“DARE” TO BE BOLD: New Plus Magazine Launches with Spring Issue

Okay. Okay. I can here some of you muttering under your breath already with, “not another one.” This isn’t the first nor will it be the last plus magazine that will burst on to the market but I have to say I’m hoping Dare Magazine will be one that will stay.

DARE Magazine

What’s so special about Dare?

Well, it’s founder, Diana Di Poce, a senior at Ryerson University in Canada, is looking do something that her predecessors did not.  She’s NOT trying to change the world or “rally the troops” so to speak like others of her generation and even other magazine before her. Rather she’s trying to provide a source of inspiration for curvy girls throughout Canada and beyond. Geared toward the woman size 12 and above, her purpose of the magazine is to acknowledge and inspire the woman with the fuller figure and all women in general of all shapes and sizes.

In a recent interview, Di Poce said, “I wanted to keep it more general in the way that any woman can look at the magazine and get inspiration from it…just like how I pick up an issue of Elle or Flare…even though I won’t fit these outfits and I won’t look like these models, I still get inspiration from it.”

Born of her final school project, the Fashion Communications major picked the ideal time to launch with the burgeoning acknowledgement plus size women are receiving from the fashion and beauty industry– though there are still some brands that are dead set against anyone over a size 8 wearing their clothing (let’s not even talk about the Abercrombie founder’s comments about not wanting “fat” or “ugly” people wearing his clothes. It’s his prerogative at the end of the day; the public’s choice whether or not to support.If you want to read the story for yourself, click here.)

I’m looking to see more and what the direction the magazine will take. But for now, it is piquing my interest and I am throwing in my support.

To find out more about Dare Magazine, visit www.daremag.ca.

BEAUTY REVIEW: Pump up the Volume with Living Proof’s AMP2

I’ve had another amazing opportunity to guest blog for a fellow New York Blogger Collective member. This time, I reviewed Living Proof‘s newest hair care product, Amp2 for the fabulous Glasgow Skinner of My Life On (and Off) the Guest List

Back in 1987 the British band MARRS was at the top of the charts with “Pump up the Volume” and today every editor, blogger and beauty guru is obsessed with volume—hair volume that is. We’re not talking about the big hair of the 80s where celebrities and girls-next-door alike teased and sprayed their hair to death to reach great heights that for some could be really be considered architectural feats in their own right. Today we’re all about the sexy, full touchable hair the graces the catwalks and red carpets. But how’s a girl to go from flat, boring hair to the sexy bouncy hair worthy of a Victoria’s Secret model without adding all that stiff, heavy product that only lasts about two hours. Enter the scene….Living Proof, the game changing beauty company that is changing the hair industry.

Living Proof recently released Amp2, a multifaceted new styling product that provides major volume while maintaining soft, touchable hair and flexible hold. The best part about it…is that Amp2 can be applied to dry hair for instant body and is “revivable” for up to 2 days!

Want to find out more about this product? See the full review on Glasgow’s blog here.

POLITICAL FASHION 101: Michelle Obama v. Anne Romney

Surprisingly, before midnight on November 7th, the 45th President of the United States had been determined. This capped off the most expensive (if not one of the most expensive) campaign seasons in history with a tab of nearly $6 billion. As millions of Americans waited with baited breath of concession and victory speeches that finally took place in the wee hours of the morning, many a fashionista was also playing particular attention to what Michelle Obama and Ann Romney were wearing. More than just a dress, the garment of choice by the First Lady of the United States and the woman who wanted to be, spoke volumes.

For the full story on the Examiner, click the photo below or click here.

The First Family on Election Night 2012

BEAUTY: FALL INSPIRATION (Essie Fall Colors)

As I watch as New York gets ready for it’s second storm in as many weeks, I attempted to regain some sense of normalcy. Finding myself in midtown, I ventured into one of my favorite nail salons for a mani-pedi.

One of the benefits of being a blogger is that you get a chance to sample some of the newest products on the market.  Essie recently sent me some gorgeous colors from their Fall Collection. So with a beautiful deep wine (Essie’s Skirting the Issue) and glittering gold (Essie’s Good as Gold) nail polishes in hand, I set off for some Fall inspiration.

Thanks for New York Nature Spa (just steps from Bryant Park on 41st Street) for this adorable wine and gold mani (and pedi). (Just a little note, in order to get the burgundy to be as deep as the color on the bottle I had to apply 3 coats.)

What do you think?

Manicure by New York Nature Spa featuring Essie’s Skirting the Issue and Good as Gold.

TIP-TOE THROUGH THE JULEPS WITH ME (Beauty Review)

Every two weeks, I make an effort to treat myself to a mani-pedi at my local nail salon. It’s kind of my own little therapeutic moment when I don’t have to worry about the needs of clients (FYI, for those of who do not know, in addition to being  your favorite blogger, I’m a fashion and beauty publicist) and to have a little me time where I get to be pampered  and feel pretty. So when the opportunity to review a the new line of nail polish from the company,  Julep, I was super excited as it was another chance to enjoy a hot stone manicure and pedicure—but little did I know that Julep was more than just a pretty nail polish brand.

Julep, it turns out, is a new nail polish and beauty product subscription program. You’re probably wondering what that means. Well… it means that every month Julep sends you some of the most fashion forward polishes and high quality beauty products right to your door-step based on your style profile (determined by a short quiz on their site when you sign up to be a “maven”).  There are 5 style profiles (AMERICAN BEAUTY, BOHO GLAM, BOMBSHELL, CLASSIC WITH A TWIST and IT GIRL) that mavens can fall into based on their fashion and beauty likes.  Yours truly was determined to be BOHO GLAM—not surprising with my love of earthy and neutral tones.

Literally two days after signing up, Lou (seriously the best postman ever—gotta give him a plug because he lugs all the magazines, new products and the results of my shopping binges to me with a smile) brought me my introductory Maven Box. From the moment I opened it, I was in love.

So what was in it? Inside the box, carefully wrapped in fuchsia tissue paper was a mini- reusable tote with Julep’s motto: “Beauty is about connection, not competition.” You see, Julep was founded as a tribute to girlfriends—true friends who tell it like it is and share new fashion and beauty secrets so that we can all call look good.

What you get in your introductory Boho Glam Julep Maven Box

Within the tote was the following:

  • Toni –  Greige (what you get when grey marries beige) with a hint of lavender crème
  • Sasha – Fresh cantaloupe melon crème
  • Best Pedi Crème Ever! Exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish your feet (seriously I don’t know how they knew I’ve been hiding some seriously dry cuticles on my tootsies these last few days).

Julep actually names their nail colors after women who inspire them—a testament to the company’s pledge to empower women to be their most beautiful, confident, and happy—all while having fun along the way. Julep takes this mindset to heart and actually donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations that support women through their Powered by Girlfriends program.

The day I got my mani-pedi it was an unseasonably warm day (80 degrees in New York in October—seriously!) which probably persuaded me to opt to try Sasha as it gives you a little bit of summer (which came in handy today as I write this post and the temperature dropped like 30 degrees!).

Both the manicurist and I were impressed by how pretty Sasha was and how true to color it actually was (sometimes what the color looks like in the bottle isn’t what it looks like on your hands and feet). Also, we noticed that that super strong “nail polishy” smell didn’t really exist. That’s another great thing about Julep—they actually make a “Girlfriend’s Oath” to give you en trend beauty without all the toxins. Now though I love getting my nails done, I hate waiting for them to dry. If you’re like me, have no fear! Julep’s nail polish actually dries really fast. I was practically dry before I even got to the dryers. At the end of my therapy time, I had the cutest set of manicured fingers and toes.

Channeling Sasha Fierce!

Later that night before bed, I decided to try the pedicure cream. Julep boasts you can see results in one to two uses. I can attest to that. My feet felt soft and cool after the first use. I’m definitely a fan.

But the thing I love most about Julep best…they’re all about sharing! Julep has been so gracious to offer a discounted rate on their intro box to readers of my blog! The promo code “CURVYSOCIALITE” can be used here to sign up!

BUT WAIT…THERE’S ONE MORE THING!

One lucky reader will get a chance to score a free intro Maven box by entering the giveaway via The Curvy Socialite Facebook page (starting Monday, October 8th).

It’s super easy to enter!

 

 

BEAUTY NEWS: Songstress Janelle Monae is the newest face for CoverGirl

Janelle Monáe has just been named the newest face of CoverGirl

Now she can add beauty icon to her resume. Janelle Monae, the 26-year old pop singer who has already made a name for herself in the fashion world, is now the newest face for CoverGirl.

The Grammy nominated Kansas native joins the ranks of other notable celebrities including Paula Patton, Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Alicia Sacramone and Taylor Swift.

Recently, Monae shared her beauty philosophy and tips with Vogue Magazine. Check out the article here.

 

Something that I never really took into account…Wording is important and carries a lot of weight (pun intended). Women come in all shapes and sizes and should be appreciated on all fronts.It’s hard enough being a woman in general with attacks coming from all sides, we need to focus on supporting one another.

Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

There seems to be some sort of unwritten rule on social media sites that in order to accept yourself as a larger woman you have to put smaller women down.

“Real women have curves.”

“Only a dog likes bones.”

“I want to look like a WOMAN, not a BOY.”

I see this all too often. Slim women pitted against larger women in images. Smaller women modelling items and being accused of not meeting the demands of those who want to wear them. Petite women being labelled as ‘curvy’ and being met with torrents of abuse from larger women – “If SHE’S curvy then I’m a sphere! She looks like she’ll break!”

I am so sick of those comments.

I have seen some women insinuate that slimmer women deserve the hate they often have poured upon them. One lady told me that she had had enough of being attacked by the…

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MEETING MISTY COPELAND

Every generation or so, there are people who arise whose purpose is to share their gifts, inspire and plant seeds for the future. One of those people is American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland.

A prodigy in the world of classical ballet, Misty got her start late (by industry standards) at the age of 13 but is a natural talent that has been taken the world by storm. Today, she shared her journey with an intimate crowd at the Dwyer Center in Harlem where she was a featured speaker as part of the annual May Week Celebration of the Arts sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority New York Almunae Chapter.

Misty Copeland (center) with fans at the DST May Week Celebration in Harlem

Ms. Copeland shared the joys (living your passion, travel, accomplishments, etc) and the pains (long hours of training, injuries, and more) of being a professional ballet dancer with fans and aspiring ballerinas alike. She also shared the unique pressures that also come with being one of a handful of African American women in classical ballet and the first Black female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre in two decades.

On June 12th, Misty will debut in the lead role as the Firebird at Lincoln Center.

Misty Copeland as the Firebird