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I’ve mentioned (and photographed) one of my best friends, Stephanie Katz on this blog. Steph happens to be an amazing photographer and is currently working on a nude photo series about focusing on the beautiful details of women’s bodies. As a student at the School of Visual Arts, she wants the series to focus on how all woman should feel confident and beautiful at any size. I’m all about her series (and her the rest of her wonderful work) and I wanted to help her in her quest for models!

Any interested women in the NYC / Connecticut area: If you’d like to participate in this series by posing nude for the Steph and her camera, you can contact her at stephaniekatz93@gmail.com. No experience in modeling is necessary and you would be photographed in your own home/apartment/dwelling. There is no cost for the shoot and all details can be ironed out with Steph prior to the shoot. Steph is looking for women of all sizes, the only requirement is that you are 18 years or older.

As someone who has posed for this series, I can tell you that it was one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done. So if you’re interested, contact Steph at the email above or shoot me an inbox if you have any questions.

And as a side note: Steph’s beautiful self can be seen in the last picture in this photo set. She’s super sweet (but I may be biased) and she will make you feel *super* comfortable throughout your shoot.

I’d like to start off by noting that I *know* I’m not wearing anything very noteworthy. At any glance, I’m just a Plain Jane. A Simple Susan, even! However, the last few months have been a journey for me. After jumping in and out of relationships for more than 11 years, I’ve spent the last 6 months single.  I know it may seem silly, but the last time I was ‘alone’ I was 14-years-old.

Being single at 25 is much different than being single at 14. At 14, I was terrified of facing the world without a hand to hold. I felt I needed the comfort of someone constantly telling me I was beautiful. I wanted to feel accepted but even more, desired. When I turned 25, a light went on. I didn’t need to feel desired anymore. I needed to feel accomplished. I needed to feel adventure. I needed to feel my cheeks hurt because I spent all night laughing over a glass of wine with my best friends. I realized I was surrounded by a terrific family and such an amazing group of friends but I had been pushing them aside in order to just feel validated by the opposite sex.

So during my last six months, I’ve worked so hard while focusing on myself. I’ve kicked my butt and met all the goals I set to accomplish during nursing school, I’ve taken spontaneous trips with my friends, and I’ve really thought hard about what I want to accomplish during my life time.

During this self-discovery, I’ve realized I have never felt more confident. I’ve never felt ugly, fat, or not good enough. I feel beautiful - because I know the road I have traveled and I finally know where I’m headed. Whether I’m waking up with bedhead and morning breath or rocking my freakum dress, I feel confident.

Basically, whatever you do… realize that self-image should never be based on others’ perception of you. You don’t need perfect hair, the softest lips, a thigh gap, or a designer purse. Self-image should concentrate on your accomplishments, your aspirations, and the quirky things you do that set you apart from the world.

Top by Lord & Taylor (similar). Necklace by I Am (similar).

Boots c/o Lane Bryant. Jeans by Guess.

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The last few months haven’t been easy. I’m sorry I’ve neglected this space so much. I hope you can all forgive me. We can group hug, high five, whatever it takes!

For size reference, I’m wearing an extra-small. The dress runs absolutely too big. So size down, way down.

Dress: Free People  - Necklace: Target - Boots: Minnetonka

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Unboxing: Adore Me

Let me start out by saying: I am not typically a lingerie type of girl. I mean, it a perfect world I would be. I never turn down a trip to Victoria’s Secret or Frederick’s of Hollywood - but dropping $80+ for underthings isn’t something I can easily justify. On top of that, I’ve never found a lingerie set that beat the comfort of an over-sized sleep shirt.

I discovered Adore Me after seeing a few recommendations over Facebook. Much like JustFab.com or Shoedazzle.com, you can browse Adore Me.com after taking a short style quiz. A handful of bra/panty sets are chosen based on your answers. I ventured outside what was chosen for me to discover a very diverse plus size selection.

My favorite sets were: Jakayla, Nalani, Mariposa, and Darlene.

I finally settled on the Jakayla with the high-waisted brief. After reading some reviews, I sized up for both pieces in the set. Typically, I wear a 36D and a large in undies - but I ordered a 38D/XL.

One of my favorite options while ordering was the “Show Your Lover” feature. It allows you to email your selection to anyone you want - which is super fun and flirtatious.

The price point for each set is amazing considering the quality. To be honest, I was expecting to get a Hot Topic quality lingerie set. Instead, Jakayla blew me away. The entire set goes for $59.95 ($49.95 with a VIP membership which you can purchase at checkout) and the shipping is free.

Regarding the fit: Ordering one size up is the best advice I could give. If you are a large in panties, order an XL. For bras, some users suggested ordering a cup size larger - however, I found ordering a 38 (instead of a 36) worked like a charm for me.

Honestly, the entire set was so flattering. It made me feel like a princess. And although it’s not my comfy old bed shirt - it gives it a run for its money (and it’s way more sexy).

I would pair this set with a pair of studs (like these from Lane Bryant), a smoky eye with a red lip, and a messy updo.

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I received my first set from Adore Me for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own - Adore Me is absolutely rockin’.