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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

Point Zero Curvy – Weekend 

When I’m not lounging all day in my PJs on weekends, I’m all about feeling comfy and looking stylish!

In this edition of my Point Zero Curvy series, where I’ve styled three looks, in three days, mixing and matching 5 different pieces from the line, I’m bringing you a weekend look!

Yesterday I brought you the perfect Point Zero Curvy work look, which included a fabulous faux-leather moto jacket, and today I’m showing how it can transition with ease into your casual weekend wardrobe.

I’ve paired it with the most gorgeous, black, shimmery pants, which marry the look of a structured jean with the comfort of of leggings…

 

And this amazing, slightly sheer, graphic tee, laced delicately with little flecks of sparkle.

  
I accessorized with cute, nude flats and gold jewelry.

Together, these three PZ Curvy pieces create an essentially monochromatic black-on-black look, but with a touch of colour, while blending three totally different textures for a really interesting, relaxed, yet very chic weekend look!


The Point Zero Curvy line is definitely worth ditching the PJs for, on a Saturday afternoon, and that’s not a claim that I make lightly, so you know I’m being honest!


Stay tuned tomorrow to see the final instalment in the Point Zero Curvy series, and to see which of the pieces from yesterday and today’s posts that I’ve reworked into the perfect date night look!

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, in Mississauga, Ontario.
And be sure to follow Point Zero on Facebook and Instagram @pointzeroclothing, to keep up to date on their latest collections and promotions!
Top, pants, jacket, Point Zero Curvy – shop the collection here.

View part 1 of my Point Zero Curvy mix and match series here.

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

Keeping Up With The Penningtons 

It’s been a minute since I’ve given you an update on the goings-on over on The Penningtons Blog!

In one post, I held a vote on which Penningtons look I would sport on my flight to Haiti!


And in my next post, I showed you that #1 was the undisputed pick for flying in style and comfort!

But don’t think that #2, and 3 didn’t get to see Haiti’s sunny shores…


Vacays can’t last forever, unfortunately, and it’s always tough to get back into the work grind afterwards, but when your job involves writing a post about your life, your passion (duhhh, cheesecake — I mean blogging!!!), and how you got there, coming home doesn’t seem so bad!

So be sure to head over and read up on what’s been happening with me on The Penningtons Blog, and don’t forget to check in just about every week to keep up!

French Curves: BOYISH


As usual, due to unforeseen circumstances (let’s face it, I’d prolly still be late even if the circumstances were foreseen), I’m a little late with this post!

By now, most of you know that the 16th (errr… 21st?) of every month means it’s time for the French Curves Challenge – an outfit photo challenge with the French touch, created by the fabulous, Vanoue, of The Curvy and Curly Closet!

The theme this month: BOYISH!!!

As always, an English translation will follow, so if French isn’t your forte, just scroll on down!

Comme d’habitude, en raison de circonstances imprévues (avouons-le, je serais probablement quand même en retard même si les circonstances étaient prévus), je suis un peu en retard !

Aujourd’hui, la plupart d’entre vous savent que le 16 (euh … Le 21
?) De chaque mois signifie qu’il est temps pour le French Curves Challenge, crée par la fabuleuse Vanoue, de The Curvy and Curly Closet

Le thème ce mois: BOYISH !!!

J’adore le look androgyne. J’aime la façon dont le style vient jouer avec les idées préconçues des gens, et brouille les frontières du genre. Alors le thème de “boyish” ce mois-ci m’a captivé instantanément ! 

Je me sens vraiment sexy et forte quand je porte des vêtements avec un look masculin.

Par contre, j’aime toujours ajouter des petites touches féminines dans le mélange aussi, juste pour tromper du monde! 

Alors, pour mon look boyish, j’ai choisi ma salopette préférée provenant d’Addition Elle, un super cute crop top en motif extra terrestre de Chubby Cartwheels, avec une veste en denim à manches en molleton de Penningtons. 

  
Comme accessoires, j’ai opté pour mes jolis flâneurs Coach pointu, dans une couleur neutre, un petit sac très chic, et des bijoux dorés.

  

J’ai tellement adoré mon look, que ça m’a donné envie de montrer mon ventre, sans aucune raison à part du fait que je me sentais bien dans ma peau dans cette tenue ! 

  
Assurez-vous de jeter un coup d’œil à tous les superbe looks boyish de les autres French Curvettes ici, ainsi que sur Facebook, et Instagram aussi ! Et n’oubliez pas d’utiliser le hashtag #FrenchCurvesOOTD et #FlightOfTheFatGirl !!! 

I love the androgynous look. I love how it messes with people’s preconceived notions and blurs the lines of gender. So this month’s “boyish” theme captivated me instantly!
I feel really sexy and strong when I wear masculine looking clothing.
However, I like to throw a few feminine touches into the mix too, just to mess with people!

So, for my boyish look, I chose my fave pair of overalls, from Addition Elle, a super cute alien head crop top from Chubby Cartwheels, with a great jean jacket with French terry sleeves from Penningtons.
For accessories, my pretty, pointy Coach loafers in a neutral colour, a very chic little clutch, and some gold bling.

I loved my look so much that it made me want to show off mah belly, for no other reason than the fact that I felt good in my skin in this outfit!

Be sure to check out the awesomely boyish looks of all the other French Curvettes here, as well as on Facebook, and Instagram too!!! Don’t forget to use the hashtags #FrenchCurvesOOTD and #FlightOfTheFatGirl!!!

Veste en denim, Penningtons – ici

Jean jacket, Penningtons- here

Penningtons Blog Roundup

Just keeping you all filled in on what’s been happening over on The Penningtons Blog lately!

With fall collections already on the shelves, there are plenty of awesome sales! I headed over to Penningtons and dove into the sale racks head first and scored some pretty sweet finds!

 
And then I got to check out the new d/C collection in three new leg styles, and experienced firsthand what it’s like to wear denim without compromise!


I’m currently vacationing in Haiti with the fam, but I’ll be back blogging about my adventures in a week and a half!

Until then, check out The Penningtons Blog and catch up on everything I’ve been up to and for details on my outfits!

No Pants, No Problem 

Seriously… If I could live out the rest of my days without wearing pants and not have anyone look sideways at me — I would. Also winter. Winter would suck, but whatever. 

  

Honestly… I’m not even joking. I love being pantless. It’s a problem. 

Now, technically this fantastic little number from the insanely cool Nadia Aboulhosn collection for Boohoois a dress… Just not much of one on me. 

  

  
You see, when you factor in my 5’8″ish frame, long torso, and ample derrière, it’s kind of a triple threat — the ultimate weapon in the war on dress length (not really a thing, at least once you leave catholic high school and if plaid skirts count). 

   
 
But I was determined to wear this little piece of perfection the way Nadia Aboulhosn  and her adorably short torso had intended — AKA, in my case, pretty much show the entire neighbourhood the bottom of mah butt cheeks!!! Yeahhhhhh!!!  

  
  
  
So no pants, no problem! And I’d be willing to bet, Nadia would agree!!! 

  
  
Oh!!! And one last thing!!! 

  
Be sure to enter my #flightofthefatgirl11k giveaway on Instagram!!! Over $600 worth in prizes including: 

• A tutu from The TUTU Experience, hand crafted to measure by @misslionhunter • Items from @readytostare • “Thinner, Not Prettier” crop top from @flawsofcouture • $150 gift code from @sexyplus • $100 gift code from @igigistyle • $75 gift card from @penningtons • $50 gift code from @zelieforshe • $50 gift code from @bigsiscloset • $25 gift code from @smartglamour • And still more to be announced!!! 

  • Be sure to follow me, @flightofthefatgirl, on Instagram, and check out and follow all the amazing prize contributors!!! Contest rules and details posted here! Don’t miss out!!! 

Dress, Nadia Aboulhosn for Boohoo – here 

Shoes, Boohoo – 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!