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WELCOME TO Haute Curvy Woman For Plus Sized Women and Teens

Welcome to Haute Curvy Woman.com for Plus Sized Women and Teens

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to my blog –  Haute Curvy Woman.com – a great resource for Plus Sized Women and Teens!

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So…pull up a chair, get some coffee and browse through our blog, beauty reviews, and much more.

We welcome all opinions and would love to hear about your favorites, your questions and your reviews.

Thank you so much to all who have been following me and Haute Curvy Woman since October, 2011 and to all my new followers.

Tovah

 

 

***(The beautiful model photo in the header is by the wonderfully talented Sean Cox Photography at seancoxphotography.com)

 

Nineteen Thirteen Has Quite Possibly the Best Rendition of ‘Summertime’ Ever!

I have been waiting so Long for Nineteen Thirteen to put this George Gershwin Song out and it Has Been Well Worth the Wait.

 

I just heard it on Soundcloud.com. today.

(If you’re on a mobile, it may take about a minute to upload.)

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Here’s the stats:

Nineteen Thirteen (feat: Monia, Rob Wasserman, Marguerite Schiff)Vocal: Monia, Cello: Janet Schiff, Organ: Marguerite Schiff, Bass: Rob Wasserman, Drum Set: Victor DeLorenzo (formerly the drummer for the Violent Femmes) Percussion: Nez
Cover Art: Janet Schiff
Produced by Victor DeLorenzo

 

Here’s a pic of Monia, the vocalist:

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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music, WI.

Additional Resources: Victor Delorenzo with nine-teen thirteen

You can Get to Itunes and purchase .

Tovah

Dillard’s PlusSize Jean Capris Review

Here’s My Review on Dillard’s PlusSize Jean Capris ‘Westbound Plus the PARK AVE fit Capri Denim Pull-On Pants’

Here’s the pic on the Dillard’s Site:

 

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Here’s the description of these great plussize capris:

From Westbound Plus:

  • built-in mesh tummy control front panel slims and smooths tummy area to help make you look one size smaller
  • back yoke
  • wide contour comfort waistband provides ultimate comfort and smooths over natural curves
  • front faux pockets
  • functioning back pockets with rivet details on pockets
  • leg opening hits mid-calf
  • side vents on leg openings
  • pull-on construction that eliminates the unnecessary bulk of buttons and zippers; faux front fly
  • approx. 21″ inseam
  • cotton/polyester/spandex
  • machine wash
  • imported

PROS

  • These are the first jeans that I feel comfortable wearing my shirt inside the pants.
  • There is just such a great slimming effect of the waist. I also love that there is some spandex in it for more of a streamlined effect.
  • These appear to have been made with very good materials.
  • The colors available are:  Medium Indigo and Stone Wash Indigo (I ordered the Medium Indigo and they have a very rich dark blue color)

CONS:

  • Mine did not fit like in the picture.
  • The pant legs were so large and wide. I’m going to try to see if I can shrink them in the dryer.
  • These tend to run large. I ordered a size less than my normal size and it fit perfectly.
  • The material is really heavy so I wouldn’t recommend them for summer.

These capris are permanently reduced from $38.00 to $22.80.

If you are smaller in stature, check out the Westbound Woman in PlusSize Petite. They go up to a size 16P.

I don’t know why I don’t buy from Dillard’s more often. It’s really a good store and I usually find something that I like either in the store on online.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

 

 

 

My Review of Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish

Laura Mercier’s Flawless Skin is Another Product That Lives Up to the Hype

I bought this product after using a rather large sample. I definitely need to stop using those samples. This is getting ridiculously expensive!

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The cleanser has just the tiniest fragments to exfoliate your skin.

My skin feels really clean and smooth and I don’t even want to put anything else on my skin afterwards.

Description at Sephora:  What it is:
A creamy cleansing face scrub.

What it does:
This effective scrub cleanses and exfoliates, removing dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and even-toned. Suitable for all skin types, Face Polish helps remove dead skin cells with purifying microbeads, while emollients soften the skin.

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist tested.

I was using it every night (stupid me) and I did start breaking out a little, so now I’m limiting myself to 2X a week even though I’m not certain it was due to the scrub. I was definitely being over-zealous however. Also. I’m sure it wasn’t good for my super-sensitive skin to use it every day.

My skin literally glows after using it.

I hate fragrance and the smell of the scrub is subtly fragrant; however I’m ok to put up with it for the results.

I love the tiny exfoliating beads and you really need very little to cover your whole face.

The price for 3.4 ozs is $32.00 at Sephora.com.

I occasionally use my Clarisonic with it, however, again, it seems to be too abrasive.

I think, at least for me, there was a bit of a learning curve as to how many times a week I can use it (2X) and to be gentle with it because of my sensitive skin.

Would I buy it again? I definitely would!

On the makeupalley.com website, it gets a strong 4.4 rating out of 5 from 103 reviews.

Well, I do think you’ll be happy with this even if you have sensitive skin.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

Laura Mercier Face Polish

 

 

 

Check out CURVY by Capriosca Swimwear for the Most Beautiful Swimsuits up to Size 24

You’ve got to check out CURVY by Capriosca Swimwear for the most Beautiful Swimsuits of the year and they go up to a Size 24.

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What can I say? These swimsuits are like art come to life. As soon as I saw them, I fell in love!

Designed in Australia, the color palette this year  is from the 2015 Pantone colors:  corals, peaches, pinks and golden tones.  In other words…something beautiful for everyone.

Great luxury is all I can think of to describe these swimsuits.

Here are a couple of examples:

Butterfly Flouncy Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit

curvyss1Description:   Made with soft Italian Lycra© with the amazing digital Butterfly wing print by Curvy Swimwear.

  • The Flouncy style is loose fitting which is great to hide the stomach area and has a hidden shelf bra for extra support.
  • Straps are adjustable and removable and is versatile enough to wear it from the beach all the way into the evening by matching it with a black maxi skirt or black pants. Gold and black earrings and bracelets look great with this piece.
  • When choosing your size, it is best to choose your pant size as the top is very forgiving.
  • Made with Italian Lycra© and featuring digital prints.
  • Watch our video about this swimsuit

At the time of this writing, the sizes available are 10-22.

This swimsuit sells for $189.00.

Coral Metallic Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit – Plus Size Swimwear

curvyss2Description:  Made with soft Italian Lycra© our Coral Metallic Bandeau Swimwear is vibrant in colour and style.

  • The crossover front and moulded cups offer extra support.
  • Straps are adjustable and removable and can be worn three different ways, crossed at the back, as a halter neck or over the shoulder.
  • Ruching at the front allows you to be comfortable with extra styling.
  • Made with Italian Lycra© and featuring a metallic shimmer that sparkles in the sun.

This swimsuit also goes from sizes 10 to 22 and sells for $189.00.

You can also buy these great retro-looking swimcaps and visors.

Don’t forget:  As with all the plus size fashion sites, the plus sizes go quickly so if you’re interested, I wouldn’t wait too long.

‘Curvy’ ships worldwide and is planning on extending their fashion line.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

Website:  http://www.curvyswimwear.com.au/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/@curvyswimwear

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/curvyswimwear

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/curvyswimwear/

 

**I have received no compensation in any form for my review.

The Blogger I’d Most Want to Be a Friend of Mine

I have spent so much time for the last 2 days reading the site, I WILL NOT WRAP MYSELF IN SMOCKS AND APOLOGIES by daisysays.co.uk.

On Daisy’s About Me page on her blog, she says that she loves music and books and she’s passionate about body confidence and size acceptance.  She’s referred to herself as ‘Nerdy, dirty, inked and curvy.’ I love that!

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There are so many categories for you to browse through, such as: Lifestyle and Body Positivity. Family and much more.

This site really has so many great posts that you’ll get caught up in it like I did.

I love to read blogs with good writing and this is one of those.

Also, Daisy seems like she would be just a great friend.

I have not been asked to do this review. I just wanted to pass this little jewel on to all of you.

So…check it out!

Tovah

 

 

You Will Love the Scala Collezione LC484 SunHat!!

The Must-Have SunHat for the summer:  The Scala Collezione LC484.

Right from the start, I have to tell you, I’ve fallen in love with this hat! I can’t wait to wear it with my swimsuit or or a casual night out.

I wanted a hat in my favorite color, Coral, and I was lucky enough to get it.  This color is soooo gorgeous!

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Scala Collezione LC484

It’s really chic, yet extremely comfortable!  The  drawstring allows for a perfect fit, and is easy to pack for your vacation. It can fold up to an unbelievably small size, yet it can be worn with nary a wrinkle when you take it out of your suitcase.

Scala Collezione LC484

Scala Collezione LC484

We all know how important it is to protect ourselves from the damages of the sun. This hat has a UPF 50+ rating. The brim size is 2 1/2 inches, allowing for quite a few different looks, along with safety from the sun.

As being a woman with alopecia (an auto-immune condition which causes hair loss), I find this hat so comfortable and secure. I just use the drawstring and it fits my head perfectly.

There are 25 gorgeous colors so affordable you’ll want to buy 2 or 3. They also make great gifts!

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I love the brim, which you can pretty much wear it however you like.

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Scala Collezione LC484

 

Scala Collezione LC484

Scala Collezione LC484

This is what makes these hats so special:

  • UPF 50+ rating
  • Inner Drawstring
  • Easy to pack a few different colors on your next vacation
  • Great quality
  • Chic, yet comfortable
  • 100% Cotton

The price for this hat is under $35.00.

Some of the great colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Natural
  • Taupe
  • Olive
  • Periwinkle
  • rose
  • coral
  • lime
  • aqua
  • banana

Free Shipping for my followers!

Just go to http://www,hartfordyork.com/product/7524/womens-hats-ss and place your order.

Happy Hat Shopping!

Tovah

**I was sent a hat for review purposes. No conditions were placed on my review and my opinions are my own.

 

 

ALOPECIA: Changing My Hair and Color With EasiHair

Due to my alopecia I have had to Change My Hair Color and get a new 3/4 extension with the wonderful Easihair!

You always see yourself in a certain way. I have always had dark brown hair and, while people have pestered me with the advice that I need to go lighter, I have been steadfast.

That is, until my alopecia (hair loss due to an autoimmune disease) really kicked into gear these past couple of years.

By the time I gave in and changed my hair color, I had gone quite a while with my scalp being very evident and even my husband couldn’t tell (lie) me that it wasn’t looking that bad.

This picture was taken right around when I started HauteCurvyWoman.com. Very dark hair.

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I know that hairdressers do not want to use color on my hair. I used the Color Oops, $9.99 at Ulta and it seemed like it gave me kind of orangish hair and then I bought what I thought would be the nearest looking  extensions: Rootbeer Float which is described as:

Light Gold Brown (12) blended with Medium Brown Red (30)

It all kind of melded well.

I bought the shorter Easivolume (Easihair) from Voguewigs.com, who are so nice and then I tried Wigs.com for the longer piece,

Even though I think my new hair color is ‘okay-ish’, it isn’t my dark hair. It looks orange and I just don’t see myself with this color at all. Yet I have no choice. The color of EasiHair I chose really was just a perfect color and helped my hair to look better.

I am not in any way negating the trauma children and adults with alopecia universalis  (complete loss of hair over the scalp and body) face. Believe me, I’m happy that I have the amount I have now. I really did think that it would all be gone by now. It seems to be in a static state right now so I’m being very careful with it; no blow dryer; no curling; no anything. Not even shampooing too much.

While these extensions I use are really well made and look fairly good,  I want my dark brown hair back.

This is the package that the ” extensions” came in.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe easiVolume hair extensions were voted the “best volumizing extension on the market!” They are so right!

I bought my first 10″ 3/4 human hair extension for $149.20 from Voguewigs.com below and absolutely loved it.

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Then, I wanted to try wigs.com and it was the exact same shade and really wonderful.I wanted the long extension in the exact same color in 14″ and it cost $207.20.

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You can see that I have just enough hair to be able to clip in. I’ve never been worried about it coming off. Those clips aren’t going anywhere. I usually use them to run around, however, as soon as I get home I like to just take them out.

Actually, as I look at the picture below, I believe it is in the best shape for over a year. However, there is that big crater right in the middle of my scalp.

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I got both of  the EasiHair Easivolume Human Hair Extension in the color, Rootbeerfloat

I bought the longer one from Wigs.com,

Exact same color just longer.

Tovah in Lane Bryant

 

So, which wig shop  would I choose? Both Vogue Wigs.com and Wigs.com are wonderful.

I have to give it up a little bit to Voguewigs.com only because I had a customer service question for Vogue Wigs and they were so sweet and answered so quickly to my e-mail for advice.

Both pieces are human hair and really do go on seamlessly, however, the most important thing about these pieces is that they are so light on my head. It is so much more wearable than a wig, especially out here where the weather has hit 115 degrees already.

By the way, you don’t have to have a medical condition to wear these volumizers.  They would look great on anyone.

So….For those of you have changed hair color because you had to, how did you feel?

Tovah

p.s. – The blouse which I have on and love is from Lane Bryant.

 

***I have not been given any product  in return for my review. These are my honest, unsolicited reviews and opinions.

JUNOACTIVE- EXTENDED PLUSSIZE ACTIVE WEAR

The Most Requested Clothing Requests for hautecurvywoman.com is for Good, Extended PlusSize Active Wear. Junoactive is such a place.

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Junonia    is one of my favorite spots for great plussized clothing: I’ve ordered many times from them over the years and I don’t think I’ve ever had to replace anything. This clothing is made so well and the fashions are so cute at Junoactive.com.

1.  Junowear® Serenity Leggings

junoserenityleggingsThese leggings come in sizes 1X – 6X.

Description: Our Serenity leggings are designed to keep you dry and warm in even the coldest temps. Made with soft Italian knit fabric, they can be worn alone or under layers. Made to stretch, Serenity leggings are designed with a soft, ? inch covered elastic waist with no bands in the hem to provide ultimate comfort. Quick-dry and lightweight, these leggings work on any shape. Part of our exclusive Junowear® Serenity Collection?.

They come in the colors Misty Grey and Dusty Rose.

They cost $49.95.

2. Junowear® Serenity Sleep Tee

 junosleepwearThis sleep tee comes in sizes 1X-6X.

The two colors are:  Dusty Rose/Merlot Red and Misty Grey/French Blue.

Description:  Sleep through the night in your Serenity Sleep Tee. The wicking power pulls moisture away from the skin, quickly drying to keeping you dry, comfortable, and asleep! Your skin will love the silky smooth stretch of our Serenity Collection. The fast-drying nature of the Serenity Collection also makes it a wonderful travel option. Tipped in soft and elegant contrast color. Top it off with the sumptuous side-tie robe.

These are on sale for $49.95 (you save $20.00)

 

3.QuikEnergy™ Sweetheart Shirred Tank Suit

junoswimwearThis swimsuit comes in Black.

Description:  We are so pleased with this elegantly shirred feminine suit. It is designed for serious swimming in our wonderful QuikEnergy® cholrine resistant fabric. This perfect-fitting one-piece is sweetly sexy. Look lovely lounging at the beach, waiting for that umbrella drink to be delivered! The sweetheart neckline is just right. Inside is a soft bra cup for support and shaping, with a fully lined front for extra support and control. Beautifully cut armholes and a touch retro leg openings.

This is on sale for $79.95.

Sizes available are:  1X, 2X, 5X, 6X

 

3.  TRAVELLITE MARY JANE

junoshoeThese shoes come in 6 colors.

Description:

  • Upper shoe made with mesh and comes with elastic straps for easy adjustment
  • A bamboo charcoal insole keeps feet dry and odor-free
  • Lightweight EVA midsole with rubber inserts for traction

These shoes come in sizes 6N – 11XX.

They sell for $63.95

So those are my current faves. There is a lot to see for extended size active wear and I know that you will be really happy with what you buy. Be sure to check out the Sale section.

Remember:  The extended sizes go very quickly. Try to get these products as soon as possible!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

TOVAH

Here is my original post about JunoActive:  http://www.hautecurvywoman.com/my-top-13-online-plus-size-clothing-stories/

I have an affiliation with JunoActive. However, all my reviews reflect my opinion. This was written without compensation.

My Top 10 Aids in Quitting Smoking

I am in month 15 now in my Quitting Smoking Journey and can’t believe that I’ve Gone this Long!

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According to Quitnet.com, these are my stats:

Days Quit:  466

Money saved:  $4,893.00

Life Saved:  3 months 2 weeks

Unsmoked: 13,980

So, those are the stats for my smoking journal with quitnett. (I can not recommend this site enough. They really keep you on track and it’s nice hearing other people trying to do the same.)

The other day I was walking past this restaurant where a party of about 10 were saying good-bye to each other. One couple was hanging back, smoking. Usually, if I see someone smoking (especially outdoors), I’d approach fairly closely  just to get a whiff of the smell.

This time, though, the couple looked to be about 65 years old and they looked really unhealthy. They were nice and let me just get my couple of whiffs of the cigarettes and, as I looked at them, I wondered if I’ll look like that also.

When I look at my sisters who have never smoked, I can tell that I’ve definitely aged worse than them. There was, however, no way I was going to quit smoking. I needed a real incentive to quit.

So,.,,how did I make it after smoking 30 cigarettes a day?

1.  I know I’ve written this before, however, the book  Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking had an unbelievable impact on me. It explains the merry-go-round that we get with desiring to smoke. Many, many people recommend this book. It’s really the quit smoking bible.

2. It’s good if the person you live with is also quitting with you. My husband had a stroke and I could not or would I smoke in front of him.  I know that if I didn’t quit, I would be going on lots of walks and going out on the balcony where I could smoke.

3.  You have to find the way that works best for you.

A couple of things I’ve tried:

I tried Nicorette and I got really addicted to it  and that stuff just really messes up your teeth and is expensive. Some people, however, have had great success using the stop-smoking aids

I would get a rash from the patch.

4. The only way that would work for ME is cold turkey.  You may be the type that needs a smoking aid.

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5. Go onto Quitnet.

6. Beware that you are going to vacillate between getting chores done at an alarming rate and just plain sleeping and closing off the world.

7.  I am more aware of people I come in contact with that are smokers. They stink! I mean, it doesn’t really bother me because it validates my quit. However, I can see why people dining out did not want to smell someone else’s cigarettes. (I’ve always had that problem with people wearing strong fragrances)

8. When I had a doctor appointment, I took a long shower, shampoo 5 times (practically) found clothes that didn’t stink of cigarettes and they would still say they could smell it on me. It’s nice now to go around not stinking.

9. I know that everyone says sunflower seeds work to help them quit. I’ve got to admit they do help. I don’t know why; they just do. (In all honesty, I was eating sunflower seeds with the shell on and got the shell lodged in my throat. That was another ER visit I could have done without.)

10. Ice Water – I drank a lot of it and really helped.

Here are some other great quit-smoking resources:

Helpguide.org – How to Quit Smoking

American Lung Association How to Quit Smoking

How’s that Al? 

Tovah

Review of Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay

Here is My Review on Skin Rescue purifying Mask With Red Clay

SRpurifyingmaskI received the Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay as a sample from Sephora and decided to purchase it as the mask was really different from any I’ve used before.

I had a few issues with it, however,

I usually like clay masks to be thicker and easier on your skin. As you put this ‘gunky’ reddish mask on your face, you will be shocked as you will look like you have a 3rd degree burn. It’s not the easiest to apply.

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The directions say to leave the mask on for about 20 minutes. It actually takes more time on me as it’s still wet after 20 minutes.

DescriptionThis mask treatment delivers immediately visible results akin to a professional treatment. In just 20 minutes the mask detoxifies and deeply purifies the complexion by drawing out skin impurities with a potent concentration of red clay. It regulates excess sebum, and eliminates clogged pores. In addition, mineral rich red clay reduces congestive pigmentation in problem areas where pimples previously formed and improves the skin’s texture. As the mask is peeled away, skin looks smoother, softer, and refreshed while pores appear visibly reduced.

I’ve tried to apply the Mask it with a small amount, a large amount, a medium amount and it just doesn’t seem to make a difference. You kind of have to fool around with it for a while to find what works best for you.

The problem that I have with this is when it comes time to peel it off. It’s really difficult. The easiest areas are the forehead and the cheeks. Good luck with the rest of your face.  You end up rinsing off any residue. I really feel like I’ve got to dig in with my fingers to get a start on peeling, which drives me crazy.

It’s difficult to describe the smell; sort of a medicinal, Icy Hot smell.

The Skin Rescue purifying Mask with Red Cay is an Allure Best of Beauty Award.

So, basically, I leave it on for 30 minutes, peel off what I can, rinse off the residue and …… OH MY GOSH…THIS IS THE BEST STUFF EVER!

I have extremely sensitive skin and this has caused me no problems at all.

Your skin just looks and feels clean and refreshed and you’re not going to even want to put moisturizer on your face afterwards.

Your skin will love you for this. My face is so soft after using this and it just feels like I’ve taken off about 5 years from my age.

So, would I recommend this? Yes! In a heartbeat.

The Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay sells for $30.00 at Sephora.com.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah