I Love My Size 4X Peasant Dress

SWAK Soleil Gauze Dress PondI was raised in Palm Springs and always loved the Mexican influence in our buildings, clothes and especially food. Since I was a teenager in the 1960s, I wanted to wear peasant blouses or those twirly skirts with the ribbons around them. But that was not to be. Nothing that global ever came in plus sizes, even though I was a size 16 in those days.

peasant leoris fav maybeSo when this dress became available as part of the boho chic movement, I was thrilled. It is unlike most of my clothes, which tend to be more minimal, but it makes me happy, it fits perfectly, and it is a great start to Summer.

Here is a close-up of the bodice

Here is a close-up of the bodice

Soleil Gauze Dress – SWAK Designs Size 4X
Zipper Gladiator Sandals –  Jessica London Comfortview

Style Notes:
The Dress also comes in blue or black, and is fairly generous in size. I will probably have it shortened a little since I am only 5’5″. There is lining almost to the hem.
It comes sizes 1X – 6X
The sandals have a zipper up the back which is very useful, and comes in various colors and to a Size 12WW)
To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

My dress was a gift from SWAK Designs, the opinions are my own.

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Photos: Leori Gill Photography

A Plus Size Hippie

hippie full smile SE 50I am a plus size hippie. I am interested in all things about peace and love. I was 20 years old in 1968 and I embraced that era of wild colors and wide bottomed pants, and humans claiming the right to express themselves.

aff long grafatti SE 70plus size palazzo pantsLiving in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is still sort of an anything goes freedom about how I dress. These palazzo pants are from my closet and are over 25 years old. How is that for shopping your closet?

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The jewelry that hippies wore tended to be handmade, but I opted to wear jewelry that means something to me. Each necklace was either a gift, I purchased it while traveling or I made it, i.e. the bronze circle in the middle is an “Affinity Award” necklace that was given to me by the Burning Man Arts Department.

hippie closest SE 70Hippies were known for their love and compassion for others and they embraced everyone regardless of color, faith, or sex and were deeply concerned with ending segregation, which created a revolution.
And here we are in the midst of those very issues once again in 2015.

Palazzo Pants: URU Size 3 (similar) eBay  or Sanctuarie or Etsy or SWAK
Cami: Avenue (similar) Size 26/28
Sunglasses: Amazon
Jewelry: (similar) DIY,  Etsy, eBay
Hat: (similar) Full Beauty
Obi Belt: IGIGI One Size or a cheaper alternative ASOS CURVE
Shoes: Jessica London

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The photos were taken in Clarion Alley at 18th Street by my lovely friend, Sidney Erthal Photography


A Beautiful Day in San Francisco

LEATHER_6 smallI love to throw my whole heart into something. That’s how I feel about blogging. Last Wednesday when I had what started out as my worst photo shoot ever – I forgot my hairbrush, what I thought was hairspray was actually moisturizer – my series of mistakes made me feel less than confident. But I knew I had to go for it since I was working with a professional photographer from NYC, so I carried on, just as I was supposed to.

As the photographer was about to start shooting, a crowd of about 40 teenagers were suddenly moving toward us. OMG, I thought how am I, this woman as old as their grandmothers, going to keep it together in front of what I assumed would be a tough audience.

But I put my head up, chin down, and let the photographer work and then a young goth girl with dyed black hair, a tiny bit chunky spoke up from the crowd and said,
“You look so beautiful” and she smiled right at me with her beautific smile.
My world lit up, and the rest of the shoot was easy. Many of the kids hung around to see the rest of the photo shoot and seemed to enjoy the excitement of a photo shoot in their neighborhood.

When I got in the car and we were leaving the girl waved to me, and I smiled and waved back. My sweetie, who had been in the car the whole time, said to me, “Why did she wave to you” and I said, because she told me “You look beautiful.”
It was a special moment I will always remember. Her moment of kindness and reaching out changed my day. One never knows where we will find a little kindness.

LEATHER_7 small cropJacket – MYNT1792 Faux Leather Jacket Size 4X
Turtleneck – Lands End Size 3X
Skirt – eShakti Size 28

Photographer: Lydia Hudgens Photography

Lace and Loving Our Bodies

smaller Lace collage FINAL3This month our blogging collective, Ahead of the Curve, is collaborating on how we love ourselves, just the way we are. Please check out what each of us have to say to say about our theme this month, “Love and Lace”.
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We would love it if you shared your body positive photos/sentiments with us on,
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Also join the other body positive Valentine’s Day photos with the hashtags: #bodyposivalentine, #bodylove4all, #effyourhealthstandards.
Come join the body positive revolution!

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Although this month’s theme is “lace”, I am not really a lacy kind of girl. So, I chose to go with a burn-out leopard print that has sort of a lacey look. A much better choice for me. The top had elbow length sleeves that hung down almost to my wrists, so I folded them up to the shoulder seam, and ironed and sewed them in place. I suspect that because of my short arms, a sleeve any longer than this looks odd on my arm. And even after rolling it it is about the same length as shown on the stock photo below.
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small leggings laceI love my body lace leggings

I wanted to see if I could make it work with both a skirt and leggings and I am pleased with each look and it is VERY comfy so I am sure I will wear it a lot. Maybe today!

Leopard Burn-Out Top – ASOS Curve Size 20
Tulle Skirt – eShakti (search for Crinolines)
Leggings – Re/Dress Regular Length Teggings (one size)
Cami – Avenue size 26/28
Ankle Boots – Avenue Ankle Boots 9.5W

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.


Photos: Lydia Hudgens Photography

That Plus Size Tartan Look & New Wide Boots

plaid tightsresized smaller CSUsually I don’t buy patterned leggings. That’s not really true, I buy them, but then I don’t wear them, so I try not to buy them. But I had to have these, and I thought I would just wear them with a long top. After I saw the photo below, I decided I needed another tartan to bring the look together and I bought a scarf, which makes me much happier. Continue reading

First Glance: Eloquii, Extending to Plus Sizes 26 and 28

eloquii extended sizesUPDATE: FIRST GLANCE: Eloquii has just announced their first round of extended sizes. Check them out HERE. AND, they are on sale. What should I buy for my first piece??
Eloqui 1st sz 26 28First Glance: Yesterday was my first sighting of Eloquii’s new extended sizes, 26 and 28, on their site.  You can find them HERE.

I have been loving Eloquii’s new styles since they re-launched several months ago.

They recently announced that they are going to extend their sizes to include plus size 26 and 28. I was thrilled to hear this! I love their clothes, and although I can occasionally fit into a size 24, in real life, I am a size 26/28.

eloquii perforated sweatersSo I have been actively watching for Eloquii’s extended sizes, and when I saw a perforated sweater that I loved and is so new and fresh looking, I wrote them a note, stating I was looking forward to their sizes 26/28.
You can find the sweater HERE (on sale).


eloquii fb conversationThey then wrote me a note on Facebook, telling me that they are now carrying a black pant in a Size 26 and 28, you can find them HERE. I love that they responded to my query, that is great customer service, and even more I loved that they have started adding size 26 and 28 to their clothing line. I just have to say YAY!

You will be hearing more from me about Eloquii.


Z by Zevarra is Luxe

zbyzevarra stole closeupI stole this look from garnerstyle. I saw this faux fur stole and I had to have it. It is a 3X, but it actually fits me well enough. It is quite heavy and warm. I do not know how much I will have a chance to wear such an amazing piece in sunny California, but I am certainly going to try!
It looks like everything Z by Zevarra has is on sale, and they have some great sequins and little black dresses. Very fun clothes.

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Faux Fur Stole 3X (sold out), Dress ASOS Curve Size 24 (similar), Leggings, Re/Dress, Boots Avenue 9.5W, Belt, Torrid Size 5, Opera Length Gloves, Amazon
Boot Review HERE

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Photos: Leori Gill Photography

Ashley Nell Tipton Unicorn Skirt – Plus Size 4X

sequin skirt at holiday sparkI had loved this skirt for awhile and was excited when I purchased it a few months ago. In my life I can pretty much wear a sequin skirt to most of the evening events I go to, whether it is an art opening or a house party…BUT, I just struggled with what to wear it with. I looked at dozens of tops. Should I buy a sequin top, in beige, lavender or blue? I looked at floral t-shirts that I could perhaps add some sequins. I looked at pastels t-shirts of every hue, and then one day I realized it was really a pink base and decided to take a VERY casual approach with a graphic t-shirt and my trusty black denim jacket. Sometimes you have to just give it a try and enjoy it already.  So off I went to a holiday party.

sequinsI really love the material. And the skirt stretches to fit my 54″ waist, but it is sewn to continue to be gathered slightly even when stretched all of the way. 
The size chart says 49”- 52” for a 4X.
holiday spark with my boys

Skirt – Ashley Nell Tipton Size 4X, Jacket (similar)- to Size 38W, Graphic Tee – Torrid Size 4X , Tights – We Love Color Size C/D, Belt – Torrid Stretch Belt (old) Size 4

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.


photo: Leori Gill Photography