Girl Power Is Sexy

I attended the 6th annual TSOQ Panty Party last night. What originally started as a birthday party for Angela and Valentina, the owners of one of Toronto’s most fashionable boutiques, and my personal fashion parents, has turned into the best party of the year. The catch? You have to wear lingerie, and (sorry boys) it’s a girls only event.

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For some, the dress code might sound intimidating, but the beauty of this entire event, is that it is the most female empowering party I have ever been to, and everywhere you turn and look, women are celebrating themselves and each other, in outfits that make them feel sexy and strong, not for the validation of others, but for themselves. It’s easy to become comfortable in whatever attire you’ve chosen for your outfit when there are only positive vibes and love being spread amongst guests, and everyone is there as an equal. Even though it was my 4th time attending, I still fell in love with the atmosphere all over again, feeling inspired by the overwhelmingly magnetic female energy that was buzzing through the venue until last call.

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This year, I was once again the tallest in the room, sporting a solid 5″ heel with my outfit. I’m used to this being the case, but I often refrain from wearing heels on the regular (even though I LOVE them), because I just get exhausted responding to the comments about my height. Especially the age-old remarks from strange men like “ohh I could climb you like a tree!” But wearing heels in a group of supportive and positive women is a completely different story. Not once during the night did the comments about my height exhaust me or make me uncomfortable. Instead of hearing “wow you’re tall” in a derogatory manner, comments were more along the lines of “you’re a beautiful amazon,” oozing with warmth and admiration. Instead of feeling like a weirdo for being a giant, I felt like a goddess amongst fellow goddesses. I think that’s what this event does. It makes every woman feel like the goddess she is, and THAT is a powerful feeling.

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One of my friends, Laura, shared a quote on her insta story directly after the party and I loooved the message. (original post by @onourmoon HERE)

Sexy used to be directly related to sex for me. If you were sexy, you had sex appeal, and men would want to have sex with you. That used to be my end goal when I was young — to be sexy enough so that guys would “want” me. That’s what society taught me to believe. Now, sexy to me means doing the things that make me want to be me. Sexy has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with vulnerability, inner strength and living your values.

Thank you TSOQ for providing a beautiful and safe space where it’s okay for women to embrace their own versions of sexy. And for building a community that supports each other for doing so.

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Me and my stunning date for the evening, Twiggy

Also. HUGE shoutout to my personal trainer, Dayne. My fitness journey has been MUCH stronger since he’s stepped in and I think it shows 🙂

 

The Store On Queen — http://www.thestoreonqueen.com

Outfit details:
Lingerie — Kimmy Bra & Thong set from Honey Birdette
Shrug jacket — Corporate Shrug by Artifice Clothing
Hat — Black Gypsy
Personalized Necklace — Soufeel Jewelry (use code Stefanie15 when shopping for a 15% discount)
Rhinestone Neckleace — Chic Wishlist 
Boots — Pleaser (ordered off of Amazon)

One of a Kind Gifts

One of my favourite places to go at the beginning of the holiday season for the last handful of years, has been the One Of A Kind Show. I love browsing the endless aisles of local vendors while kicking off a little bit of my Christmas shopping. I don’t often buy a lot, but I follow about a bajillion new accounts on instagram so I can find them later, and always seem to walk away with at least ONE person crossed off my shopping list.

This year I made a point of taking photos of some of the vendors that stood out to me, and could make great gifts for a few from your own Christmas lists. Also making sure this is up while the show is still on, so that if you see something you like, you’ve got until December 2 to get yourself down there to do a bit of shopping yourself!

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Almost immediately, I passed by this vendor. As a music lover I LOVE the idea of gifting with music. These beautiful handcrafted pieces could be gifted to someone of any age. It could replace that awful noisy 4 note xylophone your child has been banging on, or given to an already avid musician. Complete with pickups to plug into an amp!

Forwood Puzzleswww.forwoodpuzzles.com

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Growing up, I can always remember having puzzles around. These wooden carved puzzles would not only be great to do with little ones, but also are beautiful pieces to display once completed! (There was a unicorn one that I LOVED, but I couldn’t get a proper photo of it with all the people)

Boîtes de la paixwww.boitesdelapaix.com

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To be completely honest, I didn’t even look at prices when I took these photos. So I apologize now. BUT, if my bank account weren’t an issue (because we’re looking at about $500CAD here), these beautiful upcycled vintage US Army ammunition boxes would be a beautiful gift! These wine racks and mini bars make for a gorgeous and functional display.

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I am in LOVE with these lightboxes. Trying to describe them doesn’t even do them justice. They were so interesting to look at up close. The reels of film turned into a beautiful display.. very. VERY cool. Even my boyfriend was intrigued by this vendor. This would make a cool gift for any art/film lover. Guaranteed!

BookWork by Noelle Hamlynwww.noellehamlyn.com/bookwork

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This is for your literature lovers. I’ve seen this vendor before and love the concept of these art pieces. Pay attention to some of the themes in each individual collection, you might be able to find one that is perfect for that special bookworm on your list!!

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I realized I took photos of 3 different faux taxidermy style vendors who made these beautiful animal busts (see also katymontica.com, and lowpolycrafts.com). I also realize that most of my gift ideas from the show this year are art pieces, but it seems to be what I’m drawn to. I can assure you though, there are many many more options!! I just love how unique these pieces each were.

Husk&Brownwww.huskandbrown.com

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This was a very smart move by Husk&Brown. In a city where so many people get around by bicycle, and also where storage in so many of our homes is extremely limited, this simple yet extremely practical bike mount could be the perfect gift for the cyclist on your list! They also make a few other beautifully handcrafted wooden pieces, including a gorgeous Crib Board!

Créations Liwww.creations.li

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There were endless ceramic options at the OOAK show, but I adored the personality in each of these pieces. A perfect idea for the quirky plant lover.

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I was very clearly drawn this year to so many of the wooden vendors. I love the rustic, homemade feel these pieces have and think a classic wooden board game is a great addition to any game closet. This wins over a new video game any day!

 

12rvSGUUTouQETo25I%L8A Last but not least, the trending gift for Christmas 2018…. THE PEPPER GRINDER!!

….actually though, is this a popular gift item? I had to finally take a photo of a selection of them because I found it almost comical how many pepper grinders I saw at the show. Is this something that people regularly gift? I must be missing something.. Or I clearly have not stepped up my own pepper grinder game to be able to appreciate the selection at the show. Nevertheless, there is definitely a pepper grinder to suit any personality at this year’s OOAK event…

 

And that’s it! I took so many photos and loved so many more things but these items stood out to me. The One Of A Kind Show runs for the rest of the week/weekend, until December 2nd, so if you’re local, and you like to shop local, make sure you get in before it’s too late! Don’t worry though, if you miss this one, you can catch it again in the Spring and get a head start on next year 😉

 

xoxo

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

 

The Power Suit

Once upon a time, I went to university for business and as I neared graduation, I pictured myself finding a job in a big city, probably in the financial district at some entry level job, until I worked my way up to a position with an impressive title. Years later, I felt like a little bit of a fraud while shooting this look downtown in the financial district. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, and the only reason I wear suits like this is because I love wearing things that make me feel badass, and there’s something about a well fitted pant suit on a woman that is particularly badass.

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I’ve been wanting a pant suit for quite awhile but without getting one specifically tailored to my size, I had been yet to come across anything that would fit my height, length, and shape. Without even having to ask, Adelle, a designer from Trinidad, seemed to read my mind and answer my suit prayers! This suit by Dellez Fashion is absolutely stunning. The gentle detailing of the satin lapel is just enough to elevate the jacket from just a simple navy suit, and both pieces fit me like a dream!

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I love this suit so much, the next on my list is going to be a floral pant suit. I fell in love with them at fashion week two seasons ago, and now I’m as determined as ever to find one in my size!

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Suit: Dellez Fashion
Blouse: Urban Outfitters
Coat: CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Tiemy boyfriend’s closet
Watch: Fossil
Glasses: Forever21
Shoes: Qupid, from Marshall’s

 

 

Photos by Austin Marshall

 

I ♡ Toronto

I find one of the most common questions I get working downtown (aside from anything height related), is if I’m from here. My response, I grew up a few hours outside the city, but I’ve been living in Toronto off and on now for 7 years, and yes, I absolutely love it.

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I find it hard to imagine living anywhere else. This city always has something going on. Anything you need is generally accessible within a few blocks at any given time, and though it seems absolutely massive, Toronto is actually so small. I used to feel like just another number in the crowd, but nowadays, I can rarely go for a walk downtown without seeing someone I know. Probably part of the reason I love putting together dope outfits.. If I’m going to be seen by ANYone I know, I better look and feel amazing!

Another huge thank you to Long Tall Sally for giving me a taste of their new CURATD capsule. I’m always confident I’ll be on trend and looking well put together with the pieces they’ve been putting out. Perfect styles to be seen in 😉
My ONLY downside this time around is the fit of these gorgeous pants. I don’t know if it’s the extra leg exercises I’ve been doing lately or what, but my thighs seemed a bit too thick for the silhouette of the pant, and the waist a bit loose in comparison. They wore well while I was standing, but any extra movement (including sitting) wasn’t the most comfortable.

 

Top: Tie neck detailed blouse, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Pants: PU Zip detail trouser, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Hat: faux leather beret, Missguided (yes they also have a tall department, and often have sales running to make their already affordable items, even more affordable. I recently made a purchase during their “50% off orders $200+” sale. Click HERE to get $20 off your next purchase)
Shoes: Freda Salvadore

 

Photos by Austin Marshall

 

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

 

Can it be Summer forever?

As the temperatures begin to drop here in Toronto (rather early it seems as we’re only just finishing August), I can’t help but think how lovely it would be to extend my summer somewhere warmer. Fantasizing about tropical vacations has me mentally preparing a packing list, so I’ve put together just a few of my must-haves for a (late) summer getaway. While I ALWAYS over pack, there are only a few things I can’t leave without.

If I’m about to go spend time in the sun, the first thing that’s going in my bag is my Maui Babe Browning Lotion. It’s basically an accelerating tanning lotion that smells and works like a dream. I could rave on and on about it, but the website does that enough. I’m not usually super tanned, but any sort of tan I have is all thanks to this stuff. Of course after my skin is sunkissed, I need to moisturize, so the second thing in my bag is my atma Crystal Infused Whipped Moon Butter. There are SO many cool qualities to this body butter (definitely check it out), but the best part is how rich it makes your skin look. The deep moisturizing qualities give my skin a glow that I haven’t been able to find with any other moisturizer, especially on a bit of a tan! I LIVE by this moon butter.

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Another nifty travel item is my new carryall from local shop This & That Design Co. While they make pouches/bags of multiple different sizes, their smallest carry-all is perfect for ID, passport, and money/cards. Why bring your entire wallet when chances are you probably won’t need that Sephora points card on the beach anyways? 😉

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Last but not least: vacation wardrobe. First up, is swimwear. My current favourite is by a one-piece by local designer for label Hvmility, seen HERE (swimwear is unavailable online but I’m sure you could inquire with an email)! And as much as I like to think I’m packing an outfit a day, it probably usually ends up being more like two per day. That being said, ONE PIECES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND! Whether it be dresses, rompers, or jumpsuits, these items are already a full outfit without the stress of matching tops/bottoms. Throw in a great jacket, and a nude sandal, and you’re ready to take that outfit from day to night in no time!

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There you have it. It might look like I keep things simple, but this overpacker usually has wayyyy more on her packing list. But as long as I get that sunkissed glow and I’ve got outfits that make a statement, everything else is just details. ….now to figure out where I want to go 😉

All clothing from Long Tall Sally: Romper (I’m in a size 6), Jumpsuit (I’m in a size 6), Jacket (I’m in a size 6), Heels (I’m in a US9)
Sunglasses: Hashtag #Sunglasses (use code NewShades4You to get FREE express shipping and 10% off your order)
Necklace: Durumi
Bag: Winners

 

 

Photos by Naomi Peters

 

 

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

Spring Cleaning

It’s still difficult to tell whether or not Spring has actually sprung, what with all these surprise snowfalls we’ve been getting over the last few weeks. I mean come onnnnn Mother Nature, give it a break already!

But with the slowww transition to Spring, comes the need to purge and clean up the home, and in turn the closet. I often find it difficult to let go of old, out of date clothes, especially when they’re garments that fit. Sure I may not have worn them for years, but what if I get rid of them and later have a need for that exact item? Where else will I find something like it that’s going to fit me should I ever need it again?! Is it completely ridiculous to hold on to these pieces for that rare just-in-case scenario?

I have two pairs of pants in particular that I just can’t seem to let go of. I bought them while I was in university (probably nine or ten years ago) at a store called Off The Wall, a store that occasionally carried longer denim lengths. These pants are both somewhat retro looking slacks (one tweed, the other plaid… lol I know… ), and and if I’m being honest, have worn them MAYBE a handful of times. Even so, I can’t justify parting with them, so I decided to style a pair with this cold crossover winter/spring outfit.

Waking up to snow this morning, this sweater is exactly what I want to cuddle up in all day. It’s adorably stylish and would look cute over some lingerie around the house, or thrown over an outfit to run some errands.

Does anyone else hoard clothes like I do?? How do you renew old garments to make them new again?…. Or is it time to just let go?

 

Pants: old tweed slacks by Song (house brand), from Off The Wall (no longer open)
Sweater: KNITZ by For Love and Lemons, from The Store on Queen
Bra: Skivvies by For Love and Lemons, from The Store On Queen
Shirt: The Store On Queen
Clutch:
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Necklace: Forever 21

 

 

Photos by Vanessa Popolii