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Designer News: Silvia Tcherassi for Payless


Columbian designer, Silvia Tcherassi, was announced today as the latest designer to collaborate with Payless ShoeSource. I don’t about you but I love these designer collaborations!

According to Payless, the two-year collaboration named Silvia Tcherassi for Payless, Tcherassi will design two semi-annual collections including shoes and handbags for the Spring and Fall seasons. 

Here’s a look at her first design (right). I am kinda drooling over this shoe!!

The designs will be priced from $40-$70 an item, will “reflect a strong international and Latin influence inspired by the urban woman with a contemporary, passionate and vibrant sense of style.” The initial collection will be available in May.


I am thrilled to be working with Payless on my first-ever shoe label. This is a great opportunity to create shoes and handbags to complement my existing fashion collections and for the Spring/Summer season this includes many important silhouettes like wedges, flats, strappy heels and thongs sandals with key trend details like bright color-blocking, unique mesh uppers and satin ribbon details and ties,” commented Tcherassi. “It was inspiring to work with the Payless footwear design team in NYC — together we created a sophisticated, contemporary collection that features the latest trends and high-end style, but at an affordable price starting at $40 a pair.

City Chic Denim Review

The denim curiosity started in Las Vegas. From the moment I saw model Fluvia Lacerda in a pair of City Chic jeans, I knew I had to try them out. She has amazing curves and these jeans hugged her in all the right places.

And since skinny jeans are all the rage, I wanted to do something a little different by picking the Lace Up Wide Leg Jean ($58). I think this my might be my new favorite cut.

I do have a high waist, so low rise jeans are not for me. For some reason, I thought these were higher waisted, but they actually sit a little bit below my belly button. That’s not ideal for my shape.

One of my favorite features is the dark wash of the jeans. This makes it so versatile and easy to dress up. Because of the stretch in the denim, these jeans are also very comfortable.

The length of the jean was perfect for my height (5’6), while wearing my new heels. But, I do warn that the hem will probably drag with a flat shoe. I haven’t had a chance to wash them yet, so I can tell you if they shrink or not. When I do, I’ll post that as an update here and on my Facebook page.

Take a look at the pics below. This is after wearing them all day, so they keep their shape. They didn’t start to sag, which a problem I normally have with jeans. Because of this one pair, I am very interested in trying another cut. Hmmm…skinny or bootcut?

Do you own a pair of City Chic jeans? Do you love or hate them?

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

Lounging into Spring with Linen

We are officially one week into the spring season. Even though it doesn’t seem like it in some parts of the country. The weather has been crazy! It’s supposed to be in the 70′s this week here in L.A.

One of my favorite things about spring is being able to layer. Because the weather is still mild and with today’s unpredictable weather, you have to be ready. It’s always changing.

That’s why during this time of the year, you start seeing a lot of linen peices. A linen blazer is great to use over a tank top or a spring dress, because it’s a lighter material than the wool or heavy cotton pieces we were wearing. Not to mention it’s pretty comfy.This Lane Bryant Asymmetric linen jacket ($59.95) is so cute!

Last year, I found a great linen blazer while out thrifting. Yay me! They’re so easy to find at your local thrift store, if you don’t feel like spending a lot. If you want yours brand spanking new-I found you a few below.

Will any linen pieces make into your spring outfits?


Old Navy at ShopStyle
J. Jill at ShopStyle
Talbots at ShopStyle
J. Jill at ShopStyle

Clique To Know “The Shape of Things to Come”

Every time I turn around there’s a new shopping experience. This one looks to be even better!

Clique To Know, a new members-only site dedicated to all curvaceous women out there. Love fashion? Need a designer fix? Adore securing a bargain? Then Clique To Know will be your one-stop shop for fabulous luxury fashion at discounted prices from size 10 and upwards.

Clique To Know will launch later this spring and if it’s good, it will probably empty my wallet! Sign up now and you have a chance to receive a $20 e-gift card and you’ll be able to participate in the first ever Clique To Know sale – a chance to buy at an exclusive preview before anyone else!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to see what designer brands they come up with!

The Shopping Diaries: “Me” Time

With the hubby being out of town, I had the chance to do something I haven’t done in a very long time. I had shopping “me” time. Not just regular old shopping time, but time well spent.

I spent hours just walking around the mall. Taking in fashion and a few bargains. I wasn’t in a rush, I didn’t have to be anywhere. I just took my time. It was awesome. I highly recommend it.

We all get our inspiration, one way or another. This is how I get inspired. I almost bought this amazing Rachel Roy dress from Macy’s, but I didn’t want it to be an impulse buy. Now, I’m sitting here going back and forth to the web site wishing I had bought it. Why does that always happen?

I did pick up some jewelery from Francesca’s Collections, two books from Urban Outfitters ($2.90 each!!), and a cardigan from Nordstrom. What can I say…it was a  productive day.

And because of L.A.’s cloudy and chilly weather I wore the most comfy outfit I could put together:

Sassy City Chicks L.A. Fashion Bash Event

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Just one of the reasons to go to the Sassy City Chicks event. My curvy gals and I were sooooo happy to see a plus size vendor on hand, Sassi Rebel! You can’t even imagine the excitement. Yesterday was my third time attending this event and I always leave with something. Last night I snatched up a yummy clutch and a shirt. Our Sassy Totes were awesome…as always.

There are tons of accessories on hand, but we were still yearning for more plus vendors and shoes…we need shoes! I did get my spa on…believe me. I got there early enough to sign up for an amazing chair massage and hand massage. We grabbed a drink from Svedka Vodka and checked out all the vendors. 365Hangers.com was even on hand. My friend found a Marc Jacobs dress…lucky girl! I snapped a few pics below.

Sassy City Chicks is coming to a city near you…San Francisco April 7, Chicago May 5, New York Jun 15 and 16.

Retro Eyes with Free People

I love sunglasses. You all know I used to work in the accessories department at Nordstrom. I always say that’s where the love affair began.

Now, that it’s officially spring, I’m in the mood to start wearing different styles and colors. Right now the love is geared towards retro style sunglasses. Like the Kelly Wayfarer (right) from Free People. Aren’t they fun?

Do you know what’s better than stylish sunglasses? Stylish sunglasses for $18. Woohoo! All of the sunglasses below are only $18 at Free People.

You are welcome…a bargainista’s work is never done.


Take the Dove Close-Up Challenge

I love soft skin! Don’t you? That’s why I’m trying the new Dove® VisibleCare™ Crème Body Washes. They state you’ll “get visibly more beautiful skin from a body wash in just 1 week.” I can’t wait to write a review for you.

In the meantime, Dove® is inviting real women everywhere to create a video up to 60-seconds in length sharing why they are ready for their close-up experience.

The selected woman will receive a weeklong all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles where she will get an authentic “Dancing with the Stars” experience including training with a performer from the show, confidence coaching by Jennie Garth and the ultimate opportunity: a “finale” of her own.

She will get to show off her smooth moves and beautiful skin in front of America when she dances in a Dove-sponsored TV spot in the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars.” Hurry up because the deadline is this Saturday, March 26th.

For more information and details on the “Dove® Close-Up Challenge”, you can visit the official site here: http://www.dovecloseup.com/#close-up

One Stop Plus partners with Dress for Success

Every now-and-then life knocks us down and sometimes it’s a struggle to get back on our feet. But, when we do get back up and want to look for a job. We are all faced with the rule of any job interview…”dress professionally.” What do you do when you don’t have the means to get that professional attire? That’s where Dress for Success steps in.

Dress for Success‘ mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. And I know this amazing organization is in need of plus size suits and attire. Us curvy girls need to dress professionally too!

That’s why I was so happy to hear that One Stop Plus has officially partnered up with the Dress for Success organization. They’ve been working with them for years; donating thousands of plus-size women’s suits and shoes for disadvantaged women. OneStopPlus.com team members have even volunteered as personal shoppers at their local Dress for Success organizations, attended fundraising events, and participated in the annual Dress for Success Power Walk to raise awareness and funds.

We are extremely proud to officially partner with Dress for Success and continue to provide clothing and resources that will help empower women to be confident and successful,” said Stephanie Sobel, President of OneStopPlus.com® Division. “As the industry leader in plus-size fashion, OneStopPlus.com® understands the importance of all women feeling strong and beautiful, no matter their size or circumstances, making our relationship with Dress for Success a natural fit.

Support Dress For Success here.

Wishful ‘Spring Outfit’ Thinking

I really wish it wasn’t raining today. Yes, I said it. I know I said I love the rain in the past, but after a leak in the roof caused damage to my closet (the consequence of living on the top floor), I am reconsidering the love. Thank goodness nothing was damaged. My clothes, shoes, and handbags are safe and sound. We caught the leak just in time. So, now I sit here wishing I could wear an outfit like the one below. Instead, I think I’m pulling out my Uggs.

Beauty Buzz: Head & Shoulders

No one wants to admit they have dandruff right? In reality, it’s a lot more common than most of us might think. I’m not afraid to admit my bouts with it in the past. (Don’t know what causes dandruff? Click here.)

I know dandruff is on the way when my head starts to itch. When that happens I make sure to wash my hair with Head & Shoulders. Yes, we all know this brand. They’ve been around for years and have really evolved to be the best dandruff shampoo on the market. And that’s for good reason. Their shampoo and conditioner really work. No, I’m not a spokesperson, just a satisfied customer.

I don’t have to worry about “that smell” either. You know what I’m talking about. The smell that most generic dandruff shampoos leave you with. The new Head & Shoulders collections come in 11 different scents at an average price of $7.99. The hubby and I have been using the “Ocean Lift” formula and it has done wonders. And I’ve even noticed how soft and manageable it has left my hair. I only use it once a week now, but it has helped to maintain the health of my scalp.

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post, although the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.