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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)

 

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!

Scala Collezione LC484

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.

Scala Collezione LC484

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

 

 

Frank the Trainer’s Top 7 Tips for Working Out in the Heat

Here are Frank the Trainer’s Top 7 Tips for Working Out in the Heat

Working out in the summer can be difficult  when the temperature starts to rise. But don’t let that be an excuse to not work out.

1. If it’s too hot out to do your walk outdoors, then go to a shopping mall or in a Walmart.

2. When walking in a mall or Walmart don’t shop. Just walk. You can shop later.

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3. Always be safety conscious and try to take someone with you.

4. Continue to do your sit-ups and push-ups.

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5. Drink an equal amount of water and sports drinks with electrolytes before, during and after your walk.

6. Carry a water bottle with you all of the time and drink even if you’re not thirsty.

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7.  Also, try to get used to the heat by slowly spending more time outside while hydrating.

DON’T QUIT; KEEP MOVING!

 

TOVAH

 

 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.

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.

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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.
HAPPY HEALTH!
Tovah

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.

Tovah

 

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 Super Sizer Mascara’s claim:  400% MORE CORNER-TO-CORNER VOLUME FOR FULL, FANNED-OUT LASHES!

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’.

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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.’

It’s claim: CONTROL OF A PENCIL, INTENSITY OF A LIQUID LINER.

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.

 

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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:

Instagram.com/COVERGIRL

Twitter.com/COVERGIRL

Facebook.com/COVERGIRL

Youtube.com/COVERGIRL

Pinterest.com/covergirlxo/

 

 

 

FRANK’S FITNESS #2

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.

Tovah