Timeless Fashion with Sumissura

There’s something to be said about classic, timeless pieces. Even though styles come and go, there are certain pieces that will never really get old. Jeans. Leather jackets. Suits. White t-shirts. Personally, I have a bad habit of buying too many statement pieces, but have been making more of an effort to round my wardrobe out with some more versatile classics. Now that I’m in my 30s, I find myself wanting to dress smarter and am learning that the key (for me) is to mix and match styles and pieces to make a finished and polished look. My favourites are outfits that look edgy, but clean. Professional, but daring.

For a few years now, I’ve been falling in love with women’s pantsuits. I think they’re timeless, powerful, and smart. Last year, a company called Sumissura reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try them out, and you can imagine my excitement when I found out that I could get a custom made and tailor fit green velvet tux; a gorgeous marriage between a classic shape with a statement finish.

This year, they reached out again, and I was SO excited with how the last order turned out, I asked if I might be able to try their custom-made trench coats and dresses. I’ve never had a classic trench and I knew that getting one that was made specific to my long limbed sizing would be the only way to go. Later this week I’ll be sharing a complete video on my YouTube channel, with my order process and my first try-on/review like I did with my last order, but I’m spoiling the surprise and letting you know that I LOVE EVERYTHING about this order too.

Trench coats have been around since the first and second World Wars, and have since become fashionable classic pieces throughout the decades. I know that this piece is going to get so much wear for years and years to come. I paired it with one of Sumissura’s flare knee length dresses, another very simple and classic piece. Altogether, this outfit made me feel like such a professional lady! As much as I love my street fashion, I really can’t ignore how sharp and put together an outfit like this makes me feel.

If you’re interested in checking out Sumissura for yourself (and I really think you should because the customization options are almost endless!!!), use my referral link for $25 off your first purchase (applicable to new users only), which will give me $25 off my next purchase — this referral program is open to everyone so you can invite your friends and get that referral bonus too!
If you already have an account but have never ordered, use my code: blgtallmer10 for 10% off your first purchase!!

(I also didn’t get paid for this post or any post regarding Sumissura, but have been gifted my fully customized clothing items for an honest review.)

Anyways, I’m looking forward to having a reason to wear this outfit past my own sidewalk one of these days..
Hope you’re all hanging in there and staying safe and sane if you’re transitioning back to work. Big love,

xx

Staycation Season

Earlier this year, my boyfriend and I had talked about going away for his next birthday (which just passed on May 13). Crazy how things changed SO much and we’ve been mostly confined within the walls of our downtown apartment for the past two months.

We’re extremely lucky to have a bit of private outdoor space (a covered porch on the front, and an uncovered patio on the back of our apartment), and even though the weather has been slow to cooperate, we’ve been doing our best to make it feel less like the space we HAVE to stay in, and more like a space we GET to spend time in.

Now it’s never going to compare to being poolside in a tropical climate, but by adding some greenery, and enjoying some tasty beverages on the few sunny days we’ve had, I’ve gotta say, it hasn’t been too bad. Add a few new bikinis to the mix, and I almost start feeling like this extended time off is a low budget vacation, or staycation rather. So I thought I’d share a few of my recent fave staycation drink choices and bikini options.

First of all, I’m a lover of ciders, so MOST of the sunny days have consisted of drinking a local cider while sunbathing. We often try to grab a few different options every time we pick some up, and I’ve landed on a few that are becoming regular repeats:If it’s not a cider, we generally make some sort of ginger beer and liquor mixed. Our newest favourite is a spiced rum with ginger beer and a cherry apple [non-alcoholic] cider.Finally, just so I can feel like I’m in ultimate vacation mode when the sun comes out, I recently bought a few swimsuits from the ASOS “Fuller Bust” selection, and I am THRILLED! I’ve always had a difficult time finding cute swimwear that fits properly (I typically wear a US 32G give or take depending on style), and have often sacrificed fit for style. They have so many style options for such a broad range of sizes, and now that I know those options exist, feel like I never have to worry about having improperly fitted swimwear again.SHOPPING LINKS (note — each purchase was from the sale section and may no longer be available but there are SO many others to choose from as well)
Animal print swim top: https://bit.ly/3t92tdu
Red bikini top: https://bit.ly/3rGFOoD
Red bikini bottoms: https://bit.ly/3bDvp7u

White bikini top: https://bit.ly/3t9wBFA

White bikini bottom: https://bit.ly/3t6diwI
Avocado Floatie: https://bit.ly/3tgqAHl

Anyways, as I write this the sun seems to be making an appearance from behind the clouds so I guess it’s best I get back to staycation mode.

Until next time,

xx

My Recent OOTDs

It’s May 11, and I’m still wearing a wintery jacket and beanie for my walk to the grocery store. I should have grabbed my gloves on my way out but overestimated how warm it was outside, and paid the price with cold hands the whole way. This whole polar vortex thing here in Canada and lack of sunshine really isn’t helping my creativity when it comes to getting dressed because all I want to do is bundle up in my warmest, coziest clothes if I have to leave the house, and I feel like I’ve been recycling variations of the same outfit over and over.

Most of the time when I share outfits on my blog, I try to share new items so that if anyone is inspired or interested in something, they can get it for themselves. These outfits are all things that have been in my closet for awhile, but if I can find links on where to buy I’ll be sure to include them. If they’re unavailable, I’ll still let you know where it’s all from anyways so you at least know where I shop! Either way, here are some of the outfits I’ve been wearing on my quarantine walks πŸ™‚

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Long Tall Sally outfit

Jeans: TTYA x LTS, from Long Tall Sally
Jacket: Curatd x LTS, from Long Tally Sally
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Beanie: Dollskill

tallest mermaid streetwear ootd

Pants: Pretty Little Thing (Tall)
Top: PosterGrl, from Dollskill
Jacket: Missguided (Tall)
Sneakers: Fila, from Dollskill
Hat: Nikki’s Wives band merch

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Pants: Alloy Apparel
Sweater: Forever21
Jacket: ASOS (Tall)
Shoes: Adidas, from Winners
Sunnies: Missguided
Beanie: Dollskill

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Jeans: TTYA x LTS, from Long Tall Sally
Jacket: Old Navy (Tall)
Shirt: H&M
T-shirt: Missguided (Tall)
Shoes: Converse
Mask: TeePaw Creations
Hat: Raptors Championship merch πŸ™‚

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Joggers: Missguided (Tall)
Jacket: Adidas, thrifted from Public Butter
Shoes: Adidas PureBoost
Beanie: Dollskill

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Jeans: Alloy Apparel
Jacket: Curatd x LTS, from Long Tall Sally
Shirt: hand me down
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Hat: Missguided
Gloves: MEC

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Pants: Pretty Little Thing (Tall)
Jacket: Forever21
Hoodie: Poster Grl from Dollskill

formal Canadian Tuxedo tallest mermaid ootd

Jeans: Silver Jeans from Long Tall Sally
Jacket: ASOS (Tall)
Shirt: ASOS (Tall)
Shoes: Adidas from Winners
Hat: Dollskill
Gloves: MEC

 

Anyways, I hope you’re all staying safe and relatively sane during this time!
Next week I’ll be sharing a few new bikini finds to try and will the warmer weather back.. fingers crossed it works!

Until then,

xoxo

Tall Thrifting??! || The Tall Exchange

When I’m bored or stressed, I often get the itch to shop online. Over the last few weeks there’s been an abundance of boredom AND stress, but with my current limited income situation I’m doing my best to exercise self control (not easy with all the sales I keep seeing, and I’ve definitely given in a few times). There’s been a LOT of window shopping, and the wishlists on all my favourite sites have been growing. I keep feeling the need to buy new things for my apartment since I spend SO much time at home, but then also want to refresh my wardrobe so that I can serve some straight up fire looks when we’re allowed to leave the house again. The struggle. Is. REAL!! lol
Real talk though, if anyone else has found themselves in the same boat, I apologize ahead of time for the information I’m about to share. Not that I’m encouraging spending extra money… but….. you must know…. *devilish smile*

thetallexchange.com

I recently had a chat with Bree Wijnaar, founder of The Tall Society, about her latest passion project: The Tall Exchange. If you’ve yet to hear about this platform, it’s essentially a Depop or Poshmark style site, BUT FOR US TALL GIRLS (AND GUYS). I don’t know about you, but I was SO excited to hear about it. I feel like like I’m never really able to shop second-hand because tall items are so limited and because and finding them amongst all the standard sized items feels next to impossible. I also feel like the timing is perfect. I mean.. I probably shouldn’t be spending too much unnecessary money, but if I do, I feel way better about buying from and supporting my peers, and giving new love toΒ  thrifted pieces. Not only that, but a good closet cleanup is way overdue, and having the option to sell a few items of my own to an audience who would actually appreciate the length and fit, would be a nice way to make a few extra bucks for groceries.

I’ve yet to go through my closet and am unsure if I’m quite ready to part with any of the tall pieces in my wardrobe, but I’ve already started browsing the site and am SO excited to see it grow. That’s why I’m spreading the news. The more tall babes that know about it, the more diverse the sizing and styles will become. Finally having a specific space to shop and sell TALL second-hand items could be a game changer and I’m all about it!

Not tall, but know some tall friends? Pass along the message (specifically if they wear a size 6 and have some things they want to get rid of… I’d love some more options!)

Being Productive at Home

It seems as though much of the world has a bit of extra time on their hands lately. I’ve officially been off of work now for 2 weeks and after browsing social media far more than I’d like to admit, have realized how much more productive everyone else seems to have been at this time.

Now I don’t know about you, but I personally have a very difficult time finding motivation at home. Once I hit the couch, I just want to snuggle under a blanket and binge-watch the latest Netflix series, or share snacks with my boyfriend while we laugh over a round of Unstable Unicorns (if you’ve never heard of this game, 10/10 would recommend lol). My productivity hasn’t really had much of a lifespan once I enter my front door. Work, working out, yoga, and often writing blog posts… they were all things that I did outside of my home because I’m very well aware that once I got back there, I probably wouldn’t do it. With the recent change of pace in the world, this was definitely a pattern I needed to change since home has now become my gym, studio, office, etc.

For anyone else struggling, I’ve come up with a few strategies that have been helping me find motivation to be productive.

  1. At the end of the day, make a list of things you want to get done the next day, in order of importance (surprise surprise, my Productivity Journal has been coming in handy!)
  2. Establish a morning routine that gets you up and out of bed. For myself it involves getting up and doing a small workout (not necessarily as intense as I’d do at the gym, but something that at least gets my heart rate up), and then having a small breakfast and a tea.
  3. Put yourself together. I know that if I stay in my pj’s all day, I definitely won’t get much done, so I make an effort to put my face on and put an outfit together. Yes.. I’m that person wearing jeans in quarantine because it motivates me to get moving. If I want to have a comfier day, I try to choose something that still feels like an outfit (like the sets from my last post).
  4. Don’t be hard on yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. I try to have realistic expectations and do my best to cross things off my list, but if I don’t finish everything, it’s okay. Last week I was getting down on myself when I saw so many people crushing home workouts on instagram, or making tiktoks of all the things they’ve done with all their time off, and felt like I’d wasted so much time already. Pushing those thoughts aside has helped me focus on what I CAN do and AM doing, instead of what I’m not.

I’m sure everyone finds motivation in different ways but so far that’s what’s been helping me. If you have any tips on things that help you, I’d love to add to my list!

On that note, I have a few outfits to share this week. My friends over at Alloy Apparel have been part of the reason I’ve been excited to get dressed when I seemingly have no actual reason to. Not complaining though.. It helped me realize part of what I needed to get me moving. You can also see all the pieces and my thoughts on them over on my YouTube channel!


DETAILS
White Jeans: Alloy Apparel
Distressed Jeans: Alloy Apparel
Red Skirt: Alloy Apparel
White Bodysuit: Alloy Apparel
Blouse: Alloy Apparel

(All items were gifted to me by Alloy and I have a code to give my readers a discount on their purchase. Use code STEF20 for 20% off your cart!)

Hope you’re all staying safe, and staying home!!

xx

Social Distancing but make it Cozy

For 3 weeks I’ve been looking forward to starting a new job today, but with the state of the entire world right now, it seems that’s all been put on hold and I am currently unemployed and spending the foreseeable future at home. It’s a strange time to be alive right now and I’m not sure I’ve fully processed what the next few weeks or months even looks like, but apparently my past self was looking out for my future self and stocked up on comfy outfits for this very reason.

Back in January, I was hit by some sort of sickness that was going around and was out of commission for like two weeks straight (my boyfriend thinks we already got Covid-19 and overcame it, but that’s a story for another time). While in my sick bed-ridden state, I went on a mini tall cozy shopping spree because in that moment, that’s all I wanted in my life. Little did I know, I’d be living in those outfits in the coming months.

The unboxing and try-on haul is up on my YouTube channel, and with all this free time I’ve broken in a few of the outfits and wanted to share πŸ™‚

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Jogger set (sold separately) and Jacket: Missguided (tall), Sneakers: Fila

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Jogger set (sold separately): Long Tall Sally, Jacket: Asos (tall), Scarf: TopShop, Shoes: Converse

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Jogger set (sold separately): Missguided (tall), Socks: WovenPear

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Joggers: Asos (tall), Sweater: Asos, Vest: my mom’s, Hat: Dollarama

Anyways, I’m going to spend this week trying to figure out how to stay motivated and have some sort of structure, but at the moment am still a little overwhelmed with what to do with all this time off. At least I know I’ll be cozy!

xx

DreamBelts for Valentine’s

When you live where winters are cold, the only good thing about February is Valentine’s Day. I’ve never really done much for Valentine’s day nor have I expected anything, but my boyfriend and I have used it as an excuse to go on a little staycation a few times here in the city, and I’ve also been guilty of using it to justify the purchase of some pretty intimates. Even if we don’t have plans, wearing a something spicy under my clothes is like a little Valentine to myself.

So far this year, we’ve not made plans but I’m already throwing together a few backup outfit ideas.. you know.. just in case. I recently had the pleasure of shooting with a local designer who makes leather harnesses for her brand, DreamBelts.Β  I already knew I loved harnesses and leather, her accessories are kind of perfect to add to a Valentine’s outfit!

While harnesses have that very obvious element of kink, they can so easily be incorporated into fashion no matter your personal style, and do NOT have to be left to only bedroom fashion. Personally, wearing leather and harnesses make me feel powerful and sexy, and I just can’t get enough, so I figured I’d share how I styled a few pieces for our most recent shoot.

Dress: brought by the designer

Dress: Boohoo (tall)

White pantsuit: ASOS (tall)
Vest: brought by the designer
Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret

 

All photos by Gustavo Gonzalez

Sick Day

I just spent the entire last weekend curled up in a blanket on the couch with my boyfriend, a whole slew of trash tv, and UberEats orders on queue. It’s been a long time since I’ve been properly sick to the point where I’ve had to skip work and stay in bed for days on end, and I’ve gotta say, I really didn’t miss it. I pride myself in being relatively healthy and I feel like my immune system has had a pretty good track record as a result. Until now lol.. It’s been a week since it started and while I feel mostly human today, this nagging chest cough (I know you all know what I’m talking about), feels as though it’s never going to go away. Just when I was feeling motivation and routine settling back in, this wrench in my side.. errr.. chest.. really flip turned everything upside down and is making me take a few extra days of downtime.

It seems right as I caught this awful cold, the entire city simultaneously went into a mild panic when they heard about the first case of the coronavirus on Canadian soil. Talk about feeling self conscious about having to cough in public! Don’t worry, I’m very aware of directing any oncoming coughs into my arm/shoulder or into my scarf when I’m bundled up outside, but it’s hard to ignore the nervous shift or glances from strangers not so secretly paranoid that any and everyone with so much as a sniffle might be a carrier of this epidemic.

My diet of vitamin C, soup, Buckley’s and Ricola cough drops seems to be doing the trick though, and I can safely say I’ve mostly survived the common cold. Though I still may not have been the most productive this week and have avoided using my productivity journal knowing that I haven’t been in a state to tackle any actual projects, I may or may not have done a bit of damage on the online shopping front in the height of my sick haze. Spoiler alert: expect a “Cozy Clothes for Tall Babes” haul coming soon, here and on my YouTube channel. I figured it would be the perfect theme for my recovery.

Anyways, I think it’s time to brew up another tea. The effects of my cough drop are wearing off and I’m not about to let this tickle in my chest win. Until next week,

xx

It’s okay.

In a perfect world, I’d have a bottomless closet with outfit options ready to style every week, with content to post here and across all my socials on the regular.

To be honest, I’m actually sitting on a few outfits I’ve yet to share, but haven’t had the opportunity to style/shoot them yet. After kicking the year off with such well shot outfits and 3 consecutive weeks of content, I don’t want to settle for anything of lower quality, and somehow, self shot photos just don’t quite compare. Am I being too picky? That, and the fact that the weather is next to impossible to comfortably shoot in (today feels like -10 degrees celsius, so the thought of trying to shoot an outfit outside makes me shiver!), and my indoor space isn’t exactly ideal or spacious enough to be doing it inside.

Going into this week I was already a little down on myself for my lack of material, but where I would have previously let that spiral into a feeling of defeat and like I’ve failed when I started the year out so strong, I reminded myself that it’s okay. I want to share and create content because I LIKE to, and at no point should it become something that creates stress or feelings of self-doubt or failure.

My productivity journal has remained blank this week though I’ve made a few mental notes for what I want to accomplish, I haven’t been as diligent at writing things down. Probably partially because I hit a bit of a wall where I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to accomplish. There was a quote in my journal last week though, that kinda resonates with me this week and is keeping me feeling positive moving into next. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe. I feel like that’s exactly what I’m doing. And that is enough.

Until next week,

xx

 

My Productivity Journal

This week I finally started using the productivity journal that my boyfriend gave me for Christmas. With so many goals for the year and so many different projects on the go, the whole idea of this journal is to prioritize tasks and get them done in an efficient manner. I’m only going into day 3, but just the act of writing out my to do list is already something I can see will be super beneficial. I’ve also added a large desk calendar so that I can visualize my schedule and projects in hopes it keeps me on top of everything as the year continues. I gave myself a head start by photographing a few outfits during the holidays (the last of which I’m sharing todayyy), so the real test is going to be how I manage my time moving forward because at the moment, I don’t have any outfits for next week.. to be honest, it feels a bit daunting. The success of my regular posts and the growth of my blog as a whole the way I imagine it will be directly correlated to how well this journal works for me soo…. will report back in a few weeks!

As for this week’s outfit, I’m actually pretty pleased that the weather still matches what I shot a few weeks ago. I RARELY wear skirts or dresses casually and am far less inclined to do so when I’m cold, but I love the look of skirts styled with tights for winter (I’m wearing an Ultra Stretch Opaque tight by Secret Legwear and the fit is PERFECT!).

Skirt: Missguided
Hoodie: Missguided
Coat: Missguided
Hat: Asos
Earrings: Asos
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Soufeel Jewelry (use code Stefanie15 to get 15% off your own necklace)

Unboxing and initial try-on video HERE

Leaving with a quote. Until next week!! xx

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. — Steve Jobs