Whaaaattt?! – “Yoga Girl”, we love our curves! Stop with the Madness

So I’ve been hearing about this “Yoga Girl” expressing her deepest concerns for a “heavy set black woman”, participating in a yoga class. I chuckled a little and also became perturbed that this “Yoga Girl” took it upon herself to feel concerned that this heavy set black woman shouldn’t be taking yoga. Now from what I have experienced and been taught was to embrace your curves, especially in the African American culture, and for someone to openly express their distaste that this woman is maybe wanting to improve her flexibility or try something new! This also brings to my concern of how heavier set women in general are looked down upon for taking yoga or working out in general. I have taken several yoga classes, and the LAST thing on my mind is worrying about someone else’s body. I take it to improve my posture, clear my mind and just be at peace! I understand that these were “Yoga Girl’s” thoughts but if nothing is said about this, then we continue to let certain beauty standards rule society, and that’s what beauty shouldn’t be about.

Here’s a piece from “Yoga Girl”:

“A few weeks ago, as I settled into an exceptionally crowded midday class, a young, fairly heavy black woman put her mat down directly behind mine. It appeared she had never set foot in a yoga studio…

“Because I was directly in front of her, I had no choice but to look straight at her every time my head was upside down (roughly once a minute)… At that moment, though, I found it impossible to stop thinking about this woman. Even when I wasn’t positioned to stare directly at her, I knew she was still staring directly at me.

“Over the course of the next hour, I watched as her despair turned into resentment and then contempt. I felt it all directed toward me and my body. I was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my high-waisted bike shorts, my tastefully tacky sports bra, my well-versedness in these poses that I have been in hundreds of times. My skinny white girl body. Surely this woman was noticing all of these things and judging me for them, stereotyping me, resenting me—or so I imagined.”

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We still need Representation

 “Even ‘Plus-Size’ Models Are Smaller Than Their Target Demographic”… There is validity in this statement, plus size women are still underrepresented, as there is a certain look to represent what we look like. In recent times, the fashion industry has become more diverse in regards to plus size women. We do see average sized women strutting down the runways, looking fabulous in photo shoots, etc. But what about those women, who aren’t averaged sized and who are not being represented well in society? Where are they? I rarely see the women like me being represented fully in the fashion industry and that needs to change. I am referring to the women who don’t have those flat stomachs, toned legs, standing 5’8 or has the smoothest skin. When I open a magazine or watch a fashion show, I want to see women with rolls, big butts, hips, and cellulite also strut their stuff too. There is an “acceptable” factor for being plus size; you have to be at least 5’7, preferably have a flat stomach and “look healthy”. It’s still unfortunate to have these restrictions on what plus size women look like, but the beauty in this issue is that we come in a variety of sizes, shapes and heights, and that needs to be appropriately represented.

On a more positive note, the plus size fashion industry has improved greatly! There are blogs, magazine publications, etc. that are dedicated to literally taking the fashion world in our hands, it has motivated me to do the same. We are a force to be reckoned with and we will be represented!

Have a great day!

 

Amazing News!

Good morning lovely people! As I write this, I’m currently sipping a delicious cup of coffee in this cute little café, called The Nook Café, I got news that I was approved to be apart of the Houston Fashion Bloggers community, in which I will be an official blogger in Houston. I am extremely happy and blessed to have this opportunity as I never thought I’d be doing this. I am humbled and excited to embark on this journey and can’t wait to share it with you all! Also when you get the chance go to http://www.houstonfashionbloggers.com/ and check out more amazing bloggers! Have a great day!

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Almost that Time…Swim Suit Season!

Good evening beautiful people! So with it still being winter, swim suits are probably the last thing on your mind. But I am here to guide you on where to shop and how to be confident in showing off those curves for the summer time! For my body type (I’m bigger in butt, hips, thighs and breast and smaller in the waist by a few inches.) It’s hard to find something that fits me appropriately; either something is too loose or too tight. As well, I used to be skeptical about wearing swim suits before coming to college, because I really wasn’t exposed to women my size wearing swim suits, let alone 2 pieces! But I must say it’s a BEAUTIFUL and ENCOURAGING thing to see. So with that being said, don’t think you have to cover up all of that goodness for the summer time, embrace your body and celebrate what you have!

Below are a few sites I found have great swim suits for women sizes 12 and up:

Target

Price Range: $20-$40

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=plus+size+swim+suits&category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories&lnk=snav_sbox_plus+size+swim+suits

SimplyBe

Price Range: $11-$68

http://www.simplybe.com/swimwear/bikinis+tankinis/icat/twopiecesets/?sort=sequence_twopiecesets&sort=name&parentCategoryRef=twopiecesets&order=asc&order=asc&q=*&setpagenum=1&isviewall=1&perpage=75

Spanx

Price Range: $50-$100

http://www.spanx.com/shop/spanx/swim/cat-38-catid-tn_spx_swm

Swim Suits for All

Price Range: $20-$60

http://www.swimsuitsforall.com/Swim-Pretty-Swimwear-Aquabelle

Nakimuli Curvy

Price Range: Starts @ $60, but are quality pieces and supportive

http://www.nakimuli.com/curvy-swimwear/

Rue107

Price Range: $40-$100 (my personal FAVORITE!)

http://rue107.com/swimwear

A Few Tips:

1. Do separates! Mix up your tops and bottoms to how you want them to fit

2. You will most likely spend between $20-$40

3. High-waist bottoms are your FRIEND!

4. Wear kimono style cover ups or make your own!

Well, that’s all for now lovelies, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment or go to my connection page to stay in touch. Let me know your thoughts too:)

 

Plus Size Vision Board

Plus Size Vision Board

Here’s a CRAZY thought…

So I want to put together a fashion show for plus size beauties in the Houston area. I have never seen one specifically for plus size women and would like to see that happen. I want to put it together, showcase all of Houston’s plus size beautiful ladies in a tasteful way. This has been a goal of mine for awhile now and I LOVE planning events and what not. I’m always thinking of ideas, but I figure it’s time to put these ideas into fruition. I know a few people who could help me, all I need to do is put together a plan and get this thing started. Even if it’s a small event, I know I can make this happen! So this is officially one of my projects for 2014. I’m ready!

Night Cap!

Night Cap!

Wore this cute fit for a friend’s birthday celebration, never thought I’d be in a little black skater skirt, it was kind of short in the back but I wore black tights that held everything together!
Fit Details:
-Black Skater Skirt (The Ultimate Dressing Room, Plus size boutique in Houston, TX)
-Sheer Black & White Blouse (Old Navy)
-Platform Gray & Black heels (Shoe Mall)
-Black Control Top Tights ( Wally World, Wal-Mart)
-Clutch (Express)
-Statement Necklace (Avon)