Thursday, March 18, 2010

About Gazel & Bonjour Gazel.



About the author: 

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Gazel (pronounced like Hazel but with a G! NOT GAZELLE!) and I am just your average university student living in the prairies of Canada. I'm studying sociology and I am very passionate about feminism, race, ethnicity, culture, and food (both in the foodie sense and academic sense, hehe.) Of course, my interest also lies in style and fashion. Outside of school I am a total introvert and I like to stay at home and read, draw, and play video games -- especially jRPGs! I also like to cook and bake as well.

I live with my fiance and 3 dogs. My fiance is the one who takes all of the pictures on this blog.

About the blog:

I started this blog because I was bored and I was feeling inspired by other plus size bloggers. At the time I was getting into fat acceptance and I was only starting to realise I can wear beyond just a baggy t-shirt and baggy jeans. Thus I needed a creative outlet for my outfits ... and before you know it, Bonjour Gazel was born. (On another note, there's no significant reason why I wanted to name it Bonjour Gazel -- I was thinking of Hello Kitty and Hello Gazel sounded stupid at the time so I decided to use French. NO, I'm not a Francophile, soz.)

Bonjour Gazel is a blog that features outfit posts by yours truly as well as (honest) reviews, wishlists, and just recently I've been making it a goal to implement recipes and restaurant reviews -- as well as blogging about other things besides consumerism and gluttony. I update sporadically and I do not have a schedule as this blog is purely a hobby activity and for my own amusement.

Disclaimer:

Unless otherwise stated, I have purchased all of the items on this blog. I do make an effort to point out if anything was sponsored or gifted to me. On occasion I will have sponsored posts and I will mark that down on the post itself. Regarding reviews, I do not sugar coat anything and my reviews and sponsored posts are 100% honest. I do pick and choose which things I take on to feature on my blog and what isn't. At times there will be things pertaining to shoes, jewelry, clothing, or even kitchen gadgets -- I feel these are relevant because this is what I blog about.



Links

I ♥ Love to Shop Here..

ASOS
Dorothy Perkins
Newlook
Ruche
Modcloth
eBay
Clearly Contacts
Simply Be
Old Navy
Gap
Style 369

Blogs I LOVE

An Olive a Day
Fat Shopaholic
Fatshionable
Jasifers lions Club
Nicolette Mason
Pocket Rocket
Saks in the City
Le Blog de Letilor
Musings of a Fatshionista
The Red Rosette
GabiFresh
Anomalous Allure
Cupcake's Clothes
Fashion, Love and Martinis
Frantic Dreams
Messy Carla
No Futvre
Weesha's World
Fat Aus
The Merry Traveller
Pearls, Lace and Ruffles
Vivian and the Dream of Horses
Mamushka Marie
Big Hips, Red Lips
Sherri Amour
High Socks

If I missed anyone, let me know! I'm also open to doing link exchanges, but only if the blog content is relevant to my interests and if I like to read it.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Business and Partnerships

Hello!

Should you have any business inquiries (such as sponsorship or advertisement) please contact me at gazelma@hotmail.com! There we can talk about collaboration, my blog stats and much more. I am open to advertising both large and small businesses. I thank you for your time and consideration, however if your content is not relevant to my readers I may have to decline.

Bonjour Gazel!
 is a blog that focuses on plus size fashion and is geared towards people of all sizes and ages, should plus-size fashion be of their interest. Most posts are either outfit posts, product reviews and wishlists. For more questions please e-mail me.

To give you a brief breakdown on my traffic:


- I average about over 700 - 900 page views a day on my blog. Per month, it ranges from 20,000 and over.
- Over 800 Google Reader followers and growing.
- On Tumblr, I average a few hundred page views a day and I always link my main blog posts to my Tumblr.1
- In addition, I have over 1100 followers on Tumblr and growing!
- I have about 700+ followers on Twitter and growing.
- I have, on my Facebook account related to plus size fashion about over 350 followers on Facebook.
- I have over 360 followers on Lookbook.nu
- 60 followers on Bloglovin'
- 100 to 200+ page views on Flickr on average a day, with my blog advertised on photographs, plus garments if applicable.

*As of January 3rd, 2012.


I also have a wide variety of readers around the world. I am willing to do business with international retailers and businesses if it is in the best interest for my READERS.

My blog is growing constantly with each and every day, with more opportunities to come!


Services

1. Ad Sponsorships

After a year Bonjour Gazel is now open to do Ad sponsorships. They come in three sizes for right now:

Small: 120x120
Medium: 200x150
Large: 468 x 60

Prices range from $15 dollars a month to $35 a month. We can talk about custom sizing of ads. Special pricing will be considered for local companies (Canadian). Please e-mail me for more for quotes, prices are negotiable depending on the plan.

2. Product Reviews

I am willing to do product reviews on items. I will provide an honest review consisting of one blog post along with photographs of your product. This is a great opportunity for readers to get to know your business and it's products. I also do videos on request as well.


3. Business Features & Promotions

I will feature your business on my blog with one blog post, showcasing your businesses items and if applicable, creating polyvore sets to showcase your items as well. I am also willing to advertise any promotional codes you may have on your businesses, if applicable.


4. Giveaways


Best way for marketing your business and attracting more traffic. I will review the item, if applicable, and if desired, hosting a giveaway on my blog. These giveaways will involve usually liking your Facebook pages, Twitter, or any other social media platform applicable.


Disclaimers and other Notes:

I reserve every right to determine what is appropriate for the content of my blog and for the readers. If it is not in the blog's main interest and reader base, I will let you know via e-mail. I also have a right to keep my credibility, and therefore I will only review with honest reviews which can be subjected to negative or positive reviews.

I will not review weight loss pills, diet aids or anything to do with weight loss, body modification (such as weight loss surgery, liposuction, lap band, etc.) or anything that is irrelevant to the blog and it's reader base. For more inquiries on this matter feel free to e-mail me for more clarification, but it is very clear that any weight loss product will automatically be rejected.

With this in mind, I thank you for reading and I hope to work with your business in the future and expand our horizons.

Monday, March 1, 2010

FEATURES

Bonjour Gazel and Gazel M. have been featured in some sites on the internet and blogs. Check them out!

xoxo Nikstar: #HighSchoolConfessions, Gazel M.
Fat Shopaholic
Plump Pinay
We Love Colors
By Anika
Musings of a Fatshionista April 2010 Recap

FAQ

This page is all the frequently asked questions I get from my readers that I've encountered via e-mails and formspring and other forms of social-media. Hopefully you will all get to know me better through these!

Is Gazel actually your real name? How do you pronounce it?
Yes, Gazel is my real name. It's pronounced "Gay-zul." Everyone thinks it's pronounced like "Gazelle" the antelope creature, but nope, it isn't. I also prefer if people did not choose to call me 'Gazelle' because it is easier on their tongues and it's "prettier".  Not only is not pronouncing my name the way it's supposed to be disrespectful, but it's completely ignoring cultural contexts as well - so please, call me as it's supposed to be pronounced and I will be happy.

Where do you currently live?
I live in Winnipeg, Canada.

What do you study?
I'm studying sociology, currently going for an honours degree. I want to hopefully specialize in race/ethnic relations in Canada, as well as immigration and globalization!

How old are you?
I'm 21 years old.

What size are you?
I honestly don't know... it's all just inconsistent. I order UK 22 on top (so 18 US) and 22-24 to the occasional 26 UK on the bottom.  I'm slightly a pear-apple shape, I have a smaller waist but a huge hip area. My bust is smaller in proportion to my hips!

Where are your favourite places to shop?
Check the 'links' section above.

Why don't you ever try to lose weight? Being fat is gross.
If you're on my blog and you're a fat hater, I think you found the wrong place to be trolling and flaming. I have nothing against the notion of losing weight, and I will do so at my own pace, but I don't need strangers telling me I need to lose weight. I prefer happiness over obsessing over my body.

What's the camera you use for your photos and who takes your photos?
My fiance takes pictures of me, sometimes I use a self-timer with a tripod. My camera is currently a Nikon D40 with either an 18-55 mm lens or a 50 mm 1.8f ... I occasionally use my iPhone or my Olympus point and shooter.

Don't you care about your health? Obesity is bad for you! Don't you want to live a long life?
My health is none of your business and even if I were unhealthy, it's still none of your business. Any pain I cause myself is my own fault - and I acknowledge it. I don't need any troll or fake-concern person to tell me that I'm fat. I get it.

If you have any more questions for me, send me an e-mail !