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This week we are featuring new Vintie and French blogger and body positivity advocate, Manon Edwards, of Chic With Curves fame. Manon is originally from Marseille, a small city in the South of France - two years ago, she decided to embark on a fabulous American adventure and has been living in LA ever since.

 
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Tell us about your journey to becoming a blogger/influencer.

At the beginning it was just a hobby, since I was passionate by writing and blogging. I always had been concerned about the struggles of loving fashion and being plus sized, since I’m a size 16, so I decided to write especially about body acceptance. Even if my focus isn’t specifically fashion, I want to show that loving yourself AND loving fashion is totally possible, no matter your size! Once I started writing about this, a lot of brands contacted me, loving my energy and my fight against the negative image of plus size and fashion, so I began my social media accounts and become a freelance blogger influencer.

You have a strong message of body positivity - how did you come to be so confident and comfortable in your skin?

It’s been a long journey. It started after I broke up with my first love, because he wanted me to fit in with HIS standards of beauty, not mine. I told him enough, that I’ve cried too many times, that I’ve tried to change myself for somebody else too many times, and that I want to be happy with who I really am! It was still not easy to really come to loving myself after this, but I decided to keep a positive outlook on life and my body.

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Blogger roll call, from left to right: curvygirlchic, chicwithcurves, gabifresh & curveella 

How would you describe your style?

I do not have a specific style - that’s another part of my identity. I really encourage women to wear absolutely whatever they want, no matter their size. If you’re happy and feeling beautiful, that’s the best way to find your “fashion style.” So my own style actually  depends on my current mood! Sometimes I’m more preppy chic, sometimes more rock and casual, but I admit I’m in love with mixing different styles in one look - for example, a sexy chic dress and camo shirt with casual sneakers!

What is the biggest difference between French fashion and LA fashion?

The biggest difference is the choice! In LA (and the US, as a whole) even if you are plus size, if you want to go on the mall, you can also find some trendy stores with fashionable plus size clothes, like Lovesick, Torrid, Forever21 plus etc. In France, unfortunately, it’s still tough to find places that carry plus sizes in store. Some stores, like H&M, offer a maternity section but who said that being plus size means you want to wear maternity clothing? As well, if a store specializes in plus size in France, it usually is not trendy clothing aimed at older women. While styles and trends are international, for the most part, the selection and availability of plus size options is the key difference between the US and France.

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Name three of your top brands for finding amazing clothes

Lovesick

Wetseal

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What are you most looking forward to for fall fashion?

I’m loving jeans that are super destroyed on the knees or with destroyed fringes at the bottom, which I saw on the runways last year! I also am looking forward to over-the-knee boots and the classic lace up dress or top.

You recently joined Vinted and even came to our Vinted Goes Vintage event! What do you love about being a member of Vinted?

I’m in love with the fact that it’s really fast and easy to post your clothes for sale - every option is already set up, you just have to chose yours, upload a photo and that’s it! But what I prefer the most is that you can really find some great deals, and it’s specifically for clothes, shoes, accessories and fashion!

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Your words of wisdom for the Vinted community? 

Girls do not forget, be happy with YOURSELF for YOURSELF, be #HAPPYwithcurves no matter your size!

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Check out Manon's Vinted closet, featuring sizes 16 and up! 

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archel

Think being good to the environment is tough? Think again - here are 5 easy ways to live green! 

1. Use a reusable water bottle.

There are so many cute designs out there! Express yourself with a new bottle and help save the earth from harmful plastics. Plastics take forever to decompose and they clutter up our landfills. When I started using a reusable water bottle, I noticed that I was drinking MORE water as well. It’s a winning situation for our planet and for our own health! 

2. Pick up trash.

Whenever I go out on walks or runs or just hang out outdoors, I try my best to pick up trash if I see lying in the street. If someone sees you, they might start doing it as well. It’s the little acts of effort that can beautify a community! Keep some hand sanitizer in your bag to clean up after.

3. Ride a bike.

If you need to get somewhere close try riding a bike instead of driving. When we drive we let dangerous fumes into the air. Let’s create a cleaner atmosphere by riding a bike. Plus you can add some exercise into your day!

4. Use Reusable Tote Bags. 

Start bringing them everywhere with you! Stash some in your purse, in your car and at work. When you go grocery shopping, opt out of using plastic bags, and use your reusable ones instead!

5. Buy secondhand clothes from Vinted!

Why shop used? Because it takes a lot of water and power to manufacture new clothing. Support all the other Vinties by shopping from their closets instead of buying new from big brands.

Anything else to add? Sound off in the comments! 

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Everyone deserves a break from time to time, even a mini-break! It’s great for your mental health and sanity as well as for making fun memories to share with friends and family later. If you weren’t able to schedule a fun getaway this summer, you should start planning for next summer right away! Here is a summary of a recent trip I took myself! 

I hadn't taken a vacation in quite a while. Pretty sure I’m not the only Vintie out there who works too much and plays too little… Well, that was finally remedied!

Earlier this month, I went to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio right off Lake Erie. Apparently, it’s kind of a big deal in the Midwest. Here on the East Coast, I don't know many people who have heard of this amazing destination.

I couldn’t help but be excited when my boyfriend, Scott described the trip to me. Cedar Point sounded like a giant version of King’s Dominion, a theme park here in Virginia. Boy was I wrong!

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We stayed at a resort called Hotel Breakers. It included several restaurant choices, an indoor pool, a boardwalk that lead to the park entrance, and even a Starbucks! One morning I woke up and went straight from Starbucks to the beach. Living doesn’t get any better, ladies.

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There were too many rides to even begin naming and each area of the park had a theme. My favorite was Frontiertown, where the train station was located. Contemporary country music could be heard all around. I had a blast riding through the park with Scott and seeing all the sights from the comfort of the shaded train car. At one point, it was completely empty. It felt like he had rented it out just for me to enjoy! Also, this is where I decided to take the plunge (literally!) and get on a wooden roller coaster.

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It may seem like this was a trip that was too good to be true. Well, it certainly felt that way to me. I couldn’t believe how much fun we had at Cedar Point. It was such a large theme park, that I could likely return next summer and still find something new to discover. Can’t say that I would mind that at all!

Hopefully, this inspired some deserving Vinties to choose a spot, pack up the car, and just go! Mini-vacays are always an awesome option when you're being budget-conscious! 

And don't forget to place your Vinted closet on 'Vacation Mode' to truly enjoy your experience and avoid problems with potential buyers. :) 

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Even though we may not like getting older, we definitely love warm birthday wishes, gifts, and FREE STUFF! Since July is my birthday month, I have been soaking up all the freebies that come along with it!

Here is a guide to a handful of businesses that have awesome birthday perks.

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Beauty:

Bare Minerals- if you are a Friends and Benefits member you will receive a personalized beauty gift.

Benefit Cosmetics- join and get a free birthday Brow Arch!

Sephora- if you are a Beauty Insider you get a free birthday gift. Who doesn't love free sample size beauty products? This month I got a Marc Jacobs package. [No purchase necessary].

Ulta- if you are a member of Ultamate Rewards you receive an email for a free full size item. This year I got a full size Urban Decay eyeshadow. You also get 2X reward points all month. [No purchase necessary].

Food:

Buffalo Wild Wings- if you are a member of Buffalo Circle you will receive a free snack size boneless or traditional wings. [Dine in only, no purchase necessary, must present coupon].

Dunkin Donuts- If you have their app they will send you a coupon for a free drink on your birthday. Even better: this coupon is actually good all month! [No purchase necessary, must present coupon].

Jersey Mike's- join their rewards program and get a free sub AND drink!

Panera- if you are a member of their rewards program you get a free birthday pastry. Yes. Free. Birthday. Carbs.

Starbucks- if you join their rewards program you get a free drink on your bithday.

Clothing:

American Eagle- if you are a member of AERewards you will receive a coupon for 15% off your purchases in your birthday month.

DSW- if you are a meber of their rewards program you will receive a $5 off coupon. [Read: MORE SHOES].

Torrid- if you are a member of their rewards program you will receive an email with a $10 off any purchase coupon!

Victoria's Secret- if you join their mailing list (or are an Angel) receive a coupon for $10 off of $10.

If you know of any other can't-miss birthday deals, please share them below.

Happy Birthday, y'all!

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School's been out for the summer for a while now, and I don't know about your kids, but I have to actually make my kids go outside and play! They are perfectly content being glued to the TV, tablet, and computer screens in the air conditioning all day long. In order to keep them active, I sometimes have to get a little bit creative! It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Here are some fun ideas for outside play that won't break the bank.

 

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1. Search for Inexpensive Summer Camps  

Every single year, my kids attend a summer camp at a park near our house. They have been doing so from age 3. It costs us $1 per day per child (covering the cost of daily crafts) and it's run by college students. It's 3 hours. Imagine what you could do with 3 hours to yourself! Check your local bulletin boards and newspapers for cheap or free day camps! Your kids get tons of exercise, and they will also get to socialize!

2. Host a Neighborhood Sprinkler Party/ Water Balloon Fight

I'm constantly faced with the challenge of "there's no one to play with!" Odds are, if your closest neighbors aren't miles away, there's probably children in your neighborhood. Sprinkler attachments can be purchased from for $5 or less. You can typically get 25-100 water balloons for $1 at your local Dollar Tree, and you'll typically use about $3-$5 in water. Your kids will have just as much fun jumping through a sprinkler or throwing water balloons at their friends for $10 or less! Compared to the price of expensive water parks, and I'd say it's a heck of a deal!

3. Have a Dance Party

Every 10 minutes of dancing will burn 50 calories! Pop in a CD (if you're old like me) or play some tunes off your phone! Start dancing and the kids will follow along! Your kids will be shaking their groove thing and having so much fun that they won't realize what they are doing is exercise! Best part- it's absolutely free!

4. Have A Picnic/Hike/Swim at a State Park 

The best part about visiting state parks is the price! Zero dollars! Pack a healthy lunch and head out for a hike! Most state parks have safe and paved trails! Find a picnic table to eat your lunch at and have some family fun. Some state parks have sectioned off parts of a lake to swim in for free, also. Do your research beforehand to see what the state park closest to you has to offer.

5. Play in the Dirt!

I know, I know. As an adult, playing in the dirt just sounds gross, but it absolutely has its benefits! Letting kids make mud-pies and dig holes encourages them to use their imagination as well as build their immune systems! Grab some old clothes that are ready to be thrown out, and let the kids loose! Sand toys are inexpensive and your kids can make mud castles and be a wonderful filthy dirty mess! Play along and let your inner child go wild!

Have any tips for helping your kids fight summer boredom? Let us know in the comments!

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Festival season is now in full swing, but if you’re still looking for THE piece that’ll make you stand out in the crowd, look no further! We managed to catch up with Coline Bach, the in-demand stylist coming up with the looks worn by Years & Years, the British band shaking up the pop scene.

 

What do you do?

I’m a fashion and wardrobe stylist.

 

How do you divide your time between celeb styling and editorial?

It depends how busy my clients are, my main clients are Years & Years and for the past ten months they have been really busy so it has taken most of my time as they are always my main priority, but if it gets quieter with them like it has been for the past two months then I get to do more editorial, so it’s always a good balance.

 

How did you get into styling?

I assisted A LOT of more senior stylists, but mainly I was Robbie Spencer’s first assistant at Dazed & Confused for a while. Then I went freelance and started doing my own thing, I met the Years & Years boys on an editorial shoot for Modzik magazine, which is a French music focused magazine, and we just clicked! I was also shooting for Schön! quite a bit as a freelance and the editor in chief asked me to become fashion editor for the magazine.

 

What's the process like when you're styling a band like Years & Years for a festival?

I would first talk to Olly about what he would like to do and what direction he would like to take. For Coachella I worked with graduates who sent sketches and fabric swatches for tour outfits ideas for Olly, according to a general brief I sent them. We picked the favourites with Olly and commissioned five of them. For Glastonbury, I asked Olly if he had a specific idea of what he would like to wear, and he said that he wanted something rainbow coloured with wings. We worked on this idea with my friend Lara Jensen who is a great accessories and costume maker, and she designed and realised the full outfit for him. The vest, the shorts and the cape. This was a very special outfit because it was Pride weekend and after the terrible events that happened in Orlando, Olly, as a spokesperson for the LGBT community was able to send a strong message to the Glasto crowd, both with his incredible emotional speech, and the outfit.

 

Do you have special tips and tricks when packing for a festival?

It depends on the festival, for Coachella it was sunblock and bandanas, because it’s in the middle of the Palm Spring desert and such a dusty festival that people walk around with bandanas across their faces to avoid breathing in dust. For Glastonbury you can’t go without wellies, it’s just a mud bath there! And a good raincoat or rain poncho.

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It's Sunday morning and you get a notification on Facebook. Your friend tagged you in 30 photos. THIRTY! You quickly log onto the Book and see a few photos that are not so flattering. She got your bad side... and your other bad side.. and omg look at that muffin top. You untag yourself quickly. Phew. Crisis averted.

But why? Why do we do this?

Social media is addictive. We love the instant gratification of likes (and now loves!). We want to share the best parts of ourselves: the parts we want the world to see.

I'm a plus-sized gal. I have been since I was in elementary school. I often don't like photos of myself and also often opt to do neck up poses where I feel I can control the undesirables. I've been made fun of, I've been looked over, I've been forgotten. I want the likes on social media as much if not more than the average woman. The difference is that I realized that really loving myself starts with allowing others to know the real me.

The person sharing those 30 awkward photos enjoyed your presence, your laugh, your body as it was, and you should too! Hiding behind filters and insecurities will keep you from fully living.

If I delete those pictures from my memory I will look back in 10 years and just have photos of my face when I was looking my best. I won't have that open mouth shot of me laughing with my dear friend. I won't have that snapshot where I looked a little chunky, but it was an awesome concert. Which is more important- the great memory or my vanity?

So step back a moment. Don't micromanage your life on social media. Sure you can share that totally awesome selfie it took you 10 snaps to get but those other photos and memories are just as important if not more important. Share that body shot. Wear a bikini if you feel like it. Love yourself and let others love you too!

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archel

life hacksEveryone needs to do a trip to Las Vegas once in their lives. Even though the main thing to do there is party all night (aka club and drink) there’s actually an endless amount of fun things you can do without breaking the bank!

  1. Try a Buffet: Most of the hotels on the strip have a buffet, do some research and find out which one fits your needs. The fancier it is, the higher the price, but you will get a gourmet selection of food and desserts! Some have unlimited gelato, some have unlimited beer and wine. There’s a buffet for everyone!
  2. Go up the Eiffel Tower at Paris: If you go up at night for a small entrance fee, you’ll be able to get a bird’s eye view of the strip! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the Bellagio fountains performing right across the street.
  3. Check out the Pinball Hall of Fame: There’s a huge collection of vintage pinball machines. It’s a like an interactive museum where you can play games!
  4. Visit Fremont Street: This is where Old Town Vegas is. There are so many lights and shops and things to see on this vintage strip and you can even zipline down it!
  5. Watch a Show: There are plenty of entertainment options like shows and concerts. Buy some tickets to see a Cirque de Soliel show like the Beatles "LOVE" or the Michael Jackson Tribute. The performances here are unlike anywhere else
  6. Hotel Hopping: All the hotels have amazing lobbies and casinos, and some even have shops. You can spend a whole day going through each hotel on the strip! Check out the art installations they have in some of the lobbies.
  7. Visit the Shark Reef: Mandalay Bay has an aquarium full of fish and sharks! You’ll find exotic creatures everywhere. It's perfect if you have kids in your group.
  8. Ride the rollercoaster at New York, New York: I love this ride-- it feels like you’re flying through the city buildings! For a fee you’ll be zooming though the outsides of the hotel.
  9. Visit the Circus: Check out Circus Circus. They have a huge dome in the back that holds a circus and rides! There are plenty of games to play and acrobats to see.
  10. Take a Spa Day: Some hotels let people purchase a spa pass for the day. Find out which one you’d like to visit and call to see they allow outside guests.

There are so many more things to do in Las Vegas, so one trip is never enough. Welcome to the city of lights!

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courtneylodge

Life HacksWedding planning can be the most fun part of the wedding or your worst nightmare. If you follow this short list of do's and don'ts you can improve the planning process and have some fun doing it!

DO: Attend a wedding expo early on. It can save you a lot of money, introduce you to a ton of vendors, and be a fun way to kick things off.

DON'T: Settle. This is the biggest regret I hear from my friends. Hiring a friend and saving a few dollars might be something you regret 5 or 10 years down the road. Get the best product and service you can in your budget.

DO: Make a budget. Even if it is a rough estimate, a budget can help you keep costs reasonable and avoid unnecessary tears down the road.

DON'T: Forget things. Make lists. Lots of lists. Lists have been my best friend through this whole process. It allows me to check things off as I have time and as I can afford them.

DO: COMMUNICATE. Wedding planning can be stressful on you and your spouse. Fighting during this process seems silly since your big day is about a loving bond. Remember, you are in this together and wedding planning should be fun.

DON'T: Let your guests stress you out. There will invariably be a crazy aunt that can only eat green foods, a friend who wants to bring her flavor of the week, or a family member that just can't figure out how to book a hotel room. Go through these things with a level head and remember why you're inviting the person in the first place. (Bonus Do: Be firm. Stand your ground. It's your wedding.)

DO: Have fun. Fall in love all over again. Plan away!

What are some things you wish you would have done planning your wedding?

What can Vinties do to have the wedding of their dreams? Comment and let us know!

Happy planning!

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archel

1.Figure out your budget

This is important in figuring out your destination, especially if you’ll need to fly out. Begin saving your money for your vacation fund, every bit helps. You’ll have to factor in cost of travel, lodging, activities, food, and some spending money for souvenirs. 

  

2.Choose a destination

If your budget is small stick to road trips or flights that are close to home. If you’ve saved a lot more consider going to the opposite coast of the states or even international. I have my own travel bucket list with all the places I eventually want to visit. Figure out if you need a relaxing destination or a city with a lot of things to explore, or maybe just a Disney trip to live like a kid again!

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3.Book / Reserve

Once you figure out where you want to go, make sure you make your reservations for travel, hotel and tours as soon as possible, you never know if they will sell out. You can save a little money by digging through Google or social media profiles for discount codes and promotions! Also, do a Groupon or LivingSocial check, you may find some dining and activity deals.

  

4.Make an Itinerary

It’s better to be a little organized rather than spontaneously going on a trip, time is valuable on a vacation. Make a list of all the activities you want to do, sights you want to see,  restaurants you MUST try. Then figure out where each is located and group everything together that’s in the same place, this way you won’t have to travel around much. Open up Google Calendar and schedule out your meals and activities. You don’t have to strictly follow this schedule, just keep it as a guide if you’re not sure where you will be going next. 

  

5.Start Packing

Make a list of everything you’ll need before you start packing, don’t forget to pack outfits that work with the weather, comfortable shoes, toiletries, and electronics/chargers. You can find great packing checklists on Pinterest according to your destination. Don’t forget anything, essentials are always overpriced in tourist locations. 

  

6.Get excited!

You’re finally on your way! Enjoy your much-needed break from life, you totally deserve it. Take lots of pictures and videos, make a vlog, share with friends and family. 

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