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The Importance of a Statement Piece

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“A simple hello could lead to a million things.” –Unknown

Hey, girl, hey!

I just got back from Hot Springs, Arkansas (Yes, Arkansas!) where the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) held its annual non-conference-conference called the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). The trip was quite fruitful: I spoke on a panel, made several professional connections, met some new friends, got a bunch of new followers, and made memories to last a lifetime! While there, I was reminded of something really valuable that I’d like to share with you: the importance of a statement piece!

Because I’m a style blogger, I tend to feel a bit more pressure than most to wear the perfect outfit when I attend events, etc. If I’m going to be photographed, I want to wear something that makes me feel my best and is a good representation of my blog/brand. (Some days it’s a dress with high heels and other days it’s skinny jeans and boots.) Although women with jaw dropping resumes come to CAMP every year, it’s not a pretentious environment at all and everyone dresses quite casually. As such, I decided to pack several dressed-down looks that still packed a punch, like this Eloquii PJ set.

Chief of Style Tip: When you’re going to a conference, networking event…or somewhere where you want to stand out, remember to wear a statement piece. It could be big earrings, a fancy jacket, a pin…whatever is appropriate for the occasion. Not only will you set yourself apart from the crowd, you won’t have to worry about how to approach people because people will almost always approach you first.

The Jawdesses (what we call ourselves) at CAMP absolutely LOVED my outfit. In fact, the entire weekend I hardly had to make an effort to talk to people because everyone kept coming up to me! (It was like magic.)

So, what do you think of my statement look? Have you ever worn a statement piece to standout? Did it work? Tell me about it in the comments!

xo

Eloquii plus size pj set

Eloquii plus size PJ set

Eloquii plus size pj set

Eloquii plus size pj set

Eloquii plus size pj set

Eloquii plus size pj set

 

Photographer: CJ Edwards-Acton

Outfit details: PJ set: Eloquii | Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Bag: Alexander Wang

My Trip to Eloquii at the Pentagon City Mall

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For all of my fellow Eloquii lovers out there, this post is for you!

I recently went to Washington, D.C. for a journalism conference. While there, I made sure to pay a visit to the Eloquii store at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City – one of just three Eloquii stores in the country! Because I knew I’d be in D.C. weeks ahead of time, I set up a styling appointment. To do this, I e-mailed the store with my preferred dates and times and then they sent me a style survey with questions like, “What colors do you feel your best in?” and “Who is your style icon?”

I made sure to make the appointment for a day/time that would work for my friend, Ashlee, who is a photographer based in nearby Philadelphia because shopping is always more fun with a friend…and because I wanted her to document this monuments occasion, of course.

As soon as we found the store, I squealed like a school girl. I walked into the store with my mouth wide open and all I could say was “Ohmygod, Ohmygod, Ohmygod…” (There’s just something about seeing all of the amazing pieces, prints, fabrics…on hangers and mannequins, where you can reach out and touch them…after only seeing them in photographs online and in catalogues.) Clearly this is a typical response because the women who work in the store weren’t fazed at all. And, I was immediately treated with V.I.P. service.

My personal stylist, Kristin (@Styled_by_KP), welcomed me with a glass of champagne and walked me to the back of the store where the dressing rooms are. I got an extra special room (it was larger and more posh than the others) with a cute little note and candy presentation. It was absolutely adorable and so special.

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I was also surprised to see that Kristin had already pulled several pieces for me to consider. We talked about my initial impressions of what she picked. Most of the pieces were spot on, some I was a bit iffy about, and at least one piece I was quite certain wasn’t for me.

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

With that information, I began trying on the pieces while Kristin pulled a few more. This was the first look. How FAB is this outfit?!

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

After trying on this Scandal-inspired look, it was hard to try on anything else because it was just that good, how could anything compare!?

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

But then I met this soft purple number and just about died.

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I really wasn’t sure about this mod-inspired sheath mini dress…

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

But it fit so nicely, I really got into the look. (Clearly.)

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I thought this sparkly dress was cute, but I didn’t love it more than this dress…

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I loved this ruffle front panel secretary-style dress SO much, I bought it…and even took the belt, too.

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

We spent a good deal of time doing an impromptu photoshoot. I walked the invisible catwalk a number of times. LOL

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I’d seen this floral suit on several bloggers and wondered what it would look like on me. Despite how well it fit and how much I loved it, I (sadly) chose not to buy it. I figured I’d snag it when it came on sale. 🙂

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I absolutely fell in LOVE with this leopard scuba pencil skirt! I didn’t end up getting the blouse because I have enough tops to pair with it in my closet at home.

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

I honestly didn’t think I’d be into this look, but I loved it so much I snagged both the lace blouse and jeans. They’re now one of my newest favorite go-to looks! With just enough peek-a-boo to be sexy, but mostly covered for a bit of modesty, this blouse is perfect for a casual, but sexy date night or drinks with the girls. (I wear it with a black longline bra rather than this off white one seen here.)

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

The jeans are perfect to pair with just about anything. Gotta love a good pair of distressed jeans! (Thanks, Eloquii!)

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

Three hours and $400 later and my trip was over. I had such a good time, I really didn’t want to leave. (My heart was telling me no, but my wallet was telling me “GO!”)

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

Thank you to Kristin for getting silly with me and making my shopping experience so much fun!

How to book a styling appointment at Eloquii Pentagon City

And, thank you to Ashlee for capturing all of the fun moments!

If you’re a plus size woman who loves quality made clothing and can afford a moderate price point, give Eloquii a try. And, if you live or visit Columbus, Ohio, Chicago or Washington, D.C., make sure you pay a visit to the Eloquii store there. It’s my goal to eventually visit all three! But, it’s my prayer that Eloquii eventually opens nation-wide.

In the meantime, although Eloquii clothing always fits me so well (one reason I’m in love with the brand), I’ll be able to shop with even more confidence having tried on so many things in-store.

Have you ever been to one of the brick and mortar Eloquii stores? Did you do a styling appointment, too? If so, please tell me all about it in the comments!

xo

Photographer: Ashlee Kulp (@AshKatPhoto)

Outfit details: Jeans: Torrid | Blouse: Vintage | Shoes: Ross

Career Advice: Do What Makes You Happy

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“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble

A while ago I had a heart-to-heart with my Dad about my career. I was lamenting that I’m not making as significant of an impact in the world as other people I know and as much as I wish I were. I told him that he saves lives (he’s a doctor) and all I’m doing is talking about clothes [and self love and body positivity, etc.]. His response? He said that he may be saving lives, but I’m helping make the world a more beautiful place in which to live.

Lately, I’ve been holding his words close to my heart. Despite what it looks like, the freelance struggle ain’t easy and I’ve considered taking opportunities that wouldn’t leave me much time to continue blogging. But, you know what, I just can’t give up on my mission to motivate and inspire other women going through similar struggles that I’ve gone through. I really love what I’m doing here at ChiefofStyle.com and on my Instagram. I’m loving the community I’m creating and the feedback I’m getting. I appreciate the DMs and the comments expressing solidarity. And I really love fashion too much to stop talking about it!

Sometimes, I do wonder if my life would have been easier if I had taken a more straightforward career path. If you want to be a doctor, for example, the path is laid out for you. But when you’re a journalist/communications professional/blogger/consultant, you’ve got to create your own path and that can be scary AF! Thing is, I really wouldn’t want it any other way. I truly think I was born to do exactly what I’m doing and I’m where I’m supposed to be.

We don’t all have the same talents and interests, but we can each make our mark and improve the world for the next generation in some way, big or small. That’s something to be proud of. If I can provide encouragement to even just one Native teen or young queer femme or newly plus size mother or anyone else struggling in some way…I will have done what I’m here to do.

I hope you’re doing what gives you joy and you spread it everywhere you go.

xo

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, wearing a Printed Trumpet Dress with Striped Sleeves by Eloquii at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, wearing a Printed Trumpet Dress with Striped Sleeves by Eloquii at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, wearing a Printed Trumpet Dress with Striped Sleeves by Eloquii at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, wearing a Printed Trumpet Dress with Striped Sleeves by Eloquii at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, wearing a Printed Trumpet Dress with Striped Sleeves by Eloquii at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, wearing a Printed Trumpet Dress with Striped Sleeves by Eloquii at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Outfit details: Dress: Eloquii | Earrings: Xehar | Shoes: DSW

Photographer: @M76Photo

My New York City Carrie Bradshaw Moment

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I moved to New York City in 2010 for graduate school and eventually to work as a news reporter. During my time there I always wanted to snap a Carrie Bradshaw-esque photo on the streets of Manhattan. (You know, the casual t-shirt tucked into the tutu skirt and dainty heels with a statement clutch purse, hailing a cab…all that.)

Well, I finally got my moment while shooting with one of the best photographers I’ve worked with to date, Gregory of M76Photo. Not only is he easy to work with, he makes you feel comfortable and does such an incredible job never over shooting, but still getting the best shots over and over again. It truly was a pleasure to work with him. (We’re definitely collaborating again when I’m in NYC later this week!)

We shot several looks during my recent trip to New York City and this was one of them. I got my Sex and the City moment…with a plus size twist! I styled my look with a shirt I designed myself thanks to Customized Girl. They offer really great prices on custom shirts, hats, underwear, pet clothing, and even items for babies. I made a total of four shirts: two that rep for ChiefofStyle.com, this one, and another that I can’t wait to show you (coming soon)!

To complete my look, I wore this perfect tutu skirt I bought from The Plus Bus, a plus-size retail store that sells new and used clothing. It’s from Anthropologie and it once belonged to plus size style blogger, Alex Michael May. And of course, I had to have a statement clutch. This one was a gift from Roaman’s and I’m absolutely obsessed with it!

Have you had your Carrie Bradshaw moment yet? If not, I suggest you make it happen, whether in NYC or your hometown. If you do, share the link in the bio! It was a lot of fun and I felt like a true fashion diva.

xx

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Outfit details: Top: Customized Girl | Skirt: Anthropologie / The Plus Bus | Shoes: Forever 21 | Clutch: Roaman’s

Photographer: @M76Photo

Welcome to The Chief of Style!

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“It always feels great to be at the start of something new. It’s almost like a revolution, in a way.” – Freida Pinto

Welcome to The Chief of Style, a plus size style blog that celebrates self-love and body-positivity! Here, I’ll be sharing my personal style choices as well as tips and tricks for other curvy fashionistas. And, I’ll be bringing incredible, authentic Indigenous and ethnic fashion designs straight to your desktop, tablet or mobile device.

For more information about who I am, please visit the About page. Question? Shoot me an email.

In the meantime, why not follow me on Instagram @ChiefofStyle!

‘Till next time…

xo

Outfit details: Bodysuit: Forever21+ | Shirt: Forever21+ | Jeans: The Limited | Watch: Michael Kors

Photographer: CJ Edwards-Acton