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Friday, December 30, 2011

ALISSA'S 2011 RECAP AND 2012 GOALS



Hey curvy girls all over the world.
It's been one heck of a year. 2011 to me was a learning experience. Some amazing things have happened and lots of lessons were learned. I never thought I would have continued to blog this long. May 2012 will make 3 years that I have been blogging and at least once a month, I say that I am going to quit. As you can see, it never happens.

Truth is, I love writing about fashion and the state of the plus size community. It is my passion to help plus size women embrace their bodies and stop the self hate. I will always continue to do things that make women feel proud and accepting of their size.

Before I start going in on body acceptance, I wanted to take a look back at some of my own personal accomplishments.

I was blessed and honored to be featured in two fashion magazines. One of them being Essence. I could not believe that I was featured in a magazine that I read since I was a teenager and a magazine that represents so much to black women.

Not only was I featured in their November issue with super fine Idris Elba on the cover, I was also selected as one of their top 40 fashion bloggers. Unbelievable!

I was also featured in One Stop Plus's April issue. I was ecstatic to have been chosen to test drive their Spring collection. It was there that I fell in love with the pink blazer and off white leather jacket.

This summer, I got to participate in FFFWeek as one of the Fashion Front team members with some of my favorite blogger's.

And in 2011 I was also chosen to be a Playtex Strap Solutions Ambassador. You know I love me a good bra.
I also got to attend fashion week again for both Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.
I got to meet one of my fave Stylists June Ambrose
as well as interview my first designer which was Farah Angsana backstage at her show. See video below:



I enjoyed every opportunity that came my way and I learned some pretty valuable lessons when it comes to working with brands.

For 2012, the sky is the limit for me. My motto will be, "Go hard or go home." Along with that motto, I will also be embracing this quote from an Anna Wintour interview I saw, which is, "Stay true to your vision and don't worry about what everyone else is doing."

So, going forth in 2012,

Here are my fashion resolutions
I am hoping to change up my personal style a little bit. Which for me means to incorporate more edgier pieces and probably add a little more black to my wardrobe. In addition, I would like to work on building my personal handbag collection.

Some of you may know, I don't wear a lot of handbags. I have about four now. I definitely want to incorporate more bags into my wardrobe to make a complete outfit. This Celine bag is just perfect.

Beauty Resolutions
I want to embrace more color when it comes to makeup, especially lipsticks. I've been craving bold lips. If you follow me on twitter then you know I am always ranting about the lack of  beauty products for dark skin women. So, I will be chronicling my road to finding the best makeup for my complexion. You should also checkout my Tumblr "Miss Chocolate Supreme." I utilize that blog to showcase dark skin women and beauty.

2012 Blog Updates
I don't know if you guys know this or can tell from this blog, I've always wanted a career as a fashion journalist and editor. This is why I make sure I give in depth interviews and try to talk to industry insiders to find out what goes on behind the scenes. I am hoping that 2012 can bring one of these dreams to life or order my steps for them to come true the following year. My favorite fashion mag next to People Style Watch and Instyle is Lucky magazine. I hope to be a contributor for anyone of them spreading the plus size fashion gospel. I'm a person who believes you can be anything you want to be. You just have to work hard for it and that's what I intend to do.

I have been thinking about changing the tag line of Stylish Curves from bridging the gap between straight and plus sizes. This blog has grown so much. I cover a lot of plus size celebrities, fashion news and events, and where to buy articles. So, I want a tag line that reflects that. Any ideas would be helpful.

Along with wanting to be a fashion journalist, I've also wanted to get into TV hosting and being a fashion correspondent. Until someone hires me to do that. I can somewhat live out my dream with Stylish Curves You Tube channel. Yes, I will be bringing back Stylish Curves TV with exclusive interviews with designers and boutiques.
So make sure you sign up for my YouTube channel HERE

There will be a new layout for Stylish Curves by the end of January.

We will also be incorporating more articles on body issues

And of course we will continue to be the blog that brings you the most updates on your favorite plus size celebrities.

To Stylish Curves Readers


Thank you so much for reading this blog everyday. Thank you for your positive and constructive feedback.  Thank you for trusting me for fashion and shopping advice. I love reading your funny comments and I love the support you show me.

And a big thank you to all the brands that I've worked with over the year. Thank you for seeing something in me and this blog and taking the chance to work with me. Thank you to all those who have mentored me as a blogger and as a writer.

I wish everyone a spectacular New Year.

7 comments:

Jeniese said...

I love your blog! It serves as a great place to learn and a great inspiration to me! Can't wait to keep reading in 2012!!!

Kimberly said...

WOW - - what a year you had. Here's to a fabulous 2012!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Sounds like it's been an amazing year fr you! I'm glad 2011 led me to your blog, & I look forward to seeing what 2012 brings.

Nicthommi said...

Girl, you have AMAZING style and I'm so impressed by how you put together new and old pieces from your closet, and from stores that don't charge a fortune.

That is a rare gift and I hope, hope, hope that you get a chance to work it b/c a lot of people cannot do what you do.

I have deep closets and found out about your blog on another and love to come here to figure out what I have that I'm not using instead of continuing to run to the store.

Seriously, maybe you could start helping people and advertising that service. I've definitely seen it done. And I imagine you could do it as well for others as you do it for yourself. Not sure how you get started but maybe some fellow blogger/stylists could help you out. I think that if you grow your blog audience and business, it will catch the right people's eyes and could lead to the things that you want. I mean, I think of how some natural hair bloggers have gotten sponsored and media attention and what not...maybe some meetups and you can find some sponsors and grow into your business that way? B/c you know that if you turn into an internet "celebrity" it is easier for you to get a shot in other arenas.

I also think that you do a great job at showing how great women who aren't single digit sizes can look. Of course, you were blessed with very good proportions that you'd clearly have at any size. And are you tall b/c your legs look really LONG. I'm an average height girl in a family of tallies and I'm so jealous it skipped me.

Curvy CEO said...

Congratulations on everything!!! As a new blogger, readhing about everything that you've been able to accomplish in just three years (and the fact that you still deal with discouragement from time to time) really motivates me. Here's to an amazing 2012!

E. Louise said...

Cheers to an awesome year!!! I hope that my blog leads me to some of those very same places!!! *Hi-5*

www.shapelylouise.com

E. Louise

Anonymous said...

Oooh, where is that white dress from?

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