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A Weekend of Friends & Fashion

 Whew! It’s Monday and I’m exhausted! Seriously! These girls (Reah, Denise, Marie, and Dawn) wore me out! LOL…well regardless I had an amazing weekend.

It all started with my friend Dawn coming over. We spent ALL day Saturday shopping. But, I didn’t really buy anything because the selection for curvy girls…well…there really wasn’t a selection.

I hate to complain, but this was just plain sad. Me…in a mall…and I only bought one thing? You might have read my tweets, but in case you didn’t I was very disappointed in the Macy’s at the Glendale Galleria. The woman’s department was on the third floor, stuck in the corner, under really bad lighting, and the so-called “selection” was definitely lacking.

I was shocked to find a navy blue Alfani top I liked, but I didn’t take an outfit pic. Sorry! Of course there was a Torrid and Lane Bryant…so no complaints there. But, nothing really caught my eye. After our shopping excursion, we heading out for a couple of drinks and dancing in Hollywood. It was fun! On Sunday, I had an amazing brunch with the hubby and Dawn. Then it was off to Target in West Hollywood, to be disappointed AGAIN! They only had 3 racks of plus sizes! Come on! Geez! I think I’m going to start boycotting some retailers until they realize the changes they need to make. Who’s with me?

Anywhoo…Sunday night I headed out to the lovely Chenese Lewis’ birthday party here in L.A. I love that lady…unfortunately I didn’t get a pic with the sparkling birthday girl. I did get to catch up with the girls and we had an amazing time. Everyone looked stunning, of course!

This was the outfit I was going to wear, but I changed my mind at the last minute.

But, can I just say that I LOVE the way this dress fits! It’s from Size Appeal (gifted) and it is an amazing body hugging and curve enhancing dress! I couldn’t help it…the leopard print had me!

I love the whole 80’s vibe I feel when I wear it. I bought this necklace from Target, the leggings are from Bali (gifted), and my shoes are by Jessica Simpson. You might have seen Stylish Curves wearing it. Two different looks, one amazing Size Appeal dress.

The dress retailed for under $40 and there are a lot more like it here.

New & Improved La Grande Dame Web Site!

La Grande Dame is officially launching their newly designed web site tomorrow, Tuesday November 16th!

“The new site isn’t just beautiful, it is easy to use.  Plus, we have designed it to make shopping for plus size clothing easier.  Shoppers can learn about the various body types and then shop for styles that will fit them!.”  Said La Grande Dame Co-founder Michelle Wood.

To celebrate the redesign, from November 16th-23rd, La Grande Dame is giving everyone 20% off the entire site! PLUS doorbusters for the first 50 shoppers. Doorbusters include free merchandise and gift certificates! One lucky shopper will win a $500 shopping spree to La Grande Dame. Even all newsletter subscribers will be entered for a chance to win. Use the coupon code LAUNCH20 for 20% off

 

“So many women feel they don’t deserve to buy beautiful clothing for themselves until they lose weight or because they are too fat to look good in anything. That’s ridiculous, if women wear clothes made for their particular body type in wonderful fabrics, every woman can look and feel great” exclaims Wood.

Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey Results: Part 2

What do you take into consideration FIRST when purchasing clothing?

Price 43%
Fit 32%
Style 23%
Designer Label 0%
Other 2%

When viewing plus-size retailer’s/designers advertisements, what makes you want to shop with them?

The models they use. 6%
The way the clothes fit on the models. 29%
Their use of “real” women in ads. 23%
The sale or promotion in the ad. 15%
Ads don’t affect me. 26%

Name the #1 reason you continue to shop at your favorite retailer?
The staff. 1%
The availability of stock and sizes. 39%
Their prices. 34%
The quality of the merchandise. 21%
Other 4

How important is it that a retailers staff make you feel comfortable and welcome?
Very Important 54%
Somewhat Important 37%
Not Important 3%
Don’t care either way. 5%

When shopping , what is the ONE MAJOR problem you find in plus-size clothing?

Overall fit 10%
Too tight in chest area. 6%
Too loose in chest area. 4%
Length of pants or dresses are too short. 4%
Length of pants or dresses are too long. 4%
Sizes runs too big for you. 0%
Size run too small for you. 2%
Sleeves are too tight around your upper arms. 8%
The waist area fits awkwardly 11%
I don’t have any problems. 1%
Not trendy enough. 43%
Too trendy. 0%
Other 5%

OOTD: Plaid, Cheap, and Easy?

Oh Target…this is another reason I love you!

I picked up this Converse One Star plaid dress for only $7 on clearance! I will admit it’s around two sizes too big, but nothing a little alteration won’t take care of. Besides if you just tie the strings in the back really tight, you can’t even tell.

This is the first plaid item I’ve bought for myself this season, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I love this dress!! It’s very comfortable and I love the military style brass buttons.

I wore a simple black cardigan, Assets opaque tights, Old Navy brass earrings (which you can’t see), and my boots from last season.

You know I love to keep things simple and easy. And this was! Oh…and the weather is starting to cool down, so I’m extra happy in the pic! LOL

Did someone say SALE?

First I would just like to say Happy Veteran’s Day to all of my military brothers and sisters. A heartfelt thank you to you all!

Now, on to the SALES! I found some of these sales in my inbox and you know I love to share! If you have or know of a sale going on please share in the comments below! Don’t keep the awesomeness to yourself!

Forever 21
Eliza Parker
ASOS

Lane Bryant
Torrid
Ashley Stewart
Not a sale but a treat at Sephora!

Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey Results: Part 1

In August I created the First Annual “Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey.” There were 201 responses to this survey. My goal was to get a sense of what other curvy women thought about shopping, brands, and other things that pertain to us in regards to fashion. I will post this in a three part series. 

Part 1

Age
18-24 40%
25-30 33%
31-39 19%
40-50 5%
50-above 3%

Where do you currently live?

United States 76%
United Kingdom 9%
Asia 0%
South America 0%
Africa 0%
Australia 1%
Canada 5%
Europe 5%
Other 2%

What clothing size do you currently wear?

US 12 / UK 14 / AU 16 3%
US 14 / UK 16 / AU 18 11%
US 16 / UK 18 / AU 20 27%
US 18 / UK 20 / AU 22 16%
US 20 / UK 22 / AU 24 12%
US 22 / UK 24 / AU 26 12%
US 24 / UK 26 / AU 28 9%
US 26 / UK 28 / AU 30 3%
US 28 / UK 30 / AU 32 1%
Other 3%

What term do you use when describing plus-size clothing?

Plus-Size 84%
Woman’s 4%
Extended 0%
Generous 0%
Full-Figured 5%
Other 6%

When describing your own body, in physical terms, what do you call yourself?

Plus-Size 13%
Curvy 28%
Chubby 5%
Fat 24%
Thick 5%
Large 2%
Full-Figured 16%
I don’t see myself as a “size.” 1%
Other 3%

How do you prefer to do your clothing shopping?

Online 11%
In-Store 38%
Catalog 0%
All of the Above 49%
I don’t like shopping. 2%

Where do you prefer to buy your clothing? 

Online Retailers 6%
Specialty Boutiques 1%
Plus-Size Only Retailers 12%
Major Department Stores 3%
Discount Stores 3%
Vintage/Thrifting 1%
All of the Above 74%

Part 2 will be released soon…stay tuned.

Sequins Sparkle!

Like I need another reason to sparkle…hee hee…sequins always seem to stand out during the fall and winter seasons. I love wearing them during the holidays and as you saw in the Evans video below Toccara loves them too! Don’t worry if you think they’re too dressy, most of the pieces below are paired with jeans. It’s a great way to add a little “ooh la la” to an outfit. I love the cardigan below. Which one is your favorite?


5 Questions: Amanda Tice

Here’s a new feature simply titled “5 Questions:” Meet Amanda Tice! I had the honor of meeting the beautiful and extremely nice Amanda in Miami. She was one of the models showcased in a Bali exhibit for their new shapewear. I went over and spoke with the curvy women…of course, and found them to be so down to earth! I knew I had to introduce you to her! Read more

Evans gets us in the Holiday Spirit!

Do you need something to get you in that holiday spirit? Here’s a behind the scenes look at Evans Christmas catalog shoot featuring Toccara Jones and Laura Wells.

The beautiful Toccara Jones gives us her five favorite pieces from Evans Christmas catalog.

What I wore: “Discovering Màs”

On Saturday, I threw my first event for the Los Angeles Latina Bloggers. “Discovering Mas” was my attempt to bring together Latina bloggers to network and learn. It turned out to be an amazing day, with so many beautiful Latina women in one place! Thank you to everyone who came! This is the outfit I wore (left). Alfani top w/belt, Old Navy Jeans, and Sam Edelman flats.

The day before the event I was running errands and decided to stop by Macy’s really quick to see if I could find something to wear. To my surprise, the woman’s section had six clearance racks and there was a coupon for 20% off! Yay!

I have been eyeing this red Alfani top for a while now, but I didn’t want to pay the $65. I spotted it on the clearance rack and proceeded to pay only $8!! Thank you to the mysterious lady who gave me her coupon.

It was very comfy and cool, which was great because I was doing a lot of running around that day. These Latina bloggers wore me out!

After the event, my brother and I had a chance to hang out. Which is kind of rare these days. We went out and ate at Sake House Miro (Yum!) and then went to have a cold beer to celebrate. As you can tell in the photo (right), I needed a drink. I look so exhausted! LOL.

The sweater is from Marshalls, the gray jeans are Source of Wisdom from Torrid (gifted), and the boots are also from Torrid.

This was the first “official” event I’ve planned and it was stressful! But so worth it. I had so much fun and I really learned a lot. I love hanging out with bloggers!  Go to LALatinaBloggers.com for an event recap.

Sassy City Chicks ‘Fashion Bash’ with My Girls!

Today, Cid from Cid’s Style File and I celebrated our friendship anniversary! Yes, I met Cid at the last Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash at the Peterson Automotive Museum here in L.A.! Memories…LOL. I met up with Cid, Nik from xoxo NikStar, Marie the Curvy Fashionista, the stylist extraordanaire Reah Norman, and beautylicious model Denise Bidot. We were in prime shopping mode!

I love these shopping events, but there is something missing…plus size fashion! It’s so sad, because we were ready to spend money! It seems like all we can get at these events are jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Not complaining about that, but I would love to be able to buy clothing. Are you shopping event planners listening?

I took a test drive in the new 2011 Chevy Camaro and Cruz, and we got in on some yummy Carl’s Jr. courtesy of Chevy. We even got our hands on some swag! Gotta love that swag! It was a great evening. Just take a look at my pics below!