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!!!


Friday, November 14, 2014


I had to give my stepdad a lecture tonight.

I asked if he liked my outfit. His answer was 'Yeah... you've still got a long way to go though.'

This is the one thing that gets me riled up. Every compliment he pays on my appearance always comes with that proverbial slap in the face. He, like many other people, doesn't understand that being plus sized doesn't make me unhappy. It's one of those things where people assume that women are on a constant mission to have a 'bikini body'. That our happiness is solely dependent on the number on the scales... I have news for those people; it doesn't!

The funny thing is, I actually have a really good relationship with my body at the moment... the best I've ever had in fact! Yes, I'm a size 18, and have made some poor health choices in the past, but I'm working at having a healthier lifestyle. It has to be said though... I won't be devastated if I never fit into a size 10. That's not my goal. It hasn't been for a very long time.

I was never bullied by my peers for being overweight. I'm not sure how I dodged that particular strain of bullying at school, but it never happened. The ones who did bully me about my size however, were family members. My grandmother used to cut diets out of magazines and post them to my Mum to try one me. She also made a point of NEVER giving me chocolate at Easter... in fact, one year she made a point of buying me a packet of sugar free gum. I saw her this week... It was the first time she complimented my overall appearance (not just my 'pretty' face). She also offered me a Tim Tam. I almost fell on the floor.

It has taken me 26 years to get to this point, but right now, I feel beautiful. Some might agree that I look it, others may disagree. I'm not ignorant of my health, and am making an effort to make good decisions... but I hate to think that people assume that because I'm fat, I must be unhappy. That would be total bullshit! My self worth isn't dependent on my dress size.

You can quote me on that.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Aussie Curves - Races

Well... wasn't that an eventful Melbourne Cup? Did you back a winner? I've stopped placing bets on 'the race that stops the nation'... mostly because I always pick the horse who is leading the race until the final few hundred metres where it will place somewhere in the rear.

In this outfit: 
Dress: Leona+ by Leona Edmiston (Size 16)
Fascinator: Home made
Shoes: Big W
Clutch: Vintage
Earrings: Lovisa

This year was a bit left-of-centre for me and eight of my fellow Designer Chicks. After I blogged about last year's Melbourne Cup lunch at WatervieW Bicentennial Park, Marketing Manager, Kathryn, contacted me asking for my professional opinion of the Myer fashion showcase from the event. I gave the feedback that the young & lithe models weren't exactly resonating with the more mature audience, who might appreciate seeing women of their own age and size, modelling clothing that would suit them.

As it turns out, they took my feedback very seriously, and invited the Designer Chicks to be 'models' for the day this year. It was a great idea, since it meant that there would be women of a broad age and size range to showcase fashions that the women in the audience could relate to. After all... the whole point of the fashion show was to encourage sales for Myer (and get a few Designer Chicks' faces out there in the process).

We rocked up in our own race day dresses... all glamourous and ready to be fabulous, before changing into our outfits for the fashion show. The show pretty much consisted of us walking through the audience, stopping for a pose on the stage, and then standing on individual platforms at various points within the room. We were stopped by various audience members who wanted details of our outfits... which tells me that the Designer Chicks' models were a resounding success! Yay!

We had a blast! We may be back again next year... but that's just between you and me. Shhhhh ;)


Monday, November 3, 2014

Aussie Curves - Skirt

I've had my skirt week outfit planned for weeks. I pretty much live in skirts and dresses most of the time, but I've only recently started to expand my collection of skirts beyond the black pencil style. That's where this baby comes in! Put me in pretty pastels and polka dots and I'm a happy girl

It was a risky Asos buy for me: the Curve Scuba Midi Skirt. I was worried about the colour, the shape, the length, the fit (all unfounded of course). I just had to have it! I've tried midi skirts in the past and have usually been disappointed (they make me look short, stumpy and wide) so I was pleasantly surprised that this one looked so good.

I see you there, eyeing off those polka dots. I've never bought a single item from Sara until this top... mostly because their collections are out of proportion with my figure. This top is still a touch snug around my hips, but is beautifully billowy throughout the bust and waist. And so it was added to my growing collection of T-shirts...

I love a good blazer. I love pink. It just makes sense that I would love this blazer! It's soft and comfy and can instantly dress up jeans and a Tee. The sleeves are VERY big, so when I wear it properly, I have to roll them up quite a fair way... Just makes it look like a proper boyfriend blazer.

In this outfit:
Skirt: Asos Curve (size 20)
Top: Sara -via David Jones (size 2x)
Blazer: Boohoo (Size 22)
Shoes: Zu
Belt: City Chic (size S-M)
Hat: Target
Earrings: Lovisa


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aussie Curves - Then & Now

Just a short post for Then & Now week. 

Every year since I was one year old, my Dad has a tradition of taking a photo of me in front of the Christmas Tree. He recently gave me a flash drive full of photos, which included the Christmas shots. I had a great time rummaging through, and made up a collage to share with you.

It's pretty amazing how many times my looks changed... as did my confidence in front of the camera! There were certainly some shocking haircuts (thanks for the mega short bob when I was 10 years old, Mum!) some great party dresses and some 'what was I thinking?' moments. Ah, memories.

Here we go... 1989-2013. Which one is your favourite? 1989 & 2011 are mine.