>CUPCAKE AND CUDDLEBUNNY DRESS REVIEW

>

 At the Redress Indie Plus show I saw a voluptuous model sashay down the runway in Etsy designer Cupcake and Cuddlebunny’s Lollipop dress. A black and white polka dot dress that made me say, “I need that in my life.” It was love at first sight. I just loved the classic yet modern look of this dress. I’m a sucker for polka dots and of course anything with ruffles. I couldn’t wait until the next day to purchase the dress at the trunk show. As my luck would have it, I was unable to get to the Redress store the weekend of the trunk show and I didn’t have anytime during the week to stop by the boutique to get it. I figured the dress would be gone by the following week.
This past weekend, I stopped by Redress just to look around and behold there was the Lollipop dress. It was only one left. I said to myself, “It’s probably not going to be my size.” I leaned into the rack to check what size  it was. I could not believe it! The dress was my size. It must have been waiting for me. I immediately went to the fitting room to try it on and I loved how it looked. All it needed was minor alterations for a perfect fit because the top of the dress was too loose. I loved the cotton bow ruffles on the bottom of the dress and the soft satin top. The dress had such a retro yet sophisticated feel.
The only thing that I did not like about the dress was that it looked good on, but, once I started inspecting the construction of the dress I wasn’t as pleased. The stitching was a little shabby due to a few loose threads, the material was very lightweight, almost paper thin. I think the designer could have bumped up the level of quality.

Nevertheless, I still liked how the dress looked and fit. I will be wearing it to upcoming holiday cocktail parties. I added the red belt and red shoes for pops of color. I could easily swap out the reds for blues if I wanted to change up the dress.
 I think the Cupcake and CuddleBunny line shows a lot of promise with their retro animated girlie style. While some items were a little too costumey for me, there were a few other pieces like the french silk dress that had flair.
You can checkout Cupcake and Cuddlebunny on Etsy.com and they still have the Lollipop dress.

>SC’s DAY AT REDRESS

>

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. :),


>REDRESS NYC STOCKS UP ON FASHIONABLE HOLIDAY GOODIES

>

Hey curvy girls,
If you’re are in NYC today, please be sure to stop by ReDress today from 5-7 to checkout all the new goodies they have. They have pieces from Rachel Pally, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and so much more with at least 50% off the retail price. Can anyone say, what a deal!
As you know I’m a HUGE fan of ReDress so, of course I’ll be in the building checking out some of the great stuff while munching on cheese and crackers and sipping wine with  my favorite shop girls. So, if you need a little retail therapy after work today stop by ReDress.
ReDress NYC
109 Boerum Place Brooklyn, NY 11201

>EVOLUTION OF CURVES FASHION TOUR EVENT & FUNDRAISER

>

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Last week SC was invited to check out the Evolution of Curves fashion show in NYC.
On Sunday October 10, 2010, Stepping Out Studios probably didn’t know what they were stepping into when they decided to host Evolution of Curves plus size fashion show because it was a curvy girl explosion.
The event was packed with some of the who’s who of the plus size industry, like FFFW creator Gwen Devoe and Plus size model pioneer Catherine Schuller. There were designs from some curvy girl favorites like Faith 21 and ReDress NYC. Other new designers were Arturo Rios, Jessica Pritchett, Majestic Couture, and My Hunney.
 The founder of Evolution of Curves is no stranger to modeling herself, Sandy Jean Philippe is a Haitian model and actress who gained national notariety as the grand prize winner of E! Network’s Bank of Hollywood. She is using the Evolution of Curves tour as a way of “infusing the best in fashion, beauty, and dance with a host of style makers, fashion elites, and trendsetters.” The tour is also a charity event being that all the proceeds from the tour will benefit the Haiti Cherie Foundation efforts to build homes in Haiti.

 The event was presented by Once Chance Entertainment and hosted by Mo’Niques F.A.T Chance winner, the beautiful Joanna Borgella.

The show got off to a late start, but, when it began everyone immediately got excited. The show kicked off with a head bouncing routine from the Evolution dance team. A group of curvy girls who did a way with the one two step shuffle and served up moves that even Beyonce would try to copy (Who says curvy girls can’t get down). After an exhilarating routine the fashion show began. We are so used to seeing models stiffly walk down the runway but not at Evolution of Curves. The models walked with a little bounce in their step and gave major attitude as they glided down the runway and posed. The night was not only full of fashion but of heart touching stories about the turmoil and destruction that’s going on in Haiti. Both Sandy Philippe and Joanna Borgella have family members who are still in Haiti who say that things are not getting better. For Sandy it was important to have the proceeds of the event go to Haiti because it was her way of being able to help her country.

For more info about The Evolution of Curves tour checkout their website HERE.

Now, let’s checkout the fashion:

ReDress NYC showcased a variety of styles from their wildly popular boutique which included current trends, pocketbooks, and some vintage pieces.

 
Arturo Rios Couture Hat Collection
Models rocked some of the newest designs from Arturo Rios hat collection

Faith 21Plus
Forever 21 presents Faith 21 Plus was one of the sponsors of the event. Checkout the models working pieces from the Fall collection.

MY Hunney
My Hunney showed off fun 80’s style dresses.

ReDress NYC & Faith21 Plus
Majestic Couture

After the show all the models came out for one last walk. Joanna Borgella (on the right in the black and red) showed off her runway skills in the finale.

I had a few moments to chat with the founder of Evolution of Curves Sandy Jean Philippe and I asked her the following questions.

SC: What is your message to young plus size women?
SJP: “Love yourself first. If there is something that you want ot change about yourself then change it. Find your inner strength.
SC: What are some of your fashion tips?
SJP: “Have your own identity and don’t follow trends.”
SC: What are some future projects you are working on?
SJP: “Possible reality show”

Camera Phone Flicks

Catherine Schuller came out to show her support to founder Sandy Jean Philipe
Me and Joanna Borgella ready for our close-ups

>A 50’s VIBE

>

Hey curvy girls all over the world,
Last weekend I was over at Redress NYC (fave resale shop) to meet Tupieta blogger Courtney. Whenever I go into Redress I never leave empty handed. As I snacked on crackers and cheese my eyes gazed upon this beautiful multi colored skirt. It’s as if the skirt was calling me. I love color and I love a lot of it. When I pulled it from the rack I immediately fell in love with it and carried it around the store with me as I continued to look around for some more treasures. I took the skirt into the fitting room with me and when I tried it on it was a perfect fit. No alterations needed.

I just knew I was going to buy it until I started second guessing myself (I hate when I do that). “Are the colors too loud?” “Are people going to think this skirt is ugly?” I even had a 10 minute conversation with one of the shop girls on what to wear it with for now and for Fall.
When I brought it home, I just felt like it was giving off a 50’s vibe because of the fullness in the skirt. All I needed was a pair of ankle socks and shoes to complete the look.  I am not a fan of ankle socks and shoes, so, I wore it my way, which was to let the skirt shine on it’s own. So I decided to wear it with my short sleeve ruffled front top and my pink sandals (I know ya’ll are tired of seeing them,but, I just love them) and a clutch that I got from Beacons Closet on 5th Ave. in Brooklyn. I decided to wear bangles on both hands and a pair of gold earrings that I got as a gift from

When I got on the train this morning for work, I got so many compliments about the skirt and when I went out for lunch a few people stopped me to tell me how great the skirt was. One lady even asked me if it was vintage. I told her no, that the skirt was actually from Isaac Mizrahi’s Target line. Her mouth fell wide open. Just think, I almost let this treasure pass me by.

If you don’t know by now, ReDress NYC is such a great store and I am not just saying that because the people are so nice and helpful or because they are in the best borough in NYC, BROOKLYN. Some of my favorite vintage looking pieces are from their store.

Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already ReDressNYC. This is no promo, it’s simply the truth.