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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Jailbird & Coral

What are you in for, ma’am? Well, that’s the thing: I’ve been breaking out of plus size fashion prison, and the related stereotypes, for some time now.

About 17 years ago (when I was 25), I decided that I was going to see myself as a “perfectly imperfect package”, and I’ve been rocking my curves ever since.

I think women reach this state of self appreciation and acceptance at different points in their lives, and it’s important that they do. Because then, they can break free from any restrictive barriers and soar, in mind and in wardrobe!

In 2009, I discovered the brand Sealed With A Kiss Designs (SWAK) when I was at the inaugural Full Figured Fashion Week in New York. I was looking for trendy, affordable plus size clothing brands to offer at my boutique SexyPlus, and SWAK was a fresh solution.

Recently I picked up the Zora Tunic Sweater because it fits right in with my style of fitted, body-contouring, unapologetically bold fashion. I paired it with my favourite (and best-selling) Perfect Leggings also from SWAK.
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Although I’m petite, it would still be long enough for a taller lady to wear it with leggings as well.
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And this is a good way to take your Winter stuff into Spring – change the accessories and shoes. This outfit would look nice with wide calf boots in the colder months. The bag adds a nice splash of colour which is always complimentary on a monochromatic outfit. It’s a gorgeous Coach handbag borrowed from Lisa of Mustangsallytwo – fashionista extra-ordinare and accessory Queen.
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The size was a little small on the sweater so I got the 2X, and it was great. I am wearing my shapewear in these pictures.
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Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for snapping these great pictures for me!
See you soon,
Stefanie
xox

Zora Tunic Sweater by SWAK Designs

Other TOPS by SWAK Designs
Perfect Leggings by SWAK Designs
Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

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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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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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Point Zero, You Had Me at Curvy

If you’re a fan of mine you know that I’m a big fan of Point Zero Curvy. I discovered this affordable, casual brand last August through my boutique SexyPlus Clothing. I was over the moon excited to offer this line to my customers, and inevitably, I end of scoring a few pieces for myself.

This post features a great way to take basics, and layer them in seasonal ways.

Take a:

  • Chevron cami
  • Oversized cape
  • pair of leggings
  • and some booties

and you have a comfortable, cozy-up, movie-watching outfit. But these pieces can give you way more mileage. The cape, for instance, is a great piece to keep at work for those chilly days, and the cami is a light weight piece that can be paired with all those black or solid cardis and jackets most of us already have.

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The faux leather detailing on the cape gives it a touch of urban edge and ups the style factor, as is the case with most Point Zero designs.

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The cami is long enough to wear with leggings and I love it’s slight asymmetrical hemline.

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I chose burgundy leggings for this look but it would have worked fabulously with black ones, or with jeans.

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This is a comfy, but not “bummy” weekend casual look.

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The adorable booties are from Ardene – that’s right, the accessories super chain. They have great footwear in regular sizes so for me, even though I’m plus size in the body, my feet a regular so I can actually enjoy cute pieces from this store. And they were on sale for $20. No brainer, right?

For the jewelry, I could have gone with either a round necklace to complement the neckline of the cami, or a long pendant which is what I chose. I borrowed it from my blogger buddy Lisa, and it’s from Lane Bryant. They’re a US chain of stores that offer plus size clothing, footwear and accessories.

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So tell me, what does your “casual” look like? Do you default to the trusted yoga pants or do you still put the effort in coordinating like you would for the office? Sometimes it feels good to put some effort into your casual looks and it can entirely change how you approach each day.

Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for taking these pics for me.

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Cape by Point Zero Curvy – sold out

Chevron Cami by Point Zero Curvy – available in store at SexyPlus Clothing

Leggings – sold out, similar here by Charlotte Russe

Necklace by Lane Bryant

Booties by Ardene – may be available in store, similar online options here


 

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