Tuesday, January 5, 2016

NYE 2015

2015 was a wild ride and I truly cannot believe we're in 2016 already. It feels really strange to even type that! I've had so many ups and downs this past year but I really am thankful for so many things. I've developed deeper connections with some of my closet friends, met some of my favourite people for the first time IRL, pushed myself to get through tough times and really took a hard look at myself and where I need to improve. Although I can hardly say I'm 100% better and happier than I was at the start of the year, I'm doing better than I was. And I just feel more capable, too. My biggest goal every year has been paying more attention to this blog but each attempt has been pretty pathetic, to be honest. At least I won't have to make that one of my biggest goals for 2016. I've been devoting a lot more time to myself, my blog and my youtube channel and it feels pretty dang great!

I didn't really do anything specular for NYE but I was able to spend it with two very important people in my life; my boyfriend and my dear friend Hayley. Although our night was very lowkey, I couldn't pass up the chance to get dressed up. My mother always told me that the way you spend your NYE will be the theme of your year, so I spent it in style. I've had this one sleeve dress for ages now, I'd say at least a year and my original plan was wearing this for the Nutcracker. I've been dying to find a place to wear it since and I really do think it was the perfect little number for NYE. At first I wasn't really sold on this dress for me but now that I'm looking at these photos, I'm truly in love. The see-through detailing on this dress is divine, an added little bit of sexiness that I couldn't really pass up when I originally bought it. I'm all for subtle sexiness these days, which is a huge difference than my usual mile of cleavage. 

Let's talk about my blue glitter eyes because I spent weeks thinking about doing this makeup. I'd say it was one of the key reasons I even bothered to get myself ready to begin with. A very long time ago I bought a bunch of glitter from BH cosmetics with the intention of using them but I just had no idea how to work with it. Now that my makeup game has improved I'm making it my mission to use all of the glitter colours that I own. I was really nervous about doing an entirely blue lid. I'm a sucker for natural colours and I've never played with bright colours before. I really think this paid off, though! If you're interested in this look, please do let me know in the comments below! 

With all that being said, i hope you all had a wonderful and happy NYE! 

Dress - Rebdolls (similar here)
Earrings - Old Navy
Shoes - Thrifted

Monday, December 28, 2015

Queen of Hearts / Plus size OoTD

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Thursday, December 24, 2015


Our winter has been incredibly strange this year. We're having unusually warm weather and cloudy, rainy days. Its really bothering me much more than usual. It doesn't feel like the holidays, does it? Today is Christmas eve and my brain keeps thinking I've got at least another month until the big day. Can't a girl just get a little snow? I guess I can't complain too much. Its a bit nice to have weather that allows me to get around on foot with ease and to continue wearing lighter clothing. I'm a sucker for bundles but not having to completely limit myself to my winter boots has been nice. 

Now, I guess I should mention my outfit seeing as this is a fashion blog, after all. I'm swooning hard over this lilac sweater but I cannot believe I found it at Joe Fresh. I used to work at Joe Fresh as a young 20 year old. I always loved and envied their clothing line but I couldn't ever fit into a darn thing. I was much, much smaller than I am now, too.. but I guess they've made a huge change to their sizing because I fit with room to spare. If you're Canadian plus size person and you want some inexpensive, cute clothing I really, really suggest giving Joe Fresh a chance. I bought this adorable lilac sweater for only $12! I really wish I splurged and bought more but now I'm holding out for post-Xmas sales. There's nothing like a little retail therapy to get your through this winter blues!

In one of my attempts to feel better, I bought "A tale for the time being" by Ruth Ozeki. I'll admit, I half expected myself to just let it collect dust in my collection of other unread books but I'm hooked. I've only got about 70 pages left and I'm conflicted about it coming to an end. I like this routine an awful lot and I'm not quite ready to let go of the story. What are some of your favourite novels? Do you have any suggestions for my next book? I want to make 2016 the year of reading!

With all that being said, I hope you have a very merry holiday season. I know this time of year can be terribly difficult for a lot of people so treat yourself if you can. Find your comfortable place and stay there until its over if need be! No matter what you're doing, I hope you're happy and I hope you're well.

Sweater- Joe Fresh
Pants - ASOS Curve

Booties - Modcloth
Earrings - Old Navy
Pin - Etsy

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sealed with a Kiss

What's a girl to do when you've been cooped up for too long? Why, dress up, of course! I'm not easily motivated these days. At the very most, I'll put on mascara and head out for my daily walk. There's just nothing to dress up for when you're going to Tim Hortons to read a book.

I'm trying to stay on task these days and one of my very many Dos on my "To-Do's" list is outfit photos. I've also been challenging myself to grab pieces I haven't worn in awhile/haven't ever worn. Not as easy as it might look! There's a very good reason they've stayed in my closet so long. Even after five years of blogging, I'm still completely clueless about what to wear sometimes. It can happen to the very best of us!

Would you believe that I just threw this whole outfit together? Because I totally did! The unseasonably warm weather has given me a bit more playroom with my outfit choices but honestly, I'm willing to endure the cold for a good outfit. Unfortunately, all of these pieces were purchased last season or even further back than that so I can't give you any links!

Top - ModCloth
Skirt - Target
Pantyhose - Walmart
Shoes - Garage sale
Purse - Forever21
Earrings - Old Navy

Monday, December 14, 2015

My struggle with social anxiety

This is a bit of weird thing for me to discuss but I've wanted to for a very long time! If you would be interested in talking about coping mechanisms or having an outlet to discuss how social anxiety hinders you please do let me know! 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Plus size Charlotte Russe Haul (2x/3x)

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Monday, November 23, 2015

A Family Affair

Don't worry, I'm not going to make posting cell phone OoTDs a regular thing but since I didn't have anything else to post today I thought I'd share my outfit from the summer. I'm already deep in the mourning stages of one of my favourite seasons and I found myself looking through all of my fond memories this past summer. I had so many exciting things to do and one of them was attending my cousin's wedding. I have an extremely large family so it never seems like its too long until someone is getting hitched again. I have a bit of a complicated relationship with my family. Whether it  be comparison being the killer, too many of us to feel like I can be that close with anyone or just straight up family frustrations coming to a boil. However, even if I go a few years being angry at the people I call family, I'm immediately reminded of why I love where I come from whenever we're all together. I'm immediately reminded of the reasons I'm so proudly Portuguese and so eager to talk about my crazy and eclectic family. Seeing any of them get married makes me choke up a little. I'm proud of them for finding love and happiness in their life.

Although I don't feel entirely comfortable sharing my *ahem* "unusual" style with my family, I cannot pass up the opportunity to dress in my best. Too much cleavage is a really big no, no for a lot of my family members but I've always danced to the beat of my own drum. As a young girl, I was very timid and shy. I kept to myself and certainly never dressed up. Ever. Sometimes I wonder what my family thinks of my caterpillar to butterfly transformation. I wonder if they're proud of me for overcoming years of self doubt and low self esteem. Maybe I'll never know. Anywho, enjoy these adorable photos of me and my cousin's daughter, Olivia. She's absolutely precious and always so sweet and kind!

Dress: eShakti
Shoes: Wal Mart
Earrings: Aldo