Friday, September 28, 2012

How to be Fierce

1. Never be afraid to fail no matter how slow you're progress your lapping everyone on the couch.

2. Learn anything everything, I love fashion but I'm also enrolling in computer science courses next semester.

3. Rock red, no matter what size you are a bold red blazer makes you feel powerful, there's a reason every business man has a "power" tie that's always red. It works not comfortable wearing that much crimson? Substitute fire engine lipstick for a similar and sexy effect.

4. Never let other people define who you are. Chuck out all the rules of fashion (big girls can't wear stripes) of business (women cant be powerhouses, yeah right)

5. When the going gets tough remember the immortal words of Elizabeth Taylor "pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Career change- bold move

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Taking the stairs by storm-Project Badass

Status: Badass
Starting Weight: 307
Current Weight: 303
Days in:3
Stairs, lots and lots of stairs. It seems like if you're an overweight person there are always stairs. You dread having to go up them because your knees feel like you're grinding them down, if you're like me and have terrible depth perception you dread going down them for fear of taking a tumble. My gym has two ways to get in and out of my gym, the stairs which everyone takes or the elevator which is meant to make the gym handicap accessible. The first two times I was there I took the elevator up and down and felt like a total stooge. The girl with the foot brace was taking the stairs for goodness sakes! So yesterday after a grueling cardio and strength sessions back to back, I did it (slowly) I went up the stairs to my car and even though I was winded by the half way point, I was so proud of myself when I did it. In a few weeks I'll be bouncing up and down those steps too.
-CGINTW

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall's hottest accessories under $30

So lately my bank account has been shall we say pettite in stature? So the easiest most affordable way to transform any outfit? Change the accessories! Here I've found some of the season's hottest trends this is a great way to try them out without any  commitment or breaking the bank.

Faceted Geo Nugget NecklaceFaceted Geo Necklaces
Forever 21.com $9.50 Will look awesome with any colored tee or blouse.

Sequined Infinity ScarfForever 21 Unleash your inner poet with this metallic infinity scarf as the weather get cooler, turn any cardigan into a chic ensamble by adding a scarf and some dangling ear rings.
Sparkling bow pin $6.80 Forever21 Fall is all about embellishments, can't afford a sparkling Christian Dior sheath dress? Buy a few of these and randomly place them on a cardigan or solid colored sweater, and bask in the glow of envy because you didn't fork out 1,200 for an awesome look.
Having an Elizabeth Taylor moment? You can drink your champagne and have your white diamonds perfume with these faux ruby clip ons, Forever21 $6.80

Cross body bag in an awesome fun and chic color Forever21 $20.80
Lace Belt Get into the Fall lace trend with this belt from Simplybe.com $29

Kimchi Blue Scallop-Lace Checkbook Walletbe lady like in this blue scalloped wallet from uban outfitters $24
UO Lace Mask Turn up the heat on any Halloween party outfit with this lace mask from Urban Outfitters $16.00
Get a 3 for 1! Blue, metallic and python skinny belt for $24.50 Torrid.com
Black Textured Metallic Pin Dot Leggings SKU: 581405Textured dot leggings $24.50 Turn any tunic or skirt into a pin up worthy outfit with these leggings, perfect for a movie date or shopping with the girls.
60's Kayser " Marvelour" Women's Dress GlovesAmahhhzing vintage gloves on Etsy.com for only $11.50

Send us your awesome accessory tips to stefanie@chubbygirlintheworld.com
Until next time lovelies!
-CGINTW

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chubby Girl In the World-Style with Sense

So there seems to be a lot of stylists out there, which is awesome. Most of these men and women are fantastic at what they do. Only problem...they may have forgetten that most of us do not have a size 6 waistline and an endless budget.

I realized this when I talked to one stylist who I got a phone consultation from, all she wanted to do was go shopping, find me a "whole new wardrobe"! Which would be okay if I didn't have to pay things like rent, gas, food etc. She also didn't have a whole lot of experience with plus size women, and more than subtly suggested that "high fashion" items weren't available in my size. I'm a 28 not a 72, sheesh. I mean had she never heard of Torrid, Simply Be or Evansusa, Lane Bryant, Ashley Nell Tipton, Savannah Red etc?

So this post is more of a shameless promotion for Chubby Girl In the World's newest service, Personal Styling for the Full Figured, Fierce female who will not be defined by her dress size or her budget.

I love finding new ways to reuse pieces so even if you don't buy a single piece of new clothing (horrors!) I want to help you! Can't find anything to wear to that big business meeting? I can do that. Need something that pops for a first date? I can do that.

You don't live near me you say? That's what SKYPE is for silly! So how much does it cost? The first three people who sign up are free (a $50 value!)
We will feature you on the blog, give you an entire months worth of free styling and send you a $10 gift card to ULTA for the first 3 people who sign up! Here's what you'll get:

A months worth of outfit ideas
Make up/Acessories advisement
Your "ideal" look for formal, semi-formal an casual events.
Suggestions on how to complete your wardrobe.


To take advantage of the offer just be one of the first three people to complete our Style Survey (to the right of this post)

In order to receive the gift card you must sign up for our styling service and agree to be featured on the Chubby Girl In the World blog.

Till Tomorrow My Lovelies!
-CGINTW

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Evolving Style- Becoming a Snooty Shopper

Remember that days when you would walk into Torrid or Lane Bryant and you wanted everything in the store? If you're over 25 this feeling may have passed. I can't remember the last time I just had to have something from either store. I walked into both yesterday and while there were one or two trend pieces like some cute flats at Torrid or a skirt with a leather panel at Lane Bryant they weren't pieces I absolutely had to have.

Call me old fashioned but if I'm going to invest over 50 bucks for a skirt (yikes!) then it better stand the test of time and weather the fashion trends. It's strange I feel like I've grown out of my "young" style and into a more "twenty-thirty" style. I'm not as bedazzled by rhinestones I used to be I guess. I want clothes I can wear to work and not look 1.) ridiculous or 2.) frumpy in.

So many of the these companies cater to the young teenager crowd, Fashion Bug, Loop 18 but many of these companies have forgotten that plus size women do not immediately morph out of adolescence and into senior citizens. I've heard a lot of women right in my demographic 25-35 who feel the same way, having to walk that line between fashion forward and office appropriate without looking like your goth cousin one day and your grandma the next so what to do? Here are some ideas for your real grown up life situations, like work, work functions or meeting that very handsome, very grown up man you met at your last networking event.

From Simplybe.com $98 well worth the investment works years round and can be dresses up or down with accessories.

Jacket is PERFECT for going from office to happy hour, to transition just add a metallic accessory like a clutch or a chunky bracelet. Simplybe.com

Ultimate LBD for cocktail parties, dates or work events, you won't look like every other woman in the room, the subtle femininity of this dress will tell the world you're not afraid your woman hood and that you have fantastic taste.

Tired of black but have a presentation? I actually own this obi belted dress by Lane Bryant, the material is heavy so not for use during the summer but a perfect dress to wear when it gets a bit chilly. The turquoise top half  flatters every skin tone.

Beautiful sheath dress by JC Penney.com and only $24! available up to size22 If you're lighter skinned use this as "golden goddess" dress. If you've got more of an olive complexion let this dress compliment your awesome natural tan and go slightly darker with your eye make the contrast will be electrifying.

Need Some drama in your life but don't want to go the whole Jerry Springer route to get it? Just add some red accessories! Achieve the look with red gloves, tights, a bright piece of enamel jewelry or even a bright red cocktail ring, WARNING do not use more than two at time!


Well my lovelies I hope that helps you get back into your fabulous swing this week, let me know if you found these hints helpful and what you'd like to hear about.
love always,
-CGINTW

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My stomach is a racist...

That's right my stomach is a flag
waving racist. Tonight we went out for Chinese food and then my friend noticed they had a $2.75 special on rum and coke my favorite. So I dutifully drained the tumbler my racist stomach immediately started having protests about the two cultures mixing in its space.

Three packets of pepto later and I'm really wishing I would have started that "clean eating" program me an Big have been talking about for months now but never seem to get around to.

Okay so I've never really taken my diet that seriously before but as I get older and (sigh) wider I realize it must become a priority though that doesn't mean I won't whine about having to eat what I call "hippie" food.
-a put out CGINTW

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Into the fight again-getting tipsy as I tip the scale

So tomorrow is pay day and once again I've decided to go back to working out and trying to lose weight. I'm not as excited about it as you would think because I know what's coming weeks of aches, pains, sweat and bad hair days and what seems like immediate facial acne. However.... I was speaking to one of my relatives the other day one of my relatively young relatives and about the only thing they mentioned in the whole conversation was doctors appointments, illnesses and conditions they had going on at the moment. Though felt bad all these things were happening to them I couldn't help but think that every single one was preventable and therefore unnecessary for me to go through.

So tonight I came home came and poured myself a stiff drink and decided on a gym nearby because although I don't need a fancy club, I just won't go work out unless I'm paying for it and 9.95 a month for health didn't seem too bad to me. This move has been long in coming when I went to Lane Bryant the other day, nothing in my "big" size seemed to fit, that's when you know things have gone too far.

So today I'm going through all the clothes that I can't or won't wear and putting them on a Pinterest board called Clothes to Fit into, because frankly I'm too vain to ever go back to wearing boring clothes and let's face it most "plus size" lines only go up to a size 20-22 and I'm currently a size 28/30 *sigh*

I wish I could say I had higher ideals that fitting into the new Marc Jacobs line available up to size 16 or the Michael Kors sheaths at nordstrom up to a size 22, but for right now that is what motivates me, that and being able to kick some serious ass. I'll keep you updated on the workout progress and the new wardrobe inspiration, right now i'm obsessed with shoes, here's some cool clunky favorites you probably still have from the 90's
Black Ginger Zip Fold-Over Boots (Wide Width) SKU: 591951Torrid Boots over the knee $74.50
Ros Hommerson - Cabernetzappos.com $108

zappos.com  63.50 totally on trend with the metallic detail and chunky heel.