Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wet n Wild Limited Edition 'On the Prowl' Nail Polish Review

I was lucky enough to find the much coveted 'On the Prowl' limited edition fast dry nail polish from Wet n Wild at my local CVS. These polishes were not next to any wet n wild products...they were in a different 'Halloween' makeup section. So if you are on the hunt you may have to look around.

I do not have all of the polishes as I mainly bought the glitter ones as I felt they are harder to dupe. But I have to say that at $1.99 all of the polishes are worth getting for your collection if you do not have a similar color...and if you had extra bucks like me it's even better. Just a side note: I did not buy the black nail polish called 'Inkwell' because for some reason I picked up 'Ebony Hates Chris' thinking it was 'Inkwell'...oops! But EHC is an amazing one coat black cream varnish. I think however, that 'Inkwell' is a black cream too so no real loss there.

So here are the close ups:

'Cougar Attack' is a great nail polish with small bronze glitter in a gray gel base. Two coats and your nail is completely covered. I almost passed this one up in the store as it didn't look that amazing in the bottle. But heck yeah it's awesome on the nail. This is worth picking up if you love mega full coverage glitter.

'Tangled in My Web' is an unusual matte black glitter polish in a clear gel base. It looks very interesting in the bottle but it doesn't have the shine and glimmer factor that I kind of wish it had. This is definitely a polish to wear over a color...especially a lighter one or a gray/beige-y one. It's very interesting and worth a look if you like avant-garde glitters...but if you need the shine then pass on this one.

'Behind Closed Doors' lives up to its red glittery goodness with its shine factor in a dark gray gel base. It has small and large particles to give it dimension and depth. This is how 'tangled in my web' should have been in my opinion. This is a must have if you want a vampy glitter. It can be worn alone after two to three coats but for me I like it over a black or burgundy.  Thumbs up for me.

Now 'Ebony Hates Chris' is not part of this collection. I am not sure if it was put in the wrong section or I just grabbed the wrong black by mistake but nevertheless it is a great purchase. It literally takes one coat to have full coverage. That is virtually unheard of for black polishes. So if you see it and you like black cream then grab it!

OMG I love 'Correction Tape'! I honestly thought that this would be my least favorite of all the polishes because it would come across as cheesy....yeah not so much. It comes across as awesome! It's a freakin' party in a bottle. It has blue, gold and silver hexagonal glitters which adds a lot of shine. Mixed in the glitter melange are black and hot pink square glitters too. If you like chunky glitter or are even on the fence about it...give this one a try.

If you pick up any of these let me know! Share which ones are your favorite :)

Happy Fashions,
Elisa L'Amour
New Pollution Designs

Young Ladies Who Lunch: Plus Size Outfit of the Day

Hello fashion friends!

Something new: I turned my top! This sounds a bit odd but it's exactly what I mean. The moment I turned my top from back to front it instantly became more interesting. This tribal inspired top from Forever 21+ has turned out to be a favorite of mine this summer. It has a great crisscross scoop in the back but I was not sure how often it was seen.

This time I decided to turn my shirt around to create a new dimension to my outfit. I think it takes a rather classic outfit of a black dress, black wedges, black purse and gives it the kick it needs. So lesson learned I guess...turning your clothes inside out, upside down or wrong way around can be much more visually stimulating! And it can potentially take a much worn clothing item and change it into something fresh again.

I think this look resembles a modern young lady who lunches. It's pretty classic but there are elements of edginess showcased though different textures and colors. It's not stuffy yet can be worn for many different occasions.

The details: These round sunglasses were bought at H&M in Brussels at least 4 years ago and they continue to be in style yet remain unique. My earrings are simple gold hoops but they are a bit thicker in width. The bag is my black Miu Miu patent leather lovely and the wedges are from Target but they are dupes for Dolce Vita ones. They go with so many outfits! Last but not least-- my dress is from Target too.

Fun Fact: I don't know why I call this my 'fashion blogger' pose but I do. I think because it's a common pose, lol. It does showcase the entire outfit nicely though.  So perhaps you will see it again :)

Fun Fact: Have you noticed the large vibrant green cactus behind me? I think the green would meld nicely into this color scheme. I am inspired to try adding a few green accessories the next time I wear this look!

I hope you enjoyed!

Happy Fashions,
Elisa L'Amour
New Pollution Designs

stylist, makeup, hair and model: Elisa L'Amour
photos buy Jessica

Friday, 23 September 2011

American Apparel "Next BIG Thing" contest winner...sort of

Well said Nancy Upton! It's so great to see someone speak the truth so eloquently in a national forum. I hope corporations and designers take note!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

DIM SUM FEAST! Birthday Special

It's my birthday week! And that means that celebrations are afoot! I am happy to report that it's been so great catching up with friends and family! So much in fact that I wanted to share a few photos of a new year and new beginning for me. These are a few pictures of my birthday dim sum lunch with my sister and close friend...we've known each other over 10 years! I didn't quite ask if my friend wanted to be showcased to the world so I put a mask on her for anonymity! HI FRIEND! Thanks for a wonderful day!

Let the pictures begin:

Above is my birthday outfit of the day! I kept it classic and comfortable because it was going to be a big meal. I wore a Tommy Hilfiger jacket with a navy t-shirt and jeans. On my feet, which you can't see sadly, are my Bass Weejuns loafers...oh and my MiuMiu bag! Another friend for my b-day gave me a little monkey pin which is on my lapel.

Here I am at the dim sum place. The food was amazing! Sorry the picture is a bit blurry but this was all taken in the moment :)
Fun Fact: People were giggling as the table posed with food for pics. Oh had to be done! :p

Below is my sister and friend. I added all the party dazzle after the fact, lol! They looked great for the day but I felt like everyone needed a crown or party mask on my blog today! Princess complex anyone? hahaha!

(sister and friend)
I hope they don't kill me! :P
It was such a wonderful day that I had just had to share.

So this is just a tiny bit of the wonderful dishes that we had. There is so much variety at dim sum that I think no matter what you like you will find happiness at your table. We had eggplant, BBQ pork buns, shrimp, seaweed salad, jasmine tea and more! Seriously if you have never tried to go for dim sum you must seek it out and have a feast. It's an amazing culinary adventure!

Here is a definition of dim sum from wikipedia. This is just in case someone isn't exactly sure what I'm writing about :)

"Dim sum is a Cantonese term for snack. However, dim sum more typically refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food, traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum is also well known for the unique way it is sometimes served in some restaurants, where fully cooked and ready-to-serve dim sum dishes would be pushed around on steam carts by servers who go around the restaurant offering the dishes to customers and marking orders on a card on each customer's table."

Happy Fashions,
Elisa L'Amour
New Pollution Designs

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Graphic In Nature: Plus Size Outfit of the Day

Q: What is black and white and red all over?
A: ME! With a dash of glam...of course.

Hello! Did you guess the answer to the riddle correctly? Haha!

Are you stuck in a rut with only wearing black most days? If you answered 'YES' then this post will be very helpful to you and hopefully more inspiration to everyone who reads this!

I find the graphic undertone to this seemingly black and white outfit most interesting. As simple as the color scheme is, the clash of stripes and polka dots give the look a modern touch. They make it less precious and more modern and edgy, while still looking ladylike.

Fun Fact: This look was photographed in many locations but nothing seemed to showcase the graphic elements of this outfit until we found a strong, bold and modern background. I'm standing in front of rich brown red metal panels.

The above picture is a closeup of a sweet little hat I made. The polka dots are repeated in the skirt, only reversed.

I love vintage costume jewelry, especially from the 50's and 60s. These two little broaches are actually a pair of vintage clip on earrings that were my grandmothers. I want to wear them all the time but they are too dear to me to lose so I occasionally wear them on the collar.

Quick Fashion Tip: If you find clip on earrings that you love but they kill your earlobes wear them on your shirt collar, neckline or shirt pocket for added glam.

These leopard peep toes shoes just worked with this outfit. You could wear black shoes to match the outfit or red shoes to match the belt, however, the leopard print adds unexpected excitement.
By adding the red belt I felt that it helped the eye to better understand two incongruous prints. Also no black and white outfit is complete without a pop of color.

I hope you enjoyed! If you like my outfits please tell your friends and family about my blog and youtube channel--send them the links below. I would greatly appreciate it! Let's spread the word of fab plus size fashion!


Elisa L'Amour
New Pollution Designs
Fashion Stockist
Polk Dot Hat: New Pollution Designs
Stripe Shirt: H&M BIB Collection
Polka Dot Skirt: Thrift Store aka Charity Shop
Leopard Shoes: Target
Black Ring: Noir
Stylist, Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, Model: Elisa L'Amour
photographes by Jessica

Friday, 9 September 2011

Mad Max Meets Dark Glam: An Ode to Fashion Week--Plus Size Editorial Outfit of the Day

Me, I love fashion. I love the fantasy, the self expression and the frivolity of it all. But what I don't like is the lack of diversity be it age, size, or race to walk down the runways of fashion week. Yes, the media finds it daring when a designer will add an older model, a plus size one (who is actually average size in the real world) or three ethnic girls in a show at once...oh the applause.

But for me, I want to see it all and more often than not. So, I decided to style myself in honor of fashion week and those who are left out of the mainstream. We deserve the fantasy, the fun and the frivolity of it all no matter where we are at in life. Remember age and size is just a does not define who we are! So get out there and rock it!

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Fashions,
Elisa L'Amour
New Pollution Designs

Fun Fact: There was a family of quail running around behind me while these photos were being taken.
I am loving the dark glam look! My lipstick is Revlon's Black Cherry. It was created by makeup artist Gucci Westman for London Fashion Week... a few years ago I believe.

Fun Fact: It was hot as Hades in the desert! I'm talking triple digits and I am wearing a fur vest! I recommend NOT wearing a fur vest during a heat wave.
(Above) Here are some of the close ups of my outfit. I think it's a dark glam twist on Mad Max...sadly, Tina Turner was not around during this photo shoot! :( But I tried to channel her to the best of my abilities! lol.

(Below) I wanted to show you a close up of my Dolce Vita for Target wedges. These can be worn in the winter with tights or cute socks. Miuccia Prada is a big fan of open toe shoes and there must be something to it!
Also I think the buckle on my jeggings from Lane Bryant adds a cute detail! And the bright nails against the darkness of the outfit adds a bit of irreverence to an otherwise serious look. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Fashion Stockist
Fur Vest: Rachel Zoe
Sequence Top: Evans Ltd UK
Jeggings: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Dolce Vita for Target
Lipstick: Black Cherry by Revlon
Nails: Barry M Nail Paint # 295 Turquoise
Ring: Noir _________________________________________________________________________________________ Model, Stylist, Hair and Makeup Artist: Elisa L'Amour
All photos taken by Jessica
All content was created and owned by New Pollution Designs

Fashion Week Inspired Plus Size Outfit of the Day (Editorial Edition) Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Vintage Vantage: Southwestern Style

When I received this Tucker for Target dress for my birthday last year, I could have never imagined what an integral item it would turn out to be in my retro wardrobe. The ironic thing is that this dress is supposed to look boho chic with a blousy 70s feel to it. However, because Target does not make their 'Go International Designer for Target' range in junior plus sizes, one (meaning me), must improvise. If you are not the 'correct' number size for a garment I suggest you try it on anyways. It's true that I won't be able to squeeze into a size 2 jean but I can rock an XL especially when it's blousy.

I really love how the colors in this photo (above) work so nicely together. I think the mustard yellow wall gives an added oomph to the whole look. Also it enhances the outfit into having a vintage southwest feel.

As for my accessories, I wanted to keep them all tied into the same color spectrum of the dress. If you want to go for a retro look try and match your accessories to the colors in your outfit. It will instantly make your look a classic. However, I am not so rigid when it comes to everything looking vintage. My watch for example is for men but I love the heft of it. And all the reds don't match my lipstick exactly...I'm just not that compulsive :p 

I hope you enjoyed the photos and thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Fashions,
Elisa L'Amour
New Pollution Designs

Clothes Stockist
Denim Dress: Lane Bryant
Blue Print Dress: Tucker for Target
Red Belt: Torrid
Cream Ring: Noir
Vintage Gold Hoop Earrings: Ebay
Red Patent Open Toe Shoes: Target
Watch: Invicta Grand Lupah
model and stylist: Elisa L'Amour
photographer: Jessica
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all content is owned and created by New Pollution Designs

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