SUMMER 2012 KICKOFF: Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic (June 2, 2012)

How does a New York socialite kick off the summer? Why, with the annual Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic, of course!  Debuting at its new location at Liberty State Park (previous events were held on Governor’s Island), the Polo Classic brought some of the tri-state area’s most famous and fashion forward folks together for a super exclusive event.  Proceeds benefit a different charity annually with Work to Ride (a non-profit that teaches the next generation life skills through caring from horses) serving as this year’s beneficiary.

Joined by fellow blogger and friend, Amaris Acosta of Black, Latina & Fabulous, I headed out for a day of champagne, summer fashion and the horses.  After a short ferry ride and a scenic stroll down the promenade (with the New York and Jersey City skylines as a backdrop), we laid down our blanket and prepared for an afternoon picnic, polo and “sightseeing.”

The founder and co-host of this year’s ticket-only affair, Nacho Figueras, took home the MVP award as he led his team, Black Watch, to victory over team Nespresso. Co-host, Clive Owen was joined by a line-up of celebrities, including Minka KellyJason Wu, Alek Wek, Zoe Saldana, Padma Lakshmi, Rachael Zoe and Coco Rocha. The day was all about extravagant outfits, funky hats, carts of champagne and a polo match somewhere in between.

Minka Kelly, Zoe Saldana, and Padma Lakshmi (Courtesy of Guest of a Guest)

Fun was had by all and new friends were made. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.

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INTRODUCING THE FASHION FRONT FOR FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK (#FFFWEEK)

If you have been following me on twitter you may have been curious what the big news I’ve been hinting at for the past few days is. Well, I can finally make the announcement. I’ve been selected as one of the members of The Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week!

Created by plus size fashion bloggers, Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista and Johara Tucker of Luvin’ My Curves, the Fashion Front “serves as the full figured fashion force at the front lines of Full Figured Fashion Week in New York- bringing the latest news, perspective, and exclusive access to FFFWeek™.”

This year’s Fashion Front includes an  eclectic mix of international plus size fashion bloggers- whose unique voices and positions within the community are highly recognized and respected. Hailing from the Netherlands, France, Australia, Canada, and the United States, the Fashion Front definitely captures a diverse selection of bloggers with a passion for fashion!

Here’s The 2012 Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™:

I’m looking forward to having a fabulous time at Full Figured Fashion Week in June with my amazing team of blogger sisters.

Full Figured Fashion Week NYC 2011

New York City was all about the curves for Full Figured Fashion Week.

Presented by Sonsi and sponsored by famed retailers Lane Bryant and Kmart, FFFWeek ran from Wednesday June 16th through Saturday June 18th ending with a grand finale showcase featuring fifteen of the top designers in the plus size world.

In its third year, FFFWeek featured four days packed with events to showcase and emphasized the beauty of the curvaceous form. The event, created by former plus model turned fashion show producer, Gwen DeVoe, drew bloggers, designers, fashionistas and everyone in between to experience panel discussions, shopping soirees, parties and fashion showcases that celebrated the full figured woman.

Though some of the scheduled events like the Blogger’s Conference and Brunch panel were invite only, the public events like the All-White Boat Party, the Sample Sale and the Full-Figured Fashion Crawl attracted women from all over the tri-state area and the world– giving women an opportunity to shop for summer and fall fashions at event-only discounted prices.

I had the pleasure of attending the much anticipated Lane Bryant Blogger Conference as well as the Kmart Blogger’s Brunch. It was a great opportunity for me to network and meet some of the faces behind the blogs and Twitter feeds I follow including Maddy Figueroa-Jones of Plus Model MagazineMarie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, Olga Gonzalez-Ramos of Daily Venus Diva, Karen Ward of the Curvy Canadian, Kim McCarter of The Curvy Spot, Yoli Ramirez of Queen Diva Fashion, Glen Johnson of Full Figure Plus, Alissa Wilson of Stylish Curves, Thina Grotmark of Beyond Sizes (she came all the way from Sweden!), Trinia Dotson of Curvy Girl Radio, Tina McNeely from T Minus T Plus, and so many more.

At the Lane Bryant conference, attendees got to see the new collections hitting the stores for pre-fall and fall including a limited edition Swarovski Crystal bra set for Cacique (see pic below). The new collections feature fashion inspirations from famed designers including Pierre Cardin, Halston and Fiorucci.

Limited edition Swarovski Crystal Bra

We also got a sneek preview of the incredibly sexy new ad campaign for Lane Bryant’s T3 (Tummy Tightening Technology) Jeans which are hitting stores now. Definitely something I want to check out as they promise no more unsightly gaps as well as all over smoothing that makes you appear to be two sizes smaller!

New Lane Bryant T3 ad featuring the industry's top plus models!

Saturday’s Blogger Brunch, sponsored by Kmart, also served as the unveiling of LYS, the retailer’s new in-house plus line. The new collection features fun, flirty fashions….all under $50! Debuting with sizes 18-24, the cheap but chic pieces are a curvy girl’s dream.

LYS Jumper

But the highlight of my FFFWeek this year was being backstage at the finale showcase on Saturday evening. Working with the team from The Art of Curves, headed by Blacque Sutherland and Nova, and the staff of DeVoe Signature Events, an amazing show was put on featuring 36 of the most beautiful curvy girls in the fashion industry including the famed Jeannie Ferguson, Tricia Campbell and more. Featured designers included: Plush Boutique, Ashaki Charles, Le Dan’s Closet, Jill Alexander, Sonsi, Kmart, Lane Bryant, Queen Grace, Her Game 2, Sweetooth, Ashley Stewart and Margaux Kouture. The show was hosted by Shanda Freeman and included a tribute to the late Mia Amber, who was presented with the Plus Runway Model of the Year award (accepted by her husband).

Richard Lew Photography took some amazing shots of the show, including this one:

Click on this image to see more photos by Richard Lew from FFFWeek

The dates for next year’s event have already been announced. Check out http://www.fffweek. for more info. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

PRESS: The Curvy Socialite on TypeF.com

Not too long ago, I was asked by the folks at TypeF (Tyra‘s  new fashion and beauty platform), about my favorite beauty products for sensitive skin. Check out what I had to say about Naturally Me’s All Over Butter.

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