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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WISHLIST WEDNESDAY: City Chic Plus-Size Fashions

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 0 Comments

I've been plus-sized for awhile, but I'm just now discovering this vast world of plus-size options. A recent discovery for me was a Plus-Size line called City Chic. I discovered them while shopping at Nordstrom a few weeks ago. I instantly fell in love with the clothes.  I'm so tired of seeing plus-size offerings that look like someone's grandmother should be wearing them. Plus-size girls come in all ages and I don't want to look dowdy just because I'm a size 18! I also like how City Chic sizes are written as XS, S, M, etc. It's bad enough that plus-size has to be isolated, but having the 1X labels can make a girl feel extra big.  My first purchase from City Chic was the below Kimono and I wear it all the time! I had to create a wishlist with all the items I'm currently coveting from City Chic.  The line is offered at Nordstrom, but they have their own website with even more offerings! 

I own this first Kimono and I receive so many compliments on it! I would love to have this coral blazer too! 

I also want this Kimono with the fringe trim - Dragon Print Fringe Kimono



'Bejeweled' Denim Top






Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 6 Comments

I'm a Fashion Blogger and I'm really tired of Fashion Bloggers being slammed left and right in the media lately. And to add insult to injury, the slamming is coming from OTHER bloggers! So what spawned this post from me? This recent article titled, "The Golden Era of 'Fashion Blogging' is Over" by Robin Givhan for The Cut.  The Cut is a branch of New York Magazine that features fashion forward articles. The post went live yesterday, but I picked up wind of the article today via Twitter. Of course, when anything comes across my social media in regards to Fashion Blogging I have to read it.  I like to know what's being said about the Fashion Blogging industry...yes I consider Fashion Blogging an industry all by itself and if you are in denial over this fact then you haven't been paying attention.  To sum up Robin's article, it basically stated that since the old guard (or legacy members) of the Fashion Industry (think magazine editors like Nina Garcia) are now using social media to bring fashion to the masses that there's no longer a need for Fashion Bloggers, especially at Fashion Week.  A quote that pissed me off in the article was this one by Scott Shuman, The Sartorialist.
“The thing that was different for the first generation was [most of us] rarely put ourselves on our blogs. The newer generation is all about themselves. What can we get out of this? It’s much, much more about self-promotion,” says Schuman, who, along with DorĂ©, won a CFDA award in 2012. “It’s me, me, me. Look at me. Aren’t I cool? Look at this bright, shiny world I’m portraying.”
"Who am I to say don’t take the handbag, or don’t take advantage of the opportunities," Schuman adds. “But don’t expect people to respect what you do.”
1. Just because Scott Shuman has not received a free handbag or two doesn't mean he isn't participating in other perks for being a well-known streetstyle photographer/blogger.  I'm sure he's received tons of perks, including being in CFDA's inner circle, being invited to exclusive events, and so his statement about "not to take the handbag" or "take advantage of opportunities" seems PRETTY hypocritical to me! #IJS.  In regards to not featuring himself on his blog? Why would he be featured on his blog? His blog is about other people! PLENTY of what he calls, "First-Generation" bloggers posted and STILL post outfits of themselves.  It's really annoying when bloggers who have "made it" slam up and comers and think they are soooo above them, and this is the impression I get from Scott Shuman. 
2. Since when has Fashion Blogging been reduced to just attending Fashion Week?!?! Fashion Bloggers do so much more than just sit front row and look pretty and snap iphone pics.  I do not consider the 'Golden Era' of Fashion Blogging to be attending Fashion Week. In my opinion, the 'Golden Era' of Fashion Blogging is bringing fashion to ALL people, not just modelesque figures.  Please don't misunderstand me...I'm not slamming models and I have nothing against models. In fact I have a feature with one of my favorite Houston Models coming up on the blog this week, but when the average size of a woman is still a US Size 12/14 it's hard to be inspired by clothes you can't fit into. AND that to me is the beauty of Fashion Blogging.  THAT is the golden era of blogging that can NEVER be taken away: "People being inspired by people that look like them." People that they can relate too...people who live regular, daily lives and are on a budget, etc. Fashion Bloggers inspire style and confidence for the people who have been forgotten by the Fashion Industry for so many years! You can find petite bloggers, curvy bloggers, pear-shaped bloggers, bloggers of all ethnicities, etc.  The basis of Fashion Blogging is NOT sitting front row at Fashion Week.
3. Apparently only Fashion critics & writers are unclear of the power that Fashion Bloggers have.  Let's take Chiara Ferragni, of The Blonde Salad for instance.  This girl can post one item on her instagram feed and everyone's scrambling to find it and buy it. That is $$$$ to brands, so why wouldn't they want Fashion Bloggers with that much influence sitting front row at fashion week?  Or wearing their brand at #Coachella, or doing a campaign for their brand?  It's the same clout that celebrities have and some bloggers have bigger followings than celebs! I don't think there's anything wrong with a Fashion Blogger receiving free stuff and blogging about it and showcasing it as long as they are genuine about the item. I never accept or blog about anything that I wouldn't endorse fully on my own without the perk.  To me, accepting any and everything is being a sell-out.  Accepting items that you would endorse or believe in is perfectly acceptable.
4. And this brings me back to IMG's slam of Fashion Bloggers with their re-design of MBFW, quoted here (another The Cut article):
IMG says it hopes to eliminate those attendees with only a “tenuous connection to the fashion industry,” because Lincoln Center “has been swarmed with fashion bloggers, street-style photographers and fashion fans … in addition to the hundreds of journalists and scores of celebrities.”
Fashion Bloggers were blamed for being the riff-raff hanging outside of Lincoln Center and causing the chaos and MFBW losing it's prestige...meanwhile...I was there last September and I was working my butt off! I wasn't just lolly-gagging around outside, standing around hoping to have my picture taken. I was running from show to show (up to 8 shows a day), conducting interviews backstage, grabbing b-roll footage, editing and writing all night and up early again the next day to do it all over again for 8 days straight!! In fact, whenever I asked to take someone's picture and have their card, they weren't affiliated with blogging or Fashion, they just wanted to have their picture taken and be posted in the New York blaming Fashion Bloggers for the random people outside at Lincoln Center is just unfair.   How about blaming the COST to produce a show at MFBW? That's probably a more justifiable reason that designers were looking to go elsewhere.  And if designers are so busy complaining about Fashion Bloggers being in attendance then they need to take that up with their own internal and external PR Firms inviting all the bloggers!!!! We don't just 'magically' show up, we're invited.  
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on these topics!

Monday, April 21, 2014

WHAT I WORE: 30th Birthday Outfit

Monday, April 21, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 2 Comments

This past February, I turned 30! Yes I'm finally out of my twenties....boy time flies. I remember turning 21 like it was yesterday.  I turned 21 in college exactly a week after my college bestie Torrina turned 21. It was also my first bad experience with alcohol! Jamaican rum is no joke! For my 30th I hosted a party at Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes with all my friends in Houston.  So how does one still wear a fashionable outfit and bowl at the same time? Easy! Rompers and jumpsuits were made for bowling! I opted to wear a chic romper from Forever 21. I love this romper and the lace sleeves. The neckline is sheer too, which you can tell in the photo above. I paired it with one of my favorite statement necklaces from Langford Market, knee-high socks and knee-high boots.  I call this wig my Beyonce wig and it was the perfect color and style for this romper. 

Romper: Forever 21+
Watch: Michael Kors
Boots: Payless
OTK Socks: Burlington Coat Factory (Similar)
Necklace: Langford Market
Handbag: Michael Kors


Makeup was done by Marcella Sky!!! Isn't it perfect?


Sunday, April 20, 2014

EVENT RECAP: Celebrating my 30th Birthday at Lucky Strike Houston

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - by Shalanda Turner · - 2 Comments

Here's another post that should have gone live in February: My 30th Birthday celebration.  Turning 30 is typically a significant milestone for many people, and I wanted to celebrate in style with my friends. My original plan for my 30th Birthday was to take a trip to Cabo San Lucas, but planning the trip got away from me with my lack of time! So something else I've always wanted to do was host a party at Lucky Strike.  Lucky Strike is my favorite bowling alley.  Slightly overpriced, I still love it because of the ambience. It's classy & there's a dress code and really yummy food.  I reserved a section of Lucky Strike and booked a food and drink package and invited my Houston friends! I had a great time! I wish I could have celebrated with all my friends & family, but alas all of them live far away!  

Friends and Fellow Houston Fashion Blogger Members: Nikki, Imani, Heather, & Marcella
Valerie, Tina, Leticia, & Nathan
Whitney, Mario, Gabriela, & Pablo
I like to play with the filters on my camera, and the HC Black and White is one of my favorites
Nikki, Heather and I
Imani, Marcella and I
Nikki is wearing a leather jacket that she purchased from Shop Shasie's Closet! Doesn't it look great on her!

With one of my favorite couples: Whitney & Mario
With my new roomie, colleague, and friend Tina! 
Full length, since I couldn't bowl in knee high boots I made sure to still wear knee-high socks to style with the bowling shoes! (Always prepared, I am)
Leticia was one of the first people I met when I moved to Houston, the first time in 2007. She was and has been such a great friend, and of course another one of my fave couples her and her husband Nathan!

What can I say about these two!? I love them. I can tell them TMI info and they don't flinch! I don't get to see them as often as I would like, but I know we'll always be friends, Gabriela and Pablo
Of course I had to snap a blogger photo
and then squeeze myself into the photo!
Happy Big 3-0 to me!!! :-)
After the party, my roomie and I headed to the grocery store and picked up a mini cake for my Bday! Hahaha.  We definitely went to town on this cake when I got home! Elizabeth (my handbag) admiring the cake.

Happy 30th to me!


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