Fall with Eshakti Part 1

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We have sung the praises of eShakti in previous posts seen here and here and we will continue to do so!  We love when manufacturers and retailers provide fashionable options for women of all sizes – now that’s fashion democracy at its best!  Founded back in 1999 by B.G. Krishnan, eShakti strives to offer fun fashion forward styles which can all be customized for your body at an affordable price.  Now that’s a match made in fashion heaven!

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Judy’s Look

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When it comes to fashion for all and every fit, Eshakti is here, and I couldn’t be happier to collaborate again with them. This time around I chose this simple mustard fit and flare, knee length dress.

I chose to get my dress customized so I can get the waist adjusted to my body, and to get the fit and flare look I was going for.

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I don’t know how many times I can stress the fact that I tend to gravitate towards pieces of clothing that I can wear in so many different ways. This dress is so versatile I can wear it in the winter with a pair of over the knee boots, and can wear it in spring and summer with sandals.

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Last but not least, for this look I paired my dress with my printed blue and beige coat that I scored at Old Navy, on sale a few months ago. I added a fur collar just because everything looks better with fur, and I added my leopard print stilettos.

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Dress: Eshakti // Coat (Old Navy) find similar here // Fur Collar: Find similar here // pumps Sam Edelman: find similar here

As I mentioned before this dress is available in ALL sizes so tall babes it can be yours too.  Here is a coat option in tall for you though which just so happens to be from eShakti as well – Coat

Nancy’s Look

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Fashion democracy at its best indeed. When you see how seamlessly eShakti seems to navigate the fashion-for-all world, I really have to wonder if most retailers will eventually follow suit. I for one sure hope so!

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In order to ensure perfect fit, I entered my measurements and once again, my dress fit me to a tee. The real bonus Tall Chicas is that, if the picture shows the dress being knee length, and you want it to be knee length, then it will BE knee length. What a novel idea lol.

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The dress comes with a belt that matches its beautiful geometric print, but I swapped it for a belt that was in my closet (the grays ended up going quite well!) just to have that contrast to further accentuate my waist. To keep the chills at bay, I added this camel colored maxi jacket which takes the look from nice to boss in 2.5!

The neckline, sleeve and length of the dress can all be modified. How will you rock it?

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Dress: eShakti // Coat: long tall sally // Shoes: Aldo (sold out); similar here

Plus size girls, you can get that very same dress in your very own size! If you want to pair it with a jacket as I did, check out the one worn by our very own Gail here.

Gail’s Look

This look is my ode to military chic.  When I spied this gorgeous army green dress on the eShakti site – it was love at first sight!  The first thing that popped into my head was that En Vogue remake of “He’s the boogie woogie hip hop boy of Company B!” LOL  Man, I was ready to fox trot!

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The dress is made of a comfy breathable cotton material that has a hint of stretch.  I love the faux knot detail at the neck too.  Once again, eShakti has those wonderful pockets in this dress design that I just love.

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Next came this camel coloured coat, in petite plus, with gold button -again giving off that military air!

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I completed my look with patterned pumps and gold embossed purse – now that’s a  salute to style…see what I did just there lol

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Dress: eShakti // Coat: Eloquii // Pumps: Banana Republic (sold out) similar here // Purse: eBay

Now as you ladies remember, this dress is totally customizable so, my tall glamazons, you can get this look in a size you!!!  But, here is a coat option in tall  – Coat

Leslie’s Look

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When perusing through the pages of Elle Canada magazine I stumbled across an article featuring some of the hot trends seen on the runway for fall. One of those hot trends lit a fire in my blood and I was determined to recreate it with my own little twist. The trend  was wearing pink and  yellow together.

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This gorgeous dress from eShakti, which of course me being me, I turned into a skirt is dupioni silk with a high low detail and beautiful front pleat. I’ve been noticing a lot  of pink creeping into my wardrobe of late, but when it comes in the form of a beautiful dress like this, who can resist. Image

What I love about this dress is that I could so easily where it to a wedding or special event, then to expand the “usefulness” of this piece for us ladies on a budget, you can style it with a top or jacket to wear it dinner, brunch or for drinks with the crew.

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I rocked it with this ¾ sleeve shirt in a vibrant yellow and decided to accentuate my waist with a wide brown belt. Since I love adding a little print whenever I can, I threw on my leopard print pumps, and for a little extra dash of colour (because I was feeling like being bold) I rocked this wine-red clutch to hold my bits and bobs.

And just like that, I transformed this dress from “occasion” wear to everyday gear!

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Dress: eShakti (sold out in pink), similar here or here// Shirt: Zara (sold out), similar here // Shoes: Office // Belt: Winners // Clutch: Aldo (sold out), similar here //

For my curvy ladies this dress comes in just your size since eShakti  clothing can be customized to your specific measurements! // Top //

Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

That Night Magic

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There has always been something about nighttime that felt magical to me ever since I was a kid. That may be the cause of too many bedtime stores (which were so awesome) in which toys came to life once children were asleep and that bump in the night was something other than Dad hitting his knee on the way to the bathroom! LOL But however I look at it, there is something to be said for that zing of excitement and spine tingling thrill that the night can bring!

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First let me tell you all, this is NOT a sponsored post. H&M has not yet decided that this girl (i.e. moi) needs to be representing their brand, and quite frankly, they don’t even know I exist! LOL But I have to big them up for their last Studio collection.

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I accidently on purpose wandered into the store on Bloor street here in the 6ix only to discover that it was the pre-launch viewing of the, then new, Studio collection. The store was open to all, however The Kit magazine was specially invited to this event. So no, I don’t work for The Kit mag, but you would never have known! I was in there trying on stuff like I was specially invited too! LOL

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My loot consisted of these GORGEOUS red wide leg trousers that are so spectacular that I want to wear them everywhere; and this stunning double breasted, wide collar black coat.

So, the truth about these pants ladies is that they are short. I stand at 5ft 9in and I had to let out the entire hem and I still had to rummage through my wardrobe to find short enough heels to rock this look with. I could have easily worn flats. H&M, PLEASE lengthen those pant hemlines!

Slim ladies out there, I actually went down a size in these pants, primarily because they did not have my size in the store, but the smaller size fit perfectly.

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I always have a bit of a love hate relationship with black and red. Black because I feel like the colour drags me down. Yes, it’s elegant, and yes I wear it, but I speckle it through my wardrobe rather than making it a mainstay. Red, there are so many shades that finding the right one for me  can be challenging. But this shade jumped out at me and I just knew it was the perfect one.

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Since I was already shopping in H&M, I figured, I might as well complete the look there. I scooped up this cute cropped red ribbed sweater and called it a night!

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To accessorize this look, I added bold silver earrings, a large ring and this multi-coloured purse I just happened to find in my sister’s closet (Thanks Gail).

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And with that, I’m off to see what the night will bring!

Coat: H&M // Trousers: H&M (sold out), similar here // Top: H&M (sold out, might be able to find in some stores), similar here // Shoes: Ancient (similar here) //

For my beautiful plus size ladies: Coat // Trousers // Top or Top //

*A very special thanks to Roseline Bonheur for the beautiful pictures and taking part in this night time adventure with me!

Tah tah for now,

Leslie xox

Suzy Shier

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Suzy Shier is an established Canadian brand which opened its first store five decades ago. They now have over 140 stores across the country and online retailing which allow our American friends to join in on the fun. Suzy Shier gives us all the option to participate on the latest trends without breaking the bank.

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Whether you’re looking for a nice fit for the office, date night or brunch with the girls, Suzy Shier has got you covered – whatever your size! While a lot of their fab plus size collection is found online, this is the closest we’ve ever been to actually all shopping together. As such, it only made sense for us to play around in the Suzy Shier closet to show you how it works for a wide range of body types.

Nancy’s Look

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I have seen Suzy Shier around for the longest time but can’t say that I knew much about them. Discovering that they have been around for 50 years (!!!) is definitely a testament of their knowledge of women’s fashion. Finding out that they extended their collection to include our sexy plus size sisters made me even more inclined to partner with them.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the multiple options that they had available. I decided on a 70’s inspired look which could have me grooving at brunch with my girls. The fur vest is what first caught my eye. Suzy Shier does not yet offer tall options (see how I said yet Suzy Shier… please take notes!!! lol), so naturally, I fell for an option that would work for my long limbs. With that said, when I was looking for a top to wear with my fur vest, I found a black long sleeve one with sleeves that were surprisingly long!

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Plus size babes, you can recreate my look with this vest, top and jeans.

 

Gail’s Look

Suzy Shier is a brand I’ve heard of for many years bud sadly could never shop there as they didn’t stock my size.  I was very happy to learn that they now have a plus size collection that features casual, office wear, and evening pieces.

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Suzy Shier’s outerwear collection immediately grabbed my attention.  The statement coat of the season is the wrap coat and Suzy Shier’s version can’t be beat.

I love the large wide lapels and the gorgeous shade of gray is a classic that can be dressed up or down.

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So, after nabbing the coat I immediately fell in love with these faux leather pants.  What’s neat about them is that the back are made of stretchy ponti material while the front are faux leather.  To say that these pants are comfortable is an understatement.  I could wear them all day!  The cut of the pants is such that they are form-fitting but as I said before they’re very comfortable.

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So to up the sexiness factor a little I reached for this black, see through, mock turtleneck top.  If you’re a little on the shy side you can layer a tank top underneath.

To complete my look I added striped pumps and my beloved Alexander Wang cross body purse.

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Coat: Suzy Shier (sold out) similar here // Pants: Suzy Shier // Top: Forever 21 Plus (sold out) similar here // Shoes: Zara (old) similar here // Cross body purse: Alexander Wang

Tall bombshells – Coat // Top // Pants

 

Leslie’s Look

LIKE  A SEXY BOSS! This is how this outfit from Suzy Shier makes me feel! If you are a dedicated follower of the blog, you may have noted that I don’t often wear a lot  of lace in my outfits. Despite the fact that this has been a HUGE trend of late, I just couldn’t get on the band wagon, until now that is. This sexy number changed the game!

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I love that it is fitted and sleeveless and sports a sexy keyhole at the back. The dress on it’s own was a winner, but add in this beautiful pale pink wrap coat? Ladies, I was seeing stars!

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I love how the coat softens the black colour in the dress and causes the lining of the dress to read pink. The style of the coat is also perfectly on trend. But best of all y’all was the price! Talk about affordable. One thing I can say about Suzy Shier is they understand the definition of the word sale. They are always having great deals on their pieces allowing for a shopaholic like me to clean up!LOL

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Styling this look was absolutely effortless. Once I added the coat, all I needed was a little gold bling. Bold earrings and cuff bracelets rounded out the look, and with that , I was ready to paint the town red (or pink in this instance:-)

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Dress:  Suzy Shier  // Coat:  Suzy Shier //

For my curvy girls: Dress or Dress or Dress // Coat //

 

Judy’s Look

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I’m the first to admit I rarely go shopping at Suzy Shier. However when the chance presented itself for us to work with them, I immediately went on their website to see what I could score from their collection.

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I found this cute black sleeveless turtleneck dress, I’m happy to report that I’m quite content with it. This dress is perfect for the cold weather, I can layer it up with a nice sweater, wear it as is, or style it up for a Friday night lounge.

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For this outfit I went for the rocker chic look. I paired my dress with a leather jacket, added a touch of color by wearing it with my Kashmiri Grace Jones clutch and I’m ready to slay.

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Dress: Suzy Shier // Leather jacket: Wilson’s Leather // Clutch: Kashmirviii // Pumps: (old) find similar here) Earrings: (old) Forever21

For my tall babes – Dress or Dress // Jacket

*The folks at Suzy Shier wanted to spread the love and are offering our readers a 15% off discount code ( SUZY8SWE) to be used only online.  HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

Great Things in Small Packages

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You all know the saying, “Good Things Come in Small Packages, well, Eloquii took that to heart when they created their plus size petite collection. I have waxed poetic about how much I love this online retailer and have described it as being the BCBG or Zara of the plus size fashion world!
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So, for this look I was going for all out glama! This black dress with faux leather details at the bust is simply divine. And most importantly, I didn’t need to take it to the tailor to have either the sleeves or hem taken up. Yay! The hemline ended just above my knee. The material of the dress hugs my curves beautifully and its super comfortable.

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Now this camel coloured coat is totally channeling military chic. Once again, the sleeves are the perfect length for this plus size petite cutie.

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To add some extra glam to this look I added leopard print pumps, dangly gold earrings and gold cuffs. With that I’m out for a night on the town.gt-edited-img_6798

Dress c/o: Eloquii Petite Collection // Coat: Eloquii Petite Collection //Leopard print pumps: Office UK (old)  similar here // Clutch: Alexander Wang

For my tall fashionistas here are some options for you – Dress 1 Dress 2 / Coat 1 Coat 2

Tah Tah for now,
Gail

Seeing Red

Nancy D for Fab Four Fashion

Nancy D for Fab Four FashionWhen fall is in full swing but your wedding season isn’t quite done, it can be tedious to find just the right dress. If that is your conundrum, do not fret, Fike’s got your back! Fike, the owner of Ziza Boutique knows just how to pick the right garments to make you stand out. If that name sounds familiar, that would be based on the fact that we’ve featured her awesomeness here and again here.

Nancy D for Fab Four Fashion

Nancy D for Fab Four FashionWhat’s not to love about this dress? Striking color – check! Perfect length – double check! Sexy high slit – check, check and check! Another feature that I certainly appreciate is the peplum and the detail at the bust which adds just the right amount of volume to emphasize my lovely lady lumps LOL.

Nancy D for Fab Four FashionNancy D for Fab Four FashionAccessorizing this dress is obviously a breeze: it is already so striking that minimal effort is needed. The dress comes with this studded gold belt, so naturally, I carried it through with my jewelry. I punctuated my look with simple strappy snake print sandals.

With this, I was ready to do the electric slide for the last time this year!

Nancy D for Fab Four FashionDress: Ziza Boutique // Sandals: Christian Siriano for Payless (super old!); similar here and here

Plus size bombshells, Ziza Boutique has got you covered as well! Check out this similar dress here which was featured by our very own Gail!

Special thanks for noted fashion photographer extraordinaire Roseline Bonheur!

Tah tah,

Nancy

Fall Out of Summer

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grp-img_6369Wondering how you can add some extra longevity to your summer wardrobe? Check out how the ladies of Fab Four Fashion transition some of their favourite summer sizzlers to fetching fall fashions.

Leslie’s Look

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Don’t just fade to black because the temperature has begun it’s study descent toward freezing. There are so many colours that make up the spectrum, why not try incorporating more of them into your fall wardrobe and help brighten up those autumn days.

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My look was all about colour! I truly feel that we should all extend those beautiful summer colours into fall! This is one of my favourite outfits  to wear to the office! I always feel great in  it (even when I wake up feeling like I look like Frankenstein’s bride!LOL).

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The accessorizing of this look was very simple. Cool earrings, neutral pumps and a gold bangle and I was ready for after work drinks with the crew!

So the moral of the story is, don’t leave behind all those summer colours just because the trees are putting on their peacock like show. Strut your stuff in colour this season and give the tress a little colour competition!

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Blazer: Zara (old similar here) // Pants: Zara (old similar here) // Shoes: Office //

For my curvy ladies: Blazer // Pants //

Judy’s Look

js-img_5902It’s always great to have pieces of clothing that transition well from summer to fall. Whenever I get a chance to be creative I mix and match these pieces very well.

js-img_6044For this fall look, I decided to use my Mélange Mode African print skirt. I absolutely love the print of this skirt, and the fact that I can wear it in the summer with a brighter top (see Melange Mode post), and switch it up in the fall is a huge bonus to me. For my look I paired my skirt with a simple denim shirt. Since fall is all about coats and jackets, I also threw on my fave camel coat.

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js-img_6120Skirt: Mélange Mode // Shirt: Old Navy // Coat: Asos (find similar here) // pumps: Ivanka Trump // Clutch: Aldo

For my tall fashionistas: Mélange Mode // Old Navy / Asos

 

Nancy’s Look

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When fall is around the corner, I know that I am eager to pull out my boots and coats and all those cool layers. But considering this weather, we are not quite there yet. That’s when transitioning your summer wardrobe becomes key. With that said, I have cheated a little bit. My transitional piece is this leather skirt. Leather used to be more of a fall/winter material but clearly, it’s now worn year round. So to be fall ready, I only had to swap out my crop top for an oversized sweatshirt.

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nd-img_6188I love the oversize sleeves – which tall girls works for us! #winning. I finished my look with some striped pumps and a sexy handbag (which may or may not be the property of another Fab Four Fashion member… LOL).

Until Mother Nature decides to dip the mercury where we can wear our autumn best, I will continue to dip around in my summer wardrobe!

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Sweatshirt: H&M // Skirt: Zara (old); similar here // Shoes: J. Crew (old); similar here // Purse: Reed Krakoff (sold out); similar here

My plus size babes can recreate my look with this skirt and this sweatshirt.

Gail’s Look

Fall is here and I’m all for it.  For my fall look I shopped my closet and my sister Leslie’s too LOL. I went all the way back to our Fab Four Fashion Pants post for inspiration.  I took my olive green jeans and paired them with this long sleeved blush coloured bodysuit that I recently acquired.  I love this particular colour combination.

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I then swiped Leslie’s oatmeal coloured vest for added warmth.

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For some sparkle and glama, yes, I mean glama LOL, I added these gold studded ankle strap flats. With that my fall transitional outfit is complete.

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Vest: Zara (old) similar here or here // Bodysuit: MissGuided // Jeans: Torrid // Flats: Zara (old) similar here

For my tall glamazons: Bodysuit or Bodysuit // Jeans 1 or Jeans 2 // Vest

 

Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

Inspector Judy

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Fall is here and we can’t escape it, therefore it’s time to start layering up! I love wearing a trench coat in the beginning of fall as it’s a great transition piece. For this fall look, I went for an outfitthat reminds me of Inspector Gadget LOL. If you don’t know who that is Google him, it’s a classic old school cartoon.

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I wore one of my favorite work pants which are called Peg Trousers with Obi-tie from ASOS. I love these pants so much that I bought them in green as well, and plan to buy them in a few more colours. What I simply love about these pants is the high waist with the built-in belt. The look fits my curvy frame perfectly, by accentuating the smallest part of my body, and gives me enough room in the hip area. What’s also nice about these pants is that I can dress them down with cool flats, or dress them up with a nice pair of heels. These pants can take you from the boardroom environment to the bar at happy hour.

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Finding well made, tailored shirts and blouses that fit properly has always been a struggle for me. However, I’ve managed to identifiy a few go-to stores that I can rely on to find a shirt that fits my chest area well, without the awkward situation of having my button pop while talking to co-workers. LOL Yep,  true story, it happened to me. My go-to stores for dress shirts are Forever 21 Plus, ASOS and Eloquii.

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To complete my look I donned a trench coat to combat those cool early fall breezes, and wore my Ivanka Trump pumps.

And just like that, I’m ready to tackle any situation, the only thing missing is my Inspector Gadget hat.

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Pants: Asos // Blouse: Forever 21 // Trench coat: Asos // Pumps: Ivanka Trumps

For my tall fashionista’s: Pants // Blouse // trench coat

*Special thanks to Roseline Bonheur who snapped the pictures

Tah tah for now,

Judy

Ready for the World

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Say goodbye to beautiful summer weather? Me? Never! While yes, I will admit, I have to start thinking about where I ended up tossing my winter garb earlier this year, I am one of those people that likes to plan a little ”escape from Old Man Winter” vacation to break up the monotony of those cold winter months. Trust me, wherever I go there will be sunshine, heat and deliciously warm breezes!

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So, for those of you planning your winter getaways down south or that majestic cruise in the Mediterranean or Caribbean over the course of the coming season, this post is  for you!

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We introduced you to Ziza Boutique once before in a post earlier this summer (link), but I just could not resist going back to this fabulous boutique once again to seek out some more gorgeous, unique finds!

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This striking jumpsuit immediately caught my eye. The colour was stunning, the touch of gold in the belt so regal, the wide leg so on trend, and the length was perfect. There is even enough extra material in the hem to let it out even further if needed for my taller sistas! I also love the little details like the zipper detail at the shoulder and the sheer detail at the back.

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One thing I absolutely LOVE about this piece is that I was able to get it in a size 2, and the length is still long enough for me!!! I often find that the smaller I go in size, the shorter the length. Or, when I do shop at a store for tall women, the clothes are often not made small enough to fit me. This jumpsuit hit all the right marks for my body type; small enough, long enough and a la mode.

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I see myself rocking this jumpsuit to a wedding, a romantic (or not so romantic) dinner or special event. It’s classic lines make it a piece that can be worn time and again and, as with many pieces from Ziza Boutique, the likelihood of me finding anyone else at that wedding or special event rocking the same  jumpsuit is very, very slim!

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Accessorizing this jumpsuit was child’s play. With the gold touch in the belt, I went with all gold everything! The large oversized cuff and dangly earrings provided just the right touch of drama I was looking for.  Simple gold sandals finished off my look and I was ready for a cocktail, to eat wedding cake or a night at the symphony!

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Jumpsuit: Ziza Boutique //

For my curvy girls: Jumpsuit //

Till next time!

Leslie

Hats Off to David Dunkley!

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Ever put an outfit together and just feel like something is missing? That’s because something probably is! In a bygone era a gentile woman would not even think of leaving her home without first donning her bonnet; or spend hours at the milliners trying to find the perfect artfully sculpted headpiece to compliment her gown.  If you’re looking for THE exquisite hat or fascinator to cause a stir at your next event, one need look no further than David Dunkley!

Having studied with formal royal milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, David’s creations have also graced the head of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

David is an award winning designer and is also the official milliner of the Queen’s Plate.  As you can imagine, the ladies of Fab Four Fashion are beyond excited to have had the chance to wear fascinators from David’s private collection when we walked the red carpet at the Nordstrom Opening Gala.  Join us as we chat fascinating fascinators and outstanding outfits!

Judy’s Look

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Wearing haute couture has always been a dream of mine, but when you actually get to wear haute couture on top of your head, it’s even better. Who said fascinators can’t be a strong statement piece, well let me tell you about Canadian hat designer David Dunkley.

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I had the extreme privilege of wearing one of the David Dunkley’s fascinators which was carefully crafted, and hand made by the visionary himself. My fascinator consists of black and white stripes, made out of “peau de soie” which is worn in the middle of the head, and at the back a few artfully placed bright pink ostrich feathers.

And what could be better than to wear such a striking piece to the official red carpet grand opening of the brand new Nordstrom store at the Toronto Eaton Centre. What a show stopper; this fascinator commends attention and yes, it is a veritable piece of art.

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Choosing an outfit to aptly compliment this skillfully designed fascinator was easy, as I had a vision of a black strapless bustier, with a long A-line satin white skirt with black polka dots. The mix of the stripes on the fascinator, and the polka-dot skirt blended so beautifully. To complete my look I wore a pair of long silver earrings and black pumps.

I’m ready to take the fashion world by storm.

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Skirt: Amazon // Top: (Asos) find similar here and here // Hat: David Dunkley // Pumps: Enzo Angiolini ( find similar here ) // earrings: The Bay find similar here

Tall sisters: Top // Skirt: Amazon (my skirt comes in every sizes and you can let go of the hem to make it longer)

Nancy’s Look

Do you like to be a show stopper? Do you enjoy seeing eyes widen as they land on you? If you answered yes, then read on – David Dunkley is for you.

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This stunning piece of millinery is not for the faint of heart or those who like being incognito. The creator of this piece loved it so much that he retired this topper to his private collection. Can you blame him? It’s simply stunning. The skillfully crafted flowers are accentuated by black feathers to create this newspaper printed chef-d’oeuvre. I tried on many amazing pieces but my heart literally skipped a beat when the master milliner pulled the ONE from a secret back room.

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This gorgeous hat in classic black and white goes with pretty much anything. I chose to carry this color pallet to the rest of my outfit. The gorgeous dress that I am rocking is made of scuba material and hugs my figure right where I want it. The cut out adds just the right dose of sexiness. If you have a wedding, birthday or just want to exercise your right to be hot, you can RENT this beauty for the weekend. No need to commit and they will dry clean it for you!

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Always needing a pop of color, I had to pull out my red lipstick.

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Fascinator: David Dunkley // Dress: Fitzroy Boutique // Sandals: Nine West (sold out); similar here

For my plus size bombshells, although Fitzroy Boutique does not offer plus size options yet we did find a similar dress options for you here: Dress 1 // Dress 2 //

Gail’s Look

Entering David Dunkley’s boutique is like stepping into a fanciful jewelry box where all the hats and fascinators on display shine bright like Harry Winston diamonds.  I have a particular obsession with hats so you can imagine that I felt as though I died and went to fascinator heaven.  I wanted to wear a fascinator that was utterly unique and feathers were an absolute requirement.  David of course, did not disappoint.

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This fascinator not only had feathers but ombre feathers at that which culminated in a collection of silk flowers which frame my face beautifully.

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With a fanciful fascinator like this I went for a rather sedate outfit.  I opted for a simple black jumpsuit from my favourite online retailer, Eloquii along with silver pumps.

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I added a simple white jacket thrown over my shoulder “vogue editor” style.

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Fascinator & Clutch: David Dunkley // Jumpsuit: Eloquii (sold out) similar here //Pumps: Zara (sold out) similar here// Jacket: JC Penny (old) similar here //

For my tall divas here are some options for you: Jumpsuit // Jacket

Leslie’s Look

ROYAL!! That is how I feel in this jawdroppingly stunning piece of millenary perfection created by the one and only David Dunkley, and this triple take” beauty of a dress from Fitzroy Boutique making me feel like a modern day Cinderella (post bippitty-boppitty-boo of course)!

While it is not often one finds me in a predominantly black outfit, when said outfit looks like this, colour be dammed!

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It’s all in the details. Mr. Dunkley (are we even sure  the Queen has not Knighted him yet because really, his hats are veritable pieces of artistry), has created the perfect blend of elegance, sophistication and a certain air of mystery in this striking black and silver head piece.  The addition of fine crystals to the floating veil and the delicate plumes add that extra touch of glamour that I love so much. In this outfit I feel like a modern day film noire femme fetale leaving a grimacing Bogey or Cary Grant wishing they never met me, yet thanking their lucky stars that they did! 😉

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Now, what would a beautiful piece of millenary confection be without the perfect accompaniment? We love to find great Canadian boutiques, and Fitzroy Boutique is a gem! Not only do they have fantastic pieces that are perfect for any occasion, they also……

wait for it….

wait for it….

OFFER RENTALS!!!

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Ever see a dress you just love, then look at the price tag and stop breathing in case your breath accidently rustles the material to hard causing a bead to come lose or a feather to stray from its skillfully crafted perch? I know I have. Then I go into grinning idiot mode as I try to find the quickest path with the least obstacles to get me the hell outta that store!LOL Well, ladies why purchase that $900 dress if you know you will never have a chance to wear it again. For $50 – $90 you can rent a gorgeous designer dress for a 4 day period, wear it, dance in it, be the envy of everyone in it, then return it to Fitzroy and NOT EVEN HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT DRY CLEANING IT! They take care of the dry cleaning for you!

This ostrich feather dress I’m rocking, designed and handmade in the 6ix by Canadian designer Marika Brose retails for $845! But with Fitzroy, you get the look for less with a 4 day rental for $75!

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I kept the rest of my look simple to leave centre stage so to my elegant fascinator and stylish dress. I wore simple crystal earrings and necklace and wore my pewter coloured cage sandals and cuff bracelet to add a little edginess.

And with that, this Cinderella was ready to slip that shoe on her prince’s foot (size 13:-) What? 13’s my lucky number and I did say I was a modern-day Cinderella!(wink-wink)

Fascinator: David Dunkley // Dress: Fitzroy Boutique // Shoes: Hudson’s Bay //

For my sexy curvy ladies, while Fitzroy does not offer plus sizes just yet, this an area they plan to develop in the future so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out this beautiful similar dress you may just want to call your own: Dress //

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Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

Photography: Kristina Laukkanen – Pear Studios