November 24, 2012

The Mighty Mesh Bodysuit!

An exciting new piece has joined the Chubby Cartwheels collection!  The Mesh Bodysuit!  It comes in 6 different colors and sizes 1x-5x!  I was so excited to put this piece together.  Bodysuits were a big thing for me this year.  My Lace Bodysuits are the top selling item on my site and I wanted a way to create more opportunity to wear these versatile pieces so I found other fabrics to work with.


Color selection-
Black, Mint, White
Maroon, Purple, Royal Blue


Honestly I hadn't even thought about sheer stretchy mesh until my good friend Courtney of The Glitter Thread said she was interested in my lace bodysuit but didn't want what everyone else would already have.  She mentioned a black mesh and within a day I had found the perfect fabric for the job.  She has featured the bodysuit in 2 issues of SKORCH Magazine.   The most recent was in this months issue with her music inspired fashion post!





 I have of course made myself a bodysuit.  The best part about making your own clothes for a shop is you get to test out all the products before anyone else.  So I made myself one in a beautiful mint green.  I have managed to pair it with 2 different looks so far when going out.  One for the Gossip show I attended in October and one for the first PDX Fatshion meetup this past summer!  On both occasions I paired them with high waisted skirts and flats.  I felt so sexy and amazingly comfortable considering I was wearing a sheer top.  Something I know years ago I probably would not have dared to do but I am so glad I am at a place now where I can!



The bodysuits can be customized to fit different bodies.  For instance if you are wider in the hips and smaller in the chest,  if you have a longer torso or are big in the bust, I can customize your pattern to fit you and your body.  Having experienced it all my life I never want someone to feel like their size is limiting their style.

So visit www.chubbycartwheels.com for your mesh bodysuit!!

Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels
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November 20, 2012

Gold Lion


This outfit post was inspired by a well known song by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs called Gold Lion for the SKORCH Magazine November issue.  When I've been listen to it lately I envision a fierce and sexy fashion show.  Women strutting down the catwalk in gorgeous golds and blacks.  So for my outfit I decided to pair a favorite top from OneStopPlus and DIY myself a statement piece, a gold skater skirt.  My top originally had silver buttons so to make sure I didn't clash metals I bought new gold buttons and quickly replaced them giving new life to this older shirt.  Adding some fabulous accessories to bring together my major obsession with gold I rocked my gold spike ASOS headband, purple with gold accent Forever21 flats and my thrifted clutch. 


OOTD Details-
Lace Top- OneStopPlus
Gold Skirt- DIY 
Tights- OneStopPlus
Flats- Forever21
Spike Headband- ASOS
Purple Nail Polish- NYC (Color 247 Prince Street)















Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels
Instagram- @ChubbyCartwheels



November 18, 2012

A whole lot of Gossip

October was a fabulous month for me.  My shop is doing very well and hitting it's one year anniversary, I've been hanging out with some new friends who are absolutely amazing and I got to celebrate my 3 year friendship anniversary with my friend Crystal.  We met 3 years ago in October 2009 at a Gossip concert here in Portland.  She was up here visiting from San Fran and my friend Tim brought her to the show and ever since we have been great friends.  You can then imagine our extreme happiness that for the first time since then the Gossip came back to their old stomping grounds, Portland Oregon, for a show and it was in October.  We promptly bought tickets along with many of our other friends.

Crystal and I met up with some friends in Ringlers below the Crystal Ballroom before the show for some drinks and tots.  Apparently if you are in there before a show and you buy drinks or food they let you into the show 10 minutes earlier than the chumps outside in the line.

Once upstairs I walked straight to the stage to claim my spot.  I was not about to hang out in the beer garden till the music started.  I wanted to be as close to Beth as I could.  The show, to say the least, was absolutely amazing.  Bonnie Montgonery, Magic Mouth and the Gossip were insane.  Crystal threw her Spanx at Beth Ditto and Melody threw her bra.  Beth ended up talking to them from the stage about how she knows how much these items cost and so the girls should keep them.  The I screamed that I loved her dress and she told me her friend made it for her.  We actually talked to Beth Ditto on state at a show.  The night literally couldn't have gone any better.  Well if I had gotten up the balls to give her my business card, that would have been better.  But still, an amazing night was had by all!

OOTN Details-
Mint Green Mesh Bodysuit- Chubby Cartwheels
Circle Skirt- DIY
Lips Leggings- DIY
Black Denim Vest- Domino Dollhouse
Shoes- Converse
Pink Rose Purse- Gifted (Beth Ditto told me she loved it and I almost died.)















Drinks and hotdogs after the show.  Perfect way to end the night.


Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels
Instagram- @ChubbyCartwheels

November 10, 2012

My Dollhouse & Dots

The minute I made my crop black denim vest from Domino Dollhouse mine I couldn't wait to do an OOTD post including it.  It's hip, fashionable and will literally go with most anything I own.  For this outfit I paired the vest with a mint green velvet bandeau top, a black high waisted pencil skirt and two-tone  black and white polka dot leggings.  This outfit is probably not something I would wear to Safeway to pick up the groceries but more of a night out with my girlfriends and each of these pieces can be paired with most anything else to create completely different looks.  Also I have to give my VBL(visible belly line) a shout out.  It sometimes take a long time to get used to letting something show that we are constantly told we need to hide, smooth out and be ashamed of.   That is not me and I hope more of you will feel confident in showing yours off as well.  We are beautiful and should never let anyone tell us otherwise!

OOTD Details-
Black Crop Denim Vest- Domino Dollhouse
Mint Green Bandeau- Chubby Cartwheels
Black Pencil Skirt- DIY
Two-Tone Leggings- Chubby Cartwheels
Converse- Journey's
Pins- Domino Dollhouse & Chubby Cartwheels
Broach- Thrifted











Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels
Instagram- @ChubbyCartwheels


November 06, 2012

Miss Plus Oregon!

I attended the Oregon Plus America Interest Pageant.  An Interest Pageant is where new and experiences woman can see what it's like in a pageant setting while gaining experience and confidence to possibly compete in the state pageant in Feb 2013.    There were 11 contestants and they all were judged on their interview skills, outfits, confidence and general presentation.   A major perk of being there was I finally got to meet and chat with Jessica Kane of SKORCH Magazine.  It was a lovely afternoon event and I can't wait to go to the state pageant in February.









Miss Plus Elite Brianna Manning 


With Latasha- Event Coordinator 



Jessica Kane and I (I totally stole the bottom pic from her Instagram!)


Getting to spread the word about Chubby Cartwheels!

Contestants and current pageant winners


Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels
Instagram- @ChubbyCartwheels

November 05, 2012



Vote for me and my blog with the  Curvy Blog Award 2012!  I am #68 so if you just pop on over to the site and give me and any of your other favorite and fabulous bloggers a vote we stand to win a trip to 2013 London Fashion Week AND we'd get to meet Anna Scholz!  Fabulous opportunity for us so please vote!  Again I am #68 When In Doubt Wear Purple.  Go to this page and click on VOTING or just click on the Vote For Me button on my right hand sidebar.   Thank you for your support!

November 01, 2012

DIY Halloween

Seeing that I have long bright red hair and I hate wearing wigs, my halloween costume options were a bit on the limited side.  The main characters I could think of were Jessica Rabbit, Poison Ivy, Pippy Longstocking and Ariel from the Little Mermaid.   To be honest the main deciding factor was when I was at Joanns and I came across this amazing metallic green stretch fish scale fabric.  It was honestly meant to be.  I wasn't sure if what I was going to be able to make.  Do I make a skirt and just say I'm Ariel or do I go Cher from Mermaids and create a tail-like bottom piece?  After talking with my friend Crystal and she was bouncing ideas around about her costume she suggested we be hipster Disney Princesses.  They are all over Tumblr, we both wear "hipster" type glasses anyway so why not wear something comfortable and have it be our costume as well.  So we convinced several other friends to go along and in all we had Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella and Bell.

I made a video update for this one.  Some things I need to work on for videos: 1. Stop saying UMM 2. Look at the camera 3. Make sure I have better lighting.   But yeah check it out! :)


















Much Love!
Shawna

Twitter: @ChubbCartwheels
Instagram- @ChubbyCartwheels