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YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY
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SOCIAL MEDIA STARS SHOW US HOW TO RULE SPRING
Bridal ISSUE THE
WITH NABELA NOOR The Iconic Influencer Shares Her Special Day
THIS SEASON, WE DARE YOU TO BREAK THE RULES AND TRY NEW TRENDS!
SPRING IS IN THE AIR! With
the sun shining down on us and the warm weather on its way, I can’t help but feel surrounded by love. Welcoming love into your life is not always the easiest thing to do, but I believe that loving yourself is the first step. Find the curve, beauty mark or a unique quality about yourself that is truly special—for me, it’s my laugh. Now, learn to love and embrace it! Find inspiration in activists who promote self-love like our iconic cover girl, Nabela Noor. Nabela is a crusader for accepting and loving yourself for who you truly are. Take note from this beauty and fashion guru on page 22, where she shares all the details of her fusion wedding. We also asked six newlywed couples to share their epic romance stories. A wardrobe spring cleaning can revamp your look and mood. Show your closet some love with must-haves from Hudson’s Bay on page 13. Plus: refresh your wardrobe with a $500 shopping spree! Powerhouse influencers Natalie Hage, Alex Michael May and Thamarr Guerrier (to name a few!) share what they’re loving for spring and their styling tips, from page 10 and on. This season, we can’t wait to see what you #DAREtoWear. Share your looks with us by using #DAREtoWear and you could be featured in the pages of our next issue!
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Editor-in-Chief Diana Di Poce is spring-ready in In every story... by Penningtons.
ALDO earrings, $12, aldoshoes.com
WHITE HOT “The denim jacket gets an upgrade with floral cut-outs. Love!”
SHADES OF PINK “Make a statement in this ombré ear candy.”
MAKE ME BLUSH “Nothing says spring quite like pastels. This blush blouse is the perfect way to freshen up my wardrobe.” Talbots peplum denim jacket, $129, talbots.com
ALL IN THE DETAILS “Embroidered everything, please!”
PICKS From embroidered details to candy-hued extras, check out what Diana is coveting this spring season.
JOE FRESH drape tank, $19, joefresh.com
LIP SERVICE “A bold, bright lip for spring? Sign me up.” Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in Call Girl, $16, sephora.ca
WALK THE WALK “Trendy meets comfort with this wide-width sneaker. Time to treat my feet!”
D/C JEANS straight leg jean, $72, penningtons.com
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RAIN OR SHINE “I’m ready for April showers thanks to this super cute umbrella.” DA
FULTON umbrella, $35, thebay.com
The Team Meet our contributors.
CANADA’S PLUS SIZE FASHION MAGAZINE
CREATOR, SPEAKER & ACTIVIST
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DIANA DI POCE
Nabela Noor is a first-generation Bangladeshi-American creator, speaker, and activist. Motivated by her commitment to advocacy and equipped with impeccable style, Nabela has become a voice for a number of powerful, yet marginalized communities including plus size women, Muslims, and women of colour around the world.
DIRECTOR OF SALES MEGHAN BRADLEY CONTRIBUTORS SARAH ANNE, JOSE CORRELLA, SARAH DE MELO, ERIN DUNLOP, THAMARR GUERRIER, NATALIE HAGE, ALEX MICHAEL MAY, NABELA NOOR, GAËLLE PRUDENCIO, CARLYLE ROUTH, JON SAMS,
CO-FOUNDER & MODEL
SARAH DE MELO
MEREDITH SHAW, SHERI STROH, INGRIE WILLIAMS
CREATIVE DIRECTOR & INFLUENCER
THAMARR GUERRIER @MUSINGSOFACURVYLADY
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Thamarr is the bubbly Creative Directress of Musings of a Curvy Lady. She manages her love for fashion, beauty tips, fitness motivation and travel advice on her blog and YouTube channel, while working as a Progressive Care Nurse. She has a knack for creating darling moments, while remaining an advocate that strives for body inclusion and diversity.
NOOR: JON SAMS; DE MELO: JAKE RAJSKY; GUERRIER: N. BARINEAU ART
Sarah De Melo is a curvy model represented by B&M Models and one of the co-founders of the Canadian Curvies. The Canadian Curvies comprises of four women who stand for body positivity and diversity, self-love and confidence. Sarah and the Curvies are passionate about inspiring women and young girls everywhere to love their bodies, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WOMAN PROJECT, B&M MODELS, BANDELETTES, FUZE REPS, ERIN GARCIA, HUDSON’S BAY, JANA SHOES, TERESA MARRA, JESSICA MILAGROS, BRANDY MILLER, PLUTINO GROUP, SCALE MANAGEMENT, MEREDITH STETSON, THIGH SOCIETY, TONI PLUS For advertising information, marketing opportunities and submission guidelines, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ©2018 DARE Magazine Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced, shared, stored or transmitted by any method or means without written permission from the editor.
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SPRING 2018 • ISSUE #15
CONTENTS 4 EDITOR’S NOTE 5 DIANA DARES 8 EXTRA, EXTRA! 10 INSIDE NATALIE HAGE’S WARDROBE
12 CELEBRITY STYLE 13 SPRING MUST-HAVES FROM HUDSON’S BAY
22 REAL WEDDINGS WITH COVER GIRL NABELA NOOR
30 CURVES OF THE WORLD
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18 TONI PLUS
(COVER, NABELA NOOR) PHOTOGRAPHY: JON SAMS; BEAUTY: JOSE CORRELLA
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HEARD? Extra, extra! Read on for the latest news in curvy culture. BY ERIN DUNLOP
WE ARE IN CONTROL
Diversity ruled the Toronto Women’s Fashion Week runway as First Nations fashion designer Lesley Hampton showcased her latest fall/winter 2018 collection, while making a statement on mental health awareness. The models included the likes of bipolar disorder advocate Margaret Trudeau, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet and mental health advocate Karyn Inder, to name a few. “I believe all bodies belong on the runway,” expressed the designer— we couldn’t agree more!
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Fans of Reese Witherspoon’s colourful and Southerninspired brand Draper James are in luck: the actress and designer has partnered with retailer ELOQUII to offer a collection in newly expanded sizing. The collab features 30 pieces in Witherspoon’s unapologetically scene-stealing style, available in sizes 12 to 28. “We don’t need to hide and diminish ourselves,” she told Glamour Magazine. Here’s to being bold this spring! DAREMAG.CA
LESLEY HAMPTON/INDER: CHE ROSALES; EARLE: COURTESY OF LE CHÂTEAU; SUCCULENT SIX: N MAXWELL LANDER PHOTOGRAPHY
SUCCULENT IN THE CITY
From left to right: Rachel Marcus, Ashley Sharman, Steff Ivory Conover, Belle Jumelles and Annika Reid
ROCK IT, ROXY! Real Housewives of Toronto star and body positivity activist Roxy Earle is teaming up with Canadian retailer Le Château as Creative Director of her own line. “My dream has always been that two friends can walk into a store and shop the same collection regardless of size,” says Earle, who encouraged the company to expand their standard sizing. Launching in fall 2018, the capsule ranges from size 00-22 and includes accessories. Roxy Earle
Craving some new binge-worthy reality TV? Look no further than The Succulent Six, an original CBC series on five daring plus size women from Toronto. The squad is made up of singer and model Steff ‘Ivory’ Conover, influencer Annika Reid, mother and retired basketball player Rachel Marcus, model Ashley Sharman and burlesque performer Belle Jumelles. Each episode features a special guest who joins the group as their sixth member, as they go on missions to confront their insecurities and spread body positivity. Episodes are available to stream on the CBC TV app and cbc.ca/watch.
EAR CANDY “This pop of colour brings life to my face!”
Forever 21 tote bag, $7, forever21.com
J.Crew earrings, $76, jcrew.com
LET’S TOTE ABOUT IT “More casual than a purse, but still just as functional.”
H&M+ jacket, $80, hm.com
H&M scarf, $13, hm.com
ACCESSORIZE! “A handkerchief can go anywhere on your bod—in your hair, around your neck, a belt loop, or on a bag!”
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JEAN QUEEN “Black or blue, skirt or jeans, denim is timeless and matches with everything.”
Draper James for ELOQUII skirt, $95, eloquii.com
BONLOOK sunglasses, $75, bonlook.com ELOQUII widewidth bootie, $130, eloquii.com
TO A TEE “I love wearing fitted tees tucked in, and quippy sayings are a plus!” Boohoo Plus tee, $22, boohoo.com
BOOT CAMP “Stilettos? Ha! I need some comfort with my style.”
HAGE: ROSEY BLAIR
HER WHAT’S IN
STYLE CRUSH Check out Natalie’s Insta-worthy looks for major style inspo.
KEEP IT CASUAL High-rise leggings, sneakers and coffee are a match made in heaven!
DREAMIN’ OF DENIM Sunny days are made of graphic tees and denim of all sorts!
HAIR DAY Natalie’s headband is giving us all the boho vibes!
Chrissy Metz rocks flowy pleats with a tied neckline for a Parisian vibe.
Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing spots! The most playful print of them all is everywhere this spring (and a total must-have for your closet). ASOS hoops, $14, asos.com
Talbots dress, $169, talbots.com
VINCE CAMUTO scarf, $78, thebay.com
A body-hugging silhouette on Ashley Graham shows that polka dots can be sultry, too. Reitmans tunic, $50, reitmans.com
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ZARA bag, $40, zara.com
METZ AND GRAHAM: GETTY IMAGES
ELOQUII wide-width sandal, $70, eloquii.com
PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH | ART DIRECTION: DIANA DI POCE | STYLING: INGRIE WILLIAMS | HAIR & MAKEUP: SHERI STROH/PLUTINO GROUP | MODEL: MEREDITH SHAW/B&M MODELS
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No matter where you’re headed this spring, take on the season in style with must-haves from HUDSON’S BAY. SHOP THE LOOKS
LET’S BRUNCH! Heading to brunch with your BFF this weekend? Pair an eye-catching maxi dress with an effortless cargo jacket for the ultimate spring ensemble from RACHEL RACHEL ROY. SHOP RACHEL RACHEL ROY
RACHEL RACHEL ROY Jacket, $219, RACHEL RACHEL ROY Dress, $219; Earrings, stylist’s own; TOPSHOP Bag, $40; DKNY Mules, $180. Previous page: TOPSHOP Sunglasses, $35.
OFFICE HOURS Refresh your 9-to-5 wardrobe with on-trend separates from I.N.C that work hard and look polished. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to rule the boardroom! SHOP I.N.C
I.N.C Blouse, $119; I.N.C Pant, $69.99; ROBERT LEE MORRIS Necklace, $55; CHRISTIAN PAUL Watch, $215; KARL LAGERFELD PARIS Tote, $298; EXPRESSION Pumps, $79.
ROCK ON! Festival goers and concert lovers, unite! Give major vintage vibes in a laid-back graphic tee and the iconic Wedgie fit jean from LEVI’S. Once the sun sets, take your look to the next level with a utility jacket. SHOP LEVI’S
LEVI’S Jacket, $98; LEVI’S T-Shirt, $29.95; LEVI’S Denim, $89.95; EXPRESSION Bangle Set, $22; EXPRESSION Ring Set, $18; DESIGN LAB LORD & TAYLOR Bag, $58; PUMA Sneakers, $110.
IT’S A DATE! Patio season is here! Make a statement in effortlessly chic styles from DEX that exude confidence. Plus: this look works double-duty for your next girls’ night out. SHOP DEX
DEX Kimono, $59; DEX Top, $29.99; DEX Culottes, $59; Earrings, stylist’s own; TOPSHOP Clutch, $80; FERGALICIOUS Sandals, $100.
EDIT Welcome the new season with the best in spring fashion from TONI PLUS. SEE THE LOOKBOOK
BLACK & WHITE Mix and match with this timeless palette. ALEMBIKA Crush Georgette Leaf Print Long Duster/Dress, $390; Crush Striped Crop Pant, $330. AVAILABLE AT TONI PLUS
BOLD MOVES Make a statement in bright hues and loud prints. ON LEFT: CREA Linen Artful Print Top, $325; NYDJ Sheri Slim Frayed Hem Ankle Jean, $174. ON RIGHT: BRYN WALKER Heavy Linen Marcella Open Front Shawl Collar Jacket, $285; Light Linen Oliver Pant, $195. AVAILABLE AT TONI PLUS
BLUSH HOUR The colour of the season: feminine and chic. ON LEFT: JOSEPH RIBKOFF Dress with Overlay and Back Chain Detail, $270. ON RIGHT: TONI T. Linen Simple Cardigan, $195; Distressed Skinny Jean, $195. AVAILABLE AT TONI PLUS
THE NEW STRIPE Classic stripes get a makeover with fresh floral touches. MARINA RINALDI SPORT Tarbes Raincoat with Detachable Hood, $990; Baghdad Striped Floral Blouse with Ruffle Sleeve, $375; Idem Embroidered Vintage Denim Jean, $510. AVAILABLE AT TONI PLUS
CHECK OUT THE TONI PLUS LOOKBOOK FOR MORE SPRING STYLES!
Tying the knot (or just in the mood for a little romance)? These curvy brides are serving looks and wedding inspo galore. BY ERIN DUNLOP
SPARKLE & SHINE NABELA & SETH AUGUST 23, 2015
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Bangladeshi-American bride Nabela’s vibrant fusion wedding was equal parts dazzling and intimate, with three stunning dresses and unique personal touches. DAREMAG.CA
FROM NABELA: “Seth and I met at the mall. He worked downstairs and my family had just taken over a restaurant at the food court. I saw him standing in line [at the restaurant] and was immediately drawn to him. He and I started talking and eventually, he mustered up the courage to ask me for my number. For the proposal, my Bella Babes knew before I did! He took my phone away, went on Instagram and shared with our followers that he was going to propose. He took me to one of my favourite restaurants, where I was led to a special corner with a bouquet of roses waiting at a table. The waitress brought out a plate with chocolate-covered strawberries on top of rose petals and a marshmallow treat shaped like a heart. Surrounding the plate, ‘Will you marry me?’ was written in chocolate drizzle. A special moment from our wedding day was when Seth performed a Bollywood dance for me. He knew how I had always dreamt of my future husband performing this huge Bollywood style dance for me, so he performed it in front of everybody at our wedding. On your wedding day, let it all go and make sure to have fun. Be there. Feel it. Celebrate your love. Take lots of pictures and make memories.”
(CURRENT AND NEXT PAGE) IN-STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY: JON SAMS BEAUTY: JOSE CORRELLA
FROM NABELA: “Seth is the most loving, gentle person I know. He has a heart of gold.”
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THE DRESSES: “I had a total of three dresses! I never imagined myself in a traditional American wedding dress—so it felt different. I felt like Cinderella! My traditional South Asian wedding dresses were so colourful, beautiful, and special. They embodied my personality and who I am.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: ANNA + MATEO; VENUE: WYNDHAM; BEAUTY: ALBA MAYORGA DRESSES: SUSHMA REDDY COUTURE/DAVID’S BRIDAL; FLOWERS: ROYERS FLOWERS
FROM SETH: “It’s never a dull moment when I’m around Nabela. She’s funny, intelligent, beautiful and the most compassionate woman I know.”
FROM ROBERT: “I love how passionate Meredith is about everything she does.”
SOUTHERN CHARM MEREDITH & ROBERT JANUARY 20, 2018
Classic Old Hollywood glamour plus a dash of Southern sweetness proved to be a match made in heaven for this pair.
THE CEREMONY: “After we took communion, we sat together in the front pew of the church. It was special to just be able to be together for a moment after a whole day apart.”
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THE DRESS: “I adored the layers of lace and vintage feel of my dress.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE; VENUE: HIDDEN ACRES; BEAUTY: BEAUTIFUL SALON & SPA; FLOWERS: JOHN GRAY EVENTS; CAKE: PARKLAND CAKES; STATIONARY: ANNA REESIDE
FROM MEREDITH: “Rob and I met while both studying musical theatre. He was far from home, and I was more than happy to teach him the ways of the South. He is the perfect balance to me in every way. No one else can calm me down and come to my rescue like a true knight in shining armour. Rob proposed to me on Christmas Eve 2016. I’m a fashion blogger and he’s always taking pictures of me, so he pulled over in front of our quaint town hall, which was covered in Christmas lights, and said he wanted to get a picture of my outfit. Then he got down on one knee. Everyone tells you to ‘just enjoy’ your wedding day, but that’s hard if you have a type A personality like mine, so I’d say, ‘just let it happen’. At the end of it all, you’ll be married to the one you love most and that’s all that really matters.”
PARISIAN PERFECTION BRANDY & CORNELIUS AUGUST 3, 2017
Eloping to Paris in a custom-made gown? Sounds dreamy! This starry-eyed couple took the City of Love by storm. FROM BRANDY: “Cornelius and I met in 2008 at Circuit City, where he was a manager. Upon entering the store, my friends immediately saw a handsome guy staring at me. I was instantly attracted to his dark skin and perfect smile. I wrote my number down and gave it to my friend for her to give to him. As she was walking in to give him my number, he was walking out to give me his—it was so funny! Our proposal story: Cornelius planned a helicopter ride over Atlanta. When we landed, he offered me a gift. I was taken aback when I saw it was an Alex & Ani bracelet that read, ‘Will you marry me?’ I couldn’t contain myself! During your journey through your marriage, there’s no one in the world that matters other than your mate. Make this moment in time count and do whatever your hearts are leading you to do.”
SPECIAL MOMENT: “Nothing could compare to our first evening together as husband and wife, where we enjoyed a romantic evening in the City of Lights.”
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THE DRESS: “I wanted a never-beforeseen, uniquelymade-for-me dress. My gown designer took my vision right out of my head. I felt confident and beautiful.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: FRAN BOLONI; VENUE: EIFFEL TOWER GARDENS; BEAUTY: HONORINE MAKEUP STUDIOS; DRESS: ERICA ANGELINE BRIDAL; FLOWERS: LUXE PARIS EVENTS
FROM CORNELIUS: “Brandy always pushes me to be the best me.”
FROM BRAD: “Sarah is compassionate, loyal, honest, smart, beautiful and funny!”
VINTAGE GLAMOUR SARAH & BRAD OCTOBER 28, 2017
FROM SARAH: “We met one night in 2005. After that day, I saw him around a lot and the more I saw him, the more I wanted to be around him. One night, I gave him my number—that first call sparked our friendship! Brad is my best friend. He is charming, honest, funny and sensitive, all in one big, attractive, manly package. Brad proposed to me the night that I walked in my very first fashion show. He surprised me by attending the show, and proposed at our hotel. It was perfect and totally unexpected! I felt stunning in my wedding dress. I truly did not want to take it off—it was everything I imagined it to be. Your big day will fly by! Make sure you take a few minutes with your spouse to take it all in, or just to breathe and laugh about your crazy aunt’s dance moves or the stain on your dad’s shirt.”
THE VOWS: “The moment we exchanged our personalized wedding vows, it felt like we were the only two people in the room and nothing else mattered in that moment.”
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THE CAKE: “Our cake topper was from [Sarah’s] parents wedding on September 6, 1986— 31 years old!”
PHOTOGRAPHY: FOCCA PHOTOGRAPHY; VENUE: THE MANOR BY PETERANDPAULS.COM; HAIR: NICOLE GRAFTNER; MAKEUP: WAKING UP SEXY DRESS: ALLURE BRIDES/SUPERIOR BRIDAL; FLOWERS: ROADSIDE FLORIST; CAKE: SWEET PHILOSOPHY; STATIONARY: PAPER DECORUM
Rolling hills and picturesque scenery served as the perfect backdrop for this Canadian couple’s elegant soirée.
WINTER WONDERLAND ERIN & BRITTANY JANUARY 20, 2018
This dazzling duo kept things cozy with a woodsy theme, romantic colour palette and organic touches. FROM ERIN: “Brittany and I worked at the same grocery store when we were teenagers, and reconnected via friends a few years later. Ever since the first moment we met, there was instant chemistry. No matter what I am going through, Brittany is always there to take away the stress. She loves to leave me encouraging notes in random places; I always find them when I least expect it. Brittany proposed at her parents house on Thanksgiving in 2016. We were surrounded by family; laughing and dancing. It was so unexpectedly perfect. I will never forget the moment that I was walking down the aisle, and my dad looked at me and said, ‘I am so proud of you.’ With tears in my eyes, I looked up and saw Brittany’s face beaming with joy. There is nothing I would trade for that memory.”
FROM BRITTANY: “I love that Erin is always reassuring when I feel selfconscious. She is always telling me that I am the most beautiful girl in the world; and she makes me feel it too.”
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THE DRESS: “My dress had so much lace detail, yet it was so simple. It made me feel beautiful and ethereal.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: MAY + MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY; VENUE: THE GURSS BARN; HAIR: CHELSEY GRAFF; MAKEUP: MACEY GARCIA; DRESS: DAVID’S BRIDAL; FLOWERS: ERIN GARCIA
THE ADVICE: “Take it all in. Remember to stop stressing. At the end of the day, you will be married, and that’s all that matters.”
BOHEMIAN ROMANCE JESSICA & STEVEN APRIL 12, 2017
FROM JESSICA: “Steven and I met on Match.com. He wasn’t what I would have called a perfect match at first, but I’m so thankful that he found me. What stands out the most is Steven’s heart and how truly supportive he is. He’s been my #1 fan since day one and is the first person to believe that I was going to make it in the modelling industry. Steven proposed while we were in Miami for his first family reunion. As he started introducing me to his extended family, I noticed he was talking for a bit too long. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and I still wasn’t getting it. I was in shock! Start your wedding day thinking about all that you are grateful for. It’s important to not let nerves wreck your day. Trust the process. Be present in every moment and let yourself feel every emotion!” FROM STEVEN: “Jessica is an awesome mother to our daughter. She’s a blast to hang out with. In short, she’s my best friend.”
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THE DRESS: “My dress hugged every curve of my body and made me feel like a mermaid!”
THE CEREMONY: “The most special moment was including Steven’s daughter into our ceremony. Being a stepmother was an important step for me, and we wanted to let her know that she was a part of this new family.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: LAILA ALCHAAR; VENUE: MR. SANCHO’S; BEAUTY: JESSICA MILAGROS; DRESS: ASHLEY & JUSTIN BRIDE; DECOR: BEFORE THE BOUQUET
A relaxed, boho chic wedding on the beaches of Cozumel was pure paradise for this curvy model and her groom.
ENCHANTED FAIRYTALE TERESA & PETER OCTOBER 14, 2016
Talk about magic! These kids-at-heart planned a whimsically spooky night to remember, complete with a carousel. FROM TERESA: “We first met in August 2014, while working at our local mall. He noticed my Disney-inspired tattoos and we started talking about all things Disney. After our first few dates, we immediately clicked. Peter and I got engaged in September 2015 on our first trip together to Walt Disney World. He proposed to me during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and we were dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It was super sweet and awkward, just like he is. Besides getting to marry my forever Disney partner, the big standout of our wedding day was our first ride on the merry-go-round. It was pure magic. Just do you on your wedding day. Our wedding had a Disney Haunted Mansion theme and everyone had an absolute blast. Family I never thought would embrace our theme came dressed up, danced to Halloween music, and rode the merry-go-round.”
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THE DRESS: “My dress made me feel like an absolute goddess. It was exactly what I wanted, no compromises.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: THE RAMSDENS; VENUE: BEAR MOUNTAIN MERRY-GO-ROUND PAVILION BEAUTY: HAIR BY JAIME BOO; DRESS: WEDDING DRESS FANTASY; FLOWERS: DARK + DIAMOND; CAKE: HOMESTYLE BAKERY; STATIONARY: MELISSA TATGE CREATIVE
FROM PETER: “I love how unique Teresa is. I’ve never met anyone like her, she always stays true to herself.”
OF THE WORLD We explore the world wide web to bring you the best in fashion from our fave influencers.
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ALEX MICHAEL MAY
ALEX MICHAEL MAY LOS ANGELES, CA
This babe’s look is classic West Coast cool with pops of colour against crisp neutrals.
J.Crew earrings, $50, jcrew.com
Draper James for ELOQUII top, $75, eloquii.com
ADDITION ELLE sunglasses, $16, additionelle.com ELOQUII sandal, $100, eloquii.com
MUST-HAVES “I am loving spring prints like florals and polka dots! I’m also going to try shorts this year for the first time in a long time!”
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Joseph Ribkoff pant, $130, josephribkoff.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF CACÁ SANTORO FOR ELOQUII
STYLING TIP “Don’t limit yourself! For too long, I aimed to find things that were ‘flattering’—a word that I now don’t like to use. Now, I have so much fun with fashion and finding my personal style!”
MUSINGS OF A CURVY LADY
THAMARR GUERRIER JACKSONVILLE, FL
Embracing floral accents, feminine frills, and all things ladylike feels oh-so right for spring.
JOE FRESH flare tee, $19, joefresh.com
ALDO scarf, $22, aldoshoes.com
Joseph Ribkoff denim pant, $185, josephribkoff.com
TREND TO TRY “Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles! Whether it’s a sleeve, neckline or hemline, ruffles are springtime perfection.”
ALDO box clutch, $60, aldoshoes.com
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Jana Shoes wide-width leather flat, $150, janashoescanada.com
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER “When you love yourself and are confident in who you are and with the body you have, you can wear anything and feel like a boss!”
SARAH ANNE TORONTO, ON
Cheerful 50’s prints and fun accessories liven up this stylista’s retro-inspired wardrobe.
Draper James for ELOQUII dress, $225, eloquii.com
Forever 21 scrunchie, $2, forever21.com
STYLING TIP “Ditching the idea that there’s any right way to dress your body has been one of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned.”
TRENDS TO TRY “I am beyond ecstatic for gingham and fruit print to return! There’s truly nothing more exciting than seeing pastel gingham and whimsical fruit print hit stores again.”
Lane Bryant wide-width heel, $80, lanebryant.com
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Kate Spade handbag, $398, katespade.com
GAËLLE PRUDENCIO PARIS, FR
The Canadian tuxedo gets a chic French twist thanks to this stylish influencer.
Ti Voglio plunge bra, $52, penningtons.com
WARDROBE STAPLE “The perfect bra. It’s the most important piece for me, because it gives shape to the outfit and makes me feel confident and well-supported.”
JOE FRESH top, $24, joefresh.com
TOPSHOP bag, $55, thebay.com
STYLING TIP “Always choose clothes that make you feel comfortable. Can’t walk in heels? Forget them and wear flats or sneakers. Don’t compromise yourself for fashion.”
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Old Navy sneaker, $30, oldnavy.ca
Talbots embroidered denim, $129, talbots.com
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