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Review: INES Collection

 

Luxuriously soft, comfy, chic, and only $39?  The “Gotta Meet Sam” top by the INES Collection, will definitely leave you wanting to wear more from their line. 

Created by designer Jacqueline Floro, the INES Collection is a result of her friends and family desire, over a size 10, to design clothes for them. You can find the collection for sale on ShopTranslated.com.

I’m not going to lie, prior to being contacted by them, I had never heard of this plus size clothing line. Now, I’m thinking…how did I NOT know about them? This top, made of 100% poly woven, is extremely soft and now that I think about, it didn’t seem to wrinkle either. The top is a size 1 (16/18) and is VERY true to size.
I wore this to the movies last night with a pair of jeans and black flats and was complimented right away on the almond-colored square design on the black satin backdrop, that kind of resembles an abstract leopard print. I really like the 3/4 sleeve with the black cuff and the 28″ length of the top. It felt like the perfect length.I was also worried that the quality wouldn’t be that great…wrong! I haven’t washed it yet, but the quality seems outstanding. I’ll let you know how the washing goes.
I was also asked to review the INES Sleeveless Wrap Dress, you will definitely see this on me soon! It’s stunning in person. Take a second to check out this curvaliscious line now

**This top was gifted. This has no way affected my review, all of the above is my honest opinion. Please read my disclosure

Introducing Sejour by Nordstrom

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Nordstrom anymore than I already do, they are in the midst of unveiling their own plus-size line.

“Nordstrom recognizes that plus-size women deserve more on-trend, in-store and online choices, and is pleased to announce its new plus-size brand with modern styling called Sejour. Sejour will be available exclusively in the Encore department beginning the first through second weeks of November. The brand will launch in two phases with the first roll-out in November, and culminate in the spring with our entire selection of styles.” -Nordstrom Press Release

Along with a couple of other bloggers, I was contacted by Nordstrom to review some of their new pieces. I am beyond honored to be involved in their new fashion venture.

The thing I love the most about Sejour is the fact that they are going to feature looks that are great for layering. This includes great fabric manipulation and fun textures like sequins, beading, and embellishments for the season.

Their pieces will go from weekend to work, evening to holiday, sizes 14W-24W, and 1X-3X, primarily in a curvy fit. The pricing will range from $28-$200. As you can see in the “Blogalicious 2010: What I wore” post I made sure to try the Rayon leggings and Drape Front Embellished Top right away. There are a few other pieces that I will review for you soon.

Make sure you keep an out for this new line headed to the Nordstrom Encore department nearest you!

Blogalicious 2010: What I Wore

Blogalicious Weekend in Miami was beyond anything I imagined. The women were smart, creative, and fabulous! I met so many great ladies, even from the moment I stepped of off the plane! We had such a busy weekend of sessions, that I didn’t have time to take proper outfit posts. It was a wake up early and go to bed late kind of weekend. Here are a few pics from that weekend with a description of what I wore. Oh and by the way, as you can see in most of the photos, I was having MAJOR bang issues! Ughhh!

This weekend I wore a few amazing pieces (above) that were gifted by Lane Bryant. I wore the Cowl neck “Is It” tunic($49.50), the Stripe sequin tank ($29.50), the Multi-layer friendship bracelet ($19.50), and Silvertone chandelier earrings ($14.50). If you know me, then you know I like to acquire multi-functioning pieces in my wardrobe. I love that I can dress up or dress down any of the pieces above.

Being that it’s Miami, I knew the stripe sequin tank would fit right in. I wore it out to dinner with the always amazing Lane Bryant denim jeggings and I got so many compliments on it! Seriously! The only issue I had were the sequins that were near my underarm were kind of scratching me. I think it’s because I got the tank a little too big. I should have stuck with the more fitted size.

As you can see below, I paired the tunic with a pair of gifted Sejour by Nordstrom rayon leggings (a new plus size line!). The gorgeous chandelier earrings brought a touch of sparkle to this all black outfit. This tunic can be worn as a dress. I would of done it too if I wasn’t too much of a chicken! I wore the friendship bracelet both nights and the day after. I love it!

Above I mentioned Sejour by Nordstrom, it’s a new plus-size line. I am going to do a post on this line soon, but I just wanted to mention them and show you the two pieces I wore this past weekend. I wore their luxuriously soft Rayon Leggings and this gorgeous Drape Front Embellished Top (below) that was also gifted. I wish you could see the sparkle of this top. I paired it with Lane Bryant earrings and black skinny jeans from Old Navy.

This is an amazing top I found on the clearance rack at Macy’s. It’s by Rachel Roy and it was originally $99 and I bought it for $20! I was in heaven! The colors remind me of a sunset. I think it was meant to be big, because the tag say’s it’s a medium and it fit me. I wore it with my Torrid jeans and sandals. Loved it!

**Some of these items were gifted. This has no way affected my review, all of the above is my honest opinion. Please read my disclosure policy here.

Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™: Fashion, Fun, and Fundraising.



Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ is almost here! Can you believe it? It will be an amazing weekend of  curvy fashion, amazing panels, and life saving fund raising. The opening reception will feature Curves for a Cure: A celebration of Pink silent auction, it’s something you don’t want to miss. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the LA Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Inc. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

If you’re a new or aspiring model then you have to attend the “New and Aspiring Models Panel Discussion/Seminar.” There will be an “All-Star” line-up of Panelists, including the gorgeous Fluvia Lacerda.

You can also attend the following panels: The Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc® presents “The PLUS Side of Business” – Featuring Successful Businesses that cater to the Plus Size Community and The State of the Curvy Community – A Panel Discussion. Tickets are moving fast! You don’t want to miss out!

Buy your tickets HERE.

Shopping for Breast Cancer Awareness

I get to shop and help raise Breast Cancer Awareness? What more could I ask for? Here are a few of the retailers offering specials and raising awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Don’t forget to enter to win a free “Punk Tee” from Save the Tatas here.

 Buy this beautiful bracelet for only $2.00 from Payless ShoeSource and they will donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure 100% of the net profits. Along with the bracelet, you’ll receive a $5 off $25 coupon with every bracelet purchase.

 

 This special collection, which is sold exclusively at Kohls online, was created by the lovely Vera Wang. 100% of the net profit will be donated to support the fight against breast cancer. All the items are $5 or $10.

Avon carries a line of products to raise awareness for women’s issues around the world. To date, they have donated more than $800 million worldwide. Take a look at their Global Breast Cancer Crusade Pin, it’s only a chic $3.00.

OPI has created “One Color. For All Women.” This exclusive nail lacquer was creat for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink of Hearts 2010 edition is a “pale pink with a shimmer of hope-and an uplifting sparkle.” They will donate $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Estee Lauder “Pink Ribbon Collection” is a part of their continuing effort to raise awareness. Elizabeth Hurley is also a part of the campaign and has created a lip design collection. Estee Lauder will donate $500,00 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Professional makeup artist Sonia Kashuk and Target are working together to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation with limited edition makeup tools. Kashuk, a breast cancer survivor, is donating 15% of the purchase price of these items going to BCRF’s mission.

Size Appeal, a curvy fashion web site, is offering free shipping on all orders for the month of October. They encourage you to use that money you save from the shipping on donating to the cause. I think that’s a great idea!

Blogalicious Weekend 2010

Blogalicious Weekend is in full effect here in Miami! Yes, I am at another blogging conference and I am already having a lot of fun and it’s only day 1! I am so very lucky to be here. I am sending out a tremendously huge Thank You to General Mills and Que Rica Vida for their generous sponsorship. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. I also want to encourage my Spanish speaking friends with an iPad to check out the Que Rica Vida app. There are tons of delicious recipes. Lane Bryant also gets a huge hug and thanks for sponsoring two of my outfits. You will definitely see pics of my outfits soon. I’m trying to figure out this iPad.

Last night a group of us bloggers were put up in a suite at the W Hotel on the beach. It was very trendy, yet chic! I didn’t want to leave. Now, we are attending all the sessions and panels here at the Ritz Carlton. An amazing day so far. Maybe I’ll get the chance to sneak in some shopping. I will def keep you all up to date. Hopefully, I can post some outfit pics later.

If you’re a blogger, I would really recommend attending these conferences if you can. It’s a great way to network and learn from these amazing bloggers. I wish you were all here to enjoy this.

Sending you hugs and kisses from South Beach!

Jean Paul Gaultier Adds Curves to the Catwalk

 Jean Paul Gaultier paraded a few different shapes and sizes down his Paris Spring 2011 runway. Although there is a debate at the moment whether Crystal Renn should be considered plus size anymore, she did look stunning. Renn has walked for him before in a 2005 show and recently in his ads. The fabulous Beth Ditto and Marquita Pring rounded out the curves on the JPG rock n’ roll catwalk (no pun intended). You might recognize Pring from the V Magazine “Size Issue.” I think Gaultier is making an impression, but will other designers ever follow suit?

What do you think? 
Images: Style.com

Splish Splash!

It’s finally raining in L.A.! Yay! I think I’m one of the few that actually love this kind of weather here in Southern California. I have this urge to go and jump in some puddles! But, I probably won’t without a proper pair of rain boots. Just take a look at some of the chic rain gear I found. Now, if you only I could find a decent plus size rain coat. Any tips?


Whitney Thompson wants Us to Speak Out!

My favorite America’s Next Top Model winner, Whitney Thompson was all smiles and motivation as she participated in the The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 2nd Annual NYC NEDA Walk. With over 700 people in attendance, they raised approximately $140,000!!

Thompson, a NEDA Ambassador, addressed the crowd about body image before the walk began. “I want everyone to know that they don’t have to conform to the images they see in the media. Real beauty is something that cannot be found in a magazine or on TV,” said Thompson. “I encourage all of you to speak out, write letters and insist that these publications work harder to promote a positive body image.”

NEDA will also be hosting their annual conference on October 8-10 in New York City.

And don’t forget the amazing Whitney Thompson will also be hosting the Love Your Body Day in West Hollywood, California on October 22-24. I’ll be there!!

About NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.

Image provided by ThinkCannon LLC

Carmakoma’s “Carpe Diem” Collection

 It’s all about the “Carpe diem” collection at carmakoma. Just take a peek at a few images from their fall/winter lookbook. Loving this collection.

I know this lookbook might be a little late, but hey better late then never…right?

According to the carmakoma web site “The woman in carmakoma’s new collection is ready to face the world. She welcomes any surprise the day might offer and does not hesitate to seize the moment and stand up for what she believes in.”

This Danish designer brand “emphasizes the characteristics and qualities of the confident woman in a novel, luxurious look.” I like the sound of that!

Two Point Oh LA Fall 2010 Lookbook

 If you’re a fashion blogger from L.A., then you should really consider becoming a member of  Two Point Oh LA

Two Point Oh LA was created by the beautiful Kelsi Smith of Dedicated Follower of Fashion. Her goal is to “educate, inform, promote and entertain her membership base, through a web based platform and through monthly events, to include workshops, promotions and networked gatherings.” And it’s only a $25 membership fee for the year. It’s a great way to network and meet other fashion lovers! I’ve only been a member for about a month and I’ve already been invited to a few events. It’s great! Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista, is also a member.

Today, the Two Point Oh LA Fall 2010 Lookbook was released. It’s a collection of fall looks like Bohemian Rhapsody, Coming Down with Mono, Flirting with the Fifties, Man I Feel Like a Woman and Nomadic Notions (the only plus size look).

Marie and I were designated the Nomadic Notions look, unfortunately I got sick and had a fever the night before the shoot. So, I wasn’t able to participate that day. I was really bummed, but Marie did an AMAZING job at the Downtown L.A. shoot! Take a look below!

Teams:

Coming Down with Mono:
-Alicia Nassardeen: http://innyvinny.com
-Cirrus Alpert: http://mumm.tumblr.com

Bohemian Rhapsody:
-Sinclaire Chase: http://BHBohemian.blogspot.com
-Kristen Conahan: http://stylewaxpoetic.com

Flirting with the Fifties:
-Heather Petrey: http://LAFashionSnob.com
-Tiara Henry: http://luxedelux.blogspot.com
-Lauren Mathews: http://laurenmathews.wordpress.com

Luxe Life:
-Sydne Summer: http://thinkthrufashion.com

Man I Feel Like a Woman:
-Melanie Lee: http://wreckedstellar.com
-Rebecca Lee: http://stylewithbenefits.com
-Ariana Cabral: http://lacatrinadelamoda.blogspot.com
-Neekoh Panteva: http://liveloveLA.blogspot.com

Nomadic Notions:
-Marie Denee: http://curvyfashionista.mariedenee.com
-Monique Frausto: http://curvesandchaos.com

A big thank you to the following:

Sponsors: The California Market Center & NYX Cosmetics.

Special Thanks to: Audrey Okulick and Bren Lee Gomez.

Showrooms and Labels involved:

-Liza Stewart: http://lizastewart.com (representing: Yoanna Baraschi, Cynthia Steffe, Gold Hawk)
-Landa Sales: http://landasales.com (representing: Closet Romantic, Dish Denim, Nick & Mo)
-Tulle: http://tulle4us.com
-Poleci
-Big Buddha Bags: http://bigbuddha.com
-Micha Design: http://michadesign.com
-Sophie Monet Jewelry: http://sophiemonetjewelry.com

Photography & Design: Kelsi Smith: http://dedicated-follower.com

Hair & Make-Up: Bren Lee Gomez (http://somuchpretty.com), Amber Ayala, Vanessa Camacho and Tiara Henry.

Additional Support: Kendra Leese Martin (http://fashilocity.com) and Carla from Micha Designs.

My New Boots…Boots!


I know you may all be tired of hearing about the Viva Fat Vegas conference, but I’m kinda bored waiting for my hubby to get home. And I just wanted to share the boots I picked up while I was there. I got these amazing faux leather boots at Torrid. Unfortunately, it’s been too hot to wear them. But, as soon as it cools down, you’ll see an outfit post. Promise!