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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!

 

An Ode To The 80′s

An Ode To The 80's

The 80′s were… How do I put this politely? An interesting time for fashion. From shoulder pads to parachute pants, it was definitely a decade of extremes.

Although we like to think of todays fashion as much more balanced than it ever was in the past, (look back 20 years from now and see if you still agree – I dare you!) we still draw most of our inspiration from eras gone by, the indulgent 80′s included.

We see its influence in today’s oversized tops, harem pants, big, bold, statement jewelry, and most attention-grabbingly, (is that a word?) in my opinion, the resurgence of neon colors over the past few years.

It is impossible to ignore neon! It’s bright, vibrant, and in your face. It has exploded back into the fashion scene and can now be seen worn by everyone, from little kids in neon sneakers right through to mature, business women in gorgeous neon blouses.

Now, I haven’t yet found a neon blouse in my size that I cannot live without, but I did find this amazing, neon yellow bib necklace at Forever 21, that I knew I just had to make mine from the moment I first saw it.

I’ve paid subtle homage to the decade, without overdoing it, by wearing this great, statement necklace with some classic 80′s style, black stirrup pants, a fun, neon orange ring and some bright, bubblegum pink lipstick; and I’ve kept the look toned down and modern by pairing it all with a great black and white sweatshirt from Forever 21+ that I purchased a while back, and some cute, simple, inexpensive, black flats from Wal Mart.

Part of me secretly wants to see what I’d look like, if instead of the sweatshirt and flats, I went with a structured, shoulder pad bearing blazer and a pair of neon yellow, high heeled pumps – but, shhh! Don’t tell anyone!!!

 

 

This Just In

This Just In

First of all, look at me!!! Look at me!!! No, seriously… LOOK AT ME!!! My hair is straightened!!! Ahhh!!! (I did not do this CAN not do this myself, so this is BIG!)  Secondly – it finally arrived!!! I’d been waiting so impatiently for my package from Babooshka Boutique, and this week it finally arrived!!! I’m a little excited, in case you couldn’t tell.

A little while ago I ordered one of Babooshka Boutique’s fabulous design your own faux leather vent-tees and a couple of their great turbans, and I couldn’t be more pleased! As a plus sized girl, it is always fun when a “regular size” manufacturer’s product can accommodate my full figured frame; and this gorgeous, oversized vented tee (in an XL, their largest size – I usually wear a 2x 0r 18/20 on top) does exactly that, and flawlessly! There are quite a few items that look very generously cut as well, so if you know your body and are interested, don’t be scared to take a look!

I went with the charcoal grey jersey (so soft, like, OMG) and matte white sleeves, and I have to say, I’m really digging the combination! I love the modern silhouette of this top and its versatility. You could wear it with a cute pair of shorts, leggings, (which is what I went with) or even over a basic bodycon dress or skirt, if you’re feeling playful! I’ve paired my outfit with a great pair of grey, faux alligator pumps from Payless, silver earrings and a fun spiked bracelet from Addition Elle, for a clean, chic look that is smart and sophisticated, yet comfortable beyond belief.

Stay tuned over the next couple of days to see how I’ve been playing around with the turbans!  So much fun!!!

Denim, Lemons & Monday Morning Funk

Denim, Lemons & Monday Morning

Blah… Another Monday. I suppose I should be happy I’m alive, that my family is healthy and comfortable, and that and that I was able to send my husband off to work, and my kids off to school with full bellies and full lunchboxes - which, don’t get me wrong – I am; but that doesn’t change the fact that the weekend was too short, the hubby was in a bad mood through most of it, and that mommy may have had a few glasses of wine last night and would prefer to stay in bed rather than make anyone a stupid tuna fish sandwich!!! Sorry. I needed to vent.

But alas, here I am, dressed and coiffed, with slight tuna breath, (I wasn’t about to waste the leftovers) and an even stinkier attitude. The silver lining to this dark Monday cloud – I look cute, though! Ha.

I figured, since it’s a little too early to be making magaritas out of my Monday morning lemons, (is it really, though?) I may as well turn my bitterness around with a great outfit! I often don’t put much effort into my appearance when I’m feeling like this, but since I have no choice but to be out and about, I’m making the best of it by sporting a couple of new acquisitions.

I had been drooling over this quilted denim bomber from ASOS Curve for a while, and when it finally went on sale, I snatched it up. I’ve paired it with a gorgeous nude, sequin tank by Love & Legend, that I’ve had for a while, a new black skirt from Forever 21+, taupe, t-strap flats, also from Forever 21, and a snazzy pair of rose gold statement earrings to complete the look.

I really enjoy mixing styles, and the dressy, sequin tank top, and skirt put together with the super casual denim bomber and flats just balance each other out so perfectly. And, balance is really the key to fashion; but it doesn’t end there. Life in general, requires a certain balance in order to run smoothly and not drive us crazy; and on days like this, finding that balance – that silver lining, is the only way to get out of the funk we are in (whether it’s justified or not) and realize that the sun is shining, and that the day is going to be okay.

Now, all I need is to make it out the door without my three-year-old wiping snot (or poop) on my skirt and I’ll be able to keep my nasty attitude in check…

Peace, Love and Color Blocking

Peace, Love and Color Blocking

I love 60′s inspired looks. Whether it be the early, short boxy jackets and pillbox hats, or the hippie style of bell bottoms and headbands seen towards the end of the decade – I love them all! But my absolute favorite looks were the products of the mid 60′s. Think mini skirts, geometric prints and color blocking. Think bold eyeliner and super light lips. It’s all so deliciously playful. So, it goes without saying that when I first laid eyes on this half & half, color blocked dress from Great Glam, a 60′s inspired look came immediately to mind.

There is something different, and so special about this dress, though. Instead of simple color blocking, the white side is textured with a tone on tone white pattern. I just love this revamped take on classic color blocking so much, that I decided instead of going straight up Twiggy, I would have my own crack at updating this mid 60′s look, too.

So, as an ode to the decade gone by, I mixed things up a bit, and combined the color blocking and the statement making makeup style of the mid 60′s with the elegance of the early years, as you can tell by my beehive inspired bun, and my modern take on Jackie Kennedy’s iconic, multi-strand pearl necklaces. Then, as a subtle nod to the tail end of the decade, a silver peace sign bracelet to tie everything all together.

Oddly enough, despite basically embodying the entire span of 60′s fashion at once, this look is still fresh; and I had such a blast thinking it up, and finding a way to stitch it all together seamlessly!

Harem Pants

Harem Pants

I don’t know about you, and I know everyone is shaped differently; but depending on what I wear, I have, what I like to call “bumtum”. Bumtum, you ask?

Definition of Bumtum: noun \ˈbəmˈtəm\
When your tummy takes on the appearance of a bum when wearing clothes (usually pants) with a seam up the front, thus giving the impression that you not only have butt in the back, but one in the front, too.

So, now that that’s cleared up, lets talk about harem pants. They are everywhere, and have been trending for a while now.  But I’ve been hesitating, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll understand, they can be a bit tricky, because not only are they high-waisted, they also have saggy fronts which can only accentuate your bumtum!  That being said, don’t give up hope!!!  With a little help from shapewear (which I briefly discussed my love/hate relationship with, in my recent post, “Fat Girl Problems“) and the right top or belt, it is possible to make them work!

When I saw these leopard print harem pants from Forever21+ I knew they would be a challenge, but I just wanted to try so badly!!!  I quickly realized that they would be more difficult to wear than I had thought…  My Spanx alone just weren’t cutting it.  I had to break out the big guns and wear my faux leather peplum belt from Addition Elle, which I had nabbed about a year ago, but never really found the right way to wear.  I had tried a couple of looks with it, but they just always looked off, somehow.  Anyway, I figured it was worth a shot, so I went for it, and I think it was exactly what these pants needed!  Since they have a very bold cut and pattern, and the belt is also quite a statement on it’s own, I went with a very simple black top, and black & gold flats to draw some of the attention away from my mostly disguised bumtum.  I can’t say that I was able to hide it completely, but I definitely felt confident with the end result; and, who am I trying to fool, anyhow?  It’s not like having a flatter tummy would trick anyone into thinking I’m skinny!  Haha!

So my advice to you is, if you are a fellow bumtum sufferer, and are looking to try and get in on the harem pant trend:  Always wear shapewear underneath, and try to find a great peplum belt, like this one, or a cute peplum top, which you can belt or wear on its own.  The reality is, with just about every look, even if you think it won’t flatter your body, it never hurts to try, because you may actually be surprised with what you can do to make it work for you!

About A Boot

These Boots Were Made For...

I SO love the idea of an unexpected color boot as we transition from winter to spring. When it comes to footwear, especially boots, I find most people tend to play it a little safe in the color department (myself included, most of the time). We stick to the basics – black, brown, and tan. But why not put a little spring in your step?

Try something different and rock a funky purple, a bright turquoise or even a sassy animal print!  For this look, like I’ve paired a great pair of jeggings with these fantastic teal suede, western style boots from Call It Spring, and chose a top that totally clashes with them to really draw attention to their rich, teal color.  I’ve selected a delicate, seafoam green, braided belt that plays on the color of the boots just enough to pull everything together for a cool, laid back look that makes my transition into spring look effortless!

 

Liebster Award

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Well!  Thank you to the beautiful and very fashionable Anna Blomqvist’s Closet for nominating me for this Liebster Award!  It has taken me a minute to get around to working on this post, but here it is!!!

Here’s a quick summary of the award: (taken from Anna)

  • This award is given to bloggers usually with followings of less than 500 or 1,000 readers
  • There’s a number of bloggers you’re supposed to nominate, I’ve seen this range from 5 – 11. I’m going to do 5
  • In accepting this award you must answer the questions the blogger that nominated you wrote and then write 10 more of your own for your nominees to answer
  • Link back to the person that nominated you so they can see your answers
  • Have fun with it! Be proud of this award! It’s meant to not only grow your followers, but connect the blogging community

Here are the 10 questions I’ve been asked to answer:

1. What is your favorite piece of clothing?

Well, I would have to say that I don’t think I could go through life without black leggings.  They always make me feel sexy and I can wear them just about everywhere, depending of how I dress them.  My black leggings are definitely my favorite staple.  But, if we’re talking favorite piece overall, right now, it’s my turquoise blue, leopard print dress, from Monif C. as featured in one of my recent posts.  I can’t get enough of this dress!  It’s perfect!

2. An accessory you can’t live without?

Definitely, if I had to chose, it would be my gold bangles.  I am always wearing some sort of bracelet, but my gold bangles are my babies!!!

3. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

About 25 pairs, that I actually wear.  Maybe a handful more that I just keep for sentimental reasons.
(Revision – I’ve now, actually counted them while attempting to organize my closet and the total number is 43. So, I was a little off. Oops!)

4. Favorite clothing shop?

Do I really have to choose!?  Haha.  Well, I love, love, LOVE Monif C. as far as online shopping goes.  And when I’m in the mood to go to an actual physical store (although they do sell online as well), my favorite, go-to place is Addition Elle.

5. Favorite lingerie line?

I would call it more of a lingerie shop rather than an actual collection by one designer.  I adore Hips & Curves!  I can always find something there to spice things up a little, if you know what I mean!  Haha.

6. Where do you live?

I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  It’s such a beautiful city with such rich history and multiculturalism, and I’m so lucky to call it home!

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’m currently working towards developing a clothing line of my own, and I’m hoping that in five years, that should be up and running and with luck, thriving!!!  I still plan to be blogging as well!

8. Do you follow the Olympics?

I do!  I’m a Canadian girl, so needless to say, I follow Olympic hockey the most, but I love seeing all of the talented athletes from all over the world come together to celebrate excellence in their sport!

9. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I have quite a few, but since my blog focusses on plus size style, I will give you my biggest style pet peeve.  Cap sleeves!!!  Now, don’t get me wrong, they look gorgeous on some ladies, but on me, they make my already, not-so-dainty upper arms look even bigger and I’ve just never been able to feel comfortable in them.

10. Favorite country you’ve visited?

If any of you read my post from a little while ago, titled “Haiti Cherie” you know that my favorite place to visit is Haiti.  My husband was born and raised there and it is where the majority of his family still resides.  It is such a beautiful country, with an even more beautiful people and from the first time I visited, it felt like home.

Here are the lovely ladies I nominate:

I’d also like to give honorable mention to EverydayQuirkyGirl, who was nominated alongside me, and who’s blog I also enjoy very much!

If you choose to accept this award, here are your questions:

  1. Have you discovered anything about yourself, or overcome any personal obstacles through blogging?
  2. How would you describe your style?
  3. Heels or flats?
  4. What is your favorite comfort food?
  5. What is your favorite style era?
  6. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
  7. What article of makeup could you not live without?
  8. What do your sexiest pair of panties look like? (Ooh la la!)
  9. Do you think plus sized women are properly represented by the media?
  10. When you look back on your style over the years, is there a look you’ve worn that you’re embarrassed to admit to now?

So…  Congratulations to all the beautiful ladies I’ve nominated!  I truly hope you all accept because you are all amazing! I love your blogs and I’d love to hear your answers, so don’t forget to link Flight of the Fat Girl back in your post so I can see what you’ve all come up with!  I’m looking forward to your responses!!!  Also, thank you, once more to Anna Blomqvist for nominationg me.  I feel truly honored!

Flower Power

Flower Power

It’s March!!! And while there’s still a thick layer of snow covering the ground, I am starting to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel. The days are getting longer, the sun is feeling warmer and just the idea that soon enough we’ll be seeing the spring flowers start to peek up out through the cold ground has me feeling renewed.

So, to celebrate those flowers that will soon making their annual appearance, I’m wearing these fun, floral leggings from Forever21+. They are joyful, bright and just so happen to be extremely comfortable, which is always a bonus!

I’ve paired them with a royal blue, 2-way tank top from Addition Elle, my favorite tone on tone, black leopard print, 3/4 length sleeve jacket from Penningtons, multi-strand, beaded jewelry and my cute, white patent leather Aldo flats for a casual, whimsical look that infuses even more warmth into an already fading winter.

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!!!