With us being in the day and age of Photoshop and retouched images, its hard for any of us to really relate to what is being shown as beautiful.  (Read this great post by Niki of A Haute Mess).    It’s no secret, and I’ve mentioned it before, that I am not a size 2, 20 something blogger with legs for days.  I’m a chick in my 30′s with curves and less desired lumps, that make styling myself a bit more challenging.  Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be some self deprecating shpeel about how I’m not skinny like a super model so poor me.  I’m way over that stage of my life.  (A perk of being a 30 something).

Me, working the runway at the Vancouver Home + Design Show’s Style Friday event.

I believe there is a bit of a lost market in the fashion world.  The skinny gals are well represented and the full figured goddesses are finally being given the spotlight in commercials and fashion spreads.  But what about the rest of us?  I’m not “skinny”, but I’m not plus size either.  I’m right in between.  I represent the size 6-14 category of women, and there are a lot of us out there.  I always love when magazines come out with their age issues.  They show beautiful (usually rich) women in their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, and 60+ styled in a manner that is “age appropriate”.  This is fantastic but what if you haven’t had work done on every square inch of your body and, again, are bigger then a size 6?  Is that hounds-tooth wool mini skirt still the best option for a professional 50 something mother of three?

Outfit  from Park Royal shopping center

While I am an admitted magazine junkie, I choose to see the fashion and leave the rest.  If I’m wanting to feel inspired about my shape and how to dress it, I go to fellow bloggers, street style pics, and often turn to my fabulous friends.  I feel so privileged to be in the position of  being able to share my own personal style and fashion thoughts with my amazing readers.  I hope to inspire those who feel the same lack of representation of real women.   I know this is not a new conversation but I do believe it’s an important one.

 

This vest came home with me!

On Saturday I braved the cold weather to head down town for the Le Chateau and Flare Holiday Event.  We were treated to cocktails and macrons along with hair touch ups and manicures by Suki’s.

The lovely Niki of A Haute Mess doing some shopping.

Models walked through the store wearing this season’s latest looks and onlookers enjoyed fashion demonstrations.  Admittedly, I have not really shopped at Le Chateau since high school (I will spare you with how long ago that was).  I was pleasantly surprised to find some very cute things.  I took advantage of their sweater promotion (Buy 1 Get 1 30% off), as well as found a cute little fur vest, and a grey pashmina.  I must say Le Chateau has always had an amazing selection of pashminas for $15.

Dress: Anthropologie (a San Fran purchase), Leather jacket: Michael Kors

The lovely Cara and Melissa with myself.

The lovely Alexandra of the To Vogue or Bust blog has recently done a three part series featuring her fave local Vancouver bloggers.  I was honored to see my name listed in her third and final part of her series.

I’m in amazing  company with some of my own favourite blogs like Miss Melissa, Alicia Fashionista, The Anthology, A Haute Mess, and so many other talented and stylish women.

Here’s what Alexandra had to say about me…

” The aptly-named Prairie Girl in the City documents Jen, a former prairie girl who made the move to Vancouver, and her experiences in the local fashion industry, her fashion inspirations, and her general musings.

If you want a good look into the local industry and its social scene, Jen’s blog is the perfect one-stop-shop.  She documents the going-ons of the city beautifully, and I love that she always includes what’s going on in her own life too.  Some bloggers make the choice to not open up too much on their sites, which, depending on the type of content one has on their blog, could be a wise decision.  Having said that though, when it comes to personal blogs, I tend to gravitate to the ones in which you actually get to know the person through their entries.  Jen’s is definitely like that, and that’s why I visit so regularly! ”

Be sure to visit To Vogue or Bust to read about this and so much more!

Thanks Alexandra for the blog love.

 Your articles were wonderful and you have introduced me to some new blog gems. xo

 

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