At this point in my 6-year career as a style blogger, I have been really blessed. I’ve been featured in some really amazing magazines and blogs and I count every mention, blog post and feature as an honor. But today, I have to say I am probably my proudest ever because I was chosen to be featured in an issue of People StyleWatch that is so near and dear to me – their Denim issue!
We’ve all, at some point, had a love/hate relationship with our jeans. Either they were too small or too big, you found the perfect pair and it made your life easier, your old jeans from the 90’s brought you back to a happy place, perhaps you recently discovered you can still fit into your high school jeans – whatever it may be, denim typically incites some sort of emotional response in us all – good or bad.
So when the editors at People StyleWatch asked me about my denim woes, I had ALOT to say. Never did I imagine that answering those questions would lead to something so EPIC as my feature in their Denim Issue. Why this issue is so special to me (and why I nearly cried when I saw myself on the page opener) is because it emphasizes the importance of diversity on the pages of mainstream magazines. I am so PROUD to be representing for the curvy girls with thunder thighs! This issue is filled with beautiful women of all shapes, sizes and colors and it just makes me so happy and proud to be part of the extended People StyleWatch family (via TheOutfit.com).
I went into the denim try-on and after about 6 pairs of jeans, I stumbled onto this perfect pair of skinnies that made me look so slender, fit my thunder thighs to a tee but still played up my best assets. Thank you Rue21 for making denim shopping for curvy girls like me so much easier.
On shoot day, I was delighted to be surrounded by so many beautiful and diverse bloggers – real girls, all there on set to remedy our real denim woes and make it easier for all of you beauties to find your perfect pair.
Anyway, you HAVE to pick up a copy of the People StyleWatch October issue, guys! I’m on page 10, page 103 and page 106. If you see me, shout me out and tag me on social media @LoveBrownSugar on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Love ya! Hit me in the comments section with YOUR denim woes and I’ll try to help!
I am SO excited about my most recent career move. I’ve been given some really and truly amazing opportunities since starting there here blog in 2009 and this is definitely one of those proud moments. I was hand-selected by the team at People StyleWatch to be an official Contributor to their new influencer community The Outfit.
When I first heard that People Style Watchwould be curating their first fashion hub for real girls like me, I thought it was so amazing. So much of MY personal inspiration these days comes directly from people like you.
I follow fellow bloggers and even you guys as my readers on Instagram and Pinterest and all over the internet to see what you’re wearing, what trends you’re into and what’s new on the street. Inspiration comes from so many places and I’m so honored and humbled that The Outfit considers me one of those people who inspires.
Above all that, I’m so incredibly honored that a girl who looks like me – brown skin, curly hair, curves and all – can be seen on such an expansive platform. Digital platforms like The Outfit are helping to redefine what beauty is.
They see value in real girls with flaws and differences and quirks that make us unique and beautiful. I could not have asked for a better way to start off the spring season.
The cool thing about The Outfit is that YOU can submit content as well. Head to the site and create your own profile! Also feel free to upload photos and keep up with everything we’re curating on The Outfit’s social media pages:
Growing up I went through a few different phases discovering what I wanted to be “when I grow up”. For the longest, I just knew I wanted to make babies feel better and be a pediatrician. I liked the idea of making people feel better. Then, I thought I wanted to be an entertainer. I loved dancing and singing in the children’s choir, so I assumed fame and my name in big lights were the way for me.
As I grew and developed my interests and started getting actively involved in school activities, I realized I really liked to lead. I was bossy but I knew how to do it in a nice way hah! After contemplating the life I wanted to live as an adult, I discovered that business and entrepreneurship is what I really wanted in life. If I could just create something that helped people, that tapped into my business mind and my creative mind, and made me feel amazing everyday – I’d be happy. So I went off to study business at The Wharton School at UPENN and I graduated with a mission of creating something for myself, that would help people, provide for my family and make a difference.
After years and years of struggling with fitting my circle self into a square peg, I’m finally at a place where I feel like I’ve tapped into my calling. I LOVE writing and creating for you all here on LoveBrownSugar.com and for my chic moms over at BabyBrownSugar.com. But what I love most about my career and my day to day is connecting dope people with other equally dope people. I unconsciously have been doing it for years. And now, instead of sitting on that talent, I’m channeling it into a business that I co-founded with my good friends and colleagues Jessica Andrews and Lexi Felder.
Last week our business Style Influencers Group (also the powerhouse behind the #WeAreBlackHistory project) was featured in what I consider to be the holy grail of business journals for me – Black Enterprise. Writer Essence Gant interviewed the three of us on the creation of Style Influencers Group and I am just so humbled and honored that they see promise in us and in our business.
I’m very honored to present my very first feature with website SoulSociety101.com. They are a really dope online platform dedicated to progressive young black professionals who enjoy travel, food and culture.
They have a “Traveling Beauties” series in which they profile different women on their love for travel. Of course, as a travel junkie I jumped at the chance to gush about my travel experiences and favorite places to eat. Here’s a quick snippet:
Soul Society 101: What has been your favorite place to travel to so far?
Christina: My favorite place in the world has to be Italy. I went back in college while studying abroad and it just stole my heart. Florence, Rome, Venice – I love them all. Italians like to eat too. And I love to eat so it feels like home. Next to Italy, I’d say US Virgin Islands. They are so peaceful and amazingly beautiful. You don’t need a passport to get there which I think is awesome and part of my family is from there so it holds a special place in my heart.
Happy Friday guys! I’m super excited to announce my latest photoshoot with Refinery 29 for Lane Bryant. The folks at Refinery 29 asked me to style a few pairs of Lane Bryant’s fall denim selections for an editorial about cool ways to wear denim this season. As someone who is a huge fan of the site, I was really honored to be part of this.
Omg I’m doing cartwheels! (not literally, or else me & #babybrownsugar would be in serious trouble) I’m so excited to announce that my recent maternity style photoshoot with Refinery29.com went live today! I can’t explain how honored I am to be featured on their digital pages. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Refinery 29 for years now so it’s literally a dream come true to see my face on their website – let alone being dubbed a “hot soon-to-be mama” by their editorial staff! Check out a small snippet of my feature below:
The editors at Styleblazer kindly asked me to give my opinions regarding the recent controversial statements made by plus-sized model Tara Lynn. Below see an excerpt of my full piece. Please read the full article over at Styleblazer and let me know your thoughts:
As a plus-size blogger, I’ve been known over the years to be very vocal about the lack of plus-size representation in the fashion industry. From voicing my disappointment with the lack of diversity on online fashion communities, to challenging the standards of body image and blogging, I always speak my mind. As one of those girls who grew up flipping through the pages of Teen Vogue and Lucky hoping and wishing that one day I would see someone who looks like me gracing the pages, I’ve been a constant advocate of initiating open dialogue about plus-size options in the fashion industry.
So it took me by surprise when I read earlier this week about model Tara Lynn’s statements regarding plus-size models and fashion. The size 14/16 fashion model recently told Elle Magazine, “It is hard to make clothes look great on big women. The more fat there is on a body, the more variation there is in the shape of that body.” Though I agree with the latter part of her statement regarding body fat causing for variations in body shape, I wholeheartedly disagree with the former. It is absolutely not hard to make clothes look good on big women.
First of all, you don’t have to make big women look good. And you certainly shouldn’t have to make clothes look good. A great piece of clothing is a great piece of clothing, regardless of its size…Read The Rest By Clicking Here
What are your thoughts on her statements? Do you agree or disagree? This Sunday at 6:30PM EST join @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter for a candid #LBSLounge discussion about plus-size & curves in the fashion industry. Stay tuned for further details!
I’m on the list! Wow, I have to say this is truly a dream come true. I put on my Vision Board last year that I wanted to be on a 30 Under 30 list and here we are with 2013 coming to a close and I’m on somebody’s list!
Huge THANK YOU to the lovely editors at Hello Beautiful for always supporting me. Just this summer, they featured me in an editorial about How To Wear Floral Shorts, so it is an absolute honor to know that they consider me a “Style Maven” under 30.
I’m also really humbled to be considered among the other amazing movers & shakers on this list. If you’re at all interested in the fashion & beauty industry, I implore you to get to know some of these women – everyone from business owners to bloggers, editors, stylists and more.