#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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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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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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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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