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10 Year Old Clothing Designer Talks Debuting at New York Fashion Week & Being Bullied (WATCH)

July 20th, 2016 - By jade
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Egypt “Ify” Ufele is a 10-year old fashion designer who was bullied in school because she was overweight due to taking steroids for severe asthma. As a result, she started a non-profit Bullychasers and her clothing line ChubiiLine to bring awareness and help other kids that are being bullied. Egypt has a clothing line for kids, women, and men. On top of all of that she also has a dog AND a doll collection. Can you tell us what you were doing at 10?

Check out the video above to hear her story and see her in action creating a garment. We were also in attendance at the 2016 Full Figured Fashion Week Runway show where she received the Junior Trailblazer of the Year Award and deservingly received a standing ovation.

Egypt’s clothes are available via online and in the following stores:

  • Dr. Jays
  • Macy’s
  • Rainbow

Follow Egypt on Instagram to shadow her journey.

 

5 One-Piece Swimsuits That Speak For Themselves

July 18th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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When it comes to how you feel this summer, say it with your chest — or your swimsuit, or words across your chest on your swimsuit. We’re fans of the latter as well as the new trend of statement one-piece swimsuits, because why should bikinis have all the fun?

If you’re looking for a way to let your one-piece speak for itself at the pool this season, try one of these swimsuits on for size.

Marbs high leg swimsuit ($29.07) Missguided

Marbs high leg swimsuit ($29.07) Missguided

 

Private Party Relax Swimsuit ($106) ASOS

Private Party Relax Swimsuit ($106) ASOS

E&C X REBDOLLS "G.V.O" CUT OUT SWIMSUIT ($68.50) Rebdolls

E&C X REBDOLLS “G.V.O” CUT OUT SWIMSUIT ($68.50) Rebdolls

 

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Private Party Slay Swimsuit ($98) NastyGal

Jamaica Melons Scoop back swimsuit ($35) Boohoo

Jamaica Melons Scoop back swimsuit ($35) Boohoo

10 Year Old Fashion Designer Creates Bullychasers Movement (TEASER)

July 18th, 2016 - By jade
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Egypt “Ify” Ufele is a 10-year old fashion designer who was bullied in school because she was overweight due to taking steroids for severe asthma. As a result, she started a non-profit Bullychasers and her clothing line ChubiiLine to bring awareness and help other kids that are being bullied. Check out the teaser above of her upcoming episode for Be The Boss Kids Edition which premieres on Wednesday, July 20th.

Summer Bucket List: Things To Accomplish Before The Season Ends

July 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Shutterstock

Image Source: Shutterstock

We all wish that summer would last forever, but it will be over before you know it. I mean, we’re almost halfway through July, folks. That means it’s time for everyone to get on top of their summer bucket list. From beauty musts to summer beach reads, these are the things and items everyone should have on their must-do summer lists to make the most of the great weather and countless activities available.

Work may be calling, and there are errands to run. But if there’s any time to give yourself a little leeway to celebrate the season, it’s now. So enjoy these things while the weather is warm and you will make sun-kissed memories that will last you through the cold-weather months.

Do you have any summer traditions that you would like to tackle while the weather is good? We’d love to hear about the things you are hoping to accomplish before fall in the comment section.

14 Things Every Woman Who’s The Real MVP Has In Her Bag

June 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Shutterstock

When you carry a huge purse, every significant other you’ve ever had has wondered what’s in your big bag. The short answer? Everything. A tampon in an emergency? You’ve got it. A snack when he gets grumpy? On it. A change of shoes when you’ve been walking too long? You don’t really leave the house without them.

Your purse may weigh 20 lbs and is the size of a small suitcase, but everything you need is always on hand. You’re the person that everyone comes to when they need something in a pinch. And now that he knows that your purse is here to save the day, he tries to store his essentials right next to yours.

These are the things we keep in our big bag to keep us prepared for every situation. What’s in yours?

The Style Elite With Weyni Elder: The Fashion Addicts

June 13th, 2016 - By Weyni Elder
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Writer Weyni Elder (center) with The Fashion Addicts

Meet The Fashion Addicts, creators and curators of TheFashionaddicts.com. The two sisters, Marie and Chantell, began building a brand, and were seemingly been struck by lightning when a social media shout out from one of the most influential women in the world.. Good timing and quick thinking can go a long way when opportunity knocks at your door. Let these ladies explain how they turned celebrity influence and personal passion into dollar signs.

We visited Chantell’s home in the Queens Village section of Queens, New York. The home resembles a Tudor style cottage and seemed perfectly out of place in a bustling town like New York. Before entering, you come upon an impossible staircase that, according to Chantell: “You have to walk like a princess with your arms out” in order to conquer the flight.

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How would you describe your personal style?

Marie: I would say it’s definitely girly, like pink and bows…seriously. I love rock n’ roll style as well. So I would say a mixture of both. To say Betsey Johnson would be too girly. So I would say Catherine Malandrino mixed with [Alexander] Wang. A little edgy chic, you know.

Chantell: I would wear anything that looks good. Even something with a hole in it and be just as surprised as you are if you were to point it out.

Who are some of your style influences?

Marie: June Ambrose, of course. Of all time, Coco Chanel. June, definitely…she inspires me. I want to say Rihanna, but not all the time. The average individual can’t really dress like that.

Chantell: Anna Dello Russo, Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko…

New Documentary ‘Straight/Curve’ To Investigate The Controversial Body Diversity Issues In Fashion

May 29th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

Photo Credit:
Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

For decades, we’ve been discussing the lack of diversity when it comes to the fashion world from size to skin to color to age. At this point, it has become a very redundant conversation that is finally starting to see more call-to-action and a few changes along the way as a result. But there’s still a lot more work to be done as the issue is still very much rampant and blatant. Until now, we hope.

New York City-based journalist and documentary filmmaker Jenny McQuaile has taken the leap of faith to tackle those issues head on and make a lot of designers, agents, and influencers in the industry very uncomfortable. Straight/Curve is a documentary film that deeply investigates the lack of diversity in fashion. But what began solely as a look into the evolution of the plus-size modeling world, grew to include both the thick and thin of the industry, and most importantly its praise with youth and whiteness.

“Representation is important because every human being on the planet deserves to see themselves reflected and feel good about themselves,” McQuaile told Refinery 29 in a recent interview. “It is a really hard thing to wake up in the morning every single day and feel good about yourself, and it gets worse if it is compounded by the industry, and the media, and movies, and music. It just makes everything in life way harder, when that is entirely unnecessary. We should be celebrating women so that women can go out and do their jobs, and ace that job interview they are dying to land. We should empower women so they can shoot for the stars and not be terrified of what they look like. That is damaging to society as a whole.”

Straight/Curve comes out early 2017.

 

“Project Runway’s” Dom Streater Talks Start In Fashion & Competition In Tonight’s All Star Finale

May 5th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Lifetime

Source: Lifetime

If you’re a “Project Runway” fan, then you probably already know about tonight’s All Star finale. The competition is down to three designers: Ken Laurence, who came in 8th place during season 12, Kini Zamora who ended up in third place in season 13. And Dom Streater, the Philadelphia native who was crowned the winner of season 12. All three are exceptionally talented but there is something about Dom Streater’s designs that are just unlike anything we’ve ever seen. From her ideas to the patterns and the ultimate execution, Dom has “it.”We had a chance to chat with her in anticipation of tonight’s finale. See what she had to say about her intro into design, how “Project Runway” has helped her and her biggest threat going into the final challenge.

When did you know fashion and design was a passion of yours?

I asked for a sewing machine when I was about 8 or 9. I just basically taught myself how to use the machine. I would play around with it making little clothing for my Barbie dolls and just sewing random things together. Eventually, that just grew into a fondness for sewing. But I didn’t really consider it as a career option until high school, my senior year of high school. And that’s when I really made the intuitive decision to pursue it and study it. So I decided very late, my senior of high school that I was going to go to art school and study fashion design as a major. And that’s when it took a turn for me because I was in it 24/7 at that point. After I went to college, a few years later I did “Project Runway” so it all happened really fast for me.

How did being on “Project Runway” change your career?

It gave me a career! I didn’t have a career before “Project Runway.” I had a few internships under my belt but I didn’t really have a ton of experience as a designer. I was unknown in the fashion industry. No one knew who I was. It was platform to get my name out there, getting the exposure I needed and for people to recognize that I had this idea for a brand. And that was my stepping stone to being able to do it full time.

I know I was on your website earlier today and a lot of things were sold out.

It’s like as soon as I get stuff up there, they’re like vultures. I feel so bad! I’m not making stuff fast enough. And I’m 8 months pregnant so basically I can’t even make stuff as fast as I want to anymore. So it’s become this mad dash to create stuff for people to buy which is not a bad problem to have, it’s just really insane.

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You’re known for your prints and patterns. What inspires those?

It depends on whatever collection I’m working on at that particular moment. The most recent, full collection that I did on my own actually did have some African inspiration in it. It was Rwandan print inspiration in the background so you can see a lot of that in the details. The collection I did before that was inspired by aerial photography of the ground. So it can vary widely. But I try and do every collection—even though the inspiration is different– I try to make sure that the prints are still recognizable, that they still have my hand on them. So you can look at them and tell, ‘Oh, that’s probably something by Dom Streater because it looks like her.’

Source: Lifetime

Source: Lifetime

Do you feel like Sam stayed in the competition too long?

Yes and no. I do feel like Sam has a voice as a designer. There are things that he wants to do and he has these really great ideas. I think what Sam’s issue is, he doesn’t have enough experience and he’s not able to execute those in a proper way.  And I think the judges saw that he had potential but week after week you slowly saw that he couldn’t really execute his ideas in a way that he wanted to which eventually led to him being let go from the show.

Who would you say is your biggest competition going into the finale?

Definitely Ken. Well… I feel like they’re both competition for different reasons. I feel like Ken really knows his woman and knows his aesthetic and the types of clothing that he wants to make. And Kini is a really, incredibly fast sewer and we have to do this collection in four days, which is kind of insane. So they’re both threats for very different reasons.

You can find, and if you’re lucky, buy some of Dom Streater’s work on her website DomStreater.com.

The “Project Runway All Stars” finale airs tonight on Lifetime at 9/8c.

Where Can I Wear Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Onesie?

April 13th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I’m one of millions of people who is anxiously awaiting Beyoncé’s new album. But with no definitive release date, I’m trying (and occasionally failing) to keep my cool. In the meantime, I’m attempting to distract myself from the lack of album with other Beyoncé-related news: new pictures of Blue Ivy, her interview with Elle, and the release of her new athletic line, Ivy Park.

Honestly, I’m not one for working out, in the traditional gym-type setting. I prefer to be outside… when it’s warm…and there’s nothing else to do. Still, my style on most days is casually cute. So the line certainly appeals to me. And I was extremely geeked about that onesie.

I like to think of myself as a closeted member of the BeyHive. Much like any other group of human beings, there are members that are so extreme, that they make you not want to be associated with them at all. You’ll never hear me refer to Beyoncé as Beysus and I don’t think she’s perfect. Still, no one can tell me she’s not the best entertainer of our generation. And even beyond the music, her work ethic inspires me.

But I digress.

Back to the clothing line. So, I love the onesie and I’m a part of the Beyhive, still I don’t know that I want Ivy Park, or any brand name, emblazoned across my chest. I like the story she shared about it, but I’ve never been to that park and it doesn’t mean enough to me to rep it in the streets.

But the cut of that onesie though! It keeps calling me back. I know I won’t look like Bey Bey, but I’m sure I could do a little something with it. And the more I started to envision myself in the onesie, after a good shave or wax, the more I started to realize there would be very few places that I could actually get away with wearing a onesie. And by very few, I mean, like, none.

Without pants, as it should be worn for the greatest effect, it’s essentially a bathing suit. And while Beyoncé can be posing in photoshoots and dancing on stage with no pants on, the way the men in this city and street harassment are set up, I might not make it home without having to mace someone before running for my life. And judging by the looks of that onesie and the way my booty cheeks like to gobble up everything in their path, it wouldn’t be long until the bottom turned into a thong and I was charged with indecent exposure.

So, I guess I would have to wear pants. 🙁

With pants though, you wouldn’t be able to see the cut around the thigh and leg area. And while it would be great to not be forced to shave to wear it, that’s what makes it so great.

Is it waterproof? Can we swim in it?

Ladies, fashionistas, do tell. Have you had your eye on this onesie? Where can we wear it?

Mom On The Move: Stylist Weyni Elder Talks Fashion, Films And Family

April 7th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Meet Mom On The Move’s latest spotlight:  fashion stylist, actress, and filmmaker Weyni Elder. Known for her love of fashion and film, as well as her desire to merge both worlds perfectly, this creative starlet is the definition of a fabulous mama on the move. Mommynoire connected with her to discuss her diverse hustles, as well as her commitment to balancing her family and future pursuits. Take a peek at the ever so glamorous Weyni!

Mommynoire: Who is Weyni Elder? What makes her a force to be reckoned with in the film and fashion arena?

Weyni Elder:  I think the answer will forever be evolving. I used to think I had to fit myself into this “box.” It was the “I’m a fashion girl” so I don’t ever do anything if it’s not an industry event, then it was the “I’m an actor” so I have to do the bartending thing because that’s what I thought was expected of me. I gave up one passion to pursue another passion, not realizing, at the time, that I could’ve pursued both. I didn’t have the mindset that I possess now, where I can make both of my passions a successful marriage. Being a force is only about knowing your potential and not letting society or any other entity decide what works. I believe that is the space I’m in now.

You love fashion and filmmaking. Tell us what are your sources of inspiration, and when did you first fall in love with both?

I first fell in love with fashion when I was a little girl. My mother and my aunt would go to reggae and soca parties wearing the coolest clothes in life. I’m talking about architectural skirts, sheer dresses down to the floor, bustiers, and sequined everything. It was all about Patricia Fields then, too.  When my mom and my aunt went out, back then, it was truly epic. I didn’t realize at the time but that really trained my eye to fashion. Seeing them in the most outrageous edgy outfits, then seeing it on the runway was a seamless transition.

I remember reading an article in Elle magazine when I was a teenager. It was about  all the stylists to the stars. I never heard of a stylist before. Then I read the interview featuring Derek Kahn, and I was so inspired. After reading that article, I then knew what I wanted to do.

Film came long after, at least it was acknowledged long after. I got the acting bug after working in fashion for a while. I’ve done a couple of commercials, films, and plays.  The audition process was grueling to me. I hated it. The concept of auditioning messed with my pride.

I met a couple of filmmakers that basically empowered me to create my own projects. That in itself is a process. I started producing a documentary and it was incredibly rewarding. I love that feeling.

Where do you see yourself as a brand, in the next five years? And how does film/video bring that alive?

I want to be recognized as an authority in fashion. I would like to write and direct romantic comedy based on fashion, art, and the women I can relate to within the next two years. In five years I hope to be working on my second or third film project. I would love to create a few faith-based films. It’s really a great passion of mine. Fashion will always play a major role in my life.

As far as my brand, I’m not sure what that is as of yet. I know I’m a mom, a fashion lover and a filmmaker. Perhaps, I am the brand. Not much more I can be but myself. Staying true to me will help to create something others will relate to and be inspired by.

Filmmaking forces people to see things the way you see it from your perspective. The same script directed by Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese would be two different films. I want to show people what goes on in my mind, and how I see life. Hopefully they would be able to relate.

What are your biggest challenges?

One of the biggest challenges for me is to keep a schedule with a start and end date. I’m not so good with the minute details. Keeping a schedule of what’s going on and what’s come keeps me focused and on point.

Who are some of your past or present clients in the business?

In the past, as an assistant, I worked with P Diddy, Christina Milian, Ashanti, Ja Rule just to name a few. As of late, I’ve had a few NBA players, and Vicky Jeudy of “Orange is The New Black” is simply lovely. There are some project in the pipeline but none that can discuss right now.

As a parent, how challenging is it to balance children and your career?

It’s always a challenge. What I learned years ago from a dear friend, Melissa Davis, was to put my kids first. I could never grasp that idea as a young mom. It was all about me making money by any means- kids or no kids.  It was not until I truly and wholeheartedly put my kids first did everything organically fall in place for me. Putting your family first just makes sense to me. Jobs will come and go, but my kids will always be number one.

Are your children creative as well? And do you hope to teach them the ropes?

Right now my kids are into their friends, so they don’t care about fashion or film much. My daughter has done a few films but she doesn’t want to pursue it right now. My son loves sports. I would support them in whatever they decided on.

What advice would you give to your supporters who want to venture into film and fashion?

My advice would be to master one of the two before you pursue the other. Then you can do both. Being mediocre in any craft ruins your credibility.

What are some your favorite pieces in your closet?

My Ralph Lauren Black label military coat, and my Chanel Classic purse.

How can every day moms turn up their style on a budget?

There’s really no excuse these days to not be polished and chic everyday. Finances are no longer an excuse, particularly for NYC moms because there is a sample sale every week in the city. Moms can buy designer threads for a fraction of the cost. If you live in a smaller town where there isn’t a TJ Maxx or Marshalls then scour the vintage and thrift stores. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve never met a sales rack I didn’t love at Bloomingdales. You can get some great buys on the sales rack-sometimes better than the sample sales.

There are too many options these days for moms not to be able to pull it together. What I love most are sites like Shopstyle.com that will alert you when your favorite piece has gone on sale. Come on, you gotta love that!

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