Hey Boo Hey! Thanks for stopping by as I recap the best and worst about the 2nd Annual #tcfstyleexpo presented by Marie Denee (The Curvy Fashionista) and sponsored by Ashley Stewart in Atlanta this past weekend.
Before I talk about the event, if you came and I stared at you a little too long or I didn't smile as you caught me staring at you (hehe). I was in big girl awe all weekend! There was just so much beauty and curves as well as ownership and style in one place that it left me in a daze. The nightly switch up was real. Babes came to snatch edges and clean bank accounts for every single session and mixer at the event. Please please charge it to my head and not my heart. If you didn't come, girl bye! You don't know what you missed.
What can I say about it? This style expo is LIFE CHANGING. There was so much valuable information in one place at one time and it left you wanting more no matter what your affiliation with the plus industry! The best part of the event was being able to meet both Marie Denee and The Mogul Diva herself Gwen DeVoe in person. Meeting these two women was enough, but the event was like Nat and Natalie Cole sang, Unforgettable.
The PanelsFrom knowing the business of plus size fashion to having deep conversations on our bodies and the need not just for self acceptance, but acceptance period were really thought provoking. Each of the 5 panels throughout the weekend brought a different perspective and showed the value of studying the plus industry inside, out, front and back. If this is an industry you really want to take an active role in or become a voice for, you must do your research. I almost wish the panel conversations were on sale electronically so you could see what you missed, but I am sure you can get snippets by checking the official hashtag #asxtcfstyleexpo over all social media. My personal favorite was the conversation about body acceptance and I can't wait to hear more.
|This Body Panel sponsored by Lane Bryant.|
Let me say that I have been a true plus size since I was a kid. Going to stores while grown up was a joke because you could only find things that were not flatting or things that barely fit. We would sporadically go to a store here or there maybe twice a year and try to piece together some things for me to wear. That was no fun especially as a kid, but my mom made it work. Oh and let's not talk about prom or any other events where you needed formal wear. I am disgusted just thinking about it however, luckily for us, those days are over! Marie has us covered with the #tcfstyleexpo! All the plus size clothing, underwear, shoes, jewelry and accessories, hair, makeup, massages, pictures, food, fashion shows etc. that you can think of under one roof. Everything was there. All the brands that matter to us. Even fine shirtless men holding cupcakes and sweet treats! All the things we love, want and need in one place, at one time, to serve one purpose! It was everything.
|Inside of the Expo|
The ExperienceWhen I travel to any conference and I come back someone always asks the question how was it? So, let us pretend that it is you and I and we are having this conversation. This event was everything that I could have imagined. You should definitely go next year so you too can experience the magic! If you fan out or you are looking to meet big names in the plus industry including Mogul's, Stylist, Artists, Designers, Manufacturer's, or Blogger's this is the premier event for you to attend down south! There was so much information to learn! So many experiences and so much wisdom to be harnessed from what I heard!
Oh and before I forget..
The worst thing about this Expo was that I didn't bring all of my girlfriends to experience every ounce of this dopeness! Big Mistake and Epic fail on my part!
|Photobombed by Marie in the flesh!|
|Heading to dinner at Nigrel's after Curves and Karaoke.|
|V came all the way from Cali to show us how Cali girl's Karaoke! She was Crown Queen of Karaoke.|
|Jess the Militant Baker really made us tear up with her soulful lyrics.|
|Lane Bryant reps were really informative and helpful with fittings.|
|She didn't come to play with us! E of ShapElyLouis came to slay!|
|Another amazing panel|
|Super cute Necklace from Dia&Co|
|Amber from Style Plus Curves is so adorable. We both were stripe twins!|
|Excellent Location: The Georgia Rail Road Depot.|
|Marie got the ball rolling|
|Ki from by KiKi Sol|
|This panel was cool. Kim (far right) is another NC Blogger.|
|Lane Bryant give out Body Positive T-Shirt's.|
|Keep the panels coming|
|Sol of By KiKiSol|
|What I wore to the Expo|
|I tested Bandelettes for the first time. I have reviewed them briefly on my SM, but stay tuned for a full review soon.|
|Road trippen the whole weekend|
|The Blogger brunch had so many options for the non meet eater!|
|Chenese Lewis is so funny! I am glad I started listening to her podcast.|
|What I wore Day 1.. My dress was thrifted!|
|The Mogul Diva herself Gwen Devoe. It was such and honor to have met and sat with her.|
|Fire Ball shot's for lunch courtesy of Lewis|
|I could not come to the A without having the ATL Brunch experience!|