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COVERGIRL’s Queen Collection BET Beauty Lounge

Ever since I got back from NYC, I really haven’t been feeling too well. So, in order to try and feel normal, I attended an event on Sunday. COVERGIRL was out and about in L.A. showcasing their Queen Collection at the BET Beauty Lounge.

It was held at the always fabulous, Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood and the glam was definitely on hand. This exclusive event featured celebrity make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff and actress Tika Sumpter. Both were so sweet! Ashunta gave us some amazing and useful tips, while she was getting Tika red carpet ready for the BET Awards.

We got mini-makeovers. As you can see, I did get my make up done (smokey eye) and you know they have that amazing braid bar at the salon. I just wanted something loose and romantic. I loved it! I wore this green rayon dress I bought at Target, a skinny gold belt from New York and Company, jewelry from Avenue and nude peep toe sling backs by Jessica Simpson. And if you’re wondering, that’s an amazing coral Cacique plunge bra under that dress! LOL!! Is that FYI?

I did get to hang out with my girlies Marie from The Curvy Fashionista, Ivory from Ivory Jinelle, and Romy form Romy Raves. Love these ladies!! You know what else I love? The fact that I am falling more and more in love with COVERGIRL products. Not only am I getting a reasonably priced and amazing quality product, but with the Queen Collection it’s make up especially for my skin tone! And it’s easy to apply. That makes me a very happy curvy Latina!!

I walked out with an amazing gift bag full of Queen Collection products. And if you were on Twitter today, you had a chance to win a free lipstick. Follow me @CurvesandChaos for more spontaneous giveaways!

Disclosure: Entry to this event was complimentary. I did receive a gift bag and complimentary beauty services. The above is my true and honest opinion.

FFFWeek: Runway Finale Outfit

I can’t believe Full Figured Fashion Week is all done and over with. My week in NYC went by in a minute! Before I knew it, the runway finale was upon us.

The event was held in a hotel located in Times Square and I can tell you the energy at the event was ten times more than what was going on outside.

I know I might sound like a broken record, but  I can’t stress how amazing it is to have all of these amazingly full figured, plus sized, curvaceous, shapely, or whatever you want to call it, women in one room drooling over fashion.

The designers were amazing and I loved that they used such a wide range of models in different sizes. I literally had my jaw drop a couple of times when I saw these beauties strutting their stuff on the runway.

Every designer had something I liked, but there were a few designs that definitely stood out. They know who they are! And I want to send a BIG CONGRATS to my girls Maddy and Fluvia for the awards they won! You are such role models! I love ya!!

For the finale, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone (thanks Ivory!), with a body hugging colorful dress. I found this cobalt Rachel Rachel Roy “The Vivian Dress” at Macy’s. It’s an XL and I was so happy I was able to stuff my curves into it. I paired it with these Jefferey Campbell lace back pumps, Forever 21 earrings, and Avenue bracelets (of course).

I think most of you have seen photos from the finale, but I wanted to share this one with you. It’s my favorite one of the night. It really shows the beauty on the inside and outside of these amazingly stunning women.

China Glaze’s Turned Up Turquoise


I’ve been craving a turquoise nail color and I knew China Glaze would have what I was looking for. They always do. I found Turned Up Turquoise over at Ulta for $7. It’s little more green in real life. For some reason  it was hard to get the exact color in the photos. Something really interesting about this color is that it dries matte. I used the China Glaze No Chip Top Coat to add some gloss. I love that top coat.

What brand makes your favorite turquoise nail color? 

Changing it Up!

Call it what you will…interchangeable, convertible, or infinity this style of dress has to be the best deal for your hard earned cash. One price with so many different options. I have been craving my own dress and can’t wait to buy one. You know I’ll get my money’s worth, because that’s what bargainistas do! I even found a blog, Rostitchery, that shows you how to create your own infinity dress.  With so many options, what’s a curvy girl to do? Which designer does a girl choose?

Do you own any of these dresses?
Ashley Stewart 10-Way Dress $59.00

Always For Me 6-Way Convertible Dress $59.00

Sealed With A Kiss Designs Anastasia Wrap Dress $69 & $89

Monif C. Marilyn Convertible Dress $215 & $235

Two Birds Bridesmaid’s Dress Custom Priced

Are you a Hat Lover? Introducing Arturo Rios

The minute this couture hat, modeled by Maxey for Curvysta, hit my page it was on! Everyone kept asking me where it was from. You should have seen the attention it was getting at the rooftop media reception event for Full Figured Fashion Week. It’s not only stunning in the photo, but amazingly beautiful in person!

Designed by the very talented Arturo Rios from Los Angeles, this design is only the tip of the iceberg! Just take a look at some of my favorite pieces below. Stunning!!

Would you rock one of these couture hats? 

My Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit Visit

When I found out I was going to New York for Full Figured Fashion Week, I knew I had to head over to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve always been an admirer of Alexander McQueen, his vision, and talent. His death was a loss for the the fashion world. I loved his work, but didn’t know much about him personally. That’s why I made sure to attend the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.

As the line wrapped around the museum, I couldn’t help but wonder what the exhibit would be like. From the minute I walked in, I was in awe. Seriously, his designs were so unique and captured every bit of what made him an amazing fashion designer. I made sure to purchase the museum’s audio tour ($7), which allowed me to hear narrated pieces by those who knew him, worked with him, and wore his designs. This also gave me insight into the concept of his many different collections.

Every single piece in every room was eye candy, including his shoes and accessories. I learned so much about him from the beginning of his career right down to his last collection. He wasn’t afraid of fashion and I think that’s what I appreciated most about him.

If you’re in the New York City area, I would definitely recommend visiting The Met and waiting in the long line to view his work. The general admission ticket is only $20 and it allows you to visit the entire museum, including this exhibit which runs from now until August 7, 2011.

Have you been to this exhibit? What was your impression?

Sorry, but we weren’t allowed to take photos or video. I found these images on the museum web site. Please note that all images below are property of  The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I do not claim to have taken these images. You can find them here. 

The Romantic Mind
The Romantic Gothic and Cabinet of Curiousities
Romantic Nationalism
Romantic Exoticism
Romantic Primitivism
Romantic Naturalism

Hot Summer Giveaway: Win an Evans Swimsuit!

Can you believe we are on the third swimsuit giveaway in the Hot Summer Giveaway series! Swimsuits For All and Torrid have already given away amazing swimwear!

This week one lucky winner will have the chance to win this gorgeous Leaf Print Bandeau Swimsuit from the UK retailer Evans! I personally picked this swimsuit out myself. I really wish I could win it. No fair!

Unfortunately, there is only ONE SIZE AVAILABLE. Sorry!!

This swimsuit is a size UK 24 DD/E cup that is compatible to a US size 20 DD/E cup. I have the swimsuit on hand and it could possibly fit a US size 16/18 DD/E cup. So if you are in these size ranges, please enter!

You’ll also win Evans Tropical Flower Scarf as an added bonus, also courtesy of Evans!

To enter, please leave a comment telling me what your favorite look is in their Summer Catalogue. Please make sure to include a valid email address or Twitter i.d. or your entry will NOT count.

For extra entries complete the following as SEPARATE entries or they will not count. There is a maximum of 4 entries total.

Rules: Only one entry per person, unless using the 3 additional entries above. Must be a U.S. resident only, 18 years or older, and can’t have won in the previous two Hot Summer Giveaways. Winner will be chosen using Random.Org on 6/29/11.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Evans. 

Giveaway is Closed

Seeing Red with Domino Dollhouse

I made my way over to Domino Dollhouse and was so inspired by their new Make Out Circus Collection! The pieces look so fun and I really love all the red! And I’m loving the models too (Go Tess!). Red always seems to be one of my favorite colors, regardless of the season. DD starts at size 14 and goes up. I love their saying.

Domino Dollhouse strives to bring exciting, charming, and fun clothing and accessories to a market thirsty for more. While others give you water, we give you fruit punch!



What’s your favorite piece below? 
Rosie Raglan Top in Red $29.99

Bowie Metallic Leggings in Red $29.99

Bow Out Skirt in Red $45.99

Hot Sundae Tube Top in Red $38.99

Robin Leggings in Red/Black $29.99

8 Plus Divas Presents 1st Annual Fashion Show “Diary of a Curvy Diva”

Where are my Bay Area curvy girls? Here’s an event by 8 Plus Divas just for you! It sounds fun!!


When: August 6, 2011

Time: 6pm-10pm
6pm-7pm – Shop, Drink and Mix
7:15pm-8:30pm – Fashion Show
8:30pm-10pm – Dance, Drink, Mix, Shop

Where: Oakland Metro OperaHouse 630 3rd Street Oakland, CA

The Oakland Metro is a 6000 sq ft black box theater and opera house, located in Jack London square-Oakland’s thriving downtown entertainment district. It is equipped with full theatrical lighting system, state of the art sound and 2 full bars.

What: Plus Fashion Show/Expo/Mixer

* Shop some 20+ vendors

* Premiere Plus Fashion Show with top brands/designers/boutiques/
retailers set to live Self-Acceptance Monologues. (Grand opening Act, Dance performance from full figured dance company, Spoken word; a motivating inspiring show)

* Enjoy 2 full bars, and some free appetizers (21+ over Event)

* Free Goodie Bags

* Shop, Meet, Mix, Drink Dance & Enjoy the show!!!

Some Designers/Retailers to Walk the Runway: Torrid, Ashley Stewart, Dress Barn and more

Purchase Tickets Online Now: $20 http://8plusdivas.eventbrite.com/
$25 at the Door

Special Guest Performers:
Khari (Spoken Word Artist, Published Author)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uck1iDgasMs

Comedian Queenie TT http://www.pssistermovement.com/

Bay Area Plus Size Dance Company

Producer:
8 Plus Divas launched in October 2010 with a vision to make all women no matter her size feel like a diva. 8 PLUS DIVAS was created out of a need to bring positive awareness to the size of the average woman. All Women need to identify with someone who looks like them and shop from retailers who make trendy clothes specifically with the plus-size woman in mind.

We are dedicated to women size 8 on up who want to feel sexy, beautiful and fabulous. Our Mission is to help ladies build up their self-esteem and confidence no matter how curvy they are. We provide our DIVA’s information about latest Plus Size fashion, Designers, Modeling, Plus Size friendly photographers, Events and more.

8 PLUS DIVA: A women size 8 on up to 32 + who is confident, smart, sexy, embraces her curves while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is wonderfully made…She is a 8 PLUS DIVA and flaunts her curves unapologetically!!!!!

FFFWeek: Kmart’s LYS Blogger Brunch

Tonight is my last night in New York City and I’m already going to miss it. But, I am really glad to get home and catch up on my one million emails and posts that I have to do.

One thing I’m really looking forward to is hitting up my local Kmart to check out their LYS Love Your Style, Love Your Size line. Last week, a bunch of us were invited to a brunch that showcased their summer looks and even previewed a few of their fall pieces. I love these events!

I will say that a lot of their stuff is very chic. I think they are definitely going to give these other plus size retailers a run for their money. They are trendy without being too junior and you know their price point is amazing. It is Kmart!

And you know I had to try and look cute with all these other fashionista bloggers. I wore this Rachel Pally dress, Dolce Vita wedges, and a necklace and bracelets from Avenue. I looooove the dress and the fact that it was long, but I kept getting caught on things. LOL It was really comfortable and so soft! Love ya Rachel Pally!!

Below are some of the bloggers and a few of the Kmart models working their designs.

Are you a fan of Kmart’s LYS line? 

Disclosure: The entry to event was courtesy of Kmart. I did receive a complimentary gift bag. The above is my true and honest opinion.

FFFWeek: The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel

If there is one thing I will take away from Full Figured Fashion Week, it has to be what I learned about our community. As part of The Fashion Front, we were involved in a lot of activities, but The Pulse of the Plus Size Community Panel was my favorite.

The panel consisted of Jill Hutchison of Sonsi, Katheryn Finney The Budget Fashionista, Madeline Figueroa-Jones of Plus Model Magazine, Jennene Biggins the Founder and CEO Voluptuous Woman Company, Leslie Medlik of Redress, and was moderated by Comedian Erica Watson.

We discussed so many things, but really focused on what our issues and needs are as a community, how we should support each other to succeed, price discrimination, availability of fashion, and the fashion industry.

The audience asked so many great questions! I was really honored to be in that room with so many amazing women and men. In fact, you’ve all inspired me so much, that I’ve decided to start a petition asking plus size retailers to use a wider variety of models in their ads. I think it really starts with them. You can sign the petition here or click on the widget on the side bar for more information. I would also encourage you to share it with your Facebook or Twitter friends.

At the end of the panel, I decided to take a few pics of the fashionable ladies in the room. If you’re wondering, I’m wearing a print smocked tank top courtesy off Lane Bryant, wide leg jeans courtesy of City Chic, and bracelets and sandals from Avenue.

Disclosure: I’m a member of The Fashion Front, which allowed me complimentary access into all events. Some items of my outfit were sponsored. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

FFFWeek: White on White Sunset Cruise Photos

 WOW, I can’t believe Full Figured Fashion Week is finally over. It’s such a bittersweet feeling. The events I attended were amazing and a step in the right direction for the plus size community.

I’ve never seen such support and love for us fashion loving curvy women.

Here are some images from the White on White Sunset Cruise that was held on Thursday night. What do you get when you invite a bunch of curvy girls wearing white on a boat? Fabulousness of course…and a lot of dancing.

Everyone looked great and proved that there are no rules in fashion! Who said we can’t or shouldn’t wear white? We proved them wrong…once again. Thanks for an unforgettable night Gwen and staff!!

I’m wearing a maxi dress from New York & Company, Jessica Simpson peep toe sling backs, an Aldo cross body bag and necklace, and bracelets from Avenue.


Disclosure: I’m a member of The Fashion Front, which allowed me complimentary access into all events. The above is my true and honest opinion.