Sunday, May 3, 2015

Get a free pro photo shoot for FREE! {Giveaway}

Ever look at the scary iphone photos from well meaning friends and cringe because you know you have potential, you know you're not THAT scary, if only someone could just take AMAZING pictures of you. Ever?? Even as a blogger who takes a million shots, there is nothing more gratifying for the confidence bucket than seeing true photography from a pro - and this pro happens to be a very close friend of mine - the amazing Bunn Salarzon. She is a master at light and even specializes in film, and she asked me over to break in her new studio located in the gorgeous downtown Portland, OR area.

Bunn wants to do it again, but for FIVE of my friends (you!) and offer at no cost. Like I said, she's a passionate pro. She does have a roster of pro hair/mua avail to hire at great rates. This day, I decided to take that option and added on the service, and man did it feel nice to be pampered for once. 

Here are my pics from our session which took about 2 hrs, if that! We gabbed a lot since I was prepping for my move to Florida. She's been a pro photog for over a decade and teaches classes, so she's the real deal :).

AND - enter to win your free session below (hey, that would be an amazing Mother's Day pressie)! She is located in Portland, OR - so if you win, you'll have to make sure you have a way to get to her studio. Unfortunately, travel is not provided. 

Top via Domino Dollhouse (recent) size 4x / Skirt via Torrid (old)
Jacket via Lane Bryant (old) / Top via Torrid (recent) / Pants via SimplyBe (old)
Dress Domino Dollhouse / Shoes Ashley Stewart / Purse SimplyBe

Thank you Bunn!
Now enter to win YOUR session..

Enter to win a free portrait session with Bunn Salarzon! FIVE PEOPLE WILL WIN Transportation not provided. Photographer located in Portland, OR.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new plus retailer willing to do things differently

Hi hi fam! After an epic week-long road trip to move our family from Washington state to Florida, I am finally getting a bit caught up and settled in. Our new place is a blessing from the angels, the sun is beaming down on me and I'm smiling the entire way because this marks a new chapter in my journey. You can read the back story here as to why I'm in Florida.

As body confidence crusader, fashion lover, plus size woman, veteran business woman and a fully realized feminist it's only natural that my frustrations with the plus size retail industry have lead me to a place of being able to do something about it. The crazy thing is, I had moved to Portland Oregon 11 years ago to do just that - disrupt the fashion industry, but little did I know that my path would take me to the same destination via a different (and exciting) route.

I have been granted the opportunity to completely lead the product and marketing for a new retail company that is willing to take that chance, willing to show courage and give the consumers what they are asking for and build a meaningful relationship that goes beyond selling a shirt. I can't even impress how huge this is because I have a team of very powerful business partners who are saying, hey Jess, yes - we'll back you up with our money, we believe you and are willing to take the risk for you to create the first truly body diverse fashion company out there. One that doesn't just want the money of the fat girl, but will show them too (oh hey, yah, that's me).

Endless gratitude goes to our investors who have already committed hundreds of thousands of dollars and my business partners who are the smartest people I know when it comes to business and finance. Somehow, someway they trust the vision and I'm so excited to show them how the curvy community rolls with one of their own. The love is real and I can't thank you enough for the years of support. Know that I'm working hard to bring you and us something that is needed and wanted, something that the corporate peeps don't seem to understand quite yet, but something we can make happen by ourselves.

I want to introduce you to the newly revamped brand that I am so so very proud to be the new Creative Director for, Cool Gal Blue. Funny thing is I struggled with that damn name for so long, and now it's growing on me?!! LOL So let me know what you think. This company is your company and we are doing things differently. When I first met Cool Gal and it's CEO Michelle Crawford, I fell in love with the mission and passion but instantly felt that potential needed some serious help - and thanks to many calls, emails, flights and coffees - I'm now Michelle's partner in crime/fashion. I will bring you behind the scenes as we build a company that screams body love and curvy fashion all in one sentence.

Meet Liz a teacher from Tennessee and blogger of With Wonder and Whimsy. She curated her ultimate curvy wardrobe for Spring.

The first thing I added? Sizes on every image so you can truly see if that item would maybe fit the same on you.

Courage to do things different

We are about creating collections and conversations that empower plus size women to be confident in their skin, so here's our promise to you.
• We will not dictate what you should look like or wear and will lift up women of all styles, sizes, etc.
• We will never photoshop the skin or body of our models - you can count on 100% REAL.
• We will always show realistic and relateable women. Our collections are curated by the most progressive and empowering body positive bloggers in the world bringing you various styles for every occasion or day of the week, and every purchase benefits them.
Come inside the Cool Gal world on the sandy beaches of Florida as we build a company that disrupts the normal retail relationship...and say hi, we'll say hi back :).

Please check out the site and I look forward to collaborating and featuring more up and coming bloggers/stylists and just all around fab ladies who would love to take pictures in our clothes. If you're in the Orlando/Space Coast area - let me know! And yes, you KNOW I will be doing a collection too! :) #perks #ohyah! xx Jess

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dare to Bare this Summer!

Well, today is a sobby crying messy kind of day and I definitely wanted to force myself to think about something that would make me smile. While my move to Florida is definitely a good thing, a wonderful thing, in fact a miracle thing - and I truly am elated, it's still hard to think I have to say goodbye to the last 10 years in Portland and the many people who became family during that time.

It's truly overwhelming, in the best kind of way really - and I'm grateful to my core. It's truly because of you, the support you show me constantly, that this opportunity is even at my doorstep. I'm in awe of the power of positive thought and you have changed my life in so many ways.

So celebrate that positive thought, I figured the best kind of post would be one that celebrated one of the happiest days for me. I celebrated my 35th birthday in Santa Monica, CA and us girls of course hammed it up for the camera to commemorate the many body confidence milestones we all have personally achieved and those we work hard to inspire other women to take.

I am so proud of these pictures and like I said in my facebook post, I remember a time when my size 26/28 self and THIS (me + swimsuit + picture) would have NEVER happened and that is a damn shame because this day was one of the most perfect ever...and honestly if I had any more clothes on I literally WOULD HAVE DIED from heat stroke. What if we let the critics in our head win?? What if you turn down that pool party invite?? Your happiness will suffer in exchange to make someone else more comfortable with THEIR own issues, our children's self esteem will suffer and they will think this is how they should be as well (why should they love themselves unconditionally when they don't see you doing that?), our husbands will suffer because they SEE every inch of our beauty and it literally KILLS them little by little to have no control in helping you find peace and happiness with your body and unfortunately, the cycle will never end. Eff the critics babygirl, and eff anyone else's version of beauty if it forces you to deny embracing moments like your life NOW.

Suit >
Pics taken by Marcy Guevara - thank you Marcy!

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plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style
plus size swimsuit for larger sizes, body inspiration, plus size blogger style

HUGE thanks to my fellow blogger hotties that embraced pics in their swim suits in honor of my birthday - I love you so much <3 .="" br="">
From left Brandi Miller, Jolene of Boardroom Blonde, myself, Kristine of Trendy Curvy and Crystal of Sometimes Glam and Amanda of Fashion, Love and Martini's who didn't make the group shot but glowed in the light blue swimsuit above!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Birthday Brunch on the Beach

I haven't celebrated my birthday with any fanfare in a while and after a trip to Florida, was craving some sun.... So I booked a trip to LA for this weekend and it was everything I needed!

My official bday is March 15, but we had brunch on Saturday at the most perfect restaurant that had tables IN THE SAND, and the food was great too, total bonus. Some amazing gal pals came and showed so much love and got to finally put faces to names.

Disclaimer! I always say I'm all real, buttttttttt This is not my real tan! Lol it's courtesy of a pro air-brush bronze from my gal Beauty by Meghan Hamilton. 

Here are a few pics from the weekend and there will be a lot more, promise! 

Thank you to Torrid for this suit!! Here's the link Photo and prop styling by THE Marcy Guevara!! 

Where we had brunch. Back on the Deck Cafe. 

My soul sister Brandi Miller who built the most fab cabana for us after!

From left is Jolene of Boardroom Blonde, Crystal of Sometimes Glam, Amanda of Fashion Love and Martinis and mua.

More coming to babes! Hint hint.... Curvy babe photo shoootttttttttt. Meow. 

Link to my swimsuit / avail in sizes 0-5 (14-32)

More BTS pics on my 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Plus size fashion picks for sizes 30 (4X) and up!

Calling all ladies over a size 28!!  As a fellow big gal who has been every size from 12 to 30, I understand the hell it can be to shop once you hit size 30+. I won't lie, it's hard, BUT - it's NOT impossible. So I wanted to do some virtual shopping for you and pick out some great pieces you can add to your closet. As you know, I love main pieces that are staples you can keep forever and mix and max and a pop of print/color here and there. 

And, if you think you will have to pay out the you know what just to look good because you're a bigger gal, trust me, there are great places to snag a good deal. Let me know if you'd like me to do this kind of feature more often. This was my shopping feature in the Feb/Mar 2015 issue of SKORCH Magazine (did you read it yet?? 174 pages of free fashion inspiration for sizes 12-36).

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