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How do you shop? “Creating Change in the Changing Room”

So excited to have this article featured in this months fabUPlus magazine! Come by the store to get your very own copy!

“Creating Change in the Changing Room by Lorna Ketler
Owner and Lead Bodacious Enthusiast at Bodacious Lifestyles Inc.

Are you someone who shops twice a year whether you need it or not?
Or are you the person who shops regularly for a little pick me up?
Incentive shopping? “I’ll buy that dress that’s a bit too small to encourage myself to be “good”.”
Do you only buy on sale? “I’m not sure if I like it, but it’s such a great deal. I’ll make it work!”.
Do you always shop with a friend or prefer a long leisurely alone shopping experience?
Do you like lots of input from store staff or are you someone who really likes to spend time perusing without a lot of chat?
We all shop for different reasons. I also know that my reasons change with the occasion, my mood or who I’m with. Spouses, family and friends can be helpful but that’s certainly not always the case! I’ve seen lot of body-image damage done through “helpful” feedback. Choose your shopping support wisely.

Maybe you haven’t really put a lot of thought into it, and that’s fine too.

What I really want to know, though, is what are you paying attention to when you shop?
We all know the rules of fashion, body types, colours! We’ve heard and read them so many times we can recite them in our sleep. We’re bombarded every day with magazine covers telling us what’s good/bad and right/wrong in fashion and with our bodies. And we’re also now happily seeing most of those rules debunked.

I’m here to plant a different seed for you…
The most important thing when it comes to fashion is how you feel when you put on the clothes. You create your style. You make it your own.
Do you know how you feel? Do you know what you desire on your body? Do you know what lights you up on the outside?

You may be a “dark winter” and have been told by a colour expert to only wear clothing in the “royal” family but you absolutely LOVE soft pastel pink. In fact, every time you put something pink on, it makes you twirl around the room and feel like a kid again. Should you wear pink? Absolutely YES, PLEASE! Are people going to worry about you breaking your “colour” rules? I’m pretty sure they’re more likely to see a joy-filled person celebrating life.

So many times we’ve had women go into the dressing room with two dress options. The first looks great, is the “right” colour and fits all the requirements on their list but their response is really only mediocre. Then they try on something they may not have thought would work but something attracted them. They hop out of the dressing room and do a little twirl. Eyes are lit up and the energy is completely shifted to a YES! Maybe the first dress will be chosen for this particular occasion (it’s nice and looks good) but we always point out the difference in response so that the customer can see it for themselves. We’re so brainwashed by the rules and told that we don’t know what’s right for us, sometimes we forget to see, feel and experience.

I can tell you what I think you should buy (and we are certainly here to help) but what I love is when you see and feel the difference. What lights you up??? Is it the feel of the fabric? Is it the way the skirt swishes when you walk? Is it that blue that makes your eyes twinkle?

Many women, especially if you wear a size 14 or above, have had at least one poor or negative shopping experience. Lack of options is brutal to finding your own style. I’ve also heard heart-breaking stories about unwelcoming, unhelpful or downright rude staff who can shut down your experience before it even starts.

One thing I’d recommend to anyone who wants to feel the difference is, find a beautiful store that feels welcoming, take some time and play. Be clear with the staff what your needs are. I love it when someone tells me that they’re happy to just look around and then asks questions when ready. I am also thrilled when someone is open to stepping out of their perceived rules and comfort zone to try something new!

“I can’t wear dresses!”. Hmmm…I know you can and you may love how they feel if you tried one on. Ditch the pantyhose and wear a comfy bamboo legging.
“I can’t show my arms!” Again, yep! It’s allowed and encouraged. The only one who is really looking and judging your arms is you.
“I really love it but I’m retired now so I don’t really need nice clothes.” I’m always challenged with this one. I get that you don’t need a suit for the office anymore but isn’t this the time that you get to really explore what your style and wants are?

You deserve to feel beautiful because you are! Find at least one special thing that lights you up and makes you feel it. Whether you’re a thrift store, consignment, big box or boutique shopper. Shopping isn’t a serious business. It should be fun and celebratory! I celebrate you!”

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 FALL in a BIG way at Bodacious!

hello lovelies!

First and foremost, from everyone at Bodacious to you and yours, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you who love and support this dream of mine! You make it all worthwhile.  I’m also very thankful for my amazing Bodacious team who join in my enthusiasm of body love and celebrating every being who walks in the door!

We are so excited to celebrate all things FALL at Bodacious. Cardi’s, ponchos, raincoats, beautiful scarves and shawls…
We are as full as ever of yummy and warm fall items to keep you fashionably cosy throughout the season.
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alembika combochalet fall jacket
parsley and sage jacketsemily - chloe raincoat black backEmily - Chloe raincoat black frontEmily - Chloe raincoat oyster blackemily - chloe raincoat oyster frontWe also have the best selection EVER of Matt & Nat fall handbags! matt and nat bike bagmatt and nat bike bag2matt and nat greysmatt and nat redsThis month also marks our 15 YEAR Anniversary and it’s time to CELEBRATE! Stay tuned for in-store events and giveaways. Have you got your ticket yet for our fashion show and party at the False Creek Yacht Club? Previews of Spring 2016 Fashions!
Tickets available now at Bodacious.bodacious birthday flyer           Happy Weekend everyone.  Hope to see you in-store soon.
xo L

Springtime at Bodacious!

Happy April!  I got that in on the very last day:)
As you may have heard, I turned 50 this month and I challenged myself to do a 100 kilometre Camino walk in Spain.  I did it!!! I reached Santiago de Compostela on the day after my birthday! What a feeling that was as you can see from the happy/teary look on my face. Thankfully I had my best friend and supporter, George, by my side.  We had several days after arriving in Santiago to relax and enjoy the sights and partake in the delicious food and wine;)
My plan for the rest of the year and hopefully the rest of my life, is to do something fun/unique/challenging every month (at the very least). For me this will include jewelry classes, days with friends, dancing!, and challenging myself to new adventures.  I wasn’t afraid of 50 as I believe that every year is worth celebrating but the physical challenge definitely scared me. I’m so happy and proud to tick this off my list.
What I also learned in my travels is how much I love coming home to Vancouver and how much I love Bodacious and what we do.  I saw many beautiful boutiques in Santiago and in Madrid but none that catered to the curvy ladies. I’m happy to come home to shop in my own store again! If you’re interested in seeing more about my trip, you can always check out my personal facebook page (Lorna Ketler) for more pix.Lorna and George - in the square Lorna at Santiago Lorna receiving the Compostela certificateThe day before I left, we did an awesome photo shoot with the beautiful Jihan, right here at Granville Island. There will be many pix coming out of that day but thought I’d give you a sneak peak of some behind the scenes.  In each pic, Jihan is rocking size 16 Joseph Ribkoff pieces. Photographer is my talented and lovely friend from the Sunshine Coast, Linsey Hulls www.linseyhulls.com
behind the scenes - photo shootJihan - Joseph Ribkoff photo shootJihan and Linsey - photo shootThe linens are in! The linens are in!  For those of you who’ve been patiently waiting for the Chalet linens, they’re HERE!  Best so far! (all styles also featuring Lotusland Jewelry)
Chalet Linen shirt Chalet Linen tunicThere is also a rayon blend from Chalet this season which is equally awesome. Super light and flow-y. Great for travel!Chalet Rayon dress Chalet Rayon top Chalet Rayon tunicAnd there’s this new handbag line…handbag   and some more Ribkoff…Ribkoff blue and white dressand new Sympli and a new line called Aller Simplement that we haven’t even got out of the box yet!!! Oh my, this season is going to ROCK!

Phew! Hope to see you soon!