Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Marina Rinaldi - Women Are Back

It's been over a week since I landed on US soil after visiting Milan, and I'm still pinching myself. I was lucky enough to have been chosen to participate in Marina Rinaldi's "Women Are Back" project.  Marina Rinaldi is an Italian luxury brand and part of the Max Mara Fashion Group, and the clothing is easily the nicest I've ever owned. The quality is visibly leaps and bounds better than most plus size brands we're familiar with, and seriously, everything feels like butter. I'm not exaggerating when I say I got misty-eyed when I walked into the store. Everything was so beautiful--and I'm so used to expensive, designer clothing not being available to me--that realizing I could actually fit into the items I loved brought tears to my eyes. It's sad when you think about it--that an experience that's so ordinary for other women is such a rarity for someone a size 18...but that's the reality. I'm so thankful to the brand for offering high end fashion to plus size women, and for bringing twelve absolutely amazing, diverse international bloggers to celebrate curves in Milan.
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Night 1: Drinks and amazing dinner with a breathtaking view of the Duomo  photo photo-4_zps9e01f466.jpg
Catching up with Georgina and the MR team, wearing F21 dress (available here) photo 28c1cb08ec7611e2a1d122000ae911c2_7_zps0e351107.jpg 
Day 2: Waiting with style icon and fellow blogger Stephanie Zwicky for our first shoot 
Wearing Dorothy Perkins blazer, ASOS sunnies, Forever21 jeans--restocked here
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Getting my makeup done--obsessed with this artist's retro style!   photo photo_zps390e84b5.jpg 
My final photo shoot look!
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Later that night, headed out with the gorgeous girls  (wearing the ASOS dress from my last post, now on sale here)
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Day 3: Last full day! Wearing F21 top, ASOS skirt, SimplyBe kimono, my new fave ASOS ring (available here
Photos from Instagram and Stephanie Zwicky
I had the time of my life and can't to see the results of the project this Fall! Check out the video of our amazing time below:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Those of you following me on twitter and instagram know that I've spent the past few days in Milan, Italy for the #WomenAreBack project with Marina Rinaldi. It was absolutely amazing! I will be doing a full post on that soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to show you one of the dresses I wore while there. Since I didn't feel like lugging my DSLR around Milan, I had my boyfriend snap this shot when I got home. I don't always love the "illusion dress" trend that's been pretty huge lately, but this one from ASOS feels sporty and more me. It's still available here! (For the record, I'm a size 18 and bought a 14 on purpose because I knew it'd be stretchy. I hate bodycon dresses that loosen during the day).
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Addition Elle - I Have Great Genes

I've been having a ton of fun the past few days in Montreal with Nadia and Karen! We were lucky enough to be a part of Addition Elle's video shoot for their Fall denim campaign, I Have Great Genes. I honestly think it was my favorite shoot to date--such a great team, relaxed vibe, and cool concept. I love the play on words (jeans/genes) and minimalist feeling; we simply wore cotton tees and jeans and we shot in an empty warehouse loft. I can't wait for the video to debut this September (especially because you guys can get involved--more on that later!), but in the mean time, here are some behind-the-scenes pics from yesterday:
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Photos via StyleList Quebec & instagram