Friday, March 27, 2015

Lavender's Jungle Fashion Playhouse

Three years ago I had the pleasure of meeting LaKrisha Joseph-Baker, brainchild behind plus clothing brand Lavender's Jungle. I was immediately drawn to her designs because of the broad range of her aesthetics. From club clothes to formal wear and everything in between, Lavender’s Jungle had a little something for every taste.

Before actually I met LaKrisha, my friends at Twelve 24 Boutique emailed me some of the pieces they were considering for the boutique and one piece in particular caught my eye. As you already know, I have a slight obsession with skirts, but what you didn’t know is that this obsession was fueled because of a beautiful, ruby red, Lavender's Jungle ball skirt. 

Never had I seen anything so phenomenal for a plus size woman at such an attainable price point. At that very moment, I knew that I had to have it. One Saturday at the boutique, LaKrisha took my measurements and custom made my fabulous skirt. As if having a designer customize something for me wasn’t fabulous enough, I also could confidently wear this skirt knowing that after me, no one else would have one. Only the original, which was purchased by a fellow blogger, and mine would be the only two in existence. How cool is that? 

With such a successful introductory collection under her belt, LaKrisha has continued to weave herself into the fiber of the plus size community. Her pieces have been spotted on top industry models and officials and she has graced the runways both here and in New York. This Saturday, however, LaKrisha will be taking the reigns and producing one of the largest Atlanta plus size fashion shows of all time.

The Fashion Playhouse, a philanthropic night of fashion, will take place at the Porter Sanford Performing Art Center in Decatur. Elite and esteemed members of the fashion community will view 5 different collections from Lavender’s Jungle with over 50 garments being showcased. VIP tickets sold out in a matter of days, but you can still get in on the action by clicking here to pre-purchase general admission tickets for $25. The ticket price will go to $35 at the door and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to ARTportunity Knocks, a non profit foundation that empowers youth to excel in Positive Arts Self-Expression (P.A.S.E.), Education and Community Service.

This show will be epic and I really hope to see you there. I encourage all of you to step out of ordinary and into the the extraordinary world of Lavender’s Jungle!


<3 Parker S.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jibri Spring 2015

Good Morning Lovelies! I am up super early because I simply couldn't contain myself any longer. While skimming my emails at 4am this morning, I was pleased to find the latest lookbook from Atlanta Based clothing designer, Jasmine Elder, the brainchild behind Jibri. All I can say is WOW! 

Her Spring 2015 collection was inspired by the everyday woman and how she "wore her heritage". As Jasmine observed women in their natural settings/roles (bank, nail salon, grocery store, etc.), she was able to define who they were at the very core of their being. She "saw their skin, bone structure and poise", she "saw their past". 

Naturally, Jasmine's observations have translated into one of the most breathtaking Jibri collections of all time. She chose fabrics that had an ethnic, tribal feel to them and manipulated the patterns/textures to create a "glamorous blend of contemporary garments for the Goddess in us all".  I am completely blown away by how perfectly executed this collection is and I can't wait to own a few pieces. 

Without further ado, I present to you Jibri Spring 2015 which is available today at www. Be sure to follow Jasmine on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @jibrionline! Happy spring and happy shopping!


<3 Parker S. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Whole Lot of Lovely...

It's been a while since I have done an outfit post. I guess I have been in a fashion funk. It feels like I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, if that makes since. Well, today I was inspired by an instagram post and decided to remix some of my fave pieces to create this look. 

If you have been following me for a while, you already know that I love adding volume to skirts with crinolines. Today I rocked my Lane Bryant faux leather skater skirt with my custom Lavender's Jungle crinoline. I paired these pieces with a Talbots white shirt, Banana Republic sweater and Forever 21 coat. To round out the look, I added my fave Just Fab pumps, Talbots clutch and Cayetano Legacy necklace. To add some texture to my legs, I rocked my plaid Torrid tights. 

I almost forgot, one of the best things in this post is my new mug from Chapters Indigo! I received 4 mugs in the mail the other day and will be doing a more focused post on them later in the week. What do you do when you're in a fashion funk? How do you remix your clothes? I hope this has inspired you to dig in your closet and breathe life into your pieces. 

See you on the front row!

<3 Parker S. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lane Bryant Livi Launch Recap

Saturday I had the honor of hosting the the launch of Lane Bryant's newest line at their Town Center Mall store. I have to admit, just before any event I'm about to host I always get a little nervous, but after I walked in, all of those nerves went out of the door. I was greeted by an amazing team that was there to offer any help that I needed. Myself, along with 8 fellow bloggers kicked off the nationwide campaign in various cities just after 2pm and partied until 4. I had so much fun getting to know the team at the store as well as meeting some fabulous followers and customers. Ladies drove from near and far to support this event and for that I am truly grateful. 

In addition to giving away some amazing prizes, I am also proud to have had Lane Bryant's CEO Linda Heasley in attendance at my event. How amazing is that?!?! We were able to have some insightful conversations and interactions about the direction of Lane Bryant. All in all I had an amazing day and am still flying high!
Below are a few pics from the event. Stay tuned for my interview with CEO Linda Heasley! Make this year be the one that you make tremendous change in your life.
See you on the front row!
<3 Parker S.

Sharing a laugh with the CEO of Lane Bryant, Linda Heasley! I was so honored to have her attend my event!

Greeting my guests...
This pic is so funny!! I'm trying to round up the last few customers so they can enter the drawing!

I had a blast styling Audrey! We found her some fabulous pieces that she is going to look amazing in! 

Lovely drawing winner Faye and I posing for a quick pic. Ironically, when she dropped her name in, we spoke her win into existence with a little song...It's ok to pull Faye! Lol! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shop Small: Winter Accessories

Since the weather has been so cold here in Georgia the last couple of days, I thought I would kick off my shop small series with 2 of my fave finds this season. First up is a fabulous little brand I found completely by chance called Feeling Moody. While checking out one of my friends' instagram posts, I accidentally clicked on the FoursSquare location tag. When the tag pulled up, a whole stream of pictures popped up and I saw a very fashionable brown girl. Well of course I had to click on her picture and up popped Sarita Moody, a knit accessories designer.

I immediately clicked over to her website was was blown away by what I found. On her page were the most amazing, hand kitted scarves and neck cowls. What I found most appealing was the scale of the Mega Scarf. Being close to 8 feet long the styling possibilities were endless. Because I am plus sized and somewhat tall, most scarves simply aren't long enough to create an interesting aesthetic. I immediately ordered the oatmeal colored one and patiently waited for it to arrive.
Designer, Sarita Moody

How cute is the packaging?!?!?

All bundled up...
Photos via Feeling Moody

Aren't her pieces AMAZING! Finding Sarita's designs proves the power of social media. If it weren't for a slip of the finger, I would have never found out about this creative soul form St. Louis! Stay tuned for more of my fave small business finds over the coming weeks!

See you on the front row!

<3 Parker S.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Shop Small

Happy Wednesday! Over the next week or so, I will be doing a series about Small Businesses. While I like some big box shopping, I'm definitely an advocate for supporting small businesses. Not only are you helping to bolster someones dream, but you can also find some amazing, one of a kind pieces that are sure to make you stand out. I'll be giving you the rundown of some of my fave accessory, clothing, vintage, beauty, food and gift vendors! I'll be kicking things off later today so stay tuned!


<3 Parker S. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wigged Out

With a new year comes the same sold question, what am I going to do with my hair? Do I rock my natural or do I rock a fabulous weave? After taking my weave out last month, I noticed that I definitely needed to do a little better with the care of my natural hair. It was very dry and brittle and was in definite need of a little tlc. In an effort to try to let my hair "breathe" a little, I was left in a bit of a pickle.

Finally I had an epiphany, try out some wigs! If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have been wondering what the heck was going on. One day I would be curly, and then have straight bangs the next day. It's a little nerve wrecking because I'm used to my hair looking a certain way, but I have been having fun experimenting with different looks. Below are some of the wig styles I've rocked of the past month. Which one is your fave? I'm partial to curls, but I did love rocking the bangs. When in doubt, it's ok to WIG OUT!!! 

Make the world your personal runway!

<3 Parker S.