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Getting dressed… We all do it. Every day, and sometimes even twice a day! Choosing an outfit is a fact of life that every person invites into his or her life each day. And while some people dread the task of picking out an ensemble, there are also some of us who welcome the challenge of choosing a look that accurately depicts our personal style and is appropriate for the occasion.

 

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For those of us who actually like getting dressed in the morning, we’re constantly looking for new ways to spice up our wardrobes and keep our style fresh. Even though it would be wonderful to be able to constantly buy new clothes, sometimes our bank accounts just don’t agree.

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Plus Style: 10 Shoe Sites for Size 10+

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Feet size sometimes receives the same discrimination that clothing size does. The “average” shoe size for the “average” woman is said to be 8 – 8 1/2. However, I have more friends (tall and short), that don’t fit into this average. I feel like I know more people that wear either much smaller sizes or larger sizes, myself included. Since my feet are on the larger side this post is dedicated to my fellow 10+ footers.

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Plus Style: The Kimono

“Plus Style” is a new series that will be featured on the Dose of Vitamin F blog. These posts will focus on style advice or tips for the plus size fashionista. Feel free to leave comments or email info@doseofvitaminf.com with any suggestions for what we should write about or what you would like to see more of under this category.
For the first post in the Plus Style series, my client Theresa asked me to show her a few examples of how she could wear the popular trend – the kimono.

 

Plus Style: Kimonos

Exclusive Blogger Event: FFFWEEK/HSN

2015-06-18 16.37.39-1This past Thursday, I had the pleasure to attend an Exclusive Blogger Event hosted by Full Figured Fashion Week. It was a collection preview event to hear about, look at, and try on both Hal Rubenstein and Marla Wynne’s newest collections for HSN! The event was held at the Nation Design Showroom and it was a lovely and very welcoming space full of the most popular Plus Size bloggers and influencers…  and I was definitely among them as a newbie and excited for the opportunity to be in the same room.

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Peplum styled curves with a personality

The peplum is one “recycled” fashion trend that I have wholeheartedly welcomed back. I tend to think it is a great “every woman” type of item. If you have a boyish shape it gives you the illusion of a more shapely figure and if you have natural curves, well that’s even better.

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Plus Size Oh My!

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Who are you favorite top models in the world? Giselle, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss etc. Who are your favorite plus size models in the world?

Really you can’t think of any? That’s a shame, since there are so many great ones out there. Whether or not you want the plus size industry in the fashion world, guess what…. it is here to stay and it is not going anywhere!

There are enough plus size models out there now, who are in my opinion just as fabulous as a straight size model.  They are just as beautiful, just as sexy, and can sell the hell out of a garment! No they are not just modeling for Lane Bryant, which there is nothing wrong with Lane Bryant, but they are modeling for high fashion magazines such as Vogue Curvy and (in my opinion), Plus Model Magazine. The pictures in these magazines and other publications are absolutely beautiful. It sure makes me proud to have thick curves!

There are so many plus size models to choose from. Here is a just a few of my favorite ones, that you must absolutely check out their work.  Fluvia Lacerda, you have to check out this amazing model from Brazil. She is beautiful and a size 18. Fluvia does not care what her size is. She takes gorgeous shots, and you cannot stop looking at how beautiful she is. I had the pleasure of seeing her in person at this past year’s Full Figured Fashion week.  She is very sweet in person also. Also another model you check out is Maggie Brown. She is Hawaiian and really tall. I met her at 2010 Full Figured Fashion Week.  She is also another model who takes beautiful shots.  Of course there is many more such as Crystal Renn, Toccara Jones, and many more.

So stop thinking there is nothing going on in the plus size industry, when clearly there is a lot going on. If these beautiful women can concur this world and all of the prejudices, what is stopping you?

T3.. Tighter Tummy Technology!

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T3 is a revolutionary built-in mesh control panel made of a unique nylon and spandex blend that flattens the tummy and slenderizes the silhouette. The pants are made from a special blend of cotton and polyester fabric that prevents sagging and allows them to stretch for maximum comfort while maintaining a smooth shape around a woman’s curves. They also feature an invisible elastic waistband that minimizes gapping. Lane Bryant’s new T3 pants are designed to hug and enhance curves in all the right places so plus-size women no longer have to compromise on great fitting clothes. T3 denim is currently available in a boot cut jean in light and dark sandblast washes, a must-have summer capri in dark and dark sandblast washes and a flare-leg jean in a dark rinse wash. The T3 classic-fit trousers are available in black, charcoal grey, brown herring bone and charcoal berry stripe. All T3 denim jeans and trousers are available in sizes 14 – 28.  Petite and tall sizes are available online and in select stores. Lane Bryant will continue to add new silhouettes, colors and washes to its T3 collection in the coming seasons.

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**DISCLAIMER** Although I love the concept and flattering technology of these new T3 products, the fit in the video does not really make me want to buy them. Also the pants look shorter inseam on the website, which again is not that appealing. I am all for finding better fits, figure flattering shapes, and getting better quality apparel for all, but I want to see where this will go. I wear and love my Lane Bryant Right Fit pants & jeans so I know that will make it work with the T3 items.

What are your thoughts?

Have you tried them on in a store?

Get your Big Sexy on tonight!!

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Could it be that in the future there will be reality shows where the full figure is being embraced instead of rejected on another “weight lose” challenge reality show? Well my friends the future must be arriving tonight in the form of a new show called “BIG SEXY” on TLC.

Here is the commercial for the premiere:

These ladies aren’t afraid to strut their stuff on the runways or at the beach. They’re living large with a single mission: Show the world that bigger is better.

The cast of the BIG SEXY:

Audrey Lea Curry

Tiffany Bank

Heather Roach

Leslie Medlick

Nikki Gomez

Make sure you tune in tonight 10/9c!! The ratings will hopefully state that there needs to me more shows like this to show that you can be a curvy woman/girl that is healthy, beautiful and successful!!

Happy 5th Anniversary- PLUS Model Magazine!!!

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Please join us in congratulating PLUS Model Magazine and Madeline Jones… Five years never looked better!

The anniversary issue brought to use by City Chic includes a beautiful cover with Lizzie Miller – with equally nice photo spread and interview of the international Plus Size model; New York City Chic Model Search winner Nicole Zepeda; Spotlight Model Winner Kelle Coleman; Link to short film starring Fluvia Lacerda “This is My Body”; The Plus size Shopping Experience- “Where we Shop and Why” by Fashion & Style Editor Marie Denee; Stylist Reah Norman- Reah’s Stylefile for July.

To every Plus Size woman that reads this; be good to yourselves, love yourselves, and take care of the body you are in right now. With all of the demands by society to be thinner, in order to be “healthier”, it’s no wonder we all second guess the body we are in, and even ignore it sometimes. I’m here to tell you that you are beautifully and wonderfully made, and there is no one else like you. Your health is not determined by a number on a scale or the inside of a clothing tag; however, it is your responsibility to take care of yourself so that you rock your curves in a healthy way.

Thrive in your curves,

Madeline Jones

Editor, PLUS Model Magazine

Spotlight Model Kelle Coleman

 

 

A Plus Size Girl in the Fashion Industry…

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Anyone in the United States who is over a size four in the fashion industry is already considered “too big.” Plus size begins at a size fourteen…

Which as we all know by now, is the average size for a woman in this country.  There is a lot of stress around not fulfilling the size two frame that everyone else is trying to become. It definitely puts a damper on my mood making patterns for top design houses in the United States, and never being able to wear any of it. The reality in the fashion industry is, they are still too stubborn to change their negative ways.  I am not just talking about the models though who are skinny.  A lot of the people who work in the fashion industry are also very thin. I pretty much was the largest intern at every company I worked at. I am only a size 12/14.  I don’t let that stop me from working at design houses that only go up to a size ten.  I look at all these beautiful clothes and tell myself that there are designers out there that do cater to the plus size woman.

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I mean real designers that understand a plus size women’s body. Although there are stores that do have plus size women’s clothing, but the fit is just awful. They never do a fitting on an actual plus size fit model. All these companies do is grade their clothes from a size six, up until 26 or 28. They don’t see what problems will occur when you do it this way. The plus size industry is increasingly gaining more popularity. Women are starting to become more aware that they no longer have to continue to squeeze into clothes that will not fit. Now we have many companies such as Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Fashion to Figure, Sweet Tooth Couture, La Dan’s Closet, and many more who actually understand the plus size women’s body.

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Why is the United States the only country that isn’t as open to larger size women as in other countries? Spain has fashion week with plus size models in their shows. France has plus size models featured in their top magazines. Italy has Vogue just for the curvy women. Australia has plus size designers in their fashion week. Why is it the country with the most amount of full figured women, is the worst to meeting the plus size women’s needs?

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Well luckily that is changing now. Plus size women we have our fashion week! Within 3 years of it starting, it has reached internationally.  Yes women from Switzerland and France flew down to attend Full Figured Fashion Week. Good ole United States is going to have to start changing their negative outlook on woman who are not willing to starve themselves to fit into a designer’s couture gown.

Sweet Tooth Couture on the Runway at Full Figure Fashion Week