BIGDeal Toronto

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 Toronto is 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.

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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 🙂

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After doing a massive purge of my closet, I had three bins of lovely plus size pieces to sell 🙂

 Toronto Bloggers who opened up their closets to the general public to shop from included:  Clothes and ShitSheena SnivelyJessica BiffiFlaws of CoutureCurves & CurlsFatintheCityCandi Apple CoutureCloud14+, myself Petite Plus, MeowErica ExposedBig Hips Red LipsGeek with StyleUrsa Major +Ruby Nite,SexyPlus ClothingPeonies & Paper DollsGinger Won’t Snap, Round Raglan Road.

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The MANY T-dot Bloggers who were in attendance

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? 🙂

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I even printed up a few LIMITED EDITION tees for sale ….  in 100% pre-shurnk cotton these v-neck MEOW tees are pretty great!  Click here to see how me and other readers have created looks wearing their own MEOW tee 🙂

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There are a few limited edition MEOW! tees still available for sale – $20!  They are a very generous fit – I’m wearing a Large for fit comparison if you’re considering getting yourself one.                  (FYI: S soldout;  M two in each colour remain; L & XL only white tees remain)

 

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.

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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.

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This fabulous cropped stripped open blazer – click here for blogpost on this outfit.

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And this top-hat fascinator for $5!

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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.

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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!

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Blogger Exclusive: Fall Preview of SexyPlus Clothing

IMG_4459In my short time blogging I’ve been very fortunate to have met some fantastic, inspiring new people.  People who truly encourage and support the endeavours of bloggers within the plus size community, who operate with the true spirit of collaboration.  Stefanie Augusteijn, Owner of SexyPlus Clothing embodies all of this – she talks the talk, and walks the walk.   Earlier this week she threw a soiree… a Blogger Exclusive …to preview the fabulous Fall fashions her lovely boutique has to offer.

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Dresses!  Jackets!  Boots! Jewellery! Wine and Cake!

 Best. Wednesday Night. Ever!!!!

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Ok let me introduce you to all who were in attendance —

back row  (left to right): McKinna, the lovely SexyPlus Clothing shopgirl;  Tierra Sedgemore of Size Sexy;   Erica of Erica Exposed; Thera of Cloud14+; Annika of CandiApple Couture; Sarah of Big Hips Red Lips; Karen of Curvy Canadian

front row (left to right): Maryanne, Owner/Designer of My Beaded Designs; Lisa of Ginger Won’t Snap; Jessica of Clothes & Shit; Moi, Petite Plus, Meow!….and sitting up front is SexyPlus Clothing’s Stefaine.

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CakeStar cake covered in social media – perfect for this Blogger Event!

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We were lucky to have the creative, photographic talents of Rebecca Northcott, Rebecca Northcott Photography on hand to capture all the moments of the event.  I’ve peppered my blogpost with a few of my favourites 🙂

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Lovely handmade one of a kind jewellery from My Beaded Designs

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Naturally, I HAD to try on a few items of course…. any of these strike YOUR fancy for Fall friends?  Special shoutouts to go the lovely shop-girls, McKina  and Sabrina who were uber attentive and helpful, providing honest opinions and encouragement once you’re ready to emerge from the change rooms.

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Fall fashions from Joseph Ribkoff
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I LOVED this Joseph Ribkoff jacket … as you can tell by the way I stepped out of the change room 🙂
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Fall fashions from Joseph Ribkoff
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I really loved this top….made in Canada by Artex
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This gorgeous Joseph Ribkoff black n’ leather fit me more like a dress than it did a jacket … ah yes, the pleasures of being petite.

 

Overall, it was a fantastic night.  Or in the words of Miss Stefanie:

It was a girl-power-curvy-positive-collaborative-fashion-princess-empowering-sizesexy kind of night.

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Too funny…..us being drama queens … “It’s Too Hot!”

So … the big question – what did I go home with? 🙂

1.  A gorgeous statement necklace by Victorious Me, a Toronto-based retailer

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2.  A long slit dress, custom made for SexyPlus Clothing by Ralph C also made in Canada – $99…reduced to $25!!!!  Crazytown score – hooray for me!

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3.  The newsprint dress: made in Canada by Artex, called the Jax dress, new Fall arrival priced at $89 — a steal and a half!!!

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I even got my very own MEME out of the night … words to live by, I think 😉

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So, waddya think of my Fall haul?  See anything you like from SexyPlus Clothing‘s Fall Arrivals?

If you’re in the GTA and are planning on visiting this fab boutique to get your shopping on… I’ve got a few discount cards that I’d happily send YOUR way.  Simply leave a comment below and let me know!

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Cross-Border Shopping Extravaganza

After the Victorian Tea event at Your Big Sister’s Closet last month, I met a delightful lady with whom an instant friendship was born.  Turns out this chick, Annika Reid is the chief designer and owner of Candi Apple Couture (who was soon to be launching into the bloggosphere)  struggles with finding affordable bra options in Toronto.  Naturally, our tea-time conversation quickly turned to planning a road trip to Buffalo to empty all of the Lane Bryant locations of their Cicaque bras!!!  Annika had yet to learn of the magic of this brand – and I was more than happy to show her what a proper fitting bra could do.  🙂

So we took a day off work and left for the border bright and early …. but first a stop at currency exchange followed by the church of i.HOP…their Strawberry Banana Cream Pie Pancakes is an AMAZING and religious experience!  God is Good!

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Now…this was meant to be a very purposeful and focused cross border trip.  There is absolutely no reason for me to be shopping.  My closet is full and my shoe selection ample.  This trip’s Mission was strictly for  Over-The-Shoulder-Boulder-Holders!  Buuuuut some how the following sofa-full of bags ended up coming home with me….

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My Shoe Haul!

The deals on footwear in my size were just too good to pass up friends…. soooo this happened:

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This was my very first time visiting Torrid … and I must say, when they throw a sale…they mean business!!  Check out these two pairs I got from them:

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Torrid: Black High-top platform kicks $14!!!
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From Torrid:  suede black sling-backs with gold pointed studs were $5! (I signed up for their store card…and got them for $2.50!!! Crazytown!)
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Payless:  each pair was $17!!!! Naturally I had to get them in ever colour that fit my feet!! 🙂

 

Then of course, we had to stop at the NineWest Outlet … they’ve never let me down yet…and with their Buy one Get one 1/2 off, these two babies became mine:

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Kate Spade New York

I’ve been eyeing the Kate Spade bags for sometime now, but wasn’t sure if I was a “Kate Spade kinda girl”.  But then I saw this paten-leather stripped beauty in the window, whist waiting for the girls to find WiFi service within the mall…..and I was hooked.  I visited this shop TWICE before making my decision.  I cradled and petted it.  Wore it with its detachable cross-body strap.  Held it by its handle and walked around the store a bit to see if I liked the look and weight of it.  It was beautiful.  But, did I really need another designer purse?

Then a conveniently placed shop-girl quickly informed me that this particular bag was not only discounted at 40%….but there was an ADDITIONAL 20% off this bag TODAY ONLY!!!!   Well…that did it friends!  She.  Was.  Mine!  🙂

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Dresses 

As I mentioned above, I truly set off with good intentions to keep my wallet tight….I had no intention of buying additional clothes this trip.  Buuuuut then this happened….

The girls took me to a shop I’d never been before called: Rainbow.    I was immediately drawn to this fantastic nautical cut-out hi-low dress….but at first glance I was too intimidated by it.  But upon trying it on – I really really really loved it!  And have been kicking myself for not buying it in the summer-tastic teal colour it came in as well as the navy I picked up.  It pays to go shopping with two pushy chicks I tell ya 😉  (Thanks again ladies! You make be brave!)

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Rainbow: Hi-low nautical stripes cut-out dress was $16!!!

I did end up buying TWO more dresses….a scalloped neck and hemlines lace dress from DressBarn ($39) and a coral-navy patterned faux wrap dress from Rainbow ($15!).  I ended up wearing this one to this Speed Dating Event I recently attended …. stay tuned on my blog post on that friends 😉

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Oh…did we buy bras?  You bet we did!!!  Lane Bryant’s Cacique bra selection goes right up to F, G and H-cup …. and they often have Buy one, Get one 1/2 off sales also!  Which typically means this girl can get up to FOUR bras for less than the price of one in Toronto that doesn’t need to be custom ordered and fitted by a pricy lingerie shop.

Sadly, the selection was rather limited in terms of the styles vs. sizes needed this time around — strongly recommend you pre-order if you’re making a trip out there specifically for bras friends.  I did pick up a deep plunge for those dresses that are cleavage specific, a perfect tee-shirt bra, a racer back lace french cut and a regular lace french cut.  Curious of what these look like?  Click here and visit their site friends 😉

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All smiles with full bellies, empty wallets, and sore voices from all the Car-aoke singing all the way back to Toronto. ROAD TRIP COMPLETE! Woot! Woot!

 

There you have it!  A Breakdown of my Cross-Border Extravaganza and Shopping Haul!  It was a fantastic day.  How many of y’all go cross border shopping on the regular?  Would anyone be interested in coming along if Petite Plus, Meow! + Candi Apple Couture were to HOST a cross border shopping trip in the near future?  Tell us what you think of this idea in the comments section friends….and we’ll take it from there 🙂

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Tea Party at Your Big Sister’s Closet

Hoooray for Long Weekend!!!  Victoria Day Long weekend is here and what better way to celebrate than with a lovely afternoon tea party at one of my favourite Plus Sized Boutiques in the city – Your Big Sister’s Closet!

The invitation was specific:  Wear your filliest frock and fabulous hat!

Say no more….I was on it! 😉

I’ve been dying to wear this grey faux lace dress with a built-in crinoline at the hem – hanging in my closet for nearly 4-months.  Yup…bought it a while ago and never had a reason or outting to officially wear it out.  Click here for other looks with this dress.

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Plus, last weekend I visited the Weston Flea Market and picked up this ridiculously large and fantastic fascinator.  Clearly the stars aligned and this ensemble was born to hit the streets of the Junction for an afternoon of tea, scones and plus size fashions!

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Take a look at all the fun had and terrific hats & outfits worn:

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Check out this mini fashionista who was very interested in us…

 

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Photo Credit: Rebecca Northcott Photography
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Me with the talented Annika, owner & designer of Candi Apple Couture
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Me getting photobombed in slow motion by the Northcotts…. 🙂

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Check out these amazing hats and fascinators on display from David Dunkley Fine Millinery …. A master in his own right, David has studied with the former royal milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In keeping with this royal millinery lineage, Dunkley’s creations have been sported by members of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s royal entourage and at functions attended by Her Majesty.  Ooooo la la, huh?   Totally appropriate for a Victoria Day afternoon tea 🙂

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Photo Credit: Rebecca Northcott Photography
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Photo Credit: Peter Chiem

 

 How I Got The Look:

Grey faux lace dress from Forever21+, Lindy Hop inspired pink & brown flats from Winners; Pink & white feathered facinator from Weston Flea Market (forget the name of the booth); Pink & gold purse from Your Big Sister’s Closet

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Our Hosts: Karen Ward & Peter Chiem, owners of Your Big Sister’s Closet

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