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1 Body Chain, 2 Ways, and 2 Countries 

When I was away in Haiti last August, I managed to sneak in one one photo shoot. I never published the pictures, but there’s a reason why…

 

  
Everything was perfect—my Monif C. fringed swimsuit, my ASOS sandals, and of course, my Ready To Stare body harness


Perfect, except for the fact that I was wearing it wrong—because screwing up is kind of my thing… *sigh*

But the beach was exquisite, as was my beautiful fat bod in that suit, and honestly, even though I wore it wrong, the chain body harness actually looked pretty amazing this way too!


So, I decided to shoot some fab pics back home in Canada, wearing it the right way this time (Duh!) with a fab Kiyonna dress from SexyPlus Clothing, to show everyone that you can definitely have some fun playing around with body chains! We’ll just keep the fact that this was a totally unintentional discovery between us, though… K?




We can also keep the fact that it took me nearly six months to get around to shooting the second half of this post… Because procrastination is also my thing…




But it all actually worked out, because the contrast between my natural, freckled skin under the golden Haitian sun, and my ultra glam look, set against the backdrop of an icy frozen lake, is truly quite amazing!


And the discovery that this body chain is much more versatile than I had ever expected was a definite bonus!



Sure, I wish I was on a beach in Haiti again right now, after sifting through my vacation photos… But at least I know I have my body chain to add some pizazz to my swimsuits on my next trip, and until then, it can look just as awesome in the snow!

Body harness, Ready To Stare – here

Swimsuit, Monif C. – old

Sandals, ASOS – similar

Dress, Kiyonna from SexyPlus – here

Boots, SexyPlus Clothing – here

Mittens, Little Burgundy – 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

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.

Wedding Season Go-To

Wedding season is in full swing. Every weekend I see a blissful newlywed couple posing for their wedding photos along the water not far from where I Iive.

With, at the very least, a wedding or two to attend each summer, we inevitably scope out the dress scene!

Of course, it’s all about the blushing bride’s dress — obvi; and the handsome groom too… But I still like to make a statement. After all, you’re bound to bump into at least one ex, or common girlfriend who talked behind your back that one time, and whom you absolutely can’t stand, and now you need to look extra hot in front of — err… Maybe that’s just me…? *nervous laugh*

But anyway, there’s no harm in bringing your A game to a wedding, because let’s face it… At some point during the evening, at least some eyes will be on you!

Searching for the perfect dress can seem a daunting task, but that’s why I love Canadian owned (and internationally shipping) SexyPlus Clothing! 

The owner (and absolute dollface), Stefanie (a plus size woman herself) has curated a wonderful collection of dresses in all styles to suit your wedding season (or any season) needs, so you don’t have to search. She just gets it.


This gorgeous and luxurious little black & white number is actually a convertible dress that can also be worn strapless. I must admit though, my favourite of the two is this classic halter style.



I love its retro feel so much, that I decided to play it up even more!


I paired it with a cute head scarf, cork wedges, and a vintage metallic mesh clutch that I thrifted (kachiiiiing) earlier this summer!

  
It’s chic, old world sexy, and perfect for a wedding, or any occasion!



So definitely take a peek at the selection over at SexyPlus! There are so many gorgeous dresses! Whether your style is elegant, or super sassy, you’ll be sure to find something that’s just perfect for you!
Dress, SexyPlus Clothing – here (also a available in white – here)

Bangles, Fashion to Figure – similar

Head scarf, Walmart – similar

A Romp in the Snow


So… It’s finally warming up around here… Slowly but surely the sun has started shining, the streets are trickling with melted run off, the war with my children against going outside in just a T-shirt has resumed, and  the birds are at last, singing their happy springtime song after a winter that was cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey!!!

 Of course along with spring, comes the entire nation, all melting at once, allowing every piece of rubbish, every dead animal, and every dog poop that has accumulated all winter, to thaw in unison, resulting in, let’s be honest, one hell of a stinky cocktail! 

There’s also, still quite a thick covering of snow on the ground, and sure… You get hit with a face-full every now and again, as it blows off a rooftop… No seriously, here I am, actually getting  blasted with a gust of drifting snow.


But it’s all good, because I just look that cute in my jeggings, combat boots, and my Love & Legend, NOIR sweatshirt from Addition Elle!!! 


I’m SO looking forward to seeing grass on the ground, leaves on the trees, and to getting hit in the face with the sweet smell of lilacs rather than snow, but for now, I’m not complaining… 

Because at least it’s not -1,000,000º anymore, and I can actually be adorable in the snow, like… I romped… ROMPED, damnit! Just like they do it in the movies, and without the cold freezer-burning my face off!!! Hashtag awesomesauce. 

Jeggings, Addition Elle – similar

Sweatshirt, Addition Elle – here

 

 

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

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful

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I’m a very friendly girl. I don’t throw shade. I’m a lover, not a fighter. I avoid confrontation like the plague. I respect even my adversaries, and I don’t seek revenge… But sometimes you need to show your haters how wrong they are.

What I mean to say is… Sometimes a b*tch just needs to get put in her place!!! Haha!

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And while I am non confrontational by nature, when someone starts thinking that they can hurt me, they need to know that I am laughing in their face!

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They need Screw that! SHE needs to know that she will never be better than me because she has an ugly soul, and while she’s talking karma, she’s the one who karma just came back to bite. 😘 (I almost never use Emojis in my posts, but girl, this one’s for you!)

So don’t hate me because I’m beautiful (yes YOU, I know you’re reading this). Love me, because you tried to be me and failed, and that must mean I’m pretty fantastic. 😋 (Oops, there I go again! Hahaaa!)

You need to love how hot I look in this fabulous midi dress from Zelie For She.

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Love how crazy dope I look in my earrings from Cristy Ellen K!

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Love how sexy I look in the the most absolutely amazing plus size anklets ever, from Ready to Stare! (No but seriously, I know you you’re a fat girl too, so you might wanna know… Just tryna help tho!)

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And love how, no matter how hard you tried to hurt me, no matter what you tried (yes b*tch, TRIED) to take from me, I stayed fresh AF and didn’t even smudge my mascara.

So ladies, don’t ever let anyone try and bring you down!!! Show them how much better you are!!! Rise above it at brush it off… But never be afraid to remind them how ugly their souls truly are, for that is the only way to help them. Let God take care of the karma!

In Haitian Creole we say ‘Wap konn Jòj cherie’ – you’ll get what’s coming to you! Actually, you just did. 😉 (Last one, I promise! Haha!)

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☕️🐸 (Mkay, now I’m done, I swear!)
Dress, Zelie For She – sold out, similar
Earrings, Cristy Ellen K – contact here
Anklets, Ready to Stare – here

A New Way to Thrift

I’ve always loved vintage clothing; and there are so many treasures to be found in thrift stores, but stumbling upon great pieces that fit, especially when you’re plus sized, can be tricky.

When I discovered online thrifting for the first time recently (have I been living under a rock?) it was a real breath of fresh air. No more sifting through racks in search of gold amongst the pebbles… It was all right there in front of me, just a click away at divaXpress!

With sizes ranging from small to 3X, as well as accessories and shoes, divaXpress is my new favourite way to thrift!

I was lucky enough to be able to pick out three pieces, and I fell in love with them!!

The first was this fabulous, hunter green coat, reminiscent of every Canadian girl’s mum’s winter getup in the 90s.

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I’m super obsessed with its giant fur trimmed hood, and I just love the fact that I probably would have found this coat very uncool as a teen, but now… It is just everything!!!

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It’s seriously warm, too! Perfect for SWLA (shovelling while looking adorable, obvi). Haha!

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Next, was this totally incredible, sequins covered, beaded, rhinestone bedazzled jean jacket, that somehow reminded me of something out of a tacky, old-school country music video, yet I just couldn’t live without! I mean… It’s so awesome!

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There’s nothing quite like stepping out in a seriously embellished jean jacket, though.

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This must be what Dolly Parton felt like in the 80s… Only fatter… And it’s glorious!

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Lastly, this stunning, A-line, printed linen coat, has me channeling my inner Russian doll!

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How gorge is this piece!? Everything about it is perfection!

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Loving how well it pairs with my thigh-high boots from SexyPlus, too… Especially a foot deep in the snow! Hehee!

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So definitely get online and do some thrifting from the comfort of your own home! I guarantee, you will not regret it!

Remember, you need to act fast when you find something you love, because just like with regular thrifting, when it comes to the online variety, the good stuff sells quickly! New pieces are usually posted daily, so there is always something new to check out! Happy online thrifting!!!

Green coat, embellished jean jacket, printed coat, thrifted – from divaXpress

Thigh-high boots, SexyPlus Clothing – here

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, there is something magical here in Montreal this time of year! The snow-covered rooftops, decorated trees, houses aglow with dazzling multicoloured lights – no one can deny their beauty!

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At least for me, there is even something exciting about a crowded shopping mall, or a busy intersection this close to Christmas. I just love seeing everyone rushing about, and wondering where they’re going, who they’re buying that last minute gift basket for, if they are on Santa’s nice list this year, and especially, what they’ll be wearing once they’ve found that train set little Timmy had so wanted, and their flustered, rosy cheeks settle briefly, only to return after a few splendid Christmas cocktails!

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But as much fun as it is letting my imagination run wild as I dress complete strangers in my mind (Creepy? Lil’ bit…), it’s even more fun to dress myself!

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What could me a more perfect thing to wear, as I gather with the fam for the first of many celebrations to come this week, than my gorgeous, hunter green, uber fashiony (I know that’s not a word) Monif C. dress!

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I paired it with another pair of fab shoes (designed by yours truly) from Shoes of Prey (Have I mentioned how much I love this website?). They’re just the right mix of edginess from the snakeskin, and princessiness (also not a word) from the kitten heel and bows – perfect for a whimsical, festive Christmassy look!

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I hope you’ve all been good this year!!! Enjoy your eggnog, candy canes, presents, and most of all, the time you will spend with your loved ones!!!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!!

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Dress, Monif C. – sold out (But so many other nice ones!!!)
Shoes, Shoes of Prey – design your own here