Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Iceni Coat by Bombshell Vintage

The Iceni Coat from Bombshell Vintage was a purchase of pure lust. I saw it on the runway at the Curvy Couture Roadshow and wanted it in my wardrobe ASAP! I've always wanted a houndstooth coat, and this one ticked all the boxes.

I was a bit devastated back in June when designer, Kate, told me that they were sold out. She had the sample in her studio, but alas, it was too small. I had to accept that it wasn't meant to be. Until a message popped up on Facebook saying that she'd found enough houndstooth fabric to make one last Iceni Coat... of course I fell all over myself to get that coat!

I have styled the coat in a slightly different way than it was intended, and turned it into a wrap dress (sorry Kate!) I found this styling to really draw in my waist an lengthen my torso, while wearing it as a coat over-emphasised my hips. But it is absolute dynamite as a dress!!! It also has a great 1960's vibe that I'm going to utilise for an editorial photo shoot I have coming up. 

Nearly forgot to mention... pockets!!! Seriously, there is nothing better than a coat (or dress) with a good pair of pockets right? This one has them! Yay!

Bombshell Vintage had this piece made for me in a size 20 to allow extra room to move (it is a coat after all!) I found the fit across the back and bust to be a little smaller than I'd like from a coat, but there is heaps of room in the waist and hips. It's perfectly comfortable.

My Measurements: Hip - 129cm/51", Waist - 98cm/38", Bust - 119cm/47", Height - 167cm/5'4"

Corresponding size on Bombshell Vintage's size chart: 18-20

Actual size in the Iceni Coat: 20

Click here to see Bombshell Vintage's Spring/Summer 2014, Fairy Floss Fallout


Monday, September 15, 2014

Aussie Curves - Favourite Piece

For some reason, when I first read the list of Aussie Curves challenges, I thought that this week's one was 'Favourite Place'... seemed an odd theme for an outfit challenge right? Yep. That's because it was really 'Favourite Piece'. Good thing I realised before Shooting this week's outfit. I thought I'd pay homage to my little dyslexic moment by including a little space in my backyard that I love to sit in with a cup of tea when I have a chance.

So my favourite piece? It's only a newbie, but I absolutely adore it! This longline jacket from City Chic made it into my wardrobe a few weeks ago. I saw it online and thought it was nice, but never thought I'd love it as much as I do, until I tried it on. Every time I wear this particular shade of blue, I get compliments... it makes my complexion 'pop'. There's also something about the longline cut that elongates and narrows my bust, waist and hips... Plus it has pockets!!! If City Chic bring this jacket out in other colours... my bank account will be in big trouble. *cough pink cough*

This corner of the yard is definitely one of the best spots in my home. The table and chairs are about 14 years old, and were really worn down by the weather. A few coats of brightly coloured spray paint and they were given a new lease on life! It really gives our rather unexciting backyard a bit of a fun element.

The sunnies need a mention... $5 from Equip! I've always been one to go for the big 'bug-eye' sunnies because they suited my face shape. I never even considered these round retro-style lenses as a look I could pull off. There you go... 7 years as a qualified stylist and still learning!

In this outfit:
Jacket: City Chic (M)
Top: City Chic (XS)
Skirt: Asos Curve (20)
Stockings: City Chic (S/M)
Earrings: Lovisa
Sunglasses: Equip
Watch: Lovisa


Monday, September 8, 2014

Aussie Curves - Tee (take two)

This time last year it was Tee week. but I was forced to admit that I didn't own a t-shirt. Guess what??? I now own four! My personal style has developed a lot over the past 12 months into something a little less complicated. My wardrobe is about mix-and-match basics, a few key trend pieces and a selection of vibrant lipsticks. I barely even touch my hair styling products anymore!

 Let's talk about the t-shirt shall we? It's pretty fab! I bought it and a striped version from Best & Less. 2 for $20 sounds pretty good right? What really impressed me is that they are really sturdy t-shirts. They don't have much give though, so I'd recommend sizing up (I fitted into the 18 but bought the 20 for a little extra room). B&L have really lifted their game with their plus size fashion... I've never bought so many things from there in one hit!

Long blazers are my new favourite things. A good blazer can really trim down bulk around the hips, and a longline style like this one also helps to elongate the torso. This particular jacket can be unzipped at the waist to create a cropped jacket, which doubles its versatility.

Something surprising about this outfit is that I'm not wearing any jewellery (unless you count the headband) I usually feel a bit naked without earrings, but I just wanted to roll with the clean lines today. I get like that sometimes.

I really wish I could handle wearing heels more often... they make my legs look long and lean (pardon the alliteration!) Damn weak left ankle!!! I switched to ballet flats for the rest of the day.

 And yes... that is a beaten up seat in the background. It was there when we moved in and I actually kind of love it being there, all rusty and worn. I'd love to move it somewhere more prominent but I'm pretty sure it would fall apart at the slightest touch. You might see it pop up in a few outfit posts in the future.

In this outfit:
T-shirt: Best & Less (Size 20)
Jacket: City Chic (It Girl Jacket. Size M)
Jeans: City Chic (TDF Hourglass Skinny Jean, Short. Size 16)
Headband: Gifted
Shoes: Robert Robert (Via David Jones)


Monday, September 1, 2014

Aussie Curves - Your Wardrobe

I've recently moved house and discovered my wardrobe to be lacking in floorspace to store my shoes. By the standards of most fashionistas, I don't have that many shoes (32 pairs), but I had to get creative and figure out a practical and decorative way of storing my shoes... space for my jewellery and makeup was also on the cards. I came up with a solution that I'm quite proud of! I thought it would be a slightly different take on the 'Your Wardrobe' challenge.

What do you do,
When you find your shoes,
Will not fit into the space,
Your wardrobe allocates?

Shoe rails no.
How to fix these woes?!
Clear shoe boxes maybe?
But now I cannot see!!!

The answer my friends,
Puts troubles at and end,
The solution is up,
It’ll even fit my makeup.

A bookshelf of white,
Two metres in height,
With extra shelves to store,
Shoes, makeup, jewellery and more.

Some picture frames,
I must proclaim,
Do set the mood
All but subdued.

And then those draws,
Which I first saw,
On Danimezza’s suggest,
They are just the best!

The one sad little bit,
That I must now admit,
I still have more shoes…
Oh what shall I do???

Bookshelf: Fantastic Furniture $79
Clear drawers: Officeworks $16.96
Make up brush canister: Typo
Clear earring cubes: Pink Lily from $49


Saturday, August 30, 2014

When a light goes out

I’m one of those people who appears to be strong in the face of grievance. The experiences I’ve had with death are relatively limited, but I’ve always found myself to just get on with what needs to be done… I’ll break down into tears in my own time.

My Nonno passed away last night. He was the best grandfather figure I’ve ever known. We weren’t biologically related… he was my stepmother’s father, but he was an amazing man who showed so much love and kindness.

I will always remember his beaming smile whenever he greeted me. He would say ‘hello beautiful’ in sing-song tones though his thick Italian accent. My day would immediately brighten.

I will always remember him dressed as a medieval king at my 21st birthday party. He was one of the oldest men in the room, but that didn’t stop him from dressing up and being goofy.

I will always remember the way that he truly treasured his family. He wanted to live surrounded by his loved ones, and we in turn, loved to be around him. His joy for life was infectious, and could turn your day around in an instant.

The world will miss him… even if they don’t know it yet.

Goodbye Nonno. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aussie Curves - Job Interview

Job interviews can be a bitch. They've become a game of 'what seemingly unrelated hypothetical can I throw at you to psycho-analyse your personality?' It's exhausting. Been there. Done that. Never doing it again. Now the only 'interviews' I go to are networking meetings. Today was the August meeting for the Hills chapter of The Designer Chicks, so I thought I'd capture my outfit and share it with you.

The second I tell someone that I'm a fashion Stylist/ Image Consultant, they always give me the proverbial once-over. It happens every time without fail. I think its an automatic reflex for people to make sure I look as stylish as my title suggests. If I look anything less than 'put together', I'm not exactly promoting my own fashion prowess. I consider myself to be an advertisement, so I pretty much have to look good 100% of the time when I'm out at functions or networking meetings, but without looking like I tried too hard. I hate to say it, but we are a shallow race, and will always judge a book by its cover... it's just the way we've been conditioned. So if you want that job, you need to make that initial impression with how you present yourself. Then you can dazzle the interviewer with your charm, wit and work ethic.

I like to have fun with my networking wardrobe... I'm not always conservative with my outfit choices (I love a good sheer top over a bra!) but I know what my best assets are and I make them the focus. Everything needs to fit well, flatter my shape and colouring, reflect my personality and make me memorable. I ALWAYS try to be memorable. 

I've pretty much lived in this blazer over the last 12 months. It's one of those pieces that goes with everything and can be dressed up or dressed down for almost any occasion. I would normally try to wear a much prettier pair of shoes with an outfit like this, but since it was raining torrentially this morning, substance won out over style... just this once.

Oh Harlow... you do make a wonderful tube skirt! I picked up this blue number from the June Salon Saturday and absolutely adore it! The fit is perfect and it has plenty of movement so I can sit down without the hem creeping up my thighs. A good pencil skirt can be a great piece for an interview, because there is something inherently professional about the look of its shape... especially if you have killer pins!

An important note on this outfit is on my wrist... yes, a watch! Anyone who knows me will know that I'm notoriously early for everything. I can't deal with being late... It's a bit of a compulsion I have. But really, it drives me bonkers when people run late. As far as job interviews go, punctuality is ├╝ber important to make a good first impression. So for me, despite the fact that my phone has a clock,  the humble watch will always be a wardrobe staple. 

In this outfit:
Top: City Chic
Skirt: Harlow 
Blazer: Lula (via David Jones)
Tights: City Chic
Watch: Lovisa

Bonus Outfit!
The Designer Chicks were finalists in the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence, in the Innovative Business category. We didn't win the prize, but it was great for a chance to get dolled up for an evening out.

When I say that I like to be memorable... I really mean it!

In this outfit:
Dress: Dream Diva
Shoes: Miss Shop (via Myer)
Faux Fur Stole: Target (circa 2004)
Pearls: Borrowed from Mum
Flower: Vintage


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Aussie Curves- Everyday Style

I really had to think about my Everyday Style outfit. I have so many different personal styles that I was finding it difficult to choose one that represented me and encompassed my sense of style. I decided to combine the five pieces that I've found myself wearing quite a lot recently, with my favourite hairstyle for this week's Aussie Curves outfit challenge.

I tried on this ah-mazing cardicoat by Harlow at the Curvy Couture Roadshow and instantly fell in love with it. The day it arrived in my mailbox, I was so thrilled! It is beautifully textured and well-fitted, the pleather sleeves are lined with a soft fuzz which makes them super warm, and it is the comfiest cardigan I own. I've found myself wearing it with casual and dressy outfits... it looks awesome belted in over a bodycon dress!

I absolutely live in my lace up ankle boots during winter. they are completely waterproof, and comfy enough to run around in without having them fly off my feet (yes it's happened before... it involved a puddle). The opaque tights are absolutely essential for my winter wardrobe. I usually have at least 3 pairs on rotation, as well as a few pairs of patterned tights for special outfits. My wardrobe mostly consists of skirts tops and dresses, so to keep my legs from completely freezing, the tights are pretty important.

This skirt is the one item of clothing that I've worn most this winter. I've found it really easy to wear with most of my tops. It fits perfectly and doesn't highlight any VBO, plus it has a cute, feminine touch with the A-line flare.

So, I cheated a bit with the top; it's actually a knee-length tunic that I usually wear with a black boyfriend blazer and a sash tied around the waist. It looks rather adorbs tucked in like this though. I've had it for over a year, and am amazed that it's somehow managed to stay white in the places it's meant to be! Go me! Ha ha.

In this outfit:
Cardicoat: Harlow
Top/Tunic: City Chic
Skirt: City Chic
Tights: City Chic
Earrings: Lovisa