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TCFStyle Expo 2017 Recap

TCFStyle Expo 2017 Recap

Last month, I returned to Atlanta to attend the TCFStyle Expo for the second year in a row! This year, I was part of the TCFStyle Squad so I attended all of the events and got a true VIP experience! Here’s my recap of the event, and these are my 5 favorite things about this year’s TCFStyle Expo!

Torrid Opens in the Chicago Loop

Big News!! Plus size, curvy gals in Chicago have another reason to celebrate! Torrid has moved in to a storefront right in the middle of State Street! Now those of us who live in the city and are addicted to shopping can get our fix during lunch breaks. I was able to join in the fun for the #TorridsInTheLoop event last week, and here’s a few snaps from the opening.

Amber in Black dress from at the Torrid Opening on State Street
#Love Clutch from Torrid

Guess who showed up???? George Kotsiopoulos, former host of Fashion Police! He was on hand to give out fashion tips and advice and was SO nice!
Amber from Style Plus Curves with George Kotsiopoulos at the Torrid on State Opening

I also got to meet the gorgeous faces of Torrid, Philomena Kwao (below) and Georgina Burke (the stunning blonde aussie a few pics down)

Amber from Style Plus Curves with Philomena Kwao at the Torrid on State Opening

And, I found tons of adorable outfits that will be making an appearance in my closet stat.
How cute is this amazing retro-fierce Floral Skull Swing Dress!!!!

Amber from Style Plus Curves in the Floral Skull Swing Dress from Torrid at the Chicago Opening
Amber from Style Plus Curves with Georgina Burke at the Torrid on State Chicago Opening
Just hangin’ with Georgina Burke!

Amber from Style Plus Curves in a casual tshirt and jean shorts at the Torrid in Chicago

And here’s a cute casual outfit…
Love Life Dolman Tee
Skinny Short Shorts in Acid Wash with Beaded Insets
Gemstone Ballet Flats in Mint Green

Amber from Style Plus Curves in a retro polka dot dress at the Torrid in Chicago

And another vintage style dress with a bolero top is just perfect for summer nights!
Lace Polka Dot Swing Dress
Black Lace Back Shrug

Amber from Style Plus Curves in a Fedora Hat at the Torrid in Chicago

And let’s not forget hats like this Straw Fedora!

Amber from Style Plus Curves with the #Love Clutch at the Torrid in Chicago

Can’t get enough of this #Love Clutch from Torrid!!

It was a great event and I loved hobnobbing with the plus size fashion elite in Chicago. Check out the Torrid on State Street — You’ll probably see me there!

Chicago Fashion Connect September Mixer

This was my first time attending Chicago Fashion Connect’s industry mixer. I’m so very glad I went! I had the opportunity to hobnob with several of the city’s fashion bloggers, designers, models, and other industry insiders.

I went with a sort of boho-chic look and debuted my fabulous Fergie boots for the first time!

Love this dress! It’s incredibly comfortable and has a fun, wild feather print. 🙂 It’s from Forever 21 (of course). 

Have I mentioned the love I have for these Fergie boots??? I got about a 3000 compliments on them! They are a stone colored leather…not suede, but with a brushed, raw look. They zip on the side and the leather folds down over the heel of the boots. SO CUTE!  

The September mixer for Chicago Fashion Connect was held at a great space, Old Town Social.

I enjoyed talking with Sandy and Chakib from Red Carpet Concierge. They have an event coming up later this month to honor fashion makers in Chicago. I can’t wait to find out more about what they do!

I had SO much fun with Stella, another fashion blogger who focuses on upcoming/emerging designers. Her blog is Check it out! She’s awesome!!!

AAHHHHHH! I totally had a fan-girl moment when I met Jaye from Isn’t she GORGEOUS???!? I absolutely love her blog and have been following it for a while. I can’t wait to collaborate on future projects with her!

Raven is the brain behind Chicago Fashion Connect. She wanted to create a space for Chicago Fashion professionals to connect, network, and just gab about the industry. 

Jaye from Curvatude!!!

Adriana (I think that’s her name!) is a makeup artist and Gabrielle Glass of Gem V Couture, a local jewelry designer.

I only got to meet these girls briefly, but hopefully, I’ll run into them again soon! They are all so ridiculously pretty!The woman in blue is Kesha Wilson, a wardrobe stylist, and next to her is Aisene Ya from and Ms. Ayo Fashola, an indepenent beauty consultant. 🙂 Lovely!

It was a nice event and I made some connections that could lead to some fun projects. I’ll definitely want to attend another mixer! Thanks to the Chicago Fashion Connect team for putting it on!

“Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage” – I’m SO there!

As you can see, I love cupcakes
so much, that I painted a picture
of one! Love love love!

I have been hoping and waiting for an announcement of a plus-size friendly event in Chicago for Fashion’s Night Out….and my wish was granted! Thanks to Nikeya Young over at the Examiner, I just found out that Chicago’s plus-size boutique, vive la femme will be hosting an event called “Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage.” (BTW, this event name should be the title of my first book!!! lol)

Here are the deets:

vive la femme, Isabella Fine Lingerie, and Vaudezilla present an evening of “Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage” exclusively for plus-size women. All shoppers will receive 20% off their purchases at vive la femme that evening.

WHEN: Thursday, September 8th, 5pm to 8pm.
WHERE: vive la femme, 2048 North Damen • Chicago, IL 60647
RSVPs to or 773.772.7429 are encouraged

Did I mention that cupcakes will be served??? I’m SO there!

And…I’ll be covering the event here on my blog, so if you can’t make it, check back next week!

Hope you’re all having a great day!

Amber from Style Plus Curves

30-Something Plus Size Fashion Blogger Living In Chicago
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