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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 6d ago

Hi babies! I’m so sorry that I’m getting into a bad habit with updating my social channels. Things have been a bit hectic and all over the place, but I promise to get things on track soon enough!! Summer/Spring is my favourite time of year, and when I flourish most so its hard to do anything but be outside in the sun!

I’ve got another OoTD for you guys, and I hope you love it just as much as I do! Obviously, I’m into strawberry everything right now (just wait until you see my new manicure), and my outfits are going to mirror that until the fall! Give me whimsical prints or give me death!

Shein sent this ultra cute strawberry print tee and I promptly worked in into a outfit. Honestly, I kind of have no idea what I was doing with this whole look but it has my overall approval. I’m loving the drastic pops of red/pink against the pastel green of my skirt. Green, red and pink look so so good together and I’ll go out of my way to put them together as much as I can. Heck, just take a look at the decor in my room!

Ps, if you wanna know how I feel about the overall fit of Shein, check out my recent Youtube video! I’ve had a hit or miss relationship with them but things might be improving? WHO KNEW!?

Top: Shein
Skirt: eShakti
Shoes: Forever21
Purse: Bando
Earrings: Ardene
Hat: Old Navy

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 1w ago

I PROMISE you it wasn’t absolutely freezing outside when I took these photos. Spring is blooming quite late for us, and only now we’re starting to see flowers and greener grass. THE WEATHER THOUGH, well, that just went straight to Summer heat. Can’t tell if I love it, but I’m definitely not ready for full fledged sweat weather.

What I AM ready for is no bra, bare legs and bare midriff weather! I have been cooped up under layers and my body is so freakin’ ready!!

First and foremost, this playsuit is sold out and I’m SO sorry about that. I know, I know, I suck but I’ll keep my eyes peeled to see if ASOS releases it again. I’m fairly certain I saw my pal Allie wearing it a few summers back, so I can almost guarantee it’ll make a comeback at some point!

Pale blue is my new favourite summer colour, and I can see myself gradually building an obsession. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still completely bonkers for pastel pink but its nice to have a change in colour palette every now and then. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the colours look so good together, and I’m positive I’ll use that as future ammo to build my collection.

With that being said, I’m a fan of how this whole look came together. Definitely going to be a repeat offender with this ensemble, definitely don’t care if you guys complain that I’m wearing it too much. I KID! I’m just loving the comfort of this whole look, and how seamlessly it came together!

Playsuit: ASOS Curve (sold out)
Earrings: Xehar Curvy (similar here)
Hair Ribbon: from an Eloquii dress
Bag: Forever 21
Shoes: A’GACI
Giant Cup: Michaels

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So I travel, like a lot. My life has been one airplane ride after another for the past 5 years, with the last year and a half being the climax of it all. My long distance relationship completely altered what my life looked liked, and somehow I’ve become one of those frequent flyers who just know how to travel.

Previous to my relationship, I hadn’t been on a plane since I was 11 years old and I can still remember the anxiety I had about flying. I had no idea if the seats would accommodate me, and the concept of being IN THE AIR scared the literal heck outta me.

Not to jinx myself (I’m knocking on wood right after I write this sentence), but I’m traveling again soon and the usual anxiety is coming up. There are some steps I typically take to prepare myself for a flight, and since its been ages since I’ve touched base on that, I figured I’d cover it here! Ps, I’m not going to include any photos of airplanes because I know (at least for myself) that sometimes seeing airplanes can cause anxiety. So, without further ado, lets get started!

Think Ahead: I used to basically try to ignore the fact that I was going to be a plane for the better part of 3 years. It was my way of coping, but whenever the big day would come, I’d start to panic. I’d start to feel underprepared and worry about how I was going to handle being in the air. Thankfully, I usually fly with the same airline so the fear of not fitting wouldn’t worry me as much, but I remember those feelings when I first started to fly. Let those fears and worries you have come to the surface, and then knock off them off your list of concerns by figuring out ways to deal with them. I promise, it’ll save you so much anxiety!

Go comfortable: Ok, so sometimes I’m still tempted to dress up for the airport but I talk myself out of it (most of the time). You guys, layovers are the worst and sometimes you have to bolt it to catch your next flight. Nothing is worse than thinking “oh my god, why did I wear this?” when you’re running to catch your next flight. Even if you don’t have to worry about catching your layover, there’s still lugging around your suitcase, waiting in long lines, long walks to terminals, security and sitting for a couple of hours in an often uncomfortable and tight space. Don’t do yourself a disservice and wear uncomfortable shoes and clothing. You can always change when you land! I really love wearing a very comfortable and stretchy pair of leggings for the flight. Torrid makes some of my favourite leggings, and they even have some printed leggings if you wanna go a little bit cute.

Pack some entertainment: It seems pretty obvious, but sometimes we don’t really think of this. Typically, if you’re on a longer flight, they’ll have entertainment built into the seat in front of you but you can’t always count on that. I’ve had many a flight where that wasn’t an option for me and I’ve been left twiddling my thumbs until we land. When I was a kid, my mother packed cross words and other activity books for us because our options were limited. However, now there are endless options! Did you know that you can download videos from Netflix and it’ll be available to watch offline for 48hrs or so? If you’re into podcasts, collect a bunch to catch up on! Bring your laptop to get some offline work done (perfect for influencers flying for business). Maybe even pack some face sheets and give yourself a little spa treatment while you listen to your favourite music! You can even download a bunch of games (I love Juice Jam) on your phone, and I find those eat up my time really well! Or you really can go the old school route and buy a bunch of crossword books from the dollar store for entertainment as well!

Bring Noise Cancelling Headphones: I learned this tip sort of recently, and mostly as a fluke while traveling. My boyfriend gifted me a very cute pair of noise cancelling headphones a few Christmases ago, and I started packing those for my long trips. I started to realize that my anxiety levels would decrease a bit whenever I’d wear them on the plane. I’m super sensitive to sounds, and like many other people, sudden and extreme noises can make me panic. Having something to help cancel out the overwhelming sounds and ground me can be really, really helpful! This tip might not apply to everyone, but at the very least, having something that cancels out the chatter and lets you focus on whatever it is your doing can be beneficial too. Regular earbuds just don’t fade out the background as well for me, but they might be enough for you. I’ll come to a healthy balance and suggest headphones overall! Ps, I just stumbled on this article breaking down what different sounds mean on a plane and I’m about to familiarize myself for peace of mind. I’d suggest it for you, too!

Do your research: Believe me, I know how scary it is to type in “flight anxiety” into google and Youtube. I stayed far, far away from googling my fears for years until one night (after bothering Gilbert with my extreme anxiety for hours), I just did it. My GOD, was it a breath of fresh air. There is an abundance of information at your fingertips from pilots, flight attendants, passengers who are facing their fear and more. I’ve watched people tackle their fear and used that to tackle mine as well. Often times, they’ll break down what turbulence means, and the logistics behind it. I’m still not a care free, non-nervous flyer like a lot of the people I encounter on flights but it’s nice to come equipped with the knowledge of what’s really happening. Ps, this can also relate to researching your airline, too. What are their rules and restrictions on seating. Are their notorious for overpricing airline seats for heavier passengers? Which airline is the most accommodating for fat flyers? I don’t have all the answers for you here, but I think its highly beneficial to know a little bit about their airline you’re flying with.

Get yourself a seat belt extender: Did you know that you can ask the flight attendant for a seat belt extender? I typically ask the flight attendant who I first see for a seat belt extender before sitting down. I’ve made myself really comfortable with the idea of asking for the space and supplies I need to ensure my comfort on a plan, even though this was a hard one to do at first. I never wanted to draw attention to the fact that I couldn’t fit the regular seat belt, but after not being able to get it buckled, I just had to. Flight attendants are their to ensure your comfort and safety on a flight, and seat belt extenders are their to help fat flyers feel more comfortable in a seat. I’ve never, ever been met with anything but kindness and discretion when I ask for mine. However, if you just can’t bring yourself to ask, you can go about buying your own. They run relatively cheap on amazon and they even have a bunch available for prime shipping if you need it asap! Whichever way you decide to go, just know your comfort is paramount and you are allowed to ask for what you need to make your flight more comfortable for you!

Pick your seats wisely: Sometimes airlines can charge you extra for picking your seat early, and often times more space means more money. In a lot of cases, throwing some extra money at more room or early seat selection can be the difference between discomfort and smooth sailing. Personally, I like sitting by the window for shorter flights because I know I won’t need to get up and I like having a place to rest my head. However, if I’m on a longer flight and stuck in a 3-4 seat section, I refuse to sit by the window. People will recline into your lap and make an already tight fit even tighter. I’m also notorious for having to pee ever 1-2hrs and being stuck is the last thing I want to deal with. When I was traveling home from England, I sat by the window without realizing what it meant for my accessibility. When it came time to use the washroom, I could barely get out and had to bother the row in front of me to push their seats up. Thank goodness my boyfriend was the only one sitting beside me, or else I would have had to bother my row, too. In the case that you really just can’t afford to get more leg room, try to check in early enough to pick your seat.

Keep your essentials on you: Originally, I was going to break down all the stuff I think you really need to have on you for a flight but that just seemed like too much work. Instead, I’ll just compile a list of essentials I think I need to have accessibility to on a flight. For starters, having gum and/or water is mighty important to me. If you haven’t been on a plane in awhile, your ears will pop as your take off, land and sometimes while you’re cruising. Let me tell you, this can be painful as hell if you’re not prepared. I can still remember the most painful ear pop I had and how unprepared I was for it. Pack some gum, and double check that you have easy access to it before boarding. I like to grab a water bottle near my gate because I find my mouth gets really dry. If you don’t want to spend money, ask for one as soon as you can. Pack some pens, just in case you need to fill out a customs form. Make sure your headphones are in your bag. Put some deodorant in your bag too while you’re at it. I almost always sweat during the whole process of traveling and I like to refresh when I land. I like to pack a squishy toy as well because it helps when I’m feeling anxiety and I need something to distract from that. Jot down a list of things you think you’ll need or want easy access to while you’re in the plan. I swear, making sure you have the option to grab what you need easily can lift plenty of anxiety off of your shoulders.

Consider Anxiety Medication: First and foremost, I know this isn’t something everyone is comfortable with. For years, I really tried to handle the anxiety on my own but I often found myself thinking “I wish I had something to calm me down” whenever I’d feel overwhelmed mid flight. I finally spoke to my doctor and she prescribed me a very low dosage anxiety medication. Honestly, I only take my meds when I feel like I really need it and I actually haven’t in awhile. But lets be realistic, sometimes we just need the extra help. I can’t give you much extra guidance or help other than “ask your doctor”. Just know, its ok to go this path if you need it!

Talk to someone about your anxiety: Whether you find a friend or loved one to vent to before hand, or confide in the flight attendant, its important to talk it out. Often times, I’ll mention to a flight attendant that I’m a nervous flyer and have them warn me of the flight is going to be turbulent. Typically, they’re well aware of what to expect while in the air, and they’re happy to relay that information to me. Additionally, I’ll have my typical “I’m so nervous about flying” conversation the night before and I can’t tell you how nice it is to be put at ease. People aren’t always assholes, even though on flights they can be, so trust your instincts ask confide in people around you and your life. It can make an incredible difference!

You’re allowed to be there: Much to the disbelief of asshole flyers, you’re allowed to be on the flight. If the airline sells you a ticket, allows you on the plane and lets you sit in your sit, you’re good to go. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had people complain, move or look at me funny when they sit next to me. In fact, I’ve caught them texting about me as I’m sitting beside them! But guess what? It’s not my problem. People will complain no matter what you do, say or look like. So keep your head up and know that you’re allowed to take up the space that you do!

I think thats it for all the tips I have! I could probably go on and on and on, but I wanted to keep this as short and sweet as possible. If you want to check out my (very old) Youtube video about flying tips, I’ll link it here! With that being said, I really hope this list was helpful and I’d appreciate any tips you might have for me!

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FIRST OFF, I apologize for having this post up a day late but my blog layout has been acting real funny. So yesterday was really just spent making sure I had most of the bugs worked out, but I think we’re back in action now!

ANYWAY, how are you? How’s life? Are you freaking out because I’m suddenly into wearing pants all of a sudden? Yah, me too. I bought into the trend, you guys and there’s no coming back. There’s something real nice about not worrying about your butt making a a surprise appearance whenever I wear dresses/skirts!

Before I get into the outfit portion of this blog post, I wanted to mention a post I was recently featured in about VBO. My friend Lexie wrote an incredible piece about different body shapes, how we’re labelled and how brands treat us! Since I’m rocking a lot of VBO in this outfit, it seemed fitting to mention her! Check out her “Body Shapes, Brands and Privilege; No Fruit Salad!

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 2w ago

Am I a millennial? Can I own the term millennial pink? I was born in 1987, so I might just be a bit too old but who cares, right? I’m not old enough to enjoy the hell outta the (in)famous pink we all love so dearly! About 50% of my wardrobe is some sort of shade of pink and I’ve been meaning to bring it all together for awhile!

Before I get into the nitty gritty of this OoTD, I want to apologize for the quality of the photos. Its so hard to lug around a bit DSLR when you’re out for the day so my friend’s and I settled on iphone picture. To be honest, it kind of fits the whole millennial theme I’ve got going on here anyway so let’s just call it intentional. I’m really happy with the results anyhow!

Pink on pink isn’t a colour combo I’ve played around with much, but its one I’ve fallen in love with! I’ve always been told never to do too much of one colour but honestly? Screw that! I had so much fun working in as much pink as possible. I even put on pink eyeshadow and highlighter (but stopped at the lipstick)! Who says you gotta play by the “rule book” when there’s so many fun options out there?!

Jacket: Forever 21
Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Fashion Nova Curve
Earrings: Claire’s
Sunglasses: A’GACI (similar here)
Shoes: Forever 21

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 2w ago

Happy Tuesday, my dears! We enjoyed about 2 days of Spring weather here in Toronto, and I’m currently sitting on a pile of Spring work that keeps calling my name. Sorry I keep complaining about the weather, but scrolling through instagram can be a bit depressing when it seems like you’re one of the few people who doesn’t have sunny skies and flowers popping up everywhere!

With all that being said, I did take advantage of the slightly warmer weather and planned a little OoTD featuring this little plant number from ELOQUII. I’ve had this beauty since last year, but I got it far too late in the season and it was just way too hot to wear. I love the print, the colour combination and the style but I really don’t enjoy the fabric. Its one of those non-breathe fabrics that only amplifies how sweaty you might already be, so just imagine how much of a pain this dress would be in the dead of summer. Hoping for some more cooler but SUNNY days so I can try out different ways to wear my fav plant dress!

Originally, I planned an entirely different look but it just wasn’t coming together the day of. I made a very last minute decision to ditch my original idea, and threw this ensemble together instead. You’ve probably noticed I have a thing for adding berets into outfits, but they just work so well with adding that little extra something that my outfits need. I threw on my brown loafers, a denim jacket, some complimentary jewlelry and this “U R Worth It” tote from Ban.do. I’m pretty impressed with how this all turned out, especially since it was all kind of last minute!

Dress: ELOQUII
Jacket: Old Navy
Hat: Joe Fresh (similar here)
Earrings: Old Navy (similar here)
Tote: Ban.do
Shoes: Forever 21
Rings: Can’t remember

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 2w ago

I’m constantly in awe of the people who work in my field. The plus size community has become more powerful, more saturated and experienced since my early days in 2010. Although sometimes it’s hard to fight the feeling of comparison, at the very core of it, I’m inspired.

Since I spend so much of my time on Youtube, instagram and the like promoting myself, I wanted to take some time to promote those I love. The people I might know personally and feel inspired by beyond their social media profiles. As well as the people I admire and ogle at from a far. So, without further ado, here are 10 plus size babes that I love!

  1. Gloria aka @glowpinkstah aka my favourite human

2. Gabi aka @gabifresh aka an unstoppable Goddess

A post shared by Gabi (@gabifresh) on Apr 4, 2018 at 3:00pm PDT

3. Corissa aka @fatgirflow aka Goals

A post shared by Corissa Enneking (@fatgirlflow) on Mar 19, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT

4. Brianna aka @the_huntswoman aka Boss Babe

5. Janea aka @jnaydaily aka The One to Watch Out For!

A post shared by Janea Brown (@jnaydaily) on Apr 1, 2018 at 8:58am PDT

6. Jessica aka @thisisjessicatorres aka Style Icon

7. Alexandra aka @learningtobefearless aka Current Fav Youtuber

8. Thamarr aka @musingsofacurvylady aka I’m OBSESSED with her

A post shared by Thamarr (@musingsofacurvylady) on Mar 23, 2018 at 8:11am PDT

9. Paxyshia aka @paxyshia aka everything I wanna be

A post shared by Thamarr (@musingsofacurvylady) on Mar 23, 2018 at 8:11am PDT

10. Rosey aka @roseybeeme aka a freakin’ ray of sunshine!

A post shared by Rosey (@roseybeeme) on Mar 13, 2018 at 8:38am PDT

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 2w ago

Happy Tuesday, you guys! I’ve had one hell of a day and its only 130pm. I woke up to my phone completely dead, and it would not turn back on. You can probably imagine my stress, but I’m happy to report its all good now! Turns out my battery fried and it was as simple as switching it out for a new one!

That’s not the point of this post, though!! I’m super excited to finally share this OoTD I shot a few weekends ago. I’ve been dying to put together an outfit around this “I Am Everything I need” top from Forever 21 for ages. The saying really grabbed my attention, and its a personal motto I strive to live by. I’m not quite there yet, but I hope in do time, I am.

Although I equate mustard, black and burgundy as more of a fall look, I decided to add spring elements to help keep this ensemble seasonal. My pal Erica was planning to use her “Feminist AF” denim jacket for her outfit, and she let me borrow it for some shots. Denim always makes me think of the transition into Spring time, so it fit perfectly with the look I was trying to portray. It doesn’t hurt that wearing blatantly feminist entire tied into the message I was trying to portray. Not entirely sure how the red + mustard looks together, but I don’t hate it.

I wanted this look to scream empowered & confidence but the wind + cold combo had other plans. I think I landed a few great shots though! I cannot emphasis enough how motivated this tops makes me feel, and I plan on playing around with it all through the Spring/Summer. How would you style this top?

Jacket: Premme (sold out online)
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: City Chic
Tights: Addition Elle
Socks: Torrid
Shoes: Payless
Beret: Amazon
Earrings: Primark
Watch: Daniel Wellington

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 3w ago

Am I a millennial? Can I own the term millennial pink? I was born in 1987, so I might just be a bit too old but who cares, right? I’m not old enough to enjoy the hell outta the (in)famous pink we all love so dearly! About 50% of my wardrobe is some sort of shade of pink and I’ve been meaning to bring it all together for awhile!

Before I get into the nitty gritty of this OoTD, I want to apologize for the quality of the photos. Its so hard to lug around a bit DSLR when you’re out for the day so my friend’s and I settled on iphone picture. To be honest, it kind of fits the whole millennial theme I’ve got going on here anyway so let’s just call it intentional. I’m really happy with the results anyhow!

Pink on pink isn’t a colour combo I’ve played around with much, but its one I’ve fallen in love with! I’ve always been told never to do too much of one colour but honestly? Screw that! I had so much fun working in as much pink as possible. I even put on pink eyeshadow and highlighter (but stopped at the lipstick)! Who says you gotta play by the “rule book” when there’s so many fun options out there?!

Jacket: Forever 21
Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Fashion Nova Curve
Earrings: Claire’s
Sunglasses: A’GACI (similar here)
Shoes: Forever 21

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Big Hips Red Lips by Sarah Anne - 1M ago

Happy Tuesday, my dears! We enjoyed about 2 days of Spring weather here in Toronto, and I’m currently sitting on a pile of Spring work that keeps calling my name. Sorry I keep complaining about the weather, but scrolling through instagram can be a bit depressing when it seems like you’re one of the few people who doesn’t have sunny skies and flowers popping up everywhere!

With all that being said, I did take advantage of the slightly warmer weather and planned a little OoTD featuring this little plant number from ELOQUII. I’ve had this beauty since last year, but I got it far too late in the season and it was just way too hot to wear. I love the print, the colour combination and the style but I really don’t enjoy the fabric. Its one of those non-breathe fabrics that only amplifies how sweaty you might already be, so just imagine how much of a pain this dress would be in the dead of summer. Hoping for some more cooler but SUNNY days so I can try out different ways to wear my fav plant dress!

Originally, I planned an entirely different look but it just wasn’t coming together the day of. I made a very last minute decision to ditch my original idea, and threw this ensemble together instead. You’ve probably noticed I have a thing for adding berets into outfits, but they just work so well with adding that little extra something that my outfits need. I threw on my brown loafers, a denim jacket, some complimentary jewlelry and this “U R Worth It” tote from Ban.do. I’m pretty impressed with how this all turned out, especially since it was all kind of last minute!

Dress: ELOQUII
Jacket: Old Navy
Hat: Joe Fresh (similar here)
Earrings: Old Navy (similar here)
Tote: Ban.do
Shoes: Forever 21
Rings: Can’t remember

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