About to blow your mind: I got this bathing suit for, like, $20. I was looking online for swimsuits for my trip and decided to search “plus size clothing” on PINTEREST of all places for some inspo. I clicked a link that sent me to Cupshe, where all my cheap swimsuit dreams came true. They have suits in fat sizes (from XS up to XXL, which I got,) for really affordable prices. (Not all the suits go up to XXL but I find the ones that do actually fit true to size- not that ‘we’re calling this XXL but it’s actually like a Medium’ bullshit.) I ended up ordering like 5 or 6 swimsuits and paid a little over $100. Crazy. So, I’ve found my new holy grail for plus size swimwear for sure. (Not sponsored at all. Just sharing my wisdom~)
I also really wanted a plain white linen swim cover which I couldn’t find anywhere, sooooo I made one. I just sewed this baby up in a couple hours and tore the sleeves up a bit to create some fringe. I’m SO GLAD I made this because I’ve been wearing it every day here. It’s light enough to keep me cool (while still keeping me a bit cozier at night), and easy enough to throw on over a swimsuit or a dress. It also dries really fast.
I also made the bag out of a thinner canvas material, some gold grommets, and some rope from Michael’s. I just sewed the bag, added a good sized inner pocket, used a grommet hammer tool that I got from the fabric store for under $10 and tied some rope for straps. I’ve been using it every day on my trip since it’s such a good size and I haaaaappen to think it’s really cute. Look at me! I made 50% of the things I’m wearing here. How neat-o.
Keep an eye out for more Cupshe swimsuit posts. xo
There’s a dog park near my apartment (more like a huge fenced-in beach where dogs run wild) where I love to take Petrie called Cherry Beach. I discovered it last summer and didn’t realize why it had that name until this week. This gorgeous little cluster of cherry blossom trees at the end of the street are adorable. Usually come cherry blossom season, I venture to High Park, a place in Toronto where there are hundreds of cherry blossom trees- and THOUSANDS of tourists. Half the time it’s not even worth it to go because the experience is ruined by children and couples pushing and shoving and taking a jillion photos. So when I was driving to the dog park last week and I saw these, I knew I had to bring my pal Kendra and take some photos. She hates people as much as I do and I knew she wouldn’t be venturing to High Park any time soon.
Shoes- Forever 21 (similar)
Sunglasses- Prescription Ray Ban’s
WELP, I’m heading off to Mexico in mere hours so the next time you see me I’ll be on a beach. Probably very drunk. WISH ME SAFE TRAVELS
It’s fi-na-lly warm enough to go outside without a coat. At least, it was when I took these photos. It’s currently rainy and feeling like November but I don’t care because I’m leaving for Mexico in a week! I’m going for 8 days and I’ve packed 11 bikinis. Too much?
My pal Sarah was at Old Navy of all places and texted me a photo of some pants that she thought I’d like. Which I did. So I placed a PANT ORDER for several pairs, including these. Every time I post about Old Navy on my blog I’m always like, “Old Navy!!!! Can you believe it!!! I always forget they have cute things!!” And then I say the same thing a few months later about a different garment from them.
Also, ugh, these shoes. I’ve been wearing them honestly every day and they go with everything and they fit my wide-ass feet so I’m sorry for being a boring little shoe repeater.
Top- Forever 21
Bag- Forever 21 (I have it in both colours it is so. so. good.)
Okay welllLlllll evidently I shouldn’t wear this bra with sheer white shirts. Look at those killer boob lines. Also please note how my ‘R’ necklace is backwards- I put it on in the mirror and was all, “the R is facing forward yep perfect good to go” like the complete idiot that I am. (R for Riley because I’m a mushy gross girlfriend.)
Anyway LOOK at this great jacket sweater thing. You guys know how I feel about oversized stuff and this is gr8888. Four 8’s worth of gr8. I think I could probably copy the pattern and make my own in a different material. Oh yeah, and look at that highlight on ma face!!! I bought the Anastasia a23 brush and it makes such a difference. Highlighter goes on soooo much smoother and brighter.
Jacket: Sold out but if you’ve never shopped Rue 107, CHECK THEM OUT because they have the cutest stuff.
Top: Forever 21, similar here
Pants: Asos, siilar here
Bag- Marc Jacobs
My sweet, beautiful lil friend Jane (who unfortunately doesn’t have a blog but this is her instagram) bought me this vintage jacket after she came to visit Toronto last year and it’s one of my favourite pieces I’ve ever owned. It fits perfectly, it’s my favourite colour, and it’s got ‘A Special Club’ written across it. Who knows what that means, who knows what decade it’s from (I’m thinking 90’s?), it all adds to it’s charm. It sits on display on a rack in my room because it’s too cute to be hidden in my closet.
Bag- Forever 21
Skirt- Addition Elle
Boots- Addition Elle (sold out)
Shirt- Forever 21 (sold out)
Pin- Peace Collective
Speaking of Addition Elle, I reluctantly quit my job there after two years. I loved it a lot, I had so much fun as a stylist and I made so many amazing friends, but I’m just done working at a retail level. To be honest, I found my first grey hair and I panicked about getting old and still working in a store. I’m ready to take the next step in my career- I don’t know yet to what, or where, but I’LL FIGURE IT OUT. Can’t I just blog full time? Please?
As some of you may know, since November I’ve been on a bit of a ‘get fit’ journey- not to look “better”, or lose weight- just to feel more fit and be able to climb stairs without wanting to die. SO I bought some gym clothes- and then quickly realized I fucking hate the gym. Back in first year university, when I was literally 130 pounds lighter, I LOVED going to the gym. But the funny thing about being 120 pounds is that no one stares at you when you work out. No matter how unfit you are, if you’re skinny, no one is going to judge you when you’re sweating on the treadmill. A couple years ago I tried out the YMCA gym near my old apartment and when I was on the elliptical, someone literally said out loud, “look at that fat girl sweating.” YES, I’M SWEATING, BECAUSE I’M ON AN ELLIPTICAL. WORKING OUT. LITERALLY TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT. THE WEIGHT YOU’RE JUDGING ME FOR. Fat people can’t win no matter what we do, so I just gave up on all that crap.
So, forgive me, but I’m not super into working out in public. Or in general. So instead, I’ve been going on long city walks, going on hikes, and taking my dog to the off-leash beach and running (lol!!!!!!! just kidding. Walking) on the sand. I’ve learned that 1. I’m not 18 anymore and I’m not built like I used to be, and that’s okay, and 2. I’m just unfit at heart. I love walking and climbing a hill here and there, and I’ve actually really been enjoying eating healthy for the past 5 months (kale!!!! I eat so much kale!!) but I’m ALWAYS going to prefer sitting on the couch with a pizza. So instead of eating 100 calorie frozen meals and immediately working them off at the gym like my 18 year old self, I eat kale salad with pine nuts and lemon vinagrette, Which is SHOCKINGLY GOOD, or taco zucchini boats or some other home cooked shit. And if I grab a frappuccino on my evening walk, then so be it.
So now that it’s finally getting warmer, I can show off my cute gym clothes that I never actually wear to the gym.
Top- Addition Elle (my favourite tshirt in the whole world in tank top form!!!!!)
Jacket- Forever 21
I’ve been wanting a long denim jacket for over a year now, so when I saw this one from Junarose (from asos) I snapped it up. The dress is from Addition Elle last year (similar here), and the shoes are from H&M (they fit super wide can I get a heck yeah).
I loooove the length of this dress because I can wear chub rub shorts without them showing at all. Mini skirts are great until your shorty shorts peek out the bottom. I bought some anti-chafe balm for summer though, since I spend 89% of the warmer months in a bikini. I cannot WAIT for summer.
Now that it’s April, and technically Spring, I’m hoping to post more warmer-weather outfits soon. Someone do a weather dance for Toronto, okay?