Tormented Love (BOP) By Micaela Shambee

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Tormented Love

By: Micaela Shambee

I have lived like a butterfly to a flame.

Burning myself, disgusted again, so much, too tired…Fucked.

I’ve been the betta sucka.

Becoming your rancor, gutting out my love ‘till my bile bleeds, dripping

Rustic to the ground like decaying autumn leaves.

Is this what you like?

Since I’ve been loving you, I’m about to lose my worried mind.

Every, every, every time, another lonely Friday night,

‘til you said to me, “Coffee?  Or a mouthwatering tangled tango of toffee cream?”

It must’ve been the burning candles; you know how I love the flames;

It must’ve been your cologne’s notes of sandalwood; or just loneliness…

I laughed, said yes, let you, some stranger, kiss, and kiss my pulsing lips.

Spilled coffee grounds, bent over some barista’s kitchen counter crazing your cocky, jockey,

Suaveness, falling deeper into hellish bliss.

‘Til I kissed her

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Hello Dolls,

You may have noticed that Fashion Plus 3 has a new home, well it is actually our old home, where we began two years ago at, If you’re also wondering why we’re back here and not at our usual address. Well, this is because FP3 will be taking an indefinite hiatus. We have mulled this decision over for  some time now and it is clear that it is necessary. All of our lives are moving in different directions now, and it would be hard to continue blogging as a unit, so we have made the conscious decision for the blog to move to its old home, where fans can still have access previous content if they wish. However, no new content will be posted in the near future.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us, read our blog, or people we have met through this amazing experience. It has changed our lives forever. It has pushed us out of our comfort zones and challenged us to make a difference in a world that just wants people to conform, than be individuals. We hope that anyone who has read a blog post, received advice for plus size style  or fashion does not see this blog ending in vain. The fact that we were able to make a connection to you, is what drove us to blog for two years.

Thank you all for your support.

– Fashion Plus 3

Pardon Our Web Dust!

Hey dolls, 

Fashion Plus 3 is currently getting an extreme makeover, thus, the blog will have several different visual changes in the next couple of weeks. We plan to re-launch the blog for our second year anniversary in mid-Spring, along with some fabulous announcements, giveaways and events announcements for the future. Also, we are optimizing the blog to give it more of a fashion/beauty focus for you fabulous fatshionistas out there! We want you to learn more about our style and how to perfect your own, as well as opportunities to get styled by us or to get your hands on a piece of our wardrobe!

Until then, check out our post on Plus Fashion Week Chicago’s Social Soiree and look out for more updates on our relaunch!


Micaela, Dannika and Jasmine

Fashion Plus 3

Plus Fashion Week Chicago Social Soiree

Hello Dolls!

Tuesday March 6, 2012- Fashion Plus 3 attended Plus Fashion Week’s Social Soiree at Charming Charlie’s in the Shops at North Bridge and we had a blast! We got a chance to meet the team behind the event, see models from The ThYck Troupe Chicago model designs by Chicago designers like Shavonne Dorsey and Chocolate Sushi Couture,(click here to see their exhibition from last year) as well as an opportunity to shop accessories at Charming Charlies at the Shops at North Bridge here in Chicago.

We also found out that the first plus size fashion week in Chicago will begin on October 17th 2012 through October 22nd! Events will be held around the city and some will even be held at different beautiful Chicago Museums! We are so excited about the event and cannot wait until it arrives! We hope to see Plus Size Women locally and nationally attend this event in droves!

Until then, check out the fun we had at Plus Fashion Week Chicago’s Social Event:

Models at PFWC Event

ThYke Troupe Chicago Modeling Chicago Designers at Plus Fashion Week Chicago Social Soiree


Creator of Plus Chicago Fashion Week, Myisha Hill and Niehla O. Designer of Chocolate Sushi Couture and Celebrity Makeup Artist

Creator of Plus Chicago Fashion Week, Myisha Hill and Niehla O. Designer of Chocolate Sushi Couture and Celebrity Makeup Artist


The Plus Fashion Week Team

Amber from Style Plus Curves

Amber from Style Plus Curves (fashion blog) wearing Shavonne Dorsey Designs and accessories by Charming Charlie at the Shops at North bridge


Mickey's Outfit

What Micaela wore at Plus Fashion Week Chicago's Social Soiree


What Dannika Wore at Plus Fashion Week Chicago's Social Soiree


What Jasmine Wore

What Jasmine Wore at Plus Fashion Week Chicago's Social Soiree

Jay from Curvatude at Plus Chicago Fashion Week's Social Soiree


Amber from Style Plus Curves with a Clutch from Charming Charlies at Plus Fashion Week Chicago's Social Soiree

Plus Fashion Week Team, Amber of Style Plus Curves and Tamika Martell of Dangerous Curves Ahead

Plus Fashion Week Chicago Team, Amber of Style Plus Curves and Tamika Martell of Dangerous Curves Ahead

Make sure to follow Plus Fashion Week Chicago on Facebook, Twitter (@PlusFasWKChi) and check out their official site here for more details on upcoming events! Also checkout our fan page on Facebook for more photos of the event.

Look out for Dannika and Jasmine’s favorite accessories from Charming Charlie’s and more exclusive content from the event soon!

Wishlist: New Year, New Me

Hey guys, it’s Mickey here with a couple of items that I’m currently coveting.  If you follow us on twitter (@fashionplus3) then you know that I’ve been doing a closet inventory and man, I did not know how many clothes I needed to get rid of!  I figured hey, New year, new me right? So, I should go ahead and toss out the old clothes and pick out some new replacements.  Check it out:

After chucking a couple of coats, shoes and tops, I think these pieces would fit in to my wardrobe nicely.

Side note: Is it just me or does the Jessica Simpson Brand actually look expensive?

Bangles and Dream Necklace-Forever 21

Green Sweater- Evans

Clutch and Shoes- Jessica Simpson

Jeans- Torrid

Pea Coat- Eloquii

I hope I’ll be able to weave these pieces into to my wardrobe soon.

What new items are you looking forward to adding to your wardrobe?


Happy New Year! And 5 Style Resolutions for 2012

Happy New Year guys, it’s Mickey here and it’s approximately 5 minutes until the new year as I write this, but since I had a very modest New Years Eve (i.e. sipping Martinis and watching an Usher concert), I have decided to spend the last moments of 2011 with FP3’s readers. For all those who do read this post, we would like to thank you for your support of our blog. From day one it has been an exciting adventure and we plan to continue that adventure in 2012. 2011 was a tumultuous year for us, and it tested us in ways we did not expect. From my youngest sister’s increasingly severe seizures, to returning to school to receive my bachelors in English (I’m officially a Senior, Woot Woot!), to being offline line the last couple of days, FP3 posts and appearances were few and far between. However, this will not be the case in 2012, as we will be coming back with more posts, and videos in the near future!  So, let’s kick start the new year with my style resolutions!

If you guys follow me on Facebook (72 page paper ring any bells?) you know that I had a grueling fall semester, and thus, I was a bum everyday because of it (I have holes in my kitson hoodie to prove it). So, I have decided to create some style resolutions for myself to force me out of this self imposed style rut! Feel free to join me or share your style resolutions here.

1. Wear fabulous shoes at least once a week.


I may save this one for weekends, because the CSU campus grounds can be grueling on the toes, but I loves shoes! However, I wear a size 11 and it’s usually hard to find ones like these Sam Edelman beauties in my size, but I will find alternatives and post them for you all to see!

2. Wear my favorite red lipstick more often

I absolutely love this red lipstick in Ruby from Revlon…I believe that it is my own personal perfect red. So, I am officially going to wear it more often.

3. Embrace my natural hair and find my signature style

If you follow me on twitter then you know that I was transitioning my relaxed hair to natural  for about 11 months back in August. But in December, after 15 months of transitioning, I decided to Big Chop the last of my relaxed ends!  However, I never really experimented with my hair, so I’ve been keeping it in protective hairstyles for the longest. (I still love weaves as protective styles). Well, I vow to experiment with my hair, and come up with a signature style so I can wear my curls more often.

4. More nail art and acessories

I have a fear of “overkill” with accessories.  I usually go by Coco Chanel’s mantra, which is to take off the last thing you put on, but that usually just leaves me with a pair of earrings.  I also tend to follow this same mantra on my nails.  I think I wore nude nail polish all year.  So in my effort to liven up, I pledge to wear more accessories and delve into nail art!  Look out for DIY nail projects in the future.

5. Lastly, expand my shopping horizons

I’m ready to start buying outside of the box. Normally, I’d stalk Asos Curve and Forever 21+ because of their chic and cheap designs, but as I grow older, I am finding myself prone to checking out unconventional ways of finding gems for my wardrobe. Places like Etsy, ebay, amazon, thrift stores, indie designers , contemporary designers and high end designers like those beautiful designs from Elena Miro above. Move over Asos and Forever 21+! Here’s to a new fashion front for my wardrobe!

I hope these style resolutions inspire you to be your most stylish in the new year!

So, how did you ring in the New Year?