SHOPPING NEWS: Ideeli Launches TAHARI Arthur S Levine Shop & New Promo!

By now, the lauded September issues of all your favorite fashion magazines should be arriving in the mail. My local postman, Lou, says he’s been hitting the weights all summer in preparation for the “bibles”: coming from the likes of Vogue and In Style. The arrival of these style guides signal the change in the fashion seasons and herald the arrival of pre-fall– a season that lives on the fashion and retail calendars that celebrates the transition from summer to fall with the arrival of all the must-have boots, jackets and handbags to help build the perfect closet. 

Ideeli wants to get in on all the pre-fall celebration too. TODAY ONLY, Ideeli will be helping  curvy fashionphiles build the perfect wardrobe with a fabulous promotion:

SPEND $85 AND GET $15 OFF YOUR PURCHASE

SPEND $125 AND GET $25 OFF YOUR PURCHASE

Not bad right? Especially since the online shopping destination is adding some amazing new brands to their plus size shop ever week. This week, Ideeli is hosting a special brand event for  TAHARI Arthur S. Levine which launches today with some beautiful graphic prints– perfect for this season’s wardrobe revamp. Here’s a fave of mine from the brand’s new plus shop.

TAHARI ARTHUR S. LEVINE Natural/ Black Plus Long Sleeve Keyhole Print Dress with Tie Belt $69.99

But TAHARI Arthur S. Levine isn’t the only brand on sale today. Ideeli knows that when building the perfect wardrobe, one must also have the basics (classics and accent pieces to build on)– tops, bottoms and dresses. So to help in this arduous (but super fun task), Ideeli has added some amazingly chic pieces from Miraclebody, Philosophy, Lafayette 148, Marina Rinaldi, Seven7 and more to today’s big sale as well! 

Here are my pics from today’s sale!

MARINA RINALDI Fuchsia Sleeveless Side Pleated Sheath Dress  $299.99
MARINA RINALDI
Fuchsia Sleeveless Side Pleated Sheath Dress $299.99
MARINA RINALDI Black Plus Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Pant $69.99
MARINA RINALDI Black Plus Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Pant $69.99

uniquespectrum mllegabrielle

JESSICA SIMPSON Jet Black Oscar Drape Short  $29.99
JESSICA SIMPSON
Jet Black Oscar Drape Short $29.99
MSK Black Plus Asymmetrical Neckline Dress  $29.99
MSK
Black Plus Asymmetrical Neckline Dress $29.99

 

I’VE GOT A SECRET (The Curvy Socialite & Ideeli)

In recent weeks I have been on this mission to “curate” my life. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting ready to start a new chapter (stay tuned my darlings….all will be revealed in due time) but I have been on a “de-cluttering” kick. Paring down and “lightening” up your environment is a great way to make room for new things. .

So part of this new chapter has me changing up my style a bit…”upgrading” my fashion sense so to speak. My very late “spring cleaning” has me at a point that my closet is nearly empty. Between what I have donated, given away or sold…there really isn’t much left in the wardrobe. This near Herculean (lol…see my reference to this summer’s certain blockbuster… I can’t wait to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the movie about the ancient Greek hero) task has me trolling…er..browsing the internet looking for ways to add some of my favorite designers to my wardrobe without breaking the bank.But fear not! There is a remedy for that. 

Enter ideeli.com.

Ok, I know you are probably sitting there shaking your head saying Ideeli isn’t new. Technically speaking, I never said it was. For those of you not familiar with the site…ideeli offers its members online access to designer brands at up to 70 percent off retail prices every day. Daily,ideeli’s limited-time sales feature the most sought-after brands in women’s apparel, shoes, beauty and accessories, plus must-haves for men and home. This online shopping gem has brought many a fashion maven its inspired take on style and the best trends since 2006. As of January, Ideeli joined the Groupon family– opening up a whole other realm of savings possibilities.. 

There are a lot of  new things going on over at Ideeli (besides its marriage to Groupon). The site has been making a concerted effort to expand and broaden their offerings– with particular attention being given to the curvy/plus size category. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret…yours truly is teaming up with Ideeli to help make this happen! Part of the next chapter in the Curvy Socialite novel…but I’ll share details at a later time.

In the meantime, check out today’s sale in the Plus Size category whic features brands including Lafayette 148, Anne Cole Signature, Tadashi Shoji, Taylor, Mlle Gabrielle,  R & M Richards and more! Everything from basic tees, to evening gowns, swimwear, those trendy patterned pants everyone’s sporting this season, cocktail dresses, day dresses, blazers and everything in between can be found in Ideeli’s Plus Size shop. And an added bonus…Today and tomorrow enjoy free shipping site wide!
 
Here are a few pieces I’ve been eyeing for my closet….
 
MLLE GABRIELLE Multi Plus Diamond Print Pant
TAYLOR Gold/Black Plus Printed Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare
Black Plus Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare with Sheer Panel Trim
 

 

 

 

BUILDING A LEGACY OF STYLE

St. James & Company owner, Cabral Miller (standing) and model at a recent shoot at the Newark-based boutique.  (Photography by Rachelle Clinton)

As you know, from time to time I pen pieces for a variety of media outlets that cover some of my favorite lifestyle topics (fashion, beauty, culture, etc) and more. I recently was tapped by Heed Magazine (an online magazine whose mission is “focused on expressing the positive, diverse and spiritual perspectives…as it relates to current events, politics and pop culture) to profile a very special place– St. James & Company, a family owned and operated men’s boutique in the heart of Newark’s burgeoning arts district.

Owned by the Miller siblings, Utenzi and Cabral Miller, St. James & Company is a beautiful example of Newark’s drive and passion to revamp and rebuild its tattered reputation– building a legacy to be proud of.

Read the article about Cabral Miller and St. James & Company here.

ODE TO THE JUMPSUIT (My Favorite Fashion Trend)

I have to thank my mother for unknowingly helping me decide on a name for my blog a few years back. She’d call me to chat and I would always be on my way to something or coming back from somewhere. She’d tease me and ask how my “life as a socialite?” was From there the idea behind the Curvy Socialite was born as I was always gallivanting all over the place at fashion shows, movie screenings, parties and more—most of these events are work related and therefore come with the territory.  My calendar, especially as Fashion Week draws near, can be absolutely jam-packed leaving little time to put much thought into what I am going to wear.  Hence my ode to my favorite “no fuss no muss” outfits — the jumpsuit.

To say I love jumpsuits would be the ultimate understatement.

I’ve been rocking them for nearly 15 years (or more). Those in my close circle will tell you I am always singing their praises. I have friends who live in dresses and talk about how easy life is when all you have to do is jump in and out of a one piece outfit. You can get the same feel with a jumpsuit. Just like a dress, you can “fancy it up” or make it more casual with accessories and shoes. I’ve made the same jumpsuit perfect for brunch with the girls or red carpet ready with my choice in shoes, handbags and jewelry. And with designers opting to create jumpsuits of heavier fabrications, they are quickly becoming a year round staple. Now that the fashion world finds them en vogue (again…jumpsuits never really fell out of favor with them being the outfit du jour in the 60s and 70s), everyone’s clamoring to score one or two (or a few) for their wardrobes.

Looking at what’s coming up for summer and pre-fall deliveries at some of the city’s retailers, I spy a few pieces I need in my closet. Here are my top favorites.

The 2-in-1 convertible jumpsuit from Amirah Creations.

Credit: J Morris Photos featuring model, Natasha Kolas
Credit: J Morris Photos featuring model, Natasha Kolas

 

Brooklyn-based Nailah Lymus, the design maven behind Amirah Creations, combines two of this season’s biggest trends (black & white and ethnic prints) to create this bespoke jumpsuit (seriously, you send her your measurements and she creates this amazing piece to fit you) which retails for $125. It converts from a halter jumpsuit to a high-waisted pant (another one of this season’s trends). You can reach out to her via email at amirahcreations01@gmail.com.

 

The ¾ Sleeve Jumpsuit by Ashtyn

Courtesy of Ashtyn

Latisha Daring, another incredible New York-based independent designer, gives a sexy new twist to a classic favorite. Retailing for $150, this beautiful jumpsuit in a cool, crisp summer white can be purchased via her website at www.ashtynonline.com.

 

The Cher (Oceana Collection) by Shanda Freeman

The Cher Jumpsuit from the Oceana Collection by Shanda Freeman as worn by model Keisa Hamilton
The Cher Jumpsuit from the Oceana Collection by Shanda Freeman as worn by model Keisa Hamilton 

New York has a bevy of remarkable design talent catering to all shapes and sizes. Shanda Freeman, the Harlem-based “love” expert turned designer, has created a retro jumpsuit with a twist with this sexy piece called the Cher. Inspired by her love for the 70s, this jumpsuit (available in sizes M- 2X) retails for $240 and can be purchased via her website www.shandafreeman.com.

 

Montmartre Jumpsuit by Von Vonni

Courtesy of Von Vonni

Another nod to a retro design but with a very European aesthetic, Von Vonni has created a super chic piece called the Montmartre Jumpsuit.  This kimono-sleeved jumpsuit adds sex appeal with a cinched waist and deep –back.  Originally priced at $250, this jumpsuit can be purchased via their website at www.vonvonni.com.

 

The Peggy Jumpsuit by Tocca

Courtesy of Tocca
Courtesy of Tocca

Born on the picturesque island of St. Lucia, Tocca is a well known apparel and beauty brand currently helmed by design visionary Emma Fletcher.  From their current collection for spring 2013 comes the adorable Peggy Jumpsuit. Coming in a black/grey totem print with a deep v-neck, this jumpsuit retails originally for $460 and can be purchased via their website at www.tocca.com.

 

Oh Jumpsuit, how I love thee….and now my readers do too!

STRIKE A “POSE”: A New App for the Fashion Lover

Courtesy of MannersandMoxie.com
Courtesy of MannersandMoxie.com

In the ever-changing medium of social media, there seems to be an endless array of ways that we can share who we are with the world. I feel like every time I browse the tech sites, there is a new app or website that is being mentioned. Admittedly, my favorite apps tend to be more on the traditional side as they tend to lend themselves more to fashion and beauty blogging and my android phone. But recently, I came across a new app that may be the “app of all apps” for fashion bloggers and enthusiasts worldwide. Introducing POSE.

Described by some as the “Instagram of Fashion,” Pose is an online and mobile community where fashionphiles share their style.

Why do I like it? It’s an easy way to find great outfit inspirations, do some trend spotting and shop! What separates it from say Instagram or Pinterest, which are both popular with the fashion and style minded, is that Pose is dedicated solely to fashion. How can you go wrong with that?

Here are a few other benefits to Pose for the fashion lover– one of the things that I like about this app is that it allows “posers” (yep, that’s what users are called) to tag images with not only what it is (I.e., heels, dresses, etc) but with the brand (Michael Kors, Miss Selfridge, etc)—making it easy to find that piece that you know you can’t live without easily. In some cases, you can outright purchase the item through the app. Also, another feature I like– posers can save their favorite looks by creating “collections” (similar to boards on Pinterest). Cool, right?

Pose is still a relatively young app (about a year old or so) but is quickly becoming a favorite with major brands, bloggers and other influencers alike.

Interested in trying out Pose? It’s available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as on the web and via Facebook. You can download the app at www.pose.com/d.

I just joined Pose myself, you can find me at: http://pose.com/u/curvysocialite/

 

SHOPPING REVIEW: Shopbevel.com

Jewelry is the wearer’s chance to make a personal statement to the world. It can be symbolic of one’s history (family heirlooms), cultural or ethnic traditions, or simply one’s personal style.

I am a self professed jewelry fanatic. I love baubles of all kinds: rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cuffs…and everything in between. I’m intrigued by them all—costume versus real, metals, precious and semi-precious stones (I’m mad about sapphires—my birthstone), wood, beads and whatever else jewelry can be made of.

Being a New Yorker, I like to march to the beat of my own drum and tend to look for pieces that may make me stand out from a crowd. For me jewelry can easily become a conversation piece or even an ice breaker. I routinely visit places and events where I get to see one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces by independent designers. But my search for the perfect piece doesn’t only take place in the physical world, but is also done virtually. Recently, I learned about a very unique site called SHOPBEVEL.

SHOPBEVEL? What’s makes it so different from the other indie sites out there? Well, it was started on a whole different premise. Started in 2012 by then business school student, Courtney McColgan, Shopbevel works with independent designers to bring to market the best in jewelry design. What makes this site different from any other is that designers submit designs to special curated challenges that the community votes on. The “winners” of the design challenges then have their pieces manufactured and marketed by Shopbevel. Seriously, how cool is that? Courtney and her team believe every jewelry designer should have the opportunity to be discovered and work to create a community to make that possible.

I tend to be very classic in my personal style of dress and so use jewelry to add pops of color and to stand out. I got a chance to experiment with some of the spring’s most popular trends with the pieces I got from Shopbevel. Experimenting with the neon and spike trends, I got to check out the Neon Spike Bangles created by C. Solis of Madrid, Spain. Winner of the “Nod to Neon” design challenge, Ms. Solis’ creations come in a set of 3 (neon pink, yellow and orange) neon coated metal bangles with spiked ends—definitely adds some edge to any outfit. Very affordably priced, these bracelets retail for $35.

Neon Spike Bangles by C. Solis (Madrid Spain) from SHOPBEVEL.COM
The Curvy Socialite sports  Shopbevel's Neon Spike Bangles
The Curvy Socialite sports Shopbevel’s Neon Spike Bangles. Want these bangles, click on the image to go right to the site.

Definitely trendy and really cute, they did attract attention throughout my travels during the day. I was asked by a few women and teens where I got my bracelets. I happily told them about Shopbevel. And I am very eager to share this site with my readers. The folks Shopbevel have been quite nice in allowing me to share a discount code to enjoy 25% off your order.

Reader Discount: 25% Off
Reader Discount Code: BBSTUDS

This code is good for the entire month of July!

Also, if you’re in the New York City area this summer, check out Shopbevel in person! Visit http://www.shopbevel.com/nyc-popup to RSVP.

 

 

 

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