Facing Your Fashion Fears: From Street to Chic

As a plus-size woman, I was limited on what to wear. Whether it’s avoiding horizontal stripes, or being encouraged to wear all black because it’s “slimming”, many of us have these parameters drilled into our head that our wardrobe reflects what’s called “safe pieces”. At Dia&Co., you have a stylist who listens to your individual needs and styles a wardrobe for you. I love this service because it is specifically founded on the struggle many plus-size women have faced: finding clothes that fits and looks good. Dia&Co. inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and step into something chic.

Wearing clothing shouldn’t be revolutionary. Rather, it’s a form of expression of your personality and style. And as an ambassador for an apparel brand, Artista Apparel, I decided to take my active wear from street to chic.

First, the circus pants by Artista Apparel are dance/yoga pants designed for style and comfort. They aren’t like leggings that form tightly to your body and curves. While I am definitely the first to flaunt my curves, it is not the only thing I consider when putting an outfit together. I think about style, comfort, and confidence when I put together an outfit.

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A big girl wearing baggy pants? Isn’t that going to hide a curvy figure rather than accentuate it? I think the end results prove that as a curvy woman, my figure will look lovely even in clothing that may be deemed to make me look bigger and, therefore, unflattering according to societal standards. Pairing the black and red Aztec print circus pants with a black crop top, heels, and a bomber jacket elevate the look to an edgy high fashion ensemble.

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The black snakeskin crop top offers a little peek-a-boo at the midriff, which I am perfectly comfortable with and actually really love. The thought of having any sliver of my tummy peek out seemed like a horrendous idea, and one I avoided at all costs. Now, I think it’s actually kind of cute.

With the right accessories, you can certainly take pieces that would normally be seen as serving one purpose and see their versatility. I wanted to showcase how versatile these pieces from Artista Apparel can be, and show the quality and return on investment in these pieces. Additionally, I wanted to challenge myself and wear pieces that are normally off limits for plus-size women because when it comes to fashion and style there should be limitless possibilities. And, at Dia&Co., you’ll get just that. Sign up here. 

 

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Photography: Tommy Kim http://www.tommykim.net

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Crop Top: Black Snakeskin Crop Top – Artista Apparel

Pants: Black & Red Aztec Print Circus Pants – Artista Apparel

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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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Get the look at Artista Active Wear. I am wearing Halter Monokini in Amethyst Mermaid.

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

 

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