Toronto Vintage Society’s KITSCHMAS CABIN!

10849868_1501533426796396_1296356340448560908_nEarlier this month the Toronto Vintage Society gathered together to celebrate all things MERRY, KITSCHY and BRIGHT by turning the Cadillac Lounge into a winter cabin!

But what the heck do we mean by “Kitschy”?  Good question!

“Kitsch”, according to Wikipedia, is;  (/ˈkɪ/; loanword from German) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. Kitsch generally includes unsubstantial or gaudy works or decoration, or works that are calculated to have popular appeal.  Click here to read and see more about exactly what this means 🙂

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The Event:

$5 at the Door got you entertainment galore!!  40s/50s themed decor and suggested dress code with Best (and kitschiest) Dressed prizes to be won!  Along with vintage cocktails flowing all night and home made treats, handmade kitsch and vintage chachkas for sale!

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The Cadillac Lounge transformed into our Kitschmas Cabin

The Toronto Vintage Society never does anything half-assed …. always FULL ass! 😛

Not only were we able to transform the Cadillac Lounge into a wintery holiday cabin, there was all kinds of fun entertainment all night long to get everyone into the festive spirit no matter what your ‘thing’ was.  There was even a Nail Artist: Strawberry LIPs n TIPs creating one-of-a-kind holiday art one nail at a time!!

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Loving my amazing Rudolph nail art – outstanding!!!

This party was non-stop entertainment which included…vintage vinyl and holidays classic movies played all night long by our very own DJ Tarana Pete…

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DJ Tarana-Pete spinning vintage vinyl & holiday movie classics

PLUS Performances by ELVIS and his burlesquing alter ego – Blue Suede Sue.  Then the adorable Miss Kitten Monroe.

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Me with the talented Tia Brazda and delightful Kitten Monroe

AND performances by the Tia Brazda Swing Band with her hit song Christmas in Mexico!! Take a listen and get yourself a copy… Tis’ the season for this catchy toe-tapper of a tune 🙂

Ooooh…and there was plenty of swing dancing too!!!

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Me with my skirt all a-twirl!

As you can see…..We PACKED the place!  It was a spectacular night!!!

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I’m pretty sure I managed to sell raffle tickets to every single person in here!

And to top it all off…..we even had an amazing Winter Wonderland of a photo booth setup with SANTA!

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Click here for the full TVS Photo Booth album — each picture just jumps off the screen with happiness and joy!

If you didn’t make it out to the event, you can relive the fun – prepare to smile your faces off 🙂15863724779_c6e16886d9_k

Dancing went on until the wee hours of the morning …. AND there was even karaoke in the backroom!!!

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Collage-o-Fun captured by my iPhone …

I’m not gonna lie, due to all the liquid courage (who knew apple cider and rum would be such a delicious combination) I may have gotten up on stage to belt a tune or two.  There is evidence of this on someone’s phone…dun dun dunnnn 😮

 What I Wore: 

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Photo Credit: Val Soo

I picked up this Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress during Tatyana‘s BOGO event – yup…Buy One, Get One FREE!!!  This dress comes in a variety of solid colours that are just as lovely.  But I really, really, really loved this black, white and red polka-dot pattern.  And was determined to xmas-ify for THIS holiday event!

With an amazing lattice style around neckline and sleeves you really don’t need any accessories to jazz this frock up! The waist features a bow at the center that leads to its full circle skirt. There’s a three-eye-hook closures above the back zipper…which requires a buddy’s help, at least in my case 🙂

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The Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress WITH crinoline

The dress on its own is quite lovely with the full circle skirt.  But it gets even for amazing with a puffy red crinoline underneath! Plus, it hides any additional lumps & bumps that may have resulted due to vintage cookie eating the weeks before….click here to see what I mean. 😉

And I’m happy to say that EVERYTHING I’m wearing in this post came from Tatyana Boutique on West Queen West, in Toronto.  To read more about Tatyana’s new Toronto location click here.

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Red Crinoline,  Harlow Heel red shoes and Audrey red purse  courtesy of Tatyana Boutique – Toronto.
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As lovely as everything looked all together,  my outfit was incomplete.  It was missing the much needed “Kitschy” factor.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED…..a fabulous Poinsettia fascinator!!!    Hand-made by the crafty curator of TVS, Miss Jacquie – isn’t it amazing?  Totally helped perfect my look for the evening’s event! 🙂

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Handmade Kitschy Poinsettia Fascinator …. I’m told that there are some available for sale at Damzel’s East location, FYI 😉

 

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Earrings from Your Big Sister’s Closet; Hair flower made by Jacquie Jeffery

And ….TA-DAH!  My vintage kitschmas look was complete!

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Extra Bonus to those reading this right now!!!  Tatyana Boutique will happily give you 15% off until December 31st by mentioning this blogpost friends >>>>

Merry Kitschmas to you!!!  Ho! Ho! Ho!

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CNL Designs: Redesign of Rosegal Dress

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 Roesegal Peter 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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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Step 1: Create more room for ‘The Girls’ 😉
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Step 1 continued… 😉
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Step 2: Add length to the hem, keeping it 30-plus appropriate for my comfort level 😉
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Step 3: Recreate the sweet features from the original piece – like the Peter Pan collar in delicate lace instead.

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)…

IMG_5717In 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.

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And Vola!  Here’s the dress recreated to fit moi:

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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!

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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.

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Crop Top Goes to Work

Pulling off a crop top takes a lot of guts.  Wearing one as a plus size babe takes extra courage, as this is an item of clothing not typically deemed as “acceptable” to be worn by a larger lady, with mainstream beauty standards being what they are.

So how does a plus sized gal – moi –  dare to wear a crop top to the office?

Let me show ya! 🙂

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I took this simple black 3/4 sleeved crop top and layered it over top of a sheer white collared shirt, to create a demure Monday morning polished and sophisticated look.plus size crop top

Since the majority of this outfit is quite monochromatic, I decided to add a blingy statement necklace with loud bright pinks and greens, and earrings to match.  (For other monochromatic looks click here, here and here.)

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Old Navy‘s Pixie pants were recently on sale again recently – which I immediately alerted everyone to via the FB page – you’re welcome 🙂

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I look a little hysterical, I know! Shopping deals on perfect fitting pants do that to me 🙂

I found this great houndstooth pattern among them.  Just love the look of them with these glossy pumps!  IMG_5336

Plus, I finally unveiled the wine moto jacket y’all helped me buy … well, helped with your comments on FB to determine whether or not I should bring this baby home from Reitmans!  Haaza!

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How I Got The Look:

Wine Moto Jacket, Reitmans; Statement necklace and earrings, LOFT; Striped paten leather purse, Kate Spade NY; Houndstooth Pixie pants, Old Navy; Sheer collared white shirt, Winners; Black 3/4 sleeved crop top, Forever21; Black glossy pumps, Payless; Michael Kors bracelet watch

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I’m Batman!

How cute is this tee??

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For a quick and easy Sunday Brunch outfit of the day, I paired this fantastic baby BATMAN tee (Ardene) with a simple cotton black pencil skirt (Old Navy) and these plaid loafers (Payless).  No jewellery, just my white ceramic Michael Kors watch.

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I’ll be honest with you… I was uber nervous about buying this shirt from Ardene.  The largest they go is XL and often the quality of garments are for one-time wear.  But somehow all of me fit into this this one….without streching poor Batman’s face all across my chest – #winning – so naturally this tee had to come home with me.

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After all, {insert deep, throaty voice here} …..  I’M BATMAN! 🙂

ps: sorry for the unkept hair and lack of makeup – it was Sunday people.  Geez!

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THE Valentina Illusion Dress

Very rarely is there a dress that will look absolutely amazing on any woman’s figure regardless of their proportions.

Well, Kiyonna’s Valentina Illusion Dress …. no matter your shape, the contrasting side lace panels will give you a knockout hourglass silhouette.

The silky stretch fabric on the front of the dress elegantly flatters your curves while the ruching in the mid-section masks any tummy troubles.

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The beautiful lace continues on the shoulders, sheer sleeves, and covers the entire back of the dress, giving the appearance of a completely different dress from behind.

 

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This seductive black & burgundy dress is finished off with a complimenting crossover sweetheart neckline for added appeal. Without a doubt, this dress is the sexiest outfit I own!

 

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I bought this dress a few years ago – shopping therapy after a particularly rough day (discovered it at SexyPlus Clothing).

Sadly, I haven’t had many opportunities to really wear this spectacular piece out….as this is the ultimate ‘titty-city’ dress.   Too much for a wedding or a first date and wayyyyy too much for office, walking the pup or grocery shopping.  Sooooooo……where do I wear it?

Where would YOU wear this dress?  Got any ideas for me?

I need an excuse to bring this dazzling dress out & about ASAP!

Use the Comments section and tell me!

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#OOTD: Pink Blush Lace

I must control my shopping!  I must control my shopping!

This has become my yoga mantra these days.  But everywhere you look there are lovely spring fashions and sometimes it causes me to lose my mind.  Especially when the prices are under $29!!!

My newest weakness is Forever21+.   I try so hard to limit my purchases from this spot, as the price point is TOO perfect that EVERY SINGLE plus size diva in Toronto is gonna be rocking the same outfit.   Buuuuut, I’m only human….and there’s no harm in trying things on…right?  Right!

I tried on three items recently:  this  purple halter dress ($29), pink blush lacey dress ($29) and this green maxi dress ($17).

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Did I leave empty handed?  NOPE!  Another mini-haul for moi!!!   Only two of the three dresses above…and this cutie-pie cherry-rope bag ($12)!!!!

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I love pink!!! I would wear pink head to toe everyday if I could.  So this pink blush lace dress needed to be worn ASAP!!  Just wore it to the office this Monday, with a grey cardi to keep it more professional and warm enough for spring weather 🙂

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How I got The Look:  Dress from Forever21+;  Grey cardi from Old Navy; Mint-toed nude pumps from Hudson Bay Co.; Necklace from One Girl Who (St. Clair W/Bathurst Sts.)

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SexyPlus Clothing Grand Reopening!

I was fortunate to have met Stefanie Augusteijn a few years ago B.B.B. (Before Becoming a Blogger).  When I moved to midtown Toronto, her boutique SexyPlusClothing was walking distance for me when it was located just south of Rosedale subway station on Yonge St. 

I’ve picked up a few coveted pieces from her shop in the past, including my beloved high-waisted leopard pencil skirt,  my black lace wrap top and the highly complimented Cherry Bomb dress.

 

Plus Size Clothing Canada USA, Plus Size Dresses - Sexy Plus ClothingShe’s recently relocated this fab shop.  This past weekend a friend of mine and I took a Saturday morning road trip out to Mississauga to be a part of Stefanie’s Grand Reopening & 5-Year Store Anniversary Party!

There were promises of Fresh New Spring Arrivals + Buy One Get One 50% offers along with Fashion and Beauty Prizes…and best of all Gourmet Cake and Refreshments! 

Don’t let the outside fool you – the store is beautiful!  And Stefanie designed it all herself!!!  The fresh, bright off-white of the entire space and hardwood floors with pops of that SexyPlus signature pinks all over the place, along with the familiar alphabet artwork of Lime Green Squid just make you feel all smiley. 🙂

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Closer Look of Lime Green Squid’s artwork. A few of these framed pieces were given away to a few lucky customers of SexyPlus Clothing.

“Dress for the weather you want, not the weather you have!”

Decided on wearing this green & black maxi dress w/skinny black belt  ($17 Forever21+) with a cropped cardi ($10 Old Navy) combo with my grey moto leather jacket (Winners) and Rocker-girl boots (Aldo) … regardless of the snow flurries that followed us from Toronto to Mississauga that morning.  My hair was uncooperative this morning as you can see.  Sigh…

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Here’s a few snaps of all the shopping fun that was had at this beautifully renovated boutique for plus sized babes:

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Me with Stefanie, owner of SexyPlus Clothing

 

Special shoutouts to go the lovely shop-girls, Dream Taylor and Sabrina who were uber attentive and helpful, providing honest opinions and encouragement once you’re ready to emerge from the change rooms.  I tried on several pieces, including this lovely ‘Hello Yellow’ dress, this Black n’ White stripped number and this Tiki inspired beach-ready dress:

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I even became the SexyPlus “Guinea pig” for trying on the new Convertible Maxi dress, as Stefanie transformed this lovely navy chevron patterned fabulousness whilst on my body for all to see the many different looks this one piece was capable of.   Please ignore the giant bra straps that are taking away from the loveliness of this dress – clearly I was not prepared to be apart of this impromptu fashion show 🙂

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It was a delightful afternoon….but as you can see from my face in the above pic, I was clearly torn as to which pieces I wanted to take home with me.   I limited myself to only ONE new purchase of all the items above – I’ve got myself on a strict budget as my closet is bursting at the seams these days with all my recent mini-hauls.

Finally, I decided to buy the Captain’s Bodycon dress – it’s made in Canada!

Waddya think?  Did I make the right decision? (Oh…ignore the moustache socks also…lol!)

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SexyPlus Clothing’s new location: 5100 Maingate Drive, Unit 14  Mississauga, ON  —- with lots of FREE parking friends.  If you get a chance, you should def make the trip out to see what pretty fashions need to be yours!

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From SexyPlus Clothing: The Captain’s Bodycon dress – it’s made in Canada!

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How To Tie a Scarf?

In a recent post, I got a comment telling me how much they liked the way I tied my scarf and asking that PPMeow! do a tutorial post on how to tie scarves.

Ask and you shall receive friends!!! 🙂

Spring is the perfect time to bring light-weight, bright scarfs into your wardrobe and outfit choices.   Not only are they fashionable, they are functional too as it’s still cold and breezy out keeping the delicate area of the neck covered will help keep the rest of you warm.

I’ve put together a collection of helpful resources I’ve used/refer to when I want to give an outfit a new look, to dress up your outfit  or to simply  add some pizzazz with a scarf.

I personally have Three “go-to” knots for the scarves I wear:

1.  The Giant Bow 

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There is really nothing to this scarf-tying technique.  Simply drape the scarf around your neck (keeping it as long and both sides as even as possible), then criss-cross the two pieces into a bow as you would your shoelaces.  You can keep the bow small…or fluff out each side of creating a larger puffy bow like I did above 🙂

 

2.  The Side Braid

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Now this one is a bit more tricky …leaving me to usually have to re-watch the YouTube vid once again, before wearing my own scarf like this.  So I’m including the vid for y’all 🙂

Once tied, you can simply lift it over your head and keep braid in-tact.  This way you have one always ready-to-go with this clever braid-tied-technique to save you time.  Just saying’ 😉

 

 3.  The Fancy Knot

For much of the winter months, this was my scarf-knot of choice.  It works really well with thicker, bulkier scarves …. but using light-weight ones work as well, just keep the knot nice and loose, and it’ll look great!

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Lastly, check out The Knot Library for additional quick scarf-tying images to help you recreate the look of your scarf by trying a new knot to change the look around your neck 🙂

 

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