Ziza Boutique

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We are always impressed when women go for their dreams and this is exactly what Fike Ayeni did with Ziza Boutique. She saw that there was a need for individuality and diversity in the fashion landscape and she decided to do something about it. We are so glad she did!! She goes to the ends of the world (literally) to provide her customers with beautiful garments. Do yourself a favor: sit back, relax and enjoy the greatness that is Ziza Boutique.

Judy’s Look

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Another gem found when Fab Four Fashion discovered the online boutique Shop Ziza, and we were ecstatic when  we realized that Shop Ziza catered to straight, plus and tall sizes.

While driving on the way to meet Fike, the owner of Ziza boutique,  I didn’t know what to expect.  I immediately felt relaxed and at ease when we  were greeted   by the  gorgeous and stylish owner Fike. The boutique is located in the basement of her beautifully welcoming home and is all at once chic, inviting and sets the stage for a truly wonderful shopping experience.

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What’s so special about this in-house boutique is that each piece is unique, and that she only orders a few sizes in each piece.  Limiting the orders, minimizes the chance of running into someone wearing the same outfit as you.

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I felt like a kid in a candy store when I entered the boutique, perusing through all the clothing on the floor, and the additional hidden gems in the back room. This boutique boasts a wide variety of both straight and plus size pieces. I was fortunate enough to find several pieces that caught my eye, however, my heart was captured by this gorgeous short sleeve dress. Very different from what I usually gravitate toward. I love the light blue color with the combination of the floral pattern. This dress reminds me of Haute Couture Gucci runway. It’s very feminine, classy and bold all at the same time.

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To complete my look, I paired my dress with blush pumps and accessorized with silver bracelets and earrings.

Fike told us that she regularly travels to Europe to visit different merchants and bring back pieces that she thinks her customers will appreciate. Well I’m quite happy with exclusivity, and in my new dress I’m certainly ready to rip the runway of the main streets of Toronto.

Dress: Ziza Boutique (and they have great options for Tall women)

Shoes: Aldo  // earrings : H&M (find similar Here) // Bracelet: Forever 21 ( find similar here)

 

Nancy’s Look

Finding a new place to shop is always great. Finding a new place to shop which offers unique pieces is amazing. Finding a new place to shop that offers great pieces in all sizes is the best! If you’re as excited as I am, you need to check out Ziza Boutique.

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Have you ever been to an event only to find someone else wearing the same [insert piece of clothing] as you? Annoying right? Well when you shop at Ziza, the chances of that happening are slim to none. Shop Ziza came into existence for that very reason and being unique is its’ raison d’être.

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When we stumbled on the IG page, we were immediately impressed with their offerings. Going to the boutique was even more impressive. Owner Fike Ayeni clearly has a great eye for fashion and curates pieces that will speak to the sophisticated women’s sensibilities.

She even thought about us long legged babes! Her Tall section is actually tall and the offer some great options – in both straight and plus sizes.

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This dress was one of the many pieces that caught my attention. This satin dress has such a regal feel! I immediately pictured myself wearing it with goddess braid, big gold earrings and red lips while relaxing on the hilly coast of Santorini.  Gotta say, I’m quite pleased with the result of my vision, now I just need one of you to hook me up with a plane ticket! LOL

I further accentuated my waist with a thin gold belt and wore mustard pumps to have my must-have pop of color.

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Dress: Ziza Boutique // Shoes: Shoemint (old); similar here

Plus size babes, you can get this exact dress here.

Leslie’s Look

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Stylish, unique and absolutely divine are apt descriptions of this fabulous dress I discovered from Ziza Boutique. Print perfection, subtly sexy and boldly beautiful, this dress combines all the elements I love in my clothing: cool print, funky details and a little dash of sexy!;-)

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But for me, Ziza Boutique was as much about the clothing as it was about the shopping experience. Picture it, a beautiful, relaxed setting, in which you have access to unique clothing and accessories, painstakingly selected by the owner, who has created a boutique experience that will leave you excited about the pieces, thrilled with the variety of sizes, and the assistance of the owner who has an amazing instinct for what will look perfect on your body type and shape! She was amazing!

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As I mentioned earlier, this girl does love herself some print, as they give me the look of that extra volume that I know you all know I’m always on the hunt for…AND with the fire engine red belt to accentuate my waist, my hourglass shape is amplified! The style of the dress is so simple, yet the added details of the volume in the sleeve, small key-hole opening at the neck and bold print all come together to make it a show stopper.

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Styling this dress could never be simpler. All I added was funky earrings, and a stand-out cuff (which is actually 2 cuffs stacked together). I kept the shoes neutral so as not to have them competing with the dress and I was ready for my close up, and ready to hit the town!

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Dress: Ziza Boutique // Shoes: Office //

For my curvy ladies: Dress //

Gail’s Look

Picture it, you get the invite to the party of the season, the next question becomes what are you going to wear?  You rush to your closet and riffle through and quickly determine that a shopping spree is needed ASAP!  You’re best bet in finding a truly unique piece that no one else will have is the Ziza boutique!  Once again, we’ve found another fashion retailer that offers clothing for women of all sizes!  Hip Hop Hooray for that!!

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Gorgeous does not begin to describe this beaded gown.  This form fitting dress hits me in all the right places-accentuating my curves beautifully.   As one moves closer to the bottom of the dress it flares out prettily so there’s a wonderful “swoosh” when I walk so I feel like the belle at the ball!

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The details at the top of the dress is equally beautiful.  The red and clear beads sown in at the neck make this dress nothing short of Oscar worthy!

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To complete my look I added simple silver studded earrings, blush coloured pumps and simple silver bracelets.  With that I’m ready to dance the night away.

Dress: Ziza Boutique  (For my tall ladies my dress is available and there are other great floor length evening dress options for you on the Ziza site like this one!) // Pumps: Jessica Simpson (old) similar here // Bracelets & Earrings: eBay // Silver Bead Bracelet: Tiffany

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Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

Spring Stepping

Spring Shoes

Spring is around the corner ladies! This means that we get to kick our dusty winter boots to the curb and step out in our freshest footwear. To get you ready, we compiled a list that will surely have you drooling. So whether you have wider feet, or need the highest heels on the planet, we’ve got you covered!

Our girl Gail loves a good flat. Here’s what she found.

Don’t get me wrong, sky high heels are beautiful and do all kinds of amazing things to one’s legs but they’re not too forgiving to one’s feet.  So, below are some of my fave flats that are also available in wide sizes.
Carina Flat Eloquii
These beauties come in blue, a floral prints and the stripes (shown above). Available in sizes 7w to 12w.
Estella Ball Flat Eloquii
A metallic flat is always a must! They also come in red and black, silver, and also in black and white. Sizes 7W to 12W.
3. Gemstone Peep Toe D’orsay Flats
Torrid sandal
Blinged out toes? Yes please! Available in sizes 7 to 13.
Leslie’s ascribes to the philosophy that higher is better!
If you’re a gal that likes her high heels the way I do, you will love these sexy numbers that will definitely give you an extra wiggle when you walk, not to mention some extra pizzazz to that outfit! One of my fave places to buy shoes is Office; a company out of the UK, and though shipping and duties can be a bit of a drag, for the right “gem” it’s worth it (yes, I am a shoe-aholic!LOL)
4. On To Point Court Heels
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This is just the perfect pump and it boasts a 4.5″ heel. Available in sized 5 to 10.
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This stunner is such a statement piece. If you’re a size 5 to 9, they could be yours!
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What we have here ladies, is a gorgeous two toned snake gem! Available in sizes 5 to 10.
Let’s talk about stilettos pump and Judy’s fascination with them.

I’m always on the lookout for the best pointed toed pumps that makes my size 11 feet looks sexy. When I found out that Ivanka Trump’s shoe line goes up to size 11, I almost did a back flip LOL. A few months ago, I purchased 2 pairs of Ivanka Trumps Carra Dress Pump. I can’t stress enough how much I love them. They have a perfect tip, are super comfortable (thanks to the cushion found at the ball of the foot) and true to size.

7. Carra Pointed-Toe Pumps

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These pumps comes in over a dozen different colors, patterns and materials such as suede, leather and patent. Available in sizes 5 to 11. Also available at Lord & Taylor.

8. Dea Pointed Toe Pump

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This is another pump that aims to please. Also available in many colors, and up to size 11.5.

9. Hazeley Peep Toe Lace Up High Heel Sandals

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Nothing screams sexy like a lace up peep toe. These Dolce Vita sandals come in four different colors and from size 6 to 11.

Lastly, tall resident Nancy represents for the ladies with a larger footprint.

I was sitting comfortably at a size 11 until I had my baby. While I was eager to bring on this new life, I was not aware that my feet would further expand! Going from a size 8 to 9? No big deal. But going from 11 to 12?!!?!! That’s a life changing experience! (Dramatic much?? LOL). Thankfully, the extended shoe size offerings continue to improve, but there is definitely more room to grow (pun totally intended).

10. LTS Rome High Leg Leather Gladiator

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You’ll be ready to conquer the world in these bad boys. These are available in sizes 9 to 15!

11. Aisha Suede Fringe Sandal

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Wedding season will soon be upon us and these sandals will be sure to carry you through! Available in sizes 4 to 12.

12. Shoes of Prey

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Create your own shoe! Stiletto, flats, sandals, chunky heel, the possibilities are really truly endless. Available in size 2 to 15, all your shoe problems are solved!

 

Fab Four Fave: Holiday Gifts Under $100!

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Hi folks!  It’s Friday so that means its time for another edition of Fab Four Faves.  This week Gail is giving us some more holiday gift ideas that all come at an affordable price! Woohoo!

While those chest nuts are roasting on an open fire your credit card might be roasting along side them this holiday season.  Here I’ve found some great gift ideas that are all under $100!

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1. Candle

2. Pouch 1 & Pouch 2

3. Journal 1 & Journal 2

4. Wool Cape

5. Tea Pot & Tea Cups

6. Bangle

7. Watch

8. Gourmet Cookies

9. Cozy Sleepers

For Him….

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1. James Bond Complete DVD Collection

2. Vintage Tumble Tower

3. Whiskey & Rum Making Kit

4. Google Chromecast

5. Scarf

6. Watch

7. Leather Messenger Bag

8. Game Of Thrones Book Set

 

Til next time… I’ll be dreaming of a white Christmas!

Gail

Fab Four Fave: Apres Ski

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Nancy’s bringing you today’s Fab Four Fave with Apres Ski.

Disclaimer: I do not ski. I chalet lol. As the colder weather is making its way to us, I look forward to awesome weekends spent at a chalet. While the slopes and the cold are not my cup of tea, I do enjoy getting away and cozying up by the fire place. In fact, I abide by the following rule: hot chocolate + Bailey’s + marshmallows = LIFE! Lol. Since there’s zero exertion in my choice of activity and that there will not be any sweat in sight, I like to look cute while I’m maxing and relaxing. This is an outfit that I would rock.

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Sweater

Jeans

Coat

Cap

Boots

Bag

See you on the slopes!… Sike! I’ll be by the fire!! lol

Signed,

~Nancy

Fab Four Fave: Leslie’s Favourite Things!

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The holiday season is upon us, and just between you and me, I’m OBSESSED with all things Christmas! I just love it; feels like there’s magic in the air! It is my favourite holiday of the year. The music, the movies, the reruns of cute cartoons on tv, I just eat it all up! But, though we all know that gift giving should not be the aim of the holiday season, it inevitably becomes a big focus. So, to help you with your holiday shopping (if you’re anything like me and still  haven’t even purchased a birthday gift for your sister who’s birthday passed about a week ago, week ago), to borrow from Oprah, here are some of “Leslie’s Favourite Things”!

Final note; I am all about efficiency! One stop shopping is so great when you can make it happen and Hudson’s Bay can make it happen for you! No, I don’t work for Hudson’s Bay, no they are not sponsoring this post, I just genuinely love going there, especially at this time of year when time is of the essence! LOL

Happy Shopping!

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1. Throw blanket

2. Gloves

3. Wine stopper

4. Coach Wristlet 1 or Coach Wristlet 2 

5. Fur scarf

6. Bar ware collection

7. Jo Malone candle

Tah Tah for now,

Leslie

Fab Four Fave: Under Garments Nice & Smooth

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The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you like to get yourself some new lingerie to start the New Year off fresh and in style!  Let me tell you about a few of my favourites.

First, there are two types of shape-wear that are a must-have for me LOL.  I bet you’re wondering why I said two right? Well allow me to enlighten you. I love high-waisted shape-wear that create a smooth silhouette over my hips and thighs and hold in my tummy. This is an essential piece when I wear a bodycon dress or a form fitting outfit. The other type of shape-wear I love are high-waisted brief style panties which are perfect for added mid-section definition and smoothing out my shape. Ladies please, when you buy shape-wear make sure you buy the right size and not a size too small!LOL It’s not cute being uncomfortable and not being able to breathe in undergarments that are just too tight. You want the nice silhouette, but still need to be able to function and move.

The other must-have for me is a good bra. Oh yes, you can never have too many bras.  My favourite bra is one made by the brand Freya and is called the Deco T-shirt Bra. I discovered it a few years ago at a small specialty boutique and fell in love!  This bra has a very nice contour molded cup and underwire. It’s the perfect bra to wear with a t-shirt as the name indicates, but it also works very well with dresses.  Freya bras are a bit pricey, but worth every penny. If you want something a bit more affordable, but also good quality, the Déeese collection is your new best friend.  Stores like Addition Elle carry a wide range of bras from the Déeese collection.

See below for various sexy options:

 

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1. Strapless bra

2. Contour bra and matching Panties

3. Freya  Deco wired T-shirt bra

4. Freya Afterglow Bra

5. Gold High Waist Brief

6. Comfortable firm black Hi waist Thigh Slimmer

7. Maidenform Power Slimmer thigh Slimmer

 

Signed,

Judy

Fab Four Fave: Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Junkie

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Hi Folks, we’re switching it up a little bit and coming to you with our Fab Four Faves today instead of Friday.  With the holidays quickly approaching we wanted to give you some holiday gift ideas for that girlfriend of yours who’s a beauty junkie.  Here are our picks found at the beauty junkie’s paradise – Sephora!

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1. Sephora Collection Color Wonderland Neutral & Vivid Eyeshadow Palette

2. Jem & The Holograms Collection: The Truly Outrageous Liquid Lip Set

3. Precious Elements Anti-Bacterial Brush Set

4. Philosophy Peppermint Stick Duo

5. Decadence by Marc Jacobs Fragrances

6. Ciaté London Mini Mani Month

Happy Shopping folks!

Fab Four Fave: Bundle of Joy

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It’s almost time for the holiday season and those Christmas parties are right around the corner.  Every year we get caught up in the struggle to figure out what to wear for those work Christmas parties. Well, can you imagine being pregnant and trying to find that sensational piece to rock at that office party? For some women, just trying to find something to  wear on a regular day can be a challenge nevertheless being pregnant and looking for that knock’em out outfit for a special occasion! Talk about a struggle.

Pregnant women of the world Fab Four Fashion understands your struggle  and we are here for you. Today’s Fab Four Fave is dedicated to soon to be moms who still want to look fabulous while attending various work parties but still be comfortable and elegant at the same time.

To paraphrase LL Cool J “Mama’s Gona Knock Them Out” in these fierce festive finds

Outfit #1

The first look I’ve created is a nice navy maternity midi length stretch long sleeve dress with a gather at the waist, which I then paired with an elegant sweater jacket with a removable fur collar. I then added a colourful stone necklace and stylish leather gloves. To complete the look I added a vibrant fur clutch and simple heels.

 

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1. Sweater Jacket

2. Dress

3. Necklace

4. Clutch

5. Gloves

6. Pumps

 

Outfit # 2

I found this stunning wrap maternity dress which gives you some breathing room while still allowing you to be fashionable at the same time. I paired this dress with a sweater jacket with a removable fur collar so you can arrive in style, and threw in a nice pair of diamond earrings, cheetah print leather gloves, and  sparkly clutch for some bling. And last but not least, a beautiful mid-heel hot pink pump to jazz up the look.

Bundle of Joy 2

 

1. Sweater Jacket

2. Dress

3. Earrings

4. Clutch

5. Gloves

6. Pumps

Hope this was helpful, and note to all my beautiful pregnant women: “beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin”. And don’t forget to add a nice lipstick!  LOL

Signed,

Judy

Fab Four Faves: A Mahogany Halloween

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Hey y’all, Nancy here, checking in for this week’s edition of Fab Four Fave. It’s Friiiiiday! It’s Friiiiiday! It’s not just any Friday though. It’s the Friday before Halloween (and most importantly for me, it’s the Friday before we move the clock back an hour!!!! Yay Sleep!)

So yeah, back to Halloween, I’m not one that goes all out for Halloween. While I was never one to dress up, I can certainly appreciate a good costume. There are some awesome MUAs out there that do awesome looks but I particularly love Charmsie, her costumes are cute, original and oh so fun (check out her rendition of Iris Apfel, Queen Bey and the cutest North West!).

So for this week, I want you to play make believe with me! If I were to dress up, I would definitely go the route of playing with things in my wardrobe or buying pieces that I could wear again in real life. But still wanting to have fun, I would play dress up as someone with flare, elegance and timeless style. Enter Queen Mother Diana Ross also known as the Boss in Mahogany! This lady’s fashion is simply amazing (no wonder her offspring is one of my fashion icons!) and in Mahogany, her looks are to die for – even the over the top ones. One of my favorite look is this dope outfit she’s wearing at an interview (check the 49:39 mark here!). She is rocking this awesome monochromatic cream outfit with the perfect 70’s silhouette and fierceness. This is the inspiration behind my costume if I were to wear a costume!

 

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Dress: TTYA

Cape: Warehouse Longline Belted Cape

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Hat: Accessorize.com

Clutch: SilkFred

Earrings: House of Harlow

Lashes (because those are essential to this look! LOL: Mink Lashes )

 

So ladies, how did I fare? I may not win best costume but I would definitely add some bomb pieces to my closet! LOL

What are you dressing up as?

~Signed

Nancy

Fab Four Fave: Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Hey folks, welcome to another edition of Fab Four Fave!  Gail is up giving us the inside scoop into what she’s currently craving!

My friends, Canadian winters are no joke!  With temperatures dipping WELL below zero before we’ve even had a chance to factor in windchill one can understand that staying warm in the face of these harsh wintery elements is essential.  However, it is quite possible to look quite stylish and chic while still keeping frost bite at bay.  Check out my selections of gorgeous plus size winter coats to help you maintain the sexy!

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Top: Coat 1 // Coat 2 // Coat 3

Middle: Coat 1 // Coat 2 // Coat 3

Bottom: Coat 1 // Coat 2 // Coat 3// Coat 4

Tah Tah for now,

Gail