Sunday, February 28, 2010

Curvy celebrities like Jennifer Hudson are never afraid to wear  things that show off their curves.You shouldn't either. As a fan of pencil skirts,
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           Photo credit:                      This me at the office in my pencil skirt

one of the things I hate the most is when celebrity stylist and a few t.v. hosts constantly tell plus size curvy girls to wear a-line skirts. It drives me crazy because they make it seem like it's the only skirt that is flattering for those of us with a little more body than the regular straight size 2's and 4's. As a curvy girl with full child bearing hips, I purchase more pencil skirts than anything else (you've seen my cobalt blue one). I feel like a pencil skirt shows off my curvy hips in a sexy and chic way. So, if you feel like you can't wear a pencil skirt because your hips are too big, I am here to tell you that you can. Omit what some magazines and stylist tell you. A pencil skirt on a plus size body is a sexy thing.

If you don't have one in your closet, here are a few options for you:

1. Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, Torrid $44, sizes 12-24
3. Gray Stripe Block Skirt, Dorothy Perkins, about $40, size 2-18/20
4. Zippered Denim Skirt, Lane Bryant
6. Lace Back Pencil Dress, Shape FX $64, Sizes 14W-24W  My Favorite
7. Zippered Stretch Twill Skirt, Ralph Lauren $95, sizes 14W-22W
2. Sequin Pencil Skirt, Lane Bryant $89.50, sizes14-28
5. Animal Print Pencil Skirt, Liz Claiborne $74.40, sizes 14W-20W

Friday, February 26, 2010

My ultimate favorite blog to read everyday is nymag's fashion blog. I mainly like to read because of the funny honest comments other people leave. Today, I was reading and I came across this article that Zac Posen said it was always a dream to dress a size 16. What! Who knew? Well, I am very pleased to hear this because some designers act like anything above a 12 is grotesque. Zac has a new line called Z spoke that recently launched in Saks Fifth Avenue stores. The line is lower priced from about $80-$675.

Here's an excerpt from the article:
"It's a dream of my life to be able to make a collection that can work for so many different kinds of women," he told us. "This is about dressing America." While his runway pieces run up to a size 12 in stores, Z Spoke, which Saks Fifth Avenue stocks exclusively, includes up to a size 14 for the spring/summer collection, and will expand to include size 16 for fall 2010. Is this a reaction to the emphasis on curves lately? Perhaps. But according to Posen, it's just a matter of confronting reality. "It means we're able to really address our planet. And how women are and look, and really make a difference
For more on the story go to: NYMAG
 My Verdict: Zac can dress me anytime.

What do you think about Zac coming on over to the curvy side

Thursday, February 25, 2010

According to
Italian Vogue just relaunched its website with a  section called Vogue Curvy.
After reviewing the site, the Vogue Curvy section is showcasing the best clothes in plus size fashion. They offer a video blog by a well known french plus size blog called "Saks in the city." The video blogs will feature stores that cater to the curvy girl. You will find other sections titled Glam and Curvy, Curvy Icon, and Curvy News which inform you about today's hottest curvy celebrities and models.

I am super excited about this. I told you curvy girls are on the rise. When will american Vogue hop on the band wagon?

You can check it out at: Vogue

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Since it's been so cold and snowy, my mind can't even fathom swimwear right now. When I checked my email and saw that Torrid swimwear is now available. Looking at the pictures just makes me long for winter to be over. The suits are cute and girly. My favorite is the zebra print with the purple trimming. Oh, I can just imagine myself on the beach in Miami sipping on a mimosa with a sombrero.

Check it out at

What do you think about Torrid swimwear?
This morning one of my friends tipped me off to an article about Crystal Renn on According to people, Crystal did a new interview with ABC's 20/20. In the the interview she says, We, as a culture, are fixated, and perhaps even in an unhealthy way, with dress size and the scale size,"

She goes on to say, "Fat people are absolutely discriminated against. I know this because of the type of modeling I do … If it wasn't, then I'd be all over the runways, every single runway, like everyone else," she says.

My Thoughts: Crystal Renn's star has truly been rising over the past year and I am truly excited to see the world is taking notice to the power of the plus size woman. I hope that all of the press and mentions make some serious changes for plus size models. I truly and deeply want to see more of us on t.v.  and in magazines on a regular bases not just when their doing weight specials. Furthermore, I hope that we don't just accept the sizes 12's and 14's, but, that the media and fashion industry accept the size 18's and 24's and so on. One thing I do disagree with is that a size 12 should not be considered fat.
Hey curvy girls,

Today's curvy girl inspiration comes from Rihanna. A colored body conscious dress is a great way to show off your curves. Go for a retro look like Rihanna by pairing white accessories to make the look standout. Ruching or draped sleeves adds a bit of interest to a plain colored dress.

Get Rihanna's look for your curvy body

1. Dorothy Perkins, sizes 2-18
2. Large clutch, endless $34.49
3. Cat eye sunglasses, French Connection $48
4. Chain necklace, Shopbop
5. Round toe pumps, Nine West
Lee Lee's Valise
The standout logo

About three years ago I received an email from the online plus size store Kiyonna. In that email was an introduction to a new plus size boutique called Lee Lee's Valise in Brooklyn, NY.  I was so excited and thought, man, somebody stole my idea. The next day I stopped by the Caroll Gardens store and congratulated the owner on doing something wonderful for the world of plus size fashion. I then told every magazine forum I was on that there was a plus size boutique in Brooklyn, that they should check out. Fastforward to now, Lee Lee's Valise has grown and is doing big things. You can see her store frequently featured on TLC's What Not To Wear and plus size beauties like Jill Scott has worn pieces directly from her store. Lee Lee's Valise has been featured on tons of magazines as the go to place for the plus size curvy girls. She even offers exclusive designs on some of her handbags and belts in store. I wanted to share with you some of her new items.

Jill Scott will be wearing this red multi colored floral dress on an upcoming episode of Law& Order SVU
This weekend I decided to revisit the boutique and see what they had to offer. The upscale boutique is moderately to expensively priced with butter soft leathers and the highest quality of silk, cotton, and matte jersey. Plus size designers such as Igigi, Donna Ricco, LuLu (best selling dresses), and a host of others fill the shop with the latest and classic trends.

Lisa is very hands on with her customers honestly telling them what looks good and what should just be put back on the rack. Her husband also gives pretty good insight to what looks good and what doesn't. The clothes they sell are made in America and of good quality. Many of the dresses are washable and non dry clean.
When asked how they felt about being one of the best plus size stores to go to, they say" If everyone else is a minus then we're a plus. Otherwise we're just a store with different sizes just like any other boutique."

My Verdict: Great store for work dresses and evening events. Although prices are moderate to high, the quality of the material is well worth it. Love the variety of jeggings and skinny jeans.

If you haven't already go and check Lee Lee's Valise out. Don't live in NYC you can also purchase things online at:

That's Lisa (Owner), me, and Lisa's husband

Friday, February 19, 2010

Even with all this snow, spring will be here before you know it. Why not get a jump start on spring shopping by getting one of these floral tops to show how girly curves can be.

Faith 21, $24.80, sizes XL-3X                              Old Navy, $19.50, sizes XS-XXL

Torrid, $34, sizes 10-32                                         Evans,$61.50, sizes 10-28

While checking out another plus size blog Style Vanguard, I came across this picture of one of my favorite curvy girls Jennifer Hudson in a Got Milk ad.

                                                           Are you feeling her look?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The other day I came across an article in the New York Metro newspaper with a picture of plus size model Crystal Renn from the V magazine size issue, and it was titled, "But...Will it last!" The article explored the rise of the plus size model in 2009. It gave a vague timeline of the ups and downs of plus-size models from 2005- 2009, recapping some of the most historical plus size model moments, such as knit wear designer Mark Fast choosing three plus size models to walk in his spring show to Karl Lagerfeld's crazy rant about plus size women being "Fat mummies."

The writer Kenya Hunt (Metro World News In London) interviewed industry insider Gary Dakin (Crystal Renn's agent)

Excerpt from the article:
Since September, Gary Dakin, head of Ford Models Ford + Division, has also received more requests than usual for his models. Gary says: "We have seen spikes in interest. But this year has by far been the biggest one," he says.

According to the article: Dakin thinks that the term plus size is a huge part of the problem that prevented women like Renn and Atwell from booking jobs. He goes on to say, "We have got to get rid of this label.  Women who are size 16 don't necessarily view themselves in the same category as women who are a size 28. If we eliminate the label, problem solved."

A 2001 people magazine article of the top plus models

My thoughts:
As we all know, at this moment it is cool to be curvy or have a little meat on your bones. I think the fashion industry is finally recognizing what the everyday woman wants to see. I believe the plus size phenom will last. This is not anything new. Plus size women have been fighting for years to be accepted into fashion. Models like Emme have been out there advocating for more plus size models and plus size fashion for years. It just seems like now we are being recognized by main stream media.Yes, there are still those fashion designers and editors out there who think that plus size means being unhealthy and they will never become supporters of the movement, but,  I think that the rise of the plus size is here to stay.

As plus size women we should be putting our money where our mouths are. If we want more designers to make plus size clothes then we have to support the designers and chain stores that do offer plus sizes. This will create a need for more plus size models. If we don't support, then we will not continue to see a change. 

Plus size model working the runway

What are your thoughts on the following points that Gary Dakin makes?

1) A plus size 16 does not neccessarily put themselves in the same category as a size 28.

2) We need to eliminate the plus size label.

My question to you:

Do you think the plus size phenom is here to stay?
I don't know about you, but, I am sick of all this snow. It's making me feel a little dreary. The snow boots, the big coat, the hats, I am sick of it all. To try and get me out of my funky mood, I decided to wear a splash of color today to take my mind off all this gloomy weather.

What I'm wearing:
Red Dress: Faith 21
Long Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Leggings: NY & Company
Beat down boots: Banana Republic
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Earrings: Forever 21

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hey Curvy Girls,
About a week ago I told you about my unexpected finds at H&M. Today, I wanted to share with you another item that I purchased on that day. Like Mrs. Obama I love cardigans, I will throw one on with anything. When I came across this ruffled (you know I love ruffles) shoulder cardigan at H&M, I immediately fell in love with it. So many curvy girls are afraid of stripes, but, I am not one of them. Yes, sometimes stripes can make you look bigger, but, sometimes you don't always dress to look slim, you just want to look cute.

I decided to pair the cardigan with a pair of ruched leg skinny jeans and (dare I say it) the Lela Rose Payless shoes I wrote about yesterday. There is so much you can do with stripes, but, today, I was feeling them with jeans and matching shoes. Simple but cute. I chose the orange necklace because I like to add a bright color to whatever I'm wearing. By the way, the shoes are not comfortable.

My Tips: When it comes to wearing stripes to flatter your shape, I think it's all about the width and color of the stripes. Thicker widths that hit right across the widest part of your stomach will probably make you look bigger in that area, but, in most cases, I find that smaller width stripes on an open neck can actually be flattering on a plus size curvy girl. You just have to kiss a couple of frogs before you find the right one.

What I'm wearing:
Jeans-Old Navy
Shoes-Lela Rose for Payless
Necklace-Thrift Store

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Although I am still fairly young, I remember when I was growing up that is was never cool to wear Payless anything, especially sneakers (think XJ900). If your parents brought home a Payless bag you would look at them like they just sent you out to be hung. You knew that you would be subject to ridicule and atleast a weeks worth of jokes in the cafeteria. As you got older you began to understand why your parents bought you Payless shoes (affordable prices).

Well, times have changed. Since celebrities starting snagging Payless ad campaigns (remember Star Jones Starlet collection), many shoppers started to think twice about buying Payless. Now that designers are designing shoes based off their own collections or just creating designs specifically for Payless many high end fashionistas are secretly dipping into the store with their $300 shades to scoop up a pair of designer shoes for cheap. Brands like Abaete were one of the first to kick off the trend. Although this has been going on for a few years now, I never really went to check any of them out.

Today, I decided to take a peek into the store to check out Christian Siriano and Lela Rose's Payless designs for this season and I must say, they are very impressive. I know they are online, but, sometimes you just need a personal inside look.

All shoes are under $40.
Christian Siriano

Lela Rose

Lela Rose even had matching handbags

What do you think?
Hey curvy girls,

Check out this week's watch list:

Lace Tee $49.95                                                      Lace Leggings $39.95

Boyfriend Blazer $70.66                                             Plaid Button Up $31.99

Flower Wedges $165                                                           Ruffle Blouse $34.95

Surplice Dress $88                                                             Denim Shirt Dress $48

Peep Toe Pumps $89                                                   Ball Necklace $75


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