EVENT ALERT:  Style Chambers Launch in Miami 8/13!

Hi Miami (and South Florida)!

I’ll be in town August 13th for the launch of STYLE CHAMBERS, the region’s newest event series geared toward the style, art and culture enthusiast. I will be speaking as part of the panel. 

Interested in attending, RSVP at Stylechambers.biz@gmail.com.

See you there! 

CONTEST: Fashionably Delicious

MAGNUM® ICE CREAM AND BCBGMAXAZRIA COLLABORATION TURNS CHOCOLATE AND COUTURE INTO THE WORLD’S MOST PLEASURABLE FASHION ACCESSORY

The BCBGMaxazria for MAGNUM Belgian Chocolate Wrap unveiling at BCBGMaxazria on Fifth Avenue,  in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for MAGNUM/AP Images)
The BCBGMaxazria for MAGNUM Belgian Chocolate Wrap unveiling at BCBGMaxazria on Fifth Avenue, in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for MAGNUM/AP Images)

Who knows when it first started….the love affair between the human taste bud and the decadence of chocolate? We all have heard people even say that the taste and smell are practically orgasmic.

BCBG MAXAZRIA gets it and knows that this scrumptious scent can be the ultimate pleasure.  That is why the fashion brand has teamed with Belgian chocolate brand, MAGNUM, to create the marriage of indulgence between fashion and delectable forbidden fruit. What was the result? This teaming culminated in the innovation designed wrap which allows you to experience the pleasure of chocolate wherever you go with the launch of The BCBGMAXAZARIA for MAGNUM Belgian Chocolate Wrap.

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This beautiful wrap allows the wearer to experience the sensual effect of the famed European chocolate. Infused with the sexy scent, you fall under the indulgent spell of the “MAGNUM Effect,” as you’re wrapped in aromatic pleasure.

The MAGNUM Effect was the creation of Harvard scientist and scent inventor David Edwards and master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel—the result of crafting a blend of vanilla, sandalwood, creamy natural chocolate with Orris butter and Orris resinoid creating a scent that is soft, creamy and mouthwatering.

The wrap features an innovative technology called Wearable oNotes are designed to carry scent-based “messages” that trigger the positive experience associated with the smell of chocolate.

This fashionably delicious wrap is a limited edition “gift with a purchase” at select BCBGMAXAZRIA stores this summer.

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Click here to enter the giveaway!

Want a BCBGMAXAZRIA for MAGNUM Chocolate Wrap of your own? Click the image above to enter the giveaway!

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SPRING 2015: YUNA YANG

It’s that time of the year again.

Fashion Week heralds the beginning of the industry’s seminal migration to the fashion capitals of the world.  Bloggers, editors and fashion enthusiasts worldwide make the trek each September to New York to preview and fete the styles that will be all the rage in stores next season.

One designer who has become a perennial favorite is YUNA YANG.

I’ve been a fan of Yuna Yang for a few seasons now. There’s something about her interpretation of femininity that really intrigues me. Last spring, the New York-based designer created a collection that married traditional couture with a very modern yet chic aesthetic. A year later, with the debut of her Spring 2015 collection, Concept, Yang has done it again.

Drawing inspiration from the post- World War II era, where everyone was in a state of positive change. The consumerism and the idea to “Buy American,” was in full force. Post WWII also marked the second wave of the women’s liberation movement was in full swing and the return of fashion to the world stage. A new soft feminine silhouette with Christian Dior’s “New Look” emerged with long sweeping skirts, fitted waists and rounded shoulders.

Yuna Yang’s Concept collection strives to evoke those feelings of positivity and hopefulness with a collection that is classic with a modern fun twist— the designer’s signature style. Featuring soft feminine pieces such as a floral print pant, a taffeta cape dress and Giang Han check shirt dress, this collection is perfect for the fashion forward vintage enthusiast.

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Want to see how these pieces look with movement? Check out my video of the finale.

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

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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

 

SHOPPING NEWS: Save an Additional 25% on All Reebok.com Sale Items (Sponsored Post)

Save Additional 25% on All Reebok.com Sale Items
On your mark… get set… go! You have just one day to save an additional 25% on all Reebok.com sale items (sale lasts 7/29 only)! Running shoes, sunglasses, CrossFit gear—over 300 marked down items are now reduced an extra 25%! This is a great time to upgrade your gear or even do a little Christmas shopping in July! Be sure to use the promo code: 25SALE at checkout to grab your discount. But don’t wait since Christmas in July, like the one in December, only lasts one day.

Here are two of my picks from Reebok’s selection of sale items:

 

DANCE URLEAD 2.0 On Sale: $64.99

 

WILD BEAT CAMO WOVEN JACKET On Sale: $63.99

 

 

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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
 

 

 

 

108stitches Spring Trunk Show (Event Alert)

108stitches Spring Trunk Show (Event Alert)

Hello lovlies!

Did you know that Harriette Cole launched a clothing line last year called 108stitches?

As Ms. Cole herself describes it, “108 Stitches is a line of hand-crocheted accessories that I launched last year. Made from sumptuous yarns, each piece is a meditation on love.”

From the images I have seen on the website featuring American Ballet Theatre soloist, Misty Copeland (one of my favorite dancers), the collection looks amazing.

She’s hosting a trunk show on June 18th at one of my favorite boutiques, Noir et Blanc NYC! I can’t wait to see the collection in person.

Check our Instagram on the 18th for images from the event.

 

 

 

CONTEST ALERT: “Pin it to Win it” with Rafaella!

Just in time for the holidays!

It’s contest time ladies!

RAFAELLAthe women’s sportswear division of Perry Ellis, want to give someone a very special holiday gift through their “Pin it to Win it” Contest.

It’s really simple to enter….

All you have to do is create a Pinterest board with your 4 favorite Rafaella items and enter it on the Rafaella Facebook page on the contest tab.  A winner will be chosen once a week and will receive the items they pinned (pending availability).
The contest runs through the 21st, last winner will be announced the 23rd. They will be contacted by the information they provide on the entry form.
The full rules are listed below. The official hashtag for the contest is:  #holidaycontest
GOOD LUCK!

 

ANN NAHARI LAUNCHES LINGERIE BRAND; CHRISTINA MENDEZ CHOSEN AS THE FACE OF THE DEBUT COLLECTION

Ann Nahari, the California-based luxury plus size fashion brand, recently launched a new lingerie division under the name Ann Nahari Intimates. The full figured fashion house teamed with famed plus model Christina Mendez as the face of the new division.

As with its ready-to-wear collection, Ann Nahari Intimates is designed by Sumiyyah Rasheed. Originally launched in 2000 under the brand name Full Figure Design, the new lingerie division is a complete revamp and rebrand of the collection for the Ann Nahari woman.  “We have upgraded the whole collection with better fit and fabrication,” says Ms. Rasheed. “The new collection reflects both sexiness and comfort with styles that are on trend.” 

After testing the collection with a small market in the southern California area to rave reviews, Sumiyyah decided to roll out the lingerie collection, which was designed to complement the ready-to-wear collection for the brand.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the debut collection..

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FASHION = FUN!: Desigual Spring/Summer 2014 (NYFW)

Fashion, intentionally or not, can evoke a feeling when you wear or see it. A good designer or design team understands that and plays to that feeling be it sexy, pretty, professional, relaxed or in the case of Spanish brand, Desigual, FUN!

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Acting as a fashion correspondent for Alexandra Shook‘s sophisticated fashion dispatch, Delayed Missives, I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Week debut of Desigual, who brought a breath of fresh air to the catwalk with smiling models who skipped down the runway blowing kisses to the crowd. For my full commentary of the show, check out my post here.

 

Courtesy of WWD