Monday, April 25, 2011

MUSIC MONDAY: Katy Perry - Firework

♫♪♪ You don't have to feel like a waste of space ♫♫♪

♪♫♫ You're original, cannot be replaced ♪♫♪

♪♪ If you only knew what the future holds ♪♫♫

♪♫♫ After a hurricane comes a rainbow ♪♫♪

What else could be more liberating than to see the big woman in this music video break free from her difficult past and take a plunge into the pool wearing her bikini and THAT lovely smile? Go check out 2:33 to 2:39 now!

As I have expressed here, the beach [or in this video's case, the pool] is big people's runway, too. If there's anyone who stands in the way, that would have to be the shadow of your self-loathing soul. Come on, let go. You have no idea how goooood it feels inside.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

POETRY: In Praise of Large Women

Photo lifted here.

In Praise of Large Women

Helen May Padway

I love a large woman

with generous hips and size D cups

a female not afraid of dresses that cling

or shorts

tank tops that show

the upper arm jiggle

and pyramid thighs

connected to deep-dimple knees.

Not the timid trying to shrink

into a tent of anonymity

my affair is with a Juno who stands

in front of the mirror and enjoys her image

in patterns and colors big and bold.

She may corset and cosset

for special occasions—but in the bedroom

I imagine husband or lover

drowning in her pool of amplitude

nuzzling nipples and

covered by waves of loving flesh.

Friday, April 15, 2011

All The Way from UK!

I'm one of the 5% of Filipina women* who find it extremely difficult to correlate retail and therapy. Shopping for me is one sob story that typically concludes in emotional eating. While most girls find this an empowering experience, I become a portrait of frustration for the scarcity of kikay pieces that fit me even before it's half-time.

Tell me how would I consider this as a pleasant challenge when my bust takes up too much space and my flat feet are too manly in size, among others? I'm not really most boutiques' target market. Sure, we have mainstream plus size clothing brands but I am yet to find stuff that will complement my personality and address my desire for bohemian, psychedelic and casual apparel. Inasmuch as I would like to, I can't really afford buying clothes from my favorite shops like Dorothy Perkins and Topshop anymore and I somehow find it sad to be limited only in the plus size section of Forever 21.

Thanks to ukay ukay shops, commonly known here as UK (derived from a well-received TVC for a laundry soap, I think), my frustration transformed to hope and excitement. Not only can I get to be overwhelmed with myriads of options that often fit me, I also get to take home clothes and accessories for less! The only dilemma? Carrying too many stuff home.

This entry would be pointless if I won't share my good finds, right? Here's a sneak peek of my closet below. Please forgive me that I can't provide how much each item costs. Memory gap happens, you know. I owe you such information on my next ukay ukay rave entries. All right?

Looking hippie or pang-teacher? Either way, I love this purple top! Looks good with white lounge pants, no?

Bought this purple dress during a garage sale my friends and I organized for one of our benefit events. Guess what? I earned my first marriage proposal while wearing this one fateful Saturday noon!

This long-sleeved brown top earned a compliment from a stylish friend before. It's a refreshing change daw from the usual low-neckline tops.

This is such an amazing dress! A rare color in my closet, cool fabric.

Here's a whole body shot to show you what I'm talking about. I remember mum preventing me to attend our company Christmas party wearing this dress alone. She went: "Mag-leggings kaaaa!" Good thing she intervened.

That polka dotted top that I world premiered during one New Year's Eve.

For some reason, I often use this long skirt as a tube dress instead.

My nth purple top from doing ukay ukay. With its detail in front, one officemate asked, "Are you trying to be Storm?"

Purple is looooove!

Don't you love this travel bag? So colorful, so me! The sides had some Japanese writing on it; it must be the previous owner's.

Yes, I'm a sucker for frou frou skirts!

That bohemian skirt never fails to score compliments.

This may be a men's t-shirt but, upon fitting, I enjoyed how it looked on me. Football fans unite!

Wearing this dress makes me feel like a biker chick in New York! Well, provided that I wear leggings and high-cut Chuck's along with it instead of that slip-on sneakers. What do you think?

Accidental kaftan, it is!

I love how this pink dress brings out the color of my morena skin. Perfect excuse, too, to wear pink lipstick instead of the usual puta red.

I remember purchasing this astig t-shirt for only P70.

I call this harem pants as statement pants! However, people react that I look like a genie each time. Is that a compliment or what?

I know this is a fashion faux pas moment during Halloween few years back, but you've got to appreciate the green top no matter how bitin it is.

Because I love ribbons...

This off-shoulder top can be a casual shirt or, in this case, sort-of kaftan.

* - made-up statistics