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Haute Curvy Woman For Plus Sized Women and Teens Gets a New Home

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the new home of Haute Curvy Woman for Plus Sized Women and Teens.

A PLUS SIZE FASHION, BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE BLOG

Whether you go by the name ‘Plus-Size’, ‘voluptuous’, ‘Curvy’ or just ‘Fat’, this is your site for the most sophisticated, up-to-date fashionable styles and beauty.  We strive to seek out “the best of the best” to be found in order to “live our lives large”.

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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)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DID I DO THAT? My Minor Car Accident and SOMEONE IS LYING AND IT AIN’T ME

The Day Started So Well and Deteriorated So Quickly.  I don’t Really Know where it all Went wrong, Oh Yeah! My Minor Car Accident with Beaver Cleaver’s Parents Went Awry

UPDATE: The guy whose car I allegedly hit had, thankfully, never contacted me again; however, as the scene unfolded in my mind, I realize that I was NOT AT FAULT! As I thought over it for many days, I think I’ve put this puzzle together:  The guy’s hummer was Black. Hence the black scratch on their car.  They said that they shook in their car when my car hit them. My car would not have made any car shake unless I plowed right into it.

SCENARIO:  The Hummer got out of the car spot very quickly and I got into HIS space quickly. Thus, when the people next to me felt the scrape, he was already gone! So there! All these people telling me to just admit I did it. Well, I DIDN’T DO IT!

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

ORIGINAL POST:

As some of you know,  I may not be the best driver, but I’ve only had my license a few years. I’ve always lived in cities with subways, taxis and buses.

I think that I’m a very careful driver, especially in parking lots,  because I’m so worried about hitting someone.

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I do most of my grocery shopping at the nearest Safeway to our home.  Nothing exciting, but you get the basic foodstuffs there even  though they have a horrible deli section

Yesterday was the Grand Opening of Fry’s Grocery and I wanted to be there. We’ve needed something with great food in this area for a long time.

No….. I don’t have a life. ;(

So, I’m minding my own business and going around the parking lot 3 times (the place was packed)  before I found a spot when someone was backing out.

So I’m waiting and waiting and he finally gets into his big Hummer ( or whatever those big ass cars are called)  and gets out of the parking space.

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When I go to pull into my spot, this man and woman come at me like I was a wanted fugitive.

“YOU HIT OUR CAR!!!!YOU HIT OUR CAR!!!!  The woman told her husband “Be sure to get pictures, Ed”, ( or whatever his name was.)

He had one of those white shirts on with the nameplate. It kind of looked like he worked in a bank or in a different supermarket.

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The woman wore a nice outfit with capris.  They looked to be in their sixties.

I said “Oh my gosh, NOOOOOO’ because I didn’t feel like I had run into anything. I didn’t even have the radio on because I really wanted to use all my concentration on finding a space in this hugely crowded Fry’s store.

They showed me their car and the line that they said I caused was literally this big _________________.You would have to really look to find it and it was black.

So, Mr. Man is taking pictures and I’m telling them, in 104 degree heat, that there is no way that I made that scrape. It didn’t even have any red in it and my car is red.  The woman is in the background yelling to the husband, “do this, do that”  I guess she was the brains of the organization.

He acted like he does this all the time; before I could get out of my car, he was taking pictures and getting my license number.

They asked for my insurance and I gave them something that I thought looked like insurance and that other thing that they always check on the show, “COPS’.

The man said that this is  out of date. The lady says that I needed to look in my glove case because both of these things are, probably, in the glove compartment. So I go to look and it was locked!!!  Who the frick locks a glove compartment.

So, now, the weather is really getting hot and I was ready to just get out of there. Plus, I couldn’t get my phone camera to work and I couldn’t see it anyway so none of my pics came out.  Do all of you have the same problem?  Seriously, can you not see the screen in the sunlight?

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As I was sweating and getting out of the car once again, I fell against their car with my key slipping onto their car. I was just flat on the ground. I immediately looked to see if I made a bigger mess with my key, but I didn’t see anything.

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I thought they were asking if the car was ok, but they actually were asking if I was ok, which I thought was really nice.

Then, he asked me for my insurance, etc. again.

When I went to write down my info, it was clear I would never come up with a pen, let alone a pen and paper so he just wrote everything out himself and gave it to me.

So, we started exchanging our info and I tried to get back out of the store before they came out and I would get another chance at getting that picture.

They were long gone. I’m wondering if they are doing some kind of scam? I mean, is it possible?

So, it just ruined my day and I couldn’t wait to get home where I promptly dumped my Diet Dr. Pepper off my table and got everything wet.

Ate a great spicy california roll and went to bed.

As of this writing, I still have not heard from them. Who knows?  Maybe they realized I was just too demented  to deal with?  Maybe they just took too much pity on me?

So…is this a scam? Wouldn’t my red paint make a red scrape? Are there people who go around and claim people hit them in a parking lot?

Well, I knew I had to sit down and in this sparkling new store was a Starbucks and I sat down with my  giant Chai Latte and called my husband to tell him about it and my brother who always knows what to do in this situation.

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So, how’d your day go?

Depressed and mystified,

Tovah

5 Months Since My Husband and I Have Quit Smoking After His Stroke

So, it’s been 5 months since My Husband and I have quit smoking and here are my stats from quitnet (A great resource for quitting smoking and keeps a calendar of how much we have saved and what our bodies have gained each day by not smoking):

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  • Quit Date:  3/20/14
  • Time Smoke Free:  157 days
  • Cigarettes Not Smoked: 4717
  • Lifetime saved:  1 month, 6 days
  • Money saved:  $1,573.75

May I just say that I honestly do not know how I have gone this long without a cigarette.

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Ponderings I’ve Had Lately

As I’m recuperating from my hospital visit and getting back into my blog again, I find myself pondering the big questions of the universe. Have you also found yourself wondering about these issues?

1.  Where is Oprah on Pinterest? I mean, I know she is on Pinterest,  (Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that people use to ‘pin’ their dreams, products and ideas. etc.) What I don’t understand is why she barely shows up on other’s Pinterest boards. I mean, there is plenty to choose from, including her ‘Great Quotes’ or ‘Great Humanitarians’ or how she became a gazillionare all on her own.

Oprah Winfrey Quotes

Oprah Winfrey Quotes

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Great Sales on Plus Size Fashion for Women and Teens Now!

This is a great time to get great sales on plus sized women and teen Fashions!

 TORRID.COM

Strappy Platform Wedge Sandals (Wide Width)

platform wedge in wide widthThese cute shoes are on sale for $31.15 (down from $44.50) and are wide width in sizes 8-12.

Mesh Inset Body Con

torridbodyconThis dress comes in sizes 12-26 and costs $43.98 (down from $58.50).

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This great dress is on sale for $53.99 (down from $179.99.)
This comes in sizes 20, 22, 24.
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This is another sale item that had originally sold for $74.99 and is now on sale for $22.99.
This sizes are a bit limited, but for the right figure, this would be so cute!
Sizes are XS, L, 3X-4X.
**I am an affiliate of Modcloth and as such, receive a commission on all purchases from this
site.
blackandwhitemidi
This midi dress is on sale for $20.00 (down from $46.00) and comes in sizes 1X, 2X, 3X.

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This great sport bra is on sale for $29.95 and comes in sizes XL-6X.

JunoActive.com

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Criss Cross Super Jersey 3/4 Sleeve Tunic
This colorful top is comes in black and Maya Blue and sells for $34.95.

**I am an affiliate with Juno and receive a small compensation when shoppers choose an item from this site.

FOOTNOTE:  I tried to point out the fashion where there is more than one size available.

You know how it goes, however; Plus Size Clothing goes quickly so get on the sites soon.

One more thing..many of these items have additional promos to them, so just be sure to check them out.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah