Fat People… And An Oscar Dress Issue.

Okay, so some of you already heard that Melissa McCarthy (played in Heat, Identity Thief, The Hangover Part III, Gilmore Girls, etc.) was turned down by a number of designers when she asked to have an Oscar dress made. Though, I do need to state that Mark Zunino is reported to have sent her a couple sketches and was eager to dress the actress for the occasion.

Now with that being said, fashion, especially high end fashion, has always been a skinny girls world, even off the rack designer clothes don’t typically cater to “plus size” woman, and I personally don’t have a problem with that. Do I think designer clothes need to run a little larger? Yes. By a size or two, but I also don’t think that every article should run larger, some just look awful in larger sizes, point blank. Am I fat hater? No, defiantly not, weight has always been an issue for me, so I most certainly can not judge. I have never been a 0, nor will I ever be, I have never even been 6, nor will I ever be, but the truth is, there are certain dresses that us fat chicks just simply can not pull off.

Do I think a handful of designers should have told her no? Most certainly not. If your a talented designer, you can create dresses that look fabulous on larger woman. If your work only looks good skinny gals, your not very good at your job. And, I think your a closed minded if you turn someone down just for having a higher BMI than your used to. I’m not asking for every designer to promote cellulite and fat rolls, though it would be nice to see more cover a range of healthy weights on the runway.

Hollywood is tough enough, you don’t need them criticizing your weight, viewers critiquing your body and designers telling you your too fat for them to make you a dress. Wendy Williams (known for The Wendy Show and being an on air personality) stated that she too has had issues with designers because she doesn’t conform to their ideal measurements. I believe her term was husky, hefty? Either way, as a designer, you run a business, you can turn people down, but its still a business, its not personal, so please push aside your skinny girl ideals when it comes to these events. These woman are not asking to own the runway, be front and center on swimsuit magazines, and become spokes people for designers, they are simply asking for a dress. One custom dress.

But hey, Melissa rocked her off the rack dress (Marina Rinaldi), looking like a well fed GODDESS with cherub cheeks at the 2012 Oscars. And, I feel like those designers are getting what they deserve by Wendy and Melissa not name dropping, congrats gals on not giving them any more exposure! They obviously don’t need it. And good luck to Melissa’s own fashion line! Can’t wait to see it, and I can’t wait to see what sizes she will cover! Who knows, maybe I’ll be wearing her in the future!

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Clean Your Coach In The Kitchen

The other day one of my dogs had a tummy issue, do you see where this is going? If you don’t I’ll try to be clear.

One of my not so little dogs made belly boo boo #2s. In the house. Then stepped in the #2s. Following this he jumped up and knocked my Coach signature daisy purse on the floor. Lastly, he walked on said purse with his #2 covered paws.

With this all said and done, I had to clean it. I just couldn’t bring myself to throw out hundreds of dollars over my baby’s belly boo boo poos. After all, many people wash cloth diapers, hankies and so on. Theses icky laden fabrics get reused, and don’t cause any serious health issues. I just wish I could have used bleach, Lysol or thrown the bag in the wash through a sanitize cycle!

Up until my poo paw print purse, I always prided myself on taking really good care of my things, most of them, I have had to purchase myself, with my own money that I acquired working a full 40 plus hours. Growing up my mother was far from rich, and in high school I paid for the extravagant items I wanted. I’m glad though because I learned the value of items (as well as the prices and thankfully percentages from shopping so much).

With all that pride and care though, crappy (pun intended) things still happen. This particular event I most certainly did not foresee. If I had a bottle of Coach cleaner, I could have used that, but I didn’t because I am extremely careful and never get my purses dirty. I put make up in zip-lock bags, make sure my maces lock is on and keep it in a little pocket. I never set my purses on floors or even car seats. None the less I had a cringe worthy mess to clean. Luckily, there are ways to clean designer handbags without running to a store, the cleaners or waiting for cleaner to be shipped. Its a cheap soap called dish wash detergent, and its safe for jacquard Coach bags! And then there’s also regular good old fashioned laundry detergent!

A drop of antibacterial detergent on a toothbrush does wonders for say… stuck on pasta sauce or grease spots! Just a little gentle scrubbing, a quick pat with a wet wash cloth, and next thing you know, looks like new again.

For a whole bag clean, I use laundry soap, I just pour a little in the sink, filler -up and plop in my bag. Then just take a washcloth (preferably white) and gently scrub. Rinse, and hang dry. You might be surprised just how well your bag holds water!

Before you try this, I still suggest you test this method on a super small sample piece, such as on the inside. Let’s face it, I just don’t want to get blamed because we use different detergents. Also, if you have a warranty and think you may use it, the only way you can clean your bag is with coach cleaner. Personally I don’t have a warranty. I’m a free spirit.

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