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Spring Trends: Geometric, Tribal, and Ikat Prints

Repeat after me…”Prints are my friend.” Don’t be afraid of this daring spring trend. Geometric, tribal, and ikat are definitely the eye-attracting prints to wear this spring. If you’re not into the much loved floral print, then this may be for you.

Any of the tops can be worn with a simple solid color legging or even a skinny jean. I have my eye on #2 and #11. I love the idea of a chic long layered necklace as an accessory. Or even a solid color skinny belt can add definition.

My golden rule: Try not to wear more than one style of print, no combining here! The print is already your bold statement piece.

An Evening Affair

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What a fun night! My hubby and I were invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration. It was a true honor to be there and witness their love. There was a live band and everything. Yes, I do dance.

I was worried the dress might have been too short or showed too much cleavage. But, I think it was OK. Right? lol

This whole outfit costs….$65! Not bad, considering I can wear these pieces over and over. The only thing about the dress was the belt. It kept coming undone, so I had to fix it with an emergency bobby pin. The shoes weren’t the most comfortable, but they worked. I even got a few compliments.

**Sorry about the weird expression on my face…hahahaha…it was the best pic of the bunch.

Real on the Runway

Bravo Mark Fast!! Real women on the runway, again.
Look at these lovely ladies at London Fashion Week.
Wearing Mark Fast’s fall 2010 line proud.
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True Beauty: Emme

In 1994, People Magazine named model Emme, one of their ‘Most Beautiful People.”
Looking forward, she says, “to the day when we don’t put people down because of their size,” Emme sometimes lectures at high schools near her Leonia, N.J., home. Her message: “Don’t kill yourself trying to change your body. Change the way you think about your body.”-People Magazine

In the News: The Negatives of Plus-Size

**I found this article about 30 minutes ago. Please, Please, Please leave a comment and tell Mrs. Richardson what you think about her article. I sure did. Click on the title for the link.

The negatives of plus-size
The Daily Iowan

BYGRETA HAGEN-RICHARDSON| FEBRUARY 19, 2010 7:30 AM

We are in the midst of the hottest time in fashion. February begins the Fashion Week parade that jumps from New York to London to Paris, complete with the walking pieces of art that will hit (mostly elite) stores in the spring. Implicit in your thoughts on couture designers and bright runways are the models. While the exact shape of the model changes to express the zeitgeist of the decade, the actual size has basically stayed the same. This year, however, more than one designer has chosen to include the generally dreaded (in the fashion world at least) plus-size model. Rumors abound from London and New York about the opposition to this new inclusion.

So what is all the hubbub about? Despite my very secure self-identification as a feminist, I find myself a bit out of sorts where this topic is involved. While I oppose the idea of size-0 models as the only representation of the female form on the runway, I don’t think I am a fan of the size-12 models either.

Read the rest here…

Handbag Delight: Beige is back?

Nine West at ShopStyle

**I was at the mall yesterday and I saw tons of handbags in these colors. I’m wondering if you think this color bag can be used year round. Or just a spring/summer color?

Beauty: NYFW Fall 2010

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As you can see, the fall runway produced a very simple and attainable look. For the most part, the makeup was light and the hair was wavy. I have always been a fan of the soft lip and strong eye. Oscar de la Renta’s look was a little bit darker than the others, but the women look stunning.
Which designer’s beauty look is your favorite?

Vintage for the Curvy

It’s no secret that vintage clothing for curvy gals is hard to come by. I did a little research and I wanted to share it with you. Here are a just a few sellers on Etsy and the web. Vintage clothing is not only Eco-friendly shopping, but I see it as a great way to find one-of-a-kind high quality pieces for your wardrobe. Read this for guidelines before you buy any vintage clothing.

*If you know of any other sites that sell vintage please leave a comment with the link. Thanks!

This LBD was made for shopping!

My feet hurt! I spent 4 hours at the mall today. I promise I’m not complaining about the shopping part, just the feet. I picked up a few accessories for that F21 dress I bought. I hope it all comes together. I also spent my Sephora gift card from Xmas. And I stopped by H&M and found out they carry size 14 and sometimes 16. I think we should start a petition to get them to carry our sizes! Who’s with me?

Anyways…L.A. was really beautiful today, it was in the 70’s. I didn’t want to wear pants, so I threw on this new dress compliments of Shade Clothing. It’s so comfortable and it has pockets! There’s a band at the waist and pleating, which is flattering btw. The second photo, is what I’m wearing now. I am going to have dinner with the in-laws and now it’s a little chilly. I love wearing tights and boots.

What do you wear when you go shopping?

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Peacock Pretty?

There were angels, butterflies, flowers, bows, and sparrows. Every season, a new print explodes into our wardrobes.

This season, you can’t walk into your favorite boutique without trying on at least one item with the peacock design. It’s everywhere.

The question is…are you buying it?

Spring Trends: Safari

Welcome to the Curves and Chaos jungle! This safari spring trend is for the fashionista woman warrior.

Colors like camel, khaki, and Army green can be incorporated into any wardrobe. A simple white tee, tank, or blouse is key for bottoms. Tops go great with jeans.

Don’t forget your accessories either. Canvas bags and wood adorned jewelry add an edge to any outfit. I can’t forget the basketweave-inspired shoe. It’s definitely on my shopping list…along with #5.

My golden rule: Be confident in whatever you wear. Remember, it’s an urban jungle out there!