March 28, 2013

On The Prowl

I've gotten a LOT of amazing feedback since my last post. Alongside that, I've gotten some questions about whether or not I felt that my dress was too short for the "plus size girl" to wear ..etc etc. I'll say this. I knew the dress was going to be short BEFORE I got it. So, with that being said, I had every intention of wearing it as the short dress it was. I do understand that a lot of people are not comfortable with wearing short dresses. I am completely okay with that, BUT with all due respect....I am not one of those people. I don't think there would be a point of me doing what I do if I was going to cater to insecurities that big girls have. I am not ashamed of my legs nor am I ashamed of my body and I don't think you should be either. There was a point in time when I would wear jeans in the hottest of summers, all because I didn't want to show my legs. And at that point I was only a size 10. I wear whatever I want and share it with you because at one point, my insecurities wouldn't allow me to. So now that I've rid myself of that garbage, I will wear every and ANYTHING that makes me feel good. And you should too. Think about the root of the problem. When I realized that my dressing choices were completely geared to what I thought my skinnier counterparts would think of me...I CUT THAT ISH OUTTT. I've got one life to live and ONE chance to be "ME"; so bring onnnn the minis!

I was inspired by the Taylor Swift last week (believe it or not). I was reminded that I am young and that I should be enjoying every moment of my life! In other words, "Why so serious?!" I've included the music video at the very end of this post! I guess I can relate because I too, am 22!

When I saw this dress on ASOS, I snatched it up quickly. I honestly don't know what exactly I loved about it, but what I do know is that its mine, ALL MINE! I wanted to wait until it got a little warmer to wear it so I could show some leg, but obviously I couldn't wait. So I paired it with my Addition Elle stockings and orange Torrid heels. I've already got a LOT of people asking me about my hair on INSTAGRAM (insta name: sashagai). So if you live in the Greater Toronto Area and want to have you're hair done by my stylist, shoot me an email!
How do you like the outfit?

Canadiana xo

March 12, 2013


"Your FLAWS are PERFECT for the heart that's meant to love you." -Trent Shelton

I can't express how much I've fallen in love with this dress. When Luxe Vain said that they were sending Garcia and I a dress, I knew I just had to have this one. It's called the "Houndstooth Doll Baby Dress". To be completely honest with you, I've never liked this type of print. But I think it was the shortness that caught my eye lol. Now I love everything about it! I've come to the conclusion that I LOVE short ish. I can't help myself. I adore the satin trim on the sides and around the bottom of the dress; such a sweet touch. My honest opinion? Luxe Vain is the BOMB.DOT.COM. They have so many really nice pieces for ladies full in figure. And what matters to me most is service. They have been so courteous and Garcia and I have received such good service. I will definitely be partnering my Visa Debit with this online website! (Hopefully my mom skips this post LOL) Go to Luxe Vain NOW!

So I wore my favourite boots from Shoe Dazzle...AGAIN! I hope you guys like my Erykah Badu inspired head wrap. Of course, I'm from Toronto, so head wraps are definitely nothing new down here (black girl thing? haha). Just thought it was the PERFECT touch to an awesome outfit! Tell me what you think! (Photo creds to my talented little sister, Dahlia!)

I came across the sweetest video this week on my Facebook wall (posted at the very end of this post!). As soon as I saw it, I knew I'd be posting it here for you all to see. Although we always seem like we have it all together, we're girls. We have our days where we don't feel one hundred. And sometimes our minds wander and we let the world confuse us with stupid social norms. Well, Trent Shelton here, (seems like such a great guy by the way!) has some encouragement for us! God has definitely blessed  him with a gift. I guess I'm in a "love" mood. His words are inspirational and RELEVANT.

-Canadiana xo

March 10, 2013

Be A Showstopper: Addition Elle Store Opening

It is official! Ashley Graham has announced that she will be releasing her lingerie line with Addition Elle come this NOVEMBER! I know you ladies are just as excited as we are so make sure you keep yourself posted with all Addition Elle news to come! Last Wednesday, we were invited to the opening of a new Addition Elle store located in the downtown Toronto area! We had a blast. Plain and simple. We got to spend time with our fellow bloggers, shop and be there with the press and media for Ashley's big announcement. The response and turnout was amazing. But I truly didn't expect anything less. Addition Elle has been doing an exceptional job at absolutely everything lately, so success was inevitable. Garcia and I were both dressed in Addition Elle from head to toe (Except the shoes)! My advice? Try the floral pants! The fit is IMPECCABLE. I adore them. My shoes are from Forever 21 and Garcia's are from Torrid

I have to say, I am in awe at the "Be a Showstopper" campaign that includes these beautiful blogging queens (Left to right: Kayrn of Killer Kurves, Nadia of Nadia Aboulhson and Sarah of Queen Sized Flava). These ladies have proven to the world that they too can be confident in just their undies! But not only be confident; LOOK GOOD too! A special congratulations to all of you! 

TREATS FOR READERS: Now a treat for you! 
(1) If you go to: and VOTE for your favourite bra, you will automatically be sent a $20-OFF coupon for any purchase of $50 or more! Come on now, you CANNOT beat that! Go for it. There are so many new and exciting pieces at Addition Elle, we would hate for you to not be a part of it! 
(2) At the very end of this post, watch the VERY NEW Addition Elle lingerie commercial...I am so sure you'll LOVE it. 
Addition Elle is definitely bringing SEXY BACK.

(Left to right: Karyn, Nadia, Sarah.)

Sarah XXL (Queen Sized Flava) rocking the very popular Addition Elle "peplum belt".


Marie Denee LOVINGGG her peplum belt from Addition Elle.

She's not JUST a model. She knows what she's talking about...


March 07, 2013

Ashely Graham; The Ultimate 'Show-Stopper'

Where do I even start?... No..really, I don't even know if I have enough space to condense in this post the amount of fun the last two days have been for Garcia and I. We were blessed enough to be one of the few bloggers invited out to dinner with Ashley Graham and Addition Elle the other  night. Not knowing anything much before hand, we went in with the intentions to eat and be merry with good friends; to toast to a promising future. And a promising future it is indeed! That night, the beautiful plus size model, Ashley Graham, announced to us FIRST that she will be releasing her own lingerie line with Addition Elle come November! 

The news is refreshing. It's exciting and liberating. Ashley is such an asset to Addition Elle and such a genuine heart. I don't think there is a better person for us to lust after other than her! LOL! So since she's the sexiest woman alive in our eyes, we're super excited that we can have a little piece of her sassiness on a day to day basis once her line is released! It was just a complete pleasure to have dinner with other plus size fashion bloggers from all over. Nadia from Nadia Abouholhson, Gabi from Gabi Fresh, Marie Denee from The Curvy Fashionista, Sarah from Queen Sized Flava, Karyn from Killer Kurves, Karen Ward from Curvy Canadian and the LOVELY ladies from Addition Elle that make EVERYTHING happen! Great food, beautiful service and laughter over wine is everything we all needed.

We want to thank Addition Elle for including us in such an amazing time. For all of you wondering what is in store for Addition Elle, you've GOT to go in and take a look! There are so many pieces that are TO DIE FOR. When Addition Elle said they were re-branding, they meant business. Expect colour, youth and everything TRENDY. Remember the time when we didn't feel like we plus size women had a choice of what to wear? Well, that time is over! Addition Elle has stepped in and is giving women like us an 'option'. The 'option' to look and feel unstoppable.

 Addition Elle "GETS IT".

(Stay tuned for our next post on NIGHT #2 at the Addition Elle Yonge Street Store Opening Event!)

The MANY faces of Marie Denee. Priceless. 

Ashley Graham cupcake!

ALL of us!

Count on Sarah to step RIGHT in front of me when I'm giving my best "Ashley" pose. LOL

Garcia and I are both wearing ASOS CURVE