By now we know that all body types are welcomed in the fashion world. Style is no longer limited by size and Celebrity Stylist Goo Goo Atkins knows this all so well. This fashionista and reality star has made a name for herself in the world of fashion. Not just being the little sister of Grammy Award winning gospel group, Mary Mary, but because of her creative style and bold personality. The beloved has dressed some of the biggest names in the industry from Niecy Nash to Morris Chestnut; transforming lives through her style obsession. With her hit web series GooRuStyle that is set to release in June, Goo Goo has no plans on slowing down. Check out her latest interview as she discusses everything from working in the industry to some of her summer style crushes.
I recently visited the PZI Jeans Denim Suite in Tucker, G.A. for what I would call an awesome experience. I was WOW from the time I entered the suite; being greeted and personally escorted to the back of the suite by one of the PZI Jeans Publicist, Katrina Highsmith.
PZI is not new in the denim industry and have been embracing curves for over a decade. Established in 2002 in Atlanta, G.A., owner and operator Dan and Claire Jason decided to embark on a business venture and invest in a denim line for juniors. Shortly after, Claire and her husband Dan realized there weren’t many affordable options for curvy women. Claire recalls it being hard to find jeans “that fit” and the struggles that curvy women faced trying to find the perfect denim. From there, the Jason’s decided to invest in a denim boutique that will offer the perfect pair of jeans; at an affordable price.
We caught up with PZI publicist for an exclusive tour off the Denim Suite. I have to tell you I was in denim heaven and thoroughly impressed by the suite. Aside from the décor and overall layout of the suite; it had a very welcoming feel. I had an opportunity to try on their “Kaylee” distressed straight which accentuated my curves perfectly. Check out this exclusive interview with PZI publicist, as we discuss all things denim!
PZI is sold online all over America, including the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Canada. Go to PZIJEANS.COM and check out their latest collections.
It’s all about florals this summer and I’m here for it! It’s so funny when I hear myself say that. I remember despising flowers on clothes; let alone wearing it.
I was so happy when I stumbled across this super cute flower dress at GITI online. GITI has become my new favorite store. They always seem to have cute plus size pieces, at an affordable price. Florals are great for camouflaging those not so flattering areas; all while complimenting your silhouette. While this isn’t my first floral piece, it’s by far my favorite. The colors and boldness screams summer fun. How could I pass it up!
Be sure to add florals to your wardrobe this summer. It will make the perfect outfit for those signature events and romantic weddings you attend this summer. Remember, be careful when selecting florals. Bold prints can become an epic fail if not worn correctly. Nonetheless, don’t be afraid to add new designs to your closet and new colors. The sight of flowers is guaranteed to lightening up your summer.
Star of hit tv series Being Mary Jane, Actress Gabrielle Union set to become the face of 7th Avenue Design Studio and launch her own namesake collection at New York & Co.
A sub-brand within New York & Company, the 7th Avenue Design Studio collection was largely inspired by the show Being Mary Jane and lead character Mary Jane Paul. The designs include chic dresses, modern suiting, and versatile separates. “Mary Jane’s style reflects power, leadership, and risk taking. She wears classic styles but with a twist, which is why I think she’d definitely shop at New York & Company,” Gabrielle explains.
New York & Company will launch Gabrielle’s campaign in stores, online, in print advertising, digital marketing, and on social media in August.
With the constant change in weather, I really don’t know if I should shout about spring finally being here or just hold off for a few more weeks. March has always been a tricky month when it comes to the weather but this year has been unusually different. I made it back to Atlanta from NY just in time before the snow storm hit last Tuesday. Atlanta weather is even more confusing because one minute it is hot and the next minute it’s cold. This is really driving me INSANE!!
This spring, I decided to keep it simple. Before I go packing away my winter clothes, I left a few of my longline cardigans out. You know the dusters that you can practically pair with anything? This has been my go to with the changing weather. They are warm enough for the cool days, and cool enough for the warm days. I love how lightweight they are and go perfect with bodycon dresses. I did a post about dusters last year, and am not surprise that they are still a fashion essential this year. In the picture below, I am rocking a cream colored duster that I purchased from Forever 21. I literally have them in all colors. Don’t judge me!
So, before you go throwing your winter clothes to the back of the closet; you might want to hold off. Find that piece that can protect you from this changing weather. For me it’s a duster, but for you it could be that bomber jacket that you love so much or even your favorite joggers. Whatever it is, don’t get caught out there unprepared. Trust me; we will have plenty of time to show some skin. True fashionista’s can adapt to changing seasons and I know that to be true. This weather has been very tricky and still has me questioning, “spring, it that you?”
Tiffany & Co debuted their new Spring campaign during the Super Bowl inspired by a unisex design from 1971. Lady Gaga starred in the commercial which aired after her amazing half-time show. Check it out here!
On Saturday, January 28, 2017 N’Style Atlanta C.E.O. Mizz Simmons attended the Eye Candy Creations and Rolling Out magazine came together with actress/model Eva Marcille’s to launch Eva’s new eyewear line, First Ave Eyewear.
“Our goal was to give Atlanta the first peak at the line and hear feedback. Instead we just about sold out of product. It was a welcome surprise,” said Tiffany Williams, founder of Eye Candy Creations and Partner of Eva Marcille.
Hatfield & McCoy, Legend Peach Falsetto, Tiny’s Tequila, Black Chef’s Network provided food, Jaxon Pastries, and Selfiecookie.com were amongst the sponsors for the event and Dj Kix provided the music.
Rolling Out magazine unveiled Eva Marcille’s most recent cover and displayed several additional shots from her recent shoot for the magazine. Dewayne Rogers, Creative Director for Rolling Out suggested creating magic with Eva Marcille was par for the course. “This is the third time we’ve shot Eva for Rolling Out and it just gets better every time. Rolling Out has always supported Eva in her endeavors and we will continue.”
Wearing a champagne colored sheath and distressed denim jacket, Eva Marcille was all sexy smiles and tousled blonde locks arriving promptly to greet guests and chat with media regarding her line. “I was so nervous about this line but it is amazing to be received this way. As a model I’ve represented other lines and brands but for this to be my first attempt at doing my own line it means a lot to have this reception,” she shared.
NSA CEO Mizz Simmons
Hairstylist, Madame Frou Frou
First Ave Eyewear has several launch events scheduled in select cities. The next launch event is scheduled in NYC during Fashion Week as well as popup shops scheduled for Superbowl LI weekend in Houston and Dallas.
On January 15th, 2017, some of Atlanta’s most talented youth showed the world exactly what they were made of! The first ever, Iconic Youth Fashion Show was the brainchild of Nia Stephen and Keairra Caldwell, both Grady High School students. The fashion show took place at the Campbelton Community Center in Southwest Atlanta. As the venue started to fill up, the organizers and their models still had time to grace the red carpet. The fashion show was not only created and organized by teens, Nia and Keairra, but the make-up artists, stylists and models were also teens! Who said our youth was lost? The Iconic Fashion Show brought out Atlanta City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell. As well as several local young music artists! Take a look at some of the pics that our teen junior correspodent took! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for these fabulous teens!
My absolute favorite things to wear are jackets. I can’t get enough of this flower bomber that I scored for $30 bucks. Bomber jackets have made its way back as a fall must have. With the changing weather, bomber jackets are perfect and serve as a lightweight coat that’s not only stylish but warm. It can practically be worn with anything; dressed up or down. I decided to pair mines with a skater skirt and some jeans for a simpler look. I wanted the bomber jacket to stand out. The flower accent throughout the jacket screams sexy and fun!
Remember to incorporate pieces that stand out to your wardrobe this fall. If you looking for the perfect jacket that will make you feel BOMB; pick up your bomber jacket today. Thank me later.
I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for the temperature to drop so I can dive into my fall wardrobe. The weather in Atlanta has been in the high 80’s and it’s making it challenging for me to rock my cute sweaters and coats. Nonetheless, I’m always prepared and figured I’ll take advantage of the weather and show a little skin.
The cut out shoulder trend has been a hit this fall. From dresses to sweaters, this chic look has been on runways everywhere. Initially I thought my shoulders would be a little too broad for the look. After trying it on, I instantly feel in love with it. It screams sexy, while being bossy all at the same time. I decided to pair my dress with some open toe sandals and my new Gucci bag. Off course I had to have the matching fuzzy ball to match the dress. Simple!
For all my fall lovers out there, don’t let this weather frustrate you. Instead, find a simple look that will make you feel sexy and confident. Burgundy is also the color for the season, so don’t forget to grab a few pieces for your wardrobe. Let us prepare to bring in the holidays N’STYLE; being mediocre will not cut it!
While some of you are out trick or treating with the kiddies or dressing up in your creative costumes, I decided to sit out on Halloween festivities this year to reflect and recreate some looks that; well can be a bit scary for some. I receive a ton of emails from my curvy women who are simply afraid of faux material. While it can be tricky, if worn properly it can turn into one of your most favorite materials to wear this fall.
Faux leather is simply a synthetic material that gives the illusion of real leather. I love it because it is very lightweight and perfect for fall weather. I’m a fan of anything comfortable, and while leggings are in my top five favorite things to wear, it can get a bit boring. Faux leggings are perfect for taking things up a notch and creating a more elegant look. I paired mines with a pipa tie neck blouse and some booties. This look was super easy and perfect for a holiday party or a night out on the town.
Never be scared to experiment with different fabrics and materials. You can always play it safe with the color black to camouflage any imperfections if the material is clingy. Faux leather is the best alternative if you are looking for that edgy chic look this season.
Angela Watts, founder and producer took Atlanta by storm with one of the best runway show in the southeast, Ragtrade Atlanta. It’s no secret that Atlanta has created its own lane when it comes to fashion; with some of the most innovative and creative designers. This event attracts industry influencers and gives up-and-coming designers the opportunity to display their lines on a premiere runway.
This year’s show included designers Kenya Freeman “Sylvia Mollie“, Natt Taylor, Onyiiand Co, William Malcolm, Apoteca, and Fred Foster “Cease and Desist.” I loved how each designer encounter with style offered something interestingly unique. One of the top sponsors for the event was Lincoln Motor Company. This was by far one of the best fashion shows I’ve ever attended. Here is a recap of the event. Checkout Ragtrade Atlanta for information on each designer and how to shop their amazing collections.
Keri Hilson Joins Cocktails with Claire x Miss Diddy for the “Breaking Into Fashion” Panel Featuring Marlo Hampton, Derek J, Shun Melson, Shanti Das, Tameka Foster in Atlanta
Saturday night N’Style Atlanta and SheThoro attended Cocktails with Claire x Miss Diddy at the B Loft in Atlanta. This event was truly a night to remember. We mixed and mingled over cocktails and hours d’oeuvre and shopped at some of Atlanta’s hottest vendors like A Daily Diva, a luxury online consignment boutique and Kate Lynn and Adwoa, a Skin and Body care line.
Claire Sulmers, creator of Fashionbombdaily has been hosting these events in cities all over the world. She recently joined forces with Hennessy Key Account Manager and LA Promoter Miss Diddy, and together they have created a space for fashionistas to come together and network.
I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was to be around so many entrepreneurs. This event included Music Executive Shanti Das, Stylists Shun Melsona and Tameka Foster, Style Expert and Housewives of Atlanta friend to the show, Marlo Hampton. The event was moderated by celebrity hair stylist Derek J. Special guest included songstress and Grammy award winner Keri Hilson. What I enjoyed most about the event was the panel discussion. Derek J went down the line and asked a series of questions, including how they started their career in fashion and what was their leap of faith moment. I loved how each person on the panel was so transparent. Each question told their personal testimony and emphasized the struggles they endured to get where they are today. It was so refreshing to be in a space where women of color can encourage other women striving to set a name for themselves, in such a competitive industry.
My weekend was filled with so much fun and excitement. I was nonstop doing interviews and attending events. Nstyle Atlanta had the opportunity to attend a private media event hosted by Luxe Kurves. This event featured fashionista Brandee “Kurvy J’ and her business partner Phoenyx Reign, celebrity stylist and womanpreneur. This event was at the new 630 Event Center downtown Atlanta. The event space was filled with other notable designers, artist, and media outlets; introducing us to what they called, “Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret.”
This event space will host an array of events; from fashion shows, to networking events. The evening was filled with laughter and entertainment. We mingled over cocktails and hour d’oeuvres; all while networking with some of Atlanta’s hottest musicians and designers. Check out 630 Event Center on instagram for more exciting information and event dates.
Check out SheThoro.Com Creator Latoya Heyward interviews Brandee “Kurvy” J, Creator of Luxe Kurves Magazine. Check it out HERE!
About Brandee J
In 2015 Brandee J did the unthinkable, not only did she start the first ever plus size fashion week during New York Fashion Week titled “NYFW Plus,” she also took the knowledge she gained from the plus size industry and launched the very first upscale luxury publication for plus size women “Luxe Kurves Magazine” (www.luxekurves.com).
Brandee is a dynamic multi-media personality and the new voice of the plus size industry! She also stars in her own online talk show, Brandee J and Kristy Talk Show (Formerly known as The Real Women Talk Show). (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXSxMHksD44rtSFMI9I6xpg/feed).
In 2016 Brandee J continues to make moves by not only putting on “Luxe Kurves Fashion Night Los Angeles” which took place on May 21st but she also decided to move her company to Atlanta, GA and will be hosting a number of signature events!
I have “The Blues.” No, really I do! Not ‘The Blues” you may be thinking of, but the new meaning of blue. The color blue has a way of bringing a calming effect on me. It’s a color that somehow restores a sense of ease when I’m not feeling my very best. More specifically then the color, fashion has that effect on me as well. Often times when we are feeling “blue,” we have a tendency to dress that way. We have no desire to get dress or look the part. But why is that?
I surveyed six of my friends; both male and females who felt the exact same way. Chances of them getting dressed up after a breakup or an argument with a close friend were very slim. The energy that we should of been putting into ourselves, we lost by putting it into someone else. We’re all guilty of it. I’ve experienced a few break ups in the past, and each one brought out different emotions. One thing I’ve learned from them was to never look how you feel. So what if someone doesn’t like you anymore or a friend is mad at you. Why should you result to looking vulnerable? When we “feel blue,” instead of looking “blue,” it only brings more discomfort. So, I have an idea!
The next time you find yourself sad or going through some troubling waters; get dressed up! As hard as that may seem; as draining as that may be, you will feel so much better. The thought of losing someone you loved or that regrettable reaction we feel when a friend is mad at us, only worsen when you look that way. Instead, throw only the perfect little “blue” dress with some simple heels. You will be surprise by the newness that it will bring and the void that it will fill. Do you have “The Blues?”
“If you are sad, if you are heartbroken, make yourself up, dress up, add more lipstick and ATTACK!” ~CoCo Chanel
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