INVASION OF THE STRAIGHT SIZE CLOTHING!

I can remember when forever 21 opened their plus size line in my local mall. I took a 30 minute ride out to the only mall that was offering it at the time. It was to my surprise the section was filled with small straight sized women. My first thought was maybe I didn't get the correct information from my email. I still pressed on threw the crowd of frames that looked nothing like plus size and found indeed it was the plus size section. I jokingly stated to one of the ladies that she was in the wrong section. She laughed and explained that she raided the plus size section when she desired "oversized"  and "hobo" looks. It totally clicked something in my head that day and my shopping experience has never been the same. I had never tip toed over to the straight size section before that day I honestly had no reason to. I mean I am a size 18/20 plus size woman I couldn't possibly find  anything in straight sizes for my body right? WRONG!



THINKING SUMMER IN JANUARY?: BATHING SUIT EDITION

I have come to realize that living in Miami Winter really isn't a concern, which is probably why I never really blog about winter clothing. I don't think I'm good at layering clothes effectively which is something that I vowed to understand in 2015. So Most of the year is bathing suit and flip flop ready which I was so happy to see designers starting the year off with swimwear. I must admit I am surprised that so many designers like Monif C and retailers like Forever 21 are getting such a big jump on swim wear. I guess this plus size wave has truly made a impact on the fashion industry. We are being thought of and not at the last minute either. I remember at some point we would all be confined to just buying Forever 21 for swimwear. Which made us all  look like clones on Memorial Day weekend sporting the same swimwear because we were so limited. I love Gabi Fresh and Monif C new lines and fresh new designs adding details from zippers to cutouts. These designer are bringing it for the Curvy Girl who not only wants to make a splash but Statement this summer.




Monif C



I am loving the prints and colors chosen in the new line of Monif C Swimwear and let's not get started on those sexy cut outs on the side of the swimwear. If you want to stand out and in a crowd these bathing suits are a must. The prices range from $80 to $100 per piece but it's well worth it in my opinion. The new bathing suits come with wire intact in the tops to support your breast which I for one think is awesome. 







I love Gabi Fresh I have been following her since I knew what a blogger was or even did for that matter. I must admit over the  last few years she has really bought plus size fashion great attention and recognition. When she completed her first line of swimsuits with swimsuits for all the world stopped and took notice. So it's only right she gives me sophisticated yet sexy glam in her new line. I think the promo is on point the pictures scream sexy, confident, and in control. The size range up to a size 24 bathing suit and even a size E and F bra. All bathing suits are under a $100 and to be honest to be the talk of the beach I would pay more lol.  






FOREVER TRIED BUT NOT HARD ENOUGH


On the same day forever 21 posted this picture among a few others of some of their swimwear and honestly I feel as if they fell short. What do you think?


JUMPING FOR JUMPERS!








I must admit like any other average woman on planet earth I hate a certain part of my body! Geesh that was hard to admit openly but it feels great to finely say it. I am always the first to tell anyone to love their body but I will not tell you how to feel about it. My Mother and Sister are Both Top Heavy which means they carry the bulk of their weight in the breast and midsection area. In my case I gotten a double dose of wide full hips and boy do these babies spread. I have grown to love my hips after figuring out exactly how to work my curves in certain pieces. In fashion and clothing you have to know what works for your shape and your size. I have avoided certain clothing for years and jumpers have always been a challenge for me to conquer.







CURVY AND FURY FASHION!


CURVY AND FURY FASHION:


It has become apparent living in South Florida that I will never  have the need to wear fur and it upsets me sometimes. I  have loved the idea of fun and colorful fur during winter/fall since forever. Is it just me or does fur make you feel classy as well? I  have noticed several sites stepping up to plate and catering to curvy women and their desire to stay relevant and up to date on the latest trends. You know there was a time not to long along when we couldn't get more than one bathing suit choice at forever 21. I am grateful that some vendors and retailers have heard our complaints and make substantial change.


Here are my current fur obsessions I spotted one at forever 21 but it didn't last too long. It was sold out before I could make to my purse to get my debit card. If you purchase some of these coats today most are on sale for 20% to 40% off for Cyber Monday.


FULL COAT SHOW STOPPER



 























                SimplyBe     $130                                                                             boohoo.com $70

                                  



SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW:NATURALLY FASHIONABLE




   When I usually write the blog post "someone you should know" it usually involves someone I've never met but admire from a distance. That would be the case up for this lovely young lady  until FFF Week 2013 when I had the pleasure of meeting her in person. I've always admired her classy demeanor and  her daily looks from natural hair inspirations to detailed body type information. I absolutely adore her and within a few minutes of visiting her blog you will too! 



I reached out to Kim of Naturally Fashionable to ask her a few questions about her love of a fashion and here's what she had to say:


1. What does FASHION mean to you?  Fashion is truly a form of
self-expression.  Your clothing reveals who you are before you ever
speak a word.

2. What are some of your favorite trends that are happening right now?
I am loving colored denim, floral prints, and the neon trend.

3. What are your 3 favorite hot spots to hit and find haute pieces?
 I shop everywhere, but my favorite places are H&M, Dorothy Perkins, and ASOS.

4. What trends do you love that mostly describe and inspire your style?
The "Ladylike" trend most inspires me because I would describe my
style as classic.  I love my clothes to have a tailored look and fit
my curves perfectly.
 
 
 
 
    5. What are 3 things in your closet that you can NOT live without?
I truly cannot live without a great pair of fitted jeans, a sharp
blazer, and accessories.

6. What tips can you give  readers on how to achieve stylish looks?
I would say make sure that you understand your body type.  Do you have
a hourglass, straight, or pear-shaped figure?  Questions like this
must be answered before you can identify your style and what type of
clothing will look best on your body.

7. Who do you look up to in the fashion industry? And who are your top
3 most fashionable celebs?
I really look up to designers like Michael Kors and Rachel Roy.  They
design clothing that correspond with my taste and style in clothing.
I also admire the style of Kerry Washington, Nicole Richie, and Sarah
Jessica Parker.  They all wear timeless pieces.
 
 

Where you can find me:
Blog: http://thenaturalfashionista.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaturallyFashionable
YouTube: www.youtube/
naturallyfashionable
Twitter: @TNFashionsita

HAS THE REVEREND GONE TO FAR?: EXTREME DIET OR HEALTHY LIVING?


Credit: SandraRose


I have read recent articles of Rev. Al Sharpton finally shedding some light on why he decided to lose weight and give up his infamous love for fried food. I'm shocked to read he used NO surgery, no pills or gimmicks for that matter. I was more so shocked to read what Rev. Sharpton's consumes on a daily basis.

 I have recently become intrigued with taking on a healthier lifestyle but for me I love options and Sharpton's diet does nothing for my desire to have healthy and funky takes on southern treats.  I don't think it's fair to limit your self to eat the same thing every single day for the rest of your life. it's my opinion but I wonder could this be the new "IT" Diet of people wanting to loose massive amounts of weight without going under the knife.


CONFESSION I'M ASHAMED TO BEEN SEEN WITH A FAT GIR!



As you know I invite all my followers from all of my social media outlets to email me with either topics, confessions or a simple hello. In all honesty most emails are typical inquiries about clothing or hair but every once in awhile a email sparks my interest. I must admit I'm impressed at  this readers ability to be  transparent with his feelings and his struggle. I logged into my Mac Book with a cup of fresh brewed coffee and read for the first 30 minutes to an hour of my day. I scan threw subject lines of emails looking for nothing in particular when one hits me like a ton of bricks: I'm a Jock and I'm NOT suppose to like fat girls. I open it instantly both intrigued and interested to see what he meant exactly by NOT supposed to, as if it's sin or he will be stoned. I will be honest I'm frustrated with his statement at first. In time I've learned to listen to the entire story and really give people a chance to explain themselves.  So the email is as follow I have changed Names and Locations Just to protect this young mans image and Identity. 



Hello,


I'm Kevin* and I live In Los Angeles land of the Rodeo Drive and Where Everyone is faking like their somebody but really arent. I've playe football my entire life and I'm currently in college trying to persue a football. I know every kid has that dream of going to NFL some of them make but alot of us don't. In my case I think I have a pretty good chance I'm not saying I will be a 1st Round Draft Pick but I do think I pretty decent. I first started looking at your fb page because you posted pictures of plus size women in a light I had never seen. I mean honestly going to a prodominatly white school hips and curves are very far and inbetween. As a Football Player I'm introduced to all kinds of women and everytime I set up on a blind date I'm disappointed. I'm always matched with the typical "IT" girl. I have had a desire for full figured women as far back as I can remember but I've always been ashamed. I admitted only once in high school when the guys started talking about girls and what they liked. I openly admited having a crush on Lisa* a curvy chinky eyed, carmel, and thick younglady who was the yearbook editor and came to almost every game. I got clowned for it they erupted in laughter and my new nickname became chubby chaser since then. When school ended and we are went out own wasys I was free from being called "chubby chaser". I felt as if I had done something so wrong by admitting that I like fuller women. In college now i stay clear of plus size women careful to not make eye contact or be overly friendly. I think most of the time Plus size girls may think because i'm a athlete I'm not interested in them  and don't even bother. The truth is I love them but I am afraid of the backlash or taunts I will receive for liking a BBW. I don't even watch regular porn (sory if this TMI) I always watch BBW women. My Question to you or even followers is as follows:  1. Am I alone in this thinking? 2. How do I get over this fear of being judged?


Thank you!



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