Month: June 2012

Open Thread: What Trends Are You Loving Right Now?

My recent pedicure - neon green nails![caption id="attachment_4072" align="aligncenter" width="290" caption="My recent pedicure - neon green nails!"][/caption] Alright ladies - summer is in full swing. I'm wondering - what trends are you loving right now? Me? I'm adoring the bright and neon nail trend. Not to worry - on days that I have to be on Capitol Hill, I simply slip on some closed toes shoes so as not to distract the Members of Congress and their staff from my brilliant political arguments :) What about you? What trends are you rocking this summer?

Your Thighs Will Thank You For Reading This

The Mighty Thigh Savers: Baby Powder, Spanx, and Monistat Chafing GelOk. So, one of the more embarrassing, rarely discussed, yet frequent challenges faced by curvy gals in the summer is the issue of inner thigh chafing. Perhaps it's not just a summer issue for you, but I know that for me, with all of the sundresses, maxi dresses and skirts that come with the warmer weather, the issue of inner-thigh chafing (or, as it's known in the streets chub rub) moves to center stage. This problem can go from being a mild annoyance to being a major source of physical pain and emotional shame. But, over the years, I've developed a three-part plan to combat this foe. Here are my weapons of chub-rub prevention: [caption id="attachment_4207" align="aligncenter" width="336" caption="The Mighty Thigh Savers: Baby Powder, Spanx, and Monistat Chafing Gel"]The Mighty Thigh Savers: Baby Powder, Spanx, and Monistat Chafing Gel[/caption] Your first line of defense is Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel. This stuff is, quite simply, one of the best things on the planet. It's a cooling gel that creates a "slip" between your legs, preventing the skin from clinging as you walk. It is odorless, colorless and, amazingly, you can use it as a face primer. (I have no idea who thought of that, but it works!) (If you're not interested in this product, I find that shea butter and/or baby oil has a similar - but not as potent - effect.) Next, apply a bit of baby powder between your thighs. This gives you an extra layer of "slip." Plus, I don't know about you, but I *love* the fragrance of baby powder. (In fact, Johnson's actually makes it in different scents now.) Sometimes I go so far as to layer the scent of the powder with Demeter Baby Powder Fragrance or Love's Baby Soft. Finally, once I'm all powdered and gelled, I put on that final piece of armour - Spanx. Yes, I know they're super expensive. But you know what? I have found them to be the best quality of any other body shapers out there. Plus, I just find them to be comfortable - a huge plus in my book. So, there you have it. Curvy CEO's Anti-Chub Rub Guide. Enjoy!

Keep Cool with Curvy CEO’s Summer Giveaway Contest!

sweaty businesswoman menopause It's officially summer, y'all. And for most businesswoman (curvy or otherwise), it can be a real challenge to maintain a professional look while also combating the excessive heat. There are only so many ways you can keep sweat at bay without looking like an idiot. I once recall being at a meeting when a middle-aged woman whipped out a handheld, electric fan. In response to the pointed looks she got from her colleagues, who were now distracted by the buzzing of the fan, she simply replied, "Personal summer." I have also seen women bust out decorative hand fans to help keep cool. I'm still on the fence about those. I feel like they can make you look either ultra-sophisticated or like an old church mother. (You know, kind of like a prayer cloth.) Thankfully, I recently stumbled upon a new product that is a cooling device hidden as a stylish accessory - Hot Girls Pearls. Basically, these are "pearls" that you store in the freezer. You put them on before heading out into the heat and they cool you down. I recently purchased two sets - a white choker and a "gunmetal" collarbone necklace - and set out to test them out. I wore them on what has been, so far, the hottest day of the year. When I slipped them on, they felt like a healing balm . . . while they did develop some condensation (as the website said they would) they did a great job of keeping me cool during my morning commute on the metro. When I got to work, I modeled them for one of my co-workers without telling her what they were. "Nice necklace," she said. "It doesn't look strange to you?" I asked. "No," she said, "why should they?" That's when I spilled the beans. She could not believe it . . . nor could she tell that they were anything other than a string of beads. (This was quite reassuring as, I must admit, I did worry a little bit about looking like Betty Rubble.) When the beads had eventually warmed up to be room temperature, I slipped them back into the travel ice pack, which re-cooled them for when I ventured back outside. As it turns out, Hot Girls Pearls accidentally sent me a duplicate order. With their permission, I am happy to offer them to you as part of the Curvy CEO Summer Giveaway! All you have to do is one option from each of A, B, and C: A-1. "Like" Hot Girls Pearls on Facebook or A-2. "Follow" Hot Girls Pearls on Twitter AND B-1. "Like" Curvy CEO on Facebook and post “I just entered the Hot Girls Pearls Giveaway at CurvyCEO.com!" or B-2. "Follow" Curvy CEO on Twitter and tweet “I just entered the @hotgirlspearls giveaway by @Curvy_CEO" AND C. Post in the comments section which options you followed. You *must* comment below by 5pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, July 3 in order to enter! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 4!

Monday Morning Memo – Remembering Michael Jackson

monday morning memo “If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” - Michael Jackson Today is the third anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. Anybody who knows me knows how much I *love* Michael Jackson. Even through all of the allegations, plastic surgeries and general madness, I adored this musical genius. I remember exactly where I was when I got the news that he died. I was on the metro, on my way to zumba class with a co-worker, when I got a phone call from my little younger brother. "I didn't want anyone else to tell you...Mike is gone." This was the first of many calls I received from friends and family, mostly asking if I was okay. I will admit that I did take the news pretty hard. (Although, surprisingly, I took it harder when Whitney Houston passed away. Maybe it's because with MJ, you kinda knew that he was such a mess that there was no way his story would end well . . . meanwhile, Whitney had seemed like she was on her way back. But I digress....) Like other fans around the world, I huddled around the tv for what was probably the most spectacular funeral service of all time. I raced to the theaters to be first in line to see This Is It. Later this summer, I'll see the Cirque du Soleil show set to his music. Yes. It's really that deep. All weekend long, the radio stations have been blaring the greatest hits from his entire career. While I loved grooving to the music, it was the songs with the Jackson 5 that really got to me. At the beginning, he and his brothers were just kids with a dream. While lots of people have talent and even a few of them are willing to put the energy into make it happen, the Jackson family is that rare instance of a dream coming true. Who could have imagined when the Jackson 5 signed with Motown in 1968 all that would have happened by the time Michael's time on earth abruptly ended on June 25, 2009? One thing that bugs me the most . . . yes, even more than the circus that his life had become . . . was the fact that he died exactly they way he said he didn't want to. In his last major interview, which appeared in Ebony magazine in 2007, this was his response when asked if he'd keep performing into old age:
"The truth is, umm, no. Not the way James Brown did, or Jackie Wilson did, where they just ran it out, they killed themselves. In my opinion, I wish [Brown] would have slowed down and been more relaxed and enjoyed his hard work."
And how did MJ? In the midst of preparing for what was supposed to be the greatest concert the world has ever seen . . . it ended up being the greatest concern that no one will ever see. As we all continue to work hard, let us not work so hard as to lead to our own demise. If you follow me at all on Twitter, you will know that I'm engaging in more "self-care" these days. I'm reading books like How Did I Get So Busy?: The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most and 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You. I'm drinking more water and getting more sleep. When interacting with seasoned government relations professionals, instead of asking, "How did you get to the top?" I find myself asking, "How do you take care of yourself?" And, I'm just generally putting a higher priority on taking care of myself while also taking care of my obligations with work, family, etc. With this anniversary of MJ's death, let's remember not to let our dreams turn into soul-crushing nightmares. Let's chase our dreams, but also take the time to nurture ourselves along the way. I can't think of a great way to end this somber post, so I will just show one of my favorite Michael Jackson videos featuring my all-time favorite song. I love this video because it's before things got weird . . . and you can still see the little kid he was in the blinged-out crooner. Enjoy!

Event Alert: Two Swaps and a Tweet Up!

GIRLS OF PLENTY CLOTHING SWAPLadies, there are TWO clothing swaps happening in the DC area before the month of June is out! The first is a plus-size clothing swap, which is happening THIS SUNDAY, June 24 from 3-5pm. It is brought to you by Girls of Plenty . . . details are in the funky flyer below. You can purchase your tickets here. If that doesn't work for you, there is the Tangerine Tango Swap on June 30 in Downtown Bethesa. This event, which is sponsored by DewDropDC is a traditional clothing swap -- however, they reached out to Curvy CEO specifically in hopes of drawing more plus-size guests to the event. They want to be sure that there are clothing items for ALL! Check out the flyer for more details: You can get your tickets here. So, if you needed another reason to clean out those closets, here you go! Finally, this Sunday there will be a "tweet up" at K Staton Boutique in Baltimore to gear up for next month's Curves Rock Weekend. In addition to drinks and conversation, there will also be DISCOUNTS at the shop. What's not to love?

curves rock weekend tweet up k staton boutique baltimore

But, How Would That Look on ME?

velvet damour please feed the models

Can I complain for a minute? What is up with websites and catalogs that sell plus-size clothes but refuse to show the clothes on real full-figured women? Yes, I know. In the fashion industry, anything in double digits is considered "plus size" - I get it. But if I'm a size 20, is it really going to do me any good to judge whether something will look good on me based on how it looks on Crystal Renn (who really isn't even "plus-sized" anymore)? Even if a clothing line does use "real" full-figured models, it doesn't do me much good to look at clothes in catalogs or on websites that feature a 6 foot, size 12 model. (Not to hate on the size 12 models out there who are on their grind. I respect the players, but hate the game!) With society's waistline growing ever larger, it's hard to gauge how something would look on me if that model is closer to the American "average" - where I am clearly above average (smile). That's why I always love to shop the sites below because they always show their clothes on truly full-figured, plus-sized, zaftig models . . . You might notice that one site I didn't mention is Making It Big. Now, to be sure, this catalog always features "true" plus-size models . . . often on the larger end of plus size. But, I don't know . . . I just feel some kinda way about this company. The models are pretty to be sure, but basically, the clothing collection is nothing but a bunch of muu-muu's in different colors and patterns. No waistlines whatsoever - boo! Anyway, I'm sure there are other companies out there that feature plus-size models who look more like the plus-size women who buy the clothes. Who am I missing from this list? What are your thoughts on this whole issue? Do you wish there were more clothing lines that showed their clothes on plus-size models of varying shapes and sizes? Or, are you content with the way things are?

Too Old for Trends?

trendy old lady Recently on the metro, I saw a 50-something year old woman rocking some black and white ombre nails. And not some subtle-gradual-transition-from-black-to-white ombre nails. I'm talking super-complicated-bold-design-black-and-white ombre nails. Like, the kind I would expect one of the younger Kardashians to wear. The rest of her was pretty casual - slinky pants and a cardigan, bob haircut. She had her work ID dangling from her neck. Altogether it seemed an odd combination. That got me wondering . . . how old is too old for trends? Is there such a thing as being too old for trends? Sound off! P.S. - Lest you think I'm being discriminatory, I also invite you to comment on the question of what age is too young for trends. Case in point . . . [caption id="attachment_4068" align="aligncenter" width="336" caption="Willow Smith at the 2012 Kids Choice Awards (image source: ibtimes.com)"][/caption]  

Monday Morning Memo – Stacy London Says Size Doesn’t Have to Limit Style!

monday morning memo "Whether you're as healthy as you should be or not, that doesn't disallow you to look your best . . . . Style is only possible from a place of self-acceptance." - Stacy London Yes, I felt bad for calling her out about "Big Brooklyn Style". Hopefully this makes up for it . . . plus, I must say that I *do* appreciate the fact that neither Stacy nor Clinton ever make fun of their fashion victim's weight or urge them to "get in shape" or whatever on WNTW. So yeah. Consider this my penance to that High Priestess of Style.

Event Alert – Curves Rock Weekend in Baltimore, MD!

Curves Rock Logo So, I am super GEEKED to be part of the press team for the first ever Curves Rock Weekend, taking place at the Hilton Baltimore BWI from July 27-29. The three-day event will feature multiple runway shows, workshops on topics like healthy eating and plus-size modeling, and, of course, SHOPPING! The weekend will be hosted by the ever-so-fabulous Chenese Lewis. You can get your tickets here. If you can't wait until the end of July to celebrate the glory of the curves, you can head to K Staton Boutique (1007A West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211) THIS Sunday for a tweetup with Jade Greer! For more details, contact the shop at 410-400-9113.