Meet Curvy Girl Resale Boutique!

 

Fashionable AND affordable plus size clothes? WHAT?! I know. My mind was kind of blown too.

A few weeks ago I attended the grand opening of Curvy Girl Boutique. Though I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, I knew I was so excited to check out a store that not only was local but carried my size *insert praise hands* (But seriously…this is huge for Frederick, MD) Upon entering this perfectly sized, well decorated boutique, I was warmly welcomed by the owner and shown around the store. As I looked through the racks and racks of insanely cute, affordable, second-hand clothes all ranging from sizes 10-30, I was immediately in love. So much so, that I had to do a post about this incredible store!

Not only do they have an extensive variety of dresses, tops, pants, and jackets, they also have accessories for days. Shoes, jewelry, scarves, etc., if you need it they’ve got it. But what’s incredible about Curvy Girl Boutique (CGB), is the quality of the clothing. There’s brand name options such as Torrid, Fashion to Figure, Lane Bryant & Forever 21 Plus, all for at least a quarter the original price. I don’t know about ya’ll but I get SO tired of paying $50 for one top at some of my favorite plus size stores. I would venture to say that’s why I feel so adamant about CGB, they’re making quality plus clothes accessible, affordable, and fashionable. I mean come on…what more can a woman want??

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This versatile and gorgeous royal blue top just so happens to be a resale from Curvy Girl Boutique 😍 

I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Owner, Stephanie Vanderhorst, and asked her a bit about herself and Curvy Girl Boutique. Check out the interview below:


My name is Stephanie and I am originally from Clearwater, FL.  I moved to Charlotte, NC in 2008 and shortly thereafter moved to Frederick, MD in 2011.  I am currently a Manager of Loan Originations for a credit union in DC.  I have 4 children, 3 of whom are adults and 4 grand babies.  I love to travel, go to concerts, attend plays, frequent wonderful restaurants, and MOST of all, SHOP.

Tell us a little bit about your experience as a curvy woman.

I have been a curvy woman most of my life. I remember being in middle school and taking shape very early. By the time I was in high school, I was a size 13/14 and continued to blossom from there. As a young mother at the age of 16, I started to gaining weight and by the age of 21 with 3 kids, I was 250lbs (size 20W). As with some women, I was very self-conscious; however, I always maintained a sense of style, even on a budget. In my early 30’s, I really started to embrace my curves. I loved my waist, thighs and backside. I learned to accentuate what God had given me with class and style. I steadily worked out and watched (for the most part) my diet, putting me at a size 10-12. After struggling to stay there for a few years prior to embarking on menopause, I slowly started to climb the scale and clothing size, but this time, I FULLY embraced my body. I felt that I ate well, was active, and was going to start LIVING my life not worrying about what society said I should look like. I inspire ALL women to do the same, it is very liberating.

What does being a confident woman look like to you?

A confident woman is someone who knows her worth and loves every facet of her being. She faces the world every day with her head held high, despite the turmoil that may be brewing in her life.   She is continually on a quest to grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. Most of all, she has mastered the understanding of BALANCE in her life and does not neglect herself for anyone.

What prompted you to open Curvy Girl Boutique?

I was inspired to open Curvy Girl by a contemporary of mine that lives in FL. She, like I, is a very curvy woman and ventured out to open her own plus size clothing boutique. The response that she received from the community was overwhelming. I, in turn, wanted to bring that excitement to an area in MD that would appreciate such options. I spent the majority of my life pinching pennies and I understand the financial struggle that we all go through during seasons of our life. Our SELF ESTEEM or SELF CONFIDENCE should never suffer because we don’t have quality, trendy clothing that fits US, at reasonable prices.

Who is Curvy Girl Boutique geared toward?

Curvy Girl is geared toward the women who possess a sense of style and love cutting-edge design. Women who pride themselves on expressing their uniqueness through fashion. What’s better than this? Having the option to change your wardrobe as often as you would like, even while being on a budget.

What can customers look forward to while shopping at Curvy Girl Boutique?

Curvy Girl wants to deliver an EXPERIENCE to each of our customers. When you come into Curvy Girl, you will be welcomed with open arms. We have a very clean and organized environment that fosters a wonderful shopping experience. We want to see women come hang out with their girls, have fun, try on as many items as they wish, accessorize and leave feeling more beautiful than when they first walked in.

Can you tell us about the benefits of shopping both locally and within a consignment capacity?

The benefits of shopping locally are endless. One, you give back to your community by supporting a small business and that small business helps stabilize the economy in that community. Second, shopping locally allows you to touch and feel items before purchasing them. We have to admit, most of us curvy women need to try items on because every designer has a different cut in their clothing. Anyone that is a bargain shopper should love consignment/resale. It gives the shopper best of both worlds. You can find awesome, unique pieces that no one has, as well as quality pieces at affordable prices.

How do you hope Curvy Girl Boutique will impact the Frederick community?

I hope that Curvy Girl Boutique impacts Frederick by providing plus size women clothing options that they haven’t had before. I want to see women explore their creative sides by expressing themselves through fashion. Curvy Girl has thousands of items to choose from and any woman could leave out the store with an entire outfit (shoes and accessories included) for under $50. That’s pretty remarkable.

If women would like to donate clothes to Curvy Girl Boutique, how would they do so?

Curvy Girl Boutique accepts items for resale daily. Those items should be in excellent condition and should be for the two seasons ahead of us. For example in September we are taking clothes for Fall & Winter. We give up to 50% store credit for what we think we can sell it for.

How can customers contact you? (maybe include address, store hours, email, social media sites?)

Curvy Girl Boutique is opened 7 days a week. Currently our hours are Mon-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat 10-8pm and Sun 11-6pm. We will make modifications to the hours as inclement weather approaches, as well as when Daylight Savings time is over. You can follow us on Facebook at Curvy Girl Plus Size Resale Boutique.

1100 W. Patrick St #B

Frederick, MD 21703.

240-815-5227

www.curvygirlresaleboutique.com


 

I just want to say thank you to Curvy Girl Boutique for bringing representation and affordability to the DMV area. Thank you for recognizing that ALL women deserve to feel stylish and valued! Stephanie, I feel blessed to live in the same community as a like-minded, empowering woman such as yourself. So thank you for taking this adventure, and here’s to many years of success and inspiration!

Let me finish up by saying this: to all my plus size ladies living in the DMV area, Curvy Girl Boutique is a MUST see!  And when you purchase your first outfit, make sure to take a picture and use #StyledbyCGB for some social media love!!

 

XOXO lovelies!

 

 

 

Listen and Learn: My Current Top 5 Podcasts

Comin’ at ya this week to share some details about podcasts that have been giving me life lately! Some of you reading this may already actively listen to various podcasts, and some may be saying, “what the hell even is a podcast?!”. No matter where you are on the spectrum, I wanted to give you guys some information about what I’ve been listening to most regularly. Below is featured some information about each show, as well as, how you can access these audio recordings for your listening and educational pleasure!

What is a podcast and how can I access one?

Essentially, podcasts are online talk radio shows. Technically speaking, they’re digital audio files that can be accessed via the internet. Most podcasts are created with a theme or topic as the focus, and are released either weekly or as a series. These audio recordings can be found via individual show title websites, Apple iTunes- Podcasts,  SoundCloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and so many other outlets. If you’re tired of listening to the same radio stations on your way to work, or simply seeking a new form of entertainment, I can promise you theres a podcast out there you’ll love!

Take a look into the five shows I’ve been listening to below (Click on the pictures to access each show online):


fearless rebelle

I’ve been a fan of the FRR show for a little while now and let me tell you, it never seems to disappoint. Summer Innanen is an author and a life-coach helping women build a stronger body-image, confidence, and self-worth.

As per the show description, “Fearless Rebelle Radio features interviews with the leading experts in body image, the anti-diet movement, self-help and feminism. When I’m not interviewing trailblazers, you’ll receive my best advice with practical tips to help you feel better in the body you have, break free of food obsession, and live life on your own terms.”

Summer is remarkably intelligent, thoughtful in her approach, and respectfully helps the listener breakdown and rebuild perspectives on self-love, feminist issues, societal pressures, and so much more. If you love these topics (which we all know I do), or seek to understand these topics further, I highly suggest checking out the Fearless Rebelle Radio show.


Hoodrats to headwrap

Words can never quite explain how much admiration I have for Ericka Hart, M.Ed and Ebony Donnley. Ericka identifies as a sexuality educator, writer, performer, and activist, while Ebony is also quite an activist with roots in audio technology. As this couple ventured into a new project, a weekly podcast titled Hoodrat to Headwrap, I knew I had to check it out immediately. Listen in as this podcast seeks to decolonize and dismantle white supremacy. If you’re feeling lost or needing some internal bias discovery in today’s political and social climate, this is a beautiful place to briefly land and learn.


Beautiful life

Listen as Gracy Obuchowicz brings a show highlighting interviews and topics related to self-care, self-love, and maintaining wellness within the typical daily busy life. This show is geared more toward those within the working world, specifically those looking to improve their self-care skills and prioritize filling their own cup before filling other’s. When I’m looking for new ideas or have some internal work to do, this is a go-to listen for some inspiration. Also, I just love Gracy’s personality!


The Stoop

In this brand new show hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba, take a look into shared stories and moments about what it means to be black. As a mental health professional, I personally seek opportunities to understand others and broaden my perspective. What a better way to do this (aside from sitting down and engaging face-to-face with real people lol) than by listening to experiences and stories firsthand. This podcast cultivates empathy, understanding, and perspective. I really great listen for anyone and everyone.


Thoughts loosely

Strong Opinions Loosely Held is the perfect show for the ADD listener! Lol Each show averages anywhere from 16-25 minutes, discussing topics such as “When your pop culture doesn’t match your politics”, “How HGTV explains America”, and “Famous on the internet, broke IRL”. I love this show because Elisa showcases knowledgeable guests, includes her own strong female voice, and really brings a sense of real life relatability.

 

Thanks for reading lovelies!!

#BEinyourskin

Happy Friday lovelies!

I have some seriously exciting news! I can officially announce that I’ve been selected to be featured in the #BEinyourskin Plus Size Editorial Wall Calendar, the exclusive version! I’ll be featured there alongside 100 other boss, inspiring people and I couldn’t be more honored! It’s kind of surreal thinking that myself and so many other incredible plus-size people will be showcased in such a moving project. All I can think about is how younger me would have absolutely DIED to see fat/curvy bodies celebrated so beautifully!! In case you have’t caught on…there’s no denying that plus-size bodies have finally had enough of hiding. We’re thriving, shining, and inspiring. *(insert praise hands emoji)*
The picture featured in the calendar is from a bikini shoot I did with photographer Lauren Litton:
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Over the past year and a half, I’ve spent so many hours immersing myself in resources related to body positivity, plus-size fashion, fat activism, and tons of bold, game-changing influencers. Not only has this immersion been a HUGE contributing factor to my education and growth, it’s also completely shifted my own perception of beauty and self-appreciation. One of the best pieces of advice I can give someone seeking self-love/acceptance, is to immerse yourself with REPRESENTATION. Surround yourself with visual resources teaching you new perceptions and highlighting people/events/news that break barriers. Change your social media feed, read books centered around self-love, listen to news stories of people changing lives, visually SEE confident and kind people who look like you (or especially those who don’t look like you).
And on that note…
Today, I wanted to highlight a woman who has been a massive influence in my life and so many others. So without further ado…meet Brianna McDonnell the creator of The B Word Blog and the #BEinyourskin Campaign.
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But seriously…are ya’ll seein’ this?? She kills the ENTIRE game. 
The campaign is a now annual month-long self-love social media event, created to help followers improve their self-esteem, take chances, and holistically celebrate their uniqueness. For me, Brianna has quickly become one of the first people to really provide representation of a fashion-forward plus woman with genuine confidence. Her blog and shared content has really changed the way I personally look at fashion and beauty. She’s bold, confident, passionate, and a complete visionary. Being a fellow blogger, this woman has completely blown me away with her dedication and pure heart put into everything she touches. After receiving requests to share information about  influencers who have inspired me directly, The B Word is most definitely one of the first babes that comes to mind.
Follow her. Read her content. Witness a strong, confident plus woman. Be inspired by her bold decision to be the representation our young women desperately need to see.
Link to purchase #BEinyourskin Calendar: www.thebwordmerch.bigcartel.com/

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