21 Sep 2014

OOTD: Grunge

I've never denied my inner grunge-goddess; I'm pretty sure I was wearing platforms, low ponytails and flannel before it was cool, just ask me about it. A true 90's girl to the core, I was heavily influenced by my older siblings' music tastes while growing up. Pearl Jam was (and still is!) my lullaby and emotional and brooding muso guys were my crush of choice. The new BooHoo Plus collection grabbed me from the get-go with its sports-luxe and grungy feel. As soon as I saw this sleeveless waistcoat, I knew I had to have it!

Jacket: c/o BooHoo
Dress: BooHoo
Slip: City Chic
Necklace: old stock Colette
Platforms and Clutch: Betts
Sunnies: Markets

I'd picked up this dress in the sales a few months ago and have worn it quite a few times. I'd actually forgotten it was a BooHoo dress until I looked at the tags when doing the list above. So, funnily enough, pretty-much this whole outfit is from the one shop! I wanted to keep a monochrome look for the waistcoat and I love how it all came together. The dress has a swing shape that works perfectly with the waistcoat's structure, plus, without sleeves its going to transition easily into the Summer months as well. I'm wearing a UK size 24 in these photos and its a little big under the arms (I find I'm pretty consistently a UK24/AU22 in the BooHoo range, but its nice to know the jackets have the little bit more room in them).

These platforms are my absolute faves, they always add that extra oomph to an outfit. Plus, I love that I can wear them all day - I pretty-much only wear heels if I know I'm going to be spending the majority of the night sitting down! Lastly, for a rainbow pop, I wore out my Betts floral clutch, its surprisingly roomy and fits everything I need - even my huge hangover-hiding sunnies!

I couldn't resist adding in these snaps of Nadia Aboulhosn, brand ambassador for this BooHoo collection. She just absolutely nailed it and the photos literally make me want to buy every piece!

Which of Nadia's looks do you like best?
How would you style this sleeveless waistcoat?

14 Sep 2014

OOTD: Springtime

I love the layer shedding that happens in Spring. There is something about this wonderful transition season where you can still wear jackets but not have to cover your legs up. Fashion wise, I wish it was spring all year long! 

Dress: c/o Scarlett & Jo available via Evans
Necklace and handbag: Colette
Heels: Target
Earrings and sunnies: eQuip

This gorgeous dress is part of the Scarlett & Jo Prom dress collection and it's not hard to see why it's become a wardrobe favourite. With it's bright colours and mesh d├ęcolletage, I literally feel like I could wear it anywhere and be the best dressed babe in the room. 

My favourite thing about this dress (apart from the fact its available in sizes 14 to 32) is the cut. I have unbelievably short legs. I'm 165cm tall and about 120cm of that is torso. Okay, a little over exaggeration yes, but the point is that the cinch of this dress hits right at my natural waist, a modern wonder in fashion today. Never once did I feel like I was pulling or rearranging the lines of my outfit, it sat perfectly over my curves and draped in a way that I felt confident in all day- sitting or standing. Sizing wise, I'm wearing the UK24 here and it's a little big around the bust and shoulders, I think the 22 would have been a spot on fit for me. 

I styled the outfit up with some basic platform heels and monochrome stripes, I'm a huge fan of floral and stripe mixing. Plus how rocking is this zebra necklace with its fluffy eyelashes, it gives me lash envy every time I look at it! Lastly, big hair, a dress this chic and classic deserves big hair! 

How would you wear this dress? 
What's your favourite fashion season? 

9 Sep 2014

My Favourite: Shopping as a plus-size bride

Wedding dress shopping is a pretty bid deal. Obviously. And for us plus-size girls, it can be a scary experience. Everyone has an idea about what they want and I know you could tell me where your local bridal shop is, but I'm also pretty sure you could tell me about a friend/cousin/sister who's had a nasty bridal shop experience. I had read some horror stories about shopping as a plus-size bride and to say I was anxious when I started my search would be an understatement.

So I'm going to throw it straight out there and say I LOVED wedding dress shopping- and I think its because I went in prepared. I did a bit of research and had an idea about some of the dresses I wanted and I goggled places near me that stock plus-size. Once I had a plan, I seriously enjoyed every minute. Yes, you end up pretty much naked in a change-room with someone you've just met, yes you are going to get hot and sweaty so make sure you wear the industrial strength deodorant and YES not every dress is going to look good, no matter how much you want it to. BUT, the most important thing to remember is that this is YOUR day. Get the dress you want, the one you feel comfortable in and the one that means the most to you. And hopefully you start your search with a little less worry by checking out some of the stores I stalked below- enjoy!

Henry Roth

With an amazing array of breath taking gowns, Henry Roth is an Australian based company with some pretty rad history. Back story aside, I literally spent hours pouring over images of the Henry Roth collection when choosing my own dress. They are stocked in a wide range of Australian stores (easily found by using their 'where to buy' link) and come in sizes 2 to 30. What I loved most though, was their album of real weddings featuring a bunch of gorgeous plus-size brides rocking their designs!

Dress: Zoe

Dress: Elma

Dress: Alexi

Dress: Camille

Dresses: Chloe and Eden

Michelle Roth

Available in sizes 0-30, Michelle Roth is sister to Henry and her dresses are available for purchase in Sydney and Adelaide (check out the website for international stores). Her collection is a wonderful continuation on the sophistication and elegance present in Henry's creations. I love both the simplicity and the opulence of these dresses, its not hard to feel like a princess on your big day when wearing a dress as exquisite as these.

Dress: Reina

Dress: Rhoda

Dress: Rosalind

For Her and For Him

I stumbled across For Her and For Him while doing some on-line bridesmaid shopping- in fact, all of my ladies hot pink bridesmaids dresses were purchased off of this site using their measurement guide! Based in New York, their collection of dresses range from the eclectic and modern to a definite vintage twist. By the time I'd found these guys I had already purchased my dress, but I didn't hesitate to order the girls dresses from them. The ordering, shipping and customer service was flawless. They pre-make dresses in size 2 to 26 but also offer the opportunity to fully customise and make your dress to measure- including a variety of colour options. They have easy to follow, step by step measurement instructions to help you find the best fit for you and with most wedding gowns falling around the $500 mark, there are some sure fire beauties up for grabs on this site! (Skip down to the bottom to see my bridesmaids in their For Her and For Him dresses)

Sydney's Closet

Sydney's Closet specialize in plus-size, glamorous gowns and with the outrageously reasonable prices (some from as little as $150), they should be your first stop shop when hunting for the dress of your dreams. AND they stock wedding dresses from a size 14 to 44! To have such a wonderful inclusion of sizes takes all the stress out of wedding dress shopping and with a flat international shipping price of $65, I'm sure you will find what you're looking for here.

Alfred Angelo

Alfred Angelo was my stand out choice when I thought about the type of dress I wanted to wear. Their dresses are ethereal and romantic with exquisite attention to detail. Size wise, the vast majority of the Angelo dresses are made from a 0 to a USA 26- with some going up to a 30, I love that I can choose a brand that fits me and my skinny-minny besties. AND they have a Disney Princess inspired dress collection, yes, how freaking cool is that?! So if you truly want to look like a princess, these are the dresses for you!

Check out the stockiest directory on their Australian website for places you can go and see these beauties in real life. Local babes, I tried on quite a few of the Angelo dresses at Brides By The Bay in Capalaba. 

Mia Solano

And then, saving (my favourite, obviously) for last, I bought my Mia Solano dress from Luv Bridal, a boutique bridal store that can be found in most major Aussie cities -check out the list here! Available in sizes 2 to 28, the Mia Solano range is classically dramatic. Here are a few of my favourites and then skip down to my happy snaps of my Mia dress on our day!

Dress: Amalie and M1347l

Dress: M1325I and M1219Z

You hear stories about when people tried on THE DRESS for the first time and I always thought they were rubbish, until, I kid you not, I cried when I saw myself in this dress in the Luv Bridal mirrors. Ridiculous but true. With its hand beading, boned waist and bust, chapel length train and eye catching runching, I knew it was the dress that I had to have! It was paid for and in my car half an hour after that first try-on! Size wise, I'm wearing a 20 and paid to have the bust tailored in- never under-estimate the power of a good tailor!

My ladies in their For Her and For Him Dresses

What are some of your wedding dress shopping experiences?
Do you have a 'horror story'??
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