A Vested Interest in Curves

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Melissa McCarthy is delighting us again with her fall collection for Penningtons!

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What caught my eye as I was perusing the Penningtons site were these oh so fresh to death skinny jeans.  The fit is spot on and they’re super comfortable.  I love the cool zipper details found on the ankles of the jeans as well.

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Next came this printed top. I really like the print and look forward to pairing it with other printed pieces in my wardrobe.  Because I’m on the short side of the height spectrum I elected to tuck in the shirt in at the front and left the shirt tail out at the back.

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Now we’ve got to talk about this vest.  I absolutely adore it!  It provides the perfect extra layer of warmth on a crisp fall day.  The vest is quite light weight so do fret my pet.

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To complete my look I added bold silver earrings and black wedge boots.  Et voila, I’m ready to step out in style!

Vest: Melissa McCarthy for Penningtons // Top: Melissa McCarthy for Penningtons // Jeans: Melissa McCarthy for Penningtons // Wedge: Zara (old) similar here // Earrings: H&M

For my tall fashionistas here are some options for you: Vest // Top // Jeans

Tah Tah for now,

Gail

Fringe Benefits

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Melissa McCarthy  has hit us again with a beautiful summer collection available through Penningtons!  The Melissa McCarthy Seven7 clothing line debuted last year to loads of hip hop hoorays.GT Edited IMG_8343

When I laid eyes on this kimono on the Pennington’s website, I was literally salivating.  I just adored the print and colours and that fringe….oooo wwweeee!

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This kimono would make for an amazing swimsuit coverup as well being a great layering piece to give a little extra kick to a casual outfit.

 

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Now these flared cuffed jeans are the bomb.com.  What I adore about them is that the fabric is so soft.  They don’t feel heavy at all.  I must confess that I’m not really a denim jeans type of lady but these jeans are the truth.  The jeans have a ton of stretch so I was able to go down a size.GT Edite IMG_8167

Now for those of you who are plus size and short like me, you will need to pay a visit to the tailor to get those hemmed to the right length for you.

To complete my look I haded some dangly earrings and some cool shades – and with that I’m sitting pretty enjoying a beautiful summer day!

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Fringe Kimono (courtesy of Penningtons): Melissa McCarthy Seven7 for Penningtons // Flared jeans (courtesy of Penningtons): Melissa McCarthy Seven7 for Penningtons (currently sold out online) similar here // Tank: Forever 21 Plus (sold out) similar here

For my tall sistahs here is an option for you – Kimono // Jeans

Tah Tah for now,

Gail

*Special thanks to photographer Roseline Bonheur 

*Although clothing was provided, the opinions expressed are my own.

Brunching in the 6ix

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We ladies love to get together to catch up on the ups and downs of our lives over a delicious meal.  Join us as we discuss our fave casual looks for brunching in the 6ix!

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Gail’s Look

I just love getting together with the girls over a delicious meal – what could be better!

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For my brunch look I went with the so called “Canadian Tuxedo”. LOL  Denim on denim was a definite no no for me, but I broke that all up by adding this faux fur vest.

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These skinny jeans are the bomb.com.  Now I know finding great fitting jeans or pants, for that matter, can be a difficult task.  When looking for the best fitting jeans, I always try to fit the largest part of my body first.  Yes, often times that means that the waist is too big for me but I just traipse on over to my neighbourhood tailor to have them altered and I’m good to go.

Next came the shoes.  I went for my trusty wedge booties.  Last but not least was this blushed coloured purse by Rebecca Minkoff!  I love this purse because it can be worn cross body or as a regular shoulder bag.  Now my “Canadian Tuxedo” look is complete.  Yo, somebody get me a mimosa!

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Faux fur vest: Penningtons (sold out) similar here here // Denim shirt: Old Navy (old) similar here // Jeans:  Old Navy (old) similar here // Booties: Zara (old) similar here // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out) similar here

For my tall babes, here are some options so you can recreate my look.  Faux fur vest // Denim shirt // Jeans

Leslie’s Look

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As you not doubt all know by now, we absolutely love to eat! Any excuse to go out for a good meal is a good excuse for us to get together and hang out. But of course, we like to do it in style! My brunch look was all about stylish comfort.

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We’ve been lucky in the 6ix this winter and have not been hit too hard with the winter chill. So I tossed aside my winter parka for a cute punch of colour in the form of this coat.

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The rest of my look was subdued elegance. I went for a very neutral colour palette, donning a simple sleeveless oatmeal coloured funnel neck sweater and faux leather leggings.

To round out my outfit, I stepped into my leopard print pumps, threw all my “necessities” into my trusty LV bag and I was ready for my mimosa and some bacony goodness (sorry to my vegetarians out there. I just love my bacon!:-)

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Coat: Zara (old), similar here // Sweater: Zara (sold out), similar here // Faux leather pants: Zara (sold out), similar here // Shoes: Office //

For my sexy plus size perfect beauties: Coat or Coat // Sweater // Pants //

Judy’s look

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One thing I love is getting together with my girls for brunch! We talk, we laugh, and most importantly we eat.  For this post I will highlight what I wear for a typical casual brunch with the ladies. For this look I decided to wear a comfortable outfit that transitions well from brunching to running errands in the 6ix. 

I chose to wear a nice blue, camel and black sweater that I scored at H&M which pairs beautifully with my camel “Olivia Pope” inspired coat.

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I wore my favorite pair of jeans which are my “Second Yoga Skin” jeans. These jeans are perfect for curvy girls like me as they fit like a glove and they do not cause the gaping at the back of the waist – hallelujah! 

To complete my daytime look I jazzed it up with my grey ankle booties I got from BCBG a long time ago. The price was so good that I got the black ones as well. I don’t regret these two purchases at all cause ‘til this day I rock them and they still look like new!

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Awww … the struggle of having big feet makes you appreciate it all the more when you find fantastic shoes, and when you have them you treat them like precious gems!   

The finishing touches for my look were my camel coat and this cute camel and brown coloured leather clutch, and now I’m ready to start my day.

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Tall babes: Jeans // Top // Coat

Nancy’s Look

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Brunching is one of those essential parts of life!! That’s when we leave our phones, social media and worries at the door and just focus on connecting. This time, we chose to check out a really laid back spot so I kept my look casual cute.

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Most weekends, you’ll catch me wearing jeans. They are comfy, fit for all kinds of occasions and are just a must have for my lifestyle. Because I wanted my look to have a little edge, I decided to go with these ripped jeans (which I distressed myself btw!).

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I paired my jeans with a high low sleeveless turtleneck and my trustly leather jacket to keep the chill at bay. Tall girl story about this jacket: it was a gift (from my now hubby) and I loved the jacket BUT the sleeves were too short… Shocking. So to fix that, we took it to a leather goods store and they were able to find leather that matched perfectly to lengthen my jacket! When I tell you that we have to be creative! Finally, because I don’t feel good until I have a pop of color, I finished my look with these hot pink pumps.

Now pass the mimosas… minus the OJ LOL

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 Jeans: Levis (diy); similar here // Turtleneck: BESTSELLER (sold out); similar here // Jacket: Danier (old); similar here // Pumps: Pleaser

Plus size honeys can recreate my look with these jeans, turtleneck and jacket.

Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

*Special thanks to Vanja Peric for being our photographer for the day!

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Women Supporting Women – Tess Holliday

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In this edition of Women Supporting Women we bring you Tess Holliday.  2015 was an amazing year for Tess!  She broke ground by being the first plus size model to be signed by straight sized modeling agency, snagged the cover of People Magazine, was featured by H&M, had a collection with Addition Elle and has now partnered with revitalizing the mblm brand, a line from Penningtons!  The brain behind #effyourbeautystandards was recently named one of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet by none other than the TIME. She is engaged to the love of her life, Nick Holliday and the pair will be welcoming their first child together in a few short months!  We weren’t kidding when we said she’s had an amazing year!

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The ladies of Fab Four Fashion caught up with Tess in downtown Toronto at the ultra stylish Thompson Hotel for the launch of her collection with the mblm brand!

The rest of the interview is transcribed below.

Fab Four Fashion (FFF):

So Tess, as you know we’re a bit obsessed with you right now. So we’re so excited for this event and thank you very much for taking the time to sit with us. We wanted to barrage you with questions, but we figured we’d narrow it down to four. I wanted to start by asking you: what motivated you to want to do this collaboration with mblm Penningtons?

Tess Holliday (TH):

To be honest, I had a lot of brands approach me, in the UK, in the States and they were the only brand in Canada. I wasn’t 100% familiar with them but when I looked at them, I felt like they’re a very established brand. They have been around forever and they were well respected. But the brand just needed a little revitalizing. They gave me the option to have 100% control. So I was like: ‘Wait, I get to say big girls don’t want to wear that or we want to see this?’ What people don’t know is that this is a year-long collaboration. So there’s a collection that comes out each month for a year so there’s literally 10 to 15 pieces that come out each month until next February. So I’m really excited; I feel like it was too good of an offer. I love Canadians and I love poutine LOL. It just felt right and I know I made the right decision.

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FFF:

Of course we want to know what is your favorite piece in the collection?

TH:

Because it’s a year-long collaboration, you guys haven’t even seen like half of what we’re sending out. There’s actually a dress in the holiday collection that is sheer all the way down with velour flowers. It’s really sexy. There’s a high slit so it’s really sexy. It’s coming up in the holidays and I would say that it’s my favorite. The dress that I’m wearing is also one of my favorites because it has a nice fabric; it feels really nice and it’s so soft! I was telling people “Touch me it’s so soft! Not me the dress!” The dress is so comfortable and I just like the whole collection in general you don’t need to wear Shape wear you just throw it on and it’s effortless and I’m hoping that it appeals to people. Fingers crossed!

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FFF:

We see that Penningtons is collaborating with a lot of plus size girls like Melissa McCartney. What do you think of Hollywood and its representation of plus size women and the roles that are given to them?

TH:

Unfortunately, the representation of plus size women is not that diverse as you guys are aware, especially in the modeling industry but as well as Hollywood. I feel like all the heavy hitters in Hollywood that are plus size are predominantly African-American – which is amazing. Seeing Gabourey Sidibe on the cover of V or my friend Gabby on the cover of Ebony. That cover! I was literally dying! I’m sure that if I was proud, I don’t even know how you guys were feeling! So to see that kind of stuff it’s really like, wow maybe they’re finally listening! But then you see stuff like the Oscars and you’re like maybe they’re not… I feel like it has a long way to go it’s very frustrating because I know, as a white woman in the modeling industry. I also thank the people who came before me but unfortunately we’re not seeing much of that. So what I want is just more diversity for body types and races. So I feel like we’re getting there. Though I feel like we take five step forwards and another 100 steps back. But people are so go go go about wanting to see change, just like with you guys, and we’ll get there. It’s just lacking right now but we will get there. I mean literally I feel like this month is like the month for women of color in multimedia. It’s really empowering right now!

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FFF:

My question kind of touches on what Judy was saying. You created this amazing hashtag called #EffYourBeautyStandards, which gives everyday women an opportunity to be featured on your Eff Your Beauty Standards instagram page. But I’m sure you’ve seen it too that there’s been some horrible horrible pictures that have been also tagged by that hashtag. So I’m just wondering, given your notoriety as well as Gabby Gregg aka Gabby Fresh and some others, do you feel like body discrimination is still prevalent or do you feel like you and Gabby have been making some inroads?

TH:

I do think that there are a ton of women who were definitely making strides in the body positive community; however, I was just telling somebody earlier because they were asking, do I feel like fat phobia and body phobia will ever go away? I said unfortunately I don’t think so. Not anytime soon because unless we can completely reshape the world and the mainstream media and how people have literally been programmed and raised, it’s going to be there. But I feel like it’s great for people that are vocal, basically if it’s going to happen as long as we’re there saying “this is unacceptable and I don’t like the way this makes me feel and this is why”. And I can already see it with companies. They are forced to listen to us and things are changing. It’s just that it’s taking a lot of time. I think we’ll get there. It’s just very frustrating to see, even with the hashtag. I’ve been responsible for shutting down several fat shaming websites but it’s kind of like the Medusa: you cut a head off and another one comes back – there’s five more so… And I’m feeling on it too. Today on Twitter people were saying how disgusting I was and that my blood type is pudding. I was like, do you have pudding? Who has pudding?

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FFF:

How do you respond to these personal attacks?

TH:

Sometimes, I respond to them because I think it’s funny, I think its funny that I poke them. But then Nate, my partner, told me recently “You have to stop. it’s OK every now and then but if you’re giving them your energy and your essence then it’s too much”. I’ll never forget Gabourey Sidibe, the clap back that she made to someone making fun of her and her size and she was like “I’m most definitely going to be crying about this on my private jet to my dream job!”. That stuff is important because you’re telling people, you may feel that way but it’s unacceptable.

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FFF:

So listen! For me, as a mom, and I’m literally about to put an S on your chest because you’re expecting – congratulations! You already have a little one and 2015 was insane! Cover of Peoples magazine. H&M collaboration. Additionelle collaboration. Meredith Vieira interview. Now Pennington. How do you do it? How do you make it work? It’s so crazy!

TH:

You’ve done your research! I’m really fortunate to have a great relationship with the father of my child so he helps watch my son a lot. My partner moved from Australia last year, he helps and I’ve moved my mom with us and she helps out. So we have a very much full house! But I couldn’t do it all without the their help and obviously the motivation. I know that I have to help care for them and this is something I love doing. Even though I have my down time – I was feeling pretty shitty just a week ago and now I’m sitting here with you guys! And I’m like: “how do you hate what you do?” And plus, my son seeing me. It’s hard to be away from him, but I’ve been able to take him to Australia, I’ve been able to take trips with him. He is seeing me work hard. I can’t help but think that, like, one day, he’s going to see that you came from nothing. And now you’re here! You know what I mean? I don’t resent people that come from privileged background but I did it and I know how rewarding it is to find your way and make it.

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FFF:

It’s one of those things where, through all the sacrifices that you make, I’m sure your son sees you as a role model because you’re going for it. You’re chasing your dreams and you’re going for it! We’re so happy that you took the time to sit with us!

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The mblm is now available at Penningtson stores and online!

Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four