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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Find Your Fabulous" - The Back Story...

I've wanted to write a book for many years. To me, it seemed like one of the ultimate accomplishments a person could achieve. I had no idea what I wanted to write about or how I would get started, but the desire was there.

I've included a part of my story below, through the lens of questions I've been asked during the writing process.

How did you decide what you were going to write about?

I started my blog, The Fearless Fashionista®, to provide myself with a forum to write about fashion and style, post pictures of my outfits, and develop my fashion point of view. Over the years, as I began building up content and speaking to women about fashion and style, I realized I was "writing my book", but I still didn't think I was ready. "I don't have enough content," is what I told myself. I also made up other excuses, but my aunt, an author and career coach, pushed me off the ledge on January 1, 2017. I mentioned to her that I wanted to write a book, but didn't think I was ready, etc. etc.

I don't remember exactly what she said, but she made me feel like I could do it, regardless of my doubts—and I started "writing" my book later that day.

I put the word "writing" in quotes, because my first step was to cull content from my existing blog posts and workshops that I conducted. I already had a framework, but just needed to organize the content in a logical way and fill in any gaps. It sounds simple enough, but it wound up taking me over two years to complete. I had periods where I would write consistently, but then there were periods where I wouldn't touch the project for a month or two and then I would get back on track.

I don't consider myself to be a writer, but I do like to write. From a technical perspective, there are areas where I need to improve, but if I waited until I perfected the art of writing, the book would have never gotten finished. So my journey as a "writer" will continue.

How did you decide on a name for your book?

The name of my book is 'Find Your Fabulous: The Fearless Fashionista Approach to Developing and Owning Your Style." I chose that name because I want women to realize that "fabulous" is a subjective term. What is fabulous to me, may be different than what fabulous means to someone else. Every woman has to decide for herself what her level of comfort is in terms of style and fashion. I include my four step approach to getting dressed that helps define the process of selecting clothes that flatter your figure and developing a signature style that works for you. Once you develop your style, you have to wholeheartedly embrace it. Style is something very personal and once you accept who you are, it becomes much easier to express yourself through the clothing you wear.

What can we expect when reading your book?

I include some of the basics—fashion fundamentals that you may or may not be familiar with. Just like with building a house, you have to start with a sturdy foundation. That's the approach I took with my book. I also include personal stories and experiences to put some of the content in context. I found a fabulous artist who created the illustrations for my book. She was able to bring my vision to life, while adding her artistic point of view, which I absolutely love.

Below is one of the images that will be included in my book. Anyone who knows me knows I love a tulle skirt. This is an example of art and life imitating each other.

I'm having the interior formatting and cover design done by Humming Soul Creative, so the layout and presentation of the book is as fabulous as the content.

The book will be available this summer, and up until its release, I will continue to share related content and information.

Thank you for reading, and please visit me again soon.

Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!


Monday, May 27, 2019

Exciting News!

Hello friends and fellow fashionistas. It has been quite a while since I last posted and my social media presence has been pretty scarce—but not without good reason. I've been working on a special project for a while and I'm getting closer to the finish line, so I haven't had as much time to create content over the past several months.

I'm going to be publishing a book this summer!!! The book is titled Find Your Fabulous: The Fearless Fashionistaâ Approach to Developing and Owning Your Style.

I've developed a four-step process that breaks down the fundamentals of selecting clothes that flatter your body, techniques to help you increase the appearance of your wardrobe, and I've also included money-saving tips to help you keep more money in your wallet, while you're on your journey to finding your fabulous! The book is also peppered with personal stories and lessons I've learned during my fashion journey.

I'm putting the final touches on the book and will be revealing tidbits and bonus content in the coming weeks, but the first order of business is to enlist your help. I'm trying to decide on the final cover for the book.

Let me know if you're #teamtutu or #teamfashionista.

Cover art by Humming Soul Creative.

Cast your vote on my related Facebook and Instagram posts.

Thank you!

And as always, Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!

Chief Fashion Officer of The Fearless Fashionistaâ

Monday, December 24, 2018

Cream of the Crop

There are few things that I love more than when fashion meets function, and this gorgeous plush cropped jacket is the perfect intersection of both. Edge by Tanell is a line of fashion-forward outwear and accessories created by Tanell Davis, someone I’ve known for many years. Check out her designs. They’re fresh, edgy, and unique.

Read until the end to find out how I paid $0.00 for this luxurious piece!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mad About Plaid

I don't wear a lot of suits these days. Corporate attire has gotten a lot more casual over the years, and my job instituted a "jeans" dress code; however, I'm generally on the dressy side at work. Part of the reason is I'm not going to stop wearing my existing wardrobe to accommodate the new dress code, and I actually like being "dressed up." It makes me feel more professional and productive.

I got these awesome cropped plaid pants and blazer from Nordstrom - they're from the Nordstrom private label "Halogen." I wore this look to work earlier in the week and felt very "boss-like."

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Make a Statement!

It has gotten pretty cold recently, and in the interest of "staying fashionable," it's critical to invest in statement outerwear to still look cute while staying warm. Whether it's a pop of color, an interesting pattern, or a cool fabric - a statement coat is such an easy way to liven up the landscape.

I saw an ad for this coat, and the model looked so good in it, I said to myself, "Ooooh, I have to get that." But I have several coats, and did I really need to add another piece to my wardrobe? NO! But then the Black Friday sales rolled around and everything was on sale for 50% off.

Know When to Walk Away

Red is such a striking color, but for some reason I don't have enough of it in my wardrobe. Last Sunday, the weather in the northeast was extremely mild, so I took advantage of it and threw on my faux leather shorts, red blazer, and red boots.

Red is such a hard color to match up, but the boots and blazer look like they were meant to be together.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What I Wore This Week

As I continue to reluctantly embrace the changing weather, I’m still taking the opportunity to incorporate autumnal colors into the mix whenever possible. If you’re in the northeast, take a look around at the changing landscape – it’s giving cues as to which colors are great for this time of year.

This past Tuesday, on election day, I wore black – not necessarily a fall color, but a definite “power color.” I purchased this maxi dress from Express a while back. The material is a little on the thin side, so I layered a pair of leggings underneath and wore OTK leather and stretch fabric boots to make it more weather-appropriate. I topped it off with my faux patent leather and fur jacket from Asos.