Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Log on to Curvation.com to shop the line and to find a retailer near you.
All photos courtesy of Curvation.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Hit up Alloy for cute graphic print tees, like this one featuring the incomparable Audrey. You can go the easy route and pull it on over jeans and flip flops for running around on the weekends. Or glam it up by trading the flip flops for patent leather heels, slip on a fitted blazer and diamond stud earrings for a night out with the girls.
To add height to any look, slide on a pair of wedges, like the Kimmi Wedge from Payless. This shoe is especially fabulous as a height booster thanks to the slingback. Slingbacks = a longer line of leg. And at $24.99, these are a steal.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
- Knee-length plaid pleated skirt + neutral crewneck sweater + knee-high boots
- Crisp button down shirt + gray collegiate cardigan (with pockets and patches!) + medium wash bootcut jeans
- Soft knit beret + cotton tee shirt + corduroy skirt + heeled oxfords
- Printed hoodie + neutral blazer + casual jeans
Get inspired by these Bombshell versions of prep school pieces:
Hoodie from B and Lu, on sale for $26; multi-gored plaid skirt from Lane Bryant, $39.50; corduroy blazer from Old Navy, $39.50; classic rise "The Flirt" jeans from Old Navy in medium wash, on sale for $29.50; Oxford shoes by Vince Camuto, $129.95.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
On the slinkier side, check out this satin halter chemise from Frederick's of Hollywood. Don't be afraid of FoH. Not all of their lingerie has cut-out nipples. I especially like the shape of this night gown because curvy women frequently need some support throughout the bust. A halter is a sexy way to do that.
For the ultimate in snuggle-up comfort, pad you sleepwear with a fluffy robe. I like this one from Barefoot Dreams. It comes in blue, black, white and pink.
I logged on to all my favorite clothing sites, just to see what's new, and fell in love with these denim jeans from Liz Claiborne. The color is dark and even, the fit is slim (not a word curvy women should be afraid of!) and so flattering. And for $80? Not bad. The jeans do have a little elastic in the waist - at the back of the waist band, easily covered by a belt. They're so sleek and professional - perfect for casual Friday at the office!
Photo courtesy of LizClaiborne.com
Monday, August 13, 2007
I will be in the hospital for a few days and won't be feeling up to posting for the next week or so. During that time, I'll be holed up in bed devouring magazines and thinking of great new articles to post upon recovery. Bear with me and check back; as always keep sending me your fashion and beauty questions. I'll reply just as soon as I can sit upright at the computer!
- Shoes - Once you notice a style has been in the stores for a few seasons, figure out what makes it special (is it flat, is it a kitten heel, equestrian-style boots) and try to find a pair that fits your personal style. Metallic heels have been gathering momentum and probably aren't going anywhere for a while; snag a pair in a classic shape for an easy (and long-wearing) update.
- Jewelry - The great thing about jewelry is that it's easy to find at affordable prices, and it's extremely cyclical. Wear strands of colorful beads throughout the tropical Summer months and then switch them out for sophisticated gold and gemstone accents come Fall and Winter.
- Nail polish - This might sound a little strange, but nail polish is also cyclical. Spring and Summer are the perfect times to wear a more vibrant shade of polish - think hot pink and coral, or polish with a little sparkle to it. Throughout the colder months, paint on a darker color (like the inky purples that have been everywhere the past few years) or a light neutral nude. Or keep it simple and wear red year-round!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
The combined scent hit me right away- it was fantastic! And my hair was incredibly soft - softer than ever! Lesson learned: two fabulous shampoos combined equal one doubly fabulous shampoo.
Don't be afraid to take a beauty risk every once in a while. * Try that orange lipstick or the turqoise eye liner. See where else you can use your under-eye cream - around the lips? On your cuticles? Why not? Whip up a few of your own fabulous cocktails and share them in the comments.
*Obviously avoid mixing anything ultra potent or that comes with a prescription.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
As with any trend, the key to 40's glam is being "inspired" instead of literal. Despite the head-to-toe trendiness depicted in the pages of a magazine spread, avoid looking costumey by choosing one or two key 40's inspired pieces to your look. A few of my favorite combinations:
- Pencil skirt + Button down shirt + Cardigan= Business glam
- Wide legged jeans + Basic tee + Delicate wool jacket with puffed sleeves = Date night chic
- Wide legged trousers + Fitted Sweater + Red Lipstick = Weekend goddess
Peep toe platform heels look great with any of these combos; if that's too high for you, choose a kitten-heel with a rounded toe. To avoid looking stumpy or dowdy, remember: the higher the heel, the lower the hemline; the lower the heel, the higher the hemline.
Since we're talking about a very glamourous look here, keep jewelry minimal. Think small hoop earrings and a string of pearls or diamond studs and a brooch. And don't forget that red lipstick! Maintaining perfectly red lips can be a full-time job, so if you'd rather do a sheer slick of red try Clinique Almost Lipstick in Ruby.
Monday, August 6, 2007
- Dresses and shirts- make sure they fit across the shoulders and in arm holes, as well as across the chest. A tailor can shorten sleeves (wrist-length is typical) and can take up the bottom of shirts if they are too long.
- Pants- The crotch should not hang low; look for pants with a low rise (i.e. a shorter length between the waist band and the crotch). Look for an inseam at about 27"-29", although you can try pants with longer inseams as long as the rise is low. Tailors can easily hem the bottom of pants.
- Skirts- Make sure skirts sit at or near your natural waist to ensure that back pockets and seaming align on your rear. Skirts are easily hemmed.
Here are a few of my favorite resources for petite clothes in sizes 14+:
One Stop Plus- a discount online retailer that pulls together clothing from a variety of labels and carries a wide selection of petite sizes, geared toward women 4'11"-5'3 and a half inches. The average inseam for petite pants on the site is 27". Find everything from winter coats to pant sets to shorts (inseam of 16").
Nordstrom - In store and online, Nordstrom is a great place to find clothes that will fit petite women with curves. Look for jeans by Caslon (pictured- so great!), work separates and suits by Semantiks (black pants, pictured) and Eileen Fisher among others. Call ahead to Nordstrom and make an appointment with a free personal shopper. Tell the shopper your size and height, what you're looking for and when you want to come in. Upon arrival, you'll have a whole slew of clothes already pulled off the racks for you to try on. Did I mention this service is free?Talbots- I saved the best for last. I love this store for bright sweaters (shown), pants and button down shirts. You will find all the wardrobe basics you need here, the perfect foundation for a closet full of classic clothes. You can vary the looks by your choice of accessories. In store and online, the selection is fantastic.
Just as wearing size 14+ is not a fashion liability, neither is being petite. Check out the stores I've mentioned; one of the best ways to find other places to shop is to chat with customers who seem to be reaching for the same clothes you are. The best way to find fabulous clothes is to talk to other women wearing fabulous clothes!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
You could buy this entire outfit ($45.84):
I have to admit to being a little impressed. Begrudgingly so. Tell me - where's the most surprising place you've found fabulous fashion at a discount?
You can find the full Michael Kors collection in extended sizes at Nordstrom. Prices start at $59.00.
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