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French Curves: FESTIVAL

  
It’s the 16th of the month again!!! Time for my French Curves post – an outfit photo challenge with the French touch, created by the gorgeous Vanoue, of The Curvy and Curly Closet

The theme this month: FESTIVAL!!! 

If you don’t speak French, worry not, my lovelies!!! As usual, an English translation will follow! 

Il est encore le 16 du mois ! C’est a dire, un nouveau French Curves Challenge – la collaboration entre les blogueuses francophones de taille plus, crée par la ravissante Vanoue, de The Curvy and Curly Closet. 

Le thème ce mois-ci, FESTIVAL !!! 

La saison des festivals m’inspire toujours ! Il y a une certaine sorte de magie durant ce temps de l’année.  Le style nous évoque une nostalgie pour une époque révolue, un temps qu’on associe tous avec l’amour et la liberté d’esprit. 

J’ai fait de mon mieux de garder cet esprit libre (malgré  qu’il pleuvait des cordes) en me rappelant que, historiquement les festivals ou la pluie a tomber ont été parmi les plus mémorables ! 

   

  Pour mon look festival, j’ai porté une simple, et chic robe t-shirt noir, de Zelie For She, avec une jolie haute en motif de papillons avec franges de Addition Elle. 

   

 Pour compléter ma tenue, un bracelet en cuir, des boucles d’oreilles extravagant, des lunettes en forme de cœur, un panama au ruban floral, et des merveilleuses sandales perlées de ASOS, mais ce n’est pas tout… 

  

  

 La vraie vedette de mon look se cache humblement end dessous de ma robe (oh, n’y pense plus !) — une paire de Bandelettes en dentelle noir, parce qu’il est impossible de s’amuser dans un festival quand les frottement entre tes cuisses sont la seule chose qui te passe par la tête, n’est-ce pas !?

  

Alors, même avec la pluie qui tombait à 100 milles à l’heure sur ma tête, j’ai canalisé mon esprit de festival! 

 N’oubliez pas, vous pouvez decouvrir les contributions de tout les autre fabuleuses blogeuses rondes, francophones a ici, ainsi que sur Facebook et Instagram !!! 

Robe, Zelie For She – ancien, similaire 

Haute, Addition Elle – ici 

Sandales, ASOS – anciens, mais j’adore ceux-ci 

Bandelettes, Bandelettes – ici 

And now for my English readers!

Festival season always inspires me! There’s a certain sort of magic this time of year. The style invokes a nostalgia for a bygone era – a time we all associate with love and free-spiritedness. 

I did my best to keep my spirit free, (despite the fact that it was raining cats and dogs) by remembering that, historically, some of the most memorable festivals happened when it rained. 

For my festival look, I wore a simple and chic black T-shirt dress from Zellie For She, with a pretty, butterfly print, fringed blouse from Addition Elle. 

To complete my outfit, I accessorized with a leather bracelet, some extravagant earrings heart-shaped sunnies, a floral ribbon adorned Panama hat and fabulous beaded sandals from ASOS; but that’s not all… 

The star of the show hides humbly under my dress (oh go on, get your mind outta the gutter!!!) — a pair of black lace Bandelettes, because it’s impossible to enjoy a festival when a you can think about is the chub rub going on between your thighs, am I right!?!

So, even though the rain was falling on my head at a hundred miles an hour, I channeled my festival spirit!!! 
Be sure to check out all the other fabulous French Curvettes here, as well as on Facebook and Instagram!!!  

Dress, Zelie For She – old, similar  

Blouse, Addition Elle – here

Sandals, ASOS – old, but I love these 

Bandelettes, Bandelettes – here 

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Stop and Smell the Lilacs

Well, heyyyyy now! It’s been a minute since my last blog post! I actually shot these photos a couple of weeks ago (pre-haircut) and haven’t had time to write! 

Life has been a little busy lately… The academic year is wrapping up. The kids are doing exams. Little league and rugby have started up again; and just like that, the season for school concerts, ceremonies, and end of year festivities is upon us once more! 

Ahh, so much to do, so little time, and ooooh! It’s your third (and thank the Lord, last) recorder concert this year!? Why yes! I can’t wait!!! Because the recorder. Sounds. Awesome! *wince*

They’re my kids, I should love this sh*t, right!? But uuugh… I’m just so tired!!! And why do school gymnasiums seem to retain heat better than a cast iron skillet!? 
But anyway… As things wind down, sometimes you just have to take a moment to smell the roses, or in my case, the lilacs, and remember just how sweet life is, and how much we should appreciate the things we care about, and the ones we love, even when life gets chaotic!

  
Now I know y’all watched this resilient little tree behind me all winter, getting covered in snow, and then ice, then snow again. You watched it lose all of its leaves, and sprout new ones once more this spring, but I don’t think you’ve yet had the treat of seeing it in bloom! 

     

  

 It’s truly one of the most delightful visions – those gorgeous lilac blooms adorning what for most of the year, looks more like an overgrown weed, than anything else. 

  
I love how, for a few fleeting weeks in May, this otherwise very humble tree bursts to life, filling the air with its intixicating aroma, and enchanting mauve blossoms. 

  
It’s almost symbolic to me, because it goes to show that you just never really can tell what something, or who someone truly is until you’ve seen them flourishing in their element.

  
So, when I feel like there aren’t enough hours the day, days in the week, or enough time to attend yet another school play, party, or concert… I’ll let this lilac tree be a reminder of how much I love seeing the hard work my kids have done all year long in school. I love to see their faces lit up with pride as I witness what they’ve accomplished and put so much effort into, because ultimately, all they really want is to make me proud! 

As much as I complain, I hope they know just how honoured I am to have the privilege of being their mum, tobe able to one day, watch them blossom, much like that tree, into amazing young adults, and to know that these four wonderful people I created, will one day do amazing things!!! 

Dress, Addition Elle (old) – similar 

Leggings, Addition Elle – here

Shoes, Addition Elle (old) – love these

Who wears short shorts?

Who wears short shorts?

I wear short shorts! I DO!!!

Before buying these adorable printed shorts from Forever 21+, I hadn’t worn a pair since gym class in my early teens. I had long believed, been told, and heard said that they were reserved for thin legged, gap-thighed ladies with no cellulite – that a girl like me had no business subjecting anyone to such a sight. But lately I’ve been feeling inspired. I’ve been seeing more and more voluptuous, curvy, plus size ladies breaking through society’s beauty barriers and rocking short shorts confidently, and I just had to try and get in on some of the action!

I have to say, it was not the easiest task… When you’re fat, your thighs tend to rub together while you walk and things can get a bit tricky. Wearing my shorts wasn’t as simple as I would have liked, but I found, once I stopped trying to pull them down constantly and gave into their short short length, the bunching at the crotch stopped being an issue. To my absolute joy (and moderate disbelief) I was actually able to wear them without looking like I had a banana in my pocket!!! (Or was I just happy to see you?)

But in case, due to body type or style, your shorts refuse to cooperate, there exists, a product called NoRiders, which I am now dying to try! The product consists of iron on and sew in strips for your inseam, which are apparently very effective at preventing shorts from riding up at the crotch. I will definitely be letting you know how they work out once I’ve gotten my hands on some!

Anyway, all fat girl, thigh rubbing, crotch riding (sounds like some new painful Olympic demo sport) aside, I felt amazing in my new shorts!  I paired them with this great boohoo.com black, oversized t-shirt dress, (seen in cream color and styled differently in my older post “Winter Is Coming, And Coming…  And Coming“) belted at the waist, and accessories like this beautiful statement ring from Forever 21, my favorite black turban from BABOOSHKA, and these amazing, inexpensive black and gold sandals from Walmart, to create the perfect boho-chic, summer look that works for anything from a day at the park chasing after the kiddies to a sun-filled afternoon on the lido deck with your glorious, dimpled upper thighs proudly on display, letting everyone know that you have the right to be cool and comfortable in the heat too!!!