J Hud Infuses "Sex & The City" With New Flavor

You would have to be under a mighty big rock to not know that Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has a role in the mucho-anticipated "Sex & The City: The Movie". But you might not have known that the 26-year-old American Idol finalist is bringing a bit of youth and fashion flair to the movie. She plays a personal assistant to Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker). But it turns out, in real-life, Miss JHud is becoming a fashionista in her own right.

Exhibit A: Sporting a cropped new do, she wore a dazzling form-fitting, metallic dress to the premiere of SATC on Tuesday.

She tells USA Today she's a purse girl who loves handbags. "My favorite is my Jimmy Choo bag — I got that one first. Another one of my favorites is my Valentino, which Valentino himself gave to me when I was in Rome last year. It has my initials on the side."
Lucky girl! Not only that but she also says she makes clothes and knits scarves in her free time. I think we have a fashion diva on our hands, ladies!

Kiyonna Tackles Work Wear

As much as we like the fun clubwear that dominates so much of the clothing market, every diva knows there comes a time when a woman has to get down to business. (And who doesn't love a nice dress anyway?) That's why it was so nice to see these offerings from Kiyonna.com.

Satin Charmeuse Colorblock Blouse

3/4 Sleeved Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress

Polka Dot Button Down Blouse

Satin Charmeuse Wrap Dress

Knit Wrap Dress

Stretch Gabardine Wide Leg Trousers

Stretch Poplin Wrap Blouse

Silk Cotton Voile Dress w/ Channeling

Modal Scoopneck Tee w/ Flirty Ties

Charmeuse Pleated Skirt

Check out many more styles at Kiyonna.com, Style Sizes 12+ .

Mimi's Curvy Corner's Wardrobe Change

Fans of Mimi's Curvy Corner will have to start searching for the plus-size retailer under a new name. That's because Mimi's Curvy Corner is now "Just For Curves". The company announced the name change this weekend. It's also unveiling a new identity and website. Why the switch? Execs say they wanted to create an entirely new shopping experience for their customers. So far, shoppers say the upgrades are great. You can check it out for yourself by visiting the new Just For Curves: Trendy Plus Size Fashions Sizes 1X & Up

Do You.... Detox?

In case you missed it this week, talk show host Oprah Winfrey started a 21-day vegan fast. As you know, Oprah is no stranger to dieting or fasting. This time, her new regime is being overseen by a diet-book author who is also a spiritual counselor. In addition to giving up meat and animal products, Oprah will also be cutting out caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. You can read all about her 21-day odyssey on Oprah.com .

50% off Clearance at Torrid

OK, so the economy is in a slump and gas prices are out-of-control. That doesn't mean you have to lose any of your shine, though, gorgeous. Listen. I just came from Torrid.com
where they're giving 50% off items that are already in clearance. This is a GRRRRReat chance for you to snap up some of those Spring and Summer lovelies. You can wear them with a smile just thinking about how much you saved. I'm smiling already. ;)

Torrid - The Alternative For Sizes 12 - 26

Swimsuits For Curvy Girls- Recommended by Oprah & Seventeen

This time of year, a woman's fancy turns to sunny days and- "oh my lord! What am I going to wear to the beach?!" But never fear. Help just might be on the way.

The June edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, selected AlwaysForMe.com
for inclusion in its full-figure swimwear feature called, "Bathing Suites that Handle the Curves". One of the pieces featured prominently in the June 2008 Beach Special is the AlwaysForMe.com
"Goddess" swimsuit- a two-piece adjustable skirtini.

Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and on the TODAY SHOW - Women's Plus Size Swim wear - Two Piece GODDESS Skirtini - Style# K80516 - Sizes 16W-26W

Also showcased is an AlwaysForMe.com
twist-front bandeau bathing suit, which is available as a one-piece or swim-mini.

As Seen in O, The Oprah Magazine - Women's Plus Size Swimwear -  Twist Front Bandeau  - Sizes 16W-26W - Style 67164W

What's more, Seventeen Magazine's June issue has bestowed the title of "Cutest One-Piece" on the one-piece bandeau swimsuit by AlwaysForMe.com

As Seen in Seventeen Magazine - One Piece Bandeau Swim Suit - Style#67163W - Women's Plus Size Bathing Suit - Size 16W-26W

You can all the styles offered by visiting AlwaysForMe.com

Bird Poop Facial?

Anything for beauty?
Eh, almost. The fact is, some so-called beauty treatments are enough to stop you dead in your tracks. Take the Geisha Facial offered by the Shizuka Spa in New York City. Well, Geisha must mean "bird poop" because a main ingredient in this facial is Nightingale droppings. No kidding. Some of us might turn up our noses, but the salon says Geisha and kabuki actors once used the secret mixture to achieve clear, unblemished complexions. Check out Shizuka's website if you're, um, interested. The poop is $180 a pop.

Full-Figure Fashion?

By now, you've probably heard that the winner of this season's America's Next Top Model is a full-figured model. 20-year-old Whitney Thompson beat 13 skinny chicks to win a contract with Elite Model Management, a $100,000 Cover Girl contract, and a six-page spread in Seventeen magazine. Now ABCNews is asking, are Skinny Models Out, Plus-Size In? But already many are questioning whether the size 8/10 beauty really is full-figured or plus-size, since the average American woman is reportedly a size 14. What do you think? Let us know by clicking on Comments.

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