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Shoe Fever: 10 Wedges

I’m staring at my closet right now wondering if I can squeeze more shoes in there. Looks like a big fat “No.” I was not made to have a small closet. Now, I’m trying to figure out where I can store them (my poor husband). Read more

OOTD: Celebrating with The Curvy Fashionista

Hello my loves!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I did! I was invited to celebrate the 3-year Blogaversary of The Curvy Fashionista, here in Los Angeles. Marie is a good friend of mine, so I was more than happy to support her. Besides, it was an awesome party! It was filled with not only bloggers, but family, friends, models, designers, celebs, and fans. It was also a great way to meet up with a lot of my friends. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the night, but I did snap a photo of my outfit. And if you follow me on Twitter, then you know there was someone at the party wearing the same dress I was! That has never happened to me before, so I was a little thrown off at first. But, I got over it (after a while LOL) and had an amazing time. I even snapped a pic with her, which I’ll post on my Facebook once I get it.

Feeling Ferocious! Grrrrrr...
Feeling Ferocious! Grrrrrr...

I’m wearing the Retro Chic by Torrid, Leopard One Shoulder Dress. The minute I saw the beautiful Denise Bidot modeling it on the Torrid web site, I knew I had to have it. Normally, I’d shy away from a dress like this, but I’m not going to fear fashion anymore. This dress fit like a glove and really hugged my curves. I felt so sassy and sexy in it! And I’m a big fan of the ruched sides. My shoes are my “oldie but goodie” Jessica Simpson patent leather peep toe platforms. It was a great dress for a great night! Congrats again Marie and may you celebrate many many years of blogging!

My lipstick is CoverGirl's "Paint the Town"
My lipstick is CoverGirl's "Paint the Town"


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Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin

Hairstylist from around the world swear by L’Oreal Paris’ Elnett Satin hairspray. I swear I see it in almost every photo from a “behind the scenes” shoot. Well, it’s not a new product by any means. In fact, it’s been around for four decades. But, it’s only been available in the U.S. for a few years.

I was recently gifted a can at a L’Oreal event and I’ve kind of become obsessed with it. It really offers hold, but it doesn’t leave your hair sticky. And it brushes out really easily without leaving any of that white residue that some hairsprays do. Guess that’s where the “satin” comes from.

It’s also supposed to offer protection against humidity, but we don’t have much of this around Los Angeles, so I’m not sure. Some people do complain of the scent, but I actually like it. If you’re one of those, they do offer an unscented formula. Regardless, this is one great product. Looks like I’ve found a hairspray that will continue to stand the test of time.

Elnett Satin is available in four formulas: Strong Hold, Extra Strong Hold, Extra Strong Hold Unscented, and Extra Strong Hold for Color-Treated hair. The last one offers a UV filter to protect your colored hair.

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Mad for Metallics

Look mom! I like something besides sequins! Yes, my loves, I’m venturing into metallics. Whether it’s a top, jacket, shoe, or even a handbag-getting in on the shine will make you stand out. And if you don’t want to go all out, then why not add something with a touch of metallic. It’s a great way to break up an all-black outfit.

I put together a few collages below. The first three are outfits with a few touches of metallic. Each one has it’s twist. Then you have a selection of a few bags and clutches I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on, especially this one from ASOS (right). Then I venture into shoes…of course. Ughhhh dying over these shoes. Are you drooling yet?

Bauble Alert: All Dangled Up

They’re called shoulder dusters, dangle earrings, drop earrings, strand earrings, and even chain earrings. I’m going to go ahead and stick with “dangle” because that’s pretty much what they do. And that’s what I’d like them to do. You know…just dangle there and look pretty. But, sometimes I’m worried they’re going to get caught in my hair. That would not be fun. They do look cool though.

What do you think? Are dangle earrings on your radar?

January 2012 Issue of Plus Model Magazine

I may be biased because I’m part of the Plus Model Magazine team, but I’m in awe of the January 2012 issue. It’s filled with literally everything. Loving the beauty and fashion features. I was really excited to put together my shopping piece covering three common new year resolutions. I’m especially moved by the What’s Wrong With Our Bodies Anyways? feature. It’s a powerful photo spread. Don’t take my word for it, check out the January issue of Plus Model Magazine now. 

I’d love your feedback about this month’s issue.

OOTD: Ringing it in Blue + Giveaway

Happy New Year my loves!

How has 2012 been treating you so far? I hope great! And I hope you had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. The hubby and I rang in the new year with our family. We went over to my mother-in-law’s house and ate, watched the ball drop in New York City, and ate our 12 grapes (for good luck). My friend even came over to hang out, which was awesome!

I knew it was going to be a comfy night, so I decided to wear this sweater dress my mom bought me a couple of Christmases ago, leggings, Lane Bryant jewelry and my new favorite Steve Madden platforms. I swear you’re going to see these shoes a lot!

I know 2012 is going to be “the” year! Here’s to you and yours on the first day of the year! And to start it off right, I have a spontaneous giveaway for you. I just thought of this while I was writing this post. I’m going to make this really easy too!

Leave a comment below and tell me what you wore on New Year’s Eve and what you hope to accomplish in 2012. Must answer both questions! The winner will get a $25 Lane Bryant gift card! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

**No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Open Internationally. You must be 18 years-or-older to enter. Winner will be chosen at random and have 24 hours to claim prize. I am not responsible for any shipping mishaps or product damages. By entering this giveaway, you agree to these terms & conditions. I was not compensated for this post.

My Favorite Faces of 2011

If I’m going to do any kind of 2011 recap, I’m definitely going to add my favorite plus models of the year. These models are taking the fashion world by storm. You’ve seen these ladies everywhere and there’s no stopping them! I personally know a few of them and I can tell you they are amazingly sweet and down to earth. Each of them are unique in their own way and have curves that kill! If you want to know about more about these beauties click on their photos, most of them are linked to their web sites and Facebook pages. Read more

Holiday Inspired: 3 New Year’s Eve Looks!

It’s New Year’s Eve-Eve! Woohoo! I don’t know what I’m “woohoo-ing” about, I’m still not sure where this chick will be when the clock strikes midnight. But, if I was going out, I’d definitely wear something along the lines of the three looks below. Simply chic with a pops of color is  how I explain these outfits. And if you’re one of those last minute, running around the mall, and looking for something to throw together shoppers-then these should be easy to find pieces.

My friend Ivory totally inspired the black and gold look. She has a vintage dress that’s similar to the one I chose. And you know I had to throw sequins in there! Guess, which one is my favorite? Hmmmm?

Which one are you loving?

The lady in red, black & gold, or silver?

2011…Almost out the Door…

Are you as stunned as I am that it’s almost 2012? Time flies when you’re blogging. Is that not the saying? Well, it is now! So, I started reflecting on this past year. Thinking about all the amazing people I’ve met, places I was blessed to visit, and the opportunities that came my way. Blogging really has become a creative outlet for me and to be able to blog about what I love is beyond words.

2012 will bring some changes around here, not major ones. I promise. Just little ones here and there. You’ll definitely see more outfit posts and I hope to be more creative in that department. I’m always talking about “stepping out of my comfort zone,” but never doing it. There is so much I love in fashion, it’s time to walk the walk my loves.

You’ll also celebrate Curves and Chaos hitting the “terrible two’s.” Yes! My blog is going on two years now, I can’t believe it! I am lining up some giveaways for you, my amazing readers. You, who’ve put up with design changes and sometimes questionable content. I know. What was I thinking? I’m still wondering if I should do one massive giveaway or a giveaway each week? What do you think?

I know one thing that will not change in the new year, it’s my stand on size and self-acceptance. Once you accept yourself for you are and how you were created, there’s no stopping you. It’s something I truly believe in.

OK…it’s time to get back to work. I’ll write a couple of more blog posts for you before 2011 is officially out the door. Now, start working on putting those New Year’s Eve outfits together!

xoxo

Monique

 

Handbag Delight: Rebecca Minkoff

There’s nothing I love more than Rebecca Minkoff Handbags

! I adorrrrre! This California native started with apparel in 2001 and designed her first handbag in 2005. It’s been “Handbag Delight” ever since. Today, her collection consists of apparel, handbags, and accessories. I really need to get my butt to one of her sample sales here in L.A. My friend Ivory keeps on telling me to go. OK Ivory, I promise to go to the next one with you!  Geez, you and your shopping pressure! LOL Anywho…back to the bags. Like I was saying…I love them and I’d gladly take one of each style in any color. Hopefully the handbag fairies are listening. Just putting it out there. OH! And they’re having their End of the Year Online Sale now! Hurry it ends tonight!

Are you a Rebecca Minkoff fan?


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