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“Boost Your carma” Carmakoma’s New Film

Carmakoma, an amazing a retailer out of Denmark, has debuted another film to empower the curvy woman. “Boost Your carma” features a modern day Marilyn Monroe in their Spring/Summer 2011 designs.

Size is a number – confidence a choice
The new film ”Boost your carma” is a vivid illustration of the tendency that curvy women all over the world no longer will accept the perception that beauty equals skinny. In an aesthetical manner the film breaks with prejudice concerning body image and attitude for women in plus sizes.

The film is created as a visual collage of feelings, states of mind, actions and expressions in a celebration of the curvy woman. Through classical and iconic fashion frames in the characteristic Helmuth Newton style the curvy main character is portrayed as a modern Marilyn Monroe. – A pioneer who is not afraid to use her femininity in her stride forwards. Through an observing and sensual camera posture the film disturbs our perceptions of the beautiful woman and the ideal body and plays on references from the film “the perfect human” by the Danish film maker Jørgen Leth.

”The main character in the film is the curvy woman of today. She feels free in her body, uninhibited by other people’s opinions. With an understated decadence she is playing with the forbidden showing her bold femininity and her urge for life in a sophisticated and extremely sexy manner,” says Heidie Lykke and Angelica Weiss, the two women behind the film and the commitment to its message.


Here are few of my favorite Carmakoma pieces. I’m such a sucker for the all-black look!

Last Minute Gift Ideas under $40

Hey last minute shoppers…I tried my best to stay away from giving you gift ideas. But, this Christmas lover couldn’t help herself. I found a few items for that special person on your list all under $40! Yes, a true bargainista always finds her deals, even during the holidays. Hmmm…maybe this is my wish list. What do you think? Which item would you take home?

For the Fashionista
Urban Outfitters
$29

For the Lounger
Forever 21
$10.80

 

For the Jewelery Lover
Nordstrom
$28

 

For the Scarf Fanatic
Macy’s
$19.99
For the Yoga Queen
Gap
$39.50

 

For the Makeup Addict
Sephora
$15

For the Fighter in Him
Urban Outfitters
$24

For the Vintage Cook
Anthropologie
$12

Review: Cacique’s Smooth Satin No-Wire Bra

You know as well as I do, that finding the perfect bra is torture! It can not only be annoying, but it can be expensive and time consuming. I have been on the hunt for a wireless bra, that was not only affordable, but that actually “held up” its end of the bargain…if you know what I mean. And by that I mean, the bra has to offer great support. Duh!

I’ve had enough with wearing under-wire bras all day with the uncomfortable wire poking me! I don’t mind a couple of hours, but all day…not anymore.

Since, I am already a fan of Cacique Intimates, I’ve decided to try their Smooth Satin No-Wire Bra. Besides, they were having a BOGO sale and I couldn’t miss out on that. I purchased the black and cafe mocha colors. The overall ratings and reviews on the web site were pretty positive. And now I know why.

Yes, this is my first wire-free bra I’ve worn since my training bra days and I was really worried about the support. But, now I know I have nothing to worry about. This is a very supportive and comfortable full coverage bra. I will admit that the first time I wore it there was a little irritation from the adjusters (?) on the back of the bra straps, but that went away after the first wear.

The slightly padded cups give the breast a natural shape that nature intended. The bra straps don’t dig into shoulders because of the wide padded straps and there is plenty of coverage in the back. I think this would make a great t-shirt bra, since it’s pretty invisible under your clothing.

I have made this my all day bra and I don’t regret it one bit. I will admit, if you’re looking for an “uplifting” bra, then this isn’t it. Because there is no under wire, you don’t get the same effect. But, this isn’t your 1950’s soft cup bra either.

**Online Exclusive: Buy 2 Get 2 Free! 

** I was not compensated for this review. All of the above is my true and honest opinion.

Holiday Dress Giveaway #6: Fashion To Figure

We are on the last dress of the Holiday Dress Giveaway! I can’t believe it! Dress #6 is courtesy of the always trendy and affordable Fashion To Figure. One lucky reader will win the Lurex Ruffle Tier Dress (1X-3X). Adoring the Roaring 20’s vibe!

I think the thing I love most about this design is the versatility. You can dress it up or down if you want. Don’t you love clothes with options? If I had this dress I would wear it on New Year’s Eve with black tights, black pumps, and amazing blinged out silver jewelry. But, that’s just me.

Since this is the last Holiday Dress Giveaway, I’m going to give you a few chances to win! There’s even Fashion To Figure Coupon Codes at the end of this post!

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment below describing how you’d wear this dress. Make sure to leave a valid email address.
  2. Must be 18 years or older. Only one entry per person unless using the 4 extra entries below. Winner will be chosen using Random.org on 12/26/10. This giveaway is only valid on this blog. 
  3. Open to U.S. residents only.
Extra Entries (Leave separate comments stating you did each of these below)
  1. Follow Fashion to Figure on twitter.
  2. “Like” Fashion to Figure on Facebook.
  3. “Like” Curves and Chaos on Facebook.
  4. Tweet “This is my last chance to win @CurvesandChaos #HolidayDressGiveaway thanks @FTF_tweet http://t.co/c7JQVSg ” 

OneStopPlus.com Launches iPhone App

Hold on to your iPhones online shoppers! OneStopPlus.com, the largest plus size online shopping mall, has just launched a free iPhone application. That brings new meaning to shopping at your fingertips. You can search by brand, style, size, and purchase directly from the app. There are more than 15,000 products to choose from plus you can redeem coupons and offers as well.

To download the OneStopPlus.com iPhone application, please visit Apple’s AppStore and search “OneStopPlus.”

Simply Be, Simply Want

I love the recent arrival of the U.K. and Australian plus size fashion retailers coming to the U.S. I had the opportunity to review a few pieces from Simply Be a few months ago and I really loved the style and quality of the clothes. Tonight I just kinda peeked my head over there and I was reminded once again why I love them! If anyone cares, I want all of these pieces.

Holiday Bling & Sparkle

I swear these holidays are going to make me broke! All I want is a little sparkle this holiday season. Is that too much to ask? Maybe a little bling to brighten things up? You know I’m a lover of Juicy Couture and Betsey Johnson rings, but look what else I found, Kenneth Cole rings all under $40! I don’t which set of rings I want more! Which ones are your favorite? Can you see yourself wearing any of these with your holiday looks?

Snow Melting Holiday Lingerie!

Inspired by my friend Nik’s post “Keeping the romance alive during the holiday season” I went online in search of my own way to turn up the heat during the holidays. Let your curves do all the talking with your special someone. I am a sucker for anything red and I am definitely loving #2! Which one do you love?

  1. Cacique Intimates: Santa Plunge Bra $36 & Santa Skirt $24.50
  2. Hips and Curves: Sexy Ms. Claus $45.40
  3. Cacique Intimates: Santa Thong $18
  4. Cacique Intimates: Naughty List Panty Gift (sold out)
  5. GLAMOROSE: Santa’s Helper Halter Dress $34.85
  6. GLAMOROSE: Plus Size Bow Backseam Stockings $6.99
  7. Lingerie.Com: Sexy Christmas Candy Cane Babydoll $14.99
  8. Hips and Curves: Santa Baby Doll $23.95
  9. Hips and Curves: Velvet and Faux Fur Chemise $26.95

The Shopping Diaries: Discrimination?

I am a true lover of shopping. Not just spending money, although that’s fun too. But, I am completely happy “just looking” in a mall filled to the brim with fashion, beauty products, shoes, and accessories. Even without buying a thing. I’m not talking about window shopping. I need to actually feel the merchandise and check out its quality. And not just plus size stores either; I make my way into any retail space. Until a few weeks ago.

I was at a Los Angeles area shopping mall and was stopped dead in my tracks before I even stepped foot into this high end boutique. It’s like I just froze. I couldn’t walk in.

Maybe it was the sales associates who eyed me up and down as I peered into the store. I know I haven’t felt this way since I was a teen. I was visiting my uncle who worked at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. There was this sense of knowing that you just don’t belong in there. I have always prided myself of being a confident curvy woman. But, how could I be intimidated? What was I worried about? Not being able to afford anything in there or just the fact that I don’t fit into their clothes?

Then I started to think. Maybe I’m just worried about being judged by those in the store. Whether it was the discriminating sales associates or the platinum credit card carrying customer, no one wants to be judged. But, after all these years of curvy shopping…why now? Am I the only one who has felt this way?

I haven’t been back since, but I know that the only way to get over it is to just walk in and act like I own the place. I’m not going to let this “shopping while fat” get to me. I have as much right as anyone else to be in that store. Maybe my confidence did take a little dip that day, for whatever reason. But, I know in my heart that I can’t I let someone elses prejudices stop me from being who I am.

Remember to “Stay curvaliscious, confident, and courageous.”

FYI: I’m wearing the Evolution by JMS™ Smocked Chain Top ($13.99). Courtesy of Just My Size.

Holiday Dress Giveaway #5: Haute CurVture by Crystal Rene

The Holiday Dress Giveaway is now on dress #5! I can’t believe it! I love helping you dress up for the holidays. I did choose a winner for dress #4, but I’m waiting to hear back from her, before I make the announcement. This weeks dress is courtesy of Haute CurVture by Crystal Rene and is the perfect dress for New Year’s Eve. You will definitely glam it up in this!

This silver beauty of a design is available in sizes 18-22, comes with a matching wrap, and you get this amazing Diamond Flower Ring for the added bling. The designer Crystal Rene is so very passionate about giving us curvy girls designs with class and style.

To enter:

  • You must leave a comment below with a valid email address telling me what you love most about your curves.
  • U.S. residents only. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. Only one entry per person, unless using the ONE extra entry. Giveaway ends 12/20/10.

For an extra entry:

  • Follow @HauteCurVture on twitter and tweet “@HauteCurVture & @CurvesandChaos want to glam me up with the #HolidayDressGiveaway http://bit.ly/e5z5UE ” Must leave the tweet as a comment.
Contest Closed. Thanks for Entering.