Y’all know how weary I am about online shopping and the potential “shipping back hassle” if something doesn’t fit right…right?
Well, since taking the Measure ME Beautiful Challenge and learning what my measurements truly are, I’ve been braver about ordering things online.
Like this adorable RoesegalPeter Pan Collar Dress — isn’t it just delightful? And to my heart’s content it went up to XXL, who’s measurement chart said this would fit a 95cm (which translate roughly to about 38-inches waist – HAZZA!). Knowing it would be a bit snug, with the free shipping, I figured I could get it taken out a bit by a sew-fabulous gf, if needed and it would be fine. It was just too cute – and it had to be mine.
Weeks go by, to the point of me forgetting that I even ordered this piece in the first place…..and then this dress finally arrives. The website is a liar! The dress measures 15 inches across — It is COMPLETELY too small. And now I have a broken heart and a beautiful dress that will never be worn by moi 😦
My shipping back hassles were immediately realized – and I was forced to put this baby on my TrendTrunk in hopes she’d find love on a slender diva.
And then I met Carmen Nadine Lewin, Owner of CNL Designs who specialize in custom clothing. I shared the story of my pink dress sadness … then handed it over to her to work her magic, as she began to redesign this frock just for me. 🙂
While Carmen was busy fixing the dress, I focused on accessories 🙂
I added a bow-tie skinny belt (Sealed With A Kiss) to the waist with my owl earrings (Forever21)…
In the end, we decided not to recreate the Peter Pan collar, as it would cover up the sweet little pleated details on each shoulder. Instead we kept the arms and neckline simple with black piping instead, leaving the only lace detail for the hemline.
And Vola! Here’s the dress recreated to fit moi:
Even with the black lace hem, the skirt is a bit shorter than I typically like to wear. Wearing some opaque tights would totally give this frock a different look and feel. Adding tall boots to this sweet little dress would totally change the look again 🙂
So thrilled this online purchase wasn’t a complete waste! (Thank you Carmen, xo)
Waddya think about this dress’ transformation by CNL Designs? Carmen Nadine has quickly become my hero!!! Click here to see her magic at turning me into SHE-RA Princess of Power this year for Halloween!
Looking to hire her for some custom duds for an upcoming event? Or perhaps you’d like her to repurose/redesign something that no longer fits you right. Whatever it maybe, Carmen Nadine Lewin can help you get that custom-one-of-a-kind-unique-to-you look! Just click here and tell her Irene of Petite Plus, Meow! sent ya 😉
Now, I’ve yet to wear this redesigned dress out yet. Where would YOU wear it? How would you ‘winter-ize’ it? Use the comment section and tell me your thoughts friends.
Stay tuned to the blog for more CNL Designs features on the blog. xo
I have to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all the sale items in Reitmans these days. My entire outfit (minus the accessories) in this post has been assembled from the pieces I’ve picked up at from their Clearance Sale racks.
The easiest way to make your Summer pieces more Fall appropriate isn’t to ditch them altogether, but to come up with new ways to wear them.
Mark downs were as follows:
‘Love’ sweater $19 …. Black n’ White striped maxi skirt $19 ….Wine moto jacket $59
I picked up this wine moto jacket, that your advice PPMeow readers, when it was on sale (at $75). Buuuuut it was further reduced upon my last visit, and I managed to get a price adjustment for the difference. BOOM!
Aren’t these socks great!! They were birthday prezzies – pink owls – aren’t they a “Hoot” 😉
How I Got the Look: All clothing from Reitmans;Red leopard circle scarf from AdditionElle;Michael Kors bracelet watch; Suede booties from Nine West + Gloves from Danier Leather + Faux Fur purse from Aldo Accessories (click here for details on these three items)
I wore this outfit on a mid-week date night.
I’m really diggin’ this maxi skirt with the high side-slit… Casual yet sexy at the same time….to show off my legs. I love my legs! 😉
If you haven’t gone to Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Putt….you need to get to there! Sooooo much fun!
Sadly, I lost by one stroke. Meh … I let him win 😉
The easiest way to make your Summer pieces more Fall/Winter appropriate isn’t to ditch them altogether, but to come up with new ways to wear them.
I picked up this sheer, pleated, sleeveless dress from BIGDeal Toronto’s pop-up sale a few months ago, and was determined to transition it for Fall/Winter wear. (Click here for other ideas to transition summer into winter outfits.)
Transitioning this into a Fall/Winter outfit required hosiery and a sweater. I love the way adding tights to dresses and skirts easily give them a whole new look.
Personally, I think tights give my outfit a chic, sophisticated, lady-like look. Lucky for me Sonsee Woman sent me two packs of tights to review, which do just that! 🙂
Sonsee sizes come in Gorgeous (14-16), Flawless (18-20), Stunning (22-24) and Radiant (26-28).
Unlike shape-wear – Sonsee is both comfortable & smoothing with broad ranges in sizing, products and seasonal colours. I was sent “Shadow” – a solid grey colour shown in these pictures, and “Black” which I’m yet to wear (click here to see how I’d wear them).
I have to say, I’ve become ever dependent on buying cheap hose from the Dollarstore. Being petite (aka short) their ‘queen size’ seems to do the job, but these are only really good for one-time wear.
These Sonsee tights were such a nice change in terms of fabric quality, with a fabulous “sheer:thickness ratio”. Meaning I didn’t have to fear ripping them as I rolled them up my leg. They’ve got an anti-roll waistband which allows you to wear them high or low on the waist with comfort. And there’s extra reinforcement at the thighs for greater durability – and “Lighting & Thunder” – my loving nickname for MY thighs – really appreciate that! 😉
Since I wear a size 18 in clothes, I ordered my Sonsee tights in size Flawless (18-20). Being petite, this size was a bit too big on me. Next time I’d order a size smaller to avoid extra length and scrunching at my ankles, as you can see in the close up shots in the pics above.
To up the sophisticated vibe of this outfit, I added my navy statement necklace & earring set from LOFT and covered up my arms with a simple v-neck grey cardi from Old Navy.
You really do get what you pay for. These Sonsee hose transitions this Summer dress perfectly into sophisticated chic Winter wear, don’t you think?
What do you look for in your tights and hosiery products? Leave a comment and share your thoughts friends 🙂
FYI — Sonsee Woman offers FREE worldwide shipping – when you buy two or more pairs; enter coupon code: SONSEELOVE at checkout, just sayin’!
How I Got The Look: Shadow grey tights,Sonsee Woman; Grey & black maryjane shoes, Nine West; Tri-coloured pelted sheer-dress, BIGDeal Toronto pop-up sale; Grey cardi, Old Navy; Statement necklace and earrings set from LOFT.
Ok friends….seems like Fall came and went in a blink of an eye and we’ve already been thrown into Winter weather. I thought before we start focusing on winter wear, we’d take a look at some of the trending colours and vibes in Fall fashion on the blog.
Here’s a roundup of a few I personally have embraced over the last few months of blogposts. Each image is linked to this individual post, just click on it for more details on the look 🙂
Fall (and Winter) is perfect for ‘Sweater Weather’ …. so here are a few looks incorporating just that – sweater glamour:
The big patterns I noticed and loved the most this Fall have been BLOOMS ON BLACK and PLAID!
and last, but not least….is LEATHER!! It was everywhere:
And of course a combination of everything above to transition a maxi skirt for sweater weather and leather — a little teaser of an upcoming blogpost friends 😉
Waddya think of this Farewell to Fall roundup? Think there’s potential to take some well into the Winter months too.
Any stand out as your personal favourites? Leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!
What began as a simple blogger-hosted “Shop-Their-Closets” sale in the summer of 2013, has evolved into an annual celebration of body positive and environmentally sustainable fashion.
Big Deal Torontois an annual gathering of plus size women in the city – for one day only! Where the general public can shop from the closets of their favourite fashion bloggers who are vending their indie merch & selling their rarely/barely worn clothes and accessories.
I attended last year BBB (before I became a blogger) and found a few gems that I still wear today and continue to get complimented on. This was the first year where I year I opened up MY CLOSET for sale 🙂
Each blogger was equipped with a fabulous sign for their rack created by the owners of Your Big Sister’s closet, sponsors of the event. Isn’t my board great? 🙂
I even printed up a few LIMITED EDITION tees for sale …. in 100% pre-shurnk cotton these v-neck MEOW teesare pretty great! Click here to see how me and other readers have created looks wearing their own MEOW tee 🙂
I was responsible for managing “Team Change Room” 🙂 And at the end of the day I realized I didn’t take too many pictures myself to blog with later. Lucky for me ladies like Jessica and Sheena were on-top of it… capturing some fun via Instagram below.
I was very good about limiting my shopping at this event – working the Change Room was the perfect spot for me, as I got to SEE all of the best pieces being tried on. And got to try on those items that didn’t make the cut by shoppers before they were returned to the floor 🙂
My BIG Deal shopping haul included:
Sheer collared dress – $25 – I just loved the pelted tricolour skirt! Some alterations needed to happened to the arm-holes as it was bit too big, but otherwise I really, really like it.
This fabulous cropped stripped open blazer – click here for blogpost on this outfit.
And this top-hat fascinator for $5!
After the event, I pulled out all of the ‘office wear’ appropriate pieces and was able to donated 6 bags of useable clothing to Dress for Success, which included 9 full two-pc suits, plus tons of separates including blouses, dress pants and skirts, ranging in sizes 14-20.
If you’ve got similar items that are cluttering up your closet…please consider donating to this worthy charity ❤️.
I believe they do donation tax receipts as well … I’ve inquired, but yet to hear back.
Thank you Annika, of Candi Apple Couture, for creating the awareness and for organizing donation pickups! 👍
Are you a fan of these types of Pop-Up Sales? Did you attend this one? What did you score? Post your finds on my Facebook Fan Page…would love to see how you styled something new-to-you found at this sale!
With project deliverables and timelines being pushed back, October was the first time I’ve been able to schedule a vacation all year!
The biggest pain with travelling solo is the ‘single supplement fee” many vacation destinations and travel packages charge travellers simply because they’re travelling solo. I had no real plans to go away this year, but not taking any time off since last November was starting to take its toll on me.
Luckily, a gf of mine was also looking to get away for some R&R…and we were able to snag a fabulous Air Canada Vacation deal at a 4-stars ALL INCLUSIVE 7-night stay at a beautiful resort in Grenada! TripAdvisor scored it pretty well, the dates worked and the price was right!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve likely already seen a few of these pics…
The last few years of trips and travel have been more bucket-list-adventure focused (click here to see what I mean).
For this trip, I truly was a beach bum! There was a lot of lounging around the pool, drink in hand, reading my book while falling in & out of naps in the sun. To be honest friends, there weren’t too many outfit pictures taken on this week away. It was a SOLID rest and relaxation for the first time in a long time (vacation-wise).
Having said all that, this blogpost will be focus more on ‘What I Did”, rather than “What I Wore”.
Here we go….
Packing for the Trip
Seems that whenever I travel, somehow a pair of sunglasses goes missing. No matter what. So, I’ve gotten into the routine of buying a few ‘cheapy vacation pairs’ to combat my forgetfulness.
I picked up these three below: Heart shaped polka-dots from Clare’s Accessories ($5) and the other two from Forever21 ($7 each)
Packing outfits for this trip was pretty simple: I just looked back to the blog to see what Summertime looks I rocked and shoved those items into my suitcase. I’ve linked each image below with their respective blogpost if you’re curious about the specific outfit deets 😉
Grenada is an island country consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Known as the Spice Isle for the nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla, lemongrass, bay leaf, thyme, and turmeric that grow so abundantly here, Grenada is a wonderfully green peaceful place, that feels off the beaten tourist track. Which totally works for me!
The Vacation Package (Flight + Hotel)
As I said above, we found a last-min deal with Air Canada Vacation — advertised as a 4-star resort in Grenada: Grenadian by Rex Resorts.
Let me start by asking … when YOU hear 4-stars, what do you expect out of an ALL INCLUSIVE resort?
The ‘Garden View’ Rooms weren’t anything special. They were clean and the view really wasn’t a garden so much as it was a hilly batch of grass. But who cares about that stuff. My biggest disappointment was the fact that the bathroom was teeny-tiny and did not have a tub. Now, I realize that a tub isn’t essential….however the standup shower was soooo small that if you were to drop the soap, your bare ass would be completely out of the shower! Shaving ones legs all week in there was not easy friends.
Seriously!? 4-stars and I have to ASK for a four-piece bathroom – really? Just saying’…
Outside of that bathroom disappointment, there weren’t any a la cart restaurants voucher included with our stay. The single restaurant on the resort grounds would give us a $40 credit, which didn’t mean much as each entrée started at the $80+ mark.
Lucky for us the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinners were delicious! Super flavourful and authentic, which I appreciated. Hate it when resorts make their foods more “tourist friendly”.
The grounds of the resort were beautiful. There was only one pool, but since it was a off-season, there weren’t too many people there in general, and even fewer children. There seemed to be a lot of travellers from the UK there, but mostly honeymooning couples or retirees with tons of vacay time (upwards of 5-weeks). We did meet and hang with three Brit dudes that week – let’s call them Alvin, Simon and Theodore. And by mid-week there was an invasion of Caribbean Tennis Pros who happened to be conference at our resort. So there were plenty of friends to be made for drinking and dining with, all week-long 🙂
Things To Do in Grenada:
Coincidentally, earlier in the month I met a light-eyed, broad, tall, handsome stranger at a networking event who happened to be from Grenada. My immediate thoughts were…”If THAT’S how they grow their men in that country, then I need to get to there!’ 😉
He shared the following list of things I HAD to do while visiting (those listed in blue consider them completed off the list):
Eat Oil Down – traditional dish of Grenada, its delicious!
Try to visit Cariacou (one of Grenada’s sister Islands, the other is Petite Martinique). I believe there is a ferry service daily
Fort Fredrick (and old Fort built by the French in the 1790s i believe). One of the best views on the island!
BEACHES – Grand Anse (Grenada’s “top” beach), BBC (nice and secluded. this is my favourite), Bathway (stay within the retaining wall area, the sea is very rough but manageable as long as you stay within that area), Levera (very rough water where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic. Also where the Leatherback Turtles come to lay their eggs. you might just want to take a walk along that beach if you’re not a strong swimmer. Bathway is around the corner, so you can always take a dip there), Pink Gin Beach (pinkish colour sand),Magazine Beach(I think my hotel was on might this beach)
River Antoine Distillery (organic white rum, Full Strength!! lol)
Sulphur Springs (great mud bath, close to Levera and Bathway)
Fish Friday in Gouyave
Things I DID in Grenada:
Great beaches, excellent Caribbean food and wonderful people. I’m told there is really good scuba diving (I’m a non-swimmer, but an excellent wader! I did manage to convince one of the wait staff to procure a noodle just for me to use ALL week for both the pool & beach. Seems I’m an excellent sweet-talker … especially in my bathing suit 😉
Nutmeg Processing Plant
River Antoine Distillery (organic white rum, Full Strength!!) One of the last places if not the last, that uses a water wheel in the distilling process, a system that goes back to the 1700’s and I believe the wheel they have running there is the original one from that time.
Fish Friday in Gouyave – a weekly street party with lots of FRESH fish and seafood cooked up in a variety of ways plus music and other entertainment.
And one morning I even woke up bright and early for Bird Watching (yup…you heard me right).
I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it too. 🙂
Things I BOUGHT in Grenada
I did very little shopping while I was there. I did bring back with me bars of Grenada’s finest dark chocolate from both Jouvay and The Grenada Chocolate Company. AND a bottle of the fantastic West Indian hot sauce. As you can see I’ve used much of it already since being home. I’m a fan – the spicier the better 😉
Oh! And I bought a bottle of Rum Punch from the factory too…no pictures of that…. **hiccup**
There it is … my 2014 vacay summary recap. With Winter weather upon us, some of you may be looking for a sunny vacation destination to get away to. Having read my post, would Grenada be on your shortlist?
I’ve been doing my very best to avoid wearing ‘wintery’ things just yet, avoiding bulky sweaters and a giant winter coat at all costs.
That’s why I really loved this two-toned, short-sleeved, light-weight polka-dotted sweater from Reitmans. I love me some colour, so I decided to go with bright bottoms and bright jewellery, keeping my shoes simple.
I finally got myself a haircut – waddya think of my new do?
These pics aren’t the best to show it off…as sadly the new cut went right into a furry hat, as it was quite cold this evening.
Since us Torontonians will have to endure Winter for, what will feel like 8-months of the year, I’m avoid wearing a proper winter coat for as long as I possibly can. I went for this double-breasted button herringbone jacket instead. For other looks in this jacket click here.
I also got to unveil my new leather gloves I picked up from the Danier Leather Friends n’ Family sale. Mixing in expensive pieces with non-expensive pieces, to give me an overall sophisticated, business casual look.
Waddya think of this combo?
How I Got The Look:
Fuchsia pants from Old Navy; Polka-dot sweater from Reitmans; Fur bag from Aldo Accessories; Shoes from Rockport; Statement necklace & earrings from LOFT; Gloves from Danier Leather; Jacket from Forever21+; Michael Kors bracelet watch; Beige scarf from Winners; Fur hat…sorry friends, I don’t remember
Last week after an innocent brunch with a new friend, we decided to hit the Danier Leather Friends & Family one-day sale. In an effort to avoid downtown locations, we thought we’d take a drive out to Halton Hills for Toronto Premium Outlets instead.
And this was the result…
I know! I know! I’ve got a problem! Buuuuuut when I explain how each purchase came about, I’m sure you’ll agree that they HAD to be made. 🙂
Here we go…
Remember when my heart was torn between which furry purse to buy …
Well, I found it on sale …the very last one (which scored me an extra 10% off at Aldo). Clearly, it had been waiting for me!!!
I haven’t bought myself a new pair of sneakers in maybe 5-years. These hot pink laces totally caught my eye. Tagged at $110, marked down to $60 PLUS, for today only they were $40% off!!! That’s basically free… 🙂
As we continued looking for the Danier.…we came across these babies in the window of NINE WEST:
And then there was a giant sale sign that forced us into ROCKPORT …where I found these basic black lace ups for $29!!!!!!! I’d be losing money if I just left them behind, right? RIGHT!
And then finally we made it to our original destination: DANIER LEATHER!
I have to say that for an “outlet” this Danier location didn’t really have ‘outlet pricing’. Buuuuuut with the 30% off the lowest ticketed price with the Friends & Family day sale, the sting at the counter wasn’t too bad.
Picked up two beautiful pairs of leather gloves: brown with rabbit fur cuffs and black weaved leather … both of which feel like butta! And this lovely black with gold hardware purse marked down to $50!
I was too busy shopping to take Outfit of the Day pictures. But did manage to get this one shot:
Can’t wait to incorporate these new pieces into looks – stay tuned to the blog for those outfit posts!
If you haven’t made a visit to Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills yet…I highly suggest you do! PS: They have a Hudson Bay Company Outlet!! My hands (and credit card) were too full for me to explore this time around. Guess that means I’ll have to stop by again and soon! 😉
SWING OUT TO VICTORY! is an annual dinner-dance held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. You don’t need to be a dancer! There are tons who come out just go to absorb the experience in a great museum setting with people dressed in their vintage finery.
This was going to be my first ‘away’ dance … and I was excited to get all decked out in ALL of my 1940s gear!
Finding vintage plus-sized pieces hasn’t been too easy. But I did have some luck at this Spring’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show, where I picked up this floral belted day-dress, along with these new-vintage (i.e. never been worn) Celebrity bow-tie heels. The white gloves are from 69Vintage, and the purse was a vintage gift (thanks JJ!). The only non-vintage piece was my fascinator, which I picked up from the Your Big Sisters Closet.
In an effort to make this dress more ‘1940s evening appropriate’ … I was on the hunt for a fur stole. Lucky for me, my vintage loving friends (thanks Erin & Joy) discovered that The Public Butter (a vintage shop on WQW) had a ton of them for sale!
I picked up this beautiful mink fur with a patterned, in perfect condition, lining for only $40!
The hair is always my biggest challenge. Liz, of The Vintage Inn, gave me a great easy tip and I was able to create this vintage back-roll…which held up pretty well all night!
A gaggle of us carpooled our way just outside of Hamilton, in our 40s finest …. stopping to have dinner at Swiss Chalet, we be Klassly like dat….yup – classy with a ‘k’. And then we were off to dance among the planes with uniformed men 🙂
At some point in the middle of the fantastic night, a delightful lady handed me a card and said I was her choice for “Best Dressed” of the evening…and would be called up on stage for the competition! Woot! Woot!
Dancing to the always magically big band music of Toronto All Star Big Band, surrounded by the planes at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, among veterans and friends dressed in vintage finery and WINNING 2nd place in the best dressed contest ….. what a fantastic night!!! Can’t wait for next year! 🙂
A few weeks ago I made a bunch of cute Meow! teesto sell at the blogger closet sale, BIG Deal Toronto (stay tuned for a blogpost recap on that event soon).
I love, love love these tees!!!! 100% Cotton. Pre-Shunk. V-neck. They are fabulous! I’m partial to the white one, because the PINK stands out more. But for Fall, I thought I’d go for an ALL noir look, and have put together TWO looks with these Meow! tees for your reading and viewing pleasure 🙂
#1: Meow! Rocker…
Keeping it real simple with a black on black polka dot pencil skirt (Old Navy), open-toed black leather booties (Aldo), and my moto leather jacket (Danier).
I couldn’t help myself … chose to break up the ALL black look with a hot pink studded belt (Your Big Sister’s Closet) and purple leggings (Old Navy) for extra Fall warmth.
#2: Meow! Cozy…
Fall is all about sweater weather! So to take this look into a more cozy vibe….simply replaced the leather jacket for a tri-toned open cardi sweater (Winners) and did up my hot pink gold studded belt (Your Big Sister’s Closet) over top of it, to cinch in my waist and create a nice casual hour-glass shape. And of course, my paten leather stripped Kate Spade purse to complete both looks.
So, waddya think of these two looks dressing up a simple cottonMeow! tee? How would you style one?
Although not plus-sized, this fashionable petite babe Tammy, totally did it right for a casual sophisticated Sunday Brunch vibe in her Meow! tee. Don’t you think? Bravo Tammy… “me f*uckin’ ow” indeed! 😉
Loving the look on a few PPMeow! readers who’ve purchased tees and sent in their pics!
Want a Meow! teeof your own? There are a few for sale left – only $20 CAD. Leave a Comment below with your request….OR Message me via the blog OR through the Facebook Fan Page and we’ll make it happen! 🙂