Alissa Has Stylish Curves - My Virtual Chat with The Woman Behind The Blog, 8/01/2010
by Madeline Jones
In a city like New York, it's not difficult to meet people,
but meeting a kindred spirit, is an entire other story. I genuinely believe if
you are meant to meet someone who will be relevant in your life, things just
have a way of happening. I traveled all the way to Ohio for the Lane Bryant
conference, earlier this summer, and met a fellow New Yorker and fashionista by
the name of Alissa. She's a beautiful statuesque woman with a very classy sense
P.S ...just as beautiful as she is on the outside, she is, on
Maddy: With so many blogs out there, it can be very
intimidating to get into the blogging "game". Tell me how you got started as a
Alissa: I always knew I loved fashion and I knew
that I wanted to become a fashion journalist. After a year of endless
interviews and countless resumes being sent out, just trying to get my foot in
the magazine industry, I was ready to give up and find another career to chase
after. I came across a few fashion blogs. I researched blogging for a few
months and saw there were tons of fashion blogs. I didn't want to be just any
old fashion blogger, so I decided I would blog specifically for the plus size
girls who love fashion.
Maddy: And we so love that you do.
Maddy: You had mentioned to me once that you like to be
able to feature clothing stores and designers to your readers that they would
not otherwise think carried plus sizes, can you elaborate on this a bit?
Alissa: To be totally honest, I rarely shop in plus size
stores. I've always shopped in straight sized stores. So many plus size girls
don't realize that these straight size stores go past a size 14 and may offer
up to a size 18. My family always taught me to never be intimidated by what's
in the advertisement. I was taught to try on clothing to see what will actually
fit my body. I think so many girls hear the words "plus size" and think, I can
only shop at Lane Bryant or Ashley Stewart. I want my readers to not be
fooled into that kind of thinking. So, I try my best to showcase those stores that
carry a size 14 and up.
Maddy: Going from a size 18 to 22 was a big jump from
me and I felt, at first, like the choices in clothing was not exactly the same
for me. Are there any clothing retailers or designers that you feel cater to
the more voluptuous woman?
Alissa: I'm a size 18 right now and I feel like
the best stores that cater to a voluptuous figure are stores like H&M,
Loft, and of course Old Navy & The GAP. Along with DKNY and Michael Kors, I'm
a fan of boutique shopping because a lot of their clothes are cute and fit a
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