Saturday, July 30, 2011

Yes, I just scored the very last one of this fab Igigi dress in their final cut clearance my size! I have been watching it for several months and I feel like I totally lucked out.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Very interesting and not surprising study finding indications of weight loss surgery not extending life expectancy. (Don't read the comments, never read the comments, amazing the people who demand thinness no matter the costs and almost zero expectation of "success".)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sweater from Igigi and "Most Fabulous Pants" from Avenue. Outside of the lack of pockets they are indeed a totally fabulous pant. They are super comfortable and don't pinch or bind me anywhere. I went back and bought several of them on sale. As usual I also love the Igigi sweater and should have likely ordered a size down. My hair is in an in process stage to get much of the layers grown out long enough to cut them out and I'm less than happy with it at the moment.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sweater from Avenue, tank from Torrid, skinny jeans from Avenue, scarf from Coldwater Creek, rad knee-high stretch boots finally found off ebay after much frustration and many returns to several plus sized retailers that claimed they were wide calf boots (Yes, I mean you Woman Within and Roamans--standardize your freaking sizes to your charts or give individualized dimensions for each size for each item. Eventually fat woman will get of dealing with this shoddy treatment.).
Me and my little guy, he didn't want to actually touch my lips because I had lipstick on. Shirt from Avenue, ponte knit pants from Junonia, scarf from One Stop Plus. His little yellow rain boots are from Gymboree.

Yep, I actually fell on my ample behind after trying to straddle the little chair.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Making My Fat Fatty Fatness Visible

The last several months I've noticed a lot of buzz on several fat acceptance sites about making our fat selves more visible in an effort to normalize our bodies. I've decided to take on the challenge and will be making an effort to post more pictures of myself. Sometimes I might do some outfit blogging, maybe I won't. I see a lot of fantastic, fat, edgy, and mostly young outfit bloggers. I think I can bring a slightly different voice to the party.

I'm 42, a homemaker, mom of four, and a military spouse of one who is currently deployed overseas. I have a mostly casual Seattle lifestyle but I do attend a lot of theatre and artistic endeavors. I like to dress uniquely but at my age I find some things are just starting to look silly. I'm fairly shameless and difficult to embarrass. I've come a long way in my self and fat acceptance but I, of course, still struggle with moments of doubt and criticalness. I'm really not sure what I weigh and don't feel inclined to find out. I'm 5'4" and I generally wear a US size 26-28 (less if we're dealing with Igigi, higher even than that if we're dealing with "skinny" jeans as I like them less skinny).

I foresee this taking my blog in a bit of a new direction for me and some antics from my normal life weaving themselves in my normalizing body image. Since I cannot find the thingy that attaches a camera to my tripod there will undoubtedly be some odd angles until it turns up.

Today's outfit: red ponte knit dress and black ponte knit leggings from Avenue, both bought a size too big so they would be loose; scarf from Walgreens, where I had addiction buying their 2 for $10 scarves every time I went in there for milk.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Passionate, Head Over Heals, I'm Going to Marry You, Igigi Love

It seems my life is going to be heading in a bit of a new direction and I foresee a need for more formal and dressy wear than my normal life has required. I discovered Igigi's sale and 'final cut' sections. Even there the prices were still a bit steeper than I generally pay but after so much glowing reviews of the company from fat fashion bloggers I decided to take the plunge and even order some things that weren't returnable. I loved everything in my first order so much quickly placed a second order, and another one since. In total it's been two gowns, five dresses, a jacket, two shirts, a skirt, and two long sweaters. I can honestly say I'm in passionate love with all them but one dress, and that one is okay enough for me not to regret it asking it out.

I think why I feel so moved by this experience is I think this is the first time as a plus size woman I've actually had clothes designed, from their conception, to flatter me and not just cover me up in an pleasant enough wrapper. Along with the much higher than quality these clothes actually make me feel good, sexy, and beautiful. With all the negative feelings that most of us accepting our fatness have had to confront having that reaction to clothing is a powerful thing. At moments it almost brought me to tears--in a good way, when does that normally happen with fat women?

After doing a bit more research on the company and watching many of their youtube videos Yuliya has a loyal fan and customer with me, even if it's from stalking the final cut section. My only hope is at some point she will include at bit more casual wear in the collection as well.