Heavy on Fashion talks to FullFigurePlus.com



Hello Glen Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview. What made you get into the plus size fashion industry? What would you change about the fashion and beauty industry as a whole?

GLJ: My reasons are pretty boring to be honest.  I was out of work at the time and using my computer to help my wife look for lingerie and clothing. I decided after reading an article on blogging to start a blog specifically for plus sizes.  I started off writing about fashion and lingerie on two separate blogs then after 3 years I combined the two into one and pressed on.  Initially, I tried to incorporate big and tall men's fashion into what I do but I found men don't come online to shop, we just replace.

I would eliminate the size tags from clothes.  The numbers are meant for companies to catalog their clothes but the numbers inside clothes have become a crutch for millions of women around the world as well as ammunition for critics. The tags would be replaced with a system that relies on measurements to ensure a perfect fit every time.

Additionally, what I would change about the beauty and fashion industry as a whole is the false aspirational images and words of emaciated women which are the cause of the size discrimination issues in the plus community. By getting rid of that thick layer of discrimination there would be more reality in terms of sizes on the runway and magazines.

What are your top 5 store for plus size women today?


GLJ: IGIGI, Hips and Curves, Monif C, City Chic, Torrid

How did Full Figure Plus come to be? What makes Full Figure Plus different from all of the other plus size fashion websites/blogs online?

GLJ: As I stated before FFP came to life as a result of helping my wife to find affordable bras and clothes on the Internet.  It initially was only shopping links but with all of the changes in the industry it has evolved to include articles on size acceptance and discrimination, health and fitness, plus modeling, small business features, and a lot more. As a result of writing about so many different topics I have been able to build a business brand that is recognizable across the plus industry.

The first thing that sets FFP apart is the most obvious one.  I am a man writing mainly about women's fashion.  Because I am not a woman and have no desire to wear women's clothes I look at plus fashion from a different, or male, point of view.  I bring that to my writing which goes straight to what I think will look good on the plus size silhouette instead of what is the flavor of the moment in the fashion industry. Another aspect that sets me apart from others is the amount of time I have been online.  I started off in 2004 and have been blessed enough to work exclusively on FFP though I have other projects in the works.

Tell us about the plus size beauty hall of fame on fullfigureplus.com? How can any plus size diva be a member of the plus size beauty hall of fame?

GLJ: The "Plus Size Beauty of the Week" started off back in 2008 with a video tribute set to Mika's "Big girl You are beautiful".  The original video can be viewed on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUVEm-J9l-w.  The hall of fame came about from the literally hundreds of photos I have received over the years and how I wanted to continue celebrating plus size beauty from literally around the world. With the popularity of Pinterest it was the perfect way to showcase beautiful plus size women from all walks of life.

Any lady who has ever submitted a photo to become the PSBOTW is eligible.  The only photos I reject are blatantly graphic nudes, headshots, and grainy cell phone pictures.  To submit a photo all ladies have to do is submit their photos to beautyoftheweek@fullfigureplus.com.

Any upcoming events for FullFigureplus.com?

GLJ:   I just got back from the 2012 edition of Full Figured Fashion Week™ and plan to attend a few events before the end of the year.  One event that I would like to pull off for FFP is to partner with a brand or blogger to bring a different voice to the readers to be able to keep the
momentum in the future.



Finally, What type of impact are you hoping to make in the fashion industry? In the World?

GLJ: That’s a hard one but when I really give it thought I want plus size to get the same chance that straight sizes get in the industry.  I am thankful the voice of the plus size blog world has been a big part of pushing the agenda out to the world despite the critics but there is a lot more work to be done.  Additionally, I would like for all those who read FFP to see it as my way of serving the plus size community regardless as to the location.

Overall, I would like the fashion industry to view my work as a mission to help the plus size women not only feel better about herself but to look good every time she steps out of the house.
I had a lot of fun going down memory lane of my journey into the world of plus size fashion via FFP. Thank you for this opportunity to share my story with you and your readers.



I would like to thank Mr. Glen L Johnson for the Interview. 
Check out Full Figure Plus at:
FullFigurePlus Websitehttp://fullfigureplus.com 

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Jazmyne Courtii Byrd

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I had a chance to interview Jazmyne Courtii Byrd, the official Plus Size Blogger for CurvesRockWeekend and the plus size fashion writer for Kingdom Voices Magazine, Full Figure News. Ms. Jazmyne also has a plus size blog called P+ Size Thoughts at http://divahj.wordpress.com


Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Jazmyne Courtii Byrd!


I would like to thank Jazmyne for the interview! 


Check out more from Jazmyne on
Twitter: @Divah_J
P+ Size Thoughts Blog: http://divahj.wordpress.com/
Kingdom Voices Magazine: http://kingdomvoicesmag.com


Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write 
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Daniel Dunt of TS New York



Hey all my fashion divas and gurus! I am happy to interview a great blogger Daniel Dunt of That's So New York That’s so New York talks about great activities and trends of the fashion world and emerging creative designers. Lets get to know more about That's so New York and Daniel Dunt!




Hello Daniel, Thank you for agree to the interview. Why did you initially decide to start your blog That’s so New York?

D.D: It’s all Ugly Betty’s fault really. She had one, and I wanted one!

Where did the name That’s so New York come from? What is the mission of That’s so New York in the Fashion Industry?

D.D: It was actually my brother that thought of the name whilst he was home from university for the
summer. I thought it was catchy, and from then onward, I simply went with it.

In regards to the concept behind my blog, I like to post about independent and emerging, creative
talent predominately. I feel that the fashion industry can, at times, be very commercial. People do
not pay enough attention to new talent, and that’s where I come in. I want to give new talent a
place where they can be seen and, although one blog isn’t going to give them the recognition they
deserve, I think it’s a step in the right direction.

You accomplished a lot as a young blogger with 12,000 likes on the That's so New York Facebook page, over 4000 followers on your Twitter page and over 620 followers on Bloglovin'. What advice would you give an inspiring fashion writer/blogger to reach the next level?

D.D: If I’m totally honest, I’m not exactly the advice giving sort. Everyone has their own approach to
blogging and, as I’m still a newbie, I’m not really in a position where I would advise people to listen
to what I have to say as far as ‘reaching the next level’ goes. All I would say is that you should be
yourself. Blog about what you believe in, and there will be people out there who want to read and
follow your content. Build relationships, take every opportunity that comes your way and simply go
with the flow. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and you have to give yourself a chance to enjoy it!

What would you consider the biggest challenge in being a fashion writer/blogger?

D.D: It would have to be time management. I’m currently juggling so many projects, and it’s been
incredibly difficult, especially with college 5 days a week. On average, I sleep approximately 5 hours
each night. It’s not exactly healthy, but it gets the job done!

Do you consider yourself a fashion blogger or a fashion writer? Is there a difference?

D.D: Well, I always refer to myself as a fashion blogger, so I assume that’s what I am. I think that fashion writers have a much more in-depth knowledge of the industry, and they’re much better at writing. I would ideally like to write for a magazine one day, and perhaps that’s when I’ll make the transition from fashion blogger to fashion writer. Until then, it’s blogging all the way!

Who is your biggest inspiration in your life?

D.D: I take inspiration from an array of sources. In terms of people, I would have to say that the beliefs of vocalists like Marina Diamandis have been very inspirational. She’s my idol, and speaks a lot of truth. I also take inspiration from successful bloggers like Susanna Lau and Jennine Jacob. They’ve done so well for themselves, and I like to think that I’m capable of doing the same, eventually.

I noticed that on That’s so New York you feature your favorite music tracks. How does music
influence your writing?

D.D:  If I’m listening to music, and its music that I enjoy listening to, it always puts me in an upbeat mood. If I’ve been listening to music, I might sound a little more bubbly than usual. It doesn’t have a
significant effect on my writing, but music is something I really enjoy.

We all know that you love fashion. What else do you love?

D.D:  I’m a big fan of music, photography and modern art. I’m really interested in pop culture, surrealism and futurism. I also find history really interesting, although I wasn’t very good at it at school. I find the Jurassic period really interesting, alongside archaeology and Greek mythology. I also find space really interesting. I watch a lot of documentaries, and I’m now hooked on the stuff. Film and
independent film in particular is also something I really enjoy!

Where do you see That’s so New York in 5 years?

D.D: Ideally, I’d love for That’s so New York to be a popular source for individuals who are looking to
discover independent and emerging, creative talent. I’d also like to introduce outfit posts to the
blog, but I’m currently working on my overall image, as I’m not entirely comfortable with how I
look at the moment. I’d also like to introduce some street style photography to the blog, and that’s
something I’m currently working on. I’m all about building relationships, and hopefully over the
course of the next 5 years I’ll be able to work with some exciting designers and brands.

I would like to thank Daniel Dunt of  That's So New York for the interview. 
Make sure you check out his blog at http://www.tsnewyork.com/
Make sure you check out That's So New York at https://twitter.com/tsnewyorkblog

Heavy on Fashion Goes to The Alex Soldier Showroom

Hey everyone! I had a great opportunity to visit the The Alex Soldier Showroom in New York City. I became familiar with Alex Soldier at a private showcase in New York City. When I received a email from Maria Soldier, Executive Director of the Alex Soldier Showroom, to come and check out the Alex Soldier collection in New York City. I was honored.

Alex Soldier has a vast collection of jewelry and artwork that is exceptional in craftsmanship and quality. From unique luxury jewelry with exotic diamonds and precious stone designed for the rich and famous to awards for Royalty. Alex is a creator and a example of true artistry in the world of luxury.

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Here is one of my favorite piece from Alex's collection. This starfish ring is full of precious stones including diamonds. The best thing some of Alex Soldiers' pieces is that are interchangeable. Each piece has a custom key for each interchangeable piece.  They can be a ring or a pin. I believe the company is also working on making these pieces into hair accessories. How cool is that?!

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You Guys know that I am a huge fan of cuffs so when I saw this new piece from Alex, I almost lost it. I love the detail etching and the use of rose gold. I have to say that rose gold is great way to bring color to a outfit. 

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I love the detailing that Alex showcases in his work. I also like the fact that every piece is one of a kind and made in the US! 

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This diamond encrusted cuff was so bright, it was crazy. I love the Silver collection from Alex. It is smart, bold, and can be worn with just about anything. Whether you are going out to the mall or to a red carpet event, the silver collection is a versatile collection. I can not wait to my wrist on these fabulous cuffs! Luxury never looked so good. 

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Though I love all the precious stone rings, this one ring spoke to me. I love the marbleize look. It  have a ancient roman/greek feel. This is a great look for any season. 

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These necklaces are classic and memorable. They have such an antique feel to them. Very Vintage! 

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Here is Maria Executive director and daughter of Alex Soldier Modeling a necklace. I love the length and how you can wear this with anything.  I am a sucker for long necklaces! 

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The Silver collection from Alex Soldier is a must.

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 These are the hottest dog tags I have ever seen. 



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Alex very first sculpture made at the age of 14.  According to Maria, Alex used his mother's jewelry to make this work of art. Needless to say that Alex mom ,at the time, was not to happy with the use of her gems to be his artwork. 
I love this statue. It a great example how creative Alex Soldier was at such a young age. 

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La Divina, 1997 -Commissioned by the Ardani Artists for 125th Anniversary of Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev—the greatest ballet impresario and founder of the "Russian Seasons" abroad in the beginning of the 20th Century 

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 Alex Soldier was commissioned both the Nureyev in Le Corsaire and the Nureyev Resting (After Rehearsal)  in 1998 to create these mini-sculptures by the Russian World Gallery for the 60th Anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev.  Rudolf Nureyev was one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century.

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Alex Soldier was commissioned to make "Gloria" in 1997 by the Russian World Gallery to create a special gift for one of the greatest cellists and conductors of the twentieth century, Mstislav L. Rostropovich for his 70th birthday. 



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The Dancing Man (2000) - A gift for Tonino Guerra’s 80th birthday. Tonino Guerra is an famous Italian poet, writer and screenwriter.

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The Nabokov’s Butterfly, 2001


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Alex Soldier was commissioned to make "The Princess Grace Award" in 2009 for the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. 


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The Diamond Pin, 2000

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Alex Soldier was commissioned to make the The Blessing (1999) by Prince Sherbatov, the President of the Russian Nobility Association in New York, as a gift to the Great Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexei II. 

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 Alex Soldier was commissioned to create a statuette called Golden Elf, Triumph Award in 1996
 to symbolize the Russian Independent Prize for encouragement of achievements in art, music, film and literature.

Special Thanks to The Alex Soldier Showroom and Executive Director Maria Soldier. 


Live,Style,Write
Malanb


Heavy on Fashion at the #IFBcon in NYC

The Conference - I been talking about the IFB conference for a few weeks now on twitter, on Heavy On Fashion, and on Facebook. I am happy to bring you an exclusive look at IFB Conference at Milk Studios in New York City on September 7th! The IFB Conference in NYC was full of fashion, style, information, networking, and comradery.  

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