Friday, April 30, 2010

016. (My favourite places to shop)

With no outfit posts as of late (the weather is far too depressing and I haven't been really out and about... or I wore nothing "special"..) I will try to break the silence. In particular, I've decided to write today about my favourite stores and whatnot. I love sharing with my readers! :) The list comes in no order because I love them all.

I probably left out some but these are my consistent favourites.



This store is really one of my favourites. Unfortunately I live too far to get immediate access to it. To be honest, if it were in my city I'd stop by at least once a week to look. A lot of people don't see Zara as "plus size friendly". But I think it's a lot like H&M in the aspect of baggy clothing and stretch. The sizes go from XS to XL or 0 to 16. The prices aren't so bad, especially their sales where a lot of their stuff is 5,99$ - 9,99$. For the prices they have, in my opinion, very good quality. I personally have a lot of Zara stuff in my wardrobe, all worn plenty of times and they have plenty of life left. If the "professional" office girl look isn't your cup of tea, they have lots more stuff like the Zara trafaluc brand, which is directed to the younger market. If that isn't enough to lure you in, they also have beautiful dresses that are baggy and flowy, plus they're likely to be on sale in a couple of weeks. Zara is really on trend as far as the runways go, and their stock changes almost weekly so if a trendy item is on sale, best grab it!

H & M

To me, if you stop by Zara at the mall and this store is in the same mall, you have to visit H &M as well. I almost see them as sister-stores, haha! H & M is famous for having fashion-forward items at an affordable price, as well as popular to the plus size bloggers for having stretchy, forgiving items. Like Zara, they have awesome sales as well. You can't go wrong with 5 dollar dresses and pants! H & M would be THE perfect store if it carried Big Is Beautiful line in North America. Their clothes from XS - XL, 0 to the occasional 16. Their stock changes very often as well, so that item you've been dying to have could go on sale, but you might risk it as well by the item being sold out before reaching the sales department! If clothes aren't your cup of tea they have fantastic accessories like jewelry, shoes and bags.

Forever 21

What girl hasn't been to F21? I mean, speaking from a view that Forever 21 is accessible in the area. A lot of their stuff is straight sized, but now they launched a line last year, Faith 21 that caters to the plus size folk from sizes XL to 3X. (12 to 18). Like the two stores above; it's trendy, fashion-forward and the stock changes almost weekly as well. While I love the clothes, I am the HUGE fan of their accessories. Everything is affordable (but quality... it's so-so) and there's so much to choose from. The jewelry is very cheap, stylish and the shoes and bags are the same. Forever 21 also sells cosmetics and nail polish if you're a beauty fan as well.

American Eagle Outfitters

This store may not be everyones cup of tea but I have to say this: their dresses are adorable... and affordable! They're simple and also very 'California beachy' style, which I love. American Eagle carries the most comfortable underwear (which goes up to XXL) and their jeans are comfy too, which also goes up to a size 18. Otherwise a lot of their stuff is alright, bordering Abercrombie/Hollister except they have extended sizes. I personally have a lot of dresses from this store and I am very satisfied. Their bathing suits are nice and last long too!


A few words to describe ASOS: Fashion forward, trendy and affordable... haha, do you see a trend here? This UK retailer sells a lot of trendy stuff at a fair price. Their straight size range usually goes up to a UK 20 and they also have a plus size range, ASOS CURVE, which goes to a 20 - 26 UK. They sell other brands too, such as Mango and French Connection being one of my favourites. If that wasn't enough, they also sell runway knockoffs (or at least designer knockoffs) for the fraction of the price, like the Chanel-quilted bag style or a bag that looks like the Mulberry Alexa.

Thrift Shopping

I am a total 100% thrift believer. I go thrifting once a week because it is affordable and it's like a treasure hunt. Granted, I don't buy stuff ALL the time when I stop but it's good to look. Try on things that look like they fit and make it work! I've found the best stuff from thrift stores, especially shoes. I even found a Yves St-Laurent shirt while thrifting in Quebec! The most hectic times to go are the 50% off days but they've always been worth it to me. You can't go wrong with sales.


eBay is like a drug to me. I need to be pulled away from it immediately. It really is the "ultimate" shopping tool. I've found the BEST stuff on eBay for under $10! Like a Mango dress, Dorothy Perkins clothing and shoes! It's a lot like thrift shopping: you need to put in effort to look for things and sometimes it's hit and miss. The things I love to do on eBay is look at 0,99 cent listings or 99 pence listings. For me, to succeed on eBay you MUST narrow down terms. For example: "Dorothy Perkins 22" or "Dorothy Perkins 22 dress", etecetera. The best places I've found is looking at international shops for me, aka in the UK. They have LOTS of 99 pence listings and I've got them for very low prices. Do not hesitate to ask questions on measurements to the seller, and ask about shipping costs as well!


So, where's your favourite places to shop?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

015. (Florals and Reds)

Today was a fairly boring day to say the least. Most of the day I stayed home and cleaned my room + watched TV and laze around, and apply for jobs and the like. The other portion of my day was taking my dog to the veterinary clinic and sending her to get spayed. I miss her so much, I won't see her until Thursday! She's my little baby.

My boyfriend said we were going out for dinner so I put a simple outfit. It's not "wow" but I like it. I definitely love florals this season and I love the colour red. I also am a big fan of brown accessories and such, so I used this opportunity to pair it with a belt.

Blazer Ricki's | Shirt Zara | Belt Reitmans | Skirt Dorothy Perkins | Shoes Dorothy Perkins | Watch Moms | Bracelets Forever 21

Excuse the spot on my shirt. I spilled some liquid on it or something and didn't notice until this picture, argh!

Here are the details on my accessories (haha boyfriend is behind me):

If you have time, check out my shop! I added more items such as cheap jeans from Old Navy, shoes, belts and more stuff!

Salut Gazel: Gazel's Shop

Check often because items are added often as well! :) Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

013. (What's in a bag?)

Since Allison from Curvy Girl Chic and Jennifer from Jasifer Lions Club did this bag post, I decided to jump the bandwagon.

The Bag is a Zara taupe leather messenger-kind of bag. It's really roomy and I can fit my life in there, literally.

Dog and boyfriend not included, lol!

A closer look..

From left to right:

Top: Thrifted makeup bag: Covergirl mascara, Taiwanese roll-on eye shimmer, some eyeshadow, eye shadow brush; Epipen (for the boyfriend, he has horrible allergies to peanuts, eggs and kiwis *tear*); Pink netbook (with a Miles Edgeworth background, nonetheless, to solidify my geekdom); Bath and Bodyworks Vanilla sugar hand sanitizer; Guess Wallet; Forever 21 Coin purse.

Bottom: Sticky pads in shape of stilletos (lol); D&G glasses case for my other set of glasses; pen and pencil; Keys with Hello Kitty keychain; Hershey's Bliss chocolate; Nikon DSLR; Comb and a Bugs bunny napkin case. Yup.

Not pictured: My pink Nintendo DS lite. Yup, I was playing with it while taking a pic, lol! I'm always gaming while I'm waiting for something (like food LOL.) Also, my cellphone which is a crappy clamshell LG phone with a Hello Kitty charm anyway. Yeah, I like Hello Kitty... have been loving it since I was a wee lass, LOL.

This is the bag I typically use but I switch bags around so often, so... but this is the bag I predominantly use for University and running around.

In other news, I was going to buy this skirt from CarmaKoma since it was on sale, but Gabi sold me hers! I saved 20,00$ and I'm super happy, lol! Thanks Gabi.

Friday, April 23, 2010

011. (Childhood)

Salut, mon nom est Gazel. Hi, I'm Gazel. For all my life, or at least most of my life, I was a fat girl. There have been times where I have been smaller; but for the most part I have always been "chubby". I guess now that I'm older, I'm just plain fat.

I guess as a child I've always been the fat kid. :) I think my story is different and in my childhood, I almost never got ridiculed by my peers about my fatness. Granted, there were times I felt that guys weren't interested in me because of my body, but now I know that I'm worth more. Keep your chin up high!

I also think I had a great style as a kid, rofl. Things didn't change: I still love the colour red... and frilly dresses, LOL.

But let's not talk about when I was 10-16 years old... yikes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I'm officially done University for the summer! At least study wise. I still work at University... so I have to enjoy this last bit of freedom while I can, haha! Starting shifts are early... gotta wake up early.

Anyway. After my exams my boyfriend and I went to a Vietnamese restaurant to have their pho noodles. Honestly, I can say with confidence that the place is hands-down the BEST pho restaurant I've ever had the pleasure of eating. At 8,00$ the biggest bowl you can get, it's definitely the best deal ever. Yeah, now I'm rambling about food... that should go on my food blog, lol.

Dress Zara | Slip Thrifted | Watch My moms | Headband H&M | Sandals Spring, gifted from boyfriend. | Bag Zara


Well after that my boyfriend and my brother and of course. myself, went on a walk with my dog. :) Yup yup. Perfect day to take pictures. We went to Dairy Queen, too. If you guys have one you guys should totally take advantage of the buy one get one for 25 cents deal. I don't know if it's Canada only but you should check it out. We're totally abusing that mwahaha.

Mindi says bye!

Monday, April 19, 2010

006. Another update...

Hello readers! I hope you're not tired of me yet! As promised, trying to keep a daily outfit post if possible! :p  I studied all day then my boyfriend surprised me with a sushi date and afterwards we went out to Dairy Queen. (oh sweet, sweet suicide, heart attack! haha.) Now I'm back at home procrastinating studying and well, posting this!

Blazer Thrifted | Shirt Zara | Necklaces Forever 21 and my mom | Skirt eBay | Shoes Thrifted

I opted for heels but I wanted something comfortable... they have an ultra low heel but you really can't see on the pictures but they're definitely not flats. :(
As for the blazer, gosh, when I found this at Goodwill I had to have it. It was calling out for me and for 5,00$ how could you say no?

The shoes were only 5,00$ at the thrift store as well. I loved the colour and the low heel so I had to buy it too, of course!

I'm pretty happy with this outfit. This outfit cost less than 50,00$ and it's very thrift-friendly and affordable for any college student, in my opinion. You can never have too many blazers and shoes, I tell you! I'm addicted.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


I was looking over some old outfits I put on together and I feel mortified and nostalgic at the same time. The pictures aren't that great, they don't show my face. Actually, maybe I'll just show the outfits I do like, hahaha!

Dress China | Cardigan Mariposa | Shoes Old Navy

Dress Urban Behaviour | Cardigan American Apparel | Necklaces Aldo & an Estate sale | Shoes Le Chateau

Dress Pacific Mall, Toronto | Cardigan Old Navy | Shoes Shoe Warehouse

I am sort of crying inside because the 2nd dress I ripped up with scissors on a mad rage, LOL. Luckily the dress was only $5 on sale and it wasn't too much of a loss in my wallet, but now I totally regret ripping that poor thing to shreds. As for the first dress, since the skirt part is kind of lacy, it makes it REALLY easy to get snagged onto metal. Which happened, I need to sew it back together but... yeah.

The black dress was from Toronto but I ended up selling it because I gained weight, it looks more like a tunic than a dress on me and it really isn't my thing anymore? Haha, don't get me wrong, I still LOVE chiffon like there's no tomorrow.

Dress & Cardigan American Eagle | Necklace Aldo | Boots Le Chateau

Dress China | Belt Reitmans | Shoes Le Chateau

T-shirt Zara | Skirt Le Chateau | Shoes Le Chateau

The last outfit I kind of cringe at, HAHA! I still have the shirt and belt but I'm selling the skirt. ): It's just not my thing. Maybe I should make a blog shop? I'm selling my clothes via Fatshionista Livejournal right now.

For the first two outfits, I still have the dresses... I haven't worn them in a while, maybe now that summer is here I should.

It's nice to see my style sort of evolve... I was still in high school in these! Hehe.

... As for the horrid outfits, maybe I'll showcase them another day for laughs.


Welcome to the grand opening of my blog. I've been contemplating over a year now to open one. After facing some self-esteem issues (although not conquering all of it!) I've decided to open one for my personal benefit as to look at my outfits and how they evolve. Some I'll look back on, laughing, and some that I'll think: "Hey, I dressed nice that day!" Hopefully some of you will appreciate it as well.

I also do apologize for my poor English, it is not my first language so I am trying to communicate through it. :)

The first outfit post is below. The shirt is a bit messy (wrinkled) and mal-tucked in, but overall I liked it.

Shirt Thrifted Yves St-Laurent | Skirt H&M | Shirt Underneath Some random store at the mall that is now closed | Brown Slingbacks Dorothy Perkins | Watch From my Mother | Glasses Dolce & Gabana | Bag Thrifted | Belt Smartset

I wore this outfit to go out on a date with my boyfriend. It involved sushi, shopping and going to see Clash of the Titans.

Have a good weekend! I'll try to post regularly. Hopefully this blog will motivate me to take more pictures of myself.