The Plus Side of Fashion

Are you one of those who has a penchant for fashion and just can't wait for the reveal of each seasons new craze?  With a simple click of the mouse and a little patience one can scout the latest trends in color, as well as the perfect style to suit their frame. Are you looking to build a seasonal wardrobe with sensational style only to find clothing store and boutique sizes range from 2-8 or 10?  There are some of us who, very simply, are not a size 'small'. All is not lost, because most of our favorite designers have finally come to terms with this notion and now make clothes for those of us with a little extra curve appeal.

Take a look at these beautiful summer-time pieces:

This Rachel Pally tribal print updates an effortlessly chic maxi dress.  It is strategically shaped with an elasticized Empire waist in a soft stretch knit with an unfinished hem.










A solid black border outlines this Kenneth Cole sleeveless dress, which is brilliantly cut with a swingy shape and slightly curved handkerchief hem.










Shimmering sequins illuminate the front of this Michael Kors stretchy, cap-sleeved top with a pretty scooped neckline.










A neutral, utilitarian-inspired Kenneth Cole shirtdress is styled with button tabs to roll up the sleeves and finished with a curved shirttail hem.










The Created Woman knows that top designers understand the Plus Side of Fashion.  She knows where to shop for the best prices and understands how to maximize her assets.

Keep it Light!

Whether it's a weekend getaway  for two or a family vacation, people like me generally generally over-pack, under-think or get ready to wear a sundress only to find out I have no shoes that match. So, to help people like myself, I've researched and am giving YOU some great packing tips as you prepare for your summer travels.

Have you arrived at your destination and everything in your suitcase is wrinkled?

Bundle Wrapping is a concept that involves placing a pouch in the  center of the clothes you intend to  pack. The pouch is filled with socks and lingerie and serves as a core object to carefully wrap clothes around. Smaller items are wrapped around the pouch and larger garments  end up on the outside. There's an order of which items to begin with.Here's a look at the recommendations. is the website that hosts the concept of bundle wrapping.




Perhaps how to pack isn't your challenge but WHAT to pack is. Does this looks familiar?

If this is you, you'll love a website I found that has an application where you plug in you travel details, like:

  • destination
  • mode of transportation
  • length of vacation
  • accommodations
  • travel style ( Will you dine out? visit museums? parks?)
  • climate

And voila!!! It provides you with a list to follow. Instead of heaping your clothes in a suitcase go to

The Universal Packing List and get ready to assemble your valise.


Make Sure You Choose the Right Travel Bag


Duffel Bag-This is a great bag for a long weekend or short trip. Because it has no real frame, it's shape can adapt to a compartment, bin or trunk. It's not the ideal companion for an extended trip because it has to be carried either over the shoulder or use handles. If you're a fan of the duffel, you might consider investing in a padded shoulder strap to save your shoulders for your favorite halter top.


Rolling Suitcase-The rolling suitcase is ideal for the woman traveling on her own or carting small  children. They're considered effortless and efficient. If you're planning a great deal of moving around,  invest a little more to make sure you have a sturdy set of wheels.

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Capacity- I know I'm always looking for a bag with compartments galore, thinking  they instantly provide more packing space.  What I learned is that curves cause a travel bag to lose capacity. A rectilinear (shaped like a box) suitcase actually has more space as shown in the diagram.

A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. -- Kahlil Gibran

Seeing Beyond The Clothes

Remember all of those cliques back in High School?  Preppy, Cheerleader, snobby, popular, skater, and yes even the loose girls.  We could tell exactly what ‘group’ someone fit into simply by the clothes they wore.  Now, looking back, I wonder if those cliques really reflected who we were.  The best illustration I’ve ever seen how cliques might not be all their cracked up to be is in the Movie ‘The Breakfast Club.’  By the end of their day in detention, the self-proclaimed “Breakfast Club” realized a big reason they dressed or acted they way they did was to please someone else.  By just talking to people outside of their clique, the revelation was made that they all had the same struggles, questions and some likes.  It didn’t matter what clique they were in.  In that one day the “Breakfast Club” came into their own and were never the same. Though we may never have a transforming day like theirs, hopefully somewhere along the way we find we don’t have to fit into a clique at all.   We just have to be ourselves.  Today, I don’t feel a need to fit into a certain category.  People will either choose to like me or not.  Others may put me into a category that don’t fit me but you know what?  I don't care because I know who I am and my worth is much deeper than the clothes I wear.  My clothes reveal who I am on the inside and I like that girl!

The best thing I ever did while I was single was rip off all of those labels and figured out who I was on the inside – what were my likes, what styles or things was I drawn to.  By just adjusting my mind-set in that one area, it helped me understand what guys were, well, a little bit more worthy of me.  It also helped me be-friend girls that looked beyond what I was wearing.  I found my own Breakfast Club!

Clothes do say a lot, so make sure you are sending the right message.  Your clothes are an outward reflection of who you are on the inside, not a certain group.  So this spring as you hit the mall for the new Spring Fashions, take a look in the mirror first and ask if you still chasing ‘that group’ you think you want to be a part of.  I hope not because trust me, life get’s better in every area when you are true to yourself.  So don’t wait, see beyond the clothes now, while you are single.