À La “Mod”

Well, this post should have gone up yesterday, but unfortunately one of my kids managed to hide my new top and it took me a whole day to find it. Have I ever mentioned how lovable and perfectly behaved my children are? Ha. I could use some of that inverted italic sarcasm font right about now.

This top, is one of my newest purchases from a really awesome site that I recently stumbled upon called ModDeals. It was my first purchase from them, and I have to admit, I am pleasantly surprised!

See, the thing that makes this site so special is that just about everything on it has a price tag of $10 or less! Even shoes!!! Whaaaat!? I know right!?!? Of course, this doesn’t include shipping fees, but regardless, even though I can say that each item I ordered cost me roughly double the listed price with the shipping included, give or take a few bucks, it was still a great deal on some awesome fast fashion purchases!

The quality is fair, and as far as fit goes, this top is a bit on the small size – about a size down. It seems that this site sells several brands, so it’s hard to comment on, or make any recommendations about sizing in general; but I always suggest that when in doubt, order a size up. One thing that do I find absolutely amazing is that that every item lists the size that the model is wearing. This alone can be a very useful tool when it comes to online shopping, but it doesn’t end there! There is even a tab called ‘Model Stats’ which lists her measurements too! I’m honestly REALLY impressed by this because most of the big chain, major retailers don’t even offer such amazing purchasing aids and it can be really helpful, especially for us plus sized girls!

Anyway, it goes without saying that the top is really gorgeous! The floral print is bright and lively and the material is really pretty, too! The front is sheer, but opaque enough to wear just a bra underneath, and the fabric of the back and sleeves is soft and drapes nicely.

I’ve paired the it with a simple pair of skinny jeans, gold bangles, earrings from Addition Elle, a long gold chain from Forever 21, and some cute leopard print flats from Walmart for a fabulous, colorful look that is perfect for springtime, and doesn’t break the bank!

A Tale of Tulle and Hippos

A Tale of Tulle and Hippos

I love style, that is no secret; but I admit, there are often trends that scare the absolute bejeezus out of me.

I can tell you as a fat girl, the idea of a crop top can be terrifying. They’re short, tummy bearing and tough to wear shapewear with. It’s a look I never thought I could pull off until I got brave and bought myself an amazing Monif C. dress with a mock crop top, as seen in my post I Am Woman, Hear Me “Rawr”. After wearing this dress, I got little braver and set out to find myself the perfect crop top; and when I found it at ZELIE FOR SHE, it just so happened that I also stumbled upon the trend that has most intimidated me to date – the tutu!!!

For a pear shaped, plus size girl like myself, the thought of wearing a voluminous, tulle skirt triggered feelings of apprehension, without a doubt; but I have seen so many ladies of all shapes and sizes rocking tutus, and totally working them regardless of which fruit they may resemble, so I couldn’t resist. It was just so splendid and whimsical, and all those fanciful words that just speak directly to my inner princess!!!

So here I am – me voici, wearing this amazing ZELIE FOR SHE light pink tutu, with their matching crop top!

As I was getting dressed, my three-year-old son asked me if I was a ballerina, so to avoid being mistaken for one of those ballet dancing hippos from Fantasia, I decided to give my look a little edge, and pair it with my favorite studded pleather jacket from Addition Elle, magenta flats, and some really cool stacked rings from Forever 21.

I always love mixing styles and wearing contrasting pieces and I think it’s a great way for any other voluptuous fashionistas, lovers of whimsy, or ballerina hippo enthusiasts rocking tutus for the first time, who are perhaps, a little hesitant like me, to take the hefty, graceful leap!

 

An Ode To The 80′s

An Ode To The 80's

The 80′s were… How do I put this politely? An interesting time for fashion. From shoulder pads to parachute pants, it was definitely a decade of extremes.

Although we like to think of todays fashion as much more balanced than it ever was in the past, (look back 20 years from now and see if you still agree – I dare you!) we still draw most of our inspiration from eras gone by, the indulgent 80′s included.

We see its influence in today’s oversized tops, harem pants, big, bold, statement jewelry, and most attention-grabbingly, (is that a word?) in my opinion, the resurgence of neon colors over the past few years.

It is impossible to ignore neon! It’s bright, vibrant, and in your face. It has exploded back into the fashion scene and can now be seen worn by everyone, from little kids in neon sneakers right through to mature, business women in gorgeous neon blouses.

Now, I haven’t yet found a neon blouse in my size that I cannot live without, but I did find this amazing, neon yellow bib necklace at Forever 21, that I knew I just had to make mine from the moment I first saw it.

I’ve paid subtle homage to the decade, without overdoing it, by wearing this great, statement necklace with some classic 80′s style, black stirrup pants, a fun, neon orange ring and some bright, bubblegum pink lipstick; and I’ve kept the look toned down and modern by pairing it all with a great black and white sweatshirt from Forever 21+ that I purchased a while back, and some cute, simple, inexpensive, black flats from Wal Mart.

Part of me secretly wants to see what I’d look like, if instead of the sweatshirt and flats, I went with a structured, shoulder pad bearing blazer and a pair of neon yellow, high heeled pumps – but, shhh! Don’t tell anyone!!!

 

 

Winter Is Coming, And Coming… And Coming

So… It is March 30th and we’ve gotten yet another dumping of snow here in Montreal. It’s been a Westeros kind of winter, and spring is never coming. Never.

I ordered this awesome T-shirt dress from Boohoo a couple of weeks ago and (stupid me) had thought that the weather would actually be starting to get a little more spring-like by the time it arrived so I wouldn’t have to try and make yet another great dress look awkwardly cute with winter boots; but alas, here I am, all dressed in white, looking out the window at a vast sea of the like.

It is incredibly soft and comfortable – it feels so smooth against my skin. It’s just a plain oversized, boxy T-shirt with side slits, but I love how it manages to be so chic in its simplicity and so feminine in its straight lines.

I’ve left the silhouette of this flowy frock uninterrupted and decided against a belt, as I had originally imagined wearing it; and instead chose to accessorize with this gorgeous art deco style, short  necklace, cuff bracelet and hand chain with jade detail. Also, I’ve spared you all from having to see me in my salt stained, slightly deformed looking, unintentionally tri-colored Ugg boots; and in lieu, I’ve paired the look with my favorite flats, from Forever 21.

Since I’m still rocking the straight hair look, (in a very scientific experiment to see how long I can actually go without washing my hair before my husband asks for a divorce / an attempt to preserve the straightened hair that I know I cannot reproduce without professional assistance) I’ve topped off my ensemble with one of my new Babooshka Boutique turbans, in this fantastic nude shade, which just so happens to look amazingly cool and effortless with my temporarily straight locks, despite the constant effort required to keep it from sliding up the back of my unfortunately, flat head.

Ironically enough, I almost feel like my look could find itself a place somewhere among the hustle and bustle in the city of Qarth, which I suppose is better than how I feel right now – a murderous White Walker trudging through a land of endless ice and snow.  It may be a never ending winter, but I suppose it could be worse.  I could be a Dothraki woman.  (Although, I wouldn’t mind getting manhandled by Khal Drogo just a little, if he were still around…  Yum!)

 

This Just In

This Just In

First of all, look at me!!! Look at me!!! No, seriously… LOOK AT ME!!! My hair is straightened!!! Ahhh!!! (I did not do this CAN not do this myself, so this is BIG!)  Secondly – it finally arrived!!! I’d been waiting so impatiently for my package from Babooshka Boutique, and this week it finally arrived!!! I’m a little excited, in case you couldn’t tell.

A little while ago I ordered one of Babooshka Boutique’s fabulous design your own faux leather vent-tees and a couple of their great turbans, and I couldn’t be more pleased! As a plus sized girl, it is always fun when a “regular size” manufacturer’s product can accommodate my full figured frame; and this gorgeous, oversized vented tee (in an XL, their largest size – I usually wear a 2x 0r 18/20 on top) does exactly that, and flawlessly! There are quite a few items that look very generously cut as well, so if you know your body and are interested, don’t be scared to take a look!

I went with the charcoal grey jersey (so soft, like, OMG) and matte white sleeves, and I have to say, I’m really digging the combination! I love the modern silhouette of this top and its versatility. You could wear it with a cute pair of shorts, leggings, (which is what I went with) or even over a basic bodycon dress or skirt, if you’re feeling playful! I’ve paired my outfit with a great pair of grey, faux alligator pumps from Payless, silver earrings and a fun spiked bracelet from Addition Elle, for a clean, chic look that is smart and sophisticated, yet comfortable beyond belief.

Stay tuned over the next couple of days to see how I’ve been playing around with the turbans!  So much fun!!!

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Fat or Flight?

FlightOfTheFatGirl (Cynthia):

Throwback Thursday! This is why I’m here!!! My first blog post! Enjoy!

Originally posted on flight of the fat girl:

     Should we really have to choose?  Can we not soar above the rest and prove to ourselves that we are beautiful even though we don’t wear a size 0?  It took me my whole life to realize that self-acceptance, or, FLIGHT, if you will, is indeed possible.  You may be thinking – Flight?  Seems like an odd way to put it…  But when it all comes down to it, it makes sense, really.  As plus size women, we’ve been kept down, low, grounded.  Only in recent years has society become more accepting of the “fat girl” and even then, only to a certain extent.  But I’ve seen the changes.  They’re happening.  I’ve heard so many people speaking out openly about how they like a woman with “meat on her bones” and they are admitting that not only do they find big women attractive, but many actually prefer us!  Fashion has come an incredibly long way as well, with many designers…

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Denim, Lemons & Monday Morning Funk

Denim, Lemons & Monday Morning

Blah… Another Monday. I suppose I should be happy I’m alive, that my family is healthy and comfortable, and that and that I was able to send my husband off to work, and my kids off to school with full bellies and full lunchboxes - which, don’t get me wrong – I am; but that doesn’t change the fact that the weekend was too short, the hubby was in a bad mood through most of it, and that mommy may have had a few glasses of wine last night and would prefer to stay in bed rather than make anyone a stupid tuna fish sandwich!!! Sorry. I needed to vent.

But alas, here I am, dressed and coiffed, with slight tuna breath, (I wasn’t about to waste the leftovers) and an even stinkier attitude. The silver lining to this dark Monday cloud – I look cute, though! Ha.

I figured, since it’s a little too early to be making magaritas out of my Monday morning lemons, (is it really, though?) I may as well turn my bitterness around with a great outfit! I often don’t put much effort into my appearance when I’m feeling like this, but since I have no choice but to be out and about, I’m making the best of it by sporting a couple of new acquisitions.

I had been drooling over this quilted denim bomber from ASOS Curve for a while, and when it finally went on sale, I snatched it up. I’ve paired it with a gorgeous nude, sequin tank by Love & Legend, that I’ve had for a while, a new black skirt from Forever 21+, taupe, t-strap flats, also from Forever 21, and a snazzy pair of rose gold statement earrings to complete the look.

I really enjoy mixing styles, and the dressy, sequin tank top, and skirt put together with the super casual denim bomber and flats just balance each other out so perfectly. And, balance is really the key to fashion; but it doesn’t end there. Life in general, requires a certain balance in order to run smoothly and not drive us crazy; and on days like this, finding that balance – that silver lining, is the only way to get out of the funk we are in (whether it’s justified or not) and realize that the sun is shining, and that the day is going to be okay.

Now, all I need is to make it out the door without my three-year-old wiping snot (or poop) on my skirt and I’ll be able to keep my nasty attitude in check…