Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews, self love

Kearney Street Workshop: Celebrate Your Body 2019 Runway Event

Over 300 attendees celebrated a night of diverse fashion and the diverse bodies that wear it!

I had the honor of walking for Swankety Swank , a San Francisco based designer who focuses on sustainable fashion separates for strong and sassy souls by offering hemp garments in ALL sizes!

Now before we dive more in to the fashion aspect I wanted to share a bit about the Kearney Street Workshop and the AMAZING community they’ve built!! K.S.W was founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American cultural movement, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. And they offer classes and workshops, salons, and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings. KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. For the past 45 years, KSW has nurtured the creative spirit, offered an important platform for new voices to be heard, and connected artists with community. And I can attest to the amazing community that I was so welcomed in to – so many walks of life all coming together to support one another and I have to say it was beyond freaking magical!!

I also want to thank Jason and Nina for making everyone feel welcome and accepted, as well as for bringing everyone together!

As more images and videos of the entire show surface I’ll make sure to update it here because I want you Loves to see it ALL!! From the amazing designers to the utterly fabulous models to our amazing DJ and host – I want you guys to see it all so next year you might come out in person!!

Group shot including models tags below!

Left to right:

Valerie – @Valerienicolelee

Laurel – @laureldickmanwrites

Saucye West – @saucyewest

Tiff Marie – @tiff_exclusive

Nazelah – @supernaz_your_superfriend

Francis – @francizzzle

Micheal Foulk – @michealfoulk

Emma – not listed

And yours truly 😘

Fashion by @swanketyswank / @yabetteswank

Huge shout out to Christine A Donley of @christineadonley_artlover for the amazing shots!!

As a petite fat babe (plus size) it’s not very often I get the chance to participate in runway and honestly – it’s too bad because I belong there. This was one of the most diverse shows I’ve ever had the honor of being apart of! So many talented and amazing people – representation truly matters.

Below are behind the scenes shots and I’ll be adding more images and video as I get them so keep checking back Loves!

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Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

Wardrobe Remix: Three Looks, One Item: ELOQUII Shimmer One Piece

Oh my, Loves – say hello the Shimmer One Piece from ELOQUII! This Swimsuit – this beautiful shimmery bronze goldish swimsuit is what summer dreams are made of; the bronze metallic shimmer in the fabric compliments any skin tone (I’m extremely pale and was concerned about looking washed out and that was soo not the case), the construction of this suit had me feeling utterly secure with built in soft wire free cups support, and I’m a DD, and it hugged my curves to perfection!

High waisted detail plunging neckline

The adjustable straps are easy to move about and I was able to create the perfect strap length for me! The suit is fully lined and one of my favorite design elements of this suit is the high waist detail and the plunging neckline, can we say sexy?! I felt like a goddess in this suit which is why it inspired a few other looks that I’ve included below! But first, one more swimsuit shot because my goodness – it’s just wow!

First look inspired by this gorgeous suit is what I like to call The Boss Bitch Blazer Look! The base of this look, is of course, the shimmer one piece, next I paired it with Neoprene Pencil Skirt in plaid – again an ELOQUII piece – and topped this look off with a blazer I found in the back of my husband’s side of the closet. Combined with edgy ankle boots and you have a sexy yet professional style that earns a double look every time!

Now, if you Loves have been with me for a moment or two you know I keep accessories to a minimum and this look was no different. Dangling pearl earrings in gold accents, with a matching gold crystal pointer ring and my late grandmothers opal in a gold setting. No necklace because I just loved how stunning my cleavage looked bare. I normally never not wear a bra lol but with the built in support I felt the girls where secure to take out for a spin!

One detail I truly love about this neoprene pencil skirt is the zipper detail in the back of the skirt hem! You can unzip it to relax the fit of the skirt or keep it zipped like I have it here for that tight classic pencil skirt look.

The second look inspired by this shimmery beautiful one piece is what I refer to as the Casual Brunch Look! We have the one piece paired with the fabulously comfy Ruffle Waist Pant With Ankle Ties and yes, Loves – it’s got pockets!!!

With this look I wanted to keep things simple so I added a small black shrug I found while thrifting and a pair of utterly fabulous platform heels. Accessories are simple again with just the added detail of a heart choker and matching sunglasses that my dear photographer House Of Winter Studios provided for this shoot!

And Last, but certainly not least, is the Spring Bunny Costume Look! This look was created from my brilliant photographer’s mind! She had this gorgeous spring set and decided that I needed to be a bunny and who was I to argue?

This look was created using a pair of bunny ears and fake cherry blossom flowers, we left the shoes and choker from the brunch look and then we pinned a bunny tail on the back to complete this frivolously cute spring look – hey, who said costumes are just for Halloween!

One of the things I truly love about Boudoir photography is the fun of it! It doesn’t have to be perfect or exactly styled just so to be enjoyed and everybody can enjoy Boudoir! I love how whimsical the set is, I love how sexy I look (PlayBoy Bunnies Eat Your Heart Out) but I also love the fun costume element of the ears and tail! Over all it was a fun shoot with gorgeous results and the next time I’m having a bad body day I’m going to remind myself of how sexy I looked as a bunny lol!

Until next time my Loves,

Kat XO

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Eloquii Review: Peach Lift Dark Wash Jeans

My Loves, have you ever had a pair of jeans that just fit so perfectly? No shimmying to get in to them, sculpted to your booty perfection, just the right length, make you feel powerfully sexy kind of jeans? No – well, don’t feel bad because up until the Dark Wash Peach Lift Jeans from Eloquii arrived in my life I was missing out too.

To be completely honest with you Loves, if I could get my hands on five more pairs of these I’d throw out every other pair of jeans I own and only wear these, that’s how much I love them!

Now let me tell you why:

Eloquii has this amazing option of ordering from three length choices – short, medium, and long. Honestly this feature is a godsend for someone so petite like myself (just to remind y’all I’m only 5’1) because the hem of the pants actually fell to where it was supposed to be at my ankles.

I’m usually a size 20 and having never ordered jeans from Eloquii before I went ahead and just ordered my true size and I’m so glad I did because the waist fit perfectly! No muffin topping, no squeezing, and buttoned without fuss.

And because I’m such a pocket fan (as corny as that may sound lol) I loved the fact that the pockets fit my phone comfortably and didn’t bulge out funky if they happened to be empty.

To shop for these amazing jeans click the here: ELOQUII

Overall, I’d say I definitely have found my favorite pair of jeans not only because the fit is fabulous but because these jeans also make me FEEL confident. And let’s face it we should be wearing fashion that makes us feel something so why shouldn’t it be confidence?

Until next time My Loves,

Kat XO

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A Holiday Look With Eloquii : Review

I just love a little sparkle for the Holidays! And this jumpsuit from Eloquii is such a stunning bit of sparkle that I not only felt festive but fabulous wearing it.

The full sleeve Metallic Jumpsuit is beyond perfect for the holidays! As a Mom the holidays usually mean multiple stops and long days out, chaotic family parties, and lots of running around. So while yes, I want to look fabulous but I also want to be comfortable enough to trail after my daughter. This jumpsuit is just the perfect minimal, fabulous, easy to slip on outfit that I was looking for! Threw on a black belt and matching heels and BAM this Mama was ready to roll.

Now let’s talk details my Loves; if you’ve read any of my reviews on one pieces before then you know how I hate having to use the bathroom in public because it’s usually hard to reach whatever snap or button they’ve added to the back to secure you in, not an issue with this baby! The snap is in the front hidden in the neckline and is easy peezy to get to. I also love that if I wanted to keep it unsnapped the jumpsuit would still fit perfectly and I’d be able to show off whatever top I wanted to add in underneath.

It Has Pockets! Lol excuse my excitement but I’m such a pockets kind of lady that usually one of the first things out of my mouth about a look is, “Oh thanks, it’s got pockets”! So I was just thrilled to find two pockets in this beauty and the fact they fit my iPhone was fabulous. I usually forgo purses these days and just jam everything in my daughter’s diaper bag and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go digging in the bag for my phone. So yes, I’m a huge fan of pockets that actually fit my phone therefore saving it from the dark depths of the diaper bag.

To Shop The Look Click Here ELOQUII

I also wanted to point out this metallic stunner is completely lined on the inside so you are not dealing with any scratchy or itchy fabrics. This jumpsuit felt as comfortable as my onesie pajamas – soo comfortable to wear!

Overall I’d say I’m completely in LOVE with my Eloquii Metallic full sleeved jumpsuit. The fit was incredible, the fabric comfortable and I looked stunning with very little effort on my part 😉

Until next time My Loves,

Kat XO

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** Huge shout out to House Of Winter for the fabulously festive family shots!!

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Timeless: MVMT Avenue Watch Review

I’ll have to admit that I’ve never been a watch wearer and am a girl who likes to keep her accessories to a minimum. With MVMT’s timeless designs I think I may be changing my tune on the no watch policy.

The stunning color of gold is just understated and perfect enough to shine but not over power any look. The vintage feel of the design will allow me to incorporate it in to many of my Pinup/Retro styled looks and I absolutely love the band’s detailed design and best of all it doesn’t pinch or pull arm hairs!

With wider/larger wrists watch buying can be a pain in the butt; the band doesn’t fit at all or is too snug, there’s usually no way to extend it and then who wants to spend hours shopping for something they won’t be able to wear? With MVMT’s adjustable band I was able to extend the wrist size so that the watch fit comfortable and wasn’t too snug or pinching skin. And the little tool they include in the packaging made adjusting the band easy peasy!

Can I also point out that this beautiful watch is quite eye catching? I received several compliments on this time piece during my shoot in the city; I’ve had vintage loving friends ask where I’ve found the retro beauty and I’ve had male friends ask if they have similar designs for them!

Truly happy to have found not only a watch that has an adjustable band so it fits larger wrists but also that the design is so classic yet modern that it truly captures the essence of my style. I’ve found my everyday watch and now it’s your turn!

To shop MVMT use this link : MVMT and enter code katstroudofficial15 for $15 off that purchase!

Until next time my Loves,

Kat XO

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