28 April 2013

Because Of Gabi Gregg

Gabi Gregg.Is.Genius.

Before Gabi Gregg, the blogosophere was void of any daring pro-plus-size content.  I'm sure you had the occasional blog here and there that attempted to put a positive spin on being fat, or that served as a confidence-boosting venue for those struggling with a negative body image.  But she's the one who found a way of doing it that not only appealed to other plus-size women, but to everyone really -- albeit especially those plus-size ladies who love clothes and fashion but are often told to watch what they wear.  She wasn't encouraging weight loss, or telling women where to find slimming outfits.  She wasn't saying, "here's everything you need to change about yourself if you want to be happy."  She was doing the opposite.  She was saying, "who cares if this makes you look fatter, it's sexy and you should wear it!"

We all know plus-size blogging has seen a boom in the past year -- an explosion of fat-pride has led to dozens of blogs and sites and plus-size lines that all encourage larger ladies to embrace self-love and empower themselves by wearing crop tops and leather.  But it was "Gabifresh", originally called "Young, Fat and Fabulous" that really set the movement going.  It was when a beautiful, size 18 lady pummeled the concepts of "form-fitting," and "slimming-prints" and pretty much said, "I'm beautiful, I'm fat, I'm going to wear whatever the hell I want."

She's one of the lucky ones -- perhaps because she was the first.  Gabi has turned her blog into a full-time occupation AND been hired as inStyle's plus-size columnist.  She's turned her fat pride and fashion-forward interests into her career -- something I for one would love to do.  Recently she posted "Top Ten Outfits of 2012" on "Gabifresh," and as I look at her and her style and her apparent confidence, I start to think about how this young woman DID help pave that fat pride road.  I'm sure a lot was already being done for weight acceptance prior to Gabi Gregg -- but what the movement needed was someone like her to really get people thinking and talking and acting.  I thought it appropriate to re-post her top 10 photos.  I know she inspires me, so maybe she'll inspire you.  It isn't simply that she puts a pretty face to fat pride, it's that she puts an intelligent, beautiful, daring, adventurous face to it.

Gabi Gregg 1

Gabi Gregg 2

Gabi Gregg 3

Gabi Gregg 4

Gabi Gregg 5

Gabi Gregg 6

Gabi Gregg 7

Gabi Gregg 8

Gabi Gregg 9

Gabi Gregg 10

25 April 2013

Chic DYO Fashion That Also Comes In Plus-Sizes? Check Out Bow And Drape!

Bow and DrapeI’ve seen do-it-yourself fashion before.  Milk and Honey does shoes.  Zazzle does everything – from pins to totes to tees.  But I’ve never seen DYO like this.

Meet Bow and Drape.

It isn’t just that the quality of their apparel is excellent – the options endless – the seam-work stunning.  Bow and Drape caters to a varied range in style AND size.  As a plus-size lady who also happens to love experimenting with patterns and colors and hems, this makes me very happy.

Part of Bow and Drape’s philosophy: “No longer will women have to settle for mass produced garments. By fusing technology with small-scale craftsmanship, we redefine the garment making tradition.”

Whether some of your fashion icons include Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy or Twiggy – whether you’re into knee-length skirts or showing some leg – Bow and Drape will let you design something perfect for your personality.  You can mess around with colors and color-blocking, lace or leather trims, crew or vented necklines or any type of sleeves: and that’s just naming a handful of the DYO features.

I had the best opportunity to chat with the store’s Brand Manager and PR girl Christa Spengeman.  Immidiately following our coffee meeting, I rushed to my laptop and purchased the Jackie Teacup (photos to come!).  An FYI for plus-size ladies: they carry up to size 18!

Check out this Q&A and find out more about making your must-have outfit.

Me: What was the inspiration behind Bow and Drape's founding?

Christa: The catalyst event was in June 2011.  Aubrie [founder] was looking for a dress to wear to her boyfriend’s family wedding, and nothing fit the bill.  She was so frustrated with the lack of choice on Newbury and the lack of quality online that she did something totally irrational and actually designed and sewed her own dress.  It took about a month and after the event was over, she convinced herself that she was not the only woman who wished she had more control over her garments.  So she set out to create clothing with personality for all women.

Me: How would you describe the average Bow and Drape customer?

Christa: I think there are two distinct Bow and Drape customers.  One lady is a very decisive shopper.  She knows what she looks good in and will not settle until she finds the exact garment that she is looking for. She is knowledgeable in construction and fabric; she knows quality when she sees it.  Our other lady is into DIY projects and loves to express her individual taste.  She values that her Bow and Drape garment is one of a kind and made just for her.

Me: What is it that draws you personally to customizable fashion?

Christa: I truly believe when you look good you feel good and nothing can trump the way a woman feels in a garment that was made specially for her.  Before Bow and Drape, a bespoke garment was something that only the select few could enjoy.  Now, with the help of technology and small scale craftsmanship, every woman can have the custom experience at an off-the-rack price.

Me: Do you think Bow and Drape attracts a varied size and style range of women, and why?

Christa: I do.

The reason why we started Bow and Drape was to cater to a variety of different sized women.  We understand the importance of having clothing that fits and that is why we make garments for the individual.  No two women are shaped exactly the same which is why all our styles have the ability to be adjusted.

Me: Do you think stores/shops that do customizable fashion will be seen more in the future?

Christa: Absolutely, in this day in age shoppers are so used to an interactive and personal experience.  Brick and mortar stores are already looking to enhance their in-store experience and I think customization is one way in which stores will look to compete with online.  It won't be easy given e-commerce has the advantage of producing made to order but I think something new and innovative will come a long and completely transform the brick and mortar shopping experience.

Me: What can we expect to see at Bow and Drape for the spring/summer season?

Christa: The spring/summer collection was inspired by the resurgence of color and femininity in the 1950s, a la Dior’s New Look. The silhouettes are flattering to curves and totally voluminous. We envision our clothes worn on a walk through the Tuileries.

For new arrivals, expect to see some more separates introduced like a tunic. Also, we will be launching new dress patterns as well as a new painted silk motif.

Me: What is your favorite B&D design?

Christa: I love the dresses BUT I have to say that my personal favorite is the Cardimono. I have two of them. One in a bold 'make a statement' poppy and one in a simple navy. I can't stop wearing them they are perfect for in between the seasons and I throw them on over just about anything.

22 April 2013

Sometimes I Feel So Simple...

...because all it takes to cheer me up is a new outfit and MAC lipstick.  Yes, I took these in the bathroom at work.

Yes, I know I'm a loser.

download-4-1

download-5

download-6

For the same get-up:

Dress: Donna Morgan, $148 at Lord and Taylor
Shoes: Not depicted; Calvin Klein, Shelly Patent Pump in Mint, $78 at Lord and Taylor
Bag: ASOS, $58 at Asos
Lipstick: MAC, Dubonnet, $15 at Macy's

And The Plus-Size Blogging Craze Continues

Courtesy of Marie Denee
Just last week, Style Blazer, the self-proclaimed “progressive, cutting-edge site geared towards chic, style-driven women across the globe” announced they were adding a plus-size columnist to their ranks of rockin’ writers – making it the sixth mainstream publication in the U.S. to do so.  The new plus guru: Marie Denee.

Marie Denee has been running the blog “The Curvy Fashionista,” for a few years now.  She started it not so much because of an innate love for fashion, but because she felt curvy women needed a resource.  “I wanted to be the site women could go to and check out what stores were carrying what lines – what new styles were out where – what size range a certain outfit had.”  It wasn’t long before she had approximately 20,000 followers…numbers most bloggers can only dream about.

Since she started blogging four years ago, Marie has turned plus-size news and fashion into her life.  She’s become a fashion editor at Plus Model Magazine; she’s contributed to Vogue Curvy (another seemingly unattainable fashion feat); she’s started sharing her own “boho-luxe meets punk rock” outfits for the cyber world to see; she’s even started teaching a fashion course at a California college, her home state.  Now, of course, she’ll be Style Blazer’s main curvy columnist.  Curves have taken over her life, and she couldn’t be more excited.

“When I started ‘Curvy Fashionista’ I would never have thought that a few years down the line this would be my work,” she said.  “I get to make bigger women feel good about themselves for a job.  Are you kidding me?  It’s unbelievable.”

Marie chatted effortlessly about her now obsession with plus fashion and writing – so effortlessly, in fact, that it was easy to forget she was essentially a stranger.  So when asked what sets her apart from other bloggers, she said, “I think it’s my ‘girlfriend’ tone.  I write the way I speak – which is as though I were just talking to my buddies.  It’s relateable and makes people comfortable.”

Something else that’s made her stand out: she’s not 20!  Most plus bloggers – most fashion bloggers, even – are 20-somethings aspiring to be the next Kate Moss or Robyn Lawley.  Marie, who is in her later thirties, brings something new to the table.  “I’m at an age where I’m not going to frat parties but I’m not ready to shop the grandma lines,” she said.  “I think women of all ages can find something in my style advice or my own outfits.  I can appeal to a varied range more than a younger, 20-year-old might.”

And that she does…just look at the frikin color-blocked top!

Follow Marie on Twitter here!

16 April 2013

My Love For Nicolette Mason

nicolettemason.com
One of my dreams came true when I met Nicolette Mason.  My girl crush on this plus-size fashion guru has been continually growing since she became Marie Claire’s “Big Girl in a Skinny World” columnist, so when I landed my internship at MC, I hoped and hoped I’d stumble upon her in the office.  Finally, hoping paid off.

It was hard not to be a bit starstruck by Nicolette.  She was beautiful.  And I don’t mean the kind of, “oh a nice-looking girl” beautiful.  I mean, “holy crap she’s gorgeous,” beautiful.  Porcelain face.  Designer threads.  Rocking, curvy body.  Yes… epic #girlcrush.

Obviously I had to ask for an interview, and I found Nicolette had a lot of amazing insight into the world of plus-size fashion and blogging…well, obviously.

Nicolette never tried to brand herself as a plus-size blogger.  She studied design at the Parson’s New School and was always interested in fashion, but she says that the plus-size blogger label was, “more an identity that people have put onto me than I’ve put onto myself, because I’m a fashion writer and I happen to be fat.”

When she said the word “fat” there was no negative connotation leeching on.  She embraced the term – proud of her curvaceous-ness.

It was in 2012 that Nicolette quit her day job to focus on blogging and cultivating her job in fashion.   “I did a lot of odd jobs freelancing, babysitting and tutoring.  Anything I could do to still allow myself the time and energy to make this career in fashion work,” she said.  And before she knew it, she was landing jobs with Vogue Italia and Marie Claire.

“The fact that I’m blogging professionally is crazy to me,” said Mason.  “Circumstance, luck and a lot of hard work got me here.  I now have the column, a YouTube channel and I do TV appearances and a lot of consulting for Marie Claire as well.”

Nicolette

What Nicolette finds coolest about plus blogging is that there isn’t just one type of blogger out there.  “In the plus world, the major players all have such different styles and aesthetics,” she said.  “There’s a lot more diversity – a lot more representations of race and economic status, and that’s just not really seen in the straight size world, where more top tier bloggers are white and somewhat affluent.”

Obviously it still takes talent and uniqueness to get to the top in plus writing.  So what made Nicolette stand out?  “I’m very conscious of design and aesthetics – creating a nice and positive visual experience,” she said.  “I’m just a positive person, and that’s really infectious.  The fact that I’ve curated this world online that’s pretty rose tinted and powering really attracts people.”

As for plus-size celeb hopefuls, Nicolette offered some advice.  “If you want to be in plus-size fashion, I don’t know if blogging is going to be the path to do it,” she said.  “Print media has a stigma toward bloggers.  Gabi at inStyle, Taneesha at Redbook and I have all been very lucky. But going to school and studying journalism, rising through the ranks in a magazine is still going to be very valued in the print world.  That’s the right way to achieve that if it’s your goal.  The bottom line is hard work, good taste, having good writing skills and curating skills. Those factors are not going to change.”

11 April 2013

Crystal Renn's Future Clothing Line Will Accomodate Women of ALL Sizes

r-CRYSTAL-RENN-CLOTHING-LINE-large570


If ever there was a model I related to, it's Crystal Renn. Her up's and down's of weight rival those of Oprah herself, and whether Renn is at a high or low, it's never been good enough for the world.  Size 12 was too small to be a plus-size model; size 4 was too big to be a straight size one.  No matter the number on the scale, she was always not enough or too much or insert negative comment here.

I've been there.  I've been thin, but I was called "too skinny" -- sick looking.  I've been big, but called "too big" -- at risk for getting sick.  Which is ironic because I was actually sick when I was thin (but that's a whole other story you guys have probably already heard me go on about).  If there's one thing I learned from being on both sides of the weight spectrum, it's that there is NO, and I mean NO clothing line that will cater to whatever size you are.  You will find clothes specifically designed for "regular" sizes, or you'll find ones designed for "plus-sizes."  No in betweens, no meshing, no "one-size-fits-all."  It's one or the other.  But maybe Crystal Renn will change that.

I remember in 2010, Renn had told reporters that her dream was to design a plus-size fashion line.  At the time, I thought that was a fabulous idea.  But then she lost a lot of weight and left the plus-size fashion industry and I got a bit disheartened.  A few days ago, however, she told Derek Blasberg at The Edit, "A big goal for me is to design a fashion line with body diversity in mind."  Color me curious.

If what the media is saying is accurate, Renn meant that she wants to design a line for everyone -- for the size 2 and the size 22.  And this is something that's just never been done.

With all the boxes plus-size women throw themselves into regarding "flattering" apparel, it makes sense to me that no line has yet to bring every size together.  Too many plus-size women are into shapewear and "finding what will make me look thinnest," to ever think the clothes designed for thin women would look good on them.

Rompers? Ew. Short shorts? But my cellulite! Anything not black?  Never!

To be succinct -- I find such statements as those above asinine.

So, I'm intrigued about Renn's idea.  Will her goal be to design clothing that "flatters" any body type -- an impossibility, according to the design world thus far?  Or will her designs help women get the "don'ts of plus-size" out of their heads, and try out different kinds of fashion?  Either way, I am positively curious and excited to see what unveils itself.  Obviously she has no set date for launching a line, but knowing the speed at which that woman goes, I can't imagine it'll be long.

08 April 2013

Target Mix-Up Turned Friends Into Foes

susan-clemens-tweet
If there’s one thing I know about plus-size ladies, it’s that any simile or metaphor regarding their size as compared to whales or other large sea creatures don’t fly.  Personally, I think being compared to big, mammalian animals is somewhat comical.  I know I shouldn’t because so many people find it offensive, and it’s not like I would ever call anyone a “manatee,” but I find manatees adorable and I would personally be a-ok if someone said I reminded them of one.

That being said, my thoughts on this seem to be the exception, not the rule.  The rule, I think, is: never tell a big girl (maybe any girl) that she looks like a sea creature.  Furthermore, never make any possible reference to sea creatures when talking about or advertising for plus-size women.

Target obviously didn’t get the memo.

Last week, Target made a totally innocent, unintentional mistake that caused fury through the plus-size blogosphere.  When Susan Clemens, a Twitter user and Target shopper discovered a big (no pun intended) difference between the naming of a dress for plus-size women as opposed to straight size ones, she took to tweeting.

“What the.  Plus sized women get ‘Manatee Grey’ while standard sizes are ‘Dark Heather Grey.”

My guess is no one at Target knew the wrath that would ensue by calling its plus-size version of a dress “manatee grey” as opposed to just grey.  But wrath they certainly did cause.

In all honesty, I don’t get it.  Tons of products on Target are called “manatee grey,” from house-wear to accessories to apparel in both plus and straight sizes.  If you ask me, the issue has been totally blown out of proportion.

Something to take into consideration is that these days, colors have funky names.  People have gotten tired of calling things "red" or "blue" so they've created names like "Tuscan sunset" or "Atlantic ocean mist."  Just recently I saw the color “elephant’s breath” to describe a creamy, pasty caramel shade.  I think this was on Etsy.  The color was for both headbands and clothing.  But no one is accusing anyone who names their products “elephant’s breath” to be saying that anyone who buys the products has the breath of an elephant.  If you think about it, how many people have actually smelled an elephant's breath -- or know about elephant's breathing to assign it a color?  So yeah, I don’t believe Target meant to say plus-size women are manatees.

Nonetheless, they’ve just issued a formal apology, stating, “ We apologize for any discomfort this might have caused and are working to update the name of the dress to reflect Dark Heather Gray.”

Target also apologized directly to Susan Clemens and its other thousands of followers, tweeting, “We apologize for this unintentional oversight & never intend to offend our guests. We’ve heard you, and we’re working to fix it ASAP.”

So, there you go.  At least they owned up to their “mistake.”  Even though it wasn’t really that big of a deal in the first place.

Yossi Loloi On "Full Beauty": Taking Plus-Size Modeling And WeightAcceptance To New Heights, And Widths

Courtesy of Yossi Loloi


When I came across Yossi Loloi’s work a few months back, I couldn’t help but gasp.  Not because I was perturbed.  Not because I was disapproving.  But because in front of my eyes were some of the most artistic, nude images I’d ever beheld of big, beautiful women.  And it made me surprised that someone had taken that kind of risk – it overwhelmed me with a mixture of joy, relief and awe that I still get every time I look at the photos.

Unlike the plus-size models found in Vogue Italia or Elle (who I believe are fighting for body acceptance in their own way even though they’re usually size 10 or 12’s), these women weren’t just a “little big” or “a smidge chubby.”  They were BIG BIG.  They were SSBBW’s (super-sized, big beautiful women) – meaning they were all about 450 pounds and heavier.  And nude, 450-pound ladies are not something you see every day.

Back in 2006, Italian visual artist and photographer Yossi Loloi, a self identified warrior against the mainstream, started his “Full Beauty” project while living in New York for three months.  He’d always had an inexplicable fascination with larger women, but it was during his time in New York that he was introduced to the world of “fat acceptance” and body love – and so the powerful need to explore this world began.  He attended a gathering where big women and lovers thereof met and bonded over their positive perceptions of the rubenesque, and it was there that he shot the first two photos that would later become part of his “Full Beauty” project – which ultimately included shots of both regular women and high profile models in the SSBBW world, like Candy and Kelly Kay.

“I am praising difference,” said Loloi.  “That same difference that makes us all special.  All I am trying to underline here is that we all have the right to be appreciated the way we are and that there is no dictatorship on what regards taste.  It seems like we’ve forgotten that somewhere in our path as humans.”

What Loloi told me is something I struggle with on a day-to-day basis.  For anyone to deny that there is irrevocable negativity surrounding those labeled “overweight,” “fat,” or “obese” would be absurd.  This discrimination has simply become the norm: bigger people have become the bullied – the targets of humiliation.  And thus, those who do perceive beauty in largeness feel judged.  For a long time, I felt judged – for being bigger than “average” and not trying to do something to change it.  So to see someone like Loloi step out, admit to finding beauty in big women and tackle the controversy that is “beauty in the big” is just…inspiring.

From the start, Loloi knew that his project would create controversy, but regardless, he kept at it.  “All I was focused on was trying to create the most quiet and intimate, yet contemporary and strong images possible,” he said.  “I knew some viewers might have mixed feelings or even strong reactions to my work, but I never took that in during the process.  I was concentrated on giving the viewer the opportunity to admire something they rarely get to see.”

Courtesy of Yossi Loloi

And it’s true…people rarely get to see women this big posing at professional photo shoots, whether in the nude or otherwise.  As with most things, people tend to fear what they are not used to – what is unknown or what they are told is wrong, like being big and proud of it.  It wasn’t shocking to Loloi that many comments revolving around his project were negative.  “What really counts is that people are speaking about it,” he said.  “That is exactly why I created this project.  It is only through a discussion that things change.”

The discussion toward weight acceptance was definitely one that needed some nudging, whether in the positive or negative direction.  Anything that requires change needs to be talked about, and it’s expected for the subject in question to be discussed with negative stereotypes and bitter comments leeching on (whether infuriating or not, any discussion is taking things forward).

One parasitic comment Loloi will undoubtedly continue receiving (along with any blogger, model or spokesperson fighting for fat acceptance) is that his work “promotes obesity.”  “If I was a doctor, I would probably agree with you,” he said.  “But since I’m an artist, my role is to show a different perspective on things.  These are artistic photos and should be analyzed for their message.  What I am trying to underline with my work is that any individual has the right to be considered beautiful – and that beauty does not belong to one category in this world.”

This accusation of thinspired, “the world would be better if we were all skinny” proponents is inescapable to anyone on the pro-plus-size side of the struggle.  And the issue that those “waging a war on obesity” fail to recognize is that a heavier weight does not equate to an unhealthier person.  “There has been and still is very strong brainwashing from the media, be it reality shows or health shows pushing people to look ‘good’ by losing weight; even pushing us to undergo plastic surgery is accepted by society,” he said.  “To me that is no less worrying than people being overweight.”

Yet no one discusses this issue.  No one discusses the risks of plastic surgery to the same degree as the supposed risks of being heavy.  Data for last year shows that one in 500 people who undergo plastic surgery will die – and one in 600 “tummy tuck” patients will die.  This does not include the number of people who experience life-threatening situations or severe illness because of their procedures – those numbers are much higher.  And yet…we accept these things because the point of them is to be “beautiful” as society perceives beauty to be: thin.

“The more people accuse me of promoting fat, the more I understand that there is more work to be done to remind people that we are beautiful because we are different,” said Loloi.  “Why is showing a nude fat women labeled a ‘provocation’ but seeing a ‘fit’ model nude on a magazine is not?  My work is considered provocation because it’s not mainstream, and people can’t except difference, and to me, that is a very interesting result socially speaking.”

Courtesy of Yossi Loloi


An interesting result, indeed.  And one that proves the amount of close-mindedness still out there.  Back in November, I wrote about the hypocrisy so evident to me when it comes to nude modeling for plus-size women as opposed to straight size onesHuffington Post reporter Chastity Garner Valentine proposed the question: Why are plus-size models always naked?  But they aren’t always naked.  The problem lies in that there are less plus-size models doing high fashion – and so when one of them poses in the nude for Vogue, it is instantly more discussed than straight size models doing the same thing, because there are more of them and they’ve posed nude for years, to the point where we’re used to seeing naked, skinny girls, but seeing a naked “fat” one is blasphemous.

And so, it can be said that the plus-size, BBW and SSBBW women out there willing to pose nude despite the obvious fact that people will hate them for it can be described as nothing short of “brave,” as Loloi says.  Loloi and the subjects worked to create serene scenes where they could be comfortable and pose in their true form.  No photo shopping was done.  No cellulite was hidden.  No “imperfections” erased with a magic marker.  “My main goal was to show super-sized women to people that feel uncomfortable with them and cause them to reconsider their views,” he said.  “I wasn’t looking to ‘flatter’ through editing, I was more interested in being honest and blunt to show a more human intimacy.”

To say the photos are intimate is an understatement – and not simply because they are nude.  They are intimate because they are vulnerable yet courageous.  The women depicted are targets of societal backlash, but they are strong.  They have a cause.  They fight for acceptance in a world that doesn’t approve of the slightest bulging of a love handle, let alone “morbid obesity” or the possibility that some people find beauty in stretch marks and cellulite and all those things women spend thousands of dollars on every year trying to erase.  They fight for the basic human rights to unique perception, choice, preference and taste.  Loloi and the women he’s photographed see beauty in something many people are blind to – and that makes the “Full Beauty” project immeasurably daring.  “This isn’t just about the acknowledgement of fat as subversive beauty,” said Loloi.  “It’s the realization that simply anyone can be beautiful.”

You can follow Yossi on Twitter.

07 April 2013

"Lace N' Leopard" Blogger Tiffany Crawford Talks Fashion & Fame

Lace N Leopard 2

I get obsessed with people easily.  I don’t mean in that creepy, stalker fashion, but in the, “I frikin love your style and want it now,” kind of way.  Last February when Tiffany Crawford of Long Beach, Calif. stared “Lace N’ Leopard, a YouTube channel and accompanying blog where she features outfits of the day that are always the “perfect combination of sexy and cute,” (yes I’m quoting Steve Carell in Crazy, Stupid Love) my obsession was almost instant.  She had the type of sass and flirtaciousness I’ve always wanted to pull off but am far too shy and awkward to ever do successfully.

The 30-year-old, plus-size beauty works in commercial finance (which sounds scary and not at all what you’d expect to hear from a style guru but which she actually loves) and is also a photographer.  Someday she hopes to own a successful clothing boutique and possibly design her own pieces.  For now, blogging and YouTube-ing is a hobby – albeit one she really cares about.  We were able to take some time to talk fashion, blogging, hopes and the aspiration (or lack there of!) to fame.

Q: What inspired you to start your blog?

A: I officially started my blog in February 2012 because a lot of people would inbox me on Facebook about what I was wearing, my hair and makeup after posting pictures.  So, I thought instead of responding to each individual’s Facebook message, why not share with everyone?  I also give a lot of credit to my best friend, Nicole, who would always tell me that she could see me blogging and doing videos.  So, one day I just went for it!

Q: There are some bloggers/YouTube-ers like Marcy Guevara and Nicolette Mason who have gotten "discovered" through their sites and now landed jobs at places like Rachael Ray and Marie Claire.  Do you have any interest in doing videos or posts for a publication or a show?

A: I would love to.  But, I could be shy at times.  So any type of show would probably scare the living daylights out of me!  But if it was an offer I couldn’t refuse, I would just have to get over it!

Q: Because there are so many bloggers/YouTube-ers who do plus-size fashion, how do you think people can stand out and really get themselves noticed?

A: I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, so I’m still working on getting myself out there more.  But, I’m learning to focus on the quality of posts instead of quantity, interact with my readers, support other bloggers the way I want to be supported, and not get caught up in the “competition” of it all.  Have fun with it, be genuine and I believe that will attract people.

Q: How would you define "fame" as it pertains to plus-size fashion blogging/video?

A: I feel that it’s a beautiful thing when your reach has grown.  But, fame is a term that I would use loosely.  Because, to me, it’s not about being well known for being a plus size fashion blogger.  It’s about having a common love for fashion, being happy in your own skin and encouraging others to do the same.

Q: Is fame something that motivates you to carry on making videos?

A: I always try to operate from a humble standpoint...so of course when doing posts you want them to be liked.  But feeling supported and helpful to others is more important to me than praise.
Lace N Leopard

Q: Who are some women you admire in the plus-size fashion/blogging/video world?

A: I love Gabi Fresh, Passion Jonesz and Brittany Coleman of Pockets and Bows.

Q: How would you define your style?

A: I always have a hard time describing my style.  But I would say, I don’t like to look overdone and I like to feel sexy.  So, low-key, sexy and confident fits me best.  Though I love trends, I don’t consider myself “trendy.”  I do a lot of thrifting and love to mix vintage pieces with newer ones…and it works perfect for me.

Q: How many followers do you have?  How many do you hope to have?

A: Well, I guess it depends on what social network.  But between Instagram, Facebook and Youtube, I have anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 followers on each network, give or take.  As far as how many I would like to have…who wants a limit?

01 April 2013

Mirror, Mirror, My Oh My

Marie Southard


Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard
Marie Southard

Taking a stab at flirty office wear.

For a similar look:

Skirt, $29.99 Target.
Shoes, $59 Dorothy Perkins.

Fat-Bitch-Chic

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Marie Southard

Sometimes I want to be the villain in a Disney movie.  Like Cruella de Vil, but chunky.

For a similar look:

Dress, Cache.
Shoes and Tights, H&M.
Sunglasses, ModCloth.
Earrings, ModCloth.
Blogger Blogger Template Designed by pipdig