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Fall into Macy’s Plus Size NY Collection

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This blog post has been sponsored by Macy’s NY Collection.

I hadn’t heard about Macy’s NY Collection until recently, but I’m so glad I did.

I fell in love with these paisley and animal print pants because of the pattern, but also the fabric and the wide waistband. They’re really stretchy and comfortable. Best of all, the look is perfectly on trend for the upcoming Fall season. Anyone who knows me can tell you I love a loud, standout pattern and this is definitely that!

If you’re looking for an easy to wear plus size fashion forward look at a great price, visit Macys.com and check out their NY Collection!

xo

Amy Stretten in plus size brunch outfit idea from Macy's NY Collection

Amy Stretten in plus size brunch outfit idea from Macy's NY Collection

Amy Stretten in plus size brunch outfit idea from Macy's NY Collection

Tommy Hilfiger Plus: Exclusively for Macy’s

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Thank you to Macy‘s for sponsoring this post.

It feels like I’m perpetually on the hunt for crisp white jeans. You know, the kind of perfectly white jeans you can pair with a fab top and wear to Sunday brunch. Mid rise. Well-made. Not see-through. Comfortable. Stylish.

Know the feeling?

If so, you can imagine my excitement when I found these straight-leg jeans by Tommy Hilfiger Plus at Macy‘s . They’re perfect for a classic, casual summer weekend look. You can pair them with your favorite statement top like this polka dot blouse I’m wearing. Or florals, stripes, animal print or or or…the combinations are truly endless.

They’re incredibly well-made with some stretch for extra comfort and wearability. They’re my new go-to pair of jeans when I want to look put together without any hassle. And, best of all, I can tell that they’ll last forever!

Check out Macy’s for your one-stop fashion destination and pick up anything you need to put the finishing touches on your look. Visit Macy’s for stylish plus size clothing and come back to share your #MacysLove!

xo

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style in white straight-leg jeans by Tommy Hilfiger Plus exclusively for Macys*

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style in white straight-leg jeans by Tommy Hilfiger Plus exclusively for Macys

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style in white straight-leg jeans by Tommy Hilfiger Plus exclusively for Macys

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style in white straight-leg jeans by Tommy Hilfiger Plus exclusively for Macys

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style in white straight-leg jeans by Tommy Hilfiger Plus exclusively for Macys

 

Stop Saying ‘No’ to Living the Life You Want

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. […] Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

“No.”

It’s a powerful word. One I’ve heard many, many times. Still, for whatever reason (maybe because I’m a typical, stubborn Taurus or because I’m determined as hell), I never ever ever give up. Never in my life have I let the word “No” stop me. I’ve been laid off, told I didn’t have enough experience, reminded of my lack of qualifications, dumped, pigeon-holed, misjudged, misunderstood, shown the metaphorical “exit,” not been granted entry, and I haven’t always fit in. There’s really no one, simple road to success and my winding career path is an example of that. But, lately…lately, thankfully, I’ve been hearing “Yes”…a lot.

As you may (and hopefully) know, in a couple of weeks, I’m throwing myself a party to celebrate the launch of this very site. (Yes, you’re invited.) You see, I’m determined AF, but in the past I allowed “perfection to stand in the way of good enough” as they say. I’ve never thought twice about taking risks when I didn’t have much at stake and I didn’t care about the outcome. But, I’ve definitely let my fears and insecurities hold me back from achieving what I want most. I have big – huge – dreams, but I stood in my own way for far too long, living small and playing it safe. I’m so over that! And the party I’m throwing will be to celebrate this transformation.

Since I’ve moved out of my own way and become laser focused, I’ve seen so much success. In just a few months, I’ve gained nearly 10,000 followers on Instagram, I’ve secured about one dozen brand partnerships, including sponsorships for my launch party (my gift bags are killer, y’all!), and I’ve received interest from several news outlets who want to share my story with their readers. I’m really just getting started, but I’ve seen so much growth in such a short period of time because I Decided (with a capital D) to be Brave (with a capital B) and get serious about making my dreams a reality. As a result, I’ve found support from my friends, family, followers…and I’m so very grateful for you. Thank you.

I may not know you IRL, but I think it’s safe to assume that you’ve held yourself back before, too. If so, I have one question for you: WHY!? Why are you sabotaging yourself from having that thing – whatever it is – that you want most? Seriously, there’s a reason and if you’re honest with yourself, you probably know what it is. Name it and stop it! Life is too short and you’re too incredible to live a mediocre life (whatever mediocre looks like for you).

What big dream do you have that you’ve been struggling to reach? Share it in the comments. Maybe I’ll have some suggestions.

May the fierce be with you, babes.

xo

Outfit details: Top: Forever21+ | Skirt: Torrid | Shoes: Macy’s | Necklace: Amazon

Photographer:  Jorge Lopez (IG: @jorgelopezmedia)

A Visit to the Museum of Ice Cream…Kinda

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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Unknown

I’m going to be real with you. Despite how my social media life is beginning to look and how snazzy this blog is *dusts off shoulder,* The Chief of Style as a brand is still very new. And for that reason, no one is sending me freebies. Well, except for the fine people at Slink (post to come). 

Tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream are hard to come by. At this point, the only way you’re getting in is if you pay $100 per person to someone selling their ticket on Craigslist or you’re a brand ambassador for a brand like Forever 21. Since that’s not my reality just yet and, thus, I wasn’t able to take a cute picture in the rainbow sprinkles pit or in the mint chocolate chip room. So, I did the next best thing: I took pictures outside. I mean, how often do you get to shoot in front of a bubble gum-pink wall?

Color-blocking and pattern-mixing has always been and will always be a thing I’m into. That said, I wanted to take advantage of a little of both…and top it off with some bling. (My fav!)

This look could work for a number of venues: work, brunch, drinks with friends…it’s got a nice mix of class and sass. Just switch up your shoes and maybe your accessories. (I pulled off the look in both leopard and nude heels. Did you notice?) I hope this look inspires you to pair a basic white with more daring colors and prints.

On the subject of body-positivity, I will say that I was hesitant to post these photos because when I look at them, all I see is Tummy (with a capital T). But, in an effort to celebrate all parts of me and release any body shame I have, I’m sharing them here. Cheers to visible soft tummies and self-love (at any size)! <3

Outfit details: Blouse: The Limited | Skirt: Forever 21+ | Shoes: Macy’s

Photographer: Trey Jones (IG: @cjonesphotog)