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Cleaning Out Your Closet-Building A Capsule Wardrobe

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minimal-fall-capsule-wardrobe

Today is the first day of a series of blog posts that will help you clean out your closet, and organize your wardrobe, annnddd hopefully your life. As a fashion stylist, closet cleaner, and professional wardrobe consultant, one of the things that I have to do is help people maximize their wardrobe by teaching my clients how to shop their closets. I also help them minimize their wardrobe by cleaning out the excess, and helping them to build their wardrobe into a cool capsule collection.

A capsule collection is a small group of pieces that you base your wardrobe around each season. It helps to cut back on excess, it makes things easier, and it helps you save money in the end. My girl Tiffany, from Tiffany Marie Tucker is a master at building a capsule collection. She has a ton of examples of her own personal capsule collection on her blog. Annnnddd because I love you all, I created a minimal fall wardrobe checklist for you all to follow and use as your guide. Click the pictures below for your free wardrobe checklist. Also if you sign up for my newsletter, you will get my all season wardrobe checklist-which is slightly different from the fall version below.

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Watching Ashley Nell Tipton Work Is Inspring Me

Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton
Watching Project Runway’s Ashley Nell Tipton working on her clothing line with JCPenney is more than inspiring….IT IS AMAZING. I can only hope to be in her shoes one day, or at least have the opportunity to work with and collaborate on a clothing line with a brand that I love or look up to.  I have been working on my plus size clothing line since last year. It can get very frustrating because I am doing everything myself, and I am working on a limited budget. If I could get a team together like this….you all wouldn’t be able to tell me anything! I also took a little break from working on things because I felt like I was doing too much. I was trying to do every idea that popped into my head, and I got overwhelmed. Then my fit model moved a few hours away. 🙁 Thank God I learned the lesson on to how to walk away from something and come back to it when I am more than ready.

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Why I’m Outraged At The Outrage Over Alicia Keys’ Bare Face

alicia keys

alicia keys

Last night during the MTV VMAs,  I kept seeing tweets about Alicia Keys’ bare face. People were really upset that she has still chosen to not wear makeup. People kept saying things like she looks like a corpse or she looks tired. Others kept wondering why she wouldn’t even at least attempt to wear chap stick or lip gloss. Then there were those who swore she had airbrushed her face. The whole thing was a little weird to me. People, mostly women, were acting like she looked distorted like the picture above.  When she first went makeup free, I didn’t see it as a big deal because I knew she had used Proactive for years and had the money to get the best skin doctors and derms in the world. My mind quickly changed when I realized women were generally freaked out by the fact that a celebrity can go makeup free for more than five minutes.

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How To Ease Anxiety

HOW TO EASE ANXIETY

HOW TO EASE ANXIETY

After the events of last week, my anxiety has been on level 10. I have had a hard time sleeping and eating, and just trying to calm down has been very hard. My anxiety seems to flare up and then go back down again. I know there are bunch of people who are probably suffering from anxiety too. I wanted to make a guide to teach people how to ease anxiety. Here are a list of things that have helped me in those down periods.

Things That Have Helped Me Ease Anxiety

  1. Listening to music. I have been listening to this YouTube channel called YellowBrickCinema that has a ton of videos, many 6-8 hours  long, with different soothing sounds like nature sounds or calming guitar strokes.
  2. Watch your favorite YouTube channels. I have been watching Game of Thrones theory videos. Nonstop.
  3. Do some kind of craft. A few days ago, I finished sewing a sample for my clothing line, and then I sewed a tote bag using some Ant-Man themed fabric.
  4. Pray/Meditate. Get spiritual in whatever works for you.
  5. Watch trash TV or Netflix. I’ve been watching a few of my favorite period pieces on Amazon Prime. Pride and Prejudice is sooo relaxing. The Real Housewives of New Jersey also just started back up.
  6. Limit your social media/the news intake. Sometimes being in the know does more harm than good.
  7. Spend time with family and friends. Try and spend some time with your loved ones. Even if it is just a phone call,  you will feel much better after you speak with them.
  8. Play a game on  your phone or computer. Pokémon Go is so fun right now. It can also be used as a form of exercise because it gets you out and moving. Exercise raises your endorphins, and endorphins boost your mood.

Remember: Self-care is the best care.

I’m Back With A Brand New Look!!!!

Brand new look

Brand new look

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t left you….. Yeah it has been about a month or so since my last blog post, but now I’m back with a brand new look. As you can see by the new layout, I have been busy making ch-ch-changes to the way the blog is set up. I wanted a new look for The Fat and Skinny on Fashion for like theeeeee longest time, but I couldn’t find a layout that I thought made the blog look the way I wanted it to look. Shout out to the Bloggers Like Me Facebook group for introducing me and a bunch of other bloggers to this theme. If you are a blogger, please go join that group. There are so many people with knowledge and resources all up and throughout it.
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Partnered Post: How I Save With Groupon Coupons

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This post for Groupon Coupons is a sponsored post. This is an honest review. All opinions are mine.

GrouponCoupons

If you know me, then you know that I like to save money. One of the ways I do that is by clipping coupons and downloading store apps for the stores that I frequent. Now I have a new saving tool in my arsenal- Groupon Coupons. Groupon Coupons is an excellent tool for saving money because you can go on the website and print out printable store coupons, or get all the online codes for your favorite stores.

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Thanks For Reading The Fat and Skinny on Fashion For Seven Years!!!

The Fat and Skinny on Fashion

The Fat and Skinny on Fashion

Yesterday was my blog’s 7th birthday! Thank you so much for reading The Fat and Skinny on Fashion for Seven Years. I can’t even believe it. I really can’t. When I started the blog during the first semester of grad school the Obama’s were just entering their first year in office. I never knew I would still be writing this thing for so many years. I am so thankful for my readers and fans. I am so happy with how far I have come with this blog. I have finished two degrees, gone to several fashion weeks, made so many friends, and had so much fun! Here’s to many more!

Easy DIY Christmas Gifts To Give This Holiday Season

DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts
Need a quick an inexpensive Christmas gift for yourself or someone else? A few years ago I shot a few videos to show you all how to make some easy and quick DIY Christmas gifts. I actually bought most of the suppliers from the Dollar Tree, so you know these gifts are cheap to make. If you are into making things, you can always buy something from my Etsy store PotentQuotesEtsy. I sell easy printables that you can download and print out.
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Check Out My New Etsy Shop- PotentQuotesEtsy!!!

potenetquotesetsy, printables

potenetquotesetsy, printables

I recently opened up an Etsy shop full of 8 x 10 printables called PotentQuotesEtsy. Everything is $10, and you can get them printed in any paper at your local print shop or at home. Some of them have Bible quotes on them, some of them are monograms, and others are sorority art and stationary. I decided to make a little printable shop to make money on the side since I am still looking for a job after graduation, and I need to fund my fashion design dreams. If you see something you like, please support. Thanks.

#PrayforSouthCarolina and More Ways To Help

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This is my hometown. This is my state. This is Columbia, SC.

Hello everyone. I have struggled to write blog posts this week because writing about fashion just seems so frivolous to me at the moment. I am hoping that while you read this your family and friends are safe and sound. Unfortunately for me that is not the case. The floods from the recent hurricane have turned my state, and especially my hometown, into a disaster zone. While most of my family is safe and accounted for, my friends have not been so lucky. Several of my friends are looking for a family member that may have been washed away. It has been days since they heard from him. Several of my friends have either had to evacuate or have lost everything. One friend had to grab her children and run when the water started coming into the first floor of her home at 1 in the morning.
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Where Has Jai Been The Past Few Weeks?

Fashion Design Student

Fashion Design Student

I know you have been wondering where I have been the past few weeks.  I am a fashion design student, so I was really busy with school. It really took a lot out of me completing my assignments for Collections class. I had to create a tiny clothing collection for class. I spent a lot of time, money, and resources trying to make magic happen. This was the first time I would show my own designs to the world, and I didn’t want to half step anything. I created countless test muslin shells and patterns, and had way too many visits to the fabric store.

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What I’ve Been Up To The Past Few Weeks

fashion designer

fashion designer

Sorry if I have been somewhat inconsistent with the blog.  I have been thinking of taking the blog back to the way it used to be, but most importantly I’ve been working hard on school work. I am in Collections class now, so I will be showing several garments for my first fashion show at school in March. The pressure is on. I have redone one garment so many times. I have literally remade the pattern and then sewn the dress in muslin like a million times. Please bear with me while I try to get my fashion education on! Thanks. Photo from here.

The Fat and Skinny on Fashion Blog is SIX!!! Plus Old Factory Candle Contest! #contest #giveaway

old factory candles

old factory candles

I can’t believe it. The Fat and Skinny on Fashion Blog is six!! The little blog I started as a hobby and then became my graduate thesis project is growing up. I am so proud of my baby. Because of my blog, I have gone to various fashion weeks-including New York Fashion Week, met a lot of cool people, and made some awesome friends. I have experienced so many wonderful things because of my blog that I would have never dreamed of doing.
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Partnered Post: A New Year, New Me #STARTSHERE With Walgreens and P&G

#starteshere walgreens

#starteshere walgreens
FTC: P&G and Walgreens gave me and one of my readers a few items in exchange for this post.

A new year, new me #STARTSHERE with Walgreens and P&G. I have been thinking about my new year’s resolutions recently and I want to do things differently this year. I am still going to make my vision board, but I also want to make a few new resolutions. As always I want to keep up with my healthy living journey, but I also want to work on personal organization and personal appearance.
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I Finally Bought an Erin Condren Life Planner

Erin Condren Life Planner


I love my Erin Condren 2014-2015 Life Planner. I am trying to become more organized this year and into the next, and this is a start. There are so many pages for me to write down different dates, and it comes with stickers!!!! The covers are interchangeable, so you can buy one for each of your moods, seasons, or holidays.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom-Do More Of What Makes You Happy

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

Do More Of What Makes You HappyA lot of people like to do what other people think is right, but sometimes or most of the time you have to do more what makes you happy. People love to put unnecessary pressure on people to follow their rules and live life like they are living. Sometimes you just have to say to hell with all of that and do you. I am a firm believer in doing more of what makes me happy. Sometimes I go for a drive by myself, sometimes I watch a fashion movie on my Roku, sometimes I take a little try to the local art museum. Sometimes I dress weird or listen to weird music, but you know what… when I listen to that weird music or go to the museum I am happy. Live your life for you. Don’t live other people’s dreams. Photo from here.