A mall for tall?!

Last week while I was reminiscing over past work with Long Tall Sally, and thinking about alternatives to LTS upon their closing announcement, I was reminded of another tall brand that I had the opportunity to work with early in my blogging days, that also had to close. Who remembers Tallgirls??

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Though they were a much smaller brand, they still carried quite a few pieces that I still wear today. I was a little gutted that they had to close doors because as a tall girl, we can only hope to have MORE tall options, never less. About a year after they went out of business, owner Joanne Champion decided to refocus her efforts and open up a slightly different initiative, The Tall Collective. Instead of focusing on just one brand, she created a “tall mall” to feature multiple independent tall retailers, all shoppable in one space (currently tailored to the European market with plans to expand to US retailers and shoppers as well).

There’s no doubt that the closing of LTS opens up a window of opportunity for every independant tall brand to grow and expand to fill the gap that will be left in the tall fashion scene. I’m hopeful that brands such as MPG and Yoga Jeans who have supplied Long Tall Sally with exclusive tall fits, look to alternatives such as The Tall Collective to continue supplying these fits as opposed to just eliminating their tall options altogether.

Just because one door has closed, I believe that many more could open and I’m excited to see how the tall retail community grows in the near future! In the meantime, I’ve gathered a few of my fave Tallgirls pieces that I’ve discovered are STILL AVAILABLE over on The Tall Collective!

“Denim Slim Leg Play Suit Mid Blue” (not available in black anymore)
“Dropped Waist Dress Olive”
“Stripe Long Line Shirt White/Blue”

Until next week,

xx

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: blgmermaid for 10% off your first purchase!! I don’t get paid if you use this code but this way they’ll know I sent you 🙂

(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

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!


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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 but this post is not paid or sponsored. That being said, they DID give me a code to give any of 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 🙂

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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

The Sumissura Experience!

I was recently contacted by Sumissura about trying out their service for a custom tailored outfit. If you’re unfamiliar with Sumissura, they’re a Swiss-based brand of tailor-made clothing for women whose goal is to give all women the opportunity to access the world and enjoy the comfort of tailor-made clothing at an affordable price.

I didn’t know how the whole process worked until I checked out their website, but had been following them already on instagram, so I knew they had some gorgeous styles to offer. I was given the option to choose a suit and a shirt, so I quickly got to work customizing my order.

Sumissura offers many pre-designed suits, tuxedos, jackets, dresses, etc., but their most exciting feature is to design your own. Once I saw the extensive selection of fabrics, I knew EXACTLY what I would hope to have made. My inspiration was drawn directly from Cate Blanchett’s character in Ocean’s 8. I fell in love with her entire wardrobe throughout the movie, most specifically, her green velvet pant suit.

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Cate Blanchett – Ocean’s 8

The customization process includes everything from fabric to lapel size, and pocket styles to the fit of the pants. I think I successfully recreated the suit I was envisioning, within Sumissura’s offerings. I then used their super easy to follow instructional video to import all of my measurements so that not only was my suit made to my style preferences, but also specifically for MY body (every tall girl’s dreams).

My package arrived safe and sound, exactly two weeks after I placed my order, but I waited until the following Saturday (5 days later) to try it on so I could film the experience (watch my entire Sumissura process HERE). They DO have a perfect fit guarantee, so if things aren’t fitting properly they’ll remake it or pay for alterations as long as you contact support within 7 days of receiving the order.

Long story short, I’M IN LOVE WITH MY SUIT!!! Everything fits like a glove. The quality is unreal. It looks ON POINT! When I’m wearing it, I feel like a boss bitch ready take whatever life wants to throw my way (actually though… don’t mess with me while I’m wearing it!).

I think it’s important to note that because I’m used to a stretch pant that moves with me, the tailor fit pant without stretch is a bit of an adjustment. The length of the pant is JUST at the ankle when I’m standing because I didn’t want them to bunch at the bottom, so if I sit it rides up the leg (the way a men’s pant would). The fit around my waist and ankle is also a touch snug, BUT because I gave them my measurements I probably could have added an extra 1/4 inch to allow for a bit of movement. Not being an experienced seamstress, I didn’t really think that one through. I just have to make sure my booty/thigh gains aren’t too significant in the next month or so, because I plan on wearing this one to my friend’s wedding!

The ONLY other thing worth raising a potential flag to, is the length from waist to crotch. I don’t think there was an option to add a measurement for this area, and for us tall girls, this could raise a concern. Adding extra length to a pant for a tall girl often means adding length everywhere and not just in the leg. My pair of pants turned out pretty perfectly, but for anyone who has a long hip/waist, you MAY find it a little snug.

As for the blouse, I am in love with it. The fit is perfect. The material is SO ridiculously soft and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blouse that fits so nicely. I often find if I want it to fit my boobs, there’s no shape in the waist, and then if i want it to fit my waist, I’ll risk popping a button. I don’t have any of those concerns with this one and it looks so sharp!

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Sumissura custom jacket lining.

For a custom tailored outfit, what Sumissura offers their customers is amazing! I’ve never ordered anything custom tailored before, and this experience was so easy, efficient and successful that I’ll definitely be making another order! I’ve already been raving about it to my girlfriends lol.. Every woman needs a good power suit. Even if I had any issues with my order, I know that because the process was so smooth, getting it fixed or altered would be just as hassle-free.

I want to give a  HUGE thank you to Eugenie at Sumissura for setting me up with this experience. Don’t be surprised if you find me in a suit at every occasion for the rest of forever. ❤

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: blgmermaid for 10% off your first purchase!! I don’t get paid if you use this code but this way they’ll know I sent you 🙂

Hibernation Season

The title says it all. As soon as the cold weather hits, I turn into a hermit that only leaves the house if I absolutely have to…. sooooo basically only when I have to go to work. My social life suffers, my creativity seems to have frozen with the icicles outside my window, and my mood matches the grey wintery skies. Apparently I’ve been hibernating most of 2017…

I’m not sure where the shift happened, or if it was just the fresh start of a new year, but we’re halfway through January and I feel my hibernation lifting. I’m getting excited to create again, I’m slowly falling back into somewhat of a routine, and I’m feeling like myself again. Maybe it’s my new pink hair. Maybe it’s the new boots I got for 40% off… Or maybe it’s the new jacket I scored for only $15. Regardless. I’m loving it. Lay it on me 2018.

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***Disclaimer: I bought the red jacket before dying my hair pink.

Jacket: Forever 21, $15 (I LOVE sale racks!!! Especially when the sleeves fit!!)
Boots: Call It Spring (they’re currently offering 30% off reg. price with code 30STYLE)
Scarf: Topshop
Tshirt: Hip and Bone
Gloves: Free People (past season)
Pants: Kingpins Royale denim jeans x One Teaspoon, (a few sizes left at The Store On Queen’s Blowout Sale — I wear mine a size larger than my normal)
Hair: Manic Panic

 

 

Photos done by Jesse Lozier

More CURATD x LTS!!

You all know how much I love whenever LTS releases another CURATD capsule. If I could, I’d probably buy the entire collection. And I think I’m in love with the 70s vibes coming from this outfit. All I need to track down is a pair of high waisted, wide legged denim pants and this look would be even more perfect!

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Jacket: Western Jacket with Borg Trim, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Blouse: Frill Detail Top, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Hat: Missguided
Pants: Leigh skinny pants, Top Shop
Scarf: Zara (Mens)
Bag: Model Atelier
Boots: Steve Madden

 

 

Photos by Justin Robinson

 

Red Carpet Ready with JJ’s House

This past weekend was Buffer Festival here in Toronto and though I wasn’t able to attend for the whole weekend, I attended the gala on Sunday night! (read about last year’s experience HERE). The dress code was formal black-tie attire so I turned to JJ’s House to hook me up for the occasion! I ordered a bridesmaid dress from them for a wedding I was in back in March (see HERE), and had SUCH a positive experience with their custom sizing, that revisiting their site was a no-brainer for me.

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the evening’s makeup look.

Ordering is simple enough and pricing is extremely reasonable! For us tall girls the ‘Custom Size’ option is an absolute godsend. Actually I’d say for women in general, this option is amazing. If you’re in between sizes, which so many women are, this feature gives you the option to get every part of the dress tailor made to your proportions, including length! Instructions on where/how to measure are included right on the page so you can’t get it wrong. There IS an additional fee for getting a dress made-to-order like this, BUT IT’S ONLY AN ADDITIONAL $20. I find this insane. You can’t even get something hemmed for that price here in the city lol..

Turn around time for both dresses I’ve gotten so far from them has also been extremely reasonable. I’m pretty sure it came in like 2-3 weeks (I should have kept track, I’m sorry). That being said, I would never recommend leaving dress shopping for an important event until last minute… Regardless, I was SO stoked that I wasn’t waiting months, nor was I breaking the bank, for a custom fit dress.

I definitely turned up the sex appeal and channeled my inner Jessica Rabbit with my dress this time around, and honestly couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! It was absolutely perfect for the event. Maybe next time I won’t just LOOK red carpet ready, I’ll actually be ON the red carpet 😉

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So far my orders from JJ’s have been 2 for 2, so you better bet I’ll find an excuse to order from them again in the future!!

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ps.. I styled my man for the night too! So excited when he’s wiling to put his style in my hands!

Dress: JJ’s House
Jacket: H&M (past season)
Necklace: TopShop (past season)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (past season)
Bag: Model Bag, Model Atelier

 

Sleepover!

Flashback to February. I attended the most amazing tall women’s brunch hosted here in Toronto by tall blogger Bree of The Tall Society. For any of you who have yet to experience one of these brunches, I highly recommend checking her tour schedule HERE to see when the event will be in a city near you. There’s an unspoken understanding between tall women, and it feels so refreshing and empowering to spend time with those who just seem to get you (and your height!!).

We were sent home with little swag bags after our lovely afternoon with a selection of great discounts and gift cards for some tall friendly retailers, including two pairs (or should I say pears) of adorable socks from Woven Pear. Aside from the super fun prints and designs they offer, the best part about their socks? They fit up to a women’s size 12!! Which for any of you tall girls, you know that can be hard to find sometimes.

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I had so much fun shooting this look with my girl Jazminn, who, at 6’1, is my tall partner in crime here in the city. She was my tall brunch date, and it was obvious that she’d help me out with this week’s look. Spending time with her continually reminds me how valuable it is to have women in your life who only love and support you and who generate nothing but positive energy.

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Socks: Woven Pear (designs: Need Narwhal and Pink Lemonade)
Boxers: Daydream Nation from The Store On Queen
Romper: Daydream Nation from The Store On Queen
Bra: La Senza

 

 

Photos by Amy Buck

That Fit Life

My boyfriend and I have been talking embarrassingly long about how we’re going to get back to the gym and get back to living a healthier lifestyle. I wouldn’t say that we’re particularly unhealthy, but neither of us have really been very active for quite some time. For the last year I’ve had a week here or there where I’ll go for jogs or do an at home workout, but I get so easily distracted when I’m at home and lose all motivation.

So about a month ago, while I was in the midst of working on cosplays between work and sleep, we decided that once the craziness of FanExpo had settled, we would join a gym and commit to going together. The couple that works out together, stays together, ya?

So that brings us to the middle of September. I feel like I’m back on a somewhat normal schedule since FanExpo finished, so last week Wednesday, we joined the gym. Not gonna lie, having fitness on the  brain definitely inspired this week’s look.

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This also brought me to the realization that my selection of workout gear is VERY minimal and that I need to do some research on some great workout tights for these long legs. These LTS leather leggings look and fit really well, but they’re definitely not what I would actually wear to the gym. If you know of some brands that offer cute/long styles, I’d love to hear. This girl needs to stock up!

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I completed my look this week with this super rad trainer jacket from my friends over at Pink City. I love how long it fits, and how cool I can look while still getting my nerd on. I feel like I should be gaining extra magikarp candies though while wearing this, because I’ve got a LONG way to go still until I can evolve them into a gyarados.. Gotta catch ’em all! …..or so I’ve heard.

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Leggings: Leatherette Leggings, Long Tall Sally
Top: by Evil Twin, from  The Store On Queen (no longer available)
Jacket: HYDRO PUMP trainer coat, black, Pink City
Sneakers: Converse

 

Photos by Adam Holmes