Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The plus size model and the fashion world

Here is an article about a Canadian study conducted to see the effects of plus size models and straight size models on the average woman.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"My study found that women increased their purchase intentions by more than 200 percent when the models in the mock ads were their size. In the subgroup over size 6, women increased their purchase intentions by a dramatic 300 percent when they saw curvier models. Conversely, when women saw models who didn’t reflect their size, they decreased their purchase intentions by 60 percent, and women over size 6 dropped their purchase intentions by 76 percent. "

The article can be found here

I thought it was very interesting because I've been saying all along if I'm shopping for plus size clothing and the retailer uses straight sized models (size 0 or 2) I am not very likely to purchase anything. I don't have any issues with non-plus fashion models however someone who is a size 2 does not provide to me a size 18 a good example of how this garment is going to look on me. I would rather see clothes on a human body rather than a hanger or mannequin and in that same vein if I'm shopping for myself I'd much rather see clothing on a plus size body.

What do you think about the findings of this study? Does seeing a plus size model give you a better idea of how something will look on you? Do you prefer plus size models when shopping for plus size clothing?
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Introducing Ari's Gourmet Olive Oils

Hey guys I'm super excited to announce I now have hand crafted infused olive oils available. I made one for my Mother in law for Mother's day and she loved it. These oils are hand crafted and a great way to spice up any regular meal.

Add these oils to your dish and get instant Rockstar status in the kitchen.

Each bottle is hand crafted, hand decorated and includes a recipe idea card to help you make delicious gourmet meals no matter your cooking skill level.

I will also add a personal message on the bottle itself if you'd like to give one as a gift etc. 

The bottle pictured above is the 25 oz.

The currently available flavor combinations are below.
If there is a different combo you would like just ask, chances are I'll be able to make for you.


Rosemary & Garlic
Lemon & Garlic
Lemon & chili
Basil & Garlic
Basil and Lemon
Chili & garlic

Personal message on bottle.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Plus size two piece

I don't know about you guys but I cannot wait to get myself a plus size bikini this Summer. I've been thinking about it since so many high waisted bottoms are available but reading a post by Chastity Garner on her Garner Style blog really pushed be toward going for it. 

I know it might not be a big deal to some people but for me this will be the first two piece swimsuit I've worn in my entire life. I'll post pics as soon as I get a two piece.

How about you? Anyone else planning on venturing into the world of plus size bikinis or have you already been wearing them and helped kick off the trend?

Plus size two piece

Old Navy bikini bathing suit
$25 - oldnavy.gap.com

Beach bathing suit

Flora Bella metallic handbag
$130 - calypsostbarth.com