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Monday, February 11, 2019

Capriosca Swimwear



For the past few years, I've heard absolutely amazing things about Capriosca Swimwear and with each season released I fall madly in love with their stunning designs and equally stunning models. What I love most about this brand is the fact that they use real curvy girls who are not afraid to rock a swimsuit.


So this year I've braved limited clothing and shot two of my absolute favourite pieces from their collection.


Sticking with my love for pinup styling my first one piece is Retro Check one piece with black trimming. This suit features a stunning deep v neckline, bold black trim (really makes those checks pop) and in built support in the form of a shelf bra.


Usually, I'd be wary of this kind of support given the fact that I'm a 36HH but I actually love the lift and shape this suit creates. The halter ties are adjustable, so you can wear it as high or as low as you wish.


I also love the rouched panel at the waist which helps to accentuate your curves and really emphasize that waist like. It also helps hide any tummy issues you may have. The retro shape and print of this swimsuit also works perfectly as a bodysuit and pairs with wiggle skirts, swings, shorts or jeans. Just add a pair of heels and a cardigan and you have a double use suit!


I wear a size 18 in all of these pieces, and I find the fit is really generous as they are made of super stretchy yet firm fabrics. There are no issues when it comes to tight leg openings or arm holes and I can wear each piece with ease all day long.



Next we have something that really appeals to the more gothic side of my styling. A stunning all black number complete with capped black sleeves, a tie up bust line, that same amazing rouching at the waist and absolute comfort.

I've become a huge fan of sleeved or more covered up swimsuits recently as a way to protect my skin as much as possible. I'm super pale and crisp up within minutes so having swimwear that covers and protects my lily-white skin is brilliant.


This suit has a round neckline teams up with a lace up/eyelet bust and built in shelf bra. The laces can be tied super tight or loosely and you can show as much or as little cleavage as you like. Which his brilliant for a super busty girl like myself. I can show all or very little and not have to worry about anything popping up or out.


This suit also rocks perfectly as bodysuit and my favourite look this summer is to pair this with jeans and flats or a solid black swing skirt and big, wide brimmed sunhat to give this outfit a really summer witch vibe.

I'm so happy that I've added these two styles to my ever growing swimsuit collection and I can't wait to try more from Capriosca's range, maybe I'll be brave enough to try some ruffles or a two piece next!!!


I'm currently lusting after this stunning batwing ruffled one piece as it flows beautifully and creates such a dramatic effect. This is definitely one I need to try asap!! Imagine this as a bodysuit as well - So chic!!!

Please note I'm wearing a corset due to epic pms issues!!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cristofoli

Last year when hunting for amazing footwear I stumbled across ShoeFun a Western Australian based shoe store with an amazing collection of bold, retro,  fun, cute and dramatic footwear from brands such as Irregular Choice, Bettie Paige, Lola Ramona and many, many more.

With an endless supply of amazing printed fabrics, magical themed footwear and some of the most comfortable and long lasting shoes on the market you are spoilt for choice.

But for this review I wanted to introduce you my lovely readers to the in house designed brand Cristofoli. This large range of retro inspired footwear has been immaculately designed with old school beauty and total comfort in mind.



For my first ever pair of Cristofoli heels I wanted something that could be perfect for work or play in a shade that's deep, rich and pairs perfectly with my floral prints and lace outfits. The Juliet Antique Red Polka dot heels will get your heart a flutter.

With the stunning polka dot leather, with sweet flower detail and adjustable ankle strap they create a modern twist on a stylish classic heel. The pattered leather is perfection and the extra addition of a rose in the same fabric makes these even sweeter.


Featuring a 3 inch / 7.5 cm heel and lightly padded footbed for extra comfort these heels are very true to size and an absolute joy to wear all day long. From the office to after work drinks these will keep you comfortable and looking cute all day.

The heel thickness also gives you that solid grounding and this adds to the comfort level. This style is available in red as show, black, charcoal and pink, all created from soft leather.


I'm wearing a size 10/41 and I find the fit to be spot on and now that I've slid into my first pair of Cristofoli heels I'll be eagerly heading back for more!

Next on my lust list are some adorable colours and prints.


You can pick up these and so many more styles via the first link listed. I'm so smitten with the teal/petrol shades of green. From a T-bar to a super sweet winter bootie. I also can't get enough of the style I'm wearing now so I think a bold leopard print and a patent black version will be perfect for my collection.




Which is your favourite? Many thanks to the awesome fluffy friend who joined me on this shoot.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Flamenco

Today Erstwilder releases the stunning flamenco and Spanish Inspired Range! A magical set of truly beautiful designs celebrating the Spanish culture by my amazing friend Donna Luke.


 
My heart always thumps that little bit harder for a stunning bust style brooch and this lovely lass might just be the most stunning woman in my collection to date. From pinups to cowgirls, zombies to pirates I've got a great set of Erstwilder women and I'm forever looking for more.

 

 
From the stunningly bold red rose and luscious locks to those absolutely divine lashes this piece is so soft, stunning and beautiful.  You will see a very distinct rose focus in each piece I've photographed and what blows me away is the use of resins and design features to make each piece really pop. The line work on that red rose makes it look exactly like any of my rose accessories.
 
 
 
My addiction to hand fans started many moons ago and I've always had a huge collection of these amazingly useful accessories. So from the moment I saw the Pretty Pericon brooch it new that I needed to wear my favourite cooling piece all summer long. 
 
 
The design of this hand is so stunning that I wish for it to be reality! The bold black structure, polka dot 'fabric' and more amazing red roses really make this piece pop. The black resin mixed with gold also creates a magical black lace effect.
 
 

Now I could not shoot this amazing piece without including one of my perfectly designed Fancy Fans. These boldly printed and failsafe fans will keep you cool all summer and looking absolutely fab! 


 
Each piece shown in this review includes a rich red rose and I really do adore how they have placed these design so effortlessly into each brooch and accessory.
 
 
For these stunning earrings the rose has been paired with a sparkling gold hoop and matching red resin top. The glitter used in these sparkles so strongly and brightly you'll be mesmerized every time you see your own reflection.  
 

I'm usually not a fan of gold but I love how perfectly it pairs with the deep red shade and it inspired my whole outfit for this shoot. I think these earrings will be on high rotation all summer long as they inspired so many outfits!
 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Lip Sorcery

Last year I introduced you to an amazing Australian based nail polish company, Aree Polish, that absolutely blew my mind. Fast forward to this year and they have rocked my socks off once again by releasing an amazing range of lipsticks.

 

A collection of 6 magical lipstick shades drenched in intense colour creating incredible shimmer and shine.Beautifully creamy and infused with moisturising oils with a non bleed formula so you'll never have to worry about any messy lines or smudging. All of these pieces are hand made in Australia, are cruelty free and 100% Vegan!

I'm usually very basic when it comes to lip colours, and I tend to stick to 3 main shades - a natural pink and a dark red and ruby bright red. This range, however, has made me realize that I can wear just about any colour and look fab.

 
Sasshole - $22.00
 
There is nothing more fun that a little sparkle on your lips and this raspberry shade of pink with pearl shimmer is pure magic. Great for day or night and adds a little bit of sass to any look. This shade has a opaque pearl finish.
 


Kink - $22.00

From the moment I saw Kink I knew I'd be smitten with the intense burgundy shade with duo chrome opaque finish. This deep shade will give my usual go to reds a run for their money and I love how perfectly this pairs with my hair and skin tone.

 

Voyeur - $22.00

For years I've been avoiding nude lips as I thought I looked fairly silly in them but Voyeur has changed my mind forever! It's a pale nude pink with mesmerizing green gold iridescence sparkles and a opaque metallic finish. Giving you 60s/70s vibes and pairs perfectly with so many eye shadow or liner looks. I'm dying to try this with a Smokey Eye and make a more modern look. I'm really digging this look and will be trying more nudes from now on.

 

Pinned - $22.00
 

The hunt for the perfect orange shade of lippy is finally over for me! For the last few years, I've had absolutely no luck with orange lipsticks but Pinned with it's golden red intense metallic shimmer effect is 100% perfect. Expect to see this colour pop up in so many more shoots as I've fallen head over heels for it.

 

Tempt - $22.00

More super pale shades? Yes indeedy! The pale creamy lilac of Tempt with a subtle purple shimmer makes me want to create some iconic mod looks and find some amazing matching lilac hoops. This colour has a opaque cream finish and feels amazing on your lips.


 
Gossip - $22.00

Last but definitely not least is the vibrant, bold and stunningly iridescent purple shade Gossip. Complete with magical teal glittering finish this colour is strong, looks amazing and really brings out more my gothic side makeup wise. I can't get over how strong this colour is.

Each lipstick is long lasting, a joy to wear and so comfortable on your lips - no drying out, flaking or any of those things what inferior lippies do.

I can't wait to create future looks based around each colour when I have the down time! Many thanks to my amazing husband for snapping these images.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Gothic Mansfield

Last November I featured the amazing luxury knitwear company Mademoiselle X in a full photo shoot and feature. I was blown away with the fit, tailoring and design of each piece and I knew from that point onwards I would be wanting every single release.

In my first review I shot the Mansfield Dress as a cardigan as the pink fabric in size 16 and I love how versatile it was as both address and a cardigan. It was a mini and covered my toosh but I wanted a little more length and as a standard size 18 I wanted to get the best possible fit as well.


 
Well luckily we were graced with a new gothic pinup dream dress to end 2018!

The Gothic Mansfield Dress is perfection! The exact shame style as the pink dress as shown in my earlier post but in a stunning black knit with limited edition Swarovski buttons! This style has been lengthened and now hits you just above the knee for a more sleek and elegant fit.

The black ruffled portrait collar which frames the neck and cascades down to an open v-décolleté is such a stunning and striking neckline. As a busty girl you can wear it buttoned up fully or as I tend to opt for one or two buttons undone to create more cleavage and that heart style shape.



I'm wearing this gothic beauty in a size 18 and I honestly love the fit in this size so much more than the 16 but I'll be continuing to wear that smaller size as a cardigan for years to come. The knitted fabric does allow lots of stretch so many shapes and sizes can wear each piece. This piece is available in size 8 to 18AU.

The softness of the knit is such a joy to wear as it's delicate and really hugs your curves. While I'd usually find most knitted wiggled dresses scary to wear with all my lumps and bumps I actually feel amazing when wearing this. Plus the lack of gaping in between each button is brilliant! My bust and hips fit without any issues.


Now the  Swarovski buttons version is limited edition but you can also snap up a version with the original black velvet buttons for $170.00. So you it all depends on whether you're into a little sparkle or all black.

I've paired this stunning style with sheer black stockings and nothing else as this piece shines brightly on it's own. I can't wait until winter when I can style this with more tights, gloves, coats and lace up boots.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BlackMilk Sparkles

It's BlackMilk Clothing review time!!! This week I'm excited to be reviewing a few of my favourite pieces, each with their own style, sass and effortless brilliance. 



My go to size at BM is XL so for each piece I review here will always be that size or for kimono an open size. So lets dish! 



When the Christmas range was released, I loved so many pieces from the jackalope print to the sparling romper but there was one magic ruby red glitter wonder that I had to have in my life. 



This stunning faux wrap dress made my jaw drop when I first saw it online but I had no idea how amazing the glitter fabric was until I got it in my hands. A shimmering stretch red fabric with a floaty non restricted sleeve, the ever so flattering on a big bust wrap neckline and a skater style skirt. 

I'm such a sucker for any form of wrap dress and this piece really has my heart. You'll be mesmerized by the shimmer, and the compliments will keep coming. I've only worn this once, but so many people stopped me just to say how stunning this piece was. 


The size and fit is perfect as the wrap bust accommodates many different bust sizes be it big or small it will show off your best features and the deep neckline really packs that wow factor. Just be sure to wear a plunge bra or boobie tape in order to get that perfect bust look.



Length wise I'm happy to say that even though this style sits above my knees it covers the toosh perfectly and I have no flashing fears. Sometimes I worry that my behind might shorten the skirt too much but on my 5'6.5 frame it works perfectly. The reflective glitter effect really does make this dress stand out and as you can see the skirt falls perfectly over my hips.


 

I live in midi lengths at work as they look sleek and work with the amount of movement I do daily. When I first tried BlackMilk I was searching for the best skater skirt on the market and they answered my prayers with two styles! Now they have rocked my socks of with the best 3/4 style midi skater style dress! 



I always gravitate to all black, and this is a must have wardrobe piece for every woman. The soft fabric is an absolute joy to wear, and it shows just the right amount of skin. The scoop neckline works perfectly with my bust and the sleeves really firm and thin out my arms. This piece also has pockets! The soft fabric is an absolute joy to wear, and it shows just the right amount of skin. 












This fabric is multi seasonal as a mid weight easy dry stretch fabric much like the kind you'd find in all of the Blackmilk leggings and skirts. Cool enough for the warmer months if you like to cover up and perfectly paired with warm coats, boots and stockings. I can't wait to style this throughout 2019.



Wanting to stick with a sleek all black look I've paired this piece with my new Kreepsville666 bat waist belt in an 2XL/3XL. I've found the fit on this one a little too roomy but a few strong stitches will fix that as I ordered the wrong size. I love how the gun metal grey pairs with the black fabric used in this midi dress and I know I'll be pairing all of my Kreepsville belts and other harnesses with this style all year long.


 
Sticking with the midi styles as I find they compliment my figure the most I also snapped up the Koson Flowers Rio Midi. What drew me to this stunning floral number was the peekaboo and bow plus the flowing cap sleeve. The location of the cut out is just beneath your bra line so you'll only be showing a little upper tummy skin section. I've always had a soft spot for designs like this and I wear them showing off the little touch of bare skin with pride or if I feel the need I pair it with a black bodysuit beneath.

 
find these almost 40's style sleeve so flattering when you have larger upper arms and perfect for summer wear as the skim the upper arm apposed to tightly wrapping it. The flower print is absolutely stunning and something I've not had the pleasure of including in my wardrobe until now. 

The bow tie feature in the middle of the bust is a separate piece and can be tied to your personal preference or comfort level. I personally adore the fit on my bust and can't wait to wear this out over summer. This will be a definite favourite for those superhot evenings in beer gardens and maybe even some daggy dance floor moves. 

I find this style so flattering I hope that there will be more versions of it in the future. Be it other colour ways or even a non-cut out version for colder weather. It'so amazing that it needs to be in every single BM print!
 
 

 
Now that I've figured out the perfect size for me in all BlackMilk garments, I wanted to ask if you, my lovely readers, would like me to review any specific garments from their collections? I'm going to be featuring more over 2019 but I also want to help you guys with all your fit questions. 

I'm all ears and keen to try other styles as well as my core go to pieces. 

Thank you to Liz for capturing each of these pieces perfectly and always making me giggle on each and every shoot. I have no class when we get together! 


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In Full Bloom

Over the past 2 weeks Erstwilder have been tempting the brooch loving community with stunning previews from their latest In Full Bloom range.



Modeled by the adorable, super sweet and absolutely stunning Miss Victory Violet, this amazing collection features some of the most beautiful floral pieces I've ever laid eyes on. Deigned by  Carmen Hui Art and Illustration this collection comprises of beautifully crafted and created flowers and houseplants .


For this release I actually went out of my accessory comfort level ever so slightly and ordered the large statement necklace. I'm always wearing small necklaces or pendants and this year I've decided to go in a more epic direction, embracing larger pieces and more ornate creations.

 
 

 
 
 


My first two pieces from this collection had to be the absolutely stunning roses. This version of the Lily and rose bunch necklace the size Large which is 16cm wide. This epic piece really does create the effect of a blooming punch of stunning flowers and the attention to detail within both the roses and the lily really do make eat petal and feature pop.

 

I've only recently become a fan of roses and what I love about these pieces has to be how well they have mimicked and created a very real petal texture in both flowers and lets face it there is nothing sweeter than a deep red rose!





Being the owner of 3 cats I can't have Lily's in my home anymore but I can wear them as accessories while keeping my fur babies safe. I just adore how the Lily takes pride and place in-between these two red roses and the soft pink really compliments the other pieces.
 
 
 
I've paired this stunning piece with the single red rose brooch and I love how magical they look when worn with one outfit. This piece pairs perfectly with each and every brooch, necklace or earring from the collection of shines when worn on it's own.

 

Out of all of the house plants featured in this collection the Monstera brooch really called to me. I'm always searching for large leafed ferns and this piece is one of my dream potted pretties in reality.

 
 
I've got a folder full of background inspiration for photo shoot locations all involving the stunning big and bold leaves of this amazing plant and now I can wear it.



 The reflective resign in 3 stunning shades of green make this piece really true to reality and I love how well it pairs with the rich purple shades in the vase. This piece has inspired me that much I need to have one of these in my home!
 


 
 
 

Lastly but in no way least I have another bold statement necklace! Yes I'm really going to rock amazing pieces like this! 

 

 


The string of pearls necklace is an amazing creating that perfectly replicates the hanging basket house plant of the same name otherwise know as Senecio Rowleyanus.  Comprising of a white glittered bowl with cascading green almost pea like strings of these dark and light green pearls.





While the rose and lilly necklace was all about a bright and bold bunch of flowers this piece showcases how stunning a hanging plan accessory really can be.

What I love most about these larger, statement necklaces is that you can wear them with both low and high necklines. They pop on any base and really do stand out in the best possible way.

Which is your favourite from this fantastic floral collection?