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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Roses are Red, Fall is Blue!

In addition to “marsala” – a new color for Fall, which, to me sounds like a delicious Indian Dish, cobalt blue is here to stay. When I went in to Addition Elle last week I fell in love with this super soft, cozy blue & black cardi. Although the print or weave style is called “Space Dye”, it was totally down to earth 🙂

I pictured myself styling it with a plain black dress, graphic t-shirt, or with denim and boots as shown in this post. The thing with long cardis is that they are so dramatic, flattering and convey this sense of haute style. I’m so glad they are trending, and you’ll see more of them next year too in lace and crochet and beyond.

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Not only does it have a hoodie, but it also has POCKETS! Simple pleasures ladies.

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To keep the look light and fresh, I chose a basic long white cami, acid wash jeggings and this wide black and blue belt also from Addition Elle (last year) and my favorite over-the-knee wide calf boots by SexyPlus Clothing (designed by Boots by Pamela).

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For the accessories, I chose a white Zwarovski necklace and earring set by SexyPlus Clothing (designed by My Beaded Designs), and my triple LOVE INFINITY bracelet set by Pennington’s (last year).

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You see ladies, you CAN wear belts and fitted tops even with a belly.

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And finally, this selfie to show you the incredible magnifying power of Younique Fiber Lashes by http://www.mascaramama.com. You’ve got to try them – so much easier and more effective than falsies. 

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Thoughts? Do you like the look, and are you into the long cardi trend? Comment below, I always love hearing from you.


Space Dye Long Sleeve Cardi by Addition Elle, also available in black & white and “sangria” (similar to what’s called “marsala” color)

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b&w  sangria

Jeggings by Addition Elle – similar here

Basic Cami by SexyPlus Clothing

Belts by Addition Elle – options here

Bracelets by Penningtons – options here

Over-the-knee wide calf boots by SexyPlus Clothing


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A Blogaversary to Remember: The Stylish Reid

Last night I was super lucky, and stoked, to attend the one year blogaversary of the Canadian plus size fashion blog by Annika Reid, “The Stylish Reid”.

Annika is a fascinating woman; Mom, designer, blogger, friend, and business woman. In 2008, she set off as a designer, bringing stunning plus size fashion and custom-made gowns to her fans and clients. She has evolved over the years to become a blogger/vlogger extraordinaire.

Last night (Sunday, June 29, 2015), she invited friends, family, collaborators, bloggers and clients to celebrate the event in style, sisterhood and love. Here’s a look at the evening through my eyes, and my amateur lens.

Before the crowd arrived, Annika was busy getting every detail just right.

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The truly decadent catering included delicious finger foods and abundant desserts. Annika sure knows how to treat her guests; it just kept coming and coming!

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Annika presented some of her best designs from past collections, and new styles from her capsule series.

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Makeup was done by Annika’s little sister Tamara (on left below, and her work on model Ro in middle, and models Julienne and Sarah on right).

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Her host Joy challenged the crowd to play some trivia for prizes…

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Performances like spoken word by Joy Oke, songs by Pure Ivory, burlesque dancing by Belles Jumelles, and music by Tricia Campbell were outstanding and thought provoking, sending messages of beauty diversity and female empowerment.

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Guests arrived in high style, relishing the occasion to dress up…

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But the overwhelming sense of love and support was truly felt and seen at the end of the show, when everyone came over to hug and congratulate the lady of the hour….

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Annika thanked friends for their support and generosity, and honored sponsors who made the evening possible.

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Always by her side, Annika’s daughter Aniyah…

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It was such a lovely evening and the sense of joy and pride for Annika was genuine. I truly enjoy reading her blog and watching her videos on YouTube because she combines her passion for fashion with an honest insight into her lifestyle.
Follow and support Annika, The Stylish Reid, here:
All above photos by Stefanie Augusteijn

Of course in true (and somewhat narcissistic) blogger style, I shall end this post with my beautiful outfit, which made me feel all polished and grown-up…
Dress by SexyPlus Clothing – part of the new AFFORDABLE CASUAL COLLECTION
Necklace by Aldo Accessories
Cuff by SexyPlus Clothing, in store
Bolero by Penningtons, here
Shoes by Le Chateau (vintage)
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Photos of me taken by Annika’s little sister, and the makeup artist of the evening, the lovely Tamara.

The Stylish Reid Blogaversary Sponsors and Contributors

Venue & Catering

The Pilot Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Performers:

Songs by Pure Ivory, Steff Ivory Conover

Burlesque by Belle Jumelles

Host and Spoken Word by Joy Oke

Songs by Trish, I Am Trish

Models:

Sarah TaylorNadelle, Sasha Edwards, Tasha Nathan, Caterina Moda, Ro Reid and Jules

Event Sponsors:

SexyPlus Clothing

GiGi Jorie

Amour Noir

PHELINE DESIGN

Thistle & Oak

SIZE SEXY Clothing

ADDITION ELLE

Toussaint Brown

Daniel Husbands of Hband.ca

Services

Sweet Table by J’s Signature Decor

Makeup by Tamara Gayle-Cooper from Beauty by Tay

Photography by Jamil


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Moroccan Triple Sec

This outfit is like a shot of liqueur – warm and smooth going down, with an assertive burn, like Triple Sec. That’s how I think of the Skylar Dress by SexyPlus Clothing featured here: a strong brick orange background infused with a bold Moroccan print create the full-bodied color palette for this crisp summer ensemble. 

Sometimes I start with the shoes, or even the necklace, and build an outfit based on that. But in this case, the dress itself was the Pièce De Résistance. 

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This zesty strapless number features a unique side HI-LO with a wide, flirty ruffle hem. It’s super flattering light-weight rayon fabric is easy to wear – I swear! It’s not clingy, so it’s a good summer style that doesn’t require shapewear.

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The bust has a light ‘blouson’ style with an elastic waist. I like to define my waist so I added a thick navy blue stretchy belt. Here’s the thing – I didn’t like the buckle on the belt (it was so outdated, which was to be expected since it was thrifted) so I clipped an orange hair-flower over it. Voila. Looks all intentional doesn’t it?

SASSY 2 FINAL-8Next, to bring in the blue tones, I chose my Addition Elle blue & black statement necklace and bright blue cobalt pumps from Payless.

Notice that the belt, necklace and shoes are different shades of blue and yet they still compliment the outfit? An important technique to note: when getting dressed, many of us have a tendency to “match” rather than to coordinate. Coordinating forces you to step outside of your comfort zone but yields some pretty striking results that are wonderfully, uniquely you.

Because I’m a romantic and long for the days when women paraded themselves in immaculately coordinated ensembles, I couldn’t resist the tangy mango hat.

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I chose a playground to photograph this outfit because I wanted to culminate the essence of fashion and fun, but truth be told, my spiky heels were sinking into the ground so this location made no sense at all, but doesn’t it look good? Seriously, this outfit would have been ideal for a summer BBQ (on more solid ground), an afternoon at an art festival, having a Sex In The City style lunch with friends….The point is that you can take a casual dress and make it ‘haute’ with your accessories, your footwear, and of course your attitude.

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I toast our curves and the fashion to celebrate them!


Skylar Dress – custom made and available ONLY at SexyPlus Clothing – here *SPECIAL OFFER* Use code SKYLAR to get 30% off this dress now! 

I am wearing the 0X and I wear a size 16 normally. Sizes 0X to 3X are available. 

Belt – thrifted

Pumps (last year) by Payless – similar options here and here and by Heels.com here

Necklace (last year) by Addition Elle – similar here

Hair flower and hat by Ardene – here and more in store

Photography by Rebecca Northcott Photography


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Botanical Beauty – Dress Your Senses

Sassyd2-22You know when you walk into a store, or walk past a window and something just stops you in your tracks, and you stare in complete adoration? Well, that’s how I felt about this dress by Addition Elle, simply named the “Reversible Sleeveless Printed Maxi Dress”, but I lovingly call it the Botanical Beauty.

With such a vivid explosion of tropical blooms contrasting on that solid black background, its exuberance called to my senses.

If you happen to feel a little shy about your arms sometimes, like I do, and it depends on the day to be honest, this dress can be paired with almost any color shrug, and I decided on this fresh pink one also from Addition Elle. I liked the look with and without the shrug.

Sassyd2-5I also like to wear belts – they are not for everyone, and again, do what makes you feel good. For me, I like how they cinch the smallest part of my body (the waist), and also add style and edge. But the look would have been great without the belt as well.

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I added a simple necklace from Ardene. With such a bold print, I didn’t need a statement piece that would compete with the dress, and I wanted to pick up the black and silver from the belt.

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I can’t wait to wear this lovely Botanical Beauty again – and did I mention, it has pockets??? Such simple things make us happy don’t they?

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And my trusted lace up sandals from Penningtons that I featured in a previous post here were perfect for this outfit, and for comfort.

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Love Stef xox


Dress by Addition Elle here

Necklace and belt, in store at Ardene

Pink bolero, in store at Addition Elle

Lace up Sandals by Penningtons here

Photography by Rebecca Northcott Photography


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