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About Liz

Hi, I’m Liz. I live in the mostly backwards mid-western state of Indiana, in a college town that is economically divided among three basic groups: college students, college graduates, but mostly average- to below-average income ex-manufacturing families who have been affected over the past several decades from closed US plants and facilities.

I’m forty-six and I feel that I’m getting younger mentally. The more I accept about my past and about myself, the younger, lighter, and more free I feel. At age 46, I’ve had quite a few lives, but now I feel like I am finally starting to LIVE one.

I wear a US size 26W-28W, or 2X-3X. I have these wide, weird, and I’m told sexy feet, and I always forget what size shoe I wear. I have large hands from my Dutch and German ancestry to go along with those big feet. I love boots, and heels hurt me. I love jewelry, purple, and feeling beautiful.

I weigh about three hundred and fifteen pounds. I vowed to quit shopping like my clothes are “temporary until I lose weight again.” I am entitled to look gorgeous no matter what my size and shape, and I will, and I do.

Here is a photo of me, taken yesterday (November 10, 2012), in front of one of my new favorite stores, Charming Charlie in Noblesville, Indiana. Excuse the bra strap and the slouch. My husband took the picture. (Grrrr.) I don’t know who the guy in the background was, but apparently he was having a very vibrant conversation with himself.

Top – Roaman’s Side-Ruched Sweatshirt Tunic in Coffee, $15.99 on sale; Jeans – Lane Bryant Black Skinny Jean, $29.97 on sale; Scarf – Carson’s True Love Floral Scarf, $9.00 on sale. The jewelry is too blurry to see. I blame the blur on my camera phone, and the bra strap and slouch on my dear husband.

This is all you will ever hear me talk about food on this blog: when I eat refined sugar or carbohydrates, or any wheat or glutenous grains, I feel physically and mentally horrible. My body gets stiff and sore, and I can barely move. So after pounding my head against the wall about it for quite a few years, going back and forth between trying to do perfect eating plans and bingeing like I had been deprived of all that was good, I don’t eat those things, and trust me – I don’t miss them. I stopped dieting years ago. I have been in support groups to try to get control of my eating and to lose weight. My eating isn’t out of control anymore. And I don’t have an agenda for losing weight. This has given me a lot more time to live.

Hence the name of this blog: My Big And Gorgeous Life.


*** UPDATE – 3 October 2013

Want to know what’s cool about having your own blog? You can change your mind. Haha.

When I started the blog last November, I had planned for it to be mostly if not solely a fashion blog. I had said I wouldn’t talk about food or weight. But I can talk about whatever I want, whenever I want. My blog.

I thought it would be courteous to say that.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. April permalink
    Nov 21, 2012 3:19 pm

    Hi Liz,
    So far your blog looks fantastic. As a 40 something curvy lady who has just recently “vowed to quit shopping like my clothes are “temporary until I lose weight again.” I applaud you. I also congratulate you on being nominated in the Curvy Blog Award for a blog that appears to be fairly new. I’ll be checking back in the hopes that you will have more to say to us 40 something curvy fabulous ladies!


    • Nov 21, 2012 3:54 pm

      Thank you, April! I will!! I just got a beautiful tunic from IGIGI I want to model, and many other nice clothes. There I so much to say about this journey of body acceptance and nurturing. I can’t wait to share!


  2. Gail permalink
    Dec 4, 2012 3:36 am

    You are a beautiful person and we come in all sizes!


  3. Dec 4, 2012 4:18 pm

    You are so lovely. Your spirit and candor and humor and you are just beautiful. Go forth and rock this life. There are still adventures to have, Liz Vandy 😉 X


  4. Dec 7, 2012 4:30 am

    You are beautiful and I love your new haircut and color. I’m loving your site. Can’t wait to read more. You remind me so much of myself.


  5. Nov 16, 2013 2:42 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog while looking for Tallissime Tunics (random google search) and there you were in the black and white version of the red and white one I’m checking out online. Lovely, and more importantly – REAL. Thank you for sharing your photos and clothing write-ups (BTW – the purple is amazing on you), it is refreshing to see plus size women like me wearing clothing I’m trying to decide if I actually want to purchase 🙂


    • Nov 16, 2013 2:57 pm

      Oh that’s wonderful! You remind me that it’s past time for me to do a post. Would love to see more “real” people in the clothes we like, too! Thanks! ~Liz


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