I've found since dying my hair new colours i've been a bit wary to wear bright colours. I'm not sure why, since my red hair wasn't exactly tame.
This outfit felt like a great way to do neutrals and brights, with a bit of pattern thrown in because it's the most important. 
 I guess it's just a transition time for my style. I'm not always sure of what to wear these days, but i'm okay with it since i'm still so in love with the teal and purple i've got going on right now. 


This outfit was one of those miracle power outfits. As soon as I put it on, I felt powerful. Because I was so cute. 
Also, it could've been because I was listening to new Britney and some good ol'  BeyoncÄ—, or maybe a combination of all of the above, ya know. Whatever gets you there right? 

Also, how amazing are these leggings?! THERE ARE ELEPHANTS ON THEM. 


Modcloth Outfit Challenge!

Modcloth Outfit Challenge!

Modcloth Outfit Challenge! by plussizedpretty 
I was recently contacted by Modcloth to participate in an outfit challenge around a piece from their own line, the following dreams sweater- aptly named because Modcloth carrying plus sizes is a dream come true!

I paired it with a classic navy skirt since the pattern mixing in the sweater added enough visual interest, then I added some pops of colour with co-ordinating accessories! I was bold and matched the shoes and the bag and the scarf, because, you know, that saying...


Put A Bird On It (still)

I will forever be wearing (and displaying in my home) things with birds on them.
I just love the shilouete of birds.
Even if in real life they terrify me.

With my new hair I find i'm really favouring cooler earth tones. And black and white.
I have this apprehension that with my hair being colourful I can't have my clothes be too colourful. Which is obviously crazy, but, something i'm going through that I (hopefully) will get past. I have a lot of colour in my closet! (said the former goth).


I'm Bringin' Specsy Back

I just had to with the pun. Because
a) I LOVE puns
b) This dress is covered in glasses and it's got back cut outs!
Oh my!

But since i'm at the point where I'm not yet confident enough to wear a (part) backless dress to a lecture, (i'm only confident enough to post a photo on the internet) I threw a cozy sweater over it.

Because really, LOOK AT THAT PRINT. I am so in love with it. I ordered it the second I saw it (online) at Forever 21.


Cute saves the day?

I wore this for a presentation in my toughest class. It's more foreign to me than the foreign language I am taking (German) though, that class is pretty damn difficult too.

I had a presentation in a class that is such a total nightmare of a topic. I took it because I wanted a 'challenge' and at the time I thought I could do such a thing. HAH! I just want to go back in time now and say:
Dear past Erin, You SUCK at challenges. And you HATE them. Never to this to yourself again.
Love, present(ly stressed) Erin

But since the doctor has not yet arrived at my doorstep (maybe because I don't have a doorstep) I had to try my best and present something I had no clue about anyways.
So I did all I could do, and made sure to look cute.
As long as I feel like I look good, I feel so much more confident.
Which I definitely needed today since I was feeling like I had no idea what to do.
We'll see if it showed in my presentation when I get my grade back. But for that day, I felt like I did an okay job. 

[sweater, Old Navy, skirt: Mocloth, tights: We Love Colors, boots: The Bay]


Notice anything different?


Yep. My hair is no longer red.
I've been dyeing it red for the past 8 years, (with the exceptions of a few months where I went blonde because I was having an early life crisis).
But lately my preferred red (L'orel high lift) has not been taking, and it's been fading to a pinky/blonde/orange. Which I liked for the summer, but for the fall I took the Sally's associate's advice and tried a semi-permanent dye instead.
I've always wanted purple hair. Longer than I was red. But I had strict parents, and then I worked at Starbucks (a strict company) so I never could do it. Without those constraints (i'm an unemployed adult! Woo-hoo!) I figured it was finally time to do it.
So I tried a purple dye that came out horribly horribly dark. More black than purple. I felt like I was 16 and a goth again. Been there, done that. 

So I freaked out and tried a few treatments of baking soda mixed with developer, and then a few washes with head and shoulders. I ended up with this really pretty teal colour I never thought I could pull off until I saw it, and I fell in love
But I still wanted some purple, so I put some pink over the turqoise ends and finally had the shade of purple I wanted, and some bonus teal! 
I'm in looove with this hair. It's such a fun change from the red.
The red hair is definitely a part of me, and I will go back red, eventually. But for now, I'm going to have fun and get crazy with my hair colour while I can. 

If you follow my Instargram or Tumblr this is old news, but I thought I should post here before I schedule my upcoming posts from the past month so the hair change is explained. 


These Things Take Time

Remember how I finally wore that romper that previously just sat in my closet for months??
Well, I recently had another experience of overcoming an item of clothing I was unsure about.
The bodycon skirt. 
I thought that the bodycon could only be worn by curvy fat chicks. Ones with a flat stomach and a big butt. I have a huge stomach and a flat butt, so I convinced myself I could never wear one.

But I decided to try one on one day. And surprisingly, I liked how it felt. (And it make my tiny, flat butt look awesome.)
But I still didn't wear that skirt until months later.
Just last week.
One day I just realized that I could highlight what I wanted (that booty!) and still cover what I was worried about, my draping stomach. (Which, despite feeling like a super high level body loving lady, I can still get insecure about. I'm kinda human like that.)
All thanks to a chambray button up! 

[I didn't realize I cut the top of my head out of the shot until uploading. Ugh. Who wants to be my personal outfit photographer? Now accepting applications.]

Also, bonus points for pattern mixing!! 

Now i'm no longer afraid to rock this bodycon trend. And who knows, soon, I might even try tucking in my shirt next time. ;)


Win an Old Navy Giftcard!

I'm happy to announce that Plus Sized Pretty will be hosting it's first ever giveaway!

Previously on Plus Sized Pretty I waxed poetic about fall and Old Navy's new skinny jeans line.
Funny how those two things go together, eh?

I love skinny jeans for fall because they're easy to dress up and accessorize with the right top, scarf, necklace, flats, or boots! And speaking of boots, skinny jeans are the perfect pant to wear with your favourite long pair of boots. They're thicker than leggings for the colder October mornings, while still sleek enough to not bunch up all awkwardly under your boot like a regular cut jean.

Old Navy wants to get the word out about their plus size skinny jeans, and they want to give you a $50 gift card so you can try 'em on yourself! The sale prices start from $19 and is on until October 2nd.

To enter, let me know how you'd wear your pair of Old Navy's skinny jeans.
The contest closes Wednesday, October 2nd, at midnight, so don't hesitate to let me know! ! Choose your favorite pair of skinnies and post it in the comments section below. Please include your name and contact information in order to be eligible to win!

One winner will be randomly chosen from all the responses on the blog. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be removed. Good luck! Open to Canadian residents only, including Quebec. Contest closes Wednesday, October 2nd at midnight EST.


Old Navy Skinny Jeans

If you read this blog you can probably guess that i’m not a big fan of arbitrary rules imposed on women. This is including, but not limited to, the policing of who can and who cannot wear skinny jeans. I firmly believe that fat women (or any woman) can, and should wear skinny jeans if they want to.

Luckily, Old Navy agrees with me as they offer a wide range of Skinnies in their new online plus size collection.

They are currently on sale, starting at $19 until Wednesday, October the second, so if you want to forget the rules and get yourself a deal on some great skinny jeans head on over to OldNavy.ca!

If you need some fall fashion inspiration i've put together a few look ideas. I love skinny jeans for those days where you woke up super late and you have to race out the door to get to school in time for your test/lecture/presentation/etc so you have no time to think about clothes but you still want to look cute. That feeling sound familiar? On those days I usually throw on a pair of skinny jeans with a cute top an some flats. It may sound simple but with the right items you can put together something special.

I love the bits of interest in this one with the striped top and the zippers on the pants, then the pop of mustard with those flats!

And how cute is this sassy fox sweater? If you wear glasses, you and your animal sweater could even match. And these polka dot flats add even more whimsy to a basic staple like a skinny jean.

(all items can be found online at OldNavy.ca's plus size line) 

How do you like to dress up your skinny jeans?

*Please note this is a sponsored post, but all thoughts expressed are my own.


Falling for Fall

I know everyone is going on and on about how much they love fall, and pumpkin spice, and for yet another blogger to declare her love for the season would totally be a cliche... but it's also entirely appropriate because I. LOVE. FALL. (And pumpkin spice. So there.)

I love it for the beautiful colours of the changing leaves, for the crisp fall air, and most of all the accompanying cool temperatures so i'm not constantly dripping in sweat. 

But most of all, I love layering*. 
And wearing cute boots with skirts!

And since it's not too cold yet, I can rock my jean jacket (for the time being). Thankfully I finally got an umbrella that fits in my backpack.

*WOW I JUST NOTICED ERIN IS IN THE WORD layERINg!!! Excuse me, but I just had to share that eureka moment.)



I'm so excited to finally be participating in Jess & Salazar's Style Imitating Art series! 
When I saw it was Vincent I just had to play along...

It was a little over a year ago that I revealed my mental health issues to a good friend of mine. She was so kind, accepting, understanding, and she knew the exact perfect way to comfort me. Television.
She showed me an episode of Doctor Who, titled "Vincent and the Doctor".

I remember my first connection to the famous artist happening in high school, one of my lowest mental health points. My English teacher (who changed my life, in ways I won't get into today) played the song "Vincent" for the class. I was of course familiar with the work, but I had never known the artist behind it, save for the fact that he was "crazy" for chopping off his ear.
But this sweet song spoke to me on such a visceral level. For the first time, I saw that Vincent had eyes that know the darkness of my soul. That he was a man who suffered for sanity. His tragic end and departure from the world that could not love him. These are things I strongly relate to.

And so finally seeing such a beautiful portrayal of Vincent, with the Doctor, re-entered Vincent into my life. I have lost count of how many times i've watched that episode. I use it as a tool to show my loved ones to help them understand my disease. There are some key moments in the episode I feel could be written from my experience. (As it is thought Vincent suffered from Bipolar disorder, which I have been diagnosed with.) I was also given the documentary "Painted With Words, a documentary based on his writings in his letters, which again, spoke so closely to my experience. I've now purchased a collection of his letters and go to them in times where I need comfort.

With my profound connection to Vincent, I had to participate in the latest Style Inspired by Art challenge, of his latest discovered work.
And I had just the pieces to work with.

The colours obviously mimic those found in Sunset at Montmajour, but part of why I chose these two pieces is due to the lines in them, which mimic the post-impressionism Vincent is so famous for, which we see in his "latest" piece. 

I hadn't thought of putting these two pieces together, but as soon as I saw the challenge, it came to me. It's funny how the right inspiration can change your perspective. Something Vincent was all about, really.

Thanks for listening to more of my story. 
And thanks to the ladies who run Style Imitating Art for choosing Vincent. 


"Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil." 
 Vincent van Gogh


outfit magic

Some outfits are thought out. Perfectly planned and prepared. 
Some outfits are laid out the night before a big day- even the accesssories.

And some outfits come together when you stand in front of your closet and put on the two first things that speak to you.
Sometimes, you're in a funk all day because you chose the wrong things.
But other times, you've stumbled onto something you think is really great.

(This day was the latter.) 


The long journey of body acceptance.

This body acceptance thing is hard. It takes a lot of work. Daily reminders that despite what everyone around your or in the media says, that your body is just fine the way it is.
This journey is one that takes a long time. It ebbs and flows. I've been on this journey for my whole life, not really even knowing I was until five years ago.
It's a constant struggle to accept your body. Even if it's as picture perfect as all the magazines. Women are taught to still constantly critique their physiques.
And for those of us with different bodies, ones that are seen as bad, selfish, immoral, accepting your body can be even more difficult.

But it can be done.

Even though it takes time.

For instance.

I purchased this adorable romper from ASOS Curve almost a year ago. I got it right before Christmas. I had visions of wearing tights underneath with boots and sweaters overtop. So many ways to mix and match!

But when I first put it on I was unable to see past my protruding stomach. Dramatically dipping as the garment turned into shorts.

I wasn't quite ready to accept that part of my body. I had in the past, when I started wearing my shirts tucked into my skirts, but my body had changed since then, so I had to learn to accept that part all over again. And, as i've mentioned, it can take a lot of time and effort.

Every now and then i'd put the romper on again, wondering if I had built up the courage to wear it. The  months went by in the form of seasons, and now, at almost winter of the next year, I was able to finally wear it to day.

I had finally gotten to the point where I could wear it around my house for more than half an hour. I wore it all morning, and then out for a study session at a coffee shop. And everything was ok. In fact, everything was great. Rompers are so comfortable! And I felt, and looked good. Which can be a very helpful feeling at times.

So my words to you dear readers, wherever you are in your self acceptance journey, is to remember, in the words of Morrissey, that these things take time.

But I am a testament to the fact that, while you may falter, you can do it.


Old Navy Plus Sizes Now in Canada!

As a Canadian one of the most common things I get asked is "where do you find clothes?" Canada is notoriously awful for plus sized clothes that aren't insanely expensive or overly matronly.
My answer of where I buy clothes is that it's a equal parts mix of thrifting, Old Navy, and ordering online. Luckily i'm around a 22 which means I can squeeze into most of Old Navy's XXL sizes. But I can't wear their jeans.

Well, my fellow hapless Canadian fat friends, we finally have another resource. Old Navy has now made their plus size line available to Canadians!
We are talking actual plus sizes. As in, they go up to a size 30. On pretty much all kinds of clothes...including, jeans! I am really excited to try out their jeans, as when I was a smaller size (around a 16 I fell in love with their sweetheart jeans.)

Another feature i'm really impressed with is that they offer active wear. I've always been peeved and perplexed that active wear never comes in plus sizes. How are we supposed to loose the weight to fit into your exercise clothes if we don't have anything to wear to go work out in the first place?

The only downside we're facing here is that it's only offered online. As a plus size shopper I grow weary of having to chance it with every online order. Even with diligent measuring and reading every review available, sizing can often be amiss. But hey, having a plus size line even available is enough cause to celebrate!
Though I do wish the plus size line wasn't a completely separate entity, I wish we could see the bold trends that the straight size line gets, but it's my hope that Old Navy will recognize that their plus size consumers are just as fashion-savy as the rest.

Not to say that the collection is lacking. I did find a few favourite fall looks i've put together.

Both of these looks would be perfect fall styles for back to school.

And they have some really cute sweaters for it when it eventually cools down!

All in all, I say rejoice, Canadians! We finally have another contender in our clothing options, and with free shipping (on orders over $50) it won't cost more than the garment itself to ship! That's just unheard of with Canadian online shopping!

*Please note that this is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed here are my own. 


Fatkini Manifesto, part three.

It's funny, once you get past an insecurity, it's so much easier to get past it again and again. A year ago I wore my first fatkini. I had been working up to that for years. And finally, I just did it. And it felt great.

I've started to add to my collection this summer, and with each new suit I feel more and more confident. There are still times when that old insecurity creeps in, with the stares that I inevitably get, but I just push past their negativity and do what I want to do.

Life's not worth living if you're hiding away afraid to experience things because of what other people will think. Trust me, I have done that exact thing almost my whole life and I know that for a fact. 

I have been trying to live it up this summer as much as I can, at my favorite beach, a lake, in Port Moody. (I actually don't like swimming in the ocean, lakes for life!!) I even took my parents there when they were out for a visit. At my favorite point, a dock ripe for jumping off of, there were a bunch of drunk idiots there. So my parent's didn't want to go in the water. I did, so I went for it. 
My mother commented on how much i've changed these past few years, how, now I "do things you never would have done before". And it's true, in finally accepting myself (for my size, amoung other things) i've found i'm not afraid of just going for it (as much) anymore. 
Once you make that first (literal or metaphorical) jump, it starts to get easier every time.
So take a risk, go ahead and do, and wear, what you want. No matter what your size is. Because something as silly as a number on a tag or the scale should not have power over you living your life.


Summer Style, pt 2

I know I spoke recently about my lack of summer style, but I managed to put together this lil number the other day and it just felt so elegant and summery, so I had to share.

It's the perfect end of summer transition outfit, because it requires layering, and in the dead of summer when it's 30 above I cannot wear more than one shirt.
But when it's only in the 20's I can manage.

Another way of staying cool (in more than just one sense of the word, hah) is by keeping my long, thick, mermaid hair off my neck as much as possible. Last year I wore it in a high bun pretty much everyday, this year it's been milkmaid braids! 


Good news!

I'm blogging again! 
Well, I hope to.
I finally got my SLR back in working condition, so i'm feeling a lot more inspired and able to get back to quality outfit posts.
I sent it back home a few months ago after it crapped out after being dropped one too many times and my dad was able to get it fixed. It's still not working perfectly but it's such an improvement over iPhone shots!

Only an SLR can capture the water and your face when on the ferry. Bless 'em!

I celebrated the return of my camera by going out to Victoria, B.C. with my parents since they came to visit me in Vancouver for the week. I had spent a few hours there with my brother in June and I was ready for more, especially since my brother got bored so he made us leave after half a day when I went with him. My parents, however, were more than happy to spend two days there, as was I. The sun even came out one afternoon which made everyone incredibly happy.

(shirt: old navy)

Wanna hear more good news? Of course you do!
Modcloth is now offering (somewhat) legit plus sizes.
I say somewhat because their sizing is still limited. Hopefully that will improve with time though.
Their pieces have definitely already improved. At first there were a lot of questionable items

I bought this skirt recently and I found it's pretty true to size. At a 3X it's a little loose, but a comfortable fit.

When I saw this baby online it was one of those things where my brain just went NEED.NOW. I have been dreaming for a skirt exactly like this- denim, button up, WITH POCKETS for so long so I just had to have it. It's an investment piece. 
At least that's how I justify once again maxing out my credit card...

*Just a note that I have not been sponsored by ModCloth, I am just genuinely pleased that they are finally catering to plus size clientele! 


Summer Style, or Lack Of...

There is something about summer that just makes my style disappear.
It's. Just. So. Hot.
Too hot for clothes.
So I find any excuse I can to go to the beach, to splash around in the water and to get to wear my new fatkini.

I ordered this new one online from Forever 21 Plus but I had to get it shipped to the states since it was only available from the US online store.
SO worth the trip. I'm in love with it.
Well, i'm in love with the top. The bottoms have a leopard panel on the crotch, which I think is a bit weird...I usually just wear these plain black ones instead. Mix & match!


11 (more) Questions!

Thanks to Beverly I've made another video! This one is along the 11 question tag chain thing that was going around a while ago, only in video form!
It was fun because I'm not working much this summer and what else is there to do?



Seatbelt's, everyone!

Some friends of mine just moved into a house together and they decided to throw a 90's themed costume housewarming.
Since I get really, really into playing dressing up, I got a little carried away in creating my costume.

I decided to go as everyone's favorite teacher, Ms. Frizzle, of The Magic School Bus.
Here's my DIY Ms.Frizzle costume!

All you need is a shirt dress and some shapes to adorn your dress with, based on the lesson plan of your choosing!

I took my new custom made eshakti dress (real post on that coming soon!) and simply stuck on some foam space shapes to make it a space appropriate dress, based on the pilot episode of the series.
I kind of have a thing for space thanks to a certain Doctor...

And it's because of the Doctor that I went and made myself a TARDIS to adorn my dress with. Because, duh! 

And since the set of foam space shapes I bought at Michael's didn't come with a TARDIS (how rude!) I had to go and make my own. 

The best part was that two girls (whom I had never met before) happened to come as two of the students, Pheobe and Wanda. It was meant to be! 


Hey, look at me!

Not me, Erin. 
It's my blog talking.
That would be awfully attention seeking and conceded for me to just go look at me look at me on the internet.


It's my new blog "design" that wants your attention.
Okay, and I do to. 
I'm a middle child

Check out my new decor and tell me what ya think. It took waaay longer than i'd care to admit and i'm not so much at a point where i'm in love with it but more like "eh, this'll do."
I really wish past Erin hadn't given up on her interest in web design. I used to do that stuff for fun, before blogs were even a thing, and now here I am with a blog and no know-how.

Anyways, I've tried to do as much as I can with tutorials and my limited memory.
Because that's what I do when I should be packing. Since i'm moving in two days.
But nooope. I procrastinate, of course!

and yet I never learn...

Oh, and here's an outfit that I wore recently. I got this dress at Target (CANADA) and i'm in looooove.  With this dress and Target. Though it does really suck that the stores up here aren't carrying any plus sized items. This dress is just an XXL that happens to fit. 

Later days!
(leave a comment if you get that reference!)

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