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The Curvy Collective & Full Figured fashion Week(end)™

The other day on twitter I made a comment about going to sleep with fashion on my mind and waking up with fashion on my mind. And the news I got yesterday, just confirmed what the next two months will be like!

On October 28-30th L.A. will be home to Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™! I was informed yesterday that I will be part of The Curvy Collective! Yay!

The Curvy Collective is a collaborative social network of plus size fashion bloggers and digital magazines for the industry leading Full Figured Fashion Week™.

As a part of The Curvy Collective, I get the honor of being involved in pretty much all that goes on during these three amazing days! This means I get to share the latest news and behind the scenes events with all of you!

The schedule of events was released today and I am seriously too excited! Just look below!

Thursday, October 28

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ Opening Reception and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Friday, October 29

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc® presents “The PLUS Side of Business” – Featuring Successful Businesses that cater to the Plus Size Community

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
New and Aspiring Models Panel Discussion/Seminar

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The State of the Curvy Community – A Panel Discussion

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Designer Trunk Sale and Shopping Event

Saturday, October 30

Semi Formal Finale Runway Event (Plaza Pavilion)
5:30 – 6:30 PM – VIP Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 PM – Doors Open for General Admission Arrivals
7:00 PM – Runway Show Begins
10:00 PM Masquerade After Party (The X Bar at the Hyatt Regency)

Christian Siriano & Lela Rose for Payless Collection

Fashion has hit a recent trend lately; designers are making their designs available to the fashion-lusting public. Not everyone can afford a $1000 pair of shoes. Instead, it’s time to get fashion at more reasonable prices. Payless ShoeSource is here to make sure of that.

Inspired by African, Indian and Chinese influences mixed with measures of elegant opulence, the Christian Siriano Spring 2011 hit the runway last week at New York Fashion Week.

Not only did his clothes make their debut, but his Payless ShoeSource line debuted as well for their Guest Designer collections.

Four styles, inspired by his spring line, represent international cities in four different regions: Shanghi with its heavy Chinese influence; Mumbai inspired by Buddhist temple architecture; Nairobi heavily influenced by the neckpieces worn by the women of the Padaung tribe of Southeast Asia; and Zanzi, a bootie that features strong African influences.

Christian Siriano’s 2011 collection will not only include shoes, but handbags as well and will hit stores in February. All under $60! The Lela Rose collection will also debut for Payless in the spring of 2011.

The Lela Rose collection is also inspired by an international location…Lima, Peru. According to Payless, her inspiration is a “strong mix of old-meets-new cultures and architectures at various stages of development in the city.” This collection includes five key styles where old-meets-new and Peruvian textile inspirations. These designs are names after streets of Lima: “Loreto with its striated wedge heel inspired by the city’s hillside landscape; Magdalena accented with a rich brown raffia-wrapped textile wedge sole; Olaya, a T-strap with a wedge sole wrapped in an iconic Peruvian navy-clay colored woven textile; Canevaro a T-strap dress heel; and Olivos, the all-satin cocktail shoe.”

“Each season we eagerly await the latest creations from our designer partners,” said LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless ShoeSource. “For the Spring ’11 season, Christian Siriano and Lela Rose have yet again delivered head-turning footwear and handbag styles that beautifully express their unique design points of view. From Christian’s flair for edgy and powerful looks to Lela’s ‘classic with a twist’ aesthetic, we are proud to debut distinctive, high-fashion styles at prices that everyone can enjoy. The accessibility of these runway looks is at the heart of our commitment to democratizing fashion.”

Images courtesy of CONEXIÓN

Fall Trends 2010: Military

If there is ever a trend I can relate to the most, it’s definitely military fashion. Yes, my curvy friends, I did serve in the U.S. military. To this day, you will not find me wearing anything camouflage or combat boots. I wore them for five years and that’s enough for me. But, everything else in this trend is OK. If anything I love the symmetry of the buttons. Chic without overpowering your outfit. Can someone please buy me the ASOS Curve Military Knitted Cape? Please?

Will the military trend make it to your closet this fall?

OOTD: Simply Reworked

When it comes to re-working pieces into different outfits, there’s no better way to do that than with simple accessories. For example. You’ve seen this top from Torrid here and my favorite Old Navy skinny jeans a ton of times. Since my wallet has been on lock down lately, I haven’t been able to go shopping. So, I do what everyone does…rework pieces I’ve already worn. Today, I went to a womens luncheon with my cousin and I just wanted to be comfy. All I did to change things up was add earrings from Target, a Mudd Eternity Scarf (Kohls $9.99 on sale), and plum pumps by Candie’s ($5.00 on clearance).

How do you like to mix things up in your outfits?

One Stop Plus Giveaway ends 9/12!

Win $1000? Yes, please! In honor of their upcoming fashion show on September 15th, during New York’s Fashion week, One Stop Plus wants to give you a new fall wardrobe! (Sorry, I’m a little late on this giveaway.) OSP is giving you a chance to win a $1000 gift card. All you have to do is post an OSP outfit on their Facebook wall. They’ll choose 10 finalists and the person with the most “likes” wins. It’s simple! But, hurry! It ends September 12th at midnight EST.

Look below for this GREAT interview by BBC with OSP’s editorial director Nancy Le Winter.

NYFW Day 2 Recap

Jason Wu and Ports 1961 stole my heart on day 2 of New York’s Fashion Week. I am in love with these Spring 2011 collections. I didn’t want to bombard you with photos, so I only choose a few. The day was filled with feminine touches, flowing fabric, and abstract prints and cuts. Not bad day 2, let’s see what day 3 brings. Oh, btw…I can totally see most of these pieces on this curvy silhouette!

Which collection is your favorite so far?

Kitten Heel Comeback

Are you a shoe lover who’s not loving the heel height of your favorite pair of shoes? (Raises Hand) If so, you’re definitely going to love this latest shoe trend, the classic kitten heel. It’s time to bring it down a notch.

The kitten heel was introduced in the 1950’s with a heel height of no more than 2 inches. Some, brands like these Anne Taylor pumps below are 2 1/2 inches high. I remember when I wouldn’t wear anything higher than 2 inches! I’ve dared to go to 3 inches, my feet miss the kitten heels. Looks like it’s time to go shoe shopping!

Are you a fan of the kitten heel?

Torrid House of Dream Winners

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Look at the lovely curvy ladies who made the cut and won the 2010 Torrid House of Dream model search. They were voted on by you! Aren’t they beautiful! Congrats! They’ve all won a trip to L.A. and they get to strut their stuff on the catwalk at an exclusive Torrid VIP fashion event.

Stella & Dot Giveaway!

Have you ever styled an entire outfit around your jewelry? No? You will once you’ve set your eyes on the glorious boutique style pieces from Stella & Dot. If you’ve heard of Stella & Dot, then you know their reputation for on trend designs, timeless creations, and amazing personal service.

“Stella & Dot is a company inspired by and created for strong women- just like you.”

Kacie Keenan, a Stella & Dot Stylist, wants to give you an opportunity to own a Stella & Dot design. That’s why she’s giving you a chance to win a $25 jewelry credit! Just look at a few of the pieces below from their Fall/Winter Collection.

The Adrienne Mixed Chain Necklace or Fringe Hoop earrings could be yours! These are such versatile pieces, dress them up or dress them down. You really can’t go wrong. The Anastasia Brooch has me drooling over here!

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Not only is Kacie giving you a chance to win the $25 credit, but she’s also giving any Los Angeles or Orange County resident an opportunity to host a Stella & Dot trunk show at your home. You could receive $100s in free jewelry! And if you book a trunk show with her in September, October, or November, you will receive a free bracelet ($29 value) added to your hostess order. Go to her web site now for more information.

How to enter:

  • Click here and go to Kacie’s Stella & Dot web site and leave a comment telling us which piece you love from their Fall/Winter Collection. Please leave a valid email address or twitter i.d.
  • For an extra entry tweet the following “Completing my Fall/Winter look with the #StellaandDot and #CurvesandChaos Giveaway! http://bit.ly/9Nw9IA” . Please make sure to leave a comment with the tweet, or it will not be counted.

Rules:

  • Contest is only open to U.S. residents.
  • This credit is only valid with Stella & Dot Stylist Kacie Keenan.
  • You must be 18-years-old or older to enter.
  • Winner will be chosen at random using Random.Org.
  • Ends 9/26/10.

**Read my disclosure policy here.

**Contest Closed**

Fall Trends 2010: Chunky Knits

The overcast weather here in L.A. really has me thinking about fall more than ever. So, I couldn’t help but post this trend. The chunky knit is not only a trend for fall/winter of 2010 but, it is always a trend every year. Who doesn’t like to look fabulous while keeping warm? For me it’s a given! I love cable knit sweaters!! I actually have two in my closet from last season, I can’t wait to wear. I am also on the hunt for a chunky knit beret. Will fall just hurry up and get here already!

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  1. Dorothy Perkins Grey Cable Roll Neck Jumper £35.00
  2. Urban Outfitters Staring At Stars Chunky Diamond Knit Beret $24.00
  3. ASOS Curve Aran Boyfriend Cardigan $64.03
  4. Avenue Cable Edge Knit Cardigan $36.90
  5. Alloy Cable Tunic $31.90
  6. Faith 21 Cable Sweater Cardigan $34.80
  7. Forever 21 Fingerless Cable Gloves $6.80
  8. Urban Outfitters BDG Cable Knit Scarf $24.00
  9. Old Navy Button-Front Cable-Knit Capes $44.50
  10. Evans Chocolate Rib Wrap £29.50
  11. Next Grey Cable Collar Cardigan $77.00
  12. Macy’s Style & Co. Cap Sleeve Cable Knit Tunic $29.98