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L.A. Fashion Scene: La Maison de Fashion

On a very hot L.A. afternoon, I made my way to a hidden fashion gem on Melrose Ave, La Maison de Fashion. OK, it might not be hidden to the many fashion stylists of Los Angeles, but it was for me.

La Maison de Fashion is style house and boutique.  The space may be small, but the fabulousness of it is overwhelming. I wanted to touch everything. LOL. I really did. But, I didn’t. One thing about La Maison de Fashion you should know is they house various sizes, styles, and designers. And you can shop online here.

I was there to meet up with one of my favorite designers, Marina Zelner of Queen Grace Collection. We sat and chatted about fashion. She showed me a piece from the upcoming holiday collection. Very chic! Can I just say…Marina is amazingly sweet and really cares about fashion for the full-figured woman.

Here are a few photos of my visit.

Marina Zelner of Queen Grace Collection and I.
Marina Zelner of Queen Grace Collection and I.

Plus Model Magazine Blogger Conference Pics

I am missing NYC soooo much right now. The Plus Model Magazine blogger conference was so much fun. There’s just something about being around a group of women who love fashion as much as you do. Nevermind the fact that we all love and appreciate our curves. Everyone looked so beautiful and the confidence was beaming from that room. Once again, a BIG thank you to Plus Model Magazine and Just As You Are for inviting me.

Erica Watson was hilarious, as always, and the models were beautiful. Unfortunately, my batteries and back-up batteries died. I didn’t get any photos after the Just As You Are fashion show. I wanted to take photos of all the bloggers too. Boooooo! to dead batteries.

Meet Your ‘Fashion Genius’

How many of you are scared of online shopping? Not sure if the styles will suit you? Or is putting together an outfit online a pain in the butt?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you’re going to love this new online tool. Brought to you by Charming Shoppes, the Fashion Genius is here to the rescue.

In less than 3 minutes and with NO measurements required, Fashion Genius will identify your unique body shape & personal style preferences, and then match your style to the perfect bras, tops and pants … just right for you!

I will admit, I’m not a big fan of the term “flatter.” LOL. I’m more of an “enhance” kind of girl. But, that really doesn’t matter here. Because, when you take the survey and answer as truthfully as possible, you’ll get a lot of options.

You can take the survey on the Sonsi, Lane Bryant, Catherine’s, or Fashion Bug web site. Create, save, and share your outfits.

Try the Fashion Genius now.  

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am participating in the Sonsi Fashion Genius promotion. The above is my true and honest opinion.

NYFW is Red Hot!!

Red has been one of my favorite colors since I was a kid. And every time I saw a red piece from a designer at New York Fashion Week, I made a mental note. I knew I had to write a post about it.

The color red evokes passion and a fiery attitude. What else does it need to say? It’s fashion!

There’s a reason I love this color so much. And you will definitely see why below.

I don’t think I can even pick one of my favorites! I’m leaning towards the Christian Siriano pieces.

Which designer are you loving?

OSCAR DE LA RENTA SPRING 2012
OSCAR DE LA RENTA SPRING 2012
OSCAR DE LA RENTA SPRING 2012
OSCAR DE LA RENTA SPRING 2012
BADGLEY MISCHKA SPRING 2012
BADGLEY MISCHKA SPRING 2012
JOSIE NATORI SPRING 2012
JOSIE NATORI SPRING 2012
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ SPRING 2012
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ SPRING 2012
TORY BURCH SPRING 2012
TORY BURCH SPRING 2012
CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2012
CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2012
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2012
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2012
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2012
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2012
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2012
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2012
JENNY PACKHAM SPRING 2012
JENNY PACKHAM SPRING 2012
MONIQUE LHUILLIER SPRING 2012
MONIQUE LHUILLIER SPRING 2012
RACHEL ZOE
RACHEL ZOE
RACHEL ZOE SPRING 2012
RACHEL ZOE SPRING 2012
VIVENNE TAM SPRING 2012
VIVENNE TAM SPRING 2012

Shoe Fever: Zebra Print

Always inspired by shopping and my good friend Ivory, I had to feature a few pairs of zebra print shoes. It goes a little something like this…

There we were in Soho shopping at Topshop, with Ivory on the hunt for a “must have” pair of platforms she saw online, but were sold out in her size.

Sadly, when she found them, they didn’t have her size. She was a sad shopper. I will admit that shoe is pretty hot. I picked them up and started imagining the ways I would wear them. But, then I realized Ivory would kill me if I bought them before her and they were out of my price range anyways. Besides, all I heard for the rest of the trip was how much she wanted them.

Don’t worry, days later the shoe was restocked in her size online and she snagged the last pair. Now, she’s a happy camper and all I can do is wish those shoes were mine. Instead here are a few for your own Shoe Fever inspiration.

Mixed Messages?

It’s been a few days since I returned from New York (I miss you!) and I’m trying to catch up. You’ll notice I’ve changed the layout of the blog. I think this one is easier to navigate and easier on the eyes. I hope it works.

Today, I’m catching up on all the recorded t.v. shows I missed while I was gone and yes, TLC’s Big Sexy is one of them.

I really do love the idea of a show featuring women who are confident in their bodies, but are normal at the same time. I’ve realized that regardless of the size you are, all woman have insecurities.

As I was watching the show and skimming through the breaks, I happened to run across a commercial for one of TLC’s other shows, What Not to Wear. Now, as much as I love fashion, I’m not a fan of ALL fashion shows. Big surprise, huh?

You all know my stand on fashion and being able to wear what you want as long as you’re confident in it. That’s where my dislike of fashion-themed television shows that thrive off of breaking down your personal style comes from. I don’t mind style advice, but when you’re describing a confident woman’s style in derogatory terms, that’s where I get upset.

There on my television was WNTW’s co-host Clinton Kelly standing in the mirror with a very confident woman, whom they deemed “curvy.” She was was wearing a sparkly tight dress and fur coat. Kelly loudly states that she looks like a stripper or whore…something along those lines. Huh? What? The sad thing is a lot of shows are like this and they’re popular too! What message is this sending to the young women who watch it?

One minute TLC wants to promote confident big girls and the next they are tearing a “curvy” woman apart because of her outfit choices. It doesn’t make sense to me.

I know most of the women on this show will all say they are happier now after their “make-overs.” And most of them go on because they want the help or someone urged them to go on. But, what about the women who walk on that set with confidence in their style? I guess if someone says you dress like a whore, it must be OK for them to berate you and change your style? Why would you let someone do this to you?

Am I the only one who is confused by this? 

Your First Look: Just As You Are

Here’s something you’ve probably said before…”Why can’t I find a coat that fits me?”

Fall is almost here and you know that means chilly weather. You all know I love when it gets cold. Although, L

os Angeles doesn’t get that cold, I still want a nice coat that actually fits me.

This weekend I was in New York, for the first Plus Model Magazine blogger conference. It was so much fun!! We were getting the first look, with a group of amazingly beautiful bloggers (those pics to come), of the new line of outerwear by Just As You Are.

Just As You Are wants to emphasize to all of us that they do care about what we want and for us to know that “size doesn’t matter.” They’ve done the research, believe me. They’ve listened, which a lot of brands don’t do. The coats do not come in sizes, you add your measurments, they tell you what coats would suit you, and you order. Simple.

As I watched the ladies modeling the coats (below), I noticed that there was something for everyone. They’ve to

uched on the small details. And believe me it’s the small details that count. For example, they only use faux furs, and they are incredibly soft. The coats are light weight, come in great fall colors, they have inside zippers, linings and faux fur collars that detach.

Prices will range from $159-$289, not bad for something you’ll use for many years.

The site will be live no later than September 14th. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. These coats really are mad

e for us. It’s about time.

“Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and tweet them with you questions or comments. They will also be featured in the next issue of Plus Model Magazine, so be on the lookout. A big thank you to all the amazing ladies of Plus Model Magazine that made this conference happen. I can’t wait for the next one.

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Style Trend: Faux Leather Jackets

Although it’s scorching here in Los Angeles, I’m still thinking of and waiting for fall. I want to wear my City Chic faux leather a.k.a. leatherette motorcycle jacket. Faux leather jackets are hotter than ever and they come in a lot of different styles and colors. These are great for spring too! I will take one of each below. My favorite would have to be #1.

Which one is your favorite? 

  1. Lane Bryant $189.95
  2. Old Navy $49.94
  3. Nordstrom $207.90
  4. Macy’s $79.00
  5. City Chic $109.00
  6. Torrid $19.96
  7. Forever 21 $47.80
  8. Forever 21 $24.80
  9. Ashley Stewart $59.50
  10. Avenue $89.90
  11. Style369.com £55.00
  12. City Chic $109.00
  13. Avenue $99.90
  14. Macy’s $89.00
  15. Macy’s $62.30
  16. Forever 21 $34.80

Plus Model Magazine Conference with Just As You Are

New York City here I come! Yes, I’m coming back and I couldn’t be more excited. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Plus Model Magazine Conference with Just As You Are.

Just As You Are, a, outerwear company, will give us (a group of bloggers) the first look at their plus collection.

Just As You Are™ is brought to you by AUI International, who have been designing and making ladies coats and outerwear for over 50 years. They are branching out to the plus size market – uniquely blending high fashion and functionality . Their Fall/Winter 2011 media campaign incorporates a diversity of real women , in a variety of shapes and types.

I’m not going to lie, I’m really excited. How many times have I been shopping for a coat, especially a wool pea coat, and couldn’t find anything that was of decent quality. It’s another form of fat girl shopping frustration…don’t you agree?

Now, don’t worry. I will be tweeting, posting on Facebook, and blogging all about it. So make sure you’re following me on Twitter @CurvesandChaos and on Facebook “Like”  www.facebook.com/curvesandchaos.

Just My Size Launches Belt Collection & Giveaway!

Metallic Silver Black Leopard Print Belt
Metallic Silver Black Leopard Print Belt

Looking for a belt that fits can be a pain in the butt, especially when you finally find one you like and it cost a lot more than what you wanted to spend.

I have done this for years, that’s probably why I only have 4 belts. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to wear more belts. They can add so much to a look, all while helping to show off that curvy figure.

Just My Size wants to help us with our belt problems, they have just launched a new belt collection. If you haven’t seen them in your local Walmart, it’s probably because they’ve only launched them in select stores nationwide.

You can find that list of stores here.  Make sure you “Like” them on Facebook, so you can see that list.

There are only four of the nine styles and they only cost $12! They are available is sizes 1X-4X. That makes me a very happy shopper.

 

Wide Stretch Belt
Wide Stretch Belt
Double Grommet Belt
Double Grommet Belt
Oval and Ring Chain Belt
Oval and Ring Chain Belt

I tried out the Metallic Silver Black Leopard Print Belt and Wide Stretch Belt. The quality seems great and I love the trend twist to each belt. I am a size 16/18 and the 2X in each belt fits well. The stretch belt does seem to run a little big for me, but that’s OK. I hate wearing a belt that’s too small. That’s not something you have to worry about with the Just My Size belt collection.

Do you want a belt? Today’s you’re lucky day. Just My Size wants to giveaway a belt to three of my readers!!

To enter, you should be following me via Google Connect (on sidebar). Just leave a comment below telling me which of the belts, you’d choose if you won. It’s that easy. 

Rules: Open to U.S. residents only, must be 18 years or older to enter, only one entry per person, you must submit correct contact information, you only have 24 hours to claim your prize upon notification, winner will be chosen using Random.org, and giveaway ends 09/18/11 12 p.m. PST.

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. The items were compliments of Just My Size. The above is my true and honest opinion.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Anna Scholz ‘White Label Collection’ Autumn/Winter 2011

I am in LOVE with the Anna Scholz ‘White Label Collection’ Autumn/Winter 2011 look book. The backdrop is Montefiascone, Italy. It’s sooooo romantic! Shot by designer Anna Scholz’ brother Jonas, this look book is very reminiscent of Sofia Loren. I’ve been to Italy and this makes me want to go back! Oh and her designs are gorgeous as always.

Beauty Buzz: The Body Shop

 When you think of natural beauty products, you have to think of The Body Shop. They have been creating products with natural ingredients for years. All they want to do is “enhance your natural beauty and express your unique personality.” I’m all for beauty products with us in mind. And I love trying out new products with values like this.

We believe there is only one way to be beautiful, nature’s way.

I had a chance to try out five new products below.

1. 100% Natural Lip Roll-On: This lipgloss is mint-a-licious. It goes on nice and cool, with it’s metal roll-on ball. And it makes your lips glossy. Available now.

2. Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash: If you like the smell of hemp, then this is definitely your kind of hand wash. It is moisturizing and it’s made with Community Fair-Trade hemp seed oil. The scent does last for a while too. Available October 2011. 

3. Almond Hand & Nail Butter: You already know how I feel about body butter, well this is made especially for your hands and nails. It smells so yummy and goes on nice and thick. It is made with sweet almond oil and  Community Fair-Trade brazil nut oil. Available October 2011.

4. Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation: Any product with the word “mineral” it, doesn’t catch my attention. I’m afraid it will be too light and not provide coverage. This foundation was light, but it did cover. And it left a dewy fresh look. Available September 2011.

5. Wild Rose Hand Cream: I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of anything rose scented. In fact, I originally didn’t want to try it. But, I tried a little bit and it’s not overwhelming at all. It smells like an actual rose, with a powdery finishing scent. This is made with rosehip oil and Community Fair Trade brazil nut oil. Available October 2011.

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes & Carbon Eye Definers (New shades now available!): I got my hands on Palette 20, and the colors are amazing for a smokey dramatic eye.

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter (Available starting October 2011): Yay for hair butter!! I finally wanted to try and I did. It wasn’t as thick as I thought it would be, but that didn’t matter. It still made my hair soft. I used Rainforest Radiance “sourced from the seed of the pracaxi tree which grows organically in the Amazonian rainforest, a few drops of this oil turns even the most difficult hair into manageable, shiny strands, boosting softness and helping you style and comb your hair easily.”

*The item pictured is not the type I tested.

What’s your favorite Body Shop product? 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. The products were compliments of The Body Shop. The above is my true and honest opinion.