Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Let's Talk Hair!



Hey guys,

So I've finally recorded a video talking about my big chop last month. I'm still honestly getting used to it and I have not quite fallen in love with it yet. It's so stupid but as a woman,  and especially a black woman, hair is such a big part of identity and looks and I have definitely fallen victim to that as well. I really loved having long hair but I did not think I would care as much as I do about cutting it off. I'm definitely focusing on trying to embrace it, but I also wanted to be open and honest about the process.

I recorded this video in a hotel room after a long day of work and without any makeup on. I tend to babble on it a lot, so apologies for that. And if I said anything stupid, feel free to (nicely) point it out. As much as I'm used to being on camera for work and all of that, I don't know why but I feel extremely shy about this one. Maybe because it's such a stripped down version of what I do, or maybe it's because YouTube can be a scary place, but whatevs.

xoxo

Allie

Monday, April 21, 2014

#PlusProm14 Lookbook + Giveaway



I'm really excited to share with you a special project I was recently a part of with some of my lovely blogger buddies. I teamed up with Cece of Plus Size Princess, Chastity of Garner Style, Alissa of Stylish Curves and the styling genius of Meg from Little Lime Dress to put together a fabulous prom/formal lookbook specifically for plus size girls. Simply Be and ModCloth.com were also generous enough to donate dresses as part of this shoot to Project G.L.A.M. (which donates thousands of dresses to girls and women in need each year) AND they hooked us up with some gift cards and giveaways for a few lucky ladies. Read on for more on this shoot and directions on how to win!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sweetheart


Happy Sunday my dears.  I had the craziest and most eventful weekend ever, capped off with me dropping my camera AND my iPhone getting run over in the middle of South Street in Philadelphia. Yea, both of those happened. What was going on with me you might ask? Distractions from the worries of life I guess, but I feel silly even writing it. I have air in my lungs, my loved ones are healthy and a roof over my head. What is more important? Nothing. It's hard to remember that sometimes, but it's true.

I ALSO have this adorable dress which I'm in love with right now.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interlude


This is only going to be a one-picture kind of post. I know it's bit of a departure, but I just wanted to share this look with you guys because I'm really proud of it. I made this entire 2-piece set from scratch. Just me, my sewing machine and patterns I made by hand for the lining and the shell. It took me a little while and my seam-ripper saw a lot of action. But I did it.

It's not perfect - my skills as a seamstress aren't where I want them to be yet, which was honestly why I didn't take more photos tonight - but I still feel extremely proud. Because I remember not too long ago when I first sat down at my sewing machine and I actually cried in frustration. Multiple times. I mess up constantly, but I keep going.

I love the process of creating and I also love having the small clothing line I debuted last fall. In that process, I sketched and was hands on, but did not do the construction myself. Going forward, my work will probably land somewhere in the middle. I can't say for sure I want to be making every piece I do, but I can say I absolutely WILL KNOW how to do it and get to a point where I know I COULD do it all myself if I needed. I also can't say anything definitively about the future because I'm still figuring it out for myself. But I hear and appreciate your feedback, so it's always welcome.

For now, I'll be celebrating this little accomplishment and looking toward the future.

** Just fyi, as I go, these pieces will not be for sale unless otherwise stated. I am in the process of learning and am practicing on myself and my friends. At this point however, I won't release anything until I feel it's up to certain standards. **

Hope you're having a great week!

Skirt Set: Made by me (yay!)
Shoes: Anna Michelle
Bag: Michael Kors

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Festival Style



With Coachella just around the corner, I've been seriously inspired by Festival style lately.

Dominated by easy 70's styles and a boho-chic vibe, Festival style has become super popular lately and can be seen almost everywhere.

Like most girls, I'm currently OBSESSED with everything Forever 21 is doing right now. Especially their swimsuit game. Honestly, no one is doing it better right now and that says a lot.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Springing Forward, Flashing Back



Happy Tuesday everyone. I know we are all so ready for spring to ACTUALLY be here on the East Coast. Little by little I'm seeing more people wear skirts and trench coats and flats and all of those fabulous pieces of clothing that signal warmer days, the return of greenery and that overall feeling that the dark days of winter are done.

This outfit also reminds me of a grown up version of my old school uniforms. It brought back a ton of memories. I actually wore it a few weeks ago when we had that first warm weather day, but I am only getting the chance to share it now.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My feature in Canada's DARE Magazine


I'm so excited to share the new spring issue of Canada's Dare Magazine featuring me and some of my favorite clothes for the Spring season.