I’ve always loved the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” I might love the cold season, but I also love the spring weather. The saying reminds me that blooming flowers are almost here. I can smell them now. Read more
Full Figured Fashion Week is almost 2 months away! I’m so excited to start planning my trip to New York City. I’ve only been there twice, but never for anything fashion related. You can’t even imagine what being a part of FFFWeek means to me. From here until June 16th (the day FFFWeek starts) I will be giving you weekly updates or features…starting today.
FFFWeek is being presented by SONSI and sponsored by Lane Bryant, Kmart, and LYS. I know! How exciting huh? And you have to see the list of designers: Curvaceous Boutique, Evie Foster, SONSI, Anna Margaux of Margaux Kouture, Jill Alexander of Jill Alexander Designs, La’Tresa Harper and Danyelle Freeland of LaDan’s Closet, Maria Zelner of Queen Grace Collection, Rachel Kacenjar of Sweetooth Couture, and Tene Charles and Julie Thomson of Ashaki Charles Designs. Phew! Read their bios here.
They also recently named the recipients of The FFFWeek Awards:
Plus Boutique of the Year – Re/Dress NYC
Plus Designer of the Year – Monif C. Plus Sizes
Plus Fit Model of the Year – Terri Murray
Plus Fashion Magazine of the Year – PLUS Model Magazine
Plus Commercial Print Model of the Year – Fluvia Lacerda
Plus Lifestyle Magazine of the Year – Daily Venus Diva
Plus Retailer of the Year – Lane Bryant
Plus Runway Model of the Year – Mia Amber Davis
Plus Icon of the Year – Catherine Schuller
Plus Agency of the Year – MSA Models (MSA Plus)
Plus Pageant of the Year – J.T. Productions – Full Figured USA Pageant
Plus Fashion Stylist of the Year – Susan Moses
Plus Fashion Blog of the Year – Big Girl in A Skinny World
You can also keep up to date by reading The Exposed Seam: Behind The Scenes of FFFWeek.
It’s Wednesday and I I feel like I’m still trying to recover from this weekend. I attended an art gallery exhibit on Saturday night, featuring some beautiful curvy women. You’ll hear about that soon.
Sunday, was a day filled with fashion and beauty. I was invited to the Retail Camp, which was held at Woodbury University. It was a two-day conference that brought together apparel and retail industry professionals, bloggers and designers. They taught them how to use technology as a marketing, business and brand development tool. I was only able to attend a half-day and it was very educational. Marie Denee The Curvy Fashionista and Jeanine Jacob of The Coveted, along with other top notch fashion bloggers were part of a panel called “The Business of Blogging.” It was a great look into the minds of successful fashion bloggers.
After the conference, I headed over to Kurvee, the shopping and beauty event. I met up with a bunch of other bloggers and we had so much fun. There was not only shopping, but there were beauty treatments as well. The weather was amazing as we sat on the patio waiting to see if we won any of the giveaways. A big thank you to the organizer, Tamika. You outdid yourself.
It was a greatly needed event and I thank all the vendors and sponsors for being a part of it. We had Haute CurVture, You by Crocs, Curvy Divas Rock, Belini, Chinese Laundry, Phoenicia Goddess, Sealed With A Kiss Designs, IGIGI, and many more! A portion of the proceeds went to Pushing Pink Pedals, they work with at risk women and teens to help build self esteem and empowerment through makeup. I seriously can’t wait for the next one. You should too!
Welcome to my new obsession, wooden bangle bracelet sets. Yes, it has to be a set. My friend Ivory has really inspired me to start wearing large bangle bracelets. She always rocks them! Today, I went shopping with my mom and she bought me an early birthday gift, which included a set from Avenue. She did buy me other stuff, but you’ll have to wait and see those. If you haven’t noticed, I have to buy my bracelets at plus size stores. I have my dad to thank for my large man hands. LOL. I love the tribal feel you get from these and they pretty much go with anything. Take a look at the wide assortment below.
What do you think about Roberto Cavalli’s plus size collection?
Last week I attended the Hispanicize 2011 right here in Hollywood. It was their 2nd Annual PR & Social Media conference. I had an amazing time networking and reconnecting with my friends. I was asked to sit in on a panel of Fashion and Beauty bloggers. I was pretty nervous. There were four of us up there and I couldn’t help but stress how brands and companies are passing up opportunities to work with the “plus size” community.
I also made sure to tell the audience, that I don’t sit here telling you what to wear. I just give you recommendations on what I like and feel would look good on me. We all know that we have to find our own personal style. That being said, here are the three outfits taken by the awesome Cid of Cid Style File. My partner in crime. I made sure to dress comfy, because these are all day conferences. P.S. don’t mind my hair (I swear it was windy) and my awkward poses. LOL.
Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for the above. Although some items were gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.
Hello ladies of Los Angeles!! If you haven’t bought your tickets for tomorrow’s shopping and beauty event Kurvee, then you’re going to miss out on shopping, beauty treatments, dessert sampling, FABULOUS GIVEAWAYS and so much more! It was created specifically for you, the “Kurvee” fashionista!
I will be there along with some amazing vendors and sponsors. You have a few hours to buy tickets today HERE, but you will be able to buy them at the door as well. But, make sure you get there early, only the first 100 guests will get swag bags.
I hope to see you there!!
Looking for a bold nail color? You know, something that will make those nails pop?
Just so you know, I usually play it safe when it comes to nail color, but now I’m all about stepping out of my nail comfort zone.
If you’re not afraid of bold colors, then you should definitely try China Glaze’s Summer 2011 Collection “Island Escape.” This collection features a shimmering bold blue named Blue Iguana.
I wore this color yesterday and I got so many compliments I couldn’t stop looking at my nails. Do you ever do that? LOL!
The collection also features:
- Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.
- 108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.
- Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.
- Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.
- Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.
Take a look at the China Glaze tutorial featuring the Island Escape collection.
Full Figured Fashion Week, the only plus size fashion week, will invade New York June 16-18 and I can’t be more excited. I’ve only attended the Los Angeles FFF Week and it was beyond amazing. I was a part of The Curvy Collective, a group of bloggers chosen to cover the event. This year the name of the group has changed, it is now The Fashion Front and I have been selected as a member again. I am so very honored to be included with these fellow bloggers!
Created in August 2006, Afrobella was formed to fill a void that existed in print and in the blogosphere – a continual celebration of natural hair and women all shades of beautiful.
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- Bella Styles
Wardrobe stylist, plus-size model, the Director of The Plus Academy VIRGINIA and the Fashion Editor with Skorch Plus-Size Magazine, Bella Styles knows what’s hot in the fashion market.
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- Fab Finds Under 50
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- Fat Shopaholic
Tiffany’s vibrancy, her intense love of bows and floral prints, bright smile, her willingness to make it fatshion work sets this plus size personal style blogger apart from the rest.
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- Full Figure Plus
Full Figure Plus was born in 2004 out of a man’s need to assist his wife in her search for affordable trendy lingerie- resulting in a fashionable destination for plus size fashion from a male perspective.
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- Les Pitreries de Vanoue (France)
In October 2007, Gaëlle began to show her outfits of the day on the web in order to feel better in her own body. Finally feeling at ease with it, she now helps the plus size woman embrace her curves.
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- Lips Hips and Fatshion Tips
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- Pretty In Plus (Canada)
Beth hails from Canada as is a self professed plus size fashion fiend. While she loves her body (but hasn’t always) she hopes to inspire others to love theirs through sharing outfits and the people who inspire her to wear them.
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- Stylish Curves
Alissa fashions Stylish Curves through the mix of outfit posts, polls, and articles- all helping curvy girls embrace their bodies in a confident and stylish way.
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- T Minus T Plus
Tina launched T Minus T Plus after finding herself in a rut. Challenging herself on all three fronts, that’s when T Minus, T Plus was born; focusing on fashion, food, and fitness.
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