Saturday, February 28, 2015

Outfit Dilemmas for the Curvy Couture Roadshow

My suitcase is packed and tomorrow I'm flying down to Melbourne for a week. Am I excited? Indeed, I am. Do I have a kick-ass outfit planned for the Curvy Couture Roadshow? Indeed, I do. 

Last year, I had a lot to factor in for my choice of outfit for the Curvy Couture Roadshow. I was only flying down to Melbourne for the day, so it had to be comfortable enough to get me through two flights without digging in or creasing, plus I was going to be doing a fair bit of running around (and rolling on the ground as it turned out), so it had to be comfy and easy to move around in. I kept my hair simple in a super high ponytail and made sure my makeup was low-maintenance but still glam.

This year I'll be staying a few nights in Melbourne, so I can be as fabulously glamorous as I like! I'll give you a few hints on what I'll be wearing:
  • Pink
  • Digital print
  • Cleavage
My tips for choosing a CCR outfit:

  • If you have an item in your wardrobe that you've been dying to wear, but just haven't had a chance to wear it yet... this is the time to work it!
  • Try something new. The Curvy Couture Roadshow is all about embracing your body and rocking your amazing curves, so if you want to wear a short skirt or bare some midriff... do it!!! 
  • Are you a sheep? No? Then show off your individual personality through your clothing! Be true to your personal style; if you want to wear denim joggers and white Nike sneakers, then go for it! Likewise if you want to wear a tutu or an evening gown. The event is all about diversity, and we all want to see your unique style.
  • Pretend that this is your 'red carpet' moment... If that means having your hair and makeup done professionally, treat yourself! 
  • This is a personal rule of mine, but I've seen the collateral damage of women ignoring it; don't wear shoes that you can't walk in! Seriously, walking like a T-Rex in heels that are way too high for you will ruin your carefully curated outfit in an instant. I'll be wearing low heels, so you won't be alone if you leave the skyscrapers at home.

Can't wait to see you there! I'll be dressed very brightly, so you won't be able to miss me... come and say hi!!!


My butt could WIN you a pair of Embody Denim jeans!

*This post contains gifted items

This may sound strange... but my butt could win you a pair of Embody Denim jeans!

Jeans can be the mortal enemy of the plus sized figure. Trying on fresh denim is a hellish process: tug them up to the knees… wiggle awkwardly until they’re over your thighs but still not over your bum…. Stop for a quick breath… hold said breath while you jump around and jerk your legs while you tug at the belt loops to get those suckers over your hips… stop to gasp for air… hold breath and suck in tummy as much as humanly possible while you try to get that button fastened at the fly… stops and gasp for breath… try again… once again, hold breath and suck in tummy as much as humanly possible while you try to zip that fly to the top… admire the fit of the jeans… exhale and let the muffin top overflow... wipe sweat from brow. Yep, that’s a standard experience for me when I try on jeans. There are only a few brands of jean that I can get my booty into successfully; City Chic, Harlow, and now Embody Denim.

Embody Denim's newest edition, the Brigitte Jean (189.95), is made a little differently to others in the collection. They are made from a stretch denim that has the power to firm and lift, and also gives it much more flexibility to fit more body shapes. One look at my butt in these jeans and I was smitten (with the jeans, and my butt). The construction is flawless with rose gold detailing and impeccable stitching... all done in Australia! Admittedly, I did have the inseam taken in from the knee down, but that's because I love a super skinny jean. I'm usually a size 22 in Embody's jeans, but I sized down to a 20 for these.

I said something about winning a pair of Embody Denim jeans didn't I? 

I have a pair of the edgy and chic Woodstock Jeans in a size 22 for one lucky reader! 

To Enter:
All you have to do head over to the Embody Denim Facebook page, click the 'like' button, then comment below this blog post with 3 words that tell me why you need these jeans in your life. The entry with the most creative response (as deemed by myself) will win the jeans!


Monday, February 16, 2015

The Curvy Couture Roadshow 2015

I go to a lot of fashion events, but none like the Curvy Couture Roadshow. As part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program, it was a whirlwind day of plus size fashion, curvy women and spectacular Australian designers! I had an absolute blast last year (which you can read about her and here), so the second the 2015 dates were released, I booked my plane tickets down to Melbourne.

But this year… one day is not enough!

Day 1: Curvy Couture Runway
The Curvy Couture Runway will be a fabulous evening of runway glamour, with a catwalk showcase. The ready-to-wear collections will be modeled by over 20 professional plus size models and Melbourne street models.

Date: Saturday, 7th of March, 2015 
Time: 7.30pm 
Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC 

Day 2: Curvy Couture Market
The Curvy Couture Market is set to be a day where ladies can try and buy direct from the designers. It’s a brave move to split the event, and I hope it pays off! And fans of the amazing Tess Holiday (the first ever size 22 model signed to a major agency) can get excited because she will be including the market in her Dynamite Tess tour!!!

Date: Sunday, 8th if March, 2015 
Time: 12-4pm (VIP 11am-12pm) 
Venue: Collingwood Town Hall 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford, VIC

If you can get yourself to Melbourne on these dates, book yourself a ticket ASAP! You’ll have a blast and get to meet plenty of wonderful people and buy some amazing clothing… all while supporting Australia’s plus size fashion industry!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last Sunday

Last Sunday I had a date. Mr. C was charming, attractive and intelligent. He was also a douche. A complete and utter douche. The date never actually happened. 

Why, you ask? Well, after a few absolutely awesome chats online, we exchanged numbers and planned to meet the following evening for coffee. No expectations. No pressure. Just coffee. Though he did suggest going to his place afterwards. You know what... I was tempted.

I dressed casual in a pair of jeans and  a top that showed off a bit of cleavage... Nothing fancy but still looked awesome. I kept my makeup looking natural. No lipstick; just in case.

We were meant to meet at 8pm, but Mr C sent me a text at 7:45 that he was running 10 minutes late. No problem. I went and sat on a bench, enjoying the breeze on that hot summer evening, getting a few things done for work on my phone.

It got to 8:25 and still no sign of Mr C, so I sent him a text asking if he was far. His response 'I saw you and you don't look like your pics! Sorry'.

Yep, he went there. I called him tacky, then blocked him from all contact. It was a low act. I was pissed off. Mostly because I have plenty of photos on my dating profile, full body and head shots. And guess what??? They all look like me! Shock horror!!! I'm fat... I don't pretend not to be, because if a guy can't accept it, then I don't want him. Sometimes they become so transfixed on my F-cup cleavage that they don't see anything else. Case in point... Mr C. 

I'm not upset... Which kind of surprises me. But I am angry. Very angry. Angry to the point where I've considered signing him up to lots and lots of spam. But what a waste of energy. 

Instead, I wrote this post... Not because it was cathartic or because I want sympathy, but because I know I'm not the first (or the last) person it will happen to. 

If this ever happens or has happened to you, don't let it bring you down. People like this are not worth your time, and the loss is theirs... Not yours! I'm more upset that I wasted a beautiful summer evening getting ready and showing up. I had much better and way more important things to do.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Summer Dress Love

The perfect summer dress… it’s just as elusive as it sounds. For me, it would need to be made from a lightweight fabric such as cotton, have a decent hem length and be colourful. It would also need to be comfortable enough to wear in the sweltering heat of an Australian summer’s day. I clearly don’t ask for much. Hahaha.

For months, Hope & Harvest have been posting sneak peeks of a gorgeous floral print that they were intending to release a couple of pieces in. I’ve been positively drooling over it! So it’s understandable that when the gorgeous Island Hopper dress ($159.00) arrived in my mailbox, that I was a little more than excited!

I had my doubts about the cut of this dress. I thought it may have ‘Nanna’ tendencies because of the combination of the cut, fabric and pattern. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked in the mirror… I fell in love! I was right to have lusted over the floral pattern for so long. Every colour was perfectly suited to my complexion and brought out the brown in my skin, giving me the glow of a tanned Goddess (if I do say so myself!)

The cut itself is quite simple, but Hope & Harvest really have a knack for cutting their pieces to eliminate bulk from the hips, so despite the dress having a full skirt, it doesn’t swamp my frame. Because it’s button-up, it’s ideal to wear over swimmers, or even as a light jacket… I’ll be trying that out soon!

I’m wearing a size Large, but could very easily fit a Medium. Because of the drawstring waist, it doesn’t really matter if the rest of the dress is a little big… actually, I think it makes it look more dramatic.

Keep up the amazing work Hope & Harvest!!!