PLUS SIZE BODY CONFIDENCE – Why wouldn’t we have it?

Why hello there!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged, over a year to be exact. Not sure how life got in the way but a new job and commuting seems to take up most of the time now days. Regardless, I know I need to get back into blogging as it de-clutters my mind and is truly a relaxing mechanism for me. Which means, I was finally able to make some time and write about something that I’ve been thinking about lately:

PLUS SIZE BODY CONFIDENCE – Why wouldn’t we have it?

Now plus size fashion ain’t easy. We have it all, from frumpy jersey material tops to jeans that have thick material and are super uncomfortable to wear. When I shop for my body size, I spend a lot of time and effort to find items that can be sustainable (long term), are trendy, fashionable and of course, comfortable. Then, whenever I have a chance I take some “ootd’s” and post them on Instagram.

A lot of the comments I find on my feed are from acquaintances or followers who I do not know personally, who say things like: “That’s one thing I love about you, your confidence”, OR “you radiate so much confidence”. Now don’t get it twisted, I personally don’t mind this comment. However if I were to think deeper into it, I wonder:  Can a plus size/curvy/bigger girl not be confident in her own skin? Just because I am bigger, does that mean I can’t be happy in my own body or wear trendy clothes just like the average girl?

Now, believe me when I say, I know that the intent behind this statement is probably good. I don’t think anyone would say that to be mean… or maybe they would Lol. Of course this comment can even derive from the person self-reflecting and wishing confidence upon themselves when they make statements like this but really, who knows.

Regardless, to everyone who thinks big girls can’t be confident, please know this:

Not every plus size girl is uncomfortable in their own skin – in fact for me, I have grown to love who I’ve become. I wasn’t always a bigger girl but my weight has fluctuated in the past few years due to many factors such as Thyroid issues, Cancer and of course that I am a foodie at heart. Regardless, I have learned to love and accept myself and therefore, I radiate confidence in how I present myself, walk, talk and speak to others.

I absolutely LOVE the challenge of dressing trendy using the limited resources I have. Of course I have my days of “I wish my chest was smaller” or “I wish I had a more structured jaw line” but doesn’t everyone? Regardless, why wouldn’t a bigger person be comfortable in their own skin? You don’t have to be the stereotypical norm to be feel good about yourself. If you think that case, girl you are highly mistaken – live a little.

Anyone can be confident in their own skin, you just have to learn to love and accept yourself.

Just some food for thought.

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Fall Lookbook!

Hi dolls! I am not going to write a lot and bore you but below you will find pictures and outfit details from my last video. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 xoxo

The Flowy Dress
– Dress from Modesty Collections
– Hat from H&M
– Shoes from Shoedazzle
– Purse from Peplum Fashions

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Faux Leather
– Sweater from H&M
– Tights from H&M
– Combat boots from Steve Madden
– Booties from Nine West IMG_0078

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Ripped Skinny Jeans
– Teeshirt from Old Navy
– Blazer from H&M
– Skinny Jeans from ASOS
– Heels from ShoeDazzle
– Purse from H&M
– Toque from H&M IMG_0779

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The Blanket Shawl

– Dress from ASOS
– Blanket Shawl from Steve Madden
– Leggings from H&M
– Shoes from Coach
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OOTD: Black Pleated Dress

Black? Slimming? Always!

Hey friends,

Today I wanted to share with you a rather simple ootd that can always be dressed up AND down with the right accessories. A few weeks ago I was in Unionville and wanted to snap a couple shots of my outfit to share with you guys! You could most def get away with wearing a dress like  this throughout most of the year so even though summer is  almost over, autumn is just beginning 😉

The top I wore is one of my favourite pieces from H&M ever (seriously, I have it in every colour). It is a black pleated dress that literally goes with anything and is so comfortable to wear. The material is stretchy, the dress hides my love handles and of course, the dress is black (always slimming!). Now, the worst part about this dress is that it is not selling this season. The best part about this dress is that there are always multiple variations every summer! I bought the dress in L and wash it every few weeks, it hasn’t shrunk yet and I’ve literally had it for about 3-4 years. I paired my favourite black pleated dress with a beautiful necklace from my girl Hijabi Mama as well as a pair of hot pink shoes.

Check out my OOTD pictures below. XO

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Special thanks to my bestfriend, Fatma Pathan for taking the pictures.
Check out Hijabi Mama here: https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama

xoxo

OOTN: White & Gold Kaftan

Kaftans, kaftans, kaftans!

Why do they remind me of Cleopatra, Kim K and Dubai? No idea, but what I do know is that the kaftan is a beautiful outfit that is modest, unique and extremely comfortable.
The kaftan has been around for thousands of years in various different cultures, especially in the Middle East. Over time, the kaftan has become something of a modest outfit choice for Arab women. It has also made its way in to the West because of Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner’s trip to Dubai which included glamorous photos all over social media.
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Some kaftans come with belts to accentuate the waistline and some flow to the ground for that goddess-like feeling. Kaftans can be worn casually on the beach as a cover up or they can be worn to a wedding event. The best thing about this type of outfit is that most of the time they are a little baggy which means they fit any size! They hide your love handles, make you look taller by falling to the ground and totally make you feel glamorous – as you should! I wore a kaftan last night to my friend’s wedding reception and let me tell you, it was beyond comfortable, classy and easy to wear. Normally, I wear saris, lenghas or shalwar kameez but I felt I needed a change. The heavy embroidery on the neck line added the glam that I needed/wanted which meant that I didn’t need to wear a necklace. Instead, I wore bigger earrings which I considered to be my statement piece. I also paired my kaftan with a gold Michael Kors watch and kept it pretty simple on my arms. I wish I did more with my hair but we were lacking time since it was a week night. Check out some pictures though I hardly had any time to take many – also, if you’re on the hunt for a kaftan you need to check out Hijabi Mama – it’s where it got mine! (She also sells jewelry and hijabs!)

 Outfit is from my girl, Hijabi Mama. Check her out for kaftan’s, jewelry and more!

https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama

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Meet the hubby!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post of my ootn, and don’t forget to check out Hijabi Mama for outfits just like this! xo

Tutu Skirts & High Tea

Tutu skirts and high tea? Absolutely.

It was a cloudy day when a few of my girlfriends and I decided to go for High Tea at the Windsor Arms in the Yorkville area of Toronto, we celebrated my 25th birthday. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon where we updated one another on our lives and enjoyed various types of tea’s, warm raisin scones and gourmet mini sandwiches.

A fun day like this also meant planning for an extraordinary outfit. Being curvy and (I hate this word…) plus size, it’s definitely not easy finding a fabulous outfit on such short notice. With some thought and inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw and Kate Spade, I decided to design my own midi tutu skirt and have my sister in law sew it for me. We bought some lining and blush pink tulle and with a few alterations – VOILA! I was originally going to wear my midi tutu with a light grey woven sweater but seeing as how it’s summer, there wasn’t much out there. I did however go into Old Navy (I know, Old Navy?!), and found a perfect black and white striped top which I thought was very Kate Spade inspired. I paired my outfit with a heavy statement piece which was a beautiful silver necklace from my girl, Hijabi Mama (link below). I also wore my Gramercy Crystal watch from Kate Spade and some cute silver studs. Lastly, I threw on some white closed toe shoes and I was good to go!

Outfit Details:

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IMG_8347 IMG_8140 IMG_8069Midi Tutu Skirt – Designed by Anisa Haq, hand made by my SIL Shakira Synon
Top – Old Navy
Shoes – Shoedazzle.com
Watch and Purse – Kate Spade
Necklace – Hijabi Mama – https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama
Photography by – Hafsa Pathan – http://www.hafsapathan.com/

A few more extra pictures from my 25th celebration:

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post and my outfit details! Let me know if you would like to see more of these.

xoxo