Curvy Shopping Options at Arundel Mills

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Shopping options just got a little better for curvy fashionistas in the Baltimore area. Arundel Mills which is one of the largest and premier destinations for discount shopping in Maryland welcomes Fashion to Figure and Torrid. Fashion to Figure a coveted brand offering up to the minute trends for plus-sized women will be opening in Neighborhood 1 this summer. Torrid which offers a complete range of plus-sized fashion as well as shoes, sleepwear and lingerie is slated to open in fall. I’m a huge fan of both brands and I’m excited to see the inclusion of more plus-sized offerings to the mall which offers a wide range of shopping options from Off Fifth (Saks outlet) to Forever 21.

For more information about Arundel Mills’ or for a complete list of retailers, call (410) 540-5100 or visit www.arundelmills.com. Arundel Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ArundelMills) and on Twitter @ArundelMills.

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Shop Chic For A Cause With Chico’s

Heart Disease continues to be the number one killer of women and although February is drawing to a close, heart health is critical year round.  The folks over at Chico’s have partnered with the American Heart Association in order to fund research around awareness of the disease.

 

This gorgeous Fabulous-at-Heart pin retails for $20.00 and Chico’s has committed to donating half of the proceeds from each pin to research, prevention and education around heart health. So why not Shop for A Cause?

 

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Click here for more information on the American Heart Association

 

In honor of Heart Health Awareness month- here is an interview that I conducted with Raijean Stroud as she talked very candidly about her battle with heart disease:

Interview with Raijean Stroud

Enjoy 20% Off at My Jewel Candy

Jewel Candy

Jewel Candy

Much of the country is gripped by a Polar Vortex, which essentially means that a large portion of the US (roughly 26 states) are experiencing wind chills and extremely cold temperatures.   Well, if you reside in one of the states that have been gripped by arctic wind, here’s a bit of retail therapy to warm you up.

 

My Jewel Candy has been featured in People, US Weekly and In Style and they offer amazing statement necklaces, rings and other delectable items at affordable costs.

 

Log into http://www.myjewelcandy.com and enter Cold20 at check out to enjoy 20% savings on your order your Jewel Candy today!

Pinterest Holiday Wish List

Social media has become an undenialble aspect of our culture… My father who will soon be 83 is fond of wanting me to “pull up Facebook” in order to see pictures of our family members that he doesn’t often get a chance to see. Because social media is so pervasive, I have decided to use it in order to take all of the guess work out of my holiday wishlist. Instead of creating a list from my favorite retailers, I’m heading straight to Pinterest with plans of pinning until my heart is content. The exercise will be very similar to my childhood when I spent hours carefully selecting items from the Speigel catalog with folded, pages and huge circles around the items I wanted.

Here’s a snapshot of the wishlist I will be sending to my husband:

http://pinterest.com/ghettofashnista/the-gf-s-wishlist/

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Remembering Earleane Gill and Shopping the Cure

I lost my beloved god mother to breast cancer. She was a rock to many and even now as I create this post, thoughts of her immediately bring a smile to my face. I still remember the day she called to inform me  the disease had impacted her and she could hear the tears in my voice as I cried uncontrollably once she delivered the news. The immediate response was why was this happening to her and in her usual fashion she was comforting me when I was supposed to be a rock for her. She fought an incredible 7 year battle with grace, courage and dignity. During this month dedicated to breast cancer awareness I always pause to honor the great and dynamic woman Earleane Gill was as she continues to inspire me daily.

Please visit http://ww5.komen.org/ for more details about how you can develop your own  early detection strategy, and just improve you overall awareness of the disease.

Finally, here are some of items that will allow you to shop the cure:

HSN Pin to Win $1000!

 

Last year during fashion week, one of the many events I attended continuously sang the praises of something called Pinterest- I listened with mild interest and thought here we go with yet another form of social media to become slightly addicted to.   I tucked the information about the platform away and planned to download it once the  dust of fashion week settled. Well fast forward a year and I can tell you I am utterly obsessed with Pinterest- with everything from amazingly photographed food and recipes to gorgeous rooms that provide decorating inspiration I am an avid “pinner”.  Well, if you are as obsessed with pinterest as I am, HSN is offering an opportunity to win $1000 shopping spree simply by creating a board featuring fall fashion that inspires YOU.   Style icon June Ambrose will serve as a judge!!

 

Here are the rules:

 

  1. Follow HSN on Pinterest
  2. Create a look using 10 items from The Ultimate Trunk Show
  3. Use a description of your board that talks about your fall choices
  4. Tag your board using #HSN and #FallFashion
  5. Complete an entry form between September 10th 17th

 

Good luck,

GF

Fashion’s Night Out, Thursday, September 6th

Fashionista’s, editors and buyers from across the globe are all prepping for New York Fashion Week. From thoughtful wardrobe selections to finding the perfect shoes that will offer equal parts form and function, there is a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into attending NYFW. Though I am excited about all of the events that surround the premier fashion event of the season, I am probably more excited about Fashion’s Night Out!  There is so much going on across the country that it’s enough to make your head swim.   I have made participating in NY’s Fashion Night an annual tradition that I participate in with some of my nearest and dearest friends and this year is no exception.  Fashion’s Night Out takes place nationwide on Thursday, September 6th.

 

Here’s a complete list of Fashion Night Out events  http://fashionsnightout.com/fno

And of course my hometown will be hosting Baltimore Fashion’s Night out and one of my favorite hand bag companies the Purse Paparazzi is a vendor the evening.

 

For more details on the Baltimore event check out the link below:

 

http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/15216/fashion-show—general-admission

Win a Pair of “Red Bottoms” Courtesy of Hukkster

 

I am a huge fan of any contest that gives me the opportunity to win luxury items and the folks over at Hukkster are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a pair of the highly coveted Louboutins.

 

Hukkster is essentially an online shopping destination, which allows you to curate looks from your favorite online shops and receive notification when the looks you love go on sale!

 

Here’s what you will need to do in order to enter:

 

Visit Hukkster on Facebook and request an invite to join the site by simply liking the fan page at www.facebook.com/hukkster.  Once you like the page you can click on the link for the giveaway and you will be entered to win a pair of “red bottoms” valued up to $750.

 

Good luck!

 

Lane Bryant Launches New Comprehensive Campaign

Many a fashionista is excited to visit their mailboxes eagerly anticipating the arrival of the coveted September issues of their favorite magazines.   With the September issues come new products, a focus on the latest trends and of course advertising and brands all vying for your attention.  I for one am a huge fan of Essence Magazine and I was pleasantly surprised to get a first hand glimpse of the comprehensive re-branding of one of my favorite curvy girl shopping destinations-Lane Bryant.  The premier plus sized retailer has been around for over 110 years and this fall marks the first overhaul of the companies advertising and branding since 2008.

 

The new campaign features a sleek logo and merges lifestyle and personal imagery with the fashion images captured by photographer Alexi Lubomirski. The tagline for the new campaign resonates “FASHION FOR EVERYDAY, STYLE JUST FOR YOU“.

 

Here’s a preview of the new Lane Bryant campaign.  I for one am LOVING the leopard!

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend- What to Wear?

Memorial Day Weekend is highly regarded as the official kick-off to summer and with temperatures promising to be hazy hot and humid, summer for all intents will officially be in effect.  Every year, my crew goes to the Linganore Caribbean Wine festival and for us, this event marks the official beginning of festival season.  I am blessed to have a circle of friends who are more like family and we will be spending the entire weekend together enjoying libations at the wine fest on Saturday followed by a BBQ on Sunday.

 

If you’re like me you want to be equal parts stylish and more importantly comfortable because the majority of the weekend activities will be spent outdoors.

 

Here are some of my favorite looks to inspire you for whatever fun your weekend may bring:

 

Asos Gingham Sundress 

Asos Curve Maxi 

Old Navy One Shoulder Maxi 

Aqua Chiffon Asymmetrical Maxi

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