FFF Week: Bloggers Give Full Coverage!

I’m sure by now you have seen coverage from the 2nd Annual Full Figured Fashion Week extravaganza due to the hard work of bloggers in the curvy community.  For people who could not make it, they posted pictures on their blogs,  face book pages and endless tweets that provided an insight into the event that made one feel as if they were actually present.  I would like to personally thank all bloggers who provided this experience for everyone  as it enhanced the experience beyond New York, and brought the coverage into an entire world of followers and fans of the curvy community!

Some of my favorite bloggers went the extra mile, tweeting and posting pictures simultaneously!

Christina of Musings of a Fatshionista

Marie Denee- The Curvy Fashionista

Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista

I kept up with Christina of Musings of a Fatshionista and Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista.  Check them out!  They have behind the scenes footage, as well as exclusive pics taken from their point of view.

Now on to the fashion:

I was quite surprised and excited by the clothing this year!  Each designers point of view was clear and distinctively different from each other, giving plus women a range like no other for the future of fat fashion.  Some of my favorite designers had darker collections, like Susan Moses, whose collection was all black, but captured my eye because of exciting details like fringe, glitter, and slick leather gloves that would be great staples in any  city fashionista’s wardrobe!  So thumbs up on the fashion!

Now on the models:

Now I know most people would rather focus on the fashion, but as an aspiring model and a person that believes that the model/designer relationship is important (like project runway), I must play devil’s advocate here and say that I was not impressed by some of the modeling.  In the videos you will see some ladies almost bumping into to one another, incredibly slow walking, and extreme posing at the end of the runway.  Now, I’m all for looking lively coming down the runway like the 90’s models did, Tyra and Naomi for instance, but it is a problem to not know how to walk in a straight line, and to do too much posing.  Knowing what to do and what not to do on the runway is extremely important in keeping a fashion show fluid and neat, which some of the shows clearly lacked.

But all in all, I am grateful that this opportunity even exists.  To see many body types/shapes walk the runway is refreshing, and it gives me hope for the future of modeling as well as my own future in modeling.  But, if we want to be taken seriously and looked at on the level of NY Fashion Week we must clean up the messy stuff and get highly professional.  The same can be said for for the venue, but this is the second year and I’m sure we’ll see vast improvements next year.

So, is the clothing amazing?  Am I being too harsh on the models?  Take a look at the videos and let us know what you think!

Monif. C

Susan Moses

Jewel Shannon Couture

Pheline

Igigi

Bella Donna

Lotis

KRene

Qrystal Frazier

Fashion Games Spotlight: Sorority Life

Game on ladies! It’s Dannika here and if you didn’t know, I hold down all the info on our favorite games here onFashionPlus3.  Now since we play numerous games that features customizing avatars, fashion, and makeup, I wanted to bring to you our next Fashion game spotlight: Sorority Life. This game was created by Playdom and they host several games on Face book like Mobsters and Tiki Farm. But, Sorority Life caught our eyes  because of the fashion.  The game has beautifully detailed pieces for you to dress your virtual doll and display your fashion style.   Also, there’s socializing events, shopping, to fill your closet , jobs, which allow you to advance through promotions and spending all of your hard earned in game cash or brownie points for exclusive beauty items!

Check out FashionPlus3’s customized avatars from Sorority Life pic’s below. And if you going to add this app or are already a Sorority Life Sister, send us a friend request  on Face Book to  grow your sorority house.

Game on ladies!

Engagement Chicken and Chocolate Mousse

Oh yes ladies, you heard me right!  This is a chicken recipe with a sweet chocolate ending that will surely make that special guy in your life propose! And if he doesn’t, maybe he’s not the right one!  L.O.L!  Just kidding, for you hopeless romantics out there, here is a recipe you and your significant other will enjoy.

And if your already married, don’t worry, this recipe is kid proof, so it can easily be translated into a delicious family meal!

Check it out:

Engagement Chicken

Ingredients:

An Oven!  I know you have one, lol. (preheat oven to 375 degrees)

2 large chicken breasts

1 bag of baby spinach (or frozen spinach well drained)

4 mushrooms (fresh)

1 clove of garlic

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

2tbs butter

olive oil

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup heavy cream

1tsp dried or fresh parsley

salt and pepper to taste

4 toothpicks

Directions:

First chop the garlic and mushrooms. Heat about 2tbs olive oil in a skillet and add garlic and let it cook for a minute before adding half of the bag of spinach. Cook spinach until soft then take off fire. Add the cheese, mix together, and set aside. Butterfly the chicken breast (split it down the middle, and lay open, like  butterfly) and season front and back with salt and pepper. Divide spinach mixture and put in the middle of each piece of chicken and seal closed with toothpicks. Add about 2tsp of olive oil and 1tbs butter to a heated skillet on medium high. Sear each side of chicken until light brown and transfer to the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes move chicken to a plate and add remaining butter to skillet and let melt. Add mushrooms and cook until brown. Add water, cream, parsley, salt and pepper, chicken and let simmer until it thickens. Enjoy and don’t forget to remove the tooth picks.

*Optional

Serve with mashed potatoes. The sauce makes a good gravy.

Now, time for Dessert!

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

4 dark chocolate Hersey’s bars

1tbs unsalted butter

2tbs sugar

4 eggs

1 cup chilled heavy cream or whipping cream

Directions:

First, melt chocolate and butter by placing in a bowl over almost boiling water. When mixture is smooth and glossy remove from heat. Separate egg and add yolks to chocolate mixture. Stir well. Beat egg whites until they hold their shape then add 1tbs sugar. Continue to beat until they form peaks. Whip cream in a chilled bowl until soft peeks form and add 1tbs sugar then continue to beat until the consistency resembles cool whip. Gently fold cream into chocolate mixture until completely mixed and repeat with egg whites. Serve in decorative glasses and place in refrigerator for an hour. Top with strawberries or whipped cream.

*Optional

Add 1tsp off instant coffee to the chocolate and butter while melting.

Enjoy!

And let us know if any of you ladies receive an engagement!

Be Fierce in your Swimsuit with Boutique Larrieux!

Hey guys!  I wanted to let you all know that I am a guest blogger at Boutique Larrieux’s BLB Corner!  I’m so excited because I love Boutique Larrieux’s clothes! They offer an amazing Plus Size range with hot designers such as:

And I am in the company of some very amazing bloggers:

– Sarah of Return to Sender: A Fat Girl’s Letters to the World
http://www.tabayag.com
– Amanda of Necessary Imperfections
http://necessaryimperfections.blogspot.com/
– Alissa of Stylish Curves http://stylishcurves.blogspot.com

My first post is up on their site, so please check them out at www.boutiquelarrieux.com

And exclusively for FashionPlus3 readers I’ll be reposting them on our site!

Enjoy!

How to Choose a Fierce Swimsuit for Summer!

By  Micaela Shambee

Summer is almost here and it’s that time to purchase a new bathing suit.  Now, I know getting a bathing suit can be a daunting task, (I mean, it’s the most you’ll be naked in public all year!) but choosing a fierce swimsuit that you can be comfortable and confidant in is easier than you think!  Remember when swimsuits were matronly with a poor fit and were usually just black (or had a weird print on it that resembled a  grandma’s couch)?   Or how about just tossing an oversized t-shirt over some swimsuit you knew was an ill-fitting mess? Oh, how times have changed!  Now, we have a host of options to choose from, like halter styles, tankini’s, and one pieces that are ripe for the picking from fashion forward plus designers.  So how do we choose the fiercest swimsuit for our bodies out of a sea of fresh fashionable merchandise? It’s simple, just check out these tips that will help you choose a style that will make you hotter than Summer itself!

1.  First, confidence is key!  You have to know that your body is unique and that is why it is beautiful!  Have confidence in the body you have right now.  Being self-conscious will only keep you inside all summer and prevent you from enjoying life. (Also not to mention, you’ll be sweating bullets all summer!)

You want to be smiling all summer, like me!

2. Second, know your body measurements! Fit is important for two reasons.  First, all bodies are not created equal.   I may be shaped like an apple, and you may be shaped like a pear, but swim suits don’t know that (they can’t think for you)!  You have to find out your measurements to get a suit tailored for your body type.  Second, if your shopping online, some stores do not accept returns on undergarments/swimsuits,  meaning that if buy an ill-fitting suit, you’re stuck with it! Grab some measuring tape and measure around your bust, waist and hips for best results!

3. Third, stop worrying about looking slimmer! News flash! Your plus size!  That doesn’t mean you bee-line for the first black swimsuit you see.  Explore color and patterns and you’ll be surprised what it does for your fabulous figure and your confidence!  Bright colors can instantly lift your mood and make you look like a million bucks.  Case in point.  Last year I bought  a black swim suit, a brown swim suit and a turquoise swimsuit and wore all three.  The difference: I got a million compliments in the turquoise swimsuit.

* I suggest you workout for maximum slimming effects, otherwise, love the skin you’re in!

"St. Tropez" Fringe Plus Size Swimsuit - Fuchsia Pink

Monif C.
– The St. Tropez swimsuit:

4.  Lastly, play with exciting details!  The true key to being fierce is choosing a swimsuit with great details like fringe, ruffles, belts and skirts.  They all add that extra flare and sexiness that scream, “look at me, look at me!  I know I’m hot and you know it too!”

"España" One Shoulder Ruffle Plus Size Swimsuit  w/Detachable Strap - Black

Monif C.
– The Espana swimsuit:

Both fabulous swimsuits by Monif C. are carried right here at Boutique Larrieux.
So get one and get out there and enjoy Summer!

I Need a Birthday Suit!

So, I’m turning the big 2-5 on July 3rd! You’ve probably seen my big birthday countdown on the sidebar and watching those days trickle away has made me realize that I need a outfit for my birthday. This is sort of a big deal to me because since I was about 18, I’ve always worn a nice dress for my birthday and this year I don’t want to dissappoint! I want to wear something chic and cool, specifically because it’s going to be hot and smack dead in the middle of summer.

So, guys I need help, which dress should I choose?  Or do you have a recommendation for another dress?  Let me know and leave a comment! Thanx!

ASOS CURVE Digital Gemstone Slinky Dress

Asos Curve Digital Gemstone Slinky Dress- $93.00

ASOS CURVE Wired Ruffle One Shoulder Tunic Dress

ASOS CURVE Wired Ruffle One Shoulder Tunic- $67.64

Faith 21 Bubbled Sleeve Knit Dress– $22.80

PlusSizeFix.com- Plus Size Sexy One Shoulder Teal Dress- $38.99


Rise grey bandage dress

Dorothy Perkins Rise Grey Bandage Dress- £ 50.00


OOTD: Dots

Hey guys!  Today’s OOTD is actually an outfit I wore to my sister’s graduation last month!   I’d forgot that I had some pictures of it, so I wanted to share it with you all.  The pieces I have on are classics, black tights, black blazer, black booties,  but what I really love is the dress.  I got the dress from Dots (yes, a dress with dots from Dots), and the day I bought it, the belt that was made onto it (cheaply made, I must add) broke.  But  I made it work, placing my Torrid gold studded belt over it.  But despite the quick fashion mishap, I was in love with the white dots on the dress. The dots sort of gave a monochromatic tone to my outfit.  Check it out:

I also love how the gold butterfly necklace (borrowed from Jasmine) and the black studded belt add a hint of glimmer to my monochromatic look.

What do you guys think?

Dress-Dots

Blazer, Booties, Tights, Butterfly necklace (borrowed) and Studded belt- Torrid