Playing Up Playsuit

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

 

Orange Crush

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The colour orange has become a hot commodity of late, and I just couldn’t resist adding more of this colour “stock” to my portfolio of wardrobe items!

I simply LOVE the colour orange and regardless of season, it blends beautifully with so many wardrobe pieces and can often transform an outfit from bland to brilliant!

I have orange in just about every article of clothing from pants to sweaters, tanks and tees, however, I’m always on the look out to add to my collection.

Orange Sleeveless Blouse

This flouncy top from my go to store,  Zara, is one of my more recent additions. I had planned to keep it in the work section of my wardrobe, but when these gorgeous wide leg jeans followed me home from the store one day (don’t you just love strays), I knew they would make a killer combo I just had to rock.

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The  loose fit of this sleeveless blouse paired with the relaxed fit of the jeans make for a very effortless look, while still being sophisticated.  I love high waisted bottoms as they emphasize my small waist-line and draw attention to my long legs.

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Added to the mix, I threw in my leopard print shoes to add some print (I mean come on, where would I be without that, despite the fact that you can only see a hint of them). I also went for this beautiful Reed Krakoff tote- practical yet oh so stylish keeping all my essentials close at hand.

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To polish off the look I chose to rock a slew of gold bangles, a bold necklace and simple gold earrings.  This outfit is perfect for the season and looks effortlessly pulled together.

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Blouse: Zara // Jeans: Zara // Shoes: Office (sold out), Similar here // Handbag: Reed Krakoff

For my curvy babes: Blouse // Jeans

 

Orange Blazer:

Now, two things I had not yet added to my wardrobe stock portfolio: orange shoes (I’m working on this one:-) and a blazer.  But I now can check orange blazer off my shopping list! If you follow our blog regularly, you may have noted that I have this blazer in yellow (see Perfectly Printed post) and when I saw this gorgeous orange colour my mind simply said “must own”!

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The one secret I’ll let you in on is that, though they appear to be the same blazer, looks can be deceiving! Buyer beware: the fits are completely different! I had to get an extra small in the yellow blazer, and it’s still a little big, while I had to get a small in the orange (I could get into the extra small but my shoulders were busting out of it…not a cute look!LOL) You must try this one on if you decide to make it a purchase.

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This dress is what I consider the perfect work dress for me. It’s got a print, stripes, and it’s a length that I feel comfortable sitting in without it hiking up to my upper thigh! But it still has a little sexy in it with it’s fitted silhouette. For my slim sisters, this dress is perfect! The stripes help to accentuate the curves you have and show off that hourglass frame that sometimes gets lost in certain outfits.

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The combination of the bold orange blazer with this sexy stripy dress is all heat! The 2 colours compliment each other beautifully. I kept the shoes and accessories very subtle by pairing this look with nude shoes , a simple link bracelet and dangly earrings.

This is a look that will burn up the boardroom, and command the right kind of attention at the office.

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Blazer: Zara // Dress: Zara // Shoes: Office

For my curvy chicas: Blazer  // Dress

 

How have you incorporated “the new black” into your wardrobe for the summer?

 

Tah-tah for now!

Leslie

Judy’s Rompers

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As I mentioned in my previous individual post, I love my jumpers and always look forward to my next one. So today’s post is about my day romper and my  fabulous night romper.

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My Day Romper Look:

I found this cute romper a few seasons ago at Forever 21 in the plus section.  I like this romper because it’s not too short and I can easily walk around in it. You can typically catch me running through the 6 in that type of romper on a hot summer day.

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Since I have a very curvy frame, I tend to choose rompers that accentuates my curvy frame. For example, I’m not a huge fan of shapeless, loose rompers because it doesn’t compliment my shape. I’m more into fitted rompers that gives me a nice definition at the waist.

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This type of romper comes in very handy when you go on vacation and  I should know because last year I traipsed all over Jamaica in a couple of them.

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Rompers: Forever21 Plus (old) similar here and here  // Sandals: DSW (old) similar here

For my tall sisters: Rompers: ASOS here and here

Night Romper Look:

For my night look I went for my  off-white and black ¾ quarter sleeve printed romper. I can’t say how much this romper gives me life and gets the FAB FOUR FASHION seal of approval every time I wear it!

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It is everything I look for in a romper and the length is perfect for me. I love the wrap around belt at the waist, which accentuates my waist and gives me this a smoking silhouette if I do say so myself LOL. This cute romper  has an open back, but I can still wear my bra with an adjustable bra strap without my bra straps showing at the back.

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I usually rock this romper with a stiletto sandal or a colorful pump to give me a wow sexy factor for a night out for drinks with my girls.

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Rompers: ASOS curves (old) similar here // Sandals: Aldo

For my tall sisters: Rompers: ASOS here and here

The next jumper I’m trying to get my hands on is this beautiful culottes jumper, if it works well for me I will report back to you and share my experience with you .

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Until then, my curvy sisters don’t’ shy away from jumpers and rompers.   It’s all about what works for your body type and what you are comfortable wearing. There is a world out there of lovely rompers and jumpers for you ladies to try!

Feel free  to share  your experience with us, we want to hear about your rompers and jumpers stories.

Yours Truly,

Judy

 

Totally Trenched Out

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Trench coats are all the rage this season. Oversized, colourful, I’m here for all of it. Now, you already know that I’m all about clothes that can be worn in multiple ways and for a variety of occasions. While shopping with my cousin (shout out to Eva!), I fell for a trench coat and was convinced that I could wear it as a dress. Despite the fact that,  both she and the salesperson looked at me as if I had lost my mind, I decided that I would give it a shot. Anyway, take a peek at how it turned out, and you decide!

Trench By Day

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Given the temperamental weather we’ve been having, we should all have a fierce coat handy. I found this beauty at none other than H&M. This collarless trench coat comes in navy and beige.

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I kept this look more casual by pairing my jacket with distressed jeans and a light top. The jeans were a DIY project (shout out to all the DIYers sharing their knowledge on YouTube!). My jeans actually ripped at the knee (after a tumble… don’t ask lol) so I figured that I might as well continue the destruction!

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If you’ve been visiting this space for a little bit (shout out to you for checking us out!! :)), then you already know that I’m all about pops of color. That’s precisely what I did by finishing off my outfit with purple fringe sandals and teal clutch. If you’re not about the high heels life, these silver flats work just as well!

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Trench: H&M // Jeans: Levis DIY; similar here // Top: Winners; similar here // Fringe Sandal: old; similar here // Flats: Sole Society (sold out), similar here and here // clutch: Hong Kong; similar here

My plus size friends can recreate this look with the following trench, jeans and cami!

Trench By Night

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I have to admit that when I bought this coat, I was primarily interested in wearing it as a dress. My obsession with transforming this jacket into a dress came to life after I fell in love with a trench dress from Max Mara.

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Now, if you plan on recreating this BEWARE! I added a skinny belt but also have a safety pin securing the jacket from the inside. I love how the wind picks up the draping but if the “dress” is not secured properly, you may end up offering a free show to the world! I know it was cute when Marilyn did it, but you might end up in jail for indecent exposure!! LOL For a more permanent solution, you can have snap buttons installed.

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Dress: H&M // Shoes: Smash Shoes // Clutch: Aldo // Necklace: Forever 21 (old); similar here and here // Earrings: The Bay (old); similar here and here

Anyone else willing to rock a jacket as a dress or am I alone on this?

Happy Hump Day friends!

Signed,

~Nancy

Def Leopard

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My name is Leslie, and I’m a printaholic. Polka dots, paisleys, African or Aztec, whatever the print, I just love ’em all! But, of late, I’ve been noticing that one print in particular has been claiming valuable real estate space in my closet over the last few seasons, and that is leopard! From handbags and shoes, to dresses and pants, I have at least one item in this fierce animal print, and I’m always more than ready to add to my ever-increasing collection!

From work to play, a leopard print wardrobe element can take an outfit from zero to 100 real quick! Don’t just rock that leopard print scarf and call it a day, throw on one of these wardrobe must haves to take your outfit from “hmm” to “HOT”!  So, move over Mufasa, there’s a new King in town!

For Work, But

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As I’ve been saying, I can wear leopard print any-day-all-day (yes, I did just snap my fingers with each of those words.)   Oh and by the way, Mother Nature was my Beyonce wind machine for this photo shoot lol.

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For my work colleagues reading this right now, you know you recognize this first look since it’s in my regular work rotation and I still continue to receive compliments on it (thanks guys)! So my advice, don’t be afraid to rock that leopard print with colours other than black & beige!

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This look is my ode to my hometown of Montreal! Every Thursday, after a long day at the sweatshop, um I mean work, we’d head out for a “cinq à sept”, a.k.a. “happy hour” and I’d always do a little remix to my look to take it from day to evening. A quick update to my earrings and shoes and I’m ready for a martini and some soulful house tunes!

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 Cardigan: Zara (old), Similar here // Pants: Zara (old), Similar here // Shoes: Office // Handbag: Louis Vuitton

For my curvy ladies: Cardigan: Macy’s  or Macy’s // Pants: Eloquii

Similar nude shoes in extended sizes: Nordstrom

For Play…

 

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I adore the versatility of leopard print and its timeless appeal. Worn here with a simple gray sweatshirt and nude heels and the leopard print adds all the visual interest I need.

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Well ok, these gorgeous earrings from H&M’s new “Conscious Collection” help too!

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This leopard print skirt, that is actually a dress, can be dressed up or down to create new looks. You may recognize it from our post on the Fab Four’s visit to the AGO where I rocked it as a top, and you’re guaranteed it will pop up in posts to come!

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  Top: H&M (old), Similar here // Skirt (actually a dress): Zara (old), Similar here // Shoes: Office // Clutch: Purchased in Hong Kong (old), Similar here // Earrings: H&M

For my curvy ladies: Top: Alloy // Dress: Love Culture or Ashley Stewart

Nude shoes in extended sizes: Nordstrom

 

For Life…

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Ok I admit, I started off this post by encouraging you all to pair your leopard print with colours other than black and beige, I must confess, it just goes oh so well with them!

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Throw on a fitted black blazer, with these fabulous pants, and this outfit looks stylish and sophisticated and still keeps that “funk” factor that I need in my wardrobe!

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The yellow shoes are a gorgeous pop of colour that compliment the look and keep it interesting and fun!

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 Blazer: Zara (old), Similar here // Pants: Zara (sold out), Similar here // Shoes: Office // Clutch: Uterque (purchased in Spain), Similar here

For my curvy ladies: Blazer: ASOS  // Pants:  Love Yourz or Torrid

Yellow shoes in extended sizes: Nordstrom 

 

So ladies, next time you go shopping for new wardrobe additions, be sure to pick up some more leopard print pieces, so that you will be the fiercest cat in the concrete jungle!

Till next time!

Signed,

~Leslie

My Black & White Story

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Black and white is one of my fav colour combinations.  I know I’ve mentioned that before but it bares repeating.   So, when I came across some old re-runs of Charlie’s Angels I was inspired to recreate the cool 70’s vibe of police women television dramas like the Angels or Cagney & Lacey for day and night.  The two looks below also highlight the versatility of a great suit!

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For my day time look I’ve paired my trusty black turtleneck with a white jacket and pants and funky wedge boots.

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I love these Kady Fit pants by Eloquii as they make legs appear a little longer than they actually are and the fit is spot on.  One tip for my plus sized petite ladies, ankle pants are your friend!  I love them because I don’t need to have them hemmed they come that way already!  The icing on the cake is this hobo style handbag stolen borrowed from my Mom’s closet.  Thank you Mommy!

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For night time, I upped the sexiness quotient by swapping out the turtle neck for a fitted tank top and leopard print pumps instead of my wedge boots.

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I completed the look with gold jewelry, a playful clutch and Komono watch.

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Jacket: JC Penny (old); similar here //Turtleneck: ASOS Curve // Tank top: Forever 21 Plus // Pants: Eloquii // Boots: Zara (old); similar here // Leopard print pumps: Office (old); similar here // Handbag: Borrowed from my Mother; similar here //Necklace: Ebay.com // Clutch: Ebay.com // Watch: Art Gallery of Ontario – can be purchased here

Tall girls I haven’t forgotten you!

Jacket:  The Limited // Turtleneck: ASOS // Tank top: Banana Republic // Pants: The Limited //Wedge Boots (Extended sizes): DSW Shoes or Wedge Shoes (Extended Sizes) // Leopard print pumps (Extended Sizes): Sole Society

What are your favourite colour combinations to rock?

~Gail

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.