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Love Fest 2014

Last weekend A Church Girl participated in Love Fest at The City of Love Church! Love Fest was a free festival with music, food, and fun! Love Fest proceeds went to benefit the purchase of a community center, so I was especially honored to be involved. 

This is an experience that I won't soon forget! Thank you to all those you came out to support us, it means the world to me!

 I posted a host of pictures on social media but I wanted to share a few more with you. Enjoy!

ACG Table Floral Arrangement 

ACG Table Floral Arrangement 

High Heel Candies! 

High Heel Candies! 

Mommy and Me

Mommy and Me

My nephew, Kavon D. Wiley helping his Aunt. 

My nephew, Kavon D. Wiley helping his Aunt. 

Pastor Fran Love making her purchase.

Pastor Fran Love making her purchase.

Pastor Fran Love

Pastor Fran Love

High Heal Candies! 

High Heal Candies! 

My dear friend, J. 

My dear friend, J. 

Bishop J. Douglas Wiley Taylor (Daddy)

Bishop J. Douglas Wiley Taylor (Daddy)

Elder Lisa V. Wiley (Mama)

Elder Lisa V. Wiley (Mama)

Lernita Darensburg and daughter, Tiernisha. 

Lernita Darensburg and daughter, Tiernisha. 

The Honorable Paulette Irons and daughter. 

The Honorable Paulette Irons and daughter. 

Shannon Jinks, owner of T Therapy Tee Shirts.

Shannon Jinks, owner of T Therapy Tee Shirts.

Smiling hard, because I'm happy!

Smiling hard, because I'm happy!

Eternally Stylish,

A.

#madewithoutmakeup

The other day, my friend Asia posted a photo of herself on Facebook with no makeup. She tagged her friends and asked them to do the same. In the world we live in, where it is important to be flawless and faces are beat 24/7, it is wonderful that someone is focusing on natural beauty. It was a great response of several beautiful women without makeup, so I asked her to write a blog post about it! Enjoy!

While perusing through Youtube videos the other day I came across a “Get Ready With Me” clip and decided to take a watch. The first few minutes of the video was of this BEAUTIFUL girl all made up ranting about how many people have requested she do a tutorial on her current look. I was just as excited to see how she achieved it, but the next few seconds FLOORED ME! The video cut and when it returned this beloved Youtuber was #BareFaced and a COMPLETELY different looking person…her skin color wasn’t even the same, to say the least. I immediately went from, “No She Didn’t!” to “That’s transformation to the max!” (I know, shame on me).

From that point, I had a long talk with myself and said, “STOP!!” Because I was falling into the same category. I wouldn’t call my looks a full out “transformation”. but the more I wore makeup, the less beautiful I felt without it. I didn’t feel confident enough to show my own face anymore and arrival of THAT feeling was when I knew I needed to detoxify my looks. One day I just decided to jump and do it, I went from wearing makeup seven days a week to wearing it on ONE, and that day is Sunday. To help aid the process, I started drinking water and exercising to feel better about myself and so far I love the skin I’m in yet again. After seeing that video, I even posted a status of me bare faced on Facebook and challenged my friends and their  friends to post selfies of them baring nothing but their God-given facial features.

It was pretty cool watching beauty after beauty upload pictures of themselves without the “extra." The support from them made me feel empowered and more confident…and I’d like to keep the #MadeWithoutMakeup train steaming. Now I still LOVE putting on for the Gram, the Book, and the saints; in fact makeup makes me feel feminine but lately, I’ve just been finding so much joy in being “basic."  Below, I’ve comprised a list of the top 6 reasons I love going without makeup these days, my reasons are a bit comical but ALL of them are the truth!

 1.        Being able to rub your eye and not annihilate your eye shadow or smudge your brow pencil.

2.        Not having to dab your face 10 times a day and see your foundation on a tissue as if you’re dirty.

3.        Being able to cry real ugly if you need to without being worried about mascara running or checking for lashes being loose (shout out to the ladies who’ve mastered lashes, I don’t know how to do it).

4.        Being able to hug folks (at church or in public) without getting makeup on their shirt and having to play it off like it was already there.

5.        Being able to look in the mirror and seeing that there’s just ONE of you and not you, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Maybelline and a bunch of other folks!

6.        Just feeling FREE!

 Always remember, what people really want to see is the real you.

“Put on your fancy threads and wand your curls to perfection as the platter, but let it be your beautiful smile and class that serves ‘em every time!”

-Asia B.

 “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7

#SolomonSaidThat  #LOL

Here are our #madewithoutmakeup photos!

Asia B,

Asia B,

Alicia W. (me)

Alicia W. (me)

Are you brave enough to join the movement? If so, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=982872199182&set=a.626953727652.2087086.11102648&type=1&theater.

Let's show the world that we don't need enhancements to be beautiful! As Bey would say,
"I woke up like dis!" ; )

Eternally Stylish,

A.

 

 

thank you

I haven't posted a blog in a few weeks because I wanted to let the "High & Lifted" tshirt launch  get the attention it deserved with nothing clouding it! Now that it has been released, I want to say thank you.

Over the last two months, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support for A Church Girl! The love is pouring in from New York, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and of course my great home state, Louisiana! 

I was hesitant to release the "High & Lifted" tshirt because I didn't want ACG to be confused for a tshirt line. I wanted my brand to be clear. But look what I would have been missing! This is only the beginning and the shirts have a purpose and that is to help me fund the clothing line. I appreciate the support and the encouragement to keep going! Today a tshirt, tomorrow a full ACG collection at Fashion Week!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Lisa V. Wiley, Alicia F. Wiley, Aisha E. Wiley  PHOTOGRAPHER: KARL AULT, MUA: C XANI MORTON WILLIAMS , HAIR: SHAWNA BROWN

Lisa V. Wiley, Alicia F. Wiley, Aisha E. Wiley

PHOTOGRAPHER: KARL AULT, MUA: C XANI MORTON WILLIAMS , HAIR: SHAWNA BROWN

To purchase your "High & Lifted" tshirt click here: http://www.achurchgirlfashion.com/new-products/

Eternally Stylish,

A.

how to style a graphic tee

I don't know about you but sometimes I just want to wear a t shirt! I love t shirts, I always have and I always will. I find myself turning to a solid t shirt to top off many different outfits. Every now and then though, I come across the perfect graphic tee that fits well, perfect color scheme, and it has the right message. All of these things are important when it comes to a graphic tee because there is a line between cute and teen queen. Obviously, we are trying to avoid the latter.

There are a million (well, almost a million) ways to style a t shirt. But for sake of space and time, I've styled our "High & Lifted" tee three different ways to inspire you to throw on a t shirt! 

I love skirts! So, I offered two skirt options and one blue jeans option. This is only the tip of the iceberg and t shirts are really versatile. If you'd like specific advice on how to style your t shirt, send me your request and I will be glad to style it for you! 

Eternally Stylish,

A.

are you balanced?

Last week while I was looking for something to share with you for the TGIS post, I came across this great app called, Balanced. Most of us juggle so many different things in our lives that we don't even realize that our lives are unbalanced. 

You can find a phone application for anything you can think of, no matter what it is there is an app for it. There are apps galore and most of them focus on making life easier for you. Balanced does the same thing but not by making sure you can shop, bank, and socialize on the go. Balanced helps you to, for lack of a better word, balance.

Balanced is a to-do list for goals, habits and motivation. You can write your own activity or choose from a list  of topics. Topics include Myself, Fitness, Appreciation, Creativity, Confidence, and Discovery. Once you select a topic, there are several activities for you to try. After you select an activity, you decide when and how often you want to do it. Of course, it is not a miracle app but it is certainly a good place to start.

Below you'll find screenshots of the Balanced app, as well as the link to it. If you decide to try it, be sure to come back and share your thoughts.

 

Where to get Balanced: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/balanced-goals-habits-motivation/id630868758?mt=8

Where to get Balanced: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/balanced-goals-habits-motivation/id630868758?mt=8

I am going to challenge myself to balance my life a little bit better in 2014. Nobody is perfect and sometimes balance in life is nearly impossible but as my Mother always says, nothing beats a failure but a try. God is the center of my balance beam. Who or what is the center of yours? 

Where I found Balanced: http://www.refinery29.com/best-products?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=post#slide-19

Eternally Stylish,

A.


TGIS: Thank God It's Spring!

I think I can speak for us all when I say, YAAAYYYY SPRING! This spring has been a long time coming and due to our crazy winter weather, I am convinced it took the scenic route. Extremely cold temperatures has a way of cramping our fashion fabulosity a bit but it's time for a change! 

Although we are throwing a mental party, it can be difficult to dress while transitioning from one season to another. It is starting to warm up but it's not quite warm enough to 86 the sweaters and boots but it is also not time for flip flops and cut offs. So, what are we to do? I'm glad you asked. 

In 2012, I hosted a fashion web show, the a team. We covered several topics and gave lots of fashion tips and advice. One of my favorite episodes was, Seasons Change. On this episode we gave advice on how to get through this transition period. Check it out: 

My co-host was Paris Hatcher, a local stylist and so much more! For more information on Paris, visit her blog www.wheresexymeetsclassy.net. If you enjoyed this episode of the a team, check out the a team's youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/theateamnola.  

I want to leave you with some Spring trends that I love and ones that we should all give a try. Why do I love them? Because they are trends that are straight from the runway, but that translate to everyday girls, like you and me. Check them out here: 

http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2013/09/most-wearable-spring-2014-trends-from-nyfw#slide=7

Happy Spring! 

Eternally Stylish,

A.

how to make your work uniform fashionable

 Last year, I started working at a car dealership. The uniform is a polo style shirt and they are pretty cute too! After a little while though, I got a little tired of wearing a polo and slacks EVERYDAY. Don't get me wrong, I love a uniform and it's convenience. The only problem is that it can get pretty boring!

Fortunately, I have a job that allows me the freedom to style my uniform shirts however I want. Here are a couple ways to make your uniform more fashionable:

Lace! Texture turns any outfit around but lace in particular adds class. Try it with your work attire.

Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: ALDO / Watch: Michael Kors / Bangles: Forever21

Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: ALDO / Watch: Michael Kors / Bangles: Forever21

Play with prints, it's easy and it adds variety. 

Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: White House Black Market

Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: White House Black Market

Skirt: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Report Tahoe2 (Zappos.com) / Belt: I don't remember, sorry! / Watch: Michael Kors

Skirt: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Report Tahoe2 (Zappos.com) / Belt: I don't remember, sorry! / Watch: Michael Kors

Spice it up with different footwear like boots or sandals, depending on the season.

Pants: Forever21 / Boots: Steve Madden / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Forever21

Pants: Forever21 / Boots: Steve Madden / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Forever21

If you work with sports fanatics and have game days, spice it up! Don't wear a boring jersey, if you can incorporate your team's color and your work colors, you're in business. The black & gold is my Saints work attire and the white is just another way to style the skirt. GEAUX SAINTS!

Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: ALDO (red) & Colin Stuart (black & gold) / Bracelets: Borrowed from sister (red) & Forever21 (gold cuff)

Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: ALDO (red) & Colin Stuart (black & gold) / Bracelets: Borrowed from sister (red) & Forever21 (gold cuff)

I know that some jobs don't allow you such liberties. But even with a strict dress code there are still some options that will help you jazz up your uniform. For instance, you can tailor a shirt to fit you better,  wear a blazer,  add a little jazz in your hair with accessories, and statement jewelry/belts always do the job . Even if you have to wear all one color, look for items that have a pattern but are monochromatic (e.g. the green pants in the picture with the boots).

If you have some ideas on how to make a uniform more fashionable, please feel free to share in the comments section. Or if you'd like me to personally give you tips for your work uniform, it will be my pleasure.

Eternally Stylish,

A. 

 

my story

I want to start my blog posts by introducing myself to the world. My name is Alicia Felise Wiley, I am a Christian, Preacher's Kid, and a lover of all things fashion!

As I grew up and began to discover my love for fashion, I found that in the world I lived in, fashion wasn't a valid way to express oneself. Not only was it not valid for self expression, it was not ok to dress the way I liked. Too tight, too short, too colorful, too much like something a young woman would wear. Believe me, I've heard it all. As a teen, I did not care what people thought and did not change a thing.

Time changes things! I actually begin to try to dress more appropriately but I could not catch a break. I was so tired of people criticizing what I wore that I gave myself a uniform (black maxi dress and black cardigan). I wore it every Sunday, for months. Not long after instituting my "uniform" I started to feel down and a little depressed. Yes, my maxi was fabulous but I felt a part of me had died. I did not realize why at first.  One day it dawned on me! I was so busy trying to make others happy that I abandoned something that made me happy. I did not understand why I had to compromise my happiness and soon figured out I did not and I would not compromise.

So, the challenge began! I was on the hunt for fashionable yet appropriate clothing, which was not an easy task. If it was appropriate and cute, it was too expensive. If it was the right length, it was cut too low at the top. If it was modestly covered on the top, it was too short. I had had enough, thus A Church Girl was born.

I knew I couldn't be the only person who has had such experiences. ACG is a place where women can share their stories, get fashion tips and advice, help younger women discover/develop their personal style, and of course your go-to for modern, fashionable, fabulous, and appropriate church and business clothing.

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That's my story! Feel free to share your stories as well, I'd love to hear them.

Eternally Stylish,

A.