Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
In a world that has all eyes on plus sized ladies and models and bloggers alike, what about the men!? Plus sized men’s fashion is important too, and I feel that we don’t see enough about it. I ran across the awesome, fabulous stylist and editor, James R. Sanders, when I was doing a quick search for some plus sized male bloggers. I immediately was drawn to his style, his creativity, and his passion. Check out his #PSOOTD and his strong feelings for Saint Laurent below!
Fash Friend Questions—
Name: James R. Sanders
Instagram/Twitter: JamesRSanders (for both)
Location: New York + Los Angeles
Profession: Fashion Stylist and Writer
Inspirations: Anything from the 40s and 50s, My Grandmothers and the way they dressed, and the overcomer
3 words to describe your style perfectly: Classic, Minimalism, Rock
Fashion Role Models: Marc Jacobs, Rachel Zoe, and Andre Leon Talley
Favorite Musicians: Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse
1 Interesting Fact About Yourself: I am also a background singer
Digging Deeper— Plus Sized Men’s Questions
There is very obviously a “Plus Size” movement happening right now, but we don’t hear a lot about “Plus Size” men. Why do you think this is?
I think with menswear, there’s always a slower learning curve. Think about it – I just covered New York Fashion Week: Men for GQ just two weeks ago. It took New York, one of the most formidable fashion capitals of the world, years to finally get a men’s fashion week. London, Milan, and Paris all have had men’s fashion weeks for years. I think the same can be said about plus size men’s fashion. I don’t think consumers realize yet, that plus size men care enough about how they look, to invest in fashion. When they do, what’s happening now for plus size womenswear, will happen for menswear.
Do bigger men prefer another term? Husky or Big & Tall, etc?
I can’t speak for all bigger men. My truth is simple – I’m all of those things: big, husky, overweight, but I’m also so much more like: fabulous, amazing, awesome, and prolific. With me, there’s not one without the other, I wear them both proudly.
Do you work out for health or weight loss benefits?
I am beginning to work out more, only for health. I’ve never been attracted to the idea of being thin enough to get blown away with a strong enough gust of wind. But I’ve become more aware of my strengths and my weaknesses. I want a healthier lifestyle, and because I want it, and I’m finally ready to work for it, I can have it.
Which stores are your favorite for shopping plus sized men’s clothing?
I shop everywhere and I mix and match. I’m a brand ambassador for KingSize direct, and because of that, they are a go to store that I love for classic American wardrobe staples. I also like JC Penney’s, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Macys, Nordstrom’s, and Oublier. I will say that most of what I purchase, I get tailored. As a fashion stylist, fit is important to me when dressing clients and doing shoots for magazines. I take the same hard line when it comes to me. The more perfect the fit, the better the styling.
If ONE STORE that doesn’t carry plus sizes created an extended line, which store would you wish for it to be?
Ugh! Definitely Saint Laurent. I. Would. Die. Like – actually die!
Sleeveless Blazer: Custom by James R. Sanders
Shoes: Cole Haan
Tie: Cacharel Paris
Shirt: Bill Blass
Brooch: Miss Mahogany
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Happy Mani Monday! It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to update my nail polish. This week, I’ve decided to trade in my bare, boring nails for a pretty orangey-coral manicure. The polish was a first time beauty buy from H&M. Unfortunately, they don’t have it listed online. But they sell in stores for $3.95!
Friday, July 31st, 2015
It may be hot outside here in Indianapolis, but I can’t keep my mind off of fall fashion! It might be hard to consider Indy fashion, since GenCon is downtown this weekend! Luckily, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on through the weekend (online and in stores), and they have plenty of fall pieces on sale so you can get a head start on your cool weather wardrobe.
You know, I used to be the kind to hate coats, mainly because I could never find one that was the right fit. I’ve come to find that they really can be just the fashion piece you need in the autumn and winter, especially if you’re like me and tend to stick to basics for every day.
I’ve found 5 of my favorite plus size coats in the #Nsale that you’re going to swoon over!
Gallery Snap Front A-Line Raincoat
Steve Madden Aztec Blanket Wrap Coat
Pendleton Buffalo Plaid Wool Blend Barn Coat
Bernardo Asymmetrical Zip Leather Moto Jacket
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Last week, I updated you all on my PCOS story, but also let you know I had some results pending. My tests came back and my doctor confirmed that I have PCOS, but he’s also confirmed that I have Diabetes and have for a while now. (My last doctor was not great, as I may have mentioned, but she had the same tests done with the same results and never even brought the possibility of Diabetes up to me!)
I’ve taken a few days to really digest this information and figure out how I should approach this news to you all. Given that I talk openly about plus sized health and wellness, I knew it was something I needed to disclose, and something many of you are probably dealing with as well.
The reality of the plus sized movement is that we can all be happy with who we are in the skin we are in. On the adverse side of that, there is a very real need to address being healthy. Obesity is a disease, and if you let it go without being mindful of your weight and the effects it’s having on your body, you could have some bigger issues on hand.
I’m not saying this to be preachy. I am not telling you to lose all your weight, be stick thin, and hand over your Lane Bryant for some Anne Taylor. I am simply saying to be mindful of your overall health. Get tests done, know your limits, and LIMIT YOURSELF, because it’s better to limit yourself in order to keep up with your health than to end up at the doctor being limited in order to get your health back.
I never wanted to hear the news I heard on Monday. Diabetes was never something I thought would come out of my doctor’s mouth, but with that said, I do not want to have this for my whole life. I am a “conquer it” type and know I will do what I must to control it, and to gain the control back for myself.
I’m going back to healthy eating. Obviously diabetics limit sugar, so I will be doing my best to do this. (And cutting my frenemy, soda, all together.) If you want to see what I am eating or get to healthy eating along with me, feel free to follow along with me on myfitnesspal.com/lifeviabrittney.
My doctor put me on Metformin, which I am starting on Monday. This is something given to women with PCOS to try to balance out their insulin resistance as well as people with diabetes, who obviously have insulin issues as well. My doctor also has me on progesterone for help to bring on menstrual cycles. I’ve taken 1 set and brought a cycle on, but he’s prescribed a few more rounds as well. HOPEFULLY I am in a place to naturally cycle before October, which is when he would have me take it again. We’ll see though! I will keep you all updated, as I usually do!
Have any of you ladies been put on Metformin for PCOS or Diabetes? How have you liked it? Any wise words or words of comfort for me?
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
I hope you all never get tired of my Bachelor/ette/in Paradise obsession! It’s a huge part of the “entertainment” category of my life. I’ve learned to embrace it. My husband embraces it. Let’s just all celebrate the wonderfulness that it is…and be excited for the finale tomorrow TOGETHER!
Now, this has been a really controversial season. Back when I wrote about my favorites, I didn’t fully know the extent of controversy that would come with the season. I do know one thing: I think Kaitlyn is a fun, real, honest bachelorette! I think she represents the modern lady and think she was refreshing!
Since the guys are down to two, I’d just like to make sure you guys know I am still very much #TeamNick! I know that’s not the “popular vote” but I really think that he’s just a cool dude. Plus he’s a babe, and he’s interesting! I hope that’s who she chooses, but I do have a “gut feeling” that things will swing the other way.
Now, the bigger decision in my mind is “WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BACHELOR!?” It’s always exciting to speculate, but I’ve heard it’s “been confirmed” that it’s Ben H. from Kaitlyn’s season. I think he’s adorable. He’s a sweetie, for sure, and he’s definitely won America over! BUT…my heart is with Josh Murray. He is from Andi’s season, and ended up engaged to her, with their split happening not too long after. He’s all-American, a total hunk, and just a seemingly GOOD guy. So while I am cool with Ben H. being Bachelor (because just look at his cute little face up there!), my vote is for Josh. Because…loyalty.
Do you guys watch the Bachelor franchise shows? Do you have strong opinions like I do? I would LOVE to hear what you think will happen tomorrow night and who the next Bachelor will be!