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Confident to the Maxi

 

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!!!

Dress, SexyPlus – here or other prints, here & here 

Tuxedo bolero, SexyPlus – here or similar, 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

French Curves: CROP TOP

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Once again, it’s time for my contribution to the French Curves Challenge –  an outfit photo challenge with the french touch, taking place each 16th of the month, and founded by the fabulous and inspirational, Vanoue of The Curvy and Curly Closet.

The theme this month!? Crop top!!! And don’t worry, I wouldn’t do all my Anglo readers like that! An English message will follow!

Le thème de mois: crop top !!!

J’ai porté mon premier crop top de ma vie adulte il y a un peux plus qu’un an. Sans mentir, c’était une idée intimidante pour moi. 

J’ai mis quatre enfants au monde, un par césarienne. Mon ventre est recouverte de vergetures, et il est la partie de mon corps que j’ai eu le plus de mal à accepter depuis aussi longtemps que je peux me rappeler. 

Mais ce jour là je me suis mis au défi, et j’ai tombé amoureuse de mon ventre, malgré ces défauts. Depuis ce jour je n’ai jamais regardé en arrière, et maintenant le crop top joue un rôle récurrent dans ma garde-robe. 

Un de mes favoris est celui-là en rose pâle, de ZELIE FOR SHE. Je l’ai mis pour la première fois avec un tutu et un moto pour un look de princesse/motard, mais il s’est vraiment prouver comme une de les pièces les plus versatiles dans ma penderie. 

Cette fois-ci, j’ai décidé de créer un look classique et sophistiqué, toujours en portant un crop top, mais d’une façon modeste, sans montrer beaucoup de peau, qui pourrait même marcher au bureau !

Je l’ai porté avec une formidable jupe fourreau en bleu marin et une veste orange construction d’ELOQUII. 

J’ai accessoirisé avec des boucle d’oreille en argent, ma belle pochette Moti de Ted Baker, et les chaussures les plus magnifiques dans ma vie présentement – ces jolies pumps à talons carrés, paré de bijoux, en vert menthe, de ASOS. 

Dans les années 90, quand montrer son ventre était la tendance, jamais dans un million d’années, j’allais croire qu’un jour je me retrouverais dans un crop top ! Ils me font sentir rebelle, coquine, super sexy, même quand je ne montre pas de peau, et ils m’ont poussé à embrasser la partie de mon corps que j’avais toujours détesté le plus. Ils m’ont aidé à montrer au monde que ce ventre que j’ai, n’est rien à cacher, mais au contraire une fierté et un symbol de la force qu’il m’a pris de surmonter mes insécurités et un petit rappel de les quatre belles personnes à qui j’ai donné vie. 

Et un gros merci à mon mari d’amour qui a fait ses débuts come pjotographe avec ces jolies photos !!! Je t’aime !!! 

Vous pouvez decouvrir les contributions de tout les autre fabuleuses French Curvettes au lien ci-dessous, ainsi que sur la page Facebook French Curves, ai au @frenchcurvesfashion sur instagram!

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Jupe, ELOQUII – ici

Veste, ELOQUII – d’autres couleurs disponibles ici 

Chaussures, ASOS – ici 

Pochette, Ted Baker – d’autres couleurs disponibles ici  

I told you I wouldn’t leave you hanging! Here’s the translation:

I wore my first crop top in my entire adult life just a little over a year ago. It was an intimidating thought for me, I’m not going to lie…

I’ve had four children, one of whom was delivered by C-section. My stomach is covered in stretch marks, and it’s the part of my body that I’ve had the hardware accepting for as long as I can remember.

But I challenged myself that day, and I fell in love with my stomach including its flaws! I’ve never looked back, and crop tops now play a reoccurring role in my wardrobe!

One of my favourites is this delicate blush coloured crop top from ZELIE FOR SHE, that I wore for the first time with the matching tutu and a pleurer jacket, for a princess-meets-biker look. It has truly proven to be one of the most versatile pieces in my closet.

I’ve paired it with this great navy blue pencil midi and construction orange blazer from ELOQUII.

I’ve accessorized with my beautiful Ted Baker Moti clutch, and the most stunning shoes in my life right now – these totally gorge, seafoam green, block heel, bejewelled pumps from ASOS.

In the 90s, One bearing ones tummy was all the rage, never in a million years, would I have imagined that wearing a crop top would feel so empowering for me, but it truly does. Even when I’m not showing any skin, they make me feel flirty, rebellious, super sexy, and most of all, they allowed me to embrace a part of myself that I used to detest, and to show the world that my tummy is nothing to be ashamed about, but rather a symbol of the strength it has taken me to overcome my insecurities, and a reminder of the four beautiful people that I brought into this world!

A huge thank you to my amazing husband, who made his debut as a photographer with these fab shots!!! Love you!!!

You can discover all the great crop top looks from my fellow French Curvettes at the link below, and visit the French Curves Facebook page, and @frenchcurvesfashion on Instagram too!

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Crop top, ZELIE FOR SHE- similar

Skirt, ELOQUII – here

Blazer, ELOQUII – other colors available here

Clutch, Ted Baker – other colors available here

Shoes, ASOS – here

A Romp in the Snow



So… It’s finally warming up around here… Slowly but surely the sun has started shining, the streets are trickling with melted run off, the war with my children against going outside in just a T-shirt has resumed, and  the birds are at last, singing their happy springtime song after a winter that was cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey!!!

 Of course along with spring, comes the entire nation, all melting at once, allowing every piece of rubbish, every dead animal, and every dog poop that has accumulated all winter, to thaw in unison, resulting in, let’s be honest, one hell of a stinky cocktail! 

There’s also, still quite a thick covering of snow on the ground, and sure… You get hit with a face-full every now and again, as it blows off a rooftop… No seriously, here I am, actually getting  blasted with a gust of drifting snow.





But it’s all good, because I just look that cute in my jeggings, combat boots, and my Love & Legend, NOIR sweatshirt from Addition Elle!!! 





I’m SO looking forward to seeing grass on the ground, leaves on the trees, and to getting hit in the face with the sweet smell of lilacs rather than snow, but for now, I’m not complaining… 

Because at least it’s not -1,000,000º anymore, and I can actually be adorable in the snow, like… I romped… ROMPED, damnit! Just like they do it in the movies, and without the cold freezer-burning my face off!!! Hashtag awesomesauce. 

Jeggings, Addition Elle – similar

Sweatshirt, Addition Elle – here

 

Spring Break

It’s the last day of spring break here in Montreal (even though, technically it’s not spring yet and still looks and feels like the dead of winter) and I am SO over all this snow… Like… O.V.E.R. I.T.

But, since there’s not much else I can do (besides complain, and curse the part of the world in which I live) I’m doing the next best thing… Going into complete denial. Ha!!! 

In my mind, at least for today, spring is sprung, the grass is riz… And the birdies… The birdies, you ask…? I’m pretty sure they’ve mostly all frozen to death, but, there are probably still a few out there… Somewhere. 

So here I is – bare-legged and feeling fierce, decked out in the most amazing floral shift dress from ASOS CURVE! 





I’ve paired it with some pretty pearl studs going all the way up my ears, and a simple, nude, beaded necklace from Walmart, for an edgy, granny chic look, which, let’s be honest, is perfectly topped off by my pastel purple hair! 

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And who cares that I completely destroyed my favorite flats!? (Actually I do… Why did I wear these in the snow? Gahhh!!!) 

Necklace, Walmart – available in store

Dress, ASOS CURVE – here (and on sale!!!)

 

Purple Hair, Don’t Care

So, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you probably already know… I have pastel purple hair now!!!

I’ve been feeling like a needed a change for some time now, and I’m not ready to cut everything off again just yet, so I figured some temporary colour was the way to go… And I’m in love with it!!!

Admittedly, it reminds me of a very confused style phase I went through from the late 90s to the early 2000s, which involved a slew of wild coloured hair dyes, dark brown lipstick, facial (and a few other more risqué) piercings, a few tattoos that I regret, and a whole lot of Matchbox Twenty, Missy Elliott, and… Sigh… Creed.

So, in honour of awkward times past, I decided to let my nostalgia take the lead on this one!

I paired one of my fave white blouses (an oldie, but a goodie) with some great black leggings with pleather insert detail, from Penningtons. Overtop, I layered one of my fave spring sale scores, this gorgeous chiffon skirt/belt thing (I honestly don’t know how else to describe it) from Addition Elle’s 2014 holiday collection.

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I accessorized with some fun fake tattoo bracelets, put in all my earrings (which my Catholic high school’s administration were not pleased with back in the day), threw on my new Hautecore lippie from MAC, and finished it all off with my gorgeous shoes, from Shoes of Prey, for a delicate, classic touch.

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I’m pretty sure I would have swooned at the sight of this outfit back in 2001…
And even though, back then, crazy hair colours were all about the neons, I would have been downright drooling over this pastel mauve, without a shadow of a doubt!

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Blouse, Addition Elle – Old
Leggings, Penningtons – here
Skirt/Belt, Addition Elle – old
Shoes, Shoes of Prey – design your own here
Tattoo bracelets – lots of similar and not so similar styles here
Lippie, MAC – still available in Canada here
Earrings, a mix of Walmart & Forever 21