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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.

Dear Rachel Pally

Dear Rachel Pally,

You don’t know me, but I have to say that I love your “White Label” collection. You have definitely captured the laid back L.A. style without compromising the chicness of your designs. In 2007, you created this collection for plus size women…thank you. I love your mission “To provide quality, comfort, and style to women of all shapes and sizes.” And that’s what you’ve done. This week I’m going to your sample sale in hopes of buying a few things. I’m supposed to be on a strict budget, but if I can get my hands on any of the dresses below (at a discounted rate) I’d be a very happy woman. Just don’t tell my husband.

Sincerely,
Monique 

Review: Skindura’s SecretShield

All right, let’s just get it out in the open. I’m going to come out and admit that my thighs do get chafed during the summer months. Whew! I feel a lot better now. And I know that most of you have issues with chafing (a.k.a. chub rub) as well. It’s normal, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Instead, why not find a solution, right?

We’ve all tried the products on the market. Raise your hand if you’ve used deodorant, powder, Vaseline, biker shorts, and even the stuff runners use to stop the chafing. It’s kind of like this endless cycle isn’t it. One thing doesn’t work and we just move on to the next.

I have good news for you, your search may have just ended. I was recently sent Skindura’s SecretShield to review. And instead of throwing on some shorts under my dress, I grabbed this instead.

Now, I will be honest and tell you that I was hesitant at first. It claims it’s “100% veggie derived formula creates a breathable barrier on skin.  Waterproof and sweatproof yet it allows your skin to perspire.  Stands up to hot, dry, humid, and cold conditions.  Won’t evaporate, like products made from  mineral oil, lanolin, water, or alcohol.  Fragrance free, no artificial colors, and non staining.  Silky formula glides on and stays put.

I was going to an outdoor event where I would be doing a lot of walking. I put this on the inner part of my thighs and headed out. It was correct when it say’s it allows your skin to perspire, because I did. I was so worried I would sweat it off.

After 4 hours of wearing it there was no chafing. None at all. Yay!! It didn’t leave behind any stains or residue either. And I’m so happy it didn’t irritate my skin. It is fragrance free, which I really appreciate. The price is very reasonable. For only $10, you get a 1oz. balm, which seems like it would last a few months.  Check out their Etsy page for more products and especially for their awesome SecretShield.

I’m definitely looking forward to my chafe-free summer. Are you?

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

What I Wore: City Chic’s Passion Flower Maxi

What do you wear on a sunny day in Los Angeles? A maxi dress! Not just any dress, but the Passion Flower Maxi (on sale $30) by City Chic. The Australian fashion retailer is really impressing me with the fit and quality of their designs. My hubby picked this dress and I’m so happy he did. It’s the perfect length for my 5’6 height. I really liked the slight draping in the front and the ruched band on the bust. My favorite part of the dress is the fact that it actually fit me in the chest area without falling down and being uncomfortable. I actually didn’t want to take the dress off, that’s how comfortable it is. Oh and I must point out that the shipping from City Chic is FREE and it got here in a few days. That makes me a happy shopper.

I accessorized this dress with my favorite pair of Nine West gladiator sandals, a coral ring from H&M, bracelets from Avenue, and a brass key necklace from Mindfulnest. I told you ladies I’m going to be a maxi dress wearing fool this spring and summer (LOL).

What do you ladies think? Would your wear this maxi dress?

Disclaimer: The dress was gifted by City Chic. The above is my true and honest opinion. 

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!