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Blogger Boo Staycation! part 2

Hi Dolls,

 

I’m back and it’s time to talk about part 2 of my NYC Staycation! After an amazing day with my boos: Nanthale, Marlena, Fabiola, Brooke and Marcy. I couldn’t wait to start day 2……not. I’ll be honest I’m not a morning person, but the promise of a delicious brunch was enough to make this zombie rise out of bed. So where is the best spot for brunch in NYC, the brunch capital? A place so magical it’s modeled after one of most iconic storybooks ever. None other than Alice’s Tea Cup. This place is amazing. Nestled in the heart of the city, you’ll be transported to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

 

The Menu

I order the Scones Benedict my favorite brunch go to, while Marlena ordered the Jabberwocky for the table. What’s a Jabberwocky? Well it’s a mystical beast….oh you meant on the menu. Well, the ATC’s Jabberwocky is a 3 tier tea service tower filled with scones, sandwiches and pastries, serves with 3 pots of tea. All unlimited, so bring your stomach. By the way the have a huge selection of teas and it can be overwhelming. Luckily, the staff is very friendly and helpful. Confession I didn’t know what a scone was, but after trying the buttermilk scone; lets just say I wanted to open it up and lay in the middle while dream sweet warm dreams. All in all I highly recommend taking a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Tea Cup.

 

I feel you Marlena, the Jabberwocky looks amazing!

Indian Chai tea for the win!

 

Now the rules of a Sunday NY brunch with blogger boos, requires that you must where your Slayday best. Of course we had to go with Eloquii, because who else is there?

 

Stopping traffic.

Queens

My boos are better than yours!

I’m wore a printed one shoulder dress with a side slit, perfect for a mad tea party or any party for that matter. I’ll admit I was very nervous about this dress, because the print is so bold. I’m a plus size woman, so I know the “rules” and they clearly state no bold prints. Luckily for us Eloquii could give two hoots about so called fashion rules, opting instead to dress plus bodies in patterns and bold for the gawds. This dress in your face, no hiding and that’s exactly what’s magical about it.

 

 

When you wear this dress bring your confidence because it’s a show stopper! More than anything it’s a very comfortable scuba material was great for running around the city. I styled it simply with a single bracelet and ankle strap heels from Forever 21 ( sold out but similar). I let the dress do the work.

 

Spa babes

 

After a rather satisfying meal we made our way to Premier 57 spa, a for some much needed pampering. This place is as close to heaven as you can humanly get. Let me break this down for you: 6 different sauna, a water lounge, hydrotherapy pods, aqua bar and a cafe bistro.

The aqua bar with hydrotherapy pods.

My favorite feature besides the hot tubes was the sauna valley, particularly the Gold sauna. You heard me, a gold sauna 10 karat in fact. It’s supposed to be good for you and have benefits, blah, blah, it’s GOLD! You had me at gold. 

Bathed in Gold

The robes were so comfy.

 

I’ve never been to a spa before so I wasn’t sure what to wear honestly, so I opted for this amazing Mastermind Kaleidoscope underwire swimsuit from Swimsuits For All. This was a bold move for me as I was nervous about the cut outs, but I was really comfortable in it and the underwire kept things firmly in place.

 

Take notice of the watch on my hand, that is your access pass to all things in the spa. You can turn on the jets and even order a drink with it (you’ll be billed later).

 

Blogger boos in enjoying the hydrotherapy pods.

 

Did I mention they had a bar?

 

This was the perfect way to end the day, I almost cried when it was time to leave. I’ve told myself I will be back at least once a month, because I deserve this! Premier 57 has not seen the last of me. 

So what did I learn? Staycations are fun, scones are delicious, fashion rules should be broken, pamper yourself with gold and always cherish your friends. That’s all for now dolls, bye!

When you see the sandwich you want.

But seriously, try the buttermilk scones!

 

 

 

Art

The Making of the “It’s in the Stars” Series.

Hey Dolls!

 

I want to bring you into my head for a moment and breakdown what inspired my latest collection: “It’s in the Stars”: A Plus Size Zodiac.

 

It’s in the Stars

 

 

Creating this series was not easy, it really stretched me in many ways. I spent hours pouring over astrological research, trying to understand what the different traits of each sign was and why were they SO important to people. That was only phase one, I then had to create 12 mood boards where I collected inspiration for each sign. I researched straight size fashion runway, plus size designers, makeup, hair, you need name it. I wanted to share a little of my brainstorming process and how I created a few chosen signs: Aquarius, Scorpio, Virgo and the very special exchange that inspired Sagittarius.

 

 

Aquarius mood board

Aquarius. Little know fact about me, I shop for my “girls”. I will spend hours in online shops looking for inspiration and this series was no exception. I knew that I wanted to high a least one indie plus size designer in my series and Courtney Noelle delivers every time. When I saw the Siren jumpsuit I knew this would be the look Aquarius would rock. I knew I could base the entire look around this look. Her pose and body type were inspired by popular influencer Shaina Harrison (of Corner Rich). Total Black Girl Magic.

 

Scorpio mode board

 

Scorpio. This one was alot of fun and one of my favorite looks. Mainly because of her hair, it was all about the hair! I searched all of Pinterest for hair inspiration, I knew I wanted her to rock a shaved head like Cassie, with an 90’s black school boy hair design. I also wanted her hair to take the shape of the scorpion. However, let’s to about the big thing, her out fit. The top was pulled from Christian Siriano’s 2017 NYFW runway show. Can we talk about how much I love him, for just sliding plus size models in his show? Like it was the most normal thing in the world (which it should be!) and the ladies SLAYED!! Chrisitian’s looks appear again on Leo.

 

Virgo mode board

 

Virgo. I think it’s clear who inspired Virgo’s look…Ashley Neil Tipton! I’ve been a huge fan of Project Runway since it debuted, but no one has touched my heart like Ashley. Seeing her final collection on the show will forever be one of my favorite Body Positive moments and she’s still killing it now with her collaboration with Boutique + . When I think of Virgo I think of softness, pastels and flowers befitting the virgin, but most Virgos I know aren’t soft. In fact they are some of the toughest people I know, which is why I knew I wanted to do lace and leather. Ashley’s bomber jacket (now on sale) provided the perfect blend of those to worlds. The rest of the outfit was inspired by the lacy and sheer skirts in Ashley’s collection. I changed her top several times, finally deciding to leave her shirtless. I’ve seen straight size models styled this why, so I thought why not (they’re only breasts).

 

 

Sagittarius

 

The design for Sagittarius, has the most interesting story behind it. In fact the story embodies one of the reasons I decided to do Plus fashion illustration vs. straight. Last year I was commissioned to do a portrait of a woman for a birthday gift to herself. She give me total artistic control, but she had one request. That I style her in Rihanna’s Manolo Blahnik boots. Her reason? She loved the boots and she could afford them, but……….they would not fit her thighs. She was a lover of fashion and was willing to spent the money on the hottest looks, but they were not made with a plus size body in mind ( I still love you Riri). So she had me create that vision for her, she could at least enjoy those boots in art. After that I knew I wanted to use the boots again (they are beautiful) so when I was thinking of looks for Sag, I thought they were perfect. The cowboy like style worked with the sign’s symbol “the centaur”. I paired with a bodysuit (very on trend) to show off those gap free thighs (thick thighs save lives)! Styled with a Beyonce braid, golden arrow head pins and a face beat for the gawds, Sag was given lyfe. I hope to see more brands embrace plus bodies when they are designing their collections, but until then I’ll continue to give you fat girl fashion!