{Fun} I LOVE This: Jennifer Hudson Carpool Karaoke

Hey Lovelies!

Just stopping in to share something that made me laugh, smile and SANG!

I have obviously been sleeping on James Corden and The Late Late Show but I am now awake. This carpool karaoke video featuring Jennifer Hudson and James sanging is AWESOME!


xoxo



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{Five Fab} Pieces From Emme's Plus Size Style Ideel Collaboration

Hey Lovelies!

Note: The second collection consisting of prints has posted and the third collection consisting of Vivid Brights & Florals will launch March 9th!


I have written before about ideel being one of my favorite online shopping haunts so I am excited to see that they have tapped plus supermodel Emme to curate three collections.  

The first collection contains 65 pieces and is all about the classic colors black and white.

Here are a five fab pieces from the first collection that I love.

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{Life} A Woman of Change #NaBloPoMo #womenslives

Today's prompt: It's Women's History Month. There has been so many important women who have shaped the world. Who do you immediately think of when you think about women (past or present) who bring about change?

{Was knocked out on meds last night, so this post is a day late

The first name that came to my mind when I read this prompt was "The Big O", Oprah.

Happy birthday to the BIG O! You are one of my greatest inspirations!! #Oprah

A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Goody (@curvatude) on


I can not think of anyone who has impacted more lives and in turn made our world better. I remember when I used to watch her show religiously. It shaped my world. I learned so much and was influenced in such a positive way by the variety of guests,etc that she featured.

From pushing reading to her putting herself out there as not some super woman but a real woman just trying to do her best because at the end of the day, that is all we can do.

Oprah definitely has and continues to bring about change in a world that is desperately in need of it.

What say you? 
What woman do you immediately think of who has brought about change? 


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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick Of The Day: Rebel Wilson in Custom Eloquii #PlusSizePick

Today's #PlusSizePick is this fab fit and flare pique dress from Eloquii that Rumor Wilson just rocked to the ELLE UK Style awards in London.

Rumor looks gorgeous and her version of the dress was customized by the brand and a pink layer was added & the neckline was slightly changed but the dress totally rocks as it was originally made in both the red and the blue colors that it comes in.





Shop this dress HERE!

What say you? Would you rock this dress? 

What do you think of the custom changes for Rebel?




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{Rock}'n Khloe Kardashian Celebrity Style w/Curvatude

This latest edition of Rocking Celebrity Style was inspired by this simple, sexy look from Khloe Kardashian.

While I am a fan of all the KUWTK crew for various reasons, Khloe is without a doubt my fav and her style evolution over the past couple of years has been a fun thing to witness.

I considered wearing the skirt from this post featuring me rocking Kim Kardashion's style because with the exception of the mesh hem, it's a pretty good match to what Khloe wore but I went with this knit faux wrap skirt (last seen here), which I love, mainly because I love the sexy drape of it.


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{Community} Hate Is Apparently In Vogue


I rarely write posts about this kind of stuff but I felt compelled to do so because the uproar over that Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover is pretty silly to me.

I posted the comment above on several social channels and one person replied "I think it's an industry thing. We feel like models need to be there instead of celebs. It's more of a question to what Vogue has become"

To which I replied "Well models are rarely on covers nowadays & its only this amount of vitriol, which I find comical, because its Kim"

I mean here are recent Vogue covers. All featuring women who I adore by the way, who are high profile but not a one is a model. But they all are known world wide and sought out because of their accomplishments.


And while people like to say that Kim is famous for the sex tape, she is definitely more than that. She and her family have built an empire because they are personalities. And I think Kim probably does more for fashion than most. The sheer volume of  pictures that hit the web and publications of her because of what she is wearing is probably not trumped by many.

People complain about reality tv and the people who have become famous from it but guess what? The shows aren't watching themselves. It's the very people going around ranting and being vile who are watching. It's almost kinda barbaric is nature. Indulge in it and then denigrate it as sport.

And besides all of that, the fact that bothers me the most is that I find the constant barrage of nasty & demeaning comments about celebrities in general but especially about Kim and other women, disgusting.

I say it all the time, the more we are connected with technology, the worse humans seem to get.  As a society we have gotten so immune to ugliness that its become the standard.  People seem to think that if someone is famous that they are open game to be dehumanized and treated anyway they please.

Whatever happened to if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all?  Or if you aren't a fan, keep it moving. 

And what exactly qualifies a person to be on a cover of a fashion magazine?  Probably that you are famous. That you have influence. That people are interested in them. Kim and Kanye meet all of those standards.

So, the declarations of subscription cancellations, etc just seem silly.




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{Fun} Maria Menounos We Hardly Knew You!

And I LOVE IT!

Coughing my life away had me up at 2 in the morning & so I clicked on instagram and came across the #thanksgivingdancewars between Maria Menounos, Derek Hough, Julia Hough and Mark Ballas.



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{Fun} Congratulations Amber Riley!

Confession: I don't watch Dancing With The Stars but I am over the moon geeked that Amber Riley danced her way to victory on the show.



Amber has always been one of the entertainers who I just naturally expect to excel and she has not let me down.

She's a complete package: beautiful, talented and smart!

I love this quote from her: "So I want to let women of all sizes out there know, you can do whatever you put your mind to. It doesn't matter what size you are, what color you are, you can do whatever, whatever, WHATEVER you put your mind to!"

And I couldn't agree more!

Congrats girl & keep making us proud! 
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Oprah's {Fierce} Big Hair, Don't Care September O Mag Cover

I immediately posted this pic on my instagram a couple of days ago when
I saw Oprah post it to her twitter account. I am so in love with this look!


The Big O looks so FIERCE!
And she is working the heck out of that dress!

The wig weighs 3.5 lbs and it was transported in bubble wrap
 and a custom-made, bright pink travel box with a built-in stand to keep it upright.

Check out how the look was put together here!


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{Rock}in Gwyneth Paltrow Style w/Curvatude

This installment of Rocking Celebrity Style features the chic, simple style of Ms Goop herself, Gwyneth Paltrow.





Gwyneth wore this look to the Hugo Boss for Boss Nuit Pour Femme event recently and the moment I saw it, I knew that I could easily rock it...

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{Rock}in Kim Kardashian Style w/Curvatude

A few months back Kim Kardashian rocked this fun, casual cool look and I loved it. 


I had already purchased a similar varsity jacket (similar here) from Payhalf and fast forward a few months or so ago when I purchased the sheer panel skirt from forever 21 (shown here) and Kim K's look came to mind, so I decided to feature it as my latest Rockin' Celebrity Style post.

And like so many other posts, I took photos and life kept swoopin away. In January I actually started the post but with the devastating passing of "the beast", the last thing I cared about was blogging so it ended up in the draft dungeon.

As mentioned here, I was motivated to post it today....so here ya go...

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{Fab Five} Immersing Myself in {Life}...

After Monday, I am not really up to being social or even talking period, so I have just been keeping a low profile and trying to immerse myself in things that are happy and make me smile and/or laugh...

Here are few...

Is Prince not EVERYTHING on this cover? Sorry Jenny Lo...


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{fun} Tim Gunn @ The Union League of Chicago

As mentioned in my packing post, I made a pit stop to say hello to Tim Gunn & grab a copy of his Fashion Bible on my way to the airport last Friday. He was of course dapper to the nine and as you can see, I even got him a little excited! ;)


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{Rock}in Celebrity Style w/Curvatude: Jennifer Hudson

It has been forever since I have done one of these posts! 
My first one featured Rihanna in a cute, casual look.

I saw this pic of Jennifer Hudson wearing this fabulous animal print 
dress months ago and realized that I own (and have never worn) one that
has a similar vibe, so it seemed that another round was due.


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{rock} Queen Latifah's HSN Queen Collection

I am a huge Queen Latifah fan and I have always loved her style, so I have been watching her HSN Queen Collection every since it dropped last year and I am glad to say that once again, the Queen seems to be really bringing fashion that offers something for everyone.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the current collection.

And this Sequin Shoulder Cowl-Neck Dress comes in so many fab colors...
these are my two favs.

I seriously need this animal print one! Like seriously!
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{events} Kiyah Wright Chicago Meet & Greet

Note: this post has been so long coming...I recorded my conversation with Kiyah but had some technical difficulties with the device that I used and have been trying to recover it to no avail, so I have decided to release this post from tech hostage and go with what i have...

I was crazy honored that Cartrice Armstrong of PR Werks invited me to be the featured blogger at the Kiyah Wright Chicago meet and greet event.

Kiyah Wright is an Emmy award winning stylist who has had her hands in the heads of some of the most well known celebrities, from Taraji to Iman to of course Tyra, on who's show, America's Next Top Model, she worked her skills for 5 years.


Kiyah's success over the past 18 years speaks for itself and the next evolution of her career includes the release of an entire line of products called Muze Hair that will as she told me "bring Hollywood hair home to the everyday woman"

The line will cater to curly, kinky and textured hair, with the focus being on helping women maintain their hair at home. The first product to drop from the line is the "Last Look" hairspray (I love that name...so fitting for how we all take that last little glance in the mirror before hitting the streets!) It is already available for purchase here.


She is also traveling the country teaching other stylists success skills and serving up her fabulousness at various events.

She is a genuine and fun and so inspiring, it was such a great pleasure to sit down and share a drink and chat with her.

You can learn more about Kiyah and get loads of information, videos and more on her website.

The meet and greet took place at Seven Ultra Lounge and Kiyah of course looked incredibly fab and chic and we were both in a vintage flavor fashion mode!



Lots more pictures on my facebook page.
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{life} getting organized...

For years I had hoped to attend an Oprah show. Back in the day, I would call the number over and over and NEVER got thru and when they switched to online submissions, I was there. But once again...nada.

So low and behold, I can not believe that I got tickets to the Oprah's Lifeclass Tour in St Louis, MO!


Fab right?

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{celebrities} shutter perfection

This past awards season has been a fantastic time for a couple of our favorite plus size actresses, who were constant fixtures on the red carpet

Of course there is multi award winner Octavia Spencer (see my feature on her award style here).

And just as prominent on the scene was Melissa McCarthy.

Needless to say, there has been a lot of debate about Melissa McCarthy's fashion choices on the red carpet and while a few of the dresses just didn't do it for me, this look is perfect for her body.

[similar here, a lighter color here and a fab longer gown style here}

It fits her body and shows off her shape and the shutter pleats drape any areas that she might want to camouflage.

A definite winner.
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{celebrities} curves on the red carpet

i love awards season!

seeing all the fashion and bling and just the excitement in the air. 

 and add to that my twitter peeps
(who brought the Academy Awards to me via my stream 
because i was out on the streets of NYC...thanks ya'll) 

it is so much fun.

and it has been especially fun seeing women with curves walking the red carpet.

i love that my favorite curves rocker of the season,
Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, Sag Award Winner
Octavia Spencer 
(said in a high pitched proud sista girl voice) 
worked with a designer who aint brand new to curves.

Tadashi Shoji frocked her in color and sparkle and showed off her curves.


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{life} the two to the o to the eleven...

2011 was quite the fantastic year.

i was reading my new years post for 2011 and i really didn't see how i could improve on it, cuz it says it all for me but i didn't want this year to end without acknowledging how completely wicked it was.

i did more things, meet more fabulous people and had so much bloody fun.

this video that i took of deborah cox performing at a street festival here this summer pretty much sums up my year.

it was so fantastic. the energy. the crowd. her voice.

i danced (hence the wiggly, blurred nature of the video). i sang (so loud and off key). i laughed. i screamed (so loud and often)...i loved every moment of it!





thank YOU my fab readers for spending some of your online time in my world.

i hope that when you look back on 2011, you feel happier, stronger and wiser and amped to rock the coming year even harder!
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