Links à la Mode | April 2015 Edition

 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…

My Body-Positive Social Media Strategy

by  Ivy LaArtista, for See Body.Love Self

“Success doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen by chance either. If you want to be successful at something, you have to be intentional about your choices. My relationship with my body and my holistic health are very important to me. I want to be successful at honoring my body, loving myself, and maintaining my wellness. I realized a while ago that healing my body relationship and improving my holistic health was not going to happen without my commitment to the process. I began taking ownership of my body relationship and wellness. I took responsibility for what it was and became invested in the process of my own evolution and body journey.
When it comes to my body relationship, I know that media is a big influence…”

This Plus-Size Blogger’s Bathing Suit Picture Went Viral For An Unexpected Reason

by Rachel Zarrell

“THIS WAS NOT BRAVE,” Kane wrote on the post, which has been shared almost 50,000 times. “I’ve been told how brave I am for not having a coverup, but going with out a wrap would only take bravery if I cared what others thought of me.”

5 Myths That Are Keeping You From Having a Fabulous Fattitude

by Nadia Nadeem, for The Body Is Not An Apology

“We reinforce strange expectations by validating certain bodies but not others. You are expected to have an hourglass figure, complete with an even bust-to-hip ratio. Your legs should be long and thin, your arms the same. You should be tall, but not taller than all of the boys. Your weight should be optimal. It’s as if nature has made a mistake we have to correct.”

This Is What Plus-Size Clothes Look Like On Plus-Size Women

by Kristin Chirico, Sheridan Watson & Macey J Foronda

“…plus-size women must often buy items based only on their own measurements and how it looks on the model.

Making it worse: Smaller models may be padded in order to fill out plus-size clothes, giving them body shapes that might be more perfect than those plus-size bodies actually found in nature.”

13 Times Body Positive Artwork Shut Up All The Haters And Inspired Us Along The Way

by  Alysse Dalessandro

“Traditionally, art has always mirrored a societal standard of beauty, which is why plus-size women see themselves reflected more in the paintings of the past than they might today. But a handful of talented artists and illustrators are changing that trend by creating empowering body positive artwork. As an indie designer, I am a strong proponent of the idea that art and fashion can be used as a means to challenge societal norms and create social change. Whether strictly through imagery or a mix of words and images, the message portrayed by body positive artists in an important one: All bodies, including fat bodies, are not just acceptable, but also beautiful.”


by Jes Baker, for The Militant Baker

“When a person is constantly bombarded by images of one “ideal” body (plus or otherwise) it wreaks havoc on their psyche. The continual exposure mentally trains them to believe that only ONE body is worthy and this unfortunate social conditioning is one of the largest contributors to low self-esteem, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and other severe body image related issues- all of which affect daily living. Visible diversity is a solution to these problems, and asking for it is anything but egotistical. It’s absolutely necessary.”


Getting Naked In A Train Station

by Fiona Longmuir, for The Escapologist’s Daughter

“I am so tired of the message that women have to make some kind of effort in order to be socially acceptable. Is this kind of guilt tripping and body shaming really the best way to shift your products? Why not run with a tagline about women feeling amazing on the beach? Or better yet, women being so confident that they don’t even give their body a second thought? Even a photo of a woman having a freaking awesome time on the beach, instead of this stony-faced statue, would have made it slightly better. But as is, I basically hate everything about this poster.”

Why Fat Girls should NEVER show their skin
by Mohria Harris, for Coil And Curve

“If you have been attuned to recent discussions and the ever growing acceptance of larger women in fashion you would have noticed the booming trend of bigger women flaunting and galavanting themselves around in barely-there ensembles. From social media and that ever popular hashtag #ImNoAngel….there seems to be a phase of allowing bigger women to feel as if they’re accepted in todays society, especially when showing their bodies.”

  in Plus Size Fashion…

Flower Power” Lookbook

SWAK Designs launches their second Spring 2015 lookbook : Flower Power. Side effects of this lookbook might include wanderlust– you’re going to definitely want to take these pieces on your next trip. Available online in sizes 1X-6X.*

(*this section includes affiliate links for SWAK Designs)

Julie Gauze Tunic. Click photo to GET IT NOW!
Julie Gauze Tunic. Click photo to GET IT NOW!
Lana Tie Dye Dress. Click photo to GET IT NOW!
Lana Tie Dye Dress. Click photo to GET IT NOW!
Natalia Chiffon Dress. Click photo to GET IT NOW!
Natalia Chiffon Dress. Click photo to GET IT NOW
Soleil Gauze Dress. Click photo to GET IT NOW!
Soleil Gauze Dress. Click photo to GET IT NOW!

Wonderland” by Rum & Coke

“It’s always tea time” in this curvalicious wonderland, and I’m here for every minute of it! Courtney Noelle, the designer behind Rum & Coke brings us a new whimsical and colorful collection featuring the gorgeous Alex La Rosa. Available online in sizes S-3X.

Laura Wells for Swim Sexy 

What do you get when Swimsuits for All (S4A) teams up with an environmental scientist & plus size model? Laura Wells’ eco-friendly capsule collection for Swim Sexy made of 100% recycled smart fabrics. Available online in sizes 10-24.*

(*this section includes affiliate links for S4A)

 by Grisel. Spring 2015 Collection

Grisel brings the heat in this new collection for Available online in sizes S-4X.

in the land of Visual Inspiration…

See y’all next month my lovelies!


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