Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Re: Urban Jungle Fashion Feature - September 2009
As a long-time subscriber to Chatelaine, I value and appreciate the way the magazine highlights different perspectives and points of view. However, as a size 18 curvy and petite (5'2") woman, I am often disappointed by your fashion features. I was curious when I saw that you were starting to include a "plus-size" option but instantly dismayed to see that your "plus-size" choices usually go up to a size 16 (size 15 in this issue) or XL (typically the same size range of the other body styles you feature).
Any modern woman knows that the definition of "plus-size" means sizes that at least go up to 24. I know these options exist. I own them and wear them. Here in Vancouver, many of the more popular local designers have learned the benefit of being inclusive in their sizing.
I believe that to inspire women to wear, be creative with and enjoy fashion, you need to give them realistic options. A size 20 woman may also be "pear" shaped. A "petite" woman (usually defines height, not size) may be a size 2 or 18.
We've all heard the fashion rules so many times we could probably list them off in our sleep. As a magazine that celebrates all women from all perspectives and walks of life, isn't it time to start encouraging us all to break those rules, take risks and realize that fashion can be fun and liberating? Aren't those the women that we all notice and admire anyway?
Thank you so much for your letter. I just wanted to personally apologize for the misunderstanding. The linen pant is actually available in a size 14–22 and the jacket was as well with a long sleeve. This was obviously an error on our part and by no means did we mean to offend or patronize our readers.
We'll do our best to avoid the issue in the future and again, I apologize.
-- Kate Daley
Assistant Style Editor
One Mount Pleasant Road, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M4Y 2Y5T:
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Barb and Lorna
I was in your store for the first time with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. My friend was looking for a dress for her upcoming wedding. We had the most wonderful experience in your store. Nikki was helpful, honest, knew the stock and how it fit. She gave us excellent service with no pressure, and had no problem holding two dresses and a skirt while we went to get a bite to eat so that my friend could clear her head and decide which dress she wanted. Nikki was as happy and helpful to accommodate that request as she had been with everything else. I have to tell you what a delight it was to be able to walk out of the store, having not purchased anything and be treated in the same welcoming manner as we had been treated upon entering. We returned to the store about a half hour later, and my friend purchased both dresses and the skirt. Your store is beautiful and you have a real Gem in Nikki! I know that we will be back.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
I am 5'4" and my intended is 6'2" so I knew I wanted a bit of a heel but something I can walk on grass with. Finding the perfect wedding shoes was turning out to be a bit of a challenge. Lucky for me there are a LOT of shoe sales on right now so accompanied by my soon to be Mother-in-law and a few hours to kill we hit the big sale at Freedman's. The first pair I tried were fabulous and the exact colours in my dress but alas, they were far to high to walk in. I had to let them go. I finally settled on the pair above by BCBG and I am happy with my choice. The snake skin look is much more subtle than the photo and they have a slightly metallic sheen to them. Best of all these shoes are comfortable!
That little heal is going to make it that much easier for my man and I to seal the deal with a kiss. I'm all about making things easier and feeling beautiful means no sore feet.
Oh yes, they where on sale too!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Hello Bodacious Babes, it's Barb here!
Yes it's true, wedding madness is upon us, especially since we hit the one month mark yesterday. Everything is speeding up and the excitment is high. I am lucky to have the Best Bridesmaid Ever and she is doing her best to keep me on track (yes, there is a shower in the works). Today I am picking up his suit and the rings having a decorating meeting and a meet up with my photographer/garden fluffer!
Our wedding will be taking place in the back yard of our home. Lorna and I will be hooking up with a close friend/amazing artist and one of the most creative people I know, to figure out the decorations this afternoon. The decorating theme is paper. Paper garland and lanterns, balls and whatever else we can think of. The Mexican art form of Papel Picado is the inspiration and the latest edition of Martha Stewart weddings has some fantastic paper projects too. Once again it is my friends who are giving me the most inspiration by being so enthusiastic and excited to help out. It's a bit overwhelming actually. All of the help, the gifts, the skills, the time that people are being so generous with is something that I need to accept with grace. I sometimes feel like I'm not worthy. The truth is, we are all worthy and learning to just say Thank You from the heart is often enough. God, I hope it's enough. lol
Check back here daily, I will be letting you know how my custom made wedding dress is coming along, we'll talk about shoes, we have a special feature relating to flowers too! I will be using The Flower Factory for my flowers and owner Gloria is set to be our next Bold and Audacious Woman interview. Stay tuned for that right here!
If it sounds like I'm all over the map it's because I am. Bear with me and let's see if we can make some sense of all of this wedding stuff.
We would love to hear from you too.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
One of the great benefits of having the store and knowing some fabulous designers is that we are each having our dresses made for us. Mine by the lovely and talented Cheryl Densky of Schaart Clothing and Barb by our very own and also lovely and talented Brandy McQueen! Unfortunately I missed my fitting yesterday but can't wait to go tomorrow for my first try on.
We've almost completed our 9th year here at Bodacious and I'm glad to be able to say that I still feel blessed every day to have such a great space filled with talented designers and staff who get our concept and move it forward!
How's your summer going?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Check out this article. What do you think?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here's a story I found today on financialpost.com
This one brings up so many issues for me as a retailer and manufacturer of "plus size" (their term, not ours) clothing. I can't help but find it annoying that it's the same old arguments being dragged out of the closet over and over. I especially find this paragraph ridiculous...
Cost is also a factor. Because they require more fabric, larger sizes are more expensive to manufacture. "The cost of clothing is disproportionately in the materials and not the labour, due to the shift in production to low-wage countries, which means that it is going to be more expensive to produce clothing for large-sized women, and more resources will be tied up in garments on the racks," notes Susan Ashdown, a professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design at Cornell and a leading researcher on improving apparel fit. Imagine the fury that would greet prices that went up with dress size.
First of all, what's the difference between a size 0 and a size 12 in fabric usage? Quite a lot actually. To suggest that we can only "Imagine the fury..." if prices went up with dress sizes is so insulting. The cost of clothing being manufactured does go up slightly as the amount of fabric increases in larger sizes AND in smaller sizes. Don't you think that the average price is decided upon in small sizes and a size 0 is cheaper to make than a size 12? And furthermore, let's be clear, larger women DO pay more for their clothes already. Imagine the fury!!
We are all paying the "fat tax" when we shop, being told that we have to pay more and then receive less styling so the sizing fits more people makes me feel less than special, how about you?
There's a lot of food for thought there but I still can't help wondering why, if they are trying to be respectful, the photograph accompanying the article is of a larger woman, obviously working out in work out clothes including under boob sweat stains and tight clothing and yet they cut off her head so you can't see her face.Why not show her face and give some dignity to the larger woman's image?? I think her body looks fit and strong but what is the photo trying to illustrate?
I am so sick of these type of photos that are used with every single "news" story concerning larger sized women.
Read the article for yourself and let us know what you think.
Use the comments section below.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Spare Soles are compact, rollable, foldable, take-anywhere flats that fit in the smallest of purses or pockets. Perfect for those moments when your feet have had enough but you haven't. Spare Soles have a stretchy fashionable upper that accommodates tired and swollen feet. The sole is a skid resistant water-proof bottom. Spare Soles are available in four sizes and assorted colors. So go ahead and kick off those heels!
Friday, June 05, 2009
I am sure that many of you are familiar with Sarah Haskins on current.com, but in case you aren't, check her out. Sarah is the star of "Target: Women," a hilarious and savvy commentary on how the media portrays women. She challenges those stereotypes that really get under our skin. The topics of "Target: Women" vary from women's supposed love of yogurt to the depiction of women on women's television networks. There are times that watching her makes my laugh so hard that I cry. I've put the link to her latest creation below. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
We've had the pleasure of working with Danielle several times in the last couple of years and this woman kicks ass! A very direct, wise, powerful and refreshing inspiration. Enjoy her interview and check out her website when you have a chance...
name / biz info/website, etc...
I'm Danielle LaPorte. Tho' my birth name is Veronica Danielle (long story about how it came down to Danielle). I created http://www.whitehottruth.com/ because self-realization rocks (and because I'm writing a book with the same title. BTW, my first book is Style Statement; Live By Your Own Design.) On a weekly basis I do "Fire Starter sessions" with entrepreneurs -- a bit of tough love, some intuition and a big dose of start-up and social media acumen.
favourite part of your body?
My eyes. Especially with some black liner and Voluminous Mascara.
what was the last thing that made you laugh uncontrollably?
My incredible farting child has impeccable comedic timing.
3 words/phrases your friends would use to describe you/your style?
A friend emailed me last week and described my style as: "rockstar goddess with a swanky exotic backbone." Hell yeah!
Georgia O'Keefe...her austerity is divine. I also happen to like Geishas, monks and a lot of what Donna Karan does that is NOT black.
favourite tv show/movie?
The Piano. All time fav. Close runner up is Baz Lurhman's Romeo & Juliet.
sexy jeans or a flirty dress?
How about...flirty Kimono.
heels or flats?
Shit-kicking boots. Well heeled and as pointy as possible.
gotta ask - top 5 people you'd invite to dinner (alive or dead)?
Leonard Cohen, Jesus Christ, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves, Oprah, John O'Donahue, late amazing theologian and poet
favourite colour combination?
I adore the desert turquoise with espresso-brown flecks - but I'd never actually wear that colour combo. In terms of clothing, my favourite combo is mocha with...more mocha.
phrase/quote that inspires you/makes your heart soar?
"Mama!" Only when my five year old is saying it, running to me for a hug -- doesn't have the same effect from construction workers.
piece of clothing that makes you feel sexy?
my shawl from India.
most recent clothing purchase?
brown flouncy tee from H&M.
what's on the 'i need to have it' list for spring/summer?
cork platforms and RayBan aviators.
I'm doing Fire Starter gigs in fourteen cities between now and the fall. I am crazy. Also, launching a stationery line.
Talk is cheap. Love is a verb. Authenticity is magnetic. And while I have your attention, check out: http://www.whitehottruth.com/
Ps...I love you Bodacious ladies. Thanks for a great interview.
-- Danielle LaPorte
ENTREPRENEURS ARE HOT: "My Fire Starter Session with Danielle is the best investment I have ever made. Ever."- Sarah Bray, Web developer, Virginia Beach
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Please note - their 1x, 2x, 3x means 14/16, 16/18, 18/20
Friday, April 24, 2009
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HISTORICAL RESEARCH ON BEING OVERWEIGHT
We are looking for people to interview who may have considered themselves overweight at any point in their lives before 1980.
As a participant in this study, you would be asked to participate in a tape-recorded interview. Your participation would involve one session of about two hours at a location of mutual convenience.
For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact:
Dr.Wendy MitchinsonHistory Department
This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the Office of Research Ethics, University of Waterloo.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Where do you scrimp and where do you splurge? If you've already had you wedding I think we would all love to hear any snippets of wisdom you can give us up and coming brides. Where did you get your dress? Who sells great plus sized wedding dresses? How about the cake? Did you find the perfect venue. Did you spend tons of money or did you do it frugally? Is there anything you would change now that you know better?
Us brides-to-be need to know. Why not help a girl out?
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Sound like a fairy tale? . . . well it’s not . . . this is Nuit Blanche Tours . . .
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
CRAVE business PRESENTS:
SHOP SYMPOSIUM 09
Calling all Vancouver entrepreneurs!
This is a must attend event if you want to grow your business.
CRAVEbusiness is a social and resource network for stylish innovators who own their own business or dream of starting one. Through one-on-one consulting, workshops, and red-carpet access to sage and savvy experts, CRAVEbusiness gives you a fresh take on designing your work life.
All registrants will have the opportunity to submit a profile of their business to have it reviewed by a panel of experts (click here to get started).
In Spring 2009, CRAVEbusiness’s SHOP Symposium series marks its third year of providing an inspirational, educational, one-day conference designed to support independent business owners. Attendees include retailers, spa and gym owners, travel agents, yoga teachers, creatives, self-employed service providers, and consultants of different stripes.
TOPICS AND HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
• Online and Offline Marketing Strategies That Work
• Talk Back Sessions
• PR and Digital PR
• Social Networking
• Live Think Tank- Registrants can enter to win a free business evaluation by a panel of business experts
• Danielle LaPorte / White Hot Truth
• Sarah Bancroft / Co-Founder & Editor in Chief VitaminDaily
• Judy Brooks / Blo Blow Dry Bar
• Jill Earthy / MomCafÉ
• Lorna Ketler and Barb Wilkins / Bodacious
• Stephen Jagger / Reachd
When: Mon, March 30, 09
Where: Vancity Theatre
Tickets: $85 USD per guest $70 USD each for two or more
Contact sherri [at] craveparty.com to become a vendor or a sponsor.
Friday, March 06, 2009
- They don't just make shoes they make "shoes that love you!"
- Arch support
- Massage beads
- Washable (in the top rack of your dishwasher!)
- Vegan Friendly :-)
Oh yes, they are also super cute! Oprah loves them and so do we. We have lots of styles and colours in store in sizes 8-12.
Come on in a try a pair!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Not the title we would have chosen but we got some good words in anyway...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
You may be watching your pocketbook a little more closely through these short days of January but a girls still gotta look and feel good!
Treat your toes to some style and comfort with these lovely socks. Knee highs, argyles, stripes...
Great selection available at Bodacious, of course!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
...celebrating your curves...
Monday, January 19, 2009
our Alix and her husband, Mark on their new bundle of joy. Introducing Nigella Simone Purkis born on Tuesday, January 13th at 16:16. We wish them all the best and can't wait to meet the new little beauty!
Friday, January 16, 2009
As always, when we're interviewed, our biggest concern is that they 'get' us. We feel we're so much more than a retail store selling clothes. We are about celebrating women, in the moment! We are about empowering women and discouraging the negative self-talk. We are about providing clothing options for women so they can have a style of their very own. We are about promoting a full and happy lifestyle that includes comfy and stylish clothes, accessories, scents that make you smile and walk a little taller down the street.
We hope you're having a great week and have some plans to "celebrate your curves" this weekend!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Check out their website here and maybe we'll see you at The Heritage Hall on Saturday January 17th from 11-6?
I Do think you will enjoy it!!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Today at 3:00 pm or online on their website after it airs.
Happy Monday all!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
New stock of Bodacious Wrap and Shift Dresses and Tunic Tops! Check out the Hot New Chianti Colour.
January 12-18 - keep those legs warm and fashionable by picking up some Hosiery at 25% off! Free gift this week with every purchase over $100.
January 19-25 - For those lucky enough to get away or if you're starting the new year with a swim at the rec centre, we're giving you 25% off all swimsuits!
January 26 - February 1 - By now there's hope of a thaw and it's time to think of spring so we're offering all Jewelry at 30-50% off! If you've had your eye on that special piece, get in here early in the week.