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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Hope & Harvest

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Now those who have been following A Plus Market, have probably figured out that I can get pretty excited about the stallholders we showcase. Now, this market around there are no exceptions and if truth be told my excitement levels have been turned up a notch.

The upcoming A Plus Market is not only in an extra beautiful building but there will also be some extra awesome stallholders too.

So without anymore adieu I’d like to announce that the wonderful and fabulous
Hope & Harvest
will be joining us at A Plus Market Ballarat, Saturday May 3.

WOOOP! and even better news is that they aren’t just joining us they will be totally bringing IT
– WITH UP TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES – total WOOP! –
Go A Plus Market Prices!
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For those in the know – you’re probably now as excited as me and those who haven’t heard about Hope & Harvest yet, here’s a little education.

Hope & Harvest are local designers based out of Melbourne/Ballarat who have been named by Madison Plus N.Y.C & Essence Magazine as one of the top plus size labels in the world. How amazing is that!

Just as exciting, Hope and Harvest have just been featured in Volup2 magazine, you can see it HERE, Pages 53 to 73.

I really like lots of Hope & Harvest’s designs as many have that cool BOHO feel while others have that little bit of allure (and some  a lot) and all are available in sizes 14 to 26.

Harvest, one half of Hope & Harvest’s design team says,

“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”

I guess that’s also why the designs work for so many of us.

So now back to what’s happening at A Plus Market on Saturday May 3.

Hope & Harvest will be showcasing both new season and SALE stock with as I said before
UP TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES,

But wait there’s more.
Become a Hope & Harvest VIP and get 20% off everything, this is in addition to the already reduced stuff. You’ll need to sign up before the market and take your VIP number along with you on market day.
Sign up as a Hope & Harvest VIP HERE.

AND by coming along to A Plus Market Ballarat you’ll get a chance to WIN a $100 Hope & Harvest Voucher!

So save the date, get the girls organised for a road trip and get along to Ballarat Saturday May 3
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Spotlight on a stallholder – Aarathi

A Plus Market (Preston)

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As is usual for each A Plus Market there is bag loads of pre-loved plus size beauties fit to be rehomed. The upcoming A Plus Market  in Preston is no different. Well it’s a little different as there are more pre-loved sellers than ever before, meaning there are bag loads more bargains to be had!

It is fitting that we begin the stallholder introductions with one of the many gorgeous women who are clearing out their wardrobes.

Today we meet the beautiful Aarathi. untitledAarathi is an international aid worker, and have travelled the world extensively (I know right…. good looks and nice!). Aarathi lives in Country Victoria (Kilmore) and loves the wide open spaces that surround her. To top off the package she is happiest when cooking! She even has a food blog, Chocolate and curry, check it out HERE.

So to get to know Aarathi a bit better before market day here are the questions I asked:

Describe your fashion style?

I would say I dress more classically, and love bright colours. I don’t subscribe to any one particular trend, but believe in buying good quality clothes that can withstand the trends of different seasons. I love vintage styles as well. My style is classic, straight lines, not fussy that makes me feel confident and beautiful 🙂

If you had to wear an outfit that was your most hated colour, how would you make it bearable? 

Pairing it with accessories that complimented the colour or took the attention away from it!

Are you a hat person? Or any type of headwear? What do or don’t you like and why?

Lol no….I have like 2 hats. I don’t mind fascinators, but small ones. I don’t think I’ve ever been cool enough to carry off headwear confidently!
Fashion rule that you love to break?
To be able to wear sleeveless for us curvy girls! 

If you were going around the world for 12 months what are your 3 must take pieces of clothing? Why?

My CC skinny jeans, my Witchery light grey wool top and a pair of my Sambag ballet flats. They go with everything, the jeans are complimentary and can be worn day or night. The Witchery top can be paired with anything, worn under blazers or by itself and is light and can be packed lightly. The Sambag ballet flats because they are the most comfortable shoes in the world, last a good long while and they are totally adorable and would remind me of home 🙂

 

What’s your favourite article of clothing for the in between season’s such as Autumn?

BLAZERS! Definitely a must have!

Aarathi has too many clothes (a common story), she has changed sizes  and her tastes have changed. This is her chance to de-clutter!

Aarathi wants to find her beautiful clothes some new loving homes.
She needs YOU!

Aarathi will be selling:

Casual and work clothes, with a few dressier items. Dresses, pants, skirts, shirts, and casual tops. Brands include City Chic, Marks and Spencer, Dream Diva, Sussan, Bonds, Peta Pledger, and other designers

Come and grab some of this gorgeous woman’s clothes and lighten her load.
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Spotlight on a Stallholder – Mandi

February 2014 A Plus MArket - Frankston
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Once again A Plus Market will be busting at the seams with pre-loved goodies and it’s always nice to get a sneak peek beforehand, as well as getting to know one of the stallholders a bit.This time round we are meeting Mandi.

Mandi is one half of the Mooey and Melly team

Mandi is one half of the Mooey and Melly team

I’ve met Mandi before as she has previously had a stall at A Plus Market, so I can vouch for her fun loving nature.

Mandi is a mum and step mum to 5 kids (what a trooper). If that’s not enough Mandi; also works part time, runs a plus size facebook site, Mooey & Mellys’ Mega Mayhem for BBW (more about that below) and has a regular market stall selling vintage & collectables (Lilydale Trash 2 Treasure every Sunday). I’m tired just reading that!

So I put some questions to Mandi in a hope that you’ll get to know her and her wares alitttle better before Saturday.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Hmmmm, I don’t think I have any 1 style…. I can be conservative (if needed), but prefer to be a little bit hippy, a little grungy & a little girly.

What’s your must have summer fashion item?

Funky sunglasses & blingy thongs

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

Something bright & fun to lift my mood, even if its only adding a retro scarf!!

Do you have a piece of clothing you just can’t part with even though you don’t or can’t use anymore? What is it and why do you love it?

Yes, a very shabby, hand knitted jumper that is purple with the Eiffel Tower & the word Paris in bright pink & green I  brought it from a market when I was 19, it is my comfort piece of clothing & falling apart….. I love it.

Is there a fashion rule that you love to break?

Hahahaha, I think I have broken them all by now !!!
Wear whatever makes you feel special, be confident.

Favourite event to dress for?And why? And what would you wear?

I adore getting dressed up to go out with the girls, I like to bling up with lots of bracelets, knee length skirt over some funky leggings a bright retro t & a floaty lace jacket….. and don’t forget the wedges….. let your hair down & live n laugh.

Tell us a little about your facebook site and what you’ll be bringing to A Plus market.

I believe that each & every woman regardless of size should be able to feel funky, comfortable & wonderful in their clothing.  Together with my bestie Melly (who lives in QLD) I run a facebook page – Mooey & Mellys’ Mega Mayhem for BBW.  We specialize in sizes 26 – 32 & have a huge range of garments; T’s, cardi’s, leggings, sleep wear, lingerie & accessories, that are not only comfy & funky but also affordable.
A selection of Mandi's clothes that are up for offer at  A Plus Market.

A selection of Mandi’s clothes that are up for offer at A Plus Market.

I am thrilled to be able to share our finds with others at the A Plus Market and I’ll be bringing lots of gently loved items from size 18 – 26 too.
Come down, meet Mandi in person and shop up a storm THIS SATURDAY!

Have you clicked JOIN on the FB event yet? Click the image above and it will take you there.

Have you clicked JOIN on the FB event yet?
Click the image above and it will take you there.

Bombshell Vintage

December 2013 A Plus Market (Altona)

Bombshell Vintage is bringing their freshly launched Atomic Bombshell reproduction vintage range to A Plus Market – Altona.

Bombshell Vintage believes you should ‘dress for your style, not your size!’.

Check out these gorgeous frocks from the Atomic Bombshell range.
These are made to measure, bringing the best of vintage fashion to us curvier ladies in a perfect fit.

Bombshell Vintage is all about, colour, pattern and cut, helping you to stand out and look your best.
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In addition to this fabulous reproduction range they have a stunning range of vintage pieces available form their website http://www.bombshellvintage.com.au/

Come along to A Plus Market – Altona
to see these gorgeous pieces for yourself.
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To see a sneak peek of some of the other things on offer on the day
CLICK HERE

Or swing by the A Plus Market Facebook page by
CLICKING HERE

Marji & Jean

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Marji & Jean make gorgeous vintage inspired frocks right here in Melbourne. Each frock is unique, made from fun and quirky fabric prints.
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Marji & Jean attended the very first A Plus Market and had such a fun time they are returning, this time with some classics but also some gorgeous newly created frocks.

Stocking sizes 16-26 Marji & Jean dresses are a perfect choice for that fun party dress you need for the upcoming silly season.


Check out the previous Marji & Jean post
HERE.
Check out some of the other stallholders attending A Plus Market – Altona HERE
And check out all the details of the Altona market
HERE.

In the News

December 2013 A Plus Market (Altona), More media

aplus market hobson Bay Leader The Hobson Bay Leader has included a story about the upcoming A Plus Market in Altona. Thanks to the wonderful Marji & Jean for providing the gorgeous dresses that are modelled.
Here’s a link  to the story on line. Check out page 14.
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Big Blossom Pjs

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Big Blossom Pjs are bringing their gorgeous plus size pyjamas to A Plus Market!

Big Blossom Pjs are all about feeling good, not only that, they look good too.
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Designed for comfort, Big Blossom Pjs have a relaxed and floaty fit, perfect for those hot Melbourne nights. Though they aren’t just comfortable they also look devine.

Big Blossom Pjs make a range of pyjamas and nighties from size 10 to 24, all in high quality, soft fabrics.  This night wear is gorgeous, some with a hint of vintage whilst others are classical. Colours range from soft feminine to bright and funky.

And even better still, these garments are versatile too, some can be worn as day or beach wear!
Spot Shorts and Uggs

Lazy days or snuggly nights these cute Pjs will be your go to.

Treat yourself, your Mum, sister or friend with these beautiful locally designed and made Pjs.

Not available in shops or those big scary (especially at Christmas time) malls, you’ve got to come down to A Plus Market in Preston on Saturday November 30, to get some of these luxurious pyjamas. The extra bonus you can meet the makers, a gorgeous smiley, vibrant pair of sisters.
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End of Run

November 2013 A Plus Market (Preston)

A Plus Market isn’t just about gorgeous plus sized fashion,
there are many other bedazzling and beautiful products to tempt you.

One stockist, End of Run
is bringing a luxurious range
of traditional silk brocade products
to the November A Plus Market in Preston.
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End of run’s products are gorgeous, ranging from adorable silk velvet baby slippers and adult house shoes (pictured below) to hard wearing silk cosmetic bags, coin and cafe purses (pictured above).

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End of Run’s products are all priced
up to 75% off
wholesale,
making them a definite Christmas shopping option!

End of Run products will be available at A Plus Market in Preston on November 30!
Click the poster below for more information.
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A Plus Market – my personal shopping adventure

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Some of the stall holders at September’s A Plus Market figured out quite quickly that my decision to create A Plus Market is more than a way to enter the work force but also an elaborate way of getting my shopping done.

Augmenting one’s wardrobe has never been so much FUN!

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Playing dress up’s with friends new and old, having personal dressers (thanks Ayse), all in comfortable and relaxed surrounds can not be beaten.

Or can it?

I think YES, because I forgot to mention the BARGAIN prices!

The above haul with some other pieces too, like a glamorous full length, thigh high split ASOS Curve black (NWOT) dress and a cute flirty LBD didn’t blow the credit card. I won’t say exactly how much I spent. Let’s just say if I had two pineapples to start with, I still had some change!

A Plus Market isn’t just about bargains though because there is always some very gorgeous NEW wares there too.

Whether it be original handmade dresses, new designer clothing or the
beautiful handbags, sparkly jewels, sandals, boots and even more glorious products, no matter what size you are, there is sure to be something for you.

So my advice to you, is MAKE SURE YOU MAKE IT to the NEXT A Plus Market!

Follow this link to this years market dates!

PS My hat goes off to all the fashion bloggers out there, as the above photos took ages. Too many selfies and too many groans from the hubby. Thanks darl.

I’d love to see what you got on the day too!
Upload some pics of you in your A Plus Market finds to the A Plus Market Facebook page

and get a chance to WIN
a copy of
Janine Mison’s, Curvy Girl’s Guide to Shopping, Melbourne e-book!