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Fall Trends Vote & Giveaway Winners

Ten days ago the babealicious Curvy Joëlle and I styled some fab fall Addition Elle & Penningtons looks (here), and asked you to vote on your fave fall trend! 

The choices were:

   

Along with your vote, you were also invited to enter our #CurvyFatGiveaway on Instagram for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree at Addition Elle & Penningtons, our amazing sponsors!

Today’s the day we announce both the winning trend and our big prize winner!!! 

It seems that this fall, you babes are all about that Marsala life!!! And I have to agree that this year, Marsala is the business!!! 

   

  
It’s warm, rich, and looks gorgeous on everyone! 

   

 
So it’s no surprise that Marsala is a fan favourite and our winning fall trend! 

  
   

But we just couldn’t not share our faves too!

Joëlle is swooning over suede this fall, and let’s face it, it’s easy to see why! 

  
And my fave fall trend has got to be 70s, because I love retro style, and I like to boogie!!! 

  
But no matter which style you like best, one thing is for sure, Addition Elle and Penningtons have really nailed this season’s trends, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the holidays!!! 

I almost forgot (no I didn’t)!!! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! 

The winner of our #CurvyFatGiveaway is…

@beautybytayy_ !!!

Congrats boo!!! You’ve just won a $100 to spend at Penningtons, and $150 from Addition Elle!!! Check your Instagram inbox!!! Yayyy!!! 

All outfits from Addition Elle, or Penningtons. For details, take a peek at our initial Fall Trends post, here

NYC Takeover, a Last Minute Outfit, and The CurvyCon 

Has this ever happened to you…? You have an event to attend, you’ve picked out a killer ensemble, and then at the last minute, it looks like it might rain, so your whole outfit game gets thrown off and you’ve gotta come up with something cute, and fast!!! 

That’s exactly what happened to me while I was in New York with my husband last weekend, on the day of The CurvyCon, because being drenched in a pink tutu in the middle of Manhattan just didn’t seem like a solid plan for attending an event like this day long convention for bloggers, fashion lovers, and curvy girls alike, created by thee Chastity Garner Valentine, of Garner Style

I did, however have a fabulous back up plan, which honestly, ended up being one of my favourite, most effortless looks yet — and even though it didn’t actually end up raining, I regret nothing!!! 

  

 
I paired a great pair of dark wash skinnies with one of my fave new tees, and a fab striped blazer from Penningtons. I love how chic these three pieces looked together — you could hardly even tell that I was completely frazzled about what to wear only moments before! 
   
 

With the addition of the most adorable printed espadrille flatforms from ASOS, my new Tom Ford specs, some minimalist gold threader earrings from Forever 21, a gorgeous kelly green Kate Spade clutch, and la pièce de la résistance — this freakin’ amazeballs car ring from Ready to Stare, I walked through the revolving doors of my hotel feeling like I owned the city! 

   
   
Once again, we hit the streets in style with my blogger boo, of Tall Tales by Ramona O, and we grabbed brunch and got in a little photo shoot! 
   
     
And check out how handsome my photographer — errr… My hubby looked!!! 

 
      
  
After that, we hailed a cab and headed off to The CurvyCon! It was awesome to bump dimpled elbows with some of our favourite fellow plus size bloggers, models, business women, celebs like my boo thang, Sabrina Servance of Lifetime’s Big Women Big Love, and the stunning Amber Riley, best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on Glee, as well as check out showcases from some awesome brands like Fashion To Figure, Rebdolls, and the breakout line Eleven60, which, can I just say — go on now, take my money!!! 

The day was full of giggles, hugs and selfies! The hubs even snapped this awesome, super awful photo of Ramona and I once we got inside! Haha! I promise you, we are not as unhappy as we look, just feeling that NYC humidity! Hehee! I had to share! 😛

  
I was looking and feeling cute in my last minute getup, and I would have had it any other way!!! 

Be sure to check out Ramona’s post about our NYC takeover, here!

Jeans, Penningtons – here 

T-shirt, Penningtons – here 

Blazer, Penningtons – sold out (wahhh!) 

Shoes, ASOS – sold out, but a whole bunch of similar styles here

Clutch, Kate Spade – similar 

Car ring, Ready To Stare – several styles here 

Flight Of The Sometimes Glam Fat Girl

This week, I had the most delightful meet up with a fellow plus size blogger buddy of mine, the beautiful Crystal Coons of Sometimes Glamthee blog for curvy fashion enthusiasts, and DIY, jewel adorned shoe lovers everywhere!!!

Crystal was back here, in her hometown of Montreal, visiting all the way from Phoenix, and had the amazing idea to meet up for a photo shoot; but this was no ordinary photo shoot!

She came up with the idea and the theme of this post: to go out shopping and dress each other up! How fun is that!? No, but seriously though!?

And since we have such different styles, her being a self proclaimed princess, and me having a bit more of an edge, it was really cool to both get dressed up and style one another in each other’s own signature looks!!!

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We share a love, Mme. Coons and I, a love for Addition Elle… Haha! So our destination wasn’t hard to decide on! A quick shot of our OsOTD (apparently I’m HILARIOUS) and it was on like Donkey Kong!

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I wanted to get my Sometimes Glam(orous) gal pal into something a little more street than what she’s used to!

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So I went with these amazing Lot18 patchwork boyfriend jeans with plaid detail (I need these is my life, BTW), a funky, sequin embellished top, and the absolute coolest varsity bomber!

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Not only did she rock the hell out of the look, but she landed that jump with a lot more grace than I could have… (Hashtag FatGirlProblems… *sigh*).

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Next, up, Crystal’s picks for me! I’m loving the look she chose for me! It so perfectly reflected her style. Preppy and sweet, with a great mix if textures, and just a hint of edginess to work perfectly with my gold chain!!!

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I loved the pretty, feminine silhouette of the Michel Studio, textured skirt, and faux leather cardigan, with the delicate mauve cami. Such a perfect ensemble!

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It was a blast collaborating with a fellow blogger, and to share ideas as well as lots of giggles! I can’t wait till the next time Crystal is in town so we can get together to work on another shoot again! Thank you so much to her lovely sister for being our photographer and, to the fabulous staff at Addition Elle Fairview Pointe-Claire for letting us play!

Cynthia’s picks:
Patchwork jeans – here
Sequin embellished too – here
Varsity bomber – here

Crystal’s Picks:
Textured skirt – here
Mauve cami – here
Faux leather cardigan – here

Deets on Crystal’s own OOTD (That fabulous cape!!!) available on her blog!

Fat Shaming

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Now, I don’t like to bring negativity to my blog. I’m always trying to stay positive and keep fighting the fight to take back the word FAT; but I need to address something today.

I recently shared a Daily Mail article on my Facebook page, about how women are fat-shamed three times a day – a sad reality.

The outpouring of comments that I received truly touched me, because so many of you have dealt with being humiliated based on your sizes, just as I have in the past.

I was tormented by my peers in grade school. I endured teasing, name calling, cow noises… You name it. And when I look back, the saddest part of it all was the brave face I had to show till I got home and could cry into my pillow.

I thought the bullying of my school days was behind me, until coincidentally, last night I was publicly, and directly FAT SHAMED, while enjoying one of my favourite unhealthy treats, poutine; and for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s a sinful Quebec specialty, consisting of French fries smothered in gravy, and curd cheese – definitely not waistline friendly, but it’s my weakness. That and an ice cold Coke.

I posted about it on Facebook almost as soon as it happened, because I was just so taken aback by it that I felt an overwhelming need to share it with all of you.

As many of you know, I recently shared an article on fat shaming, and your wonderful, and heartbreaking comments blew me away and really touched my heart. I haven’t been TRULY made fun of in many years, and just tonight, while eating out (poutine of all things) a drunk jerk made waddling and fat belly gestures at me and yelled out “oh yeah, eat that poutine” (in French). I thought I would have been less humiliated than I was, in all honesty, and while I’m not upset, I was really embarrassed, and felt like finishing my food in my car. I didn’t, but the fact that I thought about going to hide to finish my meal makes me realize I still have a lot of work to do.

Just thought I would share…

It felt like elementary school all over again. That feeling of being mortified doesn’t change. Same anxious ball of stress in the pit of my stomach, same feeling of fighting back tears, same anger. I had forgotten what it felt like to be coldly, and deliberately humiliated. I’ve been embarrassed in other life situations, due to my size, the mortifying airplane seatbelt check, for one; and people have made comments or assumptions that have bothered me. “You really shouldn’t eat that”, or servers in restaurants asking me if I want Diet, when I odered a Coke – like, would you ask a skinny person that if she ordered it? Maybe, but when you ask me, I can feel your judgement as I say “no, a regular Coke, please”. Is it so unbelievable that I would want to treat myself to something that I love?

Now, I know that the server could have just been checking, to make sure she got my order right. And yes, it’s possible that it had nothing to do with my weight; but here’s the problem – fat shaming has now become so ingrained in people’s minds, that they do it unknowingly, without even realizing that they’ve been programmed to see us as weak, undisciplined, incompetent, and unworthy.

Big words, I know. And I’m sure my server had no idea how she was making me feel, and probably never thought of herself as someone who humiliated fat people, because society as a whole had told her that viewing me that way was normal.

The @#$hole last night, was doing it on purpose, his buddies snickering along with him, and I’m ashamed to admit it, but all I could do was look down and pretend I didn’t hear them.

Like is said, I still WE STILL have a lot of work to do, because through years of humiliation, we’ve learned to just accept being laughed at; and I know we’ve probably all been the victims of our own imaginations before, but the double takes in the street for eating an ice cream cone, or when you can’t fit in the booth at a restaurant and the other patrons can’t help but steal a second glance at the fat girl trying to squeeze in, the walk of shame to a different table as people whisper amongst themselves, they’re real. That @#$hole in the street – he was real.

But we’re real too; and we deserve to be treated just like everybody else.

Although I’m disappointed in myself for not speaking up last night, I know that I’ve come a long way. The journey continues, and I’m so thankful to have all of you, my amazing followers, alongside me for the ride!