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Tips for a Fresh Summer Look

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Trying to stay cool last summer!
Trying to stay cool last summer!

Hello my loves! Summer is almost here and I want to know if you’re ready to face the hot weather. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in Los Angeles we can see days in the 90’s and almost in the 100’s! That’s crazy hot!!

There are so many different ways to get yourself ready for the summer. You might be thinking about what you’re going to wear and where you’ll get your swimsuit. BUT, have you thought about how you’re going keep that fresh summer look? You know what that is right?

A fresh summer look is when it’s hotter than hot outside and your best friend’s makeup is running down her face and you look like you just stepped outside. Don’t be skeptical , it’s possible!

I’m going to give you a few tips on how you can achieve that fresh summer look without breaking the bank. These are all products you can get at your local drugstore, like Walgreens.

First things first, it all starts with your daily shower. Try using a body wash like Dove’s Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Body Wash. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.

After your shower, why not try using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Pure Cornstarch Powder to help absorb any excess moisture or help prevent chafing.

And let’s not forget one of the more important things you can get your hands on this summer and that’s deodorant. I love Degree’s Women MotionSense Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant. It helps keep me fresh during the hottest moments.

When it comes to your makeup, make sure you find a moisturizer and foundation with SPF protection. When choosing eyeshadow, blush, or lip gloss stick to the lighter and fresher looking colors like peach or coral.

And there’s no other way to keep that fresh summer look than to keep your skin protected. No one likes a sunburn! The higher the SPF the better. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock Lotion SPF 85+ would be perfect.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Not only will you feel fresh you’ll look fresh all summer long!

What are your favorite ways to keep that fresh summer look?

EVANS Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook

UK retailer Evans wants me to be broke. I think they really do. Just look at their Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook!! It’s not like you haven’t heard this before, but I want it all! They’re very feminine and yet some of the designs are bold. I’m drooling over the Cobalt Maxi Skirt! I can already imagine the possibilities! All these pieces and more, will be available on their US web site starting tomorrow (Saturday 5/26/12) on http://www.evansusa.com.

Which piece is your favorite? 


*All photos are courtesy of Evans.

Swimwear: BECCA ETC Animal Instincts

As you know, I had a chance to preview the new plus size BECCA ETC swimwear collection and I pretty much love it! And I wanted to share my favorite of all the lines-Animal Instincts.

I guess I’m a sucker for python print and I’m in love with the colors too! There are so many different styles, as you can see on the beautiful Tara Lynn below.

These are quality suits ladies! You are definitely going to get what you pay for. There are different options too-various two pieces, one-pieces, and cover ups. Some of the other bloggers that attended are even eyeing the cover ups as possible dresses! They’re such fashionistas!

If you want to see the other lines from the collection, you can view them all on the Curves and Chaos Facebook page here.

Visit BECCA ETC collection now. 

*Click on the photo for the full sized image.

Peek inside the IGIGI Spring/Summer Lookbook

Take a peek inside the colorful and stunning IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel spring/summer lookbook! The beautiful Kailee O’Sullivan models the latest collection, appropriately named A Breath of Fresh Air. This vintage-inspired designs “celebrates the rejuvenation of femininity, vibrancy, and liveliness the spell of Spring unveils in all women.” It has a very Mad Men-esque vibe, doesn’t it? I’m in awe of the colors and soft sillhouettes.

“My design sensibility has always had a vintage vibe to it, so this season I decided to go all the way and just have a blast with stylistics. I took the old covers of Vogue magazines from early 20’s all the way trough 50’s and created homage to the history of style.” Said Yuliya Raquel, Founder, Creative Director and Lead Designer.

I’m officially in love with the last wedding dress! Which design is your favorite?

The collection is available now on www.Igigi.com.

Wanted: Oversized Sunglasses

Sunglasses + me = Love. I adore them and they are one of my favorite accessories. I was doing what I do best…online window shopping on a Saturday night and I ran across a few pairs that really caught my eye. And they all happened to be oversized. In a Jackie O kind of way of course. But, I was watching Scarface and Michelle Pfeiffer was rocking them too. Loved her style in that movie! Anyways, back to the sunglasses. I can already see myself wearing them this spring and summer with my favorite maxi dress. It’s time to find that perfect pair.

Do you see yourself wearing oversized sunglasses?


More Tom Ford…


More Marc Jacobs…


More Roberto Cavalli…


More Diane von Furstenberg…


More Givenchy…


More Balenciaga…


More Juicy Couture…


More Tom Ford…


More Burberry…


More Alexander McQueen…


More American Apparel…


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Hippie Chick / Anna Scholz Black Label for SS 2012

Anna Scholz…what are you doing to me? You’re so fabulous and these latest images from her Hippie Chick collection from Anna Scholz Black Label Spring/Summer 2012 only prove it. I’m dying over here! I’ve always loved her use of prints with a feminine touch. And this collection is a perfect example of that.

Hippie Chick is “down-to-earth girliness with a sophisticated twist.” I agree. You will find maxi dresses and tunics in colors and prints for almost everyone. I will admit I’ve only owned one of her maxi dresses, but it’s so amazingly…amazing…that I just might have to splurge and grab something from this latest collection. Take a look for yourselves…what do you think? I can’t decide which one I want…

A Turquoise Summer

It was another hot weekend in Souther California! I know it’s been hot all over the country and that makes it hard to actually want to go outside. But, I had a 3-year-old’s Hello Kitty birthday party to go to. You can’t miss those!

I grabbed this Fashion to Figure dress I’ve had in my closet for a few weeks and it was perfect weather to wear it. Besides, this is one of the colors I’ve been loving this summer.

The dress is no longer available on the web site, but I can tell you it’s a beautiful turquoise rayon summer dress with an embroidered ruffle on top. The straps are adjustable and there’s an elastic band under the chest, to give it shape.

I was a little worried that it would be too short, but it actually hit at the right spot for me. I wore my tan Aldo wedges (that are hard to button) and headed out the door.

Everything was cool until there was a gust of wind that flew right up the skirt. It seems like the dress wanted me to flash people or something! LOL

I’m so jealous of you east coast ladies that have a Fashion to Figure in your city. No fair. They need to come to Los Angeles!

Disclosure: This dress was gifted by Fashion to Figure. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

In Awe…Plus Model Magazine’s Swimsuit Issue

I am in awe…seriously. I had to stop, right in the middle of what I was doing, to write this post.

For a lot of us, we’ve had to deal with being told that fat is ugly. And that we are not worthy of fashion, because we don’t fit the fashion industries mold. That’s total BS!

As I was flipping through Plus Model Magazine’s Swimsuit Issue, I didn’t realize I could be affected like this. I was almost brought to tears (of happiness). Finally, a magazine gets it!

This special issue brings together five very talented photographers, to shoot these beautiful curvy women.

I pray that you, teens and young women look at this and know that you are beautiful. And that you do look like the models in the magazines…Plus Model Magazine.

Please take a few minutes to check out this special issue.

On a side note-I’d just like to let you all know that I am now the Shopping Editor of Plus Model Magazine. I am so very honored and humbled to be a part of this amazing team. xoxo

Introducing Sorella Swim

Summer isn’t over yet, my loves. If it was…would I be writing about Sorella Swim, this new incredibly chic luxury swimwear line? Hmmm???
“Our goal with Sorella Swim is to have our customer feeling sexy and chic while wearing her Sorella swimwear. With this in mind; we pride ourselves on the high level of quality with a specific focus on fit. This key attention to detail combined with superb craftsmanship and design set Sorella Swim apart from all other full figure swim brands. Sorella Swim is a luxury swimwear brand for the real woman. It is finally a brand she can call her own! “-Jessica Petersen, owner and designer of Sorella Swim
The swimwear will be available in sizes 10-24. And it will debut for the first time this summer to retailers in July during the famous Miami Swim Fashion Week.

Casually…Red, White, and Blue

Yes, you’re going to see a lot of red, white, and blue inspired looks as we get closer to this 4th of July weekend. I wanted to go a little bit of a different route to offer you some color inspiration. A lot of these pieces can be paired together or just worn alone. I chose a lot of casual pieces, because one…it’s summer…and two…it’s the weekend. And it’s going to be hot!

I’m looking at this and I can’t help but think how much I love all of these colors right now. Are you going to honor our country’s independence this weekend with a little red, white, and blue?

What color inspiration are you loving? The red, white, or blue

Hot Summer Giveaway: Win an Evans Swimsuit!

Can you believe we are on the third swimsuit giveaway in the Hot Summer Giveaway series! Swimsuits For All and Torrid have already given away amazing swimwear!

This week one lucky winner will have the chance to win this gorgeous Leaf Print Bandeau Swimsuit from the UK retailer Evans! I personally picked this swimsuit out myself. I really wish I could win it. No fair!

Unfortunately, there is only ONE SIZE AVAILABLE. Sorry!!

This swimsuit is a size UK 24 DD/E cup that is compatible to a US size 20 DD/E cup. I have the swimsuit on hand and it could possibly fit a US size 16/18 DD/E cup. So if you are in these size ranges, please enter!

You’ll also win Evans Tropical Flower Scarf as an added bonus, also courtesy of Evans!

To enter, please leave a comment telling me what your favorite look is in their Summer Catalogue. Please make sure to include a valid email address or Twitter i.d. or your entry will NOT count.

For extra entries complete the following as SEPARATE entries or they will not count. There is a maximum of 4 entries total.

Rules: Only one entry per person, unless using the 3 additional entries above. Must be a U.S. resident only, 18 years or older, and can’t have won in the previous two Hot Summer Giveaways. Winner will be chosen using Random.Org on 6/29/11.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Evans. 

Giveaway is Closed

Hot Summer Giveaway: Win a Torrid Swimsuit!

Want to make your summer a little bit hotter with a trendy and fun swimsuit? Torrid wants to make it happen.

The second “Hot Summer Giveaway” is all about not just giving you a fun swimsuit, but it’s about keeping you cool in the latest trends. And who doesn’t want to lay on the beach looking cute?

If you’re that one person, then you just might want to enter this giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with a Torrid swimsuit!

To enter:
Leave a comment telling me what swimsuit you’d pick from Torrid if you won. Please leave a valid email address.

Extra entries:
(Please leave separate comments for each one.)
“Like” Torrid on Facebook
Follow Torrid on Twitter

Rules: Must be 18yrs or older to enter. Only one entry per person unless the additional 2 entries are used, making it 3 maximum. Ends 6/22/11 and winner will be chosen using Random.org

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Torrid. 

Giveaway Closed!!