Getting VALUE from a statement piece: Floral Pants (three ways)

There are some freaking fabulous spring prints hitting the shops right now. Bold, colourful, vivid statement pieces – the perfect introduction to spring time!

So, I began by asking all of you – what stops you from purchasing a bold print? All the answers were along the same 2 themes – what “plus size girls should/shouldn’t wear” and “getting value from such a memorable print”.

On the first issue, I could write an essay on the topic, but I have recently read two blog posts which sum up my own feelings perfectly. The first is an empowerment post by the beautiful Killer Kurves – talking about the ‘rules’ plus size women put on themselves – I love the sentiment of her post, which is… If you like it, wear it – dress for you! The other post was by The Curvy Fashionista, asking readers/followers to consider the impact of their words and compelling the plus size community for acceptance and diversity.

These fabulous bloggers have been able to sum up my thoughts on the first matter far more eloquently that I am able to… so I will stick to the second concern – getting value from a statement piece (and since that’s the title of this post, it should have been kinda obvious where I was going)…

I’m all for repeating outfits in different groups and different settings. I break my purchases down into an acceptable cost-per-wear dollar figure before committing to buy. A bold statement print, especially something that’s fabulously memorable, can be more difficult to get a good cost-per-wear out of… So here are some ideas for getting the most value out of a Statement Piece.

For the next three days, I will be showing you different ways of styling these awesome print Floral Pants from Autograph Fashion. Today, I’ll style then up for work, and over the next couple days, I’ll show you some more ways to wear them.

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For me, being able to wear something for work means I’m able to justify the purchase even further as I’m always at work. I work in a fairly corporate HR environment but I like having some fun in my wardrobe. These pants are perfect for a Friday when I have meetings. I’m rarely in jeans in a casual Friday – it’s just not right for my position – but I love to find ways that I can still join in on the casual Friday vibe while still looking corporate.

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This slouchy blazer fits really well with the chilled-out but corporate vibe and was an absolute steal from Best and Less. I do a fair amount of walking at work – with 80 Buildings on 70 hectares and back-to-back meetings, sometimes it feels like a cross country dash, so flats are a must – I love these flats from Target – the metallic toe cap is like a piece of shoe-jewellery!

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I’ve kept these pictures very genuine (I literally have taken them on my way to work) – I have to wear a security pass and lanyard at work – so I haven’t put on a pendant – although looking at the pictures – I think the outfit could have really popped with a shiny long pendant… Something like this would have been perfect!

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Pants: Autograph Floral Pants
Singlet: Autograph Basic Tank
Blazer: Best & Less
Shoes: Target

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Come back tomorrow and I’m going to style these pants with a more casual look!

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Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with Autograph

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Aussie Curves {Feminine}

Aussie Curves

It’s feminine week in the Aussie Curves Challenge, and I started out this week the same way that I start most mornings… staring blankly into my wardrobe hoping that inspiration will jump out at me. This week it did – it almost knocked me completely off my feet as I was digging around right in the back. You see, I have a collection of tshirts carefully packed away into a storage box way tucked in the back of my closet. I picked them up from all over – backpacking, concerts, tours, pub crawls, music festivals… While the smells (thank god) are long gone, just looking at them I am transported back and can hear the sounds and laughter, and remember an incredibly fun and carefree part of my life.

But I never wear them. They are boxy. Man-ish. Masculine. And then, I saw this post by Liv at Wait Until the Sunset. She solved the great puzzle of how to make a band tshirt feminine – a girly floral skirt! Genius!

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So the other day, this cute floral skater skirt was on sale at New Look, and it made its way into my cart, across the world, and into my wardrobe!

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As I began digging through my box of treasured memories, I got so excited about the thought of wearing them again. So many memories, so many wonderful places – I couldn’t possibly pick between them. I pulled out my Splendour In The Grass festival tee, and one I picked up my first time at Oktoberfest in Munich (I’ve been three times). Both of these tees mean so much to me – its lovely to have them out and about instead of locked up in the back of the closet. So instead of picking one over the other, I have done the look with both – and you can see how versatile this look is as I think it looks great with either shirt!

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So short and sweet today – thanks Liv, I’m a total convert to the floral skirt/band tshirt look!

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Make sure you check out all the fabulous Aussie Curves ladies and look out for the #aussiecurves on Instagram.
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Style Me Friday {Leopard Print}

It’s time for this week’s Style me Friday Challenge, and I was all excited to push my boundaries and get me some leopard print.

I know Eboni rocks the hell out of her Leopard print, but I’ve always had a phobia about wearing it, stemming from the American Pie movies… I’ve posted about that irrational fear before

I headed to the shops with every intention of conquering my fear… But I just couldn’t find anything that really grabbed me… Until I saw this blazer. I’m so jealous of Eboni’s white blazer – it’s so versatile and looks so smart. This Suzanne Grae Blazer seemed to be the best of both worlds – stylish blazer, with a little animalistic edge.

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To keep the look up to date with this season, I’ve gone for monochrome, with gaudy four tone metal chain for some serious cool factor.

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I love the rock look of this outfit by Style Pantry. I always associate Blazers with a Work look, so I loved the easy breezy weekend rock vibe of this photo.

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Doing something I NEVER really do – I’m wearing leggings as pants today.

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Jacket: Ombre Collarless Blazer – Suzanne Grae
Leggings: Wet and Wild Scuba Legging from Harlow
Top: Black Singlet from Kmart
Necklace: New Look
Heels: Torrid
Sunglasses: ASOS

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Changeroom Confessions: Sussan and Autograph

Hmm, so I haven’t had a great week this week. On my way home the other night, I was involved in a bit of a car accident. It was not my fault, at all, I was rear ended by a distracted driver, but it means that my week has been full of doctors appointments, insurance claims, resting and pain.

On a personal note; I couldn’t be a bigger supporter of the current Get your hand off it! campaign. If the driver behind me had been paying attention to the road instead of his phone, I would not be in so much pain and my car would not be a mangled mess. Seriously NOTHING is so important that it cannot wait, and if it is that important PULL the darn car over! I was lucky, I have whiplash and a smushed car – but my bruises will fade and muscles will repair – too many people on our roads are not so lucky. Put down the phone while driving. PLEASE.

On to a nicer subject… My favourite subject… Shopping! Feeling sorry for myself, I decided to give myself a pick-me-up by headed to the shops to check out some of the great new spring stock hitting the shelves at the moment.

Autograph Fashions

The Monochrome trend continues for spring, and I’m loving this top available at Autograph right now…
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I’m wearing a size 14. I love the mixed prints and the black panel. Comes with a plain black cami. Love it…

Then there was this Ombré knit jumper! The colour was stunning! The vivid pink is great for spring. I have a similar pale pink ombré jumper from Forever 21 last season, so I just couldn’t justify it. If the powers-that-be at Autograph happen to read this – please please please bring it out in another colour! 20130808-215242.jpgI’m wearing a size Small.

Sussan

So one of the Aussie Curves girls (hey Jodie!) posted the new Sussans Look Book Video to the group wall and it was so beautiful that I had to go instore and check it out.

Wow did it not disappoint! Their colour pallet for spring is drop dead gorgeous, and the prints are beautiful. Fabrics and silky and crepey with great cuts. The sizing was a little inconsistent – which means I’d recommend you go instore rather than online to get the fit your looking for…

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The Hot pink top is a size 12 (yep you read that right) and perfectly offset these great soft print silky pants. I loved this outfit so much it had to come home with me. I’m wearing a size 16 in the pants. The 18s just had a little too much thigh/ass room so sat a little baggier… The back of the waist band is elasticated, with I usually dislike, but the front has a fly and button closure with a cute bow tie – more than acceptable and means I can wear tops tucked in… A long necklace is required to break up the top, but it’s such a great pairing that I had to have it! I can easily see the pants working with ballet flat around the office, or with some heels out to dinner. Printed pants are a massive trend at the moment, and I’m so glad I found the right ones for me!

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The sizing on this dress is whack, which is devastating because it is freaking beautiful! Also the cute coral belt doesn’t come with it – I pulled that off the sales rack as I straight shift dress does nothing for me. This print it to die for! Maybe it’s just my body shape, or the way I choose to style it, but I couldn’t get the fit I wanted. The 18 was way way too big in the top, I had folds and folds of material where the belt sat at my waist and it ruined the pattern (again, the belt was my addition, so it’s probably an issue of my own making!), it was so big that I decided to try the 14. The size 14 was good on my boobs, but hideously small on my thighs. The size 16 was a little baggier than I wanted in the top, and a little smaller than I wanted on the bottom (that’s the 16 in the picture- you can’t really tell but it’s grabbing my saddle bags). I was like a devastated Golilocks who never found the one that fit perfect. Such a shame because the print is so lovely. If If I found the 16 on sale, I would consider getting it and wearing some thigh spanx… Although that does defeat the purpose of such a breezy summery dress…

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I think I preferred the pattern on these printed pants over the others, but these were crepey rather than silky, and didn’t have the fly/tie waist combo so they didn’t look as good. Kinda puffed out from the waistband. I put the singlet over the top of the waistband and was happier with the look, but still not as good as the other pants. Still loved the print – and of I didn’t find the other silky printed pants – these ones would probably we in my wardrobe right now!

So that’s it for the car crash edition of Changeroom Confessions…

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Aussie Curves {Celebrate}

Aussie Curves

Today marks the start of the 2013/2014 Challenge List, and we are kicking things off with the theme of Celebrate.

I joined the AC Challenge half way through its first year, and I cannot wait to start the new year and be pushed by all new challenges. In the last 6 months, the challenges have gotten me completely out of my comfort style… And loving it. My personal style has changed quite a lot as a result. If you are an Australian or New Zealander, size 14+ and love fashion – I can’t encourage you enough to join the Aussie Curves group on Facebook and be part of the fun in your own way. It’s not only for bloggers – you can play along on Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter, or you an just be part of the community – you don’t have to post outfit pictures to be part of the fun. The yearly Aussie Curves Challenge List is also published on the Facebook page, and it’s the best way to hear about sales and get online shopping advice ever!

It’s going to be an exciting year!

So, to Celebration Week – and being in Sydney, I was lucky enough to attend the 1st Anniversary Party for Aussie Curves. So much anticipation. And talk about outfit pressure – what to wear to a fashion celebration to be attended by a bunch of fabulous fashionistas?? I decided to Celebrate the dawning of a new year of Aussie Curves, by packing my outfit full of as many themes as possible… what a smart arse

So, I’m wearing a cutesy Feminine dress from New Look, which is a beautiful pastel Pink! It has the cutest little Birdie print (hello Feathers) and a Leather bow Belt! Are you keeping score? There’s more… I’m wearing an Oversize leopard print watch (ahem Animalistic) and rose gold Spike earrings. I finished the look with black wedge Heels. My Harlow Sequin bomber jacket was the perfect black Metallic addition to the outfit. Oh, and then there was my Home Made cake, which was covered in… You guessed it… Ruffles! phew!! And of course, I have my Timesavers– eyelash extensions and a spray tan!

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That’s 14 themes in one outfit! Way to Celebrate Aussie Curves!

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Jacket: Harlow
Watch: Crossroads
Earings: New Look
Wedges: Target

Thanks to the Fabulous Danimezza, founder of the Aussie Curves Challenge, and superwoman. A great night was had by all – and I can’t wait until our next catch up. I took nowhere near as many photos as I wanted to, but have no regrets as I had a great time chatting with everyone that attended.

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Umm, yes… My cocktail is on fire!

Dani (Danimezza) also made a beautiful video of the night, check out her Celebration post to see the whole video!

I’m so excited for the year ahead!

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ASOS Returns… My Experience

So here’s something you should know about me – I live in chaos. Not because I can’t live without mess, I actually like a bit of mess around. This is important background information as it helps to explain why I’m so damn impressed with my returns experience with ASOS.

I have never returned an online shopping purchase before (by mail). I’ve either gone in-store, given it away, or sold it. But given that ASOS has a Sydney based mail returns address, and there were quite a few things to return, I thought I would give it a whirl.

So the Returns Policy is 28days from the date you received the delivery. Here is where my chaos got in the way. I had repackaged up my returns and popped them in the corner of the bedroom, ready for a day when I could pop down to the post office. Then life happened. 30 odd days of chaos later, I found the returns pile neatly buried under a manic “I-have-no-idea-what-to-wear-today” pile of clothes. Eeek!

I thought, what the hell – it’s worth a shot, so I skipped down to the post office, and $8.50 later my package was on its way. Hot Tip– turn your ASOS delivery bag inside out, bang on the label and seal it up! Free postage bag!

The instructions said that it could take up to 10days to process, but less than 24 hours later, I had an email confirming my return, and another day later – the refund is back in my account – talk about customer service!

I couldn’t be more impressed!

Thanks ASOS for a pleasant returns experience. Wanna see what I bought? The haul post is here

This is weird. A post without a picture. Ok, here’s a picture of me from a couple weeks ago when I went to the ice hockey. Why yes, it is random and completely unrelated. It’s not even ASOS. But I did warn you that I like a little bit of chaos *cue evil laugh*

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Dress: Best & Less
Scarf: Kmart
Stockings: Target
Boots: Torrid
Beanie: Etsy
Necklace: eQuip