‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, there is something magical here in Montreal this time of year! The snow-covered rooftops, decorated trees, houses aglow with dazzling multicoloured lights – no one can deny their beauty!

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At least for me, there is even something exciting about a crowded shopping mall, or a busy intersection this close to Christmas. I just love seeing everyone rushing about, and wondering where they’re going, who they’re buying that last minute gift basket for, if they are on Santa’s nice list this year, and especially, what they’ll be wearing once they’ve found that train set little Timmy had so wanted, and their flustered, rosy cheeks settle briefly, only to return after a few splendid Christmas cocktails!

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But as much fun as it is letting my imagination run wild as I dress complete strangers in my mind (Creepy? Lil’ bit…), it’s even more fun to dress myself!

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What could me a more perfect thing to wear, as I gather with the fam for the first of many celebrations to come this week, than my gorgeous, hunter green, uber fashiony (I know that’s not a word) Monif C. dress!

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I paired it with another pair of fab shoes (designed by yours truly) from Shoes of Prey (Have I mentioned how much I love this website?). They’re just the right mix of edginess from the snakeskin, and princessiness (also not a word) from the kitten heel and bows – perfect for a whimsical, festive Christmassy look!

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I hope you’ve all been good this year!!! Enjoy your eggnog, candy canes, presents, and most of all, the time you will spend with your loved ones!!!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!!

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Dress, Monif C. – sold out (But so many other nice ones!!!)
Shoes, Shoes of Prey – design your own here

30PlusStyle: The LBD Lookbook

Because every woman needs a Little Black Dress!

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How exciting is this!? I’ve teamed up with the lovely ladies of 30PlusStyle to bring you my third holiday look of the season, in this fun LBD lookbook collab!

No woman’s wardrobe is quite complete without the perfect little black dress. Many of us even have a whole section of our closets devoted solely to this fashionista’s staple, in all fabrics, styles, and silhouettes!

Oddly enough though, considering all the clothes I have, (which is way more than I need because, #shoppingproblems) I only have three! One is a glitzy sequins number, and the other two are both very simple T-shirt dresses.

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T-shirt dresses are my faves because they are just such effortlessly versatile pieces! It never ceases to amaze me how one can be worn as a baggy oversized tee, with belt & a pair of jeans, yet can still be dressed up to create an uber classy, elegant look that nobody would believe was formed around the likes of a glorified T-shirt.

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This is a perfect New Year’s Eve look. It’s sophisticated, yet playful, and has so much of that old world charm that I love in holiday attire.

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I’ve paired my ASOS Curve LB T-shirt D (Hehee!) with thee absolute most luxurious feather bolero from Addition Elle, faux-fur beanie from ASOS, faux-fur muff from TionDesign and my gorgeous shoes (designed by moi) from Shoes of Prey.

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I topped the look off with a fab, old Hollywood style bib necklace and earrings from Forever 21 for a decadent, Art Deco inspired holiday look that lacks in neither comfort, style nor practicality… Okay, it totally lacks in practicality, but how adorable do I look!?

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And Just in case you can’t tell, there was a serious blizzard happening here in Montreal during this shoot!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution to the amazing group of fabulous blogging beauties at 30PlusStyle!

Be sure to check out the LDB looks of:
Delilah, of Pumps & Studz
Joi, of In My Joi
Jeniese, of The Je Ne Sais Quoi
Nefferth, of Mode Plus
Georgette, of Grown And Curvy Woman
Pepper, of Pretty Plus Pep

Fellow guest blogger:
Jennae, of Green & Gorgeous

And follow the 30PlusStyle Facebook page for even more plus size fashion inspiration, and where the motto is: “Style has no age or size limit.”

Dress, ASOS Curve – here
Feather bolero, Addition Elle – here
Muff, TionDesign – here
Hat, ASOS – here
Necklace, Forever 21 – here
Earrings, Forever 21 – similar
Shoes, Shoes of Prey – design your own here

Holiday Glamour

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It’s pretty much all holiday glam, all the time here on the blog right now and I’m loving every minute of it!

Whether icy pastels, like my last look, sparkles & baubles, or classic silhouettes are you thing, over the next few weeks, I am here for all if it!

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Glamour and class are the name of the game this time of year, and this stunning black & gold, floral brocade midi skirt from JIBRI is the epitome of holiday elegance!

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It’s shiny, festive, grand, and so, so very luxe.

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Its chic, structured shape will keep you looking graceful and sophisticated throughout any Christmas or New Year’s celebration (no matter how many champagne cocktails you may have) especially paired with simple cream coloured pieces like this smart, high neck crop top from Girl With Curves (as seen previously in my post “Crimped Hair and Side Belly“) and a fab coat!

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And who says you can’t dress up for a snowball fight!?

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Skirt, JIBRI – here
Top, Girl With Curves – here

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

And just like that it’s full blown winter here in Montreal! Snow covered trees, fences, rooftops – it’s so beautiful this time if year… You know… Before the white, fluffy, powdery snow turns into one solid mass of greyish, crystallized, frozen waste…

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… For now, it still looks like a scene from a good old fashioned holiday movie out there, and it has me feeling swell!
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Movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and classic Christmas music, they have this magical, old-world, holiday charm about them.

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When I see the snow sitting upon drooping branches, and smell the intoxicating aroma the neighbour’s wood burning stove, I feel some sort of imagined nostalgia for an era I was never a part of; and my new, pastel blue coat from ELOQUII channels my wistful affection for Christmases past with grace and elegance.

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In in keeping with the theme, I’ve paired it with my gorgeous, pale pink, customized (of course) ruffled dress from eShakti, peep toe (yes peep toe) silver pumps from Aldo, a faux-fur, pillbox shaped hat from Forever 21, and a vintage, hand beaded clutch. A knuckle, and midi ring add a fresh, modern touch to this glamorous, retro style and take it into the 21st century.

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And though the snowflakes were staying on my nose and eyelashes, this outfit so filled my heart with holiday cheer, that I couldn’t even feel the cold.

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Coat, ELOQUII – here
Hat, Forever 21 – here
Dress, eShakti – similar (different colour)
Shoes, Aldo – here

To Sneaker, Or Not To Sneaker?

That WAS the question…

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Whether you call them sneakers, trainers, or runners/running shoes (I’m looking at you, my fellow Canadians!) I have never really been a ‘sneakers’ kinda girl. Besides the fact that I hate closed in shoes, not to mention, my disdain for wearing socks, I’ve never found a pair that felt like, well… Me… Until I stumbled upon these Nike Roshe Run Sneakerboots, in none other than, the men’s section on ASOS.com.

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They. Are. Everything. Comfy, stylish, and *cue choir music from the heavens* basically designed to wear without socks!!!

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Even though they are technically for boys, this girl’s new kicks are on fleek!

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Note: men’s shoes are made larger than women’s – about 1 1/2 (US) sizes larger, more specifically. So, ladies, always remember to size down by a size and a half when ordering men’s footwear.

Here’s a quick shoe size conversion table which may come in handy if, like me, you ever find yourself enamoured with a men’s shoe that you just can’t live without:

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Sneakers, Asos – here

November Recap

Well, November is done and December is here!

I wore some great outfits over the last month!

I celebrated my birthday in a gorgeous yellow tweed jacket from Elvi. I wore an amazing plus sized body chain from Cristy Ellen K. And I rocked bare legs on a snowy day, in a fab overall skirt, and thrifted blouse!

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I also wore some pretty, handmade scarves from New Flair Accessories.

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I launched my YouTube channel!
(Follow, follow, follow!!! Pretty please!!!)
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And was featured in The Curvy Fashionista’s Blogger Spotlight!!! (Gahhh, so cool!!!)

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It’s been an amazing month, filled with so many wonderful things; but I’m not gonna lie… I have sooo many glitzy holiday looks in store for y’all, that I can barely contain my excitement!!! I am ready for holly jollying, jingle belling, egg nogging, and plum pudding…ing…ing? Well, you get the point!!!

Let the holidays begin!!!