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Sassy City Chicks L.A. Fashion Bash Event

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Just one of the reasons to go to the Sassy City Chicks event. My curvy gals and I were sooooo happy to see a plus size vendor on hand, Sassi Rebel! You can’t even imagine the excitement. Yesterday was my third time attending this event and I always leave with something. Last night I snatched up a yummy clutch and a shirt. Our Sassy Totes were awesome…as always.

There are tons of accessories on hand, but we were still yearning for more plus vendors and shoes…we need shoes! I did get my spa on…believe me. I got there early enough to sign up for an amazing chair massage and hand massage. We grabbed a drink from Svedka Vodka and checked out all the vendors. 365Hangers.com was even on hand. My friend found a Marc Jacobs dress…lucky girl! I snapped a few pics below.

Sassy City Chicks is coming to a city near you…San Francisco April 7, Chicago May 5, New York Jun 15 and 16.

Retro Eyes with Free People

I love sunglasses. You all know I used to work in the accessories department at Nordstrom. I always say that’s where the love affair began.

Now, that it’s officially spring, I’m in the mood to start wearing different styles and colors. Right now the love is geared towards retro style sunglasses. Like the Kelly Wayfarer (right) from Free People. Aren’t they fun?

Do you know what’s better than stylish sunglasses? Stylish sunglasses for $18. Woohoo! All of the sunglasses below are only $18 at Free People.

You are welcome…a bargainista’s work is never done.


Belts I’m loving NOW!

I’m kind of on a belt kick right now. They can change an outfit in an instant. Belts can be used as an accessory to an already simply chic outfit or to give you shape while embracing your curves. There are two skinny belts below, but for some reason I’m loving the wide chunky belts like the Equestrian belt from Torrid (#11).

1.Avenue 2.Torrid 3.Ashley Stewart 4.Forever21+ 5.Simply Be 6.Torrid 7.Simply Be 8.Torrid 9.Forever21+ 10.Forever21+ 11.Torrid

Which one is your favorite? 

Rings Take Shape

I am now just realizing that I need more rings in my life. After wearing the big sparkly one I bought at Aldo Accessories I know I need more! Call it a budding obsession with statement rings.

But, everyone should have at least one statement ring. If you don’t, then you have no idea what your outfit is missing.

In fact, while doing a little bit of ring browsing online, I came across a few rings that caught my eye. Rings that need to be on my fingers soon!

They were in various simple, yet bulky stunning shapes and angles. Most are from ASOS and Topshop and are designed to stand out. I love the minimalist designs.

The Abstract Cut Out Ring from Topshop ($20) is HOT! Which one is your favorite?

Black, White & Leopard All Over

I’m all about being inspired today. In fact, the immediate second I saw these delicious Leo Platform heels from Alloy ($46.99), I knew I had to write this post.

Leopard is always in style, but I say we venture out of our fashion comfort boxes and go a different route with black and white leopard print.

Now, if you’re already in possession of black and white leopard print, yay! for you. But, I’m not and I think these would jump start my collection.

Ok, I don’t know about a collection, but grabbing a few pieces here and there can really add some “oomph” to any blah outfit.

If these shoes don’t do it for you, I found a few accessories, tops, and shoes that might peak your interest.

What do you think? Are you feeling this black and white leopard print? What pieces do you already own?

LOVE Giveaway #4: We Love Colors

The month of “LOVE” is almost over! Can you believe it? And you know I always save the best for last around here.

We Love Colors is one of my favorite brands. Not only are the tights amazing, but their range of colors is insane!

In fact, when I think of love-one of the first colors that come to mind is red. And no tight collection is complete without a pair of red tights. Can you imagine the fashion possibilities?

Don’t own a pair of red tights?

This is your lucky day,  We Love Colors is giving one lucky reader a pair of their Nylon/Lycra Tights in Scarlet Red or Red ($15 value). It’s your choice!

It’s really simple to enter:

To enter: You MUST follow me via Google Connect (on the sidebar) and leave me a comment below telling how you would style these tights. What item in your closet would you wear them with?

*Make sure you leave a valid email address or twitter i.d. or your entry will not be counted.

For extra entries:

**You must provide separate comments stating you completed each of the extra entries or it will not count.

Rules: Only open to U.S. residents, only one entry per person unless using the three extra entries, you must be 18 years or older to enter, winner will be chosen using Random.org and the giveaway will end 2/28/11.

Giveaway closed!!

How to Accessorize a Maxi Dress

One of my favorite silhouettes for spring would have to be the maxi dress. It’s the ultimate dress for comfort and style. And it’s so versatile.

This Lane Bryant V-neck Maxi Dress ($39.95) is a perfect example. This LBD (I’m now calling the long black dress) is like a blank canvas.

From the waist to your neck and down to your feet, there are so many ways to accessorize and make this the dress you’ll wear all spring. Not only will you be able to accessorize like a pro, but you’ll do it at reasonable prices with pieces that will carry into other seasons.


The Floral Scarf

The Leather Belt

The Chunky, Funky, or Long Necklace

The Eclectic Cuff Bracelet

The Gladiator Sandal

Now that I think about it, you probably have most of these items in your possession. How do you dress up your maxi dresses?

Nine West Launches “Shoelaborations”

One of your favorite shoe brands, Nine West, has just launched Shoelaborations, a new collaboration project that will bring the vision of international trendsetters, artists, and designers to you.

The first collection, from French designer Sophie Theallet, is already in stores for spring/summer 2011. The “Sophie Theallet for Nine West” collection tells the story of “Sophie from Paris Takes a Trip to NYC” and includes uniquely designed pieces that are Sophie’s take on summer essentials: a ballet flat, a double platform sandal, a raffia wedge, two satchels, as well as a charm necklace and bracelet.

The collection is said to be exturally rich, colorful and feminine. The pieces will express Sophie’s design aesthetic and French sensibility.

“Partnering with a well-established footwear and accessories business such as Nine West has given me the opportunity to live out my life-long dream of designing on a larger scale. I was able to take one of my favorite patterns and create a collection that captures both my design aesthetic and the spirit of the Nine West brand.” -Sophie Theallet

Avant Garde designer Giles Deacon’s collection is slated for fall 2011. The British designer will debut the “Giles Deacon for Nine West” collection and will be “cutting-edge in its incorporation of technology in a fashion-forward way.”

Visit the Sophie Theallet Shop-in-Shop at www.ninewest.com/sophietheallet for more details on the collection.

Yes, you can shop at Charlotte Russe

Most curvy gals can’t shop at the affordable mall favorite Charlotte Russe. They don’t make clothes for us. In fact, every time I walk in there I always head right over to the accessories. Here are a few necklaces, handbags, and shoes that would make my spring shopping list in an instant! And everything featured in this post is $40 and under.

Would any of these pieces make your shopping list?

Topshop’s Got it Handled

Move over handbags, the satchel with the handle is making it’s mark as one of my favorite bags of the season! I love all handbags and I don’t discriminate, but this style is definitely on my to-buy list. I found a great selection over at Topshop.


It doesn’t hurt that most of them can be worn as crossbody bags which is a bonus in my book. Especially, since I need my hands free for shopping. The Coral Leather Lock Handle Bag is divine, but for $110, I might need to find a cheaper alternate. Unless I can get my hands on some coupon codes (hint, hint).

Do you love this bag or will you be on the search for a different style? 


Bag on a Budget?

2011 has started off with a bang for me! How about you? We are five days into this new year and I’m wondering if you’ve stuck to any of your resolutions. Is saving money one of them? I’m with you on that one; that’s why this year will be all about shopping on a budget. I started that resolution a little early as I planned my New Year’s Eve trip to San Francisco. I found this amazing handbag over at Nordstrom for $28! I’m amazed by it’s quality and style! If you’re searching for a “Bag on a Budget,” take a look at these below. They are all under $40!

We Love Colors Review & Giveaway!

Need to add a little color to your curves? We Love Colors might be able to help. They offer a rainbow of colors in their plus sized tights, 51 to be exact! I was given the opportunity to review a pair of their Nylon/Lycra tights in Charcoal ($15).These opaque tights (courtesy of WLC) matched this charcoal Forever 21 Plus skirt, that I’ve been dying to wear. I just didn’t have any tights to match. The scarf I wore even had some gray in it, so it all came together.

Like you, I’ve heard a lot about We Love Colors, but I wasn’t sure about the quality. I found these tights to be really soft, comfortable, and durable. They come a wide range of sizes and when I first put them on I was worried they might be too big. But they never once rolled down or sagged like some tights do. They would be great for those on the taller side. But, I’m 5’6 and they were perfect for me. I can really see them getting a lot of wear in this chilly L.A. weather!

Update: Win your own pair of We Love Colors tights!! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below (with a valid email address) telling me which color you’d choose if you win! Go here for a list of colors. 

For extra entries (make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry): 

  • “Like” We Love Colors on Facebook.
  • Follow We Love Colors on Twitter.
  • Tweet “@WeLoveColors and @CurvesandChaos want you to win a free pair of tights http://bit.ly/eGHIdx

Rules: Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. This is open internationally. Only one entry per person, unless using extra entries.  Contest ends 12/15/10 and winner will be chosen using Random.Org.

**Read my disclosure policy. I was not paid for this post, the item was gifted. All of the above is my true and honest opinion. 

Contest Closed!!

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%