Anniversary Dinner Outfit

Not only is it Australia Day (Yay!) but it is also a very special day for me personally as it marks 6 years since my husband drunkenly put the moves on me in an Aussie Pub in London 🙂 We had met a month earlier – in the same beginners Snowboarding class in France and seen each other at some get-togethers since, but it took some Dutch Aussie courage for him to pull out his moves on the dance floor and win my heart forever…

The last 6 years have been the best of my life and I wouldn’t change a moment of it xx

Despite the fact that it is -15 in Niseko tonight, I’m determined to have an awesome outfit underneath the layers and layers of jackets, scarfs, gloves and beanies… 🙂

I was nervous about buying this Dorothy Perkins top as it had mixed reviews online – particularly about the material being thin. It’s a ponte fabric and I’m really happy with the quality. I love the edginess of the PU shoulders and the cutout detail in the back. Plus, I’m totally obsessed with peplum right now…

These jeans are my favorite, from Torrid. Technically they are maternity jeans – at the side pockets they have a triangular elastic sections. I prefer to think of them as anti-muffin top jeans. That little bit of stretch in the waistband means they ALWAYS fit nicely, and whether I’m posing in the mirror standing nice and straight, or slouching on the couch, these jeans are so forgiving and never leave you with your muffin top hanging out.

I didn’t bring many shoe options with me – if I was at home, I would be teaming this outfit with some awesome black platform wedges, but given that the snow is about 40cms deep outside, I’m going to let practicality win and rock my flat black Ezibuy boots with this outfit.

Hope you all enjoyed your Australia Day!
Xx

Top: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: Torrid
Boots: Ezibuy
Clutch: Collette
Earrings: eQuip

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Everyone loves a montage: Beanies

So, being that its between -6 and -25 here in Niseko Japan, I have been very excited to wear all my beanies. I have always been an accessory-collector (my husband would describe it as hoarding) but rarely get the opportunity to wear my gloves, beanies and scarfs since I moved home to Sydney (I lived in London for a few years). And although I have been home for 5 years now, I haven’t stopped purchasing winter warmers waiting for an opportunity like this 🙂

Please forgive the lack of makeup, I am, after all, on holidays…

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Plus size women snowboard too you know!

So, while I wanted to stay nice an positive in this blog, I do have a major gripe about a big gap (pardon the pun) in the plus size market – women’s plus size snowboarding and skiing gear.

In almost all other areas of my fashion life, I don’t feel that I am disadvantaged because of my size – in fact, I think many of the plus size lines available these days are way cuter than their smaller-sized counterparts. But when it came to finding plus size snowboarding gear for my trip to Japan, I came across a big fat frumpy zero options for women.

So, we are left to buy men’s plus size snowboarding gear, in which we face a few problems, both from a fashion, fit and practicality standpoint… And even then, although there are more sizes available in men’s lines, particularly in Australia, they are not easy to find…

While a gripe is the main theme of this post, I did want to give a little shout out to the Mountain Warehouse in the UK. Considering it was Christmas, and the pants I ordered were bulky, postage was both reasonable and fast. I ordered 2 men’s snowboarding pants, and chanced-it by ordering the biggest size they had – I figured I can always wear a belt right? So that was a men’s XXXL. Now I am an size 16 in plus size clothes and a 20 in standard lines. The men’s XXXL are swimming around my waist, but fit snugly on my hips – which highlights one of the big problems with plus size women wearing men’s clothing – men are not genetically designed to bear children and therefore have narrow hips. I will never find a pair of men’s pants that fit both my waist, hips are don’t drag over my boots!! I managed to pick up a pairs of men’s Rip Curl XXL pants, which are quite restrictive on my hips. I come across the same fit issues with men’s jackets – which women’s snowboarding jackets have a tapered waist to give you a nice curvy (albiet padded) shape. Men’s jackets are square and boxy, and again, narrow at the hips. Plus, lets face it, the men’s ranges are not pretty, and at the end of the day – don’t I deserve to feel as fabulous on the slopes as I do on the street??!

Have I missed something? Do you know of a line to save me from future frumpiness? Please leave a comment and let me know 🙂

Anyway, the ugliness of my outfits have been putting me in a mood before I go boarding – which, considering I am a terrible snowboarder and take an absolute battering on the slopes, is not the best frame of mind. I may spend a lot of time on my bum/knees/back/face in the snow – at least my outfit should look great!

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OMG Onsen

An Onsen in a traditional Japanese hot spring bath. My bestie and I headed out today for our first Onsen experience.

While you can get indoor, outdoor, mixed and single sex Onsens – the one thing that is constant is that you must use an Onsen naked. That’s right, public nudity – two words that strike fear right into the heart of most curvy girls.

So, in my head I have been waging an internal struggle between wanting to experience this amazing cultural (and not to mention healing) Onsen, and not wanting to have my rolls out in public… And what I realized is that being fat has held me back from so many things – last year I didn’t go white water rafting with my friends as not only did I not want to be seen in a wetsuit, but I was sure I wouldn’t be able to pull myself back into the raft if I fell out. I haven’t been to a nightclub in ages because of the looks from gorgeous girls. I read a really interesting blog yesterday by Modish Maracas about women reclaiming their arms – with the main point being – the only people who care about fat arms are fat girls. At the end of the day – no one is going to be looking and judging my big fat ass – they will be too worried about the way their own butt looks to be judging others. My bestie (who has an amazing body) confirmed this – even she was worried about getting her body out in public. Which is probably a bit of a sad comment about the way women look at themselves – but it is a notion for another time…

Plus, I figure if people are going to stare at my butt, it’s not going to be because its a huge fat ass – they are going to be mesmerized by my giant nasty ass bruises from snowboarding 🙂

So, off to the Onsen we went 🙂 we chose to go to one at the other end of town, women only with an outdoor pool overlooking a garden and the volcano – heaven! Service was in Japanese only, so we read up online about what we should and should not do, and headed off for a brave, naked adventure.

And, it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

I’m more determined than even not to let my weight hold me back from life – and this was such an amazing experience, but it would have been easy to talk myself out of it…

And because I can’t blog without a picture, here are a couple of happy snaps…

Sunrise in niseko and me on our apartment balcony

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Red faced after a 40 minute (naked) soak in a traditional outdoor Onsen… Me, and my bestie, Tee.

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Brekky Bliss

So, confession time. We have been in Niseko for a couple of days now, and I have only been snowboarding once… Which I feel guilty about (we are here for 10 days) but I have very valid shoulder, knee and giant-ass-bruising injury reasons to give it a little break after my first session…

So my bestie and I have been exploring this little town, and yesterday stumbled across a little snow covered chalet that does amazing crepes, and immediately made plans to return for breakfast this morning with the boys…

Despite being -5 outside, it’s really really warm in the cafe, so I decided to wear my big bulky snowboarding jacket down there, so I could wear this beautiful cream cable knit jumper from Old Navy. With a boat neck cut and silver buttons on the shoulders, it’s cut in a beautifully feminine way, and I just love the knit pattern.

The jeggings are an absolute staple of mine from crossroads. So comfy and practical and they give a little lift with colour.

I am IN LOVE with these snow joggers I got from eBay. From a practicality standpoint, they are totally waterproof and snow proof with solid tread and wool lining. Plus, they have the added gorgeous factor of being pink and grey ❤ with hearts and reindeer knit. Too fabulous!

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Beanie: stolen from my husband – ASOS
Jumper:Old Navy
Pants: Crossroads jeggings in teal
Boots: eBay

Airport Chic

The day is finally here – off for 2 weeks to Japan with my husband, my bestie and her boyfriend!!

Choosing what to wear today has been quite difficult. Leaving a Sydney Summer and arriving to a Japanese winter – thats roughly a 40degrees (celcius) difference! Lucky (outfit-wise, not sleep-wise) we have an early morning flight, so I was hoping that it wouldn’t heat up in Sydney too much before we left.

So, here is the outfit I decided to go with… This jumper dress is from Old Navy. I had a really good experience online shopping with GAP and Old Navy recently. While postage was still expensive, it was not nearly as expensive as Torrid or Forever 21 and the quality has been excellent. Warmth like you just cant get in Australia (especially when you are shopping out of season!). You will notice a reoccuring Cable Knit theme in my Japan posts – I am a little obsessed at the moment 🙂

These tights were an impulse buy from New Look when I was purchasing (online…again) a big order and wanted to qualify for free postage. They were only 10pounds (just under $20) and are leather look leggings. Great fit, totally comfortable and great for that balance between comfort and style in the sky.

The boots arefrom Ezibuy and are part of their Wide-calf range. I dont find their wide calf range to be that wide – but thats just me. I certainly couldnt fit into them when I was bigger – only that I have dropped a couple kilos that I can get them up. I love that they are flat and ruched so even if I cant get them the whole way up, it doesnt look too bad.

Dress: Old Navy
Tights: New Look
Boots: Ezibuy
Handbag: New Look

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Bon Voyage!!!! Xx

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Quicky

Just a quick one tonight with my outfit out for a casual dinner at a pub in the Rocks with friends

Jumper: GAP (neon with grey and white sequin stripe sleeves – who could resist!)
Jeggings: Crossroads
Necklace: Etsy

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