MY STYLE: DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Last month was a very exciting one for me. Along with taking part in the first ever Curvy Expo, I started an amazing new job!  Finding a new job meant heading out for interviews and, naturally, meant finding a new outfit; one that made me feel fierce, confident, and beautiful. So off to Addition Elle I went!

The first look I chose was a teal and black paneled dress. Although the print caught my eye, I avoided trying it on until the lovely sales associates convinced me otherwise. I’m so glad they did because it fit perfectly and was beyond flattering! The dark panels give you the illusion of an hourglass figure, and the fabric is lush with a bit of weight to it, causing it to drape all the right places. I can’t believe I almost passed this beauty by because I thought the fabric wouldn’t flatter my shape, but let this be a lesson to me and all you fabulous ladies out there – you never know how something will look on you until you try it on.

For my second look, I went with a fun, little black dress. Not only was the cut of this dress super flattering just like my first choice, but the entire thing is covered in eyelet-esque cut outs that add the perfect touch of playfulness. I paired it with a coral blazer for a bright and bold summer look, but you can add whatever you want over this dress for endless style possibilities. With both of these looks leaving me feeling confident and beautiful, I knew I could walk into any interview looking as good on the outside as I felt on the inside. Which look is your favourite?

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Shop Look 1: Black & Teal Dress – Addition Elle | Long Sleeve Top – Addition Elle | Sunglasses – Torrid | Nude Pumps – Madden Girl |Earrings and Necklace – Ardene | Purse – Coach

Shop Look 2: Blazer in Lollipop – Addition Elle | Little Black Dress – Addition Elle | Necklace – Ardene | White Pumps – Payless Shoes

THE CURVY EXPO

As this month quickly draws to a close, I can’t help but walk around with a perma-smile on my face. Not only did May bring exciting news of an amazing new job (stay tuned for a spike in #ootd posts), but it also saw the arrival of highly anticipated Curvy Expo and my first-ever blogger meet and greet. If you read my last post featuring “5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Curvy Expo“, you’ll know how over-the-moon excited I was for this event. It promised to be a day to celebrate your curves, and it didn’t disappoint!

I barely had my foot in the door when the Director of Curvy Expo, Meghan Bradley, spotted me and gave me a big hug. And it was this enthusiasm and affection that shined through in every aspect of the expo; from the fashion shows to the vendors, everything was on point! After being treated to a front row seat to catch the latest from Penningtons, AdditionElle, Toni Plus, and Callista Bridal grace the runway, the bloggers (myself included) gathered for a meet and greet filled with smiles and many, many selfies. It was easily one of the best days I’ve had in this wonderful journey of blogging, and I cannot wait to do it all again next year!

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To see even more pictures from Curvy Expo, check out my feed on Instagram!

MY STYLE: PEPLUM TOPS

Happy Holidays, everyone! After a few fun-filled days of family, food, and gift giving, most of this chilly afternoon will be spent relaxing with the fella, binge watching House Hunters International (it’s a guilty pleasure), and bringing you one of my favourite fashion trends of the moment : Peplum Tops.

Peplums are a magical strips of fabric that are gathered and attached to the waist of a jacket, blouse, skirt, or dress. Why magical, you ask? No matter what your body type may be, peplums draw your eyes inward, giving the illusion of an hourglass shape. Bonus – they’re super comfy, so you get the shape without having to wear uncomfortable, constricting shapewear. Dressing up during the holidays is all about having fun and feeling fabulous, and peplums have you covered!

These sparkly numbers are a local find from Your Big Sister’s Closet in Toronto. The white one caught my eye immediately, reminding me of a fresh blanket of twinkling, white snow. I left with the white one,  the matching royal blue version, and a list of holiday parties I knew they would be perfect for. Which colour is your favourite?

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Shop Look 1: Peplum Sparkle Jacket in Winter White – Your Big Sister’s Closet | Premium Leggings – Torrid | Gold Studded Heels – Mix No. 6 | Accessories – Ardene

Shop Look 2: Peplum Sparkle Jacket in Royal Blue – Your Big Sister’s Closet |  Pencil Skirt – Addition Elle (similar) | Black Opaque Tights – Addition Elle | Cavalier Crystal Earrings – Olive & Piper | Ring – Addition Elle