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Silhouettes of a Woman: Kayla O.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Kayla O.

Say hello to Kayla! Kayla is a fellow North Loop business owner and someone we're thrilled to have as an amazing client. She was also a model in our Silhouettes of the City fashion show during FWMN last spring. Learn more about this boss lady's silhouette...

Name: Kayla O'Rourke

Occupation: Owner of The Bar Method. A barre studio in the North Loop 

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Mom, wife, business owner and friend

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style is classy and chic, but most certainly not boring! :)

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
I would say my style is actually the same as my ideal style. I like my outfits to be a mixture of classic and chic pieces. 

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my perseverance and work ethic. I never give up!

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
My favorite piece is what I wore in the Queen Anna Silhouettes of the City fashion show! Along with the amazing Wish Australia duster vest in a beautiful bronze color that I purchased in the fall. 

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Tenzin C.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Tenzin C.

Say hello to Tenzin! Tenzin is one of our fabulous clients who participated in our spring fashion show, Silhouettes of the City. Learn more about her silhouette...

Name: Tenzin Chokey "Chuki"

Occupation: Dental Hygienist

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Daughter, Mother, Career Woman

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style would be if I could dress up everyday!

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
I don't get to dress up every day, as I have to wear scrubs on the weekdays, but I enjoy dressing up on the weekends (when possible!).

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my spontaneity!

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
My favorite piece is the "Simone" asymmetrical top by Allen Schwartz. It's fabulous!

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Style Masterclass Recap

Silhouettes of a Woman: Style Masterclass Recap

Are you a pear shape or an apple shape? Have you ever heard that question before to describe your body shape? While it’s understandable and even relative, I think it’s time to move on to a different way of describing the unique shapes of our bodies.

In 2019, Queen Anna House of Fashion launched a movement coined “Silhouettes of a Woman." This movement was created to celebrate womanhood at every stage of life continually. Our mission is to help women positively embrace who they are and every silhouette, while also exposing societal imposed barriers and breaking-free of the mental limitations we place on ourselves as women. 

We aim to empower, embrace and encourage one another to be comfortable with our authentic self regardless of shape, size, race, and roles we fill every day. 

To move forward with our mission, on Thursday, September 19th, we launched our very first Silhouettes of a Woman Style Masterclass: How to Dress for your Body Type, to help shift the perception & relationship we have with our bodies. By using empowered language, kind adjectives, and diamond shapes as our new body type descriptors, we hosted an intimate group of women to share our evolving journey and how we can continue to stylishly dress our bodies.

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It was an evening of raw vulnerability, wardrobe liberation, and creative inspiration on how clothing can positively impact how we feel & decide to show up in the world. Finding what works for our body does not have to feel like a daunting or overwhelming chore. The combination of understanding personal fit, preference and style provides clarity that will save you time and money daily.

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We look forward to continuing our style masterclass series and breaking barriers, one stylish session at a time. 

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If you are interested in learning about our next style class send us an email at contact@queenanna.co. Limited spaces are available.

Learn more about Silhouettes of a Woman and check out our recent Silhouettes of the City Fashion Show.

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Shalaun N.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Shalaun N.

Say hello to Shalaun! Shalaun is one of our fabulous clients who owned the runway at our Silhouettes of the City fashion show this past spring. Learn more about her silhouette...

Name: Shalaun Newton

Occupation: The co-founder of Emerald Gems Foundation

The Makeup of your Silhouette: I'm business savvy

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style is both classy and modern, timeless style is key for me.   

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
I tend to stick with pieces that are casual and comfortable to accommodate my everyday life as a wife and mom on-the-go.

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my height and that I'm intuitive.

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
A long bright marigold jacket by Moon River, the perfect layering piece for when I want to make a bolder statement with my look.

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Fashion How To: Learning to Style My Silhouette

Fashion How To: Learning to Style My Silhouette

The backstory is that in two years, I gained about 30 pounds. While it did not happen overnight, once I recognized the change, it had an immediate effect on my state of mind. If you’ve ever gone through something similar, you’ll be familiar with how quickly a weight change can impact your self-esteem.

NOTHING in your wardrobe fits your body.

So, you avoid leaving the house. Then, the tears flow when you stand in your closet, which is now chock-full of clothes that no longer work for your body type. 

It’s FRUSTRATING.

We often punish ourselves when our body shape is not what we want it to be. We don’t go to the beach because we don’t think we’ll look great in “beachwear.” We don’t buy that amazing blouse because we want to lose 10 pounds first. We believe we deserve stylish, fashionable clothes only after we’ve achieved a body type that we may, honestly, never have.

Trust me, I’ve been there. However, what I've learned is that this kind of behavior only hurts YOU. I’ve realized that all you can do in the present moment is to learn to love the shape you are and dress for the body you have today. 

Embrace yourself today, which includes your shape and size. Love on your shoulders, arms, waist, hips, thighs, and ankles. When I did this, I finally felt like myself again. Is it perfect, no and I'm okay with that. 

Even if you still intend to lose weight or change your body, this is an important first step to style your body type. Making changes that start by embracing where you are today. 

There is something about getting dressed in clothes you feel GREAT in. You feel unstoppable. You feel free. You feel…beautiful.

Here are three quick ways to help you start:

  1. Compliment yourself every day

Look in the mirror and say, “I like my…” (insert thighs, legs, smile, hair, eyes, wrists, waist and hips…you get my drift) You may not truly mean it on the first try, but you will over time. Your body is a beautiful creation, so show it some love!

  1. Go shopping (with a plan)

No matter where you are in your body journey, there are items that will work for your shape! A pencil skirt, sheath dress, statement jacket, bootcut jeans, or shoes will never steer you wrong. If you find that you need to add some flavor to your look, these are tried-and-true classic pieces that can work at any size.

  1. Learn how to style your body type

Weight fluctuates, especially as we get older. But never let a weight change convince you that you’re no longer beautiful, or no longer worthy of stellar style. There are tricks to the trade on learning how to dress for your body type no matter what size you are. Find out what fit and style works best for you and repeat it.

In fact, we are hosting an upcoming Style Masterclass on How to Dress for your Body Type, you can click here for more details.

After attending our Style Masterclass, you are guaranteed to have a better understanding of your specific body type, learn ways to dress for your body type, make getting dressed in the mornings a lot easier, and new style tips on how to take your look from day-to-night. We hope to see you there!

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Britney P.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Britney P.

Say hello to Britney! Britney is one of our clients who owned the runway at our Silhouettes of the City fashion show.

Name: Britney Pierce

Occupation: Business Development

The Makeup of your Silhouette: I'm a yogi, an explorer, an athlete, a friend and a meal creative.

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style is classy with a subtle edge to it. Also, asymmetrical. 

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
My closet has lots of black and white, along with classic and comfy fabrics. 

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my brave independence. 

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
A sparkly black sequin Chan Luu dress.  

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Jo V.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Jo V.

This month we'd like to introduce you to Jo! Jo is one of our fabulous clients who rocked the runway at our Silhouettes of the City fashion show.

Name: Jo Vos

Occupation: Retired

The Makeup of your Silhouette: I'm both an athlete and an activist

How would you describe your ideal style? 
A mix of athletic, stylish and cutting edge

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
The same! Athletic, stylish and cutting edge

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
My belief that I can do anything that I put my mind to! Also, I embrace getting older, but I'll never be old.

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
A very heavy, grey, high-low plaid skirt. It’s a perfect layer piece in the cooler Minnesota months.

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Cheryl W.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Cheryl W.

As we continue our Silhouettes of a Woman series (post-fashion show!) we're delighted to share with you our stunning clients who shined so bright on the runway at Silhouettes of the City.

Name: Cheryl J. Winston

Occupation: Executive VP of Sales at Make It Simple Inc.

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Wife, Mother, Sister and Daughter

How would you describe your ideal style? 
Anything that the stylists at Queen Anna pick out for me! 

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
Currently, it’s all over the place, but I’m transitioning to be more “Queen Anna.” It's amazing that I can get pieces for work, social and mom life. They make the shopping experience feel so much better.

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love that I never give up when I set out to accomplish something.

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
My Bano eeMee black leather jacket. I love being able to wear it for an important business meeting or to go out with friends. 

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Silhouettes of the City: Fashion Show Recap

Silhouettes of the City: Fashion Show Recap

What a month May has been! Since launching Silhouettes of a Woman we have hosted a women in small business panel, rolled out a client style profile series on our blog and social channels, and executed our first-ever in-store fashion show, Silhouettes of the City, during Fashion Week MN. But just wait... we're just getting started!

It's been three weeks since Silhouettes of the City and we wanted to flashback this Friday and relive the night all over again. Again, thank you to our models (our fabulous clients!), and generous partners who helped make this happen. We couldn't have done it without you. 

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Setting up for the big event!

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The silhouettes creating a silhouette. ❤️

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Gift bags are laid out and ready to go.

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 The Beauty Lounge Minneapolis prepping the models with hair and makeup.

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Final pre-show run-though. 

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Ready and waiting for the show to begin.

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Our amazing emcee for the evening, Roshini Rajkumar.

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 queen anna silhouettes of the city

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queen anna silhouettes of the city fashion show

queen anna silhouettes of the city fashion show

 queen anna silhouettes of the city fashion show

Scenes from the show. Our models showed off our latest spring and summer styles.

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The finale featuring our queen, Nicole Jennings.

queen anna silhouettes of the city fashion show

queen anna silhouettes of the city fashion show

Post-show shopping and magic mirror fun!

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How stunning is this group? Thank you, THANK YOU!

 Looking for even more? Check out all the action on Instagram with #silhouettesofawoman

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