Worthy of Love

Happy Monday to my loyal blog fam, I hope you had a fantastic weekend and here’s to an amazing week ahead.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and to celebrate here is my 2nd post featuring my favourite pajamas from Lane Bryant.  I am just going to start things off with the honest truth – I hate Valentine’s Day.  Having said that if you are someone who loves this holiday I am certainly not going to rain on your parade so please go ahead and enjoy, you deserve it!

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And having said that I must admit I do love all the pretty things that come out for the occasion, from the lingerie, to the panties with cute sayings, to the chocolates, the flowers, the romance and the passion.  I love hearing what my friends are doing with their significant others and I love spending time with my girlfriends who are single.

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But I also find that it is a time for self reflection.  Having spent most of my life hating myself and particularly my body, it has always been a hard holiday to get through.  Telling yourself that if you are thin that all your problems would be solved is very hard on your self esteem.  Having guy friends tell you that if you were thin you would be the hottest girl in our circle is sad.  Being seen as only a fetish to a man and not a person is demoralizing.  Having been single every Valentine’s Day except for 2 that I can recall at the age of 41 is lonely.

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The one thing that I have learned through my self love journey is that I was my own worst enemy.  If I couldn’t love myself, then how was I going to let anyone else love me?  If I accepted this bad behaviour from men in my life then why would they act any differently?  If I let the stereotypes that society places on us dictate my thoughts and my actions then I was going to be miserable for the rest of my life.

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What I  can tell you now is that I am not perfect, I still have my moments of doubt and insecurity but I have come so far in my journey that above all I value what I think of myself first.  I know that I am deserving of love regardless of my size because I don’t let it define me.  I deserve someone in my life that sees all of me, not just this vessel that carries me but the person I am underneath and deep down in my soul.  And when I allowed myself that, I learned what true love was and felt loved like I had never felt in my entire life.  Unfortunately circumstances have ended that relationship and while I continue to heal I know that what I was searching for was not unrealistic, it just wasn’t my time.  And I am confident that because I let myself be vulnerable and be loved that in time it will happen again.

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So with that I also truly believe that as woman we should wear things that make us feel beautiful no matter what.  And this pj set is my all time favourite style from Lane Bryant, I must have it in half a dozen prints/colours.

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I really like the shorts because they are like a female version of the boxer and made to compliment our curves.  The material is also always super soft and they usually have cute details like contrast piping and a bow at the waist.  They show off your legs but still let you lounge in comfort.

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The matching tank is the perfect feminine touch with the lace on the cups and its deep v neckline.  It has adjustable straps so I find it perfect for giving the girls some support or you can wear a cute bra underneath if you like which I did here.  I am wearing the size 26/28 in this set which is my go to LB size.

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I am a girl who likes to have a robe for my pj’s, I can cover up if I am cold or in this case I can add a little bit of sexy to an otherwise comfy cotton set of pj’s.  This robe is from the Valentine’s Day collection and I love the dramatic kimono sleeves with the lace accents.  It was the perfect touch to a look that I felt fabulous in.  I am wearing the size 26/28 and I can do the robe up but as always I wish that Lane Bryant was just a little more generous in the sizing of pieces like this, I mean this girl has some serious hips to cover!

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I look at these pictures and I see a woman who has come full circle, a woman that is confident, happy and knows her worth.  I wish my twenty year old self could see these pictures because I think the reaction would be amazing.  To all the women and girls out there who are struggling, who are still on their journey or have yet to start it, I am here for you and I want you to know you are SO WORTH IT.  With love, Lisa xoxo

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This look was provided care of Lane Bryant but all opinions expressed are my own.

Special thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for not pushing me outside of my comfort zone so that we captured these stunning images but also for the beautiful hair and make up styling.

Robe by LANE BRYANT | PJ Set by LANE BRYANT | Heart Hipster Panties by LANE BRYANT |

 

 

Lounging #LaneStyle

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic week!  Today is the first of two Valentine’s Day inspired posts where I am going to talk about one of my favourite clothing items – pajamas!!!

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I’ll be honest, I am not someone that you will see doing posts with me wearing lingerie, it just doesn’t fit with my professional career and what I want to do personally.  I love the bra posts I have done that feature brands that cater to us with larger busts and I will always be happy to educate and share all my knowledge with my loyal readers.

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Having said that I do love my pj’s and some of you have asked so I decided that I would share what my favourites are.  My absolute go to brand for this is Lane Bryant.  I have been wearing Cacique for years and I have to say I feel they have really stepped up their game in the last year or so.  From the endless choices of truly sexy plus size lingerie including the latest collection by Sophie Theallet to their everyday nighties and pajamas and their underwear, I think there is an option to suit every curvy girl.

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After a long hard day at work, I find there is nothing better than being able to slip into something comfortable.  The idea of lounge wear is something new in the last few years.  More and more brands are offering apparel that is comfortable but doesn’t look like pajamas.  I like to call them pieces that are acceptable to open the door for the delivery guy in!

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I fell in love with this particular set because it was a group of separates that you could mix and match depending on your personal preferences.  In addition to the pants, cami and sweater I am wearing, there is also a long sleeved shirt, shorts, sleepshirt and jogger style pants to choose from.

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I never used to wear sleep pants but I have found as I have gotten older that I am feeling the cold a little more at night time and so I have started to wear them more.  I personally like ones that have a nice wide leg like this because they are a good cut for my pear shape.  These are made of a super soft brushed jersey fabric in a dark grey and I love how they feel on my skin.   I am wearing the size 26/28 and I felt the fit was very generous.  They even have a cute little ribbon draw string waist.

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This cami is my favourite style, it has an elastic waist and is long in the length so it gives you ample coverage.  And we can’t forget about my absolute necessity – the adjustable straps.  And with a deep v-neckline you can show a little bit of skin.  As well, the contrast of the soft grey with dark grey trim that matches the pants is a nice detail.

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This does not have a built in bra which I don’t really like anyways since I personally don’t find them supportive so I am wearing a bra underneath but you could easily go without.  I am also wearing the size 26/28 in this and was pleased with the fit and the fact it accommodated my large chest.

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Finally I am in love with the idea of sweaters or wraps or cover ups that are made to go with your pajamas and lounge wear!  I mean who doesn’t get cold sitting and watching TV or maybe you want some coverage to go and put the garbage out?

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Practical pieces like this are pure genius in my mind.  I may be wearing lounge wear but I still want to feel put together.  This particular piece is a cocoon shape with elbow length sleeves and a very oversized fit. As with the other pieces, I am wearing the size 26/28 and it is very generous.

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Something you might not know about me is that I love to read a good book and I recently had the chance to pick up “The Art of Dressing Curves” by Susan Moses.  This book is a must read for any curvy girl who wants to learn the basics and also step up her style game.  It is not only full of useful information and tips but beautiful pictures that are sure to leave you inspired.  You can also purchase the book from Lane Bryant.

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Over the years I have truly learned the importance of taking time away from the every day to rejuvenate and renew myself so that I can keep thriving, enjoying life and accomplishing my goals.  As woman I think it is hard because we always feel a responsibility to be doing something else.  So my challenge for you this Valentine’s Day is to take some time for yourself – go and buy yourself some new pajamas or lingerie, take a bubble bath, get a massage or mani/pedi, drink a glass of wine with friends or yourself curled up with a good book or Netflix.  Basically do whatever takes you to that happy place.

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Stay tuned on Monday for my 2nd look!

This look was provided care of Lane Bryant but all opinions expressed are my own.

Special thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for not only the stunning images but also for the beautiful hair and make up styling.

Sweater by LANE BRYANT | Cami by LANE BRYANT | Sleep pants by LANE BRYANT | Sleep short by LANE BRYANT | The Art of Dressing Curves by SUSAN MOSES |

Bad Ass

Happy Friday peeps, I hope you have had a great week and are looking forward to a fantastic weekend!

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For today’s post I am continuing to provide you with some casual options but this one is amped up with a little sass and sex appeal.

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And I also wanted to show you how you can repurpose one of my fave new additions to my wardrobe – my fabulous faux fur coat.

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I think that feeling put together and stylish doesn’t have to be complicated, its about choosing the right basics to build your “staple” wardrobe and adding in seasonal, fun, on trend pieces and accessories to create interest and provide you with alternatives.

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A great legging is a perfect staple for any wardrobe.  These ones are by Roaman’s and I love the fit and quality with a nice wide waist band and a heavier weight fabric so that they are more like a pant.  What makes this pair special is the faux leather side panel.

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Leather has been a huge trend this fall and winter so while you might not want to wear full leather pants this provides you with a little edge and something that you will be able to wear next year.

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I am wearing the size 3x in these leggings.  In my last post I tried a different style of Roaman’s leggings and I got the 5x.  I have to say that I would probably order a 4x going forward.  These fit me but I could have used a tiny bit more room in the rise.

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To keep things casual but still great for a night out I then added this tunic from Ellos.  I love a good pattern and I thought this one was really interesting and in the silver kept everything neutral but not all black.

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I was really happy when I pulled this tunic out of the package.  Ellos uses really great high quality fabrics so this is super soft and I know it will last.

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I am wearing the 4x, and the fit is very generous but I sized up intentionally because I wanted it to be really loose and flowy.  I love that this piece has short sleeves because it can be worn all year round.

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And since the weather is still cold up here in the North, I decided to throw on my faux fur.  That’s right girls – you can totally rock the fur with your casual looks.  I loved how the chinchilla played against the silver in the shirt.  I felt like a total bad ass rock star in this.  And I was comfy and warm all at the same time.

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And to accessorize my monochrome rock star inspired look I added these cute booties from Comfortview that have this great black and white textured print on them and a little but supportive heel.  I am wearing the 8 1/2 extra wide.  And these babies were a total steel at only $22.99!

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Then I added a cute long pendant necklace that I had in my accessory arsenal and a mixed metal and leather bracelet, both from Lane Bryant.  Of course my rock star look couldn’t be complete without a statement clutch so I added this studded lip one from Torrid.

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So I totally feel like I need to go hang out somewhere hip and cool in this look or go to a concert. Anyone want to take me?

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Special thanks to Robert of Robert Skuja Photography for these beautiful photos.

Faux Fur Coat by ROAMAN’s via FULL BEAUTY | Tunic by ELLOS USA via FULL BEAUTY | Leggings by ROAMAN’s via FULL BEAUTY | Boots by COMFORTVIEW via FULL BEAUTY | Clutch by TORRID (alternative here) | Necklace by LANE BRYANT (alternative here) | Bracelet by LANE BRYANT (alternative here) | 

Casual Florals

Happy Sunday my loyal blog fam, I hope you are having a great weekend so far.  I thought I would give you a little relaxing weekend reading with a post today.

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I have had some requests for outwear suggestions so I have a couple of options that I am going to share over the next couple of weeks.  I will admit that shopping for outerwear when you are larger than a size 22 is definitely a challenge.

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And what makes it more difficult is there is very limited selection and it doesn’t tend to be well tailored to our shapes.  I also had some requests for some more casual looks so you are getting 2 for 1 in this post!

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This  look is all from various brands offered by Full Beauty.  As a brand ambassador I have been really impressed with the selection that this marketplace has to offer and you simply can’t beat the number of brands they carry that have extended sizes that are available for one stop shopping.

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I love this coat because it is a classic double breasted version that will never go out of style.  But the mauve colour makes it fun and on trend.  I love that it has front flap pockets that don’t add bulk to your hips and the second set of buttons is concealed.

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It is made out of a polyester wool blend and is fully lined so it is a good weight and will keep you warm on those cold days.  A jacket like this is very versatile because it can be worn with any look from something casual like I did here to something professional for the office.

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I am wearing the size 34W in this jacket which is made by Roaman’s and I found the fit to be ok.  I have found that I need to size up in Roaman’s pieces, particularly if they are more structured and lack stretch as they tend to run on the smaller side compared to other brands.

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And as I find with any outerwear I purchase, it was a little big through the shoulders as I am much smaller on top than on the bottom and I always have to buy a jacket that fits my hips.  I feel that it doesn’t take away from the look though as the overall style of the jacket is relaxed.

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If you want to know what my go to casual look is, it is definitely leggings with a tunic or a skater style short dress.  I honestly don’t know what I did before leggings came back in style but they better not go anywhere ever again!

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For this look I tried the “Take Control Core Control Leggings” also by Roaman’s.  For the winter I prefer a legging with a little more weight to it as I find they last longer and give you a better shape and coverage.

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These leggings definitely fit the bill as they are made of a rayon/nylon/spandex ponte fabric blend that is not as heavy as a full ponte which I find can be too heavy.  They have a wide flat waist band with mesh lining that provides extra control but is not too constricting.  The leg is tapered appropriately so they provide a true legging fit and they help to smooth and shape.

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I am wearing the size 5x in these.  I was a little unsure as to what size to get based on the size chart and the challenges I have had with their sizing so I wanted to be on the safe side.  In the future I would get a 4x.  The 5x is too big in the waist and hips and I think the leg on the 4x would have enough stretch to work.  If you are an apple shape I think you would be fine with your normal size.

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You all know how much I love a good floral print so when I saw this tunic from Ellos USA and its shades of pink and grey I know it would work perfectly with this jacket.  I absolutely love this piece!  The print is fantastic and it is the perfect length for wearing with leggings.

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It has a great v neckline and empire waist so it really emphasizes the smallest part of your body.  The fabric is lightweight and soft.  I am wearing the size 2x which based on their size chart is a 26/28 equivalent.  I was very happy with the fit.

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To finish this look off I added this super cute scarf and beret set that is from Fashion to Figure.  I loved how it had the little gold beads on it and the scarf was perfect for the low neckline on the jacket.

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I then added a simple pair of black flats from Vionic Orthaheel and my off white Coach bag.  I loved how it played off the beret and scarf.  A fun statement necklace from my collection completed my accessories.  I like to keep things simple on the weekends.

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So there you have it, a casual but fun cozy winter look that is perfect for every day life.  An outfit can definitely be simple but still look put together.  Add one perfect accessory and chose well made pieces that fit and you will always look polished.

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Special thanks to Robert of Robert Skuja Photography for these beautiful photos.

Jacket by ROAMAN’s via FULL BEAUTY | Top by ELLOS USA via FULL BEAUTY | Leggings by ROAMAN’s via FULL BEAUTY | Beret & Scarf Set by FASHION TO FIGURE via FULL BEAUTY (sold out but alternative beret here) | Scarf alternative here | Shoes by VIONIC ORTHAHEEL (alternative style here) | Bag by COACH (alternative style here) | 

Fit Knows No Size

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you are having a fantastic week so far.  I am going to be upfront and let you know that this post is particularly personal to me because I am going to share with you something I haven’t really discussed on the blog yet and something that as a plus size woman I feel very strongly about.


But it also highlights a fantastic new brand that I am thrilled to be working with – Vivacity Sportswear.  Vivacity is a lifestyle brand with stylish, easy care, flattering pieces that work to complement a woman on-the-go.  I was contacted by them in 2016 as they were working on expanding their line to include the plus size market as they had recognized that we were lacking options and they wanted to help fill that void.  Then in June I had the pleasure of meeting with Vivian Sayward, their founder and “Chief Enthusiastic Officer” while I was in New York.


From the moment I walked into the room I felt an instant connection to Vivian.  She has such a warm and inviting personality and she was eager to get my opinions on what she had planned.  We had a great discussion and I was able to provide valuable input to the design process and most importantly sizing.  When I told Vivian that I really wished the line would include a size 26/28 she listened and she DELIVERED.  I have the utmost respect for her tenacity and willingness to take my suggestions into consideration.


The other great thing about this company is that the pieces are American made in California and they are committed supporting local businesses by maintaining all Vivacity-related design, development and manufacturing activities in Southern California.


I was asked to test out the Mindy Top which is a short sleeve casual piece made of moss jersey that is easy to care for, has moisture wicking and is super soft.  And I mean it is so so soft, I absolutely love the material.  Vivacity pieces are made to last with high quality fabrics that are easy to care for and practical for everyday life.  They may be a bit of investment but I think that you will see from the quality that they are well worth it.  Compared to other athleisure pieces I have tried, I would say the quality is not even comparable.


And the fit is fantastic.  I am wearing the plus size XL or 28/30 and I liked that it was long enough to cover my booty and has a rounded hem.  It fits well in the shoulders and chest but still allows enough room in the hips.   It also doesn’t ride up when you walk or stretch as I tried in the pictures.  I hate when I am working out and I am constantly adjusting my shirt.


So here comes the personal part of this post…I was extremely honoured when Vivacity reached out to me because it was for activewear.  As a size 26/28 woman who is let’s face it fat (morbidly obese by medical standards), I have always felt left out when it comes to physical activity.  I have also felt judged by a society that assumes that I don’t do any physical activity and that I must eat 30,000 calories a day or only fast food because there is no other way that I could be as heavy as I am.


So while I am not perfect and I could sometimes make better lifestyle choices these assumptions that are made about me are not only hurtful but simply not true.  I have been side lined by a knee injury that is the result of a bad fall I took for the last year but before that I have always enjoyed some form of physical activity.  And I am capable of doing many things.


But something that I realized recently is that I will stop doing activities that I enjoy because weight loss is attached to them.  And when I don’t lose the weight that is expected from doing these activities I feel I am judged, I lose motivation and I give up.  Coming to this realization has made me quite sad and I am determined to turn things around.


You might me surprised to hear this but I actually quite enjoy working out.  I have worked with a trainer at different points in my life and I love how they push me to get out of my comfort zone and go further than I think I can.  I also did Orange Theory Fitness classes for a period of six months and absolutely loved the challenge they provided.  I also recommend them because they will work around any injuries you have.  And probably my favourite activity is swimming.


I strongly feel that there should not be so much focus in the media on physical activity being tied to weight loss.  I think that physical activity is important regardless of what size you are or how much you weigh and that we should all do it for our health and not weight.  The assumption that someone is not healthy because they are fat is one that infuriates me.  I have done more harm to my body being obsessed with being thin and trying extreme weight loss measures than I have from learning to accept myself for who I am and living in the body that I have.


We are all human and in the end putting so many pressures on us at the same time is detrimental to achieving goals.  I think if I could just learn to focus on how I feel when I am active and forget the scale that I will be more successful at sticking to something.  So in line with my motto for 2017 of #NewYearSameMe, I am going to focus on going back to doing an activity I love and leaving my dusty scale in the closet where it belongs.


I want to encourage each and every one of you to do what is best for you and your body.  Don’t worry about what the media, your family or your friends think because you know what is best for you.  Because in the end, the motivation you need to achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself is going to come from within yourself.


If you would like to give Vivacity a try, you can use the discount code MUSTANGSALLYTWO at checkout to receive 15% off.


Special thanks to Stefanie of SexyPlus Clothing for taking these fab photos.

Top by VIVACITY SPORTSWEAR | Capris by PENNINGTONS (alternative here) | Pants by VIVACITY SPORTSWEAR (coming soon) | Shoes by GRAVITY DEFYER | 

Snow Bunny

Happy Monday everyone, here’s to having an amazing week!

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For today’s post we are featuring a head to toe look from Full Beauty.  As a brand ambassador I have really enjoyed the opportunity to explore all the different options that they have and I am still finding new things that I look forward to sharing with you.

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One of the things readers have been asking for is outerwear options.  Unfortunately living in Canada I do need to wear a winter coat (what I wouldn’t give not to have to!) so I can definitely help you out with this one.  And Full Beauty has many options to choose from in a great size range.  I will be sharing some more options over the coming weeks.

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This entire look is centered around this gorgeous faux fur coat by Roaman’s.  Faux fur is one of the fall and winter’s hottest trends and the fact that it is available in sizes up to a 34/36 is honestly very impressive.

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It is often very hard to find fashion forward on trend pieces in sizes beyond a 24, maybe up to 28 but certainly not beyond that.  So kudos to you Roaman’s for making trendy pieces accessible to all.

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I have to admit that faux fur has grown on me when it became a trend this year.  I never really loved it before.  As a child of the 80’s and 90’s I remember my Mom, grandmother and aunts rocking theirs (some real because that’s what you did in the 80’s) and how I used to think how tacky they were.  That’s right I said it!  Clearly I had an opinion on fashion even way back then lol.

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But the weather was quite cold here in November and December and they are predicting more of it so I decided to get this coat because it was something I couldn’t stop looking at on the website, it was literally calling my name, saying yes Lisa you need to buy me, I belong in your closet.

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This coat comes in 5 different colours but I chose the Chinchilla because I loved the variations of grey and the way it looked like marble.  I was very impressed with the quality of the faux fur, it is very soft to the touch and authentic looking.

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The style is a relaxed fit with an attached hood and hook and eye closures down the front and a button at the neck to keep the wind out.  The sleeves are designed to be rolled up so that is great for those of you who have shorter arms to adjust it and have it look like it was intentional.  I know I had to adjust mine.  It is also fully lined and machine washable!

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I absolutely love this coat, it is cozy, very warm, stylish, fun, and practical for a cold climate.  I am wearing the size 4x and it fit well.  I do find that the sizing runs a bit small so I chose to size up to accommodate my pear shape.  We shot this on a super cold day and I was warm and toasty like a bun in the oven.

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I paired the coat with some simple pieces all in shades of grey to play on the texture of the coat.  Of course a little sparkle never hurts anyone in my opinion so first up was this simple cotton ribbed tank with sequins on the front in a beautiful pearl grey colour that has a little bit of a blue undertone to it, giving it an almost ice like quality.

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I topped it off with the matching shrug in the same colour that is just trimmed in sequins for a polished look.  Both of these pieces are from Denim 24/7 which is also by Roaman’s.  I am wearing the size 4x in both.

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I sized up because I bought a previous piece from this line and it was a little small but I actually should have sized down to probably a 2x in the tank and a 3x in the shrug.  Since Full Beauty has free returns in the US I am open to trying things out till I get the sizing chart down better.

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Call me old fashioned but I really like the look of velour and so when I saw this skirt, a simple A-line with an elastic waist and pockets in this dark charcoal colour from Woman Within I thought it would be a perfect staple for my winter wardrobe.  And this piece is very budget friendly, regular price is only $39.99 and you can often get it on sale for 50% off.  I am wearing the 3x in this skirt.

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Finally I had managed to score a pair of the teal wide calf boots that I have showcased in previous posts on winter clearance in grey.  They were the perfect touch.  Then I added this blinged out necklace from Lane Bryant in varying metallics for that luxe feel.

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So there you have it, I am officially a snow bunny, all bundled up and ready for my hot cocoa in style.  Tell me, will you dare to wear fur?

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Special thanks to Robert of Robert Skuja Photography for freezing his fingers off while taking  these breathtaking photos.

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Faux Fur Coat by ROAMAN’s via FULL BEAUTY | Tank by ROAMAN’S DENIM 24/7 via FULL BEAUTY | Shrug by ROAMAN’S DENIM 24/7 via FULL BEAUTY | Skirt by WOMAN WITHIN via FULL BEAUTY | Boots by COMFORTVIEW via FULL BEAUTY | Necklace by LANE BRYANT (sold out but alternative here) |

 

 

Frosted Lilac

Happy Wednesday everyone, I am feeling a bit better and so I am finally going to write my first post of 2017!

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I decided to start the year off with a sparkly look to defy the notion that we are bound to wear certain things for certain occasions or only during certain times of the year.  I believe that we can wear whatever we want whenever we want as long as we feel good.  And quite frankly if that means wearing sequins to the dentist then I say go for it!

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I also think it is a great opportunity to show you how to get a beautiful look on sale after the holidays for a fraction of the cost.  Maybe you have a winter wedding coming up or some other function that you might need something dressy for.  I also chose separates so that these pieces could give you extra mileage when paired with other items in your wardrobe.

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I have been in love with the pieces that Ashley Nell Tipton has designed for JC Penney for their Boutique+ line since her first collection was released back in September.  So when her holiday line came out and I saw this skirt in this magnificent shade of lilac I was stalking the website until I could put it in my shopping cart.

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My favourite colour is purple but lilac has a little bit of a more special meaning to me because of my great grandmother.  I was fortunate enough to have my Great Grandma Gale who was staunchly British with me until I was 10 years old.  Not only did she teach me how to drink proper British tea and how to act proper, she also shared her love of the colour purple with me and in particular lilac.  I had numerous outfits when I was little that she chose for me in this colour and I cherished everyone.

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The other great thing about this skirt being lilac is that it can be worn for spring and summer too.  It is made of a lightweight polyester that looks like satin so it would also be perfect for a summer wedding, graduation etc.  You could also totally dress it down by wearing it with a simple t-shirt or tank top.  And I think a floral print would look beautiful with it.

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I am wearing the size 30 in this skirt.  I ordered the 28 and 30 because I wasn’t sure and I wanted the box pleats to lay flat so extra volume would help with that.  The 28 easily fit me in the waist but the pleats just didn’t quite lay right.  The only complaint that I do have with the Boutique+ line is that I find the bottoms can run a little on the small size, I think particularly because I am pear shaped.

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I have to be honest and say that none of the coordinating pieces from Ashley’s collection really spoke to me for this skirt so I went on the hunt for an alternative.  And I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into Penningtons one day and found this sequin tank.  It was perfect for the skirt because the sequins have shades of purple and you can change the pattern of them by giving them a brush with your hand.

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I really liked the design of this tank because it had a plain knit back so that the sequins don’t drive you crazy and thick wide straps so you could wear a normal bra.  I am wearing the size 4x.  I could have sized down since I tucked it in to the skirt but if I want to wear it with something else, I liked the loser fit.  I would totally rock this for girls night out with a pair of jeans.

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I normally wouldn’t add something over top but let’s face it, its’ winter and it has been darn cold in my neck of the woods!  So I grabbed this oldie but goodie velvet jacket that I had in my closet.  Although trends come and go I just couldn’t let go of this jacket that I have had forever and I am so glad I didn’t because here it is back on trend again.  I have given you a link to a current alternative.

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I liked how the jacket pulled the look together and provided a sense of polish.  I personally don’t go to Church but I think with the jacket and some understated accessories this would be perfect for it.  And velvet isn’t  going anywhere for winter so this is perfect for the office with a pair of dress pants and a blouse.

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Finally I decided to recycle some of my favourite accessories from my collection to pull this look together.  Don’t worry, I have provided you with links to some current alternatives, I would never leave you hanging without options!  After all, a girl needs options!

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Keeping with the sparkly theme I added flats from Lane Bryant because I am just more comfortable in flats period.  If you like to rock a heel than I say go with what works for you.  Then there was this bag and bangle that both like bows from Torrid.  I felt they were statements that made a pop.  Finally there was my very special necklace from my bae.  It is from an exclusive Atelier collection designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski.  Doesn’t he have great taste?

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Right now you can get this skirt, tank and a similar jacket for only $51 US.  I think that is a pretty great deal for some very versatile pieces.

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Well with that I am off, I wish all of you the best for 2017 and I look forward to continuing to bring you amazing looks that challenge the status quo.  And I will make a promise to you now that I will style this skirt for a summer look to truly show how versatile it can be.  And if you have any specific requests for the blog, please drop me a message.  Xoxo, Lisa

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Special thanks to Robert of Robert Skuja Photography for these beautiful pictures taken on what had to be the coldest day!

Skirt by ASHLEY NELL TIPTON FOR JC PENNEY | Tank by PENNINGTONS | Jacket is vintage (current alternative here) | Shoes are vintage (current alternative here) | Clutch is vintage (current alternative here) | Bracelet is vintage (current alternative here) | Necklace by SWAROVSKI |

 

Roaring into 2017

Happy New Years Eve my loyal blog family!  I hope you all have a wonderful day ringing in 2017.

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2016 has been an interesting year I must admit.  I have experienced some truly amazing highs and some unfortunate lows.  But through it all I have always had the blog to count on and writing here has indeed become my happy place.  I am beyond grateful to every single person that choses to read my posts or scroll through my pictures because I have learned that I do make an impact on how women think about their bodies and have inspired some to learn to love themselves just as they are.  In the end I think that self love is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.

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I wanted to do a really special look for this post so I reached out to Rojda Hoda, the designer and owner of GatsbyLady London to see if we could collaborate on this post.  I had the opportunity to meet Roj at Full Figured Fashion Week in New York and from the very minute we started talking I realized what a lovely person she was inside and out.

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Then when I saw her designs walk down the runway at the finale show I was truly in awe.  I have always loved fashion with a vintage flare and the 1920s are certainly no exception.  The glitz, the glam, the sophistication and the lady like qualities of the pieces worn and the way woman carried themselves speak to me on so many levels.

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I think the thing that made the biggest impression on me was seeing Roj use Jewelz Mazzei, a local Toronto model and body positive activist for her Vancouver Fashion Week runway show.  It was a powerful moment to see a visibly plus size model and a traditional runway model walk side by side.  And Jewelz killed it, I am so proud of you girl!

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I have great respect for designers that choose to make their clothes for woman of all sizes.  GatsbyLady London designs are available in sizes 0 to 30.  They are true to size and they are actually made with a little stretch.  This is definitely not something you see in traditional high fashion design.

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I am wearing the Beatrice Vintage Inspired Fringe Flapper Dress in Purple Plum.  I fell in love with this dress when I was watching a video clip from Vancouver Fashion Week.  Of course I was immediately drawn to the rich purple plum colour which is my favourite.  And then on top of that there is the gorgeous iridescent beading.  And the intricate design of the beading on the dress is perfectly placed to accentuate your curves in all the right places.

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This dress comes with a matching soft stretch slip to wear underneath.  It has adjustable straps to allow for the perfect fit.  The beaded overlay is made of stretch tulle and has a v neckline in both the front and back as well as beautifully embellished cap sleeves for those of us who like a little arm coverage.

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Did you know that GatsbyLady London dresses are hand beaded?  I almost couldn’t believe it when I found this out but Roj has carried on the tradition of this impeccable skill handed down through her family over the generations.

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The craftsmanship and quality that goes into her designs was clearly evident when I opened the package and pulled the dress out. The attention to detail is superb and the quality cannot be beat in my opinion.

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I was fortunate enough to have this dress made to my measurements and the fit is perfect.   I slipped it on and I was in heaven, I didn’t want to take it off!  If you have any concerns about fit or what size to order I would definitely suggest you reach out to the brand first, they are very helpful and want to ensure you get the right fit.

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To style this dress I kept with a traditional look for the era by adding the coordinating headpiece also made by them.  I chose to wear my hair down and curled but you could also easily wear it up with this piece.

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I then added this necklace and coordinating bracelet from Lane Bryant.  It was a bit ironic because I had ordered these before I got the dress and when they came in I realized that they matched the beading perfectly.  I liked that they were simple and understated and didn’t take away from the dress.

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Finally I added these patent sling backs from JD Williams USA that I have been wearing non stop since I got them because they have a bit of a retro feel and a modest heel.  Sadly they have sold out but I gave you a link to another low heel alternative.  I had this cute clutch that I got a few years back that was the finishing touch.  I gave you a link to a clutch that I just found that is even more perfect than this one!

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So there you have it, I am ready to ring in the New Year in style!  I would wear this dress to so many different events – a fundraiser, a gala, a black tie wedding, a 20s themed party, formal night on a cruise, a milestone birthday party, the possibilities really are endless.  A style like this is classic and will last you a life time.

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Thank you Roj for allowing me to share your beautiful designs and for a dress that has earned a permanent spot in my closet.

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Special thanks to Robert of Robert Skuja Photography for these stunning pictures.

Dress by GATSBYLADY LONDON | Headband by GATSBYLADY LONDONShoes by JD WILLIAMS USA (sold out but alternative here) | Clutch alternative here | Necklace by LANE BRYANT | Bracelet by LANE BRYANT (sold out but alternative here) |

Glitz

Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend.  It’s hard to believe but New Year’s Eve is just around the corner so this week on the blog I am going to share some NYE worthy looks.

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This post features an amazing dress from ELOQUIIELOQUII has certainly pulled out all the stops this year in bringing us a fantastic array of options for the holiday season.

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And they weren’t shy in providing us plus size gals with all the trendy options that are hot this year from full on sequins to velvet to shimmering metallics, body suits and rich jewel tone hues.

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I love that I can go on their site and know I will find something that is fashion forward, high quality and fits well.  And they have new arrivals come out every day so there is always something fresh and inspiring.

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I am wearing the Studio Lame Wrap Dress.  I first saw this dress when I was planning my 5×5 challenge and I had considered it for that but decided that it was so stunning that it needed to be showcased on its own.

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This dress is a classic wrap style with a fit and flare silhouette and full skirt.  I love the classic style of this dress combined with the twist of this amazing fabric that is so full of metallic goodness and takes on many different shades depending on the light you are in.

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I don’t like to wear long sleeves, especially for a dress for a party but the sleeves on this dress are actually very comfortable and not too tight.  The fabric is also very light weight so I didn’t get too hot wearing it.

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And although the fabric is lightweight, the dress is fully lined providing great coverage.  The other detail that they got right with this?  The tie at the waist is the proper length for us plus size gals so that when you wrap it around and tie it up, it is even!  I can’t stand when this doesn’t work properly.

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I am wearing the size 28 and I thought the fit was generous.  If you are really small on top compared to the bottom, I would definitely consider sizing down.

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To complete this look I had to add some extra special accessories and that started with these amazing sequined block heels that are also from ELOQUII.  I am absolutely thrilled with block heels being on trend again because it has provided me with some great options for being able to wear heels.

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These shoes are perfect for your party look and will provide you with style and comfort.  And the bow detail is just too cute.  I am wearing the size 9 and I felt they were true to size.  They also come in black.

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I wanted to stick to the metallic colour palette so I added this stunning topaz statement necklace that I got from SexyPlus Clothing.  With the deep v-neckline I wanted something that was a statement piece but it had to be long and narrow and this was the perfect choice.  I then added some simple stud earrings.

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Finally I had to add a Lisa worthy clutch and this beauty that I got from ALDO fit the requirements.  The gunmetal finish and large assortment of jewels was perfect to stand out against the dress.  A perfect red lip was my final touch for that dramatic finish.

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I think this outfit is perfect for NYE because it is full of glitz and glam but also understated at the same time because of its classic style.  Whether its an intimate dinner with your special someone or a party with friends you will be sure to stand out from the crowd.

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Special thanks to Robert of Robert Skuja Photography for these amazing night time images.

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Dress by ELOQUII | Shoes by ELOQUII | Necklace by SEXYPLUS CLOTHING | Clutch by ALDO |

Twisted Olive

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have had a great week and are almost done getting ready for the holidays!  I am sorry it has been so long since my last post but I needed to take a little mental health break.  There has been a lot of change going on in my life the past few months (I hope to be able to share more in the New Year) and it had taken its toll on me.

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But I arrived in my home town of Sault Ste. Marie wednesday afternoon and I am feeling nostalgic and starting to get my mojo back.  I couldn’t believe it has been 2 years since I have been here and for a small town how much things change but also how they still stay the same.

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This post is all about this super cute dress that I recently got from eShakti.  You may have noticed that I haven’t featured eShakti on the blog for a while, I took a little break because I was buying a lot but I was going through withdrawal and so I had to get some new pieces lol.

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They have a really great selection of knit pieces which I find are perfect for comfort and a great fit but still looking put together.  The trapeze shape is a current hot trend and I love the movement that this shape provides.  As with all my eShakti pieces, I had it custom made to my measurements and I was thrilled with the fit.  The only thing I customized on this dress was the length – it was knee length and I chose to make it mid calf.

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The funny thing about this outfit is that it came together in a matter of minutes.  I was shooting with my friend Stef and thought I was done and she then offered to shoot another look for me because we had time.  I was like, I have nothing planned and she was like I am sure you can figure something out!

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So I grabbed the dress because I know you guys would like to see some more casual options from me and then I remembered the scarf which had been a blogger gift from Lane Bryant.  I love combining colours and patterns and adding the teal was totally unexpected till I realized there was olive in the scarf too.

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I then decided to add some additional teal accents in these mid calf suede boots from Full Beauty and one of my tried and true Phoebe style Coach bags.  Now I shot this look before we got the cold weather and snow but to make it appropriate for the cold weather I would just add a pair of tights and a sweater or jacket and I would be good to go.

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Because the neckline has the interesting strap detail I decided to just add a gold fringe earring that I picked up from H&M and then this fun fur pouf that I could at Nordstrom Rack that had a pop of purple that was also in the scarf.

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So there you have it, a polished fun casual look that I pulled together in 5 minutes!  Being stylish doesn’t have to be complicated ladies.  If you have good basics and some fun accessories you can put together something  very quickly.  And don’t be afraid to try new things.  I never thought I would do this colour combo and I love it.

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Thank you to my boo Stef of Stefanie Augusteijn Photography for the beautiful photos.

Dress by ESHAKTI (similar style here) | Scarf by LANE BRYANT | Boots by FULL BEAUTY | Earrings by H&M (alternative here) | Bag by COACH (old but new style here) |