Picture it: Cross River, New York, 2003. Like many middle school girls of that time, I was on my way to an indoor pool birthday party. Having just purchased a new swimsuit, I was a size 16, with unshaven legs and no make-up knowledge, but was willing to give this social gathering thing a shot. Doggie paddles, laughter, and some awkward exchanges were had by all. Everything seemed to be going fine – that is, until I entered the bathroom doors to change back into my non-swim attire.
A party attendee, of a much smaller size, giggled as she entered with her friends. Suddenly, my stall door was pushed wide open, the lock busted from the side. I was naked, beginning to have the shock settle in as multiple classmates laughed at my figure. “Fat ass! Chubby! Gross!” they cried, as each one took a turn ambushing me in my most vulnerable state, running in a merry-go-round style. They eventually stopped, but I didn’t leave the bathroom until the party had finished.
Flash forward to 2019, and in baggie pajamas and unbrushed hair, I decide to enter the world of Hulu’s new original series, Shrill. And somehow, through its short 6 half-hour episode course, I have never felt more appreciated and seen in my entire media watching life.
Cinema Style is a series where I review a film (new or old) and pair it with an outfit that pays tribute to the visual aesthetic of said movie. Whether you’re looking for a “bound” of some sort, or just want some style dipped in the “flavor” of your new favorite movie, these write-ups are here to help!
In the world of cinema, it is sometimes hard to define the visual representations of cruelty. Sure, there has been some form of violence in almost every flick since the beginning of film history, and there’s enough “torture porn” genre movies to fill a garbage dump, but when it comes to the more emotional side of the phrase, there aren’t too many films that capture the word visually on screen. Or at least, that was the case until the director of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos, became an Indie Film darling.
When it comes to being a plus size fashionista in NYC, its hard to find beautiful, comfortable, and on-trend pieces that don’t feel like they’re made for “basic” individuals. Sure, there are the Lane Bryant locations, and a section at Macy’s Herald Square that has some decent (but mostly business, “corporate” focused) brands and selections – but none of them (in my opinion) can hold a candle to the quality and versatility of Eloquii.
Today, I will have the pleasure of seeing Pretty in Pink on the big screen for a second time. Having watched this movie for the last 15 years on an almost monthly basis, I have a lot of fan girl admiration for it. Part of this fandom eventually included fulfilling a nerdy dream of mine – reading the young adult novelization that is based on the original John Hughes script. And having just finished this hundred-plus-page piece of teen-approved literature, let me tell you, I got a lot to say.
Some of us wake up feeling proud in the morning. Perhaps it is for your gender, sexual orientation, heritage, or the breakfast you just made – you name it, you own that confidence and pride for it. And while I have quite a bit of admiration for a lot of those elements of myself, one of the things I am the most proud of happens to lay in the middle of my right arm – my birthmark aka my hemangioma.
A few nights ago, I got the opportunity to have my stylish buddy Victoria (Parfait Doll) snap some photos of me near my work area – specifically the super cool decorated walls near the recently built Occulus/FiDi mall.
So y’all – this post is full of feelings. So prepare yourself.
One day (via a collection of text messages), my friend Victoria and I were talking about a variety of topics. From sending each other inspirational pictures, to planning our next after work dinner session, she brought up an interesting point, and it is the kind that makes your mind race in a ton of crazy directions. So hold onto your fashionable seat belts – this is gonna be a hella bumpy kind of post.
If you are a plus size cutie, there is a likelihood that you’ve heard of the company Gwynnie Bee. Known throughout the internet as a clothing “rental” subscription service, GB has a lot to offer, both in terms of pricing and the quality of the garments they provide.
This month, I’m giving their plus size selection a test run, since that is a big part of their selling point/marketing. And since I’m a girl who loves to try on a dress or two before purchasing (#badonlineshoppingexperiences) this seemed like the service for me. So what did I snag in my GB boxes thus far? Let’s take a look!
On my journey towards accepting all of my curves, I have decided to experiment and take a leap into the world of plus size-friendly subscription boxes. And though there are quite a few that exist throughout the interwebs, there were two I was the most interested in and wanted to give a try. The first of the two is Dia&Co which is described as the following:
“Dia&Co is a female-founded company exclusively dedicated to serving women who wear sizes 14 and up. We believe that style has the power to spark radical self-love, and we’re committed to ensuring that women of all sizes have equal access to beautiful clothes. We offer a new type of shopping experience: Our stylists take the time to get to know you, then send you hand-selected clothing and accessories that match your unique style, body and budget.”
So, what does that really mean? Well, the whole deal works like this: You pay $20 for a “styling fee”, which you can sort of think as a down payment for anything you actually end up buying from the box (which I’ll explain more about later.) At the same time, you also create a profiler so that the stylist knows what you dig, hate, and should avoid at all costs to put in your box – along with what you would like the costs of your items to be (ranging from “as low as they can go” to over $200 bucks a piece.)
You finish off your prepping process by giving other hints to the stylish (including pinning other consumer’s photos of their box items), press the completed button, and in a few days the box is on your doorstep.
So, after all of that, what actually ended up in my box? Let’s take a look!