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Los Angeles Events: Style For Hire & Haute Curves

Hey Los Angeles ladies! We’re always complaining that there’s not much for us to do around here when it comes to plus size fashion. Well…no more complaining. I have two events that are happening this week to share with you! They sound like fun and a great opportunity to embrace fashion. I hope to see you there! Read more

Super Fashion-Filled Sunday

It’s Wednesday and I I feel like I’m still trying to recover from this weekend. I attended an art gallery exhibit on Saturday night, featuring some beautiful curvy women. You’ll hear about that soon.

Sunday, was a day filled with fashion and beauty. I was invited to the Retail Camp, which was held at Woodbury University. It was a two-day conference that brought together apparel and retail industry professionals, bloggers and designers. They taught them how to use technology as a marketing, business and brand development tool. I was only able to attend a half-day and it was very educational. Marie Denee The Curvy Fashionista and Jeanine Jacob of The Coveted, along with other top notch fashion bloggers were part of a panel called “The Business of Blogging.” It was a great look into the minds of successful fashion bloggers.

After the conference, I headed over to Kurvee, the shopping and beauty event. I met up with a bunch of other bloggers and we had so much fun. There was not only shopping, but there were beauty treatments as well. The weather was amazing as we sat on the patio waiting to see if we won any of the giveaways. A big thank you to the organizer, Tamika. You outdid yourself.

 It was a greatly needed event and I thank all the vendors and sponsors for being a part of it. We had Haute CurVture, You by Crocs, Curvy Divas Rock, Belini, Chinese Laundry, Phoenicia Goddess, Sealed With A Kiss Designs, IGIGI, and many more! A portion of the proceeds went to Pushing Pink Pedals, they work with at risk women and teens to help build self esteem and empowerment through makeup. I seriously can’t wait for the next one. You should too!

You don’t want to miss KURVEE!!

Hello ladies of Los Angeles!! If you haven’t bought your tickets for tomorrow’s shopping and beauty event Kurvee, then you’re going to miss out on shopping, beauty treatments, dessert sampling, FABULOUS GIVEAWAYS and so much more! It was created specifically for you, the “Kurvee” fashionista!

I will be there along with some amazing vendors and sponsors. You have a few hours to buy tickets today HERE, but you will be able to buy them at the door as well. But, make sure you get there early, only the first 100 guests will get swag bags.

I hope to see you there!!

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!!

Have you heard? Style Fashion Week LA

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is one of the trendiest places on the planet. You can’t walk down the street without fashion on the brain! That’s why I’m looking forward to Style Fashion Week LA!

From March 15th-18th, this “new kid on the fashion block” will bring us four days of fashion. It will be hosted at the amazingly beautiful Vibiana Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. That’s 35,000 square feet of luxurious space. If you’ve never been there, believe me…it’s a stunning location.

“The newest and most ambitious fashion week to hit L.A. will exhibit this season’s emerging, progressive, and established men’s and women’s collections to the media, celebrities, tastemakers, and national and international buyers.”


I’m loving it already! Yes, I’m an L.A. Fashion week newbie. And I know there will not be any plus designers featured, but I am still looking forward to what the fashion the designers will send down the runway. It definitely serves as my inspiration.

Their previous fashion events have featured designers such as: Chanel, Badgley Mischka, French Connection, and Marc Ecko to name a few.

One of the highlights will be The Go Red For Women Celebrity Fashion show. This is the first time it will be held in Los Angeles and all proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. I can’t wait!

For more information and the schedule click here. 

The Shopping Diaries: Discrimination?

I am a true lover of shopping. Not just spending money, although that’s fun too. But, I am completely happy “just looking” in a mall filled to the brim with fashion, beauty products, shoes, and accessories. Even without buying a thing. I’m not talking about window shopping. I need to actually feel the merchandise and check out its quality. And not just plus size stores either; I make my way into any retail space. Until a few weeks ago.

I was at a Los Angeles area shopping mall and was stopped dead in my tracks before I even stepped foot into this high end boutique. It’s like I just froze. I couldn’t walk in.

Maybe it was the sales associates who eyed me up and down as I peered into the store. I know I haven’t felt this way since I was a teen. I was visiting my uncle who worked at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. There was this sense of knowing that you just don’t belong in there. I have always prided myself of being a confident curvy woman. But, how could I be intimidated? What was I worried about? Not being able to afford anything in there or just the fact that I don’t fit into their clothes?

Then I started to think. Maybe I’m just worried about being judged by those in the store. Whether it was the discriminating sales associates or the platinum credit card carrying customer, no one wants to be judged. But, after all these years of curvy shopping…why now? Am I the only one who has felt this way?

I haven’t been back since, but I know that the only way to get over it is to just walk in and act like I own the place. I’m not going to let this “shopping while fat” get to me. I have as much right as anyone else to be in that store. Maybe my confidence did take a little dip that day, for whatever reason. But, I know in my heart that I can’t I let someone elses prejudices stop me from being who I am.

Remember to “Stay curvaliscious, confident, and courageous.”

FYI: I’m wearing the Evolution by JMS™ Smocked Chain Top ($13.99). Courtesy of Just My Size.

Snowball…A Night with the Ladies.

I adore the holidays! The Christmas season has to be my favorite time of the year! I love spending time with friends and family and that’s exactly what I did last night. I attended the First Annual Snowball thrown by Two Point OH! LA. What an amazing group for fashion, beauty, and style bloggers in Los Angeles! I totally recommend joining if you live here.

The event benefited the Downtown’s Women Center and there were so many awesome sponsors. It was held at the Pacific Electric Lofts penthouse ballroom, which was stunning by the way. I walked away with two amazing swag bags! There was DIY lounge, beauty lounge, and a photobooth. It was so much fun! A little too much fun (wink wink).

Here are the gift bags I came home with.

BE Beverly Hills Launch Party

Last night Cid from Cid Style File and I attended the BE Beverly Hills Launch Party at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. Very posh! BE Beverly Hills was introducing their new Eco-luxury line. Celebrity hair stylist Frankie Payne, who styles Kim Kardashian’s gorgeous locks, was on hand. There was an open SVEDKA bar, some celebs, yummy food, free copies of Angeleno and New Beauty magazines, and delicious cupcakes. Cid and I loved our VIP gift bags which had a bottle of their BE Inspired Shine and Repair Serum with Argan Oil. Some claim it’s a miracle product, I can’t wait to try it. I’m wearing a Spense sweater dress (Ross), Assets tights (Target), and plum round toe pumps (Kohls). 

Two Point Oh LA Fall 2010 Lookbook

 If you’re a fashion blogger from L.A., then you should really consider becoming a member of  Two Point Oh LA

Two Point Oh LA was created by the beautiful Kelsi Smith of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Her goal is to “educate, inform, promote and entertain her membership base, through a web based platform and through monthly events, to include workshops, promotions and networked gatherings.” And it’s only a $25 membership fee for the year. It’s a great way to network and meet other fashion lovers! I’ve only been a member for about a month and I’ve already been invited to a few events. It’s great! Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista, is also a member.

Today, the Two Point Oh LA Fall 2010 Lookbook was released. It’s a collection of fall looks like Bohemian Rhapsody, Coming Down with Mono, Flirting with the Fifties, Man I Feel Like a Woman and Nomadic Notions (the only plus size look).

Marie and I were designated the Nomadic Notions look, unfortunately I got sick and had a fever the night before the shoot. So, I wasn’t able to participate that day. I was really bummed, but Marie did an AMAZING job at the Downtown L.A. shoot! Take a look below!

Teams:

Coming Down with Mono:
-Alicia Nassardeen: http://innyvinny.com
-Cirrus Alpert: http://mumm.tumblr.com

Bohemian Rhapsody:
-Sinclaire Chase: http://BHBohemian.blogspot.com
-Kristen Conahan: http://stylewaxpoetic.com

Flirting with the Fifties:
-Heather Petrey: http://LAFashionSnob.com
-Tiara Henry: http://luxedelux.blogspot.com
-Lauren Mathews: http://laurenmathews.wordpress.com

Luxe Life:
-Sydne Summer: http://thinkthrufashion.com

Man I Feel Like a Woman:
-Melanie Lee: http://wreckedstellar.com
-Rebecca Lee: http://stylewithbenefits.com
-Ariana Cabral: http://lacatrinadelamoda.blogspot.com
-Neekoh Panteva: http://liveloveLA.blogspot.com

Nomadic Notions:
-Marie Denee: http://curvyfashionista.mariedenee.com
-Monique Frausto: http://curvesandchaos.com

A big thank you to the following:

Sponsors: The California Market Center & NYX Cosmetics.

Special Thanks to: Audrey Okulick and Bren Lee Gomez.

Showrooms and Labels involved:

-Liza Stewart: http://lizastewart.com (representing: Yoanna Baraschi, Cynthia Steffe, Gold Hawk)
-Landa Sales: http://landasales.com (representing: Closet Romantic, Dish Denim, Nick & Mo)
-Tulle: http://tulle4us.com
-Poleci
-Big Buddha Bags: http://bigbuddha.com
-Micha Design: http://michadesign.com
-Sophie Monet Jewelry: http://sophiemonetjewelry.com

Photography & Design: Kelsi Smith: http://dedicated-follower.com

Hair & Make-Up: Bren Lee Gomez (http://somuchpretty.com), Amber Ayala, Vanessa Camacho and Tiara Henry.

Additional Support: Kendra Leese Martin (http://fashilocity.com) and Carla from Micha Designs.

The Curvy Collective & Full Figured fashion Week(end)™

The other day on twitter I made a comment about going to sleep with fashion on my mind and waking up with fashion on my mind. And the news I got yesterday, just confirmed what the next two months will be like!

On October 28-30th L.A. will be home to Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™! I was informed yesterday that I will be part of The Curvy Collective! Yay!

The Curvy Collective is a collaborative social network of plus size fashion bloggers and digital magazines for the industry leading Full Figured Fashion Week™.

As a part of The Curvy Collective, I get the honor of being involved in pretty much all that goes on during these three amazing days! This means I get to share the latest news and behind the scenes events with all of you!

The schedule of events was released today and I am seriously too excited! Just look below!

Thursday, October 28

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ Opening Reception and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Friday, October 29

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc® presents “The PLUS Side of Business” – Featuring Successful Businesses that cater to the Plus Size Community

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
New and Aspiring Models Panel Discussion/Seminar

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The State of the Curvy Community – A Panel Discussion

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Designer Trunk Sale and Shopping Event

Saturday, October 30

Semi Formal Finale Runway Event (Plaza Pavilion)
5:30 – 6:30 PM – VIP Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 PM – Doors Open for General Admission Arrivals
7:00 PM – Runway Show Begins
10:00 PM Masquerade After Party (The X Bar at the Hyatt Regency)

Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash

It was all about shopping, gift bags, complimentary spa services, and cocktails at the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash! Held at the Peterson Automotive Museum here in Los Angeles, I had a chance to finally meet Cid from Cid’s Style File. FYI…she’s awesome!

I not only got a few freebies from sponsors like Chevy, Pixi, and Burke Williams, but I also picked up a Chillers T-Shirt for $10 and makeup from Pixi for only $5. I even got a free bra fitting from Frederick’s of Hollywood and a Buy One Get One Free coupon for one of their sexy bras.

With discounts up to 80%, there was clothing, jewelry, shoes, makeup, accessories, and handbags to choose from. There wasn’t much to choose from for us curvy chicks, but I think with a little urging maybe we can get a few plus-size designers out there for the next event. Maybe? I didn’t get to take the new Chevy Camaro for a spin either, but I did get to check it out and let me tell you, that is my next car for sure! It’s HOT!

If you are a self-proclaimed shopaholic then you need to get out to their next event. They hold them in L.A., San Francisco, New York, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Go here for dates.

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