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FFFWeek Update


Full Figured Fashion Week is almost 2 months away! I’m so excited to start planning my trip to New York City. I’ve only been there twice, but never for anything fashion related. You can’t even imagine what being a part of FFFWeek means to me. From here until June 16th (the day FFFWeek starts) I will be giving you weekly updates or features…starting today.

FFFWeek is being presented by SONSI and sponsored by Lane Bryant, Kmart, and LYS. I know! How exciting huh? And you have to see the list of designers: Curvaceous Boutique, Evie Foster, SONSI, Anna Margaux of Margaux Kouture, Jill Alexander of Jill Alexander Designs, La’Tresa Harper and Danyelle Freeland of LaDan’s Closet, Maria Zelner of Queen Grace Collection, Rachel Kacenjar of Sweetooth Couture, and Tene Charles and Julie Thomson of Ashaki Charles Designs. Phew! Read their bios here.

They also recently named the recipients of The FFFWeek Awards:

Plus Boutique of the Year – Re/Dress NYC
Plus Designer of the Year – Monif C. Plus Sizes
Plus Fit Model of the Year – Terri Murray
Plus Fashion Magazine of the Year – PLUS Model Magazine
Plus Commercial Print Model of the Year – Fluvia Lacerda
Plus Lifestyle Magazine of the Year – Daily Venus Diva
Plus Retailer of the Year – Lane Bryant
Plus Runway Model of the Year – Mia Amber Davis
Plus Icon of the Year – Catherine Schuller
Plus Agency of the Year – MSA Models (MSA Plus)
Plus Pageant of the Year – J.T. Productions – Full Figured USA Pageant
Plus Fashion Stylist of the Year – Susan Moses
Plus Fashion Blog of the Year – Big Girl in A Skinny World

Congrats everyone!!

You can also keep up to date by reading The Exposed Seam: Behind The Scenes of FFFWeek.

Interested in going to FFFWeek? Find the schedule here and list of host hotels here.

What I Wore: Hispanicize Conference

Last week I attended the Hispanicize 2011 right here in Hollywood. It was their 2nd Annual PR & Social Media conference. I had an amazing time networking and reconnecting with my friends. I was asked to sit in on a panel of Fashion and Beauty bloggers. I was pretty nervous. There were four of us up there and I couldn’t help but stress how brands and companies are passing up opportunities to work with the “plus size” community.

I also made sure to tell the audience, that I don’t sit here telling you what to wear. I just give you recommendations on what I like and feel would look good on me. We all know that we have to find our own personal style. That being said, here are the three outfits taken by the awesome Cid of Cid Style File. My partner in crime. I made sure to dress comfy, because these are all day conferences. P.S. don’t mind my hair (I swear it was windy) and my awkward poses. LOL.

Day 1
Cascade Style Cardigan (Size Large) from Forever 21
Nude Sandals from Target (last season)
Bangle Bracelets courtesy of Lane Bryant

Day 2
Cascading Cardigan H&M (Size Large)
Jessica Simpson Flats

Day 3
Wrap from Nordstrom (Sale)
Skirt from Forever 21
Boots (not seen) from Marshalls

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for the above. Although some items were gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.

FFF Week-The Fashion Front

Full Figured Fashion Week, the only plus size fashion week, will invade New York June 16-18 and I can’t be more excited. I’ve only attended the Los Angeles FFF Week and it was beyond amazing. I was a part of The Curvy Collective, a group of bloggers chosen to cover the event. This year the name of the group has changed, it is now The Fashion Front and I have been selected as a member again. I am so very honored to be included with these fellow bloggers!

Kiss the Curves “Hollywood Kiss” Event

Please Note: This event has been postponed via KTC Facebook page on 3/16/11.

We are in the midst of L.A. Fashion Week here in Los Angeles. And there’s nothing I love more than someone throwing some curves into the mix.

Kiss the Curves (KTC), a plus size fashion gala, will present “Hollywood Kiss,” March 18-19 at the beautiful Boulevard3 in Hollywood, California.

Designers include LEVI’S, Sean John, Torrid and more. I can’t wait to see what they send down the runway.

Here’s the agenda:

March 18, 2011
Doors Open at 6:00pm
Cocktail Reception
VIP Red Carpet

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Panel Discussion: Body Image & The Industry
Hosted By: Shay Moore of Atlanta’s V103

9:00pm
Opening Night Afterparty Celebration

March 19, 2011
Doors Open 1:00pm

VIP Red Carpet Reception
&
Cocktail Hour
&
VIP Back Stage Tours

2:00pm – 4pm
Women’s Full Figured Runway Show
&
Full Figured, Fabulous & 50

For tickets click here. 

Sassy City Chicks ‘Los Angeles Fashion Bash’

L.A. fashionistas and shoppers, It’s that time again. Yes, the Sassy City Chicks Los Angeles Fashion Bash is back. They’re even offering something special for my readers-win your free tickets below!!

On Thursday, March 24th from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at The Petersen Automotive Museum, you’ll get the chance to shop spring fashions at prices up to 80% off retail prices!!

You’ll find deep discounts from labels like Kova & T, Genetic Denim, Ella Moss, BB Dakota, LNA, and more! Featuring fab swag bags, complimentary spa services, and FREE Svedka martinis. Yum!!

If you’re a shopper like me then you’ll definitely want to go. This will be my third visit and I always leave with something.

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE TICKETS! 

The first 25 shoppers to enter ‘CURVES’ at checkout will receive a FREE Sassy Tote Ticket!

Don’t want to risk not winning? Then enter ‘LA12′ at checkout for 50% OFF a Sassy Tote Ticket or ‘GEN AD’ for free general admission (gift bag not included).

See you there!!

Kurvee for the L.A. Fashionista

Calling all curvy L.A. fashionistas! 

On April 10, 2011, Kurvee-The Premiere Shopping and Beauty Experience for Kurvee Fashionistas will bring you shopping, beauty treatments and more! Tickets are only $8.00 and proceeds will benefit Pushing Pedals, an organization committed to working with at risk women and teens to help build self esteem and empowerment through makeup. So, what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets today!

Taking it Back to the 80’s

Last night I got my totally rad 80’s on at the 2 year Blogaversary party for my girl Bren at So Much Pretty. Here are a few pics-Cid of Cid’s Style File and Sandra of Soy Fashionista were in attendance as well. We had so much fun! Thanks for the invite Bren!! My dress is courtesy of Size Appeal

KleanSpa Blending Bash

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Beauty Buzz feature and hosted a giveaway for KleanSpa.  Here’s the original post. In case you were wondering KleanSpa products can be found in salons and stores throughout the nation. If you love creating your own scents and live in the Los Angeles area, then I would recommend attending their monthly Blending Bash. At the Bash, you will personally work with Jennifer (the owner) to create your own signature fragrance.

I attended one last month and it was so much fun! I went with Nik and Denise at the Burbank location which is inside an amazing boutique called MindfulNest. I think most of the night we spent shopping, drinking champagne, and choosing the oils for our scents. I created Chaotic Fruit, which consists of watermelon, pina colada, mango, and cucumber melon.. It smells so yummy.

Here’s a little video I took:


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The Lane Bryant “Revolution”

Where do I even start? First of all, I want to thank Lane Bryant for the VIP pass to The Curvy Revolution. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have had such an amazing experience.

On the final day of the convention, I finally ran into NettaP, one of my favorite bloggers. Love that girl!
Then after getting lost, I attended a Lane Bryant panel session with the VP of Marketing, Jay Dunn. It was a very informative look into the world of Lane Bryant. Mr. Dunn made sure to remind us that it’s not about age, but about your attitude. I love that philosophy especially when it comes to fashion. He gave us a few insights on keeping LB on trend, their models, and what is in store for them in the future.

After the session, I went to dinner with my girls and then I ran back to my hotel to get ready for the runway finale. I bought this grey draped dress with an embellished belt from Forever 21+. My earrings and ring were from Aldo Accessories, and I wore my black patent leather Jessica Simpson platform pumps.

I will admit, I showed up about 30 minutes late. But, I did have a chance to catch Bettie Page Clothing Always for Me, and Madame Couture before Lane Bryant hit the stage.

As I found a seat, I pulled out my camera, only to realize I left my batteries charging in my hotel room. I was so MAD! Unfortunately, I only had my cell phone to take photos. So, until LB releases their images, your stuck with cruddy cell phone images.

I was in awe of every confident curvy woman that came down the runway. Especially  my girls Griselangel and Allison!! There was such a range of body types as well, which I loved!

Although the first half of the finale was awesome, I was really looking forward to Lane Bryant’s finale. I found a seat next to Sara of Bombshell Beauty (who is awesome btw). We all sat there anxiously waiting for it to start. Little did we know, the stunning Ashley Graham would open the show. Take a look of the really poor quality video I took with my phone (below).


From the moment Ashley Graham opened the show it only got better. There were dancing cowboys, poodles, male dancers, and of course…fashion! I really want to “high-five” whoever styled the models. There was a mix of sportswear and intimates. I was having so much fun and before I knew it, Ashley (wearing a black leather studded bra and panty) closed the show with a shower of confetti. It was my favorite fashion moment to date.

After the runway show, I finally met Aimee and Erica from Madison Plus and I snapped a photo with Ashley Graham.

Then we made our way to the after party. I had a powerful conversation with Jay Dunn about LB using models who are size 16 and up. I hope my pleading made some kind of impression. I also had a chance to meet and chat with Robert Rutkauskas, senior Lane Bryant designer. I then introduced myself to a few of the LB models, including Lizzie Miller. The night is one I will remember for a very long time!

I will say this…beyond the “behind the scenes” drama (that is not worth putting on my blog) I was really glad to have met the Lane Bryant team and the City Chic team. And the time spent with my girls is worth so much more. Thank you to all who made this an amazing weekend!

The Curvy Revolution: Day 2

Day 2 of The Curvy Revolution was all about meeting the vendors at the Expo. I know there are so many amazing products and brands out there for the curvy woman.

I even had the opportunity to get a free bra fitting by Lane Bryant. I found out I’ve been wearing the wrong bra size! What? No wonder I’ve always been uncomfortable wearing under wire bras. Now, I know my correct size and my “girls” will be a lot happier. Maybe I’ll even buy the new Sateen Convertible Plunge Bra. Go get your free fitting today!!

Here’s what I wore:

Sweater: TJ Maxx
Tunic: Abrstract Print Twist Neck Tunic (courtesy of Lane Bryant)
Leggings: Sejour (Nordstrom)
Boots: Dollhouse
Bracelets: Courtesy of Lane Bryant

I got a lot of compliments on the tunic. I love the colors and once again the soft material. Chic and comfy! I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I also wore my favorite leggings by Sejour, they are amazing. Now, let me tell you about the boots. They are very nice to look at but NOT AT ALL made for comfort. I wore them all day and I did a lot of walking; today my legs are aching and my feet hurt. I definitely need some cushioning in there.

Back to the vendors…I met a lot of inspiring curvy women yesterday. I bought a vintage top from Kori at BuxomVintage.com, she has an amazing selection of vintage pieces. Amanda Bennett of BennettsBoots.com came all the way from Australia to show her amazing line of wide calf boots. FYI…they are made from the same leather Prada uses. You’ll see them on Curves and Chaos pretty soon.

I picked up a few samples of PSST (Put Shorts Straight Today). I was so in love with this product. It’s a very simple and convenient way to stop your shorts from bunching up between your legs. I love it!!

The women from Curvy Divas Rock were so cute! I bought one of their tees (below) and I can’t wait to wear it. Because duhhhh…we do rock! I honestly loved meeting each and every person yesterday, it show the passion they have for the curvy community. Very very inspiring!!

The Curvy Revolution: Day 1

I made the trek from Los Angeles to Las Vegas all by myself! Woohoo! I’m here for The Curvy Revolution and I am beyond excited! I am about to pass out from all the excitement and fun. So here’s a quick recap of what I wore.

Dress: Print Kimono Tunic (courtesy of Lane Bryant)
Nylons: Target-Merona brand
Shoes: Forever 21
Jewelry: Lane Bryant and Nordstrom

This tunic, which I made into a dress, is silky soft and comfortable. And it has pockets! I kept the jewelry minimal because of the print of the dress.

I met a lot of amazing Lane Bryant and City Chic people. Rosie Mercado was the host for the night. She rocked of course! Check out the pics below.

::::Don’t Forget:::
Join me on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a Twitter Party sponsored by JAFRA. Follow the hash tag #JAFRAColor to join in! There will be beauty prizes!

After the events of the night, I had a chance to catch up with my girls: models Fluvia, Griselangel, Allison, Courtney, Maddy from Plus Model Magazine, and stylist Reah. We had too much fun on our first night. I can’t wait to see what day #2 has for us.

I’ll be at The Curvy Revolution!

I’m supposed to be on the road already, but I had to post about the amazing weekend ahead of me. I’m going to attend The Curvy Revolution in Las Vegas, brought to you by Lane Bryant and City Chic!

If you’ve been hiding under a rock and don’t know what The Curvy Revolution is…

“The Curvy Revolution (TCR) is the premier, largest, and most dynamic convention for plus size women, produced by the nation’s largest plus size organization Full Figures. This convention is an interactive experience designed to celebrate, inform, and inspire plus size women.”

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Lane Bryant for sponsoring my pass and some of the clothing I’ll be wearing this weekend!  Follow me all weekend on twitter @CurvesandChaos with the hashtag #lbtcr.

If you’re going…I’ll see you there!