Step Into Spring with These Plus Size Essentials

It is time to leave that cold, dark winter season behind us and step into spring. Spring is a time for change and renewal, and we all know how hard change can be for some of us at times. It’s a time to peel off all those winter layers we subconsciously hide behind and show our true inner beauty.
Spring means warm, gorgeous weather and that will mean less clothing, more skin which can be a little scary. It means that us women begin to wear tank-tops, shorts, sun-dresses, open-toed shoes revealing all of the things most of us dread showing and hide all winter long. So what do we do? We can’t just spend another season hiding in our cozy “cover-all” clothing. It’s a time to reevaluate our thoughts and put them into a whole new positive perspective and celebrate the skin we are in. Thinking that just because I am carrying a few extra pounds does not mean I can’t enjoy this weather as much as the next woman.
This season I’ve decided that as the weather begins to warm up I will integrate essential spring pieces into my wardrobe slowly. Here are some great plus size fashion “must have” items for spring that I love from some of my favorite plus size boutiques that just might help you get your spring wardrobe off to a great start.
Start off by picking up a couple of basic tee’s. My favorite tee right now is the Sunwashed T sold at Gap for $19.95. They are available in a variety of gorgeous colors (my fav Neon Double Pink) perfect for Spring up to size XXL. These are perfect to mix and match with your favorite plus size jeans, shorts, or skirts depending on the weather.

Sunwashed T

As for bottoms to mix and match with, my first choice would be a rolled up pair of plus size jeans like these by James Jeans sold at Nordstrom. I love this style because it is perfect for those laid back, warm weather beach days and you can dress them up or down. My favorite thing is to add a colored skinny belt for little extra pop of color.

Boyfriend Jeans

My second choice in plus size bottoms for Spring would have to be a super cute pair of bright, colored, cropped skinny jeans like this style I love from Gap. These Skimmer Jeans are not only super stylish but they STRETCH which I love and are available in a variety of colors and would go perfect with a simple pair of ballet flats or sandals.

Skimmer Jeans

These are just a couple of great, basic, essential pieces that will help you get your spring wardrobe up and running and get you comfortable in showing off some skin.

To dress these items up throw on an easy, distinctive plus size jacket like these super cute styles available at Macys.

Jessica Simpson CollectionMacysMacys

To accessorize the look you can add a statement necklace (like the styles above) or perhaps a stylish scarf like this one I love by Passigatti available in 2 colors at Navabi and pair of sexy heels like the ones pictured above by one of my favs Marc Fisher available at Macys.

Passigatti Scarf

So there you have it, some easy tips for transitioning into this season of change and renewal. Be sure to go into it with a positive perspective and pick up some great basic essentials to layer into your already fabulous wardrobe. Just remember no matter what you do, always love yourself and the skin you are in!

Win Free Dresses for a Year with Igigi’s “Spring Into Style” Sweepstakes

One of my favorite plus size dress designers is at it again!

The fabulous team at IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel is currently running an amazing sweepstakes called “Spring Into Style” that you cannot miss out on.  They are offering 1 lucky winner an opportunity to win FREE DRESSES FOR A YEAR!!! Yes I said it…FREE IGIGI DRESSES FOR A YEAR!

IGIGI sweepstakes

You don’t want to miss out! Offer ends April 10! Enter here NOW!

POSH LA Fashion Week

Curvy Girls Who Brunch and Curvy Girls Closet Raid with Reah Norman

Check Out the New Campaign Lookbook for IGIGI’s Spring Awakening 2013

Spring is in the air ladies and I cannot wait! Today I am excited to announce that my favs at IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel just released their new campaign lookbook titled “Spring Awakening 2013” and I am in heaven! I am loving the sexy, feminine, flirty vibe and all the beautiful jewel tones are to die for. I am especially digging the new plus size maxi dresses they have to offer like the Zira Maxi Dress…gorgeous!

Check out the lookbook and let me know what you think. Which dress is your favorite?


A little bit about the collection….


“Curvy Girls Closet Raid” meets “Curvy Girls Who Brunch” – A Spring Plus Size Shopping Event and Brunch Co-Hosted by Yours Truly

I am so thrilled to announce that this Sunday March 03, 2013 I am co-hosting a very special event. In collaboration with Lana Leazer of Affluence PR and creator of “Curvy Girls Who Brunch” I have brought my Facebook group “Curvy Girls Closet Raid” for an amazing day of indulgence. Shoppers will sip on delicious cocktails and scrumptious brunch, all while networking and shopping with some of LA’s top plus size models, stylists, bloggers, and designers in the industry such as “The Curvy Fashionista” Marie Denee, Plus Fashion Stylist & Plus Model Magazine Executive Fashion Director Reah Norman, Veronica Cid of “Cids Style File“, Model & Actress Joy Nash, Plus Model & Stylist Melinda Mann, Hips & Curves, Sorella Swim, IGIGI, Cult of California, and yours truly. We will also have makeup and skincare vendors offering mini makeovers and samples, a variety of amazing jewelry vendors. Dress your best ladies because we will have Plus Model Magazine and Curvy Magazine there as well as professional photographer Victoria Chrystal Photography.


Check out the invite below for details or CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKET NOW 

Hope to see you there! xoDanielle


Girls Who Brunch Reah Norman (2)

Let the Holiday Festivities Begin!

Well my friends the holidays have snuck-up on us yet again. I always say I am going to shop, plan, and decorate for the holidays earlier next year but it just never happens. Could be the fact that as a wife, mom, and plus size model I am juggling numerous hats as it is but at this time of year a couple more hats seem to get added on. Believe me, I am good at juggling, but at this time of year things get a little crazy. For example, over a month ago I had received an invitation to my husbands annual work holiday party and somehow it got mixed up with the kids homework pile and ended up on the bottom. Thank God I was on one of my very few cleaning kicks and decided one day to purge the kids old homework and found it. Of course it was just days prior which puts me into a total panic since this is not an event we can miss and of course I have nothing fabulous to wear. With just days until the event I decided to jump online and check out my favorite “go-to” plus size designer Igigi by Yuliya Raquel for an amazing, elegant dress to wear to the event. You CANNOT go wrong with Igigi.com when you are in need of something gorgeous to wear. When I got to the site I was instantly overwhelmed by the variety of gorgeous plus size dresses they currently have available. I was torn between the classic Black  Garbo Gown  with its gorgeous plunging neckline and high slit, the Margarita Gown in Crimson with its gorgeous waterfall flounce, and the Nadine Jeweled Gown in Ruby  with its sexy yet discreet crossover cascading skirt and gorgeous removable bejeweled belt. It was a tough decision, but I decided to go with the Nadine Jeweled Gown in Ruby.  I did not want to be too overly sexy and felt some of my other choices felt that way with the higher slits etc. I knew I would be spending the evening rubbing elbows with parents, alumni, and faculty so I wanted to be comfortable. I also love the fact that the bejeweled belt is removable.  The dress has a completely different look when the belt is removed and for future parties/events I can use a variety of different plus size belts with it and change it up. My husband thought it was a good choice as well:)

Thankfully the dress arrived the day before the party and it fit me perfectly and by perfectly I mean like a glove. Seriously, I swear this dress was made for me! It hugged my curves in all the right places…but you know what, every dress that I have received from Igigi.com has done that and they have NEVER let me down.

The night of the party I was able to get my hair and makeup done by one of my favorite H/MUA’s and friend Brittany Sullivan. I brought a pic of how I wanted my hair done. I wanted it all pulled up so I could really show off the gorgeous neckline of the dress. Of course Britt totally rocked it out! I felt confident, beautiful, and had an amazing time and received probably the most compliments I have ever received in an Igigi dress. The party was fantastic, they had a Smile Booth set up for fun photos, the venue was decked out in gorgeous holiday decor with a rockin band The Ferocious Detours playing some of my favorite tunes I grew up with. The wine was flowing, hors d’oeuvres were d-lish, and dinner was of variety of yumminess from short ribs to sliders. I’m not even going to talk about dessert:)


Even though hubby and I did not partake on the dance floor, we had an incredible night filled with adult conversation and quality time away from the kiddos which never happens and was definitely needed. He truly loved this dress on me and made me fill like the most beautiful woman in the world:) He has a way of doing that! Sooooo…What do you think of the Nadine Jeweled Gown? Did I rock it or what?


As always a special thanks to the fabulous team at Igigi by Yuliya Raquel for making AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS GOWNS for us plus size gals. The quality and details put into their designs are like no other and her passion for transforming the worlds view of beauty  is incredible. Also, thank you to my friend H/MUA Brittany Sullivan for rockin my look out! You can like Britt on Facebook or visit her website and see more of her fabulous work.

Thinking of purchasing your next dress at IGIGI.com? Right now they are offering a Gift with Purchase of  a free Plush Pashmina Scarf on all orders over $150.00 now through 12/31/2012. Click here for details. Plus… they even teach you how to style it! Check out this how-to video Igigi has on their YouTube chanel offering you 5 chic ways to style your holiday scarf.  Love it!


My Guest Appearance on The Stylish Sessions with Celebrity Stylist Daniel Musto

This past week I had the opportunity to be a guest and chat about plus size style on The Stylish Sessions with my pal Celebrity Fashion Stylist Daniel Musto and Contributing Editor to Marie Claire Magazine Marcy Guevara. On The Stylish Sessions viewers receive free style advice from Daniel and his guests live and in person using Google+ Hangouts. The Stylish Channel on Google+ Hangouts is such a cool way to meet, chat, and interact with people from all over the world who share the same interests and love for fashion.

Everyone was super fun to chat with and it was very casual/comfortable just like chatting with a group of friends. The only thing missing was my favorite glass of wine in my hand…next time;) I think we make a pretty good team. Check out the show below. I come in around 59:35:)

Daniel really knows his stuff when it comes to fashion and is one of Hollywood’s leading wardrobe stylists. He is currently styling NBC’s Fashion Star and Ready for Love. Can you say talented? I was lucky enough to have Daniel style me on a recent shoot I did for JessicaSimpson.com plus size collection and we instantly hit it off. He is amazing to work with and has some sick dance moves!  With that being said…it was very smart for The Stylish to pick Daniel as the host of their show.

Marcy was also a pleasure to chat with and she really knows the in’s and out’s of the plus size fashion world. She has an awesome video blog called The Marcy Minute that discusses everything from beauty tips to the latest celebrity gossip from around the world! Be sure to check it out!

Here’s a little bit about The Stylish:

Apart we’re fashionable. Together we’re The Stylish. Join the best dressed social network. The Stylish is a premium YouTube channel owned by Magical Elves, the producers behind Project Runway and Top Chef. It is the leading online source for fashion, beauty and personal style videos and is affiliated with InStyle Magazine.

To learn more about Daniel Musto and to see some of his fabulous work be sure to follow him on Facebook. Also, be sure to visit TheStylish.com to sign up via email to receive updates on everything STYLISH. You can also subscribe to The Stylish Channel to stay connected and/or if you are on Google+ and take part in the next Hangout. I know I will be there!


Test with Photographer Brooks Ayola

Talk about an amazing photographer to work with….Brooks Ayola has a way of capturing you at the most amazing moments. Earlier this year I had the pleasure to test with Brooks and an awesome team that included Fashion Stylist Reah Norman and Hair & Makeup Artist Nicole Valentine. Check out some of the shots we got on this fun-filled day.

Danielle Line by Brooks Ayola

If you are a model, actor/actress, and/or a business owner and need new shots for a project, portfolio, etc. I highly suggest you work with these individuals. They are the BEST in their industry and I GUARANTEE you will get incredible images. Just be sure to tell them I sent you;)

Click here to see more amazing images from this shoot and more of my work:)


VIP and Making History! ECI Presents “Haute Curves” during LA Fashion Week

Better late than never…right? So…. my post is unfortunately a little late in the game as I have been waiting for images from the photographers who worked the red carpet for the Haute Curves event, but still no luck:( So don’t mind all my phone pics.

Recently I had the opportunity to be part of history in the making by attending the first ever plus size fashion show during LA Fashion Week hosted by Elite Curves International. Haute Curves LA Fashion Week held October 13, 2012 at the LA Convention Center showcased independent designers and companies that cater to sizes 12 and above. When I saw the announcement come out via Facebook naming some designers that I have not yet seen or heard of before I knew that I had to attend. Plus, I knew all of my favorite LA based plus size fashionistas would be attending and it would be a night to get dressed up and celebrate our curves together.

I had to do this event right and go VIP…of course! With this being the first ever Haute Curves, I wanted to enjoy this event to the fullest. Now what to wear??? Of course, I reached out to one of my favorite designers all time Rachel Pally to dress me for the red carpet. She sent me one of the most amazing dresses from her White Label Fall Collection that fit my style to a T! Well, almost everything she designs is my style but that’s besides the point…this dress I felt was made for me. The design, cut, style, and super cool graffiti print are like no other.

After I received the dress I reached out to my sister-in-law Mandi Line who is an amazing stylist and dresses the adorable girls on the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. Mandi hooked me up with a funky black leather Rebecca Minkoff clutch, gold pyramid stud earrings and bracelet by CC Skye, and a super cool gold and black sunburst cocktail ring by House of Harlow. After shopping with Mandi, I was seriously ready to rock the red carpet…. check it out.

Shopping with my sister-in-law and Fashion Stylist Mandi Line

Shopping with my sister-in-law and Fashion Stylist Mandi Line

Purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings and Bracelet by CC Skye, Black and Gold Sunburst Cocktail Ring by House of Harlow

Purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings and Bracelet by CC Skye, Black and Gold Sunburst Cocktail Ring by House of Harlow


Me with fellow plus model Melinda Mann

Kennedy Dress by Rachel Pally White Label Collection


The event was cool and quaint, hosted by none other than the lovely Chenese Lewis. I was thrilled to see so many familiar faces in the plus industry that I had not seen for awhile such as The Curvy Fashionista Marie Denee, Tulin Emre and Reah Norman of Plus Model Magazine, Curvy Girls creators Lisa & Laura Nelson, Queen Grace Collection Designer Adolfo Sanchez, Plus Model/Actress Rosie Mercado and more . Designers and companies such as 17 Sundays, Blacklisted Couture, Cult of California, Forever 21 and more came out with a bang and rocked the runway with a gorgeous range of models in a variety of shapes, sizes, and looks. Check out some of the images from the Haute Curves show here.

Me & Plus Model Magazine's Fashion Director and my fav Reah Norman

Me & Plus Model Magazine’s Fashion Director and my fav Reah Norman

At intermission I took advantage of my VIP ticket and got my 1 complimentary cocktail which I chose a yummy Cranberry Vodka and made my way down to the vendor room to do a little shopping. As I entered I was pretty disappointed only to see a couple tables set up in the room.  I had brought some extra cash hoping to pick up some goodies from some of the new designers featured in show or something, but there wasn’t much to choose from unfortunately so I headed backstage to say hello to some of my gorgeous fellow model friends who were in the show and check out the goodies in my Haute Curves VIP swag bag.

Luxurious Haute Curves LA Fashion Week VIP Swag

Luxurious Haute Curves LA Fashion Week VIP Swag

After the show I hit the red carpet once again before entering the VIP Reception held in a separate hall adjacent to the show. There they offered light snacks, a cash bar, and a DJ rockin the night away and of course….I had to get my dance on for a hot second before I said my goodbyes.

I think for this event being held during LA Fashion Week I had high expectations and unfortunately was left a bit disappointed as a VIP ticket paying guest. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fact that we had a plus size fashion show during LA Fashion Week but strongly feel that we need to step up or game when doing events like these in order for the fashion industry to truly be taking our industry seriously and accepting/including us in all aspects of Fashion Week in all areas. This is LA…. and I know that there are more LA based, plus friendly businesses out there who could have participated and showed their support for events like this. All in all I had a great time, spent the evening with some amazing people, and celebrated the plus size fashion industry/community which always is a PLUS!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Did you attend the show? What did you think? Who was your favorite designer to rock the runway?

To learn more about Elite Curves International and see more images from the Haute Curves event visit the ECI Facebook page here.

Special thanks to Rachel Pally for dressing me for the event. Be sure to check out more fabulous designs by Rachel Pally White Label and to my amazing stylist sis-in-law Mandi Line for adding the final touches to my look. You can follow Mandi on Twitter…be sure to let her know what you thought of my look;)