Seafoam Nautical

A few weeks ago I pieced together an outfit on Instagram – follow me 😉 –  for an upcoming date night outfit … with pieces in my current closet (as I’m totally broke a$$ since returning from my magical PPMeowAsianAdvenure)

Let me give you a run down of the items I selected.

How I Got The Look:

Seaform hi-low sheer top (Your Big Sister’s Closet) ; High-waisted stripped black n’ white pencil skirt (Winners); Peep-toed black pumps (Nine West); Multi-strand necklace (Stella & Dot); Anchor clutch (Aldo Accessories)

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This sheer seafoam hi-low top I picked up last year from Your Big Sister’s Closet, it’s a piece that has worn well and continues to get tons of compliments and comments every time I don it.

First dates are always tricky when it comes to ‘the girls’ – you want to look alluring and highlight certain ‘assets’ without giving it all away.  A difficult fine line when you’re a busty gal like moi.

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This top works perfectly to give that allure … being sheer, giving you the illusion you can see everything….but having a high-enough neckline to let you have a sit-down dinner without having ‘the girls’ take over the meal.

Love the black lace detail down the front of this to too.  Really just ties in all the other pieces of my outfit and helps dress-up this otherwise simple outfit.
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It seems I’m a big fan of Nautical Inspired looks – click here, here, here and here to see what i mean 😉

What do you think of this as a first date outfit?  Do you approve?  What would you do differently?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Little Black Dress #1

I dunno about you friends, but January is officially Little Black Dress month for me.  There has been WAYYY too much eating over the festive season … and this holiday weight is making me choose blacks over other fun colours in my wardrobe these days.

Lucky for me, I’ve got a lil’ Collection of LBDs that don’t nearly get enough of my attention all year round.  So why not use this month to let them shine 🙂

LBD #1:  Forever21+ 

IMG_5905Truth be told, I bought this dress as a Halloween Costume one year, when a girlfriend and I dressed as Robert Palmer girls.  The best (and easiest) costume to pull off I tell ya.

What sold me about this dress was the different textures of fabric used.  The top is this shiny poly-blend with a sweet little twist to the neckline which leads to off the shoulder sleeves, and the skirt portion is a ribbed cotton.

IMG_5902There is beauty in simplicity.  I tried sticking to a head-to-to black … keeping the hose and heels black too.  But in the end, I needed more — and that’s when this red blazer just kicked it up a notch.IMG_5913This giant pearl necklace is my absolute favourite (Your Big Sister’s Closet) – it just adds the perfect punch of sophistication to this entire outfit.

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How I Got The Look:  LBD from Forever21+; Red blazer from Jessica, Sears; Glossy black pumps from Payless; Sheer hosiery from Dollarama; Necklace from Your Big Sister’s Closet; Gold earrings from Ardene

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Holiday Double Feature: Office Party


We began the week with a special  Holiday Double Feature collaboration with  Cassie of Style Cassentials yesterday.  If you missed our first post, no worries – click here  🙂

Today we’re we focusing on getting Office Party ready for both before & after 5pm!

Before 5pm…

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To get through the workday, I chose a black collared shirt with a gold faux belt attachment (Reitmans) to go with my gold & black brocade pencil skirt (Lane Bryant).  Keeping the shoes a simple beige pump (Payless) with sheer black hose (Dollarama).

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Jewelry has been the most successful fashion conversation starter at networking events, or so I’ve found. Both women and men feel comfortable complimenting or commenting on a piece of jewelry. It’s considered in the safe zone —  Statement Jewellery May Help You Network.

Are you more of an earrings girl? Go For It!   You can wear a big bracelet or put that vintage embellished hair clip in your do.   Just stick to one eye catching piece of jewelry….try not to over do it.

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Now, to elevate my look After 5pm…

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I got rid of the collared shirt, and went with the mock-neck peplum top with a sheer peek-a-boo neckline (Forever21+)
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I didn’t want to add anything more to the neckline of this top, so I opted for bling’d out earrings instead (Your Big Sister’s Closet)…
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I also swapped shoes for these edgy gold spiked pumps (Torrid, click here and here) with a purse to match (Danier Leather, click here) and put my hair up.

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Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled the trends.  Or visit her Facebook page here.

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 What do you think about these look?  What have you worn to your work’s holiday party?  Tell me in the comments section…

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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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Meow! Meow! Meow!

A few weeks ago I made a bunch of cute Meow! tees to sell at the blogger closet sale, BIG Deal Toronto (stay tuned for a blogpost recap on that event soon).

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I love, love love these tees!!!! 100% Cotton. Pre-Shunk. V-neck.  They are fabulous! I’m partial to the white one, because the PINK stands out more.  But for Fall, I thought I’d go for an ALL noir look, and have put together TWO looks with these Meow! tees for your reading and viewing pleasure 🙂

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Zoomed in view so you can see the mini fuzzy polka dots on my skirt

 #1: Meow! Rocker…

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Keeping it real simple with a black on black polka dot pencil skirt (Old Navy), open-toed black leather booties (Aldo), and my moto leather jacket (Danier).

I couldn’t help myself … chose to break up the ALL black look with a hot pink studded belt (Your Big Sister’s Closet) and purple leggings (Old Navy) for extra Fall warmth.

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#2: Meow! Cozy…

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Fall is all about sweater weather! So to take this look into a more cozy vibe….simply replaced the leather jacket for a tri-toned open cardi sweater (Winners) and did up my hot pink gold studded belt (Your Big Sister’s Closet) over top of it, to cinch in my waist and create a nice casual hour-glass shape.  And of course, my paten leather stripped Kate Spade purse to complete both looks.

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So, waddya think of these two looks dressing up a simple cotton Meow! tee?  How would you style one?

Although not plus-sized, this fashionable petite babe Tammy, totally did it right for a casual sophisticated Sunday Brunch vibe in her Meow! tee.  Don’t you think?  Bravo Tammy… “me f*uckin’ ow” indeed! 😉

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Loving the look on a few PPMeow! readers who’ve purchased tees and sent in their pics!

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Want a Meow! tee of your own? There are a few for sale left – only $20 CAD. Message me via the blog OR through the Facebook Fan Page and we’ll make it happen!

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Want a Meow! tee of your own?  There are a few for sale left – only $20 CAD.  Leave a Comment below with your request….OR  Message me via the blog OR through the Facebook Fan Page and we’ll make it happen! 🙂

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Fall Double Feature: Blooms on Black

Happy Hump Day!!!  I hope you’ve been enjoying and  following my Fall Fashion series in collaboration with Cassie from Style Cassentials.

We’re discussing fall trends this week – if you missed any of my previous posts, you can check them out here, here and here.

Today we are talking about Blooms on Black!

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I haven’t always been a big fan of florals, but this Fall, I’m starting to re-think this….considering we’re only at Hump Day Wednesday with this special blog series, and I’ve already worn blooms-on-black twice!  (Click here to see how I incorporated florals with leather earlier this week.)

Profs II-06This Dorothy Perkins metallic floral top is adorable and feminine…perfect for evening or date night.

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I’m really feeling gold this Fall … in accessories like watches, bangles, necklaces, earrings.  Get yourself some GOLD friends!

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In an effort to really play up the gold elements of this top, I paired it with a simple black pencil skirt and my giant pearl necklace…

Profs II-12…keeping my purse and shoes simple matte black.

The back of this top is really the showstopper – don’t you think? 🙂  Dorothy Perkins – A UK company that sells some really beautiful, classic plus size pieces that are high quality and that you are sure to have in your wardrobe for years to come. Many of the items are wardrobe staples. Excellent quality and they sell Canadian sizes 14-18, as well as straight sizes.  Lucky for me The Hudson Bay Co. carry her line and I got to scoop up this fab top without online hassles!

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How I Got The Look:

Floral ivory & metallic toned top from Dorothy Perkins; black pencil skirt from Old Navy; open toed pumps from Diesel; Giant pearls from Your Big Sister’s Closet;  vintage bracelets from Toronto Vintage Clothing Show; black purse gifted

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How cute is Cassie in this terrific felt hat!?  The blue hues with yellow blooms on black in this dress is just lovely.  Plus those amazing gold earrings….Love. It!

Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled the trends.

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What are your thoughts around wearing florals in Fall?  How would you incorporate this trend into your wardrobe this season?  Use the comments section and tell me all about it…

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Have you missed a few from the special Fall Double Feature?  Not to fear…

Loving Leather click here

Sweater Glamour click here

Modern Monochrome click here

 

 

Flower Power

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”

Miranda Priestley’s famed catty retort from The Devil Wears Prada may live on in infamy, but truth be told I’m not the biggest fan of floral prints.  And I’m seemingly late to the party with this trend this year….with summer in full bloom and all (see what I did there 😉 …)

These pink hibiscus earrings I picked up at last year’s Toronto Vintage Society‘s Tiki Party — were the inspiration for my outfit of the day.

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I have a hard time finding a good lipstick/gloss that actually appears PINK once applied to my lips.  This RIMMEL LONDON Stay Glossy Lip Gloss – Jewel In The Crown is actually perfect…and has become by go-to summer colour.

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This outfit of the day had to do double-duty as a office appropriate work-outfit AND  comfortable enough to Lindy Hop in immediately after work with SWING TORONTO in front of the Gazebo of St. James Park (King/Jarvis Sts)!

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For dancing in the park….the heels had to go.  Sooooo these navy flat peep-toes (Payless) worked out perfectly….

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As you can see, dancing in St. James Park isn’t the easiest thing to do…..the grounds are pretty beat up and kinda tricky for dancing on.  Not like that stopped us or anything.  Check me out friends!!!  🙂

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Special thanks to Liz for taking this perfect shot 🙂

Turns out Old Town Toronto took a bunch of pictures too.  Check out a few during the swing lesson by Swing Toronto before the band went on…..click here for their full photo album of this event.

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Swing Toronto’s lesson before the Band went on….Photo courtesy of Old Town Toronto

Love that this city has soooooo many outdoor music & dancing opportunities….

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Here’s a few snaps from at Harbourfront Centre’s Dancing on the Pier event earlier this month.  I love this city!!!

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Dancing on the Pier a few weeks ago….with fellow Toronto Vintage Society sistas: Liz (The Vintage Inn) and Erin (Delovely Delightful)
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Yet another Swing Dancing in the Streets pic…from 2014 The Beaches Jazz Festival (this past weekend) with Toronto Lindy Hop  Can you find me?  Click here for outfit details on this Seafoam Swirl dress

How I Got The Look:

Floral pencil skirt from H&M; Navy top from Reitmans; Navy flat peep-toes from Payless; Pink heels from MTNY; Purse from Your Big Sister’s Closet

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Have you made it out to any outdoor music and dancing events in Toronto this summer?  Which ones?  Tell me all about the in the comments section friends!

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Summerlicious Nights

Toronto kick’s off their Summerlicious season!!!  Which means this petite plus diva gets to get dolled up to discover and experience the diverse cuisine this city has to offer at exceptional value!!!  For two mouth-watering weeks in July, foodies savour delicious three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 of the city’s top restaurants.

Last Night a gf and I tried out CHURCH APERITIVO BAR.  Located in an old church at Queen and Dovercourt….this spot’s speciality is Italian cuisine.  The food was delish with very generous portions. The meatballs were just like my  ex’s Nona used to make (once you added some of their chili-flake sauce).  There’s a built-in 18% gratuity, and the paired wine with the menu turned out to be $15 PER GLASS.  A little outrageous, I think, but waddya gonna do once your belly is full and the bill comes.  Sadly, I failed to take any photos of my food … which is very unusual for me… guess we were more hungry than we thought.  🙂

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Here’s what I wore:

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Does this dress look familiar?  That’s cuz … it was one of the dresses I wore for the collaboration photo shoot entitled “IS IT SPRING YET?” with Rebecca Northcott Photography and Your Big Sister’s Closet this past Spring.

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1452453_855600717799568_1177078007_n I fell in love with this dress  immediately!  So much so that I had to buy it BEFORE we even got to the location for the photoshoot 🙂

If you look closely at the photo shoot pictures you’ll see my bra strap is showing … sigh.  At the time I didn’t have one that was suitable of the way the back of this dress is cut.  Buuuuuuut in the newer pictures from this post – this has been corrected with Cacique’s Lace Racerback Bra!!

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Black suede platform sandals (Nine West) give me the height needed to wear this lovely maxi dress without any alterations!

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Short Diva Trick – I tied a wee knot in the bottom of my dress so that I don’t trip over the length whist indoors without those sky-high platform sandals.

It was a bit on the cooler side that night – with temperatures threatening to dip into high teens tonight (+18) … so keeping that in mind, I paired this gorgeous maxi with an open black 3/4 sleeved cardi (Reitmans).  In an effort to keep it ‘summertime fun’, I tied it in front rather than keeping it open so that the lovely paisley pattern doesn’t get hidden. 🙂

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How I Got The Look:

Black & paisley maxi dress from Your Big Sister’s Closet (click here to see the photoshoot I did for them that prompted me to buy this dress)

Sandals from Nine West Outlet (click here to see my cross-boarder shopping haul post)

Black open cardi, Reitmans; Silver teardrop earrings, Payless; Black clutch wallet, Ardene

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Backless Nautical Navy

Ooo!!  It’s summertime and I have to admit, I’ve been baring my arms and legs much more than I ever had in pervious summers.

Blogging has gotten me braver in my outfit choices and more confident to rock things I’d normally shy away from.  Like this fantastic dress I picked up cross-border shopping recently … I was immediately drawn to it on the rack.  Buuuuut upon picking it up I noticed that an important piece of fabric was missing ….that critical piece of fabric that covers up my giant bra clasps and that loveable back roll that gets formed upon wearing said giant bra.

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Doesn’t this dress just SCREAM: Summer!!!  I just love it!

The hi-lo skirt is perfect for petite beauties as there will be zero ‘tripping-up-the-stairs’ incidents as there might be with lengthy maxis (least it’s the case for moi…seems I’m terribly clumsy).  I’ve already professed my love and devotion to all the nautical-ness in fashion since the Spring…so this dress just needed to be mine!   Click here and here and here and here for all my previous nautical love posts friends!

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A special shoutout to the lovely coral floral necklace and earring set I’m wearing in this post.  Picked it up from this cute lil’ boutique called One Girl Who on St. Clair West in Toronto.  Recently rediscovered it among all my jewellery….. doesn’t it just add to the summertime fun feeling of this outfit?  🙂

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How I Got The Look:

Backless Navy Striped dress from Rainbow Clothing from recent Cross-Border shopping trip; Coral floral necklace & earring set from The Girl Who; Pink purse from Your Big Sister’s Closet; White & gold sandals from Le Chateau

20140626-145729-53849110.jpgSo… waddya think about the backless-ness of this dress?  Would you rock it? How would you style it?   I wanna know what you think friends….tell me in the Comment Section below!

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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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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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 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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