Tagged: Montreal

Holiday Glamour

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It’s pretty much all holiday glam, all the time here on the blog right now and I’m loving every minute of it!

Whether icy pastels, like my last look, sparkles & baubles, or classic silhouettes are you thing, over the next few weeks, I am here for all if it!

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Glamour and class are the name of the game this time of year, and this stunning black & gold, floral brocade midi skirt from JIBRI is the epitome of holiday elegance!

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It’s shiny, festive, grand, and so, so very luxe.

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Its chic, structured shape will keep you looking graceful and sophisticated throughout any Christmas or New Year’s celebration (no matter how many champagne cocktails you may have) especially paired with simple cream coloured pieces like this smart, high neck crop top from Girl With Curves (as seen previously in my post “Crimped Hair and Side Belly“) and a fab coat!

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And who says you can’t dress up for a snowball fight!?

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Skirt, JIBRI – here
Top, Girl With Curves – here

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

And just like that it’s full blown winter here in Montreal! Snow covered trees, fences, rooftops – it’s so beautiful this time if year… You know… Before the white, fluffy, powdery snow turns into one solid mass of greyish, crystallized, frozen waste…

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… For now, it still looks like a scene from a good old fashioned holiday movie out there, and it has me feeling swell!
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Movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and classic Christmas music, they have this magical, old-world, holiday charm about them.

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When I see the snow sitting upon drooping branches, and smell the intoxicating aroma the neighbour’s wood burning stove, I feel some sort of imagined nostalgia for an era I was never a part of; and my new, pastel blue coat from ELOQUII channels my wistful affection for Christmases past with grace and elegance.

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In in keeping with the theme, I’ve paired it with my gorgeous, pale pink, customized (of course) ruffled dress from eShakti, peep toe (yes peep toe) silver pumps from Aldo, a faux-fur, pillbox shaped hat from Forever 21, and a vintage, hand beaded clutch. A knuckle, and midi ring add a fresh, modern touch to this glamorous, retro style and take it into the 21st century.

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And though the snowflakes were staying on my nose and eyelashes, this outfit so filled my heart with holiday cheer, that I couldn’t even feel the cold.

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Coat, ELOQUII – here
Hat, Forever 21 – here
Dress, eShakti – similar (different colour)
Shoes, Aldo – 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

November Recap

Well, November is done and December is here!

I wore some great outfits over the last month!

I celebrated my birthday in a gorgeous yellow tweed jacket from Elvi. I wore an amazing plus sized body chain from Cristy Ellen K. And I rocked bare legs on a snowy day, in a fab overall skirt, and thrifted blouse!

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I also wore some pretty, handmade scarves from New Flair Accessories.

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I launched my YouTube channel!
(Follow, follow, follow!!! Pretty please!!!)
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And was featured in The Curvy Fashionista’s Blogger Spotlight!!! (Gahhh, so cool!!!)

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It’s been an amazing month, filled with so many wonderful things; but I’m not gonna lie… I have sooo many glitzy holiday looks in store for y’all, that I can barely contain my excitement!!! I am ready for holly jollying, jingle belling, egg nogging, and plum pudding…ing…ing? Well, you get the point!!!

Let the holidays begin!!!

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!!!

Winter White Legs

IMG_3397.JPGSo… I don’t do the tanning thing, and no matter the season, these are how my legs look; but I’ve never really noticed it, or thought to address it quite as much as I did the other day when I decided to expose my pasty-whites against a backdrop of snow.

IMG_3436.JPGSee, I have a hard time with pantyhose. I honestly don’t know if there is anyone else there with this problem, but… The skin on the insides of my thighs is so soft and thin, that it actually seeps through the weaving of the pantyhose and I end up getting worse chub rub than if I had worn nothing at all. I’ve tried sizing up, I’ve tried different brands – nothing works. I’ve just accepted it. This is my hose-less life; and it is why you’ll see that I’m never wearing them no matter what the weather.

THERE! I said it!

I’ve actually gotten quite used to it, though. Despite my grandmother thinking I’m nuts, I don’t really get cold. Obvi I’m not choosing these types of outfits for activities where I will be spending any extended period in the cold outdoors, but barelegged, wintertime looks have been known to happen.

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IMG_3435.JPGI also love how this transitional weather gives me a good excuse to wear adorable ruffled socks!

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IMG_3373.JPGAnd my faux-fur vest from Addition Elle, which works so perfectly over this fab sheer, burgundy blouse which I scored at the BIG Deal Toronto, closet sale from fellow plus size style blogger, Jessica, of Clothes and Shit. What can I say, the girl’s got taste!

IMG_3364.JPGNow, I can’t say that I wouldn’t love to find the perfect pair of pantyhose… But it just hasn’t happened for me yet.

IMG_3379.JPGSo until then, I will be blinding the public with my legs, year round, with no apologies! I’ve always been a rebel, anyway. Take that, grandma!!! :P

Be sure to check out Jessica on www.clothesandshit.com and don’t forget to follow her, @jesskuuh on Instagram!!!

Vest, Addition Elle – here
Purse, Aldo – here
Denim overall skirt, Forever 21+ – here
Necklace, Old Navy – similar
Socks, ArdΓ¨ne – similar

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