Monday, August 31, 2009

Hey everyone, I am back from vacation. I have been on September magazine overload and I can't wait until Fall begins. This week I will be going over the hot Fall trends. Starting with denim.

Every year denim is the hottest item for Fall. This year denim has a new look and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Best of all, since the recession, trendy denim is affordable.

This season the 80's are taking over fashion. Some of the new styles you will see are acid washed, ripped denim, boyfriend jeans, and denim leggings. ( I wish they left the acid wash trend back in the 80's). Try denim blazers and vests to complete your looks.
The great thing about trendy denim is that it's fun and it repeats itself every 5-10 years. So, please don't be afraid to try.

Check out these new denim trends

From Top: Faith21 denim leggings, $15.80, sizes XL-2X, Calvin Klein Boyfriend Jean, Sizes 14W-24W

Denim Blazer, Esprit, $99.50, Sizes S-XL, Denim Vest, Fabulosity, $44, Sizes S-XL

Shredded denim jeans, American Eagle, $69.50, Sizes 00-18,Deconstructed jeans, Gap, $69.50, Sizes 0-16

Acid Wash jeans, Forever21, $26.90,sizes 25-31

Which look will you try this season?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Every now and again I wake up in the morning feeling like I can handle anything and I can take on anyone. I have no fears no regrets, my thoughts are all about making that day a great day. That feeling translates through my wardrobe. I have no insecurities and I put on whatever I want and miraculously I look good in it and I feel good in it. I look in the mirror and say to myself, "Curves, you are looking right."

Today, I had that feeling I like to call my animalistic vibe. It made me think about the Fall and how animal prints will be everywhere for the Fall season. I know many of you are afraid of the animal prints, but, I am here to tell you don't be. Your curves will look great in animal prints. If you are still too afraid. Try animal print accessories like leopard print shoes or a zebra print bracelet.
Alissa's tips:
Full figured Curves: Checkout the Lane Bryant dress in the leopard family. It will give you an hour glass figure. Notice how it pulls away from the stomach and floats around the hips to give your shape an equal balance. The small leopard print will make you look smaller.
Petite Curves: Checkout the Top Shop jumper in the pink animal print. This will highlight your curves in all the right places and it will accentuate a small waist as well as add length to your small frame.
Hour Glass Curves: Checkout the Kay Unger dress in a V-Neck fitted silhouette. This will accentuate the bust line as well as show off a small waist and voluptuous hips.

The Leopard Family

From Top Left: Lafayette 148 New York, sizes 2-16, Kay Unger, sizes 2-16, Ralph Lauren, sizes 6-10, Lane Bryant Dress, sizes 14-28.


From Left: Stuart Weitzman, sizes 5.5-10.5, Max Studio, sizes 6-10, Top Shop, sizes 0-12

Zebra Style

From Left: Torrid, sizes 12-26, Overnight bag, JC Penney

Animal Print Jewelry

From Left: Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet, $66, ABS By Allen Schwartz earrings, $131



According to the Associated Press: Retailer Saks Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter loss widened as consumer spending on luxury fashion continued to languish, but the loss was not as

big as analysts expected.
The retailer lost $54.5 million, or 39 cents per share, in the three months that ended Aug. 1. That compares with a loss of $32.7 million, or 24 cents per share, a year earlier.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's nearing the end of summer. The weather is getting warmer, the sales are getting hotter, and everyone is trying to get in some last minute vacation planning. You're probably thinking to yourself what's the one piece I can take with me to carry me through the summer days and nights, while you are on your tropical vacation or staycation.

I say invest in a tube dress. It's easy to pack and has versatility. Tube dresses are a great piece that can be dressed down or up. Sweetheart necklines are flattering to just about every bustline. A tube dress is the spunky sister to the shift dress. Grab you a pear of wedges for the day and sexy sky high heels for the night and a large clutch and your ready for cocktails.

If you have an hour glass figure. This black brocade dress will flatter you in all the right places. Go to, $37.99, S-L. Create a complete textured look with the embossed clutch,, $98, and the silver leather pump,, $140, sizes 6-11

For those of you who think that some of your curves won't look good in this style, you're wrong.

If you are a pear shape, this Soprano dress from Macy's will drape over your lower half while the top of the dress will give a nice emphasis on your bust line. Go to, $40, 1x-2x. Rock it with the gold strap wedges from Ciao Bella at $89, sizes 5.5-11.

I Covet
Gucci Fall Handbag, Retail Price $1,295

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Last night I went to the Fashion Meets Finance event with a couple of friends. The place was full of fashion consultants, photographers, stylists, and jewelry designers. Oh, and there were the typical type A finance men working the room full of fashion vixens with their six figure salary charm.

While I was scoping out the scene to see the who's who in fashion. I came across two spunky curvaceous young women (Lauren and Jacqueline)who were not feeling their curves (Check them out on the right under Stylish Curves of the day). I thought they looked cute.
After introductions, we all started talking about what field of fashion we were in. I told one of them that their black dress was really cute and sexy and her friend immediately jumped in and said, "Do you see this butt? I have a black girls butt, I'm not supposed to have this." I started to laugh because I think a lot of white girls think they are not supposed to have any curvy parts to their bodies except large breast. They think white men don't like that.
Is it true that white men don't like curves? Well, I don't think so. You have Jessica Simpson and Kim and Khloe Kardashian who have great curves and all types of men flock to them. Even Jessica Biel is packing below the waist. Anna Nicole Smith (RIP) was a curvaceous woman when she was big and small, and, she was still in the dreams of many white men.

A curvy body is not just for ethnic people. White women have curves too and many of them love it. So to all my white girls out there with a little junk in the trunk embrace the wagon your dragon, get you some short shorts and play Sir Mix Alot's Baby Got Back.

Shoe Fashionation Of The Day

These are the fall Jimmy Choo suede boots. They retail for $995. They are show stoppers.


According to NY, Roberto Cavalli the greatest tease of the financial press ever in history, has decided not to sell a stake in his company to Italian private-equity firm Clessidra SGR SpA. Clessidra was in talks to buy a 30 percent stake in the company, but pulled out over the weekend.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

This past weekend I saw a friend that I have not seen in a long time. She recently gained some unwanted pounds and has not transitioned her clothes to accommodate her new size ( You have to dress the body you currently have and not the one you used to have). She is afraid to go up in size because she thinks she will get too comfortable and never try to lose the weight. Many women develop this mentality when they gain weight.

There are a myriad of things you can do to camouflage weight gain if you do not want to buy new clothes. I have one word, Accessorize.

There are three types of Accessories that can make you feel good about yourself as you come up with a plan to trim down:

1) Statement Jewelry
2) Bold Belts
3) Full Hair

Large earrings draw attention to the face

Gold oval hoops, Anthropologie, $128

Drop earrings, Anthropologie, $42

Multi colored earrings, Anthropologie, $38

Chunky Layered Necklaces draw the eye upward and takes the focus off problem areas.

Necklaces, Banana Republic, From Left: $98, $88, $125

Belts-They are a great way to create a waist and camouflage extra pounds around the stomach

Belts, Nordstrom, From Left: $38, $32, $48

Add some extensions to your hair A La Wendy and Tyra. Extensions with volume in some cases can balance out your body.

And to all my beautiful women out there. Please, please remember you are doing yourselves a dis-service by wearing clothes that no longer fit your body. We can see the creases and the rolls and muffin tops. If you have to go a size or two up, please do. Sometimes, it actually makes you look smaller when you wear clothes that fit you properly.

We'll save this topic for another day.


Designer fall shoes are pouring in and I am officially obsessed with these Jimmy Choo's priced at $1,295.


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