Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ms Chyina Peterson

Chyina Peterson is a plus size model from Kalamazoo Michigan.  Yes, people you read it right Kalamazoo Michigan.  But Chyina has been a sweet Georgia Peach since venturing to my beautiful state in 1996 to attend College. Like most people who visit the state of Georgia, she fell in love with our southern charm and made it her home.  

I had the pleasure of interviewing her at the auditions for Confession of PHAT Girl.  Her presence was sweet and serene.  Her smile makes you want to get to know her better.  There is a depth of wisdom behind her smile having faced many obstacles and overcoming them to live a life of triumph. Chyina is more than a pretty face. She is shepreneur, an advocate, a friend and sister.

Chyina credits her mother for her charitable spirit. Her mom would take her and her siblings to volunteer at a local shelter even though they were in need themselves. She didn’t understand her mother’s methods when she was younger but truly appreciate the value her mom instilled in her.

“We Must Give in Order to Receive.” ~Chyina Peterson~

Chyina advocates for many organizations but there is one cause that is near to her heart.  Suicide Awareness is the cause she champions. She is a survivor of a suicide attempt on her life. She uses her platform of modeling to share her story and tell people about the struggles of mental health.

“Mental Health Illness is real in our communities and we must utilize the choices and options to talk to someone and seek out help.” ~Chyina Peterson~

Ms Chyina encourages women to find help outside of friends and family. She encourages joining support groups. She advocates it is good to have un-bias person to speak with about feelings and emotions.  Another great tip she encourages is journaling. 

 Blessed DIVAS is the additional organization which Chyina is very committed.  Every month through this organization, Chyina and group of blessed friends give away hygiene bags to homeless shelters.
“The joy on their face makes me feel like I truly touch somebody.”
Blessed DIVAS targets women and children Shelters. Interesting in knowing more about Blessed Divas check out them out on FACEbook.

Chyina Peterson is the owner of Diamond DIVAs mobile boutique specializing in Fashion Shows, working with models and providing wardrobes needs after-hours. 
Connect with Chyina Peterson on Instagram: @chyineseindian

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Teneshia Murray-Forts owner of ENVE Me Boutique! 
Surrounded by friends and family, Teneshia Murray-Forts celebrated the opening of a new business venture and addition to her ENVE Lifestyle Brand.  ENVE Me Boutique is a clothing store which celebrates women of all shapes sizes style and love of fashion.    Along with her ENVE Salons and Barber-shop, this shepreneur expanded her brand into fashion to continue helping others build their personal look and style.  I had a fabulous time at the event and was glad I was in attendance. 

Me Flexin in front the Enve Me Wall.
I'm cute!
The store is located in Arbor Place Mall on the Upper Level next to Victoria Secrets.  Her staff is friendly and up to date on the latest trends and fashion.  Did I mention they are very attentive? Well, they are. One staff member assisted me in helping finding pants that fit my wide hips.  Ladies if you are concerned with ENVE Me having sizes to fit you, well let me answer your question with an absolute YES!  Teneshia stated she desired to offer HOT Trendy Fashion for every woman. She didn’t want to discriminate against any person.  I am glad because I purchased some electric blue jeggings the day of the opening which look absolutely fabulous on me.  I am now on the hunt for a top to go with them. (OOTD picture will come later…follow us on instagreezy: phatskinny_chic).

For My Plus-Size Ladies, don’t look in the window and think there is nothing in the store for you because it is. This is a store you want to venture into and I am sure you will find something pleasing for your pocket and your hips.  I am learning more and more I never know what a store holds for me if I don’t venture in and try on their clothes.  My first thoughts were to stand around and just chit chat with a few people.  Then one of the sales associate encouraged me to browse around.  She was wearing a fire-engine red skirt  from the store and she was a plus-size sista.  I am glad I took her advice.  I definitely will be a frequent shopper at ENVE Me BOUTIQUE

Stop by the Boutique and tell them PHATSkinny Chic sent you!
ENVE Me Team!

Friendly Team Member helping a Client.

I'm posing for the camera while these ladies work  hard

"Do I know You?"  My Mom Knows Everybody

Clowning with the sales associate Jasena! 

Excuse Me can you please hold up that Jacket...It looks cute

Me repping PHATSkinny Chic with the
Owner of ENVE Me Teneshia Murray Forts

 Photo credit  to my Blu-ti-ful Soror Tamara Woods of TamD Photography.  Go ZPHIB!