Sunday, September 17, 2017

Western Kitty

There are some prints that win you over from the first moment you see them and this past season I've fallen hard for kitties and guns. That much so I could not stop at just one item and needed both dresses and separates for my collection.

My last review featured the amazing Cottage Rose Dress which is very similar in fit as this Misty Cat style. A tea style shape amazing spring and summer frock fully lined fearing a front bow, adorable neckline and a little cap sleeve that gives you just the right amount of room if you have larger upper arms like myself.

It's roomy both at the waist and the bust for me in the 18 but I fear if I size down it might pull the print a little too much so I'm happy with the current fit. The Misty cat print itself is ADORABLE!! This cute little kitty will win you over and I'm proudly showing off my crazy cat lady side in this style. 

The fit of this dress is super flattering as it nips you in just under the bust and falls over your hips without adding any extra bulk. The lining also makes this style perfect for both cooler and warmer months. I've been wearing this exact look most weeks with thick stockings and knee high boots and I'll be pairing the dress and skirt with strappy heels and wedges come summer. 
The print is available in both black and petrol which is a teal shade. I myself prefer the darker black based fabric but the petrol colour is just as amazing in reality. 

I told you from the start I could not stop at just one piece and here is the skirt version of the Misty Cat. This full style skirt is purrfection fit wise and in the 18 it actually offers another inch or two give on my waistline. A proper midi length skirt this style works so well on hour glass and plus size shapes and creates that figure out shape I love so much. I can't wait to style this with crop tees and peasant blouses over the summer. 

Now lets chat about the most amazing leather moto EVER! I've got way too many moto/biker jackets in my wardrobe but it's the one piece I live in so why not have every colour way and version possible right?

The Misty Moto is the buttery soft leather cropped at the waist moto of my dreams and fits like a second skin. I'm wearing the 16 and the fit is spot on. A firm flattering fit when zipped up and still roomy in the arms to wear long sleeved garments. All the quintessential silver zippers and hardare you've come to love from biker jackets as well as adjustable size buckles for the perfect waist fit.

What makes this a Misty Cat jacket? Well if you look closely you'll find the little grey kitty sneaking a peak out of your pocket. This little feature is so cute you'll be showing everyone and making the little paws move as it's a fully functioning pocket.

It's hard to put into words just how smitten I am with the fit of this jacket but I think the fact that I now wear it daily is proof enough and it's so very versatile.

Accessory wise I paired this look with the Misty Cat Chocker available in store at Dangerfield and my Miss Kitty Earrings from Reverfolie. I've not been a huge fan of the choker for a while now but I actually love the thinner style and cat charm combo plus it pairs purrfectly with my Miss Kitty earrings from the ever amazing Reverefolie. 

Pistols and flowers - a combo I never thought I'd love as much as I do now and the Double Trouble print is the reason for it. It's such a classic style of artwork with a little twist and it has me swooning.
I paired the peekaboo style cardigan with the Double Trouble skirt both in a size 18 and they look and feel amazing together. The bold and bright red with a simple pistol motif and black collar detailing really makes this cardigan pop and when paired with the print it's the perfect look. This cardigan is also available in all black as well. My rather large bust does pull on the buttons a little but there is no gaping or over the top issues. 

For the Dress version of this fantastic print I wanted to still wear the cardigan but I wanted to create a different shape and by simple tucking the button up features in I've created a open style cardigan that shows off the amazing bust line of this swing dress. I'm wearing the 18 in this dress and it hugs me in all of the right places while allowing lots of room for my bust.
What I love most about both the skirt and dress in this release has to be the underskirt which is one layer of tule. This means I don't have to worry about bulky petticoats over the summer to achieve that fuller effect and many more newer season styles will be featuring this! 

These two prints and styles also work perfectly together and I can't wait to mix and match the leather jacket with the pistol print and cardigan with the kitty skirt. Every season Dangerfield release so many items that make my heart flutter and the fit for bigger and bustier girls like myself is just getting better and better. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this brand!

Many Thanks to Liz Fleming for shooting these awesome shots and many more! Halloween is coming - I can't wait to get spooky with her soon. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On Thursdays We Wear Black

This year I have a goal - to fill my spare room wall to wall with bookshelves full of shoes and I'm well on my way due to my footwear obsession. This past months order my styling goal was to get two pair of striking and brilliant looking black shoes - a classic black pump for wearing and pairing with everything in my wardrobe and a super high yet comfortable ankle boot to pair with jeans and more gothic looks. I'm focusing on my two favourite brands right now: Demonia and Pleaser's Pink Label.  

I'm completely embracing my love for chunky heels and lace up gothic styles at the moment and these new Black Velvet boots from Demonia are pure bliss. While this babies look damn heavy they are actually super lightweight as are every style I find from this label.

The Camel is a swing back to the 90s with a little more refinement and a sleeker shape. Featuring a
5" (127mm) and a Chunky Heel, 3" (75mm) Platform these will add that extra height you are after without feeling any fear of toppling over. They are so unbelievably comfortable and I can run, walk and jump about like crazy without any issues. For Demonia styles I wear a size 10US and I find this fit to be spot on.

While in the 90s I was a fan of Doc's, at this time in my life I'm still loving boot style but I'm always in need of a bigger height and this chunky heel platform combination just make me swoon. Now if Demonia released a to the knee version of this I'd buy it in bulk and wear them to death all winter.

Styling wise I love to pair the Camel with a thick winter stocking or fishnets and wear them with little black dresses or even a floral skater dress and black leather moto jacket. They also look absolutely amazing when worn with skinny jeans. 

What I also love about Demonia styles has to be the little extra effort they put into the detailing on each pair of shoes. The bold silver back zip on the boots means there is no need to lace and unlace these boots with every wear and it look hot as hell!  

After adding some work friendly Pink Label shoes to my collection I wanted to get one pair of matte black heels that would suit most if not all of my outfits in upcoming photo shoots. That's when I discovered the Chloe-02 and made grabby hands at the screen.

The Chloe-02 is a style I'm very much like the Bordello Teeze style that I own many colours and prints but with more size options available as the Pink Label shoes are created for size US9 to 16. I wear this label in a size 11US as I do most pleaser styles.  I have a long foot but standard width and this size always works perfectly. 

The fit is perfect and the Mary Jane style is a must have in this range. It's versatile and pairs with all styles of clothing plus looks absolutely adorable when worn with tights or bobby socks. Height wise you have 5 1/4 Inch Heel, 1 1/4 Inch Platform Mary Jane with Concealed PT Pump and they are super easy to walk and stand as that concealed platform really helps equal the height out.

I can't wait to style these for my next few shoots so be sure to check back and see just how amazing they look when paired with full gothic and pinup outfits.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Those Holloway Essentials

Every season I fall more and more in love with the amazing releases from Vivien Of Holloway and this Autumn/Winter and Aussie Spring I'm crushing hard for their chunky yet super flattering knits, bold prints and swing sateen skirts. Classily tailored items that fit like a dream on my hourglass shape and can be mixed and matched with absolute ease with my current rotation of blouses, boots and knits.

It's clear that every pinup needs the essential black swing skirts but honestly they are harder to find these days of a hippy lass. Some are too bulky, others have too many pleats and the fabric is too thick or just don't work on anyone. Well the Circle Skirt in Black Sateen from Vivien of Holloway is perfect and fits you in the most flattering and complimentary way. I ordered the 36 inch waist and this fit like a dream. The choice of sateen is brilliant as it has that lovely rich looking sheen and drape so well.
Due to the chilly weather I opted to pair this skirt with the stunning Rio top to add that little extra bit of colour and print. The Rio is a classic peasant blouse style with a ruched bust, cap sleeve and a size zip. Made from a light weight and soft cotton it shows just enough skin and really compliments a large bust. I'm wearing the XL and it fits perfectly without any issues. The diamond print though soft really pops beneath any cardigan and I love it underneath the Jenny Cardigan. Available in every colour way and print you can ask for this is going to be a must have all year round item for my wardrobe. From classic black to florals and gingham you'll find the perfect style to pair with the classic swing skirts and more. These tops also look amazing when paired with high waisted skirts and pants but I found them too short to wear untucked.

Now let me introduce you too one of the cutest cardigans around - Jenny. Jenny is a super cute retro cropped knit with a small collar, big bold buttons and a full length sleeve. This cardigan is PERFECTION both in fit and feel. I'm wearing the XL but the fit is actually really generous and for my next purchase I will be sizing down to get a less loose fit around my arms and waist.

Avaliable in a variety of colours I opted to pair my Rio and Circle skirt with the light green shade of Kiwi and I'm loving how it works with both my pale completion and red hair. Once you buy one Jenny you'll be so smitten you will need to filly your collection if all of the other colour ways and currently I'm lusting after these :

I'm loving the darker more wintery shades or Rosewood and Petrol and I'm already dreaming of pairing these with one of the stunning halter swing dresses available online right now. Maybe a 1950s Halterneck Circle dress in a dark floral or print, leather gloves and berets.
 I never knew I'd fall so hard for separates at Vivien's as I've always worn and reviewed dresses from their collections but now that I know how well the XL fits in tops and knitwear I'll definitely be purchasing more and adding to my own collection.
Many thanks to the amazing Liz Fleming who snapped these shots ever so perfectly and captured just how amazing each item is to wear. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bad Girl Denim

This week I entered into the bad girl booty club and I could not be any happier! As a curvy girl with a rather large hip to waist ration I've struggled for years find the perfect fit in jeans. They always fit one area and then lack in another.

Bad Girl Denim High Waisted Indigo Jeans - $94.99 (currently 50% off!!!)
To get the best fit on my waist I have to sacrifice my hips or visa versa and usually unless you purchase jeggings (eeeek) you can't get them to fit properly. Well Bad Girl Denim has hit the Australian shores and you can pick up the first of this stunning denim line created by Micheline Pitt at Cherri Lane!
My butt, hips and waist salute you Micheline! Finally we have a pair of real denim jeans with the perfect high waisted fit that suits all shapes and sizes. From an hourglass gal like myself to a more athletic build these jeans rock on EVERYONE!
Now lets chat about fit :

I have a 36" waist (differs from week to week lol) and I opted for the 36/37 as I wanted my hips to fit into these without any issues. When stepping in these glided past my hips with absolute ease and were super firm at the waist. But after wearing them for a short period of time the waist band actually loosened and the fit is now 100% perfect as is the process with all jeans. These are the regular fit.

A firm fit to start with is essential as you don't want a loose fit that will eventually be too big for you. If firm at first do what I do with a new pair of jeans. Wear them around the house, squat and lunge in order to give them a little bit of movement and this helps them form perfectly to your own body shape.

This denim is absolutely outstanding and I personally cannot put it any better than the designer herself :
Made of a fabulous new type of denim that has the weight and sturdiness of raw denim but with a lovely amount of give and soft hand. They don't feel like spandex jeans or look or feel like leggings. These are authentic denim that look and feel like the real deal. Inspired from vintage 1960's bad girl cut with a true high waist, these jeans will nip in your waist and allow for your curves to be properly showcased with a relaxed form fit. Features a small yet fabulous "Bad Girl Denim" logo on the back pocket, with cute hidden branding inside the jeans.

I'll be wearing this logo with pride and I can't wait to sneak these into a fully styled shoot asap!
Styling wise the possibilities are endless. Pair these amazing tapered jeans with any of the Vixen tops, any cropped or full length blouses and my favourite a tee and moto jacket combination. The high rise of the jeans allows you to tuck standard length tops and tees with ease and the fact that they are a true high wait means I might even be brave enough to wear these with a crop top in the warmer months!!! The amount of confidence that Micheline Pitt's clothing labels give you is amazing and we can't wait to see what's in store for the future.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Star Man Giveaway!

As a long time Bowie fan I was absolutely blown away when one of my favourite local designers come to me and asked if we could team up and create a dress paying homage to my favourite Star Man. Better yet we also got to work with an amazing accessory designer and create a bold and bright Bowie style pinup look that he himself would have been proud of.

So for this blog Sarsparilly, Tika's Treasures and I proudly bring the Starman Dress and accessories collection that one of my lucky readers can win! Yes you read that you can win all three David Bowie themed items from this shoot.

I've been shooting and featuring the stunning designs of Sarsparilly over the last few years more recently with the brilliant Harry Potter themed swing dress. There is always something magical about the fabric choices, fit and designs of this amazing Aussie based brand and for this collaboration I knew I had to go a super cute summer style swing to show the most out of this fabric and cut.

The Star Man Dress is perfection. Custom made for my measurements (I got a 2XL and the waist which is a 16 and the 3XL, an 18 at the bust) this style of bust line actually allows me to not wear a bra and the fit is spot on. I opted for the 18 bust to get the best hourglass style fit and the ability to get a custom fit made this frock fit like a second skin.

There are a whole lot of amazing Bowie Prints out there but there is something out of this world about this specific print as it features all of his iconic looks and those amazing poses. The world is not the same without his brilliant creativity but luckily we can hold onto his music and magic and wearing this makes me never forget his brilliance and impact on the world.

I've paired this stunning swing dress with my little faux leather bolero and a locally made turban. Why go plain and boring when you can be inspired by the man himself and take those little fashion risks. I just need a few more bright leather motos and some brilliant thigh high crushed velvet platform boots and I'm set for wearing this all the time. I also love this fabric that much I'd kill for a skirt version as the extra styling possibly would be amazing. From Bowie tees to more structures pinup blouses I'd love to create 100's of outfits.

So now for all the details you've been waiting for to win this amazing set of 3 David Bowie themed goodies. It's a super simple Instagram giveaway so to be in the running for this prize all you'll need to do is the following :

Win a set of David Bowie inspired items by entering our Star Man Giveaway!  Up for grabs is one @sarsparilly Star Man dress and a Bowie inspired set of earrings and a brooch by @tikas_treasure 

To enter, please complete the following:
1. Be following @teerwayde @sarsparilly @tikas_treasure
2.  Share this image and the hashtag #starmangiveaway

Giveaway ends 9pm on the 12th of September.  Winner will be drawn at random.  Giveaway is open worldwide.  Prizes are not redeemable for cash.  Dress will take 8-10 weeks for completion and is made to order from set sizes XXS - 5XL.

Many thanks to Liz Fleming for rocking this shoot and capturing this look perfectly

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Kaiju Candy has done it once again with the release of her original IT themed range of brooches and earrings. Donna the master of making all things horror wearable has created 4 bold and brilliant pieces to pay homage to one of the scariest characters in horror history.

Stephen King's IT was one of the most terrifying and long term fear inducing films/mini series of my generations youth. Shaping young horror lovers like myself or scaring the crap out of your with Tim Curry's brilliant partial of Pennywise. Many of the most iconic books turned film were big when I was a child and preteen so I've basically grown up reading and watching his stories, so obviously owning this set was a must.

From the moment I saw the sneaky previews for this amazing Pennywise brooch I knew he must be mine but until I held him in my hands I had no idea of the sheer brilliance and size of this clown bust. Donna of Kaiju Candy always created the most perfect accessories because she knows exactly how to mix patterns, shapes and multiple forms of glitter.

This amazing and almost palm sized brooch is so strong, thick, bright and shines like crazy. It works brilliantly as a sold piece and even more amazing when worn with a high necked top and paired with the balloon. The mixture of glitters on this brooch really make it stand out and I'm actually a little jealous of his ruby red glitter hair do. 

I think the theme for every spooky themed shoot I do for Kaiju Candy should be - Getting my creep on for Donna.

You can never have enough balloons and the iconic Red Balloon from the film is currently my obsession since shooting these looks. There is something so simple yet so striking about both the solo and grouped balloons and I'm smitten hardcore with both pieces right now.

Just look at that pop and sparkle! How can you not wear these pieces each and every day. Styling wise it's super simple. Currently I'm loving them paired with bold red blouses or my Troublemaker and Bad Girl Crop Tops from Vixen by Micheline Pitt.

Plus there is a solo ruby sparkled brooch pin which links up with the Clown pin! So if you are wanting to go a little less bright this is the pin for  you. While these items are sold out via her website (there was an amazing rush on preorders!!) you can contact KC directly for other stockists and see if they will be returning.

Obviously I could not help but get inspired by these pieces and created my own little homage to the film with a Georgie style rain coat and balloon which I picked up at Bunnings.

Just a little creepy and kooky and hey I think I've got at least one of my Halloween week looks sorted! Many thanks to my amazing husband for stepping up and snapping these for me! We learn more and more every shoot and it's always awesome to create with him.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Have you ever discovered that dress that just rocks your world? That you plead and pray for multiple fabrics, colours and prints so you can wear nothing but that for the rest of your days? Well Dangerfield have made my frock dreams come true and I'm crazy for these two darling dresses!


Oh Patsy - How you have changed my life. I've been waiting and let's face it dying for a Dangerfield dress that has 3/4 length sleeves as I wear cardigans to cover up my upper arms most days. So when the Patsy Dress hit the website I went crazy for the 3/4 flute style flowing sleeve. I made my poor husband drive straight into our local store and once I tried this baby on I was hooked.

The fit is outstanding and in an 18 I'm comfortable, have no boob squishing going on and it really does hug my curves and create such amazing shape. It's that fit  that makes you feel like you can take on the world and look damn fine when doing it.

The fabric is lightweight and lined so it's suitable for both the cooler and warmer months - right now I pair this with thick black stockings, knee high boots and leather gloves but in the summer it will be nothing but platform pumps.

I know I loved this dress from the moment snapped it up but once I saw these images on the back of the camera I went crazy all over again and went straight from my shoot back to DF and picked up the blue/teal version. You can never have too many versions of a garment that makes you feel brilliant. So now I think all I need is a red and white version, solid black and maybe a floral print (hint hint DF HQ!) and my life would be complete.

Accessory wise I kept it simple and paired the Patsy with my new Texas Holdem  Reverfolie Earrings. These stunning drop styles feature glittering suits from playing cards. I love the simple shapes and how bolding they shine in the daylight. They also pair perfectly with this dress and I love how the bright red rube shade pops agains my hair.

My second favourite dress currently available has to be the Cottage Rose Dress. This stunning tea dress style ticks all of my spring desire boxes. A fitted bust, bow detailing, a super comfortable sleeve, pockets and an amazingly flattering flared skirt. The delicate floral print pairs with absolutely everything in my collection and I just love wearing all of my Dangerfield and Revival branded cardigans with this print. 

I'm wearing this style in an 18 and it's spot on for my bust, has enough room at the waist and arms (no tightness or restrictiveness going on) and it's an absolute joy to wear. I'm loving this seasons lengths as well as they hit me just above the knee and show off the right amount of leg.

Instead of pairing this with one of my many cardigans I opted for my amazing Ebony Denim Jacket which I reviewed earlier this year. I've never had a piece of denim fit me like this jacket does and it have become a weekday staple this winter and no doubt will be worn way too often this spring. Sadly this style has sold out but you  can find others like it here.

Again I kept my accessories simple with a few pins on my jacket and my beloved Retro Holly Hoops in baby blue. While I may not be wearing any pale blue I love how the shade used on the hoops works with the floral and denim - a match made in heaven. Next on my Reverfolie lust list has to be a few more of these earrings. I'm lusting after every glitter shade currently on the web store.