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Blogger Q&A: Em

Em
An Aussie in London
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

When I look at clothes, I pay most of my attention to plus-size wear and as far as high-end designers are concerned, I like Elena Miro for the curvy-girl wear and also – the amazing Anna Scholz. Both designers clearly understand the nature of curves. My favourite places to shop are the Australian store, City Chic and Dutch store, Carmakoma.

Non-curvy – just designer-wise, I love Wheels and Dollbaby for the flirtatious design and style. I also always like to see the catwalk collections for YSL, Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood and Alannah Hill. For men – I love Hugo Boss Suits.
What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

My Wittner Slouch Boots in style “Sin City”. I love them. Wittner is an Australian brand and they have the prettiest shoes. I also have an abundance of handbags, but go through serious phases where I will just use one for ages – before I switch to another that I will use for ages… and so on!
If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I would try to make some sort of combined mousturiser and primer that nourishes the skin but also makes it radiant and make-up ready. It would contain a good SPF factor too (I am obsessed with moisturiser)… I don’t know what I might call it, perhaps – some sort of play on the word Luminous.
If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

I think we’re headed to New York baby! The clothes would include: my fashion uniform – which comprises my City Chic denim skirt, black leggings, black singlet top and then a range of boleros/shrugs and cardigans to style with accessories. I’d then also have to bring a couple of print dresses, my Carmakoma Madonna skirt, slouch boots, kitten heels and then my favourite dress… currently (and always subject to change) a black and white number bought in Australia.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

There are a couple that I coined and love:

“Take your time, explore your style, embrace your curves” is what I would advise…

“I have great curves and I know how to wear them…” is what I live by!

Blogger Q&A: Amanda Allison

Amanda Allison
California

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. He captures everything great about the Parisian woman – glamour, power, and playfulness. And, the bags? Don’t even get me started on the bags.

What is one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

My LV handbags are a must-have. Please don’t make me choose just one of them.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

“Fully Functioning Concealer” would be the best concealer known to woman, perfect for camouflaging dark undereye circles and treating acne and blemishes.

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

Paris is my favorite city so packing all the right pieces in such little time would be crucial. I would pack v-neck tees in a rainbow of colors, two cardigans, dark wash jeggings, dark grey trousers, opaque black leggings, a high-waisted white and black dress, a few statement necklaces and bracelets, pale pink nail polish, flats, pumps,my makeup kit, and a few of my favorite headbands!

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“I’m a brand, baby, and every day I’m my own best advertisement.” – Kimora Lee Simmons

Visit Amanda now at Fashion, Love, & Martinis

Blogger Q&A: Rikke

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Rikke
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sticky Sweet Danish

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I actually don’t have a favorite, I like to mix things up. And I don’t think that clothes have to be expensive to look good. But no doubt Balmain has great influence this season.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without? I can’t live without bags.

Tiny ones for going clubbing, huge ones for shopping and everything in between! I’m a bag lady, LOL. At the moment I love black, studs, florals and pastel ones.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I think it would be a body butter. I looove body butters. It would be very floral and fresh scented, not too heavy and I’d call it Butter Me Up… or something. I totally just made that up, I’ve never really thought about it before, haha!

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

I’d bring my phone, my camera, a bottle of water and a snack. This could take all day! And oh, I’d be going to London.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

Don’t be a slave to fashion. Make fashion work for you!

Blogger Q&A: Amelia

Amelia
Boston, MA
Sound Bites

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

My favorite designer changes with each season, as I constantly see my perspective on style and fashion change. Marc Jacobs is a consistent favorite and I love what the Rodarte sisters do, as well. However, right now, I am crushing on a local designer from Boston, Millie Bautista, who after seeing her clothing first hand, has converted me into an instant fan. She works with textures in a creative way to add interest to very basic pieces, such as a black sheath dress. I like designers who can make clothing look like art, but still feel like something you could wear with your friends out to brunch.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

I love this simple silver ring from Bali that one of my students gave me as a Valentine’s Day Gift. I love accessories that have a story attached to it, as it makes it more interesting when someone asks you, “Where did you get that?”

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

Great Question! I’d make a hair product that made sure every girl with curly hair had perfect frizz-free curls everyday! I’d call it, “Amelia’s Miracle!”

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

A black dress with a scoop neck to reveal the sexy collar bone/neck, black tights to elongate the legs, black platform pumps, a cocktail ring, and Nars lipstick in Red Lizard in Paris, of course. Oh! And I’d bring along my iPod to play a pre-party music mix!

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“Dress for where you wish you could be, not where you are going.” My mom has always taught me through her own style that fashion is not only about self-expression, but about telling a story. Usually, that story is based in some sort of fairy tale/dream.

Blogger Q&A: Chastity

Chastity Garner
Dallas, TX
The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I guess this could be a two part question. I love Christian Dior. The designs are so romantic and feminine. This designer seems togo the extra mile in all the lovely feminine details. This is my favorite straight size designer that I wish I could wear. Jibri is my favorite plus designer. Her designs occupy my closet, b/c of her same similar feminity and structure to Christian Dior.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Belts, belts, and more belts. Because of my pear shape, belts give my curves an eyecatching silloutte. I could have a paper sack on, but belted I could make that papersack fabulous.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I have crazy hair at times. I am never completely happy with my hair products, so my beauty product would be a product to make my curly hair more manageable. I would name it The Curly Headed Girl’s Product…LOL

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

LBD, wrap dress, flats, a boyfriend watch, killer heels, bib necklace, belt, mascara, blush, gold eyeshadow, and a girdle. Literally all this stuff could be torn in my suitcase at a moment’s notice. I always have an idea of my jet setting essentials, b/c I am a terrible last minute packer. My favorite city is NYC. There is so much to see, so much happening. Once you set foot on the concrete a love affair begins, full of ups and downs, but regardless of the outcome the romance is well worth the trip.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“Fashions fade, style is eternal” ~Yves Saint Laurent

Blogger Q&A: Sabrina

Sabrina

Hainesville, IL
Defying My Closet
Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I have several favorite designers that I absolutely love, but for clothing it would have to be Ralph Lauren. His pieces are classic and withstand yearly trends. Also, he has “real” sizes that work for plus-size women. Most of my favorite pieces in my closet are Ralph Lauren that I have thrifted. Another favorite of mine is Marc Jacobs, though I know I won’t ever be able to wear his clothing unless I lose more than half my weight, his accessories lines are amazing. Sunglasses, handbags, shoes, etc are all amazing and I can’t get enough of them.

Being a plus-size woman makes shopping for clothes in the “high fashion” designer lines harder, so I love the in house designers for stores like Avenue, Torrid, and Target. They really cater to PS women on a budget and make both trendy and classic pieces that aren’t gawdy.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Sunglasses! No matter what the weather is they are perfect. If you are having a bad day and your eyes are puffy slip on a pair and wallah they’re gone. Sunglasses can add pop of color to a basic outfit too, you could be wearing all black and have a red pair on and it will instantly change your look. My favorite pair are my Marc by Marc Jacobs ones. I actually have 3 pairs of them that I don’t know what I would do without.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

Surprisingly I don’t wear that much makeup or use that many beauty products, so this is hard to answer. However, I would love the ability to create the perfect shampoo and conditioner that would be designed specifically for my hair and my hair only. My hair is out of control and it has to do with Cuban/Irish genes. Its crazy curly, thick, but also fine and oily, which makes it hard to find a shampoo/conditioner that works right for my hair. Either it weighs my hair down and makes it more greasy, or it drys it out completely. I would name it Cubanita Works :)

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

A maxi dress, flip flops, a pair of leggings, one long knit tunic, bathing suit, and one pair of wedges. I would love to be in a maxi dress daily and dress it up my throwing on a pair of wedges if I need to go out on the town. My favorite city is one that I have never been, I would love to go to Havana. I have seen thousands of pictures from my mom and grandmother, it is such a beautiful place. If I had the opportunity I would love to go to Cuba and see the areas my family grew up in.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”- Eleanor Roosevelt. Being a bigger girl I have had to deal with criticism and jokes, but when that happens I think of this quote and I realize what others say doesn’t matter. I have learned the hard way that what I think of myself and how I see myself counts for more than how others see me. I have come a long way in my self-confidence journey, and blogging about my style has helped me feel more secure with myself.

Blogger Q&A: BBM


BBM
Southern California
Big Beautiful Mess

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

Of course I have to give some love to Chanel because she’s the epitome of fashion. I’m also loving Kate Spade’s collections more and more these days. I love her mod/vintage and cutesy vibe. It’s so girly and I love girly. I should call her one of these days and let her know she needs to start producing plus sizes. ;-P

But in the real world – my go-to designer is B&Lu. I also love local street wear SD designers like 5& A Dime, and PNOY Apparel. They’re my weekend wear – which consists of a t-shirt and a jean skirt.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?
SPANX. No doubt.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?
I would create a hair removal cream … where unwanted hair can be gone forever! Can I get an AMEN ladies? I would name it Baby’s Cheeks. LOL. I dont know!

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?
An LBD, pumps, and red lipstick. It would be a fashion show at Crystals in Vegas. Front row with Vuitton giveaways of course.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

Yes. What my mom taught me — FASHION KNOWS NO SIZE.

Blogger Q&A: Letizia

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Letizia
Belgium
Le blog de Letilor
Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I am a big fan of Jean Charles de Castelbajac. I love color, eccentric and unique things, I might even add bizarre things lol. My dream is to, one day, fit into on of his creations, definitely customized into my size !!

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

I really love hair accessories like a headbands, a cute little hair clips or a little bow tie. I do wear them often; it is a simple gesture, but it does add up a little extra something to the whole outfit.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

Without any doubt, it would be a lipstick!! I love wearing lipstick that have a beautiful red or pink vividness. Therefore, I would create a color close to this two tones. I would manufacture a collection of classic lipsticks, but also another collection with more unique tones, without leaping into the ridiculous, of course !! As for a name, honestly I can’t really say.

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

If I had so little time, I would take my lovely black jacket, a pair of high heels, my pixel dress, my flounce dress and my inevitable little black dress. I’ll decide what to wear on the spot and in any case I think I’ll buy a lot of things once I get there !! Same for the accessories and the makeup, I would pick those of best value and use, and I’ll get the rest from there. As for the city, I would choose LONDON, because I have never been there and I’d do lots of shopping!!

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

My philosphy is to wear what we love, to find ourselves in a style that makes us happy and not to refrain ourselves from unique things, not necessarily in fashion. The most important thing is to feel great and hapyp in whatever we decide to wear!

Blogger Q&A: Carla

Carla “MessyCarla”
South Tyneside, UK.
MESSYCARLA: A Fashion Blog In A Size 16
Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I adored the late great Alexander McQueen as he was so inspiring and kept fashion fun and refreshing. I also have a few peices by Vivienne Westwood. I love Ana Sui’s quirky/punk look too. It’s also my dream to own a Chanel quilted handbag. But what I tend to wear is stuff from the UK High Street – cheap, chearful, fun and versatile.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Black eyeliner – It adds a quick dash of glamour to any look!

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

Ooh what a good question. It’d be ‘MessyCarla’s Volumizaganza’ and would be a hair product for big, massive hair. Sleek is chic, but for me – pump up the volume!

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

My favourite city in the world is my home city of Newcastle. It’d be a very chillaxing event on Newcastle’s Quayside and anybody could attend as I love it when fashion opens it’s arms to people who wouldn’t usually be interested. There’s be fashion shows by high street brands and couture designers. Everywhere there would be cupcakes, chocolate fountains and everything would be PINK!

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

“Sometimes the illusion of grandeur is more endearing than actual riches” – Paloma Faith.

Blogger Q&A: Jai

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Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I have too many to name but I love McQueen, Jacobs, Galliano, and Gaultier for their creativity. I love seeing what they do. I don’t know what is going to happen to McQueen’s line now that he is gone, but I hope his spirit can live on.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

I don’t know I guess my big black Hollywood Intuition purse from Target. It has all of these pockets and can hold just about anything. I love that thing to death, and I carry it everywhere.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I guess it would be called Lady Jai. It would be a lightweight foundation with full coverage. I’m talking light as a feather on your skin but heavy enough to cover up acne, hyperpigmentation, and other spots. Lady Jai would come in every color so no skin tone would be left out.

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

I would throw all of my cameras, video cameras, laptops,cute flat combat boots, skinny jeans, tees, underwear, and toiletries in big suitcase that hopefully weighs 50 pounds, so I don’t have to pay extra. I would be packing for any of the cities during the four main fashion weeks. I can’t pick just one, so it would have to be Paris, London, New York, and Milan.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

I think the motto I am living by right now in fashion is to just do whatever you want as long as you are comfortable. I can only be me, so I suggest others do the same.

Blogger Q&A: Cid

Cid
Long Beach, CA
Cid’s Style File

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

My jeans, if I could I would wear jeans everyday. I love them because their are so many styles of jeans that can work for everyone. You can dress them up and look sexy or be totally casual and comfy.

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I don’t really have favorite plus size designer, but over all I love Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. I love Betsey and Anna because their designs are always a fun, with a bit of edge yet still flirty and feminine. If either designer had a plus size line I would fill my closet with all their clothing.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I would create a potion that you would put on your hair it would instantly straighten your hair. I have very curly hair & its hard to manage. As much as I would love straight, I hate to use a flatiron or dryer, so if I could just put on gel or some kind of potion I would be in heaven! I would call it curls b-gone!

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

Paris is my dream city & vacation spot. The fact that is one of the most fashionable & stylish cities I think I would grab trash bags & bring as much as I could. I wouldn’t want to be unprepared in Pairs, or I can just pack my undergarments and go on a shopping spree in the city of lights! That would be a dream come true!

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

My fashion philosophy is I wear what makes me feel good and comfortable. I like many styles of fashion and I try to incorporated as many as I can in my wardrobe (not all at once of course) Don’t want to limit my self to a certain definition of style, life’s too short not to be stylish!

Blogger Q&A: Weesha


Name: Weesha
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Weesha’s World

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I honestly don’t have one, I’m not crazy about labels. However, I dream of buying everything at Carmakoma.com. Their designs are feminine, trendy, edgy and very flattering for curves. Apart from them, I think the designers behind New Look, Evans, Dorothy Perkins and H & M are doing a pretty good job.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Comfortable but stylish shoes. Shoes can make or break an outfit, right? and no one looks hot when they’re in pain haha.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

If possible, I would create something that gives you flawless skin- no acne, wrinkles, blackheads etc. How amazing would that be?! It’s name would have to have the word miracle in it somewhere I suppose.

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

My favourite destination will always be Goa. It’s where I’m from by the way but I’ve lived all my life in Dubai. It’s a state in India, it’s home and hedonism all in one sunny, adventurous package. I would pack a few gorgeous summer dresses, cute flip flops, some bohemian jewelery and killer sunglasses.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

I strongly believe that fashion is about fun, creativity, self expression, identity and making yourself feel good, no matter what your size is.