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Monday, October 24, 2016

Do the Trick-or-Treat

The most spooky, fantastically kooky and my personal all time favourite time of the year has finally hit!!  So to celebrate the brilliant season of horror and all things creepy I've selected my favourite Halloween themed clothing and accessories to feature in this image packed post. Now if you are anything like me - horror junkie and proud of it! You'll be happily wearing these styles all year round.

Armed with magical, spooky and sweet prints Liz Fleming, my lovely husband/smoke machine guru and I took at trip into the woods and snapped my must have pieces this season. This year every brand has outdone themselves and I'm absolutely smitten with the variety of prints, styles and size ranges available. 

Now in a rush to get as many spooky themed items as I could I had to get the Hell Bunny items in sizes that were not my usual. I'll go into more detail below but I usually wear an XL in skirts, cardigans anywhere from a large to an 2XL and the mini dresses without stretch in 2XL to accommodate my huge rack.  

Last year I fell in love with a dress I never thought would suit me. It's a high neck, mod style mini dress but the print won me over instantly and once I slipped into the frock I discovered I can rock this style. So imagine my excitement when I found out that Hell Bunny have created two more versions of this shape for Halloween! This season we have this brilliant mini in two vampire themed prints. 

This print jumps out and screams at you in the best kind of way! It's bright, rich and every aspect from the bright rose red lips to the white fangs is clear and bold. Size wise I wear this cut in an 2XL as I mentioned above but this baby sold out super fast and I could only get my hands on the XL. While this is a super tight fit around the bust and waist it fits great on the arms. I'd be more comfortable in a 2XL though as the bust isn't made for these double G's and there is little to no stretch in the fabric. 

Hell Bunny has also added another item to their ever growing list of accessories and you can get the purse to match this amazing print. But unlike the dress we have a large bold vampire lip on a gloss matte finish. The purse is perfection and I can't wait to use it this week! 

Unique Vintage 1950s Orange Pumpkin Dot High Waist Circle Swing Skirt - $72.00

Now my heart skipped a beat when I saw this spotted pumpkin print hanging on the 'to wear' rack during my shoot at Unique Vintage and I had the pleasure of modelling it their studio. But I knew when I got home that I wanted to style it in my own way and give it the full spooky treatment. With a smiling Jack O'Lantern print on the front and a more grumpy frowning fella at the rear you will fall hard for this polka dots swing skirt. I'm 100% addicted to UV's swing skirts as they are voluminous without petticoats, super comfortable and the variety of prints is brilliant. I'm wearing the XL in this style and it's tight without my corset but perfect with it. 

While you'd usually see me with my trusty waist belt I skipped my favourite accessory for this skirt as the waist band should never be hidden. The bright green contrasts perfectly with the orange dot print. I paired this skirt with my Vixen by Micheline Pitt Power Puff top in black and some adorable accessories I picked up from Debstar for this spooky shoot. Micheline has created the most comfortable and best fitting peasant top an I can't wait till I get all of the images back from our shoot so I can write up a full blog review. I'm wearing the top in a 2XL and I wear a mixture of XL and 2XL's in her range. We opted to size up so there was no elastic over tightness on the sleeve. 

This skirt has sadly sold out in the larger sizes via :Unique Vintage but if you search the world wide web you may just find a few through re-sellers. I really hope that this print comes back as it sold like hotcakes and everyone needs this skirt! 


From one stunning UV swing skirt to another! This time I'm wearing the Haunted Mansion print and the detail in this skirt is absolutely amazing. From the moment it arrived I found every little skeleton, ghost, tombstone and creepy creature and like many of the upcoming prints from Unique Vintage it almost tells a story. While I'm not a huge fan of purple I actually love the mix of purple, blue an black in this skirt and this exact print is what inspired me to hire smoke machines for this shoot! This style was so popular it instantly sold out in most sizes but luckily enough Cherri Lane had my size in stock. They always carry the best of the best styles from UV. 

For this print I'm wearing a 2XL and the fit is perfect without a corset with a little room and give so you can wear it out all day without it tightening. I find I like a little extra space in my swing skirts but like my wiggles firmer. 

Accessories wise I chose my Cara the Halloween kitty brooch from Erstwilder as she works perfectly with the colour pallet and looks amazing on my Power Puff top. 


I also paired this outfit with my newest obsession - Reverefolie earrings! A local Australian designer who is a design genius and creates laser cut acrylic jewelry with a vintage flair. Each design is so detailed and perfect and once you get one pair you'll back on ETSY ordering 2 or 3 more. 

With a variety of spooky, vintage, art deco, kitsch and pinup style designs you will be in earring heaven when shopping on her online store. What I love most about these designs has to be the 50's barbie hoop style shape an all the attention to detail. The colours in this Howling at the moon earrings from Reverefolie really do work perfectly with this outfit. 

Spider Web Print Heidi Dress - $70.00  Sold out everywhere but you can find more Pinup Girl Clothing spider web themed items here
Heart of Haute Sweet Sweater  - $40.00

I finally got a chance to shoot my beloved spider web print Heidi from Pinup Girl Clothing! I've had this dress for a year or so now but I've never had a chance to model it. So when this shoot idea was being planned I quickly put together my most loved Halloween outfit and added a few adorable accessories to compliment the bold black and white print.

Paired with another pair of Reverefolie Earrings this time a bright yellow and purple mix featuring black cat and the number 13. Each of the Halloween styles has a glitter spect to the resin and the sparkle in the right light.

From black cats to adorable spooky little ghosts from Daisy Jean I've covered both my love for spooky and vintage style accessories. Little Boy Boo is so perfect and large enough to really make some impact on any outfit. It is lightweight and looks brilliant pinned on my sweet sweater. 

Sadly this version of the Heidi has sold out but there are so many spider print items in both this colour and black and orange still up for grabs right here. I wear this style as well as the Heart of Haute Cardigan in an XL and there is ample room for my bust and waists. I also own this style in a Large an it still fits me but I find that the XL is the best fit between the both of them.

Another tried and trusted style from Unique Vintage is the Knit Flare Dress. Last year I reviewed this exact style but with a navy nautical print and I just love the high neck, skater dress vibe it has. I picked this print specifically for Halloween as the fruit reminded me of bobbing for apples and It really works perfectly with this set! 

While some busty girls think high necklines are a bad idea, I welcome them. This specific style is made from a firm and stretchy cotton and really holds your curves in all the right places. I'm wearing an XL and the fit is perfect. The skirt i a little shorter than I usually wear but it also looks amazing with tights or stockings and knee high boots. I can't wait to see what other prints or colour ways will be released in this style as it's such a great day to day dress. I'd also love to see this with a sweetheart or scoop neckline in the future - then I'll buy them all! 

I'm also loving the Creature from the Black Lagoon blur effect that Liz created with these shots. Be sure to click all of the relevant links for close ups of each print and style in even more detail.

I think it's fair to say that I'm going to live in this skirt for the rest of my life. I've always had a soft spot for spider webs and simplicity of the placement on this swing style skirt is so very flattering and adorable. With the perfect placement of two spiderwebs, one cheeky 8 legged freak an a complimenting white waitband this skirt is absolutely amazing. I'm wearing the 2XL an it's a little big at the waist but a firm and sturdy waist belt helps keep it perfectly in place. 

I paired this skirt with the new Jack O'Lanten cardigan. Every season I pick up a new Hell Bunny cardigan as they are super soft, stretchy and have the cutest motifs.

Naturally I paired this look with the adorable Jack O'Lantern Reverelolie earrings which are my stand out favourites! The bold orange sparkled pumpkin paired with bats and a full moon won my heart and they perfectly compliment this look.

It was such an absolute pleasure shooting all of these kooky looks with Liz and if you watch my Instagram account this week you'll see more close ups, selfies and outfits including some if not all of these items as I wear them leading up to Halloween. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stars and Spooks!

I'm a little slow off the blogging mark this month and finally I'm getting back into my shooting and writing rhythm after a my trip. So I wanted to get up to date with the most brilliant designs from Erstwilder TO DATE!!

In the past few months my all time favourite lines have been released - the Galactic Range and the much lusted after and anticipated Halloween collection. I picked my stand out favourites from these collection and wanted to share them with you guys just in time for the spooky and kooky season. How does galactic enter into this you ask? Well don't like horror be your only costume this month! While I do adore all the horror themes of the Halloween collection you can also use the Galactic range designed by my awesome girl Donna Mizzi as inspiration for a costume - I'm thinking Plan 9 From Outer Space or just for every day wear.

The perfect accessory for those who love cats and all things spooky! I just adore the shimmer of the moon on this perfectly framed brooch. I recently wore this in a spooky themed woodland shoot so be sure to spot it next week!


With the mixture of purple, black and glittering white this little kitty really stands out and I'm loving how Erstwilder mix in the animal aspect into the Halloween collection.

It can't be Halloween without skeletons and Mr Funny Bones is the perfect addition to any outfit. What I love most about this brooch is the way he jiggles and wiggles as you move! With hose jumping bones it's hard not to constantly jump about and play around with this little fella.

These are just a small sampling of the stunningly kooky and spooky items Erstwilder have for this creepy season. You can snap up witch themed hats and cauldrons, adorable bat cats and other spooky brooches. My must have this season has to be the cozy web necklace as I'm such a sucker for a bold statement piece.

Oh, Donna and Erswilder you have outdone yourselves this collection! It's literally out of this world! Featuring the cutest retro Tomorrowland inspired brooches, necklaces and earrings. It's hard not to buy every single piece but I really loved the sparkle on the blast off earrings and how adorable Mizzi's mission rocket riding brooch is.

You can find everything in this collection from puppers and kitties in outer space, atoms, spaceships, planets and my next must have - the Roxy Ray Gun.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Perfect Dress

If there is one style that I adore above all others within the Wheels and Dollbaby range it would have to be the cupcake top. From the ruffled neckline, to the adorable little charm, 3/4 sleeves and amazing fit this style has forever had my heart. 

So imagine my surprise when a few months ago I was told by the team at Dollbaby HQ that they were designing a true Wheels and Dollbaby classic with yours truly in mind! I have to admit at my mind was blown with such news and I was not yet told what the exact design would be! Taking inspiration from me? Really? I adore this label and I've been working hard to help all of the curvy girls around the globe wear their amazing designs so it was such an honour to hear that my curves and style has inspired them enough to create a dress with me in mind, with the nickname of the 'Teer Dress'. 

So last week I was lucky enough to receive my surprise package and finally got to find out what the style was! I was like a kid at Christmas stalking the Star Track service until it reached my door. I ran home from work dying to finally try on the dress that was made for me. 

Much to my surprise my dream dress was inside! I've always wished for this amazing style to be released in a swing version and I'm so very honoured to know that I was in Melanie's mind when creating this absolutely perfect little black dress. 

Made from a super soft black cotton and features a low scooped neckline, pleated a–line skirt, and coquettish ruffled trim on the neck and 3/4 sleeves. A plush velvet bow and signature Wheels and Dollbaby pearl charm complete this classic Wheels style and it's those iconic little details  that make my heart sing. 

What I love most about this style has to be the double ruffle layer on both the neckline and the sleeves. A mixture of french maid, Mary Antoinette and modern pinup styling makes the cake ruffle my new go to little black dress. 

I wear a 14 or 16 in most ruffle cake styles and for this shoot I'm wearing the 16 but with the amount of stretch I could have even sized down to a 14 with ease. The low cut neckline with ruffle detail is the perfect frame for my ample bust and I love how this style hugs all my curves. With the perfect mix of classic tailoring and figure flaunting features it's perfect for me! 

Length wise the skirt hits just above my knees and the pleats flow perfectly from the waist down creating that hourglass flaunting swing style I love so much. I know a few followers, friends and readers wanted to see this in full on my body and I really hope these shots help you guys! 

The Ruffle Cake dress is a must have for any Dollbaby and with such a great price tag it's an affordable wardrobe classic. I can't wait to see more prints or colour ways of this in the future as I love the navy and white stripe and leopard tops. 

Thank you Melanie and the team at Wheels and Dollbaby for thinking of me with design. It's really amazing to see a designer label looking after girls of all shapes and sizes with size expansions and more flattering items for girls size 14 to 18 we can rock lots of dollbaby styles. 

Many thanks to Liz at L12 Photography for shooting these brilliant images and my spooky styles coming up next week!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

La Mayfair Affair

The new spring/summer collection La Mayfair Affair from the iconic Australia designer Wheels and Dollbaby has officially been released as of 10.00 am this morning and I'm blown away by the mixture of fabrics, the colour palette and the stunning new shapes. This season is all about soft gold and rose gold sparkles, lots of lace and sexy silhouettes plus there are lots of styles that go up to a 16 and even and 18! Hopefully I'll get the chance to try on and shoot some of my favourites from this collection over the next few weeks.

I'm an absolute sucker for a retro cape. Capes can turn any little black dress into a stunning evening look and the Dartagnan cape in stunning rose gold sequin is absolute perfection. What Dollbaby doesn't love bows and a little bit of sparkle. 

THE CLARIDGES DRESS - $425.00 (up to size 16)

More sparkles? Yes please! The Claridges dress is a show stopper and the perfect Spring/Summer cocktail dress. With all my favourite design features such as 3/4 sleeves, a low bust and a flirty skirt, this dress is perfect for Dollbabies with curves. While I'm usually not one to wear such a shade I'm really loving all of the rose gold used in this collection and I'll definitely be trying this. 

THE GYPSY NIGHTS DRESS - $385.00 (up to size 16)

All my lace witchy dress dreams have come true in with the arrival of the Gypsy Nights Dress. The perfect amount of sheerness and delicate lace detailing make this a summer staple for me.

LE CHIC PENCIL SKIRT - $225.00 (up to size 16)

I absolutely love this combination of soft colours with the bold gold waist belt! The Le Chic Pencil Skirt is one of the most beloved styles from Wheels and Dollbaby and with a fit like this you can understand why. This stunning new pale blue Marie Antoinette inspired fabric is perfect for the upcoming warmer months.

BACK TO PARIS DRESS - $265.00 (up to size 16)

I feel hard for the Finishing School dress earlier this year and I'm so excited to see that a sleeveless version has been released. The fit on this dress is phenomenal and I just adore that peter pan collar.

A LINE CAKE RUFFLE - $125.00 (up to size 18)

Now this style is one of my the most exciting for me personally as it was designed as a 'Teer' dress! I have this in my hot little hands right now and I can't wait to shoot it over the weekend. I won't got into too much detail here but this style is perfect and I'm so honoured that Melanie created a dress inspired by me! A full review will be up online within the next week.

DOWNTOWN GOWN - $595.00 (up to size 14)

Every season Wheels and Dollbaby release a gown that makes me swoon and this ruby red full length formal gown has my heart. Made from imported deluxe red stretch satin, this beribboned gown ties seductively at the shoulders to compliment an enviable décolletage. Now if only I had a smaller chest I'd be buying this asap!

SECRET NIGHTS PENCIL SKIRT - $225.00 (up to size 16)

Second on my must-have-as-soon-as-humanly-possible list is again this stunning rose gold sequin fabric. I've never been a girl who is nutty for sparkles but there is something so appealing about this colour and I need it in my wardrobe. 

 THE MARIE ANTOINETTE CARDIGAN -$165.00 (up to size 18)
This Wheels & Dollbaby signature slim fitted cardigan featuring a romantic and rococo crème lattice and rosette embroidery detail, it's beautifully topped with a coquettish bow. This cardigan is an absolute must have for spring and I've already paired this with the skirt above for the perfect date night outfit. 
This is just a small taste of what is available online right now and each style has a great size range which is perfect for curvier Dollbabies such as myself. Be sure to check back here next week for a full review and lots of photos of the Cupcake Aline Dress!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Chef Good - Simply, Easy and Yum!

After a month of giving in to amazing food while travelling abroad, I really needed to get myself back into a healthy eating routine once I arrived home. We all get a little lazy or give in to fast and fatty foods while on holiday so now that I'm home, I've jumped back onto my favourite food delivery service and my week days are full of amazing food and flavours.

This is my second round with Chef Good and you can hear all about my first time in previous posts. The reason I adore this diet plan so much is because of one major factor - it's a diet that feels nothing like a diet.

I've tried everything in the past to lose a few kilos and I'm either starving all of the time or rather repulsed by the lack of flavour and frozen meals. But Chef Good takes all the calorie counting off your hands and delivers health, lean and amazing tasting meals to you fresh every week. Nothing is frozen, everything is prepared in house by amazing chefs and the taste is second to none!

This round they have a brilliant new ordering system in place via the website and I really love how easy it is to cycle through and pick your meals and snacks for the week - yes snacks are included!! I'm absolutely crazy for fresh veg and dips and you can now have this option as as snack.

The website is super easy to use and I'm loving the new iPhone view!

With an easy to use scroll menu you have the options of sticking with your selected diet as is or customizing each and every meal with a variety of different options via the drop down box. Each menu item is able to be changed and there are heaps of different options available. 

With all of these different substitute options available you'll never have to settle for something you don't like or a food item you may not eat. Plus just as of last week the Vegetarian menu has is now offered in 1500 and 1800 calorie packages. You can now order veggie options in snacks and meals be it a full week's worth or just a few added to your normal menu. I love both meat and fish based meals and vegetarian dishes so this gives me so many more options to choose from.  The variety helps as I'm super picky and love all the options but dislike mushrooms, eggplant etc so the choice really does help me customize this perfectly! 

Here is a small selection of the amazing meals I've had over the last two weeks. These meals are so fresh and flavour packed you'll completely forget that you are on a diet! 

Another brilliant feature is the cooking aspect of this service! While some items are ready to be heated and eaten others take a short amount of cooking time and this is perfect for my husband and I. On our at home 'date nights' we love to cook and dieting can really get in the way of that. But with dishes like fresh chicken tacos and french roast chicken and veg I can still cook and eat with him! 

If you are looking for a time saving, great tasting and calorie controlled meal plan this is the one for you!! So be sure to pop on over to the website and see if they can deliver to your area. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Spooky Things To Come

Can we just take a moment to drool over the new prints, styles and stunning spooky goodness that is this years Halloween collection from Pinup Girl Clothing?

I won't ramble too much but this year the team has out done themselves and I'm dreaming of each and every piece daily. 

This season orange is the new black with the release of the orange spider web fabric! I never thought it was possible to top my collection of previous spider printed goodies from PUG but this orange style is absolutely stunning.

Well, hello there, hot new prints! 

So many people have requested that Pinup Girl Clothing team up with Stephanie Buscema, and their Halloween prayers were answered this year. The Lauren is back with with this stunning pumpkin lantern print as well as the stunning laura skirt and the always loved peasant top. 

More prints you say? The eagerly awaited spooky Jenny Skirts are coming!!!

It's been a PUG fan's biggest dream to own a Stephanie Buscema printed Jenny skirt and now you can with these adorable designs. Pumpkins for the more traditional Halloween lover and a super cute and creepy Hansel and Gretel print for the story book fans out there. 

A new Harlequin Print arrives soon! 

The new colour way Harlequin print was the brainchild of a Pinup Girl Clothing lounge member and has been the biggest selling Jenny Dress ever sold - this was released recently and is selling out fast! But if you miss the Jenny never fear as there are a few more options in the coming soon section. From the beloved Lauren top to the printed shrug you can snap up this print before it sells out forever. So be sure to add yourself on the waitlist and you will be notified as soon as they are available.

And lastly, the stunning Victorian Stripe!

Such a simple yet bold print. The Victorian stripe is elegant, sleek and perfect for both the spooky season and all year round wear. My favoruites are the Jenny Dress and the Morgana Jacket but you can find pencil skirts, trousers and shorts in this print - yes a strip suit is happening!!!