I am extremely excited to announce that I have been accepted to be on the Portland Fashion Week SS14 Style Collective! I am so thrilled and honored for this opportunity. I missed going last year due to schedule conflicts. But I knew with Jessica Kane running the show, having plus models involved in the shows and having fellow Summer Strut co-producer Coco Madrid on the collective as well makes missing this years shows not an option. I'm hoping there will be an actual plus size designer showcasing this year but if not I am still excited to see what Portland has to offer. We seem to be a fashion design magnet with 3 winners of Project Runway coming from the PDX area, Portland Fashion Week and soon to come Summer Strut! There is no stoping us! I can't wait to show off my personal outfits, the highlights from all of the shows and the great people I will be meeting! More to come starting this weekend.
For information on the specifics shows and where to get tickets click here.
On saturdays we wear black. Or so that seems to be the accidental color pallet of our PDX Fat Fashion event planning meetings. For today's meeting I wore my Chubby Cartwheels High Neck Lace Crop Top paired with a skirt I bought back when I lived in England. I literally have never worn this skirt but knew I couldn't part with it because I knew one day I would need it for the perfect outfit, and sure enough! I believe I bought the skirt from SimplyBeUK in 2007 but I can barely remember. I did a lot of online shopping when I lived in Bournemouth. On my feet are my still favorite studded boots from Torrid and the Domino Dollhouse studded backpack to hold all my business stuff. Because I am a professional business woman who carries a backpack.
End result in planning is that this next PDX Fat Fashion event we have named Summer Strut and planned for July 12th is going to be amazing!
I take a lot of selfie shots showing off new jewelry, outfits and more on Instagram that I don't end up putting on my blog so I'm posting some of them here with links so you can buy them or to just show you myself drunk in a Simpson's themed bathroom. Oh yeah. That's in here.
So one night I was surfing the net looking for a fabulous dark blue lipstick. I wasn't up for spending lots of money on a lip color I probably wouldn't wear often except special occasions and I just don't like to pay a ton for makeup beyond basics like foundation.
I stumbled across this Ebay sale that had 12, count that, 12 lipsticks for less than $17 and free shipping. The brand is Kleancolor and I have bought their products before from Mid-K Beauty. If anyone remembers my favorite yellow liquid eyeliner.
That would be Kleancolor as well. Inexpensive, not the highest of quality but there is always such a variety of colors that I rarely find elsewhere for the price. It was meant to be. I quickly ordered the lot and made the collection mine.
I was warned from another lady who bought them that there was a strong chemical smell which had me worried but when they arrived I didn't notice a massive scent. There is a scent, don't get me wrong but it's not chemical and it's not by any means overpowering or too much for me. So I tried on all of the lip colors to see if they would actually look like the amazing color variety they came in. To my amazement the colors were really close to how they appear in the package. The texture is very slick and as I'm sure you can guess it will come off easily with food or drink but with a good retouch every so often you should be fine. I wore the dark blue "After Hours" out all day and only reapplied it maybe twice. Which for me is pretty good.
If you are a high quality makeup girl these might not be the lipsticks for you. But if you are looking for fun colors to play with this spring and summer and aren't too picky with brands long lasting ability I really suggest you drop a few dollars on this collection and just have at it. Why not really.
Here is a link to buying it on Ebay if you are interested. If they for some reason sell out search on google for 'kleancolor 12 lipsticks' and Im sure you will find another online store selling them. The lipstick pictures are paired in 4's with the name of the color in the bottom right corner and under all the preview pics is the same lip colors paired into the same groups of 4. Hope that all makes sense.
It's not a new misconception about fat people but it's one that still sadly exists. Fat people do in fact exercise. We don't always sit around eating junk food and even if we did, fuck you it's not your business. But on the subject of working out I wanted to post about my favorite workout wear for sizes 24+. I am a diehard yoga pant lover. I wear them a lot. More than I should but my comfortable ass doesn't care. Over the years I have had many black workout pants with the same basic design and they worked great. But Lane Bryant's pants always seems to sell out and discontinue as do the random lables. Thankfully, so far, Old Navy has our back. I was thrilled when I came across their Wide Leg Yoga Pants. It has an elasticized waistband and front scoop pockets. YES POCKETS! The fabric is a medium weight cotton/spandex that has great stretch but great elasticity so they don't "relax" or get baggy. I've now bought 3 pairs of these, I told you I wear them more than I should, and I hope to continue to buy them. *cough* Don't discontinue these please. *cough* Cost-$29.94
My next purchase for active wear from them was their sports bras. I haven't owned a sports bra since high school and I am skeptical to buy any bra online. I have a broad back and wasn't sure if the fabric would be supportive but stretch or if it would even fit. To my extreme luck both styles of Old Navy's sports bra's have worked our great!
They have 2 different styles:
#1- The first Old Navy sports bra is a polyester/spandex mix in black and has a solid black front with racer back cut. It's fully lined, has a banded elastic hem for support. It truly has great support. I'm big busted and sports bras are hit or miss for me. I did some yoga moves, busting out my downward facing dog, and I give this my full approval. Cost-$22.94
#2- The other Old Navy sports bra again has a polyester/spandex mix fabric in black with a scoop neck and a racer back keyhole detail. There is built molded foam padding cups in the front which the other doesn't have. The pads don't seem to have any affect on comfort. The fit is great. Both of these bra's are great quality. Also I normally wear 5x in shops like Torrid and the 4x sports bra at Old Navy fits me perfectly. Cost- $19.94
The last bit of my activewear review is the Foxy Cami from Torrid. This is my new wardrobe staple. It has adjustable straps, is long in length which I LOVE especially when I pair it with my workout clothes for yoga. I grabbed 2 during their Haute Cash sale. Like I said, wardrobe staple. Cost-$18.50
Here are the pictures of these pieces on a size 24+ body with close ups of the backs of both the sports bras.
I'm excited to write about this event for so many reasons. The fashion, the fat community, the hard work, the great friends and so much more! A few months back I got together with two of my fabulous friends Coco Madrid and Leigh Richards to co host Portland's first fat fashion gala. Our PDX Fatshion group has had clothing swaps, karaoke nights and even skinny dips on Swan Island but this was out first full on fashion event and we were determined to make it as great as we could on a limited budget and with no experience in doing something like this before. We were fortunate enough to have this event at the Mark Whoolley Gallery in downtown which was a beautiful location.
Major perk of a fabulous community if having access to hair and makeup guru's like our girl Dreama to come do us up right before the event which is why I am sporting some lovely locks. I can't pull of curls like that on my own. I've tried.
My outfit was a major labor of love. I finished it a month ago, when we set our original date but because of powers beyond us we had to reschedule, and have been dying to put the whole look together ever since. I wanted to stand out and really have a statement piece. I mean if I am going to an event as a designer to showcase my products I better show up wearing something pretty fabulous. So I went for a bold look wearing a full length gray lace dress with long scalloped sleeves and a high neck like the lace crop top I have in my shop. Pairing with some bold black studded boots I got from Torrid I kept my accessories minimal.
The night was in full effect and we had a greater turn out than we had even planned for! Portland's fat fashion community came out in style for this and I love the diversity of styles I saw. It was great to introduce people to new local designers Rita Hudson- Evault- Hubris Designs and Alyson Clair with Alyson Claire Vintage. Some new flavor to bring to the plus size fashion world and supporting local too! And thanks to Pocho's Cosas for being our event photographer. Because of him we have some great photos to look back on from this night.