New pieces in my shop! I finally have some of the new items in my shop and I plan on releasing more each week. My love for velvet continues but next week my love for faux leather will take over Chubby Cartwheels. If you don't follow my shop on facebook head over there and 'like' the page for updates on new items, fabrics and sales!
I get asked a lot about the beauty products that I use so I figured I would put the basics down in a blog post for future reference. I don't have a specific brand that I only use, I tend to pull from all over the board. These will be the two looks I'm listing products from today.
So starting with the obvious and craziest part of my look would be my hair. I now use Ion Color Brilliance in red, This is available in Sally's Beauty Supply all across the US. A tube of this color will run you about $5-6. I have very long hair so I need 2 bottles to cover it all. Bleaching is necessary but it's worth it. One thing that is great about this is you can leave the color in for hours. The only timer to watch is the bleach but this color I would leave on for at least an hour to get a strong coat going. The color in this photo below is pretty true to what you will get which is fantastic! It's exactly what I want for look.
Next is my foundation. Now up till about 2 years ago I was a drugstore makeup shopper. I tried almost any brand I could and they would be great for a while but after a few months I felt like they just weren't giving me the full coverage I wanted. I have uneven skin tones and dark spots by my eyes that I like to cover up. I was given a gift certificate to MAC for my birthday and when talking to the wonderful woman at the counter expressing my desire for a solid cover she recommended Studio Fix Fluid. It runs about $27.00 per bottle but a little goes a long way. I know this isn't a major beauty secret for those into makeup but I absolutely just LOVE this foundation. Applied with MAC's Duo Fibre face brush, the best $42 dollars you will spend on a brush when cleaned regularly, gives me fabulous coverage without caking it on. I used to be a sponge girl but once I used the duo fibre brush I was sponge no more.
NC15 is my foundation color as I am a pasty Northwest girl who avoids tanning like the plague and I love it.
Eyeliner is where I differ from a lot of people. Ever since I was about 20 I've been using Wet'n'Wild's black liquid eyeliner. It's cheap and simple. I like the skinny brush it comes with to help with precise application for my favorite wingtip look. Running at about $1.99 at most all drugstores this is great and affordable to have in your purse and at your house for quick fixes or applications. Not to mention the color variations available. I have them all. What a surprise.
Blush is something I didn't think about too much. Find a color close to what I want and call it a day. Till my good friend Danielle gave me some NYX Blush in Desert Rose and it changed the game. It pairs well with my skin tone, my hair at any color and is $5.00!! This container she gave me lasted well over a year and I love my blush. I use it daily. Quite a great value for the product you are getting.
Last but not least by any means my lipstick. I have 2 colors I wear way more than any other colors and I have a lot of lipsticks. I've worn nude versions from dozens of brands and MAC got me again. Their color Honeylove is so perfect. A nice clean matte color that goes well for a day of running errands and for going out with friends. If you are a nude lipstick fan and haven't given this a go, please hit up your MAC counter and do so.
For a bolder look and what I get asked about most in pictures online is my dark lipstick color Diva once again by MAC. I'm all about matte lipsticks and this is perfect for adding a bit of drama to my face. I will say it's a color you want to get a as close to matching lipliner for. I bought mine at a cheap beauty supply store for $0.99 and it makes all the difference. Bold colors deserve liners. That's all I'm saying.
Last minute thought to add in was my hairspray. Instant Freeze by Aussie. I saw Jessica Kane post about it once and I went right out and bought it. Sure enough it will hold your hair in place. Available at stores like Target, Fred Meyers, Walgreens and Ulta.
I have tons of other makeups that I love to use. More special occasion colors so I plan on doing more makeup updates along with fashion, events and even featured bloggers and shops. Thanks for stopping by!
Last weekend I had a photo shoot for some new pieces coming out with Chubby Cartwheels in November 2013! I am happy to be expanding my clothing selection in the shop by adding crop tops, skater skirts, high waisted leather front bikini bottoms and more. Leather is such a popular look for fall and winter and I am loving it so much! The faux stretch leather will be included in leggings, skirts, bikini bottoms and bandeaus.
Keeping in theme with most of my current items, they are all fun and risk taking items to mix and match with other clothes creating a unique look. Here are a few sneak peak photos from last saturday.
Look 1- Leather front bikini bottoms & leather front bandeau.
Look 2- Burgundy velvet skater skirt & black lace high neck crop top.
Look 3- Charcoal velvet long sleeve crop top & two-tone faux leather front leggings.
It's that time of year again! Curvy Chic Closet Sale! I was a consigner for the first time and it was actually a really easy process. Though I wasn't prepared for the women with tubs and baskets full of clothes at the drop off. But it only meant more goodies to check out at the sale! They have over 10,000 items consigned which is beating their record in the spring of 7,000. I love supporting such a fantastic local business. I also ran into Fat Fancy Owners Annie and Carlee! Love those two babes.
So what does one wear to such an event I thought. Comfort is a must since you are in a space with crazed fat women fighting for a great deal! Well maybe that is a bit extreme since I wasn't getting elbowed by anyone but there was so much to look through I needed my comfortable shoes on. Plus it was going to be warm that day so layers to peel off as the temperature rises was a must.
I got this strapless stripe dress from Torrid in a 5x which would seem normal for me but I was shocked to find it was really roomy in the bust. Now I am a big busty gal so this is normally not an issue. I would say buy a size down with this piece. Paired with my absolutely favorite over the knee leggings from Domino Dollhouse and a teal cardigan I grabbed from Rachel of The Near Sighted Owl at our PDX Fat Fashion clothing swap this summer! The final touch was my black clock purse which always gets looks and reactions which if I'm being honest is exactly what I wanted.
I managed to shop, mingle, pass out business cards and have an amazing time all while spending only 60 dollars! I came home with a Torrid Cop uniform (costume), some fancy sleepwear, t-shirts and 2 beautiful handmade rings.
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So excited to finally announce that my Hologram Fantasy Collection is now available in my show www.chubbycartwheels.com! It's a limited stock collections so when a few of the prints are out, they are out. On top of the clothes I have added new accessories. Finally! Keeping in theme with fantasy there are unicorn earrings, dragon ear cuffs, hologram sunglasses and more. So have a look around and I hope you enjoy!
I helped my mom clear out her house, garage and shed for a garage sale and it's had me cleaning out my place as well. Including cleaning out my external hard drive. When doing so I can across a few OOTD pictures I never posted and figured I could combine them all together for one big post.
These were originally for a SKORCH Magazine bloggers post. It was high fashion themed but I just didn't think it worked at the time. I'm regretting it now.
This outfit was from last winter. I had taken some colored bootcut jeans from OneStopPlus and tried to turn them into skinny jeans since at my size I can't buy them. They didn't turn out as I had hoped and combined with the oversized high-low top from ASOS it just didn't feel "right". However once this heat wave is over I might give the jeans another shot but with a different top. I can't give up on them! I mean I spent hours changing them and adding massive gold pyramid spikes. To be fair though my hair and my spiked crown from ASOS were looking fabulous.
This was an outfit I liked in theory but once I put it on it just didn't feel very me. I love wearing this lave sleeve sweatshirt from Torrid on it's own without an undershirt. I am a walking heater so that probably plays into why I lack the ability to layer. Don't feel bad if you can't layer either. You are not alone. The jeans are however fantastic and from OneStopPlus. If you can't tell thats where I get all my jeans. If you are ok with bootcut then this is your place! I also wanted to show off my favorite accessory purchase from Domino Dollhouse. This black studded backpack. It holds so much and I was honestly worried that for the price it would be a bit cheap or break easily but I have tested its strength and it's quality!
And I LOVED these pictures my friend Nicole took of me in the studio in my favorite eShakti dress. The colors of the dress combined with my hair were perfect. I feel like these better represent the dress on me than in my post. Also can we talk about how much I look like a fat redheaded Junior from the Sopranos?
When EIC of SKORCH Magazine, my dear friend Tiffany, said she was going to have a 90's themed issue I was thrilled! She shares my love of 90's fashion which I adore about her. I was asked if I could make some pieces for the Clueless themed shoot and it was all I could do not just to just say yes right then and there. The icing on the cake was I would be making the clothes for Tess Munster one of my favorite plus size models. On top of that I created 3 different bathing suits for a separate shoot but still for the 90's issue. Once we planned out what I would be sending her my next task was to plan out my own 90's inspired outfit for the bloggers fashion post section.
I had recently been vintage fabric shopping and came across some amazing prints. One struck me as very 90's flower power that was at the time inspired by the 60's floral trend. So that fabric turned into a full skirt that I paired it with my bright yellow velvet bodysuit from my shop! Add my platform (former mary jane) shoes, neon yellow and pink vinyl purse, cross earrings from Domino Dollhouse and vintage Lennon glasses I think I pulled together a look that is retro inspired from several era's but is also something that I can wear out and about today.
Taking full advantage of leftover studio time from a Chubby Cartwheels shoot I had my photographer and friend Nicole take some pics of a fun summer outfit I made last minute.
I bought 10 yards of black crushed velvet from Joanns at an incredible discount. Originally $4.99 a yard but I had a 40% off coupon. So needless to say I want to make everything out of black crushed velvet and I knew what I'd do for the first piece. I really wanted a loose fitting babydoll dress for warm summer days so I took a pattern I copied from a friends dress, got rid of the sleeves, and sized it up for myself. The end result was just as I wanted. But it was missing something so I took some yellow and white daisies and sewed them on the collar for a smidge of color and 90's inspo.
Combining this dress with black lace leggings from my shop and leopard print high tops from forever 21 I felt like it was a fun outfit that was just my style. I look like I belong in the Pac Northwest back in 93'. Seattle baby.