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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 

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! 

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! 

Nude All Day, Nude All Night

Don’t get TOO excited, now! It’s just a dress… Ha…

The moment I saw this dress I simply new it had to be mine – I’d been waiting for a minimalist, nude dress for so long, and this fab strapless midi from Custom Plus was perfection!

These shoes, however had been my nemesis ever since the day after the occasion I had bought them for. I designed them myself on shoesofprey.com for a wedding and have had such a ridiculously hard time working them into my wardrobe – partly because they are a little extravagant, but mostly because I had almost stopped wearing silver for a while, and they just never seemed to be a good fit with what I had on. I had them stashed in the back if my closet, and had almost forgotten about them completely, when I stumbled upon a stunning, multi-coloured jewel encrusted statement necklace on Instagram, from Toronto based, Revolucion Jewelry. I lusted after it for a while, and finally placed my order. After receiving it, I immediately envisioned this bold, eccentric piece with my kitten heeled, glittery, bowed, perfect disasters & my new dress, and everything just fell into place.

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Since this dress is so versatile, I decided to wear it two ways – day to evening.

The first, being the daytime look; and in keeping with the recent dress-over-pants trend, I paired it with my Parasuco jeans from Addition Elle and my white, 3/4 length sleeve blazer from Torrid. I had been wanting to try these shoes with a boyfriend jean, and they just worked, even for daytime, with this simple, sophisticated look. All I needed was a nude lippie, and a pop of colour from my hot pink, Kate Spade tote, and I was ready to go!!!

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For the transition into an evening look, I wore the dress as a stand alone piece, displaying all (and I mean all) my curves in all their roly-poly glory! With the addition of my gorgeous Revolucion Jewelry necklace, a switcheroo from tote to nude clutch (Aldo), the addition of a colourful, shell bracelet, purchased at a local market in Haiti, and a deep red lip, my look was transformed from daytime chic to evening glam in no time!!!

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Dress, Custom Plus – here
Jeans, Addition Elle – here
Blazer, Torrid – here
Shoes, Shoes Of Prey – here
Necklace, Revolucion Jewelry – here
Earrings, Addition Elle – here

Paradise Print

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Ok… I’ve been SO excited to wear this dress, and now that I have it on, I can’t stop smiling!!!

From the minute I first laid eyes on it, I just knew… This is the one. The flattering length, bodycon cut, and the print… Ohhh, the PRINT!!! I can’t even!!! When I look at it, it evokes images of coconuts, sand, and ocean waves… A dusty roadside marketplace, colorful linens and mangoes for sale… It is, in a word, perfection.

I’ve paired this fabulous dress from Posh Shoppe with this stunning, regal necklace and twisted hoop earrings from Forever 21, my signature gold bangles, and pretty yellow and cognac colored wedges.

I’ve pulled my hair up in a big, luxurious bun for an elegant, exotic look that definitely lives up to this dress’s fantastic tropical print.

And so… I’m just gonna come right out and say it – I look HOT!!! So hot, in fact, that I couldn’t help myself… I even took a belfie!!! That’s a butt selfie, by the way!

YAAASSSSS!!!

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Exotic Accessories

Exotic Accessories

An outfit is never complete without accessories, and I picked up a few beautiful, hand crafted pieces at local markets in Haiti, while I was there.

Haiti is filled with resourceful artisans who are capable of creating absolute jewels out of just about anything locally available. When setting foot into a Haitian marketplace you will find, among other things, accessories made of anything from discarded pieces of plastic, which are sculpted and polished into stunning rings and pendants, to wood, or even telephone wire, which is wrapped in string or ribbon to create beautiful bracelets.

These delicate shell necklaces and this gorgeous polished “kòn bèf” (bull horn) pendant were my finds, along with a gorgeous necklace and bracelet set made entirely out of hand strung seeds, which I will show off to you in a future post.

I’ve paired my natural, earthy bobbles with a basic black tank top and leggings from Addition Elle, a light peach colored, cap sleeve top from Forever 21+, which I’ve left open to flow in the breeze and graze my bountiful hips; and my trusty, nude, captoe flats from Payless, for a look of simple, casual perfection with an exotic touch – just right for adding a little Caribbean warmth to a damp, rainy Montreal afternoon.

Haiti 2014

So! It’s been a minute, and for all of those who’ve been wondering what this fat girl has been up to, well, here it is!

I was away, on a very unexpected trip back to Haiti, under some very sad circumstances. My father-in-law passed away suddenly in at the end of April so we rushed to plan an extremely last minute trip in order to take care of funeral arrangements, and all that not so fun stuff that comes along with losing a loved one.

Everything went pretty smoothly and we said our final goodbyes, which was really tough on my husband; but he handled it with grace. After all was said and done, we found ourselves in serious need of some rest and relaxation!

If you want to relax, there really isn’t any better place than Haiti. I’ve said it before, in my blog post “Haiti Cherie“, and I’ll say it again – Haiti is my second home and a piece of me will always be there, no matter where I am, regardless of the fact that the sun & my skin, the humidity & my hair, and the heat & my sweat glands (TMI?) are not the best of friends, as you can probably tell!

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But It just feels like time moves slower there, like the stress and the pressure of life somehow just fade into the feeling of a carefree Friday night, every evening of the week. Music in the streets, tasty treats for sale right at your car window as you make your way through the crowded streets of Port-au-Prince, along with chilled sodas, sugar cane, artwork, and pretty much anything else your heart may desire. You name it, and a local will tell you on which street corner it can be found! From fresh, sun ripened mangoes, to djon djon, dried black mushrooms grown only in Haiti, used to make a deliciously fragrant dish of rice and beans, just ask around and a smiling stranger will gladly point you in the right direction!

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We visited with family, friends, and more family again!  There were so many little cuties!  It was great to see how they’ve grown and to meet some of the newer additions to the fam!

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After some shopping in local markets to pick up some souvenirs for our kids at home, we were off to the beach! Destination Club Indigo – a beautiful beach resort located in the coastal town of Montrouis, along the Côte des Arcadins, one of the longest stretches of stunning, white sand beaches in Haiti.

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There, we watched the turquoise waves roll, while we ate freshly caught lanbi (conch), a must if your visiting one of Haiti’s many gorgeous beaches. We sipped on ice cold Prestige beer, a locally brewed lager, Barbancourt rum, another must, and listened to the amazing sounds of a live twoubadou band playing in the distance.

Regardless of circumstances, Haiti has a rejuvenating quality about it. There, we were able to let our cares drift off with the tide, our worries fly away with the salty sea breeze, our stress get whisked away in the hustle and bustle of the city, our senses reignite with its delicious flavors, vibrant colors, and inviting sounds. We found our smiles again in Haiti, after saying goodbye to a man who meant so much to so many, and we came home, still with sadness in our hearts, but with new memories to cherish too.

This post is dedicated to my late father-in-law. Nap toujou renmen ‘w Boss Be!!!

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Haiti Cherie

Memories of Haiti

It’s been so cold here in Montreal this winter – hashtag polar vortex, n’est ce pas? All I can seem to think about these days are, when will winter be over? This isn’t fair! What does a stupid groundhog know, anyway? And, of course – I really need to get away to someplace warm, where I can drink rum from a coconut and relax on the beach in a great swimdress such as this one from swimsuitsforall.com, paired with white capris, allowing it to double s a top and a swimsuit in one!

For many, a vacation to a tropical island is just that – a vacation; but for my husband and I, it is a chance to visit with his parents, family and friends. It is a trip home (or in my case, my second home) which just happens to be paradise on earth.

In Haiti, the history is rich and the culture is celebrated, especially in its people’s hearts which definitely shines through in their welcoming, kind spirits and their immense courage and strength. We are all aware of the devastation following the terrible earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, which my husband’s parents, by the grace of God, survived, despite the house collapsing. But I do not wish to focus on the many negative issues surrounding Haiti, be they political, economical or otherwise. Today I just want to share with all of you, a little piece of Haiti through my eyes.

In the city it is full of life, excitement and color. The lively echo of Creole being spoken all around you, brightly painted tap tap busses, chock full of commuters line the streets; markets full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish seem to be constantly in motion like the sea, all while the intoxicating smell of griot and banann peze (fried pork and plantains) delight the senses as they cook alongside the road.

And the countryside… The countryside is virtually a utopia, ripe with palms, mango trees and lush green mountains as far as they eye can see. The beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever visited, with the beat of live Konpa music in the distance as you eat fresh lanbi (conch) cooked in seawater and relax in the shade of a guava tree with the cool ocean breeze dancing across your skin.

I look forward to my next trip to Haiti, which can’t come soon enough and I hope I have succeeded in showing you how close to my heart I carry this beautiful country, and always will.