On the Ave | Five Fashion Essentials for Every Girl’s Wardrobe

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Fashionistas,

Have you committed a fashion crime lately? Well, if you don’t have certain wardrobe staples in your closet, you may as well be guilty as charged! As a number one rule of fashion (or womanhood in general), there are certain essentials that we must have and embrace in our daily lives. If you aren’t sure what they are, check below for a list of the top five items that you shouldn’t leave the mall without! Take a look:

The Little Black Dress

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In this shot, flirty meets sexy as Mattieologie pairs her LBD with open-toe, strappy heels for an elegant yet fierce look. 

Undoubtedly one of my favorite pieces to wear, an LBD should be a friend to all. Not only is it super sexy, but its versatility makes it simple to dress up for a night on the town with your girls or dress down for a productive day in the office. Because wearing black often slims you down, it will immediately hide a few unwanted problem areas. What’s not to love?

Flattering Skinny Jeans

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Style Me Grasie looks comfy chic in dark finish skinnies. 

Finding the perfect pair of skinny jeans is an indescribable feeling, but it is almost like finding the perfect foundation – it takes patience, effort, and a lot of testers! If you are a certain height (say 5’3 and under), it may be even harder to find that one pair that does you justice and doesn’t bunch up around your ankles. But once you find the pair that accentuates your body and gives you the shape you desire, you can rule the world!

Classic Handbag

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Gabi Fresh‘s mint handbag adds just enough pop without being too bold for everyday wear.

Every woman deserves to splurge on herself for one luxury handbag that fits every situation, whether that situation be a business meeting or happy hour drinks. The key is to select a bag that is large enough to carry all your necessities (e.g., planner, cell phone, makeup, etc…), but also one with structure that is professional yet can practically go with anything.

Tailored Blazer

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For every fashionable woman, a major key to success is definitely exuding the confidence and looking the part. A tailored blazer is a classic option and is the perfect staple to make just that impression. To keep things modern and chic, make sure the blazer is tailored to your proportions for the ultimate fitted silhouette.

A Killer Pump

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Now, trust me, these aren’t for the faint of heart. When it comes to heels, my motto has always been “The higher, the better!” There are many ways to wear a good stiletto heel – with a midi skirt and fitted tank, skinnies, structured trousers, and the list goes on. Opt for pointy-toe heels, which tend to elongate your leg and instantly give your ensemble a polished, ultra-feminine look.

Are you missing any of these pieces? If so, what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Stay Stylish,

Briea Curington

Robert Booker “The Lifestyle Coach” Is Now On FACEBOOK!

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October 20, 2014— Atlanta, GA– “The Lifestyle Coach” is on Facebook! Robert Booker, Changing Lives from The Inside Out, is Atlanta’s newest member of the Fit Society. As health and wellness becomes America’s new obsession, it’s important to get tips and advice from the industry’s leading professionals. Robert Booker offers a wide range of services for clients who are willing to change their lives, from the inside out. Exercise is important, but it is only a small portion of leading a health lifestyle. The true challenge is mental– how can you change your mentality to achieve maximum results? This is where most people crumble, but The Lifestyle Coach is here to help.

Robert released this statement via Facebook as a call to action:

“I’m looking for 10 people who want to change their LIFESTYLE while getting in shape! The only requirements are as follows: you must be dedicated, you must be willing to make a small investment in yourself for a lifetime return! If this is you, email me NOW!”

— Robert Booker “The Lifestyle Coach”

Services offered include:

  • One-On-One Personal Training
  • Group Training
  • Prenatal/Postnatal
  • Nutrition Plans
  • NEW SERVICE: Virtual Training (Location: ANY!)
  • Bootcamps
  • Corporate Fitness Packages

and more!

Are you ready to Change from the Inside Out? Get started today by leaving your trail On The Avenue!

For More Information, email RobTheTrainer1@Gmail.com and be sure to LIKE HIS NEW FACEBOOK PAGE… NOW!

#SeeBelievePursue

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#NOH8 | MINI Cooper Brand Activation Atlanta Pride Festival 2014!

 

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October 13, 2014– Atlanta, GA—Happy PRIDE Atlanta! This past weekend, I attended one of the gayest events ever— yet, it was one of the best experiences of my life. For starters, I’ll be politically correct, I’m straight, not narrow. I was selected to serve as an official brand ambassador for MINI USA, home of the chic Mini Coopers that you see riding around the streets of a city near you. The brand activation included giveaways, pictures and free hugs courtesy of Mini USA. We had 4 cars on display including an eye-catching tie dye car that read OUT, that was designed on behalf of MINI USA’s media partners at OUT Magazine. 

Rack Up The Miles 

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Atlanta MINI dealers are proud sponsors of Rack Up The Miles (RUTM), and fundraising efforts for the Youth Survivor Coalition. During the month of October, anyone who goes to a local MINI dealer and test drives the latest model Mini Cooper can contribute to the PINK cause. For every mile driven, MINI will donate $2 to Rack Up The Miles and the Youth Survivor Coalition! I found this to be a great touch to the brand activation station in honor of Pinktober!

Smart Brands are Team #NOH8 

In the competitive world of business, it is crucial to identify your target audience and continuously cater to their every need. Sounds easy right? This is actually the biggest hurdle most brands fail to conquer in their efforts of evolving into a global brand name. In this hashtag society, smart brands, are team #NOH8. The “NOH8″ campaign was coined back in 2008 from a group a powerful individuals with one goal in mind— to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. I was intrigued by the numerous brands who made their presence known during the Atlanta Pride Parade, which made its way through Midtown Atlanta on Sunday afternoon. Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Mini Cooper, Greater Than AIDS Atlanta, Keurig, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Kennesaw State University, to name a few, were all well-represented during the parade. I was overwhelmed with the amount of love, joy, happiness, and PRIDE,  shown throughout the entire weekend.. WOW!

Most Valuable Lesson Learned

Being happy is a choice.

The term gay was originally used to refer to feelings of being “carefree”, “happy”, or “bright and showy.”

According to the original term, I am one of the gayest people I know.

Love is Love is Love.

Hating takes too much energy, might as well love people for who they are, not what they are.

God is Love.

Let’s be brutally honest with ourselves… who are we to judge?

Check out some of my candids from the event and fall madly in love with the person you are becoming!!

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On the Ave | How to Layer Like a Fashion Pro

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Fashionistas,

I am so ready for cooler weather and not just because I love Fall fashion (okay, maybe that has a little to do with it). Fall is the best season for sprucing up your wardrobe, and it gives you so many options on what to wear and how to style your favorite pieces. One of my favorite things about Fall fashion is layering. Not only is it a great way to deal with cooler temps, but you can really develop some seasonal staples in the process.

Not quite sure how to layer effortlessly? No worries! I’ve included a few tips on how to layer like a pro, while remaining fashionable. Check them out:

1. Opt for Fitted Under Layers

Many are afraid of layering for the fear of appearing bigger than they actually are. The key to creating a slimming silhouette while complementing your proportions is to select under layers that cling closer to the body and accentuate your frame. For example, layer a cashmere sweater or bold cardigan over a fitted tee. You can even try something belted if you want to give the illusion of a slimmer waistline.

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Sincerely Jules pulled off the ultimate tomboy chic look with a fitted graphic tee and oversized outerwear. 

2. Mix Textures

It is always a great idea to incorporate a mix of patterns and fabrics when layering. Switching up the fabrics will makes the ensemble less static and helps you appear more lean, and I don’t know about you, but anything that doesn’t add unwanted weight in those less-than-flattering areas has me sold! Pair some form-fitting leather pants with a slouchy knit sweater for the perfect comfy chic look.

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Baby Shopaholic kept things simple and glamorous by combining textured, metallic trousers with a fur jacket. 

3. Select Contrasting Tones

While it is natural to automatically rush to neutral hues for Fall fashion, it is important to steer away from your basic camel, white, and black. Because you are covering more skin, you really want to find a way to keep your wardrobe fresh and not stuck to one season. Because color-blocking is the trend that keeps on giving, try out jewel tones for a warm vibe.

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Sydne Style‘s orange and purple combo created a youthful vibe. The neon statement necklace was the perfect addition to bring attention to the contrasting elements. 

4. Add Accessories

What better way to showcase your personality than with a few add-ons? Whether your accessories of choice are a sleek fedora, veiled beanie, or scarf, the perfect options pull together any look and instantly translate into a cool-girl aesthetic.

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Seams for a Desire took things to the edgy side with a plaid scarf, aviator shades, and a thick gold belt. 

What are your go-to tips for layering? Any you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Stylish,

Briea Curington

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Transform Your Life From The Inside Out With Robert Booker!

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October 4, 2014– Atlanta, GA– Training your body is a great start to healthy living, but it takes more than exercise to truly transform your life. The real magic starts from the inside out. Robert Booker, Transforming Lives from The Inside Out, is taking your health and wellness to the NEXT level!

See | Beleive | Pursue

Get Familair with the brand and follow him on Instagram @RobTheTrainer for special tips about how women can prevent breast cancer ALL PINKTOBER LONG!

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Join The Healthy Hair Movement with Elle Shon Studios!

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October 4, 2014– Atlanta, GA– Something new is brewing On The Avenue! Join our newest client, Master Hair Care Specialist LaShonda Hayes, owner of Elle Shon Studios as she kicks off the Healthy Hair Movement!

What’s the Healthy Hair Movement? A chance for women to take back their hair’s health by learning ways to properly care for their tresses in between styles.

Whether you’re a Naturalista or you rock your weaves laid like the Housewives of Atlanta— It’s important to take care of your hair through it all!

Join the movement by following @ElleShonStudioSalon or search the ‪#‎HealthyHairMovement‬ on Twitter and Instagram!

I LOVE HEALTHY HAIR!