Bell Bottom ‘Realness’


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Spring has finally arrived (well kinda) and with the arrival of Spring we’re inevitably bombarded with messages that tell us our bodies aren’t good enough period much less good enough for summer. I can’t tell you how many commercials and ads I’ve seen that have said ,“Get your summer body, summer bodies are made in winter “and so on.

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Posted in Alaia, Body Image, Minimalist, Personal Style, Uncategorized

Minimalist online plus size retailer Mei Smith will change the way you shop!

Screen Shot 2015 04 08 at 9.37.36 AM 740x599 Minimalist online plus size retailer Mei Smith will change the way you shop!

When you think of plus size clothing the term minimalist doesn’t come to mind. For years plus size clothing has been plagued with sequence, inappropriately placed rhinestones and the infamous moo moo. But Ayanna Wu Celestin founder and creative director of Mei Smith a new online luxury retailer wants to change that.

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Posted in carmakoma, Mei Smith, Minimalist, Personal Style, Plus Fashion, Uncategorized

Spring Trends: Sporty Minimalism & Pastels

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Every season brings new trends and this season is no different ,sporty minimalism, 70’s , gingham, pastels and the list goes on. This season I’m trying to incorporate more chic sportswear and pastels into my wardrobe. Truth be told I’m not a huge fan of either but fashion is about stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new. If you’re not ready to go full on Easter bunny wear neutrals or try accessories like sunglasses or a purse in pale pink .If flirty femme isn’t your style try a structured jacket or a shoe with a more masculine edge. There are so many pieces that you can choose from that will reflect your personal style.

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Lost in Lisbon

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Months ago Jill and I  travelled to England, Portugal and France.  We laughed, loved, ate wonderful food with family and spent time with one of our dearest friends. No instagram (except for a few pics), no email, no distractions JUST US. Here’s a peak at our first stop –  Lisbon,Portugal.

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Posted in Asos, Body Image, carmakoma, penningtons, Travel, Uncategorized

International Women’s Day


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Today we celebrate all the women and girls past and present who have helped create the footprints guiding so many of our footsteps today. We celebrate your style, grace and fierce determination and thank you for your courage and flare! We also recognize that for every woman relishing in the successes of many feminisms there remain countless women and girls who continue to doubt their own power,feeling the weight of beastly oppressions like violence against women, poverty, racism, inequality in the workplace and the constant tyranny of body weight and size policing to name a few. Today we remember all women and we pledge to commit to supporting the struggle so we may continue the celebration too!

Happy International Women’s Day to you and the special women and girls in your life. #AllWomenMatter #BodyConfidence

Jill Andrew, PhD(c.)
Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCA), FatinTheCity, BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival
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Posted in Body Image, Diversity, Uncategorized

High End Plus Size Designer You Need to Know: PLY APPAREL

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I instantly fell in love with PLY Apparel when I first saw  Jill Scott wearing their classic black and white blazer  in the September issue of Essence Magazine . Classic design , structure , luxe fabric and it’s plus size well , sign me up ! PLY recently debuted their Fall/Winter 2015 collection at an exclusive preview in Manhattan during the midst of New York Fashion Week.

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Posted in Minimalist, Personal Style, Plus Fashion, PLY, Uncategorized