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Lower Belly Love

I have a confession to make… Although  y’all know I’m all about that self-love, I’ve had a really hard time making peace with my lower belly for most of my life… 

This shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise if you’ve been following me for any good amount of time, I’ve said it before, but I think it’s important to keep bringing it up because it serves as a reminder for those of you who are struggling out there, that even the most body positive, fat accepting individuals still deal with self-doubt. We don’t exist in a bubble of unattainably heightened self-esteem contrary to how it seems on social media, and we all have our hang-ups just like anybody else. 


Most days I love my belly, and have no issues flaunting what I’ve got, but there are those times when I feel like it’s stopping me from being great. They’re usually fleeting moments, they come, I remind myself how my body deserves to exist as it is, and they go… but there is still one particular thing that I have a tough time with: allowing my lower belly to show while wearing pants. 


I’ve done it already and I was happy with how it looked, but I’m not going to lie, I definitely felt exposed. I refuse to let my I securities win though, so just like I’ve challenged myself to accept other parts of my body that I’ve been conditioned to believe were flaws, I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone and wear clothes that push my own personal boundaries in the best possible way! 


The pairing of this nude mesh bodysuit and lace-up jeggings by Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle do definitely that. On their own, Wearing these pieces wouldn’t be such a personal challenge for me. I could wear the bodysuit under a skirt, or wear a long top with the jeans and hide my lower belly with ease… but no. Seeing these two pieces together inspired me to confront my lingering belly insecurities, and the outcome was pure fierceness!!! It totally erased any feelings of self-doubt. It’s so perfect, so chic, and most of all, unapologetic AF!



I love the nude mesh because it’s almost like going topless, and the lace-up details on the jeans are sooo sexy!!! I topped it off with another piece from Nadia’s collection which just happens to be one of my favourite accessories ever, this super cute and totally practical plus size fanny pack! 




When it comes to overcoming our insecurities, we tend to leave the toughest hurdles till last, but with my bodysuit obviously tucked into my pants, and not even a purse to hide behind, I flaunted my belly like nobody’s business, and took one more very much needed step towards total body love! 


Bodysuit, Nadia Abouhosn for Addition Elle – here 

Jeggings, Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle – here 

Fanny Pack, Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle – similar (sort of)

Shoes, Aldo – similar  

About That Athleisure Life

Every now and again, a new trend hits the scene that manages to combine style and comfort in the best possible way. The latest of these trends to really tickle my fancy: athleisure


It’s a little sporty, a little fancy, and a lot perfect. The combination of athletic pieces like baggy sweats & sneakers, with more luxurious fabrics, all topped off with some bling just speaks to my soul in a way that very few styles do. 

These joggers from ASOS are probably among the most interesting pieces in my wardrobe right now. I mean, faux sweatshirt arms are both the strangest and best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Like, really though… they’re super weird, but I’m kind of obsessed. 



Also, they are the perfect thing for rocking with a dressy, structured crop top as an unapologetic homage to the very apologetic 90s hoodie-around-the-waist style from my teens that I wore very strategically to hide my exposed belly from a society that didn’t approve of it, and that I hadn’t yet learned to just tell to fuck off. 


The sweats, this gorgeous crop top, and soft jersey longline vest are the ultimate pieces for  a little fall warmth and layered style. 



Paired with my beloved gold chain necklace from Ready To Stare, hoop earrings, and these sexy nude sneakers from Aldo, this look is the definition of what athleisure is all about, with the added bonus of challenging societal beauty standards as well. 


Athleisure may not be for everyone, but it is definitely one of my fave fall trends! It combines all of the things my fashion loving soul likes best, with the comfort of athletic wear. These days, there are very few things I value more when it comes to how I dress, than comfort that requires no sacrifice, or limitations on style, and athleisure is definitely the business! 


Sweatpants, ASOS – here 

Vest, Addition Elle – similar 

Crop Top, ASOS – here 

Necklace, Ready To Stare – here 

Sneakers, Aldo – here 

What The F* 

When I’m in the mood to keep things casual, I love a cheeky graphic tee! So, when Addition Elle hooked me up with this What The F* T-shirt, I knew I’d make good use of it! 



The “F” in What The F* of course, stands for Fashion (yes, fashion, you potty mouthed fiends… just kidding I love you), but the ability to interpret that F* in any way you want is basically the whole point! 




Paired with my fave distressed jeans, a thick gold chain and my Fenty Puma slides, this What The Fashion tee says it all. 

Although I would love to see more size diversity in Addition Elle campaigns, I do love their concept of Fashion Democracy, and I agree with them, and this tee on the fact that fashion is something that is totally up for interpretation! 

T-shirt, Addition Elle – here 

Jeans, Penningtons – similar 

Shoes, Foot Locker – here 

My Uniform 

Have you ever had an outfit you just feel like you could literally wear every single day and never get sick of it? 




That’s how I’ve been feeling about this look for the past few weeks. Basically, I call it my uniform now because I wear it so often. It got to the point where, the other day, I got ready to go out and didn’t wear it, and my kids were like, oh! Wow! You changed!!!



It’s bad. I mean, don’t get me wrong… It’s good, really good… But it’s getting in the way of my style evolution, and I’m pretty sure my neighbours, whom are wonderful people, are secretly judging me every time I walk out of the house wearing the same thing. 


But come on!!! How could one not want to wear this gorgeous chiffon tunic with crocheted detail and soft jersey longline vest from Addition Elle everywhere!? They’re so perfect!!! 


Of course, I change the bottoms around all the time, wearing these cute, inexpensive Walmart jeggings, distressed skinny jeans, and jorts interchangeably; but the overal look remains the same— kind of like a super chic hair stylist who definitely charges an arm and a leg for a blowout, and you probably couldn’t even afford a cut from unless you were a Kardashian. 


(Note to self: learn to cut hair so you can charge an arm and a leg for a haircut, and become the Kardashian’s hairdresser. Legally change your name to just Cynthïa, with the two dots because it looks cooler, and start your own hashtag… Something catchy… Like, #CynthïaWillCutYou or #GetCynthïaed. Maybe both.)


Where was I…? Oh yes! Can we also talk about how cute these Aldo flats are!? At this point in my life, I’ve all but ditched heels completely in lieu of comfort, and needless to say, flats have definitely become an integral part of my wardrobe lately, even more than they used to be; and they definitely look adorable with my outfit!!!  

So if you’ve ever had a favourite outfit that has reached repeat offender status, just know that you’re not alone. If you love it, wear it! Wear it every damn day if you want to! Never worry what anyone thinks, because A) once you walk out of the house past your judgy neighbours, chances are that nobody will have seen you in it yet, and B) even if they have, who cares, they’re probably jealous of how cute you look anyway!!!


Tunic, Addition Elle – here 

Longline vest, Addition Elle – here 

Jeggings, Walmart – similar

Shoes, Aldo – here 

Material (Fat) Girl

It’s not everyday you get to dress like Madonna—I mean, for me it isn’t anyway, (although I suppose I could if I really wanted to) but I’m always looking for an excuse! 

Imagine my glee upon finding out that the fabulous Beth Ditto, singer, plus size model, and lover of all things vintage, was launching a collection this February; and as a little “aperçu,” had teamed up with none other than Jean Paul Gaultier on a limited edition, collaboration t-shirt dress, featuring his iconic cone-bra bustier, worn by thee original Material Girl herself in the 90s, and whose image is etched permanently in the brains millenials everywhere! 

I had to splurge!!! I HAD have one!!! 

   
   

Not even the most bitterly cold temperatures and blisteringly frigid winds could stop me from showing it off and striking a pose today!  

   

I paired it with some awesome striped tights from Addition Elle, and my vintage Burberry trench…

   
 

But this tee is definitely the main attraction… 

  
   

 

 
Especially with its adorably sexy lace-up back, complete with the printed signatures of Ditto and Gaultier peeking out through the strings! 

  
  

A little gold bling, and my black patent flatforms sealed this whole look with a sassy little kiss of perfection…

  
  
  

And all I can say is, Vogue. 

  

T-shirt dress, Beth Ditto & Jean Paul Gaultier – here 

Tights, Addition Elle – here 

Trench, Burberry – vintage, new here

Shoes, ASOS – old, but love these

French Curves: THE STATEMENT NECKLACE 

It’s the 16th of the month, and after being on a little break for a couple of months, I am once again ready to get back into the French Curves Challenge – an outfit photo challenge with the French touch, created by the stunning Vanoue, of The Curvy and Curly Closet!

If you don’t speak French, I’ve got you, boo! As always, an English translation will follow, just keep scrolling down!!! 

  
Il est encore le 16 du mois, et après quelques mois de pause, je suis prêt à nouveau à participer au French Curves Challenge – la collaboration entre blogueuses francophones de taille plus avec la touche française, crée par la ravissante Vanoue, de The Curvy and Curly Closet !

Le thème ce mois-ci: THE STATEMENT NECKLACE

   

Un collier audacieux a le pouvoir de compléter n’importe quel look. 

  

  

  
Quand vous portez un, il est la première chose que tout le monde voit quand ils regardent votre tenue, et comme son nom l’indique, il envoient un message très clair qui déclare, je suis fabuleuse et je m’en fous qui le sait !!!

   
Ce collier splendide a été fait à la main par Djénéba, une femme malienne, incroyablement talentueuse, qui fabrique des bijoux merveilleux avec des matériaux provenant de son pays natal. 

   
    

  
La fabrication méticuleuse de ses  précieux bijoux est sa plus grande passion dans la vie, est ce-ci est très évident si vous avez la chance de visiter sa “caverne” remplie jusqu’au bout de perles scitillantes qu’elle a procuré petit à petit avec chaque retour au Mali pour visiter avec sa famille.

  

  
  
     

J’ai laissé le collier être la vedette du tenue, et je l’ai porté avec un look très simple et chic, mais avec assez de panache pour lui faire honneur. 

    

     


Un simple legging noir, et ma tunique asymétrique en tissu léopard extra-fin par Nadia Aboulhosn pour Addition Elle sont les pièces parfaites pour complimenter cet accessoire impressionnant !

 
   

  

  

Dans le style de Nadia, une chaussure à talon met la touche finale sur le look. 

   
N’oubliez pas de jeter un coup d’œil à tous les statement necklaces de les autres French Curvettes ici, ainsi que sur Facebook, et Instagram aussi ! Aussi, rappelez-vous d’utiliser les hashtags #FrenchCurvesOOTD et #FlightOfTheFatGirl sur touts vos looks de mode !!!
 

The theme this month: THE STATEMENT NECKLACE

A statement necklace has the power to complete any look. 

When you wear one, it’s the first thing everyone sees when they look at your outfit, and as the name suggests, they send a very clear message that you’re fabulous, and I don’t care who knows it!!!

This necklace was hand made by Djénéba, an incredibly talented Malian woman who crafts gorgeous jewelry with materials purchased in her home country. 

The meticulous craftsmanship of her jewelry is her greatest passion in life, and it’s very evident if you ever have the chance to visit her “cavern” filled to the gills with sparkling beads which she’s gathered, little by little, with each trip home to Mali to visit her family. 

I let the necklace be the star of this outfit, and I paired it with a super simple, chic look, but with enough pizzazz to do it justice. 

Simple black leggings, and my sheer, asymmetrical, leopard print tunic by Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle are the perfect pieces to compliment this striking accessory!

And in true Nadia style, a pair of heels put the final touch on the look. 

Be sure to check out the statement necklaces on all the other French Curvettes here, as well as on Facebook, and Instagram too!!! Also, remember to use the hashtags #FrenchCurvesOOTD and #FlightOfTheFatGirl on all your style pics!!! 

Collier/necklace, La Caverne de Djénéba 

Tunique/tunic, Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle – old 

Leggings/leggings, Addition Elle – similaire/similar 

Chaussures/shorts, Payless – Ici/here

New Year's Eve 

I don’t know about you, but I always get a little verklempt come New Year’s Eve (as I think many of us do) because it’s just such a symbolic time of change, rich in nostalgia and the warm fuzzy holiday feels; but this year, I’ve found myself even more in my feelings than I’ve ever been before.

   
I’ve overcome a great deal of personal challenges this year. It wasn’t easy. I will go so far as to say that I survived 2015, more than I lived it; but with each obstacle, I became stronger, better, faster (okay, not faster), and I learned to be very proud of who I am, and the people in my life.

   
I can honestly say, although in the thick of things, it was hard to acknowledge, it has been an amazing year despite it all, because alongside all the crap that it threw my way, a lot of great stuff happened too!

   
  
The greatest gifts I could have possibly received this year are that of realizing that I’m a much more resilient person than I ever imagined myself to be. I’ve finally learned to trust that I will overcome, I will thrive, and I’ve see just how much of a rock I am to my family. 

   

It’s a good feeling to know that I’m deserving of this status. I don’t think I had ever felt that I was until this year. I know now that I deserve to be happy, not just about my body, but about my choices as a mother, a wife, and most importantly, a woman. 

  

Difficult times may seem a little (ok, hell of a lot) confusing, but trusting yourself to make sense of that confusion is definitely something to be proud of, and I have finally been able to accomplish it. 

  
Although life if full of grey areas, at least some things can still be black and white, and my New Year’s Eve dress from City Chic is just that—black, white and elegant all over! I’m totally obsessed with the lace detail, and its playfully pleated sheer skirt! 

  
Paired with my fabulous feather bolero, a dazzling statement necklace, and delicate, handmade crystal earrings from Cristy Ellen K

  
A pretty pair of leather gloves…

  
And printed tights from Addition Elle, with my beautiful, black, sparkly, T-strap pumps that I designed from Shoes Of Prey, I am ready for that ball to drop, and to welcome in the new year, surrounded by the people I love the most! 

  
Happy New Year’s Eve, loves!!! Bring on 2016!!!

  

Dress, City Chic – here 

Bolero, Addition Elle – old 

Tights, Addition Elle – here 

Shoes, Shoes Of Prey – design your own here 

Fall Trends Vote & Giveaway Winners

Ten days ago the babealicious Curvy Joëlle and I styled some fab fall Addition Elle & Penningtons looks (here), and asked you to vote on your fave fall trend! 

The choices were:

   

Along with your vote, you were also invited to enter our #CurvyFatGiveaway on Instagram for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree at Addition Elle & Penningtons, our amazing sponsors!

Today’s the day we announce both the winning trend and our big prize winner!!! 

It seems that this fall, you babes are all about that Marsala life!!! And I have to agree that this year, Marsala is the business!!! 

   

  
It’s warm, rich, and looks gorgeous on everyone! 

   

 
So it’s no surprise that Marsala is a fan favourite and our winning fall trend! 

  
   

But we just couldn’t not share our faves too!

Joëlle is swooning over suede this fall, and let’s face it, it’s easy to see why! 

  
And my fave fall trend has got to be 70s, because I love retro style, and I like to boogie!!! 

  
But no matter which style you like best, one thing is for sure, Addition Elle and Penningtons have really nailed this season’s trends, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the holidays!!! 

I almost forgot (no I didn’t)!!! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! 

The winner of our #CurvyFatGiveaway is…

@beautybytayy_ !!!

Congrats boo!!! You’ve just won a $100 to spend at Penningtons, and $150 from Addition Elle!!! Check your Instagram inbox!!! Yayyy!!! 

All outfits from Addition Elle, or Penningtons. For details, take a peek at our initial Fall Trends post, here

Fall Trends Vote & Giveaway 

Fall is undeniably upon us… And with yesterday’s dusting of snow here in Montreal, one could argue that winter is already poking its head out from around the corner — but Jesus fix it! I’m not ready!!! 

So to celebrate all those things I love about fall while it’s still here, the changing colours, cool crisp air, (and duhhh) the sweaters (!!!) I teamed up with Addition Elle, Penningtons, and super babe, Joëlle Vaillancourt, who some of you may know from the show Le Cahier (The Booklet) on MAtv, and we picked out our three fave fall trends! 

But that’s not all!!! All the falling leaves have gotten us feeling curious, and a little generous too! 

So, we’d like to know YOUR fave fall trend, and if you head over to Instagram to vote, you could be eligible* to win our #CurvyFatGiveaway of a fab fall shopping spree of $150 from Addition Elle and $100 from Penningtons! 

  

#1 is not only a fall fave of ours, but it is also 2015’s Pantone colour of the yearMarsala

Whether you’re layering wine on wine like me, in this great, fringed sweater and faux-leather, faux-fur trimmed jacket from Penningtons…

   
    
 Or wearing different tones of it on top and bottom like Joëlle is in these vibrant, velvety soft, corduroy leggings from Penningtons and this rich, deep coloured, fooler sweater from Addition Elle… 

   

 
     
 Marsala is definitely our go to colour this fall, and you can totally see why! 

#2 is evvverywhere right now — Suede! And it is without question, a big part of every fashionistas fall wardrobe this year, and we love it too!!! 

Wear it as the perfect base to an all black, date night look, like I’ve done with these gorgeous faux-suede leggings from Penningtons, for a luxurious, richly textured look that will be sure to add depth to any outfit…

   
    
 
Or as a standout piece, like Joëlle has done with this amazing faux-suede, camel coloured skirt from Addition Elle, for a striking look, rich texture and quirky elegance…
   
    
 
No matter how you wear it, suede definitely brings a lot to the table, and we’re hoping this trend will stick around well though spring so we can continue to have fun with it! 

#3 is last but not least, and probably my fave of all — 70s! This trend is reappearing once more, but this time with a very sophisticated elegance about it! 

You can rock an empowering androgynous 70s look, like I’ve done with these amazing plaid pants, and printed blouse with elongated cuffs from Penningtons, paired with a long, sleek necklace, and a fantastic faux-fur collared wool trench from Addition Elle, for a look that’s a combination of Eric Foreman and Donna Pinciotti all in one! (If you don’t get that reference, we can’t be friends — just kidding, but it’s on Netflix so go watch… Now!)

   
    
 

  
You can also do 70s glam, like Joëlle, and rock a great pair of wide leg jeans, like these ones from Penningtons, with a sexy, bell-sleeved top, like this lace crop, and beaded crocheted choker from Addition Elle. Bring on those disco nights!!!    
    

  
 

As you can see, the 70s may be a bygone era, but they’re still alive and well in fashion this fall!!!

So, which will it be? Be sure to head over to Instagram to vote on your fave once a day, and follow all the entry rules* for a chance to win a fab fall shopping spree, courtesy of Joëlle, moi, and our amazing sponsors, Addition Elle and Penningtons! 

The winning look, and of course, the winner of the giveaway will be announced on October 30th, so keep  an eye out!!!

#1 Marsala look (me):

Fringe sweater, Penningtons – here 

Faux-leather jacket, Penningtons – here 

Pants, Addition Elle – here 

#1 Marsala look (Joëlle):

Corduroy leggings, Penningtons – here 

Fooler sweater, Addition Elle – here 

Funnel collar coat, Addition Elle – here 

Toque, Addition Elle – here 

#2 Suede look (me):

Faux-suede leggings, Penningtons – here 

Mesh detail top, (Nadia Aboulhosn Collection) Addition Elle – here 

Sequins bolero, Addition Elle – here 

Statement necklace, Addition Elle – here 

#2 Suede look (Joëlle):

Skirt, Addition Elle – here

Faux-fur trim sweater, Addition Elle – here 

Cuff bracelet, Addition Elle – here 

#3 70s look (me):

Plaid pants, Penningtons – here 

Printed blouse, Penningtons – here 

Wool trench, Addition Elle – here 

Long necklace, Addition Elle – here 

#3 70s look (Joëlle):

Wide leg jeans, Penningtons – here 

Lace crop top, Addition Elle – here 

Beaded lace necklace, Additionr Elle – here 

Check out Joëlle’s blog at: joellevaillancourt.com

**Vote and contest take place on Instagram (here) and is open to residents of. Amanda and the U.S. only. Contest closes on October 29th 2015, and the winner and the winning look will be announced on the following day!!!

The rules are simple: 

1) Like and repost any one of my, or Joëlle’s contest graphics on Instagram. You can share once a day to increase your chances! 
2) Use the hashtags #CurvyFatGiveaway, #flightofthefatgirl, and #curvyjoelle

3) Follow me @flightofthefatgirl, @curvyjoelle, and our sponsors, @additionelle and @penningtons

4) Tag 3 amazing plus size fashion loving friends!

5) Look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re beautiful (you should be doing that one anyway) 😉

 

French Curves: SUÈDE

  
Bonjour !!! It’s the 16th of the month again, which means it’s time for the French Curves Challenge – an outfit photo challenge with the French touch, created by the beautiful, Vanoue, of The Curvy and Curly Closet

If you don’t speak French, fear not, my dears! As always, an English translation will follow, just scroll on down!!! 

Il est encore le 16 du mois !!! Temps pour un nouveau French Curves Challenge – la collaboration entre les blogueuses francophones de taille plus, crée par la belle, Vanoue, de The Curvy and Curly Closet

Le thème ce mois-ci: SUÈDE

Avec la tendance 70s de retour avec force, le suède est partout dans la mode cette automne. 

Riche en texture, il apporte un élément chic et de luxe à votre garde-robe, et même si on l’associe beaucoup avec les années 70s, quand mélanger avec des pièces plus modernes, le suède peut facilement s’intégrer dans n’importe quelle tenue ! 

Pour le défi, j’ai choisi deux pièces différents — ce joli veste en suédine (Ok oui, je triche un peu, mais chhhut !) de Penningtons, et ces beaux petit flâneurs en suède jaune vif de Figure First, qui sont de seconde main, mais en état parfait. 

   

   
Ensemble, avec une combinaison hyper moderne, d’une robe rayée en noir et blanc d’Addition Elle, et mes jeans préféré… 

   

   
Des accessoires qui contrastent, comme ce collier épais en chaîne de Ready To Stare et mon sac Louis Vuitton classique… 

   

 Ces pièces en suède laissent les années 70s derrière, en échange pour un look contemporain et super charmant ! 

   

   
N’oubliez pas de jeter un coup d’œil à tous les superbe looks en suède de les autres French Curvettes iciainsi que sur Facebook, et Instagram aussi ! Et rappelez-vous d’utiliser le hashtag #FrenchCurvesOOTD et #FlightOfTheFatGirl sur tout vos looks de mode!!! 

  

And now for the English version!

The theme this month: SUEDE 

With the 70s trend back in full force, suede is everywhere in fashion right now! 

Rich in texture, it brings a chic and luxurious element to your wardrobe; and even if we tend to associate it with the 70s, when mixed with more modern pieces, suede can integrate easily into any outfit. 

For the challenge, I chose two different pieces — this pretty faux-suede jacket (ok yes, I’m cheating, but shhhhh!) from Penningtons, and these cute, thrifted little yellow suede loafers from Figure First, which are second hand, but in perfect shape. 

Together, with an ultra modern combo of this striped dress from Addition Elle, and my fave pair of jeans… 

Accessories that contrast, like this thick chain necklace from Ready To Stare, and my classic Louis Vuitton bag

These suede pieces leave the 70s behind in exchange for a contemporary and super charming look! 

Be sure to check out the fab suede looks from all the other French Curvettes here, as well as on Facebook, and Instagram too!!! And remember to use the hashtags #FrenchCurvesOOTD and #FlightOfTheFatGirl on all your style pics!!! 

Veste/jacket, Penningtons – ici/here 

Robe/dress, Addition Elle – ancien/old 

Jeans, Penningtons – similaire ici/similar here

Chaussures/shoes, Figure First – beaucoup de pièces disponibles ici/many pièces available here 

Collier/necklace, Ready To Stare – ici/here 

Sac/bag, Louis Vuitton – ici/here