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Monday, October 31, 2011


Hey curvy girls all over the world,
The snakeskin print is a major trend this season. It seems like leopard has taken a backseat to the print. I was definitely intrigued by snakeskin this season and found myself purchasing two items with the print. One is a Michael Kors snakeskin print skirt and the other is this H&M dress.
 I finally had a chance to wear the dress last week to the Eloquii event and I wore it again this weekend. Let me just say that this dress definitely had the girls dangling. I had to wear a demi bra with it just to keep them in check.I also had safety pins on hand just in case the girls got unruly. Since the snakeskin print is a bold print I received a couple of looks that ended with smiles and even a few people saying cute dress.
Now, I would be lying if I didn't say that same people gave the dress a once over and  kept it moving. I get it. The snakeskin print is not for everyone. However I liked it and that's all that matters. I decided to pick up the dark brown in the dress by wearing my old knee high belted leather boots from Steve Madden.
I got these boots about 5 years ago and they are still in good condition. Might I also add that they are pretty comfy too. My trench served as a neutral back drop for the dress and I accessorized with my heart choker from Forever21 and these chandelier earrings that I stole from my mom. They have a vintage look to them, which drew me to put them in my suitcase after my last Maryland visit to see her.

Are you guys into snakeskin prints?
Hey curvy girls all over the world,
I was invited to the Eloquii launch party last week hosted by Gabi of Gabifresh aka Young, Fat, and Fabulous. The event was at the Cooper Square Hotel and brought out some of the who's who of the plus size blogging world. I was in the house to checkout the Eloquii goods. Eloquii had 3 live plus size models showcasing the clothes.

The prize pieces of the collection were a tuxedo blazer, sequin skirt, and a printed shift dress, a lace one shoulder dress, and a pleated long skirt. The collection is mid priced with a number of looks under $200. The sizes will range from 14-26.

The site launches tomorrow.

For more info go to www.eloquii.com


Checkout some of the flicks I took:

Host Gabi Gregg of Gabi Fresh looked radiant in an Eloquii gold empire waist dress



The models looked absolutely gorgeous in the chic Eloquii pieces







 Blogger and Marie Claire columnist Nicolette Mason came and showed support




Eloquii also has a portion of their website devoted to finding styles that fit your shape



Don't forget Eloquii launches tomorrow.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Hey curvy girls all over the world,
It's Friday and I can't wait to get my weekend started. Throughout the week I have been receiving emails and facebook questions about your fashion conundrums and dilemma's. One of the first emails I received was from Marion.

Marion asked,  "As you can probably imagine I am very excited to [finally] be graduating; so excited, that when my advisor said I could participate in the fall semester ceremony I jumped at the chance! But now I am facing a fashion dilemma, what should I wear? I always find tips on dressing for a spring graduation, but never anything about what to do for winter. My commencement ceremony will take place in mid-December; and even though chances are good that it will be pretty cold, windy and possibly a little snowy, the ceremony is indoors. Are there any tips you can give me on looking my best for the ceremony, pictures and dinner afterwards?"

Sincerely,
A VERY excited Winter Graduate


Thanks Marion for your question and congratulations on your achievement. I remember those December grads back when I graduated from college. With December you never know how the weather is going to be. It could be freezing with 2 feet of snow or it could feel like the beginning days of fall. I've come up with 3 looks that I think would work for you. You made a point to mention that you wanted looks that can carry you through the ceremony as well as take you to dinner afterwards.

I learned a long time ago to never allow the weather to mess up your plans. Basically you can wear anything you want. Since the graduation is going to be inside I would think that there will be heating so there's no need to worry about being too cold. I think the key things to think about are fabrics. For a winter graduation, I suggest knit ponte fabrics or a high quality of jersey. This way you can stay warm and not sweat under your cap and gown, because it does get warm under there.

To look your best I added in luxury looking pieces like faux fur elbow length leather gloves.

For a standout look, Monif C. has great dresses that work for a variety of occasions. The leopard print swoop dress is a great option because it has flattering ruching, it hits right at the knee and it also serves as a cocktail dress which would make it appropriate for dinner after the graduation. IF it's not snowing you can throw on a pair of dark tights topped with a knee length faux fur and you are graduation ready.

If your style is more on the classic side try a long sleeve pleated dress like this one from Donna Morgan faux wrap jersey dress in a bold color paired with elbow length leather gloves and a cropped belted faux fur jacket. Also for that cold December weather, a pair of over the knee boots will definitely keep those legs warm. If it's snowing you can also try a pair of leather wedged tall boots for functionality in the snow. Pour La Victoire has a pretty chic pair of wedged booties.

 Other options to think about are a jumpsuit. This fall season we are seeing dressy jumpsuits. I personally love this one from Dorothy Perkins.  You can use the same pieces in Look 2 for the jumpsuit.

Hope this helps give you some ideas on what to wear.




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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
A few months ago I had the opportunity to interview Jaynee Berkman, the president of  inclusive brand Adrianna Papell.  Adrianna Papell makes dashing dresses for both straight and plus sizes. They are amongst very few brands who actually believe in the phrase, style for women of all sizes. I'm always intrigued by brands who design for both plus and misses and often want to pick the designer(s) brain about why they decided to do it and how they manage to do it successfully. It also gives YOU the shopper a chance to see what brands are thinking about when they are designing for your curves.

Although Adrianna Papell is a sister brand to their other line Aidan Mattox they do have their own aesthetic. They create evening dresses that are equal parts glamorous and sophisticated. Celebrities ranging from Amber Riley to Jill Scott have been spotted rocking  their dresses, which basically means they have something for every age. Their dresses are not for the edgy. Adrianna Papell dresses have an elegant yet playful ambiance to them. Over the past year they've also incorporated everyday dresses that can take you to the office as well as to weekend events.
You can find a number of their dresses at Nordstrom or Macys. Also checkout their website at http://www.adriannapapell.com/

Now, checkout my interview with Adrianna Papell president  Jaynee Berkman:

SC: Who is the Adrianna Papell Woman?
AP: She is stylish, sophisticated and confident.

SC: What made the brand start designing for plus sizes?
AP: Many of our evening gowns are used for special occasions—from bridesmaids to the Mother of the Bride. We wanted to celebrate women of all shapes and sizes, while they mark these important celebrations in their own lives.

SC: Do you face challenges when it comes to designing for the plus size woman, if so, what are they?
AP: We have been designing for plus size women for so long, that I can say we finally have it down to a science. However, when we first started, it was important to focus on which curves women want accentuate—and which to avoid.

SC: Will the brand ever expand the collections from just dresses to sportswear?
AP: We have expanded into new areas of fashion that we thought we’d never enter into, such as the Hailey Logan collection—which is targeted for the tween/teen, bar mitzvah/prom customer. So even though sportswear is not on our immediate horizon, who knows where the market will lead us? There is always a possibility.


SC: Which plus size celebrity would you like to see wearing your clothes?
AP: Christina Hendricks. Women across the board—regardless of size—agree that she is a sexy woman with signature style.

SC: What was the inspiration behind your summer/spring collection and what can we expect for Fall?
AP: Summer is cool and sophisticated. Lighter fabrics, colors and cuts that work with the warmer weather. Fall is rich, vibrant—both in color and fabrics. Deep purples, burgundies—everything reminiscent of the darkening sky and changing leaves.

SC: Plus size model Fluvia Lacerda recently wrote a blog post stating that curves are not meant to be hidden and she's not interested in dressing her body to look smaller. When it comes to designing for the plus size body do you think the brand is creating styles that help women embrace their bodies oppose to looking for ways to make it look smaller?
AP: Adrianna Papell most definitely designs with the intention to flatter, and not minimize, curves. We choose patterns and fabrics that hug all of the curves that women want to reveal—and hide the ones they don’t.

SC: I do notice that some of your misses styles are youthful yet sophisticated. I don't always feel that your plus size line gets the same youthful styles. Are both the misses and plus size lines being created with the same inspiration or do you think that plus size women wouldn't receive everything from the misses collection well?
AP: We create both collections with the same type of fashionable customer in mind.


SC: Who was your favorite celebrity wearing one of your dresses? There are too many to name! We love AP: Kirstie Alley because she is a woman with curves who knows how to work them! Young, up & coming actresses, including (Holland Roden (from MTV’s Teen Wolf), Annie Ilonzeh (from the new Charlie’s Angel’s), Brea Grant (Dexter) and Sara Paxton help us to reach out to a new customer. While Kathie Lee Gifford is a fan, and an icon for our 50+ crowd.

Here are a few dresses from them available at Nordstroms




 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Yesterday I was invited to attend American Rag's Ragged Magazine party which was hosted by Gabi Gregg aka Gabifresh aka Young, Fat, and Fabulous. I had a great time chatting with her and seeing Maddy EIC of Plus Model Magazine. Also, Gwen Devoe creator of FFFWeek also stopped by to enjoy the festivities. I took a few party pics and realized on my train ride home that I left my memory card at the office. Damn it Gina!
However, I did manage to get some shots via my sister before the event. I wore my Kenneth Cole leopard print sheer blouse with  my Anna Scholz for Simply Be PU pants aka leather pants. I wore the shirt with trousers and a blazer for the office and just swapped the trousers out for the leather pants after work. These pants have stretch in them and by the end of the night they were drooping down. I suggest going one full size down for a perfect fit. I will just wear a belt the next time I wear them. Other than that, I love them and they are very comfortable. I also found the cutest little heart choker from Forever21 and the earrings are from Aldo's. I thought the red pumps and tan trench worked well with the look.


Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Just when you're ready to count Old Navy out they add styles that draw you right back in. As much as I love my designer duds, I can appreciate stylish pieces for affordable prices. Lately Old Navy has really been doing better in the style department. They've been keeping up with the trends. Currently they have a promotion going on to receive 25% off your purchase. SAVE 25% at OldNavy.com including Outerwear! Use code ONSAVE25 at check out. Ends 10/30. as well as an outerwear sale. I thought you guys may want to check them out.

These are just a few of my favorite pieces:

Pink Cropped Trousers! Yes, please!













Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
So it seems that houndstooth has become the print of the season. Houndstooth is a strong bold print and at times can make you dizzy if you stare at it long enough. However the statement making print can look chic and inject energy into your fall wardrobe. This season I was smitten with Ferragamo's take on houndstooth.The print dominated their Fall 2011 collection.

The brand did such an amazing job on simultaneously making the print look sexy and sophisticated. Even celebrities like Kim Kardashian had to get her hands on one of their low cut dresses.

Houndstooth can easily be worn to work or for an evening out. Not a fan of the print on apparel then by all means try out a cute houndstooth satchel or a pair of printed pumps.

Whichever way you decide to wear it, just don't go all Lady Gaga on us by rocking the print head to toe. Although it kind of works for her. No?

Looking for a few ways to wear the trend then take a cue from celebrities:

Do rock a bold lip and keep everything else simple like Kim K.

Rock a houndstooth print shoe with an all black ensemble or playfully with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans like Rihanna

Have a little fun with the print by wearing a hat a la Anna Dello Russo

Are you into the houndstooth trend?


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