Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yay or Nay: Peacock Pumps

There are times when even I can't decide if something is absolutely fabulous or just tacky. And when I saw these shoes on Outblush  I thought...how cool! Peacock pumps! But the more I looked at them, with the cream color, the obvious printed design & color block heel...I couldn't tell if these were fab or fugly!

So readers...please tell me! YAY or NAY on these Peacock Pumps?

The Stylist: New Years Eve Dresses for Curves

We all want to find that perfect New Years Eve dress that will hug our curves and hide our imperfections. And it has to have some sparkle! Here are some great plus-size dresses for a chic & sexy New Years Eve (pucker up, you are getting kissed if you are in one of these dresses)!

left to right, top to bottom:
1. ASOS Exclusive Flower Cluster Dress, $112.06
2. Donna Ricco Beaded Bubble Hem Dress, $158
3. Calvin Klein Sequin Hem Dress, $158
4. ASOS Exclusive Sequin & Jewel Embellished Dress, $146.54

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Stylist: The Perfect Wedge

Ladies, stop your searching! I have found the perfect strappy wedge. This gorgeous Dolce Vita Pela shoe will run you around $160...but these are some of the most beautiful and versatile shoes I have seen in a long time. Here are some perfect outfit ideas to go with these delicious wedges:

1. Loose fitting shirt, long interesting necklace, dark blue skinny jeans, DV Pela Wedges
2. LBD, chunky bracelet, DV Pela Wedges
3. Long flowy top, black leggings, statement jewerly, DV Pela Wedges
4. Pencil skirt tucked into simple loose fitting sleeved top, stockings, scrunched socks, DV Pela Wedges

From the Author: "Fat Bitch"

This post is very personal for me, and I hesitated publishing it. However I decided I am probably not the only one with an experience like this, and perhaps I will be able to empower other ladies by telling my story.

I'm an extremely social person. I love going out with friends on the weekends, meeting new people, having conversations with strangers and getting to know each person that walks into my life. This past weekend, like most, I was out having a good time with friends in Downtown Seattle. On the way home we all decided to stop by a local pizza place that stayed open late after bars closed down...and I offered to grab pizza slices for a couple of my good friends. However there was one guy in the car who I barely knew, and I told him if he wanted pizza to come out with me and get himself a slice (since I didn't want to pay for his slice). I was not rude...but he demanded that I buy him a slice of pizza - barely knowing me at all.

So I told him not to be rude and come out with him to get himself one. He refused and sat in the car while I got out. While waiting in line, I decided to be kind and get him a slice anyway, even though he had been very rude. As I walked back to the car, he thought I didn't get him any pizza, and yelled out the window at me, "You FAT BITCH."

I was appalled. What did he just say to me? I was feeling very confident in my outfit, having a wonderful night, and a friend of a friend is calling me the two things I feared being called. I got in the car and asked him why he was acting like that...why would he say such a thing. And he responded by saying, "Because you are a fat bitch, that's why."

I went off on him. I sunk down to his level and told him exactly what I thought about him and what he said. He shut his mouth real quick. But in hindsight I regret stooping to his level - hurling insults right back at him. I was in tears by the end of the night and felt violated. How could someone be so cruel? And the ironic thing was, of course, I actually bought him a slice. He wasn't getting now, obviously.

After talking with a good friend, I realized that his insult truly had nothing to do with me as a person, inside or out. It was really about his own insecurities. And regardless of your size as a woman, one of the most hurtful insults is to be called a "Fat Bitch." We all have body issues, thanks to the pressure that the media and society puts on us to look a certain way. A way which doesn't actually exist, except in the pages of airbrushed and photoshopped magazine pages.

I had to realize that if I let this near stranger hurt me, if I let him touch my heart and my mind, I was giving him power. Someone who degrades women, who throws out the most hurtful of insults to a woman just because he doesn't get what he wants - like a child.

Another ironic note? He has actually tried to pick me up before...hit on me...creep...whatever you want to call it.

So, TRENT, I'm calling you out. For all the beautiful women out there who are trying to live up to unrealistic standards and fear being judged through the eyes of egotistical, insecure men: I am a FAT BITCH. And I love it. I love my beautiful body, my curves, my breasts, my hips, my lips, my eyes and myself.

And I have you to thank for empowering myself - and being comfortable with owning the title of Fat Bitch.


Trends: Chevron Beaded Necklace

This necklace is popping everywhere right now, being paired with loose fitting tanks and skinny jeans. Since this piece has been available for a while now, copy cat versions are trickling down to stores like Nordstrom and Macy's; in fact I found a gorgeous white & silver chevron beaded necklace on Black Friday at Nordstrom Rack for under $20 (originally $85 & on clearance).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

If I Was a Rich Girl: Valentino Studded T-Strap

This season, if you have been keeping an eye on high fashion trends in Paris, Milan & Barcelona, you already know this season's "it" shoe: The Valentino Studded T-Strap. The shoe comes in a high heel, a kitten heel & a flat - and will run you about $800. I could always opt out of paying bills this month, and instead, buy this gorgeous shoe...

I searched the internet for copy-cat versions of this fierce shoe, but couldn't find anything worthy of posting. If anyone can find a knockoff of this shoe, please post it in the comments or email me chiccurve@gmail.com :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Details: Prints, Boots & Nerdy Chic

Last night in Seattle it snowed - which is a big deal - because it is only November and we never get snow this early! So my best friend and I decided to take advantage of the pretty white scenery & do a little photo shoot! Details on the clothes & accessories are at the end of this post!

Tell me ladies & gents...what is the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Outfit 1 Details:
Yellow print cardi - Target
Print skirt - Faith21
Boots - Crown Vintage
Necklace & Bracelet - Nordstrom
Purse & Gloves - Forever21

Outfit 2 Details:
Print Blouse - Tucker for Target
Beaded Top - Faith21
Skirt & Necklace - H&M
Boots - Crown Vintage

Monday, November 22, 2010

Outblush: LLBDs

Check out my guest blog post today on Outblush...it is all about LLBDs! Not sure what I'm talking about? You better go find out what this Trend Alert is all about :)

The Stylist: Sweater for Almost AnyBODY

I have found the perfect sweater for *almost* anyBODY. This floral sweater from H&M looks even more amazing in person - it is soft, flowy and long. Here are my suggestions on how to wear the sweater based on your body:

Curvy & Short: Roll the sleeves up. Pair with a long, skinny gold necklace. Big black bangle. Black leggings. Chunky black suede heels.
Curvy & Tall: Fold the sleeves over once. Chunky gold/brass necklace. Black leggings. Cocktail ring. Brown riding boots.

Thin & Short: Leave sleeves long. Black tights. Long pearl necklace. Black heeled booties.
Thin & Tall: Roll the sleeves up. Black tights. Chunky gold/brass necklace. Skinny red bracelet. Chunky red heels.

Would you wear it differently? Let me know in the comments below!

The Details: Strappy Shoes, Black Tights & Rusty Necklace

So I realize I haven't been posting too many full length outfit shots, even though many of you have been requesting them...so I'm excited to post my outfit from this past weekend! It was a big night out for a friend's 24th birthday in downtown Seattle...Happy Birthday Zoe & Kristi!!!

The dress is a lace dress from Target, the necklace is from Forever21, shoes by Crown Vintage and purse (below) from Forever21 (my "faux Chanel" bag). How was your weekend? Any good fashion moments?

Friday, November 19, 2010

From the Author: Favorite Photoshopped Pics

Photoshopping is lots of fun...as we all know. Adding effects to give a photo an emotion, like anger, melancholy or happiness, can be an entertaining challenge. What do I like to add? Drama. These are some of my favorite photos of myself that I have photoshopped around with. What is your favorite effect to use in making pictures more dramatic?

Freebie Friday: Holiday Cards

Finding the perfect Christmas Card for your fashionable & fabulous friends can be tough. Well guess what? The Chic Curve has got you covered, for FREE. All you need is a color printer and some decent paper. Check out both card designs: Chic Jolly & OMG Blue.

Want to thank me for creating & sharing these for free? Re-post these on your blog & spread the jolly word!

Note: I am thinking of doing Freebie Friday every week & giving away free stuff! Follow this blog to get a chance to win & stay tuned :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

If I Was A Rich Girl: Prints & Nudes

Want to take a guess as to how much all of these things would cost together? About $5,200. So if you have got that kind of cash, I recommend you snatch up these amazing pieces fast! Otherwise, join me as I dream of Alexander McQueen sweater dresses & over-the-knee bowed Valentino boots...*sigh*...

1. Alexander McQueen Printed Dress, $1,398
2. Antipodium Hail Mary Guilty Pleasures Print Dress, $582
3. Moschino Cheap & Chic Yellow Sheath Dress, $575
4. Theory Arena Abstract Print Dress, $325
5. Sergio Rossi Python Pumps, $630.00
6. Cynthia Vincent Chase Wedge, $295
7. Valentino Over the Knee Leather Boot with Bow, $1,595

Trends: Tiered Dress

I would like to start off by saying thank you to the dress gods for blessing us all with this Robbie Bee Beaded Tiered Dress. The easy sexiness of this chic LBD will cause you to accidentally seduce & ensue swoons from anyone you pass by. This delicious piece is only $98, and an extremely versatile addition to  any closet!

The Details: Floral Prints & Lace

I'm loving the lace trend that is popping up everywhere. So when I found this Tucker for Target printed tunic on the clearance rack, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it: throw it over my lace dress & play peek-a-boo with the sleeves! Paired it with a chunky Moroccan style necklace from Urban Outfitters and brown riding boots. So tell me reader, what do ya think?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Classics: Embellished Pumps

When I saw these, I immediately thought of those fabulous blue satin Manolo pumps that Carrie rocked in the Sex & the City movie. The thing I really like about this pair, is that no one will think you are rocking a knock-off Manolo like some other identical versions, this pump is unique & stylish. I purchased these myself - and let me say they look even better in person. Skip the $895 Manolo price tag and snatch these Tahari heels for under $100! They look amazing with skinny jeans for a casual outfit, and you can also pair them with a voluminous cocktail dress for a chic, expensive look!

Outblush: Work to Play with Curves

My first guest post on the wonderful fashion blog Outblush has been published! Go check it out now & let me know what you think!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Details: Natasha's Outfit Highlights

It has been a fun last couple weeks...and I haven't been posting too many photos of myself recently. Here are some "desk shots" I have taken which highlight some of my favorite fashion trends right now.

1. Bling it out during the day (Necklace from Nordstrom, Top by Michael Kors)
2. Professional Lace (Boyfriend Jacket & Lace Top from Target, Necklace by Givenchy)
3. Mixing prints & patterns (Top & Scarf, Forever21)
4. Long Cardis and Printed Pencil Skirts (Cardi from H&M, Necklace by Givenchy, Skirt from Faith21)

What do you think? Fab or drab?

EveryBODY: Winter Coats

It is that time again...the weather is getting cold and we all have to find a winter jacket that flatters both our body type & taste! Tall and curvy? Try a long, flattering & stylish cape. Short & thin? Rock some faux fur. No matter what your body type is, there is something fabulous for you to cozy up in! Pair with hot cocoa & snow for a perfect winter night.

1. ASOS Curve Hooded Military Cape ($129.30)
2. Tiered Bottom Wool Trench Coat by Express ($198)
3. Felt Double Breasted Coat by Faith21 ($37.80)
4. Graham & Spencer Leather Jacket by Free People ($856)
5. ASOS Curve Faux Shearling Biker ($112.06)
6. Jolt "Cozy" Jacket ($62)

The Stylist: Christy from NOLA

Meet Christy, author of Slow Southern Style, a fashion blog based out of New Orleans. Christy wrote to the Stylist looking for ideas on dressing for her body type, which she described:

 "I have really solid legs thanks to biking 4.5 miles a day...I'm petite but not small. I carry all my weight in the middle...bulky sweaters are the bane of my existence."

She also described her taste in fashion:

"I like simple things that pack a punch. I like to wear color."

Alright Christy, I think I have just the thing for you! 2 outfits, one with bold colors and the other with bold accessories & design, both pack a punch and show off those hot legs of yours! Enjoy & thanks for writing in!!!

Bold Print:
1. Daro Bracelet from Aldo ($15)
2. Tory Burch "Lanel" Washed Silk Dress ($395)
3. Voyage Leatherette Shoulder Bag ($28.80)
4. BCBGeneration Wessy Booties ($139)

Luxe Accents
1. ASOS Sixties Skater with Belt Dress ($65.51)
2. BCBG Adele Suede Bootie ($295)
3. ASOS Oversized Jacquard Clutch ($48.27)
4. Decambra Bracelet from Aldo ($23.98)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Trend: "Jasmine" Pant

Maybe we love these pants so much this season because as little girls we all wanted to be Jasmine from Aladdin...but whatever the reason they are fabulous. Pair them with a form fitting top & cropped jacket, and chunky heels for a NYC worthy look. I found this pair online at ASOS for under $40! They come in black & grey, sizes 16-22.

From the Author: Cake Pops!

What did I do this weekend? Had a "Cake Pop" party. Thanks to Bakerella who provides the recipe for Cake Pops on her blog, I invited over some friends & made Cake Pops! Here are the pictures, taken by Kristi Sperline (check out her photography portfolio here).

Trends: Boyfriend Boots

It's that time in fashion again, to steal your boyfriend's grungy style. This season? Steal his boots. The grungier the better...just don't pair with flannel (it's not 1991 anymore). They look great with floral dresses or skinnies. Add a feminine element to your outfit, otherwise you may start to look just a tad bit goth (and let's be honest, that's just not chic). Here are some of my favorites for these season:

1. Jeffrey Cambell "Somebody" Lace Up Boot ($119.95)
2. Steve Madden "Perrin" Tall Lace-Up Military Boot ($199)
3. Coach Adelaide Boot ($223.50 on sale)
4. Born Shoes, Skylark Boots ($131.25 on sale)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Spotlight: Amazing Curvy Fashion Photos

I've been scouring the web trying to find the sexiest and most chic fashion photos out there of full figured women...and I chose these 5 as my favs. Amazing shots, gorgeous curves & chic as can be. 

Did I leave out your favorite shot? Send it to me: chiccurve@gmail

From the Author: I Love You

Blogging away, just for you :)

Hello readers!

I wanted to say thank you to all my readers & new friends who have been giving the Chic Curve so much love lately. As a new blogger to the curvy fashion scene, it's very encouraging with all you ladies providing me with so much support. I have also been invited to guest blog on one of my favorite blogs Outblush and will provide links to my blog posts there as they are published!

Basically, I love you all.

Have you said hello yet? If not, please introduce yourself in the comments below. I love meeting readers & reaching out to the curvy community!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Trends: Drapey Jacket

Lately fashion has been moving towards an easier, more laid-back look. Taking the time to look like you just threw on the perfect outfit is what it's all about (I know its a bit ironic)! And this jacket is perfect for that. It is easy, yet tailored. Casual yet dress. Fabulous yet understated...I think you get it.

Stylist Note: I would not recommend wearing it as shown in the picture. Pair this with a solid color top and skinny jeans.

How would you wear this jacket? Share your response in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interior Chic: Re-do Your Room for Under $300

Sometimes, you get tired of your bedroom. And when it's time for a make-over, I have found an amazing resource! ModCloth.com has recently added an "apartment" section to their website...and they have some of the cutest home accessories I've ever seen in one place! These picks will add a chic, girly touch to any bedroom. And getting all these items for under $300? Amazing.