I made this shirt!!!

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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.

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-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

Simply Be: Holiday Heels

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post, but all words and opinions are my own/written by me.

Okay, so, I have really wide feet. I jealous-ly (not a word, ok, whatever) scroll through my go-to websites when shoe shopping, bypassing amazing heels and booties until I find something, anything, with ‘WIDE FIT’ written underneath the thumbnail. Sometimes if I really love something in a regular fit, I’ll take my chances and buy it in a size or two bigger to accommodate my ~foot girth~, but it’s never a guarantee.

There are VERY few websites that have cute wide fit shoes (or even ugly wide fit shoes- ANY WIDE FIT SHOES) and Simply Be is one of them. They even have different types of wide fit! Their sizes vary from 2 to 12, and their widths vary from C (narrow) and D (standard) to EEE (quite wide), with E and EE in between. They have amazing wide-calf winter boots, flats, booties that actually fit my cankles, and holiday heels. I’ll be giving you guys a lil run-down on my favourite heels in this post, but check out their other shoe sections as well.

Side note: I’m obsessed with the Vogue Runway (previously style.com) app. It gives you photos, videos, and reviews of runway shows from different designers and fashion weeks around the world. When Simply Be contacted me about doing a post about my favourite holiday heels from their site, I thought it would be fun to find shoes on the Vogue Runway app and compare them to styles by Simply Be, as an “affordable versions of runway fashion” type of thing. All looks are from F/W 2016 shows, so they’re pretty current because we are, now, in Fall/Winter 2016. So, without further ado, HERE ARE SOME AFFORDABLE VERSIONS OF RUNWAY FASHIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Most of the shoes can be found here, though I included individual links.

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I’m always a fan of ankle straps when I wear heels- it stops my (inevitably sweaty) foot from sliding around everywhere and it makes it way easier to walk. Low-ish, chunky heels are also the best for comfort- add some glitter and I’m sold. Pair a gold pair of strappy peep toe heels (PREFERABLY GLITTERY LIKE THESE BECAUSE DUH) with a navy dress like Elie Saab did on the runway and you’re holiday party ready.

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A pair of pointed toe plain black pumps are so so versatile- wear them with dresses and fun christmassy pantyhose, or pantsuits in matching black or a contrasting white (#pantsuits #imwithher #dumptrump). I’m actually pretty against shoes in general that are rounded toe, which most wide fit shoes are. I don’t understand how difficult it is to make wide fit shoes with a POINTED FREAKING TOE. So these pumps are perfect and I love them. (Runway looks by Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, and Marni).

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screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-45-21-pmSpeaking of pumps: this lower, chunky-heeled green alligator-y skin version (official technical title) is the coolest and I’m buying them immediately. Even though I’m primarily a pastel/neutral wearer and bright colours frighten me, I’ve been really into deep greens lately. If you look at all the F/W16 runways, dark green animal skin print is huge and everywhere (shown here by Balmain). Pair it with some red for a super Chrstmassy vibe or pair it with some pastels like a pale pink, which I’m going to do, for a cool contrast.

img_3546 screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-46-23-pmMORE PUMPS, but gold this time. Gold/Silver just scream “It’s the Holidays” to me, and I like to get it out of my system during Christmastime. Ashish is one of my favourite designers, so if you want to be really out there, pair these with a gold holographic jumpsuit- or a plain black dress if you’re feeling more Holiday Party and less Runway.

img_3560 screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-49-56-pmI find mules to be a really popular choice this season, and these are the first ones I’ve seen in a wider fit. I’ve been loving mules for ages but I knew that that long piece of leather would never stretch enough to fit the width of my foot, so I’m so happy these exist. Shown here at the Erdem show, you could wear them with other silver accents for a more glam look; but I would also wear them with plain boyfriend jeans, a tshirt, and a long duster coat.

img_3564 screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-4-59-08-pmHi sorry but these Simply Be heels are basically identical to these Gucci ones and approximately eight million dollars less. A slightly higher-heeled and glitzy version of the first pair on this list, I would again wear them with a party dress for the holidays (navy, black, red- any colour, really), Or with trousers and a long coat like at Gucci. I’ve also been seeing the socks-with-heels trend happening a lot which I fully support. It gives you a chance to wear your peep-toe heels while still keeping your toes warm. And hiding your gross winter toenails from the world. Maybe that’s just me.

img_3679 screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-6-03-32-pm(Preferably faux) fur/feathers are something that I have been a big fan of since always. I grew up in the Spice Girls/Lisa Frank era so I feel like it’s just part of my identity, really. IT’S WHO I AM. I’ll be wearing feathers when I’m 90. Shown here at Sonia Rykiel and again by Simply Be, the latter pair is just as trendy and way more affordable.

img_3567 screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-55-28-pmNot quite an exact match, but I think the Simply Be pair is a little more ‘Holiday’ than the Lanvin pair anyway. I love little crystals on anything, especially shoes, and I’m again a huge fan of ankle straps and pointed toes. I personally would avoid wearing these with anything too flashy (nothing else metallic or glittery) just to keep the focus on the shoes. You could go really casual with boyfriend jeans (I wouldn’t wear them with skinny jeans but that’s just my opinion!) or fancier with a midi skirt or nice high-waisted trousers.

img_3823 screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-5-03-19-pmAlthough I love the gold pair by Monique Lhuillier, this black pair is probably more versatile. T-bar shoes are great for foot support and they’re super cute and trendy. Since this pair is black, you could go a little bolder than the model in the photo above: a sequin mini dress (awesome for New Years), a long dress or maxi skirt with fun detailing like lace or shimmer, or you could wear them with socks, trousers and a winter jacket like at the show. I think they’d even look really cool with a parka- a good mix of sporty and fancy.

THAT’S IT FOR ME. Thank so much to Simply Be for reaching out to me and be sure to check out their Holiday Heel selection.

xo

 

Got Curves?

I’m so excited to announce that Got Curves lingerie has chosen me as a brand ambassador. This means you’ll be seeing A LOT MORE OF MY BUTT FROM NOW ON (though I think y’all saw enough of it before). It also means that I was given a discount code for everyone to save 15% on their purchases- use ALLIESTYLE at checkout (I also get a lil bit of commission on each sale. Just like to be honest with you guys).

I’m not/never have been shy about my body, so just a warning, there’s some N-I-P-P-L-E in this post. It’s NSFW though I tried to make it as tasteful as possible- so hey, future employers, please don’t judge me because my nipples are on the internet!!!! I’m just a regular girl with regular body parts modelling some kick-ass lingerie. Also, #freethenipple and whatnot.

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I LOVE this lingerie set way, way more than I thought I would. I was like, sheer boob panels with zero underwire? Cool, my tits are going to sag to my knees like they do when I don’t wear a bra. But it’s actually quite supportive??? I tightened the straps as far as they’d go and there’s actually a good strong elastic between the boob and the stomach part, which helps to keep your bust supported. I was genuinely shocked because in all other lingerie I’ve seen/tried on with this design, there is NO SUPPORT. So you can tell that Got Curves really keeps the busty customer in mind.

I also 1. Had a terrible cold and was sneezing every four seconds while shooting this and 2. Had my period (and it was like, day three period when you KNOW you’re going to have to change your tampon every hour) and I still felt sexy as heck. I felt bloated and sneezy and crampy and gross but once I put this on I felt like a million bucks. If you’re a size 2x like me (or smaller, or bigger) and you don’t think you can pull off something like this… give it a shot. Seriously. You will look beautiful. Whether you buy from Got Curves or somewhere else, WEAR SOME SLUTTY LINGERIE and show me! Tag me in your photo! (I put little emojis on my nips for the instagram posts wearing this.) Got Curves caters to both plus and straight sizes and I can’t recommend them enough. I got a 2x in everything and I found it true to size and high quality (my dog was jumping all over me and clawing at me and it didn’t rip.)

xo

Hail Satin

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It was unseasonably warm last week, so I took a little walk over to Crown Flora studio on Queen West last weekend. I “”””needed to buy some succulents””””” aka I really just wanted to take photos in front of their pink wall. (Still bought the succulents though.)

This jacket!!!!!! Tuesday Bassen made this illustration and sold it on society6 back in… 2012? 2013? Anyway, I had it hanging on the wall in my old apartment for years so when I had the chance to snag the ACTUAL JACKET from the illustration that she just started selling, I jumped on it. The best part is that it goes up to a 3x!!! Bless her soul for making a line of clothes that goes from XS-3X. I wish more retailers would do this. I’m sorry, but all I want is to be able to buy skinny person clothes… just in bigger sizes. Just because I’m fat doesn’t mean I want a shitty quality tshirt with ‘Live Love Laugh’ written on it or black leggings with a lace trim at the bottom (because black is ‘flattering’ and stretchy spandex leggings are the only thing fat people can fit into??? thanks). I want to be able to buy the chic, cool, minimalistic things they sell at Zara and H&M in my damn size. Plus size clothes are UGLY so it just makes me so appreciative when companies offer size ranges larger than a fucking Large.

Whoo! I didn’t even mean to go off on a rant like that. Just kinda flowed from my fingertips. Plus size fashion just makes me very, very angry (and frankly offended) sometimes. Anyway, I bought the jacket in a 2x and I love it. I can even zip it up over my boobs. It’s a miracle.

Dress- Boohoo last year, similar here

Blouse- Addition Elle, similar here

Dirty disgusting comfortable amazing shoes: Keds 

xo

October Events part 3

This final post covers the CABINET ÉPHÉMÈRE popup shop opening VIP party. Several Canadian designers from Quebec and Ontario came together to showcase their new collections (I actually bought something- will reveal in an upcoming post.) I once again brought along my friend Kendra and we tried on clothes, chatted, and drank approximately 17 glasses of champagne.

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Boots- Acne Studios, similar (AND WAY CHEAPER) here (honestly those are so so so similar I want to barf) also here

Skirt- Addition Elle

Fringe vest- old H&M

Top- Addition Elle 

Bag- Mackage 

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Thank you very very much for the invite Cabinet Ephemere! plus all the frenchy accents.

xo

October Events- Part 2

Continuing on from my last post, I’ve gone to a couple of other events so far this month.

Breakfast with Sentaler

The lovely and beautiful ladies at Sentaler invited me to their showroom to view their FW16 collection (since it is now, officially, FW16), drink mimosas and eat some breakfast treats. Their coats are beautiful, go up to size XL (their cape/poncho coats fit much much bigger), and are made from 100% cruelty-free alpaca fur from the Peruvian Andes (the animal is sheared, not killed. It’s the softest material I’ve ever felt in my life).

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Villa Azur popup

So, I got an invitation from this Miami-based restaurant popup that was happening During the Toronto International Film Festival. They were having an all-white party to kick off the whole week- fun! I made my friend Kendra tag along (she’s the whole reason I ever started fashion blogging and she’s amazin so check her out). It wasn’t reeeeeally a fashion event per se but we looked cute nonetheless.

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Third and last post coming soon!

xo

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