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Plus Size Style | When you have no nice clothes, wear your sister’s

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It’s 1:05 am and I’d like to talk write about borrowed confidence.

Some of my biggest motivations in life usually come from others. When we have others who believe in us, who bring out the best in us and help bolster our confidence.

My parents who entrusted me with the natural role of the eldest in the family. My school magazine supervisor who appointed me as the chief editor back in high school. My college mates who worked with me on group projects for various classes. My magazine editors who assigned me reviews and interviews for the publication I was working for. My producers who expected equal quality production from their trusted journalist and assistant producer. My department head who sets me a KPI to meet – hoping I would exceeds her expectations. My dance team members who hoped I wouldn’t have missed practice. My mentors and bosses who gave me guidance and provide me the opportunity to lead and succeed (and those great recommendations). My team members who never stopped letting me mentor and grow with them. My band mates who never stopped believing in my talent.My brothers and sister, my blood and backbone. My friends and other halves and their continuous support and faith in me.

Not money. Not awards nor accolades. Not any dirty tactics.

Just borrowed confidence.

Details of my look:

Hijab from Avenue K’s Raya bazaar, my sister’s denim shirt, t-shirt from Wolfgang, patterned cotton pant and grey suede bag from H&M; loafer from Rocha by John Rocha.

 

Photo credit: Diyana Ashari

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TFTPG’s YouTube Favorites #01 – For the love of good vocals

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YouTube is life. And for this reason alone, I’m sharing with you my favourite YouTube videos I spent hours watching last night. This week’s theme? Mind blowing (and mostly-underrated) singing by some of my favorite female vocalists.

Marsha Ambrosius

Miss Ambrosius is just a guest artist in this episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert featuring Robert Glasper Experiment but she left the audience – myself included – longing for more. Mr Glasper and crew’s musical magic is undoubtedly brilliant but add to that the depth of Ambrosius’ soulful honeyed vocal, you immediately knew that what you just heard, witnessed and experienced is a luxury. (Video courtesy of NPR)

Ledisi

Ledisi’s vocal is out of this world – this is my remark every time, I mean, EVERY SINGLE TIME I listen to Ledisi’s performance. Just give this amazing live performance of her hits “Pieces of Me” a listen. I promise you’ll be blown to bits.

 

(Video courtesy of NPR)

Anandi Bhattacharya

Another NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert video where the vocalist is not the main feature. In this episode featuring legendary Indian classical musician, Debashish Battacharya – Anandi – Debashish’s daughter blew me away with her swara’s magic. I am no expert of Indian classical music but swara vocals is nothing ordinary and for someone who appreciates great singing across genres, this is just pure love. (Video courtesy of NPR)

Jazmine Sullivan

I am a JS freak. I know the majority of her songs from her first two records by hearts and as a vocalist, she’s one of my main references. After going on a hiatus for a couple of years, miss Sullivan is making a comeback with an EP to be released on September 30. In this NPR’s Field Recording episode, Sullivan debuted one of the tracks from her upcoming release called “Stupid Girls” where her vocals shines through like never before. That lower register though – DAMN! (Video courtesy of NPR)

Shereen (شيري)

If you know me enough, you know that I have an addiction for good Arabic music. One of my favourite singers of all time is the legendary Syrian singer Fairouz and I continuously find comfort in her great vocal and her storytelling style of singing. Shereen on a different note, is a an Egyptian pop princess where ballad is her strength. In this heart-warming number called “Ala Baly (على بالي)”, her vocal captured me in ways other Arabic pop singers never do. Give it a listen and maybe you’ll feel it too. (Video courtesy of Coke Studio Middle East

Featured photo credit: TheHonestyHour, created using Canva.

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Plus Size Style | Ocean in the Dark

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For someone who works in the digital scene, my failure to update and keep up with this blog is a shame. Yes, I can continuously come out with excuses to my lack of commitment to TFTPG — of the fact that I spent a lot of hours a week on work alone (and actually loving what I do) — but that is still a poor excuse.

To be honest, I’m just tired.

Apart from my ever demanding job, I also juggle a couple of side projects and freelancing jobs. Greedy? No. I think I’m more of an opportunist and I believe as someone who’s young and willing, I shouldn’t waste my time on living life alone. I also believe that if there’s the right time for me to fully activate the natural workaholic in me, it should be now. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up – Unknown

Now, let’s get down to the one thing I haven’t been doing much these past months: Taking photo of my daily outfit.

Well, there’s nothing to shout about with this look and you know me, I’m big on the whole casual-edgy-and-messy look like this. This is me not trying too hard in styling. To be honest, this is no hard work at all. This is just me wearing me comfortably and there’s no other better styling philosophy than that.

Details of my look:

Kimono cardigan, black t-shirt and dark blue skinny from H&M; oversized scarf from Avenue K‘s Raya bazaar; cargo boots from Forever21.

 

Photo credit: Hariz Hazlan

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Plus Size Style | Lazy Sunday Chic

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I was aiming for the lazy Sunday chic look which is pretty much… just another lazy Sunday chic look. I translated the whole idea into a loose-fitting style that is definitely a breather as compared to my usual fitted/skinny jeans look for my first breakfast session with the amazing Sarah Rostam.

 

Favourite pieces

I’d like to think that the centre piece of this look is this white crop top — the best purchase I made last week. It’s from H&M and at RM 59, you’re looking at something not only is trendy and fashionable but also a very comfortable piece of clothing that will never goes out of style.

My other favourite piece of the look is the brown leather loafer I bought earlier this month. I’ve been looking for a good quality loafer at an affordable price for a long time now so being able to find this makes everything so meaningful. I gotta admit I’ve been wearing the loafer out a lot this month and I hope I’ll never get bored of it.

plus size lazy sunday chic

White crop top, jungle print loose fit pant, sunglass – all from H&M; green scarf from Forever 21, black quarter sleeve inner from Uniqlo; loafer from Rocha by John Rocha; bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Nazirah Ashari’s “classy” toilet mirror selfie

Plus size lazy Sunday chic

I need this nude pump heel from Marks & Spencer

Turning Lazy Sunday Chic to Something More Wedding Appropriate

On the same day, I was attending a friend’s wedding and the lazy me decided not to waste my time at changing to a whole different outfit and decided to wear the same crop top for the occasion. Besides, I was already out since morning and going home is not an option  so I decided to work on a different look suitable for a wedding and of course, there’s no better way to do so than putting on a maxi skirt and a heel. I changed my scarf too to look a bit more modest and that splash of magenta pink is just perfect.

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White crop top from H&M; scarf from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman; maxi skirt from Mango; stacked velvet black heel from Forever2

 

I made a collage for you via Polyvore, in case you want to steal my lazy Sunday chic look.

Sunday Chic
Sunday Chic by xerraxerra featuring elastic waistband pants
TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party
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Happy 6th Birthday, Trendy Confessions!

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It was a couple of years ago when I first came across Trendy Confessions‘ blog-shop and I couldn’t help but rejoiced over the idea of a Klang Valley-based independent plus size line, run by my fellow country-women, selling stylish plus size clothing for the underserved plus size ladies. At that moment, I find Trendy Confessions’ co-founders and sisters, Fong Jiar Yi and Fong Jiar Hwei a godsend to us and I still do, considering available shopping options for the stylish in us plus sizers are those UK brands selling sometimes poor quality clothing at high-street prices.

Fast forward years later, Trendy Confessions still runs strong. Even stronger, I must say. They ditched their blog-shop website and became a lot more customer friendly and sophisticated through an e-commerce platform. They began designing their own clothes and expanding their sizing options too. And as much as they evolve, I began noticing similar evolvement in the scene too. Malaysian plus size girls, though not many, slowly begins to embrace their body and learn the trade of personal style.

So when I learned and was invited to the 6th anniversary of my favourite Malaysian plus size online clothing store, I knew I had to make an effort to show my support physically. I’m sure by now, most of my readers are somewhat informed about how occupied I am with work hence the inactive blog these past two-three months, but knowing Trendy Confessions turning 6 feels like an achievement worth celebrating together. 6 is a number of achievement and after 6 years, they have achieved and grow so much as an entity with a mission and I couldn’t help but feeling extremely happy and proud of them.

To my favourite girls at Trendy Confessions, the Fong sisters: Happy 6th Birthday! I am so happy and proud of you girls and thank you so much for the “modelling” opportunities given to me before, am so honoured to be a part of such a great independent entity like Trendy Confessions. I look forward to a bigger party when you girls reach that 10th mark. Keep it gorgeous and fabulous, ladies.

TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party

The sales rack is always the best rack.

The best part about the party? Sneak peak and chance to pick Trendy Confessions’ new arrivals. These are not online yet, maybe next week? (Not too sure) But tell you what, they have some of my favourite pieces!

TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party

Here’s my favourite piece. A tartan dress with gold detailing on the waist – just the much needed edgy piece I’ve been looking for. But sadly I couldn’t get in them.

TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party

TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party

Delicious snacks in between browsing? Please.

TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party

That skull and studded mini purse in green is gorgeous! I was thinking of getting it but that didn’t happen. Oh, in case you want it, there’s another similar bag in black and they are on sale!

So what did I end up getting?

Now here’s the thing about me these days and this picture explains it best. My style now is pretty monotonous and it has been like this for the past two years hence these picks of black skinny jeans (such great quality skinny, you better grab it!), the striped midi-skirt and that awesome looking patterned jacket, also in black and white!

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My Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party haul

TFTPG Trendy Confessions 6th Birthday Party

The Fong sisters and That Fat Tudung Party Girl

Say you missed the party, you can still enjoy a free delivery for every purchase you make before 31 May 2014. What you need to do, is fill your online cart over at www.trendyconfessions.com and enter 6BDAY upon check out and voila, you just saved RM 6 on delivery from Trendy Confessions!

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