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Posts for September 2011

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.

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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.

Celebrity Style Watch: Lizzy Kaplan

By Silhouettes1 · September 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

My Netflix watching continues unabated, and another show I love is Party Down (seriously. It’s hilarious.) Lizzy Kaplan plays one of the main characters at the catering business that the show is named for. I’ve been checking out Lizzy’s style—that girl changes her hair more than she changes her clothes, I think—but I found a few looks that are worth commenting on.

Here’s Lizzy at the premiere of Pineapple Express in 2008. I guess dressing up for premieres (especially for stoner movies) is optional; Lizzy chose a pair of capris and a flowing tank shirt. While there’s nothing wrong with this look, it seems an oddly casual choice for the red carpet.

Here she is again looking casual (but less so) in a beach-y maxi dress at the People’s Choice Awards. I love the look, but it does appear that she just walked off the beach and threw this on.

And here she is (left), looking more premiere-worthy, in a white cocktail dress at the premiere of Cloverfield. I like the simplicity of this dress, and she looks good in it, but there’s nothing particularly special or knock-out about it.

Favorite Blogs

By Silhouettes1 · September 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

One year ago I discovered the world of plus size fashion blogging, and I can easily say that my life changed forever. While I may have been incredibly late to the game, it's always better to be (fashionably) late than never, and I guarantee that there is still time to hop on board if it's something you are interested in!

“Just like how Courtney Love once said that every girl should pick up a guitar and start screaming, every fat girl should grab a camera and start a fashion blog.”

(I once read this quote on tumblr, and unfortunately I cannot remember who said it or the exact phrasing, but I still think it's worth mentioning...)

Now, I know that I've talked about steps to take when starting your own fashion blog, but this time I'd like to share a list of my absolute favorite bloggers. Each one of these women have a unique perspective on fashion, blogging, their bodies, and most importantly, how they navigate the world with a body-type that is hardly celebrated in our culture.

Nicolette Mason

Nicolette Mason has a very special place in my heart. She is smart as a whip, totally stunning and understands all things design better than anyone else I know. When I first saw Nicolette's blog, I was blown away. While she is a lover of all things glitz and feminine, her appreciation for the serious things in life provides both eye candy and majorly thought provoking content. Following Nicolette from a movie with friends to a rooftop photo shoot to her coverage of NY Fashion Week one really gets the feeling that this woman is on her way to taking over New York City. And then some.

Fat Aus

Bronny of Fat Aus started her blog only one year ago, but has quickly become one of the brightest stars in plus size blogging. Her style is eclectic and fun, but always seems to be cohesive with her delightful personality. What makes it a truly fun read are all of Bronny's non-fashion related posts. Riot Grrl, Pizza, Cats (Zigmond!) and wishlists galore blend perfectly with Bronny's outfit posts. It's not just about fashion, it's about what inspires us to make our clothing choices in the first place!

What Gisela Wore

Gisela Ramirez is a budding plus size fashion designer who also happens to have wonderful style of her own (I don't know if I could trust a designer with bad style). It's really special to see a plus size woman designing clothing for other plus size women. We do know what we want, after all. I have been following her blog since before her line launched, and I have to say, I am blown away by how successful she has become in the past year. Really exciting things are happening to this lady, so be sure to keep your eyes on her!

Frantic Dreams

Franceta Johnson is another one of those bloggers who is as smart as they are stylish. While Franceta may be the youngest of this bunch of bloggers, her wisdom, wit, and confidence is unparalleled. Another special feature of Frantic Dreams are Franceta's tutorial updates. Many of her style posts feature something that she's made or altered, and they all look so so good, and many times she will also do a how-to post, which is such a treat.

These are just a few of my favorite blogs, but I hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as I do!

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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.

Celebrity Fashion Fail!

By Silhouettes1 · September 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I am all about great fashion and checking out celebrity style…but sometimes even the stars fail miserably (as do we all). Here are some celebrity fashion fails that I’ve found recently:

My friend said that in this pic, Rihanna looks like a muppet. The green feathery top is completely wrong on so many levels. Ugly and unflattering. She looks pregnant, and she’s not. Plus the matchy green top and pants are just too much.

Well, Kim Kardashian chose an interesting ensemble to wear to the launch of her new fragrance. Purple and orange? GAH. But that’s not the worst of it. Everything seems to fit poorly, the top is unflattering.... I believe that this is what’s known as a hot mess.

And here is celebrity Charlotte Ross at the recent premiere of the movie “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.” Good lord, what was she thinking? Crazy pattern? Yep. Fringe? Yep. This dress has all the elements of a major fail.

Seen any good fashion fails lately?

On Rosanne and Fabulous Sitcom Style

By Silhouettes1 · September 12, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

For better or worse, Netflix Instant Watch has completely changed my life. Before this year, I was perfectly fine having not seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Married with Children. But now, thanks to my overwhelming desire to gobble up as much of the popular culture that I was too young to appreciate, I can say that I am nearly an expert on all things network T.V.

My quest to become the reigning champ of early 90s television led me to watching the show I hated most as a young television addict-- Roseanne. I'm not entirely sure why I hated Roseanne so much, but seeing that atrocious crocheted blanket hanging on the back of an even more hideous brown couch sent rageful shivers down my adolescent spine.

Now, as a slightly less adolescent television addict, Roseanne has opened my eyes to the possibilities of what great television can accomplish. The stories are simple enough to wrap up in 22 minutes, but are so honest and caring in it's representation of everything from family to body image.

Growing up, we've all been told that women like Roseanne, who were loud, outspoken, and most of all, large were everything that we should avoid becoming. We've always loved to criticize the Rosie O'Donnells and Whoopi Goldbergs of the world, and if they are ever present on television, they are filling the role of angry women who cannot be tamed. How dare they speak their minds, love their bodies, and embrace their femininity in front of our precious eyes!

As Roseanne and I were becoming close, the rest of the world was introduced to a group of new ladies who aren't apologizing for their bodies.

TLCs new show, Big Sexy, seems to be part Jersey Shore and part Sex and The City, but with a plus sized twist. These women are having a lot of fun and showing that size shouldn't dictate how you live your life. And I really appreciate that. But, I am nervous about a television show that focuses so much on the size of it's subjects instead of... well... everything else. I doubt a show like Roseanne could ever exist and have the success it had in our current culture. But shows like Big Sexy and Mike and Molly seem so radically on the other side of the spectrum that I have to wonder if we will ever find a balance.

That being said, I do love reality television for all of it's tacky fun, and I LOVE these ladies and their fabulous style. So, maybe I'll just set down my critic hat and appreciate that there are some seriously lovely, fun and entertaining plus size ladies gracing my television once a week.

Big Sexy airs on TLC. Check your local listings for air times.

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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.

Celebrity Style Watch: Jessica Chastain

By Silhouettes1 · September 9, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Jessica Chastain’s name is suddenly showing up everywhere! She’s been in several movies this year already, strutting her stuff on the red carpet. We’ve already talked about her fantastic purple dress at the premiere of The Help.

Here she is at the premiere of her most recent movie, The Debt, in a simple white dress that still looks fabulous.

And here she is at Cannes for the premiere of Tree of Life, with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. I love this yellow dress, and despite the fact that yellow doesn’t always work with pale skin, it’s just the right tone for her.

She chose green for “The Tree of Life” premiere in L.A. Not sure how I feel about the mustard accent, but this is, overall, another winning color and style choice.


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