Category: Plus Size Fashion

Scarf Season

As we transition from fall to winter here in Montreal, outerwear is essential; and since most people tend to keep their outerwear through several winters, the best way to change up your look and refresh your cold-weather gear is to have fun with scarves!

I have here, a fab selection of gorgeous eternity scarves from indie designer, New Flair Accessories! I’ve used them to breathe new life into my old coat and jacket selection, and add some affordable excitement & style to my winter wardrobe this season!

Each scarf is handmade with love, out of a fantastic variety of luxe fabrics. From sheer to polar fleece, you can be sure to find the right scarf to fit your look, whether you’re style is super traditional, or more on the edgy side of the spectrum.

The first scarf is a made of a really soft jersey. I love its neutral animal print, and the way it accentuates the silver and black ensemble I’ve paired it with.

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This next one is another jersey scarf, with thee most fabulous butterfly print!!! I love how bright and cheerful it is – like a little reminder that summer will be here again one day; and how perfectly it works with my royal blue wool coat!

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And for those days when you’re really looking to keep cozy, but not sacrifice style, here is a gorgeous black and gold neck warmer type scarf, that compliments my sporty chic jacket to perfection!

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Now, when I mentioned the transition from fall to winter, I meant it! The holiday season is upon us, so a stunning, long length infinity scarf is the perfect way to keep warm! (And a great accessory to showcase my new haircut in!!!)

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And last, but certainly not least – in fact, probably my favorite scarf of the bunch, this amazing, jade green jersey scarf, lined with ribbed black velour – the perfect holiday scarf to spruce up any outfit or coat, with just a hint of sparkle.

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All scarves, New Flair Avcessories – here
Check out New Flair Accessories on Facebook – here

Celebrating In Yellow Tweed

So, as many of you already know, yesterday was my 32nd birthday!!! Yay!!!

It was also the day that launched the Flight of the Fat Girl YouTube channel, where I will touch base with you in weekly (if not more often) videos, in all my awkward, on-camera glory!!! Yayyy… I think… Ha!

No fashionista’s birthday would be complete without a birthday outfit, so to celebrate I wore this gorgeous, cropped, mustard colour, tweed jacket from Elvi.

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If you’ve never shopped at Elvi, you NEED to start!!! I am totally in love with everything they have to offer – the definition of class and elegance.

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I can’t get enough of this jacket’s classic lines, rich yellow color, and how comfortable and versatile it is. Its sophisticated silhouette is an asset to any plus size wardrobe, and its satiny lining feels luxurious, and slips beautifully over anything from bare arms to cotton sleeves; like those of my pretty, eShakti, navy and yellow dress!

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Paired with an elegant nude patent pump, a stunning handmade African necklace, a wooden, beaded bracelet from a local market in Haiti, and a great, minimalist clutch from Forever 21 – I was ready for the birthday celebrations to begin!

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Don’t forget to check out my first YouTube video, and to subscribe to my channel; and be sure to visit elvi.co.uk to browse their fabulously chic clothing line!

Jacket, Elvi – here
Dress, eShakti – similar
Shoes, Payless – here
Clutch, Forever 21 – here

The Last Leg Of Summer

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As the fall collections roll out (I’ll admit it, I’m excited), and the days start to noticeably shorten; as the back to school supplies hit the shelves and much to their chagrin, we begin mentioning to our kids that’s school will be starting again soon, it’s easy to forget that it’s still summer – at least for a little while longer here in Montreal.

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To remind myself of this, I broke out my white Bermudas from Addition Elle, and 3/4 length sleeve, white blazer from Torrid, this weekend. I’d been waiting to wear them so my best friend’s baby shower on Saturday was the perfect occasion!

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I paired the pieces with this lovely ombré, ruffled tank top, my trusty nude, T-strap flats, a vintage Berma Paris snakeskin clutch (circa 1975), my gold bangles, pretty stud earrings and a transparent, iridescent chain link necklace from Forever 21 that matched beautifully with the colours in my top.

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This outfit was the perfect reminder that summer hasn’t ended yet, and as much fun as it is to start planning fall outfits, it’s better not to wish your life away, but rather to live in the moment sometimes, and get every little bit of pleasure from life in, while you can!

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Shorts, Addition Elle – here
Blazer, Torrid – here
Necklace, Forever 21 – here

Taking Louis For A Walk

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Yesterday was the day that I finally decided to debut my Louis Vuitton Speedy 40!!! It felt like bringing a new puppy home from the pet shop. I wanted to show the world to him and show him to the world all at the same time. It was glorious, regardless of the fact that my dry cleaning was stuffed inside… (What!? I had errands to run!!!)

When you’re planning to take the leap and purchase an investment bag, it’s always best to look around, ask questions and compare; after all, you want it to be perfect!

This bag is pure luxury, from the little details of its lock and keys, to its baby soft leather handles. I went with the Speedy because it’s just so iconic, and I decided on the 40cm, because big girl always looks good with a big bag!!!

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It’s not everyday that you build your outfit around a handbag, but yesterday it was the case.

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Since I love mixing classic pieces with trendy ones, I paired it with my fabulous, new Parasuco acid wash jeans from Addition Elle, rolled up for a boyfriend look, and their Love & Legend, dusty mauve, graphic tee, which I sized up on, for an edgy, oversized look.

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Nude Coach loafers, a statement chain necklace from Forever 21, and my vintage, discontinued Nova Check, Burberry cap tied the look together for a modern street style with a whole lot of class!

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Peek-a-boo!!!

Handbag, Louis Vuitton – here
Jeans, Addition Elle – here
T-shirt, Addition Elle – here
Shoes, Coach- similar here
Cap, Burberry – similar here
Necklace, Forever 21 – similar here

Channeling Frida

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Yesterday I came across a picture on Instagram from a Canadian owned and Toronto based company, Revolucion Jewelry who’s entire line is inspired by the fabulous, Frida Kahlo. On their website they state:

Our mission is to encourage and give women the confidence to dress bold and make a statement with their jewelry. It is a hand picked collection of statement pieces for fashion revolutionaries, free thinkers and daring women alike. These statement pieces are inspired by Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist and revolutionist that began wearing statement necklaces before any of us.

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Can I just say? I LOVE this! Frida has not only become somewhat of a pop culture icon, representing body positivity, feminism, and freethinking, but also, just so happens to be a major inspiration of mine, both as an artist and a strong woman who broke the rules of fashion and beauty.

Since I was feeling inspired, I decided to use her notoriously vibrant, flower and statement jewelry wearing image as the basis for my look.

Re-creating her famous unibrow would have been going overboard, so instead, I applied winged liner to get that same intense look about my eyes that Frida was known for in her many self-portraits.

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This wasn’t an easy task for someone with hooded eyelids and a lot of facial asymmetry due to three bouts of Bell’s palsy in the past, but I think I pulled it off. Since I have very fair, freckled skin, I went with a dark brown liquid liner, instead of the typical black, to soften the look, and not create too harsh a contrast.

As for her moustache – I’m due for a wax, so it’s there… That counts, right?

Hot pink, red and aubergine coloured flowers up around my top knot, a sheer, red, peasant style blouse, a bold, blended lip, and bold jewelry were the perfect details to really capture Frida’s signature look; but the challenge was all in making it wearable in real life, and not just a “costume.”

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To bring the look together, I paired it with classic, sophisticated pieces, which is a technique that applies to making any eccentric or extravagant accessories work in your wardrobe.

A black pencil skirt, cream coloured blazer and pretty, pink, pointy-toed flats complete the ensemble, for a chic, yet whimsical Frida Kahlo inspired look that truly captures her essence.

Blouse, blazer – Addition Elle
Skirt, necklace – Forever 21+
Shoes – Old Navy
Earrings – Jean Coutu
Revolucion Jewelry – Here

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It was as if Mother Nature could feel my pain this morning, as I looked out the window, only to see that the rain was pouring down with reckless abandon.

I had my outfit of the day all picked out since last night. Talk about disappointment. I’ve been waiting to rock an all white look, and wear this stunning cotton maxi skirt and matching crop top from JIBRI for so long, and as I looked through the window, I quickly realized the weather was not cooperating.

White cotton + Rain = Bad news.

But like I mentioned before, Mother Nature must be a fashionista herself, and know the anguish of having to put off wearing a fabulous outfit due to rain; because just as I had given up all hope on wearing these beautiful pieces today, the sun came out to play!!!

As I posed for photos, I felt like a goddess, draped in luxurious flowing cotton, blowing breeze. I felt natural and peaceful, and everything about was just right.

I haven’t fallen so in love with an outfit in a while, and I’m just going to come out and say it – I’m sorry for the pic overload, but I had a difficult time choosing between shots!!! I literally looked good in every picture… Like, whaaaaa!?!? That never happens! Why can’t it always be this easy to look gorgeous? Ha.

No, but seriously, when you’re wearing quality garments that drape beautifully and hang well, like this set from JIBRI, it’s hard not to look like a million bucks!

This was my first purchase from them, and will most certainly not be my last!!! I can’t wait to add more of their finely crafted pieces to my collection!

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Skirt – here
Top – here
Necklace – here
Ring – here

Beyond A Belt

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I just have to say it – this outfit is all about the belt! I mean, is this gorgeous African designed belt from Rue 114 not everything???

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Its large, striking buckle is not only beautifully designed but, is also in the shape of “Gye Nyame”, a Ghanian, Adinkra symbol meaning ‘Except God (I fear none)’ or according to the Rue 114 website, ‘Accept God.’ I would assume (although I’m no expert) that its meaning is up for interpretation, based on the two spellings I’ve seen used, but regardless, this belt’s message is as beautiful as its design.

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I’ve layered the belt over a gorgeous Michel Studio blazer (Addition Elle) and delicate, printed Cynthia Rowley blouse to really showcase it the way it deserves. A simple pair of white Capri trousers, a fabulous nude, patent loafer and a bold, magenta tote from Kate Spade New York complete the ensemble, for a classic, chic look with both a symbolic and modern twist.

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