#OOTD365 Weekly Recap: January 28 – February 4, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

We have entered the second month of the year. I don’t know about you guys but the month of January went fast but the weeks went slow. January was a month filled with highs and lows; so, honestly, I’m kind of glad it’s over.

February brings a LOT of excitement. A Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. A bridal shower for me. Less than 60 days until the wedding. New York Fashion Week. It’s shaping up to be a great month. As I leave January behind and look ahead, here’s that I learned this week:

  1. I am in silent competition with myself not to repeat an outfit. I hadn’t thought about it but it’s kind of my own secret challenge. I have no idea how long I’ll be able to keep up the jig.
  2. Some moments in life are so much bigger than fashion. They just are. And, as much as I love fashion, it is crucial to recognize the moments that are far more important than what I’m wearing (see Day 34 on Instagram when there was no #OOTD365 post).
  3. I still get surprised, and super flattered, that people are investing in this little journey. It seriously tickles me whenever anyone mentions it.

And now, for last week’s looks:

XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365: January 22 – January 28, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Four weeks under my belt in this challenge.

I said at the beginning that this would be all about transparency. So many times we admire what we see on social media or the lives we imagine people are living. And we forget that they are just photographs. Moments in time. The best 10% of people’s lives. The highlight reel compared to the reality show of our lives. The fact of the matter is that every day we put on clothing and get dressed and face all sorts of troubles.

So here is my moment of transparency. If I’m honest, this past week was incredibly difficult. I was on the road for work this week which began with its own set of frustrating challenges. While I was away I had a close family member be admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. And, upon my return, I spent the day at a different hospital where a friend to both me and my fiancé passed away under the most tragic of circumstances. Simply put, it was a week. And this week, more than any other thus far in the challenge, it think my fashion most accurately reflected – or completely hid – my mood. So, what three things did I learn this week?

  1. People have strong opinions about what I wear. I heard from more than a few people that my wardrobe this week was “too dark” or needed “more color.” What I thought would be an exercise in sharing my daily attire has turned into a bit of a social experiment with people weighing in on what my wardrobe needs more of and even a few folks emulating my looks. Not what I expected but a pleasant surprise, for the most part.
  2. Style uniforms come in handy. I’ve said for as long as I’ve had this blog (and Instagram) that my style uniform begins with jeans and a white t-shirt or that it is generally something black, white or cream. This week, that uniform came in handy. It may feel like the world stopped but, in reality, it didn’t. So having a style uniform made picking clothes easy when it was the last thing I wanted to focus on some days.
  3. A great leather jacket might be the most important wardrobe staple I own. Meditate on that.

And now, for this week’s looks (in reverse order, for some reason):

5 Reasons to Register for “6 Weeks to a Fashionista” . . . and 1 Flash Sale

By Erika, Fashion Expert

If you’ve been keeping up with YCS, then you know that on February 15th we are launching our first YCS Academy Course, “6 Weeks to a Fashionista,” online!

I am so excited to launch this course and have been pouring over the content and developing a curriculum that will incredibly helpful for the students in the class.  More than a few people have asked me why they should sign-up for the class.  Here are 5 Reasons You Should Sign-Up for “6 Weeks to a Fashionista.”

OneYou Hate Shopping

I know it sounds counter intuitive to take a class all about unleashing your inner fashionista when you hate shopping; but hear me out.  Most women hate shopping because they spend hours trying on clothing that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look right on their body type.  The entire experience is frustrating and, if you have that frustrating experience enough times, you will come to hate shopping.  What if I told you that taking this course would teach you how to shop? By learning your body shape and understanding how to dress it, you will learn what clothes to shop for and what to leave on the racks.  What was once a painful experience can become painless simply by spending a few hours with me.

One copyYou’re Ready to Step Your Style Game Up

Maybe you’re stuck in a style rut.  Maybe you haven’t changed your look in the last several years.  Perhaps you’ve just gotten a new job or promotion and need to dress the part.  Or maybe you have lost some weight.  Are you re-entering the dating scene? Whatever your reasoning is, you are ready to step-up your style game.  This class will teach you the elements of great style and help you build a wardrobe of chic fundamentals to help catapult you to the next level of style.

ThreeYou Want to Be Stylish but Have No Idea Where to Start

A lot of us see celebrities, fashionistas, and stylish women in our every day lives.  We want to be like them, dress like them, and look like them; but, many of us don’t know where to begin.  This class will give you an excellent starting point. You will get help understanding your body shape, learning your color story, and discovering your signature style.  And, all along the way, I’ll give you tips and tricks – like “have a fashion uniform” – that will help you remain stylish on a consistent basis.

You Could Use a Confidence Boost four

It’s no secret that when you look good you feel good.  You do not need an entirely new wardrobe to look and feel your best.  By simply learning how to work with what you already own you can refresh your wardrobe and give your confidence a much needed boost.

FiveYou Want a Personal Stylist but You Have Commitment Issues

Hey, I get it! Hiring a personal stylist, wardrobe consultant or personal shopper is a big financial commitment. It can be scary and maybe you aren’t sure if it’s the right solution for you.  This class is a perfect way to get introduced to the idea of hiring a personal stylist or wardrobe consultant.  Beyond the videos and course materials, you will have access to the YCS team who will be there to answer your fashion and style questions.  This is a great place to start to see if engaging a stylist is the right answer for you.

What will I get with the class?

Over the course of six weeks I will personally take you through a step-by-step process designed help you discover and unleash your inner fashionista.  Each week a video lesson will walk you through each step of the journey to help you understand your body shape and color story, discover your personal style, and identify wardrobe fundamentals. You will also be provided with weekly guidebooks and workbooks to help you on your journey. All students will also have access to me via email and a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, share ideas, and experience the benefits of working with a personal stylist.

 

At the end of your six week journey you will be ready to reveal your inner fashionista for all the world to see!

Weekly Curriculum

Week ONE: Discovering and Understanding Your Body Type 

Week TWO: Discovering and Understanding Your Color Story 

Week THREE: Dressing Your Body Type and Understanding Proportion 

Week FOUR: Discovering Your signature Style 

Week FIVE: Closet and Wardrobe Fundamentals 

Week SIX: Hair, Make-Up, and Undergarments 

FLASH SALE!

$499 NOW $149!!

Today is your lucky day!  Register by January 31, 2018 and get the special Flash Sale price of $149 for the course. That’s right! For a limited time we are slashing our price.

This price is only available through January 31, 2018 so you do NOT want to miss the opportunity to register early and get the discounted rate.

Register Now

Do NOT miss your opportunity to register for this class and reap all of the incredible benefits – including valuable information, workbooks and guidebooks, and exclusive access to style expertise.  Class space is limited!

There is not better time to unleash your inner fashionista!

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365: January 15 – January 21, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Another week of our #OOTD365 Challenge is in the books.  Are any of the YCS readers taking the challenge? If so, let me know so that I can follow you on IG and get inspired by your looks!

Some weeks, I feel like I really hit a fashion stride – as opposed to a slump – and this was one of those weeks.  I loved every outfit I have put together.  Here’s what I learned during week three.

  1. I’ve taken an unspoken challenge not to repeat outfits during #OOTD365.  This is, of course, not sustainable (because budgets); however, it’s been fun to push myself.  Let’s see how long I can keep the streak alive.
  2. I have a LOT of “old faithful” outfits. These are looks that I know will always look cool, pulled together and chic.  As a result of #1, I have found myself keeping them in my back pocket for a day when it’s really a struggle to get myself together.
  3. When I get dressed, I always think about the image I want to project that day. Like everyday, even on my most chill days, that still runs through my mind.  Down to how my hair is – if it’s in a ponytail, it’s intentional. I hadn’t realized how much actual thought I put into my looks until I was documenting them every day.  I’m trying not to put any more thought than I already to into my looks. That is a struggle.

And now, for the recap of last week’s looks!

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(I think next week, I’ll have to pull photos from the computer, not my IG/Facebook. I didn’t realize quite how grainy they show up on the blog.  My bad!!!)

 

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XOXO, Erika

Just One Thing: Andrelle’s Natural Skin Care

By Erika, Fashion Expert

As you can see, we’re bringing back “Just One Thing!” It’s been a while, but I am super excited because there are tons of great products and brands that I can’t WAIT to share with you guys.  A quick note about my “Just One Thing” posts – these are NEVER sponsored content.  When the content is sponsored I will, as I have in the past, always let you know.  “Just One Thing” posts are all about just one thing I’m completely in love with.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to tell you guys all about Andrelle’s Natural Skin Care. I got hip to Andrelle’s in 2016 when I was lamenting to a close friend of mine about how my skin completely revolted against me once I hit my 30s. I was having breakouts worse than I did as a teenager and my dermatitis was active and worse than ever.  When combined with my naturally oily skin it was essentially a recipe for disaster.  My friend walked me into her bathroom, showed me a plethora of Andrelle’s products, and suggested that I reach out directly to the owner, Krystal, to explain my issues and get her recommendation for what would work best on my skin.

Oily Skin Package

Fed up with the fact that I was spending loads of money on stuff that wasn’t working, I emailed Krystal and asked for her recommendation.  Within a day she had written me back and recommended I try her oily skin package and pair it with a coffee and sugar scrub.  If I’m honest, I was a little skeptical at first because the products aren’t cheap.  But my friend had given it such rave reviews and I was so through with everything else in my bathroom I gave it a shot.  A couple of weeks later my package arrive and that was the day a believer was born.

About Andrelle’s

You can visit the Andrelle’s website to learn the full story behind the brand, which was founded in 2007 (long before natural lifestyles were a THING) by Krystal Burrell Armstrong who wanted to develop a line of skin care products that worked naturally.  Seven years later – after studying essential oils, flower waters, carrier oils, etc. – the first sample bottle of cleanser was sold. Since that time, Krystal has not looked back and has now grown the business to line of cleansers, moisturizers, toners, scrubs, serums, masks, facial oils, butters, and even a subscription service!

3 Reasons I Love Andrelle’s

1. The customer service.  Listen, there are some big, primetime brands that I love (Clarins and Kiehl’s being chief among them) but I’m almost positive that if I email them for recommendations they aren’t writing me back with specifics based on my skin ailments.  And yes, I can pop into Nordstrom or one of their stores and ask for help – but it’s not coming from the founder/owner.

Coffee + Sugar Scrub

2. Minimal ingredients. Maximum Results.  When they say minimal ingredients they mean it.  Most of the products only include ingredients that can be counted on one hand. One hand.  And it is all stuff that you can read and pronounce.  I can get behind that!

3. It’s a small, woman, black-owned business.  Talk about the trifecta.  As an entrepreneur myself, I love when I have the opportunity to support and promote other entrepreneurs.  Krystal does so many things right that it is easy to throw my support behind her, her business and, most importantly, her products. The team at Andrelle’s didn’t ask for this post – they’re getting props in tons of magazines and large publications (ummm hello, British Vogue!) – but, I love the product so much I had to post about it in 2018’s first “Just One Thing” feature.

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So ladies, and gentlemen, I definitely recommend checking out andrellesbykcj.com and getting your hands on skin care products that are worth their weight in gold! I’ll be back next month with a new “Just One Thing” post.  Wonder what it will be?!

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365: January 8 – January 14, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Week two of the #OOTD365 Challenge is in the books.  I’m getting into the groove of shooting my looks in the morning before I head to work and finally set-up the 2nd bedroom at the apartment to be my in home “studio” for the time being.  Here is what I learned this week:

  1. I wear a lot of black. Like a LOT! I realize that it’s because my style uniform is black and white (or cream) so there is a ton of it in my closet.  After Wednesday, I made a conscious effort to wear more color.
  2. My color was still pretty muted. It’s winter.  It’s cold.  It’s the cold winter. I should punch up my colors.  I’ll try harder this week.
  3. I missed dressing up! Last week I had a couple work from home days and days where it was too cold to leave the house.  I missed dressing up!! So yay for that!

Remember to follow YCS on Instagram (@yourchicisshowing) and check out the rundown of last weeks looks below!

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XOXO, Erika

YCS Bride Guide: 3 Tips to Help You Say Yes to the Dress

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Hey gorgeous brides! Today, we are here to talk about “The Dress” (cue dramatic music).  One of the things I was NOT prepared for, especially as a fashionista, was how intimidated I would be by picking out my wedding gown.  From the moment I got engaged all anyone could ask me about – after asking if we had a date set – was “The Dress.” If I had a dollar for every person who told me they just knew I was going to pick an incredible, fashion forward, stunner, well, let’s just say I wouldn’t be budgeting within an inch of my life.

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Honestly, I was mortified that I was going to pick a wedding gown that didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations.  I expressed this to one of my bridesmaids who reminded me that it didn’t really matter what every else’s expectations were as long as the dress met MY expectations.  I was still skeptical but kept that in mind as I went on my quest to find the right dress.  To help you navigate your quest to “say ‘yes’ to the dress” here are some tips that I found helpful:

Do your research but remain open minded. Being a bride with NO idea what she wants is actually a little frustrating for your bridal consultant.  There are so many styles, silhouettes, shapes, cuts, and colors to wedding gowns that coming in with no idea – about what you like or hate – means that you and your consultant will have your work cut out for you.  You’ll likely spend more time talking about what you hate instead of really narrowing down gowns that contain features you love and that are flattering.  Go online, look at magazines and even check out your own closet to see what you like.  While you can certainly narrow down certain silhouettes you’re excited to try, also try to narrow down fabrics, materials, necklines, embellishments or details that you love.  When I started my pinterest board (years ago) I would randomly add dresses that caught my eye. When it came time to buy my dress I went back to that board and realized that a majority of the dresses I picked had a couple very distinguishing factors.  I realized that is what I was drawn to and made it a priority to try on dresses like that.  I also tried a few different silhouettes to compare – one of which my consultant suggested.  I had an idea of what I wanted but I was still open-minded.

Skip the Peanut Gallery – at first. I got this piece of advice from MANY people and I thought it was crazy. But the more I talked to past brides, and even remembered helping a friend pick out her dress, the more I realized they were right.  A LOT of people suggested that I do a dry run of trying on gowns without an entourage. When you’re making such a big decision it is easy to get wrapped up in what Mom, Grandma, Auntie, or Besties want in your dress and forget what YOU want in your dress.  I booked three appointments at three bridal salons to narrow down my choices before bringing back my mom, godmother, and future mother-in-law to help make a final decision.  Full Disclosure: I ended up falling in love and buying a dress that day. Since I was on my own I called my mom, sent tons of pics, and did a quick little FaceTime.  I hadn’t planned on getting a dress but I think part of the reason I felt so good about the choice is because I didn’t have a lot of other voices in my head.

Remember that “No” is a complete sentence.  Bridal salons are in the business of making money.  And their consultants are compensated for selling gowns.  So, it’s entirely possible, that you could end up with a consultant who is pushy or just gasses you up to try to get you to buy a gown from her.  It’s OK to say “No.” It’s OK to say “I need to think about it.” It’s OK to say “I’ll make another appointment.” At my first appointment I tried on about 6 dresses.  There was one that I liked – which was NOT the style I originally thought I wanted.  But, I liked it none the less.  The consultant “jacked me up” (added a head piece, belt, veil and even held dresses similar to my bridesmaids’ dresses behind me) so I could get the full picture.  I like the dress but wasn’t totally sure.  But she really wanted the sale.  She pushed me to order it that day so I didn’t have rush fees, because it might not be there next time, blah blah blah.  She almost had me convinced I needed that gown.  Like I was thisclose to canceling my other appointments and buying that gown.  I liked her, she made me feel pretty, and she told me it was the ONLY dress for me. But, in a moment of brief clarity, I remember I had other appointments and told her I would be in touch soon.  And, I kid you not, the MINUTE I left the salon and called my mother about the dress I couldn’t even remember it.  Not one detail. When I tried on the dress I ended up purchasing, I couldn’t imagine NOT getting married in that dress. Even now, I can’t imagine, 6 months after I got the dress, I still can’t see myself wearing anything BUT this dress. The point is, the consultants will make you feel good; but remember to pick the dress you love, not them.

I have so many other tips that I could share with you but then this would turn into a novel, not a blog post.  Ladies, your dress is a big part of your day, so always go with something that makes you happy and feel like the best version of yourself. Happy Shopping!

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365: January 1 – January 7, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I survived my first week of the #OOTD365 challenge.  A couple of bad weather days meant that I was more casual throughout the week than I would have normally been.  Hopefully, I’ll be putting in a full week at the office the week coming up and will have some more variety in my looks.

Here’s what I have learned so far:

  1. I didn’t think I would feel like snapping photos before work but I feel like doing it even LESS after work.  So I get up and get going 10 minutes earlier to build in time to shoot.  Not so bad on days I don’t workout.  Horrendous when I’m already up before 5am for a workout.
  2. Even when I just threw something on I found myself thinking about it more than usual.
  3. Everyone got very invested very quickly.  When I set out to do this, I wasn’t sure that anyone would care.  How wrong I was.  Friday, I worked from home in my PJs all day and didn’t actually get dressed until the evening for a family dinner. Then, I forgot to take my photo before dinner.  I had a few texts, DMs, and FB messages asking me where my #OOTD was.  I didn’t post it until 11pm-ish, but I DID get it posted.  I’ll do better guys!

And, in case you missed any of the looks (follow YCS on Instagram to see them real-time) here are the looks from January 1 through January 7. Instagram and Facebook are the only places where you can get designer and brand details for each of the outfits.

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XOXO, Erika

YCS Academy Launches “6 Weeks to a Fashionista” Online Course

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Today’s blog post has me downright GIDDY! I am SO excited to launch the YCS Academy in 2018!  The YCS Academy has been something that has been on my heart to launch since I first started the Your Chic is Showing blog back in 2012 (yep, it’s been that long!). I have always wanted to teach people, especially women, about fashion and style through classes and workshops.  I even had a few false starts along the way (it happens, that’s how business works). But this? This is not a false start.

It. Is. Happening.

On February 15th the first YCS Academy Course, “6 Weeks to a Fashionista,” will be launching online! To say I am excited is a complete understatement! I AM ECSTATIC!

About the Course

Have you ever wanted to hire a personal stylist but didn’t have the money or weren’t sure what you would get? Have you ever felt yourself in a style rut or searching for a new look? Do you hate shopping? Are you tired of the “same old, same old” when it comes to your fashion? Is this the year you take the phrase “New Year, New Me” to heart? Do you simply need a change? Then this course, “6 Weeks to a Fashionista,” is for you!

YOUR CHIC IS SHOWING PRESENTS

Our online class “6 Weeks to a Fashionista” will give you all the tools you need to unleash your inner fashionista! Whether you need to learn the foundations of style, are ready to take your style to the next level, or just need a refresher course as the seasons change – this class is for you!

Over the course of six weeks I will personally take you through a step-by-step process designed help you discover and unleash your inner fashionista.  Each week a video lesson will walk you through each step of the journey to help you understand your body shape and color story, discover your personal style, and identify wardrobe fundamentals. You will also be provided with weekly guidebooks and workbooks to help you on your journey. All students will also have access to me via email and a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, share ideas, and experience the benefits of working with a personal stylist.

At the end of your six week journey you will be ready to reveal your inner fashionista for all the world to see!

Weekly Curriculum

Week ONE: Discovering and Understanding Your Body Type 

Week TWO: Discovering and Understanding Your Color Story 

Week THREE: Dressing Your Body Type and Understanding Proportion 

Week FOUR: Discovering Your signature Style 

Week FIVE: Closet and Wardrobe Fundamentals 

Week SIX: Hair, Make-Up, and Undergarments 

Limited time offer!

For a limited time, we are offering this course for just $349.

That is a discount of $150 off of the regular price of $499!  This price is only available through January 31, 2018 so you do NOT want to miss the opportunity to register early and get the discounted rate.

Register Now

Do NOT miss your opportunity to register for this class and reap all of the incredible benefits – including valuable information, workbooks and guidebooks, and exclusive access to style expertise.  Class space is limited!

If you are serious about discovering your inner fashionista and upping your style game, you NEED to be in the class!

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Happy New Year! Who is excited for all that 2018 has to bring them?! I know I am! This year is going to be huge and I’m so excited for everything that is in store for everyone in the YCS Family!

As I started planning for 2018, I decided I wanted to do something a little different.  If you follow YCS on Instagram, then you already know that I am launching the #OOTD365 challenge! I am going to make an effort to document my “Outfit of the Day” (#ootd) every single day in 2018.  I know, it’s a big task to take on.  Mostly because when I come home from work the first thing I do is change out of my clothes and throw on leggings or sweats or a bathrobe, ha ha! However, one of the things I promised to do in 2018 was be more transparent; and, one way to do that is by sharing what I look like everyday, not just on my very best days.

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So many people have an idea about what it is to be a style blogger, own a personal shopping and styling business, and be a self-proclaimed fashionista. Especially because Facebook, Instagram and Twitter show only the best of the best moments.  So, in 2018, I’m giving everyone a peek behind the curtain.  For every perfectly curated look, there are 5 shirts and 3 skirts on the floor, 2 days of terrible outfit choices and LOTS of days where leggings, jeans or joggers are all that I have in me.

You guys are going to get to see it ALL!

The Rules

There are a few rules that I will follow during my #OOTD365 journey.

  1. REPEATS ARE ALLOWED – Listen, I’m not a Kardashian and I cannot afford to wear a different outfit every single day of the year.  It would be nice but it isn’t realistic.  ESPECIALLY given that my extra coins are going towards our upcoming wedding. Plus, some things I really, really like and will want to wear again.  And, this is real life, how many of us can really go three hundred and sixty five days without repeating a single look?
  2. MULTIPLE LOOKS, MULTIPLE PICS – On days where I have more than one outfit I will try my best to post all of the looks that day.  The only exception is workout gear.  I can’t promise I’ll always remember to snap an #OOTM (outfit of the morning) when I’m hitting the gym at 5am.
  3. WEEKLY RECAPS – Each Monday I’ll post a recap on the blog of my looks for the previous week.  This will help keep me accountable AND consistent with my blogging.  The only week I plan to take off is the week of my honeymoon.  I promise to warn you guys before it happens.

In addition to posting my outfits I’ll share tips and tricks (per usual), give you some insight into why I chose what I chose, and, as always, I will share details about the brands I am wearing and where you can purchase the items.

And, honestly, #OOTD365 is just the beginning.  All year long you’ll get to peek behind the curtain.  YCS will continue to take you behind the curtain on the wedding planning process with the YCS Bride Guide AND later this week I’ll be launching an online class that will not only take you behind the curtain but will also help you unleash your inner fashionista.  Seriously, 2018 is about to be EVERYTHING!

I can’t wait for you all join me on this #OOTD365 journey and, if you’re up for the challenge, share your photos, tag YCS, and use the hashtag so I can see what you’re rocking on a daily basis.

Remember to follow YCS on Instagram (@yourchicisshowing), Twitter (@urchicisshowing), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/yourchicisshowing) to keep up #OOTD365.  And be sure to bookmark and follow the YCS Blog to keep up on our latest posts.

Cheers to an INCREDIBLE 2018!

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XOXO, Erika