Tagged: Montreal

Sexy Lips And A Fabulous Fatkini

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Well, I’ve been working up the courage to actually get out there and do a photo shoot in swimwear, and believe me, the struggle has been real! So real, that this amazing Sexy Lips midkini from swimsuitsforall.com has been sitting in a drawer since I purchased it at the beginning of the summer.

But I’ve been so inspired by bloggers like Garner Style, who rocked the hell out of a black and white bikini (and made me fall in love with round sunglasses & body chains and was totally the inspiration for my look today), as well as my amazing followers who are so confident and gorgeous, that it was about time that I face my fat girl fears, and do a photo shoot in my very own fatkini!!!

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I’ve paired it with two separate, but matching, black, sheer coverup pieces, which I love the idea of, because this way you can cover up less or more depending on the heat of the sun, or how cool the breeze is too. Also, it allows for a more modest option without sacrificing style, if, as was my experience at a beach resort in Haiti, you are required to cover up on top to go into a beachfront restaurant.

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No swimwear look would be complete without the right accessories, so I went with my favourite gold, metallic flip flops, big gold hoops, my bangles, (no surprise there) and this fantastic body chain from Forever 21 (note, this is not a plus size piece, so I removed the chain link that connected the two shoulder pieces in the back and replaced it with a longer chain for a better fit).

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It really took a lot for me to share these photos with all of you; and I only hope that I can inspire someone who, like me, felt that she wasn’t “perfect” enough to be seen this way. I hope to show that regardless of stretch marks, cellulite, and fat rolls, we can still be beautiful, confident, and enjoy a day at the beach, or an afternoon, poolside like me, in our own backyards, just as any other woman would.

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I’m truly am feeling fabulous and empowered in my fatkini and this definitely won’t be my last one!!!

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Thank you to all who’ve inspired me – this is something I never could have dreamed I would have been confident enough to share, and I feel AMAZING!!!

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Share your looks with me by tagging #flightofthefatgirl on your Instagram pics or email them to me at: flightofthefatgirl@gmail.com

Brights, And African Nights

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Life is sweet! It’s mid July, the weather has been hot, today we celebrated my middle son’s 8th birthday, and Festival season is taking over the streets of Montreal once more!

With the Jazz Fest having just wrapped up and Just For Laughs in full swing, one of my favourite festivals – Nuits D’Afrique (African Nights) is just getting started!

There is something magical and intoxicating about seeing busy city streets completely closed down to vehicles, just buzzing with people and activity (and plenty of booze)!!!

So tonight, as the hubby and I take in some of the best of what summer has to offer, I’ll be hitting the streets in this bright, vibrant, hot pink colour block dress (my favourite style, in case you haven’t noticed) from Posh Shoppe! I love its off the shoulder styling, and the black mesh inserts are everything!

I’ve paired this fabulous frock with my fave nude flats and neon yellow, beaded bib necklace (still available I’m neon coral) from Forever 21, for a fun, eye catching look that’s perfect for an evening downtown, taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa right here in the beautiful, culture rich city of Montreal!!!

I’m a lucky girl!!!

Summertime Happiness

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Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means!!! More shopping!!!

I’ve been busy putting together my summer wardrobe – lots of white, lots of color, and lots of prints and texture!

Today, I’m rocking this fun, tribal print bodycon dress from Forever 21+ (which is sadly, sold out right now, but similar options are available). I’ve paired it with these great turquoise wedges from Payless, some gold bangles, and these amazing, Forever 21 multicolored hoop earrings, for a bright, vibrant look that’s perfect for summertime!

Fat Girl And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamkimono

Fat Girl and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamkimono

Yes…  Dreamkimono.

It’s been raining for two days straight here in Montreal, so I figured I would brighten up my day (and hopefully yours, regardless of the weather) with this very colorful post, featuring this stunning, multi-colored floral kimono from Forever 21+ and this amazingly vibrant necklace from ALDO Accessories.

I’ve paired these pieces with my trusty black leggings from Additon Elle, a reddish-orange tank top (Forever 21+) which matches perfectly with the kimono, cute T-strap flats (Forever 21) and some colorful bracelets, to create a bold, lively look that could brighten up just about anyone’s day!

Since the start of this year, I challenged myself, and I went from someone who feared wearing color, to… Well… This girl that you see here! I’ve already received so many compliments on this outfit – it’s crazy! I never could have imagined that I would feel so free and confident wearing such bright, bold hues, but let me tell you, it feels amazing!!!

All can say is this – never be afraid to be seen. Do not feel like you should be invisible. Wear color! There is a joy that comes from wearing beautiful colors that I never new existed until I really gave it a shot; and I would hate for any of you to miss out on this fantastic feeling!!!

A Tale of Tulle and Hippos

A Tale of Tulle and Hippos

I love style, that is no secret; but I admit, there are often trends that scare the absolute bejeezus out of me.

I can tell you as a fat girl, the idea of a crop top can be terrifying. They’re short, tummy bearing and tough to wear shapewear with. It’s a look I never thought I could pull off until I got brave and bought myself an amazing Monif C. dress with a mock crop top, as seen in my post I Am Woman, Hear Me “Rawr”. After wearing this dress, I got little braver and set out to find myself the perfect crop top; and when I found it at ZELIE FOR SHE, it just so happened that I also stumbled upon the trend that has most intimidated me to date – the tutu!!!

For a pear shaped, plus size girl like myself, the thought of wearing a voluminous, tulle skirt triggered feelings of apprehension, without a doubt; but I have seen so many ladies of all shapes and sizes rocking tutus, and totally working them regardless of which fruit they may resemble, so I couldn’t resist. It was just so splendid and whimsical, and all those fanciful words that just speak directly to my inner princess!!!

So here I am – me voici, wearing this amazing ZELIE FOR SHE light pink tutu, with their matching crop top!

As I was getting dressed, my three-year-old son asked me if I was a ballerina, so to avoid being mistaken for one of those ballet dancing hippos from Fantasia, I decided to give my look a little edge, and pair it with my favorite studded pleather jacket from Addition Elle, magenta flats, and some really cool stacked rings from Forever 21.

I always love mixing styles and wearing contrasting pieces and I think it’s a great way for any other voluptuous fashionistas, lovers of whimsy, or ballerina hippo enthusiasts rocking tutus for the first time, who are perhaps, a little hesitant like me, to take the hefty, graceful leap!

 

Winter Is Coming, And Coming… And Coming

So… It is March 30th and we’ve gotten yet another dumping of snow here in Montreal. It’s been a Westeros kind of winter, and spring is never coming. Never.

I ordered this awesome T-shirt dress from Boohoo a couple of weeks ago and (stupid me) had thought that the weather would actually be starting to get a little more spring-like by the time it arrived so I wouldn’t have to try and make yet another great dress look awkwardly cute with winter boots; but alas, here I am, all dressed in white, looking out the window at a vast sea of the like.

It is incredibly soft and comfortable – it feels so smooth against my skin. It’s just a plain oversized, boxy T-shirt with side slits, but I love how it manages to be so chic in its simplicity and so feminine in its straight lines.

I’ve left the silhouette of this flowy frock uninterrupted and decided against a belt, as I had originally imagined wearing it; and instead chose to accessorize with this gorgeous art deco style, short  necklace, cuff bracelet and hand chain with jade detail. Also, I’ve spared you all from having to see me in my salt stained, slightly deformed looking, unintentionally tri-colored Ugg boots; and in lieu, I’ve paired the look with my favorite flats, from Forever 21.

Since I’m still rocking the straight hair look, (in a very scientific experiment to see how long I can actually go without washing my hair before my husband asks for a divorce / an attempt to preserve the straightened hair that I know I cannot reproduce without professional assistance) I’ve topped off my ensemble with one of my new Babooshka Boutique turbans, in this fantastic nude shade, which just so happens to look amazingly cool and effortless with my temporarily straight locks, despite the constant effort required to keep it from sliding up the back of my unfortunately, flat head.

Ironically enough, I almost feel like my look could find itself a place somewhere among the hustle and bustle in the city of Qarth, which I suppose is better than how I feel right now – a murderous White Walker trudging through a land of endless ice and snow.  It may be a never ending winter, but I suppose it could be worse.  I could be a Dothraki woman.  (Although, I wouldn’t mind getting manhandled by Khal Drogo just a little, if he were still around…  Yum!)

 

I Am Woman, Hear Me “Rawr”

Yay! The big day has come!!! What day, you ask? Why, the day I finally get to wear the incredibly sexy “Tricia” dress from Monif C. of course!!!

I’ve been obsessing over this dress since it was first posted in January for pre-sale, and I haven’t stopped coveting it since. At first I had reservations. I loved it, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of a crop top. I know they’re all the rage right now, and I think they look super sexy, but I couldn’t cease thinking – how is a dress with a crop top going to look on the tummy of a mum of four who’s covered in stretch marks?

So, I went back and forth on the idea for a little while and then finally decided – so what if I have stretch marks!? I’ve been working so hard to accept my body and love the skin I’m in; am really going to let the insecurities I have about my stretch marks stop me when I’ve already come so far!? They are the product of carrying each of my four children in my womb – four little humans who depended on me, and still do, to live. They remind me of the sacrifices that I’ve made for my family and of how, no matter what happens, I gave life to four beautiful beings who are, and always will be a part of me and who I love with a love that is stronger than any other force imaginable. To be ashamed of my stretch marks is to be ashamed of my four greatest accomplishments and nothing about that makes sense.

In a way, this dress and my desire for it, somehow managed to push me to face a fear, to let go of my inhibitions and accept just one more aspect about my body that I had been insecure about. I don’t know if it was the fierce turquoise and tan animal print or the bodycon style that Monif C. dresses do so well, but it made me realize that this tiger momma has earned her stripes and I’m not gonna hide them anymore!!!

Rawr!!!

Ahoy Matey!

Ahoy!

Nautical themed clothing has been around for ages, and we all know the stereotype of the miserable, long faced kid, who’s been forced into a sailor suit (even though he is much too old for it) by his overbearing mum (often wearing a matching outfit) for a family portrait… Right?

Well… This look, while having a nautical vibe, is far from being the sailor suit in an awkward family photo. The striking navy and red color block “Marcie” dress from Monif C. is sporty yet sophisticated. I’ve paired it with lovely, white patent leather flats from Aldo, and gold jewelry to really anchor this look’s nautical feel without going overboard.  Having at least one fantastic nautical look in your wardrobe is a great way to ensure that your transition into spring will be smooth sailing!

I’d love to see some of your spring looks! Please email me your photos at flightofthefatgirl@gmail.com or hashtag me in your pics on instagram (@flightofthefatgirl) and I will choose somebody to feature on my Facebook page next week!

Denying Winter

Denying Winter

Even though we’ve just had another snowstorm here in Montreal, which made for a bit of a wet, sloppy Valentine’s Day (some may argue, that’s the best kind… haha) I am still firmly in denial of winter.

In fact, I am so much in denial, that I have decided not only to rock white pants today, (yes, leggings are pants) but a white/floral top too! I am positively in love with this top (or dress, if you’re in the mood to show a lot of leg) from Great Glam. It’s sweet, cheerful and its floral print is sublime, reminding me of a beautiful springtime watercolor painting. I’ve paired the look with a vibrant blue flat from Payless to tie everything together for a fun, relaxed look that can stick it to winter in style!

Just a side note, Great Glam sizes run small and short, order at least one size up. They market the majority of their pieces as dresses, but especially since I’m tall(ish) and have a long torso, I find that their shorter length items work better as tops, except those times I’m feeling a little risqué because lets face it, it’s been known to happen!