PLAY WITH YOUR SHAPE: A REGULAR & PLUS-SIZE FASHIONISTA…

Hello All,

it has been a long time! I hope that all is well! For a couple of weeks, I have been doing a cool collabo with my blogger friend Toyin a plus-size blogger over at The Curvy Cookie. A new series that I am introducing on the blog called “play with your shape: A Regular & Plus-Size Fashionista. We have been trying to do this collab for a while now but the timing was always off. Our concept for the collabo is to show that no matter what size you are, one can still wear things that flatter their body. I am all about showing my figure in the right way and playing with my shape. Therefore, we decided to pick similar looks from fashionnova a brand that has a variety of sizes ranging from regular to plus size styles. We wanted to show you, the audience that no matter what size you too can be stylish.

Carlton Hart

Toyin picked a dress from fashionnova that was the right length but not too tight. Fashionnova has the variety of styles and sizes for the average women. I love finding pieces on this site that accentuate my curves. Fashionnova has something for every body type that caters to your fashion needs.

Especially for plus size or regular size, you need a material that does not focus on your problem areas. For example, most everyone I know wants to hide his or her problem areas, and honestly, I do not wear things accentuates my stomach (because I have little gut). In addition, Toyin was able to find a dress that was stretchy and firm fitting in the right areas. I really love this dress it flatters her body in the right places.

 

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Now for me, I picked a dress/shirt from fashionnova. I really do not like wearing short dresses so I paired this top with a white skirt. Honestly, it works better with my look. I try to stay away from looks that are short, tight and do not flatter my shape. I have a pear shape figure so I pick looks that compliment and do not take away from my figure. If you find yourself figuring out whether you should wear certain trends or styles.

Carlton Hart


Here are five tips that will help your decision on what to wear:
1.      First, make sure that you feel comfortable in your look. If it feels too tight on your body make some adjustments like maybe pair a dress as a top or pair a short dress with a skirt/pants.
2.      Second, if the look you are wearing does not flatter you. Do not even try to make it work. All you are doing is trying to fit into a glove that does not fit. Especially if you go out or you are doing a photo shoot-wearing things ultimately show how you feel. Feeling uncomfortable will show how to feel that day.
3.      Third, if you have a problem area that you do not want people to see. Do not wear a crop top that shows everything maybe pairs the crop top with a high-waisted skirt or pants that hides this area.
4.      Pick fabrics that are stretchy and breathable. Having a look that moves makes you feel flawless and you can wear this look all day long.
5.      Mix and match different shapes, patterns, and textiles that compliment your look. For example, you have a striped top maybe pair the look with a solid bottom either skirt or jeans. You do not want to look tacky but more or less put together.

 

Photos by: Carlton Hart 

WHAT I WORE: 

FASHION NOVA: Shirt Dress

NY & COMPANY: SKIRT

TARGET: Shoes

 

Fashion Love,

Akinyi

NYFW DAY 3…

 As NYFW has come to an end. I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I decided to volunteer for DC Fashion Week in assisting with their Instagram stories. First day, I was on point I had a lot of content that I included on my stories. Second day, call time was 12pm and I ended up sitting around for hours trying to find something or anything to do. The show was about to start at 7pm, the event coordinator calls everyone to the runway. I’m thinking he wants me to get a good spot to get social media content. Girl, he tells me I’m going to be a host & seating the guest. In a joking non joking way, I was like you need me. One girl started laughing cause my expression was like I don’t want to do this. And that was absolutely correct. If I sign-up to help with your social media content and the director tells me he needs Instagram content every day. I’m thinking that was my role, but I should have known fashion shows roles are always changing. Depending on what they need at that moment. Honestly, there was no initial plan to create Instagram stories for each show. Mind you, Instagram stories get deleted after 24 hours. Me including on my instastories was a waste time. Then to come find out, there was some control issues with having access to the DC Fashion Week Instagram. The director wanted to approve all the content that was being put on instastories. I was like you know what I can’t. Why waste our time. I have taken over many brands Instagram account. The first thing you do is trust the person will bring you good content and second you have one person that has the password. That way they can post on your behalf. If you want to become a bigger brand you need to be with the times. It’s all good, it definitely was experience that I needed to check off my list. Thanks boo, I did it!!!!
 

 

 

 

As NYFW has come to an end. I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I decided to volunteer for DC Fashion Week in assisting with their Instagram stories. First day, I was on point I had a lot of content that I included on my stories. Second day, call time was 12pm and I ended up sitting around for hours trying to find something or anything to do. The show was about to start at 7pm, the event coordinator calls everyone to the runway. I’m thinking he wants me to get a good spot to get social media content. Girl, he tells me I’m going to be a host & seating the guest. In a joking non joking way, I was like you need me. One girl started laughing cause my expression was like I don’t want to do this. And that was absolutely correct. If I sign-up to help with your social media content and the director tells me he needs Instagram content every day. I’m thinking that was my role, but I should have known fashion shows roles are always changing. Depending on what they need at that moment. Honestly, there was no initial plan to create Instagram stories for each show. Mind you, Instagram stories get deleted after 24 hours. Me including on my instastories was a waste time. Then to come find out, there was some control issues with having access to the DC Fashion Week Instagram. The director wanted to approve all the content that was being put on instastories. I was like you know what I can’t. Why waste our time. I have taken over many brands Instagram account. The first thing you do is trust the person will bring you good content and second you have one person that has the password. That way they can post on your behalf. If you want to become a bigger brand you need to be with the times. It’s all good, it definitely was experience that I needed to check off my list. Thanks boo, I did it!!!!

Back to NYFW, as I was saying my new friends were able to attend this season. Especially my blogger friend Kayla Robbins. One day, we made planned a happy hour date. Ever since then we all about making time for each other. Whether it’s for fashion or eating out or just enjoying each other’s company. She has shown me wat a true friend looks like. If your friend cares about they show you appreciation whether it’s buying me something or treating me. I never knew there was actual friends that do exist. Kayla attended NYFW, I was so happy I was like where have you been all my life. She loves fashion as much as I do. We’re planning for NYFW and Paris in September already planning our looks. I’m so excited I can’t even stand myself right now…just kidding! Go follow her for more looks over at IG: imsooverdressed IG: @february_n_september and her blog link is www.februaryandseptember.com
 

 


Fashion week is never disappointing. This season the fashion shows were so impeccable. Collections that consisted of flowy gowns, fall suits, sweatshirts with dresses, and punk chic! On the runway you’ll find any look that fits your style. That’s why I love fashion week. It gets me inspired and helps my creativity side blossom. I realized I’ve been sleeping on the streetstyle. Don’t worry about getting in the show, show up and serve them some fashion looks. And that’s what I did serve you my looks! I know next season you see me on a magazine cover…I dream so big! 

See you next season NYFW!

 
WHAT I WORE: 
 
Missguided: Dress 
Sam Edelman: Boots 
H&M: Hat 
Amazon: Bag 
Forever21: Coat 
 
 

HAKAN AKKAYA NYFW….

Hakan Akkaya makes a statement this FW 2020/2021 season. The Istanbul based designer continues to showcase his designs during NYFW with a jaw-dropping collection that hit the runway. I would say that the collection seemed to be inspired by the gothic Amish chic. But more or less Amish Punk chic with high cut necklines from that century by remixing it to the modern-day! But who doesn’t love black? Black clothing can be worn from day-to-night. This collection showed us that black is still a color that never goes out of style. 



As women, we show so much power in the way we walk, talk, and dress. We women have such a connection with clothing that it makes us feel confident in the way we dress.  In his words, Hakan Akkaya says, “this season, my collection attracts all of the attention of femicide, justice, revolt, and equality. Women who rock the runway – Women who rock the world!”
 

The collection strongly embraced the androgyny trend.  A lot of the men wore dresses, skirts, and tunic blouses whereas the women had more of a tailored look. Literally, both men and women could borrow some pieces not having any gender limits from the Hakan Akkaya collection. The talented Hakan Akkaya designer made pieces that were ready to wear. It’s hard to find a designer that can possess pieces that can be worn off the runway. Hakan designer made those pieces wearable… 














Many of the pieces had a variety of fitted dresses, capes, and all you can find latex garments making this collection effortless and edgy. The details of each piece showed that the collection was absolutely perfect. 

FASHION LOVE, 
AKINYI 

NYFW DAY 2….

Hello All,

Fashion Week was full in effect. I had several things going on during NYFW. First, I had an NYFW giveaway which I gave one lucky winner an opportunity to go to fashion week. Honestly, it was the best experience teaching the ins and outs of fashion week. I didn’t realize how much I do to prepare for fashion week. I got a lot of feedback on what to change for the giveaway next time! 
I was contemplating working with this photographer Maurico Sanchez, and then I was like no I need photos. It was so worth it! Maurico had such great energy and made the street style group photoshoot so much fun! Here are the photos from the street style group photoshoot! 
Maurico had us meet at several locations but our first location was at Public Hotels. We found a cool spot near the public hotel’s entrance. A lit-up escalator such a cool shot! 
Our next stop was a cool graffiti wall! 





Maurico was good about moving us from one location to the next! We took this shot near a busy street corner. 

Last stop we went to Spring Studios the NYFW venue location. This location is a good meeting place for other street style fashion-minded individuals. You’ll find anyone from a celebrity to fashion influencer.  It’s a good way to end our group photoshoot! 


Photos by Mau Sanchez 
My friend Kayla over at @imsooverdressed attended NYFW for the first time. Best believe she really enjoyed her time during NYFW. Were now both literally preparing for September NYFW as we speak. You can definitely expect us to come ready for this street style and our looks to be on point. 
Next up was my photographer Carlton Hart from the DMV area got some shots of me! 

I meet some amazing people especially Frank Myrtle, he was so nice and I’m glad I ran into him during NYFW! It looks like we have been friends forever. 




Photos by Carlton Hart 
If you think about Fashion Week is its own engine that keeps on going all week. Being organized and knowing what you want to do all week…It is a must…..The designs were definitely impeccable as well as eye-catching for ready to wear! I can’t wait for September I can even sleep because I’m so excited! 
WHAT I WORE: 
Akira: Dress & Jacket
Pretty Little Things: Booties 
Amazon: Clutch 
Fashion Love, 
Akinyi @fitsonme

NYFW GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

I’m giving one fashion-minded individual to enter in this NYFW giveaway. To experience a fashion experience like no other!  When I started this fashion week experience, I didn’t think people wanted to actually go to NYFW. Then I realized there’s a lot of fashion-minded people that don’t know the ins and outs of going to fashion week. The going to fashion week is easy. But it’s about the planning process that people are not willing to do or don’t know how to do. There were many years that I didn’t attend fashion week until one day I said…I’m going to fashion week! 


All in all, Fashion week is the place to be. You have individuals that come to slay.
Let’s talk about the process. You have to prepare months in advance.  
The dates are key to attending fashion week. I usually go to fashion week on weekend from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. Attending fashion doesn’t have to be a weeklong stay. Work with dates that your schedule permits. 
Plan your Outfits-I plan my looks the night before or attending a big event. And fashion week is a big event. If you can buy your outfits online or shop at your favorite clothing store, get that accessory, wigs, hats, and find that right bag. When you find that right look. It becomes priceless. 

Write the best pitch Letter-Pitch letter is a must if you’re wanting to attend the fashion week. Get someone to help write the best pitch letter that expresses your personality and illustrates your brand. Make a list of designers that you want to attend their shows. Send emails to the designer’s PR company expressing your interest in going to their show. People don’t realize that you’ll spend hours writing and perfecting your pitch letter. Once, you get a response sometimes you’ll get a no and others a yes. Don’t get frustrated work with the yes’s and find other events that you can attend while in NYC. 

Find a place on Airbnb- I never get a hotel that is too expensive. I love going on vacation and finding that Airbnb. You’ll save money as NYC hotels are expensive. I found this cute place in Manhattan for only $400 for 4 days. What a steal. 

Make a schedule- Based on the dates you attend the fashion week. Make a schedule of shows that you’ll be attending. I put my schedule in a google sheet. That way I can access on my phone, computer, or IPAD. Honestly, it makes you super neat! 

Get Ready- Fashion week is fun & eventful. You’ll network with different people that love fashion much as you do! Don’t get overwhelmed, if you get shy to talk to others. the best way to get a conversation, “I love your shoes. I love sunnies super cute” It’s worked for me every time!  


The take ways from this experience: 
1.      The dates your attending Fashion week
2.      Plan your outfits months in an advance 
3.      Write the best pitch letter
4.      Find a place on Airbnb; find a cheap place that’s in the city Manhattan 
5.      Make a schedule of the shows you’ll be attending 
6.      Get ready to have the most fun as possible in a fashion frenzy environment 
Stay tuned for all fashion week looks on the blog, Instagram (stories)…See you at NYFW!

BURGUNDY HERE TO STAY….

Hello All, 

Burgundy has been called all sorts of names. Lol such as oxblood, maroon, reddish-purple. This color will continue to be a trend and creep up in every fall & winter season. Now I got to say, Burgundy boots are still the must-have. This season brings burgundy pieces into your wardrobe. The burgundy is the best color that will match with either black, pink, navy, and camel. There are so many outfit combinations you can wear with this vibrant color, and you have the choice of how to wear it.

Find a cozy burgundy sweater to give you a trendy look during this cold weather. Now for my look, I added a burgundy cardigan and velvet booties to give kind of a matchy-matchy look! I’m a big fan of coming up with different color combinations. My wardrobe needed a reinvention so burgundy pieces work for the winter season. 

Photos by: Carlton Hart 
WHAT I WORE: 
Banana Republic: Sweater 
H&M: Pants &Hat 
Steve Madden: Boots 



FLORAL ALL DAY….

Hello All, 

Floral can go a long way. The question is, can you wear floral in winter? I’m here to tell you YES YES and YES!!! Introduce spring floral to your winter wardrobe. In pairing floral pieces you must be a tad bit strategic. Here’s what you need to do by being a floral pro: 
1. Compliment your fabric with darker colors that goes with the winter season
2. Cover-Up your floral that you can pair underneath a dress, a cardigan or paired with a blazer. 
3. Adding different textures into your floral look such as velvet like the dress I wore with this floral top. 
4. Have fun with picking the best floral look this winter 

Photos by: Carlton Hart 
What’s your favorite floral look for this winter? 
WHAT I WORE: 
H&M: Top 
WHO WHAT WEAR at Target: Dress 
Sam Edelmen: Boots 

New York Fashion Week….

 Hello All, 

Day 2 was epic. I really enjoyed getting into fashion shows just being around fashion-minded people. I think what I realized it’s not about how many followers I have. As an influencer whether your A to D list status, your content throughout the fashion shows is imperative. Being at a fashion show is one thing. Actually getting the coverage for the show is ideally what an influencer needs to get while at the show. I’ve seen people sitting in the front row just sitting in the front row. I’ve talked to many people who actually work during fashion shows. They’ve all said the same thing, the attendees that sit in the front row or that are attending these fashion shows. Are not promoting the designers’ brand. 



What do you mean? 

When you get into these fashion shows, the first thing is to find the hashtag associated with the designer. Most of the time you see attendees not using the hashtag of the designer. They are all taking selfies…hey look at me I’m at “Ruby Fang Fashion Show”. This is bad for the designer because they need all the promotion from the attendees that come to their fashion show. 
How many people come to the show? 
At least 1,000 attendees are attending these shows.  Out of 1,000 attendees at least 100 attendees are actually working during the fashion show. Honestly, this is a bad disappointment for NYFW and the designer. NYFW to me is a job. I’m a reporter for my blog and getting the content to promote the designers’ brand. I don’t go to shows to go to shows. I promote for the fashion designers, Who else will promote for the designer. During the shows, I’m getting photos and video content that I can use to post on my social media platforms. After the show is over, I look back at my coverage. I see the garments and the collection for what it is. I sit in the front row, I’m getting the coverage of shooting photos or video. 


NYFW has changed? 

When I first attended NYFW back in 2014, it was so different. More organized and PR companies looking at your quality of work. I send at least 100 pitch letter expressing my desire to attend any fashion shows during fashion week. Guess how many invites I receive at least 10 invites. All the work I put in is not valued. I actually have worked hard in providing reviews from the shows. Sending my coverage links to PR companies. It honestly doesn’t even matter. Let’s say you get invited to attend the Chromat Fashion show. You get to the venue to get your ticket and it’s a standing ticket. 

And how many people have standing tickets at least 500 attendees? 
There’s no way all those attendees standing outside are going to get into the show. And sure enough, the designer overbooked the show. Attendees storm off mad and confused, Why send an invite and tell attendees they can get into the show. It makes you not want to attend these shows. They’re not looking at what attendees who will promote their brand. Nonetheless, the designer wants to fill the venue space which is more important than attendees’ quality of work. 
Will I attend NYFW in February? 
Yes, I’ll be ready. This is my honest opinion of what I observed during fashion week. I think next year I’ll explore, shop, and go to presentations for smaller brands. I’ll enjoy fashion week instead of worrying about what fashion shows I’ll be attending. 

WHAT I WORE: 


H&M: Top & Skirt 
Sam’s Beauty:
 

FASHION & COMFORT…

Hello All, 

My mindset right now is about being comfortable in my own skin. In me being comfortable, I feel fashion has helped me in achieving this comfort. 



Healthy kick is something that is a must. If I don’t have a healthy lifestyle I definitely won’t look good in my clothes. Being Healthy and fashionable is a mindset.  Healthy kicks are literally the new fashion. If your doing the new keto diet or the 10 day challenge then your with the new trend. If your not doing it people are looking at you like your crazy! 

We have sense to put on an image for others. Like for instance, people measure your wealth by the amount of money you have and what one can afford. But really only one who’s a celebrity can afford expensive things. Or should I say if you making over $100k you could afford expensive items. Who Wants to base their life on buying expensive things that are expensive. I go back to how you feel
comfortable makes you feel confident in one self. I rather continue to go shop in thirds store, target, hm, Zara clothing stores that I can afford. 
As you look at my outfit this look is what I can afford. I find reasonable items that look good and are inexpensive. You can still be put good look together on a budget and wear a statement look. I hope you enjoyed my conversation and send me a comment below let me hear the most expensive clothing you’ve ever bought. 
Fashion Love 

WHAT I WORE: 

TOBI: Top 
H&M: Pants 
Zara: Shoes 
Sugarfix by target: Earrings 
Apar Designs: Bag 

WHITE TREND LOOK….

Hello All,

Do you ever have that those times, wearing white makes you on edge? When I wear white it makes me look at my look every five minutes. I’m always on the watch…lol. Although I can’t stand getting my white clothes dirty that doesn’t stop me from wearing white! So I love wearing white it has such a slick look. I think this look is versatile and stylish, it can be easily be incorporated within your wardrobe. If you look in the magazine on the runway, this trend has emerged every season. You can wear white that has ruffle sleeves to flared pants. If your simple as I am you’ll find many ways to incorporate white look from day to night and season to season. I choose to wear my look with a basic top and white slacks paired with white booties. If it gets cold outside I brought my jean jacket. I keep my looks simple that anyone can wear or try to wear the same look. I’ve could of went on the wild side and added a pop of color especially neon top with neon shoes. What do you think? This look can be worn to brunch, a casual date, or nice happy hour outing.

This season is the right time to embark on this trend. Be stylish without being stylish by breaking all the most tried and tested trends. This hue can make you look polished and clean. Make a statement wearing the white trend as you’ll stand out!

WHAT I WORE: 
GAP: Jacket
Theory: Pants
DSW: Shoes
VioletDC: Tank
SugarFix: Necklace