Floral Pants – Three ways (Part 3)… The round up!

For the last two days I have been styling these statement Floral Pants from Autograph. Getting a good cost per wear is important – and being able to style a strong print piece in completely different ways is the best way to get value from a statement piece.

After covering off Work and Casual – it’s time to have some fun and style it for a Night out!

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Today I’ve paired the pants with a black and mesh bodysuit from New Look. The bodysuit gives me a great smooth line, and always stays in place. Not wanting to take away from the neckline of the bodysuit, I decided on a statement belt and some big gold earrings to match…

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I added some sky high platform heels from Torrid – I’m not particularly short or tall (169cms) – but I do find that some killer heels with ankle length pants makes my legs look extra long. I usually avoid 7/8th or crop pants for fear of making me look short and stumpy – but with a good pair of heels – I think they actually have the opposite effect and make me look taller. You know that ‘rule’ about having a garment finish at the skinniest part of your leg – I think my ankles are the skinniest part of me leg – and the 7/8th length is quite flattering. This style managed to surprise me!

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Top: Mesh Bodysuit from New Look
Pants: Autograph Floral Pants
Belt: City Chic
Heels: Torrid
Earrings: A present from Secret Santa last year
Jacket: Sequin Bomber Jacket from Harlow

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In a stroke of serendipity – these pants are now ON SALE (All pants at Autograph are $40 for a limited time) so if you like them – be quick to snap up a pair!

So that’s it – getting value from a statement pair of pants by wearing them different ways… Which was your favorite look?

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Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with Autograph

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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

Peplum V Peplum

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On the Aussie Curves Facebook page – girls are always asking for advice on the best peplum – where different brands sit on the torso, how long is the peplum… Since I own a whole lot of peplum tops from different brands, I thought I would do a compare and share on Peplums…

The figures on my figure

So, to be helpful, I’m going to list my measurements at the time of the photos… Hopefully it will be useful information for you all! By the way, I’m 169cms tall.

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I decided to wear a dark patterned bra so you can also see the quality of the peplums as well. Obviously if I was wearing them out in public – I would wear a nude bra or singlet… But this post is all about being a helpful resource!

City Chic

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I’m wearing a size XS.

I feel like CC peplums are longer in the torso and the frill is much lower.

Autograph

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I’m wearing a size 14.

I find the waist a lot higher on the autograph peplum, and so the frill is more exaggerated and sits out from the body.

Dorothy Perkins

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I’m wearing a size 20. It’s slightly see through, but being white you would expect that. The peplum sits at a nice height on my natural waist, and I like the volume of the peplum. I’d prefer an extra cm of length on the frill – but it doesn’t really bother me…

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I’m what was a bit of lucky break for this review, I have accidentally ordered a Dorothy Perkins Petite size peplum top – so you can see the difference… I’m wearing a size 20 petite – as you can see, much shorter in the torso and the frill finishes much higher than I am comfortable with…

New Look

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This is from the New Look Inspire line, and it’s one if my favorite peplums. I’m wearing a size 18. The waist is nice and low, and there is the right volume in the peplum, so it doesn’t sit too far out from my body.

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This is a hi-low peplum from the straight size New Look range – I’m wearing size 18. As you can see the material is super thin, but I thought I would include it here for comparison sake.

Big W

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And lastly I’m wearing a size 16 from the Emerson line at Big W. material is quite thin, and hasn’t held up that well to wear, but I’ve always liked the shape and fit of this peplum.

Hope you found that all helpful!

Where is your favorite place to buy peplums?

Happy shopping!

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ASOS Haul – Hit and Miss

This is the first time I’ve tried the returns at ASOS – so I will be sure to report back, hopefully on its success!

So the ASOS sale snuck up and got me – and I bought some things on sale that I love, I bought some that were really different for me, and I’ve gotten some that are just NOT me… But I’m glad I have it a shot!

So, lets start with Hit 1… Yep, it’s another bodycon.

This dress was the reason for the whole order!

ASOS Spirograph Multi Foil Dress – Black / AU 18

Fit: surprisingly generous as its not from the curve line. I think I would prefer it a little tighter on the top to give a little more bust shape and definition under my bust.

This print is epic and I am in love with this dress!

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ASOS Pencil Skirt in Mirror Floral Print – Cream/pink / AU 18

Fit: I found the fit wrong on this. I’m really gutted that it just is too loose. Again from the straight sized line. Maybe I’m too used to newlook midi skirt for which is fitted the length of the skirt. I just feel that this skirt looks a bit blah and baggy when it should be va va voom!

I’m so in love with the print and a 16 is sold out… I’m tempted to keep it just to look at, but I will never wear it if the fit is not right… I could pay to get it altered I guess…

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ASOS Tulip Dress with Metal Belt – Navy / AU 18

An impulse buy… And I’m so happy with it!

Fit: Perfect fit. There is no stretch in this dress but it is a perfect fit.

I love the metal plate detail and the slightly mismatched navy on navy coloring. Total Hit!

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ASOS CURVE Exclusive Maxi Dress with Thigh Split. – Black / AU 18

On Bree Warren (the ASOS Curve Model) this casual long sleeve maxi looks phenomenal. I was unsure about whether I could pull off the look… Turns out no… No I can’t.

I’m somewhere between Morticia Adams and a nighty.

Fit: excellent – it was the perfect size.

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ASOS Cami in Aztec Foil Print – White / AU 18 and ASOS Super Sexy Skinny Jeans in Dark Indigo – Dark indigo / AU 18

My first plunge into ASOS denim and I can’t say I’m really impressed. Lets start with what I like… The colour and quality is excellent. Good leg length.

Fit: perfect for an apple with a bum… Just not me! There was too much room at the waist, sagging at my bum and the legs were so tight I had to do the ‘skinny leg shimmy’ to squeeze them up. And they sat a little low in the crotch too – but that’s maybe because I couldn’t get them up any higher… Actually, that may have helped the saggy bottom too… But I’ll never know as I couldn’t get them up any higher!

Fit: waist too big, legs too small.

The Aztec singlet I love and can’t wait until summer! It was a steal at that price too!

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So, that’s my review of my ASOS sale haul (straight and curve).

Did you pick up anything in the sale??

(Another) Dorothy Perkins Haul!

I don’t have an excuse… There was a sale, and I wanted dresses.

(See the other Dorothy Perkins hauls here and here)

So, long story short, here what I bought…

It was Fashion Week, I love a discount code, and I got 30% off my whole order, and free postage!

NAVY STUDDED BODYCON DRESS

Size: 18
Fits like: 16
Pros: The black sparkles on navy is uber cool. The pattern is amazing. Shoulder pads are genius, fabric is very good quality and the gems are fixed well.
Cons: Fit is small, its not just an 18 that fits like a 16, it would be a small 16.
Buy it here

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BLACK SPOT CROPPED JACKET

Size: 16
Fits like: 16-18
Pros: Cute pattern, great price
Cons: no lining, very thin material, more like a jersey cardigan than a jacket
Buy it here

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LUXE MIRROR PRINT PROM DRESS

Size: 16
Fits like: 16
Pros: Beautiful print, gorgeous cut, the cut out at the back is super cute
Cons: no stretch, material is not what I was expecting. Like a stiff matt cotton – still lovely though. Doesn’t fit me (yet)
Buy it here

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BLACK/WHITE STRIPE TUBE DRESS

Size: 16
Fits like: 18
Pros: Great dress! Exposed zip and pattern is great. 3/4 sleeve is great!
Cons: Not lined, thin-ish material
Buy it here

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SEQUIN LACE PROM DRESS

Size: 16
Fits like: 18
Pros: Now this dress is stunning! So sparkly, the lace is beautiful, the sequins are beautiful. The colour is gorgeous.
Cons: The ribbon around the waist is a little funny – kind stuff and awkward. Sequins are super scratchy and the neck line is quite high. Quite big in the waist.
Buy it here

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BLUSH STUD FRONT DRESS

Size: 16
Fits like: 16-18
Pros: By far, the favorite item in this haul. I do have an obsession with sunray pleats, but this dress is the bomb.
Cons: none. Lined, good length, good fit, well made
Buy it here

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EMBELLISHED COLLAR DRESS

Size: 16
Fits like: 16-18
Pros: It’s WAY more stunning than the pictures! Could not be more happy with this tunic.
Cons: I wouldn’t call it a dress, way too short for a dress. Much more like a tunic.
Buy it here

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SPOT PRINT DRESS

Size: 16
Fits like: 16-18
Pros: Wide sleeve holes (I was a bit worried), belt was a good length.
Cons: I was unsure about whether to get this dress, but I’m pretty happy with it, although its quite short.
Buy it here

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BLACK AND WHITE ABSTRACT TUBE DRESS

Size: 18
Fits like: 16-18
Pros: The print is pretty freaking awesome!
Cons: Fit is a little small… and now looking at the pictures, I’m wondering its its drawing too much attention to my ‘downstairs’ area?
Buy it here

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Dorothy Perkins Haul – Part 1

I know it seems like I have done a lot of online shopping lately. Thats probably because I have.

I stick to (an almost) zero budget – in that I have to sell clothes to buy clothes. Because of my weigthloss, I’m finding it easier than ever before to part with clothes – mainly because they dont fit anymore.

I was never much of a Dorothy Perkins fan when I lived in London. To be honest – I dont ever remember shopping in a store. But recently I have become obessed!

eek – maybe its because im older now. I see value in clothes that can be worn to work as well as on weekends. Plus, If im going to spend 60 hours a week in the office – I may as well LOVE what I’m wearing.

Dorothy Perkins is a bit more expensive than New Look, but probably on par with ASOS in terms of both quality and price. I have always found their garments to be well made, and I have been impressed with the quality of the fabric.

I do find that their jersey and ponte starts to pill after a while – but I tend to wear chuncky necklaces and are not helping the matter.

DP postage is pretty quick. I placed this order on the 29th March and it arrived on the 8th April. Postage is generally around 10pounds, but they have promotions very frequently for free international shipping. They also do great discount codes – and if there is nothing currently on offer (and you are a student) than you can get a 15% off discount code through Unidays.

So, for this order, I got free international shipping and 15% Unidays discount. The discounts apply to sale items too – which is a nice touch – expecially since I was buying a bit of sale stuff 🙂

Petite lace sweetheart dress

Now, I didnt read the first word for this dress – I just saw it and loved it. Serves me right – it’s PETITE and I am NOT. It fits – dont get me wrong – it fits beautifully – its just miles too short. My friends would call this a Gosford Skirt (as its only a short distance from the Entrance) – thats a little joke for the NSW folks out there.

Size: 18
Fits like: 18
Pros: Cute blush colour, nice fit, good quality lace
Cons: Length and if im being really picky, the arm hole size could have been bigger – but thats probably my fault for not reading the word Petite!
Price: £24.00
Find it here
I plan to style this dress with leggings for winter anyway, so it will not be that much of a drama.

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Ivory foil pussybow blouse

Size: 18
Fits like: 18-20
Pros: The gold foil print is STUNNING
Cons: It doesnt come with an undershirt/singlet – just the sheer layer. That was clear in the description, but for the price, would have been nice
Paid: £26.00
Find it here

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Eden black ultra soft jegging

If I could afford to get these in every colour available I would. Great amount of stretch, great fit.
Size: 16R
Fits like: 18
Pros: I LOVE these. I order a size smaller as they are superstretchy and I like my jeggings tight (plus they will last me longer). I wore my size 20 Cement coloured ones from sizes 22 – 18. I only recently got rid of them as they were a bit baggy in the bum – still great in the legs.
Cons: Nil
Paid: £23.00
Find it here

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Here they are together

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Coral bonded lace panelled top

I wasnt sure on this one – but ABSOLUTELY love it.
Size: 20
Fits like: 18-20
Pros: I took a gamble on the sizing for this one as they didnt have an 18. It’s perfect. Love the little cap sleeves. Love the colour. Love the Zip detail on the back for something a little funky (it has a black and gold exposed zip down almost the length of the back of the top). Love the length – it comes down to just the right point for me! Love that its bonded lace so it doesn’t get caught on necklaces and earring, but still has a beautiful texture.
Cons: Nil
Paid: ON SALE £15.00
Find it here
I wore it out to dinner on Saturday with my New Look Silver Collar necklace…

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Embroidered yoke Western shirt

Size: 16
Fits like: 16
Pros: Im dissapointed in this one
Cons: I was surprised by the materials – it was like a cheescloth – It was a little disappointing – there was nothing on the website to give me an indication that it would be that fabric. The whole top just looks a little more hokey than I was expecting. In a different material, with embrodery thread – this may have looked great. Did not live up to expectation.
Paid: ON SALE £17.00
Find it here

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Black and stone graphic dress

At least I’m finishing up Part 1 on a high – I LOVE this dress!!
Size: 18
Fits like: 18
Pros: Fully lined, very well finished. nice cut and pattern
Cons: Top half is a perfect 18, bottom half is tighter, not unwearable – but im not sure this is supposed to be bodycon and that is how it is fitting. Still looks good as far as I’m concerned – just not sure I would be able to sit in it all day at work.
Paid: £25.00
Find it here

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New Look Haul – Part 1

So, when Danimezza and the Aussie Curves girls request a haul post, you listen 🙂

 

So, here are my latest purchases from New Look…

 

I am in the process of slimming down, so some items were brought deliberately a size too small… These will be obvious from the pictures 🙂

 

I want to very clear that I have done NO styling what-so-ever for these shots. I grabbed the first singlet, tights and heels I saw in my closet to take these pics. In addition to the ceiling light in my room, I also have a double headed lamp lighting me up so some things are showing up a little more see-through than they look in person – maybe some celebs should use this set up to check their red carpet looks to avoid wardrobe malfunctions 🙂

 

Ok, so these purchases are from New Look. Postage to Australia was free as I spent over £40. You get what you pay for with New Look – they are relatively cheap clothes – designed to wear for one season. Typically the clothes are well made, but not lined etc.

 

Their straight sized line goes up to an 18, and their plus size line – Inspire starts at 18 – so I get to buy from both clothing lines. When I lived in the UK, New Look was one of my favorite stores – you wouldn’t have to spend very much money to get something bang on trend, and it wouldn’t fall apart after two wears….

 

New Look’s mobile website is incredibly frustrating – it doesn’t display properly on my iPhone and is difficult to navigate from the home page as the main directory doesn’t show up – it displays perfectly on my iPad, and I went through the whole purchasing process on the iPad with no issues. They accept credit card and Paypal.

 

International shipping costs £9 standard flat rate, and is usually free if you purchase over a certain amount. Postage is not the fastest – but I did have Easter in the middle of my order – this order was placed on the 27th March, and arrived on the 9th April.

 

I find that things go on sale at New Look, then get restocked and go back to normal price – so it can depend on when you are buying for the price you will pay. On the plus side – I find that they restock popular items quickly – sometimes I will get an email about new stock and I will immediately go on the website and my size is sold out… but if I wait a couple days, my size will come back. Anyway – thats just my experience.

 

So, here are my purchases 🙂 This post is called Part 1… as I got a really good discount code after this and bought a whole lot more. It’s still in the post. Although I have done Pros and Cons, I do want to say that I’m really really happy with my purchases and I’m being very picky/critical with my cons… But I thought they may help some of you if you are considering purchasing from NL…

 

White Heart and Arrow Print Dip Hem Vest

Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 18
Pros: The print is actually like a velvety raised print, great for festivals
Cons: bit see through, slightly shorter at the front than I was expecting
Paid: £12.99
Find it here

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Inspire White Dweeb Print T-Shirt

Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 18
Pros: super cute
Cons: a little thin
Paid: £7.99
Find it here

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Blue Denim Stud Yoke Shirt Dress

Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 18
Pros: total rocking it for this season, the yoke detail is unlike other similar dresses I’ve seen
Cons: a little tight in the bust
Paid: £22.99
Find it here

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Black Mesh Insert High Neck Body

I deliberately didn’t join Aussie Curves until after swimsuit week – so for my own comfort I have put leggings under the bodysuit. This is not how I would wear it 🙂
Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 20
Pros: Very stretchy, hot look
Cons: under the bright lights its a little see-through but not noticeable under normal lighting conditions
Price: £13
Find it here

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Pink Aztec Print Bodycon Dress

This dress photographed way better than it looked in person – it’s WAY TOO tight. I put the spanx on to see how it would look
Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 16
Pros: love the pattern, and when it fits right – the length will be great
Cons: Colour is different from the website. Not sure about it with my pale skin. It’s obviously very tight.
Paid: ON SALE £9.00
Find it here

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Urban Bliss Pink Graphic Wet Look Bodycon Dress

WARNING: this dress only came in a 16 – I bought it anyway coz I loved it. As I’m squeezing into it, it’s appearing shorter than it should be. Oh- and so very classy – you can see my spanx from behind. Noice!

The black details on this dress are Wetlook pleather type material which don’t really stretch so are forcing the back of the dress to stretch over my body…

Size ordered: 16
Feels like: 16
Pros: Freaking Hot dress. Pattern works well to disguise lumps and bumps
Cons: so it’s a size too small, I will need a spray tan to wear this dress, and its length should be a little less offensive when I am the correct size. The whole back should be a little less offensive when I’m to correct size to wear it!
Paid: £24.99
Find it here

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32in Lilac Acid Wash Skinny Jeans

Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 18
Pros: feels like a mix between velvet and satin. So luxurious. Nice stretch. I like my skinny jeans tight so they are perfect, without causing a muffin top. Mineral wash print is very cool, colour is more subtle in person
Cons: ? No sure there are any. I want the other colours now!
Paid: £22.99
Find it here

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Inspire Grey Speckled Pencil Skirt

Size ordered: 18
Feels like: 18
Pros: love the zippers, great shape to wear high
Cons: waist is a little snug (I’m guessing its because your supposed to wear it high)
Paid: ON SALE £9.00
Find it here

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Shell Pink Jacquard Print Tea Dress

Size ordered: 16
Feels like: 16/18
Pros: love the details, love that I can get into it now so don’t have to wait, love the bow belt and LOVE the little birdie print
Cons: arm holes are a little tight, and its a little short for my liking – but I will probably style with tights for winter so no dramas there. I noticed it when I was living in the UK and am always mindful when I order from over there- UK girls love getting their pins out!!
Paid: ON SALE £9.00
Find it here

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So thats all for now – I had part 1 of a Dorothy Perkins delivery arrive yesterday too, so I may do up a haul post for that too…

Is there anything else you need to know or want me to include in a haul post?
Whats your fav item?

I would like to put a little disclaimer here that this post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by New Look – these are just my personal online shopping experiences.