Thursday, December 24, 2009

The boot

Boots are always a hot commodity during the cold months. Many plus size women find it difficult to find boots that fit their calves. Here's a few tips- Try looking for boots at plus size clothing stores. Torrid, Lane Bryant and the Avenue all have boots with a wider calf allowance. If you want to go the main stream route, look for boots made of stretchable materials. Zappo's also offers several options in wide calf boots. Finally if you are like me and want a pair of boots that are both beautiful & made to last you a lifetime you can have boots custom made for you. I like the riding boots from E.Vogel.

A Shopping Calendar: What to Buy When


  • Scour Harper’s Bazaar for a preview of the best looks from designers' spring lines.
  • Secure your spot on the waitlists for the most covetable pieces.
  • Couture collections are shown in Paris. Look for trends that you can work into your own wardrobe.


  • Spring clothes land in stores. Look out for the season's key pieces.
  • Assess your wardrobe and determine what pieces are missing or need refreshing.
  • Act fast: The best shoes and bags sell out first.
  • Fall fashions debut in New York, Milan, and Paris.


  • Spring fashion is in high gear in stores and in the magazines.
  • Tear pages from magazines of your favorite pieces to help you shop.
  • Check the Internet for the fall collections. Pick your favorite looks now.


  • Time to transition into your lightweight wardrobe.
  • Try swapping your suits for springy dresses.
  • Buy a trench! If you have a classic khaki already, get a new one in black or crisp white.


  • Start thinking summer! Pull out your sandals, shorts, and sundresses from storage and see what needs to be updated or refurbished.
  • Don't put it off: Get out there and shop for a new swimsuit. Give yourself time to find the perfect one — this is one area where you especially don't want to be left with too few or ill-fitting options.


  • Prefall lines are in stores. It's a good time to buy basics and classics.
  • Stay chic in the heat with breezy pieces and strategic layering.
  • Summer-sales alert! Scour the racks for any designer goodies you may have missed out on.


  • Get your first peek at the newest trends and essential pieces for fall.
  • Call stores and secure your favorite pieces now, before they hit the shelves.
  • It's Paris couture time again. See what trends will influence fashion in the upcoming year.


  • Fall fashions hit stores. Pull out the to-buy list you made in February and run to your favorite shops.
  • Check your closet to see what cold-weather items need new life. Do your boots need resoling? Time to buy a new coat?


  • The new season is at its peak. Fill in your wardrobe with fall's best suits, jackets, and coats.
  • Don't forget to score the It bag, shoe, and boots!
  • Spring collections make their runway debut in New York, Milan, and Paris.


  • Spruce up your wardrobe with extra touches, whether that means cool jewelry, fun belts, or sexy shoes.
  • Buy your LBD and all your evening accoutrements now. The holidays will be here sooner than you think.
  • Sales alert: look out for deals on coats and cashmere.


  • While you should start making headway on your gift lists, think about personal pieces like lingerie. You know you could use some new unmentionables.
  • Make sure you have everything in order for all the parties next month.


  • It's all about the holidays, and shopping is at a fever pitch. Don’t forget to buy something for yourself.
  • Resort collections make a splash in stores. Now’s the perfect time to buy for warm-weather vacations.

A Shopping Calendar: What to Buy When

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Alean Simone Resort Wear 2010

These clothes were inspired by South Beach Miami FL as a vacation
destination during the cold winter months. The models walked to
LMFO : "I'm in Miami Trick." I actually modeled two of the outfits
because a model could not make it at the last minute. It was quite
the stressful day as I was producing the show, showing my own
work and modeling- which meant that I had to sit in hair and
make up for two hours. It was a blast to work with these women.
I love making plus size women feel beautiful and inspired. All of
the items are available for production in custom measurements.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fashion First~ Resort Wear Fashion Show

What resort wear show would be complete without swimwear? These beautiful women also graced the run way for the December 3 show.