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

Floral Pants: Three ways (Part 2)

Remember these pants?
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You should, I was only talking about them yesterday! Aren’t they fab?
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So yesterday I styled up these great Autograph Fashion Floral pants for work – and today I’m having some fun and going bright – really bright!

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This neon top was in Sussans – and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love! I actually find wearing it with a print tones it down a bit – with plain black pants it can be pretty blinding. With so many fabulous hues in the print of these pants – it’s easy to find a bright coloured top to match in.

I’ve kept the accessories simple and black – there’s more than enough going on without introducing another element.

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Pants: Autograph Fashion Floral Pants. I’m wearing size 14.
Top: Sussans Neon Pink Top. I’m wearing size 12.
Wedges: Kmart
Necklace: hmmm… It’s really old, I’m sorry I don’t remember…

The same look can be achieved by choosing any one of the fabulous colours in the print! On the Autograph website – I also found this Turquiose Lattice Back Shirt, or if your quick, you could snap this Autograph Fuchsia Peplum on SALE which would also look great paired with these pants!
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Aaaaaand tomorrow I’ll be styling these beauties for a night out!

HOT BREAKING NEWS!!! These pants are now on sale for just $40! All Autograph pants are on sale for a limited time only so make sure you head over there now to check out the sale!

Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with Autograph

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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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 รผber 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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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??

City Chic Factory Outlet

My netball game got rained out yesterday, and since I was half way to Campbelltown, I decided to drive out to the City Chic Factory Outlet at Brands On Sale to see what they have on offer.

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I usually don’t bother to go the the outlet during the sales, but thought I would give it a go and report back in case anyone else was considering coming visiting the outlet.

I was really surprised with the stock levels! There were a lot of the sale items available in the other stores – but many many more sizes available. There was also lots of stock from the last sale too (I recognized quite a few pieces).

There were peplum tops and skater dresses galore!

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I ended up getting the white bridal corset for $15, the white stop with mesh trim and studs for $15, and the mirror floral shirt for $20 (so stoked, picture below).

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I ended up passing on this dress – a decision I’m sure will haunt me as I really do love it – I just felt like the sizing was a bit off. It looks OK in the picture but I was wearing an XS and it felt miles too big.

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So, I’m a happy girl, and happy to say that the factory outlet was worth the drive! The staff were incredible helpful, and the whispers I have been hearing about a City Chic loyalty program was confirmed – they also confirmed at all your membership purchases to date will be taken into consideration – so long time big spenders (like myself) will be rewarded for our years of loyal shopping! YAY!

Considering it was a factory outlet store, the clothes were well organized and not chaotic. They need to fix the terrible lighting in the changerooms though – but I guess not many people are in the changeroom trying to blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy shopping!

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Brands On Sale
32 Queen Street, Campbelltown
9am – 5pm
7 days

Harlow Scuba Skirt

So I’m not sure if it technically constitutes a ‘Haul’ post of you only bought one item – but I am so excited with my first purchase from Australian label Harlow that I need to tell you guys all about it!

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At the Aussie Curves Sydney Meet, Danimezza was wearing her new Harlow wet-look scuba leggings – and I knew I had to get some – they were so much thicker than my cheap New Look wet look leggings – the sheen was to-die-for! And although it was slightly awkward for Danimezza – we all couldn’t resist feeling the material over and over.

I have a cheapie Kmart leather look skater skirt, but I knew I wanted to add a pencil skirt to my collection, and when I got alerted to a Mothers Day Sale over at Harlow – my credit card details were being entered into the payment screen without a second thought!

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Postage was free as part of the sale, and super fast! I ordered on Tuesday night and it was delivered on Friday. Wrapped in tissue paper with a hand written postcard from the Harlow team – it was a nice touch.

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Tops: layered plain black long sleeve top and oxblood chiffon top with cross details – both Kmart
Skirt: Harlow
Heels: New Look
Legs: incredibly pale – sorry!!

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There are a million pros – I love the material – it’s out of this world, the fit is great, cut beautifully and so comfortable. If I was being really picky with cons – it makes a swishy noise when I walk – and I would have preferred a waistband rather than an elasticated waist – just means I would never wear it with a top tucked in.

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