>WHAT A WONDERFUL YEAR IT HAS BEEN!

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When I really sit and think about it, 2010 has flown by and so much has happened to and for me. Let’s recap.
The month of February marked the first time I had ever stepped foot into the tents at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. My first show was the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection. My fairy blog mother Kathryn (The Budget Fashionista) emailed me and said she was unable to make it and asked if I wanted to go. Uh, hell yeah! I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and most importantly what to wear. As luck would have it, I went to work that day looking a hot mess. It was freezing cold and we were just getting over a snow storm. I ran into the NY&CO by my job to find an outfit, but, it was not fashion week worthy. So, I kept my coat on the whole time and wore a really cute pink hat and threw on some makeup. I promised myself I would be prepared for the next show. The experience was amazing.
 Within that same week, I also went to the Lela Rose fashion show which was spectacular. The designs were so architectural and sophisticated. I also got to meet my dream hair stylist Ted Gibson who was super nice and thought me and my hair cut was adorable.

Later on in the year, I was featured on Glamour’s website as Stylish Reader of the day. I know you should never rely on any one’s approval of your personal style, but, I would be lying if I didn’t consider Glamour’s feature as a stamp of style approval. I sent my picture in telling them that curvy girls can wear horizontal stripes and I’m proving it.

A few months later I was featured in Plus Model Magazine and interviewed by the fabulous Maddy who I met at the Lane Bryant Blogger Conference.

Towards the end of the year I got to get my feet wet as a stylist thanks to Fashion to Figure and Plus Model Magazine.  I was blessed with the opportunity to hook up one lucky winner with a fabulous fashion to figure outfit. The experience was amazing and  I learned so much. It is a bigger challenge dressing someone other than yourself.

I am also truly thankful for being part of some amazing conferences like Lane Bryant, Just My Size, and Jessica London. I love that you all wanted to reach out to the plus size community to better your products. 
 I am very grateful for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences I’ve had as a blogger. Last and surely not least. To all of Stylish Curves readers. You will never know how much you mean to me. I think about you guys all the time whenever I am putting together a post. I think about how you will receive it and will it be helpful, informative, or interesting enough for you. I can only hope that I have accomplished this task and that you have enjoyed reading Stylish Curves for an entire year.

>PLUS SIZE DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

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Today’s best of 2010 goes to the much needed plus size designers. 2010 brought out some of the best designs from our favorite plus size designers  like Monif C., Igigi, Anna Scholz, and Jibri. They gave sexy, cool, sophisticated, and edgy fashions to satisfy the ferocious appetites of plus size fashionista’s who have been wanting the same contemporary designs that we see from straight size designers. Consistently these designers brought great collections from Spring, Fall, and right into holiday. There was no limit to their creativity. Their designs showed that they had the plus size woman’s best interest at hand and their collections never disappointed.

In my opinion, every one of these designers gets my vote. However, SC wants to know which plus size designer knocked your fashion socks off in 2010.

The nominees for best plus size designer of the year are:

Monif C. for Monif C.

Anna Scholz for Anna Scholz
Jasmine Elder for Jibri

Yuliya Raquel for Igigi

 VOTE!
 

>2010’s BEST PLUS SIZE ONLINE RETAILER

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2010 has been a great year for plus size fashion. Online retailers have stepped up their style game and started making and carrying clothes that were trendy, youthful, and fresh. Let SC know which of these 7 online retailers have you blown a paycheck on or have a closet full of their clothes.

Evans, ASOS Curve, Faith21Plus, Eshakti, Lucie Lu, Igigi, One Stop Plus

>SKINNY GIRL FASHION FOR CURVY GIRLS

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Kerry Washington never disappoints in the style department. She is one of the few celebrities who look just as good in jeans and a top as they do in a red carpet gown. SC loves Kerry’s look for its casual cuteness. Suede fur boots, skinny jeans, and a striped top are a great weekend look.
Get Kerry’s look for your curves.

1. Striped top-Torrid
2. Skinny Jeans-City Chic



>MOST STYLISH CURVY CELEBRITY OF 2010

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Well, it’s the last week of 2010 and this week SC is taking a look back at the curvy celebrities that inspired you with their personal style and self confidence. We covered a lot of curvy girl style and these Hollywood stars were serving up some of the hottest styles out there for curvy women. They didn’t wear things that covered them up or blend in with everyone else. These curvy celebs showed us how to wear trends, look classic, and show off our curves.

 We want you to vote on which curvy celebrity had the best style in 2010. Was it America Ferrera with her sultry chic dresses? Was it Amber or Hayley who represented for the trendy curvy girls? Or was it Queen Latifah and Raven Symone who showed off their new svelte figures in body con dresses and skinny jeans.

You Decide!

Vote!

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>BOOST YOUR CARMA!

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Hey curvy girls all over the world,
 Carmakoma has released a new video called “Boost Your Carma.” The video features a curvy blond bombshell that looks like a modern day Marilyn Monroe.
”The main character in the film is like the carmakoma woman. She feels free in her body, uninhibited by other people’s opinions. With an understated decadence she is playing with the forbidden showing her bold femininity and her urge for life in a sophisticated and extremely sexy manner,” says Heidie Lykke and Angelica Weiss, the two women behind carmakoma.

The video serves as a celebration of curvy women who possess self confidence from within.

>SEXY SOPHISTICATE ON A BUDGET

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Sometimes I have to refrain from going into Forever21 because the clothes are so cheap and cute that I wind up over spending. A few months back I visited the Forever21 store on 42nd street doing some mindless shopping and came across this super cute dress for $25. The dress had just the right details to make it into my closet. I loved the little bow belt, ruched sleeves, and the sweetheart neckline. Most of all I loved the berry color. It ‘s a perfect dress for dinner or drinks.

What I’m Wearing
Dress-Faith21Plus

Shoes-Vince Camuto

Shoe Clips-shoeclips.biz (Gifted)
Earrings-Forever21

Bracelet-Alexis Bittar (Gifted)