CAFÉ

A Plus Market (Preston)

A Plus Market loves independent and Australian made plus size fashion designers, and thus we endeavour to bring as many with as much variety as we can.
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August 30 sees CAFÉ an independently owned and Melbourne made label bringing a range of their samples to A Plus Market Preston.

Established in 1975, CAFÉ‘s trademark is value and comfort fit for plus sized women, sizes 12 to 26.

Loved by celebrity Magda Szubanski, CAFÉ offers a range of on trend pieces season after season. With relaxed, easy designs and quality fabrics, CAFÉ is a go to for all your wardrobe staples and work basics; tops, shirts, t-shirt, pants, jackets, stretch denim leggings and jeans.

Support your local, independents by making sure you check out the CAFÉ stall Saturday August 30 as there is sure to be something you’ll love amongst their range of new samples, especially when they’ll be at crazy A Plus Market prices.

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Hope & Harvest

A Plus Market (Preston)

A Plus Market is a haven for those of us who love fashion.
Each market brings an abundance of fresh designers and the upcoming August 30 market is no exception.

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The ever fabulous and world renowned brand
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are once again bringing their gorgeous plus size collection to
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Saturday August 30 will be great opportunity to check out their designs up close and personal and of course meet and talk with the ladies behind the brand.

Hope & Harvest’s new winter collection, The “Neo Noir” Collection is stunning and has had many great reviews. I personally can’t wait to try out the Noir Dress. It is stunning and seems to scream comfortable yet classically stylish. If I get my hands on one of these frocks I am sure to have it in heavy rotation.

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Hope & Harvest’s full collection (designed and made in Melbourne) has plus size women’s figures as the core inspiration. Being voluptuously curvy herself, designer Harvest really knows how to design clothes that inspire confidence and flatter plus size women.

“We get our ideas by thinking about what we want to wear. By looking at fashion that inspires us and using our experience to find a way to create pieces that really work for us” says Harvest.

Pretty Vixen

A Plus Market (Preston)

Pretty Vixen is the new label from one of A Plus Market’s first ever stallholder’s, Bec from Parlour Vintage.

After a huge response to online sales of her up-cycled and handmade skirts she was selling from her personal collection, Bec saw an obvious gap in the market for her style of fashion. With variations on the ballerina style skirt ranging from Rockabilly, Gothic, Classic Lolita and Mori Girl to  BoHo peasant skirts, women of all ages have been snapping up these skirts.
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Soon, Pretty Vixen will be opening it’s new Etsy store with ready to wear and custom made options available to the world.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the multi season range of skirts available at the upcoming A Plus Market in Preston this Saturday.
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Addicted to Cards

A Plus Market (Preston)

Handmade cards are a beautiful way to express your gratitude, happiness and all and any greetings you wish to share. A Plus Market this Saturday May 31 has a lovely range available from Addicted to Cards.
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Leanne the maker loves making cards, she says ” I think I have had this addiction since my early teens”. Leanne would buy cards and thinking they were to beautiful to use, so kept hold of them instead. She started buying two at a time, so she could give one and keep one to admire. Then of course she started creating. Thankfully so as now others can enjoy these delights.

Leanne makes a range of cards for many different wishes, experience and events and can also make them to order. Leanne runs workshops to share her tricks of the trade and also sells beautifully coordinated craft supplies.

Come along, support a local maker and buy some beautifully hand crafted cards for your friends and loved ones.
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Spotlight on a Stallholder – Belle

A Plus Market (Preston)

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One of the nice things about A Plus Market is that come market day, we all get to meet a bunch of new and like minded ladies. Better than that we meet them in an environment where we can literally raid their wardrobe. Each market has an army of women refreshing their wardrobes and whether it be from the inside out or the outside in, either way is just as fun.

Now, of the ladies that will be selling their pre-loved goodies, we have already met (well in the electronic sense) the lovely Ashley Rose. Ashley is instituting a major cull on her wardrobe in the lead up to Saturday May 31, now with just under a week to go until market day there is time to meet another.

I’m very pleased to introduce, Belle.
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Belle is a gorgeous young lady who works in plus size fashion retail, spending time helping women from all different ages to find their style and create looks that suit their body shape. She has studied fashion design and visual merchandising, following in her families foot steps as both her grandmother and mother worked in fashion design and couture dressmaking.

Belle absolutely love’s fashion, so much so, she wants to share this love with the world and has started a fashion blog, Belle Park.
Belle’s blog celebrates everything to do with style and curves, check it out HERE.

I asked Belle the following questions:

Describe your fashion style?

My fashion style can be described as classic modern with an edgy twist.
I do love my classic black and white colours; I love a classic white shirt paired with an everyday black pair of tight skinny jeans but I also like to add a bit of an edge to my outfits, whether its studs, gold zips, fur, leather or my chunky black heels. It’s always fun and exciting.

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Where is your favourite place to shop? why?

Unfortunately I can’t narrow it down to one place as I have many favourites. There are many more options for shopping for curvy clothes these days and hopefully we keep gaining more places to shop and create style. Plus I love that many more of the major retailers now are more generous with sizing and go up to an 18.

If your having one of those days when you feel less than fabulous, what piece of clothing do you turn to and why?

On days like this, black is my best friend. I turn to a stylish and comfortable black pair of pants and add a flowing non-figure hugging top, this is usually my ‘go to’ outfit. It still shows style but its more laid back and makes me feel less on show. I’ll add some statement jewellery so the rings, bracelets and necklaces become more of an eye catcher and make me feel more fabulous.

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Do you have a fashion icon? why?

My fashion icon would be my mother, she has taught me everything there is to know about fashion and style. My love for fashion has grown so much over the years because everyday she inspires me. To this day fashion is the one thing we both love and share.

 

Do you have any tips for ladies thinking of starting a blog, which bloggers do you follow/most look up to/are inspired by?

My goal as a plus fashion blogger is to show no matter what size you are you can always look stylish and fabulous. Its lots of fun and you get to share you ideas and style with the world. I’m still very new to blogging, but the most important thing I have found so far is to have fun with it. I love fashion so much that I found having a blog is a great outlet for me to show my latest favourite trends, my latest finds and what inspires me.

If your thinking of starting a blog I would say – Do It!  I have found that you just have to be not scared to put yourself out there and to show everyone your style and be proud of it!

The  I follow many, many bloggers.
A few of my favourites, that I most look up to include Gabi Fresh, Nadia Aboulhosn, Tess Munster and Danimezza. They all have such good insights and style, I am always learning something new as they always have amazing ideas. I love being inspired by them.

 

What will you be selling at A Plus Market Preston this coming Saturday?

Everything! I have been so ruthless with my wardrobe this time round and I am selling some amazing pieces. They will range from size 16-24 and will be all well known brands, many that still have tags on.

Get ready because there will be some excellent clothing buys as well as some fab shoes and accessories. I’m very excited for the Preston Market and I can’t wait to see all your friendly faces.

A sneak peek of some of the things Belle will be selling can be seen at her blog HERE.

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A bear made this

A Plus Market (Preston)

Cute, fun and colourful describes to a tee,
A Bear Made This’
range of upcycled jewellery.

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A Bear Made This made their market debut with A Plus Market earlier this year (remember the awesome scrabble initial ring I scored, pictured below) and I am excited to say will be returning to join us Saturday May 31.

My awesome $2 cardi and lovely ring from A Bear Made This

Necklaces, rings and other things including these very cute jewellery dishes.
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You can find A Bear made This on Facebook – abearmadethis and instagram  @abearmadethis or better still at
A Plus Market – Preston

Saturday May 31 10 am – 3 pm
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Madame Tây

A Plus Market (Preston)

A Plus MarketPreston May 31 is also going to be home for a day to this awesome label Madame Tây.

Madame Tây is a ‘local’ label with a difference, this clothing project was conceived by four friends from Melbourne who now live in four different cities – Toronto, Hanoi, Dakar and Melbourne.
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Working with small-business tailors in Vietnam and Senegal they create simple, handmade, ethically-produced garments.
For the four friends, this project is not just about the finished product, it is also about the process.

As a collective they say,
“While we have a passion for beautiful clothes, we also have ideas and questions around ethics, culture, travel, fashion, global manufacturing, trade and consumption, that we hope to explore in this endeavour.”

If you purchase a Madame Tây item, you can easily trace your garment’s origins back to the individual tailor who made it, and learn about the place where your item came from.
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At A Plus Market – Preston on the 31st of May, Madame Tây will be showcasing a limited edition series of plus size garments in beautiful wax print sourced in Ghana and Senegal, including simple camisoles, cute peplum tops and a small range of dresses.

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You can see more examples of the Madame Tây range here and here,
but better yet come along on Saturday May 31 and see them for your self.
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Organic Alexami Skincare & Cosmetics

A Plus Market (Preston)

A Plus Market is a one stop shop for all the beautiful indulgent things a lady may want; from gorgeous plus size clothes (news and pre-loved, designer and casual) to lovely one of a kind artisan jewellery pieces, any woman no matter her size can come and enjoy the select range of products available.

The upcoming A Plus Market on Saturday May 31 in Preston is no exception, there is a great selection of lovely things including this beautiful range of organic skincare and cosmetics by Alexami.

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The Alexami Botanique Range combines the latest in ground breaking research and development of naturally active anti-aging botanical ingredients to derive natural products with proven results. The Alexami Botanique Range is all natural, containing organic natural ingredients and made from a unique aroma blend of 100% pure organic essential oils.

The Botanique range is free from PEGs, parabens, propylene glycol, silicones or derivatives, mineral oil or derivatives, SLS or artificial colours or fragrances. It is non-toxic, not tested on animals and eco friendly.
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The lovely ladies manning the Alexami stall can advise you on the best products for your skin  type and which colours from their cosmetic range will best suit you, so make sure you stop by, say hi and indulge yourself.

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To find out more about the range before market day you can contact Siobhan direct via email siobhan@styleright.com.au

Misty Belvidere

A Plus Market (Preston)

Local, independent, exclusive, plus size designer label Misty Belvidere is having it’s A Plus Market debut at Preston May 31!

Miss Kate the designer of Misty Belvidere has been a loyal A Plus Market enthusiast coming to just about all the markets to date. So it’s a bit special that this time around a transition from shopper to stallholder will be taking place.
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The Misty Belvidere label is one that doesn’t apologise and allows women to embrace the fun in fashion like their standard-sized sisters.

Designer Miss Kate says “All women want the same thing, and that’s to look and feel beautiful”. Her designs definitely follow this sentiment.

Misty Belvidere’s latest collection MERMADIA recently enjoyed rave reviews at it’s appearance on the Curvy Couture Roadshow runway. Now attendees of the upcoming A Plus Market will be able to get up close and personal with these gorgeous garments.

Personally, I am excited to be able to check out the collection as I totally missed that particular runway on the day and have sadly been left with only photos and tales from the many that fell in love with the range,
in particular THAT sequined frock (not pictured).

Misty Belvidere works on a pre-order basis, you can order at the market or online and have peace of mind that each design comes in small quantities, bringing an element of exclusivity.

Miss Kate will also be selling pre-loved pieces from her I will  personal wardrobe. This lady has a keen sense of style and fun, so definitely a stall you’ll want to check out.

For those that can’t make the market Misty Belvidere can be found all over the social networks, look out on the day on Instgram via @mistybelvidere and #mistybelvidere for all the updates.
Check it out and follow 🙂

See you Saturday May 31!
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Andi McCann Personal Styling

A Plus Market (Preston)

This market around A Plus Market is delighted to be hosting a new kind of stallholder. Andi McCann Personal Stylist will be coming along to meet and greet and promote her new local studio (it’s just down the road from our Preston home in Thornbury).
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Along with personal styling, wardrobe edits, corporate branding, personal shopping and workshops, Andi’s focus is colour analysis.
“What’s this all about? What does it mean?” I hear you say, well that’s what I said.

Andi is the best person to explain, so definitely save the date (Saturday May 31) and come along, say hi and ask a whole bunch of questions.

Here, though is a bit of what Andi told me (in response to all of my questions) about her services.

Andi explained Colour analysis is fun, it’s liberating and powerful.
Choosing the colour palette that best suits you, will help make you look younger, healthier and bring out your inner glow.”

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Do you know what colours suit you and how to wear them?
Are you a Warm or Cool tone?

 “As we as we age, our colour changes, so it’s a great idea to update every 10 years.”

A colour analysis session with Andi McCann usually takes around 1.5 hours. You’ll not only find out which colours suit you, you’ll also talk makeup and experiment with a range of lipsticks and eye shadows that complement your tone.

Each consultation service includes your own unique colour wheel (that fits into your handbag, so you can take it shopping) and an e-book.

The colour analysis service will provide you with knowledge and tools to take away so you are armed to go shopping, no other appointments required.

Here’s the best bit, Andi is offering a 15% discount off any colour analysis service booking that is made at the market!

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