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Friday, October 29, 2010

Last Friday, I was an honorary shop girl at the ReDress boutique. I had so much fun chatting it up with customers and helping them find some of the cutest pieces in the store. I am definitely no stranger to retail so this was like second nature to me. The ReDress team was superb and they really love helping their customers find the greatest stuff to embrace their curves.

Checkout some of the goodies they had in store.

I love how they style their mannequins, they're always so retro


Spectator peeptoes  

 Trentacosta Floral Dresses

Fur Coats

Cute prints

           A DKNY multi colored snake skin dress and a one shoulder two tone flower adorned dress
Great belts


My favorite pieces of the night
Left-Customer in a Rachel Pally Dress Right-Blogger Netta P in a red double breasted cape

Right-Customer in a leopard print trench, Left-Customer in a brown shiny chiffon dress

Sometimes, you never know what you're going to find at ReDress blogger Netta P. of XOXO Netta P found her halloween costume. She's going to be a weightlifter.

Me, Deb, and the shop girls
I had so much fun thanks ReDress team and their customers. You made me feel welcomed and you may see me this weekend. :),

 Photo credit: News One

I was reading my November issue of Essence and was intrigued by an article titled "The Other Big O." The article investigated whether or not the BMI chart was accurate for African American women in determining obesity or is it only accurate for white women. So, I thought it would be a good topic to discuss here with you.

These are just excerpts from the article that really raised my eyebrows. Read on and let's discuss.

Did you know that a BMI of 30 or higher puts you in the obese category and that 42% of black women are considered obese? Your BMI number is what doctors use to determine if you're overweight or obese. More and more black women today are finding that they are falling into the obese category and are boggled as to why.

According to Essence- "The BMI is based on a calculation of your height and weight but not your ethnicity. And that has some researchers questioning  both whether the cutoffs should be higher (meaning black women may be leaner than we think)."

Director of the Behavioral Medicine in Houston, Texas John Foreyt, Ph. D says, "BMI was developed to define obesity, primarily based on Caucasian populations, because at that time we didn't have good data on racial and ethnic minorities." According to Essence, Dr. Foreyt did a study in which they analyzed body fat composition with low dose x-rays (a standard way to check if someone is obese). They compared the results with the participants BMI . The result was that black women have 2 percent less body fat than Caucasian  women of the same height and weight.

Dr. Foreyt goes on to say that a BMI of 30 is accurate for white women based when determining obesity, but, based on body fat a black woman is not obese until she reaches a BMI of 32. He further claims that the reasoning for this difference is that black women tend to have denser , heavier bones and muscles that increase their weight and BMI.

Along with Dr. Foreyt other physicians like Mahbubur Rahman, M.D., PH. D (OB GYN at the center for Interdisciplinary Research in women's health at the University of Texas) believe that the " value of the BMI should be race specific."

When determining if someone is obese there are a number of things to take into account. You must look at body fat percentage, waist circumference, and where a person carries most of their weight. The BMI is a useful tool, but, these other factors should be included in determining whether or not a person is obese.

According to the article-
If you're 5 feet 5 inches tall your healthy weight is 114-144 pounds which puts you into a BMI of 19-24. However if you're the same height above and weigh 150 pounds you're overweight and obese at 180 pounds. (sounds crazy right?)

If you want to calculate your BMI you can go to the National Heart and Lung Institute to find out if your BMI.

Do you think the BMI takes into account your natural body structure? Should there be different BMI's for every race not just African Americans or Caucasians?

Talk to SC

For more on the article checkout Essence

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
On Saturday October 30th meet Catherine Schuller and Style Consultant Jacqueline Peros as they host "Special Size Day - The Long and Short of it", teaching women of all sizes the art of "Shape Shopping" and how to accentuate the positive!


The event will be held at 5th avenue Lord & Taylor store in NYC on the 6th floor from 2-4 pm. There will be a fashion Show and figure & fit consultations in the department.  There will also be lots of advice and giveaways. Be sure to be there on time because there is limited seating.

For more information go to Lord & Taylor website.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Thanks so much for entering the Rock Your Fashion Inspiration contest with Fashion to Figure, Plus Model Magazine, and Stylish Curves. We have finally narrowed it down to the top 5 finalist and we need your help to pick a winner.

Go to Fashion To Figure and read through the top 5 entries. Click on the entry that you like the best. You can like one or like them all. Voting is open from Oct 25th - Nov. 1st.

Prizes

The Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new outfit compliments of Fashion to Figure, get a one on one styling consultation with plus size fashion blogger Alissa Wilson of Stylish Curves, and receive your very own photo shoot and feature by editor Madeline Figueroa of the renowned Plus Model Magazine.



The Second Prize Winner will receive a $75 shopping spree at FashionToFigure.com



You can cast your votes on Fashion to Figure's Facebook page. Click here to vote.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NY Mag's blog The Cut caught up with Crystal Renn after walking the in a lingerie show by designer Carine Gilson. Renn discusses what it felt like to work with fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld and how she feels about her recent weightloss.

Checkout pieces from the interview:

How do you feel about people saying you may have lost too much weight?
But then if I gained weight for them, that would be called a binge-eating disorder. And, you know, a lot happened to me in the last year. About a year and a half ago, I had a lot of personal things going on. And I went hiking and I wanted to get my shit together. I wanted to take care of myself. It had been eight years since I’d worked out. I’d suffered an eating disorder and I used to exercise eight hours a day. But I’d recovered. It’s time to change things, to give it a chance again. I guess you could say that through my life changes and what was going on, I wanted to make some changes in my life and taking care of my health was one of them.

What are you doing differently now than in the past?
Well, I’m so active. In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way. For one, there was a split-up that I went through that was very difficult, and I thought, “You know what? I need to be in a good place. I need to find me again.” So I went with my grandmother to Patagonia. One of the things on my list was to go to this place, after seeing it in a Vogue issue with Caroline Trentini. I said, “I’m going to go there.” And I went backpacking for three weeks and I came back and I had lost some weight. And basically I’ve been traveling ever since. This is just how my body is now. It’s great. I have to be honest, when I was a size 12, I was just like, “This is how it is. Just accept it, like, love it. And I did.” And then to have it change all over again, it’s kind of been an adjustment for me. It’s been strange, actually, because it’s not something I’ve been trying to do.

What are you doing differently now than in the past?

Well, I’m so active. In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way. For one, there was a split-up that I went through that was very difficult, and I thought, “You know what? I need to be in a good place. I need to find me again.” So I went with my grandmother to Patagonia. One of the things on my list was to go to this place, after seeing it in a Vogue issue with Caroline Trentini. I said, “I’m going to go there.” And I went backpacking for three weeks and I came back and I had lost some weight. And basically I’ve been traveling ever since. This is just how my body is now. It’s great. I have to be honest, when I was a size 12, I was just like, “This is how it is. Just accept it, like, love it. And I did.” And then to have it change all over again, it’s kind of been an adjustment for me. It’s been strange, actually, because it’s not something I’ve been trying to do.

What was it like getting cast by Karl?
Inside, you die. No, I’m kidding. But what a great honor. I mean, when I was a child, 14 years old, looking at fashion, what do you know? You know Chanel. That is the first one. And I remember being a young model, 16 years old, going into my agency the first day, “When am I going to see Chanel? They’re in Paris? Why am I not in Paris?” Every day, I was asking about this. And it took me getting healthy and getting comfortable in myself seven years later and I get Chanel. Irony? I think so.

To read more of the interview checkout The Cut

What are your thoughts on Crystal's responses?

Calling all aspiring models. Fashion to Figure is looking for new models. On Satuday Nov. 13 at the Kingz Plaza mall FTF will be having an open casting call from 10am-2pm.

The winner will be featured in an FTF fashion photo shoot. You must be 18 or over to enter.

For more info checkout Fashion to Figure
Sometimes I think I'm going to end up an old lady with an entire house full of leopard prints, from the curtains to the carpet. Since leopard print is one of the hot items of the season (Again!) why not try a leopard print coat. It looks chic with jeans, fancy with trousers, and all you need to complete the look is a pair of red leather gloves.

On the search for a leopard print fur? SC has you covered. We picked 3 of our favorites for curvy girls.

1. Dorothy Perkins
2. American Eagle
3. Evans

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
I can't believe all the nice weather we have been getting here in NYC. I for one am excited because it means that I don't have to wear a heavy coat just yet. This is the kind of Fall weather I like. Yesterday was so nice that I decided to breakout my cropped faux leather waterfall jacket from Torrid. I know everyone and their mother has this thing, but, it's just so darn cute. I wanted to remix this draped maroon colored skirt that I got from Faith 21 and thought that the jacket would go great with it. Last time I wore the skirt with a blush colored tie neck blouse (seen here). I think the jacket makes the look a little more tough girl where as the blouse added a sweet Victorian kind of vibe.

To make the look more interesting, I wanted to pile on accessories and wear a color contrasting shoe. I know some people feel like you should limit accessories, but, I think it's way cooler sometimes to pile it on. I got this tassel necklace from Loft and I just adore it. I'm also wearing my purple chandelier earrings from H&M. I thought that a red colored shoe would be a nice mix up in the color palette that I'm wearing. Right now I 'm in to patterned tights and I'm dying to try colored tights this year. I have to admit as much as I like to mix up color, I'm a little weary of bright tights, but, my fellow bloggers are slowly helping me to try them because they look so cute on. For right now I'll just roll with the black patterned ones.

So, this is my remix

What I'm wearing
Skirt-Faith21, Jacket-Torrid, tights-Rainbows, Shoes-Nine West, Necklace-Loft (Gifted), Watch-Michael Kors, Bracelet-Loft-(Gifted), Earrings-H&M

Monday, October 25, 2010

As a blogger, I read tons of blogs. They're like magazines to me. I get a cup of coffee and sit and just read and look through so many great blogs. I love reading The Curvy Fashionista, Musings of a Fatshionista, XOXO Nikstar, Stiletto Lipstick, Madison Plus, Fab Finds under 50, Jasifer Lions Club, and the list goes on and on.

The 5 blogs I'm mentioning today are curvy girl blogs that really have my tongue wagging for more post updates. This is my personal list of curvy girl blogs that I think you guys would appreciate reading (if you aren't already). I feel like each of these blogs bring something different to the curvy girl community, whether it's because of their great style, great writing, or their fab eye for all things pretty and interesting.

Checkout SC's personal favorite blogs I read on a daily basis.
Christina of Love Brown Sugar
Why she's dope- I first discovered LBS from the pics she submitted on The Fashion Bomb a few months ago. Since then, I've been a major follower of her blog and have watched it evolve. Christina has a great sense of style. She loves blazers, cute shoes (my kind of girl), and H&M. She also has a great eye for accessories. You can always find her with interesting accessories.  Christina is an editorial assistant for Honey Magazine and I love when she gives inside scoops on which celebrity was at a photo shoot. On LBS Christina likes to showcase hew favorite finds as well as show of her photography skills.


Angel of Angel On Fire
Why she's dope- You may know Angel from her celebrity blog Concrete Loop, but, she also has an amazing blog on Tumblr that showcases her eclectic style and candid thoughts. Angel has a love for Jeffrey Campbell boots, head wraps, and dope accessories (boy, does she love her accessories). Angel is not afraid to be her true self and show off her unique style. Her style pushes the envelope and makes you think outside the box. She is always serving up a fierce pose.


Reiko of Gods Favorite Shoes
Why She's dope- Reiko has a knack for thrift store shopping. I'm always amazed at the variety of looks she comes up with for a dress or top that cost her less than $10. She also has a dope shoe collection. Reiko loves to play with accessories. You can catch her in a fierce fedora and rocking a super fly clutch on a daily basis. Mixed in with her outfit posts Reiko gives her readers insightful and funny recaps of what her day was like. Since she is a school teacher she always has heart warming and funny stories about some of her students. 

Nicolette of Nicolette Mason
Why she's dope- You know Nicolette Mason from the YFF conference this summer in NYC and from Vogue Curvy. I am always on edge for new posts from Nicolette because she loves all things fancy and anything from Miu Miu. Nicolette shows curvy girls that they don't have to shop within a box. You can see from her Vogue curvy videos that she shops in straight size boutiques and loves to mix high end designers with mid to low end brands. Nicolette's pictures are just as amazing as her style. Her photos have an artistic point of view and tell a story. She's always taking us on a fashionable journey whether it's from her inside looks at fashion shows to her yummy restaurant choices. What I love most is that she shows that Brooklyn (my hometown) is an awesome NYC borough to shop, eat, and sight see.


Danielle of Rhapsody
Why she's dope- The first thing that captured me when I started reading Rhapsody was how engaging Danielle's writing is. I knew immediately that she was a writer because her words flowed like water. This fab journalist is a budget shopper and her outfit posts are super cute and easy on the wallet. Rhapsody's website shows off her talents as a writer and budget fashionista.

Please note: This post is not to exclude any other curvy girl blogs, because I love them all. The 5 blogs in this post are my personal favorites that I feel standout from the crowd. So please don't take offense if you're not mentioned.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Last week I was having a shopping anxiety attack. For me, that means that when I have a little extra cash in my pocket, it feels like the money is burning a hole. I need to spend it. So, I gave in and bought so many amazing pieces. One of the pieces I bought was this super cute sequin skirt from Faith 21. Since the weather was nice this weekend I thought it would be the perfect time to wear it. I decided to wear it with a silver and black silk top that I got from Loft about 3 years ago.

My feet had been hurting me all weekend so I had to wear low heels with it. Although the weather was nice it still was breezy and I had to wear my favorite trench coat from Donna Karan.
skirt-Faith21, top-Loft, shoes-Steve Madden, bracelet-Alexis Bittar (gifted), earrings-Call It Spring (gifted), coat-Donna Karan


I've been playing around with lipstick colors because I'm on the search for my pink lipstick. I did find this reddish color by covergirl and thought it was pretty cute.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Hey curvy girls,
If you're are in NYC today, please be sure to stop by ReDress today from 5-7 to checkout all the new goodies they have. They have pieces from Rachel Pally, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and so much more with at least 50% off the retail price. Can anyone say, what a deal!

As you know I'm a HUGE fan of ReDress so, of course I'll be in the building checking out some of the great stuff while munching on cheese and crackers and sipping wine with  my favorite shop girls. So, if you need a little retail therapy after work today stop by ReDress.

ReDress NYC
109 Boerum Place Brooklyn, NY 11201

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yesterday, I attended the Just My Size fashion show and got to spend a day with some of my fave bloggers as well as meet some really cool people.
What I wore:Dress-H&M, biker jacket-Old Navy, Pearls-American Eagle-(gifted), Shoes-Betsey Johnson


Hanging with Kimberly (Fab Finds Under $50) Marie Denee (The Curvy Fashionista), and Maddy (Plus Model Magazine
Bella Styles (Skorch Magazine)

Harriett Cole (Life Stylist and former Essence fashion Editor)

Sarah (Style IT)

Erica (Madison Plus)

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