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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.
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  • 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.

Lingerie.com Review: The Sexy Halloween Costume

Although there’s a mini-heat wave hitting Los Angeles, I am still thinking of all things fall; and yes that includes Halloween.

I love Halloween! Every year I try to be creative and dress up as something different, but as most of us curvy girls know, it’s hard to find a costume that truly fits and is sexy at the same time.

Lingerie.com knows a thing or two about sexy Halloween costumes. If you’re looking for sexy, then this is the place. Just check out their new costumes for 2010.

I was sent the Vixen Pirate Wench Plus Size Costume ($43.99) to review. As most of you know, I wear a US size 16/18. So,  I was a little skeptical when choosing my size, only because every 1X/2X I order runs small. But, I know Lingerie.com’s size chart is pretty accurate. And I was right…this costume is a perfect fit.

Another thing I worry about is the material that these costumes are made of. Most of the time they’re flimsy or just look cheap. I was pleasantly surprised to find this costume to be pretty good quality. The “corset” is made of black crushed velvet and it stretches (yay!). I just wish there was a little more coverage in the chest area. Being that I am pretty big on top, I need to cover them up. I don’t want the hubby to be a jealous pirate!

Now, I’m looking for the sexy accessories to dress up this costume. Maybe in the future they can throw in a sword or hat. Just an idea. If you’re looking for a costume and you’re on a budget make sure you take a look at Lingerie.com’s sexy Halloween sale!

And from now until October 31st, my curvy readers get 10% off any and all costumes on Lingerie.com. Just enter the code “CurvesandCostumes” at checkout.

Will you make this Halloween a sexy one?

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

OOTD: Torrid Review III

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When it comes to stripes, I’m not the world’s biggest fan. I think I might own two pieces of clothing with a striped design. So, when Torrid sent me this dress, I wasn’t sure I would like it. Once, again I really need to stop being so fatshion judgemental. Today, I wore the Navy Striped Belted 2-Fer Dress ($58.00) courtesy of Torrid, and I will no longer disapprove of stripes again.

When you first touch this dress, you can’t help but love the material; it is very soft. The navy and heather gray go so well together. These are two separate pieces, but they are attached at the shoulder area. And there is a black faux belt attached at the waist. I was worried it would ride up on me or the dress would fly open in the front, but it did neither of those things.

I was also amazed at how comfy and cool I was in this dress. We had a warm day today, and I wasn’t bothered at all. I think it could be really easy to dress this down with a pair of cute sandals as well. I think the thing I liked about this dress the most was the compliment I got while I was out and about. Thanks sales associate at Staples! Btw…the shoes are by Madden Girl.

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OOTD: Torrid Review II

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When was the last time you looked at a piece of clothing, that you loved, but thought “I can’t wear that!” And then you’re on to the next item. For whatever reasons it may be…color, style, body issues. Let’s just push that all aside. How do you know you can’t wear it unless you try it on?

For some reason, that’s what I thought when I saw this top I’m wearing here. My first instinct is to throw a sweater over it, but it’s hot here! Then I tried it on and I loved it. Courtesy of Torrid, the Black Butterfly Tube Top ($38) was not as scary as I imagined it. It was comfortable and it didn’t show my cleavage to the world. It didn’t fall down like a lot of tube tops do. I didn’t know if the (faux) leather and studded design was my thing, but I guess it is now.

I also wore Torrid’s Source of Wisdom virtual Stretch Grey Skinny Jean ($52), also courtesy of Torrid. Now, these jeans fit differently than the other pair I reviewed. The had a lot more stretch in them. I feel like I almost could have worn a 16R in these. I really love grey denim and have that vintage and faded look to them. I just wish I would have worn a belt because they were falling a little. Also, the label on the waistband was itching my back. But, they were comfy as well.

You know I’m not a big fan of over accessorizing, especially with the top having a lot of detail, so I just wore a pair of black earrings. I paired it all with my trusty gladiator sandals. Overall, I’m pretty happy with these pieces. I just have to throw these jeans in the dryer and I think it will be perfect.

BTW…that lipstick is the Wet n’Wild #511B lipstick I told you about in the video.

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OOTD: Torrid Review Part I

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Last night was date night with the hubby. I had the pleasure of wearing a few things courtesy of Torrid. I wore this Ivory Asymmetrical Ruffle top ($28) and the Source of Wisdom Virtual Stretch Distressed Skinny Jean (on sale $42). This photo was taken after a delicious steak dinner, I should of thought about this before wearing a skinny jean.

The ruffle top was extremely soft and comfy, but it was a little big on me. I usually wear a US size 18 and this was a Torrid size 2. I think the size 1 would have been perfect. I love the frills on the top, it added a very feminine touch to the outfit.

If you’re looking for a vintage inspired skinny jean, then you should really check these out. The denim is a great wash and I love the vintage touches. I was worried about the size when I was putting them on, I didn’t think they were going to fit. But, once I zipped them up, they fit like a glove. The jeans are made of this Virtual Stretch fabric, so they were very comfy. There are faux front pockets and I wish the waist was a little higher. But I loved how they fit me and I felt like they gave my butt some shape.

I didn’t want to over-accessorize because of the ruffles on the top, so I wore earrings my bff gave me and Unlisted wedges.

I’m curious if any of you have tried these jeans yet? How did you like them?

Review: ASSETS Unbelievable Underwear Super Control

To use shape wear or to not use shape wear…that is the question.

Well, it is the question among us body loving curvy gals! I’ve heard the debate and honestly I’m kind of confused by it.

I tell myself that I love my body in all of its glory, but I do own a pair of Spanx (pre-fat girl body acceptance) and I received this pair of ASSETS Unbelievable Underwear Super Control ($18) at the BlogHer Expo.

I was very curious to try them out and after having them for a couple of weeks, I wore them. Yes, I was still fat after I put them on. They didn’t magically erase any pounds and I was still a size 18.

But, it did help because I was wearing a dress and I didn’t have to worry about the dreaded chub rub. I can’t stand that darn chub rub! Don’t get me wrong, I did notice I was wearing shape wear, but it wasn’t like I was instantly a straight size.

The underwear did smooth out the bumpy areas and I loved how they stayed put. No rolling down or creeping up here. And there were no panty lines; that’s always a bonus. I will wear them again, but only for those tight dresses.

So, to answer the great shape wear debate question…I can’t. It’s up to you and your personal preference. But, I would like to know what you think, anonymously of course. Take my little poll below.


Lane Bryant Review – Plus Win & Save!

New York, New York…you stole my heart. I love this city and lucky for me the 2010 BlogHer conference was held here. I had so much fun making new friends, networking, and learning from the best in the blogging world. Plus there was so much swag! Amazing!

But, it wasn’t the perfect trip…let me briefly explain. My flight out of LAX was delayed and made me miss my connection. I was rebooked which delayed my arrival by 6 hours! I checked into the hotel and that night my laptop crashed. My cell phone battery was dying after only 30 minutes of being fully charged and the camera I borrowed didn’t work. I was having a tech nightmare. So, the photos you see are via my cell phone (after a new battery) and a small Kodak hand held camcorder. I apologize for the quality.

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I promised to not let any of my technical difficulties ruin my time in New York. Besides, I had some fabulous clothes courtesy of Lane Bryant to wear. I picked them up during the L.A. Fatshion Bloggers event, and I couldn’t be happier with these pieces.

I started the first day of the conference in their leopard print maxi dress, which I got for an amazing price by the way! This dress was so comfortable and I got tons of compliments on it! Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available on the site anymore. But, you can check their in-store sale section.

Did I mention it was really hot and muggy while I was there? I really didn’t have to worry about that, because I was nice and cool in this dress. I paired my Nine West gladiator sandals with it and a necklace from Forever 21. I wish I would have gone up one size in the dress, but this was the only one they had. I had to pull the dress up a couple of times. I also got my hands on a Cacique Seamless 5-way Convertible Bra. I love this bra! The support was great, especially when I wore it strapless. I didn’t feel like I was going to fall out or that it was going to fall down.

On Saturday, I wore their Sequin Lapel Sweater Vest, their Knit Denim Jeggings, and a white tank. I also got a lot of compliments on the vest. It was surprisingly nice to wear the vest in the 80 degree weather and I loved the length. The only issue I had was the sequins around the neck area would get caught on my hair. And can I just say that these jeggings are AWESOME! This was my first pair and I want to go back and get more! Loved the fit and stretch of the denim. I went down one size from what I normally wear and I was loving them! The length was perfect for me (I’m 5’6). Thanks Lane Bryant for outfitting me during BlogHer 2010!

Now here’s your chance to win and save with Lane Bryant! Get your hands on this amazing gift cheque! You can get a whopping $25 off a $75 purchase, it’s only valid until August 24th. Go here to print it out!!

You can also enter to win a $20 gift card from Lane Bryant. All you have to do is go to my Facebook page and “Like” Curves and Chaos. Leave a comment under the post on the wall with the the following questions:

-What is sexy?
-What’s your favorite item of clothing?
-When’s the last time you had a bra fitting?
-Why do you love Lane Bryant?
-What would you like to see from Lane Bryant?

Good luck!! Contest ends 8/23/10 and winner will be chosen using Random.org.

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**BlogHer Recap: You already know I had an amazing time! Not only did I meet amazing women, but I had to the chance to get my makeup done at the P&G Home, I got tons of swag, and I met model Veronica Webb (very nice) and Bruce Jenner. I even took the time to talk to HauteLook, Shop Style, and White House Black Market about carrying extended sizes. ASSETS by Sara Blakely were on hand and we had a great conversation. Hopefully, I made great connections! Here’s a slideshow of some pics:

Lingerie.com Review

When do you feel your sexiest? Is it when your lying around in a sexy piece of lingerie? It is isn’t it?

I am going to be completely honest…I used to be a t-shirt and sweats kind of girl. Now, I’m venturing into the world of sexy sexy. You know that place where anything lace, slinky, or frilly works?

You can only imagine how happy I was when Lingerie.com asked me to review something from their line of plus-size lingerie. Now, let me tell you this is one sexy web site…I hope you’re ready.

I honestly couldn’t decide what to pick, then I laid my eyes on the Flyaway Babydoll by Escante. It’s in this great bubblegum pink color, it just looked so fun!!

The first thing I was amazed by, is the fact that it fits in the breast area. I have a large chest and I am always spilling out of any store bought lingerie. I wear a US 16/18 and the 1X fits perfectly. The material is stretchy and soft, thus making it comfy. Their sizing chart is on point too! There is no underwire in the bra area, so you have to be prepared for that.

This is definitely an item that you’d want to hand wash, it’s a tad delicate. It’s made pretty well, but the edges look like they might unravel soon. So, I just have to be really careful with it. But it’s not something I’m going to wear daily.

Visiting Lingerie.com is pretty easy too, I just wish they had more of a selection. They have quite a few things, but I’d like a little more range of items. I’m all for products that make me feel pretty, feminine, and sexy. The prices aren’t too bad either for this bargainista, I’m going to keep coming back to see what they carry next.

If you’re looking for lingerie to make you or that special someone happy, then I’d definitely make time for a sexy visit!

Lingerie.com is on Facebook and Twitter too!

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Bali Comfort-U Back Review

Finding the perfect bra is probably one of our biggest headaches. Especially, if you’re a curvy woman with a larger chest.

So, when I was contacted to try Bali’s Comfort-U Back bra I was pretty excited. This new line features the beautiful Helena Christensen and boasts about the straps and the back of the bra staying in place. You know I had to try it out.

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They sent me the Flower Bali Underwire bra. I actually wore this bra on my birthday and I was quite surprised at how comfortable it was. The straps never fell down and the back of the bra never rode up once, I guess I can thank the wide side straps and U-shape for that.

I wasn’t spilling out all over the place either. The only issue I had was the actual shape it gave my breast. I guess it’s natural, but I felt like they had a little bit of a cone shape. I would prefer them to have more of a round form.

As you can see in the pics above, the quality of the bra was great. It’s a very basic white bra with a simple floral design. They have a lot of different styles if this one isn’t for you.

I am big on comfort and affordability when it comes to undergarments. The Comfort-U bras have suggested retail prices of $29 to $36. That sound pretty good to me!!

“We are excited to let women in on the secret to a great bra-it’s in the back.”-Jennifer Stell, Bali senior marketing manager