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Confessions of a sip swap and shop-aholic

shopping the Apple Butter Boutique

shopping the Apple Butter Boutique

So this past Sunday (October 19, 2014) I had the pleasure of attending my second Sip, Swap and Shop event hosted by the lovely ladies at Confident Curls, My Fab Finance, and Locs Revolution .
The event brought together fashionistas, vendors, and just plain good people. One thing I like about the event is that the women are nice to each other. It was ok to compliment one another because there was equal admiration. It was not a competition and there were no stank attitudes. The vendors were really nice, so nice in fact that I spent more money than I had anticipated.
The event was crawling with stylish ladies, from the hostesses to the speakers to the attendees.
And though my cousin said my boots looked like two foxes wrapped around my legs, I was entered in the street style competition thank you very much.
I even got to hang out with my “Sip, Swap, Shop” crew from last time and had a great time sharing, catching up and sipping wine.
I can’t wait to attend the next event… check out the fashionable ladies below and you will see why.
Adorn New York

Adorn New York

me with the fabulous Tonya of My Fab Finance

me with the fabulous Tonya of My Fab Finance

Yes.  This is Tonya gracing the cover of this month's Black Enterprise!

Yes. This is Tonya gracing the cover of this month’s Black Enterprise!

Me with fellow fashion blogger and featured speaker Al Malonga of Wardrobe Breakdown

Me with fellow fashion blogger and featured speaker Al Malonga of Wardrobe Breakdown

One of the beautiful vendors (didn't catch her name :-(

One of the beautiful vendors (didn’t catch her name 🙁

Toia from tobnatural

Toia from tobnatural

Marcia – Caught Being Fabulous

Marcia - pronounced Mar-cee-ah  - CAUGHT!

Marcia – pronounced Mar-cee-ah – CAUGHT!

In a simple pair of jeans rolled up at the ankle to show of open-toe strappy wedges, Marcia makes a statement. And the shoes fit. If you recall from the post toe-tal neglect, you know my dismay when I see the heel hang or the cement scrape.
I love Marcia’s natural hair and berry lipstick!

What makes this work so well? We all know that one of the things that makes an outfit work is the confident with which we wear it. The shirt – I Am One Dope Chick – is fabulous. As soon as I saw her I said I have to take her picture to share with you all.

Caught Being – Uh Stank?

Larisha3-22-09 112 Model:Larisha Photo/Stylist: SilynRose

One category that I had conceptualized as part of my blog is called “Caught Being Fabulous.” In this section I am to catalogue every day women who look fabulous, and explain what in particular works well about their outfits. There are a few reasons why after two months I hadn’t yet blogged in that category. First, I needed to get a small hand-held camera that I could keep in my purse. Second, I needed to have business cards to hand out to the luck-fashionista. Third, I needed to do the work of being out and finding the women to feature.

Well, I got the camera in January, and my business cards came in this past week. Today, I went out in to Manhattan – what better place to find fierce fashion – right? Oddly enough, the problem wasn’t that I didn’t see anybody who looked great; the problem was the unapproachable attitudes these women held. The scowls, the coldness, and I guess the fear that I may actually ask someone for directions or something was enough to make most women turn away.

This made me think about the things that really make an outfit work. We have heard time and time again that a woman must be confident, but today I thought maybe women should also crack a smile every once in a while. I guess I have been guilty of this myself because I have heard men who I passed on the street say things like “smile, it ain’t that bad” or “why are you looking so mean.” So, I am not sure if these women knew that they were emitting such negative vibes and giving such “stank” looks, but I can say that an outfit can not do its job properly if the person wearing it looks so angry.

Take a look at the photo above. This is a woman who looks happy to be in a stylish outfit. No one in Manhattan looked like this today.

While LL (Cool J) may like a Fendi bag and a bad attitude, I’d have to say that is a waste of designer bag. Fendi certainly doesn’t want its product represented by someone who has a nasty attitude – it would cheapen the brand. Part of being fabulous (and fabulously dressed), I would have to say is being welcoming enough to actually receive the compliment.