Big Fat Summer Challenge...

Jennifer, curvy diva from the blog, Jasifer Lions Club, issued a challenge to curvy bloggers around the world.  It's detailed here:

Curvies from all over have decided to participate in the challenge, and on her website, she chronicles their outfit posts to showcase their take on specific trends.  The Big Fat Summer Challenge ends the end of July, and Jennifer will provide an award to the curvy diva she thinks interpreted the challenge "the best" if you will.  I have looked at this challenge everyday.  EVERYDAY, since it came out in early June, and to be honest, even though the premise is to challenge plus size women to wear whatever they like and be confident, I am pretty cool with everything on the list.  Actually, I have worn everything on this list some time this summer.  Except.........   Something Strapless!!!!!!

To even think about a strapless top makes me tense and nervous.  My arms are my LEAST favorite body part, and although I consider myself to be fashion fearless, I am petrified to show my arms to the world.  I took a baby step this weekend when I went to my friend's mom's B-day party.  I actually wore a sleeveless dress, but that doesn't count in my mind.  I was amongst people I love and that love me.  It actually confused me that no one said anything to me about my arms.  It was almost as if they didn't even notice that they were out.  I was stepping into a realm I have not stepped into since I was 11, and in my debut, no one seemed to care.  That boosted my confidence a bit, not making me comfortable, but making me realize no one really gives a damn about my fat arms.  But my challenge is to go sleeveless this summer when I am around strangers, out at an event, etc.  

My Big Fat Summer Challenge
 Go sleeveless.  In public. Around strangers. And capture a pic.  To place on the blog. For everyone to see.  I feel nauseous. For real.  


Plus Size Clothing Swap...Part II

The ladies came to the Plus Size Clothing Swap ready to "shop".  Here are additional pics from the swap.  As one curvy diva said to me, "this is the first clothing swap I've been to and I know for sure that there will be clothes to fit me!"  Exactly...

Vivi, from Heart, Print, and Style

Trying to convince this Swapper that she "needed" this silver trench in her life.  It worked...

Anika, from the DMV Swap Shop

My friends, Tameelah, Lenny, and Jamila

She cleaned up!

Michelle Sewell, awesome writer, poet, spoken word artist, and overall beautiful spirit


Plus Size Clothing Swap...Part I

The clothing swap was yesterday and it was such a success!  I was extremely nervous that people would not come out to an event strictly for curvy women, but I was wrong.  They showed up and brought the goods.  Here are some pics from the event:

Before people even began to arrive

My friends helping to organize everything 

My friend, Jamila, working the door

Trying to finish setting up before the ladies arrive

Cakepops and Red Velvet cupcakes provided by Sweet Nothing Sweet

The countdown has begun!

Stay tuned for Part II...


The Styleliner...

I'm leaving the nail salon in Georgetown, on my way to Hinckley Pottery in Adams Morgan to see The Spouse, and I take a short cut to beat what seems to be a presidential motorcade.  Lo and behold! I see what looks like a bread truck or an ice cream truck, but is obviously some sort of fashion store on wheels.  I make a quick U-turn and decide to do a quick investigation.  I step into the truck and I am in heaven.  It is a store on wheels.  Dresses, shoes, necklaces, handbags, earrings, everything one could want in a store, but mobile.  Genius!  Upon further investigation, I discover that the mobile boutique is actually parked outside someone's house because they are a part of a bridal shower.  They have been hired to be present at this party. This is a private party.  This mobile boutique is for guests of the private party.  Redundant?  This is how I felt as the guests attempted to give me subtle hints that I was not welcome.  But, subtlety gets you nowhere and I refused to leave before I got contact info, pics, etc.  So I present to you, The Styleliner.  Based in New York, but currently on tour.  I love this city.

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