This past Thursday, my husband, my uncle, and I packed ourselves into my uncle’s Ford Fusion on a last minute 7 hour trip to Atlanta. A trip that I thought I wasn’t going to be able to pull off. Especially in such a short amount of time. But God (and Pepper Martin) helped make a way for me to attend the 2nd annual TCF Style Expo. Where do I begin to talk about just how amazing this event was? I learned a lot, I laughed a lot, and I had tears in my eyes at certain points. It was nothing short of amazing! Here’s just a snippet of all of the fun that I had this past weekend…….
Marie Denee, Founder of “The TCF Style Expo”
On the first day of the expo I attended the “Business of Plus Size Fashion” session. They served us a wonderful breakfast and we got to sit and hear from some of the pioneers in the fashion industry. On the panel was Sarah Vargas (Vlogger), Chenise Lewis (Host & Influencer), Susan Moses (Stylist), Monif C (Designer), & Gwen Devoe (Creator of FFW). It was moderated by blogger Nikki Free. The one thing that stuck out most about this session was “creating your own lane”. If there is something that has been done in the industry or is over saturated, find something else to do. They are so many things in the plus size industry that still need to be done or created. Find your hands doing something that will be beneficial.
Photo via @thickgrlscloset
The panel for “Business of Plus Size Fashion”
After the panel I got a chance to mix and mingle a bit, take blog photos (because that’s what us bloggers do), meet followers, and other bloggers. It felt so good to be around people who love what you love and have one common interest, fashion!
Me and my blogger boo’s Jeniese & Georgette
Me & blogger Jeniese Hosey
Me & blogger Nikki Free
The next panel was the panel that I was looking forward to all week; “Styling 101”. Since I am a personal stylist, I felt like I would benefit from this session the most. On this panel was Reah Norman, Meghan O’Conner, Patrick T. Cooper, Shun Melson, who are all stylist. And also the founder of Dia & Co, Nadia. This panel was moderated by the beautiful Porsha Coleman who is also a stylist.
The panel of “Styling 101”
Me & stylist Shun Melson
Out of all of the panelist I wanted to hear from Ms. Melson the most, as I have been following her career and work for sometime now. They discussed everything from portfolios, money, and having established credit so that you can approach stores such as Barney’s, Saks, and Nordstrom (just to name a few) when you are in need of products for a client. I learned a lot and took as many notes as I could.
After the panel they served light snacks and we parted ways to get ready for the mixer that was that evening. I left and had a delicious meal at Glady’s Knights. If you’re ever in Atlanta, you have to go and get the Watermelon Lemonade. It is life changing. Lol! I threw on a vintage color block dress that I scored for 9 cents at the thrift store (yep, I said NINE cents) and a pair of gold mules that I purchased from the most recent Zara sale for $20.
As soon as I walked up to the Georgia Freight Depot I heard the DJ mixing and the music was blaring. I was ready for a good time! They played old school and new school. We wobbled and everything else. I snap chatted (follow me @PersonalBravery) and took lots of photos. What a way to end the first day!
Me & stylist Susan Moses
Me & blogger Tye Alexander
Me and designer Monif C
The second day was the “Blogger Brunch”. I decided to be casual, but chic. And also comfy in my favorite Steve Madden wedges. Each seat had a variety of beautiful Dia & Co necklaces that was gifted to us bloggers. And once again a delicious breakfast buffet was waiting for us upon arrival. They gave out huge gift bags that included coupons, t-shirts, camis, wine, candles, and so much more. I felt as if I was getting the royal treatment!
While we were eating we had yet again an amazing panel of bloggers that included Tye Alexander (Gorgeous In Grey), Kim Postell (Naturally Fashionable), Liz Black (Liz Black), and was moderated by Tami Reed (Talking With Tami), who is also a blogger. They talked about living on purpose and loving yourself unconditionally. I truly look up to these ladies and the way that they have paved the way for other black bloggers.
The panel for the blogger brunch
Me and my blogger boos KikiSol & Louise of Shapely Louise
Me and my blogger boo Latoya
Last but not least there was…….SHOPPING! Who doesn’t love to shop? They had a huge area that was filled with vendors such as, Jibri, FTF, Monif C, Revel, and more. I didn’t do to much damage. I was in and out in a hour. Hey, that’s good for me!
A gorgeous Monif C model
All in all everything fell into place so wonderfully! This was my first time attending the TCF Expo and it was amazing! Thank you to Maria Denee for having a vision and bringing it to pass!
Until next year……..