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Are Your Malls Plus Size Friendly?

I live in Los Angeles, the land of curves, but apparently lack of curvy love. Months ago, I (accidentally) discovered that the Forever 21 located in the Beverly Center carried plus sizes. I was surprised, I mean it is Beverly Hills. And I think the only other store in that mall that carries plus sizes is Macy’s and possibly Ann Taylor (they go up to an 18). Read more

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.