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Handbag Delight: Big Buddha

JCARTER $100

Handbags and I…we go way back. The love affair started at an early age and continues to this day. Don’t even get me started about my days working at Nordstrom and my employee discount!

So, I know a beautiful bag when I see one. And when I was flipping through the new issue of Redbook, I saw a bag that caught my eye (#5 below).

When I found out it was a Big Buddha design, I wasn’t surprised. Their bags stand out to me, not just because of their design and craftsmanship, but because they are animal friendly and 100% vegan.

I love stylish with a conscious, don’t you?  I’m in handbag heaven right now.

FYI. I will take all of the bags on this page.

Kiss the Curves “Hollywood Kiss” Event

Please Note: This event has been postponed via KTC Facebook page on 3/16/11.

We are in the midst of L.A. Fashion Week here in Los Angeles. And there’s nothing I love more than someone throwing some curves into the mix.

Kiss the Curves (KTC), a plus size fashion gala, will present “Hollywood Kiss,” March 18-19 at the beautiful Boulevard3 in Hollywood, California.

Designers include LEVI’S, Sean John, Torrid and more. I can’t wait to see what they send down the runway.

Here’s the agenda:

March 18, 2011
Doors Open at 6:00pm
Cocktail Reception
VIP Red Carpet

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Panel Discussion: Body Image & The Industry
Hosted By: Shay Moore of Atlanta’s V103

9:00pm
Opening Night Afterparty Celebration

March 19, 2011
Doors Open 1:00pm

VIP Red Carpet Reception
&
Cocktail Hour
&
VIP Back Stage Tours

2:00pm – 4pm
Women’s Full Figured Runway Show
&
Full Figured, Fabulous & 50

For tickets click here. 

City Chic SALE 60% Off!

Starting tonight, all items on CityChicOnline.com will be 60% off! Hurry up and get your shopping done, because the sale ends March 21st at midnight!

* 60% is not valid with any other offer or coupon.

Meet Olga Gonzalez-Ramos

Model, editor, writer, mother, wife, actress, salsa dancer, motivational speaker, and gardening guru; meet your modern day super woman, Olga Gonzalez-Ramos.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, this only child was an avid book reader. She even started a “Dear Diary” journal at the age of eight. This started her love affair with writing.

Today she is an editor of Daily Venus Diva, the Plus Size Lifestyle Magazine, Olga writes on a variety of topics, including the “Ask Olga” column. Have a life problem? She’s here to give you advice.

With her job at Daily Venus Diva she wanted to “create a haven and space for plus-size women displaced in a world bombarded with unrealistic expectations of what women are suppose to look like.” Her self-professed mission has been “to remove blinding aspects of full figure girls who believe they are predisposed towards a unhealthy lifestyle by creating a positive outlook and agenda on being plus-size.”

Olga started her blooming modeling career a little later than most models, but that hasn’t stopped her. She’s been featured in Marie Claire, All You Magazine, Figure and BUST to name a few. And she has many projects in the works. I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes in the future.

To learn more about Olga, check out her web site.

Can curvy girls wear crop tops?

Of all the current fashion trends, this is one I do not look forward to. I don’t care if it’s on straight or a plus size girl, I’m not a fan. The dreaded crop top is making a come back. I don’t know why, but I guess belly baring is not just for teens anymore.

This Abby Cropped V-Neck from Alloy is currently sold out. What does that tell us?

I’ve have seen some fashionistas wearing crop tops with short shorts on a few of the “street style” blogs, of course they are all skinny minnies. I haven’t seen any curvy girls wearing this daring trend.

Would you care if they did? I’m a true believer in being confident no matter what you wear.

So, I want to know what you think. Can curvy girls wear crop tops? Take the anonymous poll below.


Sassy City Chicks ‘Los Angeles Fashion Bash’

L.A. fashionistas and shoppers, It’s that time again. Yes, the Sassy City Chicks Los Angeles Fashion Bash is back. They’re even offering something special for my readers-win your free tickets below!!

On Thursday, March 24th from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at The Petersen Automotive Museum, you’ll get the chance to shop spring fashions at prices up to 80% off retail prices!!

You’ll find deep discounts from labels like Kova & T, Genetic Denim, Ella Moss, BB Dakota, LNA, and more! Featuring fab swag bags, complimentary spa services, and FREE Svedka martinis. Yum!!

If you’re a shopper like me then you’ll definitely want to go. This will be my third visit and I always leave with something.

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE TICKETS! 

The first 25 shoppers to enter ‘CURVES’ at checkout will receive a FREE Sassy Tote Ticket!

Don’t want to risk not winning? Then enter ‘LA12′ at checkout for 50% OFF a Sassy Tote Ticket or ‘GEN AD’ for free general admission (gift bag not included).

See you there!!

Beauty Buzz: Crackle Glaze

China Glaze, one of my favorite nail lacquers, has this amazing new collection called Crackle Glaze. And if you haven’t heard, all the beauty bloggers are loving this nail trend! When applied over your favorite China Glaze nail lacquer, any of these six colors (Lightning Bolt, Crackled Concrete, Black Mesh, Crushed Candy, Broken Hearted, and Faultline) will give your nails a crackled effect. Watch the video below for all the details!

Have you tried this nail trend yet? Are you loving or hating it?

The Shopping Diaries: Why so many shoes?

You’re in the shoe department and you see a pair that screams your name. What do you do? Do you run and hide? Or do you gravitate toward them like you’re being pulled in by their imaginary forces? Does your brain start calculating if you can afford them?

This is what I deal with every time I see a pair of shoes I want. About 90% of the time I’ll end up buying them. But, the minute I come home I’m dreading my husband’s favorite shoe catchphrase…”Why do you need so many shoes?”
Grrrrr…that annoys me.

Of course I can think of a lot of reasons why I need more shoes. I tend to go with…”Babe, I don’t have a basic black pump! The ones I have are so old and uncomfortable!” I really do think I come up with the best answers, but he just shakes his head and walks away.

Doesn’t he understand the need to have pretty shoes on my feet? Why don’t some people realize that styles and trends change? A girl needs options. And if they are on sale and they’re cute, that’s a double bonus! I can’t pass them up.

Hopefully one day he’ll understand why I love shoes. Until then, let the shoe shopping continue…

Do You Dare? Part II

“Do you Dare?” is back shoe junkies!

I love shoes…you all know that. But, sometimes we come across some questionable styles and patterns. Are they trend setting or a big mistake on the designers part?

Some might say they are a work of art, while others will call them tragic!

The Levon Platform $198 (left) comes from Free People and could be classified as creative and daring??

We know designers are quirky, but are their designs worthy enough to put on your feet?

So, what do you say? Do you dare to wear these shoes below? Or are they too boring for you?


Have you heard? Style Fashion Week LA

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is one of the trendiest places on the planet. You can’t walk down the street without fashion on the brain! That’s why I’m looking forward to Style Fashion Week LA!

From March 15th-18th, this “new kid on the fashion block” will bring us four days of fashion. It will be hosted at the amazingly beautiful Vibiana Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. That’s 35,000 square feet of luxurious space. If you’ve never been there, believe me…it’s a stunning location.

“The newest and most ambitious fashion week to hit L.A. will exhibit this season’s emerging, progressive, and established men’s and women’s collections to the media, celebrities, tastemakers, and national and international buyers.”


I’m loving it already! Yes, I’m an L.A. Fashion week newbie. And I know there will not be any plus designers featured, but I am still looking forward to what the fashion the designers will send down the runway. It definitely serves as my inspiration.

Their previous fashion events have featured designers such as: Chanel, Badgley Mischka, French Connection, and Marc Ecko to name a few.

One of the highlights will be The Go Red For Women Celebrity Fashion show. This is the first time it will be held in Los Angeles and all proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. I can’t wait!

For more information and the schedule click here.