Transformation: Swap & Commit


I did it. I started the pile. I am committed to swapping out all my old, frumpy clothes, for smaller sizes that fit me and flatter me better now. I just can’t wear clothes that look big on me. I have earned the right to wear fitted clothes and to show off my new curves. I want to feel sexy again.

This past weekend, I ventured off to Tanger Outlets (Kanaka) and scored some major deals on: a new pair of white jeans, a new pair of jean shorts and a jean jacket. I had to get used to picking out smaller sizes for myself… Also, it’s nice not being disappointed in the change room.

“It fits!” She hollered from the fitting room.

It’s really difficult to let go, especially if you love your wardrobe and have taken so much time and effort to build it. Some are key basics, some pieces are from my travels. But really, it’s just clothes. I have to learn to let go of them.

It seems glamorous to have a fashion blog, but I purchase everything that you see on here. And trust me, it gets expensive! I wish I was at the point where people were throwing things at me in exchange for a little product review or a shout out.

I am no charity case, but I am writing this post to announce that I would like to sell my gently used favorites for an exceptional price. I’m talking $5 a piece kinda deals.

Keep an eye out on my Facebook album where I’ll be selling my stuff online. If you’re looking for clothes between sizes14 and 16, or XL, this might be a nice way to get some new pieces in your closet for a fraction of the price!

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New Orleans Street Style

I went to New Orleans (NOLA) in June for exactly 36 hours with a good friend.

We spent 3 whirl-winding days of walking, shopping, boozing on the street, eating and sweating of the excess pounds from the heat and humidity. I was pooped, let me tell you. I barely had any energy left over for Jazz club hopping on Frenchmen street. It’s hard to travel fast. You want to see everything, go everywhere and do it all!

We visited some vintage boutiques like The Revival Outpost where I got my new glasses and Boho Kimono, the famous Bourbon French Perfume perfumery where I purchased a soft musk that smells fabulously clean.

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musk Bourbon French PerfumeBut can I say something, NOLA is Street Style heaven! The streets are beautiful and the architecture has so much history, it’s almost palpable. That was my favourite part, well that and eating of course.

Here are some pics of the trip.

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Posing for the good old fashion selfie stick in the Porter lounge.
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My Porter essentials
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My first cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee… very good!
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Famous Cafe du Monde Beignets- what a powdered sugar mess!

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Carousel Bar at the Monteleon Hotel
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Alligator Hot Dog from Dat Dog with white trash fries.
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Product testing my DDM Cosmetics- LED Lipstick
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Hotel lobby of the Maison St. Charles on St. Charles Street in the Garden District
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Local Starbucks
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Gorgeous night market on Frenchmen Street
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Found this amazing abandoned derelict building.. STREET STYLE!!!

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As far as street style was concerned, it was quite disappointing. The retailers in the boutiques had a cute boho look to them, because they must dress for the heat! But overall, it was not an exceptionally fashion driven community. If only they realized the opportunities! Here are some fun shots we took.New Orleans Chantal Sarkisian Mode Xlusive Plus Size Blog Ottawa street style 2 New Orleans Chantal Sarkisian Mode Xlusive Plus Size Blog Ottawa Street Style IMG_9400  IMG_9552

Travelabulous helped me build a map of all the sites I visited. If you are thinking of a quick trip to New Orleans, do check it out.

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My 3 Fresh #FestivalFashion Looks

With the RBC Bluesfest creeping up, I thought I would put together three outfits that would best describe my Festival Fashion style.

I think we all have had our share of “trendy” accessory overload. In each styled outfit below, I proposed a light balance of classics paired with only a few focal points. You don’t want to look loud and overdone.

I don’t want to make this post too wordy, so please just enjoy the pics!

1- Light chambray dress, Love Bird floppy hat and Aldo platform mules.

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1- Light Chambray Dress- Forever 21 2- Black floppy hat- Love Bird 3- Sandals- Aldo 4- Leather belt- Old Navy

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2. White House of Harlow Sweater, bright floral pompom shorts, yellow MK thong sandals and sunnies.

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1- Light white sweater- House of Harlow 2- Shorts purchased at the French Market in New Orleans 3- Sunnies from vintage shop in New Orleans 4- Yellow thong sandals- Michael Kors

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1- Boho Kimono purchased in vintage shop in New Orleans 2- White lace shorts- H&M 3- Black racer back tank top with gold zipper- Banana Republic Outlet 4- White sneakers- Fred Perry 5- Pendleton wool blanket with leather carrier

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#RBCBluesfestFashion- Dress for the Fest!

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Swooning over those tassels, that lace and tie die tops!
I am happy to announce that I will be representing on the #StyleSquad at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest this year! We will be covering festival fashion for 6 days. If you see one of us, pose for the iphone and let them capture the moment. We will be sharing the best of the best on social media and Ottawa Newspapers.

Here is what you have to worry about:

  1. Get your RBC Bluesfest tickets early!
  2. Look up some Festival Fashion favourites and find your look! I discovered an awesome booth in the Byward market in front of the Keg with an excellent selection (see pic above)! Remember #supportlocal when you can.
  3. Follow the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest Insta, Twitter and Facebook accounts and watch for details.
  4. Get spotted by the Style Squad at RBC Bluesfest.
  5. Enter all the contests for a chance to win cool prizes.
  6. Take lots of pics at Bluesfest and use hashtags #RBCBluesfest2015, #RBCBluesfestFashion and #FollowMeBackstage.
  7. Visit the merch tent, buy a Bluesfest t’ and support local designer Kania who is behind all this magical clothes!
  8. TELL YOUR FRIENDS… obvi! Whether through Social Media channels or in person, don’t leave your friends behind!
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