Spotlight on a Stallholder – Amy

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A Plus Market loves bringing you a diverse range of plus size fashion.

Regularly A Plus Market gets to be home for the day of some of Melbourne’s best fashion bloggers. This market around is no exception as we are honoured to be hosting Amy AKA Willowcurves!

 

It’s pretty exciting as this lady has some serious style! And some serious smarts too.
Check out the below Q and A where she shares tips for fashion and body pos. vibes.

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Firstly please tell us a little about yourself?


I’m a Tassie girl living in Melbourne, I’ve been here for about 8 months and I lived in Perth WA for two years before that. I love fashion and colour and creativity. I would love to be a stylist one day or something in the fashion industry, at the moment I am a project manager working in health and education.

Describe your style?


Bold, colourful, sometimes daring, often sparkly. I don’t have much of a distinction between my casual clothes, my work clothes and my going out clothes (except the sequins!). You’ll never catch me in track pants and I’m rarely even in jeans (though I’m getting more into them). To me every day is a chance to dress up and try something new – getting dressed in the morning is my favourite part of the day!
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Where has your style evolved from?


Growing up in Hobart there weren’t many plus size options, and I love a good rummage, so I ended up doing a lot of op shopping. I love to search through the racks and I enjoy the thrill of the chase – never knowing if you’ll go home empty handed or hit the jackpot. The great thing about fashion is that things generally come back around in a 20 years cycle so I often find things at the op shop that are on trend, at a fraction of the price. I try not to be a slave to trends, but I do like to work them into my outfits. I find that by op shopping I can try something out without having to pay a lot.

Where do you gain inspiration from?


I find Instagram such an inspiring community, both for body positivity and amazing style. I love following bloggers like @iambeauticurve @gabifresh and @stylishcurves who have really elevated put together preppy styles, @splendid_rags who is the master of colour and @winnipegstyle who has the best collection of accessories. Plus Aussies like @thisisashrose who has such an effortless style, @ellecurve who is my queen of jumpsuits and colour and @waituntilsunset who wears such fun and bright outfits. Honestly there are hundreds upon hundreds of incredible people out there to draw inspiration from!

What are the fashion rules you love to break?


I’m not a fan of rules – plus size girls shouldn’t wear white, you shouldn’t wear this or that, blue and green should not be seen and all of that.

 

I think if something makes you feel good and powerful wear it!

 

Who says sequins for brunch is too much?! Who says you can’t clash prints? And I know that I look incredible in white!
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Favourite fashion era and why?


Being a bit of an op shop fiend I have a little bit of everything. I’ve been enjoying that the 70’s is back with all the fringe and flares (and I think suede will be huge in the coming season). I love the bold colour and proportions of the 80’s and ladylike styles of the 50’s. I don’t think there is an era I don’t love!

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


My biggest tip is to be kind to yourself. I live by the principle that if you wouldn’t say it to your sister or best friend than you should never say it to/about yourself.

Body positivity is a journey and there is no eureka point when everything falls into place, but if we make an effort every day to be kind to ourselves (and others) we’ll all be taking positive steps on that journey.

 

The other thing I would love to see is for people to build each other up. If you see someone wearing a banging outfit tell them! If someone nailed their eyeliner, or is wearing wicked shoes, or did something outside their comfort zone encourage and support them. Whether it is a stranger, a friend or yourself – recognise the accomplishments we make every day!
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Do you like dressing for winter? what are the biggest challenges you find?


I love winter, coming from Tasmania I’m pretty used to cold and wet weather. People often default to darker colours in winter but I love wearing pastels and white. Although I am looking forward to spring!

Please share some winter fashion tips?


Don’t gravitate to the dark colours, try injecting some colour and pattern into your winter wardrobe. It could be through a great scarf, a bold coloured coat or pull out a summer dress and add some stockings.

You have amazing eyebrows! How do you do it – what are your eyebrow secrets?


I get a lot of comments about my eyebrows! I have a scar which means about 1/3 of my left eyebrow is missing so I draw it in every day. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in dark brown with an angled brush to add in the tail of my brow and tidy up the shape. I pluck them myself and try not to mess too much with the shape. I actually have a couple of YouTube videos that include my eyebrow routine if anyone wants a step by step look!

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?


The wardrobe space in my Melbourne apartment is TINY (I miss my huge Perth wardrobe!) and I have a serious shopping addiction so I need to make some space. Plus it’s great to come to the market and meet everyone (and maybe pick up a couple of new things!). I’m looking forward to coming to Ballarat as it will be my first time – I’ve already scoped out where the op shops are!

What will you be selling at A Plus Market?


I have a bit of everything including tops, skirts, jackets and dresses. I will have some vintage and sequin pieces as well! So come and say hi, I’d love to meet everyone!

Find Amy on Instagram  @willowcurves , check out her blog at www.willowcurves.com AND be sure to come along to A Plus Market – Ballarat – Saturday August 29!

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Spotlight on a Stallholder: Seny

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A Plus Market is all about fun with fashion and sharing not only ones wardrobe but also style, fashion  and body positive advice and stories.

One of our pre-loved plus size fashion sellers is Seny.

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Seny has recently turned 25 and now works as a personal banker. Whilst studying for 5 years at uni, Seny couldn’t spend much money on clothes and shoes and bags, so became a keen bargain hunter,  made her own creations my own creations and used accessories to change a whole outfit. This has now changed, working full time, Seny’s found her shopping stride, saying,
“I LOVE to shop, online in stores where ever. Shopping is my stress relief.”

For fun Seny says
 “I love going out every weekend and wearing a good set of heels and dancing where everyone can see me (what’s the point having a hit outfit if no one sees). I also enjoying playing soccer and am part of the herbalife community which has completely changed the way I look at my health.”
Describe your style?
I’m a bit of a mix depending on my mood. My daily (non work) routine would be jeans and a good bonds t-shirt with oversized sunnies and a good set of flats or sandals. While I do work in the corporate world it can be a little boring wearing black and white all the time, which is why I look to stand out a bit with bright heels or red lipstick or even a pair of my red glasses. But when the weekend comes, I’m all about wearing the right clothes for my body type. I’m a hour glass and I LOVE to show my curves off. I like figure hugging low cut dresses, as I like to draw attention to my best features.
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What’s your favourite thing about dressing fro summer?
Thongs. Love them. I have size 10 feet and they are very wide so it’s hard for me to find shoes that fit. So when summer comes along I LIVE in my thongs. Can’t find anything comfier then them. Clothes wise I don’t think anyone can go wrong with a good maxi dress.
Stripes or spots?
Personally I like stripes. They look  classy and can work a number of ways. Blocking stripes with a plain colour can work great. So a stripy top with a plain black skirt always looks good either,with heels for a night time look or flats for a more day look. I find mixing and matching is the key.
Why do love fashion?
I love fashion because for me it is like therapy. Either shopping online or going into a store I am in my own “me” time.  Fashion can change every season, finding a statement fashion piece that suits my body type is a fun challenge.  I also love that I can express myself through fashion. During the week my work wear is like a uniform, no fun at all. When it comes to after work and weekends  I can express myself and show people my personality.
Fashion is unique, if your dressing for your own style you cant go wrong. There is honestly no “ wrong” fashion. Its all about finding what is unique to you and going with it and not giving a damn what society thinks
Why is fashion recycling important to you?
I think it is important because there is so many clothes that would go to waste year after year if we didn’t reuse them. Even though you might no linger like a dress, it could be the perfect thing someone else is looking for.  One simple dress that you are just not fond of anymore can make another person’s night and greatly improve and increase their confidence when they are in it.
I also love bargains. Just because one dress was bought for $500 and another for $5 doesn’t amake them better or worse than each other. People should still be able to spoil themselves with new clothes no matter their budget, markets such as A Plus are fantastic to for this.  As the say goes on persons trash is another person’s treasure.
 
Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?
I have over 4 wardrobes at home that are packed full of clothes I never wear. Yes shopping can make you happy but it can also get to the point of having no where fit the clothes. It’s time to let the extra pieces go, so I can make more room and then buy some more clothes.  Plus I want to share my fantastic buys with other lovely ladies that would enjoy these clothes as well.
What will you be selling at A Plus Market?
EVERYTHING!
Dresses, skirts, tops, singles, jeans, jackets shoes, flats, wallets, accessories, bras (new), shorts, you name it ill have it. The majority is all new with tags and all will be selling for a great price.
If you have size 9-10 feet come to my stall, you’ll be in luck as I will have lots and lots of shoes to sell a lot of them new and never been worn.  A lot of my dresses are from overseas so can’t be found here in Australia.
Majority of my clothes are a size 16-18 with some shorts that are a size 20-22. But hey you never know until you try it.  Also pop buy if you need accessories, ill have scarfs belts jewelry clutches and sunglasses BUT while stocks last, come down before its all gone.
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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.

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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