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Curvy CEO Asks…What’s Your Favorite Fashion DON’T?

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We all know that there is a laundry list of fashion do's and don'ts...especially for plus-size women.

Don't wear stripes.

Stick to darker colors for a slimming effect.

Don't wear white after Labor Day.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Now, while we have grown confident enough to dismiss certain style statutes (like wearing white whenever before Memorial Day and after Labor Day), we also know that there are some fashion rules that simply must not be broken...like wearing sandals and socks. *shudders*

I'm wondering, what are some of YOUR favorite fashion rules to break? Personally, I love wearing knee-high boots with a knee-length skirt...even though I know it makes my legs look like stuffed sausages.

What about you?

Curvy CEO Asks…What Are YOUR Weight Goals?

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What are your weight goals?

Are you actively attempting to lose weight?

Are you working just to maintain your current weight?

Are you just living your life and not thinking about weight at all?

Right now, I would fall into the second category, with a bit of leaning towards the first. Although I would love to say I'm trying to lose a bunch of weight, right now my head is just not in the game. And that is the result of a sense that long-term, massive weight loss is not really realistic for me. I hate to think of torturing myself to lose weight only to gain it all back - and then some - shortly thereafter. So, for now, I'm focusing on maintaining (i.e., not gaining) weight. As I slowly add more activity and healthier (not healthy, per se, but healthier) eating into my life, I focus moreso on longevity and maintaining a decent quality of life. (In recent months, I've seen friends and loved ones struggle with the debilitating impacts of no physical activity and poor eating. That, if nothing else, is a good motivator for adding in some health and wellness activities into my own life.)

That got me to wondering - what are your weight goals? And why?

Curvy CEO Asks – How Do You Get Out of a Funk?

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*exhale*

I'm sorry y'all, but this week I was more depressed than Annalise Keating over the holidays. Now in my case, I'm not downing drinks from the minibar (although I am numbing myself out with junk food). I know that this overwhelming wave of negative emotions is simply Aunt Flo's way of preparing for her monthly visit. But even so, that got me to thinking about how important it is to find healthy ways to deal with toxic emotions - whether hormonally-generated or not.

Now as soon as I finish this post, I'm going to hit my yoga mat and give my mind and body a good dose of healing.

What are some positive actions that YOU take to get out of a funk?

Please share in the comments section and via Twitter and Facebook!

Curvy CEO Asks…Are You an “It” Girl?

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Are you an "It" Girl? You know...that girl whose hair is always perfectly coiffed, face beat, and styled to the nines?

I try to be that girl as often as possible. I would say, at least 65%-70% of the time. (Ah, yet another reason to relish my anonymity as a fashion blogger!) But sometimes, if I'm running late or the weather is gross or if Aunt Flo has come for a visit, it just ain't happening.

What about you? Are you an "It" Girl? Why or why not? Do you find it too time-consuming? Or, are afraid to step out in public without showcasing your absolute best at all times?

Curvy CEO Asks: Do You Ever Engage in “Fat Chat”?

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From reminiscing about times that someone has called you "fat" to debating the term "plus-size", we talk a lot here about social issues relating to weight. What I'm wondering today, though, is if you ever engage in "fat chat." You know, those woeful "me, too!" types of conversations chocked full of statements like, "My thighs are soooo disgusting!" or "I wish I could lose fill-in-the-blank pounds!". Kind of like that scene from Mean Girls where each of The Plastics groans in the mirror about some perceived flaw, forcing Lindsay Lohan's character to chirp, "I have really bad breath in the morning."

While I used to do this - because, hey, who doesn't want to "fit in"....But as I've grown older, I've found it to be far less productive and meaningful. Honestly, most of the time, it's just people fishing for compliments. ("Oh, you're perfect, what are you talking about!") Even if not, I think the world would be a much better place if women (and men, for that matter) stopped focusing on "fixing" themselves and more on fixing social issues - you know, like poverty, crime, broken school systems, yada yada yada.

So...do YOU engage in "fat chat"? If so, why? You can be honest - we're all friends here :)

Curvy CEO Asks: Has Anyone Ever Called You “Fat”?

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"My, my - what a lovely shape you've got!"

"Just lose 10 pounds and then you'll be perfect."

"You've gotta lose that butt!"

These are just a few comments I've received from my family members, shop clerks, and others over the years about my body. Now, whether positive or negative, I have never been a fan of uninvited remarks about my body. (See my previous post on this topic - "Unsolicited Fat Girl Solidarity: Rude or Nah?".) But, this article by writer and plus-size activist Brittany Gibbons made me recall the very first time someone called me "fat." Not "curvy," "chunky," "chubby" or any other less harsh euphemisms--straight up FAT.

Amazingly, it was not that long ago.

It was my lunch break and I was walking down the street to the local sandwich shop. As is typical in most urban areas, we have a number of homeless people who panhandle outside of shops in the neighborhood. There is one man, in particular, who tends to be rather belligerent--I can't tell if it's because he is mentally ill or just really pissed off that he's homeless. Either way, I do my best to avoid him because he tends to yell things at people as they walk down the street. So, this one day, I was walking past and he was doing his usual tirade. As I walked past he yelled, "Fat crack whore!" Now, again, I don't know if this was a result of mental illness or anger that I was ignoring him. But, amazingly, that was the absolute first time that anyone called me "fat" (at least to my face). It was a surreal moment. It's almost like, until that point, it felt like some sort of open secret...something that every knew, but nobody dared to say.

So, that's my story. What about you? Has anyone ever called you "fat"?

Curvy CEO Asks: How Important are “Labels” to You?

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"Oooh, nice purse! What label is it?"

"Excuuuuse me, is that Jimmy Choo? WERK!" *two snaps*

These are just a few of the comments I've received on the new purse that I trotted out of my closet this week. It's only new in the sense that I haven't used it before. I've actually owned it for months...it was a self-gifted Christmas present from last year. I made the decision to get "a REAL bag" after sitting through a contentious meeting that began with opposing counsel conjuring images of Olivia Pope by perching her crisp, box-shaped Prada bag on the conference table. I could practically feel my cute, but off-brand tote - shapeless and worn from overuse - shrink in shame and melt further into my lap. Even though it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the substance of our meeting, that wordless encounter set the tone for our entire exchange.

Beautiful young woman red dress in sunglassesAfter that I began to take greater notice of what "labels" my peers would sport while out and about and the consensus was clear - labels matter.

Now, while I'm not one to simply purchase something for the "name recognition" of the designer, I do believe that your professional image is only enhanced by wearing good quality apparel. (Remember my dad's advice to me when I first began my professional career? "Please don't wear them Payless shoes." Yeah.) And, while sometimes times you are only paying for the name on the label, it is true that higher cost goods generally are made from higher quality materials. Simply put, they last longer. (Even the ever-fab Rachel Zoe attests to this in recounting her memories of getting her first designer handbag as a teen -- a bag that she still has today!) Aaaand, particularly in the case of footwear, the higher cost brands are actually better for my foot health. You can actually *feel* the difference and tell that the extra money went into production. (You can't get sneaker-technology in a pump without spending a few coins on research and development.) The fact that the labels give you a slight competitive edge in the workplace? Well, that's an extra bonus.

So, what do you think, dear readers? Are high-end fashion labels important to you? Why or why not?

Curvy CEO Asks: “What’s YOUR Take on ‘Plus-Size’?”

plus size fashion model target skinny banplus size fashion model target skinny banSo, an interesting discussion is brewing over at "The Executive Lounge" - the new "secret" Facebook Group for Curvy CEO subscribers. (Not part of "The Executive Lounge"? Shoot me an email and we can make it happen!) We have been discussing all of the recent controversy around the "plus-size" fashion industry.
From slender women being "forced" into plus-size modeling to telling plus-size models that they're not "plus-size" enough to calls to eliminate the term "plus-size" altogether, there has been a ton of buzz in the fashion industry in recent months. In large part, this is due to the overly-congratulatory coverage of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition featuring Robyn Lawley and Ashley Graham. Thankfully, social media allowed consumers and advocates to call B.S. on this nonsense.

And when I say "b.s." I'm not at all referring to the models themselves. They are beautiful, healthy, fit women who, I am certain, endure lots of hardships in trying to make it in an industry that has such a skewed view of them and their bodies. (Remember when multiple television networks refused to air that Lane Bryant lingerie ad starring Graham?) This is not a rant about the "players"; it's a rant about the "game" that pits a multi-billion dollar advertising industry against, well, pretty much every female with access to a television, magazine, or the internet.
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As for me, I *need* the term plus-size - it is short-hand for me when I'm shopping. There are too many entities that DON'T cater to me and my curves. At the same time, though, we need to really re-evaluate what is considered "plus-size." As beautiful as they are, I glean very little information from looking at 5'11" models who wear a size 8 in determining whether this dress or that blouse will work on my 5'7", size 22 body. I suspect this is true for most of us as one of the most popular posts on my blog is one I wrote almost three years ago entitled, "But How Will That Look on Me?", listing plus-size shops that use models on the larger end of plus. Personally, I was extremely thrilled and even a little proud of Target when it featured bloggers Nicolette Mason, Gabi Gregg, and Chasity Garner in its campaign introducing Ava & Viv. (Yes, the boycott is over :) At least I could get a real sense from them as to how something might look on me.

What's your take on this whole set of issues? Do you love the term "plus-size"? Hate it? Should the modeling industry drop this label altogether? Dish in the comments section!

Curvy CEO Asks: How Do You Define Happiness? (In Six Words or Less)

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Today, I pose a follow-up question that I challenge you to answer in six words or less - how do YOU define happiness?

If you're a working mom, it could simply be: Happy kids. Clean House.
If you're a recent college grad, it might be: Starting my life on my own terms.

Right now, for me, despite all of the accolades and accomplishments in my professional life, I've decided that happiness for me is simply this: Quality time with family and friends.
Yep. That's really about it.
What about you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section, on Facebook or Twitter.

And, just in case you're not sick of this song yet (because I'm not), enjoy the music!

Curvy CEO Asks: What Are Your Biggest Fashion Dilemmas?

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For me, it's the never-ending quest to find shoes that are both comfortable AND cute. (Having an extra wide and extra large foot does not help!)
Also, being the lovely triangle shape that I am, I sometimes find that I cannot wear certain "sets" because I wear one size on top and another size on the bottom. *sigh*

What about you? What are YOUR biggest fashion dilemmas? Please share in the comments section!