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Friday, May 20, 2016

Birds of Paradise

As the new season stock rolls into Wheels and Dollbaby I finally got the chance to shoot and review my favourite items! With stunning new stock and some classic pieces I'm going to have to admit that this season I'm absolutely smitten with everything!


Wool Beret - $45.00

While the logical side of my brain would tell me you don't need another Wednesday Addams style dress in your collection, the peter pan collar fashion loving freak screamed at logic and I snapped up this dress as soon as it arrived!  Made from stretch matte ponti which both hugs your curves and holds you in tight, the Finishing School Dress is what dreams are made of. 

With a tailored waist, my favourite 3/4 length sleeve. pleated skirt and scallop edge collar this is one of the most flattering style high neck dresses I've ever owned. 


I'm wearing this style in a 16 and it's so comfortable yet the perfect tailoring and bow/collar combination make it a perfect dress for winter dinner dates. The adorable skinny belt and navy blue bow complete the vintage almost mod vibe of this frock and I honestly can't get enough of it! I'm just crazy for this dress and I can't wait to take it out tonight! Perfect for both work and play you can style this dress up or down with platform pump or a cute ballet flat. I can't wait to pair this with lace up black boots and stockings all winter long.


With such a bold and cute collar I wanted to make my accessories pop just as much as the dress does so I paired this dress with the latest addition to my glove collection.

I've recently found an amazing Sydney based company who specialize in leather gloves with a mixture of both vintage and modern styling. Have to Have are now my leather glove mecca and I've included some of their styles in this shoot and a bit editorial I have coming up with Adore Pinup Magazine; I can't wait to share that one with you guys! For this outfit I chose the red leather dotti gloves with white dots and they are pinup perfection. Also available in black and white which I also have they fit tight at first then mold to your hands as all good gloves should. I'm usually a small to medium in gloves so I went for the size 7 (medium) and they fit like a dream. If there is one accessory item I can highly advise you to invest in it has to be leather gloves. They last forever and look amazing all season long.


Essential Logo Skirt 
Gloves - From my Own Collection 
Beret - Ebay 

There is something about a scarlet red cardigan that makes me go weak at the knees and the new Birds of Paradise cardigan is absolutely gorgeous. It's a rich red viscose elastane knit that never looses it's shape but hugs all your curves. Featuring satin finish embroidery features exotic birds of paradise, luxurious feminine florals and elegant peacocks and a 1950s inspired sleeve with gathering and padding create an elegant long shoulder line.

What I love most about Wheels and Dollbaby cardigans have to be all the perfect little details. The velvet covered buttons in a bold contrasting black and the pleated edging on the sleeve and bottom of this cardigan. 


I'm wearing this style and all items within this post in a size 16 and the fit is perfect! There is not button popping or gaping and it shoes just the right about of cleavage for my taste which is, let's face it, "Boobs visible always". I was worried at first about the pleated shoulder and though it might bulk my upper arms up too much but it's ended up being very flattering. 


The birds of paradise embroidery is lush and so intricate featuring amazing bird and flowers. I really adore the colours used as I'd usually not think they would work on such a deep red but they really pop. I honestly can't get enough of this colour and love how it pairs with my pale skin and red hair. 


Essential Logo Skirt 

The dollbaby sweater - a classic I've worn in leopard print once before but never in black and I have no idea what took me so long!! This sweater is a classic 50's fit perfect for absolutely any skirt, high waist short or jean. Versatile, super stretchy and so easy to style and the small Dollbaby emblem and black bow make this sweater absolutely adorable. 

I'm loving all of the high necked styles from Wheels and Dollbaby and how much that flatter my rather large bustline. The fit of this cardigan in a size 16 is perfect for my bust to waist ratio due to the stretch of the knitted fabric. It also nips in at the waist to emphasize your waist and this makes it an ideal cardigan for winter pinup outfits. While I did not keep this sweater it is the next thing on my lust list and I will be wearing this to death. 



For an all black outfit I wanted a little pop of print with my accessories and while I stayed safe with my charcoal beret I had a little more fun with my gloves. The vento style is a stunning all black leather glove with cashmere lining and a bold leopard print cuff. While I'm usually not too crazy for leopard print I absolutely love these gloves. They really pop on an all black outfit and I can't wait to show you more images of them! 

This whole outfit is making me want dress a retro french spy each and every day this winter. 


Polka Dot Skirt - $198.00
Wool Beret - $45.00

More polka dots!! But this time in a colour you rarely see me in - blue. Although I love blue and navy I find it hard to pair with both shoes and other items of clothing but after seeing these images I see that black and this shade of blue are perfect together.


This button up shirt is made from a super stretchy yet silky soft fabric that feels amazing to wear. I'm wearing the 16 and like all the other Dollbaby button ups I own it actually buttons up over my chest with ease! Now this shirt naturally hits the top of my hips and is a great length for jeans and shorts but when paired it with a high waisted skirt I wanted to show off my waist like so the waist tie style worked best. 


The blue and white polka dot fabric is so soft and I love the fitted cuff and long sleeve as it really flatters my arms. This style is also available in leopard print and I really hope that more prints or colour ways come out in this exact shirt. I'd love a super stretchy western or a vintage tattoo dollbaby print in this style. 


I also think that the combination of black. navy and raspberry might just be my new favourite for winter so now I need to add a little more blue and white to my collection!

Now I've paired all of these tops included in this post with my Dollbaby Essential logo skirt which is now out of stock. For the closest curve hugging fit I can highly recommend the Deadly Nights Pencil Skirt as I wore these style in a 14 on the runway and it's amazing.



Last but not least I finally had a chance to shoot the absolutely stunning Birds of Paradise ballet dress. This sheer sleeved faux wrap dress is an absolute must have for any curvy Dollbaby. The wrap style top, pleated skirt and 3/4 sleeve make this one of the most flattering and easy to wear dresses in the collection. Available in both plain back and bird motif this dress suits all shapes and sizes and if you are busty it makes your chest look amazing! 

Featuring the power mesh fabric I've come to know and love this dress is form fitting up top and super flowy from the waist down. There is also a black faux velvet tie at the back to add that extra waist definition. In a 16 this dress fits firmly but due to the stretch power mesh you have lots of freedom in the arms and a skirt that you just can't help but twirl. I love how this style is transeasonal as well being perfect for spring or paired with boots, stockings and a leather jacket in the winter. 

All items featured in this post can be purchased in sizes 14 and 16 and if you need any extra help with measurements please feel free to comment below. Many thanks again to Liz from L2 Photography
working with me on this shoot and capturing these amazing styles perfectly. I can't wait to plan some more creative shoots with you!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Soda Pop

I've come to the conclusion that the world's best swing dress can be found right here in Australia by the extremely talented Pigtails and Pirates. With adorable prints, figure flattering shapes and some of the best tailoring I've ever owned, I'm forever smitten with their work.


Soda Pop Dress - $199.00

I don't think I've ever worn this much colour in my entire life but do you know what? I'm loving it! This adorable soda pop top printed swing style dress hugs my curves and really emphasises my bust and waistline. I wear a size 14 in this style and the fit is perfection!! The sweetheart neckline and swing skirt work their magic on my busty hourglass frame and I now want to have this dress created in each and every one of my favourite prints from Pigtails and Pirates.

One of the best features of this dress has to be the straps. They are thick, sturdy and hide bra straps with ease. I find most lightweight summer dresses can have flimsy straps that do nothing to hide my thicker Freya deco bra straps but these are perfect!


While I usually don't wear pastel colours I'm loving this mixture of blues, pinks and yellow. This print just pops and will make you smile every time you see it!

I paired this stunning frock with my seafoam bolero from Inspired Insanity and the colours pair so perfectly. I was at a loss trying to find a cardigan to wear with this dress but this colour seemed to complement the print and I think I need a pink and yellow version to wear with this in the future, or even mustard.


Now when you have an absolutely magical multi-coloured dress you need equally amazing shoes to match! The Unicorn pumps from Ellie match this dress to a T and I love how completely unique and fun they are. Featuring a super high heel and platform, white PVC base and upper with rainbow laces and pink bobbles these are the most fun shoe I've every worn! Plus they are so comfortable, as all of the Ellie pumps have a great heel to platform ratio and are super lightweight.
Wearing these has rekindled my love for this brand once again and I will be adding many more pairs in this platform and heel height. I wear a 10US in this style and they fit perfectly. The peep toe also gives you a little more room to move. 

Many thanks to Rom Anthonis for these super cute images!

 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Noir Dollbaby

A few weeks ago I announced the pre-order release of the latest collaboration between Wheels & Dollbaby and Dita Von Teese. Now this new colour way news was a little sweeter than the past announcements as this new colour way is available up to a size 18!! So last weekend I teamed up with the amazing L12 Photography and shot the new version of the must-have cardigan and lots of other Dollbaby goodies.



The Dita cardigan was the first item of clothing I ever reviewed for Wheels & Dollbaby and it will forever my most loved style. So when a new colour way is released I instantly snap this beautiful knit up!


This year my gothic pinup dreams were answered with the Noir. A stunning black on black version of the always delicious cardigan that is more stunning in reality than I could have imagined. The detail of the black rose embroidery is absolutely perfect and for a girl like myself who wears all black most days of the week, the Noir will be worn constantly this winter. My stand out favourite feature has to be the peter pan collar and velvet bow tie neckline. It's the iconic and super sexy feature we all have grown to love about this cardigan.


I own a selection of 14 and 16's in this style and I've found that the fit and knit quality has improved year after year. This style is a 16 and it's both super stretchy yet firm so it hugs your curves and holds you tight. As you can see the buttons do not gape and due to the stretch knit you will have no issues buttoning this up. So if you are a size 14 to 18 Wheels & Dollbaby have you covered and you won't have any issues with fit - I promise!!


The all black choice is brilliant as it's so easy to style and looks amazing with solid coloured pencil skirts,  high waisted pants, shorts and even more amazing with printed swing skirts as shown. Now I need to get a few more magical printed swing style skirts because they look AMAZING this the Noir Dita!



Many thanks to Liz from L12 photography.com for these amazing shots!! I can't wait to share the rest of the images we took together!




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Oh My Clara!

Since discovering Freya lingerie three years ago, I've been tracking down every Deco style known to ever exist and trying some non-padded bras from their collection. I've found my ultimate bra brand in Freya and I'm always on the look out for more places to find their amazing ranges.

Recently I discovered Clara Olivia, a UK based lingerie and swimwear online store focusing on brands such as Freya, Fantasie, Fauve, Elomi and Miraclesuit! They stock a variety of swimwear, shapewear and lingerie from my favourite brands. In my opinion, you can never have too many stores supplying you with great priced, perfectly fitting bras, underwear and swimsuits.

When browsing their online store, I found one of my must lusted after Freya bras sets and I instantly made grabby hands at the screen. Although I'm 100% addicted to the Deco shape and support I've been meaning to try other styles in their range and I'm completely smitten with a new less padded wonder in polka dot print.


Patsy Black Brief -  £15.50

While I usually stick with a padded style bra for every day wear there are times when I need a little less cleavage and a slightly smaller bust shape. For higher necklines and fitted cup dresses my Decos tend to show through or give a little too much boob up top. But the Patsy Underwire Plunge offers a more subtle lift and round shape and a more natural fit. A fit that takes a little getting use to as I've been wearing Decos every day for 3 years but I really adore this bra! 


As I'd not tried this specific style yet I opted for a 36G (I'm a 34GG in the Deco) in case the band was a little tighter. The fit is absolutely perfect and I think with the size up in the band and down in the cup this style fits like a glove. As this style is not padded the shape is a little different to what I am use to but it gives a wonderful amount of lift and looks super cute! So for padded Deco styles I'll stick with the smaller size and for bras like the Patsy I'll go with a 36G from now on. It's all about fit and each make and model can fit your chest differently so don't be afraid to test the waters so you can ensure the perfect fit.
 

As you can see this style is a sheer black fabric featuring cream polka dots, lace edging and 3 adorable bows. After my last lingerie review I'm a little addicted to sheer bras and this is on the top of my sheer love list. Freya know exactly how to fit a large bust and lucky for me they consider smaller back sizes and bigger cup options. 

The Patsy comes with 3 choices of briefs, shorts or a thong and I opted for the ruffled brief option in an XL. I find the fit of Freya bottoms (briefs and shorts as I've not tried the thong yet) to be stretchy, comfortable and always super cute with bow or ruffle features. This colour option is Pier Black but you can also purchase this bra and all matching bottoms in the Ballet Pink, a soft pale pink shade with brown dots and lace. I think that will be next on my lust list as I just adore this style! 

Many thanks to the amazing team at Bobby McGees for letting us sneak in and snap these amazing shots in your perfect location. Also a huge amount of love and thanks to Ryan Gill Photography for working with me on this shoot and hopefully many more in the future! Ryan is an absolute dream to work with and I can't wait to plan our next few sets! 

So be sure to check out Clara Oliva for all of your Freya lingerie needs and even more stunning goodies. I've ordered the Deco Strapless next and I can't wait to test that baby out!! 

 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Marilyn

I'm so excited to share another Zoe Vine dress with you, my lovely readers!! Last year I had the pleasure of shooting the stunning poppy printed Isabelle Dress which was absolute perfection for an Australian summer. But for this post I slipped into a slinky little black number perfect for the cooler months. 


The Marilyn wiggle dress is full of body hugging va-va-voom goodness and gives you the shape you desire without any fear of lumps or bumps. How you ask? Well, when paired with the perfect shapewear for you body the ruching hides your tummy and accentuates all of your curves. 

Made from a super soft and stretchy high quality ponte knit this fabric is a dream to wear and to own. It stays in perfect shape for years without pilling or wrinkling and is great to pack when traveling as you don't need an iron! I wear this style in a 16 and the fit is spot on. With the super stretchy ponte you don't have to fear any over tightness or stretching out of shape - it's a memory fabric that keeps hugging your curves forever!


With a drape/cowl neckline and 3/4 sleeves this style is something completely new for my wardrobe but I absolutely adore it! It's that go-to LBD for winter when paired with back seemed stockings and a full length winter coat and it works perfectly well for a warmer evening without adding to much bulk fabric wise. I'm usually not a high neck fan but there is both room to move in this neckline and room to play, as it drapes easily. A very sophisticated dress that's perfect for so many different occasions. 

Now this style has sold out like hotcakes in black and I think it's obvious why as it's divine but you can still get your hands on the Red version as seen below.


Model : The AMAZING Rachel at Chicago Chic Blog 

How amazing does this look in red? While I'm sharing my little lust list of styles I also have to show you guys the amazing Art Deco printed Ava! 


The Ava in Emerald Green is a yet another wonderfully flattering wiggle dress with a high neckline but it still makes you feel super curvy and super sexy. What made me fall for this style was the green velvet deco printed fabric. As a redhead I lust after styles like this and I need Ava in my life asap!! 

Many thanks to the brilliant Rom Anthonis for taking this images and for shooting so many awesome outfits with me in his studio! It's always such a pleasure to work with him and hopefully soon we can team up for something creative!



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chef Good

The last 2 weeks have been an absolute joy and it's all thanks to Chef Good. In the past I've tried a whole lot of diets, be it soups, shakes and food delivery services, but none have made me inspired and excited about food until now. I found Chef Good rather randomly via a sponsored post on Facebook and clicked through to see what they were about and what was on offer. After reading one weekly menu I was drooling on my laptop and I had to try these amazing dishes.


Now I'm going to be very honest here and say I've tried programs like Lite'n'Easy and I've lost weight but half of the meals are frozen and I really did not dig the food available. They lacked creativity and at times such programs can be a little old fashioned, much like a TV dinner.


Chef Good are nothing like this!!! Made fresh and locally in Melbourne and delivered straight to your door, all you have to do is select a package that suits your needs, weight loss or simply just your taste and order by Tuesday, then like Christmas an amazing box of food arrives at your door on Sunday! Now admittedly I went into this just wanting to lose a few kilos but I finished with feeling inspired by the meal plan and really being excited once again to eat and cook. After trying so many diets over the years, you can get really grumpy and bored with food but eating their amazing dishes for two weeks really lit a fire inside of me and I've taken to creating some of the dishes myself.


So after looking at both the standard and Vegetarian menus in 1200, 1500 and 1800 calorie I decided to go straight in the middle and choose the medium range calorie plan. I've been on many 1200 calorie diets but I've always felt starving and I loved the description of  "The one in the middle - these 1500 calories will fuel you to take on the world and kick excess kilos in the butt!"

One Sunday morning I awoke to a massive box of meals ranging from breakfasts, lunches, soups, salads and the most amazing dinners. I was so excited I could not wait to start on my first dish first thing in the morning and I honestly kept walking back to the fridge to see what I was lucky enough to eat this week!


I guess you could say on day one the excitement gave me an extra spring in my step and I could not wait to tuck into my first warm breakfast of Cinnamon, Honey, Apple and Chia Porridge. Then for 10 days (weekend breaks) my days were filled with amazing meals, outstanding flavours and the best of ingredients. No package frozen meals what so ever!! Everything arrives fresh and ready to eat and all items last the full week but be sure to eat them in the correct order. Now most items are precooked and only need between 60 seconds and 5 minutes of heating to be ready to eat but a few items can be cooked in the over or on the cook top.

Every meal was modern, creative and packed with flavour and if I was little hungry still I'd add a small side salads to a lunch or an appropriate dinner. Now I could go into specific detail about each and every meal I ate but I think the best way to tell/show you is to simply fill this blog with pictures and some details.

I honestly loved each and every meal but there were some huge stand outs for me :

Breakfast : 

Honestly this is my favourite meal of the day hands down. I just adore eggs and all other breakfast foods so I knew this would be a huge winner for me. With scrambled eggs, zucchini and haloumi fritters, leek and cauliflower frittata and amazing muesli and porridge options I was always impressed and full each morning. Plus I got to try my first banana pancake and it was deeeeeelish!

Lunch : 

From fresh Asian inspired salads to super tasty vegetarian lasagna coming home for lunch was always an absolute pleasure. When Melbourne has a very chilly few days I was greeted with homemade vegetable or super greens soups to warm me up. I also adored the amazing salad options and one pasta that rocked my world - Penne with broccoli and pesto, so simple but so yummy! I loved that one so much I made it for my husband this past week. The joy of each meal at lunch was that I was never hungry! I've also been inspired to make their version of a Ceasar Salad as I loved the yogurt dressing.

Dinner :

My evenings were packed with curries, fish, meatballs, beef and more lasagna but this time half and half style! My stand out favourites had to be beef bourguignon, I'd never tried this dish before but now I adore it. The grilled salmon as I'm such a fan of salmon in general and the fish was absolutely perfect. The curries both chicken and fish were perfectly flavoured and I really enjoyed each and every side that accompanied the dishes.


With all of these amazing meals you don't even feel like you are on a diet and the variety is outstanding. Now price wise I was on the 5 day plan and this is $190 per week and for basically what is 5 days of meals by your own private chef it's absolutely worth it. You can also commit to a full 7  day plan and that will be $266. You can also opt to only purchase lunches and dinners on the 5 or 7 day plan and these will be a little cheaper. But honestly why miss out on the yummiest breakfasts on earth?


After a week of eating Chef Good I honestly forgot I was on a diet but when I weighed myself this week I discovered that I had dropped 3 kilos! You never expect that it will happen when you are enjoying the food that much. My husband also had the pleasure of trying a few meals and if you want to add a few extra dinners to your order for your partner it's super simple. We love cooking together so the Mexican dinner of pork tacos was great for us to cook together. We were given all of the ingredients and after a few minutes in the fry pan dinner was ready!


Chef Good also offer a sensational selection of soups and cold pressed juices. With winter coming up I'm looking lovingly at their soups, wanting 5 a week!

So if you are based in Melbourne and you want an amazing calorie controlled diet to help get a few kilos off without sacrificing taste and goodness this is the plan for you! I'm honestly dying to get back on this diet but due to use needing to save for our US trip we can't let it sneak into the budget. But fingers crossed I can get back onto this when we return as it's absolutely brilliant!




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lust Lyst

As the seasons get a little colder I'm finding my casual wardrobe is getting a bit to repetitive for my taste and I'm in need of a few cute dresses to wear out for drinks and when out at gigs. Right now I'm hunting for styles that I can wear throughout the year and that I can layer up over the next cooler months. Last year I discovered Lyst and it's changed the way I shop! Lyst takes all of the hard work searching heaps websites off your hands.

It's really brilliant to be able to find some of my favourite brands all in the one place and with one click I get straight to the product page and can instantly buy what I need. It really saves time and gets me super cute dresses and whole lot faster!

My current lust list is :




Topshop Floral Bell Sleeve Maxi By Wal G - $68

Now over summer I feel in lust with floral maxi dresses but as the weather cools I'm looking to layer them with knee high boots, wrap cardigans and lots of leather accessories. This stunning red and black floral dress is exactly what I'm looking for!


(website seems to be down so I'll get the name and price for this shortly)

I'll always be a sucker for a perfectly designed skater dress and this super low cut number is calling my name! Too low you say? Never! Just pair this design with another tank top or even a stunning plunge bra and show off a little bit of skin. Definitely a dress to pair with super high platforms for a night out.



Club L Cross Front Harness Detail Midi Dress - $52.00

I yelped a little when this dress popped up on my screen! Oh the outfits I have planned for this one!! I'm absolutely smitten with the harness detailing on this Midi dress and need it in my life asap. This dress covers so many different styling options as you can wear it as is, beneath another more swing or skater style or as a top under skirts showing the harness as the main feature. I must have this and I must have it now!! 

Wrap Front Plunging Dress by Glamorous Petites -  £29.00

Lastly more floral but this time in a shorter wrap style dress. The wrap dress suits every single body shape but for me it's that easy go to style for date night. Paired with strappy heels or even boots and tights in winter this dress never goes out of fashion and flatters curves like crazy.