A year ago, things started getting really scary in New York. The subway suddenly feeling far too dangerous to risk, I took a solo Lyft home to our apartment, and I’ve pretty much been here ever since.
In the months that followed, the tragic reality of what was happening around us was inescapable. We lost close friends and friendly neighborhood faces to Covid. The constant wail of ambulances haunted us, the sound heavy with the knowledge of what they meant. The fear and uncertainty of getting infected or unknowingly infecting someone else followed us every time we opened our apartment door, whether to walk our dog or try to find essentials. I’m not ashamed to say I cried over toilet paper. Everything felt fraught and impossible.
I built my career in fashion as a blogger, but I couldn’t blog with the world crashing down around me. I felt far too scattered to write more than a paragraph or two. Seeking moments of escape, solace, and a sense of community, and responding to the affirming sentiments that my readers were feeling the same, I moved everything to social and put the blog on hiatus. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I believe it was the right one. Being able to directly chat with my incredible community in Instagram DMs and build closer relationships with so many of you burgeoned me throughout some really hard times. I hope I have been able to be a bright spot for you too.
But a few months ago, Instagram caption limits started to feel stifling, and I began feeling sparks of writing inspiration again. And more telling (to me, at least): I wanted to READ again. Even more than a writer, I’ve always been a reader, but throughout most of the last year I couldn’t focus enough to read at any length. So when my habit of devouring science fiction and fantasy novels came roaring back to life, it felt like a sign. I tentatively sent out feelers to see if you babes were feeling the same, and the answer was a resounding yes.
I truly appreciate you welcoming me back, and I am so excited and grateful to have you here as a reader and a member of this beautiful community.
And I am so happy to be back, because while many things have changed in the last year, some important ones haven’t: I still believe in the power of fashion (when it isn’t restrictive or exclusionary). I still love helping plus women discover their aesthetic, navigate confusing sizing, or just find the perfect piece. I still believe that style can be an incredible means of self-expression. I still know that the pure emotion of feeling great in a beautiful look is valuable in and of itself. I still am raring and ready to take on the industry when it fails us. I still find such joy and fulfillment in creating and cultivating community for plus size women. And I still wholeheartedly know that self-love and body acceptance are worthwhile pursuits.
So the shiny new CurvilyFashion.com will have all of that and more! I have a head full of ideas, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. And I fully want to keep the rich conversations I’ve had with readers going, and continually work to make sure Curvily is a helpful resource to you. If you have a response to a post, a question, or feedback in general, reach out to me on Instagram, or by email if you don’t use IG.