Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
If you're an aspiring model and live in the NYC area on December 1st (Tomorrow) head down to Wilhelmina modeling agency for your chance to enter Tyra Banks Fiercely Real Model competition. The winner will receive a modeling contract and a $1,000 check.

The judges for the contest are fellow blogger Gabi Gregg of the blog Gabi Fresh, Editor-N-Chief of Seventeen magazine Ann Shoket, and Roman Young, Director of Scouting, Wilhelmina Models

You have to between the ages of 13-29 and there are no size restrictions.

Make sure you bring the following with you:

-Two (2) close up color photographs of your face (one smiling, one not smiling)
-One (1) color photograph of your full body, each taken within the previous 30 days, and include your height, weight, shirt size, pants size, hair color and eye color
-Essay of 50 words or less describing what makes you the perfect “Seventeen Presents Tyra Banks’s Fiercely Real Model” model

If you have any questions about the casting call, please send an email to, and we will do our very best to get back to you!
The Wilhelmina Agency is located at
 300 Park Avenue south
(bet 22nd and 23rd street)
New York City, 2nd floor
You can stop by between 3pm and 6pm.

For more details checkout Seventeen and for official rules check here

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
After showcasing my Torrid faux fur vest this past weekend (Seen Here), Stylish Curves reader Miss Ellis commented with the following:

"I am in LOVE with the fur vest! My goodness. I have been looking for one for the past few weeks and I am having a lot of trouble."
"Is there any way you could feature some great fur vests that are out now? If you could, I would be so grateful. Thanks!"

Thanks Miss Ellis for reading Stylish Curves.

 Faux fur vests are always in style in my opinion. It's one of those trends that should no longer be considered a trend because they never go out of style. Just like leopard print.  I like faux fur vest because they add an element of luxury to any look. They go perfect with skirts, dresses, and jeans.

Checkout my picks for the cutest and chicest faux fur vests for every budget and size.
Speaking of faux fur vests, please vote for my look on Shoeternity. I already won look of the day and now I'm trying to win look of the week so I can win a free pair of shoes.

Go here to vote. Yes, you have to register.

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
We finally have the winners for two of SC's giveaways. The first giveaway was for 365 Hangers. The winner of this giveaway will receive a $50 gift card to use at the 365 Hangers website.

The winner of the 365 Hangers $50 gift card is:
I will email you by the end of the day.

The second giveaway was from independent jewelry line Linked-N-Gathered. The winner of this giveaway will receive an item of their choice from the site.

The winner of  Linked-N-Gathered jewelry is:

Asia Blair

Thanks everyone for entering both giveaways. There is plenty more coming for the holiday season.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
If you're reading this blog and want to use any of my personal style pictures please email me before reblogging or putting on your site. I recently  found my pictures on a not so nice site and am having a hard time getting them removed. So, please email me at stylishcurves@gmail if you would like to use any of my personal style photos. Thanks and hope you understand.

Also, please note that when I post office looks they may not work for every office. My office policies and rules are different because I work in a small office where in the summertime my boss's come to work in shorts. Some people work in very strict offices where they have to wear stockings and no open toe shoes. Others can go to the office in jeans and a t-shirt. You get my point. What I wear is what works for my office space and I have never been told I was dressed inappropriately.

Now, about today's office look:
I wanted to share with you yesterday's at the office look. I'm  such a big fan of tie neck blouses because they are so feminine and old school chic. I found this black and white polka dot top at Forever21 during the summer time. The first time I wore it, I rocked my tweed shorts with it (See it HERE). This top is probably one of the best tops I've bought at Forever21 the fit is perfect.
I originally wanted to wear the top with a red skirt during the summer.  I had been dying for a red pencil skirt and I couldn't find one. I saw one on the ASOS Curve site but it sold out in my size when I was ready to buy it. Luckily while cruising the Bloomingdales site last week, I found this red pencil skirt by Love Ady. I added to my shopping bag with the quickness because I didn't want to miss out on it. I love the combination of black, white, and red. It just looks sharp and bold to me. I thought pairing the two together would make for a dashing office look.
I chose to complete my office look with my knee high suede boots from Michael Antonio. I also chose to keep the accessories silver and simple with my over sized hoops from Forever21, a cocktail ring from Avenue, and silver bangles from Ashley Stewart.

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
It looks like H&M is on a roll with the designer collaborations. After a much hyped Versace collaboration, H&M has teamed up with Italian brand Marni for a spring 2012 collection. For those of you unfamiliar with Marni, the design house is known for its fun and sometimes crazy prints. Their designs have a vintage lady like flair with womanly silhouettes. You've seen celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow wearing their cute bright colored dresses and Fergie rocking their uber cool printed skinny jeans.

Marni for H&M will offer both men and women's styles. According to Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director, “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic and adding sporty utilitarian elements,”

"The collection boasts vivid colors and bold prints for women while men can enjoy softened colors and fabrics for a relaxed take on menswear," says Consuelo.

Marni for H&M is set to hit stores March 8, 2011. If  I'm not mistaken, this will be around the time H&M launches their online shopping site for the US (Don't quote me).  The styles will be available in store as well as online.

In the meantime you can checkout Marni's website to get an idea of what to possibly expect for the collaboration.  Go to 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Kicking of this week's Stylish Curvy girl of the day is Shay from Montclair, NJ. When it comes to embracing her curves, here's what Shay had to say:

I embrace my curves by trying new and different things with my clothes. I love to play dress in my room to find outfits and new ideas.
 Going to all kinds of stores wether its for plus sizes or not, always reminds me that I am just as beautiful.
Shorts, short skirts, anything tight and form fitting, is right up my alley.

Growing up I had to learn how to love myself. I had to learn that outside people will not dictate how I feel about myself. And that is what my blog has taught me about embracing my curves.

Thanks Shay and I love that zebra print dress with the tall camel boots. Very chic!

Shay also has a blog called: A Thick Girls Closet. Check it out
If you would like to be featured as Stylish Curves of The Day send in 3-6 full length pictures of you in your best outfits to with a blurb about how you embrace your curves and where you are from.

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Bare leg season is over and it's time to breakout the patterned tights and thigh high's to keep those legs looking chic and sexy. Patterned tights are a great way to spice up some of your most simplest dresses or skirts. They give any look a dose of coolness. They also look quite artsy when paired with sandals nd peeptoe heels. I have always been a fan of patterned tights but could never really get into thigh high's. Thanks to Rihanna, this year I may just try a pair of thigh high's.

If you're looking for the best places to find patterned tights for your thick thighs and curvy calves below is a mini list of hot spots perfect for the plus size curvy girl who is looking for a variety of styles in a variety of sizes.

Avenue/Onestopplus has one of the best selections of patterened tights for plus sizes. They have everything from sheer lace to textured animal prints. They even go up to a size EE in select styles.

Torrid is building quite an impressive selection of patterend thigh high's as well as tights. They offer a variety of patterns which are fun and girlie.


Figuresque has the sexiest collection of tights. Some of them wearable in the streets and the others are strictly for the bedroom only. Nevertheless the selection is definitely for the girl who is not afraid to show her sexy side.

A number of department stores like JCPenney, Macy's, and Nordstrom also carry patterned tights for plus sizes.

Also, checkout a few of your favorite celebs and how they rock patterned tights and thigh high's

Katy Perry rocks hers with a little black dress

Rihanna rocks her with denim shorts and a fur vest

                                    Miley Cyrus mixes hers with a leopard print scarf

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
It looks like some of our favorite plus size and curvy celebs were performing and working red carpets last week. Let's take a look at who worked it and who needed to head back to the drawing board.
First up is Jill Scott who wore a LBD with over the knee boots and topped her look off with a black fedora while performing at the Borgata in Atlantic City

Next we have Miss Jordin Sparks who also donned a LBD while working the red carpet at a Winter in Venice event. I must say that Jordin is working the heck out of this dress with her curves.

Queen Latifah was spotted performing at a Black Eyed Peas concert in one of her signature tuxedo blazers with a black tank top, leggings, and biker boots. I love the star necklace she is wearing.

Photo Credits:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did. Please forgive the lack of post over the last couple of days but I honestly needed a little break from blogging. However, the rest was much needed. Today, I am just hanging out with some family and getting ready for the work week.
I am definitely looking forward to getting some packages this week from all the stuff I ordered on Black Friday. Yes, I ordered online. There is no way I was standing in anyone's line at 2AM or risking mace being sprayed in my face for a flat screen TV.
 Since the weather was so pleasant today, I decided to rock my faux fur vest that I got from Torrid last year which is perfect for a breezy fall day. I also wore a pair of biker skinny jeans that I also got from Torrid last year. These jeans are fantastic. I love the fit and they add a cool factor to anything I wear them with. I also brought back one of my fave tie neck blouses that I wore non stop (Seen Here)) last year from NY&CO. This tie neck blouse is sheer and loose and I love how I can wear it with so many things. 
 For jewels, I wore these cool dagger earrings from Forever21, my Michael Kors watch, and a few gold bangles. My shoes are Steve Madden. I told you guys before that I am building a handbag collection because I don't have many. I found this faux fur bag at Aldo's last month. It has a short top handle but it also comes with a long strap to carry on your shoulders. I know it's a little cheesy to be matchy matchy with the fur vest and bag but, I could not help myself.

I hope everyone had a great holiday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Holiday season is officially here and I for one can't wait to see those family members I haven't seen all year and to eat some of my mom's down home cooking. The holidays can be a fun time and it can also be a tough time when it comes to spending it with family. Whether you're plus size or not, at some point or another, we've all encountered that one or sometimes those two family members (which seems to always be an aunt or uncle) who feel the need to greet you on Thanksgiving day or Christmas day with, "Girl, you put on some weight. What have you been eating?" You know what I'm talking about. The family member who watches how much food you put on your plate at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

I'm known in my family for having wide hips and a big butt, so whenever I see a particular cousin she always says, girl, you better slow down, those hips are spreading. It would drive me nuts. Before I accepted my body,  hearing that would make my self esteem plummet. It made me want to go in a corner, slide down against the wall with my hands over my ears saying, leave me alone (yes, I can be that dramatic). I don't know why, but doesn't it seem like family members can be your worst enemy when it comes to weight and body acceptance? What's even worse is when its a family member who is just as big as you are making the antagonistic comments.

When I hear, girl, you're getting big, I'm always ready to quote Tyra and say, "So What!"

Personally, I think that people have to be careful when it comes to negative comments about someone's weight because you never know what someone may be going through and a careless comment can push someone over the edge or send them on a downward spiral. Weight is a very personal thing. We all have our goals as to what size or number on the scale we would like to be. However, we should be allowed to be happy with ourselves or put on a few pounds without everyone making a big deal about it. We live in a world that finds it hard to believe when a woman is happy with her overweight body.

The holidays are for love and laughter with family not conversations about HOW BIG YOU GOT.

Below are a few of my Do's and Dont's when it comes to dealing with family and their insensitive comments about your weight:

Do Positive Affirmations
1. Positive affirmations are a great way to build up your body self esteem. Before your family comes to town or before you head to their town put some of your favoirte quotes on a post it and keep them in your purse. Read them over and over again. They will help keep you strong. Here are few to get you started:

I love my body
I accept my body as it is
I am beautiful just as I am
I am thankful for my body moving with ease
My body is perfect just like this
I am thankful for my strength
I am appreciative of the compliments I receive about my body
I enjoy feeling good about my body
(Affirmation credit:The Benefits of Positive Thinking)

Do wear something that makes you proud of your body
Put on your favorite outfit that makes you feel great about yourself. Whether its jeans or a dress wear something that you will feel your best in. Sometimes a great outfit can serve as bullet proof glass against those surly comments. For me, when I wear skinny jeans and 4 inch heels, you can't tell me nothing. It makes me feel the most confident.

Don't go on a crazy 2 day diet
I don't know about you but years ago when I knew the holidays were close, I would try and go on some crazy 1 week or 2 day diet hoping to drop 10lbs before seeing my family. Let me tell you that those kinds of diets don't work. One reason is because you're forcing yourself to diet for other people and not for yourself and secondly, you will be ready to pass out for the unnecessary craziness you put your body through. As the saying goes, you should only lose weight for yourself and in many cases for your health. Never for anyone else.

Don't go into conversations about how you are trying to lose weight (Just my opinion)
Whether you're trying to lose weight or not, don't go into a full blown conversation about how you're tying to lose weight because you don't want to have a pity party or invite everyone to weigh in on how you should be losing weight (unless you want their advice). Your weight is nobody's business but your own. As I said above, people are more willing to hear more about how you're trying to lose weight oppose to hearing you say you love your body just as it is. You should remain positive about your body.

Kill them with kindness
If someone does make a remark about your weight, reply with a smile and say, "Thank you, I'm finally at my goal weight." Just kidding, that's what the sarcastic Alissa would say. Honestly, if you do encounter those negative weight comments just look the person in the eye and say:

"I look good, I feel good, and that's all that matters to me. How have you been doing?"
This will take the focus off your weight and put the spotlight on them.

I  hope that my tips are helpful to you and I hope all of you enjoy your holidays this year. I also hope you are all greeted by your family and friends with nothing but love and positivity.

Please feel free to share any tips you may have to help our fellow plus size curvy girls have the best body positive holiday ever.

Photo Credit: Curvy Goddess

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Today SC is doing a little holiday giveaway. Independent budding jewelry designer Tanisha Stigall is the creator of the accessory site, Linked and Gathered. A handmade jewelry line of feathered and beaded earrings, bracelets, and boho chic hair pieces. Tanisha's jewelry creations are fun, colorful, and perfect for the girl on a budget. Her handmade jewelry is priced under $20.

Tanisha is a friend to the blog and wanted to offer SC readers one of her unique pieces. SC readers can enter to win a free item of their choice from the Linked-N-Gathered website. 

To enter the contest all you need to do is:
-Become a facebook fan of Linked-N- Gathered on (Here)
-Leave your name and email address in the comments

This contest will end on Monday at 11:59 pm

That's it! Good Luck!

Here are a few of my fave pieces from the site. The names are just as cute as the jewelry

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
When one goes the others will follow. UK site is now available in the us. For those of you who don't know, is an online store that sells women and men's clothing. They are very similar to ASOS since they carry a variety of brands and they offer styles in the latest trends. What's even better is that not only do they sell misses sizes, they offer stylish plus size clothes up to a size 28. The even have a pretty stylish selection for maternity and tall. Very also has a sports section for both men and women where they sell sports gear from cycling to football.

Shipping to the United States is $8.99 and takes about 5 days. To get to know Very a little more checkout their site at Currently they are offering 20% off the site.

Take a look at a few pieces from the site:


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