Tuesday, June 28, 2011

House of Holland Resort 2012

Colors of the Rainbow – Following up the video preview last week, House of Holland unveiled it’s first resort collection today starring Eliza Cummings in rainbow brights. Inspired by ’90s style, designer Henry Holland juxtaposes stripes, floral and skull prints for a fun yet savvy result. From asymmetrical cuts to floor length skirts, the House of Holland girl is a true world wide woman.


Fluvia Lucerda Named Curvy Model of The Year

Fluvia Lacerda isn’t your typical plus size model. For starters, she once worked as a nanny after immigrating to the United States from Brazil to pursue a better life. Little did she know that one day she would be called “the plus size Gisele Bundchen.”

More than her heritage, though, the thing that truly sets Fluvia apart is her dedication to the very community that her image uplifts. “I don't go home after a photo shoot and [forget] about everything related to what I do for a living,” says Lacerda. “Modeling has led me to meet many women who have struggled with being told they have no value in society. Representing those women has a far higher meaning to me than just a paycheck.” It’s no wonder, then, that she was voted Full Figured Fashion Week’s Plus Model of the Year, an honor that she doesn’t take lightly.

At size 18, Fluvia is curvier than many plus size models in today’s industry, but that’s something she’s more than proud of. She’s no stranger to breaking down barriers - she was the first (and only ) plus size model to grace the pages of Playboy Brazil (or any Playboy, for that matter).

Next up for this unstoppable force? More campaigns, more editorials, and a summer full of work in Europe. She also has plans to start her own plus size line in her native country. Though her accomplishments are innumerable, Fluvia is most proud of her message. “The best result out of all the hard work I have achieved is knowing that I have liberated the minds of so many women who have struggled with a negative body image their entire lives.”


Trends: The Crochet Craze

This is a trend that I've readily embraced, having picked up the Allen B. Vest from J.C. Penney last week. I love it's funky 70s vibe and it is so.....comfortable. so far, I've worn it over a tank with denim shorts, and plan to pair it with a maxi dress, skirt and jeans.

On the lookout for a colorful version, I found that Forever 21 has several styles that I like, as well as Topshop. I plan to stop by Forever 21 this week and try on a few. The departments or stores that cater to juniors are sometimes the best place to seek out trendy items that look good without breaking the bank.

Allen B. by Allen Schwartz

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(jcpenney.com & topshop.com)

Monday, June 27, 2011

That Bargain Time of Year

Ah Yes, late June, July, and August are some of my favorite months to snap up Great bargains....specifically summer items. Somehow I find myself without enough of those casual items to wear to a picnic, the lake, or outdoor concert. I don't know how it happens, because I always feel as though I'm buying the things that I need.

Anyhoo, my search for summer bargains is in full swing! Yesterday I happened into Old Navy and picked up that henley for $4.99, along with a utility jacket (perfect for fall!) similar to the one featured, for $5.97. (I've misplaced the plug in for my digital camera, so I can't download the actual items darn it!) I also popped into Target and picked up those Dolce Vita for Target sandals for $12.49. I've been watching them for quite some time, but couldn't make up my mind if I really wanted them, but after trying them on, and finding them for $12.49, that did it!

Thanks to my niece, I'm a new fan of the store Rue 21. I love their fun pieces and accessories to mix with other wardrobe items. As a matter of fact, I picked up the purse in picture four for $7.49. I like buying trendier things from stores such that, so when that particular trend is gone, I haven't invested a great deal.

So, as the stores markdown to make way for the fall arrivals, I'll be there!

(oldnavy.com, target.com, and rue21.com)

Resort Accessories 2012 (Part 2)

1. - 3. armani 4. - 11. Reed Krakoff 12. - 17. Mulberry 18. and 19. Givenchy 20. - 22. Emilio Pucci 23. - 25. Thakoon 26. and 27. Nina 28. - 34. Chanel 35. - 38. Michael Kors 39. - 45. Marc by Marc Jacobs 46. - 52. Alexander Wang 53. - 63. Marc Jacobs 64. - 70. Moschino 71. - 76. Jason Wu 77. - 80. Donna Karan 81. - 85. Costume National 86. - 89 Stella McCartney 90. - 96. Sonia Rykiel