Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Plus Size Favorites

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public this weekend, and if you’re anything like me, you immediately jumped online Friday to snag up all the best deals of the summer. There’s still quite a bit left on sale, and I’ve rounded up some of my plus-size favorites for you to shop before the NSale comes to an end.

 

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Did you shop this year’s NSale? What are your top deals? Share in the comments!

 

Lindsay Loves… | August 8

It’s been a pretty lazy weekend over here in Chicago – I haven’t been feeling well, so I’ve spent the last few days resting in bed and watching the Olympics. Not that I like being sick, but I managed to get sick on a weekend where there is no shortage of cool sporting events to watch on TV, and I definitely never got bored! I also had plenty of time to browse the Internet to find my picks for this post, and it was SO hard to narrow down my choices. There’s so much happening! That said, after a lot of arguing with myself, here are my “Lindsay Loves” for the week.

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  • Did you watch Stranger Things yet? If so, you know in your heart that Barb is the best, and that we are all Barb in our hearts. Vulture published an ode to the breakout character of the summer, and it’s perfect. (If you STILL haven’t watched, we can’t be friends until you do. Sorry.)
  • I was just saying the other day that it’s totally possible for a plus-size gal to love herself and be confident and also want to change. Chrissy Metz, who will be starring on the show This is Us in the fall, nails that sentiment and is hoping that her role on the show will break barriers and shatter the norm for the “fat friend” archetype, as told in this interview with BuzzFeed.
  • The Kitten Olympics are a thing, and they are the best thing. It’s exactly what it sounds like – the Olympics, but with cats. Vanity Fair published the photos from the TV event (aired August 5), and I can’t stop petting my computer screen.
  • Normally I’m not a huge fan of TV mock news shows that rant and rave, but John Oliver’s most recent piece on local newspapers hit home for me. I grew up reading newspapers and shelving them as a library volunteer, I majored in journalism in college, and I still freelance – newspapers shaped me, and they’re definitely the foundation on which today’s crazy media cycle was built.
  • Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg will host a ‘Dinner Party’ TV show on VH1 this fall. Yes, you read that correctly.

 

What are your favorite things on the web this week? Share in the comments!

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Why Glamour’s “Special Edition” for All Shapes Isn’t Really All That Special

glamourmag1Earlier this week, I got an email from Glamour Magazine announcing that their newest special issue was now available on newsstands and as a digital purchase. The theme of the edition? Plus size fashion. Plus retailer Lane Bryant collaborated with Glamour on the issue, and is also working on a special womenswear line with the magazine.

The issue contains 96 pages of fashion, beauty, and more for the plus size woman, with only eight pages of advertising in the back (all for Lane Bryant, of course). Plus size models, beautiful clothes, an upcoming collection of clothes with a magazine’s seal of approval – sounds like something I’d be jumping for joy over as a curvy fashionista. But I have more than one huge problem with this special edition.

Most issues of Glamour – which include far more pages and editorial than this one – retail for about $4.99 each. The special issue is selling at a hefty $12.99, more than twice the price of a regular issue. Why this issue needs to be so expensive is beyond me, especially when it’s catered toward a population of women that already pay extra for their clothes to be a larger size.

There’s also the content within the magazine – almost none of it is original. Glamour often includes some repurposed content in its special editions, but nearly everything in this new one – from the cover photo to every editorial feature – is from another previous issue of Glamour. And they clearly had to dig for content that featured larger women – stories included come from as early as 2009 and 2010. The lack of care and effort for a plus-size edition compared to traditional editions is incredibly disheartening.

The other thing that disheartens me is that this edition exists at all. It’s not a new complaint of mine or any plus size woman to want to be included in fashion and beauty. There are steps in the right direction being taken – better-designed collections that don’t resemble potato sacks, a few larger models earning feature spots in ads and editorial spreads, and a movement to love all shapes and sizes and stop shaming. But these steps still need work, and they have a long way to go. Is there truly harm in selling the same clothes for all, from XXS and smaller through 4X and larger? Does it really offend or hurt anyone to put a size 20 model next to a size 2 in a magazine? Those that answer yes prove that there’s still more to be done.

When Glamour and other magazines start putting everyone in the same set of pages, we’ll finally have gotten somewhere.

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