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What Queer Femmes of All Sizes Should Wear to Show Their LGBTQ+ Pride

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“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” –Ru Paul

I really love this time of year! It’s June, meaning it’s officially summer and LGBTQ+ Pride month; time for rainbows, parades and dancing in the street (covered in glitter, of course).

I have a love-hate feeling about the corporatization of all things LGBT (and sometimes Q) by companies looking to profit from a community with a long history of struggle with no awareness or appreciation for the activists who are responsible for the progress we’ve made toward equality. Namely, Black and Brown transwomen. The first Pride was a riot, after all. However, I sincerely appreciate brands that give back to queer communities through contributions to LGBTQ non-profits such as the It Gets Better Project, True Colors United and the Ali Forney Center, for example.

Most of my love for rainbow everything comes from wanting access to clothing and accessories that will allow me to show my Pride and also read hella gay. It may sound silly, but when you’re femme and no one can tell by looking at you, it can feel empowering AF to wear a universal queer symbol. It’s sad, but true.

What’s even more tragic is a lot of LGBTQ+ Pride wear isn’t made in plus sizes. While 68% of American women wear a size 14+, according to Racked, plus size clothing only makes up 2.3% of the selection at major retailers. And, from my own (admittedly un-scientific, yet probably still very accurate) assessment, there weren’t many size inclusive options for plus size folx to show their pride this year.

One exception is well-known plus size retailer Lane Bryant‘s lingerie brand, Cacique (which is known for its high quality and recently expanded size range to include even more sizes: 0-28!). This year, they designed a collection of several absolutely adorable bra/panty sets and pajamas.

*See below for links to some of my favorite pieces from Cacique’s Pride collection!

I’m really excited to share that I was asked to model Cacique’s Pride collection this year! (Be a doll and leave some love on my IG: @chiefofstyle, Cacique’s IG: @caciqueintimaes and Lane Bryant’s IG: @lanebryant as well as on their Facebook and Twitter accounts!)

Cacique contributed 10% of the purchase price of their Pride collection (a total of $30K!) to GLSEN, which aims to end discrimination, harassment and bullying of LGBT students in school. Love!

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the Pride collection:

Pride to me means loving who you are (all parts of you), exactly how you are. Thanks to Cacique, no matter your size, you can show your Pride. And, just as sweet, know your dollars are going to a good cause!

Oh, and I almost forgot! Cacique and Lane Bryant are having a semi-annual clearance sale right now!

(Run, don’t walk!)

Chief of Style wearing Cacique by Lane Bryant LGBTQ Pride Collection with rainbow lace and hearts

Chief of Style wearing Cacique by Lane Bryant LGBTQ Pride Collection with rainbow lace and hearts

Chief of Style wearing Cacique by Lane Bryant LGBTQ Pride Collection with rainbow lace and hearts

Thank you to Cacique for sponsoring this post. As always, all views expressed are my own.

Spring Has Sprung With Talbots Modern Classic Style

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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”Sitting Bull 

Wearing florals during Spring is nothing new. Still, every year, this girl is florals obsessed from early Spring to late Summer. That’s why I’m in love with these new, size-inclusive flowery pieces from Talbots, like this Mosaic Floral Sateen Fit & Flare Dress. I paired it with their Wicker Turnlock Clutch and Rosalie Ankle-Strap Sandals in Nappa Leather. Perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration or brunch with friends, this is one of my new, go-to Springtime outfits.

This beautiful fit & flare dress is inspired by the floral-covered mosaic architecture on the Isle of Capri. (Ooh lah lah!) It features a self-tie belt that defines your waist for a shapely fit that looks lovely on EVERY body. It’s the perfect dress for an outdoor party or whenever you just feel like dressing up! And, best of all, it has pockets! (If you’ve been following me for some time, you know how much I love pockets in skirts and dresses.) It’s made up of a cotton and Spandex blend for optimum comfort. And, if it couldn’t get any better, it’s also machine washable!

Besides the well-made, classic styling Talbots is known for, they also carry a wide-range of sizes, including misses, plus, petite and plus petite! Their clothing is available in sizes 2-24. So, there’s definitely something for everyone!

Where would you wear an outfit like this? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you to Talbots and Stylinity for sponsoring this post.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style at Beverly Hills City Hall wearing a spring mosaic dress by Talbots.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style at Beverly Hills City Hall wearing a spring mosaic dress by Talbots.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style at Beverly Hills City Hall wearing a spring mosaic dress by Talbots.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style at Beverly Hills City Hall wearing a spring mosaic dress by Talbots.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style at Beverly Hills City Hall wearing a spring mosaic dress by Talbots.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style at Beverly Hills City Hall wearing a spring mosaic dress by Talbots.

Outfit details: Dress + Shoes + Bag

Photographer: Elizabeth Dixon (@elizabeth.dixon)

2019: My Year of Self-love

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“Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself.” – Unknown

Happy 2019! I know we’re well into March and this is my first blog post of the year. I’d normally feel bad about this, but if you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been busy…busy working on loving myself more. But not just saying it; really meaning it. I’ve been reading, meditating, reflecting, journaling, dedicating more time and energy into my self-care routine…oh, and doing a “love detox.” (I’ve deleted all of the dating apps from my phone because I’m taking a break from dating altogether.)

The beginning of the year is when most of us are focused on creating goals for our lives, careers, relationships, etc. Whether it’s making a vision board or just a quiet promise to ourselves, many of us make a list of a bunch of things we want to accomplish over the course of the next 12 months. I do it too and my list is usually very, very long. But, 2019 is different. This year, I decided to just make one goal/commitment: to simply loving myself more.

I’ve grown a lot over the past few years, specifically in the acceptance of my body. That’s how I got here and why you’re here, too (whether you know it or not). I started The Chief of Style with the intention of loving every dimple, wrinkle, fat roll, stretch mark and pimple…all of the physical stuff I spent years hating about myself. I’ve come SO far in that journey, but I still have a ways to go when it comes to loving myself. Like, I know I’m great and all, but I keep letting users and abusers into my life and I’m finally over it! I’m done putting everyone else (like the people I’m romantically involved with, in particular) before myself (and even sometimes my closest friends and family). Love is blind in more ways than one and I’ve really let one too many jerks keep me from not only seeing my own worth, but how much other people I care about care about me.

So, I made the decision on Valentine’s Day to stop dating for a while. And, I mean it. I’m going to stop putting all of my love, time, energy and resources into other people (who haven’t even proven they deserve it) and put it into myself. I’m also taking the time to process and face my traumas instead of pretending they never happened. It’s honestly pretty intense and a little scary, but I feel quite certain I will come out this much happier and emotionally healthier and stronger.

Part of my plan for loving myself more is taking myself on dates, treating myself to trips to the spa and destinations near and far and spending more time alone – and enjoying it! I used to do everything for my partner, including wearing sexy lingerie. But, now I’m even doing that for myself.

One of my favorite sources for budget-friendly, flirty lingerie is Yandy. They have beautiful pieces in a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes. I’m absolutely in LOVE with this “Bad Intentions” lingerie gown. It has detachable straps and a high waist panty. Wearing lingerie just for me is officially part of my self-care practice.

If you’re curious about Yandy, you can use my promo code for 20% off: chiefofstyle20

I’m curious…how do you practice self-love? Let me know in the comments! I can’t wait to learn some new tips. 🙂

xo

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Thank you to Yandy for sponsoring this post. As always, all views expressed are my own, true opinions.

Newest Must-have Makeup Brand: Cheekbone Cosmetics

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“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” –Audrey Hepburn

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I first heard about Cheekbone Cosmetics the same way I learn about most things these days, through social media. I was interested in the brand once I read that it was created by a First Nations woman from Canada and that 10% of the profits are donated to Indigenous education.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty

So, I decided to reach out and see if they would be interested in sending me some products in exchange for a review. They sent me three matte liquid lipsticks and an eyebrow shaper to try. I was surprised how quickly everything came considering it was shipped from Canada.

I’ve got to be honest. Before opening the package, I was worried.

I hoped and prayed I would like their products because I love supporting Native and Aboriginal businesses, but sometimes the products fall flat. (I really hate it when that happens.)

But that’s not the case with Cheekbone. I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with their liquid lipstick and eyebrow shaper!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty
Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty

Their liquid lipsticks, in particular, are nothing short of incredible! The formula they use is better than any other wet-to-dry matte lipstick I’ve ever used and I’ve tried them all. (Seriously.) The color lasts for hours (even after eating!), there are no parabens, they’re virtually odor-free and they’re safe for sensitive skin. And, if you like lighter shades you are probably well aware that most brands often look streaky due to subpar formulas. Well, that’s not the case with Cheekbone. The color looks just as it should every time, no matter how much (or how little) you apply. They make about a dozen different shades, so if you’re not sure where to begin, try ASHLEY. It’s my absolute favorite shade and looks amazing on anyone!

They later sent me their highlight palette (Stardust) and their contour palette (Earth). I absolutely adore the highlight palette! The lightest color, in particular, is my jam. The pigment is very rich and provides a really beautiful highlight. I was pleasantly surprised that the contour palette was a perfect match for my skin tone, too.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty
Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty

If you’ve never heard of Cheekbone, I highly suggest you give the brand a try. What’s more, the products are cruelty free!

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is the Cheekbone “Limited Edition Warrior Women” liquid lipstick collection! *prayer hands emoji*

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty

Why not save 10% with my code [chiefofstyle] and give Cheekbone a try!

xo

*Thank you to Cheekbone for sending me products to review. As always, all views expressed are my true and honest opinions.

Lane Bryant is Having a Major Black Friday Sale!

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One reason I look forward to Thanksgiving every year, besides seeing family and eating delicious food is because it means Black Friday (with all of its glorious sales) is upon us. This year, Lane Bryant is having some amazing deals on all of their brands in-store and online.

Throughout the week of Thanksgiving (11/21 – 11/26), take 40% off storewide and take advantage of can’t-miss these daily door busters! (Click on the links below to visit LB’s website.)

Wednesday (11/21): $15 Tee Shop Tees

Thursday (11/22): Online Only – All Bras $29.50 + Free Shipping Sitewide

Friday (11/23): All Bras $29.50; Select Sweaters $20

Saturday(11/24): All Jeans and Pants $39

Sunday (11/25): LIVI Hoodies $20

Monday (11/26): Online Only – Cacique Panties Buy 3, Get 3 Free, All Sweaters $30, All Boots 50% Off

Here are some shots I took in several of their door buster items.

What pieces are you most looking forward to snagging? I, for one, love LB’s Cacique bras and am OBSESSED with their jeans!! So, if you’re looking for either, I highly recommend you take advantage of this week’s sales!

Happy holiday season!

xo

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Thank you to Lane Bryant for supporting my blog by sponsoring this post.