Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Glamour Girl

Most of you who are long-time readers of my blog know that I'm a big fan of the "make it work" philosophy: I shop at straight size stores and find things that I can wear, regardless of whether it fits the way the designer intended it. When you're fat and stylish you have to be creative. Though the options are definitely getting better, I still refuse to limit myself to what's readily available for plus sizes because I'm not satisfied. For a long time, people told me I was only able to shop at straight size stores because I was an "inbetweenie," around a size 16. Forty pounds later, I'm a size 20/22, and I still bring my fat ass into H&M, TopShop, and wherever else I want. They may not make clothes to fit me, but they can't stop me from making their clothes fit me.

Recently, I was at Goodwill and came across a gorgeous silk dress with a jaw-dropping print. There was absolutely no way I was walking out of the store without it. It was a size 8, but I knew I would do whatever it took to make it work for me. When I got home, I cut the seams up the side, threw it over a pleated skirt, and put a belt around it. Voila! My favorite part about this dress is the contrasting cow-like print on the shoulders--such a small but perfect detail.

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Dress-Thrifted/Skirt, Shoes, Sunnies-Forever21/Watch-Guess/Earrings-Fennimas

I am super honored to be featured in the August issue of Glamour Magazine (their denim issue) on newsstands now! I can't believe I'm along side some of my favorite bloggers--make sure you check it out if you can.
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Photo Credit: Mark Leibowitz

They provided the DKNY jeans, and I paired them with a top from Evans, my F21 jacket, and Bakers purple platforms.

Speaking of Glamour, they're looking for young women—age 25 or under—who are doing big things in their community. Tell 'em how you’re changing the world and you could be one of two lucky winners they’ll bring to Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on November 7. Nominate yourself here. Good luck!

72 comments:

  1. so proud of you!! knowing your blog is only 3 years old and how far you've gotten with it is extremely inspiring. I <3 you OD lol! Ps. that dress is super cute!

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  2. Gabi I can't even tell you how much you inspire me!! That is the best idea ever!! I come across so many fabulous dresses that I just barely CAN'T fit and I would have never thought to cut the seams!! I am totally gonna bite off this idea girl! Keep the DIY's coming!! You look fantastic!! Kiah

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  3. You are too much... You made it work and it looks fab, I really like your creativity...really dope.

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  4. Excellence speaks for itself. Congratulations on the mention in Glamour magazine, Gabi! The chance to be featured in publications and being honored in them is always something anyone of any industry wants to have happen.

    As for your outfit, it is beautiful! You look great and totally rocking it with this lovely outfit and those cute pumps.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  5. Congrats on the Glamour mag feature! You go girl!!! You are such an inspiration to so many of us "fat girls". You always tell it like it is & could care less about what anyone thinks of you. Thank you for staying true to you and keeping it real with your readers/followers. You have inspired me to become a better me and to love the fat skin I'm in. It's because of you that I stopped limiting myself to just "plus size" clothing. I shop anywhere now and I stopped looking at size.

    Much love~ Nique

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  6. I adore your philolosphy on shopping and fashion!! That dress looks AMAZING on you!!! Congrats on being featured in Glamour!

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  7. Congrats on the feature! What a grand opportunity! I love your "make it work" philosophy! (Well, not yours per se, but hey, you do it so well, you get at least some credit for it). This dress turned out really nice and you look so fabulous in it!

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  8. Go on girl! This is a great idea for women of EVERY SIZE! You look great in Glamour!

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  9. You're FABULOUS! Loved the outfit :) Congrats on being featured in Glamour <3

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  10. U are such a inspiration to me. I just love ur sense of style! U are so beautiful!!!!!!!!! And this dress is amazing!!!!

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  12. Thank you so much for such an awesome blog! That thrifted dress is gorgeous!

    Thank you for showing us big girls got style!



    www.yourlifeindesign.blogspot.com

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  13. You look great as usual, Gabi!
    I love your philosophy and I've applied it to myself as well.

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  14. You look great, also in that feature!

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  15. AMAZING outfit. The Goodwill is often the most chic boutique. Well done Gabi! I will be picking up that Glamour issue.

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  16. Following from Portugal,

    gotta tell, you're an inspiration.

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  17. You are so fantastic! I love the creativity!!

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  18. OMG i almost jumped off my chair seeing you there.. i am so happy...it was you who inspired me to start blogging and posting my looks for others to see.
    I love you and your attitude and your dressing sense!!

    http://flysongbird.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/debi_songbird

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  19. The shoulder print is like a strange camo...very random for such a bright dress! Strangely, it does work though! Great job on being creative with the fit of the dress!

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  20. It's so imaginative how you changed the dress. I really love the pattern and the shoulders added touch. Really, really love your style!
    -Katherine
    http://fashionablyawkwardr.blogspot.com/

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  21. Gabi, you are such a breath of fresh air!!!!! I'm always inspired when I see your BLOG POST!! Keep up the GREAT JOB and you look GREAT as always!!!

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  22. I saw a quick post on coco & creme and wrote a response about the negative responses you were receiving about your willingness to support plus size fashion. The GREAT thing that I have taken away from readying all the different fashion blogs is that your 'MAKE IT WORK' mentality sticks to my shopping heart! Sure I can love a new plus size line, but the more I start to look at clothes for beauty rather than size, I see that I can fit into it and/or style it to be fabulous. Designers have their intentions, but we as ladies of fashion can have our intentions of how to make a piece look AMAZING on us. Thank you so much for the three years you've dedicated to blogging!

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  23. Hey Gabi! I love your blog & your "ignore the rules philosophy". You have truly inspired me to begin to embrace myself as I am and to STOP saying that "I can't pull that off". I am one of those inbetweeners (size 16) & I have the hardest time because plus size clothing are mostly too big in the thighs & boob area, but straight sizes are too small. UGH! Anyway, where do you find these oh so HAWT moto jackets like the one you're wearing in the Glamour mag feature? I can't find one in my size ANYWHERE!!! I've been wanting one for 2 years.

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  24. I am almost irate I never thought to do that before! :)

    I have turned down countless dresses because they were sized too small for me! Never again! LOL

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  25. Gabs, have you taken any sewing classes? Or did someone teach you? I want to get brave with the frankenstein fashion method, but my sewing skills are limited :(

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  26. You are SO creative. I would have never thought of doing that. That gives me a new idea. Also, kudos to being in the magazine! :)

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  27. Congrats on the feature and just say I am a new follower and I love your blog.

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  28. Love your earrings, and Congrats on the feature!

    Lex from www.thewalkinmannequin.com

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  29. Great outfit, it's super creative.
    I am definitely going to try this, I have a couple of dresses that have been sitting in my closet waiting for me to shrink.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. you look simply wonderful! you are truly an inspiration. congrats!!

    ~nic
    www.nics-picks.com

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  31. I love it gabi I am believer in the "make it work" movement as well a lot plus size women won't even go in straight size clothing stores. I still do because even if nothing may fit me the accessories bags and shoes are still great plus I have a great seamstress (my mom) and I work her every chance I get lol.....btw thanks for the comment

    comeback and visit
    doubles kisses
    -a fat girl
    www.afatgirlsblues.com

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  32. Love the dress, very creative:)
    -Jaz
    http://www.fluffyfashioncents.blogspot.com

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  33. You absolutely MADE IT WORK! Looks great. Congratulations on your feature! I always buy Glamour magazine, so I can't wait to see you in it!

    http://shannonsometimes.blogspot.com/

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  35. Hey Gabi, I been viewing ur vids on Youtube & found out about ur blog from another Youtuber... :) Let me just say, u did that!!! A size 8 dress. Wow...and Fabulous!!!! And I love ur confidence, keep it up girl!!!

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  36. Chapeau!
    very colourful, your Style is so Fresh!
    il tuo stile esprime l'essenza della Moda: sperimentare e trovare il giusto mix!
    Ciao Greetings from Italy
    Aurè

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  37. You inspire me! Always happy to see your clothes and what you do with them.

    Lycka till! from Sweden

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  38. Congrats on the feature you deserve it!

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  39. WOW...so awesome you were featured in an article....Congrats

    Those gold chain earrings are FABULOUS....

    Rebecca
    myaestheticstyle.blogspot.com

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  40. Cool. Now I know what I will be doing next time I come across a beautiful print dress in a size 8. ;o) Great, great idea! And the print (with the contrasting print on the shoulders) is amazing. Also, congratulations on your feature.

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  41. so sexy...

    www.plumpydolly.blogspot.com

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  42. The dress looke amazing! You are a truly inspiration!! XX <3

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  43. Kudos to you! :) I absolutely dig those earrings!!

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  44. I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83
    being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive
    retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it
    only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff,
    BidsHit.com

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  45. that thrifted dress looks fabulous on you Gabi!! I've been a long time reader of yours for almost 2 years now and you have inspired me to start my own blog that has been up and running for a year and a half! You were my first inspiration to appreciate my curves for what they are! Keep working it love!! NY finally realizes what voluptuous women are capable of!

    Chakayla
    http://classicrawbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  46. Congrats to you, Gabi! Being a 20-something who is also curvy and luscious, seeing such recognition makes me proud! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

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  47. i love the "make it work" philosophy. i think plus-sized women are often forced to subscribe to labels or categories and i love that you have shrugged all of that off to make any style or size work for you. it's truly inspiring to me (you even inspired me to start my own fashion blog!)... thank you for continuing to exude confidence and inspire ladies of all sizes to be fashionable in their own right. :)

    -sarah rose
    zezaftig.blogspot.com

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  48. Oi flor! Amei seu blog! Lindérrimo! GOSTARIA QUE VC entrasse no meu blog e fosse uma seguidora! Se for possível!E deixasse um comentário
    Passa lá! Continue com seu blog assim!

    modas-atuais.blogspot.com

    bjs Lê

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  49. Oi flor! Amei seu blog! Lindérrimo! GOSTARIA QUE VC entrasse no meu blog e fosse uma seguidora! Se for possível!E deixasse um comentário
    Passa lá! Continue com seu blog assim!

    modas-atuais.blogspot.com

    bjs Lê

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  50. Oi flor! Amei seu blog! Lindérrimo! GOSTARIA QUE VC entrasse no meu blog e fosse uma seguidora! Se for possível!E deixasse um comentário
    Passa lá! Continue com seu blog assim!

    modas-atuais.blogspot.com

    bjs Lê

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  51. Please show us close up details of how you made this fabulous look work! You have inspired me...

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  52. I would like to say that this is a unique beauty,I like that so much!

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  53. Lovely blog you have!
    And you're indeed fabulous ! :D

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  54. again, you're an inspiration! it's true you know that zara, topshop or wtv doesn't provide sizes for big girls.. sometimes finding the right outfit is a challenge. love youuuu xoxo

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  55. I got my issue in the mail today and just read the article. You look fabulous!

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  56. Gabi Congrats on the glamour feature your styling is great as usual! Just wanted to say you are a much more gracious blogger than cupcakesandcashmere who cut the page to only show herself while you displayed the whole page. Maybe it shouldn't have bothered me but it did. Okay I'm done ranting.... keya

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  57. GIRL I just saw this in Glamour and was so pleased to see you struttin your stuff! You look BEAUTIFUL! I am so proud to be a follower of your amazing blog <3

    xoxo Lara of weheartbeauty.tumblr.com

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  58. I just came for a visit, but I am staying, ahhhhhhhhhhh. i have fallen in love with you and your colourfull style.
    I want, want your earrings.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  59. I'm a Glamour reader and identified most with you out of all the bloggers. Can't wait to read more:)

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  60. Great post! I'm a huge fan of contrasting prints and there was no way you could leave that in the store. I wish my Goodwill had such Goodstuff!

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  61. baby girl you are awesome love your style and attitude

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  62. GOSH!!! Every time I come to your blog I just ave to look at this post... I frigging love this....TOTAL FAV ;)

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  63. Just found your blog this weekend, and it's great. I LOVE this Glamour shot... the styling is spot-on me or at least what I'd love to be. Now if I could just figure out how to put that look together for myself.

    YAY for you and best wishes for continued success!!!!

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  64. The print(s) on this top are stunning and I love love how you styled it. Congrats on the feature you look amazing!

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