Plus Size Goes to the Burning Man at the Global Leadership Conference v.2

Wearing Vintage Beth Ditto

Wearing Vintage Beth Ditto – Shopping

My husband and I have been the registrars for the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference for all eight of them. So on day three of the conference, we found ourselves sitting behind a desk, greeting people from all over the world, people who are thrilled to be at an event like this. So I got out my trusty iPhone and took a few photos so you can see what we wear to a conference, rather than to Burning Man, that event in the desert.

Terry Penn aka Moxie wearing eVognues The have some pretty fun clothes on Amazon

Moxie wearing eVognues
They have some pretty fun clothes on Amazon

Moxie and I worked at the registrar’s desk, so we snuck out for a moment to take a photo.

Debi aka RealGirl von Huene wearing a fun fake fur

Debi von Huene aka RealGirl wearing a fun fake fur

I have known RealGirl for over ten years and when I get a chance I take a photo, she always has a bit of glam to share.

Debi von Huene aka RealGirl Representing

Debi von Huene aka RealGirl Representing

Don’t you love that RealGirl is wearing her Burning Man sweatshirt that signifies that the San Francisco South Bay region had an art piece at 2011 Burning Man. I do.

That is it for this event.



2014 Spring Trends – Geometrics and Intelligent Design in Black and White

This Spring, fashion designers are playing with all manner of decorative devices to give black and white a fresh, modern makeover. Pattern play, couture detailing, geometrics and intelligent design all have their part to play in this style story.

I love black and white and I wear a lot of it, so when this Ahead of the Curve Theme was “The World of Black and White” I thought I might pull up some old photos of me and call if good. But I looked at ASOS Curve, and Kmart and Ashley Stewart and found pieces I loved immediately and they had SO much to choose from I could not resist sharing it with you.

You can find some of my prior black and white posts HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

ffffinalDon’t stop here! Check out all the chic, smart ways other bloggers from AHEAD OF THE CURVE interpreted this month’s theme as well. Just click HERE.


2nd Blogiversary Giveaway – $100 from Making it Big

We are starting off a week of five Giveaways to celebrate Affatshionista’s 2nd Blogiversary. Our first generous $100 Gift Card comes from Making it Big.

I have been wearing Making it Big for a very long time. I wore their pants to Egypt in 1986 (I wish I knew where the photo of me on a camel was). Their second Spring catalog is out so lots of new clothes for you to check out HERE. And most of their basic pieces come to an 8X. So join us in celebrating by entering the Giveaway!

Here are the rules for the Giveaway:

        • No purchase necessary
        • The winner chosen at random by the giveaway software Rafflecopter, with one entry for each point
        • This giveaway is sponsored by Making it Big
        • Giveaway ends Monday, February 24, 2014, at Midnight, EasternTime



Heart Backed Tights at Torrid

heart backed stockingsEvery once in awhile I feel like I just have to tell you something. Today it is Heart Backed Tights.

The largest size is a 3/4 which is too small for me, but I just thought they were so sexy and so fun for Valentines Day that I had to share them. One month and counting…


Yours Clothing Moto – Biker Jacket US Size 28 – 30

I have been wanting a moto jacket for a long time but have had a problem finding one that is generously sized, although this jacket from Yours Clothing seems like it might work, but since it is English, I am concerned it may be too heavy for California.

Yours Clothing also has this jacket, on sale, but without as much zipper detail. But somehow I just do not like it quite as much as the zippered one.

What do you think, a bit of a bargain, or the one I like more?


Sydney’s Closet Plus Size 30 Glitz

Sydney's Closet Dress - Size 30

                 Sydney’s Closet Dress – Size 30

I have blogged about this dress before but when I saw that our Ahead of the Curve them was Holiday Glitz and Glam this month, I wanted to post about a dress that you could still buy, that I love, and when I wear it I get tons of compliments. But the best part is that it is at least $100 cheaper than what I paid for it in early 2012.

The last time I wore it was to an intimate performance and several of the cast stopped me afterwards to tell me how much they liked it.

To compare my measurements to yours, to see if this dress might fit, click HERE.

Sydney’s Closet has always given me great service and they have a pretty extensive line of in-stock prom and cocktail dress in sizes 38+, yes 38+.  I usually order a 30 (I am a 26 -28) but I have it taken in the arms and sometimes shortened.  This dress is also available in a Size 32. But do be careful, I usually stick to the Sydney’s Closet Signature Collection because I can depend on the sizing.

Cocktail Dress

                    Cocktail Dress

I just ran into this precious beaded cocktail dress to a size 28, on sale, and since it is Jessica London I bet it runs true to size.

On the Glitz scale this JACKET is at the top for me, just in case you did not see it last week.


We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “Holiday Glitz and Glam” so check them out by clicking on each link:

My Vintage Glam

Don’t wait for the perfect occasion, wear it NOW!!!

The Fat Girl Glams It Up

Glam It Up

Regency Style: A Jane Austen Costume Event

Fearless Fashion: Holidays = Glitz and Glam FABULOUSNESS

Holiday Party Looks!

Glitz and Glam Rock – Eshakti Leather

Holiday Looks

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Hell Bunny Plus Size Sweaters or How I Learned to Love Spiders!

* Hell Bunny lgest LGSo I have always been kind of prissy about gore and spiders and the macabre (fiction is fine but at the movies I might have to cover my eyes). And then I met this amazing group of people that includes artists, scientists and creatives in general, who love that world. In particular I met Jennybird Alcantara, whose work is sometimes defined as morbidly romantic, and science educator Melissa Alexander, who has a love of all things science and art, and I started seeing the beauty in that world. So when my fellow Ahead of the Curve (see below) blogger, Stina Scott, started blogging about Hell Bunny Plus Sizes and calling her Sugar Skull cardigan spooktacular, and I ran across these amazing Hello Kitty Spider Panties, I could see my point of view had changed, and I had to have them.  AND THEN, I fell in love with this Hell Bunny Spider Cardigan, but be forewarned, I might have bought the last 4X anywhere, after many phone calls!

hell bunny spider sweater LG1This 4X sweater is a tiny bit snug and as you can see does not close easily if left unbuttoned. It feels soft on my body and the design is beautifully crafted. It is a little warm for California but would be perfect for most points East and North. I think it might have looked cute with a white cami for contrast.

FYI: I suspect that the Hell Bunny Dresses would be too small for me in the waist, but if you have a more hourglass shape they might work for you. But I am always thrilled to find a new brand and love their alternative street wear, that encompasses the macabre, retro and a little punk edge.

GLOVES: You can find my discussion about finding gloves HERE.

* Hell Bunny lgest skirt LGSKIRT: This is aASOS Curve skirt, Size 22, that i added a little felt spider appliqué ribbon to, which I may remove.  It came with a belt, which was way too small, and the waist just barely buttons on my 53″ waist.  In order to wear ASOS Curve in the waist, I really need a little stretch since I am barrel shaped, and the widest place on my body is my waist. But I really wear a size 24, which they do not have, so it is really my fault it does not fit.  And by the way, I had to IRON it to get the wrinkles out.  I don’t know about you, but most days I can just spray something and let it hang and get out any wrinkles, but that did not work with this skirt.

You can see my measurements HERE if you want to know how these clothes might fit YOU.

BOOTS: Please see my review of my Torrid Studded Boots HERE.halloween ahead of the curve

Happy Halloween, See my fellow bloggers below in Ahead of the Curve! We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we each have a post on “Halloween” so check them out by clicking on each link.

Trick or Treat Halloween Vintage Pin Up Skirt
Happy Halloween
Halloween Costume Flashback
Halloween: The Fat Girl’s History

I’m a Ballerina!  Plus Size Halloween Costume for the Girly Girl!


photo: Leori Gill Photography

Plus Size Hello Kitty Halloween Panties

hello kitty spider pantiesI am not going to model these fabulous Hello Kitty Spider Panties, but I will tell you that I will be wearing these Torrid Size 4X for Halloween, because what do you know, they fit. They are true to size, I am a true 4X, but they are snugish on me, so I do not think they would fit anyone larger. How cute are these?  I am telling you now, just in case you have to have a pair… I am so amused I can hardly stand it.

More Halloween news to come, watch this space, and do not forget to check my Size 4X Plus Size Costume Post which I have been updating.


Update: One of my readers says: I have them also in Size 3 and they are too small on me.  I wear a pant size 22/24 , should of gotten the 4.

Review ASOS Curve – Wrap Skater Dress

asos wrap dress leori

This is almost my favorite color, and I had to have it.  It was a good price and I am loving dresses these days.

I think it fits my size 26-28 body quite well, and is very comfortable, but the belt did not even come close to fitting, so I replaced it with a wider, stretchy belt.  The best thing about the dress, besides the fact that it fits me, and is not black, is that it is very light material.  I often get warm, so I love it when the fabric is fairly thin.

This berry colored dress is on sale right now for $25.31, and in berry is available in s US Size 22 (what I have on) and a US Size 24, with free shipping both directions, how can you beat that. It also comes in green.

Asos Curve Wrap Skate Dress: US Size 22

Torrid Stretch Belt: Size 5X – Very large, I had to cut it smaller and make a seam in the back.

Off to Burning Man, back in a week.