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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)

‘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

To Sneaker, Or Not To Sneaker?

That WAS the question…

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Whether you call them sneakers, trainers, or runners/running shoes (I’m looking at you, my fellow Canadians!) I have never really been a ‘sneakers’ kinda girl. Besides the fact that I hate closed in shoes, not to mention, my disdain for wearing socks, I’ve never found a pair that felt like, well… Me… Until I stumbled upon these Nike Roshe Run Sneakerboots, in none other than, the men’s section on ASOS.com.

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They. Are. Everything. Comfy, stylish, and *cue choir music from the heavens* basically designed to wear without socks!!!

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Even though they are technically for boys, this girl’s new kicks are on fleek!

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Note: men’s shoes are made larger than women’s – about 1 1/2 (US) sizes larger, more specifically. So, ladies, always remember to size down by a size and a half when ordering men’s footwear.

Here’s a quick shoe size conversion table which may come in handy if, like me, you ever find yourself enamoured with a men’s shoe that you just can’t live without:

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Sneakers, Asos – here

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

Feeling Voluptuous

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It’s always so much fun when you love an online store and you finally get the opportunity to visit one of its locations in person!

So you can imagine how cool it was popping into Voluptuous Clothing while I was in Toronto recently, and having the privilege of meeting the VoluotuousClothing.com CEO, Angela, who just happens to be a fabulous, sky-high heel wearing lady whom you just can’t help but admire!

I had ordered a cute, plaid bodycon dress from Voluptuous not too long ago, which I’m sure many of you will remember from my blog post, and I adored it so much that I knew I couldn’t leave the store empty handed!

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I fell in love with this super chic, black & white knit, BB Dakota dress as soon as I saw it!

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With its classic pattern and weighty fabric, wearing it feels like pure luxury!
It’s literally so comfortable I could have worn it to bed as pyjamas, and gotten up and kept on wearing it again the next day!

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All lazy girl jokes aside, everything about this dress says class and sophistication. I love the way it hugs my curves, yet leaves enough to the imagination to work for any occasion.

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I’ve added a great belt, nude flats, and a fancy, fringed kimono from Ashley Stewart, topped off with a handcrafted, beaded necklace, a sassy ring, and the perfect faux fur clutch from Aldo, for a chic look with an elegant playful touch that combines class and comfort, effortlessly.

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Dress, Voluptuous Clothing – here
Kimono, Ashley Stewart – here
Clutch, Aldo – 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