Monday, January 31, 2011

Fresh Face

Recently during my daily web searching and browsing for all things related to plus size fashion, I came across a new fresh face.  A new plus model to the scene, from Puerto Rico named Ana Garcia.  She caught my attention because she is a beautiful curvy Latina and you don't see many plus size Latina models. Also she was a runner up in the Torrid model search in Puerto Rico.  I contacted Ana and she was kind enough to do a interview for the blog. Read the interview and get to know Ana along with me. 

Name: Ana C. GarcΓ­a Rivera 
Hometown: Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico 
Agency:  Not signed 

Why or how did you get into the plus model industry?
One of my future goals in Puerto Rico is to prove that being a Plus Size Model can be a beautiful thing, but in the meantime I have to start at the bottom and make my way up. First of all I have to work on my portfolio then I will knock on doors of people in the industry. Furthermore, I will never give up my dream. 

How long have you been a plus model?
I consider myself as an aspiring plus size model and I’ve still got a lot to learn about this industry.  I’m starting to work on my portfolio and the desire I have to learn and to grow is amazing. Everything about this industry puts a smile on my face every time. 
What are you goals for plus modeling?  
One of my future goals in Puerto Rico is to prove that being a Plus Size Model can be a beautiful thing, but in the meantime I have to start at the bottom and make my way up. First of all I have to work on my portfolio then I will knock on doors of people in the industry. Furthermore, I will never give up my dream.

You were recently a contestant at the Torrid plus model search in Puerto Rico. Can you tell us briefly about your experience?
The experience was so amazing! Everyone in the staff was very nice. The organization, the details and the effort they put on making the girls feel so good about themselves is priceless. All of the girls chosen and not chosen were supportive and nice to each other. I would recommend this contest to any girl in a heartbeat.  
Since the Torrid plus model search, have you done any other campaigns or runway shows?
My second runway show is going to be in The Curvy Revolution 2011. Here in Puerto Rico plus size modeling is not that common, but I have faith that it will change. There are so many beautiful, intelligent and talented plus size girls that are trying to get their voice heard and I know in my heart people are going to listen.  

Where do you shop for trendy and stylish plus size clothes?
My style is a little laid back and casual. Here in Puerto Rico there are a few plus size stores like Torrid “Love this store”. Recently, a plus size store close to my job opened called Plump Couture, I went there the other day the store and the clothes were gorgeous. But, sometimes I shop at the Mainstream stores that have plus size sections like Old Navy and Forever 21.

What is your favorite thing about being a plus size model?
My favorite thing is being able to give girls and women a positive and real image. We all are different some have bigger hips, bigger breasts while some are taller or petite, but we have to love and appreciate what we have.  Sometimes we want to lose a little bit of weight or tone our bodies because with a healthy lifestyle you can enjoy who you are and you can be who you really are. Just live day by day and be grateful with what you have.

Where can we find you (Facebook, twitter or website)?
My Facebook page is

If you interested in learning more about Ana go to her facebook page.  She will also be walking the runway next month at The Curvy Revolution in Las Vegas.  I will also be there so I hope to meet Ana and get some shots of her on the runway. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the interview.

**Pictures provided by model her self, please do not use with out her permission.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yes we are a Big Fat Deal!

This was BFD week here in So Cal...oh yeah! Sarah from Return to Sender was visiting from the east coast. Since she is the original BFD from Viva Fat Vegas (inside joke-you had to be there!) we had to make her visit a special one.  Sarah, Nik and I decide to have a little photo shoot by the ocean in Balboa Island over in the OC (yes like the show...LOL)

Balboa Island is a beautiful beach community, but we obviously stood out. Between all the retired old folks and the OC housewives in their yoga pants and flip flops, our outfits were eye catching. Although we wore all black we still turned a few heads. Nik was blinding drivers with her sequin top, she was like a pretty disco ball! Sarah was definitely bringing out  her inner goth with the faux leather trim on her dress.  Me with my 80ish zipper dress was having a Madonna moment.  All we were missing was Curvy Girl Chic who couldn't join us, she has a real job! LOL 

Zipper Dress: Lane Bryant ~ Gray Tights: Avenue ~ Boots: Volatile via Marshalls ~ Sunnies: Burberry

We have a lovely day strolling down the little charming main street and window shopping. Ate some ice cream and enjoyed the gorgeous So Cal weather.  Sarah was bummed it was her last day and she was headed back east to the snow...BOO!  Over all I think we had a successful BFD week and so glad I have made such awesome blogger friends form all over the country.

*BFD is in reference to a inside joke we have with Sarah back when we first met back in Vegas...just in case you were wondering! LOL

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Shopping Site: Aviesta

I'm excited to introduce to you a new members only shopping site called Aviesta.
The Aviesta site will launch on February 1 and every one who signs up before the launch date will automatically become a VIP memeber. Isn't that the coolest!! Once you sign up you will get an email with all the details. 

Aviesta is new way to shop and different from other private sale sites...why you ask?

1. Aviesta will give you the option of signing up and receiving all your content in either English or Spanish

2. You will receive weekly videos on Monday featuring our co-hosts Janie and fashion stylist Antonio Vega (@antoniovega) showing you and talking about the products that will go on sale that Tuesday morning. 
3. Aviesta will be showcasing Latino(a) designers, (which I think is awesome!)
4. When you sign up you will get a $10 credit upon purchase for every friend you refer to Aviesta
Have I caught your attention yet?? Check out the video below for more info.

To celebrate their launch Aviesta wants to give a Cid Style File reader $25 credit to shop at Aviesta.  To enter do the following:
  • Sign up for Aviesta with my special invitation (HERE
  • Leave me a comment telling me who is your favorite handbag designer
  • Follow Aviesta on Twitter @aviesta or Facebook Fan Page   
  • Winner will be chosen at random on February 1st
  • Please make sure you leave your email in the comment so I can contact you
  • U.S. (Puerto Rico included) and Canada Residents Only

Thank you and good luck! 

2/6/11 Giveaway is now closed

**This post sponsored by Aviesta

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shopping Haul Video #1

Here goes my 1st shopping haul video, been wanting do one for ever!! Finally after months, seriously maybe even a year I got around to do a haul video.  Hope you enjoy it, if all goes well I will do more haul videos.  If you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, make sure you do! I have special giveaway for my subscribers only! Enjoy!

Haul video features; Betsey Johnson watch, MIA boots and Burberry sunglasses

*Video by

Friday, January 21, 2011

Trend: Aztec Tribal Prints

Spring will be here sooner than we think. Time to look at some trends for the season.  The Aztec tribal print caught my attention on a few websites.  The Aztec print is not your usual print for any season, I think that's why I like it.  Not to say this print is seasonal, but I think it would be fun to wear in spring.  Below are some of my favorite pieces so far with the Aztec print.

Camel Aztec Tunic 35 euros ~ Style369
Aztec Print Drape Dress $30.00 ~ Fashion to Figure

Tribal Foil Print Top $60 ~ Simply Be
Aztec Print Tunic $39.50 ~ Lane Bryant
Aztec Print Maxi Dress $15.00 ~ Yours Clothing

Do you like any of these Aztec print pieces?  What do you think of the trend? Will you be rocking any Aztec or other tribal prints this year?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Navy Blue Lagoon

It's still winter time, but her in So Cal it felt like a perfect spring day. The weather was great, sunny, warm and just gorgeous. Decided to wear the maxi dress from Seal With A Kiss, I bought during the Pink Turkey sale after Thanksgiving. I have been waiting for weather to warm up to wear it. This weekend was the perfect time, I also did my 1st ootd video.  I know a lot of other bloggers do ootd videos and decided to try it as well. 

Ok well my BF took some really great pictures as well so I'm including a few.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Win The Best Anit Aging Face Cream

Perricone MD wants to give away one lucky Cid Style File winner a product of their choice valued $150 or less.  

As we get older we woman want to try and look as young as possible.  Some woman may choose to get some surgical enhancements, but other want to age gracefully.  I like to be as natural as possible and plan to age gracefully, but can always use a little help.  Perricone MD can help with top anti aging products to help you look your best at any age.  To help your skin looks its best PerriconeMD has the best anti aging face cream and you can win one of his products. 

The Rules: (Please Read Carefully)

1) Follow CSF via Google Friend Connect
2) US & Canada Residents Only
3) Visit PerriconeMD website Then leave a comment with your email letting me know what product (valued at $150 or less) you would choose and why you need it.
4) For a second entry tweet or post on facebook about giveaway. Post this on twitter or Facebook  (@lbcshopper and  PerriconeMD are giving away the top anti aging products! Go enter now!)  
(Please leave a separate comment for 2nd entry

5) Giveaway will close on 1/23/11 at midnight pacific standard time.

Winner will be chosen at random using Winner will be contacted via email.  Thank you for entering and good luck to everyone!

I'm Gonna Make You Something Nice

Thank you to all the ladies who signed up for the Pay It Forward Challenge! Wow I got more than 5 people sign up.  So now I have to make more than 5 things!!! LOL  No worries I'm sure I can pull it off!

Here are the lovely gals I will Pay It Forward to:
These ladies will in turn also Pay It Forward, if you still wanna join check out their blogs to sign up!  Thank you!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'm Paying It Forward Too!

After seeing all the blog post about the Pay It Forward 2011 Challenge, I couldn't resist.  I signed up on Return To Sender's could I resist Sarah's wit & charm...LOL

So here it is...

“Pay It Forward 2011…. I promise to make something handmade for the first five people who comment
They must in turn post this and make something for the first five who comment.
The rules are it has to be handmade by you, and they must receive it before 2011 ends.”

Not sure what you will get, or when you will get it, but I do promise to send all 5 people something cool this year.  I'll stick to the original 5 people, just in case it gets to over whelming....LOL  Sounds like a fun cool project so hope you join me and do this Pay It Forward 2011 Challenge too!!

Sign up! You know you want to!! :)

**1/15/10 Thank you, sign up is now closed.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sushi & Shopping

Wednesday I had the pleasure of having lunch with the lovely and fun Nik from XOXO NikStar and Iza from Good Grief Iza.  We at sushi, shopped and LOL'ed a lot.  Sometimes its good to just have some girl time to talk and be silly. That was the kinda day we had.  Not much to report other than Nik & I decide to do a mini photo shoot for ootd post.  We each took each others pictures and recreated some poses we frequently see on other blogs! : ) Its funny when we did a pose we all knew who's signature pose belonged to what other bloggers.  It was all in good fun, so if you see a pose that looks like yours, don't be mad.  We love all the bloggers we have met in the past year and now consider friends. So enjoy the pics from our sushi lunch date and our little shopping spree at F21!

I called this look my Freddy Kruger outfit! LOL (pictures taken by NikStar)

Striped Sweater Vest from Torrid
Black Top with Stud detail from Sears
Skinny Jeans (my fave) from Asos Curve
Studded Scrunch Boots from Volatile via Marshalls
Sunnies Fossil from Fossil Outlet
Earrings from F21
Timex Watch

We tore through the accessories section of F21, we tried on hats and bought lots of jewelry.  Nik and I decided 2011 is gonna be the year of hats for us. What do you think can we pull off wearing hats? I was feeling so French in the beret. Nik was giving a little Rhianna vibe in the fedora. Iza didn't want to play along with the 
Just realized I didn't get any pics of the sushi, but I can tell you it was delish!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

For the Curvy Goddess

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to say a quick hello and hope everyone is having a great 2011 so far.  I have some good news to share, a new online boutique wants to offer you CSF readers a 25% discount. Phoenician Goddess is a Fashion Boutique for the Curvy Goddess.  New Spring merchandise is coming soon. Go take a look at and use code LBC25 for 25% off your purchase until March 1, 2011.

Here are some of my fave pieces below, what do you think? Hope you find some great things at Phoenician Goddess and look forward to some hot ootds post! Enjoy!! 

Lulu Top $27.95
Jeggings $35.99
Cece Dress $30.00
Don't forget to use the code LBC25 for your 25% off your purchase.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Queens Have Arrived

Last year I attended the Viva Fat Vegas Blogger Conference where we had the honor to be a part of the Queens of the Desert Plus Size Model search.  We met Tina Sanchez and Rosie Mercado the 2 women behind the model search. It was a wonderful experience to meet the very beautiful and talented woman behind the model search, but also to see the great turn out of girls.  Below are some pictures of the final photo shoot which includes Shayleen Renae the winner of the model search, Tina Sanchez from Moxie Management and model Rosie Mercado.  The ladies look hot and gorgeous with Las Vegas as the back drop for all the pictures.  It was nice to see the results of the model search and want to thank Tina Sanchez for sharing these photos with CSF.  I love being able to share and show beautiful, confident and stylish curvy ladies on the blog. Look out for more features like this in 2011!

Winner of Queens of The Desert Plus Size Model Search Shayleen Renae



Rosie Mercado

Tina Sanchez

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 Out Takes!

~2010 was the year of  wearing more colors, scarfs and jeans~
2010 is over, it was a great year with many great moments.  My blog has evolved and grown, so has my style.  Although many of my outfits were not so great or special, I did take lots of pics.  I was more daring in my styling, wore more colors than usual and it was the year I met many other great bloggers. Above you will see a few of the outfits and pictures that never made it to the blog. (Don't laugh, OK if you LOL a little I understand!)  I was either not happy with the outfit, the pictures or just never got around to blog about what was going on at the time.  I had a good giggle going over the pictures, seeing my year flash before my eyes and how things have changed.  I feel very lucky and grateful for all the wonderful opportunities my blog has given me and looking forward to many more wonderful moments in 2011.  I am also blessed to have met many awesome bloggers through out the year, many from other states and even other countries.  The blogging community more specific the plus size (fatshion) bloggers have been wonderful and very kind to me.  Thank you to all the beautiful ladies I have met for being awesome blog buddies. Also thank you to the readers of the blog for being a great audience.  

2011 is our time to SHINE and make our dreams come true. 
I wish you all the best in whatever you do, whatever dreams you may have and may you reach all your goals.  

Have a wonderful, beautiful and successful 2011!

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