How to wear all white this summer

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One of the many things  I love about the blog is being able to connect with our supporters. Last month Jill and I ( FITC and BCCA’s) produced a Fatshionraiser: Fat is a Feminist Issue along with The 519 . It was a night of amazing performances, speakers and dialogue . We raised much needed clothing for LGBTQ Newcomers and Refugees who access The 519’s Newcomer Settlement Services. Thank you to all our performers and all the wonderful people that attended and shared their personal stories on our soapbox OUR VOICES MATTER.

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Posted in Body Confidence Canada Awards, Body Image, carmakoma, Diversity, fat shaming, No Diet Day, Personal Style, Plus Fashion, Primaala, Uncategorized

Casually Chic


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It’s not everyday you feel like wearing heels or a blazer to the office and with our busy schedule last week; keynotes to over 1200 students (Jill’s a superwoman) , the Fatshionraiser and a keynote on feminist and anti oppression girls programming in Ontario the only thing I’m wearing this week  is a pair of comfortable joggers and running shoes. Here’s a few pieces to keep you looking effortlessly stylish and comfortable all week long.

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Posted in Accesories, Body Image, Junearose, Old Navy, penningtons, Uncategorized

International No Diet Day!


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Photo by Max Lander

It’s International No Diet Day party people! Slim fast shakes, waist trainers, obsessive calorie-counting, and clothing that’s been sitting in the back of your closet that doesn’t fit with tags still on BE GONE! But seriously this is a day we should all celebrate regardless of our size. It’s a day where we all can stand up against the diet demons that try to suggest the myth that weight is mutable — something that we can inherently change—that it’s a simple ‘state of mind’ as to whether someone is fat or skinny.   It’s a day when we can focus on who we are as whole people rather than exclusively focusing on the aesthetics. Now don’t get us wrong it’s not a crime to invest in ones aesthetics BUT when looks become the center of how someone defines themselves exclusively that’s when we’ve got some self-reflecting to do!

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Posted in Body Confidence Awards Canada, Body Image, Fat shame, No Diet Day, Uncategorized

Fatshionraiser: FAT is a feminist issue

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Join the Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs), Fat in The City (FITC) and The 519 as we present…

FATshionraiser: FAT is a Feminist Issue on May 6th International NO DIET Day, 7-10pm

Come join us for an evening of soapbox style FAT conversations, clothing donations, swap, a fun community curvy catwalk (no experience necessary just fierceness required:), live entertainment, a film screening and more!

Why call it a FATshionraiser? Cause we’re ‘raising’ clothing donations baby! The 519 will be accepting donations of clothing at the event to help support Newcomers and Refugees who access The 519’s Newcomer Settlement Services many of whom are size 14+. Along with donating *gently* used clothing, you can also BRING clothing and accessories to participate in the Clothing Swap – hangers, tables and racks will be provided .

The Fatshionraiser is being held on May 6th International No Diet Day . There is a reason why the word die is in diet.  Not only can dieting, especially  yo-yo dieting , have serious life -threatening health consequences but it also kills your sprit over time. We promote a health at every size approach (HAES). Skinny is not synonymous with health any more than fat is with being unhealthy.

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Posted in Body Confidence Canada Awards, Body Image, Diversity, Uncategorized

Bell Bottom ‘Realness’


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Spring has finally arrived (well kinda) and with the arrival of Spring we’re inevitably bombarded with messages that tell us our bodies aren’t good enough period much less good enough for summer. I can’t tell you how many commercials and ads I’ve seen that have said ,“Get your summer body, summer bodies are made in winter “and so on.

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Posted in Alaia, Body Image, Minimalist, Personal Style, Uncategorized

Minimalist online plus size retailer Mei Smith will change the way you shop!

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When you think of plus size clothing the term minimalist doesn’t come to mind. For years plus size clothing has been plagued with sequence, inappropriately placed rhinestones and the infamous moo moo. But Ayanna Wu Celestin founder and creative director of Mei Smith a new online luxury retailer wants to change that.

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Posted in carmakoma, Mei Smith, Minimalist, Personal Style, Plus Fashion, Uncategorized

Lost in Lisbon

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Months ago Jill and I  travelled to England, Portugal and France.  We laughed, loved, ate wonderful food with family and spent time with one of our dearest friends. No instagram (except for a few pics), no email, no distractions JUST US. Here’s a peak at our first stop –  Lisbon,Portugal.

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Posted in Asos, Body Image, carmakoma, penningtons, Travel, Uncategorized

International Women’s Day


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Today we celebrate all the women and girls past and present who have helped create the footprints guiding so many of our footsteps today. We celebrate your style, grace and fierce determination and thank you for your courage and flare! We also recognize that for every woman relishing in the successes of many feminisms there remain countless women and girls who continue to doubt their own power,feeling the weight of beastly oppressions like violence against women, poverty, racism, inequality in the workplace and the constant tyranny of body weight and size policing to name a few. Today we remember all women and we pledge to commit to supporting the struggle so we may continue the celebration too!

Happy International Women’s Day to you and the special women and girls in your life. #AllWomenMatter #BodyConfidence

Jill Andrew, PhD(c.)
Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCA), FatinTheCity, BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival
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Posted in Body Image, Diversity, Uncategorized

High End Plus Size Designer You Need to Know: PLY APPAREL

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I instantly fell in love with PLY Apparel when I first saw  Jill Scott wearing their classic black and white blazer  in the September issue of Essence Magazine . Classic design , structure , luxe fabric and it’s plus size well , sign me up ! PLY recently debuted their Fall/Winter 2015 collection at an exclusive preview in Manhattan during the midst of New York Fashion Week.

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Posted in Minimalist, Personal Style, Plus Fashion, PLY, Uncategorized

How to Romance Your Finance

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“I love me some me!” ~ Terrell Owens, former NFL football player

February is love month. Valentine’s Day in particular encourages us to express our love for another with flowers, cards, sometimes jewelery, and my favourite, chocolate. How do you show love for yourself? If the old adage is true, you can’t truly love another unless you first love yourself. So, what little things do you do for yourself?

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Posted in DEBT, MONEY, Uncategorized