Style Sunday |Professional Creative

 

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I recently purchased this dress on my recent trip to Mannequin Boutique. I am a sucker for a red dress. After playing around with the dress I feel that I may do some alteration for my own personal taste. I did want to take a moment and breakdown how the style and shape of this dress can work for a plus size professional creative.

Representing yourself as a creative professionally is a challenge in itself. It is difficult finding the balance between individual expression and a look that says I mean business. The challenge gets even greater when you are plus size.

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Why this dress works:

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This vintage red shirt dress works because the volume of the dress is offset by the menswear details. The strong collar and military style buttons give a professional vibe while the fiery color, playful hemline, and funky accessories speak to individual creativity.SAM_5501.JPG

 

Walking into a meeting as a freelance writer, artist, or maker is different than in a traditional office setting. You want your look to represent you as a potential innovator. When companies and or businesses are searching for creators they want to know that you’re cutting edge and will help them stand out from everything they are competing against. It’s import to mean business while still maintaining an element of creativity.

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Bloggers, Bubbles, and Blowouts (SIA SPA)

 

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I recently read an article that said 58% of all women have a side hustle. Which means in addition to giving your all to your nine to five you’re moonlighting as an entrepreneur. I’m pretty sure we could all use a little self-care. If this is the case, then I’m pretty sure we could all use a little self-care. So, I made an appointment, and took a trip to SIA Spa in Cincinnati for some good ole self-care time for myself. At some point, you have to stop putting the need for relaxation on the back burner and lean into some small indulgences before you snap.

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My Self Care Weapon of Choice

Massage is my chosen weapon and let me tell you the Aroma Touch Massage slew the mighty stress dragon. I have actually never had a massage in a full-service spa before and I am so glad that my first experience was at SIA Spa. My masseuse, Kaitlyn explained that the aroma touch massage is a Swedish massage that uses 8 different essential oils and is very different from a deep tissue massage because of the long soothing strokes.  Initially, I was a little worried if I picked the right massage to relieve my stress tension, but after all the essential oils filled the air I didn’t have a worry in the world.

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SIA is a full-service spa and salon.  Their skin care service pricing ranges from mid-range to high-end facials. As an African American woman, I am often apprehensive of some skin care treatments because not all treatments work well with the melanin in our skin which are mainly treatments focused on removing hyperpigmentation. I spoke with one of the estheticians at SIA and she was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations for skin care treatments for women of color.

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In need of some self-care with assistance? Thread Cincinnati and SIA Spa have partnered for a super fun night that you and your girlfriends will enjoy!

Bloggers, Bubbles & Blowouts

When: Tuesday, August 30th- 5:00-8:30pm

Where: SIA Spa, 8127 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Ohio

Enjoy  great deals

$15 Manicures, $25 pedicures, and $15 makeup. Plus $45 Dermaplane (reg. $65), complimentary VISIA skin consultations, and free blowouts with the purchase of $100 of services.

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3 Tips To Make Your Next Thrift Store Experience Easier

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Loving vintage and being plus size is a double edge sword. So many super cool options but so few items are fond in the plus size range. Consignment and resale shops are dependent upon what they find at estate sales and donations so finding your size can be a challenge. I can honestly say that it’s always worth a stroll through a resale shop, I don’t find a size 16 as often as I would like but what I do find is worth the trip.What better way to find one of a kind accessories to express your individual style and elevate the look of your wardrobe basics.

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I finally got the chance to check out the selection at Mannequin a vintage boutique located in Cincinnati, Ohio in Over the Rhine. I have been intrigued by Mannequin’s perfectly styled window display. My expectations were exceeded when I found immaculately made suits and creative separates. I was so happy to find a wide range of classic designer pieces and fun quirky vintage accessories. I was also delighted by their men’s section that included clothing, shoes, hats,  and suiting accessories.

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Here are my 3 tips on how to make your next thrifting trip less stressful.

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Have An Open Mind

Thrifting does not have the same instant gratification as walking into a big box store where every item has been merchandised. Thrifting for vintage is like a treasure hunt so you can’t expect an abundance of any size. Keep your mind open and be on the lookout for quality pieces made of high-end fabrics. The more you open your mind to the possibilities the less likely you are to be frustrated.

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Creativity is Key

Did you find a smoking vintage blazer but you hate the buttons? You can replace the buttons what you can’t replace is craftsmanship. If an item is well made but has a small imperfection chances are it can be fixed. Did you find a great Louis Vuitton handbag but the zipper is broken? Most leather and shoe repairs will also replace the zipper in a leather handbag and the cost of the repair will still be considerably less than a new designer bag

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Size Ain’t Nothing but a Number

If an item of clothing looks like it may fit, give it a try. I have looked at the size of an item on more than one occasion and according to the size it shouldn’t  have fit but the clothes told a different story. Can’t find anything your size, earrings always fit. I have found some of my favorite scarfs and evening handbags at thrift stores.

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I found so many cool finds at Mannequin and I even found, gasp, a dress in my size! I can’t wait to share it here on the blog. You can find out more about Mannequin Boutique at http://www.mannequinboutique.org/  You can also follow them on Instagram @mannequinboutiqueOTR and on Facebook at Mannequin Boutique.

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The Best Way To Style Your Jean Jacket This Season

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Let’s Put A Pin In That

Denim is my cure all, anytime I want to tone down anything sleeveless my immediate remedy is to throw on a denim jacket. When I want my individuality to shine through in my personal style brooches are a chic way of adding flair to a jean jacket. Adding a few sparkling broaches to a jean jacket add great juxtaposition to the casual element of denim. It also gives a youthful vibe to a broach.

I have a small collection of pins that I have accumulated over the years. I recently added a vintage ice cream cone broach to my collection, it was a rare find from a vendor at the Ohio State Fair! I often score broaches at thrift stores and second-hand shops it’s a really affordable way to breathe new life into jackets, coats, hats, and cloth handbags! The next time you come across a broach that catches your eye definitely consider adding it to your collection of accessories because the possibilities are endless.

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Glamping For Beginners #Daycation

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Glamping (glamours camping) is happening all over California and music festivals. I have wanted to join in on the fun but it seemed like a lot of work. If you have ever been camping before then you know it’s enough to bring actual camping equipment, so packing a decorative side table seems daunting. Your next girlfriend’s glamping trip just got 100 times easier. I teamed up with Route Fifty Vintage Camper Rentals to bring you my latest #daycation blog post, The Beginner’s Guide to Glamping.

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Relaxing in Style

If you’ve never set up an RV before no worries Route Fifty offers a delivery/set-up/retrieval service (within certain zones). More experienced glamper? You can pick up an RV and tow it with you to your location. When they say set up they really mean it! When I walked into the RV it was like I stepped off the campgrounds and into a quaint bed and breakfast. All of the attention to detail is incredible from the delightful decor to the amenities such as linens, cutlery, cookware, and even games. It feels more like you’re staying with a friend and less like a rental.

Honestly, Route Fifty is so convenient that I would consider using their service for more than just glamping. The smaller campers are an awesome option for the bridal dressing room for an outdoor wedding.  Since I mentioned weddings, this would be the perfect honeymoon suite for a couple who loves the outdoors. Not enough room for out of town guests? How cute would it be for them to stay in one of these adorable RVs?

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First Time Glamper Guidelines

If you have never been camping but are considering glamping there are definitely things you want to keep in mind that will make your experience more enjoyable!

Choosing a Location

Camping is offered at most state and local parks and I would definitely recommend staying at a location that accommodates campers. Most of the Ohio and Hamilton County park camping areas have designated bath halls. You will be able to shower and use a traditional toilet because being clean is step one of the experience being glamours.

Proximity to the Bathroom is Everything!

The best part about making your camping reservations online is most site will mark where the restroom is located. You will want to pick a site as close to the bathroom as possible. In the darkness of night, you want to know you can easily find the restroom. You’ll thank me later. If you chose a camping location that doesn’t have online reservations I would make this request with the representative helping set up your reservation.

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Woman, Fire, Food

It’s amazing how easy some fires set ablaze in almost the blink of an eye but when you set out to create a fire for the purpose of cooking dinner, setting a fire is much harder. I brought two bundles of firewood with me which was enough for one evening fire. My trip was only an overnight stay so a good rule of thumb would be two bundles per night.

I purchased a starter log for my campfire and I would definitely recommend that and charcoal for a longer burning fire. For charcolI would go with a match light formula and bring along some lighter fluid and paper. Let’s break this down in the easiest term if the packaging says quick fire buy it. I got my fire going but it was after a few tries and prayer.

Glamping Menu

In the evening you can pretty much expect to eat all of your meals fireside. You will want everything to portable and easy to prepare. I prepped all of my food so that all I would have to is wrap it in foil and sit it on the grill. When you are planning your meals just remember foil is your friend.

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Pickle Jar Taboule Salad

For the tabouleh

1 box of pine nut couscous

3 tablespoons fresh parsley ( you can use dried just reduce the amount)

3  tablespoons fresh chives

1/2 cup feta cheese

1 English cucumber diced

1/4 cup of avocado oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 bag of spring mix salad

Juice of a lemon

Cook the couscous according to the package directions and set aside. Wash, dry, and chop the cucumber and fresh herbs. Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate until chill.  In the pickle jar layer, the spring mix salad on the bottom and spoon in the tabouleh. Squeeze the juice of a lemon on top of the salad layers and seal the pickle jars.

Campfire Mac and Cheese

I wish I could take credit for this yummy idea but alas I found it on Pinterest you can read the full recipe on Glamping Pinterest board.

 

 

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Rice Crispy S’more Stack

I made my own homemade rice crispy treats but you could totally use store bought cereal snacks for this gooey s’more snack. Just layer a rice crispy treat, a chocolate bar square, and a graham cracker square and wrap it in aluminum foil. Just sit it on the fire or the grill for about a minute until the choclate melts.

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Campfire Brie

Don’t you just love it when the prepared food section saves the day? I think this is awesome campfire snack. I just put the brie topping on the cheese and wrapped it in foil and sat the foil pack on the grill. Just bring a sleeve of saltine crackers and you’ve got a great appetizer.

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This post is in collaboration with Route Fifty Vintage Campers. All opinions are my own.

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Style Sunday | Healthy Glowing Skin

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I firmly believe that the best accessory to any summer outfit is glowing skin. I have gone to great lengths to get a dewy full body glow. In high school, I used to mix kosher salt and olive oil before every school dance. As I got older and could purchase my own products I relied mostly on consumer reviews of a product. I have to admit other than the active ingredients I don’t always investigate the other chemicals in my skincare products. When Laura Roberts Jones, a consultant with Beautycounter, contacted me about the high performing, safe cosmetics, and personal care products that Beautycounter offers I was intrigued.

After learning more about Beautycounter and their mission I was sold. The beauty industry is actually an unregulated market so products that we use on our skin aren’t as heavily regulated. The products that we use on our skin can take a toll on our overall health. I even learned more information about how women of color carry a higher toxic load within their bodies and how that may be linked to the products that we use on our bodies. It made me wonder if the healthy glow I have been trying to achieve is hurting me in the long run?

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Exfoliate, Protect, and Shine

When I got the opportunity to try a few Beautycounter products for myself I didn’t want to step outside of my normal routine. My normal skincare rule of thumb is exfoliate, protect, and shine. To get the best glow you always want to exfoliate dead skin cells off of clean skin, protect your skin from sun damage, and use a good body oil for that extra shimmer.

 

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. I can honestly say that Beautycounter exceeded my expectations. I love all three of the products I tested and I plan on keeping them in my skincare regimen. The Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass has a strong aroma of citrus and it is made from brown sugar and essential oils. I have used a number of body scrubs by different brands where the scrub dissolve instantly once it touches damp skin this sugar scrub doesn’t melt away before you can get it on your body.

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The older I get the more I invest in a good sunscreen and I have never used a sunscreen that smelled so good.The more you protect your skin from sun exposure the more longevity your skin will have.  Usually, sunscreen smells almost like a medicinal tonic but the Protect All Over Sunscreen in SPF 30 has a terrific scent. It smells so good it will be the first sunscreen that I won’t forget to reapply.

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 My ultimate skincare goal is to get the same glow that Jennifer Lopez has on the red carpet. I just don’t understand what is it that they are putting on her? Well, I think I my wishing may have come true with Lustro Shimmer Oil. I applied it on clean skin after I moisturize and it reminds me almost of a dry oil and absorbs into your skin without getting oil stains all over your clothes. Nothing is more upsetting than feeling sexy and then finding out that you have a grease stain as you are trying to leave the house.

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The price point on all of these items are more in the Sephora range so they are more expensive than drugstore brands. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for and the reassurance that Beautycounter provides with the list of chemicals they promise they will never user (you can see the full list here). I just love knowing that my “healthy” glow is coming from products that indeed are healthy.

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This post was in collaboration with Laura Roberts Jones of Beautycouter all opinions are my own.

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