Curve Balls and the Proposal…

Well here we are July already! And suddenly it’s only 2 months and 4 days til our wedding (yep I’m counting down the days)!

Those of you who have followed my journey (mostly posted via Facebook) know that life threw us a few curve balls over the past two years. In May 2011 I decided to give up smoking, and you followed me on a blog here. Shortly after quitting I became very unwell and my body suffered severe adrenal fatigue that has taken me almost two years to recover from (that’s a story for another day).  In June 2011 we were rocked by the  sudden loss of my amazing dad at age 65, just short of my 40th birthday. The pure shock threw us all, but together, as families do, we have stayed strong. Just 12 days after my dad’s funeral it was my 40th birthday and unbeknownst to me my incredible partner Pete (AKA Superman) was planning a surprise proposal. We had already locked in a week’s holiday, an annual event where as a couple (with 4 children between us) we take a week out of our busy lives just for ourselves. Bliss! This particular year we planned a road trip to Lake Mungo and our first stop was in Hopetoun, Vic where we stayed in an incredible silo that had been turned into accommodation – just amazing!

I remember at the time being very sad, quiet and still in shock. It was so comforting to have some time-out, to see the open road, to be in nature and away from the city but mostly to be comforted by being with the one I love.

We had a lot of fun, lots of tears and lots of laughing. Along the way I remember feeling broken, and guilty because I was so sad, and so happy at the same time. Kind of like the ground we saw around us, green moss growing over cracked earth…

The trip was so cathartic and for me it reinforced the incredible relationship Pete & I have together, during the good and during the bad times.

We travelled on to Mildura for a few nights – and ultimately we hit the dirt roads of outback Vic and into NSW on the road to Lake Mungo, NSW. We’d both always wanted to visit Lake Mungo, a dry lake in south-eastern Australia with a rich ancient history. We were excited to explore. We stayed at a gorgeous cattle station called Turlee, a gem in the middle of nowhere. What an amazing place, we settled in and cooked up a steak for dinner.

Now I should mention here that when we were preparing to leave for our trip, Pete said “I just need a half hour to do a few things” and promptly disappeared into our spare bedroom for hours! When he eventually emerged he deposited a large cardboard box on the back seat of our car and instructed me to NOT OPEN the box under any circumstances. This box travelled with us the whole journey untouched!  When we arrived at Turlee Station he bought the box carefully inside and put it on the floor in the corner. There it stayed until the next day, my birthday.

In the middle of the night I awoke feverish and feeling extremely unwell, this quickly escalated into a full blown case of gastro! Here I was in the middle of nowhere – literally, more than 110kms down a bumpy, dirt road on a cattle station. No immodium, no nothing. My body ached and I spent the next 8 hours in tears and agony. Not a great start to my 40th Birthday!

Pete was, as always my superman. He nursed me and held me, and even contacted the station owner via the two-way radio (the only form of communication as we were out of mobile range) and arranged a medi-vac if needed.  The Jillaroo on the station arrived around 10am with herbal tea and an assortment of other medications to try  and finally about 3pm in the afternoon I started to feel a little better.  In fact, I sat up in bed, and said “it doesn’t feel like my birthday!”. Pete gave me a huge smile and said “I can fix that!!” and promptly walked over to the corner of the room and bought over the box!

I sat in bed, hair matted, no bra, dodgy trackies, looking so glamorous! I opened “My” box and out came 40 perfectly wrapped presents, one at a time!  They ranged from small to large parcels, all lovingly wrapped! No wonder he was missing for hours the night before we left, he had spent those hours wrapping all my gifts. The gifts were fabulous, a voucher for Asian cooking classes (yippee!), cd’s, trinkets, jewellery, herbs & spices for my cooking and so much more. Then in the bottom of that huge box out came my book! When Pete and I first started dating over 5 years ago, for my first birthday together he made me a book, and each special occasion he writes something special in it for me. I unwrapped my book, and flicked to the last page, and my mind was blown! WOW, I was speechless! And then…. I said YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Talk about 10 out of 10 on the unexpected scale! I was, and still am the happiest woman alive. I found my superman and I’m going to marry him! How lucky am I?!

So, enough of all the mushy stuff. That was 2011, we’d originally planned our wedding for September 2012 but with all the upheaval in our lives this past 18 months, we decided to postpone our special day until things settled a little. Oh I forgot, here’s my beautiful Citrine ring…. isn’t it amazing?!

Fast forward to 2013 and we’ve set the date for September 14th 2013. The invitations have been sent…

…and it’s all systems go! How exciting. I’d love to share with you my wedding journey, and I’d love to hear about yours, your tips & hints and share some of mine.

In the meantime, I’ve put together a Curvy Brides – TOP 6 TIPS for plus-size brides to be – I’m good at taking my own advice too, so I’ve ticked all 6 boxes!

Drop me a comment and let me know what you’d like to know, what your experiences are, where you found your special dress, about your proposal, anything wedding. Simply leave a reply below!

I’m off to submit my passport application, we’re off to Bali for our honeymoon!

Love your shape!

Janine x

Plus HQ expands to a Bricks & Mortar Store in Melbourne…

In April 2012 I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda, a vivacious and passionate woman with a dream to make a difference in plus-size fashion.

I assisted Amanda source plus-size brands for her online store and consulted to her business on all things plus-size.  Amanda came to me with a dream, and in a little over a year the impact she has made is incredible!

Plus HQ the website has been up and running since May 2012, it quickly gathered momentum and fostered a loyal following. Feedback was always positive on the great customer service and quality of the products received. Amanda was frequently asked about opening her own store, and it became clear that there was a big need for another bricks & mortar store catering to sizes 14+.

Now I know personally with my styling & shopping services how frustrating it is to gallivant across the city from suburb to suburb to cover all bases when it comes to building a wardrobe, sometimes the majority of the day is taken up in the car getting from place to place, This is especially true when I’m dealing with customers in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, but now no longer!

On April 24th I was thrilled to be invited to the VIP Opening of the Plus HQ bricks & mortar store in Eltham.  The evening was wet and rainy as I set my GPS to Eltham (a mere 1 hour drive!). From south-east to north-east I navigated my way through peak hour traffic to arrive for the 7pm start. When I arrived the car park was jam packed. When I finally secured a park, I opened my umbrella and bolted across the car park to the store with the lights on – low and behold I discovered at least 60 women milling around excitedly!  WOW what an incredible turn-out. It was clear from the onset that the location of this store was very welcome indeed.

The store is beautifully fitted out with grey/metallic fittings, the bursts of colour come from the incredible accessories (hosiery, scarves, costume jewellery galore and to-die-for handbags & clutches), and racks and racks of fashion clothing ALL in sizes 14+ – a treasure trove for the curvy girl. I was in heaven!

I was welcomed with a glass of bubbly and a tray of sushi was soon coming my way. I squeezed my way in through the crowds and was happy to see lots of familiar faces.

The room was abuzz and Amanda (who looked stunning as always) was radiating “dream come true”!

The inspirational and beautiful Julie Parker from Beautiful You was MC for the night and after a welcome speech from Amanda, Julie took over the microphone for an incredibly empowering speech on Positive Body Image. The room was still as we all listened and identified with Julie’s message.  At the end, the silence was broken as a thunderous round of applause filled the air. Congratulations to Amanda for ensuring such a strong message went hand in hand with her dream of bringing curvy fashion to the Melbourne masses.

“I’m everything that I want, I’m everything that I need, I am enough”,

Julie Parker, Beautiful You.

Then it was on to the fashion parade, four beautiful ladies, not models, just curvy girls of different ages and sizes paraded up and down the packed store wearing labels represented in the store including 17 Sundays and Harlow Fashion.  It was wonderful to see the garments on real bodies, not just hanging on a rack, really identifiable and certainly got everyone talking and oohing and aahing.  It was also fantastic to see that the two Australian Plus-size designer labels, 17 Sundays and Harlow Fashion were present to mingle with the crowds. The level of support is telling as to how passionate these girls are about their product and their designs. I was especially excited to see the girls from 17 Sundays wearing a selection of current stock and a few “sneak peeks” of what’s to come!! Nice one girls!

With the fashion show over, the guests were really keen to get at the racks and have a good look and try. The store was hectic, I took the opportunity to mingle outside the store with a lot of guests. The cash register was ringing away and lots of happy customers were happily showing other guests their stash of beautiful garments.

I love the selection of garments Amanda has on offer, the styles, colours and selection are impeccable, great labels with an accent on supporting Australian plus-size fashion designer labels, and the most amazing selection of gorgeous accessories.

I encourage you all to make the trip to Plus HQ at 9 Dudley Street, Eltham Vic at your earliest opportunity.

Amanda’s online store is also available 24/7 here and it’s $10 flat rate postage Australia wide.

NEWSFLASH: Hope&Harvest are now available in-store at Plus HQ… get on it!

Please tell Amanda I sent you.

Love your shape!

Janine x 

Size acceptance and having a good time…

A very dear friend of mine, let’s call her “M” for the purposes of this post, is in her late 30’s and single. She’s gorgeous, funny and very successful in her life. “M” is always busy, but is always doing something for someone else. She’s actually one of my favourite people 🙂 We enjoy regular catch-ups, usually over dinner and coffee and chats on the phone.

A few years ago I started to gently suggest that she might start thinking about doing more for herself, and perhaps think about dating.  After a bad experience earlier in her 20’s she’d shied away from the dating scene. Recently, I was telling her about a new night that I’d heard about called “Pounce” and she completely took me by surprise and said “let’s go!”.

I can’t say for sure if it was just timing, or if it was the lure of a night that is aimed at plus-size women, but whatever it was, we had a blast and I’m happy to say we’ll be doing it again.

Being engaged, a mum and running a business, I haven’t had to think about going out or how to meet people for a long time. I outgrew nightclubs, bars and parties a long time ago! I can completely understand how entering a disco or sleezy bar can be overwhelming and very confronting, it’s not my scene at all.

When I heard about Pounce I was curious. Not only is it hosted in a “Bar”, but it was also touted to be BBW friendly.   Now this sparked my interest as often over the years I’ve felt uncomfortable in a “meat market” type feel of a venue.

“M” and I agreed to check it out and the 19th March 2013 was the next event.

On the day I’ll admit I was kind of nervous, we arrived at the venue to find that there was a McDonalds immediately opposite. We thought ourselves very clever to park the car directly across from the entrance of the bar aptly named “Whole Lotta Love” in Lygon Street, East Brunswick – so we could scope out the place first! We sat giggling like teenagers, checked our make-up, sprayed our perfume and waited. Slowly but surely we started to feel comfortable, we watched people arrive, couples, singles, groups of girls, groups of guys. What to expect? Tonight’s advertised “theme” is “Chubbyoke!” – mmm should we be offended or excited? Did we dare enter? How would it feel?

After 15 minutes of scoping things out, we took a deep breath and walked across the street and entered the bar.

Immediate impression – relaxed, welcoming environment

Second reaction – OH, I’m one of the smaller women in the bar!?

Third reaction – this feels good

And so the evening progressed, we ordered a drink and within minutes we were chatting and mingling with an array of people – female, male, couples, big, small, tall, short, happy, funny, friendly, straight, gay and everything in between. It was an incredible mix of people and SO MUCH FUN.

The chubbyoke was hilarious, we listened to many brave souls who took the mike and belted out a tune (some even belted out two or more!), there were prizes and lots of clapping, cheering and encouragement.

The feel of the entire evening was relaxed, no pressure, no sleeze, just ease.  Now that’s a great start to re-entering the dating scene!

I highly recommend this night to all of you and I know “M” and I plan to visit again sometime soon.

What made this evening so special? I can’t answer that, was it that it was advertised as a BBW night and I was in a room full of women of all different shapes and sizes? Was it that I didn’t stand out because I was larger? I don’t know. I just know that I would do it again.

I had the pleasure of meeting Julie Ramsay who is the founder of this Pounce BBW Night, and I asked Julie if she’d mind sharing with us a little about her inspiration, here’s what she had to say…

Who is Julie Ramsay?

Wow, I see you are getting the hard questions out right off the bat! LOL. I am simply me. I’m a plus-size powerhouse. I am a SSBBW pin-up web model (the first one in Australia actually).  A philosopher in some ways and an airhead in others. I’m clumsy and always loosing things, but I’m also a complete and utter high-class fashion diva. I love cats, sappy romance novels and plays, old movies and car singing. I hoard lingerie and headbands. I’m frivolous and decadent but also a bargain hound. I live with my boyfriend and have a fondness for vintage Scotch, tattoos and music.

Due to degenerative illness and a severe car accident, I am disabled and suffer from immense pain on a daily basis, but you wouldn’t know it to see me. I stand tall and proud and I’m very loud!

Not that any of that can define someone entirely, but it’s part of me. I stand for what’s right but I sit when I’m tired. I ask for help when I need it but I feel invincible. Simply, I am a contradiction. But aren’t we all? 🙂

What inspired you to found Pounce?

It’s sad that there’s so much prejudice against plus-size people in society. It’s everywhere, and it’s running rampant. Being very large myself, I experience this unfounded hatred quite frequently. But I’m an old hat at ignoring it.

That is until I went to a nightclub (that I use to be considered a regular at when I was smaller) and was treated so poorly that it put me off wanting to venture out in to the club scene ever again. Not only were the intoxicated patrons being horrible to me, but the bar staff ignored me. I made a complaint to one barman that I was being harassed and was told by the barman that I should “waddle off and leave if I don’t like people stating the obvious”.

That made me so mad, I honestly felt like a second-class citizen.

So I started approaching bars attempting to find one that would allow me to host a size-positive club night and I’m sad to say I couldn’t find any that were interested. I just wanted there to be an environment where big women, well big people in general, could party it up. Somewhere they could wear what they wanted and feel sexy and safe and, most of all, free from judgement.

A year or so later my friend Rob announced he was opening his own bar, Whole Lotta Love. He had always been a big fan of the BBW events in the USA when he visited, and was keen to host his own version here. So we thought we would combine forces and we created ‘POUNCE’.

What is the concept of Pounce?

Pounce is quite simply about size acceptance and having a good time. You don’t need to be a plus-size lady or gent to come along, but you do have to be accepting of plus-size people. It’s a safe haven for anyone to come along and have a great night out free from judgement. We have quite a lot of people bring their smaller-sized friends and family along to party with them. It’s great to see a whole spectrum of happy people varying in size, ability, age, colour, gender and sexual orientation dance the night away.

Rob and I run Pounce as a profit-free event. The only cost to our patrons are their own drinks, although we always seem to hand out quite a few free ones. Sure, it has cost us a fair few pretty pennies, but we do it for love. We do it because Australia needs this.  We need to make size acceptance a hot topic.

The last Pounce event was a PJ party, sounds fun! What else is on the agenda?

The pyjama party was awesome, everyone got dressed up and had a great time! We always have a photographer on hand to capture all of our crazy fun events. Make sure you check out the Facebook page to not only find out about upcoming events, but to see how wild our previous events were.

Pounce has some brilliant events coming up. In June we’ve got an 80s party that’s shaping up to be truly epic, the playlist is amazing and so many people are planning to dress up in their glamest 80s attire. Later in the year we’ll be having another round of our hugely successful karaoke – or ‘chubbyaoke’ as we call it. We have a Halloween party on the books, which is always hugely entertaining. And a Traffic Light party – lots of singles ready to mingle at these events.

And I’m planning a second-hand plus-size fashion stall to be held at the bar, with a gold coin donation entry to raise funds for Pounce.  But the best thing to do is keep an eye on the Facebook page to keep abreast of all things Pounce.

Thanks so much Julie, look forward to seeing you again soon – and maybe a few of my curvy readers too?

Love your shape!

Janine x

I’m not suffering, be gone hang-ups!

It’s 40 degrees and windy here in Melbourne today, I’m sweltering.

Just an observation and a reflection, years ago I used to be so hung up on my “yucky arms” that I would do everything I could to cover them up in the warmer months – avoiding sleveless tops and dresses. In my late 20’s & 30’s as I grew more accepting of my curvy figure I have embraced sleeveless garments in the warmer months, and especially on days like today!

I just saw a lovely curvy woman in a gorgeous dress but covered up with a long sleeve knit – she was sweltering – and I know it’s presumptious of me, but I’m guessing she was allowing her hang up about her arms outweigh the freedom to wear a gorgeous dress with her arms showing on a sweltering day!  I wanted to run up to her and hug her and encourage her to embrace her arms and free herself! Got me to thinking about all the years I suffered because of my own crazy hang-up. So proud of myself.

My other hang up was my pale pale skin, I was always hearing people talking about how tanned looks “thinner & better” – and so I was hesitant for that reason also to show my white skin. It’s a basic fact, my skin doesn’t tan, and I don’t want to suffer the consequences of trying to tan my skin, I know too many people who have paid a high price with skin cancers. Slip, Slop, Slap! You will see me walking proudly with my pale skin and sleeveless tops this summer, and every summer – happy happy in my own skin. I encourage you all to do the same.

I’m not suffering – my hang ups are gone!

Love your shape!

Janine x

Melbourne Bridal designers on the look-out for plus-sized models for their designs…

Three years ago I started Curvy Revolution, a Melbourne based agency representing women size 16+ of Australia. This idea was borne from mine and others frustration that plus-size clothing was being represented only on size 14 models, making it difficult & frustrating for those of us size 16+ to identify with!

I seize every opportunity I get to push the boundaries with plus-size garment manufacturers, designers and retailers as well as all forms of media to realistically and identifiably represent curvy clothing on different size models. Some will argue that size 14 models are true representation, but I disagree. I maintain that a more realistic and successful way to market plus-size garments is to market them on the figures they were designed for!

There’s absolutely no way a woman who is a size 10 is going to identify with or buy a garment represented on a size 20 woman, so why should our industry assume that the same is not true for plus-size women

I’d also like to clarify that when I state plus-size, I include women that are size 16+.  The fashion industry (think catwalks in Paris and Milan, and women’s fashion magazines) rarely if ever acknowledge fashion over a size 14, in fact often fashions go only to a size 12.

Mainstream sizes are traditionally 8-16 (or even 6-14).  It’s rare that a brand will go over a 16, and it is almost never that you will see a brand who manufactures for sizes 8-16 representing their garments on a size 16 figure, you will always see them represented on a size 8-10.

I’m a size 20. I love to shop. I love to buy clothes. I have money to spend. I want  fashion marketed to me in a way that makes me want to spend money – and acknowledges that I am plus-size, it’s ok for me to be plus-size and that the people who are designing, manufacturing or retailing garments for my body understand what I want and need.

This week I received some encouraging news, the designers, from Leah S. Design Studios in Melbourne’s southeast, are having an open casting to find the next ‘face’ of their Plus Size Perfection collection.

I was lucky enough to meet Leah & Lyn a few years ago when I was doing a shoot for a plus-size bridal piece. You can see one of their beautiful Plus Size Perfection gowns on the left in the image below – gorgeous!

“We think all women regardless of size are fabulous and beautiful. Our Plus Size Perfection campaign is not only about challenging the stereotypes of what is takes to be a model, but also what is beautiful,” says Lyn.

“We want to support our local community by giving up-and-coming models, or girls who are hoping to break into plus-sized modelling, their big break,” she says.

The designers are searching for a local beauty, size 18-30, to help bring their 2013 collection “to life”.

“Our designs are created with real women in mind, says Lyn. “We don’t believe that only women who conform to the skinny ideal should look beautiful on their wedding day. So our collection includes styles that suit women of all sizes.

“The designs for our up-coming collection are very feminine and romantic, created with exquisite fabrics and laces which have been delicately beaded to achieve a glamorous look.”

As well as becoming the face of the collection, the successful applicant will receive a $1000 Westfield voucher and photography to help launch their modelling portfolio.

“You don’t necessarily have to have any professional modelling experience to enter,” says Lyn.  We’re just looking for someone who encapsulates the spirit of our collection and who is interested in modelling.”

The casting will be held on Sunday October 28 between 11am and 3pm at The Leah S Design Studios, 3/167 Princes Highway in Hallam, Victoria.

CONGRATULATIONS Leah & Lyn, I can’t wait to see the results of your casting and new marketing campaign.

Love your shape!

Janine x 

One-Stop Plus Maternity Shop in the heart of Sydney…

Many of you will remember in October 2010 I hosted a Girl’s Night Out for Real Women Australia to raise funds for Cancer. The room was packed with women and the gorgeous garments designed for women with curves were realistically & identifiably presented on seven of my beautiful Curvy Revolution models. The event was a huge success.

One of the participating retailers, was none other than Australian designer & manufacturer of plus-size maternity wear, Nadine Newell and her label Plus Maternity.

Curvy Revolution’s Kate was eight months pregnant at the time and looked stunning in Nadine’s designs.

Kate wearing Plus Maternity – October 2010

I often get enquiries about maternity wear and resources for plus-size women, and with Nadine’s launch of her label a couple of years ago, the options opened up.

Now here’s some more more great news for pregnant curvy women.

Two of Australia’s leading specialist boutiques, More Than A Handful and online store, Plus Maternity have joined forces to cater for the plus sized maternity market with a one-stop shopping destination in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Bringing together beautiful lingerie and swimwear options with on-trend clothing pieces, the new store will exclusively stock brands Bravado, Anita, Royce and Eveden as well as Plus Maternity’s wholly designed and manufactured in Australia range created by mum, Nadine Newell, who understands the needs of a plus sized mum.

Located at Level 2, 70 Druitt St, Sydney, the store also provides fashionable alternatives for the plus sized market exclusively stocking New Zealand designer Carolyn Barker’s wardrobe essentials of dresses, tunics, overtops, pants, skirts, tops jackets and vests.

The two stores come together from a long-time relationship – Plus Maternity’s Nadine Newell was a client of Margaret McLachlan’s More Than A Handful.  Both passionate about offering their fuller figured customers quality clothing options the merging of stores was a natural transition.  Margaret McLachlan also has a passion for promoting Australian and New Zealand made products where possible – an increasingly difficult task in today’s manufacturing climate.

“We felt our clients could really benefit from having a one-stop destination for all their maternity wear shopping needs.  Both Nadine and I believe in supporting and providing options for all women who need our specialist service – not just up to size 22 which is what many retailers do because it is a profitable demographic”, said Margaret McLachlan.

I’m really enjoying meeting our customers face to face, said Nadine Newell, it’s been fantastic to respond to their requests to have a bricks and mortar store after having an online store for 2 years.  The shop is in a stunning inner city location, right behind the QVB, on all the transport hubs.   The feedback received from women has been nothing but positive, they love that can come in and shop for both their maternity wear and their nursing bra requirements in one location.  The trained fitters from More than a Handful are wonderful to work with everyday.

Margaret McLachlan established More Than A Handful in 2005 after sustaining a shoulder injury and not being able to find a front-opening bra in her size.  Formerly a registered nurse with a post-graduate degree in midwifery, Margaret McLachlan is a professional bra-fitter specifically catering to women with larger bust sizes.

With PCOS, and after many years of trying to conceive, eventually with the assistance of IVF, Nadine Newell couldn’t wait to go shopping for maternity wear.  Unable to find anything in plus sizes and disappointed by the lack of care shown by retail assistances in trying to help her, she turned to overseas options but again, was underwhelmed by the choices available to plus sized women.  In 2010, knowing she wasn’t alone in her struggle to find maternity and breastfeeding wear, she decided to develop Plus Maternity, offering a range of gorgeous maternity wear designed and made in Australia, using local fabrics where available, such as the fabulous cotton milled in Sydney and used in all Plus Maternity’s breastfeeding friendly sleepwear.  Remaining fashionable, each item is fully functional with important details for the plus sized market including longer line tops, pants with stretch and busts with a little more room.  In 2011, Nadine Newell was a finalist in the Bio-Oil Ausmumpreneur Awards.

More Than A Handful

More Than A Handful caters to women of all ages and sizes carrying every day, evening, bridal, maternity and sports underwear collections in the very latest colours and fabrics.  This specialist intimate apparel boutique also provides practical and suitable choices for women who have undergone shoulder surgery or suffer disabling medical conditions which limit their flexibility and movement.  To provide maximum comfort and support, More Than A Handful also offers a tailored alteration service when required to ensure your bra is best suited to your shape, height and special needs.

Plus Maternity

Plus Maternity is a clothing range for women, size 18 to 28. The range is inclusive of the key wardrobe essentials, corporate pieces, jeans, comfy casual wear, chlorine resistant swimwear, breastfeeding accessible sleepwear and a selection of breastfeeding tops.  Plus Maternity also has a thriving online community via Facebook, which aims to provide as much plus size mum friendly information as possible and at times Q&A forum.  Nadine spends a lot of time sifting though research and working with health care professionals to raise awareness of the issues faced by plus sized mum – a big part of this is ensuing we are in regular contact with the pregnancy and health media to ensure that issues of relevance to plus size mums are featured in fashion spreads, information pieces and readers stories.

Here’s your invitation to attend the grand opening, if you’re not local to Sydney, don’t forget to shop online. Without your support, local Australian designers and businesses won’t survive. These ladies are passionate and working hard for YOU.

Tell Nadine & Margaret I sent you…

Love your shape!

Janine x