Plus Size Travel: Swim Suits & Bikini Waxes

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Its 3:30 in the morning and I can’t sleep so I thought I’d update you on where I am/what I’m doing.

My girlfriend is getting married on Saturday in Miami, so we decided to make a long weekend out of it. When I go on vacation, its always with my family so this is my first “grown-up” trip and I plan on making the most of it. I had to get two things done before I came to Miami: 1.) Get a new bathing suit 2.) Get my first bikini wax.

*gulp*

Lets start with the swim suit: I have some sites that I used to buy swimsuits in the past, but I wanted to try something different. I came across a site called SwimSuitsForAll and fell in love with a two piece halter tankini with a pink sash. I ordered it, it came last week and I love it! The built-in bra works really well and the pink sash is a really nice touch. You can order a variety of bottoms with this style so I decided to order a skirt bottom because I had some boy short-style swim bottoms already and I figured I could mix and match. I actually like the look better with my boy shorts, but its nice to have options for when I’m in a “I hate my thighs” mood.

With my swimsuit taken care of, it was time to look into a bikini wax. I asked some of my friends about it and I got answers that ranged from “I love getting waxed, I do it every other month” to “Its a pain like nothing I’ve felt before and I will never EVER do it again!” So I really didn’t know what to expect. To be honest, I was more concerned because I wasn’t sure if my size would be an issue. As a Plus Size Princess I have more… “nooks and crannies” than other girls and I was scared that maybe the waxing spa wouldn’t want to work around that.

Some of the people I follow on Twitter had been raving about the Completely Bare salon, so I looked into their methods and it seemed like if I was going to sign up for torture… they were the best people for the job. I booked an appointment at their 5th avenue location for 3 days before my trip (in case I had a bad reaction or something) and I must say, even though it hurt, it was the best thing I ever did! The salon was super posh, (I laid down on my back and was surprised to see a flat screen TV in the ceiling– I watched Juno). My estheticians name was Jordan and she made me feel so comfortable! She answered all my questions (with the PCOS sometimes I feel like I’m the only girl with unwanted hair on her body) and I didn’t feel like my weight was an issue. Jordan made me feel so relaxed that I actually ended up going for a Brazilian! (eek… was that TMI?)

Anyway, I’m here at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa, the pool is glowing outside of my window, the ocean waves are rolling in under the moonlight and… I’m happy.

P.S. I usually don’t post on a daily basis, but I’d like to share this experience with you as it unfolds. I plan on Blogging/Tweeting about my vacay every day, so feel free to check back in daily from now until Sunday. xoxo

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When a Man Gives You His Business Card: (Exhibit C)

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After reading your comments and Tweets I decided to email the famous photographer. I already had my reservations because in my opinion he was passive in giving me his business card. But as some of you pointed out, maybe he was trying to gauge my interest. I decided to email him and our correspondence went as follows (I’m pink, he’s blue):

Hi (Famous Photog), It was lovely to meet you the other day… I can’t wait to see more of your work. My number is below, feel free to give me a call. -CeCe

Hi CeCe, It was very nice meeting you the other day as well. You have such a wonderful smile! Below are some links to some more of my work. I look forward to staying in touch, and hopefully seeing you some time soon. With warm regards, (Famous Photog)

I know I’m already holding the business card thing against him, but at this point I’m thinking his emails are pretty luke-warm, but before I could decide what to do I got another email from him….

Hi CeCe, I hope this finds you very well. I wanted to indicate a few new publications and an upcoming event that might interest you. Please feel free to pass this on to any of your friends or family that might be interested. Finally, I will be participating in a Haiti Benefit on Tuesday. Many photographers will show and discuss their photographs of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. If you, or anyone you know in the NY area, would be interested in attending, more information can be found at the website I’ve attached.

Okay, now I’m feeling like this is a networking connection. But maybe the benefit invite was a casual way to see me again? Either way, I couldn’t attend so I decided to email him and let him know….

Hi there, I got both of your emails. I looked at your links and your work is amazing (as I’m sure you already know). Thanks for the event info, I wish I could attend the Haiti benefit, but I have a previous engagement. Perhaps another time?

Thanks for your kind words regarding my work. I look forward to staying in touch and hopefully seeing you again some time soon. With warm regards, (famous photog)

Okay, seriously?! What’s up with this “staying in touch and hopefully seeing you again sometime soon” refrain? He’s said it in almost every email to me, but he hasn’t made moves to make it happen. He’s 1.) Passive or 2.) Not that into me. Both of which I predicted from the beginning! But for the sake of argument, I decided to email him as plainly as I knew how.

Sounds good! Just let me know when you’d like to get together.

Yeah. I never heard from him again.

So far I feel like my predictions about men who give their business cards are right. We’ll see if the Apple Store Guy will prove me wrong.

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He’s Just Not Your Type by Andrea Syrtash: Facebook Giveaway!

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I feel like I’ve been neglecting my Facebook Fans. I keep getting messages asking when I’m going to do an FB giveaway. We have a LucieLu gift card giveaway coming up later this week, but… lets do an early giveaway today!

Andrea Syrtash has a new dating book out called “He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing)” and I have a copy for a TBGB Facebook fan. Lets make it fun… leave a message on the TBGB Fan Page telling me one of your “types” and why you like them.

I’ll start: I have a few different “types”, but I love nerds and I don’t know why! I’ve always had a thing for guys with glasses, (and if you’re good at math? Forget it! I’m signing up to have your babies…) When I was in high school I started talking to the guy with glasses and braces that my friends called a “hee-haw” everyone made fun of me, but I thought he was so cute! I ♥ nerds!

Okay, what’s YOUR “Type”?

Fan Andrea and TBGB on Facebook and share your stories to win!

xoxo
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Fashionably Ever After: LucieLu & the Eau Claire Dress

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Today I woke up in a sunny mood, but when I looked out my bedroom window, it was a grey drizzly mess outside. I was feeling so good and the idea of wearing a heavy jacket or coat was bringing me down. As I showered I did a mental run-through of my closet to see if there was a way to dress so that I felt good, but stayed warm and dry. Nothing makes me feel better than wearing a new dress, so I pulled out my latest find from LucieLu and built my outfit around it. Here’s what I came up with:



This is the Eau Claire Dress from LucieLu. If the “Lu” in LucieLu sounds familiar its because she used to be a partner for B&Lu.; But she launched a new line of clothes for Plus Size Princesses this month. Her line is full of beautiful, well made pieces that feel like one-of-a-kind finds (and she goes up to a 5X!).

Upon my first visit to LucieLu.com I fell in love with the “Eau Claire Dress”. I was torn between three colors but ended up selecting the purple version. The screen printed chandelier on the front is so adorable and the dress is very flirty and comfortable.

Today seemed like the perfect day to debut my LucieLu dress, so I slipped on some textured tights and black knee high boots so that my feet would stay dry as trekked through puddles on the way to work. I grabbed a cozy black cardigan (instead of a coat) and one of my funky umbrellas. After a spritz of my favorite perfume, I was out the door.

I’ve gotten lots of compliments on my dress today, I’m feeling happy despite the rain …and I lived fashionably ever after!

P.S. Are you a fan of TBGB on Facebook? LucieLu was gracious enough to join the 1K Giveaway Celebration. She’ll be giving away a $100 LucieLu giftcard to a TBGB Facebook fan! I’ll be announcing details there very soon! xoxo

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1K Giveaway: Lee Lee’s Valise

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Today’s 1K Giveaway is from Lee Lee’s Valise! I posted a review of them earlier this week and they’re going to give a free LuLu dress to a TBGB Twitter follower. To Enter, just tweet the following:

GIVEAWAY TIME! 1.) follow @thebiggirlblog 2.) follow @LeeLeesValise 3.) RT this & you’re entered to win a fab LuLu dress! #plussize #fashion

The LuLu dress looks fab on PSP’s of any size and you can see some of the various versions here.
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Fashionably Ever After: Plus Size Boutique, Lee Lee’s Valise

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Once Upon a time there was a Plus Size Princess who rarely left the island of Manhattan… that PSP, is me.

On the list of things that will get me off the island, quality plus size fashion is number one. I’ve been making trips to Re/Dress, a plus size vintage-consignment store in Brooklyn, for about a year now. I had no idea that 10 blocks away there was a charming plus size boutique called Lee Lee’s Valise.

Once I discovered that Lee Lee’s Valise existed, I knew I had to go, so I devised a plan that would make the most of my trip to Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood:

1.) Drop off some of my gently used clothes at re/dress for some possible store credit
2.) Check out the selection at Lee Lee’s Valise
3.) Head back to Re/Dress to see what I could get with my store credit.
4.) Live fashionably ever after!

I dropped off my bag of clothes at Re/dress and told them I’d come back in about an hour once they’d gone through my clothes and decided what they would keep. (p.s. On the way out, I had a plus size celebrity sighting when I ran into designer Monif C., I was nervous, but I said a quick hello to her and she was really nice.)

Now onto step 2 of my plan:

Eight minutes after leaving Re/Dress I arrived at Lee Lee’s Valise. I walked in and I wanted to cry. If I could have dreamed up a store for Plus Size Princesses… it would look just like this. There were huge black chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, exposed brick walls, chairs upholstered in Damask fabric… the space was cozy, chic and inviting. Looking around, I wasn’t sure where to begin. I made my way from one end of the store to the other.

I let my hands run over the beautiful fabrics and saw labels from Olivia Harper/Lee Lee’s Valise, Anna Scholz, Donna Ricco and newcomer, LucieLu. As I draped dresses over my arm that I wanted to try on, I couldn’t hold them for more than a minute before a man (who I later found out was Jim, the owners husband) would come and take them from me. “I’ll put this aside for you,” he’d say, hanging my selections together on a rack until I was ready to take them into the fitting room.

I pulled a variety of items that ranged in price from $60 to $200 and just as I was about to slip into one of their plush fitting rooms a woman with thick dark brown hair and a beautiful turquoise cardigan came out from the other fitting room. She asked customers how they were doing and if they needed anything and I could tell she actually wanted to know.

I was in the dressing room with all of my lovely selections when Lisa checked in on me again. She brought me a dress that I’d skimmed over earlier. “This is our LuLu dress,” she said handing me a purple dress with a tiny confetti-like print. I tried it on and was pleasantly surprised. Looking at the dress on the hanger, I assumed it was similar to some dresses I had picked up last summer, but the while the cut of the LuLu is similar to other low-cut/empire dresses, the execution is impeccable. My boobies looked fantastic, because the bust was cut for fuller breasts using more fabric in the right places. My tummy was slimmed because of the way the draping was done and my legs were accented perfectly as the dress brushed my knees. “I love it,” I shrieked coming out of the dressing room to show Lisa.

“See!” Lisa replied grabbing one of their signature belts and wrapping it around me. “…and you can add a belt, or a cardigan. You can even wear it with boots and tights in the winter… its very versatile.” She was right, I saw three different girls try on the LuLu in a variety of prints and it looked amazing on all of us (they even have a plus-petite version). I don’t know if it was the clothes or the beautiful space, but I stayed in Lee Lee’s Valise for hours longer than I had planned.

I learned that Lisa and Jim are a husband and wife duo who run the store themselves. Lisa (aka “Lee Lee”) is a very hands on designer/boutique owner. In the time that I was there, I saw her doing bra fittings, approving swatches for her next collection and explaining in detail how her pieces were constructed. Jim is pretty hands on too, (he’s probably the most heterosexual man I’ve seen working in a dress boutique, so cute!) he takes care of the women who come into the store; from grabbing a coffee for Lisa to running out to put quarters in the parking meter for customers so that they can shop uninterrupted.

After trying on piles of clothes, I was torn between a LuLu dress and a vintage inspired Donna Rico dress. I ended up going with the Donna Ricco, because there was only one left in my size. But, for those of you that are curious about the LuLu I have some good Twitter/Giveaway news for you (click here to find out what it is!).

I got caught up in the Lee Lee’s Valise shopping experience and by the time I left, Re/Dress was closed, which of course means another PSP voyage to Brooklyn, but I don’t mind. I left Lee Lee’s Valise with a gorgeous dress.

…and I lived Fashionably Ever After!

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