My Fall Fashion Wishlist: Neutrals With a Twist

Fall is my absolute favorite season for fashion. But the heat in Los Angeles doesn’t seem to want to quit. I’m so ready for cool sunny days, funky boots, a chic trench coat, oversized sweaters, boyfriend jeans, and tons of fabulous jewelry! What I love most is all the layering you can do in the fall. Mixing textures and neutral tones with subtle pops color is my goal for autumn style. Below is my wish list with links to where you can find these dynamic, yet versatile pieces!

 

asos white top

I am obsessed with white shirts right now. They are such an easy go to when you don’t know what to wear. This one from Asos Curve is adorable. I love the small button up collar which would look amazing with a statement necklace or one of my famous headwraps.

stella sutton 3 stella sutton 2 stella sutton 1

The Sutton White Stone necklace from Stella & Dot is giving me life! It’s a gorgeous and versatile statement necklace that you can dress up or down. I’d wear with a t-shirt and some boyfriend jeans for an instant style upgrade. The versatility of this necklace more than makes up for it’s price tag.

asos black pants

Also from Asos Curve are these black peg pants, which have my much required pockets. These days, if it doesn’t have pockets, I’m not that interested. Pockets just feel good, right?  Anyway, I love how this looks with heels, but I don’t do heels anymore, as you know. I would pair them flats, chuck taylors, or booties.

naot sky bootnaot sky 1    naot sky 2

I am a boot freak. Plain and simple. But my feet have deteriorated as a result of arthritis and fibromyalgia, and so my choices for stylish, comfortable boots has diminished by leaps and bounds. So when I found these beauties by Naot, I was wowed! Yes, they have a slight wedge, but it’s low and the toe box curves up for all day comfort. They are a bit spendy, but I think I’m worth it!

wet seal acid wash shirt

A shirt like this would normally be too trendy for me. I actually wore acid wash jeans in the late 80’s and early 90’s when I was in high school. Frankly, I hoped I’d never live to see the trend again. But it seems that designers are paying homage to styles gone by with modern interpretations of decades old designs. I really love this shirt from Wet Seal Plus. It has the kind of texture that gives an outfit that edge and interest. You can pair this acid wash button up with with loads of things, even with more denim. Yes, please!

forever 21 leopard scarf photo (1)

I adore scarves. I wear them in so many ways. They are by far my favorite must have accessory of all time. If you only owned 10 pieces of clothing period, I would advise having a leopard print scarf.  Animal print is practically a neutral, according to stylist, Melinda Mann. But it does so with ridiculous style and grace.  I wear them as regal head wraps over my curly locks; around my neck and shoulders in 12 different ways; as thick belts;  gauzy skirts and; flowy dresses in the summer.  You can score this one for under ten bucks at Forever 21.  Go. Buy. It. Now.

forever 21 boyfriend jeans

If you don’t own a pair of boyfriend jeans you’re missing out. For a long time I avoided this trend because I didn’t think they’d look good on my fat frame. I was so used to buying fitted jeans that “flattered curvy figures” until my stylist/ bestie helped me see things in a whole new light.  She let me borrow her favorite pair (I’m so lucky we wear the same size) and showed me how to make them work. My world was turned upside down! Think outside the box and try these super affordable ones from Forever 21.

dkny trench macys

What would autumn be without a fabulous coat? It doesn’t get super cold in Southern California, so I probably won’t need a parka. This fucking hot trench by DKNY at Macy’smodeled by the oh so sexy Denise Bidot, is probably at the top of my fall wish list. It’s a bit hard to tell, but the color is midnight blue.  I love black and blue together — it’s so sophisticated and unusual.  The price tag of $189 is a bit off-putting, but I think I can convince myself it’s a “good investment.”

Suffice to say that I’m socking away some cash so I can afford to indulge myself a bit this fall season. I figure 3-4 of these pieces will be enough to inspire me. I can’t wait to see where this goes…Follow me on instagram @mixedfatchick to see how I creative I can get with these knockout neutrals!

Love, light, & happy shopping,

Pia

Wet Seal Plus Opens its Doors to the Fashion Forward Curvy Woman

If you haven’t already heard that Wet Seal Plus is opening several stores across the country, then you are likely living under an unfashionable rock.  I had the pleasure of interviewing the company’s VP of Marketing and Ecommerce, Christine MacGregor.  This curvy powerhouse was formerly the Director of Marketing for Torrid when it opened its doors in 2001.  And if you’re a curvy girl like me, then you know what it was like when that store opened. Tears and gasps of joy could be heard throughout dressing rooms across the country. 

The plus size clothing industry has made leaps and bounds in recent years, with many more options available to us online. But we don’t often get the experience of shopping in a store at the mall that is marketed directly toward us.  Yes, Lane Bryant and Avenue are old timers, but they their looks are more conservative and perhaps geared toward an older crowd.  Wet Seal Plus offers on trend pieces at affordable prices in sizes 14-24.  The fashion choices are vast and anyone can find something that will make them wanna yell, “Damn, I’m hot!” 



Wet Seal and Wet Seal Plus stores will replace Arden B, which went out of business, at your local shopping mall. Many locations will carry sizes 00 to a 24 in one store. This unique approach to marketing the brand has proved to be very successful with customers.  “She wants the same assortment. She doesn’t want to look different…She wants to look fashionable,” says MacGregor of the plus size consumer.




Now let’s talk fashion!  If you’re a jeans girl, you will love their assortment of colors, styles and fits. I see a pair of destroyed skinny jeans my near future. Dresses and jumpsuits in funky patterns abound!  And I do love a jumpsuit, honey!  And if you can’t live without a cami, then Wet Seal Plus won’t disappoint you. They carry lots of lovely colors, and even an animal print!  Ding, ding, ding – jackpot!



I have a few favorites, which I’ve managed to integrate seamlessly into my wardrobe.  I love bold patterns and flowy fabrics, which appeal to my ethnic-boho style.   

Christine MacGregor is passionate about plus fashion.  Her dedication to providing the curvy customer with a great fit, at a great price and a positive in-store experience, is what will likely contribute to the success of the new brand.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and my credit card on deck. Wet Seal Plus will be a regular stop on my visits to the mall!

Events will be happening across the country for the grand opening this Saturday, August 16th. The brand will also be doing a model search. Get more information here.

Aida Cosmetics Launch Party

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Aida Cosmetics Launch Party at the Spot Bar near downtown L.A..  Aida cosmetics is the brainchild of Aida Danielle, a former french model.  Her partner is Amberly Olguin, who joined the company in 2011.  The Aida Cosmetics brand is about quality products at affordable prices so that every woman can feel beautiful.


The big news: Aida chose celebrity Chenese Lewis to be the face of the brand for its national launch of the Confidence & Glamour campaign.  Last night Ms. Danielle explained that so many beauty brands use straight size models to promote their products, and that using a plus model like Chenese was a perfect way to let consumers know that beauty comes in all sizes.  Ms. Lewis was absolutely stunning in a long black gown that hugged her every sexy curve.  


The event was lovely. There was a beauty bar, where I got to try on luscious lip gloss and an eye shadow called Green Eyed Lady.  It was a fun evening and a chance to mingle with the Los Angeles plus size community.  Angela Rene’ of Purple Diva Designs was there looking gorgeous as usual.  My pal Jana’e Holmes of Naturally Kinky Curly was also in attendance.


So, keep your eyes peeled for the new campaign and be sure to try out all the fun products which are:
  • Manufactured in North America
  • Hypoallergenc
  • Fragrance Free
  • Allergy Tested
  • Non-comedogenic

Ciao for Niao,
Pia

Plus Size Office Chic

Last week, or maybe it was 2 weeks ago–I can’t remember because I’m getting old–I promised I would feature my co-worker, whose style I very much admire. She has clued me into some really great plus size fashion sites that I had never heard of, or just hadn’t really explored quite yet.  My co-worker, we’ll call her M, is very chic and always has on something great. We talk shop in the afternoon (when most people are taking coffee breaks) to chat about what we’re wearing, why we like it, and most importantly, where it’s from.  It’s fun to have someone in the office who shares my passion for fashion and style, and doesn’t keep all the good info to herself!

M. workin’ it at the office!

Now of course you’re wondering where she got the fab gear. 
Don’t worry, all the info is below.
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GET THE LOOK!

ASOS CURVE Wrap Dress
Goes up to a size 22



Sahara Shoe from Shoe Dazzle
Up to size 11


These days dressing for work doesn’t have to be dull.  Spice things up with a dazzling shoe and wrap dress that does everything for your hot body.  Happy shopping!

Ciao for Niao,
Pia


It’s FATKINI Season Ya’ll!

Admittedly, I am obsessed with the idea of fatkinis. I even love the name. FATKINI!  I want to scream “fatkiniiiii” at the top of my lungs while wearing a fatkini in skinny Malibu.  I’m not even sure who coined the term fatkini, but it’s effing brilliant.  I have spent so many summers not swimming because I was terrified you would see my wobbly bits.  Turns out, like 98% of us have wobbly bits.  Woo-hoo!

So, Summer 2013 is all about breaking down barriers and getting real comfy with myself.  I plan to buy a fatkini very soon.  My only problem is choosing one.  Monif C. has some bad ass ones.  But then again so does Gabi Greg’s new line with Swim Suits for All–though it’s virtually sold out due to popular demand for…. FATKINIS!!! Oh, and Forever 21 has great silhouettes too.  Surprisingly there are loads of choices. Is it me or this an amazing evolution of plus size design and the fat acceptance movement?  So glad to be a part of it all!


FLIRTY AND FUN

I LIVE FOR LEOPARD!

PRETTY IN PURPLE

MY GIRL GABI, ROCKIN IT.

FLUVIA LACERDA INSPIRES!

PATRIOTIC FATKINI

GABI’S NEW SWIMSUIT LINE

WERK THOSE MINI FATKINIS!!!


TESS MUNSTER AND PAL
What will YOU be wearing–or not wearing this summer?  

XOXO
pia

Wear Whatever The Fu*k You Want. No, Really.

For this edition, I want to mostly focus on images of thick chicks wearing cool shit. I am inspired by a co-worker who does it fiercely (i’ll feature her next week) and I feel the need to spread the fatshion love. So take some cues from these CURVY SEXY CHIC mamas!

Bangin’ Body in Blue


LURVE!!!

Fatkini Sexiness

Feathers. Bitch.

I might need to own this feathery fabulousness. For reelz. 

Werk!

My job is done.  And now I’m off to enjoy my fabulous weekend, which consists of a model call with Ashley Stewart, a Caftan Party with other CURVY SEXY CHIC bitches, and jazz & cocktails at LACMA.

Smooches,
Pia