Igigi Blogger on
October 17, 2015
Real life friends Amina Mucciolo of Studio Mucci and plus size fashion stylist Marcy Guevara on the set of the #IGIGILoveYourself Body Positive Campaign
Have you shopped our Friends and Family Sale yet? This October, we’ve been thinking of way to really honor our customers with our “social sale” and “friends and family sale”. With the holidays coming up, we hope our customers also take time to treasure those they love the most. Check out our blog below for “5 Ways to Be A Better Friend or Family Member”!
1. Stop Giving Advice
Advice is great (if someone asks for it). However, often times friends are just looking for someone who will listen when they vent. Make sure your friend or family member asks for your opinion before giving unsolicited advice.
Plus size fashion blogger Jolene of Boardroom Blonde and stylist Marcy Guevara on the set of the #IGIGILoveYourself Real Women Campaign
2. Be (Genuinely) Happy for Your Friend or Family Members Success
You may feel like you have a rivalry with a friend or sibling, but why not try and do something different…. be happy for them. We know sometimes it’s hard to look at someone’s vacation photos when you’re slaving away at work, but try something new and feel joy for that person. When someone has success, like a new relationship, engagement, job or child, why not exhibit genuine happiness for that person? That way when you have something good happen to you, you know your friends will be there.
Marcy Guevara, Nicole Simone, Jolene of Boardroom Blonde and Amina Mucciolo of Studio Mucci on set of the #IGIGILoveYourself Campaign
3. Do the Little Things
Meeting a friend for a gym sesh? Why not bring them a cup of their favorite brew? Have an office bff? Why not bring them flowers when they get that big promotion? Has mom been watching your kids every weekend? Why not treat her to spa day or IGIGI dress? Doing the little things help to ensure your friends and family that they’re someone special to you. Maybe you’ll be lucky and they’ll start doing the same for you.
Nicole Simone and Jolene of Boardroom Blonde
4. Offer to be DD
People go out, especially during the holiday season. Cabs and uber cost money, and sometimes people take their lives into their own hands. If you know Dad’s off to watch football with his buddies and will throw back a few beers, or your girlfriend and her hubby are going out for their anniversary, why not take a Netflix night and be on-call as their designated driver. You don’t want your friends or family members chancing it.
Amina Mucciolo and Marcy Guevara snacking on Fillmore Street.
5. Let go of grudges.
Family and friends who have been together a long time, often have their share of drama. Instead of holding grudges because a sibling gets more financial attention or a friend is hanging out with someone you don’t like, why not follow the words of Frozen and “let it go”. If you can’t be happy and positive with the people in your life, what’s the point? If you can’t forgive, maybe it’s time to release them from your social circles all together.
Nicole Simone and Amina Mucciolo of Studio Mucci sharing a drink in Palm House
Jane Janeczko on
December 24, 2013
Nienke Tatiana Zweers, 20, is a full time industrial design student in her second year at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. Nienke describes herself as a dreamer who gets lost just a little too often, but luckily, those are most often the times where Nienke finds inspiration through new people and places she gets to discover.
Fashion has a very important place in Nienke’s life and she is a firm believer in the power of a really great outfit. Finding the perfect thing to wear can change your entire mood and outlook on life. She shows off her rocking, mood-changing ensembles on her blog, Lace and Lovehandles, and on her Facebook page.
Nienke took to the time to talk with IGIGI and discuss her unique fashion aesthetic, and her fearless devotion to dressing outside the box.
Jane Janeczko on
November 13, 2013
Robyn Lawley is really blowing up right now. Her own swimsuit line, a Ralph Lauren campaign, and a Vogue Italia cover are just some of the credentials that the 24-year-old now has on her resume.
The gorgeous, Australian plus-size model wrote an awesome October editorial, titled “Why The Dangerous ‘Thigh Gap’ Trend Makes Me Mad,” for the Daily Beast after a photo of her in a corset appeared in a Facebook group for proponents of thigh gaps. But, GASP! Lawley does not have a thigh gap (like most women), and so the trim US size 12 model was called “pig,” “hefty,” and “too fat,” among other more unpleasant comments by responders.
Jane Janeczko on
October 24, 2013
As a plus-size woman who is completely comfortable with her size – I tend to attract a lot of haters. Body image issues are ingrained in our collective psyche at a very young age and as a result, people generally tend to have very opinionated views on what an ideal form should look like. My figure is not praised by the mainstream to be ideal, so I have to fight for the respect and courtesy that straight-size women can take for granted. Now, I’m not saying that every thin women has it easy. That is certainly not the case. Women are criticized for their heights, for their noses, for their posture, for their hair color, and for so much more. However, it is so important for thin women to recognize that they have a certain privilege for being thin.
Plus-size women are far too often made the butt of jokes or treated like novelty items in the media. While there are a few plus-size women in the public eye who are successful and popular, it is important to remember that there are only a few and for every fat Hollywood actress there are at least 50 thin starlets. Melissa McCarthy, Gabourey Sidibe, Rebel Wilson, and Adele can only do so much.
So, as a plus-size woman, it really falls on you to be your own role model, since there are so few celebrity models to aspire to, which is no easy feat since we are all prone to self-doubt. In order to combat feelings of inadequacy or insecurity, it’s important to practice radical self-love. Here is my personal list for taking care of my mental health by loving my body.
1. Take Some Selfies
Taking selfies is a form of self-care. It really is. Credit: @Jane_czko
As I’ve said before, taking selfies is one of the best forms of therapy. It makes you feel good about yourself, you get to control the image of yourself that you are projecting, and you get to enjoy positive feedback from friends and family about the results. What’s not to love? A little vanity is good sometimes.
2. Put Together Your Ideal Outfit
On Polyvore you can curate everything from your favorite outfit to your favorite bedroom decor. Credit: fashionduchess
Now, not everyone can necessarily afford their “dream outfit,” but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get close! Spend some time online window shopping and search for your perfect ensemble. If you can’t afford it right away, put it on the back-burner and spend a few months saving up for it (that’s what I do). It’s important to spend both time and money on yourself every now and then. Because you absolutely deserve it. I recommend trying out Lookbook or Polyvore for outfit inspo.
3. Spend The Day Doing Beauty Treatments
I call these my Pepsi Cola nails. Credit: @Jane_czko
Personally, I prefer an at home spa day to one at the salon so I treat myself to clay facemasks, Moroccanoil treatments for my hair, moisturizing every inch of my skin, and attempting really detailed manicures, all from the comfort of my own bathroom so I can binge watch episodes of 30 Rock on my laptop while I beautify myself.
4. Get A Haircut
I always try to make my good hair days from my blowouts last as long as possible by dousing my locks with anti-humidity hairspray in the morning. Credit: @Jane_czko
There really isn’t a bigger ego-boost than a good, new haircut. It basically is a tailor-made excuse to take car selfies. Plus, for some reason I can never blow out my hair as well as my hairdresser can. Not only do you get to feel incredibly confident, but it’s nice to be pampered.
5. Take Some Time Away From Media
I LOVE my laptop, but that doesn’t mean that I need to be on it 24/7. Credit: @Jane_czko
And by media, I mean both social media and the actual media. As much as I love Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and the Internet in general, I never regret turning off my phone for a few hours so I can just enjoy interacting with the physical people who are around me. There’s really never anything so important that you need to check Facebook while you’re out to dinner with a friend, nor will anyone care if you’re a little late responding to a text message. Unplug, relax, and unwind.
6. Go To Lunch or Dinner With Your Besties And Refuse To Count Calories
Like these scallops with cheese grits and pesto aioli. Credit: @Jane_czko
There’s nothing more freeing or satisfying than going out with your friends and having a good time with no strings attached. Your diet will still be there tomorrow. Try something new and delicious, and don’t let anything stop you from enjoying time with people you love.
7. Send Someone You Love A Card
This card made me laugh out loud. Credit: @Jane_czko
Everyone loves getting mail. So pay it forward and drop a card in the mail for a friend or family member that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Worst case scenario – you’ll be out $0.46.
8. Read Some Body-Positive Prose
Darling Magazine is always a great option. Credit: @Jane_czko
Again, as I have said before, reading magazines that are put together without photoshop and seek to empower women can be such a wonderful outlet. Surround yourself with love and positivity.
What do you do when you’re feeling down? How do make yourself feel beautiful and valued? Let me know in the comments.