>FRINGE WITH BENEFITS

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It looks like fringe will be the hot detail for Spring which is alright by me. Fringe detailing gives any look that bohemian vibe. You just have to be careful of how much of it you incorporate in your outfit. You don’t want to be head to toe in fringe which is why you should only wear one fringe detailed item at a time. I love a cross body fringe bag with jeans and a tunic or a pair of sexy sandals with fringe detailing around the ankles with a sheath dress. Whether you like a fringe detaild dress, jacket, or shoes SC took the liberty of finding you a few pieces that can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe.
Are you into the fringe trend?
Check it out

>AMBER RILEY ROCKS DONNA MORGAN DRESSES

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Amber Riley is probably one of the most stylish curvy celebrities in the industry. She never misses a fashion beat. For the past month Amber has taken a break from her Tadashi Shoji dresses and has been rocking some super cute looks from Donna Morgan.

SC has been a fan of Donna Morgan dresses since my first black and white jersey dress I scored at Macy’s downtown Brooklyn a few years ago.

Donna Morgan offers chic and classic cocktail dresses in modern styles. The line goes up to a size 16 in straight sizes and I must say that her size 16’s are cut pretty generous. Her dresses run from about $100-$200 which is a pretty good price point since they’re made of good quality.

If you love the Donna Morgan dresses that Amber Riley is wearing then head over to Nordstroms to checkout more looks.

Also this post comes just in the nick of time because if you live in NYC Donna Morgan is having a sample sale over 65% off. The sample sale is from Dec. 9th-10th. Checkout the Donna Morgan facebook page HERE for more details.

Don’t waste time. You know you need a dress for those holiday party’s.

What do you think of Donna Morgan dresses?

Here are three of my faves

Amber Riley photo credit-Zimbio

>WHAT I WANT NOW: PIECES FROM THE BIG GIRLS UNITED COLLECTION

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Last month designer Tasha Hill and plus size petite model Jeannie Ferguson showcased their Big Girls United clothing line. The collection was titled the Chameleon collection. A line that offers curvy girls stylish trendy pieces that showcase our curves. We like that the silhouettes are not boring and plays up curves. Most women plus or not shy away from harem pants and this collection embraces them. The collection has all the right details to flatter a curvy girls figure like draped dresses and a ruffled hem jacket. The collection brings out the girlie side of a woman with bright rich hues such as cobalt blue and magnetic purple. If you’re not a fan of bright colors, there are a few black pieces like the zippered sleeve dress to give you the edge that you need.
After seeing this bold trendy collection, Big Girls United is now on SC’s radar. You know we just love when clothing brands embrace curves in a stylish way. For more looks checkout BGU.

>LAST CALL STUDIO BY NEIMAN MARCUS OPENS UP SHOP IN NEW JERSEY

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“Look Fabulous, Be Frugal” is the slogan behind the new Last Call Neiman Marcus Studio store. So many high end brands are looking to reach out to those customers who want high fashion on a real budget. Yesterday, SC was invited to checkout one of only 3 Last Call studio stores and we were psyched. The Last Call Neiman Marcus Studio store we went to was located in Paramus, NJ at the Bergen center mall.

Awesome Faux Fur Vest

Now, I have never been to the Bergen Center mall so my eyes widened with glee as my car drove past the Saks and Nordstrom  outlet stores. Once inside the NM store my eyes were greeted by a beautiful sequin dress from Alice & Olivia and a row of Marc Jacob handbags. For a second, I almost forgot that I was there to find out more about the store. So, just what is Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus? It’s a new way for you to shop designer brands for less. Unlike discounted stores like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom outlets and even Neiman Marcus outlets, Last Call Studio will be bringing it’s customers exclusive fashions directly bought from designers and fashion brands. Which means what you will get current designer styles for less. The merchandise is specifically handpicked for the Last Call Studio stores.

 Marc Jacob Handbags

The prices weren’t bad either. You were getting $200-$600 dresses discounted anywhere from 40%-60% off the retail value, plus additional in store discounts. The prices weren’t necessarily TJ Maxx prices, but, they were still pretty significant. Last Call carries designers such as Tracy Reese, BCBG Max Azria, Nancy Gonzalez, Stuart Weitzman, Michael Kors, True Religion, Andrew Marc, Alice& Olivia, Marc Jacobs, and the list goes on and on. The Bergen Center Last Call Studio store is also the only one that offers a children’s section. Need something for the man in your life, they had a pretty healthy selection of men’s pieces too.

Chic Sparkling Jackets

My only disappointment was that there was not a plus size section (email going out to the company about this today). I just knew there was going to be. As I circled the store, I saw there was nothing plus in sight. However, there were pieces in the store that went up to a size 16 ( mainly Michael Kors pieces) but, there was a heap of size 14’s and a handful of XL’s. So, what’s a curvy girl to do? That’s right, Make It Work! I scoured the store looking at the various shapes and silhouettes and found a few hits. I purchased 2 designer dresses which totaled $95. Not Bad!

Dresses
Bloggers were all over this black and white splash print dress
Children’s
Shoes

You can also shop Last Call Studios on line at Last Call

Below are a few pieces that I tried on (Don’t know why I’m cheesing so hard), can you guess which one of these I bought?

This is the BCBG Maz Azria dress in a size L. I am a true size 18/2X. Now, do you get what I mean, when I say Size Doesn’t Always Matter?
Little Black dress by Andrew Marc size 14. This one kept riding up, but, I think a few alterations could make it work.
Plenty by Tracy Reese size L. In the video below, I said that this dress would work better on a pear shape and you can see why from this pic. My boobs are like, HEY, I”M OVER HERE. Although I am not a pear shape, I really thought this dress was cute. All I needed was some Spanx to hold me down, a good t-shirt bra (because my boobs are kind of loud in this dress), and I would be ready to go.
Also, there was so much to cover that I put some of my finds in a little video. You can view it here or on You Tube
Note: For attending this event I received a $100 gift card.

>OUTERWEAR TREND: WATERFALL JACKETS

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One of the hottest outerwear items for Fall is the waterfall aka draped jacket. This piece is a must have especially if you are looking to update your boring old jackets or if you ‘re just tired of wearing the same old trench. We know how exhausting it can be trying to find the right outerwear piece to help you transition into the cooler weather and this piece is the perfect transitional piece. We love the waterfall jacket because it stands out on it’s own. It instantly adds interest to anything you pair it with. The drapery of the jacket is a flattering touch to any figure. This piece is great over a dress or over a sequin tank and a pair of skinny jeans.
On the search for your very own waterfall jacket? SC has you covered with 5 options that are sure to make you forget all about that boring old trench.

>CALL IT SPRING SHOES

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Hey curvy girls all over the world,

If you love Aldo’s shoes, then you’ll love their new sister brand “Call It Spring Shoes.” Call It Spring Shoes is the more affordable version of Aldo shoes. Last week SC was invited by Shine Media PR and Call It Spring to checkout the new store on 34th street inside the Manhattan Mall.

By the time I arrived to the mall it was flooded with fashion bloggers, journalists, and editor’s checking out what the new line had to offer. I should probably add that the place was packed because all who attended received a $150 giftcard to use right then and there in the store to purchase shoes. I know! It was mayhem.

We all know that Aldo’s can be a bit over priced and for me most times their shoes hurt my feet, so, I was intrigued at the thought of them doing a cheaper line and possibly hoping that they wouldn’t be as painful as some of Aldo’s shoes are. As I perused down the aisle checking out the shoes I noticed that there were a lot of runway trends like military style ankle boots, classic multi colored pumps, as well as an assortment of evening shoes.

Call It Spring shoes kind of reminded me of Baker’s shoes. You know, the shoe spot you go to when you’re looking for cute cheap shoes that are similar to designer styles. After checking out their selection, I did find a few pair that didn’t hurt and looked really good on my feet. The shoes were sized up to a 41 which in US sizes could mean a 10 or an 11. I’m a true 9.5, but always by a size bigger for comfort so the 40 fit me just fine.

Overall the event was tons of fun and the shoes were super cute.
Check them out for yourselves and let SC know what you think. All shoes here are available for purchase on their website at My Spring Shoes

This is how long the line was
I got my shoes and I didn’t have throw down for them (JK) It was well worth the wait

Here’s what’s in my bag, (I’ve worn all 3 already).
They can be purchased HERE

>JIBRI FALL 2010 COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE

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I just love when a designer thinks outside the box in terms of theme and designs. Jibri’s Fall collection does just that. Titled “The Third Floor” this collection is nothing less than perfection. We all know what it’s like on the lower floors in department stores like Saks, Henri Bendel, and Neiman Marcus, it’s all glamour, sophistication, and pure luxury. Jibri’s designer Jasmine Elder is giving us curvy girls that third floor feeling with her bold designs in rich color, texture, and fabulous structure.  What I love about Jibri’s designs is that they always focus on showcasing curves instead of hiding them. Her looks are chic, sophisticated, and always has a few trendy pieces incorporated. All SC has to say is well done.

Check out Jibri’s Fall 2010 collection

 
You can purchase the collection now at Jibri’s website HERE