Welcome to another installment of “Not a Model,” where Gwynnie Bee members style and play model in their favorite items. This is a great resource to see how different items look on different heights and body types, and could spark some styling inspiration for various pieces. To see previous “Not a Model” posts, click here.

She’s not a model, but she plays one with Gwynnie Bee! Meet Candice!

Gwynnie Bee Member: Candice L.
Size: 24/26
Lives in: Suffolk, VA
Member Since: April 2013

Thread & Butter Cameron Tie Dye Dress in Navy, sizes L-3X

Gwynnie Bee member Candice is a French teacher at Bethel High School in Hampton, VA, where she found a creative way to put her old Gwynnie Bee boxes to good use. “I re-purpose the boxes I receive my Gwynnie Bee shipments in by using them under the students’ desks to store textbooks and workbooks. Some of the desks do not have a wire basket underneath built into them, so the students don’t have anywhere to store their books,” Candice told us. We thought Candice’s idea was inspired: simple and useful – and we couldn’t be happier to have a hand in making her classroom that much better.

Students are able to store their textbooks under their desks using
Candice’s old Gwynnie Bee boxes

What inspired you to come up with this creative idea?

I like to keep the textbooks and workbooks at the students’ desks. This cuts down on traffic and time; they don’t have to argue about who is going to get whom a book. The desks with baskets underneath are fine…we could keep the books in the basket…but the books underneath the storage-less desks were getting all over the place and were getting worn-looking very quickly. The boxes Gwynnie Bee uses are really nice and sturdy and I hated to just throw them away. I was sitting at my table one day and it hit me: use the boxes under the desks. Very simple, works great!!

What do the kids think about all of this?

I’m not sure the kids think about it too much; all they know is that have to keep the area under the desks tidy and the boxes help. They were pretty excited about the photo shoot, though. They are very supportive. I love them.

MYNT 1792 Sailor Skirt in Denim, sizes 14W-24W

Looks like you’ve gotten quite a few boxes there! Of all the outfits you’ve been sent, which is your all-time favorite?

I love my jean skirt, a sweater, the brown bomber jacket, and leggings.

Jaime Striped Purl Sweater Knit, sizes 1X-3X, MYNT 1792 Sailor Skirt in Denim, sizes 14W-24W, and Jaime Jacket with Studs, sizes 1X-3X – très chic!

Thread & Butter Cameron Tie Dye Dress in Navy, sizes L-3X

Which brand is your favorite and why?

I love the Thread and Butter line because the clothes are very chic and comfortable. My students always comment when I wear something from Thread and Butter.

Which pieces have you found have the best fit?

I really like the fit and flare pieces because they highlight the best parts of one’s shape.

NY Collection Colorblock A-Line Dress, sizes 1X-3X

Thanks for sharing your story with us Candice!

Want to get out in front of the camera? If you’d like to play not a model with us, we’re always looking for ladies with wonderful stories about how Gwynnie Bee has impacted them.

Comment below!

  • Comments ( 15 )

  • Pat Prescott Frickanisce Fogarty

    Way to go Candy!

    • Candy LeDoyen

      Thanks, Pat!! I am so glad we met and are in touch. I appreciate the support!!

  • Carolyn Creekmore

    Congratulations, Candy! You are looking fabulous!

  • Rebecca Anding

    Looking fabulous (as always!)…..I want some Gwynnie Bee clothing now! Especially a bomber jacket! You rocked it!!

  • Kitty Brown

    What a breath of fresh air! You Rock Candy, I’m in awe. I would love to take a look at the Gwynnie Bee line of clothing.

  • Lita Burke

    Candy you look fabulous! Love the Bomber jacket, really cute! Love too that you are using the boxes, nothing like a teacher’s will to make it work!

  • http://sharonpenny.wordpress.com Sharon Penny

    Madame LeDoyen looks fabulous in these photos. Love you, Candy!

  • Lory Lagoyda

    LOVE the bomber jacket!!! Great photos!

  • http://apexdaysupport.com Lorene Wendelin

    Beautiful lady!

  • http://www.hankley.net Shel

    Everyday it seems I find something on the Gwynnie Bee site that I missed the day before. My closet is growing and growing! I love the real-life not a model pictures and stories that I see on here and on Facebook. These women are beautiful and inspiring.

  • lisa

    What a wonderful story. I was completely blown away at what a wonderful experience Gwynnie Bee has made on me. I always have a had a love for fashion and you all make it so easy for me. My heart skipped a beat when i saw my picture on your Facebook page as well Blog. I would love to take part in the not a model. I am job hunting at the present and your clothing makes me feel inspired to look as wonderful and confident as can be in my new journey. The Job market is a tough one in our present economy and your clothing makes me fill beautiful and prepared to take on the next adventure. Would love to share with you my journey in pictures as my story unfolds. Thank you for making a Curvy~ Girl feel most fabulous Gwynnie Bee! Lisa Asay Gainesville, Ga

  • Kellee

    What a fun spread. Candice looks gorgeous.

    I would love to be part of “not a model.” My daily life involves the political world (I do research for major candidates around the country), while moonlighting as a loving girlfriend, not-mom to the little girl he has 50% of the time, and loyal friend. Gwynnie Bee allows me to branch out of my primary-colored/geometric clothing preferences and into something really chic.

  • Linnea

    Love this blog, thanks for sharing.

  • Nina

    Great idea! I also teach! It’s great to see that another educator finds this is the most cost effective way to get fashionable work clothes!!

  • Audra

    Thought it was so cool to see someone from where I went to high school. Love this featurette, what a stylish teacher!