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It’s My Birthday So Let’s Celebrate

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There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born and the day we discover why. — William Barclay

Today’s a very special day. Yes, today is my birthday. And like on any birthday, I like to think back on the past year: all that I’ve learned, how I’ve grown and what I want to accomplish during the upcoming year.

Last year, I launched this very blog, The Chief of Style, a project I’d had in mind for so long, but was too scared to pursue. I never wanted to put my name on something that wasn’t of the highest quality, so I made excuse after excuse for not actually doing it…until I ran out of excuses.

In July, we went live with something I was proud of. I still have a lot of growing (and perfecting) to do with my blog, my Instagram and my brand overall, but I’m happy with what I’ve done thus far, in under a year, with The Chief of Style.

I’ve also learned a lot about myself this year. After having my heart broken (I mean, completely shattered), I refocused my attention on myself. I became my priority again and focused on loving myself more, just as I am. Instead of picking myself apart, the time I spent looking in the mirror was dedicated to noticing all of the beauty that I saw in the reflection looking back at me. I unfollowed folks on social media whose posts made me feel less than and I began following folks who inspired me to be great and reminded me that I already am. I began really and truly loving myself inside and out. I even gained some weight (thanks to the breakup), but have never loved myself — or my body — more.

And then, I was invited to join Parfait Lingerie’s “Perfect Figure” campaign which was a game changer for me in so many ways. Besides being photographed in my underwear and having those photos shared with the world (literally), through our ongoing partnership where I blog about all kinds of things under photos in their lingerie, I started to reflect on the many ways I wanted to love myself and the reasons why doing so is so critical.

I kind of feel like the last 33 years of my life were a practice run and now it’s time for the real thing. Armed with more knowledge, a lot more experience and a hell of a lot more confidence, I’m ready to take on this thing called life. And I’m so excited to share each and every move with you.

So, please stay tuned, babes!

xo

chief of style Amy Stretten in a birthday photo holding balloons in front of the Paul Smith wall on Melrose in a red plus size jumpsuit from fashion nova curve

chief of style Amy Stretten in a birthday photo holding balloons in front of the Paul Smith wall on Melrose in a red plus size jumpsuit from fashion nova curve

Outfit details: Jumpsuit: Fashion Nova Curve | Shoes: A’gaci

A Cold Shoulder for a Warm December day

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

Although we’re entering Winter, here in Los Angeles temperatures have only slightly lowered from the record highs of Fall. Lucky for us we can still show a little skin without freezing.

Enter my favorite Eloquii blouse ever!

This asymmetrical off-the-shoulder button up shirt is the perfect blend: a crisp, classic piece with unique, designer-like detailing. The shoulder peeks out for a hint of sexy while the asymmetrical hemline adds interest and a stylish flair. And all of that’s wrapped up in a waist cinch made to look like the missing sleeves!

This look is perfect for Sunday brunch with your friends or a weeknight dinner date. It can be tucked in sans tie or worn out over jeans, pants, a skirt…you name it! And best of all, it’s perfect for a California December day.

How would you pair this top? Please share in the comments.

*Please excuse the wrinkles. I wore the top while hosting Eloquii’s daily Instagram Live show from their headquarters one morning in Long Island City, New York. And then I spent an hour on the train to meet up with my photographer while carrying a duffle bag full of clothes and shoes. #bts #thestruggleisreal

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Outfit details: Top: Eloquii | Jeans: The Limited | Shoes: DSW | Bag: Roaman’s

Photographer: @M76Photo

Because it’s Fall but it’s Also hot as Hell

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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent

While most of the country is experiencing chilly Fall temperatures, Southern California has been in the middle of a heatwave. As such, I haven’t needed to pluck a warm coat or jacket – let alone boots or a scarf – from my closet yet. So, what does a fashion-loving LA babe to do when she wants to conjure up some seasonal cozy, fall vibes?

The answer lies in this dress. Fall color? Check. PJ trend? Check. Warm weather-friendly? Check.

The outfit screams Fall while being doable for current SoCal temperatures.

Whats more, you could easily transition this piece into colder Fall/Winter weather by wearing it unbuttoned over a t-shirt and distressed skinny jeans and under a jacket or pairing it with stockings, a coat and over-the-knee boots. The options are truly endless!

So, I’m curious…where do you live? What’s a part of your Fall wardrobe this year? Share in the comments.

xx

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

Outfit details: Dress: ASOS | Shoes: DSW | Bag: H&M

Photographer: @M76Photo

Style Haul: Charlotte Russe Plus Size Wide Calf Over-the-knee Boots

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“In order to kick ass you must first lift up your foot.” — Jen Sincero

I have always been a fan of boots, but as I got older they stopped loving me (and my large calves). That’s why I nearly died from shock/excitement a couple of weeks ago when I found about a dozen different styles and colors of over-the-knee wide calf boots at CharlotteRusse.com!

For yearsss I’ve been searching for the perfect OTK boot: wide enough for my muscular legs and with a sensible heel. (If you’re new here, “Hi, my name is Amy and I can’t stand heels above four inches.”) And then a few weeks ago I got an e-mail from Charlotte Russe advertising their plus size/wide-calf OTK boots. I couldn’t decide which pair to get, so I bought four pairs!

Below are the ones I chose. If these aren’t your cup of tea, they have many more. When I made my purchase each pair was less than $25. So, you may luck out and get them on sale like I did. (Sign up for their e-mails!)

Note about fit: These boots are not only for wide calves, but they’re for wide feet as well. (Woot!) I wear a 9.5, but I sized down to a 9 and I still have a bit of extra room. But, with an insole or a sock, they fit perfectly.

*For the record, this post is in no way sponsored by Charlotte Russe. I just genuinely love my new boots and wanted to share how I styled them.

Have you been able to snag a pair of wide-calf boots? If so, where’d you get them? Please share in the comments.

xo

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: Premme | Jeans: RWN by RAWAN | Scarf: H&M | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: Fashion to Figure | Top & Skirt: Rebdolls | Watch: Vince Camuto | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: H&M | Top: Target | Skirt: Forever 21+ | Bag: Roaman’s

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: H&M | Top & Skirt: Rebdolls | Watch: Vince Camuto | Bag: Alexander Wang

Photography: Lauren Calsada

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.”

Universal Standard promo code

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.

Universal Standard promo code

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.

Universal Standard promo code

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.)

Universal Standard promo code

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

Universal Standard promo code

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

Universal Standard promo code

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.