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I’ve been obsessed with city street style athleisure looks lately. Not only is this look sporty chic (and a little badass), but its super comfortable, and easily transitions from the street to the gym!

I paired an Adidas crop top with ripped leggings, and black sneakers for a sporty chic twist on a gym classic. This top can also easily be paired with high waisted jeans for a casual, laid back urban look.

I finished this look off with a black baseball hat.  Hats are lifesavers for covering sweaty after-class hair – You can throw your hair up in a ponytail, or even keep it down for more of a street ready look.

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Adidas Crop Top by Akira | Similar Black Ripped Leggings by Alo Yoga | Similar Hat by Lululemon | Photography by Zmuda Photo

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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 5M ago

I’m so excited to share my latest collaboration with Maven Thread!  They are an online company that specializes in high-end fitness headbands, without the high-end price. These headbands are super cute, comfortable to wear, and SO soft! The second you touch them, you will feel the difference in quality.

It’s always been difficult for me to find good headbands for working out because they usually slip out of place, or fall off my head every 2 minutes. These are different – they are perfect for any type of exercise, and the special nonslip fabric won’t budge, no matter how long or intense your workout! From handstands, to jumping jacks, my headband stayed exactly where I wanted it.  I also love that they don’t give me headaches, or leave marks on my forehead & hair after I take them off.

Each pack comes with two separate headbands with different prints, so you can pick which one goes best with your mood or outfit. I got the “Slate” Headband 2 pack, which comes with a solid gray headband, and a white and gray geometric shape pattern headband.

They are very reasonably priced, and you can get free shipping with Amazon Prime! I definitely recommend trying these headbands. Shop this look in the link below & check out the rest of the Maven Thread Collection HERE

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Slate Headbands by Maven Thread | White Sports Bra and Black Leggings by ALO Yoga | White Cross Back Sports Bra by Victoria Secret Sport | Photography by Zmuda Photo

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I am in love with this trend of duster coats trend for spring! They help accentuate any outfit, and (if it fits properly) helps elongate the body and makes you appear taller. The one I’m wearing is chiffon, so it flows with you, rather than weighs you down. I’ve seen a lot of sweater material duster coats, and I much prefer the chiffon look, especially for spring. It adds a perfect layer for any occasion that adds a bit of modesty, and a touch of sophistication.
I wore a white bandage dress with nude heels, a taupe duster coat, and my favorite nude bag for a sophisticated yet sexy look. These neutral colors together are ALWAYS in style, so you can wear these pieces separately for years to come. This specific duster coat is great too because it comes with a belt, so you can leave it open, or accentuate your waist and provide a bit more coverage if necessary!
When looking for a good duster coat for petites, I always like coats that hit just below the calf to create the illusion of a longer line. Some duster coats I tried on were way too long and almost dragged on the ground. Make sure to look for specific length measurements if buying online so you can avoid having to visit the tailor!
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Dress by Bebe
Shoes by Charlotte Russe
Duster Coat by Verdusa
Hair by Bellami Hair (*Use my code STEPHMORGAN for a discount on your first set)
Photos by Ross Images

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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 7M ago

Happy Monday friends! I’m so happy its finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago! We had such a beautiful weekend –  the weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, and Summer is well on its way.

I’m really loving this trend of ‘Cold Shoulder’ tops for spring – especially in this gorgeous blush color. The detailed ruffles on the sleeves add a perfect feminine touch, without being overpowering for my small frame. This is also a great cut to accentuate your shoulders! I paired this top with white jeans, nude heels, a nude bag and rose-gold jewelry for a fun accent.

I’m so excited to collaborate with J&J Petite Boutique for this post! They are an online store catering specifically for petite women who are 5’4” and under, so no need for a tailor! Their clothing line is very affordable, and made with great quality fabrics. As a petite woman myself, it’s always exciting to find stores that not only make ‘true to size’ clothing for petites, but also use all petite models for their website! This is my new go-to store for all things petite!

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Chandler Top by JJ Petite Boutique | Jeans by Target | Bag by Michael Kors | Necklace by Touchstone Crystal | Bracelets by Dainty Wrist Jewelry | Shoes by Target | Hair by Bellami Hair | Photography by Sandy Zmuda

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I’m so excited to share some of my favorite workout clothing brands for petites! As an avid yogi, runner and boxer, I am always on the lookout for cute and affordable workout outfits for us shorties. Let’s be honest – it’s way more fun to work out when you love your outfit!

Most of my “regular” length tights bunch up at the bottom and look awkward when I’m working out. That’s why I was SO excited to find out that Victoria Secret Sport now provides “Short” lengths for their workout tights!! Victoria Secret always has the cutest and latest styles for sport outfits. They also make a variety of sports bras for a wide range of bust sizes, so you can find something for every type of body. I am wearing a size small legging in “short” and a size medium sports bra.

I also love Victoria’s Secret because they have incredible sales! I bought this outfit half priced during their semi-annual sale, but they also have lots of random sales throughout the year. I would definitely recommend signing up for their mailing list so you can be the first to know when their sports section goes on sale!

Another store I would recommend for cute and affordable workout clothes is Kohl’s! I have found some of my favorite leggings and sports bras there. They have a large collection of petite workout pants that fit well for shorter legs. They have a great selection of Nike, Underarmour and other large brand names, but without the brand name prices.

I would love to hear where you guys shop for petite workout clothes. Let me know in the comment section below!

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Black Sports Bra by Victoria Sport | Black Sport Pants by Victoria Sport | Pullover Under Armour Jacket from Kohl’s | Nike Hat from Kohl’s | Running Shoes by Target | White Leggings by Victoria Sport | White Sports Bra by Victoria Sport | Yoga Mat by Gaiam | Pink Nike Sports from Kohl’s | Gray Crop Leggings from Kohl’s | Photography by Ross Images 

Note: This is not a paid post. These are all purchased items that I love with an honest review.

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With Lollapalooza right around the corner, I teamed up with Blowtique Salon in Chicago to give you guys some major hair inspo for festival season this Summer!

For those of you who don’t know, Blowtique is Chicago’s first blow-out hair salon! This first-of-its-kind salon has evolved into a full-service experience for men and women offering customized haircuts, coloring, and makeup while perfecting an exclusive “brush only” blow-out technique.

They have two gorgeous locations in downtown Chicago – one in the Gold Coast and the other on Michigan Avenue. The Blowtique experience is a must-have for every Chicago woman looking to perfect the hottest hairstyles!

For my hairstyle, I was inspired by my favorite heroine and alter ego, Daenerys Targaryen (Khaleesi) from Game of Thrones. Her hair is GOALS, and I wanted to do a modern twist on her iconic look. I showed my hairstylist, Nikki, a few images of what I wanted, and we got straight to work.

This salon gives you the full VIP treatment! We began by washing my hair and blow drying it for maximum volume and shine. She then used an anti-frizz treatment and shine spray, and curled my hair using a 1 inch barrel.  After my hair was fully curled, she French braided the top two sections like a crown and pinned them to the back of my head. From there, she braided the two end pieces, and incorporated an extra few braids down the middle for that full Khaleesi effect.

I was obsessed with the final product!!  My hair stayed put all day, and the braid didn’t fall out or get frizzy in the summer humidity. I was really impressed by the quality of the products used in my hair, and the talent of the stylists. If you are looking for a salon to get your hair done for festival season, I would highly recommend Blowtique!

If you are interested in booking my stylist, here is her information:

Name: Nikki Coen| Instagram: @NikkiCoenHair | Location: 520 N Michigan Ave

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One of the questions I get asked most is how to break into the modeling industry as a petite model? Let me start off by saying that it is not an easy task, but it is definitely possible. Agencies are becoming more and more accepting of different body types and industry standards are changing. People realize women of all different shapes, sizes, and heights deserve to be represented; not just models who are 6 foot and 100 lbs.

If you are a petite model (under 5’6” is the technical height in the industry) and you are interested in becoming a model, there are several things you can do to get your start in the modeling industry. You may not be able to walk the runways in Paris or New York, but there are still plenty of opportunities available for you. Here are my top suggestions:

  1. Get A Solid, NATURAL Portfolio Together

One of the first steps to breaking into the modeling industry is to put together a solid portfolio. Agencies want to see what you really look like, not what you look like after 2 hours of hair and makeup with fake eyelashes and extreme contour. Anyone can look good with Photoshop and a professional hair and makeup team, but agencies want to know that you can look good naturally.

I recommend getting a variety of images ranging from clean headshots, fitness, business/industrial, and casual. You want to show range in your portfolio so that you can be booked for an assortment of jobs. If you just have images of you in swimwear, it is unlikely that a company will want to hire you for a business shoot. Get the idea? Once you have these images you can put together what is called a Composite Card or a “Comp Card”. This is your modeling business card. It usually has a headshot on the front side and 4 or 5 images on the back that shows you in a variety of poses and outfits. You can use these to give to agents or potential clients when at auditions.

  1. Submit To Agencies With PRINT Divisions

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of agencies that won’t even consider models that are under 5’8”.  However, these agencies primarily represent runway and editorial models. Petite models tend to get the most work from “print” jobs (catalogs, ads, etc.). Although runway agencies such as FORD and ELITE book print jobs, there are also agencies that specialize in booking print models. These are the agencies you want to apply to.  They help book anything from parts modeling, fitness, swimwear, catalog work, ads, and more!

Many print agencies don’t even have height requirements. All they require is a portfolio (see tip #1), and a good personality. Acting experience is a plus if you are interested in doing commercials, as many print agencies also help models get non-speaking or small speaking roles in TV ads.  If you Google search “Reputable Print Agencies” in your area, you can search their websites for ways to apply. Many agencies have open calls where you can go and audition, or you can submit images via email or regular mail.

If you don’t get accepted into one agency, don’t give up. The rule of thumb is to apply every 6 months. Agencies change their needs as their clients request models of different shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Just because they denied you last year doesn’t mean they won’t need someone like you now. Also, be sure to diversify yourself and apply to a variety of agencies. The more agencies you are with = the more work you can potentially book.

  1. Promos and Tradeshows

I started my modeling career by doing promotions and tradeshows. It’s a fantastic way to get your foot in the door and to network with other models. There are many companies that specifically hire promotional and trade show models and book really fun events all over the country. I’ve worked everything from the Motorcycle Grand Prix in Indianapolis to Dos Equis samplings and Red Bull promos. Print agencies also book tradeshow models from time to time, so having experience is a huge plus!

  1. Social Media Is Your New Best Friend

Outside of agency work, I book a lot of my freelance modeling gigs via social media. Over the last 5 years, I have grown a large following on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which has opened a lot of doors for me.  I’ve had several clients hire me so that they could be seen by my social media network.

There are also a lot of companies that now scout models on Instagram. Paul Marciano is the owner of Guess Jeans and has stated multiple times that he finds his models and photographers via Instagram. Even magazines like Maxim and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit have had contests via Instagram to find models. Case in point: If you are not on social media (or if you refuse to have a public profile) – you are in the wrong industry my friend. Plain and simple.

Of course, you do have to be careful booking jobs through the internet. This goes without saying – but please check references and make sure you are safe before meeting random strangers who want to shoot you. I have worked with some of the most amazing photographers that I met via Instagram and Facebook but I have also had some bad experiences as well.  I would like to say everyone has good intentions, but that is not always the case. Use your best judgement.

  1. Submit – Even if There Are Height Requirements

This one is important. I have had many instances in my career where I applied for a modeling gig which had a height requirement of 5’8” and above, and I still got the job. Now I’m not saying you should lie about your height, but don’t be afraid to try and apply to opportunities just because you are a few inches short of the cutoff. Sometimes you will have the perfect look and the client will be willing to overlook the height factor.

At the end of the day, the worst that can happen is the client says no. At least you tried and at least you put yourself out there. If you don’t try, the answer will always be no.

There are many things you can do to start your journey as a petite model, but it will take work. Don’t expect anything to happen overnight and be prepared for a solid amount of rejection. If you are truly passionate about it, no amount of rejection will stop you.  I would love to hear your thoughts – let me know if you have any other ideas in the comment section below

PHOTO CREDITS: Photography by Ethan Alex | Hair and Makeup by Kelly Marie 

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Happy official first day of Summer! To celebrate, I’m sharing pictures from a recent shoot I did with Korveil Photography!

The weather is perfect in Chicago, and I was inspired to do a natural & airy beach shoot. I’m loving the trend of off the shoulder and crop tops this summer, so I played around with several looks ranging from bohemian, to California chic. Over the years, I’ve learned that less is more, and the simple outfits are often the ones that make the biggest impact!

My first outfit is a simple black crop top with white jeans. I love this top because you can wear the sleeves long, or roll them up to create a ¾ puffy sleeve. Super fun for the summer!

My second outfit is a black crop tank top with high waisted black jeans and a black floppy hat. This looks is unique, and I love the way it enhances my curves. It was hard to find a good pair of black denim shorts, but Billabong saved the day with these. They are short in the front, but long enough in the back that you get full coverage.  Definitely a go to outfit for me this summer!

Last, I wore a simple white swing tank top and dark wash ripped jeans from Target. I was SO excited to find these jeans, as Target now sells extra short hemmed skinny jeans in all their stores! Absolutely no tailoring required, and they come in about 6 different washes (I bought one in every color!). I can’t tell you the last time I was able to find a pair of skinny jeans that fit perfectly and were affordable! Thank you Target!!

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Long Sleeve Crop Top by Windsor Store | Black Tank Crop Top by Forever 21 | Shorts by Billabong | Floppy Hat by Target | White Swing Tank by Target | Jeans by Target | Hair by Bellami Hair | Photography by Korveil

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If you’re anything like me, spray tans are an absolute necessity. Let me put this in perspective for you –  You know when you go to the makeup aisle and see all the foundations in various shades of skin tone colors ranging from light to dark? You know the shade at the VERY far left, the lightest light shade that looks almost white? Yeah, that shade is usually too dark for my natural skin tone.

I have always loved being tan – everything looks better against sun kissed, radiant, glowing skin.  As a model, I am required to be camera ready at all times of the year, which includes looking healthy and tan. Unfortunately, with all the dangers that come with regular tanning beds, I am in a fully committed relationship with my local spray tanning salon. I am there almost weekly, and have become a self-proclaimed professional spray tanner.

Over the years, I have learned many tricks to perfecting the spray tan. It’s definitely not an easy process, and requires a bit of TLC. However let’s be honest – it’s WAY better than getting skin cancer. Here are my top tips for getting a spray tan and making it last!

  1. Take Care of Your Skin Before Tanning

Before you even step into the tanning salon, you need to prep your skin for the spray tan. This includes exfoliating your skin in the shower (loofas or body wash scrubs work well), shaving, and making sure you are 100% clean. Do not add any lotion to your skin before visiting the salon. It will create a barrier between your skin and the tan, which is more likely to create streak lines. I even avoid wearing makeup, deodorant, and perfumes so there is nothing that could cause streaks on my skin.

The salon reps will usually try to sell you an “extender” lotion when you check in, and these lotions can range anywhere from $30 – $100 dollars for one bottle! Do not be fooled – these will not do anything for your tan. They are a gimmick, and will not help extend your tan. Trust me, I have tried them all and nothing has made my tan last longer than 5 or 6 days, which is what the tan lasts without it anyway. Save yourself some money – tanning is expensive enough as it is!

  1. Tanning Machine Choices: Versa or Mystic

Unless you want to look like Snooki from The Jersey Shore or Donald Trump, DO NOT use Mystic Tanning beds. They have a very orange undertone to their tanning solution, which will leave you looking like a flaming hot Cheeto.  The Versa Spa solution has purple and brown undertones, which make you look like you actually got your tan from the sun – you know, kind of the whole point of tanning.  They also have a wide range of shades and additional options. Which now leads me to my next tip….

  1. Choose the Correct Shade

There are several shades you can choose from with the Versa Spa. Light, Medium and Dark are the three main colors, but you can also choose from a variety of “extra” features including Clear, Bronze, and Catalina.  My personal favorite is Medium with Bronzer, although I will also opt for Dark Bronze on special occasions such as vacations or photoshoots (I used Dark with Bronzer in the picture above). The bronzer will leave your skin just a touch warmer than the clear solution. Plus, you will get instant color rather than having to wait 8 hours for the rest of the solution to develop. The Catalina is another bronzer, however it is only available in the “pro” version of the Versa Spa, which is a bit more expensive. I got a Catalina tan one time, and was asked by my waitress if I had just been to Jamaica for a month. It is EXTREMEMLY dark with deep purple undertones.  If you are pale like me, be aware that it will be a drastic change of your natural skin tone.

  1. Wear Loose Fitting Clothing To Get Your Tan – If Possible Wear Sandals

This is not the time to wear your skinniest, tightest jeans. Think about it – your tan takes 8 hours to develop and 1 hour to dry. If you get into super tight jeans immediately after your spray, chances are some of it will rub off your skin. I usually wear the lightest yoga/sweatpants I own, a very loose fitting shirt with no bra, and flip flops so the color doesn’t rub off my feet. This is not a fashion show people! Also, avoid wearing white or light colors as the solution tends to rub off a bit onto your clothes and dye them brown. It does wash out well in the laundry, but I recommend still trying to avoid it if at all possible.

  1. Don’t Shower or Sweat for 24 Hours

I know it sucks, especially because the spray tan solution is not the best smelling thing in the whole world. The tanning specialists usually say to wait about 8 hours before showering or sweating, but I like to try for 24 hours. I’ve noticed it helps the longevity of my tan if I wait. I usually tan at night so I can let it develop when I sleep.

  1. Wash Your Hands About 10 Minutes After Getting Your Tan

This one may seem counter intuitive; however, I highly recommend washing your hands about 10 minutes after you get the tan. Don’t scrub with soap, but rather run your hands under lukewarm water for a few seconds.  Your knuckles tend to absorb solution more than the rest of your hand, which will make your hands look orange and splotchy. I promise, washing your hands won’t completely get rid of the solution, but it will soften the impact of the bronzer in your knuckle creases and wrists.

  1. Do Not Use Any Body Washes With Micro Beads or Loofas Until You’re Ready to Scrub the Tan Off

Do NOT use a loofa on your skin when you have a spray tan. That will almost always scrub it off, leaving your skin looking blotchy. Make sure that you avoid all exfoliators and go for gentle cleansers instead.

  1. Always Pat Dry

When you go to dry off after a dip in the pool or a shower, don’t rub your skin with your towel. That is a guarantee to make your tan rub off. Instead, pat yourself dry with a towel. Much more time consuming, but it will substantially help preserve the life of your tan.

  1. Apply Lotion Daily After You Shower

Rule of thumb – when your skin cracks, so will your tan! Use non-oil based lotions to keep your skin hydrated and prolong the life of your tan. It will lock in moisture and color on your skin, and will also help your skin fade evenly so it doesn’t look like you are a Dalmatian. Also, avoid getting burnt by the sun because once you start peeling, your tan will peel too.

  1. Make Sure You Have Scrubbed Off the Older Tan Before Re-Spraying

When your tan has mostly faded and it’s time to re-up, make sure you have scrubbed off the “loose” tanning solution on your body before getting a second tan. The parts that usually go first are under and between “the girls”, the stomach, and inner thighs. Make sure you have scrubbed off the old tan before getting a new one so it doesn’t overlap and give you multi colored skin.

Photo by Anthony Tran of Th1rd Party Photo | Spray Tan by Palm Beach Tan  | Swimsuit and Coverup by Hot Miami Styles | Hair by Bellami Hair

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The Urban Petite Fashion Blog by Stephanie Morgan - 8M ago

Happy Monday friends! I’m so happy its finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago! We had such a beautiful weekend –  the weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, and Summer is well on its way.

I’m really loving this trend of ‘Cold Shoulder’ tops for spring – especially in this gorgeous blush color. The detailed ruffles on the sleeves add a perfect feminine touch, without being overpowering for my small frame. This is also a great cut to accentuate your shoulders! I paired this top with white jeans, nude heels, a nude bag and rose-gold jewelry for a fun accent.

I’m so excited to collaborate with J&J Petite Boutique for this post! They are an online store catering specifically for petite women who are 5’4” and under, so no need for a tailor! Their clothing line is very affordable, and made with great quality fabrics. As a petite woman myself, it’s always exciting to find stores that not only make ‘true to size’ clothing for petites, but also use all petite models for their website! This is my new go-to store for all things petite!

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Chandler Top by JJ Petite Boutique | Jeans by Target | Bag by Michael Kors | Necklace by Touchstone Crystal | Bracelets by Dainty Wrist Jewelry | Shoes by Target | Hair by Bellami Hair | Photography by Sandy Zmuda

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