Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shout out to local businesses!- Please support local and homegrown plus size friendly business in your area! This is the Portland edition

If you're in Portland Metro area do not miss out on going to two shops one in Northwest called Fat Fancy which has killer vintage and new styles for the plus size retro princesses out there and in the Southeast there is Savvy Plus run by the beautiful and awesome Gaya (I'm not sure if I spelled that right! Someone please correct me if I'm wrong).

Fat Fancy- great for both men and women and the funky little shop is right in the heart of downtown Portland so it's a great destination if you're on the Northwest side of town and wanna do some shopping. My favorite piece I got there is the amazing graphic crop top I use over camis. The girls who work here are amazing at making you feel comfortable and helping you find exactly what you're looking for.

Savvy-Plus has been and will continue to be my first destination when shopping for casual and career wear. I went in yesterday and was so excited about all the new things, the inventory is constantly changing so go in at least once a week. I've seen everything there from Coach bags to Shoji Todashi dresses (to die for!), Anne Taylor and some things still have tags on them! Gaya and company are super friendly and helpful, they also do consignment so bring in your gently used fashion forward stuff and buy different awesome stuff while you're there.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Overcoming the "I'm too fat for this."

I have not been posting lately due to many reasons, I'm back in school, I'm working full time again and I've been stuck in a depressive cycle in which I overeat, condemn myself for being a glutton tell myself I'll never amount to anything and then overeat again to make myself feel better. Wow, that sound really crazy when I say it like that. But so many women I know have told me the go through exactly the same thing. We lie awake at night thinking about all the terrible things we did to our bodies that day. I had McDonalds and Taco Bell all in the same day; word to the wise don't do this.

Tomorrow I have to go out networking, normally this is a chance for me to increase our connections or strengthen ones we already have and hopefully broker us more deals in the process but really it's about relationship building and frankly I've been pretty terrible at it lately. Why has my performance decreased so drastically? Because I don't think I deserve to be there, I feel like every time my spare tire jiggles it's just one of the myraid of reasons someone has to not take me seriously. I used to feel like a Boss, now I just feel like a bloated oompa loompa. How do I get back to me? How do I get back to believe that Yes! Indeed I can! or as my people say Si Se Puede! I'm not actually sure how you get back there, I guess recognizing that I was there is a start.

This how I imagine the other person in a business meeting thinking:
"I thought she was trying to lose weight, well if she did if found her again. OMG those pants don't hide that gut at all. Why would she ever wear pinstripes being that big? That dress make her look like a beached whale."

This is what I imagine is the other persons internal dialogue, now I understand this is a very narcissistic view of their thoughts because most likely they are thinking about the hundred things they have to do or about what they want for lunch and not about my beached whale pants but still I tell myself what if that is what they are thinking. Do people not take me seriously because of my size? The cold hard truth is yes, there are some people who because of social conditioning believe that heavier people have no self control, are lazy and won't be as effective as a fit person. This is categorically false but it's why they have internalized as truth, everyone has handicap or a flaw, intimacy issues, addictions mine just happens to be very visible.

So here is my plan, tomorrow I'm going to get up early shower and make sure that I do my hair in the most fabulous way and that my make up is perfect; this won't actually help me or the other person I'm speaking to in any measurable way but I will feel better knowing that I've done every single thing to make sure I'm playing the part of the successful business woman even if for now it's just a dress rehearsal.
Good Night Lovlies

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winter is coming...

So my fiance and I are obsessed with Game of Thrones. We love Danny, hate Jofferey and yes I read the f@uking books! So winter is here, I've been snowed in for three days here in Wilsonville,OR with one of the largest snow storms to hit the area since 1996. So in order to keep from getting cabin fever I've decided to share with you lovlies the pieces which I'm currently coveting from Igigi and a new source I found called Navbi (much more expensive, think Nordstroms for plus sizes).  I also wanted to make you aware (as if you didn't know) how awesome some modcloth stuff is. I just purchased the travel day skirt on sale for 14.99, we do love a bargain.

Things drool worthy from Igigi:

Zola Dress in Daylily PurpleZola Dress $118 I imagine mysels as Reese witherspoon in this dress, cute, quirky and loveable.
Garnet Dress in Blackgarnet dress in black, perfect for office or cocktails. I imagine the model as a Bond girl, with a thigh holster and .22 tucked inside her dress.
Cadence Dress in Black/IvoryCadence Dress $118.
I think I could take over the world in this dress, it's fashionable, the structure is forgiving and it would be amazing with nude, black, white or red pumps.
Ambrosia Dress in BlackAmbrosia Dress $175
This is how I look in my head, this is my alter ego, sexy, confident and can wear strappy gold heels.
Garbo GownThe Garbo Dress $225, sophisticated, elegant and just a slit of sexy. I love how in charge she looks, this is a dress for A Boss.
Botanical Bloom Cuff in Goldon sale now for $29.99 Evokes a feeling of an Amazonian princess in me.

Modcloth lovliness:
Travel Day Skirt - Chiffon, Woven, Black, Polka Dots, Floral, Pleats, Work, Better, Daytime Party, Mid-length, Ballerina / Tutu, BlackTravel Day Skirt $14.99 on sale a few left. Up to 4x. I fell in love with it because it was cheap, cute and in my size.

Coach Tour Dress in Bleu - Solid, Buttons, A-line, Sleeveless, Blue, Work, Casual, Fall, Exclusives, Best Seller, Cowl, Variation, Winter, Basic, Mid-length, Folk Art, Spring, Nautical, Top RatedCoach Tour Dress $47.99 beautiful color and I love the gold button detail. the gathering at the waist help hide any bumps and with some black tights and an undershirt (I don't like exposing my arms) it would work really well.
Airport Greeting Cardigan in Oatmeal - Jersey, Cream, Solid, Casual, Long Sleeve, Exposed zipper, Pockets, Cowl, Variation, Travel, Basic, Best Seller, Fall, Winter, White, Long Sleeve, Knit, Mid-length, Top RatedAirport Greeting cardi $54.99 Perfect for effortless chic. Wear this with jeans when you don't know what else to do and let the compliments wash over you.

Office Envy Skirtoffice envy skirt $69.99 This will be my next purchase from ModCloth is still available next month, as I really would like a staple black skirt for work.

Conference Confidence Dressconference confidence dress $99.99
Fantastic staple piece you can dress up or down. Love the darts with pockets, figure flattering and the boat neckline makes it work appropriate and easy to wear for more busty ladies.

Maxima Sheath dress with lace Black$123.90 on sale Maxima dress

Manon Baptiste Dress with collar and large box pleats Black / Coral-OrangeManon Baptise $257.912