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Beauty Buzz: The Body Shop

 When you think of natural beauty products, you have to think of The Body Shop. They have been creating products with natural ingredients for years. All they want to do is “enhance your natural beauty and express your unique personality.” I’m all for beauty products with us in mind. And I love trying out new products with values like this.

We believe there is only one way to be beautiful, nature’s way.

I had a chance to try out five new products below.

1. 100% Natural Lip Roll-On: This lipgloss is mint-a-licious. It goes on nice and cool, with it’s metal roll-on ball. And it makes your lips glossy. Available now.

2. Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash: If you like the smell of hemp, then this is definitely your kind of hand wash. It is moisturizing and it’s made with Community Fair-Trade hemp seed oil. The scent does last for a while too. Available October 2011. 

3. Almond Hand & Nail Butter: You already know how I feel about body butter, well this is made especially for your hands and nails. It smells so yummy and goes on nice and thick. It is made with sweet almond oil and  Community Fair-Trade brazil nut oil. Available October 2011.

4. Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation: Any product with the word “mineral” it, doesn’t catch my attention. I’m afraid it will be too light and not provide coverage. This foundation was light, but it did cover. And it left a dewy fresh look. Available September 2011.

5. Wild Rose Hand Cream: I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of anything rose scented. In fact, I originally didn’t want to try it. But, I tried a little bit and it’s not overwhelming at all. It smells like an actual rose, with a powdery finishing scent. This is made with rosehip oil and Community Fair Trade brazil nut oil. Available October 2011.

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes & Carbon Eye Definers (New shades now available!): I got my hands on Palette 20, and the colors are amazing for a smokey dramatic eye.

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter (Available starting October 2011): Yay for hair butter!! I finally wanted to try and I did. It wasn’t as thick as I thought it would be, but that didn’t matter. It still made my hair soft. I used Rainforest Radiance “sourced from the seed of the pracaxi tree which grows organically in the Amazonian rainforest, a few drops of this oil turns even the most difficult hair into manageable, shiny strands, boosting softness and helping you style and comb your hair easily.”

*The item pictured is not the type I tested.

What’s your favorite Body Shop product? 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. The products were compliments of The Body Shop. The above is my true and honest opinion.

My Soles4Souls Fundraiser

Do I even need to explain how much I love shoes and how much I love buying shoes?Who knows how much I’ve spent over the past year! I’ve been thinking that maybe I’ve been taking my shoe purchasing for granted. That’s why I’m hosting my very first fundraiser!

Starting today until December 1, 2011, my goal is to raise $1000 for the non-profit organization, Soles4Souls.

Soles4Souls® is one of the fastest-growing charities in North America. We have donated over 15 million pairs of shoes to people in need – both in the U.S. and around the world. Soles4Souls partners with your local shoe retailers, footwear brands, and thousands of Non-profit organizations, such as homeless shelters, churches and civic groups…and individuals just like you.

I have even pledged to not purchase one pair of shoes during the entire 90 days of the fundraiser. I’m already jonesing for some killer heels!!

Did you know $1 will provide a pair of shoes to someone in need? I know!

Now, I need your help. I’d love if you could visit my fundraising page and donate. Anything will help. If you can’t…I will ask that you please share my page via Twitter or Facebook. That would mean so much too me.

Visit my my fundraising page now.

Nordstrom dress Sale

I was on one of my favorite shopping sites (of course) and I noticed a few dresses on sale at Nordstrom. These are casual dresses and they start at 50% off! I would like to go in the store and try them on, but my local Nordies doesn’t have a good Encore department. It’s all the way in the corner, like all the other plus departments. Sad isn’t it?

I’m digging the Suzi Chin for Maggie Boutique dresses!

 

 

 

Chaotic 4 Men: Ralph Lauren Big&Tall

When it comes to classic American fashion, you can’t help but think of Ralph Lauren. Whenever I do a search online for Big&Tall clothing,  his line always pops up. Yet, I don’t know many guys actually wearing it. Why not? This line carries essential pieces that can be worked into your wardrobe. This is great for you guys who hate shopping. This means less shopping, because you already have what you need! Read more

Fruit of the Loom’s Fit for Me on TV

I don’t know why it has taken me this long to see these Fit for Me commercials! I want to send a big kudos to Fruit of Loom and their recent commercials and ads. They feature women with curves! I’ve written about Fruit of the Loom’s Fit for Me collection before, but had never seen these.

As you know, I’m a big fan of self-acceptance  and self-confidence.  And we know how much the media plays a role in what young women consider beautiful. Hopefully, other brands will follow and show everyone that beautiful comes in all sizes.

So, what do you think?

Do you love the commercials? Have you seen them? Or do you not care? 

Watch them now.

The Collar Necklace

I’m always looking for the next trend, this time I found one I really like! The neck enhancing collar necklace. And it’s exactly what it is, a necklace that is supposed to rest on your collar bone. I love all of these too, like always. Most of them are from Topshop…looks like I’m going shopping soon.

Ooooohhh…I bet you can find a lot of these at vintage or thrift stores. My neck needs one…or two.

Do you love the collar necklace?

 

 

 

Torrid’s Denim Boutique & Photo Contest

Have you had a chance to visit Torrid’s Denim Boutique yet? If you haven’t, you’re really missing out. With their Buy One Get One 50% off, maybe you should head over now. There are so many great styles and colors to choose from too!

Take your pick from skinny, curvy, straight, slim, and bootcut.

And to make it even sweeter, they’re hosting the We Swear by the Fit Photo Contest.

Here’s how you can enter:

  1. Submit a photo in your Torrid denim (photos will be screened prior to posting and may take up to an hour to post).
  2. Share your shot with your friends
  3. The photo with the most likes by Sept. 5th 12 PM PST will win a $100 Torrid Gift Card!!!
  4. http://www.facebook.com/Torrid?v=app_214506075227746
Are you going to submit your best Torrid denim photo? If you do, please leave a link here.
Good luck!!

I’m Loving…ASOS Curve Pants

I need to go shopping. Like, right now. I have this urge to go shopping so bad, but without $$$ all I can do is window shop on the internet. I’ve been eyeing ASOS Curve pants for a while now, especially the cropped pants. Why do they always have to have such great stuff when I’m broke? Grrrr…guess I’ll just look.

Style Trend: Bold Knits & Stripes

Old Navy $29.50
Old Navy $29.50

With only a few weeks of summer left, I’m already craving sweaters. Fall is calling me and so are these knits with their bold stripes.

Sorry summer lovers, but it’s going to cold soon and I can’t wait to bundle up.

Weather it’s a cardigan, poncho, or cropped sweater-bold stripes are looking really chic for the fall. They can be paired with a wide leg or skinny jean and a great pair of boots or flats. Ohhhhh a chunky necklace too! Sorry, fashion makes me excited. LOL.

Awwww….hurry up and get cold already!

Are bold stripes in your fashion future?

 

1. Nordstrom $68 2. Ashley Stewart $29.50 3. Forever 21+ $24.80 4. Macy’s $79.50 5. One Stop Plus $49.99 6. City Chic $48.00

I’m a fat fashion blogger

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Last month, I read about a super crazy amazing fashion blogger opportunity (which will remain anonymous).

The moment I saw it-I knew I had to be there. I felt like it was actually designed for me and my plans for this blog. So, I applied and haven’t heard anything in about a month. Today, I emailed for an update and turns out they are sold out. I’m not going to lie, my heart kind of sank.

To be clear, the people from that “opportunity” did reply back to my questions of their selection process and being the skeptical blogger I am, I don’t believe it for one second. I’ll spare you the excuses.

Of course, the first thought is…”Is it because I’m fat?” Or maybe they just don’t like me, my style, or the mission of my blog? I could be totally wrong. I guess, I’ll never know. And that’s fine. They can allow and invite whoever they want. It is their event, not mine.

Besides, I don’t blog for them. I blog for me and my love of fashion and shopping. I know I’m not perfect. No matter how much confidence and self-acceptance I have in who I am, there’s still a part of me that is very aware of the discrimination among the fashion blogging community as a whole.

But, I promise I will not be defeated. The minute my heart sank, it sprung right back up! Because, I reminded myself of some of the amazing opportunities within this plus size fashion community that I’ve been a part of. Opportunities, I wouldn’t trade for the world. In fact, I have one I was just told about the other day that had me dancing in my seat.  I appreciate it all. The support from our community has been overwhelming and it just keeps getting stronger. And that’s the way I like it.

Remember, I might be fat, but I LOVE fashion just as much as any other blogger in this room does.

Speak Now tour with COVERGIRL Taylor Swift

Cid (CidStyleFile.com) and I attended the Taylor Swift concert last night courtesy of COVERGIRL. I wasn’t a fan…until I met Tayler and saw her perform. She’s an amazingly sweet and talented person. And she even said I was pretty! So, now I really LOVER her. LOL. And yes, I was wearing COVERGIRL last night.

I was wearing their Natureluxe Silk foundation, Liquiline Blast eyeliner in Silver Spark (I always get complimented on this color), Queen Collection lip color in Nude Attitude, and the LashPerfection mascara.

We had such an amazing time! Thanks COVERGIRL!! Take a look at my slide show of photos below.

Disclosure: This is NOT a paid post. Tickets to this concert were courtesy of COVERGIRL. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Shoe Fever: Sam Edelman

A beautiful pair of shoes is not that hard to come by now-a-days.

In fact, I was just browsing the web and came across a pair of booties from Sam Edelman. I am in lust with all of his beautiful shoes. And of course you will be too. That’s where the Shoe Fever kicks in. Enjoy shoe lovers…

Which pair is your favorite?