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High end fashion for all let the revolution begin!

I once read in an LA times article some dunderhead design student say that "high fashion is for the elite, the nobility not the everday person and that's why designers are hesitant to create plus size coture..." The person went on to say that the human body is basically a bunch of lines and curves and for curvier people that's even more true, but it doesn't just stop there; in design school designers are taught to create garments based on an unrealistic and exaggerated body models that are impossibly tall and thin, which is why so many designer fashions look great on the runway terrible on real people. I call bullshit.

Fashion was once the domain of the elite, there was a time in certain countries when you could be killed for wearing the color purple, the color of royalty if you were not in fact a member of the royal family. Today though, fashion is accessible to everyone across the globe, it has become a personal statement and wearable art all in one. For me, f…

Breakfast at Tiffany's on Saturday Night

Who wouldn't want the glamourous life of Holly Golightly, strolling down 5th avenue with pearls, a little black dress and a french twist and famous NYC coffee for breakfast, all while admiring the wares of Tiffany's from the window, so close but yet so far. Last night I watched the film based on the famous Capote novel and wondered if aside from the coture and waist size, is Miss Golightly and I were so very different.

Before I met Big, I had my own share of rats and superrats as she calls them, men who believed that any amount of generosity shown, entitled them to bedsport. My mistake was believing it as well, believing that any amount of attention showed to me earned someone a say in where I slept that night, because I had such a hard time believing any one at all could find me the least bit attractive.

Unlike Ms. Golightly I never schemed or plotted on which rich man I would marry, in fact I fully believed that most rich men (most men really) would find me repulsive, becau…

Lipstick Confidential

So I'm sitting at the bus stop waiting for Big to pick me up for lunch and I notice three very different women all applying and reapplying lipstick. All three are different ages, social backgrounds and ethnicities.

It occurred to me that lipstick is a universal act of feminity. It is not necessary or even the kind of make up that one would use to conceal a blemish, it is solely decorative a pronouncement of ones womaness.

One woman wearing a business suit wears bright red, power color, war paint to do battle in her next board room blitzkrieg, the teenager with the MAC Rebel purple finding her identity and flouting convention. Then there is the woman a little older who wears a polo shirt and khakis, on her way to a job at a fast food joint, her lips painted with a brush from a Mary Kay compact with a pretty almost neutral pink.

She does this with care, exactness because she is from a time when people dressed up to go grocery shopping, traveling and church. She is from an era o…

Falls Pants Parade

According to the June issue of Vogue pants are going to be all the rage this season with Miuuca Prada herself saying dresses have become "too trendy". I'm not really sure what that means because I wear what I like and be done with it, however I'm very excited about the return of the trousers, the parade of pants, the plethora of pantaloons.

This fall everything from skinny crops, to wide leg structured and diaphanous are all fair game. Here are some amazing plus size pants I found at Onestopplus.com






The magic of the Fab Five (or Twenty)

Why you should hang out with the Fab Five (or Twenty)
According to motivational speaker Jim Rohn who has spent a lifetime helping people build businesses and inspiring others to reach higher you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. It does makes sense when you think about it in terms of cliques in high school, the jocks and cheerleaders in comparison to the drama club or chess team, it’s not that these groups exist solely outside of one another or that there is no inter-group mingling but birds of a feather do tend to flock together.
AVID which stands for “Advancement Via Individual Determination” was started in 1980 but the head of an English department in San Diego, Mary Catherine Swanson. AVID was initially begun to help the underserved students of color who were integrating into a competitive school from school systems which were not as well-structured or effective. It has continued to grow and serve at risk students who showed promise in some area of aca…

Summer dress throw down! Max vs. Cut out vs high low Oh My!

So there are some trends going on this summer which I've steered clear of, one of them being the "High Low" dress trend, mostly because this would mean revealing any upper leg which at this point I'm not prepared to do, however for those braver than I and those looking for fashion foward way to wear this seasons hottest new dresses I've scoured the net for advice, pics and some the cutest dresses from Evansusa.com. You can find each dress on their website from $34-40.




The Original Maxi

The "Pop Star"
The Hi-Low

Plus Size beauty Meghan Tonjes: awesome new music video and inspiring message

Plus Size Songstress and beautiful woman Meghan Tonjes rocks our world:

Meghan Tonjes recently started following me on Twitter (yeah!) and when I saw the official music video for "This Year" an inspirational girl power anthem which lifts the soul and feeds it hope all without being cheesy or out dated, no cliche's here.

 Tonjes manages to find our heart strings and skillfully play her cheerful melodies with them. The video itself though, simple is a hearken back to when music videos were about music, they told a story they meant something and related to our everyday lives.

 In a world of meaningless lyrics about parties, leer jets and other unobtainable goods of the 1% ers Tonjes focuses on the universal topic of love, life and inner strength. She manages to reject all that is unnecessary about the music industry while remaining all inclusive, her positivity is catching and I can only hope that we see much more of her. You can check her out here: Meghan Tonjes - 'Thi…

The Secret Woman Tax? Help End Price Discrimination in the US

Have you ever noticed how much more we pay for clothes, shampoo and almost every thing than our male counter parts? I was in a major retail store yesterday and both Big and I were looking for shaving supplies and lotion. His lotion, razors and shaving cream were at least $2-3 less expensive than anything I had in my basket, what the hell right?

So I did some poking around on the internets, and it turns out almost everything from deoderant to jeans we pay more as women. According to digitaleconommist.com this is what's know as "Third Degree price discrimination", the charging of different prices based on different consumer groups.

Companies spend millions every year on finding out how much people are willing to pay for certain products or services. Basically as women we pay more because we must, almost all of our consumable products cost anywhere from 10-14% more than men and it's completely legal according to Uncle Sam.

 According to an article in Marie Claire: Cali…

Why I need a ring but say I don't-My feminist dilemma

Make sure to check out Full Figured Magazine for my articles about how to spot a Feeder and The Coat Hanger Friend: http://issuu.com/fullfigured
Why I need a ring and I say I don't:

Big and I have been dating for over two years now, we've moved in together after living in different cities.  I moved a whole state north, the landscape is beautiful and the rain constant in Oregon.  I made a huge commitment and took a big risk leaving my job, my family and support system. I truly thought that I would be okay with all of these risks, but something is bothering me... I still don't have the ring.

The feminist part of me wrestles with this thought, I shouldn't need this, I'm above needing such materialistic proclaimations of love and devotion, someone showing me they care, loving me, and supporting my goals and visions should be enough shouldn't? I feel guilty for wanting the sparkling rock that many of my fellow Millenials view as unimportant or even a throw back. Bei…

New Street Chic-Working women!

Shout out to lovley ladies of Wilsonville, Oregon Denny's ! Big and I woke up early on Saturday morning and worked out, then we went to Denny's for all you can eat pancakes! Every single server there was warm, friendly and helpful we were so surprised in California you're lucky if your server ever looks in your direction! Loving Oregon!

I spotted the beautiful Lisa wearing cute shell pink eye shadow with kohl liner and perfect mascara, proof that you can be fabulous at work even if you do have to wear a uniform, but Lisa's best make up secret? Her gorgeous smile! Thanks Lisa for being Street Chic of the week!

Until next time lovlies!
CGINTW

Cute work out clothes and why you NEED them

So Big and I went to work out this morning, I put on my crummiest sweats a baseball tee and schlepped down to the gym our apartment complex has. I felt so frumpy and depressed, about the weight I've gained back. There were mirrors everywhere to check your form, but to me it was like every reflection was whispering a criticism: "You're lazy" "You're worthless" "You're never going to make it." All those voices we all here in our heads got louder and louder. I wanted to cry looking at my now much flabbier figure and what's worse is I had worn the most depressing outfit I could which is completely not my style. So I decided that was the last time I would ever feel that way.

There will be those among you who tell you it doesn't matter what you wear to the gym so long as you go, that might be true for the truely brave or the truly fashioned challenged however you are a fabulous full figured fashionista who demands the very best from not…

New Fashionable Summer Attire for travelling!


Just because you may have to catch a
6 am flight to your Carribean vacay doesn't mean you have to board the plane in anything less than fierce fashion.

I've made it easy for you in today's post, you can have comfort and coture. Rock the seasons latest looks and remeber Coco Chanel's famous words:

 “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”  

So whether you are off onto a hot beach for cocktails or to a hot headed boardroom meeting this summer, here are some figure flattering trends for everyone. Behold!


 

On the Oregon Trail my adventures into the wild green yonder and what I wore

Big and I have moved to Wilsonville, Oregon a city in Northern Oregon about 20 minutes outside of Portland, we moved here because he got an awesome opportunity in his career if he relocated. My day job had already reached it's maximum potential and we had been talking about me taking some time off for writing and starting our business venture together so everything came together at just the right moment in time.

Putting on my Betsy Johnson inspired discount T-shirt and best travelling pants;I packed up all my coture, all my casual and all my killer heels of course and we drove and then drove and then drove some more. Stopping in Canyonville, OR for a Buffalo burger we finally got a break from driving, I noticed as soon as we got over the state line how much I stood out. I'm Mexican, Italian and Japanese, so there's no hiding my non caucasianess. Growing up in California I kind of always just melted into all the other melting rainbows, here I'm like a bright beacon of e…