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{Giveaway} Enter to Win a $200 Universal Standard Gift Card Code

Hey Delights!

update: The answer to this giveaway was mentioned here.

As mentioned here & during my Instagram stories visit to the Universal Standard pop-up shop at Nordstrom, I have partnered with Universal Standard to host this awesome giveaway.  I also spent some time chatting with the brands co-founder Alex Waldman. We talked about everything from why they created the brand to what new things we will see from the brand and lots more in between. Stay tuned for more of that conversation on the next CurvaCast.

At the pop-up I tried on some of the pieces that I mentioned here, like the twist cut out faux leather top and this gorgeous tie front dress, a piece that is amazing on every single body that I have seen it on.
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A couple of things that I really love about Universal Standard:

{Lifestyle} Fresh n' Lean Meal Delivery Service Review + Giveaway #Foodie

Hey Fabs!

As I have mentioned before, I am all for ways to make my crazy life easier, so I was geeked to try Fresh n' Lean meal delivery service. I love that so many of these businesses are popping up. They are a godsend, especially this time of the year.

I mean most of us have so much going on on a regular basis, so when you add to that all that the holidays bring, who has time to cook every night?  So it's nice to be able to just pop a meal in the microwave and enjoy it.


Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day: Double Decker Picnic Sneakers #PlusSizePick

Hey Fabs! 

Happy long 4th of July Weekend!

Aren't these Double Decker Picnic Sneakers the cutest? 

They are a part of a collection of Keds that includes fun prints like this one and also watermelon, lemons and raspberries that are so perfect for all your summer casual fun.


{Luxaholic} Who Doesn't Love A Good Massage?! #Giveaway

Hey Lovelies!

Some people might think it's fabulous to spend most of your work days sitting on your tush but those of us who do it day in and day out know sitting aint always easy.

Sitting & using a computer for hours on end can bring about a host of issues from back aches to bum aches, etc. So when I was at a housewares show here in Chicago and came across and sat on one of these PainFreePillow™, I knew she was coming home with me.

At the core of the PainFreePillow™ is a patented four patterns of vibration system that is activated by pressure, that was created to improve posture and circulation.

And in three words, I LOVE IT

I mean who doesn't love a good massage? And the varied vibration is really nice, especially the deep one, it really feels like hands are on you working out the kinks.


New Year, New Vibe: Be Inspired Journal & Love Pouch Giveaway

One of the things that I started 2015 affirming for myself was actively working to accomplish my goals, my dreams and my aspirations.

Doing so definitely requires spending more time connecting with myself and really getting to the heart of the things that I want to achieve and do and be.

I desire to really engage more creatively, to take more chances, to stop procrastinating and to be open to being inspired in a variety of ways and hopefully be inspiring for others.

So when I came across this journal, it was just PERFECT.

GiGi New York Satchel: Rent or Buy | Journal: Marshalls |
Stamp Set: Michaels | Love Pouch: Target


{Fashion} Houndstooth Cape Giveaway | #NaBloPoMo

While I could always sell the extra fab items that I purchase, I love how I feel when I win something, so I like to host giveaways instead. And in the spirit of this holiday season of giving, this seemed like the perfect time to do so.

So rewind to a couple of weeks after I purchased two of my latest and greatest capes, this red plaid one featured here and here and the one below, I came across another one and instantly thought it would make a great giveaway.

I have been deep IN LOVE with my capes this season. They are both super stylish and so versatile. And every single time I post or rock them, the comments & compliments always flow.

Reversible Houndstooth Cape
Hat: Old Navy (similar & seen here) | Felt Purse: The Winding Road | Shoeties: Similar


Flywheel Stadium Cycling Mini Review & Giveaway #NaBloPoMo

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, then you may have seen this lovely pic of my crazily bruised calf.

How my calf came to this state is beyond me. I just know that my legs had been incredibly tight and I hadn't been doing my morning stretches as much as I should have. But I knew on Tuesday that I had my intro to Flywheel coming up and it was something that I did not want to miss.

So, I pulled out my two stiff, achy body weapons of choice, my foam roller (similar) and my wooden ball massager (similar) and worked it out throughout the day.

And although it hurt like h e l l, it did the trick and by the time that I had to leave for my class, my leg, while crazy bruised and still achy was no longer stiff and almost immovable.


And then the fun began...


#CurvatudeXmasInJuly Instagram Favorite Things Giveaway

Instagram has definitely become one of my favorite web homes, so I decided to use it to host my latest favorite things giveaway!

The Goods:

- Closet Fete Parental Advisory Curves Ahead Tee in either size XL (Fits size 16-20 or 2XL (Fits size 20-24) I smile ever so brightly every time I wear mine! OWN IT!
- L O V E Ring Set (Graduated sizes. Ring finger fits a size 7) - I love this set SO MUCH & wear it often
- River Island Super(wo)man Stud Earrings - These are so fun!
- Kurt Geiger Gold Leather Card Case - Simple, elegant case that holds up to wear & I do mean wear in my many purses
- Body Shop Moringa Body Mist (3.3 oz) - Recently started rocking this and it is DELICIOUS!

Enter to win HERE!

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{Fun} Twitterversary Giveaway

It's no secret that Twitter is my social media drug of choice and Twopcharts 
tweeted me that today is my 5th year twitterversary! My how time flies.

I am currently getting a lot of fabulous pieces in for Spring for Closet Fete, so I thought why not celebrate my twitter obsession with a giveaway.

The piece that I am giving away, the Crystal Drops Necklace is seriously AWESOME!


{Fun} Blogaversary Giveaway - Bless This Mess

I was going thru old posts and it dawned on me that today, Jan 7th is technically my blogs 5th blog-anniversary aka blogaversary.

I say technically because as noted here, I started it (with this super cheesy post), followed by a few others like this "What is Curvatude Manifesto" and a piece about Oprah's weight and didn't post anything else for like 6 months (which has happened several times over these past 5 years, so I have probably really been blogging for a total of 2 years or so) but whatevs...

I am rolling with it and celebrating the fact that I have never shown my blog as much love and attention as I have the past year and so much more is in the works for this year, soooo...to acknowledge that and thank those of you who have stuck around thru all my moments, I am giving away a few things this month.

First up is one of my favorite household things... this fun apron.

bless this mess apron giveaway


My 3rd Annual Favorite Things {Giveaway}

Welcome to my 3rd annual Favorite Things Giveaway!

As in previous years I am giving away things that I love and wanted to share with one of YOU!


{Sponsored} Make a Fashion Statement: Wink by ICU Readers + A Giveaway

This post is sponsored by ICU Eyewear and I will be compensated for writing it but don't get it twisted, 
the content and opinions expressed here are all my own ;). More on my featured posts policies here.

Even if you have never worn glasses a day in your life, sometimes as we get older, reading becomes a little more difficult. Readers can be a fun, stylish option to make reading that juicy novel or even just your computer screen easier.

I have recently been introduced to the Wink by ICU Eyewear line of reading glasses and I think you will like them. The aptly named Wink brand offers a huge variety of styles, to express your personality, mood or even match your outfit.

And because ICU wants to make the most fashion forward collection, they are seeking YOUR help and offering YOU the chance to win a free pair for yourself (or a loved one) in return, just for having your say on which pair rocks!


Go to the Read In Style Giveaway page, enter your email address & gender.

Choose your favorite pair & you will then either be selected instantly as a winner of the pair you voted for OR receive a 40% off coupon for all readers on the ICU Eyewear site.

Easy, right?

For a little fun, I paired them with some of my looks to show how I would incorporate them into my fashion life.

This funky peacock like style is awesome with the denim.

{Fun} Beach Essentials Bag Giveaway!

I dig the Random Crap bag from my beach essentials post so much that I wanted to share the love and give one away.

My latest swimsuit (sold out online.. loving this one) is from Forever 21. Overall I like it, especially the high waist bottom but I have to make an adjustment to the top because it does not provide the support that I like and need for my girls.


{Beauty} #RiRiWoo'n & a Giveaway!

While all the MAC Ruby Woo wearers are in major eye roll mode because RiRi Woo is so similar, I am too busy giving you extra pout to show it off because I never wore Ruby Woo or matte lipstick & I am loving it.

Truth be told, I have never been a big MAC fan (blasphemy to the diehard's ears, I know). I mean I have rocked a lipglass or two and used to live by the NC45 compact foundation but I haven't purchased either in years, although I did purchase one of those blogger collab colors but I didn't really care for it.


{Fun} Facebook Fan Page Giveaway

Hey lovelies!

I thought I would show my facebook fan page followers a lil love with a giveaway.

Today I uploaded a bunch of awesome pieces to Closet Fete (and many more are coming!!)

This mint spiked bracelet is so gorgeous and Spring perfect and one of my very favorite pieces and since I am the kind of girl who likes to share what I love, I am giving it away.

To enter to win, you just need to be a follower on my facebook fan page 
AND leave a comment on THIS POST!

A winner will be randomly selected, Tues, 4/16/13.


{fun} Are You the Winner? And Doing a Little Good!

I just wanted to drop in to remind you guys of my charity: water campaign and announce the winner of the #SHOPNBCBeauty giveaway!

As noted in my last post, I have joined the charity: water campaign by asking that folks help me celebrate my birthday with a donation to the cause.

Please take a moment and hop over HERE and check out all the great work that charity: water does and consider donating!

Kudos to those of you who were smart enough to enter the #SHOPNBCBeauty giveaway (it's such good stuff), the winner of  is....

Amanda, expect an email from me shortly!

Happy Humpday lovelies! 


{Life} Moving...Breathing

Sometimes in the midst of the daily madness, or in my case, in the midst of packing for a big move (over 90 boxes & counting at this point), you find something to smile about, and these babies did the trick for me today!

So gorgeous, I can't wait to rock them! Snag a pair here.

So I have facebooked/tweeted about it for weeks and mentioned it a little here on le blog but finally my move takes place this week.

I wrote a bit about why I am moving and the home decor fun to come on Luxaholic.

It has been so long since I have moved that I forgot how fun it could be...NOT!

I am physically exhausted and achy in every possible way.

The movers come tomorrow and we still have a bit to go but because of my ride or die kid, we will be ready!

I am so thankful for her and all that she has been doing to help her mama. She turned 19 last month and will be leaving for the Marines soon and I am so crazy proud of the woman she is becoming.

Happy Hump day fam and don't forget to enter my latest giveaway
You can enter every day until 4/2!
It's really some awesome stuff, so get into it!

{Beauty} #ShopNBCBeauty & Enter to Get Your Own Beauty Kit!

The beauty freak in me was ALL IN when shopping network ShopNBC sent me a wicked beauty kit in celebration of its “Beautiful You” Beauty Weekend event that takes place THIS WEEKEND March 23rd and 24th!

And with the slough of winter finally succumbing to Spring (although these Chicago temps didn't seem to get the memo), I can think of no better time to try new things!

The kit includes products that are every day beauty essentials like mascara, nail polish, etc but all with a little twist, like mascara with argan oil (can't wait to try!!). It also included lots of products that I have never tried before.

There are so many products that I made a short video of them!

ShopNBC has hooked me up with some of the products from the beauty kit to share with with YOU!!!

Here are some of the goodies that you will see during the #ShopNBCBeauty "Beautiful You” Beauty Weekend event AND that are a part of this GIVEAWAY:

VB Beauty Miracle Eye & Wrinkle Spot Treatment Kit
SUZANNE Organics Body Care Travel Kit
Skinn Cosmetics Amethyst Collection
Pur Minerals Double Ego Mascara
Pur-Lisse Pur-Moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer
Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes
Lola Universal Colorless Powder
Lola Pin-Up Pout Plumping Lipstick
LaRocca Cellular Gold Hydrating Body Balm
iampur Relief Pain Relieving Rub
EPIONE Signature Series Eye Creme
Borghese Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask
Angellift Dermasome
AminoGenesis AGE Control Dual Treatment Anti Glycation Serum
ABSOLUTE! Magnetic Nail Enamel

And although I have been sick and didn't get to play with much, I have already tried a few things.

First I tried the Borghese Fango Brillante Grande over the weekend as noted here, because of my illness,  my face was feeling so grungy.

I loved it. It dried quickly and my face definitely seemed  to come back to life. I will be adding this to my weekly "at home spa" routine.

I almost let out a little yelp when I saw the iampur™ Relief: Pain Relieving Rub because being sick and coughing all day and night has stressed my normally already achy body out so much!

I slathered some on my neck and shoulders and it really did the trick and BONUS, it didn't leave me or my blankets smelling like some of the other similar type of products that I have used.

And this time of year my skin can get powdery dry, so I was excited to try the LaRocca Skincare Cellular Gold Hydrating Body Balm.

It smells delish and my parched skin was very satisfied.

There are so many other brands and products in this kit and I feel like a kid in a candy store every time that I go to the box and pull something out and you can too!

So make sure you check out the #ShopNBCBeauty “Beautiful You” Beauty Weekend event this weekend and ENTER TO WIN this awesome giveaway!

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{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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{fun} Favorite Things Giveaway

Everybody and their cousin Bam Bam has posted gift guides on their blogs but
I decided that instead of that, I would give some gifts away! 

SOooo once again I present my Favorite Things Giveaway.

The Big O has her favorite things and I have mine. 

My favs may not be as expensive, but they are just as fab!  

HA! Take that media queen!

The Goodies:

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