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 Pretty Pear Bride ...and Giveaway



How did Pretty Pear Bride magazine come to be? Where can we pick up Pretty Pear Magazine? 
After countless attempts by my wedding friends, PPB magazine came to be because I saw a void and filled it.  I knew nothing about magazines, where to start or how to make one but I knew that there was a void and I was eager and hungry to fill it.  PPB Magazines are available through our website and in salons and boutiques across the country.  Visit or website for locations, that are being updated constantly. 

I love Pretty Pear Bride blog. What made you venture into the blogosphere? 
I started out in the cyber world of wedding industry blogging by creating Divas and Weddings, wedding inspiration for the wedding diva.  I loved being able to share with the world my creative visions and take on weddings.  I myself being a plus size bride noticed that there were no resources, like Style Me Pretty and other wedding blogs for plus size brides so my mission was clear: merge my love for blogging and wedding planning with creating a place for plus size brides to see themselves in wedding inspiration.

What is the most important thing you learned from being the Owner and Editor of Pretty Pear Bride?  
Determination!! It is not easy hearing "No" and this venture has really taught me that you have to be determined to get what you want out of life.  But good things do come to those that wait!

                  What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?  
Stay true to you and your vision. It's so easy to get caught up in creating something and forget what you started out to do.  Know your vision and never lose sight of it.  

I see that you are a Certified Wedding Planner and Plus Size Bridal Stylist. What is the best wedding advice you can give to all those Pretty Pear Brides?  
Take one thing at a time.  Yes, planning a wedding can be stressful and hard but if you take one thing at a time, it makes it so much easier.  Trust me it will save your sanity as well as everyone else around you.

From a Biology Degree to a Certified Wedding planner and stylist, that is a interesting career change. How did that come to be? 
Well, I was always the cool and social science person, as they called me in college.  Everyone was always like “you are a biology person but you’re so social and fun.  So I’ve always had that planning, social vibe to me.  While in college I was in charge of the whole social/events organization on my campus so I definitely got my fix of social and planning even when I had my science side.  And when I graduated, I did the science/medical thing to pay the bills because at the time being a planner and stylist wasn't as lucrative as it is now but I always had my hand in the event planning realm.  So eventually my husband told to go out and start my own company.  So here we are.


There are many people who would like be a certified Wedding planner. 
What advice would you give to them?  
Experience, Experience, Experience!  Being certified is great, it looks good and will give you that advantage over other planners who are not but don't think that just because you are certified that you will automatically get clients.  You need to get the experience to go with the certification.  Do internships, volunteer, shadow other planners, the more hands on experience the better. 


When I was getting married, I found it pretty hard to find a great dress. What advice would you a bride to be who is looking for the perfect dress for her special day? 
Any store/brand suggestions.  

"Try it on"  So often people see things on a rack and just know that it won't look good on them but how do you know.  You don't know until you try it on.  You will be amazed at how different a dress looks on you as opposed to on the rack.  I am in love with Alfred Angelo right now. They really understand the plus size bride and are making more options that compliment our bodies.  Also don't be afraid to get a dress custom made, especially to match your size.  This is a great option for that bride that has a specific vision and can't find it anyway.  

What is your favorite plus size bridal designer(s) right now?   
I love Alfred Angelo, White by Vera Wang and Etsy for those custom made dresses.

What advice would you give a bride planning her special day? 
 It's your special day so make sure and enjoy it!

The Giveaway!

I am happy to announce the first Giveaway on Heavy on Fashion!
Today Heavy on Fashion and Shafonne Myers, owner and Editor in Chief of Pretty Pear Bride Online 
and Pretty Pear Bride Magazine will be giving away the latest Issue of Pretty Pear Bride Magazine! 
Sign up and be a winner! 
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I would like to thank Shafonne Myers, owner and Editor in Chief of Pretty Pear Bride Online 
and Pretty Pear Bride Magazine for the interview and the fabulous giveaway! 


Check out the Pretty Pear Bride at: www.prettypearbride.com

A Sneak Peek look at SK WiLBUR - Eye Candy!




SK WiLBUR’s main objective is to dress and empower the 67% of American women who are size 14 or higher.  “I love curvy women and I will profess my love until the day I die,” says Wilbur Pack Jr., the designer who comes from a family filled with beautiful, bodacious, and bountiful women.  Although Pack started out designing for “straight sizes” almost 14 years ago, it was his decision to finally jump into the deep end of the plus size pool that has given him the most fulfillment.  Since launching his plus size collection in 2010, Pack has been featured in online publications such as Plus Model Magazine and Belle Noir.  His collections have been favorably reviewed by Women’s Wear Daily and bluefly.com.  He has also been a featured designer in JET magazine and recently appeared on the reality TV series 24 Hour Catwalk hosted by Alexa Chung which aired on Lifetime.

When Pack unveils his latest effort, EYE CANDY, on June 15, 2012 during Full-Figured Fashion Week for the Independent Designers Showcase, it will feature head-to-toe looks that are luxurious, polished, and sophisticated.  Sleek pieces that pop with panache are rendered in mouth watering colors like licorice, grape, pumpkin pie, Twizzler®, lollipop, passion punch, and cherry bomb.  “For fall, I wanted to provide curvy women with everything from soup to nuts,” admits Pack.  To that end, when the company website, www.skwilbur.com,  debuts its new look this September, it will also offer haute hats by Otis Damo’n Millinery along with coats, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, belts, gloves, and handbags designed by SK WiLBUR.  “We’re building a lifestyle brand for the curvy woman,” says the designer.  Prices will range from $85.00 for a top to $700.00 for a custom dress.  “I like to refer to it as accessible luxury,” states Pack.

Lonette McKee, the veteran actress/entertainer, perhaps best known for her work in movies and television miniseries like Sparkle & The Women of Brewster Place, commissioned Pack to create a design for her return to the stage last April at the famed Algonquin Hotel.  He has dressed Patti LaBelle as well.

Full Figured Fashion Week, produced by DeVoe Signature Events, is now in its fourth year, and will take place in New York City from June 13, 2012 to June 16, 2012.  For tickets and press inquiries, please visit www.fffweek.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 is Now on eBay




Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming and my closet is a mess. So I decided to clean out my closet and make some money in the process. I finally opened up my very own eBay store. Think of it as a online yard sale. Some of my favorite clothes are going up for sale! My eBay store is full of plus size clothing from 1x - 4x. Everything is literally from my closet. Check out Heavy on Fashion's eBay store at http://myworld.ebay.com/heavyonfashion/

Or just click the Heavy on Fashion eBay Store tab only on Heavy on Fashion http://heavyonfashion.blogspot.com/

Heavy on Fashion at Shecky's Girl Nights out in NYC - Fall 2011

Hey guys! As you all know, I had a chance to cover Shecky's Girls Night Out in New York City.  I am a fan of Shecky's  event but this time around I found some great fashion, a celebrity sighting, and of course some great cocktails. Here is Heavy on Fashion at Shecky's in NYC!  

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Vh1's Tough Love Miami @ Shecky's

Host and matchmaker Steve Ward along with fellow match maker and founder of Master Matchmaker Joann Ward (also Steve's Mom!) was at Shecky's giving out some great dating advice to all the ladies in New York! 


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Don't you just love this dress. Fabulous! 

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Here is a look at the crowd for Steve and Joann. Many ladies had some awesome question about relationships and dating. I have to say that Steve and Joann gave some grand advice. 

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Sidenote: I am really loving Joann's style! 

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When Steve took off his jacket, I knew he was  about to get down to business! He did and gave out some much needed Tough Love! Check out their site at http://www.mastermatchmakers.com/

The Crowd at Shecky's Girls Night Out
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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

There was tons of great vendors at Girl's Night from fashion to some serious accessories. I love supporting indie businesses! One of my fav accessories at the event was Brooklyn Charm. They gave away a fabulous necklace. I will have pictures of the necklace soon but in the meantime check them out at http://www.brooklyncharmshop.com/

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Shoes! 



My fashion Pick

All the fashion booths were great but I was so elated to see a plus size vendor at Shecky's! Here is my fashion Pick at Shecky's Girls Night out!

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PopUp Plus is a pop up store for plus size women. Pop Up Plus have tons of designers fashions for a reasonable price.  As a plus size fashionista, it was great to see something in my size. 
For more information on Pop Up Plus go to http://popupplusonline.com/

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I love this skirt, too Cute! 

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A great pair of slacks can go a long way. I loved the detail on the pockets. Very stylish!

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I love this caged shoulder top. Very Chic! 

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I loved this red dress! A red dress, I think, is essential for any closet. 


Beverages

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Cointreau was giving away complimentary cocktails to everyone. I got the Skinny Basil Lemonade. I really liked it. Many of the ladies at the event were fans of the Cointreau Cranberry.  Check out Cointreau at http://www.cointreau.us/

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I did n't know that Dita Von Teese was the spokeswoman for Cointreau Liquor..Wow!

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Qream

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Surprisingly I was a fan of the Qream Liquor Strawberry. Usually I do not like strawberry flavored beverages but this was pretty good. QREAM was a collaboration with Diageo and Grammy Award-winning musician, Pharrell Williams. Check them out at http://www.qreamwithaq.com/

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Bud Light

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Bud Light was at the event again this year presenting their 55 calorie beer and all the flavors that would appeal to all at Shecky's. 

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Beauty and Hair

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I heard great things about Miss Jessie's hair products. I first saw them at WBLS Circle of Sister's event. I am was surprised and pleased to see them at Shecky's!  Miss Jessie's has a array of products for every hair type. They also gave away a great goodie bag full of Miss Jessie's samples! Check out Miss Jessie's at http://www.missjessies.com/

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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

I almost fainted when I saw Maybeline giving makeover to all the women of Shecky's! How beautastic is that?!  You can not go wrong with free makeover done by Maybeline.  The waiting list was long, which is understandable since it is free! Check out Maybeline at http://www.maybelline.com/

Side note:  I know "beautastic" is not a word but hey roll with me on this

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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

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My look 

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It was raining so my look was very casual. A vintage tee, some jewelry, my brown Ugg Australia boots, and my favorite jeans. There is nothing with being casual once in a while just wear some lipstick and you are good to go! 

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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

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The Swag Bag 


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Here is a look at the infamous Shecky's Swag Bag. Tons of samples! I had a great time at Shecky's once again...It is a great place to hang out with the girls and have a great time. For more information on Shecky's go to http://www.sheckys.com/ 




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