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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!


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.




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


Frank’s Fitness Installment 3

Here is Installment 3 from Frank’s Fitness

I know that for some of you, this is just really basic, beginning help to learn some fitness. However, that’s what I wanted:  A way for those of us who are just starting to get in shape without going overboard and ending up just giving up.

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So here are more tips from Frank:

1.  Hopefully everyone is continuing their training with good results.

2. If you’re walking 15 minutes and it is going well, try to pick up the pace or go for 20 minutes.

3. Hopefully you are standing more instead of sitting more. (If you are able to.)

4. Try to eat more fruit and vegetables.

fruits and vegetables

5.  Drink more water and no carbonated beverages. (This one I was surprised about, yet it does work.)

6.  Eat more protein from fish like salmon and tuna and skinless chicken and turkey.

Hang in there and don’t quit!
Frank continues his ‘boot camp’ of getting people in shape to run marathons.
He says that the Asics Men’s GEL-Cumulus 16 is the best shoe for both beginners and advanced athletes.
Product details:
Tackle your training in the ASICS® GEL-Cumulus® 16 men’s running shoes. These top-of-the-line kicks are crafted using ultra-breathable mesh and designed with a FluidRide midsole for a seamless transition from heel strike to toe-off. GEL® cushioning channels impact shock into dynamic energy return, while Guidance Line® technology enhances gait efficiency.
The reason that he likes these shoes is that, after he puts in his Dr. Scholl’s inserts, the
cushioning from the shoes are great and the inserts help with his arches and heels.
They sell for $89.99 on sale.
Disclaimer: Prior to starting a new exercise program or diet, it is recommended that you see a doctor especially if you have any medical conditions or past injuries that could potentially be made worse by exercise. Any actions that you take as a result of reading the information on Haute Curvy Woman,you do so at your own risk.

Weight Loss Journal Day 13

My Weight Loss Journal Day 13

I have been following the advice by Frank, the trainer.

I have started to walk 15 minutes and, strangely enough, had to stop 3 times during a lousy 15 minute walk. I didn’t realize how much time it has been since I’ve exercised.

I’m trying not to drink any carbonated beverages and have been following that quite closely. I must say that not drinking any soda has worked as far as the bloating that I normally have.

The stress I’ve had (below) has made following all the suggestions a little bit difficult.

I’ve lost a total of 2.5 pounds, (now 184.0) which isn’t the best, although I could have put weight on.

Disclaimer: Prior to starting a new exercise program or diet, it is recommended that you see a doctor especially if you have any medical conditions or past injuries that could potentially be made worse by exercise. Any actions that you take as a result of reading the information on Haute Curvy Woman,you do so at your own risk.

I’ve had a lot on my mind: Our little shi-tzu, Lulu, is very sick.

lulu at homeAbout a week ago, I noticed pink near her urine. I thought that maybe she had a cut on her paw.

I saw it again a couple of days later.

We immediately took her into the vet.

The Vet said that Lulu had a urinary tract infection. After using up the anti-biotics they gave us, we took her back to the Vet and she said that Lulu still had a UTI even after all the antibiotics.

They were trying for 7 hours to get a urinary sample and she just wouldn’t give it up.

It took us the whole weekend to get a clean urine sample for her.

She still has an infection.

They want to see exactly what kind of  infection she had with yet another urine sample and we’re just waiting to hear from them.

While I said that I was getting this great reward if I lost 15 pounds by my birthday, I have given that up towards Lulu’s health. Everything is adding up very quickly.

I just hope that they find out what’s wrong.

UPDATE:  The vet called today and said that Lulu was resistant to the 1st antibiotics and now she needs new antibiotics for the next 14 days.

If Lulu doesn’t get better, she will need an ultrasound.



A Review on the NEWEST Cover Girl Cosmetics: Mascara and Eyeliner

I was Given the Opportunity to  Do A Review on 2 of the Very New Cover Girl Cosmetics: The NEW Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

Katy Perry for Cover Girl

I don’t think these Cover Girl cosmetics have even hit the stores yet.


The mascara came to me in the color ‘ Very Black’.This mascara comes closest to my beloved Chanel Mascara and, while there is a bit of a learning curve to it, I really love it.

The magic is in the wand which is slightly flexible and really gets every lash.

The directions state that you need to ‘Slightly twirl the Lash Styler as you apply’.


Here are my eyes with no mascara on them.

cgnomascara(Strangely, it looks like one eye is bigger than the other. Wonder what that is all about.)

You can see that my eyelashes are very sparse. I’m not sure if that’s due to my alopecia or just age.

I started out with one coat and I was impressed. I then kept putting on a few more coats and my eyelashes were starting to actually show up. I’m not a good photographer, however, and the picture below doesn’t really begin to show how great this mascara is.

If I needed to point out one not-so-positive detail about the mascara it is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of product, especially if you are putting on multiple coats.

I’ve had the products on about 6 hours so far and there is no allergic feel to my eyes.covergirlmascaraon AlI I can say is that my eyes were transformed.

I love the inky black of both the liner and the mascara.

As for my eyes, I think that an eyelash curler would have proven effective.

You can see that I was even able to get the mascara on the bottom lashes.

I did use a lash comb at the end as the mascara can get clumpy and I probably should have used it after each coat.

The ‘Intensify Me!’ eyeliner by LashBlast is in the color ‘intense black.’


cgintensifymeBy flipping the eyeliner, you can make it as thin or thick as you want.

This, combined with the mascara, just really makes my eyes pop.

I was able to take the eyeliner and mascara off with 1 makeup wipe.



The mascara retails for $6.85 (prices may vary).

The Intensify Me! eyeliner sells for $8.00 (prices may vary).

Would I buy this again? Absolutely!!  It is, by far, my new favorite mascara and eyeliner.

Thank you so much to Cover Girl!

***While these were sent to me for my honest review,  no specifications were placed on me by Cover Girl.

Here are the places you can check out Cover Girl cosmetics:










Frank’s Fitness Installment #2

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Here are 5 more tips for us from Frank’s Fitness to work on our journey to get fit:

Beginners and Advanced Athletes:

1.  Eat chicken without the skin

2.  Read while standing

3.  Watch TV while standing

4.  Park further from the entrance to a store.

5.  Remember that winners never quit and quitters never win!

Disclaimer: Prior to starting a new exercise program or diet, it is recommended that you see a doctor especially if you have any medical conditions or past injuries that could potentially be made worse by exercise. Any actions that you take as a result of reading the information on Haute Curvy Woman,you do so at your own risk.



I Found My New Favorite Wide Width Shoes and they’re By David Tate

Usually, I live in my white or black Skechers slip-ons for running around. They were my favorite shoes by far. Not only are they super comfortable but they also come in wide sizes.

I don’t know if Lulu, my shi-tzu, vomited in my black skecher or what substance it could be, however, once I saw them, they were going in the garbage.

I didn’t see Skechers in my size (which is a 6W) so I had to resort to the place I should have started first:

As you know, I love the company, FOOT SMART,com. When you have horrible feet like I do, you can’t just walk into Dillard’s and find a pair that fits.

So, once I decided to throw out the shoes LuLu threw up on, I went on the hunt. It was so difficult because of my strict criteria: they MUST be comfortable, be made well, have wide sizes, have some kind of a heel, and be fashionable.

When I ended up at Foorsmart.com, I found what I wanted. In my size. There are also sizes wider than what I bought.

Here is The David Tate Paris Wedge Slide Sandals

davidtateThese shoes are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever bought.

They come in sizes 5-12 and size width Narrow to WWE/Wide Wide.

The colors are black or brown.

Here’s the description:

Stride on waves of comfort in this moderate wedge. The contoured foam footbed has unique wave ridges for feel-good cushioning, while the synthetic sockliner provides a smooth feel against your skin. Look chic in the suede upper with eye-catching stitching, and get a just-right fit from adjustable hook-and-loop bands over the toe and instep. You’ll rise to new heights with the moderate wedge and platform on a flexible rubber outsole.

These sell for $84.95, however with a promo code and free shipping, it came to $67.90. I always try to remind my readers about using promo codes and free shipping options.

They were sent to me very quickly (as always) and they were exactly as advertised.

I love the fact that I can make the straps shorter or longer to really fit my foot well.



David Tate Shoes

So, check it out and while you’re there, take a look at all the things they have to make your life more comfortable.

Don’t be afraid to check out their SALE section.

Happy Shopping


***I have not been given anything in exchange for this review. I bought these with my own money.



My Weight Loss Journal

Here is My Weight Loss Journal for Day 1 in Following Frank’s Fitness Recommendations:

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Sunday, April 27, 2015:

The following are the first steps toward our getting in better shape As Recommended by Frank:

  • Walk for 15 minutes – Walked the dog for 15 minutes
  • Do 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups – I have RSD and can’t do push ups and just sort of forgot about the sit-ups (oops!)
  • Quit eating junk food  – I did that. Ate at home. Cauliflower and 1/2 steak for dinner.
  • Nighttime eating: WW fudgesicle; 3 halos
  • Do not drink anything carbonated or sweet tea. – I did that and it’s very, very difficult.

I feel very healthy and hopeful.

As said, if I can lose 15 pounds by June, I get a wonderful reward.

Stats:  186.5



Frank’s Fitness Schedule for Beginners and Those Already in Great Shape

Fitness Schedule for Beginners:


MAY, 2015

If you’re like me, you don’t really know where to start.

The following are the first steps toward our getting in better shape.

  • Walk for 15 minutes,
  • Do 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups.
  • Quit eating junk food and
  • Do not drink anything carbonated or sweet tea.
May, 2015 (Weekly)
  • Monday and Wednesday run 5 miles
  • Tuesday bike and swim
  • Thursday speed work
  • Friday run 5 miles
  • Saturday long run

I really think that this is a great start. 

Now, don’t go mixing up the beginning schedule and the experienced one.

I Am going to do this for 1 week and see what happens. I really don’t know why I have to give up soda, though. I’ll have to ask Frank about this one.

Anyhow, thanks, Frank, for giving us a starting point.

Well, here goes.


Disclaimer: Prior to starting a new exercise program or diet, it is recommended that you see a doctor especially if you have any medical conditions or past injuries that could potentially be made worse by exercise. Any actions that you take as a result of reading the information on Haute Curvy Woman,you do so at your own risk.

Introduction to My New Trainer, Frank Johnson

I Have Decided to Work Out With a Wonderful New Trainer, Frank Johnson

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I am obviously not making any strides in my weight, my health, or my eating, so I am bringing a pro into this.

Frank is, quite possibly, the most in-shape person I’ve ever met. He runs miles every day and lives the most healthy lifestyle of anyone I’ve ever met.

He isn’t the normal trainer for someone like me; he gets people who are already in shape and gets them in better shape to run in national marathons.

I want him to start with us on Day One, as if none of us have basically gotten into any form of exercise before.

I hope we can use his tips to springboard us into action.

Frank does not yet have his trainer’s license and I do not know any of your health situations, so I must make the standard disclaimer:

Disclaimer:  Prior to starting a new exercise program or diet, it is recommended that you see a doctor especially if you have any medical conditions or past injuries that could potentially be made worse by exercise. Any actions that you take as a result of reading the information on Haute Curvy Woman,you do so at your own risk.

I Found the Perfect Sunglasses for My Round Face

I Found, Finally, the Perfect sunglasses for My Round Face

I finally decided that, after 10 years of wearing the sunglasses that I bought at Seeeyecare.com in Chicago, that it was time to buy a new pair. These had too may scratches and it was really hard to see through them.

I believe that, with the prescription, they  were about $300.00.


As an aside, why do I not appear t have a neck?

Anyway, as I went to go to find some new sunglasses, my husband said that he’d always hated these big black glasses on me.. WTH?  Surely there was at least one moment in the last 10 years where you could have let me know you hated them.

Anyhoo….Finally time to buy  my new sunglasses and all I wanted was Wayfarers. I wanted those sunglasses so badly. I said that I was just going to order them on the web so I’d get them sooner and my husband said to wait because I had no idea how they would look on me.

What’s to try on? Wayfarers are square and my face is round.

Aren’t you supposed to do that? Go the opposite of your face, shape? i.e. – Square for a Round face?



Anyway, the first day we could, we went out to an eyeglass store (I can’t remember the name).

The sales assistant was making me crazy pointing me to all the designer eyewear and, just in general, bugging me.

I found my beloved Wayfarers and, oh, my gosh,…you can’t even begin to believe how bad they looked on me!

They  took up almost  half my face. My husband and I were rolling in the aisles at how ridiculous I looked. These sunglasses I’ve been waiting years to buy  were horrific on me.

Moving along, I knew I had about 10 more minutes before my husband was going to begin getting impatient and, lo and behold, I found them.

My new love. The pair that I fell in love with right away,SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

These are BOLLE  (there is an accent mark on the ‘e’, but I can’t figure out how to do that on here)  and I believe I paid about $120.00 and probably another $100 for the prescription.

So, I love them, although I am so sad that my beloved Wayfarers made me look like a reptile.

NOTE TO MY HUSBAND:  Do ya think you could tell me when I’m wearing something that makes me look like an idiot?

Thank you ever so much.


Additional Resources:

Womens Health Mag.com – Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Fetchy eye care.com – Find Your Fit

Me and My OCD – What Would You Have Done?

Me and My OCD came into Effect at a Hospital Waiting Room – What would you Have Done?

My husband was having hip surgery and, for the first time (he’s had a number of operations Iin the past three years), his surgery time was in the afternoon.

There were a few women in the waiting room. They looked to be in their 60’s and I sat down next to them because they seemed interesting and I didn’t have a book with me.


The woman next to me had a huge cross around her neck and she just seemed so positive about everything. I mean, she saw the plus side of EVERYTHING!

We were all talking and showing pictures of our doggies. Their husbands were also going in for some kind of joint surgery.  We were all together while the doctors came in and told us how our husbands were doing.

We all did lots of hugging and, even people who weren’t in our little group, were hugging and wishing us the best. It was truly exhausting but I had been too long with them to go sit somewhere else.

They thought it would be a good idea to do a prayer circle.


Then, the woman with the biggest Cross asked me if I liked her earrings which she had made herself and I said they were pretty.  So she took them off and put them in my hand! “Here!” she said ” you can have these'”.  I said ‘No; absolutely not! They’re too pretty to give away.  Actually, they were really pretty with a blue stone and wire wrapped around  it to look like an angel.

I think she expected me to take out my earrings right there and put hers in right away. But I couldn’t!! I have germ OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and I NEVER try opened cosmetics on my face nor do I try on on earrings at department stores.  At home I sanitize everything.  Anyway, the angel earrings went right into my purse.

My germ phobia extends to bathrooms when I go shopping. I try to plan everything in order to not have to use a public bathroom.

This does not happen to me with family and friends’ places.

I have been this way pretty much since college.

As an aside: A friend tried out eyeliner at a department store that a saleslady said was brand new and she ended up with the worst eye infection that took forever to clear up.

So, I thought that I should sanitize them and wear them the next day. But, again, I just couldn’t. I knew that I was really upsetting her.

sanitizing earrings

After we had all heard that our husbands were ok and in the recovery Room, we each went our own way. Only to find out all the husbands were on the” Joint” Floor and, not only would I run into them in the hall, but also in Physical Therapy 2X a day.

On the second day, she saw that I still hadn’t put on the earrings and, was it my imagination or did she seem kinda angry at me?

Anyhoo… by the third day, she didn’t even react and barely talked to me.  I know I should have at least acknowledged them, but I was so worried about my husband that I just wasn’t thinking that I should at least have given her a card.

I really can understand her feelings. I’ve also given people gifts and I never get acknowledged for them and never see it on the person. But, come on…..this operation was so stressful and I wasn’t thinking clearly.

Also, I am allergic to nickel and I couldn’t take a chance on her earrings. So there!

Anyway, the hugs stopped.  The upbeat patter was no more.

She left with just a wave.

angrywomanI feel really bad about it.

I know it’s my OCD and it makes me angry, but I am unable to do anything about it.

I should really have gotten a card since I was in that gift shop about 3 hours.

Anyhoo……..Would you have gone ahead and put the earrings on?

Am I just being Crazy with my OCD?

Seriously, what would you have done?