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

 

#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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Fat and Proud – Reclaiming the Word Fat

Today is an epic day for the body positivity movement and plus size fashion industry in Canada. It is with great pride (as a proud plus size woman and industry entrepreneur), that I share the news that Karen Ward, a pioneer in this industry as a blogger and boutique owner, along with other trailblazers made the cover of Toronto Metro News.

To reclaim the word fat, Karen says “we need to strip it of its ability to hurt, shed the negative connotations it has accrued, and use it to label ourselves.” As the wife of a Jamaican born and raised man, the word fat has never held these connotations for my husband. Instead, it implies an attractive, healthy, rounded and appealing woman. It is quite refreshing to see an entire culture, and most of the Caribbean, celebrating beauty diversity in this way and with features like today’s article in Toronto Metro News, we may slowly but surely achieve our goal so eloquently described by Karen above.

While there are many models, bloggers and beauty diversity advocates and institutions making headway in Toronto and worldwide, I am so thrilled that this feature included (from left to right) Sarah Taylor, Laura Caravaggio, Karen Ward, Ophilia Alleyne and Thera Warren.

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Photo by Liz Beddall for Metro News


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Nicolette Mason for Addition Elle

On February 25, 2016 I attended the Nicolette Mason dress collection launch for Addition Elle at their downtown Toronto store. What a lovely event! Additon Elle and the downtown team went all out with beautiful decor and treats to compliment the totally girly collection, and the personality of Nicolette herself.

The collection, as described by Nicolette, is wearable and special, ranging from work to evening, sexy, well constructed and an expression of freedom.

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There are 6 pieces in the collection, with each a unique style that speaks to a different side of our multi-faceted girly-ness. And I LOVE that the marketing team at Addition Elle decided to keep her tattoos visible in the photos.

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I tried on the Janet dress, a bodycon with beautiful lace trim. There’s a lot of lace out there, and I really loved how Nicolette designed this dress with the lace shoulder straps that provide a stricking texture and contrast against the skin. It was kindof enchanted forest meets femme fatale.

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The other styles were lovely, and here’s Sarah trying the flowing and uber feminine Gabi dress.

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The care and craftsmanship that went into these designs is obvious. Bravo Nicolette!

She was lovely, kind and super approachable. I am so glad I had the chance to meet this body activist and plus size fashion blogger in person.

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Thank you Nicolette and Addition Elle and congrats to the downtown team for a delightful fashion event.

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Visit my Instagram page @sassyplusstef for more event pics.


[Totally unrelated sidebar] – have you seen their Spring lingerie? Addition Elle bras are my favourite because they are well-constructed, affordable, comfortable, provide great support and they’re BEYOND pretty. I mean, pink and orange everything please.

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Shop the Nicolette Mason collection here.


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Petite, but not Short on Style & Confidence

This post is about celebrating petite plus size women in all their compact glory. In a world where height is often synonymous with beauty, it is important to continue to showcase the refreshing wonder of diversity.

So here’s to all the petite plus beauties who are standing tall, and standing UP, to so-called fashion rules in their everyday lives, on their blogs, down the aisle and even on the runway.

1.Tina Rose 5’4″

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2. Jennifer Lynn Neyra (left) 5’3″

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3. Darlene Lebron 5’3″

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4. Felicia Sellars 5’4″

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5. Cassandra Cee 5’5″

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6. Jennifer Isaac 5’3″

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7. Laurie Thornton 5’1″

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8. Jewelz Mazzei 5’5″

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9. Vanessa Mendes Carvalho 5’6″

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10. Sunna Murphy 5’1″

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11. Aggie Panda 4’11”

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12. Cassie Westfall Lemp 4’9″

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13. Gail Thompson 5’2″

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14. Anesha Sylvia 5’0″

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15. Kaity Wuebbolt 5’4″

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16. Kyra M-G 5’1″

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17. Irene Kavita 5’2″

 

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18. Me! Stefanie Augusteijn 5’2″

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19. Rebecca Northcott 5’3″

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20. Lisa S 5’6″

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Aren’t they inspiring? If you are of know of a petite plus cutie who should be included here, please comment below and provide the Instagram handle to be used. I will update this post and add you or her!

Thanks for stopping by…

Stefanie


 

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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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