Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Destination: Mexico - ¡Caliente and colorful!

Your Dream Vacation: Mexico
You: You love life and adventure! You want to eat, drink the best tequila  and dance, as well as explore ruins, jet ski, and search for the finest artisan jewelry and crafts. This isn't a wet t-shirt contest in Cabo - but if you might be inclined to act like a teenager at any age. Life is too short not to!!
Your signature drink: Tequila gimlet 
Michael Kors, "Sunset" straw tote, $15/wk

When you think of Mexico, you think of rich "sunset" colors, beautiful craftsmanship, embroidery, and unique patterns. These swimsuits will look fierce at a raunchy beach party or sleek spa resorts. The cover ups are breezy and will go well with all that awesome turquoise and silver jewelry you find in town!  
The key is to keep it fun and casual while you are tipping back the finest tequila you can find and savoring delightful dishes, like nopales aka grilled cactus. 

Carol Wior , $98
Gabriella Rocha (low tie-back)
swimsuits just for us, $34
The nightlife in Mexico is as vibrant as your wardrobe, so pick easy, fun pieces like maxi dresses, cute embroidered numbers and add flair with a wide belt. You are going to one sassy, hot mamacita dancing it up all night on the Mexican Rivera! Mas tequila, por favor.
Gypsy Soule, $314
Forever 21 +
Forever 21+, "Festive" dress, $32.80
Forever 21 +, Leatherette Stitch belt, $8

I hope you have gotten some inspiration and direction. Happy shopping!!
Want more advice from Foxy Roxy? Looking for something specific? Leave me a comment. Roxy will come to the rescue! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Destination: Hamptons – Preppy, Sporty and Chic

Your Dream Vacation: The Hamptons
You: Classic quality, muted colors and sophistication. You are a New Yorker and this is the one time you don't wear all black. It's a blend of labels and laid-back. You and your crew might be have your own Mercedes for the Long Island Expressway or you may be taking the Jitney bus, but either way you love to get out of the city and seek out a nice breeze and and cool house party. 
Your signature drink: Gin and Tonic or a Vodka Soda
Your designer wish-list: Coach, Prada, Tory Burch
Missphit, $59
The fashion is a lot like the houses - natural chic. Neutral tones, "greige" and other pieces that are casual cool, but still seem very high society. You need to be comfortable and look great too - you never know when you may be brunching next to Anna Wintour! The LOVE Avenue's easy breezy linen shirtdress that can be worn as a swim coverup or as belted for a day out. Day or night, Missphit's camel colored dress will suit you perfectly! It drapes like a dream to highlight amazing curves and comes with an edgy belt.
Coach, "Natalie", $398

Prada, $22/week, Avelle.com
The Coach and Prada accessories are fabulous ways for you to look on-trend all season long! With all the house parties, beach bumming, brunching going on you will need it! If you really get into the Hamptons scene, odds are you will be playing some mixed doubles or hitting one of Southampton's polo fields. If so, make sure you get check out the widest selection of  plus-size tennis gear by In Between here. For a perfect equestrian looks for any size, check out this collection online.  
Old Navy, "cast iron" $49
Remember that no matter what your size, you can still be a fierce, active chick! SO get back up on that horse! (I just suggest that you do not tuck in your polo shirt if you carry most of your weight in your middle. Riding gear is not at all forgiving, sadly!)
The muted grey tone of the Old Navy swim suit captures the sleek, fashion-forward feel of Calvin Klein at a fraction of the cost.  The neckline is also unique and unexpected in a world of plus-size swimsuits.

Old Navy, $15
Tory Burch ballet flats, $229
Also, you can't be a New Yorker with out some DKNY, right? So grab these flattering bootcut jeans to go with your flowy linen blouses, tight-fitting polos and curve hugging tanks, all summer long! Try it with this classic, nautical striped tee from Old Navy.  Add a  long gold necklace and some Tory Burch flats to any of these outfits and you are ready for all the excitement the Hamptons might bring your way!
Avenue, Linen Shirtdress, $49

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Destination: French Riviera/Monaco- Classic Grace Kelly Style

Your Dream Vacation: The French Riviera and Monaco
You: Classy, chic and a modern-day princess. You love the finer things in life, but loud, VIP scenes are not your thing.  You love sophisticated, pieces that stand the test of time.
Your signature drink: Crisp, white wine from the Loire Valley
Your designer wish-list:  Chanel , Hermes, Givenchy
Chanel carry-all, $85/week, avelle.com

Hermes scarf, $305

Givenchy Sunglasses, $169

Roamans,  $54.99
This kind of glamour comes at a price, and if you are not Grace Kelly or a starlet at Cannes, you can rent signature pieces or score used couture on eBay in order to look like a million bucks for a fraction of the cost. If you pack your bag with a mix-and-match wardrobe in a classic palate of black, white and red, you will dazzle any resort in the Riviera. The first thing I would buy would be Monif C's 2011  "Monaco" cutout one-piece (left). The name says it all! The figure-flattering retro silhouette and sexy cutout is a perfect staple. I can't wait to buy mine!    This black and white swimdress offers a bit more coverage and can be worn as a tunic top and paired with white wide-leg pants for a day out shopping.   Snag that hat too for days that you are not keeping your hair under wraps with an Hermes scarf.
Swimsuits for All, Suit w/ pareo, $68

Eliza Parker, "Monaco" dress, $229

RSVP "Sarina", $49, zappos.com
Another designer, Eliza Parker, also conjured up a piece named after Monaco that is vintage-inspired. The hidden pockets, belt and circle skirt are just perfect for lunch in Nice or striking up an affair with some French bachelor who is checking out your hourglass figure. Don't forget your kitten heels or strappy red heels.

Other than a day-to-night dress, white wide-legs, swimwear, hat, and a couture carry-all, you should pack a sexy top like this one for $34, from eBay's FunFash or a wrinkle-free white blouse. You will be a casual coquette with capri pants and silver espadrilles (a steal at $15!) or crisp, white Keds.   A black jersey skirt is as affordable as it is versatile - use as a pool cover-up or with a black tank and pearls for dinner. A long faux-pearl necklace is great to double as a necklace or wrapped as a bracelet.

DEB shops, $79
Planning on doin' it up Casino Royale style? Well then you need to also remember to pack a gown because Monte Carlo casinos only allow well- dressed potential high rollers. This super-cheap gown is also travel friendly, as it is slim enough to pack and doesn't wrinkle much.  It is also a close match a $1,000 Marchesa gown. You already have those pearls and red shoes so I guess all you need is a clutch bag and some pearl-and-rhinestone chandelier earrings.

Double down and leave that place shaken, not stirred.

Bon Voyage from Foxy Roxy!

I hope you have gotten some inspiration and direction. Happy shopping!!
Want more advice from Foxy Roxy? Looking for something specific? Leave me a comment. Roxy will come to the rescue! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Destination: Miami - Wild Colors and VIP Glamour

Your dream vacation: Miami Beach
Louis Vuitton, $23/week, avelle.com
You: The hottest glamazon with your party crew getting VIP beds at Nikki Beach, clubbing at Space, chilling poolside or in a beach cabana at one of the many Collins Ave resorts
Your signature drink: Mojito
Your designer wish-list:  Ed Hardy, Louis Vuitton, Cavalli
Ed Hardy, "Wild Flower" $155

Roberto Cavalli Kafatn, $1,745, size 12 fits most plus sizes

It is all about loud colors, prints, and glamour that will suit you, who loves to make an entrance! Choose sexy, well-fitting swimsuits and glam kaftans that go from the sun to sundown partying. Since so much of your "beach" vacation may be spent at a posh poolside you can wear on high wedge sandals instead of flip flops. Sexy shoes make you look taller, leaner and firmer. Always a plus!
Newport News, Jeweled Maillot, $79
up to size 24 but beware of low back coverage
Newport News, animal swimdress, $99

GlamOriginalsUK, £11 -Get the Cavalli look for only $20!!

plussizefix.com, $31
Torrid, $48

For a night out at the club go for bold dresses, plus-size "clubwear" and LOTS of gold accessories!

Check out all our "Links" section and peruse all of the best online retailers to find the outrageous looks that you want!
Zappos, Gold/cork wedges, $49

I hope you have gotten some inspiration and direction. Happy shopping!!
Want more advice from Foxy Roxy? Looking for something specific? Leave me a comment. Roxy will come to the rescue! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Holiday in the Sun, Part 2: Style for everybody and every beach

Before you even book your flight or start reading my destination-style guides coming up this week, here are a few must haves for every chic curvy chick planning a hot, haute getaway.

"Oceanus" faux-wrap Miraclesuit, $138
1. No matter if you are a size 8 or 18, nothing on earth beats a Miraclesuit! It's chic. It's slimming. It keeps all your curves under control. Get yours here now! The Oceanus is the sexiest and looks great on everyone!

2. Foxy Roxy already told you to hit Bag, Borrow or Steal  to get a fierce new pair of shades or even a designer tote, but it is so great we will tell you again. If you want to buy your sunglasses, check out the wide selection at Sunglass Hut

3. Get your "flippy-floppys" at Havaianas. They are insanely comfortable, pretty, colorful and virtually indestructible.

4. Make-up to the beach? Ok I know it sounds crazy but pair your sunscreen with Diorshow Waterproof mascara and Cover Girl WetSlicks in juicy shades like Watermelon Splash or Burt's Bees colored lip balms make you look sexy from beach to the bars. Best of all, you get high shine with out it being super sticky.
Bad acne? get Proactiv for face and body NOW and you will see clearer skin in days so you won't mind only sporting sunblock. Actually they have their own acne-fighting moisturizing sunscreen

5. A nice pair of silver or gold hoop earrings go with everything and if they have lever-backs they stay put even playing frisbee!

 ALSO Here is my tried and true swimsuit shopping guide for all shapes of plus-size gals. Know your shape: 
Are you:
- One of those few plus-sizers who are tall and have a stomach free of fat rolls? You can actually buy an underwire bikini or tankini! Just remember to shop by cup-size to ensure the best support. These body types tend to be more pear-shaped so try a underwire bikini top with a swimskirt.
Miraclesuit, "Ambassadress", $164 great for all-over flaw-concealing
- More hourglass? Thick all over? A classic slimming deep-V neck one-piece always looks amazing like the Miraclesuit Oceanus above or the "Sonatina" with rusching to conceal tummy flaws and highlight your sexy cleavage. If you are also concerned with covering thick thighs or hips, go for a swimdress that draws eyes up like the Miraclesuit "Ambassadress" that lifts the chest and skims the curves:
Monif C, ruffled suit great for smaller busts, $130
- an apple shape with boobs smaller than your tummy? Then you need tummy control with ruffle detailing or perfect-fitting cups in the bust that help even out the proportion and still offer support. No matter what you never want to leave the "girls" unsupported or smooshed. Try one of these:
Miraclesuit "Flamenco" $146
Spiegel, "colorblock" $69

Holiday in the Sun: Diets,Dance and Deals on Couture Duds -Get ready for the beach!

Hello there sexy ladies! No, this blog post has nothing to do with the Sex Pistols song, but it would be admittedly cooler if it did. It's about winter daydreaming and with all those orbitz and travelzoo sale emails, planning fantasy vacations is so easy. If you are anything like me (and don't live in a summery locale) you are so sick of this winter! I usually love fall/winter so that I can wear cute tights, boots, and sweaters. I am over it.

All I can do these days is dream of nice warm places I can escape to...and all the amazing stuff I can wear! Tune in this week for features each day on the travel style-picks for different destinations: Miami, Hawaii, French Riviera, Hamptons and a Mediterranean Cruise!

This post is about what to do beforehand to get beach-ready!

I suggest that the first thing you do before heading on your sunny vacation is grab the lotion and an incredible new pair of shades. I am obsessed with designer shades, but I have found some incredible ones for $5 on the street too. As long as they look so glamorous on that you don't want to take them off, then you are set. I have cherry picked a few of my favorite pairs to inspire you - from classic glamour to funky, beachy colors:
Tom Ford, "Miranda" $258 (my all time faves!)
Chanel, "Havana" $339

Emilio Pucci, Aqua Gradient, $360

If you want to try out slick designer shades, but are having some sticker shock go immediately to www.avelle.com and RENT  the hottest new couture accessories!


OK and now for a list of things you need to remember to get done before getting on that flight, aside from picking your best beachwear. 
1. Build that base! Weather you like the tanning booth or spray tan, hit the tanning salon and banish that pasty, winter skin. Since I can tan easily, I am a fan of high pressure tanning beds. Just 1 or two 12-min. sessions and I have a nice glow.  Spray tanning is a bit more tricky because you have to pick a shade that will work with your coloring. Spray tans do NOT have to make you Jersey-shore-orange - they actually have very light colors, perfect for people with fair, sensitive skin that freckles instead of tans. Ask you salon for help choosing a color and always go one shade lighter than you think, because you can always go in for one more coat if you need it.

2. Get ready for the swimsuit! Foxy Roxy is all about loving one's curves -no matter what size. As long as you are healthy and happy, who cares what the tag says?! That being said, if you want to look a bit more svelte before hitting the sand, I have a few tried and true ideas.
  •  First of all, DO NOT take diet pills or try some fasting gimmick. It is unhealthy and will actually slow you metabolism later. Instead, I am a huge fan of the Special K two week challenge to lose a quick 6 lbs or try  The Rice Diet - on which I who have failed at every diet on earth-  lost 20 pounds in 1 month!! It was also great to cleanse my palate and get me to appreciate eating right.  No smoking, caffeine, booze, sodium, meat or processed food for 1 month was actually easier than it sounds because I got results within 3 days.  Go to www.livestrong.com to calculate what your resting metabolic rate is and see what you can eat to lose what you want.  
  • Move that body! Want a fun way to tone while learning hot new dance moves before vacation? Take up Zumba! A mix of latin, hip-hop and music video dancing you have a blast while blasting through up to 900 calories a class!!  Find a class near you at www.zumba.com Beware: this class can kick your ass. Stay hydrated and take a breather when you need it. 
  • Don't care what the scale says, but want to smooth out a few lumps and bumps? Here is a quick fix for cellulite. Even gals who are a size 2 have cellulite and it is the most stubborn thing to deal with. This is the best that I have tried that give good results in a few weeks but the results are not permanent sadly. With Ionithermie you can lose inches of water weight and smooth out dimples in only 1 session! It is expensive but you get far better/faster results than many endermologie massage treatments that are equally pricey. I lost 2 inches off my thighs in 1 hour, but it only lasts a few weeks until water weight creeps back, unless you do sessions regularly. Find a salon in your area here. They are around $150 per session and all you feel is warm vibration after they wrap you in magic mud and electric pads.  It's a little annoying but virtually painless
  • Body wraps are great for smoother, firmer skin and an inch or two of water weight loss in a day but beware of the "at home' kit gimmicks. None of them work. I have tried many.  Instead find a salon near you that does inch loss body wraps - they are both effective and soothing. The warm heat is relaxing your skin is left smooth and supple. 
  • Exfoliate! You have been in dry winter weather and it's time to give your body some luster. Make your own body scrub  that energizes and smoothes your skin using coffee grounds. Freshly exfoliated skin is best to get even results if you use self tanners, too. There are many scrubs out there but I thought it'd be cool to give you an idea that can be made with stuff you have in your pantry - saving you more money for pina coladas!
  • Wax. I shouldn't even need to tell you this. You have been bundled up under so many layers for so long you just may have forgotten about your trusting waxing lady, but time to giver her a call. Seriously. For sensitive skin try hard wax instead of wax with strips. 
  • Hot, Hot Feet! Either at home or in a salon, time to do a quick mani/pedi so you are sandal-ready. Go wild with Minx Nail decals (check out my beauty review in January) or paint on a bold hue. Right now I am obsessed with juicy shades of neon watermelon red - a few of which you can find at the drugstore by Sally Hansen. 
Now that you look your absolute foxiest, get ready for my destination style and swimwear guides this week!! 

Damn girl. You look as hot as the Miami sun!