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Thank You Giveaway!

Maria…you won the “Thank You Giveaway!” Yay!!

Thank you to everyone who entered.
And…
A gigantic L.A. hug to all of those who visit and comment my blog. It means the world to me.

You didn’t win?

Don’t worry…I have another giveaway in the works!

smooches!

No Shopping?

Soooooo…the hubby told me last week that we need to start budgeting. You know what that means, right? No more shopping.

Yeah right! That just means super duper bargain shopping and thrifting!! Or I can wear the clothes I have in my closet. Either way, I am always up for a challenge! I will not let my shopping spirit be crushed! I will not be defeated! I promise.

P.S. I will be back on Twitter and FB in 3 days!!!!

P.P.S. I want to comment on your posts! But, if you have a blogger blog with the comment box embedded under the posts, for some reason it doesn’t work for me. :(

P.P.P.S For all the beautiful bloggers who have given me awards…THANK YOU! Makes me blush! But, I’m awful at giving them out. Sorry.

Tanktastic!

I’m not going to let the looming L.A. rain discourage me from dreaming of warmer days ahead.

Yes, I love the rain, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a clear warm day every-now-and-then!

Those are the days I love to throw on a tank top with a pair of jeans or a skirt.

Today’s tanks come from Delias. I know they are geared toward non-curvy teens…BUT…these come up to a 2X!

Loving this one (left)…it’s called firecracker!

The Red Carpet Issue

It’s definitely a Monday. So blah when I woke up…so uninspired…until I turned on my television.

If you have “On Demand” go over to the Sundance Channel and watch the documentary “The Red Carpet Issue.” It’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the red carpet, fashion, designers, and celebrities come together to form this mega-money making business. It’s pretty interesting. It’ s broken down here in 4-part previews. Enjoy!


Do you dare?

I love shoes.
I love pretty shoes.
I love interesting and creative shoes.
I love eye-catching shoes.

I am not loving these shoes.

I’m sorry shoes.


Straw Fedora Comeback?

Are you a hat lover? I admire those who can pull off a hat. Especially, a fedora…how about a straw fedora? Also known as the Panama Hat, this could be spring’s hottest hat…or will it just hit the ground face first? I love them! I think they are very chic, but some think otherwise. I would take any one of the hats below. I want to know what you think. Yes or No?

Really? …….. Really?

I’m as surprised as you are…

Research: Plus-size models lower self-esteem

Advertisements with “plus-size” models are unlikely to positively impact their target audience, according to the findings of a new study from Arizona State University, as well as , the University of Cologne in Germany and Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Ads like Dove’s “Campaign For Real Beauty” actually lowered enthusiasm in both overweight and normal-weight consumers, according to Naomi Mandel, a marketing professor at Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business. In fact, overweight consumers’ self esteem and enthusiasm for purchasing products was depleted when they saw ads with any size model.

The findings are significant to Ms. Mandel because companies like Dove and magazines that feature models of all sizes are often praised. But while the approach may be popular, it may not be effective.

Ms. Mandel conducted the study because she wanted to see if looking at skinny models had a link to consumer self esteem or even eating disorders. The professors examined respondent attitudes about their own body size before viewing the ads. They were then asked if they considered themselves similar or different to the models in the ads.

Some of the findings surprised Ms. Mandel. Although thin models did deflate most women’s self esteem, the biggest correlation wasn’t the model’s size – it was the relative difference between the consumer’s size and the model’s size. Normal-weight respondents had the most easily influenced reaction. They identified with both the thin and plus-size models, the study showed, yo-yoing between feeling confident and pondering a diet. The overweight respondents’ reactions were the same, regardless of the size of the models

“Overweight respondents didn’t like any of the models, regardless of size,” Ms. Mandel says. “They didn’t seem to like what was reflected at them.” .

Dove hasn’t responded, but Ms. Mandel says she would like to work with them for future research. The findings will be published in the April issue of the “Journal of Consumer Research.”

{Article found here}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I’m off to spend the day with my family. Be safe and have fun out there! Curvy ladies don’t drink and drive. Oh…and don’t be confused, that is NOT me in the photo. I know it’s hard to tell us apart. Lol.

Seeing Green…

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!! Drink your green beer, wear your favorite green top, and make sure you don’t get pinched! Unless you want to! You ladies are kinda feisty! LOL!!

Whatever you do to celebrate, make sure you look and feel fabulous while you’re doing it! Be safe and here is a little green inspiration!

Forever 21 Wish List

Forever 21…why must you tempt me like this? I was doing so well. Then I find these beauties. Didn’t you know I was a bargainista and I have been trying my hand at the local thrift stores? Now, I must buy something from you. I’ll tell my hubby that it’s all your fault…and he should blame you. Sorry…someone has to take the fall. And it’s not going to be me.

Bargainista Finds

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I was such a bargain shopper this past weekend! I know I said I might post a video, but it looks like it’s not happening. Sorry. Instead, I am posting a few pics of what I bought. The shoes are by Candie’s and only cost $5!! I know!! They are a plum color and I’ve already broken them in. Bargainista should be my middle name. Also, belts have become my new favorite accessory. The top belt is by Betsey Johnson and I adore it! You already know I’m not daring when it comes to prints, but I am going out on a limb here and I bought a few pieces. I’ve worn the dresses and they are very comfy. The necklace is by Avril Lavigne, I don’t know if you can tell but it’s fuchsia. It was on clearance…of course! Lol.

Curves & Photos

A size-14 dummy cuts a lonely figure among the size-10s at Wendy Atkins' mannequin store in Sydney.

I saw this photo online and had to share it with you. Here is a “plus size” mannequin next to the so-called “normal” sized mannequins in Sydney, Australia. Read the news story here.