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European Styles 101

By Silhouettes1 · September 30, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I am going to Europe next week (whoo-hoo!) and so I wanted to see what kind of fashion I might encounter while I’m there that hasn’t made it over here yet. What should I pack?

Well, I’m not sure these looks have made it to the streets yet, but they will be soon, since they showed up on the 2011 fall fashion runways this year.

Turtlenecks are back!

And so are ponchos and capes:

And if you’re lucky, you can combine them!

I won’t be taking turtlenecks or ponchos on my trip with me, but if I’m lucky, perhaps I can find some to bring back!

Gillian Grey Highlights

By Silhouettes1 · September 28, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Check out these pieces from the Gillian Grey collection… great for fall and adding some spice to your wardrobe!

This vest can go over a button-down shirt or a dress and add a little flair.  You can also add a skirt, belt and boots for a complete look.

Another Gillian Grey piece is this embroidered neck tunic, which is pre-washed and extra soft—plus it has pretty beading at the neck for extra style. Pair it with flattering washed linen wide-leg pants for a crazy-comfortable outfit.

See more Gillian Grey items here.

Star Style Watch: Britt Robertson

By Silhouettes1 · September 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I’ve been on a Netflix kick lately and one of the things I’ve been watching is Life Unexpected, a show that aired for 2 seasons on the CW. Whenever I’m into a show, I want to learn more about the actors and actresses that play the characters, so I decided to check out some red carpet fashion pics!

Here’s Britt Robertson (she also starred in the movie Dan in Real Life) arriving at a summer event in L.A. Her simple but pretty and striking blue dress is a great choice for a summer party atmosphere. She also looks about 12 years old, but IMDb tells me she was 18 in this pic.

And here she is in a cute black dress, with her costar from another TV show, at the Daytime Emmys. This dress is slightly more formal, but still young and fun for the red carpet.

And here she is at the premiere of Mother and Child, looking older and more sophisticated. I think this dress is a bit too bland…it blends in with her hair and her skin a bit TOO much…but otherwise she looks great!

The Confidence Battle

By Silhouettes1 · September 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Since becoming a plus size fashion blogger, I've been asked many questions about my “confidence” and how I have so much of it. But really, it does not take much confidence to put on a goofy outfit, have a photo taken of you and post it onto the internet. You're still terrified of negative feedback, and basking in fleeting positive comments.

To be honest, having confidence is a struggle for everyone. It doesn't matter if they are thin, smart, rich, famous, or the most gorgeous human on the planet. We are all told that at least one of our qualities is “wrong” or “not good enough”. Some of us are fatter, some of us have disabilities, we're gay, we're too smart, we're not the characters we see on T.V.

But when you are bombarded with ideas that you aren't good enough to obtain the things or people you want in life, it's easy to try and shrink into the background to avoid getting hurt.

So I want to take my last article for the Silhouettes blog as an opportunity to say that every single one of us is beautiful and no matter what body we have, we are valuable people with so much to contribute to the world. Whether you're a college grad who is trying to figure out how to make food that isn't ramen, or a mother of 3 who is responsible for so many lives other than her own I want you to recognize your own worth and celebrate yourself.

The marketing world is run on the basic idea that if they make you feel bad enough you'll go out and buy the products that will make you someone you aren't. Lotions and perfumes are supposed to make you irresistible and smooth, while high end clothing will inform the world of your successes, which may or may not be real.

None of this matter though, if you know that no matter what, you are exactly who you are supposed to be. I know that my confidence is usually at it's weakest when it comes to the opposite sex. Rejection and embarrassment are my two greatest fears, and when the media constantly tells us that fat women are not to be loved, it can be easy to avoid romance, or even worse, settle for someone who isn't good enough for us. But what is the worst that can happen? Someone says no? We must learn to be O.K. with that word. Because once we can accept that life is full of NO, we will be all the more appreciative of YES. And we must, as FAT women, stop assuming that no will happen. If we tell ourselves no, how can anyone say otherwise?

So, just remember, confidence is a battle, but it is worth fighting and if you want it, you can win it. Fight it for yourself and everyone around you who may be struggling.


Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.

Fall Book Club Picks

By Silhouettes1 · September 23, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

So, now that we’re headed for colder weather, there’s nothing like a good book to read while you’re all curled up on the couch in a comfy sweater.

Some picks for this fall that I’ve recently had a chance to read:

Faith – Jennifer Haigh
A story about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Boston, this book kept me guessing while treating the subject with tact and sensitivity.  It’s a tough subject, but Jennifer Haigh does a great job at creating characters and a story that make you care and keep you turning pages until you find out exactly what happened.

Then Came You – Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner is known for being one of the better chick lit authors out there, but she’s  going for a deeper more intense type of book here. The main characters are all women, and they’re all dealing with issues relating to reproduction: surrogacy, infertility and egg donation. It’s interesting the way that Weiner weaves all their stories together as they each deal with their own circumstances.

The Leftovers—Tom Perotta
A bunch of people are “raptured”…but it’s not the religious people, it’s just random people. So what does it mean? Perotta looks at what life would be like after such an event and how society would change (and stay the same). A fascinating story.

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