One of the biggest perks of running the Curvy Girl Guide is meeting some absolutely jaw dropping curvy fashionistas, and then getting to share them directly with you. I mean, what’s more inspiring than tangible beauty tips, tricks and pictures as it relates to your actual body?
Move over Vogue, we got this.
I was honored to share the January issue of Ladies Home Journal with Emmie Sanford, a thirty two year old fashion, body and social media powerhouse. Her blog, Authentically Emmie, documents the highs and lows of trying to live healthfully after a binge eating disorder left her at 455 pounds. Emmie turned to fashion and fitness to help her establish self worth, and that has turned into her passion.
She’s amazing, right?
I was so excited to have a moment with her this week to pick her brain about style, her body, and
How would you describe your body?
My body is resilient. It has been through so much: diets since the age of 6, Fen-Phen at age 13, fat camp for several years, compulsive exercising, then a binge eating disorder. I have worn clothes from a size 16-34, and used to fight my body all the way. These days, I just appreciate that it is still providing for me after all I’ve done to wreck it. I also describe my body as oval. Previously, I would say I had no shape, but oval is a shape, and knowing that has taught me how to best dress it to feel most confident. Lastly, because I know it’s a point of contention for some, I describe my body as plus size. There is nothing negative about those words – it’s a descriptor. The only negativity that comes from those words is when others fight so hard against it. Embrace it.
Does your personal style play a part in your life?
It plays such a significant role in my life! For work, I focus on having clients that are in the fashion, beauty, fitness, or lifestyle spaces. These are the things that make me happy, and I pinch myself at how fun my work is every day. It ties directly into my blogging hobby, as I write extensively about my personal style and how it’s given me such confidence. If I’m feeling horrible or low energy or anti-social, putting on a great outfit, doing your hair, and putting on some makeup can transform your mind to a much better place. The only part of home life that it plays is the extra rolling rack I had to put in my bedroom because my clothes weren’t all fitting in the closet. Thankfully, the husband doesn’t seem to mind!
Tell me about your favorite outfit.
I am all about skater dresses lately. They have a simple shape, are A-line, so they are forgiving in the tummy area where I feel most self conscious. They are a flirty length without being vulgar. Since it’s so cold, wearing them with tights is a great option. This black skater dress from ASOS is so versatile. To add color (and much needed warmth), the tights from We Love Colors were a fun pop. The jacket from MYNT 1792 is something I haven’t wanted to take off all fall/winter: it’s classic khaki and black colors plus a fun asymmetrical zip and buckle details at the waist add so much visual interest. Add a pair of booties and a great handbag and it’s a super easy, and super comfortable look.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
I’m obsessed with Gwynnie Bee. 80% of my clothes in the past 2 years have been “borrowed” from Gwynnie Bee, and it’s been amazing to try new brands and styles I never would have imagined before. Plus they carry most of my favorite brands: Kiyonna, IGIGI, Karen Kane, TBags Los Angeles, ASOS Curve, and MYNT 1792. For basics like denim and tees, I always seem to default to Old Navy.
Name your 5 beauty must haves?
1. Rosebud Salve – this can be used on chapped lips, cuticles, dry skin – it’s amazing. Right now, I slather it on my lips before going to sleep and wake up with all the dryness gone.
2. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – This will make your eyeshadow last all day long, no matter how oily your eyelids usually get. Works great.
3. Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Never Say Never – I was never much of a lipstick person until I was given this, and I’m totally in love. It’s a hot pink color which oddly enough seems to go with everything. Long lasting without being drying.
4. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – they have great shades and they glide on smooth and stay put throughout the day. My favorite color right now is Vice, which is a pearly eggplant.
5. Lots of water – my skin can get pretty problematic, and drinking water is an easy way to keep the system flushed and skin hydrated.
Before you go, can you give us one last favorite fashion tip?
Try on everything and don’t worry about the size on the label – go with what fits. Even if it looks like something your Aunt Pearl would wear – experiment with different styles and brands. Things look so much different on every BODY and once you get things on, it’s quite likely you’ll see yourself in an entirely different light!
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