Friday, December 20, 2013

The Fat Girl Glams It Up

 I have to be honest, I struggled with this month's Ahead of the Curve theme of holiday glitz and glam.  While I'm usually overdressed for almost every occasion where I live, I'm not really comfortable with glamour and especially not glitz (I have a black sequined tank top that has been in my closet for two or three years with the tag still on it).  When this dress arrived from Modcloth I finally found my inspiration.

This is the String of Twirls Dress by Moon from Modcloth.  I had never ordered from Modcloth beore but I went wild during their fantastic Black Friday sale and ordered 13 items, knowing most of them probably wouldn't work for me.  Sure enough eight items got sent back, seven of them were too small on me.  Even with those low odds their free returns makes it worth it to try them again in the future for me.


Unlike most of the other items from Modcloth this may have even run slightly big on me.  It's stretchy and comfortable, always a positive.  The cardigan was bought secondhand through Fattoo but it's from Torrid.

The dress has a lovely detailed neckline of a gold tone chain and faux pearls.
With the pearl neckline and faux collar there wasn't much room for embellishment but I added a vintage looking pair of earrings to add a little sparkle.
The minimized other accesorries finally allowed me to the perfect oppurtunity to wear my statement handband.
The headband was another Fattoo purchase.  I think it's just too fun, whimsical, and over the top for daily wear; making it just right for a glam evening.

These shoes were another one of my keepers from Modcloth.  They are first heel purchase in many years but they were just too fun to resist.
I paired the shoes with a textured tight on accident at first as I was searching for my solid black ones but I think the look is a happy accident.
I wish everyone happy holidays and I hope all of my fat sisters get the oppurtunity to go out in glamour and glitz, feeling confident and beautiful!   Please go check out more plus sized holiday glitz and glam from the rest of the beautiful Ahead of the Curve ladies!

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “Holiday Glitz and Glam” so check them out by clicking on each link:

Fatshion Peepshow: Glitz and Glam Wave
The Valerie Gallery:  My Vintage Glam

It’s Melicious:  Glam It Up
Lis Finds Bliss:  Holiday Looks
Harper Valley Vlog:  Holiday Party Looks!
Banner created by Elizabeth Tamny:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Modcloth Floral Flashback Dress is Seeing Triples!

Two of my fellow blogging friends from the Ahead of the Curve, Affatshionista and Fatshion Peepshow ordered this dress from Modcloth on Black Friday during their fantastic 50% off sale.  All of us are wearing it in a 4X.  It was part of my first ever Modcloth purchase and I'm delighted with it.  If you are interested in trying Modcloth for the first time you can use this link to get $15 off $50.

This Floral Flashback Dress obviously lends itself beautifully to holiday wear but I think it can work well for the fall through the early spring as well, especially for those with a more darkly inclined style like mine.

My cardigan was a super buy I got from Kohl's after the last holiday season.  It's a Candie's label and it has lovely beaded embellishments.  My Mary Jane shoes are from Klogs.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Black, White, and Red All Over

This month's theme for our plus sized blogging collective, Ahead of the Curve (like us on Facebook!), is "Big Girls Can't Wear Prints?"  The answer is of course we can and do!  In fact, I'm one to overdo; so if one outfit is good, six has got to be better.  I added a personal challenge to it as I tried to get prints on several different types of garments.  But since I still wanted the overall post to look cohesive I went with black, white, and red (most plentiful in my wardrobe).  Admittedly some of my "prints" are really "patterns" but hopefully there's something for everyone.  Let the prints roll:

The Sweater

This black and red floral cardigan was purchased second hand from Fattoo.  It's 3X and form fitting.  The chiffon scarf in my hair is vintage; it belonged to my mother.
The capris are Torrid's Retro Chic - High-Waisted Cropped Pants.  As you can see, the bottom of the leg isn't fitted on me like the model.  They are pretty stretchy and I likely could have sized down in them.  My only real complaint on the these pants is that I've always found the side zipper closure difficult to manage.  However, since the pants are a little loose on me it isn't too bad.  I used the patent leather belt that came with the pants on the outside of my sweater. 

I carried the print to one of my favorite pairs of shoes.  These are by Klogs (an awesome brand of shoes for my problem feet).  The Caramie shoe is still available from 6pm.

The Dress

To be honest this dress didn't photograph as well as I hoped.  It is much better in person.  In fact the evening I wore it one woman told be my dress was fantastic, and it is.  This is a stretch jersey full wrap dress by Vicky Tiel from HSN in a lip print.  The quality on this is as nice or nicer than some of the dresses I have received from Kiyonna and Igigi.  It has great attention to detail which includes a ruffle cut skirt front and ruched sleeves .  For me a full wrap dress is far superior than a mock wrap as my waist is about two sizes smaller than my hips and with a fully functioning wrap I can adjust it to fit me.  I'm wearing a 3X and it's generously sized.  This print is no longer available but it can be had in a pretty blue color for only $14.97!  From my understanding the wrap dress is Vicky Tiel's signature piece so more colors and prints should be available from her in the future, I'm sure this one won't be my last. 

These tights came from Avenue a year or two ago.  The pattern is cute but the waist is not nearly stretchy enough and caused a couple of ladies' room panic moments during the evening.  I'm probably going to have to cut the waistband before I wear them again and rely on Spanx to keep them up.  The boots are the Rory extended calf boots from Payless.  Sadly it doesn't look like they are offering red this season but they are affordable and they fit my 19.5" calves.  I own them in several colors, having bought most of them during a major holiday coupon deal.

The Skirt

This diamond pencil skirt is from ASOS.  This print is no longer available but there is a really cute black and white print in a similar style for only $16.02. 
I'm only 5'4" and I have the skirt hiked up pretty high underneath my sweater. I love this outfit. I kind of felt like I had just stepped out from having tea with the Mad Hatter in Wonderland for most of the day.

I do feel the need to point out one of my truly all time favorite shoes.  They are black velvet Mary Janes from Doc Marten.  I also have them in red.  They are beautiful and may be worth hunting for in a secondary market if you are so inclined.

The Tunic

This is the print that challenges all other claims of prints...or just incorporated them all.  The tunic is by La Redoute.  It's a stretchy jersey knit and super comfortable.

This tunic has a built in modesty panel.  For once something that doesn't require a tank underneath it!  This print isn't currently available but the tunic is still available in a solid red on One Stop Plus.
I bought these boots last season from Avenue but they pretty much look like the same style as the Colson Tall Faux Suede Boot currently being offered at $44.99!  They are incredible and one of the only truly tall boots I have ever tried that fit my 19.5" calves.  If I didn't already own these in black as well I would be running fast to scoop them up.
Second Tunic
This handkerchief hem, bandana print tunic is one of my first and favorite Fattoo purchases.  I have cut off the itchy tag but I think it was made by Venezia.    It has a stretchy jersey knit bodice that makes it really easy and comfortable to wear.

I got these faux leather leggings from Deb's and while the junior sized 3X fits me fine they slide down, A LOT.  Like, makes me stabby A LOT.  They lasted about two hours before I couldn't take it anymore and put on a pair of black velvet ones.  They are fine for a photo shoot or if your life involves sitting around looking cute but my life involves more movement than that.  I'm sure they will find their way on to Fattoo soon (with warning).  The boots were purchased from Silhouettes before they sadly went out of business.  The have a real leather front, foot, and side braid with a stretchy spandex back.  I wish more boots were made with similar construction.
The Leggings
The sweater tunic is a few years old and one of my favorite things ever from Lane Bryant.  Its only fault is that it pills more than most cotton based sweaters and needs a shave after almost every wear. 

The leggings came from ASOS Curve a couple of months ago.  I'm no longer seeing them on the site but Torrid has similar ones.  I think they are super fun and they certainly make a bold statement.  These red patent leather Carolina shoes are also from Klogs and currently available on 6pm.

My fantastic necklace is a custom piece by my fellow Ahead of the Curve blogger, Stina from Fatshion Peepshow.  She has an Esty shop, Everyday Is Like Halloween and an Everyday Is Like Halloween Facebook page.

Please check out the rest of my good, and always stylish, friends from Ahead of the Curve blog collective linked below.  Those beautiful women make prints look good!

The Valerie Gallery:  Perfect Prints, Right?
Color me Fatt:  Fat Girls Can

It’s Melicious:  Falltivest
Plump Up the Frock:  Prints? Absolutely

Fearlessly Just Me:  My Life In Prints...A Big Girl's Perspective

Lis Finds Bliss:  Print En Kimono

Harper Valley Vlog:  Big Gals Can Wear Prints
Mad props for our new banner created by Elizabeth Tamny!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Torrid Allover Lace Surplice Dress and Re/Dress Teggings

I really like this Berry Allover Lace Surplice Dress from Torrid.  It's verstile and comfortable.  I wore this on a casual day, going out to lunch and taking kids to the aquarium, with teggings and comfortable shoes.  I can easily see this being dressed up for an evening out as well.

This dress is in a bright pink so it's not for the timid but trying to blend in has never been a concern for me.  It comes with the black skinny belt but I think it looks equally good with a chunky belt.  I'm wearing it in a 4 and I think it runs true to size.  At the time of this post only size 0 and 1 are still available but it is on clearance for $24.98.

The dress is fully lined in a stretchy, matching pink. 

It you have not tried Teggings you must.  Really.  It was one of those things I meant to get around to for a long time but I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.  They truly are like if tights and leggings had a baby.  So soft, stretchy, and comfortable.  What is especially good is for me is I have a relatively small waist compared to my hips, 19" calves but then smaller 7 1/2" ankles; and Teggings have been the ONLY product that has fit all of those dimensions perfectly without pinching or bagging anywhere.  Try them!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween: The Fat Girl's History


My household of six is moving during the week of Halloween so it has not gotten its due attention this year but my Elphaba costume from last year is my all-time favorite.  I was very inspired by the Elphaba character after seeing Wicked on stage.  I thought it was brillant to take this unlikable character from The Wizard of Oz (who most of us grew up fearing) and make her sympathic, the heroine.  Truthfully, how many of us had childhood nightmares of her and her flying monkeys?  To me it was very refreshing to take all of our preconceived notions and spin them 180 degrees.  I took it as far as to relate it to all the preconcieved ideas of thin beauty standards and fatness; being judged and labelled solely on the physical.

This costume took little in the way of a special purchases for me.  The top is from SWAK, the skirt is Venezia via Fattoo, and Doc Marten boots; all already in my closet. 

The hat was around $3 from Target.  The green glass bottle necklace was purchased off eBay for around $3.  The green make-up I got from Amazon as all the local stores were out of it.

The socks were also purchased off eBay for around $6.  They were designed to be thigh-highs but on me, with my 19" calves they came to just over my knee.

I've been so enmored with and identify so much with Elphaba that this has been my Facebook profile picture for most of the last year.  It has the added benefit of really cutting down on the unwanted attention and solicitations from strange men as well.

This was my second favorite costume, it's from a couple of years ago.  My mister and I are dressed as Beth and Dog Chapman, from the Dog the Bounty Hunter show.

I think what I liked most about this is I was several years into my fat acceptance/body positivity journey and I was finally comfortable being sassy, sexy, and FAT.

This was my Facebook profile picture for a long time.  It did seem to generate a lot of solicitations and offers from strange men.  A lot.  Apparently lots of love at first sight with this, wanting to make me their queen, etc.  I'm sure all of it completely genuine.  Too bad for them I'm already The Queen and have no use for their offers.  This picture still amuses me.

This is from a few years back, "When Pigs Fly".  Not one of my better ideas as neither one of us wanted to be covered in head to toe pig pink.

We're "White Trash".  This was probably one of my first Halloweens after fat acceptance.  Not sexy but we were comfortable and compared to most of the people at the party we were indeed the white trash of the group.

Family themed costumes from about then years ago.  This sounded like a better idea than it turned out to be.  Fluffy, furry costumes are great for taking children around Trick or Treating on a cold October evening, otherwise they are uncomfortable.  These were hot as hell for an indoor party so we all ended up taking them off and then we were disturblingly sweaty and matted.  Don't try this at home.

Please check out my favorite ladies and friends from the Ahead of the Curve collective (we have been assimulated...bawahahaha!)
We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we each have a post on “Halloween so check them out by clicking on each link.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SWAK Maxine Dress In Leopard Print


When I first planned this post for the week there was still several sizes available for this Maxine Dress from SWAK but atlas they seem to have sold out over the last few days.  If you wear a 1X or a 5X there are still some in that size available, and they're only $19.88!

It's sleeveless, stretchy polyester/spandex knit with a black band at waist.

The back also has a cool exposed zipper.  As you can see the 4 is running a bit big on me, especially at the waist.  The waist running large on me is a common occurance as my waist measures about 19" smaller than my hips.  However, I think the dress runs a little larger overall.  If you're on the smaller end of a size I think you could probably size down.

Since I was planning to generally wear the dress with a cardigan I wasn't too concerned with the top being a bit too loose.  This ruffled cardigan is from a previous Torrid, found on the Facebook Fattoo group.
Most of the day I wore the caridgan buttoned up but it nice to have the versility of unbuttoning it or taking it off while I when through several environments throughout my day.  The shoes are from Klogs.

This post would not be complete without talking about one of my favorite necklaces.  It's an artisan made, goddess glass necklace from one of my favorite women on the Earth.  Her Zaftig Delights shop still has goddess necklaces available, as well as many other beautiful pieces.