December 2012

Let the Holiday Festivities Begin!

Well my friends the holidays have snuck-up on us yet again. I always say I am going to shop, plan, and decorate for the holidays earlier next year but it just never happens. Could be the fact that as a wife, mom, and plus size model I am juggling numerous hats as it is but at this time of year a couple more hats seem to get added on. Believe me, I am good at juggling, but at this time of year things get a little crazy. For example, over a month ago I had received an invitation to my husbands annual work holiday party and somehow it got mixed up with the kids homework pile and ended up on the bottom. Thank God I was on one of my very few cleaning kicks and decided one day to purge the kids old homework and found it. Of course it was just days prior which puts me into a total panic since this is not an event we can miss and of course I have nothing fabulous to wear. With just days until the event I decided to jump online and check out my favorite “go-to” plus size designer Igigi by Yuliya Raquel for an amazing, elegant dress to wear to the event. You CANNOT go wrong with Igigi.com when you are in need of something gorgeous to wear. When I got to the site I was instantly overwhelmed by the variety of gorgeous plus size dresses they currently have available. I was torn between the classic Black  Garbo Gown  with its gorgeous plunging neckline and high slit, the Margarita Gown in Crimson with its gorgeous waterfall flounce, and the Nadine Jeweled Gown in Ruby  with its sexy yet discreet crossover cascading skirt and gorgeous removable bejeweled belt. It was a tough decision, but I decided to go with the Nadine Jeweled Gown in Ruby.  I did not want to be too overly sexy and felt some of my other choices felt that way with the higher slits etc. I knew I would be spending the evening rubbing elbows with parents, alumni, and faculty so I wanted to be comfortable. I also love the fact that the bejeweled belt is removable.  The dress has a completely different look when the belt is removed and for future parties/events I can use a variety of different plus size belts with it and change it up. My husband thought it was a good choice as well:)

Thankfully the dress arrived the day before the party and it fit me perfectly and by perfectly I mean like a glove. Seriously, I swear this dress was made for me! It hugged my curves in all the right places…but you know what, every dress that I have received from Igigi.com has done that and they have NEVER let me down.

The night of the party I was able to get my hair and makeup done by one of my favorite H/MUA’s and friend Brittany Sullivan. I brought a pic of how I wanted my hair done. I wanted it all pulled up so I could really show off the gorgeous neckline of the dress. Of course Britt totally rocked it out! I felt confident, beautiful, and had an amazing time and received probably the most compliments I have ever received in an Igigi dress. The party was fantastic, they had a Smile Booth set up for fun photos, the venue was decked out in gorgeous holiday decor with a rockin band The Ferocious Detours playing some of my favorite tunes I grew up with. The wine was flowing, hors d’oeuvres were d-lish, and dinner was of variety of yumminess from short ribs to sliders. I’m not even going to talk about dessert:)

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Even though hubby and I did not partake on the dance floor, we had an incredible night filled with adult conversation and quality time away from the kiddos which never happens and was definitely needed. He truly loved this dress on me and made me fill like the most beautiful woman in the world:) He has a way of doing that! Sooooo…What do you think of the Nadine Jeweled Gown? Did I rock it or what?

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As always a special thanks to the fabulous team at Igigi by Yuliya Raquel for making AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS GOWNS for us plus size gals. The quality and details put into their designs are like no other and her passion for transforming the worlds view of beauty  is incredible. Also, thank you to my friend H/MUA Brittany Sullivan for rockin my look out! You can like Britt on Facebook or visit her website and see more of her fabulous work.

Thinking of purchasing your next dress at IGIGI.com? Right now they are offering a Gift with Purchase of  a free Plush Pashmina Scarf on all orders over $150.00 now through 12/31/2012. Click here for details. Plus… they even teach you how to style it! Check out this how-to video Igigi has on their YouTube chanel offering you 5 chic ways to style your holiday scarf.  Love it!

~Danielle

My Guest Appearance on The Stylish Sessions with Celebrity Stylist Daniel Musto

This past week I had the opportunity to be a guest and chat about plus size style on The Stylish Sessions with my pal Celebrity Fashion Stylist Daniel Musto and Contributing Editor to Marie Claire Magazine Marcy Guevara. On The Stylish Sessions viewers receive free style advice from Daniel and his guests live and in person using Google+ Hangouts. The Stylish Channel on Google+ Hangouts is such a cool way to meet, chat, and interact with people from all over the world who share the same interests and love for fashion.

Everyone was super fun to chat with and it was very casual/comfortable just like chatting with a group of friends. The only thing missing was my favorite glass of wine in my hand…next time;) I think we make a pretty good team. Check out the show below. I come in around 59:35:)

Daniel really knows his stuff when it comes to fashion and is one of Hollywood’s leading wardrobe stylists. He is currently styling NBC’s Fashion Star and Ready for Love. Can you say talented? I was lucky enough to have Daniel style me on a recent shoot I did for JessicaSimpson.com plus size collection and we instantly hit it off. He is amazing to work with and has some sick dance moves!  With that being said…it was very smart for The Stylish to pick Daniel as the host of their show.

Marcy was also a pleasure to chat with and she really knows the in’s and out’s of the plus size fashion world. She has an awesome video blog called The Marcy Minute that discusses everything from beauty tips to the latest celebrity gossip from around the world! Be sure to check it out!

Here’s a little bit about The Stylish:

Apart we’re fashionable. Together we’re The Stylish. Join the best dressed social network. The Stylish is a premium YouTube channel owned by Magical Elves, the producers behind Project Runway and Top Chef. It is the leading online source for fashion, beauty and personal style videos and is affiliated with InStyle Magazine.

To learn more about Daniel Musto and to see some of his fabulous work be sure to follow him on Facebook. Also, be sure to visit TheStylish.com to sign up via email to receive updates on everything STYLISH. You can also subscribe to The Stylish Channel to stay connected and/or if you are on Google+ and take part in the next Hangout. I know I will be there!

~Danielle