Evans Clements Ribeiro – Swan Collection

 

 

 

Hey lovelies!

So last week, I had the chance to go to London and see the new Clements Ribiero Swan collection for Evans at their HQ. I attended in place of Gaelle from Les Pitreries de Vanoue as she is all the way in Paris! I was really looking forward to seeing the collection as I find that every guest collection with Evans is always a surprise. I wasn’t a big fan of the previous collection from Clements Ribiero as I don’t wear many prints and found the dresses very long, however, this time I was pleasantly surprised. The Swan Collection has a variety of pieces and style in it making it more versatile and more friendly to different types of plus size bodies. As you can see above, this 1920s style flapper dresses to die for and hopefully will be appearing in my closet, once I make up an excuse to own it.

(Photo Courtesy of Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too)

My favourite part about the collection is how classically styled the pieces are, from heavy fabrics with lovely embroidery to lined cardigans and a stunning 3/4 sleeve oversized coat with toggles.  There are also a selection of tunics and longer dresses made of stretchy soft material  that don’t look like much on the hanger, but once on a body, really flatter the figure.For me, this collection represents a lot of thought about how clothing is cut for plus sized women and it’s so nice to see.

It was a really lovely afternoon seeing all the new collection and catching up with a few awesome bloggers who I haven’t seen in a while. Check out Bethany’s review of the collections over on Arched Eyebrow, and Diane from Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too! Oh and I have done a French guest review over on Les Pitreries de Vanoue too!  The collection is out very soon, and head over to the Evans website to be the first to know more! Thanks to Gaelle and Evans for having me for the afternoon, it was a real treat!

XO ToodalooKatie

ps. stay tuned for a hair post! Hooray!

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Snazzy Footwear On A January Afternoon

Hello again!

So back in January when I was home in lovely Toronto, I did a little photo shoot with my best friend Sarah to feature our newly purchased shoes. We each on different occasions bought pairs of killer heels that I thought why not do a post about it?

It turns out that Sarah also had a new outfit, for an upcoming wedding, to go with said new shoes, and so our little afternoon shoot was all set.

I brought back an old favourite piece because I have never featured it on my blog and I am secretly hoping that the fashion gods are listening and that they will invite Beth Ditto back for another collection/collaboration.

I’m wearing my favourite Beth Ditto lightning bolt sweater from the Beth Ditto  for Evans collection over a year ago, with a pair of cheap chic leggings from Primark. I snagged my blingtastic heels at Pretty Things Boutique in Halifax, Nova Scotia and they are very high but I can’t resist them. I love the way they look and they make my calves look like I just ran a marathon.

Sarah is wearing an amazing fuchsia dress from Canada’s new British favourite, Top Shop along with a black lace cardi/bolero from H&M.

Her snazzy and oh so soft fuchsia wedges are from Town Shoes, in Toronto and have the cutest tassels hanging off the zipper in the back. I’m not sure how she managed to find heels this amazing that match her dress like they were made from the same cut of fabric, but that’s her amazing luck for you.

We did Sarah’s makeup to match! Doesn’t she look glamorous?

I know the photos are a couple of months old, and that my hair is completely different but I have been prepping this post forever and absolutely couldn’t not share the pictures with you because they are so fun. Long live killer heels, sore calves and fabulous looking legs!!!

xx Toodaloo Katie

SWAP ALL THE CLOTHES!!!

Hey girls!

So since I am in the process of relaunching my blog as ToodalooKatie, I want to invite you all to a plus size clothes SWAP at my house out on my terrace.

In order to be a part of the swap you must bring a minimum of 5 plus size items but feel free to bring more of course! (I’m thinking sizes 14 and up) Clothes should be be clean and in a reasonable state of repair!

I will be baking some goodies but if you want to help or bring something please let me know. I would love the help 🙂

Please check out the event on Facebook to RSVP and get any updates.

I live in Bethnal Green (about a 7 minute walk from the station) and will send out the address to those who have confirmed in a message during the week before the event.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to message me directly or write on the wall.

I will send out a message closer to the time of the event to confirm numbers but I would love to see you all there!

If you want to help promo it or let others know, feel free to grab the poster from here or Facebook and pass it around 🙂

xxxToodalooKatie

and a big thank you to Skull Car Steven for the poster 🙂

OOTD: Mad for plaid and I’m moving!

Hiya!

Thanks to everyone who participated in any way yesterday for the day of silence by bloggers for Japan!!! I am back today with an outfit that makes everyone at my work comment on how Canadian I am. I’ll admit I wear a lot of plaid but I just can’t help myself – maybe it’s in my blood. 😉  I spend my day running around at work and so to accommodate this I often wear my little converse knockoffs, so despite them not being the most fashion forward, they get the job done and they are comfy. I was also carrying one of my favourite canvas bags from Primark, mostly as an excuse to announce to all of you that I am moving to London at the beginning of June! I have officially become a Brit – passport and all and I am heading to London to see what exciting things are happening there! I am super excited, although I’ll miss my friends in Paris – but we really are just across the pond so I’ll be back for visits. Also, if you know anyone with a room to let in London for June please let me know, I am actively searching!

This tunic was once a dress but alas silly me didn’t see it wrapped up in my sheets in the wash which then went right into the dryer and made my dress a little too short on the back end to wear sans skirt. Regardless I still love it because it is airy and light and plaid!

Dress/tunic – Torrid (Summer 2010 collection)

Skirt – H&M

Tights – Spanx

Shoes – no brand (converse knockoffs)

Bag – Primark

Earrings – Claire’s (from years ago)

Thanks for stopping by!!

xo Curvy Katie

The Photos are up!!! Plus London!!!

I just arrived home from a busy fun filled weekend of snowboarding in the French Alps ( I know, how fancy!) to find that the photos from Plus London taken by The Second Floor studio and Fashion Loves Photos have been put up! They are wonderful photos and I think they really capture how great everyone was feeling that evening. It’s nice to see so many dressed up smiles in one room!  Here are a few of my favourite shots- and to see the entire set click here.

Here I am trying out my new must have item from the Anna Scholz collection

Gaelle (Les Pitreries de Vanoue) and I looking oh so serious.

Diane (Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too!) and I doing our best blogger pose!

Daphne looking radiant as per usual!

I love this picture of Valerie (Blog to Be Alive), absolutely gorgeous!

I also absolutely love this photo of Nefferth (Modeplus). Stunning!

 

Be sure to check out the album as there are tons of super fun shots and everyone looks amazing! Thanks again to the wonderful photographers!!!

 

xo CurvyKatie

OOTN: Plus London & Anna Scholz

Hello again!

Back so soon, you say? Well, yes. I had so many people ask me ‘who’ I was wearing on Saturday and I thought, seeing as to how it was a piece from one of the sponsers, it was only fit to do a post about it. After many a month spent lusting after this black Anna Scholz zipper dress, I came across it in person back home in Toronto at Lola&Gigi (my new favourite place to shop in Toronto.) Having never ordered from Anna Scholz before I had no idea how the fit would be  so I was super excited to have the chance to try a few pieces on in store.

Not being very tall, I was worried that everything would be too long, as I have the impression from most of their photos that the models are quite tall, however this was not an issue at all. As soon as I put the black zipper dress on, both I, my mum and Laura (owner of Lola & Gigi) decided on the spot that I must own this dress.

I’m not one to wear things that are particularily close to the body, but this dress is cut as though it were made to measure. You can see the structure and the way it is sewn creates curves in all the right places no matter the body underneath. On top of that it has a rockin’ silver exposed metal zipper all the way up the back and a fun bright fuschia lining.

I have to thank Anika from byanika.com for the photo as foolish me did not ask anyone to take a photo me in full length. I will re-do the outfit for you and update ASAP so you can get the full effect.

As for accessories, I am carrying a clutch made by my bestie Sarah of Elizabean textiles that I love. It`s a beautiful deep blue/purple with a wild print on the inside. She makes jewelry rolls, clutches of all sizes and incredible other bags, I think it`s decided I will do a post on her creations soon for you all to see, as I am her biggest fan.

I can`t say it enough, thank you again to everyone for this weekend, all the blog posts with pictures popping up on twitter and facebook are making me so happy. It`s like re-living the weekend!

xx Curvy Katie

Plus London Blogger Meet-up: What a weekend!!!

Hello my lovelies!

I am so excited to finally bring you a little wrap up of my amazing weekend in London. I’m not sure I can quite capture in words how wonderful and sweet all the other girls at the meet-up were. It felt like walking into a room of people you have known for a lifetime, only most of us had only just met. I have to start by saying an enormous thank you to Lauren from Pocket Rocket Fashion for organizing the event and really pushing for us all to get together as bloggers and readers. It was such an enormous success and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. With that I will now overwhelm you with photos.

 

After many excited hellos and hugs we spent the entire day shopping!

Carla (from Messy Carla) and I on the left and Diane (from Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too) in her wicked Evans shirt and super red envelope clutch

Below are a few other fun snapshots of the event, it was such a blast! I am rally looking forward to seeing all the fun pictures taken by fashionlovesphotos.

Also be sure to check out these other blogs who have also posted their weekend tales and photos. If I have missed yours (which I no doubt have, as there are so many amazing blogs and bloggers) go ahead and pop it in the comments below to share with everyone! 🙂

Gaelle: http://lespitreriesdevanoue.blogspot.com/

Diane: http://fatgirlslikeniceclothestoo.wordpress.com/

Valerie: http://blogtobealive.com/

Anika: http://byanika.com/

 

Also, I had a great chat with Cliff, one of the Anna Scholz reps at the reception and he provided me with high res photos of the upcoming collection, so I’ll post those this week for you all to see. In the mean time, Anna Scholz is offering all you readers a 10% discount on all purchases from the new Spring/ Summer 2011 collection and sale items for the rest of February. Just enter the code PLUSLONDON in the voucher code box at the checkout.

Since I did little collages on here I have also uploaded all these pictures individually into an album on Facebook. Feel free to tag yourself or anyone else as well as use them for your own blogs. I know many of us have been scrambling to find pictures of ourselves. You can see the album here – and become a fan my page while you are there 🙂

Once again, I am so happy and feel so lucky to have been able to meet you all this past weekend. I hope to see everyone again soon!

xo Curvy Katie