Stylish. Sexy. Rue.

About a year ago I discovered this new curve-hugging, head-turning clothing brand called Rue 107. Their Instagram album had me hypnotized with vibrant patterns, bold cuts and confident curves flaunting their stuff.

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I clicked over to their website and saw that they had a wholesale program and promptly submitted my application to offer the line at my boutique, SexyPlus Clothing. Weeks passed, and months turned into a year before I finally heard back from them. They had revamped their wholesale program and were ready to consider SexyPlus as an approved retailer. I was ecstatic!

After carefully evaluating my company, they agreed that Rue 107 would be a perfect addition to my collection and approved SexyPlus Clothing as the FIRST and ONLY boutique in Canada to offer the line. I was thrilled! You see, I’ve always offered unique cocktail dresses, club wear and lingerie, and recently introduced the Point Zero Curvy / Affordable Casual Collection at SexyPlus, but felt that I was still missing this segment of fashion-forward, rule-breaking styles with a unique urban retro flair. Rue 107 was the answer.

But I wanted to introduce the line with a splash, and Annika of the blog The Stylish Reid immediately came to mind because to me, her style epitomizes urban retro flair and how fabulous confidence can look. She has styled many outstanding looks featuring vintage pieces with modern accessories and when I reached out to her, well, she jumped at the opportunity to collaborate. As a long time client of SexyPlus Clothing, Annika strives to support women as well as local independent businesses whenever she can, so this was a natural fit.

We got together, note pads and smart phones in hand to plan our new collaboration and that’s how “Stylish. Sexy. Rue.” was born.

I asked Annika to select and style 4 pieces from their current line. She chose the Breana, the Sylvie and the Vicky bodycon ruffle off-shoulder dresses, and the super daring Miss Rose bodysuit. We then set a date for a downtown Toronto photoshoot and met with plus size models Sarah Taylor, Caterina Moda and Kristina Samuels on Dec 12.

With a 9am start time, we met with our makeup artist Michelle (who found us on Instagram the night before), and she set out to beautify our gorgeous crew.

Michelle was professional, easy to work with, and super talented. She allowed each model to personalize some aspects of their look while keeping in line with our overall fierce, feminine glam theme.

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Annika styled each look perfectly. She chose accessories and footwear for each model, and herself, to bring our vision to life. Her theme was “Sex and the City” meets urban curvy babes.

Featured below, Sarah wearing the Sylvie dress, Annika wearing the Breana dress, Kristina wearing the Vicky dress and Caterina wearing the Miss Rose Bodysuit.

Even though it was super chilly that day, and there was a lot of relocating, the models, Annika and our photographer Elliot were absolute troopers in bracing the cold and maintaining great attitudes throughout the long and exhausting day. Hey, modeling ain’t easy and a good photographer sometimes has to get on the ground. Annika recaps the project from her perspective on her blog here.

The final result was pure magic. To see how it all came together in these amazing images was so gratifying.

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Each person brought something special to the project – their skill, but also their heart, and for that I am truly grateful. It reminds me that I chose the right profession, and that despite ups and downs which are an unfortunate but natural part of small business, I love what I do. I mean, working with bloggers and models, coordinating fashion photo shoots, and reminding hundreds of women each day that their curves are beautiful…? I’m a lucky girl.

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The final component to bring this project full circle was a meet & greet, or ‘Shop & Sip’ event at SexyPlus Clothing where customers were invited to come and try the new line, be styled by Annika, and enjoy a girls night of shopping and champagne. On Jan 3, we did just that, and what a wonderful evening it was.

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Our campaign models came out and tried on different Rue 107 styles alongside our customers.

Caterina and Annika did a switcheroo, trying on each others’ styles.

Shoppers enjoyed champagne & treats…

And tried on something new…

The best part was the positive energy and support that was felt throughout this entire project, and during our special soirée.

So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank the contributors, customers, models, Rue 107 and especially Annika who brought her creativity and professionalism to this project.

Annika will be selecting the Spring Rue 107 Collection for SexyPlus Clothing boutique so stay tuned for the next chapter in bringing more selection and exciting plus size fashion to Canada.

Love, Stefanie

 


 

SexyPlus Clothing Website

The Stylish Reid Blog

Model Sarah Taylor

Model Caterina Moda

Model Kristina Samuels

Makeup Artist MillionaireMakeup

Photography Elliot Parrott

Cupcakes Gigi Bakes

Blog feature by The Curvy Fashionista


 

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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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How to Wear A Coatigan as a Top

Well, despite the intriguing title suggesting some elaborate secret technique, it’s actually so simple I’m almost embarrassed to say….

Just belt it.

I defined what a coatigan is in my previous post, and when I was putting this look together, with the help of plus size blogger and stylist Annika of The Stylish Reid, I didn’t feel like wearing a top. Straight up. So she suggested belting it and it totally works. Sometimes you just don’t feel like coordinating and layering.

You just want to be comfortable, look good and go.

And that’s what this look is all about.

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This gorgeous Fall look is by one of my new all-time fav brands, Point Zero Curvy. A well established Canadian brand who recently embraced the plus size market with their Curvy line. And I love it. The pieces are everyday wearable, and they’re anything but basic. Each piece, although casual, has some cool detail that just makes it special.

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Annika selected a basic wide black belt and we pulled the coatigan tight to wrap over my bosom. This would have been totally appropriate for a casual office look, but would also work for delightful weekend window shopping, while slowly strolling and sipping hot chocolate.

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I’m wearing the Point Zero Curvy super soft faux suede leggings and caramel boots to highlight the browns in the coatigan.

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I hope you enjoyed this look and invite you to kick up your Fall style while keeping it comfy and simple.

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Special thanks to Annika for styling this look and taking these photos.

Stefanie xox


Point Zero Curvy Collection, also available at SexyPlus Clothing

Point Zero Curvy Coatigan

Point Zero Curvy Faux Suede Leggings

Caramel Wedge Wide Calf Boots – vintage, similar Wide Calf Boots

Wide Elastic Belt – available in store at SexyPlus Clothing


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Ardene’s – More Than Just Accessories Part 2

In my previous post featuring Ardene’s, I talked about the exciting discovery that their size XL in clothing actually fits my size 16, and I featured a lovely pastel, bohemian maxi dress. And because they were offering a second dress at $1, I had to pick up this lovely navy diamond print strapless maxi.

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It was a little long for my compact 5’1″ self, so I did get it hemmed – and yes ladies, I do encourage you to purchase things that you love and INVEST in a slight alteration. Isn’t the prefect fit and that fabulous feeling worth it?

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I decided to coordainte the look with unexpected pastels, also from Ardene’s, and picked up this pastel chain link long necklace, and beaded bracelet bunch.

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A couple of selfies, for good measure…

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To keep the look casual and bohemian, I chose these caramel gladiator sandals, ALSO from Ardene’s. Yup, the entire look, for a plus size gal like me, from Ardene’s. Who woulda thought?

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And here’s the side by side.

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I shot this look myself using my new tri-pod (how awesomely independent and resourceful of me) at the beautiful Brampton Heartlake Conservation Area. Inviting rolling landscapes, a gazebo, bridges, ducks – I’ll definitely be shooting there again.

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Did you enjoy these looks by Ardene? Please like and comment below to let me know!

xox

Stefanie


Dress by Ardene

Sandals by Ardene in store, shop their online selection here

Accessories by Ardene in store, shop their online selection here


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Ardene’s – More Than Just Accessories

One of my recent fashion discoveries was that Ardene’s extra large sizes ACTUALLY fit me, at a plump size 16 – what a pleasant surprise! Most of us curvier girls have shopped at Ardene’s for years – but only for costume jewelry and accessories. So I’m sharing the good news, that if you wear a size 12 to 16, you can get some of their cute, trendy, seasonal fashions as well. And if you wear a regular width shoe, you can enjoy some of their sandals too.

I purchased two dresses… because ladies… right now, their dresses are “Buy One, Get One for $1”!  So ya, I couldn’t pass that up, and neither should you if you wear this size range. Stay tuned, the second dress will be featured in a separate blog post.

Here we go.

The first totally dreamy tube maxi dress is ultra feminine with a beachy blend of turquoise and coral on a soft ivory palette and unimposing elastic waist to define the silhouette.

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And because I was feeling like a princess, I styled it with a wonderfully dramatic body chain and my coral wedges from Maurices (featured in a previous post).

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The dress has a short lining, which hits me about mid-thigh.

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I felt really beautiful and feminine in this dress and I’m so glad I got it! At $35 (and a second dress for only $1), I am pleased with the quality and fit. I hope you enjoyed this look and can benefit from Ardene’s clothing.

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Dress by Ardene

Body chain by Victorious Me

Wedge sandals by Maurices (now on sale)


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#GetYourSexyOn Fashion Show by SIZE SEXY CLOTHING

Can I say EPIC? What about ELITE? Tierra Sedgemore, creator of #sizesexy clothing delivered an upscale, curve rocking show to remember on Sunday, May 3 at The Uptown Loft in Toronto, Canada and I’ve got the inspiring review for you right here.

Tierra quoted,

If you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together. – by Robin Jones Gunn

And that’s exactly what she did. With a team of professionals, models, friends and supporters alike, Tierra’s show presented a designer (MiniMaxiMidi), a boutique (SexyPlus) and her new line of #sizesexy apparel.

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Tierra Sedgemore, creator of SIZE SEXY Clothing

I arrived with this handsome guy (husband Howard), and went straight backstage since I was lucky enough to have been invited by Tierra to present my collection at her show.

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My dress above by Ashley Stewart (2014), bolero by SexyPlus, necklace by Target, and wedge sandals, the most comfortable I’ve ever owned, by Le Chateau (2012).

Photographer Rebecca of Rebecca Northcott Photography had already been busy busy capturing the backstage buzz and the pre-show ambiance.

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Model Jennifer Lynn Neyra being styled by Hair by Krystal @shyeggyrlpro

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Model Kaity Wuebbolt @kmw_plus

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Model Shannon Thompson @shannon_thompson1 having makeup done by Victoria’s Salon

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Fashion Show choreography by Ophilia Alleyne @ophiliaskurves

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The Uptown Loft, Toronto

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I couldn’t resist the #sizesexy martini which was SO delicious!

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Guests started to arrive, including industry professionals and bloggers.

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Bloggers Jessica @jesskuuh and Erica @ericaexposed

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Middle: Business Coach and Mentor Kike @kikeodusanya and Right: host and producer of Nikki Clarke Show Nikki @nikkiclarke31

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Middle: Blogger Thera @thera_cloud14

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Show guests Vanessa @vanessamartistry and Selina @selinaciccia

Blogger Irene of @petiteplusmeow and Designer Carmen

Blogger Irene of @petiteplusmeow and Designer Carmen

Blogger Karen of Your Big Sister's Closet @bigsiscloset and Curvy Canadian @curvycdn

Blogger Karen of Your Big Sister’s Closet @bigsiscloset and Curvy Canadian @curvycdn

Stephanie Joseph @quotidian_me and creator of Natural Hair and Beauty Show

Stephanie Joseph @quotidian_me looking mac dapper and creator of Natural Hair and Beauty Show

Jill Andrew of the Body Confidence Canada Awards @bodyconfidencecanadaawards

Jill Andrew of the Body Confidence Canada Awards @bodyconfidencecanadaawards

The fashion show coordinator, choreographer and SIZE SEXY brand ambassador Ophilia from Ophilia’s Kurves, was cool as a cucumber ensuring all elements for a flawless runway performance were in place. Her attention to detail, and caring nature ensured not only a flawlessly executed show, but also that the models were taken care of and had food and refreshments.

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Ophilia of Ophilia’s Kurves @ophiliaskurves

SIZE SEXY Clothing was available for purchase…

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The evening’s charismatic MC Nikki Morgan kept the energy high and kicked off the show with a spoken word performance by her talented brother, Dwane Morgan who urged us all to love women for everything they are, and not only for their “parts”. This was quite moving and he delivered a powerful message with conviction.

MC Nikki Morgan @nikkiworldboss

MC Nikki Morgan @nikkiworldboss

Performer, poet and spoken word Dwayne @dwayne_morgan

Performer, poet and spoken word Dwayne @dwayne_morgan

The fashion show segment exploded into gear with the latest collection by designer Annika featuring bold, beautiful and unique designs by MiniMaxiMidi.

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We were all so proud of Annika as she was led out by plus model Ro Reid.

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Model Ro @iamroreid with designer Annika @minimaximidi

Next up, signers Trish and Kim Davis hypnotized us all with their voices and stage presence, with music by DJ Pete Funk. They’re gonna be famous!

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I’m a little partial to the next segment, which was the SexyPlus Clothing fashion show, because as the owner of this boutique I am always blown away, and so tremendously proud when I see my collection coming down a runway, and experiencing the contagious confidence of the incredible models. All styles shown below are available at http://www.sexyplusclothing.com, in store at 5100 Maingate Drive, Unit 14 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 905-625-0813.

Click on the images to follow these plus size models and #beautydiversity advocates.

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It just takes my breath away. Curves are so beautiful. Curves make the woman.

Plus model Tarah leads me down to take a bow

Plus model Tarah leads me down to take a bow

Click here for the SexyPlus Clothing segment video.

Tierra’s very own beautiful Mommy wins the dance off competition!

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Then, what we had all been waiting for, the pièce de résistance of the evening, the new collection by SIZE SEXY Clothing!!! Tierra showcased new t-shirts, dresses, and new adorable bootie shorts!

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Tierra Sedgemore, creator of SIZE SEXY Clothing @tierrasedgemoresizesexy

To purchase SIZE SEXY Clothing, visit the new website www.sizesexy.ca. Support the movement by wearing the message and #getyoursexyon!

Follow SIZE SEXY on Facebook here, on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Finally, I would like to personally thank Tierra for including me/SexyPlus Clothing in this historical evening, and to all the models for their time, hard work, devotion to the industry, and of course, for their fabulous curvy bodies because there would be no show without them!


It took an incredible team of professionals and a lot of hard work and passion to deliver this evening of excellence. In addition to those mentioned above, these amazing people made the evening as special as it was.

Photography by Rebecca Northcott Photography

Makeup by Nadia TamaraLee & Amanda- Victoria’s Salon

Hair by Krystal @shyeggyrlpro

Cupcakes by nix cupcake fix

Video by Yung Graphics

Venue The Uptown Loft

Models: Elle Brown, Jennifer Neyra, Josie Vida Amoor, Kaity Wuebbolt, Kyra M-G, Nadelle Lewis, Ro Reid, Sarah Taylor, Shannon Thompson, Tarah Lynn, Vanessa Amilia, Caterina Moda, Paula Trelawni.

Love, SassyPlus Stef

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