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Jessica Simpson’s Fashion Empire is said to reach $1 Billion

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Can you believe Jessica Simpson’s fashion empire is set to reach a whopping $1 billion this year? This is according to an article in New York Magazine that will hit newsstands on February 21.

It’s no surprise, right? 2010 brought in $750 million alone. It’s reported she will add a full ready-to-wear collection and a career separates line later this year.

Hopefully, she’ll decide to work on a plus collection. Until then, I’ll drool over her shoes and handbags. In fact, I found a few pairs I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection.

I know I say I love shoes, but the first pair is amazing! It’s called the Edgewood ($89) and I would wear them forever. I promise.


Poll: Do you really love your curves?

I love my body. I really do! But, I know I’m not healthy. I have high cholesterol and I haven’t worked out in months. If I could be in top physical health and have my curves, then I’d love myself even more. Read more

Beauty Buzz: Zoe&Zac

When you think of Payless ShoeSource, you think of stylish shoes at affordable prices, right? You don’t  think of bath and beauty products.

Well, it’s time to change that train of thought. They are now offering bath, beauty, and fragrance products at affordable prices.

I found this out a few months ago, when I was sent a free sample of their “green” and natural beauty products by Zoe&Zac.

I will admit I am totally in love with the Bamboo White Tea Body Mist ($7.99). It’s such a light and fresh scent…so dreamy.

The Zoe&Zac beauty line is exclusive to Payless and consists of makeup, bath & body, fragrances, nail polish, and gift sets. I’m dying to try one of their Eye & Lip Palettes. Preferably, the Forest Blooms Eye & Lip Palette ($9.99). They colors remind me of spring.

Created by Summer Rayne Oakes, the line is free of Parabens and Phthalates, not tested on animals, and all packaging is recyclable.


Have you tried any of the Zoe&Zac beauty products? Tell us what you think!

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**Disclosure: I was NOT paid for this post. The above is my true and honest opinion.

You, City Chic & Australian Fashion Week

Australian plus size retailer City Chic is all about fashion for the curvy girl. Offering sizes 14-24, they want you to know “that fashion is not only for the skinny!” And that’s why we love em’!

Want another reason to love them? For a limited time only, they are offering you 30% off your City Chic orders with the coupon code BM30FS. That means you can buy this One Shoulder Striped Top (right)!

How about one more reason? Go HERE and enter to win a trip to see City Chic during Australian Fashion Week!

Watch this video for more details…

I’ve already signed up, have you? 

Nordstrom Rack at Your Fingertips!

Bargainistas rejoice! The Nordstrom Rack is now online! I know you’re jumping for joy right at this moment. I love this store, but because of the “demographics” the one closest to my house doesn’t carry an plus sizes. That makes me a grumpy shopper. And no one likes a grumpy shopper.

Now I get to shop online for Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Caslon, Rachel Pally, Adriana Papell, and more for up to 70% off! I need to catch my breath.

What do you think? Are excited to shop “The Rack” online?

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OneStopPlus’ Virtual Fashion Show

OneStopPlus, the largest plus-size online retailer, is set to produce it’s first virtual runway show during New York Fashion Week.

The simulcast will take place on February 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. EST and will give women from around the world a front row seat to view their exclusive fall fashion collection.

You can view the virtual fashion show on www.ospfashionshow.com using your computer, smart phone, iPad, or iTouch. It’s set to air in countries around the world, including the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Sweden. They are even going to broadcast it live from a Jumbo-Tron in New York City’s Times Square!

I know I’ll be watching. Will you? R.S.V.P today!

If I was a rich girl: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Salon Z

You’ve heard me describe myself time and time again as a bargainista. I do love a good bargain, but sometimes I do crave the finer designers in life.

If I was a rich girl, I would definitely be wearing designers that you would only find at high-end department stores like Sakes Fifth Avenue and their Salon Z.

Salon Z carries pieces in sizes 14-24 by designers such as Michael Kors, Eileen Fisher, Amanda Uprichard, David Meister, Elie Tahari, Design History, Juicy Couture, and more.

I have been in love with Amanda Uprichard’s pieces since the first day I saw them. The cut of the designs look like they really accentuate a woman’s curves.

Below are some item’s I’d love in my shopping cart. Most of them are dresses and tunics, but there is an Eileen Fisher coat that I’d love to have! If only I was a rich girl…

Do you shop at Saks? What are some of your favorite high-end designers?

Amanda Uprichard $136.99
 T-Bags $225
Design History $68.99
T-Bags $235
Anna Scholz $146.99
Anna Scholz $230.00

 

Prairie New York $260
Prairie New York $325
Amanda Uprichard $290
Amanda Uprichard $144.99
Anna Scholz $300
 Eileen Fisher $298

Crystal Renn speaks…again…about her weight loss

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Ex-plus model Crystal Renn, in an exclusive video interview via the Ford Models Blog, speaks up again about the issue of her recent weight loss.

“For some a thinner Crystal Renn has meant betrayal of the very foundations upon which she built her career as the most famous plus model in the world. On the face of it, these accusations appear founded, but do not hold up when subjected to further scrutiny. Lost in the discussion has been Crystal’s steady call for greater diversity in fashion and especially as it concerns size.” -Ford Models Blog

Check out the video…

In the interview, Crystal states that if she were to go back up to her plus-size model weight she would have to develop a binge eating disorder.

“Crystal is an incredible model no matter her size and should be celebrated as such. I am not sure this will be the final word on the issue, but so far as this page is concerned this Crystal Renn interview draws a line under it.” -Ford Models Blog

I think she’s a beautiful woman and an amazing model. Can you leave it at just that? Do you not care anymore? Or do you feel “betrayed?”

Sara Ramirez Rocking her Curves on Latina’s March cover!

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Grey’s Anatomy star, Sara Ramirez, strips down to her undies for the cover of the March issue of Latina magazine.

Doesn’t she look so glam? I love her hair! Ramirez discusses it all in this issue, including loving her curves!

“There’s a whole list of things you could worry about. Are you skinny enough? Talented enough? In all kinds of ways, I used to be really, really hard on myself.”

The March issue will hit newsstands on February 15th.

LOVE Giveaway #2: Ashley Stewart

Thank you to everyone who entered the LOVE giveaway #1 and a big thank you to Sonsi! Let’s see what giveaway #2 has for you!

I love adding some spice to your life! And not just during February, Curves and Chaos’ official month of LOVE, but all year round!

Ashley Stewart, who “dresses the women from the bedroom to the boardroom,” has been dressing curvy women since the early 1990′s! And they want to help you feel extra sexy with giveaway #2.

One lucky lady will win 2 pieces of “ooh la la” lingerie courtesy of Ashley Stewart! The Lace Babydoll Set in Red and the Floral Lace and Chiffon Chemise in Cashmere Rose will definitely spice things up! Both are available in sizes 1X-3X and are valued at $53! Enter below.

To enter: Follow me via Google Connect (on the sidebar) and leave me a comment below telling me what gift you’d really like for Valentine’s Day this year (keep it clean ladies LOL). Make sure you leave a valid email address or twitter i.d. or your entry will not be counted.


For extra entries:

**You must provide separate comments stating you completed each of the extra entries or it will not count.

Rules: Only open to U.S. residents, only one entry per person unless using the four extra entries, you must be 18 years or older to enter, winner will be chosen using Random.org and the giveaway will end 2/12/11.

The Skinny Jean Revolution

You thought it was just a fad.

You were told curvy girls couldn’t wear them.

You tried them on and uncertainty set in.

Now, every where you turn you see them. On the street and in the mirror, it doesn’t look like skinny jeans are going anywhere. Different from a “jegging” the skinny jean has made it into the hearts of fashionistas everywhere.You can call them cigarette pants, pencil pants, skinny pants or skinnies.

Originating in the 1950′s, they made a comeback in the 80′s, and now men are even wearing them?

I will admit, I was a skeptic at first. I tried on a pair at Torrid and I wasn’t sold on them. In fact, I kind of cringed as I looked in the mirror. But, today I own a few pairs and I love them. Skinny jeans go great with a flowy top or chunky knit sweater and a pair of my favorite boots.

This curve flaunting style has made it beyond it’s 15 minutes, but are you embracing it? Do you long for boot leg, wide leg, and flare cut jeans?

A Letter to ASOS

Dear ASOS,

Why do you hate me and my brokeness (I know that’s not a word, but oh well)? You continue to produce amazingly chic clothes that my wallet can not support at this moment. Although, I hear you’re getting a lot of flack for your shipping issues. But because you’re so awesome…I will forgive you.

And can I just say; I am loving this neutral colored trend you have going on (below). It’s like you know what my closet is missing right now. How do you do that?

It’s kinda like you’re a fashion genius! OK, I know you’re on trend, but I figure if I keep flattering you then we might just become the best of friends.

Maybe one day, you’ll actually open a store in Los Angeles and we can rule the world together. Until then, continue creating fab clothes and I’ll continue to love you.

Nine West Launches “Shoelaborations”

One of your favorite shoe brands, Nine West, has just launched Shoelaborations, a new collaboration project that will bring the vision of international trendsetters, artists, and designers to you.

The first collection, from French designer Sophie Theallet, is already in stores for spring/summer 2011. The “Sophie Theallet for Nine West” collection tells the story of “Sophie from Paris Takes a Trip to NYC” and includes uniquely designed pieces that are Sophie’s take on summer essentials: a ballet flat, a double platform sandal, a raffia wedge, two satchels, as well as a charm necklace and bracelet.

The collection is said to be exturally rich, colorful and feminine. The pieces will express Sophie’s design aesthetic and French sensibility.

“Partnering with a well-established footwear and accessories business such as Nine West has given me the opportunity to live out my life-long dream of designing on a larger scale. I was able to take one of my favorite patterns and create a collection that captures both my design aesthetic and the spirit of the Nine West brand.” -Sophie Theallet

Avant Garde designer Giles Deacon’s collection is slated for fall 2011. The British designer will debut the “Giles Deacon for Nine West” collection and will be “cutting-edge in its incorporation of technology in a fashion-forward way.”

Visit the Sophie Theallet Shop-in-Shop at www.ninewest.com/sophietheallet for more details on the collection.

Curvy Girl Travels: The Opryland of Nashville

I’ve often found that there’s always a good reason to travel. Whether it’s for work or play, the idea of being able to discover new and interesting places has always made me the happiest curvy girl around.

I had the honor of being selected by Latinos in Social Media to attend BlissDom’11 a blogger conference inside The Opryland hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Being that I’d never been to Tennessee, I was excited to visit “one of the friendliest cities in the United States.” Which was proven to me the minute I stepped inside my taxi by the way. Read more