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Happy 2015 everyone! In only seven days this year has shown enormous potential as a time for positive change; Fat Girl Food Squad co-founders Ama and Yuli have already found themselves on the cover of Now Magazine’s Love Your Body issue and there is no sign of the body positivity movement slowing down anytime soon. Humans everywhere are making resolutions to appreciate and make peace with their bodies, abandoning the traditional shame-fest that often happens when January kicks in. Honestly I’m not much for new year resolutions, opting to be more of a weekly revelation/wave of panic or joy/vow to make instant changes kind of gal if that makes any sense. It works a lot of the time.Lately though, I’ve been acting on the urge to let go of my trinkets and clothes, embracing simplicity, reducing my consumerism and focusing on quality over quantity and it feels so right. One of the matches for this fire came from fantastic warrior lady, Danielle Chabassol. This babe practices the most minimal of minimal lifestyles, she is constantly on the road, connecting with nature, eating vegan, focusing on quality time over work time and ALL of her possessions fit in a knapsack. She recently started Exploring Alternatives, a blog about her life and travels with husband Mat and I can’t get enough of their Instagram photos and YouTube videos. It’s amazing to see these two living out of a van, being actual DIY wizards and taking the most gorgeous pictures of their travels - at this moment they are log cabin-sitting in the magical wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Big love to Danielle (and Mat) for challenging basically everything society thinks a young married couple should be doing and enjoying every minute of it.
Here we go, it’s the last #WomanCrushWednesday post of the year. I initially thought I’d do a roundup of some of the dope babes I’ve featured since I started the column in April, but guess what? That’s actually an impossible feat due to overwhelming greatness.
What I really want to do is show some love to all of the incredible Fat Girl Food Squad humans, who are out there being awesome feminists and eating food and spilling their guts and organizing body positive events and educating people. It’s fun, it’s tough and I’m so proud to be a part of this crew! Sending everyone positive holiday energy, looking forward to serving up more rad stuff in 2015. XO
I’ve been wanting to feature megababe Karyn Johnson for a while now but I knew that the perfect time was approaching and it would be better to wait. For the last four years Karyn has been talking about plus-size fashion and building a following through her blog Killer Kurves. Her style is so different from mine - super girlie - and I love seeing her perspective on style. Just last week she launched her new website, featuring a space for her online community to share photos and interact with each other, a huge international directory of plus size shopping, and her personal blog is there to stay.
ALSO, the stars have aligned and this Saturday Karyn is teaming up with Fat Girl Food Squad for our next Plus Size Pop Up Sale! I’ll be there selling awesome fat girl vintage (and a few surprises!) alongside FGFS babes, a couple of Toronto boutiques and your fave bloggers in the neighbourhood. The full list of vendors and all the essential info for this SUPER RAD DAY can be found on the event page, hope you see you there!
Even though we live in the same city, I haven’t had many opportunities to hang out with my #WomanCrushWednesday pick this week, blogger Alex Giamos from Not Afraid to Wear Heels. Sometimes running into each other at body positive events, we first met at the second Bloggers Who Brunch at the Libertine and then chatted some more when she showed up early and sweetly offered to help me set up for the Fat Girl Food Squad Pop-Up Shop. Alex is a kick ass feminist and body activist with bold, whimsical style and I can’t wait to get to know her better (rumour has it that a body posi beach day might be in our future!).
To celebrate World Pride being hosted by Toronto this year, the ladies from Fat in the City teamed up with Rachel Holt for a shopping event in her store, Primaala. Carrying highly-coveted brands like Carmakoma (she is currently the only stockist in Canada), and Toronto-based lines like Lundström, the focus is on luxury clothing that you can incorporate into your wardrobe and wear season after season.
Fat in the City founders Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough are body positive warriors and fashionistas (of course!) and I was so thrilled to be able to talk to both of them in person after years of loving their work online. Together they run the Body Confidence Canada Awards, a now annual celebration of Canadians standing up against stereotypes and discrimination. I would also recommend taking 10 minutes to watch Jill’s Ted Talk about fat-shaming that she did at York University earlier this year. Basically these two are THE BEST.
It was so great to sip on champagne and chat with some amazing women in the Toronto plus-size fashion and body activism communities. Of course we took a group shot of some of the babes at the event.
Left to right: Assa of My Curves and Curls, Fat Girl Food Squad babe Janine, Jill, myself, Erica of Erica Exposed, fashion designer Jessica Biffi and Aisha. [Photo courtesy of Elliot Parrott Photography]
Photo via Zero Style BlogI am extra excited about my #WomanCrushWednesday pick this week. Erin Thomas of Zero Style Blogand Re/Dress was one of the first women that I came across when I first joined the online plus size community and her badass vibes and killer style has continued to grow and inspire tons of babes. Everyone in the Fat Girl Food Squad is super pumped that she’ll be participating in our Plus Size Pop Up Sale this Sunday (sadly not in person), we’ll be selling a bunch of items from her personal closet!
Fat Girl Food Squad is hosting a plus size pop up clothing shop in Toronto!
Find us on Sunday, June 1st above Sneaky Dee's at 431 College Street West.
Second-hand and vintage clothing will be for sale, sizes 14 and up, along with shoes & accessories of all sizes. I will also be showcasing a selection of vintage plus size items and jewellery from the Ursa Major+ shop.
A suggested donation of $5, to support Fat Girl Food Squad's endeavours, is greatly appreciated.
Snacks provided | Drinks available for purchase at the bar
More details to come!
January 30 marked my debut as a visual artist, at the opening of the Fat in Public art show put on by the Fat Girl Food Squad. My partner is an incredible artist and together we like to spend a lot of our time being creative, always with multiple projects on the go. It wasn't until the announcement of this event that I really felt a desire to show my stuff, almost immediately sitting down to sketch and work out ideas. The plan was to create a small installation that responded to the common notion that fat bodies are "gross" and should be covered in flattering clothes and the constant messages that plus-size women have to wear clothing cut to make the body seem taller, slimmer. Originally I was going to construct a dress made completely out of chain and have it pinned to the wall. I wasn't totally set on that idea, as I had envisioned something a little more 3-D and a 4 am brainstorming sesh with Ron ended with me shouting "A-HA! Clear vinyl!" louder than my neighbours would have liked (probably).My first sketches for the piece I ended up calling "Sorry, Not Sorry".The first attempt at the underwear, I had never worked with clear vinyl before and it was quite the challenge. I am being too nice by putting it that way, it was a nightmare! In order to achieve the 3-Dness I added steel wire "boning" so the garments could be molded into the desired shape and stay that way.Putting the pattern pieces together for the bustier.This was the night before the opening, Ron is helping me put together the installation while 2186 Dundas Gallery owner Andrew Williamson takes pictures. (Photo courtesy of show co-curator Megan Stuhlberg's instagram @meganstulberg).Carefully joining all of the pieces with chain (Photo courtesy of 2186 Dundas' instagram @2186dundas)Finally the outfit was assembled and ready to be hung!I was so honoured that "Sorry, Not Sorry" was hung front and center in the gallery window for all to see. The opening was a great success for the Fat Girl Food Squad and everyone involved, getting crazy press from the CBC and Mashable (check out the awesome article!).Ron submitted beautiful new paintings, the set was titled "Marriage Barrage" - I wish we could keep them all! More of his work here.So much gratitude for all of my lovely friends to came out on the chilliest, snowiest night for the show.And a goofy shot from opening night. Thanks so much to the Fat Girl Food Squad for including my piece and putting on such an important show for the body positivity movement. It really opened a new dialogue in Toronto and it was so great to see all types of bodies at the show, responding to the art work about fat identity and visibility.
Just wanted to do a quick post about this feminist art show that my partner Ron and I are participating in, opening this Thursday January 30th. Put on by my new friends at the Fat Girl Food Squad, it's sure to be amazing. I have been working on an installation that is one of the most challenging pieces I have ever constructed but I'm maintaining good energy and am confident that I can make it work. I'll share a few progress pictures tomorrow if I don't take a turn for the worst and decide to throw my sewing machine out the window of the studio. Here's the blurb from the facebook event page and if you're in the Toronto area we'd all love to see you there!Fat In Public is an art show that dares to be just that. Art and it's creators that have to audacity to been seen in their ample glory. Fat In Public intends to de-stigmatize the (fat) body and give an outlet for art featuring imperfect and sybaritical characters in equal measure.
ARTISTS ON DISPLAY WILL BE:
Sam Abel: http://
Ronald Caddigan: http://
Derrick Chow: http://www.flickr.com/
Elana Delaney: http://www.flickr.com/
Kristina Groeger: http://
Melody Krauze: http://
Jessica Levy: https://www.facebook.com/
Amarina Norris: http://ursamajor.ca/
Megan Stulberg: http://
Yuli Scheidt: http://yulischeidt.com/
Back in the summer, the radical babes from The Fat Girl Food Squad featured me as one of a group of bloggers that they look up to, writing the kindest words ever. It was a really big deal to feel some mutual love from these incredible women (and a couple of guys) who are blazing trails in the foodie world and bringing fresh voices to body activism. Even though they talk a lot about food, they never cease to surprise with awesome feminist posts (like this one), open dialogues about bodies and food, and other projects like their upcoming art show Fat in Public.Naturally, I was over the moon when they approached me about having a chat with their amazing fashion writer Leigh as part of their "In Conversation With" video series. I was pretty nervous but a hearty cup of perfectly executed coffee cut the stress and invoked some much-needed chattiness. Here is the video, and be sure to check out the Fat Girl Food Squad in all their awesomeness!xoxo Amarina