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My New Favorite Song

Friday, February 29, 2008

I am a bit ashamed of not having discovered this song earlier, but thank goodness I stumbled on it a few weeks ago online whilst browsing around Since then this song has been playing in my car constantly.

Let me introduce to you Mika, a singer who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a Lebanese mother of Syrian-Lebanese descent and an American father. A lot of you might probably know the song... 'Relax, Take it Eaaaaasy'... well Mika is the man behing that song. And he has recently launched another great single which simply praises big beautiful curvy ladies. The song is aptly name 'Big Girl... You Are Beautiful!'.

Besides loving this song because it is truly about time full figured women get some love in the music scene, the piece is simply up beat and just makes you want to get off your chair, dance and celebrate your curves! Woo hoo! The video is great and the plus size women dancing along look gorgeous and sexy too.

Some snippets from the lyrics of the song, which stand out for me...

You take your girl
And multiply her by four
Now a whole lot of woman
Needs a whole lot more

Right on! And also...

No need to fantasize
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Please share this with every curvy lady you know, I am sure it will make her day!


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Plus Size Denim Jeans A Style And Fit Guide

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The following is a guest post by Sara Johnson.

The right pair of denim jeans may be the single most important piece of clothing in your wardrobe and will without a doubt be the most versatile piece in your collection. Plus size denim lines are ever increasing and the trend focused options available in standard sizing are rapidly becoming available for the plus size community. From your favorite tee to a kimono top, your entire look can be changed without ever taking off your denim. However, what looks stylish and sexy on one woman, makes another one look frumpy or outdated. So, how do you know what's right for you? Below are some basic guidelines to follow when shopping for the perfect piece of denim.

Plus Size Jeans

The golden rule is: Know what thyself is workin with! If you got it flaunt it, accentuate the positives. Booty like J Lo? Mile long legs? These are the features you want to accentuate. Work with different washes and of the minute denim shapes like boot-cut and wide leg that enhance your favorite features.

What is your body style? Wide Hips, avoid the temptation of drowning yourself in relaxed fit jeans, they will only add inches where you're trying to lose them. Instead draw the eye down and balance the body with a pair of slight flare boot-cut jeans in a mid rise that's fitted throughout the hips. If you have short legs, make sure you pay attention to the length; this is one of the most important aspects when choosing a pair of jeans. Denim should be about a half of an inch above the ground when wearing heels or flats. Darker washes, with a front crease from the knee to the hem, also elongate your legs. A new option re-emerging is the higher waist trouser jean, which not only slims, but creates the illusion of mile long legs. Girls with a boyish figure or a body style considered to be rectangular will want to opt for a cut that will add the illusion of having curves, such as a mid-rise flare leg jean, where the denim is fitted through the hips and thigh, with the flare beginning above the knee.

The devil is in the details; you will want to consider different details of the jean itself. A fan of distressing and aged denim? Make sure not to go overboard. Extreme fading or jeans that appear to be destroyed may be popular with 15 year old pop tarts, but in reality can look tacky and dated. Dark denim in a crisp shape is always chic, as is a medium wash with well placed whiskering. Pay attention to pocket shape and angle. Hexagonal shapes that angle in towards the center tend to work best in creating a heart shaped booty for any body. Pockets placed slightly higher on the tush tend to make a flat booty look perkier and higher. Flap, or cargo pockets, also add some oomph to a small tush. Long pockets that pass the bottom of the tush are fantastic for shaping and lifting an ample booty. Avoid excess fading on the butt and the thighs, as they will make these areas look larger. Also pay attention to a lot of whiskering around the zipper area, which can also accentuate the hips. When considering rise, most women will be best served by a mid rise (a few inches below your belly button).

When choosing the right pair of plus size denim know your body type first and foremost, it is the basis of your search. Know which styles will work with your type and most importantly, what makes you feel fabulous.

Who is Sara Johnson?
Sara Johnson is the co-owner and product buyer at - A posh plus size clothing boutique for curvy girls. She currently works as a fashion consultant for curvy women worldwide. Come see what everyone is talking about!


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About Curves Expands Collection

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Heart Throb - Plus size, an online store offering exclusively plus size lingerie, has recently announced the addition of a brand new collection to its stock. The new items can be purchase directly through their site, and  include an assortment of lingerie featuring hearts, flowers, and feathers.

"We really aim to make the everyday woman feel sexy," says owner Robin Bryan-Culver. "Did you know more than fifty percent of American women are size 14 or larger?" As an exclusive retailer of plus size lingerie, Robin understands that many larger women get a message from society that they should be shameful of their bodies. But as a plus size woman herself, Robin believes that all women should have the opportunity to feel sexy and self-confident about their bodies.

Visit to view the new collection.


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Alight Opens New York Boutique

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ladies living in New York will be very pleased to get to know that has now opened up a boutique in Long Island, at the west end of the Morton Village Shopping Center in Plainview, NY. I have always called the online plus size 'mall', due to the vast selection of items and labels it makes available. So I can only but imagine the vast choice made available through this brand new boutique.

For ladies who may not really be comfortable with shopping online, and who are in the area, the opening up of this store is great news! The store currently carries a collection of junior and contemporary plus size fashions, including tops, dresses, jeans, skirts, as well as gown for those special occasions.

How To Get There
The store is located on Old Country Road 1/2 mile from NY 135, the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. The Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway/NY 135 can be reached from the Northern State Parkway, the Long Island Expressway or the Southern State Parkway. From the Northern State Parkway or the Long Island Expressway head South on NY 135. From the Southern State Parkway take the North exit for NY 135. Please note that when traveling Westbound there is no direct access to NY 135 from the Northern State Parkway.

From the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway exit at Old Country Road East - exit 10. Proceed 1/2 mile to the Morton Village Shopping Center.

Store Opening Hours
  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 11am - 6pm
  • Wednesday: 11am - 6pm
  • Thursday: 11am - 8pm
  • Friday: 11am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 11am - 6pm
  • Sunday: closed in February
For further details visit

Hat tip to Glen at Full Figure Plus for the news!


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Find Out What Flatters Your Shape

Monday, February 25, 2008

Just a short post to let you know about an interesting, and free, online stool which I came across today called MyShape. This new site, which I've just registered to and I'm currently finding my way around, helps you identify what type of shape your body is, and based on that gives you fashion suggestions. It helps you find out which particular clothes will fit well and flatter your figure, and also those which don't.

I'm rushing off to continue experimenting with the site a little bit further, and will give you a more detailed roundup on my take on it later on, but so far it looks like an essential fashion tool, especially as an online shopping aid.

Hat tip to Meieli at for this!


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Watch Out for the Missphit Spring/Summer Collection

I have just been given a sneak peek into what is coming up Missphit's Spring/Summer 2008 collection, and I must say I am impressed!

Ever since I was introduced to the Missphit clothing line I was immediately impressed at their attention to detail, style and most of all quality. And as time passes by the Missphit line continues to impress me as it grows and matures to include more and more designs. Their styles are up to the minute, and most of all figure flattering.

I can't wait to show you what's in store for you ladies from them, but you'll have to hang on a while longer!


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See 'Fat Pig'

Saturday, February 23, 2008

If you live in the Salem, Oregon area, then you might be interested in going to see Neil LaBute's latest play entitled 'Fat Pig' which opened last week at the Salem Repertory Theatre. As the reports, LaBute chose this title precisely to make us feel guilty just by saying the name of the play, and therefore getting us into the whole mood of the play. Director by Rhett Luedtke this play toys with our sympathies, engages our emotions and keeps us off balance in this romantic comedy/drama about an uncertain young man and his plus-size girlfriend.

This play will be showing until 2nd March, 2008. Find out more about it and purchase tickets for the show if you're interested. I'd love to go and watch, but obviously I am way out of the area. If you happen to actually go and see this play, please let me know about it and how it was by commenting below!


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Ideal Stores for Mother of the Bride

Friday, February 22, 2008

Plus size mother of the bride outfitThe carried a plus size related fashion Q & A recently, which I wanted to point out to you ladies, as I am sure it will come in handy to some.

In this feature, Jane is asking for some tips on choosing the perfect plus size mother of the bride dress. Fashion writer Deborah Friedman answers responds to her dilemma and suggest taking a look at jackets from Nordstrom (within their plus size department), as well as items from Belk at Carbtree, Eileen Fisher, Karen Kane, Anne Klein or Ralph Lauren.

These are great suggestions, though I would like to add my own two cents to this. Sydney's Closet has a wonderful 'Mother of the Bride/Groom' section within their online store, which includes some beautiful choices. So Jane, if you are reading this, do take a look at this collection as well, as you might find the perfect outfit here, at a great price.


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$10 Swimsuits with Free Shipping

Thursday, February 21, 2008 has today launched an excellent sale on a limited selection of plus size swimsuits. They have chosen 4 gorgeous swimsuits from their collection, and they are literally giving these away at only $10! What's more, you also get your swimsuit delivered to you for free, as they are also throwing in complimentary shipping and handling. All you need to do in order to take advantage of this offer is use coupon code 5495SFA upon checkout.

This promotion is set to run until supplies last, and by the looks of it that won't be a very long time. So if you're looking for a figure flattering swimsuit, do take a look at these! Here are the chosen swimsuits, which can be yours at only $10:

Plus size swimsuit
1. Forget Me Not One Piece Plus Size Swimsuit by Beach Native
This gorgeous one features a soft cup bra which provides both support and coverage. The great tummy control lining flattens your stomach to give you a smooth and streamlined shape. A sexy final touch is the tie halter top.

Floral curvy swimsuit
2. Flowers in July One Piece Plus Size Keyhole Back Swimsuit by Beach Native
Another beautiful and very colorful piece. This again features a soft cup bra for comfotable support. The all over pattern works great as it camouflages any flaws you might want to hide. The keyhole back prevents slipping straps, whilst the high neck provides a streamlined silhouette. This piece also features the tummy control panel which slims the waist.

Orange plus size swimwear
3. Orange Fusion Two Piece Skirtini Swimsuit
This fun two piece skirtini would be a great addition to any swimwear collection. This item features a soft cup bra, which will comfortable accomodate up to a C cup. The slight V-neck gives this swimsuit a more feminine fit. The mid-rise skirt botton is 10" link and comes along with a detachable belt with plastic ring detail.

Pink curvy swimwear
4. Pink Camo Beach Two Piece Tankini Swimsuit
A cute piece, perfect for relaxing on the beach! This swimsuit also features a soft cup bra and a slight V-neck style. The bra will comfortable accomodate up to a C cup. The low rise brief bottom give you moderate coverage, and the foldover sash featured at the waist is tied to the side.

Remember to use coupon code 5495SFA when shopping for one of these swimsuits this week, to purchase them for only $10, including free shipping and handling!


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5 Core Pieces For The Ultimate Plus Size Wardrobe

The following is a guest post by Sara Johnson.

Several fabulous core pieces are essential for any fashion maven's wardrobe and for plus size women the devil's in the details...The selection of a few core pieces, that most importantly fit one's body and work harmoniously with one's lifestyle will carry their wearer seamlessly through any occasion. The following are five absolute "Must Haves" in your plus Size wardrobe.

A Good Bra:
When the girls are drooping or bulging out of your current bra, you look heavier regardless of your size. 60% of American women wear the incorrect bra size, which while aesthetically unpleasing, more importantly "especially in larger busted women" means many are subject to shoulder, neck and back pain/chaffing/skin abrasions. Get fitted by a professional! Nordstroms has knowledgeable staff and free fitting services, or visit a local lingerie boutique in your area. Be prepared to make a small investment, high quality lingerie can be pricey. Pleasantly, you'll find after choosing a quality, well fitted bra that even your least expensive garments look divine.

Wrap Sweater:
Plus size women are blessed with fab curves, but often cover them up with far too much fabric for fear form-fitting items will make them look bigger. Not so curvy girls! Oversized knits make your silhouette bigger, while curve skimming styles show off the feminine form. Skin tight styles are not flattering on anyone, but wrap sweaters that clearly cinch at the waist and have a v-neck to elongate the torso and flatter the bust, creating a gorgeous hourglass shape on curvy frames.

Dark Denim:
Dark denim, in a slight boot cut with a mid-rise is a chic essential wardrobe staple. Jeans should fit well at purchase through the hips and thighs; you can always have the waist taken in, but you can't have the thighs let out. The mid rise (just below the belly button) emphasizes your waist and the dark rinse elongates the leg. Regardless of how popular skinny jeans may be, please AVOID! Tapered styles make most women look like an olive on toothpicks. The same is said for Capris and cropped styles; they do nothing but shorten and widen the appearance of the legs. Denim should always be approximately an inch off the ground, so consider your preferred heel height when shopping.

A Proper Fitting Winter Coat:
Time and again, women pull together a fab outfit, only to top it with a ski parka from four seasons ago. Go the extra mile and find a coat that fits and flatters your frame and style. A properly fitting coat never pulls at the bust and is most certainly "buttonable". The shoulder seams should fit AT your shoulders, not between your shoulder and elbow. The sleeves will hit you no lower than where your thumb joins your palm, however if your sleeves are long at purchase this is an easy fix for a tailor. Style-wise, chose a coat with a long line and a V-neckline, as well as an optionally cinchable waistline. Three quarter length (just above the knee) is typically the most flattering, car-length (just below to tush) is lovely on women with great legs and full-length styles create a statement look on tall women. Avoid puffy anything or fur-trimmed hoods, which just add bulk.

Slim Skirt:
The slim skirt, like the wrap top, may seem risky, but when you wear a plus size, more is not better. A full skirt will indeed cover your hips and thighs, but the extra volume will also make them look larger than they really are. Opt instead for a slim skirt, or slight a-line, fitted at the waist and hips then falling to a straight or slight a-line shape. Chose a thick, quality fabric in a neutral charcoal, tweed, black pinstripe or brown color.

The afore mentioned basics, in well tailored shapes create the beginnings of a timeless, sophisticated wardrobe, well-suited to show off a curvy physique. Add pops of color and trend focused accessories and shoes to update a timeless, chic look for any occasion!

Who is Sara Johnson?
Sara Johnson is the co-owner and product buyer at - A posh plus size clothing boutique for curvy girls. She currently works as a fashion consultant for curvy women worldwide. Come see what everyone is talking about!


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Why Some Boutiques Don't Carry Plus Sizes

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I read an interesting blog post by style editor Kim Crowe today, which gives plus size women and retailers in general, some food for thought.

Kim has recently been following some boutique owners around as they select merchandise for late spring/early fall deliveries. Out of the many retailers she has seen, most of them do carry their items in XXL or size 16, but unfortunately only one retailer was one which you would call totally plus size oriented. What's happening is that plus size people don't actually know that these sizes are available in these particular places, so they simply do not go to these boutiques. As a consequence, the retailers simply assume that there isn't a market there for them! As Kim suggests, what this boils down to is merely mis-communication, or actually lack of communication.

What happened to good old market research, and investing in some effective marketing? These retailers need to look around an realize that, yes, the market is there. But plus size people aren't simply going to notice you carry bigger sizes just by snapping a finger. Promote these sizes throughout the store, in local newspapers or magazines, and online on locally focused sites. There are different ways to get the word out there, and retailers should use these to their advantage, to expand their customer base to include plus sizes.


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Communion Dresses: What Do Plus-Size Girls Wear?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The following is a guest post by Janet Donahue.

Communion dress for girlsCommunion dress shopping season is upon us. This can be a really fun time, but it can be extremely stressful too.

Every year we see one group stand out as the most stressed - the mothers of extra-fluffy girls. (Our customers have expressed appreciation for our term of "extra fluffy" over and over again. It's a little less insulting and better descriptive.)

These families soon found out when shopping that there are many Communion dress choices for the typical girl who wears a size 6, 7 or 8 - even a 10. Every manufacturer of girls' dresses turns out white Communion dresses for the spring season in these sizes.

But not all girls are these sizes. In fact, our experience tells us that a very large percentage are not!

Who is the extr-fluffy girl? She is the one who is wider than most her age. Dresses that are the right length are too snug across the chest and waistline. She is not necessarily taller (though she might be, but then she may simply need a larger size). Frequently she is a girl who has not yet begun to develop a slimming waistline beginning her womanly shape. The garment industry assumes that a girl between ages 6-7 begins this slimming phase (thus creating the sizes 6 for pre and 6X for post) when the typical baby egg-shaped belly is thought to be slimming down.

But the vast majority of girls' bodies are not on this prescribed time schedule. There may be times when a perfectly normal girl is in a "plus" size for a period of time until she begins this slimming phase. This should be seen as a momentary situation with plenty of alternatives - if you know where to look.

And, of course today we have many young people who are simply over weight. These girls need and deserve to look very pretty for their First Communion. In fact, with the modern stigma against being over weight, I think it's especially important that these girls look their absolute best so they feel as special and as loved as they really are. Every girl deserves to feel like a princess!

All too often the family of the extra-fluffy girl scurries from store to store desperately trying to find a Communion dress to fit. They try on dress after dress after dress in larger sizes, but they don't fit. Why? Because as they try larger sizes to get more width, the whole dress -especially the bodice - is too long. Nothing fits right. Frustration sets in and tempers flare. Eventually they become exasperated AND the wear date is fast approaching so they become desperate.

This scenario can be avoided entirely. This year there are more wonderful choices for the extra fluffy girl than ever before!

The first thing is to assess her size situation. Does she require a plus-size Communion dress? If you find that dresses that are wide enough fit all wrong every other way, you likely need a plus-size Communion dress. If so, head straight for the plus-size dresses. Don't spend time looking over styles that won't fit.

And here's a tip: you will find more plus-sized Communion dresses online than anywhere else. Why? Because brick-and-mortar stores really don't sell enough volume to justify ordering them and having them on the store floor. And, of course, everybody wants a different style. On-line stores can cater to your special needs.

Expect to have any dress altered to fit her perfectly before her wear date. Very few people - adult or child - actually fit a ready-to-wear size perfectly. Alterations in fit can make the difference between so-so and fabulous.

And be honest. If she is very large for her age, you may need to look beyond ready to wear dresses. Very few - if any - companies are now making plus-sized dresses for children beyond size 14 plus (or 14.5); some will go to 16 plus, but it definitely stops there. Why? Because these children have a very different shape than their "regular size" peers with requirements that cannot be addressed by ready to wear manufacturers. They frequently have sloping shoulders, sloping waistlines and disproportionately (to manufacturers) sized neck/arms to the size of body. If your child is in this category, head straight for a quality custom dress maker very early and have a dress made for her that will fit her properly so she can look her absolute best. Yes, this will be more expensive and will take several months (good dressmakers are always scheduled well in advance). But this is her one and only First Communion and she does deserve to look her best and feel very special.

The best thing is always to shop early - especially when you have special sizing needs. The next important step is to go where the Communion dresses you need are readily available. Nothing is more convenient - or offers more choices - than shopping on line.

Who is Janet Donahue?

Janet Donahue writes for "Perfect Dresses & Gowns for Girls" by The Perfect Pear where they offer a wide selection of regular as well as plus-size Communion Dresses - serving you with the best possible selection and reasonable prices since 1993.


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Win $1,000 Shopping Spree from IGIGI

Monday, February 18, 2008

Can you imagine being given $1,000 to spend on great curvy fashion? Wow what fun I would have on a massive shopping spree.

Well IGIGI is giving you the chance to do just that, as it is holding a Spring Shopping Spree Contest. The lucky winner will win a $1,000 IGIGI Gift Certificate to overhaul their spring wardrobe! Entering the contest is easy. All you have to do is visit their website, click on the "Win $1000 Spring Shopping Spree Details" on the top of the page, fill out the form on the next page and hit 'Enter Contest' button. That's it, you're all set!

Go enter the conest right away, and if you happen to be the winner, do come back to this post and let me know!


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Celebration of Inner Beauty: Today in Pittsburgh

Sunday, February 17, 2008

If you live in the Pittsburgh (PA) area, and you are a curvy lady proud of your full figure, you might want to check out the 'Celebration of Inner Beauty' fashion show today.

Taking place at the James Centre (327 S. Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220) between 4pm and 8pm, this event is set to be one to remember. This show is being organized by Plus Size G.A.L.S (Girls Achieving Lifetime Success), a foundation established to change the negative image that has been given to plus size women by society.  Their mission is to "change lives” with out the negative put down.

Admission costs $40 at the door. For further information visit and


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5 Sales for President's Day

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A lot of plus size clothing store have launched great promotions to celebrate President's Day. Here is a round up of the ones I think are well worth a closer look:

1. Kiyonna
Save an extra 20% on already reduced sale items. This offer is valid through 18th February, 2008.

2. SwimsuitsForAll
For one week only, get 30% to 50% off Body I.D. Swimwear. Offer valid until 20th February, 2008.

3. AlwaysForMe
Save 25% to 50% on select styles. With swimwear from famous designers such as Carol Wior, Miraclesuit, Speedo and their own best selling private label collection - Always For Me Chic - there are some very pretty deals to be mae here.

4. Liz Claiborne
Now through Tuesday, February 19th, get 25% off already reduced items.

5. Jessica London
Take 30% off your favorite item. Simply use coupon code JLW4786 upon checkout. Offer valid through 17th February, 2008.


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Last Days to Save on Torrid Lingerie

Lingerie Sale at TorridOver the past week Torrid has been running an exclusive sale on a selection of their lingerie and sleepwear collection, with many savings to be made as follows:
  • 50% off select lingerie.
  • 50% off select sleepwear.
This sale ends this Monday, 18th February, so you only have a couple of days left to take advantage of these savings. So do visit Torrid today to benefit from these savings.


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Evans Launches Bridal Collection

Friday, February 15, 2008

Evans, the UK’s leading highstreet plus size store, and the top curvy store here in Malta (in my opinion!), has just launched an elegant and unique plus size bridal wear collection to their selection of offerings.

Plus size bridalThis new bridal collection, includes several statement dresses that start at £120. Among the items available you will find a taffeta prom dress, a hand beaded and embroidered wrap dress and a silk chiffon mix and satin full length empire line dress with brooch detail. If you are looking for something a little less formal there are two piece outfits starting from £45 that include a duchess satin skirt with bustier and lace cover up, a silver jacquard pencil skirt and jacket and a beaded satin and silk chiffon angel sleeve cami top.

Commenting on the new range, Buying Director Sue Vandenberghe says: “At Evans we believe every woman should celebrate their curves. Our research showed that there was a limited size range available for most bridal wear on the highstreet and with the average size of a woman in the UK being a 16 we realised there was a demand from our customer for something special to wear on their wedding day.

Once you have chosen the right dress it is important to complement your outfit with the right accessories. The footwear range includes a satin sling back sandal with brooch detail and a pintuck detail satin shoe and for that finishing touch there is also a beautiful range of hair accessories that includes a feather fascinator and jewelled tiara.

The new plus size bridal wear collection is available from size 14 to 32 and will be featured in 12 stores throughout the UK and online at So if you are a bride-to-be looking for the perfect dress, make sure you add Evans to your wedding wish list before you take your vows.


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Look Like A Plus Size Fashion Model In 5 Easy Steps

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The following is a guest post by Sara Johnson.

Plus size modelAs the shift in the "ideal" feminine body shifts from waif-like to voluptuous, leaders in the Plus Size modeling industry are rapidly become style and beauty icons. Powerful feminine curves, glowing skin and luscious hair may seem a far-fetched beauty goal for most, but ALL women, of all shapes and sizes can look plus Goddess fantastic by following just a few simple tips.

Find the right undergarments for your body. A well-fitting bra and Spanx are a girls best friends, they'll slim, shape and enhance your curves. A properly fitting bra allows for better posture and supports your bust effectively, creating a sexy curvy shape. Spanx are a nylon-like support garments for the thighs and tummy, comfortable and utterly magical in their smoothing ability!

Don't deny your true size. I know it would feel better to see a lower number size on your jeans, but trust me, when it comes to the fit of your clothing, your look will be made, or broken on the basis of fit. If you are bulging out of your pants at the top (the dreaded muffin-top) its going to kill the sexiness of any outfit. On the flip side, oversized clothing is just as unflattering as sizes that are too small; you'll simply look larger than you are. Plus size women look best in tailored, slightly fitted styles created to enhance and flatter curves.

Play up your favorite features. If you have sexy legs, flaunt them in a knee-length pencil skirt or city shorts with a matching jacket. If you have a tiny waist or great cleavage, choose fitted blazers or wrap v-neck sweaters to show what you love about yourself. Consider the atmosphere when choosing how much of your favorite feature to show-off, your legs may be fabulous, but there's only so much of them that's appropriate to be showcased at work.

Great, polished hair is a must. Whether you have wavy, curly, or straight hair, always make sure its styled, healthy and shiny. Misting with a curl enhancer, or smoothing a shine enhancer throughout helps keep most styles looking sleek, and is easy to do before running out the door. Don't deny your texture, fighting with styling tools daily take a tole on the condition and look of your hair.

Make-up should highlight the best parts of your face, your amazing eyes, luscious lips or gorgeous cheekbones. A good tip if you feel you have a double chin, is to swipe bronzer underneath the chin and onto the neck to make that area recede back and appear slimmer. Bronzer also can create, or enhance cheekbones and contour the cheeks. Keep your look simple and fresh, sticking to the principal of enhancing your favorite features.

Following a simple set of styling tips, created to enhance your authentic self allows all women, regardless of shape to look fabulous!

Who is Sara Johnson?
Sara is the co-owner and product buyer at - A posh plus size clothing boutique for curvy girls. She currently works as a fashion consultant and personal shopper for curvy women worldwide. Come see what everyone is talking about!


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Happy Valentine's Day

To all my curvy readers...

Happy Valentine's Day


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50% Off Clearance at Torrid

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Torrid have done it yet again. They have launched yet another round of their infamous 50% off clearance sale - all the items within the clearance section are now available at half the price. Sounds good doesn't it?

The sale runs until Monday, 18th February, so check it out today.


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Chic Curvy Office Wear

Plus size office blouseI must admit, it's been a while since I had a look at the new items available at IGIGI, so I though I would take a look today and update you with what's happening there.

Well... not surprising some very elegant and fashionable new finding awaited me at the IGIGI website... what struck me most are the gorgeous office blouses amongst their 'New Arrivals' section. Named 'Portrait Collar Top' these blouses set a brand new standard for plus size office wear. If you want to impress your boss, or have that important meeting where you really want to leave a lasting, professional and elegant impression, do take a look at these.

Fabulous in style and flattering in cut, this blouse comes in a stretch finish cotton fabric, which provides a chic and comfortable ensemble for the office. The portrait collar opens up the neckline, balances off hips and draws attention away from the tummy. The
strategically placed buttons create vertical lines and draw the eyes upward toward the decoltage. Furthermore the princess seams elongate the overall silhouette for a slimming look.
This gorgeous piece is available in two colors: pearl and flintstone. Selling at $85, I think it's quite a gem


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50% Off Curvy Swimwear are currently having another great sale. For one week only, they have taken 50% off the price of their Longitude Swimwear collection. To take advantage of this offer, simply type in coupon code 'longitude50' during the checkout process.

If you are interested in this sale, make sure you check it out before the end of the week, as this sale is running during this week only!

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Curvy and Glamorous Lingerie

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

There is always a good reason to add some style and glamour to your lingerie collection. But what better reason than Valentine's Day?

Now is the time to look into your intimates drawer and see whether an update is needed. To help make your decision making process much easier, especially on your wallet, Torrid have just launched a great lingerie sale. All of their best lingerie is now on sale!
  • 50% off select plus size lingerie and sleepwear (through 18th February only).
  • All $8 panties are now $5!
  • Bras regularly prices at $32-36 are now $24.99.
  • Select bras for only $9.99.
  • All $12 panties are now $8.34.
The sale is running online through 26th February, 2008. Why not visit Torrid today?

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Warehouse Sale at Jessica London

Monday, February 11, 2008

Jessica London is currently running a warehouse sale, and these few days are your last change to take advantage of these great deals. Savings of up to 80% can be made on selected items, plus also enjoy free shipping when you spend $50 or more! Simply use promo code JLW6639 upon checkout. Visit the sale today.


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Plus Size Deals at Lane Bryant

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lane Bryant SavingsWanted to quickly remind all my curvy readers about the offers and coupon codes currently running at Lane Bryant. Use the coupon code found below when shopping at Lane Bryant to make some great savings on great new full figured fashions. 
  • Save 15% on any order. Enter promotion code 000153645 at checkout.
  • Save 25% on any order of $75 or more. Enter promotion code 000253666 at checkout.
  • Save $25 on $75. Enter promotion code 025003659 at checkout.
    • Take $75 off your purchase of $225 or more, or
    • Take $50 off your purchase of $150 or more, or
    • Take $25 off your purchase of $75 or more.
  • Free shipping on any order of $75 or more. Enter promotion code 006953690 at checkout.
All the offers above are valid through 11:59 P.M. PT on 10th April, 2008.


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February Savings at Kiyonna

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Earlier this week Kiyonna announced the launch of a brand new promotion they are running throughout the month of February, as well as the arrival of brand new items to their collection.,

So here are the details you need to know: With your purchase of $150 or more, you will receive a coupon for $50 off your next purchase of $150 or more. The coupon will be emailed to you immediately following the purchase and will be good between 19th February and 29th February, 2008. This offer is valid only until 13th February, 2008

Head off to Kiyonna to look at their new stock today!


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New Inventory... New Look for Belle Avenue

Friday, February 08, 2008

Belle AvenueBelle Avenue has taken the word resolution to heart this year! They have started the New Year with a bang, by giving their online store a face lift. And might I say... it is looking great. The store has a much more clean and sleek look and feel to it now, and is quite user friendly. I am sure even the most non techie plus size lady could find her way around the store easily.

They have also added some cool features to the main page. First off clear buttons to different site sections are well placed, to easily get to what you are looking for. Newly added items are listed clearly as well. The have a funky new feature which they have dubbed 'Connect' which includes info on modeling, internships, as well as a featured artist of the week. Very innovative I must say.

Besides the new design, Belle Avenue have already recently added lot of new items to their collection, so do check them out today to look at the new inventory and the new site design. Well done Belle Avenue! Keep up the good stuff.

Oh and I am very glad you know ship to Europe as well. Two thumbs up for that!


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Trouble Hanging Your Clothes?

Thursday, February 07, 2008

XL HangersRecently I came across a very innovative product, which I had to share with you all. Don't you hate it at times, when you look through your wardrobe for a shirt or coat, and when you find it you suddenly see big old hanger marks on the shoulders? This sometimes makes certain items un-wearable, and practically ruins to look of some items. Well thanks for Dennis and Cindy Anderson, and their cool product, all of that should now be a thing of the past. What am I talking about already? Get ready for XL Hangers!

XL Hangers offer the one and only hanger on the market that will leave no hanger marks in the shoulders of your shirts. Your clothing will stay hung up all the time, and bent broken hangers are a thing of the past. Anderson's design, has shoulders that are wide enough to help clothes stay in place, and are naturally rounded to keep the shoulder lines smooth. They are heavy duty, and actually have a multitude of uses, even beyond clothing (such as storing linen for instance). They wont break with normal use, and actually fit many sizes of clothing. Perfect!

The hangers currently run in 6 different colors, and are available in boxes of 10 or 50 hangers. The hangers can easily be purchased online at However you can also find XL Hangers in a professional golf store called the Dicks Sporting Good Open Store which is located in the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.


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5 Curvy Valentine's Must Haves

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Valentine's Day is soon approaching. Yes people, the big love day is next week! Can you feel the love oozing from practically wherever you look? Personally I am not one to celebrate Valentine's Day in a big way, not one to make too much fuss about it, nor expect any big gifts. I prefer the simple approach, an extra special home cooked meal, eaten by candle light... followed by some cuddling on the couch with a glass of wine. Now that's celebrating!

What I do like about Valentine's Day though, is that it kind of gives me an extra push to take a look at my lingerie collection and see where I can update myself. Nothing says "Let's get some new lingerie!" quite like Valentine's Day really, and I have been making my window shopping rounds, and have come up with a fun and sexy wish list. I thought, why not share this with you to get your in the lovey dovey mood as well...

1. Cuban Heel Contrast Top Stocking
For a vintage look and feel these Cuban heel stockings have red contrasting top, backseam and heel. Available in red/nude. Muy caliente!

2. Lace and Stretch Satin Corset
Back in the 1800's looking like an hourglass meant not breathing. Fortunately, today's corset has been reinvented with styles that are comfortable as well as supportive. This plus size stretch satin corset with contrasting lace and boning looks just as glamorous as it feels. Delicate ribbon runs through the lace and ties into pretty bows over the bust and hips for a vintage look. A hook and eye adjustable back combined with adjustable straps and garters shows we've come a long way, Milady. Choose from bright rose with black lace trim, purple with black trim, black with pink trim, light blue/white, or pink/white. Matching G-string included!

3. Stretch Satin and Lace Bustier
Stretch satin bustier has floating, slightly padded underwire bra with lace detailing. Hook and eye back, adjustable straps, removable garters. Comes with matching G-string.

4. Satin Jacquard Corset
This sexy plus size corset makes for some hot, steamy and delayed passion when your lover has to unlace the ribbons down the back of your corset. If you are in a hurry you can just undo the hook and eye front, but why make it easy. Good things come to those who wait. But on to the corset details: our tapestry-like, long line jacquard and lace corset has lightly padded underwire cups for support, body-shaping side, front and back boning, plus a waist cinching lace-up back. This sexy plus size corset comes with adjustable straps, garters and includes matching G-string. Are you ready to have some fun?!

5. Rose Lace Bodystocking
This plus size bodystocking is for the truly romantic. Cover your curves in dreamy rose lace when you slip into this bodystocking. Wear it in nothing but your stocking feet or a with a pair of simple, classic high heel pumps. Rose lace bodystocking has spaghetti straps and open crotch. This plus size bodystocking comes in black or red.

So what do you think?

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Plus Size Sleepwear and Lingerie on Sale

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Torrid today have launched a great sale on a selection of their lingerie and sleepwear collection:
  • Get 50% off select lingerie.
  • Get 50% off select sleepwear.
This sale is currently running online until Monday, 18th February.

Plus also note that they have just added over 300 items to their clearance section! So make sure to check out that section as well to grab a fabulous curvy bargain.


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January Issue of Just As Beautiful Mag Out Now

Monday, February 04, 2008

Thank you for your subscription to our magazine, Just As Beautiful. An issue of Just As Beautiful Magazine has been attached to this email.

The January issue of Just As Beautiful magazine has just been released. Visit to subscribe to this free online magazine focused exclusive on the plus size life. The January issue includes:
  • Insight on the British television star, Tina Malone.
  • An exclusive interview with the Winner of Miss Plus America Elite, Jenna Vaught.
  • Top hair colour tips from Award-Winning Anita Cox, Twice British Colourist of The Year!
  • Insight on the latest UK BBW trends.
  • Info on how to be Britain's Next Top Model.
  • And much more!


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Last Day: Curvy Savings at

Sunday, February 03, 2008

A quick reminder about the promotions which have been running for the past couple of weeks at, savings which end today. This is the last day you can take advantage of the savings detailed below:

All Swimwear at $10 off
Save $10 on swimsuits and $5 on swim separates.

Bali Sale
Buy any 1 Bali Bra, shapers or panty style, get 2nd Bali style (equal or lesser value) for 50% off.

Web-Only Super Savers!
These Super Saver prices mentioned below:

Jacquard Jacket & Pant Set
Jacquard Jacket and Pant Set
Regular price: $64.99. Now only $19.99!

Just My Size Paisley Tiered Skirt
Just My Size Paisley Tiered Skirt
Regular price: $29.99. Now only $9.99!


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Plus Size Fashion Industry: What to Expect in 2008?

Friday, February 01, 2008

Curvy womanAfter taking a quick look back at 2007, and the favorite new curvy stores that year brought with it, I’m left wondering and thinking about the New Year and what that will bring to the plus size fashion industry and the plus size community in general.

The unfortunate demise of many ultra skinny models, found its way into the news headlines throughout 2007, sadly too often times. These sad circumstances led to quote some furor from leading fashion magazines, as well as fashion houses and fashion shows. Some countries, including Spain, enforced a minimum BMI requirement for models appearing in the fashion shows, not accepting any which were below the minimum requirement. Although these changes have been slow to happen, and unfortunately have not rippled onto all fashion shows and countries, this is the start and I am sure 2008 will bring with it more positive changes in the high fashion and on the catwalks, to promote a more healthier and realistic womanly look.

It is unfortunately very sad that all of these little changes had to start taking effect only after some models’ deaths, and after many teenage girls and young women created a very distorted image of what ‘ideal beauty’ is. I guess it makes you think of what kind of world we are living in. We always have to come too close for comfort to a situation, to suddenly realize what is happening and for action to be taken. Change is on the way, slowly but surely. So in 2008 I believe more and more change will take place within the fashion industry, to promote a more realistic image of what real women really look like.

Taking on a lighten tone to this post... after all the New Year should bring hope for better things to come... in 2008 I am sure we will see more good stuff from plus size celebrities which have rocked 2007. I sure hope that we will see more good things from Queen Latifah, both in music and on the big screen! Rising star Nikki Blonsky I am sure, and certainly do hope, we will see more of in 2008. Another celebrity which we should definitely hear more of this year is Jill Scott. Jill has in fact recently announced a partnership with Ashley Stewart, to create an exclusive plus size lingerie and intimates line. This line is inspired by the music and writings of Jill Scott herself, and is set to satisfy a full figured woman’s lingerie needs. I cannot wait to see more of that!

Obviously I predict also that we will see a few new plus size stores opening online, which is always good news. I love to have more choice. More importantly, I love for plus size women in general to have more fashion options. Having great choices is key in finding the perfect items for whatever occasion and budget!

So what about you... what do you think is in store for us in 2008? Leave your thoughts in the comments below...

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