Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brands I love: Domino Dollhouse!

Sunglasses & necklace are Domino Dollhouse
Since everyone always asks me "Where do you shop?" I'm going to start doing reviews on my favorite brands- Starting with Domino Dollhouse! Yes, I happen to model for them, but that's not why I love them. For the longest time I craved fun fashion in MY size (22 US), and when Domino Dollhouse launched, all of my dreams became a reality. Not only do they have one of a kind, fun prints and designs, but it's all made in America. They do carry other brands, so make sure to check the site out when ordering :) Another thing I love is that their clothing is true plus size clothing, not junior plus, so you know that what you are ordering will be true to size.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

.Stripped: Learning to love a fat body...naked.

While packing for my shoot tomorrow I started playing dress up in my new lingerie from Hips & Curves. I couldn't help but realize how much I love adorning my body with garments I used to fear. Frankly, I have always loved to be naked & lacked modesty at home, but never with a partner until my current one that is. The bigger I became, whether through having a son, trauma, etc- the thought of someone seeing my body, at what I used to consider "my worst" nearly brought me to tears.

Now I cannot imagine a life without cage bras (like the photos below taken tonight) corsets, negligee's, or dare I say... bare. How did I get there, to a place of lingerie and self awareness heaven?

(Bra: Lane Bryant, Lace Robe from Hips & Curves
Underwear from Downtown LA)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

.Giveaway with Benefit Cosmetics!.

For me being a makeup artist was a lifelong dream, and at every step along the way Benefit Cosmetics has been in my kit. So it was a no brainier that when I wanted to team up and do a giveaway, Benefit was top of my list! I've put together a couple of my essentials into a package, and to say thank you for your support, a few of you lucky ladies will get one!

Photos by Revecka Natalia Photography

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

.I like bathing suits & I cannot lie.

I know it's been quite a while since I blogged-but I'm back! Thanks to my son spilling water on my mac book, I've been out of commission for a bit, but wanted to do a quick post about my new favorite time of year- BATHING SUIT SEASON.

I never thought those words would come out of my mouth, because believe it or not I haven't always embraced my size. 7 years and 100lbs ago before I had my son, I wouldn't have been caught dead in a bathing suit, much less a bikini. Yes, I've put on a good deal of weight, but weight isn't the only thing I have gained... confidence came with it. It's been such a journey, and a very eye opening one at that. I went from finding anything and DOING anything to conceal my curves when I was a 16..heck, I even put duct tape on my stomach one evening when I lived in Seattle to try and pull my "fat stomach" in! Let me tell you, it was a..well..you know what to get off. Now, I don't even wear shapewear unless I'm shooting and I really need to for the garment. It's so refreshing to be able to feel the breeze on my skin, to be comfortable in not only my clothing, but my skin. I was taught my whole life to cover up my body, that the bigger I was, the more I should wear. I can't even count the hours wasted flipping through fashion magazines about how to "dress for my shape" or certain clothing to "avoid" to "flatter" my figure. Now, I wear whatever I want, and the bigger I've gotten, the less I've worn. Not because I don't care about how I look, but because I don't care what others think. I don't dress based on society thinks I should as plus woman, or a fat woman..I wear what I want because I feel good! That's why I created my #effyourbeautystandards hashtag- to help other women embrace their bodies through fashion and hopefully find the confidence I have regardless of their size.
That's why today, when I opened my mailbox and saw this beautiful custom bikini from Black Cat Bikinis staring back at me, I couldn't wait to put it on & even *gasp* take photos.

 Life can be as beautiful, or as miserable as we want it to be- so why not choose to be happy and lift each other up?


Monday, May 20, 2013

Summertime tropical trends!

Since most of my fans are plus size babes, I felt it important to write about some fashion trends that we could incorporate into our lives, there is no reason to feel like we can't be fashion forward and bold just because of our size!

Some great trends for summer are bold, colorful and sometimes tropical patterns! Don't be afraid of colors and patterns and showing some skin this summer!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thank you all for coming to my 'Love Conquers All Sale' !

 As most of you know I did a yard sale to raise money to go see my boyfriend in Australia a couple weeks ago & it was a huge success thanks to a lot of you!  I raised about half the money needed to go over there & yes... I am planning an online sale soon to (hopefully) help me reach my goal.  My sale was not just a success because of the money raised- I got to meet SO many of you and hear your stories . It reminded me how blessed I am to have such awesome ladies as fans

Here are a few photos from my amazing day:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

.The Curvy Fashionista Turns 4!.

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the lovely Marie Denee's aka The Curvy Fashionista's Blogiversary, & looked forward to it this year!

When I thought of the perfect dress for the evening, Igigi popped in my head. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of other plus designers, but I needed the perfect cocktail dress, & in my opinion, that's what Yuliya Raquel does best! The graciously dressed me for the evening in the 'Ambrosia', & I can honestly say I have never felt like more of a modern 40's siren in my life! I was hesitant at first with my dress choice because it was modeled by Denise Bidot, & our proportions are very different, however to my surprise it hugged me in all the right places & showed off the "girls" nicely :)

On the red carpet wearing Igigi