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The Beauty of a Brush

Every time I pick up this brush I feel inspired. The “Power” Paddle Brush by Sarah Potempa reminds us why we (and our hair) are beautiful. The words “Empowerment, Ambition, Strength, Beauty, and Love” are proudly displayed on the back of the brush. It’s a great reminder at the start of each day.


L.A. Love: Rachel Pally Warehouse Sale 55-85% OFF!

Listen up Los Angeles fashionistas! If you’re in love with Rachel Pally  (which I know you are) you need to hit up her famous warehouse sale! Today was my third time attending one of her sales and it was awesome as always. Rachel was even on hand. She’ s super amazing by-the-way.

Believe me, you won’t find these prices anywhere else. It’s 55-85% OFF the retail prices and there are $25-$75 discount racks. And YES they have White Label (plus size collection). Seriously? Why aren’t you planning to head down already? Get down there! The sale runs through the weekend.

If you have any questions about her sale or collections, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Night of 2 Pairs of Spanx

Please Note: I do not look like Ashley Graham in my Spanx.
Please Note: I do not look like Ashley Graham in my Spanx.

I can’t believe I’m actually going to write about this, but I felt the need to share and maybe make you laugh for a moment. Especially after reading an article about actor Octavia Spencer on The Ellen Show, where she admits that she wears triple Spanx during award’s season. Triple?

Well, you remember that outfit post I did where I was wearing the Queen Grace dress? This is it, if you didn’t read it. Let’s just say it was experimenting time.

One of the reasons I wasn’t able to wear that dress earlier was because of the tight fit (my fault). My hubby had to literally zip me into that beautiful dress. Of course I was already wearing one pair of Spanx, but I still had that pooch we all love.

Yes, yes…I know there is a great shape wear debate. You either wear it or you don’t. I wear it proudly. And I firmly stand my ground. It won’t make me lose weight, but it will smooth me out. Anyways, I know a 100lb woman who wears Spanx! It’s not just a fat girl thing.

Back to my story…I still had the pooch. That’s when I thought, hey…why don’t I throw on another pair just to see how it looks. You know…just for sh*ts and giggles.

After a quick struggle, I had successfully pulled on another pair…aaaaand I couldn’t breathe. And don’t get me started on sitting down or eating. You should have seen me trying to get into my car. LOL! I don’t know how Octavia wears three pairs!

I called my friend and proudly admitted that I was wearing two pairs of Spanx. Her response…”You can do that?” Apparently.

At the end of the night, I had to peel myself out and finally…I could breathe. It was glorious!

Now, I’m wondering, are you a two or three pair kind of woman?

Is this even common? Am I alone? Inquiring minds want to know!

Blogiversary Giveaway #1 with Queen Grace

Curves and Chaos is celebrating it’s two-year blogiversary the entire month of February! Each week you’ll have a chance to enter to win an amazing prize!

It starts now!

The first giveaway is from one of my favorite collections, Queen Grace. I am in love with the dress I own and can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the owner and all of her staff are.

Queen Grace Collection is going to give one of you lucky readers a $100 gift card to use online! It’s open internationally too!

I wish I could enter! Just follow the directions on the widget below! Good luck and thanks for entering!


OOTD: Living Grey in L.A.

Wow what a day…I spent the entire afternoon in Downtown L.A. learning about the art, music, and history of Los Angeles. I kind of felt like a tourist in my own city. It was an amazingly beautiful day. The top is by Inspired and my boots are Dollhouse. I’m wearing Torrid’s Sophia Blue Rinsed Skinny Jeans. They fit perfectly and I love that the waist is the right cut. I’m definitely not a low cut kind of girl. Do you prefer a certain cut over the other?


TS14+ & Virtu January Styles

If you’re looking for a line with transitional pieces, going from fall to spring to summer, and are easy to layer then you really should check out Australian brands TS14+ and Virtu. Their January look books and style guides are filled to the brim with them. I’ve actually found a few things I wouldn’t mind owning. They’re all about making you feel good in the clothes you’re in. I can get with that!

“Celebrate the Curves You’re In!” -TS14+

OOTD: Out with the Girls

I had an opportunity to hang out with some of my girls this weekend. After a long day, I didn’t want to wear anything too complicated, but I didn’t want to wear sweats out either. I decided to go with this beautiful Blue Crepe Lattice Cold-Shoulder from Torrid. I even threw my hair up in a high bun.

I love the top, but after looking at these images, I feel like I should’ve chosen a smaller size. It’s supposed to have a flowy fit, but I think it’s a little too much for my shape. Now, this is something I’ve only recently noticed. I tend to buy clothes that are a little too big for me. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing, maybe my perception of myself is skewed. I’m in-between sizes, so if I go down a size it might be a little tighter, but if I go up a size it’s a little big. I always end up going bigger. That needs to change.

Regardless, it’s extremely comfy and the color pops. Loving this blue right now and the shoulders are so sexy! If you also notice, I should have paired this with more form fitting denim. It’s crazy because it looked fine in the mirror, but the images are bugging me. LOL!

Whatever…there’s nothing like a well-deserved lesson in fashion. Earrings are from Target, bracelets are from Lane Bryant, shoes are Steve Madden, and denim is from Torrid.


Curves and Chaos 2-Year Blogiversary!!

Curves and Chaos is officially 2! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging here this long. You have no idea how appreciative I am of each and every one of you that has visited and commented on my blog.

I look back over the past two years and I see how much I’ve changed. But, one thing has remained the same, my love for fashion, shopping, beauty, and all things curvy. My confidence has grown beyond measure and I thank you for that. I still and will always believe in loving yourself inside and out.

One thing I’m REALLY appreciative of is all of the amazing people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, and the events I’ve been invited to. Each and every opportunity has been amazing! And it’s all because of you!

And as a thank you…

I’m going to have an entire month of giveaways! Each week, in the month of February, you will have a chance to enter to win amazing prizes from Queen Grace Collection, IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel, Fashion to Figure, Hips & Curves, We Love Colors, Payless ShoeSource,  Curvilicious, and Caress.

All because I love you! It all starts on February 1st!

Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris’ Because You’re Worth It

We are in the midst of award season and this nail color is perfect! L’Oreal Paris’ Because You’re Worth  is an amazing gold. It’s part of the new Colour Riche collection and this color is part of the Iconic Muse color story (there are four).

Daring and elegant, the Iconic Muse isn’t afraid of a little risk and loves to make a strong color statement.”

It’s soft but has a beautiful sheen. People have been complementing me on this color since I applied it. It’s a perfect metallic shade. And it’s long lasting. I’ve had it on now for 4 days and there doesn’t seem to be any wear. Looks like I just polished them yesterday. With all my blogging, that’s a miracle. LOL!


OOTD: A Night with Salt-N-Pepa

When I was in elementary school, I was in cheerleading and we put together a dance routine to “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa. So innapropriate, I know! LOL! I’ve loved them ever since. Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a launch party for McDonald’s new Chicken McBites and guess who was performing? Yes!! Salt-N-Pepa!! I was too excited!!

I didn’t know what to wear, then I remembered I had this jumpsuit from Torrid in my closet (not available). I threw on these heavy earrings from Forever21, ring from Torrid, and clutch from Dama Handbags. It was an awesome night. I even recorded a performance of “What a Man.” It’s at the end of the post. Are you a Salt-N-Pepa fan?

Style Trend: Polka Dots

It’s polka dot time again! Although the black with white dots color scheme is the original, you’re not limited to just those colors. Let’s get a little adventurous and try something a little different. You can find polka dots in lots of different color combos and sizes-from tiny to big. And if you’re one of those that doesn’t like to wear prints, you can grab an accessory like a shoe, scarf, handbag, and even an umbrella. No excuses!

1.MICHAEL Michael Kors via Saks Fifth Avenue 2.Ashley Stewart 3.Charlotte Russe 4.Sonia by Sonia Rykiel via Net-a-Porter 5.ModCloth 6.Muze via Nordstrom 7.Stop Staring via Torrid 8. Forzieri 9.Mango 10.ASOS Curve 11.ModCloth 12.Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom 13.ASOS Curve 14.Forever 21

Beauty Buzz: JAFRA Makeup Remover

I’m one of “those” girls that hates to take off their makeup before bed. Yeah…yeah…I know. I especially, dislike trying to remove eye makeup. I can never find a remover that is gentle enough and does its job.

Little did I know, the answer was under my nose the entire time. I was gifted a bottle of JAFRA’s Makeup Remover for Eyes and Lips ($12) last year and forgot all about it. I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe it was hiding from me?

This is one of the best makeup removers I’ve ever tried. It’s so amazingly gentle and it does it’s job. It doesn’t burn or irritate my eyes and has the lightest scent. It’s made with Cucumber Extract, which soothes, and Macadamia Nut oil, which conditions. And it’s not just for your eyes, you can use it on your lips too. I guess I don’t have any more excuses to not remove my makeup.