Thank you, Tim Gunn!

“I love the American fashion industry, but it has a lot of problems, and one of them is the baffling way it has turned its back on plus-size women.”

The 63-year-old added, “It’s a puzzling conundrum. The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University. … There is money to be made here ($20.4 billion, up 17 percent from 2013). But many designers — dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk — still refuse to make clothes for them.”

Thank you, Tim Gunn!

And, by the way, I’ve spent 16 years of my life dedicated to doing exactly what he recommends…finding quality, well-fitting, fun fashion up to size 3X!

Every day we get feedback about our fantastic selection, quality and variety of diverse fashions.

My goal is to assist you in finding your own STYLE, not just clothes that fit.

My other priority is quality. There are many (and the numbers are growing) plus-size lines out there that are not made to last or fit well.

I want you to value yourself and know that you deserve beautiful fabrics, great fit and quality fashion to celebrate your beauty!

From beautiful and very affordable lines like Blue Sky fashions featuring buttery-soft bamboos and cottons, to the perfect lines and drape of the locally manufactured Sympli to the more body-con or classic styles of the perfect cocktail dresses of Joseph Ribkoff (also Canadian)! We also have beautiful basics from the super talented Vancouverite, Chloe Angus.

I also like to explore the funkier or edgier styles of Alembika (Israel), Grizas (Europe), Elk & Vigorella (Australia) to really encourage you to make your OWN fashion statement.

And our consistently popular Chalet and Fenini (USA) brands which have created quite a following with their delicious fabrics and comfy casual and stylish designs.

I’ll never stop searching for new, quality and innovative fashions for my awesome customers. That’s my job and I love it.

So again, thanks Mr. Gunn for your push to the fashion world to step up. I’m with you!

But also, please know, there are already fantastic designers doing the work, consistently and with quality.

I know. I’ve done my research.

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Celebrating Spring at Bodacious!

 

Wow! What a difference 1 month makes. It’s so nice to see the sun shining and the cherry and plum trees blooming away. This pic is from my walk to work along the seawall. That blue sky!!!

We’ve been very busy over here at Bodacious. The Victoria pop-up was a huge success!  In fact it was so great that we’re opening a second store over there on May 1!!!
Yes, Bodacious 2 will be opening at 2-1113 Langley Street, Victoria (the back side of the Murchies building). This is the same building that we had the pop-up in so if you were there, you know where to come back to. If you missed it, now is your chance to see more of us! Tell your island friends.
I will be hiring for the new location, so if you or anyone you know has a fabulous and fun personality and a strong retail background, please send a “why I’d like to work at Bodacious” letter along with your resume to bodaciouslifestyles@gmail.com
See you very soon, Victoria!

Spring is my favourite time of year for fashion and accessories! Just take a look at all the colour and fun items that are currently at Bodacious. As always, we’re getting topped up with new deliveries almost daily, so come on in and see what’s new.


Chloe Angus bamboo/cotton comfy styles!
Jeans! We’ve finally found the jean you’ve been looking for!
Higher rise, nice stretch, dark denim Carelli full length and capri jeans.
Under $100! up to size 24


Matt & Nat Spring is AWESOME! (all of our bags are listed on our online shopping page)
Check out these colourful beauties to brighten up any outfit…


add some Cahoia bling…


and a pretty Marigold scarf…

and you are set!

AND…to make room for all of this fabulous-ness, starting today, we have a

$20 SALE RACK

full of last season’s fashions! Chalet, Joseph Ribkoff, Chloe Angus and so much more! We need to make room, lovelies! We are seriously slashing prices so come and check out the deals of the season.
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And, as always, so much more!

Just eat the flippin’ cookie!

It’s time we had a chat!  I recently spent a weekend retreat with a group of amazing, talented, beautiful, grounded women. There was so much positivity and love and sharing and acceptance in this group that I felt all warm and fuzzy for weeks afterwards.

Imagine my surprise, tho, when each time we sat down to share a meal together, these confident and beautiful women joined the chorus of guilt eating.
“Oh, maybe I’ll have half a cookie, I didn’t have much lunch and I’ll go for a walk this afternoon”
“I never have desserts but I’m on holidays so it doesn’t count”
“This is a no calorie zone, right?!?”
Can you hear yourself saying these words?
cookiesThese conversations are so normalized that I doubt these women even realized what they were doing or that they were supporting each other in doing it. And it made me a bit sad. The interesting thing is that the comment or apology never ever stopped them from eating the “sinful” cookie. They ate it with just that little bit of bitter guilt mixed in.

So to that I say, what if  you just ate the flippin’ cookie/cake/donut?!?  Let your body enjoy this beautiful and delicious indulgence rather than stirring up feelings of guilt and suffering. Celebrate the ingredients and love that were put into creating this decadent dessert or meal just for you. Change the mindset of “good” and “bad” that doesn’t’ actually change what you eat but puts judgement and negativity on your body just for good measure.

You are allowed to eat and ENJOY whatever you choose to put in your mouth! No apologies! No guilt!

And you are BEAUTIFUL – today and every day!

February full of Bodacious-ness!

Happy February to you, my lovelies!  My cold and I are just back from a wonderful two week holiday to California and Mexico with my honey. I was so thrilled to see humpback whales breaching, manta rays jumping, sandy white beaches and star-filled skies! Re-connecting with friends and some beach time were just what the doctor ordered.  Not sure why the doctor included this damn cold in the prescription tho’;)

The best part of going away is coming back to all the new fashions in the store! It is so exciting to see so much colour and fabulous styles. We’ve introduced TWO new lines in the past week.
Blaest raincoats – Oh My Goodness! These are beautiful, colourful and run the full range of sizes! You might just be happy that it’s raining.
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We also just received our first run of Colour Me Cotton linens and cottons. Many of you have requested this line and I think you’ll be pleased! Stay posted on Facebook for pix as these literally just came in the door.

And then there’s Mr. Joseph Ribkoff who never disappoints…many of the new styles are coming in up to size 22 so please spread the word to your plus-size peeps. All beautifully made in Montreal, Canada.











And, as always, so much more!
Of course, we love to support women’s projects with the beaded bracelets from Marigold Collective, perfectly pretty scarves and beautiful Lotusland bead jewelry!

Gift Certificates…
So pretty! If you’ve got a birthday or other celebration coming up, you might want to drop some hints to your loved ones! wink wink nudge nudge

Holiday Shopping at Bodacious!

Well, if this wind hasn’t already blown you away, I hope you can take a moment with a nice warm cup of tea and catch up with me and Bodacious.  I’m working at home on the boat this morning so I’m getting the full force of that wind!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my amazing bootcamp week on the warm sandy beaches of Tulum.  For those of you who’ve been following by Epic 50th year, my November epic event was 7 days of bootcamp with 14 other awesome women at Hemingway Beach Resort in Tulum, Mexico.
The week included 7 mornings of bootcamp (strength exercises, handball games, push-ups, jumping jacks and BOXING!) Did I mention I LOVED the boxing?!? I never would’ve guessed:)
It also included yoga, salsa classes, massages and delicious food. Louise from Body Exchange takes a group every year so I’d recommend you have a look for next year if you’re interested. You are so worth it!
I learned that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was and I got out a lot of frustrations on my friend Kim’s punching pads!
Here’s me in my power stance;)

As always, we’re full of amazing fashions for all of your holiday party needs.

Joseph Ribkoff continues to inspire with all of the pretty dresses and separates up to size 22. Here’s our gorgeous Jihan showing off a few of the latest arrivals.



I’m also loving this new horizontal striped skirt seen here 3 different ways.

New Chalet crinkle arrived yesterday! We’re still unpacking these so no pix yet but I can tell you that there are lots of turquoise, blue print and white styles for those of you who are checking out for some fun in the sun.

We want you to stay dry and stylin’!  Chloe Angus rain jackets are NOW ON SALE for 30% OFF!

And here’s something new to tickle your fancy…

First off, Elk Accessories and Clothing from Australia
I’m absolutely loving the flow and simplicity of this new line. It’s not a curve hugging fit but more flowy and loose. The fabrics are super soft and the line just looks elegant and fresh.  Here are some pix…I already own the dress below and am loving it!



Our other new line, K-O.ME has just re-stocked us with some gorgeous new prints and styles.

Tonight and next Thursday, Bodacious and our lovely neighbours at Delish General Store will be staying open until 8pm for your shopping convenience.  Delish has awesome and local gifts for the whole family!

Bodacious can also assist you with the hard-to-buy-for on your list.

Easiest and most appreciated gift ever?  These super gorgeous jewel-toned Marigold Collective silk scarves from a women’s co-operative in Vietnam.
or choose from our awesome selection of pretty and petite earrings from local designer, BuenoStyle

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I’ll be there tonight (with bells on) so come on out and see me! Hot chocolate is on me!

Still stuck for ideas? We are so here for you!

Today until December 24, if you purchase a Bodacious $100 Gift Certificate, you will receive an extra $30 certificate at no cost. This can be given as a separate certificate or all in one. Or “one for you, one for me”? Can’t beat that!


Thank you to all who donated to our clothing and care items drive for the WISH Drop In Centre Society.  We were able to collect an amazing amount of warm clothing and necessities with your help. So very appreciated!

We want to wish you all the most loving blessings of this season.  May you love and be loved.  Enjoy this season of giving and know that the most important part is to be kind and care for each other.

We will be closed at 3 on Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day