So, this past December, I had already decided upon my new year’s resolution – to stop being afraid of wearing color. I kicked the year off, a little in advance, by wearing a fabulous dress from Monif C. which I featured in a blog post - Color Me Fearless. Soon after, I realized that my photos didn’t show this dress off as well as it deserved, so I wrote another post - Extra Credit, and I showed off just how sublime the print of this dress truly is and promised to take better pictures in the dress- pictures worthy of its greatness.
So here you go, once more… As promised – the most mesmerizing print I’ve ever seen, let alone worn, the most beautiful dress and the most flawless combination of class and vibrant color. I just had to makes sure this dress got the credit it deserved, and not to mention, give credit to the amazing and talented Monif Clarke, of Monif C. for her fantastic designs!!!
Yay! The big day has come!!! What day, you ask? Why, the day I finally get to wear the incredibly sexy “Tricia” dress from Monif C. of course!!!
I’ve been obsessing over this dress since it was first posted in January for pre-sale, and I haven’t stopped coveting it since. At first I had reservations. I loved it, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of a crop top. I know they’re all the rage right now, and I think they look super sexy, but I couldn’t cease thinking – how is a dress with a crop top going to look on the tummy of a mum of four who’s covered in stretch marks?
So, I went back and forth on the idea for a little while and then finally decided – so what if I have stretch marks!? I’ve been working so hard to accept my body and love the skin I’m in; am really going to let the insecurities I have about my stretch marks stop me when I’ve already come so far!? They are the product of carrying each of my four children in my womb – four little humans who depended on me, and still do, to live. They remind me of the sacrifices that I’ve made for my family and of how, no matter what happens, I gave life to four beautiful beings who are, and always will be a part of me and who I love with a love that is stronger than any other force imaginable. To be ashamed of my stretch marks is to be ashamed of my four greatest accomplishments and nothing about that makes sense.
In a way, this dress and my desire for it, somehow managed to push me to face a fear, to let go of my inhibitions and accept just one more aspect about my body that I had been insecure about. I don’t know if it was the fierce turquoise and tan animal print or the bodycon style that Monif C. dresses do so well, but it made me realize that this tiger momma has earned her stripes and I’m not gonna hide them anymore!!!
Nautical themed clothing has been around for ages, and we all know the stereotype of the miserable, long faced kid, who’s been forced into a sailor suit (even though he is much too old for it) by his overbearing mum (often wearing a matching outfit) for a family portrait… Right?
Well… This look, while having a nautical vibe, is far from being the sailor suit in an awkward family photo. The striking navy and red color block “Marcie” dress from Monif C. is sporty yet sophisticated. I’ve paired it with lovely, white patent leather flats from Aldo, and gold jewelry to really anchor this look’s nautical feel without going overboard. Having at least one fantastic nautical look in your wardrobe is a great way to ensure that your transition into spring will be smooth sailing!
I’d love to see some of your spring looks! Please email me your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org or hashtag me in your pics on instagram (@flightofthefatgirl) and I will choose somebody to feature on my Facebook page next week!
It’s been an interesting couple of days as I’ve been trying to expand Flight of the Fat Girl’s social media presence; and I have to say a huge thank you to all of those who have liked my Facebook page, and have taken the time to follow me on Instagram for a more behind the scenes look! I’d also like to thank the handful of folks who have followed me on Twitter, which I am pretty new to, so bear with me, and keep the eLove coming!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business! In light of my recent expansion into the realms of social media, I’ve decided this adorable dress from Great Glam (or tunic style top if you’re feeling modest) was the perfect way to honor the occasion!
There is something about this dress that reminds me of a retro computer game. The squares mimic the pixelated images I remember so fondly and who could forget the high contrast look of bright color on black!?!? That being said, it’s definitely a modern look with its faux silhouette design and bodycon cut; and let me tell you, it fits like a glove.
I’ve kept the accessories simple, since the fabric of this dress alone, makes such a bold statement already, and I’ve gone with an understated black leather wedge from Aldo, a cool silver cuff bracelet from Armani Exchange that really picks up on the square theme, and matte, red nail polish.
After these past few days, I’m definitely feeling like less of a square and much more tech savvy; and in this great dress, I’m looking the part too! Now, if only I could just figure out Twitter… Ha.
I have very fair, pinkish, freckled skin and reddish brown eyes; and red can be a tricky color for me to wear. I tend to look better in more orangey (somehow that word doesn’t look right) toned reds rather than blue toned reds. The warmth of the orange warms up my skin tone and balances its natural cool undertones. The reality is though, there is so much conflicting information out there on skin tone do’s and don’ts, that it just comes down to what you feel works on you; and I really think this red compliments my complexion, whether it is ”supposed to” or not. Ha!
The peasant style of this blouse from Addition Elle is so much fun. I just love the color and the way it drapes on my body. I’ve put my hair in a simple, messy side braid and paired the look with a great pair of jeans by Buffalo, cute tan flats and some amazing wood and metal jewelry for a relaxed, stylish look that packs a bright red punch!
Blouse, jeans, shoes – Addition Elle
Wooden bracelet – local market in Haiti
Wooden ring – Kalung Boutique
Even though we’ve just had another snowstorm here in Montreal, which made for a bit of a wet, sloppy Valentine’s Day (some may argue, that’s the best kind… haha) I am still firmly in denial of winter.
In fact, I am so much in denial, that I have decided not only to rock white pants today, (yes, leggings are pants) but a white/floral top too! I am positively in love with this top (or dress, if you’re in the mood to show a lot of leg) from Great Glam. It’s sweet, cheerful and its floral print is sublime, reminding me of a beautiful springtime watercolor painting. I’ve paired the look with a vibrant blue flat from Payless to tie everything together for a fun, relaxed look that can stick it to winter in style!
Just a side note, Great Glam sizes run small and short, order at least one size up. They market the majority of their pieces as dresses, but especially since I’m tall(ish) and have a long torso, I find that their shorter length items work better as tops, except those times I’m feeling a little risqué because lets face it, it’s been known to happen!
Well… Could it get any better? Valentine’s Day on a Friday night!!! Whether you’re spending the evening by your sweetheart’s side or going to a fabulous V-Day singles party, you need the perfect dress!
Traditionally, red is the go-to color to celebrate love and romance; it’s sultry and seductive and definitely gets the point across; but classic black will never go out of style and is always a sexy option too. That’s why I’ve decided to go with my favorite little black dress (or LBD for those of you who love your acronyms) to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
This gorgeous frock from Michel Antoni Collection is both sexy and elegant all at once. Its tasteful cut combined with the pizzazz of sequins and cold shoulder detail spice things up just enough make it the perfect mix of class and provocativeness. In this dress, paired with my favorite gold pumps, I’m all set to enjoy a fantastic evening reminding my hubby why he fell in love with me!
Once again, as I mentioned in my earlier post, Happy Valentine’s Day to all! And one more thing… Whether you’re in love, whether you’re single or your heart has been broken, somebody loves you and you are never alone.
There is something about light yellow – an edible quality, almost. It’s comforting and rich like smooth, creamy butter being spread on golden toast at breakfast time. It’s calming, relaxing, yet bright and sunny, like morning.
It was this exact attribute, this buttery, yellow deliciousness which drew me to this top in the first place. When I picked it up, I hadn’t even given the gorgeous print much attention as I was so drawn to the delicate color behind it; but now that it hangs in my closet, I can fully appreciate it in all of its splendor.
I’ve paired this lovely piece with simple, basic black leggings, gold jewelry, a pretty gold flat with a sparkly captoe and light pink nails for a clean, elegant, daytime look that is as delectable as freshly churned butter.
(It’s not hard to tell that this has been written by a fat girl… Haha!)
Well, I’ve been really busy, and somewhat exhausted over the past few days and regretfully haven’t taken any new pictures (or even worn anything remotely picture worthy, unless you’re an old-worn-out-pyjama aficionado)… But have no fear!!! Not that you would have anyway… Haha…
Here is a little aperçu of what I have lined up for the next week or so! The week is 8 days long, right?
From the time of my grade six dances until very recently, finding the right dress to wear to a formal event was a struggle. It was always so tough to find a dress that encompassed all the aspects I was looking for to assure that I felt beautiful and comfortable all night long. I often had to make compromises when buying dresses, giving up a great neckline for a flattering cut or vice versa; and let me tell you, many tears were shed from these eyes in the name of formalwear, you have no idea!
Thankfully, online shopping has opened up a whole new world to me, and other curvy ladies who have known the struggle of trying to buy trendy, sexy plus size clothing throughout the 90′s; and especially the fight to find stylish formal dresses that actually flatter our figures! With so many sites, like Monif C. and Igigi to name a couple, full of stunning dresses just ripe for the picking I am finally now able to obtain all of what I look for in a dress – a great cut, usually bodycon with a sexy neckline, the perfect length, usually knee length or mid-calf, and a sleeve, preferably 3/4, because I still haven’t accepted my body enough to be at one with my upper arms (but it’s coming). In fact, online shopping has made my criteria so easy to find, that I am now bombarded by choices that I never would have dreamed of in the past – choices that celebrate my curves rather than try to hide them.
This particular pick, Ambrosia, from Igigi by Yuliya Raquel is really stunning. It hugs me in all the right places, the length is just right, it has a great 3/4 sleeve, a sexy V-neckline, and the color is simply divine. I do feel like “my girls” could be a little bigger to fill this dress up a bit more, but I don’t think it causes a major issue. Overall, I really love it, especially paired with a vintage gold colored necklace, a bold pair of dangly earrings and a fantastic light gold pump from Payless and the confidence I feel while wearing it is the best part!