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The 1st Annual Curvy Expo Outfit Round Up!!!…Pun intended!!! Yasss……

A proud moment in Toronto Curvy Girl history was made yesterday. The first ever Curvy Expo launched and in my opinion with incredible detail in the execution and a whole lot of style.

With Major Fashion sponsors on the Ticket like Addition Elle and Pennington’s, it was no surprise that the day would be filled with stylish curvy babes, and a jam packed fashion show with some of the cities top plus models working and twerking the runway paired with fun, friendship, networking opportunities and lot’s of carefully curated style.

If you did not take time to attend this incredible event yesterday, welp I am sorry you missed it and there will always be next  year. A huge congratulations is owed to The Curvy Expo Creator Megan Bradley and her Team for a job well done.

Aside from the jam packed Fashion Show, and the wonderful Vendors that I had a chance to interact with throughout the day, my eyes were on the Fashion and Style choices of the attendees.  I have a deep appreciation for creative style. I love to see how personal creativity mixed with personality commingles when it comes to style. I am a strong believer that creativity will win over money any day! Just because you have money, doesn’t mean you have style!

I must say, my Canadian Sisters pulled out the looks yesterday and I had to do a post soley dedicated to the Fashion Curvy power houses right here in My City.

Here are my TOP Stylish picks from Saturday’s Curvy Expo.

 

I am a complete fan of the pastel infused stylings Blogger Babe Amanda of Latest Wrinkle 

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Amanda’s look was provided by Canadian Retailer Pennington’s including this adorable high low skirt from the Melissa McCarthy collection. So Dreamy Amanda girl, keep up the good weeerrrkk!!

Next up we had the adorable Sarah Taylor, Sarah is a Model, Motivational Speaker and Blogger from the Blog Sarahtaylorsjourney.com

 

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I have enjoyed watching Sarah’s personal journey unfold which also includes her personal style. This beautiful pastel floral print peplum is from Toronot based Plus Sized Clothing Boutique Your Big Sister’s Closet.

I love, love, LOVE the creativity and sex appeal of this cool combination from Model, Blogger and Social Activist Rochelle from the Blog Iamroreid.com.

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I am always a fan of how Lisa from the Blog Mustangsallytwo.com puts it all together. Lisa isn’t afraid of colour, textures and daring silhouettes. Like a true Fashioniesta Lisa will invest in her look in order to make a statement, which she does EVERY, SINGLE, TIME!!!

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Lisa’s look is from the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection.

Well if it isn’t the Canadian Ashley!!! Model Ashley Sharman ROCKED her Canadian Tuxedo with pride between Runway Shows and I was all for this adorable chic and casual look.

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You can find this look at almost all retailers some of my suggestions would be Torrid and Forever21 Plus.

These Curvy Queens can do no wrong in my eyes, 1/2 of Fab Four Fashion power house it’s Blogger babe Gail Thompson giving us all a lesson in the mixed print life, finished off by a necessary silver metallic shoe…this is how it is done ladies and gentleman. CREATIVITY NOW!

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Check out the texture happening with Judy’s look. She’s giving us pleats, prints, leather, moto and all the Sass!!!

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head over to Fabfourfashion.com to learn all about this amazing blogging Quartet and their style pics.

Next up is Fashion and personal style game changer Ms. Thera Warren from the Dreamy and Stylish Blog Cloud14+

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Her entire ensemble came from Addition Elle, and even though the simplicity came through in colour, the entire look did not lack in style and creativity. Right down to her Boa accessorized shoes…go head Thera!

Designer and creative style maven Ava Jones showed up and showed out in her wait for it..HOT PINK Culotte pants from her very own collection called Pheline Couturepaired with matching printed top!!! Nothing tops a chick who can make her own ish…you just can’t!

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P.s. Ava…I’m placing my order thanks!

 

And of course I’m going to feature myself in the round up! I too also rocked Pheline Couture last Saturday, mixed with Forever21. If you have been following my Blog then you should know that I love a good hi-lo price point combination when it comes to my personal style. Designer duds mixed with bargain brands always. Fun and unpredictable, that’s me!

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What can I say, Pheline is to me, what Designer Jibri was to Blogger Garner Style back in the day. I am in love with how her garments compliment my ever changing body as well as she gives me the much needed individuality in my personal style that I so desperately crave. So ya, call me an addict, because I am hooked!

Though this list was in no particular order, I did have to save the best for last, at least in my opinion. Can we all give it up for her Highness Model and Fashion Maven Nakitende Esther. Now this is how you dominate without having to say a word! Bow Down everybody!

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Nakitende showed up in a goddess style all black caped number that was worthy to be on the red carpet at the Oscars. I am not sure the details of this where she got this dress, but when i find out I will update this post and be sure to share.

 

I hope you enjoyed my Stylish round up of the 1st Annual Curvy Expo. I can not wait to see what 2017 will bring. Huge kudos to Event Visionary and Creator Meghan Bradley and her team on a job well done. Thank you for hosting myself and bevy of other curvy socialites for this incredible occasion.

 

Stylishly Yours,

 

Annika

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Introducing Fabuplus Magazine!!!

If you have not heard of this movement, then you clearly have been living under a rock and it is time that I set you free!! I am talking about North America’s FIRST EVER PRINT MAGAZINE dedicated to celebrating the Plus Size body is FINALLY HERE!

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(Images provided by SexyPlus Clothing)

Yes you read correctly Ladies and Gentleman, FabuPlus is the first ever Magazine  you can pick up off the shelves and from cover to cover to find images that reflect you, me, us the sized 12+ body. This publication is dedicated to promoting Health and lifestyle at any size, and I am pumped about it!

Founder Shannon Svingen-Jones describes her purpose and passion behind starting Fabuplus as a growing frustration with being bombarded with images all over the media and new stands that did not celebrate or represent her. Svignen-Jones made it her mission to set out to do something about it. One of the ways she has successfully compiled an information packed media hub where she has strategically reached out to some of the best in the industry to help her make this dream a reality. Landing major industry notables for the first ever issue such as TLC’s Break out star Whitney Way Thore from the series “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” for the Cover of the first issue.

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Followed by special features by industry veterans such as the amazing Marie Denee from The Curvy Fashionista; and many more.

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I myself am so honored to be one of the Fashion Contributors for this Magazine, in this issue I tackle how to celebrate  your body wearing this Summer’s hottest Fashion and Style trends.

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I bet you are wondering how and exactly where you can get your very own piece of history in the making? And by that I mean a copy of this amazing Magazine. I am happy to share that FabUPlus is now available for purchase on Amazon, Shoppers Drug Mart, Indigo Book Stores and Canadian Plus Size Fashion Boutique SexyPlus Clothing.

For a limited time only you can get an additional 10% off your subscription by clicking (HERE) and quoting code: NoBS10

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I am so honored to be apart of the Fabuplus Team, I truly believe we have waited a long time a Magazine we could see, feel and touch. Pages we can flip through with images and words that celebrate our bodies in their entirety. No shame, or apologetic stories. Just pages of able-ism, celebration, triumph, motiviation and most importantly self love.

 

Grab your copy Today by clicking (HERE)

Until Next Time Lovelies,

Annika

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Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blogger Presents: “My Black Beauty Brunch Experience”

Hi Lovelies,

First of all let me say I have been meaning to get this post out much sooner, but this week decided to kick my Butt, and not in a good way! My Cell phone decides to mysteriously die on me and now the Internet connection at my place is on the fritz, so the posts maybe a bit sparse for a short while, but bare with me because there is A LOT to share in the next short while…so let’s get in to it!

A few weeks ago, I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram when I came across a flyer advertising “Black Beauty Brunch,” My natural reaction was “wow, how cool!” but to only assume that an event of that nature would be located in the USA somewhere.

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To my pleasant surprise the Flyer indicated that the Brunch was being held right here in Toronto. I tagged a few of my Girlfriends in excitement and clicked on the website to find out more information.

A few days later, I was contacted  by the Event Organizer Monique from London Ivy Products to speak about the Body Positivity Movement. I was so excited to not only attend this momentous occasion but also seriously honored to be one of the Speakers.

(Below: Me lettin’ em know you can be Fat and Fierce all at the same time…HELLO!)

Outfit Details: Pheline Couture

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I entered the Amsterdam Brewery at exactly 10:30am last Sunday, I was so nervous and was not sure what to expect. I had no idea who was going to be there, or if my outfit was appropriate. All I knew was that I was going to be in a room with filled with dynamic Black Women and it sounded like a place I needed to be.

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One by one, or in twos and threes gorgeous Black women from across Toronto and beyond began to enter the Room, stylishly dressed, paired with poised etiquette and ready to mingle. I could not help but feel an immense amount of gratitude that I was able to be present in that very moment.

The Black Beauty Brunch flowed without a hitch in my opinion, from successful Business Women sharing their stories of triumph in their journey to entrepreneurship to talented Artists giving tips on the perfect “selfie.” The Room was filled with an unspoken Sisterhood and unity I have not felt in a long time.

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We ate handsomely, munching on a Caribbean infused Menu all while sipping on tasty tropical flavored mimosas over pleasant banter and engaging conversation.

All the days minuet details of a perfect event were carefully manifested to birth this amazing moment. Right down to listening to the rhythmic sounds of Dj Lisa Monet mixing up the Black Girl Magic tunes at the DJ Booth. She’s my new girl crush!!

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A HUGE Thank you goes out to event visionaries Monique London of London Ivy Products and Major Sponsor and contributor Vivian of Kinky Curly Yaki. Toronto truly needed an event like this.

(Below: Monique and Vivian pictured with YouTube Personality and Special guest AskPRoy)

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My take away from this entire experience was this, it is time to dispell the myth that Black Woman are “Angry” “Drama filled” and “can not get along with each other”. This Brunch reminded me that in fact it is the complete opposite. Sophisticated Black Women across the World understand that we are stronger when we unite together.

We are Entreprenuers, Career Driven, Goal Oriented and deserving of more opportunities like The Black Beauty Brunch were we can sit and celebrate each other in a World that works so hard against us.

Thank you Monique. I will stand behind you and this incredible event year after year if you need me. The Black Beauty Brunch was Amazing to say the least!!!

Photo Credit: Samantha Clarke Photography

 

Until Next Time Lovelies,

 

Annika

 

 

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Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blogger Presents: “Don’t Forget to Fat Check”

Hi  Lovelies,

So I have to share some interesting advice I received from a “Friend” a few weeks ago. Personally I feel it was probably the most idiotic filth my ears have had to hear in a long time, but I figured in true writer form I would take it to my Blog for discussion as well as public opinion. I am truly curious to hear other perspectives on this issue and see if I am over reacting or this person if an idiot. So let’s get into it.

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It is no secret that I am currently single and sorta ready to mingle. By saying “sorta” means i’m not looking for wedding next week, but I am ready to meet new people, get out there and have fun while doing it. I recently got out of an emotionally draining relationship so the caution with my choices this time around is much needed. I am excited to meet self assured, “Godfident” Men with a protective leadership quality paired with a strong sense of self and Identity. Luckily for me, I have been doing A TON of personal work on myself  which has resulted in me meeting some quality Men lately, the type a Sista like me deserves!!! YASSS!!!! (they’re out there ladies, do not be discouraged) It has been a long time since I have been on the dating scene, so I decided to connect with a few people for advice on how to get back out there again.

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I shared with a Friend recently that I had met someone super amazing and I am excited about our chemistry. I began to tell them about the amazing qualities about this individual only to be interrupted midway my conversation with this question..”Did you ask him if he dates big girls?” I honestly could not believe what I was hearing so I asked her again just to ensure it was not my ears playing and extremely mean joke on me. She went on to explain that not all Men are into Fat women, so it is important that I “Fat Check” before I pursue.

As if my Fat was the only outstanding quality about me to be noticed? Are you serious? Listen, I can totally understand her point of view. Everyone has a “type”. For a long time all my Boyfriends looked liked they played for the same Football team and Lineage. Their descriptions were all pretty similar..Black, Dark Skinned, Tall, Thick and all had played Football at some point in their lives…so ya I get it. We as humans will always have a physical preference as to what we are sexually attracted to, so I can’t fault her for her input.

But I also realized that by limiting myself to only one physical attribute in a partner, limited me to the same type of individual also. I have had some awesome dating experiences with each of my exes, seriously no bitterness on my end, will I go back to any of them like ever? HELL TO THE NAH!!! But I can say since opening up myself other people other than the linebacker looking dude, I have met been blessed to meet Men who love God unconditionally, who are Musical, Intelligent, Educated and Self Aware. You can miss out on so much by being close minded in your dating preferences, which leads me to my point about “Fat Checking” a dude.

If I have to ask a Man if he dates “Fat Chicks” He already is NOT the type of Man I want to put energy on. I am not a fetish, or a type or a category. I am Annika. I am goofy, loving, fun, spontaneous, Smart, intelligent and can cook up a mean Chicken Lasagna when requested. The Man I will spend my energy on will see me for me, because let be  honest physical attributes change over time. My body has been as small as a size 10 all the way to a size 22 in the span of my Adulthood. I am currently training for my first Mudderella run this Summer and a 5k next year, I can not guarantee that the thick thighs you fell in love with will be here next year. But I will be, and I pray the Man I love will believe that is all that should matter.

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Am I over reacting? As a plus size woman do you ask potential partners or previous partners  if they will date you because of your size? I almost fell like it’s me asking permission to be my size, which is complete BS.  I’m not apologetic at all!  I really want to know what the general opinion is on this one. Ladies and Gentleman, do you indeed do a “Fat” Check on a potential suitor or nah? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Please comment below or on Social Media @TheStylishReid 

Outfit Details for this post were provided by : Point Zero Curvy, you can purchase this Sweater Dress (HERE), Boots from Eloquii (Sold Out)

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Photo Credit: @Tejaistyles_hits (Instagram)

 

Until Next Time Lovelies,

 

Annika

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Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blogger Presents: Light It Up Blue On April 2…TODAY!!!

Hi Lovelies,

Today is April 2, 2016. For those of you who do not know I am a proud Mother of a beautiful, bright and bubbly little lady. My Daughter “Ny” was diagnosed with ASD ( Autism Spectrum Disorder) when she was 2 1/2 years old.  The diagnosis hurt me deeply. Right there in the Dr.’s office in downtown Toronto all of my dreams for her were flushed in one sentence…or so I thought.

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‘Ny’ is now 10 years old and she has and continues to be a beacon of light in my home. She is Artistic, Musical, Loving, Sweet and all the things I could have asked God for in a child. Her diagnosis is a life long marathon of advocating, researching, resource finding and will never stop. The one thing people may not understand about having a child with special needs is that you have to be prepared to have a dependent for life. Most people finish raising their children at 18 years old, for me that may not be the case.  That is why I celebrate Autism Awareness Day.

I want to bring understanding about this Disorder to people who may not understand the possible implications or to assist someone who is entering the world of ASD for the first time.

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. (According to: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism)

Last year I did a Social Media call asking Blogger Friends, Model Friends and Family to “Light it up Blue” in supports of Autism Awareness Day. You all listened and I am so grateful for the support and participation. Below is a collage dedicated to the wonderful individuals who wore blue in support of Autism Last year.

Annika and ‘Ny” both want to tell you thank you for your participation it meant so much to us.

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Until Next Time Lovelies,

 

Annika

 


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