Plus Size Fashion

Fat Positive Sacramento: Galore Studios

Hey Loves! I’ve decided to add a new feature to my blog and we’re calling it: Fat Positive Sacramento! In these features I’ll introduce you Loves to businesses that are not only accepting of fat bodies but don’t shame them in anyway shape or form. I’ll discuss accessibility, how I was treated, what service I bought or was provided for so on. This is my way of letting plus bodies know that these businesses respect your body and that’s where you should be spending those fat dollars 😉

So in this first feature of Fat Postive Sacramento I wanted to introduce you all the amazing woman owned salon that is Galore Studios !!

Now first off I discovered Galore Studios in a casting call looking for promo models to shoot for media advertising – I LOVE that when I reached out and asked if they wanted to work with a plus model the immediate answer was a huge resounding YES! After shooting with this business I went back to try out a full set of gel nails and have kept coming back!

Accessibility: open parking lot, no stairs, open floor plan so you won’t feel cramped or stuffed in anywhere. The waxing services take place in their own room separate from the main display room. I’m a size 20 and the chairs all fit me comfortably.

I have uberly sensitive nail beds, acrylic tends to rip them up and leave behind only layers of nail so when Marie (the amazing owner) told me she only deals in full gel… Well, I was in heaven. And as we got to chatting we began to talk about her business and how she wants to be apart of the body positive community and truly offer services that most salons scoff at when a fat body is asking for them.

I’m talking they offer:

Waxing

Facials

Manis/Pedis

Full Gel Sets

Piercings

Spa Party

Lashes

Hair

Makeup application

Makeup selection shopping

Want to shop with friends – they’ve got you by offering a makeup service party!

Kids parties!

They literally do it all!! And what’s even better is that they want to work with All Walks Of Life! LGBTQ+ , Fat Bodies, Disabled Bodies… essentially if you’ve got a body, a decent attitude, and some money to book a service then yes, they want to work with you.

This beautiful salon is located at 3811 Florin Rd #4, Sacramento, CA 95823

Stay tuned, I’ll be filming a waxing service and facial with Galore soon!!

Until next time,

Kat XO

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Plus Size Fashion, Plus Size Lingerie, Reviews

Leading Lady Review: Plus Size Bra

Loves, I have to admit – I’m a sucker for anything purple and this beautiful AVA scalloped plum bra gifted from Leading Lady is just divine and utterly gorgeous! The color of the lace is a vibrant plum purple that has just enough shine to really catch the eye, subtle enough to still feel uberly sexy, and just the right amount of support.

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In this set I’m wearing the Ava Scalloped Underwire Full Figure Bra in Size 40 DD and it fits amazingly! The band doesn’t cut in to my sides. The straps don’t dig in and are comfortable. And I’m not overflowing the cups so my girls are getting the lift that I like without giving me a ridiculous amount of cleavage, now don’t get me wrong I love a good cleavage shot but sometimes I like to tone it down and this bra gives me separation, lift, and support.

To shop this particular bra : Leading Lady AVA Bra

A little about Leading Lady; this year they are celebrating 80 years of service in intimate apparel. They pride themselves in offering style, fit and quality. Their garments deliver innovative intimate solutions for all figure types, especially full figure, pregnant and nursing women.

Size range is from a M-5x , Cups A-H, 32-56

To shop head here and to check out this brand of intimates click here : Leading Lady

The best bra I’ll be reviewing from Leading Lady is the NOLA lace brallete and let me tell you how amazingly comfortable this bra is! Fist off – no underwire but still gives me the lift I like that normally comes with an underwire bra. The racer back design made the whole bra supportive and comfortable to wear. Normally I’m the type to take my bra off first thing when I get home but in this baby? I actually took a nap in it without it cutting in to my skin or poking me funky!

Did I mention that this bra’s closure is also in the front? I don’t know about you Loves, but I love a front closure bra… I have a shoulder injury that’s constantly acting up and the fact I don’t have wrangle my arms behind my back to snap this baby closed is such a blessing! Also the racer back design seriously supports by girls without leaving immense shoulder pain.

Now let’s talk fabric – first of all, the color of this gorgeous bralette is just stunning, especially in the sun 😉 I also love how comfortable the lace is – there’s a little give so there stretch to the fabric which means there’s no pulling or muffin topping under my arms. The racerback straps are adjustable for an even better fit and with the extra large band at the bottom of the bralette truly creates an absolutely comfortable fit!

I’d strongly suggest them to anyone looking for a well built, gorgeous, supportive and comfortable bra or bralette!

And remember : Use Code LLBRAS25 to save 25% off 💋

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

Part & Parcel : Plus Size Fashion and Plus To Plus Shopping

Part & Parcel’s mission is to make fashion that fits the plus community, and to empower the community to style and share their fabulousness while offering the option of earning real money, Plus to Plus.

The foundation of Part & Parcel is based on sharing these garments with others, Plus body to Plus body – whether IRL or online, making meaningful connections with others and sharing fashion that actually is designed for plus bodies.

*shown here is the long sleeve blouse paired with cigarette pant with the flat gladiator sandal.

And that’s not all that’s different about Part & Parcel, wait for it…. Dimensional sizing!!! Dimensional Sizing is exclusive to Part & Parcel, and it’s changing the game for how you find your fit; let me break it down for you Loves, first you choose your clothing style and color, second you pick your size (from size 14 up to a 36) then you can opt for dimensional sizing in the bicep, bust, waist, or calf. And each pair of shoes already comes in a wide width – so no worries there.

The price range for this current collection ranges from $45 to $140 and includes:

The Shell – Standard or Bust+

The Long-Sleeve Blouse – Standard or Bust+

The Cigarette Pant

The Stretch Ponte Pant

The Flowy Circle Skirt

The Sleeveless Wrap Dress

The Flutter Dress

The Longline Blazer – Standard or Bicep+

The Go-to T-Shirt

Shoes

The Pointed Flat

The Closed Toe Mule

The Flat Gladiator Sandal

The Block Heeled Sandal

*shown here is the sleeveless wrap dress.

Now, let’s talk FIT my Loves! First I want to say that everything fit phenomenally!!! The pants where comfortable, no muffin top and the fabric had give and stretch so I wasn’t fighting my way in to anything! The dress flowed and encased my curves like a dream!! The adjustable details make all the difference and the button snap enclosure on this inside kept my ladies from busting out but still kept the flowing look the dress was going for! The long sleeve top was also amazing – my arms are constantly struggling with tops because of those size so I’m usually forced to size up which leaves a gaping bust. With Part & Parcel’s sizing not only did this blouse fit perfectly but I was loose around my arms and the bust was perfect!

The SHOES! Y’all the shoes are bloody amazing!! First of all the buckles on the shoes are actually clip in snaps so no needing your partner to help strap you in! The wide width makes all the difference and the soles are comfortable! I could have kept those gladiator sandals on for hours without even noticing I was wearing shoes.

For reference when I discuss sizing and fit: I am a size 18/20 and wear a shoe size of 8w.

Check out the Part & Parcel Catalogue here! To shop the collection send me a message here and we’ll get ya started! To order items you shop through partners which happens to be me 😉

Interested in becoming a Part & Parcel partner to start making an income selling amazing garments to fellow plus bodies – send me a message here and we’ll get ya started on that too!!

Any questions on sizing or how to order, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you Loves ASAP!!

Leave those thoughts in the comments – I’d love to hear your opinions on the Plus to Plus selling/shopping aspect, as well as the dimensional sizing!! I have major arm issues when I order shirts or blazers so I’m exceptionally excited about this dimensional sizing options!!

Until next time my Loves,

Kat XO

Unboxing Video of the Part & Parcel Partner starter box!

Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

PinkClove UK: Plus Size Clothing Review

So my Loves, I have to say that I’m in love with Pink Clove UK !! The designs are gorgeous, flirty and fun – the fit for me was great and I LOVED every piece they sent!

Pink Clove’s sizing range is from 12 up to 24, their sizing is in UK standard sizing so it says 16-28 on the site but remember that’s UK sizing so double check it’s the correct size before placing any order! I’m also a petite size 18/20 for reference on size fit here.

All right my Loves – let’s get to the goodies!! This first piece is Pink Clove’s Plus Effie Wrap Front Plunge White Structured Bodysuit Top ! I loved this piece because it truly reminded me of old Hollywood glamour – the neckline with long sleeves is truly divine and oh so elegant! The construction of this body suit is simple and perfect, can be worn with any bottoms. And the best part: snaps at the crotch lol so you Loves aren’t having to completely get naked in the bathrooms stalls!

I really liked how when I did pair the suit with other pieces you couldn’t see a “panty line” bulge through the fabric, a personal pet peeve and aesthetics preference of mine lol!

One of the added benefits of this suit was that my upper arms actually fit the sleeves without being too tight or cutting off circulation. It was a tad warm so I’d suggest paring this beauty with something short and breezy for the summer and spring, winter I’d pair it with anything from pencil skirts to skinny jeans and leggings! The options are limitless!

*set shot by the amazing House Of Winter

The next piece we’re looking at is this gorgeous vintage inspired Plus Sheena Mustard Polka Dot High Neck Midi Dress.

This dress is beyond gorgeous and felt incredible hugging my curves. The loose cap sleeves with the flouncy top complimented my bust to perfection and when paired with the pencil skirt detail – we have perfection!

One detail I loved was the high collar that could be left unbuttoned! This detail made my day for several reasons: you can button up to create a slightly different silhouette, leave undone to create the loose collar look I’m rocking above, or (and my fav) is flip this baby around backwards and you’ve got yourself a totally new look with new details to focus on!

The fabric has plenty of give so I didn’t feel stuffed in to the dress and I loved that I could adjust the hem a bit by bunching the dress wherever I wanted (would pull up the fabric a little closer to my bust so it wasn’t overly hugging my belly) and it still looked natural and fit well.

My personal fav is up next!! The Plus Pamella Mustard Checked Straight Leg Trousers! These babies are giving me serious Clueless vibes!!

These pants are just fabulous!! The color is amazing and the pattern is perfect but I will say my belly had issues with the simple elastic waistband and having wide calves I did have to wriggle them up, other than that these are perfect statement trousers!

The length for me was perfect (I’m 5’1) so anybody taller it would be more of an above ankle hem. I want to add too that these are super comfortable! I’ve found myself grabbing these repeatedly just to go out and run errands.

And last but certainly not least, we have the Plus Judy Wide Leg Stripe Trouser ! Now, these pants are so much freaking fun to wear!!

The colored stripes are a gorgeous touch to these pants, and like the mustard pants I do have belly trouble with the simple elastic band, other than that these pants fit to perfection around my waist and thighs!! Because I am so petite when I don’t wear heels I have to pin the hem of the pants so they don’t drag on the ground – other than that this pair of pants fit wonderfully!! Super comfy to wear and the high leg slit was so much fun to play with… Y’all know I love flashing my legs as often as possible so this classy way of flashing some calf had me over the moon in fashion happiness! Hmmm, can you Loves tell I had fun wearing these babies lol because I totally did!!

All right My Loves – until next time!

Kat XO

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!