You're Invited: An Exclusive Shopping Event

By Erika, Fashion Expert

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Good Morning YCS Family!  I am so excited to announce that my dear friend JaKela and I are co-hosting an exclusive “Shop My Closet” event especially for all of the curvy cuties out there!  We are taking “thrifting” to the next level with this exclusive shopping event.

Here’s the deal:

JaKela and I both have closets full of never-worn and barely-worn clothes (size 12-24W), shoes (size 7.5 – 11) and accessories (jewelry, bags and scarves).  We’re not talking junk, we are talking quality items from stores and designers like Badgley Mischka, J.Crew, Calvin Klein, Jones New York, Eloquii, Lane Bryant (and that’s all just MY closet), etc.  The items are in excellent condition and deserve to live in a home where they will be loved, cared for, and worn until they fall apart.  That’s not going to happen in either of our houses. We believe it is only right to invite our friends, family, loyal YCS readers, and Philly fashionistas come and shop our closet for fabulous items at can’t beat prices!

Here’s how it works:

JaKela and I have secured a private location to host this exclusive shopping event.  Our guests will join us from 12 noon – 3 pm for sips, snacks, and, most importantly, shopping.  There will be plenty of room for you to try on items and build an entire look.  I’ll be there to give you styling tips and advice and answer any questions that you might have.  And, once you have finished shopping you can feel free to lounge around and chat it up with me, JaKela and the other ladies.  Your exclusive shopping experience will give you access to great clothing, great prices, fashion expertise and styling advice.  There may even be a special announcement or two at the event! This is your chance to shop like the superstar we all know that you are!

Any clothing that is not sold will be donated to the Wardrobe Boutique.

Event Deets:

Co-hosts:
Erika M. (Your Chic is Showing) & JaKela P.

Date:
Saturday March 18, 2017

Time:
12 noon – 3 pm

Venue:
Philadelphia, PA (RSVP for event location)

RSVP Deadline:
March 11, 2017

About the Clothing:
ALL sizes are welcome at our event.

The clothing that is available for sale is for women sizes 12-24W.  Because we’re curvy girls our clothes are best suited for curvy girls.  But, that doesn’t mean we don’t want our straight sized sisters to miss out!  There will be plenty of shoes, jewelry, bags and other accessories that are perfect for ANYBODY!

RSVP Deets:

Because this is an exclusive shopping event and want to make sure our guests have a fabulous experience, everyone must RSVP for the event.  Upon your RSVP, we will provide you with the location of the event.

You can RSVP two ways: by e-mailing info@yourchicisshowing.com or completing the RSVP form below.

Remember, the ONLY way to find out where the event will be is to RSVP by March 11, 2017!

We look forward to hosting you at our exclusive shopping event and can’t wait to see you there!

Stay Chic,

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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.

FLASH SALE PRICES:

$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 "Fashion Labs" Workshops in Philadelphia

By Erika, Fashion Expert

As a part of the YCS reorganization, revamp, and rebrand, the company is excited to announce the launch of our new “Fashion Labs” workshops on September 12, 2015!

Eventbrite - YCS Fashion Labs

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!

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

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

$350  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 seat 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!

Eventbrite - YCS Fashion Labs

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!

Around the World in 60 Days!

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

OK, so maybe I haven’t exactly been around the world (but come October, when I head to Dubai, that will absolutely be the case!) but I have been out and about.  If you keep up with me or YCS via Facebook and Instagram you may have seen some of the adventures I have had over the past few months.  In the last 60 days alone I have been to seven (yep, seven!) states and have been keeping myself plenty busy with work, play, and, of course, fashion!  Below you will find a pretty random sampling of what I have been up to as well as shopping information for some of the looks you have seen featured on Instagram and Facebook.

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I love to travel!  And, it’s a good thing because my full-time job has kept me pretty busy on the road for the past couple of months, including trips to Utah and Minnesota!  Of course, I always try my best to travel in style and keep it fashionable!

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Jetsetting in a comfy, casual, and stylish outfit.  Jetsetter tip: If you’re flying dress in layers.  Airplanes are usually chilly, but airports and destinations will vary in temperature.  You don’t want to get stuck buying a $50 hoodie because of poor planning!

[Shirt: ADIVA I Jacket + Leggings: Avenue I Glasses: Tory Burch]

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The hallway in my home has looked like this for the longest time!  I wasn’t a believer in hardshell luggage until I bought my first piece last October. Now, I love it and I recently purchased a carry-on size to add to my collection.  Jetsetter tip: 360 spinner wheels are a MUST on rolling luggage.

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I just adore the beautiful monogrammed pieces from Boulevard and couldn’t resist picking up a couple monogrammed “Amelia” luggage tags in “Poppy.”  And, at only $28 each, they’re a steal!  Visit their website to pick up your own!

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Beautiful Minnesota sunset!

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The mountain backdrop was gorgeous as we hit the highways of Utah!  Even though it was April we experienced spring-like weather and a snow storm all on the same trip!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am a proud graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC.  I basically work to get HU into every conversation any chance I get.  This year, I celebrated my 10-year reunion with my classmates and we had a blast!  Howard is KNOWN as a fashionable and stylish university, so, of course, I had to come to the reunion with my A-game.  What do you guys think?

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IMG_0031Rocking my “Howard Made” t-shirt from Sweet Knowledge Clothing Co.  Everyone should definitely check out the website and support this business.  Again, at only $28, this t-shirt is a steal!! Links can be found below in the outfit details.

[T-Shirt: Sweet Knowledge Clothing Co. I Skirt: Eloquii (similar here) I Shoes: BCBG (not pictured)]

IMG_0109Sitting pretty at the official “Forever HU 05” Day Party.  Jetsetter tip: Pack clothing in the same color family so that you can reuse accessories without over packing.  I intentionally chose a black and white color palette for the weekend to save space (I was also traveling for work).

[T-shirt: Official “Forever HU 05” Reunion T-shirt via Coliseum Apparel I Jacket: Dressbarn I Skirt: Mossimo for Target I Clutch: Nneka Saran I Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta]

#loveyourcurves

During my adventures I also had a chance to check out the Ashley Stewart “Love Your Curves” Tour during it’s stop in Philadelphia, PA.  You all know that around YCS we are ALL about embracing our curves and loving the skin we are in.  So, it was a no brainer that I had to check out this event.  The tour, which also made a stop in Chicago, and will be heading to Baltimore, Detroit, New York, and Atlanta, was all about embracing your curves and connecting with some of the cities most stylish women.  Hosted at the West Philadelphia location, the event featured a model casting, red carpet, giveaways, and, naturally, shopping discounts.

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Desi at Ashely Steward Love Your CurvesMy (and probably everyone else’s) favorite personality from Praise 103.9, “ya Big Girl Dezzie” joined in the fun at the “Love Your Curves” Tour.

11216592_10100832651950700_3109047703296782374_nOf course I got in on the shopping action, snagging this pair of joggers with a sheer tuxedo stripe down the side! These joggers are no longer available, but check out the new selection of joggers they have available.

#givingback

As if all of the aforementioned fun wasn’t enough, I’ve also attended my fair share of fundraising events over the past two months.  One event that I am always happy to support is the Kappa Beautillion program sponsored by the Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  I have been a long-time support of this program and it is always a pleasure to watch these boys grow into distinguished, young gentlemen.  Additionally, for the first time, I attended the “Wall Ball” sponsored by the Mural Arts program here in Philadelphia.  The event featured live mural painting and design, a live auction, a fantastic DJ, great food, and, duh, fabulous art!

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The dress code for the “Wall Ball 2015” was “festive cocktail” attire.  I don’t think cocktail attire gets more festive than metallic gold!

[Dress: Eliza J (currently unavailable)]

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Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot wear a patterned gown to a formal event. You will look fabulous and stand out in a sea of dark dresses. Pro tip: If you’re wearing a patterned gown that could skew “maxi dress” be sure to dress it up with jewelry and the right heels.

[Dress: Jessica Howard]

#bestoftherest

As if all of that wasn’t enough, I’m also in the middle of redecorating my 2nd bedroom (for real this time) to turn it into a grown-up office!  I’ve hired friend to YCS Cherise, of Ispaci, to help with the project and it’s going amazing.  I can’t wait to share the finished results with all of you on YCS!

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So there it is, a chic peek into my life over the last few months.  What have you guys been up to?  I want to hear all about it!

YCS Guide to : Labor Day Party/BBQ

Labor Day Party/BBQ

By Alexis, CEO Jr.

 

Can you believe summer is almost over? Even though August is almost over, there is still time for some summer fun! One of my favorite things to do is throw a barbeque, and with Labor Day just around the corner, I thought I’d give you my ideas for a great BBQ/Labor Day party.

                Now if you are going to throw a Labor Day party it is all about the decorations. Deck out all your tables in red, white, and blue. Below is a picture of us starting to set up my dining room during a Memorial Day party, but you can use the same type of decorations. We hung stars from the chandelier and outside was decked out in American flags. American flag napkins and plates are always a plus and it is great to decorate with American themed tea-lights and candles. All the lights will come in handy when the sun starts to set. Of course we also had to decorate our dog too !

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Finding some red, white, and blue beads and American themed tattoos is always great if there will be kids there because they can have fun decking themselves out. If you don’t want to spend all your money on buying decorations, you can also make them. I always enjoy using Mason jars when I’m making decorations. You can get some red, white, and blue wax paper and glue and go to town. I would cut up all sorts of designs like stars and stripes and paste them to the Mason jar. The wax paper will give them a very cool effect when you add a tea-light to them. You could also fill up a mason jar with red, white, and blue candy. It serves as a decoration and food at the same time. Construction paper always comes in handy as well. You can use some to cut out stars to hang outside. It does not need to look perfect, because the home-made look is in. Just have fun with whatever you decide to make!

The center piece for any BBQ is the food. Burgers, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, and ribs are all traditional food to have. One of my favorite rib recipes is Emeril’s with his spicy apple glaze. Below is the recipe!

Baby Back Ribs with a Spicy Apple Glaze Yield: 4 servings Glaze: 3 cups apple cider 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup apple sauce 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup thinly sliced ginger 1/2 stick cinnamon 1/2 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped 6 cardamom pods 2 teaspoons allspice berries 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1/4 teaspoons salt Ribs: 4 to 5 pounds baby back ribs (2 full slabs, each cut in half) 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon paprika 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion powder 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 cup apple cider Directions To make the glaze, place all of the ingredients for the glaze in a 6-quart pot and cook over medium-high heat. Bring the contents of the pot to a boil, stirring often to dissolve the sugar. Once the mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and allow the mixture to reduce to a glaze consistency, about 30 to 35 minutes longer. Remove the glaze from the stove and strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Reserve until ready to use. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Place the ribs on a full sheet pan. In a small mixing bowl, combine the kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir well to incorporate, and use 1 tablespoon of the spice rub to cover each of the ribs. Rub the mixture into the meat, and allow it to sit undisturbed for at least 20 minutes. Pour the cider into the sheet pan, and wrap the ribs with aluminum foil to make a tight seal. Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the ribs are very tender. Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the foil and the fat and oil from the sheet pan, and allow the ribs to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Adjust the oven to the broil setting and position the oven rack on the lowest rung. Brush the ribs with a generous coating of the glaze, about 3 tablespoons of the glaze per set of ribs. Place the sheet pan back in the oven, and broil until the ribs are browned and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove the ribs from the oven and lay on a cutting board meaty-side down. Use a sharp knife to cut the ribs apart. Serve the ribs with some of the leftover glaze on the side, if desired. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/baby-back-ribs-with-a-spicy-apple-glaze-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

Doesn’t that sound so delicious? It is an in depth recipe, but it is definitely worth the labor. They are always the hit of the party when we make them. Now if you are sticking with the Labor Day party a great thing to do is add red, white, and blue into your food. You could do a dessert with strawberries and blueberries. I love mixing some cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla for a fruit dipping sauce. It always comes out very tasty. Of course find red, white, and blue bowls and plates to serve all your food in. Those little touches bring your party to the next level.

The best thing about being a party host though is not only the presentation, but how you treat your guests. Coming around and serving some of the food is always thoughtful instead of making them wait in line by the grill. It isn’t always easy hosting the party, but little things like that show that you care!

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I hope you enjoyed some of my ideas for a Labor Day Party/BBQ. Sound off in the comments if you have any questions and enjoy the rest of your summer!!

Your Chic is Showing

 

 

 

 

YCS Guide to themed party's: Moroccan style!

By Alexis, CEO Jr.

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Moroccan Themed Party

The other day I was watching Food Network and “Giada at Home” came on. The name of the episode was “Moroccan Magic.” After I saw the show, I knew I wanted to make a Moroccan themed party centered around this food. Below are some ideas I had and the websites I used to find the items. If you want to view Giada’s recipes click the link below!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/giada-at-home/100-series/moroccan-magic.html

The key to a Moroccan party is PILLOWS! Pier 1 has some amazing pillows. Below are my favorites.

Mediterranean Tile Pillow

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Cabana geometric pillow – Lemon

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Embroidered Diamond Pillow

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It’s not a Moroccan party unless you sit on the floor! These were my favorite floor cushions I found from Urban Outfitters.

Tufted corduroy silk floor pillow

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Another important aspect of a Moroccan themed party is lighting. Below I found a cute lantern and some votives you could use. All you have to do is get tea lights and the mood is set!

Amber Moroccan Candle Lantern

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Now of course you need your table linens. A great website to use is BBJ Linen. There is a great virtual design center. Below is the design I was playing around with.

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Next you need to set your table. Gold is the way to go. I was able to find pretty cheap plates and a very chic set of Moroccan tea glasses.

Moroccan Tea Set

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Charter Club Dinnerware, Set of 4 Gold Charger Plates

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Lastly you have the invitations. Mixbook is a great place to create them but you can always use eventbrite to make online invitations. Here is the design that I liked from Mixbook !

Invites !

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I hope you enjoyed my ideas! Of course if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a Moroccan themed party you don’t have to. Just think rich, bright colors, gold accents, and low lighting. Let me know what you think in the comments below !

 

YCS' First Annual Kentucky Derby Party

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Good morning loves!! YCS has been rather quiet lately and I totally apologize for that! What you can’t see are some of the changes going on behind the scenes (new interns, new partnerships, etc.) – but that makes for a quiet couple of weeks on the blog front.

Just like Whoopi, we’re getting back in the habit (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit – get it?) and kicking things off with an AWESOME fundraiser hosted by YCS!!

On Saturday May 3 we are hosting the First Annual Kentucky Derby Party benefitting Relay for Life of Upper Merion-King of Prussia. This fun filled afternoon will feature food, drinks, games, and prizes from our awesome sponsors which include, Mainline Magazine, Fox & Hound, Plain Elain, and Towers of Jewels. How awesome is that?

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To learn more about this event and our worthy cause, and to purchase tix, simply visit: https://2014derbyparty.eventbrite.com!

We hope to see everyone there!

Your Chic is Showing,

Erika's Signature

How to: Throw a Vision Board Party

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

It’s no secret that I love to throw a good party or get-together at my home a couple times a year.  Just before the New Year began, I decided to have a Vision Board Party – partly because I had hundreds (literally, hundreds) of magazines I was going to toss out and partly because I’d been dying to make my own vision board for quite some time.  I generally don’t make New Year’s Resolutions; however, I do like to set goals for myself.  In prior years I’ve tackled a Nine in ’09, Ten in ’10, etc. (learn more here and here).  This year, I decided to take it a step further, by committing to 20 (yep, 20!) goals – some major, some minor – and to visualize what those goals would look like.

It wasn’t long before I decided to invite some of my favorite girlfriends along for the fun!

Simple and Low-Key

I wanted to keep the party pretty low-key and decided we’d have it potluck-style.  Every guest was asked to bring a dish, dessert, or drink and I provided all of our supplies.  Since I also came up with this idea fairly close to the holiday season (read: super last minute), I sent out a simple Punchbowl invitation online to invite my guests.  We ended up having seven ladies in total, which was perfect because neither my condo nor my tables are that big!

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The Set-Up

Ahead of the party, I picked up poster board, markers (washable and permanent), and a few extra pairs of scissors.  Since I’m always doing arts and crafts around the house, I also had glitter, stencils, and paper cutouts on hand.  And, of course, magazines were displayed all over the house.  Most of my magazines are fashion and style magazines (Cosmo, Glamour, InStyle, Bazaar, etc.) but I also had lifestyle (Essence, Ebony, etc.), business (Fast Company), and fitness (Shape, Running Times, etc.) on hand, as well as a few men’s magazines (I love GQ and Esquire).  The ladies also brought over any extra magazines they wanted to get rid of too!  It’s best to have a variety of magazines to use since everyone will have a variety of goals.

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Let the Fun Begin!

Upon arrival everyone helped themselves to some food, wine, and yummy apple cider (thanks Veronica!) and then we got down to the business of creating our vision boards.  For those of you wondering, “what exactly is a vision board?” this explanation may help.

A Vision Board is a collage of magazine cut-outs, pictures, phrases, and words that represent the kind of life we want to live in the future. This could include fitness levels, professional success, travel, cars, homes, experiences, etc.

You’re simply putting visuals to the things you want to achieve and accomplish.  If you think you’ll have trouble coming up with a list on the spot, you can do like I did and prepare a list ahead of time.  I found this to be very helpful because I wasn’t stressing about what I want to accomplish AND it focused my search for images to represent my goals.

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Curious about my 20 goals (there are actually 21)?  I thought you might be, so here they are:

  1. Be content – what I have and who I am is enough.
  2. $20,000 in gross revenue from YCS (I know – it scares me too!)
  3. Learn to sew.  For real this time.
  4. Be open to romantic love from different places and make my dating life a priority.
  5. Go on a financial diet to: increase my savings (following the 52-week plan), pay off credit cards, and add on extra principal-only mortgage payment in 2014.
  6. Take a solo vacation.
  7. Log more face time (in-person or via Skype/FaceTime) with my family and close friends, especially those who are local.
  8. Commit to a completely Paleo lifestyle & diet for 90 days.
  9. Join at least one ministry at church (done and done!).
  10. Enroll in the event planner certification program at Temple University (because, hey, I don’t already have enough going on!)
  11. Start a gratitude journal and add one thing I am grateful for each day.
  12. Complete one 5K and one 10K race.
  13. Pray more and worry less.
  14. Take YCS blog daily (eek!) and generate income from the blog.
  15. 2nd bedroom completely redecorated (yes, this has been on my list for the last 3 or 4 years . . . no judging!)
  16. Have more fun and do what makes me happy!
  17. Learn to love my body at exactly the state it is in.
  18. Develop my personal mantra and recite it daily.
  19. Be fearless and brave.
  20. Write my personal and professional 1, 3, 5, and 10-year plan.
  21. Be a featured speaker at one conference or large-scale event.

There is no right or wrong way to design your vision board.  I’m a pretty neat and methodical person, so I took into account image spacing, layering, etc.  But, you could just color and glue away.  The beauty of this activity is that you can do whatever makes your heart happy!

The Finished Product

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Everybody didn’t finish their vision boards at my party – which is to be expected.  So let your guests take home any magazines (and leftover food) they want to finish their boards.  Once my board was completed, I decided to hang it right on my closet door so that it is one of the last things I see before I go to sleep and one of the first things I see when I wake up.

Generally, throwing a get together at home can be a hassle, but this was one of the fastest, easiest parties I’ve ever thrown!  You don’t have to wait until January 2015 to throw your own party – gather some of your best good friends and hop to it right now!

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Do you have a 2014 vision board?  Thinking about creating one?  Have any questions?  Share below!

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YCS Events: Chasing Joy Brunch and Learn, Washington, DC

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Yup, you read that right! The Chasing Joy Brunch and Learn (CJBL) that we have featured here on YCS (here, here, here, and here) will be heading to the Nation’s Capital on Saturday January 11, 2014!!

Not only is the #CJBL heading to DC – I’m going with it! I’m so excited to announce that I will once again be presenting at the event!

If you missed the last event in August, here is your chance to join us and learn:

  • How to dress for success – no matter what success looks like to you
  • The secret success weapons that should be in every woman’s closet
  • The most important thing you should wear every day
  • And don’t worry if you came last time because this event will be different and worth your while again! First of all, I have made some changes and improvements to my presentation based on feedback from the last session – so it won’t be business as usual. Second of all, the awesome Jese Gary of LuxeGiving will also be presenting! I can’t wait to hear all about her company and how she pursues a joyful life through her company’s goals and initiatives. Third, and finally, YCS friend and fave, Curvy CEO, is co-hosting this event along with Arlett of Chasing Joy! If that wasn’t enough to excite you, it is worth noting that the zucchini bread alone justifies your attendance!

    To get tickets you can visit the Chasing Joy events page where tickets are currently on sale for $40. That’s right, this awesome event is only $40! I know I spend that much on a boozy brunch with my friends. Now you can have a brunch (booze is on you) and take home a ton of information too!! The investment in yourself is totally worth it!

    AND . . . if that wasn’t enough, we’re giving you a sneak peek at the event tonight on Twitter at 9pm with a #CJBL twitter chat!

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    Join me, Jese, Arlett, and Curvy CEO as we give you a sneak peek into what the next CJBL will be all about. We will be talking about how to have more Joy in our lives, setting goals for 2014, what our style says about us, and if our style is getting us where we want or standing in our way. The fun starts at 9pm and you don’t want to miss it!

    To get you started follow YCS on Twitter at @urchicisshowing and start following the hashtag #CJBL! Can’t wait to see you guys tonight AND in Washington, DC!

    Your Chic is Showing,

    Erika's Signature

    Hearts on Fire

    By Alexis, CEO Jr.

    On October 16th I went to the Hearts On Fire Media Event and got to see some extraordinary diamonds. Only 1/10th of the world’s diamonds qualify to be Hearts on Fire diamonds, which I think is exceptional. The Hearts On Fire in King of Prussia is only the second domestic retail store. Entering the store I could see that this was going to be a new and fun experience.

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    Going into the store, I saw there was a table in the center. This is known as the “Community Table” which allows the shoppers and the sales associates to all interact with each other while trying on the jewelry. You feel much more connected this way. There are also eye-level, transparent “Jewel Boxes” instead of those long display cases. There is no longer that awkward over the counter barrier between the sales associate and shopper. These “Jewel Boxes” then slide the jewelry underneath with the push of a button. The whole store is very innovative and shopper friendly with their display screens and awesome technology.

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    The designer Illaria Lanzoni was also present and she showed me her favorite pieces that were displayed in the middle of the store. The engagement rings are gorgeous and each one has a heart carved into the diamond which makes the designs very unique.

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    My favorite piece was this necklace from the Believe collection. I thought it was super cute and chic!

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    This store is beautiful and I highly recommend checking it out, even if you are not looking to buy jewelry. It is a fun experience regardless! If you do see an engagement in your future I would point your significant other to this blog post and the Hearts on Fire website!

    Check out their website! www.heartsonfire.com
    Phone Number: 1.877.PERFECT (737.3328)