I finally got to attend my first function as Miss Fuller Woman Canada. After spending eight weeks cooped up in my apartment (and mostly in bed if I'm totally honest) I was ready for a night of glitz and glamour. Luckily I was invited to the Body Confidence Canada Awards Gala.
Assisted by my gorgeous chaperones Trisha and Tessenie, I crutched on down to the 519(100% accessible I might add) to bask in the gorgeous ambiance that is their ballroom. In a room filled with gorgeous people of all colours and sizes I found a seat in the back. It was heartwarming how many people offered me their seats as I crutched on by. Way better than my experience on the TTC (which I'll be getting into in detail on my next blog). Once I was settled in I could do nothing more than smile and cheer for all of the amazing award recipients and say hello to all the gorgeous people I saw. Excuse me while I name drop but Sarah, Ivory, Sophia, Sarah, Lindsay, Ama and Rachel, I'm so glad we got to say hi and chat for a second. Ladies like you brighten my day every day through my Instagram/Facebook feed. You are all amazing and I love that I know you even if it's just a little bit. The gala was in full swing when we arrived. The recipients were all present and accounted for, some travelling great distances to attend. They are all so inspiring and amazing. I can't even begin to describe the love in that room for these people. I'm lucky enough to know a couple of them personally.
One of the recipients, my friend Candy Palmater, gave a rousing acceptance speech. I love that she acknowledged traditional territory of the Mississauga and thanked them for allowing us to be on their land. As a Mi'kmaw she often speaks about breaking down and challenging privilege and oppression. She's absolutely one of my heroes; strong, smart and funny are the first 3 things that come to mind when I think of her. I could not think of a more deserving recipient of the Media award.
Another recipient was Annika Reid. This woman is also one of my heroes. Her blog is one I've read for a while and I had the pleasure of meeting her on the No BS Boat cruise in July. She is just wonderful to be around. As an activist, blogger and mother, this lady is BUSY but when you are in her presence, her effervescent personality is so calming and uplifting that you just can't help but smile. She spoke of being a survivor of bullying in her acceptance speech and her words brought tears to my eyes. When she held up her trophy in a "what to you think of me now" salute to her 7th grade teacher I cheered with all my might. There is something so satisfying to proving someone wrong about you.
One of my favourite local musicians graced the stage at the BBC awards. Lucas Silveira of The Clicks wowed the crowd with an acoustic (is it still acoustic if an acoustic guitar is mic'd?) cover of a Beyonce song (I'll admit I didn't recognize the song as I'm more Team Destiny's Child than I am a member of the Beyhive). I actually discovered Lucas because of another cover he did and I have been a devout fan ever since. It was great to see him at this event and I was glad that I didn't put my foot in my mouth in front of him this time like I did last time. It's tough being a fan girl.
OMG! Speaking of fan-girling!!! Oh I could have died. While Jill and Aisha wrapped up the awards presentation, Aisha introduced Simone Denny to come up and close us out with a song. My head whipped around so fast that I almost lost my crown. When I was 18, I was living on my own for the first time and trying to find my way in a big city (ok big to a kid from a small town) a band by the name of Love Inc. was tearing up the charts and supplying the sound of the summer. I listened to that cd on repeat for the whole summer and well into the fall. I was a Superstar. That song, that voice, carried me through a transitional time in my life, it helped me bridge the gap between childhood and (such as it was) adulthood. I watched Simone cross the floor and take the stage and sing that song. I felt like she was there just for me. In that moment I had needed the reminder that I was still a superstar. She cleared away the last of the doldrums that came with my broken ankle and reignited the fire I needed to get me going again.
Jill and Aisha, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to attend such a wonderful event. To see the body confidence and fat activism community applaud and lift up such a diverse group of people warmed the cockles of my little, social justice warrior's heart. You are an example of the good in the world. The tireless work you do to make this world a better place is not going unnoticed and I thank you for that. I encourage all my readers to sign the petition put forth by Jill and help make sizism a thing of the past.
Now, on to the really important stuff. What I wore.
When dressing for anything, one must consider what challenges one might face while wearing your ensemble. My challenge is that the No-Fun boot allows for no fun and ruins everything and crutching from place to place is hard work. Luckily I had just the thing to accommodate my fashion needs. Enter the Veronica jumpsuit from Hip and Curvy. This jumpsuit is like pajamas it's so comfortable. Light and easy to wear made it the perfect choice for my first outing. I'm on the shorter side of life so I needed to adjust the length but just hemming it felt boring. Instead I opened the seam of the cuffs and added some elastic to them. Now I get a super cute harem pants effect. This style of cuff looks great with a heel or a flat, the looser cuff definitely needs a heel to allow the pants to break on the foot properly.
I accessorized a little heavily because well, lets be real here, I hadn't really left my house much in 8 weeks and I was a little excited and I just wanted to sparkle. Which is what I did when I donned this gorgeous bib necklace from Amadora Designs Jewels. The colours in this necklace just make me smile, so bright and cheery without that over done feeling that some colourful statement jewelry can have. I wore the matching earrings and even matched my shoe to the blue stones in the piece (and the jumpsuit came with the same shade blue belt...kismet I say!). I then put the icing on the cake. I donned my breath taking tiara, courtesy of Crystal Countess, and I was ready for the evening. It felt nice to wear it somewhere that wasn't my bedroom to be honest. A beauty like that deserves to be shown off.
I also beat my face for like an hour, and as people ask all the time about my makeup here's a list of products I used:
Foundation: Makeup Forever
Contour: Sephora cream contour palette
Highlight: Mac prep and prime
Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear
Powder: Anna Sui
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked, Morphe 35O, Sarabella Makeup
Eyeliner: Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack
Contour and highligh: Kat Von D Shadows and Light
Lip Stick: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Lovesick
Lashes: Kiss lashes ( I threw out the package so I don't know what style they are)
Mascara: Sarabella Makeup
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Taupe
And that's my mug set.
I was definitely nervous on my first official outing because I won and then just disappeared. My broken ankle really came at the least opportune time but that's usually the way of it. I know I've had a lot of detractors talking about me since my win, so knowing that you've had so many obstacles put in your way, it's hard to walk into a room and face them. But I did it and I did it with a big genuine smile on my face because I was so very happy for all of the winners who were honoured at the gala. You'll find a complete list of winners here. I can't wait for next year's gala, I already know who I am going to nominate.
Oh. Jill, you were right....The swag bags were lit!