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The Shopping Diaries: Last Minute Shopper

With only three days left until New Year’s Eve, I’ve been on the hunt for something to wear. I’ve purchased and returned like a mad woman. I’ve had a dress for a while that I was going to wear, but I tried it on the other night and it just didn’t look right. So, I headed out Sunday looking for an outfit. Isn’t that the story of my shopping life? I’m a last minute shopper.

Is being a last minute shopper smart? Yes and no.

Yes, because you’re forced to find something. No, because your choices are limited and you’re forced to find something. Now, try last minute shopping at malls that aren’t very curve-friendly and already ransacked. Over the last few days I’ve been looking over barely there racks. And when I did see something I like, they didn’t have it in my size. Ohhhhh…the drama.

But, low-and-behold I walk into Forever 21 today. It was the last store, before I gave up for the day. I’ve always been a fan of them, I just don’t know why I waited so long to look there! Of course, I fall for the first dress I see; the One Shoulder Glam Dress (below).


It sparkles more in person, I can’t wait to wear it! Now, I just have to find accessories for it. The shopping is never done!! I am thinking about wearing black opaque tights and black booties. Or should I go with black sequin pumps?

Simply Be, Simply Want

I love the recent arrival of the U.K. and Australian plus size fashion retailers coming to the U.S. I had the opportunity to review a few pieces from Simply Be a few months ago and I really loved the style and quality of the clothes. Tonight I just kinda peeked my head over there and I was reminded once again why I love them! If anyone cares, I want all of these pieces.

L.A. Shopping Event: Thread Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Thread’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop is making it’s first appearance back in L.A. after two years! That means lots of shopping! Need I say more? It will be held at the Bay Salone at 2035 Bay Street, Los Angeles, CA. I am planning to be there on Sunday. I hope to see you there!

Make your holiday to-do list a fun experience with a cocktail in your hand, great music, fashion shows, a holiday-themed photo booth, a free style lounge for seasonal demos and touch-ups, live art, food trucks and free giveaways all day long.

You must RSVP if you plan to attend- entrance fee is $5.

SATURDAY: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SUNDAY: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Enjoy THREAD Show shopping all day with fashion shows at 1 and 4 p.m.

A Weekend of Friends & Fashion

 Whew! It’s Monday and I’m exhausted! Seriously! These girls (Reah, Denise, Marie, and Dawn) wore me out! LOL…well regardless I had an amazing weekend.

It all started with my friend Dawn coming over. We spent ALL day Saturday shopping. But, I didn’t really buy anything because the selection for curvy girls…well…there really wasn’t a selection.

I hate to complain, but this was just plain sad. Me…in a mall…and I only bought one thing? You might have read my tweets, but in case you didn’t I was very disappointed in the Macy’s at the Glendale Galleria. The woman’s department was on the third floor, stuck in the corner, under really bad lighting, and the so-called “selection” was definitely lacking.

I was shocked to find a navy blue Alfani top I liked, but I didn’t take an outfit pic. Sorry! Of course there was a Torrid and Lane Bryant…so no complaints there. But, nothing really caught my eye. After our shopping excursion, we heading out for a couple of drinks and dancing in Hollywood. It was fun! On Sunday, I had an amazing brunch with the hubby and Dawn. Then it was off to Target in West Hollywood, to be disappointed AGAIN! They only had 3 racks of plus sizes! Come on! Geez! I think I’m going to start boycotting some retailers until they realize the changes they need to make. Who’s with me?

Anywhoo…Sunday night I headed out to the lovely Chenese Lewis’ birthday party here in L.A. I love that lady…unfortunately I didn’t get a pic with the sparkling birthday girl. I did get to catch up with the girls and we had an amazing time. Everyone looked stunning, of course!

This was the outfit I was going to wear, but I changed my mind at the last minute.

But, can I just say that I LOVE the way this dress fits! It’s from Size Appeal (gifted) and it is an amazing body hugging and curve enhancing dress! I couldn’t help it…the leopard print had me!

I love the whole 80′s vibe I feel when I wear it. I bought this necklace from Target, the leggings are from Bali (gifted), and my shoes are by Jessica Simpson. You might have seen Stylish Curves wearing it. Two different looks, one amazing Size Appeal dress.

The dress retailed for under $40 and there are a lot more like it here.

Sequins Sparkle!

Like I need another reason to sparkle…hee hee…sequins always seem to stand out during the fall and winter seasons. I love wearing them during the holidays and as you saw in the Evans video below Toccara loves them too! Don’t worry if you think they’re too dressy, most of the pieces below are paired with jeans. It’s a great way to add a little “ooh la la” to an outfit. I love the cardigan below. Which one is your favorite?


Sassy City Chicks ‘Fashion Bash’ with My Girls!

Today, Cid from Cid’s Style File and I celebrated our friendship anniversary! Yes, I met Cid at the last Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash at the Peterson Automotive Museum here in L.A.! Memories…LOL. I met up with Cid, Nik from xoxo NikStar, Marie the Curvy Fashionista, the stylist extraordanaire Reah Norman, and beautylicious model Denise Bidot. We were in prime shopping mode!

I love these shopping events, but there is something missing…plus size fashion! It’s so sad, because we were ready to spend money! It seems like all we can get at these events are jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Not complaining about that, but I would love to be able to buy clothing. Are you shopping event planners listening?

I took a test drive in the new 2011 Chevy Camaro and Cruz, and we got in on some yummy Carl’s Jr. courtesy of Chevy. We even got our hands on some swag! Gotta love that swag! It was a great evening. Just take a look at my pics below!

Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: Leopard Print Tote

As you can tell, my brain never stops thinking about fashion! I’ve been craving a leopard print tote…bad! You’d really be surprised at the amount of super ridiculously expensive leopard print designer bags there are out there. As I was researching, I found some in the thousands! This M Z Wallace ‘Grace’ Tote is $425 at Nordstrom; not too bad compared to some of the others, but it’s still a “Bank Breaker” for me!

Now, take a look at the ‘SCHMUTZLER’ handbag from Aldo, which is on sale for $27.98! That’s a lot better for my budget! I think I’m ordering this bad boy!

What about you? Are you craving a leopard print tote?

Shopping for Breast Cancer Awareness

I get to shop and help raise Breast Cancer Awareness? What more could I ask for? Here are a few of the retailers offering specials and raising awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Don’t forget to enter to win a free “Punk Tee” from Save the Tatas here.

 Buy this beautiful bracelet for only $2.00 from Payless ShoeSource and they will donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure 100% of the net profits. Along with the bracelet, you’ll receive a $5 off $25 coupon with every bracelet purchase.

 

 This special collection, which is sold exclusively at Kohls online, was created by the lovely Vera Wang. 100% of the net profit will be donated to support the fight against breast cancer. All the items are $5 or $10.

Avon carries a line of products to raise awareness for women’s issues around the world. To date, they have donated more than $800 million worldwide. Take a look at their Global Breast Cancer Crusade Pin, it’s only a chic $3.00.

OPI has created “One Color. For All Women.” This exclusive nail lacquer was creat for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink of Hearts 2010 edition is a “pale pink with a shimmer of hope-and an uplifting sparkle.” They will donate $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Estee Lauder “Pink Ribbon Collection” is a part of their continuing effort to raise awareness. Elizabeth Hurley is also a part of the campaign and has created a lip design collection. Estee Lauder will donate $500,00 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Professional makeup artist Sonia Kashuk and Target are working together to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation with limited edition makeup tools. Kashuk, a breast cancer survivor, is donating 15% of the purchase price of these items going to BCRF’s mission.

Size Appeal, a curvy fashion web site, is offering free shipping on all orders for the month of October. They encourage you to use that money you save from the shipping on donating to the cause. I think that’s a great idea!

Faith 21 Sparkles!

Need an idea on how to make that all-black outfit pop? Add a little sparkle! Yes, can be more of an evening look, if you follow rules. But, you know we don’t! And besides, I think it’s a fun way to make your outfit stand out. All of these pieces are from Forever 21′s Faith 21 line. I’m already imagining these skirts with a pair of black opaque tights. I told you I have shopping on the brain! All I know is there’s nothing like a little sparkle to brighten up your day!


$25 & Under: Standout Jewelry

In the world of shopping, I don’t think there is anything worse than falling in love with something and then finding out that it costs way more than what you can afford! Isn’t that the worse feeling? That’s why I love to research online and find items that not only standout, but are within my budget. Jewelry is one of those items I love to find for bargain prices. I hate to spend more than $25 for a piece of costume jewelry. Here are a few pieces I wouldn’t mind owning and are $25 & Under.

Where do you like to buy your bargain jewelry?