Welcome Fall – I Harvest You

As mentioned in my previous post, I am excited for Fall because with each season, plus size fashion gets better and better. The Affordable Casual Collection by Point Zero Curvy offered at my boutique SexyPlus Clothing is no exception. I mean, just LOOK at this bee-you-tiful kimono duster in all of its glorious detail.

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Not only is the boho print so romantically autumn, but the back features a top and bottom lace insert, allowing your outfit (and derriere) to be seen from the back, and the fringe makes it oh so dramatic.

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I love tapered garments that can be loose fitting but still outline my silhouette, and this plus size kimono duster has just that. I don’t feel like my shape is lost.

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There are so many ways this beautiful piece can be styled: with jeans, a cami and leggings, over a jumpsuit, etc. Endless!!!

Now let’s talk about the LBD I have underneath. Also a Point Zero Curvy design, this basic a-line dress is actually not so basic.

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Featuring faux-leather braiding to decorate the soft v neckline, and totally whimsical chiffon bell sleeves.

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As a petite plus, the length was perfect for me, and my taller sisters may enjoy it’s above-knee look, especially throughout the season with tights and wide calf boots.

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The sizing was generous and I am wearing the 0X (I normally wear a 1X).

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This is just the beginning and I’ll be sharing more Fall looks that will make summer’s end a little less painful.

Special thanks to Caterina for photographing me – she’s a sizzling Canadian plus size model and good friend – check her out here.


Kimono Duster by Point Zero Curvy – available at SexyPlus Clothing

A-line Dress by Point Zero Curvy – available soon at SexyPlus Clothing

Wedge sandals by Le Chateau – vintage

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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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


#plussize #psblogger #curvycanadian #fashion #fashionblogger #fashiongram #plussizemodel @stylehasnosize

 

 

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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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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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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#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.

Model Ro @iamroreid with designer Annika @minimaximidi

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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Consign Your Curves – May 30, 2015 – Guelph, Ontario

Join me and other super stylish babes as we sell our gently used and never worn plus size clothing to the public at the Consign Your Curves event May 30, 2015 in Guelph, Ontario (Canada).

Consign Your Curves Event May 30, 2015

This event is gonna be nuts with designer items, pin-up styles, essential basics, jackets, dresses and so many amazing plus size clothing options from 40 of the most fashionable plus size bloggers and sellers in all sizes (14-32). My selection will consist mostly of sizes 1X/2X or 16/18 including brand new items with tag from my personal closet.

Click here for the Facebook event link and tag #consignyourcurves to help promote and reach women who would love to know about it!

I’ll see you there and please come say hi!!!

Special thanks to Annie and Jessie of the blog Annie and Jay for hosting this event!

xox

Stefanie