Tag Archives: Fashion

NEW FIRST LOOK!

10 Apr

Photo Credits:
Stylist: Spry Lee Scott
Makeup Artist: Tara Taylor
Hair Stylist: Aliza Williams
Photographer: Lucas Pictures
Picture Editor: Poetic Image

Ok, so what–we are a little bias when it comes to Christina Mendez. It could be her candidness during an interview, or it could be her 24/7 grind–we aren’t sure which, but anyway you slice it we just love her.

If it seemed like she had been missing in action, you can attribute that to her new bundle of joy, Cailey Christine. Although, being a mom for the second time around did not stop her for long. Three months after the birth of her baby girl, Christina hit the ground running with high-profile features on Good Morning America and Rachael Ray modeling for Modern Family’s star Sofia Vergara’s Kmart Fashion segment, BET’s Rip the Runway, New Jersey Full Figured Fashion Week, Rocawear.com, Qristyl Frazier’s Epitome Collection, WABC (NY) speaking on behalf of Autism Speaks, and numerous commercials. Did we mention that she was ranked #3 on Oddee’s list of “10 Incredibly Hot Women Who Are Larger Than A Size 12”?

“I’m a strong believer in fate/faith and I am so happy that the industry has welcomed me back after my hiatus. My goal as a plus size model will always be to continue to diversify my resume with brands and campaigns that truly embrace what I have to offer,” says Mendez.

Even with all of that going on, Christina never strays too far from the still shot. “Working with the amazing styling team I was fortunate enough to partner up with, these new photos definitely show my versatility.” Luckily for you, she loves us enough to share her latest looks (and they are smoking hot might we add).

If you don’t know much about this positive powerhouse, you’ll get to learn more in an upcoming issue of Gemini Magazine (shhhh…we haven’t told her yet). Until then, enjoy the view!

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Mike & Molly Co-Star to Launch Plus Line

30 Sep

We have all been there (“we” meaning the plus size woman) in a store wanting to spend money on the latest trend or at least something that resembles fashionable only to find that the selection is (in the eloquent words of Mike & Molly co-star Melissa McCarthy) “either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle.”

For some of us, the talent of being stylish is completely God-given, for others (raising hand here) not so much, but we can all agree that for years stylish plus size clothing options were far and few between.  Melissa McCarthy is seeking to change that for the fashion-handicapped.

McCarthy plans to launch her own plus size line with the help of couturier Daniella Pearl (who, shall we add was the helping hand behind her self designed Emmy dress).  Before you roll your eyes at yet another celebrity putting thread to fabric, McCarthy has a slight edge on the other celeb fashion designers. She has a background in design and wanted to actually become a designer, however, as luck would have it she ended up doing stand-up in New York.

There is no definite timeline as to when the line will launch, but we are sure it won’t be too long.  We wish the Emmy Award winning 41-year-old mother of two the best of luck in her endeavor. Let’s face it, it can’t possibly hurt for the curvy girl to have more choices.

The Limited’s New Plus Line: Eloquii

1 Sep

I can only remember being this excited over clothing once in my life (well—ok—twice. When I was recently able to buy jeans from NY&CO I thought I would faint).  The year, 1997. The age, 18. The time, college.  My bff told me about this amazing thing called credit (not so amazing when you get the bill), and a particular store I had my eye on for years had it to give.  The day I walked out of The Limited with a bag full of clothes purchased ($250 to be exact) with my brand new credit I shed a tear.  Years later, while shuffling my way to Lane Bryant, I would stand at The Limited store window (along with Banana Republic, The Gap, and NY&CO) and a shed tear for a completely different reason—namely because I couldn’t possibly fit a thigh in anything the store had to offer.  Fourteen years later, the store I called home in college may soon be considered what pushes me over the financial edge.  I am so excited I could spit (not about the financial ruin—but the other stuff)!  Why you ask?

The Limited has created a plus line for women staring longingly into store windows shedding tears (or snarling at the skinnies who come bouncing out—tears then snarl is usually how it went for me).  Eloquii, created by CEO Linda Heasley, gives the plus size woman the same amazing style and quality of the company’s smaller shoppers.  The line will consist of some really pretty silhouettes (from what I gathered in the video) in sizes 14-24 (can I get a hell yea?!).

Of course when the line officially launches in October (46 days, 9 hours, and  9 minutes…but who’s counting), I plan to be ready.  Once again, I will stand in line (virtual or actual—either one…doesn’t matter) with plastic in hand ready to purchase dresses, suits, outerwear, pants, tops, accessories oh my…only this time I won’t be worried about the bill (thank God for debit cards).

 

Chelsea Settles

27 Aug

I don’t watch MTV much. I am not a huge fan of pregnant 16 year olds, horny 20-somethings being forced to live in a swanky apartment, or overly tanned Italians from NJ. Since they haven’t really shown a video since 1985, I tend to channel surf right past MTV, but when a friend emailed me the trailer (click here)  for the new ‘reality’ show, Chelsea Settles, I was intrigued–enough to set the DVR for October 11, 11:00pm.

For those of you (like me) who didn’t know about the show, it appears to be about the very public journey of a small town girl who just happens to be enamoured with fashion, tries to get a job in the industry, and weighs 324 lbs.  In the trailer, you can see she is a tad bit uncomfortable with saying those numbers out loud (324) for the whole world to hear, but bravely she takes on the journey.  The trailer also shows a few idiots hissing mean comments at her like “You’re fat, bitch” (Quick note to you asshats: it’s obvious she knows she is overweight–she didn’t need you to tell her.  Don’t worry though, I’m sure someone will return the favor when you have somehow squeezed your wide behind (a few years from now) into jeans that belong in the Jr’s department while your unsightly, gelatinous, stretch marked bulge spills from up under your too small, stained baby tee.  Just sayin’).

From what I see, Chelsea seems sweet and determined to walk her journey.  Moving to LA to pursue a career in fashion couldn’t have possibly been easy, but she did it. Perhaps (even before we really get to know her) we can all take away a little something from this 23 year old go getter.  Stepping out on faith to pursue something worth while is what makes life worth living–especially when you embrace growth along the way.  Kudos to MTV for showing the journey.  Maybe it will inspire others do get out there and actually do something instead of making excuses as to why they can’t.  I do have one complaint, though.  Eleven o’clock is kinda late–it’s waaaay past my bed time.  Do you think we could move that up a bit?  Just askin’.

Outfit Of The Day

19 Aug

Our Outfit Of The Day is from Sarah Russell, 24 from Massachusttes. She is a blogger of a great site that caters to plus size fashion Tabayag.com. Sarah is displaying her city chic look. Isn’t she stylist?

If you are interested in sending us your picture for “Outfit Of The Day” please email us at Geminimagfashion@gmail.com

Outfit Of The Day

16 Aug

Today’s Outfit Of  The Day is from a beautiful talented lady Michelle Kirkness, 30 from Seattle, WA. She has designes and creates her own clothes. In the picture above she created and designed the corset which is made of embroidered satin with steel boning. The skirt is made of crushed layered satin, and the blouse made of stitched lace.

Isn’t she fab and talented?

If you are interested in sending us your “Outfit Of The Day” please email us at geminimagfashion@gmail.com

Outfit Of The Day

13 Aug

Check out our fab reader India, 27 from New Orleans. We are loving her high-waisted denim skirt. Is she beautiful?

If you are interested in sending your picture, please email us at Geminimagfashion@gmail.com.

Outfit Of The Day

12 Aug

Our reader Amanda Hudgins, 23 from Florida. She looks stylish is her high-waisted pencil skirt and peep toe pumps. Isn’t she gorgeous?

If you would like to submit a picture for “Outfit Of The Day” please email us at Geminimagfashion@gmail.com.

What Our Readers Wore

11 Aug

We have started a new segment for our growing blog. We will showcase what our beautiful confident readers have worn. What you wear is important but nothing is more important than the confident you have within.

We would like to introduce Queen Diva, 33 from Maryland. Isn’t she fab?

*If you are interested in being in our show case please email us at Geminimagfashion@gmail.com

Curvy Glamor

26 Jul

Your curves should never prevent you from being stylish. You may have to look a little harder to find the right fit and great quality. It’s always worth the search. Once you find that great designer or retailer you’ll never have to look far for fabulousness.

Guess Metallic Leather Jacket $90 Nordstrom.com

DV Peep Toe Booties $116 Heels.com

10 Kart Gold Spiked Bangles $280 Netaporter.com

Halogen Sequin Silk Tank $79 Nordstrom.com

Fashion Bug Zipper Trim Leggings $19.99 FashionBug.com