Swimsuits Just For Us: Plus-size Fashion from Summer to Fall

Summer never truly ends in southern states like Texas or Florida. So, what is a plus-size girl to do when you want your wardrobe to match the beautiful sunny weather, provide comfort, and be fashionable? The answer is Swimsuits Just For Us.

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Their mission is to create beautiful swimwear pieces for plus-size/full-figured women without sacrificing style or comfort.  And, I am absolutely in love with their swimdresses. They translate so well from summer to fall fashion when places like Austin, Texas still have hot and sunny days.

The Delta Burke Waterfall Halter Swimdress is perfect for its color, pattern, and design. The black and white printed bust area gives just enough pop while the black dress bottom drapes my curvy figure perfectly.

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Pair this beautiful swimdress with white jean shorts and take a stroll in the Zilker Botanical Gardens or slip them off to take a dip in the famous Barton Springs Pool. While there, don’t forget to snap some pictures against the tropical backgrounds located near the waterfall of the garden. You will truly feel like an island princess.

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I will certainly be looking to Swimsuits Just For Us (SJ4US) for other swimwear pieces like their cover-ups, swimsuit rompers, and aqua fitness wear. Pieces like these are versatile and fashionable. Who doesn’t love the idea of getting more for your buck?

And, I was so elated when I found that SJ4US also carries sizes 28W-32W. There aren’t that many plus-size brands that carry sizes beyond 24-26, which is not only limiting but discouraging. SJ4US creates “Plus-size swimwear made to fit your body!” As a plus-size model and body posi advocate, I am all about fashion at any size.

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You can shop at SJ4US here.

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter & Instagram: @SJ4uS.

Photographer: Tommy Kim

 

I went to a Plus-Size Pool Party in LA and guess what happened?

Last weekend I attended the second stop of the Golden Confidence Pool Party tour in L.A. Created by blogger and model Essie Golden, the #goldenconfidence hashtag has taken social media by storm. Women around the world are posting pictures in two-piece swimwear, body-hugging dresses, and any fashion piece that was previously deemed off limits for plus-size women. It is certainly empowering women everywhere and here is proof of that.

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I started off low-key, sipping on my drink and eating some delicious tacos away from the large crowd. I had planned my outfit perfectly and couldn’t wait to show it off, but I was in that familiar place. Remember  your first party, the first school dance, or any social function where you have on the perfect beautiful dress, but you just can’t seem to summon up the courage to dance, talk to the boy you like, or be a social butterfly? Well, that familiar feeling crept in as my friend and I shied away on the top deck.

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But soon enough the fear started fading away as we took selfies. And, guess what? No one was looking at the two big girls taking selfies in their swimsuits.

Everyone was eating, laughing, dancing, taking selfies, and checking out each other’s outfits. Let me say this about the fashion at the party, #SLAY ! You can check out some of the amazing looks captured by Cosmopolitan.com here.

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Thanks to City Chic and Essie Golden, I was one of five best dressed at the event along with @bougie_chic , @jazzmynejay , & @cocoscurvycloset . Dare I say ultimate #squadgoals?

And, look who was featured in Cosmopolitan.com? Read the article here.

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Essie Golden’s pool party inspired me to form a community for body positive and plus-size women in Austin, TX. I told Cosmopolitan.com that women should feel like this anywhere they go. More importantly, I felt free. Free to wear what I want, wherever, dance, and just be me.

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An American Girl in Paris Las Vegas

Paris, the city of romance, home of great artworks, birth of the culinary arts, and undoubtedly fashion mecca, you would find it odd to think of Las Vegas. Sin City is a travel destination to exquisite hotels, extravagant shows, world renowned restaurants, bright lights, and an amazing night life. Paris Las Vegas Hotel brings these two great cities together right at home.

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Paris Las Vegas is located at the heart of the strip near Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. It embodies the Parisian lifestyle through its architecture, fine dining, shopping, and other amenities. And when you travel to a place where two great cities meet, you have to arrive in style.

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Channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw, I carefully picked out a wardrobe fit for ‘An American Girl in Paris’.


Photographer: Tommy Kim

This adorable two piece blouse and skirt is perfect for brunch at Mon Ami Gabi, a classic French bistro, where you can enjoy a cappuccino and French toast topped with fresh blueberries, whipped cream, and warm blueberry syrup. This sassy black tank top coupled with a black and white stripped skirt is perfect for a stroll to the shopping area. Switch out to some red flats and enjoy the shopping spree!




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After a quick shopping trip, it’s important to relax and take in the sun. Put on this two-piece chevron patterned swimsuit and go for a dip in the Soliel Pool. The Soliel is a two-acre rooftop pool with a one-of-a-kind view of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe replicas. A floppy straw hat and cat-eye sun shades are perfect for lounge area with cocktail service or a quick bite at the Café du Parc.


Photographer: Tommy Kim

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Paris Las Vegas offers many delightful restaurants, but you can’t say you’ve been to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. This vibrant floral white midi dress is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Enjoy delicious French cuisine from world renowned chef Jean Joho while taking in a lively panoramic view of the Vegas Strip.


Photographer: Tommy Kim


Photographer: Tommy Kim

The night isn’t over! Strut your way over to the Chateau nightclub in this elegant hunter green flowy dress fit for a queen. Cozy up next to the fireplace while sipping your drink or dance the night away to the DJ’s mix in these luxurious gold heels. The Chateau offers elegance and class for night time fun. The chandeliers and leather seats capture the essence of a French castle where you will feel like royalty. Don’t forget to catch the outside club at the rooftop garden of the Chateau and take in the view.

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End your night with a romantic stroll to the mock Arc de Triomphe with your date or new found beau as Paris is the City of Love. Be sure to take selfies with the brightly lit Eiffel Tower replica before heading back to the hotel for your beauty rest. Your stay at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel is certainly fit for a queen.

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What are you waiting for? Let Vegas bring Paris to you. Visit Las Vegas package deals to book your stay at Paris Las Vegas.

Get the look at:

Stand Your Fairground Top in Licorice – Modcloth

Dusk and Stunner Skirt – Modcloth

Patent Ankle Strap Heel Black – Lane Bryant

Betsey Johnson Kitch Lady Bug Wristlet – Amazon

Betsey Johnson “Luminous Betsey” Yellow Flower Stud Earrings – Amazon

Floppy Straw Hat – Forever 21

Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses – Elloquii

Hotline Spring Dress – Modcloth

All-Singing, All-Prancing Heel in Pink – Modcloth

Isaac Mizrahi Leather Janna Clutch Wallet / Evening Bag Flamingo Pink – Amazon

“Pink” Statement Necklace – Melrose

Peachy Queen Dress in Pear – Modcloth

Fine Dining Heel in Gold –Modcloth

Damara Womens Metal Cutout Hardcase Clutch Evening Bag – Amazon

1928 Jewelry Classic Bridal Porcelain Rose Post Button Earrings – Amazon