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    Shoes For Women With Foot Troubles

    After being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, I can no longer wear high heels and many other beautiful styles of shoes.  I had to give up certain styles of shoes, and learned to shop differently.  This blog post shares information I’ve gathered about shoes for women with foot troubles.  Even though my journey involved plantar fasciitis, the shoes that I reference below are for people with a variety of ailments such as heel pain, heel spurs and bunions.  All of these brands market their products as being part of a healthy foot regimen helping with natural alignment. I was diagnosed with pneumonia two years ago.  I had to take several weeks…

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    Celebrity Designer Prabal Gurung Talks Diversity

    Celebrity Fashion Designer Prabal Gurung talked about the importance of diversity and inclusiveness at the 2017 FashionistaCon.  This acclaimed designer who styled Former First Lady Michelle Obama leads the fashion industry in diversity and inclusivity.   The fashion community raves about the diversity in his runway shows. Gurung was raised by a single mother in Nepal, and knows what it is like not to feel attractive.  He recalled turning the pages of a magazine and not seeing anyone who looks like him.  He knows what it is like to not fit in. Prabal Gurung believes that beauty can’t be defined just one way.  “It can’t just be blond hair, blue…

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    Favorite Target Fashion Finds

    This blog post shares some of my favorite Target fashion finds!  I love the variety and price range of Target’s clothing lines.  I can always find fashions that don’t break the bank.  Plus, the 5% discount that Target gives to its Red Card holders (holders of Target’s debit and credit cards) helps a lot.  The quality is decent and surpasses that of many fast fashion houses, and the clothing is contemporary and stylish.  Online ordering is easy and relatively inexpensive with a ship to store option. Floral Printed Any Day Cardigan from Target’s A New Day Clothing Line Target has recently introduced several new clothing lines.  A New Day debuted…

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    How To Turn Bra Straps Into Accessories

    If you’ve never been comfortable wearing a strapless bra, bra strap covers may be for you! They are a fun and easy way to transform bra straps into outfit making accessories. Bra strap covers are strips of fabrics designed to wrap around bra straps.  They are worn over a bra’s shoulder straps or rear straps.  Slip them over your bra straps and you’re ready to go. They come in a variety of widths, lengths and styles, and are great accessories for strapless dresses, tube tops, off-shoulder and halter tops and dresses.  Decorated with sequins, floral designs and beads, they can transform bra straps into a variety of looks. These are…

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    Scarves Are A Fast, Easy And Inexpensive Way To Change An Outfit

    Scarves, also known as wraps, ruanas, throws and shawls, are a quick and easy way to express personal style and change up an outfit.  They come in every print, color, shape, size and texture imaginable and can be purchased from a variety of sources.  These versatile accessories can express the wearer’s mood, make us think of a culture or place, and change any outfit into something different. The only limit on how you use a scarf is your imagination.  Depending on the size of a scarf, you can wrap it around your neck, wear it as a skirt, or create a shirt. Scarves are also functional.  During the fall and…

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    Why Personal Style Is More Important Than Fashion

    One of the most fashionable women in the world, Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, is almost always seen wearing sunglasses and a classic bob haircut.  Fashion icon Iris Apfel is frequently photographed wearing bold clothing and jewelry, rich colors and oversized glasses.  Fashion icon and singer Rihanna regularly changes her style with Hollywood glam, edgy streetwear, and homage to her Caribbean heritage.  All are known for their amazing personal style. Very few of us (if any) could recreate their style with the same success.  Style is unique and varies by individual.  Just as our fashion icons have their own individual style, we should develop our own.  I’ve listed four reasons why…

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    Chicago’s Amazing Shopping Destination – The Magnificent Mile!

    With high end stores such as Burberry and Neiman Marcus and fast fashion powerhouses H&M and Forever 21, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is an amazing place to shop.  The eight block shopping strip on North Michigan Avenue features jewelry stores Tiffany & Co. and Swarvoski, beauty powerhouses Sephora and Ulta, fabulous places to eat such as Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, along with endless fashion retailers like Uniqlo, TopShop, Zara, Under Armour, Coach and Timberland. The Shops at North Bridge alone are a great shopping destination in their own right!  The shopping center features Nordstrom, HUGO BOSS, charming charlie and one of my favorite stores, Eloquii. Bargain hunters won’t be disappointed with TJ…

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    Target’s Plus Size Manequins

    I was pleasantly surprised the last time I visited my local Target store.  The store featured plus size mannequins!  Interestingly, these mannequins made me feel better about my shopping experience. Having been a size 14 or larger for as long as I can remember, I have always shopped in woman’s or plus size sections of stores.  Despite the fact that the majority of women in the U.S. wear plus sized clothes, there are few brick and mortar stores that feature plus size fashion much less plus size mannequins. Plus size mannequins are great!  They allow curvier ladies to have a better idea of how the clothes will look on them. …

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    boohoo Blazers

    I recently purchased two blazers from boohoo.  The Plus Katy Ruffle Detail Blazers (pictured) come in pink and black. The flared sleeves and ruffles provide a pleasant change from my usual workwear.  The blazers were quite a steal at 60% off the regular price. boohoo is a global fashion retailer.  It provides a variety of fashions and sizes with inexpensive price tags. The retailer frequently sponsors sales with 50% and 60% off the regular pricing.  I learned about boohoo from lovely ladies attending the 2017 CurvyCon conference.  I am quite impressed by the items they’ve purchased from boohoo! Brief Commentary on Fast Fashion Stores like boohoo, H&M and Forever 21…

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    Chicago’s Dream BIG CurvyGirl Conference

    If you have an interest in being a plus size model, entertainer, fashion blogger, stylist, make-up artist or beauty expert, the October 21st Dream BIG Curvygirl Fashion and Beauty Conference had something for you!  The Chicago based conference featured a model call and inspirational panels.  There were informational sessions on marketing, branding, blogging and the entertainment industry. A common theme in all of the panels was self-care and being true to one’s self.  Panelists emphasized the importance of caring for one’s own physical, emotional and spiritual needs.  Several panelists discussed the stress and burnout that can result from not doing so. Collaboration was another key theme of the CurvyGirl Conference. …

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