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Blogger Q&A: Chastity

Chastity Garner
Dallas, TX
The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I guess this could be a two part question. I love Christian Dior. The designs are so romantic and feminine. This designer seems togo the extra mile in all the lovely feminine details. This is my favorite straight size designer that I wish I could wear. Jibri is my favorite plus designer. Her designs occupy my closet, b/c of her same similar feminity and structure to Christian Dior.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Belts, belts, and more belts. Because of my pear shape, belts give my curves an eyecatching silloutte. I could have a paper sack on, but belted I could make that papersack fabulous.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I have crazy hair at times. I am never completely happy with my hair products, so my beauty product would be a product to make my curly hair more manageable. I would name it The Curly Headed Girl’s Product…LOL

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?

LBD, wrap dress, flats, a boyfriend watch, killer heels, bib necklace, belt, mascara, blush, gold eyeshadow, and a girdle. Literally all this stuff could be torn in my suitcase at a moment’s notice. I always have an idea of my jet setting essentials, b/c I am a terrible last minute packer. My favorite city is NYC. There is so much to see, so much happening. Once you set foot on the concrete a love affair begins, full of ups and downs, but regardless of the outcome the romance is well worth the trip.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“Fashions fade, style is eternal” ~Yves Saint Laurent

Sale & Save at Evans!!

Hey Shopaholics!! Did you get this email from UK retailer Evans?

They are having a massive sale right now. You know I love sales! You know what I love almost as much as a sale? Getting additional money off my purchase!!

And because I have just become an Evans Blog Partner, all Curves and Chaos readers get an additional 10% off any purchase over £40 until 8/22! All you have to do is enter the discount code EVCHAOS at checkout.

Click here to start shopping!!

Cover It Up!

Summer…Summer time!! Ok…I’m not going to get into that Wil Smith song, but I am more excited than usual in this hot weather. I am writing this post before I head to the pool and I’m staring at my ugly old cover-up. It has come in handy, but I think it’s time to move on and I’ve found a few replacements. I don’t want anything too flashy, just simple and classic. And I love the Avenue prices!!

Beauty Buzz: Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray

I’ve told you curvaliscious ladies before about my non-makeup ways before this blog. But, now I love trying new products that work for me. Just like I did when I was strolling through Macy’s one day and came across the Benefit counter. They offered me a sample of their Stay Don’t Stray primer for your eyes. I saved it for my cousin’s wedding since it was going to be hot that day and I was going to take a lot of pictures.

Now, I am not one to brag about a product just because, but this one really did what it was supposed to. At the end of the night after 12 hours of wearing my makeup (in the heat), my eyeshadow and concealer around my eyes still looked intact. I was amazed I didn’t have to reapply my eyeshadow once! I need to get my hands on a full-size bottle stat!

Have you used this product? How has it worked for you?


stay don’t stray

Shoes…I want you.

Whenever I go shopping and I see a tank or blouse I really like, I try to buy it in a few different colors. I don’t know how that started but, it’s just something I do. Does anyone else do that? Anyways, I’ve never done that with a pair of shoes. Never. But, today I flipped through the latest Alloy catalog and I found my first pair of shoes I would consider buying in all colors available.

The Parker Wedge ($32.90)has caught my wandering eye…great…another shoe to fall in love with. There is a problem, I’ve never purchased shoes from Alloy and I am concerned of the fit. Have any of you ever purchased shoes from them? I need to know how they fit and what their quality is like before I buy them.

NewExtrave Giveaway!

It’s already the 3rd week of July and it’s been an amazing summer! First, I’d just like to thank Anika from Sweetfaced Style, who featured me over the weekend. She has an amazing series called “Spreading the Love.” Thanks girlie!! She’s a super sweet bohemian chic blogger! Check her out! Hugs!!

Now, it’s Monday and we know that Monday’s aren’t always the best, especially when you’ve had an amazing weekend. Hopefully my next giveaway will make it a little bit better!

Remember that post I did about NewExtrave Fashion Studio? They’re an amazing clothing studio I found on Etsy. They’re offering a $25 credit towards a purchase on their Etsy site. Prices range from $29-$82, so that’s a great deal! Visit their site here and details to enter are below!

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To enter:
  • You MUST visit their Etsy site and leave a comment telling me which piece you’ll buy if you win and why you love it! .
  • Must leave a valid twitter or email address.
  • For an extra entry tweet the following: I just entered to win $25 off a NewExtrave design @CurvesandChaos http://bit.ly/cEncTU
  • Please make sure to post the link of your tweet, as a comment. Or I won’t be able to keep track of your extra entry.

Rules:

  • Only one entry per household, unless adding an extra entry via twitter.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Contest Ends 7/26 12pm PST
Contest Closed!!

Beauty Obsession

I know this might sound weird but, I haven’t purchased a bottle of perfume in years. I usually wear those body sprays from Bath & Body Works. I kinda had these sinus allergies and perfumes really agitated my nose. But, that was until I smelled this glorious and amazing scent from Michael Kors. I know I’m late. But, I am sooooo obsessed with this fragrance. Sometimes, I don’t want to spray it because I’m afraid of not having it anymore. Is that weird? LOL. What’s your favorite fragrance?


Blogger Q&A: Sabrina

Sabrina

Hainesville, IL
Defying My Closet
Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I have several favorite designers that I absolutely love, but for clothing it would have to be Ralph Lauren. His pieces are classic and withstand yearly trends. Also, he has “real” sizes that work for plus-size women. Most of my favorite pieces in my closet are Ralph Lauren that I have thrifted. Another favorite of mine is Marc Jacobs, though I know I won’t ever be able to wear his clothing unless I lose more than half my weight, his accessories lines are amazing. Sunglasses, handbags, shoes, etc are all amazing and I can’t get enough of them.

Being a plus-size woman makes shopping for clothes in the “high fashion” designer lines harder, so I love the in house designers for stores like Avenue, Torrid, and Target. They really cater to PS women on a budget and make both trendy and classic pieces that aren’t gawdy.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Sunglasses! No matter what the weather is they are perfect. If you are having a bad day and your eyes are puffy slip on a pair and wallah they’re gone. Sunglasses can add pop of color to a basic outfit too, you could be wearing all black and have a red pair on and it will instantly change your look. My favorite pair are my Marc by Marc Jacobs ones. I actually have 3 pairs of them that I don’t know what I would do without.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

Surprisingly I don’t wear that much makeup or use that many beauty products, so this is hard to answer. However, I would love the ability to create the perfect shampoo and conditioner that would be designed specifically for my hair and my hair only. My hair is out of control and it has to do with Cuban/Irish genes. Its crazy curly, thick, but also fine and oily, which makes it hard to find a shampoo/conditioner that works right for my hair. Either it weighs my hair down and makes it more greasy, or it drys it out completely. I would name it Cubanita Works :)

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?

A maxi dress, flip flops, a pair of leggings, one long knit tunic, bathing suit, and one pair of wedges. I would love to be in a maxi dress daily and dress it up my throwing on a pair of wedges if I need to go out on the town. My favorite city is one that I have never been, I would love to go to Havana. I have seen thousands of pictures from my mom and grandmother, it is such a beautiful place. If I had the opportunity I would love to go to Cuba and see the areas my family grew up in.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”- Eleanor Roosevelt. Being a bigger girl I have had to deal with criticism and jokes, but when that happens I think of this quote and I realize what others say doesn’t matter. I have learned the hard way that what I think of myself and how I see myself counts for more than how others see me. I have come a long way in my self-confidence journey, and blogging about my style has helped me feel more secure with myself.

Style Trend: Ruffled to Tiers

My little celebs are always looking so cute! I found this ruffled and tiered trio on one of my fave sites JustJared.com.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Claire Danes, partying it up in France. What a life!

I was immediately in love with their dresses. Ruffled and tiered dresses are pretty hot right now. As you’ve seen all the bloggers in that gorgeous black asymmetrical ruffled dress from the Asos Curve line. Here’s Jeniese wearing it on her blog, The Jenesaisquoi, in all it’s glory.

You know I had to go out and find a few dresses to satisfy my fashion trend craving. Enjoy the ruffles and tiers.

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1, 5, 6, 10: Macy’s
2, 3, 12: Nordstrom
4, 7: Avenue
8: Carmakoma
9: Simply Be
11: Asos Curve
13: Kiyonna

U.S. welcomes Simply Be online!

I’ve got good news, if you didn’t already know…
Simply Be is now available online in the U.S.!!

Remember these OOTD’s? I was lucky enough to review this denim halter and Anna Scholz dress from Simply Be before their online shop arrived here in the U.S. The clothes are really great quality and comfy. Not to mention very chic. They have tons of selections. So make sure you check them out! Go to www.SimplyBe.com

Etsy Find: NewExtrave Fashion

Have you ever dared to buy “one size fits all” clothing? I am seriously thinking about it after seeing these pieces by NewExtrave on Etsy. They not only look comfy, but they look perfect for the summer. Most items are made from linen or cotton, which is super cool in my book. Some can even be custom made. They have tons of great reviews too. Would you try a “one size fits all dress?” If you’ve ever purchased anything from NewExtrave, please let me know.