#OOTD365: January 15 – January 21, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

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

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

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

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

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

 

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XOXO, Erika

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#OOTD365: January 8 – January 14, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

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

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

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

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365: January 1 – January 7, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

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

Here’s what I have learned so far:

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

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

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365

By Erika, Fashion Expert

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

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

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

You guys are going to get to see it ALL!

The Rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers to an INCREDIBLE 2018!

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XOXO, Erika

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

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,

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!

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!

Eventbrite - YCS Fashion Labs

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!

Eventbrite - YCS Fashion Labs

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!

Men's Style: Birthday Suit Chic

By Donte’, Men’s Style VIP

So it’s that time of year again when a certain someone is about to be another year older.  Yes…yes…my birthday is quickly approaching (Ugh!).  For those of you that don’t know us personally, both myself and YCS Erika were born two days apart (Me – March 1st, Erika – March 3rd).  (Sidenote: I also share a birthday with Ke$ha and Justin Beiber).  That means this coming weekend will be all about birthday behavior for both of us.  The biggest question will be “what to wear?”

Some people treat their birthday like a national holiday.  I guess I’m no exception.  Any chance I get to party the night away, is welcomed.  Specifically, I treat my birthday the same way I treat New Year’s Day (don’t laugh).  It’s not just because it’s the first of the month, but it’s more because I feel like my birthday is my personal new year and a chance to start fresh.  I keep this in mind when selecting my outfit for the occasion and for whatever events may occur.

Dressing for your birthday should be all about standing out from the crowd.  It’s a day that’s all about you right?  You should have at least one statement piece that draws attention to you.  I usually try to wear something new.  Take it as an opportunity to wear something bold and daring and that you love.  It’s your moment!

Here are some of the looks I’ve worn on past birthdays.  What does your birthday suit look like?

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25th Birthday
I had a “Black Hollywood Party” in Atlanta in which my guests had to wear all black and my hosts had to wear silver. Of course that didn’t apply to me…

29th Birthday Me and Erika had a joint birthday party

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Me and Erika had a joint party.

30th Birthday

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I had a “30 Shades of Grey Party” with my frat brother Rashad in NYC. Guests had to wear at least something grey