I’d like to start off by saying that I garbage picked a park bench last Thursday and it has filled a void I didn’t realize I had, and now my life is complete… Aside from the fact that said bench will be appearing in most of the photos you’re about to see, this information isn’t really relevant to this post… I just felt like I had to tell you. I’m still pretty excited.
Immediately after I found it and hoisted it up into my truck (as a nosey neighbour stared me down – yeah that’s right, I’m taking it!) I called my mum because I couldn’t contain my excitement. It was 7 AM and I woke her from a dead sleep… I knew I would as I dialed too, I just didn’t care. I had to share my life changing news!!!
Me: “Mum!!! I just garbage picked a bench and it’s glorious!!!” My mother (in her telltale, throaty, where-am-I, I-just-woke-up [like this?] whisper): “What time is it?”
Anyone who knows her, knows that when she’s sleeping, you don’t wake the beast… Let’s just say that in that moment she had less interest in my bench than she had the time I called her to come rescue me at 1 o’clock in the morning that time my dog got sprayed by a skunk… But that’s what moms are for – always there for you when you need saving, or feel like bragging about how awesome a scavenger you are in the wee hours of the morning.
But there was much more than just my fantastic new (well, old) bench to celebrate over the weekend!
It was Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate all those times when anyone but your mum would have just hung up in your face… And, for us, that usually means brunch with the entire gang (my mum, grandmother, aunts & uncles, cousins – the works). As any other organized outing often goes in my family, it also usually means at least one of my kids will get mad at something and either threaten to stay home, or have me threaten to leave them there, and it did, but I digress…
All the standard mom/bratty kid stuff aside (they do make it hard for us to love them sometimes, don’t they) I actually had a fabulous Mother’s Day!
I had the most delicious smoked salmon eggs Benedict, spent time with the fam, and I looked hella cute too!!!
My Mother’s Day ensemble consisted of one of my fave new dresses – this completely adorable, floral T-shirt dress from ASOS, which is actually made from a wonderfully silky material, instead of the usual jersey, which was a pleasant and unexpected surprise.
I love it’s casual style and minimalist silhouette, and it paired perfectly with my cute, eye motif, espadrille flatforms (another ASOS find).
I topped my look off with thee freaking coolest gold chain necklace and dice ring from Ready to Stare, and threw some more bling on my fingers for good measure, then I got ready to be showered with gifts for being the badass mom that I am!!!
No seriously, I hit the jackpot! My daughter made me some pretty paper flowers! I got a lovely bouquet from my middle son. My little guy drew me a picture at preschool – and I quote: “Mum, you’re the fat one.” Gahhh, I love it!!! My oldest son gave me the rare gift of shooting my blog photos without complaining even once, when I said just a few more. Like… Not even an eye roll (okay, maybe one)…
And for the cherry on top of my Mother’s Day sundae, the hubby picked me out an amazing perfume (La Vie Est Belle from Lancôme – SOOO nice) aaand, because he was looking so fresh, agreed to pose for so pictures!!! Whaaaaat!? I know right!?
All in all, I can’t complain… I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m incredibly thankful for my family. They’re not perfect… My kids fight with each other (and me) like cats & dogs, my mum & grandmother both have a ridiculously well-honed ability to get under my skin, and my husband most definitely has his moments where I’d rather punch his face off instead of kiss it… But I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world, and I can only hope they feel the same way about me… Fingers crossed!!!
Dress, ASOS – here
Shoes, ASOS – here
Necklace, Ready to Stare – here
Dice ring, Ready to Stare – here
Hubby’s outfit, in case anyone’s curious:
Shirt, Forever 21 – similar style
Pants, Zara – similar
Belt, Coach – here
Shoes, ASOS – here
I remember when I first really noticed a woman in a maxi dress. It was sometime during the mid 2000s, and she had “the perfect body” (or at least the body I hadn’t realized yet, wasn’t the only kind anyone thought was beautiful). I’m sure I had seen others before her, sashaying about in ankle-length dresses, but this girl just caught my attention. In my still unaccepting-of-my-own-body mind, she was everything I wished I could be. Slim, large-breasted, beautiful, and she seemed to almost float along in that long, flowy dress like nothing else mattered but her and the breeze that lifted her hem every now and again, to reveal her ultra chic gladiator sandals, and perfect pedicure…
She was noticeable, right down to her bohemian, beaded necklace, and bangles that slid all the way up her slender arms, to her elbows when she lifted her hand to brush the hair from her face.
I realize now, all these years later, that what I was so captivated by wasn’t this girl’s seemingly perfect silhouette, but rather, her confidence.
I never would have guessed then, that I could feel as good as she looked in that dress… I never could have imagined that her intoxicating vibe was something that I could have for my very own… But now I see it. Now, finally after all these years, I love my body, and when I step out the door in a gorgeous maxi dress, I know I look just as striking as she did. I know I walk with the same ease and carelessness as I remember her doing so well… And I know others see it too.
See, it’s not about having the perfect body. It’s not about having slim arms, or large breasts. None of those things will ever give you the intangible quality that I couldn’t quite pin down, until I experienced what self-love truly was for myself.
That woman felt beautiful, and that’s what drew me to her. I feel beautiful, and that’s what was shining through when I wore this stunning maxi from SexyPlus Clothing.
Once I stepped into it, I didn’t want to take it off, so I decided to take my look from day to night!
For daytime, I paired it with pretty, embellished sandals, sunnies, a straw hat, gold bangles (of course) and my Lilly Pulitzer for Target straw bag (my only score from the great Lilly for Target fiasco/triumph).
And for my evening look, I switched out my sandals, hat, and beach bag for a cute pair of cork wedges, a vintage clutch, a great necklace, and a fab black tuxedo style bolero from SexyPlus, and headed off for a date night with my hubby!
Maxi dresses are super versatile, and really transition well from day to evening. This particular one is so fun, because it combines animal print and paisley, for a really fun combination of wild and classic.
Just a little note, I actually sized down in this dress, as it is made very generously, but I would recommend ordering your usual size if you’re particularly boobalicious (which I’m not). I have very big hips, and as you can see, even when sizing down, the cut is roomy.
So, while I must admit, I still yearn for a set of bangles that can actually slide all the way up to my elbows (seriously, where can I get some of those?)… I feel pretty f*cking fabulous in this dress!!!
I can say with a huge degree of certainty, that if I had known then, back when I first saw that woman looking effortlessly cool in her maxi, that the greatest detail of her outfit was her confidence, my life would have gone a lot differently… But the important thing is that one fine day, I did learn her secret. I did start to love myself, and now, I can rock a maxi like nobodies business, and it feels glorious!!!
Because you’re all so amazing, please use, code FREEFLIGHT to get free shipping from SexyPlus from now till May 25th 2015! Don’t miss out! This dress is still available in this print, as well as in a couple of others!!!
I’ve been planning a family beach vacay for this summer, and Penningtons soft pants couldn’t have come into my life at a better time!
You will definitely be seeing a few pairs of these babies pop up in my vacation pics, come August, but in the mean time, you need to get into a pair ASAP!!!
View the full post here!
All outfits, Penningtons – here
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
We’re patiently… Err… Impatiently waiting for Spring to act like spring here in a Montreal. It snowed over Easter weekend, and again yesterday, but the sun has been coming out to play here and there, so there’s still hope, I hope…?
Over the course of the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking advantage of this long lost sunshine (when it chooses show itself) to bring you some refreshing Spring looks from SexyPlus Clothing, a Mississauga, Ontario based business, run by the fabulous Stefanie Auguteijn, who is just an absolute dollface!!!
And while springtime is all about sprouting flowers, baby bunnies & (awww, baby bunniiiiiiieees!!!) & such, here in the land of Easter snow, one of the surest signs of Spring is when we finally (ugh, and I mean fi-na-lyyy) ditch our winter coats in lieu of a cozy hoodie.
Like, I’m totally obsessed. I’ve been wearing it all week!!! A great hoodie is the most underrated piece that just about everyone owns, but rarely celebrates; but I’m telling y’all, there is just so much to be excited about as a plus size woman, wearing her body positivity on her sleeve (literally) and flaunting her sexy, self-confidence with pride!
I paired it with my fave Parasuco jeans, and since I was kinda feeling myself that day (ok, like a lot feeling myself), I decided to rock some serious bling!
How cute do my chain anklets from Ready to Stare look with my Coach, canvas slip ons?
So get into spring, loves! Whether it’s actually sprung in your corner of the world, or still a little confused, like in mine. This is the season to get your sexy on, and where better to start, than at SexyPlus!!!
Hoodie, SexyPlus Clothing – here
Anklets, Ready to Stare – here
Lippie, MAC (Ruby Woo) – here
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
I recently had the pleasure of trying on and giving my thoughts on six pairs of jeans from Penningtons, for a guest post on their blog!
So, since it’s #TBT, I’m throwing it back to last weekend’s post on The Penningtons Blog!
Can you guess which pair of these jeans came home with me? Find out in the original post!!!
Original post, and details: here