Not a Model: Daria and Melissa

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 Daria!


Gwynnie Bee Member: Daria S.
Height: 5’4″
Size: 12/14
Lives in: Norwalk, CT
Member Since: January 2013

Queen Grace Karrie Dress in Black Lace, sizes 12-26

Why did you decide to become a Gwynnie Bee member?

One of my best girlfriends, Melissa, works at Gwynnie Bee and after months of raving about how amazing it is, she finally convinced me to give it a try. I’m so glad I listened to her! Of course I had to ask her join in the shoot!

When do you feel the most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful fresh out of the shower after a long, relaxing day at the beach.

 Who do you look to for great style?

I have always liked Eva Mendes’ style! Also, Rashida Jones – cute, fresh and smart!

American Rag Printed Smocked Waist A-Line Dress, sizes 0X-3X, on Melissa

“I knew Daria would love Gwynnie Bee – she’s got a great eye for style and travels often for work so the service is perfect for her. She’s so fashion-forward that having a revolving closet really gives her an edge.” -Melissa 

Coldwater Creek Indigo Wildflower Blouse, sizes M-3X

 What is your daily uniform?

During the week, I am either in my office or traveling for work so I stick to mix and match basics – tailored pants, pencil skirts, and blazers – with fun tops and statement jewelry. On the weekends, I’m a jeans and flip flops kind of girl.

Eloquii Cutout Back Caftan, sizes 14-24

Taylor Dresses Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress in black on Daria and
in white on Melissa, sizes 14W-24W

 ASOS Curve Peplum Top in Soft Jersey with Sleeves, sizes 14-22 paired with the ASOS Curve Multi Sequin Pencil Skirt, sizes 16-22

Favorite Gwynnie Bee brand?

ASOS Curve, hands down. Their pieces are usually the first ones I gravitate towards and closet in every new release. It’s both trendy and fashion-forward and especially flattering for those with hourglass shapes like myself.

Maitai Ikat Printed Peplum Top, sizes 1X-3X, on Melissa

Fave outfit of the shoot?

It’s a toss up between the Karrie Black Lace Dress and the ASOS Rainbow Sequin Pencil Skirt. The black lace dress is a classic with sort of a 1920’s flapper feel. The sequin pencil skirt is loud and fun – who doesn’t love sequins?

What has been the best part of your Gwynnie Bee membership?

It’s too hard to just pick one so how about 4? 🙂
  • Every week I get to have that wrapped-present-under-the-Christmas-tree feeling when my GB box arrives at my doorstep
  • Always having something new to wear each week for that important work meeting or dinner date with my fiance
  • Getting to constantly try out new pieces and styles while still cutting my monthly clothing budget in half
  • Te attention to detail, love and care put into every package, every email, and every communication from the fabulous ladies at GB!

Maitai Ikat Printed Peplum Top, sizes 1X-3X on Melissa,
Jaime Diamond Printed Dress, sizes 14-22 on Daria

Thanks so much to Daria and Melissa for playing model with us! 

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 ( 4 )

  • Cynthia

    I’ve been working on losing weight for about two years. I’ve lost 125 pounds. I don’t have to tell you that it’s like becoming a different person. I look very different…and I FEEL different, too. And I feel differently about myself, too.

    I don’t remember how I found Gwynnie Bee, but it came to me at a time in my journey that I felt lost with my clothes. Everything I USED to wear had long left my closet, too big by several sizes. I was surviving on a few “staple” pairs of black work pants and a few tops bought on sale. I couldn’t afford to buy an entirely new wardrobe, especially when I still had over 100 pounds still to lose. I was constantly shrinking and clothes that USED to fit rapidly became too big, as well. Gwynnie Bee seemed like a godsend!

    Suddenly, I had an ENDLESS wardrobe in the exact size I needed! I could try out all KINDS of clothes and find what looked good on my new body. I’ve always loved clothes and fashion, but found it hard to find plus-sized clothing that was flattering, current, youthful, and glamorous. Now? The best of the best!

    Then, I got an unexpected, last minute invitation to be on TV to talk about my weight loss story. I literally had nothing of my own to wear. I called Gwynnie Bee and they immediately launched into action to get me outfitted in style. Since then, Gwynnie Bee has come through on special requests for a special wedding, a college reunion, and vacations. All worries about “But what will I WEAR?! Nothing fits!” have been taken off my plate.

    I would be hard-pressed to tell you what Gwynnie Bee has meant to me. It has made me feel more confident and beautiful. It has been a solution to my changing wardrobe needs. It has encouraged me to keep losing (I don’t have to worry about shrinking out of my favorite dress! Just recloset in a smaller size!) I am in love and SO grateful.

    I spread the word all I can, and I would be thrilled be “Not a Model”!

  • Cynthia

    P.S. It was actually Melissa that got me ready for my appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show.” She went above and beyond to help me. I’m so glad to see her getting such well-deserved attention! Looking gorgeous, Melissa! (You too, Daria!) xoxo -C

  • jackie

    I saw GwynnieBee pop up in my Facebook feed everyday. I clicked on the ad and fell in love!
    Since I’ve lost 70 pounds and am still losing, it’s hard to commit to buying pieces. I wore black pants and a black cardigan to work everyday.

    Until I signed up for GwynnieBee!! I am constantly trying things out of my comforts zone. Colors, patterns, shorter lengths. And have found my love of belts!!

    Everyday I get compliments on my outfits. And even better, people are noticing my new confidence. Coworkers have said I’m glowing! I love fashion for the first time in my life. I feel amazing. Everyday, I’m excited for the mail man to arrive!

    I love posting my outfits everyday on instagram and love my Instagram friends that I’ve found because of GwynnieBee.

    Thank you, for giving me a spark and a boost in my confidence!!!

  • Jen

    I have recently returned to work as a real estate agent after the birth of my second daughter. (10/4/13). My job is crazy hectic and most of my wardrobe had somehow “shrunk” in the past year. I don’t mind shopping, but I never find the time to make good buying decisions. So often I find that what I tried on in the store really isn’t a good choice once I get out into the real world. It somehow doesn’t look the same as it did in the dressing room mirror. I have a closet full of clothes, a basement clothes rack bulging, and a pile of clothes tags that I have to practically hide from the husband because I always complain I have nothing to wear! Then one day….the light at the end of the tunnel….I discovered Gwynnie Bee through my newsfeed on Facebook. Someone I knew from the east coast had liked the page. I jumped on and was in awe!! My first month was fabulous. I think I spent days coming through pictures and reading reviews on “fit” to build my closet. I couldn’t wait to upgrade and have more items coming! (Three just was not enough:).
    I tell colleagues about GB all the time. GB is perfect for the busy Realtor! I know I should share the refer a friend link more often, but I just want everyone to know about it irregardless of whether or not I get a reward! Now when I walk into my office I am frequently met with “Is that one?” ….meaning….”is that an outfit from that place you told me about?” I always have to do a twirl and ask an opinion.
    My favorite part is that I can buy what I love and return what I don’t! No more wasted money and time on clothes I wear once and decide I don’t like. Gwynnie Bee you’ve made my hectic life a little bit more manageable!