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Monday, October 31, 2011

Hefty Hideaway

Happy Halloween! Tonight I'm going to a movie night at the Pride centre, and I'm dressing up as Tracy Turnblad.


The wig took a lot of styling, but I wouldn't be Tracy without it.

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The clothes are all thrifted, the wig is from a costume shop, and the shoes were already in my closet. Hope you all had a good Halloweekend! What did you dress up as?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Things I Love About Halloween

1. Haunted houses

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I absolutely love being scared. On Friday night I went to the Shock House here in Regina with a classmate and it was incredible! It was so good that I'm going again tonight with a few other friends. Three stories of haunted dormitory terror (and the actors did a great job)!

2. Carving pumpkins...

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...and roasting the seeds

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3. Cute crafts

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I was inspired to make this little bunting flag after seeing this sticker at Michaels. Making a Halloween craft had me all nostalgic for Halloween as a child, and I really like the way it turned out.

4. Watching Hocus Pocus


This is definitely my favourite Halloween movie, I think I've watched it almost every Halloween since I was a kid!

5. Halloween themed nails


They're a bit messy (I have such a hard time painting my nails) but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to break out the orange and black nail polish. The spider web is my favourite!

Other things I love about Halloween //
little kids trick or treating (wish I was in a house and could hand out candy!), Simpson's Treehouse of Horror episodes, Pillsbury Halloween cookies (but they're so hard to find in grocery stores), costume parties, doing the time warp, watching horror movies... the list goes on!

I'll be posting my costume tomorrow. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1 of 30: Autumnal orange

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Here is my first outfit of the 30 for 30 challenge. I'll be slowly rolling out the other 30 outfits over the next few months. I'll post the 30 items I'm using and my self-imposed rules in a few days, probably after the weekend.


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I don't have too much to say. This week has been a tough one mental-health wise, but I'm starting to feel much better. In one of my classes today we had an artist's trading card session and it was awesome! The ATC collective here meets and trades on the last Saturday of every month, so I think I'll try to be ready for the one in November. It seems so wonderful! Also, after class today, I went to Value Village (for the fourth time in less than four weeks) and got the finishing touches for my Halloween costumes. I can't wait to put it all together!


Old Navy skirt, Payless boots & hat, thrifted tunic, cardigan, & necklace

Saturday, October 22, 2011

City Chic Lookbook

The second City Chic Blogger Lookbook is out, and I'm once again lucky enough to be a part of it. Thanks to those who voted for me back in July!

As you can surely tell, these photos are from the summer when I was still in Edmonton, but I'm happy to be able to share them with you now. This dress is one of my absolute favourites and I can't wait to dress it up for autumn.



dress c/o City Chic, gifted turquoise necklace, Payless wedges


Be sure to pop over to the City Chic website and check out all the gorgeous women in the lookbook!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Hey all! Sorry for being absent this past week, but the days have just flew by. I've been really busy and at first it was really great (on the pride centre's board of directors, enjoying my classes, making new friends) but I've been really on edge the past few days (unhappy with my living situation, anxious, not handling stress well). I'm feeling a bit more relaxed though, and hopefully things will get better from here.


Whenever I go more than a week without blogging I really start to miss it, and this time has been no different. I've even worn a lot of great outfits lately, I just haven't had the time or energy to photograph them. As you can probably tell, I got a new wig! I really love it but I'm still getting used to it so I've been wearing hats more frequently than normal. I'm definitely suffering from new-wig-nervousness (it's like when you a get a new haircut and feel hot but are feeling a bit unsure if it works for you but a bit more intense because this "hair cut" will ever grow out and cost a lost more than you can technically afford). Anyways, though, after wearing costume wigs for months the feeling a proper wig is delightful!


Last Saturday I went to the antique mall (and hit up Value Village again) and am so happy with my finds! I'm really happy with my fall wardrobe right now! With the exception of tights. I really need some new ones and was planning on getting some from We Love Colors but this is dependent on whether they ship USPS (which would arrive from Canada Post) or with FedEx. Living in residence with a P.O. Box I can't receive items that are shipped courier. If I remember from last time I believe they arrived from Canada Post but their website implies they ship with FedEx... could any Canadians who've recently received We Love Colors tights help me out? My brightly coloured legs would thank you!

I'm also going to be starting a 30 for 30 challenge (a la Kendi Everyday) and I'm excited about it. I think it'll be fun and challenge me to take full advantage of my small wardrobe. This you ca expect me to post outfits more frequently!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Weekends are tough for me. They feel like a let down from the busyness of the week and living on campus only adds to this (my environment goes from busy, bustling, and loud to totally empty and quiet). It doesn't help that I expect weekend to magical and joyous, when really they I should be using the time to do school work and chores. I'm trying to balance the hours in the weekend so I can do what I need to do, and what I want to. Just because I need to clean and do readings doesn't mean my weekend have to be boring and lonesome. As this was my first Thanksgiving without family I was more homesick than usual, but I did my best to stay positive and celebrate on my own. So without further ado, this weekend I...

...went thrifting for the first time since moving to Regina

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and found a tonne of great things

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...refashioned a thrifted chain necklace into two bracelets

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I used this tutorial from Honestly...WTF for the braided bracelet

...tried pumpkin pie milkshakes (recipe via A Beautiful Mess)

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I made two of these, one on Friday and one this afternoon, and they are so good

...did a major cleaning of my room, including doing a bit more decorating

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not only is it livable - it feels like home

...made a Thanksgiving dinner for one

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I had considered just making everything from a box, but I really like cooking and rarely have time to do it, so I made the mashed potatoes and stuffing from scratch, used a ix for the gravy, and bought the pumpkin pie

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making the stuffing on the stove top so was easy, I'll have to keep it mind come Christmas

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and, of course, pumpkin pie is the best part of the meal

...finally made this cute little owl pouch Nicole got me for my birthday & painted my nails using this technique from The Dainty Squid

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...spent a lot of time thinking about who and what I'm thankful for

I can't fully articulate it without turning into a blubbering mess... in the last three years my life has become increasingly wonderful, and I'm forever grateful for everything that has let that happen. I'm thankful for my loving, supportive family, my wonderful friends, access to the antidepressants that keep me functioning (and alive), incredibly helpful therapists and doctors, the online fatshion/body acceptance community, positive queer communities... I could go on and on!

Thanks for letting me share my weekend with you. Hope you (and I) have a wonderful week to come!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


I'm not a particular sophisticated person, but this outfit made me feel very sophisticated. I guess that's the magic of a structured jacket.

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These jeans fit perfectly, but I wish they had belt loops. Pants have a tendency to fall down on me, a curse of having a big stomach with small hips. But I ended up getting the for free so I can't complain. I ordered them from Asos when they were on sale for $25, and when I hadn't received the a month later I emailed the people at Asos to ask what happened. They replied telling me that they hadn't sent them out at all, and since they were now out of stock they refunded my money. A few weeks later, though, they arrived at my parents door step! I don't mean to look gift jeans in the mouth, but do any of you know if it's possible to add belt loops?

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I love polka dots, especially big polka dots, so when I saw this top at Old Navy I couldn't say no. I didn't like the sleeves (very voluminous with elastic at the bottom) so I snipped them right off. I figured I'd regret this decision - I often act too fast with a pair of scissors - but thankfully I didn't. I love the little flutter-sleeve going on here!


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Jeans - Asos Curve size UK 26
Top - Old Navy size XXL
Jacket - Reitmans size 22
Boots - Naturalizer size 11W
Scarf - the Tin Box in Edmonton
Watch - gifted

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, fellow Canadians! I'm a firm believer that Monday is the holiday, but I'm sure a lot of you celebrated today. I'll be celebrating (alone) tomorrow. Who can say no to pumpkin pie? I'll have a little post about it up tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

IGIGI Fall Collection

I've recently partnered with the people at IGIGI and have something special coming up in the (hopefully) near future. For now, though, I'm excited to share the Fall Iconic Collection with you!

I've never purchased from IGIGI but it has always seemed to be highly regarded in the plus-size community for high quality, classic clothing - especially their gorgeous dresses. IGIGI's Fall Iconic Collection is no different, filled with beautiful dresses and tailored separates. The press release states that the Fall Iconic Collection is "inspired by the golden ages of some of Hollywood’s most glamorous screen icons [from the] 40s through the 60s" and this influence is definitely evident throughout the collection. The tailored, feminine silhouettes perfectly embody the glamour of women like Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe.


While all of the pieces are lovely, I'm especially fond of the Hepburn Dress in Navy and the Loren Dress. They're both so elegant!


You can read the press release, take a peek at the lookbook, or shop the collection. I'll leave you with this inspiring quote from designer Yuliya Raquel on what influenced the collection.

“I am so excited about this collection where I was inspired and influenced by the glamour of these beautiful and powerful women who were the original, trend-setting style icons. They took their individual style to such exponential levels that they have continued to awe and impress fans around the world. The strong sense of style that each of these women created transcends time and celebrates the power of femininity for women of today and they will continue to do so for generations to come.” - Yuliya Raquel

NOTE: This is a sponsored post in partnership with IGIGI, but please know that I would never share any opinions that were not my own.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Mornings

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I'm not a Monday person, or a morning person, but today wasn't so bad. I found this hidden gem of a dress on my Old Navy shopping trip a few weeks ago. It's not on the US or Canada website, but it was the first item I saw in store. It perfectly combined last night's desire to wear a bright dress today and this morning's desire to spend the day in my pyjamas. This dress is so comfortable and easy to wear, without being the least bit boring. I'd call it a success!

Can I blame Monday (and the fact that I just took a time management workshop) on today's photos? I snapped them really quickly on my residence building's falling-apart rooftop.