Life Illustrated By Fashionlistically Speaking

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10535731_255684654626538_3987970437502911587_oA couple of days ago while checking hashtags on Instagram, I stumbled upon some great art work.  The art was of images from Full Figured Fashion Week, Gwen Devoe, The Curvy Fashionista, Farrah Estrella and fashion by designer Serita Bell. She later recreated an picture of me that I just love!!  I must say that the work was on the money in terms of similarity to the original photos.10660136_377893722405630_852224779244541934_n

The work was done by a talented artist by the name Crystal Caraway.  Crystal is the creative force behind Fashionlistically Speaking. The world of fashion and art has always been two of her favorite passions. Creativity has been flowing through her since an early age. From making Barbie clothing out of aluminum foil to capturing beauty with each brush stroke. Crystal understands the quintessence of beauty and how to interpret a vision in a commercial manner. Crystal illustrations have been priased by promininate plus size bloggers, plus size magazines and retail brands. Allow her to use her skills to make wonderful custom fashion illustrations, logo designs, stationery art, greeting card art, invitations, blog/ website headers and more.

Check out some of her work below!!!

BE BRAVE!! The Bold Message Fit For Me Sent During Full Figured Fashion Week’s Retailers/Boutique Showcase (video)

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unnamedIt is no secret that I live for a moment where greatness is revealed and women are empowered.  Now, you all know that in my eyes Full Figured Fashion Week is one of the most empowering events in the plus size community. Well, last Saturday at the Retailers/Boutique Showcase the bar was raised even higher.

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Full Figured Fashion Week premier sponsor Fit For Me‘s runway presentation spoke volumes at Saturday’s show.  With the Glamazons singing Sara Bareilles “Brave”,  one by one models emerged wearing undies and t-shirts from  Fit For Me by Fruit Of The Loom.  What the made the moment so amazing was that the models were not wearing girdles, support hose or heels. The audience had the pleasure of seeing them in their natural state which allowed women to connect with them in a great way.  I know that modeling is about creating a fantasy but in the plus size community where there is still much work to be done, women needed to see this.

*** Photos Courtesy of Plus Model Magazine***

 

Although we all know that even models aren’t perfect, the ability to relate to them as real women was great.  In the area that i was in during the show, there was much chatter during this scene.  Women were excited and happy, several of them even stood up because the gesture really moved them.

I really appreciate Fit For Me for what they did to assure that Full Figured Fashion Week came back with a bang.  However, more than that I salute them for connecting with their audience in a major way.  It is so important that even in fashion we stay truthful and empower individuals in our community and for me that is what I witnessed. Happy, beautiful women loving the skin that they are in despite society’s beauty standards.  Video below….

 

Impact Magazine Presents Cocktails And Conversations With Gwen DeVoe

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Last night I was in Harlem at the Cove Lounge for Impact Magazine’s Cocktails and Conversations with Gwen Devoe. In addition to the Mogul Diva, we had the pleasure of hearing from the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week, Re’vee Lamar and seeing fashions from Honey’s Child Boutique.

Cocktails & Conversations launched in Atlanta, GA with IMPACT Magazine’s live interview with Grammy nominated Angie Stone with approximately 200 guests attending. From the initial event, Cocktails & Conversations has expanded to include over 100 partners, including sponsors, bloggers, small businesses and other industry professionals. Cocktails & Conversations events features an array of conversations ranging from overcoming obstacles, owning your own business, to living on purpose where they spoke with fashion designers who showcased their collections.

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This was my first time attending a Cocktails and Conversations event but definitely not my last. Good music, good drinks and a great group of people set the tone for what was an a very nice event. Host/ Editor and Chief of Impact Magazine,  Tunisha Brown did an amazing job of entertaining a packed house.

VIP, had the pleasure of getting their drink on compliments of Tiny’s Tequila. I didn’t have a chance to sample it, because I was late but I am told it was pretty good.

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Although I have done my homework, it was good to hear from Gwen DeVoe and Re’vee Lamar. Both ladies were motivational, their stories had a message that inspired me and others in attendance to never give up.

***Below you will find photos from the event***

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