Spotlight on a Stallholder: Ms. Annalog

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spotlight on a stall holderA Plus Market has so many amazing factors, top of the list is the community involved; the wonderful stallholders and fabulous visitors. A close second, the wide diversity of plus size fashion.

 

Each market we get to know so many wonderful women. this market one of which will be Ms. Anna log.

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Ms Anna Log, you may know as the singer from La Bastard, Tarzanna from Roller Derby (retired) or the blogger who tries to reconcile body positivity, fashion, feminism and thrifting all in a stylish bow. Below Ms Anna log has answered some fun and some serious questions, I think it’s a great read, so…

Firstly can you describe your fashion style?

Depending on what my body is doing and how I’m feeling my style can range anywhere between cute to rock n’ roll. At the moment you’d probably catch me wearing a vintage or vintage style dress, a blunt fringe and a quirky brooch, but that might change- Regardless of whatever phase I’m going through though I’m generally drawn to ‘interesting’ prints and white accessories.

 

What do you love and what do you hate about fashion?

Well, let’s start with the bad. I hate that the ‘aspirational’ side of fashion means that people potentially feel excluded (and can be) from the ability to express themselves to their fullest, be that because they feel their body isn’t worthy to wear a bright print or bikini, or just because it isn’t available (though this relates to more plus size fashion I guess…) I also feel that people can get so wrapped up with getting a ‘bargain’ sometimes with cheap and fast fashion that they just forget the impact which it has on people at a local and global level, as well the environment we live in. A new $30 dollar dress might only last one season for you, but the below living wage and landfill it takes up has such a greater impact than you realise.

 

 

On the plus size (ha! Get it??) I love that fashion can give us the ability to play, and express ourselves however we wish, if we want to. Once you see that trends, styles and what is ‘meant’ to look good are just a matter of opinion, it’s easy to just try things out and experiment. Rules are meant to be broken. As much as I hear people moan about lack of choice, I actually think we are so VERY fortunate to have a large range of options to choose from – You just have to look. We also have so many different bloggers and ‘taste-makers’ out there, to offer inspiration for all kinds of bodies if you want some ideas – you just have to look. They’re out there. The Internet is a glorious place made up of bloggers and kitten pics – Just trust me on that.

What is your blog about and why do you do it?

My blog is a plus size, body positive, feminist, fashion mash-up, I guess, where I document outfits, express the feeeeeeeelz, and generally try to reconcile ethical consumption, looking good, being fat, feminist, and happy with my life. Being body positive doesn’t necessarily mean being positive all the time. I still struggle, but I’m a lot more aware of what goes on now, so I try not to punish myself so much these days. 

Where do you gain your fashion inspiration from?

To keep it succinct – Rock n’ roll, thrift stores, and some amazingly stylish friends.

What’s the fashion trend you’d prefer to forget?

Tencil jeans and leather hot pants. I’m pretty sure both a thrush inducing mistakes in history which people really should forget. The classic faux pas of Ed Hardy and pink polo shirts with popped collars also come to mind, but I have a feeling all of this will be considered ‘retro, kitsch and cool’ in 10 years, so remember my words people, remember them!


Body positivity – please discuss and give us your tips?

For me, body positivity means not being at war with my body. It doesn’t mean ‘giving up’ and getting fat, but I’m just not buying in to the ‘ideal body’ stuff anymore, recognising the harmful behaviors I inflict, and being a whole lot kinder just generally. Being body positive simply acknowledges that ‘Every body is a good body’ – Regardless of size, shape, whatever – Really. I’m not perfect, I’m still working it out, but I’m getting there. Ever notice that people who physically are culturally acceptable are still down on themselves?  Yeah? Well, this whole thing is the opposite of that. Just be kind to yourself.

 

If you could create/have any outfit in the world or beyond – what would it look like or what features would it have.

If I could have a dress or a whole wardrobe based on a Piet Mondrian colour scheme I would be happy. Also. Pockets. That’s it.

 

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?

I’m a hoarder who’s an aspiring minimalist, so I’m trying to get rid of all the things and curate my wardrobe a bit better. I’ve also been collecting second hand and vintage dresses I just want to share with plus size ladies, so it’s an experiment to see if it’s something I’d like to do on a more regular basis.

CHECK OUT MS ANNA LOG’s BLOG ABOUT THIS HERE

What will you be selling at A Plus Market?

I’ll be selling second hand and vintage dresses, clothes, and accessories on the day, ranging anywhere from a size 16 to 22 – so you really won’t know what I’ll have unless you come by and say hello. Preferences will be given to people who swing by my stall with jokes, gifts or cronuts.

Ms Anna Log has also put together some shopping tips, have a read here.

As well as Ms Anna log we are delighted to also have Alice Bottomely of X-Factor fame clearing out her personal wardrobe, of course amongst many many other fashionable ladies. Check out Alice’s Q and A here.
And If you want to check out more of the stall holders attending this weekends market head back to our home page.

SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER – 10AM – 3PM
DAREBIN NORTH WEST UNITING CHURCH HALL – 399A Murray Rd, Preston

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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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