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Look this good should be a crime.

Oceans 8 Plus Take Over

 

Every now and then, there is a moment when great fashion and storytelling meet to form a perfect colab. We’ve seen it in Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada, Girlfriends, heck even 101 Dalmatians. Cruella anyone? So when I saw the trailer for Oceans 8, namely the style of Debbie Ocean, I knew that not only would this be a kick ass girl-power movie, but the fashion would be fierce!

 

I was inspired and I wasn’t going to sit this one out; nope. Cue “I’m Coming Out”!  Check out my plus size remix of Sandra Bullock’s character Debbie Ocean,  courtesy of Astra Signature, Torrid and Roaman’s.

 

Photo credit: Just Jared. Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean

Let’s break down Debbie Oceans timeless boss babe style.

Whips our Bad Bitch Handbook

Lets see:  Leather pants. Check.

                 Black body suit. Check

                 Fur coat. Check.

                 Fabulous heels to stomp the

                 patriarchy. Check.

My remix (don’t mind the geeky bag)

First the leather. Nothing makes me feel more empowered than leather and these Paperbag leather pants from Astra Signature are the bomb. I admit I was worried about wearing them because I’m short and well, round, but I decided to take the risk and go for it. Turns out they were perfect and so comfortable, without being hot like some leather pieces can be. (Style note: thes pants run a little big, so be sure to size down). they have a highwaist rise and comes with it’s own belt, and ends right at the ankle with string details on each cuff. I paired it with the Essential Bodysuit also courtesy of Astra Signature. The fitted bodysuit was the perfect complement to the slacked leather pants, creating a great silhouette.  

My partner in fashion Shalee Medina  

 

Next, every boss needs a fur and even better, a blush pink fur coat! On a breezy 65 degree NYC day this Faux Fur Jacket from Roaman’s is a real show stopper  (the pink sold out, but black is still available). Aside from being, well beautiful, it’s super warm without being overly hot. It has a hook-n-eye closure and look great open or closed. Note, people with stare so be sure to strike a pose.

What, I always ride the subway like this.

 

Finally, no outfit is complete without a great pair of shoes and these Black Caged Heeled Sandals from Torrid were made for walking. Because of their 3.5  stacked heel, it was very easy to run up and down NYC with crying in pain. These shoes are true Wide Width, so the level of comfort is amazing. They zip in the back, but you can undo the laces for an even more comfortable fit.

 

Don’t mess with us. Check out the beautiful Ashby Vose

 

All in all the perfect outfit for planning heist or just a night out with the girls, your call.

 

We’re up to no good with Stephanie Shiwarm

 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of my team:

 

 

 

Marlena Matute @ bigcity_curvygirl_thinwallet

Ashby Vose @ashbyvose

Stephaine Shiwram @stephora_beats

Tan Bee @just.tan.bee

Brooke Shoulders @madamefinehouse

Faith Costa @faith_plusfashion

Shalee Medina @shalee

 

All Photos by: Kayla Klein @kaylakleinphotography 

Mua: Stephaine Shiwarm

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!