Now that summer has unofficially begun, I am super-excited to get into the graphic t-shirt trend. Here are just a few options that will allow you to stay on-trend while proclaiming self-love.
After attending the District of Curves Full-Figured Fashion Show a few weeks back, I've been obsessed with the idea of wearing a bodycon dress. (For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a bodycon dress - so named because it has a tendency to make one "body conscious" - is a tight-fitting dress that shows off each and every curve.) A while back, Alissa over at Stylish Curves did a fantastic post about how to make a bodycon work for your plus-size body, emphasizing the importance of the proper undergarments and fit. Yet, it took seeing model after model stroll down the runway for me to muster up the confidence to do it myself. And do it, I did. With a jacket, of course, because, after all, it was a workday. But still.... [caption id="attachment_7630" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Jacket - Eloquii (The Limited). Dress - Asos. Necklace - Aldo. Shoes - Lane Bryant.[/caption] Wearing a drapey jacket gave me the comfort and coverage needed to wear the dress with confidence in the office. Also, I think that the bodycon/jacket mix is a good one for days when you want to take your look from office hours to happy hours. Now, you might recall that I did wear a bodycon waaaay back in February during the lingerie shopping party with Curvy Girlz Lingerie. However, only a handful of people saw me actually do that. This was the first time I actually wore a bodycon out and about in the streets. How did I do? Let me know in the comments section? (Please be kind. I'm a fashion blogger and I'm sensitive about my ish.)
We all know that wearing the proper undergarments can make ALL the difference in your look. Simply wearing the right bra can make you look five pounds thinner! Also, did you know you're supposed to retire a bra after three to six months? (I know. Ludicrous.) Well, D/M/V ladies you are in luck - our girl Michelle of Eat Play Style is hosting a FREE event featuring nibbles and sips as well as a complimentary bra fitting at Le Bustiere Boutique (1744 Columbia Rd NW, #2, Washington, DC) on Thursday, June 19 at 6pm. Check it out... Oh and did I mention it's FREE? You simply have to register (gotta make sure they don't overcrowd the venue!) - you can do so here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-busty-and-beautiful-sip-and-shop-tickets-8459814533?aff=efbevent. Will we see you there???
"Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you're 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen." - Anne Lamott Similar to a previous Monday Morning Memo featuring a quote from supermodel Emme, today's quote (from one of my favorite authors) is another reminder to live your life NOW. Not when you're in better shape...or when you "find time"...but TODAY. So, on this day when we memorialize our heroes of war in the United States, let's not memorialize our own lives before we've even finished living them. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
I know y'all love pictures. So here is a quick shot of a spring office look I rocked not too long ago. Black and white with a few pops of neon yellow. Dress: Susan Graver Liquid Knit Sleeveless Dress (QVC.com). Jacket from Scarlett Plus Boutique (Similar available here, here, here, here, and here.) Necklace: Francesca's Collection (sold out). Similar available here, here, and here. Shoes: Steve Madden. Belt: Lane Bryant. Purse: Nine West.
"If you live for the approval of others, you will die by their rejection." - Pastor Rick Warren A powerful reminder to kick-start your week...make it a great one, ladies!!
Now you all know I love a good curvy girl clothing swap. So, when I learned that T. Espinosa, aka The Style Medic was hosting a Curvy Girl version of one of her fabulous Sip. Swap. Shop. events, I was GEEKED! Guests will enjoy complimentary beverages and treats while networking with fashion-forward curvy girls from across the D/M/V. The event will benefit Goodwill of Greater Washington. Featured guests include Real-Life Curvy CEO Tosh Patterson. Interested in being a vendor? Click here! Simply want to come and swap? Click here! Friday. June 20. Landover, MD. Be there!!!
Recently the folks over at NewLook.com contacted me and asked me to share the attached infographic outlining the Do's and Don'ts of Women's Business Attire. There's a lot of great info here - check it out!! I completely agree with everything they suggest. What about you? Agree? Disagree? Let's dish in the comments section! Posted for consideration provided by NewLook.com
"When people reject you, they're really just pushing you toward the right path." - Whitney Cummings, comic Whether it's getting turned down for that perfect job or the end of what seemed like a promising romance, rejection sucks. When I was younger and a stellar, A plus student at life, I didn't know how to handle rejection, because it never happened. I always aced the tests and won first prize in all the contests. However, during that time in my life I was also living very...small. I didn't realize it at the time, but I purposely steered away from situations in which I would not excel. That included sports, boys, pretty much anything in which I wasn't in control of the outcome. As I grew older, though, I found my overall personal growth was stunted because of these choices. These days, I'm taking more risks - in my personal style, in my relationships, in how I live my life generally. And you know what? It's scary. Sometimes I stumble. Other times I fall flat on my face. And it hurts...badly. But, I earnestly believe that those moments of "failure" ultimately push me towards the right path in life. After all, who wants win at a risk-free life?
On April 27, 2014, I had the privilege of attending the FIRST District of Curves Full Figured Fashion Showcase! Conceived by photographer Mickey Armstrong, this event brought together plus models, retailers, and fashion lovers from across the DMV (DC/MD/VA) to celebrate the beauty of curvy women! Samantha Lebbie, who is frequently featured by Plus Model Magazine, served as our host for the evening. I have to say that I was really impressed by the overall diversity of the show, which included more mature models and fashions from major retail chains to independent and online boutiques. (The complete list of featured designers and boutiques is available here.) Now, I had to get in on the fun myself during the amateur runway competition. I mean, there was a $100 gift card to IGIGI at stake. I had to at least give it a try, right? My girl, Donna Hundley, from Curvy Chix Chariot caught me in the act.... Besides Donna, it was great to reconnect with Nel and to meet ticket contest winner Shawnna of Uniquely Different. I've posted TONS of videos from the fashion show to my YouTube page. Here's one video just to kick things off from my girls at Real Divas Are Large:
Be on the lookout for the upcoming book from the Curves Ahead Project in the months to come....