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July 29, 2009

The Big Question: Post2K

Filed under: The Big Question — Francesca @ 2:20 pm

Plumcake, Twistie and I would like to thank all our dear readers who have been with us since the beginning: We recently passed our 2,000th post!


At this milestone, we take a moment to pause and reflect, and to ask our wonderful internet friends:

What do you love about this blog? What would you change? What keeps you coming back?


  1. I love this blog for it’s sass and style. What I’d change? I’d cut down a bit on the shoe posts. Isn’t that what the Shoe Blog is for? More importantly to me, I’d do a lot more about casual dressing. I live in the country, work at home, and I’m a mother, and heels and dressy dresses don’t fit into my lifestyle. Please show us more casual elegance!

    Comment by Margo — July 29, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  2. First, congratulations on your 2000th post!

    I love viewing the fashions available. This blog has opened my eyes to many options I didn’t know were available, for which I (and the retailers, I’m sure!) thank you. I love the sales codes. I’ve discovered several looks I would have never thought to try, but are now staples in my wardrobe.

    I’m afraid I don’t love the shoes quite so much. They’re lovely, but I have wide feet, so 90% of the shoes aren’t available to me. Which would upset me more, but like the commenter above me, I lead a far more casual lifestyle than you do, so most of the shoes aren’t appropriate for me anyway. They are pleasant eye candy though.

    What I would change: the number of judgemental postings. I come here to obtain ideas for my own wardrobe and personal sense of style, not to hear that I’m hopelessly casual/shabby/whatever because I lower myself to wear – gasp – *sneakers* when I’m running out to Home Depot for bags of cow manure. (I garden.) We’re all adults here, and we know the realities of our own lives. By simply showing us more possibilities, rather than telling us, we get to expand our own wardrobes and horizons, which is far more satisfying in the long run.

    Comment by TropicalChrome — July 29, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  3. First congrats on your 2000th post!!

    I love all the sale info you guys post. The shoe posts don’t bother me at all, because I lurve all things high heel (even though I hardly ever wear them).

    I don’t think you should change anything. It’s your blog post what you want. Well I guess you could talk about how awesome I am more often, but that’s about it.

    Comment by Bianca — July 29, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

  4. Congratulations! Wonderful news, I am glad that there are 2000 posts of MftBG goodness pinging around the Universe. Warms my heart. This site was/is a part of my own journey towards a bit more superfabulousness.

    This may sound a bit silly, but I love the feeling that MftBG is a cool club. Alongside our Tremendous Trinity of Francesca, Plumcake, and Twistie, the readers are smart and sassy. One of my favourite features is the real life fashion counselling – when you have a reader’s own dilemma to solve. I know it must take an age to work on, but it’s so interesting to see what other lasses are dealing with in the real world of their wardrobes.

    My dream MftBG is fairly unrealistic, I know. I’m in the UK (and hail from New Zealand), so I would like to have a bit more of a global village approach.

    Rock on, ladies.

    Comment by Margo — July 29, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  5. I love the site, wouldn’t change a thing. I really like the great commenters & have found other blogs to enjoy thru them. And I’m particularly thrilled that chikita/chicklet/chick-whatev figured out their issue & going to the comment page isn’t setting off my virus program anymore.

    Comment by Jewels — July 29, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  6. I keep coming back for the funny commentary, the enjoyable writing, and the wonderful styles you find for all different sizes. You make no apologies in your writing about size, shape, colour, and opinion, and even if I’m not sure quite where I am in the range of ‘big girl’, I’m not intimidated by the title of it anymore, and I feel I don’t need to quantify myself like that. It’s all okay. There’s style for everyone!


    Comment by Jelly — July 29, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  7. I love you guys; congratulations on the milestone! I check out the site daily for sales codes, snark, and fashion. My style is totally different from either Francesca, Twistie or Plumcake’s–I favor PVC, wild prints, and a Beyond Thunderdome vibe. Still, the writing is so fresh and funny I keep coming back for more. I wouldn’t change a thing!

    Comment by emmme — July 29, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  8. I love the blog, and there’s really not much I would change. The style icon posts are really inspiring, and I love love love Plumcake’s strong views on fashion.

    I’m personally not at all interested in hearing about more ‘casual’ options. What sets this blog apart is the idea that a fat girl can be glamorous and elegant, wear heels and dresses, and just generally be all round sassy and fabulous.

    It would be a real pity if the blog’s POV was watered down to cater to the segment of your audience that feels judged if you post a rant against kitten fairy tshirts. I’m not worried that will happen though – I’m sure you guys will remain your sassy selves…

    Comment by Victoria — July 29, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  9. I especially love The Monday Hotness, The Friday Fierceness, and the attitude and diversity of the three writers. I agree with Victoria: there’s enough casual options out there. I want glamour and fabulosity. That’s what keeps me coming back.

    Comment by Mrs. Hendricks — July 29, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

  10. Congrats!

    I came looking for a place to hear from like-minded women and stay for the smarts and wit. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Comment by Juliet — July 30, 2009 @ 1:49 am

  11. Congrats, MftBG!

    I’m an engineer and totally fit the Captain Clueless stereotype of my profession, where fashion is concerned. Also stereotypically, my favorite posts are the “how tos” that illuminate some of the process behind creating a style. Single examples are well and good, but I don’t want to mimic Plumcake’s look, or Francesca’s, or Twistie’s. I want to know what they’re thinking when they buy certain pieces, how they plan to create a wardrobe out of 22 basic pieces, what they look for in a garment, and how they developed their artistic visions. If Plumcake can wow Austin with twelve, mostly solid-color dresses and awesome accessories, I can aspire to somehow put a personal stamp on our lab’s unofficial dress code of oxfords (or polos, for the younger set) and slacks. (And thanks to Francesca, I will know to make sure the oxfords have princess seams!)

    Comment by TeleriB — July 30, 2009 @ 8:56 am

  12. Love ya! Mean it! Don’t change a thing!

    Comment by ChloeMireille — July 30, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  13. There are many things I love about this website: The mailbox posts which have led me to some great websites and some wonderful sales, the delicious recipes, the marvelous shoe posts (although I don’t wear heels and will probably NEVER buy a single pair, I do love to look), and the pointed opinion pieces. I also enjoy the fashion advice for readers–I once emailed for advice and Plumcake was kind enough to email back with exactly the information I needed…that is an amazing feature you find on very VERY few blogs. It is obvious that the bloggers here really do care about helping their readership.

    Although I am a casual dresser, I don’t mind the lovely lady-bloggers’ occasional rants against sweatpants. Those are their opinions and it’s their blog. If I don’t like a post, I will skip on by to something I do enjoy. I don’t think anything should be changed. I love the blog just the way it is, which is why I check it every single day!

    Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work, and congratulations for reaching this milestone!

    Comment by Siege — July 30, 2009 @ 9:48 am

  14. Congratulations! Auguri! Wouldn’t change a thing, you are fab fab fab!

    Comment by klee — July 30, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  15. First of all, congratulations! This blog has definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities of plus-size fashion, and it’s great to see the options available. The one thing I’d love to see more of is dressing for the workplace. While it’s wonderful to see so many yummy cocktail dresses and fancy shoes, I can’t wear them to work on a Monday morning! My own work wardrobe is tired and dull, so how about some more tailored, work-appropriate, but non-dowdy dresses and seperates?

    Comment by SJHC — July 30, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  16. I read this blog, and I’m not even a “big girl.” I love the humor and sass, and a lot of the style info is relevant to anyone. Of course, beautiful shoes are (nearly) universal! I’m really liking some of the regular features, like Friday Fierceness. Keep it coming!

    Comment by Kara — July 30, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

  17. I second Victoria. I like the glamour and I like the judgmentalism. There’s practical advice lots of places, but there are very few reliable taste opinioneurs covering larger sizes. I don’t wear the 5″ heels and all that either but I still come here to read about it.

    Comment by Violet — July 30, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

  18. I love this blog – I’ve laughed and learned, and just a couple of times I’ve cried. I come back for the humor and, yes, the snark and the judgment. The offering of genuine opinions without caveats is rare these days, and I like reading it even if I don’t always agree.
    I’d like to see more of: helping out the big girls who are vertically enhanced. Especially those of us over 6′ – it’s not just about finding longer pants (although that would be lovely). So, thanks for everything, and may we look forward to (at least) another 2K posts!

    Comment by mywhimsey — July 30, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  19. It’s truly enjoyable- most especially when Plumcake has worked herself up into a tizzy about something. I would not want to be on the receiving end of her poisoned pen (keyboard)?

    To reiterate 2 points made earlier:
    1) I’m neither an Apple nor Pear, but a Banana (heels put me over 6′). So more fashion advice for us flagpoles would always be appreciated, a la “mywhimsey.”

    2) Please keep the wit and mission to high style up, even if that means some people take offense. I’m in the camp of “yes, you have the right to wear bedazzled sweatshirts and holiday-print socks outside your home, BUT then expect me to think that you take all your vacations in Orlando.”

    Comment by SusanC — July 30, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  20. I wouldn’t change a blessed thing, ladies. Love the community, love the writing, love the sass.

    Comment by La Petite Acadiene — July 30, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  21. Congrats!! Wouldn’t change a thing. Y’all do a fabulous job.

    Comment by Pinky — July 31, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

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