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Blogger Anna O’Brien Talks About Eloquii’s New Viola Fit Collection & More

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Eloquii continues to be THE retailer that gives customers what they want.

The #1 issue plus size women face when shopping is fit. There is no standard plus body. Plus size women carry their weight in different places and we all come in different shapes and heights.

With sizing so inconsistent across the board, it’s obvious that retailers and brands are still trying to accommodate the various fits needed in the plus size fashion world.

Eloquii has been a pioneer of sorts in this arena. They are not first to offer a more “shopping by fit” experience but what sets them apart from the others is that they truly listen to their customer and use that feedback to determine what they will offer.

Customers are invited to email their feedback and VP of Design/Creative Director Jodi Arnold has said she reads them because she feels such a deep connection to those women wanting fashion in their size.

She told Real Simple in a past interview:

“There’s always been a connection there. I couldn’t even wear a size 10 in my own line or shop the contemporary market. I’ve always been a bit bigger, up to a size 14 at times. When I was young and starting to design for myself, I could find ways to make myself look good, but I couldn’t go to a store and do it easily.”

“We get letters saying, ‘You changed my life. I don’t have to go to an interview looking like a grandmother.’ I don’t think I ever felt that the clothes I was making for size 4 girls were changing lives.”

The latest collection launch from Eloquii had fashionistas buzzing yesterday. The new Viola Capsule Collection is exclusively designed for a body shape with a hip measurement 1–2 sizes larger than the bust. So pear shape ladies rejoice! The Viola fit is available in some of their customer favorite styles and “tricky-to-tailor” wardrobe essentials.

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One of the faces of the new campaign for the Viola fit collection is blogger Anna O’Brien of Glitter and Lazers. We first saw Anna on Instagram as an inspiring plus size yogi and athlete. She has now become a fashion and body positive inspiration to so many people.

We chatted with Anna about her Eloquii experience, her thoughts on shopping by fit and more. ss-viola-fit_638-e1477318573324-1200x600

PMM: Hey Anna! Thanks for chatting with us! We admire you so much for simply being yourself and letting all of us into your world via your blog and your Instagram feed.

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We love your style and how you have fun with fashion. How would you describe your style?

Anna: My style is… eclectic. For me, fashion is like a daily game of dress-up and I enjoy the game of trying and exploring new styles to express my mood and thoughts for the day.

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PMM: Congratulations on being one of the faces of the new Viola Fit collection! How did you get involved with Eloquii?

Anna: I met a few Eloquii girls in NYC for drinks at one point after they reached out to me and said they liked the things I stood for online. We kept in touch here and there and it evolved into them asking me to shoot for the Viola launch.

PMM: How does it feel to be a visibly plus woman in a major campaign?

Anna: It’s weird; it feels surprisingly normal. It makes me realize it doesn’t have to be a big statement, having a broader range of plus women could be normal- it doesn’t have to continue to be a statement.ss-viola-fit_329-1024x683

PMM: We so agree! Especially with the average American woman now a size 16. What other brands would you love to work with?

Anna: I choose the brands I work with based on what they stand for. I have no intention of pursuing modeling as a career, so I am in the unique position where I can say no a lot. I want and choose to only work with the brands that actually want to improve the perception of a diversified female body and are working hard to provide media and clothing that supports that message.

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PMM: What would you tell someone who is struggling with self-love and being accepted for who they are?

Anna: Acceptance is so completely overrated. If you’re waiting for someone else to tell you you’re special – you’ll be waiting a long time. I’d say, take time to get to know yourself and the reasons you’re magical and special. Oddly, confidence isn’t really directly related to your size. It’s connected to how well you know and work to develop yourself.

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PMM: What do you hope will come out of this new Viola fit collection launch?

Anna: I hope it become more than just a collection and evolves into a way to purchase the majority of their items on the site.

PMM: Do you think it will inspire other retailers and brands to expand on their “fit” offerings to plus women?

Anna: If it’s successful. People have to buy the product for others to emulate them. Honestly, it time for plus size women to start investing in the brands that are making the effort to serve them. It’s one thing to say, “Look, they’re showing a diversified female image – I’ll like that.” And another to say, “I am going to invest in purchasing from plus brands that get it”, because by doing so, we force other brands into making similar changes. There’s a few leading brands that I support financially because my many years in business has taught me that money makes decisions, not “likes” on photos.

PMM: Yes! Thank YOU Anna for being a force to be reckoned with in this industry and community. Keep shining and inspiring!

You can check out Anna’s blog at http://www.glitterandlazers.com/Blog/.

You can follow Anna on Instagram: @glitterandlazers

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You can check out the Viola Fit collection here and read more about it on Eloquii’s blog here.

A body positivity advocate, freelance writer and author, Marcy is on a mission to empower everyone to love the skin they’re in. Her blog Fearlessly Just Me is the go-to blog for women seeking inspiration in fashion, confidence, traveling and more.

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May 23 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Style Moments of the week

Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

…Want to share your style inspo? Click here to follow us on Instagram and hashtag your pictures with #CelebrateMySize. You may be featured on our Instagram page or website.

@cambrekc

@joyfullybebe

@_lealen_

@hollieplus

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@nalachef.damian

@richmond_rockson

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See Who We’re Crushing on This Model Monday…

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Model Monday… Here Are the Plus-Size Models We Are Crushing On!

The plus-size modeling industry is an ever-changing landscape and we are so excited to see veteran models continuing to grace us with their beauty, alongside some newcomers.

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Check out our PLUS Size Model Crushes Of The Week:

@anna.krylova

@isabel_hendrix

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@zarriaimone

@austenpowers

@biancamitsuko

@jessica.vitug

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May 16 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Style Moments of the week

Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

…Want to share your style inspo? Click here to follow us on Instagram and hashtag your pictures with #CelebrateMySize. You may be featured on our Instagram page or website.

@tonsablush

@loralyee

@schmoalert

@sabrinastyled

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@ikoniknikole

@wagyu_beff

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion

Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion…

Thirteen years have passed since the world bid farewell to Mia Amber Davis, a beloved figure whose vibrant spirit and unwavering advocacy for plus-sized individuals left an indelible mark on the fashion industry. Mia’s sudden departure at the age of 36 sent shockwaves through her family, friends, and the fashion community, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and uplift.

Mia’s journey was one of resilience and determination. Born with a passion for modeling and acting, she fearlessly pursued her dreams despite the challenges that often accompany unconventional beauty standards. Her magnetic presence graced the screens and pages of entertainment, most notably in the cult classic film “Road Trip,” where she fearlessly challenged stereotypes in a memorable love scene alongside D.J. Qualls.

Yet, Mia’s impact extended far beyond the silver screen. As a trailblazing plus-size model based in New York, she shattered boundaries and paved the way for future generations of curvy models. Her work transcended mere representation; it was a testament to self-love, confidence, and empowerment. Mia’s advocacy for body positivity resonated deeply with audiences worldwide, earning her the adoration and respect of countless individuals.

In the wake of her passing, the fashion industry mourned the loss of a true icon. Madeline Jones, editor of PLUS Model Magazine, encapsulated the collective grief, expressing how Mia’s absence left a void that could never be filled. Mia’s commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusivity was not just a profession but a way of life—one that touched hearts and inspired change.

Though Mia’s time with us was cut short, her legacy endures through the countless lives she touched and the barriers she broke. Her journey, marked by triumphs and challenges, serves as a beacon of hope for those striving to embrace their unique beauty and pursue their dreams against all odds.

As we reflect on Mia Amber Davis’s remarkable life, let us honor her memory by continuing her legacy of acceptance, kindness, and unwavering self-belief. Though she may no longer walk among us, her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her, reminding us to love ourselves fiercely and unapologetically, just as she did.

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May 9 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

…Want to share your style inspo? Click here to follow us on Instagram and hashtag your pictures with #CelebrateMySize. You may be featured on our Instagram page or website.

@panamakish

@felicityhayward

@nizzymacc

@danielle_nekole

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@tiffythefashionslayer

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Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness

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Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness

Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness…

For some of us stress seems to be an inevitable companion, and prioritizing mental health has become a crucial aspect of our lives. As the spotlight on mental wellness intensifies, individuals are increasingly turning towards self-care rituals to nurture their minds and souls. In this exploration, we delve into the realm of self-care practices, unveiling their significance in promoting mental well-being.

Self-care goes beyond pampering oneself with occasional treats; it embodies a holistic approach to nurturing our mental, emotional, and physical health. It encompasses activities that recharge our batteries, soothe our souls, and rejuvenate our spirits amidst life’s demands.

Discovering the Tapestry of Self-Care Rituals

  1. Mindfulness Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises can help anchor our minds to the present moment, fostering a sense of calm and clarity amidst chaos.
  2. Nourishing Nutrition: Fueling our bodies with wholesome, nutritious foods not only sustains physical health but also nurtures our mental well-being. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into our diets can bolster our mood and energy levels.
  3. Creative Expression: Whether through art, music, writing, or any other form of creative expression, channeling our inner creativity can serve as a therapeutic outlet for processing emotions and fostering self-discovery.
  4. Physical Activity: Regular exercise not only benefits our physical health but also has profound effects on our mental well-being. Whether it’s a brisk walk in nature, a yoga session, or a dance class, moving our bodies can release endorphins, alleviate stress, and enhance our overall mood.
  5. Digital Detox: In an era dominated by screens and constant connectivity, unplugging from digital devices and immersing ourselves in offline activities can provide much-needed respite for our minds, allowing space for introspection and relaxation.
  6. Quality Sleep: Prioritizing adequate sleep is paramount for mental health and overall well-being. Establishing a bedtime routine, creating a restful sleep environment, and practicing relaxation techniques can promote restorative sleep and enhance cognitive function.

Embracing self-care rituals isn’t just about indulgence; it’s about cultivating resilience, nurturing self-compassion, and fostering a deeper connection with ourselves. By prioritizing our mental well-being and incorporating self-care practices into our daily lives, we empower ourselves to navigate life’s challenges with grace and authenticity.

As the discourse around mental health continues to evolve, integrating self-care into our collective consciousness is imperative. By embracing self-care rituals as a cornerstone of our lives, we not only prioritize our mental wellness but also contribute to the creation of a culture that values compassion, authenticity, and holistic well-being. So, let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery, one self-care ritual at a time, and pave the way for a brighter, more resilient future.

In the tapestry of self-care, let us weave a masterpiece of mental wellness—one nurturing gesture, one mindful breath, and one compassionate act at a time.

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What are your favorite self-care rituals? How do you prioritize mental wellness in your daily life? Join the conversation on social media and share your insights!

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