Issue #8 ... 11 December 2006 ... a publication
Loving My Curves
Dear ladies,

Sassy SarahOh my gosh! Christmas and New Year's Day are only a couple of weeks away. Have you gotten your Christmas shopping done yet? I've started on mine, but I am very far from finished! I love this time of year, although at time it seems stressful, I love to go out and about with the streets all decorated and colorful. It is simply beautiful! It's also a great time to get together with friends and family, to catch up and have some laughs together.

This pre-Christmas issue of Loving My Curves is bursting with information which will help you save a penny or two during your Christmas shopping. I surely know how tight and far budgets can be stretched this time of the year, so it's good to know about several opportunities where you can buy quality gifts, whilst saving money.

Today I also updated you on t
he final list of Christmas dresses which I think are the cream of the crop for us curvy girls to wear during the festive season.

Last but not least, make sure you c
heck out the Christmas competition we have in store for you! By letting us know what's on your mind you will get a chance to win a gorgeous silky shirt from our friends at Missphit plus size clothing. Read on for further details on how you can enter this competition.

I will be in touc
h a little before Christmas! Until next then, keep on... loving your curves!
In this issue...

Heart Top 10 Christmas Holiday Dresses
Holiday Shipping Schedule
More on the Plus Size Holiday Hit List
Heart IGIGI: Best Christmas Plus Size Store
Heart Missphit: Curvy Fashion Line with a Sparkle
Heart Ongoing Black Friday Promotions
Heart Holiday Party Tips
Heart Win with and Missphit
Heart Plus Size Events and Happenings

Plus size fashion at IGIGI
Top 10 Christmas Holiday Dresses
by Sarah Testa

With Christmas and New Year's Days only a couple of weeks, I thought it was fitting to remind you all of our final list of plus size dresses, which I recommend full figured women take a look at, as options to wear during the holiday season.

If you have read the last issue of Loving My Curves, you will remember that I had released our preview list, which included the top 5 plus size Christmas holiday dresses I had our eye on. This was only the preview list, as it was a little too early to conclude things; I was sure our favorite plus size clothing stores still had more in store for us. And I was right! Our favorite stores brought out their holiday dresses and fashions. In fact the final list has been extended to list 10 plus size dresses which are perfect for the holidays! Some dresses have changed positions, some have stayed where they were, and others have been pushed out of the list by better options. Without further ado, I shall leave you to look at our chosen dresses, starting off with out winner:

Plus size stores perfect for the holidays1. Fiorella Lace Gown with Shrug in Red from IGIGI
Our true winner from IGIGI still holds the top spot! This gorgeous gown remains our top favourite dress to wear during the special Christmas holiday season. Colored perfectly in red, the lace make it look chic and warm at the same time. Beautiful stretch lace has an iridescent effect due to a contrasting lining. Details include a skirt that is flared from the knee due to a number of the sheer chiffon godets; empire waist is trimmed with a velvet panel. This gown is shipped with a velvet shrug; saving you the added hassle of finding matching shawls and shrugs. This dress is currently available in sizes 14 to 32.

Read the full article today and take a look at the full list of most gorgeous plus size dresses, just follow this link:
Holiday Shipping Schedule for Lane Bryant, Catherine's and Fashion Bug
by Sarah Testa
To help with your holiday shopping, we want to provide you with the holiday shipping schedule of some of some of our favorite plus size stores: Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherine's.

I also want to point out that Gift Cards and E-Gift Cards are a great last-minute gift and are available at all the mentioned stores!

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherine's guarantee delivery by 25th December for orders placed on:
  • 11th December by 12:00 noon PT for 4-8 day delivery
  • 18th December by by 12:00 noon PT for 3-5 day delivery
  • 20th December by 12:00 noon PT for 2-day delivery
  • 24th December by 12:00 noon PT for E-Gift Cards
The following ongoing coupon offers and still available at these plus size stores! See below for details to take advantage of these discounts whilst Christmas shopping.

Lane Bryant

  • Save 20% on any order - Enter promotion code 000201506 at checkout.
  • Save 25% on any order of $75 or more - Enter promotion code 000251532 at checkout.
  • Save $25 on $75 - Enter promotion code 050001521 at checkout.
  • Free shipping on any order of $75 or more - Enter promotion code 006951542 at checkout.
Above offers are valid through 11:59 P.M. ET on 17th January, 2007.

Fashion Bug
  • Save 15% on any order (no minimum purchase) - Enter promotion code 776146904 at checkout.
  • Save $10 on orders of $50 or more - Enter promotion code 776147308 at checkout.
  • Save $20 on orders of $75 or more - Enter promotion code 776147704 at checkout.
Offers valid through 11:59 P.M. ET on 26th January, 2007.

  • Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more - Simply enter the promotion code 776801706 at checkout.
  • 20% on any order (no minimum) - Simply enter the promotion code 776801508 at checkout.
  • Save $20 on orders of $70 or more - Simply enter the promotion code 776801607 at checkout.
Offers valid online until 11:59 P.M. ET on 1st February, 2007.
More on the Plus Size Holiday Hit List
by Janna Lutz

Holiday must havesJanna Lutz is back again in this issue to take another look at this season's plus size fashion Holiday must haves. Janna points out to us some fashion essentials which will make full figured women look fabulous and feel great during the Holidays. In her new article Janna diggs deep into one of our favorite online stores, Fashion Bug, giving us the inside scoop as to what this great store has to offer at the moment, and what the best picks are. Read the full article today!

Here's a sneak peek:

"There are many colorful sayings that we use to express and reiterate our uniqueness from one another: “different strokes for different folks” and “whatever floats your boat” are only a few that people use every day. Every woman is diverse in her shape, preferences, style, and even budget. My mother used to joke that she could send my sister and I into the mall for a white shirt and black pants. We could find almost similar looking items, but I would have spent under $50. My sister would spend $50 just on the top."

Read the full article today at
IGIGI: Best Christmas Plus Size Store

IGIGI - Best Christmas Plus Size StoreAs we do every month here at, we name a Plus Size Store of the Month, where we highlight a specific online store which stands out from the crowd by offering curvy women great choice and service. December's store of the month is an extra special one. Since this is officially the festive season month, our chosen plus size store has also been named the Best Christmas Plus Size Store for the year 2006. From the feedback we received from our readers, it was evident that this title this year had to go to IGIGI.

A very familiar store to all readers, one which is on many favorite lists. Follow this link: to find out exactly why IGIGI has been named December's store of the month, as well as Best Christmas Plus Size Store 2006, in our store review!

Missphit: Curvy Fashion Line with a Sparkle

Sassy in Missphit fashionA few months ago, I got to know Yul Kwon, who is the managing director of a budding 'new' plus size fashion line called Missphit, a store which has already been featured in Loving My Curves, in past weeks. Today I wanted to shine the spotlight on Missphit a little bit further.

Recently I had the opportunity to take a first hand look at the plus size clothing styles offered by Missphit, and I must say I was very impressed. With impeccable quality and a fun yet sophisticated style, Missphit items have the ability to add that extra special sparkle in every plus size woman's wardrobe. In a new article published today, I review a couple of Missphit items, which made a lasting impression with yours truly. Read the full review at

Having taken a sneak peek into the upcoming Spring 2007 collection to be offered by Missphit, I can safely say that many exciting things are on the way for us in 2007. We will definitely keep you updated with all that is happening at Missphit throughout the New Year, including news on the imminent launch of a brand new Missphit website. Don't forget to check out the fashion review at
Ongoing Black Friday Promotions

We all know and love Black Friday! It's that day of the year when the shopping season 'officially' starts and many of the store offer us some great deals. In The Plus Size Clothing Scoop we did feature the promotions being offered by our favorite plus size fashion online stores, and some of these promotions are actually still going on!

Here is a list of those which are still extending till today:

Holiday shipping special going on at IGIGI! Free U.S. ground shipping on orders over $150 and a flat rate of $4.99 for U.S. ground shipping on orders under $150. No coupon code is needed to take advantage of these excellent offers, and they are valid until 15th December. What's more get $10 off any purchase of $50 or more! Use coupon coe PARTY at c
heckout. When visiting IGIGI ensure you take a look at their Santa's bag section, as all items in Santa's Bag are discounted by 50%!

2. Voluptuous Woman Company - Plus Size Bath Wraps
Ladies, this offer is exclusive only to readers! Receive $5.00 off the Voluptuous Bath Wrap until January 31, 2007. The discount code to use at checkout is PASAZZ. Use this coupon code to deduct $5.00 from the Voluptuous Bath Wrap purchase!

3. Monif C. Plus Sizes
A great Thanksgiving sales is currently going on at Monif C. Plus Size, for a limited time only! This is your chance to save from 10% and up to 50% on selected items at Monif C.

4. Fashion Bug
Various promotions at the moment are also available from Fashion Bug. All of these expire on 26th January, 2007. Here are the details you will need:
  • Save 15% on any order (no minimum purchase) just enter code 776146904 at checkout.
  • Save $10 on orders of $50 or more. Enter code 776147308 at checkout.
  • Save $20 on orders of $75 or more. Enter code 776147704 at checkout.
5. Bigger Bras
Get 15% off any purchase with coupon code MIST. This offer expires on 31st December.

6. Designer Shoes
Boot Season Specials - Buy qualifying full price boots now to keep those toes warm and get 30% off any other regularly priced shoes we offer. Type BOOTS30 in the promotion box on the home page.

Get $10 off any order of $75 or more. Just use coupon code GIVE10OFF! This offer expires on 31st December. (Not valid on sale items, and some brands are excluded).

Everything at is currently at 20% off (only when using coupon code: 61324)! This includes Avenue's exclusive lingerie line, Avenue Body (coupon code: 61322), plus the hottest new styles in winter boots and holiday shoes from CloudWalkers (coupon code: 61323). T
hese coupons expire on 31st December, 2006!

Whether you've been naughty or nice Kiyonna is giving you $15 off your next order of $150 or more. Just use coupon code SUGARPLUMS to get your $15 off. Kiyonna is also giving FREE shipping on all orders of $50 or more, and FREE 2nd day shipping on all orders of $200 or more (no coupon code required). These offers are valid now through 31st December, 2006!
Holiday Party Tips

Do you have a party coming up and you are clueless about what to wear, how to do your hair and how to fix up your make up? Don't worry! You are definitely not alone. Many ladies find themselves rather stressed out this time of the year as they would not know how to make themselves look their best.

Luckily IGIGI has come to the rescue by providing us some excellent tips for the holiday season about...

1. What to wear:
2. How to fix the hair:
3. How to apply make-up:

Win with and Missphit

Missphit top - size 2XIt's the Holiday season, therefore we could not have an issue of Loving My Curves without giving away a special gift to a lucky subscriber. This month Missphit has once again teamed up with us, and has provided us with a beautiful festive and silky top which will definitely enhance the curves of a lucky subscriber!

We only
have a size 2X at hand of this shirt, therefore please keep this in mind when entering the competition. So what do you need to do to get yourself in for the chance to win this beautiful shirt? Just email us at feedback AT (replace AT with @ sign) and let us know exactly what you like and do not like about the newsletter Loving My Curves! It's as simple as that. We want your feedback to keep on working at making this a better newsletter for plus size ladies worldwide, so do send in your most honest feedback. Both negative and positive feedback is encouraged. The most original reply will get this lovely Missphit shirt! To take a closer look at the shirt click on the picture on the right or click here:

Competition closes on
19t December and the winner will be announced in the next issue of Loving My Curves. Make sure you include you full name and mailing address when entering the competition, so we will know where to send you gift. Your details are safe with us: All information and details are kept private, used solely for the purpose of mailing the gift, these will NOT be given out to any third parties or vendors.
Plus Size Events and Happenings

Melissa Hill named IGIGI's Model of the Month
As previously noted in this blog, IGIGI is running the National Model Search program, where each month they pick a winner among the many entries to this plus size model search. In December, IGIGI has named Melissa Hill as the winner of the National Model Search. Big congrats to Mellisa! Visit IGIGI to find out more about the National Model Search.

Tyra Banks Crowns New Plus Size Beauty
As I'm sure many of you have already heard, retired catwalk star Tyra Banks, hosted a contest for plus size beauties this month during her talk show. America's Next Top Model host has said that "You do not have to be super stick skinny in order to model." The voluptuous beauties who entered this contest, strutted their stuff yesterday on the TYRA show, fighting for the chance to show off their bodies and be named the winner! Among the judges of the contest, present were Mia Tyler, Josh Morrow and Ruben Studdard.

The first Top Plus-Size Model winner was Marguerite Brown, who weighs 218 pounds! Besides having the honor of being the first plus size woman to be crowned Top Plus-Size Model on the TYRA show, Marguerite won a photo spread opportunity with the new Bombshell magazine, as well as a $1,000 shopping spree and a one-year contract with top modelling agency Wilhelmina Models. Well done Marguerite!

Events organised by Linda's BIG Connections

Details on all these events can easily be found at
  • December 30th, 2006h - January 1st, 2007 - LBC New Year's Bash
  • January 13th, 2007 - Saturday Night Dance - Birthday Night
  • January 27th, 2007 - Saturday Night Dance
Plus size clothing online - ©, 2006