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Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey Results: Part 3

It looks like this is going to a four-part result series. These results talk about undergarment, lingerie, shoes, accessories, and costumes. Do these numbers surprise you? Why or Why not?

What is your #1 concern when it comes to plus-size undergarments?
Comfort 20%
Fit 40%
Style 19%
Price 19%
Other 1%

Where do you purchase your undergarments?

Major Department Stores 41%
Discount Retailers 15%
Plus-Size Retailers 27%
Online Only 4%
Specialty Lingerie Retailers 11%  

Do you wear plus-size lingerie?
Yes 58%
No 22%
I would if I could find it. 7%
I don’t wear lingerie. 12%

Do you have a problem finding shoes that are wide enough?
Yes 19%
No 40%
Sometimes 40

What is the ONE accessory that you find most difficult to find, because of size issues?
Bracelets 12%
Hats 8%
Belts 44%
Rings 12%
I don’t have a problem finding accessories that fit. 24%

Do you have a problem finding plus-size costumes?

Yes 43%
No 47%
I make my own costumes. 10%

When it comes to plus-size costumes, what is the ONE major issue in regards to fit?

Their sizes run too small. 26%
The costumes are uncomfortable. 6%
The costumes are too revealing. 14%
They don’t offer a variety of sizes. 16%
I don’t have any problems with plus-size costumes. 37%

‘Just My Size’ Maria Teza talks Brand & Fashion Show

Last month, No.1 plus-size apparel brand JMS/Just My Size hosted a fashion show in New York City. They unveiled their holiday styles and even previewed their spring and summer fashions. The models strutted down the runway in colorful styles accented with metallic, lace, and beaded embellishments. Sold at Walmart, each style was priced below $25! Just take a look for yourself and you might notice a few fellow bloggers in the audience.

I was given the opportunity to ask Maria Teza, director/general manager of JMS, a few questions about the event, plus size fashion, and the JMS brand.

Q. What was your favorite moment from the fashion show in NYC?
My favorite moment from the fashion show in NYC was seeing the looks come out on our beautiful plus-size models whose silhouettes represent a range of real women. It is important to us as a brand to show our clothes on truly plus-size women.

Q. What were some of your favorite pieces from that show?
My favorites include the embossed velvet boyfriend shirt and black tee paired with our seamed legging. For work, it’s the Solution Pant with printed tank and cocoon jacket that always looks polished and professional. And the dresses are fantastic.

Q. What did you learn from the bloggers who attended the event?
We learned just how informed and passionate about plus size fashion these bloggers are. They really engaged with our design team to address what they feel works in plus size fashion and what opportunities exist.

The intent of the Just My Size Style Symposium is to look for new and exciting ways to connect with the plus-size woman, and to provide her with the information and resources she wants. We know the Just My Size woman is an avid online user. She goes online for information and to tap into a community.

Q. What makes JMS different from other plus retailers?
Just My Size is dedicated to the plus-size woman. Everything we design is expressly for her, and each silhouette is developed specifically with her body shape in mind. Also, the Just My Size senior design team is plus, so we get it. We understand her fit and style needs at a very personal level.

Q. Who is the JMS woman?
The JMS woman is confident and comfortable because JMS clothing gives her great-fitting, stylish options to make her look and feel terrific!

Q. What do you think is the biggest misconception the public has about plus size fashion?
Do I have to limit it to one!

One of the biggest misconceptions if that you can’t find style at a value. That is simply not true, and JMS is a great example of that. We have great basics, terrific trend-right pieces, as well as items that mix and match to create entire wardrobes—all at a tremendous value.

Another misconception is that plus size fashion is for women that aren’t that interested in or who don’t demand fashionable and stylish clothing.

Q. What can we expect from JMS in the future and the upcoming collections?
For Winter/Holiday, our theme is “soft luxe” with an influx of soft fabrics in rich, vibrant colors such as purple, ruby red and teal. We’re combining these soft fabrics with beautiful prints, including animal prints and feminine florals, and adding in touches of lace and metallics. The bottoms are slim – jeggings, leggings and slim leg pants all designed with her shape in mind.

Heading into 2011, our collection for Spring is fresh and bright. There beautiful shades of pinks, corals and blues that we’ve paired with neutrals in khaki and loden. We expect the military influence to be big for Spring, so we’ve translated that trend into pants with cargo pockets, tabs and brass accents.

Summer has a fun, Moroccan beat with vibrant colors and touches of macrame, wood beading and lace. We’re introducing gauze fabrics that are very light and easy to wear in a beautiful collection of versatile summer dresses in different lengths.

*all images and video courtesy of Just My Size. 

Sealed with a Kiss “Pink Turkey Sale”

**Update! Here’s your chance to win a 50% off “Pink Turkey Pass.” All you have to do is visit Sealed with Kiss Designs and leave a comment below telling me what you’re going to buy with this 50% off pass! Make sure you leave a valid email address!

Looking for that amazing Thanksgiving sale? Check out Sealed with a Kiss Designs “Pink Turkey Sale!” Register and you may get 50%, 40%, 30%, or 20% off anything in the entire store! Go here for more information! 

Giveaway Closed!!

The Holiday Dress Giveaway! Dress #1

The Holiday Dress Giveaway is here! Yay! Every week until mid-December, I’m giving you a chance to win your holiday dress! Yes, I am a festive holiday-loving person! This week, this dress is courtesy of ME! I was shopping at Ross (one of my bargainsita faves) for a dress to wear on New Year’s Eve and I saw this beauty below!

It’s an R&M Richards (size 24 only!) and it retails for $79, but Ross is selling it for $29. They didn’t have my size (boo!), but I couldn’t let it go. I felt that someone should have it. I’m sorry, but the pictures do not do this dress justice. It really sparkles and would make a fab NYE dress! Read below for details on how to enter!

To Enter: Leave a comment, along with a valid email address, telling me what your favorite holiday “go to” look is. Is it your fave sequin dress? Do you wear candy cane earrings? Mistletoe?

Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents and only one entry per person. Ends 11/21/10.

Giveaway Closed!

The Art of Jewelry I

When do you consider jewelry to be a piece of art? Does it have to stand out? Make a statement? Catch every passerby’s attention? When I wear a piece of jewelry I would like it to do all of the above. Sometimes, I’m not so brave. But, I’m about to change that. I will now be on the lookout for those special pieces. Here are a few that have made the cut. Most are designer and are out of my price range, but I can sure use them as inspiration. Which one is your fave?

Beauty Review & Giveaway: Johnson’s Baby Oil Body Wash

Would you like to smell as fresh as a baby’s bottom? I do! That’s why I jumped at the chance to review Johnson’s Baby Oil Body Wash. Who wouldn’t want to try a trusted product like this? And you don’t have to be a baby to use it.

Product Info: Johnson’s Baby Oil Body Wash-retails at $3.99 for 13.5 oz

Product Claim: Cleans and helps hydrate dry skin leaving it feeling baby soft. Formulated with Johnson’s Baby Oil to leave skin feeling moisturized all day long. Non-greasy, rich, creamy texture. Dermatologist and allergy-tested.

What I found out: Every time I use this I get a whiff of that baby oil fragrance, without it being overbearing (that reminds me of a baby’s bottom). The body wash seems a little “watered-down” so I was concerned that it wouldn’t lather up right. I was wrong; it lathers up like any other luxurious body wash. It doesn’t leave any residue or that baby oil greasy feel, which I loved. And it definitely made my skin feel softer after 2 weeks of using it.

Would I buy it again? Yes! I love this and the price! It’s $3.59 at Target.

Why it’s your lucky day: One lucky reader will win their own bottle of Johnson’s Baby Oil Body Wash! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you love the most about Johnson’s products. Only one comment per person and you must leave a valid email address. Giveaway ends 11/29/10 and is open to U.S. residents.

**Please read my disclaimer. I was not paid for this post. This is my honest opinion.

A Weekend of Friends & Fashion

 Whew! It’s Monday and I’m exhausted! Seriously! These girls (Reah, Denise, Marie, and Dawn) wore me out! LOL…well regardless I had an amazing weekend.

It all started with my friend Dawn coming over. We spent ALL day Saturday shopping. But, I didn’t really buy anything because the selection for curvy girls…well…there really wasn’t a selection.

I hate to complain, but this was just plain sad. Me…in a mall…and I only bought one thing? You might have read my tweets, but in case you didn’t I was very disappointed in the Macy’s at the Glendale Galleria. The woman’s department was on the third floor, stuck in the corner, under really bad lighting, and the so-called “selection” was definitely lacking.

I was shocked to find a navy blue Alfani top I liked, but I didn’t take an outfit pic. Sorry! Of course there was a Torrid and Lane Bryant…so no complaints there. But, nothing really caught my eye. After our shopping excursion, we heading out for a couple of drinks and dancing in Hollywood. It was fun! On Sunday, I had an amazing brunch with the hubby and Dawn. Then it was off to Target in West Hollywood, to be disappointed AGAIN! They only had 3 racks of plus sizes! Come on! Geez! I think I’m going to start boycotting some retailers until they realize the changes they need to make. Who’s with me?

Anywhoo…Sunday night I headed out to the lovely Chenese Lewis’ birthday party here in L.A. I love that lady…unfortunately I didn’t get a pic with the sparkling birthday girl. I did get to catch up with the girls and we had an amazing time. Everyone looked stunning, of course!

This was the outfit I was going to wear, but I changed my mind at the last minute.

But, can I just say that I LOVE the way this dress fits! It’s from Size Appeal (gifted) and it is an amazing body hugging and curve enhancing dress! I couldn’t help it…the leopard print had me!

I love the whole 80’s vibe I feel when I wear it. I bought this necklace from Target, the leggings are from Bali (gifted), and my shoes are by Jessica Simpson. You might have seen Stylish Curves wearing it. Two different looks, one amazing Size Appeal dress.

The dress retailed for under $40 and there are a lot more like it here.

New & Improved La Grande Dame Web Site!

La Grande Dame is officially launching their newly designed web site tomorrow, Tuesday November 16th!

“The new site isn’t just beautiful, it is easy to use.  Plus, we have designed it to make shopping for plus size clothing easier.  Shoppers can learn about the various body types and then shop for styles that will fit them!.”  Said La Grande Dame Co-founder Michelle Wood.

To celebrate the redesign, from November 16th-23rd, La Grande Dame is giving everyone 20% off the entire site! PLUS doorbusters for the first 50 shoppers. Doorbusters include free merchandise and gift certificates! One lucky shopper will win a $500 shopping spree to La Grande Dame. Even all newsletter subscribers will be entered for a chance to win. Use the coupon code LAUNCH20 for 20% off


“So many women feel they don’t deserve to buy beautiful clothing for themselves until they lose weight or because they are too fat to look good in anything. That’s ridiculous, if women wear clothes made for their particular body type in wonderful fabrics, every woman can look and feel great” exclaims Wood.

Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey Results: Part 2

What do you take into consideration FIRST when purchasing clothing?

Price 43%
Fit 32%
Style 23%
Designer Label 0%
Other 2%

When viewing plus-size retailer’s/designers advertisements, what makes you want to shop with them?

The models they use. 6%
The way the clothes fit on the models. 29%
Their use of “real” women in ads. 23%
The sale or promotion in the ad. 15%
Ads don’t affect me. 26%

Name the #1 reason you continue to shop at your favorite retailer?
The staff. 1%
The availability of stock and sizes. 39%
Their prices. 34%
The quality of the merchandise. 21%
Other 4

How important is it that a retailers staff make you feel comfortable and welcome?
Very Important 54%
Somewhat Important 37%
Not Important 3%
Don’t care either way. 5%

When shopping , what is the ONE MAJOR problem you find in plus-size clothing?

Overall fit 10%
Too tight in chest area. 6%
Too loose in chest area. 4%
Length of pants or dresses are too short. 4%
Length of pants or dresses are too long. 4%
Sizes runs too big for you. 0%
Size run too small for you. 2%
Sleeves are too tight around your upper arms. 8%
The waist area fits awkwardly 11%
I don’t have any problems. 1%
Not trendy enough. 43%
Too trendy. 0%
Other 5%

OOTD: Plaid, Cheap, and Easy?

Oh Target…this is another reason I love you!

I picked up this Converse One Star plaid dress for only $7 on clearance! I will admit it’s around two sizes too big, but nothing a little alteration won’t take care of. Besides if you just tie the strings in the back really tight, you can’t even tell.

This is the first plaid item I’ve bought for myself this season, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I love this dress!! It’s very comfortable and I love the military style brass buttons.

I wore a simple black cardigan, Assets opaque tights, Old Navy brass earrings (which you can’t see), and my boots from last season.

You know I love to keep things simple and easy. And this was! Oh…and the weather is starting to cool down, so I’m extra happy in the pic! LOL