Sandy somehow manages to work full-time, attend graduate school, raise a six-year-old and blog on top of all of it! She's already been published twice on the Lucky Community, and one of her posts Back to Basics has already had more than 400 views! Learn about how she does it all in this weeks New Member Monday interview:
I began fashion vlogging via YouTube back in the spring of 2010 and transitioned to a personal blog in March 2011. My videos were mostly oufit of the day (OOTD) style videos as well as hair styling tutorials. There were so many blogs out there but few were dedicated to the size 12+ so that added onto my motivation. My motto had always been that Style is NOT just for the SKINNY and I wanted to be a testament to that. I defy the preconceived notion that plus size body cannot look stylish and on-trend. Trendy and stylish plus size clothing was not as readily-found as it is now, so in order to be on-trend, I was led to shopping at ultimately straight size stores. So a lot of my outfits consisted of pieces from stores commonly found in areas all over the US accessible to my readers.
What are your favorite kinds of posts to write?
I have three type of posts I like to blog about: the ” Look for Less” (L4L), “Currently Trending” and “Thrift finds.” I love designer pieces, who doesn’t. But let’s face it, not many of us have the funds to indulge so I look for inspired if not practically exact replicas and let my lovely readers know where to buy, how much, and how to wear it. So far, it has been mainly shoes, but I do plan on applying more clothing options to this on-going feature. “Currently trending” posts informs my readers on where to buy that currently coveted item-i.e. faux leather pants, oxblood colored pieces, etc in a plus size option. “Thrift finds” post are my favorite because it shows that the saying: ”what’s old is new again” holds true and in
a severely budget friendly way. One of my most popular posts to date is my “Thrifting 101” blog posts where I breakdown how to thrift and provide a list of NYC thrift stores I frequent.
What do you think makes your voice and blog different?
I suppose what differentiates my blog from other blogs is the obvious-that I do cater to the curvy to plus size community. Aside from that, I think it’s my ability to relate to different kinds of women at different stages in their lives. For instance, college grads as well as the seasoned employee can relate to my work OOTDs. I’ve been there and done that, so I know what it’s like to be on a “recent grad” budget as well
as a living in within my wage budget and wanting to dress stylish and on trend without breaking the bank. Also, since I am a mother, I am relatable to the moms out there who refuse to lose their style due to the babies.
What made you want to join the Lucky Community?
I’ve been reading Lucky for years. It had been my go-to for trends and the like not to mention the Lucky breaks. So since I am a blogger and women do look to CurvEnvy for style inspiration, I thought this would be a great outlet to continue to show that Style isn’t just for the skinny.
Do you use any other sort of blog community platforms to connect to fellow bloggers? Which ones do you think work the best?
I have been with IFB for a few months now and recently joined Networked Blogs. I met so many bloggers, majority non-plus size, who has been helpful, encouraging and inspirational.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers and why?
The first plus size blogger I ever saw was Gabbie of GabbieFresh and MTV. I love her caution-out-the-window attitude. She showed that the title “plus size” did not hinder her from a career or from dopestyle.
I also love reading StylishCurves from blogger, Alissa Wilson. She seems to always be on the fore-front of plus size fashion and in our minimal interaction with each other; she has always been nice andencouraging.
I cannot forget Ms. Kellie B herself of FatshionInsider for her fear-less style. I also appreciate her daytime job of being in Public relations, since I, too, come from that background.
How does CurvEnvy complement what you do outside of blogging? Like with work or school?
I wish I could say that I had a free spirited style when I was younger, but I didn’t. Having worn uniform my whole life, I didn’t break out my shell, sort of speak, until College. My fearlessness towards trying different styles and becoming comfortable in my own skin didn’t develop until after I had my daughter.
Since then, the world has become my runway. I run around Manhattan in 4” heels from sun up to sun down, from my full time job to grad school in the evening, not to mention, I am a mommy. Blogging has enabled me to become aware of the clothing I put on my body and the message I give out there to those who don’t know me. It also forces me to look for the most budget friendly items to add onto my growing wardrobe. I am a firm believer in self-acceptance and in the power of clothing to revive and/or develop a woman’s confidence and I hope that CurvEnvy targets that belief.