Saturday, May 30, 2009

Material Girl

Sometimes, like today, I really don't feel like writing much. Instead, I will just show you a picture of last night's outfit and that will have to suffice. I promise I didn't even realize I was channeling Madonna until it was too late.
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black burnout tee-forever21
blazer-thrifted
tiered ruffle skirt-h&m
studded peeptoe booties-bcbg
accessories-mostly stolen from friends


As promised, today I used random.org to select a winner of the TJMaxx and Marshalls giftcards. Congratulations to britishtart, commenter 49! Happy shopping!
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Stylelikeu.com

So unfortunately I didn't get the job. I am sort of bummed, but hey, maybe something better is around the corner, right? (Just say yes so I don't jump off a bridge please).

This is just a quick post to tell you guys about one of my favorite fashion blogs: stylelikeu. I've had it linked on YFF for a while, but recently a trailer was made and I wanted to share it with you guys. Stylelikeu is one of the few blogs that actually inspires me, because it features people with such unique personal style. It's totally refreshing to find a site that offers something other than the mainstream trendy stuff we see so often. Take a look!

Stylelikeu Trailer from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rufflin' It

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Thank you guys for your kind words on my last post!

You all know I'm not the most conservative dresser, so I always struggle a little with what to wear to job interviews. It can be tough to show my personality and find that perfect balance of style and professionalism. At an interview this afternoon, I decided to don a black ruffle dress from JCPenny that has been hanging in the back of my closet forever. It's sleeveless and a little low cut, so I wore a black tank underneath and my cap-sleeve cardi from Jen's Fashion Plus to make it a little more work-friendly. The cut-out flats are from forever21, and the purse, earrings, and belt are from my best friend's massive accessory collection :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Spendervention

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So you may or may not have noticed I am the biggest bargain shopper ever (I cringe if I have to spend more than $20 on anything). If you love saving money as much as I do, I have some great news: YFF is giving one lucky reader two $25 gift cards, one for TJMaxx and one for Marshalls.

This spring, the stores are inviting you to join shoppers everywhere in a national spending intervention ("spendervention") to stop paying too much for fashion. There are no special qualifications, just leave a comment about why you love TJMaxx, Marshalls, or YFF (or all of the above) and I'll enter your name into the random drawing which will take place a week from today.

I've gotten a lot of really great stuff from the plus size sections of both places, and they have some unbeatable deals (especially on designer shoes and handbags). Not gonna lie, I totally wanted to keep the gift cards for myself, but I decided to be nice and share the wealth. I'll let you know the winners on Saturday, May 30th. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sakina

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If I had to describe Sakina in one word, it'd be chic. This Parisian beauty has a sophisticated and classic style that most would kill for. I have no clue how she looks so put together all the time, but I do know she makes it look effortless. Though her relatively new fashion blog is in french, her outfits speak for themselves. She mixes flirty pieces with edgy accents and has this amazing ability to make even a casual t-shirt and jeans look fashionable (something I'm definitely still working on). 

Sakina and I have a lot in common; for example, apparently we think alike. Her blog is named "Saks in the City," which I discovered only shortly after I used the same title in a recent post on YFF. Furthermore, take a look at her outfits and let me know if any of them look familiar. If you need a hint, click here. Maybe I'm biased, but in my opinion, this girl's got timeless style.

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Name: Sakina Benachich 
Age: 26
Location: Paris
Size: 20
Favorite Places to Shop: H&M, Zara, Dorothy Perkins, Asos, Jonak, An'ge
Fashion Icons: Jane Birkin, Nicole Richie, Ursulla Andress, Kate Moss, and every woman who wears whatever she feels like wearing, no matter what.
Current Obsession: Gladiator sandals, I want them all: silver, brown, with heels, with fringe...
Advice to other YFF Girls: Be yourself no matter what other people think (easier to say than to do, but if you think about it, you don't owe anyone!) Dare to show off your curves in a better way. Get yourself the basics and mix them up with funky stuff like shoes, bags, jewels, hats, scarves... sometimes little details can make an outfit!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Take A Bow

By now everyone knows oversized bows are all the rage, and I must admit I'm a fan of the trend as well. I recently purchased a too-small floral top from Salvation Army that had a big satin bow attached. Since the shirt didn't fit, I just ripped the bow off so that I could use it in other ways. I decided to first wear it in my hair, and debuted the look on Saturday night in Boston at my friend's birthday celebration. I felt a little bit Minnie Mouse, but in a good way. 

I wore a beautiful cocktail dress from Jen's Fashion Plus. Seriously, Jen has sent me a few things and I like them all, but this dress is definitely my favorite. It's the perfect length, and has a beautiful collar that can be worn high or folded over. It's stretchy knit cotton with satin panels along the sides, and best of all, it has great pockets (dresses/skirts with big pockets=love). Last I checked, she only had two or three left; I recommend snatching this up while you can.  Because it was a little chilly, I threw on a cute lace shrug (also from Jen).  You may not think black lace works in the spring time, but according to style.com, you might want to reconsider. 

To complete the look, I wore these amazing black patent leather heels by Dolce Vita which were sent to me by the wonderful people at solestruck.com. My friends and I were definitely the best-dressed in the city. 

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By the way, if you're digging my satin bow, check out this headband from f21 (or any of their hair accessories, they have tons of great stuff). 

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Live and Learn

I'm still alive! I'm staying with my best friend in Harlem and absolutely loving it. Remember when I said I had big news? Well, on Friday I helped style my very first photo shoot for a mainstream magazine: I was the assistant to Kate Harrowsmith, fashion editor of the Australian Marie Claire. It was, in a word, awesome. It was a twelve hour work day, but every single minute was totally worth it. 

I'd planned to wear a dress and heels, but apparently that is a huge no-no. A friend of mine who works in the biz told me they can always spot a novice because of what they're wearing, so at the last minute I decided to run out and buy some cheap flats. I ended up kind of hating the ones I bought, but they were the least horrible option. When I met the crew that was working on the shoot I was a tad embarrassed; every single person was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and converse. Oh well, I loved my dress, and next time I guess I'll know better.

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The dress is from Salvation Army (hemmed by me), the shoes are from Rainbow.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Seeing Double

I was catching up on Style File, Style.com's fashion blog, and immediately stopped when I came to the post entitled "A Tale of Two Jennys." The entry introduced Geronimo, the new line from designer Jenny Reyes (long time stylist of Jenny Lewis). It was not the content that caught my eye though, it was the picture accompanying it. The model was wearing a bathing suit with the exact print of one I purchased on etsy last spring. 

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Apparently, Geronimo is known for its "playful 50s beachwear" with items like "high-waisted shorts, rompers, and swimsuits." This description sounds eerily similar to the rockabilly style of  Miss Brache, the designer I bought my suit from. I don't know if it's a coincidence or not--and frankly, I don't really care--but I couldn't help but smirk when I realized a replica of the bathing suit I got a year ago is now being featured on Style.com. (Just for the record, my suit is a two-piece and can be worn in several different ways.)
 
The good news is this: if you're into the stuff Geronimo offers, you now know about a plus-size alternative! Miss Brache offers sizes 0-24, and if you need a larger size, just shoot her a message. I'm pretty sure she's no longer selling the suit I'm wearing in the pic, but just think: maybe something you buy now will be covered by Vogue's blog next year. (And if you're really jonesin' for that plaid, Torrid's got a dress out now with a similar print.)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Saks and the City

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For those of you with a more traditional style, I definitely recommend checking out Saks Fifth Avenue's plus size section, Salon Z (sizes 14-24). Salon Z has always had great clothes, but let's face it, some of their items basically scream I'm an old rich woman. (Hey, I'm not hating on old ladies, but I'm here to write about fashion for the young'ns).

This season, two labels in particular caught my eye: Amanda Uprichard and T-Bags. Both lines offer contemporary dresses that are trendy yet classic and would fit nicely into almost any wardrobe. If you're looking for good quality pieces to add to your closet (and you have a neverending cashflow), look no further. I'm really digging the champagne ruffle dress on the left.

And now, a few random bullet points that don't deserve their own post:
  • YFF has its own domain! The blog is now officially www.youngfatandfabulous.com, please make sure you update your bookmarks and links.
  • Don't hate me, but YFF will not be updated as often over the next few weeks. This little midwestern girl is making an attempt to move to the Big Apple (I'm actually leaving in five days!) So much is going on, and I'm basically uprooting everything to try to pursue my dreams in New York. Wish me luck in finding a job and an apartment! And uh, if you happen to know about any opportunities, don't hesitate to contact me ;)
  • Even though posts wont be as frequent, you should definitely follow me on twitter! I tweet constantly about fashion, celebs, current events, and most importantly: my [not so] fab life. Something HUGE (besides the move) is happening next week, add me to find out the deets.
  • YFF finally has a new layout (thanks a ton, Lia!) Check out the links to your right for my favorite blogs (more coming soon).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pep Talk

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The two outer images are from dorothyperkins.com (sizes up to UK 22), the two inner are from asos.com (sizes up to UK 20)

Peplum dresses and skirts are one my favorite trends of Spring 09. I've loved them for a while, but I have yet to see one on a fat girl. I know, I know, adding ruffles to one's midsection probably isn't considered flattering, but I really want to know what this shape looks like on a plus size body. In fact, I've wanted to know so badly, I recently attempted to squeeze into an amazing [size 14] floral peplum dress at Salvation Army. Let's just say that ended in ripped seams and shattered dreams. 

I first noticed the dresses appearing on UK online stores a few months ago, and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Torrid got on board with the trend. Too bad, as usual, they're not exactly fashion forward:
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They aren't terrible by any means, it's just that the ones offered by asos, etc. are so much cuter. Still though, I am hoping the fact that Torrid has a few means that more are on the way. (Which reminds me, Faith21 has been adding new items to their online store everyday. Still not impressed.)

I have this great floral bodycon dress (reminiscent of Kelly Kapowski) that I can't wait to break out this Spring. I've already tried to create my own "peplum" version of it by adding a short ruffled skirt over top; I'll debut the results here soon. In the mean time, if any of you have tried this trend, be sure to comment! I'm excited to see this look on other fab fatties.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Told Ya So

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I was not lying when I said: 
1) I still love wearing all black even though it's spring, and 
2)I'm obsessed with all things mesh and/or sheer

Some of you may find this outfit a tad on the boring side, and understandably so. I definitely could have accessorized a little more, but I was running late and such is life. Mostly I am posting just to show off my phenomenal new BCBG shoes--seriously, they kill my feet and I don't even care. Patent leather? Wedge? Elastic? Yes please. 

This ensemble came together randomly, as most of mine do: The "dress" is a skirt from H&M that is way too long for my taste, beneath it I am wearing an old mesh top that I found in my closet (I know, amazing, I didn't even have to go to the thrift store). I got it from Express when I was thirteen (no, I don't know why I keep clothing for ten years--apparently for situations like this) and I'm wearing it backwards because the front is embroidered with ugly pink roses, something that only the year 1999 could've produced. The sheer leggings are from CVS (I love that drugstores sell hosiery), and the hand jewelry is actually the strap of a purse that I got from the same place I got my blazer: the ever-amazing Salvation Army.

I still don't know if this outfit is really blog-worthy, but I hope you guys at least like the shoes, because you will be seeing a lot more of them. 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kiss and Makeup

I mentioned a while back that I wanted to include beauty tips in YFF, which is a great idea in theory, but there is one problem: I am in way over my head. I do believe that having a current haircut and nicely applied makeup is crucial in completing any look, but my knowledge is pretty limited. Clothing is my forte...hair and makeup, not so much. Thus, I've decided to invite guest bloggers who know a hell of a lot more about this stuff than I do to start writing for YFF in the next few weeks.

However, a few people did request that I share my daily makeup routine, and I think I can manage that. I literally have one look that I stick to, I'm not into fancy eyeshadows or anything of the sort. I've never been a fan of heavy makeup (I actually think it can detract from an outfit); my main goal is to look polished and "fresh-faced" with rosy cheeks, a light lip, and a little mascara.

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5) Prescriptives Blush Brush

What I do: I start by applying my mascara--that way if I get any streaks across my face (hey, I told you I was no expert,) I can easily remove them without wiping away any other makeup. I also lightly swipe the wand across my brows. I had always used the classic Maybelline Great Lash until my friend recently recommended Lancome's new oscillating mascara. I tried it for the first time today and I totally love it. I thought the vibrations would be hard to work with, but you can barely tell the wand is moving.

After the mascara, I apply my "foundation" (apparently it's not really foundation because it's so light, it's called a "tint"), making sure to blend into my neck and avoid that horrid makeup line that everyone hates. I then blend concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes I may have.

Using a large, soft brush, I apply my loose powder all over. I love this stuff because it lasts forever and it also works as a bronzer (I am so pale it hurts). After that, the only thing left to do is throw some blush on the apples of my cheeks to give myself some much needed color, and if I have time, I apply lighting powder on my cheekbones/forehead for a little bit of highlighting sheen.

As for my lips, I tend to stick to light pinks and beiges; in the picture above I am wearing a glittery bubblegum color probably best fit for a 13 year old (and of course I adore it). I must admit though, recently I have fallen in love with red lipstick--something I never thought would look good on me. I am currently obsessed with finding cheap, great shades at local drugstores.

I know this got a little long, but trust me, my entire routine only takes five minutes (any more than that and it's not worth it for me). I hope this wasn't too torturous to read! I don't know a ton, but I do know that makeup can make a huge difference in finishing off that fierce outfit. And don't worry, from now on I'll leave the beauty advice to the experts.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Losing Faith



So it's May 1st, the day that has been marked on my calendar for a while now; today is the launch of Forever21's plus size line, Faith21. Well, it's 5:45 am, and what I see on the site is leaving me extremely underwhelmed. I had high hopes, I really did, but they have just come crashing down very, very quickly. Really, Forever21? All of this build up and all you got is tacky animal and floral prints?

I am crossing my fingers that more things will be added in the coming days (or maybe even hours, it's still early), and I am also trying to have a little faith that the line will improve with time, but right now I am more than disappointed. The options are so limited (not to mention ugly), and many of the items they featured in their lookbook aren't even available. On top of everything else, their size chart seems to confirm every fat girl's worst fear: their idea of "plus size" only includes sizes 11/12-15/16.

Maybe the in-store collection will be better, but I have no way of finding out--for those of you near stores that actually carry Faith21, consider yourselves lucky! From the looks of it though, I'm not missing out on much. At least my pocket book is happy. (Okay, okay, I did give in and buy these cute denim leggings, but that's it!)