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……

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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

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Jumpsuits from Polyvore

Guess what time it is? No it’s not tool time, it’s time for Fab Four Faves! You know, that time when one of the ladies of Fab Four let slip what they’re craving this week. Well your girl Leslie is up so check out what she has in store for you!

Ladies, I’ve brought you a whole host of items that I cannot afford…yet…and so desperately want! But this week, I decided to let you in on one of the latest trends I’m feeling. Now Gail and Nancy have both brought you their take on culottes and Judy has introduced you to her gorgeous jumper collection. Well, being one to never want to be left out, I decided to bring you my take on both styles! This sober cute playsuit from River Island combines the jumpsuit with culottes all in one beautiful package. What more could I ask for….well, a print, and I got that too so I’m feeling like the cat that got the cream with this fun summer look!

Jumpsuits from Polyvore

Jumpsuit: River Island

High Heel Sandals: Stuart Weitzman

Clutch: Moschino

Bangles: Sole Society

Earrings: Lord & Taylor

Necklace: Alexis Bittar

Tah Tah for now!

~Leslie

 

Judy’s Jumpers

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Now that the nice weather is finally here, jumpers are a  great way to start the season.  First let me state that I have an obsession with jumpers lol. I’m always on the lookout for the best jumper to suit my curvy frame.  Jumpers are great!  You can dress them up with some nice accessories and a great pair of heels or you can wear them casual with a pair of flats.

Below are 3 of my favourite jumpers.

Day look /Picnic /BBQ

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My first jumper look is a short African print jumper that I bought a few seasons ago from Victoria Secret surprisingly! When I spied this little number in the VS catalogue, I immediately hopped on to my computer to discover, to my utter disbelief, that this little beauty was indeed available on the Victoria’s Secret website in my size! Imagine my reaction LOL I almost did a back flip out of my chair!

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For this day look, I wore my jumper with a fedora hat, brown braided belt and some cute brown, low heeled strappy sandals.

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I would wear this outfit during the day when I’m out gallivanting with my FabFourFashion ladies or to a picnic or BBQ.

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Jumper (old): Victoria Secret find similar here and here // Fedora hat from Winners (similar to Marshall) find similar here // Sandals: DSW find similar here

For my tall Fashionistas  here is the option I found for you.

 

Brunch and Terrasse Look

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This is a long white and blue patterned jumper which fits oh so perfectly thanks to my tailor.  I found this beautiful jumper at Forever 21, and I fell in love with it. What I like about this type of jumper is that I can dress it up or down with some cute flat sandals.

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This is a look that I would wear to go for brunch with my girls to discuss our next Fab Four Fashion adventure, or I would wear this to go for drinks on a nice terrasse on a hot summer day.  If you are not familiar with what a terrasse is, ask someone from Montreal and they will tell you all about it!:)

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Jumper: Forever 21 (old) Similar here // Sandals: DSW (old) Similar here

For my Tall Fashionistas here is the great option I found for you here

And my final look is Clubbing / Lounge Look

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I wore a heart shape neckline strapless jumper which I have paired with a black and gold belt to accentuate my shape. I added a little fascinator to jazz up my look and threw on my black biker jacket and voilà, I’m ready for a night of fun.  All I need now is for the dj to drop some good tunes and I’m good money!

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Jumper:  ASOS (old) Similar here // Jacket: Forever 21 (old) Similar here //Fascinator (old)  Similar here//Shoes: Charles by Charles David (old) Similar here

For my tall sisters this is what I found for you here

Ok, smootches! I must continue on with my quest to find the next amazing jumper!

Signed,

~Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denim Jumpsuit Triple Threat

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Hey peeps! As a woman who wears many hats, I love to find pieces that can be worn in different settings. I have yet to find a piece that transitions from the boardroom to the park… but I’m working on it!

Today’s fab piece is a denim jumpsuit from Alloy Apparel. Here at Fab Four Fashion, we strive to present outfit alternatives for all body types. In this case, Alloy Apparel made my life super easy – you see, this jumpsuit comes in sizes 1 to 25 AND 32″ or 37″ inseams! I mean come on!! *Round of applause* Kudos to Alloy Apparel for recognizing that all of us like to partake in this fashion game!

I love this jumpsuit for its versatility – here is how you can rock yours.

 

Day at the park

This relaxed fit allows me to run after my baby with ease and style.

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Shoes: Converse // Necklace: Forever 21 // Earring: Forever 21 //  Bangle (old); similar here

 

Brunching with the girls

Ok. It’s no secret. The ladies and I love to brunch. I would pair my jumper with a blazer to go grab a mimosa or two!

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Blazer: Loft (old); similar here and here // Purse: Kate Spade // Shoes: Sole Society (old); similar here

Night out with the hubby

This jumper is great for a night on the town ! Just glam it up with heels and the right amount of bling et voila!

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 Shoes: Nine West // Belt (old); similar here // Earrings: Stella & Dot // Bangles Set: Forever 21

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And thanks to her aunty Judy, my munchkin can be stuntin’ like her mama!!

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Which look is more up your alley?

 

Signed,

The Quartet