Monday, February 28, 2011

As plus size women we have to be creative when it comes to shopping in order to broaden our personal style. Every now and again we have to venture into straight size stores to see what new styles they have. As I advocate on this blog, sometimes you have to focus on the cut and not the size when you're not shopping in plus size stores in order to get some of the trends and looks that plus size brands don't carry. You never know what goodies you may find.

Today I wanted to share with you a few spring pieces that I love from American Eagle. Aside from carrying jeans and super cute tees, surprisingly American Eagle has a pretty nice collection of dresses, blazers, and bags. While I can't fit any of their jeans because they're all low rise and do not accommodate my voluptuous hips and derriere, I do love buying their girlie tops and feminine blazers. In case you didn't know, American Eagle goes up to a size 18 and XXL in their clothes. For this spring season I'm coveting quite a few of their pieces to update my wardrobe and the best part is that they're all under $40.

 1. Ikat Print Scarf, $19.50

 2. Striped Strapless Dress, $34.50

3. White Corset Tube Dress, $39.50

4. Striped Schoolboy Blazer, $39.95

5. FEED tote bag, 39.50

6. Aerie Yellow Open Stitch Nautical Sweater, $33.37

7. AE Camp Shirt, $34.50

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hey Guys,
Please checkout my show review of Elene Cassis on John Simon Daily.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Please checkout my review of the Farah Angsana show on John Simon Daily
 Hey curvy girls all over the world,
On Tuesday after work, I stopped by the Crown Royal hotel on 49th street to checkout the Z. Cavaricci denim preview hosted by Plus Model Magazine and RedressNYC. The preview was an opportunity to meet with the designers and finally tell them what the plus size curvy girl is looking for in denim. The Z. Cavaricci team is making efforts to create denim that is trendy, fashionable, and most importantly comfortable. They had a few racks of jeans that ranged from skinny, straight leg, to trouser styles. They even brought in a few denim shorts just to give us a taste of what's to come.

Just like every other preview I go to, I make sure I speak up to let these designers know what they should be doing because most plus designers are men or slim women who have their own or an old school idea about what a plus size woman wants. One of the major problems for me in plus size denim is the length. Very few brands offer jeans in ankle, regular, and tall. Most just carry regular which become high waters if you wear heels. Other issues are gaping waists, waaaay too much stretch that causes a sagging crotch, and bland washes. I mean how many dark blue jeans does a girl need in her closet. We all expressed those issues to the team who was more than eager to write all of our concerns down. The Z. Cavaricci team is also working on adding denim jackets, denim skirts, and flowy flirty dresses to their collection. I will be sure to keep you posted on that.

Plus model Alicia Farjado

The Z. Cavaricci team had plus size curvy models Alicia Farjado and Grisel Angel model a few of the jeans for us.

Alicia Farjado and Grisel Angel

Model Grisel Angel in a pair of the denim shorts which we thought were too narrow in the leg and would squish cellulite. We asked if they could loosen the leg and cuff the shorts for a better fit and look.

Grisel modeling a pair of trouser jeans

FFFW creator Gwen Devoe also stopped by the preview. You know I had to get in a groupie shot of us. I'm wearing a Kenneth Cole leopard top, Jessica London leather skirt, and Jessica Simpson lace up boots.

Stylist Steffany Bready and blogger Edwina

Bloggers Melinda and Amalia

MTV TJ Gabi Gregg and blogger Mellie from The Fat Apple

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

After viewing tons of backstage videos of NYFW I came across a video from one of my favorite blogs The Cut. Amy Odell from The Cut did a Q&A asking about the plus size model trend at fashion week 2011. After listening to comments from straight size models, stylists, and a few designers there was one comment that stood out to me. Designer Douglas Hannant responded to the question saying this, "I think plus size models are beautiful but its not my idea on the runway because I'm not doing a plus size line."

His comment made me stop and think to myself, is there a point where we as a plus size community should respect a designers vision not to use plus size models or create a plus size line, without feeling slighted? In the creative world of fashion vision is everything. In many cases it can make or break you as a designer. If it is not a designer's vision to do plus size or use a plus size model then we should respect that, right?

Here's a little piece of my mind. Aside from designers losing out on big bucks by excluding plus sizes, I think many designer visions are narrow minded. Designers need to start challenging themselves and start stepping outside of the box. Inspiration is what creates visions. Maybe designers should start spending a little time with plus size women (they have them in their families too) to understand our needs and wants, then they can become truly inspired to include us and start creating lines that are inclusive of all sizes.

Share your thoughts!


A major trend that has time traveled from the 70's are the flare leg jean. A jean that is straight through the leg and flares out at the knee. For those of you who grew up in the 70's, we are quite sure you're all too familiar with this trend. Whether you hated it or loved it, this old school jean is back with a new attitude and most importantly available for the plus size curvy girls. SC has picked out a few flare leg jeans that range in sizes from 0-24. Whether you like a lot of flare or just a touch, there is something for you. If you want to take the trend up a notch, be sure to rock a pair of sexy platforms to complete that 70's look.

GAP Flare Jeans

Even if you hate anything floral print, you'll find it quite hard to resist a pair of cool floral print shades. Rock a pair of these girlie shades with your most fabulous trench or a pair of your best fitting jeans and a white tee.

Dolce & Gabbana
Urban Outfitters

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hey Guys,
Please checkout my review of Adrienne Landau's luxurious furs on John Simon Daily

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Checkout my review of Joy Cioci's Fall 2011 collection on John Simon Daily

Plus Size model Marquita Pring was representing in the show

Friday, February 18, 2011

Yesterday was the last of my fashion week shows. I went to checkout Adrienne Landau who had some Aaaaaamazing furs. The weather was so mild yesterday that I decided to wear my gray strapless jumpsuit that I scored from ASOS. I haven't finished tweaking this jumpsuit yet. It is a little big and I need to get it taken in. I haven't had a chance to hit up my tailor so he could make it perfect, but, that didn't stop me from wearing it anyway.  I wore my sequin waiter jacket (yes, again) from Nordstroms Sejour line with it to add a little glamour to my look. When it came to accessorizing I kept things minimal because I realized the lack of silver jewelry I have. All my accessories are gold. However, I did manage to find in my jewelry draw a black and silver bracelet, so I threw that on. I was excited to finally wear my black sequin pumps that I got on Ebay.

While checking out the luxurious furs at Adrienne Landau I ran into one of my fave stylists June Ambrose and she was nice enough to take a picture with me after I stopped acting like a groupie.

This weekend, I will be busy writing reviews of the shows I attended and enjoying the mild weather that we are supposed to be having.
Photo Credit:Zimbio

Christina Hendricks was spotted at the All-Star Superman premiere screening in a 50's style black and white ensemble. Is she working it or is it back to the drawing board for her?


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This year fashion week has been crazy. Yesterday I checked out the Boy Meets Girl show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. I had to take my outfit pics in the morning because I didn't want to lug my tripod around with me and sometimes asking random people to take your photo is a bit awkward, especially when they give you a little attitude or they just take a crappy photo.

I wanted my look to say magazine editor. I feel like when magazine editors sit front row at fashion week they always wear black and they rock a cool jacket for a chic look. They also almost always have on a pair of super high heels. So, that's the look I went for.

I'm wearing my tweed jacket from the GAP (which is still available) and my absolute favorite skirt of the moment, a leather skirt that was gifted to me from Jessica London (yes, you heard right. And you will see more of this skirt) which is still available,  a sheer ruffled front blouse from Norma Kamali at Walmart, and my score of the month, a pair of Steve Madden suede blush pumps that I got at Century 21 for $17.49  .  My shades are from Forever21, watch from Guess (I love big man watches), and pearl necklace from American Eagle (gifted).

Check back this week for reviews on Boy Meets Girl, Farah Agsana, and Joy Cioci.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
SC loves seeing models on their off days because that's when you get to see their true personal style. Whenever SC runs into plus size model Fluvia Lacerda she always looks stylish and chic. On Fluvia's off days her hair is perfectly tousled, cheeks are rosy pink, and her eyes whether with or without makeup are bright as day. 

Fluvia embraces her curves on and off camera. At events when she's just being Fluvia your favorite girl next door, she wears romantic draped tops with feminine details like ruffles or lace. Her creamy complexion is a match made in heaven for jewel tones and bright bold lips.

When it comes to super casual days, Fluvia keeps things stylish even when she's rocking something as simple as jeggings and a biker jacket or a denim shirt dress.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Recently I stopped by the Forever21 store in Times Square on a late night just to checkout what they had. The last time I went I was disappointed because I couldn't find anything. I always feel like those spur of the moment shopping trips spawn the best pieces. Which was the case with this skirt. I was immediately attracted to the colors in this skirt and when I saw it had that color block effect, I was sold. The skirt is very clingy so I had to wear control top stockings so my cellulite wouldn't show. I liked how bold the black and blue looked together, so, I wanted to continue with the black by wearing my fave pleather waterfall jacket and a black sheer top that I got from Torrid last year. This look infused a cool and sexy feeling within me.
What I'm wearing
Skirt-Faith21 Plus
Sheer top-Torrid
Shoes-Vince Camuto
Necklace-Loft (gifted)
 Hey curvy girls all over the world,
I must say that this year's Grammy's brought out some pretty amazing looks from some of our favorite celebrities. When it comes to the Grammy's you either go hard or end up on the worst dressed list.
Last night also spawned a magnificent performance from a svelte Jennifer Hudson. 

Let's take a look at some of our favorite current and FORMER curvy celebs.

Jennifer Hudson looks fabulous in a navy blue pleated sequin bodice by Versace

Amber Riley rocks out in a printed knee length Ema Savahl dress complete with a shoulder necklace. I love
that Amber switched up her look and went for something more edgy. I just wish that she wore straight hair because I feel like the curls compete with the dress.

Beyonce glams it up in a black sequin short suit and sequin pumps. A little plain jane, but still very sexy.

Kim Kardashian goes for a glamorous look in a floor length gold sequin gown with a high leg split. Love the dress, but, I thought she could have went for an equally glamorous shoe than the nude peeptoe pumps.

Kelly Osbourne in a purple ruffled one shoulder dress with a satin bow. I wasn't really a fan of her look because it reminded me of something that a modern little bo peep would wear.

Jennifer Lopez in one of her signature sequin mini dresses by Emillio Pucci . I thought Jennifer played it safe this year. I expected to see a little more from her, but, hey she's been to countless Grammy shows, so she's allowed to keep things simple every now and again.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

After a week of running to shows then back to work and still making time for friends, I was excited for the weekend to come so I could relax. Yesterday I headed downtown to the Soho House to checkout some costume jewelry from some new designers and then I went to visit Marie Denee (The Curvy Fashionista) to just chat for a few minutes. Make sure you checkout Marie's blog this week for some special exclusive footage at fashion week. I wanted to be comfortable for my travels so I kept things simple with a pair of biker jeans and a turtleneck. I wore my fedora because it was windy and I didn't want my hair flying all over the place. The faux fur vest was an extra layer of warmth under my coat. I've really been into my bright pink lipstick and this time I didn't wear any gloss over it, which I thought was still flattering to my complexion. This is definitely a typical look for me on the weekend.

What I'm Wearing
Fedora-Urban Outfitters
Faux  Fur Vest- Torrid
Turtleneck- Banana Republic
Biker Jeans-Torrid
Boots-Michael Antonio
Necklace-Call It Spring


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