Pyjama Shenanigans

My second feature, and the final instalment of this year’s #HolidayDoubleSlay with blogger, influencer and my friend Lisa of Mustangsallytwo, is here and it’s all about PJ’s!!

What a great way to end a fun and festive series celebrating plus size fashion, body positivity and the beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes. And just in case you missed them, here are links to each of the #HolidayDoubleSlay features from Lisa’s blog:

Monday – Lisa & Gail in Eloquii

Tuesday – Lisa & Me in Catherine’s

Wednesday – Lisa & Sarah in Full Beauty

Thursday – Lisa & Caterina in Torrid

The final look is a GROUP SLAY!! This segment was so much fun to shoot because A) we are undeniably adorable and B) we were all incredibly comfy! All of our looks are provided by Lane Bryant from their fantastic Sleep & Lounge collection. We selected each look ourselves, and we were so impressed by the versatility they had to offer. Each one of us was able to find something to reflect our personal style in our size.

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In the colder months, I am definitely a leggings, tunic and tall boots kinda gal, so my “Chillin’ With My Snowmies” set and knee-high socks was a natural choice. The fabric was soft, stretchy, high quality, and the size was just right (I am wearing the 1X). The socks are so fun, and they complete the look making it something I could totally wear on Christmas morning without freezing my toes off. They are now sold out, but here’s a cute alternative.

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We each shot a look alongside Lisa, the creative mind behind this entire collaboration.

Gail and Lisa:

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Sarah and Lisa:

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Caterina and Lisa:

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Bringing Lisa’s vision to life was not only super fun, but a reflection of the friendship we’ve developed and the genuine affection we have for each other.

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Please enjoy all of Lisa’s #HolidayDoubleSlay looks on her blog – and yeah, we’ve already started planning next year’s: think outdoors at night, a park flooded with Christmas lights, jeans and outerwear…you’ll wanna be here for that!

For now, we wish you all the happiest of holidays, and remember what’s important: time with family and friends, a spirit of benevolence, and of course, great PJ’s 😉


This post was proudly sponsored by Lane Bryant but all opinions are my own.

Thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for these AMAZING photos – it was my first time meeting and working with her and she was as delightful and professional as she is talented.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

 

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Holiday Double Slay with Mustangsallytwo

Well the holidays are in full swing now and I am so excited to share my recent collaboration with blogger extraordinaire and good friend, Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.

Lisa’s commitment to inspiring women through her blog is tremendous and she is one of the most dedicated influencers I know. She has become an icon in the plus size fashion industry and a leader in fearless fashion for plus sizes with a special focus on extended sizes. Her blog and social media presence provide a wealth of information and insight into brands that are size inclusive, such as Catherine’s, the plus size fashion company we are featuring for our #HolidayDoubleSlay looks.

The #HolidayDoubleSlay concept was born last year when Lisa wanted to team up with some of her favourite full figured fashionistas and plus size brands to showcase beauty diversity through festive fashion – it was such a hit, and so well received by her fans and followers that Lisa decided it had to be an annual event.

I loved being a part of last year’s project, and I am so honoured to have been invited by Lisa to participate again this year. So without further ado, let’s dive in to the fabulousness that is Catherine’s and the fierce options Lisa and I chose for this year’s holiday looks.

I wanted to showcase an outfit that was versatile and professional – in that it could be worn for the holidays but could also be repurposed throughout the rest of the year, and be representative of me as a business owner. The matching Moto Jacket and Ponte Skirt from their Curvy Collection was a great place to start. Both fit extremely well and the ponte fabric in both pieces made them very comfortable and easy to move in. The jacket zipped up easily and I love the silhouette shape it provided. And let’s face it, it is a total boss babe look.

 

Next, to throw in some rich colour and contrast, I chose the Drape Front Top in scarlett, and because I am petite, I tucked it partly into the skirt to balance out my torso with the length of the skirt. The beauty about this top is that it is long enough to wear with leggings as a tunic on someone short like me (at 5’2″ I’m a petite plus, and guess what, Catherine’s offers a petite line as well!).

Here’s is a full view of the top.

It was easy to find the perfect accessories to complete this look. I chose the Gilded Cranberry Bracelet Set, the Ipanema Faceted Necklace and the Night Mood Cluster Earrings. They brought the look together making it festive but still fitting for day or night.

I also was completely obsessed with Lisa’s super fun and girly look. I mean, seriously, she never misses a beat when styling a look, from head to toe, from her adorable earrings to her magical shoes. Do head over to her blog to read about her look here.

Our thinking was holiday office party, work appropriate but still festive, and I think we delivered very well, thanks to Catherine’s!

Please enjoy all of Lisa’s #HolidayDoubleSlay looks on her blog, and get ready for pyjama shenanigans from all of us on Friday, Dec 8!

This post was proudly sponsored by Catherines but all opinions are my own.

Thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for these amazing photos – it was my first time meeting and working with her and she was as delightful and professional as she is talented.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

 

Fall Style on Point

As some of you may be aware, in 2016 SexyPlus Clothing partnered with Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo to curate a collection from the Canadian-made Artex line sold at the boutique. Well, the 2017 Fall collection is sophisticated, functional, soft and super stylish.

Here is the “scroll” print in two different styles, the sweater with removable cowl neck collar and silhouette design, and the tunic with macramé sleeve detail. I love both, but I just had to have the sweater because of the silhouette peplum-esque shape.

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Which one would you wear? Do shop Lisa’s Artex collection, click here.

Sleevey Wonders Changes Everything!

Have you heard? My amazing boutique SexyPlus Clothing Sleevey Wonders is now offering Sleevey Wonders!

So many women are shy to show their arms – and that’s ok. Because body confidence and fashion is about dressing in whatever way that makes YOU feel good. So if having some arm coverage makes you feel prettier, then you rock those arms however you see fit.

The team at Sleevey Wonders understands that women of all sizes are looking for fashionable and sexy options for their wonderful arms, and boy do they deliver. Transform any look AND get arm coverage with these reversible wardrobe fixers. Wear under any garment to make it look like the sleeves are a natural part of the top or dress without covering it up! Wear front to back or back to front for different necklines. Made by women who understand women and who also cater to plus sizes.

Sizes 14/16 to 24/26 available in most colours and styles in lace, mesh and jersey, on or off shoulder. There are so many styles, colours and fabric options! I’ve gotten such great feedback from so many women so far, and I am so thrilled to provide something so simple that makes women feel so wonderful.

Here is am wearing the long sleeve trellis style, and it looks so cool with my dress.

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Shop Sleevey Wonders here and let me know how you like ’em!

Ambrosia

It’s been a while since my last post, but I am so proud to bring you the Ambrosia. This dress, by one of my favourite recently relaunched brands, IGIGI, is quite spectacular.

When you love a bodycon (a form fitted style that outlines your curves) like I do, but you also are a little self-conscious of your tummy, ruching is your friend. Ruching is a style of pleating that has become popular in recent years, and the reason it is embraced is because it camouflages the area it covers. So if you are drawn to bodycons, but you’re a little shy about your mid-section, look for dresses with ruching, or better yet, try the Ambrosia itself.

With a slightly off-shoulder design, and a sweetheart neckline revealing a slight décolletage, the Ambrosia is a sexy yet still sophisticated cocktail, dinner or date option.

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Given the time of year and approaching Spring weather, I decided to style it with a cream coloured wedge sandal and accessorize with ruby and cream accents.

The large Ruby Multi Chain Faceted Teardrop Crystal Necklace Set elevates the look to a more formal level. And the Sophie Multi-wear shawl by designer Joseph Ribkoff provides a layer of elegance and ties in with the sandals.

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The Ambrosia dress comes in black and teal as well, in sizes 14-36.


Ambrosia dress by IGIGI, also available at SexyPlus Clothing

Ruby Topaz Multi Chain Faceted Teardrop Crystal Necklace Set by SexyPlus Clothing

Sophie Multi-wear shawl by designer Joseph Ribkoff by SexyPlus Clothing

Sandals by Maurices – vintage


Special thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.com for taking these pics for me.

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Just Do It

A guest post by Teresa Hodgins Power

Just Do It

When I turned 40 I heard that your eyesight goes, you start to forget nouns etc.  Well, it’s true!  I’m in the middle of a conversation and suddenly I can’t remember the next word that I want to say.  I stumble through trying all different ways to remember.. you know the, the, the, fingers snapping, the thing, the one that goes with, well what do you call it when.  As if the person I’m having a conversation with is the Encyclopedia of Britannica.   Perhaps only those reading this over 30 will understand that reference!

For the eyesight that was a fun moment.  It actually happened before I hit 40.  I was at a conference and my schedule was on the back of my name tag on a lanyard around my neck.  Thank goodness for elastic lanyards and long arms!

So now that I’ve turned 50 I think the next step in the evolution of a woman is forgetfulness.  Walk into a room to do something and do something else.  Or, walk out of the room before you even do anything because you’ve heard that if you re-enter the room you will remember what you were going to do there in the first place.  Even that doesn’t always work for me these days.

So I have decided “JUST DO IT”!  This may be the Nike marketing slogan, however it proves a good point.  Just do it, when you think of it, just do it!!  That goes for homework, housework, laundry, calling your mother, sending an email to a friend that you haven’t heard from in a while etc….

Some may say write a list.  Well, for me lists don’t work.  Either I forget where I put the list or forget the list at home, in my purse, when I go to do something that’s on the list.  Here’s an example, my Honey gave me some buns the other day, we didn’t finish them at the Christmas dinner so we thought we would take them up to the out-laws for dinner the next day.  I put them on the stove to remember to take.  I should have put them right by my purse because about a kilometer from home, “did you put the buns in the trunk” … ahhh nope they are still on the stove.  Needless to say my mother in law makes really good homemade bread and there was lots to go around.

Just do it!

This is not only going to help my forgetfulness it’s also going to help me.  When something is accomplished I feel so much better about it.  I’m going to come out and tell people when they look nice, yes complete strangers.  I’ll walk up and tell them I like their outfit, they look nice.   I’m going to make a phone call or send an email when I’m thinking about someone.  Go get milk when I realize … darn see I forgot even what I was going to type …

Want to say something to someone, good or bad, get it off your chest.  Say what you mean to say, spit it out.  You will feel better for it, maybe not right away, but at least, you won’t be holding it in anymore.

When it’s something nice you want to say, say it often.  I totally talk to strangers all the time now!  I saw a beautiful outfit on a woman at the mall the other day and told her so, she was very surprised and thought I wanted something…  Nope just loved the outfit.  We don’t tell people enough that we like them, the way they look, their smile, their hair … Just do it!

Now that the new year is here there are a bunch of resolutions going around and this is mine, just do it!

Get out and enjoy life, don’t wait for it to come to you.  Go grab it by the balls.  Just do it!

Do something that you haven’t done before, take a course not related to your current job.  Go take a pottery lesson, go hiking.  Head to the museum to see that time limited display.  Start volunteering with a charity, raise money for a cause that’s close to your own heart.  Say good morning to that good looking guy/gal in the elevator, you might just meet a new friend.

These are just a very, very few ideas.  For me it’s because I’m so forgetful now and I mean to expand my personal universe.

So I say just do it!

What do you say?

Get it touch with Teresa here.

 

#HolidayDoubleSlay with MustangSallyTwo

I am so excited to share this totally cool collab that I was involved in with my friend and blogger babe Lisa of Mustangsallytwo. We were talking about her upcoming holiday look book a few weeks ago and the idea of combining each of her festive looks with a fellow blogger or model was born, so each day this week she has been sharing a unique look featuring a different brand in each post. It’s called the Holiday Double Slay, and it’s been causing quite a merry stir since Monday.

Here’s a recap of the beautiful, sassy, sparkly looks she’s shared so far:

Monday: Lisa and Thera, wearing Lane Bryant

Tuesday: Lisa and Caterina, wearing SexyPlus (a design by Kiyonna)

Wednesday: Lisa and Sarah, wearing Torrid

Photo credit: Robert Skuja Photography (left and right) Photo credit: Stefanie Augusteijn (centre)

And….THURSDAY is Lisa and ME wearing SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs)!!!


I was so inspired by Lisa’s holiday project and delighted to be included. I love to create and I just knew we would have bumper to bumper fun.


We are wearing the Carmen dress which is a sheath dress with colour blocking and mesh detail at the top.


The black side panels are a chic optical benefit because they help enhance an hourglass silhouette.


I am wearing the 1X and the fit is true to size. Lisa is wearing the 5X. I LOVE and appreciate that SWAK is devoted to the plus size woman and manufactures accurate sizes up to 6X.


The sweetheart shaped mesh top ads a sexy feel to the look and I would recommend wearing a strapless bra for a smooth unencumbered presentation. I’m smitten with how the mesh tends to have a ruched look too because of the pleating on the neckline hem.


I loVe the deep V plunge at the back which gives the dress that “watch me walk away” appeal.


To contrast Lisa’s choice of a black pump, I went with a sexy lace-up medium-heeled faux-suede boot.


Then, for warmth and coverage I chose a sweater cardi with faux fur collar for that cozy yet glamorous flair.


The statement necklace is an oldie but definitely gave my look some sparkle and decor.


I am wearing shapewear of course, size 1X.


And these photos! What can I say, I am so impressed with the work of Robert Skuja of Robert Skuja Photography for making me feel beautifully captured.

So stay tuned for the rest of Lisa’s Holiday Double Slay campaign with Nakitende Esther on Friday and Amanda Montgomery on Saturday. Thank you Lisa for the gift of creating this with you. Click here for Lisa’s review of this dress on her blog.


Wishing you all a magical Christmas, whatever that means to you.

Xox

Stef


Carmen Dress by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs)

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Faux Fur Sweater by Torrid

Wide calf boots by Addition Elle – sold out, alternate here or here

 


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