Friday, 21 November 2014

~ Renaissance Woman ~

Art has always been an inspiration in my life. I've always been one who loved to paint, craft, and go to galleries and museums to stare and wonder at all the amazing pieces of art in this world. One of my absolute favourite forms of art are Renaissance paintings, depicting gods and goddesses and their tales, beautiful human forms and celebrated bodies. "The Birth of Venus" by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli (who was friends with the infamous Medici family, who commissioned the painting) has to be one of my all-time favourites. The painting makes me absolutely swoon - what could be more romantic and beautiful than Venus herself, the Goddess of Love?


As I'm so inspired by art, I decided to become a version of walking-art myself, and incorportated the painting into an outfit. I found a "Birth of Venus" shirt on eBay, paired it with some black tights and my Chubby Cartwheels black faux-leather skater skirt, threw on a wing collar-necklace and my "Love Story" pocket-book clutch. The results were whimsical, fun and romantic.


Life immitates art, and art immitates life. I always try and express my love for all things artistic and beautiful through fashion and my wardrobe. Don't ever be afraid to try something bold and different with your style. Go ahead - be a Renaissance Woman!



Friday, 31 October 2014

~ Witchcraft and Wizardry ~

Well Happy Halloween and Samhain, my lovely darklings! Halloween is my favourite time of year, and always has been since I was a little girl. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with witches. As a girl, I used to watch the show "Worst Witch" religiously.  In "Hocus Pocus" I adored the Sanderson Sisters and wanted to be SJP's character "Sarah" so intenesely after I originally saw the film, that I used to walk around the house singing "Come Little Children". When "Harry Potter" came out, I was obsessed with going to Hogwarts. My favourite play when I was young was "The Crucible", and I have always loved the dark, magical loveliness of witches. The spells, the long hair, the all-black-everything...I wanted to possess magic more than anything in the world.

It wasn't just in film, books and television that I loved witches. I actually hold some pagan beliefs and traditions. I've casted spells by the full (and new) moons. I've practiced psychometry. I've done tarot readings, and continue to do oracle card readings quite often. And I've always, always had a pet cat.

In celebration of Halloween, Samhain, and my love for witches, I decided to wear an outfit completely inspired by Witch Fashion (witch is one of my favourite kinds of fashion). And by the way, this is totally an outfit I would wear any day of the year. It just so happens that it's much more appropriate for Halloween.

I put a spell on you...


So, everything is black, black, black! I started off with some black leggings and black victorian-inspired boots from Penningtons. I then donned my ouija cardian from Domino Dollhouse, and a black pleated pleather skirt that I got from eBay. I finished it off with a collar from Etsy, a black hat from Aldo, my vintage turquoise ring, and several accessories from one of my faaaaavourite stores ever, Gypsy Warrior (the MAGIC cluth, Gypsy Warrior ouija phone case, "Ouija" ring and "Magic Made Me Do It" ring). I'm also wearing giant pentagram earrings from Killstar, black lipstick, black nail polish, and a black cat tattoo on my arm. Puurrrrrfect.

Sigh, this witch wishes that it could be autumn and Samhain all year round...

Happy Haunting, my fellow witch-bitches!



Monday, 27 October 2014

~ Dark Queen of the Wild ~

Animal print. We all love it (well, most of us bold, adventurous fashion-types anyway) - but it's not always a print that's easy to pull off. Luckily, leopard print is one of the easiest animal-prints to pull off (and it seems to stay quiet popular year after year). From vintage leopard-print coats (just coat me in the stuff!) to a more subtle choice in let's say a scarf or a glove, leopard print never fails to add a little bold, sexy wildness to your outfit.

So when Chubby Cartwheels came out with plus size leopard-print leggings, I pawed at the oppurtunity and ordered a pair immediately. Not only are these leggings effing *fabulous*, but the stretch is fantastic, they are sturdy and SO. COMFORTABLE. They've become my absolute favourite pair of leggings. Rawr.

So when it came to pairing these lovely leggings with some items in my closet, I pulled out my tiger sweater from Addition Elle, paired it with some gold jewelry (gold spike earrings from Domino Dollhouse), my black knit hat, and my "MAGIC" clutch. I finished the whole thing off with "Black Velvet" lipstick from Lime Crime - to give the look a classic Courtney-style gothic touch. This was the puuuurfect outfit for a cool-autumn day.






Thursday, 9 October 2014

~ Summer Suits and My Fabulous Fatkini ~

Although summer has come and gone (this post is so late, gah!), I felt it absolutely necessary and vital to share with you all the fabulous swimsuits that I rocked all summer that made me feel like the gorgeous fat mermaid that I am.

Aren't we all fat mermaids at heart?

If you're like me, you are! And what better way to show off your mystical mermaid-goddess self than to rock a Chubby Cartwheels mermaid fatkini!


I custom-ordered this suit from Chubby Cartwheels, choosing the hot-pink fabric and adding straps to my bandeau top. This swimsuit was extremely gorgeous, comfortable, and completely makes a statement. I had girls of all shapes and sizes wanting my suit when I wore it at the beach. But no surprise there. I styled this suit with some  hot pink lipstick, heart-shaped sunglasses, and my "Priestess Crown" from Wendy Nichol.

Going along the theme of "scales" - another suit I loved to wear this summer was my gold dragon-scale suit from Chubby Cartwheels. Inspired by my love for all things Khaleesi, this dragon-scale suit definitely made me feel hot and on fire at the beach!


Lastly, I found this absolutely gorgeousss swimsuit on eBay. It's a one-piece gem - a white Marilyn Monroe swimsuit covered in little red roses. The fit is absolutely perfect (and great for a pear-shaped girl like myself) and gives that classic-one-piece look. Also I love anything with roses on it. I styled this suit with white, heart "Lolita" sunglasses, a black bow and some bold red lips.


Beautiful, sexy swimwear is not longer something only reserved for the thin - there is now some gorgeous plus size swimwear that's available to women of all bigger sizes. Don't let the beach stop you from being fierce - remember to always be a mermaid, both in and out of the water. 




Monday, 8 July 2013

~ BRITISH PLUS SIZE AWARDS ~

GASP.

You guyyyyyyys!

Okay, so - you know how I love everything and anything British? I have always been a lovely (not-so) little Canadian Anglophile, but my excitement and love for the British are about to hit the roof!

My blog is one of the top six nominees for a British Plus Size Award 2013 in "the Best Blogger and Journalist" category! Please VOTE for me! 

 All of the nominees are incredible people and companies that have brought positive influence to the plus-size community, and definitely deserve your support and recognition! We all fight the good fight, don't we? So please take a moment to give your VOTE to "The Glitter Thread" and to all of the people and brands you believe deserve to be recognized for their efforts and influences this year. ♥ 

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THANK YOU for all of your support and for your votes. KISS KISS and all the love you can handle from me. ;)

Thursday, 14 March 2013

~ SKORCH MAGAZINE High Fashion Issue ~ Featuring Chubby Cartwheels

Hello all my lovely blog readers!

Now, for those of you who are not yet familiar, Skorch Magazine's March Isuue is live now! This month's inspiration? High Fashion. This month's issue features some absolutely gorgeoussss editorials - one shot by the amazingly talented Captured by Chelzea, featuring the beautiful plus model, Jessica Jerome - and the other shot by the talented Emilie Collier, featuring plus model Ava Sfez. We also have an exclusive look at some fab new items from Skorch Blogger (and my lovely friend) Shawna and her edgy plus-size online shop Chubby Cartwheels

And oh, who might that be gracing the pages of this month's High Fashion Issue? She looks familiar, you say? Okay, okay - I'll quit playing coy. Yes, myself (and other lovely Skorch Bloggers) took our own spin on a high-fashion street-inspired look.

I just *adore* epaulettes. We can surely thank Mrs Jones for the popularity of this high-fashion trend, creating the look that has been popular with artists, pop-stars and their music video/concert wear. Ever since they have come on the scene, I have been absolutely obsessed. I love how adding epaulettes to a shirt, dress or jacket immediately bumps the item up into the high-fashion zone, adding a military/warrior/royal/tribal flare to your garment. You can`t get more "Courtney" than that, dearies.

For my shoot, I took my favourite new item - a black velvet bodysuit from Chubby Cartwheels, and paired it with some black tights. The feature here is the bodysuit and the jacket - thus, I didn't want to wear anything distracting on my legs (although, depending on who you are, I'm sure my thunder-thighs serve as a delightful distraction). I took a black leather motor-jacket from Lane Bryant (an old trusty/love from my closet) and added a feather epaulette to the shoulder for that whimsical, warrior-like inspiration for the look.

I'm looking fierce. And I mean - fierce. I could kick some major ass in this outfit.

 

The bodysuit is absolutely amazing. Not only is it profoundly comfortable, but it has *so many possibilities* for use. You can easily pair this bodysuit with a pair of pants (go for that 90s-hipster look), a short or long skirt (a wide belt is calling my name!) or even a pair of studded-denim shorts if you're feeling daring (which, girls - you should be).

Make sure to check out my girl's store Chubby Cartwheels for some amazing, edgy-clothing that is sure to inspire you.

And also make sure you check out the latest issue of SKORCH MAGAZINE for editorials, lookbooks, Blogger photos and more! <3


That's all, my lovelies! Kiss kiss and stay fierce!