Icelandic Blue

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market showcases a diverse range of local plus size labels.

Icelandic Blue is a relatively new label designed for comfort and style.

In 2014, the artist, Janice Gobey launched Icelandic Blue to cater to the independent woman who enjoys making her own fashion statement.

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Janice felt that what was missing from most plus-size ranges was well designed garments in luxurious fabrics that actually fitted the body.

Janice say “What we wear is like another skin and makes a statement about how we feel about ourselves – it is important to be able to express yourself and polyester sacks don’t necessarily do this.”

“We want to change this and encourage women of all sizes and shapes to buy quality, well made items that will make you feel fabulous and give you years of wear.”

“Our range is trans-seasonal, able to be layered and perfect for travel or a variety of occasions – from the office to lunch with friends or an evening at the theatre.”

Icelandic Blue is a boutique collection, manufactured in Melbourne to the highest standards. There are only limited quantities of each style.

Icelandic Blue will once again be showcasing their gorgeous collection for us at A Plus Market.
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www.icelandicblue.com

 

Spotlight on a Stallholder – Julie

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 A Plus Market is THE place to go to enjoy a range of fabulous plus size fashion.
Especially if you are on the hunt for pre-loved bargains.

The upcoming Wantirna A Plus Market is no exception.
There is as always a terrific line up of stall holders.

First, we are introducing one of the fashion forward ladies who will be offering up pieces selected for you from her own wardrobe.

Julie A PLus Market

Julie is a self-confessed crazy cat lady who loves to read trashy novels has a nostalgic weakness for 80’s music and absolutely loves shopping, can’t resist a sale and of course LOVE’s FASHION!

Sounds just like me and you, right?
I can’t wait to shop her wardrobe.

For some fun, Julie has agreed to share some of her interests and style tips with us.

Describe your fashion style?

Girly, I live in dresses and skirts – it is a rare event that sees me wearing trousers. For years my wardrobe was mostly black, but I am trying to incorporate more colour these days. Nothing better than a pretty floral frock on a sunny spring day.

What do you love about fashion?

I love that beautiful clothes make me feel confident and gorgeous. I love how 20 women can wear exactly the same dress and yet each can put their own spin on it and it can create a completely different look. I love being able to create a look to suit an occasion or mood – all this with just pieces of fabric. Amazing!

What is you more favourite fashion era?

I love the 1950’s and 1960’s – classic style!

Describe your go to outfit?

A cute dress, leggings and a cardigan with a sweet brooch. This is my everyday uniform – workdays, weekends, nights out etc – all just variations on the same theme.

Describe your fantasy best outfit ever.

The one that you haven’t found yet but wish it existed? Being a classic apple shape – I would love a dress which gives me the perfect hourglass shape with a defined waist, which isn’t too tight and is super comfortable to sit down in (preferably with sleeves).

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?

I have a bursting wardrobe and I don’t have the time or energy to sell online (taking photos, creating listings, packing and going to the post office – it’s all too hard). I need to clear out the things that don’t work for me, but will work for someone else – recycling at its best.

What are you selling?

I have quite a few items which are either brand new, or worn once or twice. I have some lovely long dresses for more formal occasions, some casual dresses, skirts and tops – mostly in sizes 20 – 24. I also have a couple of pairs of brand new shoes and some costume jewellery. Hopefully something for everyone.

Come along to A Plus Market Wantirna,
meet Julie I person and free her of bursting wardrobe.

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Pom Pom Poppy

February 2014 A Plus MArket - Frankston

A Plus Market isn’t just about awesome plus size fashion, there is also many other beautiful things ALL and ANY woman would love to have in her life.

Jewellery and accessories are high up that list, right?

A Plus Market has a gorgeous selection of artisan jewellery for you to drool over and hopefully then take home with you to launder.

The upcoming Frankston market sees some beautiful jewellery and accessories being showcased including those from Pom Pom Poppy.

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Pom Pom Poppy is a quaint little handmade business founded and created by the lovely Chandika. Located in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne, Chandika draws her inspirations from all the beautiful things in life.
The result is a gorgeous range of ladies fabric flower accessories; everyday and bespoke pieces such as headbands, brooches, bib necklaces and hair pins. Each is made by hand using new, recycled and vintage fabrics and embellishments.

Chandika enjoys treasure hunting for unique and vintage fabrics and findings to create these beautiful one of kind handmade accessories. Working with different  textures of fabrics, experimenting with different colour combinations Pom Pom Poppy has a stunning and ever expanding range.

Each month Pom Pom Poppy draw creates a new collection;  anything from Shabby Chic, Alice in Wonderland or Balinese inspired –  each piece is one of a kind. This month of course is Valentine’s. So how fitting that today I share these exquisite pieces with you.

Have a look at Pom Pom Poppy’s Facebook page here to see the Valentine inspired designs.

Pom Pom Poppy Accessories will be available at A Plus Market – Frankston.
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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.

Polly Pratt

November 2013 A Plus Market (Preston)

Polly Pratt is a local (based in Brunswick) who designs
and makes clothing for the everyday woman.
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A Plus Market is overjoyed that Polly Pratt
will be bringing a variety of her clothing including her
signature piece the Wendy dress (pictured above),
which comes in a size up to 24,
along with some of her quirky and fun hand made jewellery.

I personally really like Polly Pratt’s garments,
bold and bright colours in simple yet elegant designs.

Why not have some fun with your fashion and buy yourself a gorgeous locally designed piece by Polly Pratt. You’ll not only look great and own a well made quality frock/top/or other but you’ll also be supporting your neighbour.
Guilt free shopping at it’s best.

Come down to

A Plus Market
Darebin North West Uniting Church Hall.
399A Murray Road, Preston.
 Saturday November 30,
10-3
to see these gorgeous pieces for yourself.

Kiozwi

November 2013 A Plus Market (Preston)

Kiozwi will have the perfect Christmas candles and beautiful gift soap packs available at A Plus Market in both Preston (Saturday Nov 30) and the following week at Altona (Sunday Dec 8).

Kiozwi candles are handmade in Melbourne using soy wax, natural or fragrance oils and natural cotton wicks. Each candle is infused with your choice of fragrance to give you a delicate aroma and beautiful glow when burning.
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Kiozwi’s Limited Edition Christmas Candles and gift packs come in fabulous Christmas fragrances. Though your choice doesn’t end there. You can also choose from their Classic Kiozwi Danube range, or a quirky, fun and playful “Never Enough” range, great for that “Just because” gift for anyone.

Along with candles Kiozwi also offer a cute range of soaps.
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Have a look at Kiozwi’s website and pick some gifts out as they are more than happy to fill orders for pick up on market day.

Kiowzi will be attending both the Preston and Altona A Plus Market.

Intimo

September A Plus Market (Box Hill) - Info

The Box Hill A Plus Market is pleased to have Nina (pictured below) attend as a representative of Intimo.IMG_4499+Nina_webIntimo offers garments from every day comfort to lacy intimates, sports bras to support bras, fashion must-haves to fashion mainstays.
In sizes 30A to 46G, 6 to 24, the Intimo range has beautiful lingerie and loungewear for every size, shape and lifestyle.

Intimo is incredibly proud to partner with the McGrath Foundation to promote the importance of breast awareness and the early detection of breast cancer.

Nina will be offering personal bra fittings and presentations at the
Box Hill A Plus Market
Sunday September 30,
10-3
Box Hill Community Arts Centre,
470 Station St, Box Hill

Spotlight on a Stall holder – Ayse

September A Plus Market (Box Hill) - Info

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The Box Hill A Plus Market has a entirely new array of stall holders!
First to be introduced is one of our gorgeous ladies clearing out her closet, Ayse (pronounced Aisha).

Ayse is a 29 year old stay at home Mother from the South-East of Melbourne who is a self confessed internet clothes shopping addict.AishaVery kindly Ayse gives us some insights into her fashion style and hints at some of the treasures she will be bringing to the Box Hill A Plus Market on Sunday the 29th of September.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Vivacious!
Lots of colours and chunky jewellery

What’s your favourite piece of clothing and why?

I love my long length cardigans,
they are versatile and cover all the right areas

Do you love to accessorise or prefer to keep your look simple?

Definitely accessorise, especially with earrings. I cannot walk out of the house without earrings. I feel naked without them

If you had to choose, would you pick a handbag or shoes?

I totally agree with this quote from Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw (“Sex And The City”)

“I’m thinking balls are to men, what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag but we’d feel naked in public without it.”

What is your favourite fashion ‘rule’ to break?

Rule # Don’t mix Gold and Silver….

Mix it up!!!!! I love mixing rose gold and silver necklaces.

Aisha’s A Plus Market stall will feature brands such as ASOS, Myer, City Chic and some from overseas amongst others.

Come and relieve her of these gorgeous clothes and  help her continue her online clothes shopping sprees.A Plus Market Box Hill flyer

Spotlight on a stall holder – Amara

August A Plus Market - Stall holders and info

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Not only do we have fabulous new and vintage plus size fashion available at A Plus Market, we have women just like you offering up their fantastic pre-loved pieces.

I thought it would be nice to shine some light on one of our pre-loved purveyors.
I’d like to introduce you to the lovely, Amara.
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A 29 year old full time working mother to a 2 year old, Amara is a self professed shop-a-holic and loves to blog about her fashion finds.

I asked Amara to let us in on some of her fashion tips and give us a hint of what she will be bringing along to the August A Plus Market. Here’s what she said:

How would you define your fashion style in a few words?

Trend driven.

Where’s your favourite place to shop?

ASOS Curve it is affordable fashion for plus size women and bang on trend. 


What’s your favourite piece of clothing (or accessory)?

Anything Peplum!  It really works for my body shape.
I also love earrings, I can’t leave the house without them, I feel naked. 


What’s your best fashion tip?

Own some basics in your wardrobe, a white and black t-shirt, a pair of jeans and a good jacket. You are guaranteed to always find something that goes with any of them if your having a “I don’t have anything to wear” day. 


What’s your pet peeve about the plus size fashion industry in Australia?

It is hard to find trendy plus size fashion, although this is starting to change. It is also really hard to find plus size fashion stores especially in the country. 

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?

I am literally a shop-a-holic, cannot go one week without purchasing something so maybe if I sell a few things, I might get my dream Mulberry handbag!

Amara will be selling brand new clothing with tags from some UK brands including Marks & Spencer and Dorothy Perkins. As well as a heap of pre-loved goodies from ASOS Curve, New Look, Sussan, Next plus shoes and accessories.

Make sure you come along to the debut A Plus Market on Saturday the 31st of August and help Amara get her dream handbag.
To find out more info on the August market click here.

You can check out more of Amara’s style by visiting her blog, +a curves.

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