Designer Spotlight: The F Dept

I love to discover all the cool stores that a hip City has to offer. Sure you have your big chains like Zara, H&M, Forever21, etc., for the fast fashion and very seldomnly will they carry something climate appropriate, otherwise it’s usually mass produced without really considering the local style scene. And because I just love shopping and mixing high and low pieces, I love finding small unique local shops that sell interesting accessories and clothing. Little did I know that finding clothes that would fit me properly would be a challenge in Singapore.

Asia shopping is definitely different than what it is in North America. Growing up in North America, I never thought so much about my weight and physical appearance. Sure the asian side of my parents as-a-matter-of-factly would point out the obvious if I gain a few pounds here and there, but for my best interest of course. Other than that, I never realized how North America, despite all the stereo types really embraces the culture of size. It’s a catch 22, we care but we don’t, if that makes any sense – it’s more of a support system, not to shun or shame. As much as there are obesity issues, there are also those with eating disorders. North Americans know the realities of what being a real woman is all about, and we are not afraid to vocalize and express the realities. That the average girl is probably a size 6 to 12, there are big-boned girls, there are different types of body shapes, and there are powerful, strong and successful women who are not defined by their size or weight. Just look at our own Moms, they are the true heroes.

But after a year living in Asia amongst locals and foreigners alike and getting to know them and their woes, I have come to realize that appearance, materialistic goods, and weight have suddenly become a priority. Something that is constantly on the minds of these women, and the feeling of constantly being judged upon or judging others on. It’s like the women’s version of a pissing contest. The prettier, the skinnier you are, the brand names you carry, defines who you are, and how you will be treated.

A recent experience while shopping at a market was one of those shameless Asian “ah-ha” moments, where a store owner bluntly and shamelessly yelled out “no size for you!” as soon as she saw me stepping my foot into the store. I wasn’t insulted nor hurt, to be frank, I was taken aback from her sudden outburst. And felt like I was stepping into the twilight zone. And perhaps my approach is rather passive. However, if I were to look at it on the flip side, she just saved me a whole lot of time and frustration from scouring something I couldn’t have worn anyways. Was her method appropriate? No definitely not, but I wasn’t about to give her a lecture on customer service. Was it more acceptable because I was in Asia? Probably and I hate to stereotype but I know Asians can be shamelessly blunt. But I am not apologetic for my carefree spirit that they see in me – so we were even Steven. There are big people in Asia, so this whole notion that all Asian people are stick skinny is a misconception.

I like to consider myself healthy. I have breasts, a butt, thighs, I like to work out, I do have muscle mass, I do have those bloody love handles, I typically wear a 29 in denim, I have broad shoulders so I usually wear a size 10. I never really considered myself a plus-size, and by industry standards in North America, plus-size is after size 14 or 16. And what can I say, but my husband and I love to eat! We are big foodies and love traveling and trying various foods. I like to consider this being cultured – but whatever – I embrace me for who I am. [Enter P.Diddy’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” rap here] “Can’t nobody take my pride, uh-uh, uh-uh, can’t nobody hold me down… ohh no, I got to keep on movinnnnn..”

Maintenance for your health is important, and eating good calories and exercising is how you get there. The size of your hips, or the brand you wear should not determine the path to your life or measure the level of your success. I know Asia is still at its development phase (despite the sudden boom and wealth, it still lacks modesty, the willingness to understand and compassion for others – a very new-money way of thinking – and that’s ok, at least for now) and with growth this will become more intuitive and eventually fostered into the culture. But I think there is definitely a societal issue on curvy women in Asia. It’s almost taboo, people don’t talk about it and there is no voice.

Put it this way, it took this long for North America to be where we are today. Those Dove commercials we started seeing more recently didn’t happen overnight. But Asia definitely needs to help girls understand and help them feel empowered for who they are on the inside, and maybe have more Women celebrities or public figures who are confident and strong, that young girls can look up to for substance and not just superficiality.

And so finding local retailers who cater to curvy women became a mission of mine, and also how I discovered and learned of the beautiful ladies behind a local online boutique for “plus-size” (in Asia standards) called The F Dept (Department), having endured their own shares of frustrating experience with the local shopping scene, and how they are now changing the game for the curvaceous Ladies in Singapore.

If you are my North American readers, I know what you are thinking, if you have already visited their site or seen their pictures, they are by no means ‘plus-size’ the way we know it.

I was so flattered and honoured to learn that they adored my style and wanted to collaborate with me.

Here are 10 interesting facts that I learned over our mini Q&A session;

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MsYL: Can you share a little about who is/are behind The F Department? Name, where you were born and raised, currently based out-of, and how/what made you launch The F Department and how the name came about?
Felina and Kayley: The two ladies at helm, are Felina and Kayley. BFFs, both born & bred, and currently based-out-of Singapore. Raised in Asia, we grew up being told that being petite and small is the ideal size for girls. This really gave us a rather bittersweet experience when growing up; some may love us regardless of our shape, but others (the most hurtful being family) can be critical and cynical of our weight. It is disheartening to see larger sizes sold as one-offs and typically unflattering, which leaves very limited options for curvy girls, and why we tend to go for the big chains (like H&M, Forever21, etc.) but nothing to support local businesses. And this is our story, after a disappointing experience while shopping at a flea market together, we noticed that while there are so many trendy fashionable clothing at affordable prices catered to the skinny and petites, there was literally nothing for the curvaceous frames! Then it dawned on us, that the market for plus size is practically non-existant, and more or less ignored. So we basically came back home that day empty-handed but determined to expand the fashion choices for curvy ladies. The F Dept, or short TFD (The Friends Department) the name and core concept was inspired by Diane Von Furstenburg’s quote, “What I think I sell with my clothes is confidence, so hopefully all my dresses, my accessories, are friends to the women. When you open the closet, and your eyes are swollen, and you don’t like the way you look, you go to your friends.” And this became our building block. When you hate how you look, when you are down and out, when you are feeling insecure, you go to your friends – where you can be honest and share your complaints. Our friendship helps us to build confidence – the lack of it is the root cause of our insecurities. We know the woes of a curvy girl and what we want to sell is confidence “embracing your beauty from within” because being confident about ourselves is the best policy.

MsYL: Where or who do you get your style inspirations from?
Felina: I love browsing at Forever 21’s off the rack plus size collection – I love the trend and the modish outfits that they carry. And from time to time, I will check out curvier celebrities (like Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, and Adele just to name a few) and take notes on (if and when) they are dressed well, their choice on outfits that flatter their body shapes.
Kayley: To be honest, I don’t really have a particular idol/celebrity that I like and get inspiration from. To me, anything can be fashionable if you wear it right and with confidence! I get my inspiration from the everyday people. I like to look at people (yes, I’m weird lol) I like to see how they dress, how they accessorize etc., I like to browse on Pinterest and Instagram and draw inspiration from there.

MsYL: How would you describe the person shopping at The F Department?
Felina and Kayley: Ladies that want to build confidence through shopping for clothes that will help them shape their bodies and hug their curves. Where they do not feel judged for their size or weight. Essentially the feeling of shopping with your best friend. Confidence is so important to stop us from being self-destructive. We don’t want girls to starve themselves for a dress. We want our customers to look beautiful, but most importantly feel beautiful. While it is a personal affair to change how you see yourself, we can help by changing the way others see you.

MsYL: What are your thoughts on Singaporeans’ perception on weight issue and how important is physical appearance in Singapore?
Felina and Kayley: There is a general assumption in Asian Society that girls are meant to be petite and slender, nothing wrong with that – if only being a bigger and fuller frame didn’t feel as though one was committing a crime. But the reality is that, we get called names and labelled as obese – and most hurtful when its coming from someone near and dear to us. It might be of media influence, slender-figures are sought after while chubbier girls are often portrayed as the pun or “unwanted”. A very superficial culture that needs to be addressed. So it is almost inevitable that curvier girls are left affected in how we see ourselves, as unattractive or being our own worst critic. I think Asian Society needs to start encouraging and promoting that the way to a healthier lifestyle is to eat well, exercise, and maintain a good work-life balance. Not just in losing weight for the sake of being stick skinny because that is the way it has always been, and that is what is considered to be beautiful or the way of life for Asian women.

MsYL: Who is/are your role model(s)? and Why?
Felina and Kayley: currently Jennifer Lawrence and Colbie Caillat – both known for their bold quotes on their weight and not conforming to Hollywood standards. This is the type of role models with a voice we need in Asia, being great influences through their arts, empowering Asian girls!

MsYL: In your own words, how would you describe Singapore’s style scene, and does that make or cramp your style? If not the local scene, what other Cities/Countries inspire your own personal style and why?
Felina: It’s definitely a challenge shopping in Singapore for plus-size, unless you shop at an American or European chain. The local retail scene is so limited in terms of sizes and selections. Personally, I like to dress sensibly and comfortably. So while crop tops and mini-skirts are what’s trending at the moment, this isn’t for everybody!
Kayley: I would say Singapore’s style scenes is pretty laid-back casual. I tend to buy and shop more at European brands because there are much more options for sizing.

MsYL: What is next for The F Department? (when will your next launch be? What kind of style can we be expecting then?)
Felina and Kayley: We just launched recently, and having fun testing the Singaporean market! Basically making all the decisions of the styles that would sell, but also taking into consideration if we would personally wear them. We do plan on expanding our categories to beachwear, office attire and formal dresses in the near future. So stay tuned!

MsYL: What is one random / interesting fact about each of you?
Felina: I can’t sing for life but I sing as though I am Mariah Carey. God help us!
Kayley: I secretly love to perform and would love to learn to dance Street Jazz. And I love to sing! Sadly, I only have the courage to sing Chinese songs, even though I listen to songs in english more! I have a girl crush on Taylor Swift!

MsYL: Which of the piece from your recent launch is your personal favorite? And why?
Felina: My personal favourite is the Yukiko Oriental Kimono. My style is very laid-back and my wardrobe is rather multi-functional. I like pieces that can be versatile for the office, for casual days, or for date nights. And a kimono style top is like the saviour for all occasions. Having trouble thinking of what to wear?! Throw on your go-to spaghetti strap and shorts, and wrap it up with a kimono. What I love about this Yukiko Oriental Kimono are the exquisite blooms prints, the colour and its light weight material is perfect for Singapore’s humid weather too.
Kayley: I love the Heidi Sweetheart Dress! I got one for myself and wore it on Chinese New Year and received tons of compliments on it! I  just love the cut – one can never go wrong with an A-line dress!

MsYL: You are giving life to ‘plus size’ apparel in Singapore and helping girls embrace their body size and helping build their confidence, if there is one Singaporean (or Asian) celebrity or public figure that you would love to see become an ambassador for The F Department, who would it be and how would they help represent your brand?
Felina and Kayley: This is a good yet difficult question you asked, but I think will help you and your readers understand the lack there is on public figures and Celebrities in Asia that voice embracing natural beauty and healthy body image for girls. Typically when you do see a curvier Asian celebrity, they are a Comedian or portray the nerd, or the social outcast in TV and Movies. Hence the recent boom and craze in Cosmetic Surgery in South East Asia over the last few years. Even finding plus-size models is a challenge. Sadly, in Asia, it is very much a  culture where curvy girls cannot walk with their heads held high. Hopefully we can slowly start to change this mindset, and help girls embrace their natural beauty and size. 

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So now that you got to learn a little more about these beautiful Entrepreneurs – the best part – which I saved for last; is that the prices are affordable because these Ladies understand that fashion can get costly! And hopefully this will help empower women of Singapore that beauty starts within.

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Curvaceous Women also love to shop to look and feel good. There is no rule to say that there are exceptions based on one’s size.

Let me hear your voice Ladies, how can we help one another embrace our beauty the way nature intended it?! Share your thoughts on the comment section below!

In the meantime check out their latest collection over at The F Dept ( http://www.thefdept.com/en/)

Listen up, Ladies in Singapore, starting today Friday March 13th, 2015 use promo code “msyolee10off” for a 10% discount off with a minimum purchase of $30 SGD dollars (before shipping). This offer ends on Friday March 20th, 2015 and only valid for those residing in Singapore.

And follow them on Instagram @theFdept or Facebook @theFdept for more flirty and fun fashion looks.

Thanks for reading!

Yvette xo

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  • JustCassy

    great interview! Never realized just how taboo the whole weight issue was in Asia. I always picture Asian girls as skinny because majority of them (atleast the ones that I know) are…. But then if I think about China and their gazillion population, I can only imagine the millions who are. I think it’s absolutely important for Asia to start this process of helping women embrace beauty the way it’s meant to be and not just materialistically.

    • thank you for sharing your thoughts! x

  • sophiestyle

    What a great read!! I enjoyed this thoroughly because it speaks the truth and from the heart. I felt your sincerity and passion behind this, and what those girls are doing is so commendable and takes alot of courage to start.

    • thanks so much! I agree with the latter part of your comment. They are taking leaps to make a difference. :)

  • fancydaint

    I never realized how serious and such a sensitive issue it was in Asia. I guess because most of us just assume that since most Asian people are stick skinny that being curvy would be of envy to them, since most of them are not so well endowed….. or is that a myth too? lol

    I think what these Ladies are doing is great. I don’t understand how you are deemed as a plus size though.? I am a little taken aback and slightly disgusted on how Asians think of women. But I think overall there is a sense of lack of respect for women in Asia. And media definitely plays a big part in this. It’s sad to see and hear. But I am glad that someone is voicing this and raising awareness to it.

    • Labels are labels :) all good. At the end of the day, so long as I have the freedom to buy what I want and can wear it, I am good. Thanks @violamotarnault:disqus

  • dothedewS

    this is so great! I love a good read! Especially when there is a strong message behind it, and all the more when it’s empowering women. I completely empathize with some of what you mention, just recently when I visited back home in India and I noticed something eerily similar, but as well as just disrespect for Women. I remember you taking a trip to Thailand, don’t you feel the lack of respect for Women there too? Nevermind respect from the Men, but just from within that they feel the need to find a Foreign Man in hopes that that is their ticket out. Meanwhile all these foreign men that go to these places are just looking for some good time. Yes South East Asia is booming, but what you say is true that there is a lack for compassion for others and modesty.

    It’s crazy to even think that you are considered to be a plus size, let alone those founders! It must have been quite the culture shock for you coming from North America to experience that. Thanks for sharing your story and theirs, it was something that needed to be addressed and I am glad that your articulate voice was put into it. No one could have said as eloquently or as tastefully as you. bravo babe! xo

    • petiteme

      so easy for someone outside to judge based on no evidence. Asian men have the MOST respect for girls versus angmohs in EU or NA lah! get a grip!

      • seriously? i get that speaking of Asians must offend you but the truth is, I think domestic violence is out there no matter which country. You can easily judge because in North America we make it more open and public for awareness, but I am sure that violence against women are common in Asia as well. But just like size/weight all these topics are taboo. Anyways I can seriously see how Asia is the land of unspoken, I think you need to face the music my dear.

        • chaeyoncé

          so true!! there’s so much more domestic violence in Asia, but it’s a norm, so people shrug it off. They don’t see this as a sign of disrespect, so the poor girl probably has no clue.

          • Diva JJ

            omg i remember my korean friend in elemantary school who called the cops on his dad, and then he ran over to our house to hide because he was scared that his dad would beat him when he gets back from the police station! so crazy!

    • culture shock, yes and no. Like I am surprised but not so surprised. thanks for sharing your thoughts babe @dothedews:disqus

  • dothedewS

    and btw — style has nothing to do with size! there are plenty of skinny girls walking like they’re on the runway, but it doesn’t mean shit when someone carries a Chanel or Hermes with flipflops or some nasty raggedy ass shoes where the heels are chipped off. Another issue that I would like to raise is the depreciation for luxury goods in Asia. No one appreciates the true aesthetics of it, most of them buy them by the bulk because someone else cooler was carrying it. It’s a downright pissing contest. So different than Europe and NA for sure. Your thoughts?

    • ha! this is so true!! skinny or big, I think style and having that eye is an innate character. Something that money can’t buy, unless you hire a stylist.

    • chaeyoncé

      amen sista! preach!! haha

    • Diva JJ

      omg LOL dying!!

    • Lauren Goodman

      haha this is hilarious @dothedews:disqus

  • petiteme

    Ok lar, but the truth is you and those girls are fat lar. “Curvy” “plus-size” all nice ways of saying fat. Why so much complaining bc no size in Asia. Go shopping to H&M where they have big sizes! Or loose weight if you so unhappy with the way you look! I dont understand girls who eat and complain about how others see them as fat and call them names. You unhappy, why no go workout lah! aiyooo those girls are not inspirations they encouraging already fat girls to continue being fat and not doing anything about it!

    • Since I know that @msyoleecom will probably take the high road and delete your stupid message or just ignore you, I will be the smaller person to let you know that you are just a straight out bully. What right do you have to come onto someone’s personal public space and tell them off based on their share of personal experience. If you are a girl, shame on you, you give every other girls a bad name because of your ignorance and stupidity. And it’s because of girls like you that other girls get low self esteems. Stop being a coward and hiding behind the computer screen, and stop being bitter with the world. Embrace life with love and karma will come back to you in positive ways.

      • petiteme

        ok angmoh chillax lar. and what about you ah? you didnt thot that what you are doing is bullying too? i should call cyber police on you too! stupid bitch.

        • chaeyoncé

          seriously you are a waste of space on this earth. get a life and grow up.

        • oh my, I am lost for words. clearly you’re not thinking when you write. It’s okay. I forgive your stupidity and choice of words.

        • sgstyling

          wow you have no respect. you giving the rest of us bad names lar.

      • Diva JJ

        save your breath! these types of people just like to stir shit for no reason and don’t even have a valid argument. they are just part of the statistics of the ignoramus.

  • wow! what a great article! I can feel the growing pains of those girls and their drive to help curvy women in sg. Your stories are always told with so much humour that I can’t help but smile when reading your experiences. I can just picture some asian woman yelling at you and you just roll your eyes and walk out lol I would have totally done a catwalk inside and around the store before leaving, or messed up the racks or something evil!! muaauahaha!! okok i kid! ;-)

    • thanks. well we can’t always take ourselves too seriously! lol right?? my mister always laughs when I tell him this story and says the same thing, that he can picture some lady yelling at me lol I should have strutted my stuff! :)

  • whoa I noticed someone bitter (one below my comment)……. so pathetic to hide behind the computer and downright bully someone on their personal space. there should be some cyber law against this.

    • Diva JJ

      wow! no kidding!

  • chaeyoncé

    omg I totally understand your experience and sympathize with those girls’ epxerience! When I had to move from LA to Seoul it was so hard to adapt. People were so consumed with their faces and makeup (and some guys too! which I just wanted to bitch slap them for lol) but in all seriousness, people living in Asia are wayyyy too consumed and obsessed over their looks! I mean there is a reason why skincare and cosmetic industry is number one is Asia!

    But it really scares me of the wrong kind of message we are sending to young girls and boys. That going under the knife (for no surgical reasons but purely to alter your aesthetics) is not okay and not the norm. You want to look more “western” but your mentality and not just yours but Society’s way of thinking is still very much backwards in Asian traditions. So weight and curves are definitely a part of this whole issue. I can’t find blouses that will close properly in Asia! it’s like hellooooooo you are selling women’s tops and yet you don’t consider the bust??!?!?! SOOOOOOO frustrating!!!

    Anyways I’m going on a rant here, but I enjoyed your post and interview of these girls. They are boldly going where no one dares to go because they are too scared or they just don’t give a damn. Well kudos to you girls and all the more power and success to ya!! Love this empowerment talk!! xoxo

    • lol Ok, but even sometimes blouses from Zara and Mango are like that too @chaeyonc:disqus #jussayin

  • cute_azn99

    this is sadly true points. this is a great piece and I enjoyed your candidness, and what these girls are doing is inspirational for young girls.

    • thanks for your feedback :)

  • Diva JJ

    very interesting! It’s not so shocking but at the same time it does make me think twice. I do remember my close friend in high school always depressed and insecure and saying how “fat” she is, when she literally was not, and at the time I didn’t believe that her parents would say such a thing to her. I guess this is sort of my AH-HA moment. I like that you your used your vulnerability as a means to use for power of influence. And I like that you are using your voice for the greater good. This is exactly why I love and always look forward to your posts. So much substance and food for thought. I hope these girls continue to influence and provide fashion for the curvy women in Asia.

    • thanks so much @gay_as_queer:disqus :)

  • hey guys, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and comments. I typically do not allow profanity, name-calling and negativity on my threads and delete it. A blog (as much as it is public) is still my personal space, like a home. Think about someone coming over to your house and leaving negativity, etc., It’s unpleasant and unnecessary, and if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself. However, I will leave the comments made by that user “petiteme” below for the sake of integrity, and since my readers actually took the time and effort to leave their two cents to them. I greatly appreciate your support. As much as this post is our own personal story, there is a bigger message at large, and I think this person has made an example of herself. Please keep my in-house guidelines in mind if you feel the need to express yourself. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding. :)

    • this is exactly why I have so much respect and love for you babe! You stay true and yet you respect others’ space and just do you. Your carefree spirit is a force to be reckoned with!! xoxo

      • I guess I should have made it clear from the very beginning, ah well, a lesson learned. :)

      • Diva JJ

        I 100% agree with @disqus_cHvvVRlGNT:disqus

    • sgstyling

      :)

  • sgstyling

    ok, I really wanted to take my time with this one. I thought long and hard about body image and confidence with women in Asia, or more specifically in Singapore, and some of it is true. Like for example, aunties have no shame to say what they think. I guess we dont think much of it because we are so used to it. And I am sure if we experienced this in US, it would definitely not be tolerated and someone would speak up or report them. But here we don’t take it too seriously lah. I am not saying this is good or bad, but just pointing out the realities.
    Even my mum criticize very hard for me lah, sometimes telling me I gain weight. I am size 0 or xxs and weigh 42 kg ah, I think this is an ingrained in our brains. And there are no Asian celebrities, certainly no overweight ones who speak up and would say curves are sexy, like a Hollywood actress would. I can just imagine the aunties and uncles scoffing at that kind of remark! lol
    During HS I went to a boarding school in HK, and I remember my foreign classmate asking me why I do my eye surgery, and why I so ashamed of my small eyes if that is what was given to me by my parents. I really did not have an answer for her. She did make me think and feel ashamed for doing it, but I told her it has helped me with my confidence. Which is true. And plus my mum was also the one who suggested ah, if I wanted to meet a handsome man for marry!
    I always knew the pressures were there. I never vocalise it because I didnt want people to think I was being obnoxious or smartass yah. But now that I gave it more thought, I do think there is an issue and media and our culture need to do something about it. These days all Chinese actress starting to look like the Korean stars lah. So ridiculous!

    • so interesting to hear an insider’s perspective @sgstyling:disqus thanks so much for sharing. :)

      • sgstyling

        :)

    • Lauren Goodman

      Actually I am one guilty for bluntly asking my Chinese colleague the same questions regarding the double eye lid surgery, I just wanted to understand what she gets out of it. Because if that girl has big eyes unnaturally, and ends up having a child, it’s likely that the child will have the parents’ features. So likely the child will have the original eyes not the altered. I don’t know…… this whole concept is still quite the culture shock for me, especially because it’s the face.

  • The F Dept

    Thank you all for taking out the time to read and many of you are echoing and supporting our work here. While we don’t consider ourselves role models or inspirations, we are taking baby steps to change the scene and doing our part to make a difference. Really honored and humbled by the support given by Msyolee and her readers and the kind words put forward. Thank you! :)

    • Thanks Felina & Kayley for taking the time to do this feature. It’s brought in a lot of awareness and you are definitely making a change to the Singapore retail market. If that is not inspiration and role models then I don’t what is! You are definitely setting good examples for girls everywhere! xx

    • sgstyling

      what you are doing is very inspiring! keep it up ladies yah!! :)

  • Lauren Goodman

    good for those Ladies helping girls with their confidence. There’s just too much crap going on around in this world that we don’t need our inner battles leaving us defeated even before we go out there to tackle the real problems. I think size and body image will always be an issue anywhere you are, but I really think it’s taboo in Asia. Having relocated to South East Asia and getting to know the culture and learning the ropes, there is definitely an unspoken culture of alot of issues at hand. Slightly opressed? It’s certainly interesting to say the least and definitely topics that need more awareness. Great feature and cover @msyolee:disqus — only you can articulate it and play it politically correct and tasteful. I saw some comments below and well, like you say, they are just making an example of the issues at hand. You know what they say, ignorance is bliss. And sometimes people just don’t realize and understand any better because that’s what they have been exposed to all their life. Hopefully girls, ladies, women, the female readers reading this feel the need to empower girls all over the world to embrace their beauty and help them understand the importance of it.

  • Meli-Melo

    this is pretty awesome! And very interesting to hear your perspective of your very own personal experience. Those girls must go through so much dealing with something that is so natural. I can’t believe that UK 12 is considered to be plus size. seriously??

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  • Congrats on your feature!! And spreading the word on self-love at any size. I didn’t realize this was such an issue in Asia.

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