image OOTD: Cherry Blossoms and Lela Rose

I’ve been a fan of designer Lela Rose and her expressive use of color and print for years, so of course I was excited from the moment I heard about her collab with Lane Bryant.  Having a chance to wear her beautiful designs in plus, for a fraction of the price of her gorgeous core label?  YES.  Although I usually shy away from yellow, this chartreuse swing dress called to me during the preview last fall.  Yellow is one of the biggest color trends for spring (see my Runway to Plus feature in Plus Model Magazine, page 55), so I decided to go for it. More…

image Body Positivity 101 and #ImNoAngel

My first impression of the #ImNoAngel campaign was something along the lines of HELL YES. A bold, unapologetic celebration of sexiness that includes visible, unretouched fat? I’m all about it. I’ve since heard some pushback against the hashtag and campaign: Namely, that it isn’t radical enough in its inclusion; and that it is pitting thin and fat women against each other. While I think the former is a valid critique, we should not discount the positive impact of widespread representation. More…

image Lookbook Love: Mei Smith

One of the things I am really loving about the growth of plus fashion is the increase of options. There are designers and brands catering to a variety of aesthetics and budgets.  But one style was underrepresented in plus: Minimalism.  Sure, there are a lot of *basic* pieces out there, but barring personal favorite Carmakoma, there was nothing of the caliber of Helmut Lang or T by Alexander Wang. Ayanna Wu, founder of new store Mei Smith, saw that void in plus and set out to fill it.  In addition to Carmakoma, she found independent American straight size designers that fit the style, like Benjamin Jay, Shainna Mote, and Hackwith Design House, and convinced them to grade their patterns up to do plus sizes.  The result is one of the coolest plus size lookbooks I’ve seen in a while.  I’ve included the entire thing below, because I truly can’t pick favorites.  I love the minimal athleisure vibe of the shoot. More…

image OOTD: Downtown Fringe

Nice weather brings New Yorkers outside in droves, and we are no exception.  For a day that would take us from Tribeca to Chinatown and back uptown again, I decided to go for a monochrome boho look.  My new fringe bag from Barbara Bui is giving me all sorts of 70’s inspiration, and it was only natural to pair it with an asymmetrical flowy skirt.

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image I’m Hosting a Shopping Party and You’re Invited!

I’m so excited to announce that I will be hosting the Housing Works Fashion Figures event on Thursday, April 16th, from 5-8 PM at their Tribeca location.  I hosted their inaugural plus fashion event last year, and I am so happy to be back for more. Housing Works is just awesome in general (I’ve attested to my love for them time and again), and last year’s event was packed with fantastic deals in plus. This year has donations from personal favorites such as Mynt 1792, Fashion to Figure, NYDJ, and indie label Rue 107 – I am almost as excited to shop as I am to host, provide styling tips, and chat about plus fashion with all you babes! There will be drinks and snacks to nibble on while you peruse, and possible surprises throughout the night.  The event is free to attend and will be a blast.  If last year’s crowd is any indication, you’ll want to get there early to snag the best picks :)

Check out the adorable promo video Housing Works made for the event below, and head to the event page for more info! More…

image OOTD: Spring Has Sprung

“Arduous” does not even begin to describe this over-long winter we’ve had, so I am welcoming Spring with open arms and cheery florals.  As soon as I saw this dress from indie plus label Poppy & Bloom, I knew I had to have it.  The pin-up “wiggle” cut is perfectly va-va-voom, and yellow is one of the biggest trends for SS15. More…

image OOTD: Carmakoma Jeans

Carmakoma has been one of my favorite labels for years now: I discovered them through the first fatshion bloggers I started following back in 2012, and the more I’ve tried from them, the more I love them.  Their edgy, minimal aesthetic really appeals to my personal sense of style, and the quality is leaps and bounds above most fashion forward plus offerings – their perfectly fitting leather pants are one of my favorite items I own. So when Carmakoma announced their new denim sub-label, Carmakoma Jeans, I was psyched, to say the least.  Only a few styles have been released thus far, but they are all good.  I love that they are offering the perfect ripped black jeans, but these tonal palm print distressed jeans just had to be my first pair. More…

image OOTD: Abstract Plaid

I love a good plaid, but I love a twist on a classic even more.  This mirrored, abstracted plaid print on the scuba dress from Eloquii qualified on both counts.  I wore it to the launch party for the DRESSBAR multi-designer collaboration, and got a custom watercolor illustration of my look from Martha Napier. More…