Lifestyle

Holiday Gift Guide $25 & Under

Tis the holiday season which usually means the season of giving and spending. Don’t let this holiday season stress you out, I’ve compiled a small gift guide that won’t break your bank account

Give the gift of a happy smile – I know that when I’ve got fresh breath it adds a little pep to my step so why not try Zelimn’s Minty Mouth – for the beast breath you’ve never had! First off you will notice right away that Zelmin’s is not like a normal mint. Rather it is a candy coated gel capsule, with parsley seed oil in it, which is known to help with digestion, gut health and helps eliminate toxins from the body. The best way to see results is by taking one bite, and then swallowing! So I have to ask… Have you met your breath? It lives behind your mask. By now, you’re likely well acquainted, and likely not the biggest fan of how your breath smells. Masks have made us ALL more conscious and aware of our breath on a constant basis. Zelmin’s is here to make your breath as fresh as possible all day, because let’s face it…you’re stuck together, so you might as well be friends.

Shop Zelmin’s Minty Mouth and Use KAT15 for a discount!

I know like so many others that I’m still wearing and rocking a full face of makeup and so I need to keep my routine of cleaning those brushes regularly and I’ve found the cutest little tool to help me do just that and it’s $6 talk about a great stocking stuffer idea!

Shop Brush Cleaning Mat

Looking for a sustainable face mask? Why not try the Organic Hemp Face Mask from Swankety Swank – use for personal health but not in place of N95 surgical versions. Completely natural and hypoallergenic, machine wash and dry, biodegradable, but please note this mask will not kill the virus.

Shop Swankety Swank Hemp Mask

Lola’s African Apparel also has incredible face masks available in the most stunning Nigerian prints!

Shop Lola’s Masks

Speaking of faces- why not give the gift of an at home facial! This handy little Skin Scrubber has four modes for deep facial cleaning and includes two attachments for more facial upkeep. Safe and easy to use – I have one of these babies myself and have been loving the results!!

Shop the GUGUG Skin Scrubber

Now how about one of my favorite lingerie brands? Grab yourself a cute pair of these Peach Lacy Undies from the Fabulous Uye SURANA !

Shop Uye SURANA

Now let’s cover hair care! I have a couple of must have items that I think you Loves will find useful, every item listed I also own myself so can attest to usefulness! First up my favorite set of 48 pack foam rollers – I’ve been able to use these to create so many fun and creative hair styles!

Shop Conair Soft Bouncy Curl Pack

Next up, my most used tool in my hair arsenal – my Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand! Easy to use and so many styles I can create with just this one curling wand!

Shop the InfinitiPro Conair Curling Wand 1 1/4” to 3/“

And while we are still on the subject of hair – how about some fun and stylish wigs by a dear friend House Of Winter. Price range varies but you can definitely nab a fun creation for super low prices!

Shop House Of Winter Wigs Here

Feeling like a holiday drink in a festive cup? Or wanting to rock the gift exchange? Try these Copper Moscow Mule Mugs – hammered original traditional style shatterproof and just stunning!

Moscow Mule Mugs

For more ideas for great gifts on a budget Click Here

And until next time Loves,

Kat

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Plus Size Fashion

Social Distancing Distraction: Repurposing Fashion; Wardrobe Repeats Please!

Hey Loves! So I’ve got a confession to make… I am an outfit repeater! Yup, I said it and own it proudly lol. In a society of “one and done” media looks it can be easy to disregard an outfit once it’s been “gramed” (you know posted on social media like Instagram and what not). Well, I’m not the type to throw something away just because I’ve worn it once – I’ve become a pro at restyling and changing up the looks of garments – so today, I wanted to to share some of my tricks with you all!

I’ll show you how to take this dress and make it into…
This!

My process: once I’ve worn something at least three times I’m ready to change it up – style wise or completely altering a garment. As someone who doesn’t gravitate towards white I decided to alter this baby!

First up is fabric dye – I like using RIT Dye Easy to use, easy directions and step by step instructions, and I always get the color I’m looking for.

Once you’ve got it all dyed you can leave it as is, like the image below…

Image by House Of Winter

Still a gorgeous dress, now in a sunny yellow, and I loved shooting it this way buuuuut I wanted to take it another step further and turned this dress in to a crop top with matching skirt and it turned out beautifully!

So to achieve this two piece look I grabbed my fabric scissors and cut straight through the seam that connected the bodice of the dress to the skirt. I had to be extra careful when cutting due to the liner, once cut I pinned my hem on the top and the skirt, then hand sewed the new hems with the liner on the top and the skirt and voila!! A gorgeous new set to romp around in.

Until next time Loves! As always thank you for the support and please feel free to leave a comment on what other content you’d like to see while we’re practicing social distance!

Kat XO

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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!