Holiday Double Slay – Girls Night In!

Happy Friday Fans! My second feature for the 2018 #HolidayDoubleSlay is a GROUP SLAY and it’s a total “girls night in” vibe. Lisa invited each of us to select casual lounge looks from the extensive and super cute collection offered by Lane Bryant. We had so much fun shooting this instalment and even got into a bit of a pillow fight!

The best part about the group shot in the #HolidayDoubleSlay series is that we really get to showcase #BeautyDiversity: our ages range from 35-45, we are petite, average and tall, we are pears and apples and all the yummy fruits, and we wear sizes 14/16 to 26/28. I think you’ll agree that these photos really demonstrate the beauty in all our unique sizes and shapes; after all, the world would be so boring without diversity!

Now let’s talk about my look. I didn’t have to scroll too far on the Lane Bryant website before totally falling for this adorable active/lounge set.

I’m a leggings girl through and through (no news there right?) and I also love vests because they are practical and provide warmth without restricting movement. But I’ve only ever seen them in solids and dark colours. Imagine my excitement when I saw Puffer Vest in a beautiful floral print that totally brightens up an otherwise dull looking Fall/Winter season. AND I was beyond delighted when I saw the matching leggings! Gah!!!

I paired it with a long cozy burgundy active hoodie and I loved how the ruffled hem gives a girly flavour to a sporty look. This hoodie also comes in several colours.

And how fun are these festive socks? Grab yours: they are now on sale as part of Lane Bryant’s door buster for $5US!

Lisa’s look was super cozy and girly too. Both looks are travel friendly and perfect for girls night in!

An important element to this year’s campaign was to showcase pictures of us sitting down; something so many women shy away from when getting their picture taken. We wanted to celebrate the curvy body and all it’s cuteness in any position, in the hopes in dispelling some of the fear. So here’s to our belly rolls, our chubby knees, thick thighs and to our realness!

Over the years Lisa and I have done more than collaborate on projects in the world of plus size fashion: we’ve become great friends. She is a woman of principle, and her kind don’t come around too often, so, yeah, I’m hangin’ on.

Check out all the girls’ looks:

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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 lounge wear 😉


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

Special thanks to Rebecca of Rebecca Northcott Photography for these amazing photos, to Christina of makeupbychristinaxo for my fabulous hair and to Petula of mz.fabartistry for my perfect makeup!!

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stefanie

Holiday Double Slay with Mustangsallytwo 2018

It’s #HolidayDoubleSlay again and we are here to SLAY with the 2018 instalment!

Holiday Double Slay is a special plus size fashion feature presented by blogger, influencer and good friend, Lisa of Mustangsallytwo. The #HolidayDoubleSlay concept was born in 2016 when Lisa decided 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 that Lisa decided it had to be an annual event.

Lisa’s commitment to inspiring women through social media and challenging brands to expand their size range 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 brand we are featuring for our #HolidayDoubleSlay looks.

We wanted to showcase outfits that were festive and professional but also functional, comfortable and versatile.

Leggings or jeggings, boots and a top are my go-to combo during the colder months. It was easy to mix and match a look that was perfectly suited to my style with Catherine’s. The Ponte Knit Leggings were SO comfortable, well constructed and the burgundy shade is so in this year. They also come in different colours. They fit very well at the waist and made me feel properly supported without being too tight. I paired them with a lovely damask print top from their Black Label collection and I love how the relaxed peplum shape gave me a silhouette. The ruffle detail on the sleeves also elevates the look and makes it a top that can easily be styled up.

    

Now let’s talk about these wide calf boots!!! Finding comfortable, good quality and stylish wide calf boots is so difficult for so many of us, but Catherine’s has a lovely selection of footwear for wider feet and calves. These are the Good Sole Comfort Tall Boot and they are EXACTLY what I had been looking for this season.

To finish off the look, and stealing a page from Lisa’s #printmixing book, I chose a reversible poncho and loved how the different prints in black and white tones came together. It’s called the Sundown Reversilble Ruana. Notice how the fine leather trim picked up the leather-look in the boots.

Catherine’s makes shopping for an entire look in one place so easy. My Fluffy Charm Earrings, although my hair is covering them, and my Silver Sparkle Slider Bracelet, were lovely contemporary pieces that I can wear for years to come.

I also was completely obsessed with Lisa’s sophisticated layered look. She never misses a beat when it comes to styling.

Finding the right coat or jacket can be challenging when it comes to holiday looks, because they’re either too short or too sporty. That’s why we both chose ponchos, or “ruanas” which are super versatile. When you’re just going from the car to the office or to a party, you can get away with a little less structure but you still want the coverage and warmth.

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 bloghttp://mustangsallytwo.com/2018/12/03/holidaydoubleslay-2018-catherines/, and get ready for our lounge looks from all of us on Friday, Dec 7!

This post was proudly sponsored by Catherine’s but all opinions are my own.

Special thanks to Rebecca of Rebecca Northcott Photography for these amazing photos, to Christina of makeupbychristinaxo for my fabulous hair and to Petula of mz.fabartistry for my perfect makeup!!

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

How to find the best bra for a fuller bust

So, you don’t wear incorrect fitting shoes, so why would you wear an incorrectly fitting bra.  There are many aspects to a bra, whether it is lacey, balconnet, t-shirt bra, with wires or without and so forth.  There’s a lot that goes into a large cup bra, no pun intended.  There can be up around 76 sizes of one style and some cases even more.  The difference in cups and bands can be marginal, but make all the difference for the overall fit and feel of the bra and can sometimes make or break your day.

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Firstly some questions for you…

What’s the reason for needing this bra?  Are you looking for a lacey number for date night or do you have a horse riding adventure coming up?  Maybe you just need some more bras because your old ones are worn out.

What will this bra be worn under? Will you be wearing tight tops, Lycra tops, sweaters or blouses?

What is the main activity being done in this bra?

What is my size?

There are many bra brands out there that make amazing bras for larger busted women, so how do we figure out which ones are good and which ones are just for show.

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a braand here are some things to look out for:

Fabrics: 

If you can touch and feel the fabric, make sure it feels sturdy and also feels nice to touch.  Remember this is going against your breasts. Don’t be afraid to give it a tug and a pull.  Make sure you like the feel of it.

If you are looking for something with support, the lower cup (the section that is beneath the nipple) should have minimal stretch.

When shopping for lacey bras, it’s a good idea to check that the holes of the lace are not too big and there won’t be any flesh popping through these (not a good look)

Hot tip:  Double layers in the back section are always a good idea.

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Straps: 

The straps should be wide enough to be displacing the weight from your breasts onto your shoulder.  These should be a short stretch, as in not much stretch at all to inhibit them cutting into your shoulders.

If you are short waisted then make sure the straps are not too long, as you will most likely want them at their shortest.

If you are tall, then make sure the straps are not too short.

Hot Tip:  Some bras have 2 straps joined where the front strap is rigid and the back strap is the adjuster.  These can be problematic for shorter torso women.

Wires and Side Bones: 

To wear a wire or not to? That is the question.  Do you prefer your wires to be completely stiff and supporting, or do you like a little bit of movement throughout your day. If going for a wire, see if you can easily bend and twist when wearing it.  If you feel it digging in at all when you’re in the change room, more than likely you will be super uncomfortable at the end of the day.

Most wired bras also have side boning so make sure this isn’t digging into you either.

Hot tip:  If you are larger busted and looking for a wire bra, check and see if the wires are close together at the center front (between the cups).  If yes – great.  If nearly overlapping – even better.  If they are 2 cm apart – walk away….

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Wash and Care:  When washing your bras, if they have wires, make sure you only wash them with cool water.  Wire channeling has a tendency to shrink, even for the best brands, and this can cause the wires to pop out.  We don’t want that.

Now that you’re a bra expert, you can focus on something else for the day.  Hopefully these tips have made it easier to purchase something that will suit your purpose.

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Like many women out there, Katie Brooker is an avid multi-tasker.  Apart from being the head designer and fit technician for Sugar Candy, she’s the mother of 2 diverse young girls.  Her goal is to provide comfort and support to breastfeeding mothers and to help them achieve this with beautiful bras that will fit and endure that rigorous path.  See more of her designs at https://www.sugarcandybra.com/or follow her on @sugarcandy.


Guest post written and provided by sugarcandybra.com

A Simple Guide to Wearing Lace

Lace is an intricate, timeless fabric that always imparts an air of elegance to anyone who wears it. When shopping for a vintage lace dress, there is more to consider than simply which style is the most beautiful. This guide will help you navigate the gorgeous vintage styles you may encounter and help you find the perfect fit for your fashion sense.

Types of Lace

Alencon

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Alencon lace is a delicate fabric with French origins. Characterized by floral patterns embroidered upon a sheer net background, this elegant fabric is extremely common when it comes to vintage lace dresses. It often lends itself to creating a beautiful scalloped edging on the hem of dresses and gowns made with this fabric.

Chantilly

downton-abbey-tea-party-gown-in-ivory-by-natayaChantilly lace is nothing short of classic and sophisticated. Also created in France, this light, gauzy lace features complex floral patterns that are incredibly pleasing to the eye. Often ornamental, this fabric is frequently used in high-quality vintage lace dresses.With that said, it also exists frequently in modern fashions as well, especially when it comes to bridal fashions.

Guipure

lace-floral-western-shawl-by-marrika-nakkGuipure lace always makes a statement. Often featured on vintage lace dresses from the 1950s and 1960s, you can identify this lace by spotting its trademark beautiful and bold patterning. Thicker than other vintage laces, it has a crochet-inspired look that often covers a simple, elegant lining.

How to Wear It

Dresses made of Alencon or Chantilly lace are lightweight and delicate. The fabric is like a beautiful spiderweb that harkens back to a more sophisticated time. Vintage lace dresses featuring these intricate fabrics will make you feel like a classic beauty. Pair these incredible dresses with other ladylike accessories, like vintage-inspired hair accessories, a clutch purse, and the perfect pair of T-strap heels.

Vintage lace dresses featuring a Guipure lace overlay tend to have a more modern and contemporary style than dresses made from French-inspired laces. This lace tends to lean slightly more casual than other laces, making it more appropriate for everyday wear. With that said, lace always is inherently more sophisticated than other fabrics, so wear it with care. Because of the bold pattern, be sure to keep the rest of your accessories subdued so that they compliment – instead of overwhelm – your look.


Guest post written and provided by Wardrobeshop.com

Best Athletic Apparel for Full Figured Athletes

It goes without saying that having some fashion-forward yet functional athletic apparel in your wardrobe may make you more motivated to hit the gym. We’re not just talking about cute patterns or bright colors, either — but the kind of pieces that also practically address all of your needs during a sweat session. If you’re a curvy woman, there’s a specific set of requirements your fitness apparel needs to meet to make the cut. But there’s no reason why you should compromise on style just to accommodate your body type.

Whether you’re looking to nail that warrior pose, train for a half marathon or boost your boxing skills, you deserve to look — and feel — good doing it. Luckily, we rounded up some of the best fitness apparel from size-inclusive companies, from flattering tanks to supportive sports bras.

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Best basic legging

The brand Addition Elle has been around for more than 30 years with the motto “fashion democracy in sizes 12 to 26.” NOLA is the company’s partnership with body-positive supermodel Ashley Graham, and it includes a vast array of eye-catching activewear for plus-sized women. You can’t go wrong with the Nola Run Sculpting Legging Capris — they boast compression technology and a wide-waistband, which helps with shaping from the waist down, smoothing and flattering your hips, stomach and legs. To boot, the body mapping on these leggings promise increased ventilation so you stay cool and comfortable throughout your sweat session.

Best long-sleeved pullover

Katie Kozloff is a former fitness trainer who noticed that plus-sized clients in her classes were struggling to find stylish workout apparel. So she founded her own line, Katie K Active — and every single design is fit on plus-sized models to ensure they’re flattering. The Propel Funnel-Neck Pullover is an ideal layering piece for workouts during the cooler seasons, with 4-way stretch moisture-wicking performance fabric and thumbholes on the sleeves to keep your hands warm. A wide bottom band and the extra length lend some coverage and contouring anti-chafe seams offer comfort and subtle shaping at the same time.

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Best sports bra

There’s no doubt that a well-constructed plus size sports bra is essential to any workout, whether you’re doing cardio, strength training or anything in between. This is especially true with high-impact activity, such as running, HIIT and plyometrics. Opt for a plus size high impact sports bra, which is specifically designed to control bounce during intense exercise. We suggest the Glamorise Sport Underwire Sport Bra, which features seamless double-layer cups for bounce reduction, moisture-wicking fabric and two-way stretch in the back for maximum comfort.

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Best tee

The name says it all: Marika Curves is all about designing activewear that allows you to embrace your figure, no matter what kind of physical activity you’re engaging in. When you’re seeking a workout top that has sleeves but is still practical for warmer weather, look no further than the Emma slimming tee, which is constructed of soft, stretchy Dry-Wik fabric as well as power mesh, which is known for its compression capabilities. The V-neck and shirred curve seams have an instant slimming effect, and it comes in a slew of both neutral as well as bright colors.

Best tank

Juno Active, which was created over 20 years ago, is specifically aimed at women sizes XL to 6X, and all of the clothing is designed using plus-sized models to make the patterns. The brand offers gear for a wide range of activities, from running and swimming to tennis and yoga, and all the prices are remarkably budget-friendly. The Stretch Naturals Long Support Tank allows for free movement in a blend of cotton and Lycra with a hint of spandex, features a chafe-free inner shelf, and it comes in a multitude of striking hues. The v-neck front and modified racerback back provide a sleek silhouette, and you can easily wear it tucked in our out of your workout bottoms, or layered under a zip-up.

Best fun leggings

Sometimes basic black leggings just won’t cut it. On days when you need a little extra dose of color and print to inspire your workout, slip on a pair by Lineagewear. The line quickly became known for its universally flattering leggings in eye-catching patterns, like the super popular watercolor leggings, which are available in sizes up to 5X and have sold out more than once. The high waist, contoured shape, angled inseam and lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric make these leggings a godsend no matter what kind of exercise you’re performing.


Guest post written and provided by Glamorise

 

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