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OOTD: Ringing it in Blue + Giveaway

Happy New Year my loves!

How has 2012 been treating you so far? I hope great! And I hope you had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. The hubby and I rang in the new year with our family. We went over to my mother-in-law’s house and ate, watched the ball drop in New York City, and ate our 12 grapes (for good luck). My friend even came over to hang out, which was awesome!

I knew it was going to be a comfy night, so I decided to wear this sweater dress my mom bought me a couple of Christmases ago, leggings, Lane Bryant jewelry and my new favorite Steve Madden platforms. I swear you’re going to see these shoes a lot!

I know 2012 is going to be “the” year! Here’s to you and yours on the first day of the year! And to start it off right, I have a spontaneous giveaway for you. I just thought of this while I was writing this post. I’m going to make this really easy too!

Leave a comment below and tell me what you wore on New Year’s Eve and what you hope to accomplish in 2012. Must answer both questions! The winner will get a $25 Lane Bryant gift card! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

**No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Open Internationally. You must be 18 years-or-older to enter. Winner will be chosen at random and have 24 hours to claim prize. I am not responsible for any shipping mishaps or product damages. By entering this giveaway, you agree to these terms & conditions. I was not compensated for this post.

Melt Away the Winter Blues with Playtex Secrets® Bra Giveaway

Printed bras are greatly underrated. There’s something about knowing you have a bra with a fun design underneath your clothes. Like, when I wore this new Playtex Secrets® Cotton Shaping Underwire bra ($34) in the Mini Grape Zebra print. I felt a little sassy! It’s a great way to add a burst of color to your day and melt away your winter blues. And not only was it cute, but it was comfy and it fit. You know I’m a big fan of that! We all know that finding a bra that fits us the right way is a challenge.

Just take a look at the lightly padded cups that offer shaping and support, there’s a hint of lace for added playfulness and I’m loving the convertible straps.The bra is available in following sizes: In Basic Colors: 36 – 42 B; 36-44 C, D, DD and in Fashion Colors: 36 – 44 C, D, DD. I’m actually wearing the bra right now! Is that a little too much information? LOL!

And to help add some sassy to your day, Playtex wants to give one my readers their own Playtex Secrets Cotton Shaping Underwire bra! To enter, watch this episode of  Playtex Makeover Bra Series Season 2 and come back and answer the giveaway question below.

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Shopbop Blog Love & $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Can you believe the holidays are already here! Are you ready? I’m not. Not at all. In fact, I haven’t even thought about gifts yet. Now, that this post has me thinking about it, I’m always pretty safe when it comes to picking them out. I like to lean toward things like accessories.

Thank goodness I was reading the Shopbop blog. I was instantly inspired to check out their accessories, like their selection of women’s hats. Great gift ideas. I wouldn’t mind a stunning cloche. I’m just saying…

Everyone loves accessories! Who doesn’t love Tilo Scarves or a gorgeous suede clutch from Maison Scotch? They are no-brainer gifts.

I’d love to get you started on that holiday shopping. One lucky reader will win a $100 Shopbop gift card!

Check out the widget below for details on how to enter.

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Get Holiday-Ready with a Pennington’s Giveaway

Update 11/10/11: Use code  CURVY10 for 10%  off your purchase at Pennington’s! Only valid for 30 days!

Ever since I wrote the “Winter & Holiday Collections” post, I can’t seem to get the holiday’s out of my head. I’m already thinking about what I’m going to wear to all of my holiday parties. Are you the same way?

Well, maybe Penningtons can help you get holiday-ready? They are one of Canada’s favorite plus retailers, and is “dedicated to enhancing the image of the plus size woman.” Ohhhhh I like that…and you can always find an outfit to fit your budget. They carry sizes 14-32, have a wide selection of items, and they ship to the U.S.

Just take a look at some of the pieces from their holiday collection below.

And just to get you started on that holiday outfit, Penningtons wants to give one of my readers a $50 CDN gift card! Find out how you can enter below!

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Win a Pink Ashley Stewart Clutch & Jewelry

October is almost over and this is our last “pink” Breast Cancer Awareness month giveaway. I can’t believe how fast the month flew by. Let’s not forget all of those who have been affected by this horrible disease and honor them by taking care of ourselves. Get examined by a doctor, be conscious of any changes in your body, and stay healthy! Remember, breast cancer awareness is year round.

Hopefully, those who have won any of these giveaways will be reminded every time they wear their pink prizes. Like this last giveaway. Courtesy of the always fab Ashley Stewart, one reader will win this chic pink clutch with pink jewelry to match! You’ll get a necklace set, one ring, a bracelet, and two pairs of earrings! Details to enter are below!

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Win a pair of pink ‘YOU by crocs’ pumps!

We’re on giveaway #3 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month! And this weeks giveaway is courtesy of YOU by crocs.

Yes, I said “crocs.” But, these aren’t what you think. YOU by crocs not only makes comfy shoes, but these are actually cute and their comfort footbed absorbs shock for reduced foot and body stress. And did I mention their pink?

One of you lucky readers will win a fuschia pair of Anjons ($70). Only US sizes 5-10.5 are available (including half-sizes). This is definitely a shoe I can see myself in.

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Sexy in Pink with a Curvilicious Lingerie Giveaway

How often do you feel sexy? It’s not a trick question! I promise. We are always so busy, dealing with families, working, and running around that we sometimes forget to turn on the “sexy.”

Thanks to Curvilicious, it is time to turn on that much needed sexy with an amazing piece of lingerie.

They believe that “sexy is not a specific size on a chart, and beauty isn’t limited to a particular body type.”

They want to “help you celebrate your beautiful curves and accentuate your assets with self-confidence and style.”

Along with free shipping, Curvilicious features an extensive collection of lingerie. Like this pretty in pink Polka Dot Babydoll (valued at $45.45), which includes a matching g-string and is available in sizes S, M, L, 1X, 2X, and 3X.

And as the second “pink” giveaway, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, one lucky reader will win this sexy piece of lingerie.

Check out the widget below to learn how you can enter!

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Win a Cacique Passion Lace ‘Pink Candy’ Bra

I love that the color pink represents the fight against breast cancer. When I look at it, I see it as a brave, courageous, and strong color. That’s why all this month, I’m going to be giving away something pink each week.

This week Lane Bryant wants to give away two of their new Cacique Passion Lace full coverage bras in the color ‘Pink Candy’ in sizes 38D and 42D.

Our luxurious passion lace full coverage bra combines sexiness and support. Seamless underwire cups feature a beautiful lace overlay with a silky lining. Side boning smooths and supports. Lightly padded adjustable straps.

I know it’s only available to win in two sizes. The way I see it, if it doesn’t fit you, then why not win it for you mom, sister, cousin, best friend, or aunt.

To enter, leave a comment below, telling me which size you’d like (38D or 42D) and tell me what the color pink means to your or what you think it represents.

For an additional separate entry, tweet the following and leave a separate comment stating you did so: “ Enter to win the @CurvesandChaos #giveaway in honor of #BreastCancerAwareness http://bit.ly/pAvsJM  

Rules: Open to US residents only, you must be 18 years or older to enter, only one entry per person, unless using the one additional entry (two entries maximum), please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping, winner will have 24 hours to confirm prize, ends 10/11/11, winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The prize is sponsored by Lane Bryant. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Giveaway Closed

Love 3.1 Phillip Lim bags? Win a $100 Shopbop gift card and go shopping!

What is it that makes you swoon over a hand bag? Is it the material? Is it the hardware? Oris it the designer?

I like to say it’s all of the above. And there’s no better place to find your favorite new bag than at Shopbop.com.

Not only will  you find designers like Zambos and Siega, but you’ll also find Le Sportsac and 3.1 Phillip Lim bags. Yeah, this is a shopping site you really need to make one of  your favorites.

In fact, you should really become a fan Shopbop and “like” them on Facebook today.

Do you feel like shopping now?  No money?

How about winning a $100 Shopbop gift card? 

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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.

Win! Playtex 18 Hour Bra Review & Giveaway

I’ve said it many times before on this blog, but I’m always looking for a comfortable wireless bra. I get so irritated when a wire starts poking me! And because I am larger in the chest, finding a wireless bra that will actually support me and offer full coverage can be difficult.

That’s why I literally jumped at the chance to review Playtex’s 18 Hour bra. They sent me the Ultimate Lift and Support bra and their Seamless Smoothing bra. I know us large chested women are skeptical when it comes to support. That’s what you have me for. Here’s how I felt about each bra.

Oops…Don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook and learn about their Get Swept Away contest!  The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Sanctuary Spa Kiawah Island Golf Resort with her BFF! Now on to the review…

Playtex 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Style 4745

I was sent the Ultimate Lift and Support bra in nude.

First of all, yay! for the comfort strap. There’s nothing worse than a bra strap that digs into you. I know some of you want to look cute, but there’s no need for the pain. The strap is wide and thick enough to help relieve any shoulder pressure. They stay in place too.

As for the shaping, the bra does give you the natural shaping of your breast and there’s no wire poking! Woohoo! I accidentally fell asleep with it on the other day, and it didn’t bother me one bit.

Now, I could always use more lift, but this is one of the best wireless bras that’s I’ve tried.

Playtex 18 Hour Seamless Smoothing Style 4049

Out of the two bras, the Seamless Smoothing style is my favorite. It was also sent to me in nude.

I liked the shape this bra gave my chest. It gave me a smooth and natural look under my clothes. Which, I think would make a great t-shirt bra.

It has wide side straps to offer the much desired back and side smoothing. To be honest, I didn’t see my fat disappear, but there was some smoothing.

This bra also offers the wide and cushioned straps for shoulder comfort. And I noticed that their “No-Slip” straps do stay in place. I’d buy this bra for the straps alone.

Both bras are in my top five of wireless bras!

Would you like to try a Playtex bra of your own? 

Playtex is giving 15 of my readers a free bra!! 

To enter you must be following me via Google Connect (sidebar) and leave a comment below telling me your biggest bra pet peeve! Do you hate when the straps fall? Do you hate when the wires poke you?

For extra entries, please state you did these items and leave as separate entries:

  • Follow @CurvesandChaos on Twitter
  • Tweet ” #Playtex & @CurvesandChaos are giving away 15 bras! Enter now http://bit.ly/o0GBus
Rules: You must be 18 yrs-old or older to enter and a U.S. resident. Only one entry per person, unless using the two additional entries, making it a maximum of 3 entries. Giveaway ends 8/29/11 and you have 24 hours to claim your prize. Winner will be chosen using Random.org

 

Disclosure: This is not a paid post. The bras were courtesy of All You and Playtex. The above is my true and honest opinion.
Giveaway Closed!!

Beauty Buzz & Giveaway: Aromatherapaes

As I went through my “green” stage, I was on the look out for natural beauty products. Believe me, there are so many out there, but sometimes they just straight out don’t work. And the ones that do work are very expensive. If you feel the same way, then you are going to really like Aromatherapaes.

Aromatherapaes is a certified natural line of aromatherapeutic bath, body, and skincare products. The combine the most beneficial essential oils with the safest, natural ingredients.

Some of the essential oils they use are bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavendar, neroli, orange, and peppermint…to name a few.

I tried the Refreshing Moisture Lotion in Sweet Orange & Vanilla, Nourishing Moisture Body Wash in Sweet Orange & Vanilla, and the Refreshing Moisture All-Over Balm in Sweet Orange & Vanilla. I’m kind of in love with the All-Over Balm. I use it on my elbows and feet. Because you know how our feet get during the summer wearing nothing but sandals.

First of all, they smell incredibly good. And just knowing the company is cruelty-free makes me very happy. They don’t use sulfates, parabens, phthalate or formaldehyde donors, or ethoxylated ingredients (all the bad stuff).

Do you want to try it out for yourself? I have few travel size products for you.

Leave a comment below, telling me why you use all-natural products.

Rules: must be 18 years-or-older, your information has to be correct, only one entry per person, and you must claim your prize within 24 hours, winner will be chosen via random.org, and giveaway ends 8/22/11 12pm PST.

 GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!