I’ve been busy. Busy building more opportunities for great Plus-Size and Size-Inclusive fashion here in Australia and New Zealand.
As well as my role as wholesale agent in my Agency United Curves, I also consult to the Industry supporting big and small business – start, develop and/or maintain their offering for the curvy customer. It may feel like I’ve moved away from my passion of business to customer, but in fact my focus hasn’t shifted from there, I’ve just been tackling the problem from another angle.
You may remember we lost an important contributor to our Plus-Size Industry and a I lost a friend, the gorgeous Victoria. Her husband and long-term staff have been working through the grieving process and keeping things ticking along, and now they’ve reached out as it’s time for a change. So together, we have been working on a total revamp of Big In Black. There are some super exciting things coming soon, very soon, but in the meantime, we have to make way for the changes and so I wanted to let you know that beginning tomorrow (Wednesday 4th July), Big in Black is hosting a MASSIVE Clearance Sale – with all stock reduced by 25%-75% off RRP.
With the upcoming special occasion season not far away, now is the time to jump on this incredible sale. I can assure you that there is a treasure trove of bargains, so many gorgeous options in a huge range of sizes from 8-34+.
Please share this sale far and wide, and grab a friend or three and head on down, you won’t be disappointed.
Happy Shopping! and stay tuned for more updates on this great store.
I was recently thrilled to see that the amazing Rosenberg Shoes have collaborated with Magnini to create and design a beautiful selection of shoes exclusively for women in sizes 42-46 (10-13). Shoes are a difficult buy especially if you have a larger than “average” foot, and even more so for special occasions such as weddings, proms and formals. That is no longer an issue with this beautiful range available online and in-store at Rosenbergs.
There are 4 gorgeous styles available in white pearl and blush pearl.
The collection features garments perfectly proportioned with narrowed shoulders, shorter hemlines and in-seams and reduced lengths. The fashionable range includes tops, dresses and bottoms. They are the same high quality fashion styles you love from Taking Shape with design alterations to suit shorter, curvy women.
For an added bonus, the range is currently 30% OFF until 22nd August!
Many years ago I met Sarah Harry, one of Australia’s leading specialists in Body Image and Disordered Eating. In my years of work in the plus-size Industry I have honestly never met anyone more authentic or effective at walking the walk when it comes to positive body image and how we feel about ourselves. I have valued the opportunities I’ve had to work with, refer to and receive guidance from Sarah over the years. I’ve especially enjoyed my Fat Yoga Classes and was so thrilled to see how Sarah managed to spread the word and influence women around the world to practise yoga.
Sarah believes you can’t heal the relationship with your body without doing some work to feel more comfortable in your body (your one and only home), so she has added the yoga component to help you find an embodied sense of peace in your body. The course is the first of its’ kind to blend psychology with yoga to help you heal and blends a healthy sense of humour and fun from Sarah with the latest research and her 15 years of clinical practice working with people with body image issues.
I don’t pretend to know everything about being body positive or correctly using the “politically correct” terminology to avoid offending or triggering others, I’m human, I don’t always get it right. I know sometimes we go off on a tangent and mean well, but don’t get it right. Perhaps this is one of those times. But I don’t think so.
At almost 46 years old I’ve learned a lot about myself and my body – lots of it things I wished I had learnt much earlier in my life – for example; that listening to fad diet advice is not healthy, that years ago I was convinced by the powers that be to not eat eggs every day because they would higher my cholesterol; or that I should eat low-fat everything – the list could go on for pages. Flash forward a number of years and low- fat suddenly equals too much added sugar and now it’s no sugar I should be touting – but now it’s ok for me to eat eggs everyday. Oh lord give me strength – who do you believe? Let’s face it whatever makes money for those that can benefit drives the media cycles and the marketing of all things.
These days I ignore the fads, eat in moderation, do my best to exercise regularly and know instinctively what is right for me. I don’t get caught up in the hype, I am head down, bum up working on my dream, raising my family and living my life.
Why? Because I listen to me – what makes me happy, what feels right.
Because I don’t need to BECOME, I already am.
Humans are driven by fear.
What would happen if we just stopped listening to the scare mongering when it comes to our bodies and just did what felt right for us?
My personal answer is – acceptance and love. I know, I did it.
Don’t think for a second that I feel perfectly happy with everything 100% of every second of every day, I don’t. Life is a journey, we are an ever changing being. I’m human. Fear lives within me. But these days, and for at least the last 8 years I’ve happily managed to feel happy, content and love myself and what I stand for and how I look with next to no effort.
So when two nights ago I saw the advertisement for Michelle bridges 12wbt challenge I sat bolt right off my seat and glared at the tv. I was appalled. My 13 year old son was watching with me, and he just looked at me and said “Wow”. Enough said.
The ad aired on prime time channel 9, and I’ve since seen it everywhere. It’s a collection of women living their “dream”, stereotyped of course because what’s depicted is not necessarily everyone’s dream.
The ad includes a voiceover spoken by Michelle Bridges. This is exactly what is said by Michelle in the ad:
“Become Inspired, Fulfilled, Motivated, Energised, Strong Body & Mind
Become your Dream
Become a Team
Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Training
WHAT???????????????????? Seriously???????? This dialogue is wrong on so many levels.
Immediately I start thinking to myself, hang on, I AM all those things and so much more!
Michelle, PLEASE stop insinuating that our bodies define who we are and I couldn’t possibly be any of these things without being part of your program. Or that there is something wrong with me.
There’s not enough space to write all the things I feel when faced with irresponsible advertising like this. Simply put, if someone chooses to join a program to lose weight, gain weight, exercise, learn, find a friend, create something new in their life – whatever it is, that’s absolutely fine. BUT NEVER should it be insinuated that there is something wrong if you don’t, that’s it’s not possible to be all of these things without joining.
Is it really so inconceivable to others that someone such as me (obviously the type of body that the ad is appealing to) who is a size 20-22, 46 years old with an apple shape and considered obese could be perfectly happy in their own skin, can be successful, liked, loved, happy, inspiring, inspired, fun and living her dream? I challenge you to give me a call and spend some time with me, I’d be more than happy to share some of my time with you and let you see that it is indeed possible, maybe even inspire you to let go of these unrealistic insinuations and images.
It IS possible for women of all ages and sizes to be all of these things – regardless of their size. Being a perfect size 10 (not my ideal, but the ideal portrayed in such advertising these days) and projected as medically fit and healthy does NOT ensure that you are happy, fun, fulfilled or any of the other things. It simply does not. That is a myth and it’s high time that it was understood as such.
Camilla Jayne Couture uniquely offers you the ability to customise their classic 1950’s inspired dress range. Each design offers superior fit and elegance with a range of feminine prints or classic colours to choose from. These styles are available in sizes 12-28.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose what you know is going to work best for you, choose from classic plain colours, or dabble in a feminine floral or print – these dresses cater to the customer who is talk short, wants a sleeve, or doesn’t want a sleeve – likes a deep neckline, or a high neckline – it’s never been easier to choose your perfect style.
FULLY CUSTOMISABLE – colour/print, neckline, back, length and sleeve.
All Camilla Jayne designs are MADE IN AUSTRALIA from quality Ponte and Cotton Sateen.
Recommended Retail Price $149.95-$239.95 (depending on level of customisation).
I’m so happy with my dress – it’s my go to for business, special occasion and pleasure. It’s so easy to wear, feels amazing as it hugs my curves in all the right places and is simple to dress up or dress down. I selected the Elizabeth Style with pleated skirt in plain black with deep V neckline, plain cap sleeve and added length customisation (hits to mid-calf – perfect!). Here’s a pic I took just before I did a wholesale showing in Adelaide recently.