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John Eshaya for Torrid Now Available!

John Eshaya, the celeb stylist, has finally arrived at Torrid
Take a peek and tell me if you like this collection, that was exclusively designed for this trendy plus size brand. I was kind of hoping there’d be more pieces available. 
 I think you might see one of these pieces on me soon. xoxo

In a Cobalt Blue kind of Mood

Ever since I wore that blue dress to the Full Figured Fashion Week runway finale, I can’t get the color out of my head.

Now, it’s not just any kind of blue, it’s more like cobalt blue. It can easily transition into the fall season and looks good on pretty much anyone. Don’t we love that?

You know I’ve said it before, but adding an accessory in a bright color like this really stands out. And it’s easier to experiment with these bold colors, when it’s just a shoe or piece of jewelry.

Just look at this Enigma Slide Sandal from Endless.com and BCBGMaxAzria Abstract Stone Bracelet from Lord & Taylor. I can see these accessories getting a lot of use out of them.

Once again…you know I can’t leave my UK ladies out! I found this Ravel Generous Wedge Sandal and Elasticated Cuff Bracelet (on sale!) over on the plus size ladies fashion web site Marisota.

I can just see me know wearing them with a white summer dress.

Now, that I’m looking at these colors, I can’t help but be reminded of the beach or a cold glass of water. LOL! I’m such a day dreamer!!

Are a fan of cobalt blue? 
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Sexiness in the Mail with Panty By Post

There’s nothing like getting beautiful and sexy French lingerie in the mail. OK…I’ve never really gotten French lingerie in the mail until recently. Panty By Post sent me this amazing pair of lace lavender (super soft) undies from their Signature Line.

Sign up for one of their monthly subscriptions (from the Signature Line or Bridal Line) and you can get a panty or two each month in the mail. The guys can even get in on this too with an Eco-pouch boxer. You also have a choice of thong, hipster, bikini, or a mix of styles. They go up to a size xxxxl and they mail internationally.

Buy a subscription for yourself or as a gift. Imagine getting a “A pretty panty. Mailed Monthly.” I think I can get used to this. “The secret to French women’s confidence? It’s all about what’s underneath.”

Want to learn more? Watch this…

Disclosure: I was gifted this item. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Sneak Peek of Carmakoma’s Autumn/Winter Collection

This really is a sneak of a sneak peek of the Autumn/Winter collection from everyone’s favorite Danish brand, Carmakoma.

According to Carmakoma…

”Eyes on you” is created in tribute to the strong and independent woman, who enjoys life and the attention surrounding her.

This woman is well-balanced and fearless of the attention her positive energy and strength fosters – she has the courage to indulge in it. Her curiosity for the unknown and her persistent personality gives her the strength to be and think differently. Strong and determined she explores the world and refuses to compromise. She discovers life with an experimental mind and seizes the moment and any opportunity when present.

The styles in this collection are designed to create a fine balance between the simple and the sophisticated. The curvy woman is given the perfect opportunity to style herself compatible with her personal expression and mood in the event of any occasion. We strive for the perfect fit, which compliments her curvy body. The individual identity is constructed and created – compromise is no option. A beautiful ´butterfly´ unfolds.


I can’t wait to see this collection. The images look very sexy. Don’t you just love wearing all black.

“Eyes on You” will be available in shops August/September 2011.

A Good Dress is Hard to Find

You know the saying…a good man is hard to find. Well, I’ve changed it around a bit. A good dress is hard to find.

What do you have to do around here to find a dress that isn’t too short (butt hanging out) and too tight (my ribs are showing)? I will save all that for the bolder and more courageous curvy girls.

I will stick to the classic, yet chic silhouettes with a fun print. Please for the love of fashion. Don’t be afraid of prints! I know I say that all the time, but it’s true.

For me, these styles are so versatile. A lot of them are easy to dress up or down, day to night. You know me. I have to have options. Something like this strapless empire waist Donna Morgan dress (left). OK, I really want this dress.

Don’t worry my gorgeous UK readers, I didn’t forget about you. I found these printed dresses while searching the womens clothing catalogues of JD Williams. No fair, I wish they shipped to the U.S.

I guess all the good dresses are online. That’s where I found these. Time to get my online shopping on.

What is your favorite style of dress? 
A printed maxi, the romantic empire, or short & sexy?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Bubbles & Bites with Gilt City & Hpnotiq Harmonie

 I really do hate missing out on a beauty event. But, you all know I’ve been sick. I was so heart broken to miss the Bubbles & Bites party over at Benefit Cosmetic’s Santa Monica location.

It was sponsored by Gilt City LA and HPNOTIQ Harmonie. I “heard” the lucky guests were pampered with mini makeovers as they sipped on delicious HPNOTIQ inspired cocktails and indulged in tasty sweet treats from the HPNOTIQ candy bar.

Photo Credit-John Konkal
Photo Credit-John Konkal
Photo credit-John Konkal

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ultra-exclusive swag bag.  It was filled with some of Benefit’s newest products, including their oh so popular BADgal Lash Ultra Mascara! I can’t wait to use it. I hear nothing but great things about Benefit.

What’s your favorite Benefit Cosmetic beauty product? 

Gilt City, is the newest site from Gilt that offers you the biggest deals in your city. Get going! Start shopping Gilt City while sipping on a HARMONIE Blush cocktail (only if you’re 21+ over of course). They are yummy! I’ve had one before.

Disclosure: I didn’t attend this event, but I was gifted a complimentary gift bag. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

Why Size Discrimination?

I’m VERY irritated with this so-called fashion industry, fashion scene, or fashion whatever. As a designer, you have the right to create whatever you like, in any size, and for any person. There are no boundaries to what you design or envision to be fashion. You can be as brave and bold or as simple as you want. There is an infinite amount of freedom to express who you are in your designs. Read more

DefShop is Hip Hop & Streetwear

You’re curvy, you adore Hip Hop, maybe you skate, and you love Streetwear fashion. I knew you were out there.

After spending time in New York City, I can definitely appreciate all types of fashion. Especially style that comes from the streets. I am so jealous of those who can actually pull it off. And now that streetwear had definitely gone retro, I’m getting flash backs just writing this.

I was checking out Def Shop, a Hip Hop and Streetwear online boutique from Europe, and I instantly fell for the retro inspired shoes. Especially, those nice sneakers, like the Nike’s. This is all sooooo 1980’s, from the Adidas bags, brightly colored watches, headphones, and wayfarer sunglasses. I hope I’m not showing my age here.

Don’t worry ladies. If the Hip Hop look isn’t for you, you can also get your bohemian chic look with brands like Flamenco Chic, Italy Style, and Coolway. They do have plus sizes too! And I need that blue scarf in my life.

Remember, the best thing about buying from a European store is the opportunity of buying brands that you can’t normally find in the U.S. Yay! for online shopping and international shipping.

Are you a Hip Hop or Streetwear fashionista? 

Disclosure: This is a paid post. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

Casually…Red, White, and Blue

Yes, you’re going to see a lot of red, white, and blue inspired looks as we get closer to this 4th of July weekend. I wanted to go a little bit of a different route to offer you some color inspiration. A lot of these pieces can be paired together or just worn alone. I chose a lot of casual pieces, because one…it’s summer…and two…it’s the weekend. And it’s going to be hot!

I’m looking at this and I can’t help but think how much I love all of these colors right now. Are you going to honor our country’s independence this weekend with a little red, white, and blue?

What color inspiration are you loving? The red, white, or blue

Simply Yours and the Camisole

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in the plus size online-shopping world,  it’s that there are quite a few options in the U.K. I used to live in Europe and at that time, I didn’t do any online shopping for clothes. Today, you can find almost anything online, including lingerie.

 Sexy! Sexy!

Simply Yours is one of those U.K. lingerie brands. I actually owned a plus size corset of theirs and I loved it! They make the cutest pieces. Anything from bras, knickers, hosiery, nightwear and more.

I was looking at their web site today and I couldn’t help but notice something. Why don’t I wear camisoles like these?

 Really? The camisole is such a basic, but essential piece. Think about it, when was the last time you had a button up blouse and you just wanted to leave a few buttons open, but you didn’t want to flash everyone? If you had a lace camisole, you could just wear it underneath and let it peek out. Leaving something to the imagination?

And I’ve always been a fan of wearing tanks underneath my tops as well, but sometimes you just want something a little sexier. That’s where the plus size camisole comes in. It can even be worn casually or as sleepwear. They even carry slimming camisoles, if that’s what you need. You know I love how one piece of clothing can be used in so many ways and be functional. Once again lingerie saves the day!

Do you own a camisole from Simply Yours? 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

“Get Into the Move” with Degree and WIN!

Are you like me? Do you often worry about finding that right anti-perspirant during the hot summer? What about finding one that will withstand a workout in the heat?

Degree Women knows what you need and want! They are celebrating the launch of their motionSENSE™ technology. It’s the only anti-perspirant formula activated directly by movement, not moisture, and Degree is rewarding you for moving!!

Now here’s your chance to win your own Degree® Women with motionSENSE™ technology anti-perspirant!! I will choose 6 winners!!
To enter: Leave a comment below (with a valid email address), telling me what favorite activity or workout makes you move! 

Extra Entry (you MUST leave each entry separately as a comment with a valid email address):

They’ve also launched “Get into the Move” application on Facebook! It’s pretty cool! It rewards users with a chance to win thousands of cool prizes for the ways we already move, no matter what we’re doing.
Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for the Degree Women “Get into the Move” application on Facebook (facebook.com/degreewomen) or on mobile devices (m.degreewomen.com) Make sure you use and enter code GetMoving206 (so they know I sent you!)
  2. Earn motionMILES (virtual currency redeemable towards chances to win thousands of prizes) for various ways women move, including checking in with Facebook places and logging activities. Eligible activities include going to the gym, dancing, yoga and various other activities women already do, like grocery shopping or catching the bus.
  3. Redeem motionMILES for chances to win instant and weekly prizes or enter for a chance to win the grand prize sweepstakes. Prizes include a surfing trip in Hawaii, designer shoes and much more. Fans can also choose to donate motionMILES in a dollar amount to one of two charities: The Challenged Athletes Foundation and Girls in The Game.
Don’t forget to register on Facebook using code GetMoving206

Giveaway Rules: You must be 18 years or older to enter, Only open to US residents, Only one entry per person unless using the 2 extra entries making it a maximum of 3 entries. Ends 7/13/11.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Degree. 


Giveaway Closed

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.