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Catherines Denim Debunked Challenge

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What could be better than an invite to test drive jeans? I was very excited when Catherines and ALL YOU Magazine invited me to participate in their Denim Debunked blogger challenge.  Full disclosure: I was provided a $100 gift card to Catherines along with an issue of ALL YOU in exchange for a shopping experience, product reviews and as a part of a contest for the chance to win a $500 gift card to Catherines.

I live about a 20-minute drive from two different Catherines locations in Atlanta, but I hadn’t been to either one in years. I’m spoiled by living within about 5 minutes of a major shopping area, so I rarely go far for clothes. Also, I’ve never been a big Catherines fan. They have a distinctive style, with lots of long tunic tops. However, I have friends who love this style and lament that they don’t have a Catherines nearby.

When I saw the New Direction of Denim campaign, I knew that I was overdue to give Catherines a try.

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I went to the Catherines in Austell, GA, at the corner of East-West Connector and Austell Rd. (Click here for map to location. For those not in driving distance of a Catherines, all items pictured here are available at Links in the post will take you as close I could get to the actual items online.)

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The New Direction of Denim campaign is in full swing until September 15th, 2013, and the store had a large array of denim styles to choose from in sizes 16W-34W.  A very helpful store associate, Audrey, greeted me at the door and helped me load up a dressing room with different jean styles and tops to match (gotta try on the whole outfit or why even bother?).

I decided to try three different denim styles: the Knit Jean, the Right Fit Jean, the Slimmer Synergy Modern Bootcut Jean.

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September 6, 2013   No Comments

Full Figured Fashion Week: Sonsi’s Recap

Sonsi Full Figured Fashion Week

Here’s a link to a fun recap of the 2013 Full Figured Fashion Week by Sarah Sapora at Sonsi. Not only did I love the recap, but the story is full of great pictures of beautiful curvy girls strutting their fashion stuff.

Just makes me happy! (And makes me want to spend money.)

June 28, 2013   No Comments

Curvy Couture: Hollywood drama for the Curvy Diva

I’m so glad to have discovered this new lingerie line: Curvy Couture.

The line was inspired by the glamour of the Hollywood era and looks absolutely stunning.

Some info about the line:

The creator and designer, Dora Lau, has been in the intimate apparel industry for decades manufacturing intimate apparel for such brands as Lane Bryant and others.  Growing up her family was in the music industry and she would style the talent, later becoming an evening wear designer. [Read more →]

August 17, 2012   No Comments

REMIX: Online Plus Size Consignment and Retail

I’m always happy to promote a new source for plus-size shopping. Here’s some info about a new online plus size resource:

Check out “REMIX” An exclusive Plus Size Consignment and Retail Boutique! High Fashion for Low prices! New inventory coming in weekly & Extended sizes coming in August (4x+), so please bookmark the site and check back frequently.

Be sure to “like” us on facebook for updates on new items and discounts  We do give-a-ways with each 100 “likes”

August 3, 2012   No Comments

Playtex 18 Hour Bra Giveway–15 Readers To Win

Playtex 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support (4745)

As I mentioned in my earlier review of the Playtex 18 Hour Bra line, Playtex and ALL YOU Magazine have partnered with The Curvy Life to offer 15 readers the chance to win her own Playtex 18 Hour Bra. In my test drive of two styles, the Ultimate Lift and Support (4745) and the Seamless Smoothing (4049), I was impressed with the amount of support provided by a wireless bra as well as the incredible fit and comfort of the straps.

How it works:

  • 15 Curvy Life readers (one per person) will receive an 18-Hour Bra in the winner’s size (sizes 36B to 46DDD in most styles).
  • See styles at
  • Contest open to US Residents 18 years of age or older (sorry to my international and junior readers).

How to enter:

  • Complete the entry form at this link. Only one entry per person.
  • All entries must include Name, Address, Email and bra size (visit Playtex to determine your size).
  • Registration will be open until midnight (EDT) August 28, 2011.
  • Winners will be selected at random.
  • Contact information for the winners will be provided to the contest sponsors, Playtex and ALL YOU,  and the sponsors will coordinate receipt of the bra.
  • Winners will be contacted by email.

Fine print:

This giveaway is sponsored by Playtex and ALL YOU.  Winners’ contact information will be provided to the sponsors, and prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsors. Contest open to US RESIDENTS only. Winners must be at least 18 years old at time of entry to qualify. Only one winning entry per person. Void where prohibited by law.

Winners selected through random number generation at


Contest Closed

About the sponsors:

The 18 Hour bra provides full coverage for long days.  This bra is for the woman juggling a busy schedule and looking for a bra that won’t budge, slip, or create discomfort.  It features moisture-wicking fabric for breathability, a soft underband to reduce chafing, and wirefree cups.  Visit:


ALL YOU is geared to the value-driven woman, published by Time Inc. and sold on newsstands at Walmart stores nationwide and by subscription.  One of the hallmarks of the brand is their connection with real women and their celebration of women of all shapes and sizes.  Visit  for money-saving recipes,ideas and coupons that help you create your weekly shopping list.Plus a Daily Free Sample!


August 13, 2011   7 Comments

My Playtex 18 Hour Bra Review and Giveaway

Playtex and ALL YOU magazine reached out to a group of bloggers to test drive bras from the Playtex 18 Hour collection, and to sponsor a giveaway of the bra line for their readers. I was very excited to have the chance to participate, not only to try out the Playtex 18 Hour line (which I’ve never tried) but also because I can offer you, the readers of this blog, a chance to try the brand as well. (If you want to skip the review and go straight to the contest: details and entry here.) [Contest now closed.]

While I’ve been a great fan of the Playtex commercials, as witty commentary and as one of the few brands that highlights curvy women in ads, I had never tried any bra from Playtex. Admittedly, I’m a bit of bra snob (see my post on my $200 bra as an example), but on a more practical level, I’ve never found a bra without an underwire that I really felt gave me adequate support.

The claim to fame on the 18 Hour line is wirefree support and comfort cushioned straps for all-day wear, so I was very curious to see if these bras really delivered.

I’ve been wearing either the 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support (4745) or the 18 Hour Seamless Smoothing (4049). I’ve been impressed with both bras, but my favorite of the two is the Ultimate Lift and Support. I decided to do a ” blind” test drive of the bras, without reading about the specifics of the bras. When I put on the Ultimate Lift and Support, I immediately noticed just that, lift and support, and thought to myself,” This is the most lift I’ve ever gotten from a wireless bra.”

The current commercials for the 18 Hour line focuses on the comfort straps, and I’ve got to say, they’ve nailed the straps. I’ve always had strap slippage issues (I’d rather have a loose strap than a strap that digs), and the straps on both models are amazingly comfortable and didn’t budge a millimeter. I can say, without hyperbole, that this may be the best strap design ever.

For extended wear, both bras were comfortable, and the Cool Dri fabric did a good job of reducing moisture on these 95-deg+ Atlanta summer days (not bone dry, but not dripping wet, either). The Ultimate Lift and Support gave more support (as might be expected) than the Seamless Smoothing, but both wore well.

Thus, I can definitely recommend the Playtex 18 Hour line when you are looking for all-day comfort with support. I’ve attached some specfics about the bras I tried below, but you can see the entire Playtex line at

So, how do YOU get to try a bra from the 18 Hour line? Visit this post for contest details and to enter. Registration ends August 28, 2011. [Contest now closed.]


Style 4745: Ultimate Lift and Support

Provides the girls with extra support and lift; cushioned straps alleviate dig-in


Style 4049: Seamless Support

Moisture management cups; smoothes back and side bulges! Cushioned, no-slip straps prevent dig-in.


Contest Details and Entry Here

About the Giveaway Sponsors:

The 18 Hour bra provides full coverage for long days.  This bra is for the woman juggling a busy schedule and looking for a bra that won’t budge, slip, or create discomfort.  It features moisture-wicking fabric for breathability, a soft underband to reduce chafing, and wirefree cups.  Visit:


ALL YOU is geared to the value-driven woman, published by Time Inc. and sold on newsstands at Walmart stores nationwide and by subscription.  One of the hallmarks of the brand is their connection with real women and their celebration of women of all shapes and sizes.  Visit  for money-saving recipes,ideas and coupons that help you create your weekly shopping list.Plus a Daily Free Sample!

August 13, 2011   5 Comments

Be Careful! Curves Ahead. Vogue Italia June 2011: “Plus-Size” Edition

Published: June 2011 Steven Meisel - Photographer

Friend of the Curvy Life, and blogger extraordinaire, Atiya King, of the blog Secrets, Lies and Margaritas, sent me these great shots from the current issue of Vogue Italia, and hipped me to a website that I hadn’t heard about: Vogue Curvy. I asked her to share her take on these images and the Vogue Curvy site.

Atiya writes:

Let’s face it. The fashion industry has no idea what sexy is. They seem to be under the impression that sexy is young, 6 feet tall, blondes, with bodies like teen boys. I know. I know. It takes them awhile to catch up to those of us in the real world. See, in the real world, we know that sexy is more than that. Sexy is quirky. Sexy is smart. Sexy is ambitious, and sometimes, sexy is a whole lotta woman!

Published: June 2011 Steven Meisel - Photographer

Vogue Italia has stepped up their game. Their glossy, black and white, June 2011 cover features sexy, plus-size models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley. This is what most women look like. Soft, voluptuous and hot! We need to see more of this. Actually, we want to see more of this.

Published: June 2011 Steven Meisel - Photographer


A curvaceous beauty hasn’t graced the cover of Vogue since Sophie Dahl’s spread in April 2000. Clearly, it’s been too long. So, I’d like to thank Vogue Itlaia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani for having the courage to put these beautiful, buxom women on the cover. Hopefully, one day, this will not be such a novelty issue.

Until then, check out Vogue Curvy for more pictures of this sexy issue.

June 27, 2011   1 Comment

“The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style” Interview – Part I

This is the first part of a three-part interview with Chastity Garner, author of The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style (Volume 1).
I had the chance to hang out with Chastity and get a copy of her book on May 29, 2010, at a book signing event sponsored by a great Atlanta consignment store, Stylish Consignments (sizes 0-26).

Chastity is a gorgeous curvy stylist and former plus-size model. Drawing from her own experience and her work with her clients, Chasity has created a resource “to help guide, encourage, and inspire the inner stylistas in the many beautiful, curvy women out there.” Chastity’s advice comes with a dose of “tough love.” She speaks frankly about things that she thinks “shouldn’t see the light of day.” And her advice isn’t just for big girls–she’s got advice that works for most sizes.

The book is full of resources and advice. Just flipping through the book a couple of great suggestions caught my eye that apply to any size:

  • Carry a clutch big enough to fit a thin pair of flats if you are going for a night of dancing.
  • Don’t limit yourself to plus-size stores when shopping. The designer of the garment may have intended the garment to be worn one way, but this doesn’t mean you can’t wear it another way.
  • The best relationship you can make for your fashion future is with your tailor.

To order the book: The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style (Volume 1)

For ongoing advice from Chasity:

(You can look for Parts II and III later in the week.)

June 2, 2010   1 Comment

Atlanta Book Event: “The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style”

If your in Atlanta and taking a staycation for the holiday, you’ll want to check out this event, sponsored by Stylish Consignments. Not only can you groove around this great book, but you can find out about Stylish Consignments, a consignment store featuring clothes for Curvy Girls size 14-30. Not only can you buy, but you can earn extra cash by cleaning out your closet.  You don’t even need an appointment to bring your clothes in. Call 770.676.0953 or visit for the details.

May 25, 2010   2 Comments

A Curvy Girl Always Has Shoes

Just wanted to share some pictures from the last Hello, Stiletto Shoe Club outing in Atlanta, hosted by the wonderful folks at Emily Blenhem Shoes. I got a chance to model some fabulous patent-leopard Jimmy Choo’s (thanks, James!), which, next time I have an extra $1200 lying around, I might pick up.

One thing I admire about the curvy girls of the world: we may be neglected, abused, and ignored by the clothing industry, but we always have shoes.

In their full glory

In their full glory


In my full glory


I gaze admiringly at more shoes I can't afford

September 24, 2009   1 Comment

New Plus-Size Store in Atlanta

Just heard from Rhadonda Daniels about her new plus-size store in Atlanta:


Newly established to dress ladies sizes 14 to 24 in today’s trendy fashions.  We offer personalized designs as well.  Some fashions are on my website.  WWW.CE-BY-RHADONDA.COM

Business is located at 2975 Headland Drive Any inquiries contact Rhadonda Daniels at 404-454-9301

August 5, 2009   2 Comments

Are you planning to watch “More to Love”?

Tonight is the premiere of “More to Love,” the new dating competition show for “real” people. If you follow this blog, then you know that I helped promote the casting of the show here in Atlanta. There’s been a lot of talk about whether this show is empowering or exploitative. This was my primary concern when deciding on whether or not to encourage women to try out for the show. The pitch was this: the producers of “The Bachelor” are creating a version of the show with “real” women.

Now, I’m not a fan of “The Bachelor” or any of the dating competition shows, especially when women are pitted against one another to win the attention of one man. I hate the whole, “Pick me, pick me” energy. However, these shows, especially “The Bachelor,” are extremely popular. Why not open the show to the big girls?

I haven’t seen the premiere, but from the commercials, it is clear that we are going to see plus-size women lamenting the role that body size has played in their dating lives. However, on all of these programs, the one’s that are almost exclusively size-2s, don’t the skinny women lament their dating woes, how hard it is to find true love? It looks like the producers are following the exact same format.

I’m excited to see curvy women looking beautiful on television. The participants are in evening gowns, with perfect hair and makeup. When do we ever get to see that?

The most interesting part of the story to me is the origin of the concept. When The Biggest Loser first aired, the powers-that-be in the entertainment world thought that 1.) no one would want to watch a show comprised entirely of fat people, and 2). no one would relate sympathetically to the participants. They were completely wrong. So now, thanks to The Biggest Loser, no friend to the big folks of the world, we now have a program that features a cast that is “curvy,” but the emphasis is not on weight loss.

It will be interesting to see how the program is received.

July 28, 2009   3 Comments

Facing down the bikini

Here is the full story of the interview in the article, A love hate relationship is in season, in the May 24, 2009 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

I am always trying to challenge myself regarding my own comfort level with my body (thus my foray into a women’s nude yoga class–a story for another time). So, at the end of swimsuit season last year, I decided to buy myself a cute, skirted bikini.

I’ve wanted to wear a two-piece swimsuit since, well, forever, but I’ve never had the nerve. However, when I saw a version of this cute INC International Concepts suit in a size 16, I took it to the dressing room to try it on.

Even under the cold flourescent glare of the fitting room lights, the suit looked cute. I liked the cut and the skirt was just the right amount of flouncy. I took it on and off several times, and each time I liked it on more than the last. The thought crossed my mind: this suit is meant for tall, lean, size-16s, not 5’5″ size-16s. But, I let that thought go, and bought my first bikini.

I took the suit for a test drive at the complex pool last season when I figured that no one would be around. I was pleased.

But the real test came this weekend, at our homeowner’s association pool party. Did I have the nerve to wear my (not so)-itsy-witsy-teeny-weeny black-and-white skirtini in front of all my neighbors? Could I sit in a lounge chair by the pool with 30 other people?

I rarely feel self-conscious around clothes and public settings. If I like how I look, that’s good enough for me. So, I screwed up my courage, put on my cute sarong cover-up, and headed to the pool. My reaction when I arrived really surprised me: I couldn’t bring myself to remove my cover-up.

I had the following dialogue with myself:

Just take off your cover-up and get in the pool.

But, I don’t know if I’m ready to be known by my neighbors as “the fat girl in the bikini?”

Didn’t you make peace with the whole “fat girl” thing a long time ago?

Yes, but, remember what they say on “What Not To Wear”: You may not care what you look like, but the rest of us have to look at you.

Anyone offended by you in a bikini by the pool can avert their eyes. Just take off the sarong and do it.

So, I did. And no one screamed out in disgust or ran in horror.

And how did I look in my bikini?

Curvy me in a bikini, do I dare? I did, and I do.

May 24, 2009   20 Comments

Get Your Shoe Curve On with Hello Stiletto Shoe Club


I am a Hello Stiletto Shoe Club fool.


I discovered Hello Stiletto about a year ago on the recommendation of a friend. Hello Stiletto is a free social club for women (and men) who love shoes. Originally founded in Boston in 2004, the club has since grown to over 10,000 members in sixteen cities in the US, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, LA,  Philadelphia, and Washington DC.  Events are held at a variety of venues, and participants dress up in their best shoes (Payless or Prada, all are welcome) and strut their stuff on the Pink Carpet.

At the most recent Hello Stiletto event I met the curvy fabulous Monique Colbert, the Atlanta Shoe Shopping Examiner at She’s written a great article on the Hello Stiletto experience.

If you are in a city with a Hello Stiletto Shoe Club, make sure you visit an event. You can get dressed up, bring out your hottest shoes, strut yourself (grab a cocktail), and be home by 8:30pm.

May 14, 2009   2 Comments

Curvy Girl’s Spring Style Event — Atlanta, May 16

This is every curvy fashionista’s ultimate style and shopping event. Come ready to mingle and shop with Atlanta’s finest. There will be a Spring fashion preview from high fashion plus line JIBRI, body shaping demos by BODY EVOLUTION and tips on personal styling by GARNER STYLE. Signature cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Ladies, you do not want to miss this.

When: Saturday March 16th, 2009 – 6:00pm-10:00pm

Geisha House Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30363

Admission: $5 at the door

Event Website:

For more info or to R.S.V.P – Email Us at

May 7, 2009   No Comments