Chatting with Online Shopping Goddess and Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Dominique Ouellette

Posted by on February 11, 2014

Dominique Marie Ouellette, 22, is a cake decorator and pastry chef living in the Poconos. Her hobbies include sewing, wood carving, special effects makeup, making decorative cat pillows, writing, playing the ukulele, kicking butt at Mario party, and plus-size fashion blogging.

Dominique took the time to talk with IGIGI about her love of online shopping and her eclectic style.

Plus-size fashion blogger Dominique Ouellette

Dominique loves to spend her days eating chocolate, watching Netflix, and instagraming pictures of her cat.
Credit: Dominique Ouellette

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Transitioning from Winter to Spring in the IGIGI Chelsea Plus-Size Dress in Ombre Floral

Posted by on February 10, 2014

Since it seems like the dreaded “polar vortex” (which would be the best frappuccino name ever, by the way) will seemingly never end here in Chicago, I find myself looking for brighter prints to spruce up my wardrobe and cut through the cold, snowy weather. While browsing the IGIGI site, I came across the beautifully vibrant IGIGI Chelsea Plus-Size Dress in Ombre Floral and I knew that the awesome “sixties flower child” vibe that this dress gives off was just what I was looking for.

The ombre effect of the pattern on the IGIGI Chelsea Plus-Size Dress in Ombre Floral simply means that the color tones on the dress shade into each other and the color is graduated from light to dark. The placement of the ombre shading on the dress starts right under the bust and then goes down several inches, blending to the top of your hips to minimize the smallest part of your body.

Chelsea Plus-size dress

The Chelsea Plus-Size Dress in Ombre Floral has an ultra flattering a-line skirt and it is fully lined, like most IGIGI garments, so you don’t have to worry about any panty-lines peeking through.

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High School Junior Petitions for the First Plus-Size Disney Princess

Posted by on February 7, 2014

So much of size discrimination and bullying is ingrained during childhood. Kids are taught hate at a very early age and that hate usually extends to everyone who is different from what they are taught to consider the norm. One of the easiest ways to combat this bullying, as well as to dispel a lot of body image issues that kids often struggle with, is to show more representations of different body types in media and advertising.

Recently, the Huffington Post reported that a plus-size, high school junior named Jewel Moore from Farmville, Virginia, started a Change.org petition asking Disney to create a plus-size Disney princess. As of Sunday evening, the petition had 9,689 signatures, with only 311 more needed before the petition reached its goal of 10,000 signatures. To sign the petition, click here!

A screencap of the Change.org petition that Jewel started (Credit: Change.org).

A screencap of the Change.org petition that Jewel started
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Say It Ain’t So! Spanx May Be Dangerous to Your Health?

Posted by on February 6, 2014

Just when we thought the days of dangerous corsets were over, some new research came out recently that shows how our precious Spanx and other shapewear are literally squeezing our organs. Ouch! The Huffington Post interviewed three different doctors: a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist, and a chiropractor, and this is what they found out:

1. Shapewear compresses your stomach, intestine, and colon, which can cause acid reflux, heartburn, and even esophagitis.

2. The pressure on your intestine can cause abdominal discomfort, bloating, and gas (just what everyone loves when you’re in a formal dinner setting).

3. It can even restrict your breath, since it’s pressing on your diaphragm.

It was the wise and beautiful Dolly Parton, aka Truvy Jones, who said in Steel Magnolias that she never left the house without her thighs encased in spandex, and many celebrities have been spotted wearing shapewear in some capacity.

Steel Magnolias

Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias.
Image via Pinterest, user Cathy Y.

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Colorblocking: A Plus-Size Dress Trend for All Seasons

Posted by on February 5, 2014

The colorblocking trend is still in full force and I am thrilled about it. Colorblocking is one of those trends that anyone can pull off easily and, if you pick colors that are subtle enough, you can wear colorblocked pieces well past their “prime” trendy season, because they can function as an alternate pattern style. Any trend or pattern that’s strong enough to wear from season to season is one that I can get behind.

I recently checked out the IGIGI Evey Plus-Size Colorblock Dress in Black/Royal (for more info, check out the blog post about plus-size colorblocking tips) and was really impressed with how IGIGI mastered the colorblocking trend with their garments, so when the IGIGI Carissima Plus-Size Dress in Malbec went on sale, I quickly snatched it up to capitalize off the similar look and the great price.

The asymmetrical cut of the dress is incredibly flattering and stretches across the body giving some instant slimming power to the waist and hips. The IGIGI Carissima Plus-Size Dress in Malbec has a pretty standard cut, which makes it perfect for the office since it has a higher neckline and a slightly longer hemline. However, the asymmetry and the colorblocking makes it trendy and flattering, giving it that special oomph factor while emphasizing your curves.

Carissima dress

The IGIGI Carissima Plus-Size Dress in Malbec is fully-lined like most IGIGI dresses, so you don’t have to worry about wearing a slip underneath.

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