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Rant: Old Navy Completely Dissed The Plus Size Women Of Kentucky

I was originally working on another post to go up today when I felt the need to write this first. This is something that has happened many times before with other retailers, and I feel very passionately about this topic. So the other post can wait.

You may or may not be aware that Old Navy announced recently they would be adding plus sizes to select stores. That is 75 stores to be exact. Those select stores will now be carrying up to a size 30W in store. I think we all thought this was about time. And I was really excited to hear plus sizes were coming to stores for many reasons. For me personally I seem to be all over the place in their sizing, so I really need to try their clothing on to find a good fit. But I also was excited for the women in my state, many who don’t have disposable money to order something and then it not fit. Old Navy is more on the affordable side, and for women to be able to buy in store is a huge thing in a state where poverty is a huge problem. I had plans on going and getting some things to share with all of you.

Now I don’t know exactly how many stores in total Old Navy has (I read its a 1,000, but I have no confirmation), but I do know that there are a least a few states that don’t have any stores, like Alaska and Idaho. So my initial thought when I heard the news was that obviously some states, bigger states like  California, are going to have more than one location with plus sizes. But aside from that then all states that have a store will get at least one location with plus sizes in the stores, right?

The email announcement that plus size clothing was now in stores went out on the 9-21-18. I didn’t have a chance to look it over for a few days, but did finally make the time to sit down and read my emails. In case you did not get that email or just don’t read your emails, here is what it said:

Your Style. Your size.

When you log on to Old Navy’s website and go to their store locator, there is now a link at the top you can click to see a list of where the stores that carry plus sizes are located. (Just a note: The link that lists where Old Navy is adding plus sizes is working, but Old Navy seem to have take the actual list off of it between the time I started writing this and the day it was scheduled to post. I am not sure  why, but I am leaving the link in case they put the list back.) Obviously, the first thing I did was going to see where my local store was. That is when I realized, oh not every state is getting plus sizes. And I have to admit, I am kind of pissed about it.

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Here in Kentucky we have one of the highest populations of plus size women per capita, yet we are not getting not even one store with plus sizes. And it’s not just Kentucky they left out. Other states like West Virginia are also getting skipped over. Actually, only 31 states are getting plus sizes. Why?

I’m sure if we asked Old Navy they would respond with some polished bull shit answer like “we analyzed our orders and we felt we had to give the stores in the areas where we receive the most plus size orders the clothing in stores”. I want to be clear, I have not asked them, and as far as I know Old Navy has not said this. But this has happened time and time again to my state when companies choose where to go, what stores to incorporate plus sizes into, etc.. They don’t realize how short-sighted they are being. If your goal is to bring in new sales, you don’t go where you are already making the sale.

Don’t get me wrong, I am really glad Old Navy is finally bringing plus sizes back into stores. I just think if they truly cared about making their clothing more accessible, they would spread their plus size stores out better. The demographic and market is here, they just haven’t been given the opportunity to see what you offer. Not everyone is comfortable ordering online. And even if they are comfortable ordering online, your sizing is just not consistent enough, and dealing with returns eats up time and money.

I’m really tired of companies skipping my state. There is a store the next state over that would be about an hour and a half drive away. And I have driven that far in the past to do a store try on. But that was for a new store with limited locations. So I don’t feel inclined to do that here. Quite honestly I don’t think I will be spending any money at Old Navy till they put plus sizes in a store in my state.

Tell me in the comments if Old Navy skipped over your state, and if so what state are you in?

 

 

 

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How Art Has Been Ahead On The Body Positivity Game

Art Loves Your Body

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I have talked a few times about my love of art here on the blog. In fact one of my very first dates with my husband was going to a valentine’s day event at a local art gallery. We both love and appreciate various types of art. So it’s really not unusual for us to visit an art gallery, or some sort of tourist attraction surrounding art, when we go on vacation. My most recent vacation in September was no exception. We visited The Ringling while we were in staying in Sarasota County.

In addition to having a lot of fun and relaxation on our vacation, I also found a lot of inspiration. One of the things that inspired me, as you might have guessed, was walking around the Ringling Fine Art Museum. This is just one of four museums you can visit at the Ringling. I found as I was walking around their Fine Art Museum I was really thinking about how body positive art is and has been since the beginning of art. I was especially struck by this thought when I came upon this statue. (I apologize for the quality of any of the pictures I am sharing from my trip, but there was a lot of odd lighting and you can not use flash photography in an art museum)

In the museum I couldn’t find the usual tag that tells the name of the artist or piece. I didn’t see anything other than the signature at the base of the statue. You can see the signature says G. Lachaise. After a tiny bit of research I found this piece was done by Gaston Lachaise, a sculptor of the early 20th century. I couldn’t find the actual name of this piece, but I found that he was known for his sculptures of women, most of who were voluptuous in form.

Every day in our media we are inundated with messages that women are only supposed to look one way. And while that look has changed from time to time over the years, it is still only the look that is popular at the time. But when you walk through an art gallery, it is much more like a celebration of all body types and is representative of real women through time.

Here are just a couple of the pieces I found that I loved during my walk through the museum (paintings will be on the left, and their information tags will be on the right.)

Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that a walk through your local art museum is going to suddenly make everyone love their body as is. What I am suggesting is it is a healthier representations of women’s bodies than what is offered in the media currently because there are so many types of bodies represented in art. And I think having those representations of all bodies is the first step in accepting your own body.

There are also these false ideas we get sold about fat bodies through watching TV and movies. And, unfortunately, those ideas sometimes come from health professionals that should know better. We have this idea that there were no fat bodies until the last thirty or forty years. Or sometimes you are told there were exception during a short period of time that being fat was a symbol or your status and money. And while there is truth in that last statement, the first time you walk through an art gallery of any size and really think about what you are seeing you realize what bull shit the rest of it is.

We might have more fat bodies walking around today than in previous times, but there are many reasons for that. Those reasons are really a topic for another time.

It’s important for future generations that we continue to have those artistic representations of fat bodies. Thankfully there are already artists out there doing just that today. Here is a short list of some of the artist I personally love, please go show them some love.

  • Butter n’ Honey – An artist local to me located in Lexington, Ky. Amongst other things, her art includes curvy mermaids, fairies, and other cuties.
  • Joanna Thangiah – An artist based in Sydney, Australia. Her art is mainly focused on feminism and quite often features fat bodies.
  • The Tiny Hobo – I have talked about this artist on the blog before, her art is pop culture and icons shown with fat bodies. I am linking to her website. She did have an Etsy shop previously, but it seems to be gone now.

Tell me in the comments below who your favorite artist is that includes fat bodies in their work. Who should we be following and supporting?

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Flamingos At A Garden Party? – Checking Out The Bourbon Social

1467388722754My husband and I recently went to the Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party hosted by The Bourbon Social. And honestly I don’t think that I can think much that would say Kentucky more than a Garden Party involving Bourbon and bacon.

It was a beautiful event held on the lawn at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. When we arrived there were all kinds of signage posted to direct us where to go.

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After we signed in there was a photographer there to take our pictures.

13522795_1798981503682067_3679777920943087851_oThere will be more full length pictures of the outfit towards the end, I promise.

One of the great things about attending events like this is meeting other people, networking, or just running in to other people you already know and having a great afternoon of conversation. For instance also in attendance was my friend Nancy Pauley and her husband Eddie.

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Nancy owns and operates Pinot’s Palette. If you are in the Lexington area you should check it out. It one of those places that you drink wine and paint. Sounds like a blast right?

There was really quite a crowd there though, so many interesting people to meet and mingle with.

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But obviously what most people came for was the Beer, the Bourbon, and lets not forget the bacon. Because who doesn’t like bacon? No one I know, because I don’t have time for that kind of negativity in my life. Haha, just kidding! Sort of. But really, lets talk about what everyone came out for.

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For anyone who wasn’t a Beer or Bourbon drinker, Lover’s Leap Winery was there with a selection of their wines.

From that point on each table had pairings. So there would be an alcohol selection and then a food paired with it.

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At this table we had three beers from West 6th Brewing, a local brewery here in Lexington. They had their Snakes in a Barrel Beer. It was pair with a selection of fresh fruit, crackers, Artisan Cheeses, Snakes in A Barrel Beer Cheese, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Dip, and Caramelized Onion Dip. Then second they had the Snakecake Beer. It was paired with Pulled Pork Potato Skins with Snakecake Chipolte BBQ Drizzle. And last, but not least they had their Cocoa Porter. And I am going to try and tell you what it was paired with, but it was one of the few things that was not listed online and the picture of the sign was not clear enough to read, but here goes. It was paired with a dark chocolate cupcake, with what I believe was bourbon vanilla icing, and a piece of candied bacon on top.

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At this table they had Barrel Bourbon served neat from batch 007 (how funny is that). It was paired with Beef Sliders with Pork Belly, Ghost Jam, and Fried Onion.

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At this table they had Black Saddle Bourbon Whiskey. It was paired with chocolate candied cayenne bacon.

13490701_1798980907015460_1766874512758138868_oAt this table they had Bourbon Mary’s (or you know the Kentucky version of a Bloody Mary) made with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon. It was paired with a pimento cheese stuffed cherry tomato with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon Jam. I couldn’t have any of the Bloody Mary’s to try because of my allergy, but they let me try a bit of the Bacon Bourbon, and I loved it. I will be buying some for myself.

13575942_1798980770348807_2042050997182711722_o And the last table had Kentucky Mule’s made with Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon. It was paired with Bacon and Jalopeno Deviled Eggs.

There was live music playing through the event.

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My husband and I had never had a chance to visit the Henry Clay Estate, so we made sure to take a walk around. One of the things that really stood out was the beautiful English Style Strolling Garden.

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So we took a stroll and made sure to stop for lots of pitures, and of course a few selfies.

2016-06-19 15.58.34I was wearing the Flamingo dress from last years Retro Collection at Torrid. It is no longer available, but if you like flamingos you might like the Flamingo Print Sundress that they still have. And I have on my White Skechers Wedge Sandal with it. Seriously you can’t find any wedges that are more comfortable.

2016-06-19 15.55.56We had a great time. Its always nice to find something different to do. And my husband really enjoyed himself and wants to go back. I think that says a lot for me. Its really hard sometimes to find things to do that we both enjoy outside of the norm. And I for one don’t like living in a rut, so I will be attending more events in the future.

If you live in the central Kentucky area and are interested in finding out more about the Bourbon Social, you can check out their website at http://www.thebourbonsocial.com/. Or you can follow them on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. I want to give an extra special thank you to the Bourbon Social for giving me the okay to use their pictures.

 

 

 

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Supporting Art of All Kinds

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I have not kept my love of art secret at all on this blog. It is really a part of our lives, and really one of the few activities that I really love about the town I live in. There is always some sort of art exhibit or other event revolving around art going on. One of the biggest events that happens every year is the Woodland Art Fair hosted by The Lexington Art League. We were joined by my friend Libby (a.k.a. Bluegrass Geek Mom) and her family.

While I always try to throw some fashion pictures into the mix, this was just one of those times that it just didn’t happen. We were just having too great of a time enjoying and looking at everything I forgot to snag a picture of what I was wearing, but I still wanted to share some of my favorite things from the Art Fair.

One of the first things that caught my attention were these fabulous costume pieces (yes I know, your thinking how unlike me to gravitate towards the fashion).

Costumes Used At The Lexington Ballet CompanyThese were at the booth for The Lexington Ballet Company, where they were giving out schedules for the upcoming ballet season (which is another love of mine, well really any form of dance is).  Make sure to visit their website for theirs schedule if you live in the area, and are also a lover of dance.

There was large crowd, as there usually is. And every year it just seems to get larger. Here you can see just one small area of the park that the Art Fair has taken over. It has actually grown so much in the last few years that the park no longer contains it. It has spread to neighboring lots store fronts. That’s my friend Libby on the left, and her son Tim is in front of her walking around in the crowd.

2015-08-16 12.25.32For me when I am walking around in large crowds like this, it is really easy to get overwhelmed. Things often start to blur together. I have also noticed from year to year that it seems like there are always a lot of artists/booths that have very similar items or styles of work, so things don’t always stand out. You know you have spotted something really unique when it just snaps you to attention, or its something you can’t take your eyes off of.

 

My most favorite piece of the whole art fair came from an artist named Leif Erik Johansen. He had a lot of great pieces, but this was the big eye catcher of the whole show for me.

2015-08-16 12.27.17What you can’t see from the picture is that this piece, as well as several other pieces of his art are lighted. You can see much more detailed pictures as well as information on how he creates these fantastic pieces of art on his website. And check out his other styles of work as well, like the ones pictures below. I can honestly say that I am a fan, and I hope he comes back next year.

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One of the artist that my friend Libby was really drawn to were these large glass art pieces by an artist named Paula Marksbury.

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And here are some pictures of a few other highlight things we saw and did while we were there. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to get cards from these places for various reasons, but I still wanted to share these with you.

2015-08-16 12.32.33My friend Mark (Libby’s husband) had to stop and try on one of these awesome handmade leather hats.

2015-08-16 13.19.28I wasn’t really sure what these figures were all about, but they certainly were interesting.

2015-08-16 13.53.46And of course we couldn’t leave without hitting up at least one of the many food vendors. Ahh fresh made Quesadillas. I promise there aint no shame in this girls food game. I had to say that, it made me laugh.

Truly, if you live in the are or find yourself passing by this time next year, make sure you check out the Woodlands Art Fair. In addition to these things, there are so many more activities for the kids, music for all ages, live performances. It is a day to enjoy.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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