Big Fashion and Big Girls Rock 2

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In its 5th year of existence, the Big Girls Rock 2 fashion show keeps getting bigger and better. This dynamic group recently rocked the runway for a worthy cause.

Big Girls Rock 2 was founded by Donna Rogers after a close family member was killed as a result of domestic violence. Her organization’s mission is to spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence while promoting the confidence and beauty of curvy women.

To learn more about this exciting group, follow them of FB or IG @BigGirlsRock2

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Must Haves for Spring and Summer

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By Atem Orock
@happyme_20

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. It is time to update your wardrobe and get some clothing that say spring. We have put together five must have spring and spring into summer clothing:

Fun T-Shirts
Nothing says spring and summer like fun bright t-shirts. Pink and red t-shirts with interesting sayings flowers and embroidery say spring like nothing else. Get those fun t-shirts and start wearing them to get the spring to come sooner.

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A Spring Jacket
Everyone should have a cool spring jacket to wear. A jeans jacket is good and timeless. You can also get a fun corduroy jacket or even a blazer.

Get something that is fun to wear and versatile at the same time. You may want to get a jacket that you can wear with jeans and with a fun summer dress.

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Fun Skirts
Springtime is not springtime until you see everyone wearing colorful spring skirts. There are so many styles and so many colors that the fun spring skirts come in. We love fun skirts in many different colors so pick 10  colors that work best for you and get yourself one or three skirts.

Summer Fun

 

Dresses
Just like with skirts lots of women love wearing dresses in the spring and summer. Do you have a few dresses already? They are fun to wear and are great for those warmer seasons.

Summer Vibe

 

Capri Pants and Shorts
We love jeans we really really do. However, sometimes it is just too hot to wear jeans. And if it is you have a few different options.

If you must wear pants there are lighter pants made from lighter materials than denim. You will not be as hot wearing them.

Capri or shorter pants became extremely popular a few years ago. They come in many different colors and lengths and they are made from different materials. Pick up a few pairs of capris they will become staples in your spring and summer wardrobe.

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Tank Tops
Looking into the summer a few tank tops should always be in your closet. They are very versatile – you can wear them with other tops under shirts under jackets with dresses etc.

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What fun clothes will you wear this summer?

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Five Fashionable Side Hustles

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By Robyn Alright
@robynalright

“I don’t want any extra money,” said no one ever. If someone were to utter those words, I would look at them like they were one beer short of a six pack. Money is a great tool to have in order to achieve your dreams and goals. Having money is not about being materialistic. It is about having the resources, choices and freedom to improve your life and the life of others. It is always a good idea to keep your eyes open for opportunities to increase your income.

With that in mind, here are a few side hustles for fashion lovers. Having a side hustle does not necessarily mean more work and no fun. There are plenty of ways to earn an extra dollar with little effort while doing something you love.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like music to my ears. And, in my wallet, there is always room for an extra dollar or twenty!

Sell Your Clothes

Some of us have clothes that we haven’t worn in years. Raise your hand if you have items that still have the price tag on them. It might be wise to create more space in your closet and convert those clothes in to cash. There are plenty of well-known places that pay cash for your clothing. Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads and Plato’s Closet are a few brands that are known to buy your unwanted apparel.  Be sure to do your research to the best returns for your items.

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Put Your Items in a Consignment Shop

 A consignment shop is a store that sells items on behalf of the owner of the items. If the item sales, the original owner receives a percentage of the sales price.  In addition to clothing, you can put almost anything in a consignment shop including furniture and houseware. Some consignment shops are privately owned while others benefit a non-profit organization or social cause. If you build a great relationship with a particular shop, selling your items through consignment could grow to be a steady flow of extra income.

Sell Your Crafts on Etsy

Are you great at making jewelry? Or, perhaps you have a creative hobby like sewing or knitting. If so, head on over to Etsy an open up an account. You could expose your creations to a new audience and gain a following. This could convert to more money flowing your way.

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Direct sales /Network Marketing

Direct sales carries a negative connotation with some people. But, this business structure could be beneficial for the right personality. I think the key to succeeding at direct sales if finding a product that you truly like and believe in. It is easy to sell something that you love. Especially if you are into fashion, there is a plethora of opportunities to choose from. Anything that you could wear from head to toe, I bet that there is a direct sales company for it. As always, do your research before you commit to a company. Many of companies may require a fee to start. Often, the fee is affordable and if you play your cards right, you will make that money back plus some.

Sell Your Art on Red Bubble

Red Bubble is a company that produces print on demand products for artist who submit their artwork. You can submit your artwork and open up an online store for where your items can be sold. This is very convenient, because the artist does not have to worry about production and shipping. When you sale an item, Red Bubble prints it and sends it to the customer. They then keep a percentage of the sale and you get the rest. All you have to do is upload the artwork and tell your friends!

Hopefully, these ideas get you to thinking about new ways to make a few extra dollars. It is always fun to be fashionable. But, it is always more fun to be financially stable. Stay stylish my friends!

 

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How to Search for Plus Size Apparel Online

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By Atem Orock
@happyme_20

Shopping online can be like hitting the jackpot if you are looking for locally hard to find items. Depending on where you live, plus size clothing and apparel can be a tricky item to buy locally especially if you live in smaller towns and cities.

Many local department stores do carry plus size and full figured items but the clothing is usually not very flattering of good quality or the style is out of date. Where to find quality plus size fashions online?

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By using a search engine you can do a search online for plus size clothing or plus size apparel. That’s where the headache starts. You will find thousands and thousands of search results to wade through that may or may not be what you are looking for. This can be a frustrating and time wasting experience when all you want is to find that perfect black dress to buy.

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A few tips for searching online:

Try to be as specific as you can when doing your searches. Search for terms like black dress plus size or plus size swimsuits.

You can also try an advanced search by placing your search term in quotes like this: “plus size pantsuit”. By using quotes with your search terms the search engine will show you results that have that exact term in their description rather than the words spread out all over the page. That can usually guarantee you’ll find a website offering plus size pantsuits.

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If you’re looking for a specific color, see what happens if you include that in your search term. The term “Navy plus size swimsuit” in quotes can really narrow down the amount of search results you would have to pick through if you just used plus size swimsuit.

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5 Things to Give Up in 2018

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By Robyn Alright

It is exciting to imagine ourselves starting resolutions on January 1. But, perhaps, we have it all wrong. Instead of thinking of things to start in 2018, maybe you should give more consideration to things that should be STOPPED in 2018.

The usual promises are often made like ‘I will stop smoking’ or ‘I will stop eating ice cream for dinner’ (If you do those things, you really should stop). Beyond these bad habits, there are other habits that could be damaging in a different way. In an effort to help you become the best version of yourself, here is a list of  bad habits to leave behind when entering New Year.

Stop Negative Self-Talk

You know that little voice in your head that tells you that you are good enough, smart enough or cute enough? Tell that voice to sit down and shut up. You are not taking that energy into 2018. Look, we all make mistakes. There will be times when you are angry and disappointed in yourself. While those emotions can’t always be ignored, that doesn’t mean that you have to start beating yourself up. Be on your own team even if no one else is.

If you start to feel negatively about yourself, don’t reinforce that feeling by speaking negatively about yourself. Acknowledge your feelings, take a deep breath (or three), then speak positively about yourself. Instead of saying ‘I’m so stupid”, say “I’m smart enough to figure this out.”  Instead of saying,” I hate the way I look”, try saying, “I love myself just the way I am.”  Keep repeating these positive sayings and you should see a change in your attitude.

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Stop Procrastinating

2018 is the year to cancel your membership from the Procrastination Club. Don’t put this off. One of the main reasons we procrastinate is because we perceive that there is something unpleasant about the task we need to complete. To avoid this unpleasantness, we just keep putting off what we need to do. What tends to happen is that the situation gets worse because we did not give the issue the attention it needed early on.

How can you stop falling in to this pit?  Try doing a little bit at a time. Jump right in and start working on the issue one step at a time. Often we are intimidated by the size of a task that we give up attacking it altogether. But if you break the task down into smaller pieces and do a little bit each day, you would have successfully completed the job. Little by little you can accomplish a lot.

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Stop Gossiping

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Don’t be small minded going in to this New Year. THINK before you speak about someone else. Is what you are saying True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind? If not, it may be best to keep your mouth closed.

If you would not like anyone spreading gossip about you, then you probably should not spread gossip about others. Imagine that you were in an embarrassing situation. I bet you would want people to treat you kindly and  be respectful of your situation. If that is how you want to be treated, then that is how you should treat others.

Stop Damaging Relationships

There are some people you should probably just walk away from. For your physical, mental and spiritual health, just walk away. You deserve to feel good. You deserve to have people in your life that support you. Some people only want to drain your energy. They take and take and take without giving anything back in return. These people will leave you emotionally depleted and you should stay as far away from them as possible. This year, make it all about you. Protect your energy. Love yourself enough to walk away from people who hurt you.

Don’t worry about the future. You can survive without them.

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Stop Doubting Yourself

We can be our own worst enemy. Whenever we are indecisive or if we tend to overthink, you can best believe that self-doubt is nearby. Self-doubt can be paralyzing. It can cause you to never take action on an idea and leave you feeling helpless. The best way to stop doubting yourself is by taking action.  Muster up some courage, believe in yourself and get to it. You may not get the results you want at first, but you will be stronger because of the experience.

Believing in yourself is probably the most powerful thing you can do for yourself in the New Year. You are filled with potential. Even if no one else believes in you, you must believe in yourself. Fire up that light that burns within. 2018 needs you to come in on beast mode. You got this.

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New Year’s Eve Style Guide 2017

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By Robyn Alright

On New Year’s Eve, you should shine brighter than the ball that drops in Times Square. Your NYE outfit represents your success and personal style. Welcome the New Year with a look that lets 2018 know that you are ready to slay. Here are a few ensembles that will inspire you to ring in the New Year with style.

The Classy Look

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The Cocktail Look

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The Casual Look

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The Couture Look

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The City Look

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The Ohlivee’ Kollection

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By Robyn Alright

The wait is over. The Ohlivee’ Kollection, pronounced (uh-LIV-ee-a) is back and better than ever.  After a brief hiatus, this premium fashion brand has bounced back with passion and purpose.

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Ohlivee’ is a unique name that is derived from Olivia. Temptest, the company’s founder, says that the brand is named after her late great grandmother, Olivia, who passed away December 9th 2016. “I researched the phonetic spelling of her name and loved the way it looked and sounded,” Temptest shared.

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The Ohlivee’ Kollection is different from other brands of street wear because it blends visual art into the world of street fashion. This brand is poised to have a global reach with plans to release new merchandise that will appeal to a broader audience. The Ohlivee’ Kollection offers merchandise that everyone, no matter their personal style, wants to add to their wardrobe.

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Many pieces in Ohlivee’ Kollection are very versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. The entire collection has an urban chic look that is modern and fresh. It is also a unisex brand that has appealing designs for everyone.

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The Ohlivee’ Kollection is a brand infused with culture. Built with perseverance, this brand will inspire street fashion and urban style for years to come. To learn more about this brand and its impact in the community, go to  https://ohliveekollection.com/.

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Salvaged Assembly Show

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By Robyn Alright

Playing cards, old newspapers, spoons and Q-Tips. These are not your average fashion materials. But, put them in the hands of talented fashion students, you could end up with wearable high fashion garments! This was clearly proved at the Salvaged Assembly fashion show. Fashion design students at Houston Community College created jaw-dropping looks out of recycled and salvaged material.

To say that the designs were amazing would be an understatement. Many of the looks were beautiful, functional and made from unconventional materials. Take a look at some of the best looks from the show.

Photography by Robyn Alright

The  talented students at Houston Community College have another show coming up entitled Fashion Fusion. It will take place on January 11, 2018. For more information on Fashion Fusion, click here.

 

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Modern Romance Wedding Show

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By Robyn Alright

Houston brides-to-be had a chance to view some of the most elegant bridal gowns at the Modern Romance Wedding Show.  Modern Luxury Weddings of Houston produced a glorious show featuring designs from Impression Bridal and Canali. Here are some of the best looks from the fashion show.

Photography by Robyn Alright

To learn more about Modern Luxury Weddings, visit https://modernluxury.com/modern-luxury-weddings-houston.

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