#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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Sandra & Parker

This post is one which I gather will appeal to many because of its easy wearability. The Sandra Cut-out dress by SWAK Designs is an easy to wear dress with a cool cut-out at the bust. It’s perfect for Fall with 1/2 sleeves and a knee-length design. The cut-out isn’t too revealing so you could easily wear this dress to the office or to a cocktail event.

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I think most of us, would, by default, pair this dress with a black cardigan (and that would look sharp), but I wanted to show you how fun it can be when you step outside of your comfort zone, and opt for something fun. The Parker Cardigan is soft, comfortable, versatile and bright. And because I prefer a cinched look to outline my silhouette, I threw on a belt and I love the completed ensemble.

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A tall black boot refines the outfit and balances the solids in this look.

Try something different when coordinating your outfits and you might be delightfully surprised. Turquoise zebra print and cranberry… or as SWAK calls it, Sandra & Parker 🙂

Special thanks to Sarah Taylor for taking my pics!

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xox

Stef


Sandra Dress by SWAK Designs

Parker Cardi by SWAK Designs

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Wide Calf Boots by Addition Elle (sold out)


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Zipped but not Confined

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Zipped but not Confined – see that’s the thing with jackets – if they’re not specifically made by plus size designers or brands, they often end up looking great on the hanger, but being too tight or ill-fitted when zipped. Well, that definitely wasn’t the case with the Beverly Zipper Jacket I’m featuring in this post.

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Designed and manufacturer by SWAK Designs, a brand that totally gets and loves plus sizes, the fit was GREAT and super comfortable, even zipped up.

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Now, if you’re like me and you like longer tops that go below the belly, you may be thinking how you would wear the Beverly, but when I saw it, I knew I could do a longer cami (also by SWAK and sold at SexyPlus Clothing) to create a layered look. And the seams in the jacket provide a nice tapered look that outlined my silhouette.

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Throw on some leggings, like these Perfect Seamless Leggings also by SWAK and sold at SexyPlus Clothing, or some skinny jeans, and you’ve got a really nice walk-in-the-park Sunday afternoon Fall outfit. And if you’re wondering what that sexy thing is under my cami? That’s my harness bra, that I featured in a holiday 2015 post.

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The Beverly Zipper Jacket also comes in black and berry.

I hope you are inspired to try something a little shorter than you normally wear, or even a crop (which can also be layered). Thank you SWAK for always making wearable clothing for us curvy girls!

Special thanks to Caterina Moda for snapping these pics for me 🙂

xox

Stefanie


Beverly Zipper Jacket by SWAK Designs

Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Wide Calf Boots by Penningtons


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For Fall, Stand Tall & Think Pink

There is no reason pink has to recluse itself during the Fall/Winter season – it’s just a matter of knowing how to incorporate it seasonally with Fall pieces.

I recently discovered the Helen Hooded Tunic by SWAK Designs – and fell in love. I value staple pieces that I know I’ll wear again and again and this ultra cuddly hoodie is no exception. It’s a special blend of poly/spandex fabric that I haven’t felt before: soft and stretchy, of course, but also with a slight ponte/jersey feel. Not too heavy, but just warm enough to be comfortable all day. You’ve gotta touch it to know it. So I decided to style it with pink leggings, and my new low heel wide calf boots.

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As you can see, the wonderful Helen tunic is long enough to actually be called a tunic, and hits at the thigh just where I like.

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It is fitted, and of course I am wearing shapewear, but it’s still VERY flattering.

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It has pockets which is a nice bonus…

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And it covers my bum from the back too – although in this cheeky shot it looks slightly higher. But I wanted to show you the back, as well as the lace up detail on these awesome boots.

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The Helen Hooded Tunic also comes in coral and heather grey.

So ladies, you CAN do pink in Fall and Winter and guess what, you can also do WHITE any friggin’ time of year you like!

xox

Stefanie


Helen Hooded Tunic by SWAK Designs

Leggings by Costco (size XL)

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Boots by Addition Elle (sold out)


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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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Flowers to the Wind

So if you’re not ready to throw caution to the wind, just settle for some flowers. Or maybe, just maybe, you can try something new and step outside of your comfort zone. When I’m at my boutique, I hear things like “I’m not a dress person” or “I wish I could wear dresses” all the time from customers. The thing is, there IS a dress for you. It’s just a matter of finding the right one, for you.

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This post features the lovely floral Diana V-neck plus size dress by SWAK (Sealed with a kiss Designs). Since I’m an apple shape (carrying most of my weight in my belly), empire cuts like this are a great solution. There’s NOTHING wrong with showing your belly mind you, but if you feel more comfortable with a little less emphasis on that area, and perhaps don’t want to bother with shapewear, then I suggest cuts like this.

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The full circle skirt will just fall loosely around your belly and hips, while the surplice bodice shapes your upper body nicely.

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I liked the craftsmanship on this dress, with the chiffon hem being nicely serged, and the skirt being fully lined.

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To bring in the pinks (my favourite colour), I layered two statement necklaces (a style I borrowed from super blogger Thera of Cloud 14+).

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A classic black pump, cute flat or even a summer wedge would be perfect to complete this breezy look.

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This dress also comes in 3 other prints, up to size 6X:

So whether it’s dresses, leggings, jeans…just keep trying stuff on ladies, throw caution to the wind, and learn to embrace your curves in the ever-increasing selection of lovely styles we have available to us.

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Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for snapping these great pictures for me!
See you soon,
Stefanie
xox

Diana Dress by SWAK Designs

Light Pink Necklace by SexyPlus Clothing (available in store only)
Dark Pink Necklace by Jessica Simpson at The Bay (vintage)
Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

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And oh, did I mention it was super crazy windy that day? 🙂
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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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