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{Life} December To Do List

Hey Delights!

When I started writing this post, we were halfway into December and the month was moving so fast. This past weekend I joined my blogger boos for the the Eloquii/Halfstack Magazine event (I recapped it a little here) It was also Joe's birthday, so Saturday was a long day...a fun one but a long one nonetheless.

Also the other night we were invited to check out the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier and I totally felt like a little kid again. I was so excited to be there. It really felt magical and put me in such a great mood. It's like being outside enjoying everything that you love about Winter and Christmas without freezing in the cold weather.
Oversized Eyelet Sweater (c/o - use code curvatude20 for 20% off $59+) | Jeans: old/ASOS Curve | Nikes (c/o last seen here)
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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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{Events} Universal Standard Model Search & Pop-Up Shop

Hey Delights!

Universal Standard has partnered with Nordstrom to bring their unique fashion aesthetic to the masses via pop-up shops and a model search that is arriving here in Chicago this week, Oct 26-29. The pop-up shop will be at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue and you can get the details of the model search that is taking place on Sunday, Oct 29th here. They are on a 12 city tour and Chicago is the 9th stop, so check them out to see if they are coming to your town.

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I love the minimalist, cool style of the brand. The pieces are like these cool canvases that you can really amp up or just rock solo and I can't wait to get a few of them on my body. Here are some current faves that can be found at Nordstrom.

I will be chatting with the co-founder of Universal Standard, Alexandra Waldman and sharing looks from the pop-up TODAY, Thursday, Oct 26 via my Instagram stories. So make sure that you check it out because I will also be hosting a $200 gift card giveaway starting tomorrow, and you will only know the answers to the giveaway question required to enter to win if you watch 😤.

Let's Connect!

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{Events} Glow Maven Latham Thomas | Own Your Glow

Shout out to Latham & Bodhi Spiritual Center for the invite.

Hey Delights!

Event recap: I had such a lovely time at this event. Latham and Lola filled the room with laughs, wisdom and inspiration. I recorded it so that I could go back and listen to it when I needed a little spiritual mojo. Latham and I had a conversation about a tense moment (hence the reaction on her face) that she mentioned the night before at the Together Live event. Essentially it was a moment where she stood up for someone who really couldn't do it for themselves. It was a reminder that we all should be paying attention and standing up for each other. 
 Photos: Latoya Thorn Photography
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She wrote in my book that she sees so much grace in me and I hope that I can truly live exemplifying that. 
I previously featured Latham Thomas aka Glow Maven way back in 2015 when I was my first introduced to her via a collaboration I did with Nissan for their Haute Havens series. 

She just recently released her book Own Your Glow, which I pre-ordered. I spent a little me time one morning on my balcony aka my reading nook with a cuppa, one of those delicious vegan scones Joe made for Curvy Girls Tea, getting my life from the book.
Own Your Glow is in Latham's words:

{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.

{Culture} Disney's Aladdin on Broadway In Chicago At The Cadillac Palace Theater

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Hey Delights!

My fellow Chicago blogger boo, Dāsha of Windy City Wardrobe was gracious enough to agree to attend and review a performance of Disney's Aladdin on Broadway in Chicago in my stead because I had to go to San Francisco for the live unboxing Stitch Fix event.

Thanks Dāsha and I can not wait to see this production myself!
Last week I was lucky enough to hang out with some blogger boos in the lounge at The Cadillac Palace Theater prior to viewing Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway in Chicago. Among the group was the production's company manager, Michael Height, who shared his excitement for the show and asked if it was our first time attending it. Little did I know, it was a very valid question as it was so good and I definitely plan on seeing it again.
Aladdin makes every other musical I've seen look like an exercise in EXTREME minimalism.

{Five Fab+} Things I Am Looking Forward To In June

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Hey Delights!

I haven't done one of these "looking forward to" posts since March. But June is the start of Summer and I have a whole lot that I am looking forward to that I want to share, so we are back at it this month. After hitting the theater scene with a vengeance at the beginning of the year and seeing some really amazing works like The Wiz at Theater Wit, I have seriously been missing the experience the past couple of months, so I NEED to get back into it.

Also Zumba in the park started last weekend and I was right there doing my thing. It was also the Gospel show weekend, so in addition to your usual Zumba-esque songs, they added some gospel to the mix.


{Culture} The Wiz at Theater Wit Chicago

As I mentioned in my Things I am Looking Forward to in March post, I went to see a production of The WIZ at Theater Wit here in Chicago a few weeks back and I realize that what I am about to say may seem extreme but...the production was AMAZING and dare I say, almost better than the movie.
I know, I know...that seems crazy right? I mean the movies starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, classic amazing performers that we all love but you have to understand what these performers pulled off.

{Life} Things I Am Looking Forward to In March

Hey Delights!

Yes, I know we are already 10 days into March and I am just writing this post but it's all good because the things that I am looking forward to have not happened yet! HaHaaaaa!!! 😝

But anyway, I was looking forward to a little more warm weather & getting outside more but Mother Nature was like naw, so instead I am looking forward to doing things indoors.

My wee one aka the grand baby may be coming and I am STOKED! She is so much fun and my total mni me. It's really funny how much she acts like me even though we aren't related by blood but by marriage and love.

So one of the theater events in my calendar this month is a performance of The Wiz at Theater Wit. As I mentioned before, I LOVED the movie so I am hoping that they do it justice.

Last year around this time I had planned and was excitedly anticipating being in my favorite place, NYC. But last month I booked and cancelled another staycation...sigh....long, boring story but I just can't seem to get these little excursions to fit in, so I am not going to jinx myself this month and say exactly what I am going to do but I am going to make something happen come hell or high water! That phrase is so dramatic isn't it?

{Events} The 2017 Chicago Auto Show #CurvatudeCAS

Hello Delights!

The Chicago Auto Show is always a great time. I love exploring all the new cars and revisiting some of my old favorites and especially checking out my dream rides!  I am especially excited this year to see all the different ways that they are using technology.

The Chicago Auto Show runs from Saturday, Feb 11th thru Monday, Feb 20th and there is something for everyone at the show, even the kids.

I will be sharing content live from the Chicago Auto Show on my Snapchat, Instagram & Twitter feeds starting this Thursday, Feb 9th via my hastag #CurvatudeCAS!

And you can also follow along on the #HyundaiCAS & #GenesisCAS hastags and @SheBuysCars on twitter as I will be joining them TONIGHT 2/8 for a Twitter party at 7pm cst and you should too! I will also be hanging out at the show with @SheBuysCars on Friday to share a preview of the show.

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Til next time!

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{Culture} The Court Theatre: Blues for an Alabama Sky

As I mentioned in my Fab Five Things I Am Looking Forward to In February post, seeing The Court Theatre's production of Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky was high on my list and it did not disappoint.

The actors draw you in from the very first scene and never let you go, not even when it's over.  Pearl Cleage has a very unique & special way with her characters. Her work tends to remind me of August Wilson in a way, but it is more relatable for me. Perhaps it's because she's a woman or maybe it has more to do with the fact that her work feels more expansive.
Blues for an Alabama Sky is set during the time that the Harlem Renaissance was ending and the Great Depression was beginning and deals with some of the challenges that black people faced during that time.

{Five Fab} Things I Am Looking Forward to In February

Sooo..I somehow manged to delete this and another post from this date, so this is a complete recreation from memory and mama is getting old, so my memory is not always so great...bwaa...Thankfully I hadn't read them on bloglovin, so I was able to get the entire text for the other one there but for this one, I only got the part before "the jump" but I do have the events in my calendar already & pictures to aid the rewrite process...anyway...use this a reminder to backup your site daily!

Happy February Delights!

I have a love/hate relationship with February. I hate that the Winter weather here in Chicago is usually at it's most brutal in February and how it can really wear me down. But there is also so much to love. Of course it's Black History Month and there is that little holiday, Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day sometimes gets such a bad rap. But I think it is a wonderful, love filled, colorful break from the darkness of Winter & a reminder that it won't last forever. And this year I am rethinking my Valentine's Day fashion and red, as much as I love it, is nowhere in the picture. Stay tuned.

How sweet is this Valentine's Day setup that Joe surprised me with for a previous Valentine's celebration? It still makes me smile...like HARD cheesin'. It was so thoughtful and so perfectly me.
This year's Black History Month feels more important than ever to me & I will be taking in as many events and activities related to it as possible. Here are a few of the events that I am planning to check out:

Pearl Cleage's Blues For An Alabama Sky at the Court Theatre


{Culture} The Theatre School at DePaul University Production: Night Runner

Soooo...I somehow managed to delete the original version of this post, so I am reposting it.

Hey Delights! 

So I ended up not going to the presentation at the DuSable Museum that I mentioned in my last Five Fab For the Weekend post because it was one of those all I want to do is get home, rip off my bra & get under the covers kind of a night. And while I am bummed about not seeing the presentation, my girls who know, know that the need to release yourself from the shackles of a bra trumps most things.

But as I mentioned in my review of The Cuckoo Theater Project's production of Women, getting theater in regularly is a must for 2017, so I did go and see The Theatre School at DePaul University's Night Runner and I really enjoyed it. The musical production centers around a 12 year old slave girl named Cora and the mystery Night Runner who helps slaves get to the freedom tree. They asked that you not take pictures during the performance, so I snapped this at the end.

{Culture} Play | The Cuckoo's Theater Project Production: Women

Hey Delights! One of my personal goals for 2017 is something that I actually talked about a lot during The 12 Days of January and that is getting back to the things that we love.  One of those things for me is to definitely get back to adding more theater and entertainment to my monthly calendar.

Some of the best theater that I've ever seen has been in really small independent play houses and the play "Women", The Cuckoo's Theater Project production now playing at The Pentagon Theater at Collaboraction Studios is no exception.
As a young girl who read everything she could get her hands on, Louise May Alcott's Little Women was one of many favorite classic books that I read. And although I did not see a representation of myself in it being a little black girl from the west side of Chicago, I did feel a connection the coming of age stories that it featured.

{Events} TheFitExpo Chicago 2016 Details & A Hookup!

Hey Fabs!

I attended TheFitExpo Chicago during it's inaugural run last year not really knowing what to expect but it turned out to be a really good time.

I got to work out with & be totally inspired by "Mr. Taebo" himself, Billy Blanks. I mean seriously this is just a short clip but he WORKED us in this class and I loved every minute of it.

I also got to see the most pumped displays of fitness & physical strength and shop some cool brands, so of course I will be there this year to do it all over again! And because I think you will love it, if you are in the Chicago-land area, I got a little something for you...check it out below!

{What I Wore} City Chic Cold Shoulder + Gwynnie Bee Visits Chicago

Hey Fabs!

If you follow me on social media then you know Gwynnie Bee came to Chicago for their "Inspired By You Tour" & I co-hosted a happy hour with them.  I tried on a lot of new pieces coming to the site and this dress is just one of the many fabulous frocks that you MUST closet!

City Chic Cold Shoulder Dress Chicago Gwynnie Bee Inspired By You Tour
Thank you to everyone who came out! The happy hour was so much fun! As you can see from the pictures my rugrat aka my photographer snapped, there was a great group of ladies (and a few guys) in attendance and it was nonstop sipping, nibbling, socializing & laughing. 
Gwynnie Bee Chicago Inspired By You Tour

Make sure that you check out Gwynnie Bee, in addition to fabulous clothing always dropping, they are always featuring a variety of members rocking new pieces, so you can get a feel for how they might work on your body.

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{Events} TheFitExpo™ Comes to Chicago For the 1st Time - Details & Discounted Admission

Hey Fabs!

One of the things that I am always excited about as I progress on my health and fitness journey is just how many incredible ways that there are to get your fitness on. So needless to say I am stoked that TheFitExpo™  is coming to Chicago!

TheFitExpo Chicago

In addition to over 200 exhibitors, activities for the entire family are on tap. Per Erin Ferries, Executive Director, "TheFitExpo™ is for everyBODY, whether you are a hardcore fitness enthusiast or someone taking their first steps towards getting healthier. We promise an exciting and fun weekend for the entire family."

I am looking forward to rocking my ONEder Suit and joining in on a few of the 30 minute express classes that will be offered daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. including Zumba, Booty Bootcamp & more.

And I was a Tae Bo freak back in the day, so I plan to be front and center to see Billy Blanks, who is just one of the famous fitness stars that will be on tap. I am also looking forward to seeing The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, they rocked America’s Got Talent!

TheFitExpo™ will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Hall G and you can save $10 off the daily admission by printing off this coupon and bringing it with you!

Learn more about TheFitExpo™ here and follow along on twitter for updates, features & more.

What say you? Do you go to events like this? 

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{Chicago} Randolph Street Market's "SPRING FLING"

Without a doubt the Randolph Street Market is one of my favorite things EVER.

So I am excited that this weekend is their 2014 Spring Fling and there is a lot of fun in store.

Expect jellybean bright flora and fauna, fresh flowers galore, decorating, artisanal chocolates for Easter basket stuffing, and live music.

For a little bit of Easter fun, shoppers who don their finest Easter bonnets will gain free entry and there will be hidden Easter Eggs containing Market Bucks, Season Passes, sweet treats and more throughout the Market.

Join the treasure hunt to uncover these hidden gems and pose for your digital Easter Card in the Fotio Photobooth from 11am to 3pm both days.

Also, for the first time, the Market will feature a Letterpress class with Tandem Felix Letterpress for a one hour DIY letterpress postcard making lesson both Saturday and Sunday. Spots are limited, so you can guarantee yourself a spot to this DIY must-do by buying your tickets online.

There will be a great mix of 75+ vendors selling art, antiques, fashion, home decor, fresh flowers, furniture, and more. It's always a shopper's delight!

I am not sure yet which day I will be there but if go & you spot me, make sure you say hello!


{Plus Size Brands} Chocolate Sushi Couture Spring 2014 Preview

I love supporting women owned businesses and especially those focused on plus size fashion like my girl Niehla O, the designer behind Chocolate Sushi Couture.

She recently previewed looks from her Spring collection.

The event was held at Blair Chic, another fav plus size business that has been featured here on the blog often.

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