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Handbag Delight: Melie Bianco

Melie Bianco is a handbag line based out of Los Angeles and offers what they call “Affordable Luxury.” You won’t find anything over $100. I recently purchased one of their bags at the Sassy City Chicks event. It’s this amazing clutch that I’ve only used once and I can’t wait to use again. If you’re looking to add some color into your life with a handbag, just look up. Oh…and if you live in the Los Angeles area, you’ll be happy to know they are holding a sample sale on April 30th at their headquarters in Pico Rivera. Go here for details. I don’t think I’m going to be able to go, so instead I’m just going to sit here and drool over these.

The Shopping Diaries: Indecisive Shopper

Oh yeah that’s me posing in my awesome Curvy Divas Rock tee at the recent Kurvee event. And yeah I think I’m sexy…LOL. Ok, I was just being silly and had to take the photo opportunity. While I was at Kurvee, I realized something. I’ve become a really indecisive shopper lately. I didn’t know what to buy. I guess that’s a lot better than being an impulse shopper, right?

What really confirmed it for me was a shopping trip I took with my mom last week. She wanted to buy me something for my birthday and I could not make up my mind on what I wanted. It was kind of frustrating. I actually waited until we went to the very last store to get something. FYI, I ended up with a pair of gladiator sandals and jewelery from Avenue.

I don’t know what’s going on, but now that I think about it, it’s been a lot easier on my wallet. But, when I do buy something, I just end up returning it because I bought it last minute. Grrr…

Has this ever happened to any of you? I consider myself a shopper and I need to fix it (LOL).

365Hangers.com Giveaway!

Calvein Klein, Michael Kors, Rachel Pally, and Diane Von Fursteberg are only a few of the designers available on 365Hangers.com. This jewel of a sample sale site guarantees women’s designer labels at 70% ! That’s a steal, if you ask me. I love that they use models that represent different shapes and body sizes. And their sizes range from 0/XS to 16/XL. My friend just purchased a Marc Jacobs dress from them at Sassy City Chicks, for an amazing price. I was actually looking at this Rachel Pally design, it would make a great spring dress.

How would you like a little something to get you started on this shopper’s paradise? 365Hangers.com wants to give one of my readers a $25 gift card! Enter below today!


To Enter: You must be following CC via Google Connect. Then visit 365Hangers.com and leave a comment telling us what your favorite item is. Make sure you include a valid email address or your entry will not count.

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Rules: U.S. and Canada Residents only, you must be 18 years-or-older, only one entry per person unless using the two extra entries (maximum of 3 entries), Giveaway ends 4/19/2011 and the winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Giveaway Closed!

‘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!

Sassy City Chicks L.A. Fashion Bash Event

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Just one of the reasons to go to the Sassy City Chicks event. My curvy gals and I were sooooo happy to see a plus size vendor on hand, Sassi Rebel! You can’t even imagine the excitement. Yesterday was my third time attending this event and I always leave with something. Last night I snatched up a yummy clutch and a shirt. Our Sassy Totes were awesome…as always.

There are tons of accessories on hand, but we were still yearning for more plus vendors and shoes…we need shoes! I did get my spa on…believe me. I got there early enough to sign up for an amazing chair massage and hand massage. We grabbed a drink from Svedka Vodka and checked out all the vendors. 365Hangers.com was even on hand. My friend found a Marc Jacobs dress…lucky girl! I snapped a few pics below.

Sassy City Chicks is coming to a city near you…San Francisco April 7, Chicago May 5, New York Jun 15 and 16.

Do you need a personalized shoe shopper?

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Buying that perfect pair of shoes can be a little stressful. When do you have time to shop? Are you always working or busy? Besides, how do you know what the hottest trend will be?

If any of this sounds like you, then maybe using an online personalized shoe shopper will help. Interested? I’ve found a few companies below that might help.

Basically, you tell them what your personal style is, pay a monthly fee, and they send you shoes based on your style. Keep in mind each company is a little different and the monthly fees vary. I’ve been interested in joining, but I’m a “gotta try on every shoe” kinda girl.

Have you used any of these companies below? Would you recommend them to your fellow shoe lovers?

LPLP by Linea Pelle at Target

One of my favorite handbag designers Linea Pelle has just debuted ‘LPLP by Linea Pelle’ at Target. Well, there goes my Target boycott (I was boycotting them because of their sad plus size department).

Available in stores and Target.com, the line “introduces a new demographic to the Southern California “casual chic” lifestyle sensibility embodied by the brand, which currently celebrates its 25th anniversary.”

Priced at $9.99-$34.99, the line includes handbags, belts, wallets and other small leather goods as well as some jewelry items.

Looks like I have to pay my local Target a visit. Hopefully, they’ve fixed their plus size department.

City Chic SALE 60% Off!

Starting tonight, all items on CityChicOnline.com will be 60% off! Hurry up and get your shopping done, because the sale ends March 21st at midnight!

* 60% is not valid with any other offer or coupon.

Beauty Buzz: Zoe&Zac

When you think of Payless ShoeSource, you think of stylish shoes at affordable prices, right? You don’t  think of bath and beauty products.

Well, it’s time to change that train of thought. They are now offering bath, beauty, and fragrance products at affordable prices.

I found this out a few months ago, when I was sent a free sample of their “green” and natural beauty products by Zoe&Zac.

I will admit I am totally in love with the Bamboo White Tea Body Mist ($7.99). It’s such a light and fresh scent…so dreamy.

The Zoe&Zac beauty line is exclusive to Payless and consists of makeup, bath & body, fragrances, nail polish, and gift sets. I’m dying to try one of their Eye & Lip Palettes. Preferably, the Forest Blooms Eye & Lip Palette ($9.99). They colors remind me of spring.

Created by Summer Rayne Oakes, the line is free of Parabens and Phthalates, not tested on animals, and all packaging is recyclable.


Have you tried any of the Zoe&Zac beauty products? Tell us what you think!

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**Disclosure: I was NOT paid for this post. The above is my true and honest opinion.