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Montreal + Fashion Week Is Comiiing

As most of you know, I’m a Montreal girl, born and raised! I love my city, especially its rich history and diversity—a veritable melting pot of culture and language, and just an amazing place to call home!

The plus size community here however, has faced many obstacles. We are a group of people desperately in need of the unity it takes to raise each other up and support one another, so when I was asked to join the first annual Montreal + Fashion Week team as the official blogger I was, how you say, f*cking exciteddddd!!!

Led by the fabulous Emily Roy of the blog Entre Montréal et New York, and Nadine Moore of the plus size boutique Catapulp, and moi of course, Montreal + Fashion Week will be a celebration of plus size fashion, beauty, life and style, right here in my own beautiful city from May 20th-22nd.

I’ve been helping out behind the scenes, and was lucky enough to attend all three model castings, first in Quebec City, then Toronto, and finally wrapping up right here in Montreal. It was such a blast to see all those beautiful babes show us how it’s done!

With all that running around, I didn’t get a chance to do a post about what I wore, but luckily I managed to shoot my favourite look of the bunch this week!

This fly AF quilted gold number from Your Big Sister’s Closet was what I wore to the Quebec City casting.



It’s literally everything… Like seriously!!!


It’s total perfection paired with my fave pair of white jeans from Penningtons!

And with its edgy fabric and elegant cut, it may possibly be the most glorious springtime piece I’ve ever worn! Just saying.


Especially when accessorized with a little LV, some baubles from Aldo, and my chic Coach flats!

 




The absolute ideal look to wear to a fashiony (yes, fashion-y) type event!

I hope to see all of you at Montreal + Fashion week! I’m really looking forward to meeting and mingling with my followers and plus size fashionistas, so be sure to get your tickets (here) before they’re gone, and come see me this May!!!

For more details on the event, please visit: www.montrealplusfashionweek.com and check out the schedule here.

Purchase tickets at here (English), or here (French).

Be sure to stay tuned all this week and next, as I will be bringing you more info, special announcements and discussions about the event, as well as tips for making the most of your visit to Montreal if you’re coming from out of town!

In the meantime, don’t forget to use the #MTLplusFWstyle hashtag on social media for a chance to be featured on @montreal.plus.fashion.week’s Instagram!

Top, Your Big Sister’s Closet – similar

Jeans, Penningtons – here

Necklaces: Aldo – similar

Bag, Louis Vuitton – here

Weekend Essentials

Ok, so I’m not even gonna lie… I spend most of my weekends in pyjamas – not because I’m lazy, but because I can. And I’m cool with that.

But I do love a great outfit for those days when I have no choice but to get out and be productive! The perfect weekend ensemble has got to start with some great basics!

When it comes to effortlessly chic basics, it simply doesn’t get any better than these amazing leggings and this super cute, tank top from SexyPlus Clothing!

  

I always love breaking fashion “rules” so this combination of black and navy is really fun!

    

Paired with a cute white blazer from Torrid, some bold, gold jewelry, sunnies, and a great bag, this nautical look has a classic feel; and these fabulous, black patent flatforms from ASOS lend it an edgy twist!

I was definitely feeling myself in these great pieces… So much, in fact, that I may actually make an effort to get dressed again tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, loves, I know I will (even if it just started raining here in Montreal)!!!

Top, SexyPlus – similar

Leggings, SexyPlus – similar

Blazer, Torrid – here

Handbag, Louis Vuitton – here

Shoes, ASOS – here

 

There’s a Party In My Pants

Or rather… On them… Or around them… Or something… Okay, so I just really wanted to use the term “party in my pants.” Deal with it!!!

But there’s a reason I’ve got pants parties on the brain! Until recently, I had never heard of hosting a Facebook leggins party… But OMG! It’s a thing!!!

Like… Seriously, how fun!? Plus, as the host, you get a discount on the great selection of Buskins products (available in regular and plus sizes) as long as somebody buys, and if 15 pairs are ordered, you even get a pair free!

Now, on average, I wear from a 22-24, depending on cut/fabric, and I will admit, I was a little hesitant about the one size fits most, “Pluskins” sizing, but I was pleasantly surprised.

 

They’re super soft (no, like, REALLY soft) and the “Atari Fever” pattern I chose is amazing!!! Very retro-video-game-chic, and totally speaks to my inner geek!!!

I will state that they JUST fit, though. I don’t think I could have packed any more of my bootyliciousness into them, but I’m a tall girl, and given that the plus collection is said to fit sizes 16-22 (inbetweenies might be better off looking in the direction of the staight sizing) I think the fit was pretty respectable. They didn’t even go see through over my butt!!!



I paired them with a simple, charcoal grey tank, a fab sweatsuit material coat from Addition Elle, along with the sweetest little polka dot flats from Walmart; and I toted my phone in a fancy Chanel inspired case that I snatched up from an Instagram shop a while back (yeah yeah, I know it’s fake), as well as Louis, of course, whom I take almost everywhere (he’s as real as they come). 

 

I really enjoyed wearing my Buskins leggins. They’re cute, comfy, and whether you’re purchasing a pair just for you, hosting a Facebook party, or making a group purchase to save on shipping, I’m sure you’ll love the very reasonably priced selection!

For all inquiries, or to get started on hosting your Buskins Leggings Facebook party, check out Danielle McGaw’s Buskins website, or visit her Awesome Leggings – Buskins Facebook page and feel free to send her a message!

Now… Can we please just have a moment of silence for my fabulous pastel lilac hair that is no more… (This may have to happen again soon!)

And how amazing are my lashes looking in this Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lashes Mascara!? I’m in love!!!

Leggings, Buskins – here

Tank top, Addition Elle – here

Handbag, Louis Vuitton – here

Coat, Addition Elle – sold out 🙁

Mascara, Younique – contact Jessica here

 

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)

Scarf Season

As we transition from fall to winter here in Montreal, outerwear is essential; and since most people tend to keep their outerwear through several winters, the best way to change up your look and refresh your cold-weather gear is to have fun with scarves!

I have here, a fab selection of gorgeous eternity scarves from indie designer, New Flair Accessories! I’ve used them to breathe new life into my old coat and jacket selection, and add some affordable excitement & style to my winter wardrobe this season!

Each scarf is handmade with love, out of a fantastic variety of luxe fabrics. From sheer to polar fleece, you can be sure to find the right scarf to fit your look, whether you’re style is super traditional, or more on the edgy side of the spectrum.

The first scarf is a made of a really soft jersey. I love its neutral animal print, and the way it accentuates the silver and black ensemble I’ve paired it with.

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This next one is another jersey scarf, with thee most fabulous butterfly print!!! I love how bright and cheerful it is – like a little reminder that summer will be here again one day; and how perfectly it works with my royal blue wool coat!

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And for those days when you’re really looking to keep cozy, but not sacrifice style, here is a gorgeous black and gold neck warmer type scarf, that compliments my sporty chic jacket to perfection!

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Now, when I mentioned the transition from fall to winter, I meant it! The holiday season is upon us, so a stunning, long length infinity scarf is the perfect way to keep warm! (And a great accessory to showcase my new haircut in!!!)

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And last, but certainly not least – in fact, probably my favorite scarf of the bunch, this amazing, jade green jersey scarf, lined with ribbed black velour – the perfect holiday scarf to spruce up any outfit or coat, with just a hint of sparkle.

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All scarves, New Flair Avcessories – here
Check out New Flair Accessories on Facebook – here

Toronto Style

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So, as most of you know, I spent the weekend out of town to attend Big Deal Toronto, blogger closet sale, and body positive gathering of the plus size community, organized by blogger, Karen Ward (Curvy Canadian), owner of Your Big Sister’s Closet.

I also got the chance to meet up with some of my lovely blogger friends, as well as meet some new beautiful, blogging babes!!! I managed to do a little shopping too!

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I set out for my first retail adventure on Saturday in my fave new “Addicted to BLACK” tank top from Addition Elle, which couldn’t be more true!

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My 2014 New Years resolution was to wear more colour, just to put things into perspective a little, so you can imagine I have a bit of a love affair with black; and with it being everywhere this fall, I definitely won’t be kicking the habit anytime soon!

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I paired it with a great pair of jeans, my vintage Burberry trench & scarf, and my favourite thing to put on my feet right now (besides peppermint foot lotion – OMG I love that stuff), my thigh high boots from SexyPlus!

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With my Louis in hand, I was ready to tackle the city, but not before making friends with a pigeon… Heheee!

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Stay tuned for a couple more posts this week featuring what I wore to the event, what I bought there, as well as a fab new dress from Voluptuous Clothing, that I just couldn’t live without!!!

PS. This shoot was not without risk! Pigeons poop… A LOT! Luckily I didn’t get hit, but it was a close one!

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Top, Addition Elle – here
Boots, SexyPlus – here
Trench, Burberry – similar new model (men’s)
Scarf, Burberry – similar new model

Taking Louis For A Walk

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Yesterday was the day that I finally decided to debut my Louis Vuitton Speedy 40!!! It felt like bringing a new puppy home from the pet shop. I wanted to show the world to him and show him to the world all at the same time. It was glorious, regardless of the fact that my dry cleaning was stuffed inside… (What!? I had errands to run!!!)

When you’re planning to take the leap and purchase an investment bag, it’s always best to look around, ask questions and compare; after all, you want it to be perfect!

This bag is pure luxury, from the little details of its lock and keys, to its baby soft leather handles. I went with the Speedy because it’s just so iconic, and I decided on the 40cm, because big girl always looks good with a big bag!!!

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It’s not everyday that you build your outfit around a handbag, but yesterday it was the case.

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Since I love mixing classic pieces with trendy ones, I paired it with my fabulous, new Parasuco acid wash jeans from Addition Elle, rolled up for a boyfriend look, and their Love & Legend, dusty mauve, graphic tee, which I sized up on, for an edgy, oversized look.

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Nude Coach loafers, a statement chain necklace from Forever 21, and my vintage, discontinued Nova Check, Burberry cap tied the look together for a modern street style with a whole lot of class!

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Peek-a-boo!!!

Handbag, Louis Vuitton – here
Jeans, Addition Elle – here
T-shirt, Addition Elle – here
Shoes, Coach- similar here
Cap, Burberry – similar here
Necklace, Forever 21 – similar here