Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
Today is the day to celebrate being in love with yourself and your dearest ones! I just found this awesome new flickr pool called “Here come the Fat Brides” and I’m very pleased to see that there are heaps of beautiful fat brides who’ve already contributed.
In the same vein, Lesley from fatshionista.com has curated a most adorable Museum of Fat Love. She had initially put the idea out there as an antidote to the US series “More to Love”. Not having seen the series, I’ll have to take it from Lesley that it’s rather depressing. The idea of the Museum of Fat Love is to make visible the notion that fat people can meet, fall in love, and have successful and beautiful relationships. Being in a fat couple myself, I can only support that notion! (Totes biased, yo.)
If you’re part of a fat relationship, do submit a photo and your story to Lesley!
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
You know, for a long time I was very disdainful of fashion. Looking back, it was probably a combination of resentment that I couldn’t fit into clothes that were fashionable, and a sense that I was a nerdy girl and thus ‘not allowed’ to be fashionable.
To which I now say: BULLSHIT. Anyone can be fancy, in their own way. It’s just a matter of finding your style.
[img_assist|nid=41|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=79|height=100]I posted my first Ootfit of the Day (OotD) on the Fatshionista Livejournal community around January 2008 (I can’t find the exact date). Not much, is it? It was the middle of winter, and my body was still learning to cope with a Japanese winter. I’m wearing a tomato red turtleneck from Japanese store Uniqlo, and old cream turtleneck from Ezibuy (an Australian catalogue shop), a black top from Uniqlo (which I still have and love), a pair of jeans from a Japanese plus-size store, and socks. No accessories, no shoes, taken in a dirty mirror – the only thing going for it really is my awesome haircut.[img_assist|nid=42|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=right|width=49|height=101]
It’s interesting that some things here have stayed the same: I love layering, especially long sleeves under short, and I have a pretty similar haircut. What’s happening is I’m learning, and taking photos of yourself is a huge step towards accepting your body, and deciding what sort of styles you really enjoy and are comfortable in.
In this outfit, which I’m not sure of the date, but is a similar timeframe, I’ve discovered dresses. I’ve seen a lot of members in Fatshionista wearing dresses, and have decided to try breaking out of my top-and-jeans rut. The dress is from Jump, an Australian brand stocked at department store David Jones. I’m wearing a necklace in this one, but I’m clearly still working on the ‘co-ordinated outfit’ thing. Still loving my hair![img_assist|nid=43|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=right|width=61|height=100]
Here’s where I start to get my fancy on! I’ve discovered the concept of accessories, particularly scarves and earrings. I’m still having a love affair with scarves, actually. Tell me your favourite place to buy fancy scarves! This particular outfit features a thrifted dress, a random black top, sunglasses by Christian Dior, scarf from a random Japanese boutique, and coloured tights from We Love Colors, a fabulous site that sells opaque tights in heaps of colours.
From here, I pretty much go nuts trying to find the style that suits me. Ultimately, I love dresses and skirts, particularly of the knee-length a-line or pencil variety. I’m still not sure if belts work for me, but my love for scarves will probably never abate, and I’m a big fan of interesting (yet comfortable) shoes.
A couple of my favourite outfits! Featuring the first thing I ever bought from a Fatshionista sales post, which are a great way for antipodean fats to get hold of US and UK clothing at a reasonable price. The first photo features a tunic is from Maurices via a sales post, cropped cardigan from Japanese store We Go, and boots from Japanese shoe store Washington. (How amazing is it that I was able to find gorgeous wide-calf boots in Japan?!
Number two is a black top from 1626 via Natalie’s clothing swap, grey high-waisted skirt from Dorothy Perkins (shop review to come!), and shoes from Marui, a Japanese department store. And the last is what I wore to work on Thursday, as today outfit of jeans and a jumper for casual Friday was not very fancy! Dress by Mlle Gabrille via Alight.com, sweater from Uniqlo, ribbon stolen from another skirt, jacket from Basque Woman (Myer), tights from Jinnee (Japanese plus-size store) and shoes by Naot.
I hope this gives readers a bit of insight into how the Axis of Fat members get their fanciness on, and in future posts there’ll be handy-dandy shop reviews, and some vlogging to help you all reach the fancy lady or man inside!