>Arm Cleavage

>This morning I was thinking about a very close family member of mine who hates showing her arms because she thinks they are too big. She looks at me like I am crazy whenever I mention her showing her arms. I remember when I used to be that way when one of my big headed cousins told me my arm looked like a chitlin (It was funny), that’s when I started to become self conscious. After awhile, I stopped caring because I started feeling limited when buying summer clothes because so many things are sleeveless and sometimes its just too hot for any kind of sleeve in the late summer months.

I am a firm believer of making the body you have work for you because there is too much great fashion to limit myself due to a little arm baggage. However, I do understand that it takes some time to become comfortable with your least favorite body parts. If you are someone who hates showing off your arms, there are a myriad of options out there for you besides long sleeve.

Fashion Savvy tips for arm cleavage:

1) If your arms are thick and bulky you may want to avoid cap sleeves. Cap sleeves normally stop about an inch or two under the shoulder. This can draw extra attention to the bulkiness of your arm. Instead, find sleeves that hit you in the middle of your arm. This will make your arm look a little smaller and will balance out the bulk.

Faith 21,$14.80,Sizes XL-2X

2) Flutter or Dolmen sleeves are also great at camouflaging stretchmarks or cellulite in the arm

Faith 21, $19.80 Sizes XL-2X

White House Black Market, $88, Sizes XXS-XL

3) For those of you whose arms are the least favorite part of your body and you you still like to expose them, I suggest trying halters or sweet heart neckline tops and dresses. I think it takes attention away from your arms and it puts the focus on your shoulders decolletage.

Ruby Rox at Macy’s, $69,Sizes 14W-24W

White House Black Market, $78, Sizes 0-14

If you want to tone up your arms once and for all, see my fitness tip below;

My Arm Fitness Tip:

Buy a set of 3-5 pound dumbbells and every night do 3 sets of 10 for a week and every week there after move your reps up. This will add definition and shape to your arms.

And remember never let the imperfections of your body take control of your life or closet.

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Arm Cleavage

This morning I was thinking about a very close family member of mine who hates showing her arms because she thinks they are too big. She looks at me like I am crazy whenever I mention her showing her arms. I remember when I used to be that way when one of my big headed cousins told me my arm looked like a chitlin (It was funny), that’s when I started to become self conscious. After awhile, I stopped caring because I started feeling limited when buying summer clothes because so many things are sleeveless and sometimes its just too hot for any kind of sleeve in the late summer months.

I am a firm believer of making the body you have work for you because there is too much great fashion to limit myself due to a little arm baggage. However, I do understand that it takes some time to become comfortable with your least favorite body parts. If you are someone who hates showing off your arms, there are a myriad of options out there for you besides long sleeve.

Fashion Savvy tips for arm cleavage:

1) If your arms are thick and bulky you may want to avoid cap sleeves. Cap sleeves normally stop about an inch or two under the shoulder. This can draw extra attention to the bulkiness of your arm. Instead, find sleeves that hit you in the middle of your arm. This will make your arm look a little smaller and will balance out the bulk.

Faith 21,$14.80,Sizes XL-2X

2) Flutter or Dolmen sleeves are also great at camouflaging stretchmarks or cellulite in the arm

Faith 21, $19.80 Sizes XL-2X

White House Black Market, $88, Sizes XXS-XL

3) For those of you whose arms are the least favorite part of your body and you you still like to expose them, I suggest trying halters or sweet heart neckline tops and dresses. I think it takes attention away from your arms and it puts the focus on your shoulders decolletage.

Ruby Rox at Macy’s, $69,Sizes 14W-24W

White House Black Market, $78, Sizes 0-14

If you want to tone up your arms once and for all, see my fitness tip below;

My Arm Fitness Tip:

Buy a set of 3-5 pound dumbbells and every night do 3 sets of 10 for a week and every week there after move your reps up. This will add definition and shape to your arms.

And remember never let the imperfections of your body take control of your life or closet.

>Swimsuit Season

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With the next couple of days being in the 80 degree vicinity, I just realized that it will soon be time to break out the swimsuit, I almost forgot about it, due to the rainy cool weather we have been having in NYC. I still have the same swimsuit from two years ago and it is time for a new one. Especially since my son took it upon himself to inject my body with a few extra pounds.

I am not the kind of girl who loves to jump in the water and frolic around. Mainly because of an old cliche, “I CANNOT GET MY HAIR WET.” I do not play with getting my hair wet. Did you see how Miami from Flavor of Love reacted whenever she had to participate in a water challenge? Yes, it gets that serious for me. If chlorine or ocean water touches my hair it will shrivel up like a Brillo pad. In the same breath, I can say that I do enjoy looking svelte and sexy sitting poolside or just soaking up the sun on the beach.

So, if you are dreading shopping for swimsuits, I took the liberty of decreasing some of your stress

Check out my tips below:

Savvy Savonne Tips:

1) If you have large breast (DD cups and up) Halter top bathing suits really work best for support. Especially if your breast are heavy or saggy.

Ann Cole at swimsuitsforall.com, $29.00 sizes 8-16.

JC Penney, $39.99-sizes 8-16

Sofia by Vix, $68-74, sizes S-L

2) If you have a large to XXL size butt and hips (Like me) I suggest skirted swimsuits, because they give your butt a slight cover up.

INC, $108-sizes 8-16

This skirtini is $59 at alwaysforme.com sizes 16w-26w

Kenneth Cole, $50-$62, Sizes S-XL

3) If you’re trying to hide a stomach. ruching at the waist takes away from a round stomach and a sweetheart neckline brings attention upwards.

Jantzen, Trim Swim, $108, Sizes 8-18

My favorite tip for swimsuit shopping is:
BRING A FRIEND FOR HONESTY AND MORAL SUPPORT. You may see some heart breaking stuff in those fitting room mirrors.

Swimsuit Season

With the next couple of days being in the 80 degree vicinity, I just realized that it will soon be time to break out the swimsuit, I almost forgot about it, due to the rainy cool weather we have been having in NYC. I still have the same swimsuit from two years ago and it is time for a new one. Especially since my son took it upon himself to inject my body with a few extra pounds.

I am not the kind of girl who loves to jump in the water and frolic around. Mainly because of an old cliche, “I CANNOT GET MY HAIR WET.” I do not play with getting my hair wet. Did you see how Miami from Flavor of Love reacted whenever she had to participate in a water challenge? Yes, it gets that serious for me. If chlorine or ocean water touches my hair it will shrivel up like a Brillo pad. In the same breath, I can say that I do enjoy looking svelte and sexy sitting poolside or just soaking up the sun on the beach.

So, if you are dreading shopping for swimsuits, I took the liberty of decreasing some of your stress

Check out my tips below:

Savvy Savonne Tips:

1) If you have large breast (DD cups and up) Halter top bathing suits really work best for support. Especially if your breast are heavy or saggy.

Ann Cole at swimsuitsforall.com, $29.00 sizes 8-16.

JC Penney, $39.99-sizes 8-16

Sofia by Vix, $68-74, sizes S-L

2) If you have a large to XXL size butt and hips (Like me) I suggest skirted swimsuits, because they give your butt a slight cover up.

INC, $108-sizes 8-16

This skirtini is $59 at alwaysforme.com sizes 16w-26w

Kenneth Cole, $50-$62, Sizes S-XL

3) If you’re trying to hide a stomach. ruching at the waist takes away from a round stomach and a sweetheart neckline brings attention upwards.

Jantzen, Trim Swim, $108, Sizes 8-18

My favorite tip for swimsuit shopping is:
BRING A FRIEND FOR HONESTY AND MORAL SUPPORT. You may see some heart breaking stuff in those fitting room mirrors.

>Why I love My Size Ten Feet

> For those of you who have not heard, Jimmy Choo is coming to H&M this November. They are doing a low end line for the Fall season at H&M. Check out the story at http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2009/06/christmas_just_came_early_jimm.html?mid=fashion-alert–20090617

Which brings me to today’s story:

Today while riding the train to work, I was staring down at my Michael Kors peep toe shoes that I bought at Century 21 in NYC. I  was eyeing them for about 2 weeks to see if they would be marked down again from their already low price. By the time the second week came, I realized there were only two pairs left in my size. This often happens to people who wear size 10 shoes and above. So, I decided to stop coveting the shoes and I just bought them.
The memory of my purchase just made me think about all the times I had gone into a shoe store and asked for a size 10 and the sales lady would say in her loudest voice, ” We don’t have no more big sizes left.” I always wanted to say, “Damn miss, can you keep it down.” That statement used to annoy me because, I never thought of my size 10 feet as big. I always felt that when I put the shoes on my feet, my feet looked medium sized, like a size 7 or 8. But, leave it to sales people to make you feel insecure about everything.
There are many obstacles that I have run into wearing a size 10.
There is only one of my size left or none.
The last pair in size 10 is all beat up and stretched out due to the sister before me who tried to squeeze her size 11 in my size 10.
Certain poiny toe shoes look like a banana boat on my feet.
Flats sometimes can make my feet look like they have doubled in length.
One of the worst things that can happen when you are a size 10 shoe or above is when you spot another woman in the store who wears a size 10 and hears the sales lady say, “We only have one size 10 left.” Be prepared for a bull fight. First there is a stare down then you both start circling the shoe to see which one grabs it first. Then the attack happens. Hopefully you come out the winner. Not to toot my own horn, but, beep, beep, because I am usually the one who gets the shoe.
With all these obstacles, I still love my size 10 feet. I walk in stores proudly and yell back at the sales people, ” DO YOU HAVE THESE IN A SIZE 10?” When I put my size 10 shoes on, I feel powerful and sexy. There is one good thing about being a size 10 shoe. I rarely have to worry about seeing alot of other women with the same shoes on.
To all my Big Footed Sisters out there kick up your heels in these trendy styles that range from size 6-12.

JCrew Tortoise Peep Te $178 Sizes 6M-12M
Christin Michaels at Zappos.com $127 Sizes 6M-11M


Type Z at Zappos.com, $95, Sizes 5-11

Coconuts at shoes.com, $65, sizes 6-11
Coconuts at shoes.com, $59, sizes 6-11
For anyone who is above a size 12 below are acouple of websites to check out that carry your beautiful big feet,LOL!

Why I love My Size Ten Feet

For those of you who have not heard, Jimmy Choo is coming to H&M this November. They are doing a low end line for the Fall season at H&M. Check out the story at http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2009/06/christmas_just_came_early_jimm.html?mid=fashion-alert–20090617

Which brings me to today’s story:

Today while riding the train to work, I was staring down at my Michael Kors peep toe shoes that I bought at Century 21 in NYC. I  was eyeing them for about 2 weeks to see if they would be marked down again from their already low price. By the time the second week came, I realized there were only two pairs left in my size. This often happens to people who wear size 10 shoes and above. So, I decided to stop coveting the shoes and I just bought them.
The memory of my purchase just made me think about all the times I had gone into a shoe store and asked for a size 10 and the sales lady would say in her loudest voice, ” We don’t have no more big sizes left.” I always wanted to say, “Damn miss, can you keep it down.” That statement used to annoy me because, I never thought of my size 10 feet as big. I always felt that when I put the shoes on my feet, my feet looked medium sized, like a size 7 or 8. But, leave it to sales people to make you feel insecure about everything.
There are many obstacles that I have run into wearing a size 10.
There is only one of my size left or none.
The last pair in size 10 is all beat up and stretched out due to the sister before me who tried to squeeze her size 11 in my size 10.
Certain poiny toe shoes look like a banana boat on my feet.
Flats sometimes can make my feet look like they have doubled in length.
One of the worst things that can happen when you are a size 10 shoe or above is when you spot another woman in the store who wears a size 10 and hears the sales lady say, “We only have one size 10 left.” Be prepared for a bull fight. First there is a stare down then you both start circling the shoe to see which one grabs it first. Then the attack happens. Hopefully you come out the winner. Not to toot my own horn, but, beep, beep, because I am usually the one who gets the shoe.
With all these obstacles, I still love my size 10 feet. I walk in stores proudly and yell back at the sales people, ” DO YOU HAVE THESE IN A SIZE 10?” When I put my size 10 shoes on, I feel powerful and sexy. There is one good thing about being a size 10 shoe. I rarely have to worry about seeing alot of other women with the same shoes on.
To all my Big Footed Sisters out there kick up your heels in these trendy styles that range from size 6-12.

JCrew Tortoise Peep Te $178 Sizes 6M-12M
Christin Michaels at Zappos.com $127 Sizes 6M-11M


Type Z at Zappos.com, $95, Sizes 5-11

Coconuts at shoes.com, $65, sizes 6-11
Coconuts at shoes.com, $59, sizes 6-11
For anyone who is above a size 12 below are acouple of websites to check out that carry your beautiful big feet,LOL!

>Skinny My Jeans, Please!

>Do you ever wake up in the morning sometimes and look in the mirror and just say to your yourself. “I have a pretty nice body.” Of course, every morning isn’t that way, but you get atleast one feel good body moment a month. Well, yesterday, I had one of those mornings. It was casual Friday at work and I woke up feeling so good about myself that I grabbed my skinny ankle zipper jeans with a white collared shirt and my favorite black blazer that I bought at the gap. I put on my beige snakeskin 4 inch Nine West pumps and Michael Kors (Another one of my favorite designers) shades and walked to the train station listening to my summer anthem “Diva” by Beyonce on my ipod. In the words of Kanye West, ” You could’nt tell me nothing.”

Of course I took a slow walk to the train because whenever I think I look cute and I try to walk fast, I seem to miss a step and trip over my feet. Whenever I trip, I always think about Jerome from Martin and I say to myself, “I’m too smooth to be embarrased.” But, I still feel stupid inside.

I don’t know what it is about skinny jeans but, I just love them. They accentuate your hips and I swear they lift your butt. When worn with high heels you can’t help but to get your Naomi Campbell walk on. Skinny jeans on a big butt, wide hips, or thick legs, brings a hint of sexiness when worn with the right top. Unfortunately, all skinny jeans are not made equal so be sure to take heed to my tips below:

1) If your hips are the most prominent part of your body (I say let it all hang out), but if you are not at that level of comfortability with that part of your body, you should wear a top that hits you at the top to mid section of the hips. This will make it look as if you lost a few inches in your hip area and it gives you a nice proportion and balance.

2) If you have a big butt and you want to show it off, get a pair of skinny jeans with back pocket designs or try a colored pair of skinny jeans. These are great from Dereon for $69 sizes 1/2-11/12 and the fushia skinny pants from Tripp jeans at Torrid.com for $48 sizes 12-24

Or if you have slim legs and want to pum up the size of your butt, Alloy has a great pair for $29.50 and they come in sizes 1-25.

3) If you want to de-emphasize your rear a simple medium to dark wash looks great, but make sure to get a top that will jazz up(old school word) the jeans. Forever 21’s plus size line Faith 21 $38 sizes 12-24

4) If you have thick thighs take it easy on the tightness of the skinny jeans. Make sure you look for a pair that has a soft cotton spandex blend and feel or twill.

Many fashion stylist will tell you that if you are curvy you should skip the skinny jeans and wear straight leg jeans. Or if you are curvy never wear ligh colored pants. It is my belief that you do not have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans and as you continue to follow my blog, you will find out that I ignore fashion rules because fashion is supposed to be fun and creative and not restrictive. I agree that you should buy items that flatter your bottom, but I disagree with having a wadrobe witht he same cut and style of clothing. I say shake up your wadrobe and try some of the new trends.