SavagexFenty - A Review

I have been sitting patiently by my mail box waiting for my SavagexFenty order to arrive. It has been a hot minute since I stayed up waiting in line for 2 hours, had my hopes and dreams stripped from me as wait times increased and the website kicked me out while browsing, but it was completely worth it. As soon as I opened up those millennial pink boxes and saw the intricate lace material and eyelet detailing, those hours of starring at a blank screen and wondering why Rihanna would do me like this were forgotten and I was ready to get my Savage on. 

These pieces excited me to no end and I had spent the weeks leading up to receiving the delivery searching through Pnterest and mood boards in hopes of finding a creative way to shoot them. I had dreams of tule, red backlighting and mirrors in some rather interesting angles; however, the pieces I ordered were so gorgeous on their own, that an impromptu shoot on a downtown Calgary balcony was the only way to do them justice. Armed with someone lovely behind the lens and Alberta May sun, I pranced around in my new SavagexFenty feeling all sorts of laid back casual cool.

Now let's talk fit. I decided to order my normal size - the same size I regularly buy from other lingerie brands like Déesse by Addition Elle and ASOS Curve lingerie. As with any new launch, my plus size body has taught my wallet to order light first to gauge sizing then come back for seconds once that has been established. So I ordered the Embroidered Lace Bra in a 42 C and High Leg Lace Thong in a 2X for my first order. I am not going to lie - when I first saw the bra I was a little worried that it would be too small but the stretch is definitely there! I was beyond hype to find that my true size fit and wearing the set all day ensured that the comfort level is high. This particular lace bra has an underwire so us plus and chest blessed ladies can achieve that minimalist lace bra look with the support we require. 

Of course this review is coming from someone who fit into the rather narrow sizing options so for anyone who has larger cup sizes, this brand is not quite there. The fact that a brand that boasted inclusivity launched with sizing only going up to a 3X and 44DD is pretty lacklustre and highlights a major flaw in the fashion industry as a whole. Plus size does not end at 3X and promising larger sizes on the second drop of a collection only sends the message that bodies larger than a 3X are nothing but an after thought. Honestly, this is not my battle to fight but I feel the need to use my platform to reach brands, both new and established, and help the conversations along. Plus size individuals are not a second thought or a quick way to add inclusivity and diversity to a campaign - plus size individuals are consumers with coins that deserve the respect that comes with truly inclusive collections that place all bodies at the forefront of decision making.

This is a collection I would re-shop in a heart beat. The sizing, although limited and facing a serious inclusivity issue, is on point and the construction of each piece shows the amount of thought that went into the building of each bra. I love how comfortable they are and among the less practical body suits and fur trimmed dollies (I need that lavender one like yesterday) there exist every day pieces that can easily fit into your collection with minimal hit to the wallet. I a still holding out hope that SavagexFenty will take all the constructive criticism and be truly size inclusive in drop 2. 

My Top 5 Must Have ASOS Curve Winter Coats

First things first - this is not a sponsored post! I promise you that I was not given a single dollar by ASOS Curve to put together this post - these opinions are my own and are a result of being a true brand diehard. If you have been reading my blog from the jump, you know that ASOS has been one of the brands that I have relied on for fashion forward plus size pieces. They fulfill my minimalistic needs, providing wardrobe basics often skipped past by other companies in the plus size realm. Now that cold weather has rolled through and our summer dresses have been placed in boxes at the back of our costs, it is time to get serious about plus size outerwear! 

I picked up this bomb trench from ASOS a few weeks ago and it sparked in me the need to share my favourite plus size coats from the site. I remember back in the day, as a plus size teenager, I would absolutely dread going coat shopping. It was always a full day ordeal that involved tears and feelings of dismay when I couldn't find something that fit. I would often be left wearing a coat that made me look double my age because nonage-appropriate options were available in my size. Fast forward to today and the plus size coat options have grown ten fold. Shopping as a plus size young adult these days is a giant leap from where I was just a few years ago. I'm talking fur collars, bright patterns and flattering cuts made in sizes up to a 28+! 

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When shopping for plus size coats, I look for three things: fit, comfort and style. I want to make sure that the coat fits the way I want - be it curve hugging with a peplum flare or large and oversized with deep pockets. The coat obviously has to be comfortable enough for me to wear day-in and day-out, allowing me to move around freely while also staying warm (because that is kind of important for a winter coat tbh). Finally, the coat has to look bomb. My wardrobe is a wish mash of prints, textures and colours so the coat I land on has to fit in seamlessly. I am a self proclaimed coat-a-holic so I have about five coats in rotation at any given time but I promise you - once you find your arsenal of coats your winter closet will be complete! 

Sneaky tip: shop the men's section for coats too! ASOS Men's Plus has a selection of wicked coats that will work perfectly for plus size women. I appreciate oversized coats for those harsh winter days so getting an ankle length trench or coy puffer jacket from the men's section is the perfect solution. I know it is a weird suggestion but fashion is what you make of it. It doesn't matter where you buy your pieces - when a look comes together no questions are asked. So shop outside of your comfort zone this winter and you may just surprise yourself a little!

My Top 5 Must Have ASOS Curve Winter Coats

What are some of your top winter coat picks? I'd love to see where you like to shop for your winter gear and what winter coat details you look for in the perfect piece!

Jumping into Fall with Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh is a household name here in Canada. This brand, which started in Toronto in 2006, has been the go-to for wardrobe basics, lifestyle collections and affordable fashion for families cross the nation. I have pieces from the Joe Fresh straight-size line, which runs up to an XL, that I swear by which made me absolutely ecstatic when I heard they launched a plus size collection. Joe Fresh has made the very welcome decision to bring these same wardrobe building block essentials to plus size consumers, making the brand even more accessible. I put together 3 different looks with styles from the new collection to show you how I'm bringing Joe Fresh into my fall closet. 

Look 1 - Flirty Fall Vibes

Cold-Shoulder Dress | Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean we have to abandon the fun, flirty looks we loved in summer. Bringing cold shoulders, bold prints and flirty dresses into your fall wardrobe will make sure vibrancy is added to your looks this season. I love the lightweight versatility of this dress and look forward to adding stockings and a turtleneck as the weather gets cooler. Paired with my new fav Michael Kors cross body bag and colourful sandals, this look makes me feel like it can be summer all year long.

Look 2 - The Casual Moto

Moto Jacket + Pintuck Print Sleeveless Blouse in Navy | A moto jacket is a must in every fall wardrobe. They are the perfect layering piece and add the finishing touch to even the most casual look. I paired this vibrant, lightweight moto with the pin tuck sleeveless blouse to create a casual look perfect for transitioning into fall. Sizing note - this line definitely fits big. I am a size 18/20 and decided to size up to a 3X so I would be able to wear this over a chunky knit sweater. I could have easily done so with a 2X and a 1X would have been the correct fit for this look - so I would size down for sure!

Look 3 - Cozy Work Wear

Open Short Sleeve Cardi in JF Jag Green & Print Wrap Dress in Jade | I am a huge proponent of being as cozy as possible for work. I work 12 hour shifts so even the cutest look can get very old very fast if it isn't comfortable. This show sleeve cardi is both warm and stylish, making it the perfect pairing for a wrap dress to add an air of professionalism. With a belt to create a cinched waste and scrappy kitten heels, this look is an awesome way to stay warm at work this season. 

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

The Truth Is

I’m going to be real with you all right now – my outfit posts have been seriously lacking this season. I was chucking it up to the big move and getting settled into a new shiftwork role; however, after some soul searching, I no longer believe that that is the case. To me, summer is a season that brings up a lot of body image issues that I have been trying my best to overcome in the last little while. Summer is the season of skin, “sun’s out, guns out” pretty much summing up this mentality. I am not one to ever shy away from showing my skin, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that each crop top or body con dress I style doesn’t pull me completely outside of my comfort zone. There are parts of my body, especially my arms, which I still, to this day, feel uncomfortable showing. Every time I wear a short skirt or sleeveless blouse, I am inundated with memories of my peers ridiculing me, throwing out insults and psychologically bullying me into submission. The woman I am today, the woman that throws up both middle fingers to body shamers and intentionally gets into fights with online trolls, owes nothing to those depraved kids who made me feel uncomfortable in a body I did not choose but learned to love. I am mentally strong enough to take on critiques of my body but that doesn’t mean that I have overcome 100% of my own issues.

Summer is a season in which I am forced to face my insecurities but I refuse to hide them anymore. I used to think that being strong all the time was a brand I wanted to associate myself with but that wouldn’t be a fair representation of my mental state each day. This false advertising is a real life issue associated with bloggers, vloggers and anyone brave enough to share their journeys with the world.  We feel that we must put up this false, ever-happy façade in order to keep you, our readers and subscribers, interested for fear of loosing likes or exposure. Luckily for me, likes or the number of followers I have mean nothing to me. I consider myself lucky to have you all read my words and share my journey, but that doesn’t mean I will belittle my feelings, thoughts or inhibitions in order to keep you around. Pure honesty about my journey, including the dark, ugly, sad sides, is what I truly believe in and is my way of helping build up the next generation of Black, fat boys and girls that look like me and have been faced with the same awful treatment as me.

I’m only human. I am still plagued by the ugly names I was called growing up. I still look at the bodies society deem as “ok” and wish that my abs were flatter or my hips smaller or my boobs less saggy. There are days where my level of frustration at not feeling great in my skin brings me to tears, alone, on the floor of my closet. The only difference now is that I no longer let these feelings of insecurity define me. I let myself succumb to these feelings of anger towards my own body but then I dust myself off, throw on a bold lipstick and wear the one sundress that always makes me feel great. Loving your body is more than the convoluted fad that it has become lately – it is a lifelong journey to be taken day-by-day. It is not all sunshine, expertly posed pictures and great angles but it is a journey that I am so happy and willing to share with anyone that will listen.

Love & light always. 

Outfit details: LA Graphic Tee - Forever 21 Plus | L&L Destroyed Boyfriend Jean - Addition Elle 

Single Strap Block Heels (Wide Width) - Torrid

Body Diversity Day!

Happy #BodyDiversityDay lovelies! Huge thanks to one of my favourite brands Penningtons for bringing us all together today to celebrate our bodies and what makes us unique! Here are all the images from our YYC Body Diversity Day Shoot, shot by the ever talented Ayo B! I hope you all take the time today to appreciate your bodies and empower those around you to do the same!

Love & light xx