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I know I have continued to be away for a while, and it’s really just more of the same kind of stuff going on in life that has kept me away from the blog. Don’t give up on me, I promise I will have my shit together soon. I am hoping my upcoming vacation will give me a renewed sense of energy and clarity.

But we aren’t here about that right now. I recently attended my first local LGBTQ charity event, outside of Pride of course, and I knew I wanted to share what the event was like with all of you. If you have followed this blog for any amount of time then you know that I am always down to support a good cause and any group that is about equality.

Big Baskets Of The Bluegrass Social Media Flyer

This was the Big Baskets of the Bluegrass Underwear Fashion Show & Charity Auction. The event was hosted by a local group called the KBB (Kentucky Bourbon Bears) and the Bar Complex. The charity they were raising money for was Arbor Youth Services. I took a lot of pictures at the event, as well as a selfie of what I wore, so I could share it all with you (just a reminder before you scroll down to the pictures they will be considered NSFW for most people). But before we move on to the pictures, I want to take a minute to share with you a little information about the event as well as each of the organizations and how you can be involved if you would like.

First lest talk about the KBB. According to their website:

The Kentucky Bourbon Bears, Inc. is a social organization whose purpose is to provide a brotherhood and place of acceptance. We are a network for gay and bisexual men who identify themselves as bears, bear admirers and friends of bears. Our members are from all walks of life, size, shape, age, color and social standing.

Our main goal is a drama-free, accepting brotherhood that opens our membership to all men of Kentucky and, through our diversity and differences, create a strong organization that is able to give back to the community in which we live.

You can help support the KBB by becoming a member or attending one of their events.

The events co-sponsor, The Bar Complex, is Lexington’s most well-known gay and alternative bar. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe they are also the oldest one in town. They consist of three levels. On one level is lounge that offers various shows and events, then on the next level is their cabaret, and the top floor is the dance floor and light show. All three levels have their own bars. The Big Baskets of the Bluegrass was held on the ground level in the lounge.

Since this is my first year attending the event I am not sure if they raise money for the same charity every year or if they pick a different one. But what I do know is that this years charity was Arbor Youth Services. They are a great organization that helps children. Their main focus is on homeless and at risk children. They have an emergency shelter as well as several support services for these children in need. Since LGBTQ youth are the most at risk, this makes a lot of sense to be the charity the KBB chose to support. If you would like to support Arbor Youth Services, you can do so by either donating either money and items or by getting involved and giving of your time.

So while the KBB is focused on Gay and Bi men, the actual Big Baskets of the Bluegrass event included women. And the event itself wasn’t advertised as a body positive event, I know body positive when I see it. In fact it was also very body inclusive. There were both men and women who modeled in the show, as well as people of various ethnicities and colors. I won’t go so far as to say every body type was represented (because I think we all should realize bodies are really like snowflakes and they are all unique), but there was a true variety of shapes and sizes.
The event itself was set up so you could show up early and take a look at all of the baskets up for auction. Then once the auction started each model came out wearing underwear/sleep wear/lingerie and would also show off a basket. When bidding you were not only bidding on the basket but also whatever the model was wearing. In addition to the auction they did have entertainment in the form of Drag Queen performances.

Not only was this for a good cause, but the event was just a great time. My friend and I that went together had such a good time that we already have plans to go next year. The evening in all was a success. The KBB managed to raise $4,400 for Arbor Youth Services and a good time was had by all.

I took a lot of pictures, I am not sharing them all just the ones I thought were the best of the evening.

Since this is still a blog about plus size fashion, you may be wondering what exactly someone wears to a charity auction and lingerie show. I am pretty sure the answer is anything you want. However, I did manage snap a selfie that evening so I could share what I wore.

What I wore to the charity event, Torrid and Reddolls

I had been holding on to this cupcake print Rebdolls “Loaded Up” Crop Top for over a year now, just wondering what I should wear it to. Going to an event hosted by a gay and bi men’s club and it seeming so body positive appeared to be the perfect opportunity to me.

I paired with it a pink skater skirt from Torrid. While they don’t currently have this color, Torrid always has at least one skater skirt available. They have several at the moment like this Pink & Black Plaid Twill Skater Skirt. I also put on my favorite rainbow necklace made by the beautiful and talented Alyssa of butter n’ honey.

You can’t see them very well in this picture, I do have on a pair of white Skechers Rumblers. You can sort of see a glimpse of them in the lower right hand of the picture. If you haven’t tried these, they are the most comfortable wedges you will ever put on.

I know this post was a bit different from what I typically do, so make sure to let me know if you like this type of post or not. I always appreciate your feedback.

 


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All Dress April 2018 – Week Four & Five

All Dress April

All Dress April

I really wanted to have this posted way before now, but this past weekend really took a lot out of me. I feel like that is the story of my life, but I am doing the best I can with my life circumstances. I think a lot of you get that, and maybe that is why you have stuck with me as readers of this blog. My life isn’t always Instagram perfect and I am going to be real about that.

But let’s focus on the positive. We are here now, and I am finally able to focus and am back to a semi livable energy level. So let’s talk about what I wore the last two weeks of All Dress April. I bunched the fifth week in with week four since week five was only two days long.

If you haven’t seen the previous weeks and want to get caught up, make sure to check out week one, week two, and week three.

Day 22

Wearing Forever21 Plus on day 22 of All Dress April

On day 22 my outfit is from Forever21.

The top is their Off-the-Shoulder Lettuce-Edge Crop Top. It is not a super short crop top, and since I have the skirt raised higher, you wouldn’t even be able to tell its a crop top. But this particular style from Forever21 Plus does work really well for those of us with larger busts.

The skirt is also from Forever21, it is their Scuba Maxi Skirt in Black and White. This however it is currently sold out. They do have some other items in black and white that you may want to consider. Check out the Striped Wide Leg Pants, Striped Scuba Knit Skirt, and the Faux Leather Striped Mini Skirt.

Day 23

I missed this day.

 

Day 24

Day 24 of All Dress April and I am wearing Reb Dolls

This is from Rebdolls. It is their “Rumor Has It” Maxi Skater Set in White. There is only a couple of sizes left in this set, so if you are interested, check it out quickly.

This was my first time ordering from Rebdolls, but I was pleasantly surprised at the size range and quality of what was offered. I did purchase one other item, which you will see soon hopefully. And I believe this won’t be my last time ordering from them, so more in the future.

Day 25

Wearing Simply Be for day 25 of All Dress April

On day 25 I decided to wear another Simply Be dress. And this one is still available. It is their Embroidered Stud Mesh Dress. I have it paired with some Aerosoles Pumps that I have had for a long time.

Day 26

On Day 26 of All Dress April I am wearing head to toe Amazon available items.

I think my outfit from day 26 was the most popular on social media out of all of my looks from the month, or at least it got the most comments and requests for the links. I purchased this look to wear to Pride this year, and I thought I would share it with all of you ahead of time. This look, head to toe, is available for purchase on Amazon.

The dress is the Summer Fashion Plus Size Rainbow Print Sleeveless A-Line Mini Dress. I am in a size 3XL. I do think the dress runs true to their size chart, or possibly a little large. The fabric does have a lot of stretch.

I have it paired with:

My unicorn shoes were in white, but unfortunately they don’t have that color left anymore.

Day 27

Day 27 of All Dress April and it is the first day of the International Steampunk Symposium

Day 27 brought me to the first day of the International Steampunk Symposium. I didn’t actually get a picture of my costume that day, but I had this picture of the exact same thing I wore for Time Traveler’s Weekend at the Ohio Ren Fair. I actually think I did share this look before, but I am not 100% positive about that.

The dress is from Torrid’s Dr. Who Collection. And while this dress is long sold out, they do have a couple of sizes left in a similar dress. My boots are from Avenue, but they are long sold out. However, Torrid has several styles of lace up boots that would work well. To complete the look I have on a black felt derby hat from Spirit Halloween.

Day 28

Day 28 of All Dress April and day two of the Internationa Steampunk Convention

Day 28 and day two at the International Steampunk Symposium. This is the one and only picture I managed to get of my costume that day. Unfortunately it doesn’t show the whole costume. But once again, it is something I have had a picture of from a previous year, and nothing new here on the blog. The picture below is from two years ago in the same costume.

Unicorn Queen costume at day two of the International Steampunk Symposium

The black top is from Spin Doctor, but it has long since sold out. If you are looking for something similar, then you might try this Hell Bunny Scullion Blouse. The corset is a Daisy Corsets Women’s Top Drawer Cotton Steel Boned Overbust Corset With a Zipper Front in Navy Blue. My skirt is from Hips & Curves. It is their Victorian Bustle Skirt.

The accessories were both bought on Etsy. The necklace is from Dr. Brassy, but her store is currently empty and from my understanding may never be refilled again. The headdress is from the BlackUnicornShop.

Day 29

Day 29 of All Dress April and the final day of International Steampunk Symposium.

Day 29 was my last day at the International Steampunk Symposium. This outfit wasn’t complete, as I took off and forgot the jacket that was supposed to go with it. But here is what I have on:

As you can see, most of the accessory items are available on Amazon. I word of warning on the skirt. I have had a few issues with the fabric and seeming quality. But it is much more affordable than the average Victorian costume piece for a plus size skirt.

Day 30

I did not participate this day, I was just too worn out from the Symposium to move.

 

And that wraps up 2018 of All Dress April.

As a side not: Next year will be a bit different for me. Every since I started participating I have always had the Steampunk Symposium in there somewhere. Usually it is at the end. But next year things the Symposium got scheduled for a month earlier. So for those of you who look forward to the costumes, I will try my best to still do a post related to the Symposium. I am super excited about the theme that has been announced for next year. It will be Fantastic Beasts. Lots of plans have already started. Let me know in the comments below if you would like some posts about things I am making for costume and various things my steampunk group is doing.

 

 

 

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Locked, Cropped & Ready! An OOTD And Tips For Wearing Crop Top When You Have A Large Bust

If you somehow missed it, news flash crop tops have been all the rage in plus size fashion this year and part of last year. And it looks like its a trend that is not going away anytime soon.

Some of you may not be ready to rock a crop top, but for those of you who are I thought I would share one of my favorites that I own as well as some tips for wearing a crop top when you have a large bust.

Plus Size Crop Top and matching skirt

This is the Caged Crop Top from Society Plus. It comes in several different colors, though I don’t think this particular color is still available. I have it paired with the matching J. Kane Skirt, also from Society Plus.

For accessories I have on Comfortview Fallon Sandal‘s in mint, though I think the mint color is sold out currently. However they have three colors to choose from, and they do come in wide widths. If they are out of your size, for a similar look you might also try the Comfortview Fran Cutout Sandal.

I also have a Mint Green Hair Flower Clip in my hair. And I had on a 10k Yellow Gold Round Aquamarine Swarovski Crystal Pendant Necklace.

Society Plus Caged Crop and J Kane Skirt

Since I didn’t mention it before, for the ladies who love pockets, this skirt has them. I also love how this is totally the type of skirt that makes you want to twirl.

Plus size skirt and crop top from society plus

Finding crop tops that fit you functionally are hard to find when you have a large bust. Keep in mind when I say large bust, I am speaking relative to me as I am in between a DDD cup and a G. When I was a teenager and crop tops were in, I was in a D cup then and did not find it nearly as hard. The problem is, now most crop tops ride up every time you move and show your bra.

The best solution I have found for finding a crop top that fits well on a larger chest is finding ones that have fitted bottoms with stretchy fabric like this one from Society Plus. This prevents a lot of the lifting at the bottom. If this look shows too much skin for your taste, there are similar crop tops in tank styles or some with sleeves. Or you could try pairing it with a cardigan like the Avenue’s Ribbed Mesh Cardigan. Or you could put one of the pink crops with a pair of jeans and pair it with eVogues Floral Chiffon Long Kimono Cardigan

The other solution is finding those longer crop tops that almost aren’t crop tops. A great option is the Crochet Lace Crop Top from Torrid. I have the black version of this top and its nice because you can put what you want under it for your own comfort level. Feel comfortable showing a lot of skin, go for it. And if you don’t you can easily put a cami or tank under it and it still looks good. You could even put it over a sheath dress.

No matter what your comfort level is, don’t rule them out till you at least go and try one on.

Do you have tips for wearing a crop top? What is your favorite crop top?

 

 

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A Summer Romance With Zelie For She – An OOTD And A Review

As stated in previous post, I have been making concerted efforts to try new brands, styles,…well everything really. And as my valiant effort continues, one of the brands I tried this summer is Zelie for She. If you do not know about Zelie for She, it is a made in the USA plus size designer brand. The designer Elann Zelie makes designs that flatter the a woman’s curves. They are a bit street style meets what’s trendy, always fashion forward. Zelie for She is not for the woman who wants to blend in.

Now I ended up placing two orders for a total of five items, but this comes with a bit of an explanation. In my first order I got the pink one size fits all dress and the teal two piece halter set.

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I instantly fell in love with the fit and look of the two piece set. However I had an issue with the pink dress that I ended up having to send it back for store credit. I have seen many pictures of other lovely blogger and vloggers wearing that dress. I however was totally confused by it. I tried and I tried, but I just could not figure out how to tie it so that it would fit my body right. No matter what I did I ended up with a massive sag at the chest and a giant bunch of fabric in one or two spots around the waist.

I really hated sending it back. The color and the fabric were so phenomenal. But I did get store credit, so I was able to exchange for something else. So I went for the other style of two piece in the zebra print.

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I haven’t had the opportunity to wear this one yet, but I have tried it on and am extremely happy with the fit. But I have worn the teal two piece and have pictures to share from one of our outings a couple of weeks ago. Don’t be too surprised, we went to another art event of sorts. It was an outdoor play at a local amphitheater.

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They hold a lot of concerts and plays here in the summer. We went to see Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. At this particular facility they allow you to bring a picnic basket and drinks in. And for seating you can either get actual seats, or for a much more economical price you can bring a blanket and you get a space big enough for four people. We got the blanket spaces and friends got adjoining spaces.  So I thought this would be the perfect time to wear this outfit. When I go somewhere that I will be sitting on the ground, a long skirt is a must. Its hard for me to get up and down due to my back injuries, and I find a long skirt allows me to place my legs in any comfortable way I want and when I get up I don’t have to worry about anything showing.

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I just threw on some sandals and a headband in a similar shade, as well as some statement earrings. I was going to go with a necklace that matched the earrings, but I found that it really just didn’t work well with this neckline.

On me the top is crop top like. It hit me in a spot that ended up showing just a sliver of belly. I think, based on the other women I have seen wearing this that it really depends on how tall you are as how crop the top is. I am 5’8″and carry most of my height in my torso. I will also say, the skirt is quite long. I had to have it altered for length, which does not happen often to me. They had to take almost three inches off the length in order to keep me from tripping when I walked. To give you an idea of their sizing, I ordered all of my sized pieces in a 3X, and I did feel their size chart was right. I typically wear a 2X or a 20W at Torrid and Lane Bryant. But based on the size charts if you are a 2X at those stores you could go either way, so make sure you pay attention to the size charts before ordering.

With this I did a eyeshadow in a slightly lighter shade with a natural shade lipgloss.

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I was really pleased with how the whole look turned out.

 

Now if you have actually visited the Zelie for She website, then you probably know by now that none of these pieces are available for purchase any more. And I am really sorry for the tease, but we have unfortunately had unusually cool weather most of this year a long with way too much rain fall that kept me back from going out the earlier part of the summer. But you will find on the website now the fall prelaunch items. And there are a couple of really special pieces I am already eyeing. And in case you haven’t seen them yet, here is just a little peek at one of the few looks available.

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So tell me, have you bought from Zelie from She before? Are you a fan, not a fan? Did you get any of the pieces I did, and if so how did you style them? Also, if anyone got one of the one size fits all dresses, can you please tell me what was the trick to making those work?

 

 

 

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