Friday, February 26, 2010

Gabi in Vogue

Sorry for the slow down in posts this month, things have gotten a bit hectic. The good news is that my first Vogue Italia video is now up! (A big thank you to all of the wonderful people at Akira Chicago). I am so not used to seeing myself on video, so I'm still adjusting to that part...but the fact that I can see my face with the words VOGUE in the corner is kind of surreal. Let me know what you guys think!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vogue Italia: Curvy

I've been holding my tongue for what seems like forever, and now I'm so excited because I can finally share the great news with you! VOGUE Italia has officially launched their new website, and it includes a special section for curvy girls! I am one of their contributing vloggers and I will be making videos shopping at different stores and boutiques around Chicago. Sakina of Saks and the City is also participating, and her first video can be seen on the website now. Mine should be up by next week (and content will continually be updated), so make sure to check back often!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guest Post: Amelia Pontes

Sorry for the lack of posts. I've gotten some amazing pieces recently and I can't wait to show you guys! I'm in Chicago at the moment, but when I get a second to breathe I promise to take pictures.

One of my favorite bloggers (and people) in the world is Amelia Pontes, creator of the blog Sound Bites. In this guest post, she discusses her relationship with fashion, and why everyone needs to get over their obsession with wearing "flattering" clothing.

In the sixth grade, in my first radical attempt to be fashionable, I picked up a men’s size XXXL neon yellow FUBU t-shirt from Foot Locker and began my path into the world of a cool teenager. It was loud. It was obnoxious. Heck, I am even sure it was downright distracting to my classmates, but it was me.

I was in strict opposition to the camouflaging flower patterns found in the plus size section of department stores which transformed me into mobile wallpaper. I was no wallflower. My new radioactive t-shirt had me beaming out of fat girl invisibility. And the most surprising thing about it was that not one person ever dared make fun of me. Perhaps I was lucky, but I’d like to think that once I stopped trying to hide in the fat girl closet, everyone sort of got over making my weight a punch line.

Eve’s fig leaf continues to haunt fat women. Somehow, thin women have earned the right to disrobe themselves, the fear of exposing anything more than a collarbone from a big woman still lingers in the form of arm shrugs. I refuse to feel ashamed for wearing clothes that make others take a second glance. You will look. You will get over it. Then magically, you will fall in love with my confidence and my audacity to wear something that was not, well, “flattering.”

They try to make us invisible when they stick our clothing in the back corner of the department store, or when we are delegated to one-stop shopping in a storm of bedazzled house coats (not that I mind a little sequins).

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an oversized white satin bow headband, that flopped down over my short black hair like a hound dog’s ears. Again, it was obnoxious. It was outrageous. And it was loud. But it’s me. When I finally wore it out in public, I got the stares and I got the looks, but mostly I got compliments from people who said, “I could never wear that! But you can!”

They’re right. I can wear it better than them. I have what it takes to back it up. I refuse to be a little hound dog crying over what I don’t have and what I cannot be.

If there is anything we can all learn from fatshion blogs and of major fashion designers and magazines taking note of the “plus size trend,” it is that we don’t have to hide anymore. The small closet they tried to fit us in has finally busted at its hinges. And if we so choose to wear bedazzled jeweled housecoats, it will be of our own choosing, not because we didn't have any options.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How To Thrift

I told you guys a while back that I would be making a "How to Thrift" video, but I got ridiculously busy and never got around to it. (Well, actually I tried once, but the thrift store was busy and trying to film myself got a little awkward). I'd still planned on making one, but Gabby of Corazones Rojos beat me to the punch! She's pretty much the queen of thrifting, so I'm happy to share her video with you. Make sure you check out her blog if you haven't done so yet!

Vlog #2: Thrifting Tips from corazonesrojos on Vimeo.

I still will probably make a video with some of my own tips, but hopefully this will be a good start for those of you who have been emailing me with questions!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sheer Madness

I've talked about how much I love all things sheer and/or mesh in the past, and I've also mentioned how hard it can be to find this trend in plus sizes. When I saw this long sleeved mesh dress from Jen's Fashion Plus, I knew I had to have it. I'm not crazy about bubble hems, so I'm thinking a little DIY project might be in order. Speaking of DIY, I cut thumb holes in the sleeves to add a bit of fun detail.

Yesterday was pretty horrible. First, I got the worst haircut e-v-e-r (luckily it's not my real hair), then my DSLR fell and broke. All in all, I'm not feeling too great, and (as you can tell from the photos below) my pictures probably won't be of quality for a while.

Dress-Sent by Jen's Fashion Plus/Chain Necklace-Forever21/Boots-Chinese Laundry/Ring-NYC Vendor