You know how much I preach about looking and feeling good no matter your size, budget or time constraints — I’ve been on the other side and it’s terrible!
I’m not a stylist nor do I want to be one, but I do enjoy encouraging and helping women gain confidence, learn to take style risks and make themselves a priority and using myself as an example. Maybe motivational speaker/comedian is what I’m meant to do!
This past Saturday, I hosted a Fall Fashion presentation at South Moon Under at National Harbor here in the D.C. area. Instead of pulling a few things here and there and talking about them, I opted to skip the mannequins and call in REAL women, my own friends and family to help me show off looks for the coming season and put aside the notion that you have to be a size 2 to shop there (this came after real comments when I did my last presentation in the spring.)
That day, Jill of USA Love List, Angelica of Clarendon Moms, Jessica of A Parent in America and my cousin Carolina and I made sure to look our best and of course, raise some eyebrows! Between the five of us we range in sizes from 6 – 12, and each with very different body types.
Jessica kept telling me, “I can’t wear that” when selecting pieces. However in the end, she looked flawless with her hair in braids, colored stretch denim and an aztec print cardigan wrap which cinched at the waist accentuated her curves. She has 3 kids and is constantly in and out of her car taking them to school, activities, etc. so she has to be chic on the go. By the way, this look is very me!
Jill, who is also a shorty like me found a loose flowing top which she paired with a black vest and then a faux leather colored stretch jacket for a double layer effect. She is bigger chested but has a small waist so loose tops are difficult to find. However with this look, the attention wasn’t on her chest, but on her amazing outfit.
Or, her booty as you can see here! Oops!
Carolina, my beautiful and very tall prima (cousin) was all decked out in faux fur, colored stretch denim and a perforated tank all with fall tones and ready to rock the town. She’s amazing to me — helps with my kids, keeps me in check with my eating and working out and she herself lost over 30 lbs by changing the way she eats and of course, taking fitness seriously.
The braids and suede shoes were her own touch — perfect mix of adding in her own style!
Angelica wore a tan suede dress with subtle pleats at the waist. I had been wearing that black vest, but I gave it to her to turn her outfit a bit more edge and she styled it was a turquoise and black floral pendant.
To smooth out lumps and bumps, he did have slimming tank — something every woman should own.
As for me, I wore a simple dress from Loft as seen in my history meets style post and when I went on Let’s Talk Live for my segment on fitness for all stages of motherhood. The shoes are from TJ Maxx, the vest is borrowed from South Moon Under and the orange pendant is House of Harlow (Nicole Richie’s line) which is also at SMU and one I also own in cobalt!
However, I wasn’t there to just show you things, I put customers to the test and had them go and put together their own looks based on what I talked about. They had 7 minutes and when they came back they could show what they chose and why. Store manager Mercedes and the assistant manager selected the winners which took home a bag from Hello Totes, a shirt from District Line Co., a $25 gift card to shop in store and a complimentary makeup session with Irina Gerasimova.
I especially want to thank Dorie Howell for not only coming to support me but for also taking the wonderful pictures and capturing my presentation so beautifully.
Image Credit: Dorie Howell Photography. Do not use without permission.
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This post is about real mamas who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are!
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