HELLO FALL

Its that time of year again!!!!! Can you believe it?!?!? Autumn! Cooler temperatures, meaning trading in those maxi-dresses, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops into those scarves, sweaters, jackets, and boots. Fall is the perfect season for everyone. Why? Because there is something for everyone to fit into comfortably, whether its sweaters, cardigans, jackets, boots, leggings, and coats. I am excited to share some tips and trends on what to wear and what to look for, before easing into the fall craziness.

FALL COLORS

Start off by forming a natural color palette by opting for reds, oranges, yellows, browns, blues, and deep burgundy-violets.

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“IN with the OLD” and “IN with the NEW” Fashion Trends

Bring out those scarves, knit sweaters, leggings, and boots you wore last year or previous years and add them with something new this season. Of course jackets, sweaters, boots, and scarves are a must have on everyone’s shopping list, but what’s new, what’s eye catchy, and what’s coming back to the racks and shelves this fall? Here are a few trendy items that caught my eye, what’s eye catchy to you?

Fall trends

 POPULAR! HOT! TRENDY AND CHIC FALL FASHION MUST HAVES:

PRINTS AND PATTERNS 

Whether it’s leggings, pants, shoes, tops, dresses, skirts, scarves, or sweaters, add prints and patterns to your list of MUST HAVES. They are TRENDY and HOT! They are definitely at the top of my list. Have fun with this one! But most importantly find what fits your personality! BE YOU!

  • Plaid
  • Leopard prints
  • Polka dots
  • Stripes
  • Checker prints

JACKETS

  • Leather jackets
  • Blazer jackets
  • Sweater jackets
  • Capes
  • Wrap Coats

SWEATERS

  • Sweater Cardigans
  • Poncho Sweaters
  • Statement Sweaters
  • Cowl Neck Tunic Sweaters

SCARVES

  • Infinity scarves
  • Fringe scarves
  • Silk scarves

BOOTS

  • Booties
  • Moto Boots
  • Knee length boots

By the way, if you are a LIMITED and a SCANDAL FAN check out the LIMITED’S New Scandal Collection:

http://www.thelimited.com/features/scandal-collection-inspired-by-kerry-washington?navid=top

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A Limited Engagement!

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Sunday, I hosted my first styling event at the Limited and I must say, it was a “HUGE” success largely due to my family, friends, followers and co-workers who all came to support me. It was so much fun!!!

When the Limited offered me the opportunity to host a styling event in there store, I could not turn it down. They say a journey starts with a single step. In knowing that to be true, I took that first step and I am truly proud of myself for that leap of faith.

The Limited team provided my attendees with refreshments, in store promotions, and a chance to enter into a drawing to win a $100 gift card. I was able to consult with each attendee in giving body shape tips and trends along with styling each person with The Limited latest stylish collection. What made the styling portion of this event fun, is letting all my attendees pick out 1 piece that they like in the store, when they pick out their favorite piece they would bring that 1 piece to me so that I can complete their entire look. Once I complete their look, I would have each of my ladies try on their outfits. Some of them enjoyed their looks and bought their entire piece while others wanted to pose for the camera for a picture, lol.

Overall, this was an exciting opportunity for me to challenge myself to see how would people rate my styling skills. It was a bit challenging but I learned so much about my attendees body shape, what they can and cannot wear, and what they do and do not like to wear.  I am so used to styling myself all the time. Its a whole other task styling someone else. But I was surprised and happy to hear positive feedback about my styling skills.

I gained friendships with the Limited store manager and several sales associates. I want to give every single one of them a HUGE THANK YOU for allowing me feature their store on my blog. There latest fall collection will be posted under my Digital PA tab soon so stay tuned.

Close to the end of the event, the Limited gave me a $200 gift card for having a minimum of 15-20 ladies show up. I jumped up with joy when they told me that surprise. For those of you that know me, DO know that I LOOOOOVE to shop!!! So what did Trendy Tab buy? Well let me let the captions and the pictures do all the explaining.

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Posing with The Limited Store Manager and Sales Associates

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Piecing looks together before the start of the event

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Attendee Chauncey signing up to be entered to win a $100 gift card.

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Consulting with Ericka on her body shape

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Giving advice on what to wear for her body shape

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(Left picture is before look/Right picture is after look) Ericka picked out a purple sleeveless blouse as one of her pieces she brought back for me to style. I paired a solid pink cardigan with a light gray skirt.

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My sister Lucretia is such a super model. One of the first pieces she laid eyes on was a strapless dress. Dresses are pretty simple to style so I accessorized it with gold necklace that blended well with her dress.

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This is Lucretia’s before and after look

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Hello red!!! Ms Janay picked out red cropped pants as one of her pieces she brought back for me to style. I added a blue and white strip blouse with a red necklace to complete her look.

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Attendee Juanenna is rockin’ her casual look with this orange blouse that blended tremendously well with her skin tone added with a cute statement necklace. This is her before and after look.

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Desiree is rockin’ the boy meets girl collection. She picked out a navy blouse as one of her pieces. I added red pants, a blazer and a gold necklace to complete her dressy casual look. This is her before and after look.

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My bestie Tedra is not new to the fashion game, her taste of style is just as classy and sophisticated as mine. Tedra picked out a blue blazer as one of her pieces. I added blue slacks with a sequin blouse to complete her look.

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Attendee Gina looks fabulous in The Limited’s business casual attire!

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Consulting, assisting, styling and having fun!!!

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More of my attendees shopping for accessories

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You can tell these ladies are happy and satisfied with their purchases

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I have the best supporters! (Left, Mom/Right, Aunt)

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My supporters! Mom and sister

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Attendee Brittany and I posing for the camera.

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Ended my night shopping, using my $200 gift card on a pants suit and a purple button down blouse

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More items from my $200 gift card (Hand bag and gold necklace)

 

 

 

 

 

Reinventing the Wheel: Palazzo Pants

As a popular trend back in the 60’s and 70’s, to being back at the top of the trends today, are the Palazzo Pants. These comfortable and lightweight pants are a perfect fit for everybody’s shape. You can easily go from day into night with a switch of tops. Which look is your favorite?

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Palazzo Pants can be worn with a sleeveless button down blouse as a casual day or night attire.

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Wear fitted tops or tuck your top in when wearing Palazzo Pants as it gives the illusion of a taller frame. Experiment with colorful solid tops and choose something that will not remain unnoticed.

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Dress them up for work in simpler patterns, heels and minimal accessories to create a lasting impression.

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Palazzo Pants can be worn as a perfect evening wear. An elegant peplum top and a nice pair of heels will work well for the occasion with this combination.

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You can pair Palazzo Pants with a simple tank for a dressy look you can wear during the day or at night.

From Fashion Advice To Fashion Turnaround

In my last post, I mentioned the fashion struggles between inverted triangle and pear shape women. I shared some style tips on how to create flattering and balanced proportions for their body type. Selecting the right clothes for inverted triangle and pear shape women can be challenging and overwhelming. But, there was a quick turnaround for these two ladies. These ladies found flattering clothing to balance out their silhouettes.

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Brittney Jefferson added volume to the bottom portion of her body with this black A-line dress to create a curvy figure.

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Toya Robinson is enhancing her curvy figure by wearing a fitted shirt to highlight her slim waist paired with fitted straight leg ankle pants to showcase the size of her hips.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions on how to wear particular looks and trends for your body type.

Inverted Triangle vs. Pear Shape Fashion Struggles

Selecting the right clothes for your body type can be extremely overwhelming, especially for pear shape and inverted triangle women. As I anticipated before, I belong to the pear shape category and for a small bust, wide hip, big butt type of woman, shopping for pants and dresses are my biggest struggles. I’m pretty sure a number of you pear shaped women struggle with buying clothes to accommodate your hips and butt, while several of you inverted triangle shaped women may struggle with buying clothes to define your waist and accommodate your broad shoulders.

In regards to these struggles, these two ladies shared with me their BIGGEST challenge they face when shopping for their body type.

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“My challenge with wearing sheath dresses is that I often have to go up a size to accommodate my shoulders and bust, but then the dress fits very loose around my hips and behind.“ -Brittany Jefferson (Inverted Triangle)

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“It has always been a struggle for me to find the right pair of bottoms to wear. I have to purchase a larger size to accommodate my hips and buttocks with having a small waist.” -Toya Robinson (Pear shape)

Ladies, let me share some style tips on how to create flattering and balanced proportions for your body shape.

INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE WOMEN:

You are an upside down triangle. You are built with broad shoulders, narrow hips and a straight waist. Your aim is to draw attention to the bottom portion of your body and minimize your upper body.

Style tips on how to balance your silhouette and what to AVOID:

Shirts: Look for tops that won’t make your upper body appear big.

  • Scoop neckline-tops
  • Strapless tops
  • Wide strap tops
  • Low V-Neck
  • Wrap tops
  • Cowl tops (tops that falls in folds at the front)

Shirts to Avoid:

  • Boat neck tops (wide neckline that run horizontally, front and back, almost to the shoulder points, across the collarbone).
  • Embellished tops
  • Tops with shoulder pads
  • Spaghetti-strap tops
  • Wide collar shirts
  • Puffy sleeve tops
  • Flutter sleeve tops (butterfly tops)
  • Halter tops

Dresses and Skirts: Look for anything that will make your hips and thighs look full and round or anything with details that add volume such as prints and textures.

  • Strapless dresses
  • Wide strap dresses
  • A-Line dresses (Fitted at top, flare at bottom)
  • Wrap style dresses
  • Halter dresses with thick straps

Skirts:

  • A-line skirts
  • Peplum skirts
  • Pleated skirts
  • Tulip skirts
  • Bubble skirts
  • High waist puffy skirts
  • Pencil skirts

Dresses and Skirts to Avoid:

  • Tapered pencil skirts
  • Off the shoulder dresses
  • Puff sleeve dresses

Jeans and Pants: Look for pants that will balance out your shoulders. Go for any style that will accentuate your hips and bottom such as pockets, embellishments, patterns and bold prints.

  • Boot cut jeans/pants
  • Flare leg jeans/pants
  • Wide leg jeans/pants
  • Trouser pants
  • Straight leg jeans
  • Cargo pants

Jeans and Pants to Avoid:

  • Tapered jeans
  • Fitted pants

PEAR SHAPE WOMEN:

You are a pear. You are slim at the top portion of your body and your hips and butt are wider than your shoulders. Your aim is to enhance and add volume to your upper body.

Style tips on how to balance your silhouette and what to AVOID:

Tops: Look for tops with fun colors, prints, or details that will bring more attention to your upper body.

  • Shirts that are tight around the waist to highlight an hourglass figure.
  • Button down shirts
  • Collar shirts
  • Knit tops
  • Tees
  • Big sleeve blouses
  • U-neck tops
  • Peplum tops
  • Turtle necks
  • Embellishments around the bust and shoulders

Tops to Avoid:

  • Loose Baggy tops
  • Drop-waist tops (features a waist line below the natural waist at the mid hip)
  • Tops that end at your butt

Dresses and skirts: Look for embellishments, ruffles, patterns, or fun prints to add more volume to your upper body.

  • A-Line dresses (fit and flare style)
  • Lightly fitted sheath dresses (fit close to the body to elongate shape)
  • Empire cut tunic dresses ( has a fitted bodice ending below the bust, giving a high waist appearance)
  • Trapeze dresses (looks like a baby doll dress or a maternity dress)
  • Halter neck dresses
  • Off the shoulder dresses

Skirts: Look for skirts that are knee or ankle length

  • Trumpet skirts (shaped like a mermaid)
  • A-Line Skirts
  • High waist pencil skirts

Dresses and Skirts to Avoid:

  • Short and tight skirts
  • Skirts with pleats
  • Tunic dresses (a long loose fitting shirt)

Jeans and Pants: Look for pants that will showcase the size of your hips and butt

  • Skinny jeans
  • Flare pants
  • Bootcut jeans
  • Curvy fit jeans
  • Straight leg jeans/pants
  • Straight leg ankle pants
  • Traditional trouser pants
  • Cargo pants

Jeans and Pants to Avoid:

  • Jeans with bold pocket detail at the back of the jeans or back buttons
  • Cropped trouser pants
  • Capri pants
  • Culottes- (knee length shorts, cut full to resemble a skirt)

Please feel free to share your own tips, thoughts, struggles, or concerns. Comment below if you have any questions on how to wear particular looks and trends.

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J. Bolin Celebrity Fashion Stylist Bootcamp Experience

IMG_6176I know many of you are eager to know how my boot camp experience went with J. Bolin. Well, let me tell you, it was PHENOMENAL! I am beyond happy that I went with my gut feeling and took advantage of this amazing opportunity. We all know entering into this world of fashion styling is very competitive, it’s not as easy as it looks, it takes discipline, organization, positive energy, and most importantly a great sense of style.

Recently, I attended J. Bolin’s Fashion Stylist Boot camp in Dallas, Texas. Before walking into that boot camp, I was extremely nervous because I did not know what to expect. As soon as I walked through that door, I registered, walked in and was welcomed by J. Bolin with a hug. After that hug, I felt calm and relaxed. J. Bolin was so friendly, open-minded, and personable with everyone who attended this boot camp. I along with 25 other apprentices from all parts of the country including London, California, Los Angeles, Florida and so on came to be poured with knowledge from this talented man. This was an 8 hour class that wasn’t strictly about fashion but he also covered the business aspects of fashion as well.

Coming from Roxie, Mississippi, Jason knew he was not meant for mediocrity and he knew that there was something beyond his Advanced Technology degree from Alcorn State University. So what did Jason do? He went with what he loved which is styling other people. His talent offers him the ability to be happy while making others happy. Jason went from hosting and styling ratchet (in his mind) fashion shows to becoming a well-known celebrity stylist. Jason’s journey started with a single step, he took that first step, and business started vigorously.

Before attending boot camp all of us were responsible for bringing three to five of our favorite magazines, as well as six of our favorite clothing items. The first session of the boot camp was Project Switch-a-Roo. We had five minutes to complete the project with all 6 pieces we were responsible for bringing that day. We were paired with another individual and each team had to pull a strip of paper with a style printed on it and create a look from the style described. The strip my partner and I had was daytime red carpet outfit. We both created a look using the pieces I brought and presented the style in front of the class.

The second session of boot camp was about building our own personal style. Each of us had to build our own style board that accurately portrays who we are and how it is incorporated into our style. We had 10 minutes to look through our magazines and cut out as many styles that described who we were and tape them on to the poster board. After completing our style board, each of us presented what our style board represented to us. Since I like to put my own twist into a common look, my board represented colors, bold statement necklaces, and scarves.

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The third session of the boot camp strictly involved the business aspects of being a fashion stylist which many of us needed to hear about. Some of the topics included creating a press kit for yourself, how to properly market yourself using that press kit, how to accurately write pull letters to brands, how to gain clients, pay rate for styling clients, developing an agreement contract for all your clients and building confidence and professionalism.

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The last session of the boot camp was about presenting your client makeover. Each of us had to pull a strip of paper from the bowl with the name of a celebrity printed on it and recreate their look on the poser board and present that look in front of the class. The celebrity name I pulled from the bowl was Pharrell Williams. Pharrell’s has a preppy, suit, and tie sense of style. After researching Pharrell’s style, I notice he wears a lot of black, white, and gray suits so I suggested that he wear more suits with color, maybe a red suit, or a blue suit.

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After the last session, we were able to pick J. Bolin and his staff’s brain about questions or concerns we had. We used our time to develop relationships and create potential partnerships with one another. I got a chance to network with so many talented individuals at this boot camp. J. Bolin and his staff did an excellent job organizing that day for us. Some of the things that I learned and took away from this boot camp are self-confidence, how to market myself accurately, how to study your client (make sure you learn what they do and don’t like, watch every move they make, observe there body, and listen to them). And most importantly knowing your fashion terminology!

If you want to keep up with what J. Bolin is doing next, follow his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page at @StylistJBolin

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Exploring Lipstick Colors With Outfits

Lipstick is definitely the perfect makeup accessory for every outfit. Frequently, I visit the mac counter to test several different lipstick colors. Since my skin tone is medium yellow, I direct my focus to the bright oranges, bright or deep reds, deep pinks, purples, or deep browns. As I stated in my previous post, on trendy lipstick colors, I never been a big fan of wearing lipstick until early this year. So this time, I wanted to experiment lipstick colors with my outfits. When choosing a lipstick color, I try to aim for colors according to my outfit. For instance, if I am wearing a purple dress with tiny specs of pink dots or roses on it then my lipstick color choice would be pink or if I decide to wear a neon blouse and a colorful pink, orange, purple, blue, and green necklace with green pants then my lipstick color choice would be orange or pink based off the colors of my necklace.

So here are some of my suggestions when pairing lipsticks with outfits:
• Observe the colors in your outfit and whatever color you see that does not stand out like those small pink dots or roses on that purple dress, wear that pink lipstick.
• Layer your colors. Take one of my outfits for example; in the outfit below, I am wearing purple lipstick, a magenta color top and dark purple pants.
• Although, lipstick is an accessory, try pairing other accessories with your lipstick. How about a nude color lipstick with a blue blouse, and a nude color necklace or a scarf.

Depending on your skin tone, experimenting with lipsticks shades is a good way to find out what lipstick is best on you. After experimenting with lipstick shades, test out those colors when pairing with outfits. Here are a few of my outfits and lipstick color choices. Which look is your favorite?

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