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What I Wore: Latina History Day Luncheon

I was so very honored to be invited, by Macy’s, to the HOPE Latina History Day luncheon. It was very empowering and pretty exciting. The Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in attendance, along with celebrity Eva Longoria (she was on her lunch break from Desperate Housewives). The dress code was business attire. Newsflash…I work from home. I don’t have any thing business-like!

So, I ran over to Macy’s (at the Westfield Culver City) and bought this INC ruffled blazer. It was originally $119, but on sale for $34.99. I am very much in love with the ruffles. It’s all in the details! It’s not on the Macy’s web site, sorry. But, it’s a great quality blazer with a flair. It zips up and has a little bit of stretch to it. The top underneath is tucked in and is also from Macy’s.

The day before the event, I had bought these Madden Girl Fizzlee Platform Pumps at T.J. Maxx ($24.99), which also has the ruffle detail. But, I still didn’t know what to wear with them. Then I remembered the amazing pair of Sejour Slim Pants I was gifted by Nordstrom (on sale now $39.90). They are really comfortable with a slight stretch in the material. I threw it all together with a layered gifted necklace. It was a very last minute outfit!

I learned one thing-I need to be better prepared for events with a business dress code!

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

Plus Size Shopping iPhone/iPad Apps

It’s no secret that the iPhone and the iPad have revolutionized our  little world. Getting information on the go and in the palm of your hand is more convenient than ever.

I do own an iPad and I will admit I’m kinda obsessed with the apps (a.k.a. applications). You know the saying…”There’s an app for that!” Well is there?

Not exactly. We all know I’m a shopaholic and I’d love to do some shopping from my iPad. Sadly, there are only a few options for the “curvy” lady.

I found a few free iPhone and iPad shopping apps that offer plus sizes.

Of course there are tons of fashion apps out there like Style.com, but only two of the shopping apps are by plus size retailers. It doesn’t make sense to me. I really hope to see more in the future.  So, listen up plus size retailers…get your iPhone or iPad apps going. You’d make this curvy girl very happy!

What’s your favorite shopping app? 

Sealed with a Kiss Designs Spring/Summer 2011

Sealed with a Kiss Designs, the creator of the most figure enhancing dress I own, is sharing their spring and summer 2011 look book!!

I’m not going to lie, I am soooo looking forward to the collections below. You can tell they’ve worked hard on bringing us fashion we love all under $100. Their pieces are not only flattering, but they are very versatile.

Spring and summer will bring us The Basics Collection, The Aquarius Collection, The Garden Party Collection, and finally The Santorini Collection. Wait until you see their pieces.

Here’s a description of the collections from Sealed with a Kiss Designs themselves:

The Basics Collection will be released in early March. Full of comfortable and flattering wardrobe staples, Basics will contain items that are wearable and closet-friendly. The collection will include tunics, boyfriend tee’s, day dresses, skirts and a selection of tops and leggings.

Next will come Aquarius! The Aquarius Collection is part boho-chick, part rocker and a whole lot of 70’s style. Maxi dresses, tunics, flowy tops and day dresses make this collection up. The Aquarius Collection color palette will explore earth-based and muted tones such as mushroom, faded aqua, dusty rose, sepia and silver grey.

Mid-spring will bring the release of our Garden Party Collection! Featuring colors as vivid as bright, garden flowers, Garden Party features ultra-feminine and wearable styles. This collection offers a brightly-hued party dress, one shoulder tunic, dress and skirt in a playful eyelet and a myriad of versatile tops. Bright purple, green, pink, cantaloupe and white are the featured colors.

Our final collection of the season is the Santorini Collection. Inspired by the Grecian island of the same name, the Santorini Collection utilizes clothes that drape to highlight the feminine form. Gracefully draped tunics and dresses are sure to flatter a woman’s curves. The color palette features vibrant cobalt blue, a vivid sea-blue color, poppy red and sand.

In addition to the above collections we will, of course, be adding new colors to our best-selling Veronica Maxi Dress and shorter Victoria Dress.

Which Sealed with a Kiss Designs collection are you looking forward too?

Beauty Buzz: COVERGIRL Oscar Looks & Giveaway

Hilary Swank looked stunning at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, while Sofia Vergara rocked the Vanity Fair after-party.

The Oscars are always about what designer a celebrity is wearing. This year COVERGIRL wants it to be all about what make-up the hottest stars are wearing.

Wouldn’t you like to know how celebrity make-up artists got these ladies their glam looks? You even have a chance to win 2 COVERGIRL products below!

Hilary Swank @ OSCAR’s Red Carpet by Make-Up Artist Monika Blunder

“I wanted to really play up Hilary’s eyes and I used her gorgeous Gucci Premiere couture dress with beautiful shades of grey and satin as my color inspiration,” shared makeup artist Monika Blunder.

To create the soft but colorful eye look, I blended silvery colors across the eye and then opened up the eyes by using COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast in Silver Spark close to the top and bottom lash line. I used the darker colors on the outside of the eye lid and then the lighter, silver colors in the inside, using COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke to bring out the silver shades of her dress. I then curled the lashes (ten second hold on each eye) and added stunning volume with COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume in Very Black.

To complement Hilary’s eyes, I created a matte, flawless face and peachy cheeks for an overall soft look. I used a feathered blush brush to apply COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach in a circular motion to the apples of the cheeks. This creates a very soft, luminous look. To achieve a luxurious skin look at home, try COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation.

For the lips, I went with a very natural look, using COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Sandstone to add a pretty flush of luxurious color.

Sofia Vergara @ Vanity Fair/Elton John’s OSCAR After-Party by Make-Up Artist Beau Nelson

I wanted to create an old-Hollywood glamour look inspired by Sophia Loren and Sofia’s gorgeous black dress. For her eyes I applied a beige shadow on the lid and brown shadow in the crease then lined the top with COVERGIRL Line Exact in Black for added drama. On the bottom I lined her eyes with COVERGIRL LiquiLineBlast in Brown Blaze and finished the eyes with multiple coats of LashBlast Mascara in Black.

We wanted to keep Sofia’s skin fresh and dewy so I applied COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation in Nutmeg for a flawless finish and added COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach to give her a natural glow.

I finished her look with a pink/beige lip using COVERGIRL LipPerfection lipcolor in Rush.

One beauty loving reader will win 2 COVERGIRL products of their choice, one from each OSCAR look!

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Just My Size Spring Fling Giveaway!

Don’t worry my curvy ladies spring is almost here! And there’s no better way to get you ready, than with the Just My Size Spring Fling giveaway! These looks were featured on the runway during the JMS Fashion Show in New York City.

And courtesy of Just My Size, one lucky reader will win ALL three looks!

Go Nautical!
Crisp nautical stripes will be all the rage this Spring, and what better way to show off your style than this split neck tee in navy/white stripe paired with classic fit jeans that can be rolled up just so!

Bohemian Rhapsody
Evolution by JMS ombre-printed tunic with tie-shirred sleeves paired with our Evolution by JMS distressed boyfriend jean capris.

The Military Trend is Key
This Spring, look for lots of military-inspired looks such as this ¾ sleeve tunic paired with cargo capris with lacing at the hems.

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Rings Take Shape

I am now just realizing that I need more rings in my life. After wearing the big sparkly one I bought at Aldo Accessories I know I need more! Call it a budding obsession with statement rings.

But, everyone should have at least one statement ring. If you don’t, then you have no idea what your outfit is missing.

In fact, while doing a little bit of ring browsing online, I came across a few rings that caught my eye. Rings that need to be on my fingers soon!

They were in various simple, yet bulky stunning shapes and angles. Most are from ASOS and Topshop and are designed to stand out. I love the minimalist designs.

The Abstract Cut Out Ring from Topshop ($20) is HOT! Which one is your favorite?