March 20, 2013

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week 2013 Featuring: Chastity - Garner Style

Hey Dolls!!

I know you’re gonna today's Blogger Inspired Fashion Week Feature on Chastity of Garner Style.  Like, Ellie I first saw Chastity’s feature on The Fashion Bomb and I loved every look she had on.  So you know what I did…you guessed it went right over to her blog and followed it.  Chastity is quite the accomplished blogger having been featured in Essence, Marie Claire, and Jones Mag just to name a few.  She has also done a segment on plus size shopping with CBS Channel 11 KTVT Dallas. And on top of that, Chastity has a book out called:  The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style available for purchase (here).
One of the things that intrigues me the most about Chastity’s style is that it's so daring and constantly changing!   I can't get enough of it.   She truly embraces her curves and rocks out every look she showcases on Garner Style.  Dolls, pay extra attention to Chastity’s Interview, there is so much to learn from this fab chick that is making moves in the Fashion Industry. 

Name: Chastity Garner Valentine     
Age (optional): 32
Full Time Career: Blogger

Tell Me and My Readers a little bit about yourself and your background. 
I’m a Georgia Girl transplanted in Dallas for about 3 years now.  I got married about a year and half ago and have the most wonderful husband!  We are both animal lovers and have a little bad dog named Sugar.  She really is bad, but we love her just the same.  I got involved in fashion while living in Atlanta as a plus size model and everything has just stemmed from that. 
How would you describe your signature style? 
It is classic with a twist.  I am not afraid to try anything…once. 

How do you go about creating an outfit or look? 
It’s a building process.  I start out with an idea and build on top of it until it’s perfect.  Sometimes the process is short and sometimes is long and drawn out.  LOL.   I like to use the wedding dress philosophy when putting together something.  When it’s the perfect look, I’ll know on the inside. 

What is your FAVORITE Feature to accentuate?
This would definitely be my waist.  I got horrible Flintstone feet from my mother, but I also got her shape and her waist definition.    I have an exaggerated curvy frame and I like to accent it with belts.   It’s like my body was made for them. 
Do you have any Fashion Challenges? 
I’m always on the look out for items that are long enough.  I like all of my garments to come past my knees.  That is a challenge, because for some reason most plus size clothes stop at the knee.  My other huge challenge is shoes.  I tore my ACL and wearing heels is just downright painful.  Being a fashion girl, shoes can make or break an outfit.  I’m always on the search for shoes that are both fabulous, but not over 3 inches.  I swear it’s almost impossible, so I don’t own a lot of shoes.

What are your FAVORITE places to shop?
My favorite is JIBRI and that’s my go-to.  As for the rest, I really just pick up pieces from here and there.   I pick up items at H&M, ASOS, Talbots, Land's End, Thrift Stores, and wherever.  I really don’t have any other “Go-To's.”  I shop in a random manner. 

Who are your FAVORITE Designers and/or Clothing Brands?
I am a fan of JIBRI.  I literally live my life in that brand.  I love looks from straight size.

Is there a Spring/Summer trend that you’re dying to incorporate into your wardrobe?
I’m just waiting to get into some all-white for the summer.

Why Blogging?  What turned you on to the Blogosphere?
I started blogging in 2008 and I really didn’t even know what blogging was when I started my own.  I really just wanted to have a place to share fashion and style. 
What thing(s) sets your blog apart from other blogs? 
I think I’m on the older side of blogging, so my perspective is different.  I’m not as much into being trendy as a younger blogger would be.   My style is more sophisticated. 

Where do you see your Blog a year from now?
I want to continue to grow and add in some different segments on beauty, makeup, and health.

Name 3 Bloggers whose style you just live for.

As you know, my blog is geared towards FASHION and FINANCE, so tell me in what ways you combine the two. 
I have a monthly clothing budget and I try to stick within those parameters.   Any mainstream retailers, I know I’m not going to pay full price. I use sites like to assist in finding discounts and coupons.  I’m also a person who invests in my wardrobe. I buy garments that will last me for years and years to come, so I definitely get my money’s worth. 

What advice would you give to up and coming Fashion Bloggers?
It’s all about connecting with your readers.  Be consistent, speak from the heart, and be honest. 
Don’t you just love Chastity!  She was such a great Interview and I’ll definitely need her assistance in the belt area.  They are my least favorite thing to buy (even cute ones), they never fit me properly.  Anyhoo, be sure to check out her blog and just do a search on different topics she covers so much ground on Garner Style you’ll be sure to gain some valuable knowledge.  I’ll be looking forward to the new segments that Chastity plans on incorporating soon. 

When I started thinking about looks to duplicate on Garner Style, I thought I’d choose something that I feel is a bit different even for Chastity herself.  She’s usually very Dolled up and when I found this casual look from her post titled “The Fancy Fedora” on 7/26/2012 I couldn’t resist.  So here we go.

Dolls how did I do on my recreation?  Chastity, I hope you like it! 


  1. I love everything but damn its so high!

    1. She is so fly right!!!! I love everything too!!!

  2. DDOOPPPPEEE!!! Jesus said "you did that"! LMAO

  3. I think I'm in love. There aren't adequate words... she's so lovely!

  4. wow she's amazing and and beautifullllllllllllllllllll!!!

  5. you did the damn thang! Luv Chastity she ROCKS!

  6. Thank you for the feature it's lovely

    1. Thank you so much for participating Doll!!! You were a hit! EVERYONE loves you and your style!

  7. You look perfect in those pictures, the way you carry yourself is amazing hats off :) PlusSizeFix coupons code

    1. Awwwwwwwwwwwww! Thank you so much for your lovely comments Doll!! I truly appreciate it!!!

  8. I am a big fan of Chastity and follow her blog religiously. You recreated her look very well and look fabulous.

    1. Thanks so much Doll!!! I'm a big fan of Chastity's as well! I'm gonna check out your blog!! :)

  9. Oh G!!!!! YOU are so fantastic!! Of course, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your inspiration look!!

    And I met Chastity at a Last Call Event last year!!! How funny is that!! She rocks!!

    xo, sam

    1. Hey Sam!!! Thanks so much Doll!!! That is so cool you all know each other. she definitely does rock!

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