Tagged: Plus Size

Untold Stories: Manhattan 

It was one of those moments… In New York City, the hustle and bustle of folks rushing past, each with their own stories — their own places to be. 

  

But in this instant, this was my place. I had nowhere to go, I was already there, and all I wanted was to bask in my moment. 

  
  

It’s an interesting thing, walking through the streets of Manhattan in a bright pink tutu.   

  
One woman stopped me and said, in a heavy Russian accent, “verrrrry niiice.” Another pointed me out to her preschool aged daughter and said, “look! She looks like a princess!” 

  

Mostly though, people just walked briskly past, giving a quick glance, and returning to their fixed-eyed, onward-bound stares as they continued to where they had to go. 

  
But for me… Time stood still. The yellow cabs whizzed by, cars honked and pedestrians whirred about, each, undoubtedly with somewhere very important to be… It was all just a blur — a dazzling kaleidoscope of colours and light.

  
So, there I was in my custom made tutu from The Tutu Experience, (AKA the fabulous Miss Lion Hunter), a pretty crochet detail blouse and Jessica Simpson Sandals from Addition Elle…  

   

 

My playful and whimsical accessories, a bag that my mum picked up for me as a donation to The Humane Society of Canada, a gorgeous gold hoop necklace from Fashion To Figure, and my adorable alphabet bracelet from Ready To Stare, creating the perfect balance between fairy princess and Times Square funk… 

  

 

I was a little awestricken and overcome with the untold stories around me… But amidst all that commotion, as the humid breeze blew through the tulle of my skirt, I knew that mine, was only beginning.

P.S. I’m basically fat Carrie Bradshaw now. 

      

Skirt, The Tutu Experience – here (ask about the Flight of the Fat Girl cut [extra $])

Blouse, Addition Elle – here

Shoes, Jessica Simpson from Addition Elle – sold out, love these

Bracelet, Ready To Stare – here 

Necklace, Fashion To Figure – here 

To find out more info on pet adoption, spay and neutering, or how you can donate, visit your local Humane Society or check out their website!

Canada – www.humanesociety.com

USA – www.humanesociety.org 

NYC Takeover, a Last Minute Outfit, and The CurvyCon 

Has this ever happened to you…? You have an event to attend, you’ve picked out a killer ensemble, and then at the last minute, it looks like it might rain, so your whole outfit game gets thrown off and you’ve gotta come up with something cute, and fast!!! 

That’s exactly what happened to me while I was in New York with my husband last weekend, on the day of The CurvyCon, because being drenched in a pink tutu in the middle of Manhattan just didn’t seem like a solid plan for attending an event like this day long convention for bloggers, fashion lovers, and curvy girls alike, created by thee Chastity Garner Valentine, of Garner Style

I did, however have a fabulous back up plan, which honestly, ended up being one of my favourite, most effortless looks yet — and even though it didn’t actually end up raining, I regret nothing!!! 

  

 
I paired a great pair of dark wash skinnies with one of my fave new tees, and a fab striped blazer from Penningtons. I love how chic these three pieces looked together — you could hardly even tell that I was completely frazzled about what to wear only moments before! 
   
 

With the addition of the most adorable printed espadrille flatforms from ASOS, my new Tom Ford specs, some minimalist gold threader earrings from Forever 21, a gorgeous kelly green Kate Spade clutch, and la pièce de la résistance — this freakin’ amazeballs car ring from Ready to Stare, I walked through the revolving doors of my hotel feeling like I owned the city! 

   
   
Once again, we hit the streets in style with my blogger boo, of Tall Tales by Ramona O, and we grabbed brunch and got in a little photo shoot! 
   
     
And check out how handsome my photographer — errr… My hubby looked!!! 

 
      
  
After that, we hailed a cab and headed off to The CurvyCon! It was awesome to bump dimpled elbows with some of our favourite fellow plus size bloggers, models, business women, celebs like my boo thang, Sabrina Servance of Lifetime’s Big Women Big Love, and the stunning Amber Riley, best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on Glee, as well as check out showcases from some awesome brands like Fashion To Figure, Rebdolls, and the breakout line Eleven60, which, can I just say — go on now, take my money!!! 

The day was full of giggles, hugs and selfies! The hubs even snapped this awesome, super awful photo of Ramona and I once we got inside! Haha! I promise you, we are not as unhappy as we look, just feeling that NYC humidity! Hehee! I had to share! :P

  
I was looking and feeling cute in my last minute getup, and I would have had it any other way!!! 

Be sure to check out Ramona’s post about our NYC takeover, here!

Jeans, Penningtons – here 

T-shirt, Penningtons – here 

Blazer, Penningtons – sold out (wahhh!) 

Shoes, ASOS – sold out, but a whole bunch of similar styles here

Clutch, Kate Spade – similar 

Car ring, Ready To Stare – several styles here 

Busy at Penningtons 

I’ve been busy over on The Penningtons Blog! Last week, I styled some fabulous dresses for day and nighttime! (That white one? Yeah, that one is mine now!!!)

  
And this week was all about how T-shirts are awesome whether it’s the weekend or during the work week! (Heyyy, cute black tee! You now belong to meee!!!)

  
So head on over to The Penningtons Blog to see what I’ve been up to, and of course, for all the deets on the amazing ensembles!!! 

All looks from Penningtons – here 

French Curves: FESTIVAL

  
It’s the 16th of the month again!!! Time for my French Curves post – an outfit photo challenge with the French touch, created by the gorgeous Vanoue, of The Curvy and Curly Closet

The theme this month: FESTIVAL!!! 

If you don’t speak French, worry not, my lovelies!!! As usual, an English translation will follow! 

Il est encore le 16 du mois ! C’est a dire, un nouveau French Curves Challenge – la collaboration entre les blogueuses francophones de taille plus, crée par la ravissante Vanoue, de The Curvy and Curly Closet. 

Le thème ce mois-ci, FESTIVAL !!! 

La saison des festivals m’inspire toujours ! Il y a une certaine sorte de magie durant ce temps de l’année.  Le style nous évoque une nostalgie pour une époque révolue, un temps qu’on associe tous avec l’amour et la liberté d’esprit. 

J’ai fait de mon mieux de garder cet esprit libre (malgré  qu’il pleuvait des cordes) en me rappelant que, historiquement les festivals ou la pluie a tomber ont été parmi les plus mémorables ! 

   

  Pour mon look festival, j’ai porté une simple, et chic robe t-shirt noir, de Zelie For She, avec une jolie haute en motif de papillons avec franges de Addition Elle. 

   

 Pour compléter ma tenue, un bracelet en cuir, des boucles d’oreilles extravagant, des lunettes en forme de cœur, un panama au ruban floral, et des merveilleuses sandales perlées de ASOS, mais ce n’est pas tout… 

  

  

 La vraie vedette de mon look se cache humblement end dessous de ma robe (oh, n’y pense plus !) — une paire de Bandelettes en dentelle noir, parce qu’il est impossible de s’amuser dans un festival quand les frottement entre tes cuisses sont la seule chose qui te passe par la tête, n’est-ce pas !?

  

Alors, même avec la pluie qui tombait à 100 milles à l’heure sur ma tête, j’ai canalisé mon esprit de festival! 

 N’oubliez pas, vous pouvez decouvrir les contributions de tout les autre fabuleuses blogeuses rondes, francophones a ici, ainsi que sur Facebook et Instagram !!! 

Robe, Zelie For She – ancien, similaire 

Haute, Addition Elle – ici 

Sandales, ASOS – anciens, mais j’adore ceux-ci 

Bandelettes, Bandelettes – ici 

And now for my English readers!

Festival season always inspires me! There’s a certain sort of magic this time of year. The style invokes a nostalgia for a bygone era – a time we all associate with love and free-spiritedness. 

I did my best to keep my spirit free, (despite the fact that it was raining cats and dogs) by remembering that, historically, some of the most memorable festivals happened when it rained. 

For my festival look, I wore a simple and chic black T-shirt dress from Zellie For She, with a pretty, butterfly print, fringed blouse from Addition Elle. 

To complete my outfit, I accessorized with a leather bracelet, some extravagant earrings heart-shaped sunnies, a floral ribbon adorned Panama hat and fabulous beaded sandals from ASOS; but that’s not all… 

The star of the show hides humbly under my dress (oh go on, get your mind outta the gutter!!!) — a pair of black lace Bandelettes, because it’s impossible to enjoy a festival when a you can think about is the chub rub going on between your thighs, am I right!?!

So, even though the rain was falling on my head at a hundred miles an hour, I channeled my festival spirit!!! 
Be sure to check out all the other fabulous French Curvettes here, as well as on Facebook and Instagram!!!  

Dress, Zelie For She – old, similar  

Blouse, Addition Elle – here

Sandals, ASOS – old, but I love these 

Bandelettes, Bandelettes – here 

Chic In The City 

I’ve been meaning to get this last one of my silver fox hair posts out to you guys, but with my new gig with The Penningtons Blog, the end of my kids’ school year fast approaching, getting ready for FFFW and The CurvyCon in New York City, and season three of OITNB finally released, life has been a bit crazy! I’m not complaining though – quite the opposite actually! 

All this hustle & bustle just gives me more excuses to wear rediculously comfy outfits, and that my friends, is reason enough to smile! 

  
This jumpsuit from City Chic is life. It’s smart and sophisticated, yet relaxed and beyond comfortable! Basically, it’s the embodiment of style/comfort fusion and I’m here for it — here for it all!!! 

  

    

Then, take that style/comfort combo and add a fun, striped bandeau from Penningtons, a fancy pair of Ted Baker flip flops, a fab beaded belt from Addition Elle, and some pretty silver jewelry, for a super chic street festival inspired look, perfect for summertime in the city!  

  

 
 I may be running around like a chicken with its head cut off (I always found that saying so gruesome), but at least I’m comfortable, and looking cute! 

 

Jumpsuit, City Chic – sold out, similar  

Bandeau, Penningtons – here 

Belt, Addition Elle – here 

Flip Flops, Ted Baker (ASOS) – here 

Breaking Rules on The Penningtons Blog 

As many of you know, I have done a few guest blog posts for Penningtons, but this week I started on a new journey with the Penningtons team, and have been hired as weekly contributor to The Penningtons Blog!!!

I’m very proud of my first adventure as weekly contributor – breaking the ever eyeroll-worthy plus size fashion “rule” of never wearing horizontal stripes! 

In this post, I styled six different looks, with the help of the ever helpful Penningtons Pointe-Claire staff, and I couldn’t be more proud of how I proved that horizontal stripes are most definitely not off limits to us full figured ladies!!! 

So here’s a peek, but to see the full size shots, read what I had to say, and to find out all the deets on these great outfits for yourselves, just head on over to The Penningtons Blog to check out the post, and be sure to check back with them each week to view my latest contribution!!! 

  

My Tutu Experience 

I’ve worn a tutu before. I own a pretty, light pink one, and it’s very much adorable, but I’ve always felt that it lacked a little drama for those times when I really wanted to slay. 

So, while scrolling through my newsfeed one day, I happened upon a post from Mo Handahu, better known to most of you as the fabulous, Halifax based life & style blogger/designer/spectacular sunglasses aficionado, Lion Hunter

She is just the epitome of cool, and takes the word chic to a whole new level with her consistently epic print mixing, and awe-inspiring accessories, so her posts always jump right off my screen, begging to be admired. 

In this particular one, she was wearing a vibrant blue tutu, a colour that struck me as uncommon as far as these puffy tulle skirts go. 

I soon discovered that not only was she wearing it five different ways with that flawless pizazz that only she can pull off (which is impressive in its own right), but she had hand crafted it herself as part of a lookbook for her own line, called “The Tutu Experience.” (Whaaaaaaaa!? No wayyyyyy, right!?)

So, I guess you can imagine my excitement upon finding out that not only could I now own one of Lion Hunter’s gorgeous tutus, but I could also have a chance to touch a piece of her, now somehow tangible, greatness!!! 

There were so many colour choices, and it was tough to make a decision, but I had always wanted a brown tutu. So after giving some measurements, and a special request or two, a few clicks later my tutu order was sent! 

    

  
All I can say is, OMIGAWWWWWD it’s everything!!! I’m not even kidding. I’m completely obsessed with it (like, I’ll take three more, obsessed)!!! 

  
  
I paired it with a cute leopard crop top from Rebdolls, because after all, I couldn’t wear a piece from Mo without paying homage to her by wearing at least one print! 

   
 I accessorized with some fierce, (albeit wickedly uncomfortable) cobalt blue pumps (probably my last attempt at heels ever) by Christian Siriano for Payless, a handmade Malian bronze & bead necklace, and topped it all off with my trusty yellow Ted Baker springbok hide clutch, for an edgy, vibrant touch. 

   
 I definitely turned heads in my tutu, between its rich brown colour, striking design, and the wind that kept blowing it up and showing off the goodies; and I can officially say this tutu experience was glorious!!! 

  
Check out more from Mo, including her entire line of custom-made tutus and skirts for every body on Etsy, and her incredible personal style and more on her blog, Lion-Hunter.com

 Tutu, The Tutu Experince – here 

Crop top, Rebdolls – here 

Shoes, Chritian Siriano for Payless – here

Clutch, Ted Baker – sold out, similar