THE FATTEST TRIP EVER
Well I mean, the fattest trip so far :)
We only hope they get fatter and more frequent of course.
And frankly when I started planning the Fattest Trip Ever, I had the intention of making it only moderately fat. It only started with the three simple facts: Re/Dress was putting on an Indie Fashion Show with one of the designers being Rachel from Cupcake and Cuddlebunny, I had some credit with Jet Blue and that my childhood best friend lives in Queens and would put me up in her darling apartment while I was there. That's it.
That in itself was HUGE for me considering that I'd FINALLY shop at Re/Dress, give Rachel the biggest hugs ever and that I could count on Christina and Nicolette attending the event as well.
My fat little heart was a flutter!
Then I found out Marianne Kirby would also be attending.
Then I squeeled and possibly peed a little.
Fast foward two days and my dear Margitte is going, we're posing for Adipositivity and doing a podcast interview for Oxford on beauty and its relation to our bodies.
SO FAT I COULD HARDLY STAND IT <3
Booking my flight would then send me into about a 2 month long squeal fest. I couldn't fucking stop talking about it. My mother put an involuntary moratorium on my New York Fat Trip talk because she said she was just putting the phone on the counter while I rambled anyways. (RUDE)
Margitte and I tried several times to solidify plans for this trip. Wheres and Whats had to be ironed out for each day of the trip but we were just too wrapped up in the whimsy of it all. Eventually the plan ended up being what outfits we would wear and how we would handle ourselves when face to face with all our internet best friends.
I won't go on and on about the magic of the East Coast. Its been done. I will say that it that the usual euphoria I feel when in New York was completely overshadowed when I first stepped into Re/Dress.
Re/Dress is like....Disneyland, the Chocolate Factory and Narnia's sexier, more glamorous and self accepting love child. Like if I could only say one thing about the shop, that would be it.
Luckily this is my damn blog and I can say whatever the hell I want. Re/Dress is everything I thought it would be and so much more...so much more. I ran in the first time, without really taking it all in because I saw Taueret (AfroTitty, as she's more famously known) in the corner of my eye and couldn't waste one more second of my life not being next to her. I'd hate to objectify her body because her spirit is just the most warm and beautiful thing I've been next to but also there's a very good reason she has Titty in her name. Those gazongas are magnificent. I need to say that here publicly.
Of course every beautiful baby that works at Re/Dress made my heart aflutter. I developed a crush on every last one of them...TRUST. If any of you are reading this and need a place to stay in San Diego ever, I have a really big bed. JUST SAYIN
Everywhere you turn there's racks and racks of plus size pieces that will just make your nipples so hard. I'm incredibly picky when it comes to clothes and I can't remember one single thing in the store that I wouldn't love to see on my body or someone elses. Everything's clearly marked and organized, but I wouldn't have known that the first day because I ran around that place like the Tazmanian Devil in sequins. There was just too much to see, too many people to fawn over and meet officially and of course a million things for me to try on and buy.
While I was trying on this powder blue vintage peignor (YES I bought it are you kidding me?!?!) Rachel Kacenjar of Cupcake & Cuddlebunny showed up with her partner and I just about DIED. (Note to the reader: I'll probably use that hyperbole a few more times) Her new line Sweet tooth is just BEYOND. Such a sweet mix of tough and femme. Frivilous detail: her voice made my ice cold heart melt
Rachel, Tangerine Jones (LOVE her) and yours truly
When I woke up the next morning the first thought to cross my sleeping mind, "You brave little bunny, you're about to be naked as a jay bird in front of someone you're not going to sleep with and it will be documented on the internet."
Even my inner dialogue is longwinded.
If you ever want to feel really close to your friend and maybe you need something to always remind yourself of what a true gem that friend has been to you, take naked photos with them. I mean it worked for me :)
I've been photographed a bunch, but never have I felt such a warm and loving energy like the energy that radiated from Margitte and Substantia Jones . I couldn't believe hours had passed and I'm so lucky to have the photographs preserving that moment forever. Substantia's like the aunt you've always wanted, but better. I feel like I could gush and gush forever but you get the gist, it was perfect and one of the greatest moments of my life and that's the truth. If you're fat and ever in New York, do yourself a favour and contact her. While struggling to pull this post together I found out I was chosen as the cover model for the 2011 Adipositivity calendar!!!! I'm also the face of April and Margitte's the um...behind of September :) Go purchase your own copy!!!
Posting the picture to Tumblr and FREAKING THE FUCK OUT
I promised myself I would never speak of what happened between the shoot and the fashion show but I feel morally compelled to hold Margitte accountable for her actions. She knowingly threw me into the clutches of what is possibly the WORST diner experience of my life. My food smelled like a fart and tasted worse. Vegas Diner in Dyker Heights, I WILL be seeing you on Yelp. Bastards
Anywaaaays because I promised to always be 1,000% honest with you all I have to admit I had a real spaz attack getting ready for the fashion event. Here's the thing. I know I'm gorgeous. Like, DUH. What I was a little aprehensive about was the harsh reality that I'm not high fashion and coincidentally I'm also a poor planner. I had packed a small bag out of my luggage to take with me to Brooklyn because I was staying in Queens and I'm lazy. I forgot way too many things and had to swipe a dress from Margitte to wear to the event. The dress was BEAUTIFUL. I looked even better than that. Before any of that could happen though I freaked out for about an hour while Margitte cooed at me and tried to quiet me down.
All the stress went away when I opened the door to the gallery and saw Marriane Kirby. I ran to her like a big goober because well, that's what I am. She's beautiful and we're the best of friends. BASICALLY. I was short of breath, I couldn't breathe and everyone was so beautiful I just COULDN'T STAND IT. Christina is even more gorgeous in person. Yeah, that's a thing. Look I have proof.
Re/Dress put on a fantastic show, I thought my heart would stop from all the sexy and fierce. In fact it almost did. I literally spent the whole time breaking my neck trying to see everyone's outfit. FIERCE FIERCE FIERCE
Trip of a lifetime.
I honestly don't know what else to say. If there weren't pictures of the trip I would think it was a dream