Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Give The Gift Of Sewing

Hello My Loves!

Now accepting students for private sewing sessions in Philadelphia, PA...All skill levels welcome. We offer group sessions upon request...Register before the new year and receive $10 off your 2 hr. Session. GIVE THE GIFT OF SEWING ***Gift Cards Available www.chachankole.com/sew



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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Aladdin Factor

Good Morning!!!

I know it's been a while (two weeks to be exact), but I've been crazy busy with quite a few projects. From styling gigs to custom dresses...December is a very busy month for me. No complaints...Busy is good! :) 

I recently launched a campaign to help fund my new Ace Blakley showroom before the new year. So far so good. I read a book earlier this year called the Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield. It talks about asking for what you want so you can receive it and truly believing that you deserve it. I put my pride to the side and asked for assistance with something that I really need and my friends and family have contributed generously over this holiday season. I am extremely grateful for the support I have gotten thus far.

See the video below for details. To contribute visit www.aceblakley.com/studiofund


video

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Newest Addition To Asos Marketplace

I am honored and proud to say that we have our own boutique on Asos Marketplace!!! How awesome is that? You can find us at our custom url asos.mp/aceblakley . We will soon offer sample dresses on Asos that will not be put into production, maybe one or two of its kind. This will offer exclusivity and a real chance to have a piece that may not be custom, but uniquely its own. It's a great feeling when you wear pieces that you know not many people have access to. I truly feel that way with Ace Blakley. We produce short runs and once that item is sold out it is no longer available for purchase later.

Our Asos boutique will be updated once or twice per week. Exact days will vary until we get the hang of our new platform. Browse around...let me know what you think.   

ace blakley on asos marketplace

ace blakley on asos marketplace

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Keeping Warm While Staying Stylish

I know sometimes it's hard to find a balance in the fall/winter months between keeping warm and looking fashionable. No one wants to freeze in the name of fashion, but you also don't want to sacrifice your sense of style to stay warm...this is just the reality of it. Big coats and chunky overstuffed boots are not where it's at...at least not this season. I did a shoot recently wearing an Ace Blakley turtleneck dress with a super warm doubled wool jacket. This jacket literally feels like heaven. It's warm and stylish. See pics below. Is this something you would like to see on the website? Comment and let me know.



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday Feature ALERT!!!

Today's Transformation Tuesday post is dedicated to this beautiful, hard working, mother of 3. She has always been there to take care of everyone else leaving very little time for herself. She called my team to give her a glam look for a friend's wedding reception. We are so happy you allowed us to be of service to you... just know, with or without a makeover you are beautiful! <3 <3 <3
 
Stylist/MUA: ChaCha N'Kole 
Dress: Ace Blakley (available at www.aceblakley.com)
Hair: Know Ur Worth Inc

See the transformation below:







In need of a makeover? Contact us

 
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Here's To Fall



Fall is here…the leaves are falling, the weather is chilly and at Ace Blakley the savings on new merchandise has come. Save 30% on your total purchase from now until Friday 11-13-2015 using coupon code: FALLINLOVE. Just because we’re feeling really generous, shipping is on us…Yup! You’re welcome lol. I’m wearing one of our new looks below. What other colors would you like to see this in? Let me know what you think in the comment section. 

I'm absolutely LOVING my turban! This may be my "thing" for fall/winter 2015! 

Wardrobe Run Down:
Dress- Ace Blakley
Turban- Gift
Earrings- Burlington Coat Factory (I believe...yikes)
Necklace- N/A
Bracelets- Gift
Pocketbook- Danielle's Vintage Shop, Philadelphia
Shoes- Shoe Factory, Philadelphia  

www.aceblakley.com/shop

www.aceblakley.com/shop

www.aceblakley.com/shop

www.aceblakley.com/shop

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Me & My Teal Midi

This morning I had the sudden urge to make me a midi dress out of some teal fabric I purchased a few weeks back. I always buy fabric without having a clue what I'm going to make with it. I'll admit I'm a recovering fabric addict. I've gotten so much better in the last year or so. I used to be in the fabric store at least four times per week...horrible I know. Check out the dress below. I loooove how it turned out. It fits perfectly! Let me know if this is something you would like to see on the website.







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Monday, November 2, 2015

We're OPEN!!!

We're OPEN!!! Yaaaaaaay!
 
The Ace Blakley Online Boutique has officially launched!!! I'm so excited! This past weekend has been crazy. Sewing,  photoshoots, website building...yadda yadda yadda...it's all a blur really. I big, fun, sleepless blur lol.
 
Please take a minute to skim through the boutique. Let me know what you think, what merchandise you like and what suggestions you have. I'm all ears :) Exclusive  merchandise will be added every week...Enjoy

 
Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ace Blakley X Lucky Brand /\ Free People

Hey Ladies! Do you have a super cute shirt or dress that you paid a pretty penny for and want to get the most possible wears out of it? Looking for multiple ways to style it? I'm here to help. Send me a pic of your shirt/dress to info@aceblakley.com with STYLE THIS in the subject line and I will wear and style a similar shirt/dress at least 3 different ways just for you on my next blog.

This cream long sleeve flare Ace Blakley shirt, which retails for $80, is so comfortable and well made it is totally worth the money. Here are some ways to wear it more than once and maximize your investment. Let's switch it up a bit to transform this look... Below are some cute finds from Lucky Brand & Free People at Macy's Cherry Hill. The leather jacket shown below is from a previous purchase at Forever 21.

The flannel Lucky Brand vest gave the look a real street style feel...very relaxed and effortless. I felt super glam when I paired the faux fur jacket with my Ace Blakley top. If I would have worn a pair of thick sole/chunky heels the look would have really been complete! I'll try that out next time :)

Lucky Brand & Free People too pricey? Find similar jackets, vests and coats at your local thrift shop.

*Jewelry from The Glamm Bar www.theglammbar.com

ChaCha N'Kole in Ace Blakley shirt, Forever21 faux leather jacket, black tights and black knee high boots


ChaCha N'Kole in Ace Blakley shirt, Lucky Brand long flannel vest, black tights and black knee high boots



ChaCha N'Kole in Ace Blakley shirt, Lucky Brand flannel jacket, black tights and black knee high boots

ChaCha N'Kole in Ace Blakley shirt, Free People faux fur jacket, black tights and black knee high boots

ChaCha N'Kole in Ace Blakley shirt, Free People faux fur jacket, black tights and black knee high boots




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Friday, October 23, 2015

Designing For The Majority


I wrote and rewrote this blog so many times that honestly I’m exhausted just thinking about it. As a designer who has designed for both straight and plus size it is disheartening to me that a lot of other designers have not even entertained the idea of designing for women over a size 8. Size 8? Really? Even though a size 8 would never grace their runway, lookbook or website…sigh. The average American woman’s size is a 14. Let’s be real. Women under a size, let’s say 10, have hundreds of thousands of options (I don’t think I’m exaggerating) when it comes to shopping for clothes. On the other hand plus size women can probably count on one hand the brick and mortar stores they can shop at. The younger generation of trendy full-figured women usually mix and match from different straight size stores that offer pieces that may run a little larger than that particular store’s usual selection. Ask one of these young women “What’s your favorite plus size brand?” and chances are they won’t have an answer for you. They like a few items from this brand and a few items from that brand, but can’t identify with a line that is consistent in their efforts to offer stylish quality garments. Go figure…

Ace Blakley is on its way to being that brand. The brand that women can trust to provide them with contemporary styles that cater to the young, sophisticated, chic and edgy. Offering sizes Ace-Ace3 (large-3x).

Our online store launches November 1, 2015. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive locations and dates for our international trunk show tour.





 
 
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Survey Says...

(original post date 10-15-15)

I have some very exciting news for you all! The Ace Blakley online boutique will launch on Sunday November 1, 2015 offering sizes Ace-Ace3 (large-3x). I am BEYOND excited for everyone to see what's new from Ace Blakley this fall. I always want to gain more insight from my customers so I can stay on top of your expectations for the brand . Knowing your expectations for upcoming seasons is crucial in delivering a collection that not only intrigues, but is everything my customers want and need.  Please take a moment to answer the questions at aceblakley.com/survey . Doing so will help me evaluate the line and make some tweaks if necessary before the online boutique launches. Thanks in advance :)


ONCE YOUR SURVEY IS COMPLETE...A COUPON CODE AWAITS YOU!


 
Thanks in advance for participating in this brief survey. Don't forget to join the Ace Blakley mailing list for trunk show dates & times as well as other updates. Have style questions? Need advice on what to wear to an upcoming event? Let's talk about it.

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In Black /\ White

(original post date 10-12-15)

How I accomplished this day to night look-

The first look is pretty relaxed. I pinned up the sides of this flared black and white Ace Blakley dress to make it more of a long-line shirt and wore it belted. I rocked a pair of black tights with black leather above the knee flat boots. The yellow hat added a bit of color to the ensemble.

For the night look I unpinned the sides, ditched the tights and put on some gladiator open toe shoes. I braided my hair off to the side to give it more of an elegant look. My handmade book clutch added a little pizazz!

#OOTN Make-up by the Pink Sistah
www.thepinksistah.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Flare Flatters

(original post date 10-10-15)

This Ace Blakley peplum top is one of my favs for fall. Yes it's sleeveless, but it can be layered! Maybe a thin denim or leather jacket on a breezy night? Yup! Sounds good to me. I also like this shirt style because there are so many different options for bottoms that would look great...tights, skinny jeans and even a pencil skirt for the office then off to happy hour.


Makeup by the Pink Sistah www.thepinksistah.com

 
 
 
 
I have a limited amount of peplum tops available. Email me with your color and size request at info@aceblakley.com  . See below for options.

(all tops are mustard yellow with the blue print, only the peplum color changes)

Available:

Blue Print Peplum-
(1)Size 1x
(1)Size 2x

Black Peplum-
(1)Size 2x
(1)Size 3x

Navy Blue Peplum-
(1)Size 1x
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