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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