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2019: My Year of Self-love

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“Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself.” – Unknown

Happy 2019! I know we’re well into March and this is my first blog post of the year. I’d normally feel bad about this, but if you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been busy…busy working on loving myself more. But not just saying it; really meaning it. I’ve been reading, meditating, reflecting, journaling, dedicating more time and energy into my self-care routine…oh, and doing a “love detox.” (I’ve deleted all of the dating apps from my phone because I’m taking a break from dating altogether.)

The beginning of the year is when most of us are focused on creating goals for our lives, careers, relationships, etc. Whether it’s making a vision board or just a quiet promise to ourselves, many of us make a list of a bunch of things we want to accomplish over the course of the next 12 months. I do it too and my list is usually very, very long. But, 2019 is different. This year, I decided to just make one goal/commitment: to simply loving myself more.

I’ve grown a lot over the past few years, specifically in the acceptance of my body. That’s how I got here and why you’re here, too (whether you know it or not). I started The Chief of Style with the intention of loving every dimple, wrinkle, fat roll, stretch mark and pimple…all of the physical stuff I spent years hating about myself. I’ve come SO far in that journey, but I still have a ways to go when it comes to loving myself. Like, I know I’m great and all, but I keep letting users and abusers into my life and I’m finally over it! I’m done putting everyone else (like the people I’m romantically involved with, in particular) before myself (and even sometimes my closest friends and family). Love is blind in more ways than one and I’ve really let one too many jerks keep me from not only seeing my own worth, but how much other people I care about care about me.

So, I made the decision on Valentine’s Day to stop dating for a while. And, I mean it. I’m going to stop putting all of my love, time, energy and resources into other people (who haven’t even proven they deserve it) and put it into myself. I’m also taking the time to process and face my traumas instead of pretending they never happened. It’s honestly pretty intense and a little scary, but I feel quite certain I will come out this much happier and emotionally healthier and stronger.

Part of my plan for loving myself more is taking myself on dates, treating myself to trips to the spa and destinations near and far and spending more time alone – and enjoying it! I used to do everything for my partner, including wearing sexy lingerie. But, now I’m even doing that for myself.

One of my favorite sources for budget-friendly, flirty lingerie is Yandy. They have beautiful pieces in a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes. I’m absolutely in LOVE with this “Bad Intentions” lingerie gown. It has detachable straps and a high waist panty. Wearing lingerie just for me is officially part of my self-care practice.

If you’re curious about Yandy, you can use my promo code for 20% off: chiefofstyle20

I’m curious…how do you practice self-love? Let me know in the comments! I can’t wait to learn some new tips. 🙂

xo

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing the "Bad Intentions" lingerie gown by Yandy

Thank you to Yandy for sponsoring this post. As always, all views expressed are my own, true opinions.

Lane Bryant is Having a Major Black Friday Sale!

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One reason I look forward to Thanksgiving every year, besides seeing family and eating delicious food is because it means Black Friday (with all of its glorious sales) is upon us. This year, Lane Bryant is having some amazing deals on all of their brands in-store and online.

Throughout the week of Thanksgiving (11/21 – 11/26), take 40% off storewide and take advantage of can’t-miss these daily door busters! (Click on the links below to visit LB’s website.)

Wednesday (11/21): $15 Tee Shop Tees

Thursday (11/22): Online Only – All Bras $29.50 + Free Shipping Sitewide

Friday (11/23): All Bras $29.50; Select Sweaters $20

Saturday(11/24): All Jeans and Pants $39

Sunday (11/25): LIVI Hoodies $20

Monday (11/26): Online Only – Cacique Panties Buy 3, Get 3 Free, All Sweaters $30, All Boots 50% Off

Here are some shots I took in several of their door buster items.

What pieces are you most looking forward to snagging? I, for one, love LB’s Cacique bras and am OBSESSED with their jeans!! So, if you’re looking for either, I highly recommend you take advantage of this week’s sales!

Happy holiday season!

xo

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Plus size style blogger, The Chief of Style, Amy Stretten, wearing LIVI Cacique and Lane Bryant for Thanksgiving Black Friday sales

Thank you to Lane Bryant for supporting my blog by sponsoring this post.

Check Out City Chic at Macy’s for Must-have Plus Size Fall Styles

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This post is in partnership with Macy’s and City Chic.

I first heard about plus size Australian brand, City Chic, when I complimented a friend on her dress. It was gorgeous and I hadn’t seen anything like it, so I knew I had to get my hands on their clothing. At the time, I was only able to find City Chic pieces online. (While I love shopping online, I prefer to be able to try on pieces in-store to at least know how the sizing runs.)

Fast forward a couple of years later and now City Chic is available at my local Macy’s store! I’m sure you can imagine my excitement. 🙂

This look that I styled is perfect for Fall. I paired their black and white striped tunic button down blouse with their faux leather leggings. What I really love about this look is how versatile it is. You can wear the tunic as a long blouse, tie it in the front to bring up the hemline and show off your leggings (and maybe even a little skin), layer it under a sweater or jacket, tuck it in or wear it open like a kimono or cardigan…The options are truly endless!

I paired the look with a faux leather jacket and faux suede over the knee boots for a cool, biker-inspired look.

One thing to note about City Chic is how their sizes run. As a plus size babe, I’d never imagine wearing a size Small, but City Chic’s size chart is a little different. I will say that their clothes seem to run very true to size. So, they get an A+ for fit! And now that I can find the brand at my nearest Macy’s store, I’m even more smitten!

Have you ever heard of City Chic? Have you ever tried their clothing? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, wearing plus size Australian clothing City Chic sold at Macys

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, wearing plus size Australian clothing City Chic sold at Macys

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, wearing plus size Australian clothing City Chic sold at Macys

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, wearing plus size Australian clothing City Chic sold at Macys

Thank you to Macy’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all views expressed are my own.

Brunch in Brooklyn Feat. Macy’s Tommy Hilfiger Plus Collection

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This post is in collaboration with Dubli.

Hey babes! I’m back with another post about Macy’s exclusive #TommyHilfiger Plus collection. This time, I’m rocking an adorable blue and white collared shirt dress (originally $100, but currently on sale for $60).

I recently wore this ensemble to brunch in Dumbo, Brooklyn during my trip to New York City. It was easy, breezy, comfortable and best of all, I felt so cute!

I paired the dress with my new favorite red heels and a red faux leather jacket. But, truthfully, the possibilities are endless with such a classic piece.

How would you style this dress? Let me know in the comments!

xo

#macyslove #macysplus

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, rocking a collard shirt dress is from Tommy Hilfiger by Macy's. It's a perfect plus size brunch outfit!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, rocking a collard shirt dress is from Tommy Hilfiger by Macy's. It's a perfect plus size brunch outfit!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, rocking a collard shirt dress is from Tommy Hilfiger by Macy's. It's a perfect plus size brunch outfit!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, rocking a collard shirt dress is from Tommy Hilfiger by Macy's. It's a perfect plus size brunch outfit!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, rocking a collard shirt dress is from Tommy Hilfiger by Macy's. It's a perfect plus size brunch outfit!

Photography by @M76Photo

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