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Don’t Flatter Yourself, Cupcake

“That designer should be fired,” they said… “Not flattering at all,” they said… “Even the model looks unhappy to be wearing it,” they said… But what did Alysse Delassandro, designer (and said “unhappy” model) of the controversial Ready To Stare Convertible Cupcake Dress say…?

Fuck you to flattering fat girl clothes,” and I couldn’t agree more!

I saw it on Facebook first, back around the time her holiday collection launched — the nasty comments, all because a designer dared to challenge society’s idea of what plus size fashion should be.



Even though I’ve learned not to be surprised by the closed-mindedness of people on the Internet, I couldn’t help but be a little bit shocked that so many plus size women themselves couldn’t see how empowering a statement this dress (which can also be worn as a skirt) truly was.



I get it though, I don’t feel this way personally, but I get it — we, as fat women, have fought so hard to wear form fitting clothes and be accepted by society, that the idea of wearing a piece that hides our curves seems scary — but it’s not.



In fact, it’s probably no more scary than the first time a fat woman wore a bodycon dress, which, newsflash — angry conformists everywhere probably had a problem with too!

 What Alysse has done, is go up against the standard, which was once a controversy itself, and say, it’s time to forge further and conquer new territory in plus size fashion! It’s time to step out of these stagnant waters and allow ourselves to accept that we have a right to wear any style a thin person can, whether society deems it “flattering” or not!

All of that aside, I love this dress. I loved it even as my eyes were drawn down into vitriol being spewed in the comments section, and not just because I think everything Alysse touches turns to gaudy, yellow gold (in the most perfect possible sense, of course) but because it’s playful, bold, and one of the most couture plus size pieces I’ve seen this year.



So as it comes to a close, and we ready ourselves to stare 2016 in the face, I wish you all very happy holidays, as I prance through the snow in festive red, woven with gold, that, like its name suggests, looks good enough to eat!

Dress, Ready To Stare – here

Shoes, Shoes Of Prey, designed by me- design your own here

Necklace, Forever 21+ – old, similar

Shawl coat, Forever 21+ – old, similar

Above 0° In Point Zero Curvy 

I’m all about staying cute and cozy during the holidays. With the snow on the ground, the icicles adorning the rooftops… Err… I mean, the mucky grass, unseasonably warm temperatures, no snow whatsoever, and with an inevitable green Christmas just around the corner, looking cute and staying just cozy enough has challenged our usual wintertime outerwear conceptions.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that the folks over at Point Zero have always known how to do winter! But this year, their Point Zero Curvy collection is remarkably suited for our record breakingly warm December, letting us know that they were definitely at the top of their game in predicting that this winter, cozy layers would be exactly what Mother Nature ordered!


This fantastic Point Zero Curvy, faux-shearling vest, is the epitome of rustic chic!


Paired with their super comfy, printed leggings, and beautiful winter white (oh, the irony), embellished, peasant style blouse


this is the ideal look for sipping hot apple cider, mulled wine, or hot cocoa (with marshmallows AND extra whipped cream, of course), and getting together with friends and family from near and far, to nibble on gingerbread, and enjoy the merriment of the season.

And for any last minute Christmas shopping (because that’s how I roll), or for hitting those amazing Boxing Day sales, this PZ Curvy, faux-fur trimmed poncho is luxurious perfection!


Paired with their faux-leather trimmed leggings, and stunning black tee with sheer detail, this truly is the most gorgeous, and most importantly, comfortable outfit, that is suitable not only for hitting the shops, but for any other casual holiday get together, where a little touch of glam is called for!


As always, it is such a pleasure supporting Canadian brands, like Point Zero Curvy! With quality pieces like these in my closet, I know that this winter, I’m well covered, both literally and figuratively!

 


 You can shop the entire collection at pointzero.ca (for my fellow hosers, eh), or at pointzero.com for international customers, as well as in store at SexyPlus clothing!

Be sure to follow Point Zero Curvy on Facebook and Instagram @pointzerocurvy, to keep up to date on their latest collections and promotions!
Faux-shearling vest, Point Zero Curvy

Printed leggings, Point Zero Curvy – here

Peasant style blouse, Point Zero Curvy – here

Ponch, Point Zero Curvy – here

Faux-leather trimmed leggings, Point Zero Curvy – here

Black tee with sheer detail, Point Zero Curvy

Fall Trends Vote & Giveaway Winners

Ten days ago the babealicious Curvy Joëlle and I styled some fab fall Addition Elle & Penningtons looks (here), and asked you to vote on your fave fall trend!

The choices were:

Along with your vote, you were also invited to enter our #CurvyFatGiveaway on Instagram for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree at Addition Elle & Penningtons, our amazing sponsors!

Today’s the day we announce both the winning trend and our big prize winner!!!

It seems that this fall, you babes are all about that Marsala life!!! And I have to agree that this year, Marsala is the business!!!


It’s warm, rich, and looks gorgeous on everyone!


So it’s no surprise that Marsala is a fan favourite and our winning fall trend!
  

But we just couldn’t not share our faves too!

Joëlle is swooning over suede this fall, and let’s face it, it’s easy to see why!


And my fave fall trend has got to be 70s, because I love retro style, and I like to boogie!!!


But no matter which style you like best, one thing is for sure, Addition Elle and Penningtons have really nailed this season’s trends, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the holidays!!!

I almost forgot (no I didn’t)!!! The moment you’ve all been waiting for!

The winner of our #CurvyFatGiveaway is…

@beautybytayy_ !!!

Congrats boo!!! You’ve just won a $100 to spend at Penningtons, and $150 from Addition Elle!!! Check your Instagram inbox!!! Yayyy!!!

All outfits from Addition Elle, or Penningtons. For details, take a peek at our initial Fall Trends post, here!

F*CK SELF-DOUBT 

Life is all about taking risks, overcoming obstacles, and breaking through barriers… But when self-doubt starts seeping in through those little cracks that a lifetime of being ashamed of yourself has left behind, it can be much easier said than done.

I’m not saying this because I’m in the mood to dish out life advice, but because my self-doubting thoughts almost got the best of me last week, and I know that so many of you beautiful people struggle with your own body image too.

I receive comments from my followers all the time, about how much they wish they could have my confidence…

So, I really wanted to remind you all, that even the most confident, body positive people still have those moments when it’s hard to love themselves sometimes, and you are sooooo not alone on those days when you look in the mirror and feel like you’re just not good enough.

The confidence you see in my pictures didn’t happen overnight. It is an ongoing process, and I never want any of you to think that it is unattainable or unreachable in any way.

I woke up on the morning of my shoot. I had planned out my whole outfit. I had actually been really excited about it, because it had been a while since I wore something a little more risqué.

The look was made up of four of the most fabulous, sexy, and empowering pieces I own — a black, gold studded, bodycon mini dress from Stylzoo, a stunning chain headpiece from Ready To Stare, my amazing thigh high boots from SexyPlus, and the most incredible black satin bomber from SmartGlamour, with custom lettering.

 


I got dressed, did my makeup, pulled my boots up my chubby thighs, and… I started to feel self-conscious.


I began berating myself for having ever thought I could pull off such a sexy look. Who am I? A thirty-something, fat wife and mother looking like a hooker trying to show someone a good time…?

I fat shamed myself. I slut shamed myself… Two things that I am so strongly opposed to, and yet there I was, staring at my own reflection, picking myself apart and telling myself that I didn’t deserve to feel sexy, and that showing off my body somehow made me less valuable. I almost didn’t leave the house.



Then I thought of my Stylzoo dress, and how hard I have fought to love my legs and belly, and feel comfortable showing them off.


I thought of my boots from SexyPlus, and how fierce they made me feel the moment I stepped out in these first pair of thigh-highs I had ever found to fit my legs.

I thought of my headpiece from Ready To Stare, and how rad as hell it is, and how much of a sexy goddess it makes me feel.

And I thought of my bomber from SmartGlamour, and how excited I was when I was able to select the words “FAT GIRL” in big gold letters, to be displayed across the back, because I’m fat and proud of who I am!

  

The thought of how I had come so far to finally accept my body —myself, and feel good in the clothes I love, came flooding back, washing the doubt into oblivion.

And I decided, fuck what I think people might say about me, my body, and how I choose to dress it! I’m not going to let my self-doubt get in the way of me wearing the stuff I love, just because I’m worried about anyone’s judgement!!!


I went out and did my shoot on a busy street in late afternoon, looking fly as hell; and I just wanted all of you to know that even when you see my pictures and think it looks easy, I do still struggle with self-confidence, and I don’t ever want any of you to feel alone in that!

The important thing to remember, and I hope I can be an example of it, is never to forget how far you’ve come — how hard you’ve worked toward self-acceptance, or how badly you want it. You deserve to love yourself, and that’s what will bring you back to reality — and that reality is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that YOU ARE WORTHY.   

Dress, Stylzoo – here

Customizable Bomber Jacket, SmartGlamour – here

Headpiece, Ready To Stare – here

Boots, SexyPlus Clothing – here

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 

‘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

Lose Hate, Not Weight

So, I was called fat and ugly in front of my kids today by a woman who didn’t like hearing the truth.

While I was in a parking lot, driving away from the store, I witnessed a man in his car, cut off another car (this woman’s) as he left his parking spot. The woman stopped, rolled down her window and screamed at the man, who had a thick accent, calling him a son if a b*tch, and telling him to go back to his f*cking country.

As the man drove off, I looked at the woman like “really!?”

IMG_3534-1.JPGShe then pulled up next to my car with a grin, as if I were about to take her side… But I wasn’t. I told her what she said was wrong. Yes, he should have signalled, but I was disgusted by the words she chose to say to this man, who honestly, just made a mistake. See, my husband is a Haitian immigrant, and I would lose my sh*t if anyone ever spoke that way to him!!!

As she tried to defend herself, I rolled up my window, not having any of it. My son continued to look at her, so she drove around to the other side of the car, got out, and attempted to open his door! Like, really!? Luckily, I had locked them.

Frustrated that she couldn’t do whatever it was that she wanted to do to him, she began to scream at me through our closed windows “go on a diet (accompanied by gestures) you fat b*tch, you’re fat and ugly!!!” I just looked her straight in the eye, grinned, and she got back in her car and drove off unsatisfied by my lack of reaction.

All this, in front of my children. I’m so disgusted that she would be so low, but I am not insulted. She, and people like her, just continue to motivate me and fuel my mission. Her ignorance and lack of respect only make me realize how important what I’m doing truly is!!!

I am fat! Nobody can use that to insult me! And although I wish it hadn’t happened, I’m still glad my children got to see how strong I am and how her words of hate did not shake me.

IMG_3521.JPGJust figured I’d share, in case any of you ever need a bit of strength when facing a bully; and I’ll also take this opportunity to thank you all once again for being a part of my journey – you have no idea how much you keep me inspired!!!

T-shirt Time

When it comes to style, it’s easy to forget the simpler things, sometimes. We get so caught up in designer brands, expensive fabrics, and the latest trends, that we forget the classic basics, like the simple, white cotton tee!

In today’s post, I’m bringing myself, and maybe some of my fellow fashionistas back down to earth, and showing how I’ve incorporated three simple t-shirts into my wardrobe in three very different ways.

My first outfit is the perfect weekend on-the-go look. I’m showing love to my curves by wearing the absolute coolest tee from legalizethunderthighs.com.
When paired with a great pair of jeans, a cute cropped jacket, slip on sneakers and a fab handbag, you can turn any tee into the centrepiece of a chic look that will keep you feeling stylish whether you’re at the playground with the kiddos or out shopping with the girls.

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In my next look, I’m wearing a plain, white men’s T-shirt from Walmart, but I’ve styled it in a way that could work for anything from the office, to a dinner/movie date. Paired with a classic, wide leg trouser from Addition Elle (technically a straight leg, but for me the cut more resembles a wide leg), a gorgeous, textured blazer – belted, a bold handbag and the perfect nude heels, this look is proof that you can take an ordinary men’s tee to extraordinary, with nothing but a few great accessories!

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Last, but not least, I’m paying homage to the place where I was born and raised, the city that I love – Montreal, with my fave tee of all time, which I just happened upon at a Canada Post outlet a while back, while picking up a parcel. Glam up any T-shirt with with a fabulous skirt, like this faux leather one from Addition Elle, an edgy chain necklace, like this one from Forever 21, and a great pair of black boots, like these Addition Elle, ruched beauties, for a rocker-chic look that will definitely give new life to an otherwise simple silhouette.

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For me, the perfect tee will never go out if style – they’re inexpensive, and the styling possibilities are limitless! So the next time you walk through the men’s section at your local department store, or your significant other is throwing away his old T-shirt collection, remember not to write off the possibility of scoring one of the most versatile options you could ever add to your wardrobe!

Look #1:
T-shirt, legalizethunderthighs.com – herhttp://thunderthighshop.storenvy.com/products/8032008-t-shirt-pink-nosh-silhouettee
Jeans, Penningtons
Jacket, Addition Elle
Shoes, Coach
Handbag, Louis Vuitton – here
Sunglasses, Guess by Marciano

Look #2:
T-Shirt, Walmart – here
Pants, Addition Elle – here
Belt, Addition Elle
Blazer, Penningtons
Shoes, Payless
Handbag, Kate Spade New York
Glasses, Ray Ban

Look #3:
T-shirt, Boutique Extase
Skirt, Addition Elle – here
Boots, Addition Elle – here
Necklace, Forever 21 – here
Sunglasses, Forever 21 – here

Mad About Plaid

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So, 90s, plaid flannel is officially one of fall’s hottest trends and I am all over it!!!

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Ever since I picked up this totally awesome, Love & Legend plaid shirt with lace detail at Addition Elle a couple of weeks ago, I’ve basically been living in it. No, seriously. It’s a problem. I hurts me to leave the house in anything else right now… That’s how much I love it. *sigh*

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When I wear it, it evokes memories of listening to Hootie & the Blowfish (I only wanna be with youuuuuuu… Tell me you didn’t just sing that in your head as you were reading) in my baggy CK jeans, with slits cut up the sides, and I feel a strong connection to Josh – Paul Rudd’s character in Clueless.

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But all nostalgia aside – this shirt is just the perfect mix of style and comfort, and it is been a while since I’ve been this in love with a piece of clothing.

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I’ve paired it with a fab pair of white wash, distressed boyfriend jeans from Penningtons, and black & white flats from Walmart. I’ve accessorized with some great pieces from Forever 21 – 90s style, cross earrings and a great gold chain, tucked away under my collar for a subtle edge; and a cool pair of glasses and midi rings (Yes, that IS a triangle shaped ring!!!) complete the look.

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I also have to mention my fabulous new ombré mani… Super hot, right!?!? *wink*

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Shirt, Addition Elle – here
Jeans, Penningtons – similar
Earrings, Forever 21 – here
Necklace, Forever 21 – here
Glasses, Forever 21 – here
Midi rings, Forever 21 – here and here

Texture Lust

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When it comes to fashion, there nothing more fun to experiment with than great texture; and fall is when textures really come out to play!

Out of their summer slumbers come the cable knits, the quilting, the tweeds and flannels, but the most exciting fall textures this hear have to be the leathers and the faux furs!

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How exciting it was to finally see this Michel Studio faux fur vest in store at Addition Elle!!! I had been lusting for it ever since I spotted it in one of this fall’s video promos, and I snapped it up immediately!

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I paired it with another one of Addition Elle’s gorgeous decadent, fall pieces – their Love & Legend, black pleather skirt, to really indulge my textural desires.

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I opted for a risqué, strappy lace bra from Hips & Curves underneath to add yet another layer to the mix, a sexy pair of laser cut peep toes, gold bangles, dangly earrings, and my fabulous vintage clutch, for an edgy, texture-rich look that will definitely turns up the heat for fall!!!

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Vest, Addition Elle – here
Skirt, Addition Elle – here
Bra, Hips & Curves – here