Plus Size Women's Watch with JORD Wood Watch

By Alysse Dalessandro
on January 17, 2017
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Women's Watch
I have to admit that I am usually guilty of being that person who checks their phone when they need to know the time but this year, I am working on being more present in the moment. Adding a high-quality women's watch from JORD Wood Watches to my wrist has not only upped my accessory game but given me a reason to put my phone away. 

JORD's wood watch bands are handcrafted from materials such as maple, olive, sandalwood, walnut and more. The face is constructed from sapphire glass which is known for being hard and scratch resistant. The materials not only make for a luxury looking product but also one that's durable and resistant to impact and abrasion. 

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Bombsheller Launches Extended Plus Size Leggings

By Alysse Dalessandro
on January 13, 2017

Extended Plus Size Leggings


Bombsheller, an
on-demand leggings brand, launched their extended size plus size leggings line this past Fall and I got the opportunity to be one of the first to try them out! I fell in love with not only the quality of the product but the concept behind the brand itself. And while I understand luxury plus size leggings aren’t in everyone’s budget, this is definitely a brand that should be on your radar!

Back in September, Bombsheller debuted ten designs available for the first time in sizes 5X and 6X at the Knockout PDX Fashion Show. Bombsheller first launched in 2013 in sizes XS-XL with 70 designs and now features more than 700 designs up to 6X. They keep no inventory so everything is manufactured and printed on demand right in Seattle. This not only eliminates waste but it allows Bombsheller to build a strong relationship with individual artists.

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What To Wear To Start 2017 Unapologetically Fat

By Alysse Dalessandro
on January 10, 2017
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Fat Positive Apparel
We are a few days into 2017 and I am already sick of Oprah's latest Weight Watchers commercial on repeat and the constant touting of "New Year, New You." You are certainly free to do whatever you want with your own body but it also most certainly sucks that loving your fat body doesn't seem to be viewed as a valid option for a lot of the messaging we get around this time of year. Sporting fat positive apparel and accessories is just one way that I choose to assert autonomy over my own fat body. 
Loving your fat body and expressing that through what you say, wear, and do is a radical act. I like to use fashion as a means of personal empowerment and it's also one of the ways that I like to challenge the stigma against fat bodies. January, in particular, is filled with so many messages that fat bodies are bad. This month (and every month really), it's important to send a message that you and your fat body are beautiful, worthy and don't require anyone else's approval to feel that way.

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Plus Size Coats: Self Love Will Keep You Warm

By Alysse Dalessandro
on January 06, 2017

Plus Size Winter Coat

Every year when winter rolls around, I bemoan the idea that I will have to be covering up an otherwise cute outfit with a plus size winter coat. As I continue on my self love journey, I work on making a more conscious effort to see challenges as opportunities. Since I have vowed to take a more positive look on things I would normally complain about in the past, I decided that winter coming simply presented me with the opportunity to fill my closet with cute coats.

As I searched online and in stores for coats, I looked for comfort, style and a good fit. Some coats already in my closet meet the style requirement but one in particular that I love aesthetically no longer has working front buttons. This has made wearing that coat in the winter somewhat pointless. But I remained hopeful and when I discovered the grey tweed coat from On The Plus Side, I had finally found one coat that I was all too happy to add to my closet.

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16 Plus Size Style Mantras I Practiced In 2016

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 30, 2016
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16 Plus Size Style Mantras I Practiced In 2016

I swear I wasn't going to make a year in review type of post this year but what can I say I am a girl who loves self reflection and even though 2016 sucked in so many ways, I had some really great plus size personal style moments this year. I continued to break the rules, follow my own fashion bliss and hopefully inspired some of y'all to do the same! 

When I first started plus size blogging, taking images became a self love challenge. Blogging was a way for me to see myself in a whole new light. And along the way, the things that used to terrify me became second nature. I decided that my flaws were part of my power and my beauty. Eventually, I learned to see my body not as a problem I needed to solve but as a beautiful vessel that was all mine.

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Plus Size Dress: What I Wore on Christmas Eve

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 30, 2016

Plus Size Dress
I took these pictures before Christmas Eve so that I would be prepared to show you my outfit before the day came. Well, here we are five days after Christmas and I am just getting around to sharing this look with you. I could beat myself up or I could say hey at least you did it! I am choosing the latter. As we go into 2017, I want to continue to work on leaving negative self talk behind for good.

I am not a perfectionist but I do constantly push myself and no matter how hard I work, it never seems like enough. I am going to work on being kinder to myself and spend the time I would usually spend on beating myself up for not doing enough on self care instead. If you're thinking, 'hey this was supposed to be a post about a dress?' I promise that I am getting to that! 

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The Ready To Stare Last Minute Fat Babe Holiday Gift Guide

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 24, 2016

Plus Size Gift Guide
It's Christmas Eve and you are still pondering the best gift to get for your favorite confident fat babe. Trust me, I get it - I planned on writing this before Christmas Eve too. Shit happens and you're doing the best you can! You're great. PLUS, if you're still looking for the perfect plus size holiday gift that won't arrive late in the mail or require you braving the holiday crowds, I've got you!

I compiled a list of ten plus size holiday gifts for your fat favorite babe that will arrive digitally just in time! So grab one for your favorite fat babe or yourself, you deserve it! I hope you find something that you feels just right. Whether you want to get your sexy on with a lingerie subscription or give the gift of supporting fat-run media, I hope this guide has a little something for everyone! 

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Plus Size Holiday Clothes: Dripping in Sequins

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 23, 2016

Plus Size Holiday Clothes

I believe it is perfectly acceptable to wear sequins and items that are otherwise considered plus size holiday clothes whenever you damn feel like it, but it just so happens that if you're in the market for sequins, the holidays are the best time to stock up. Whether you're looking for a plus size sequin bodycon to dazzle on New Year's Eve or the perfect sequin encrusted romper to wear to the grocery store, sequins are trending for plus size fashion in a big way.

There are so many ways to wear sequins beyond just a dress or skirt that you don't have to feel limited to wear this bold style in one certain way. I put together a list of my favorite ways to wear sequins for all of you to shop below! In addition to letting you know where to find the item, I also noted which brands carry extended sizing (4X+) and which brands are black-owned businesses. 

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Plus Size Dresses: My Holiday Favorites from BLAIR

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 22, 2016
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Plus Size Dress
The holiday season is here and I am more than ready to put on a cute plus size dress and SLAY! There's something I particularly love about being able to try things on in person before purchasing and that's why BLAIR in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood is one of my favorite places to shop for plus size dresses. If you're not in Chicago, you can shop everything online too. 

BLAIR was the first all plus size boutique that I ever discovered and I happened to live down the street from it at the time. It wasn't until I moved away that I realized how truly lucky I was to have an amazing plus size resource just around the corner from my place. BLAIR is owned and operated by an amazing plus size woman so she understands that struggles that can come with plus size shopping.

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Plus Size Fashion Trend: Winter Chambray

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 20, 2016

Plus Size Fashion Trends

Chambray is one of those fabrics that I associate with summer. It's a lightweight cotton that looks a lot like denim's little sister. I first closeted this chambray duster over the summer on Gwynnie Bee but I didn't have a chance to wear it until the temperatures dipped in the 30s. I'm a fan of making garments work for all seasons and this would be one of those times. 

The great thing about plus size clothing rental subscription service, Gwynnie Bee is that you don't have to commit to clothes you're just trying out. I can wear a summer coat in the winter because why not? Gwynnie Bee gives me that freedom to make my own rules and play with plus size fashion trends in my own way. 

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