a bit of modern edge to the look, so I incorporated my H&M leather jacket. The shoes are the classic black leather pumps I bought from ZARA that will surely be in my closet for a long time to come.

Dress: Jewel’s Vintage Closet
Leather Jacket: H&M (similar)
Shoes: ZARA
Snood: ASOS (similar)

Isn’t She Lovely

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Yesterday was my mother’s 47th birthday! I know…isn’t she lovely? Obviously, my mother is a huge style influence in my life. We fight all the time about me wearing her clothes. I mean, can you blame me!? She has fantastic taste. I still remember the impeccably made suits she wore as a teacher growing up in Grenada. Her looks were a sight to be seen, it seemed like the entire village would come out to see her strut to work each morning. One of the principal reasons I wanted to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher. The other reason…I just wanted to be like my mommy.

My mother’s heart and sacrifice are the towers I stand on. Thank you mommy for all you’ve done for the family. You are a game changer and our family will be celebrating your resilient spirit for generations to come. I love you. Through it all…we will remain.

Mom’s Dress: EYVETTE Boutique
Mom’s Jacket: Old Navy
Shoes: Shoedazzle

Look out for the deets on my look tomorrow.

xoxo,
Nia

The Perfect Boyfriend

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Jean that is… I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans for quite some time. I could never find one that fit well, even in my exact size. For anyone who doesn’t particularly like jeans, the boyfriend jean is a perfect alternative. Named for its fit, the boyfriend jean hangs on body as if you borrowed it from her boyfriend’s closet.

That fit is exactly what I was looking for and just couldn’t find. I decided to change my strategy, instead of buying my size, I went 2 sizes up. Voila! I was able really achieve the fit I so desperately wanted. You may not be able to find the perfect boyfriend but the perfect boyfriend jean is right around the corner. Get you a pair.

I’m also wearing one of my favorite t-shirts from my line, P&J Apparel. It reads “I am because we are.” I started the line with my best friend and we approach the brand as a way to build the same relationships with black women all over the world. It’s all about celebrating the uniqueness of black women. There is nothing more unique than our collective strength and beauty. I’ve been blogging for a while but I’m new to the blogging scene and to be embraced and supported by so many truly exemplifies the essence of “I am because we are.” I’m so grateful!

There is so much more to come, can’t wait to share. Stay Tuned.

Jeans: Target
T-shirt: P&J Apparel
Jacket: c/o my sister (Similar)
Shoes: JustFab (similar)

xoxo,
Nia

With A Twist

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Classic with a twist is the perfect description for this look. Denim on denim is easily a classic, and the camel coat is quickly becoming one. I wanted to switch things up a bit, and decided to add my mother’s silk printed scarf to the neck of my denim shirt.

I like to think of myself as the style icon in the family but, I definitely get it from my mama. She is so chic and we fight a lot about me borrowing her clothes. She’s had this scarf for a really long time. I remember it being a part of her spectacular wardrobe when we joined her in the states in 99′. It’s just adds such character to a look. Tamara from Baydian Girl is an expert at incorporating scarves into your wardrobe. Check her out for more tips.

Throwing in a little twist is always an easy way to get many outfits from the pieces in your current wardrobe. I love incorporating scarves, blazers, pops of color, and unique jewelry. What twists do you incorporate into your looks?

Jean: ASOS (similar)
Denim Shirt: ASOS (similar)
Camel Coat: Forever21 (similar)
Boots: JustFab (similar)