Plus size bloggers changing the game

There continues to be a gaping hole in the marketplace for on-trend, stylish, great quality and flattering plus size clothing. However, as brands are slowly starting to come to the plus size party, helping lead this charge is an increasing group of fabulous women. Women  with curves who have great style and the confidence to show them off.

With so many curvy ladies with various shapes and sizes it’s great to see women who truly understand style and demand that old school views of bigger women and clothing don’t apply.

This movement is so important for more reasons than to just look pretty; great style is a right, not a ‘nice for some’.

 

Here is a list of some of my top curvy bloggers. I hope you’re prepared for a lust fest!

Nicolette Mason 

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Gabifresh

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Jay Miranda

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Tanesha Awasthi

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7 Habits of Stylish People

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There are very few people who can be considered genuinely stylish.

It’s easy to wear the hottest labels but this approach isn’t always sustainable. This can be very expensive and there are some bills which should always take precedence, but also because many fashionable items are no longer in vogue six months down the track.

Scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest the personalities are often wearing the same brands and if you squint your eyes start to morph into one another. Boring!

Then you stumble on personalities which are amazing;  chic, cool, interesting and unique. These women know their bodies. They understand their shape and style and what transpires is a visual love fest. They frame their bodies with clothes, the way an artist frames their paintings.

These women are truly stylish and from which we should aim to take our fashion inspiration. So, here is a list of 7 habits highly stylish people to help inspire you’re style journey.

1. They don’t copy exactly what they see
With Pinterest, Instagram and blogs aplenty there is so much fodder for your style inspiration. Remember it’s fun to admire but it’s not always healthy to emulate.

2. They aren’t afraid of any store—and can find something almost anywhere
Legitimately stylish women will visit any store with zero snob factor, yet they manage to stay true to their look. A stylish person understands quality, quirky and interesting items can be found anywhere from a Vinnie’s rack, Target or Louis Vuitton.

3. They know how to style themselves to their own taste
Most stylish girls will say “I’ve had this blazer for 10 years” and mean it.

The blazer itself is nice, but it’s the way it was styled; great-fitting jeans, loose shirt with an extra button undone, heels, and added a killer pair of modern statement earrings.

4. They always look radiantly natural 
Highly stylish people are often in the habit of always  standing out from the crowd in any situation.

They might wear a pair of sneakers when the others are teetering on sky-high heels, or pull her hair into a top knot when everyone else has long beachy waves. Small elements often make them look more natural but still polished.

5. Confidence is key 
The most stylish women are ones who have confidence, and who know they don’t need the $700 jumper or $2,000 handbag to make themselves appear cool.

A confident person can light up a room in a t shirt and jeans.

6. They aren’t slaves to fashion
Some of the most stylish people are able to have fun with fashion and follow trends without looking like a slave. If you don’t like a trend—even if every blogger under the sun is wearing it—don’t buy into it. It’s that simple.

7. They dress for themselves
During a time where the comparison game is strong, highly stylish people dress for themselves, their lifestyle and what looks good on them.

It doesn’t matter if those heels are the hottest around, if you can’t walk in them, it’s not stylish.

 

You’re Weird

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Have you ever been told you’re weird? Or that thing you did was weird?

I have. In some sentences, repeatedly so.

This is a tag I have decided to own and not be ashamed, embarrassed or withdraw from. I own this tag like a boss and wear it proudly like a badge. A big, shiny, badge sitting on my chest for everyone to see.

Is this statement…weird?

Weird is a term people use when they don’t accept, agree or understand you or your choices. Often it comes from a place of insecurity, ignorance or  judgement.

Knowing this is empowering.

Information is key. Typically, there are now three choices to make; you can either invest the time to bridge that understanding, let it be and agree people are different, or just walk away from the situation or relationship .

Each situation will require a different chosen path.

People will always have different view points on you and your decisions. A friend or family member might not like the way you cut your hair, the size of your ass, your new nose, sexuality, new boyfriend or holiday locations. The list is limitless and can be as petty or significant as one can imagine.

Some people will disagree with you, others will agree with you and the rest will accept those decisions as yours whether they agree or not.

If you’ve thought out your decisions, believe they reflect your real self and are in your best interest, then it is what it is.

Everyone is different and it’s time people start accepting it.

 

 

Electrolysis – what’s it really like?

Last week I wrote about wanting to get electrolysis done on my face due to a hormone imbalance as a result of my PCOS.

I went, I tried it and I am going back for more.

The building for the Advanced Electrolysis Centre was a lovely converted terrace house discreetly located in Paddington’s leafy back streets. I was so nervous because my friend had mentioned the process is quite uncomfortable. Also, the concept of permanently doing something to my body also makes me very nervous – but I am so pleased to take the risk.

As a new client, my technician led me into the consulting room and sat me down to talk through the process and answer any questions or concerns I had. For which I had quite a lot. I was nervous about scarring, pain, the process etc etc. Nerida patiently answered all my concerns and was generally quite lovely. She then suggested we try one hair to see if I wanted to proceed. Surprisingly it didn’t hurt but it was slightly uncomfortable.

As I was happy to proceed she recommended a 30 minute session and take it from there.

Me being me, I asked all sorts of questions about the types of people who visit. I wanted to know the worst case scenarios. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. And, while keeping it professional, gave me some gems. After mentioning that I have PCOS she made the comment that many of her clients have PCOS. Women who have tried all other options but haven’t had any permanent success.

The 30 minutes went much faster than expected, but the process is slow; each hair follicle is zapped separately. And there are a lot of follicles over your body. Luckily, I am only interested in some on my face. She mentioned one guy who had his shoulders done; he flew in from New Zealand and spent two full days with two machines working on him. Now that would have hurt…..

So, because I was happy with the result I decided to go back ! Yesterday was that day….for a full hour.

Please note, that if you’re interested in electrolysis,  research your options before deciding to proceed. Not all electrolysis suppliers are equal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A: Canna Campbell, Founder SASS Financial

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Canna Campbell is a remarkable woman. She founded SASS Financial in 2007 after a successful career in one of Australia’s major banks. Her vision is to help people build realisitic financial independence, so they can focus on enjoying what makes them happy – umm yes!

Through her Instagram feed, you get this sense of determination to help people reach their financial dreams – all supported by a feminine energy which is quite alluring and certainly inspiring.

I have followed her story for many years through Instagram. Her feed is full of photos with her young son Rocco as they explore the world in style. As you scroll through, you get this sense of her drive to build her business and create the life she wants for her herself and Rocco.

As I get older and my own ambition to build my own business grows, I am always fascinated to hear the story of how other women build their dreams. I hope you are too!

So Canna, thank you for sharing part of your story with us.

 

What inspired you to work in finance?

My father got me into investing whilst I was studying and working part time in a bar and studying Bachelor of Commerce…it wasn’t until I got my first dividend cheque that I had my big Aha moment. My interest grew from this point and I never looked back.

Financial independence has become a priority for the modern woman, what are your top 5 tips to ensure women are financially free?

  1. Know your flow – have a budget so that you know where your hard earned money goes and helps ensures that you live within your means.
  1. Stay out of toxic debt – credit card debt, personal loans, car loans etc. This type of debt holds you back, is energetically draining and an unnecessary distraction in stopping you achieve financial health and harmony for yourself.
  1. Have financial goals – you don’t need to have a goal to become a billionaire but just like we have health and fitness goals, having some financial goals is very empowering and motivating. Financial goals like paying off student loans, building up some savings or learning how to invest are all great achievements to work towards and come with great personal growth.
  1. Educate – learn about personal financial management. In school and Uni we are taught how to run businesses and read balance sheets but not many institutions teach us how to look after our own finances.

What challenges do you experience working in a male dominated industry? How do you deal with this? 

This has never really been an issue for me, if you surround yourself with inspiring, motivating and interesting people where you all help yourself it doesn’t matter if they are male or female.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am up early most morning at 5 am and depending on the day of the week, each day is different. However I try and squeeze some exercise in as a priority between client meetings, designing financial strategies and reading economic updates. Often I get my best ideas whilst on the treadmill.

What drives you to get out of bed every day?

I love what I do and am passionate about helping people make their lives less stressful. Also when we are at peace or comfort with our finances, we can give more…and this includes charities, which is something that I am going to be including on my channel.

Have you experienced online bullying, and if so, how do you deal with this?

If something upsets me, I will look into it and see if there is an element of truth and if there is something for me to grow and learn from. If not, I move forward.

With a thriving business, a son, and busy social calendar, what are your tips for keeping in shape?

I exercise during my lunch break…it is the only time that I get, so I make it count.

What’s the best thing about being a mum?

That moment when they wrap their arms around you. So sincere and special…

What do you find most challenging thing about motherhood?

The exhaustion…

What are some of your favorite things to do as a family?

Going to our local cafe together with the dogs and heading down to our local park.

What do you do to relax? Exercise get into the ocean spend time with friends and family. Play with Rocco and my dogs…on and sometimes a glass of champagne helps!

How would you explain your personal style?

Classic, polished and feminine.

What is your must have beauty product?

A great moisturiser.

Favourite fashion and beauty brands?

Scanlan and Theodore and Mecca

What are your top 3 essential items in your wardrobe?

A pencil skirt, a classic cashmere jumper and a great stiletto heal.

Most loved item in your wardrobe?

My Chanel 2.55

Who is your biggest inspiration in life? Why?

I get inspired by so many different things I see, read and hear and all at different times. Sometimes the biggest inspirations comes from the littlest or simplest things.

 

A classic dress

With the sun coming out to play, so do my dresses!

A Quaintrelle Life

In January 2014, I spent an afternoon taking photos with a mate. Do you remember my favourite dress for all year round? It was part of the same shoot. Yes, towels, hands flying everywhere and awkward positions outside the local private boys school were necessary to keep myself a modest woman during all the costume changes.

Well, I am super excited to have some more pictures.

The dress I am about to feature divides people. Some really love it (including yours truly) an others not so much. In fact, a good friend of mine told me I looked like a nurse.

It is by one of my favourite brands, Layfayette 148 New York which I have mentioned many times on this blog. The clothes are of a very high quality. They are classics. They use beautiful materials and are cut well.

I love the colour, and I love the fabric is…

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PCOS, hormones and excessive facial hair

This post isn’t my most glamorous….

But for so many women around the world, including myself, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has many, many unglamorous downsides – including excessive facial hair.

I know my PCOS is going crazy when my facial hair starts to grow very quickly. It’s typically in the same spots; just under my chin and the sides of my face. I pluck, and wax, but within a couple of days the hair is back; and it’s angry. Even though it can be a lot worse it does make me uncomfortable and at times self conscious.

After many conversations with a friend of mine about hair removal for women with hormone imbalances, I decided to give electrolysis a go. Thankfully for me, she has been my (and our!) guinea pig. She has plucked, waxed, done laser and electrolysis; for her, the only treatment which stopped the areas affected by hormones was due to electrolysis. However, it is painful and expensive.

Thankfully my friend researches everything to an inch of its life and has recommended the Advanced Electrolysis Centre in Sydney.

I called to see when the next available appointment was and as I have luck on my side, they had a cancellation and I am going to visit them today. The next available appointment is in three weeks!

I will let you know how I go…..