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What: Simply Be is offering LOOK readers an exclusive 20% online shopping discount.

Where: Online at simplybe.co.uk. When: The offer is valid between 18 May 2010 and 24 May 2010.

Info: Celebrate your curves and stock up on summer must-haves with the new collections at Simply Be. Just add your favourite pieces to your baskets, add the shopping discount code JLHR1 at the checkout and enjoy the 20% discount – happy shopping! SD

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I’m an avid blog reader and thought why not share my love for them with you, the readers. Young, Fat and Fabulous is a fantastic blog from Gabi, who says “I’m a fun loving girl who happens to have a flair for fashion. I’m just trying to change the world one fat girl at a time.” How utterly fabulous does Gabi look her in simple acid wash jeans from Evans, a black blazer and a mans gold watch. Gabi is officially my new style crush!

Gabi features not only news from the world of fashion, editorials (such as the issue of French Glamour below, where she was mentioned) and videos but she posts fabulous photographs of herself in well put together, always stylish ensembles. Take a look at her blog and let me know if there are any blogs you love and want me to mention.

The girls featured above in the French Glamour are Stephaine, Sakina and Kylanita, three French bloggers that have amples of style and fashion knowledge. Check out their blogs by clicking above. Each one has its own gorgeous imagery and inspiring text.

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Spring is officially here so why not start a new season with some new trend inspired pieces from Evans. Credits are below, I’ve made it super easy for you…click on the description and it takes you straight to the website where you can purchase the item.


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Hello Glamazons! And thank you for this fabulous opportunity!  I don’t normally have the privilege of being around celebrities, let alone burlesque ones! 

 I am a great fan of burlesque, from the gorgeous outfits to its whole sex appeal! Where did you get the inspiration from?  Why Burlesque?

[MERYL] I have always loved singing and dancing and even played the part of ‘Mazeppa” (a stripper) in the musical “Gypsy” at the age of 12!  In 1997 I was introduced to the burlesque scene after being cast in a musical called “Sin” that was performed in the east village.  I had did a striptease act in the show. It was very liberating and empowering to show my curvaceous figure on stage every night!  I got great feedback from audience members who thought it was refreshing to see a “real” woman stripping on stage in a tasteful way.  I continued to perform song and dance routines at cabaret clubs and incorporated the burlesque aspect.  I loved the glamour, glitter, sequins ruffles and, of course, corsets! 

And how did the band form, have you always been friends? 

[MERYL] I started to perform a one woman show and continued to be a featured act in variety shows.  I was inspired by groups like “The Pontani Sisters” and “The Wau-Wau Sisters” and wanted to be part of a group.  I imagined performing on stage with other full figured women, like myself.  And that’s how The Glamazons started!  I auditioned girls and formed the group. As the members of The Glamazons have changed through the years, the group has morphed into something different.  We don’t strip anymore, but our act is infused with the tease of burlesque.

[SANDY] I joined The Glamazons back in 2003 when the group was revamping. Some girls left to get married or to go back to school. So Meryl took me under her wing and showed me the world of Burlesque. This is when I truly learned to love my body and I grew to love myself more than I ever thought possible. As the rest of the group formed, we created a bond that no one can break. We love each other like sisters and fight like sisters. Haha!

[LAURA] I joined the Glamazons in 2005 as more of a pop style performer/addition to the group.  I was just singing and modeling at the time and met the girls on a photo-shoot for a book called “Big Girl Knits.” I never pranced around in my undies or a corset before, so my first performance was so invigorating.  There’s no better way to get over stage-fright than singing and dancing in ruffle panties!  The whole time I was thinking “well… I better perform my heart out, because my bum is all the way out!”

What made you decide to go on America’s Got Talent?

[LAURA] We were all a little skeptical about doing “America’s Got Talent” because we didn’t want to be made fun of for our size.  When we walked on stage, the audience started to laugh, but then we sang, and the crowd stood up immediately cheering us on.  The judges loved us.  I was so surprised.  But, we do know how to rock the house and have fun doing it, so I’m glad everyone else thought so too.

Who was your favorite judge?

[SANDY] My favorite judge was Piers Morgan. This guy was the toughest and most critical judge on the show and he loved The Glamazons. He has a thing for curvy women and he thought we were truly talented, so it felt really good to have him in our corner. All of the judges loved us and they were really inspired by us. I think they were all pushing for our success.

[LAURA] I really loved them all but Sharon Osborne was definitely my favorite.  She was like mom: honest and loving all at once.

[MERYL] I loved them all!  But I grew up watching David Hasselhoff on television and it was so surreal to perform for him. He has a special place in my heart J

 So you found fame on America’s Got Talent, you got into the final eight I believe??  How did it feel?

[SANDY] It was really a humbling moment for me when we made it to the finals. I felt that people in America were realizing that talent comes in all sizes and I was so proud to be a part of that. We received a lot of fan mail from people saying that we had inspired them to go out and do things they never thought they could do because of their size.

 [LAURA] I had so many mixed emotions.  It was amazing to be there and make it that far with our talents and by being ourselves just the way we are and knowing the country voted us there.  Our fan-base grew tremendously and we inspired so many people to start loving their body no matter their size, shape, or weight.  But it was also an up hill battle because we were also being judged just because we are plus-size.  It was sad to read what people wrote at times.  It just made me wonder how much they must have been suffering to say hurtful things.  But in the end, you always have to push on through and shine!

Let me just say I think it is just great how you are all proud of your curves and flaunting them in such style!

Do you feel that you are representations of lots of girls out there who are proud of their curves?  That you are putting the message across that Diva Rocks!

[SANDY] I do feel that we represent girls across the world who want to prove that curves are sexy! It concerns me that young girls look at thin models in magazines and think that’s how they should look. The Glamazons work out and try to eat healthy, but we still embrace our curves. We are not trying to be a size 0 and that is okay. We want people to be the best “you” that you can be.

[LAURA] After the show, we went on tour and we found that so many of our fans look just like us!  It was great to hear “hey you girls look like me! Thanks for being you!” I felt like I was fulfilling my mission of “size/real woman-acceptance.”  This made me see how seriously under-represented women size 12 and up are in the media.   People are starving to see plus-size ladies representing proud, talented, fierce females! We are here to set off that revolution!


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A recent study by Arizona State University, the University of Cologne in Germany and Erasmus University in the Netherlands shows that using plus-size models in advertising doesn’t make a difference to consumers, ASU News reports.

“We found that overweight consumers demonstrated lower self-esteem – and therefore probably less enthusiasm about buying products – after exposure to any size models in ads (versus ads with no models). Also, normal-weight consumers experienced lower self-esteem after exposure to moderately heavy models, such as those in Dove soap’s ‘Real Women’ campaign, than after exposure to moderately thin models,” said Professor Naomi Mandel.

Mandel showed ads featuring a wide range of model sizes to females with a wide range of BMIs. The women with low BMIs experienced a self-esteem boost after seeing any model, while higher-BMI women experienced a self-esteem drop after seeing any model.

But the normal-BMI women were back-and-forth:

If they viewed a moderately thin model, they felt similar and good; if they saw a moderately heavy model, they worried they were similar and overweight.
And this, researchers found, impacts their willingness to buy the product in question.

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Is there a time when dressing trendy is not in the best interest of a plus size fashionista? If you would have asked me that question a few weeks ago I would have said there is always a place for trendy fashion. Considering for decades the clothing available to plus size women was drab and boring the break out of designers and merchants focusing on the plus size fashion world has been a breath of fresh air.

My recent trip to Washington, DC showed me that in certain environments trendy fashion, even for plus sizes, is not the order of the day.  You guys already know about my wife and how she loves blue, green, fuchsia, yellow, you name the color she wears it.  On our trip to the nation’s capital we were introduced to many back offices of high importance such as the Pentagon, Supreme Court, CIA, Senate, and the House of Representatives were these colors are considered out of bounds.

There were plenty of lovely large women in all of these places in positions from secretaries to clerks running the entire office.  There was one thing common among all of these ladies, plenty of muted colors.  The major color theme was grey followed by black, brown, and navy blue.  Pants suits were also scattered about as well as knee length pencil skirts and black tights.  Of five days in DC, the only color I saw outside of this spectrum was one red jacket worn by the Senior clerk of the Senate majority leader

Does this mean that color should not be allowed on larger ladies in the workplace?  Absolutely not.  What it illustrates is that even with all of the steps plus size fashion has taken to buck the trend and live on the edge when it comes to some work settings tradition still rules meaning that when it comes to building your workplace wardrobe there are a few things you should keep in stock.    To give you a head start Jones New York has 50% off sale on plus size apparel in classic styles and colors and 30% off on all dresses.

Items every wardrobe should include:

  1. Suit jacket (grey, black, brown, and navy)
  2. Skirt in the same colors
  3. Houndstooth – you can break things up without being totally boring
  4. Black tights (in this case no fish or fencenet stockings)

Even with the conservative look there is always room to show off your individual spirit with shoes and accessories.  I saw the gambit in this regard meaning that just because you are wearing traditional colors does not mean that you have to look like your about to attend a funeral. Keep the amount of accessories to a minimum but play up on color, theme, and style to show the true you in a sea of traditional palettes.

Really, you could say that dressing classically is something every woman should do regardless of size, but as the office becomes more casual classic looks actually standout making a statement that regardless of the setting you will not just be one of the unwashed masses.  Do you have any classic fashion tips for the office?  If so feel free to comment and share!

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I wanted to update you with the latest looks from ASOS’s new section, Curve, catering for sizes 20-26, bringing you the hottest styles and newest trends. I’m loving the cream lace shrug, which is bang on trend combining the nude hue and the lace design for only £30. The black dress (£38) will work wonders for the fuller figuer with it’s babydoll style, either teamed with tights or flat gladiator sandals and a denim jacket for summer. And lastly, this halterneck maxi dress with gold embellished neck line would be great for a summers evening drinking wine with the girls.

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