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Wish List: Ponchos & Capes

The first day of fall has come and is now gone, yet it was 80 degrees in L.A. today! What the? I want cold weather already! I’m dreaming of ponchos and capes. They not only make me feel all warm inside, but they look really comfy too! You know me and comfy!

What do you think? Are you a poncho or cape kind of girl?


Day 2 & 3: Viva Fat Vegas

Days 2 & 3 of Viva Fat Vegas were a lot of fun! Yes, there are more photos. And I know you’ve seen them on the other girls blogs, but now it’s my turn! Lol.

After our afternoon at Voluptuous we spent an evening with Sealed with a Kiss (SWAK) Designs. We were lucky enough to try on pieces from their fall line. We even had our own private fashion show. The pieces were beyond amazing. They were not only comfy but the cuts were flattering and accentuated our curves! There are tons of pictures below. SWAK gifted us a dress and I swooped up a red Giselle. It’s gorgeous!!

After our night of fashion, wine, and goodies we headed over to have lunch, courtesy of City Chic and Pambras, with Tina of Fully Chic and Rosie Mercado. We ate tapas and discussed plus size fashion, of course. Rosie even gave us a few items from her make-up line Bellisima. We took lots of pics…again.

This is what I wore on Sunday

Torrid was waiting for us after lunch. We arrived to an amazing selection of fall pieces. We shopped our hearts out! I picked up a pair of black boots that were $10 off. The girls did some major damage, trying on all of their favorites. Torrid even gave us a discount on our purchases…which was greatly appreciated.

The shopping at Torrid ended the Viva Fat Vegas weekend for Cid and I. We headed out after that. We were a little sad driving home, but we know we’ll see each other during FFF Week(end).

Love this purple top from Torrid.


Marshalls “Behind the Seams” Help Me and Win!!

Listen up bargainistas! Style expert Alison Deyette, was on hand today at Marshalls for the “Behind the Seams” event. It was a chance for bloggers to learn why off-price retailers are the best way to shop for our fall must haves.

We all know that Marshalls and T.J. Maxx have designer items up to 60% off, but do you know how they are able to offer us those amazing prices?

According to Marshalls, their buyers negotiate better prices with vendors because department stores plan their inventories much lower, they overbuy and then cancel orders, or designers overproduce. All of these factors allow Marshalls and T.J. Maxx to offer the same merchandise at lower prices. They don’t advertise their designers or sales, which can also save money. And we love saving money!

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We ended the session with Alison presenting us with a “7 Looks, One Week, One Store” fall challenge. We were gifted a $100 gift card and then we were asked to use that gift card to buy anything we wanted. Then we have to use those pieces to create 7 different looks to carry us throughout the week. We are allowed to use pieces from our own wardrobes as well. Here are the pieces I picked up today.

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Now, this is important. The blogger who has the most comments by October 4th at 5 p.m. EST will win. This is where you, my amazing curvy readers, come in. If I win…you win! That’s right, the blog that wins will win a $100 gift card from Marshalls for one of my readers!! That means the gift card could be yours!!

At the end of 7 days, I will post the outfits below. All you have to do is leave a separate comment telling me what you think about each outfit. It’s open to U.S. residents only and if we win I will pick a winner using Random.org.

Remember, the more you comment, the more chances we have to win!

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Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Day 2: Voluptuous Boutique & Queen of the Desert

Day 2 of Viva Fat Vegas started out as we all headed over to Voluptuous Fashion Plus Boutique. We were in FATshion heaven! Once again, my photos of this event are on my cracked out lap top, but I do have a quick video tour of the boutique. I promise to add the photos as soon as I can get to them.

Update: I finally got my hands on my photos. There is a photo slide show below.

The owners of Voluptuous, Patty and her husband Juan, are amazing! Not only did they tell us all about the ins and outs of their boutique, but they also asked us what we thought about their clothes. They wanted to know our likes and dislikes. It was great to be able to give input and have someone actually listen.

The boutique is stocked up on jewelry and accessories. They even have a “celebrity” wall. We all had our Polaroids taken with the store owner Patty. We were even gifted a top, which you will see tomorrow. I’m not just saying this either, but they were really nice and they have the best customer service! That’s something they are really adamant about, which is so important. Oh…and their prices are really reasonable too! If you’re ever in Las Vegas, I would highly recommend visiting Voluptuous.

We also had a chance to meet Rosie Mercado and Tina Sanchez, who were on hand for the Queen of the Desert Model Search. We took tons of photos and chatted. They are awesome!

Below you’ll find a video…not the greatest video, but it’s a video. Lol.

Day 1: Viva Fat Vegas Recap

Viva Fat Vegas has come and gone…but at least I have some of the memories. If you love Fatshion and Las Vegas, then you would of loved this blogger conference! It is true, I am having issues with my laptop, it won’t turn on. I think day 1 and 2 are on there. And I tried to post these pics the other day, thank goodness it was saved as a draft!

The day we arrived Cid from Cid’s Style File, did a little outlet shopping at Primm, just to get warmed up! We checked into our room at the Riviera, which is down at the end of the strip (aka the old Las Vegas). We took a power nap…hehehe…and then met up with the girls! That’s when we got our swag bags, filled with goodies. I’ll post a video about that later.

We made our way to the Peppermill Lounge, which was sponsored by Figuresque, and sat our FATabulous butts on the pink couches and got acquainted. Here are some pics below.

Viva Fat Vegas!!

Viva Fat Vegas here I come! As Elvis’ “Viva Las Vegas” song echoes in my head, I know I should finish packing, but I’m an addicted blogger.

Tomorrow morning Cid from Cid’s Style file and I will take a road trip from L.A. to lovely Las Vegas, Nevada! We’ll join 10 other bloggers for the Viva Fat Vegas Blogger Conference.

This is my first plus size fashion blogger conference and to say I’m excited is definitely an understatement. Unlike the last conference, I am fully stocked when it comes to technology. Camera…check! Mini-camcorder…check! Laptop…check! Fully functioning Black Berry…check! Hopefully it will last the entire weekend so I can log in and blog about what’s going on. I’ll even be on twitter at @CurvesandChaos if you want to follow me around “Sin City.”

Viva…vivaaaaa…Las Vegas!

I’m Ready for Plus Size Sleepwear

My name is Monique and I wear t-shirts and sweats to bed. Yes, I know there is nothing wrong with that as long as I’m comfortable. But, today I determined I am ready to move out of my sleeepwear comfort zone. I’ve even noticed that when I go shopping, I never really shop for it and I don’t know why? Sleepwear is everywhere! And here’s the amazing thing about that..there are some really chic and comfy looking plus size pj’s out there! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my sleepwear to lose it’s comfy appeal. I’m currently on the lookout for sleepwear like the pieces below.

Where do you buy your sleepwear?

Win a $100 Shopbop Gift Card

If there is one place I go to drool over designer totes, it’s definitely Shopbop (even bargainistas love designer bags.) If you’re a serious shopper, which you probably are, then you definitely know about this amazing designer shopping site. Shopbop designers range from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Chanel, and so many more.

Just yesterday I was complaining about my handbag not being big enough! Not only am I a fan of oversized handbags, but I’m a fan of all handbag styles. In fact, my dear curvy shoppers, I am currently on the hunt for a black handbag. I love the one I have, but I need a new one stat!

Are you currently searching for your next designer piece? Well, you’re in luck! Shopbop is giving one of my lucky readers a $100 gift card!

To enter visit the Shopbop.com web site and tell me what you’d buy with the $100. Make sure you leave a valid email or twitter i.d.

For an extra entry tweet the following: “@Shopbop is giving a @CurvesandChaos reader a $100 giftcard! http://tinyurl.com/28smxyy

*Please make sure you leave the link for the tweet as an EXTRA comment, or it will not count.

Rules:

  • Contest is open internationally, with only one entry per person.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified via email or twitter.
  • Contest end 9/29/10.

**Read my disclosure policy here.

Contest Closed

Crystal Renn for Gottex Spring 2011

Crystal Renn strutted her stuff down the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week catwalk for the Gottex Spring 2011 line today. There’s no doubt she’s a beautiful woman, but has our poster girl for plus size models lost her plus size appeal?

In my honest opinion, if she’s happy with the way she looks and she is comfortable in her own skin, then I’m happy for her and anyone for that matter; regardless of their size. I guess compared to the size 2 on the runway she is still a plus size model. And Gottex does make extended sizes in their swimwear line. The coral swimsuit is AMAZING!

I want to know what you think.
Do you still consider Crystal Renn a plus size model?

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: A model walks the runway at the Gottex Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: A model walks the runway at the Gottex Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: A model walks the runway at the Gottex Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: A model walks the runway at the Gottex Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: A model walks the runway at the Gottex Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

Victoria’s Secret ‘Bombshell’ Event

Sexy was definitely in the air yesterday! I was invited to the Victoria’s Secret launch of their new fragrance “Bombshell” at The Grove in Los Angeles.

I met up with two blogger buddies and we had so much fun! Not only did we get mini-makeovers, but we also got a autographs and a few seconds to chat with three of the Victoria’s Secret super models; Adriana, Lily, and Candice.

Bombshell ($45) definitely smells delicious! It’s a blend of purple passion fruit, Shangri-la yellow peony, and vanilla orchid. It really is a sexy scent. I’m not a fan of those overpowering fragrances either. I was given a free bottle and I do plan to use it! Check out some pics and video I took below.

Here are a few videos of the Bombshells telling me about ‘curves’ and the Bombshell fragrance. (The audio might be a little “off” on the video clips. I don’t know why.)

After we met and chatted with the three supermodels, we headed over to have our own Victoria’s Secret cover shot! Yes, now I’m a model! Hahahaha…no I’m not. But, we felt like it! We had a fan, backdrop, and the coolest camera…which we all wanted to own.

Thanks to Victoria’s Secret for inviting us!!

Beth Ditto for Evans in 3 Days

In three days, plus size UK retailer Evans will release their Beth Ditto collection. The A/W collection promises to include “unique twists on classic pieces whilst ensuring the cut, shape and fit work for the fuller figure.” Some of the designs include inspiration from the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s. The Gossip’s lead singer even designed accessories like a vintage mesh ankle strap shoe and cameo belt. This sounds interesting.
“Working with Evans the first time round was a dream come true and this time the experience was even better than before. Getting a feel for what people liked and didn’t like and working with the same wonderful team, I learned some new tricks and discovered a confidence in my instincts that carried over into this collection. There are some special, versatile pieces that I believe in and feel will change the way we look at our wardrobes and include staples to build your own strong look from standout items to wow and even some updated favourites from the last line. I know you will look as beautiful in these clothes as you do out of them. I am grateful to have the chance to design for you again.”- Beth Ditto

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 08: Beth Ditto attends the Thomas Sabo Collection Launch on July 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

The Beth Ditto at Evans Collection will debut Friday!!