Friday, March 23, 2007

Igigi Review

I was lucky enough to have IGIGI send me one of their pieces to review. They sent me a lovely coverup coat for the fall/winter that I promptly bought. I can tell you that IGIGI's fit is fabulous. They have darts in just the right places to make sure the clothing falls where it should.

My current pick from the site is this pretty dress now that spring has sprung. I don't know about you ladies, but my arms aren't sleeveless-ready, and this color is fairly universally flattering. Looks great on pale women, olive skinned women (me), and African-American.

For those of you who want to go for a sleeveless look and something decidely springy and flirty, try the black and white polka dot dress. I love it!

This is my first piece from IGIGI, but it certainly won't be my last. If you're now wanting something from them, use the coupon below and enjoy!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Shame, Shame, I Know Your Name...

I am a horrible fashion blogger. I have been absent for far too long, even during the second holiest of weeks, NY Spring Fashion Week. The nice people at Igigi even sent me something to review and I haven't been able to post anything.


Granted, life has been fairly tortuous as of late, but still. I'm working on a few pieces to come back to you handful of nice people who might actually read this little blog.

In the meantime, check out:

Be back soon, I promise!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year, New Clothes

Happy New Year, all!

I was reading the very relevant publication US Weekly and I nearly fell over when I saw their clothing spread on plus-size items. They featured the size 12 Sara Ramirez, and of course the Queen (Latifah).

They featured a few of the usual suspects: Avenue, Old Navy, Kiyonna. They featured a gorgeous dress from A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, but of course, I can't find it on the site (US is notorious for this). However, some of their dresses do go up to a 14 or 16, and are well worth a look.

The other surprise was Spiegel - I forgot that they made women's sizes. I guess now that they don't send the big catalogue to my mom anymore, it slipped my mind. Norma Kavali has a line for Spiegel and some of her items go up to a size XXL/20. Other Spiegel women's wear worth a mention is this shaper pencil skirt - which I am totally wishing that I had to wear with my new purchases from today.

I stopped into Lane Bryant today to see if there were any sale items worth picking up. The answer was no, but I did find these two shirts and actually bought them full price. The 'under' shirts are a nice silky/charmeuse material and very, very flattering. The black and grey one has my favorite sweater helper - a tie just under the bust. The polka dotted shirt with cropped sweater was a pleasant surprise - I didn't think I could pull off cropped. I also didn't flip up the cuffs though, and I don't plan to.

Since I'm into this whole I'm-30-and-fabulous thing, I wanted to look especially sharp the next couple of days at work (the actual birthday is Thursday).

Oh, and I heart Babsie D! I got the Kooba Ginger bag in black. I fell in love with it after she mentioned it in the comments - then I was at Starbucks the next day and saw a girl (who was probably born in the late 80s!) with the bag in suede. I took that as a sign. I never thought I'd splurge on a Kooba, but at that price, it wasn't too hard of a decision. Thanks, Babs! :-)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Seize the Opportunity... get three great dresses for amazing prices.

This simple, pretty, strapless number from Old Navy? $20. Or maybe something a little dressier, like this one from Newport News. Maybe something a little more casual, like this shirtdress from Torrid for $51.

Even if you don't have an occasion to wear them right now? These prices are good reasons to treat yourself. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Handbag Dilemma

I started this post yesterday and saved it...and now it's gone. Is this because I haven't switched to the new blogger? Grrrrr....

Anyway. I turn 30 next week and I've decided that I want to purchase a designer bag. I'm not talking about a $1200 one, like the Marc Jacobs bag du jour, but something along the lines of $300 like Michael Kors. My bags usually cost about $70 or less, for the exception of my one designer purchase a few years ago (Anya Hindmarch). I love them, don't get me wrong, but that's not something I choose to spend my money on. If I was spending upwards of a grand, I'd probably choose Chloe or Kooba. A girl can dream.

You don't see a huge number of designer bags in this town in the way of Marc or Chanel. We see more Coach than Chanel, more Dooney & Burke than Dior, and of course a lion's share of LV (which I happen to loathe). A bit of Gucci thrown in for good measure. My fellow DC fashion bloggers know there are some circles who are all about the label all the time. And us bag whores, we know that the Queen of ALL of bags is the Birkin by Hermes. I don't think I've ever seen one in the flesh, so to speak.

I was browsing eBay in search of a possible I'm-30-and-Fabulous bag, and came across a seller with not one Birkin but 41. FORTY-ONE. I believe they retail at $4,000 to start, and there's usually a years long waiting list. This seller's store has these various Birkins listed from $8K up to $25K. And there's a bid on a $20K bag! I don't understand this. It frightens me a bit, actually. These people have spent what equals someone's (decent) salary on Birkins...and will be making a small fortune if they all sell.

So far, I've got my sights set on this one from Mr. Kors. Weirdly, I keep coming back to the Marc stam bag...I would never, ever pay that much for a bag. Especially not when everyone from La Lohan and Kirstie Alley are carrying it. But there's something about it...I could always test drive the knockoff from AKO Style.

Then there's this much imitated motorcyle bag that I have loved ever since I saw it for the first time. The eBay person selling it says it's a Des Louis...which I've never heard of. They also throw the term 'le dix' around, which I know is usually attached to Balenciaga, which this absolutely is not. I'm not really sure what to make of it. It looks a lot nicer than most knockoffs I've seen, which usually strike me as too stiff. This looks soft and worn - but in a good way. And I love the color. Does anyone know anything about this brand?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Macy's Plus Size Selection

I've imposed a shopping moratorium for myself since it's the holidays, and I need to be getting gifts for other people. However. I spent a couple of quality hours in Macy's on Saturday night and rediscovered their excellent plus size department. It was a sizeable chunk of the floor, I must say. And yes, some of the stuff in there isn't fit for women with fashion sense, but some of it is fabulous.

Like did you know that Nine West has a plus line? That you can get Jeanstar jeans for $21?

I scored this leather jacket in black - originally $229, marked down to $170 with 30% off, then 20% on that discount if you open a Macy's charge. Which I did. The final price came out to be about $110. It's very comfortable and it looks great. Of course, tomorrow the weather goes back to being seasonable and I'll have to go to my winter coat, but I'm still really pleased with this find.

The Budget Fashionista had a very interesting post on the state of plus fashion and why we're seeing less of it, it's well worth the read. As we all know, there is a demand for plus clothing that is every bit as fashionable as the 'straight' size fashions. But if we're not out there buying it, then it will absolutely disappear. So I contributed to the buying this weekend! On the other hand, and as Kathryn points out, the stores spend no money marketing these lines and these departments. It never ceases to amaze me how many great plus clothing sites are out there when I go digging around - so why aren't we seeing these things in the stores? Why does Macy's or Bloomingdales carry Kiyonna? Or Saks carry Elena Miro (I'm dying to get my hands on her stuff, it's amazing)

I don't know the answer. Although I will say that I am absolutely guilty of not wanting to spend hundreds of dollars on an outfit...but if I were a size 10, I wouldn't want to either. On that note, the fashion magazines really bother me in that respect - because we can all afford a Chanel dress? Come on! Even though we are the buying power for fashion, it seems to slip further and further away from us and what we want.

My apologies for the hiatus - it's that time of year!

Friday, December 08, 2006

'Tis the Season - to Shop!

I'm awaiting something from Igigi that I will post about, but I have to rescue it from UPS jail since it came while I was away. And I haven't seen much that really interests me, but I also haven't been looking. Part of me thinks I haven't gone holiday shopping yet because I don't want to end up buying myself stuff!

But for those of you who are buying this weekend...for you, your friend, your sister, mom, whatever, here are some deals that I've gotten via email or otherwise. Happy Shopping!

Newport News is offering 20% off any purchase through Sunday, December 10. Use code 576.

Newport News also has a special winter sale open to subscribers/purchasers/whoever signs up for the email. But you have to use this link - looks like there's some cute stuff in there.

Old Navy has $5, $10, and $15 deals, as well as 10% off online orders of $75 or more. Use code MYGIFTSHOP.

Kiyonna has $15 off purchases of $150 or more (what's up gorgeous plum dress?) through December 31. Use code SUGARPLUMS.

Spend $60 at Size Appeal and get $15 Size Appeal bucks towards your purchase. Use code 15BUCKS.