Late Summer Style Inspiration

Late Summer Inspiration

H M women plus size top
27 CAD – hm.com

Witchery trench coat
240 CAD – witchery.com.au

J Brand jeans
235 CAD – marissacollections.com

Dorothy Perkins high heel shoes
80 CAD – dorothyperkins.com

Givenchy leather tote bag
2,990 CAD – harveynichols.com

Fendi round glasses
600 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Kate Spade tech accessory
59 CAD – katespade.com

NARS Cosmetics lip gloss
bloomingdales.com

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Plus-Size Summer Style Guide in BHBB Magazine

I am so excited to finally share this with you!

A few months ago, I worked like a crazy person to get ready for my first official article on summer styling tips for plus-size women. Be Healthy Be Beautiful is a free local quarterly magazine in Ottawa that covers beauty and fashion in the area.
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There is no real secret to being a plus-size fashionista. Often times, the same rules apply. Most women love their summer clothes, but the reality for plus-size women is that summer can bring on major fashion challenges. The constant sticky and sweaty mess is one thing, but not being able to hide behind clothes is another. Common struggles include showing more skin and the fear of baring legs and arms. Feeling comfortable in your skin is part of any fashionista’s journey to self-acceptance. It’s all about finding tricks that work for you. If you are looking for inspiration, these 10 plus-size fashion tips should help guide you in creating flawless style this summer.

  1. Know your body type. Don’t focus on size. Women come in all shapes, length and weight, from plus-size to petite.
  2. Invest in classic, quality and versatile pieces. A good pair of jeans or a well fitted blazer will go a long way.
  3. Get your clothes tailored. When clothes fit well, they look more expensive and make you feel amazing.
  4. Don’t splurge on trends. Stay stylish with brands that offer temporary and trendy at a bargain price.
  5. Accessorize to the max with quality jewelry, shoes and hand bags.
  6. Find inspiration online and in magazines and keep track of your favourite outfits.
  7. Stick to natural materials, like cotton and linen, to help keep you dry and breezy.
  8. Put some effort in your hair and makeup. It’s amazing how it can boost your confidence.
  9. Clean out your closet seasonally and rediscover some old favourites.
  10. Supportive undergarments are key to looking sleek and supported.

The most important thing women should remember is to know your body shape, know what flatters you most, have your own style, exude confidence at all times and most importantly…have fun playing in your closet!

Camouflage tips
Women who chose not to show their legs in the summer should opt to wear lose trousers made of thin cotton or linen. Maxi skirts and dresses are also a great way to stay breezy and covered.
For women who want to cover their arms, a light cotton cape or lose cardigan does the trick.

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Old Navy- Head to toe!
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Addition Elle (excluding shoes and purse)
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H&M head to toe! (excluding shoes)
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Desigual head to toe!
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Gap head to toe!

A big thank you to Bayshore Shopping Centre for providing all the fashion and to Karie Hession of Yow City Style who took the photos.

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Fashion Truck Canada

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Sometimes, I think I have a sixth sense when it comes to fashion. It calls me. “Hey Chantsy, something about that looks interesting… go see what it’s all about”. Every time I listen to that little voice, it guides me to beautiful things. This voice comes in handy when you are vintage or consignment shopping, antiquing and digging through the racks at Winners. I always anticipate my heart palpitations when I discover… “The find!!” It’s important to note that I also use this voice when I travel… it makes for stumbling upon amazing adventures!

Ok, back to Fashion Truck Canada (seen above). OMG! yes!!! Let me repeat that for you. This is a Fashion boutique, on a Truck, at a festival! Complete with a fitting room and cash! Again, let me repeat that, fashion comes to YOU. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to the owner, Ashley Barber, who was gracious enough to talk to me about the truck and her Toronto-based business. She curates a lovely collection of women’s clothing that is suited for most body types, trendy styles, comfortable materials and most importantly, fair prices. She carries brands in likes of Free People, Quay, Seychelles and more. Her truck is famous for private shopping parties and events.

If you are going to RBC Bluesfest this week, visiting this truck is a must! It’s located on the North side of the Bell stage. You can’t get a better souvenir than this. Pick up a pair of sunnies, clutch or a gorgeous wide brim hat! Bonus- if you use your Master Card, they are offering a 10% discount!

Check out the rest of the pictures I took of this gem. Don’t forget to visit and follow their Insta, Facebook and Twitter! Oh, and don’t forget to use #ShoptheTruck!

Happy #FestivalFashion to all!

 

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“Great style doesn’t just fall off the back of the truck!” Well, now it does!

 

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The beautiful Ashley Barber, Owner and stylist of FashionTruckCanada.com
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Racks on racks of gorgeous clothes!
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Quay sunnies display! You know I am already a huge fan of this brand 😉
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See that gorgeous white lace off the shoulder top… yup, I bought it!
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This is me, over-the-moon, after my purchases in the truck!

 

 

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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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