New Look Ships Internationally

I’m happy to report the UK retailer New Look is now shipping internationally! Those of us in the U.S. can now get our hands on some of these amazing items (they also ship to Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Italy, and Switzerland). New Look’s plus size line, Inspire, offers sizes up to UK 26 as well as wide width shoes! I’ve made a list of my fave pieces below:

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New Look Ships Internationally

Bad News Good News

So, I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that I am leaving New York. It’s been really fun and I’ve had some amazing experiences, but I haven’t found a full-time job, and obviously NYC isn’t exactly the best place to be with no money. The good news is that once I’m home, (besides having my own bed), I will be able to post more frequently. Since I won’t be living out of a suitcase, I’ll also be able to share my outfits a lot more. Honestly, I’m excited to return to Detroit, I miss the Midwest terribly.

For my last Saturday night in the city, I wore a cute colorblock body-con dress sent over from Jen’s Fashion Plus and my Calvin Klein Mary Janes. Definitely could’ve used some more accessorizing, but I was running late.

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Beth Ditto in NYLON

Sometimes I think all of the fat fashion blogs should just rename themselves “Beth Ditto Blogs,” because we talk about her so damn much. But the thing is, she really is the only famous fat girl who is actively involved in the mainstream world of high fashion. She sits in the front row during fashion week, she’s not afraid to experiment with clothing, and best of all, she’s unapologetic about her size.

Ditto (well, actually, The Gossip) is featured in August’s issue of NYLON Magazine, and as always, she’s lookin’ fierce:


Above, Beth wears an American Apparel bodysuit and a vintage capelet

Here are some of Ditto’s best quotes from the article (though I think my favorite is the one pictured above…it might be my new motto):

“England honestly has better taste than America. I think it always has and always will. Europe was the first place to embrace Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding. I’m not saying we’re on the same level of brilliance–but Europeans are quicker to pick up on something and give it a chance. Cool is really important to them; when they say something’s cool, they’re gonna mean it. And people in England just look fucking amazing all the time, more than anywhere else. It’s not like Portland, where it’s like, ‘Cool–bike cleats!'”

“Punk is fashion. A friend of mine said, ‘I don’t know a single punk who doesn’t spend a long time on their looks.’ Too fuckin’ true! Guess what doesn’t get up there by itself? A liberty spike! I didn’t have eyebrows for a long time. That’s how I felt punk even in my most un-punk moments. That’s how I could stay connected–I could be wearing Chanel, but there’s zero eyebrows.”

Be sure to check out the mag and read the full interview. She never fails to amaze me.

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Beth Ditto in NYLON

Natalie

Meet Natalie (chances are, you already have–she’s taking over the internet). She blogs about her life (on definatalie.com), about being fat (on Axis of Fat), and just started vlogging on YouTube. She’s an amazing artist from Australia who is on a mission to spread Fat Acceptance far and wide. Her style is funky and modern, and I love that she always has fun with clothes. (Also, you should check out her wedding pictures, because they are amazing).

At the end of this post, I’ve included her video “How To Love Yourself In 8 Really Hard Steps,” which I definitely recommend watching; it’s informative and inspirational–plus, her accent is awesome.


Name: Natalie
Age: 28
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Size: AU 22-24, UK 24-26, US 20-24
Favorite Places to Shop: Locally, I can’t really say I have any favourites, our choices are pretty limited. City Chic is the most fashion forward retailer, however the price is too high for the quality you get in return. Estelle (a beautiful department store label) stops just shy of my size. I am loving shopping online with Evans at the moment though – in the last month I’ve made two purchases! I also source a lot of my clothes from the Fatshionista community’s sales post Fridays.
Fashion Icons: My overarching icon is Barbara Cartland, because I’m on a fanciness kick right now. That’s not always appropriate though, so my day to day wear is very inspired by real people: from the Sartorialist, to Wardrobe Remix, Hel Looks and the Fatshionista flickr pool! I especially consider yourself and Christina from Musings of a Fatshionista as icons, as you’ve both really inspired me to take risks with fashion. I said to someone the other day that you guys are like my Carrie Bradshaws of the fatshion world – so many crazy awesome outfits that Patricia Field would be proud of!
Current Obsession: Cowboy boots with floral dresses. A red military jacket. Trying to get out of the “black is for plus sizes” mindset. Big, brassy blondes. Obscene ladylikeness.
Advice to other YFF Girls: How you present yourself is the story you’re telling everyone you meet without even opening your mouth. If you have a story to tell, don’t be ashamed to start telling it. Exhaust every avenue finding the pieces that fully illustrate your style and don’t get locked into thinking that what’s on the rack is what you must wear: learn to sew or alter, consider things you thought you never could, go op shopping (thrifting to most of you!) and cut and paste. Your body is a canvas, whether you like it or not, so don’t be afraid to take those first tentative daubs with fashion.


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