What Have I Missed?

Hey lovelies - what's poppin'? I know it has been a minute since I've posted but I've come to realize that periodical breaks from the blog and social media are good for my soul. I have successfully settled into Edmonton and am slowly finding my footing in this new city. I won't lie, it is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Toronto (I am completely a big city girl) but I am excited to find all the hidden gems this city has to offer. As for the work front, I am very slowly getting used to shift work, but damn - this shift work life is extremely real. The first battle was getting myself to make it through 12 hour day shifts (still working on that) followed by getting through 12 hour night shifts (not even close). But it's all good - I am staying positive and am surrounded by a group of positive colleagues that are teaching me the ropes (cries internally). I applaud all the doctors, EMTs, nurses, researchers, mothers etc. who live this shift work life - please teach me your ways y'all!

I think under the stress of moving and starting a new job in a city where I am completely alone, I lost a bit of my sauce. I feel like the technical, logic based half of my brain kicked into overdrive, stunting my creative, emotionally driven side that I cherish so much. I have had to use my technical brain to learn the new job and deal logically with figuring out my life in general; however, I have been hearing my creative side yelling in the background, asking to be freed. On top of this, I have felt a drastic separation from the body positive movement recently. I won't go into too much detail on that in this post as I am still working through my own thoughts on all this, but I believe the momevement has begun to alienate it's base. I feel like I see the same types of plus size bodies being glorified, models who made their names on the backs of plus women (cough - Ashley Graham - cough) turning around and discrediting the struggle of being fat in today's society based on their pseudo celeb status and the over glorification of bloggers and influencers who preach body positivity but turn around and bash a female's body for a few likes and a handful of retweets (wow - I got caught up in my feelings with that roundabout sentence but I hope you caught my flow). All-in-all, I had to step back and re-evaluate why I blog and find ways to be more open and connect with all of you, my readers and friends.  

So here I am! Back again - batteries charged to 100%, drinking 2L of water daily and being the best me I can be. I thank everyone who has hung around during my hiatus (I appreciate y'all more than I can even put into words) and I look forward to sharing more about me personally than I have before. 

Love and Light always <3

Flaunt Your Shoulders with the Perfect Strapless Bra!

If you have been reading this blog from the jump, you know there are two things I love the most when it comes to fashion - print mixing and off the shoulder pieces. Print mixing is my way of using the creative side of my brain, pairing unconventional patterns and prints together to create out of the box looks. Off the shoulder pieces, on the other hand, are my personal way of celebrating a body part that I was not always comfortable with. As many women do, I have stretch marks that run across my shoulders and down my back, and I spent years trying to hide these under sweaters and denim jackets in the middle of the summer. However, I have come to realize that I love my little tiger stripes - they represent growth and the perseverance of the female form. As a result, I have one too many off shoulder pieces in my closet which i wear with absolutely no regret!

Now, with off shoulder and strappy looks comes great responsibility, and the first step to nailing that shoulder flaunting look is the perfect bra. There is no faster way to ruin that effortless off shoulder look than with a bra strap that requires constant supervision to ensure that it stays in place. Ladies, I know you feel me when I say that finding the perfect strapless bra can be a struggle. Regardless of your size, finding a strapless bra that holds the girls up while providing the proper support can often times feel like an impossible task. But long gone are the days of sacrificing a look due to an ill fitting bra! Here are my 3 tips and tricks to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect strapless bra!

Shop the thirdlove 24/7 strapless bras here! the run up to a size 40 F!

Shop the thirdlove 24/7 strapless bras here! the run up to a size 40 F!

Tip 1: Try them on!

I am often times surprised about the fit of a strapless bra when I first try one on. It is easy to assume that your regular bra size should be the size you go with; however, that is not always the case. Because a strapless bra relies solely on the band as the only form of support, I actually size down in both cup and band when shopping for strapless bras. This is a comfort thing on my part because it ensures that the band is snug enough and won't slip down as I go about my business. as well, the smaller cup helps add that "push-up" look that sometimes lacks in a strapless bra, making sure the girls are good and taken care of!

Tip 2: Quality counts!

I've said this time and time again - invest in your bras! Your bras are the one area of your closet that you do not want to skimp on because splurging on a bra that fits well and is contructed with the best materials will ensure that you get what you paid for. Never sleep on the importance of having great support under any look you put together - putting quality first will ensure that you nail each look every time!

Tip 3: Do your research!

Believe it or not, there are different types of strapless bras and they are each contructed to serve different purposes. Bandeau or tube, under wired push ups, bustier or long lines, silicon and even strapless bras with removable straps are some of the different variations of strapless bras to choose from. Yes, this can be overwhelming for anyone like me, who panics at the thought of menus at the local Boston Pizza; but, if you know exactly what you want from your strapless bra purchase, the experience becomes far easier. Being prepared and researching these different types of strapless bras is an important tip to rememeber at all times!     

Now that you are all set and ready to find that perfect bra, here is a list of my current off-shoulder faves to flaunt those shoulders in!

My Zaful "Denim Bikini"-Inspired Summer Wishlist

Summer is finally in the air and all I can think about is beefing up my bikini and beach wear wardrobe. Zaful is a great place to start when looking for the perfect underwire bikini or a funky option like their amazing denim bikini! I was so inspired by all the summer ready goodies by Zaful that I just had to share my top 5 Zaful pieces that will get you ready to glow this summer!

1. An underwire bikini in a funky print!

Color Block Halter Plus Size Bikini available up to a size 5XL - shop HERE!

2. The perfect boohoo beach dress to slay in!

Three Quarter Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress in Deep Blue available up to a size 3XL - shop HERE!

3. A cut-out one-piece for those photo-op moments!

Plus Size Cut Out Color Block Swimwear in Black available up to size 4XL - shop HERE!

4. Tropical themed shorts to show off those thick thighs!

Pineapple Embroidery High Waisted Denim Shorts in Light Blue - available up to size XL - shop HERE!

5. The most angelic cover up to elevate your beach game!

White Pocket 3/4 Sleeve Trench Coat in White available up to size 2XL - shop HERE!

Summer is the perfect season to go out and flaunt your curves. With this list alongside the many other plus size beachwear items available at Zaful, you can tackle this coming season with goddess-like confidence!

This is a sponsored post; however, all thoughts and ideas are my own.

1 Jumpsuit Styled 3 Ways

What do you get when you take one perfect Addition Elle Spring piece and give it to three women? You get 3 completely different looks that show diversity in fashion! I love the fact that fashion is so personal and can be interpreted in a variety of ways. I appreciate how this gorgeously minimal jumpsuit from Michel Studio is used to put together three drastically different looks on three different body types, acting as a blank canvas for everyone to play with. This speaks to the fact that everyBODY has the right to wear whatever they want because style is an embodiment of how you utilize pieces, not necessarily the piece itself!

Before I dive into how each of us styled our looks, I have to say that if you do not already own this jumpsuit, you need to stop what you are doing and head to the closest Addition Elle store.. now! This has to be one of the few universally flattering pieces I have come across in a long time. From the lightweight fabric to the fit-and-flare inspired silhouette, this jumpsuit hugs all our curves unapologetically. In my images, I am wearing my true size (size 20 and I am 5’9), however, I could easily have sized down for a more body-con look. This excites me to no end because that means I can choose what fit I want in order to create a different look each time!

I would highly recommend you size down for a more tailored, waist defining, Beyoncé booty inspired look (aka freakum dress vibes); however, I decided to keep this jumpsuit on the more flowy side because it added to the festival look I was going for. My initial inclination when I first saw this jumpsuit was to dress it up with a fitted blazer vest and stiletto heels, but I ultimately decided to take this jumpsuit the other way. I waned to prove that a formal piece like this has the ability to be used in more casual settings. Adding an off the shoulder, ruffle sleeved blouse under the jumpsuit still lets the shape of the jumpsuit shine through while also adding a boho casual touch. I played with the idea of adding a belt, but decided to accentuate my waist by tying a floral embroidered military jacket around my hips instead. Paired with a pair of platform sandals, this look takes me straight to Coachella evenings!

Next up, read about how Lynn and Kimberly, wonderful YYC babes that work at Addition Elle, put their personal style forward in their looks!

"It's not hard to style this amazing Michel Studio jumpsuit in so many ways!" - Kimberly

It's not hard to style this amazing Michel Studio jumpsuit from Addition Elle in so many ways! It's already has such a nautical feel to it, so I played off that by adding red accents. Wide red belt to accentuate the waist, red pumps to show off the cropped leg, and a bangin' red lip. Added a silver choker as I'm obsessed with chokers lately.  The second look with the Love and legend floral white denim jacket would be my more casual, weekend look. (Because the jumper is that comfy!) I would add a white ked or converse shoe to finish it off.

"I'm a strong believer in incorporating beautiful lingerie into fashion, not just covering it up" - Lynn

I chose the white denim and white shoes for the nautical feeling and because I love the contrast against the navy. I picked the Ashley Graham grey lace bra as it gave a really pretty and delicate touch to the neckline. I'm a strong believer in incorporating beautiful lingerie into fashion, not just covering it up, and so many of AG's pieces allow us to do just that. And I chose the scarf as this cropped one piece has a real retro feel to it and the scarf ties into that look for me.

 
So there it is! Three completely different looks styled using one jumpsuit! I would love to see how you style yours so please tag me in your images and use #mycurvesslay! I'd love to share your looks too!
Huge thanks to Kimberly (@kimberlydawn2186) & Lynn (@lynnmariedd) for being a part of this post!

Blush & Sheer with a Side of VBO

Lace Mesh Kimono - Forever 21 Plus | Blush Bodycon Dress - Forever 21 Plus | Single Strap Block Heels - Torrid

I woke up with a profound appreciation of my belly. Weird, right? My belly and I, we have a love-hate relationship. I spent a majority of my life in shape wear and corsets hoping to achieve that flat stomach that was all the rage under those body con dresses. But since starting this blog - which I owe so much of my new found confidence to - I've slowly started falling in love with her. I used to cringe when my belly was touched in any capacity, shrinking away from any aknowegedment of something that was literally a part of me; however, I'm getting better. I love it when my belly is rubbed, told she's beautiful and worthy. So here are a bunch of images of me in a body con, sans shape wear and corsets, proving that my body is deserving enough.  

For all the haters that will inevitably surface as a result of this post, I'll catch you in my comments and DMs 🙃.