Archive for March, 2010

March 31, 2010

The Tale of a Fox and a Yam

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Xavia Fox & Adam Jackson

Xavia Fox & Adam Jackson with the Monster Yam

Greetings TVP Fam!

First, the bad news:

Jimmy Jamm's Loaded Yam

The "Beast" of a Yam Xavia Must Face

Today was the big day for the “Eat the WHOLE Thing!” Jimmy Jamm’s Loaded Yam Competition. Our curvy friend Xavia Fox squared off against a truly colossal foe ready to completely devour her opponent! Unfortunately, she was unable to defeat the powerful potato. In her defense, Adam “AJ” Jackson, one of the proprietors of Jimmy Jamm’s, chose the largest, most mutated yam known to mankind (seriously, the thing had to weigh at least 3-4 pounds on its own!)! Xavia, being the trooper that she is, was able to polish off slightly more than half of the demon ‘tater. 🙂

Xavia and the Tater

Xavia is Able to Eat Half of the Yam before Conceding

Now, the good news:

Jimmy Jamm’s Sweet Potato Pies, located at 1844 W. 95th Street in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, is chocked full of irresistible eats that are imaginative and very pleasing to the palate. My wife and I took home a significantly smaller Loaded Yam (Along with further thoughts of sabotage by Mr. Jackson! LOL) but stayed to enjoy a delicious steak sandwich (Philly-style steak, grilled green peppers and onions, and a slice of cheddar cheese on scrumptious sweet potato bread) sans Miracle Whip.

Additionally, we were treated to chicken and sweet potato waffles, an off menu item being considered for the regular list of mouth-watering fare at what has become an immediate favored destination for good conversation and fabulous eating. Just like the steak sandwich we enjoyed the chicken and waffles and enthusiastically urged AJ to add it to the menu.

If you enjoy a good great sweet potato you simply must visit Jimmy Jamm’s Sweet Potato Pies! Once you do, visit their page on Yelp to share what is sure to be a magnificent dining experience with your friends and don’t forget to tell the nice people at Jimmy Jamm’s you heard about them here on TVP! I can all but guarantee you will thank me later. 😉

March 29, 2010

Positively Plus Profile: Sonya Tisdel

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Sonya Tisdel

Phenomenal Makeup Artist Sonya Tisdel

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to present Sonya Tisdel!

Sonya is a former Los Angeles, now Chicago-based, makeup artist specializing in both bridal and commercial applications and is known for her creative flair and love of color. Having a background in art and fashion Sonya developed a natural affinity for applying make and fell in love with the transformation that it allows. Although she has been doing makeup since the age of 13 (using her mom as a guinea pig so that she could perfect her craft), her professional career began at age 17. Sonya also performs light hair styling for her growing Chicago clientele.

Each year Sonya gives back to the community by donating her services to six high school junior and senior girls that would be unable to afford a makeup artist for events such as prom or senior picture day. Additionally, she contributes her time at Dress for Success which provides professional attire and support for women.

To find out more about Sonya Tisdel please click on the links below.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email

For all you blushing brides-to-be you can check out Sonya’s work at The Bridal Studio!

March 26, 2010

Top 10 Suave Real Gents by NikStar

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

[This is a Guest Post by Plus Fashionista Extraordinaire Nichole “NikStar” Smith. Be sure to visit her awesome fashion blog for juicy tid bits on the latest trends for the curvy “fat”shionista! ENJOY!]

The more I age, like fine wine you could say, the more I appreciate men that possess a great sense of style. Even during my wonder years, I had an eye for a dapper gentlemen. I mean really, the way I view it, I’m stylish, so my beau should definitely match my fly, if you know what I’m saying. A man with a great sense of style isn’t just appointed to the Brad Pitt’s of the world. Large handsome men, or “teddy bears” as I’d like to call them, also like to show off their sense of style. Here are my top 10 Suave Real Gents.

John Travolta

John Travolta

Al B. Sure

Al B. Sure

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Timbaland

Timbaland

Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis

Icecube

Icecube

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Joey Fatone

Joey Fatone

Gerald Levert

Gerald Levert

Who would you have picked?

Nichole Smith

NIKSTAR

Need an AWESOME plus model? Visit me on Model Mayhem

Make sure you visit the Official NikStarr Blog too!

[Note: All Images are the property of their respective copyright owners.]

March 26, 2010

Choosing the Emergency Fund Account Type That’s Best for You

by Caramel World Traveler

[This is a Guest Post By Shay Olivarria and will be part of our monthly series entitled The Money Curve: Lessons in Financial Intelligence with Shay Olivarria]

Making sure that you and your family have enough access to cash is on everyone’s mind right now, as it should be. Each of us needs to contribute funds to an “emergency account” that will provide the cash we need when one of life’s many surprises arrives. Having an account earmarked for those surprises will save us from having to borrow from our families and friends as well as save us from visiting our local quick cash establishment. For those of you that have read Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook you know how I feel about those places.

This month we’re going to talk about which type of account is the best one to store your emergency cash in. Each situation is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. There are 3 main types of accounts that should be considered to store your emergency cash.

Savings accounts are accounts that are opened at a credit union or bank. They typically offer the customer very low interest rates and are easily accessible. Funds can be withdrawn through the credit union or bank using a teller or ATM. You can take out as much money as you want whenever you want. Having that much access is one reason why many people don’t see their savings accounts grow. You have to have great willpower to stop yourself from using the emergency money for non-emergencies.

Break Piggy

Don't Starve the Piggy. Feed the Piggy.

Money Market accounts are accounts that are opened at a credit union or bank. They typically give a little bit higher interest rate and are a little bit less accessible. The goal of this type of account is not to make money so much as not to lose any money. Funds can be withdrawn through the credit union or bank using a teller, check, or ATM, however there is usually a limit on the amount of withdrawals you can take every month without a penalty. Having this restriction often helps to stop people from withdrawing money.

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are accounts that are opened at a credit union or a bank. They typically have the highest interest rate of the 3 types of accounts mentioned, however they also have the most restrictions. These accounts “lock in” the money you contribute, and how long the funds must remain “locked” as well as the interest it will pay out. Taking the money out earlier than agreed will trigger penalties. Make sure you understand all the requirements and restrictions to your funds when using these accounts.

Tips

  • Choose an account that will provide easy and quick access to your money.
  • Make sure you know how to get your money out when you need it.
  • Understand what the interest rate is, how it’s calculated, and what, if any, penalties there are for taking your money out.

At the end of the day only you know which account will work best for you. Make sure to understand what your behaviors are and how much access you need to feel comfortable. Having an emergency account is, arguably, the single most important aspect of building wealth. If you have a financial cushion you’ll be more confident and able to make choices from a position of power instead of a position of helplessness and weakness. Manage your money well. Be well.

About Shay:

Shay Olivarria

Shay Olivarria

Shay Olivarria is a motivational speaker, financial literacy coach, former foster care youth and author of Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook. As an ambassador for financial freedom, Shay travels all over the country to educate people on responsible financial decisions. She has partnered with several community organizations including Independent Lens, San Diego State University’s African Student Union, Promise House of Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles Urban League, San Diego Urban League, and the Latino Student Business Association of the University of Southern California.  For more information on Shay go to www.ShayOlivarria.com.

March 25, 2010

TVP Has Been Challenged!

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Well, not actually TVP, but on of our Positively Plus Ladies – Xavia Fox! Next Wednesday, March 31st at 12pm she will be at Jimmy Jamm’s (1844 W. 95th Street) She will face off against her opponent: “The Jimmy Jamm Loaded Yam”!

Jimmy Jamm Loaded Yam

The Loaded Yam! Stuffed with steak, chicken or mushroom, sauteed onions & green peppers!

No doubt, Xavia is going to have her hands full! I’ll be there cheering her on and tweeting the whole event from @VoluptuaProject so be sure to add me and follow along. Better yet, if you are or will be in Chicago, why do you join us at Jimmy Jamm’s and be part of Team Xavia. See you there!

March 24, 2010

The TVP Top 10 Ladies with Curve Appeal

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Greetings TVP Fam!

I wanted to take a moment and truly celebrate some truly beautiful women that have helped shaped – and a few that continue to mold – my adoration for women with curve appeal. In no specific order they are:


Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald: Curvy and Independent

Audra McDonald of Private Practice

Stings
Great Rap Talent with Curves to Die For

Rap Artist Strings (Gotham City Remix with R. Kelly)

America Ferrera
There’s Nothing “Ugly” About This Beauty

America Ferrera of Ugly Betty

First Lady Obama
The First Lady is Confident, Curvy and Compassionate

First Lady Michelle Obama

Chaka Khan
Chaka is a True Curvy Diva

The Sizzling Chaka Khan

Queen Latifah
It’s the Queen! What?!

Rapper and Media Mogul Extraordinaire Queen Latifah

Phyllis Hyman
Phyllis is Still One of My Favorite Artists

The Incomparable Phyllis Hyman

Sara Ramirez
Sara is Muy Caliente!

Sara Ramirez of Grey’s Anatomy

Jill Scott

LOVE Me Some Jill!

The Amazing Songstress Jill Scott

Toccara Jones
Tocarra is Why I started Watching ANTM

Plus Model Toccara Jones

Those are some of my favorites. Who would you add? Who would you leave out and why? Also, Friday will feature a guest post by one of my favorite curvy ladies NikStar on her favorite Real Gents so be sure to check back!

Note: All Images Are the Property of Their Respective Copyright Owners.

March 22, 2010

Positively Plus Profile: Jessica Kane of Kane Kreative

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Jessica Kane of Kane Kreative

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to present Jessica Kane of Kane Kreative!

Jessica Kane is one of those bubbly personalities; an intuitive conversationalist with the ability to mix and mingle with anyone she meets. A true creative, Jessica’s talents consist of branding and promotional marketing, design (both graphic and web), fashion styling and more. When asked how she so effortlessly handles all of these tasks she simply smiles and says, “The ability to execute…there are a million good ideas; it is the person who can execute who will rise to the top.”

Her brainchild, Kane Kreative, stands as the definitive go to company for the best in creative services and is the launch pad of such noteworthy efforts like the pioneering plus woman’s fashion publication SKORCH Magazine and the ultimate girl’s night out experience – Clique Mixer.

It’s not all about glitz and glamour with Jessica. She spends many an hour donating time to worthy causes whenever she can. Some of her favorite charities include Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Go Red Campaign and the United Way. Just recently she served as the co-tournament director for Golf for Hope (formerly High Hopes Charity Golf Tournament) which was well received by the media including KPTV, Fox 12 and 98.7 KUPL Radio.

If you’re interested in getting in touch with Jessica – either for SKORCH Magazine or to inquire about a Clique Mixer in your area – you can do so using the links above or send her an email here: Jessica@kanekreative.com.

March 21, 2010

What’s Size Got to Do With It?

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Velvet d'Amour

Image Credit: Velvet d'Amour

[This post was inspired by an article on Squidoo.com about Velvet d’Amour.]

Greetings Voluptua Tribe!

Ladies (or Gents), how many times have you been asked how much you weigh? What’s your dress (pant) size? What makes you think you can fit that? You know the drill.

I know how I feel when I’ve walked into a clothing store and get odd stares and giggles from the staff. I would imagine that the experience is significantly worse for the fairer sex.

In the article mentioned above plus model Velvet d’Amour was asked about her weight to which she replied:

“While I have often answered this question, I am admittedly perturbed by it. By virtue of being plus size I am thusly expected to tout my health, yet my smaller counterparts, be it in contemporary dance, or film, or in fashion, are never asked the state of their health. I do not drink alcohol and I never have, I do not take drugs and I never have, I do not smoke and I never have, yet many of these same counterparts do one, or a combination of all of the above, and yet merely by virtue of weighing less then I, are completely excluded from this patronizing question.”

What’s really odd is there have been instances where the people asking the size question (or giving the judgmental glances) have been overweight themselves. What’s up with that?! As Velvet points out, there probably isn’t a single skinny individual who has had to endure such ridicule and scrutiny so why should larger people have to.

What do you think? When it comes to clothes shopping (or any activity), is it OK for someone to ask you what your size/weight is or should they step off and let you be you? Sound off!

%d bloggers like this: