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Big Deal Toronto 2014

Big Deal 2014 Bloggers
Big Deal 2014 Bloggers

Are you going to the amazing fashion smorgasboard Big Deal Toronto this weekend?

Because I sure am!

Once again I will be opening my closet up to the general public and selling some great gently-used pieces from my collection. Other bloggers will be in attendance and I can tell you, it’s a fantastic event!

Last year was a blast. It’s a great way to pick up lovely clothes for such good prices (most of us only wear our stuff once… eep!) meet some plus size fashion bloggers and have a generally good time.

Raegan & I selling our frocks with smiles!

Tips to get the most out of your shopping trip

There are a few things I’d suggest to make sure you get the most out of Big Deal Toronto 2014.

1. Get the VIP ticket
La crème de la crème goes quickly at this event. For your best chance of scoring something truly fabulous, you’ll want to be there first. The tickets sell at a premium price but it’s worth it. The best selection and only 50 shoppers makes it a much more pleasant experience. You’ll have more space to move around and try things on.

2. Dress comfy
You’re going to be standing, shuffling and generally moving about with a sea of other plus size women. Wear clothes and shoes that are easy to get on and off, and allow your body to breathe. It gets hot in there!

3. Wear your Spanx if you’re into that!
There will be both private and communal change rooms this year. If you wear Spanx to make your outfits look nicer, wear them and your good bras to this event so you’ll know how things fit.

4. CASH ONLY
The event will have a few Square readers to take Visa and Mastercard, but the 3% processing fee will be passed onto you, so bring cash to avoid this.

5. Plan to spend lunch there
3030 serves up some great nosh and drinks, so do them a solid and enjoy their menu for lunch. The little tapas plates are a great way to snack or try something new, and the craft beer selection is aces. 3030 is providing this space free of cost to us bloggers, so we need to thank them by driving sales. Otherwise there might not be a next time!

6. Leave the hubby/child/stroller at home
Big Deal gets pretty crowded, hot and loud and is not a good environment for male partners (other than those rare gems who like shopping with their partners), children or anyone else that can’t deal with environments like that. Plus, it’s common courtesy not to bring your giant stroller into a cramped space. Don’t be that woman.

7. Don’t be a jerk
This means you should be polite and friendly to other shoppers, bloggers and volunteers. Don’t steal please, because you’re literally taking our personal belongings from us. From me. We are people and it hurts.

I know it can get exciting/stressful but try to keep cool and have fun! Come mentally prepared for the melee and you’ll do great. Your patience will be rewarded!

SexyPlus Clothing Review

Kiss Kiss! All the bloggers at the Fall Preview
Kiss Kiss! All the bloggers at the Fall Preview

A few weeks back I was invited to a plus size fashion blogger event at SexyPlus Clothing’s new location in Mississauga.

I was excited to attend because it meant I could

  1. See all my fatshionable friends
  2. Check out the store & selection (I’d never been to SPC prior to this)
  3. Try on lots of fun stuff!

And it didn’t disappoint. Owner Stephanie Augusteijn has created a lovely, plus-friendly

Robes in the changerooms are so convenient!
Robes in the changerooms are so convenient!

boutique complete with spacious changing rooms with robes & shoes (amazing forethought!) chairs for resting (or putting your man on to wait for you while you shop) and of course a nice selection of clothes.

I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. I never actually made it out to the previous location on Yonge St. partially because of scheduling and also because the name

Tierra doing some shopping
Tierra doing some shopping

SexyPlus Clothing made me think of slinky, cheap clubwear like Voluptuous and that just isn’t my style. The new location was also a little daunting as it is out literally in the middle of nowhere at the end of a long row of industrial units.

Despite the location, you could call it an oasis of fatshion! Stephanie had a great selection of upmarket brands like Igigi, Kiyonna and Joseph Ribkoff. I love Joseph Ribkoff stuff! And in a nod to the “sexy” part of SexyPlus there was a nice section of lingerie and other risque underthings that I was happy to see. Oftentimes you  just see them online and can’t try them on which is sooo frustrating. I liked that I could touch them for myself here.

As for the event, it was smashing! There was yummy food and a gorgeous cake by Cake Star

Stephanie with the yummy cake!
Stephanie with the yummy cake!

Sweet Boutique and Ms. Tierra Sedgemore of  Size Sexy Clothing line herself was there! Tierra led a size sexy self esteem activity at the event that got us all talking about what makes us “size sexy”. It’s great to see such positivity and support in our community.

I think all the ladies can agree that we had loads of fun shopping, modelling and socializing that night. I got to hang out with lots of great people, and meet some new ones. Here’s a list of the blogs represented that night:

Candi Apple Couture
Petite Plus, Meow
Curvy Canadian
Cloud 14+
Erica Exposed 
Big Hips, Red Lips
Clothes and Shit

Gorgeous!
Gorgeous!

 

Rebecca Northcott of Rebecca Northcott Photography was there to capture the night on film for us. She’s a great photographer! Maryanne Walczak of My Beaded Designs was also there displaying her beautiful creations. We even got a pair of earrings, how nice! I love mine.

 

Of course no blogger shopping night is complete without me coming home with something… *sigh* here’s what I picked up at the event:

Perfect for all my client meetings
I wore this one out for my anniversary with the bf
I wore this one out for my anniversary with the bf, with some spanx underneath

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Pre-Opening Sneak Peek at Tatyana’s new Boutique in Toronto!!!

As a member of the Toronto Vintage Society I obviously love vintage, but as a plus size woman it can be hard to find the real deal. Enter reproductions and rockabilly style. Most of my wardrobe is made up of this stuff, but it’s still difficult to find even in Toronto. Much needs to be purchased online and the measurements and sizing never seems to be right!

All Vintage-y for my birthday this year
All Vintage-y for my birthday this year

That’s why I’m super-glad a bricks & mortar location of Tatyana is opening up right here in Toronto! I am looking forward to being able to paw through the racks and actually try stuff on before shelling out bundles of cash. Yeah!

My friend Jacquie got a chance to get a sneak peek at the new boutique and wrote up this great article about it, which I am sharing here. I’m particularly excited about the discount and goodie bags, I’ll be there with bells on!

 

Mmmm! I’d love to try this one on!

It’s opening up in the old Fashion Crimes spot at 322 Queen St West in downtown Toronto.

Are you a fan of the vintage look? Where are your favourite places to shop?

 

 

OOTD – Aug 17, Mods n’ Rockers Event

Today was the second half of the annual Mods n’ Rockers event here in Toronto. It’s basically a celebration of vintage motorbikes and scooters, and an excuse to show them off 😉

I did ride my scooter down to the event but didn’t participate in the judging event since I can hardly call her vintage…

I did have fun dressing for the event though. I wore my new SWAK Curvy Kitten top and did a low-key vintage inspired look.

I just recently learned how to do a cat-eye on myself as well, so it was great to practice it again! I tried out several new cosmetics for this look, too. Details after the photo.IMG_1199Top: SWAK Curvy Kitten
Belt: Torrid (old)
Skirt: Collectif via Rosie the Rebel
Shoes: TOMS
Necklace: With Heart

Obligatory silly selfie for posterity.
Obligatory silly selfie for posterity.

Eyes: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Face: Marcelle BB Cream
Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Vermillion Red

The bikes at this event were amazing. I fell in love with the Italian Moto Guzzi bikes as well as the British Norton’s. I hope to get a proper bike for myself next season, but there are so many to choose from! A great showing of classic Honda’s, Yamaha’s and Triumphs as well.

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Moto Guzzi v7 Racer (750cc’s)

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OOTD – Aug. 8

IMG_1125I didn’t really feel like getting too dressed up today. I’m tired and it’s going to be hot, so comfort was key.

Today’s outfit was easy, breezy and comfortable. The pattern and cut of the dress really enhances my shape, giving me a nice feminine look without trying too hard. I like this one too because it’s easy to take from day to night with just a few accessory and makeup changes.

Product highlights

Face: Marcelle BB Cream
Eyes: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Black
Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 36 – Satin Fuschia

Dress: Addition-Elle
Shoes: SoftMoc house brand

OOTD – Tiki Party! Aug. 3

Last weekend my local Toronto Vintage & Retro Society hosted a rockin’ tiki-tacky party at the Cadillac Lounge.

I waffled between what to wear quite a bit for this event! On one hand, I’ve got some great retro/pin-up outfits that I want to wear, but on the other it IS a tiki party, so bright colours and anything island or Hawaiian themed was the scene du jour.

In the end, I went with the classic Hawaiian look and gave a little retro flare with some hair flowers and bold red lips!

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Myself & some fellow TVRS members
Myself & some fellow TVRS members
No party is complete without pink flamingos!
No party is complete without pink flamingos!
My new earrings!
My new earrings!

Dress: Gift from Hawaii
Lips: Stila Liquid Lipstick in Beso
Earrings: Vintage 60’s enamelled, sourced by Ma P’tite Chouette

 

 

OOTD – Aug. 1

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Top with lace sleeve detailing: Addition-Elle
Liquid leggings: Addition-Elle
Belt: Walmart
Boots: Icon (motorcycle boots)
Earrings: With Heart