As I walked across the BlogHer Expo, I came to an Ebay/Bill Me Later booth. That is where I saw almost every woman walk by and pick up this black leather clutch. I walked over and saw this gorgeous black Rebecca Minkoff delight. This one lady even told me it was hers, yet it wasn’t for sale. She had that look in her eye too! Now, that’s love.
You know what handbag love is right? Kind of like I LOVE these stunning Rebecca Minkoff bags and I’d eat air for a month so I can buy one. Yeah…kind of like that.
New York, New York…you stole my heart. I love this city and lucky for me the 2010 BlogHer conference was held here. I had so much fun making new friends, networking, and learning from the best in the blogging world. Plus there was so much swag! Amazing!
But, it wasn’t the perfect trip…let me briefly explain. My flight out of LAX was delayed and made me miss my connection. I was rebooked which delayed my arrival by 6 hours! I checked into the hotel and that night my laptop crashed. My cell phone battery was dying after only 30 minutes of being fully charged and the camera I borrowed didn’t work. I was having a tech nightmare. So, the photos you see are via my cell phone (after a new battery) and a small Kodak hand held camcorder. I apologize for the quality.
I promised to not let any of my technical difficulties ruin my time in New York. Besides, I had some fabulous clothes courtesy of Lane Bryant to wear. I picked them up during the L.A. Fatshion Bloggers event, and I couldn’t be happier with these pieces.
I started the first day of the conference in their leopard print maxi dress, which I got for an amazing price by the way! This dress was so comfortable and I got tons of compliments on it! Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available on the site anymore. But, you can check their in-store sale section.
Did I mention it was really hot and muggy while I was there? I really didn’t have to worry about that, because I was nice and cool in this dress. I paired my Nine West gladiator sandals with it and a necklace from Forever 21. I wish I would have gone up one size in the dress, but this was the only one they had. I had to pull the dress up a couple of times. I also got my hands on a Cacique Seamless 5-way Convertible Bra. I love this bra! The support was great, especially when I wore it strapless. I didn’t feel like I was going to fall out or that it was going to fall down.
On Saturday, I wore their Sequin Lapel Sweater Vest, their Knit Denim Jeggings, and a white tank. I also got a lot of compliments on the vest. It was surprisingly nice to wear the vest in the 80 degree weather and I loved the length. The only issue I had was the sequins around the neck area would get caught on my hair. And can I just say that these jeggings are AWESOME! This was my first pair and I want to go back and get more! Loved the fit and stretch of the denim. I went down one size from what I normally wear and I was loving them! The length was perfect for me (I’m 5’6). Thanks Lane Bryant for outfitting me during BlogHer 2010!
Now here’s your chance to win and save with Lane Bryant! Get your hands on this amazing gift cheque! You can get a whopping $25 off a $75 purchase, it’s only valid until August 24th. Go here to print it out!!
**BlogHer Recap: You already know I had an amazing time! Not only did I meet amazing women, but I had to the chance to get my makeup done at the P&G Home, I got tons of swag, and I met model Veronica Webb (very nice) and Bruce Jenner. I even took the time to talk to HauteLook, Shop Style, and White House Black Market about carrying extended sizes. ASSETS by Sara Blakely were on hand and we had a great conversation. Hopefully, I made great connections! Here’s a slideshow of some pics:
I know we’re close to the end of summer, but you can still rock your bright floral prints like Gabourey Sidibe. Here she is at “The Big C” premiere, owning her outfit. Love how she added the shrug. Her smile is so contagious!
In honor of my trip to N.Y.C for BlogHer 2010, I have partnered up with Lingerie.com for another great giveaway! This amazing city is such a fashion inspiration and I can’t wait to take it all in! One thing I’ve always loved about this concrete jungle is the night life.
Imagine yourself going out for “A Night in N.Y.C.” and you’d really like to add a sexy twist to your outfit. Nothing is sexier than wearing a piece of lingerie to spice things up. Lingerie.com has you covered. Why not try one of their corsets? I know it’s a bit daring, but this is the city that never sleeps. I think a leather corset would look amazing with a pair of skinny jeans and killer pumps!
Lingerie.com wants to give one of my curvy readers a $50 gift card to bring your sexy outfit to life!
How to enter:
Leave a comment here telling me what your ultimate “Night in N.Y.C” would be like. Please leave a valid email address or Twitter I.D. so I can contact you.
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Our day started at 11 a.m., with a meet and greet. There Cid of Cid’s Style File, Gabi of Hungry for Fashion, Laura of Creative Xicana and I met up and chatted a bit before we got our shop on! Everyone looked amazing. Yeah, I think we’re new best friends. Jenn, from Sketching Jenn, met up with us later. We grabbed our tote bags, courtesy of Torrid, and made our way to Lane Bryant…our first stop.
Cid and I surprised our L.A. Fatshion Bloggers and fatshion lovers with $20 gift cards, courtesy of Lane Bryant. I don’t think I’ve seen bigger smiles! As you can see in the photos below, we had way too much fun. The staff was so amazing and helpful and the store looked great.
I think we might have ransacked the store a bit…sorry! Most of us were obsessed with the same pieces too. We all tried on the Ponte Knit Zipper Trim Dress and the Sequin Lapel Sweater Vest. You’ll have to wait for the OOTD’s and the reviews to see who bought what! Even us bargainistas were in heaven with their sale selection. They even surprised us with a gift bag. Too awesome!
We ran passed the time we had allotted for shopping before lunch. What itinerary?
I am sad to say, I dropped my camera in Lane Bryant. Now, it won’t work. So the photos below are courtesy of me (prior to broken camera), Cid (the amazing), and my cell phone.
We squeezed in some time to browse at Torrid, but we vowed to head back after lunch! Did I mention we even received $50 gift cards to Romano’s Jewelers? It was shopping overload.
Lunch at Yen Sushi was beyond amazing! All I heard were ooh’s and aah’s as the servers brought our food. They were really nice and described each meal they placed before us. After the delicious lunch, they treated us to dessert and a tour of their karaoke rooms. Which were named after the most elite fashion houses! Chanel, Fendi, Prada, Gucci…etc. I know! Right? I am so heading back there for their grand opening.
After the amazing lunch at Yen Sushi, we vowed to walk of this meal and headed back out into the mall. This is where the girls did more damage at Forever 21 (as seen below), H&M, Mode Plus, and Old Navy.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun shopping! It’s so amazing to shop with gals that love the same things you do. We all got along fabulously and can’t wait until we meet up again for our next event. There’s a lot more shopping to do out there and I think we’re the right curvy ladies for the job!
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I actually don’t have a favorite, I like to mix things up. And I don’t think that clothes have to be expensive to look good. But no doubt Balmain has great influence this season.
What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without? I can’t live without bags.
Tiny ones for going clubbing, huge ones for shopping and everything in between! I’m a bag lady, LOL. At the moment I love black, studs, florals and pastel ones.
If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?
I think it would be a body butter. I looove body butters. It would be very floral and fresh scented, not too heavy and I’d call it Butter Me Up… or something. I totally just made that up, I’ve never really thought about it before, haha!
If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?
I’d bring my phone, my camera, a bottle of water and a snack. This could take all day! And oh, I’d be going to London.
Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?
Don’t be a slave to fashion. Make fashion work for you!
Accessories are an essential piece to any outfit. One of my favorite accessories is the multi-use scarf. Love it in all materials! This week alone I bought 2 scarves! And as I was perusing my fave blogs, I came across a few outfit posts where they accessorized with a scarf. Yes, I know it’s summer, but you can still wear them! Just make sure to stay away from the heavy materials like 100% pure wool and cashmere. I tend to lean towards the silk, cotton, and linen. FYI…I want these!
I love thrifting scarves too! They are really inexpensive and can be used in so many different ways. Have you run out of ways to wear your favorite scarf? I found this cool article from Refinery 29 “4 New Ways to Wear a Scarf.” Click on the image for detailsl.
So, what do you think about accessorizing with a scarf this summer?
It’s almost August and here I am, fresh out of the pool——>
Wait a second…I will be in NYC in 5 days! I can’t believe how fast all of this is happening. If you would have asked me a month ago if I was going to attend the BlogHer conference…I would’ve said no. Now, not only am I attending, but I’m a volunteer. So super duper excited to meet bloggers from all over the United States and learn from them. I am very grateful for this experience.
I will be tweeting, vlogging, and blogging about my trip. From outfit posts (including an outfit courtesy of Lane Bryant) to even a giveaway, I’ll be working my blogging butt off while I’m out loving the East Coast.
Yes, I’m a West Coast chica, but I can like other coasts too! BTW…where are my New York ladies? I’d love to hang out. Contact me if you’re interested.
Changing Subjects: Cid and I very excited about Saturday’s L.A. Fatshion Bloggers Shopping Event! Go Here for all of the details! Can’t wait to meet you!!
There is just something about the color red that screams “Look at me!” It’s such a hot color and I love it! Maybe it’s the red Camaro my mom drove when I was little, but it has always been my favorite color. I was at the mall yesterday and everything red caught my eye. Especially the shoes! And then I looked in my closet and realized I don’t even have any red pieces! I need to get my hands on something red.
I am on a mission! A mission to find a soft cup/wire free bra that will support these puppies! Underwire bras have been bugging me lately! But, I don’t want just any bra. Once I get back from NYC, there’s going to be some serious bra shopping going on. I found a few below that I thought might work for me, in certain clothing and life situations. Are you a wire free lady? What brands do you love?
Welcome Beleza Em Curvas (Beauty in Curves), the publication of Brazil’s first plus size women’s magazine! Yay! Very exciting for the Brazilian curvy ladies! The magazine will be on the Brazilian news stands in August. They will feature Fashion, Beauty, Health, Celebrity interviews and more! Their goal is to show the magazine readers of the world that Plus Size women do exist and that they are happy with who they are. They also believe that good self-esteem is fundamental to who you are as a person. Sounds great!
Here’s their info if you’d like to follow them:
twitter: @belezaemcurvas Facebook: Beleza em Curvas Myspace: Beleza em Curvas
Beauty trends come and go, but advice lives forever. Right? I’ll never forget the beauty advice my mom gave me as a teen. And of course I’ve read tons of beauty tips online and in my favorite
But, there are a few that I will never forget and am so grateful for. They are not only essential, but some are very basic and practical. Here are a few of my favorites:
Use a used ‘cooled’ green tea bag for puffiness, redness, or itchy skin.
Try not touching your face. Your hands may have dirt and oils that will clog your pores.
If you run out of shaving cream, you can use hair conditioner.
When wearing a fragrance on your wrists, don’t rub them together. The scent can be altered.
Like I said, they are simple. Nothing too scientific here. Now, I know all beauty tips are different. Some tips work and some don’t. I know I’ve tried stuff that hasn’t worked for me. What has worked for you?
What are some of your favorite beauty tips? Share!!