Tuesday, 29 November 2016

~ ADDITION ELLE Size 26 Now Available In Everything!~

ADDITION ELLE is one of my favourite Canadian brands to buy plus size clothing from, as they really know how to bring fashion to the table. I've loved their sexy lingerie (Deese and the Ashley Graham Collection especially), fun and flirty styles and fashion-forward pieces for years now, and it's always my go-to place to shop when I want to find some real statement pieces for my wardrobe.

However, until recently, ADDITION ELLE has only offered their clothing up to a size 24, and this has been quite problematic for the plus size shopper. As someone who wears anywhere from a size 22-30 (thanks to my body shape, and depending on the style/fit/cut of the garment), there were a lot of things I found I couldn't wear or fit into at ADDITION ELLE. And I wasn't the only one - many other plus size customers have voiced that they felt disappointed that the brand didn't offer a larger sizing, and with the use of models size 12/14, they felt the brand didn't appeal or speak to them as women who fell into the bigger end of the plus-size sizing scale.

So when I was contacted by ADDITION ELLE to be the face (and body!) of their new size 26 launch, I couldn't have been more thrilled/excited. Not only were they listening to their customers and extending their sizing in everything available at the store, but they were using a Canadian "size 26 model" (since I wear a size 22-30, I fall right in the middle) to showcase this amazing news! Ladies, we asked and they listened!

I had an absolute blast at the studio modeling the new sizing in some seriously fabulous pieces (all that were size 26) - take a look:

You can check out some of these photos and find the links to some of these gorgeous pieces (that are perfect for the holidays!) at the ADDITION ELLE Blog

Special thanks to the amazing team at the ADDITION ELLE studio that day who helped me look and feel my most fabulous, and to my friend Samantha who was my travel-partner and support during the fantastic experience.

~Penningtons Holiday Makeup Magic~

Looking for some fabulous makeup looks for the holidays this year? Check out my blog post on the Penningtons Blog for two fabulous looks that are perfect for your holiday family dinners and parties!

Look #1 - Family Dinner

Look # 2 - Holiday Party 

Check out the details at the Penningtons Blog!

Happy Holidays, my loves!

~Chubby Cartwheels Curves Reign II Collection~

Last year, I teamed up with indie plus size designer Shawna Farmer of Chubby Cartwheels to co-design the plus size fashion collection called the Curves Reign Collection, which featured the beloved Boleyn Dress, a maxi-length sheer dress that came in both mesh and lace. This dress (and the entire collection) captured my love for royal-inspired fashion, which I believe helps to bring out your own inner Queen. 

This year, Chubby Cartwheels and I teamed up once again to bring some royal, witchy, fairy-tale -inspired fashion to the plus size community with the Curves Reign II Collection.

This year's collection featured another maxi-length dress (called the "Stevie" Dress, an ode to Stevie Nicks) only we changed the fabric to a lovely stretch-cotton, and added some drama to the sleeves by making them draped and voluminous.

This gorgeous dress can be worn all season long (depending on what accessories you want to rock with it) and comes in dusty rose pink, grey, and black.

Next, we decided to bring even more witchy, fairy-tale inspo to the collection by including Velvet Hooded Capelets - available in "Red Riding Hood" red, or "Witch of the Woods" black.

Next, we wanted to incorporate my love for florals by creating yet another "Courtney" Skater Dress. When I spoke with Shawna about what I was thinking, she knew just what I wanted, and showed me a fabric that I absolutely fell in love with instantly.

Lastly, we wanted to include an accessory that would be worthy of any fashion queen, and thus the Queen Cartwheels Choker was selected; This elaborate lace and chain choker is the statement piece you have been waiting for.  It has a gold lace design that lays around your neck with an adjustable chain in the back and delicate gold chains draping against your chest and around your shoulders for a regal look that will have people turning heads.

It was an absolute dream  to once again collaborate with this amazing designer (and one of my best friends) to create another whimsical, dreamy, royal fairy-tale inspired collection. Here's wishing all my fellow #Queens fierceness and strength while rocking these pieces in all their fabulous glory!

Photography: Shawna Farmer
Hair and Makeup: Courtney Mina

* Special thanks to Phil (my bae) and Steph Ross, who helped out behind the scenes during this photoshoot.

Girl, you're a Queen, and your #curvesreign <3!