Monday, November 29, 2010

InStyle Inspiration: Turkey Trot


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day and long weekend.  Most of us were probably off from work and school for a few days, so I hope you had a restful weekend.  I was out of town for the holiday and spent Thanksgiving night in San Diego.  I wanted to wear look 3 of the In Style Inspiration and post it earlier, but stuff happens, you know!  So I had another outfit in mind for the last look, but couldn't find the mini dress similar to the one in the magazine. So being the fashionista that I am (self proclaimed...LOL) improvised and made it work.   I wanted to be comfortable and have room for all the turkey and sides I was gonna eat. Also wanted to be comfortable for the drive to San Diego. Overall I was happy with the look, although not with the pictures captured.  Didn't get the best shots, but still wanted to share with you the final look. Oh well you will get the idea of the outfit. Hope you enjoyed my 3 looks and ways to wear a cargo vest.  I enjoyed this challenge and truly have learned to be more creative with my looks.  Below is look 3 of the InStyle Inspiration.


Look 3: Toss the vest over a mini dress or tunic for a night out. A metallic bag and edgy extras play off the dark boots.

 Top: Striped Tunic from Evans (gifted from secret santa)
Leggings: Black from Pure Energy via Target
Bag: Mulberry for Target patent cross-body
Boots: Studded scrunch boots from Volatile 


P.S. I realized this weekend that I make that dorky face every time I take self pictures...why? who knows...but its kinda funny! LOL  Oh by the way I also started a Tumblr blog if your interested, please check it out ---> Photo Bytes

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

InStyle Inspiration: Cube Chic

Today I wore my second look of the InStyle Inspiration; cargo vest.  I call it my cube chic look.  Working in an office and being confined to a cubicle isn't always the best place to express your fashion sense.  My office is very business casual and some people are way more casual than business.  I try to maintain my style while yet looking some what professional, let me tell ya not always easy.  When I saw the Look 2 of the InStyle cargo vest, it screamed office chic to me. 

While I only own the cargo vest from this look, I substituted a few pieces from my wardrobe to make it work.  Didn't have a graphic pencil skirt, so I wore a black skirt with some ruffle details.  Didn't have a white button down shirt, so I wore a white top with 3/4 sleeves.  No black heels for me either, after my ankle sprain this summer, I stay off anything higher than 2 inches.  I wore some black tights because it was a chilly day with black oxfords.  As much as I love wearing the cargo vest, not sure if I will do this look again. I think the vest is a bit too long to wear with skirts. If it was short it may work better.  I think leggings and jeans work better for this vest and my style. So here you go my look 2 with cargo vest inspired by the InStyle magazine. What do you think of my cube chic look?


Look 2: A skirt and billowy blouse project a ladylike attitude. Finish with heels and frame bag for work worthy style.


Cargo Vest: DKNY from Lane Bryant
Blouse: White 3/4 sleeve from Old Navy
Skirt: Black Ruffles from INC via Macy's
Shoes: Oxfords from Naturalizer
Belt: Woven Skinny belt from Torrid
Bag: Mulberry for Target pebble satchel

Monday, November 22, 2010

In Style Inspiration

I was reading my In Style December issue and came across this style inspiration.


I was instantly inspired and thought of my DKNY cargo vest from Lane Bryant.  I have been wearing it a lot this fall, but can always get new styling ideas.  When I saw this page, knew I wanted to try all 3 looks.   You have already seen my cargo vest in a few ootd's (here & here) but these looks are new and different. So as a challenge to my self I am going to do my version of the three ways to wear the cargo vest inspired by the picture above.


Look 1: Layered with leggings and a scarf for warm weekend outfit.


Cargo Vest: DKNY from Lane Bryant
Leggings: Denim from Lane Bryant
Top: Long Sleeve Henley from H&M
Scarf: Ditsy Floral from Avenue
Boots: Brown suede from J. Crew

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What color is your Turkey!

Mine will be pink! Sealed With A Kiss is having a Pink Turkey Sale starting on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) you can get up to 50% off pass.  Click on the Pink Turkey to get all the details!! 
Can't wait to see all the great things on sale. I already know what I'm getting!!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Fashion Secret Santa 2010

Several months ago Valerie from Blog to be Alive, put out the word she was starting the 1st annual Fashion Bloggers Secret Santa.  Which basically the same concept of exchanging a gift for Christmas with another person. The twist with this Secret Santa was they are all fashion bloggers from all over the world.  I thought it was such a cool idea and signed up.  Valerie was in charge of collecting everyone's info and assigning Secret Santa. Cool thing was she opened it up to all fashion bloggers, not exclusively plus size/curvy bloggers.  All you had to do is send your Secret Santa a fashion related gift.  I received my gift from my Secret Santa earlier this week. I was very excited and wanted to share with you opening the gifts.  Check out my little video, courtesy of rx2lab.com (please give him props if you like my videos) :)  I hope the turn out was successful and Valerie will do this again next year, its a very fun idea.  

Oh by the way I did the video late at night so forgive my appearance and lack of shoes....oopsie!



By the way I am sending out my Secret Santa gift this weekend, (Shh can't tell you who it is, in case you are reading this post) I haven't forgotten you and hope you enjoy your gift! ;)  Don't forget to comment, rate and subscribe to my YouTube!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Product Review: Whooga Boots

Love them or hate them "Ugg" type boots are here to stay.  I recently received a pair of Whooga ugg boots for review.  I know what your thinking "Why". Well many years ago when I first spotted the celebs wearing these type of boots I did think they were ugly and silly looking.  Then I started seeing everyone around town wearing them, even my BFF jumped on this band wagon. She would gush over how warm, cozy and comfy her ugg boots were.  I finally gave in and bought my own pair.  I didn't get Ugg brand but a lesser priced brand. Yes they were comfy, cozy and warm.  But something was off about this pair, for example I didn't know they would stretch. I got a size up since they felt snug when I first got them (I wore socks).  So now they are stretched out.  I also didn't realized you shouldn't wear socks with them, they would get too warm and made my feet sweat. Gross.

Well when Whooga asked me if I wanted to try a pair of their ugg boots, I said yes.  After reading through their website I was able to find answers to all my questions.  Fit was my main concern, Whooga has a guide on how your boots should fit and how to measure your foot to get the proper fit. They also go into detail about measuring your calves to help you decide the length of your boots.  They range from mini, short and tall and also in a variety of colors.  The Whooga website also gives you good tips on how to care for and clean your boots as well as how and what to wear them with. It's kinda cool!  The section I found most interesting was Improved Warmth, explaining the technology how the boots keep you warm and at the right temp during any season.  I did find these Whooga boots kept my feet warm and comfortable at all times with out over heating.  I loved that I could wear them with out getting sweating feet. Whooga ugg boots also claim to be Eco-friendly biodegradable and recyclable which is friendlier for the environment, by not using Chrome Tanning agents.  Who doesn't love products being green and  earth friendly.  Whooga boots come in a variety of sizes for kids, woman and men. Which is great for those of you who have larger feet and can't find your size, they go up to a size US 14 men. They ship out with in 12-48 hrs of ordering,  you will get a tracking and confirmation and offer 100% satisfaction guarantee or receive a full refund.





My boots came quickly and nicely packaged in a cute box with a satin bow.   I wore them all weekend long and love them.  They look and feel good. The stitching and construction with thick soles is really good. I chose the metallic pewter short boots and the color is great, because its not too shiny but has enough of the metallic look to it. I wore them with leggings and skinny jeans and plan to wear them all fall and winter long on the weekends. They kept me warm and cozy, with out making my feet sweaty.  The boots were easy to slip into with no problem. I also liked the fact you can fold them over at the top to give them a different look. The only thing I found was these boots are probably not the best to walk all over town all day long. After hours of shopping and errands I found my feet hurting a bit, but other than that I really love these boots. I also didn't really care for the large tag on the heel of shoe, but other wise they are fine. If your in the market for some ugg type boots, take a look at Whooga. Like I said love them or hate them they are here to stay, so might as well get a good pair you love! I just love the warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I wear the Whooga boots.  My feet are always cold so these babies do the trick and keep me warm.  Some people may think they are unfashionable and ugly. I like to I wear them either way, regardless what the fashion police may say! LOL

I wore Whooga boots with leggings and a tunic to do some returns at the mall. Folded them over to give the "fur trim" effect that's on trend right now. What do you think of this look?

You can enter to win your own pair of Whooga ugg boots by signing up to their newsletter. Winner will be drawn every month from all email subscribers. Click (HERE) to sign up! 


 **I was not paid for this post, but was gifted a pair of boots for review purpose. Review and comments are my own personal opinions of product.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Friends with Blogs!

While at Full Figured Fashion Week in LA last month I met some very awesome women.  Many were fellow bloggers and others were professionals in the plus size fashion industry.  I had the pleasure of not only meeting them but talk and hang out with them a couple times and now call them friends.  Just want you all to know these ladies have blogs as well and you should check them out.  They are new to the blogosphere so show them some love!


Plus Fashion Stylist...Living Outside the Fashion Box 

 

Reah is a fashion and product stylist based in Los Angeles.  She is an expert in styling women with curves, and prides herself on being able to take her clients outside the fashion box. Check out her blog for professional tips and insider info on all the latest fashion.












Denise Bidot's Blog. She is a Los Angeles based Plus Size model, mommy, fashionista and want-to-be cook. Join me as I go through life’s experiences, such as work, parenting, dating, fashion and learning to cook. As I learn, so will you... So follow my blog, join me on Twitter and Facebook. Also don’t forget to join my YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the newest videos.




Plus Model  Fluvia Lacerda sharing my shopping adventures during my travels,  with my beautiful friends and just about anything that comes along my way.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On Holiday


Thursday November 11, 2010 was a holiday, Veterans day. No work for me! It felt great to be able to sleep in and hang out with my boo.  We spent the day together, had lunch at a local Indian buffet by the marina over looking the ocean and boats.  It made me feel like I was on vacation (holiday) the day was perfect.  It was a sunny fall day with a bit of chill in the air and slight wind.  I wore my leopard print scarf from H&M. I've had scarf for a while but unable to wear it until today. I paired it with a new sweater vest and my boots, this outfit is a typical fall uniform for me. Expect to see different variations of this outfit on the blog as well as many scarves.  I will try and mix it up so it doesn't all look the same. LOL 

So do you have a typical type of outfit for fall you wear a lot of? 


Outfit
Top: Rumor T from Avenue
Pants: Jeggings from Fashion Bug (online)
Sweater: Fringe Vest from Avenue
Boots: Scrunch Studded Boots from Volatile
Scarf: Leopard print from H&M
Bag: Mulberry for Target

Friday, November 12, 2010

Latina Bloggers Unite!

Last weekend on November 6, 2010 I attended the Discovering Mas Los Angeles Latina Bloggers Luncheon.  The luncheon was organized by Monique from Blogs By Latinas (also from Curves & Chaos).  Although it was not a fashion related blog event, there were some fashion bloggers in attendance. I wanted to share this event because it was a great learning and networking experience.  The day consistent of a lovely lunch at the Marie Callendar's in LA, 2 guest speakers, 40 awesome Latina bloggers and lots of swag. The speakers were Jennifer Vides and Wally Sabria who gave us tips for branding our selves and blogs, as well as how to use social media to help our blogs grow.  Using social media tools and networking with fellow bloggers are the keys to a successful blog.  Meeting other Latina bloggers was very insprining. Some ladies are doing amazing things with their blogs, brands and some have even made it their full time jobs!  A few ladies were there to learn and wanting to start their blogs, it was nice to give them some advice on what I and other bloggers have learned.  For me it has been a trial and error process and would have loved to have gotten some tips from more experienced bloggers.  So I was more than happy to give some tips and advice to some of the new bloggers. I don't claim to be an expert but I think I have good info to share. Over all it was a successful event and so happy I was a part of it.  Oh yeah and the sway bags rocked, they were so heavy and full of great products. I still haven't been able to go through it all! 


Thank you to all the sponsors, the speakers Jennifer Vides & Wally Sabria and Monique of Blogs By Latinas for making all possible.  Here's a little video I have to share of the event. For pictures from the event please check out my Flickr page here. Enjoy!


 Here is the outfit I wore to the luncheon, this is a fashion blog after all!
Dress: American Rag from Macy's - Denim Jacket from Lane Bryant - Boots Michael Kors - Tights Target - Bag Mulberry for Target

Thursday, November 11, 2010

FFF Weekend Outfits

Finally I was able to gather all the outfit pictures from Full Figured Fashion Week(end) in LA. The entire weekend was wonderful and I had a great time. I took so many pictures it has taken me forever to go through them, edit and post. I have also uploaded all my FFF Weekend pictures to flickr if your interested in looking at them you can (here). If you see a picture of your self or want to use a picture for your blog, feel free. All I ask is that you credit me and link back to CSF.  Since I haven't done a outfit post in a while here is a post of all my outfits I wore during FFF Week(end) in LA.  I was not sponsored by any one for FFF Week(end). Think I managed to pull off some cute looks with what I had. I did wear 2 pieces from Sealed With A Kiss Designs that were gifted but not for FFF Weekend, but from previous events. Also used a gift card I received from B & Lu at Viva Fat Vegas to buy the leaf print dress. Below are the pictures of my outfits from the 4 days of events. Enjoy!

Curvy Cocktails: Pure Energy Top & Skinny Knit Pants - Old Navy Blazer - Jeffery Campbell Starburst Boots - Torrid Necklace
*Curves for a Cure: B&Lu Leaf Print Dress - Torrid Sweater, Target Tights - Torrid Necklace - Jeffery Campbell Starburst boots

Scored the Jeffery Campbell Startburst boots at Nordstrom Rack, they were a hit and got so many compliments.  I love my boots!!
Panel Discussions:Torrid Tee and Source of Wisdom Skinny Jeans - SWAK Wrap Cardigan (gifted) - Volatile Boots
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**Runway Finale: Audry Dress from SWAK (gifted) - F21 Faith21 Sequin Cardigan - Avenue Shoes & Tights - Torrid Necklace (gifted at LYBD) 





















*Curves for a Cure pictures courtesy of Kurvayshus B
**Runway Finale picture from 8x10proofs

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sassy City Chicks: Fashion Bash

On November 4, 2010 I attended the Sassy City Chick Fashion Bash in LA.  I was there in the spring and met Monique from Curves and Chaos in person for the first time! (video can be seen here)  It was our anniversary! When I got invited again this time I definitely said yes.  Monique and I invited some new friends to join us in the fun.  Nik, Reah, Denise, Marie, and Ivory joined us for some shopping, test drives, food and drinks.  We got treated to some test drives from Chevy's new cars, and were also driven to Carl's Jr for some food.  Spa treatments were also available but by the time I got there the sign up list was closed. No massage for me again!  The girls and I enjoyed some drinks and browsed all the vendors meeting so great local designers. I personally didn't buy anything, mainly because I was low on funds and there were no plus clothing vendors.  The accessories, shoes and jewelry were great I had my eye on so many cool things. Overall the night was fun hanging out with the girls and getting to know them all better.

Reah, Nik, Monique, Denise and Ivory enjoying all the goodies from the night
Some of the vendors on display, saw lots of new and vintage jewelry I want!

If you ever get a chance to attend Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash you definitely should. Hopefully our suggestion to add plus size vendors will be taken seriously. I enjoy attending these type of sample sale shopping events and wish we had more including plus sizes.  Do you ever attend sample sales knowing they don't carry your size? Do you attend hoping to find something that may fit? Or do you avoid them completely?  Love to hear you thoughts and feedback.

FFF Week(end) LA Finale

Saturday 10/30/10 I attended the finale event for Full Figured Fashion Week(end) LA.  The finale event culminated with a VIP receptions, a fashion runway show and after party.  The 3 day event was awesome, and a memorable experience.  I was very happy to be a part of it and able to share with you. I won't make this a long post and just let you enjoy the video.  Please leave me your comments, as my boo worked really hard on this video. Also if you haven't already subscribed to my YouTube channel you can do so HERE.  Enjoy!




Designers on Runway

**Not all designers are in the video, please visit their sites for more info.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The State of the Curvy Community

Full Figured Fashion wasn't all fashion and fun, we all participated in 3 panel discussions.  These panel discussion were all geared toward the plus size fashion whether you are an aspiring plus model, trying to start a business or the over all plus size fashion community. Each panel was hosted by a prominent person in the plus size fashion industry as well all the panelist.  The first panel was the plus side of business, hosted by Gwen Devoe and panelist included Yuliya Raquel from Igigi, Tina Sanchez from Moxie and Glen Johnson from Full Figured Plus and Marie Denee from The Curvy Fashionista.  Everything from using social media to what the right business application to use was discussed. This was a very informative panel, I learned so much new info and has fueled my dream of owning my own business even further.  

The next panel was geared towards aspiring plus size model, hosted by Sharon Quinn and panelist Fuliva Lacerda plus size model, Madeline Figueroa Jones from Plus Model Magazine, Michael Anthony Hermogeno photographer for Torrid, Vernetta Jenkins Collins, Reality TV show producer and Alana Chandler, plus model from Janice Dickinson Agency.  All the panelist shared their expertise to aspiring plus model as well to what to expect.  Although I have no interest in being a plus model it was very good info for me to hear as I do want to work in plus size fashion and work with plus models in some capacity.  All this insider info was critical to know as many woman trying to be models can get caught up in scams and deal with shady people.  Let do it the right way and take over the fashion industry! (Hey a girl can dream)

The third and final panel discussion was the best in my opinion.  The State of the Curvy Community to discuss the current views of plus size fashion and significance of FFF Weekend.  This panel was hosted by Chenese Lewis and panelist included Sharon Quinn, the original runway diva, Reah Norman Stylist and Fashion Director of Plus Model Magazine, Kelly Price, R&B singer, Judge Karen Mills Francis and Hienrich St Germain from Judgment of Paris. This panel was the best I think because of the questions asked and the feisty panel who all had strong opinions to share. All were very passionate about their views on the plus size fashion industry.  I won't go into a long winded blog post about it, but Chenese did write down all the key points and we (the curvy collective) all came to an agreement on action items that should be taken.  These action items are necessary to improve upon and make the plus size fashion community a better one for all. 

The State of the Curvy Community Panel Action Items

    1. Don’t settle for less. We should not blithely celebrate the appearance of mere size-8 models on the runway as being a victory for plus-size women, as that is not anywhere near a plus size. Accepting this tokenism can also do more harm than good, as it signals to the fashion industry that full-figured women will be content with a model of any size, however thin, so long as she is merely labeled plus size. Our loyalty must be to the plus-size body, not merely to the plus-size label. If the label is falsely applied, this must be changed. Plus-size models should at least be the size of the clothing that they're modeling -- and without padding. Plus-size fashion begins at size 14W and up. 

    1. Don’t believe the hype. Do not buy into the excuses that the fashion industry offers for its size-discriminatory practices. For example, do not accept the myth that smaller models sell products better than larger models. No one knows which models were compared in such surveys, how they were styled etc. All real-life feedback proves the opposite -- that women do want to see true plus-size models.
     
    1. Industry professionals stand your ground. When working on mutual projects (e.g. lookbooks, editorials) and the agencies wish to promote their barely full-figured models, tell them that you would much rather work with the larger plus-size models whom the agencies represent, because this is what the public wishes to see. Engage in a give-and-take. Nudge your professional partners in a more size-positive direction.

    1. Bloggers use your power for good! When participating in blogger conferences organized by plus-size companies or labels, encourage these labels to use larger plus-size models. Encourage the industry professionals to get into a more size-positive mindset. When discussing a fashion item that a plus-size retailer or label is promoting on a smaller model, give an honest appraisal of the piece, but also always include a firm and unambiguous statement that you would prefer to see it on larger plus-size models in the company's advertising, and express disappointment that the advert didn't include a larger model in the first place. Present this to the company as an easy opportunity for improvement. Encourage these labels to use their power to feature the larger plus-size models whom the blogger and her readers want to see.
     
    1. Focus your primary efforts on the plus-size fashion industry, not the straight-size fashion industry. Stop focusing on the straight-size industry, which is anti-plus, and which always demands compromises and concessions (e.g., diminishing the size of plus-size models until they're not plus-size at all). Rather, we should focus all of our efforts on improving the plus-specific, full-figured fashion industry. Do not be concerned that this is fashion "segregation." Rather, think of it as fashion independence. Even the most powerful plus-size bloggers will only ever have a limited influence on straight-size fashion, because that industry can always write off such criticism as coming from a voice that is "not their constituency." But plus-size fashion bloggers do have an influence on plus-size fashion. Therefore they can combat size discrimination within the plus-size segment of the industry.

    1. More media platforms for plus size women! Currently there are no print publications for plus size women and very few positive roles in film and television – if any. We must continue to create new opportunities as well as support the platforms that do exist and help them grow (online magazines, podcast, blogs, etc) by helping to bring exposure to the various outlets that cater to us.
     
    1. Celebrate the companies that “get it”! Loudly praise retailers or labels that do feature fuller-figured models, use positive imagery in advertising, and provide quality products and services. Don’t forget to write positive letters to companies and networks when you see something you like!

    1. Don’t support companies that don’t support you! Money talks, bottom line. If you do not feel that a company is up to your standards for any reason, rather it be the marketing and advertising, or the quality of the product, simply don’t patronize them. Once the company notices a decline in profits they will be force to make changes.
     
    1. Be Positive! There is an old saying that goes “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”  Always let your voice be heard when you are not pleased with an advertising campaign or company, however a company is more likely to respond to constructive criticism rather than angry rants.

    1. Self loathing has to stop! Love your body! There must be no line separating plus-size fashion and size advocacy. The industry is an advocacy industry by its very nature. (If it weren't, it wouldn't exist at all, and everyone would simply discuss straight-size fashion.) Moreover, advocacy sells, because plus-size women who feel better about themselves will spend money on fashion to beautifully dress the full-figured body that they have right now, rather than skimping on mere "temporary/disposable" clothing and spending the bulk of their money on diet-starvation or gym-torture to diminish their figures.
      Overall I really enjoyed the panel discussion, which gave me a chance to see another side of the plus size fashion industry and community.  As with any community we all don't agree on the same things and have different ideal, but we all agreed that changes need to be made.  Please feel free to re-post the action items on your blog or facebook, if you are a blogger. The more we get this message out the better to make a changes with in our community.

      **Since this post turn out to be so long, I am posting all pictures separately, so stay tuned for pics from panel discussions and video of finale runway show.  Thanks

      Monday, November 1, 2010

      Curves For A Cure

      Thursday 10/28/10 Full Figured Fashion Week(end) began with Curves for a Cure: A Celebration of Pink silent auction to benefit LA Komen for a Cure Foundation.  Several items were auction with lovely models displaying gowns and jewelry up for bids.  This evening was also the start of FFF Week(end) where everyone got to know and greet each other.  The singer Kelly Price was the host for the night and she also offered to sing at anyone's event and auctioned her services. I was too busy mingling and chatting that I am not sure who ended up winning the auctions.  Below you can see the items auctioned from several designers and retailers all in pink of course.

      Auction items donated from Sydne's Closet, Igigi, Jill Alexander, Jibri, Monif C & Fennimas

      All my girls looking fabulous at Curves for a Cure!

      It was great to see some of the bloggers I met from Viva Fat Vegas Conferece and met some new ones as well. The night was full of chatting, drinks and having fun with the photobooth provided by Sonsi.  It was a great to start off FFF Week(end) LA.  I was so happy the West Coast got some plus size fashion love! 
      I am working a video to share the finale runway show. stay tuned for it this week.  I'll share more pictures throught out the week as well.  Enjoy!