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So…you blog?

I am a blogger. Yes, that’s who I am.

I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now. I’ve done it in various formats, trying to find my niche. In 2008, I created Urbanista, a blog about fashion and beauty for the urban/city woman. This past January, I asked myself if that blog was really what I was all about. Don’t get me wrong, I love that blog. I’m actually thinking of going at in a different direction. But, I had to ask myself a few questions.

Do I love fashion? Yes.
Do I love beauty? Yes.
Do I love shopping? Yes.
Do I love to blog? Yes.

Wait…Why do I blog about fashion that I can’t wear? I’m a plus-size girl blogging in a NON-plus-size world. That’s when I decided to create Curves and Chaos. I’m so glad I did.

Why do I blog? It’s very simple…

I blog because I love to share information. I blog because it makes me very happy. I blog because I’ve had a dream to write since I was little. I blog because I have a degree in Journalism and I love this format of New Media. I blog because I love that I can write what I want, when I want, about anything I want. I blog because I can.

I do run a couple of other blogs and yes I consider this my “job.” I also consider it my passion.

I’ve learned a few things in the past couple of years as a blogger. I’d love to share them with you.

  • Write from your heart.
  • Be creative and original.
  • Stay true to yourself.
  • No one likes an egotistical blogger.
  • If at first your blog doesn’t succeed…try and try and try again.
  • It’s your blog…do whatever YOU want.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve become aware of a few things in this blogger community. This quote expresses exactly how I feel.

“When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.” -Bernard Baily

Beauty Buzz: Cool Eyes

It doesn’t get any cooler than these eye shadows from bareMinerals? I’ve never been daring when it comes to trying different products, but I might just have to try out these colors: Patience, City Lights, Reveal, Azure, and Liberty.

When I saw these colors, the first thing that came to mind was a day at THE BEACH! A cool summer breeze…lounging….having an ice cold drink in my hand…the sound of the waves…

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Don’t forget…

Blogger Q&A: NikStar


NikStar
Chicago, IL
XOXO NikStar

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I love Alice + Olivia, Qristyl Frazier and Monif C. Sorry! I could not pick just one. Although I can’t fit anything but accessories from Alice + Olivia, I still draw inspiration from their clothing. As far as Qristyl and Monif are concerned, I think they really know the plus sized figure.

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

As of right it’s the denim jacket that I “borrowed” about a month ago from my friends closet. I will probably be in pain when she finally remembers that I have it and wants it back. haha I’ve been trying to find my own, but no such luck yet.

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

I have such a hard time matching my skin up to foundation. I know one of the drug store lines claims to blend and match perfectly with your skin, but I have yet to see that happen. Hmm so I’d create the most perfect foundation ever and since I’m not clever with naming things, I shall call it…Skin!

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?

First, I’d probably starting sweating profusely at the idea of packing in ten minutes. I hate packing! I’d bring my trusty black pencil skirt, a LBD, brown heels and black heels, a pair of jeans and comfy tees, “my” denim jacket and a navy blazer.

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

Not really. I wish I could say something that sounds witty and profound, but I really just enjoy fashion. I may not be as extreme or edgy as some people are, but I like to take bits and pieces of what they are wearing and work it into my wardrobe. I like a classic trend with a bit of “I did not see that coming” edge to it whether it’s my hair, my polish or accessories. Oh wait a minute, I thought of a quote! “A girl should be two things; classy and fabulous.” ~Coco Chanel

Celeb Curves: Queen Latifah

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I have always been a fan of Queen Latifah…so I’m wondering…Why haven’t I taken my butt to see “Just Wright” yet? Man! I’m so slow when it comes to movies.

These movie stills continue to prove how curvalicious the Queen is and always will be!

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Style & Designer: Tory Burch

You may know Tory Burch from her signature flat, but she has more than that up her silk sleeve! There are sandals, pumps, and handbags…oh my! I’m drooling as I type.

She’s also got a posh little web site too! There’s “Tory’s Must-Haves” and “Style Guide.” The “Style Guide” is home to her blog, inspiration, trends, and a lot more. It’s really cute! Just thought I’d share it with you.

Summer Trends: Polka Dots

How many times have you been told “you shouldn’t wear polka dots. It will only make you look bigger”? This is when you tell them to !@#$%&* off! But, in nicer words. Wear what you want…even if it’s polka dots! Yes…the dreaded polka dots! Remember, you should never fear fashion! My fave? #1 love that handbag!!

My golden rule:
there will be no more golden rules. Have fun with this trend!

L.A’s Beautiful Day

Another beautiful day in Los Angeles. It was so nice out, it made me want to throw a skirt on. That is rare! And you know me and my comfy clothes. Nothing restricting here! After a morning of doing laundry, I spent the day with my dad and even helped him get a new phone. A very simple cell phone by the way! No camera, no internet, and he blocked texting. He’s hilarious…my dad is very old school and I love him for that! After, we met up with my hubby for a delicious meal at my favorite (in the whole wide world) Chinese food restaurant. Rumor is, my mom ate Chinese food 3 times a week when she was pregnant with me. That explains a lot!


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Tank: Shade Clothing (gifted)
Skirt: Old Navy (clearance)
Sandals: Avenue (super comfy)
Jewelry: Forever 21 (gifted)

B.Chic: Beauty Products

Brenda’s back with a fashion and beauty update!

Living in Arizona means you must always have a summer dress and chic sandals around! It’s gets pretty hot out there! Curves and Chaos loves this floral print tube dress.

And when it comes to makeup, she doesn’t discriminate. Whether it’s an over-the-counter or department store product, Brenda just wants it to perform. It has to get the job done!

Here are a few of the beauty products she used to get the following looks.


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  1. Flower headband from Styles for Less and earrings from Target. Anastasia eyebrow pencil, Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation, MAC Studio Fix powder, Loreal Mother Pearl eyeshadow, MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow, Revlon Colorstay pencil eyeliner in black, Revlon Double Twist mascara, Revlon Colorstay lip color in natural, and MAC blush in Margin.
  2. The dress brand is unknown…she stole it from her sister. Ring is from Target and sandals are from Charlotte Russe.
  3. Revlon Color Cream shadow and MAC eyeshadow in Dazzlelight Tempting and Retro-Speck.
  4. MAC Studio Fix powder and Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation.
  5. Anastasia Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil. Brenda claims it’s the best! Anastasia only specializes in brow makeup.
  6. MAC Studio Fix Powder and Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation, Revlon Colorstay lip Color in natural, MAC lipstick in High Tea, MAC eyeshadow in Tempting, MAC Retro-Speck, Revlon Cream shadow on top of eyeshadow, Revlon eyeliner, and Loreal Voluminous mascara.
  7. Revlon eyelash curler, Loreal mascara and Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in black. All great by The way!
  8. Revlon Colorstay Overtime lip color in Timeless Nude.

GAP Denim under $25?

Hurry up and check out these denim jeans and skirts from the GAP! They are all under $25 and believe me…the sizes are going fast. They do go up to a size 20, but there aren’t many left. Good luck!

Why Anthropologie?

Anthropologie…why? Why must you have the most beautiful accessories and shoes that I can’t afford? I think you’re purposely trying to torture me.



Go Short?

Michelle Williams Rocks the Blonde Bob


Kristen Stewart Hunts Down The Perfect Nest!
Katy Perry at The Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards in  LA

Looks like Hollywood got the short-hair memo. I might follow. With summer right around the corner, I am definitely considering a major hair chop-off. I’ve had my hair short before. So, it wouldn’t be anything too drastic for me. But, I’m trying to decide which short hair style to go with. The hubby isn’t too happy about this, he loves my hair long. I tell him it’s only hair, it’ll grow back.

A reportedly newly single Halle Berry spotted leaving her NYC hotel with her manager Vincent Cirrincione


Chopard Celebrates 150 Years Of Excellence - Arrivals
 American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity Met Gala -   Arrivals


Are you loving the short hair trend?