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HELLO FALL! 

 

 

I Support Kaepernick 

 

 

In this day and time with women and African American rights being violated seemingly every day, its hard for me to figure out how I can stand up and be heard as a member of both. So I decided that the one thing that I supported whole heartedly was football; I watch every game, I download the ESPN app, throw parties and buy all paraphernalia every season. And when the NFL decided to blackball Kaep for his support of #BlackLivesMatter I was angry and sad. The NFL who makes millions of dollars from the entertainment of their Black players, can't say we stand with you? But they did not actually have to say anything. All that they needed to do was keep him on the 49ers or trade him to another team and that would have spoken loud and clear...WE SUPPORT KAEPERNICK! But none of the above happened and guess what I heard that loud and clear...BLACK LIVES MATTER BUT ONLY TO MAKE US BILLIONS! Now I'm not sure if my protest or the people who are protesting the same will make a difference, but I do know I will not and cannot let Kaep kneel alone. I spend my most precious commodity...time supporting the NFL and they won't act in solidarity with African Americas in this country, then I can no longer spend my time and money in solidarity with the NFL. 

I would like to say THANK YOU to all the people who supported me and allowed me to have the below opportunity. If you donated, liked, commented or shared my post I appreciate it. If you sent money thru go fund me, paypal or the cash app I appreciate it. Even if you said "Go Girl" and said a pray for me I appreciate it. I THANK YOU again for however you supported my dream!

Image Creates Opportunity 

 

 

Seems simple right? A wardrobe stylists career is based on image, but what will you do when the opportunity comes? J. Bolin #AskJBolin Fashion Boot Camp taught me how to perfect the image in order to gain & own the opportunity.

 

Kauwuane Burton Studios was the perfect backdrop to 30 budding stylist all dressed in nudes to learn from the best. When we arrived his staff welcomed each and every one of us with a warm smile & embraced. They even took our bags and bags of items and placed them for us. They led us to a room that had the most beautiful donut display I have ever seen complemented with a mimosa bar. As more and more people arrived the excitement grew each time a smiling face entered the room. So in true fashion I grabbed a glass, poured a mimosa and asked the entire room to toast to a wonderful and imformative day. Cheers!

 

J. Bolin came out greeted us with a huge smile and asked if we were ready? A resounding YEEESSS filled the room and we followed our teacher into a exposed brick studio transformed into a rustic floral oasis. The table was adorned with white roses in gold flower pots, with leafy green accents and the shimmer from white candles framed in gold wire holders made the look complete. The designer even took photos of J's work and created a table runner. Kudos! 

 

Then before we did anything Mo his online store manager led us in one of the best prayers I have ever heard; there was not a dry eye in the room. We gathered ourselves and J. Bolin got right to it. We each introduced ourselves and stated why we were there and what we hoped to get from our visit. He explained how he started and what sacrifices him and his family had to make in order from him to be where he is today. He gave us the do's and dont's in the style industry, tore down all our fears and explained to us that we are worthy of this journey.

 

The agenda for the day ranged from how to write a pull letter to working with what you have to style a client. Each participant had to bring 10 of their favorite wardrobe items and we had to pair up and style our partner with any of the 20 items. Me and my partner Dawn got the Red Carpet look and we nailed it. Of course, a few welcomed tweeks from the best was the icing on cake. We also had to makeover a celebrity and J and his staff lovingly nitpicked every detail and then showed us how to improve.

 

We ended the day nothing like we started, we were now given the knowledge to conquer our very own styling fears and taught how to make a business from our dreams. The best word I could use to describe the day would be beautiful....the space was beautiful, J. Bolin's team was beautiful, Mo's prayers were beautiful, the spirits of every person in the room was beautiful and the fact that GOD put it on J.Bolin to give his personal knowledge of this industry is BEAUTIFUL!

OOOOMMMMGGGG! 

 

 

OMG....was all I could say when I opened the email from the J.Bolin brand. I am so excited to have received this opportunity and I pray I hit it out of the park. Follow me on instastories starting Friday to join me on this journey. 

 

 

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THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

The Style of a Man 

 

 

GQ Gentlemen is great for men suits and dress shoes. 

As you know "The Rack" has great prices on designers and luxury items. My most recent find a pair all leather mens Pumas for $36.00

As the title says "Bar" there is a plethora of ties & men's accessories and everything is less than $20. 

Express Men has recently become my favorite because there fitted dress shirt fits my client perfectly, like for real perfectly right off the rack. 

.......After 

 

Before.....

BP 160/110

Weight 198

Size 14

 

Goal

Resting BP 130/90

 

After

BP 122/82

Weight 189

Size 12

Asos is bar far one of my favorite places to shop for several reasons;

 

1. There clothes fit - As a curvy girl I have experienced clothing items being to big in the top and too small at the bottom. And yes, you are suppose to get your best items tailored, but you need to start somewhere and Asos is the place. I have only had one item (denim romper below) tailored EVERYTHING else has fit true to size.

 

2. You can literally type in the search bar what you want and it will pop right up...try it "orange off the shoulder crop top" DM me on IG when it works. LOL

 

3. You get quality items at an inexpensive price.

 

4. Shipping is fast and guess what? When you get your bag at work and have nothing to carry it home in, the bag it ships in has a handle and converts into a shopping bag.  

 

 

See my favorite ASOS items below.

The Book of Marq 

What He Wore

 

As you guys know I am a fan of wearing your clothes, there is no need to buy something each and everytime you have somewhere to go or something to do. When I met with Marq he wanted to wear what he had in his closet but just didn't know how to pull it together. No worries, I got it!  

 

Shirt - Forever 21

Shorts - Levi

Belt - Fendi

Shoes - Aldo 

 

SUMMER 2017 LOOK-BOOK

 

RhymeFest 

What He Wore

 

RhymeFest's complete look came from two local Black Owned Boutiques (except socks, belt and sun glasses). 

 

Suit Separates - GQ Gentlemen

Shoes - Khamryn B 

 

Sneak Peek of Rhymefest's Chicago Blues Festival Look. 

 

Follow me on IG on Friday to see this look in action.

 

5 Swimsuits for Cury Girls

I know the struggle all to well, you find a really cute swimsuit that you think will fit all your curves and provide support all while being sexy. You put it on and your boobs touch your naval or the bottom fits your butt well but sags at the waist. Don't fret the 5 swimsuits I listed below WORK, I tried every last one personally. I swam, lounged and even ran down the beach with no problem.

 

White Suit - Perfect for women who have a large bust.

African Print Suit - Who says you have to be skinny to wear a thong, rock it only of course at the adult beach.

Palm Tree Print Suit - Great for creating the beach bombshell look.

Black Ruffle Suit - Just like your LBD, this swimsuit does the same thing but made for the water.

Coca-Cola Suit - Guess what? This is actually a bodysuit and it provided some of the best support I have ever had in a swimsuit. 

 

 

Click the picture for details

#ISSABIRTHDAY..... in Puerto Rico

 

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14 Day Makeup Challenge 

That's right, I am putting myself on a 14 day makeup challenge starting May 1st. Of course, I want to look my best at all times and in order to acheive an amazing beat per my makeup artist Nicky Horne, I must practice. Follow my progress on SnapChat and click Makeup.Trap.Sushi to see how close I can come to Nicky status, LOL.  

 

#ChrisetteMichelle #BeatGoals

Week 3 Update 

Hard work pays off....

 

Thanks to two weeks of meal prep and working out 3 days a week, I am down 3 pounds and my blood pressure is lower than 130/90 everyday since 4/9. I am starting to see more muscle defination and I feel better! Also, I have learned to think of food as fuel and understand what bad vs. good food does to my body. Now, I don't wan't to make it seem like its super easy, because it is not. It is hard to avoid the greasy, cheesy and fried foods, so I am glad we get 1 cheat meal per week. But once you start eating healthy your cravings and want for those types of food decrease and I can only eat a few bites of the cheat meal.

 

During my work week it is very easy to stay on track due to my consistent work schedule, but the weekends get a little crazy. So to make sure I stay track I use the above slides to help me eat the correct portions on the run.

 

Stay tuned as I keep you updated thru the weeks, LET'S WERK! 

Let's WERK! 

As you guys know, I LOVE my curves! And when you love something about yourself it makes it harder to see the changes that are needed. Two weeks ago I was diagnosis with high blood pressure and was prescribed medicine. To say the least I was shocked, me 34 years old having to take a pill for the rest of my life????? NO!....I decided I needed to change. I spoke with my coach at The Dome and she helped me learn that meal prepping is the best fitness journey for me (with regular exercise of course). Meal prepping will allow me to eat exactly what my body needs, nothing more nothing less. This will of course cut down my sodium intake, because I am eating in portions and cooking everything myself. 

 

My new lifestyle starts today (4/9/2017),

 

BP 160/110

Weight 198

Size 14

 

and while I do not have a weight or size goal, I do have a goal of never having my resting BP over 130/90. Keep me motivated, keep me accountable and make sure to follow my journey here.

How To Edit Your Closet Like A Pro

1. Pull out all of your clothes and make sure you can see everything you own. Now, because this takes most of your time turn on your favorite playlist and it will be a breeze.

2. Separate your clothes into 3 piles

 

Pile A. These pieces fit, are in good condition and most importantly help define your style.

 

Pile B.  This pile consist of items that don't fit but are in condition. Donate these items.

 

Pile C. Trash...pieces that don't fit, out of style & worn. 

3. Make a list of the wardrobe pieces you need and SHOP (or hire me ((wink))  )!

 

 

4. Organize how you see fit. I prefer....

 

a. Bottoms, divided by skirts and pants

b. Tops, short sleeve to long

c. Dresses

d. Blazers

 

 

HELLLLLLLLLO SPRING!

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