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Thursday, March 26, 2015

New from Rimmel

Some new goodies have hit the makeup market from Rimmel London and I wanted to share my top 3 favourite new products! With a strong focus on Matte finishes in both lips and nails and a bold black lash these new products have my makeup bag written all over them.



Since I have little to no interest in wearing or using Lime Crime these days, so I've been testing many new matte styles to see what's hit the market and how they stack up. I've been aware of the Apocalips Lipsticks but I've never had the chance to try them. So when the Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet's were released I jumped at the chance to try a pale pink nude and red hot shade.



I chose the colours I wear the most so I went for 206 Atomic Rose and 505 Burning Lava. These colours are perfect for my skin tone and I love the soft feel and texture of the lipstick. These are described as matte but they are not a matte lip like a Velvetine. They are a matte version of the Apocalips style but will not dry your lips out or bleed into any cracks or crevices.

They did stump me a little at first but after a second try and after looking at a few tutorials I discovered that the key for this product is to let it dry and set which takes a lot longer that I would have expected. Once it is dry you will not longer notice the lipstick is on your lips as it feels so soft and barely there. It dries soft but is half way between a matte lipstick and a dewy style gloss like the original lipstick.

After eating a full meal and a few kisses it still remains but touch ups are needed. I like this style best for wearing to work as it lasts all day and the colours are perfect for my natural daily makeup look. I also took advantage of the latest Priceline sale and picked up Meteoric Matte for my collection. I'll be testing it out tomorrow.



Because I'm still in love with my Scandleyes Rocking Curves Mascara I was keen to try the Idol Eye's version as it has the same broken heart shape brush and blackest black colouring. It's now my go to mascara and has taken place over my previous love. It's goes on thick without clumping, makes my lashes long and dark and I just adore the wired brush and curved shape. I won't bore you with images of my lashes as I have in the past but I swear this is the BEST mascara they have created so far. I've tried so many over the years but I always go back to Rimmel. 



Finally an affordable matte nail polish that really works! I've loved the look of this style polish for a while now but I've never been sure if it really works. It certainly does and it's brilliant. It dries completely matte and looks delisous in Velvet Touch (grey) and Matte-Itude (black) it's a really unique and bold choice for nails and looks great on both your feet and hands. 

Now I've got tiny little nails (stress biter) but when I get married next month I'm going to wear Matte-Itude on the day with my new claws! For swatches please view Emily Denise Photography's blog review about these styles and see just how lovely they are up close on perfect nails. 

I'm so excited to have these new styles in my collection and every time there is a brilliant new Rimmel product I will be reviewing and posting about it. 




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

La Belle Hèroine Review

Late last month I announced the arrival of  La Belle Hèroine the A/W 2015 range from Wheels & Dollbaby. This month I had the pleasure of shooting some of the new pieces in larger sizes so I could help all my curvy size 14/16 Dollbabies out with fit and style choices. 

Last week Brooke Orchard and I traveled down to the most stunning little gem hidden at the base of Mt. Macedon - Gardens of Tieve Tara to shoot for this review and for a winter editorial to feature in Adore Pinup Magazine. This stunning location was the perfect backdrop for the new autumn/winter range and the gardens are simply divine. The dream location with Melbourne's best - such a brilliant day! 

Now this season is full of stunning items that have my heart but with a few style left for the editorial and some still on preorder I opted for some of the new colours and prints. Featuring pale colours usually I braved soft sweet pinks and creams for this shoot and I loved it! Now each item shown in this blog is a size 14. Some styles do got up to a 16 and I will state the size range on each item. 



The La Babe cardigan was a style I did not expect to work with my colouring and shape. A short wool knitted cardigan in a soft cream colour way and delicate pearl buttons. I'd usually run away from such a pale knit but this is a dream to wear and is super soft, stretchy and feels amazing on your skin. This specific style is available up to a size16 and it can be buttoned up or worn open. This cardigan is perfect for the cooler months ahead and will look amazing paired with tops and dresses, layering other knits etc. 

I paired the La Babe cardigan with the Singapore Fling Pencil Skirt in black. This style is a new season update of the classic Dollbaby pencil skirt. Made from stretch satin at the front and  matte black stretch ponti on the back this style hugs you tight, holds you in and creates an amazing shape. Featuring a high waist (perfect for pairing with shirts, tees and knits) side button features and a cute leg popping feature at the knees this skirt is perfect for hours glass shapes and is sexy and comfortable - how rare is that? I found the fit to be close to the IRMA LA DOUCE PENCIL SKIRT of which I'm a huge fan of. Out of the two I'm actually more of a fan of the Irma than this style. I think the option of being able to button up or down the thigh is more my style and the length is a little shorter for me due to my hips and ample rear. I'm wearing all skirts in this post in a size 14.


ORCHID SWEATER - $159.00

Completely out of my comfort zone again but this time in Pink! Very rarely in this blog do you see me in such a shade but I've been trying hard overt the last few years to break out of my own styling boundaries and give colour more chances. Now looking at these image and how well it pairs with my skin tone I'm wondering why I didn't try it earlier.

The Orchard Sweater is a new style print on one of Wheels & Dollbaby's most popular knits. Now I owned and have worn many knitted styles from Wheels such as the Dita, the Signature logo, Dinner with Him cardigans and the oversized sweaters so it's only natural to try a crop version. This is the only item in this post that goes up to a size 16 and I'm wearing the 14 in this image. All knits for this season and the next will be available up to a 16!



The Orchard Sweater is a soft, figure hugging, super stretchy knit in a new season print. The cropped style was created to emphasize your curves nip you in at the smallest part of your waist. I was very silly and did not wear my corset on this shoot which would have made this style pop even more! 

The two features I love most about this top are the adorable black bow on the neckline and the fact that when stretched the print does not morph or look odd. That is my main concern as I have a very large bust. This style is adorable and suits high waisted skirts perfectly. After trying this style I think I'd love to try any other style that comes out in the future be it a print or another colour way and I will start with the Leopard Post Girl Sweater



I can try colour but I will always gravitate to all black and this is by far my favourite outfit from the new season. Sleek and form fitting, sexy and so very much my style! The La Boheme Lace shirt is a dream come true in super stretch black lace. I have always had issues finding a button up that fits my waist, bust and arms and this is the 3rd shirt that fits like a dream and all 3 are from Wheels & Dollbaby. This style looks and feels amazing and you can pair this with skirts, dresses and layer with cardigans or knits. The fabric is trans seasonal so your styling options are endless.  



I paired the La Boheme skirt with what is fast becoming my the best pencil skirt I've ever worn. The Sgt. Dollbaby pencil skirt is AMAZING! This limited edition style won my hear with its military gold trim, always amazing stretch ponti fit and fitted waist. Once you slip into this skirt you will never want to take it off. I've worn my Essential Logo skirt for years now and this is now my new favourite. Both styles available up to a size 14. 

 

I love how paired with the black lace shirt this almost looks like a new style military dress. My favorite styles from this season have to be each of the military inspired items. My new Bordello Teeze Black Velvet platform heels are absolutely perfect with this outfit and they come with stunning shoe clips that can be taken on or off depending on your outfit. It's two shoes for the price of one! I can't wait to shoot these more and like all Teeze styles they are a dream to wear. For a matching boot option you can also find the perfect Ringmaster style bellow at Shoe Me Georgous on sale for $105! A perfect style for the upcoming chilly Melbourne weather!
 
 
 
I will be featuring more of these within the next month so be sure to keep checking back here and look for a review of the new season coats in Adore Pinup. We shot some amazing styles for the winter review and I can't wait to share them with you!! 

Finally if you ever find yourself in Melbourne take a little drive down to the Gardens of Tieve Tara I instantly fell in love with their stunningly landscaped little piece of heaven and need to get back there asap for picnics. Thank you to the wonderful owners and the ducks for having us on your stunning grounds. 





Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pigtails and Pirates

From bright, bold and fun fabrics to soft pastels and floral, Pigtails and Pirates represents a brand that lets you express your individual style!

This week I'm featuring a home grown amazing designer - Laura Jones the brain behind Pigtails and Pirates. Originally started as a children's clothing company, Pigtails and Pirates have expanded into a ladies wear line focusing on 1950's silhouette in bright and unique fabrics.



I've never envisioned myself if a pale blue floral print but there was something that drew me strongly to this super feminine and soft fabric. When I first slipped into this beautifully crafted swing dress I was instantly in love with the fit. With slightly high sweetheart neck (for my cleavage), fitted waist an thick strap the Spring Fling is a spring and summer dress dream. I'm wearing this style in a size 16 and it's very true to the size chart and even a little roomy in the waist. The fabric is soft cotton and features a fully lined bodice and invisible zip.



Now this is one hot designer it seems within the pinup blogging community and I really do adore how this style both fits and flatters ever body shape. I've seen many girls shooting this style on it's own so for my shoot I wanted to pair it up with the accessories I would wear with it on a regular basis. I chose red and teal shades to compliment the print and pale blue fabric. I love how well the red pops with this shade of blue and I can't wait to find more cardigans and boleros to match. 

Please try to ignore the wrinkles on my never wrinkle sweater as I rushed from the clothes line to my shoot and the pegs seem to have left a mark. For any images of the sweater as it would normally look please click the link below the first image. 






The dress is even that cute it works in black and white! There are many more prints and colour ways in this stunning style and a few different necklines and skirt varieties. So if pale blue floral with butterflies is not your style then don't fear! These are my current favorites in the range :



Peppermint Swirl - $199.00
Summer Delight - $199.00

Something sweet, something geeky and an absolutely stunning yellow floral print would be amazing editions to my wardrobe. I love the fit of this dress so much that I will be getting more in the future and I can't wait to shoot maybe one of the above with more perfectly picked accessories. 

This style would also look amazing with the addition of a 3/4 length sleeve for the cooler months of the year. I wonder if there are any plans in the works?

Thank you to Alesich Photography for these brilliant images and such a fun afternoon in the summer sun and wind - my fringe never had a chance!





Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gilda The Great!

Last year I heard a little birdy mention that Pinup Girl Clothing were designing full length gowns and I have been watching their web store ever since to see what was to come! When the Gilda Gowns were released I instantly squealed with excitement hoping one day I could wiggle into one of these stunning velvet gowns, today is that day! 

The Laura Byrnes Gilda Gown is one of the most alluring and most figure flattering gowns I've ever owned. Made from lush stretch velvet this gown molds to your curves and creates the most stunning shape. This dress is high glamour and full of sex appeal evoking the style of silver screen goddesses and even film noir femme fatales. 



I was blown away when I first wore the Monica Dress but I have to admit this is now my all time favourite design. In a size XL the Gilda fits like a glove and hugs and emphasizes all your bust curves! The internal bengaline shaper is the hidden secret to the perfect fit and shape that this gown provides. Holding you in at the waist, smoothing out all lumps and bumps white hiding any middle section issues. With this dress you really need it to be a close fit but because of the build in shapewear I stuck with my usual size in PUG dresses. With super stretchy garments I usually size down but given that I own 2 Monica dresses I knew that this would fit like a dream.


The deep V bust line creates amazing cleavage as you can see and the bust can accommodate my GG cup chest. Pinup Girl Clothing is always brilliant for boobies! The black velvet fabric is so smooth and I can't keep my hands off it. I've had this same touchy feely reaction with my Deadly Dames Film Noir dresses as they are as so smooth. I'm dying to style this with the fishnet Lilith Jacket for even more of a wow factor. 



I feel like a gothic inspired Jessica Rabbit in this gown and can't wait to have the right event to wear it to. Our location for the shoot was the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne and walking through the lush red and gold interior I felt like I was on the red carpet.  A central creative mecca for all things music, comedy, opera and ballet related and filled to the brim with amazing artwork. If you have not attended any events at the Arts Centre you have to book some tickets asap. Many thanks to the amazing PR team and my lovely friend Kat for setting up this location for us. 


This style is also available in 2 other colour options and one print.  


Then if you want more of a cocktail dress you can also purchase the Gilda Dress in 2 colours and one print. I will be picking up the Burgundy to wear all through winter! I really hope that there are more colour options in the future as I'd kill for a deep forest or emerald green version of this style. 







Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Well hello Mr Fancy Pants

A few weeks back the brilliant Michael Alesich and I roamed around my neighbourhood and snapped some shots of my stand-out favourite items from Sourpuss! It's fair to say that I have a life long addiction to this brilliant company and I adore their web store (I can get lost on there for a few hours) and each and every season I'm blown away by their new styles and designs.

The items in this set of images are from 2014 but you can still purchase these both via the web store of from any of the other online shops I've lined below each image. In the next few months I'll be able to shoot some new stock from the 2015 Spring/Fall season and update you with all the exciting new designs.  



Being a huge fan of the western dresses in this stretch flannel fabric for the last 2 seasons it was a must to have the shirt version in my collection. The Dolly top is a super stretchy and soft western style button up in a bold black and white gingham with red buttons, piping and horse shoe motif's. The soft and very stretchy fabric makes this shirt perfect for larger busts and can be worn tied up or down. I'm wearing each item in this post in a size XL and with this style I find the fit to be perfect and very much like the western dresses.

If you ever have issues with button popping or gaping this is the shirt for you. I'm a 34GG and this sits perfectly over my bust.


This is definitely not a summer fabric though as it's thick and very warm so I suggest pairing it with jeans and skirts in the cooler months. I've been wearing this with skinny jeans and cowboy boots on cooler days and my favourite leather jacket. It's so comfy yet so cute and I hope that, like the dress version, it comes out in different colours and motifs eventually. Usually I'd be a little worried about so much print on my upper body but when worn tied up or tucked in I find this style rather flattering.


SOURPUSS OMNI VARSITY JACKET (SOLD OUT! Check Dollskill link)  - $54.00

After falling hard for my Anchors Aweigh varsity jacket last year it was obvious that any new style or print was needed in my life. The Omni was a new print for 2014 and features a a different colour way, white sleeve and skull print on the back. Sold out via Sourpuss but you can pick one up at Dollskill here for $48.50! Lined with the softest of fabric this baby will keep you cosy all winter.


I'm such a sucker for the Varsity style and love how it compliments my curves. Being an hourglass I usually show my chest and never cover up but when it cools down and you have to dress for a chilly Melbourne winter a zip up high neck is needed! I adore the close fit and how the thick fabric hugs my curves without adding bulk. This winter I'll be wearing this one to death!



This is my first Bella cardigan from Sourpuss but I've been eyeing them off for a while. I'm usually a full length or 3/4 sleeve kind of girl but when I saw this atomic style ruffled number I needed it in my life. I love the atomic sputnik embroided motifs on each side of the chest and the ruffles with the edition of lace. The sleeve I'm still a bit iffy about as I think it's a little unflattering on my upper arms but I do love every other detail.  



With the XL I found the buttons a little too pulled for my liking so if you have a bust bigger than 40 inches then I'd suggest moving up to a XXL. I paired the Bella with the amazing Bad Girl Scarf in the Switchblades print. I'm loving the selection of prints available in these scarves and they are great for neckerchiefs or hair scarves. Every print and colour way will be in my collection eventually, I need more options for every day wear and for photo shoots.



The Vivienne dress is a fantastic little version of the VavaVoom dress with 3/4 sleeves! Now I've searched high and low for this style as it's sold out and can't find the gray print online anymore. After a few searches I've found the Navy Dot and the Cherry print so if you like the style and fit these might be perfect for you. I found the fit in an XL perfect for my bust, arms and waits but I'd not be game to size down. So if you are a little smaller than me the Large will be perfect.

If this style is restocked at Sourpuss I will update this post asap!



(SOLD OUT AT SP! Check links bellow for stockists)

I'm in love with Fancypants - now that's something I never though I'd write at any point in my blogging career! But it's true and the Fancypants coat is one of the best style winter coats I've worn in years. A new spin on the plain black coat with striking white piping and buttons. The white features draw you eye to the sleek lines of this coat and works wonderfully on my curves. Made from a stretch rayon/spandex fabric the coat stretches to fit your curves and hug your body. The stretch also gives you the option to layer cardigans and jumpers beneath and the room arm's offer lots of space for long sleeved items.

We shot this in black and white to show just how stunning the coat is on its own but in reality it's still as bold and strong. The coat is also lined with a blood red silky fabric which makes it just as appealing button up or worn undone.



Now don't fear just because this style is sold out online via the Sourpuss website. Bellow I've linked all the places you can purchase this wonderful coat and the other colour ways of leopard and red.
 - $41.49
Black Fancypants Coat  (UK) - £44.99
Black Fancypants Coat (Unique Vintage) - $90.00



What do you pair with a super stylish black and white coat? The Deadly Deville purse in houndstooth of course! I already own the black and beige version of this purse and use all week as it's the perfect size for everything I need to get me through a work day. My last two handbags have been Sourpuss and I find they are brilliant accessories as well as being solid and long lasting.
The Deadly Deville in Hounds tooth is stunning and stylish and has a very old world vibe about it. The 60's inspired shape and print gives a sleek and classy feel to this purse and the size is brilliant. Measuring 18" X 10" X 5" this purse can accommodate all of your essential items for work or play. The larger size of this bag means you can also use this as an overnight travel bag! I've used this to store outfits for a night away and it's really amazing just how much fits inside.

The larger size of this bag means you can also use this as an overnight travel bag! I've used this to store outfits for a night away and it's really amazing just how much fits inside.

Many thanks to the my brilliant friend and photographer Michael Alesich for taking these images. I think we have mastered the art of bag/shoe and leg photography on this post. I can't wait to shoot the next set with you!




La Belle Hèroine (NSFW)

La Belle Hèroine has arrived at Wheels & Dollbaby! A stunning Autumn/Winter collection filled stunning knits, new prints and twist on existing designs. From soft pink florals to bold statement pieces with military inspiration this season has something for everyone. Released today this cool weather collection has stolen my heart with it's colour palette, fabric choices and accessories.


What's even more exiting about this collection is that more items are available up to a size 16 (Australian) than with any other season! I've worn and wear anything from a size 12 to a 16 in their products so this is super exciting for all the other curvy girls out there! For more details on size please check out my Classic Dollbaby post  where I reviewed a variety of sizes and styles from an earlier collection. 

I've been holding onto these images for a few weeks and have been dying to share them so here are the stunning campaign shots for the La Belle Hèroine range



Such a stunning mini dress with simply stated military features. Perfect for pairing with stockings and knee high lace up boots when the weather cools down. Available up to a size 1



I'm an absolute sucker for a beautifully tailored familiarity style coat and the Sgt. Peppers Jacket ticks every box and then some. A flattering shape for my curves, bold colours and detailing and paired with the matching leggings makes a brilliant outfit. 



This seasons new print is a super soft and sweet pink orchard design which will win over many hearts. The Kit Kat Klub dress is the essential mini dress for all of you pink lovers out there and it's simple yet sleek design hugs you in all the right places.


LARA STONE GOWN - $535.00

This gown will blow your socks off!! I can't explain how amazing this is but I will be reviewing it next month so I'll be zipping my lip until then.


SINGAPORE FLING DELIGHT DRESS - $420.00 Available up to a size 14

The Singapore Fling Delight dress offers a more modern take on the oriental style dress of yesteryear. Pairing the soft pink orchard print with black buttons and sheer netting creates a more sexy and sophisticated style. If you love the shape but not the pink print you can also purchase this in all black.



This catsuit is AMAZING! I've never been one to really consider wearing a catsuit but this almost wench style bust line, deep corseted v and super stretchy yet structured fabric have me thinking and planning. 

My stand out favourite items from this season are as follows :


KNIT MOTORCYCLE JACKET - $285.00 Available up to a size 16
TIE SILHOUETTE DRESS - $325.00 Available up to a size 16
SGT. DOLLBABY CARDIGAN - $155.00 Available up to a size 16

These styles will definitely be in my collection this season and hopefully if I'm a good girl I'll be able to get the Motorcycle Jacket for my Birthday! Now this is just as taste of the new collection so be sure to check out all of these styles via the Wheels & Dollbaby website. I will be reviewing and shooting many of the new season items so look out for an image packed, in detail review of my stand out favourites at the end of March. I hear there might be an editorial in the works too - wink, wink! 

If you have any questions please comment below and I will help you with any styles or fit related information or you can email the store or their facebook page as they are super friendly and there to help you! 

So finally I need to know - What is your stand out must have in this collection? 






Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kat Frankies!

You might have noticed a the last few months that I've been addicted to super sparkly earrings from Kat Frankies and all of their other amazing accessories. I only found this little pinup/vintage mecca late last year but it's now my go to online store for a little bit of everything!

From jewelry, hair scarves, clothing, petticoats, makeup and more you will find anything and everything on their website. I'm currently smitten over the Demi Loom tops they stock which are on sale!        



Now as a girl that's not afraid to show a little skin and a whole lot of cleavage I adore a good 3/4 low cut boobie top and the Pinup Top is perfect for my hour glass shape. The plunging sweetheart neckline and rouched section in the middle makes a brilliant shape and suits larger busts perfectly.
    


I opted to get a plain black version and the stunning whiskey rose print. Both suit my collection of swing and pencil skirts and look great tucked into super high waists. But due to my hourglass hippy shape they are a little too short to wear with high waisted jeans.



I'm wearing this style in a size L/XL and I found it to be a perfect yet skin tight fit. If you want a little more room of need a little more give then there is also a 2X/3X option available. They are super stretchy and hug my curves in all of the right places but size up if you are worried about the stretching of print etc.


There are a few more stunning colour options and prints available online right now!



I definitely need the Dexi Dot version in my life as I love the lack and polka dot combination and the Electric blue is stunning. So be sure to check out the Demi Loon range and more of what Kat Frankies has to offer. I'm loving their huge range of Erstwilder brooches at the moment and they have the new season stock! I've currently got my eye on 2 stunning Lindy B dresses and more Stardust confetti earrings so I best start compiling a lust list.

Many thanks to the brilliant Brad Blake Photography! Not only is he a talented photographer but a brilliant baker (mmmm chocolate cake memories) and I hope to work with him again this year!