Rethreading

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market strives to bring you a diverse range of plus size fashion with the focus on pre-loved bargains and new unique designer wares.

A brand new local designer Rethreading will be holding their first A Plus Market stall with is this Sunday!

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Elizabeth the brains and craftiness behind Rethreading describes her venture.

“Mostly I make upcycled plus size women’s clothing and art to wear. Sometimes I make other things. Making is an essential part of my daily life, and without it I go a little stir crazy.

 

My mantra is: “Begin where you are, use what you have”

 

I have a passion (sometimes unkindly referred to as an obsession) for textiles. So many lovely fabrics and so little time to play with them all.

I started to make my own clothing because I couldn’t find garments I wanted to wear in the shops – colour! pattern! design! fabric! beautiful things! – and now I want to share my sewing with others.

 

I love a good rummage through an op shop (or thrift shop, if you prefer), looking for treasures to re-use in my garments, but occasionally I am seduced by new fabric. Usually I work with upcycled textiles though sometimes a length of new fabric will inveigle its way into a piece.”

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Check out Rethreading’s Etsy shop and Elizabeth’s personal blog and come along Sunday 22nd of February and check out these beautiful and unique pieces.
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Kaiser & Pasche

A Plus Market (Preston)
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A Plus Market is both about quality plus size fashion pieces and bargains.

When those two factors come together (which does happen more often than not) we have the great opportunity of enjoying these spoils!

Kaiser and Pasche are returning to A Plus Market this month with a BIG SALE… NOTHING OVER $30!
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Dresses, skirts, tops, cover ups & leggings – Whether it’s single pieces, or full outfits, we’ll get you dressed for cheap…and nothing is second hand – all as new product!
And for Kaiser and Pasche Facebook fans, there’ll be some extra special offers running on the day. Get on over click Like and head down to A Plus Market on Sunday!
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Crazy 4 Jeans

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A Plus Market is home to an amazing array of plus size fashion!

No matter what you are after you’ll find it.
Our next market we will be showcasing some amazing denim from Crazy4Jeans.

 

Crazy4Jeans is a local company that will be launching their plus size denim collection at A Plus Market!
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The exclusive plus collection are made from a heavy stretchy denim, that doesn’t loose it’s shape easily and ranges from size 16-26.

Crazy4Jeans offers a straight size range too, the one thing that differs with their plus range is they offer better more full coverage on front and back, so they sit higher than most. The wide waist band with multi buttons offers extra support so it doesn’t rolls down and all come with beautiful embellishments!

If you are looking for a great quality true high waist denim, then we may have found it!

Crazy4Jeans Plus Range

Crazy4Jeans plus denim range is a high end quality product retailing for $120.

A Plus Market shoppers (always on a hunt for a bargain and great deal) will be offered 30% off on market day!

You can find information about these special Jeans here http://www.crazy4jeans.com/how-do-they-work/

And some reviews here http://www.crazy4jeans.com/reviews/

Come check out the new plus range from Crazy4Jeans at A Plus Market!

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Spotlight on a Stallholder: Ms. Annalog

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

 

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

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

Firstly can you describe your fashion style?

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Where do you gain your fashion inspiration from?

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

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

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


Body positivity – please discuss and give us your tips?

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

 

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

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

 

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?

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

CHECK OUT MS ANNA LOG’s BLOG ABOUT THIS HERE

What will you be selling at A Plus Market?

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

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

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

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

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My Friend M’lee

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A Plus Market is an amazing plus size fashion shopping event.

 

Though in addition to the great fashion available there is also a myriad of gorgeous products including cosmetics, jewellery and pamper products available.

 

Perfect for Christmas gifts or to spoil yourself the November 29 A Plus Market will be home to My Friend M’lee for a day.

 

My Friend M’lee is a local crafter who hand makes a range of products,  the most popular and best selling being their lavender wheat bag with removable cover.  It’s a unique product and is made with Victorian grown wheat, French lavender flowers and lavender oil.
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Maria from My friend M’Lee says
“You won’t find any daggy corduroy fabric here, just vibrant and uplifting quality craft fabrics.
These bags make an ideal gift for that hard to buy person in your life.  With Christmas not far away it’s also a great present or Kris Kringle idea.  
Not just for aches and pains, these bags make great bed warmers.  Pop one under your pillow too and the lavender will help send you off to sleep!”
 

Other products in the range include lavender eye pillows, lavender draw sachets, scatter cushions and adjustable aprons.  

“Not all aprons are made equal – come down to A Plus Market on 29th November and try one on for yourself to see the difference!”
 

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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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

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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Addicted to Cards

A Plus Market (Preston)

Handmade cards are a beautiful way to express your gratitude, happiness and all and any greetings you wish to share. A Plus Market this Saturday May 31 has a lovely range available from Addicted to Cards.
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Leanne the maker loves making cards, she says ” I think I have had this addiction since my early teens”. Leanne would buy cards and thinking they were to beautiful to use, so kept hold of them instead. She started buying two at a time, so she could give one and keep one to admire. Then of course she started creating. Thankfully so as now others can enjoy these delights.

Leanne makes a range of cards for many different wishes, experience and events and can also make them to order. Leanne runs workshops to share her tricks of the trade and also sells beautifully coordinated craft supplies.

Come along, support a local maker and buy some beautifully hand crafted cards for your friends and loved ones.
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Spotlight on a Stallholder – Ashley Rose

A Plus Market (Preston)

spotlight on a stall holderIn the online plus size fashion world us ladies are lucky to have a wide variety of fashion bloggers to draw our inspiration from. This A Plus Market we are very fortunate to be able to not only gain some inspiration but directly pillage one of my favourite’s,
Ashley Rose!

Ashley Rose, Pretty in Pink. Photo by Danimezza

Ashley Rose, Pretty in Pink

Ashley Rose has been brutally culling her wardrobe and will unleash it’s contents at the upcoming
A Plus Market in Preston!!!!!

To whet your appetite, Ashley has agreed to give us a little bit of info on herself, her fashion and what she will be selling on the day, plus some awesome fashion and shopping tips.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Melbourne plus size fashion blogger who adores her city, I could not imagine living anywhere else in the world! I love thrifting and antique shopping, with a penchant for all things classic!

Why do you blog? Why do you think your blog resonates with so many women?

I blog because I love fashion, all fashion for all women that is. This is what I believe has turned my blog into much more than I ever dreamed. I believe what resonates with so many of my readers, is my undeniable love for fashion and combined with such a lack of physical plus size publications, many women are turning to online blogs for style inspiration.

Describe your fashion style?

Classic with a Modern Edge. I have a wardrobe of quality staple items, but like to mix it up with vintage and current trend pieces.

Where do find your fashion inspiration?

I read Vogue regularly and enjoy the challenge of trying to convey the runway trends into plus size fashion. I also browse Australian fashion blogs by Jessica Stein and Nicole Warne. However on a daily basis I check over curvy blogs like A Girl With Curves, GabiFresh, Nicolette Mason and gain the most inspiration from all the fabulous street style from the ladies I follow through Instagram (See who I follow here @thisisashrose)

Do you have a fashion rule that you impose on yourself?

I have absolutely no rules. My Style is ever evolving and I don’t wish to ever confine that.
However, when shopping I have three basic rules;

–          Can I wear it with three or more basics already in my wardrobe?

–          Is it a Basic or Fashion trend piece? (This will always determine who much I am willing to spend, due to cost per wear)

–          How many similar pieces do I already own? (More than two and ill put that item straight down!)

–          If I am Thrifting, I have no rules!

Fashion rule that you love to break?

All of them! Stripes, White, Denim on Denim.. the list is endless!

What do you think should be in every ladies wardrobe?

I have always believed that the basis of a good wardrobe comes from the level of well-cut basics it contains. These pieces should be a higher quality, with a good cost per wear ratio and able to be blended season to season with your cheaper fashion pieces.
Here are a few;

–           A plain black, well cut blazer.

–          A neutral blazer (Stone, Blush or White are good starting points)

–          A well-fitting pair of blue & black jeans.

–          At least two good quality Black and White T-shirts (I also like to steer clear of cotton as I find they age quicker, I look for woven fabrics!)

–          As above but sleeveless or singlets.

–          A fitted plain skirt.

–          Two collared shirts (One coloured and one neutral is good)

–          Two plain knitted pieces.

This list may not be for everyone, however I find that with these pieces and a handful of fashion pieces (usually printed or textured fabrics) I can make many many outfits!

What will you be selling at A Plus Market Preston? 

The question is really what am I not selling!
This is the biggest clear our of my wardrobe I have ever done!
Many of the pieces will either have been worn once or be brand new with tags and I will have sizes from 14 – 22, with a small collection of shoes and accessories.

Want to know more about Ashley Rose? or see sneak peeks of what she’ll have on offer come market day?
You can find her in the following places:

www.thisisashleyrose.com

www.twitter.com/thisisashrose

www.facebook.com/thisisashleyrose

I’m sure you don’t need anymore convincing, be there or be square.
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