Monday, December 18, 2017

Office Holiday Party - What to Wear?

Some of the items viewed in this video are available for sale in my closet at Poshmark .   Otherwise you can try JCPenney, Sears and Ross. Subscribe and stay tuned for more videos about the ins and outs of working in an office. I have received no compensation from any of the brands or stores mentioned in this video.

Items shown in this video can be found at:
Brand: "Simply Styled" - Pleated Velour Skirt: & Twist Front Top (I bought a chocolate brown one in-store but cannot find that color online):
Brand: Sears brand Velour Fashion Scarf
Brand:  "Metaphor" - Ramona Sandals. Color Champagne (Metallic)
Brand "Gunne Sax" Clutch Purse

Brand: "Worthington" Black Lace and Gold Foil Dress. Size 16W, 18W, 24W and 30W are available in my Poshmark Closet.
Also available in Tall, Petit and Plus Sizes at JCPenney.
Regular Sizes:

Other Suggestions from JCPenney if you can't find the above:

Black and Gold Foil Skirt:
Pleated Soft Midi Skirt:

"En Focus" brand dress from Ross.  Ross does not sell online, visit the store near you. En Focus is my favorite brand from Ross and they sell in sizes ranging from 0 to SSBBW.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ugly Rack Style

We've all seen ugly clothes before.  Those unfortunate rejects that sit endlessly on the clearance rack. A fashion buyer's bet that didn't pay off and a harried retail manager trying to unload these useless rags onto any passing sucker at cost or less.  The only salvation at this point before writing off the wholesale stock forever as a business loss might be a talented fashion stylist or merchandiser.  If you think you have a knack for making  undesirable garments appealing to consumers you may have what it takes for one of those careers.  In the below video we introduce two Ugly Rack garments.  Use your imagination and talent.  How would you save them?  Find some of the items in our video series in the PetitPoix closet on Poshmark. When you download the Poshmark app and sign in from your mobile device use code GHYCD for a $5.00 credit.Visit the Fashion Careers page on this website to learn more about different careers you might consider in the fashion industry. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sell, Buy and Trade Clothes on Poshmark

Enter Invite Code GHYCD for a $5.00 Credit
"Would you be willing to give me that haltertop for these two lipsticks?"  
"What if I throw in throw in a pair of zirconia stud earrings?" 
These are the types of trades you may have made with your friends back in the day.   Maybe you still deal in "closet stock" today.  Whether you are selling your own designs, vintage clothes, clothing you don't use or looking for great deals and trades to add more pizazz to your closet, Poshmark is the place to go. Find your niche or create your own to buy, sell or trade clothing, accessories, shoes and makeup. 

Poshmark is a venue. Each "shop" is run individually by each Poshmark member. Use all the same precautions as you would with any online business transaction. If you are going to use Poshmark to run your own clothing business remember to provide your customers with the best possible customer service.  You will be reviewed after each sale so do your best to keep your excellent reputation as a top-rated seller. Attend the Poshmark online parties where attendees share their items with the group.

A US$5.00 credit is offered only when Poshmark sellers or shoppers sign up through the fast, quick downloadable Poshmark App available on Google Play and ITunes App Store. Enter the invite code petitpoix to receive the credit. Then invite your friends and you receive $5.00 cash or credit once that friend makes their first purchase on Poshmark using the mobile app as well.   Find the Petitpoix closet on Poshmark by typing @PETITPOIX into the search once you sign up!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring is Here! Mingo & Grace "Sew Spring" Sewing Contest.
The Mingo & Grace Sew Spring Contest has begun!
Turn your love of design and sewing into a Visa Giftcard. There are three different categories for you to enter and first, second and third place prizes!  You need simply download the Mingo & Grace MG2716 pattern and throw your passion and creativity into your design.  If you don't already have one, you need to open an account on Instagram to post a photo or photos of your entry. Visit the Mingo & Grace blog for complete instructions on how to enter and for the contest rules.

PetitPoix has received no payment or compensation of any kind from Mingo & Grace.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fashion Law
Mansur Gavriel vs Copycats
Does Kylie Jenner have the right to trademark the name "Kylie"?  Not if Kylie Minogue has anything to say about it!  Who is the "mystery investor" which has bought up a stake of nearly 5 percent in luxury fashion brand Burberry?  What "copycat" fashion cases are currently making waves in courtrooms?  Which famous brands are filing for bankruptcy? Which are merging?  Which fashion model is suing Trump Model Management, the modeling agency owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump? Answers to these questions and more can be found at The Fashion Law blog, founded by fashion law writer Julie Zerbo.

From the "about" section at
"The Fashion Law is the source of objective fashion law and business analysis, and serves as a community for lawyers, business executives, fashion industry insiders, designers, and students, alike. THE FASHION LAW was recently named one of the 50 Fashion Voices to Follow on Social Media by New York Magazine."

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Request is a First for a Black Model at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2015

Follow Maria on Twitter @IamMariaBorges
When Angolan born fashion model, Maria Borges proposed that the show's producers let her wear her natural afro on the runway of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (VSFS) she was not sure how they would take her request. Miss Borges is the first black model ever to wear her natural hair on the Victoria's Secret runway.  The show has been held every year since 1995.

Viewers are enlivened when we first see Borges' eye-catching retro-modern look during the backstage hubub. She wears large hoop earrings, a tassle rope choker necklace and a beaded macrame fringe bolero shrug over white tiger print lingerie. She is utterly stunning; the all white garb striking against her smooth, glowing skin.  At 5 feet 11 inches tall and wearing 6-inch platforms she must lean forward slightly for a makeup artist to apply lip color just before she makes her historical breakout onto the runway to a fast-beat version of the Temptations song, "Ball of Confusion."
Walk on Sister, walk on.

In an interview for Essence Magazine she tells other black women who are considering going natural, “Be strong. If you say you’re beautiful without hair and makeup, then they will believe you. It’s about being confident and always being yourself.”

Maria Borges' home country of Angola is the seventh largest country in Africa and gained independence from Portugal in 1975.  The main languages spoken in Angola are Portuguese and Bantu. VSFS is an event awaited each year by millions of people in 192 countries. The 2015 show aired December 8 on CBS and drew over 6.5 million viewers as well as millions more on the internet in the days that followed. Visit for more Retro Modern Looks!
Shop the Victoria's Secret!

"Fireworks" Display

 Carol's Daughter Beauty for Hair, Skin and Body-"Fulfilling the Beauty Needs of the Diversity of Skins that Make up the Tapestry of our World..."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tutorial - Knit a Preemie Hat for the American Heart Association

Donate to the Little Hats/Big Hearts campaign for the American Heart Association. To knit or crochet a little red hat for babies in participating hospitals click the link for more information.
Yarn donations as well as monetary donations are also accepted.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fashion and Gender

Moving limits on gender is another tool used by clothing designers to create compelling looks. From the 2015 Fashion and... Symposium Series which took place last May at the University of Minnesota "Genderism is the belief that gender is a binary and that there should be only two genders.  This belief can reinforce negative attitudes and discrimination towards people who display gender variance or those whose gender identity is incongruent with their birth sex. There has been long debate concerning fashion and gender and what it means not only to appear and dress in a means that reflects expected gender ideals but what it means to reject typically masculine or feminine ways of appearing. Fashion is a device to break though gender boundaries, it provides a canvas upon which to portray, establish, question, or confirm gender identity. Fashion can be used to enable establishment of one’s gender and support or refute genderism." The next Fashion and....Symposium takes place in April 2016.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

US$30.00 Prize Winner Announced!

The durag drafted and sewn by Ann M.
Model: Her Husband, Bill M.
Favorite Charity: SPCA International

The 2015 PetitPoix contest has come to a close and the winners this year were the animals! While disappointingly there were no participants in the creative competitions, one home-based designer Ann M. sent us pictures of a durag she made with a pattern she drafted herself using our online patternmaking tutorial, How to Make a Doo Rag Pattern. Ann had no idea there was even a contest taking place. However since she is the winner by default, She has won free publicity to the charity of her choice SPCA International, a global animal rescue. As for the random drawing, we are happy to announce that animals are the winners again!  Coincidentally, one of the partners in a shop called Loving Misfits on Etsy had purchased the durag pattern to participate in a fundraiser for foster dogs and cats. Loving Misfits is a 501c3 corporation, all profits from the shop's sales go to buy wish list items for animal rescues and shelters.  Instead of keeping the money for herself, the random drawing winner chose to donate all of it to the cause.  Watch the video below to see the random drawing as it happened!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Stay Ready Studio - Houston Floods Affect Small Businesses

Make an Appointment at Stay Ready Studio
Houston, Texas

In a previous blog post, Entrepreneurial vs Consumer Mentalities, we spoke of the great need in the United States for the creation of new small businesses as an imperative part of a sustainable economy. The Stay Ready Studio in Houston, Texas is an excellent example.  A few years ago Cynthia "ccain68" on YouTube, dissatisfied with the quality of products and service she was receiving from some local nail salons, decided to learn to do her own acrylic nails. Her experimental nail videos were a welcome addition to her  already popular YouTube montage of hauls, friend tags, cosmetic reviews, weight loss tips, rants, rambles and "Look Good Fridays". Taking the popular concept of, "Stay ready so you don't have to get ready," and combining it with her her previously untapped talent for nail artistry, Cynthia opened the Stay Ready Studio at the end of 2014.

On YouTube we followed her to manicurist school, cheering her on through the year as she completed 600 hours of class in preparation for the Texas  Board of Cosmetology exams (under the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation [TDLR]).  In one video "The Truth Behind the Nail Industry" she gives us some insight into the experiences she had during the written and practical exams. In another video, "How to Prepare for Manicurist School" - Cynthia explains that to prepare for the state board exam, going to an accredited nail technician school is required in order learn proper sanitation methods, safety measures, nail anatomy, bacteriology, skin diseases & infections, legal issues and professional practices.  To develop the artistic and creative side of the business however, it is absolutely necessary to do independent study and practice on one's own time. One must, for example, keep up with the current trends, learn to create a variety of nail shapes, apply glitter, adhesions, inlays, enamel designs, create 3-D acrylic sculptures and more. It takes hours of practice to perfect any application. One of the most requested nail shapes right now is the almond-shaped stiletto, which happens to be Cynthia's specialty. Properly shaping a square acrylic tip into a stiletto is one of the most difficult and time-consuming processes in nail design. Consider also that all ten nails need to match. Cynthia's drive and passion for her art propel her to continuously create new and unique designs for each and every customer. When in Houston do not miss your opportunity - get one-of-a-kind made-to-order nails by Cynthia!

Stay Ready Studio Houston, Texas - USA
See more of Cynthia's art on Instagram:

Because of the tremendous natural disaster occuring in Houston, Texas, the Stay Ready Studio, like many small businesses in Houston, had to close temporarily until floodwaters receded. They are open again but unexpected closures such as these affect the income that small business owners depend on. If you live in the Houston Area please support your local small businesses.  Make an appointment with Cynthia - Licensed Nail Technician & very talented artist.  There is also a hair salon at the same location.  

PetitPoix has received no payment or compensation of any kind from Stay Ready Studio.