Thursday, April 23, 2015

What I Wore to MBFWA 2015

I've had a lot of people asking about the pieces I wore to Fashion Week last week, so I thought I'd put together a quick post with all the details of each outfit.

Day 1
Jacket: City Chic (Size S)
Shoes: Big W
Bag: Kate Hill

Day 2
Top: City Chic (Size M)
Skirt: Asos Curve (Size 20)
Shoes: Big W
Sunglasses: Equip
Handbag: Chanel

Day 3
Shoes: Big W
Sunglasses: Equip
Necklace: Diva
Handbag: Vintage Glomesh

Day 4
Skirt: Boohoo Plus (Size 20)
Cardigan: City Chic (Size M)
Sunglasses: Equip
Earrings: Lovisa
Handbag: Chanel


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MBFWA 2015 Trends

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is always a wild week, and the Spring/Summer 2015 shows were no exception. The styles were varied and vibrant, as were the industry attendees. It was a crazy week and I was positively exhausted at the end of it all, but it was worth it to bring my gorgeous readers up to speed with the upcoming fashion trends. These are a few of the key trends spotted on the Aussie runway this year.

Metallic
The metallics came in every shade: gold, copper, bronze, silver, pewter, brass & rose gold. There's a metallic tone to suit every taste.

Aje.

Alice McCall

CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston

Galanni

Ginger & Smart

Johanna Johnson

Ixiah

Steven Khalil

Flared and Palazzo Pants
It seems that the road for the cigarette pant and the harem pant ends here folks. Personally, I'm thrilled for the revival of the flare!

Ginger & Smart

Ixiah

Manning Cartell

Phoenix Keating


Serpent & the Swan

Stevie May

Strateas.Carlucci

Burnt Orange
It was definitely a buzz-colour this year. Burnt orange has a retro undertone that I'm absolutely loving.

Ashkar Line

Bec & Bridge

CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston

Jennifer Kate

Feminine Details
Full Skirts, lace, embroidery, ruffles and other feminine touches were a popular choice for designers this year. It's set to be a girly season!

Alice McCall

CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston

Galanni

Jayson Brunsdon

Johanna Johnson

Kate Sylvester

Michael Lo Sordo

Steven Khalil

Stay tuned for my next blog with my favourite looks from the MBFWA runway!





















Sunday, April 19, 2015

Autumn/Winter 2015 Lust List


Quite a few collections dropped this week for Autumn/Winter 2015, so I thought I'd put together a quick Lust List of the pieces I love most.

$159.00

Leather and oxblood... Pretty much a match made in heaven! Harlow do the most fabulous hi-lo tops, but the sleeve detail on this one has me positively drooling!

$139.99

Everything about this maxi dress defies my personal style, but the more I look at it, the more I need it. The pattern immediately caught my attention backstage at the Curvy Couture Runway, and I love the body skimming shape. 

$195.00

Confession time... I already have one of these on order and can't wait for it to arrive! I love a good shirt dress, and this one has so much attitude. Hopefully it will be arriving soon so I can get to wearing it.

$69.95
A year ago, I owned no t-shirts... it was 17 Sundays who changed that! This one pretty much speaks for itself. I mean, me and Paris? ME and New York? Match made in heaven!


$119.00

There is a perfect word to describe this mohair knit kimono: cosy! I want to wrap myself in it's creamy softness and hibernate through winter.

$150.00 (USD)

Ok, so I know Jibri isn't an Aussie brand, but I've been following their rise in the plus fashion industry and am a little obsessed. I want this spectacular creation to team with my midi skirts. The sleeves... the velvet... the crop... the sash... I'm overwhelmed with wardrobe lust!




Friday, April 10, 2015

From Walk-in to Built-in Wardrobes


A woman’s wardrobe is a sacred ‘room’, with many ladies unwilling to compromise their hanging space for any cause. Unfortunately for some, storage room is limited and all hope of a dream wardrobe becomes lost.
Fear not! There are ways to have an amazing, functional wardrobe without clutter. Your wardrobe should be just like your favourite shop. It should invite you in, excite you, inspire you, and make you want to try on everything. Even the smallest cupboard can be turned into a fashion sanctuary. This is how to go from a spacious walk-in to a tiny built-in without removing any pieces from your collection
1. Assess
Sort through the contents of your wardrobe and create a numbered record of every item. Group clothing into hanging and folded categories to make purchasing equipment easier.
What facilities does your wardrobe include? Many modern built-ins feature drawers and shelving as well as hanging space, which can come in quite handy if you know how to use it.
2. Plan
Create a plan for your wardrobe, being sure to include any accessories you keep in the space (shoes, jewellery, handbags, etc). It helps to have a specific order to your clothing, such as colour grouping. I would recommend grouping garments by function: tops, jackets, dresses, pants, skirts, etc. The same works for shoes. It makes it much easier to choose your outfits, plus it will be quicker to replace items after wear.


3. Equipment
Take a trip to Howards Storage World at Home Hub Castle Hill for inspiration.
Once you know exactly what you have to work with, you may need to purchase a few supplies for your new-look wardrobe. I would recommend:

-Space saving coat hangers
Invest in some good quality coat hangers. Wire hangers are the enemy because they can damage the shape of the shoulders of your clothes, they look cheap, and they sag and rust. Choose plastic or fabric coated, unpadded, slim-line coat hangers measuring no more than 10mm thickness. Make sure pant hangers have padded clips so that they don't damage or dent your clothes. I love Pinklily's Hangtastics!


-Accessory, Jewellery & makeup storage

 Think outside the box: websites like Pinterest are great for DIY ideas which won’t break the bank. I like to use clear plastic  in-tray drawers for storing necklaces, bracelets & cosmetics.I picked up my clear drawers from Officeworks, and my earring case from Pinklily.


-Extra Drawers
If you don’t already have drawers built into your wardrobe, it would be a good idea to buy a set. A narrow tallboy adds extra hidden storage for items which cannot be hung and will provide a horizontal surface for other items.

-Shelving
I tried the clear shoe boxes and hated them! They were so hard to access and just ended up creating more mess. I decided to install a bookshelf in my room to display my shoes, makeup and jewellery.


4. Implement
This is a great time to call on a friend to help you pull apart the contents of your wardrobe and implement your new plan. Start with clothing and leave accessories to last.


5. Decorate
It doesn't matter how big your wardrobe is, but you need to make it look like a place you would love to spend time. Use your imagination; photos of friends or pictures from magazines can be framed or stuck to the inside of the door. Cover your shelves in pretty fabrics. It is also very important to keep it smelling fresh, so invest in some pretty scented sachets or spray a spritz or two of your favourite perfume (not directly onto your clothes as the alcohol content may discolour). 
By following these guidelines, not only will you have a neat & usable wardrobe space, but I guarantee you will re-discover old favourites and be inspired to wear them once again.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Antik Love by Nyata


Late last month, Jo iCurvy hosted an amazing clothes swap party with a group of plus size fashionistas (which you can read about here). I managed to offload a suitcase of my unwanted clothing, while picking up plenty of new goodies... for free!!!

This was definitely the standout piece that I took home thanks to one of the lovely ladies, Stephanie; the Antik Love dress by Nyata.


I'd been wanting to try a piece from Nyata's collection for a while, so you can imagine how excited I was to see this gorgeous piece on offer... and then again when it fitted! I'm not 100% sure of the size because the tag has fallen off, but based on the size guide, Stephanie thinks it's a size Gorgeous/20.


The fabric is soft and silky, but not so much that it would tear to shreds with one pull. The cut is relatively shapeless, so for me, a belt is a must.


Did someone say 'sequins'? Everyone knows I love a bit of sparkle, so the sequinned trim on the hem is a perfect detail for me.



xoxo

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Anorak

It's taken a month of anticipation and patience, but my must-have piece for AW2015 finally arrived this morning... the Hope & Harvest Anorak!!!


I told Harvest that I would re-create the runway look, so here is my transeasonal adaptation of the outfit modelled on the Curvy Couture runway.


I'm usually the first person to hate on military style clothing, but there's something about this anorak that I adore! The adjustable toggles men I can cinch in my waist, plus the draped lapels give it a more feminine touch than most anoraks. Even the small details like delicate knife pleats on the drawstring casing, and the gathered stitching on the arms give this a real egde.



I usually wear a size L in Hope & Harvest's clothing, but sized down in this jacket for two reasons. Firstly, the sleeves on the large were way too roomy and swamped my frame. Secondly, because the anorak has no zip, hook or button closures at the front, I didn't need to worry about it doing up. I'm pretty happy with the fit, and I'm glad I sized down. It's super comfy and surprisingly lightweight.


Now available from Hope & Harvest!

xoxo