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My Big Fig Mattress Review

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For those who don’t know (which is probably most, if not all of you), I suffer from lower back pain due to a spine condition called spondylolisthesis. There’s not a single moment during my day when I don’t feel at least some type of discomfort (or excruciating pain) in my lower back (specifically, my L-5, S-1 and S-2). Over the years, the issue with my lower back has contributed to pain felt in my upper back, shoulders, neck and radiating pain down my the backs of my legs. In order to keep the pain at bay, I have to switch my position regularly and take pain medication. That said, my lower back pain has made falling asleep and staying asleep rather difficult.

I’ve purchased three mattresses in my adult life. All of them claimed to be ideal for back pain sufferers, but none of them helped me. Enter the Big Fig mattress

I first heard about Big Fig on Instagram. One of my fellow blogger-friends shared her experience sleeping on a Big Fig and I was curious. I did a little research of my own and I felt cautiously optimistic that this might be the ideal bed for me. So, when I was given the opportunity to try one in exchange for a review and some promotion, I jumped at the chance!

I was admittedly very nervous about trading in my two year-old department store mattress for a Big Fig first and foremost because I never got the chance to try one out to see how comfortable it was. But, I stepped out on faith and hoped and prayed I would like it once it arrived.

Had I known two years ago that I’d have the best sleep of my life on a Big Fig mattress, I would have never bought a department store mattress!

Sleeping on my Big Fig mattress is like sleeping on a cloud, but a supportive cloud that doesn’t make you hot when you sleep (like many memory foam mattresses). Big Fig is made for larger bodies (the name Big Fig comes from “bigger figure”), so it’s a plus size-friendly mattress, but can work for anyone of any size. Some of my favorite features of the Big Fig are:

  • ThermoGel cooling technology which regulates temperature
  • 1600 pocketed coil springs to support the neck and back
  • three layers of high density poly foam for a firm cushion
  • foundation supports 5x the weight of a typical foundation
  • And, all mattresses come with a 20 year warranty!

If you’re on the market for a new mattress (or yours just doesn’t cut it anymore), do yourself a favor and consider investing in a Big Fig mattress. I promise you won’t be sorry!

They even make their mattresses in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen King and California King. And, best of all, the process to order a mattress along with their white glove delivery service couldn’t be smoother. From ordering to sleeping, Big Fig gets it right.

They’re currently having a holiday sale for $199 off the cost of a mattress and white glove delivery with code WHITEGLOVE. Why not start 2019 with a good night’s sleep? New year, new you, right?

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style and her Big Fig mattress

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style and her Big Fig mattress

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style and her Big Fig mattress

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style and her Big Fig mattress

 

*Thank you to Big Fig Mattress for sending me a mattress to review. As always, all views expressed are my true and honest opinions.

That Time I Went to NYC Pride with Dove and Mic

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This past weekend, I was in New York City to work with news outlet, Mic, on a self-love and body positivity campaign for Dove. In it, I talk about being a queer femme of color and what Pride means to me. I’m excited to share the final product with you.

I also had the chance to speak with real women about what this year’s Pride theme “Defiantly Different” means to them and what #RealBeauty really is. Check out the interviews on my Instagram (posted on 6/25).

Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes photos from the day.

 

 

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, at NYC Pride 2018 with Mic for Dove

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, at NYC Pride 2018 with Mic for Dove

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, at NYC Pride 2018 with Mic for Dove

Happy Pride, babes!

😘💕🌈

Los Angeles: Shop With Me at the Universal Standard Pop-up + Model Search

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“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

I’m thrilled to share that Universal Standard is coming to town and I’ll be the guest stylist at their upcoming pop-up shop here in Los Angeles! It’s all going down at Redefine Hollywood this Sunday, October 1st from 11am-7pm. And, there will also be a model search from 1-4p.

Below are the details for the Los Angeles leg of their US road trip:

Model Search & Pop-Up
September 29 – 30, and October 1

Redefine Hollywood
5426 Flemish Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Pop-Up Times:
9/29: 12 – 8 PM
9/30: 11 – 8 PM
10/1: 11 – 7 PM <– I’ll be there from 2-4pm

Model Search Times:
9/30: 1 – 4 PM
10/1: 1 – 4 PM

Nordstrom
October 5th and 6th
Nordstrom Century City
Encore Department
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
11 – 7 PM

I hope to see you there!

This will be my third collaboration with the brand. One thing I really love about Universal Standard, as I’ve shared before, is that they provide upscale clothing exclusively for bridge and plus sizes. And, I love that their aesthetic is rather minimalist. So, you can customize your look using their pieces as the foundation of your outfit. Everything is made so well and runs perfectly true to size. I’ve ordered from US three times now and the clothing fits exactly right each and every time.

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Here I’m wearing their Sillaro Leatherette Pencil Skirt and a denim shirt by Lovesick. This skirt is such a great staple piece as it really can be paired with anything. I easily could have worn a graphic t-shirt or a secretary blouse and completely changed up the look.

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But, there really is something about a denim shirt and pencil skirt. It’s a super easy look to pull off because denim goes with everything, so you never have to ask yourself, “Wait. But, does this match?!” The answer will always be “Yes.”

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I paired the skirt and top with shoes from Solemate Shoetique, a new shoe brand that contacted me to share some of their newest styles. I love these “Ava” blush velvet acrylic heels. They’re the perfect height: about 3.5″ high. If you know me, you know I very rarely wear heels higher than 4″. But, it’s often difficult to find clear/lucite heels under 4″ high. So, I was ecstatic when the owner, Gina, told me these would work perfectly for me!

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For this shoot, I once again worked with Gregory of @M76Photo. He really is one of my favorite photographers! We met at Prospect Park South and shot one look, then went deeper into the park and shot another. We kept walking deeper into the park, exploring different areas, and photographing a new look in each spot until we were out of looks to shoot. (Keep an eye out for upcoming posts.)

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I’ve wanted to shoot a look like this since I saw Eloquii’s recent “Folk Tales” Fall ’17 lookbook.

Universal Standard US road trip

Their shoot took place at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, but I think we managed to get a similar aesthetic in Brooklyn.

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I love how New York City, while a huge metropolis, has hundreds of beautiful parks. At Prospect Park, there were birds, squirrels, butterflies, diverse flowers and foliage…For a moment, we felt like we were somewhere far outside of the city.

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To complete this look, I carried my new favorite convertible purse, a bag that says, “I OWN TOO MUCH BLACK.” (“True story,” but “NEVER!!!” at the same time.)

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The bag is great because it can be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag or a clutch (with or without the wrist strap).

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And those tassels! This bag is just too to cute.

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Back to this pop-up shop event…

If you follow me on Instagram or are subscribed to my blog…or you’re simply reading these words right now, please come and say hi! Let’s take a pic, shoot a boomerang, and gush over Universal Standard’s clothing line! 🙂

Until then…xo

 

Outfit details: Skirt: Universal Standard | Shirt: Lovesick Fashion | Shoes: Solemate Shoetique | Bag: Eloquii

Photographer: @M76Photo

*Skirt, shoes and bag were gifts from the respective brands. All opinions expressed are my own.

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

It’s All in the Details

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“Luxury is in each detail.” – Hubert de Givenchy

In case you weren’t aware, I skipped blogging for a week. Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia were so triggering and awful, I didn’t feel I could post anything on the Internet if it wasn’t somehow in response to the videos and articles I watched/read about the alt-right and counter protests. Fashion had to take a backseat because more important things were (and still are) happening in our country.

As you may know, I am a journalist. I used to work for several mainstream news outlets, so had I still been with, say, the New York Post last week, I undoubtedly would have covered Charlottesville in some way.

But sometimes fashion and the news collide. It did for me as I was sitting back, thinking on how I’d like to write about this particular photo shoot.

I wasn’t aware while taking these photos that the background would come together so well with my outfit and that I’d look like I came from the pages of an ad for a 1950s TV show. When I first looked at the photos, I thought, “Maybe I could relate this to the ‘Good old days’ in some way.” But then Charlottesville happened and I was once again reminded that the “Good old days” that we (and Fox News, etc.) talk about so fondly weren’t so good for people of color, queer folks and women. Back in the “good old days,” things were really good if you were a straight white Christian cis man, but not so good if you weren’t (i.e.: that’s what the Civil Rights movement was about). So, no, I couldn’t call this the “Good old days,” because had I been alive at the time, as a queer Native American/black woman, a lot of things probably wouldn’t have been so great.

That said, let’s just get into the fashion since I’m sure that’s why you came here in the first place. 🙂

There’s nothing that I love more than embellishments. Whether a vintage blazer dripping in sequins and beads or a pair of shorts with tiny pom poms on the hem…I love clothing and accessories because in my opinion, they not only take a look and kick it up several notches, but they tell a story. And, I think the small embellishments in my outfit did just that.

When I saw this soft pink A-line skirt on the clearance rack at Forever 21, I just knew I had to have it. I wasn’t sure how I’d style it, but I was excited for the challenge. I paired it with a crisp, white, sleeveless collard shirt from Eloquii that has little rhinestone on the collar. I wore my (second) favorite pair of pink satin Badly Mischka peep toe heels and as a main focal point, held an adorable clutch purse with ombré tassels that I found at Ross. (And, my dog Valentino even makes a cameo appearance.)

I suppose this is my “Remembering the good old days if the good old days had been good for a queer, Indigenous/Black, femme” look. A girl can dream, right?

Enjoy! <3

Outfit details: Top: Eloquii | Skirt: Forever 21+ | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Clutch: Ross | Watch: Michael Kors

Photographer: CJ Edwards-Acton