Review: Santorini Dress from Eliza Parker

Monday, December 6, 2010

I was lucky enough to win VIP tickets to FFF Week(end) in Los Angeles, CA on October 28 - 30, 2010, courtesy of Stiletto Siren and Sonsi. I'll talk about my great time at FFF Week(end) in another post.

I decided to wear a dress from Eliza Parker to the Runway Finale event. Eliza Parker is this great new plus size clothing collection by designer Jessica Tenaglia that runs up to size 26/28. I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica at an Eliza Parker NYC event back in June and was so impressed at her knowledge of the plus size body and her desire to create a collection that will properly fit and celebrate a woman's curves. She really pays attention to fabric, fit and color. I instantly fell in love with the Santorini dress in Midnight Blue.

I had to have it. I usually wear black dresses but wanted to change it up a bit and wear some color. The length was perfect for me as I prefer to wear long dresses to formal events. I thought the blue would look beautiful against my pale skin. Plus, the style of the dress would flatter me in the right places. I have an hourglass shape, a tummy, and wide hips (not to mention a big booty, thanks to my Latina heritage, lol).

The dress did not disappoint. The fabric is stretchy, draped well, and is not clingy at all. It flows so well as I walk. The dress has a great black liner underneath, which I found to be an awesome bonus. The fabric does not feel cheap at all. The dress is a little heavy in weight, which for me I love because I can wear it all year round. The day I wore it, the weather was around 80 degrees and I was not hot at all despite the weight of the fabric. I wore it with a short sleeve shrug from Curvy Girl Clothing. However, I think I can also wear it in the winter, paired with a long sleeve jacket or shrug and not be cold. This is a very versatile dress. Not to mention, it was so comfy because of the soft fabric (Poly/Rayon/Spandex)! Are formal dresses supposed to be comfy? I have no idea but I am in love with this dress.

The empire waist is so flattering! It takes the attention from my tummy and emphasizes my waist. I love how the top part of the dress has wide straps, which resemble a halter type wrap style. I usually hate to wear sleeveless tops or dresses but I would wear this dress without a jacket or shrug. I feel so beautiful in it. I felt an urge to twirl and spin when I put it on the first time, lol. Love it!

I have become such a big fan of Eliza Parker. I now have my eye on the Savannah dress in plum and the Monaco dress, which is this beautiful black and white dress that I saw Madeline Figueroa Jones from Plus Model Magazine wearing at one of the FFF Week(end) events.

So, to my fellow plus size fashionista sisters out there, definitely check out Eliza Parker! You will not be disappointed. They currently have a promotion going through Dec 8, where you can take an additional 15% off your order. Use code LIGHTS15 at checkout.

Here's some more pics of me rocking my fabulous blue EP dress:

Me with the beautiful Rosie Mercado, Face of FFF Week (she's wearing Igigi)

Me with the face of Eliza Parker, the gorgeous Fluvia Lacerda, plus size model

Me with the wonderful Madeline Figueroa Jones from Plus Model Magazine

Shop my look:
Santorini Dress in Midnight Blue from Eliza Parker
Matching Shrug from Eliza Parker (my shrug is no longer available at Curvy Girl Clothing but this shrug is just as fabulous)
Black Chiffon Lace Flower Hair Clip from Torrid
Avery Clutch in black from Payless
Black Peeptoe Courts from Evans UK

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