London Salon Charges Plus-Size Customers More For Waxing Services In Blatant Size Discrimination

Posted by on November 28, 2013

A London salon in South Kensington called MM Bubbles is finding a new way to discriminate against their plus-size customers. The salon, which covers beauty treatments from mani-pedis to body wraps, is now charging their plus-size customers more for waxing services. According to a Huffington Post report, women who are a US size 8 and larger could be charged an additional $8 per waxing service, while women who are a US size 12 and larger could be charged $16 more. A normal wax costs approximately $34.

Waxing is painful enough without worrying about whether or not you are going to be discriminated against. Credit: Eli Salon

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Solving Winter Coat Woes With the Gorgeous IGIGI Hanna Coat

Posted by on November 27, 2013

It’s a struggle finding a perfect winter coat. I spend my winters traveling between New York and Chicago, so having a warm coat is an absolute necessity. Especially since it’s not even officially winter yet, and it’s already only about 20 degrees outside (Fahrenheit that is)! My old trusty winter coat that I bought for a steal during a post-Christmas sale at Macy’s a few years ago officially retired last year. So, when I saw IGIGI’s Hanna Coat in Navy Blue pop up on the site, I had a feeling that this could be my new go-to for chic winter wear.

Hanna Coat

The notched lapels make a statement and frame the face, so your beauty is still the center of attention, even when you’re wearing your winter coat.

I was not disappointed. The Hanna Coat is also available in black for those who are interested. I really hate shapeless, oversized coats, especially on plus-size women. Unfortunately, those comforters with sleeves tend to make up 90 percent of the plus-size coat offerings that I come across when coat shopping. The Hanna Coat has a slim cut with a gorgeous printed lining and a tie belt, so you can give yourself a defined waist.

The Hanna Coat is wool, so you don’t worry about any drafty winds whipping through your layers. It has deep pockets, which can easily fit a spare pair of gloves and earmuffs, and it has a long length. For reference, I am 5’7” and the coat hit me about 3 inches past my knee, which means that I could wear pretty much any dress with it, without having the material poke out.

The wind was blowing hard in Central Park and it was a chilly 34 degrees when I was taking these pictures, so I was extremely happy to be bundled up in this coat.

The wind was blowing hard in Central Park and it was a chilly 34 degrees when I was taking these pictures, so I was extremely happy to be bundled up in this coat.

It also has several large black buttons up the front of the coat, which provide even more security from cold winter winds. I think navy is a great option for a winter coat since it’s slightly more unusual than black or brown, but it’s not too out there or hard to match, like red. Personally, I’m not too much of a fan of red coats, since I always took that Nora Ephron quote to heart: “I wore my red coat. Exactly once. My mother was right: Never buy a red coat, she said. ‘Because people will see you, and they will say, ‘There she is, in her red coat.”” If the writing queen of New York City said it, I won’t be one to argue.

Now, I’m seen plenty of women rock red coats, but I usually go with a neutral for my outer layers so I don’t feel self-conscious about matching. I’m sick of seeing black everywhere and my last coat was black, so I thought that the navy would be a fresher update.

Hanna coat

The coat has a very classic cut and almost emulates a trench in terms of cut.

I sized up for the Hanna Coat, since I prefer my coats to be roomier in order to layer thick sweaters underneath, and the coat runs true to size. Since the Hanna coat is wool, it’s not too heavy, but it’s still very warm. I would recommend it for women who are living in both warm and cold climates, since it would be easy to dress up or down depending on the weather. Wool is amazing that way.

What is your favorite style of winter coat? Do you prefer puffer jackets? Are you still a Northface-o-phile? Or are you more into the chic winter coat look like the IGIGI Hanna Coat? Tell me in the comments!

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Discovering ‘Fatshion’ In A New City With Blogger Vanessa Vaillant

Posted by on November 26, 2013

Vanessa Vaillant, 24, by day, is a trainer for Lush Cosmetics, where she trains in brand ambassadorship and product knowledge, and by night, the Toronto, Ontario-based fashionista is an avid ‘fatshion’ blogger who has a deep love of high collars, sweaters, mermaid-esque color schemes, witchy lace, long skirts, and lots of black.

Vanessa says that she gets a lot of her inspiration from other bloggers like Erin from Zero Style Blog (who we talked to a few weeks ago), Jen from Pussybow, Kaylah from the Dainty Squid, and Reagan from Sodapop Sweetheart.

Vanessa took the time to talk to IGIGI about her awesome and creative style, and her unique fashion aesthetic.

Vanessa says that she prefers to borrow silhouettes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa says that she prefers to borrow silhouettes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant


Jane
: I usually start off most of these by asking the women I talk to what first got them interested in fashion. Did you have an exact moment when you really started to get invested in clothes, or were you always passionate about getting dressed?

Vanessa: I first got interested in fashion when I moved from Thunder Bay to Toronto. I realized there were so many options available to me, like different places to shop and thrift, as well as seeing so much great street style.  I also started reading a lot of fashion blogs and I started using Tumblr, which showed me how many great fat fashion bloggers are out there dressing in great and unique ways.

Jane: Did you have a first experience where you wore something that really made you feel excited about your body?

Vanessa: The first time I had that feeling of wearing an amazing dress that made me feel proud of my body was when I made one of my first online purchases and ordered a dress from ModCloth. It fit me really well and made me feel amazing.  It had a great retro vibe and it was one of the first times that I was wearing something that really fit me well.

Vanessa describes her personal style as librarian sea witch. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa describes her personal style as librarian sea witch. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

JaneIs there any advice you would give to women who are struggling to find clothes that inspire them?

Vanessa: I would say that online shopping and thrifting have been my best ways to combat the struggle that can come from buying great plus-size clothing options.

Jane: Do you prefer to shop online? Do you ever shop in physical stores or do you try to avoid brick-and-mortar stores for shopping?

Vanessa: I most often feel size-discrimination when shopping because I usually don’t fit any clothes there. When shopping with my straight-size friends, I often feel annoyed because they can buy whatever they want from wherever they want, and I need to take a lot more time and money to find the same types of clothing.

Vanessa is a big fan of black and high collars. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa is a big fan of black and high collars. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

If you want to dress like Vanessa, she recommends trying out the IGIGI Elizabeth Pants in black, pairing them with a high-collared shirt, a chunky knit sweater, fun socks, and a pair of classic oxford Doc Martens. Vanessa loves a good high-waisted black pant, and the IGIGI Elizabeth pants are especially nice because they can be styled up for work and also worn casually on the weekend.

Vanessa is a self-described homebody. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, listening to records, Netflix binges, and knitting. She loves biking around Toronto and taking walks in her neighborhood - The Annex. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa is a self-described homebody. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, listening to records, Netflix binges, and knitting. She loves biking around Toronto and taking walks in her neighborhood – The Annex. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa’s future plans are to keep living her life the way she’s been living it. She’s not one to think too much or to stress too much about the future. She recently finished up her BA in psychology, and she might pursue something else academically in the future, but for the moment, she really loves her job and she’s looking forward to the Holiday season and seeing what the new year has to offer.

To keep up with Vanessa, you can follow her blog on Tumblr or check her out on Twitter and Instagram and, as always, you can chat in the comments.

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The Gorgeous Larimar Dress and the Beauty of Plus-Size Dresses With Sleeves

Posted by on November 25, 2013

If I could go back in time to any time period at all, I would have to pick 1960s California.  I came across this style nostalgia video on The Atlantic the other day, and I put together an outfit inspired from the colors and shapes of 1960s fashion.  I love a bright print and I’m trying to capitalize on the remaining sunny weather (it was actually in the 60s in New York the other day!) with some equally vibrant colors. The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber was exactly what I was looking for. The stripes with the deconstructed chevron pattern has a great vintage feel and this dress will transition well into the Winter with some tights and ankle boots.

The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber is made from a Poly/Elastane material, which has a good weight to it, with long sleeves and an asymmetrical, very flattering, contrast draped waistband.

The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber is made from a Poly/Elastane material, which has a good weight to it, with long sleeves and an asymmetrical, very flattering, contrast draped waistband.

The long sleeves make this dress season appropriate, but I would add tights and a scarf to take it the rest of the way, and maybe add my trusty brown leather jacket for a little extra warmth.

Whenever I talk to my friends about dresses and dress details, I feel like the two things they love the most are sleeves and pockets, and those are consistently my favorite parts of dresses, as well. I usually won’t even buy a dress unless it has some kind of sleeve since, in my experience, they are way more versatile than strapless or tank dresses for everyday. Pockets are also so helpful and practical, because every now and then I would just like to slip my phone and wallet into my pocket and slip out the door without a handbag (blasphemy, I know).

The dress is fully-lined, which is wonderful since it keeps everything looking smooth without the need for any shape-wear.

The dress is fully-lined, which is wonderful since it keeps everything looking smooth without the need for any shape-wear.

However, many designers rarely offer these options and it’s even harder to find them in plus-size offerings. Actually, IGIGI is one of the few plus brands that to include sleeves in a majority of designs.

Many women, myself included, are self-conscious about their upper arms. Adding a sleeve to a dress and getting rid of the need for a cardigan or a jacket it such a simple detail, and yet it can make all the difference with self-confidence. For me, adding a jacket to a dress that already has sleeves is a choice and not a necessity. It enables you to be in control of your look without letting your clothes and personal insecurities dictate your style.

I chose to style the Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber with simple black heels and minimal jewelry to keep the elaborate pattern the focus of my look.

I chose to style the Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber with simple black heels and minimal jewelry to keep the elaborate pattern the focus of my look.

Initially, I planned to wear some over-the-knee boots to keep my legs a little warmer, but since the pattern is so intense, the boots made the outfit feel a little too “costumey.” I definitely need to start looking for a new pair of ankle boots for the winter!

Putting together an outfit can be a test of patience, and you have to be willing to compromise and make changes even when you have a very specific plan in your head. Whenever I plan out my outfit the night before I rarely end up with the same look the next morning.

Plus-size women are frequently told to shy away from exaggerated patterns and to stick to strictly form-flattering, solid-colored, subdued frocks. While it is certainly true that a crazy pattern is going to make you stand out, it does not mean that the garment will be inherently unflattering.

If you’re looking for a different color palette, the Larimar dress also comes in topaz, for the women who crave a cooler color scheme.  How would you style the Larimar dress? Let me know in the comments.

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The Problem With Digital Manipulation in Selfies and the Media

Posted by on November 22, 2013

Now, I love a good Instagram filter as much as the next girl. It makes my skin look clearer, my eyes bluer, and it can hide some of those pesky roots in between dye jobs (that “Amaro” filter is killer, amirite?), but every once in a while I challenge myself to not use a filter for my selfie. To just go digitally “au natural,” as it were. Well, sort of.

Just to give some perspective, here is a picture of me (very late at night) with and without a filter.

Just to give some perspective, here is a picture of me (very late at night) with and without a filter.

Not to sound (too) arrogant, but I’m kind of used to being called beautiful on the Internet. I’m a big, big fan of selfies, so there are an insane amount a lot of pictures of myself on my blog, my Instagram, and, of course, on my Facebook. As a result, I somewhat frequently get messages with sweet words like, “Wow, you’re so gorgeous,” or “Gee, I wish I looked like you,” and while those messages are certainly flattering, I usually have to shake my head and laugh cry a little.

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