Last summer I started my Spreading the love-series where I feature lovely bloggers of all sizes. I started this series as a response to some of the drama going on in the blogosphere about what women are real and not. It was important to me to actively do something, to be clear on where I stand in my life, on and off line. I welcome all people in my life and in my blog. All I ask that we be respectful of each other.
I am a self worth activist, supportive of everyones right to define their own worth and use what ever labels on them selves they choose, be that fat, curvy or straight sized, homosexual, heterosexual or transgendered. It is not the label I am interested in, my focus is the person. I have chosen to ask everyone I feature the same questions, regardless of their amount of followers and size, something that has caused some controversy, but that is ok. I welcome dialouge, that is what expands our horizons, love and understanding of each other. You can read my manifesto on self worth here: “Who gets to label my self worth? I do!”
Today it is my absolute pleasure to spread the love for the stunning and soulful Nefferth of Mode Plus. Nefferth is my sister from my other mother. I have had the pleasure of bonding with Nefferth in London and Brussels, and am completely in love with her.
Thank you for being such an inspiration and friend, Nefferth!
Could you share with us your thoughts on fashion vs fatshion?
I’m happy to see fashion companies making an effort to design for the curvier bodies. I do think designers should consider multiple variations on bodies. No body is the same and why should it be? On the other hand it’s a pity there’s still a division when it comes to what we call beautiful in combination with fashion. Fashion, in my opinion is about personal interpretation, having fun and experimenting. I’m hoping for the day that fashion will consistently embrace all kinds of beauty: fat/thin, small/tall, apple/pear, black/white.
What is your philosophy with regard to fashion?
A couple a years ago I decided to stop following fashion rules in general and just to make up my own. I decided to stop and take a good look in the mirror. And you know what? I liked what I saw, for the first time in a long time. No more pointing out what doesn’t work but acknowledging the power of my personal beauty. I just want to be my own expert when it comes to my skin, I will not feel trapped to rules from another. I basically think a woman can wear whatever she wants as long she believes it herself.In truth it’s all about the fashion voice in your head that can make a great outfit into an unforgettable one.You wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you.
I would love for you to share three of your fave looks.
In general I’m all about practical and feeling comfortable without losing style. I’m a big fan of mixing thrift pieces with new material. And I don’t really believe it’s necessary to break the piggy bank to look stylish. As you can see from the looks, I experiment a little (much) with my hair too. Changing up hair styles is way for me to be bold. I call it the I-E Syndrome (introvert-exravert syndrome). I may be bold with my hairdo’s and fashion styles but I’m not bold around people. This is always a surprise to many. Fashion gives my introvert character a platform to express my creative extravert other.
How does blogging impact your life?
Starting in June 2010 I had no idea on what blogging meant. I’m still amazed on how much love I receive for posting outfit pictures of myself. Blogging can also be therapeutic. I may have a reader who shares the same background or experience. It makes me feel connected in life and with life. I met so many nice people and some very
beautiful ladies from all over the world, who I now can call my dear friends. Blogging enriches my soul. And opens up my creative eye for more. I can’t imagine blogging not being a part of my life anymore.
Do you have a message for all the fashionloving ladies out there, whatever their size?
Invest in YOU. Not only you will benefit from it but you’re energy will touch other lives as well. If you believe and feel what you wear, you will wear the clothes and not let the clothes wear you. That’s why I’m a self-proclaimed Emotionista: I do fashion with my heart and I love it. Join me?
I would love to connect with you!