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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

Who is the Chief of Style?

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

I first started blogging in 2009 to create a portfolio of written work to get into graduate school. I had worked in entertainment for a few years after graduating from college and I had been doing some plus size modeling for fun. Unfortunately, in ’09/’10 there wasn’t much interest in hiring and using plus size models because being curvy wasn’t trendy or cute. (I also struggled to embrace my curvier, fuller frame.) So, I gave up.*  And while I enjoyed working for some of the biggest studios in Hollywood, something was missing. I knew I wanted to change the world, but I also knew I wanted to do so in an entertaining way…I just wasn’t sure how.

After doing some soul searching and taking a news writing course at a nearby university, I decided to pursue journalism professionally. To do that, I needed more experience. But, to get experience, it seemed like I needed to have experience. (A ‘catch-22’ millennials, in particular, know a lot about.) After applying to countless journalism jobs, it became clear that graduate school could be the best next move. (For more on what happened then, visit my About page.)

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I created this blog in part because I believe seeing a queer, plus size, femme of color expressing self-love is a radical act. And, because I have always had a seriously intense passion for fashion. I also have a unique take on trends and enjoy styling photo shoots (my own and others’). And, after earning almost a quarter of a million followers on Poshmark, where I sell new, pre-loved, and vintage items, I felt it was about time I started sharing my passion(s) with the world.

As a queer, mixed race (Native American/Black/French Canadian/Scotch-Irish), bilingual (English/Spanish) fashionista who has lived and traveled abroad, I pull a lot of my fashion sensibility from the many cultures and communities I represent and come into contact with. I love supporting Indigenous fashion designers from around the world as well as brands that care about curvy women. So, you’ll see quite a bit of both here.

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My first blog did help me get into graduate school, and in 2011 I earned a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Now, armed with experience, education, and much more self-confidence, I’m ready to get back to this fashion and entertainment thing. I hope you enjoy following me as I share what being the Chief of Style means to me.

 

*Thankfully, we’ve come a long way. Since then, a lot has changed in mainstream media, the modeling industry, and in fashion for curvy women. Models and bloggers alike have changed the game for women of size and have inspired self-acceptance in hundreds of thousands of women worldwide. Now, the term “body-positivity” is on everyone’s lips.