Conversations: Avier W., Shop Avier

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I am so very excited to share my interview with the owner of Shop Avier in today’s blog post.  YCS has always been excited about and committed to showcasing small businesses and Black-owned businesses.  But today’s interview is extra special.  Not only is Avier a friend of mine, a BOSS, and fellow entrepreneur – she is also a Howard Bison just like me!

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MAN Sunglasses x Shop Avier

If you’ve checked the YCS Instagram or Facebook, you’ll see me rocking sunnies from the Shop Avier collection.  What you don’t know, is that Avier provides, on top of fabulous sunglasses, a stellar client experience.  When I first hit Avier up about ordering a pair of sunglasses for myself, I asked her to show me the styles that would fit my face shape.  She shared a number of shades that wee outside of my comfort zone aesthetically.  I wasn’t sure but decided to trust the expert and order a pair.  Boy was she spot on!  She nailed picking out glasses that were flattering for my face, fit in with my personal style aesthetic AND managed to push me outside of my comfort zone.  After that, I was hooked and Shop Avier is my first stop for ordering sunglasses (I’m averaging a new pair every 3-ish weeks).  The thing I appreciated was that Avier holds true to her motto to deliver the “ultimate sunglass experience.” The service is stellar, the shipping is fast, and the prices are reasonable. Seriously, check out the website for yourself: www.shopavier.com.

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Eye Spy Sunglasses x Shop Avier

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Eye Spy Sunglasses x Shop Avier

Without further adieu, here is the YCS interview with Avier Whitfield, owner of Shop Avier!

Q: Can you tell the readers who you are and what your business is?

Howdy y’all (yes, I’m from the great state of Texas, lol); I am Avier Whitfield, owner of Shop Avier, your fashion forward, affordable, Black-owned sunglasses online boutique. The goal  is to create “euphoria” when you shop my store. We will also begin consultations in another month. It is truly, your “ultimate sunglass experience!”

Q: What made you passionate about sunglasses/eyewear and providing your clients with the “Ultimate Sunglasses Experience?” What inspired you to go into business for yourself?

I’ve always had a passion for fashion. ALWAYS. I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease when I was 17 years old. I knew that my health was in jeopardy. I was always sick. It always took over my life. A few years after graduating from THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY, I got accepted into the Fashion Institute of Technology, but couldn’t graduate because I was in need of a transplant.

After I received my transplant (waiting on the list for 11 years), I could never keep a job. I’ve always worked part time because I would always struggle with my health. I prayed for many years asking God to help me pursue my passion and the desires of my heart. I woke up one morning and checked my past orders for sunglasses and when I tell you, THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I SPENT ON SUNGLASSES WAS UNREAL. I thought, “I should open a sunglass business because I fervor sunglasses and I would still be working in the fashion industry.”

My son, Logan, helped [motivated me to go] into business for myself. I just knew I wouldn’t be alive to leave anything here on earth for him. I suffered a miscarriage this year and I was told that I had a week to live because my organs were failing. My job was on the verge of firing me due to my disability, I would be hospitalized for weeks. God said to me “Avier, the time is NOW! Get up and start your business, don’t worry about resources, a website, business cards, or nothing. I will supply all of your needs.” August 31, 2018, Shop Avier was born.

Q: When and where did you get started in fashion?

My mom loves fashion, so I would say it started with her. Growing up I waited for the mail man to deliver my mom’s Essence, InStyle, and Vogue magazines. I always played dress up. I watched New York Fashion week every September and February. I followed fashion icons such as Karl Lagerfield, June Ambrose, and Racheal Zoe, just to name a few.

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Hmmm. It’s an expression. It’s however I feel when I wake up. It’s pairing a pair of sweats with some YSL or Jimmy Chu pumps, a fedora and a blazer. Fashion is impressionable. Fashion is a good dark lip, a pair of Vans, some Shop Avier frames and my dudes overly large t-shirt.

Q: What accessory and eyewear trends can we expect to see?

Oh my GOODNESSSSSS. My “Gant” line (which means “glove” in French) will be here in November. I’m extremely excited. These gloves are so fierce you’re going to want to wear them to bed, honey. I also have the “Baroque” and more men styles coming soon. Im also a bag whore, so in 2019 Shop Avier will provide some amazing styles of bags. Im super geeked!

Q: How do you pick your inventory?

SIMPLE. IF I DON’T LIKE IT I DON’T BUY IT. IF I WONT WEAR IT, I DON’T BUY IT!

Q: If someone is looking to start their own business, what advice would you give them?

Pray. Pray. Pray. Listen to God. Sorry, don’t mean to get all “religious” but that’s what works/is working for me and my business. Be confident in your product. Don’t share your ideas with no one BUT GOD.

Q: How would you describe your personal style?

Fly! I love to get fly. Bold. I like to have something on me that stands out. Whether it’s my sunglasses, my lipstick, my shoes, or my bag. I love abstract things.

Q: What is your one must-have item for each season – summer, winter, spring, and fall?

SUNGLASSES! I never leave the house without sunglasses. I have about 75 pair just in my car.

Q: What is the best advice, from a style standpoint, that you can give me and other women? And, from an entrepreneurial standpoint?

DO YOU! BE YOU! No one can do or be YOU better than YOU! If it makes you feel confident, happy and bold. DO IT!

Q: Where can my readers find you and Shop Avier?

In Vogue Magazines and NYFW. Just joking but soon I’ll be there. 😊 My website is www.shopavier.com I’m also on Instagram (@shopavier).

Q: What questions do you wish I asked you and what’s the answer?

Nothing!

Q: Anything else you want the YCS family to know about you and Shop Avier?

I’m running a HUGE sale right now. All of my sunglasses are 20 bucks or less. You can’t beat that with a stick!

Remember to visit www.shopavier.com and support this growing and super stylish business!

XOXO,
Erika

P.S. All outfit details are on my 21 Squared profile, unless otherwise listed.

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Love/Hate Sunglasses x Shop Avier // Headwrap: D’Iyanu

BTS: Celebrating Life at Lane Bryant – Bowie Town Center

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Many of our readers may not know that YCS originally started out as an event planning company (along with fashion styling) with a focus on curating fashion-focused events like fashion shows, themed brunches, etc.  Though I got out of the event planning and production business, my love for events has never waned.  That’s why, I was so excited to partner with Lane Bryant – Bowie Town Center to produce an event celebrating life during Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Like so many people, breast cancer has affected my family and so many around me.  My mother and great aunt are both survivors and my aunt is currently battling her second bout with the disease.  She’s totally winning the fight, by the way. I have spent many years fundraising and donating to fight the disease and this event is the perfect marriage between my love of fashion AND my desire to eradicate breast cancer.

When I tell you we have so many awesome things planned for our guests on October 20 – that is NOT an exaggeration.  I thought it would be incredibly fun for me to give you guys some of the inside scoop on the big day and let you meet some of our awesome partners who will be participating. We have an incredible day scheduled complete with the latest curvy fashion, a private shopping event, photographer, make-up artist, and event a masseuse to pamper guests ALL DAY LONG!

Private Shopping + Personal Styling

Untitled design (4)From 9-10 am, we are hosting a private shopping event exclusively for breast cancer survivors and women who are courageously fighting the disease.  Guests will be treated to breakfast sponsored by my friends at 21 Squared and will receive exclusive, private access to the store and the latest F/W styles ahead of regular shopping hours.

At 10am, the general public is invited to shop our store.  We are offering personal styling appointments and bra fittings throughout the day.  It’s the perfect chance for our guests to be pampered and have a stylist help them pull together looks that are both fashion forward and figure flattering.  Of course, I’ll be doing some personal styling and shopping appointments – so hopefully you’ll come in and get to shop with me!

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Of course, I’ll also be hanging out at the selfie station and on social media duty ALL day! Our awesome friends at 21 Squared have sent us some fun goodies for our selfie station where guests can take pictures in the latest curvy fashions and share with all of their social media followers.

Untitled design (5)We are also incredibly excited to have professional photographer, A.E. Moore, Sr. join our event! That’s right ladies – you can shoot with our very own photographer and live the GLAM life – even if just for a day! Not only will he be capturing all of the fun at our event (your social timelines are about to be FLOODED); he’ll also be shooting our guests modeling the latest LB fashion.  A.E. has more than 20 years of photography experience and works to showcase the true essence of each event he photographs.  I am positive he will capture hope, joy, excitement and fun at our event!

Make-Up + Makeovers + Pampering

Untitled design (2)We have to make sure you’re camera ready! The incredibly talented Shari Tiandra will be giving mini makeovers to help unsure you are ready for the Fall season from head to toe! Shari Tiandra is a seasoned make-up artist and entertainment industry veteran – she is the REAL DEAL! Shari Tiandra’s goal is to bring beauty into the lives she enters.  Trust me, she’s going to bring beauty to everyone who meets her this Saturday! Like me Shari’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, so this event is near and dear to her heart.

Untitled design (3)And, as if food, make-up, and photography wasn’t already enough for our guests, we are also going to pamper the ladies who come to shop with us! All day long, we are offering our guests chair massages. Thomas Fluellyn has been a massage therapist since 2001 – so I’d definitely say we are going to be in good hands.  He retired from the Army in 2007 after serving 21 years.  I’d like to go on record and thank Thomas for his service – in the Army AND as a massage therapist.  I’m pretty sure you’ll find me in that chair a time or two as we move through the day!

Social Media

I’ll be sharing the fun via the YCS Instagram and Facebook pages – so make sure you’re following along! You can also follow Lane Bryant – Bowie Town Center on Instagram to see even more pictures from the day! You might even see a familiar face or two!  We

also, obviously, want you to follow the social media accounts of our sponsors and vendors, so take the next two minutes to click the links below and follow along.

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21 Squared:  Instagram  Facebook
Shari Tiandra:   Instagram  Facebook
Lane Bryant – Bowie Town Center:  Instagram
Your Chic is Showing: Instagram  Facebook

All week long, follow me as I show you guys how we prep for this event.  My car is currently filled with goodies from 21 Squared. And you know the shenanigans are SURE to go down as we set-up on Friday night for a fun filled Saturday! My InstaStories is where it’s all going to go down!

Register

Guys, we are anticipating a huge turnout for this event.  As of last night (Tuesday) we had nearly 100 guests – YES, 100!!!! – confirmed for this event.  That isn’t to say there’s not room for more. There is! We just need you to register!  Plus, if you want to book a personal styling appointment, registering and selecting your time is the best way to do so! To register just visit YCSandLBBowieTC.eventbrite.com.  Yep, registering is really that simple.

I’m so excited about this event and can’t wait to see you all there!  Let me know if you’re coming!

Stay Chic,
Erika

xvi I xiv by YCS Capsule Collection Launches

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I know, it’s been quiet around YCS for the past couple of weeks.  But that is only because we have some EXCITING ventures that we have been working on.  In addition to officially partnering with one of my closest friends to officially launch “Come Shop My Closet” (more on that later this week), WE ARE LAUNCHING A CAPSULE CLOTHING COLLECTION!!

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For quite some time I have wanted to launch a clothing line and this year I finally decided to dive in head first!  At times I felt completely overwhelmed, like a crazy lady, or worried that it wasn’t a good idea.  But, after all of that, the xvi I xiv (pronounced “sixteen fourteen”) capsule collection is here! Well, it’s here: www.sixteenfourteen.store.

I decided to start this endeavor with a capsule collection.  One signature t-shirt, inspired by my friend Candice, and one signature dress (that can be built with 30 different combinations), named after my incredibly sweet niece Imani.  I figured that getting my toes wet with only a couple of pieces would be a good way to launch.  But from here, xvi I xiv already has a Collegiate collection in the works for Homecoming season and a fall/winter 2017 collection underway!

There are a couple of things that make this collection unique.  First, whether you are straight or plus sized, clothing styles are the same.  In many stores, once you cross over to the plus size section designs, fabrics, and clothing is, at best, unflattering, and, at worst, downright ugly.  It is important to me that no matter what your size is, you can wear our clothing.  Each piece runs from size 6 – 24.  If, however, you find yourself outside of that threshold, for most pieces, you will have the option of ordering them customized to your specific measurements.  (The only exception is some of our t-shirts.  But you should note that I am working on finding vendors that offer shirts in sizes XXS – 4 or 5X).  Also, you will not pay more money for being plus sized.  Everybody’s items cost the same.

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Second, our items are “buildable.” So, even though we are starting with one t-shirt and one dress, depending on how you build your items you can come up 24 variations of our “Candice” signature t-shirt and 30 variations of our “Imani” dress.  When you check out, you’ll be prompted to select the options you want for your clothing.  So, essentially, every piece you purchase is customized and created specifically for you.  Follow the link to learn more about How it Works.

There is one other thing that you should know.  By virtue of this being a capsule collection, quantities are limited!  Some items we will keep in stock; however, other items are created based on fabric availability and quantities which means that once they are gone, they are gone.  Do not delay in placing your order because you do NOT want to miss you!  You can shop the entire collection here: XVI I XIV.

All week long we will be celebrating our virtual launch party and, as a special treat, I have a couple of discount codes for you!

  • Use the code “CANDICE” to get $10 off the purchase of our signature t-shirt.
  • Use the code “IMANI” to get $20 off your Imani dress purchase.
  • Free shipping (code: FREESHIP is automatically applied) is available on all orders over $149.

*Remember, because every item is custom produced, it will take 3-4 weeks for your customized piece to arrive.

I am SO excited to be launching this collection.  It is truly a daily reminder that dreams DO come true.  They are scary, they take hard work, and sometimes you feel like you are jumping out of a plane – but the absolutely DO come true!

Happy Shopping and Stay Chic!
Erika

Photo Credit: Olivia Stevens I Olivia Stevens Photography I https://www.oliviastevens.co

Faux Real

By Erika, Fashion Expert

It’s the first day of spring, rah, rah, rah.  If where you live is anything like Philadelphia then it wasn’t all the warm today and you found yourself, like me, still reaching for your warm weather clothing. As we transition to warmer weather, I am not quite ready to give up my winter clothing.  If March has taught me anything, it is that it can be 70 degrees one day and snowing the next.  For this reason, I have a few, key pieces that I will help me transition from winter to spring – one of which is this amazing faux fur vest.

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Vest: Two by Vince Camuto (here) I Turtleneck: Ava & Viv (similar here) I Leggings: Fashion to Figure (here) I Necklaces: New York & Co., Gifted, My own

Much like my Vince Camuto bomber jacket, it was “love at first sight” when I spied this Two by Vince Camuto shaggy faux fur vest.  I immediately imagined wearing it about 47 different ways and knew it had to have a home in my closet.

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Sunglasses: Armani (similar here) I Earrings: J. Crew (here, sold out)

I am really a fan of this vest because of its versatility.  It can be dressed up or dressed down.  Worn with jeans, leggings or a super cute spring dress.  There are so many ways to wear this vest – the possibilities are endless!  For YCS, I’ve styled it two ways.  First up, a sleek look that is great for a night out.  You can never go wrong with a black on black look and the vest pairs perfectly adding an air of sophistication and class paired with fun.

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Boots: Lane Bryant (last year)


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Clutch: Michael Kors (similar, sold out here) I Rings: My Own (via Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Francesca’s, Avenue)

 

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Shirt: Similar here I Jeans: Lane Bryant (similar here, distressed myself) I Necklace: J. Crew (similar here)

I am also a fan of denim on denim looks and its clear that the trend is going nowhere fast this spring. So why not pair this vest with a great denim t-shirt and my favorite (and often featured) distressed denim jeans.  This look is casual and perfect for an afternoon of shopping, brunch with the girls, a mani/pedi date with your mom, or just lounging around and looking fabulous doing it!

 

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Shoes: BCBGeneration (Oslo pump in “Whiskey,” sold out) I Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 35 (here)

As you think about what pieces can transition you from winter to summer you should definitely consider a faux fur vest a wardrobe essential!

Stay Chic,
Erika

Photographer: Rob Bergsted

Jetsetter Problems

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Most people who know me know that I travel a TON for my job.  Some weeks it feels like I am home long enough to do laundry and then it’s back on the road again.  In honor of my jet set lifestyle, today’s outfit is perfect for the traveling fashionista.

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Coat: Elie Tahari (Here) I Sweatshirt: LOFT (Here) I Tank: LOFT (similar, Here) I Jeggings: Dressbarn (similar, Here) I Shoes: Nine West (similar, Here) I Necklace: Primark I Glasses: H&M

There are a couple of keys to dressing for travel, especially in the winter:

1. Wear the bulkiest layers on the outside  Sweatshirts, sweaters, and even jeans take up a lot of space.  By wearing them you save yourself room for any new items you might buy and will likely keep your baggage from going over the weight limit.

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    2. Layer up! Planes are notoriously chilly – so wearing layers will allow you to temperature adjust independent of what the airplane temperature may be.  This outfit, which features a tank top under a super cute embroidered sweatshirt, accomplishes just that.

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    3. Easy on, Easy off. I have TSA pre-check, but for anyone who does not you will be required to remove your coat and shoes. Slip on shoes and a jacket with a tie belt go a really long way in getting through security quickly! 

    Jetsetter tip: Keep toiletries in the same bag as your laptop to expedite your security experience while traveling with only carry-ins. 

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    Suitecase: IT I Bag: Furla

    4. Durable luggage has done a body good after all of these years.  My personal favorite is hardshell luggage because it can withstand being tossed to and fro.  Opt for 360 degree spinning wheels and a warranty.

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    5. Dress it up, just a little.  If there is any chance of you getting upgraded to seats with more room or first class, you want to look the part.  Even in casual clothing you’ll want to look put together and not like you rolled straight out of bed and failed to brush your teeth. So skip the PJs and sweats and opt for something a little neater. These skinny jeans are perfect to hold you down on your next trip.

    What travel dips do you guys have?

    Stay Chic,
    Erika

    Birthday Behavior

    By Erika, Fashion Expert

    This coming Friday (March 3) is my 34th birthday and I am eagerly anticipating its arrival.  I have always loved birthdays, especially my own!

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    T-shirt: Sweet Knowledge Clothing (here) I Skirt: Eloquii (similar here) I Shoes: Dressbarn I Necklace: Aldo

    As I reflect back, 33 (and 2016 in general) was a weird year for me.  I celebrated some huge successes and also had some massive disappointments and failures.  However, as with every year, I learned a lot about myself, faced things I never thought I could handle, and the good (mostly) outweighed the bad (though, I’m still looking for the silver lining from election night).

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    The thing that I love about being into my 30’s is the fact that I continue to come into my own.  In my 20’s I wasn’t confident in who I was and who God made me.  In my 30’s I have taken the time to embrace that more.  I’ve made my 30’s about taking risks, taking leaps of faith, and just going for “it!”  And, with each year of my 30’s I have gotten better at all three.

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    I am by no means perfect.  I do not get it all right all of the time.  In fact, I get it wrong often! But that’s OK.  I’m human. I’m not supposed to be perfect. And if being in my 30’s has taught me anything it is that those who love me do it in spite of my flaws.  And those who loved me until my flaws were exposed never really loved me to begin with.

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    With just a few days left at 33 I’m toasting to my future! Cheers to love, laughter and light. To adventures around the world. To taking chances. To leaps of faith. To loving myself more and judging others less. To genuine smiles. To belly laughs and cleansing tears. To chasing dreams. And to living a full life on nobody else’s terms but my own (and God’s, of course).

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    This is 34.

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    Photography Credit: Rob Bergsted

    Bombers Away

    By Erika, Fashion Expert

    One thing I love about fashion is that inspiration is all around us.  Everywhere from magazines to Instagram to other bloggers to fashionable men and women we pass on the street.  You can even find inspiration in art, flowers, or architecture.  Inspiration is truly all around us.

    img_1183Jacket: Vince Camuto (here) I Tank Top: Sejour (here) I Jeans: Lane Bryant (similar; distressed myself) I Hat: H&M I Shoes: Nine West

    Did you guys, like me, watch “The New Edition Story” last month? So good, right? I am an 80’s baby and seeing the boys rock bomber jackets in all sorts of colors, patterns and styles took me back.  It made me think of my favorite movies like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink.” It reminded me of hanging with my grandparents and skating in their front yard with my rolled jeans and Fisher Price skates. It reminded me of side ponytails, slap bracelets, and double laces in my shoes.  It took me back. So, when I peeped this super cute Vince Camuto jacket online I knew I had to have it!

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    The thing that I love about bomber jackets is that they’re incredibly versatile.  You can elevate a bomber jacket by wearing a slim-fitting pant and heels or a cute skirt (my suggestion would be a pencil skirt or tutu skirt). But you can also throw it on with jeans or leggings and sneakers and be both fashionable and comfortable.  And, because you have more fabric choices than ever – leather, lace, sequin, denim, satin, etc. – you can create distinct, stylish looks with your bomber.  A bomber jacket suits several different styles from the most girliest of girly girls to the edgiest of edgy girls to everyone in between. This jacket has been in heavy rotation since the moment I added it to my wardrobe.

    img_1203T-shirt: Ivy Park (here) I Leggings: Fashion to Figure (here) I Bag: via Poshmark I Shoes: Elie Tahari “Viceroy” (available on various websites)

    You can find cute bombers jackets in a range of price points as well.  A girlfriend of mine has the cutest lace bomber jacket that she purchased from Target.  If higher end is more your thing, you can check out Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus for a variety bomber jackets in both straight and plus sizes. No matter your budget you can look cool and chic in your own bomber jacket.

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    Are you guys loving bomber jackets as much as I am?  Be sure to tag YCS in your Instagram and Facebook photos rocking your hottest bombers.  Or share a snap story with us!  We love to see how our readers and followers are making styles their own.

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    Stay Chic,
    Erika

    Photo Credit: Rob Bergsted

    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!

    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!

    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!

    Milla's "Chewelry" Offers Fashion and Function for Stylish Moms

    By Erika, Fashion Expert

    For ten + two and a half days this month, you may have noticed that I had my hands full practicing parenthood with my adorable six- and five-year-old nephew and niece.  Anyone who keeps up with YCS on Instagram and Twitter or with me personally on Facebook knows that it was an adventure!  My niece and nephew are five and six, so they’re fairly independent (within reason) and able to do a lot for themselves.  I cannot imagine what it would have been like if I also had to care for their ten-month-old (teething, forever curious) brother as well!  It is hard work being a mom!!!  (Seriously, kudos to ALL of the moms who read YCS!!!)

    After my brief stint in parenthood (for now), I can appreciate how tough the little things are – taking a quiet shower for longer than three minutes, getting dressed in privacy, having an uninterrupted phone call.  And, having the time to put together the sleek, stylish looks that I enjoy so much.

    That’s where Milla comes in!  Milla takes moms beyond maternity – providing products that make life with a new baby a little easier.   Milla – Beyond Maternity was founded by a new mom who struggled with finding functional business-appropriate clothing and accessories that were baby-friendly.

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    Wearing “The Pearl” necklace + bracelet and “The Morgan” bracelet in teal.  

    Milla’s amazing owner was kind enough to loan me some of the Chewelry (chewable + jewelry) pieces and, I must be honest, even though I am not a mom (yet), I think the items are awesome!  They are simple and stylish.  Mom or not – they’re great pieces to add to any wardrobe.  But, beyond their fashion, they’re super functional for new (or not so new) moms.  Milla Chewelry is a line of chewable jewelry made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone safe for teething babies.  Necklaces all include a safety clasp in case your little one tugs too hard.  These styles are easy to wear, and easy to clean. All styles are tested to ensure these functional fashions easily transition from daywear to office wear, so a busy mom doesn’t have to think twice about how to accessorize with or with out the little ones.

    Milla Chewelry is very (very) reasonably priced AND it comes in a variety of styles and colors.  My favorite piece is the Alanis bracelet.  It seriously looks like something that I would own in my closet.  The function as a new mom is an added bonus.  I am also way, way, way into the Nessa necklace which is perfect for a easy Saturday or a dressier occasion.  The Quinn necklaces are also very versatile – you can wear them short, like a statement necklace, or let them hang long for a more casual look.

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    Wearing “The Nessa” necklace in sky blue and “The Alanis” in sky blue and black (my favorite!!)

    I know that when babies are born most of us focus on giving gifts to the new “tiny human” (that’s Grey’s Anatomy speak for you) that are entering the world.  But honestly, what a great gift for a new mom that lets her know that a) you are thinking of her and b) you understand the need for practicality and safety with her fashion.  As my friends continue to have children (and, no matter how much I ask them to slow down and let my bank account catch up, they keep having them!!!) I am definitely going to incorporate some of these pieces into the gifts I’ll be giving.

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    Wearing “The Quinn” necklace in pink and blue and “The Diamond” bracelet in pink. 

    If you are thinking of giving these items as a gift or purchasing them for yourself, I’ve got great news.  As an exclusive offer to YCS readers, Milla is offering a 10% discount on ALL purchases.  Simply use the code “YCS10” with your purchase and enjoy your discount on these VERY reasonably priced items.  I’m going to grab a few of my favorites (The Alanis, The Nessa, and The Pearl – in that order – in case you were wondering) to have on hand for future new moms . . . and probably myself!

    To learn more about Milla and make your purchase, visit www.wearmilla.com and follow them (@WearMilla) on Instagram and Twitter.

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    I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”