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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!

Ultimate ‘SWAG’ Giveaway!!

Ever since I heard I about Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ coming to Los Angeles, I knew I had to plan a major giveaway in honor of it.

So, I started thinking…When we think about fashion events, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I don’t know about you, but I think of SWAG!! Also known as the “free stuff” that companies and brands give out at events; swag is what a lot of us look forward to. And that’s just what you’re going to get.

One and only one lucky winner will win ALL of the following from these amazing sponsors: Torrid, Carolina Pad, T.J.Maxx,  Lingerie.com, Cosabella, Phoenicia Goddess, Sofia Valle Co., Size Appeal, and Eucerin.

Torrid, the destination for trendy plus-size fashion, wants you to win this fierce package worth $275! You’ll get a Hello Kitty Black Patent Embossed Overnight Bag, Hello Kitty Denim Wallet, Leopard Sequin Laptop Case, Black Zip Studded Wristlet, Z. Cavarrici Couture Sunglasses, Z. Cavarrici Couture Perfume, Supermodel Candles by Whitney Thompson, and assorted hair accessories.
Carolina Pad, a place to find fun, trendy, and cool stationary, caught my eye at BlogHer 2010. I knew I had to get them involved in this giveaway. Their products are not only fashionable, but very practical. It’s what every lady on the go needs! Carolina Pad’s notebooks, binders, and other products definitely stand out from the crowd. You’ll have the chance to win this ultimate “red hot” prize pack!

 

T.J.Maxx, a brand name and designer fashion haven, wants you to bask in their 60% off department store prices with this $100 gift card! With over 900 stores nationwide, you’ve definitely got options. Maybe you can get those pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on or that handbag that calls you every time you step into your local T.J.Maxx. You’re welcome Maxxinistas!
Lingerie.com
Lingerie.com was created to bring you the sexiest lingerie! And no giveaway would be complete without a little bit of sexy. I know you’ll definitely feel sexy in these sheer thing highs with the back seam in black and white. If this doesn’t get someone’s heart pumping…well…we will just leave it at that.
Cosabella believes that a women’s lingerie should be able to reflect her every mood. Being that they offer their collection in more than 30 colors, there’s a chance they’ve got all the moods covered. I can tell you one thing, their “Never Say Never Lovely Thong” is more than yummyliscious! Lucky you will have the chance to win 4 pairs!
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Phoenicia Goddess is a “Fashion Boutique for the Curvy Goddess” located in San Diego. They are all about helping curvy women “embrace the natural beauty of their bodies.” Wow!! I love it and they definitely love us! The ladies over at Phoenicia want to give you a dress and a handbag!
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Sofia Valle is not only smart, but she’s creative as well. If you need jewelry to tie your outfit together, just check out her web site! She even donates a percentage of her proceeds to Turning leaves Foundation, a children’s foundation for Chronic Illness. The “Brown Sugar” necklace below will make a great addition to your fall wardrobe.
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Size Appeal believes that clothes should “enhance and not inhibit curvy women.” That’s exactly what they do with their “to shop is to live” philosophy. Just look at their logo! “Be bold and sexy, because you can.” You’ll be able to do that with a $50 certificate to spend on whatever you like on their web site!
For the month of October, Eucerin wants to educate people on the science behind skin aging and teach them how to take the necessary steps to prevent wrinkles and keep their skin looking healthy. And this is what you’ll be able to do with one bottle of Daily Skin Balance Body Lotion and Hand Creme. Don’t forget to take the Eucerin Skin FIRST Pledge.
To Enter:
  • Leave a comment telling me why you think events like Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™  are important to the “curvy” community. Make sure you leave your name and a valid email OR twitter i.d.
For extra entries:
  • Follow me on twitter. If you already do leave a separate comment stating that you are already following me.
  • “Like” Curves and Chaos on Facebook. If you already do, leave a separate comment telling me.
  • Tweet ” I just entered @CurvesandChaos Ultimate Swag Giveaway! Have you? http://tinyurl.com/34qqu8x ” Please leave a separate comment with the link to tweet.
  • Write a post about this giveaway on your blog. Make sure you leave a separate comment with the link to the post.
Rules:
  • Contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents (sorry shipping issues).
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entry per person, unless using the “extra entries.”
  • Contest ends 10/26/10.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.Org.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month & T-shirt Giveaway!

Wear your pink ribbons proud! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to pay attention! Your breasts will thank you for it!

The truth is breast cancer affects all of us. No matter what your race is. Early detection and awareness is your best bet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. ”

The goal of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is “to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services.”

Unfortunately, most of us know someone who’s been affected by this horrible disease. My aunt lost her battle to breast cancer when I was 19-years-old, to this day I do monthly self-exams. I don’t want to become a statistic; I understand that early detection can be life saving. Make the pledge to save your own life and win a tee from Save the ta-tas®! See below!

With the help of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I created an “Early Detection Plan.” It will remind me to do a breast self-exams, and attend my clinical breast exams and mammograms. I can be reminded via email, calendar, text messages, and RSS feeds. In this busy world, it is just this easy!

Here’s a chart from the National Breast Cancer Foundation on how to perform a breast self-exam.

Torrid and Save the ta-tas® have even come together to “help raise funds for cancer research while helping women laugh along the way and fight a serious disease.”

“The Save the Ta-tas Foundation and ta-tas® Brand was created by clothing designer Julia Fikse as a way to fight breast cancer using laughter and fun as a way to fight a serious disease. Her playful line of t-shirts and accessories include messages such as “save the ta-tas” and “friends don’t let friends lose ta-tas.”

This weekend, Thursday September 30th – Saturday October 2nd, each Torrid store will have a Breast Cancer Awareness event. You can contact your local Torrid for details.

They also have a special offer going on to help drive donations on September 30th – October 11th. If you donate $5 or more to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (through Torrid) you will get $15 off any pair of jeans! It’s called “Breast Cancer Can Kiss My Booty.” Love it!

And when you buy select Breast Cancer merchandise, 10% of that will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can even make a donation in any amount to NBCF the entire month of October at Torrid.

Take the pledge and win this Save the ta-tas® “Punk Tee”! 
Courtesy of Save the ta-tas®.

All you have to do is leave a comment below, promising me you’ll honor those affected by breast cancer by pledging to perform monthly breast self-exams.

  • Make sure you leave a valid email or twitter i.d. This contest is open internationally. The winner will be chosen November 1st. using Random.org.
GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Lingerie.com Review: The Sexy Halloween Costume

Although there’s a mini-heat wave hitting Los Angeles, I am still thinking of all things fall; and yes that includes Halloween.

I love Halloween! Every year I try to be creative and dress up as something different, but as most of us curvy girls know, it’s hard to find a costume that truly fits and is sexy at the same time.

Lingerie.com knows a thing or two about sexy Halloween costumes. If you’re looking for sexy, then this is the place. Just check out their new costumes for 2010.

I was sent the Vixen Pirate Wench Plus Size Costume ($43.99) to review. As most of you know, I wear a US size 16/18. So,  I was a little skeptical when choosing my size, only because every 1X/2X I order runs small. But, I know Lingerie.com’s size chart is pretty accurate. And I was right…this costume is a perfect fit.

Another thing I worry about is the material that these costumes are made of. Most of the time they’re flimsy or just look cheap. I was pleasantly surprised to find this costume to be pretty good quality. The “corset” is made of black crushed velvet and it stretches (yay!). I just wish there was a little more coverage in the chest area. Being that I am pretty big on top, I need to cover them up. I don’t want the hubby to be a jealous pirate!

Now, I’m looking for the sexy accessories to dress up this costume. Maybe in the future they can throw in a sword or hat. Just an idea. If you’re looking for a costume and you’re on a budget make sure you take a look at Lingerie.com’s sexy Halloween sale!

And from now until October 31st, my curvy readers get 10% off any and all costumes on Lingerie.com. Just enter the code “CurvesandCostumes” at checkout.

Will you make this Halloween a sexy one?

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

Curve Worthy Links: Do My Jeans and Chesca Now

Do My Jeans is an internationally based denim web site that will create you your own unique pair of jeans! Didn’t think that was possible for curvy girls like us? Starting at $119 you can be as creative as you want by choosing the type of waistline, the cut, the wash, the belt style, front and back pocket design, the fly, and of course the accessories. You’re pretty much the designer here!!

Do My Jeans offers pants for men or women who want to stay trendy, no matter their size size! Big, tall, large or small Do My Jeans dresses everyone, according to personal tastes. Customize your clothes by choosing the style and the dimensions.

And don’t worry about sizes either, I was told there is no limit to their sizes! So, instead of paying $200 for a pair of store bought designer jeans, that may or may not enhance your curves, you can design and create your own for less! Visit them NOW!!

Find Do My Jeans of Facebook and Twitter.

Chesca Now

Make way for another…yes another curvy girl loving plus-size fashion retailer! Yay! Chesca is located in the UK, but they ship worldwide. That makes me love them more by the way. They have just launched Chesca Now, a more contemporary, but trendy line. I love these two looks below! Their sizes range from a UK 12-24, which is a US 10-22 and consists of the Lynx, Argenti, Mosaic, Easy Rider and Mystique collections.

*Free gift – for the first 50 orders over £150 on the chesca NOW website. The gift will be Jacqui’s (the owner) choice to match your order. You can find chesca on Facebook and Twitter.

Faith 21 Sparkles!

Need an idea on how to make that all-black outfit pop? Add a little sparkle! Yes, can be more of an evening look, if you follow rules. But, you know we don’t! And besides, I think it’s a fun way to make your outfit stand out. All of these pieces are from Forever 21′s Faith 21 line. I’m already imagining these skirts with a pair of black opaque tights. I told you I have shopping on the brain! All I know is there’s nothing like a little sparkle to brighten up your day!


Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ Countdown!

It’s almost October…and you know what that means? That means Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ is almost here! I don’t know about you, but I am very very excited (as you can tell by my countdown on the sidebar lol)!

I can’t believe we’ll be sippin’ on cocktails and chatting at Curvy Cocktails L.A. in 29 days! It will be great to meet those who love FATshion as much as I do! And Thanks to Torrid for our door prizes! Visit our Facebook event page for more info.

There are going to be so many great events like “The State of the Curvy Community” panel.

 Check out the ENTIRE schedule here. 

This sounds like it’s going to be a great discussion that will “address the current state of the plus-size community and the significance of Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™, through the eyes of the industry’s leaders, bringing different perspectives from various experiences and points of view.”

You don’t want to miss out on this panel:

Host: Chenese Lewis

Kelly Price- Singer
Sharon Quinn- The Original Runway Diva
Heinrich St. Germain- Judgment of Paris
Reah Norman- Fashion Director of PLUS Model Mag and plus size stylist
Marie Denee- The Curvy Fashionista

Elena Miro Spring 2011 – Too Real for Milan?

It was a runway of curves at Elena Miro‘s Spring 2011 show. In stunning shades of gray, her models strutted their stuff during Milan’s Fashion Week. Yet, not a part of Milan’s Fashion Week. Kind of like One Stop Plus showed in New York during New York Fashion Week, but wasn’t a part of New York Fashion Week. Actually, just like that. In fact, according to many news sources, Miro was knocked off of Milan”s Fashion Week calender.

Why is the “fashion world” so afraid of women with real curves and real bodies?

Say it Loud and Proud!

I saw this shirt at Torrid and I couldn’t help but love it! Of course you should love your boobies! You should love them so much you’d do anything to keep them! That means becoming knowledgeable when it comes to breast cancer awareness and loving your body. Yes, I do care. My aunt died from breast cancer and the odds are you probably know someone affected by it. Go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure web site now and learn more.