Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Seven eBay Faves!

Since this is a personal style blog, I'm totally aware that I tend to mention the same brands over and over--we all know the ones I'm talking about. It's true that I have a love affair with three or four places, and that's where I buy the majority of my wardrobe. But in addition to those, whenever people ask me where to shop as a plus size woman, I always include an additional two: thrift stores and eBay. Yes, eBay.

Once upon a time, eBay was a place known for scoring collectibles and the occasional hard-to-find band t-shirt, but the truth is its fashion offerings are pretty stellar. Years ago, Christina of Musings of a Fatshionista introduced me to the wonders of eBay fashion, and I haven't looked back since. From amazing new lingerie to vintage dresses to discounted well-known brands, I go to eBay whenever there's a specific piece I need to have and haven't found in any mainstream stores. One of my favorite outfits that Jay Miranda has ever worn includes the amazing Ralph Lauren silk pants she found on eBay.
I've put together a few great plus size options that are available right now, simply by searching for plus size [insert anything here]. Sometimes I'll include a fabric or style in my search, like "plus size leather" or "plus size sheer." It's super easy, it's just a matter of digging a little.  Do you have any eBay searching secrets? Let me know in the comments!
Photobucket 1) ASOS Curve Knit Swing Dress
7) Necessary Objects Sleeveless Casual Dress
This post is part of eBay Finders, a new partnership that presents collections of items curated by a carefully selected group of style setters. Find more inspiration at eBay Fashion. #eBayFinders

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Airport Chic

Happy Thanksgiving! This has absolutely been one of the best years of my adult life, and I'm spending today reflecting on all of the great things that are happening lately. I'll admit that the recent non-stop travel has been kind of rough, but I'm making myself stop and remember that it's a blessing. I'm living the life I used to dream about, and though being away from home isn't easy, I know it's necessary sometimes. The opportunities that are presenting themselves each month never stop amazing me. It's 1 am in New York, and I'm flying home in a few hours. I was in town to shoot a segment on MTV's "Ten On Top" fashion special (it airs Dec 9)! Since I feel like I've spent more time in airports lately than anywhere else, I've pretty much perfected my go-to travel look:Comfort is most important! Things I need include a slouchy tee, leggings, flats, a sweater or jacket, and a pashmina. And sunglasses, always! I'm usually too tired to put on any makeup so sunglasses + bright lips are a must. Everything pictured is from F21.

A huge thank you to ALL OF YOU for your continued support and love. Some of you guys have been following me since 2008, and I can't tell you how much it means. Wishing everyone a very happy Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Totally InStyle

I feel like I've been holding this in forever, and now I can finally share the news: I'm a new contributor to InStyle Magazine! I have a monthly page with tips and style ideas for plus size women, and I couldn't be more honored. Four years ago, I was desperately interviewing at fashion magazines for internship positions, and no one would hire me. I gave up on that, and blogging became its own (amazing) career that has led to more opportunities than I could have ever imagined...and now I've come full circle. More than anything, I'm really happy that another mainstream women's magazine is including a page on plus size fashion--I can only hope the rest follow suit. My debut is in the December issue, which hits stands tomorrow! Make sure you pick up a copy! Photobucket

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

La Mafe by Fluvia Lacerda

I've been lucky enough to call model Fluvia Lacerda a friend for three years now. She's always expressed her desire to start her own fashion line in her native country of Brazil, as the plus size options there are seriously limited. When she contacted me a few weeks ago to let me know that it was finally happening, and then invited me to come to her launch party in Sao Paulo, I couldn't have been more excited!

The event was last night and I'm not exaggerating when I say it was probably the nicest one I've ever been to. The venue was absolutely amazing--we were surrounded by lush trees, ponds, and flowers, the perfect location to show off Fluvia's collection, which is filled with sheer, flowy fabrics and bright tropical prints. She teamed up with an already established brand, La Mafe, to create the collection De Onde eu Vim (Where I Come From). It was inspired by Fluvia's hometown and features prints of animals, insects and fruit. You can see the campaign images here.

I wore a sheer button down by La Mafe and a skirt from Fluvia's collection (the only black piece she made--of course it's what I chose)! Pulled things together with a F21 jacket that I basically never take off (available here) and amazing pair of Zara heels (sold out, similar here). Ignore the end-of-the-night messy bun! I was so busy capturing Fluvia on video that I didn't get any decent outfit shots of my own.
gabi-4 Jacket-Forever21/Top-La Mafe/Skirt-La Mafe x Fluvia Lacerda/Shoes-Zara/Jewelry-F21, H&M
Fluvia's energy is completely contagious, and at least five of us were crying by the end of the night because of how touched we were. I'm so, so proud of this woman and all that she's accomplished, and I'm even more proud I get to call her my friend. I'm so glad I thought to capture the day on camera. Watch the video below to get a feel for just how amazing everything was! (Best if you view in high quality).

Saturday, November 10, 2012

This 'n' That

I know I haven't done an outfit post in a while, things have gotten a little crazy over here. I actually just landed in São Paulo, Brazil! I'll try to get one up soon, but in the mean time I thought I'd share a couple instagram shots with you. I'm obsessed with this recently purchased spiked-shoulder ASOS coat, and I'm so sad it's already sold out! Keep an eye on the site, sometimes they bring best-sellers back. (It should be noted, though, that they have other amazing outerwear options like this, this, and this).
After a NYC shoot a few days ago//Right before my 10 hour flight!
I have so much exciting news coming up! I can't share just yet, but I get to finally spill at least some of it next week. Speaking of which: did you see the amazing NY Times article about plus size bloggers as role models? They were the first publication that ever quoted me (way back in 2009); now we have a full-page in the Style section! Read the full piece here.
Just to clarify--that's not me in the photo. It's Garner Style next to Nicolette Mason, and they both look fab! (I only say this because a few people have already mistaken her for me. Unfortunately I wasn't able to shoot with NYT because of my scheduling conflicts).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Current Beauty Favorites

I'm not sure if you noticed in my Halloween post, but I dyed the tips of my hair blonde! I've been getting lots of beauty questions lately, so I thought I'd make a video and talk about some of the products I've been using in my current routine. There's a ton that I didn't get to in this one, but I hope to make beauty a more ongoing topic here.

Things mentioned in the video:
  • I've been doing the Oil Cleansing Method for about two weeks now, and so far so good. I'm still undecided on whether I'll use it long term, but I'm willing to keep trying it out for another month or so. Pros: my skin is super soft and moisturized. My pores feel a bit clearer. Cons: I've still had a couple breakouts. You have to use a new washcloth every day, which can get annoying. 
  • I just bought Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara with Fiber Extentions and I'm obsessed! I've been on the search for something to make my eyelashes longer without the cost of extensions or Latisse. Falsies are a hassle to put on--this mascara solves everything! 
  • Loving my new Revlon lipsticks. In the video I'm wearing Fuchsia Fusion, and I also love Really Red.
  • I have ombre hair now! I know I'm super late on this trend, but I've wanted to try it for years, and in the video I explain why I finally took the plunge. To dye the tips, I used Feria Extra Bleach Blonde, and I really like the results. I may do it once more to get them a bit lighter.
  • Most of you know by now that I'm participating in the Paul Mitchell "Truth About Curls" campaign and that I love the line. The two products I recommend in the video (that I have mentioned here before) are the Detangling Shampoo and Leave-In Treatment. The brand is doing weekly giveaways of the full line on the Paul Mitchell Facebook App, so make sure you check it out and enter. Also, if you upload your picture with your #CurlConfession, it may be projected in a show at some hip NYC and LA locations on November 15th (You can also submit photos on Twitter/Instagram using that same hashtag). 
PS-I am featured in a new Marina Rinaldi campaign with two more of my fellow curvy bloggers! I had a great time shooting the lifestyle video in NYC a couple weeks ago--you can check it out here. It's viewable to everyone, but if you're in Italy, you can vote for which blogger vid you like the best.