Author: Lorna

It’s Summer at Bodacious!!!

First things first…There is a new law coming into effect that states that I have to have you all opt-in to receive my newsletters.  I will be sending a separate, easy to respond to note about this.  Please, please, please respond to that request to continue to receive my updates.  I’m always respectful and do not overwhelm you with info and spam.  I’d love for you to stay in touch with me.

Well, June almost snuck right by me but I caught it just in time.  It’s been a fun month at Bodacious with tourists and locals galore enjoying our fashions and all the other great events and shops at Granville Island.10360243_736890079686724_5200744832622708920_n

We’ve had our second delivery of the Citron silks and they are so stunningly beautiful!  Trying to decide which one/ones belong in my closet.  We now have the full size range from medium up to 3x so please come check these beauties out.
citron silk blouse citron silk kimono jacket

Susan Bibbings of Lotusland Imports has just returned from her trip to Kilimanjaro, Africa with their newest jewelry designs.  Such a great project and such fun jewelry to wear!
lotusland imports
Joseph Ribkoff items keep arriving weekly and are happily flying out the door!  Keep posted on facebook for the most recent deliveries.

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and if you’re not ready to brave the sleeveless dress quite yet, we have this fantastic option for you!
shadow sleeves ribkoff

Alchemy silks are also in.  On our second re-order!
alchemy silksAnd we’ve brought back the Oka B sandals for summer!  Super cute, non-porous, recycled, recyclable…
okab sandals

Highlights of June for me?
~ Visiting some dear friends in Ontario
~ kayaking in False Creek
~ smelling the wild roses on my walk to work
~ Michale Buble!!! concert
~ sitting on the back deck in the sunshine!

What are your highlights so far?  I’d love to hear from you via email or share on facebook.

Do you have a birthday in June or July?  Let us know for 10% off your purchase during those months!

Yay May!!! Yay Spring at Bodacious!

As we head off into the long weekend, let’s remember this gorgeous sunshine!
I won’t keep you for long because I’m sure you’re getting ready for something fun…(although I know my newsletters are pretty fun too;)

I’m so excited to share some great news with you.
The new Citron silk and silk/blend line is finally here and oh-so-wonderful.
citron line citron 2 citron 3Also, the 2nd shipment of Chalet linen is here!
The beach glass  colours are so fresh and lovely.
chalet linen3 chalet linenAnd…Looks who’s back at Bodacious!! The super popular Monarchy (formerly Schaart designs) dresses are back on the Bodacious racks in sizes large to 3x! (other sizes available on request)
monarchy dresses2 monarchy dressesAnd these!…
matt and nat - alter glacier canoia rings kuma sunglassesAnd, and, and…
you’d best come see for yourself 🙂
Oh!  Here’s me in a Joseph Ribkoff dress
lorna in ribkoff
OH! One MORE thing…(maybe two more things…)

SALE on Neon Buddha continues until the end of the month – buy a top and get any bottom (skirt or pant) 50% OFF!
Wide calf boots in a variety of styles and sizes up to size 12 ALL 50% OFF while supplies last!!! (we’re happy to ship:)
bbp-heel brownIs it your birthday in MayHappy Birthday to YOU! Let us know so we can give you 10% off your purchase!

Best Spring EVER at Bodacious!!!

I have so much to share so you might want to grab a cuppa and get comfy…

Last week I had the great pleasure of attending the first ever Body Love Conference in Tucson, Arizona! lorna and tess munster body love conf 2014

It ROCKED MY WORLD!  I got to meet so many beautiful and inspiring women.  Read more about my experience here.

As the conference was only one day, I decided to stay a few extra days and play tourist.  Pool time! Road trip along the Catalina highway!  The Sonoran Desert Museum! So awesome and HOT!  My body loved getting drenched with that vitamin D.  I ate a LOT of  Mexican food and drank a few margaritas!  I took the time to catch up on my reading and journaling.  And I really just enjoyed some time on my own.  The last year and a bit has been wonderfully intense and it felt really good to just soak it all in and appreciate the journey. tucson desert
And how lovely to come back to such a beautiful SPRING in Vancouver!!!

The store is so full right now, we’ve actually just added two more racks to accommodate all the amazing new items that have been arriving daily.

Beautiful new Chalet LINEN and crinkle just arrived yesterday!  Loving this soft, washed linen and the colours are all so bright and fresh.

chalet crinkle chalet linen
chalet linen pant topThe complete Chloe Angus spring line is in the house!
This Modern Print skirt by Chloe Angus is an abstract interpretation of Haida art that combines the traditional form with modern abstract designs of the 21st century.
Available in black & orchid. Gorgeous!
Sizes medium – xxl
I have to say that the Chloe items were a huge part of my travel wardrobe.  The buttery soft bamboo/cotton blend works in all temperatures and wears so well.
There are several awesome new styles this season that will also be hanging in my closet including the tank dress, the gauchos and the cowl top.
The linen tank tops have already been flying out the door and the new colours of their famous button wraps are so lovely!  And all made right here in Vancouver!
chloe skirt and wrap
Our second order of the new line, Mellem has also arrived.  We are loving the romantic flavour of this label.  Some ladies have said it’s very Downton Abby:)mellem
Then, of course, we have the newest styles from Neon Buddha and Symplineon buddha jackets
And Joseph Ribkoff (I may already have a few of these pieces in my closet;)ribkoff dress and tunic

I will keep taking photos as we go and posting on our facebook page.  Please call us if you’d like us to ship to you.  We’re always happy to oblige.

Here are the deets…
Bodacious Retail Enthusiast Wanted
(Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
Do you…
– have a passion for fashion?
– have retail experience (plus-size fashion gets bonus points)?
– have key-holder experience?
– have a good sense of style and humour?
– love working with people?
– have strong organizational skills?
– want to work in one of the prettiest stores on Granville Island?
– celebrate all shapes and sizes?
Are you. . .
– available Thursday, Friday and Saturdays?

Then we want you!
It’s a great job with lots of perks! If you’re interested in the fashion/retail industry, we are a growing concern!
Please drop off your resume at the store between the hours of 10-11 am or 4-5 pm Saturday-Wednesday.
Check out our website at

Closing date for this position is April 18, 2014 (please spread the word)

It’s my birthday this Thursday and I’m turning a glorious 49!  Wow!
I’m so happy to be celebrating another year with you all and I’d like to share in the celebrations by offering all April birthdays 10% off their next purchase at Bodacious until the end of this month.  And this will start our official honouring of birthdays each month.  Mention this newsletter for your discount.

Happy Easter to YOU and Yours!  We are open all weekend from 10-6 to welcome you.

The Body Love Conference – LOVE was in the air!

This past Saturday I attended the first ever Body Love Conference in Tucson, Arizona.  This event was the brainchild of Jes Baker aka The Militant Baker who I’ve been following on facebook for her body-love radical-ness for quite some time.

jes baker blc 2014

She and so many others are fighting the fight that should never have to be fought.  The fight for it to be ok to love our bodies TODAY – whatever size or shape, colour or orientation.  The fight that I started personally when I was 33 years old and decided that, screw the waiting!, I was going to get my belly button pierced and buy a bikini!  lorna and tess munster body love conf 2014

I’m 48 now!  There is a new wave of beautiful, radical warriors leading this battle and it’s awesome to watch.  The speakers at this event included The World Famous Bob, Sonya Renee Taylor – the founder of The Body is Not an Apology, Tess Munster , the founder of #effyourbeautystandards and a stunningly beautiful plus-size model and our very own Louise Green of the Body Exchange!

These ladies, and so many more, opened their hearts to share their very raw and personal stories to an audience of over 400 women (and a few men) who laughed, cried and gave standing ovations of support and acknowledged sisterhood!  It was a place of connection and healing for me.  It was my overwhelming a-ha of why I do what I do.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?  Try to look for your story – in your eyes. in the lines of your face. in your expression.  in the stretch marks that helped bring a baby into this world. in your gorgeous curves.  in the strength of your hands.  It’s so beautiful!
You are so beautiful!
Every single thing that has happened in your life has shaped you into the beautiful being that you are today! When I look at the laugh lines around my eyes, I’m so glad that I’ve had a life filled with joyful moments.  When I see the delicious wrinkles on my grandma’s 95 year old face – all I see is BEAUTY!

Hearing Jade Beall speak so passionately and share her photos in A Beautiful Body Project turned my world upside down!  She only sees beauty in all these bodies and in that, helps others to see it too!

Sharing who you are with the world – sharing all of our  stories unites us.
That’s what resonates and connects us all.

When Tess shared her amazing story of pain and then her spectacular triumph, I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  I know my tears were freely flowing.

Every day I meet women who can’t see their own beauty.  Who are so quick to tell me about all their flaws.  All the rules of why they can’t wear certain things.

I tell them they are beautiful – because that’s what I see.

If you get a chance to attend next year’s Body Love conference, I highly recommend you GO!!!  Join in the celebration of YOU!lorna - body love conf 2014

Countdown to Spring at Bodacious!

Hi all!

I will keep this short and sweet (and post lots of pix ’cause I know that’s what you love)!

NEW NEW NEW product has been arriving all week and I wanted to give you all first dibs on styles and sizes. The new Chalet includes more crinkle, bamboo and viscose styles!
Beautiful windbreaker/rain jackets!
Graphic Tees (short and long sleeved!)
And a brand new to Bodacious funky, frivolous and fun line called Mellem!

So, without further ado…here you go…(and I hope you’re enjoying this magical sunshine!)
Oh Geez…here comes the courier with two more HUGE boxes! GET IN HERE QUICK!!!

(Our SALE rack is jam packed FULL of greatness as well)

ribkoff blouse and handbagJoseph Ribkoff blouse / photos by Claude Duke

ribkoff dress2Joseph Ribkoff dress / photo by Claude Duke

ribkoff jacket and skirtJoseph Ribkoff jacket and skirt

ribkoff top and polka dot pantJoseph Ribkoff top and pant / photo by Claude Duke

todays woman jacketSong & Sung Jacket / photo by Claude Duke

graphic tee, jeans and bootiesGraphic Tees, Silver jeans, ankle boots!

spring coat, tee and jeansSuper lightweight windbreakers/rain jackets (several styles from xl to 3x!)

chalet bamboo stripe tunicChalet bamboo tunic (sizes medium to 3x)

chalet blue crinkleChalet crinkle tunic (sizes medium to 3x)

striped tunicChalet striped tunic (sizes medium to 3x)

sage crinkle tunicChalet crinkle tunic (sizes medium to 3x)

Ankle boot
Ankle boot
Ankle boots!
Ankle boots!