I simply adore her style. Nadia's understanding of colour, textures, shapes and patterns is fantastic. The only thing which annoys me is that some of the clothing lines she uses aren't available in the UK! Apart from that I think her style and blog is perfection. We just need to get Addition Elle to start stocking over here!
Nadia reworks a lot of pieces to her own taste and strikes a balance between totally on trend and completely classic. Something like the cut-out trend is matched with a timeless colour scheme giving the outfits a unique high fashion but real-life city fashion look. Nadia is a plus size model (or as I would say, a model) and has an excellent awareness of her shape, height and colouring for creating outfits, make-up and hair styles. While she is of course very beautiful, as a model she also knows how to pose for photos and bring attitude and story telling to each outfit and each photo-shoot.
She uses modern high street pieces as well as one-offs, designer rentals and stuff from clothes swap events for her outfits.
To get an idea of the fashionista herself here's a recent interview withAll That Ruckus. I share her love of actor Tom Hardy!
The other thing Nadia's blog has made me realise is that I've been quite limited in which stores I check out for items in recent years. I have my trusty list of vintage style suppliers of course but actually there's a whole bunch of shops I never look at either because I assume nothing there will fit me or the style will be too 'young' - which is ridiculous, I'm 31 but if I were 81 no-one should ever be telling me clothes are 'too young' - least of all ME, get a grip Racy! I wouldn't stand for that kind of rubbish being said to anyone else so why do it to myself?! For example I'd never looked at Forever 21 or Boohoo online but actually they have lots of things I like.
I used to be quite wild in the way I put together outfits, especially with colour, but in the last few years I've lost a lot of 'body confidence'. This is the result of a lot of different things but it may be time to start rebuilding this sense of self and enjoying clothes for what they are - protection from the elements, an expression of identity, and at the end of the day just fucking clothes. The body under them works alright for me - I can't parkour but I can get about fine have a lot of fun with it.
My feeling is that fashion is supposed to be fun and functional!
Nadia Aboulhosn has a calendar out now with dates running from April '14 - March '15. It is available HERE.