Curvatude™ - Plus Size Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog: Events
Hey Fab! As per our disclosure policy, we use affiliate links that may result in compensation if you click links & make purchases. By doing so, you help to keep this blog going & I appreciate & thank you for it.

{Events} Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend in NYC #FunFearlessLife

Cosmopolitan Magazine is hosting it's first ever Fun Fearless Life Conference in New York City this weekend, Nov 8th & 9th and yours truly will be there covering it.

I love the name that they chose. It just speaks to everything that I feel life should be, an adventure. One where you don't sit on the sidelines but where you go out and meet life and all of her ups and downs fearlessly.

On tap for the Fun Fearless Life Conference will be some of the most AWEsome and influential women like Sophia Amoruso, the Nasty Gal founder & Kelly Osbourne (yes miss fab hair herself). And the guys will be there too, including twitter CEO Dick Costolo. They will all be sharing their take on life, careers, health, dating and everything in between, which I am sure will consist of a lot of lessons and laughter.

This is a Cosmo event, so of course there will be beauty makeovers and shopping but I am most excited about the scheduled events. They will cover a full range of topics from fashion to fitness (with my crush Jillian Michaels), career planning and social media upgrading to home ownership.

So, if you will be in NYC, snag a ticket and tweet me so that we can connect or follow along via the #FunFearlessLife tag and my twitter and instagram feeds as I will of course be sharing ALOT!.

{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.


{Fab Five} + A Few Things From The Weekend

Sweet Sunday morning lovelies!

Lots of open items on my to do this list & I am grateful that I am starting to feel like myself again & actually beginning to get things done. After working out, today will be spent mainly putting in some overdue work on projects.

I am so ready for Spring & I have been working to bring some really pretty pieces to Closet Fete. This necklace set & stud drop earrings are just a couple of items. I hope you will love them as much as I do {and will buy them} ;).


{Fun} Brunch With The Girls & What I Wore

I hosted a brunch this past weekend @ my boo Jonquil's flat and it was a lovely 
way to spend time with some of my fav girls.

The menu was what I like to call simple southern.  
Nutella french toast, shrimp & grits, eggs, turkey sausage and some sweet libations.


Chicago {Beauty} Event: Wakeup Your Makeup w/Glossed & Found + Neiman Marcus

Glossed & Found is partnering with Neiman Marcus to kick-off their brand new cosmetics department.

"Wakeup Your Makeup" is Saturday, August 24th @ Neiman Marcus Michigan Ave.


 The doors open at 8 am!

Yes, you have to GET UP early to WAKEUP Your Makeup ladies, but I think it will be fun & worth it.

There will be a cosmetics runway show at 8:30 am AND you can book a makeover or facial for a little pampering after the show (see worth it).

To attend, you MUST send an email with your preferred makeup brands so that they can try to get you an appointment to you can sign up for facials and makeup sessions, nosh on eats, sip mimosas and snag a swag bag.

See you there!

Connect: BloglovinTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest

p.s. i am participating in #31WriteNow

{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.

Connect: BloglovinTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest

p.s. i am participating in #31WriteNow


{OOTD} Stripes and Mesh Forever!

While I did not officially attend Blogher13, I did make the rounds to some of the events that took place with some of the fabs!

One such event was the Lipstick and Heels event hosted by Trina, Raijean and Danyellee @ Indique Hair Boutique (more on that to come).

In my perfect repeater style, I pulled out my striped peplum top and mesh skirt for this event.

Top (last seen here) | Skirt (last seen here) | Belt  & Shoes (last seen here)
  Tote (sold out. Similar in lots of colors)


{Fashion} I Spotted Her Across The Room & It Was Love @ First Sight!

Yesterday I attended a preview of the new Neiman Marcus Last Call store and the Fashion Outlet Chicago which opens 8/1 (more on that to come).

While there, I fell in love with this Charles Jourdan Betty Satchel and couldn't leave without it (the floral one is gorgeous too)!

Oh and it was definitely MY DAY because I won this Marc Jacobs beauty in black! 


Disclosure: I was given a gift card to attend this event but don't get it twisted, my love for these bags is REAL! Learn more about my disclosure policy here.


{OOTD} ASOS Curve Cold Shoulder + Pops of Gold

Last night I went to see two of my all time favorite old school bands, 
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and The Isley Brothers and it was a BLAST! 

Dress: ASOS Curve | Jacket: Elle @ Kohl's | Belt: ASOS Curve (similar)  
Bag & Cuff: Closet Fete | Necklace: Forever21


Target {Beauty} Concierge Blogger Preview

The awesome Terez of dBadetta invited a group of us bloggers to check out the Beauty Concierge Service at the State Street City Target.

The Target Beauty Concierge concept originally launched in 28 stores in the Chicago area in July 2012 and because it has been so successful, it continues to grow.


{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.


{Events} Randolph Street Market #VintageSchwag Chicago!

Randolph Street Market is this weekend and they are celebrating 10 years and I am geeked! 

I will of course be there. Will you?

Oh and  you will want to get there early, as at every summer indoor/outdoor market, the first 10 people in the door at 10am at the main Randolph entrance will get a chair massage and free admission to celebrate each year of the Market's success.

Check out some of my previous Randolph Street Market posts, which includes my editors pics and more and my photos from last years season opener here.

Get all the deets HERE!


{Beauty} EDEN Bodyworks in Chicago

Note: In my effort to be a good little blogger, I wrote the majority of this post during the event but I held off on posting it because I wanted to wait until I could add my thoughts about the product that I received in my goodie bag. Butttt....since I left it in Tori's car and who knows when I will actually get it, I am just posting this without it and hopefully at some point I will get to use and review the product.

The EDEN Bodyworks team presented a panel on the elements of style: fashion, hair and beauty.

The story behind the brand is pretty impressive. Jasmine Lawrence was just 13 years old when she created the first product in 2004 and the brand has grown to 15 products currently in their beauty arsenal.

I had been aware of the brand for a bit now, having seen them on twitter and various blogs but I hadn't tried their products. This presentation has definitely peeked my interest even more and I can't wait to try it, if only someone would bring my bag to me...hint, hint...TORI!!!!

During the evening, I hung with my girls Aeleise of Hair Love Art, (who is soon going to do something major with my hair!!!) and of course Tori (aka Lucille) of Glasses and Glitter.

There was lots of fabulously coiffed and stylish ladies on hand.  

There was a panel and models presented to discuss current fashion trends, various aspects of hair care and of course the EDEN Bodyworks products, in particular their new line, the Coconut Shea collection.

My hair is natural and I have been mainly wearing wigs for the past 2 years because I just haven't found the perfect style that suits me yet.  I originally told Aeleise that I wanted her to cut my hair short like hers but after the conversation at the event, I think I may have changed my mind again.

Ylorie Anderson, the host of the evening is a straight natural and the more I listened and thought about it, the more I thought it would probably be the best solution for me.  I try a lot of products and spend hours dealing with my natural texture but because my natural texture is actually made up of 3 different textures, I just braid it, rock wigs as my protective style and keep it moving.

Hair chronicles to be continued...


{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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


{Events} Randolph Street Holiday Market Part Deux

It's on this weekend fam! 

This is your last chance to hit up the Randolph St Market to hook those on 
your holiday list up with something fab and unique!

This month brings you one of a kind finds, foodie gift sets, live music 
and tabletop demos via A Perfect Event!

AND spread a little holiday cheer and get in free! 
They are offering free entry if you bring a toy for Toys For Tots!

 Click the pic for details and tickets!


{event} Randolph Street Holiday Market

The Randolph Street Holiday Market is this weekend Nov 17th & 18th and it is not to be missed!

It will feature a mix of antique, vintage and modern goods. Everything from décor to accessories to furniture and custom made gifts.

As a nice perk, free gift wrapping will be available as well as plenty of free parking and free furniture delivery in Chicago.

The deets...


{event} Recap: Eden Eats @ Kenmore Live +

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!

{fab five} link love... #PlusSize Good Things!

Hey lovelies.

This fab five is all about plus size events and happenings 
to shake our hips at in celebration!

MonifC has done it again! 

Her elegant, rich textured body loving 
holiday collection is fire!!

The New York Times just dropped this story featuring plus size bloggers and some of their thoughts on fashion.

Sweet UK Brand navabi is hosting a Curvy Blogger Award contest. I didn't enter myself but there are lots of awesome bloggers who did. Check it out and vote for your favs!

Speaking of awesome bloggers, The Curvy Fashionista will be representing on the Ricky Lake show. Mark your calenders and be sure to check her out.

And last but not least, The Style & Fit Affair hosted by yours truly will be this Saturday, here in Chicago. If you are local, we would love to see ya!

Oh and an extra link to remind you that the 30 Day Free Gwynnie Bee trial is still up for grabs! Have you joined yet? If not, go here and tell them that I sent ya and get in on one of the easiest, most affordable ways to expand your wardrobe!
.video-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 35px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; }
© Curvatude™ - Plus Size Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog. All rights reserved.