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Sexiness in the Mail with Panty By Post

There’s nothing like getting beautiful and sexy French lingerie in the mail. OK…I’ve never really gotten French lingerie in the mail until recently. Panty By Post sent me this amazing pair of lace lavender (super soft) undies from their Signature Line.

Sign up for one of their monthly subscriptions (from the Signature Line or Bridal Line) and you can get a panty or two each month in the mail. The guys can even get in on this too with an Eco-pouch boxer. You also have a choice of thong, hipster, bikini, or a mix of styles. They go up to a size xxxxl and they mail internationally.

Buy a subscription for yourself or as a gift. Imagine getting a “A pretty panty. Mailed Monthly.” I think I can get used to this. “The secret to French women’s confidence? It’s all about what’s underneath.”

Want to learn more? Watch this…

Disclosure: I was gifted this item. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Review: Skindura’s SecretShield

All right, let’s just get it out in the open. I’m going to come out and admit that my thighs do get chafed during the summer months. Whew! I feel a lot better now. And I know that most of you have issues with chafing (a.k.a. chub rub) as well. It’s normal, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Instead, why not find a solution, right?

We’ve all tried the products on the market. Raise your hand if you’ve used deodorant, powder, Vaseline, biker shorts, and even the stuff runners use to stop the chafing. It’s kind of like this endless cycle isn’t it. One thing doesn’t work and we just move on to the next.

I have good news for you, your search may have just ended. I was recently sent Skindura’s SecretShield to review. And instead of throwing on some shorts under my dress, I grabbed this instead.

Now, I will be honest and tell you that I was hesitant at first. It claims it’s “100% veggie derived formula creates a breathable barrier on skin.  Waterproof and sweatproof yet it allows your skin to perspire.  Stands up to hot, dry, humid, and cold conditions.  Won’t evaporate, like products made from  mineral oil, lanolin, water, or alcohol.  Fragrance free, no artificial colors, and non staining.  Silky formula glides on and stays put.

I was going to an outdoor event where I would be doing a lot of walking. I put this on the inner part of my thighs and headed out. It was correct when it say’s it allows your skin to perspire, because I did. I was so worried I would sweat it off.

After 4 hours of wearing it there was no chafing. None at all. Yay!! It didn’t leave behind any stains or residue either. And I’m so happy it didn’t irritate my skin. It is fragrance free, which I really appreciate. The price is very reasonable. For only $10, you get a 1oz. balm, which seems like it would last a few months.  Check out their Etsy page for more products and especially for their awesome SecretShield.

I’m definitely looking forward to my chafe-free summer. Are you?

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

Beauty Buzz: JAFRA’s Powder Blush

I’m going to make this short and sweet. If you’re looking for a natural looking blush, then you need to try JAFRA’s Powder Blush ($14.50). Seriously, I’ve tried a few blushes here and there, but this one is different.

I use the color “Perfect Glow” and I can’t help but think it’s the perfect shade for my medium skin tone. Not to sound too cliche, but it’s not too dark, not too light…It’s just right.

This Powder Blush is part of JAFRA’s revamped Color Line. There are 11 different shades and it’s jet-milled, so the blush goes on silky smooth. It’s formulated with Vitamins E and C, which they say will condition and protect your skin. And it absorbs oil, so you will get a longer wear out of it. This makes me love it even more! If you haven’t tried any of the products from the Color Line, you’re kinda missing out. They haven’t been around for over 50 years for nothing.

Have you tried any of JAFRA’s products? Which one is your favorite? 

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

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.

Why I love my Sejour Leggings

It’s not every day when you fall in love with an article of clothing. I will admit I’m in love with my Sejour leggings. I know you might be thinking this sounds silly, but unless you own a pair you wouldn’t understand.

Many pairs of leggings have come into my life and they’ve been OK. Sometimes they’ll fade after one wash or a new hole will appear out of no where. You know how frustrating that can be.

Sometimes, you just need a decent pair to get through a season. Thank goodness Nordstrom sent me this pair to try out. It’s like they were reading my fashion mind.

The Sejour Rayon Legging ($38) has been nothing but amazing. I’ve washed and dried them many times and they have maintained their color. The rayon material makes them so soft and I adore the slight sheen.

I’ve worn them a lot…I mean a lot and I can’t stress how comfortable they are. Just do me a favor and try them on and tell me what you think.

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

Just My Size…Proving me wrong.

If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s getting proven wrong when it comes to clothing. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. I love that feeling of thinking a clothing brand is one way and then finding out I was completely mistaken. 

I’m kinda ashamed to say that’s how I felt about the Just My Size clothing line. I had this whole idea that because it was sold at Walmart that I wouldn’t like it and the quality wouldn’t be that great. Why do I even judge clothing before I try it? I don’t know! I am so happy to say JMS has proven me wrong!

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to try out a few pieces courtesy of JMS and I am pleasantly surprised at not only the great quality but, the price point.  All the designs above range from $13.99-$19.99 and a lot of them make great basics and layering pieces. I actually have the JMS EasyDressing Sweater Coat in black and I love it!

In fact, I have an extra pair of the Just My Size – Womens Plus Pull-On Denim Jeggings (left) in a size 18/20 to give away! (FYI…these do run 1-2 sizes big)

To Enter: Leave a comment, along with a valid email address, below telling me how you’d style these jeggings.

For an extra entry: “Like” them on Facebook. Leave a separate comment stating you’ve done this.

Rules: Must be a U.S. resident, 18 years or older, and winner will be chosen on 2/2/11 using Random.Org. Only one entry per person, unless using the 1 extra entry.

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post. Although, the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Beauty Review: Pantene’s Restore Beautiful Lengths ‘Smoothing Balm’

We’re all looking for that one product that will make our hair not only stronger, but will also give it that brilliant shine. And if there’s one thing we all deal with, it’s the havoc that our daily styling routines do to our hair. Whether it’s blow drying, curling, or flat ironing; we do a lot of heat related damage to our luscious locks.

I have always been a Pantene user, it always provided great results at a reasonable price. One day, I was sitting in a chair at the P&G Home at the BlogHer 2010 conference, getting a mini-makeover and I asked the stylist what she would recommend for smoothing my hair. She recommended a product from the Restore Beautiful Lengths collection from Pantene. Months later I purchased the ‘Smoothing Balm.’

Product Info: Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths ‘Smoothing Balm’ $4.99 at Drugstore.com.

Product Claim: Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm helps resist breakage so you can grow hair longer* and helps keep fly-aways and frizz under control. It leaves you with smooth, manageable hair after you style it.

What I found out: The first thing I noticed about this product was the smell. It’s a clean and fresh scent. The balm is thick and non-greasy or sticky. After a regular blow dry your hair feels like it has a smooth protective coat on it, without being too stiff. I did find that it doesn’t take away all the frizz, but that’s probably because I didn’t use the diffuser that was recommended. And I love the shine it adds to my hair. 

Would I buy it again? Yes, definitely. This is something I can see me using for a very long time. I just have to get my hands on a diffuser and see if that helps with the leftover frizz.

 **I was NOT compensated for this review. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Review: Cacique’s Smooth Satin No-Wire Bra

You know as well as I do, that finding the perfect bra is torture! It can not only be annoying, but it can be expensive and time consuming. I have been on the hunt for a wireless bra, that was not only affordable, but that actually “held up” its end of the bargain…if you know what I mean. And by that I mean, the bra has to offer great support. Duh!

I’ve had enough with wearing under-wire bras all day with the uncomfortable wire poking me! I don’t mind a couple of hours, but all day…not anymore.

Since, I am already a fan of Cacique Intimates, I’ve decided to try their Smooth Satin No-Wire Bra. Besides, they were having a BOGO sale and I couldn’t miss out on that. I purchased the black and cafe mocha colors. The overall ratings and reviews on the web site were pretty positive. And now I know why.

Yes, this is my first wire-free bra I’ve worn since my training bra days and I was really worried about the support. But, now I know I have nothing to worry about. This is a very supportive and comfortable full coverage bra. I will admit that the first time I wore it there was a little irritation from the adjusters (?) on the back of the bra straps, but that went away after the first wear.

The slightly padded cups give the breast a natural shape that nature intended. The bra straps don’t dig into shoulders because of the wide padded straps and there is plenty of coverage in the back. I think this would make a great t-shirt bra, since it’s pretty invisible under your clothing.

I have made this my all day bra and I don’t regret it one bit. I will admit, if you’re looking for an “uplifting” bra, then this isn’t it. Because there is no under wire, you don’t get the same effect. But, this isn’t your 1950′s soft cup bra either.

**Online Exclusive: Buy 2 Get 2 Free! 

** I was not compensated for this review. All of the above is my true and honest opinion.

We Love Colors Review & Giveaway!

Need to add a little color to your curves? We Love Colors might be able to help. They offer a rainbow of colors in their plus sized tights, 51 to be exact! I was given the opportunity to review a pair of their Nylon/Lycra tights in Charcoal ($15).These opaque tights (courtesy of WLC) matched this charcoal Forever 21 Plus skirt, that I’ve been dying to wear. I just didn’t have any tights to match. The scarf I wore even had some gray in it, so it all came together.

Like you, I’ve heard a lot about We Love Colors, but I wasn’t sure about the quality. I found these tights to be really soft, comfortable, and durable. They come a wide range of sizes and when I first put them on I was worried they might be too big. But they never once rolled down or sagged like some tights do. They would be great for those on the taller side. But, I’m 5’6 and they were perfect for me. I can really see them getting a lot of wear in this chilly L.A. weather!

Update: Win your own pair of We Love Colors tights!! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below (with a valid email address) telling me which color you’d choose if you win! Go here for a list of colors. 

For extra entries (make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry): 

  • “Like” We Love Colors on Facebook.
  • Follow We Love Colors on Twitter.
  • Tweet “@WeLoveColors and @CurvesandChaos want you to win a free pair of tights http://bit.ly/eGHIdx

Rules: Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. This is open internationally. Only one entry per person, unless using extra entries.  Contest ends 12/15/10 and winner will be chosen using Random.Org.

**Read my disclosure policy. I was not paid for this post, the item was gifted. All of the above is my true and honest opinion. 

Contest Closed!!

Review: INES Collection

 

Luxuriously soft, comfy, chic, and only $39?  The “Gotta Meet Sam” top by the INES Collection, will definitely leave you wanting to wear more from their line. 

Created by designer Jacqueline Floro, the INES Collection is a result of her friends and family desire, over a size 10, to design clothes for them. You can find the collection for sale on ShopTranslated.com.

I’m not going to lie, prior to being contacted by them, I had never heard of this plus size clothing line. Now, I’m thinking…how did I NOT know about them? This top, made of 100% poly woven, is extremely soft and now that I think about, it didn’t seem to wrinkle either. The top is a size 1 (16/18) and is VERY true to size.
I wore this to the movies last night with a pair of jeans and black flats and was complimented right away on the almond-colored square design on the black satin backdrop, that kind of resembles an abstract leopard print. I really like the 3/4 sleeve with the black cuff and the 28″ length of the top. It felt like the perfect length.I was also worried that the quality wouldn’t be that great…wrong! I haven’t washed it yet, but the quality seems outstanding. I’ll let you know how the washing goes.
I was also asked to review the INES Sleeveless Wrap Dress, you will definitely see this on me soon! It’s stunning in person. Take a second to check out this curvaliscious line now

**This top was gifted. This has no way affected my review, all of the above is my honest opinion. Please read my disclosure

Introducing Sejour by Nordstrom

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Nordstrom anymore than I already do, they are in the midst of unveiling their own plus-size line.

“Nordstrom recognizes that plus-size women deserve more on-trend, in-store and online choices, and is pleased to announce its new plus-size brand with modern styling called Sejour. Sejour will be available exclusively in the Encore department beginning the first through second weeks of November. The brand will launch in two phases with the first roll-out in November, and culminate in the spring with our entire selection of styles.” -Nordstrom Press Release

Along with a couple of other bloggers, I was contacted by Nordstrom to review some of their new pieces. I am beyond honored to be involved in their new fashion venture.

The thing I love the most about Sejour is the fact that they are going to feature looks that are great for layering. This includes great fabric manipulation and fun textures like sequins, beading, and embellishments for the season.

Their pieces will go from weekend to work, evening to holiday, sizes 14W-24W, and 1X-3X, primarily in a curvy fit. The pricing will range from $28-$200. As you can see in the “Blogalicious 2010: What I wore” post I made sure to try the Rayon leggings and Drape Front Embellished Top right away. There are a few other pieces that I will review for you soon.

Make sure you keep an out for this new line headed to the Nordstrom Encore department nearest you!

Blogalicious 2010: What I Wore

Blogalicious Weekend in Miami was beyond anything I imagined. The women were smart, creative, and fabulous! I met so many great ladies, even from the moment I stepped of off the plane! We had such a busy weekend of sessions, that I didn’t have time to take proper outfit posts. It was a wake up early and go to bed late kind of weekend. Here are a few pics from that weekend with a description of what I wore. Oh and by the way, as you can see in most of the photos, I was having MAJOR bang issues! Ughhh!

This weekend I wore a few amazing pieces (above) that were gifted by Lane Bryant. I wore the Cowl neck “Is It” tunic($49.50), the Stripe sequin tank ($29.50), the Multi-layer friendship bracelet ($19.50), and Silvertone chandelier earrings ($14.50). If you know me, then you know I like to acquire multi-functioning pieces in my wardrobe. I love that I can dress up or dress down any of the pieces above.

Being that it’s Miami, I knew the stripe sequin tank would fit right in. I wore it out to dinner with the always amazing Lane Bryant denim jeggings and I got so many compliments on it! Seriously! The only issue I had were the sequins that were near my underarm were kind of scratching me. I think it’s because I got the tank a little too big. I should have stuck with the more fitted size.

As you can see below, I paired the tunic with a pair of gifted Sejour by Nordstrom rayon leggings (a new plus size line!). The gorgeous chandelier earrings brought a touch of sparkle to this all black outfit. This tunic can be worn as a dress. I would of done it too if I wasn’t too much of a chicken! I wore the friendship bracelet both nights and the day after. I love it!

Above I mentioned Sejour by Nordstrom, it’s a new plus-size line. I am going to do a post on this line soon, but I just wanted to mention them and show you the two pieces I wore this past weekend. I wore their luxuriously soft Rayon Leggings and this gorgeous Drape Front Embellished Top (below) that was also gifted. I wish you could see the sparkle of this top. I paired it with Lane Bryant earrings and black skinny jeans from Old Navy.

This is an amazing top I found on the clearance rack at Macy’s. It’s by Rachel Roy and it was originally $99 and I bought it for $20! I was in heaven! The colors remind me of a sunset. I think it was meant to be big, because the tag say’s it’s a medium and it fit me. I wore it with my Torrid jeans and sandals. Loved it!

**Some of these items were gifted. This has no way affected my review, all of the above is my honest opinion. Please read my disclosure policy here.