New Year’s Eve: Stayin’ In, In Style

Sometimes a small get together or an evening in with a friend or your partner is just the right vibe for New Year’s Eve. It all depends on your mood, the weather, where you are in life, and what you feel is more fulfilling. Over the years, I’ve done both. This year, my husband Howard actually asked me on a NYE date! I’m totally going to get dressed up and dance the night away. But I wanted to share a look that’s nice, festive, comfortable, and just the thing for staying in this year.

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This embellished neck blouse by Point Zero Curvy is so charming. Pin tuck detail on the shoulders, beaded velvet neckline, and criss-cross back.

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IMG_0501Point Zero never misses the mark with detail, which is so nice for such an affordable collection.

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I’m wearing the 1X and while I liked the tunic length, I found the body fit a little loose. Plus I always prefer to outline my shape with either fitted clothing or a belt, so that’s what I did here to make the blouse more “me”. I opted for a simple black belt with silver detailing to complement the embellished neckline of the blouse.

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To bring in some color I wore my favorite Kristi Wide Calf Boots by SexyPlus (designed by Boots by Pamela). They are a size 7 and fit perfectly. I’ve gotten so much wear from them this season because, well, isn’t it obvious? They’re red and so so beautiful! It’s funny, most people will go for black for that reason – they think they’ll get more mileage from a more neutral color, but sometimes you just have to be creative. I’ve had no shortage of brown, grey, black and white outfits to wear with these.

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Tell me, what are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Staying in or going out? Let me know, and let me see you by sharing your pics on my Facebook page.

Special thanks to Point Zero Curvy for sponsoring this post, and to Annika of The Stylish Reid for taking the photos for me!


 

Embellished Blouse by Point Zero Curvy – available at SexyPlus Clothing (in store)

Kristi Wide Calf Boots by Boots by Pamela – available at SexyPlus Clothing

Wide Black Plus Size Belt by Ricky’s – vintage, similar here


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Heather and The Cookie

In my last post, Harnessed but not Bound, I showed you a harness bra and a faux fur stole by Flaws of Couture/FOC Details styled with a cocktail dress from SexyPlus Clothing. Well, Sasha of FOC was not only my inspiration for the harness bra, but she also came to my store wearing this killer outfit featuring the stole (called the “Cookie”) and I shamelessly copied her – but that’s pure flattery right Sasha?

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She paired it with this structured long line heather grey jacket from Forever 21 Plus Sizes. Isn’t her outfit the epitome of casual chic?

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I wouldn’t have looked twice at this piece unless I had seen it on Sasha. Sometimes you just never know until you see it on someone or try it on.

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I loved the structured, polished elongated look of the jacket against it’s more casual heather grey fabric.

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It’s a superb light weight comfortable piece for shopping, work, weekend strolls, movie night and I know I’ll get good mileage from it. I love the large pockets too. I wore basic black leggings and flat knee-high wide calf boots. I am wearing the 1X in the jacket and the fit is true to size. The sleeves are a little long but that’s because I’m a lil short 😉

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Thanks to Sasha, I know how to dress it up in style.

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I got lots of compliments that day, so I know it was a good look.

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Special thanks to Annika of The Stylish Reid for taking these pics for me.


“Cookie” Faux Fur Stole by FOC Details – only $55 CDA

Plus Size Heathered Longline Jacket by Forever 21 Plus Sizes – only $49.90 CDA

Basic Black Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing – only $32 CDA

Knee-high Wide-Calf Boots by Addition Elle – vintage, similar here


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Harnessed but not Bound

You may have had your fill of my casual looks lately, so I thought I’d hit you HARD with this sexy holiday special.

A few months ago I saw the super stylish Sasha (shown below) of the blog Flaws of Couture feature this super sexy strappy thing I had never seen before. It stopped me dead in my tracks.

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I read her blog and discovered that it was called a “harness bra” and fell in love. They’re hand made by plus size fashion blogger @_classycurves_ from Germany who sells them under the brand @harnessbra_love on Instagram and offers international shipping.

She asked me what size bra I wore, and that was it – she was off to custom make mine. It was only $28 US + $3 shipping.

It arrived quickly and the fit was perfect. It’s actually two separate pieces, but like Sasha, I like the effect of wearing both. It goes around your torso, cups the outline of your breasts, and the other piece goes around your neck and under your breasts. Easy to figure out. And fun to style with all kinds of things, like the Martini Mermaid dress I chose for this look.

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The Martini Mermaid dress is a new style that arrived at SexyPlus Clothing for the holiday season. It’s available in black or red, for $129 CDA. Unfortunately it only comes in sizes 12/14 to 18/20, and I’m wearing the 14/16.

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It’s tight but that’s how this vintage Jessica Rabbit-esque dress is supposed to fit. Tight like a glove. If you wear this size, I suggest you grab one because it will make you feel like a movie star indeed, cartoon or not.

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The off-shoulder sweetheart neckline includes a wired bust to keep its shape, and the back features a sexy low scoop. I’m not wearing a bra so the harness bra helped to provide a bit of support, but to be honest I was all about celebrating the natural sexy jiggle of my bosom.

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The extended fishtail design just brings all the drama my introvert personality keeps in a bottle, and significantly creates an hourglass silhouette.

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I honestly felt like a sculpture in it. And paired with the harness bra, well, you can see what I’m talking about right?

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This is a classic all-season dress, but for my holiday feature and to provide a bit of coverage and evening glam, I paired it with my amazing new stole by FOC Details.

PERFECT.

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It’s oversized and soft and luxurious. There are so many ways to wear this piece I know I will get my mileage out of it and ladies, it’s so worth the modest $55 spend.

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Add a sassy clutch, some party pumps and you’re all set.

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And despite the fact that I’m a Goddess in this outfit, I still freeze like a human, ha!

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Special thanks to Lisa of Mustang Sally Two for photographing this look and putting up with my constant complaining about the cold! xox

Happy Holidays to you, my awesome readers. Thank you so much for your support in 2015. I love you and I hope to inspire you in 2016 and beyond.

Stefanie


 

Harness Bra – contact @harnessbra_love on Instagram

Martini Mermaid Dress by SexyPlus Clothing

Faux Fur Stole by FOC Details

Clutch by Aldo – vintage

Gold Sandals – vintage


 

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Cold Shoulder, Hot Me!

Ya, ok, quite the arrogant title, but let me explain. I’m all about body positivity and loving myself- it’s the only way I was able to get into the plus size fashion business and authentically do what I do. But let’s be honest: even though we may love ourselves as a package, which took me years to achieve, we are still picky about certain areas of our bodies, and more or less comfortable featuring them. And I think we’re allowed to be this way – as long as we recognize that as a whole, as a ‘package’, we are quite perfect.

That being said, I’m not super crazy about my arms – I still go sleeveless and enjoy the sun on my arms and shoulders in the summer, and I don’t let it hinder my life, but, when I come across a top that lets me expose the super sexy part of my arms that I like (my shoulders), well, it’s cause for celebration. Or at least a blog post 🙂

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This is the Crush Cold Shoulder Top by Point Zero Curvy. It’s prefect in every way: cold shoulders, gold chain detail and front/back peek-a-boo keyhole for that oooh lala factor, and long enough to wear as a tunic.

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And notice that even though it shows my belly outline, I’m still ok with that.

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I styled it with a fun Steve Madden faux fur scarf to add some colour and texture to the outfit.

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And I chose black leggings as a neutral bottom and then my brown wide calf boots by Pennington’s (last year).

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Here it is styled a little differently on plus size model Ophilia for SexyPlus Clothing boutique.

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So ladies, know that it’s ok to wear what makes you feel most comfortable while working with your least and most favourite parts, as long as you work on accepting and appreciate the wonderful ALL of you.

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Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustang Sally Two for taking these super nice shots!


 

Crush Cold Shoulder Top by Point Zero Curvy available at SexyPlus Clothing

Basic Leggings by Point Zero Curvy available in store at SexyPlus Clothing

Faux Fur Scarf by Steve Madden – vintage, similar stole by Flaws of Couture

Wide Calf Boots by Penningtons – vintage, similar here


 

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27 Canadian Plus Size Fashion Bloggers You Need To Know

Bloggers are changing the world and it’s a revolution. They are quickly rising not only in popularity, but in influence as well. Brands cannot ignore the tremendous impact bloggers are having on retail, fashion, beauty and so many other industries. Through their tireless work (because blogging is VERY demanding), investment (yes, in many cases, they actually have to buy the items they style) and their unique and uncompromising sense of style, they are giving a voice to consumers about trends, sizes, prices, availability, diversity, quality and needs.

They are unapologetic. They are awesome. They are fearless. They are trailblazers in the body positive and beauty diversity movement. They stand courageous every day against criticism from trolls and fat shamers, to remain true to their principles. With utmost vulnerability, they pour their hearts out in the hopes of touching and inspiring a human being with a similar reality.

This blog is a BIG resounding, glorious, grateful tribute to them. I’ve rounded up 27 of the Canadian Plus Size Fashion Bloggers who have touched me in one way or another. I hope you take the time to visit them, leave a comment, follow, encourage them, and let them know that their work is not for naught.

27 Canadian Plus Size Fashion Bloggers You Need to Know (in alphabetical order)

1. Ailurophile with Style

Allie Krystal is a 24 year old blogger, stylist, and cat lover from Toronto, Canada. But she’s so much more than that. From fabulous DIY Karlito-esque key chains, to dressing like a “fat American Apparel Model’, she’s mixing affordable urban fashion with fabulous statement pieces and haute couture to bring it oh so fabulously to the streets of Toronto.

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2. Big Hips, Red Lips 

Sarah Anne is a 27 year old blogger from Toronto, Canada. She’s “your average, everyday fashion addict with a shopping problem and her head in the clouds”, so she says, but with a satirical and sometimes unabashed and admirably honest point of view on political issues surrounding the plus size industry and beauty diversity movement. With a natural flair for pin up and cheek bones to die for, Sarah is so much more than big hips and red lips!

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3. Boldly Curvy

With the “Be Fearless. Be Bold. Be You.” headline, May isn’t afraid to make people stare, and encourages her fans to wear what they want. Edgy, provocative and always feminine, May declares that “As long as you are true to yourself, you’ve already won!”.

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4. Classically Curvy

Dolly Monroe is a multi-talented plus size pinup blogger babe, model, clothing and costume designer and burlesque dancer from Toronto, Canada. Her vast modelling portfolio showcases her bold, sexy side as well as her talent to completely transform herself. Photo by If You Fall Photography.

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5. Clothes and Shit

Jessica is a 21 year old photographer and blogger from Toronto, Canada. Her blog is a platform by which she not only showcases her personal style, but the many other aspects of her life. She is honest, quirky and down to earth and shoots a lot of her looks outdoors in the most beautiful wooded spots. She’s also the creator of “100 Days of Summer” where she showcases her looks for each day of her favourite season.

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6. Cloud 14+

Thera of Cloud 14+ is a woman on fire, with a refined and ultra feminine sense of style. As a fashion blogger with “a healthy obsession for fashion and beauty, {she} aims to inspire chic & fabulous women to embrace their curves”. As a stylist, she also offers her services to women who want to present a polished, chic and fashionable image.

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7. Curvy Canadian

As a pioneer on the Canadian plus size fashion blogging scene, the unparalleled Karen Ward has been paving the way and inspiring us for years, long before blogging became mainstream. Karen works through her blog and her store (Your Big Sister’s Closet) “to inspire Canadian plus size women to dress to their full potential. To inspire them to feel great about themselves, now, and in their own skin, not when they “lose 10 pounds.”” From cute casual daringly short dresses, to the most impressive gowns and head-wear, Karen is a trailblazer in Canadian plus size fashion.

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8. Curvy in Canada

A new Canadian plus size fashion blogger living in Winnipeg, Kate is on a mission to help you find plus size fashion at a great price. Follow her for her budget-concious style inspiration and up-to-date deals that you can take advantage of.

9. Danishaz

Danisha is french blogger who very active on YouTube, creating videos about fashion, beauty, and all things girly. And food! She shares inspiration through her personal experiences, and engages with her audience for inspiration.

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10. Erica Exposed

Sharing her thoughts, experiences and style as a plus size woman, Erica wants you to know that fashion is not limited to size. And having worked with Erica at SexyPlus Clothing in the past, AND as a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work program, I can truly say that Erica is as sweet and smart as she is stylish.

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11. Fab Four Fashion

Meet Judy, Leslie, Gail and Nancy – four friends, originally from Montreal, now living the big city life in Toronto. They bring a quadruple punch to the blogosphere representing the tall, slim, curvy and plus size women of the world. Making waves navigating fashion trends and remixing them to suit their diverse bodies and unique styles.

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12. Fat Girl Food Squad

Ama and Yuli / Fat Girl Food Squad recently ended their blog, which was about a community, focused on the intersection between food, fat, and Feminism. Fundamentally about people of all shapes and sizes eating good food and feeling good in their bodies, in every way possible. It would be remiss not to include them here.

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13. Fat in the City

Fat in the City (FITC) is a fashion & lifestyle blog for stylish women with curves. ‘Supermodels’ Aisha Fairclough and Jill Andrew are partners and proud co-parents of a heavenly Himalayan and a dazzling Snowshoe, they also run the Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCA’S) and BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival.

The talent and beauty of these two ladies is so beyond skin deep. Their commitment to the plus size industry is unparalleled, and they are definitely putting Canada on the beauty diversity map.

 

14. Fatshion Peepshow

[Stina is] “a wife and mother of 4, living in Hamilton,Ontario, who loves expressing her creativity through fashion. She’s not your normal, boring mama and she embraces that. She’s into retro styles and pop culture. She believes that your style tells a story of who you are and you should not be ashamed to be true to yourself no matter what your size.

Her 2015 Body Positive Bikini Babes project featuring 101 women of all shapes and sizes in bikinis was a huge success and was featured by The Huffington Post. And guess what – I was in it! “KEEP CALM AND BIKINI AT ANY SIZE!!!” exclaims Stina!

15. Flight of the Fat Girl

Ok, I need a moment here. There is so much I have to say about Cynthia – first of all, as a Montrealer, I feel I have a connection with Cynthia that only Montrealers know. But aside from that, her beautiful ground-breaking courageous posts, her defiant elegant style, her ability to transform her look from rocker bitch to prima donna (and even pre-Madonna) is, to say the least, inspiring and transforming the way “fat” is seen – and admired – in the world today. Her work as a blogger is more than just fashion – it’s about the glory and diversity of what it means to be a woman – a wife – a mother, a professional…and, whether she knows it or not, a widely loved and admired icon.

She is also a guest blogger for Penningtons.

And this photo – gah! Total girl crush on that perfect bottom!

16. Flaws of Couture

Sasha and Garcia of FOC are fierce body positive advocates and super stylish babes to boot. They are about embracing every “flaw” and influencing fashion through their style, images and message. Also creators of the PRETTY PERIOD and subsequent PULLIN OFF A CROP and THIGHS SO THICK bold messaged apparel. And despite being so fierce, they’re super sweet and down to earth gals.

17. Just Biffi

As a graduate from Ryeron’s Fashion Design program, and a runner up on Project Runway, Jessica is no stranger to fashion and style. She is regularly invited to and featured as a guest blogger with brands like Addition Elle, Penningtons, Suzy Shier+ and more.  As a body positive advocate, she is also seen at special events like the Body Confidence Canada Awards, and if you check out her blog you’ll fall in love with the beautiful photography done by her boyfriend, Elliot Parrott Photography.

18. Killer Kurves

As one of Toronto’s inaugural plus size fashion bloggers, the lovely blond bombshell Karyn has been making her own rules and sharing her ultra sweet and feminine style with thousands of readers for years. Frequently featured by brands like Addition Elle and now Torrid who has just entered the Canadian marketplace, Karyn’s fun and flirty style is just dreamy. Her website also features a comprehensive directory of plus size stores you should check out.

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19. Lion Hunter (misslionhunter)

After successfully maintaining a style blog, Curvy Geekery since 2010 Mo decided that she needed to “take a bigger step towards a project that encapsulated more of [she is] and what [she] wanted to contribute to [her] readers. She launched Lion Hunter in 2013 and set out to share her authentic self through fashion, work and anything she sees a “majestic quality” in. She is a Digital Influencer for AIRMILES Canada, contributes content to Huffington Post Canada Style and The W Dish and she is on the Style Panel for FASHION Magazine, Canada’s No 1 fashion and beauty magazine. I had the chance to meet (and photograph her, below) at the 2015 Body Confidence Canada Awards to congratulate her on her achievement as one of the recipients.

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20. Memoirs of Anesha

Anesha describes her blog as a look book for those fashionistas in the big city. With accessories to die for and a flare for practical extravagance, Anesha is a mover and shaker within the city who, over the past four years, has built a personal brand around her fashions and events. Although Anesha has many accomplishments under her belt, one of the largest is her collaboration with a leading bridal magazine, Dauphine Magazine.

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21. Mustang Sally Two

Lisa of Mustang Sally Two is a woman in control – successful professional accountant, fashionista extraordinaire and a lover of all things beauty and interior design. After facing challenges finding clothing she loved and expressed her feminine, professional, elegant style, she set out to share her increasing knowledge and repertoire of plus size finds through her blog. She’s also a firm believer that everyone, no matter what size, can look fabulous and stylish.

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22. My Curves and Curls

Assa is a wife and mother of two, based in Toronto, Canada sharing her knowledge and opinions of style, shopping tips, thrift store finds, general beauty and everything in between. She’s an expert on print-mixing and does it with unparalleled flair. Blogging since 2008, Assa is a pro with killer style and extraordinary outlook.

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23. Petite Plus Meow

Petite Plus Meow is a blog dedicated to all things fashion and lifestyle with a self proclaimed focus of “What I Wore and What I Did”. Run by Irene, a fantastically charismatic woman who explores her journey through fashion while being petite and curvy at the same time. Also a lover of all things retro, Irene provides unique and fabulous styles with a nostalgic flare that are refreshing for women everywhere.

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24. Plus Size Panda

For the past 3 years, Aggie of Plus Size Panda has been running her blog and social media sharing fashion inspiration, reviews and coupon codes to help out all her fellow fashionista readers. Aggie just recently relaunched Plus Size Panda and is out to share her love of life and all that surrounds it. Every now and then Aggie offers some of her fantastically unique items on sale so be on the look-out to shop her closet.

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25. Queen Sized Flava

Sarah XXL St-Fleur is a blogger and YouTube beauty guru who is a master of all things fashion and beauty. Straight from Montreal, Sarah provides her blog in both English and French. Sarah is a very accomplished makeup artist and has a love for dance music. She is also passionate about sharing her views on empowerment of women, self esteem, being healthy at any size and many other social issues.queensizedflava

26. Sarah Taylor’s Journey

Sarah is a professional model and award-winning motivational speaker, teaching the value of self love to girls and women based on her own personal journey and survival. Reigning Miss Plus Canada 2014/2015, Sarah has had many exciting opportunities coming her way like being one of 5 Canadian models selected to walk the runway at Full Figured Fashion Week 2015 in New York City – along with many other exciting events that she shares through her blog and social media.

27. The Stylish Reid

Annika is a plus size fashion blogger, YouTuber, stylist, former fashion designer and mother, with extreme enthusiasm for fashion. Through her blog and her active involvement in fashion-related ventures and collaborations, Annika is out to build a community of encouragement and inspiration for those with curves. Sharing fabulous style along the way, Annika’s passion spreads like wildfire.

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Thanks for reading, and THANK YOU to all the bloggers mentioned above for your passion, your courage and your STYLE! If you think I’ve missed a blogger that should be on this list, please comment below.

Special thanks to McKina, SexyPlus Associate, for her help researching and completing this post.


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Holiday Casual with Haute Style

While some of us are lucky enough to have the opportunity to get all glammed up for holiday parties and galas, others just need something stylish to wear to more casual holiday gatherings, like family dinners or office luncheons. With this in mind, I wanted to share this plus size fashion look featuring Point Zero Curvy that I styled on a gorgeous plus size model you may already know, Caterina.

She’s wearing the Crochet Lace Sleeves Plus Size Blouse and Side Lace Print Plus Size Leggings. The crochet lace detail on the blouse steps the casual level up a notch making it a lovely option for the festive season, and beyond.

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The side slits make it easy to wear and add a bit of sexiness to this relatively modest top, showing a hint of your hips.

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Pairing it with the Side Lace Print Leggings was another way to add interest to an all-black outfit. The lace print detail is sassy but still subtle enough to compliment, rather than compete, with the lace detail of the blouse. The are super soft, comfy and stretchy. They also have a natural high waist that accommodates a fuller behind and won’t slide down.

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The crochet lace detail on the top continues across the shoulders in back which is a nice detail that Point Zero Curvy always considers in their designs.

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It’s an easy to wear, dramatic look like the title of this post: Holiday Casual with Haute Style.

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The final touch to this look were the amazing wide calf boots, called the Debbie style by ‘Boots by Pamela’ brand. With a medium but sexy heel, cocoon style with buckle detailing, they’re the perfect manageable heel in a wide calf boot that I’ve seen this year.

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Special thanks to Caterina for modelling this look for my blog!


Crochet Lace Blouse by Point Zero Curvy available at SexyPlus Clothing soon

Side Lace Print Leggings by Point Zero Curvy available at SexyPlus Clothing soon

You can also shop Point Zero Curvy on their website here

Debbie Wide Calf Boots by SexyPlus Clothing (available in sizes 7-12 on special order only)


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Folk Inspired

Folk inspired? Really? Me?

I don’t usually consider my style to be folk anything, but this beautiful tunic/dress by Point Zero Curvy won me over at first sight.

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The beautiful print is just dreamy and the fabric, although a poly blend,  is a little sturdier and softer than your typical slinky poly blend.

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It comes with a detachable belt, that can be tied loosely in front or in back.

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I decided to wear it with basic leggings (also by Point Zero Curvy and super comfy) and nude pumps but it would have looked nice as a dress with tights and boots too, so you can see it is quite versatile.

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I chose a big statement necklace to wear over the tunic because of its high neckline.

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And guess what, this tunic/dress is now on SALE! Check below for details and where to shop.

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Special thanks to Annika of the blog The Stylish Reid for snapping these pics for me!


 

Folk Inspired Tunic/Dress by Point Zero Curvy available at SexyPlus Clothing and on SALE for $44.25 (from $59)

Basic Leggings by Point Zero Curvy available at SexyPlus Clothing in store for $29

Nude Pumps by Addition Elle, vintage

Shapewear by BodyWrap sold at SexyPlus Clothing for $50


 

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