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.

img_3814

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.

img_3820

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.

Copyright SassyPlus 2017 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved

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

 


Copyright SassyPlus 2016 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved

Polished Biker Chick Contrast

This past Saturday November 19 I was invited to attend a special dinner and show by Kat Leonard, a comedienne and TV personality, called My Selfie. It was a tribute to body positivity and self-love. It was a great show and my outfit was killer so here’s the scoop:

Last year at my boutique SexyPlus, a Canadian plus size clothing store located in Mississauga, Ontario, I was offering this super sassy faux-leather peplum dress and I just had to grab one for myself before it sold out (which happened pretty fast). It had everything I want in a party dress: v-neck, sleeves (which were mesh but that was fine), peplum and faux leather. What a winner.

15139323_10157734799555517_545408924_n

A strapless bra would have been better to avoid my straps showing but I knew I was going to keep my FABULOUS jacket on most of the night because of the cold temps.

15175336_10157734799560517_1936042410_n

I wore it with fishnet stockings from SexyPlus to provide that tiny bit of coverage and interest between the skirt hem and the boots. I chose a choker from the #chokerchick collection at SexyPlus offered by Caterina Moda and a simple earring to match.

15175633_10157734799940517_1146787466_n

I wore my tall medium heel boots from Addition-Elle which I love because the heel is actually manageable and I can stand to be in them for a few hours. It provides some height and a more evening look than a flat would have.

15151420_10157734799635517_2098220175_n

The jacket is a stunning designer piece also from SexyPlus – but from last year, from the Joseph Ribkoff Plus Size Collection. And the thing with these amazing statement pieces is that I don’t carry too many of them at the store so when one comes along, you just have to grab it because you know it will be a winner for years to come.

15226346_10157734800100517_1200338952_n

The dark hint of blue, the shine from the taffeta, and the wired collar and sleeves of the jacket with the sexy black business going on underneath gave me the ultimate polished biker chick contrast. And that’s so me.


Dress and jacket from SexyPlus Clothing – vintage

Fishnet stockings from SexyPlus Clothing

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

Choker by Caterina Moda for SexyPlus – similar here


Copyright SassyPlus 2016 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved

Black & Blue I Love You

So if you know me, you know I have a penchant for anything black and blue. It’s just my palette and I’m drawn to it every time. So in this #OOTD post (outfit of the day), I wanted to demonstrate how despite my best efforts (ok, not really), black and blue always finds its way back on me.

First look – Zeta Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing

By far one of my favourite and most versatile acquisitions, the Zeta panel cardi can be worn for business as a beautiful layering piece providing a polished finish, as shown here with a grey patterned leggings and black cami…

14826386_10157586004700517_1956442658_n

…or with a cocktail dress for a more formal look, as shown here which I wore to a Fall wedding this year.

img_5402

img_5403

And here it is in a different fabric and print, a striped black and blue version, and just as stunning but with a bit more electric pizazz.

14996372_10157670549295517_359692209_n

14997009_10157670549045517_158681180_n

Second look: Random pop of blue

I bet you’d never think of randomly adding the pop of blue to this look, but since the top is a bit short on one side and I like to completely cover my belly, I thought the blue cami would break up the monochromaticity of this outfit. I complimented the blue with a blue and black necklace.

14996548_10157670608665517_1620114577_n

Third look: Barcelona Long Lace Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing

This lace cardi is divine! Such a romantic and dramatic layering piece, it takes this blue maxi to a whole new level.

img_4982

Fourth look: Bottoms Up!

A traditional combination for my Fall looks, a great tunic with blue leggings and a bootie. Would also look great with my tall boots.

img_5559

Moral of the story? Don’t default to black! Of course it’s the most versatile and ‘slimming’ colour and we all love it, but you can sneak in some colour and express yourself more vividly.


Zeta Panel Cardigan by SexyPlus Clothing (comes in black, blue, red and a black and blue stripe)

Barcelona Lace Long Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


 

Copyright SassyPlus 2016 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved

 

Sandra & Parker

This post is one which I gather will appeal to many because of its easy wearability. The Sandra Cut-out dress by SWAK Designs is an easy to wear dress with a cool cut-out at the bust. It’s perfect for Fall with 1/2 sleeves and a knee-length design. The cut-out isn’t too revealing so you could easily wear this dress to the office or to a cocktail event.

img_7848-sm

I think most of us, would, by default, pair this dress with a black cardigan (and that would look sharp), but I wanted to show you how fun it can be when you step outside of your comfort zone, and opt for something fun. The Parker Cardigan is soft, comfortable, versatile and bright. And because I prefer a cinched look to outline my silhouette, I threw on a belt and I love the completed ensemble.

img_7795-sm

img_7823-sm

A tall black boot refines the outfit and balances the solids in this look.

Try something different when coordinating your outfits and you might be delightfully surprised. Turquoise zebra print and cranberry… or as SWAK calls it, Sandra & Parker 🙂

Special thanks to Sarah Taylor for taking my pics!

img_7828-sm

xox

Stef


Sandra Dress by SWAK Designs

Parker Cardi by SWAK Designs

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Wide Calf Boots by Addition Elle (sold out)


Copyright SassyPlus 2016 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved

Zipped but not Confined

img_7446sm

Zipped but not Confined – see that’s the thing with jackets – if they’re not specifically made by plus size designers or brands, they often end up looking great on the hanger, but being too tight or ill-fitted when zipped. Well, that definitely wasn’t the case with the Beverly Zipper Jacket I’m featuring in this post.

img_7488-sm

Designed and manufacturer by SWAK Designs, a brand that totally gets and loves plus sizes, the fit was GREAT and super comfortable, even zipped up.

img_7477-sm

Now, if you’re like me and you like longer tops that go below the belly, you may be thinking how you would wear the Beverly, but when I saw it, I knew I could do a longer cami (also by SWAK and sold at SexyPlus Clothing) to create a layered look. And the seams in the jacket provide a nice tapered look that outlined my silhouette.

img_7471sm

Throw on some leggings, like these Perfect Seamless Leggings also by SWAK and sold at SexyPlus Clothing, or some skinny jeans, and you’ve got a really nice walk-in-the-park Sunday afternoon Fall outfit. And if you’re wondering what that sexy thing is under my cami? That’s my harness bra, that I featured in a holiday 2015 post.

img_7458sm

The Beverly Zipper Jacket also comes in black and berry.

I hope you are inspired to try something a little shorter than you normally wear, or even a crop (which can also be layered). Thank you SWAK for always making wearable clothing for us curvy girls!

Special thanks to Caterina Moda for snapping these pics for me 🙂

xox

Stefanie


Beverly Zipper Jacket by SWAK Designs

Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Wide Calf Boots by Penningtons


Copyright SassyPlus 2016 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blog – All rights reserved