Who doesn’t love a flash sale!

So y’all loved my post on where to buy great work pants… And now I have some news that’s definitely squeal-worthy!

Remember these fabulous wide leg pants from Christine Kardashian? (I’m wearing a size 2 – AU14)

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Well… What if I told you, you can snap them up for only $50AUD (Including delivery)?

Want even better news? their entire current collection will be on sale for $50 each!

For some amazing pieces like the wide-leg jumpsuit that I’ve been lusting after – that’s $395 down to only $50.

The Flash ‘Fifty’ Sale

What’s the catch? Well, we all wait with baited breath for the sale to begin as it will start with once Christine Kardasian receives 1050 likes on Facebook. Which is great news – because you can help this sale launch ASAP by heading over to their Facebook page and hitting the like button! Super keen for designer clothes at a bargain price? Share the page. Get your friends, your mum, your sister, that girl from high school that you didn’t even talk to but are somehow friends on Facebook to Like the Christine Kardashian Facebook Page

I’m as keen as you guys to get this sale up and running. More information about the sale can be found here.

Here are a couple of pieces I have my eye on:

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So… Hop to it! Get liking, and score some Australian Designer clothes for an absolute steal!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I’m just as keen as you to take advantage of the sale! I need that jumpsuit in my life!

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney!

Thanks to Styling You and Maybelline, last night I got a behind the scenes peek at the opening night of Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2013 (mbffs). #luckiestgirlever

In what could only be described as a state of outfit paranoia – I had a massively difficult time choosing what to wear… I didn’t actually decide on an outfit until the morning of, and I packed 2 spares just in case.

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In the end – the Sydney cold snap dictated my outfit. I had been waiting on a Metallic Kardashian Kollection Blazer from Dorothy Perkins (it didn’t arrive in time) but then I found my white tuxedo jacket hanging in the back of the closet and the outfit came together from there… The hero of the entire outfit is undoubtedly these sky-high Stiletto shoes from Wanted. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them… And by the time I got some in my size delivered to a store near me, they were on sale for $40! BARGAIN!!

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So the neon pop meant that the rest of my outfit had to be neutral. I knew I wanted to wear my Harlow Wet and Wild Scuba leggings – I have been working up the courage to wear them as pants and last night was the perfect excuse. The denim shirt was a last minute choice made whilst standing in my bra exasperatedly cursing at my closet – and as soon as I slipped it on, I knew it was perfect!

To add a little bling, I wore a Guess watch my hubby bought me for Christmas a few years ago, and used some blingy stud earrings as collar tips to add some spice to the top. With the pop of neon yellow in the shoes, I felt unfinished without another pop – so I headed off to Kmart at 7am before work yesterday – and they pulled through big time with the neon yellow bangle! Seriously – where else could you go at 7am to find a last minute neon accessory! It may not be cutting edge designer fashion – but Kmart saved my butt for mbffs!

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Shirt: Denim Top from Dorothy Perkins
Pants: Wet and Wild Scuba Leggings from Harlow
Jacket: White Tuxedo blazer from Tempt
Collar tips: Studs from eQuip
Shoes: Chevron Stilettos from
Wanted – Get them here
Bangle: Neon bangle from Kmart

Arriving at Town Hall with plenty of time before the trends show – I was slipped past the waiting paparazzi (ok, they were not at all interested in me – although some tried to take some pics of my shoes as I walked up town hall steps – talk about intimidating – please don’t fall, please don’t fall, PLEASE DON’T FALL – luckily i was able to master the stairs and was whisked away by fabulous fashiony-types to a private room where I was treated to nibbles and champers. Hosted by the vivacious Nikki from Styling You and Maybelline, we chatted and had photos taken (and scored an amazing gift bag of goodies!).

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Next we were off on a behind the scenes tour! With only an hour until show time – I couldn’t believe the calm backstage… The dressing area was full of beautiful clothes and an army of dressers and assistants dutifully standing by their racks – but not a model in sight… Until we got to hair and makeup! It was a buzzing hive of activity. I can’t believe the incredible Nigel Stanislaus (Maybelline New York Makeup Director) took time out to explain the trends look for this evening show. From a hair and makeup perspective – it was all about youth.

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Created though contouring, an animated Nigel spoke us through a how-to for chiseled cheekbones. The most prominent look was the Boy Brows – thick, straight and strong was being showcased. I’m not sure I could pull it off – but the models looks amazing. Next it was over to the head Hair designer from Redkin, who explained that the hair tonight was also about youth – through texture. Most of the girls had strong side parts with low sitting pony tails. No stick looks here – it was about natural looking hair. For me – kinda like a kid whose been out playing all day.

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From there it was over to take a look at the runway, where we met the flawless Ruby Rose (Maybelline ambassador) who was rocking the boy brow look. Her hair was so many shades of pink, purple, blue and white – she looked like effortless perfection. Lets just say, it did my self esteem no favours standing so close to someone that beautiful! She chatted away, obliged for some happy snaps – could not have been nicer and more easy going. For a woman in such high demand – she certainly didn’t treat anyone like she was in a rush, and we had a great time chatting away and talking about the trends show.

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Finding our seats, I turn to my left and happen to be sitting next to Katy Potaty! She was so lovely in person! More excited chatter, before a glitter cannon went off and it was time for the main event!

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…and it surpassed my expectations. Running for a full hour – I lost count at about 15 designers who had showcased their work. I tell you what – digital mirror prints are going to be massive next season. Other trends were use of textures like leather and lace for summer, loads of exposed zippers, colour everywhere, and super itty bitty bikinis!

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After the show we headed downstairs to the Style Hub, and were met with an array of treats from the various sponsors. And cocktails. And nibbles. And icecreams. And freebies.

Maybelline had a touch up studio – which I immediately got them to darken my brows a bit – and I tried their new Whisper Colour lipstick. I went bold with a hot pink shade to match my neon pops – Pink Possibilities it was a fabulous shade on me if I do say so myself.

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My fabulous shoes were getting fabulously painful, and just in the nick of time, the house lights came up and it was time to say goodbye. Not before another goody bag was thrown my way – with a great mix of little gifts from all the sponsors. I cannot believe how lucky I was to get to go – I had the most fabulous night.

This chicky is a blogger, not a model. I carried flats in my bag, and as soon as we were out the door… The stilettos were off and my feet were rejoicing in flats.

A huge thank you to Nikki from Styling You for hosting the night, and of course, Maybelline for all their fabulousness and gifts.

For anyone that wants to get along, I believe you can still purchase some tickets to some events over the next few days – you would just have to check out the MBFFS website for more info…

There are a heap more photos – I will post them all on my facebook page – see the album here!

I’m still on my fashion high, and I don’t think I’ll be coming down any time soon!

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!

http://fashionista-next-door.com/2013/07/5-ways-to-wear-a-faux-leather-pencil-skirt-with-icurvy.html

Harlow Salon Saturday

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Well, wasn’t I in for a treat heading to Harlow‘s Salon Saturday! Since I was in Melbourne for a friend’s birthday, I totally jumped at the opportunity to touch, feel and try on Harlow’s fab clothing and get a sneak peek of new items not yet released (plus get some great discounts offered on the day).

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After seeing Danimezza in her Wet and Wild Scuba Leggings at the Sydney Aussie Curves Meet up – I know I had to get my hands on some Harlow pieces, and shortly after, I bought the Wet and Wild Scuba Pencil Skirt (see the post here). I was so excited to be able to visit Harlow and touch and try on the rest of their stuff! And it didn’t disappoint.

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I picked up a development sample of the Studio 54 Sequin Bomber jacket for an absolute steal ($50!) and they had some Salon Saturday discounts as well, which meant I gladly picked up the Wet and Wild Scuba Leggings for a discounted price too!

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Kerry was a total doll, her passion for creating beautiful clothes for the curvy girl is pushing the Australian plus size fashion industry towards shiny new horizons. I was lucky enough to be able to try on, and get some happy snaps of some brand new stock that hasn’t even hit the website yet! Like this gorgeous metallic green velvety stretch pencil skirt…

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And this gorgeous dress in the same fabric but in a midnight sparkling blue…

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I also got to try on this Jungle love wrap front dress

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I usually take snaps alone in my bedroom using an iPhone and tripod, so having my beautiful friend Alanna as my photographer made for a very nice change, and I appreciated everyone’s patience on the day while I tried on heaps of different looks, chased the right lighting and backdrops to show off the beautiful fabrics and took about a thousand happy snaps. It was a little weird for me to have an audience but I kinda loved it by the end!

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Thanks for having me Harlow! And a little shout out to the gorgeous Chelsea who I also met while I was there – and was absolutely rocking her outfit x

By the way – this post was not sponsored or paid for – I decided to attend the open invitation to the Harlow Salon Saturday after reading about it on Instagram. I have a disclosure policy available in the iContact tab if you are interested in more information.

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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 🙂

A Peek Inside… My (Plus size) Wedding

It turns out, that despite all my wonderful outfit posts (well I think they are wonderful) the most popular photo on my blog is actually a little picture of my from my wedding!

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So, I’m giving the people what they want… A peek inside my wedding 🙂

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My husband and I met in 2006 in a beginners Snowboarding class in France. We lived together in London before moving back home to Australia. We got engaged in 2008, and we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding! We decided on Fiji, and gave all of our family and friends 2 years notice that on 20/10/2010 we would be married on he Coral Coast of Fiji.

We had 80 of our family and closest friends travel to Fiji for our wedding and it was seriously the best week of our lives!

The search for a plus size wedding dress was not a difficult one for me… A had a fabulous experience at all four dress shops that I went to – not once did I feel judged because I was plus size – each of the girls went out of their way to make sure I tried on any style that I wanted. I have to make special mention of the team at Dress Sense in Miranda NSW, those girls unpicked dresses to get them over my hips – the were all seamstresses and nothing was too much trouble. So, after allowing me to try on all the beachy flowy dresses I wanted, the seamstress asked me to try on one for her – apart from the bit of sparkly bling – it was nothing like the dress I thought I wanted. It was strapless, it was A-line, it had a sweetheart neckline, it was a corset – and it was perfect. Blew everything else I tried on out of the water. I got straps added to the dress for a bit of extra support, but I was in love!

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I had my sister, my sister-in-law and my best friend as my bridesmaids – and I found them great colourful maxi dresses from Sussans (of all places!), in fact these dresses were the very first wedding-related thing that was purchased and the entire colour scheme for the wedding was based on these dresses!

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Now, the groomsmen had quite a lot of fun… I had their shirts custom made to match the girls dresses.

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While the girls were getting ready, the boys relaxed and enjoyed the view (and a beer)
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I did my own hair and makeup on the day – this also helped me hold back the tears during the ceremony as I didn’t want to have to fix my makeup!

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The day was perfect, and we had the most fabulous time….

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I also did a Trash the Dress session the next day… I’ll post those photos soon.

Hope you enjoyed the peek inside my wedding!

A peek inside… My photo set up and processing

So I’m finally at a stage when I’m pretty happy with the setup I am using for my iPhone photos. As the name of the blog would suggest, I mainly use my iPhone 5 for blogging.

A already had a Gorilla pod from traveling – it was invaluable when backpacking alone to get yourself in photos 🙂 but I recently bought an attachment off eBay for under $5. It’s been great, and super useful when I take photos using my Camtastic App.

My Apps

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Camtastic allows you to do a whole heap of cool things – I only use two of the functions. A 10 second delay, and the 8 photo burst mode. This lets me set up the phone with the gorilla pod, press the button, and I have 10 seconds to get in the frame. It then takes 8 photos so you can get a couple of poses in… If I’m doing a haul post – I usually get photos I can work with in one go. For an outfit post, I will got three or four times to get a variety of poses.
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I edit my iPhone photos using the Tadaa App. It’s a photos sharing app like Instagram – but I never use it for sharing – only editing. You can save pics back to your camera role when you are done. I like the choice of filters, Kraftwerk is my favorite – I also like that you can scale down the effect of the filter – I generally only use my filters at 60%. 20130420-090456.jpg

You can independently adjust brightness, contrast and saturation which is handy. You can also crop via the app.
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The feature I love the most is their focus/blur tab. It not only allows you to choose a section of the photo to be in focus (a circle or bar) and choose the depth of the radius around the item, and choose the degree of blur – you are also able to isolate individual items and blur everything else in the picture. Its great to disguise bad backgrounds – or selfies shot in the bathroom. It takes a little bit more time – but the end result is worth it!
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I use PicFrame for adding multiple photos in an Instagram sized layout – they have heaps of layout options and its super easy to use. You can save to your phone album, or upload directly.

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I also occasionally use Instasize for photos that are the wrong shape for Instagram (I don’t want my head or feet cut off) and it resizes the photo so the whole pic fits in your upload. Uploads straight to Instagram.

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And every now and then, when I want to add a little bokeh, I used lenslight

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So that’s pretty much it…

I also have a Lust List of items from Photo Jojo including an iPhone lens kit, and a remote photo clicker for my iPhone… I’m currently saving up for them both 🙂

Do you have any essential iPhone apps for photo editing? Let me know!!