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Murale Fab & Free with Tote
Beauty Trends

Fab & Free at Murale

When you’re in the mood or flat out needing to pick up a tube of lipstick, a jar of foundation, and/or your next gorgeous pallet of eye shadow, what do you look for in a store that you’re going to make your purchase from? I have a few specific requirements when choosing where to make most of my purchases, and they include: Having a current selection of items I find in magazines, ’cause if I see something “New and Improved” in a mag, chances are I’m going to want to try it!  Comparable prices, ’cause as much as I want the

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Celebrate Spring: Little Black Bag
Curvy Fashion

Celebrate Spring with Little Black Bag

It’s the end of the Celebrate Spring: Fashion & Giveaway Series, and I’m really happy to say that the sun is out right this minute and being all shiny, which is awesome!  Tonight 3 out of the 4 contests in this series will end, so get your entries in right now if you want to win with eLUXE, Addition Elle, and Just Fab! We still have the better part of a week left with the Softsoap Skin is In™ giveaway, and I’m loving how the Battle of the Body Wash is going down, so don’t forget to VOTE & WIN! 

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No Skinny Chicks Allowed
Curvy Fashion

No Skinny Chicks Allowed

I wanted to thank Aeryn for giving this non-full figured girl a chance to share my story.  We were discussing plus sized stores, and I shared this story, and she wanted me to share with you all. I was glad to share because I feel like sometimes full figured ladies feel they are the only ones who get mistreated because of their size.  Believe me, I know it happens more often to you, but it does happen to us too. A little background on me.  I am the “skinny” girl in my family.  The one that can walk into just

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Celebrate Spring with Softsoap
Beauty Trends

Celebrate Spring with Softsoap: Skin is In™!

Welcome back to Geek with Style’s Celebrate Spring series!! We’re on the second-last post, and I’ve had an amazing time showing off my fave places to prepare for the new season of fashion. Now if only Mother Nature would play along! I’m not sure about where you live, but its not common for snow and bits of hail to fall while the sun is out! But that didn’t stop the wacky weather we’ve had for the past couple days. Regardless of the near-freezing chill still hanging in the air, I can’t help but smile at the presence of the sun!

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Aeryn Lynne's Request to go to FITC 2013 in Toronto
Technology & IoT

Will You Be Going to FITC TORONTO 2013?

So there’s this inspirational and educational events group for design and technology called FITC: Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity.  They have a fest coming up in April for the FITC community, that sounds really exciting!  I’ve heard past goers really enjoying the experience and looking forward to the future event, so now I’m all curious and totally wanting to go. As it turns out, FITC Toronto has a Women’s Initiative program to invite 50 women to the event, so this is my blog post to say, “Hello!” to the fabulous organizers (and judges) and introduce my entry in hopes of snagging

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Fraud Prevention Month: Remain Secure
Technology & IoT

Wrapping Up Fraud Prevention Month

With just over a day left for March 2013, Fraud Prevention Month will soon be coming to an end as well. This definitely does not mean that we can release the reigns and be carefree with our sensitive information once April 1st begins (though there might be an interesting April Fools prank in there somewhere…,) but I’m hoping that you fabulous readers got a great tip or two out of Geek with Style’s earlier post this month on not taking risks with your personal information! Congratulations to Stacey H. for winning the $100 Visa gift card!! My brother has a

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Celebrate Spring with eShakti
Curvy Fashion

Celebrate Spring with eShakti

Welcome to the beginning of Easter weekend (or at the very least, a long weekend!)  And guess what??  It feels like SPRING outside here in Toronto!  I went out in a dress and still felt warm!  I hope wherever you might be, that the temp is at least above zero for you. So this post is a bit of a part two from yesterday’s Celebrate Spring with JustFab… I’ve got a handbag and a pair of ballet flats to show off!  Along with a fabulous dress from eShakti.  The last time I spoke about eShakti, this dress had just came

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Celebrate Spring with JustFab
Curvy Fashion

Celebrate Spring with JustFab Canada

Late in the eve for Day 4 of Geek with Style’s “Celebrate Spring” series, WOOT!  I ended up out of the house for most of the day (which is why this blog post is late in coming,) and I happened to notice that it felt maybe a degree or two warmer than yesterday.  And while that’s not much of anything, I’ll still put it in the win column! 😉 Today we’re celebrating style that you can find at JustFab.ca.  This site is true to it’s name, it’s Just Fabulous. Originally an American site, that created a Canadian sister-store some time

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Celebrate Spring with Addition Elle
Curvy Fashion

Celebrate Spring with Addition Elle

Woohoo!  Thanks guys for celebrating Spring with me!  I even saw the sun shining every once in a while yesterday, so that warmer weather is coming soon!! Yesterday I had a blast showing where you can find the latest weekly fashion trends in Canada, and today, I’d like to dig into a great place to find honest-to-goodness, true plus-size wear.  This store was my first-love growing up, and I’m trying really hard to think on this, but I believe Reitmans is the only company that has true plus-size stand-alone stores that can be found all across Canada, in the form

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Celebrate Spring with eLUXE
Curvy Fashion

Celebrate Spring with eLUXE

I thought long and hard on which brand to start the series off first, and let me tell you, I was still trying to decide that up to this morning, lol.  I obviously love all the brands that are going to be showcased in the next two weeks (or else you wouldn’t be seeing them on my site naturally,) and each one of them would make a marvelous first introduction for the series.  In the end though, I could only choose one for today, and here’s why eLUXE is awesome and why we’re going to start with them…. (Note: Just

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Celebrate Spring 2013: Fashion & Giveaways
Events

Celebrate Spring 2013: Fashion Event & Giveaways

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for Spring 2013 since November 2012! Why? Well, for one thing, Winter is just too darn cold in Toronto, (Ontario generally becomes this big mess of freezing, wet weather that makes me want to hide away forever under my awesomely warm comforter.) And two, Spring 2013 is a new season to enjoy exciting fashion trends!  I’m loving the colours both “new” and brought back from last Spring, and I can’t wait for the air to be warm enough to start wearing such gorgeous threads. Heck, with any luck, it will truly feel

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Target Canada Womenswear Department XXL/TTG
Curvy Fashion

Open Letter to Target Canada from a Plus Sized Fashion Lover

Dear Marketing and Purchasing Departments of Target Canada, and whomever else is interested. Yesterday was a weird day for plus size fashion in my little world.  I woke up that morning to a truly kick-butt article on The Grid, discussing how lucrative the plus-size fashion industry is in Canada. Some of my favourite local plus size fashion bloggers and clothing boutique/store owners were interviewed and photographed, and the published result is gorgeous.  It has info graphics, and pretty people wearing pretty dresses, and quotes from fabulous designers like Jessica Biffi, and actually spoke well about a plus-size fashion-lover’s fight for fashion.

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World Mastercard Toronto Fashion Week
Curvy Fashion

It's World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto

It’s World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto! Running from March 18th to the 22nd, Toronto is the city to be at to admire Fall 2013 fashion on the runways and Spring 2013 trends on the streets! Now if only the weather would cooperate! :/ “But Aeryn, you’re a plus-sized fashion lover…”   Oh, I know.  Last fall, we were given one show to enjoy – Allistyle. And boy were the reviews mixed. Both on what happened on the runway and off, I’ve heard tales of snickering in the seats to uninspired attire for a fashion show.  The clothes look fab

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Curvy Fashion

Ever Wanted a Dress to Fit Just Right?

Have you heard of the fabulous online dress company eShakti before?  No? Let me introduce you to them!  (And if you have heard of them before I have a promo code for you below!) eShakti designs customizable dresses for sizes between 0 to 36 (as well as tops, skirts and jackets!)  Their selection is always new and fresh, and changes quite frequently.  Their current spring line has some fabulous choices including: Have you ever found a dress that you truly love, except… maybe the dress was a bit too long, or a tad bit short?  Or perhaps the dress was so

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Fraud Prevention Month with Visa
Events

Fraud Prevention Month - Are You a Risk Taker?

Up until a few days ago, I had no idea that Fraud Prevention had its own month, which just happens to be in March! This is something that concerns each and every one of us everyday, as thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud every year. In fact, though I don’t have the numbers to back this thought up, I’m sure that the more we interact online, the more we’re faced with nameless, faceless, bad people who want to scam us of our identities and/or hard-earned money. Visa Canada released a study announcing that, “younger Canadians (are) taking risks with

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