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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Bhunny=Designs

A Plus Market (Preston)

 caitlin testimonialA Plus Market loves it’s locals; local plus size designers, local makers and local artisans.

 

 Bhunny=Designs is a local jeweller, just starting out, who will be sharing her handmade creations with us this Saturday.

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Each piece is uniquely hand crafted. The designs are funky, abstract and modern.

They are great with any look, whether for that all important board meeting or shopping on Chapel Street, taking a stroll down the Yarra, or all glammed up and ready to the paint the town red.

Bhavani the creative behind Bhunny=designs says she finally embraced her creativity after years in the corporate rat race.
“I never believed I was creative until I started ‘playing’ with the versatile nature of Polymer Clay and was excited with its endless possibilities.  
I make the designs I love, and I hope you like them too. “

Bhunny=Designs have a great range of necklaces, earrings and rings at a bargain price.

Bhunny=Designs will be available at this Saturday’s A Plus Market – Saturday August 30.
and can also be found online at www.etsy.com/shop/bhunnydesigns or on www.facebook.com/bhunnydesigns.

 Support your local designers, and top your new look off with the perfect unique statement piece.
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Spotlight on a Stallholder: The Jess’

A Plus Market (Preston)

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

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

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

Please tell us a little bit about yourselves

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

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Jess T – responses in PURPLE


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

What do you love about fashion?

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


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

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

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

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What is your dream outfit?

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

 

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

What do you really wear when bumming around the house?

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

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

 

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

What is your favourite fashion rule to break?

Bikinis. Always bikinis.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

You can follow these ladies on social media

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

Instagram @J1987t #purpleginger

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

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Marji & Jean

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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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Hope & Harvest

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Now those who have been following A Plus Market, have probably figured out that I can get pretty excited about the stallholders we showcase. Now, this market around there are no exceptions and if truth be told my excitement levels have been turned up a notch.

The upcoming A Plus Market is not only in an extra beautiful building but there will also be some extra awesome stallholders too.

So without anymore adieu I’d like to announce that the wonderful and fabulous
Hope & Harvest
will be joining us at A Plus Market Ballarat, Saturday May 3.

WOOOP! and even better news is that they aren’t just joining us they will be totally bringing IT
– WITH UP TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES – total WOOP! –
Go A Plus Market Prices!
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For those in the know – you’re probably now as excited as me and those who haven’t heard about Hope & Harvest yet, here’s a little education.

Hope & Harvest are local designers based out of Melbourne/Ballarat who have been named by Madison Plus N.Y.C & Essence Magazine as one of the top plus size labels in the world. How amazing is that!

Just as exciting, Hope and Harvest have just been featured in Volup2 magazine, you can see it HERE, Pages 53 to 73.

I really like lots of Hope & Harvest’s designs as many have that cool BOHO feel while others have that little bit of allure (and some  a lot) and all are available in sizes 14 to 26.

Harvest, one half of Hope & Harvest’s design team says,

“We get our ideas by thinking about what we want to wear. By looking at fashion that inspires us and using our experience to find a way to create pieces that really work for us”

I guess that’s also why the designs work for so many of us.

So now back to what’s happening at A Plus Market on Saturday May 3.

Hope & Harvest will be showcasing both new season and SALE stock with as I said before
UP TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES,

But wait there’s more.
Become a Hope & Harvest VIP and get 20% off everything, this is in addition to the already reduced stuff. You’ll need to sign up before the market and take your VIP number along with you on market day.
Sign up as a Hope & Harvest VIP HERE.

AND by coming along to A Plus Market Ballarat you’ll get a chance to WIN a $100 Hope & Harvest Voucher!

So save the date, get the girls organised for a road trip and get along to Ballarat Saturday May 3
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Spotlight on a stallholder – Aarathi

A Plus Market (Preston)

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As is usual for each A Plus Market there is bag loads of pre-loved plus size beauties fit to be rehomed. The upcoming A Plus Market  in Preston is no different. Well it’s a little different as there are more pre-loved sellers than ever before, meaning there are bag loads more bargains to be had!

It is fitting that we begin the stallholder introductions with one of the many gorgeous women who are clearing out their wardrobes.

Today we meet the beautiful Aarathi. untitledAarathi is an international aid worker, and have travelled the world extensively (I know right…. good looks and nice!). Aarathi lives in Country Victoria (Kilmore) and loves the wide open spaces that surround her. To top off the package she is happiest when cooking! She even has a food blog, Chocolate and curry, check it out HERE.

So to get to know Aarathi a bit better before market day here are the questions I asked:

Describe your fashion style?

I would say I dress more classically, and love bright colours. I don’t subscribe to any one particular trend, but believe in buying good quality clothes that can withstand the trends of different seasons. I love vintage styles as well. My style is classic, straight lines, not fussy that makes me feel confident and beautiful 🙂

If you had to wear an outfit that was your most hated colour, how would you make it bearable? 

Pairing it with accessories that complimented the colour or took the attention away from it!

Are you a hat person? Or any type of headwear? What do or don’t you like and why?

Lol no….I have like 2 hats. I don’t mind fascinators, but small ones. I don’t think I’ve ever been cool enough to carry off headwear confidently!
Fashion rule that you love to break?
To be able to wear sleeveless for us curvy girls! 

If you were going around the world for 12 months what are your 3 must take pieces of clothing? Why?

My CC skinny jeans, my Witchery light grey wool top and a pair of my Sambag ballet flats. They go with everything, the jeans are complimentary and can be worn day or night. The Witchery top can be paired with anything, worn under blazers or by itself and is light and can be packed lightly. The Sambag ballet flats because they are the most comfortable shoes in the world, last a good long while and they are totally adorable and would remind me of home 🙂

 

What’s your favourite article of clothing for the in between season’s such as Autumn?

BLAZERS! Definitely a must have!

Aarathi has too many clothes (a common story), she has changed sizes  and her tastes have changed. This is her chance to de-clutter!

Aarathi wants to find her beautiful clothes some new loving homes.
She needs YOU!

Aarathi will be selling:

Casual and work clothes, with a few dressier items. Dresses, pants, skirts, shirts, and casual tops. Brands include City Chic, Marks and Spencer, Dream Diva, Sussan, Bonds, Peta Pledger, and other designers

Come and grab some of this gorgeous woman’s clothes and lighten her load.
Preston March 22THIS SATUDAY!

Big Time Clothing Co.

February 2014 A Plus MArket - Frankston, Sponsor

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A Plus Market is pleased to announce that we have sponsor packages available for each market month!

The first sponsor off the ranks is a fabulous local company,

Big Time Clothing Co.
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Big Time Clothing Co. is a Melbourne based company that locally designs and manufactures a high quality range of ‘plus size’ garments. They focus on creating comfortable and well fitting clothes that make women look and feel great, no matter what their size.

Big Time Clothing Co. offers versatile wardrobe staples that you can dress up or down with sizes ranging from 20-50. Not very often do we see such a generous size range. Big Time Clothing Co. are in fact the first of the Australian clothing industry to have created size 48-50!

Smart casual tops and bottoms, leisure wear are Big time Clothing Co.’s primary focus.

And talk about wardrobe staples!


They have a variety of tops, again from casual cool summer tops and classic tees to more dressy or office appropriate tunics and camisoles.
Their pants and skirts range is quite extensive too.  Linen, dress, ¾ and bootleg pants along with some comfortable culottes are all available in sizes 20-50.

The range though is not limited to outer wear, Big Time Clothing Co. also has a range of underwear; full brief, boy leg and bike shorts. This underwear looks super comfortable and is made from high quality fabrics.

Watch out for the upcoming A Plus Market Facebook competition to win a Big Clothing Co. Value Pack of Comfort Briefs (valued at $62.85)!

Usually Big Time Clothing Co. is an ONLINE ONLY store
BUT
as they are attending A Plus Market – Frankston
you’ll get the rare chance of getting up close and personal with the range.

Check them out online by clicking HERE
and then come and try some things on for size at
A Plus Market – Frankston.
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Spotlight on a stall holder – Aurelia

December 2013 A Plus Market (Altona)

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One of the best things about an A Plus Market, bar the extraordinary amount of gorgeous plus size clothing available, is the awesome new friends one can make and why not start here with one of this weekends pre-loved stall holders, Aurelia.

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Aurelia, a stay at home Mum who loves socialising, cooking and of course FASHION, has agreed to give us a glimpse into her life and style.

In a few words describe your fashion style?

My fashion style at the moment is very casual yet funky as I will always accessorise my outfits even if I am just wearing a pair of jeans. Fashion to me is about colour, I might be a plus size but that doesn’t mean I have to wear black!

Where do find your fashion inspiration?

My fashion inspiration started in the 80’s with Lind Evangelista. She was my icon as a teenage girl and she was such a stunning woman and is I loved the 80’s for their colour and I think I have kept that with me, albeit a bit toned down.

Thinking about what draws you to an article of clothing is it the cut or colour that first grabs your attention.

When looking for clothing I think that the colour will grab me at first. I tend to go for bright colours such as aqua, red and orange. Then of course the cut and style and the price plays a part too.

Where is your favourite place to shop?

I love to op shop as there is always a bargain that I can find, I love markets as well and going through so many different items of clothing is like Aladdin in his cave of treasure.

What’s your best summer fashion tip?

Best summer fashion tip moisturiser with SPF 15 bronzer and lip gloss will make you feel like you have just come back from a summer holiday a nice pair of sandals and maxi dress you will always look a million dollars.

Aurelia’s stall will be stocked full of evening gowns, tops, skirts pants and shoes, a lot of it NZ designer with items from City Chic and other High End fashions.
Come down to A Plus Market – Altona THIS SUNDAY and raid Aurelia’s wardrobe and help her out with a little extra Christmas spending money!

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Polly Pratt

November 2013 A Plus Market (Preston)

Polly Pratt is a local (based in Brunswick) who designs
and makes clothing for the everyday woman.
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A Plus Market is overjoyed that Polly Pratt
will be bringing a variety of her clothing including her
signature piece the Wendy dress (pictured above),
which comes in a size up to 24,
along with some of her quirky and fun hand made jewellery.

I personally really like Polly Pratt’s garments,
bold and bright colours in simple yet elegant designs.

Why not have some fun with your fashion and buy yourself a gorgeous locally designed piece by Polly Pratt. You’ll not only look great and own a well made quality frock/top/or other but you’ll also be supporting your neighbour.
Guilt free shopping at it’s best.

Come down to

A Plus Market
Darebin North West Uniting Church Hall.
399A Murray Road, Preston.
 Saturday November 30,
10-3
to see these gorgeous pieces for yourself.