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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

GIVEAWAY
Hey curvy girls:
Finally a giveaway! In honor of June being SC's one year anniversary (YEAH!), Fashion To Figure is giving one lucky winner a chance to win one of the below dresses to add to their stylish wardrobe. Fashion To Figure is a trendy plus size store that is making a name for themselves amongst curvy fashionista's. I've posted about them a couple of times and even hooked you guy's up with a 15% coupon. FTF has an awesome variety of trendy looks to keep us curvy girls looking stylish.


The giveaway will run from June 29th-July 5th.

How to enter:

1. In order to enter, you must be a follower of Stylish Curves either via Facebook, Twitter, or Google.
2. Leave your name and email in the comment section of this post

Additional entries:
1. You can repost this giveaway on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Just be sure to leave a comment linking back to your repost.

The winner will be chosen by Random.org.

So, please, enter, enter, enter.
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Monday, June 28, 2010

                  
Hey curvy girls,
One of the myths that stylists or fashion insiders will have you believe is that curvy girls or large chested women can't wear stripes. I have always refused to believe that and have been a stripe lover for years. No matter the size, curvy girls can wear stripes. Its all about finding what works best for your body and what makes you feel and look your best.
 I bought this striped dress from Faith 21 last year, but, I had to get it taken in at the top because it was a little too big. A tailor works wonders for us curvy girls (I will talk more about this in a later post). I was drawn to this dress not just because of the stripes but because of the mixture of bold colors. I wanted to keep the integrity of the dress by not adding too many accessories.because the dress stands out on its own. I chose to focus on the shoes and earrings to make the look more interesting. I was going to wear red shoes with this and a red belt, but,I decided against it and went for these super cute fuchsia gladiator style heels to make the pink in the dress standout more. I found these silver leaf earrings at Forever 21 when I was in Baltimore.
When the Fall comes, I will add a little cropped leather jacket to toughen up the look, but, since it's warm and sunny, I thought I would keep things girlie.
If I, a curvy, large chested woman can rock stripes, so can you.
Since the dress was a popular item. Faith 21 brought it back for the Spring season on their website.

All pictures taken by Deirdre Simon

***Also, today is the last day to use SC's exclusive Fashion To Figure coupon. To receive 15% off your purchase use code FTF15CURVE.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hey curvy girls,
It's been awhile since I've done a "Skinny girl fashion for curvy bodies" feature. For all my new readers, the skinny girl fashion feature is where I take a slim celebrity's look and recreate it for the plus size curvy girl. Yes, it's similar to The Look For Less features that a myriad of blogs do, but, SC's small twist is that we particularly use a slim celebrity just to show you that curvy girls can rock the same looks as the slim girls do.



Also for some of my new readers who don't know. I am a contributor for The Budget Fashionista created by Kathryn Finney (My Fairy God Mother). I do the Look For Less features which caters more to the Missy sizes. This week my Look For Less feature was on Katy Perry's fringe dress. While searching for a replica of Katy's look I came across, damn near the same dress at ASOS.

To see the rest of the look, check out my Look For Less post on The Budget Fashionista.
Hey curvy girls:
I signed up to be a guest blogger for the fabulous Boutique Larrieux's blog. This month's post is dedicated to shorts. I know so many curvy girls who are afraid to wear shorts and stick to capri's or bermudas out of fear of showing their legs. The post offers you a few options besides bermudas to help you find the right pair of shorts for your curvy body.

My favorite pair this summer is culottes. I thought I would never hear that word again since the 90's. I'm ordering a pair from Torrid.

Check out my post on Boutique Larrieux's blog corner here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hey curvy girls:
I have two small beefs with urban designers that I would like to get off my chest. Yesterday I posted a black strapless trench coat dress on the SC Facebook page. I posted this dress because I thought it was cute until I saw the big golden Baby Phat cat printed clear as day on the front of the dress. I can't tell you how annoyed I was and a few SC readers understood why.
(You can see in the pictures below how logo's detract from the designs.)


Some urban designers who appeal to the younger consumer are still branding their clothes with big logos. Why is this still happening? You would think since Baby Phat, Rocawear, Apple Bottoms, and Dereon have been out for awhile that they would see logo's all over everything is not cool anymore. In the early 2000's you were not fly if you did not rock anything with a logo on it. Remember when Biggie had everybody in the hood rocking Versace shirts or when rappers would be out in head to toe denim Gucci suits with the G's all over? I don't mind a t-shirt, but, on a dress it just looks tacky. I don't want to be a walking billboard.

My second beef with urban designers is the use of polyester and ruching, especially for their plus size lines. Every time I see a polyester ruched dress or top with the big logo on it, I want to cut it up and stomp on it. It's as if there is no other fabric they can use for the curvy girls. Frankly, the polyester and the ruching makes the clothes look cheap. It's bad enough that we have to deal with other plus size designers making everything in jersey material. Curvy women like structured clothing too. Everything doesn't have to be stretchy. Can I get some cotton and silk, please?
 In a perfect world, I would love to have an urban designer create a collection that covers every aspect of a young woman's life, because, we are all not at the club every night. We do work and go to school. I would like to see an urban line that offers work, weekend, and after hours attire that can still have you looking fly when you're hanging with your girls. My hope and faith was in Diddy's Sean John for women, but, I was disappointed in what I saw in the ads with Lauren London and Cassie. He did such a great job with SJ for men (he did small logos) that I thought it was going to translate over to his women's line, but, it didn't. As a woman who lives an urban lifestyle, I love to dress sexy, sophisticated, and chic. Can I get an urban line that reflects all of that and uses natural fibers? I'm Just Saying!

What are your thoughts on urban clothing lines?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hey curvy girls,
It's the official first week of summer and this week SC will be hooking you up with must have items to start your summer right. There is no better season to break out a cute white dress than the summertime. Whether you're going to the beach or an all white party SC has got you covered.

Checkout SC's picks:

 Just imagine yourself taking a midday stroll in this super cute eyelet dress rocking a pair of bright colored wedges sipping on an iced coffee from Starbucks.

 This sexy body con dress would be great for that all white party boat ride you've been looking forward to all summer. Throw on some sexy silver heels and you're ready to turn heads.

 
 Add some colorful accessories to this adorable strapless number for a swanky garden or cocktail party.


Who doesn't need a shirt dress for the summer? I do.You'll be casual Friday ready in this office chic shape skimming shirtdress.


Take a walk on the beach with that special someone in this pretty maxi dress.

Told you SC has you covered!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hey curvy girls:
Looks like FFFWeek has come to an end. My schedule was so hectic that I was only able to make two of the events. Nevertheless, I had a great time looking at all the fly curvy girl fashions and chatting it up with some of my favorite curvy girl bloggers like Musings of a Fatshionista and The Curvy Fashionista. To kick off my FFFWeek review, I thought I would give all my curvy and non curvy readers out there a dose of inspiration from some of the flyest curvy girls who attended the events. You know I ran them down like paparazzi just to get a picture.

Check out these stylish curvy girls

I kept staring at this girl all night. I was so mesmerized by her entire outfit. The mixture of colors and those fly ass shoes just made me smile.

I loved the black contrast in this outfit. She took a sweet dress and toughened it up with a wide black belt and strappy sandals. I also loved the fan as an accessory.

The Curvy Fashionista Marie Denee AKA my big sister looked super fly in this SimplyBe jumpsuit. I wanted to rip it off and take it home with me. I can't wait until SimplyBe hits the US next month.

Who knew all black could look so fierce and chic. I cornered this beauty in the back of the room just to get her picture. I know she was probably saying, this girl better back up off me or else. I didn't care. I just loved her swag. She is wearing the vest that all attendees received in our T.J.Maxx swag bag.

Oh, and here I am. I was strolling in from work sweating like a boiled frank. Aimee from Madison Plus snapped this pic of me.

More FFFWeek recap to come this week.


Hey curvy girls:
Have you ever found yourself saying this, "That won't look right on me." At one time or another we have all been discouraged to participate in fashion trends due to the model in the ad. She is slim and the article of clothing just drapes her body like she was a tall hanger. You think to yourself, oh, I can't wear that. My hips are too big, my butt is too big, or, you say, that's for skinny people. I have been an offender of using these lines when shopping, but, I always stop myself and say, just try it on, you never know. Forget the tall blonde hanger in the ad.

Last week Loft unveiled advertisement for their new silk cargos (tall blonde hanger included) and Facebook fans wrote in asking the retailer to show pictures of real bodies rocking the silk cargos. Loft accepted the challenge and emerged victoriously with photos of their employees, sizes 2-12 wearing the slim looking silk cargos according to their personal styles and fans loved it. This goes to show that women want to see more ads with bodies that they can relate to.

This spring/summer season, the hottest pants to wear are cropped cargos, pleated harem pants, and slouchy jogging pants. Below are a few of these trendy pants that I think every curvy girl should try and not dismiss. 

Not sure how to style these quirky looks? A blazer and gladiator sandals will give these pants a polished look.







Wednesday, June 16, 2010



Hey curvy girls,
I was going through my daily fashion news reads and I came across this post on New York mag's fashion blog, The Cut.

Next week, knit wear designer Mark Fast (the designer who uses plus size models in his runway shows) will debut his line of knit wear at Topshop on June 25th. Mark Fast is one who always creates a stir when it comes to his designs and of course the models he chooses. With this Topshop line he is sure to blow the lid off the pot with five Hot and Sexy pieces at Topshop. All items range from $170-$310. A little rich for your blood? Me too. However, for those of you with CEO or Executive money, you can probably snag one of these knit pieces without skipping out on the rent.  I love the peek-a-boo and fishnet cutouts. It's in your face sexiness with a hint of raunchiness. The gray dress looks the most wearable, but, you will have to be sure to get the proper undergarments to prevent yourself from looking trashy, unless you're wearing it in private for that special someone.

Not sure what the sizing will be like, but, knit wear is very forgiving, so, I definitely don't see a problem for curvy girl's to fit into any of these pieces.

Check out the rest of the line and let me know your thoughts.



Hey curvy girls:
Queen Latifah is the May/June cover girl for Upscale magazine. The queen looks radiant on the cover in a form fitting frock. Latifah has never been one to shy away from telling it like it is. She is one of those celebrities whose business is not all out in the street (except for those stripper pictures). She has managed to have a strong career for the past 20 years. In the issue Latifah discusses her thoughts and feelings about social networking.

Here are a couple of questions from the interview:

You’ve been asked so much about your sexuality. Wouldn’t it be easier at this point to just speak on it-once-and be done with it?

I don’t have to explain anything. I don’t have to confirm anything. Look, I need my time. I need my life.

But isn’t that a part of being a celebrity, letting people into your personal life?
You know, I was looking at something the other day. A magazine with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. That’s a strong woman right there. All of these people in her business-who is she dating? Angie this. Brad that. They come up with so much stuff. That’s a tough situation to be in. My situation is small compared to that. But still, I don’t feel like I need to explain. I’m the one living it. You write about it. You go ahead and speculate. I’ll just live it.

Why she is skeptical about social media
When I meet someone I want to enjoy the moment of connecting with them. If they’re scrambling to get a picture to post on twitter, they’re losing the memory by missing the moment. Real life and social networking are not the same. I’m in a hotel room right now looking out at Central Park. The people out there are living life, playing soccer. Do I want to kick the ball? Or take a picture of it? I want to kick it


My Thoughts:I have to agree with her last statement. Today with Twitter, Facebook, and, Myspace there is a lack of connection with people. I remember back in the day when emailing was the biggest way to communicate with people. When texting came, oh, you could forget it. I hated to even pick up the phone and talk to anyone. I would say just text me. Sometimes, I do just long for that personal time with a friend or family member. I miss the face to face with people. Being able to see their expressions while they talk about their day or what's going on in their lives. I've always found that whenever you email or text a person, you can never be too sure of the tone of the email or text. I have gotten into plenty of disagreements because someone misread what I wrote.

I say that to say this (lol). Every once in awhile take a moment to pick up the phone and talk or schedule a time to meet with that friend you have been rain checking for almost a month now.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Hey curvy girls:
Reader Asha asked where did the lovely and slimmed down curvy star Raven Symone get her color blocked dress that she wore to the XBOX 360 party last week. Well Asha, Miss Symone is rocking the $653 Zac Posen color block dress. The dress was originally priced at $1,090. This fabulous dress is made of cotton and elastene. It looks like it is only available at SAKS.

I must say that Raven's curves look awesome in this dress.


Want SC to find a celebrity item? Send me an email me at stylishcurves@gmail.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hey curvy girls,
This weekend I went to B'more for a family crabfest party. I had way too many crabs and don't care if I never see one for the next 6 months. I thought I would share with you a few pics from the event with my family.
Me trying to put my shoes on, but, I was having a balancing issue.

Now I am ready to have my picture taken, lol.

It was all about the crabs


One of my younger cousins, she's an aspiring fashion designer. I thought she was too cute,but, everyone else thought she was crazy.


When people have a little drink, this is what happens

 
My big sister (I had to style her for the party)

 
My nephew and his other aunt getting down

 
My brother and his co-worker getting down
Me and my dad cheesing


Friday, June 11, 2010

Hey curvy girls,
It's been a long and exhausting week. However, I am so excited about next week because it will be Stylish Curve's 1 year anniversary. I have so many ideas for this blog which I will sahare with you all at a later date.  For those of you who are still sketchy about Loft (formerly known as Ann Taylor Loft) I just wanted to share this dress I bought from their 40% off sale about a week ago. What drew me to the dress was the draping and the design at the top of the dress, plus, it had pockets (which I love). Yes, it may be a little simple for those of you who like more edgier looks, but, it was something about it that I just thought was so cute and casual. When I put it on, the jersey material was so soft and comfy. It felt more like lounge wear. I will say that I need to take the top part in because it is a little too big. I had to keep pulling it up. My bottom half is the largest part on me so, I try to fit that first and tailor the rest (future post on tailoring). Other than that it was perfect.
Last year, I bought this little bomber jacket from Loft and I thought it would be a nice youthful touch to the dress. To make the look more interesting, I added a pair of leopard print Michael Kors (2nd fave designer) pumps that I scored on Ebay for $30 and only worn once (so they say). I promise to put the necklace to rest and shop for other necklaces (this Logo necklace has saved me so much money) to add to my jewelry wardrobe. Now, I have an addiction to this Loft cuff bracelet. You will see this again.
Oh, and Loft is offering 40% off sale items in store and online as of today. In case you like the dress too they still have it and they have other colors.


Please note: The Loft dress and jacket were all purchased with my hard earned money. However, Loft did gift to me the cuff bracelet. I am a true fan of Loft and do not receive anything for promoting them on this blog.

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