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SHEro….Meet Ms. Yasmine Arrington

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Good day Life Junkies…. It’s been a while. I have some juicy post coming your way.

Lets kick it off with my “SHEro” spotlight with Ms. Yasmine “Yazzie” Arrington- model, educator, mentor, entrepreneur and my SHEro!

What’s a SHEro? Women entrepreneurs knocking down doors, stereotypes and stigmas placed on us daily by a society driven by social media.  SHEro’s are passionate and committed to a myriad of non-traditional occupations and support causes such as education, philanthropy, fashion, art and culture. SHEro’s create their own lane and empower other driven women to do the same.

I had the pleasure of meeting Yazzie at a National Curvy Day Event at Lord & Taylor, last year. I was greeted by her infectious smile and overjoyed by her passion and confidence which filled the room as her and other women panelist discussed fashion and its current state versus the past.

Here is the interview with Yazzie. We must have chatted for hours about her accomplishments, upcoming birthday, fashion and life. It was an organic experience.

CCS: How did you get in the business of modeling? 
Yazzie: My freshman year of college (2011), I had a friend named Rachel who was a photography major. One day, she asked me if I wanted to be her muse and do a photoshoot with her. This was the first time I had ever participated in a photoshoot that was not posing for a school picture, haha. I picked out an outfit, purchased a wig and did my own makeup! We had so much fun shooting outdoors on our college campus on a beautiful Autumn day. Rachel told me that she thought I should consider modeling. I originally thought that this would not be possible, because all my life I had only seem straight sized professional models. That’s when I decided to do research online and I discovered what has been coined as “Curvy or Plus” Modeling. I discovered modeling talent online such as Liris Crosse, Samantha Lebbie, Christina Mendez, Jeannie Ferguson, Anita Marshall and many others. Anytime I saw that one of these models was offering a modeling workshop, I would save up and pay to attend – I was very attentive and took excellent notes. Each year I do a few test shoots with well-known photographers in the industry. The ultimate goal for me is to be signed by an agency, so that I may model fit and print for national chain clothing brands and for plus clothing e-commerce websites.
CCS: What are your personal goals with you scholarship foundation?
Yazzie: ScholarCHIPS Inc. is a non-profit I started in 2010, as a junior in high school. ScholarCHIPS provides college scholarships, mentoring and a support network to local DMV youth who have incarcerated parents. Since 2012 we have awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships to 29 scholars. My goals are to expand our mentorship programming and expand our programming to include local high school students.
CCS: Classic item every person should have (male and female)? 
Yazzie: As a female you MUST have a pair, if not multiple pairs of black leggings and blue jeans. Black leggings and blue jeans go with any top and nearly any shoe. They are nice and comfortable and good for when you are “on the go.” Male and Female alike, particularly business professionals, should always have a basic black suit, navy blue suit and gray or brown suit and white button up shirt in their closet. Simple business suits are appropriate for meetings, interviews, work, formal events, speaking engagements and can be dressed up with nice ties or bowties, and for women with nice camisoles, dress shirts or jewelry.
CCS: What’s do you feel is the key to great style? Who is ur style icon? 
Yazzie: To me the key to great style is being true to your own personal taste, with clothing that is becoming to your body type. One of my style icons is Queen Latifah. As a curvy woman, I always admire her red carpet event choice outfits and elegant gowns. Her makeup is always soft and becoming and her hair is always styled very nice.
CCS: Current obsession?
Yazzie: Talenti Gelato
CCS: Favorite word?
Yazzie: Overcome
CCS: Least favorite word?
Yazzie: Can’t (cannot)
CCS: How do you relax?
Yazzie: I relax by taking some alone time to do things I enjoy. Usually this looks like me lying in bed watching Netflix or reading a good book. My ideal relaxation situation is to be lying on a hammock on a beautiful beach looking at the sky and ocean and listening to the sounds of the waves, while the sun is gently grazing my skin.
CCS: Best gift you ever received? 
Yazzie: One of the best gifts I ever received was from a friend in college for my birthday. She wrote me a beautiful note in a Papaya card (this was the first time I had ever received one of those gorgeous Papaya cards) along with a TwoFaced bronzer and lipstick. I was so surprised and touched by the gift – the makeup was also of high quality. I still keep the card on my dresser to this day.
CCS: Best gift you’ve ever given to someone?
Yazzie: I have a friend in Ghana who is a soccer player. A few years back I surprised him for his birthday and bought him some new soccer cleats, a jersey, with socks and a new soccer ball. He was truly very surprised because I did not tell him I was sending it. That was the ultimate surprise and it felt good to make someone feel surprised and happy in that way!
CCS: Tell me a secret nobody else knows?
Yazzie: Well, I guess it’s not a secret anymore but when I was younger I would rock to music to help me go to sleep and I slept with a “blanky” up through my teenage years. It was washed so much, the cloth coloring faded and eventually all the stuffing came out 🙂
CCS: What’s your Guilty pleasure?
Yazzie: Talenti Gelato or Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice cream
CCS: How can you be contacted?

Yazzie: www.scholarchipsfund.org, www.yasminearrington.com

Twitter: @ScholarCHIPS  IG @Yazziespeaks
Thank you Yazzie for allowing me into your world. It was quite a joy to bond with you while I took my daily walk. I look forward to see what the future holds for you. Continue to shine star…
xoxo,
AK

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CRAZE CHAMELEON STUDIO @ GEORGETOWN FLEA MARKET, EVERY SUNDAY

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Happy Shopping Vintage fashion junkies….logo

Last Sunday, was a success at Georgetown Flea Market, CCS has found a  new home. My funky, dead-stock, one-of -kind pieces were right at home among  the antique dealers. Furniture just added to CCS inventory.

So, stop by Georgetown Flea Market on Sundays, from 6am- 4pm (some days 5pm)

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Photography by MVK & Michael Kirby, Jr.

Personal Shopping needs contact me at cchameleonstudio@gmail.com.  Send pictures or ideas.

VFJ,

Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC

DC/NYC/MI

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What’s Shaking up FASHION?

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A grown up quake, that is.

This season clothing is taking notes from the seasoned side of things “adults” not club kids, teenagers or party rebels! On the runways, Marlene Dietrich  lookalikes appeared at Donna Karan, Charles Dickens– inspired characters at Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton kept it romantic with a touch orient express.

I find that dressing up helps confirm you look the part of a responsible, respectful adult.  You are never doing just one thing as a business owner, fashion stylist, manager or professional, so dressing up allows you to flow from one meeting to lunch to dinner in a flash. You must be prepared for the unexpected, always.

My friends and colleagues call me a bag lady at the end of a long work week because I have an arsenal of clothing and accessories to take home once my week has come to an end, however you’ll never catch me not dressed to the nines on any occasion. Style gives one confidence and credibility.

sophistication doesn’t mean matronly but it can make you sit up a little straighter. The act of putting on a simple piece can transform folks attitude about themselves and take their self esteem to an unbelievable level. I watch my clients when I have completed a make over session it’s an emotional roller coaster for some.

Please use these tools to be the best 30- 40- 50- or 60 year old you can be. Fashion and beauty are only enhancers of your natural self.

Take a look at some sharp GROWN UP  pieces from Twice as Nice Consignment.

I am the manager at TAN. Stop by and visit TAN.

FYI: Accepting consignments for designer wares ONLY. 

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All Grown Up…

Models: S. Prince, Da’isha Booker, Diamond Chante, Tarsa Scott

Fashion Styling by Craze Chameleon Studio, Aisha Keys

Clothing Sponsor: Twice As Nice Consignment located 7943 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, Md 20743

Hair: Beautiful Becoming – Roshaunda Jenkins except natural Full Figured Model: Tarsa Scott, model did own hair. She works at Fabulocs 

MUA: Millicent Green

Tuesday-Friday 1pm-8pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sunday & Monday CLOSED 301-350-2500

VFJ,

Aisha KeysCraze Chameleon Studio, LLC

DC/NYC/MI

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FYI…LOOKING FOR CAST & CREW.

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Greetings good people….pass it on. We all know information is FREE!
I received this email. READ BELOW. Don’t know anything more than what is written below. If  interested follow instructions listed.  AK
P.S.
Inquire at your own risk. This is not a referral just information for interested parties.
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We are developing a movie from new exclusive relationship book “How to Go from Jumpoff to Girlfriend” and we need models and crew to act and work on the movie. To learn more about the project and to submit official interest to our contact information provided below.
Regards,
Grant Summers

Movie need Models and Crew

Models and Crew needed!
We need models and crew (Photographer, Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist) to act
and work in a movie we are developing over the new exclusive relationship
book, How to Go from Jump off to Girlfriend. This will be an exciting
independent feature film along the lines of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days "
and "How to Be a Player" so if you want to participate as a model, actor or
crew please submit official interest via our contact form at
http://www.nojumpoff.com

VFJ,

Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC

DC/NYC/MI

www.vintagefashionjunkie.wordpress.com

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