One of the many benefits of being part of a great brand like ELOQUII is discovering amazing women who share our passion for style. If you’ve made a video, written a blog post, sent a tweet, liked our photo, or left a comment, we’ve seen it! Inspired by your passion and fueled by our natural curiosity, we will be featuring one lucky lady every Friday who has caught our eye. This week, it’s Lisa from Harper Valley.
She first grabbed our attention with her mini ELOQUII haul, but when we fell head over heels for the fearless photos that accompanied her video on mixing patterns, we knew that it was time to get to know her. We hope that you’ll love her style as much as we do!
ELOQUII: Tell us about your YouTube channel and how you got started making videos.
Lisa: My videos mostly feature clothing hauls, outfits of the day, and online shopping tips. I started making videos because I was becoming a YouTube junkie myself and was watching videos nearly every day, especially ones about plus size fashion. The more videos I watched, the stronger my desire grew to start my own channel. People have always asked me where I shop and how I find clothes, so making videos seemed like a natural thing for me to do. When I started unearthing how many online retailers are available for plus size gals, it opened up my options tenfold. I wanted to share that knowledge with other women who might be intimidated or confused about shopping online.
More importantly, I’m finally at a point where I accept my my body and who I am. I no longer loathe the way I look or daydream about having a different body. As I’ve moved through this self-acceptance journey, I’ve wanted to dress better and invest in a wardrobe vs. only buying throw-away pieces to fit my former ever-changing yo-yo dieting body. I thought making videos might help women who are on a similar journey.
E: What has the reaction been like?
L: The reaction of people who watch them has been incredibly positive. When I go a few weeks without making a video, people tell me how much they’ve missed my presence on YouTube.
E: What three spring trends are you most looking forward to wearing?
L; I’m excited about the pastel trend. Plus size clothes in pastels can be a challenge to find though, so I’m on a mission to acquire a few more pieces while it’s popular. I’m digging the kimono cardigan trend, and recently picked up a few of them - one for everyday wear, one for the pool. I’ve also been playing with the high-waisted midi skirt/crop top combo. It’s reminiscent of the elegant silhouettes in the 1940s when women wore longer skirts, and that feels so ladylike to me.
E: What ELOQUII pieces are on your wish list?
L: The brand new Classic Seamed Sheath Dress looks killer! I’d love to have that piece because the structure would fit really well on my curves. Lately, I’ve been a bit more experimental with fitted and bodycon pieces, so that dress speaks to me. Now to decide between hot pink or melon!
E: What’s your favorite piece in your closet?
L: Right now, the favorite piece in my closet is a pair of shoes. I finally found the perfect pair of dressy black heels - the Wessex Shay by Clarks. They fit like a dream, so I had to get two colors.
E: Shoutout time! Who do you love to read & watch?
L: My favorite fashion YouTubers are GlitterOdyssey, GirlInTheBlueHat, PlusSizePrincessNYC, ImFashionablyLate and VintageOrTacky. When I read blogs, I gravitate toward Grown and Curvy Woman, Nicolette Mason, GarnerStyle, GabiFresh, And I Get Dressed, Affatshionista, Fatshion Peepshow, and Fearlessly Just Me.
I love reading and watching these ladies because they take fashion risks, and they’re unapologetic for who they are, which totally inspires me.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to get to know you better! For more from Lisa, subscribe to Harper Valley on YouTube and follow her on Instagram.
Can you believe it? Spring has finally arrived! We’re so excited to run outside (with sunnies and sunscreen, of course) to greet the warm weather with open arms and pops of color. Naturally, we’re celebrating with a new collection that we like to call Hello Sunshine!.
For a limited time only, take 25% off sitewide with free shipping using code SPRING25. Pretty great, right?
Get ready to shop! New arrivals launch on ELOQUII tomorrow morning, but here’s an exclusive sneak peek that we shared on Instagram. Just press play!
Spring has finally sprung! After a long, hard winter we get excited when the mercury rises above 50 degrees. It’s time to grab the sunnies, swirl on a little bronzer, and reach for your favorite dress! In honor of warmer temps and an excuse to show a little leg, we’ve gathered our top 10 reasons to love New York City in the spring:
1: Al fresco dining
Almost every restaurant has outdoor seating and there’s nothing better than enjoying a cocktail after work or Sunday brunch basking in the warm sunshine. Our favorite spots with prime people watching: Dos Caminos Meatpacking, Delicatessen in SoHo, and Cafe Select in SoHo.
2: Fresh cocktails
Speaking of warm weather, we’ll take a fresh fruit infused cocktail any day of the week. The Black & Red, a strawberry and black pepper infused cocktail from Back Forty, has quite a devoted following. The back patio is also a great place to spend a few hours in the afternoon.
3: Ferry rides
Whether it’s the tourist-laden Staten Island Ferry, the East River Ferry or even the Ikea ferry, a trip on the water is a better way of commuting. Enjoy the rejuvenating saltwater breeze and the wind in your hair - you’ve earned it!
A stroll through the New York Botanical Gardens between late April & early May can be a feast for the eyes as more than 25,000 tulips begin to blossom. With 19 varieties and an array of colors, there’s a tulip for everyone (and even if there isn’t, the journey was as fun as the destination, right?).
5: Dog parks
If you have a pup, it’s finally the time of year when you can enjoy being outside together. Grab a frisbee, throw on some sneakers and get ready to run. Even if you don’t have a furry companion, dog runs make for great people watching. Our favorites are Prospect Park, Madison Square Park, and Fort Greene Park.
6: Bike rides
Thanks to CitiBike, hopping on two wheels has never been easier. A leisurely pedal through Central Park or across the Williamsburg Bridge can lead to new adventures and some mega Instagram moments. You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even notice that you broke a sweat.
7: First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
One part culture and two parts fun, First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum are a mashup of concerts, cinemas, panel discussions, hands on guided tours and more at the Brooklyn Museum. And the best part? It’s completely free.
8: Outdoor concerts
Warm weather also means that there are more chances to see your favorite musical acts in exciting new venues. From GMA’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park, to Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, you can listen to great music in the sun or under the stars.
9: Food trucks
Whatever kind of food you’re craving, there’s a truck that delivers it. Waffles, ice cream sandwiches, tacos, fresh juice, frozen lemonade, grilled cheese….the possibilities are endless! If you aren’t into finding them the old fashioned way, start with Gothamist’s 10 Best Food Trucks list.
10: The Hester Street Fair
There are many, many street fairs in New York during the spring & summer months, but The Hester Street Fair is one of the best. You could spend all day eating and shopping your way through vendors on a historic street on the Lower East Side. You never know - you just might discover the next great American designer getting their start at this grassroots incubator.
Melissa McCarthy wore ELOQUII on the red carpet at CinemaCon in our Abstract Print Fit & Flare Dress. You can steal her style for 30% off + free shipping now through Saturday night.
Please excuse us while we go do a happy dance and gush about how great she looks. Best. Friday. Ever.