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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.

Blogger Q&A: Marianna


Marianna
Chicago, IL & San Jose, CA

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

Honestly, I can’t say that I have a favorite fashion designer as I generally don’t shop in that category. I do love the Michael by Michael Kors line, because of his simple, chic, and classic designs. His looks are very much my style, and they’re fairly affordable! Marc Jacobs’ designs are serious eye candy for me, though.
What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?
A full face of makeup! I am one of those girls that cannot leave the house without makeup on. I feel drab and lacking polish when I don’t have any makeup on.
If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?
Probably a magical bloat eliminator. We all have those days when we feel utterly bloated and unattractive, right? I think it would be great to have a magical product that would restore us to our normal unbloated state. Let’s call it Bloat Be-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?
I’d love to have a fashion extravaganza in London. I would pack comfortable yet stylish flats, a black pencil skirt, a polka dot blouse, and a cropped blazer. That’s a very “me” look.
Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?
I don’t live by any one fashion philosophy in particular, but I am a firm believer that being stylish does not depend on the size of your body or the size of your bank account.

Blogger Q&A: NikStar


NikStar
Chicago, IL
XOXO NikStar

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I love Alice + Olivia, Qristyl Frazier and Monif C. Sorry! I could not pick just one. Although I can’t fit anything but accessories from Alice + Olivia, I still draw inspiration from their clothing. As far as Qristyl and Monif are concerned, I think they really know the plus sized figure.

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

As of right it’s the denim jacket that I “borrowed” about a month ago from my friends closet. I will probably be in pain when she finally remembers that I have it and wants it back. haha I’ve been trying to find my own, but no such luck yet.

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

I have such a hard time matching my skin up to foundation. I know one of the drug store lines claims to blend and match perfectly with your skin, but I have yet to see that happen. Hmm so I’d create the most perfect foundation ever and since I’m not clever with naming things, I shall call it…Skin!

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?

First, I’d probably starting sweating profusely at the idea of packing in ten minutes. I hate packing! I’d bring my trusty black pencil skirt, a LBD, brown heels and black heels, a pair of jeans and comfy tees, “my” denim jacket and a navy blazer.

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

Not really. I wish I could say something that sounds witty and profound, but I really just enjoy fashion. I may not be as extreme or edgy as some people are, but I like to take bits and pieces of what they are wearing and work it into my wardrobe. I like a classic trend with a bit of “I did not see that coming” edge to it whether it’s my hair, my polish or accessories. Oh wait a minute, I thought of a quote! “A girl should be two things; classy and fabulous.” ~Coco Chanel

Blogger Q&A: Katrin


Katrin
Reizende Rundungen
Germany

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I don’t have one. I’ve never really been into this designer fashion thing, I don’t own anything from a expensive brand or a designer or anything Haute Couture. With one exception, some things from the Beth Ditto collection. So, if you want to call her a fashion designer, it would be her.

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

Till it’s not tooo hot outside I never go outside without a scarf, I just love them in every shape, size and color. Scarfs keep you warm and kind of cozy and they can bring a wonderful touch of color to a plain outfit….I know just ONE thing is ask, but I think I also would die without oversized bows and colorful headbands for my hair.

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

Hmmm that’s is a difficult question. The first thing I thought about was a deep black eyeliner, that doesn’t smudge, is water resistant and includes a slightly touch of silver glitter in it. But that’s is kind of boring, isn’t it? So I would create a matte intensively pink lipstick which tastes like cherry-vanilla-cupcakes, is fair traded and has a super cute packaging with illustrations from Simone Legno.

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?

It would be London (or maybe Berlin) and I would bring black leggings, cause this is my all-time-favorite-piece and works with everything, my new coral skirt from ASOS, cause it adds a sweet touch of color and has a great quality and looks kind of elegant, a simple black shirt and my Beth Ditto Biker Jacket for the extra coolness. I would also pack a huge hair bow for my hair and my flat iron, some make-up, mascara, pink lipstick and eyeliner AND my Canon, I can’t go without my camera :)

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

I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk — it can’t tell you that you can’t have it — so really, you’re just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim.”
Beth Ditto (The Times)

I think that most of it is true, we often feel as the victims of the situation we are in, cause there aren’t many options of nice clothing for us, but actually we ourselves decide what we want to wear or what we don’t.

Blogger Q&A: Jill

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Jill
Scranton, PA
Jilly beansTalk

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

My favorite fashion designer is Phillip Lim. I’ll be honest in that I don’t really follow designers all that much (mostly because I don’t have the budget to buy their clothes), but I do flip through various fashion magazines each month, and every time I like a piece and I look in the sidebar to see who it’s made by, it’s Phillip Lim. I think he just has a great mixture of amazing cuts, classic styles, sleekness and a little big of edge.

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

I can not live without shoes! I’m like the sister in “In My Sister’s Shoes” that buys shoes and doesn’t wear them a lot, but keeps them in her closet “just in case.” Well, I have that problem. :)

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

Good question.. I never thought about creating a beauty product, mostly because I can find whatever I want out there pretty much. I guess sometimes though, I can’t find the exact nail color I’m looking for, so it would be interesting to design colors for a nail polish company and develop a polish that tries SUPER fast!

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?

light weight, cotton knee length cami dress, with a pair of simple sandals or flats, a cardigan or light weight linen jacket (for if it gets cold), and a pair of sunglasses for Seneca Lake near Watkins, Glen NY.

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

Don’t be afraid to try something new and different. It’s always great to have a distinct style, but I find the most fun in trying something new for a day. Fashion is a great way to express yourself because sometimes you feel like a little bit country, and sometimes you feel a little bit rock n’ roll. Fashion is the easiest way to try on a new you!

Blogger Q&A: Allison

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Allison
Curvy Girl Chic
L.A./Boston

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

It may be incredibly mainstream, but I absolutely love the house of Chanel. Everything from that design house is feminine but powerful, chic but timeless, and always impossibly stylish. Even though Karl Lagerfeld spoke unpleasantly about plus size women, it cannot be denied that his work is brilliant and that he possesses an amazing eye for designs that will remain stylish for centuries. It also doesn’t hurt that everything that comes out of his mouth is effing hilarious! Love his sharp little witticisms.

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

My bags!! I’m the type of person to carry my life around with me (wallet, keys, cell phone, chapstick, camera, sunnies, umbrella, etc…), so a great bag is a must! I just purchased a huge Vince Camuto bag (complete with buttery soft leather, chain and leather fringe accents, and an oh-so-convenient cross body strap! I was in love the minute I saw it! :)

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

Insta-Chub-Away! It would be the miracle cream that would make all those annoying little bumps that make clingy clothing look bad go away…it would be like shapewear but without the discomfort and unsexiness! :D

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?

Seriously?! Just packing for my weeklong trip home took me over 6 hours, lol! I’m definitely the kind of person to try and shove my entire closet into my luggage…I also absolutely need to weigh my luggage before I finish since I’m always over airline baggage allowances! But I guess if I were to pack for a fashion extravaganza without any time, I would shove my dark wash skinny jeans, a big bag (prob my Vince Camuto one), a chic black blazer, various fun tops (glittery, chain, and floral, most likely), and black ankle boots into my luggage! I’d also throw in a couple hot little dresses and a flashy little clutch for dressier outings—you never know when you might need to get a little jazzed up!

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

My fashion philosophy is to always wear what you love!! People are always getting a kick out of telling other people what to wear or what is “flattering” on them. In my humble opinion, that person’s opinion isn’t worth a damn! After all, what makes them so worthy of telling you what to wear? As long as you LOVE how you look and what you’ve got on, people will be able to pick that confidence up and you’ll look awesome to them regardless of a lot of other things! Also, when in doubt, go with black. Black will always be the new black.

Blogger Q&A: Jennifer


Jennifer
JasiferLionsClub
Uppsala,Sweden

1.Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I’m only familiar with the famous ones, and never been that into designer clothes but more designers bags! So…I like Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Miu miu and Chloé for example, because their bags are mostly simple, clean yet trendy…AND BIG! Love big bags!

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

Black leggings!!!

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

Some sort of wax strip that’s cut out with the shape you want for your eyebrows, I suck at doing my eyebrows, I’m to lazy to shape them, would be wonderful to have them done with just one pull. :) (if it only were that simple)

4. 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?

Comfortable cute flats, leggings, cute dress’ and tops and my biker jacket and Denim Jacket. And it would be New York, still have a lot more to explore there.

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

As long as you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll show confidence, and you’ll shine! and you’ll feel good, and that is all that matters…

Blogger Q&A: Ulrika

Ulrika
Helsinki, Finland
The Red Rosette

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I like the usual, Chanel, Chloé, Stella McCartney. And some Scandinavian brands, Whyred, Acne, Minimarket. But I don´t really believe in paying that much money for designer stuff, so I have to say the designers behind Topshop.

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

My leather biker jacket.

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

The perfect pink blush, would probably call it something corny like morning rosebud, 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?

Would pack some killer black heels, a girly pink dress and my biker jacket, do my hair in a topknot and put on some red lipstick. The location would be London.

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

Don´t believe in dressing for your size, just believe in your own sense of style.

Visit Ulrika over at The Red Rosette!!