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FFFWeek: Kmart’s LYS Blogger Brunch

Tonight is my last night in New York City and I’m already going to miss it. But, I am really glad to get home and catch up on my one million emails and posts that I have to do.

One thing I’m really looking forward to is hitting up my local Kmart to check out their LYS Love Your Style, Love Your Size line. Last week, a bunch of us were invited to a brunch that showcased their summer looks and even previewed a few of their fall pieces. I love these events!

I will say that a lot of their stuff is very chic. I think they are definitely going to give these other plus size retailers a run for their money. They are trendy without being too junior and you know their price point is amazing. It is Kmart!

And you know I had to try and look cute with all these other fashionista bloggers. I wore this Rachel Pally dress, Dolce Vita wedges, and a necklace and bracelets from Avenue. I looooove the dress and the fact that it was long, but I kept getting caught on things. LOL It was really comfortable and so soft! Love ya Rachel Pally!!

Below are some of the bloggers and a few of the Kmart models working their designs.

Are you a fan of Kmart’s LYS line? 

Disclosure: The entry to event was courtesy of Kmart. I did receive a complimentary gift bag. The above is my true and honest opinion.

FFFWeek: The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel

If there is one thing I will take away from Full Figured Fashion Week, it has to be what I learned about our community. As part of The Fashion Front, we were involved in a lot of activities, but The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel was my favorite.

The panel consisted of Jill Hutchison of Sonsi, Katheryn Finney The Budget Fashionista, Madeline Figueroa-Jones of Plus Model Magazine, Jennene Biggins the Founder and CEO Voluptuous Woman Company, Leslie Medlik of Redress, and was moderated by Comedian Erica Watson.

We discussed so many things, but really focused on what our issues and needs are as a community, how we should support each other to succeed, price discrimination, availability of fashion, and the fashion industry.

The audience asked so many great questions! I was really honored to be in that room with so many amazing women and men. In fact, you’ve all inspired me so much, that I’ve decided to start a petition asking plus size retailers to use a wider variety of models in their ads. I think it really starts with them. You can sign the petition here or click on the widget on the side bar for more information. I would also encourage you to share it with your Facebook or Twitter friends.

At the end of the panel, I decided to take a few pics of the fashionable ladies in the room. If you’re wondering, I’m wearing a print smocked tank top courtesy off Lane Bryant, wide leg jeans courtesy of City Chic, and bracelets and sandals from Avenue.

Disclosure: I’m a member of The Fashion Front, which allowed me complimentary access into all events. Some items of my outfit were sponsored. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

FFFWeek: White on White Sunset Cruise Photos

 WOW, I can’t believe Full Figured Fashion Week is finally over. It’s such a bittersweet feeling. The events I attended were amazing and a step in the right direction for the plus size community.

I’ve never seen such support and love for us fashion loving curvy women.

Here are some images from the White on White Sunset Cruise that was held on Thursday night. What do you get when you invite a bunch of curvy girls wearing white on a boat? Fabulousness of course…and a lot of dancing.

Everyone looked great and proved that there are no rules in fashion! Who said we can’t or shouldn’t wear white? We proved them wrong…once again. Thanks for an unforgettable night Gwen and staff!!

I’m wearing a maxi dress from New York & Company, Jessica Simpson peep toe sling backs, an Aldo cross body bag and necklace, and bracelets from Avenue.


Disclosure: I’m a member of The Fashion Front, which allowed me complimentary access into all events. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

The Lane Bryant Blogger Conference

I think these days are going by a little too fast! Full Figured Fashion Week is in full effect!

Yesterday, I was a part of the Lane Bryant Blogger Conference, with a lot of my beautiful fellow bloggers.

We learned about how Lane Bryant decides on what trends and designs will make it into the next season. We even had a chance to preview a few pieces from their fall line. I’m loving the sequins.

The day was full of surprises! We were given the first look a the new HOT ad that’s about to hit for their T3 jeans and we were introduced to a limited edition Swarovski encrusted bra (See below)!

I got a chance to meet some of my favorite bloggers as well! They all looked fabulous…of course. We asked tons of great questions and really just learned so much about what makes Lane Bryant tick.

I wore the Print Maxi Dress and bangles (gifted by Lane Bryant), a Forever 21 necklace and earrings, and sandals from The Gap. I felt like a L.A. girl in New York City. Which I don’t really mind.

VP of Marketing Jay Dunn

The NEW T3 Ad

Limited Edition Swarovski Encrusted Bra
Fabulous Blogger Fashion
Disclosure: This event was sponsored by Lane Bryant. My entry and goodies were provided by them.

Full Figured Fashion Week Day 1

If you happen to see any words misspelled or words just left out of the sentence, it’s probably because I’m so exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good kind of exhausted!

I’m so grateful to be here in New York City for Full Figured Fashion Week. It’s such an amazing feeling to be surrounded by all of these people who care about the plus community and fashion industry.

Tonight was the first of events, the Media and Buyer’s Reception. It was held at the Sky Bar. It was such a beautiful day and that rooftop bar was packed! I met so many amazing designers and models. And reconnected with those whom I already know.

The outfit I wore tonight was courtesy of Lane Bryant. I wore the Curved Hem Dress by Seven7 , the Sequin Embellished Paisley Scarf in blue, and 9 Piece Bone Bangle Set. This dress is so amazingly comfortable and it’s pretty much made for any body type.

Here are a few pics. I loved all of the designs, especially the Queen Grace Collection and the Margaux Kouture dresses. I can’t wait for tomorrow! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @CurvesandChaos for day 2 of Full Figured Fashion Week!

Maddy of Plus Model Magazine
The Sky Bar

Hat by Arturo Rios by way of Curvysta.com

Gwen Devoe doing interviews

Model Griselangel

Sweetooth Couture

Queen Grace Collection

Model Allison
Margaux Kouture

Hot Summer Giveaway: Win a Torrid Swimsuit!

Want to make your summer a little bit hotter with a trendy and fun swimsuit? Torrid wants to make it happen.

The second “Hot Summer Giveaway” is all about not just giving you a fun swimsuit, but it’s about keeping you cool in the latest trends. And who doesn’t want to lay on the beach looking cute?

If you’re that one person, then you just might want to enter this giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with a Torrid swimsuit!

To enter:
Leave a comment telling me what swimsuit you’d pick from Torrid if you won. Please leave a valid email address.

Extra entries:
(Please leave separate comments for each one.)
“Like” Torrid on Facebook
Follow Torrid on Twitter

Rules: Must be 18yrs or older to enter. Only one entry per person unless the additional 2 entries are used, making it 3 maximum. Ends 6/22/11 and winner will be chosen using Random.org

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Torrid. 

Giveaway Closed!!

Full Figured Fashion Week…Here I come!

To say I’m excited about Full Figured Fashion Week is an understatement. As a member of The Fashion Front, I can’t wait for the events, networking, and THE FASHION! I am not only ready to show New York a bunch of curvy love, but I am ready to party with my girls!

And by the way…I leave tomorrow night. I haven’t packed a thing. In fact, I’m not even done shopping. LOL. Yes, I’m “that” person. I did finally get my runway finale dress! It’s a very hip hugging kind of dress. I can’t wait to show you. You will also see a couple of days of outfits from the “one and only” Lane Bryant.

I will post every day and tweet my heart out. Please follow me @CurvesandChaos for all the updates. If you’re going to any of the events, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you.

Full Figured Fashion not only means the world to me, but I know it means the world a lot of you. And now, the fashion world will see the mark we can and will make. Just look at some of the recent press it’s received:



Are you going to any of the Full Figured Fashion Week events?

TRI this ANGLE with Jewelery

I’m always on the look out for different pieces of jewelery. Especially, different shapes. And I’ve kind of been leaning towards triangles. It’s something a little different and always interesting. There’s nothing like adding a little bit of shape to your necklace, ring, bracelet, or your earrings. I love that black Marc Jacobs bangle. It’s on sale too! It probably won’t fit me because I have man hands! LOL

Do you own any triangle shaped jewelery?

My New Love Affair with H by Halston

I’ve been looking for a magenta shoe and I’ve found it. Say hello to my new love affair. I really don’t need many words to describe the love for a shoe. It’s something you either understand or you don’t. And doesn’t a picture speak a thousand words? Just look at these gorgeous H by Halston pumps/wedges I bought at Baker’s yesterday. Yes, they were on sale. Sorry, they aren’t on the web site. I think I actually drooled when I saw the sole on these shoes.

Beauty Buzz: VISINE Soothing Wipes for those pretty eyes!

Sometimes, I get a little weird about my eyes. It could be when a makeup artist is putting on eyeliner, rubbing them when I’m tired, or I feel like there a loose eyelash roaming around in there, and especially taking off my eye makeup.

I’ve tried the makeup up removing wipes, but sometimes they’ll burn my eyes. Does that happen to you? And what do you do when you have something irritating your eye? Do you splash it with water a million times, hoping it will come out?

Thank goodness I don’t worry about that anymore. A few months ago, I got a free sample of these VISINE Soothing Wipes. Hellooooo life saver! These bad boys remove eye makeup, irritants with a couple of gentle swipes and no burning! Yay! And like the name say’s, they are soothing. They retail for around $5.99 and up for 30 wipes, but there’s a coupon for $1 off here. Your eyes will thank you for it.

Disclosure: The item was gifted, this is NOT a paid post. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

OOTD: Feeling a Little Blue

I’m really not sad. LOL. I’m just loving this blue top! I bought this at a yard sale that was held by Stylist Reah Norman. Thanks Reah! It’s by Daniel Rainn and it has these amazing ruffles and pockets. You know how I feel about pockets. I wore it to a high school graduation last night. Which had a whopping 680 graduates by the way and it was in a sports arena! WOW.

Back to the outfit…I went simple with my jewelery, only because the color was so bold. My earrings are these cute little rhinestone bows I bought at Torrid and my bracelets are from Lane Bryant. My shoes are from the Kenneth Cole outlet. These suede wedges have a cool magenta stripe on the heel. The belt is from another top and I had to wear it because the top was a little big and I wanted to add some shape. I really liked this look, I’m guessing it was the color. It made me feel a little sassy! LOL

The Handbag Lover’s Best Kept Secret: Bags Bonanza

Handbag shopping is not for the weak. Buying that perfect bag isn’t an easy task. There’s so much to consider; style, color, price, size, designer, and the wow factor. I know! It’s stressful just thinking about it, right?

What if I told you there’s a place, where you can not only shop from an inventory of over 25,000 bags, but you can also sell your own handbags, interact with the sellers, and chat with your buyers all in one place? Do I have your bag obsessed attention now?

Bags Bonanza, is an online marketplace selling designer bags at discount prices. Now, it’s not just any normal marketplace. In fact it’s the best eBay alternative out there. Search for your future bag by brand, style, color, material, and price. It’s sooooo easy to use.

In fact, I’ve been on this vintage handbag kick lately. I found three vintage bags that I’m really interested in. The Dooney and Bourke ($144.95), Gucci ($139.00), and Coach ($18.95). OK, I know the Coach bag is an amazing price, but I’m loving the other one’s too! Ugh! Decisions…decisions.

If you decide you’d rather make a little cash, then selling on Bags Bonanza is really the way to go. Remember, when I said they were the best eBay alternative? Well, they are. Just take a look at their fees. They are over 50% lower. You can even start selling right away and you’ll get automatic Google promotion. Excuse me while I sift through my bag inventory…I just might start selling.

Find the handbag that was meant to be yours. Brands like Fendi, Christian Dior, Burberry, Chloe, and Louis Vuitton are waiting for you!  Visit www.Bags.Bonanza.com today.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bonanza.com, the best eBay alternative. The above is my true and honest opinion.