Issue #6 ... 19 October 2006 ... a publication
Loving My Curves
Dear [[name]],

Sassy SarahAre you feeling chilly? I sure am! The weather has changed greatly these past two weeks here in my home island of Malta. Bring on the winter wardrobe and farewell to my beloved sandals! I will surely miss them until next summer.

Though things are not as dreary really, as there is a lot to smile about when thinking of changing seasons, changing weather and changing wardrobes. Think of exciting times like the upcoming holidays for instance. Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, have you prepared your costume for this year yet? If not, remember to check out our list of Top 10 Plus Size Halloween Costumes at

And if you really want to get into the holiday spirit, I suggest you take a look at our preview of this year's most gorgeous plus size Christmas dresses at Some truly beautiful dresses have been made available to us for Christmas season 2006!

One other thing, before I leave you to digest this issue, make sure to check out whether you are the lucky winner of the Missphit fashion top competition!

Until next time, keep on... loving your curves!
In this issue...

Heart Top 5 Plus Size Christmas Holiday Dresses
50% Off Clearance Items at Torrid
Dignité: Skin Care Products for Plus Size Skin
Heart October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Heart Maxine of Hollywood Plus Size Swimwear
Heart Curves Raising Debate on the Catwalks
Heart Christmas Savings at Lane Bryant
Heart Reminder: Is Your Halloween Costume Ready Yet?
Heart Plus Size Events and Happenings
Announcing the Winner of a Beautiful Missphit Top

Torrid - The Alternative For Sizes 12 - 26
Top 5 Plus Size Christmas Holiday Dresses – The Preview List
by Sarah Testa

Plus size Christmas dressChristmas is creeping in on us slowly, slowly! Holiday themed commercials are popping up here and there so I could not help myself to some early season 'window' shopping online, just to satisfy my curiosity and see what holiday plus size fashions have already been made available at my favorite stores.

I was particularly interested in looking at the formal dresses available, dresses which would be perfect to wear during the Christmas season either at parties or formal gatherings. Many beautiful styles and outfits are available already, so I just had to share my findings with you all! So the I decided to draw up a list of the top 5 plus size dresses which I think are wonderful for plus size women to wear during the Christmas holiday season. I am calling this my ‘preview list’ because I am sure within the coming months plus size clothing stores will bring out and reveal new dresses and styles made especially for the upcoming holiday season.

So if like me you're looking for a particular dress to wear during Christmas, or perhaps you're just curious to check out which dresses made it on the list, take a look at the preview list at and have fun starting off your plus size Christmas shopping! This top 5 list will be updated (and also expanded) next month, including newer styles and options.

50% Off Clearance Items at Torrid

Time sensitive news!
Yes ladies, you read right! Our favorite sale from good ole' Torrid is back and it's great as ever. Torrid have yet again taken 50% off their clearance items, a great chance for curvy ladies to get their hands on sexy, stylish and trendy plus size clothing at greatly reduced prices. The prices that are currently listed already reflect the savings, so you do not need to get your calculators out girls. The sale is going on now and will last through this Sunday, 22nd October! Have a great weekend shopping and saving, at Torrid.
Dignité: Skin Care Products for Plus Size Skin

BariPeutic Health™, Inc., a company focused on providing dignity for people of size through innovative products designed to improve their quality of life, announced this summer the introduction of a line of skin care products that address the unique skin conditions of the plus size body. Recognizing that skin conditions associated with the plus size and bariatric patient are often overlooked and require special preventative care in order to maintain healthy skin, the company has unveiled the three-step Dignité™ skin care line formulated to cleanse, moisturize, and protect this delicate organ. Dignité’s three steps to healthier skin include:

1. Proper hygiene, which is often a problem for people of size. BariPeutic Health’s new Dignité™ Cleanse is a pH-balanced foaming cleanser that gently cleans hair and skin without requiring rinsing, and is specifically designed to clean skin folds.

2. Nourishment of the skin, including moisturizing and conditioning, which can be an essential element in the prevention of serious skin ailments that can occur, like xerosis. Dignité™Moisturize is formulated to smooth, nourish and soften the skin, especially the hands, feet and legs where moisturization is crucial.

3. The prevention and treatment of chafing and other serious skin irritations, like intertrigo, which can occur in delicate skin areas like under the breasts and inner thighs. Dignité™Protect is a skin protectant that provides relief from chafing and skin irritation which can occur from skin-on-skin friction.

“Prevention is critical to avoiding serious skin complications in the obese, such as fungal and bacterial infections, intertrigo, and pressure ulcers,” said Dr. Robert S. Kirsner at the University of Miami’s Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery. “These three Dignité products can be viewed as part of the basis for prevention.”

More information can be found at and Dignité products can be purchased online at
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since 1996, Kiyonna have always believed that they sell a "feeling", rather than simply just a product. Of course, one cannot think of a better feeling than that of health.

This October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Kiyonna, along with other stores, are helping save lives. As the search for a cure continues, Kiyonna consider being unaware a very serious disease. For the month of October, Kiyonna is proudly donating 10% of proceeds from the PINK Boutique to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Help us eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease over and for all.

Shop the PINK Boutique at Kiyonna today at and visit the The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation website at for more information on breast cancer and breast screenings.

Bare Necessities this month has also joined in the fight against breast cancer by partnering up with Wacoal in supporting breast cancer awareness and research. For every Wacoal bra bought at Bare Necessities through October 16, Bare Necessities will donate $2. The donations will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. For more information visit Bare Necessities at and check out the details.
Maxine of Hollywood Plus Size Swimwear

Our very favorite plus size swimwear store,, have recently added some new styles to their stock from the Maxine of Hollywood Plus Sizes and Misses line of swimwear. The new styles available are very colorful and include 'skirted' swimsuit options; perfect for those ladies who, like me, are somewhat conscious of their inner-thigh area and would feel more comfortable by the pool if this area was covered up a little bit.

What's good about the Maxine of Hollywood line is that a number of their swimsuits include a 'tummy control' feature, which will help trim your figure's imperfections whilst maximizing your curves.

Most styles are priced at $64.00, however check directly at for actual pricing details.

Visit the Maxine of Hollywood plus size swimwear line at today!
Curves Raising Debate on the Catwalks

The appearance of plus size vixen Velvet d'Amour on the runway during the Paris Fashion week has raised a hot debate over the past few weeks.

For those of you who, like me, have never heard of Velvet d'Amour before, she is Jean Paul Gaultier's US born and Paris based runway "star" who made one memorable exit during the 2006 Paris Fashion week. In an interview held by The Sydney Morning Herald, found here one easily notices that the bubbly Velvet d'Amour's one and only mission is to push size acceptance along and help the diversity of beauty. This is her main goal in life; an honorable one indeed, and one that I myself share.

However when reading a related article over at entitled 'Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier: No Friend to Fat Girls' at, one easily realises that this plus model's appearance on the catwalk was not well received by all. Writer and singer Candye Kane argues that if our dear Gaultier really wanted to make a point and a statement, he would invest in his own plus size fashion line, instead of just parading plus size models on the runway.

Interesting thoughts indeed, however I think it's just great that plus size models are making their appearances on the top catwalks. Hopefully this is the start of a change in fashion stereotypes? Maybe. In the meantime you can participate in more discussions at Velvet d'Amour's message board at
Christmas Savings at Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant now have 4 new coupon codes for plus size ladies to pick up and make use of, and the good thing is these new coupon codes won't expire until January 17, 2007!

This makes these coupon codes great to be used for your plus size Christmas shopping. Christmas will soon be with us, so whether you're looking for gifts for your loved ones, or perhaps you're looking for outfits for you to wear during the holiday season, make sure you make use of these coupons when shopping at Lane Bryant to save some extra bucks!

> 20% off any purchase - Enter promotion code 000201506 at checkout.
> 25% off orders of $75 or more - Enter promotion code 000251532 at checkout.
> Take $25 off your purchase of $75 or more - Enter promotion code 050001521 at checkout.
> Free shipping on $75 or more - Enter promotion code 006951542 at checkout.

Go to Lane Bryant now at!
Reminder: Is Your Halloween Costume Ready Yet?

It's getting closer every day! Halloween will soon be with us, and we wanted to remind all the curvy ladies who haven't yet prepared their costume, that last month we published a list of Top 10 Plus Size Halloween Costumes, which will come in handy if you still cannot make your mind up.

Don't be nervous or clueless about what to wear this Halloween! There are loads of options available to us curvy ladies, options to suit all tastes, and sizes. So check out the list today at and make sure you are not without a costume this Halloween. It just won't be the same Halloween without one!

Plus Size Events and Happenings

Project Curves
A workshop for aspiring plus size models, including a networking reception and fashion show in the evening - something for every full figured woman! The next one will be held in the Atlanta area on October 21st, 2006. Visit the official Project Curves website at for detailed information and to reserve your space.

Reminder: IGIGI Plus Size Model Search
As announced in the last issue, IGIGI has recently launched a brand new, national plus-size model search in partnership with Model Service Agency, LLC, scheduled to end in September 2007. IGIGI is running the contest entitled National Model Search on its website in order to select the model of the year out of the twelve model-of-the-month winners.

Visit the IGIGI website today at for more detailed information and to apply for this contest!

Events organised by Linda's BIG Connections
Details on all these events can easily be found at
  • October 26th - 29th, 2006 - Wild Halloween Bash
  • Saturday, November 11th, 2006 - Saturday Night Dance
  • Saturday, November 18th, 2006 - Milwaukee's Winter BBW Dance
  • Saturday, December 9th, 2006 - O'Hare Location Christmas Dance
  • December 30th, 2006h - January 1st, 2007 - LBC New Year's Bash
Announcing the Winner of a Beautiful Missphit Top!

Free Missphit topAs detailed in the previous issue, this month's giveaway is brought to us by our dear friends at Missphit. Yul Kwon, Managing Partner of Gemix, Inc. and the Missphit label has sent this beautiful black and white top, which you can see pictured on the right. This garment comes with a black "tank" top which is worn underneath the beautiful black and white floral design top. The cut enhances a full figured woman's curves to make her look ravishing; this is an item perfect to make any special occasion, extra special! 

The lucky winner of this beautiful top is Andrea Giles! Congratulations to you Andrea, you will be receiving the top in the mail in the coming weeks. Thanks for entering the competition!

Watch out closely ladies, as next month we have another beautiful Missphit top to giveaway. Something nice for the holidays! So keep a look out at this section.
Plus size clothing online - ©, 2006