21 Squared: The Curvy Fashion App

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Ever seen a woman wearing something you loved and wished you could buy it right then and there? Ever wanted to purchase something you see without having to sort through all the merchandise in a store or search through pages of items online? Ever wanted to get an idea how something would look on your body before you took the plunge to purchase it? Ever been in a style rut and just been looking for some style inspiration as a curvy girl?

Let me introduce you to the app for you – 21 Squared: The Curvy Fashion App

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I have been using this app for a while and I have to tell you guys – I LOVE it! 21 Squared is an incredibly easy app that lets you find outfits, read real reviews on clothing, and shop with ease.  Honestly, it’s as simple as that!

There are three main components to the app: outfit inspiration and matchmaking, shopping, and reviews.

Outfit Inspo and Matchmaking

21 Squared users can explore fashion and outfits from other users in the community.  You can sort outfits based on factors like people who match your body type or items that are available for purchase right now.  That’s right, if you’re  5’6” and a size 20, you can pull up looks from users who have a similar body type as you.  The more data points you put in (measurements, weight, etc.) the more precise your results will get. How nice is it to see how that J.Crew top will look on you before you buy it!?


21 Squared allows its users to shop the outfits posted by users directly from the app.  That’s right, with the simple tap of a finger you can be linked directly to the jacket, top, jeans or shoes that you love! There are over 5 million products available through the app.  Additionally, there is a “SALE” tab that features the hottest items and latest sales from dozens of retailers.  Shopping from multiple retailers from one place has never been so easy. Some of 21 Squared’s retail partners include some of my favorite brands and stores like Lane Bryant, Eloquii, Nordstrom, and Mod Cloth – just to name a few!

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The app also makes it incredibly easy for users to link followers to their clothing items as well.  If you have your tags you can scan the bar code directly into the app! You can also use a web browser and post a direct link for any items featured.  It’s insanely simple and very intuitive and user-friendly. Below, I’ll walk though through exactly how you can upload your looks. 


The reviews are one of my favorite features from this app.  How many times have you shopped without any clue if a dress runs true-to-size or if you need to size up or size down? Ever wanted to know if the material of your shirt is super cheap or super luxe? The review on the 21 Squared App allows users to share exactly that type of information.  Does an item run large or small? Have a ton of stretch or none at all? Users can share these tips with shoppers so that you know what you’re getting into before you buy it!

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Using the 21 Squared app is incredibly easy too. If you can use Instagram then you can use the 21 Squared app. I’ve taken a few screenshots just to show you how simple the process really is.

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21 Squared is available for both Apple and Android products.  All you have to do is visit your respective App store and download the app for free! 

Be sure to follow me on the app at @erikamcdaniel (yep, that’s my maiden name) and let me know in the comments or via social media that you’re on the app.

I can’t WAIT to hear your thoughts!

Stay Chic,


Shop xvi I xiv Capsule Collection by YCS

By Erika, Fashion Expert

YCS is excited to launch its newest venture xvi I xiv (pronounced “sixteen fourteen”) a new capsule collection launched for women of all sizes!

Inspired by a case of “nothing to wear” xvi I xiv clothing is designed with women of all shapes and sizes in mind.  The clothing in the collection can be customized to match each shoppers’ personal style and is tailored for a perfect fit.  Every piece is designed and constructed with love.

The mission of xvi I xiv is threefold (from the xvi I xiv website):

  • Inclusion: Size should not exclude women and men from accessing fashionable attire. our aim is to include.  We offer our clients stylish clothes that are accessible to people of all body types. Careful consideration is given to each garment to ensure its construction, sizing, and style will be flattering on a number of different body types.
  • Empowerment: xvi I xiv seeks to empower underemployed and under-served women in transition – specifically those with a criminal background or victims of domestic abuse – by providing them with part-time and full-time employment opportunities that pay above minimum wage.  Where appropriate or necessary, training is provided at no cost to team members. Our focus is on employing women in the Philadelphia region.
  • Love: Our company was founded based on 1 Cor. 16:14 which says “do everything in love.”  Each garment is “made with love” by our talented team of seamstresses. We strive to operate in love in every area of our business, from sales, to production, to delivery, to client service. It is our goal that every xvi I xiv client would feel the love.

Shopping the collection is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

  1. Pick Your Size
  2. Build Your Clothing
  3. Wear Your Clothing

Check out How it Works in more detail.

We are incredibly excited to launch our first capsule collection!  And, we are already working on a specially Collegiate collection for Homecoming season AND a fall/winter collection that will feature 6 new pieces!

Visit www.sixteenfourteen.store to shop the collection now!  Use the code: “IMANI” to get $20 off any dress you purchase and the code: “CANDICE” to get $10 off our signature t-shirt. Any order over $149 gets free shipping!

Thanks in advance for shopping the collection.  We hope you love wearing it as much as we love designing and producing it!

YCS Adds Closet Sale Concierge Services to Offering

By Erika, Fashion Expert

YCS is excited to launch it’s newest service offering, the “YCS Closet Sale Concierge.”  This service is perfect for ladies who are looking to clean out their closets and make a few bucks!  The YCS team understands that setting-up and maintaining an online closet sale can be time consuming.  Between laundering and dry cleaning clothing, styling and photographing items, negotiating with buyers, and packaging and shipping items managing an online closet sale can soon become like a second job! By using the YCS Closet Sale Concierge Service, we will take care of the work of hosting and maintaining your online closet and you will reap the benefits – in cold hard cash!

How does the YCS Closet Sale Concierge work?

You simply clean out your closet and select the items that you would like to be sold via the YCS Closet Sale Concierge. The YCS team will collect the items you select, launder, price, style, photograph, and post the items online for sale via the Poshmark app.  When your items are sold, the YCS team will package and ship your items.  Then the YCS team will take a small fee, and you will receive the rest of the money!  It’s really that simple.

What kind of items do you accept?

Currently, we are accepting women’s clothing, shoes and accessories in new, like-new, and excellent condition only.  Any items that are not in top condition will be returned to the seller.  In the future, we may expand to include men’s and children’s clothing.

How much does the YCS Closet Sale Concierge cost?

Set-Up Fee:     $25
To use our YCS Closet Sale Concierge, there is a one-time set-up fee of $25.  This covers the cost of pre-paid shipping (should you choose to ship your items to the team) or pick-up of your items, laundering of the items per the care instructions, and initial closet set-up.

Sales Commission:     20% of Sale Price
To cover the cost of styling, photographing, packaging, and shipping your items, plus the time spent negotiating and communicating with customers there is a fee of 20% of the sale price that is collected by the YCS team.  For example, if you sell a top for $20, the YCS fee would be $4 and you would earn $16 from the sale.  It’s a small price to pay when you compare it to all of the time you will save.

How do I get paid?

The YCS team distributes your earnings in $25 increments.  This means, you could choose to be paid every time you make $25, $50, $75, or $100.  We can send you your earnings via cash, check, money order, PayPal, or Venmo.

Is it really that simple?

Yes, it’s really that simple!

To learn more about the YCS Closet Sale Concierge or book your appointment, please contact us via telephone at (484) 577- 2396 during the following days and times:

Monday – Friday 5pm – 9pm  I  Saturday 12 – 9 pm  I  Sunday 4 – 9 pm

You can also email us 24 hour a day, 7 days a week at the following e-mail addresses:

erika@yourchicisshowing.com  I  styling@yourchicisshowing.com

FLASH SALE!! YCS Fashion Labs

By Erika, Fashion Expert

For one week only, use the discount code YCSFLASH and save 30% on tickets to YCS Fashion Labs!

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For the YCS family, and the YCS family only, we are discounting tickets for the YCS Fashion Labs!  This is a GREAT value for your dollar and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to Take advantage of the deal.


$199  $139 I  One (1) Individual Fashion Lab workshop (morning OR afternoon session)

$79  $55 I  Q&A Lunch ONLY (lunch included)

$350  $245 I  VIP ALL-ACCESS – Two (2) Fashion Lab workshops PLUS Q&A Lunch PLUS Special Gift

ALL Fashion Lab tickets include admission to the event, one (1) gift bag, course materials, and light refreshments.  Q&A Lunch tickets include lunch.  VIP All Access tickets include an additional special gift.

Be sure to snag your tickets before August 24 to take advantage of this AWESOME discount option!

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About YCS Fashion Labs

Need a refresher on YCS Fashion Labs?  Check out the details below.

What are Fashion Labs?

Fashion Labs are in-depth, intensive workshops that cover fashion and style topics that are important to event attendees.  The workshops are interactive and attendees will go home with real tools and skills which can be used to elevate their style and take it to the next level.  Fashion Labs are small and intimate settings so attendees can get real interaction with instructors and valuable advice that specifically applies to them.  That means tickets are limited and you should expect no more than 12-15 people at each Lab.  The Fashion Labs are a great way to get in-depth knowledge around a particular fashion topic, get advice that applies specifically to you, and to spend some up-close and personal time with the YCS team.

Who should attend Fashion Labs?

Fashion Labs are available to any and everyone!  Each lab, while covering overall, general topics, will be tailored to the group of attendees.  This means if a few men sign-up for the labs, we will be sure to include information that is helpful and valuable for them.  If it’s all ladies, well then, we’ll keep the men out of it!

Why should I attend Fashion Labs?

You should register if you want to:

– Discover your signature style

– Elevate or change your personal style

– Understand the type of body shape you have and how to dress for it

– Ask experts your burning fashion and style questions

– Explore the idea of hiring a personal stylist or shopper

– Spend time with the YCS team before you hire us

What topics will be covered by the Fashion Labs?

At our first series of Fashion Labs, we will offer two topics, “Understanding and Dressing Your Body Type” and “Discovering Your Signature Style.”  We will also offer a freestyle “Q&A Lunch” that will feature YCS’ own Erika McDaniel (and a few surprises)!

Understanding and Dressing Your Body Type

This 2.5 hour session will help you complete an in-depth analysis of your body shape to help you learn how to balance the proportions of your body, what clothing styles best suit your body, and what clothing styles you should avoid.  If you have ever wondered how to dress your body type or what clothing will be most flattering for you, this is a session you don’t want to miss!

Q&A Lunch

Join YCS Fashion Expert Erika for an up-close and personal lunch (maximum capacity: 15) where you can get ALL of your fashion questions answered.  No style question is off limits!  This is your chance to have intimate time with Erika, just like a personal styling session! Lunch will be provided.

Developing Your Signature Style

YCS’ 2.5 hour session is designed to help attendees hone their signature style.  Attendees will follow the five-step YCS process to discovering, developing, and owning a signature style with real-life activities and examples.  Attendees can expect to leave this session understanding how they can dress each day as the very best version of themselves!

When and where is the event?

YCS Fashion Labs will be held on Saturday September 12, 2015 at the Spring Hill Suites in King of Prussia, PA (875 Mancill Mill Road I King of Prussia, PA 19406).

Schedule of Events:

8:30 – 11:00 am  I  Fashion Lab: Understanding and Dressing Your Body Type

11:30 am – 12:30 pm  I  Q&A Lunch

1:00 – 3:30  pm  I  Fashion Lab: Developing Your Signature Style

How much do Fashion Labs cost?

We have a variety of pricing options and discounts available for attendees, as well as flexible payment options!

$199  $139 I  One (1) Individual Fashion Lab workshop (morning OR afternoon session)

$79  $55 I  Q&A Lunch ONLY (lunch included)

$350  $245 I  VIP ALL-ACCESS – Two (2) Fashion Lab workshops PLUS Q&A Lunch PLUS Special Gift

Seats in our Fashion Labs are limited and we are expecting a full house.  Attendees also have the option to reserve their seats for Individual Fashion Labs ($50) or for VIP All-Access ($100) and complete payment prior to the event.  Reserving your space ensures that your space will be held while allowing you flexibility in payment.  The Q&A Lunch is offered on a first come, first served basis.

Where do I register?

Simply click the button below to register!

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What if I have more questions?

You can feel free to comment on this post with your questions, email us (info@yourchicisshowing.com), or call us for more details (484-577-2396).

We look forward to having you join us!

YCS Launches New Website!

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Whew!  It has been a summer of changes around YCS – a reorganization, new services offered!  One of the latest changes is to our YCS website, http://yourchicisshowing.com.  You have noticed a new look and feel to the YCS blog and our new website is a continuation of the branding.  I’m very, very excited about the new direction the site is going.  The site is much more clean, light, and sleek.  Below, you can check out a preview of what the new website offers!

New Homepage

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Easily shop Our services

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check out our client portfolio

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One of my favorite new features of this site is our section for client testimonials.  We have a few up already!  Head on over and check them out!

Where’s the blog?

You may have also noticed that the YCS blog is now living on the new site.  For the time being, this will be the case, as the blog is really a tool that we are using to advertise our business and expertise.  But don’t worry.  All of the great content we have will be linked to the site as the blog archives – which will be coming in the next few days!  And, once the archives are locked and loaded, we will not only share new content, but ALSO share lots of throwback content with you from the archives.  It’s basically like the Vogue archives, but better (ok, not really).

Please take some time to explore the new website and let us know what you think!  And don’t forget to register for YCS Fashion Labs!  Only a month left!!