Aussie Curves {Homemade}

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Ok, so a seamstress I am not – but here’s what I can do – cakes and customising…

So, first up… My obsession with Pinterest coupled with a whole two weeks off work due to illness lead to me buying the full rainbow pack of sharpies and going to town on all things canvas.

These shoes are the result.

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I love that they are monotone so are a funky addition, without overpowering an outfit.

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Jacket: Best and Less (Oxblood slouchy blazer)
Singlet: New Look (Stag Print Singlet)
Pants: Dorothy Perkins (Black Eden Jeggings)
Necklace: eQuip
Shoes: Plain canvas sand shoes from Big W – customization by ME!

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Secondly, it’s time to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate than with cake… What are we celebrating? Aussie Curves 1st Birthday!

Happy Birthday to AC. If you have had told me a year ago I would have “Internet friends” I would have laughted hysterically in your face. I am humbled and honored everyday being involved in AC. These ladies have provided, not only a space for plus size fashion and an extensive network of bargain hunters and shopping enablers… But a supportive group of friends whose body positivity, confidence, humour, courage, and lets face it, overwhelming hotness, inspire me each day.

You will have to stay tuned for the actual cake – it will be making an appearance at the AC 1st Birthday Party on Saturday night… So you will just have to check it out in my round up next week!

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Target Changeroom Confessions

All those Gok Ads have been making my shopping-bone itch, so I headed out to Target to look at their new lines!

I had a little look around the Moda section – but there really wasn’t that much that was my style. Except this one Monochrome Chevron top – I’ve layered with with a long sleeve bodysuit in this photo – it is short sleeve. The material made it sit beautifully, and it was a good length to be able to wear it tucked in or hanging out…

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Target’s straight size range now extends to a size 20. I’m loving the monochrome dresses out right now – here are my three favorites!

20130728-133214.jpgThis dress is the perfect fit! I loved it, and the metal detail belt was so cute! I can’t believe that a super cute dress like this is available (in a size that actually fits me) from Target at an affordable price! #winning!

20130728-133505.jpgthe waist on this bodycon dress could have been a little tighter – If it was coming home, I would have seen how the size 16 went…

20130728-133456.jpgAlthough gorgeous, the stiff material in this dress caused the arm holes to gape. My boobs couldn’t squish into the next size down, so even though I loved this dress, it just didn’t work for my body…

I do find the sizing inconsistent at Target – I love their stuff, but it means I need to go instore to try stuff on – I’m such a fan of online shopping that its a little painful to trek instore every time there’s something I like.

Here’s a classic example of 2 beautiful pieces… Both are size 18 – one way to big, and one too small…

20130728-134350.jpgthis peplum is miles too big Road worker chic?

20130728-134500.jpg Such a cute dress – but a 20 is definitely required!

As I was wondering around the store, This Tokyo Dolls top caught my eye – so beautiful. If it had been on sale, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat!

20130728-134651.jpgChic with a little sexiness – perfect as a transition piece from office to after hours! It was a little on the pricey side for a work top. But beautifully made, and I’ll be keeping my eye on it! I’m wearing a size 16.

This jacket is GENIUS!! I saw a similar one in City Chic last week, and this one is half the price! Unfortunately there were none in my size, so this is a size 14. Surprisingly it did for across my back – but my ‘bangers’ (as Gok would say) were never going to get in there.

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Lastly – I headed to the sales rack – this gorgeous dress was a steal at only $40!

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Perfect for brightening up the working week.

So that’s all from the changeroom for now!

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Aussie Curves {Ruffles}

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Stumped. Absolutely, positively stumped by the theme of ruffles.

I don’t know when I stopped buying them. I used to have a wardrobe full of ruffles – on everything – dresses, shoes, cardigans, skirts. But as I stare into my wardrobe… I’m coming up completely blank.

It wasn’t a conscious decision. I just must have stopped buying them.

I considered doing peplums as a ruffle – but I recently did a post that included almost every peplum I own to compare and contrast different brands (read it here). It would be a bit of an easy out. So I decided to head to the shops to see if there were any ruffles that took my fancy, not to buy, just for inspiration… and I still couldn’t find anything ruffled that I really liked…

I was completely prepared to be sitting this one out.

Then I was sitting at my desk and realised that my cardigan had a waterfall edge – a ruffle!

A couple of happy snaps in the office later, and I have a very very brief post for ruffles week!

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Cardigan: Crossroads

Sweater Dress: Vitru

Belt: City Chic

Boots: Torrid

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Yes, its a long bow to be drawing – but better to be involved than sitting on the sidelines!

Oh, and please excue the Security pass which I forgot to remove. But on a side note – how CUTE is my new badge reel? It’s from Etsy

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City Chic Changeroom Confessions

“Window shopping only” I preached on Instagram… lets face it, we all knew that was a lie! Despite the best of intentions, I have made little attempt to hide my lack of self control in the past, and today was no different! I had a great time trying on a million things in City Chic at Miranda (NSW). Honestly, I always enjoy myself in a CC store. Not only because of the fabulous clothes – but I must say, I have never some across a rude CC employee – in fact, they bend over backwards to be helpful, give styling advice, are always enthusiastic about clothes and supportive. CC do a fantastic job in recruiting and training their staff. Top job. Now on to the clothes!

Ok, let’s start with the Sequin Love Skirt! I was so excited to try on this beautiful skirt as it was on my Lust List.

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SEQUIN LOVE SKIRT

They only had a Large (I wear an XS at City Chic) so excuse the weird face as I am attempting to hold the back of the skirt so I get the right shape. Apparently holding the skirt, taking the photo, and smiling was one too many tasks for this blogger 🙂

The sequins and secured very well – you are paying for a quality item here. The black sections are not sequined (this was one of the things I personally wanted to check out about this skirt) and is a shiny (like Lycra) stretchy material. If I had an occasion to wear this – I would totally have bought it (cough cough invite me somewhere fancy cough cough)
Verdict: it’s moved to the top of my Lust List!

Next, a blouse that took my by surprise. I LOVED this top! I grabbed it as I’m seeing this harlequin design a lot at the moment, and thought I would give it a try. The cut of this top is sensational. I did not want to take it off.

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HARLEQUIN SHIRT

I love the bold graphic, and the black section across the back. There was a good amount of room in the collar when the top button was done up and the material sat beautifully.
Verdict: I wish I had taken it home. Beautiful!

Next up, something that was not my cup of tea. This pinafore dress is really not my usual style – but I am all for pushing myself out of that comfort zone. This makes me think that my comfort zone is there for a reason. I think it makes me look very top heavy.

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Verdict: It’s just not me. I see ASOS Curve released a pinafore this week too so it may just be a spring trend that I will be sitting out!

I’d seen the colorful confetti version of this zip jacket all over Instagram, and I was keen to try it on, however I have a few colorful blazers and could not justify another.

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The Zip concept is brilliant. I love it as a feature on the blazer – but I love getting 2 jackets for the price of one as well! I have unzipped it in the second picture and am wearing it as a crop jacket. The white contrast details are a super cute touch. For $130 it went on my wish list – if I needed a new work blazer I’d get it for sure, but I just can’t justify it right now. For you straight size gals I did find a very similar jacket in Target in their Hot Options range – which only goes up to a 16. They only had a 14 in Miranda – I tried it on – it fit comfortably across my back, but was nowhere near closing. I am going to try and hunt down a 16 as the Target version is half the price of CC.

20130723-063658.jpgand yes, this pic does mean that a Target Changeroom Confession is coming too!

Verdict: Smart idea, beautifully cut. If I didn’t have three black blazers, I’d get it!

I couple misses in the pants department are up next. I’m glad I tried on both styles but the are just not for me.

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Cue the running man. I struggle a bit to get on the Harem pant bandwagon – I recently got a pair of hand-me-downs from my sister (plain black) and I’m still feeling them out for styling. These print ones are just a step too far for this blogger. They fit nicely though and the print is gorgeous.
Verdict: If you are comfortable in Harem pants – these are über cool. If your a little self conscious in that style – steer clear of these 90s inspired beauties!

These pants are another trend that I have been holding off, and it turns out, rightly so!

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I really didn’t want to post this uber unflattering pic, but I am going to anyway for the sake of a true and balanced Changeroom confession. To be fair to the pants, I would NEVER wear this style with a bodysuit so the unattractive gut-cling wouldn’t be an issue. But it’s more than that – as I walked around the stripes got crooked on my legs – I may be a messy person, but the stripes being crooked would drive me nuts! I have enough trouble wearing my grey jeans with the black racing stripe down each leg – and that’s only one stripe.
Verdict: I’m glad I tried them on, as it really confirmed they are not the pants for me!

Lastly, a stunning dress (and belt) that just had to come home with me!

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PRINTED ONE SHOULDER DRESS

This dress featured on my Lust List this month, and I was actually a bit disappointed when I saw it in person – there was a lot of brown in the print and I turned my nose up. I still wanted to try it on, and boy, did it blow me away. Worth every cent of the $90. Cut sensationally – vavavoom without cleavage or leg on display – that’s my kind of dress. Cudos City Chic – this ones a winner!
Verdict: Get in my closet!

Here it is with some different belts – and one with no belt so you can see the cut of the dress. I would never wear it without the belt – but I thought it may help you see the cut of the dress better!

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Is there something you wish I had tried on? Send me the link and I’ll give it a go next time I’m in store – in very lucky to live so close to CC stores and I know how difficult online shopping can be when you can’t see/feel the clothes!

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July Lust List

Confession time – I’m an obsessive online window shopper. This nasty little habit means that I have a very long wish list of items in shopping carts in shops all over the Internet… These are the pieces highest on my wish list right now…

Dorothy Perkins

I’ve been waiting for AGES for a discount code to make these beauties mine – although I know I will have to choose between them all at some point 😦

20130720-144709.jpg…top row…NAVY STRIPE AND SPOT DRESS / KARDASHIAN KOLLECTION CREAM METALLIC BLAZER / BLUE DENIM DRESS …bottom row…NAVY PRINTED CROSS OVER DRESS / MULTI GEOMETRIC PRINT DRESS / FLORAL BEADED DRESS

Forever 21

I will be pitting in an order soon – I need that swimsuit in my life!

20130720-150233.jpgSplash-Making Geo Swimsuit / Cutout Open-Knit Sweater / Easy Cross Print Sweater / Cutout Polka Dot Bow Tee

City Chic

Ah City Chic… I would own it all if I could! Loving their prints at the moment!

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PRINTED ONE SHOULDER DRESS / SEQUIN LOVE SKIRT / GEOMETRIC HAREM PANT

Torrid

20130720-195818.jpgI saw this Geo Yellow Hi-Lo Tank Dress on Instagram and have been thinking about it ever since! Damn you Torrid postage costs!!

Fashion to Figure

And then I torture myself on websites that don’t ship to Australia like Fashion to Figure. They have the cutest names for their dresses too!

20130720-202534.jpgIkat Believe It Crochet Halter Maxi Dress / Don’t Train On My Parade Dress / Living Landscape Watercolor Mesh Dress / Flower Hour Striped Sleeveless Dress

THE ICONIC
And I’m going to finish up today’s lust list with THE ICONIC, which have some great sales at the moment! Here’s what I’m loving right now…

20130720-205205.jpg17 Sundays – Chunky Asymmetrical Open Knit Tunic / 17 Sundays – Sheer Shirt With Leather-Look Trims

Well, hopefully that was helpful for you guys – it’s a bit dangerous for me having all these beautiful pieces in one place – that place may just end up being my wardrobe!!

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Visit me Next Door!

Visit me Next Door… At The Fashionista Next Door to be more precise, as I’m incredibly excited to be Eboni’s guest blogger for today!

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Here’s the link to the post

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The theme is 5 ways to Wear – While we all know that there are a lot more options for plus size gals in the US, I find that our Aussie designers and retailers are really fashion forward, and deliver clothes to the Aussie market that are bang on trend. I took the opportunity to show a US audience some of the retailers and designers we have down under – like City Chic, THE ICONIC, and Harlow who are all doing amazing things for plus size fashion in Australia.

Please come say Hi!

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Melbourne Outfit Roundup

I had grand plans to take a load of outfit photos in Melbourne. And then life happened!

So, here is what I’ve got… And to be fair, they are some of favorite outfits for the weekend!

It’s hard to decide what to wear when you fly. Walking that fine line between class and comfort. Once we landed, we were going straight to Bar Hum Bug for lunch with friends, so this time, my outfit had to be a little more class! I decided to go with my old favorite Dorothy Perkins Eden Jeggings to add a level of inflight comfort. They are the perfect skinny fit jeans (I wear a size 16). I loved this top from the first moment I saw it. I love the print, and the cold shoulders. It’s from Dorothy Perkins (Alphabet cut top).

My jacket is AMAZEBALLS! I stole borrowed it off my mum. She got it on incredible sale when she was on holidays in America last year. This beauty feels like butter it’s so soft (it retailed for over $1000, so it should feel pretty amazing!). I will cry when I have to give it back to her.

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Heading to HooHaa for dinner then Bar Marmalade for my friend’s 30th birthday, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to wear my Forever 21 Sequin Bronze Dress. I got my makeup done at Napoleon – they did a fabulous job of giving my dramatic eyes that would compete with my dress.

20130717-073024.jpgI wore my ASOS cable knit jumper with my Wanderlust Floral Bomber jacket to visit Harlow and get my makeup done

I put ghd curls in my hair, and wore the hottest mock suspender tights from Pretty Polly Plus (available at ASOS). The plus size tights are one size – which was a bit scary to order – however they were very generous. I’m 169cms and size 18 (AU) and the tights were actually a little big. I’m glad I wore booted as there was definite ankle rolls by the end of the night.

20130717-073259.jpgI will go for the straight size line in future I think – but one thing is for sure – I’m now addicted to them! The sequin hem of my dress totally trashed that pair – but for under $10 on a special occasion, it’s still value for money. They were good quality, and under non-sequin circumstances (or maybe someone who was being more careful) you would definitely get more wears out of them.

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Here’s a snap of me with my handsome hubby!

For lunch the next day we headed to the Meatball and Wine Bar for a fabulous lunch – I gave my long sleeve black maxi from ASOS another shot at impressing, and I wasn’t disappointed! I got a tonne of ideas from you guys on IG about how to style this dress – I ended up going with a thin gold bow belt from ASOS, waterfall cardigan from Valley Girl and my booties from Autograph…

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The next day, after finishing the mammoth task of repacking all my clothes, we went to lunch at The Merchant. It was sensational! Given that we were heading straight to the airport afterwards, my Dorothy Perkins jeggings got another run, this time paired with my ASOS sleeveless Aztec Denim Ombré shirt, Valley girl cardigan, City Chic Belt, and jacket from Target. The bag was a bargain I picked up from DFO South Wharf and is Kate Hill. I’ve kept it comfortable with my black stud flats from Rubi Shoes.

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So that’s it! If it seems like all I did was get dressed in outfits and eat at fabulous restaurants… Then I have accurately described a great long weekend! Add in the occasional shopping spree, and the great company of my friends, and it really was the perfect getaway.