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Win Free Dresses for a Year with Igigi’s “Spring Into Style” Sweepstakes

One of my favorite plus size dress designers is at it again!

The fabulous team at IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel is currently running an amazing sweepstakes called “Spring Into Style” that you cannot miss out on.  They are offering 1 lucky winner an opportunity to win FREE DRESSES FOR A YEAR!!! Yes I said it…FREE IGIGI DRESSES FOR A YEAR!

IGIGI sweepstakes

You don’t want to miss out! Offer ends April 10! Enter here NOW!

VIP and Making History! ECI Presents “Haute Curves” during LA Fashion Week

Better late than never…right? So…. my post is unfortunately a little late in the game as I have been waiting for images from the photographers who worked the red carpet for the Haute Curves event, but still no luck:( So don’t mind all my phone pics.

Recently I had the opportunity to be part of history in the making by attending the first ever plus size fashion show during LA Fashion Week hosted by Elite Curves International. Haute Curves LA Fashion Week held October 13, 2012 at the LA Convention Center showcased independent designers and companies that cater to sizes 12 and above. When I saw the announcement come out via Facebook naming some designers that I have not yet seen or heard of before I knew that I had to attend. Plus, I knew all of my favorite LA based plus size fashionistas would be attending and it would be a night to get dressed up and celebrate our curves together.

I had to do this event right and go VIP…of course! With this being the first ever Haute Curves, I wanted to enjoy this event to the fullest. Now what to wear??? Of course, I reached out to one of my favorite designers all time Rachel Pally to dress me for the red carpet. She sent me one of the most amazing dresses from her White Label Fall Collection that fit my style to a T! Well, almost everything she designs is my style but that’s besides the point…this dress I felt was made for me. The design, cut, style, and super cool graffiti print are like no other.

After I received the dress I reached out to my sister-in-law Mandi Line who is an amazing stylist and dresses the adorable girls on the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. Mandi hooked me up with a funky black leather Rebecca Minkoff clutch, gold pyramid stud earrings and bracelet by CC Skye, and a super cool gold and black sunburst cocktail ring by House of Harlow. After shopping with Mandi, I was seriously ready to rock the red carpet…. check it out.

Shopping with my sister-in-law and Fashion Stylist Mandi Line

Shopping with my sister-in-law and Fashion Stylist Mandi Line

Purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings and Bracelet by CC Skye, Black and Gold Sunburst Cocktail Ring by House of Harlow

Purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings and Bracelet by CC Skye, Black and Gold Sunburst Cocktail Ring by House of Harlow

 

Me with fellow plus model Melinda Mann

Kennedy Dress by Rachel Pally White Label Collection

 

The event was cool and quaint, hosted by none other than the lovely Chenese Lewis. I was thrilled to see so many familiar faces in the plus industry that I had not seen for awhile such as The Curvy Fashionista Marie Denee, Tulin Emre and Reah Norman of Plus Model Magazine, Curvy Girls creators Lisa & Laura Nelson, Queen Grace Collection Designer Adolfo Sanchez, Plus Model/Actress Rosie Mercado and more . Designers and companies such as 17 Sundays, Blacklisted Couture, Cult of California, Forever 21 and more came out with a bang and rocked the runway with a gorgeous range of models in a variety of shapes, sizes, and looks. Check out some of the images from the Haute Curves show here.

Me & Plus Model Magazine's Fashion Director and my fav Reah Norman

Me & Plus Model Magazine’s Fashion Director and my fav Reah Norman

At intermission I took advantage of my VIP ticket and got my 1 complimentary cocktail which I chose a yummy Cranberry Vodka and made my way down to the vendor room to do a little shopping. As I entered I was pretty disappointed only to see a couple tables set up in the room.  I had brought some extra cash hoping to pick up some goodies from some of the new designers featured in show or something, but there wasn’t much to choose from unfortunately so I headed backstage to say hello to some of my gorgeous fellow model friends who were in the show and check out the goodies in my Haute Curves VIP swag bag.

Luxurious Haute Curves LA Fashion Week VIP Swag

Luxurious Haute Curves LA Fashion Week VIP Swag

After the show I hit the red carpet once again before entering the VIP Reception held in a separate hall adjacent to the show. There they offered light snacks, a cash bar, and a DJ rockin the night away and of course….I had to get my dance on for a hot second before I said my goodbyes.

I think for this event being held during LA Fashion Week I had high expectations and unfortunately was left a bit disappointed as a VIP ticket paying guest. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fact that we had a plus size fashion show during LA Fashion Week but strongly feel that we need to step up or game when doing events like these in order for the fashion industry to truly be taking our industry seriously and accepting/including us in all aspects of Fashion Week in all areas. This is LA…. and I know that there are more LA based, plus friendly businesses out there who could have participated and showed their support for events like this. All in all I had a great time, spent the evening with some amazing people, and celebrated the plus size fashion industry/community which always is a PLUS!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Did you attend the show? What did you think? Who was your favorite designer to rock the runway?

To learn more about Elite Curves International and see more images from the Haute Curves event visit the ECI Facebook page here.

Special thanks to Rachel Pally for dressing me for the event. Be sure to check out more fabulous designs by Rachel Pally White Label and to my amazing stylist sis-in-law Mandi Line for adding the final touches to my look. You can follow Mandi on Twitter…be sure to let her know what you thought of my look;)

I’ve Got the Blues…Imperial Blue, Twilight Blue, Royal Blue

This month I was invited to a very special birthday celebration for an amazing friend of mine and fabulous Plus Size Fashion Stylist Reah Norman. The event was schedule to take place at the ever so yummy Rosa Mexicano on Sunset Blvd. I knew that some of the most fashionable women in Los Angeles would be attending, so the pressure was on to find the perfect dress. With so many designers transitioning into Fall and it still being super hot here in LA I have to tell you that it was a struggle to find something amazing that I would not sweat to death in and I definitely did not want to wear black. I knew that I wanted something bright and sexy to not only celebrate her special day but also to celebrate the end of summer. With the kids heading back to school and me starting my new job with Becca Etc Swimwear, this was going to be one of my last girls night out for awhile and I really wanted to look amazing. After searching numerous websites I came across the 2012 Fall Collection on Igigi.com and fell in love with all of the styles available for Fall that come in a variety of blue hues from Imperial Blue, Twilight Blue, and Royal Blue. I am a sucker for an amazing blue and it was tough to pick the right one for the event.

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Mara Dress Imperial Blue

Lubov Dress Royal Blue

Lubov Dress Royal Blue

Chanda Dress Royal Blue

Chanda Dress Royal Blue

 

I decided to go with the Mara Dress in Imperial Blue because I felt that it had a little more of an edgier look than some of the other styles and I have been waiting to pair my black hematite chain and matching earrings with something amazing and this dress was it. When the dress arrived the day of the event, I literally was able to pull it out of the box and wear it immediately because of the incredible season-less jersey knit fabric it is made out of…the dress was wrinkle-free I couldn’t believe it! It felt so silky going on and hugged my curves in all the right places. I particularly loved the open boat neckline and was able to wear it a little bit off the shoulder for a more sexy look. I felt beautiful, sexy, and confident as always in Igigi.

As I arrived I wished the birthday girl Reah Norman a Happy Birthday and said my hello’s to all the gorgeous fashionistas that were there. I was surrounded by extremely talented, beautiful women…. from fashion bloggers, designers, to models, to celebrity hair and makeup artists. They all gave me tons of compliments on my dress and hands down the Imperial Blue was a complete hit. Not only did they love the vibrant blue hue but I was also told that the style/cut of the dress was perfect for my figure. The night was incredible, the venue was gorgeous, food and drinks were delicious, the DJ (DJ Gumsoul) had an amazing playlist, and I truly felt like a million dollars!

Thank you again Yuliya Raquel and the Igigi team for making me feel and look fantastic for another one of my events and for creating incredible designs for full figured women.

Be sure to check out more fabulous finds for Fall at Igigi.com and if you are in the LA area be sure to visit Rosa Mexicano on Sunset Blvd. to hear DJ Gumsoul on Friday and Saturdays from 8-11pm.

The Samburu Project’s Forever 21 International Fashion Collection Launch Party

Recently I had an opportunity to attend an exclusive launch party at the L.A. Mart for a sneak peak at The Samburu Project’s Forever 21 international fashion collection. For Spring 2012, Forever 21 joined forces with The Samburu Project, a Santa Monica based non-profit organization which drills freshwater wells in Africa.

The event showcased a Forever 21 pop up shop featuring the unique, colorful Give to Love. Love to Give Samburu fashion collection (which of course I scored a few pieces) and an exhibition of photography called The Face of Water which was absolutely beautiful and highlighted their efforts to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in Northern Kenya. Every day many children die worldwide due to the lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. Through the projects drilling initiatives, The Samburu Project provides a simple solution to this extraordinary problem.

In deciding what to wear to the event I knew I wanted a dress that was bright, colorful for Spring, sexy, and classy to suit the event. So of course I visited my favorite website for plus size dresses IGIGI.com and found the most amazing dress called the Renata Dress in Jade Green  As soon as I saw this dress I was in love. This dress said water to me with the beautiful color and had all the elements I was looking for…especially SEXY! The style of the dress is soooo me its ridiculous with the all over ruching heaven. The stretch jersey was super comfortable and hugged my curves all night long while mingling with the local supporters, celebrities, and Los Angeles social elite.

 

Needless-to-say the event was a complete success! Not only was I able to support a great cause, I was able to do so looking and feeling fabulous.

To learn more and be part of the simple solution visit TheSamburuProject.org