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FFFWeek Update: Full Figured Shopping Crawl

Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City is only 40 day’s away! If you haven’t bought your tickets or registered for any of the events, you should really do it now. You just might want to kick yourself in the butt when they sell out. There’s one amazing event tailored for the shopper in you!

Where are my shopper’s at? You definitely don’t want to miss out on the Full Figured Shopping Crawl. This is an exclusive escorted shopping trip to all of New York City’s hot spots for plus size fashion! We all know how hard it can be to find stores that sell our sizes. This trip brings you to their front doors!
Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Travel throughout NYC in style with an executive car service, chauffeuring you to the latest plus size “haute” spots.
  • We share with you our inside access to the latest in plus size fashion- offering you special access, insider knowledge, and exclusive discounts
  • Access to the latest designers and retailers bringing you the highest fashion for your curves.
  • Exclusive Swag bags just for you.
  • Meals provided to keep you fashionably charged throughout the day.
Here’s the kicker shopaholics…there are only 25 spots available!! So, hurry up and buy your tickets HERE!

How to Wear White & Gold this Summer

Excuse all the white and gold for a minute. I’m some kind of white and gold kick. I think it has to do with my search for a white dress to wear to Full Figured Fashion Week’s Curves at Sea event in NYC.

Normally, I love wearing white. But I am such a klutz and I always end up getting dirty. I’ve been like that since I was a kid! It never fails. (LOL) That’s why you won’t see me in white very often. But, this summer, I plan on wearing it. And when I do, it will mostly likely be in the form of the four styled outfits below.

Do you love white & gold together?

The White Sundress


The White Skinny Jean & Tank Top


The Off-White Shorts & Flowy Top


The Gold Bathing Suit

Which outfit is your favorite?

A Little Off…the Shoulder

Let’s get sexy for a moment. 
I was once told, by a guy, that a woman’s shoulder’s are very sexy. I thought about what he told me, when I started noticing off-the-shoulder tops. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of them, but these are kind of changing my mind. With or without the straps. I can see myself wearing a top like this with a pair of skinny jeans or capris. I don’t know which one I like the best, it’s too hard to choose just one!
Which one is your favorite? 

1. Simply Be $65 2. Simply Be $49 3. City Chic $46 4. Simply Be $42 5. Dorothy Perkins £28.00 6. Bloomingdales $99.50 7. Torrid $38 8. Yours $14 9. Ashley Stewart $29.50

Maxi Dress Heaven with City Chic

I’ve already told you I’m obsessed with maxi dresses this season. And this one from City Chic is no exception. I wore this at the opening of the About Face exhibit and I never felt more sexy. Seriously, it’s a va-va-voom dress in the chest area. Meaning, it showed a lot of cleavage. LOL. The dress is no longer available on CityChicOnline.com. Sorry, but there are tons of other pretty dresses. I paired it with gold earrings, a black cascading cardigan, Nine West open-toed pumps, and my new fave Melie Bianco clutch. I wore the dress again on my birthday and I can’t wait to wear it again.

Disclosure: This dress is courtesy of City Chic. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

Tracy & City Chic on the Latin Billboard Award’s Red Carpet

Guest post written by Tracy López of Latinaish.com

I was invited to the Latin Billboard Awards and red carpet, courtesy of Telemundo. One of my first thoughts after receiving the invitation, (after, “OMG! I could meet Espinoza Paz or Pitbull!”) – was, “What in the world am I going to wear?!”

A smart friend recommended I contact Monique for advice and Monique did me one better – she hooked me up with CityChicOnline.com. They asked me to pick a dress, so after consulting about a dozen friends about three different dresses I liked on their website, the choice was obvious. Overwhelmingly my friends said the Ruffle Victoria Dress with black skirt and fuchsia top would compliment me best based on my body type, coloring and the type of event.

The first one I received didn’t fit and I almost panicked, but Monique calmed me down and had City Chic send two more sizes, which they sent right away. The dresses arrived in time and thankfully one of them fit well.  I had the top part taken in a little around the bust to reduce cleavage and to hold me more snuggly – but it would have been fine without the adjustment.

This particular dress seems to run small – so you may want to order a size or two larger than you think you should. Part of this is because the silky skirt fabric is kind of unforgiving and you don’t want it too tight if that’s a problem area for you. The top of the dress is absolutely gorgeous – from the almost hot pink color to what I call an “artichoke leaf” texture.

If your décolletage, shoulders and back are something you like to show off – this dress is definitely for you. I loved how much skin it showed up top so much that I didn’t wear a necklace so I could keep it open visually. Everyone complimented the design and color of this dress and I felt comfortable in it. The top part holds you in and up which gives the appearance of a good figure.

Accessories: I paired my dress with a black scarf I already owned to cover my upper arms and to take it from fun party dress to something a little more elegant. Shoes: A classic pair of black pumps or simple strappy kitten heels would work perfectly. Don’t try to wear this with footwear that is too complicated visually because it distracts from the dress. The bag: A simple black clutch. Jewelry: Again, I tried to keep it simple to make it more elegant. I used some small “diamond” earrings and a matching ring. Hair: This could work with hair down or up. I pulled mine back and slicked down the front.

One Last Tip: Make sure you have an assistant when you’re getting dressed – you’ll need someone to help zip you into it.

(To see which celebrities I met, come visit me at Latinaish.com!)

Author bio: Tracy López is a writer living outside the D.C. Metro area. Her blog, Latinaish.com, examines cultural differences she discovers as she navigates life in a bicultural, bilingual family. She can also be reached via Twitter @Latinaish.

Disclosure: City Chic provided the dress for review. The above is the author’s opinion.

Spring Sandal Giveaway #1 with Torrid

It’s May…so that means spring is in full effect! (Or at least it should be) It’s definitely spring here on my blog. And there’s no better way to celebrate than with one giveaway a week for the entire month. You know we all need a great pair of sandals to carry us through the spring into the summer, that’s why I’m hosting the Spring Sandal Giveaway.” I wish I could win!

This weeks giveaway is courtesy of Torrid. One reader will win a pair of Torrid’s Emily Snake Wedge Sandal (above). The winner will get to choose from one of the three colors-orange, silver, and yellow.

To enter leave a comment below telling me what color (above) you’d choose and what piece of clothing, on Torrid.com, you’d wear with the sandals. Make sure you include a valid email address or Twitter I.D or your entry will not count.

Extra entries: You must leave a separate comment for each entry or it will not count.

-Tweet “I hope I win a pair of @TorridFashion sandals in @CurvesandChaos #SpringSandalGiveaway http://bit.ly/mMzroa 
-“Like” Curves and Chaos on Facebook
-“Like” Torrid on Facebook

Rules: You must be 18 years or older to enter. US residents only. Contest ends 5/8/11. Only one entry per person unless using the 3 extra entries, making it a maximum of 4 entries.

Visit Torrid Now


Giveaway Closed!!

Plus Model Magazine’s May Issue

I love the May issue of Plus Model Magazine! Truth is-I love ALL the issues of PMM. It is “the” magazine for all things going on in our world. If you haven’t read this issue yet, make sure you do it soon. It’s filled to the brim with fashion and tons of info. Just look at the cover! This fashion spread of Always for Me swimsuits is stunning.

OK, maybe I’m playing favorites because I wrote two pieces in this issue: About Face Changes Art Perspective and Kurvee while Shopping. A big thanks to PMM for allowing me to contribute to this amazing digital mag!

My Spring Shoe Lust List

This is a “lust” list…not a “like” list. Join me in drooling over these HOT shoes. Shoes that I probably won’t ever get my hands on, but a curvy girl can dream…can’t she?


Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: White Satchel

Wow, it’s been a while since I did a Bank Breaker V$. Bargain feature. This time I chose an item that I want-a white satchel. This hand bag is a very chic no-nonsense kind of bag. I can really see it getting a lot of use this spring and into summer. I found the Alexa by Mulberry on LaGarconne.com in “petticoat white” for $1150.00! It’s our “Bank Breaker” all right. I actually like the “Bargain” bag better.

The “Bargain” bag is the Maurissa Carry-All Messanger from Melie Bianco in “bone” for $96.00. That is an insane deal compared to the bag above. If you’re a regular reader, then you know Melie Bianco is one of my new favorite hand bag designers. This one is definitely making my list.

Do you like the “Bank Breaker” or the “Bargain” handbag? 

FFFWeek Update: ProjectCURVES

As you can tell on the sidebar—->Full Figure Fashion Week will be here before you know it. And if you’re an aspiring model, you might want to start making your travel arrangements now, so you can attend ProjectCURVES.

ProjectCURVES™ is an intensive bootcamp workshop that will teach participants how to have a SUCCESSFUL career in plus modeling.

The workshop will be an intense 3 hours, created especially for plus size models, sizes 14 and up. And there’s nobody better suited to teach you the “ins-and-outs,” than your special instructors for the day.

  • Sharon Quinn (Plus Modeling 101) – Casting Director, Full Figured Fashion Week™
  • Madeline Figueroa-Jones, (Photo Posing 101) – Editor-in-Chief, PLUS Model Magazine
  • Anthony Higgins – Director, MSA Plus (Model Service Agency)
  • Runway Instructor: TBA
It only cost $75 (in advance/includes lunch), so hurry up and buy your tickets here. There are only 50 slots available! 

My Closet: Lovedrobe’s Crochet Neck Dress

I was looking over some old outfit posts and I couldn’t help but notice how my style has evolved. I don’t follow any “rules” and I dress regardless of what people think. It’s how I feel in a garment that dictates my mood. For example, this Lovedrobe Crochet Neck Dress (£38.00) made me feel very flirty. Not that I was, but you know what I mean (LOL). The dress was a little too short for me, so I wore my Bali leggings underneath. My hubby was happy about that. I chose my trusty Nine West heels to wear out that night. And I accessorized with a beautiful ring from Avenue and my Lane Bryant bracelets.

This dress got me so many compliments! I love the ruffle hem and the crocheted neck. Two distinct design features that you wouldn’t normally think go together. And the crochet goes all the way around, while the ruffle hem is just in the front. The dress does have a tie in the back so you can adjust it and a black slip underneath the dress, so it’s not see through. I did get a size bigger than what I normally wear, bit it didn’t make too much of a difference, I just adjusted the tie in the back and I was set. Love it!

Lovedrobe is a UK plus size clothing line and as of now you can find it on Style369.com. You should definitely check them out if you haven’t already.

Would you wear this dress?

*This dress was gifted by Lovedrobe. The above is my true and honest opinion.

China Glaze’s Electric Pineapple

China Glaze’s “Island Escape” collection won’t be available until the beginning of next month, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a set.

I’ve already worn the Blue Iguana (read the post here) and tonight I painted my nails with Electric Pineapple. That leaves four more to go.

Put your sunglasses on, because this color is pretty bright. Especially for me. Like I said before, I usually play it pretty safe. But, I’m turning over a new leaf and getting bold! Hear me roar (LOL)!

This nail lacquer reminds me of a muted neon green. Does that make sense? It’s definitely eye-catching and it reminds me of summer. Sitting on a beach…sipping a pina colada….feet in the sand…

Are you bold? Will you try China Glaze’s Electric Pineapple?


Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for this review. Although the item is gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.