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Plus Size Fashion and Shopping: My WGN Debut!

Woohoo! Did I mention that while I was at the Fashion’s Night Out event at vive la femme last week, that I got interviewed by Ellen Warren from the Chicago Tribune? Well, the feature will be in Sunday’s Tribune, but I was surprised to see a segment about plus size fashion and shopping on today’s WGN’s Style Files!

Watch it here.

The pictures below are all screenshots lifted from WGNTV. 🙂

I love this Iliana Knot Dress from Igigi…It has adjustable sleeves and is a gorgeous, rich purple! Thanks to the manager of vive la femme, Amanda, for helping me pick it out!

Nikeya Young-a plus size model, blogger, and writer (and all around gorgeous diva)-tries on a belt that I ended up buying!


This is the gorgeous underwear set that I bought from Isabella Fine Lingerie…so sexy!

This simple blue Perfect Tank Dress is from SWAK designs…it fit perfectly, and it would be completely appropriate to wear to a ton of different events…but for the sake of my bank account, I had to put it back on the rack! 🙁

Owner of vive la femme, Stephanie Sack, was utterly charming and wonderful to work with!

The entire experience was wonderful, and I can’t wait to see the Sunday Tribune!

Fashion’s Night Out Chicago, Finale: Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage

The finale event of my Fashion’s Night Out in Chicago was the “Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage” event at Vive La Femme.

This event was a special collaboration between Vive la Femme, Isabella Fine Lingerie, and Vaudezilla. I nearly swooned over the gorgeous clothes and delicate bras and panties on display!

I didn’t take this picture…I forgot to take one of the store, so I grabbed this off the net. 🙂

White wine and cupcakes to start the night off right!!!

yum, yum, yummy!

 If you’re a plus-size woman in Chicago, and you’ve never been to Vive la Femme, you need to make plans to do so immediately. It’s the only plus-size boutique in Chicago (as far as I know) and it has some of the most gorgeous clothes from the leading plus-size designers. The attentive staff are intuitive about your style, and will pull a variety of clothes for you to try on. The price-points are low for designer duds, but if you are trying to stick to a budget, you will have to be strict with yourself and choose only a few pieces. You WILL be tempted to blow your whole paycheck!

Stephanie Sack is the fabulous owner of Vive la Femme. She is full of energy and is psychic when it comes to what clothes look great on you!

 For us large-chested women…it is notoriously hard to find pretty matching bras and panties that are sexy and supportive. I do most of my underclothes shopping at Cacique…but now, I’m an Isabella girl! Isabella Fine Lingerie is one of those shops in Lincoln Park that–as a larger woman–I would never venture into, because I’m convinced that they would never have anything to fit me. Ooooohhhh ladies, how wrong I was!! This shop has the largest range of sizes available in Chicago…and the bras and panties are delicate and gorgeous, which is a nice change from the industrial, “sensible” underclothes that are usually offered. For the event, they had set up a special display of the lingerie offered in larger sizes and had two wonderful “boobologists” on hand to help each customer find the right fit. I bought a gorgeous set (will post pictures later!) and I definitely plan to return to the store whenever I want something special to wear under my clothes!

Stock photo of Isabella Fine Lingerie (I didn’t take it!)

 The ladies from Vaudezilla added another wonderful dimension to the event. They are a Chicago Burlesque company (with performers of ALL SIZES) that hold performances and classes. Red Hot Annie and Abigail a la Mode were there to represent the company. We ended up getting into a great discussion about body acceptance-no matter what your size-and the freedom that can be found in burlesque dancing. I absolutely plan to attend one of their classes, and I hope to write about it here. 🙂

This is a promotional photo for Vaudezilla-not my photo. So sexy and gorgeous!

 I also got to hang out with Nikeya Young from Plus Model Mag and the Examiner. She was absolutely gorgeous and so stylish! She keeps super busy–writing, modeling and whatever other projects come her way. Isn’t she beautiful????

We were both interviewed by Ellen Warren from the Chicago Tribune, and we talked about shopping as a plus-size woman and the challenges that entails. I can’t wait to read the article and see the pictures! I’ll post it here, of course.

Whew! So, as you can see…it was a whirlwind evening and I had an absolute blast!!! I’ll post more about what I bought at Vive la Femme and Isabella. 🙂 What did y’all do for FNO Chicago?? Do tell!

Fashion’s Night Out Chicago, Part 2: The Events!

Fashion’s Night Out Chicago was awesome! I wish that there were more events in Chicago that were specifically for plus-sizes, but the “Cupcakes, Curves and Cleavage” event at Vive La Femme made up for it. Here is a quick overview of my night….

First Stop: Lane Bryant
I got out of work at 5:30 and even though I didn’t see anything advertised at Lane Bryant, I decided to stop there first. They didn’t have any shopping discounts or anything like that, but I was pleasantly surprised that they had live models in the windows of the Chicago store! The gorgeous models attracted quite a crowd, and I think it was a success. Maybe next year, they’ll do something more for FNO, but this was a good start. Here are a couple of not-so-great pictures of the live windows at Lane Bryant in Chicago.

Second Stop: Macy’s on State Street
Next, I decided to stop into Macy’s on State Street, even though they didn’t have anything directly relevant to curvy girl fashion. BUT…I did get to see Kelly Osbourne, who was there promoting the new Material Girl Collection. She was charming and looked adorable…even though I wish she wasn’t so skinny. lol. In my unsolicited and biased opinion, she looked more natural when she was a bit more filled out.

Anyway, this was a quick stop, as I wanted to make my way to the star event of the night…
Continued in the next post!!!

Fashion’s Night Out Chicago, Part 1: What I Wore

Wow, last night was amazing! I decided to amp things up a bit in honor of Fashion’s Night Out in Chicago…so I pinned my hair up into a huge bun, put my pearls and red lipstick on…and hit the town. I’ll tell you all about it in a couple of posts…because one just won’t cover it!!! So…first….here’s what I wore.

Look at my BUN! Everyone made fun of it, but I didn’t care!!!

Since this outfit is very Mad Men, 60s inspired, I pretended like I was Joan Halloway. LOL

A HUGE thank you to my friend Wendy for taking all my photos!!! She’s awesome!!!

Are these pearls AWESOME? They are truly from the 50s…I found them at an antique store and fell in love!

Dress: Lane Bryant
Shrug: Dots
Pearls: Ravenswood Antique Mart
Ring: Forever 21
Shoes: Vince Camuto

So…I definitely got a lot of looks on the street and tons of comments from my coworkers, but I think the outfit was totally cute and classic. I mean…you can’t go wrong with a black dress and pearls, right?? What did you all wear to Fashion’s Night Out???

More posts to come all weekend! xoxo

Simple Summer BBQ Style

Last night, I went to a fantastic backyard BBQ. I had a blast, but it was a little bittersweet, since it was hosted by my good friends who are moving to Utah at the end of the month. So…it was a goodbye summer and goodbye friends party. 🙁 

For this outfit, I wasn’t trying to be super fashionable. I just wanted to be cool, comfortable and cute while outside around a campfire. Since I’m always partial to dresses, I dragged this groovy-patterned sundress out of the back of my closet and paired it with a brown shrug and some simple gold sandals. It was quite a breezy night though, and I had a few near-flashing incidents. lol.
What’s your simple summer BBQ style? 

Dress: Ross (it was crazy cheap!!!)
Shrug: Lane Bryant
Sandals: Can’t remember…
TigersEye Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: Vintage (it was my Grandma’s from the 60s!)

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