Thursday, January 31, 2008
Yellow is going to be huge again this spring and summer. Layer the Cute Simple Top underneath a gray suit for work, or toss it on over a jean skirt and sandals for running around on the weekend. $22.99
Photos courtesy of Belle Avenue.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Top the sailor pants with the Lucien cardigan in charcoal from B & Lu, $42. The shirred gathering at the chest lends some structure to an otherwise free-flowing cardy.
Total cost of this fabulous outfit - approximately $118. Now that's my kind of splurge!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Almost 8 years ago, I went wedding dress shopping with my now sister-in-law, Katie. She’d just gotten engaged to my older brother and we were living together during the last few semesters of college. One smoldering hot summer afternoon, as we lay on the floor of our apartment trying to decide whether or not we could afford to turn on the air, Katie had a great idea. “Let’s go try on dresses at David’s Bridal!” The suggestion combined three of our favorite things at the time: shopping, wedding planning and free air conditioning.
It was a Tuesday at 1:00- not exactly prime wedding dress shopping time, so DB was completely dead. To be funny, I decided to pretend that I was getting married and needed to try on dresses, too. The bored-looking attendant perked up, asked our sizes and hustled off to find the first armful of dressess for each of us to try on. What she came back with for me, in my size 22, was…uhm…interesting. I’ve blocked most of it out now, but I do have visions of a few gowns Heather Locklear would have loved in the mid 80's. High bodices covered in lace and beading, bows trimming the edge, ruffles and layers galore. (*Shudder*)
I gaily tried on the dresses, preening in front of the wall to wall mirrors, having fun with the sheer mad idea that any Bombshell would want to look like that on her wedding day. Next to me, Katie tried on beautiful, tasteful dresses. It was pretty hilarious. Until it hit me – at the time, maybe Bombshells didn’t have much of a choice as to how they looked on "their" day. Maybe they had to take whatever was available and pretend to be happy about it. Scary.
Fast forward to present day – I got married a little over a year ago and when it came time to find my perfect gown, I conjured up chilling memories of those dresses on that trip with Katie. Luckily, David’s Bridal and other retailers have come a long way. I found the dress of my dreams without any hassle, no tears, and I didn’t even have to pay a fortune (although I could have if I’d wanted to; it was nice to have options.)
Choosing your wedding dress should be exciting and fun, whether you’re a size 8 or 28. Some plus size women feel intimidated at the thought of going out and searching for the dress of their dreams - will the sales people be nice to me? Will they make me feel bad about my size? Will there even be anything for me to try on?
The answers? Yes, no, and yes. David’s Bridal carries most all of their plus size dresses in-store so you can try them on - and they are beautifully tailored to the curves and proportions of Bombshell bodies. Lane Bryant, one of the most trusted Bombshell retailers, has jumped into the wedding gown pool as well. They carry a variety of styles, including a really cute cocktail-length dress (below).
Don’t settle for anything less than you’ve always wanted. If you’re getting married soon, check out a few of my favorites below. Next week, I'll show you a few of my favorite selections for bridesmaid dresses.
It doesn't get more classic than the floor-length A-line with beading along the bodice.
Not everyone wants the big, princess dress. Perfect for a morning ceremony or a wedding on the beach, Lane Bryant's cocktail length dress hits all the right notes.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In my teens and 20's, getting dressed was less about personal style and more about "fashion", i.e. trends. Trends are by nature disposable, and in a way so are your teens and twenties. I learned a lot from both trends (my shoulders are too broad for peasant sleeves) and that time of my life (Hard Core cider and Kahlua are not a good combination).
As I near my thirties (which I cannot wait for), I'm going to be reconsidering what I put in my closet. I want to create my own personal perfect wardrobe. In order to make it onto one of my wooden hangers, an article of clothing must:
- Make me smile at the thought of putting it on
- Feel good to the touch - no more polyester/jersey blends (a challenge when shopping for clothes 14+, I know - but I'll make it happen)
- Go with at least 2 other articles of clothing already in the closet
I want to know what your wardrobe is like. What's your favorite piece of clothing?
Monday, January 21, 2008
- Amethyst +gray + ice blue = Cool jewel
- Lilac + chocolate brown + bright white = Crisp and cool
- Plum + grass green+ American blue = Eclectic artsy
Photos courtesy of Evans, Igigi, and DesignerShoes.com.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
To keep florals from coming across as too precious, I think it’s important to ground them with a dark solid color. Ironically, taking away some of the print’s surface area maximizes its impact. This outfit from Old Navy is a good start – shapely jeans and a cute little flutter-sleeve top. It’s a little bland, though. Add a long-sleeved black cardigan and the fluttery floral motif looks a little quirky, less demure. Or wrap a blueberry colored scarf around the model’s neck to allow more of the print to show through while providing a visual counterpoint to the print.
I always think it’s a good idea to mix elements in your outfits – classic cuts in outrageous colors; pearls with jeans; girly florals with a tough foundation like dark black jeans or a structured pencil skirt. To keep your look current, avoid pairing floral prints with ruffles or tiered skirts, anything with too much volume or flow. There’s a floral out there for everyone; find yours and then wear it in an unexpected way.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The good news? You won't need to overhaul your wardrobe in order to update your look. Since the same stuff that's probably already in your closet is still on trend, a few accessories, a new pair of shoes, one or two minor pieces and you're good to go.
Over the next few days, I'll scour the stores, both brick and mortar and online, to find the best interpretations of the major spring trends to fit and flatter our curves. I'll also share with you a few of the trends that I won't be participating in -and why. Until then, pick up a few magazines (I like Harper's Bazaar and Lucky) to get your imagination going.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Ulta, occasionally known as the poor-man's Sephora, is stepping it up. Ulta may have come first, but in recent years has lagged behind the French beauty powerhouse in attracting department-store brands. Ulta has always been the place to find every imaginable drugstore brand - which is extremely convenient when you need to pick up shaving cream, mascara and some hair binders. What was once their weakness is now, I believe, their ace in the pocket when it comes to competing with Sephora.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I love this pair of vintage-inspired faux-amethyst earrings from Torrid. Not only are they a steal (just $9.98) they're incredibly versatile. Because they are the definition of understated glamour, you can pull them off with a cocktail dress or jeans and a tee shirt. In my book, versatility is a wardrobe must - jewelry included.I love this crochet-trim tunic by Lane Bryant because it's sexy without throwing it all out there. Like a true Bombshell, I think that alluding to the curves underneath is a lot more enticing than putting on a show of cleavage and legs. The cutout trim gives a flash of skin around the neckline, drawing attention to the face. Fabulous. And fabulously on sale for $24.75.
Photos courtesy of Talbots, Torrid and Lane Bryant.
Friday, January 11, 2008
If you have a big night this weekend, a party or a date, let me share with you a trick I've learned about tights. Despite the admonishment of East Coast fashion editors who purse their lips at girls who go out with tights or panty hose under their dresses, I think most Bombshells like equal parts sex-appeal, style and warmth. So I give tights a big thumbs up under a dress in January. The dilemna can be this: control top or no.
Control top versions can be downright painful - that bionic waistband digging into your tummy all night can seriously cramp a good time. Non-control top versions will inevitably inch their way down your thighs, pooling at your knees. On a whim recently, I decided to put on my non-control top tights THEN my underwear. Worked like a charm. The underwear served as a makeshift of garter for the tights.
The more I write about my discovery, the more I begin to wonder if this is not ingenious but just kind of crazy...I'll stop by saying that it works for me. Have a great weekend!
Monday, January 7, 2008
- It's January in Minnesota, which means it's freaking cold.
- Yes, it's a party but it's a party with my co-workers.
- I need to be able to bust a move on the dance floor which means nothing restrictive or shoes that are too painful.
I'm torn between two dresses. Help me out by casting your vote in the comments.First up is this little number from Evans of London - it's a silk bustier dress that I snagged for 30 pounds (would have to check my credit card statement to see what pounds to US dollar conversion). It's a little past knee length with a flattering sash at the waist. The print is...strong. Too strong? Or International Fusion?
Second choice is this ladylike lace-topped red dress from Igigi. It offers more coverage and is a little more understated - definitely a safe choice. Very cute and flattering, though. It's so hard to choose - do it for me.
Photos courtesy of Evans and Igig.
My actual prom was nothing like that. There was no prince charming; instead I took the brother of one of my best friends. And the dress? The only dresses large enough to fit my Bombshell curves were found in the Women's World of the local Dillards. They were mostly beige, with pleated skirts and beaded bodices, offset by a gauzy jacket. Luckily, my mom was able to find a minty-lime green number somewhere. It wasn't the dress of my dreams, but it was the dress of my size. The point is, I remember exactly how it feels to be thinking about prom. Do you?
Operation Glass Slipper is a non-profit organization for which I volunteer. Our mission is simple - to unite gently used prom dresses and accessories with high school girls in the Twin Cities who can't afford them. We collect dresses and raise money to purchase shoes, purses, makeup, and jewelry. On April 5th and 6th, we'll be pulling all of our donations together and opening up the OGS shop in a storefront at the Mall of America. High school girls who have been referred to us by guidance counselors, clergy, social workers etc will arrive, ready to try on dresses and put together the outfits of their dreams - free of charge.
We have a HUGE need for dresses in sizes 14+. Can you imagine what it would feel like for a high school Bombshell - maybe not as comfortable in her beautiful curves yet; maybe feeling a little self-concious - to arrive at this event and not be able to choose her dress from a full rack? Instead of feeling excitement and an eagerness to try things on, she'll feel a lot like I did - maybe you did - just grateful to find anything in her size.
If you have a gently used formal gown that you would like to donate to Operation Glass Slipper (especially if you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area), please click here or contact me to learn more. I am also in charge of collecting beauty products to give the girls - sample sizes of lotion, perfume, lip gloss, etc - so please let me know if you would like to help with that. Evey girl of every size and economic means deserves the chance to attend prom - let's do what we can to make that happen for our young Bombshells.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Old Navy has accessorized this outfit with gray flats and bag which is perfect for work, but it could easily be amped up with bright yellow, red, pink - any color that catches your eye for a night out.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
- To love my curvy hips, full thighs, flat butt, smallish breasts, large feet, wavy hair, sensitive skin, ragged cuticles - just as they are.
- To exercise cause it makes me feel good, and for no other reason.
- To eat pizza when the need arises.
- To try out a few new trends while staying true to my personal style.
- To resist the urge to cut bangs - cause even though it looks awesome on everyone else, it never goes well for me.
- To wear red lipstick to work.
- To post updates to Bombshell Beauty daily, Monday through Friday- cause I love my readers AND all the fabulous size 14+ clothes out there, just waiting to be discovered.
Happy New Year, Bombshells!