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An Interview With Plus Size Stylist Malia Anderson

Posted by on November 7, 2015

Malia Anderson is a plus-size stylist and motivational speaker Northern California’s elite wine country. Malia specializes in styling straight and plus size women to feel beautiful, comfortable and confident. Read Malia’s story of how she transformed her life from the rough streets of San Francisco’s Bay View neighborhood to a coveted stylist catering to women of all sizes in one of the Bay Area’s wealthiest zip codes.

Malia Anderson Stylist in IGIGI Dominique Dress

Shop Malia’s Dominique Dress: http://www.igigi.com/dominique-dress-in-black.html

 

How did you become a stylist?

I honestly became a stylist by accident. I was doing plus size modeling around SF and women would come up to me and ask where I shopped and how I found cute plus sizes clothing. It never occurred to  me that finding clothing was hard for people or that there were people who did not like to shop. From there I enrolled in the Image Consulting program at City College of SF and turned it into my career.

Malia Anderson in IGIGI

Shop Malia’s Meredith Dress: http://www.igigi.com/meredith-dress-in-royal-antique-floral-in-moroccan-blue.html

 

How does being a plus size woman impact the way you style women?

I don’t know if it does really. I take every clients very differently. That being said I think I have mastered the art of dressing for my body so it becomes very important when I style clients not to let them stay in their box and revert to bad habits. I make sure that they embrace their bodies and dress accordingly.

What would be a recommendation you would make to a plus size client about styling?

The same recommendations I make to all clients are based in something my granny instilled in all of us children. “Dress for the body you have RIGHT now. There is nothing wrong with you right now, and there is sure as heck no reason to wait to look good. Get up, get dressed and face the world and then do it again tomorrow.”

Malia Anderson in IGIGI

Malia Anderson in IGIGI Dominique Dress. Shop her Valentino Rockstud Sandals: http://bit.ly/1khkWl1

 

What are essentials a plus size woman should always have in her closet?

Wardrobe Basic Pics fro Malia Anderson

A good bra and good foundation garments: http://bit.ly/1kBAijK

A great pair of jeans: http://bit.ly/1PhrvAy

A day to night black dress http://www.igigi.com/francesca-dress-in-black.html

A great t-shirt that fits beautifully: http://bit.ly/1kBAT53

and the confidence to just be your amazing self

 

 

What are your favorite accessories in your closet?

I think my crazy Kate Spade handbag collection makes me happy, but if I had to pick just one thing my wedding ring. I wear it everyday and it the most important item I own.

Malia Anderson with Kate Spade Bag

Shop Malia’s Kate Spade Bag here: http://bit.ly/1PhrQTX

 

What are your favorite IGIGI pieces to refer to clients?

I think almost all of my plus size clients have the Dominique in some color. I think I have it in 5 colors.

What makes IGIGI different than only plus size brands you work with?

I think what I love about IGIGI is that the styles are classic, you never have to worry about something you pull out of the back of your closet looking dated if it is from IGIGI.  I also love that IGIGI is not afraid to be sexy.  I think somewhere someone said plus size women needed to be dowdy and covered up, so I am so glad I don’t have to worry about that from IGIGI.

Malia Anderson in IGIGI

 IGIGI asks women to identify things they love about themselves in our #IGIGILoveYourself campaign, what do you love about yourself?

I love my drive to make my life what i want. but if we are talking body parts I love my legs and I have a nice bust (lol).  I also love my face when I laugh or smile , I think it is how you see into my heart .

Malia Anderson and Husband

How do you inspire women on an everyday basis?

I can say I do not set out to inspire anyone so every time someone says I inspire them I want to know how. Honestly, everyday I give 100% to being the best wife, daughter, granddaughter, girlfriend, business owner and I hope that if people around me see that, they they will give 100%. I would hope that people would see I have risen above things that have happened to me in the past to become the woman I am. I want someone see that if you are determined to be more than where you came from and what you have survived, you can do anything

 

Book Malia for styling or public speaking services by visiting Style by Malia.
All photos by Mariah Smith Photography.

 

 

 

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Style of the Day: Kloey Top in Amazing Paisley

Posted by on November 4, 2015

Happy Thursday Dolls!

Fall is in full effect and there is no better way to embrace it than getting into the spirit of autumn colors. IGIGI’s Kloey top is the perfect cornucopia of hues that fall brings. This season, you can style this festive top with black ankle pants, black heels and finish it off with black accessories that have a hint of gold. Don’t forget your trusty shoulder or cross body bag and a great wine colored lipstick for your lips! How would you style this fabulous top? Please leave it in the comment sections below. Until next time!

-Myrda J , IGIGI Plus Stylist

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Kloey Top

Oversized sunglasses by Tods

Shoulder Bag 

Bracelets by Guess

Lipstick by Revlon

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How to Wear It: The Peyton Draped Front Plus Size Blouse

Posted by on November 3, 2015

Our newest fall separates are here!

One of our favorite tops is the Peyton top!  Wear the Peyton Draped Front Plus Size Blouse in Royal Blue Georgette

with leggings, boots, a navy or black handbag and chunky jewelry. Shop the look below!

How to Wear the IGIGI Plus Size Peyton Top

Shop the Peyton here:http://www.igigi.com/peyton-draped-front-blouse-in-royal-blue-georgette.html

Add the House of Harlow cuff: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6OzEn

Add Wide Calf Frye Boots: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6OzF9

Splurge with a Chloé Navy Bag:  http://rstyle.me/~cz-6OzGg

Get the navy handbag look for less: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6OzGY

How would you style the Peyton top?

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7 DIY Plus Size Halloween Costumes

Posted by on October 26, 2015

It’s a week of plus size Halloween costume inspirations from IGIGI! We’ve created 7 DIY plus size Halloween costumes you can make using IGIGI dresses you already own.

Check out our costumes below.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse Plus Size Halloween Costume

Minnie Mouse Ears:http://rstyle.me/~cz-6Jrx
Kate Spade Heels: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6JrTq

Devil Costume

Devil Plus Size Halloween Costume
Start with a Stephanie dress in red: http://www.igigi.com/stephanie-dress-in-red.html
Rhinestone Devil Horns: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6IsTC
Glitter pitchfork: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6IsYa
Giuseppe Zanotti: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6It4w
Vivienne Westwood Red Clutch: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6ItaK
Cruella De Vil
Oscar de la Renta Boots: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6HBGE
Cruella Lip Pencil from Nars: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6HBKs

A Queen

Plus Size Queen Halloween Costume
Start with the IGIGI Tamara Dress: http://www.igigi.com/tamara-dress-in-burgundy.html
Shourouk Necklace: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6GCj2
Oscar de la Renta Earrings: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6GCjU
Kate Spade Flats: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6GCp8
Mrs. Clause
Sexy Mrs. Clause Plus Size Halloween Costume
Start with the Teagan Dress in Crimson: http://www.igigi.com/teagan-dress-in-crimson.html
Ted Baker Red Clutch: http://bit.ly/1LxjDXG
White Faux Fur Scarf: http://bit.ly/1k5fBMP
Moncler Wedge Boot: http://bit.ly/1XtTkXG
Sailor
Plus Size Sailor Costume
Start with the Steph Dress in Navy: http://www.igigi.com/steph-dress-in-navy.html
Captain’s Hat: http://bit.ly/1Mf3tzi
Keds Taylor Swift Heart Shoes: http://bit.ly/1MPayat
Sperry Anchor Watch:  http://bit.ly/1LXFicZ
Kitty Cat
Plus Size Kitty Cat Costume
Start with the Black Francesca Dress: http://www.igigi.com/francesca-dress-in-black.html
Black Lace Cat Ears: http://bit.ly/1LxrZOW
Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats: http://bit.ly/1Xu0qLK
Modcloth Cat Bag: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6JWJI
Cat Ear Ostrich Bag: http://rstyle.me/~cz-6JXbu
Make sure to send us your IGIGI DIY Halloween Costumes on our Facebook page!

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5 Ways to Be a Better Friend or Family Member

Posted by 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

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

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

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

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.

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

Nicole Simone and Amina Mucciolo of Studio Mucci sharing a drink in Palm House

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