Plus Fashion Week Chicago knows how to show a lady a good time! Oh and me too!
Tonight’s event, “Plus is Beautiful”, was hosted by Plus Fashion Week Chicago at a gorgeous venue, Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, a sexy Japanese Restaurant and lounge that I will definitely be going back to. Lush Cosmetics-Water Tower location was on site doing product demonstrations including hand treatments with all of their products made from fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. Then, there were the women! I say this not in the usual perverted, “hot damn they were all GORGEOUS” kind of way, (well not completely at least), but I left in awe of the powerful presence at this chic event. The private lounge in the rear of Ai lounge, was filled with strong women entrepreneurs, models, photographers, Make-up artists, stylists, designers, boutique owners, and of course bloggers!
Ai lounge offered some delicious signature cocktails and I highly recommend having a Pamapolitan and the scrumptious Chicken Katsu. The bartenders were all extremely welcoming and friendly and the service was fast. I definitely may have to have a date night at Ai Japanese lounge this year (hint, hint hubby)!
The lounge was relaxing and allowed for the women attending to sit around and really get to mingle and network. Being a relatively new blogger and having done my research about the local Plus Fashion community, I recognized many faces from my facebook friends list. I was able to actually connect with other women involved in the plus fashion industry in one way or another and discuss our vision for a vibrant and thriving Chicago Plus community and industry. Blair from Blair Chic Boutique was in attendance and very excited for the opening of her new plus size fashion boutique this weekend! I can not wait to attend the store opening and blog about it! Plus Fashion Week Chicago will also be hosting a ladies night with clothes available for sale by Blair Chic Boutique on July 19th 2012 and you can RSVP here. Stephanie Sack (Owner) and Perry were in the house from Plus Boutique Vive La Femme, I love that their shop is stocked with SWAK, Igigi and kiyonna goods! Check it out especially on July 6th 2012 for their 20% off Styling event with LUSH cosmetics! I met the Owner of Khavoni’s Mane Studio and Spa located on the south side where we discussed my new hair adventure, FUSIONS! I’m convinced that i need to get these asap! She was very informative and kind, plus her salon offers line dancing classes! One of my favorite local Plus models Jessica Milagros, who is also a Plus Fashion Week Chicago was at the event as were several more of Thyck Troup Chicago’s Sisters, including MUA, D Renee Moss and Plus Model, Shannon Holbert. It was truly beautiful to see the connections formed at this event. In an industry where independent, beautiful, business women who are usually deemed as territorial pirhanna’s, Plus Fashion week created a space for those myths to be debunked, as our curvy guests warmly greeted each other and engaged in an organic process of community building. I can’t wait to meet with even more Curvy Queens at the upcoming Plus Fashion Week Chicago events, including the upcoming Plus Fashion Week Chicago Ladie’s Night!
Fat2Flaca testing out the Solid Lotion with a lovely LUSH Cosmetics associate.
I had to support this awesome company. Well informed associates, quality products and the testing was definitely the proof in the pudding!
OOTN: White Linen Blouse-Rainbow Shop, Electric Blue Jeggings-Ashey Stewart, Leopard Flats-Payless Shoe Source, Spiked Necklace-Torrid
Donisha and a LUSH employee sampling Lotions
Jessica Milagros Guzman (Model) and D Renee Moss (MUA) of Thyck Troupe Chicago Strike a pose.
Met New Friends like beautiful pierced and tatted beauty to the left and Jaime of StrangeFate Photography/ Plus Fashion Week Chicago (Right).
Blogger & Model, Perri Fish (left) Michelle of Plus Fashion Week Chicago and Affairs Magazine (center) and Model, Sara Noori (right)
Model, Shannon Holbert of Thyck Troupe Chicago (left) and her beautiful friend Vero (right)
and then there was a pamapolitan at the end of the night to toast to new friendships, cosmetics and plus women and fashion!
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