Falling For Fall Previews!

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Hi Friends!

I know what you’re thinking, it’s summer, “why on earth are you talking about Fall?!”  Listen, it’s August,  if I’m struggling to find a new maxi dress it’s time to think about the cozy sweaters I will be wearing in just over a months time.  I recently had the chance to check out the fall collection from Addition Elle and I’m excited! Here’s a look at my must have pieces for fall!

 

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I must have this Camo jacket.  My friend @MrTimChan will approve this purchase for sure he’s been on me for over a year to get one.  I think this is it!  Loves it!

14619661921_e07a0fd84b_nI love dresses and this little number has sweetness written all over it!  I can’t wait to have it!  I think I will wear it while crunching leaves on the city streets in some new boots!  Oh ya, I’m a city girl now!  

 

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I love everything about this outfit.  I will probably steal the whole look for myself and I won’t feel bad about it!  I can see myself sipping tea in this one while in the park watching the dogs play.

 

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I’m such a sucker for black and white!  I can’t help it.  It’s black, it’s white, it’s mine!

 

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I. LOVE, THIS. JACKET!  My heart hurt leaving it at the preview.  It’s a must must have!  I’ve already planned the boots, pants and shirt to wear with it!

 

These are my top 5 must have looks from Addition Elle for fall!  What do you think?  What are some of your must haves for fall?  Let me know in the comments!  Better yet, send me you #OOTD pics at curvesandcake@gmail.com and I’ll post them so we can all marvel at your fashion brilliance!

An Evening With Ashley Graham Pt. 2: Fan girl!

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Hey y’all!  Hopefully you’ve read part one, now for a recap of my evening with Ashley Graham!  I will try to give you a full play by-play but I’m not sure my words will really do the evening justice.

After a long day of promotion, press and bloggers were invited to a media dinner with Ashley Graham at Toca restaurant inside the beautiful Ritz Carlton Hotel.  I was a total fan girl and arrived early, obviously!  I was greeted by a rep from Addition Elle and Ashley.  #SheWon!  Ashley was lovely, offered to take my jacket, as if, and we proceeded to grab a glass of wine.  Ashley was warm and welcoming and the evening slowly turned into what felt like an intimate dinner with friends, only a lot of us didn’t know each other and our host was a supermodel, who, by the way,  greeted each of her guests at they arrived.

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Ashley thanking everyone for attending and their support of her new line.

As we sat down to dinner, everyone got to know each other and chat.  Ashley did the rounds and even took a few pictures while appetizers were served.  Total class act.  Once everyone was seated, Ashley thanked all of us for coming and a request to open a little gift from our host!

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It’s a cup case for your bras to prevent damage while travelling. Brilliant!

As dinner started we chatted about everything!  We met Ashley’s husband, she told us about growing up, her neighborhood, her family and SHE asked US tons of questions.  She doesn’t like the term, Plus Size, Fatkini or Plus Size Model.  She eats burgers, she does Bar and yoga and appreciates a good sale!  Models, they’re just like us! Had I not known better, I really would have thought everyone had known each other for years.  As a member of the media we all know these types of events can be a drag, the “host” is being paid and this is part of the gig.  “Hosts” usually leave early,  Ashley was present and stayed present the entire time.  What made this different was how personal the dinner was.  Everything about it felt real.  There was a certain comfort and familiarity about the whole thing.  By desert we were all being really open and when Ashley asked me what size bra I wore I just blurted it out!  Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for me, I don’t talk about those things with anyone who hasn’t known me for at least 5 years!  And with that, I put on my big girl panties and asked for a picture.

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Me and Ashley Graham. This is actually pre posing lesson!

Yes!  You read that right, I got a lesson in posing!  I’ll show you that pic in a sec.  We tried to take a picture a few times and then we took this one which I immediately hated!  “Eww, my belly!” came flying out of my mouth and without missing a beat, this supermodel told me not to be crazy and if it really bothered me to follow her trick!  Are you ready for it?  Here it is – Hips back, chin out and down.  It actually works!

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Hips back, chin out and down.

In the end, I actually like the first picture more, it’s brighter and I don’t look like a crazy stalker.  I also met blogger Karyn Johnson.  She was one of my first twitter followers when I started this blog!  She was super nice.

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Me and fashion blogger Karyn Johnson a.k.a. Killer Kurves

I guess I need to give some closing thoughts on this night.  It really was wonderful.  Ashley totally lived up to what I imagined she would be like.  She’s that girl every guy would die to be with, total smoke show.  She’s also the girl who you would want as the BFF you go to Europe with.  As I was leaving she wished me well and told me she was happy she met ME!  I nearly died and that’s when I went into full level 5 fan girl and spilled that I had been a fan of hers forever and was so excited she not only lived up to, but blew away, every expectation I had of her.

CLOTHING CREDITS: My top: Addition Elle, Pencil Skirt: Voluptuous, Shoes: Torrid  Ashley’s Dress: Vivienne Westwood  (on sale – also VW apparently carries dresses in up to a size 3X)

Thanks to my new friend Diana from Dare Magazine for taking my picture with Ms. Graham

What The Haul?!: The Bay Styles

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So my favourite shopping buddy @MrTimChan came to town this weekend so it was all about getting ready for fall!  The day was exhausting but super fun.  We experimented with a few looks he thought I would try for fall and I managed to even buy a few things.  Thanks to The Bay for my latest haul.  Looking at it now, I see a pattern but I really don’t want to return anything to the store.  Take a look and let me know what you think?  Have I gone pattern crazy?  What would you return?

 

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I love this sweater from The Hudson’s Bay signature collection! I also got it for a deal and a half! Stay or Go?

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This Peter Nygard wrap dress was another steal at just….wait for it…. $27!! And it’s a size smaller than I usually buy! No need to ask for your advice it stays!

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Another Peter Nygard dress with an uneven tie front. It’s a size bigger but it looks really nice and I can pair it with tights for winter. Is it too similar to the dress above. Should it stay or should it be returned?

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Love this short sleeve stripped number. I’m not always down for the horizontal stripes but what you’re not seeing are the peak a boo sleeves. It looks way better on than it does on the hanger. I’ve already worn it so it stays!

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Return of the black and white pattern. #Sigh. It was a big $12 dollars and it has the little zipper back detail which you know I’m obsessed with now. Do I need it though? Should it stay or be returned?

If you haven’t hit The Bay go.  The sales as you can see are pretty amazing and even if you’re not going back to school, everyone needs a little something new for fall.

 

 

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What’s Sexy?

There’s been a lot of talk the last few weeks about big girls in bikinis. From the new H&M ads featuring Jennie Runk to the Fatkini from Gabi Fresh everyone seems shocked that big girls would ever want to bare all and go to the beach!  Why is that?  Why is it so hard to believe that we could possibly want to be sexy?  Is it so unheard of that the plus size woman would actually enjoy doing things like swimming?  I’m repeating myself aren’t I?  Oops, there I go again with another question.

 I get that full-figured women might feel modest and want to cover up but the same goes for skinny girls.  I know plenty of skinny and average girls that wouldn’t wear a bikini but that doesn’t stop companies from making sexy suits for them.  The same should go for plus size girls. Times are changing people, let’s do this thing.  Let’s flaunt what we’ve got even if it isn’t the norm!  Thanks to Gabi and Jennie for showing that big girls are sexy, fashionable and ready for the beach no matter how big we might be.