Lisa’s Lacies

February 2014 A Plus MArket - Frankston

Lucy testimonialA Plus Market always has a great range of plus size fashion; everything from casual and work wear to cocktail dresses and lingerie.

One of our favourite stallholders bringing us the later is Lisa’s Lacies.

We are so happy that Lisa and her team will be joining us once again.

Last time we featured Lisa’s Lacies  here I couldn’t say enough about their fabulous customer service; friendly, knowledgeable staff is what they’ve got!
This time around I thought I would highlight their unbelievable product range.
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If you are looking for a bra Lisa’s Lacies should be your first point of call. Catering  from the petite sizes through to size 40 and beyond. You’ll also find an extensive range of brands, so if you have a favourite or need to be introduced to one, this is the place to be.

If you need a day to day bra, a fancy one or a specialty bra like a strapless or sports again Lisa’s Lacies should be the first point of call.

And if it’s not a bra you are after but a corset or swimwear or some great pyjamas or  maternity wear or dressing gowns or fun accessories or……
The product list really is extensive so you’re best to check it out.

For those who like to try things on and get some professional advice,

Come along to A Plus Market this Saturday, meet Lisa herself and pick up a little surprise present (if you’re one of the first hundred through the door)

or head onto their bricks and Mortar store at 6 Klauer St, Seaford VIC 3198.
For those that can’t make either all Lisa’s Lacies has a great online store, currently with a couple of great sales.

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Spotlight on a Stallholder: The Jess’

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market has opened new doors for me and taken me to some unexpected and exciting places. One of those places has been and is the organising committee for the Curvy Couture Roadshow.
The committee is full of amazing, smart and beautiful women including these two, Jess and Jess or collectively, The Jess’s. And why am I telling you this….. WE ARE GETTING IN TO THEIR WARDROBES!

But before we swoon over their pre-loved suprises,  lets get some information out of them.

As there are two being interviewed for this Spotlight it is a little longer than normal,  and as The Jess’ are my friends I took the liberty of asking the really tough questions, that no one ever asks, but always wants to know of fashionistas, like, What is it you really wear around the house? and How long does it really take to get ready?
There is also some serious stuff, so definitely stick it out.
I’ve found their answers illuminating, I hope you do too….

Please tell us a little bit about yourselves

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I am the older, shorter Jess!  I am a Government drone by day and a bespoke fashion designer and seamstress by night…and weekend…and public holiday. I’m also on the committee of the Curvy Couture Roadshow (Melbourne’s own plus size fashion event).  I met Jess at a committee meeting and we worked so closely together, on the same projects with the same kind of enthusiasm and ethics, it just clicked! We work really well as a team, we think of things at the same time. When we’re really in our stride we’re like a hivemind. In Jess I’ve found a great friend, a cheerleader and an extra wardrobe! We quickly found out we’re the same size in clothes and we swap items nearly every week. I’ve never had a friend that was my size, nor who wore clothes that I wanted to wear! It’s a real bonus to our friendship.

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Jess T – responses in PURPLE


I am a fashion enthusiast who believes everyone should embrace their bodies,
enjoy fashion and always have fun with it. Jess and I met whilst organising Curvy Couture Roadshow (CCR), we are both on the committee and also modelled on the day for Sonsee, after all the long hours and many weekends together we formed a bond, we would email each other at the same time saying the same thing to each other (we still do) we call these hive moments, we are very similar in our thought processes and work ethic and our love for fashion, since then our friendship has blossomed, we live close by and both work in the cbd so we catch up a lot, go shopping and just have fun. It’s the first time I’ve had such a close friend who is the same size as me, its amazing I’ve never been able to swap clothes with someone which is exciting because its now like my wardrobe has doubled in size, when we go shopping it’s great because we say, ‘does our wardrobe need this?’. We still have our own unique styles and likes but Jess is such a wonderful caring, smart and gorgeous woman with a heart of gold a fantastic sense of humour that I cherish our friendship so much and always get excited when we hang out or do theme days with our fashion (check out the #purpleginger hashtag on instagram) or just have a pj night we get called ‘The Jess’ a lot and I love it as not only does she have a great name but she is one of my best friends.

What do you love about fashion?

I am most interested in the history of clothing and why we wear what we wear. For so many people clothes are tied to their identity. It’s a way of showing off, defining what people do or how they want people to see them. For others it’s about hiding or fitting in. Nationalities, social groups, work places, communities can all have a certain way of dressing, that identify where we belong.  It’s also an amazing way to show how different you are!


Fashion and clothing is the easiest and most easily changeable way to express yourself. Whether you make it, hate it or just claim it as your own, fashion and clothing says so much about you. I also really believe that as a fat woman, what I do with my clothes and not conforming to what society believes fat women should be gives me the power of fashion (I like to pretend I’m on Sailor Moon, it helps).

Being visible as a different body shape to the ‘norm’ is important to me as a feminist and as a fashion loving fatty. No matter what size someone is, or how they want to represent themselves, they should have the freedom and confidence to do so. Having examples of bodies that look like your own helps so much.

I have obsessions with neon, hounds tooth. Recently I have started falling into love with vintage shopping, from finding those special pieces that no one else has to styling them and mixing them into my modern wardrobe. I like to not listen to the ‘fashion rules’ and wear what I want to and what I think looks good on my body.

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What is your dream outfit?

Oh man. This where my goth roots start showing.  I would have to say that it’d be knee high black leather boots with a two inch block heel, coupled with  black thick knit tights. A black ponte skater dress, long sleeved, boatneck collar. A dark maroon duffle coat, with a hood and deep pockets. A long grey woollen scarf with tassle ends. Dark red nail polish. A wide brimmed black felt hat. Lots of eyeliner. One day it’ll happen. Possibly when I move somewhere cold enough to wear it every day.

 

That’s hard to say, I don’t think I have the exact items of clothes to make up this outfit but more I know I would love something that represents my personality whilst making me feel confident, sexy and comfortable, also something that no one else has (yes I’m all about standing out)

What do you really wear when bumming around the house?

Some oversize cheap trackiedacks, some knockoff ugg boots, laundry day undies, no bra, a tshirt and a hoodie I bought at a gig in 2004 with ‘Sounds Like Chicken’ on the front. So classy. Comfort realness.

 

To be honest I actually don’t own any tracksuit pants or anything so in winter its my love of an oversized hoodie, some leggings and either fuzzy socks or my old man moccasin slippers, In summer its usually a lot less layers but the key thing is fabrics that breathe.

 

How long does it really take for you to get ready? On average how many outfit changes do you make before you’ve found the one?

Honestly on a work day it depends on how fast I’ve gotten out of bed, usually 45minutes to an hour but if im styling my hair or curling it, this can take much longer. On a night out I can take up to 2 hours but if im getting ready with the girls and having pre-drinks well that can be over a few hours as we all know its much more fun getting with the girls and taking our time. Mostly I plan my outfits the night before or in my mind before I get out of bed, but if the weather is not complying to my plan or im feeling bloated or change my mind it could be 3-4 changes before im happy and sometimes I might even go back to the original idea I had

 

Ha! So on a work day, it takes me 1 hour and 15 minutes from bed to shower to door. If I’m going out, it can take maybe 2 hours. My gigantic hair takes time. I usually don’t change an outfit more than once, so I sometimes leave the house in things I’m not 100% on, but honestly you just gotta roll with it. I tend to spend the time I have in the shower thinking about what I want to wear so I’m prepared to chuck it on in the 5 minutes I have before people turn up or I have to leave.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

My biggest inspirations come from Instagram, I love seeing how other women put outfits together. I also get inspired from shopping, from the clothes themselves. I’ll buy a piece not thinking that it will perfectly match everything in my wardrobe but being excited by the challenge of mixing new things together to create a new look.

 

A lot of it recently comes from Jess! She has a really fashion current, bright and colourful style that I love on other people but I’m usually too afraid to try myself. I am also really into dressing like a witch from the 70s, or a Teddy Girl, or a 50s Greaser girl. I guess I am really into girl gang style.  I also love looking at other fat fashionistas on Instagram and looking at their outfits, picking out what I love most and trying to work that in. I still carry around the inspiration from my early 20s in my heart though – comic books. People always dress so cool in comic books.

What is your favourite fashion rule to break?

Bikinis. Always bikinis.

 

What ‘fashion rule’ isn’t there to be broken! A few that I do love flipping the bird to are; Tall women can’t wear heels, well I’m just under 6ft tall and I proudly rock up to 5 inch heels because I love heels, my ass and legs look great and I don’t feel the need to only wear flats to make others comfortable.
I also love to flaunt my curves, by wearing figure hugging pieces.

You both are extremely body positive, can you share some of your journey to how you got there, and any tips for those on that journey and any tips on keeping that body positive attitude?

I think my body positivity comes from a political place. It took me a while to embrace feminism and body activism, but now that I have I am determined like fire to always fight for women of every body type and from every place to feel attractive, strong, sexy and feel like they own how they look. I make sure that when I see a woman in the street that I think looks amazing, I will tell her.

 

I tell my friends how great they look as often as I can. Because you know what? It’s easy to tell other people how good they look with feeling and mean it, it’s harder to tell yourself how good you look and mean it, but the first step is projecting outwards. When I tell a woman on the tram that her outfit is awesome, she feels good (I hope) and I feel good too. The better I feel doing that, the better I feel about myself. Guerrilla kindness!

 

Another trick that seems to work for me is being naked a lot and getting to know what I look like and accepting it. I think my first real experience of body positivity and how bodies are pretty great no matter what they look like was when I participated in a Spencer Tunick photograph back in 2001. 1000 naked and shivering at 5am in the Melbourne streets will make you feel like being naked and different is normal. But when you look at everyday people naked, you see all the flaws you have on other people and it helps to accept them, I think. You’re not alone. It all stems back to seeing bodies that look like yours and realising normal is subjective.

I guess the next step in body positivity is not comparing. This is maybe the hardest part of anything. I compare myself to other designers, I compare myself to other women, I compare myself to my friends, I compare myself to my sister. But when I can shut that off, it’s glorious. When I can look at myself and say ‘Yeah, I’m pretty boss today’ and look at the women I love and see their greatness without allowing myself to think that I am less because I can’t see that in myself, it feels so good. I am not like them. I do things differently and win and lose differently. I have great things going for me! I just have to remind myself of that. Also the ‘If you wouldn’t say it to someone you love, don’t say it to yourself’ adage is pretty much the best thing in the world to gauge how to treat yourself.

 

I still have a heap of days where I look at myself and go NO, YOU ARE FAT AND SHORT AND UGLY, THIS IS BAD. Today is actually one of those days! But now at least I know that I have to live in this body, I can’t change that right now so I have to do the best I can with it. That means wearing what I like, shutting out the external negativity and keeping the internal stuff in check where I can. It’s hard but I practice.
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I haven’t always been this accepting of myself, about 3 years ago I hated myself and my reflection, A big part of my transformation was something in my brain switched I finally woke up from that silly thought that ‘I should worry what others think of me’ I learnt that 9/10 people are too busy worrying about themselves not you, once that made send my self-acceptance started, I found instagram and the #effyourbeautystandards and #honourmycurves and the world of body positivity and I became hooked, myself love and love for my body has come leaps and bounds.

One of my biggest turning points was posing for a nude shoot for the Natural Beauty Project, the empowerment and confidence I felt during and after the shoot was amazing and I cried when I first saw the photos (that initial thought of omg that’s you was there but the more I looked the bigger my smile got and it was tears of happiness I hadn’t felt so proud of myself for taking the plunge or proud of my body at how beautiful I looked). Saying that I still have bad days where I feel frumpy, bloated and those are the days I draw on my friends and family for inspiration, I push myself to make that effort to dress up or put on my favourite red lipstick (I always feel womanly and empowered in red lipstick, almost wonder woman like I guess) also looking at people who inspire me or reading positive messages helps.

 

You both played integral roles in organising the Curvy Couture Roadshow, but your involvement didn’t stop there. You both stood up and modelled stockings! How was it walking the catwalk in just a bra, knickers and stockings?

Modelling with Jess at CCR was another huge moment in my life, with all the craziness of organising the event the added excitement/ scariness of going out on stage in your fineries was a little daunting at first but as soon as we stepped up on that stage (even in dress rehearsal) the energy from the crowd was mind blowing everyone was smiling at us cheering and it was such a rush of confidence and empowerment and something I’ll never forget

Modelling at CCR was both easy and difficult. The easy part was wearing my undies and some tights on the runway and riding the energy of the day, knowing that people were cheering and supporting us. The difficult part was accepting that it was okay for me to be the centre of attention for a bit and for me to look pretty and made up. It’s a weird little mindset to be in, to be surrounded by models and know that they look amazing and that you’re all here for the same reason and then to say have your brain say to you ‘you shouldn’t be doing this, you’re not as good as these women’. I’m proud of myself for doing it and forcing myself through the mental idiocy. I look at the photos and I don’t cringe. I look great. That’s really important.

Do you ever have nothing to wear and how do you combat this problem?

Yes. I used to pull everything out onto my floor in a mad rush to get dressed and declare I have nothing to wear and get frustrated (I have 2 wardrobes full of clothes so this was clearly me being dramatic) but I’m so lucky now that Jess and I swap our clothes so I find that mixing the pieces borrowed from Jess into my wardrobe I rarely find I’m without something to wear. Saying that if it’s a super casual event then I struggle, I’ve even not gone to a friend’s BBQ in the park once as I couldn’t put an outfit together that I deem casual enough to fit in (I’ve since had words with myself about a) the idiocy of missing out because of my vanity and b) the fact that if I’m overdressed so be it, just be fabulous and happy within yourself and it doesn’t matter)

 

At least once a week before work I look at my clothes and make the biggest uuuurrrrrggggghhh noise. Sometimes I can fight the ennui and pull out something exciting but on the days it is just too hard, I have a couple of jersey dresses I can chuck on and be comfortable in. On the weekend, my men’s tshirt and high waisted jeans game is strong. This happens less now because I have more of an idea of what clothing I have to work with.

Knowing my wardrobe (and Jess’s) has helped me circumvent nothing to wear days.
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And finally what will you be selling at A Plus Market?

Pieces I’m selling are a mix of pieces I don’t wear anymore or I’ve only wore once. Some shoes in the similar situation and some fascinators I’ve made (I have a small hobby of Millinery that I sell)

 

So many things! There will be some handmade, one of a kind dresses, some hardly worn brand name gems, a bit of vintage, some winter wonders. I’m also shedding some of my beloved scarves and bags collection.  Ooh it’s been hard to do!

You can follow these ladies on social media

Instagram: @xutraa  Instagram hashtag: #purpleginger  FB: PetShop & FoxParse

Instagram @J1987t #purpleginger

or better yet, head down next week and help me not to buy the entire contents of their stall.

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Marji & Jean

February 2014 A Plus MArket - Frankston

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A Plus Market is a fun filled plus size fashion bazaar.

And Marji & Jean is one that definitely adds to the vibrancy of our events. So we at A Plus Market are chuffed that they are yet again joining us. A Plus MArket Plus size floral

Marji & Jean have become A Plus Market regulars and as such have been featured here quite a bit, see our previous posts HERE and HERE

We totally love having them along for the ride and thought this next feature we could get to know them and the brand a while lot better. The very lovely Lori, the lady behind Marji & Jean willingly obliged to answer a few questions I put to her….

. Your dresses are so colourful and fun, what draws you to such vibrant fabric?

I love to be surrounded by colour, I think having colour around instantly makes people happier. I love finding unusual fabrics that most people might not consider using for a dress.
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Who taught you or how did you learn to sew?

Marji & Jean is named after my two grandmothers who both taught me to sew, knit, crochet and anything else crafty that I wanted to try. They were very different, but both extremely creative and were both excellent teachers.

What’s your favourite part of the making dresses and selling them process?

You know when you find that perfect dress that makes you feel amazing every time you wear it? I love being the person that made that dress and made a girl feel special.
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What is your favourite fashion era? and why?

I love feminine pretty dresses from the 1950’s, when all women seemed to look gorgeous, but I also love the crazy, quirky fashion from the 1960’s and the fact that women stopped conforming to stereotypes about how they should dress.

What do you love about fashion?

I love that every woman has the opportunity to dress in a way that makes them feel unique and special, and that you can tell a bit about someone’s personality by the way they dress. My worst nightmare would be to live in a world where everyone looked the same.

What are some tips or your favourite ways to style your frocks?

My fifties dresses work really well for either a rockabilly look with pinup hair and cool shoes, or just as a super pretty dress with bare feet and a ponytail (the way I have always dressed!).
At the moment in this chilly Melbourne weather, I love to wear all my dresses with boots, tights and a big cardigan.
Meet the ladies and see the dresses in person
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Sassy Kandles

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market loves diversity and those that are gentle on the Earth.

So are very pleased to be showcasing,
Sassy Kandles.

Their range of gorgeous candles is both unique and eco friendly.
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Each Sassy Kandles candle created uses 100% soy wax, an all natural, biodegradable product free of petrochemicals. But even better, each candle is presented in an original and unique sometimes even vintage container.

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Each candle is hand poured by Susie, into an individually selected upcycled vessel, making each candle a one off creation in it’s own right. The only way to recreate each individual candle is to have it refilled, a service Susie is more than happy to offer at a reasonable price.
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Make your home smell pretty with one of these lovely upcycled pretties, available from
A Plus Market, Saturday August 30.

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Hey Fatty

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market brings such a diverse range of plus size fashion together, there really is something for everyone no matter their style.

 

For those that love vintage A Plus Market’s August Birthday market is going to thrill you as we have the fierce and fabulous ladies from Hey Fatty attending with their extensive range of pre-90’s vintage.

I’ve been privileged to work quite closely with both the ladies behind Hey Fatty as we form part of the organising committee for The Curvy Couture Roadshow. Through this experience I have got to know them well and am pleased to call them my mates. Here though you can get to know them too and of course find out more about their brand and what inspires them.
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Very kindly they have shared an interview they did recently with a pretty well known Australian Women’s mag, as they wanted to share the unedited story with us.

 How did HEY FATTY come about?

We both work in the same office and have been carpooling for about 5 years. In the car every day together we have plenty of time for ranting about everything we like and don’t like, and both being fatties it was natural for us to find a mutual dissatisfaction for the lack lustre plus size fashion available to us. As we’re both vintage and recycled clothing fans, we like to make our own fashion up and as it’s even harder to find anything above a size 16 in Australian second-hand stores, let alone unique pieces, Teresa joked one day that we should start our own business. We both stopped and decided it was no joke and have never looked back.

Where do you find your pieces?

We work with different wholesalers who source clothes from Europe and USA. It’s tricky because they are used to supplying stores bulk lots up to size 14, so we have to spend some more time sorting through stock to find what we need. We’ve found some really helpful suppliers who love what we’re doing. We also have private collectors or shopaholics who approach us and let us raid their wardrobe which is always fun. One contact has a huge collection and we’ve been convincing her for 2 years to let us come over, and a few weeks ago she finally said yes! We are always on the lookout for pre 1990s size 22 or beyond, as these are the hardest to find.

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Who are your customers? Young? Old?

Our customers range from young fashionistas who are looking for unique pieces to women in their 30s and 40s who are tired of cheap fast fashion and love clothes with a story, plus the women of all ages who are vintage fans with a passion for a specific era.
There is a real movement towards sustainable and ethical fashion with a lot of customers trying vintage for the first time, exploring bold patterns and unique cuts they would not have previously considered, which we love!

 What is the price range of your pieces?

Mostly we stock dresses and our pieces range from sleeveless simple cotton summer frocks to over the top vintage and retro evening wear with prices starting at around $30 up to around $60 depending on era, fabric and rarity.
We tend to focus on fashion from 1960s to 1990s with a more affordable price tag.

We rarely have items earlier than 1950s as prices then skyrocket and we are more about day to day fashion then rare collectible items.

 

How do you feel about the plus size industry in Australia?

There are so many great up and coming plus size specific designers in Australia, it was great to see them at the recent Curvy Couture Roadshow.

What is disappointing is that you don’t see these brands represented in major retailers, so the average shopper feels like there is little choice. If you go to a shopping centre you can find so much low end fast fashion in plus sizes but it’s still really hard to find quality, unique items like you can in Europe.

We’d just love to see more diversity and creativity in mainstream Australian plus size fashion, so hopefully buyers start investing in the local brands to lift the game for shoppers.

As we are focussed on vintage and recycled, we are quite niche but we know that if mainstream plus size fashion was more bold and interesting, we’d have more customers willing to experiment with clothes from other eras.
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 Why the name Hey Fatty?

Well it is a bit tongue in cheek but also we want to turn the tables on using the word fat as an insult. We aren’t skinny and don’t pretend to be anything else so why not proudly call ourselves fatties and have some fun with our business name too?
At markets we always have people smile and have a laugh with us, it’s been a great ice breaker and of course gets people’s attention pretty quickly. Online we sometimes have people that don’t like the name but there will always be people that aren’t on the same page as us, but there are plenty more that are!


What is truly fabulous about the Hey Fatty ladies, is that they know their vintage and are styling gurus, so if you have been thinking “I like the idea of vintage but I never see anything for me, it just doesn’t seem to suit”, then this is your opportunity.
Say Hi to Teresa and Melissa on market day and let them play dress up’s with you, finding the vintage style that’s right for you.

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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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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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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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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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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
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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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