Didn’t they tell you about Savage X Fenty?

First impressions, hot! Seeing Audrey Ritchie in that sneak peek video of Savage X Fenty got me hyped about the launch of this collection. But, there was still the big question circulating in the plus-size fashion blogosphere, “Will it fit me?”

As a plus-size woman, ranging between a size 18-20, generally 2X, I was nervous because there were no size chart details prior to the launch. All that was known was that it would go up to a 3X. That could mean anything.

But, I decided to go for it anyway and give it an honest chance and review. When the line dropped at midnight, I got queued in line. I said, “oh no, this isn’t going to work! Riri, I love you, but I have to go to work tomorrow!” So, I waited until the following day at noon and scored some pretty amazing pieces.

I instantly fell in love with the mint (Bay) color pieces like the lace bralette and high waist brief. The briefs I ordered were a 2X. And, I ordered a 3X bralette after another plus-size fashion blogger mentioned in a thread that she went to a Savage X Fenty event launch and had the opportunity to try on some pieces. She was an H cup like me and said the bralette in 3X should work. I decided to order two different style bralettes: lace bralette and wireless lace bralette. That’s definitely one of my critiques of the line since it only goes up to a 44DD in its bra selection. There is indication the line will extend to 44DDD at some point, but that still leaves a lot of women like me that go beyond a DDD cup out of options.

But, I said to myself, “I’ll take what I can get and squeeze my fat ass into it!” Of the two bralettes, the wireless lace bralette is definitely my favorite. It has added lace material that extends to my upper abdomen. And, I don’t have side boob spillage issues like with the lace bralette. While the lace bralette is beautiful and still fits, as a plus-size woman, the wireless lace bralette offers more support for under and side boob support.

And, I couldn’t complete the look without the Sheer Marabou Short Robe in Fairy Dust. The name itself screams fantasy come to life! I ordered a 2X/3X and it is divine! It’s really lightweight and playful with the marabou trimming. However, I am concerned about ripping it if I’m not careful putting it on or taking it off.

I also ordered the Flock Dot Babydoll in Bay. I am captivated by the color scheme of this line, whimsical meets sexy. I was concerned about the babydoll since I wasn’t sure about the chest support since I’m a 40H and it’s wireless. But, it hugged my chest beautifully. I tightened the straps all the way and it worked. I paired it with the matching Flock Dot Thong. I’ve never felt so sexy in a piece of lingerie.

As in love as I am with most of my pieces from Savage X Fenty, I also couldn’t get the full experience. There were plenty of items I couldn’t order because they weren’t in my size like the corsets and bodysuits. When Riri dropped a picture in this lace teddy, I was hoping it would be carried in my size. Sadly, I didn’t have this option. And, there’s vast room for improvement by extending bra sizes and offering more plus-size options.

But, I’m just going sit this right here for now…

Miss Shelo

IG: @miss.shelo

Photography: Tommy Kim

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Crushin’ On Me in Velvet

Turning 30 in 2017 represented a huge milestone in my life in more ways than one. I could see that my fashion style evolved from forever being stuck in forever 21 to being thoughtful about what I wear. I started to think more about the quality of my purchases and how to integrate them into my own style.

For this gorgeous velvet pantsuit from Eleven60, I decided to throwback to the 60’s when the beehive reigned supreme.

I paired the outfit with diamond stud squared shades (affiliate link) and silver booties inspired by the disco era. My aim was to integrate the inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s without being costume-like and something a woman could envision herself wearing for a night out or for corporate chic wear (minus the beehive).

And, as a plus-size fashionista, I appreciate a good pair of dress pants. My concern with velvet has always been, “Can I move in it? Will it look flattering on me?” I have an hourglass figure, wide hips, muffin top, and a small bum. I am hesitant to purchase any kind of slacks. So, I default to black leggings as an alternative to pants. I am happy to say that the velvet pants for this outfit were not restricting, and I dare say look hella good on me. The fabric is breathable, and the velvet material has some stretch for the curvy woman.

The blazer design is also impeccable. There is black tulle under the tail of the blazer, which gives it that gorgeous, dramatic bump in the back. Pair it with a black turtleneck sweater or black sheer bodysuit with bralette for a chic look.

I had the best time styling this outfit, and I felt like I was wearing something women I aspire to be would wear (a.k.a. JLo & Beyoncé). You don’t have to be a celebrity to look fierce in your every day.

Miss SheLo

IG: @miss.shelo

Photographer: Tommy Kim

How to Dress Up Your Statement Pieces For Less

The challenge many women can face with high fashion statement pieces is cost. Once you have it, what do you do with it? Wear it only once? No! When you purchase high fashion or couture pieces, you are essentially investing in a quality piece. So, how do you dress up these pieces more than once without draining your bank account or sacrificing on style?

My solution has always been to go simple, classic, and elegant with basic pieces you can find in your everyday wardrobe and pair them with a statement piece. Let that expensive signature piece stand out.

I was elated when I got the chance to style up this high fashion floral embroidered duster from Eleven60. The “Pinky Promise” A-Line Bomber is a sheer floral embroidered A-Line bomber jacket with pink trim. It is a unique, beautiful piece and perfect addition to any plus-size queen’s wardrobe.

For my first look, I went to my closet to find all shades of pink. I pulled a ribbed knit pink dress from Forever 21. The rose colored dress compliments the floral bomber perfectly. Combined with Nude Chunky Lucite Heels, rose gold mirrored sunglasses, and a rose gold bangle set from Forever 21 accessories, it makes for an elegant and chic look.

For my second look, I paired the bomber with a white Sleeveless Bodysuit and Drawstring Pants in blush to create a chic yet casual look.  I accessorized the look with a pink Satin Bow Choker and floral stud earrings.

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Both looks, excluding the bomber, were obtained at a little over $100. That’s an amazing deal considering all the clothing, shoes, and accessories I was able to purchase. And, these basic pieces can be used to achieve many more looks.

Being able to dress in the latest styles shouldn’t mean breaking the bank. Investment in high fashion pieces can be easily styled with everyday affordable, trendy, and basic pieces from brands like Forever 21.

PHOTOGRAPHY: TOMMY KIM HTTP://WWW.TOMMYKIM.NET

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Items Featured

“PINKY PROMISE” A-LINE BOMBER – Eleven60

Plus Size Sleeveless Bodysuit – Forever 21

Plus Size Drawstring Pants – Forever 21

Chunky Lucite Heels – Forever 21

Satin Bow Choker – Forever 21

Similar/Suggested Items

Plus Size Cami Swing Dress – Forever 21

Plus Size Bodycon Henley Dress – Forever 21

Mirrored Bangle Set – Forever 21

Mirrored Cateye Sunglasses – Forever 21

Glow-in-the-Dark Flower Studs – Forever 21

 

 

Body Positive Artist Susan Ruiter & Two Curvy Ladies

Last winter, I commissioned a painting from artist Susan Ruiter. I found her work on Instagram and fell immediately in love. The way she paints women: curvy, round, happy, sassy. All the words that can describe what it is to be a big beautiful woman in the world and the way we move are what Susan captures so perfectly.

 I knew I had to have one of her paintings. I reached out to Susan with full trust in her craft. I asked her to draw inspiration from a series of pin-up photos of myself in a polka dot bathing suit. The result was just magic: two wonderful, beautiful, and curvy ladies.

I wake up every morning to these beautiful ladies. Even if I am in a rush, I always catch them out of the corner of my eye. There are days where I stand in front of this painting and just stare. It is truly a wonderful feeling to know that I could inspire such beautiful art. 

The two ladies are a reminder that I exist outside of my routine, outside of these four walls. I exist in a world where I move beautifully. 

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I like to see the ‘two ladies’, as Susan calls them, as two parts of me. We always have two sides to ourselves, intriguing, similar in some ways, but inherently different.

 Photo Credit: Solight Photography

As a supporter of body positive artists, I wanted to know more about Susan and her process. Below is an interview conducted with Susan.

 

 As a child, did you have an interest in art?

Not especially in art. But I was very creative. I loved drawing, painting, making clothes etc.

What draws you to paint women?

I like to draw people and animals and love round shapes (curves), humor and color. The combination of these made me start drawing the colorful, happy ladies. And I was inspired by Botero, a Colombian artist.
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Where do you draw inspiration from?

From daily life. I can get inspired from a walk through town, from magazines, pictures. Anything.
When you have a commission piece, like mine, where do you start? What is the process?

If possible I visit your home or company, so I can see your interior and talk about your wishes. If I do I bring along some paintings, it’s so you can see what size and colors you would like the painting to have. Then, we talk about: What colors you would like, if you would like a personal touch (car, animal, company logo, daughter)? Etc.

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After this, I make a few sketches and mail them to you so you can tell me what you do or do not like, and if you wish to change anything. When you agree with the sketch, I start with the actual painting. It takes about 8 – 16 weeks before it’s done. When the painting is finished, I mail a picture. Again you can tell me if you’d like anything different. When you’re happy with the painting as it is, I varnish the painting and bring/send it to you.

Is the painting I commissioned your first one to make its way to the U.S.?

Yes, your ladies were the first to travel this far. Since then, I had another one commissioned for the U.S. and shipped one to Australia.
What has been a highlight in your experience being an artist?

Opening my own gallery in Vlaardingen (town near Rotterdam), were I have a workspace as well.
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I feel that often an artist’s work reflects part of them. What would you say about your paintings reflects who you are as a person, artist, or woman?

My paintings reflect me as a person. I draw confident women who enjoy life. That’s how I like to see myself as well.
Many body positive advocates and plus-size bloggers are very familiar with your work. How has the response been to your work?

Are they? I did have a lot of positive reactions, one of my favorites is: “Your view on confident, curvy women is inspiring.” And I loved your response to your commissioned work too! You said: “I love it, it is a reminder to me that I’m beautiful every morning.”
A Dutch plus-size magazine placed an article about me once and I’m currently in contact with a plus-size magazine in Canada/U.S. about placing an article.

What are some of your favorite artists?

Botero, Lita Cabelut, Nico Vrielink
What would you say to young artists who are starting out?

Find your own way and stay true to yourself.
Your artwork is certainly making an impact on the body positive community. What message or beliefs do you hope comes across in your work?

Enjoy life and love who you are. Confidence is the most beautiful thing you can wear.

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What future projects do you have in mind with your artwork?

I just had the first bronze statue of one of my ladies made and I hope to make more in the future. I keep trying new things in paintings, to keep developing myself.


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Photo Credit: Galerie Sille

What parts of the world would you like your art to be showcased?

All over the world!

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It is not hard to see why Susan’s work is so captivating and even more at how wonderful she is. Celebrating the beauty of the female body, its curves, its movement, its existence, is imperative. We need to see the celebration of plus-size, curvy bodies. We need to be reminded just like I am every morning that big is beautiful.

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Read more about Susan and view her work at her website.

Make sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

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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