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Fall Trends 2010: The ‘Moto’ Jacket

Bring out the bad girl this fall! Grab your leather or faux leather motorcycle jacket! I know some of you are animal friendly, besides faux leather is a lot more inexpensive. Does that still make you a bad girl? Sure! At least you’ll be a HOT looking bad girl!

OK, enough with the bad girl talk, because I really want a motorcycle (A.K.A. a “moto”) jacket. I imagine it as an essential piece to any wardrobe, kind of like a black blazer. It can be worn so many ways, with so many different pieces. That’s what it’s all about right? Getting more bang for your buck. I think I might just head over to Forever 21 tomorrow.

Which one is your favorite?

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  1. Lane Bryant Crinkle Moto Jacket $99.50
  2. Avenue Zipper Moto Jacket $59.90
  3. Faith 21 Weathered Faux Leather Jacket $37.80
  4. Faith 21 Metallic Moto Jacket $34.80
  5. Bloomingdales Calvin Klein Faux Leather Military Jacket $139.00
  6. Macy’s Alfani Faux Leather & Knit Zip Front $119.00
  7. Macy’s Jou Jou Faux Leather Motorcycle $64.00
  8. ASOS Curve Leather Jacket $168.50
  9. Bloomingdales KORS Michael Kors Zip Leather Jacket $395.00
  10. Evans Real Leather Biker Jacket £149.50
  11. Nordstroms Guess Distressed Faux Leather Moto Jacket $98.00
  12. Simply Be Mock Croc PU Biker Jacket $96.00
  13. Kohls Say What? Studded Motorcycle Jacket $62.00

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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Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: The Brown Satchel

Do you have your staple brown satchel for the upcoming season yet? I promise this bag will go with a lot of your fall outfits. I don’t have one yet, but I am on the look out! This Sissi Rossi Medium Safety Pin Shoulder Bag looks like something I wouldn’t mind carrying. And I would if it didn’t cost $1,170.00 at Barneys New York! Check below for my bargain version.

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The bargain version is very similar to the Sissi Rossi, but it’s A LOT cheaper. Try this Kirra Chase Satchel from PacSun.com for only $29.50. That’s more like it. Ahhhh…my budget feels safe again.

Would you carry the bargain bag?

2010 Queen of the Desert Model Search

For those of you who haven’t heard, there is a great and amazingly awesome plus size blogger conference in Las Vegas on September 17-19, 2010. It’s called Viva Fat Vegas and today I got confirmation of another amazing event occurring while we are there.

Brought to you by Moxie Management, it’s the 2010 Queen of the Desert Model Search!!

“Queens of the Desert® is a sizzling fashion experience showcasing voracious, vivacious, and voluptuous ladies rocking the latest Las Vegas high end fashion trend. The fiercest, sexiest woman will rock the pages of this mind-blowing magazine feature, which is currently on the search for one lady who will represent Las Vegas plus-size fashion! Are you that luscious, voluptuous, fashion-savvy vixen?”

The winner will win a package worth $3000! You must be 18 years old or older, 5’6 and above, and a size (US) 14 and above. Do you have what it takes to be “Queen of the Desert?”

You can submit an online application starting today, but the event will occur on Saturday September 18, 2010 at The Voluptuous Plus Fashion Boutique in Las Vegas. Go to the site HERE for more details!

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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?

Twitter Weekend Giveaway!

Hey Twitter buddies! Do you love H&M?

Here is your chance to win this NOW Limited Edition Garment from H&M. It’s a beautiful denim trapeze top I bought a few months ago, but never wore. The tags are still attached and everything! I’d rather give it to someone who I know will appreciate it, then return it. And besides you curvy ladies are awesome!
The top is a US size 12, but I’m a size 18 and it’s still roomy on me. Sorry for the poor image quality, I have to send my camera in to get fixed. So, the Blackberry has to do.

Read below to enter!

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  • To enter all you have to do is follow me on twitter. Now isn’t that easy?
  • If you already do or just start following, you must leave your twitter i.d. in the comment section and tell me that you’re following me.
  • For an extra entry tweet the following: ” I hope I win this #HM top from @CurvesandChaos http://bit.ly/b8BpZs ” Make sure you leave a copy of the tweet as a comment or it won’t count.
  • Remember this giveaway is for my twitter followers only!
  • Hurry up and enter, this ends on Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 11 p.m. PST.
Giveaway is Closed!!

Fall Trends 2010: Cascading Knits, Vests, & Jackets

I know the sun is blazing here in L.A., but I am still day dreaming about fall trends! We have seen this cascading trend already, but I don’t see it going anywhere just yet. This time it has hit our knits and jackets for the upcoming season. They are so easy to pair with your favorite tanks or tees. And it’s the perfect “go to” look with a pair of booties and jeggings. It definitely gives us that layered look we all love. I think I want them all! Why does that always happen?

Which ones are you loving?

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  1. Old Navy Woman’s Plus Drape Front Sweater Vest $34.50
  2. Evans Grey Stud Waterfall Cardigan £35.00
  3. Nordstrom Halogen Tiered Open Front Jacket $110.00
  4. Ashley Stewart Sleeveless Knit Vest $24.00
  5. ASOS Exclusive Wrap Front Shrug $58.98
  6. Nordstrom Calvin Klein Jeans Blanket Sweater $99.50
  7. Love Drobe Waterfall Cardigan with Lace Back £35.00
  8. Eliza Parker Million Ways Long Cardigan $88.00
  9. Alloy Pointelle Cascade Cardigan $36.90
  10. Torrid Crocheted Vest $34.00
  11. SimplyBe PU Drape Jacket $91.00
  12. Wet Seal Slub Wrap $14.99
  13. Alloy Cascade Cardigan $36.90-38.90

InStyle’s 10 Things Every Woman Must Own

InStyle Magazine asked celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez what every woman should have in their closet. According to Chavez, there are 10 key pieces every woman must have. I made this my curvy-bargain version.

I think I have maybe five of these items. Oh oh! Another reason to go shopping. What do think? Is the stylist on point?

1. Black Blazer

2. Leopard Print Scarf

3. Red Flats

4. Striped Shirt

5. Statement Necklace

6. Little Black Dress

7. Opaque Tights

8. Oversize Watch

9. Classic Trench

10. Flared Jeans

OOTD: Cafe Magazine, Melissa, & Me.

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Yesterday, my husband and I had the pleasure of being photographed for Cafe Latino Lifestyle Magazine by the talented Melissa Valladares. It’s a contemporary Latino magazine published in Chicago. I’ll tell you more about it when it’s published. I had no idea what to wear. I was stressing out and very nervous, but then I thought…I’m just going to be comfortable. So, this is what I wore. I love the detail on the back of the top. Oh, excuse my bangs, I’m having a love/hate relationship with them right now. They don’t like to cooperate. The shoot was fun and easy; Melissa was great! Love this girl!

Shirt: Pure Energy-Target
Pants: Jeggings-Lane Bryant
Flats: Sam Edelman
Jewelry: Target & Forever 21

Beauty Buzz: Fuchsia Lips

Be bold!
In your face!
Popping with color!
Nothing but fuchsia love for your lips!

Yes, I’ve lost it for the “right now” hot lipstick color! Pull out your fuchsia lipstick.

I was all over Target’s beauty section looking for the right shade. But, I was being really picky. And I’m allowed to be; it’s part of my beauty rights (I just made that up). I didn’t find what I was looking for, but today I’m heading to the drugstore on a fuchsia search.

Will you be part of the bold beauty babes and give fuchsia lipstick a try?


Love Your Body Day Ad: Nude and Beautiful

I was about to go to sleep, when I saw a link on twitter to these amazingly beautiful photos of the extraordinary Chenese Lewis and Whitney Thompson.

You might know Chenese as a model and the host of Plus Model Radio and Whitney as the first plus-size winner on America’s Next Top Model. They’ve come together nude to promote Hollywood NOW ‘Love Your Body Day’ in West Hollywood on October 22-24, 2010. Whitney is the celebrity host of this year’s events.
According to their web site:
“Love Your Body Day Weekend is an annual event where women of all sizes come together to celebrate self-acceptance and to promote positive body image.”

I will be there on behalf of L.A. Fatshion Bloggers, I hope to see you there!