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New Year's Eve

Welp… It is officially 2016—time to start facing those resolutions and to start it off on the right foot! 
  
But if you’re like me, at least for now, I’ve put the thought of resolutions aside, and decided that this year would be about maintenance. 

   
 
I’m not saying I won’t strive to be better… I’m just saying that I’m pretty damn happy with my achievements last year, and I hope to keep those accomplishments coming, and keep pushing forward as I have been.

  

   

  
This way, the progress will come naturally, without a silly date on the calendar looming over my head, making me feel that if I don’t change something, that I’m somehow a failure. 

  
So cheers to all I’ve overcome! Cheers to what lies ahead! And cheers to this gorgeous dress, whose butterfly and floral print is perfectly symbolic of fresh starts and new beginnings!

  
  
Paired with some big, bold earrings, and a bright orange blazer, I’m ready to take on 2016, and keep building upon the solid foundation I laid for myself last year!

   

  

  

Happy New Year, once again, to you, yours, and everyone in between!!! 

  

Dress, Zelie For She – out of stock 

Blazer, Eloquii – different colours available here 

Boots, SexyPlus – here 
   

New Year's Eve 

I don’t know about you, but I always get a little verklempt come New Year’s Eve (as I think many of us do) because it’s just such a symbolic time of change, rich in nostalgia and the warm fuzzy holiday feels; but this year, I’ve found myself even more in my feelings than I’ve ever been before.

   
I’ve overcome a great deal of personal challenges this year. It wasn’t easy. I will go so far as to say that I survived 2015, more than I lived it; but with each obstacle, I became stronger, better, faster (okay, not faster), and I learned to be very proud of who I am, and the people in my life.

   
I can honestly say, although in the thick of things, it was hard to acknowledge, it has been an amazing year despite it all, because alongside all the crap that it threw my way, a lot of great stuff happened too!

   
  
The greatest gifts I could have possibly received this year are that of realizing that I’m a much more resilient person than I ever imagined myself to be. I’ve finally learned to trust that I will overcome, I will thrive, and I’ve see just how much of a rock I am to my family. 

   

It’s a good feeling to know that I’m deserving of this status. I don’t think I had ever felt that I was until this year. I know now that I deserve to be happy, not just about my body, but about my choices as a mother, a wife, and most importantly, a woman. 

  

Difficult times may seem a little (ok, hell of a lot) confusing, but trusting yourself to make sense of that confusion is definitely something to be proud of, and I have finally been able to accomplish it. 

  
Although life if full of grey areas, at least some things can still be black and white, and my New Year’s Eve dress from City Chic is just that—black, white and elegant all over! I’m totally obsessed with the lace detail, and its playfully pleated sheer skirt! 

  
Paired with my fabulous feather bolero, a dazzling statement necklace, and delicate, handmade crystal earrings from Cristy Ellen K

  
A pretty pair of leather gloves…

  
And printed tights from Addition Elle, with my beautiful, black, sparkly, T-strap pumps that I designed from Shoes Of Prey, I am ready for that ball to drop, and to welcome in the new year, surrounded by the people I love the most! 

  
Happy New Year’s Eve, loves!!! Bring on 2016!!!

  

Dress, City Chic – here 

Bolero, Addition Elle – old 

Tights, Addition Elle – here 

Shoes, Shoes Of Prey – design your own here 

Don't Flatter Yourself, Cupcake

“That designer should be fired,” they said… “Not flattering at all,” they said… “Even the model looks unhappy to be wearing it,” they said… But what did Alysse Delassandro, designer (and said “unhappy” model) of the controversial Ready To Stare Convertible Cupcake Dress say…?

Fuck you to flattering fat girl clothes,” and I couldn’t agree more! 

  

I saw it on Facebook first, back around the time her holiday collection launched — the nasty comments, all because a designer dared to challenge society’s idea of what plus size fashion should be. 

   
 
Even though I’ve learned not to be surprised by the closed-mindedness of people on the Internet, I couldn’t help but be a little bit shocked that so many plus size women themselves couldn’t see how empowering a statement this dress (which can also be worn as a skirt) truly was. 

   
 
I get it though, I don’t feel this way personally, but I get it — we, as fat women, have fought so hard to wear form fitting clothes and be accepted by society, that the idea of wearing a piece that hides our curves seems scary — but it’s not.

   
 
In fact, it’s probably no more scary than the first time a fat woman wore a bodycon dress, which, newsflash — angry conformists everywhere probably had a problem with too! 
 
 What Alysse has done, is go up against the standard, which was once a controversy itself, and say, it’s time to forge further and conquer new territory in plus size fashion! It’s time to step out of these stagnant waters and allow ourselves to accept that we have a right to wear any style a thin person can, whether society deems it “flattering” or not! 
  
All of that aside, I love this dress. I loved it even as my eyes were drawn down into vitriol being spewed in the comments section, and not just because I think everything Alysse touches turns to gaudy, yellow gold (in the most perfect possible sense, of course) but because it’s playful, bold, and one of the most couture plus size pieces I’ve seen this year. 
   
  
   
 So as it comes to a close, and we ready ourselves to stare 2016 in the face, I wish you all very happy holidays, as I prance through the snow in festive red, woven with gold, that, like its name suggests, looks good enough to eat! 

  

Dress, Ready To Stare – here 

Shoes, Shoes Of Prey, designed by me- design your own here 

Necklace, Forever 21+ – old, similar 

Shawl coat, Forever 21+ – old, similar 

Above 0° In Point Zero Curvy 

I’m all about staying cute and cozy during the holidays. With the snow on the ground, the icicles adorning the rooftops… Err… I mean, the mucky grass, unseasonably warm temperatures, no snow whatsoever, and with an inevitable green Christmas just around the corner, looking cute and staying just cozy enough has challenged our usual wintertime outerwear conceptions.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that the folks over at Point Zero have always known how to do winter! But this year, their Point Zero Curvy collection is remarkably suited for our record breakingly warm December, letting us know that they were definitely at the top of their game in predicting that this winter, cozy layers would be exactly what Mother Nature ordered! 

  
This fantastic Point Zero Curvy, faux-shearling vest, is the epitome of rustic chic! 

  
   

 Paired with their super comfy, printed leggings, and beautiful winter white (oh, the irony), embellished, peasant style blouse… 

   
  
 
this is the ideal look for sipping hot apple cider, mulled wine, or hot cocoa (with marshmallows AND extra whipped cream, of course), and getting together with friends and family from near and far, to nibble on gingerbread, and enjoy the merriment of the season.    

  
  
 
And for any last minute Christmas shopping (because that’s how I roll), or for hitting those amazing Boxing Day sales, this PZ Curvy, faux-fur trimmed poncho is luxurious perfection! 

   
   
  
  

 Paired with their faux-leather trimmed leggings, and stunning black tee with sheer detail, this truly is the most gorgeous, and most importantly, comfortable outfit, that is suitable not only for hitting the shops, but for any other casual holiday get together, where a little touch of glam is called for! 

  
   
 
As always, it is such a pleasure supporting Canadian brands, like Point Zero Curvy! With quality pieces like these in my closet, I know that this winter, I’m well covered, both literally and figuratively!

  

   
 You can shop the entire collection at pointzero.ca (for my fellow hosers, eh), or at pointzero.com for international customers, as well as in store at SexyPlus clothing!

Be sure to follow Point Zero Curvy on Facebook and Instagram @pointzerocurvy, to keep up to date on their latest collections and promotions! 
Faux-shearling vest, Point Zero Curvy 

Printed leggings, Point Zero Curvy – here 

Peasant style blouse, Point Zero Curvy – here 

Ponch, Point Zero Curvy – here 

Faux-leather trimmed leggings, Point Zero Curvy – here 

Black tee with sheer detail, Point Zero Curvy 

I'm Baaack

I suppose I owe everyone a bit of an explanation as to why I seemed to have all but disappeared from the blogging world for about two months… It wasn’t intentional — I haven’t been on vacation (unfortunately), nor have I been lacking amazing content to bring to you lovelies…

Not long after my birthday, at the beginning of November, my husband became very ill and was hospitalized. We weren’t sure if he was going to make it or not. It was one of the biggest scares I’ve ever had, and it really put life into perspective for me. 

Before you start worrying, everything is fine — he has made a full recovery, thank God! His illness was brief, but severe, and thankfully he was soon back home in my arms, where he belonged!

Understandably, this was a very stressful event in my life, and I have found it difficult, until now, to even try to wrap my mind around blogging, but throughout it all, I kept feeling this guilt over staying away from my amazing followers, so much so, that it made me avoid anything blog related, because it reminded me too much of how I missed it!!! 

I’m thrilled to say that I’m back, and I’m ready to show off a fabulous look that I shot way back in November, which was originally supposed to be featured in that month’s French Curves post. For obvious reasons, it never saw the light of day, but I thought it a shame to waste the shots and not share! 

       

This is, hands down, thee most amazing fleece cape/poncho/shawl (which is how I will be referring to it, since I’m not really sure which word describes it best), and would you believe, it was purchased from Costco!? Freaking COSTCO!!! 
 
Who knew a boxed cape/poncho/shawl from Costco, (and when I say boxed, I’m talking a men’s-underwear-mega-value-8-pack style box) could have the potential to be so chic!? 

   
 
  
I paired it with my fave jorts from Penningtons, which I’ve fall/winterized by wearing over a great pair of printed tights from Addition Elle. I love how the wild and sexy leopard print plays against the super classic houndstooth print, and they look so cute with my wooly, Penningtons booties!

  

Underneath, I wore an an oldie but a goodie, my military inspired, high neck top from Great Glam, which I’ve had for years, and continue to adore! 

  
Last but surely not least, let’s talk about my favourite new accessory — these totally gorge leather & faux-fur mittens, from Little Burgundy!!! I can’t even with these mitts! They’re so fab!!!

  
This is the absolute perfect outfit for the unusually mild fall/winter we’ve been having here in Montreal, and it has provided me with one of the two very valuable life lessons I’ve learned over the past couple of months:

   
  
#1, Life is fragile, so remember to tell the ones you love just how much they mean to you, because at any moment without warning, you could find yourself in danger of losing them; and #2, never turn your nose up at boxed Costco clothing, it may very well end up being the chicest thing in your closet one day! 

  
Cape/poncho/shawl, Costco – maybe still available in store

Jean shorts, Penningtons – old

Booties, Penningtons – possibly still in store

Tights, Addition Elle – here 

Top, Great Glam – old

Mittens, Little Burgundy – 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!!!)

 

Sweater and Ice, and Everything Nice

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We had an ice storm yesterday in Montreal. It reminded me of those two glorious weeks of high school that were canceled in 1998 when we had the most epic one we’d ever seen. This was nothing like it, but my car did manage to magically grow a second window, if you will – four of them, actually.

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I love the way the entire world outside looks crystallized during an ice storm, frozen in time, sparkling and crackling in the wind – so crisp and ethereal; and when such delicate beauty surrounds you, it’s important to keep cozy and stay chic!

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I can’t think if a better way to do it than to drape oneself in faux-fur, and the ultimate soft sweater by BB Dakota, from Voluptuous Clothing!!!

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I love the elegance of its dusty rose colour and how it looks against my Christmas presies from my mum – this gorgeous, grey faux-fur trapper hat and matching snood from Chapters/Indigo (leave it to me to walk into Chapters and leave with something other than a book on my Christmas list).

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So fab paired with simple black leggings and boots, and the most amazing silver, iridescent clutch from Penningtons.

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So, while outside looks like a flash frozen time capsule, preserving perfectly, life as it was a whole two days ago, I’m warm and toasty in my luxurious sweater, and feeling as Voluptuous as ever!

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Sweater, Voluptuous Clothing – here
Trapper Hat, Chapters/Indigo – here
Snood, Chapters/Indigo – sold out in grey, similar (brown)
Clutch, Penningtons – here

When It's Cold Outside, I've Got the Month of May

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Winter hasn’t been quite what it usually is this year… For starters it has rained for the past few days, leaving us with a green Christmas (or at least a green one, spotted with patches of dirty white).

It’s also been quite mild, with temperatures well into the positives, and I must admit, it’s causing a very springy vibe.

As a matter of fact, it has felt so much like spring here, that yesterday I was channeling a total springtime fairy vibe… And I’m not gonna lie, I dig it!

I pranced through the patches if exposed grass, wondering if any early crocus buds would be poking up through the still frozen ground, and I smelled that unmistakeable smell of spring rain (pretty much a combination of mud & dog poop – I don’t know why they name fabric softener and scented candles after it).

I wore the absolute most comfortable pants in the universe (I’m not even joking right now). These amazing brown harems from Your Big Sister’s Closet are everything, and I felt like I was floating.

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It’s rare for me to find a great pair of harem pants that actually drape loosely and move so beautifully on my size 24ish bottom, but these truly surprised me!

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I mean, they are ridiculously comfortable. Like… I can’t even describe them… And I’m not gonna hold out on you… I was going commando here, and it was glorious.

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I paired them with a cute, short sleeved, cropped sweatshirt that I’ve had kicking around for ages, sparkly gold flats, a pretty flower ring, and get this – a headpiece. Only… It wasn’t meant to be one.

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It’s actually a bib necklace which just so happens to (especially when paired with the perfect pair of flowy harem pants) double flawlessly as a spring goddess headdress, because who’s gonna stop me!?

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I know winter will be back in full force soon, but until then, I’m enjoying this little taste of spring when we least expected it, and I’m certainly not complaining about not having to shovel snow!!!

Harem pants, Your Big Sister’s Closet – here
Necklace, Forever 21 – similar
Ring, Forever 21 – similar

Holiday Glamour

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It’s pretty much all holiday glam, all the time here on the blog right now and I’m loving every minute of it!

Whether icy pastels, like my last look, sparkles & baubles, or classic silhouettes are you thing, over the next few weeks, I am here for all if it!

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Glamour and class are the name of the game this time of year, and this stunning black & gold, floral brocade midi skirt from JIBRI is the epitome of holiday elegance!

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It’s shiny, festive, grand, and so, so very luxe.

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Its chic, structured shape will keep you looking graceful and sophisticated throughout any Christmas or New Year’s celebration (no matter how many champagne cocktails you may have) especially paired with simple cream coloured pieces like this smart, high neck crop top from Girl With Curves (as seen previously in my post “Crimped Hair and Side Belly“) and a fab coat!

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And who says you can’t dress up for a snowball fight!?

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Skirt, JIBRI – here
Top, Girl With Curves – here