Daily Archives: August 17, 2011

Plus-size fashion tips from the stars of TLC’s new show “Big Sexy”

TLC will premiere a new television show, “Big Sexy” on August 30, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT which will feature plus size fashion industry insiders Leslie, Tiffany, Audrey, Nikki and Heather. This amazing show will let viewers see a candid view of their lives as confident and sexy plus-size women who are making great strides in their fashion careers.

TLC was generous enough to provide us with ten fabulous fashion tips from the cast of “Big Sexy” to publish and share with you. The following text was written, provided and published with permission by TLC and the cast of “Big Sexy:” 

1) Do not avoid tailored, woven fabrics: A lot of plus-size women avoid woven fabric because it has little to no stretch; however, clothing like pencil skirts and tailored jackets make plus-size women look amazing. The tailored look can make you look thinner, more toned and professional. With the sharper lines and better structure, people will take you more seriously. Knitted clothing (which has a lot of stretch) tends to look a bit too casual for most settings. – Audrey Curry, makeup artist and aspiring fashion designer

2) Shoulder pads look awesome on curvy women: Many women generally stay away from shoulder pads, but plus-size women with larger hips should embrace the strong shoulder look. Naturally, a woman’s shoulders should be a little wider than their hips. Shoulder pads, which come in all shapes and sizes, can make a large woman look more proportional and thinner. It’s best to experiment! Shoulder pads can be easily added to existing clothing, such as a blazer or a shirt dress. – Audrey Curry, makeup artist and aspiring fashion designer

3) Deodorant and baby oil are your friends: If you want to avoid the crazy chub-rub between your legs, roll on deodorant or dab baby oil on your inner thighs. You’ll no longer have to wear biker shorts under your dresses! Keep travel sizes in your purse. It does tend to wear off throughout the day. –Tiffany Bank, plus-size model

4) Only wear what makes you happy: If you feel happy, you look happy. Want to wear hot pink lipstick or patent red leather heels? Go for it. Fashion is all about you and how you want to express yourself. I enjoy wearing crazy nail polish because I love colors and colors make me feel good! – Tiffany Bank, plus-size model

5) Do not try to hide your body under big, shapeless clothing: This approach never works. Even with all the material, we still know that you are plus-size. Now you just look frumpy! Instead, wear clothes that define the best parts of your body. Defining your waist with a belt, for example, can accentuate your curves. – Leslie Medlik, fashion stylist

6) Do not follow traditional plus-size fashion rules: A lot of plus-size fashion tips are outdated. Liberate yourself. Follow a few trends that you like and will keep your look current. If you like stripes, go for it. You can wear anything with confidence. Confidence is the key to having great style! – Leslie Medlik, fashion stylist

7) Do not be afraid of stores that don’t typically sell plus sizes: A lot of plus-size women shy away from mainstream stores, in fear that they will not carry clothes in their size. How do you know unless you go in and try? I am a huge fan of Anthrolopologie and can easily pull off a large dress made out of knit or jersey. I can also fit into their XL and L tops. Fit is more important than what the size says. Try everything on before you make the purchase. – Nikki Gomez, plus-size model

8) …but remember to support plus-size designers!: Most plus-size lines are created by plus-size women for plus-size women. These designers understand the issues we have with clothing, and they know that we want to look our best at any size. You have to dress the body you have now. If you embrace your curves and feel good about yourself, you will work even harder to achieve your personal body goals (or just realize how beautiful and sexy you already are!).  Plus-size designer brand clothing is not only made for your body, but it also tends to be made better and last longer. – Nikki Gomez, plus-size model

9) The right undergarments are essential: Underwear are essential to dressing and significantly affect the overall look. It is extremely important to have on a great-fitting bra and beautiful panties. What is worn underneath will play a huge difference in the way you feel on the outside.  – Heather Roach,wardrobe stylist and bra/bikini designer

10) Wear your clothes and do not let them wear you: Stand up tall and put your shoulders back. Good posture and confidence is everything. Be proud of who you are and respect yourself. Love your voluptuous curves and know your best features. – Heather Roachwardrobe stylist and bra/bikini designer
*Special THANK YOU to TLC for providing Bay Area Fashionista with these amazing tips from the fashionable women of “Big Sexy.”

*Make sure to tune into “Big Sexy” on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT on TLC to see these fabulous Fashionistas take the world by storm.


Cast of TLC “Big Sexy” Photo courtesy of TLC

KAL RIEMAN is coming to the Bay Area with a trunk show at Iniam

Hot New York designer KAL RIEMAN is debuting on the West Coast during the first week of September at Iniam in Oakland. The boutique will be hosting a fall trunk for the designer on October 29, 2011 which will feature the fall collection and give Bay Area Fashionistas a closer look at the line.

Iniam, which is a boutique that features apparel from highly coveted emerging designers, is the first boutique on the west coast to showcase KAL RIEMAN’s collection. This is not an event to be missed!

Iniam is located at 5902 College Avenue in Oakland, California. To learn more about this fabulous boutique, please visit iniam.com

To learn more about KAL RIEMAN please visit kalrieman.com


Sticky Skins review: Taking a laptop from drab to fab

How many times have you looked at your laptop and wished it was just as fashionable and fabulous as you? Sticky Skins has solved this problem with easy to use adhesives which can be applied to a laptop in order to reflect the users’ personality. There are hundreds of Sticky Skins to choose from and they are made for almost every tech product you can possibly think of including the iPad, iPhone, Wii and more.

We decided to dress up a laptop with a wavy design that reminded us of the amazing Pucci prints we love so dearly. There are two types of Sticky Skins for laptops; Macbook sized Sticky Skins and Universal Laptop Sticky Skins. Although we have a 15” Dell, we applied a Macbook Pro 15 in “Swirly Stripes” sample designed by redadditiction to our laptop.

Sticky Skins provides easy to follow instructions on the back of their packaging. We carefully peeled the Sticky Skins from the packaging and placed it on the top of the Dell laptop to see how it would fit. The Macbook Pro 15 Sticky Skin was a bit too big so we took a pair of scissors and attempted to cut it down in order to fit our laptop. The scissors made an uneven cut so we decided to try a sharper, more precise Zacto knife. Perfect!

After we sized the Sticky Skins to fit our laptop, we applied it according to the instructions on the back of the packaging and voila! Our laptop went from drab to fab in a matter of fifteen minutes from start to finish! After all, our laptop should be just as fashionable on the outside as it is on the inside; after all, it does contain hundreds of fashion photos and articles 

To learn more about Sticky Skins, please visit their website at stickyskins.com

*Bay Area Fashionista’s tips:

  1. If you need to size down your new Sticky Skins, use a Zacto knife or similar cutting tool in order to make an even cut.
  2. It is easier to cut the Sticky Skins if one person holds the Sticky Skins in place and one person cuts.