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Hotel 17- A Safe Haven for Creatives in the City

SHS / December 30, 2018

I found Hotel 17 on Air BNB. I chose this spot for my extended stay in NYC because it is located on 17th, between 2nd and 3rd avenue opposite the historic Stuyvesant Park in Manhattan, a 10 minute walk from Union Square and it’s affordable pricing. It is the definition of an old school New York Hotel. Small dorm-like rooms,…

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Let’s Talk Value

SHS / November 11, 2018

This post is in partnership with Macy’s City Chic Collection. I want to share a story with you about value. I met a man recently who was telling me about his business. The technology they developed was far superior to that what which was offered on the market. They decided to sell it to companies for $1,000 per month to…

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A True Model Story

SHS / October 23, 2018

When I left Trinidad in September 2018 I decided that I wanted to be a fit model. I love fashion and design, I wanted to learn about fit and serve as a human mannequin working with designers. I like fit modelling because you can do it forever once your body is consistent. My plan was to get to Manhattan and…

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The Me Too Movement and Men

SHS / October 4, 2018

With the implosion of the Me Too Movement (which is of course so important) I recently realized something. Men are also hurting. I am not condoning any sort of behavior from men that makes women feel uncomfortable but I also think it is important to consider the underlying problem which is societal attitudes towards consent and cultural indoctrination of what…

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A Story of Sex by a Plus Sized Woman

SHS / September 20, 2018

“Fat girls are only good to F*ck.” Cautionary advice given to me by my uncle when I was 12 years old. “You had better lose weight. Nobody marries fat girls.” This ingrained three terrible falsehoods into my under-developed belief system: 1. The only time a woman has value is if a man wants to marry her or finds her visually/…

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Lunch With Tamara and Sher Malas

SHS / September 17, 2018

I met my new neighbors, plus sized fashion designers Tamara and Sher Malas at this place in the East Village called D.B.A. that says yes to dogs and no to children. “No Bud, no Miller, no Stella, no Blue Moon, no Corona, no B*llsh%t* Amazing. Tamara and I bonded in what I know will one day become an iconic moment…

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Maree Pour Toi- The Plus Sized Fashion Brand That Gets It

SHS / September 11, 2018

There were a lot of fashion firsts for me in terms of the looks I wore this weekend to the CURVYcon thanks to Maree Pour Toi. I was hesitant when Melanie the stylist started pulling button down blouses and strapless rompers for  me to try on because, well, plain talk, bad manners I have big boobs. Shockingly, her selections expanded…

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11 Honoré and SLiNK Magazine Trunk Show- NYFW 2018

SLiNK Magazine, 11 Honore, Plus Sized Model Sarah Hamel-Smith The Curvy Trini NYC
SHS / September 10, 2018

  I had the honour of attending the 11 Honoré  and SLiNK Magazine Trunk Show on Thursday September 07. It was my first time attending a private shopping event of this kind. My friend and I arrived at the venue late, soaking wet. It started storming right before we made our way over. It was held at a stunning private…

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