I have three friends that have birthdays in the month of January and they are all back to back. I had to prepare myself for three events mentally, physically, and FASHIONABLY!
Plus, there was a concert I had tickets to that Sunday. Just know that everything I wore was an item I purchased at a reasonable price, thrifted, or on clearance! I already had these items in my closet.
I needed all of this week to recover! And today is the first day I woke up with minimum pain. I had a flare up this week. Three days of restlessness due to pain-somnia (insomnia) due to pain, anxiety, and yesterday depression. Whew! Yet…joy came this morning.
What could be better than getting an awesome deal on a condo on the beach? Well, saving more money by shopping at a local thrift store! I saw it on the way to our beach condo and I knew I was coming back before I left. I am glad I did!
The name of the thrift store is Island Thrift. Very, very friendly staff. A clean store and the best part was it’s inclusive of plus size girls like me! I found clothing, jewelry, and some sort of huge wooden, palm structure that barely fit into my brother’s SUV. Needless to say he was puzzled when I returned his vehicle but, he also knows I like odd things! And never question a woman’s purchase. She has a plan for whatever she bought somewhere down the line lol!
I also got tanks tops and a necklace made of wood. Yes, I had an armload of items and I would have gotten more! My cousin also left with an armful of items. She’s a thrifter, too and we were both floating on a shopper’s high as we left. I will blog the items when I wear them soon. I have already worn the red striped sundress and it fit perfectly!
Classic Nine West Boots I’ve had for over 15 years. I purchased these and a black pair during a clearance at DSW with mom. Yes it was that long ago. No I am not that old lol! These cognac colored boots are always a conversation piece and are always complimented. I thought I would not be able to wear them after a surgery on my foot due to RA and Osteoarthritis. I am still able to wear these more comfortably than before. They are not as high as my other heels.
I was torn between the scarf and the necklace. I made it work! The slacks are a grey pinstripe (silver stripes). This was literally put together because I did not have anything to go with the pants. I didn’t have a button down or a sweater to pare with it because I had gotten rid of the sweater I normally wear with it. Which reminds, I need to build on sweaters, shirts, and blouses.
So here I wanted to be comfortable for an evening of hanging outside with friends. It is fall and the weather will be cooler as night creeps in. I put my white T-shirt, with a white jean jacket (since I don’t abide my the after Labor Day Rule of no white…some rules are meant to be broken!) from Jones New York Outlet for $27 in 2015. I paired them with jeans, my “chucks” or Converse (which were an $80 pair of shoes I got from Urban Outfitters on clearance for $30 a few years ago). My coach purse is from the Coach Outlet as well! Every thing in this photo was on sale, marked down or clearance.
I wanted to show how you how I shopped my closet and made another outfit by removing pieces and adding pieces.
Same pair of jeans and white T-shirt, but I removed the jean jacket and added a black knit sweater and wedged ankle boots. Easy! A casual date night outfit or out with friends and family to dinner. And yes…the Aerosoles shoes were on sale. (Very comfy for those of us with RA and Fibromyalgia).
This is one of my favorite fashion shows in Memphis and if you are “Curvy” you should make your way to Memphis, TN around this time to catch it. I highly recommend the VIP tickets because it was well worth it. The reception, the photo ops, the food! Ashley Dean does a phenomenal job (always has), of putting this show together. Every thing was on point. The host this year was none other than GooGoo Atkins! She was amazing, live, full of fabulous-ness and down to earth! That is what I love the most…down to earth!
GooGoo Atkins Info: Facebook: GooGoo Atkins and Instagram: @theegoogoo
Also, on the runway was Eyani Couture with creations out of this world! I wouldn’t lie to you! So please follow her on Instagram @eyanicouture and you can find her on Facebook as Eyani Couture. She has girls line, Pink Lady Bug Couture so your daughters will be just as fly as you!
Lane Bryant and Rue 21 were also graced the runway.
Now on to the FASHION!
Now for what I want! My picks! Brace yourself…
Basically I want everything
Vendors were in the house!
IASO Tea and they have Coffee! With the lovely Celebrity Radio Personality Nikki French! It works! Celebrity Stylist GooGoo Atkins let us know she drinks it daily. Follow her on Facebook and get ready for “tea time”…pinky fingers up! As for me I am sold on the coffee!! You know I am a Coffee-holic I’m listening to V101 right now and you can too on iHeart radio.
My girl Latasha M Brown of LMB (Loving Me Better) and Initials Inc. Follow her on Facebook! Initials Inc is awesome! I could get lost in that catalog for days and days!
Bedroom Kandi…I’m going to let you find out on your own! Those candles were smelling so seductive!
Glorious Glitz! She has my money! That’s my shirt at the bottom.You can find her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram @gloriousglitz
Well, loves my feet are up for the rest of the day!
Nikki’s Confetti Weekend would not be complete if I didn’t tell you about the urban hip hop fashion show of iHustle Clothing Co. iHustle was formed in 2012 and with their forward innovative thinking, affordable quality clothes, they are steadily gaining recognition in the industry. It was a packed house and I believe they will need more room next year. I love fashion and I am not stuck in one style, as you may have well guessed by now! I can hit the club or the streets with this fashion. Shout out to Dionisia Redmond, PR and Talent Director of iHustle. She made my night comfortable with VIP Treatment. Now on with the fashion! Like iHustle @iHustleCo on Facebook and follow them on Instagram @ihustleco and visit there website www.ihustleco.com
There were so many photos I had to create a slide show and choose the best shots. I wanted to show the diversity of iHustle and what some label strictly as urban wear. Below you will find a few of my personal pics and favorite moments from the show. There were so many models I didn’t get! And so many pieces I liked!
Imagine my surprise when I showed up to Court Square to get a feel for a group performing to potentially write a blog for them and the first thing I see are the ladies below. This is when I discovered this was a hair show with a theme to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital one of my favorite charities. My mom is retired from St. Jude and I spent many summers there as a child running around in the out patient department. I snapped as many pictures as I could and I got as much information as I could. So hold on to your roots…here we go!
The entire squad
The next group of students and young hair stylists were just as unique and creative. They were from Empire School of Beauty School.
The crowd was in total awe of the students’ creations from both teams. Empire walked away winners but, really both teams were winners. Anytime you lend your talent to support a charity how can you lose?
Some of the amazing vendors on display with their products and creations:
The link to their website: www.clutchclothingcollection.com You can follow them on Instagram @clutchseason and like them on Facebook Clutch Clothing Collection. Catch up with them this weekend, Friday at LOVE 7144 Winchester. No Cover Charge until 10 PM.
Her personality is just as vibrant and fierce as her display of accessories. Meet Jenni of J Chic Life Style. She’s a real “Style Therapist”. Keep up with Jenni on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @jchiclifestyle or www.jchiclife.style
What you want on a warm summer afternoon in Memphis, TN is Parker’s Water Ice. Thank goodness they were in Court Square! Strawberry lemonade please and thank you!
I walked over to her table and said “Ooo! Make Up Candy!” You can find Pink Powder Parlor online at PinkPowderParlor.com What a vast spectrum of pink from dainty roses to electric fuchsias! And many more colors!!!
So, I’m under the tent finishing up my Chicken on a Stick from Runway Grill, and I look up to see more hair models getting some Parker’s Water Ice.
I say to myself: “Is that? Yes it is honey.” Keith Turks from The Real Hairstylists of Memphis. Immediately I knew I was in for a slay. As I mentioned earlier, I had no idea what I was walking into.
Watch them work! I tried to pick a favorite model and hairstyle but it was impossible!
After getting my dance on in Court Square, because Keith Turks and models brought the beats, I decided now would be a good time for Cupcake Cutie. It’s only a few steps away from Court Square. Choose a a cupcake and pick an icing. I chose the lemon cupcake and strawberry icing.
One more vendor all the way from St.Louis, Brittany Raji. I am so glad I met her! @BeautyImpactAccesories on Instagram
My evening here concluded with the group I came to see,
Hothouse Gruv took us back, and way back with 90’s music. They came to show out with energy and a live wire performance! The dancers gave their all and talent was displayed in each member. It was great to end my evening as I headed to another even with a party on still on my mind.
Last but, definitely not least in any shape form or fashion is Stephanie Brown. She put this amazing show together and announced she will be joining Season 2 of The Real Hair Stylists of Memphis! Please stay in touch with Stephanie Brown by following her on Instagram @beautyonbeale, contacting her at Style Coach Forever and Stephanie Brown @stylecoachforever on Facebook. She is not just a Celebrity Hair Stylist. She’s a motivational speaker and so much more!