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Skinny Jeans for Curvy Girls – PZI Jeans

I just got my new pair of PZI Classic Jeans (not pictured), and I love the fit. They have just the right amount of stretch in them to hug every curve without feeling restrictive.  And as advertised, the waist fits perfectly–no gaps. As a quick comparison, I grabbed a random pair of jeans from my closet and tried them on. The first thing I noticed about the old pair was the gap in the waist. I’ve become so accustomed to wearing jeans with too loose of a waist that I had become oblivious to it. It’s a pleasure to wear jeans that fit both hip and waist.

I am looking forward to trying the jeans pictured above–the PZI Skinny Jean. From the pictures, they look amazing. The almighty “They” say that curvy girls shouldn’t wear skinny jeans, so I love that PZI not only created a skinny jean but created an entire line of skinny jeans–ten different styles: Curve Skinny, The LIndsay Skinny, The Victoria Skinny, The Classic Skinny, The Black Jet Skinny, The Annie Hall Skinny, The Pewter Skinny, The Olivia Skinny, and the Sky Ankle Skinny.

PZI Jeans are available in sizes 4-16 with short, regular, long and extra-long lengths/inseams so that women short and tall can buy her jeans off the rack with no more costly alterations.

PZI Jeans are available at select Macy’s Stores and over 600 retail stores. For more information about PZI Jeans, go to www.pzijeans.com.

April 7, 2009   18 Comments

The Curvy Girl’s Guide To Style–Atlanta Event, Sat., November 15

This looks like a great event. I’ll be there.

Curvy Girl

Saturday, November 15

12pm-4pm

Chocolate Pink Events

905 Juniper Street NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

404.745.9292

www.chocolatepinkcafe.com

November 14, 2008   2 Comments

Curvy Me Profiled on Hatch E-zine

I have been a fan of Melissa Grossman of Hatch, Life Coaching for Women, since I discovered her a year ago through Ladies Who Launch.  Melissa is gifted at cutting through the fluff and getting right to the core of an issue.  She describes herself as the “Fresh Approach Coach;” I would describe her approach as the ‘Refreshing Approach Coach,’  as well.

In the latest edition of her Hatch ezine, she interviewed me about The Curvy Life and my philosophy of body love.  I gained tremendous insights about myself as a result of the questions that she asked me.  In particular, her questions regarding my relationship with the camera shifted my perspective regarding my approach to body image in general and toward my own body specifically. I thank her for that gift.  And, how could I not love her for calling me “proudly curvaceous, voluptuously ambitious.” I think that I’m going to put that on my business cards.

I invite you to read this profile and to share your insights on your relationship with the camera, your big vision, and the big questions in your life.

Excerpt:

Meet Angela Stalcup – Proudly Curvaceous, Voluptuously Ambitious,

Angela Stalcup is one of several friends I’ve made through the Ladies Who Launch network.  In fact, I met her last November at the LWL Live Event in Atlanta when she sat in on an afternoon breakout session I facilitated.  Little did I know that on that very day the seeds for her blog, The Curvy Life, were about to break out and see sunlight. The mission behind Curvy Life is anything but petite.  If Angela has her way, it will change our expectations and perceptions around body image, our own bodies and thusly ourselves….[to continue]

October 10, 2008   No Comments

Living the Curvy Life at skirt! magazine party

(ME, Britt Menzies, Traci Long, Alyson Hoag, Stephanie Davis)

A special thanks to Megan Underwood and Stephanie Davis of skirt! Atlanta for inviting me to the 2nd annual anniversary party for the magazine. I love the message and the beauty of skirt!, a free monthly magazine available in print in Charleston, SC; Atlanta, GA; Augusta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Savannah, GA; Jacksonville, FL.; Columbia, SC; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; Richmond, VA; Houston, TX;  Boston, MA; Lexington, KY; Winston Salem, MA, Ventura/Santa Barbara, CA; Tampa Bay, FL. Not only will you love reading it, you’ll want to frame it!

The party was very “Sex And The City” — held on the rooftop of Atlanta’s MidCity Lofts, trés chic ladies (and their gentlemen friends) sipped pink drinks by the pool and hobnobbed with all sorts of interesting and talented people. I did remark on an absence of big girls at the party – I don’t know if that says something about skirt!’s audience or shyness on the part of curvier girls.

I was invited as a member of a great organization, Ladies Who Launch, an international organization with local “incubators” that offers in-person events and an online social network to support entrepreneurship as a lifestyle for women. Without the support of the lovely ladies in my incubator group I would have never gotten this blog out of my head and onto the Web. I highly recommend them if you want support in launching your dream, be it for business or otherwise.

Thanks, also, to Kyle at Multi-Tasking Woman for adding our picture to her news page.

Just wanted to share.

June 27, 2008   2 Comments

The intersection of gender and body image

I had a great time tonight speaking to Dr. Anne Rosenthal’s class in Gender Communications at Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA) about body image as it relates to gender issues. There were many thoughtful and provocative comments, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from these students and anyone else interested in the topic.

We discussed many subjects, but one that we kept returning to was the notion of the “male gaze.” Here’s an excerpt from some research that I did on the topic in 2003 that is, to me, my personal experience with gender and the media portrayal of body image:

[The current media standard of beauty’s] connection to the idea of feminine perfection is directly linked to Laura Mulvey’s “male gaze” [Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema]. Mulvey describes two sides of scopophilia, “circumstances in which looking itself is a source of pleasure” and “pleasure in being looked at” (835). These two sides have been split into the male/active viewer and the female/passive image. According to Mulvey, filmic images encode female erotic and sensual appeal as a function of a woman’s “to-be-looked-at-ness.” In other words, to be feminine is to be looked at, with sexual desire, by a man. And what constitutes “to-be-looked-at-ness” in modern Western media? [The media standard of the ideal female body].

Some researchers suggest that modern mass media, particularly the film industry, has begun to produce a female gaze in opposition to the male gaze. Thelma and Louise is often cited as an example of women using “the gaze.” However, I contend that turning the male gaze back on men is not the same as developing a counter female gaze. Women’s magazines, created by women for women, still use the male gaze to sell magazines—“[Women’s] magazines have a larger audience among women age 18 to 49 than do TV shows” (Wellner). [Wellner, Alison Stein. “The Female Persuasion.” American Demographics 24 (2002): 24-29.]

I look forward to your thoughts and ideas on the subject.

April 15, 2008   8 Comments

The Brits Really Get It, or the UK is leading the Curvy Revolution

I have always loved April. My birthday is at the end of the month, Spring is in full swing–I like to think of April as my New Year, thus making me the perfect April Fool.

So, I’d like to thank

Chloe Marshall, a size-16 Miss England contestant (How gorgeous is she?)

Plus, The Real Girl Band: a plus-size girl group with a new single out

Just As Beautiful: web-based plus-size magazine

Songstress Adele (pictured above): winner of the first ever Critic’s Choice Award at this year’s Brit Awards

Kate Dillon: the new face of Marina Rinaldi and my all-time favorite plus-size model

And, not mentioned, Beth Ditto with Mika on The Brit Awards.

I’ll have more details on each of these as the month progresses.

Here’s to kicking April off with a bang!

April 1, 2008   5 Comments

Love Your Body Month – Tip#16 – Create your own photo therapy

Tip # 16 may require a little rummaging:

Create your own photo therapy.

Find a picture(s) of yourself from some years ago that, at the time, caused you to flinch, but now, you can appreciate as your fresh, youthful self. Remember: you looked fine then, but you couldn’t appreciate it yet.

Then find a photo of yourself that you hate today and imagine how you will feel when you look at the picture 10, 20, 30+ years from now. The same will be true of this picture as is true of the older photo–you look fine now, you just can’t appreciate it yet.

This process may take a while to work–I’ve kept an “ugly” picture file for years, and only in the past few years have I really been able to truly believe in the beauty of current “ugly” pictures. But stick with it, and you can transform your relationship with the camera.

February 16, 2008   2 Comments

Love Your Body Month – Tip#14 – Be your own Valentine

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Tip #14 is:

Be your own Valentine.

Valentine’s Day, at it’s heart (pun intended), is supposed to be about appreciation. Could your body use some appreciation? If you feel like sending your body flowers or candy, I’m sure it won’t complain; however, how about a nice love note? Here’s mine, feel free to copy:

Beloved body,

I know that I don’t always say it enough, but thank you for being my true partner is this world. Thanks for sticking with me thorough thick and thin (or thin and thick, as the case may be). I promise to shower you with love for as long as we are together.

Remember, I’ve got your back, because, baby, I know that you have mine.

XXOO!

February 14, 2008   No Comments

Love Your Body Month – Tip #12 – Make a personal beauties list

Love Your Body Month Tip #12:

Make a personal beauties list.

Most of us have no problem listing our blemishes, but how many of us keep a list of our beauties? Sit down with pen and paper and give yourself a compliment: I have beautiful brown eyes, I have pretty hands. If you struggle to compliment yourself physically, start with your inner beauties: I am kind and loving, I’m a good listener. Try to come up with at least 5 compliments. Then, every day for the rest of the month, read your list and add at least one more compliment.

Let’s see if we can make our beauties list longer than our blemishes list.

Check in tomorrow for lucky Tip #13.

February 11, 2008   No Comments

Love Your Body Month – Tip #11- Make friends with the mirror

Love Your Body Tip #11:

Make friends with the mirror.

You can use the mirror to train your brain and your eye at the same time. Put a note on your mirror with a body love message, such as “I accept myself unconditionally right now,” or “I am beautiful inside and out.” Whenever you look in the mirror, look yourself directly in the eye and say your message. You’ll be amazed at how powerful the experience may be.

Well, we’re 11 days into Love Your Body Month. How are you doing? Do you have any tips of your own? Feel free to post a comment on your experience with Love Your Body Month so far.

February 11, 2008   1 Comment

Love Your Body Month – Tip #10 – Be gentle with yourself

Tip #10 comes from NEDA’s (National Eating Disorder Association) “Twenty Ways to Love Your Body!” If you’re feeling ambitious, check out the entire list; however, for a Sunday, this one is probably plenty :

Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people who remind you of your inner strength and beauty.

Be mindful of your body and and your environment. Feeling physically and emotionally at peace go a long way to making us more comfortable with our bodies.

See you tomorrow for Tip #11.

February 10, 2008   No Comments

Love Your Body Tip – #8 – You are not the victim of your body

Love Your Body Tip – #8 is inspired by a quote by Dr. Christiane Northrup:

You are not the victim of your body.

She made this comment, not in connection with body image, but rather concerning physical illness. Whatever the condition of our bodies, the physical body itself is trying as hard as it can to maintain life. Illness is not our body attacking or abusing us–our body is our biggest most loyal defender. Imbalance may cause the systems of our bodies to behave in ways that are counter to our well-being, that in fact, may end our life; however, from the point of view of the body, it thinks that it is doing the best that it can.

So, when we feel the victim of our bodies, due to illness or to body composition, we are really feeling victimized by our one true life partner. And it becomes easy to return what seems to be abuse with abuse.

You are not the victim of your body.

You and your body are in this thing together, and you both deserve as much compassion as you can muster.

February 7, 2008   No Comments

Love Your Body Month – Tip#6 – Find yourself in art

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Body Love Tip#6:

Find yourself in art.

Standards of beauty change with time and place. When we are constantly exposed to just one standard of beauty, especially a standard which is becoming more homogenized every day, it is easy to forget that, in another time and place, today’s supermodels would be considered unexceptional.

One way to see the beauty standards of the past is through art. So jump in your way-back machine and visit the time and place where you would be a goddess. The picture above is Ruben’s “The Toilet of Venus” (Venus was the Roman goddess of love and beauty). Or, maybe you’re a Grace from Botticelli’s Primavera, one of Renoir’s Bathers series, Manet’s Olympia, Titian’s Venus Anadyomene.


February 6, 2008   1 Comment

Love Your Body Month – Tip#5 – Celebrate your fat

Today is Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” So in honor of Fat Tuesday, Tip #5 is:

Celebrate your fat.

We’re so busy hating fat that we don’t even realize when we are celebrating it. Think you don’t celebrate fat? Well, do you wish you had Salma Hayek’s breasts? Beyonce’s booty? Angelina Jolie’s lips? Breast, booty, lips–all are shaped by fat. So, if we can celebrate the fat of others, then why not celebrate our own?

New Orleans Mardi Gras has a reputation as a wild, “anything goes” party. Let’s all get a little wild today and celebrate our luscious, voluptuous, yes, fat-filled curves.

(And, if you get a chance to wear an awesome outfit like Mardi Gras Gal’s, even better.)

February 5, 2008   No Comments

Love Your Body Month – Tip #4 – Fat is not a feeling

Tip #4 comes from curvy activist Jessica Weiner:

“Fat is not a feeling.”

Pain, anger, joy, sadness–those are feelings, as in emotions. Yet, as women, we often comment, “Boy, I really feel fat today.” In her book, Do I Look Fat in This?, Jessica calls this the “The Language of Fat.” We use “feel fat” to describe uncomfortable feelings–insecurity, anger, disappointment, frustration–basically any negative emotion.

Next time you catch yourself saying, “I feel fat,” pause and ask:

“What exactly is the emotion that am I feeling?”

Name it honestly and you will feel a shift. This will allow you to determine what you really need in the moment, rather than simply bashing your body.

For more on “The Language of Fat,” including a guide to an “Extreme Language Makeover,”treat yourself to Jessica Weiner’s book Do I Look Fat in This: Life Doesn’t Begin Five Pounds from Now (look to the right for a link to Amazon). Also check out her website: www.jessicaweiner.com.

February 4, 2008   No Comments