May 31, 2012

The Big Fatkini

The best way to start out my summer this year was to be part of the great Fatkini movement!  Gabi Greg, fat fashion blogger,  put a call out for big ladies to submit pictures of them in bikinis to be posted on xoJane.com.  The article was to promote positive body image.  To say that all bodies are indeed created equal and we should all rock a fabulous bikini if we damn well want to.  As soon as I saw her asking for photos I submitted a picture of myself sporting my first bikini as an adult that I bought from Love Your Peaches.  There I am, full on belly rolls and all.   I am so proud to be in great company with Gabi Greg, Tess Munster, Jessica Luxury and so many other beautiful women showing off their curves and not to mention seeing some fabulous swimwear.   This is the feature photo for Gabi that started it all.



The xoJane article has taken off and gotten global media attention by being featured on such sites as yahoo.com, msn.com, thehuffingtonpost.com and many more.  It even made it to the not so quality rich Sun in the UK in which for some reason I was the feature photo at the top of the article.  My guess is for shock value.  Whatever, I look fabulous and happy and lets be honest, I don't care what strangers think about me.

The reaction from the public has gotten some positive feedback but as always there is the negative backlash of people who take it upon themselves to belittle, hate, threaten and mock people who are different or who do things they don't like or understand.  Thankfully there is a strong FA (fat acceptance) community, with allies and our families who are supportive.  I can't think of a better way to start the summer of 2012.  The year of the fatkini.  I hope what Gabi did changes how so many girls feel about themselves and that they learn your body size doesn't dictate your fashion, style or wardrobe.  


Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels







May 27, 2012

Everything Rocks In Polka Dots!

These are 3 different summer looks I put together all with the same simple black skirt.  There are SO many more options to try, I may update every so often with more looks.  This first outfit I have is what I actually made and wore to my first fashion show featuring my clothing brand Chubby Cartwheels.  It was a very exciting day for me and I will have a post up in a few days with all the photos and even a video of the show itself.  But for now some outfits.

The first piece was actually a very last minute look.  I originally wanted to make this floral dress with a black sheer top and a sweetheart neckline connecting the two but without a dress form to drape it on, I found it to be a bit more than I could handle.  So the morning of the show I took some 108 inch solid black fabric from Joann's and make it into a full circle skirt.  I knew I could pair this with almost anything.  But I wanted color.  Something to match my runway looks in style and vibrance.  Instantly I grabbed my yellow with black polka dot fabric and turned it into a bodysuit.  The look couldn't have been more perfect.

So the theme for this update is based more around my perfect black skirt.  I loved the versatility of it.

OOTD Details #1-
Polka Dot Bodysuit- DIY
Black Circle Skirt- DIY
Belt- DIY
Black Flats- Payless shoes
Peace Sign Earrings- Trend's Shoes









This outfit was created with the love and support I have for fantastic indie plus size clothing and accessory designers .  My circle skirt with attached belt (yes I sewed it on so it would stay in place and it's easily removable), combining with Gisela Ramirez, Good Stuff Only and ReDress for the polished look.  The bow hair clips are absolutely fantastic.  Incredibly affordable, fast shipping and good quality.  Plus it's Oregon local so how could I NOT get them?!  My F*ck Flattering top has been a favorite for a while now and I love any excuse to bust it out and wear it proudly.  As for the belts, I ended up ordering 4 different colors from ReDress but turquoise was hands down my favorite.

OOTD Details #2-
Black Circle Skirt- DIY
F*ck Flattering Crop Top- Gisela Ramirez
Belt- ReDress
Hair Bow- Good Stuff Only








And finally for my 3rd look I paired the skirt with a plain black tank top that you can get pretty much anywhere they sell Hanes mens clothing.  As I'm sure it's pretty obvious by now I am obsessed with 90's fashion.  Polka dots, daisies, holographic prints and crop tops I want it all,  so this outfit is really very 90's inspired.  I used my pattern I have for the cocoon jacket from my store but I left off the sleeves and traded the heavier fabrics for a light sheer option to keep me cool on summer days.  This polka dot jacket will be a summer staple of my wardrobe this year.  That plus my sunflower crown from The Glitter Thread was the perfect pop of color this needed.  Yellow flowers on bright red hair seems to be a match made in heaven.

OOTD Details #3
Black Skirt- DIY
Mens Black Tank Top- Hanes
Sheer Polka Dot Cocoon Jacket- Chubby Cartwheels (available soon)
Flower Crown- The Glitter Thread







Stay tuned for more pictures and videos from last weeks fashion show in my next update!
Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels