BASH NOIR: an evening of fashion & fundraising

Ottawa Bash Noir Snow Suit Fund event

Join me on June 20th, for this year’s hottest summer event, BASH NOIR, in support of the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund. Get your tickets before they sell out!

The Snowsuit fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of new snowsuits to needy children in our community. For more information, visit www.snowsuitfund.com.

BASH NOIR IS AN ENTICING AFFAIR TAKING PLACE AT THE STUNNING NEW HORTICULTURE BUILDING IN OTTAWA’S LANDSDOWNE PARK. UPON OPENING HOURS, GUESTS CAN EXPECT TO INDULGE ON PASSED APPS AND OPULENT COCKTAILS WHILE CHATTERING AMONGST OTTAWA’S LIKE- MINDED SOCIALITES. THE EVENING WILL UNFOLD AND ESCALATE WITH NOIR INSPIRED ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, DECOR, DANCE FLOOR, BOTTLE SERVICE AND SOIREE. THIS ONE OF A KIND EVENT IS BASED ON THE NEO-NOIR AND FEMME FATALE FILM GENRE. AN UPSCALE DRESS CODE IS REQUIRED WITH A COLOR SCHEME OF BLACK, AND RED HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. NOTABLY CATERED BY ACE MERCADO RESTAURANT, VIP BAGS BY RINALDO’S HAIR SALON, BOTTLE SERVICE BY GREY GOOSE CHERRY NOIR, AND DIRECTION BY NATIONAL CAPITAL PRODUCTION; THIS IS AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THIS HAS BEEN A SELL-OUT EVENT EVERY YEAR. BE SURE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

But the true question remains… what shall I wear to the affair? I guess you will have to tune in and see! Or just buy your ticket already!

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Going ‘green’ with envy for H&M’s new Conscious line

I fell in love with H&M the moment it came to Toronto, almost 10 years ago now. What a wonderful way to update my wardrobe with good quality items at a fair price. I must admit, I was sad when they dropped their size 16, making size 14 now even more difficult to find. Recently, they opened a few stores in Ottawa and expanded their line with plus size and maternity, which pretty much excuses them for those past mistakes.

The real reason I am writing today is to share some exciting new with you! To celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2015) a wonderful collaboration has been sparked between Bayshore Shopping Centre and H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive Line. Drop off your unwanted clothing and get H&M swag for going green… not a bad deal! Make sure you visit the ONLY H&M store in Ottawa that is offering their Conscious Exclusive collection and by the famous words of Parks and Rec “Treat Yo Self”! There are some gorgeous dresses and skirts that are absolutely perfect for this year’s wedding season!

H&M Bayshore Ottawa Conscious ClosetThis is me in my new favourite H&M Conscious V-neck top. I love the colour and the fit. The sleeves and the V-neck are particularly flattering for us XLusive gals. This is a size Large, and as you can see, fits loose. I did this photo shoot for my bio and head shot for Ottawa Life Magazine. I am their new beauty insider! Petty cool,eh?

Loads of new things happening, so stick around!

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#HMConsciousCloset Vneck shirt
Chantal Sarkisian H&M mode XLusive Ottawa Plus Size Fashion Blog
#HMConsciousCloset Vneck shirt
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What to wear to the affair: Revive Your Style with Erica Wark

IMG_7434On Sunday, January 25 I attended my first “Revive Your Style” fundraiser event hosted by the ever fashionable Erica Wark.

First, I want to say, wow. I have a background in Marketing, beauty and events, and I was impressed my friends. No cheese here, this is the real deal and all grounds were covered. I was impressed on a few levels. Erica managed to sell out the venue, get connected with amazing sponsors, raise over $17,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and pull together a very Ready-to-Wear budget friendly fashion show. Not to mention, she did this with poise and personality. I have gotten to know Erica online very well, but this was the first time we met in person. Such kindness and grace. This girl is going places my friends.

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Much anticipated selfie with Erica. Sort of gave her fiance a hard time with this pic. Haha

Ok- but let’s be honest, the thing that was stressing me out the most was my outfit for the event. How do I stand out? Show my own interpretation of fashion and most of all, pull off a plus-size look that any size 2 could admire? I was feeling very uninspired so I turned to Pinterest and searched for “New York Street Style 2015”. That’s ultimately the style I can relate to: feminine, simple, fabulous! A common trend I noticed was casual t-shirt, feminine skirt and killer heels. Easy! I can do this.

I opted to go for a dressy denim look and chose my black short layered Calvin Klein skirt paired with my Gap chambray shirt. Some black Capezio fishnets I got online and my taupe Enzo Angiolini pumps I got at Wolf & Zed for 50% off on New Years Day (psst- looks like they are on sale)! Denim was HOT HOT on the runway, so I was on point. Here is the finished look.

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Step and repeat with the lovely Rachella of EllaIssa.com and fashionista Katrina Turnbull

For makeup I went with Morange lipstick from MAC and a dark burgundy and gold eyeshadow combination. Trying to change it up and stand out. Makeup is my specialty after all, it wouldn’t make sense for me not to try and break the envelope.

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Hair did by Michelle Nguyen from Hair Republic. Loving the beach blond babe look 😉
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China Glaze “Out like a light” manicure from Upkeep Shoppe.
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Katrina Turnbull, me and Rachella Clarot of EllaIssa.com (Uashmama Canada). Photo taken by Brittany of www.thronephotography.ca
Mode XLusive Chantal Sarkisian Erica Wark VIP Swag Bag from Revive Your Style 2015
VIP Swag Bag from Revive Your Style 2015
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Proutfit: Noir & Blanc

Oui, oui! Je suis une Parisienne today! All I am missing is a bike, a baguette and a beret!

Today’s casual-Friday proutfit is black and white with a little sparkle! It is the holiday of course and sparkle is not only in season, it’s a prerequisite to looking festively glam!

I am wearing my new Nine West flats that I got for 50% off… 1 of 3 pairs that I bought recently. You already saw my electric blue swede pumps yesterday. So far they are soft and comfortable! I love the preppy look too. Stay tuned for number 3.

Here is a complete list of today’s proutfit:

  1. Darling & Dapper Capella earrings (Ottawa brand!)
  2. Joe Fresh Black and white stripe sequence tee
  3. Black Jeans from GAP outlet
  4. Nine West Lavalu black leather flats

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