Feet Solutions…

Wide Feet, shoes to fit orthotics, bunions? I get asked often about where to find quality shoes for problem feet, but not just any shoes – shoes that look GREAT!

Here’s the solution. Kolourful Kati designs and produces beautiful shoes that tick all the boxes.

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Kati has an incredible collection of styles available. Her designs are ethically hand-made in Mexico where she visits regularly to oversee production. Kolourful Kati footwear is designed and styled to support you, help with your posture, help you to feel safe, and stylish and attract compliments like “Where did you get those shoes?” They are made of high-quality cotton-based elastic straps and offer slip resistant soles and cushioned inner soles for safety & east of wear.

Just take a look at her contemporary timeless designs to dress up and dress down.

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Available in sizes 5-11 (in most styles), these amazing shoes and boots are super light-weight and super comfortable and a must-have for any wardrobe.

Kati is having an Invitation Only Exclusive Winter Private Showing at her Shoe-Dio in St Kilda, Victoria on Saturday 2nd April from 11:30am-3:30pm.  To RSVP, please click the link here.

Where can you buy Kolourful Kati?

You can shop online at www.kolourfulkati.com.au

or shop in-store or online at Peter Sheppard Footwear stores in Melbourne and Sydney.

Please tell Kati I sent you.

Love your shape!

Janine x

Nothing to wear? Help is here…

With the festive season coming at us full throttle, my inbox and Facebook messenger are filling up fast with requests for help in sourcing a great outfit for the many events that are in our calendars at this time of year.  Special Occasions and busy calendars can a huge fear response from many women as they consult their wardrobes and try to decide what to wear.

Fear not!  Help can be as simple of as Wardrobe Revamp – where I work with you to look at your wardrobe with new eyes.  It’s possible that THE perfect outfit is right there, you just haven’t thought of it yet.  Equally, it’s possible that an injection of a few new items or accessories could breath new life into your image.

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There are lots of options available, pick one that suits you from the list below:

Wardrobe Revamp & Style

Personal Style & Shop

Group Shopping Tours

Phone or Skype Webcam Consultations

TO BOOK: Simply call me M: 0405-319-691 or email janine@janinemison.com.au or fill out the form on the website. Bookings are still available in-time for the festive season.

Love your shape!

Janine x

Here’s what other’s have said about their experience:

“Hi Janine, Just wanted to drop you a line and say a big ‘thank you’, after our Skype styling session which I know wasn’t made easy with our internet connection! Your advice has been so valuable I have cleaned out the wardrobe, gotten rid of all my wrong clothes, and have added color and style to it now. My teenage children didn’t recognize me when I saw them recently after not seeing them for a few months, they were taken back with the ‘trendy ‘new me ( their words not mine). As you know when I got your help I was off to a couple of high end events, using your advice I found the perfect outfits for both occasions and for the first time in my life I looked good and was complimented by many people. My boyfriend of 8 years is blown away with the new me his head is spinning. I now know what to buy and know I’m not throwing away dead money on wrong styles and color. You have given me the confidence to hold my head high and embrace my shape – to use your words, Love my shape! Any women who is struggling should use your service, you are a inspiration to us all and such a fountain of style and knowledge. I also wish to say thank you for the help with my wedding dress its not something I would have considered before speaking to you but on your advice I now own the dresses of my dreams! (I’ll send pics later) PS: I don’t mind if you want to forward this on or put anyone in contact with me that is not sure about using your service, even though they would be mad not to, I’m happy to sing your praises. Loving my size 26/28 shape”.

Bron B, Sydney, NSW.

“I wish I had have met you years ago, my approach to how I dress and see my body would have been a lot different”.

Deborah F, Manager & Publicist for Shane Jacobson, Daylesford, Vic

“You’re an inspiration truly. What you do for women who have image issues, u make the image no issue…”

Jo J, Melbourne, Vic, via facebook.

Jeans – my butt feels good in these :-)

I want to introduce you to a new brand that was recently launched at the A+ market, and I’m really excited about this brand because it’s not often that as a customer we have the opportunity to add value and invest our thoughts and ideas into the development of a product.

Crazy 4 Jeans founder Keyma is really passionate about curvy fit for jeans.  We recently met in a café over a cup of coffee where we spent a couple of hours discussing the challenges women have with jeans and how important a great fitting pair of jeans is not only to your wardrobe, but to your self-esteem. Crazy4JeansLogoKeyma is from Venezuela and immigrated to Australia four years ago. After the birth of her little boy, she noticed a change in her body, and struggled to find comfortable fitting jeans that shaped her figure. This began a hunt for the perfect jean for herself. Being passionate about her native South America and her new found home here in Australia, she decided to look to Columbia to source jeans in denim that she knew was not only ethically manufactured, but was also of the highest quality. Her website and brand Crazy4Jeans has created quite a stir, promising to improve your body image with butt lifting jeans (she had me at butt lifting!) and available in a range of styles offered in sizes 6-26.  Keyma is working hard to develop her reach and understand the market, she’s frequented some local markets, had a pop-up-store at Westfield, networked with Industry bloggers and customers and all in all made a huge effort to understand the market.  She was amazed when she realised that there was a huge interest from the plus-size customer and decided to focus her attention on developing jeans for that market.

When we met, I’d taken some time to look at the website beforehand and I noted that there were only 2 styles in the “plus size” section showing as available online. When Keyma arrived with her suitcase, she opened it and it literally exploded with choice! Keyma bought out style after style, all with individual embellishments and nuances. As we talked more, she explained that she is keen to develop a more “Australian” version of the jeans in plus-sizing. The feedback has been that some of the embellishments are a little too much for our taste, but it is definitely an individual choice. Further, her customers are loving the quality of the denim and the fit with the specialised butt lifting design winning lots of fans, as is the high waisted option with the choice of 3 or 4 buttons.

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C4JJeansBacksmallI had a lot of fun in the 35 degree heat and a small bathroom trying on six different options/sizes and getting the fit right.

I opted for a high waisted (with 4 buttons) pair in dark blue denim and false pockets with embellishments. The denim has a gentle stretch but feels firm and gives good control. The high waist makes my tummy feel less obvious and minimises the need to check if my top is positioned correctly to cover my tummy – WIN! In addition, I have a pretty flat butt, so the cut and design of these jeans gives me a curvier looking butt – yay! Another win is that the jeans are slightly longer than normal – I’m 169cms, so not tall, but not short. I often find that a “regular” length is just ok and have to opt for a “long” length to hit that sweet spot on my boots/shoes that elongate my body. These jeans are perfect, and as I’m a boot girl, I can tuck my boots under the jeans or tuck my boots into my jeans depending on my mood and my outfit.

Crazy4JeansSwingtagI think the only negative I can think of is that I had to size up to a 22 (I’m usually an 18-20 in jeans) and for some women this can be a deterrent. For me, I always go with what fits correctly and don’t worry about the size label.

I am really happy with my jeans, they are comfortable, flattering and the quality is fantastic. I encourage you to try them for yourself.  There are more than the 2 styles available, Keyma has a huge range, some one offs and if you give her a call she will talk you through them. Alternatively she is also available to make an appointment with and head on over and spend an hour trying them on! And don’t forget, Keyma is offering a chance to give constructive feedback to help her design a jean for our market…so please get in touch with her and tell her I sent you.

Love your shape!

Janine x

Our legacy is not our appearance…

On the 29th January, 2015 a famous Australian author died – her name was Colleen McCullough. On that same day, I opened The Australian online to read the following opening lines to her obituary…

COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”

I’m sorry – what??? pardon???…”she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth” – insinuating that despite her size and her being “plain”, she still had some redeeming features. This Journalist would have us believe that we should be grateful that Colleen  was a “woman of wit and warmth” or we might never have known who she was.  Seriously, since when do we describe someone’s physical appearance as the opening lines of an obituary?

Infact I’ve searched high and low and I can’t find an obituary that passed comment on appearance at all! I am just absolutely gobsmacked that this journalist even managed to get this obituary past the editor! This is a disgrace.

When are we going to get over our prejudices and focus on what was achieved, and the legacy we left, this should be the focus, NEVER appearance.  How is this relevant to her life, her ability to write, be loved by her husband, sell books or become so successful?

Reading this article made my blood boil, but then I googled and found that I wasn’t the only one! This article on the topic published by The Age covers how I was feeling!

A couple of weeks later I’m still shaking my head. I’m more determined than ever to keep role modelling that it’s not how you look, it’s what you do, how you do it, how you behave, how you treat others, and how much you love that are important in this life. It’s also how you chose to love your shape! NOT how everyone else (or in this instance one sad journalist) thinks you should.

colleen mcculloughI salute Colleen for her amazing life and the joy she bought others, may she rest in peace.

Love your shape!

Janine x

 

Curvy Couture comes to Perth…

Great news for curvy ladies of Western Australia!

Kate Millett of Bombshell Vintage offers a plus sized day of entertainment for Perth’s curvy connoisseurs of couture.

September 15th, 2013 will see the first ever Curvy Couture Roadshow, a one-day plus size fashion festival organised by Perth-born Kate Millett. Galvanised by her personal motto “Dress for your style, not your size”, Millett has been splashing plus size style all over eager audiences for years behind Australia’s own exclusively plus size vintage label, Bombshell Vintage, which is now expanding to offer its own reproduction range.

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The roadshow, taking place at Deville’s Pad in Perth, will showcase select Australian indie designers that specialise in sizes 12 and up, in a day of catwalks, capsule markets, and stellar entertainment; including a photo booth, nail art salon, best-dressed competitions, and a contortionist.

Kate was inspired to create the Curvy Couture Roadshow as she was looking through the different fashion festivals in Australia and kept seeing a total lack of plus size designers over and over again. A few times, chain stores got a catwalk, but that was it.

“I am such a fan of interesting and exciting fashion and I especially love it when I can get it locally! So I decided that while the mainstream fashion world is ignoring us, we can do our own thing and celebrate some of the amazing plus size designers from all over Australia”.

Through her work with Bombshell Vintage, Kate had met a few Australian plus size designers. She began talking to a few of them, asked them to talk to whoever they knew and they formed a small Facebook group. Once the preparations had begun to create the event and word spread, a few new designers came out of the woodwork and have joined the team.

Kate says “The Roadshow is an opportunity to have fun, shop and see the clothes on the catwalk. All our models are volunteers ranging from size 12 to size 24. There should be something for every taste, from simple day wear to bikinis to full length beaded ballgowns! (I am a huge fan of sparkles!) There will be a capsule market with limited styles and sizes so people can try things on and then order online. With five catwalks in as many hours, there shouldn’t be much time for other entertainment, but we squeezed in a set by the Odette Mercy trio. There will also be a photo booth and a pop-up nail salon”.

“There will be competitions running throughout the day for best hair, best dressed and best overall! We want to celebrate curvy ladies who work their fashion and look extra special!”

Kate is originally from Perth and remembers how isolated it felt not to see any stores other than the giant chains that stocked her size. Perth is often overlooked because of the expense to fly designers and stock over for events, so Perth was a natural option for her 1st event.

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Among the designers on display are beloved Perth designer Seraphim, who is known for creating styles that are unique and sexy and cater to the bold, loud and fierce women; and treasured Melbourne designers Harlow, and Fox Parse. Harlow produce fashion-forward edgy designs with a rock ‘n’ roll influence, and each design reflects its belief that fashion should be accessible to all women. Fox Parse is heavily influenced by mod fashion and comic books, mixing bright dresses with fabulous custom made collars. Beyond the Sea Swimwear from Sydney is inspired by the glamour of 1940’s and 50’s; this flattering and fun range of Australian Made swimwear with a vintage twist is designed for the average Australian woman.

The event is being crowdfunded through iPledg, leaving room for rapid expansion, so get on board and support this fantastic initiative.

Tickets for the event are $30 and available at curvycoutureroadshow.eventbrite.com. The crowdfunding campaign is available for contribution (with rewards relating to free entry and giveaways) at iPledg at http://ipledg.com/l/curvy-couture-roadshow.

Event Details:

Sunday 15th September, 2013

12 noon – 5pm

Curvy Couture Roadshow

Devilles Pad

1/3 Aberdeen Street, PERTH, WA

 

Ladies, I urge you to support Australian Designers. Please tell them I sent you. I’d love your feedback on the event.

Love your shape!

Janine x

An invaluable resource for plus-size women of Australia

Over the past five years I’ve invested my energy and passion into providing styling advice, education & empowerment tools, a safe social media environment for discussion and I’ve been a loud voice for plus-size women.

I receive hundreds of emails and social media messages per month requesting assistance with sourcing garments or styling advice from women curvy women Australia wide. You are constantly wondering where to shop for clothes and how to put it all together. I’ve spent wonderful hours working with you one-on-one and in groups, but I thought it was timely to put together a resource that you could have at your fingertips, a one-stop guide to shopping!

Welcome to the Curvy Girls Shopping Guide to Melbourne, Australia. This guide is exclusively designed to provide you with resources for curvy girls in our gorgeous city.  This Guide contains information that has been compiled from my own research and personal experiences. It will be updated on an annual basis to ensure its relevance as stores and labels appear, evolve and change. Everything you need in one place!

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“Hey Janine got my copy and even though I’m in Brisbane like you said GREAT resources that are Australia wide!  Being American it has been difficult navigating beyond the ‘usual suspects’ for a more boutique shopping experience.  LOVE IT!  (Encourage any AU based people to get it!) I’ve read cover to cover & browsed every shop already! (Online that is)” ~  Kenyeal

The guide features detailed listings with all relevant contact details and clickable links directly to retailers and service providers. Fully printable or viewable in PDF.

Topics include:

  • Curvy styling options
  • An overview of plus-size fashion in Australia
  • Sizing Guide
  • Australian plus-size designers
  • Factory Outlets
  • Department Stores
  • Second hand markets and online resources
  • Bridal
  • Corporate Wear
  • Activewear, Lingerie & Sleepwear
  • Maternity
  • Specialty Boutiques specialising in Size 14+
  • Big Brands
  • and so much more…

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Remember, if you need styling assistance or have a special event coming up, I offer lots of options for shopping & styling.

Love your shape!

Janine x