Friday, February 21, 2014

What would you wear on a night out to a casino?



Online casinos are currently accessible on phones, tablets, and desktops, so you can join in casino tournaments and championships anywhere you want and at whatever time. In light of this, casinos have had an enormous surge in interest over the last two decades. People enjoy having the freedom to play from the privacy of their own home without needing to get spruced up, and it also means they can practise without having to pay a thing, so eventually go to a real casino they can go as high rollers. Real casinos haven't been affected by the online casino industry and keeps going from strength to strength because they offer things like music and dance entertainment and also places to eat all within the complex of the casino.

 
It's generally a good idea to check the website or telephone the casino to find out where the casino stands on dress code. Mobile phones are good to practise, website such as http://www.jackpotcity.co.uk provide plenty of online casino games. The general guideline is to try for a smart/casual look. Being dressed well might be a good investment because it could mean drinks on the house from the staff and special attention from everyone in the casino. Casinos like to see individuals who seem as though they are going to spend lots of money, so it’s definitely worth looking the part. A few looks to consider are perhaps a mid-length dress, maybe a skirt and blouse, or even a trouser suit or skirt suit decorated with some sparkly jewellery can make you stand out. If you are there to gamble, it’s fun to dress the part. ¾ trousers with a shirt and blazer looks classy and oozes power and control, something that could be handy against your rivals. If you want to go for a more feminine look, you could wear a pretty dress as long as it's not too revealing.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentines


Alright, I'm just gonna admit defeat and say that I can't keep this blog regularly updated for the life of me. The winter blues having been kicking me down and constantly traveling when I'm awful at time management doesn't help either.


Valentine's is a bit of a cheesy holiday but I'll be the first to admit that I just love it. Red, hearts everywhere and cute little trinkets to obsessively collect.  I normally make a point of going post-Valentine's day to grab whatever I can 50% off but this year it just didn't happen for me. I did, however, finally get my first V-day date and boy was it ever perfect! Gil and I spent most of the day contemplating if we actually wanted to get out but decided on dinner and drinks. He got me the Canon t3i and surprised me with a hand written card in my suitcase after I have a pouty baby stint. Needless to say, I felt really silly after I discovered it!


I had originally planned to wear something really sultry and vampy but after getting this absolutely perfect eShakti dress, I couldn't imagine a better outfit to wear. I don't know about everyone else but I've been a little disappointed with eShakti as of late. The last few pieces weren't made nearly as well as I'm used to and I wasn't really lusting over any winter items. I remember going a bit gaga last year over their Valetine's collection and thankfully this was just as good and I nabbed this piece of $17 after applying a bunch of discounts! Its the first dress that has actually fit so well that I don't think I'll need to alter it whatsoever, which worked out perfectly seeing as I didn't try it on until the very night I wore it out. I'm so sorry for the lack of detail in these shots but my shoes weren't very cute thanks to a big snow storm outside and I really didn't realize that you couldn't see my earrings. Trust me, they were cute!


Dress - Eshakti
Stockings - Lane Bryant

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Epiphany Over Coffee


I met with one of my old high school teachers yesterday and aside from remembering how much of a crush I had on him as a 15 year old, I was reminded of how I felt back then. Stupid, overwhelmed and hopeless. It was a little shocking because well, its been awhile since I could actually remember that exact feeling but I'll tell you this, triggers exist in the weirdest way. So while I talked about my new life and he told me about his, I remembered the girl I used to be. The one that used to cry all the time over her weight, the one that thought she couldn't ever get a boyfriend, the one that gave up in high school because of bullying and learning disabilities. It was humbling, to say the very least.

I came home both overjoyed and a little sad. Mostly because I felt in some ways I failed my younger self. Sure, I took the time to love who I am physically but in so many ways, I've stopped trying to encourage myself in others. I stopped trying to remind myself that I'm smart and I have the skills to accomplish what I need. I stopped trying to remind myself that I'm strong and I can get through this. If I opened any of my 10+ journals from my teenage years, I'd have at least 3 pages dedicated in each to remind me of who I once was and how proud of who I am now or at least who I thought I'd be (sorry 14 year old Sarah, no kids yet!).  I spent most of my morning thinking about the ways that I still want to improve and the ways I still put myself down.

It takes literally no effort for me to tell myself things like "You're stupid", "you can't do this", "why even bother", "told'ya you were wrong" but it requires an awful lot of time and energy to try and talk over that. Its funny how one 2hr meeting really helped me remember all the ways I owe it to myself.


Top - Torrid
Cardigan - Thrifted
Skirt - Wal Mart
Tights - Wal Mart
Boots - Wal Mart
Ring - Thrifted
Belt - ASOS

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Nutcracker Christmas


First off, I apologize for the quality of these photos. I made sure to pack my camera and SD card but somehow managed to forget the battery. Silly me! 


Its become a bit of a tradition that I see The Nutcracker every Christmas. I didn't celebrate the holiday growing up even though I very much wanted to and watching The Nutcracker would somehow always make up for that. Since then, I always make sure I consume some form of Nutcracker cinema around the holidays. My fella and I celebrated (a late) Christmas together this year and it was my 2nd ever celebration. One of my gifts was tickets to see the ballet and I just about cried when it came time to go. I couldn't wait to get dolled up and head out for our fancy evening together. He sure knows how to make this lady happy!


In usual blogger fashion, I spent quite some time mentally planning my outfit. If it wasn't for ModCloth's 50% off sale, I wouldn't have nabbed this beautiful green velvet dress. It just screams Sarah Anne doesn't it? I was a bit concerned that 4x would fit more like a 2x but luckily its full of stretch and fits me like a glove. I couldn't have dreamt up a better outfit for this occasion and pairing it was Sockdreams' polka dot gloves (did you know they sell gloves? so neat, right?) was the perfect addition. I received so many compliments and felt like a darn princess. Now if only it didn't rain all over my hair!


Dress - ModCloth
Gloves - Sockdreams
Tights - Walmart
Shoes - Thrifted

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best of 2013








Can you believe that today is the very first day of 2014? It doesn't even remotely feel like a year has past but I guess it has! 2013 was crazy, strange but exciting and life changing. 

Highlights: Meeting my boyfriend (duh) and sharing the majority of the year with him. Taking a trip to England and getting to check off a major must-do on my bucket list. Enrolling in a new course that has me feeling inspired and on the right path. Travelling a lot and conquering my fear of flying. Living on my own and realizing I can do it.

Lowlights: Mostly losing my lifelong kitty Daisy. After 17 years and growing up with her, I had to say goodbye after old age caught up with her. Its still terribly painful to think about not sharing 2014 with her but she'll always be in my heart.

Personal life aside, my style has gone through some major changes this year but I think 2013 will go down as the year that I really started to love my style. I've compiled some of my favourites from the year and I cannot wait to get more creative in 2014. Here's to another year of great fashion, love and adventure.


Friday, December 27, 2013

A Post About Weight Loss

Before you read, let me first start by saying that this isn't going to be your usual weight loss inspirational post. Its not about how I'm starting on some journey to shed my "excess" weight or anything of the sort. If you don't want to know my opinion on (extreme) weight loss, please stop now. The opinions expressed below are only mine.

Every morning I make my cream cheese bagel, pour myself a glass of water and turn the TV on. I flick through the channels until something sounds decent enough to keep as background noise. Every now and then I hear the odd funny joke that sticks with me or ridiculous story that makes me wanna research it a little more. So, today like normal I caught a short segment on a new weight loss procedure. I'm prone to switching the channel right away as hearing about weight loss can be quite triggering and uncomfortable for me. But in all of my years of fat activism and hearing stories about weight loss options that just seem so absurd you can't help but laugh, I could never have expected this. It seems like some sick, sad joke.

"The Tongue Patch Diet" has been around for 4 years and its basically a baby in comparison to procedures. This article states only about 800 people have had the surgery done which in the grand scheme of things doesn't seem that big, right? When you think about people who have willingly signed up for this process, it doesn't seem so small anymore. The tongue patch diet is as ridiculous and scary as it sounds because you literally get a patch sewn onto your tongue and keep it there until you're at your goal weight. Having it there makes eating so gruelling, painful and unpleasant that you cannot do anything but ingest liquids, forcing you into losing weight.

Now, I know anyone who has had this surgery is more than capable of making their own choices. Who am I to judge anyone else's choice with their body? But thats not my gripe here. My gripe is that we have failed. Society has royally fucked up and we have no one to blame but ourselves. We have created an environment that could actually cause someone to hate their body so much that they're willing to sew some foreign object onto their tongue in hopes of shedding those pesky pounds. How have we come this far? How are people still questioning the existing of fat phobia/hate/whatever you wanna call it?

Today I'm just sad and I feel defeated because this is out there and there's so much money being thrown into the diet industry that what can I do? I can't do anything but want to hug these people and tell them that I'm sorry. I can't do anything but make this post and vent about how disgusted I am. But I just wanted to say to my small little audience that I'm sorry if you've ever had negative body talk . I'm sorry if you've ever hated what you look so much that you'd be willing to harm yourself. I'm just sorry and this is not okay.

I want to finish by saying that I understand weight loss is a very personal choice and I in no way want to shame anyone who decides to do so. Thats not my right whatsoever. My problem here isn't your choices but the fact that fat shaming exist to the degree that it does. I just want that very clear.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Halloweenies


As I'm sure some of you know, my dear friend Stina and I have been annually hitting up Value Village + McDonalds every Halloween for at least two years now and this year was no different! I'm very particular about what I wear for this occasion, its an important one! Seeing Stina amps up my desire to be more creative with my outfits, especially since she's always so on point with hers. 


Like many of you, I'm gaga over pinafore dresses this season. ASOS is pretty reliable when it comes to keeping us plus size gals up to date with on trend items so I kept a watchful eye until they finally came through. I've seen so many blogger wear this garment already and so well on top of that! I'm actually ashamed how much thought I put into creating my very own version of this dress. 


Hanging out with Stina for Halloween was just what I needed this holiday season. It hasn't felt like Halloween or Christmas but seeing her really reminded me why I look forward to this time of year. Enjoy some more photos from our annual Halloween get together!




Top - Big Fat Toronto Swap
Dress - ASOS
Socks - Ardenes
Shoes - Wal Mart
Pins - Pork Magazine