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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)

 

OPRAH AND BFF GAYLE IN THE SHOPPING TRIP HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD

Oprah and Gayle King Went on a Shopping Trip While in Italy and Now Face Criticism.

oprahshoppingHey, I don’t begrudge Oprah anything.

She put in all the work and nobody just handed over the billions of  dollars she now has.

The problem I have with this picture is the conspicuous consumption that is thrown in our faces. (I know…then I should just look away, But I couldn’t. It’s just so compelling.)

However, does she even have any concept of what Americans are going through? There’s staggering unemployment, people who can’t even afford the Affordable Health Care Act, and millions of families  unable to pay rent or their mortgage.

I mean, Oprah, I think you are now officially out of touch with the rest of us. Those packages could have been sent to your hotel or villa or wherever it is that billionaires stay.  You didn’t have to walk out there with all 4 giant bags.

I just thought of something. Maybe the bags were meant to cover up the unfortunate dress she wore which just isn’t working. Really….Oprah, you need people who will tell you when a dress just is just not flattering.

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To see more of her tour of Italy,  go HERE.

The one thing I will say is that dress is the most beautiful color; sort of a nude/blush. Really beautiful and love the matching shoes.

Tovah

MY REVIEW: FOOTSMART CASUAL WIDE SHOES

Here is My Review of Footsmart’s Wide Shoes that I recently ordered:

About a week ago, I gave a sort of wish list HERE of what shoes I wanted to order since my dog got sick all over my favorite shoes.

So, this was the shoe I wanted to try because I thought it was the most similar to my Skechers.
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Everyone knows how much I love Foootsmart. It’s known for its great quality, quick shipping and you can order shoes according to your problem areas.

So…of course my problem is finding wide shoes with an arch support for my very problem feet.

DESCRIPTIONThis sporty sneaker clog keeps foot cool and comfortable and fully supported. The removable insole, made of compression-molded Elon®, secures and cushions the foot.

I ordered these in black and they arrived, I believe, in about 3 days and I couldn’t wait to put them on.

I always try on shoes with socks first in case I have to return them and I don’t want someone to get the shoes that I tried on with bare feet.

So, I tried to try these on with socks and they felt heavenly. I knew that I was going to keep them.

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My New Swimsuit from Swimsuits for All

Swimsuits for All remains one of my favorite places To Find Gorgeous Swimsuits.

I got this swimming suit a number of months ago, however, I became ill and haven’t had a chance to get it out until now.

I understand that most people are going into the colder Fall weather. However, I live where it’s still close to 100 degrees everyday. Also, many women are using indoor pools for their exercise.

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As to the picture itself:  Yes, I know the picture is bad (however, I have not learned how to use my camera) and, no, I do not have a migraine (I didn’t know what to do with that arm.)(I’m reluctant to pull my husband into the role of photographer because I don’t think he has the patience to take 200 pictures trying to get one decent one.)

The swimsuit looks a thousand percent better in person.

I really wanted a bandeau swimsuit. This suit comes with straps which I can choose to use or not.
I looked on the Swimsuits for All site to see if this suit was still available and I couldn’t see it.

However, they have such great swimsuits, I know you’ll find something you like. I believe this is my 3rd swimsuit from them.

What I love about this suit:

This swimsuit is made so well that it just tucks in what you want tucked in and minimizes what you want minimized (in my case, the x-large breasts) without squeezing you to death.

This cost me $37.70 and I got it in Size 20 and it was a little snug on top which I’m sure was my own problem because, according to my sister, I am delusional and think I’m a size 8.

So, go check out Swimsuits for All HERE.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah
** I paid for this swimsuit myself and neither money nor item was given in exchange for my honest opinion.

Autumn/Winter Gorgeous Wide Size Shoes

Heading into Autumn/Winter, Here are Some Gorgeous Wide Shoes

Finally! There are some really great wide-size shoes that don’t look like orthopaedic shoes!

These are some of my favorites:

1.  DSW.com

Impo Ozar Bootie

dsw1Description:  Take your style to new heights in the Impo Ozar bootie. This dressed up bootie is the perfect pair for your favorite pencil skirt. Give them a try at the office today!

These come in sizes 5.5 – 11 and cost $49.95 (compare to $74.00.

 

Lulu Townsend Valentine Platform Pump

dsw2Description:  Take your look to new heights with the Lulu Townsend Valentine. This sky high pump makes for the perfect companion to your next special occasion!

 

These shoes come in sizes 5.5 – 11 and cost $49.95 (compare to $89.00.)

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Understanding The Jewish Holidays, ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR!

September 24 (at Sundown) starts the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with Yom Kippur starting 10 Days Later.

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September 24 (at Sunset)  begins the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashana - which, along with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), 10 days later, constitute the Jewish High Holidays.

Most of the 2 days of Rosh Hashanah are spent in synagogues and Jewish people usually take off work on these Holy Days.

While the Jewish New Year is a happy time, it is also more solemn then other cultures’ New Year’s celebrations. This is a time of reflection –  on how you lived your life this year and to ask for forgiveness for your wrongs.

This is not a sad occasion, but rather a time of great happiness.

Honey and apples and round challah bread symbolize the circle of life. Honey is a symbol of the wish for a sweet new year, also appears in other holiday foods, such as tayglach—-a honey and nut pastry—-and honey cake. The challah, which is normally braided, is round, as a reminder of the never-ending cycle of life.

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When the Shofar (Ram’s horn) is blown, it is a time for considering past mistakes and to find ways to make things right.

Steeped in tradition, the 10-day period of self-reflection after Rosh Hashana  leads up to   Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and spiritual atonemen, which will begin at sundown on October 3- 4, 2014.

The common greeting for Rosh Hashana is shana tovah u’metukah, Hebrew for “a good and sweet new year.”

According to Chabad.org,:

“On Yom Kippur, many people wear white clothing while praying. Married Ashkenazic men traditionally wear a simple, long white garment called a kittel. The kittel is also the traditional Jewish shroud; wearing it reminds us of our mortality and urges us to repent.”

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people.

The Jewish prayer, Avinu Malkeinu, recited during Jewish services  on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is recited throughout the Ten Days of Repentance, from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, as well as on fast days.

 

shana tovah u’metukah

Tovah

Additional Resources:

http://www.thedailymeal.com/5-honey-and-apple-centerpieces-sweet-new-year

About Religion: The High Holidays

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THERE REALLY ARE DOG WHISPERERS

I Really Never Believed There Were Dog Whisperers Until I Met One.

My husband was having therapy at our home after his knee replacement.

At that point, we had a male nurse, a CNA to help with the shower, and  a Physical Therapist, named Josh who came to help us out.

Josh came to our house 2X a week.

A little background on my shi-tzu, Lulu:  She is completely spoiled; she does not do anything she doesn’t want to do; she usually does not go up to people she doesn’t know; she can’t stand anyone else getting close to my husband.

Lulu the Shi-Tzu

Lulu the Shi-Tzu

The first time Josh came over, we asked Josh if he wanted us to put Lulu into another room (as we always ask people. Not everyone is a dog person) and he said, ‘No problem. I have dogs at home’.  He then leaned down to pet Lulu and he talked to her in a really soft voice and her heart just melted.

I had watched The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.  I thought that he calmed down dogs in a much longer time than was actually shown. Now I’m not so sure. Lulu took to Josh immediately.

After that, every time he came over, she did a little dance, gave him kisses and stared at him for the entire hour. If he petted (?grammar) her, she went nuts.

Neither my husband nor I have never seen her like that.

There was something about him that just told her that he loved dogs.

Every time she saw Josh, she just fawned over him while he talked to her in this soft voice and she would sit right by him for the whole hour.

My husband and I were just amazed, because she growled at the nurse and she didn’t pay any attention at all to the CNA.

So…tell me. Are dogs just able to tell when a person is a dog lover? I had never seen Lulu act like that before. She usually just kept her distance. Except when she bit the bow off my Sister-in-Law’s Chanel ballet flat.

I was really sorry when the therapy sessions ended. I loved watching him with Lulu. It was just possibly one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

What’s your opinion? Have you met anyone that’s just so good with animals?

Tovah

ISABEL WOLFE: FINALLY A JEWELERY DESIGNER WHO MAKES JEWELRY FOR THE PLUS SIZED WOMAN

ISABEL WOLFE IS A JEWELERY DESIGNER WHO ALSO DESIGNS FOR THE PLUS SIZED WOMAN

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I happened to be browsing Plus Size Model Magazine.com  (By the way,If you haven’t come upon this online magazine yet, check it out whether you’re plus sized or not.)

I saw a photo of jewelry by  Isabel Wolfe, and I instantly fell in love.

DESCRIPTION: Isabel Wolfe offers the finest quality pure sterling silver jewelry and natural gemstones, with designs created in the tradition of the finest Fifth Avenue brands, but now In Your Size! Beautiful design, artisanal craftsmanship, and quality are her top priorities.

Everyone knows how much I love jewelry, especially the bigger pieces which I know are the best look on me. I think that most designers don’t realize that plus-sized women are not  happy buying  tiny, dainty rings, that just barely show on our larger fingers or having to buy necklace extenders or lower quality just because there are few choices for us.

Her site, Isabel Wolfe.com, contains nine jewelry collections and they are all gorgeous!

  • BAKU
  • BARCELONA
  • BRUGES
  • COPENHAGEN
  • GIZA
  • MARRAKECH
  • RAVELLO
  • SANTARINI
  • VENICE:

From the Giza Collection:

Isabel Wolfe’s Giza Drops are two sterling silver amorphous beads with elegant movement. They are available as sterling silver posts or clips. Total length is 1 7/8th inches.

Isabel Wolfe Giza Drops

I will buy these earrings. I guarantee you. They are my favorite!

This collection is one of her largest.

It contains 2 rings and 2 earring designs, as well as a stunning cuff and impressive chain link necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This necklace is from her Venice Collection:

Venice Necklace with Amethyst and Peridot

While this jewelry is not cheap, the prices are  very reasonable for buying fine, unique jewelry.

From the Santorini collection:

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As soon as I order from them, I’ll update this review. I  just wanted to give you a look at what is probably the most beautiful plus-sized  jewelry out there. (You don’t need to be Plus Sized in order to find something you love from these collections.)

If you’re in the Delray Beach area, check out her store.

Here is the return policy.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

***I have not been paid in any way for my review. As usual, I am offering my own, honest opinion.

September is Alopecia Awareness Month

September is Alopecia Awareness Month and My Hair is Again Falling Out!

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Really, I don’t even know how I feel about this anymore.  I’m pretty much at the point where I’m just going with the flow.

Definition of Alopecia by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:

What Is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system, which is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the structures from which hairs grow. This can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere.

In most cases, hair falls out in small, round patches about the size of a quarter. In many cases, the disease does not extend beyond a few bare patches. In some people, hair loss is more extensive. Although uncommon, the disease can progress to cause total loss of hair on the scalp (referred to as alopecia areata totalis) or complete loss of hair on the scalp, face, and body (alopecia areata universalis).

I really felt like I was making good progress. This is my hair before getting sick (I was in the hospital for a possible stroke, high blood pressure and speech problems.)

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You can see that the top was filling in pretty well and the hair by the sides looks like it’s coming back. Something in my hair ‘cocktail’ was bothering my stomach, however. I don’t know if it was the viviscal or the Rogaine. I stopped everything and am slowly incorporating them back into my life.

This is a picture after I brushed my (sparse) hair yesterday. I always hate to see that sight because I know that it’s just beginning again. Also, there’s probably a ton of hair in the shower.

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The sides of my hair are becoming sparse again which leaves me few styling options.

As I was writing this, I realized that we are into Fall and every time this year, my hair tends to really shed. Maybe I actually have a fighting chance if I get through this season? Or will I lose so much that I have to go with a wig? (Thanks, M)

Honestly, I can handle this.

Once you’re old enough to realize it’s not the end of the world and you have a supportive partner, you just give into it. I do know that my husband will still love me no matter how much hair I lose.  I mean, it wasn’t like he married a woman with a gorgeous head of hair. However, I don’t think that he ever envisioned it getting this bad.

If it is that difficult for a grown woman, you can imagine how difficult it is for a child or teenager.  Right at that time in your life when your hair is so important. There are so many more resources for them now than I ever had and they and their parents need to be proactive. Don’t just give into it and wait to see how it plays out.

As soon as the child or teen begins to start losing hair female and male), get them to a specialist in alopecia, not just to a dermatologist. They don’t have enough experience with alopecia however, they may be good for giving a good referral.

Don’t ever give up. The researches are ‘this close’ to finding a cure.

What to never say to someone with Alopecia? “It’s Just Hair”.

I found myself looking at some really great scarves and I think that will be my next step. The wigs are just too uncomfortable for me.

So, go on Twitter or Alopecia World or one of the other great sites that speak to those of us with alopecia. There are so many great forums and products that can make things much better or at the very least, make you realize you’re not alone.

Love to the wonderful girls and women who cut their hair and donate it to Locks of Love. There is a certain way to do this so please go to Locks of Love to get all the information.

Additional Resources:

Alopeciaworld.com

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

Alopeciabeautytips.blogspot.com

Locks of Love

For a more comprehensive listing, go HERE.

Tovah