Monday, July 20, 2009
If you are going to try this look please do it right. The romper can look a bit childish and inappropriate if you are over a certain age (TBD). The romper is sassy and edgy and it is a great look for day or night. The jumpsuit is sexy and feminine. It makes me want to cut off my hair rock an Afro, and change my name to Sheba as in the Queen of Sheba.
The romper shows off one of the great assets a woman has, and that is legs. However, I know that some women do not like their legs, which is why the jumpsuit is a great option because it highlights the decolletage which is something that I rarely hear woman complain about.
If you decide on purchasing a romper, please make sure it is the right cut for your body.
If you have small petite curves or a true hourglass figure then I suggest a tube style romper. It will help emphasize your chest while highlighting your waist and ample booty.
I like this one from Urban Outfitters. It's $48. Sizes XS-L
If you have fuller curves and an undefined waist, then I suggest a halter style romper. The one below is from Torrid. Its only $58. Sizes 10-28. The v-neck halter defines the breast and the belt will help create a waistline.
For those of you who may not like your legs due to cellulite or lack of tone and definition, then the jumpsuit is perfect.
Try this one from Baby Phat. Its nice and simple and the bootcut leg is flattering to thighs. Best of all there is no big cat symbol on the butt. Accessorize to make it your own. Try a big bold belt with a colored clutch. Or go casual chic with gladiator flat sandals and a straw bag.
For small petite curves, this Forever 21 jumpsuit is sexy and casual for daytime. I see big gold hoops with this.
$27.80, sizes S-L
If you are looking for something a little more sexier and trendy, then , go for the Dereon (picture below) jumpsuit with a one shoulder sleeve and skinny leg opening.
$99, sizes 1x-3x
Friday, July 17, 2009
In the Life & Style article, Khloe states that she was tired of being the "Fat funny one." She now loves her new slender body and feels that she can now dress, "Trendier and younger." Khloe is now a size six and she is looking to lose an additional 10-20 pounds. Now, don't get me wrong, she looks great and I'm happy that she can now feel comfortable with her body. However, in my opinion, she was never this large fat girl that she and the media made her out to be. Her biggest size was a size 10 (WTF!). You and I both know a size 10 is still considered small.
What makes me so frustrated by these comments is the fact that she feels she can dress trendier and younger as a size six, as if she could not do it at a size 10. What message is this sending to our young girls who are size 10's and up. Don't get me wrong. I am all for a healthy body and life style, but to think that being smaller is equivalent to looking younger is a bunch of nonsense. I've seen plenty of old looking size 2's. What I do understand is that weight and body acceptance is a personal issue and you cannot make anyone love their body. They have to do it on their own.
My issue with weight loss is once you start losing weight and your clothes start fitting looser, you become extremely happy and motivated, but once you've met your goal you become relaxed and when the pounds start creeping back up you go into panic mode and start beating yourself up. Your self esteem is down and you begin to think that you only look good when you're smaller.
A few years ago I had this issue. I had just graduated from college and I had packed on quite a few pounds. I did not want to go anywhere. I tried to cover up myself as much as possible. I joined a weight loss club and lost over 30 pounds. Once that happened. I was all jolly again. I had a new lease on life. I wanted to go everywhere and be seen. Then about two years after that. I started getting comfortable and the pounds started creeping up. When that happened I vowed to myself that I would never go back into a shell.
So, as the weight was coming back, I adjusted my wardrobe to fit the body I had now. I would look in the mirror and say, "Yeah, butt, you are getting a little bigger, so, let me go find a pair of jeans to make you look good." I would also say, "Okay, I'm feeling a little chunky monkey today, but, tonight I'm going to go out and strut my stuff instead of sitting in the house feeling sad." These comments made me feel a little better each day and it made me make little dietary changes until I got my body back to where I was comfortable.
I think it is very important to embrace the body you have NOW. Don't wait until you lose weight to love or embrace your body. Don't wait until you lose weight to dress trendier or younger. Don't wait until you lose weight to go out with your friends and have a good time. You only have one body and it is going to take you through many ups and downs. You should make every effort possible to make yourself feel good about yourself. Do I wish my hips were smaller? Hell yeah! But when they are bigger I love how they fill out my skinny jeans, it makes me feel sexier. When I lose a few pounds and my hips are smaller I love how I can squeeze through a small space with out them knocking something down.
My life does not end because I am bigger and it does not begin because I am smaller.
So today, I say to you, Embrace, Embrace, Embrace! Embrace your body whether you have a big butt, gut, legs, thighs, hips, feet, or breast.
Turn those negative views into positive views. It's all about maintaining a healthy positive mind when it comes to what you think about yourself. Negative thoughts will just tear your spirit down. Tell your body thank you for carrying me through this far.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
If you are going to wear white pants and the curviest part of your body is your lower half I suggest straight leg or trouser white pants and your top should hit right at the top of your hip or in the middle of the hip which cuts the hip in half and gives the outfit a nice balance. this will also camouflage a big butt, but if there is no shame in your game and you want to accentuate your hips and butt in white. You may want to go for a skinny white jean and sky high heels. A tunic will balance out the lower half.
If you have thick thighs. I would do bootcut or wide leg jeans or pants in white. I think boot cut skims the shape of the leg and the slightly flare opening at the bottom offers balance to thighs and hips.
Svboda Jeans, $138, 10-28
If you have a round stomach, a white top with a tie waist will give the illusion of a defined waist, plus its a break from the empire waist tops, that sometimes make you look pregnant. I also like tops with a bit of ruching to help take away some of the roundness in a stomach. It slims the obliques.
If you're still not comfortable. Go all white in a dress.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
While the financial markets are beginning to stabilize many people are investing again, but, they aren't putting all their eggs in one basket this time around. If you are an avid watcher of the Suze Orman show like me, you know that she always says you want to diversify your portfolio. Spread your money around because if the markets go south again all of your money won't go with it.
I think the phrase "Diversify Your Portfolio" should also apply to your wardrobe and the places you shop to create it. When it comes to fashion I try not to be frivolous with my hard earned cash, bread, butter, cheddar, guap (so many terms for the word money). So, its easy for me to stick with what I know, but sometimes, branching out can take your wardrobe from cute to winding up lending out all your clothes because your friends are envious of your style.
I understand we all have our favorite stores because we know how well their cuts fit or the various cute styles they offer. I am a frequent shopper at Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft. These stores used to make up about 75% Of my wardrobe. As curvaceous women I don't think we realize how many stores and websites that cater to our curves, whether your curvy as a size 2 or 24. For example so many plus size women limit themselves to Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart. Now, don't get me wrong, they have nice clothes, but, you put yourself in the position of seeing every Jane and Polly with the same outfit as you due to those stores being easy access for the plus size woman not having to buy clothes online.
I remember a few years back when I was working a part time job, a girl used to comment on how much she liked my clothes. So one day she finally asked, "Where do you get your clothes from?" and when I told her, she said, "Oh, I didn't know they made clothes for us. By us, she meant the term I hate most, "Big Girls." (I'm gagging as I write it) She said she mainly shops at Lane Bryant, Old Navy, and Ashley Stewart, mind you she was about a size 14. So she was missing out on other affordable designers and clothing stores.
Ladies fashion has expanded over the years and there are a bunch of great stores that carry an array of sizes that people overlook. Below is a list I conjured up for all my curvy girls whether you have large butts, thighs, hips, or breasts from sizes 2 and up, enjoy!
If you know of other stores please share so we all can start investing in some cool new pieces for our wardrobe.
If you live in NYC and you need a break from Lane Bryant or Ashley Stewart try
Lee Lee's Valise its a boutique for sizes 10-28. She carries alot of up coming designer brands and the prices range from moderate to slightly expensive. If you don't live in NYC go to http://www.leeleesvalise.com/ and order online.
Carries sizes, 0-14, S-XL
Carries sizes 0-16, XXS-XL
My Verdict:Cuts are for smaller curves, but, the tops are a true fit.
Carries sizes 0-16, XS-XL, Petite and Tall
My Verdict: Generous cuts in tops and true to size in pants. Jackson fit best for a big butt and hips. Martin fit is best for round stomachs and small hips and butts.
Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft
Carries sizes, 2-18, XS-XXL, Petite and Long
My Verdict: All cuts in tops and pants run true to size. The Julie fit in pants great for larger lower halves and the Ann cut in pants are great for medium size hips and butts.
carry sizes XS-XL, 0-14
Offers Plus Size sweatsuits at Saks.com
My Verdict: You may need to go one size up just to be on the safe side.
Carries sizes 12-28
My Verdict: Since Torrid carries other brands the cuts vary, but the Torrid brand itself is a little more roomy, you will probably have to go one size down.
Carry sizes 14-24Igigi
Carry sizes 12-32
Carry sizes 10-32
My Verdict: Definitely cut for fuller bodies. May have to go a size down if you are on the smaller spectrum of being plus size
Also if you don't know by now. Forever 21 carries a plus size line called Faith 21 in selected stores and online. Go to
http://www.forever21.com/ and click on the tab that says Faith 21.
My Verdict: Definitely cut for smaller curves. May need to go up a sizes in pants or dresses.
Check back tomorrow for part two of diversify your shopping portfolio.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about Beth Ditto doing a fashion line for Evans of London. Beth Ditto is part of an indie rock band called Gossip. She has gained notoriety due to her bearing her plus size frame on the cover of Love Magazine. Evans is a plus size fashion boutique located in the UK. They offer a modern and trendy array of clothing for sizes 14-28 on their website http://www.evans.co.uk.com/ for the U.S.
Photos are from Glamour.com
Thursday, July 2, 2009
My tips for shopping the SALE rack:
1) Get to the store early in the morning between 1-2 hours after the store opens. This will offer you a better selection of sizes and style choices.
2) Try it on. The worst thing is to purchase a sale item and it doesn't fit properly. You basically waisted your money.
3) Eat something before you shop, this will give you an idea of how things will look on you after your full or bloated. Have you ever bought a dress and convinced yourself that it will only look good if you don't eat anything, who wants to be around other people looking cute and your stomach starts to growl. Not sexy!
4) Set a realistic budget. This will keep you from going in the red on your bank statements. Once you set that budget only carry that amount of cash on you. This way you won't be tempted to spend more. DO NOT BLOW YOUR RENT MONEY on shopping. You will be homeless with a new wardrobe and no where to put it. That is not cute!
Below are a list of stores that are having sales worth mentioning:
Additional 30% of sale price (in store only)
15% off $100 or more (online only)
Sizes-XS-XL and 0-16
Additional 25% off when you use your Old Navy card
Plus regular sales up to 50% off original prices
sizes XS-XXL and 2-20
New York & Company
Additional 20% off sale items
Ann Taylor Loft
Additional 25% off sale items and up to 60% off regular prices
Up to 70% off original prices
sizes XS-XL and o-18
Up to 60% off regular priced items
Box Sale starting at $9.99
Plus take an additional 30% off clearance items
Plus $15 off every $60 you spend
40% off tees and Polo's
Sizes XS-L and 0-14
American Eagle Outfitters
Up to 70% off sale items
sizes XXS-XXL and 0-18
Additional 25% off clearance
Lord & Taylor
45%-75% off sale items
Plus an additional 20% off sale items when you print out the savings pass
If you sign up for email, most stores will offer an additional 15%-20% discount on your purchases
**If you are one of the many people who cannot afford to participate in the July 4Th Weekend shopping, then the budget friendly thing to do is shop your closet. Try mixing and matching different tops and bottoms to create different outfits. Many of us have tons of clothes in our closet that we have never worn or that we have worn once. This weekend is a great opportunity to DE-clutter your wardrobe.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I am a firm believer of making the body you have work for you because there is too much great fashion to limit myself due to a little arm baggage. However, I do understand that it takes some time to become comfortable with your least favorite body parts. If you are someone who hates showing off your arms, there are a myriad of options out there for you besides long sleeve.
Fashion Savvy tips for arm cleavage:
1) If your arms are thick and bulky you may want to avoid cap sleeves. Cap sleeves normally stop about an inch or two under the shoulder. This can draw extra attention to the bulkiness of your arm. Instead, find sleeves that hit you in the middle of your arm. This will make your arm look a little smaller and will balance out the bulk.
Faith 21,$14.80,Sizes XL-2X
2) Flutter or Dolmen sleeves are also great at camouflaging stretchmarks or cellulite in the arm
Faith 21, $19.80 Sizes XL-2X
White House Black Market, $88, Sizes XXS-XL
3) For those of you whose arms are the least favorite part of your body and you you still like to expose them, I suggest trying halters or sweet heart neckline tops and dresses. I think it takes attention away from your arms and it puts the focus on your shoulders decolletage.
Ruby Rox at Macy's, $69,Sizes 14W-24W
White House Black Market, $78, Sizes 0-14
If you want to tone up your arms once and for all, see my fitness tip below;
My Arm Fitness Tip:
Buy a set of 3-5 pound dumbbells and every night do 3 sets of 10 for a week and every week there after move your reps up. This will add definition and shape to your arms.
And remember never let the imperfections of your body take control of your life or closet.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
INC, $108-sizes 8-16
Monday, June 22, 2009
Which brings me to today's story:
Coconuts at shoes.com, $65, sizes 6-11