Girl in the Moon

A Plus Market (Preston)

 

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A Plus Market just keeps getting better and better.

This month we are proudly launching the brand new label and range from Girl in the Moon.

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Be the first to see touch and feel this new label’s stock.

Girl in the moon is the brain child of two besties – Jude and Narissa, and they’re serious about fit.

Being both tall and curvy, Jude and Narissa have found clothes off the rack just don’t work, saying “They’re too short – hems too high, waist in the wrong place and just outright uncomfortable.”

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Seeing only one way forward they’ve decided to launch their own fashion range and Girl in the moon was born.

“Girl in the moon is made and designed for above average girls just like us.” Jude and Narrisa ad.

“We’re designing clothes that really fit and look great.”

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Girl in the moon will be launching their range a the November A Plus market!

There will l be a selected garments available to try on, pre-order and purchase.

And for those who sign up to the Girl on the moon mailing list either at the market or online at you’ll receive 10% off your first order.

SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 10am-3pm
Darebin North West Uniting Church Hall – 399A Murray Rd, Preston
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Icelandic Blue

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market is THE place to shop for local independent plus size designer fashion.
Each market we have a new and interesting local for you to try on for size.

 If you are an independent woman who loves to make her own fashion statement then Icelandic Blue is perfect for you.

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Janice Gobey a visual artist who frustrated with her fashion options created Icelandic Blue’s.

Janice says ” I was really tired of the type of plus-size clothing available in our stores – badly fitting, poor quality and mostly horrible polyester. 

I wanted to create a brand where the clothing fitted well, was comfortable to wear and made use of luxurious, mostly natural fibres.” 

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Most of the range is in silk, silk cotton and bamboo.  The style is relaxed but smart.

Janice is also a traveller inspiring her range to be mixed and matched, saying “it is important to me that my range was also trans-seasonal, this leaves me more room in my suitcase for shopping!

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Icelandic Blue is manufactured in Melbourne to the highest standards and is only available online and at select markets.

One of those select markets of course is A Plus Market November 29, 2014!

Icelandic Blue is offering a 15% discount on ALL purchases made at the market on the day.

 In addition, any purchase you make will entitle you to a further 15% discount when you purchase something online at a later stage.
Also available will be some A Plus Market exclusive sale items not available in the online store.

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

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Spotlight on a Stallholder: Alice Bottomley

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A Plus Market is an absolute bonanza of plus size fashion bargains.

Women of all shapes, size and styles bring their fashion to be rehomed.

Excitingly this month you can shop Alice Bottomley’s wardrobe.

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For those that live under a rock or like me don’t have a T.V. Alice, recently starred in the reality music competition X-Factor. Self identifying as Fat and Fabulous Alice definitely has the rock chick groove and the snippets of video I have seen and her instagram as testament she has fabulous style.

I put some questions to Alice so we can get to know her before raiding her wardrobe Saturday Nov 29!

Describe your style?
My style is so hard to describe because it’s ever changing, but I think across the board it can be very rock chick, but often with softer tones and prints.

Where has your style evolved from?

It’s definitely evolved quite a bit from when I was younger, because I’ve always been that little bit bigger, I never really bothered with fashion because I didn’t think it would work on someone like me, but I think that has a lot to do with being comfortable in your own skin as well and I’m quite a different person now to who I was back then!

Where do you gain inspiration from?

I think the biggest inspiration for me throughout my years has been my mother; she is an incredibly immaculate looking lady with a stunning sense of style. I remember sitting on the steps at home watching my parents going to balls and events and thinking ‘Wow, I hope someday I look as good as she does’. And she’s still my go to fashion guru, if I’m not sure about an outfit, I’ll go straight to her and ask her opinion and sometimes I even do a sneaky check through her draws to see what new stuff she has!

Does your style reflect your personality, musical tastes or other?

I have quite a large, loud and vivacious type of personality and I feel if I also dressed to reflect this, it might knock people a bit for six! I generally wear dark colours, blacks, army greens, black and more black! But will always have a cheeky pop of something over the top as an ode to my personality, whether it be a massive statement necklace, head piece or a pair of leopard print shoes.

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Do you dress based on your mood?

Definitely! When I’m lazy, I love nothing more than throwing on my running skins (which are rarely used for the latter) and an oversized t-shirt with my Nike runners to a breakfast date. But, if I wake up feeling like I want to look a rockstar, then its diamonds and wedges with coffee!

 

What been your most embarrassing outfit decision?

Circa 1998 – 2002 there were a lot of them! Two really spring to mind, ‘Santa’ bought me these amazing hot pink flared pants one Christmas and they were just the love of my life, couldn’t get them off me! I also owned a pleather baby pink blazer that did the rounds for many years; thankfully these items have since been destroyed or re-homed.

Tell us about your X-Factor experience?

Where to begin, my X Factor journey was so poignant for so many reasons but I think the major thing I walked away with was a newfound confidence in myself. The people that I worked with along the way, constantly instilled in me that I was beautiful and talented and that I deserved to be where I was, I was never asked to change and I was never mistreated. You have this pre conceived notion of these celebrities and of their opinions of people who don’t fit that superstar mould, but my pre conceived notions were incredibly incorrect especially when it came to the four judges that I worked with during my time on the show. To stand up and be measured up against these skinny, sexy talented girls and be the one that was chosen was an incredible feeling. I still have days when I wake up and look in the mirror and think ‘Yuck’ but now, most days I look in the mirror with pride and admiration for who I am and what I’ve achieved.

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What are the fashion rules you love to break?

Patterns with prints and prints with patters, who says you can’t wear a floral shirt with a polka dot skirt? As long as you feel like a superstar, who cares what anyone else thinks!

You are on the body positive train, tell us about your journey.

My body positive journey spans many years, and I still have many more to go. At this time in my life, I think I’m almost where I need to be. This year in particular has been a massive year in my body positive journey; it’s potentially the biggest growth I have seen within myself for a number of years.

What are your tips for becoming and staying in a body positive mind set?

Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself, the haters are so few in numbers, to let them make you feel bad about yourself is a waste of time. Push boundaries, walk through life with pride and confidence – no one will EVER question you. Finally, don’t ever think you don’t deserve to look your best because you’re plus sized, you deserve to feel and look like a Rockstar!

When something brings you down, what’s your go to pick me up?

Shoes! I love them… I have a real obsession with furry shoes, in leopard print! I just love them! And also Sex and the City re-runs, if I can stroke my furry shoes whilst I watch the girls shop on 5th avenue, I’m in heaven!

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?

I just think it’s a fantastic concept, not only is it a place where you’re almost certain to find something gorgeous to wear it’s also a chance to meet other like minded plus sized fashionistas who can inspire me and perhaps introduce me to new fashion ideas!

What will you be selling at A Plus Market?

There’ll be a massive range of dresses, tops, jeans, jewellery. I’m a bit of a clothes hoarder so it’s time to de clutter 6 years of collecting!

 Come along Saturday 29th, enjoy some hula hooping, cake and buy up big!

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MYNT 1792

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Preston Nov 2014 Fb bannerA Plus Market showcases fantastic plus size fashion brands and designers.

Each market we try and bring you something new
and exciting to broaden your fashion horizons.

 

This month we were both privileged and excited to be introducing MYNT 1792


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MYNT 1792 is a contemporary plus size brand that seamlessly combines current trends and classic sophistication in a collection designed for the fashion-forward woman.

Started in the U.S in 2012, MYNT 1792 is now expanding their collection to Australia launching their Spring collection with back to back markets.
They recently attended our Wantirna market AND will be back again at our final 2014 market in Preston!

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You’ll want to embrace the Spring collection with it’s confident silhouettes marked by timeless art deco prints and modern colour palettes.

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Beautiful details finish off each garment while the black and white palette has been reinvented with splashes of colour.

Having this collection at our finger tips is HUGE NEWS. Having a look through MYNT 1792’s social media (links below) streams, gives you an idea of just how AMAZING this is.

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Sign up to MYNT 1792’s newsletter through their website to receive 20% of your first purchase.



Be the FIRST in AUSTRALIA to get up close and personal with this amazing brand and collection only at A Plus Market.
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C’Belle Moda

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A Plus Market is stocked full of amazing plus size fashion!

Plus, there’s always got some awesome accessories to compliment.

C’Belle Moda will be attending A Plus Market Wantirna Sunday 26th October, 2014.

C’Belle Moda is a travelling fashion accessory company that caters to those that  want affordable quality pieces.

Hayley the founder of C’Belle Moda is passionate about the products she offers, saying

“I have always had a love for accessories especially that of handbags, I could never have enough I always wanted a different design.”

 

Sourcing a fantastic range of handbags from Bag Queen,
there is sure to be something you’ll fall in love with. 

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Amazingly Hayley is offering a HUGE $20 OFF selected stock ONLY on MARKET DAY!

In addition to the gorgeous handbags, C’Belle Moda also offers a beautiful range of jewellery

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There is a collection of handmade silver jewellery and one of pearls, so again no matter your personal preference there is sure to be something to delight. Further each piece is unique and not available in stores so you have to get along to the market to have a look and feel.

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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.

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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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Lisa’s Lacies

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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’

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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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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

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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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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
Hope & Harvest
are once again bringing their gorgeous plus size collection to
A Plus Market.

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.