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Point Zero Curvy – Work

When I was growing up, the options, as far as plus size clothing went, were still pretty limited. 

Sure, there were a handful of department stores offering certain standard pieces in larger sizes, and there were some exclusively plus size shops too… But still, most clothing manufacturers weren’t branching out and taking risks for us fat fashionistas! 

So, when I learned that Point Zero, an iconic Canadian brand that I grew up loving, had launched a curvy line, I was really intrigued and feeling some serious nostalgia for a brand that I admittedly, had lost touch with since 1999 (AKA the great expansion [of my hips], or “that time I became too XL for XL and stayed that way”).

I was lucky enough to be able to sample a few items from Point Zero Curvy, and over the next three days, I will be bringing you three mix and match looks, work, weekend, and date night, using five fab pieces from the collection! 

Today, it’s all about workweek chic in this gorgeous knit skirt with faux leather trim, paired with the most beautifully embellished, knit top. 

  

The quality of these pieces is weighty and luxurious, and the fit is total perfection.   

   

The top, tucked in, with a great belt to cinch in the waist looks super polished and chic.    


 
Tasteful flats keep things simple and balance the shorter hemline on my tall frame, keeping it work appropriate.  

  
 

While modern accessories add some delicate sparkle and play off the beaded neckline flawlessly. 
   
 
And for a little fun and edginess that’s perfect for fall, this amazing, faux-leather moto jacket to make sure that come the end of the day, I’ll be hitting the pavement in style! 
   

      

 

Cinq-à-sept, anyone? Because I look too cute to be heading straight home! 

  
Okay, so maybe I don’t actually work in an office, or do glamorous stuff like get together with coworkers for martinis before heading in for the evening, but I know a well put-together look when I see one, and these Point Zero Curvy pieces make it totally effortless!!! 

Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday to see how I’ve reworked some of these pieces with new ones to create weekend and date night Point Zero Curvy looks!  

You can shop the Point Zero Curvy line at pointzero.ca or point-zero.com for international customers, as well as in store at retailers such as SexyPlus Clothing

And be sure to follow Point Zero on Facebook and Instagram @pointzeroclothing, to keep up to date on their latest collections and promotions! 

Top, skirt, jacket, Point Zero Curvy – view the collection here 

In Stylzoo 

Every year I get really excited about fall fashion — the layering, the boots,  the rich, deep colours, and did I mention the layering? 

Navy blue will forever be one of my favourite fall shades. It offers all the benefits of wearing black (and no, I’m not talking “flattering,” I’m talking versatility), while actually bringing a little colour to the table. 

  
This navy wrap dress from Stylzoo is total perfection! It hugs my curves beautifully, and I’m seriously feeling the sexy V neckline! 

  
    
 I paired it with a this super chic, longline blazer from Penningtons…

   
And threw on my trusty, grey combat boots, to complete my look’s military-meets-90s-grunge inspired attitude.  

  
I decided to be bold and pick up on the tones in the lining of my boots, and accessorize with my emerald green Kate Spade Clutch, silver and pastel blue earrings, and my most daring lippie yet, a deep teal/green shade called Dr. M, from ColourPop Cosmetics! 

 

  
 I love how refreshing the mix of classic and edgier elements turned out to be! 
  
Armed with great pieces like my Stylzoo wrap dress, and adventurous lipstick shades like this one, I am definitely fall fashion ready! 

Dress, Stylzoo – here 

Blazer, Penningtons- sold out online, may still be available in store 

Lippie, ColourPop Cosmetics- here 

No, Honey 

I’m 100% body positive. I love my fat peeps, my skinny peeps, my short, tall, black, white, and everything-in-between peeps! I truly believe that every body is beautiful in its own unique way.

I’ve been fat my whole life. Even when I was suffering from anorexia and bulimia, and had shed over 100 lbs. In my mind, I was still fat.


It took me a hell of a lot of hard work to learn that I was worth loving. The fact that I truly believe it is something I’m proud of, because that realization may come easily to some, but it didn’t for me.

When somebody tries to take that kind of self-love away from me, or from anyone — I get angry.


I’m so sick of seeing women tear each other down in order to build themselves up!


Because I’m fat and pretty, it doesn’t mean you can’t be pretty and thin!


There is more than one way to be beautiful, and more than enough beauty in this world to go around!


Who is anyone to assume that it has anything to do with size?


Size is a tangible thing. You can see size, measure it — feel it… Beauty is all in our heads.


What I’m really trying to say here is — if you’re thin, go ahead and believe that you’re prettier than me. If that’s how you see it, than to you, it’s the truth.


But know, that my truth looks different. In my mind, the fact that you are thin doesn’t automatically qualify you to be beautiful.


Thinness isn’t a prerequisite to beauty — kindness is.



So no, honey. If you can’t see that your beauty standards do not define me, then just know that you’re thinner than me — not prettier — and don’t get the two confused.


Crop top, Flaws of Couture – here

Skirt, Eloquii – here

Clutch, Aldo – similar

Shoes, Payless – here

PS. Here are a few things I find beautiful, from an abandoned building, one of my favourite places to shoot!


  
  

Seduce Me With Cupcakes

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So it was Valentine’s Day last weekend. I haven’t really done anything major to celebrate it over the past few years… Sure, there’s always a gift/chocolate/pink/red candy exchange, and I always get a little something for the kiddies… But this year, the hubby and I felt like, you know what!? We should do it big like we used to!!!

Aaaaand then we remembered that we’d rather just wear jeans and drink beer!!!

So, in lieu of a lavish evening of champagne & dancing, we shared a good meal, watched a Canadiens game at a resto-pub (we won too!) and spent a relaxing night at a hotel!

Sure, the place was packed, our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, and my husband somehow managed to cut both of his hands (seriously, both?) unloading our bags from the car (only this guy could be gushing blood within the first five minutes of our date), and sure, he may or may not have snapped at me for laughing at his ridiculous misfortune… But…

It hit me that day, how the things that make me happy have changed pretty dramatically over the past few years…

How, not too long ago, there wasn’t much that could have convinced me to “waste” a night away from the kids on anything other than dressing up, waiting in line in the snow, taking a few shots (a few too many, that is), and dancing the night away…

It also hit me, that it really doesn’t take much to please me anymore… I’m completely thrilled to throw on a super cute & comfy outfit, crack open a few brewskis, share a laugh, and cozy up to the man I love!

I don’t think I could have picked a more perfect piece to wear for our V Day date night than the absolute cutest, comfiest, and most perfectly fitting, “seduce me with cupcakes” tee from the UK based, Feminine Funk!

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To compliment it, a gorgeous statement necklace from Addition Elle, and my good old, red satin blazer.

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All that, paired with stunningly embellished Parasuco jeans from Addition Elle, my new, and super funky, black patent flatforms from ASOS, I was all set to spend some quality time with the mister!

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So seduce me with cupcakes!!! No need for diamonds or pearls… Come at me with inexplicably bleeding hands and give me a foot rub! (Haha!) And woo me with confections… Because at the end of the day, it’s those little things – life’s simple pleasures (minus the blood) that are the sweetest ones of all!!!

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T-shirt, Feminine Funk – here
Jeans, Addition Elle – here
Necklace, Addition Elle – here
Shoes, ASOS – here
Blazer, Penningons – similar

A Bad Btch in Bstrd

It’s been a minute since my last post… Mostly because it’s been too cold to shoot outdoors… But since things aren’t looking up anytime soon with regards to weather for us Montrealers… I decided that a bare-legged minidress was the way to go! That’s right!!! F&@% YOU WINTER!!!

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And how does a bad B accessorize a minidress at -36ºC? (That’s -32.8ºF for my American friends.) Why, with a fab blazer by Nicolette Mason for Modcloth, heart shaped sunnies (I see you, Valentine’s Day!), a little LV, and the absolute most beautifully delicate and versatile piece of jewelry out there – the infinity chain, from Canadian based, bstrd.com

I mean, this piece is so badass!!! Not only is it crafted out of gorgeous, high end sterling silver and gold vermeil chain, adorned with precious little bobbles of opal and Swarovski crystal, but it can be worn in a multitude of ways to compliment any outfit for any occasion!

I tried out a a few different styling options with my infinity chain, and I honestly really loved how all of them worked out!

It looks so perfect worn as a full on body chain!

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It makes a really pretty necklace, worn either short…

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Or long!

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But I’ve got to say, though… My favourite way to wear it is across my body like a beautiful jewelled sash!

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The fact that this piece is so dainty, and tasteful, yet so edgy and bold at the same time is what really makes me swoon.

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So please do go take a look for yourselves, because there are so many unique styles to choose from at bstrd.com; and although the sizes of body jewelry are listed as one size fits all, custom orders/measurements are welcome, and can be discussed with a quick email to: [email protected], or in the comments section of your order!

Be sure to follow bstrd on Instagram, @imagineyoudidnt too, for even more styling inspiration and to keep up with what’s new!!!

Infinity chain, bstrd – styles available here
Sunnies, Forever 21 – similar
Blazer, Modcloth – sold out (sad face)

A Big Girl In A Body Chain

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Some plus size things are harder to find than others; and when it comes to body jewelry, it can be next to impossible to find something to fit our frames – or so I thought, until I discovered Canadian jewelry designer, Cristy Ellen K!!!

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Cristy Ellen, the lady behind the brand, is an up and coming indie jewelry designer with belief that great style is great style, regardless of size!

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Her passion for her work shines through in her amazing, one-of-a-kind, pieces; and each piece is handcrafted with love, and attention to detail.

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While, when it comes to body jewelry, Cristy Ellen specializes in plus size pieces, she says “I make double zero to 6X because every body is beautiful.”

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Not only is the body positive philosophy of Cristy Ellen K inspiring, but her pieces are just so freaking cool!!!

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I mean… A plus size body chain that actually wraps around my waist at the hip and fits!? Craziness!!!

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Wearing it brought out my inner glam-rocker chick, so I slapped on some winged liner (more like, very carefully applied, trying super hard not to screw up) and paired it with my favourite (my only) jumpsuit & denim jacket, from ASOS Curve, some cute black & gold flats, and a pale grey, vintage leather clutch, for a edgy look that made me feel so fierce that I’m actually a little embarrassed to admit how many pics I was giving my resting bitch face (AKA the stink eye) in. Hahaaa!

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So check out Cristy Ellen K and see all the fab pieces she has to offer, and keep your eyes open for more of her pieces here on the blog!

Body chain, Cristy Ellen K – here
Jumpsuit, ASOS Curve – here

Thankful For Plaid

It’s officially thanksgiving weekend and I’ve been trying to get this post out all week, I swear!!!

First, the day I was supposed to do my shoot, my bestie gave birth to a beautiful baby boy (Yay!!!) annnd then I dropped my phone in the bathtub while attempting to shave my legs and binge watch Vampire Diaries at the same time (Damn you, Damon!!!). So, just add those to my list of excuses for why I don’t get posts out on time… *sigh*

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Aaaaanyway, I’m super excited to finally show off this fabulous, pixelated plaid, bodycon from Toronto based, Voluptuous Clothing!!! I first saw it, worn to perfection by the stunning Fluvia Lacerda, and featured on the cover of the Fall Fashion issue of DARE Mag and fell in love! It’s the absolute perfect autumn dress, with a classic, curve hugging silhouette and this fall’s hot plaid trend, which I just can’t get enough of!

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I’ve paired it with these incredibly cool, wide calf, thigh high boots from SexyPlus Clothing (Yasss!!!), another Canadian owned business (Whoop whoop!!!) and this stunning leather and bronze, handcrafted, African statement necklace, by Montreal Jewelry Designer, Djénéba Daou, for a chic fall look that works for anything from work, to turkey dinner with the fam!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving, boos!!!

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Dress, Voluptuous Clothing – similar bodycon silhouette
Boots, SexyPlus Clothing – here
Necklace, La Caverne de Djénéba – more one of a kind pieces available soon on Instagram

Size Sexy

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Do you know what size you are? You may be reading this and thinking, of course I do – but fellow Canadian, Tierra Sedgemore, the designer of this fab tee, and founder of the Size Sexy movement is trying to change the way women have been letting their sizes define them, one t-shirt at a time!

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The message written across these tees is a short, but powerful one. A true rebel of a slogan, it goes against the idea we’ve all had drilled into our heads since we were little girls, that we are the number on our clothing labels. Notice how, even at the beginning of this post, I asked what size you are, and not what size you wear? That right there is proof enough that we have been letting our sizes determine our worth for far too long.

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I’ve paired mine with my pastel pink tutu from Zelie For She, gunmetal accessories and my grey, Rampage, grunge boots, for a playful, sexy look with a whole lot of attitude!

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I may wear a size 22/24, but the size I am is SEXY and you can join the movement too!

Purchase your Size Sexy tees in an assortment of colours on Tierra’s website (here), and in store or online at Sexy Plus Clothing. Also, don’t forget to follow Tierra on Instagram @tierrasedgemoresizesexy and use the #sizesexy hashtag!

In parting I’ll leave you with the words of the lady herself – “Don’t be defined by your size. Be size sexy!!!”

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T-shirt, Size Sexy – here
Tutu, Zelie For She – here