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How Beauty and Fashion Saved my life and lead me to true love

Bloody, broken and alone three years ago that's what I was; laying in a hospital bed waiting to be discharged. I had been in an abusive relationship off and on with someone who definitely didn't respect me or value me and I continued going back because I believed every word of hatred that spewed from his mouth. What he didn't realize was that every name he called me or insult he'd thrown at me I had already done to myself, it was like the demons in my head had come to life only this time they were violent, dangerous and sadistic.

It was all over, two years of on and off torture done, just like that. I had finally made that step and called the police, it cost me a crushed larynx, a bloody nose and a black eye to get help. As he choked me I could hear the sirens in the background coming and I remember thinking. "They're too late." I thought I was going to die, I was numb, but something held on, something scratched and clawed it's way out of his grip, so…

Brand New Street Chic! Reader Cherise does summer looks right!

New Street Chic! Where we find real life fashionistas out and about looking fabulous, if we find you and feature you, you win beauty swag!

We caugh lovely reader Charrisse at work looing summer sensational in dark cuffed shorts with a nice nude and metallic print short sleeve shirt, her hoop earrings and golden hued make up are totally on trend and very flattering to all skin tones. This is a perfect summer work look, pair this look with the seasons hottest sandals like Charrisse did (not in photo) and you can't go wrong. Charrisse we salute you!

Get Charrisse's look:

Chubby Girl In the World Vlog Episode 2

You guys will have to bare with me as my Windows Movie Maker skills are something to be desired so the editing for Chubby Girl In the World Vlog Episode 2 is more in need of editing but it drives home the point, consider this my cry for a technical whiz!

Chubby Girl In the World Episode 2: TLC's new show featuring Le Le Valise, we talk about other cool bloggers and talk more about Weight Hate and how dumb it is! Leave your comments below we wanna know what you think!

Flaunt your stuff with plus size lingerie

Don't let your size determine your style
I know how hard it is to be reminded every day and every time you go shopping that you are not "normal" sized. Everything from t-shirts to skirts to skiivies must be purchased at a "specialty" store which is what the snarky lady behind the "normal" store counter always tells you when you ask if they have plus sizes knowing that the odds are against you. Trying to find sexy lingerie or even cute undies is always a chore, so I've done some field work for you and I found some well made, not too expensive styles which come in up to a size 6x (warning, 6x in lingerie world means 26/28 dress size) Without further ado, the latest from Hips and, who were featured in the famous Vogue Italia cover with plus size models.

Don't let your size determine your style or your life, you are sexy, confident and oh so amazing, and not even the snarky lady can change that. Remeber that your size doesn't …

Luxe Look and Cheap Chic: The most luxurious summer look as well as some good finds on the cheap

Can't decide what to wear to your friends counsin's wedding or that hot date with the cutie from your karate class? We have looks from the haute couture Igigi and the budget friendly Forever21+ line, you can't miss with any of them and no matter whether your wallet is full of cash or a little light these days we've got a look for you.Luxe looks from Igigi: (all at


Now for those of us who can't afford to drop Benjamins on dresses just yet: Hot looks from Forever21+ so you can be chic on the cheap:


Plus Size Dating-How to not fall for the toxic bachelors

My boyfriend used to ask his mother, 'How can I find the right woman for me?' and she would answer, 'Don't worry about finding the right woman- concentrate on becoming the right man.'

The perils of plus size dating are many, the heart break wrenching and the hurdles to having a meaninful relationship with someone who is not only accepting but genuinely attracted to you as a person is not just a plus size problem, but a woman problem. Here is a field guide to a few of the types of toxic bachelors out there and how to spot them:

The Hanger On Guy: This is the guy who is always hanging out with his more sucessful, smarter and nicer friend
s; he's the one no one really likes but they all put up with because it's fun to see what dumb or dangerous thing he'll do next. His friends are more aquaintances than best buds and none of them have ever really seen him with a girl for longer than a few weeks. He is the ultimate opportunist, if you have a high powered…

A brief history of Plus size Fashion

Being plus size has never been easy, there have always been people who either have always been a little heavier than the general population, a little taller or both. Throughout history styles, trends and weights have fluctuated, but the desire to look and feel good in one's skin transcends time, below is a very short, brief history of some key moments in Plus Size Fashion history.

  1904 - Lena Bryant rented a small storefront on Fifth Avenue with living quarters in the back for $12.50 a month. There she hung her garments from the gas fixtures, and opened the doors.
Asked by one of her pregnant customers to design something "presentable but comfortable" to wear in public, Lena created a dress with an elasticized waistband and accordion pleated skirt. This would be the first known commercially-made maternity dress. This dress was welcomed not only by middle-class women, but by poorer pregnant women who had to work. The maternity dress soon became the best-selling garment …

Cork the new leather?

 Everyone from Christian Loubtain to Michael Kors is embracing the cork trend, from bags to shoes to prints this trend is being seen everywhere. It makes sense for summer accessories as neon hot pants and lacy blazers go well with anything cork inspired.

The look is reminiscent of lazy summer days, one imagines laying out at the beach with turquoise water, white sand and whiling away a sunny afternoon with an exotic cocktail in the Bahamas.

It's being called the new leather as it translates well into a patent shine material like the Michael Kors shoes (inset) or a nice nueatral accessory like the bag (top) which will pull together bold prints and colors.

Street Chic-Real fashionistas we caught being fabulous and summer trends right off the racks

Today I set out to get some hot summer looks in stores now that would work for a full figured fashionista and weren't sky high in price, when I stopped in to browse the clearance rack at Torrid in Modesto, CA I got a lovely surprise with Stacey one of the very friendly and beautiful ladies behind the counter she was kind enough to let us use her pic in our first ever Street Chic- where we find real ladies and bring you the style straight from the street.

Do you know a super chic full figured lady in your life? Nominate he by sending your pics to  to be our Street Chic lady of the week and you will both win beauty and make up products if we pick her that week!

Here are som looks hot off the racks that won't break your bank:

I was so excited to see that so many people were eager to help with and be a part of Chubby Girl In the World, it's been my baby for a long time and though I had to be away for a while, it has never stopped being my passion…

Forever 21 has plus sizes online(yea!) and why I don't do fake Prada

 Forever 21 long held to be the domain of the uber skinny hipster folks now has plus sizes on their website from 1-3x. They have everything from sweaters, to teeshirts, to skirts and jeans and similarly if not slightly higher prices than their smaller counterparts. This could be answer to so many plus size wishes for affordable and adorable clothes! Sadly the bottoms are
much too small for yours truly but I have high hopes for the rest of you!

We have been seeing this trend in many retailers lately, offering limited plus sizes like, (The Limited's plus size site) and even major designers like Michael Kors or Calvin Klien have clothes available up to 3x in most styles.

In this economic climate companies can no longer afford to ignore a plus size market dying for attention, it is time someone catered to us, took us seriously and stop trying to relegate "plus size" to a four letter word. There will always be for whatever reason a market for pe…

Weight Hate- Stop the Hate and celebrate

So I was very disturbed to read the new issue of Glamour which had an article "Stop the Weight Hate" which stated that almost all of us are "weight" hating. We are judging people who are overweight as lazy and those who are thin as "bitchy and vain". It's not just fat v. skinny either, even normal weight women are catty towards their light weight equals and us chubby girls are three times more likely to categorize other heavier women as "lazy" or "slow". Ok.....WTF? Isn't life hard enough with family, work and trying to be as healthy as we can without having to worry about the lady behind us in the grocery line making the judgey face at your sugar free fudgesicles?

Are we so judgmental towards others because we are projecting our own expectations onto them? Are we using them as the whipping girls to our own faltering egos? I can't say that I'm innocent of this, I've compared myself to other women in a room before, tr…

Suffering for Fashion- Our Submission to Shoes

So I am sitting here trying to break in my new Christian Siriano nude pumps, the ones for the Payless collection that have the staggering four inch heels. I bought them at the beginning of the month when I went to go pick up Mr. Big from the airport, I wore a short corn flower blue dress with daisy details from Old Navy, with these pumps, it was the perfect  mixture of come hither and innocence all in one outfit. Except for one thing, I could barely walk in them, I felt like a hobbled horse, as if someone had tied my legs together and was holding the reigns.

I wanted to run into his arms the way people do in movies, we hadn't seen each other in over a month and I couldn't wait to feel wrapped up in his arms. I knew I looked absolutely fantastic, I had dropped 25 pounds, was looking fit and firm and very sexy but I couldn't actually move, I felt like a living statute in these shoes. As soon as he walked towards me and gave me one of his signature warmth filled hugs I gave i…

Full Figured Fashion Week is coming

What if you could go back and tell your 12 year old self, the girl flipping through Vogue wondering, how can I ever fit in that? To be patient, that one day heaven was coming? So many of us flipped through those glossy pages only to be met with a standard not only alien but completely unattainable to most of us. Though we fell in love with fashion, we created a love/hate relationship with our bodies. There is nothing wrong with being a size 2, it just isn't a reality for most people.

 Fashion for a long time was the realm of the sample sized set, it was supposed to be "aspirational". What if you don't aspire to be a size 2, 4, or 6? What if your frame simply would never allow it? Or even be healthy for it?

Full Figured Fashion weekchanged the high fashion landscape in 2009 and tickets are still hard to come by because of its popularity to this day. It brings together designers, shoppers and the media from all over the world to cover the phenomenon of the curvy figure.…