Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Trends & Friends: Sequin

The Trend
Torrid $29.98

Lane Bryant $54.99

Torrid $20.98

Evans 20.00 GBP
Yours Clothing 8.00 GBP

Sequin is a trend I first noticed in fall 2009.  It slowing has been creeping into plus size fashions.  Sequin does  not seem to be going away, either.  I thought cool sparkle for fall and evening looks.  Now it's spring 2010 and I am still seeing sequin looks all over the place.  You can deck your self out in sequin from full on leggings, skirts and dresses or just a touch of sparkle with sequin applique top or accessory such as belt.  Sequin can add a touch of shine to any outfit. Just depends if you want sparkle a little bit or be blinding and make everyone notice you. I have my own sequin items I recently got, all with just a touch of sequin. Enough to say hi look at me, don't I look cute in my sequin! How many of you are going to shine in spring with your sequin?  If you haven't yet jumped on the sparkle train, have my gorgeous friends convinced you to add some sequin to your wardrobe?

The Friends 

Stiletto Siren from Lips, Hips & Fatshion Tips is wearing a sequin tank from Target. She wanted to shine on Saturday night while hanging out with her friends. 

Neiiko from Le Blog de Neiiko is wearing sequin stripe tunic from H&M. She looks so cute & happy, it must be the sparkle in her outfit!

 J from Fatshionable is wearing sequin blazer from City Chic. J is always rockin the latest trends, she sizzles in her sparkle.

Jo from Embrace Your Curves is wearing sequin anchor top from Asos Curve. Just a touch of sparkle is perfect for her nautical spring look!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Just found out about this Torrid Shopping Event on their Facebook page! I have been waiting for Torrid's 50% off clearance to come to the stores. Sadly Torrid has a final sale policy on clearance so I hesitate to shop online. This Saturday April 3, 2010 they having a one day 50% off clearance at the outlet store in Commerce CA.  The outlet has the biggest selection of clothing I have ever seen. Not only do they have a huge clearance section, but they also sell all the regular stuff as well.  I was recently contact by a woman on Facebook, who said she was looking for a shopping pal.  She wants to go shopping at the Torrid Outlet & wanted me to join her.  I thought it was a great idea! So my invitation goes out to all the Southern California Fatshionistas! Come meet me & shop with me on April 3 at the Torrid Outlet!

Torrid Outlet 50% off clearance sale

$20 off a purchase of $100 or more 
(excludes clearance and Z.Cavaricci)

City of commerce, CA 90040

 Saturday April 3rd
9am - 2pm

Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekend Review: I heart H&M!

This weekend the weather was so beautiful, a bit warm in the day time and a cool breeze in the evening.  I Couldn't spend the weekend cooped up at home.  My boyfriend & I headed to H&M to check out the garden collection.  I am sure you are all sick of hearing about it by now. While at H&M we found a lot of other great items, my BF also got lots of great clothes.  He has added H&M to his list of favorite stores!  I won't bore you with details, but we did go to H&M on Saturday and Sunday at 2 different malls! Its a good thing my BF also likes to shop! I made a little slide show of my weekend and outfits!


All photos by rx2lab

Sunday, March 28, 2010

XOXO: I heart my followers!

Big HUGS & KISSES to all the lovelies who have been so support of my blog.   I love reading all the comments and feed back I get from you.  Hope you all enjoyed my month long blog anniversary celebration & giveaway!

I have a winner to announce today for the Betsey Johnson Makeup Bag!

Big Beautyful Mess
You are the Winner!!!!

I really enjoyed doing these giveaways, plan on doing more.  I wish I could do it weekly or monthly, hoping to get some sponsorships.  Until then THANK YOU! I am truly enjoying blogging and getting to know all the other awesome bloggers! Why didn't I know about blogging a lot sooner, well its never too late to get started.  

"Life's too short not to be stylish!" 
No matter the size of your dress or wallet, you can be fabulous and stylish!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Did French Elle do it better?

The curvy movement continues with French Elle doing their own plus size issue for April. Models are gorgeous and the fashions are on trend.  I am happy to see curvier, fuller figured woman featured in this magazine. Especially happy to see fellow blogger Stephanie Zwicky from Le Blog de Big Beauty.  French Elle issue is out today, so I 'm off to get my copy!  Here are some teaser pictures for you! 

What do you think of French Elle plus size issue?
Did they do it better than other magazine?
Just a little food for thought, what are you opinions.

Edit: You can go to this link and view more pictures of French ELLE curvy issue.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vote for me!

I've been a bit busy lately and totally forgot to mention I was nominated for an award.

I am nominated for a 2010 @BlogsbyLatinas Award!

(click to go vote)
 Voting closes on 3/29/10

If you enjoy reading my blog go vote for me! 
My blog is under the fashion category
Spread the word and tell everyone to go vote!! 
Thank You!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Trends & Friends: Floral Prints

The Trend

B & Lu $46.00 

Nordstrom $88.00 

Spring showers bring May flowers, but some of us can't wait till May to show off our floral prints.  Flowers are a major trend for spring and summer this year, but they are not  your boring floral prints like your grandma wore.  Floral prints are all about adding a touch of color, while still looking fun and flirty in your outfits.  You can be girlie and frilly, chic or add a touch of rocker girl all while wearing flowers.  Floral prints can be found in dresses, tops, skirts, leggings and any other item you can think of.  Check out my friends getting an early start on spring wearing their flower power outfits.  All of them looking lovely and adding their own touch of style to each floral outfit.  I was never a big fan of floral prints, but after seeing these ladies and all the awesome floral prints in stores.  I am definitely going to get my floral on this spring. Are you?

 The Friends

Weesha from Weesha's World is wearing floral top from Splash with leggings & BCBG peeptoe heels.  It's her Hilda from Ugly Betty's inspired outfit fun and flirty.

Tiffany from Fat Shopaholic is wearing floral dress from Asos, leggings & added her own touch with cowboy boots.  Proving  you can wear Asos & look cute no matter what size you are 

Maddi from Fatshion Forward is wearing floral dress from Faith 21, leggings and a cardigan. Although it was freezing in Germany she wanted to inject some fun spring floral into her outfit.

Kat from Plus Size Beauty is wearing floral top from New Look, jeggings, blazer and boots.  Just having a fun night out with friends but she still makes sure she is looking stylish.

I'm noticing another trend here, floral and leggings best combination stylish and comfy.

Thanks to all the ladies for letting me feature them in their awesome floral outfits this week.  Go check out their blogs and see what other floral outfits they may be wearing! 

Just a friendly reminder, this weeks giveaway winner will be chosen from comments left on all the post from this week.  So leave your comments and your chances of winning will be increased!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Last but not least! Week 4 Giveaway!

3 prize winners down and 1 more to go! 

This weeks prize 

Betseyville 3 piece cosmetic bag
Betsey Johnson

This week lets make it interesting, if you want to win just leave me comments on all this weeks post.  Every time you comment, you will be entered to win. You don't have to say you want to win, by commenting on every post it means you want to win. So for example if you leave a comment on 3 post this week that means your name will be entered 3 times and you will have 3 chances to win. Only one comment per person per post. I know some of you smarty pants may leave 10 comments on a post....that don't count! Hope it makes sense, if you have questions just email me or send me a tweet!
Winner will be announced on Saturday! Thank You!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

We Are All Winners!

Thanks again to all the wonderful ladies who have been reading and following my blog.  I was a bit busy this weekend but I have a winner to announce for the Faith 21 top. Sorry no video today I forgot about giveaway yesterday & was out all day today. So just had my man pick out a name from my prize bag.  Drum roll please!  The winner is...

Allison from Curvy Girl Chic
Come back Monday to find out what the next giveaway will be for the last week of my blog anniversary.

Special shout out and BIG Thank You to Gabi from Hungry for Fashion.   She is so sweet and kind and did a special post on how she <3 (hearts) my blog.  I felt all warm and fuzzy inside when I read it! LOL She is so cute and awesome so go visit her blog! 


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chambray, what is it?

I missed the weekend review on Monday, mainly because of the weekly giveaway, but still wanted to share some outfit with you all.  I have two outfits to share and in both I am wearing chambray.  Always loved the look of chambray, but wasn't quite sure what it meant. Is chambray a color or a fabric?  It almost looks like a light version of denim, but its not.  So I went to my trusty fashion dictionary to find what the heck chambray really is. "Chambray a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp." So there you go chambray is a type of fabric, being that it is so light weight its perfect for spring/summer season.

Sushi Sunday
On Sunday I went to dinner with my man and his family for his sisters birthday.  It was a casual dinner at a local Japanese/Sushi Buffet.  Being an all you can eat restaurant made sure I wore my stretchy pants (leggings) so I can be comfortable.  I found this cute chambray tunic at Marshalls and had to have it, paired with some black leggings and metallic flats I also found at Marshalls for $5! 

Fun & Sun
Another chambray outfit, in the same week! Not sure if that is a fashion faux, but I did it any way!  Wednesday was such a beautiful warm day, my man and I decided to go hang out in San Pedro, CA.  San Pedro is a harbor town in Southern California where all the cruise ships and all the freight ships docks to unload.  We found a good Italian place for lunch and walked down 6th St where there are lots of eateries and shops in downtown San Pedro.  I found a small cute boutique, that had a sign in the window "We Carry Plus Size".  I normally would have not gone into that boutique but that sign was screaming for me to come in and look!  The Boutique is called Soluna, and carries a small plus size selection but that was enough to get me in the door.  In the picture above you can see me standing if front of the entire plus size rack.  That's all it was one whole rack, they did have some cute pieces I want to go back and try on. The cool thing about Soluna is they also have art displayed by local artist.  I did buy a pair of earrings that I liked, will show on another ootd.  The chambray shirt dress is from Target I got like 2 months ago but never wore it till now.  I totally wanted to wear sandals because the weather was awesome in the 80's, but my toes are a mess.  I am in bad need of pedicure! Wore my Michael Kors boots instead which I think worked well with the dress.  

Thank you for all your comments, I love to read what you all have to say.  Don't forget you can still enter the week 3 giveaway until 3/19 and will close at midnight pacific standard time.  Enter Here!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Trends & Friends: Stripes

The Trend

The Friends

Who said big girls shouldn't wear stripes! 
Spring is just around the corner.  I can tell because of all the colors and prints I see at stores and online. Stripes are hot this season, especially with the nautical theme being so popular. If you listen to the old rules of fashion plus size woman should NOT wear stripes.  Luckily we don't care or listen to these out dated rules. Check out my friends this week totally killing it with the stripes. They all look so great, happy and confident with their stripes.  It's all about feeling confident and comfortable in what you wear. So if you love stripes, wear them!  I  do, check out my stripes from last week, in case you missed it. Thanks to all the lovely ladies for allowing me to use their pictures for this weeks trends & friends.

Go visit their blogs and find out more about my friends!

Week 3 Blog Anniversary Giveaway ends on Friday, you can still enter and win a Faith 21 top.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week 3 Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

So I am keeping my promise and celebrating my 1 year blog anniversary all month long.  Today March 15th is the exact day a year ago I published my 1st blog post.  When I started my blog I had no clue how all this blog business worked.  All I knew was I had discovered a few blogs about plus size fashion and I was hooked.  I wanted to start my own blog, so I did!  I must admit I have learned so much from other bloggers and have evolved since that very 1st post.   Celebrating with a giveaway each week all this month is just my little way of saying thank you to all the lovely ladies who read & follow my blog! You all are so supportive, nice and sweet to me and I love it! 

Week 3 Giveaway
 Faith 21 Top
fuchsia pink and made of very soft lightweight knit
Size 2X, will fit a 16/18 a bit slouchy
20/22 just right and 24 fitted

All  you have to do to win is follow my blog any which way you, via goggle, facebook or networked blogs.  Last giveaway was for my facebook fans, but not everyone has facebook so this week what ever way you follow is good with me. Leave me a comment letting me know you want to win! Giveaway closes on Friday March 19 at midnight pacific standard time and the winner will be announced on Saturday.  You want to just chat and connect with me you can follow me on twitter as well.

Thank you and good luck!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunshine Award!

Wow another award!  I am seriously starting to feel loved and special!
Thank you to Big Beautiful Mess for the this lovely award

The Sunshine Award:
The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world.

I now have the pleasure of spreading the love and giving this award to 12 bloggers who inspire me and are positive role models in the plus size fashion movement! This was more challenging than I thought.  I love to read everyone's blogs, but these 12 bloggers are always so positive and have great post that make me smile, some make me think and some make want to shop!

Congratulations Ladies!

The rules:
1. Post the logo on my blog
2. Pass the award on to 12 fellow bloggers
3. Link the nominees' blogs so others can get to know them
4. Let nominees know they have won this award by commenting on their blog
5. Share the love and link to the person you received this award from

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Week 2 Winner is....

Thanks to all the lovely ladies who joined my Facebook fan page and entered the giveaway.

Watch my video to find out if you are the winner!!

Come back on Monday to find out what the new prize will be for week 3 of my blog anniversary giveaway!

Reminder that each week I will be featuring a new Trends & Friends, if you have any photos wearing the latest trend, email me so I can feature you on the blog. Currently I am looking for Friends wearing; stripes & floral prints. You can email your pics to

Also don't forget to check out the eShakti Woman Contest!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award!

To Curvy Girl Chic for this lovely award.
I am honored and touched she thought about me.


Award Rules:
1. Thank and link the person who gave you the award
2. Pass this award onto bloggers you recently discovered and think deserve this award
3. Contact said blogs and let them know they've won
4. State seven facts about yourself.

Now I have the pleasure of giving this award to some recent blogger I have discovered.  I love so many blogs and have my favorites, but I have found a few new blogs that make me smile and happy to read. 

She is beautiful and has great style and very nice from my twitter interaction with her

Another beautiful blogger who is stylish, unique and sweet!

Yes she is also beautiful, but is also unique and creative with her blog and outfits.
I love that she is different from most of the other plus size bloggers in her style

Beautiful of course, but he blog is a little big of everything and always has the cute outfits to go along with it all. 

You already know she is beautiful, she takes you on her journey of weight loss.
She also has great style and is funny & sweet!

There you go all my Beautiful Blogger Award Winners. If don't already read their blogs, go check them out and find out why I chose them!  Congratulations Ladies!

Now to the 7 fun facts about me!
  1.  I'm a proud Latina and a bit ashamed I can not cook, cause people think all Mexican woman are good cooks!
  2. I live with my boyfriend, who is Filipino and he thought I was a good cook cause I am Mexican. ha ha he was wrong!
  3. I love photography and have a blog about photography, but haven't posted in months. In case you are curious you can check it out. Photo Bytes
  4. I was voted friendliest person HS, I was friends with the jocks, cheerleaders, rebels, nerds, band geeks, punks, drama peeps  & everyone else!
  5. When I was like 10  I had a Madonna fan club with the neighborhood kids. Some of them didn't know who she was but I would make them listen and dance to her music!  
  6. I always wanted a tattoo but I am too much of a wimp when it comes to pain & hate needles so to this day I don't have one!
  7. I love to blog and reading all my fellow curvy bloggers & hope to meet you all one day!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weekend Review Part 2

This outfit was from this past weekend, but didn't make it into my weekend review from Monday.  I wanted to show off my cute stripy nautical inspired shirt. I love it! Not only does it have stripes but also has a rope, heart, flower and sparrow graphics on it with a touch of sequin. This was my running around town doing errands on a Sunday afternoon outfit.  Even if I am just doing errands, I always want to be comfy and look cute! I think this outfit accomplished both.  Also wanted to share that I have finally, became a Snuggie nerd! LOL I have been wanting one for months and hinted for Christmas.  Sadly none of my family, friends or boy friend want me to have a Snuggie.  After some pouting the boo gave in and bought me one! (it helped they were on sale for $12 at Target...YAY)   I came home with my leopard print Snuggie, and love it. It helps on those cold nights when I am up late working on my blog. Yes it does get cold in Southern California, OK NikStar! (inside joke)

(click picture for larger image & detailed view)

Shirt: Striped Tee H&M (click here for detailed view)
 Jacket: Denim Lane Bryant (old from yrs ago, but still works!)
Pants: Black Torrid Crops (via LA clothing swap)
Shoes: Black & White Patent Oxfords Steve Madden 
(clearance from Ross)
Scarf Madras Plaid print from H&M
Purse my trusty LAMB bag, I carry everything in there

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trends & Friends: Carrot Pants

The Trend: Carrot Pants

So this is why they call them carrot pants!!
I was wondering about the name, it all makes sense now.

The Friends

Sakina from Sak in The City wearing La Redoute Carrot Pants

BBM from Big Beautiful Mess is wearing Lane Bryant Carrot Pants

Jill from Jilly Beanstalk  is wearing Lane Bryant Carrot Pants

Is the carrot pant the new harem pant? When I first saw this trend, I was not sure if I liked it or not. As with every trend it's not until I see it on real woman that I truly decide if I will wear it or not.  All the trends look so good on the models in all the magazines and on the websites.  That does not mean it will look good on all us curvy gals.  I must admit when I saw this weeks friends wearing carrot pants, it changed my mind.  These lovely ladies are rockin the carrot pants making me want to go try on a pair.  You can dress them up or wear them on a casual Friday night. So what do you think of carrot pants? Will you wear them, or you gonna leave the carrots for bugs bunny?

Thank You to the lovely models Sakina, BBM & Jill for allowing me to use their pictures this week.

*Don't forget to enter my week 2 blog giveaway, details here!*

Monday, March 8, 2010

Weekend Review: 2 for 1 Celebirty Special

Living is Southern California there is always some sort of celebrity meet and greet event.  This weekend I was lucky to get to meet two celebrities all in one place. It was actually coincidental that I was going to see Sephora to meet Tarina Tarentino debut her new make up line & Nicole Richie was also going to be at the same mall. I made my way down to South Coast Plaza in Orange County, (yes that OC) its the premier mall in So Cal, with lots of high end stores and department stores.  South Coast Plaza is known to have many celebs go and show case and debut their lines because of the high volume of sales.  That is where all the Laguna Beach kids and Real Housewives of OC shop! It really is an awesome mall.  So any how I made my way to Sephora and Nordsrtoms to meet these lovely ladies, who were very nice and sweet. I did not expect them to be so nice, I think I had a misconception that all celebrities were bitchy, especially Nicole! LOL
Nicole Richie was debuting her new clothing line called Winter Kate, Spring/Summer 2010 collection sadly no plus size.  She was very nice and sweet actually, she is beautiful in person and very tiny.  I felt like a giant standing next to Nicole. Tarina Tarantino is very beautiful as well, she is very tall and looks awesome with her bright pink hair. I made a little video to share with you. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter my week 2 blog giveaway this month!
Go enter here now!

Week 2 Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered my 1st ever giveaway for my 1 yr blog anniversary! Congratulations to the winner of week 1 
Tiffany from Fat Shopaholic

Week 2 giveaway

 You can win this sparkly cute wishbone pendant necklace
All you have to do is become a fan of Cid's Style File on Facebook!
1. Become a fan on Facebook
2. Leave me a comment on Facebook saying "I want to win"

That's all it takes to win, you have until midnight pacific standard time on 3/12/10 to enter. 
I will announce the winner on Saturday. Good Luck!

 Thanks to all my followers, don't forget you can also enter the eShakti Woman Contest via my blog.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

We have a winner!

Thanks to all the who entered my blog anniversary giveaway!

We have a winner!

I like to do it a little old school so instead of letting a machine pick the name.  Everyone's name who left a comment was put into a bag. I picked the name out of the bag.

The Prize

The bag with the names

I mixed it up & picked a name

and the winner is...

Tiffany from Fat Shopaholic


If you didn't win, that's OK I have a new giveaway next week. Come back Monday to find out what the new giveaway will be!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fantasy Friday: If I was a rich girl...

I'd go to my fancy house in London Town 

I was listening to Gwen Stefani last night and was listening carefully to the lyrics of her song Rich Girl "Think what money could bring, I'd buy everything"
It made me fantasize of all the places I would travel to and all the things I would buy.

So today I bring you Fantasy Friday where I go any where I want and what I would wear. Since this is a fantasy not all my wears are plus size, but most are since I do love what some of the curvy retailers have to offer.

London, England is my destination and this is my outfit I would wear.  Something chic, but comfy because I will be doing lots of shopping and hanging out at lots of cool places! Shopping on High Street, Lunch at Harrods and then maybe drinks at some cool chic bar!  

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trends & Friends: Denim Shirt

The Trend: Denim Shirt

The Friends 
J. from fatshionable wearing New Look denim shirt

Valerie from Blog to be Alive wearing Dorothy Perkins denim shirt

Stephanie from Buttons, Bows & Brogues wearing New Look denim shirt

The denim shirt is one of those versatile wardrobe staples you can wear in many ways, as shown by my blog friends.  It's a year round shirt in my opinion, you can transit from season to season with just a few changes and accessories. I've had my eye on a denim shirt for a while, so its definitely going to be in my closet this spring.

Trends & Friends is a new feature I am trying out on my blog.  I wanted to showcase trends as well as real people wearing them. I hope you like it, I value your comments and feed back.  Thanks to J, Valerie and Stephanie for allowing me to use their pictures.  I will be on the look out for more trends, so if you want to be featured as a "friend" please email me.  I will also be contacting you to use some of your pictures.  You don't need to have a blog or website to be featured, I just need your pictures.
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