I am a plus size, full figured, busty gal and I’m always on the look out for other fashionista with extra meat on their bones. Way before I started this blog, and before she had a blog, I had my eye on Britt of “My Big, Beautiful, Life!” Reason why, besides being a fellow team only child member and my giggle buddy, the girl has style. Every time she posts a pic on Instagram I’m like, “Where did you get that, who did your hair, and what did you put on your face to make it look tighter than an African drum?!” So, it was only right that she kick off my monthly full figured fashionista series.
So, without further ado…introducing my girl Britt!
What makes you a fashionista?
I cringe when I hear someone refer to me as a fashionista, because really…I don’t try to be! My sorority sister, Nishan, used to have this saying, “I look good…even on my worst day”! This is the mantra that I try to live by every day, and I guess that’s what makes me a fashionista. I’m going to look GOOD (or at least try to), even if I’m feeling the absolute worst!
Describe your style in five words?
Classy. Never trashy. Sometimes sassy.
Who are your style icons/inspires your style, and why?
I’m one of those people who never really follows celebrity style. Honestly, some of the people who inspire my style are everyday people! I tend to get a lot of my inspiration from fellow bloggers. Two of my favorites in particular are Brittany from “Pockets and Bows,” and Mia from “Diary of a Fatshionista.” I love both of their styles for different reasons. I like Brittany’s style, because she always looks nice without overdoing it. I find myself seeing how I can recreate her everyday looks for the office. Mia, because that girl is FIERCE when she goes out on the weekends! She WERKS every single look and I “pink puffy heart” that. I LIVE when I see their outfit of the day or outfit of the night pictures on Instagram!
If you had to wear one item, in or outside of your closet, for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
A couple of weeks ago I would have said my denim vest, but I can’t say that now because I have developed a love affair with my new red blazer! I searched high and low this year and last for the perfect one, only to be disappointed when everyone I ordered just didn’t do it for me. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon one that I love from a place I NEVER shop…Rainbow! I only bought it two weeks ago and I have worn that thing out. Blazers are essential to any wardrobe because of the versatility. They can be dressed up with a dress, or down with some jeans. I love them and I am so glad to FINALLY have my red one!
Where are your favorite places to shop?
Being plus size, it’s hard to find great stuff in stores, so I do most of my shopping online. My obsession for ASOS is somewhat insane. It is the first place I go to when I am looking for a dress for an event, and nine times out of ten, I find it. Their Curve line is so versatile and very affordable. A close second for me is Forever21. Yes…I am almost 30 still shopping at Forever 21, and no…I really don’t care! Their plus size skinny jeans are the best and fit like a glove! I have also started shopping more at curvy online boutiques. My favorites are Curvy Chic Boutique, Everything Curvy and Chic, and ShapElyLouise.
How do you feel about labels such as plus size, full-figured, etc.
I don’t really agree with the use of labels to describe anything (especially size). However, it’s the reality of the world we live in and I have to deal with that. Being an African-American woman, I am labeled many things, so the label of plus size or full-figured just adds to the list. I can rant about how I hate it, get mad when someone refers to me as plus-size, or I can own it. I choose to own it, and make it FABULOUS!
How do you stay healthy and keep your curves?
Currently, what works best for me is maintaining a 1200 calorie per day diet and working out 5-6 times per week. I usually do about 40-50 minutes of cardio and strength training on my workout days. I am at the point now that I don’t really try to focus or obsess about on the pounds. I focus on making better living choices. They both go hand in hand, because when you make better living choices the pounds and inches will come off!
So there you have, do you see why Britt is a full figured fashionista?! Whoops, I know if she is reading this I probably just made her cringe by saying that, but whatever I call it like I see…..and she is all types of a fabulous full-figured fashionista. To see more of Britt working it, and hear what she has to say (she’s a bit of riot sometimes) head on over to her blog, FB, IG, and Twitter!
Ohhh, and P.S. A little birdie also told me if you head over to her blog now, you may see someone you know. *points to self and walks away*