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What I Wore: City Chic’s Passion Flower Maxi

What do you wear on a sunny day in Los Angeles? A maxi dress! Not just any dress, but the Passion Flower Maxi (on sale $30) by City Chic. The Australian fashion retailer is really impressing me with the fit and quality of their designs. My hubby picked this dress and I’m so happy he did. It’s the perfect length for my 5’6 height. I really liked the slight draping in the front and the ruched band on the bust. My favorite part of the dress is the fact that it actually fit me in the chest area without falling down and being uncomfortable. I actually didn’t want to take the dress off, that’s how comfortable it is. Oh and I must point out that the shipping from City Chic is FREE and it got here in a few days. That makes me a happy shopper.

I accessorized this dress with my favorite pair of Nine West gladiator sandals, a coral ring from H&M, bracelets from Avenue, and a brass key necklace from Mindfulnest. I told you ladies I’m going to be a maxi dress wearing fool this spring and summer (LOL).

What do you ladies think? Would your wear this maxi dress?

Disclaimer: The dress was gifted by City Chic. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

City Chic’s Easter Sale

The word SALE is like music to my ears. And I’ve been very impressed with City Chic’s clothes lately. I even have a few reviews coming soon.

But, for now, go to CityChicOnline.com! Everything is 30% OFF (excluding already on sale items). Hmmm….so what do I want. Easter decisions are soooo hard to make.

*Sale ends at midnight on April 26.

Facebook & Fashion Collide?

Don’t you just love social media? I know I do. Say what you want about it, but it’s connecting us in ways we never thought was possible. Especially, on Facebook! Take a look at these three recent emails that landed in my inbox. All you have to do is “Like” them on Facebook.

Fashion to Figure will donate $1 for every “Like” they get on FB to help the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

Lane Bryant will give you 30% off your entire purchase if just “Like” them on FB.

If you “Like” OneStopPlus.com, they will give you 50% off your highest priced item when you spend $75 or more.

Do deals like this make you want to shop more? 
If you know of any other retailers offering something similar above, please let us know! 

Ideeli is “Plus Size Perfection”

Aren’t we in love with members-only (a.k.a flash) shopping sites? I know I am! And I definitely love the fact that a lot of them are finally catching on-curvy ladies love shopping too. Ideeli is one that caught on in 2010 and now they are regularly featuring special sizes. Yay!

The sales kick off every Wednesday at noon and feature designers like Adrianna Papell, Calvin Klein, Seven7, Antik, and more. They not only offer plus sizes, but they also offer petite sizes. Ideeli claims petite sizes are more underrepresented than plus! That’s crazy! The fashion industry can’t seriously believe on tall and thin women like fashion. I’m not even going to get started (LOL).

To shop Ideeli’s great amazing deals you need an invite…Of course I have one for you!! Join today, it’s FREE! Click on the link below.

Why? Oh Why? Collection by OSP!

There’s this little thing called Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City that I have to save up for. And I am TRYING not to do any shopping, unless it’s an emergency or something. And I have been TRYING to ignore the “Collection by OSP.” But it doesn’t seem like it’s working. I am in love a lot of their pieces, but especially with the Crepe de Chine Pants in this amazing Rain Forest Green. I also love their use of sequins and the draping…oh the draping. Sigh. Rumor is there’s a coupon code on Manolo for The Big Girl’s blog for 40% off one item. But, not sure if it still works. Please let me know if it works. If it does, I might have to get those pants. Grrr…the shopping never ends.

Update: found this code on OSP’s Facebook fan page–Get $20 off $70, $30 off $90, or $40 off $120 when you use code OSPSPRINGSAVE exp 4/24.

Are you loving this collection? 

ASOS Curve is Timeless

Everyone’s favorite line ASOS Curve…well one of my favorite lines…has been getting a little vintage on us. And I like it! You’ll see from the pieces below that they’ve been inspired by the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. My jaw dropped when I saw the Full Dress with Variegated Stripes. I’m kind of in love. I would’ve worn this if I went to Coachella. I will admit, I was a “wanna be” hippie child when I was growing up. My dad had me listening to Jimi Hendrix and The Doors records. Remember records? Ohhhh the good ol’ days…just like the era’s that inspired the designs below. Ok, I’m totally showing my age here, but I don’t care. Fashion is timeless.

Which one is your favorite?

Full Dress with Variegated Stripes

Rose Print Play Suit

Short Sleeve Pussybow Blouse

Exclusive Summer Chinos

Super Skinny Flares

Hooded Spring Cape

Calling All Roberto Cavalli Fans

You asked and he delivered.  You might have already heard that Roberto Cavalli’s White Collection is available on the Designer Plus Size Fashion web site Navabi
Just look at this gorgeous coat! 
Unfortunately, this girl can’t afford any of his designs. This coat is $1467.90, so instead I will sit here and dream about wearing it on the streets of Paris. A glass of wine in one hand and my Chanel bag in the other…sitting under the Eiffel Tower. What can I say…I’m a fashion dreamer.
You can see other Roberto Cavalli designs on Navabi here




What do you think about Roberto Cavalli’s plus size collection? 

All photos courtesy of Navabi. 

‘White Hot’ with Ashley Stewart

Maybe it’s the bright L.A. sun or the smell of spring in the air, but I have been craving white skinny jeans. It never fails, the trend of wearing white always pops up around this time.

Ashley Stewart has some really great white pieces to add to your closet. Being that it’s a basic color, there are so many combinations possible. And it’s an easy way to brighten up any outfit.

Something like this Off the Shoulder Smocked Blouse $29 (left) is definitely a versatile piece. It can be worn with jeans like the model, shorts, or capris.

I think adding something like a bright colored floral pin to a basic white top is so easy. I might have to get my hands on the white Cropped Denim Jacket $29 (below). I can see myself wearing it with a floral dress or tank dress and a cute pair of sandals.

What is your favorite color for spring?   

Beyond the Rack Launches “Full-Figured and Fabulous!”

It’s all about “members-only” shopping web sites in 2011! If your a fashionista, then you must know about Beyond the Rack!  They’re also a members-only shopping site for men and who women who crave the latest designer fashion and accessories at 70% off.

I remember hearing about Beyond the Rack years ago, but unfortunately they didn’t carry anything in my size. If you’re like me, then you’ll be happy to know they are launching a plus size category on Wednesday, April 6th!

It’s called “FULL-FIGURED AND FABULOUS” (sizes will range from 16-24 and 1X-3X). You’ll be able to shop for designer casual attire like tops, dresses, jeans, and swimwear. Are you excited yet? Wednesday’s sale will include Seven7, Onyx Nite Dresses, Sharagano, Carmen Marc Valvo, Rocawear, One World, Dereon, Red Woman, Spiegel, and Baby Phat!

To join Beyond the Rack you must be invited by a member or request a membership. But, no worries…I’ve got you curvy fashionistas covered. Here’s a special invite with a $10 shopping credit! Click on the link to become a member today!

What to Wear: The Corporate Interview

Many of you have come to me asking what to wear to a job interview. I will say, it really depends on the job. For a corporate position, you might not want to mess around. You should dress as professional as possible- without losing your personal style. Unfortunately, many businesses do rely on their employees appearance. That means they might want you to look “put together” for their clients. Here’s a little something I whipped up.

If I was interviewing for a corporate position, this is something I would wear. All of the basics are here, but with my personal style in mind. Of course you have the basic sheath dress and black blazer. Try adding something like a floral pin to add a sweet touch, while staying minimal with the jewelery. Personally, I always want to stay basic with black pumps and a briefcase style bag. And you know I need a pretty pink case for my iPad. 
Job interviews can be nerve racking, but at least you won’t have to worry about what you’re wearing. Remember, never lose your personal style and wear what makes you…you! 

My Closet: Buxom Boutique Dress

Today, I attended a luncheon at the gorgeous Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. I always feel so classy when I enter that place. That’s why I decided to wear this amazing Asymmetrical Black Dress courtesy of Julia from Buxom Boutique. I paired it with my Madden Girl pumps, black tights, gold hoop earrings, and a gold statement ring.

The asymmetrical neck gives this “little black dress” an edge, but with a 1950’s sillouette. The knee length hem is breath of fresh air in today’s world of mini’s. I wear a size 16/18 in dresses and this dress is a 3X. I really think someone in a size 22 could wear this because of the stretch in the material. It actually matched a blazer I had in my closet, you know just in case I had to cover up at the luncheon.

What I love about this dress is how easy it can go from business to casual. You could wear it to work, then change a few pieces around for an event or night out. I changed my earrings, added a belt, and my silver jeweled sandals. I know I am going to get a lot of use out of this dress. Thanks Julia!

**Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for this post. Although, the dress was gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion. 

City Chic Denim Review

The denim curiosity started in Las Vegas. From the moment I saw model Fluvia Lacerda in a pair of City Chic jeans, I knew I had to try them out. She has amazing curves and these jeans hugged her in all the right places.

And since skinny jeans are all the rage, I wanted to do something a little different by picking the Lace Up Wide Leg Jean ($58). I think this my might be my new favorite cut.

I do have a high waist, so low rise jeans are not for me. For some reason, I thought these were higher waisted, but they actually sit a little bit below my belly button. That’s not ideal for my shape.

One of my favorite features is the dark wash of the jeans. This makes it so versatile and easy to dress up. Because of the stretch in the denim, these jeans are also very comfortable.

The length of the jean was perfect for my height (5’6), while wearing my new heels. But, I do warn that the hem will probably drag with a flat shoe. I haven’t had a chance to wash them yet, so I can tell you if they shrink or not. When I do, I’ll post that as an update here and on my Facebook page.

Take a look at the pics below. This is after wearing them all day, so they keep their shape. They didn’t start to sag, which a problem I normally have with jeans. Because of this one pair, I am very interested in trying another cut. Hmmm…skinny or bootcut?

Do you own a pair of City Chic jeans? Do you love or hate them?

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for this review. Although, this item was gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.