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A Little Off…the Shoulder

Let’s get sexy for a moment. 
I was once told, by a guy, that a woman’s shoulder’s are very sexy. I thought about what he told me, when I started noticing off-the-shoulder tops. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of them, but these are kind of changing my mind. With or without the straps. I can see myself wearing a top like this with a pair of skinny jeans or capris. I don’t know which one I like the best, it’s too hard to choose just one!
Which one is your favorite? 

1. Simply Be $65 2. Simply Be $49 3. City Chic $46 4. Simply Be $42 5. Dorothy Perkins £28.00 6. Bloomingdales $99.50 7. Torrid $38 8. Yours $14 9. Ashley Stewart $29.50

My Closet: Lovedrobe’s Crochet Neck Dress

I was looking over some old outfit posts and I couldn’t help but notice how my style has evolved. I don’t follow any “rules” and I dress regardless of what people think. It’s how I feel in a garment that dictates my mood. For example, this Lovedrobe Crochet Neck Dress (£38.00) made me feel very flirty. Not that I was, but you know what I mean (LOL). The dress was a little too short for me, so I wore my Bali leggings underneath. My hubby was happy about that. I chose my trusty Nine West heels to wear out that night. And I accessorized with a beautiful ring from Avenue and my Lane Bryant bracelets.

This dress got me so many compliments! I love the ruffle hem and the crocheted neck. Two distinct design features that you wouldn’t normally think go together. And the crochet goes all the way around, while the ruffle hem is just in the front. The dress does have a tie in the back so you can adjust it and a black slip underneath the dress, so it’s not see through. I did get a size bigger than what I normally wear, bit it didn’t make too much of a difference, I just adjusted the tie in the back and I was set. Love it!

Lovedrobe is a UK plus size clothing line and as of now you can find it on Style369.com. You should definitely check them out if you haven’t already.

Would you wear this dress?

*This dress was gifted by Lovedrobe. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Dear Rachel Pally

Dear Rachel Pally,

You don’t know me, but I have to say that I love your “White Label” collection. You have definitely captured the laid back L.A. style without compromising the chicness of your designs. In 2007, you created this collection for plus size women…thank you. I love your mission “To provide quality, comfort, and style to women of all shapes and sizes.” And that’s what you’ve done. This week I’m going to your sample sale in hopes of buying a few things. I’m supposed to be on a strict budget, but if I can get my hands on any of the dresses below (at a discounted rate) I’d be a very happy woman. Just don’t tell my husband.

Sincerely,
Monique 

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.