Tonight was dedicated to #fatshion: the politics of looking cute and the amazingness of things like vbo (visible belly outline) and muffin-top-promoting mini skirts! Natasha, Halmoni's owner, invited me to look through my fat girl treasure trove and pick out the pieces that were ready for new homes. They went up on Halmoni's racks for one night.
I must tell you something important about Halmoni: it's magical. Beyond the unicorns and kittens decor, the shop is infused with this incredible energy and beauty. Every little detail and fixture has been lovingly bedazzled, painted pink or Tiffany blue, and every piece of clothing has been chosen lovingly by Natasha.
The night started with mingling and sangria sipping (and there were also plenty of Debbie Cakes!). The Daily Californian was in attendance (look for the link to coverage of the event next week). Each of us in the room talked about a piece we had on and what we loved about it. People spoke about beloved earrings that chimed, personality defining hats, ribbon embellished mary janes, and swimsuit coverups that were doubling as dresses! I read from Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion and then it was time to shop. Almost everyone left with something they loved.
FAQs regarding the Fat Girl Pop-Up Shop:
Is Halmoni your new favorite spot for plus size vintage?
Were there tiny heart-shaped cakes with the word fat on them at the event?
Is it true that there were Miss Piggy price tags on your clothes?
Was there grapefruit infused bubbly water and tecate and blueberries and taffy and PINK SANGRIA?
This piece of taffy inspired the new hashtag #mycandymatchesmynails! Today was busy so I didn't have time to redo my mani; so I spruced up the fading tips with some electric green french tips while I was waiting in line for my Blue Bottle iced coffee. I highly recommend the two tone french manicure emergency fix!
Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.