First things first; I’ve been getting out a lot lately! This is super good for my depression, and also super good for my outfit posts. However, I am not the best about taking pictures, or posting them. So I have two plus size outfits from the last few weeks that need posting. ** Please excuse my hair. I don’t know why I thought I wanted to grow it out. It’s awful, I hate it, and I’m going to cut it. SHORT HAIR FOREVER!!*
I got this shirt from the Ava & Viv line at Target. I wasn’t paying attention when I got it, and I bought it a size too big. But it’s nice and comfy and roomy and I can wear it with leggings at home while I work. However, it is a bit see-through. So I have to wear it with something underneath unless I feel like sharing that pattern of my bra with the world. Also, I am so in love with these little tennis shoes! I wear them with everything, yes, even stripes. It’s my stab at pattern mixing.
Polka dot shirt – Old Navy (sold out) | Pants – Lane Bryant (sold out) | Polka dot canvas tennis shoe – Target (sold out)
See what I mean? I can’t stop wearing these awesome shoes! This was my bowling outfit, but when I got to the bowling alley, I refused to bowl. I didn’t want to take off my shoes and ruin a perfectly good polka dot outfit. I know, I’m not right in the head. I’m okay with that. Also, you can’t see it too well in this picture, but I am wearing this awesome lipstick/gloss that my friend Ilene gave me. It’s freaking magical. It’s by L’oreal, it’s called Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor, it’s color 215 (Raisin Revival) and it STAYS PUT. Seriously, I wore it all day, drank stuff, ate stuff, took a nap, and it was still there when I went to bed. I had to remove it with makeup wipes. I will definitely be investing in this brand for the wedding!
Last, I want to mention something I’ve seen a lot in the plus size fashion/blogger community. Lately, everyone has been angry about EVERYTHING. First it was that people didn’t love every single piece of Ava & Viv. Then it was that Lane Bryant was body shaming plus size women by not using “big enough” models. You know what? It’s always something. Someone is always angry, someone is always up in arms, someone is always raging against something. Part of the reason I’m not a super active member of the community is because I literally do not have the time or the energy for all this anger. I’m not mad at Target; it was their first big foray into a plus size line, working with big names in the community. There was some great stuff and some stuff that I wasn’t into. That’s how fashion lines are! I’m not mad at Lane Bryant. They hired gorgeous models for their #ImNoAngel campaign and they looked gorgeous and amazing. It was awesome and cheeky and fun. Newsflash friends; straight size women deal with the SAME THING. Models aren’t like regular women. They are genetically blessed with a certain type of beauty that fashion editors and clothing lines want. Are straight size models indicative of the average straight size woman? HELL NO. Are there some sites and clothing companies and magazines that are straying from the regular? Yes, and they rock. But that’s not a reason to belittle Lane Bryant or the models they use.
Real talk, friends. I don’t have the energy for all this anger. I don’t need to put people on blast. I don’t need to #EFFYOURBEAUTYSTANDARDS. I don’t need to worry about what size that model was, or who’s photoshopping their stuff, or who’s only putting plus sizes online. You know why? Because I need to focus on doing me, and loving me, and finding beauty and positivity in my everyday life. So think about that the next time you want to go off on someone on Instagram, argue with someone on Twitter, post inflammatory stuff on Facebook. You get back what you put out in the world. Me? I’m gonna put out happiness, love, and kittens. Because lord knows we all need a little more of that.