A Night At The Symphony

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Want to hear a little secret about the ladies of Fab Four Fashion? We love music of all kinds! Every meeting, every photo shoot, in the car, on the way to work, you will always find us singing or listening to some cool tunes from modern day hits to old school classics. So it’s really no surprise that we like going to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and that we just had to show you all what we like to wear when attending the symphony!

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Gail’s Look

A night at the symphony – I’ve never had the pleasure but certainly hope to one day.  I remember watching Mr. Holland’s Opus and getting caught up in the main character, Glenn Holland’s, passion for music.  When one of the ladies thought it might be nice to check out the latest offering by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra one day (TSO to us Tdot dwellers) I knew I wanted to come up with a fun yet elegant outfit.

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For a beautiful summer evening at the symphony, I chose a form fitting coral colored dress and paired it with fuchsia coloured pumps for an extra dose of color.

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I added gold dangly earrings and a gold clutch to complete my look!

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Dress: eBay.com // Fuschia pumps: Old Navy (old) Similar here // Gold clutch: ebay.com // Gold earrings and bracelets: H&M

For my tall divas here are some options for you.  Dress: ASOS Tall //  Fuschia Pumps in Extended Sizes: Shoebuy.com

 

Judy’s Look

When the ladies decided to dress up for the symphony, I had the perfect outfit in mind. I was inspired by the elegance and class of the symphony itself. I just love dressing up, so any occasion is a good occasion for me to dress up LOL.

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I decided to wear a flirty summery floral printed dress. Mind you, I’m not a big fan of floral prints, however after years of searching for the right floral item, I scored a nice dress on ASOS.com last summer.  I was a bit nervous because when you order online you don’t know when your item will arrive and if it’s going to look exactly how you saw it online.  Moreover, I was also concerned with how it would look on me.  Well let me tell you, I was very pleased. This dress is just as stunning as the first time I saw it online. I love the floral print and the pinkish color compliments my complexion beautifully.

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For the TSO, I simply paired my dress with some gold accessories to bring out the gold colors on the dress and I wore a slim gold belt to accentuate my smaller waist. I wore my nice beige and gold Ivanka Trump stilettos (which I scored for the awesome price of $37, I told you my story in our previous Spring has Sprung post).

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Dress: Asos (old) similar here and here // shoes (winners) old similar here/ clutch (old) find similar here //rings: Forever 21 similar here and here  // Bracelet: Forever 21 here

For my tall babes : Dress:  Asos // Shoes: Nine West

Leslie’s Look

I love my jazz, hip-hop, pop, gospel and R&B, but sometimes I just need a dose of those classics from Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and the like! It just stirs something in my soul! The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has the perfect prescription to sooth the soul, both with the sweet melodies and of course the chance to put together a symphony appropriate ensemble! Now, don’t get me wrong, you do not need to get all dressed up to check out a performance, but sometimes, it’s just so nice to get all dolled-up!

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I chose to wear colour, colour, colour for my look. I’ve had this little yellow number in my wardrobe for a year now and never had the right opportunity to take it out for a test drive…until now.

I love this dress because the bottom portion of it is faux leather and top a polyester blend which creates a cool effect.  This figure-hugging dress highlights the fact that, despite my slim silhouette, I do have some curves and in the right outfit, I too can easily have that sexy hourglass shape!

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Since colour was the name of my game for this look, I chose to rock some cobalt blue high heeled strappy sandals which compliment the pale yellow colour of the dress beautifully. So ladies, not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a shoe junky! When I saw these babies my eyes nearly bulged out of their sockets. I almost didn’t get them because I was thinking that “well…I already have blue shoes…I’m saving for my next vacation…I have too many shoes”, but I quickly began to do that thing we ladies do when we really want something…you know how we start to rationalize things like “the blue shoes I have are totally different…I haven’t purchased anything in days now so I can get this…I can always go on vacation, but these shoes will sell out”!LOL Obviously, I drank the coolade and got the shoes and I don’t regret it for a minute!LOL

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To round out my look, I wore  a bold necklace and simple earrings, and to guard me from the chill of those cool nights I threw on my blue leather moto jacket. So lower the house lights and open the curtain, bring out the maestro cause my soul is ready to be stirred by some symphonic sounds!

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Dress: Zara (old), Similar here // Shoes: Zara (sold out), Similar here or here // Jacket: Danier (old), Similar here

For my curvy ladies: Dress // Jacket 

Nancy’s Look

I have mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again, I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. And while I could have stuck to my default attire for the TSO (swapping out for the tee for a more elegant top), I gladly ditched the jeans to match the rest of the ladies!

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I pulled out this sweet LGD – as in little gray dress – which I have had for years! This is another timeless dress which I simply love. The simplicity of this dress makes it elegant while the belt ensures that all curves needing accentuation are accentuated LOL.

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When you see me in what may look like a plain dress, check out the back, that’s often where all the fun happens. LOL I accessorized with a bold multi strand necklace.

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To make this look a complete throwback, I paired it with some snake print sandals which I also bought many moons ago.  Talk about an oldie but a goodie.

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Dress: Club Monaco (old); similar here and here // Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless (old); similar here // Necklace: The Bay (old) similar here

Plus size ladies are never forgotten, see how to recreate this look with this dress or that one!

Now off to the symphony we go!

~Signed,

Fab Four Fashion

Spring Has Sprung

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Spring has finally sprung! Those elusive days of summer that at once seemed like an impossible dream; a cruel mirage in our winter desert, are now becoming our dream come true. Our apologies for the dramatics, but this is truly how Canadians feel when spring finally begins to bloom!

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While we waited with baited breath to feel  that first hint of spring  in the air, the Fab Four have been dreaming of their pastels n sandals n prints, oh my! Though it may not yet be time for us to break out the short-shorts and tank tops, it is definitely time for lighter jackets and fewer layers. In celebration of the first days of spring, we decided it was high time we shrug off our winter mantles and take to the streets, catch some rays and snap some pics of what we like to wear for spring!

Gail’s Look

Spring has definitely sprung and I am here for it!  For my look, I wanted soft creamy colours juxtaposed (I love that word) against a vibrant colour.

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This pastel pink knee length coat offers just enough warmth against cool spring breezes.

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The saturated colour of this tank top spoke to me and I just had to have it.  I paired it with this sweet powder blue faux leather skirt.

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For extra oomph and pizazz I added this chunky statement necklace and these striped pumps from Zara et voila, my look is complete!

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Coat: Elvi (old) Similar here // Tank top: Forever 21 // Faux leather skirt: Eloquii (old) Similar here // Shoes: Zara (old) Similar here or here // Purse: JustFab (sold out) Similar here here or here // Necklace: Ebay.com // Watch: Purchased at the Art Gallery of Ontario can be found here //Rings: H&M

Tall sisterfriends, you have not been overlooked.  Some Coat options are: here or here

Judy’s Look

Spring has finally arrived, can I get an AMEN! None of us thought we were going to see it this year. For me a great spring start gives me hope that a beautiful summer season will also be on its way.  I chose an outfit that consists of light colors,  you know, the usual shade of cream which is classy cut with a Judy twist that being MY SHOES!!

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The top is a classic flowy cream top which works very well with my pants. This top offers great versatility cause I can wear it with so many things.

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I’m a sucker for printed pants and I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pair that will fit my curvy frame.  I scored these miraculous pants at the H&M store on 34th Street in New York City last year.

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So the background story on my shoes are that I bought them last month at Winners which is like a Marshall’s/TJ Maxx store.  I purchased them for $99. Fast forward few weeks later when I popped into another Winners store and saw the very same pair of shoes for $37!   I snatched those puppies up and returned the pair I bought for $100 bucks-game, set, match Judy, wwwhhhaaattt!

To complete my look I wore a classic cream trench coat which went perfectly with my outfit.

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Pants: H&M (old) Similar here and here //Top: H&M (old) Similar here  and  here // Shoes: Ivanka Trump (old) Similar here // Trench coat: Banana Republic (old) Similar here

For my tall and sexy sisters you know I would never forget you.  Here are some options similar to my look.

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Leslie’s Look

Muahaha! Please excused the evil laugh, but I’ve had this beautiful powder blue gem of a coat squirreled away in my closet for the past couple of months, just biding my time until I found the right moment to reveal it to the world, and that time is finally upon us: SPRING! Sorry for the dramatics, but I’m just so deliriously happy! This pale piece of perfection is heavy enough to shield you from the cooler breezes that still linger in spring, yet light enough to wear when the temperatures hit the high teens (you know you’re Canadian when you’re excited about temperatures in the high teens “ay”?)!

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This groovy LPD (i.e. little printed dress), I scooped up from Zara speaks to the retro girl in me. The silhouette, colours and print give it that 60’s /70’s vibe I love, and lucky for me, is a big trend right now. The shortness of the hemline notwithstanding (sorry Mommy), it is not a figure-hugging style of dress so you’ll feel less exposed. But come on ladies, those legs need to get that sun-kissed glow too so why not show them off in this fab flirty frock! And what with the high crew neck and three-quarter sleeves on this little number, you’re otherwise dressed quite demurely (umm, did anyone else see a sudden flash of light outside?)

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This vintage-vibe dress, paired with this powder blue coat with sleeves that are just a little short to lend to that retro feel, is the perfect combination. The shoes, a lovely nude-pink colour, compliment the look since they are more neutral, while the yellow clutch provides a punch of colour that plays up the yellow in the dress.

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Colour, print, heels…I would say these are the perfect ingredients for any look this spring and I just love how this simple recipe comes together to create this fun spring look!

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Coat: H&M (sold out), similar here // Dress: Zara // Shoes: Anne Klein (old), Similar here // Purse: Similar here

Curvy bombshells, you have not been overlooked.  Here are some options for you!  Coat: ASOS Curve // Dress: Eshakti //

 

Nancy’s Look

I will echo the ladies sentiments and say yay! Spring is FINALLY here! After this gruesome winter, it was nice to finally be able to shed some layers. For my first skin baring outfit of the year, I donned printed overalls – or dungarees as they’re called across the pond. Side note, if you look at this post or this one, I clearly have a thing for jumpsuits! I just love them.

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I got these at Topshop a couple of seasons ago. Surprisingly, the length worked for me here, but the beauty of warmer temperatures is that you can get away with a shorter inseam and make these pass for crop pant length or pretend that they are meant to be 3/4!

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I wore my overalls with a lace tank top just to add texture and a light collarless, belted oversized coat.

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My look was completed with a slew of gold bangles, a cream snakeskin clutch which I got in London a million years ago. And to stay true to myself, I added a pop of color via my orange pumps.

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Curvy girls, you can get in the dungarees action too with this option here.

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What looks are you looking forward to rocking this spring?

 

Signed,

~Fab Four

The Politics of Natural Hair

Harlem restaurant played host to a Toronto Naturals Meet Up group event centered on whether the use of protective hair styling was a political statement or simply a style choice.

The panelists leading the discussion included Monique London, Co-Founder of London Ivy Natural and Organic Products;  Keina Morgan, Licensed Curly Hair Specialist;  Janet Jackson, Creative Director/Owner of Jou Jou Hair Studio; Toni Daley, Vlogger, Jewelry Designer and Artist along with Vloggers and Natural Hair Enthusiasts, Nicky “Splinta24” and Natural Neiicy.

From left to right: Monique London, Nicky “Splinta24”, Keina Morgan, Natural Neiicy, Janet Jackson & Toni Daley

Judy and Gail arrived before the event got started, to enjoy the delicious blend of Afro-American/Afro-Caribbean inspired cuisine served at Harlem.

Upon arrival at the event, invitees were treated to swag bags filled with products where the majority of the items were from female owned businesses from right here in Ontario.

Gail and Judy had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with some of the panellists, namely Toni Daley and Shaneice Crystal (Natural Neiicy).  They also met Élana Camille, a talented painter and illustrator who only picked up a brush five weeks ago!  Her work was on display throughout the restaurant.

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Gail & Shaneice Crystal aka Natural Neiicy

 

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Monique London, co-founder of this inaugural event, moderated the discussion that sought to answer the question, is protective styling a style choice or a political statement?  Monique began by defining protective styling as styles where the hair is not worn loose so as to protect hair ends which are usually the oldest and most fragile part of hair.  Hair is tucked away and sealed with some kind of moisturizer in braids, twists, or beneath weaves or wigs.

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The debate turned lively when Monique lobbed hot button questions such as if women choosing to wear weaves and wigs did so not so much as a protective style choice but rather because they are essentially psychologically dependent on them.  Some of the panellists vehemently defended their choice to don weaves stating that it was simply a matter of convenience.  Others stated that they really just enjoyed the ability to change up their look without causing undue damage to their natural hair.  Wherever the panelists or audience members fell on the protective style spectrum, the event fostered healthy debate and the ability for the community to come together and learn another’s point of view.

 

And of course, our post would not be complete without deets on our outfits!

Gail’s cool casual outfit

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Black Moto Style Jacket: Forever 21 (old), similar here // Turtleneck: ASOS Curve // Jeans: Old Navy // Wedge Sneakers: Ebay.com [not pictured]

 

Tall girls, we didn’t forget about you! Here are some links to recreate Gail’s outfit:

Moto Style Jacket: here and here // Jeans: here and here // Sneakers: here and here (up to size 11) or here (up to size 12). If you can forgo the wedge, feel free to borrow black high top sneakers from the boys (see here)!

 

Judy’s sassy short look

Shorts: ASOS, similar here // Turtleneck: ASOS Curve // Boots: Target x Altuzarra – similar here

If our plus sized babes like this, get your look with these shorts and wide calf over the knee boots!

Again, tall ladies, you have not been forgotten. If Judy’s outfit is more up your alley, you can recreate with the following:

Shorts: ASOS Tall // Turtleneck: ASOS Tall // Boots: here and here (both up to size 12… score!!)

 

Till next time,

~ The quartet.