Mint to Be

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Okay! One! Look how fucking tanned I am in these photos!!!! I’ve seriously never been so tanned in my whole life. I bought the FIFTH LIGHTEST foundation shade at Sephora the other day because I’m just way too dark for my regular foundation (which is always always the lightest shade available, which even is sometimes still too dark for me.)  I haven’t even self-tanned AT ALL. I’ve just been hanging outside a lot all summer in parks/pools/etc. I’ve been going on super long walks with the dog/(playing Pokemon Go ahem team valor) and I’ve just bronzed right up!!! (I’m still 463246 shades paler than everyone I know.) So, please excuse the peely chest burns in these photos. Beauty does not come easy. My body is so fucking itchy.

I dyed my hair mint! I get so bored with my hair so easily. I liked the blonde for a lil while but I had some Pravana pastels laying around and I just needed to try it out.

P.S Pretty sure I’ve used this title before? Oh well

Shoes- Keds (so so so comfortable honestly I’ll wear keds for the rest of my life and they fit my stupid wide feet. They come in a jillion colours and are on sale right now weeee)

Skirt- Honestly I can’t remember at all I think Etsy??

Top- Actually a (v v v v short) dress from Boohoo last year, similar top here from Addition Elle

Bag- Asos

Sunglasses- Forever 21

Summer Afternoons

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I’m soooOOoo into this skirt. I bought it from here, and I would highly recommend. She makes it custom to fit your body perfectly. The top is from Addition Elle, though it’s been on sale for a while and I don’t think it’s available anymore. As soon as I saw the colour I was like yep, get in my closet. The shoes are from Forever 21 and I can only wear them for about ten minutes before my feet go numb because of my stUPID WIDE FEET. They’re cute though.

I leave tomorrow for New Brunswick! I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. I’m super excited to get out of the city for a few days. Expect a couple seaside outfit posts~~~

Hope everyone is keeping cool. This summer is ridiculous. My upper lip is in a constant state of moistness.

xo

TO-ronto

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Ugh… you guys. I’m the worst. It’s been a thousand years since I’ve posted- I’ve just been feeling so uninspired lately. I feel like every outfit I put on isn’t good enough to take a photo of. Not only that, but I have about 100 e-mails I need to respond to (if you’ve sent me an e-mail and I haven’t responded then please bare with me), I have a pile of bills I need to pay, I haven’t seen some of my friends in ages. I’m in a bit of a funk, I suppose. I’ve been doing that thing where instead of checking my inbox, or my mail, or my bank account, I just kind of ignore everything and pretend it’s all fine. Like that little comic of the cartoon dog in the house that’s on fire and he’s just like, EVERYTHING IS FINE 🙂 That’s me. I’m a terrible adult, basically.

I guess I’m just really really ready to move on with my life, career-wise. I’ve felt pretty stuck for a while and I think getting a real big adult job in something fashion-related will improve my life a whole bunch. I just want to work and type on a computer and touch fabrics and do whatever else fashion people do!!! I went to school for this stuff and I have so much knowledge and I’m ready to use it.

Is this my diary now? Sorry. Just giving excuses for my absence.

Dress- Boohoo

Shoes- Puma

TO hat- Peace Collective

Belt- from a different dress (from H&M if ya really wanna know)

I’m heading out to a really pretty beach this week to take some outfit photos so expect THAT, pretty soon. In the mean time, I update my instagram pretty much every day if you want to stay updated! It’s ailurophilewithstyle.

Talk soon friendos.

Pink Lace

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Okay so this is me TRYING to take sexy lingerie photos (you guys sick of my boobs yet?) but my dog is fricking obsessed with me so it was impossible to get any shots without him in them. He’s constantly at my side. I had to throw his toy and snap a few photos while he was chasing it before he brought it back to me. What a hard life.

This sleep shirt/dress thing is from Addition Elle (as are the bra and panties), and it’s SO comfortable. I’m usually a 2x but I bought a 4x and it’s perfectly comfy and oversized. It’s a linen material so it keeps me super cool at night, since it’s been really hot lately (thank u baby jesus 4 summer finally).

xo

Double Denim

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The weather here in Toronto has been so weird. February and March were ridiculously warm, April was quite hot, and now May is basically freezing. It snowed the other day. Cool. So I thought this denim dress from H&M was a pretty solid purchase, since it has long sleeves for the cold days that can also be rolled up on the hot days. I just want hot days. Please, mother nature.

One of my besties Erica from Erica Exposed (“I’m not wearing any underwear today. I can’t bend over or else I’ll REALLY be Erica Exposed”) is wearing a new dress from Addition Elle and Christian Siriano shoes by Payless (sold out. Ugh.) My Shoes are also from Payless (both pairs are wide fit for our fat girl feet), and the dress is from H&M (similar here). Both of our rings are from Addition Elle.

I promise I’ll post more often now that the weather is HOPEFULLY going to improve.

xo

Spring Lingerie

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It’s finally spring!!! Addition Elle has some really gorgeous bra and panty sets right now in the loveliest spring colours. I was in the stock room the other day grabbing something for a customer when I saw this bra. “Are we… allowed to buy things… that aren’t on the floor yet?” YEAH we are.

This bra has actual matching panties, in white with little turquoise stitching, but I liked these ones better. I don’t like anything too matchy matchy. There’s also new lingerie in corals, yellows, and way more styles in this turquoise colour, being released in April/May. I officially can’t bring my wallet to work anymore.

P.s, the cover up is from New Look.

Forever 21+

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The coolest thing happened: Forever 21+ contacted me about a blog post. They wanted to send me an outfit of my choice and have me post about it, aka, holy shit that makes me feel really cool and important.

These shorts are a 22: I’m normally an 18/20 on the bottom, so I would recommend sizing up. Also, this sweater makes me feel very hotline bling and I’m okay with it.

Thanks very very much to Forever 21 for reaching out to me 🙂

Boots: old asos, similar here

Shorts: Forever 21+

Turtleneck: Forever 21+, unfortunately sold out already

Cardigan: Fashion to Figure

Bag- Mackage

Hat- H&M

My interview with Tess Holliday

I was lucky enough to be invited to the PenningtonsxTess Holliday collection reveal party last night, where I got to hang out with all my Toronto blogger friends, eat some food, and drink some wine. Also I got to hang out with Tess. Which was PRETTY FRICKING COOL.

Penningtons is a Canadian company, which is why if you live in the States or Europe or whatever you may not have heard of it. It’s sorrrrrt of geared towards older/working plus size women, which is why I don’t shop there too much. Tess’s collection, though, I think brings some much needed youth and badassness back to the brand. You guys know I’m super honest, and I thought everything was really, really cute.

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By the way, if you’re expecting Tess to be any less gorgeous in person, she’s not. My friend Erica and I went to shove our faces with nachos after the event, and we were just talking about how pretty and lovely and down to earth she is the whole time. (Like, I’m pretty in pictures but I look like a mountain troll in real life sometimes.)

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My outfit: skirt and top from Rebdolls, Coat and boots from Asos, Purse from Forever21

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IMG_8676                       lololol me and Erica are nerds sorry

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I also got the chance to ask Tess a few questions and shove my phone in her poor face and record her responses. A huge thanks to her for making time for me.

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Me: “You get asked a lot of advice relating to body positivity, but you’re also just a role model to a lot of people just for being, like, a decent and cool human being. Being newly 30, what advice would you have for women in their 20’s who feel like they’ll never get their shit together? [cough me]”

Tess: “I feel like it’s really hard because I always give the same advice, but I feel like it’s so important to really evaluate who you’re spending time with, and who your friends are. It’s so true, and I’ve learned this the hard way, that you are the company you keep. And I’m really fortunate that the close friends in my life are all amazing, strong people that are really passionate about something in their lives. They’re so busy being focused on how… busy they are, and being happy with themselves, therefore they can be happy for me. That doesn’t mean abandoning people who don’t have their shit figured out, but it’s about making sure that the people in your life are lifting you up and not pulling you down.”

Me: “You’ve done a lot of collabs in the past with other brands- are they all similar experiences or how did this one differ?”

Tess: “I mean, I’ve done collabs before, but nothing on this scale. This was a year-long [process]- each month is a different aesthetic. I’m really excited because I mean, I’m not a designer. I didn’t go to school. I’m not even going to call myself a fashion designer even though I collaborated on this line. But it was nice because I’ve heard for so long what plus girls and what fat girls want, and what we’re not seeing in fashion. We want to be sexy, we want comfort, we want accessibility and options. So it was really nice to be able to do that. So having a year-long collaboration has really allowed me to be able to say “This is what I want, this is what’s important”, and not budge on anything.”

Me: “So you had 100% say in everything?”

Tess: “I had a hundred per cent creative control. But then, some of it comes down to what’s possible and what we can actually do, and what the manufacturers can do. But I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t losing my voice and that it was authentic. I would honestly wear everything in the collection.”

[Interview pauses and we bond a little over our matching lashes and septum rings and I scream and fangirl internally]

Me: “So you’re one of the main huge role models in the body positivity movement. In every single interview you have, people ask about body positivity. Does it get really repetitive and when do you think just being fat and being proud of your body will be the norm, and you won’t get asked about it because it won’t seem so radical?”

Tess: “I have no idea! A hundred per cent it gets repetitive. I’m asked the same things all the time and sometimes it does get a little daunting but then I remember, like, what if there’s one person that reads that interview that hasn’t heard somebody say that? If it literally just changes one person’s perception of themselves or maybe how they treat others, then it’s worth it. I feel like maybe it won’t always be a conversation however I do think the battle for people accepting fat bodies is always going to be there. Until there’s a major overhaul of the fashion industry and of mainstream media, it’s going to be a battle for a long time. I don’t see that changing, but I see us being more vocal about saying, ‘This is not acceptable’.”

All in all I love this initial collection: she’s also releasing several garments per month for the next year. Which is super exciting- apparently there are some pretty sweet pastels coming this summer. YAS HELLO COUNT ME IN.

Thanks to Tess and Penningtons (and Erica for letting me steal photos off her camera) xo

Hands in my pockets

IMG_8420 IMG_8421 IMG_8418 IMG_8419 IMG_8417WELL, its been a little bit since I’ve posted. Because we MOVED. This is in my new bedroom with our new dog (what the fuck? we got a dog. okay. his name is Petrie and he’s a demon.)

We now live in Old Town Toronto which is really only a five minute drive from where we lived before, in the Gay Village, but it’s a totally different atmosphere. It was sort of an impulse thing. I got my old place 5 years ago, and there were just so many memories in that apartment- my ex boyfriend and I bought it together (and he moved out six months later), I lived there when my mom died, when her dog died, and when my Lola died. It was too sad of a place. So now we live in this bitchin condo and my old place is on the market. Want to buy it from me? Please buy it from me.

I like this outfit because it’s kind of boring. It’s just jeans and a tshirt. But I feel like fat people are sometimes seen as lazy if they dress like this? Whereas skinny girls in jeans and a white tee will have 100000000 notes on tumblr. It’s kind of a bullshit double standard- sometimes when I’m putting on clothes for a blog post I feel the need to over-accessorize or add a pair of heels that I normally wouldn’t really wear. But mostly, in real life, I just dress like this. And in pajamas. A lot of pajamas are involved.

These Forever 21 jeans are amazingly comfortable- a 20 fits me perfectly- and I live in these tshirts from Addition Elle. They’re the softest, comfiest, most flattering (ugh sorry hate that word but it’s true) and they come in like 80 colours (more like 7ish but whatever ok)

Shoes- Michael Kors

Jeans- Forever 21+

Shirt- Additi0n Elle

Toronto Hat- Peace Collective

New Glasses- Kam Dhillon

Bubblegum

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Well I was ORIGINALLY going to go buy some good ol Hubba Bubba and blow some cute lil bubbles during this photo sesh, but I forgot. So I’m naming the post Bubblegum anyways, because it’s the thought that counts.

Boots- New Look, wide fit and on sale for twenty bucks you guys

Dress- Rebdolls, sold out

Jacket- New Look, sold out

Scarf- Asos

Bag- Thrifted

 

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