Plus Size Fashion

Plus Size Fashion: Lola’s African Apparel

Story time! I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Lola backstage at one of the runway shows I walked for in San Fransisco (Lola pictured below), now I wasn’t walking for Lola but loved her designs so much that during a down time in rehearsals I asked for her social media handle so I could follow her brand and show support to a local designer I loved! Little did I know just how incredible Lola and her brand truly are.

Shop Lola’s African Apparel Here

Lola was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the US at a young age, she frequently traveled back and was inspired by the elegant and beautiful clothes that people wore, she had the idea to employ local seamstresses and tailors to bring her business to life making her garments artistically and authentically made by Africans. After sharing her creations with her community here in the US and seeing the positive response Lola then created Lola’s African Apparel!

Beautiful, bright, and stunning colors! Gorgeous prints! She chooses the most durable materials, works with local Nigerian artists, and she makes sure the fabrics are washable to continue accessibility. She carries a little something for everyone – children, men, plus, maternity, and she also has created face masks! Lola is proud to be a part of building the economy and supporting the livelihoods of the African people who share their craft with us, and is proud to have her garments made in Nigeria.

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Below I’m wearing the beautiful Yemi Stretch Crop Top – I have to tell you Loves not only is the print stunning in its bold colors but the imagery is just stunning! The dramatic sleeve makes my heart pitter patter in gleeful joy – the movement is just gorgeous and the fabric isn’t heavy at all!! The fit was perfect! Tight where I needed it tight, loose in the best places – my arms! I have large arms and not once did it feel like I was shoving my arm in something too snug that would cut off circulation, it felt comfortable and could have easily fit me if I had been larger. For reference I wear an 18/20 and was wearing the 3X and is definitely say if your a 22 you’d easily fit in this top as well.

Shop Crop Top Here

The first look using this top I decided to style it with a set of white suspenders to play off the small black stripe that has tiny white polka dots running through the print. I added a tight black pencil skirt, cute white ankle socks and fun tennis to complete this fall look.

When stepping out, don’t forget your mask – Lola even offers beautiful masks made from her stunning prints!

The second look I paired this gorgeous crop top with denim pants and the perfect accessory for Fall – black knee high boots.

The third look I created with this stunning crop top shows you can absolutely wear this beauty any time, any place. I was the queen of casual for grocery shopping trip but still managed to turns heads in this stunning top! paired with leggings, mules, and mask for a quick and stylish errand run!

Until next time Loves!

I hope you all take a moment to Stop By And Shop

As well as check her out on IG

Kat XOXO

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!