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May 2013

Re-Cap on the FatKini

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Uncategorized

I know I’ve done two posts on swimwear for this season, BUT WITH THE RISE OF FATKINIS, I had to do a last sweep of all designs for this season.

Gabi Gregg may not have invented the term “fatkini”—an amalgam of the words “fat” and “bikini”—but she can certainly be credited for taking the burgeoning trend to new heights

I am going to only do a few posts per vendor, so make sure you visit their websites to view their full collection.

First off, check out this video featuring GabiFresh!!! I am so proud of her!

She was on Good Morning America featuring her Fatkini which OVER SOLD OUT!! She established her line on SwimSuits for All!

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This brings me to my first swimwear spot: SwimSuitsForAll . They run from size 10-24.

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ModCloth

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Monif C

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Rue 107 +

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Forever 21

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Empress Lingerie

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Black Cat Bikinis ( XXS-6X)

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Nakimuli

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You can refer back to my older posts:

Swim Post 1

Swim Post 2

 

Lastly, shout out to some amazing women rocking their FATKINIs!!!

 

Tess Munster

Tess Munster

Gabi Fresh!

Gabi Fresh!

Gabi!

Gabi!

Chastity

Chastity

Nadia in Pink!

Nadia in Pink!

Stavana in Forever 21

Stavana in Forever 21

Shainna losing inches in Rue 107

Shainna losing inches in Rue 107

 

Chantae

Chantae

KIM!

KIM!

 

 

 

 

Tess Munster- Retro Chic

In Interviews

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Tess Munster is not your average plus size model! She embodies this very retro chic look that I want to try!! I first saw her on Domino Dollhouse and since, I’ve pretty much been in love!

Tess is a Plus-Size Model, Make Up Artist, Hair Stylist and Blogger based in L.A., who turned her hobbies into a successful career. She says she is now doing what she always dreamed of. Tess was born in a small town in Mississippi, July 1985. She always longed for a life bigger than what her small town could offer. She had always been different than other girls growing up; Tess was teased for being curvy, fair skinned, and short. The bullies at school were relentless, but she kept her head up. Knowing that she’d never quite fit in never kept Tess from dreaming. When Tess turned 15 she attended a casting call for Plus Models in Atlanta, GA, where she was not warmly received. Standing at 5’4″, wearing a size 16, she noticed everyone towering over her, and quickly realized her dreams of being a model might just be a dream. Tess then turned to her first love, Make Up Artistry. It was reading Kevyn Aucoin’s book, “Changing Faces,” that opened her eyes and showed her that makeup could truly “transform” someone inside and out.

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Check out our interview:

What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry?

I feel like I do a bit of everything. Model, blogger, enthusiast, fashionista, etc.

When did you first start to take an interest in fashion?

From BIRTH! HA! I have always loved dressing up!

Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?

Peg Bundy, Miss Frizzle (from the Magic School Bus), Miss Piggy, Beth Ditto, Divine, Tank Girl, Mae West…I could go on! I feel so inspired by so many people.

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Where do you find inspiration?

Every where! LA Street art, nature, magazines, blogs, you name it.

When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase?

Can I live without it? Does it fit me NOW and look good from all angles?  Is it worth the price? How is the quality? ETC.

How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today?

We are definitely making our voices heard and leaving an impact that I didn’t see 10 years, or even 5 years ago. It’s really amazing to watch, and I’m blessed to be a tiny part of it.

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Where do you do you see plus size fashion in 30 years from now?

I am an optimist, so I’m hoping next to straight size models in Vogue and on billboards. Not a joke, or something to question, but respected and well deserved at that.

Where are some of favorite places to shop?

Domino Dollhouse, Forever 21+, Nordstrom, ASOS, City Chic, SWAK, Jessica Louise Clothing, & vintage/thrift stores.

How long have you been modeling for?

2 years and counting!

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Where are some places you have modeled for?

I’ve been the face of a TV show & was on an ad that ran nationwide, Domino Dollhouse, SWAK, Jessica Louise Clothing, Evil Pawn Jewelry, Black Cat Bikinis, Empress Lingerie, Vintage Box 1947, Batcakes Couture, Em & Sprout, & various other indie designers.

Do you have any projects that you are anticipating?

So many! I shot with David LaChapelle a few weeks ago, and I’m dying to see the end result. It was a dream of mine! I’m also working on a few projects that I can’t talk about yet, but will be hopefully out in the next few months. 2013 is gonna be a big year… pun intended!

Do you have any tips for women who may want to model?

Think really long and hard about why you want to model, and if you really decide it’s something you want to do, make sure you have thick skin. It’s a very tough industry, and it’s a lot of work. It’s not just getting dolled up and taking photos, it’s so much more than that. Also, make sure you have a good support network around you, that’s crucial in succeeding (in every aspect of life, not just modeling).

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Why did you start modeling?

It had always been a dream of mine, but it was one of those dreams that I never thought would happen…like being an astronaut. The chances that I would actually become a model were so slim, and I had every odd stacked against me, but something in me just kept pushing. I wanted to prove to not only myself, but other women that anything is possible if you dream big enough and work hard.

Lastly, Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere?

Never underestimate your power. You deserve the very best from others, and how you treat yourself. Never let your size (big or small) stand in the way of your happiness.

Please Check Her Out!!

Website: www.Tessmunster.com

Facebook: facebook.com/tessmunster

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A Clothes Mind

In Plus Size Fashion

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I was browsing through the ever so encompassing world wide web and I found an online store that caters to size 2-24!

They are called A Clothes Mind.

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Welcome to our online clothing store. We specialize in women’s fashions from sizes 2-24.
Our Sleek and Sassy Fashions are created to inspire, uplift and motivate the “Diva” in you. The mastery of our collections are geared towards women in a couture element through dresses, pant suits, two piece ensembles and evening gowns. Our collections are thought provoking and are beyond FIERCE as we challenge you to ride the edge. Each piece will take your inner “DIVA” to the next level by accentuating your curves and exudes classiness which caters to the feminine essence of a lady.

I really love a lot of the pieces too!

We offer a custom tailored option so that we can modify any of the garments we offer to look like it was designed specifically for you. If you have an idea or concept of what you are looking for that is not currently offered on our website, we can bring your vision to life.

Here are my favorites:

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Make sure you check them out!!!

 

Malida: La Très Belle Femme

In Interviews

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I am happy to have my first Haitian feature in honor of Haitian Flag Day coming up this weekend.

Malida Theodore was born in Port au Prince, Haiti and currently resides in Brockton, Massachusetts.

By day she works with Bank of America as a Mortgage Loan Officer but BY LIFE she is an amazing Singer and Songwriter!

She sang a beautiful duet with J-Beatz, one of my favorite Haitian Artist!

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Check our Interview:

Where do you see yourself in the world of fashion?

I’m more of a spectator, I like to watch and see new styles. I also love to watch people and how they dress. Sometimes it gives me a few ideas as to how I can incorporate styles into my wardrobe.

When did you start taking interest into fashion?

I started taking interest in fashion when I was in college. I used to take the train into Boston and just people watch. I would first look at shoes then their accessories and finally their ensemble.

Who do you look up to in the world of fashion?

Some of my favorite fashion icons would have to be Rihanna, Marilyn Monroe and our first Lady Michelle Obama.

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Where do you find inspiration for your style?

I find inspiration in simple and clean pieces. I’m not into the crazy patterns. For me, I like to apply the quote “Less is More.”

When you go shopping, what decisions do you make before you buy something?

I have to assess the quality of the garment, name brand and I must try everything on before a purchase. I am very big on quality because they usually stand the test of durability!

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Where do you like to shop?

Some of my fave places to shop are BCBG, Lord and Taylor, H&M,  and Macy’s.

What are your thoughts on the full figured industry today?

Being plus size/curvy is coming back. It’s the healthy look and we need more iconic figures to be in that category. There are many curvy women who are looking for trendy things to wear. If the demand continues to grow so will the plus size industry.

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 Where do you see the plus size industry in 20 years from now?

I think it will be still around but definitely more streamline. Hopefully one day it will be fully interpreted and not as it’s own entity!

Lastly, 

Do you have any words for us curvy ladies everywhere? 

I want every curvy girl to know that she should embrace her curves never lose sight of staying healthy by exercising and eating right. This will help keep your curves looking tight and of course keep you healthy. Lastly that beauty must be found inside first, love yourself and be proud of your curvy body.

If you’d like to contact Malida or hear her music:

Facebook Page

Malida’s Music

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Ashley Stewart’s Mother’s Day Looks

In Personal Style

 

 

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Last weekend Ashley Stewart sent me a Linen dress from their Mom’s Picks.

It was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. As soon as I put it on, I went out and bought one for my mother as well.

I couldn’t wait to wear it to a  fundraiser  for the victims of the Marathon Boston Bombings and I received a lot of compliments. THANKS ASHLEY STEWART!

 

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The first look I loved was just a simple chic look that anyone (Mother or Not) could indulge.

Belt Asos Curve

Heels Bakers

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I then paired it again with the Tropical Print Sateen Rouched Jacket from Ashley Stewart. I seriously loved the combo!

My jewelry was also from Ashley Stewart. The Lioness Earrings have a nice little vintage touch to them.

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The dress was pretty loose around my waist, so my friend pinned it in the back but it came out wrinkly in the front 🙁 .

One thing I appreciated about this dress was the modern twist that it allowed me to have.  I can wear it Mother’s Day friendly or chic as well.

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Well I hope you enjoyed my post :).

Please visit Ashley Stewart and check out their Mother’s Day Looks.

Thanks to Wesley Jean Baptiste of 2Blunt TV for taking these amazing photos!

 

Outfit Deets:

Dress: Ashley Stewart

Brown and Black Pumps: Bakers

Blazer: Ashley Stewart

Jewelry: Ashley Stewart