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{What I Wore} Velvet Puff Sleeves 80's Realness

Hey Delights!

I had a blast celebrating the launch of Halfstack Magazine's annual giving issue at the Chicago Eloquii store yesterday. I wore this amazing puff sleeve velvet dress that gave me all the 80's vibes that I so love. I actually walked pass this dress initially when I saw (just writing that and the reminder that we have an actual Eloquii store here in Chicago made me 😍). But anyway, I thought it was a little too matronly for me but I eventually tried it on and fell completely in love with it. So remember to always try things on, even if they don't seem like they are your style or even if you are unsure if the size will fit you, TRY IT ON!

There is only one thing that I wish was different about this dress. And that is that the puffs in the sleeve were even more Dominique Deveraux big and fabulous!😝

{Event} Celebrate Plus Size Fashion & Halfstack Magazine's Giving Issue

Hey Delights!

I am excited to invite those of you in the Chicagoland area to join us for a fun event with Halfstack Magazine at the Chicago Eloquii store at The Shops at North Bridge this Saturday, December 16th. Halfstack Magazine is an awesome independent culture magazine that showcases, brands, musicians, designers, boutiques, artists, local entrepreneurs & social changers in Chicago.

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They interviewed moi and my blogger boos, Mindy, Charlotte and invited us to participate in their "Giving Issue" & celebrate it with a shopping and style soiree at Eloquii.

This will of course be a fun time with giveaways, sweets &  delicious drinks and there will also be a few surprises.😉

I seriously still feel giddy every time I walk into Eloquii. It is just so great that we have an actual brick and mortar store here in Chicago & it is fabulous of them to support other local Chicago brands by hosting this event.

So kudos to them. 

And it is the perfect time to snag those holiday looks like the Metallic Knit Dress I am rocking above, so come and shop, dance and laugh with us.

When: Saturday, Dec 16th from 1pm - 4pm
Where: Eloquii @ The Shops at North Bridge

RSVP to: events@eloquii.com

Let's Connect!


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{What I Wore} Living Life Like It's Golden

Hey Delights!

Today I joined Amber of Style Plus Curves and blogger babes, Michelle of Michelle Swoons and Natalie of Natalie in the City to rock some of the new holiday collection pieces for a fun Facebook Live recording at the Chicago Eloquii store.

I am wearing the beautiful Metallic Knit Wrap Dress & it is just amazing.

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{Community} Modeling Nike Plus Size

Hey Delights!

Weeks back Hayet asked me to join her Nike Plus Squad, a crew of bad ass babes modeling some of the latest Nike Plus Size pieces at the Nike Store on The Mag Mile here in Chicago. The event was the first time EVER that Nike had a plus size event in store and we had a blast.
My look: Running Tights, top & Nike Air Max Running Shoes (c/o Nike) | Denim Jacket: Rainbow
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Here's a little snippet of video from the night.

{Luxaholic} Afternoon Tea & Bouquets #CurvyGirlsTea

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Hey Delights!

I recently hosted an afternoon tea for some of my Chicago blogger boos that was co-sponsored by Contessa of Plus Navigator and we had a really lovely time. There was lots of conversation and laughs and I wanted to share some of it with you.

The theme I created was centered around tea and bouquets, two of my favorite things. So I set up a bouquet bar and an ice tea bar along with hot tea & sweets and eats served at the table. Here is the bouquet bar. It was so lovely to have the big picture windows with the trees in full bloom framing it.
Lightbox (last seen here) | Gold Foil Sheets (last seen here) | Flowers: Trader Joe's | Bucket {was red and I painted it gold with this Rustoleum spray paint, which I am obsessed with and also used it to change the color of the 3 tier trays on the table (below)} | Vases: Dollar Tree (amazing at $1 each & I loved being able to order them in bulk online and picking them up already boxed to go).

{A Blogger's Life} Fun With rewardStyle In Chicago

Hey Fabs!

A few weeks back my rewardStyle family came to town & hosted a cool food styling and photography workshop. The workshop was taught by culinary artists, Chef Elaina Vazquez, who owns the fabulous space that it took place in, Brique and photographer Anna Petrow.

Photo: Hayet Rida
TopAshley Stewart | Similar Shorts here & more here | New Look Glitter Flats via ASOS  Similar Mirrored Sunglasses: Steve Madden found at discount store | Watch: Fitbit Surge (at a major discount!)

{Event} Recap: Chicago Blogger Network & One Medical #OMcbn

Recently Chicago Blogger Network teamed up with One Medical and threw a lil shindig.  It was the first time that our fearless leader Kelly had been able to join us in a LONG time and I was so glad to see her!!!

I got to hang with my fabs, KOB, Jill and the rest of the CBN crew while sipping drinks & noshing on eats.

Also Jamie Campbell was in the house to entertain us with his comedy set. He was funny and even heckled me (yes the comedian was the heckler) & found out why I am called Curvatude :) You can learn more about him here.

In case you are not aware, One Medical is a new concept that for providing primary care, from the way you make your appointment to the ease with which you can follow up with your doctor.

They are currently offering a complimentary first-year membership (which I signed up for). Just enter the code OM13XCHI04 on their site. The offer ends August 15th.

As always when I am with my CBN fam, a good time was had.

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{Luxaholic} There's a New Market in town & It's Plum

A couple of weeks ago I spent a jammed packed Wednesday, that started off with a visit to the grand opening of Plum Market with my Chicago Blogger Network fam. (with my girl Jill here)

The grand opening drew an around the block line of folks waiting to get in and check it out and get in on some goodies they were giving away.


{OOTD} NellcoteCBN Oscar Party Rockin Vintage, Red & Studs

Sunday night I joined my Chicago Blogger Network family at Nellcote for a night of Oscars fun and of course fashion.

I did not arrive in time to take an official picture on the "Orange Carpet" because I have been purging and packing my life away for my move (more on that to come) and I could not decide what to wear at the very last minute, so I went shopping.


After all that, I ended up wearing an oldie but goody dress, an awesome sauce vintage coat that I thrifted for less than $7 and some killer studded heels.


{Giveaway} #NellcoteCBN Celeb Treatment Oscar Contest

This is obviously  my week for spending lots of time at one of Chicago's most wicked fab spots with Chicago's most awesome people!

On Sunday I joined a few of my Chicago Blogger Network fam for Brunch @ Nellcote and on Oscar night, CBN will be at it again, holding court in an exclusive space at Nellcote's Oscar party!

And because I am cool like that, I want one of you, my fab readers to join us!

You will celeb walk the orange carpet, sip on non stop libations from 5-7PM, nosh on Nellcote's delicious appetizers, immortalize the night via a photo booth and WIN a sweet swag package!

Here's what our sponsors are hooking the winner up with!

I did say sweet, right? So get into it!

To enter to win, tweet the giveaway EXACTLY AS IT IS via rafflecopter and start planning what you are going to rock!

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{event} Recap: Eden Eats @ Kenmore Live + cookmore.com

I attended a really fun cooking event at the Kenmore Craftsman Brand Live Experience studio with my Chicago Blogger Network fam that featured Eden Grinshpan from the Cooking Channel's Eden Eats

The "Put a Twist on Holiday Eats with Eden Grinshpan" event featured Eden preparing some of your typical holiday meal items cooked in non traditional ways.

From sweet potatoes with chimichurri sauce to turkey stuffed with stuffing inspired by Mediterranean flavors.

I gotta tell ya, those sweet potatoes were damnlicious.  

{event} Chic Swaps: Holiday Glam Swap

Chic Swaps goes GLAM for the holidays!

Holiday season is upon us, and that means you'll be needing...
satin and sequins and bows...and anything that shines, shimmers or glows! 

That's why the next Chic Swaps event is all about Holiday Glamour! 

We all have gorgeous party frocks, shimmery tops, and sparkly accessories
 that we'd be happy to trade for another chic swapper's fancy duds! 

Holiday Glam Swap
Sunday, December 9
violette shoe salon
2031 N Damen Ave

To secure your spot, GO HERE buy your ticket today!

Then drop off at least 3 party-ready pieces of clothing and 2 accessories 
(a total of 5 items, with at least 3 items of clothing) to violette between Nov 25th & Dec 8th.

You'll leave the swap with 3 new party pieces and fun accessories to reinvigorate your holiday wardrobe!

See  you there!

{event} Recap: Evzdrop x CBN Fashion Dinner

The Chicago Blogger Network has partnered with Evzdrop and 
I attended a dinner with a bunch of other fashion bloggers to learn more about the app.

If you're unfamiliar with Evzdrop, it allows users to "listen in",
i.e eavesdrop in on what's happening at a spot via 
the "drops" made by folks who are there.

{event} Recaps: #BLMGirls Brunch, Sequin Jewelry, Modern Vintage Chicago

If you follow me on twitter, you know that i attended quite a few events the past couple of weeks and while I don't have the time to post them individually, I did want to share them a bit.

I brunched with some of the Chicago members of BLM. It was a fun time, meeting new bloggers and noshing on the buffet offerings at Zed451.


{Shopping} Ross Dress for Less Grand Opening & Giveaway

Update: The giveaway is closed and the winner is: Ileana Elvir. Please send me your mailing address using the contact link in the side bar by 10pm 10/24/11 or a new winner will be chosen.

Ross Dress for Less recently opened several new stores in the greater Chicago area and they invited me to check out the one in Niles.

The new locations in Niles, Darien, DeKalb, Geneva and Gurnee, 
bring the total number of Ross stores in the area to over 20, 
following their debut in the region in October 2011 


{event} Recap: Plus Model Mag & MYNT 1792 Blogger Conference

While in NYC I attended the the Plus Model Magazine Bloggers Conference that featured the new plus size brand MYNT 1792 and we were all gaga over the pieces.

They are fun, trendy, sexy, show off your curves pieces.

I tried on several pieces including their snakeskin blazer ...loved it!
And those gold pants!!! I die!!
(oh and i am wearing the lace business in the streets top mentioned here ;)


{event} Recap: Chic Swaps Separates Swap

I arrived a tad bit late because I was way out South at Joe's shooting 
the pics for this post, and the ladies were already in full swap mode.

The next swap, which will be a great time to find some new holiday drag,
is scheduled for November...get on the email list here.


{fun} It's the Weekend Baby

Happy weekend. I am so glad that Fall has definitely hit the city of wind and it has been so refreshingly cool.

This weekend will be sprinkled with fun.


Randolph Market is NEXT WEEKEND 9/29 & 9/30!!

Oopsss :)

And it wasn't an issue of my calendar being off because it is in my calendar for next wkend. I guess I was just a little too excited for it & jumped the gun!

Needless to say, I did not realize this until I arrived at it's location, only to find that it was a ghost town.

Le sigh...off to get a nap...

Tonight I will be at the pre opening of the final Randolph Street Market of the season.

I will be scouring the Market again to select a few items to bestow the Editor's Choice award upon (my previous selections here).

And the best part about it is when the items sell, a donation will be made to my charity of choice, The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

So, if you are in Chicago, make sure you add a trip to the Market to your weekend must do's (FOR NEXT WEEKEND!).

I am hoping to get some projects wrapped up, some photo shoots for le blog finished and to chill a bit as well.

Oh and of course I will also be getting a little swappin in at Chic Swaps on Sunday.

As always, if you see me out, say hey and I hope you have a fab one!

{events} We're Swappin it Baby!

The next Chic Swaps is this Sunday!

Have you gotten your ticket yet?

We had a blast at the dress swap
(recap here).

There were so many fab options and the ladies definitely left happy.

This Swap is all about separates, so expect to find skirts, tops, sweaters, pants and more.

It will be a perfect way to freshen up your Fall wardrobe on the cheap!

And this time around, you can attend and take home some new drag even if you don't bring clothes to swap.

Learn more and get your tickets here.

Hope to see ya there!


{event} Recap: Hennessy x Futura and Street Art Tour

I love street art and always find myself snapping pics of it as I make my way around 
the city, so when my fam at the Chicago Blogger Network hooked me 
up with access to this event, I was stoked.

Moi all smiles after my chat with Futura

Hennessy has partnered with the legendary street artist Futura 2000 to 
create a limited edition bottle for Hennessy vs.

The evening started off with a meet and greet at Leaders, the Chicago

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