Consign Your Curves

Being in this industry has its perks. One of them is being invited to sell and shop at the annual Consign Your Curves sale in Guelph, Ontario.

It’s my second year as a seller and I love being a part of it. So many women come together to celebrate and shop plus size clothing in a body positive environment. Bloggers, models, consumers, friends; all united on one day to shop and sell their gently-used and brand new clothing from their own personal closets, at amazing deals. Seriously, some of the brands and styles are to die for.

Created and directed by Carlie Roberts, pictured below (left), it’s a must-attend event.

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This year I picked up a few great pieces. One of them being this GAP dress sold at Melissa Shannon‘s rack. I am a sucker for fluorescent and maxis, and for $15 this one was a done deal for me.

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With a gentle rope belt and pockets, this strapless smock is just so relaxed and screams summer vacation. It just makes me want to get a pedi and a pina colada.

To accessorize it, I would probably go light on the jewelry and grab a chiffon scarf instead. It compliments the outfit, the sentiment, and provides a little shoulder coverage if needed.

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I got some new summer sandals from Ardene in a lovely nude with a centre strap of bling. So pretty! They fit my wide ankles easily.

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I hope to see many of your at next year’s sale. Come and say hi and shop my closet! Special thanks to Carlie and all her volunteers for making this great event come to life and serve so many ladies.

Photos by Anesha Sylvia; Editing by me!

xox


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The Style Whisperer

Growing up my sister and I spent a lot of time at ranches and equestrian centres. Our Mom even let us go on a three-day overnight hike on horseback. Best. Memories. Ever.

But as we grew up, and my sister Melanie became more and more involved in horsemanship, I navigated towards the corporate world. Air conditioning, pretty clothes everyday…you get it. My sister has become one of the best coaches and equestrian experts in Ontario, and I’m so proud of her. When she suggested a shoot at Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship where she currently teaches, I couldn’t resist, knowing that the pictures would be so unexpected and romantic. She even chose a gorgeous candidate who has the bluest eyes to match my dress by SWAK Designs.

Meet the handsome Frankie, and the regal Sabrina.

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The Sabrina Maxi Dress is a winning style that SWAK has been offering for a few seasons, always coming up with new colours on the same great cut.

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With a full voluptuous skirt, empire waist and criss-cross bust, it’s flattering on so many shapes. And yes, even if you are petite like me (5’2″), you can wear maxis and totally feel like a goddess.

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I chose a skinny gold belt to accent my jewelry, but this of course is totally optional. I just like to emphasize the waistline and create more of a silhouette. And to make the look a little more formal, although this dress can go both ways, I paired it with a long cardi – something I think every girl should have as a wardrobe staple.

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And even though the straps are skinny spaghetti straps, it really doesn’t look bad with my black bra straps showing. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can get a bra in the same colour, switch the straps out for clear ones, or wear a jacket.

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The Sabrina maxi dress get two thumbs up for fit, quality and price. It comes in black, pale rose, teal and there are new colours each season as mentioned.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, for your support, and for learning to love your curves through fashion. Special thanks to my sister Melanie Chin for taking these beautiful pictures and for providing the wonderful “props”! She can be contacted here for riding lessons.


Sabrina Maxi by SWAK Designs

Long Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing – vintage, similar here by SWAK Designs

Necklace – vintage

Pumps by Payless – vintage, similar here (also available in wide width)

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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Blushing Goddess

This post is a special one because I actually collaborated with my one and only sister, Melanie Chin, to make it happen. I wanted a different landscape for my next feature, and she suggested the equestrian centre where she coaches. How lucky am I to have a sister who works with horses?!

This is the beautiful Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship, nestled in the picturesque Ontario countryside, in Orangeville.

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Although totally inadequately dressed for riding of any sort, my Joan Maxi Dress by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs) was perfect for posing, being admired and being a Goddess among these beautiful, graceful horses.

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Joan Plus Size Maxi Dress

As you can see it’s a little too long and I would definitely need to get it shortened, but the good thing is that it can accommodate many of my taller plus size comrades.

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It is such a graceful dress and hits the spot in all areas of design elements that are important to me:

  • v-neck: check! Reveal a slight décolletage, and showcase a nice statement necklace
  • sleeves: check! Lately I’ve just been a little less comfortable being bare-armed, so I am gravitating towards sleeves. It may only be for a season, and for no good reason, but it’s making me love these kimono style, barely there sleeves.
  • empire body: check! Empire waist help to define your silhouette and in my case as a petite plus size woman, they give me the illusion of a bit more height.
  • back tie: check! Always nice to be able to cinch the look to your own silhouette. Kinda makes the dress customizable, and the long sashes add a nice detail in back.

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I coordinated this look with a thin yellow belt, which is unexpected but blends nicely with the soft, happy, feminine, palette. And one of my favourite statement necklaces showcasing oversized flowers in pastels of coral, yellow, pink, and lime green.

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A summery laser-cut wedge kept the look light. And the beauty next to me, well, her name is Jewel and we love her.

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I often hear that petite gals feel that they can’t wear maxi dresses, and although I always respect any personal choice and preference, I hope they don’t feel that way because of height. Ain’t I proof that petites do the Maxi justice, even if we have to carry it a bit? Have I earned the title, Blushing Goddess?

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The Joan Maxi Dress is also available in other colours: charcoal, cranberry, turquoise, navy, green and black. SWAK is excellent at offering affordable, trendy plus size clothing that is meant to be really lived in.

Special thanks and love to my sister Melanie Chin, who was so enthusiastic in setting this up, and for her superb photography. She’s a pretty amazing woman, not to mention my mud hero.

She is always so supportive of me and my endeavors even though we live and work in very different worlds. She is also one of the most established, commended and gifted riding coaches in Ontario.

She can be contacted here for riding lessons.

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Joan Maxi Dress by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs)

Belt by Ricki’s – last year

Necklace by Aldo Accessories – last year, current selection here

Wedge Sandals by Maurices – last year, similar here

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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A Thousand Wishes

So aptly named for its whimsical design, this post features the Thousand Wishes dress by SexyPlus Clothing (a Point Zero Curvy design).

I am always drawn to super feminine things, and this plus size dress had me at, well, you know the rest. With a lightweight and flowy chiffon fabric, and a delicate geo print in subtle corals and mint greens on an ivory background, everything about it is like a daydream.

Paired with a coral wedge and a cute jean vest, it’s total summer everything.

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To add to this dress’ appeal, the lining is knee-length giving it a see-through effect from the knee-down, so it kinda feels maxi, without the bulk.

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I actually love halter necklines, and have no problem wearing a strapless bra despite my 44D size. Addition Elle has excellent strapless options in a wide range of sizes. And they’re excellent quality for the price. I love a hint of cleavage provided by the keyhole detail.

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The back is nicely detailed as well, because Point Zero doesn’t sleep on unique design elements. The back panel, from the waist up, is wide enough that you don’t feel like it’s falling and showing too much skin.

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If you haven’t tried the Point Zero Curvy line which was introduced in 2015, you simply must. It’s the stuff we always wanted for big girls – but could never find. Now we can and my boutique, SexyPlus Clothing offers a substantial selection from their line each season.

I am wearing the 0X and am a healthy size 16 (18 on bottom). I am also wearing shapewear (which I always do).

SPECIAL OFFER: Use coupon SASSYPLUS for 10% off this dress until June 4, 2016 online at http://www.sexyplusclothing.com.

Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for snapping these great pictures for me!


Thousand Wishes Dress by SexyPlus Clothing

Coral Wedge by Maurices

Denim Vest by Maurices – last year, similar here

Strapless Bra by Addition Elle

Bodywrap Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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Ruching, I love you.

Ruching, also sometimes spelled “rouching” and pronounced “roo-shing”, from the noun “ruche” is defined as: a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress. 

Ruching has gained popularity in fashion design in recent years, particularly in the body and hip area of dresses and tunics, and it’s a technique I know many of us have embraced. While we are making advances in the area of confidently showing our curves along with our lumps and bumps, notably a protruding belly outline (called #VBO in the world of plus size bloggers for Visible Belly Outline), some of us may still be more comfortable with some camouflage around our mid-section to minimize the belly outline. And that’s ok too, because it’s all about what makes you feel good, body positive movement aside.

For me, it depends on my state of mind (and level of confidence) at the time I’m considering a certain dress, for a certain event or activity. It fluctuates, and that’s ok. Sometimes I’m totally ok with a bold curve-hugging, unapologetic fit, and sometimes I am looking for a little help from some good ol’ ruching.

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This dress, the Zuri Plus Size Bodycon by SWAK Designs (Sealed with a Kiss Designs), does the trick. And to find it on a casual, cotton jersey dress like this is nice. With an asymmetrical hem design, this casual style actually allows you to feel kinda fabulous even if it’s just to run some errands.

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The shoulder straps are totally bra-friendly and the round neckline reveals the tiniest bit of décolletage without being too sexy for a daytime look.

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I envisioned it with the gorgeous and slightly dramatic Terri Chiffon Duster, also from SWAK, to provide some colour contrast. Isn’t it perfect?!

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It’s the kind of piece you wear as an accessory, and I feel so chic in it. I brought the mint colour in with a simple pastel chainlink necklace, and the pweter boho chic bag by Coach was just so “ladies who lunch”.

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And for shoes, a neutral like these light brown studded sandals are fine because they do not compete with the dominant colour palette.

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The Zuri Bodycon Dress also comes in black, and if there are any left, teal. Hopefully SWAK will keep offering this cut, perhaps with sleeves for Fall, in new colours.

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And the Terri Chiffon Duster also comes in the lovely multi print.

 

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Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for snapping these great pictures for me, and lending me her gorgeous Coach bag.

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Zuri Bodycon Dress by SWAK

Terri Chiffon Duster by SWAK

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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Varsity

By now you know that I’m a lover of tunics and leggings in the Winter months. It’s just a combination that works for my shape. But sometimes, when we find a cut or combination that works for us, we may end up mindlessly repeating it and letting our stylee-senses fall to the wayside.

This is why I force myself to opt for contrasting colours, patterns and textures when putting outfits together.

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When I saw this varsity sweater dress at Forever 21, I knew it was for me. Although featured on their website as a dress, which I could do in summer or to go out, I knew it would be great as a tunic. The classic black and white pattern can be paired with solids and patterns as I did with these herringbone tights from Addition Elle.

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You might never suspect it, but it works so well to add yet another pattern, the animal print belt and necklace. And the hint of pink in the necklace picks up the magenta tones in the tights quite nicely.

Any wide calf boots would have done the trick here, but I opted for one of my all-time favorite styles, the Venus by SexyPlus (designed by Boots by Pamela).

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I am wearing shapewear because I like a sleek, more contained look and feel.

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I shot these images myself with my tripod so excuse me if they all kinda look the same! Points for effort? 🙂

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Varsity Sweater Tunic by Forever 21

Tights by Addition Elle, vintage – shop current styles here

Belt by Addition Elle, vintage

Necklace by Betsey Johnson, vintage – shop current styles here

Boots by SexyPlus Clothing (this style, the Venus, is available by special order in sizes 7-11 – contact SexyPlus for details)


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Stop Matching; Start Coordinating

Growing up in a Cotton Ginny culture, or Au Coton in Montreal where I was raised, getting dressed was all about matching. Your leg warmers matched your sweater and your earrings and your headband – you get the idea.

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As I’ve matured though, I’ve refined my personal style and learned to coordinate my outfits, instead of mindlessly matching. And coordinating is where your personal style really gets a chance to affirm itself.

This outfit is so simple, but coordinated to provide interesting contrast, texture and rich colour.

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Instead of reaching for another blue item to match the blouse, or a white or black item to match the leggings, I went totally wild and put these two together. Ok, so maybe it’s not exactly ‘wild’ but let’s go with unexpected and the result is totally refreshing.

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The shirt is long enough to pair with leggings and just falls loosely around the hips. Shirts like this are essential for casual chic looks. You may find them square or boxy looking on the hangers, but I encourage you to give them a try when you see them. Some are surprisingly shapely and flattering without being clingy.

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Throw on your fav wide calf boots or booties and your look is complete. And oh, for the jewelry, try ‘coordinating’ too – instead of instinctively matching. You might be surprised by the stylish outcome. For this outfit I opted for a simple tri-coloured gold pendant.

There are so many ways to pull off this look – just pick a shirt and a pair of leggings that don’t match!

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Special thanks to Annika of the blog The Stylish Reid for snapping these winter fresh photos for me.


 

Shirt by Torrid – sold out, similar here or here

Leggings by Addition Elle – sold out, similar here

Wide calf boots by PayLess – purchased in store in Canada, shop online here

Teardrop Pendant by Michael Hill


 

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