Links à la Mode is a collection of blog posts, plus size news and overall things that have inspired me, moved me and made me smile this month. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did — Love, Zadry
in Body Positive News…
Sports England’s new campaign — This Girl Can
“The campaign serves to remind the world that women’s bodies are supposed to move when they move. And that skinniness does not always connote health.” [via Time.com]
7 Times the Visible Belly Outline Made an Appearance — And Totally Inspired Me to Celebrate My Curves
by JODIE LAYNE
All hail the VBO! — “So 2014 felt like the year that plus-size babes showed off their midriffs. Crop tops were everywhere in curve fashion, and that sigh of relief you heard was definitely at the sliver of skin between my boobs and belly button finally getting a breath of fresh air. From what I’ve been seeing on social media and on plus-size fashion blogs, it looks like the VBO might be getting its moment now, too. What does VBO stand for, you ask? Visible Belly Outline — you know, the shape that a nice rounded belly makes in clothes.”
All bodies are wonderfully made. And if you don’t believe me check out these fierce ladies on Instagram:
Unconditional Body Beautiful is a new self-love series created by Rebequita Rose — “It is a year long collaboration which I created-slash-founded, and I will be doing this with with many other bloggers…We will focus mostly on discussing our bodies more than on fashion, but at the same time we will fuse the two together.”
In the first installment of the series we discussed My Body & I From The Beginning:
- “Having and maintaining a strong core – self esteem – is a daily process for me and many others on this world.” [via BBW Generation]
- “My body is becoming both less and more important in my life. My body has become less important to the extent that I have learned how much more I am than just my body.” [via Style Cassentials]
- “Self acceptance is a journey at any size, because we’re programmed to believe that the grass is greener on the other size. But what I’ve learned is my body, my style, my rules.“ [via Clothe Your Curves]
On the 18th of every month we will each publish a new post discussing that month’s theme body part, so be sure to keep an eye out for the hashtag on social media for some wonderful posts and body love inspiration.
Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History
Exercising for fun, instead of obsessing over the numbers on the scale is definitely the body positive way to focus on health — “Honestly, you should never measure your health against what the scale says. When you step on that thing you are not only weighing your fat but everything else in your body (organs, blood, bones, etc…). Instead, measure your health against how you feel inside.”
in Plus Size Fashion…
Gabi Gregg & Swimsuits for All (S4A) are back with a new Swim Sexy collaboration. And it’s so fabulous that this summer our curves will be singing à la Beyoncé “I’m fresher than you” all the way to the beach.*
(*this section includes affiliate links for S4A)
Isabel Toledo launches her 4th collection for Lane Bryant on February 22nd, and this month we got an early peek at the new lookbook.
Target announced the launch of it’s first in-house designed plus size line– in stores February 22nd. The excitement was big since days before the release of the AVA & VIV lookbook we found out Target had tapped some of our favorite plus size bloggers (Chastity Valentine, Gabi Gregg & Nicolette Mason) for input. Also, most of us were psyched to find out that the new line will be available in stores and online– a big improvement from the online only alternative Target had dropped on us earlier with their Lilly Pulitzer collaboration.
First looks of the line came with high expectations, however after the official lookbook dropped reactions were mixed. Although the line includes some lovely pieces (see below) other pieces were clear misses. But this is the first season for AVA & VIV, so let’s see what they have in store for the fall season under the guidance of the dynamic curvy trio.
in the land of Visual Inspiration…
See y’all next month my lovelies!