October Ramp-up to Halloween

I freakin’ love ANY excuse to dress up! ❤

That’s why Halloween is one of my favorite times of year – cuz you get to do just that.

Since I’m a corporate-type by day, I wanted to do a little something with my outfits that was a gentle nod to Halloween…  A lil’ nod once a week, every week leading up to the big day for the entire month of October.

Here’s what that looked like…

A Nod to Halloween – The Month of October

 

Gentle nod with a striped dress (F21+) and soft trench (F21+); Sparkle kicks (Sketchers) … giving off a Mime, Jailbird or Beetlejuice vibe.

 

He-he! Ooow! This was my attempt at bring MJ’s spooky spirit to my outfit with my Thriller tee (Old Navy) and my Lepoard pencil skirt (SexyPlusClothing)

 

Trying for this all-black-everything look for complete with my “Handbook for the Recently Deceased ” tee (PublicButter) with this angled pencil skirt (F21+) and Black booties (Winners). Sadly this was photographed without my stripped cropped blazer, to truly give off the Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice …BEETLEJUICE vibe!

Halloween Weekend – Saturday Night

With October 31st falling on workday (boo!) …the weekend before was the weekend of all Halloween’ing!!!

How lucky am I to have artsy friends in my life.  Joel Colbourne and his amazing make-up job transformed me into a scary skeleton!  Check out this Instagram for more of his makeup artistry. ❤

I had picked up this fab Skeleton Dress from Unique Vintage while I was in L.A. last November …ps: very, very delayed blogpost about that trip coming soon 😉

The make-up just brings this cute dress into spook-tacular frock… Worthy of winning Toronto Lindyhop’s “Most Scariest Costume” prize at the 2nd event I was at!!!!

Halloween Day – Office Costume

It took a month of convincing … but finally my office team agreed to dress up as Cowpokes for October 31st!

Since I didn’t get their permission to share the team photo… here’s what **I** looked like for the Cowboy theme:

How I Got The Look:  Boots from Aldo; Jeans & cowboy hat from F21+; Super old belt from Lane Bryant; Plaid shirt from Old Navy; Vintage scarf for my neck ❤

 

 

Halloween Night – The Village (Church St. in The6ix)

I’ve lived in Toronto my entire life and this was my 2nd time ever enjoying the sights and sounds of Church Street  aka The Village” on Halloween Night! (Click here for the 1st)

Somehow I’ve managed to insert myself into a fabulous social circle of shameless,  onsie-wearing friends who were all more than happy to parade around in public with me.

I fell in love with the Giraffe onsie from Kigurumi … thinking it wouldn’t be a popular choice.  I was wrong. :/

 

Found a total of 5 onsied Giraffes in The Village…only managed to photograph these 3 🙂  Photo Credit: Joel Colbourne

Oh, the fun that was had simply walking up and down the street as a zoo of animals!

We were sooooo famous – everyone was asking to take our photos.

WE WERE A TOTAL SPECTACLE! 😀

 

Curious about what I’ve done for Halloween in the past?

Click here and here and here and here and here for past October fun!!!

Hope you enjoyed this post…and that it’s given you smiles for your day and inspirations for your next excuse to dress up 🙂

Which one is your favourite?  Let me know in the comment section below!  OH, and follow me on Instagram!!!

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Hook, Line, and Sinker

If you’ve been following the blog, you already know what a big fan I am of vintage/retro/rockabilly reproduction fashion.

Style eras that celebrate hips and tits are ones I need to be apart of! 😉

There are many UK clothing lines that specifically cater these styles.  I’ve got a Pintrest board dedicated to all my coveted retro frocks!

In fact, this was one of my pins …. was this dress by Collectif in London:

The Rowena Dress, by Collectif

The Rowena Anchor Swing Dress … a nautical inspired halter neck frock with navy and red all over anchor print. With three pockets and a removable neck tie for a variety of different looks.  Isn’t it the cutest?

Well, a couple months ago Toronto Vintage Society co-hosted a BOOZAR night at the Gladstone Hotel, where I met the delightful Erin Loveless, owner of Loveless Boutique in Toronto who invited me to check out her shop as it happens to carry a selection of Collectif dresses!!! 😉

So I went to check them out and guess what I found in their sale rack……..
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THE Rowena Anchor Dress!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Now granted the only size remaining was a 2x …and as you can see the only way it would fit my ample upper half was by unbuttoning from the collar down…

BUT I’m in love with this dress: hook, line, and sinker!!!  (yup, that was an anchor pun) 🙂

I’m really not a fan of having to wear a strapless bra … so I try and avoid buying clothes that force me to wear one.

I tried wearing this halter dress with a regular ol’ bra….since I had to wear a tank to fill in the giant-boobie-gap.  And this was the result:

Then I decided to buy a cheap tank, and cut off the strap to make it into a halter tank …. then wore my clear bra straps and THIS was the result:

Always nice having options that still allows you to wear a proper bra!

I kept the accessories simple with this frock – sometimes jelly shoes, sometimes sandals, with a cross body bag and minimal accessories.

I had this anchor necklace from My Beaded Designs Kinda feel like it was waiting for this dress 🙂

OK. Now that you got a low down on What I Wore…. let me tell you What I Did while in this outfit 🙂

I happened to be out an about all day in this frock … and made my way to Nathan Phillips Square for a PanAm Concert one summer night…

To see THE ROOTS!!

Minus Canada Day in Ottawa, THIS was the largest crowd I’ve ever been apart of in a long, long time.

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It seems I’m a big fan of Nautical Inspired looks – click hereherehere , here and here to see what I mean 😉

How I Got The Look:  The dress from Loveless Boutique; Necklace from My Beaded Designs; Tank tops from Reitmans and Forever21+

So waddya think?  Did I make a mistake buying a dress I couldn’t button up?  Or was my tank-top fix a good move?

Let me know by leaving a comment below friends.  Until next time…

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Frugalistas Unite: Kiyonna Sale!

A few posts ago …. I introduced PPMeow readers to a fantastic clothing line called Kiyonna. This company strives to design something a size 6 would die to wear, but they remain focused on expert fit and style for the plus-size woman.

I personally go weak in the knees for all their feminine, black lace options when it comes to dresses and separates.

My coveted pieces is this 3/4 length lace wrap top ….

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AND the ultra-sexy Valentina Illusion Dress

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WELL friends…..this fab line is having crazy sales right now …. plus PPMeow is hooking you up with an additional 20% off!!!

Just use this link (also found on PPMeow’s homepage sidebar menu) — and you’ll be directed to the Kiyonna site and get this discount on top of the sale prices you see listed there!!!!   Weeeeee!

Check out some of my faves that are on sale right now….that could and SHOULD be yours, you Fruglaista you!!!  🙂

 

My Top 5 Kiyonna items ON SALE …. I’ve baked in the link to the images below for your shopping pleasure:

#5  ShaylaLace Skirt  – comes in purple, white and my fav teal

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#4  Caleigh Convertible Skirt and Dress – comes in black w/cream stripes OR navy with teal stripes — Ahdorbbbbz!!

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#3  Serena Cold Shoulder Dress

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#2   Kylie Lace Ruched Top  — come in teal w/black lace OR blue w/black lace (love love love!)

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#1 Paris Pencil Skirt – comes floral with navy background OR black background

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Happy shopping – remember use this PPMeow link to access the Kiyonna site for an additional 20% off your purchases –

ON REGULAR PRICE AND SALE PRICE STUFF!!!

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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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Kiyonna’s Black Lace

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Lace is maybe the loveliest of all fabrics!  It’s just so pretty and feminine and when it comes in black…uber sexy!

Last year, I discovered this fabulous plus clothing line called Kiyonna.  This line seems to have a ton of lace offerings to the plus population…and their sizing is nearly perfect for those in the petite category when it comes to arm & shoulder lengths too!  Often their website has deals for online purchasers…which helps, as their items tend to be on the pricey end.  I personally am still a bit wary about online shopping.  Simply relying on pictures of items on photo-shopped models on a computer screen without being able to ACTUALLY try something on first, isn’t my favourite way to shop for clothes.  (I did manage to get brave…and buy a Hot-Mama Kiyonna dress…THE Valentina Illusion Dress..Meow indeed!)

To my surprise I found that Stefanie, owner of SexyPlusClothing carried a few fab Kiyonna pieces in her shop… and I quickly snapped up this lovely black lace 3/4 sleeved wrap top!  It really is a lovely versatile piece that goes great with a skirt or pants….for office, special occasion, date night…huh huh 😉

Take a look at how I’ve worn it in the past and recently to the office with a black cami underneath, gotta keep ‘the girls’ in check among co-workers ya know.

Want to save 20% off on Kiyonna order – click here friends!!!! 🙂

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How I got The Look:

Black lace wrap top by Kiyonna, from SexyPlus Clothing  – when they were located at Rosedale/Yonge Sts…so sad they’ve moved out to Mississauga 😦

Berry pencil skirt by Dorothy Perkins, The Hudson Bay Co. (Yonge & Bloor location)

The Shoes:  Hi-glossy black pumps from Payless; Beige peep-toed booties from NineWest; and Black snake-skinned ponty-toed booties from Madeline

Navy tuxedo stripped pant from Old Navy, yup…the Diva line – Best. Pants. Ever!

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Photo credit: Rebecca Northcott, Rebecca Northcott Photography