Tuesday, April 30, 2013

GabiFresh x swimsuitsforall Galaxy Bikini

The first official shot from my capsule collection for swimsuitsforall is here, and it's of my favorite suit! The galaxy print bikini is definitely the stand-out piece, and I couldn't be happier with the final result. To go from a terrible sketch of what I wanted (and drew on the back of a hotel's notepad--seen here) to what you see below was such a cool experience. I'm obsessed with the details, like the purple mesh cutouts and the adjustable straps above the cup.  photo gabifreshgalaxybikini_zps1d1427c0.jpg
For more behind-the-scenes shots of the full neon bikinis and the galaxy print coverup, check out my interview with Refinery29. (My favorite part about the neon bikinis is that they are totally convertible--you can wear them halter style or strapless, and the bottoms can be worn super high waisted or folded down to your comfort level). After that, there's only one last suit that you haven't seen yet--and it's a one piece! I hope you guys love the mini collection as much as I do, more official photos will be released before the collection launches on May 15th.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

GabiFresh x swimsuitsforall

AHHH!!! I'm so excited that I can finally share this: I've designed a 5 piece capsule collection for swimsuitsforall (one of the largest swim retailers that carries plus sizes)! We had our photo shoot yesterday and it was so much fun. Nadia Aboulhosn and Maxey Greene looked stunning, and seeing everything I've worked on for the past few months come into fruition was a totally crazy/surreal moment for me. You guys know I'm super passionate about plus size women wearing great swimsuits unapologetically, and after all of the excitement surrounding last year's Fatkini, I thought designing a few of my own would be a wonderful way to continue the movement. The suits will be available online on May 15th, and photos will be released next week. In the mean time, here are some behind-the-scenes shots from yesterday!
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I can't wait for you guys to see the full collection! Make sure you keep an eye on my blog for something super special :) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bloomingdale's Event!

After watching many higher end plus size brands and retailers close their doors (or move solely online), I'm so glad to see a store like Bloomindale's investing more in their plus department. Contributing monthly to InStyle has opened my eyes to all the amazing options from designers, and I'm honored to be able to share some of my favorites with you guys this weekend!

I'll be hosting a shopping event at the Bloomingdale's in Chicago (900 N. Michigan Ave) this Saturday, April 20th, from 1-4 pm on the 4th Floor. I'll be sharing my styling tips and favorite pieces from amazing brands like Eileen Fisher, Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein. There will be 25% off all regular priced items in the Women's section--not to mention yummy refreshments. I hope to see you guys there!

Below I'm wearing some of my favorite pieces from their current in-store merch: Calvin Klein coral jacket (here), green Vince Camuto blouse (here), and Not Your Daughter's Jeans (here). For those of you who can't make it, they have a great online selection too!
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Post sponsored by Bloomingdale's 

At the event, you can earn 10,000 points on a single purchase of $350.00 or more in Shop for Women.  That's a $50 Reward Card to spend on all our merchandise - no exclusions!**
*Valid on almost all regular-price, in-store purchases.  Offer Valid April 18 - 21, 2013.  Offer excludes Not Your Daughter's Jeans.  See a sales associate for complete details.
**Power points in Shop for Women valid April 18-21, 2013 only. Points are awarded after discount is applied. Your Points Account balance must equal 5000 points to receive a Reward Card. Power Points will be added to your Points Account Balance 30 days after you make a qualifying purchase, unless your merchandise has not shipped, in which case your Power Points will be added when your merchandise ships. Qualifying purchase must take place at one register and be on one receipt. Points are not accumulated on sales tax or purchases made with a Bloomingdale's Gift or Reward Card. See terms and conditions at bloomingdales.com/loyallist for complete details

Monday, April 1, 2013

spring swing

PSA: ASOS has posted the amazing denim shorts with lace on their site here

As most of you know, I really couldn't care less what store or section my clothing comes from...and I don't care about sizes either. Once you let go of the stigma surrounding clothing, it really makes life so much easier! I can shop at Salvation Army, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marc Jacobs, or Dress Barn--it's all the same to me. When looking good is my end goal, I don't care what I have to do to get there. That's why I think it's so funny that women are always so surprised that I openly wear maternity clothes! I find it's a great way to fit into straight size stuff, because (obviously) there's a little more room in the midsection. When you're plus size and you want to be well-dressed, you often have to get creative, and that means thinking outside the box. Anyway, I'll be the first to say when I'm wearing a maternity dress, and I have no shame about it. I fell in love with this one from ASOS Maternity and I prayed that it fit! I will say the arms are a bit tight, so if your arms are bigger, it may not work for you (unless you want to chop off the sleeves, which is what I'd do if I couldn't fit them). I wore this for the blogger dinner with Ashley Graham in Toronto (she's starting her own lingerie line!) and then again on Easter.
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Dress-ASOS Maternity/Lipstick Earrings-ASOS (sold out) /Sunglasses-ASOS (sold out)/Shoes-Forever21