R.I.Pped Jeans

I’m sad to report that since these photos were taken, these jeans have been tossed. R.I.P, every pun intended. Every time I wore them the giant rip (which wasn’t there when I bought them, thanks thighs) grew closer and closer to my vagina. It got to the point where when I sat down you could literally see my entire leg from my underwear to my ankle so I thought it was time to give them up.

Loving this sweater though. Even though the sleeves aren’t full length it’s super cozy and warm. It reminds me so much of a boucle jacket my mom wore all the time when I was younger (which I still have in my closet). I remember once when I was probably 13 I wore the jacket to a sleepover, and I missed her so much that I used it as a pillow because it smelled like her. CUTE. It probably doesn’t fit me anymore since my mom was pretty thin, but I still like to keep it. Having a bunch of her things around makes me miss her a little less. Last week was the 3 year anniversary of her death so it’s been a little tough.

On THAT note, hope everyone is staying warm and getting through the January blues. xo

Shoes- asos 

Jeans- Torrid (similar)

Turtleneck: Addition Elle 

Sweater: Addition Elle (similar here– men’s stuff fits larger so it’s perfect for plus size)

 

ALLIE

LOOK GUYS, I made another thing. I enjoyed making that green crop top so much that I wanted to try my hand at a duster jacket. Side note: If I ever decide to work with velvet again, please punch me in the face.

I just, really love sewing! I’m so excited that I’ve found a ‘thing’. I mean, fashion has always been my ‘thing’ but making patterns and sewing clothes is a little more specific, ya know? Not that I’m good enough to do it as a job, I’ve just started and it’s obviously just a hobby, but 24/7 all I want to do is sit at my desk, listen to an audiobook and sew. Unless I’m eating cake or something and then I’m pretty invested in the moment.

If anyone wants to know how I made the pattern, I just took a sweater that fits me loosely, laid it on the velvet fabric and lengthened it when I cut (and cut the front in half, obviously). I traced the sleeves onto the fabric as well and just sewed down the middle of the back for more structure. I added faux fur letters that I cut out and that’s it. I highly suggest checking out WithWendy on YouTube- her sewing tutorials are amazing (she she’s from Toronto like me!)

Skirt- Rue107 (similar)

Shoes (kind of a Celine vibe no??)- Asos

Crop Top- Asos but I looked EVERYWHERE online and I couldn’t find anything similar I’m sorry I’ve failed you all

Bag- Marc Jacobs

 

Frosty the Snowman

Welp, merry.. belated Christmas. I was originally going to post this look before the holidays BUT ONE OF MY CATS ormaybethedog CHEWED THROUGH MY MACBOOK CHARGER, SO. This dress is from Boohoo and I just thought it was the freaking cutest thing ever and of course it’s now like, less than half the price I paid. Cool.

Hope everyone had a very merry whatever you celebrate xo

Boots- Asos (similar)

Coat- New Look (similar)

Blend & Boost- Skincare Review

note: I was given the cream to try for free but all opinions/words are my own. also, all the before/after photos are completely unedited except for brightness and contrast.

tldr: pros and cons at the bottom 🙂

In October I was contacted by Blend and Boost, a customizable skincare brand. They only make one product: Moisturizer. The claim, however, is that it’s a moisturizer, serum, primer, and eye cream all in one because of the specific customized ‘boosters’ they add to the base. With winter coming up, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new on my very dry/combination skin.

I headed over to meet with Chris, who does PR for the company. We sat down and chatted about the brand, my skin, and what I’m looking for in a moisturizer. I then took an online quiz and my cream was on it’s way to me.

Their product is really clever- it’s a cream base (there are 5 different varieties based on your skin concerns like sensitive, oily, anti-aging, etc) and 13 different ‘boosters’- like serums with added benefits (they choose a maximum of 3 to add to your solution). Since I’m almost 27, and the media is telling me I should be terrified of getting old and saggy with every passing day, I decided on an anti-aging base. (Actually, to be fair, the company chose it for me based on my quiz results- but more on that in a bit.) I was pretty stoked because my main concerns right now, and what I was aiming to target with this customized cream, are dryness, redness, large pores and fine lines/general skin puffiness. I was expecting to be able to choose my cream base and my boosters, since no one knows my skin better than I do- but it turns out that the company chooses everything for you based on your quiz results. This disappointed me a bit because the boosters I was REALLY looking forward to trying didn’t end up in my final solution. The Defensil-Plus and the Telangyn Solution, for example, are two boosters that are proven to reduce redness, rosacea, and improve skin elasticity and hydration. However, neither of these ended up in my cream even though they basically cover everything I’m looking for. In addition, I ended up with a Light Anti-Aging Cream Base when I think the Rich Anti-Aging Cream Base would’ve been better for my skin since it’s winter and I tend to get bad dry patches.

blendandboostLA(b) refers to my Light Anti-Aging base, which claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, smooth skin texure, and provide a youthful radiant glow~~. It’s 94% natural, which I really appreciate, and contains aloe, vitamin E, acai, and hyaluronic acid (The other 4 bases will have different claims and ingredients). 5-3 refers to the two boosters they included in my cream: 5 is Snap-8 Solution C, a Botulinium toxin-inspired topical peptide. It’s basically meant to compliment and prolong the effects of Botox, which I do get once or twice a year. 3 is Hyaluronic MLSpheres which is, again, a booster to “compliment dermal filler injections and micro-needling”. So in the end, I received a light anti-aging cream base with two boosters designed to help with fine lines and prolong my Botox results. However, if I were able to choose my own solution, I would’ve chosen a different base with completely different boosters. I think it would be much better for them to suggest a solution for you when you’re done your quiz, but let you pick your own options, rather than picking everything for you.

Nonetheless, I was excited to test it out and I have been using the moisturizer every single night for a little over a month now. I’ll share some before and afters with ya.

BEFORE:

b45This little smile line that has been getting progressively deeper and more noticeable the older I get. MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE is when foundation gets stuck in it and it makes it look all crusty and cakey and beautiful. This is not one of the places I get Botox, because I’m a big baby and it would hurt, so I was interested to see if the use of an anti-aging cream would help.

b51My forehead is pretty much the only place I get Botox, both for hyperhydrosis and wrinkle-related reasons. Also it doesn’t hurt there at all. I had it done about a month before this photo was taken, which is why my forehead is basically a scary marble statue with limited expression lines.

b46The most annoying part of my skin in my opinion: large pores and cheek redness. If I was able to choose, I would’ve picked boosters that would help with those areas. However, there are fine lines and puffiness around my eye, which I was hoping my boosters would help with, since that’s what they’re meant for.

b49The last of my skin concerns: large pores/puffiness/lack of elasticity on my forehead between my eyes. I have a lot of excess skin there that will probably require a face lift when I’m old (If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of cosmetic surgery and plan to have a lot of it when I’m older. If you’re not- that’s okay too! These are just opinions about my own life and my own skin.)

After a month of using the cream religiously every night after cleansing (I rarely wash my face in the morning), I did see some results. I didn’t change any of the products I normally use just to minimize the variables, which are:

img_3539murad skin smoothing polish; neutrogena pore refining cleanser; first aid beauty intensive peel mask once a week; glossier mega greens mask twice a week; and origins drink-up intensive moisture mask on dry spots as needed. note: i’ve been using this origins mask as a night-time moisturizer for years and it’s really saved my dry skin.

AFTER:

img_3549Holy shit! There’s a huge difference in my smile line. It’s basically non-existent now and I find my foundation looks so much smoother around my mouth area. However, there is a tiny dry patch on my cheek- I get dry patches every time I don’t use a super thick moisturizer, so I wasn’t at all surprised.

img_3559The pores on my forehead actually do look a little bit smaller, and I think my expression lines are actually less noticeable than in the before photo, even though the duration between this photo and when I got Botox is longer.

img_3550I definitely think there’s been a small improvement in my eye-puffiness, specifically on the outer area. I do have another small dry patch on my cheek though, from using a thinner cream for a month. img_3571In general though, I do think my eye area looks less puffy and I do think my skin in general looks more glowy.

img_3553I didn’t see too much improvement in the texture/elasticity of the skin between my eyes on my forehead, but I’ll continue to use the cream and see what happens.

PROS:

-I did see a noticeable improvement in elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles in certain areas

-The bottle has a pump which I love because sticking my fingers in a jar of moisturizer grosses me the eff out

-The bottle is also lock-able and a brown colour, which prevents sunlight from changing the product composition over time. Fun Fact, I learned that from beer bottles.

-The process was easy and honestly quite fun, mostly because I love talking about myself and taking personal quizzes

-It arrives super quickly: on the website it says 48 hours after you take the quiz. Mine arrived in about 4 days, which I still have no complaints about.

-Everything is over 90% natural, includes peptides and antioxidants, and all the ingredients are paraben-free, fragrance-free and gluten free. I like feeling good about what’s going on my skin.

-Takes up so much less room on your counter/good for travel: it’s 3 products in 1, so you don’t need an eye cream or serum.

CONS:

-The biggest one: you can’t choose your own ingredients. Since this cream did work so well on my fine lines, I would have LOVED to see the boosters meant for pores/redness work on my skin.

-You have to order through a health-care practitioner, dermatologist or skincare expert; you can’t just do the quiz online and order it yourself.

-I’m sure there’s a good reason for it, but you can only get a maximum of 3 boosters in your cream, and I only got 2 in mine.

-The bottle is completely opaque; you can’t see through it at all, so you don’t know when you’re out of product.

Those are honestly all the cons I can think of? Overall I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, since I did enjoy the cream and what it was meant for. I would definitely consider purchasing a bottle when I run out of my current one, and tweak my survey answers a bit to make sure I get the base/boosters I’m looking for.

Thank you so much to Blend and Boost, Chris, and Blend PR for reaching out and for the opportunity to try some really good skincare.

Silk Duster

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Note to self: Iron silk before wearing it, you dumb butthole. I’m normally not a fan of this baby barf green colour (Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, Baby Barf Green, calling it now. It’s officially trademarked by me, sorry). I really love the embroidery on the back though- reminds me of my Grandma and Papa’s house. They had towels and tablecloths and napkins and a million other things with delicate embroideries on them from THE OLD COUNTRY (Ukraine).

Christmas is so close! It’s my favourite holiday and I just love seeing lights everywhere and the trees at malls (Toronto has a 108 foot Christmas tree this year, the tallest in the world so take that, New York). Once Christmas is over us Canadians have to face 4 months of non stop snow, cold, and slush so I’m definitely not looking forward to that. It doesn’t usually snow before Christmas here, but we had a little storm last night so the city is preeeetty white right now. By white I mean grey and brown because of dirt and cars etc. (I took these photos last week when it was still quite balmy.)

Jacket- Boohoo (similar here)

Jumpsuit- also Boohoo 

Shoes- Zara (they have faux fur on the inside a la Gucci and are SUPER comfy)

I made this shirt!!!

plussize-shirt img_5435 img_5437 plussize-shirt-diy plussize-shirt-diy plussize-shirt-diy img_5444 plussize-shirt-diy plussize-shirt-diyAre you guys proud of me?! I made the pattern myself, bought some fabric, then sewed it all!! It’s the first thing I’ve ever reeeeally made that was actually wearable. Look at that COLLAR and those flawless seams~~ One of the arm hems is a little wonky but WHATEVER OKAY.

The boots I got from a Black Friday sale at Old fucking Navy. I’m seriously shocked at how stylish, comfortable and well-fitting they are. Old Nav conTINUES TO SURPRISE ME. Fun fact: I worked there for like two days when I was 19. I absolutely hated it and just stopped showing up for my shifts- it took them literally three months to realize I had stopped coming in. They called me on Christmas Eve and left a message like, “Hey! Just wondering where you are, you’re scheduled for today!” and I was like ……I have not set foot in your store since August but, alright. ANYWAY, they fit my wide feet really nicely and actually have a TON of room left at my ankles (which never happens because, well, of my fat ankles). They were also like $20.

Pants- Lane Bryant

Bag- Mackage

xo

UKYS- the Custom Shirt App

img_3342We’ve got something a little different over here in Vagina Central today! I was recently contacted by UKYS, a newly launched app that allows men to order a perfectly fitting, customized dress shirt in about 5 minutes- no measuring required. Since I clearly am not a man, I asked (read: forced) my boyfriend to be a part of this- and get a free shirt in the process! (I was sent the shirt for free, but all my words and opinions are my own.)

My boyfriend is a stubborn fella who HATES having his picture taken. He also did not think the shirt would fit him- he has a bit of a difficult body shape. Nonetheless he slipped on some spandex, posed for photos, picked what he wanted his shirt to look like, and about a week later it arrived in the mail. Before I let you know how it fit him, I’ll quickly go through the really cool and simple process. Side note: it would make a really fantastic affordable Christmas gift for dads, brothers, boyfriends, or anyone willing to pose for the required photos.

img_3354Firstly (oh god university essay writing flashbacks): you choose the colour and pattern of the shirt you want- there are currently 22 to choose from, and they’re all made from 100% Egyptian Cotton ranging from $69 to $89 which, in reality, is cheaper than a lot of non customizable dress shirts. Then you pick your fit: Slim, Tailored, or Standard. You then choose between 6 types of collar styles. The different options available to you throughout the process allow you to make your shirt casual or dressier.

img_3361You choose from 7 shirt cuff options (the buttons are all made from mother of pearl), and you choose whether or not you want a front pocket.

img_3365You finally pick between shirt length and trim, and YOU’RE DONE. Except for the photo taking. That was my boyfriend’s favourite part. If you’re not a complainey baby, it’s really quite quick and painless. They show you what clothes to wear and how to stand/position your phone camera.

img_3369 img_3374Pro tips: 

-Actually stand 10 feet away from your phone. If your positioning is off, you’ll have to redo it. 

-The lighting doesn’t have to be perfect like in that rich man’s spacious fancy bedroom: we did it in our apartment hallway, at night, with artificial lighting. 

-Lock away all your cats and dogs. They will become very interested in wtf you are doing, thus being in all your shots, forcing you to redo the process. 

-The app is not yet compatible with iPhone 7, which I have. Luckily, I still had my old iPhone 6 kickin around, so I just downloaded the app onto that bad boy. The app works with most smartphones.

-Don’t worry if you haven’t showered in four days: the app blurs your face so no one ever sees it, and your photos are deleted right after the aPp SpEcIaLiStS take your measurements from them.

You do about 5 different poses, photos are taken with a timer on your phone, and that is it my friends.

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My boyfriend opted for a more casual shirt, since he doesn’t have a fancy office job and we rarely go to any fancy shirt-tucking tie-wearing events. We do often go to nice dinners and not-too-dressy events though, where this shirt would be perfect. Like I mentioned, he hates trying on clothes, and he tends to have trouble finding clothes that fit him really well so he was convinced this shirt would be the same. As soon as he put it on, his whole demeanor changed; he felt and looked really, really good. The shirt was SO soft, comfortable, and well-made.

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Overall, we’re both thoroughly impressed with both the process and the result. Thank you to UKYS for reaching out to me and a big high five for making my stubborn boyfriend eat his words.

xo

 

 

The Sleep Shirt

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Two posts in a row with Erica! This one is sponsored by The Sleep Shirt, a high end sleepwear brand (also found on net-a-porter). They contacted us because they decided to expand their brand into the plus size world- something I’m always down for. The fabric (made from high quality Japanese cotton) is soft, durable, and machine washable- everything is designed and made in Vancouver (yay fellow Canadians). This explains the high price tag- it’s not your regular Walmart sleep shirt (which I admit is also hanging in my closet). This is something you can wear for years and never need to replace; the owner, Alexandra (we are name twins yay), told us she had two on rotation and they lasted her five years. It’s also designed to be something you can wear outside of the bedroom- when Erica left my house, she just wore this as a top with jeans and it looked really cute.

The Plus line is comprised of several colours, but only has one size. It’s meant to fit oversized on a 2x. To get an idea, I’m an 18/2x and Erica is a 20/22/3x. It fit us both extremely comfortably even though we have very different body shapes (Inverted triangle! Pear! I hate when people compare fat bodies to fruit and inanimate objects!!!)

Their prices range from $160-$318 (Canadian prices- much cheaper if you’re in America). If you’re looking to spend that much for a Christmas gift, I’d say this would be a good option for family members like moms or mother in-laws, aunts, uncles?, or a co-worker you really like. It comes wrapped really nicely in a box, very much like an expensive formal dress shirt (it’s folded all fancy and it’s got the plastic ring in the collar- all very technical terms here). We were given a discount code for our readers; use the code SLEEPPRETTY until December 20th to save 20%. AND- the one Erica is wearing is now on sale.

Hope y’all liked our christmas catalog-y photoshoot. xo

On The List

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HO HO MOTHERFUCKERS, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Erica and I decided on a Sparkly Christmas party-themed shoot since it’s been chilly as heck. (To be fair, it was 70 degrees for most of November but it’s been snowing nonstop for the past few days so !!!!!!! feelin festive af guys!!)

I briiiieeeefly touched on this capelet in my October Events post, but it’s great and it’s made of sequins and it has lettering on the back and it’s from asos and it’s sold out. sry. But I definitely suggest capelets in general for the season! Especially because this one isn’t plus size. They tend to be so generously sized that pretty much anyone can wear one. They can also totally change the look of an outfit (like this boring black dress that I later discovered is a tunic and meant to be worn with leggings but like.. no.)

Dress/tunic: H&M‘s embarrassing small boring plus size section (H&M.com does ship to Canada now though!!!! actually quite exciting)

Capelet: asos (other options here and here and here)

Shoes: asos (I find them really comfy because of the cutouts on the inside of the foot)

Choker: Forever 21 (Really loving deep green velvet lately which is so unlike me but I’m just going to roll with it)

xxx kisses from both of us and until next time from me!

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Hilary Macmillan

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I titled this post the way I did because the star of the outfit is definitely this Hilary Macmillan vest. She’s a Canadian designer, and I absolutely love supporting Canadian brands (that also happen to be 100% cruelty free). The FW16 line, where this is from, only goes up to a Large, which is what I bought. It fits totally fine, and I’m normally an 18 on top. I find open vests to be quite forgiving.

This jumpsuit was also worn in this post back in September (god damnit I was so tan- now I’m a pasty slice of wonderbread). It was out of stock for quite a while but it’s back in stock now! I highly suggest it. I want to wear it every day. It’s comfy and chic and stylish. You need someone to undo the zipper whenever you have to pee but WHATEVER. It also comes with a tie for the waist, which you can see in the last post I wore it.

Boots are from here. They’re not wide fit so I got them in a US 10 (I’m normally a 9) and they’re a tad tight but still doable. I couldn’t walk to work in them but I could wear them to an event for a few hours. (Similar here, here, and a similar wide fit version here and here– I love that last pair more than anything but I just cannot do the heel I’m afraid).

Kenzo clutch is from Nordstrom- I went to the opening gala for the new Toronto location (first location in Canada!), got really open-bar drunk, and accidentally bought this.

Choker is just the shoelace from my new pair of pink Keds!

My next post will be a lil more holiday-y so stay tuned, friendos.

xo

26 year old blogger, stylist, and cat lover from toronto, canada.

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