Style Me Friday {Grey Tee}

I’m really excited about this week’s Style Me Friday theme – the Grey Tee as it actually solves a bit of a style dilemma I’ve been having with a skirt I picked up from Forever 21!

I had never thought of styling it with a Grey Tee until I saw this inspiration pic from The Style Mogul
The plain grey tee helps tone down the glitziness off the skirt – I love the look.

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Tshirt: JayJays
Skirt: Forever21
Jacket: Target
Boots: Torrid
Necklace: eQuip

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Aussie Curves {Metallic}

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I had my outfit all chosen, and my post written, but I’ve ended up somewhere totally different for this week’s Aussie Curves challenge – Metallic! That’s why I love this challenge – forcing me to think outside the box!
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On Saturday morning, I dashed to the shops to buy a black jacket for my trip to Melbourne in a couple of weeks and got some collateral items – most of which are included in this post πŸ™‚ nothing better than showing off some new bargains!
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Starting with the jumper… It’s Valley Girl, and it’s a M… To be fair – it’s a little shorter than I would ideally like, and if they had a L, I would have bought it in that size – but the point is more that the M fits fine – it’s not a shop I have ever paid attention to in the past on the assumption that nothing would fit – I’m so glad that Suger styled a Valley Girl jumper in her Leather AC post – it’s opened up a whole new shop of possibilities πŸ™‚ this jumper was on sale for $15!
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The slouchy blazer is another new purchase – from Best and Less. I’m actually wearing the size 18 from their straight size line, but Lily and Lou do a +size version with a white, blue or leopard print lapel. I love the slouchy front pockets and the 3/4 sleeves. All winter clothing at Best and Less is currently 30%off too – it’s worth checking out. I had another 5 or 6 items I could have easily bought too – it’s another store that is a bit unexpected for style pieces – but I have always found it worth checking out…
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The jeans are from Target – they are black coated (metallic) jeans – they look a bit like leather-look, but less shine and more sheen if that makes sense?
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Straight after work I’m heading out to dinner with my hubby’s family for a 70th birthday. I will be wearing everything but the pants to work today (I will put on plain black pants) as the metallic jeans are just a bit too much for the office. I’ll pop these fab pants on before I head to dinner!
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Jumper: Valley Girl
Blazer: Best and Less
Jeans: Target
Necklace: eQuip (and another worn as a bracelet)
Shoes: Rubi Shoes
Clutch: Colette

Here is a close up of the gorgeous pearl and bronze knit jumper with RosΓ© gold sequins…
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So today’s post, although Metallic themed, seemed to be more about my Saturday morning shopping trip… But it’s always good to share bargains (or enable those around you to spend their money)…

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I hope wherever you are, the weather is nicer than Sydney! I’m off to do the rounds and see what everyone else is wearing for Metallic Week!

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Style Me Friday {Peplum}

So after a week off from Style Me Friday we are back with one of my absolute fashion staples – the peplum.

Inspiration was easy for me on this one – She the queen on the peplum/pencil skirt look – and the blogger that convinced me to give this look a go – She’s brave, funny, fierce and fabulous – with a little geek thrown in for good measure – it’s Melissa from Suger Coat It!
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My wardrobe is choc-full of peplums – peplum tops, peplum dresses, peplum jackets, peplum skirts, pephem skirts. When I find something that’s on-trend and works for my body – I really hop on that band wagon.

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From a body-shape perspective, the peplum emphasizes my waist and helps to balance out my shoulders and hips. (Best of all it hides my belly pouch – which has to be my least favourite part of my body).

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Peplum top and pencil skirt is an easy work combo – I think of it as a bit of a quasi-uniform. Polished and flattering – yet I can add some punch and flavour with interesting patterns – like this Aztec Midi pencil Skirt from New Look…

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Of all of the Peplums I have… I’ve gotta say – no one does it better than City Chic for plus size peplums! I find the peplum starts a little longer down the torso, and the frill is the perfect length – for me anyway!

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Top: City Chic
Skirt: New Look
Necklace: Sportsgirl
Belt: City Chic

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Aussie Curves {Boho}

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So, when a Aussie Curves theme comes along that’s outside my comfort zone, I start searching for inspiration… First stop google, then Pinterest and Polyvore and I love having a search on Etsy… Which is exactly where my journey for this week’s AC post started…

I wanted to stay true to the season, and I was in love with the winter Boho images gracing my screen – textures, layering, furs, boots, winter skirts – so beautiful! I was inspired! I flew to my wardrobe and pulled out as much texture as I could find – given my obsession with cable knit, I had quite a lot to choose from!

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I may have delved a little further into the look than I was expecting… Heading towards a little more Sherpa than Boho – but I still love this look. I only wish that I had someone to take photos for me, somewhere a little more exotic than my bedroom!

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I couldn’t decide whether to go a beanie on this look or not, so then I decided to have a play around…

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Dress: Grey Cable Knit Sweater Dress from Old Navy
Tights: Dark Grey Cable Knit tights from Kmart
Cardigan: Aztec Knit Waterfall Cardigan from Crossroads
Boots: Grey Suede knee high boots from Torrid (wide width)
Belt: Gold stud belt from Torrid
Headband: Brown and gold headband from eQuip
Beanie: Cable Knit slouchy beanie with pompoms from Etsy
Bangles: Wooden Bangles from eQuip

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Ok, and one for fun, abandoning Boho, and pushing forwards to full Sherpa mode with the switch up of one accessory – my Fox Fur hat. I got this beautiful hat while traveling in Russia. I was backpacking so needless to say, it didn’t get a whole lot of wear… I have never actually worn it, and while generally I’m not a fan of fur… When in Russia, do as the Russians – and boy did those women look glamorous swanning around in these hats!

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A Peek Inside… My Trash the Dress!

Trash the Dress… Drown the Dress… call it what you may… it was a hell of a lot of fun…

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So the day after my wedding in Fiji (read everything you never really wanted to know about my wedding here), my new husband and I, literally let our hair down and had a load of fun shooting a ‘Trash the Dress’ session.

I decided to have a much more natural look for these photos – I let my hair go curly (I think these are the first photos I have ever posted on my blog where I have not straightened or pulled back my hair!), wore very little makeup, no petticoat, no hoop, and no spanx!

I love these photos – and they were a lot of fun to shoot.

and my dress? Actually came up much cleaner than after the wedding!

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We received a few safety briefings before jumping into the ocean, we had a friend do several practice jumps and scout out any dangerous areas, we knew where we could and couldn’t jump… But no one reminded me to smile! I look terrified! There’s no going back, but I do wish I had smiled for the jump πŸ™‚

Aussie Curves {Feminine}

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I think feminine in winter is quite hard to pull off… When it’s summer I’m all about flirty pretty dresses and tops… But in winter (maybe it’s because I hate the cold) my wardrobe gets darker and edgier. It’s all dark denims and leggings, but I was determined to find something both true to me and true to the season to work for this week’s Aussie Curve theme: Feminine.

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The first piece was easy – my new Floral Bomber Jacket from Wonderlust. I know I’m totally late to the party on this one – but I genuinely had no idea THE ICONIC stocked so many curvy brands. I’m always pushing myself to go into new stores when I go shopping just-in-case… But I have recently realized I’m quite narrow minded when it comes to looking for clothes online.

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The black base of the floral helps me pair it with my other ‘winter wardrobe’ pieces while still maintaining a feminine look…

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Jacket: Wonderlust Floral Bomber Jacket from THE ICONIC – Gifted (I’m wearing a 16)
Pants: Grey pleather stripe jeans from Dorothy Perkins (I’m wearing an 18)
Top: Everyday Basic Black ribbed top from Kmart (I’m wearing an 18)
Heels: Platform Heels from Torrid (wide width)
Necklace: Bubble necklace from Etsy

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So somehow I’ve managed to do Feminine Week without a whisper of pink and no dress in sight! Go figure! Don’t forget to check out the other Aussie Curves girls as they go all girly… Find us on Facebook to join the fun!

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Plus size boyfriend jeans…?

While I’m not sure I’m on-board the boyfriend jean bandwagon, I was cleaning out my wardrobe and found a bunch of clothes from when I lived in London… Including this pair of boyfriend jeans.

First thing I noticed… Boy, are they heavy! Compared to the rest of my jeans these were thick and very heavy.

Obviously I was a fan if this silhouette last time round, I’m just not sure I’m up for it this time…

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I’ve styled it with a jumper I picked up from Valley Girl – I’m loving the touches of neon against the oatmeal – the colours and pattern is just the right amount of kooky to be interesting, and in my opinion – pretty chic for a chunky jumper.

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What do you think of the boyfriend jean trend? Will you be jumping aboard or steering clear?