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!
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!
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.
So, this past December, I had already decided upon my new year’s resolution – to stop being afraid of wearing color. I kicked the year off, a little in advance, by wearing a fabulous dress from Monif C. which I featured in a blog post - Color Me Fearless. Soon after, I realized that my photos didn’t show this dress off as well as it deserved, so I wrote another post - Extra Credit, and I showed off just how sublime the print of this dress truly is and promised to take better pictures in the dress- pictures worthy of its greatness.
So here you go, once more… As promised – the most mesmerizing print I’ve ever seen, let alone worn, the most beautiful dress and the most flawless combination of class and vibrant color. I just had to makes sure this dress got the credit it deserved, and not to mention, give credit to the amazing and talented Monif Clarke, of Monif C. for her fantastic designs!!!
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!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or hashtag me in your pics on instagram (@flightofthefatgirl) and I will choose somebody to feature on my Facebook page next week!
I have very fair, pinkish, freckled skin and reddish brown eyes; and red can be a tricky color for me to wear. I tend to look better in more orangey (somehow that word doesn’t look right) toned reds rather than blue toned reds. The warmth of the orange warms up my skin tone and balances its natural cool undertones. The reality is though, there is so much conflicting information out there on skin tone do’s and don’ts, that it just comes down to what you feel works on you; and I really think this red compliments my complexion, whether it is ”supposed to” or not. Ha!
The peasant style of this blouse from Addition Elle is so much fun. I just love the color and the way it drapes on my body. I’ve put my hair in a simple, messy side braid and paired the look with a great pair of jeans by Buffalo, cute tan flats and some amazing wood and metal jewelry for a relaxed, stylish look that packs a bright red punch!
Blouse, jeans, shoes – Addition Elle
Wooden bracelet – local market in Haiti
Wooden ring – Kalung Boutique
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!
It’s been so cold here in Montreal this winter – hashtag polar vortex, n’est ce pas? All I can seem to think about these days are, when will winter be over? This isn’t fair! What does a stupid groundhog know, anyway? And, of course – I really need to get away to someplace warm, where I can drink rum from a coconut and relax on the beach in a great swimdress such as this one from swimsuitsforall.com, paired with white capris, allowing it to double s a top and a swimsuit in one!
For many, a vacation to a tropical island is just that – a vacation; but for my husband and I, it is a chance to visit with his parents, family and friends. It is a trip home (or in my case, my second home) which just happens to be paradise on earth.
In Haiti, the history is rich and the culture is celebrated, especially in its people’s hearts which definitely shines through in their welcoming, kind spirits and their immense courage and strength. We are all aware of the devastation following the terrible earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, which my husband’s parents, by the grace of God, survived, despite the house collapsing. But I do not wish to focus on the many negative issues surrounding Haiti, be they political, economical or otherwise. Today I just want to share with all of you, a little piece of Haiti through my eyes.
In the city it is full of life, excitement and color. The lively echo of Creole being spoken all around you, brightly painted “tap tap” busses, chock full of commuters line the streets; markets full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish seem to be constantly in motion like the sea, all while the intoxicating smell of griot and banann peze (fried pork and plantains) delight the senses as they cook alongside the road.
And the countryside… The countryside is virtually an untapped, green utopia, ripe with palms, mango trees and lush green mountains as far as they eye can see. The beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever visited, with the beat of live Konpa (compas) music in the distance as you eat fresh lanbi (conch) cooked in seawater and relax in the shade of a guava tree with the cool ocean breeze dancing across your skin.
I look forward to my next trip to Haiti, which can’t come soon enough and I hope I have succeeded in showing you how close to my heart I carry this beautiful country, and always will.
From the time of my grade six dances until very recently, finding the right dress to wear to a formal event was a struggle. It was always so tough to find a dress that encompassed all the aspects I was looking for to assure that I felt beautiful and comfortable all night long. I often had to make compromises when buying dresses, giving up a great neckline for a flattering cut or vice versa; and let me tell you, many tears were shed from these eyes in the name of formalwear, you have no idea!
Thankfully, online shopping has opened up a whole new world to me, and other curvy ladies who have known the struggle of trying to buy trendy, sexy plus size clothing throughout the 90′s; and especially the fight to find stylish formal dresses that actually flatter our figures! With so many sites, like Monif C. and Igigi to name a couple, full of stunning dresses just ripe for the picking I am finally now able to obtain all of what I look for in a dress – a great cut, usually bodycon with a sexy neckline, the perfect length, usually knee length or mid-calf, and a sleeve, preferably 3/4, because I still haven’t accepted my body enough to be at one with my upper arms (but it’s coming). In fact, online shopping has made my criteria so easy to find, that I am now bombarded by choices that I never would have dreamed of in the past – choices that celebrate my curves rather than try to hide them.
This particular pick, Ambrosia, from Igigi by Yuliya Raquel is really stunning. It hugs me in all the right places, the length is just right, it has a great 3/4 sleeve, a sexy V-neckline, and the color is simply divine. I do feel like “my girls” could be a little bigger to fill this dress up a bit more, but I don’t think it causes a major issue. Overall, I really love it, especially paired with a vintage gold colored necklace, a bold pair of dangly earrings and a fantastic light gold pump from Payless and the confidence I feel while wearing it is the best part!