Category Archives: From the Closet

From the Closet: Workboots & Man-Uggs

Hey Glamazons!

Fashion, meet function. More than ever, this season’s casual footwear works no matter what the weather brings. The new styles are tough, fashion-forward, durable and even sexy depending on how you wear it. My favorite styles for women AND men? Workboots for either gender, Man Uggs strictly for the guys.


Let’s be clear: this is NOT the look at all.

The new UGG style, Butte, is cool, sleek, rainproof and Glamazon-approved. My favorite boot of the season for Men, hands down.



This style of boot is perfect for men and women; and should look rugged and relaxed (don’t tie your shoelaces all the way up). While ladies shouldn’t pair them with a frilly, ruffled skirt, don’t be afraid to mix them with a sweater dress or leggings. The juxtaposition of girly and gritty is so alluring.



From the Closet: One Monif C. Dress, 22 Ways To Wear It

Yes, you read right.

Leave it to one of my favorite plus-size designers, Monif C., to create the mother of all dresses—a sexy, jersey stunner that’s literally 22 outfits in one!

The Marilyn Convertible Dress, inspired by vintage dresses, can be styled every way you can think of—as a baby doll top, a dress with sleeves, a halter dress, a skirt and the list goes on. It comes in a variety of fashion-forward hues (like mustard, purple and cobalt blue) and in two different lengths: floor-length and just above the knee.

I know what you’re thinking. You can usually only get one GREAT look out of a convertible dress. The rest looks so odd and uncomfortable that you end up only wearing the dress in one style.

I assure you that every variation of the Marilyn Convertible Dress is as fabulous as the rest. Monif C.’s website even says that customers came up with even more glam ways to wear the dress at Curvy Girl’s Night Out, on the spot. Amazing!

Don’t take my word for it. Check out the beautiful models below and then get your hands on one for $195-$235 at Then, I want you to email me at with pics of the way you wear your Marilyn Convertible Dress. Can’t wait to see them!



From the Closet: Best Denim for Curves Award


I have to admit despite recently writing the Denim Guide for a major magazine, I never wear jeans. I kid you not. Blame the ever-present gap in the waistband for jeans that fit my butt but not my waist or the fact that they always rip at the seams around my inner thighs. After interviewing hundreds of women from every age group, I learned that most curvy girls have the same difficulties with denim.

Since then, I’ve resorted to dresses (girlie is my middle name!) and when it gets cold, leggings are my favorite alternatives to jeans (they’re form-fitting, comfortable and cost $20 at most!). However, there are two denim lines that came into the office that are the best and the brightest in the jean pool. (I’m the hardest sell EVER so you know they must be perfect.) The fit, quality and range of styles is truly one-of-a-kind. Take a look at my picks for the best denim for curvy girls. And try them on for size and tell me what you think!

Best Denim for Curves Award: CJ by Cookie Johnson

Magic Johnson’s beautiful wife, Cookie, met with me to introduce her new denim line: CJ by Cookie Johnson. No stranger to the fashion industry, Cookie has a degree in Clothing and Textiles and a decade of work experience. But what really qualifies her to design jeans? Her struggle to find the right pair. “I couldn’t find jeans to fit my body type,” recalls Cookie. “It frustrated me to try on every pair in the store and leave with nothing.” Tell me about it.

Along with Michael Glassner, the genius behind Seven for All Mankind and Citizen of Humanity, Cookie created CJ by Cookie Johnson to provide every woman with a premium brand that embraces her body type. Whether curvaceous or stick-thin, CJ by Cookie Johnson promises comfort, style and impeccable fit…and delivers. “I’ve seen everything from tears of relief to sexy struts in front of the mirror,” Cookie says of her satisfied customers. “The confidence that great-fitting jeans give women is the most rewarding thing about creating CJ.”

CJ comes in an array of styles, from boyfriend to high-waisted, all with adorable names: Grace (bootcut), Faith (straight leg), Truth (high-waist, wideleg), Love (boyfriend), Joy (legging) and Glory (pleated jean). At a price point of $145-198, the line is available in (waist) sizes 24-38 at Nordstroms or Neiman Marcus stores.




Best Denim for Plus-Size Curves: Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant is launching a new denim line, Right Fit straight leg denim, which has it’s own custom sizing method based on a woman’s size AND shape. Red/Yellow/Blue corresponds to your shape and 1-8 represents your size (1 equals a regular size 14). Genius!

Trust me—the custom sizing method that Lane Bryant offers will make a world of difference when it comes to the fit and comfort level of your jeans. Too often, designers treat “plus” as a size AND a shape. Hello! Not all plus-size women have the same figure. A curvy size 14 is not the same as a boy-shaped size 14. Umm, duh.

Visit your local Lane Bryant store and see which shape/size fits you best. And if you love them and want to snag a pair, they’re only $54.50.

Happy Shopping!



From the Closet! Moschino Cheap & Chic Half Booties/Half Sandals

Hey Glamazons,

Since Ferocia and I come across the most drool-worthy, dreadful and just plain crazy products in the Fashion & Beauty closets, we’ve decided to start a new feature called “From the Closet!” where we pay homage to the samples—from the new Lanvin dress to the must-have MAC Black Style collection—that wind up in our office.

What better way to start than with the Moschino Cheap & Chic half booties/half sandals?! I first laid eyes on them for a major fashion story and fell head over heels in love! They’re the mixed love child of sandals, wedges and booties. What’s next? Half sneakers/half peeptoe flats?!

Delightfully strange, they’re the kind of heels that beg for a second, third and fourth look. Pure crazy, otherworldly, awe-inspiring, avante garde, fashion-forward genius!

True to fashion trendsetting form, Solange rocked them out and about with her sis at a press conference for the Samantha Thavasa Disney Collection. Love the hairstyle too! She looks stunning.

They retail for about $835; yeah, I’m waiting for Aldo or Nine West to copy them too.

What do you think? Are they incredible or just…weird? Discuss.