What I’m Hearin’…

So, I’m totally guilty.  I’ve been riding the Beyoncé train for several weeks now.  Her singles have been really great.  I’m not usually one of her biggest fans (sorry, not a big R&B fan) but I really do respect her work.  I first heard this song at the All Black party last month and even thought I’m totally late hearing it, I’ve been loving it and playing it in my car ever since.  Plus the video is so colorful and fashionable, plus it looks like everyone’s having a really great time.  Three things that are right up my little alley!  So, please enjoy Beyoncé ft. J. Cole with Party.

What are your thoughts?


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Hey guys!  The winner of the copy of Breakfast At Tiffany’s on DVD from this week’s post is none other than:  (insert cheesy drum roll here…)

Ms. Tammie of My Aura!

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Check your email inbox real soon, girlfriend!  And to everyone else, please check out her awesome blog by clicking the pic above!

Thanks to everyone who participated!  A new giveaway will be coming up soon!

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What I’m Lovin’…

There are several things that I’m Lovin’ this week!

First up!

All is well in my world cuz Miss Piggy’s got a collection with M.A.C.!  Click the pic to check it out!

To celebrate the supremely talented Miss Piggy's return to the silver screen, she & M∙A∙C have created a limited edition, online exclusive collection for Eyes featuring Miss Piggy Pink Eye Shadow, Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack & 36 Lash.

So excited!  I’m definitely checking out the new Muppets movie, which is the first one in 12 years, when it is released on November 23rd!  This week!


Fellow curvy girl, Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, has written and ebook full of curvy tips and secrets.  This girl is every curvy blogger’s role model!  I’m definitely going to check that out this week!  Here she is featured in Vogue Italia where she’s a regular contributor to their Curvy section!  Click the pic!

Curvy. Confident. Chic.

Visit her blog here…


Access her new ebook, Keeping It Curvy.Confident.Chic here…

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Have you guys seen the new plus size gummy bears in stores?  lol, seriously!  Trolli Big Bold Bears are one of the newest creations from the company owned by Farley’s & Sathers.  I found out about them through Twitter.


They are 4x the size of regular gummy bears and promise to be loaded with flavor!  I tried them a few days ago and I was impressed.  They indeed had a lot more flavor than regular gummy bears and the shape and size were so cute that they were almost hard to eat.  ALMOST…lol  Click the pic below to read a more detailed review from The Candy Blog.


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What I’m Wearin’…

Hey guys!  How about a little giveaway!?!?!  Meet me at the bottom of this post for details!

Here’s what I wore to the All Black Affair a few weeks ago!  I had a really good time but I stopped at the door and was asked to take my camera to my car.  **so freakin’ bummed**  I did manage to snap a few pics before and afterwards to share with you guys!


This dress had pockets!  #bliss


And my accessories…


In This Look:

Beaded neckline dress from Ross for $29,

Black draped Cardigan from Lane Bryant for $13,

Black and Diamond stretch belt from Cato’s Fashions for $7,

Black patent leather peeptoe pumps from Cato’s Fashions for $13,

Patterned tights from Torrid for $15,

Pearl and Diamond bangles from Ashley Stewart for $10 each,

Diamond flower ring from Local Beauty Supply for $12,

Silver rhinestone watch gifted,

Black and White feather fascinators from Hobby Lobby wedding section for $4 each,

Black and Silver statement earrings from Arthur’s for $7,


Now for the good stuff!

When I saw this dress, I fell head over heels for it!  The color and neckline totally reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffany’s!  This is one of my favorite “style movies.”  Ranked right up there with Sex and the City and To Catch a Thief.  So, since Breakfast at Tiffany’s celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year, I’m going to give away a copy of the movie on DVD to one lucky reader!

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Here are the rules!

1.  Be a follower of Economical Elegance for the Dumpy Duchess using Google Friend Connect.

2.  “like” The Dumpy Duchess on Facebook by clicking here.

3.  Then, leave me a comment telling me your favorite “style movie”!

*For an extra entry, you can mention the giveaway on your blog.*

I’ll announce the winner this Friday!  Good luck my sweet readers!  Don’t forget to include your email so that I know how to contact you!



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What I’m Hearin’…

I believe I’ll throw it waaaay back with this one!  I know Mariah has stated that she never really cared for the music she used to do and that she always wanted to do the hip hop brand that she does now-a-days but I sure do miss this Mariah!



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What I’m Lovin’…

Hey guys!  Back again!  One thing I’m definitely Lovin’ is my Natural Hair journey!  I’ve had several requests to blog about my transition from my friends in my personal life and in the online community.  I‘m really enjoying all of the versatility that my natural hair has.  I never even knew that my hair could do all of this!  It’s hard work sometimes but learning new styles can be so fun! 

Here’s my story:


I first did a big chop in 2006 after listening to my mom’s insisting that I dye my hair blonde.  hmmm…  Well, it was damaged so bad that I had to cut all of my once beautiful shoulder length hair off about an inch from my scalp.  That was a painful day that was full of tears.

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But I accepted my short ‘do and did the old “mousse and water” trick until it just didn’t work anymore.  So…. 

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Then I got a leisure curl, which I really enjoyed and got lots of compliments on BUT I kept losing hair!  Every time I would brush, I’d pull out strand after strand.  I finally said that this isn’t working!!  ARGH!!!

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So, for the next two years, I experimented with wigs and ponytails while my hair “transitioned”.  I didn’t even know that I was transitioning, I just was too uninterested in hair care to go and get a perm or nice hair cut.

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Well, one day I decided to take out the ponytail and whaddaya know?!?  My hair was now in a natural state that had enough length to take part in all of the various styles that I always admired from “natural sistas”!

So, I started with the “puff”…  which by the way, I thought looked super regal!


Then to an awesome “twist out”….


Then to the ever daring, “wash and go”


There are so many other styles that I have yet to try but I’m having a blast (well, most of the time) with my natural hair!


Here are some of my favorite styling products, tools and styles that have helped me into my natural hair transition!  I’ve also included some of my favorite videos that have been super helpful to me, to show how to use them!

Olive Oil Moisturizing Shine Serum & Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel

I like to mix these two products together in another jar until I get a mixture that looks a little like whip cream.  I use this mixture to do a simple “wash & go” or “twist out”.  Check the two following videos for instructions.



A simple water bottle and a Denman Brush

I use my spray bottle a lot for various styles.  The Denmen brush is something new that I’ve been turned on to through YouTube.  This is a must for ultimate curl definition!  Check out the video below on how to use your Denman brush!



Silk Elements Shampoo & Condition and a VERY WIDE tooth comb

This is the shampoo that I’m using now and wide tooth combs are perfect for detangling.  I’m on the hunt for the perfect deep conditioner for natural hair so if you guys know of one, please leave me a comment!  Check out the video for a tutorial on how to effectively detangle your hair without hurting yourself or ripping too much hair out!  OUCH!  Smile 

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Kinky Curly Curling Custard
This is what I first used in my original wash & go but I don’t really use it that much anymore.  It’s a great product but it’s a little pricey!  Around $18 for an 8 oz. jar and $30 for a 16oz jar.  It’s worth the price but I like the Eco Styler a little better and it’s much easier on this barganista’s pocketbook!  If you’d like to try it out,  Here’s their website and check out the video below to show you how!
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Here are a couple more tutorials for natural hair styling that are in my favorites!  The first one is for a side puff and the second is for a nice “braid out”!


Side Puff
Braid Out


Some miscellaneous styling tools and products…

These bands are perfect for updo’s like the puff!


Always protect your hair, especially while you sleep.  Even if you don’t cover up with a headscarf, use a satin pillowcase.  Cotton pillowcases can rip hair right out.  I love my bonnet!  It’s ultra easy to put right on.

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Found at Sally’s.  This is a lifesaver for rough edges.  Slick it on like deodorant and it lays those suckers down!


Most importantly, make sure that you are drinking plenty of water!  This ensures that your hair and body stay moisturized from the inside - out!

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Don’t forget!  Hot hair accessories make natural hair styling FUN!



Here are some of my favorite blogs and vlogs that are dedicated to the natural hair transition and journey!  Always look to others for inspiration!  There’s a whole community out there that is sharing their story and helping others along the way!

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As I come across more information, such as videos, tips, pics, and tutorials, I’ll definitely pass them along!clip_image001

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