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It has indeed been a while since I have done a remix look where I re-style pieces previously featured on the blog. This one, however, is way more of a refresh than simply throwing on a new necklace or shoes. Remember this little number?

Eloquii laser cut hem dressMeeeee too. I fucking love this dress. And of course, this picture was literally the last time I wore it because how often can you really wear a piece like this? As I was cleaning out my closet for maybe the second time this month, I briefly considered selling it but the thought physically hurt. The shape is so unique and special, if only there was a way I could get more mileage out of it.

Then my scissors started screaming I’LL HANDLE THIS.

Turning a dress into separates

Let’s get one thing straight, I am not great at sewing. I have a machine, I kinda know how to use it, I usually end up crudely hand-sewing because I am lazy and actual tailoring involves way too much ironing, they don’t tell you that part until you’ve already paid for sewing classes. Luckily, heavy scuba material like what this dress it made out of, does not fray! All I had to do was cut through a plastic zipper in the back and epoxy the zip end in place. Then I hemmed the top of the skirt.

Also, before we move on OMG THESE SHOES.

ASOS gold slingback flats

Mark watched me open them and he told me he hadn’t seen me this riled up since the season finale of Westworld.

Moving on, I also had to sew this sweet Pearl Jam patch onto the top because history. And regret.

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This is me at…23? Wearing my favorite dress in the world that I butchered and puff-painted after buying it at a French Connection in London because it was literally the only thing I could find that fit. It had a beaded collar that was falling apart. I managed to keep the collar but NOT the Pearl Jam patch that came off of what would become a very rare shirt I would end up paying $50 for 10 years later just to relive this favorite dress memory.

Anyway, hot pink/orange-red color combo checked off my bucket list!

Turning a dress into separates

As for the skirt, I think I will find plenty of uses for it.

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Outfit Deets:

Blue leather skirt | The Plus Bus
Gold slingback flats | ASOS (Get 2.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Purple lace-up flats | Ebay

I have to preface this post by saying nothing will ever replace crop tops in my heart. Nothing. Feeling myself hard enough to wear a crop top was a life-changing experience. I understand how trivial that sounds but imagine if you were my fupa and you spent your entire life in hiding and one day, a magical piece of clothing set you free. So, yeah. Just let that simmer for a while.

Even though crop tops were my number one middle finger to fatphobic fashion, mesh tops are really rising to the top of my list. But how about a mesh top you can tie into a knotted crop? Mind blown.

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

Nothing to wear plus size mesh topIt was Mother’s Day and I was having a MOMENT with this concha. Not only was it the best I have had since I was a kid, it fucking matched my lipstick. I need to work with food props more often.

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

“Corazooooooooooooon.”

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

Pink concha

Sure fine I gave you life but I can see that’s not enough so here take my delicious concha. Grumble.

I actually blame the serendipitous concha/lipstick matching to my recent pinktastic episodes in which I just pile on the blush and bashful to an obscene degree like right about now…

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

Yep. Those are fuzzy pink sandals. And pink velvet.

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

And my hair is a wee bit pink.

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

And it’s imperative that I talk about this bralette I am wearing–my first purchase from Rue 21. While I love bralettes and have learned to embrace my natural breast shape in return for ditching fucking underwires, this magical thing told me I could have it all. It has structure AND comfort. It is Christmas.

So do you guys remember those Magic Slate things where you can draw or write on neon pink plastic that clings to a white board underneath? This top makes me feel like a human version of that.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

No need to stop, drop, and roll. I am not really on fire.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh topMirror nails and glitter eyes. My middle name is toofuckingmuchomgstop. I scare myself sometimes.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

See?

Shopping Linkies:

Nothing to wear top | Forever 21 (Get 2% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Floral mesh bodysuit | Forever 21
Velvet pants | Rue 107
Lace bralette | Rue 21
Faux fur sandals | Amazon
Neon mesh top | ASOS (Get 5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)

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I remember the time I got very “altered” and went to the movies to see Cabin in the Woods. As the plot unfolded to reveal a self-aware horror movie within a horror movie, one of my viewing companions kept muttering in stoney awe, “It’s so meta. It’s just so meta.” That’s the first thing I thought of when I started seeing graphic tees featuring fashion editorials.

Gold lips graphic tee

I of course already had this amazingly glittery gold lip gloss, but I needed a black tipped nail. And because I refuse to get another acrylic set, I had to go the glue-on route. Luckily, Etsy is the solution to all my problems…except my credit card statement.

Dippy Cow glue on nails

This stained glass set was custom-made just for moi and I love them even more because I can take them off when I’m done channeling my inner Maleficent.

Gold lips graphic tee

I’d been waiting to wear this buttery-ass skirt and the tee is also very soft so aside from the heels and talons, I could have lived all day in this look. Plus there are few combinations I love more than the sleek/slob combo. Like a distressed tee with a tailored skirt or a peplum top with slouchy boyfriend jeans. My grunge roots prevent me from having both my northern and southern hemispheres looking proper simultaneously. If they do, there is belly separating them so people have at least some way of knowing I’m a nasty lil’ punk.

Black pleated midi skirt

Black pleated midi skirt

STOP. Giffy time.

Black pleated midi skirt

Stay tuned for more of these meta moments! I had a lot of fun with this one.

Shopping Linkies:

Gold Lips Boxy Tee | EXPRESS (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss | Sephora (8% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
ASOS SATURDAY Pointed Heels | ASOS (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Free Press Accordion Pleat Faux Suede Skirt | Nordstrom Rack (1% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Stained Glass Nails | Dippy Cow Nails at Etsy (1% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)

 

 

Finding new challenges to up my body positive game is starting to get a little difficult. I killed crop topping, nailed fuzzy pits, and totes conquered my VBO fears. Every new challenge has left me feeling freer with more adopted options on how to show my body. The only problem now is that it feels like I’m running out of flaming hoops through which to jump.

And then keyholes came back.

Rebdolls leopard maxi dress

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

That is one thing I appreciate about fashion. Some trends do force me out of my comfort zone. Low-ass keyholes made it impossible to find a bra that wouldn’t show, which led me to discover the futility of stick-on bras for D cups attached to fat women holy crap they are horribly useless.

Rebdolls leopard maxi dress

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Epiphanies happen when I see myself struggling to look a certain way. Sometimes when I question why, I find there is no good reason. However, this time there was SOME substance behind the struggle. After figuring out that I wouldn’t hate showing the natural shape of my breasts (god forbid) or even the protrusion of my nipples (gasp), one very real concern remained.

“Hi. I’m boob sweat. We’ve met.”

Rebdolls leopard maxi dress

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Luckily, I have also met Rachel at Re/Dress who introduced me to the miracle that is the Teggings cage bra. Before this shoot, I would basically use them as crop tops or as added visual interest to a top or dress, always with a bra underneath since they are not at all supportive. But by themselves, they are comfy and moisture-wicking AF.

Rebdolls leopard maxi dress

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Rebdolls leopard maxi dress

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

I really liked how the cage bra peaked out of the dress in this look and the little pop of color it added. But before you go all “hey you said braless and that’s a bra meow meow meow” on me, let’s move onto the next couple of looks.

Forever 21 plus size bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

There. I am completely without a bra here, clearly because I am smiling. God, bras suck. Anyway, you can also see it is quite sunny and warm and my boobs are not crying salty tears. How did I achieve this?

Step One: Rip off three squares of TP.

Step Two: Fold them over twice.

Step Three: Stuff them under one boob.

Step Four: Repeat.

Step Five: Go about your damn life.

Step Six: Chuckle heartily when they plop onto the floor after taking your shirt off for bed and completely forgetting they existed. 

Forever 21 plus size bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Forever 21 plus size bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

This is actually my favorite solution. I did a bit of research on how to go braless while avoiding excess sweat and the advice seemed pretty wack. Someone swore by argon oil (yeah no, at least sweat doesn’t actually stain my clothes) while others recommended spray antiperspirant. I don’t even wear that shit on my armpits because of how much it ruined my tops let alone would I trust it to not wreak havoc on the sensitive skin under my breasts. Hands down, toilet paper never fails. It stays in place, it does the job, and its cheap!

Forever 21 plus size keyhole bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Hello nipples! I really did think the world would stop spinning if people could see my nips. And by people, I mean terrible, leering, gross men. But I quickly learned that if my ample rack in a bra doesn’t get me harassed constantly (which it doesn’t, only occasionally, which is far too often because men suck ANYHOO), neither will my nipples. It’s just not as far as a leap and I thought it would be.

Forever 21 plus size keyhole bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Forever 21 plus size keyhole bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

I mean, I still remember the episode of Oprah where she caught her own nipples poking out from underneath her turtleneck and had an absolute shit fit, like it was the most embarrassing thing in the universe. The next week, she was talking about pasties like they paid her Weight Watchers money. It is but one parable in my personal bible of body shame. Little by little, I’m ripping that fucker up. Join me?

Forever 21 plus size keyhole bodysuit

Photo credit: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly

Shopping Linkies:

Teggings Cage Bra | Re/Dress

Floral Bodysuit | Forever 21

Ribbed Bodysuit | Forever 21

Gold Pointed Heels | ASOS

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Erika sheath neon plus size dress

I’m dipping into the archives here, folks. My hair has since been blonded and baby banged but my love for the day glo insanity that is this outfit remains unchanged. SF can get foggy, as you all know. So I just took it upon myself to be a beacon for tired commuters who found that being blinded was on par with a double espresso in terms of waking them the hell up.

Erika sheath neon plus size dress

Pencil dresses always make me feel like I’m walking off the set of Mad Men, no matter the cut or color. And while the neckline of this piece alone is marvelous, I had to play it up even more by throwing a cage bra into the mix. Orange nails and pink boots just seemed logical from there.

Gray lipstick MOTD

A neutral eye and charcoal lip really gave the colors in the look center stage. This dress can easily go with tan flats and a jewel-toned lip for a more conventional look. If you’re into that sort of thing. It’s cool if you are. We can still be friends. As long as you don’t mind gray lipstick on your margarita glass because after offering me a sip. (Note: Not offering me a sip means we can’t be friends.)

Outfit Deets:

Dress | ELOQUII

Teggings Bra | Re/Dress

Lipstick | NYX (Stone Fox)

sherbet2

You know that scene in Die Hard (this is how my brain works) when Bruce Willis is rigging the plastic explosives to blow up the elevator and as he’s plugging in the detonators he says, “Fuck it” and plugs all of them in? This is exactly what went through my mind and what came out of my mouth when I decided to pair these boots with this fucking amazing skirt and top combo.

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CUZ YOLO.

It’s the classic dilemma–you’ve got a few new things you’re dying to rock and you can’t decide which to wear first. These ASOS neoprene boots were begging to add a little pop to a camel sweater and cuffed jeans, but that’s just playing it safe. Plus, I couldn’t go another minute not wearing this look from EBV’s Etsy store. Etsy plus size is really coming up these days, let alone amazing 90s vintage finds like this!

sherbet3

The Oliver Peoples Sofee shades (a gift from my wonderful photog and co-worker Whitney Lynn) made for a color combo that says I am clearly not ready to let summer go just yet. It may have been blustery as hell outside but my strut was all coconut oil and rainbow sherbet.

 

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This is a size 22 ASOS top that I just adore and am breathing a sigh of relief that I can still wear it. The style is meant to be super big which means I can get just a little more time with this good friend before she goes into retirement.

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That collar, guys. Makes me feel like Mrs. Peacock in Clue.

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Who said slouchy tops can’t be flattering? Werq those angles. And wear skinny jeans always.