Aussie Curves {Texture}

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In thinking ahead for my Aussie Curves challenges I inadvertently ended up with a catchup outfit!

Looking ahead to androgynous and military week has got me feeling lost – I’m a girly girl and I usually overdress for the occasion to boot – so the next couple of style challenges have me shopping my wardrobe trying to come up with something that is both ‘me’ and fits the challenge.

So today, my body felt like rebelling and wearing the most girls outfit I could… And boy, did I go for it.

This 50’s style cable knit jumper always feels glam and girly – and the bonded lace pephem skirt is a little va-va-boom sexy, but toned down by the conservative sweater top. Finished with pearls and pink lippy, I looked in the mirror at all the fabulous texture in my outfit and knew I had to do an Aussie Curves catchup post!!

So here it is!

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Whole Outfit: Dorothy Perkins 🙂

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Getting crafty and plus size festival fashion

Getting to do a couple of my very favorite things today
1. Getting crafty and customizing something
2. Eating Lunch at my favorite Sydney hangout – Kitchen By Mike
3. Live out my 16 year old music fantasies and see some if my favorite bands (circa 1998) at Soundwave Festival…

I’ve been keen-as to try the double denim look and the weather was so-so so I decided on my Torrid dark rinse skinny jeans and my husbands pale denim Travisty shirt. Last minute shopping spree this morning to find the perfect top – something figure hugging and girly to make up for the unflattering man-cut of the denim shirt. This ombré pink Aztec shirt (yes I bought it several sizes too small and wore a dark bra underneath – but it’s a music festival!!) was a bargain buy from Trade Secret in a brand called True Harmony. Gold belt is from City Chic…

The visor was my bit of DIY for the day and kept me entertained for the car ride from Wollongong to Homebush! I have a large collection of Sharpies for customizing items and jumped at this plain white visor ($5) from Trade Secret!

Happy Days!

Oh, and I cannot recommend the food at Kitchen By Mike enough! Delicious, über cool, a great hidden-Sydney gem!!

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Work Wear: Mini Montage

Work has been craaaazy this week so very little time to post. But here are a few quick snaps of my outfits xx

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Top: ASOS Curve
Jeans: Torrid
Boots: Flat Motorcycle Boots by Ezibuy (wide width)
Earrings: eQuip

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Top: Jay Jays
Skirt: Forever 21+
Beads: Billabong
Shoes: New Look

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Dress and belt combo: Torrid
Necklace: Crossroads

Aussie Curves {Black and White}

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This week’s Aussie Curves theme is black and white which is hard in a whole new way – I own a tonne of black and white fabulousness and it was SO hard to pick an outfit. So I have cheated, and done two looks. Yeah, I’m greedy like that 🙂 Plus, I’m notoriously bad at making decisions – especially when it becomes to choosing between my clothes…

So the two looks I am going for are weekday and weekend. I have quite a serious job in HR, but I love trying to find ways to add a little pizzazz to my weekday outfits. On weekends, I love dressing up, and am always overdressed for things – but I am a firm believer that my fab clothes deserve to be worn – its not their fault that my clothes are more glamorous than my life 🙂

Weekday

I love wearing a blazer. Anything that helps to pad out my shoulders and even out my hips does wonders. For me, getting the proportions right is key when I buy a blazer. I only ever buy a blazer that closes under my bust, and finishes half way between my belly button and hips. Anything with shoulder details or a frill at the bottom (like this blazer) are automatic winners in my book 🙂 plus, the polka dot cuff details are adorable!

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These pants were a splurge in the Christmas sales. I was so excited when Target announced that a lot of their lines were going to be available in a size 20, thinking that I would may be able to pick up some stretchy or oversized pieces every now and then, but to my surprise, these pants were a great fit. These pants have gorgeous paisley details etched into the satin finish.

The top is from JayJays, and has ruched shoulders. It’s a little tighter than I would usually wear on its own, but I love the definition it gives under the blazer. The nude heels are an absolute staple, and my go-to shoes whenever I’m unsure which shoes to wear.

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Top: Jay Jays
Blazer: City Chic
Pants: Target
Heels: New Look
Necklace: New Look

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Weekend

So every couple of months I make the pilgrimage to Brands On Sale in Campbeltown to see what is on offer at the City Chic factory outlet. Sometimes I get one or two bargains… Sometimes I spend a small fortune and am glad I drive a 4wd to cart home all my goodies. This playful dress is one of my favorite bargains from one such trip. Given its retro feel, I was tempted to save it for Retro week, but (surprise surprise) I have something else for that week already 🙂

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As for shoes and accessories – I can’t resist a splash of colour!!

Dress: City Chic
Shoes: Target
Earrings: eQuip

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Easy like Sunday Mornin’

Just a quick post today coz I’m actually out enjoying this beautiful weekend!

We just got home from the fabulously delicious Diggies at North Beach for Brunch, and the sun is on its way out!

Jumper: Old Navy
Shorts: Crossroads
Shoes: No shoes! It’s the weekend!!

Xx

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Double-take Friday

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Ahh Friday. How I love you despite the dilemmas you bring. As the only acceptable day to wear jeans at my work – I like to take full advantage – but I can’t look too casual – so how to you do casual, without being too casual? And then, without bringing a whole change of clothes, how do I transition that outfit to dinner or drinks later that night.

Its hard to find that balance – an outfit which looks professional/casual during the day, and chic for night.

This was today’s solution.

The building blocks

So I started with a Oxblood Peplum Singlet from New Look and my Torrid jeans.

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Day Look

Because I wear a lanyard that must be displayed at all times at work, I avoid wearing statement necklaces – and I also feel like sometimes when I wear statement necklace and jeans – I look a little too ‘club’ for the office. So I went for simple gold studs from Diva.

Even the fabulousness of Friday couldn’t stop it from raining, so I opted for my oversize Crossroads Fairisle Knit and a thin elastic belt from a city chic dress. I sit at a desk or in meetings most of the day, so if I wear a belt – it has to have a bit of give.

Kmart black lace flats finish off my day look 🙂

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Night Look

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Boots, a statement Necklace and a crop Leather jacket and I’m ready to hit the town.

20130215-111922.jpgI love these knee-high Torrid boots. Grey suede, small heel, cute button details – and nice wide calves so they do actually come all the way up to my knees!

This leather crop jacket is a City Chic favorite and the necklace is a bargin from Etsy.

 

 

So here is it, my Friday Day-to-Night Double Take

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Casually Work-ing it

Had a surprisingly quiet day planned at work today… No external meetings, no clients – just a couple team meetings and a strategy session.

I took the opportunity to wear a lovely City Chic summery dress. This great simple dress, for me, is what makes City Chic great – well cut, well made, nipped waist with a thin mini belt and great on-trend colours. The weather wasn’t playing-nice with my plan so I threw on a cardigan at the last minute. I love this City Chic cardi – small stripe, ruched shoulders, waterfall closure and nips in at the waist.

Shoes are New Look, and my teeny tiny Bow clip was a purchase on my recent trip to Tokyo…

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