>SC’s DAY AT REDRESS

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Last Friday, I was an honorary shop girl at the ReDress boutique. I had so much fun chatting it up with customers and helping them find some of the cutest pieces in the store. I am definitely no stranger to retail so this was like second nature to me. The ReDress team was superb and they really love helping their customers find the greatest stuff to embrace their curves.
Checkout some of the goodies they had in store.
I love how they style their mannequins, they’re always so retro
Spectator peeptoes  
 Trentacosta Floral Dresses
Fur Coats
Cute prints

           A DKNY multi colored snake skin dress and a one shoulder two tone flower adorned dress

Great belts

My favorite pieces of the night
Left-Customer in a Rachel Pally Dress Right-Blogger Netta P in a red double breasted cape
Right-Customer in a leopard print trench, Left-Customer in a brown shiny chiffon dress
Sometimes, you never know what you’re going to find at ReDress blogger Netta P. of XOXO Netta P found her halloween costume. She’s going to be a weightlifter.
Me, Deb, and the shop girls
I had so much fun thanks ReDress team and their customers. You made me feel welcomed and you may see me this weekend. :),

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>CURVY CONVERSATIONS: IS THE BMI CHART RACIST?

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 Photo credit: News One

I was reading my November issue of Essence and was intrigued by an article titled “The Other Big O.” The article investigated whether or not the BMI chart was accurate for African American women in determining obesity or is it only accurate for white women. So, I thought it would be a good topic to discuss here with you.

These are just excerpts from the article that really raised my eyebrows. Read on and let’s discuss.

Did you know that a BMI of 30 or higher puts you in the obese category and that 42% of black women are considered obese? Your BMI number is what doctors use to determine if you’re overweight or obese. More and more black women today are finding that they are falling into the obese category and are boggled as to why.

According to Essence- “The BMI is based on a calculation of your height and weight but not your ethnicity. And that has some researchers questioning  both whether the cutoffs should be higher (meaning black women may be leaner than we think).”

Director of the Behavioral Medicine in Houston, Texas John Foreyt, Ph. D says, “BMI was developed to define obesity, primarily based on Caucasian populations, because at that time we didn’t have good data on racial and ethnic minorities.” According to Essence, Dr. Foreyt did a study in which they analyzed body fat composition with low dose x-rays (a standard way to check if someone is obese). They compared the results with the participants BMI . The result was that black women have 2 percent less body fat than Caucasian  women of the same height and weight.

Dr. Foreyt goes on to say that a BMI of 30 is accurate for white women based when determining obesity, but, based on body fat a black woman is not obese until she reaches a BMI of 32. He further claims that the reasoning for this difference is that black women tend to have denser , heavier bones and muscles that increase their weight and BMI.

Along with Dr. Foreyt other physicians like Mahbubur Rahman, M.D., PH. D (OB GYN at the center for Interdisciplinary Research in women’s health at the University of Texas) believe that the ” value of the BMI should be race specific.”

When determining if someone is obese there are a number of things to take into account. You must look at body fat percentage, waist circumference, and where a person carries most of their weight. The BMI is a useful tool, but, these other factors should be included in determining whether or not a person is obese.

According to the article-
If you’re 5 feet 5 inches tall your healthy weight is 114-144 pounds which puts you into a BMI of 19-24. However if you’re the same height above and weigh 150 pounds you’re overweight and obese at 180 pounds. (sounds crazy right?)

If you want to calculate your BMI you can go to the National Heart and Lung Institute to find out if your BMI.

Do you think the BMI takes into account your natural body structure? Should there be different BMI’s for every race not just African Americans or Caucasians?

Talk to SC

For more on the article checkout Essence

>MEET FORMER PLUS SIZE MODEL CATHERINE SCHULLER AT LORD & TAYLOR

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Hey curvy girls all over the world,
On Saturday October 30th meet Catherine Schuller and Style Consultant Jacqueline Peros as they host “Special Size Day – The Long and Short of it”, teaching women of all sizes the art of “Shape Shopping” and how to accentuate the positive!

The event will be held at 5th avenue Lord & Taylor store in NYC on the 6th floor from 2-4 pm. There will be a fashion Show and figure & fit consultations in the department.  There will also be lots of advice and giveaways. Be sure to be there on time because there is limited seating.

For more information go to Lord & Taylor website.

>CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE FASHION TO FIGURE ROCK YOUR FASHION INSPIRATION CONTEST

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Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Thanks so much for entering the Rock Your Fashion Inspiration contest with Fashion to Figure, Plus Model Magazine, and Stylish Curves. We have finally narrowed it down to the top 5 finalist and we need your help to pick a winner.

Go to Fashion To Figure and read through the top 5 entries. Click on the entry that you like the best. You can like one or like them all. Voting is open from Oct 25th – Nov. 1st.

Prizes

The Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new outfit compliments of Fashion to Figure, get a one on one styling consultation with plus size fashion blogger Alissa Wilson of Stylish Curves, and receive your very own photo shoot and feature by editor Madeline Figueroa of the renowned Plus Model Magazine.

The Second Prize Winner will receive a $75 shopping spree at FashionToFigure.com

You can cast your votes on Fashion to Figure’s Facebook page. Click here to vote.

>CRYSTAL RENN OPENS UP ABOUT WORKING FOR CHANEL AND RESPONDS TO PEOPLE WHO THINK SHE’S LOST TOO MUCH WEIGHT

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NY Mag’s blog The Cut caught up with Crystal Renn after walking the in a lingerie show by designer Carine Gilson. Renn discusses what it felt like to work with fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld and how she feels about her recent weightloss.

Checkout pieces from the interview:

How do you feel about people saying you may have lost too much weight?
But then if I gained weight for them, that would be called a binge-eating disorder. And, you know, a lot happened to me in the last year. About a year and a half ago, I had a lot of personal things going on. And I went hiking and I wanted to get my shit together. I wanted to take care of myself. It had been eight years since I’d worked out. I’d suffered an eating disorder and I used to exercise eight hours a day. But I’d recovered. It’s time to change things, to give it a chance again. I guess you could say that through my life changes and what was going on, I wanted to make some changes in my life and taking care of my health was one of them.

What are you doing differently now than in the past?
Well, I’m so active. In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way. For one, there was a split-up that I went through that was very difficult, and I thought, “You know what? I need to be in a good place. I need to find me again.” So I went with my grandmother to Patagonia. One of the things on my list was to go to this place, after seeing it in a Vogue issue with Caroline Trentini. I said, “I’m going to go there.” And I went backpacking for three weeks and I came back and I had lost some weight. And basically I’ve been traveling ever since. This is just how my body is now. It’s great. I have to be honest, when I was a size 12, I was just like, “This is how it is. Just accept it, like, love it. And I did.” And then to have it change all over again, it’s kind of been an adjustment for me. It’s been strange, actually, because it’s not something I’ve been trying to do.

What are you doing differently now than in the past?

Well, I’m so active. In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way. For one, there was a split-up that I went through that was very difficult, and I thought, “You know what? I need to be in a good place. I need to find me again.” So I went with my grandmother to Patagonia. One of the things on my list was to go to this place, after seeing it in a Vogue issue with Caroline Trentini. I said, “I’m going to go there.” And I went backpacking for three weeks and I came back and I had lost some weight. And basically I’ve been traveling ever since. This is just how my body is now. It’s great. I have to be honest, when I was a size 12, I was just like, “This is how it is. Just accept it, like, love it. And I did.” And then to have it change all over again, it’s kind of been an adjustment for me. It’s been strange, actually, because it’s not something I’ve been trying to do.

What was it like getting cast by Karl?
Inside, you die. No, I’m kidding. But what a great honor. I mean, when I was a child, 14 years old, looking at fashion, what do you know? You know Chanel. That is the first one. And I remember being a young model, 16 years old, going into my agency the first day, “When am I going to see Chanel? They’re in Paris? Why am I not in Paris?” Every day, I was asking about this. And it took me getting healthy and getting comfortable in myself seven years later and I get Chanel. Irony? I think so.

To read more of the interview checkout The Cut

What are your thoughts on Crystal’s responses?

>SC COAT SERIES:LEOPARD PRINT FAUX FUR

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Sometimes I think I’m going to end up an old lady with an entire house full of leopard prints, from the curtains to the carpet. Since leopard print is one of the hot items of the season (Again!) why not try a leopard print coat. It looks chic with jeans, fancy with trousers, and all you need to complete the look is a pair of red leather gloves.

On the search for a leopard print fur? SC has you covered. We picked 3 of our favorites for curvy girls.

1. Dorothy Perkins
2. American Eagle
3. Evans

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