Thursday, July 28, 2011

Curve to Curve Interview: Julie Petrusak

This week The Curvealicious Chronicles had the pleasure of chatting with Julie Petrusak. Julie is an amazing young woman whose passion in life is dance, she is strong, fit, healthy, curvy, and has the most amazing legs! Enjoy her interview!


When did you 'love affair' with dancing begin?
My mother took me to see The Colorado Ballet perform the Nutcracker and during the car ride home I announced that I wanted to take ballet lessons. I quickly became a “bunhead”, that’s what you call a really hard-core ballet dancer. By the time I was in high school I was dancing with a pre-professional youth company that had us dancing seven days a week and performing 16-20 times a year. As much as I loved ballet, my teachers always encouraged to branch out into modern dance. First of all, I do not have the slinky limbs and stick-like silhouette that most classical ballet companies look for. Instead I was blessed with thick, muscular legs that you expect to find on a sprinter, not a ballerina. Secondly, my strengths as a dancer are jumping, turning, and covering huge amounts of space in very few counts, (thanks mostly to my powerful legs!) and it is in modern and contemporary styles where I am really able to let these strengths shine. I am glad that I was steered in that direction. Not only does modern dance better suit my technical strengths, as a performer I find that the female roles available in modern dance are more complex and more interesting to interpret than the female roles in ballet.

How long have you been dancing?

Almost 20 years.

Where did you study?

During high school I completed a pre-professional program with the Maryland Youth Ballet and the moved on to earn my degree from the Alvin Ailey/ Fordham University B.F.A in Dance program.

What has been your career high-light to date?

That is a tricky question because I enjoy every part of my career. However, during my last year at Ailey we were required to ask a professional choreographer to set a solo on us. I asked Karen Arceneaux, director of Genesis Dance Company, because I knew that she would want to create a brand new solo for me rather than set a solo that she had in her repertory. It is such a gift to perform a solo that was created for your body and which speaks about your own experiences. I have performed the solo three times since graduating and each time I get to reinterpret its meaning. Any new experiences or insights I have affect how I interpret he movements and perform it. Later the solo was turned into a full length piece which GDC premiered last summer. I will be performing the solo again September 24th as part of the Long Island Fringe Festival.

What are your goals and aspirations?

Short term goal: to perform more. I am just beginning my dance career and I am still networking and figuring out exactly what direction I am going. I take any opportunity that comes my way. Long term goal: I would eventually like to own and operate a performance space.

How do you stay in such amazing shape?

I love to be active. I swim, take boxing classes, walk, ride my bike, and of course, dance! I do something everyday, but I change it up. When it comes to exercise, I believe that it needs to be enjoyable in order for anyone to stay motivated and stick with their routine. I hate running, you will never see me jogging in the park If you don’t like a certain activity, don’t do it!. My advice for anyone is to find a form of exercise that they love and find friends to do it with. When you make the gym or a fitness class your social destination you are ten times more likely to go.

How often do you dance?

All the time. I dance around my apartment while I am cooking and cleaning. Sometimes I don’t even realize I am doing it until I elbow a wall and I have to remind myself to tone it down because I am in my 200 sq foot studio apartment, not on stage. When I have a performance coming up I rehearse anywhere from 4 to 10 hours a week per project. Sometimes I will have more than one project that I am working on, which means more rehearsals. On top of that I take class.

How often do you take dance classes?

Not as much as I would like! I only take about 2 formal technique classes a week now versus the 12-15classes a week I took while I was studying at Ailey. Classes are expensive and I am still paying for the ones I took in college! I am also working full time which makes scheduling time for class very difficult. However, I make sure that I do something every day to stay in condition for dancing whether it is some form of cross-training at the gym or doing a modified ballet class in my apartment (The furniture gets pushed back to the walls and I hold on to my fridge as my ballet barre). When I do have the opportunity to take class I really appreciate every minute of it!

Where are some places that curvy's on any budget can check out dance in nyc?

Check out Liberated Movement they have by donation dance classes 7 days a week and offer all different styles. The city parks also often offer free class series at various locations. For example, Jose Limon Company is teaching a free class series in Bryant Park this summer. If you want to go see dance, go to the Joyce Theater on 19th and 8th Avenue. It is a theater entirely dedicated to presenting dance and offers cheap seats for$10- $20.

Where are some cool places to go dancing in the city? Ie. Salsa, etc.?

To be honest, I don’t go clubbing enough to fully answer that question. Very rarely do I go out with friends with the intention of going dancing. With that said, whatever bar, lounge or party we happen to be at that night, if the music is good, we will end up dancing.

Tell us about the company you dance with?

This year is the tenth anniversary of Genesis Dance Company and will be my fourth season performing with them. We are a modern dance company that is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit through dance. We do a lot of community outreach and perform all over the tri-state area. What sets us apart from other dance companies is our diversity. We are all different shapes and sizes, and dance different styles and we are able come together as one cohesive unit. Check us out at I am also currently working with choreographer Sarah Skaggs on a site-specific piece that will be performed downtown on 9/11 and I am filming a commercial video that will be distributed in South America.

What is the most important thing dancing has taught you?

Dancing has taught me how to be true to myself under all circumstances. Your job as a dancer is to accurately reproduce the movement that the choreographer gives to you and to convey his or her idea to the audience. Simultaneously you need to interpret the movement and ideas for yourself. What do you have to say about the subject of the piece? How can you approach the steps so that movement looks good on your body? In dance and in life you are not always going to like the things that you have to do. But no matter what you are asked to do, you need to figure out how to be yourself and let your strengths shine through while you complete the task.

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Eduardo Patino

Help: Does anyone have any plant fertilizer?!

So to know me is to know that I have had long hair pretty much all my life...with the exception of the day after a very bad break-up when I went and hacked my hair off and dyed it honey blonde...nothing like a break-up to have you make a major life change.

Last year I went to see my hairstylist who told me that after one too many trips to get my hair roller set, blown out, & doobie'd up and one too many uses of the flat-iron, curling iron, and blow-drier that my formerly luscious locks were FRIED.

Sigh. He suggested a cut....I ignored him and proceeded to take 18 months to grow out the creamy crack, & nurse my hair back to health. My formerly BSL hair is now just past shoulder length. I rewarded myself with a great cut and color. I am in a 12 Step program for former Heat Abusers...and on my way back to healthy hair!

I have entered the 'Grow Out Challenge' on, and for the next 6 month's I will be pampering my hair with products from Doris New York (check back for reviews), working on retaining length, and sharing my journey with other curly bella's on the road to long, strong, healthy hair.

I must confess that I have 3 hair crushes:

A. Tracey Ellis Ross...need I say more?!

B.. Curly Nikki of

Wish me luck! I will be documenting my journey here. Stay tuned for plenty of updates, photos, & more! Oh yea...the bet...tell you about that some other time but can someone please send me some plant fertilizer?!


Just a Curly Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Proclaimed Curvy World!

Photo: Me! Cut & Color By Tameeka of Christo in NYC

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thought of the Day

"Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?"

~ Author Unknown



Just a Curvy Girl Living in her Self Proclaimed Curvy World

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Musings From Our Manpert :Suge

Ladies join me as I welcome guest blogger Suge. He will be a regular guest blogger posting his thoughts on what is on the minds and in the hearts of men.


First off, let me give a big S/O to Etoile for chronicling her curvy life via blog, big up baby! I'll be the first one to say, she ain't a woman if she ain't curvy. Lol. They call me $weet $ugar $uge and I have been blessed with the opportunity to spill some of my thoughts onto her site... Some of my insight on women; give you guys a little peak into a man's mind. Let you know how this man feels about certain situations regarding our female counterparts. This is not the gospel, these are just my thoughts. You could take it how you want to...

I think an appropriate topic for my first guest blog here will be how I feel about the way women dress in the midst of this current heatwave... I know that you gotta be comfortable ladies, I dig that . But you really need to know, a real man loves a woman IN her clothes... because its hot out, doesn't mean you should come out and bare all lol. Just means you should dress accordingly. There's nothing sexier to me than to see a woman wearing clothes that fit (that means not too tight,or too big) and having those articles of clothing compliment those curvy features.

Mmmph! I don't know about other men, but I do know I have an active imagination... so my mind mixed with the classy look of a curvy gal in something comfortable yet sexy? Its like she's a dream come true by the time I'm done creating my universe in my head. You guys can be super hot without being stark naked. Its all about the confidence ladies.... love yourself first, respect yourself and let your outfits reflect the way you feel about you!

Sexy, smart, CURVY, happy, confident, independent, INVINCIBLE. Oh yea, you didn't know? You didn't know that your emotions show in what you wear? Well it does. Once you feel positive about you, comfortable with you, it will show. So don't head off to work or out thinking that you can wear next to nothing because its hot outside; make the right decision. There's plenty of comfortable options for you to choose from without wearing something that's going to make some of these crazy men disrespectful about your choices. Remember be a lady first. When you carry yourself with respect, others will respect you.

Just my words on heatwave dressing...stay cool IN clothes. I'm not speaking for everybody, I'm just speaking for me.

Ladies I love y'all!

'til next time,

$weet $ugar $uge

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Curve to Curve Interview: Asha T. Campbell

This past week The Curvealicious Chrnicles had the opportunity to sit down with the lovely and talented make-up artist Asha Campbell. We hope you enjoy the interview!

When did you 'love affair' with make-up begin?
My love affair with makeup began when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I would watch my mom do her makeup in the morning and beg her to put lipstick on me. I remember being so fascinated with the colors.

How long have you been doing make-up?
I have been doing makeup since 1991. Back then, I was assisting my mom with a job she had working for a major cosmetic line. I was only in Junior High School at the time. That experience along with natural talent landed me a job working for MAC in 2007. That's when I began my current career as a professional MUA.

What make-up is in your purse?

I have about 10 lipsticks and glosses in my purse (laughing). The lips are the only thing I need to touch up through out the day.

What has been your career high-light to date?
My career highlight is doing Mona Scott-Young's (Executive Producer of VH1s Love & Hip Hop) makeup for the Love & Hip Hop launch party. It was such an honor to work with someone who has helped pave the way for us curvy gals!

What are your goals and aspirations?
My goals and aspirations are ever evolving but right now I would love to be a special correspondent for magazines and television shows for makeup. I actually have a background in Public Health and am media trained so I'd love to pull those skills into the world of beauty.

What make-up do you recommend that will fit every curvy's budget?

NYX jumbo pencils are super cool and affordable. They are between $3 and $5 each and can be used as eyeliner, eyeshadow base, eyeshadow and even blush.

What essentials do you feel every curvy needs on before she leaves the house for the day?
Foundation is number one for me because a smooth, blemish free canvas makes one appear healthy and radiant. Next to that I say mascara to accentuate the eyes and blush or bronzer to give the cheeks a healthy glow.

What is the one make-up line that carries a lip stick or lip gloss that works on every single complexion and looks good at every age?
Wow! That's a hard one. I think the MAC cremesheen glass line has something for everyone. The colors are muted and flat but still glossy. They aren't sticky. Deelight, Boy Bait & Over Indulgence are some of my favorites.

What are your tips on how to salvage that last bit of lipstick in the tube?
If you have a bunch of lipsticks that you are scraping to get product out can take a clean disposable mascara wand and use the handle end of it to dig the remaining lipstick out. Empty the lipstick into a pill box and label each section so you know which lipstick is which.

What are your thoughts on make-up color and why every curvy girl should embrace it?
I love love love color! I think it makes things more interesting, artsy and beautiful. When added to the face & used correctly, color can really enhance your beauty and wake you up. If you are afraid of color but thinking of trying it, consult the professionals. That's what we're here for!

Check back for Asha's monthly Guest Blog feature 'BlueDini' as she dishes out tips and tricks of the trade that every curvy should add to her make-up arsenal.

Find Asha on the web at:

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Confessions of a Curvy Curly: PJ'ism

I hate to admit it but...

The PJ haul reached EPIC proportions this week!!!

Ok so you already know that I had a hair affair last weekend. I cheated on my hair stylist and am already soooo smitten with my new hair stylist that I may never go back...and thus began my downward spiral...I fell off the PJ 'wagon' a week ago and have yet to recover.

I need a meeting. I need a support group, I SERIOUSLY need help "Hello My Name is Etoile and I Am a PRODUCT JUNKIE!"...sigh...

So following my haircut and style a product was recommended to me. What did I do? Bought it of course and the proceeded to the beauty supply store and stocked up...when I left I had a grocery store sized bag of product in tow. Then I went home and ordered curly girl products from not one but THREE on-line retailers. Yeah, yea, yeah I already know.

To know me is to know that I am absolutely, positively hair obsessed!

The haul this week included:

Yes to Cucumbers Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner
Keracare Humecto
Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator
Wonder Curl Get Slick Hair Smoothie
Wonder Curl Butter Than Love Hair Pudding
Blended Beauty Curl Styling Butter
Blended Beauty SilkShake
Dabur Vatika Oil

I am doing a deep condish as I type right now with my Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator...

Reviews of my epic haul to follow in the coming weeks.


Until Next Time,

Just a Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Professed Curvy World

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Can't Go Because I Have Nothing To Wear...

Not anymore!!!!

Curvefriends allow me to introduce The Sofistafunk RX Collection!

The skirts are an always ready collection of bottom frocks tucked not-so-neatly in their own little carrying cases and were inspired by and designed for those "I would love to go but don't have time to go home and change" situations.

The RX Collection will be your personal never-let-you-down-every girl's-bff-for-life's-little-un-expectancy's.

Stay tuned for my 'Curve to Curve' interview with Arlinda the Design Maven of Sofistafunk next week!

Until Next Time,

Just a Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Professed Curvy World

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Birkenstocks? Umm yea really.

I used to call myself a tomboy but I was recently corrected and told that 'title' did not suit me at all, you see while I prefer jeans and sneakers or jeans and boots I am by all means a 'girly girl'. I LOVE pink, pastel colors, doing my hair, pretty shades of lip gloss, getting pedicures, smelling good, blah, blah, blah...I just prefer to be 'girly girl' in jeans and sneakers, lol.

My self described style is 'fashionably comfortable', I dress not to impress others...I dress for me. Sexy for me is not wearing a skirt so tight I am afraid to sit down, or heels so high all I can do is sit down. Sexy for me is putting on a pair of jeans that fit my curves well, and a pair of shoes or sneakers that I can walk briskly in, run for the bus or train if I have to, stroll around Manhattan in, or arrive home at the end of my day with 0% foot pain.

Which brings me to my next point...

I am the queen of the ballet flat, they know me by first name in Foot yep I do love my sneakers, and I am the proud owner of 4 pairs of Birkenstocks...and I have been wearing them for years. People tease me constantly and ask what are those 'Jesus Sandals' you have on...ok...whatever...I like to think my Birkies as I call them are fashionable and fly and yesterday someone agreed. I was riding home on the train last eve and a woman said 'excuse me but I love your sandals where did you get them?' and I replied 'Zappos, they're Birkenstocks' and she replied in a state of awe and perhaps shock 'Birkenstocks, you're kidding me?'

Cute and comfy...nothing 'granola or crunchy' about me at all.

Stay cool and the phrase for the day 'fashionably comfortable.


Until Next Time,

Just a Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Professed Curvy World

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I Cheated...The Story of My Hair Affair

I cheated. On my hairdresser that is. Yep, I felt guilty...but boy am I LOVING my new hair style.

See the thing is the hairdresser that I 150% loved and adored moved away 5 years ago and I have not found that one person who just totally gets my hair. You see this mane of hair on my head has a mind of her own, she's thick, she's a mix of textures, she's brazen, and if you don't play nice she will show you that she ain't having it...sigh. Oh yea and I call her Luscious Lola.

Lola and I have salon hopped over the years, we have fallen prey to quite a few slick marketing gimmicks, we have allowed hair dressers to put creamy crack in our hair, we have been the victim of carrot top aka when the color goes oh so horribly wrong, we have beaten and subdued our hair at The Dominican Salons...which caused heat damage you could not even name it and Lola and I have done it.

Late last year we started seeing Mr. Big (the name has been changed to protect the innocent - smile), and we really do love him. He pampered Lola, he nursed her back to health but still she and I just wanted something more.

And then we found her. Yesterday we walked into Christo in Manhattan met Queen Curl herself Ms. Tameeka McNeil-Johnson and so our Hair Affair begins. Tameeka is a gorgeous curly who looked at Lola and got it. She played nice with her and coaxed her into gorgeous ringlets. Who knew??!! Lola swooned, blushed, and fell in love.

Christo Fifth Avenue is a salon for curly's and is located in Manhattan. Find them on the web at; but be sure to ask for Queen Curl: Ms. Tameeka who can also be found at her web-site

Until Next Time,

Just a Curly Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Professed Curvy World

Friday, July 8, 2011

Introducing!! Suge!!

I consider myself to be a supa dupa smart and savvy curvy. I am intelligent, articulate, cultured and yet one thing has baffled me my entire So as I sat furiously wracking my head to decide what info many curvy girls would find invaluable I decided some 'real talk' from a resident manpert (man + expert = manpert) fit the bill!

And so my curvefriends allow me to introduce Sweet Sugar Suge!!!

Suge a gifted MC, voice over artist, actor, hecka funny guy and all around entertainer from New Jersey will be a featured blogger on The Curvealicious Chronicles. Suge will dish on what curvy girl's wants to know...what lies within that deep dark unknown...the heads and hearts of men.

Be sure to check Suge out on: @sweetsugarsuge

And of course on The Curvealicious Chronicles!

Until Next Time,


Just a Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Professed Curvy World!!

Photo Credit: Rowena Husbands, Blink of An Eye Photography

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Coming Soon! Curvespiration!

As a curvy girl I inspire to rock every single thing that I do. And when I say rock I mean everything...from making homemade muffins on Sunday to drilling down when I am preparing a work assignment and shall we say...killing it.

I often seek & find inspiration from my curvefriends, incredible women who also seek to rock everything that they do. We are passionate. We are ambitious. We look for the doors to walk through and when we don't find them we pick up sledgehammers and create our openings.

Starting next week The Curvealicious Chronicles will post a weekly 'Curvespiration' feature on a Curvealicious woman who is Rocking Out in her chosen field.

In the coming weeks look for features on three of my fabulous curvefriends:

The divine Ms. A aka Arlinda; Design Maven of Sofistafunk;

The Lovely Asha Campbell; Make-Up Artist Extraordinare;

Super Talented Celebrity Photographer Rowena Husbands;

Until Next Time,

Just a Curvy Girl Living In My Self Proclaimed Curvy World

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Curvealicious Find Of The Day - DKNY SOHO Jeans

So this is the deal. I'm a curvy girl living in my curvy world and as all curvy girls know finding jeans that fit the curves can be shall we say...A PROBLEM!

As a self professed jean-a-holic I take the denim game VERY seriously. When I find a cut of jeans I invest in several pair on the off chance that they may be discontinued. When I go jean shopping I arm myself with no less than 5 or 6 pair and head off to the dressing room...hope against hope that just MAYBE a pair of jeans and I will meet, fall in love and embark on our jeanymoon :-).

My waist is very small and my hips...very curvy.. and over the years when I have purchased jeans to fit my hips they would be perhaps 5 or more inches too big in the waist.

Well my girlfriend told me to check out the DKNY SOHO Jean and can we say EPIC SCORE! The jeans have a bit of stretch which is a match made in curvy girl heaven, come in a variety of colors and cuts and are super curve flattering. They are carried in The DKNY Store at Lane Bryant and I have also purchased them in Macy's.

DKNY SOHO Jeans...I heart You!!

Curvfriends check them out! You will not be disappointed!

Until Next Time:


Just a Curvy Girl Living in My Self Proclaimed Curvy World!

Photo Credit: Me!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hello My Name Is...

Hello My Name is Etoile and I as the title depicts am a curvy girl running 'thangs' in my curvy world.

I am a Daughter, Sister, Lover, Friend, Sprinkler of Magic Dust, Blue Denim Jean-a-Holic, Self Professed Product Junkie and the list goes on and on and on.

I suffer girl moments 3 out of 5 days a week where I try on numerous outfits in the morning while wondering to myself 'does this make my butt look big'. I talk myself down from ordering the glazed donut with my cup of joe in the morning. I don't work out nearly as much as I should...and...boy oh boy do I love McDonald's french fries.

Over the years I've loved. I've been loved.

I'm still a work in progress.

I am having the TIME of my life.

Some of the things I know for sure are:

  • Curvy Girls ROCK!

  • Sexy is not a size or a's a feeling

  • Smiling feels so much better than frowning

  • Pay it forward...the feeling...INCREDIBLE

  • A cup of Bustelo is the PERFECT way to start the morning

  • When you find a cut of jeans that work for your several me on that one

  • The right skirt will make you feel like a princess...don't believe me?! Check out my curvfriend's web-site at

I hope you'll join me as I ramble on and enjoy every delicious moment in this curvealicious world.

Until Next Time,

Just a Curvy Girl Living in My Self Proclaimed Curvy World