I had to interview this lady out of the lone star state.
She reinvents her style with every outfit she wears and is very fierce when she does.
Check out my interview with Ashley!
Full Name: Ashley Dubra-Gales
Born and Reside: Born in Austin, Texas/ Reside In Houston, Texas (since 2002)
Occupation: Associate at a municipal financial advisory firm
What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry?
I would say I am a spectator. I draw outfit inspiration from all sorts of things. A few months ago I started a Facebook blog page called Bloggers Heaven -A one stop shop about bloggers and their fashion finds.
When did you first start to take an interest in fashion?
I’ve always had an interest in fashion. I’ve always loved looking at how people put clothes together and dress. It wasn’t until about 2007, that I started to really accept my body and get out of my comfort zone which sparked a HUGE interest in fashion.
Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?
Solange- her ability to mix prints still amazes me. She is so eclectic! Her style is fun. It’s vibrant! It put me in an awesome mood.
Victoria Beckham- her style reads classy, chic, and sexy all rolled in one. She is always on point from head to toe.
Kanye West- he is not afraid to step out of the “men’s fashion” box. He is unconcerned with what trends are popular. He just wears what he wants when he wants. He style is bold and confident. I love him.
I have many more….too many to mention.
Where do you find inspiration?
EVERYWHERE!!! It’s crazy. I can be sitting at my desk working on a project or presentation and an outfit idea will just flash before me. I even dream about clothes. I’ve drawn inspiration from men, kids, even my grandmother.
When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase?
Price!! I’m afraid to admit it, but I am super cheap when it comes to making a purchase. I think thrift store shopping has spoiled me because I am able to find so many one of a kind things for little of nothing. Also, the way something fits my body is a key factor. Although being tall has its advantages, it makes shopping a little more difficult. Nothing ever seems to be long enough!
How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today?
Plus size fashion has come such a long way! I can still remember going into stores and them NEVER having my size. Now pretty much every store has a plus section. In my opinion being a “big” girl is more acceptable now than it was, say even 10 years ago.
Where are some of favorite places to shop?
I love to thrift shop! 85 % of my wardrobe comes from the thrift store (Value Village, Family thrift, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) I also love Forever 21 (Faith 21) as well as Image, Torrid (for shoes mostly) and Target.
Do you believe in fashion do’s and dont’s for plus size women? For any size?
I feel there are fashion do’s and dont’s for ALL sizes. There are some things that look more appealing on a thicker body frame vs. a smaller frame and vice versa. Based off my personal experiences, as a plus size woman you are judged and critiqued harder. EVERYTHING must be on point. You are the center of attention when you walk into any room whether you want to be or not.
Lastly, Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere?
As a curvy girl, the best advice I could give is to just dress for your body type. Whatever God has blessed you with OWN it and be comfortable in your own skin. Do not get discouraged.