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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!

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

Check Out the New Campaign Lookbook for IGIGI’s Spring Awakening 2013

Spring is in the air ladies and I cannot wait! Today I am excited to announce that my favs at IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel just released their new campaign lookbook titled “Spring Awakening 2013” and I am in heaven! I am loving the sexy, feminine, flirty vibe and all the beautiful jewel tones are to die for. I am especially digging the new plus size maxi dresses they have to offer like the Zira Maxi Dress…gorgeous!

Check out the lookbook and let me know what you think. Which dress is your favorite?

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A little bit about the collection….

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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

Get Connected with Curve Connection from IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel

This week one of my favorite designers IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel introduced their Curve Connection which myself along with a group of chosen full figured fashionistas were lucky to be part of. Curve Connection is a community of IGIGI fans of a variety of sizes and shapes showing off their favorite IGIGI designs. Each of us have our own personal page with details about ourselves and the designs we love and why we love them. This gives each IGIGI customer a real look into everyday women (in addition to the models featured on their website) that they can relate to, whether it be size or body shape and they can see how the design may look and feel on them. INGENIOUS!!!

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See the full press release here 

As you all know I am a huge fan of IGIGI, so I didn’t not hesitate to jump on board for this incredible project. Take a look at my personal Curve Connection page and check out some of the style reviews I did for the project. While you are there, be sure to visit some of the other fabulous contributors and some of my personal favs like Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, Stiletto Siren of Lips, Hips, and Fashion Tips, and Marcy Guevara of Big Girl in a Skinny World.

You can be part of of the project as well by showing off your curves and entering here at the Curve Connection. With each entry IGIGI is offering a 10% discount code and a chance for 1 lucky winner per month to win a $500 IGIGI gift certificate. So if you are like me and cannot get enough of IGIGI, pull out that camera and take some shots of you rockin your favorite IGIGI designs and enter to win. Don’t miss out!

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

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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.

I Love Being a Leo…..Happy Birthday to ME!

Yes, I can truly say that I love being a Leo and if you know me you know that I am 100% a Leo woman in every way shape and form. This August it was all about me with continued birthday celebrations through the entire month thanks to my loving friends and family.  I was pampered with special dinners, girls night outs, a trip to Vegas with one of my favorite gal pals, and even a fabulous spa day. I have truly been in heaven and hate that it has to end.

One of my MOST special nights was celebrated with 3 of my closest girl friends at The Federal Bar in Noho. It was my first time going there and I didn’t know what to expect, nor did I have any idea what to wear. I was told to dress for dinner and dancing, so I knew I wanted something comfortable that I could move around in…. but it had to be SEXY!

I remembered getting an email recently from one of my favorite designers Anna Scholz announcing the launch of her White Label Collection which was featured on the fabulous model Whitney Thompson of ANTM and I was in LOVE with it all. The White Label is Anna’s premium collection featuring luxury fabrics, statement pieces, and designer cut and detail as stated on the site. I knew that I would find my birthday dress here. I decided to go with the Digital Jersey Gathered Panel Dress in Forest after seeing the picture below….amazing right?

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Dress by Anna Scholz

With the gorgeous hues of Magenta, Purple, with splashes of Gold in the digital forest print this dress is truly like no other. Because of the fabulous colors and print I decided to go simple and accessorize with a chunky bangle, matching earrings, and my go-to gold Carlos heels. It  is sexy and curve-hugging but not super clingy, so it allowed me to get my dance on with my girls. It also had the perfect amount of drape down the front to camouflage my “problem area” after I enjoyed my red velvet surprise compliments of the Federal Bar. I felt super sexy and confident rockin my Anna Scholz White Label Digital Jersey Gathered Panel Dress while celebrating my 35th birthday!

Anna has an amazing way of making curvy women feel beautiful and confident with her bold prints, elegant draping, and impeccable fit. Most full figured women I notice will shy away from bright colors and bold prints, but I truly embrace them and hope you will too.Once you try on an Anna Scholz dress I guarantee you will be hooked. I know it can be tough sometimes ordering online especially all the way from the UK but from experience I know that when I order from her site I am getting exactly what is pictured, with exact details stated in their description, and quality merchandise.

Check out some of the latest designs by Anna Scholz and Happy Birthday to all the other fabulous Leo women out there!

 

Tea Time – A Review of Igigi’s Bennetta Dress

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Igigi designs by Yuliya Raquel. So needless-to-say I was ecstatic to be asked to be part of their Curve Connection Project and take one of her amazing designs for a test run. This team is incredible and knows exactly how to dress a woman with curves. Not to say I have tons of curves, but I am definitely plus size and they chose an amazing dress that was flattering for me in all the right places.

The ladies sent me the beautiful Bennetta Dress  for review and when I opened the package I was taken back by the vibrant print that covers the bottom half of the dress. It was beautiful and I could not wait to get it on. They sent me a size 12 (since they tend to run a little larger) and it fit like a glove. I could not wait to wear it to one of my friends birthday tea.

The celebration I chose to wear the Bennetta Dress to was at the Tea Rose Garden in Pasadena. The venue was super cute, the tea and treats were absolutely delicious, and my dress was perfect for the garden setting. The dress has a gorgeous low, yet sexy cross over neckline with tank style, bra friendly straps which were perfect for the Summer daytime event. I did feel for me that the underarm did ride a little high, but nothing a quick trip to alterations couldn’t take of. The dress came with a gorgeous copper tone snake-skin like belt that I absolutely loved but chose not to wear for this event. I wanted to be a little more simple for the tea but would totally rock the belt with the dress for a “dressier” event. The dress length and style are classic and I highly suggest the Bennetta Dress for any plus size gal as it will accent a variety of body shapes.

Igigi is the perfect place to find a plus size dress for any event. They offer a variety of beautiful styles and unique designs. They are now my go-to shop for all my dresses. Yuliya and her team have truly taken the plus size fashion industry by storm and is transforming the world’s view of beauty one design at a time.

What do you think of the Bennetta Dress by Igigi? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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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