Pleats & Cortez

Satin Pleated Skirts have become one of the most popular fashion trends by far this year. Whether it’s a bright neon color or a leopard print pattern. You seriously can’t go wrong when you’re trying to complete this look. For my look, I wanted to be cute but in a casual way. I purchased a Graphic Tee from Walmart for $8 and styled my Royal Blue Satin Pleated Skirt that I purchased from ASOS Curve with a pair of Nike Cortez. Cute yet casual 😊

Nike Cortez Basic Leather OG: Nike

Junarose Metallic Pleated Skirt: ASOS Curve

Marvel Graphic Tee: Walmart

Swimsuits

With summer approaching in a few months, ladies we love to visit the beach and enjoy the water. Whether it’s for a swim, to catch a nice tan or maybe just to enjoy the weather on a lovely vacation. A fabulous swimsuit is a must! Who says we have to wear an ugly swimsuit because we’re plus sized. Here are a few swimsuits from different brands that may catch your eye.

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One Shoulder Swimsuit: Eloquii

Color Block One Piece Swimsuit: Eloquii

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Hunter McGrady X Playful Promises Bikini: Forever 21 Plus

Kulani Kinis Floral Triangle Bikini: Forever 21 Plus

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Ashley Graham Roxbury Wrap High Waist Bikini: Swimsuits For All

Ashley Graham CEO Lace Up One Piece Swimsuit: Swimsuits For All

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New Look Curve Belted Swimsuit Animal Print: ASOS Curve

Recycled Tie Front Color Block Cut Out Swimsuit: ASOS Curve

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Gabi Fresh Torrent Wrap Underwire High Waist Bikini: Swimsuits For All

Gabi Fresh Ember Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit: Swimsuits For All

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Gingham Tie-Front Plus Size Long Line Halter Swim Top: Oldnavy

Lavenderlicious Tie-Front Long Lie Halter Swim Top: Oldnavy

Frnchblu

Q- Where are you from and what’s your name and age?

A- Hello, My name is Daniel Jean-Baptiste better know as Dutta, Dutta man, Frnch or Mr. Frnch BLÙ. I was born and raised in Yonkers, New York on Warburton ave where I spent most of my life. 

Q-When did you start working on your line?

A- FRNCH BLÙ was founded April 1st, 2016. While I was alone in the apartment of a family members house listening to music on one of my days off from work. I texted my co-worker/ friend that morning at 9:25 a.m. “Good Morning” she then responded with “Good morning, your kicks come out 2mrw 🤔you sure you want them ?”I replied “Yea, I’m sure lol” and from that text forward my company was born FRNCH BLÙ. Can you guess what sneakers were coming out that next day as she mentioned? Jordan 12’s with the french blue colorway.

Q-Describe your line in 3 words?

A- If I was to describe my brand in three words it would be Love, Forever, Universal, because love is forever úniversal

Q-What or who INSPIRED you to start your business?

A- My desire for design and fashion is one of many major parts of what  inspired me to start a business. In the very beginning I was so nervous because I didn’t know where to begin. As a child I grew accustom to frequently hearing things like “No don’t do that” or “That’s s not a very good idea” which put me in a potion of self doubt. This continued as I entered high school but my desire for design grew much more and I had a great interest in being an Architect. Things didn’t go as planned so I took graphic design. Fast forwarding to the day I actually started my business thinking back on my life experiences help give me a push.

Q- Since starting your business have you had any setbacks?

Name one….

A- Set Back is like my middle name ! I can name a few no money, very little supports, bad spending habits. With all these set backs being back to back things became very overwhelming. I remember when I first started I sold about 24 hats and made approximately $600 and took that money and added it towards my rent because I was short. A set back to remember and also one I haven’t been able to come back from.

Q- How did you overcome it?

A-The one thing that helped me over come the thought of this lost is making a promise that I will never do that again and continue putting every dollar back in to the business.

Q- What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry?

A- One thing that sets me apart from my competitors is I have the desire to get my hands dirty and learn everything required in a position or at least understand and have an idea of how things work before I hire anyone else to do the job for me.

Q-Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A- Before this year is over I would love to be on the Forbes list 30 under 30 but in the next 5 years I would love to have provided over 1,000 jobs between here and Haiti where both my parents are from. I also would love for my relationship with god to be 1,000 percent solid so solid that with in the 5 year process it touches and changes the lives of many ppl around me, the world and my home town.

Q- What do you want people to know about your merchandise?

A- My product is affrodable, unique, comfortable and an art of my emotions expressed in clothing form. 

Q- Provide your social media and/or other contact information where people can see and/or ask questions about your brand

A- Instagram Business : @FRNCHBLU @FRNCHBLUKIDS @FRNCHBLULADIES 

Personal:  @_SPONSORED

Twitter Business : @FRNCHBLU

Personal : @_DUTTAMAN

Website: http://www.frnchblu.com/

Indiana

Hey, my name is Indiana I’m 28 years old from the Bronx NY. I would describe my style as very different at times I just go with the flow and put things together. I do have a hard time at times since I’m between a X-Large and 1X depending on the stretch and material. I shop at different stores like fashionova, forever21, Charlotte Russe, Burlington, and many others and just put things together.

Fairytale

Ladies I know I’m not the only one, but have you ever purchased something that just screamed Extra but yet it was so Beautiful? That’s exactly how I felt when I purchased this beautiful Fairytale Duster from “Creamxnyc”. A piece I consider to be a statement piece. So when I wore my duster to the Whitney Museum Of American Art to see Andy Warhol “From A to B and Back Again” Exhibit, I wanted to keep my outfit simple because I felt like the duster stood out perfectly for me. To finish off the look I topped it off with a pair of lace polka dot bunny ears I purchased from Michaels for 2 bucks.Fairytale Duster: Creamxnyc

Patent Leather Mesh Bootie: Forever 21

Rockstar Jeans: Oldnavy

Black Ribbed Tank Top: H&M

Winter Essentials

Ladies, it’s that time of the year when the weather starts dropping, the wind is blowing tremendously, and snow starts to hit the ground. We all know it as “Winter”. Around this time it tends to get a little difficult to be fashionable but yet also warm because of course nobody wants to get sick. With these winter essentials though you’ll be able to do both without no problem. Here are some of the go-to essentials I’ve chosen.

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ASOS Curve Leopard Coat: ASOS

ASOS Curve Fluffy Borg: ASOS

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H&M + Padded Jacket: H&M

H&M + Knit Wool Blend: H&M

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Easy Car Coat: Eloquii

Print Block Coat: Eloquii

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Patchwork Scarf With PomPom: Zara

Plaid Scarf: Zara

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Flannel Blanket Scarf: Oldnavy

Flannel Blanket Scarf: Oldnavy

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Tomato Felt Fedora: PrettyLittleThing

Basic Black Fedora: PrettyLittleThing

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PomPom Beanie: Zara

Beanie With Rhinestones: Zara

Stay Warm Ladies ♥️

Art of Hardy

Q- Where are you from and what’s your name and age?

A- My name is Kaira Hardy I’m 27 years old from Harlem, NYC

Q- When did you start working on your line?

A- I started painting in 2014 after experiencing an heartbreak. I grew so attached to my art that it was hard for me to sell. Not because I couldn’t but because of what I went through.

Q- Describe your art in three words?

A- Rebellious, Non-Scripted, Comical

Q- What or who INSPIRED you to start your business?

A- My life experiences inspired me to start my business. I was taught to get a full time job, benefits and such and never was told I can follow my dreams. Here I have this talent and I’m actually good with this. So why not break the barrier of my family and do something different not just for my family but where I come which is the projects. Kids need to know it doesn’t just stop there reach higher.

Q- Since starting your business have you had any setbacks?Name one.

A- Can I say Hell Yeah Lol, learning business itself is a setback. I have to spend a large amount of time learning the business myself while painting. Still learning different techniques with that. Having to reboot my mind from going to work and actually getting up saying well I’m here, and not knowing what to do First was challenging. It’s a lot of other setbacks I’ve dealt with. Family, money and just not believing in myself at times was a setback

Q- How did you overcome it?

A- Well I’m overcoming my setbacks now. I’m learning to be more disciplined with my time and be more focus on my art. My energy isn’t even the same like before. I don’t let things get me down because then I get drained. As an artist, we need clear minds to focus on our art. So I can’t give my energy to anything else but that.

Q- What sets you apart from competitors in the industry?

A- I’m a woman. There was a time that I deleted my pictures off Instagram. I received 2 messages from 2 males asking me for work and they called me bro. I laughed it off and said, sis. They seemed shocked by my response. So I asked this question to myself “Was is that whenever you don’t see an actual person doing the artwork people automatically think it’s a man doing it?” I then started to put my pictures back so they would know Women do dope shit too. I don’t take the easy way out and I work hard just like anyone else does. I don’t even like to tell people who my dad is because I want people to know I did this on my own without being in his shadow. It feels better when you work hard for your dream.

Q- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A- I see myself owning a Shop, where you’re able to get prints done for T-Shirts. Also getting into photography and a custom Gallery shop.

Q- What do you want people to know about your artwork/products?

A- I want people to know it’s okay to be who you are. It’s okay to be different from what society has told you to be. It’s okay to not do what everyone else is doing. Just be yourself and love yourself because of that.

Provide your social media and/or other contact information where people can see and/or ask questions about your work

Email artofhardystore@gmail.com

Instagram _artofhardy_

September

Hello, Ladies Threesixteen monthly contest giveaway for September is officially taking place. Only 10 makeup artist is allowed to enter the contest, feel free to share your post the picture with the most likes given by followers, family and friends will receive a $100 Sephora Gird Card. For this month the contest will consist of the following rules.

1- Must be following __threesixteen Instagram

2- Makeup Artists inbox me 2 pictures showing your work, it can be pictures of yourself or a client

3- Your picture will be featured on __threesixteen Instagram

4- The picture with the most likes given by followers, friends, and family will win a $100 Sephora Gift Card

5- The winner will be announced on September 30th‼️

When submitting your picture please state your name, location, business page, and a few words about yourself.