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Whitney Thompson wants Us to Speak Out!

My favorite America’s Next Top Model winner, Whitney Thompson was all smiles and motivation as she participated in the The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 2nd Annual NYC NEDA Walk. With over 700 people in attendance, they raised approximately $140,000!!

Thompson, a NEDA Ambassador, addressed the crowd about body image before the walk began. “I want everyone to know that they don’t have to conform to the images they see in the media. Real beauty is something that cannot be found in a magazine or on TV,” said Thompson. “I encourage all of you to speak out, write letters and insist that these publications work harder to promote a positive body image.”

NEDA will also be hosting their annual conference on October 8-10 in New York City.

And don’t forget the amazing Whitney Thompson will also be hosting the Love Your Body Day in West Hollywood, California on October 22-24. I’ll be there!!

About NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.

Image provided by ThinkCannon LLC

Carmakoma’s “Carpe Diem” Collection

 It’s all about the “Carpe diem” collection at carmakoma. Just take a peek at a few images from their fall/winter lookbook. Loving this collection.

I know this lookbook might be a little late, but hey better late then never…right?

According to the carmakoma web site “The woman in carmakoma’s new collection is ready to face the world. She welcomes any surprise the day might offer and does not hesitate to seize the moment and stand up for what she believes in.”

This Danish designer brand “emphasizes the characteristics and qualities of the confident woman in a novel, luxurious look.” I like the sound of that!

Two Point Oh LA Fall 2010 Lookbook

 If you’re a fashion blogger from L.A., then you should really consider becoming a member of  Two Point Oh LA

Two Point Oh LA was created by the beautiful Kelsi Smith of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Her goal is to “educate, inform, promote and entertain her membership base, through a web based platform and through monthly events, to include workshops, promotions and networked gatherings.” And it’s only a $25 membership fee for the year. It’s a great way to network and meet other fashion lovers! I’ve only been a member for about a month and I’ve already been invited to a few events. It’s great! Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista, is also a member.

Today, the Two Point Oh LA Fall 2010 Lookbook was released. It’s a collection of fall looks like Bohemian Rhapsody, Coming Down with Mono, Flirting with the Fifties, Man I Feel Like a Woman and Nomadic Notions (the only plus size look).

Marie and I were designated the Nomadic Notions look, unfortunately I got sick and had a fever the night before the shoot. So, I wasn’t able to participate that day. I was really bummed, but Marie did an AMAZING job at the Downtown L.A. shoot! Take a look below!

Teams:

Coming Down with Mono:
-Alicia Nassardeen: http://innyvinny.com
-Cirrus Alpert: http://mumm.tumblr.com

Bohemian Rhapsody:
-Sinclaire Chase: http://BHBohemian.blogspot.com
-Kristen Conahan: http://stylewaxpoetic.com

Flirting with the Fifties:
-Heather Petrey: http://LAFashionSnob.com
-Tiara Henry: http://luxedelux.blogspot.com
-Lauren Mathews: http://laurenmathews.wordpress.com

Luxe Life:
-Sydne Summer: http://thinkthrufashion.com

Man I Feel Like a Woman:
-Melanie Lee: http://wreckedstellar.com
-Rebecca Lee: http://stylewithbenefits.com
-Ariana Cabral: http://lacatrinadelamoda.blogspot.com
-Neekoh Panteva: http://liveloveLA.blogspot.com

Nomadic Notions:
-Marie Denee: http://curvyfashionista.mariedenee.com
-Monique Frausto: http://curvesandchaos.com

A big thank you to the following:

Sponsors: The California Market Center & NYX Cosmetics.

Special Thanks to: Audrey Okulick and Bren Lee Gomez.

Showrooms and Labels involved:

-Liza Stewart: http://lizastewart.com (representing: Yoanna Baraschi, Cynthia Steffe, Gold Hawk)
-Landa Sales: http://landasales.com (representing: Closet Romantic, Dish Denim, Nick & Mo)
-Tulle: http://tulle4us.com
-Poleci
-Big Buddha Bags: http://bigbuddha.com
-Micha Design: http://michadesign.com
-Sophie Monet Jewelry: http://sophiemonetjewelry.com

Photography & Design: Kelsi Smith: http://dedicated-follower.com

Hair & Make-Up: Bren Lee Gomez (http://somuchpretty.com), Amber Ayala, Vanessa Camacho and Tiara Henry.

Additional Support: Kendra Leese Martin (http://fashilocity.com) and Carla from Micha Designs.

My New Boots…Boots!


I know you may all be tired of hearing about the Viva Fat Vegas conference, but I’m kinda bored waiting for my hubby to get home. And I just wanted to share the boots I picked up while I was there. I got these amazing faux leather boots at Torrid. Unfortunately, it’s been too hot to wear them. But, as soon as it cools down, you’ll see an outfit post. Promise!

Ultimate ‘SWAG’ Giveaway!!

Ever since I heard I about Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ coming to Los Angeles, I knew I had to plan a major giveaway in honor of it.

So, I started thinking…When we think about fashion events, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I don’t know about you, but I think of SWAG!! Also known as the “free stuff” that companies and brands give out at events; swag is what a lot of us look forward to. And that’s just what you’re going to get.

One and only one lucky winner will win ALL of the following from these amazing sponsors: Torrid, Carolina Pad, T.J.Maxx,  Lingerie.com, Cosabella, Phoenicia Goddess, Sofia Valle Co., Size Appeal, and Eucerin. Read more

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month & T-shirt Giveaway!

Wear your pink ribbons proud! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to pay attention! Your breasts will thank you for it!

The truth is breast cancer affects all of us. No matter what your race is. Early detection and awareness is your best bet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. ”

The goal of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is “to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services.”

Unfortunately, most of us know someone who’s been affected by this horrible disease. My aunt lost her battle to breast cancer when I was 19-years-old, to this day I do monthly self-exams. I don’t want to become a statistic; I understand that early detection can be life saving. Make the pledge to save your own life and win a tee from Save the ta-tas®! See below!

With the help of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I created an “Early Detection Plan.” It will remind me to do a breast self-exams, and attend my clinical breast exams and mammograms. I can be reminded via email, calendar, text messages, and RSS feeds. In this busy world, it is just this easy!

Here’s a chart from the National Breast Cancer Foundation on how to perform a breast self-exam.

Torrid and Save the ta-tas® have even come together to “help raise funds for cancer research while helping women laugh along the way and fight a serious disease.”

“The Save the Ta-tas Foundation and ta-tas® Brand was created by clothing designer Julia Fikse as a way to fight breast cancer using laughter and fun as a way to fight a serious disease. Her playful line of t-shirts and accessories include messages such as “save the ta-tas” and “friends don’t let friends lose ta-tas.”

This weekend, Thursday September 30th – Saturday October 2nd, each Torrid store will have a Breast Cancer Awareness event. You can contact your local Torrid for details.

They also have a special offer going on to help drive donations on September 30th – October 11th. If you donate $5 or more to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (through Torrid) you will get $15 off any pair of jeans! It’s called “Breast Cancer Can Kiss My Booty.” Love it!

And when you buy select Breast Cancer merchandise, 10% of that will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can even make a donation in any amount to NBCF the entire month of October at Torrid.

Take the pledge and win this Save the ta-tas® “Punk Tee”! 
Courtesy of Save the ta-tas®.

All you have to do is leave a comment below, promising me you’ll honor those affected by breast cancer by pledging to perform monthly breast self-exams.

  • Make sure you leave a valid email or twitter i.d. This contest is open internationally. The winner will be chosen November 1st. using Random.org.
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Lingerie.com Review: The Sexy Halloween Costume

Although there’s a mini-heat wave hitting Los Angeles, I am still thinking of all things fall; and yes that includes Halloween. I love Halloween! Every year I try to be creative and dress up as something different, but as most of us curvy girls know, it’s hard to find a costume that truly fits and is sexy at the same time. Read more

Curve Worthy Links: Do My Jeans and Chesca Now

Do My Jeans is an internationally based denim web site that will create you your own unique pair of jeans! Didn’t think that was possible for curvy girls like us? Starting at $119 you can be as creative as you want by choosing the type of waistline, the cut, the wash, the belt style, front and back pocket design, the fly, and of course the accessories. You’re pretty much the designer here!!

Do My Jeans offers pants for men or women who want to stay trendy, no matter their size size! Big, tall, large or small Do My Jeans dresses everyone, according to personal tastes. Customize your clothes by choosing the style and the dimensions.

And don’t worry about sizes either, I was told there is no limit to their sizes! So, instead of paying $200 for a pair of store bought designer jeans, that may or may not enhance your curves, you can design and create your own for less! Visit them NOW!!

Find Do My Jeans of Facebook and Twitter.

Chesca Now

Make way for another…yes another curvy girl loving plus-size fashion retailer! Yay! Chesca is located in the UK, but they ship worldwide. That makes me love them more by the way. They have just launched Chesca Now, a more contemporary, but trendy line. I love these two looks below! Their sizes range from a UK 12-24, which is a US 10-22 and consists of the Lynx, Argenti, Mosaic, Easy Rider and Mystique collections.

*Free gift – for the first 50 orders over £150 on the chesca NOW website. The gift will be Jacqui’s (the owner) choice to match your order. You can find chesca on Facebook and Twitter.

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!


Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ Countdown!

It’s almost October…and you know what that means? That means Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ is almost here! I don’t know about you, but I am very very excited (as you can tell by my countdown on the sidebar lol)!

I can’t believe we’ll be sippin’ on cocktails and chatting at Curvy Cocktails L.A. in 29 days! It will be great to meet those who love FATshion as much as I do! And Thanks to Torrid for our door prizes! Visit our Facebook event page for more info.

There are going to be so many great events like “The State of the Curvy Community” panel.

 Check out the ENTIRE schedule here. 

This sounds like it’s going to be a great discussion that will “address the current state of the plus-size community and the significance of Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™, through the eyes of the industry’s leaders, bringing different perspectives from various experiences and points of view.”

You don’t want to miss out on this panel:

Host: Chenese Lewis

Kelly Price- Singer
Sharon Quinn- The Original Runway Diva
Heinrich St. Germain- Judgment of Paris
Reah Norman- Fashion Director of PLUS Model Mag and plus size stylist
Marie Denee- The Curvy Fashionista