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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!  Hello Flippa!

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)

 

I Am Computer Illiterate and Need Help

 I Am Computer Illiterate and Obviously Need Help and Understanding!

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I was given a lot of help when I switched from weebly to wordpress by the wonderful people at wpblogexperts  (who are, and have been, just so wonderful and patient with me.)

However, it appears that I don’t know enough to just go about my blogging business.

For instance, I was going through some of my e-mails and realized there were 87 comments waiting moderating. WTH?  87? Seriously?  How have I not seen those?

I will go through each message and get an answer to whatever you asked. All I can do is to apologize. I mean, I didn’t know how much I would need to know about computers just for my little blog.

In my defense, there have been some medical issues, but still, 87 comments?

So….I am getting on to those comments and, if you have written and I don’t get back to you in the next couple of days, just send me an e-mail to remind me. Horrible business tactics I know.

I am so sorry for those who have asked to be added to my Plus Size Directory and I will make that right also.

I’m feeling very overwhelmed now and I feel awful about this.

All my apologies,

Tovah

The Woman that Turned Every Guy On!

 The woman that turned every guy on is an enigma to Me

Did you ever come upon a woman who was so “out of fashion” that you believe she must have been in a sanitarium or jungle for at least 20 years?

Well, I came upon said women at Target, We were waiting for a cart to come in from outside and we saw this woman going through the fruit near the entrance of the store.

She was wearing a teeny-tiny skirt with black hosiery and wedge shoes that were really high.

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The front of the outfit, I am sorry to say,  just really all fell apart.

Disclaimer:  I believe all women have the right to wear whatever they choose no matter which decade. I just particularly dislike the fashion of the 80’s.

She had bleached blonde hair with the black roots showing (and not in the ombre fashion of today.)

She looked at least 50 years old. She was really wrinkled like she spent too much time at the pool or maybe she was just old.

The issue came in when every guy and I mean every guy looked at her admiringly. My husband said that she had the best looking legs he’d seen in a long time.  I just looked at him as if to say “who are you”?

Look, I don’t find myself winning any fashion awards for my clothing, however, while this woman just astounded me,  it was the men that completely flumoxxed me
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If they didn’t find the outfit appropriate, surely the fact that a 50 year old woman wearing such clothing was a turn-off. Right?  Wrong. Surely the black stockings seemed out of place? Nope.

So maybe she was on the right track. Men can be obviously, easily fooled into falling for any fashion trend as long as there are short skirts and wedge heels to be worn,

What do you think?

Tovah

The Continuing saga of Losing My Hair – Alopecia

The Continuing Saga of Losing My Hair due to Alopecia

I shampooed today only to face this sight again.
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Lots of hair on the sink and in my comb, which means that I’m losing it again very quickly.

As my alopecia  (hair loss due to an autoimmune condition)  continues, the bald patches are worse and, while I love my wig from Voguewigs.com, I brought out a wig I’ve had for a couple of years that I bought at a kiosk.

I have been quite ill and maybe this is the result of some very heavy antibiotics. Or maybe stress or ……

I decided to lighten my own hair (no hairdresser would do it given the state of my hair) and bought a box of COLOR OOPS, which is meant to take care of problems encountered with newly dyed hair.

coloroopsI believe I paid about $10.00.

Outside of the smell, it wasn’t that bad although my hair turned a sort of blondish and orangish shade which  I’m going to eventually have to get fixed. It’s very brassy looking. However, it looks fairly decent with an old 3/4 wig I bought a long time ago.

Just as I suspected, the bald spots aren’t quite as bad with lighter hair. It’s so hard when you see yourself one way and then try and take on a different look.

So, here’s that wig that I can still wear.  It’s just basically my bangs and the sides left out.  I thinned the wig out quite a bit as it was too  thick and I was just too uncomfortable with it.

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It’s not really that bad; it’s just that I’m pretty sure that in a short time I will need a full wig.

I haven’t kept up with my vitamin cocktails, except for biotin, as given by my neurologist and dermatologist, so maybe I should have stuck with it. However, both my husband and I have been battling health issues and the hair issue has been pretty much on a back burner.

If anyone has any advice on what has worked for them, I’d love to hear it.

Tovah

Additional Resources:

alopeciaworld.com 

hairlosstalk.com

 

My Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products I Buy Over and Over

Here are My Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products I Buy Over and Over:

1.  Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash 

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This is “Soap” I bought on vacation when I left my very expensive soap at home. I bought it at Walgreens just so I could have soap to carry my through. I have never gone back to the expensive soap. I love this wash. It’s strong enough to get rid of dirt yet mild enough not to break out my sensitive skin.

Description:  Dermatologist recommended for effective yet gentle cleansing. Cleanses without drying or irritating. This foaming cleanser is 100% soap-free, so it removes dirt, oil and makeup without stripping or drying like soap can. It won’t sting your eyes, so it’s ideal for removing eye makeup. Unlike some cleansers, it’s 100% oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or leave residue. Even those with sensitive skin can use it twice a day for a healthy looking, healthy feeling complexion.

This sells for less than $10.00, depending on which store you go to.

2,  ELF Essential All Over Cover Stick- I use this as a concealer. Forget the top pricey concealers.  This one is so good and really stays on. I paid $1.00 for it from another site.

elf concealerDescriptionAchieve smooth and flawless skin easily! The All Over Cover Stick is infused with active natural ingredients to soothe and protect the skin to camouflage those problematic facial areas. Great for using on under eye circles, blemishes, and as a primer. Getting a clear fresh face has never been so easy!

There are many kinds of concealers by elf, so you have many choices of your favorite texture.

I chose the color Apricot Beige and it is just a little bit lighter than my natural skin color.

3. Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes

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Descripiton:  Two-sided design gently exfoliates and cleanses skin

Wipes are free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and harsh chemicals that can upset skin.

This is truly wonderful. I use it when I don’t have the time to use my clarisonic.

  • Skin-loving ingredients vitamin B5, vitamin E, and aloe
  • Alcohol-free and oil-free formula is hypoallergenic
  • Can be used safely by contact lens wearers

These sell for $5.99 at Walgreens.

4.  Kleenex Hand Towels

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These sell at Walmart for $2.97.

I love these because I feel like I’m not just going back and forth on the same handtowel with my husband over and over in a day.

I also use these on my face after I wash my face. They are really nice just to pat your face dry and not feel like you’ve just rubbed your face raw.

Description:  A clean, fresh towel every time

  • 1-ply white
  • Absorbent fibers
  • Kleenex paper towels are free of inks, dyes and fragrances

5.  Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer SPF 20

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This moisturizer is so wonderful. The consistency is a little bit heavy, however, you will like the perfect blend of clean smelling and smoothability.

  • Uncovers vibrant, healthier skin
  • Hydrates, replenishes & rejuvenates skin
  • With retinol SA and hyaluroni
  • Keep out of reach of children

I keep coming back to this moisturizer. It’s creamy but doesn’t hurt my skin like most do.

It sells at Walgreens for $21.49.

So, those are my 5 faves.

Do you have products that you always end up buying over and over again?

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

15 Shop Stop: Plus Sized Fashions All Under $15.00

Go to 15 ShopStop for Plus Sized Fashions All Under $15.00

I am so happy to introduce you to the newest, most amazing site in the Plus Size Fashion World and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

All those chic styles that you’ve loved and coveted are here:  The aztec prints, the gorgeous cardigans, the maxi skirts. At 15 shop stop,  you will have your choice in patterns and colors all under $15.00.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Aztec Chevron Teal / Coral Plus Size Dress

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Description“Show off those lovely curves and let this scoop-neck plus size dress hug perfectly around your body for a figure flattering smooth fit.”

This dress sells for $14.99 and comes in sizes 1X, 2X, 3X.

Long Baby Blue Plus Size Maxi Skirt

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Description:   Baby Blue Figure Fitting Long Maxi Skirt

This comes in sizes 1X, 2X and 3X and sells for $7.99.

Open Front Plus Infinity Drape Top

infinity1infinity2These Infinity Drape Tops come in an assortment of colors, including pink, white, turquoise, gray and more.

These sell for $9.99 each and come in sizes 1X, 2X and 3X.

 

Chevron Blue-Tone Plus Size Palazzo Pants

shopstoppantsDescription:  “At 15ShopStop.com we make a whole range of Regular and Plus Size Palazzo Pants. From Abstract to Animal Prints and almost everything in between…”

These cost $9.99 and come in various colors and come in sizes 1X, 2X and 3X.

They have a great Size Guide and I’ve been told by a representative of the company that their clothing runs true to size.

15Shopstop is just beginning to really grow and what better way to build your wardrobe than using some of these great wardrobe staples.

The site is international and their clothing is sold all over the world.

As plus sized women, we pay a premium for finding clothing that fits us. Finally, we can also have affordable great fashions.

If you’re not plus-sized, don’t fret: there is also regular sized clothing.

15shopstop is giving us choices that don’t make a huge dent in our wallets.

It’s really a fun site with weekly contests you’re going to love.

Extra points for BEING MADE IN THE USA!

Here’s the numbers:

Website:  http://www.15shopstop.com/

Twitter@15ShopStop

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/15shopstop 

****I have not been compensated in any way to write this review. As usual, this post is written by me and reflect my own beliefs.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

 

 

Just Diagnosed with Colitis: Sick as a Dog

Last Sunday I finished my dinner and proceeded to get as sick as I’ve ever been in my life!

Sorry I’ve been away for a while. Health issues again, I’m afraid.

SPOILER ALERT: GROSS AND DISGUSTING MATERIAL AHEAD

Last Sunday, I had, Ironically, made a healthy dish for supper.

My husband likes to eat at 4:30 p.m, he goes to bed early, thus, by 10:00 p.m., I’m starving.

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I went into the refrigerator and pulled some of the leftovers out and had a few bites, put it away and within 10 minutes, I had that feeling you get where you know there’s going to be a long night – i.e. vomitting.

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As my husband was sleeping, I made it to the toilet and just threw up… and threw up… and threw up.  I could not believe that I had that much in me. I was so loud that eventually my husband heard me and got up.

I laid down on the bathroom floor. If you know me, you know how much OCD I have. I plan my day around not having to use a public bathroom. That includes my own bathroom floor.

As I was laying on the floor, I continued to throw up three more times right on the floor. I couldn’t even raise my head enough to get to the toilet.

My husband brought me the smallest cold compress in the world; a handkerchief with cold water which I just swatted away.

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I thought maybe it was food poisoning but my husband wasn’t sick at all.

I was sweating, having horrible cramps and just really, really ill.

Finally, I fell into bed only to get up 3 hours later in excruciating pain. I was doubled over.   I had to get some pain relief. My husband drove me to the E.R. at 6 a.m. and I finally got into a room about 7:30 a.m.

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They gave me something for the pain (morphine) and the nausea and they took me for a ct scan,

Also, after they gave me the pain medication, this stupid 23 year old goth kid stomps in and starts talking really loudly about taking me for my CT scan and he really killed my buzz. I mean, is he brain dead?

Long story short:  I have colitis.

What is colitis you may ask? According to medicinenet.com:

Colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and can be associated with diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and blood in the stool. This inflammation may be due to a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • infection,
  • loss of blood supply to the colon,
  • inflammatory bowel disease, and
  • invasion of the colon wall with lymphocytic white blood cells or collagen

I would not have guessed I had that. I was thinking more along the lines of an infected gallbladder.

Now, I am on 2 types of antibiotics and another pill that I’m not sure what it’s for and I’m just really wanting to stay in bed.

So, here I sit, trying to put together a meal plan.

I don’t feel good, but I’m more worried about what comes next. Will I have to have another colonoscopy as before?

I still don’t have much of an appetite and not looking forward to the test I have next week:   a bladder washing to make sure there are no more “suspicious” cells on my bladder.

The good times just keep coming.

My husband, having had his gallbladder out recently, is also going through the “what can we eat that won’t make us sick?”

Whichever one of us feels better goes to the store and try to get in some rations.

So, that’s my health update.

I just ate 1/2 of a sandwich and I’m waiting to see how my stomach handles it.

If you have any experience with colitis, I would love some feedback.

Tovah

kim kardashian cut her hair and I think I know why

The Big News Today was Kim Kardashian’s Haircut!

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I absolutely love it!!!

The new haircut just really frames her face well and brings out her eyes.

As an aside:  What I’m having trouble getting around is how she carries all that hair and some heavily brocaded crap to wear without being, like, really sweaty.

Also, how does she look out of just one eye. I mean, doesn’t that hamper your peripheral vision at all?

I give her a month with this haircut before all the extensions are put back into place (altho, she does look like she’s bulked up her hair with extensions with the haircut).

Anyhoo…moving on. This is going to sound snarky, but I think I know why she did this:

Little sister, Kendall Jenner, is moving up in the ranks and getting the March cover for Allure , may just make Kim  a little worried that the 15 minutes on her famehood may just be coming to an end.

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Kendall Jenner’s picture on Allure is gorgeous!

So…with Kendall nipping at Kim’s Louboutin shoes, there needs to be a pretty good story to take the focus off Kendall. Hence…..THE HAIRCUT!

Then, of course there is Keily Jenner who is coming up in the ranks also.

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The only thing I can think of for Kim and Kanye is to just step away quietly and take their disgusting furs with them. Maybe take it to Montana now and let the next generation take over.

Just kidding:  Kanye and Kim are the most self-absorbed people in the world.  They ain’t going nowhere.

Tovah

 

 

 

 

 

The Haute Big & Tall Men Need Great Clothing Also

Here are some things I found for the Haute Big & Tall Men that visit my Site and some style ideas for their Partners to Buy For Their Men:

I know that the items I’ve listed can be prohibitively expensive; especially in this economic climate. However, I’m only using them as a gauge for a man to find clothing similar to these in much less expensive stores if needed.

First of all, I love the 6 Men’s Fashion Rules to Live By About.com 

However, first follow a couple of steadfast rules that I found helpful on the site artofmaniliness.com:

It’s true for any man, and doubly so for large men: the fit of your clothing is its most important quality.

The best clothes are ones that give a clear, clean, defined shape to the body. That puts suits, blazers, and sports coats right at the top of the list: these are going to “frame” the body and make it look neatly self-contained.

So steer clear of loose T-shirts, tank-tops, and baggy shorts. Those don’t look great on anyone, and on a heavyset man they’re especially unflattering. Shorts in general are worth avoiding, but if you do wear them, resist the temptation to go with long, baggy ones — your lower legs will look like skinny pegs in comparison, giving you a massively top-heavy appearance.

So, with that in mind, here are some great choices:

RALPH LAUREN

Ralph Lauren Terry Atlantic Crew Sweatshirt

Description: This crewneck sweatshirt is crafted from ultra-soft cotton-blend terry and features our signature embroidered pony

This great Ralph Lauren sweatshirt comes in a tremendous number of sizes and 4 different colors and sells for $125.

Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Stripe Dress Shirt

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This relaxed-fitting dress shirt is crafted from smooth cotton poplin and features a timeless striped pattern and our signature embroidered pony.

This shirt has some limitations in sizes, however, if you can find your size, this is on sale for $49.99 (down from $98.00.)

NORDSTROM.COM

Cutter & Buck ‘Broadview’ Half Zip Sweater

 

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This comes in Big  and Tall sizes.

Description:

  • True to size
  • Considered a Full fit; cut generously with extra room through the chest, armholes and sides
  • This sells for $92.00 and comes in 3 colors.

‘Magnum’ Belt

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This belt comes in sizes 32-44 and sells for $150.00.

ROCHESTER BIG and TALL

Jack Victor Classic Blazer

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Description:  Exclusively for Rochester and brimming with four-season versatility, this pure wool blazer always presents a refined and appropriate statement. Tailored with a two-button front, back center vent, notched lapels, lower flap pockets and full lining. Dry clean. Imported.

This sells for $450.00.

Cole Haan® Air Grant Bit Mocs

rochestermocsDescription:  Stylish leather driver with iconic bit hardware. Handsewn last, concealed NIKE AIR Technology in heel, flexible sole with rubber nubs and heel protector. Imported.

These sell for $73.99.

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Dickies® Men’s Diamond Quilted Nylon Jacket

targetdickieDescription:  Dickies has always been a trusted name in work wear, specifically Mens’ jackets that keep guys warm in tough weather. This quilted nylon jacket with hand-warmer pockets is water-repellent and water-resistant, has a quilted polyester fill with gray jersey backing, and a rib knit collar, cuff and back waist. Choose from Black or Dark Navy. 100% Nylon shell, 100% polyester fill. Polyester/Cotton lining.

This comes in sizes up to 5X Large and costs between $39.99 – $44.99.

Dickies® Men’s Loose Straight Fit Denim Carpenter Jean    
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Description:  Comfort, function and durability combine in the Dickies Men’s Loose Fit Carpenter Jeans. Built with the working man in mind, these jeans are constructed with triple stitched seams and heavy duty denim fabric. Comfortable for everyday, these jeans feature an ultra-relaxed cut in the seat and thigh along with a roomy leg opening perfect for pairing with work boots. The pants feature classic carpenter jean detailing like belt loops, extra pockets and a hammer loop. Made of 100% cotton.

These sell for $28.99 – $31.99 and come in sizes up to 50 X 32.

Men’s MUK LUKS® Polysuede Moccasin with Flannel Lining – Brown
targetmuklukDescription: Mocassin slippers

  • Upper Constructions: Polyester
  • Outsole Construction: indoor/outdoor outsole; Thermoplastic Rubber
  • Other Features: Cushioned insole
  • Closure Style: Slip on
  • These sell for $24.00.

Additional Resources:

Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown-Up Men

101 Men’s Fashion Tips  – Great resource!!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah

p.s. – I’d love to get your ideas also for some great places for big and tall men to shop!