Happy September, lovelies!
I can’t believe it’s already the 26th!
I hope you had a spectacular summer and are enjoying these cooler days and nights. George and I filled pretty much every weekend exploring our new home city of Victoria and all of the wonderful places on the island. I also managed to get back over to Vancouver several times and have to say I still love that ferry trip. What an amazing place we all live in!
These days, I’m loving seeing the leaves changing colour right outside my window. And as much as we love the tourists, it’s always a bit of a breather when things quiet down in the cities and we see more of you coming back in for your new fall pieces.
We are loaded up with awesomeness at both stores! Warm cozy sweaters, beautiful fall colours and prints. Party dresses for every occasion. Scarves, jewelry and handbags…
I’ve heard feedback that it’s not always clear what product is available in which store so I’ll try to be more specific for you. Having said that, it is never a problem to send from one store to the other – just let us know you’d like to see it in person. Seriously, we’re happy to accommodate 😉
So…what’s new, you ask?
Parsley & Sage Polka-dotty jacket / Elk tunic
Chalet fleece sweater – doesn’t Lana look cozy?
Joseph Ribkoff gorgeous “lady in red” dress
Elk cover – love this!!! Zsiska bold and awesome necklace
New Sympli styles / Zsiska necklace
Rain jacket? Yes please!!! Always fun to dress anything up with gorgeous Marigold silk scarves.
Parsley & Sage – up to size 3x! (will also be in Vancouver by this weekend! – shipment was delayed)
This is the nicest Parsley & Sage I’ve seen in years!
Parsley & Sage jacket / Marigold scarf
Grizas linen tunic / Elk wooden necklaces
and a fantastic year selection of Matt & Nat will be in store by the end of this week. We’ve had lots of requests for backpacks and we’ve got you covered there!
We are loving this new Canadian line called Buttercream! Fun and funky basics made from Bamboo! More in store…
And, as always, this really is only the tip of the iceberg! Our facebook pages for both stores are loaded with pix as stock arrives.
We’re happy to ship or hold an item for you so just give us a quick call – Vancouver 607-688-8169 Victoria 250-385-8169
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
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!”
New Spring Arrivals!
It’s all about the beautiful clothes right now. And we’ll certainly take this sunshine while we can.
Enjoy and see you very soon!
Now in 2 locations
We have a new line from Australia and it’s oh-so-pretty and feminine!
Let me introduce you to Lazybones…
Sizes up to xxl
Matt & Nat handbags!
“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.