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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CurvyTrend Highlights of 2015

With the new year here, you’ve heard the clichéd mantra, “New year, new me!” And, while it  is important for some to set goals or plans for the new year, it is also important to reflect on moments of the past that bring you a sense of accomplishment, value, and happiness.

These are some highlights of 2015 for me:

1. I am. Simply put, I am in good spirits. And, while not every aspect of my life is perfect, I am able to work toward solutions and see the light at the end of tunnel. I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my relationship. I live and breathe outside of these four walls. I continue to push myself while working on my goals, and I am thankful. It’s important for me to recognize that I am an individual outside of the social media and blogging world.

2. My first photo shoot- Earlier this year I partook in one of the most transformative experiences that propelled a series of adventurous undertakings in the plus-size fashion and modeling world. The experience of my first professional photo shoot allowed me to see that my beauty was, in fact, beyond any number on the scale or my jeans. I established a profound and long-lasting relationship both professionally and personally with Shellie from Solight Photography.

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3. First Plus-Size Magazine publication-  This moment was a dual sense of accomplishment since my photo and article were published within the same magazine. It’s important for me to maintain both aspects of my modeling and literary voice within the body positive community. You can check it out here.

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4. Second magazine publication– With every photo shoot I get stronger and more determined to represent a fuller beauty that is so underrepresented in our media. Here is a link to my photo published in the Noir edition of Curvy Connect Magazine.

5. When #effyourbeautystandards page threw Curvytrend some shade- It seemed like an honorary induction of some sorts into the body positive hall of fame. I love that this community, spearheaded by model Tess Holliday, is very supportive of body positivity by embracing the very members that follow their pages. Thanks for the all the love! ❤

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There are so many accomplishments and moments of value to me that happened in 2015. It was truly a transformative year for me, and I am only getting better. But, I am aware that while change is to be embraced, it’s important for me to honor my past, present, and future. I will continually keep running toward the woman I want to be. I am never going to be perfect, I am always going to strive to do better and be better regardless of a new year. With that said, I am excited for new upcoming projects and features for your truly. Happy new year! New year, new me? Pfft! More like new year, same fabulous me! B-)

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XOXO Chica Rosita

The Belly: The New Erogenous Zone

As I recently watched Trainwreck by the brilliant, funny, and badass Amy Schumer, I was inspired to write about the belly. Actually, pretty much any other body part other than breasts, butt, and the vagina. As these are the most glorified erogenous zones of the female anatomy in our media, Inside Amy Schumer made this comedic music video in response to the hyper sexualized video vixen of our pop culture.

Check it out:

If this doesn’t make you think twice about the butt, I don’t know what will. Personally, I find that there is nothing wrong with glorifying the female body, but my version is inclusive. All female bodies are worthy of admiration and sex appeal. However, there is something to be said about the functional uses of these erogenous zones. You may like my butt and my boobs, but they serve more of a purpose than just sex.

I recently read this article from Men’s Health that shed some light on why men are fixated on these erogenous zones, specifically the rear end.  I’ve read similar articles with studies referenced about why men love curvier women and they conclude that procreation plays a big factor. I can see why the hourglass figure would be appealing to the male specimen in search to procreate. The full breasts and child-bearing hips indicate a female body in condition to give birth and provide childcare. But, the butt? What’s with that?

Growing up in a Mexican-American culture, a woman’s nalgas are something of praise and criticism. They can be too big (nalgona), too small (nalgitas), too lumpy (nalgas de queso), not proportioned, and the list goes on and on. While studies indicate that men love curvier women, culture and society’s beauty standards have a huge influence in the type of female physical features you should be attracted to. She can have an hourglass shape, but wait…she can’t be fat! The distribution of that fat has to be perfect, and that to me is ridiculous. It calls to mind the Barbie beauty standard: tiniest waist, huge boobs, full hips, but not too curvy. Not fat!

And, as I watching Trainwreck, laughing my ass off, I noticed Amy’s character was gorgeous and a lot like me. She ate what she wanted to eat, drank alcohol, and wasn’t a supermodel thin leading lady. To me, Amy is not fat. She has fat, but Amy is not fat. And even Amy, beautiful body and all, is fat-shamed.

For these reasons and so many more, I want to glorify the  belly. I want to glorify the chubby arms, the thick legs, the nalgonas.

With a quick internet search, I was able to find many websites and social media pages dedicated to lovers of bbws, curvy women, thick women, and the list goes on. There is, however, a stigma attached to these pages and its followers. The first thing that comes to mind is “it’s a fetish”; it’s something abnormal to be sexually attracted to a woman with a belly, something taboo. However, as referenced by Men’s Health article, The Science of Why You’re an Ass Man, there is something animalistic about having sex by mounting the rear end, almost forbidden, taboo.  Yet, we find it socially and culturally acceptable to glorify the ass, but not the belly.

As the positive body image movement is thriving, there is change. Plus-size bloggers, models, fashion industry leaders, magazine editors, and big women in general are taking a stand. They are channeling their voice, their power to advocate for bodies that have cellulite, rolls, stretchmark’s, big arms, thick thighs, and other attributes previously deemed undesirable for a woman’s body. In the wake of this  movement, men and women are finding a safe haven to love their bodies. And, while there is much change to society’s beauty standards to be made, it’s a step in the right direction.

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XOXO Chica Rosita

Day 30

Day 30: Are You Happy With Yourself?

I thought about what I could write to back up my answer, but I believe all my posts leading up to this are evident of my new found happiness.

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I started my morning taking pictures at the graffiti art wall on Baylor St. in Austin. In the wake of the crop-top backlash in response to O magazine’s fashion advice, I decided to end my 30 day self-esteem challenge with a new challenge. What happened when I took to the streets of ATX wearing a crop-top for the first time?

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It’s a beautiful sunny and naturally hot Sunday as I step out of the truck to take some pictures. I can see there is a rather large crowd at the graffiti art wall. I thought about running back to the truck, making an excuse that there were simply too many people to get good shots, but NO! Every step I have taken this year is to raise my confidence, build up my self-esteem, and ultimately live a life loving my body.

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Every inch of this massive outdoor wall speaks loudly with its vibrant colors and imaginative depictions: some political, some about love or music, and others were messages to the next wandering soul. I tried very hard not to look at peoples reactions and focus on myself, but it was difficult not to stare. I think it was part of the process. And, guess what happened?

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Nothing.

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I mean it…nothing. Sure, some people glanced quickly while passing by, but I didn’t draw a crowd out. Everyone was busy doing their thing, taking amazing pictures of their own, a memory of this spectacular place. See, I know there are times when I will face the ugly looks and stare-downs by nasty people, but today was not one of those days, and I am happy for that reason.

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Today, I enjoyed taking my pictures with my fabulous, cute belly out and proud. Today was a good day. Today I am happy. I cannot speak for tomorrow, but I am hopeful, always the eternal optimist, the dreamer.

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Hooded Textured Knit Pullover Shirt by Ashley Stewart

The Chuck Taylor All Star high top by Converse

Blue Jean Shorts by Melrose

Aviator Sunglasses by Betsey Johnson

XOXO Chica Rosita

30 Day Self-Esteem Challenge: Day 29

Day 29: When You Don’t Feel Good About Yourself, What Do You Do To Change That, If Anything?

The woman I was before would have done absolutely nothing to change my mood, except maybe resort to comfort food. I’ve said it before, I love eating. Food is a source of comfort for me, but not so much these days. I find comfort with my partner, my friends, exercising, blogging, and the list goes on.

I am allowed to feel whatever it is I am feeling at that moment whether its bitter, angry, sad, etc. I don’t have to pretend that I am okay. But, I also try very hard to see what I can do to change that. What’s making me unhappy? Why don’t I feel good? Is there something I can do to change that or do I have to just let the feeling sink in and process it?

Let’s say I have a bad day at work, who doesn’t? I’ve been made to feel small and insignificant by someone and it ruins my whole day. When I come home, sometimes I curl up and watch Netflix or I go workout to release all the negative energy surging through me. That’s what it feels like to me, a surge of negative energy pulsating through my veins, and I just have to rid myself of the toxin.

There is a song by one of my favorite artists, Shakira, called “No”. My favorite verse is as follows:

No se puede vivir con tanto veneno
No se puede dedicar el alma
A acumular intentos
Pesa mas la rabia que el cemento

Essentially it means that one cannot live with so much poison in their soul. One cannot dedicate their life accumulating these ill intents and rage is heavier than cement. The meaning behind it in Spanish is much more powerful, and may have gotten lost in the translation. But, the essence of the song is to let go of pain and bitterness. It’s become a sort of mantra for me in times of great strife.

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XOXO Chica Rosita

30 Day Self-Esteem Challenge: Day 28

Day 28: Do You Feel Good About Yourself Today? Why or Why Not?

I woke up this morning feeling tired. Like a scene out of a Darren Aronofsky film, I stumbled into the bathroom, my vision hazy, the light piercing through my eyeballs. All I could I recall from my dream was the feeling of anxiety and fear. I tried desperately to recall a vision, an image. Perhaps I was about to lose something, or maybe I already did.

I felt the water from the showerhead beat on my back, my eyes shut, maybe they were open for awhile. Parting my lips, I let the water in and let it trickle down my chest. Breathing slowly, I stayed there for awhile and let the water wash away everything.

I took a deep breath and stepped out. My feet soaked, creating a puddle, I quickly dried it up with an old t-shirt, my foot twisting and turning like some dance routine.

I ran my comb through my hair, almost robot like, I tied my hair into a ponytail. I must have changed my outfit twice before settling on a salmon floral top, black blazer, black skinny jeans, and my ballet flats. Accentuated with silver bangles and hoop earnings, I quickly lined my lower eyelid black and puckered my lips for a vibrant red lipstick.

Starring back at me was a big beautiful woman…I knew today was going to be a good day.

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XOXO Chica Rosita