#OOTD: Go Canada Go! + Sunday Brunch

I’m not a sports fan. Buuuut when a work colleague instant messaged me Friday afternoon to give me grief about the fact that I was working…when I should be a patriotic Canadian, by stopping everything I was doing and watch the Olympic Men’s Hockey US vs. Canada Game… how could I argue?

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As y’all know….Canada dominated moving into the finals! And at 6am this Sunday bars everywhere  opened their doors to die-hard Canadians who support our athletes by drinking beers and cheering at big screen TVs with complete strangers in unison.

I too wanted to be apart of this hoopla! However, unable to commit to the extra early wake up call that is required to get up, dressed cute and out the door to a crowded bar to maybe find a seat at the wee hours of the AM with a possy of peeps, just wasn’t panning out.   I ended up watching the game cozy in my snuggie with the pup from my couch instead.  But I did venture into the city for long-standing Sunday brunch plans.      

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Sadly, try as I might, there is no way to get my hands on one of those cute 2014 Red-White-Black pomp-pomp HBC touques – If anyone has connections for getting me one of my very own – speak up friends!   In an effort to make up for not representing in person at 6am, my Outfit of the Day (#OOTD) needed to be a nod to our Canadian Olympic athletes doing us proud over there is Sochi. So here’s what I’ve come up with:

       

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Love this Dorothy Perkins dress I picked up a few years ago on sale.  I especially love the detailed double-puff of the short-sleeves.  It is a bit short to be worn on its own once all my T&A fill it out, so I often wear it as a long tunic or simply fold or tuck as I did today.  The black n’ white polka dot Diva pants worked out perfect to add a bit of interest/pattern with this all solid colour look.  Plus, these pants fit easily within my over-the-knee/thigh-high boots.  I kept the make up uber simple, avoiding heavy eye-make up – just masscara and a bit of gloss.

I walked into The Annex from my place, to have a catch-up Sunday brunch at Insomnia Cafe with a few gfs – new & old!  I’ve only been here once before, Xmas Eve two years ago after midnight mass with a few friends who were visiting from out-of-town.  However, this spot is apparently known for their Brunch menu.  And a fantastic little surprise – they have a $5 mimosa special!!!  They have an entire section devoted to Eggs Benny (my fav!).  I had the pull-pork option…and as they say, “you eat with your eyes first”…see my plate below…it was fantastic!  We had a particularly lovely server today too – which really made leaving the comfy chairs/sofa area they sat us in, oh-so difficult.  Looking forward to visiting this spot again, as they have daily deals on drinks as well as $10After10pm menu options!  Woot! Woot!

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How I got The Look:

Red puffed sleeved dress by Dorothy Perkins, from The Hudson Bay Co. (Yonge & Bloor Sts)
Accessories from Laura Petite – Earrings & Neclace (picked them up yesterday in my kill-time-in-the-mall-mini-haul)
White wide-belt with silver details from Lane Bryant
Black n’ white tiny polka dot, Diva cut from Old Navy [see Best. Pants. Ever!]
Over-the-knee/Thigh-high black wedge boots from AdditionElle (Queen & Yonge Sts)

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#OOTD + Scarborough Town Center

Only two more weekends before my gf ties the knot with her lovely fiancée! Weeee!   This weekend we – the Bridesmaids – are taking the Bride out for some special girlie time, followed by a joint evening-o-fun with friends of both the Bride & Groom.  

I needed to make an outfit that’ll be lady-like appropriate for High Tea, yet able to go straight into an evening of Off-Key Karaoke Singing at their Stag & Doe.  All the while keeping in mind that all of these shenanigans are taking place in the depths of Scarborough … which is a huge factor when considering shoe options in the cold winter weather of February…(I’m soooo sick of boots…sigh.)

This was the first time I was travelling into Scarborough via TTC since moving to the Queen West hood.  It was a journey and a half!  But upon arriving at Scarborough Town Center – I was dazzled by all the renos.  This mall has really stepped it up since my highschool days of being a mallrat.  Since my ride was running late, I had ample time to explore both levels of this mall and even took advantage of some of the winter clearance sales and beginning of Spring deals too.

My mini-kill-time-in-the-mall-haul consisted of:

  • Laura Petite – where I scored fabulous deep green leather gloves for $19, a silver chain for $9 and earrings for $7;  and
  • Old Navy – picked up ANOTHER pair of my fav Diva pants are back in this great floral black with white pipping  $25 plus this cute Navy skirt with red anchors $17

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Some of you may remember this dress from a previous post [see Making Old, New Again].  Well, I finally got the hem of this dress shortened and now it’s perfect! 20140221-230744.jpg

So for my Outfit of the Day (OOTD), here’s what I’ve come up with:

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Prior to getting this dress hemmed, I’ve often worn it with a longer open cardi…either my cream long-sleeved knitted one from Winners OR my brown short-sleeved one from Reitmans. 

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But this time around, I decided to change the look slightly pairing it with a short grey cardi to hide the peekaboo cutouts on the back of this dress.  Saving them for the evening look instead 🙂 

Curious about what peekaboo cutouts I’m speaking of….and want to see how great this dress can look when you’re not limited to winter salt-stained covered boots?  Scroll to the bottom of this post to see some of the lovely shots of JUST this dress from the creative eye of Rebecca Northcott. (Oh blue suede platforms, how I’ve missed you old friends…sigh.)   

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How I got The Look:
Groovy polka dot dress from Forever21+, Toronto Eaton Center
Tall grey boots from Payless
Grey v-neck cardigan from Old Navy, Toronto Eaton Center
Carmel/beige floral fascinator from Your Big Sister’s Closet (Dundas W/Keele Sts)
Odette Cuff + Odette Earrings from Stella & Dot

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Photo credit: Rebecca Northcott, Rebecca Northcott Photography

#BoPo Art Installation

20140209-151746.jpgEarlier this month I blogged about my friend Karen and her hubs, Peter’s store anniversary party.  Their store, Your Big Sister’s Closet turned 1 this month and I was asked to be a window model for their Body Positivity Art Installation.  The concept was to make plus sized women more visible and to address what is not usually addressed.

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I have to admit, putting myself out there in the “real world” was harder than in the virtual one I’ve created via this blog, but it was a great opportunity to make a statement.  Me, along with a few others, were asked to wear  whatever fabulous clothes we looked and felt great in, and were to stand in their store-front window holding up a sign that has either displayed our weight or measurements or some other indication that we were a curvy, bodacious lady, and an adjective that describes ourselves.  So for instance,  Karen’s sign read: Size 20 & Fabulous!

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Originally when Karen reached out to me as “one of the most #bopo ladies in the city she knows.”..  I have to say, I didn’t know if that was a good thing or bad thing.  And upon researching ‘bopo’ via Urban Dictionary, I was very alarmed at its definition. But Google said #bopo stood for Body Positivity, which relieved my initial concerns – once I stopped laughing hysterically.  (Wanna know what was so funny? Check out Urban Dictionary’s def here … Ahem! No doubt that would certainly draw a crowd and make the news! But for all the wrong reasons, haha!)
Karen lined up a designer who came from NYC for a trunk show called Curvy Couture – showcasing bras right up to H cup – Hooray!  Along with a full candy bar, coffee and complimentary hair touch-ups and nail care all day from event sponsor Donato Salon + Spa.  Check out my “before” and “after” shots – big thank you to Michelle & Tracy for making and keeping me pretty all day!
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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet amazing, positive and beautiful women!
Even networked with other plus fashion bloggers and hob-knobbed with Toronto celebs like Sheena Snively from MTV and the Full Figured Model, Ophilia Alleyne.
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Together we brought awareness to the public promoting a simple message: ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES!  My sign read: Curvy & Confident! 

Sizeism is widely considered to be the last socially acceptable form of prejudice. Body shaming happens every day, all over the city.  This Art Installation entitled “There’s No Right Way to Have a Body” was meant to bring awareness surrounding our society’s obsession with size and size shaming.

Overall, it was a Saturday well spent being ogled as a full-figured beauty in the window of Your Big Sister’s Closet! 🙂

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How I got The Look:
Mint & black lace sheer hi-lo top from Carpe Diem, Your Big Sister’s Closet (Dundas W/Clendenan Sts.)
Black crop top from Forever21+, Toronto Eaton Center
Solid black leggings from Old Navy, Toronto Eaton Center
Grey tall boots from Payless
Silver Medina bib necklace from Stella & Dot
Silver sparkle drop earrings from Bitter Sweet
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Best. Pants. Ever!

Ok friends … I dunno about y’all but I have a heck of a time finding pairs of pants that fit just right! Being petite…short…at 5’2, nearly any pair I try on and get ready to purchase ($) will most certainly need to be taken to a tailor/dry cleaner for a proper hem ($$), and possibly other alterations ($$$) before it can be incorporated into a complete outfit.

For this very reason, over the last few years I’ve embraced a love of wearing dresses and skirts in my everyday life over pants.  Not only are they extra feminine and make me feel pretty, but they are soooo easy.  Totally takes the guess-work out of matching tops to bottoms, looking for dress socks, a belt possibly, ironing, etc.

Best. Pants. Ever.So when I DO find a pair of pants that I love – naturally I’ll buy them in every colour they come in! Perhaps a little zealous to an on-looker or fellow shoppers, but a petite girl’s gotta do what a petite girl’s gotta do :) 

Last summer I discovered a fantastic pair from Old Navy, fittingly called THE DIVASkinny Ankle-cut with two-way stretch, making it a supremely flattering fit and feel.  They come in a multitude of colours and patterns, they are thick enough be an ‘office appropriate’ dress pant and thin enough to shove into tall boots for a dressed down/weekend look too.  You can wear them season to season as well, mine from the summer have washed well and have made several appearances within my winter wardrobe.  They are fantastically priced at $30ish (I bought them on sale…so they were even cheaper…bananas!)   But the best thing about these pants: ZERO hemming required!!!  They fit perfectly from hip to ankle, with none of that unnecessary crotch-bulge short women have to deal with when wearing regular sized pants.

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During Boxing Week, to my delight I discovered that  Old Navy had brought these fantastic pants back!  And I was able to buy another three pairs: Fire engine red, Navy blue with black tuxedo stripe, and Navy & white floral pattern pair!

Now, I haven’t gotten a chance to put together and photograph Looks for all of the various combinations-of-wonderful that I can leverage from my current closet — but I was just sooo excited to bring you the news of this discovery, that I just needed to blog it sooner than later.  Stay tuned for upcoming posts where I’ll come up with fab Looks with these –  Best. Pants. Ever! 🙂