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FFFWeek Update…On a boat!

Full Figured Fashion Week is 7 weeks away! I’m sitting here trying to figure out what I’m more excited for during my week in New York City. I think “Curves at Sea” has taken the lead. It’s a “white on white” sunset cruise on the Hudson River. All to celebrate the opening of FFFWeek. They say there will be 3 floors of music, networking, and dancing. Hmmm…I don’t have my white outfit yet, but don’t you worry. I’m already envisioning the dress. Tickets are only $35! Get them at www.FFFWeek.com, along with the other fabulous events.

Will I see you at “Curves at Sea?”

Torrid’s Maxi Dress Giveaway!

Who wants to win this chic maxi dress from Torrid?

Silly fashionistas, you know I couldn’t let April end without giving you a chance to win something.

Torrid wants to give one of my readers this Blue Coral Floral Maxi Dress with a Braided Belt (retail value $68). It’s a new arrival, isn’t it cute?  I chose this dress especially for one of you. I want your spring to be as fashionable as possible. OK, I secretly want it for myself (hee hee).

Entering to win this maxi dress is really easy. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what accessory from Torrid you would pair with this dress. Make sure you leave a valid email address or your entry will not count.

There is only one entry per person, unless you complete any of the extra entries below. This gives you a possibility of four entries! Also, make sure you leave the extra entries separately, or it will not count. 

Extra Entries:
-“Like” Torrid on Facebook
-Follow Torrid on Twitter
-Tweet the following ” @TorridFashion & @CurvesandChaos want me to look “Spring Chic” with the maxi dress giveaway http://bit.ly/gkWJCD

Disclaimer: Must be 18 years or older to enter, US residents only, Giveaway ends 4/30/11. Winner will be chosen using Random.Org. This is item is courtesy of Torrid.

Giveaway is Closed

City Chic’s Easter Sale

The word SALE is like music to my ears. And I’ve been very impressed with City Chic’s clothes lately. I even have a few reviews coming soon.

But, for now, go to CityChicOnline.com! Everything is 30% OFF (excluding already on sale items). Hmmm….so what do I want. Easter decisions are soooo hard to make.

*Sale ends at midnight on April 26.

Honor Earth Day with Recycled Jewelery

Maganda Recycled and Revamped Jewelery

Today is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and bring awareness to the Earth’s environment (although we should be doing that every day). Did you know there are so many things you can do to honor our planet?

As a fashionista there are more than enough ways to be fabulous, chic, and green. In middle school, I was taught the three R’s-Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

You can incorporate these three R’s in your every day life…fashionably of course. And if you’re like me…you should start with baby steps, like recycled jewelery. This is when items are reused or reworked into pieces of jewelery. I went on the hunt on one of my favorite sites, Etsy. They are all about handmade items. I found a few sellers below who caught my attention with beautiful and eclectic pieces of jewelery.


Which piece of recycled jewelery is your favorite?

Facebook & Fashion Collide?

Don’t you just love social media? I know I do. Say what you want about it, but it’s connecting us in ways we never thought was possible. Especially, on Facebook! Take a look at these three recent emails that landed in my inbox. All you have to do is “Like” them on Facebook.

Fashion to Figure will donate $1 for every “Like” they get on FB to help the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

Lane Bryant will give you 30% off your entire purchase if just “Like” them on FB.

If you “Like” OneStopPlus.com, they will give you 50% off your highest priced item when you spend $75 or more.

Do deals like this make you want to shop more? 
If you know of any other retailers offering something similar above, please let us know! 

Sneak Peek: About Face

On April 9th, I had the honor of attending the opening reception of the About Face: A New Perspective on Photographic Portraiture exhibit, here in Los Angeles. As part of the Miracle Mile Art Walk, the exhibit featured the work of World Renowned Fashion Photographer Wahb Mabkhout. As one of the nine artists, Wahb decided to photograph eight plus size models. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but I will tell you it was beautiful and inspiring. You can read the full recap in the May 2011 issue of Plus Model Magazine on May 1st. I just wanted to give you a sneak peek with a few photos I took.

If you live in the Los Angeles Area, you can visit the exhibit at TheLoftatLizs.com. 
The exhibit is open until May 10. 

Beauty Buzz: JAFRA’s Powder Blush

I’m going to make this short and sweet. If you’re looking for a natural looking blush, then you need to try JAFRA’s Powder Blush ($14.50). Seriously, I’ve tried a few blushes here and there, but this one is different.

I use the color “Perfect Glow” and I can’t help but think it’s the perfect shade for my medium skin tone. Not to sound too cliche, but it’s not too dark, not too light…It’s just right.

This Powder Blush is part of JAFRA’s revamped Color Line. There are 11 different shades and it’s jet-milled, so the blush goes on silky smooth. It’s formulated with Vitamins E and C, which they say will condition and protect your skin. And it absorbs oil, so you will get a longer wear out of it. This makes me love it even more! If you haven’t tried any of the products from the Color Line, you’re kinda missing out. They haven’t been around for over 50 years for nothing.

Have you tried any of JAFRA’s products? Which one is your favorite? 

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

Ideeli is “Plus Size Perfection”

Aren’t we in love with members-only (a.k.a flash) shopping sites? I know I am! And I definitely love the fact that a lot of them are finally catching on-curvy ladies love shopping too. Ideeli is one that caught on in 2010 and now they are regularly featuring special sizes. Yay!

The sales kick off every Wednesday at noon and feature designers like Adrianna Papell, Calvin Klein, Seven7, Antik, and more. They not only offer plus sizes, but they also offer petite sizes. Ideeli claims petite sizes are more underrepresented than plus! That’s crazy! The fashion industry can’t seriously believe on tall and thin women like fashion. I’m not even going to get started (LOL).

To shop Ideeli’s great amazing deals you need an invite…Of course I have one for you!! Join today, it’s FREE! Click on the link below.

Handbag Delight: Melie Bianco

Melie Bianco is a handbag line based out of Los Angeles and offers what they call “Affordable Luxury.” You won’t find anything over $100. I recently purchased one of their bags at the Sassy City Chicks event. It’s this amazing clutch that I’ve only used once and I can’t wait to use again. If you’re looking to add some color into your life with a handbag, just look up. Oh…and if you live in the Los Angeles area, you’ll be happy to know they are holding a sample sale on April 30th at their headquarters in Pico Rivera. Go here for details. I don’t think I’m going to be able to go, so instead I’m just going to sit here and drool over these.

The Shopping Diaries: Indecisive Shopper

Oh yeah that’s me posing in my awesome Curvy Divas Rock tee at the recent Kurvee event. And yeah I think I’m sexy…LOL. Ok, I was just being silly and had to take the photo opportunity. While I was at Kurvee, I realized something. I’ve become a really indecisive shopper lately. I didn’t know what to buy. I guess that’s a lot better than being an impulse shopper, right?

What really confirmed it for me was a shopping trip I took with my mom last week. She wanted to buy me something for my birthday and I could not make up my mind on what I wanted. It was kind of frustrating. I actually waited until we went to the very last store to get something. FYI, I ended up with a pair of gladiator sandals and jewelery from Avenue.

I don’t know what’s going on, but now that I think about it, it’s been a lot easier on my wallet. But, when I do buy something, I just end up returning it because I bought it last minute. Grrr…

Has this ever happened to any of you? I consider myself a shopper and I need to fix it (LOL).

Why? Oh Why? Collection by OSP!

There’s this little thing called Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City that I have to save up for. And I am TRYING not to do any shopping, unless it’s an emergency or something. And I have been TRYING to ignore the “Collection by OSP.” But it doesn’t seem like it’s working. I am in love a lot of their pieces, but especially with the Crepe de Chine Pants in this amazing Rain Forest Green. I also love their use of sequins and the draping…oh the draping. Sigh. Rumor is there’s a coupon code on Manolo for The Big Girl’s blog for 40% off one item. But, not sure if it still works. Please let me know if it works. If it does, I might have to get those pants. Grrr…the shopping never ends.

Update: found this code on OSP’s Facebook fan page–Get $20 off $70, $30 off $90, or $40 off $120 when you use code OSPSPRINGSAVE exp 4/24.

Are you loving this collection? 

ASOS Curve is Timeless

Everyone’s favorite line ASOS Curve…well one of my favorite lines…has been getting a little vintage on us. And I like it! You’ll see from the pieces below that they’ve been inspired by the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. My jaw dropped when I saw the Full Dress with Variegated Stripes. I’m kind of in love. I would’ve worn this if I went to Coachella. I will admit, I was a “wanna be” hippie child when I was growing up. My dad had me listening to Jimi Hendrix and The Doors records. Remember records? Ohhhh the good ol’ days…just like the era’s that inspired the designs below. Ok, I’m totally showing my age here, but I don’t care. Fashion is timeless.

Which one is your favorite?

Full Dress with Variegated Stripes

Rose Print Play Suit

Short Sleeve Pussybow Blouse

Exclusive Summer Chinos

Super Skinny Flares

Hooded Spring Cape