Keeping it Real


With us being in the day and age of Photoshop and retouched images, its hard for any of us to really relate to what is being shown as beautiful.  (Read this great post by Niki of A Haute Mess).    It’s no secret, and I’ve mentioned it before, that I am not a size 2, 20 something blogger with legs for days.  I’m a chick in my 30’s with curves and less desired lumps, that make styling myself a bit more challenging.  Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be some self deprecating shpeel about how I’m not skinny like a super model so poor me.  I’m way over that stage of my life.  (A perk of being a 30 something).

Me, working the runway at the Vancouver Home + Design Show’s Style Friday event.

I believe there is a bit of a lost market in the fashion world.  The skinny gals are well represented and the full figured goddesses are finally being given the spotlight in commercials and fashion spreads.  But what about the rest of us?  I’m not “skinny”, but I’m not plus size either.  I’m right in between.  I represent the size 6-14 category of women, and there are a lot of us out there.  I always love when magazines come out with their age issues.  They show beautiful (usually rich) women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60+ styled in a manner that is “age appropriate”.  This is fantastic but what if you haven’t had work done on every square inch of your body and, again, are bigger then a size 6?  Is that hounds-tooth wool mini skirt still the best option for a professional 50 something mother of three?

Outfit  from Park Royal shopping center

While I am an admitted magazine junkie, I choose to see the fashion and leave the rest.  If I’m wanting to feel inspired about my shape and how to dress it, I go to fellow bloggers, street style pics, and often turn to my fabulous friends.  I feel so privileged to be in the position of  being able to share my own personal style and fashion thoughts with my amazing readers.  I hope to inspire those who feel the same lack of representation of real women.   I know this is not a new conversation but I do believe it’s an important one.


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    Marie-Eve @aprettynest
    October 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

    You are stunning, even more so than if you were a size 0 ! I love that sometimes (not often enough) the fashion industry makes place for real womens, wich let’s face it, is most womens period. And I have to agree, a great perk in being a 30 something is self acceptance, I feel way more at peace now then I was in my twenties. I’ve accepted that as long as I was healty, who cares if I’m a little bigger than the womens in the mags, and way shorter, I am beautiful just like I am.

    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

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      October 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comments:)

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    October 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

    This may not be a new conversation, but you’ve touched on a part of it that is often ignored… Plus sized women are becoming quite well represented in fashion, but it’s the people in between, who really fit into what is normal, who still don’t seem to really “count.” And don’t even get me started on petites… we don’t even exist 😉 Great post, Jen! Hope all is well in Vancouver and you’re enjoying your break 🙂

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      October 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      So true about petites. I have so many petite friends who have the worst time finding pretty things to fit them. I know Topshop now has a Petite section….and a Tall section for that matter. Hopefully more retailers will follow:)

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    Sarah Winton
    October 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    You are super fabulous! Your blog is my favourite because I see myself, and my friends, represented here!

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      October 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Sarah! That is so good to hear that I’m keeping it relatable. That has always been a goal of mine with my blog. xo

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    Petite Adventures
    October 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    You look gorgeous! I love your dress!

    Kate xo

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    October 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Amen, sister! Those of us who are in between skinny and plus-sized is EXACTLY what is missing in the fashion world. You look AMAZING in that dress, it’s the perfect amount of sexy! Riaz is totally checking you out in that first photo 😉

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      October 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Haha! I think he was marveling at the fact I was able to walk in 4 inch spike heels:)

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    October 31, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Jen you look absolutely stunning!! Love seeing you up there in that beautiful dress.

    Great post, in the world of blogging there is this weird pressure, even though it is supposed to be something we do for fun! Glad you are keeping it light and just sticking to seeing the fashion –

    Happy Wednesday!

    xo Cara

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    Liane Cunningham
    October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Keep this conversation going, we are the normal people an the normal size.
    Good for you Jen.

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      October 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Who knew normal would be so not normal in the fashion world. Go figure:)

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    Jenna DeSantis
    November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm


    You are freaking awesome! No really. I just came across your blog and cannot believe I have not found it until now. You are so inspiring and this post is so lovely. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and if only more bloggers were as humble as you. You are so gorgeous!!! Love your hair color!! I will definitely be following your posts from now on 🙂

    Have a perfect and wonderful week lovely!!
    XO Jenna

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      November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Jenna!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. You have totally made me blush. I’m glad you found me too. I will be sure to check out your site.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting:-)
      Jen xo

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    Jamie Delaine
    December 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

    you look gorgeous, jennifer! love catching up on your blog.

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