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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!!

The Curvy Collective & Full Figured fashion Week(end)™

The other day on twitter I made a comment about going to sleep with fashion on my mind and waking up with fashion on my mind. And the news I got yesterday, just confirmed what the next two months will be like!

On October 28-30th L.A. will be home to Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™! I was informed yesterday that I will be part of The Curvy Collective! Yay!

The Curvy Collective is a collaborative social network of plus size fashion bloggers and digital magazines for the industry leading Full Figured Fashion Week™.

As a part of The Curvy Collective, I get the honor of being involved in pretty much all that goes on during these three amazing days! This means I get to share the latest news and behind the scenes events with all of you!

The schedule of events was released today and I am seriously too excited! Just look below!

Thursday, October 28

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ Opening Reception and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Friday, October 29

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc® presents “The PLUS Side of Business” – Featuring Successful Businesses that cater to the Plus Size Community

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
New and Aspiring Models Panel Discussion/Seminar

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The State of the Curvy Community – A Panel Discussion

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Designer Trunk Sale and Shopping Event

Saturday, October 30

Semi Formal Finale Runway Event (Plaza Pavilion)
5:30 – 6:30 PM – VIP Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 PM – Doors Open for General Admission Arrivals
7:00 PM – Runway Show Begins
10:00 PM Masquerade After Party (The X Bar at the Hyatt Regency)

Christian Siriano & Lela Rose for Payless Collection

Fashion has hit a recent trend lately; designers are making their designs available to the fashion-lusting public. Not everyone can afford a $1000 pair of shoes. Instead, it’s time to get fashion at more reasonable prices. Payless ShoeSource is here to make sure of that.

Inspired by African, Indian and Chinese influences mixed with measures of elegant opulence, the Christian Siriano Spring 2011 hit the runway last week at New York Fashion Week.

Not only did his clothes make their debut, but his Payless ShoeSource line debuted as well for their Guest Designer collections.

Four styles, inspired by his spring line, represent international cities in four different regions: Shanghi with its heavy Chinese influence; Mumbai inspired by Buddhist temple architecture; Nairobi heavily influenced by the neckpieces worn by the women of the Padaung tribe of Southeast Asia; and Zanzi, a bootie that features strong African influences.

Christian Siriano’s 2011 collection will not only include shoes, but handbags as well and will hit stores in February. All under $60! The Lela Rose collection will also debut for Payless in the spring of 2011.

The Lela Rose collection is also inspired by an international location…Lima, Peru. According to Payless, her inspiration is a “strong mix of old-meets-new cultures and architectures at various stages of development in the city.” This collection includes five key styles where old-meets-new and Peruvian textile inspirations. These designs are names after streets of Lima: “Loreto with its striated wedge heel inspired by the city’s hillside landscape; Magdalena accented with a rich brown raffia-wrapped textile wedge sole; Olaya, a T-strap with a wedge sole wrapped in an iconic Peruvian navy-clay colored woven textile; Canevaro a T-strap dress heel; and Olivos, the all-satin cocktail shoe.”

“Each season we eagerly await the latest creations from our designer partners,” said LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless ShoeSource. “For the Spring ’11 season, Christian Siriano and Lela Rose have yet again delivered head-turning footwear and handbag styles that beautifully express their unique design points of view. From Christian’s flair for edgy and powerful looks to Lela’s ‘classic with a twist’ aesthetic, we are proud to debut distinctive, high-fashion styles at prices that everyone can enjoy. The accessibility of these runway looks is at the heart of our commitment to democratizing fashion.”

Images courtesy of CONEXIÓN

Fall Trends 2010: Military

If there is ever a trend I can relate to the most, it’s definitely military fashion. Yes, my curvy friends, I did serve in the U.S. military. To this day, you will not find me wearing anything camouflage or combat boots. I wore them for five years and that’s enough for me. But, everything else in this trend is OK. If anything I love the symmetry of the buttons. Chic without overpowering your outfit. Can someone please buy me the ASOS Curve Military Knitted Cape? Please?

Will the military trend make it to your closet this fall?

OOTD: Simply Reworked

When it comes to re-working pieces into different outfits, there’s no better way to do that than with simple accessories. For example. You’ve seen this top from Torrid here and my favorite Old Navy skinny jeans a ton of times. Since my wallet has been on lock down lately, I haven’t been able to go shopping. So, I do what everyone does…rework pieces I’ve already worn. Today, I went to a womens luncheon with my cousin and I just wanted to be comfy. All I did to change things up was add earrings from Target, a Mudd Eternity Scarf (Kohls $9.99 on sale), and plum pumps by Candie’s ($5.00 on clearance).

How do you like to mix things up in your outfits?

One Stop Plus Giveaway ends 9/12!

Win $1000? Yes, please! In honor of their upcoming fashion show on September 15th, during New York’s Fashion week, One Stop Plus wants to give you a new fall wardrobe! (Sorry, I’m a little late on this giveaway.) OSP is giving you a chance to win a $1000 gift card. All you have to do is post an OSP outfit on their Facebook wall. They’ll choose 10 finalists and the person with the most “likes” wins. It’s simple! But, hurry! It ends September 12th at midnight EST.

Look below for this GREAT interview by BBC with OSP’s editorial director Nancy Le Winter.

NYFW Day 2 Recap

Jason Wu and Ports 1961 stole my heart on day 2 of New York’s Fashion Week. I am in love with these Spring 2011 collections. I didn’t want to bombard you with photos, so I only choose a few. The day was filled with feminine touches, flowing fabric, and abstract prints and cuts. Not bad day 2, let’s see what day 3 brings. Oh, btw…I can totally see most of these pieces on this curvy silhouette!

Which collection is your favorite so far?