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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.
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

See you in September at Bodacious!

There’s so much to share with you all!
What a summer it’s been. I’m ready for fall tho’. Time to settle in after the whirlwind of hot weather events.  Cozy sweaters, slower pace, hot tea and soup season.

First off, I’d like to welcome Allison to the Bodacious team.  She will be working full time and comes with years of retail experience and a passion for fashion and style.  Please do stop by and say hello.  Also, welcome back to Mary who took some time off to do an amazing bike tour in Germany with her sister.  Loved catching up and hearing her stories today.

Next, I want to let you know that we will be celebrating our 15!!! year Bodacious Birthday with a Fashion Show/Party on Tuesday, October 27 at the False Creek Yacht Club from 7-9pm.
Tickets will be sold in advance at Bodacious for $20 which gets you sips and nibblies at the event and a $20 gift voucher to use at a later date at the store (no brainer, right?).  Mark your calendars!  This is going to be fun!

Now, on to the fashions…
We’re so ready for the cooler weather with a tremendous collection of sweaters, shawls and shrugs! From cashmere to cotton to bamboo – there’s something for everyone.
alembika jacket - fall 2015Gorgeous orangy-red Alembika Jacketchalet - grey - fallNew Chalet just arrived today!
chalet - red - fallponcho fall 2015alembika cardis poncho 2and then there’s always new and fabulous Joseph Ribkoff…
ribkoff black dress - fall 2015 ribkoff dress and jacket - fall 2015 ribkoff jacket - fall 2015 ribkoff pleather dress - fall 2015We’ve certainly got you covered for fall! I hope you had a spectacular summer and are enjoying this transition time into a new season. We’re ready to help you plan your fall wardrobe.

Can’t get in to the store as often as you’d like? I’m super excited to share with you that we’ve been specially selected by Shoptiques to join their online boutique shopping site!  Check out our website and go to the shopping page www.bodacious.ca.  We are live and good to go and I’m adding product daily.  So far I’ve been using stock photos so the models don’t reflect the curvier sizes but it’s a work in progress and I will add more pix as we go.  I just wanted to get this up and offered to you all asap.

Also, Bodacious has been chosen as a host site for the upcoming International Day of The Dead art event/exhibit at Granville Island! More info here – http://www.dayofthedeadexhibit.com/

And that’s a wrap! Can’t wait to see you all soon!

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.

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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