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Monday, September 19, 2016

Spooky Things To Come

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

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



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

Well, hello there, hot new prints! 



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

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

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



A new Harlequin Print arrives soon! 





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

And lastly, the stunning Victorian Stripe!




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




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Simply Tops!

In Australia we use the term 'Tops' as a slang way to describe something being great or brilliant and that's how I'm feeling about the AW16 trends from Simply Be. More specifically I'm smitten with the selection of going out tops that's hit the website this season. As we hit spring downunder the UK sneaks into the cooler months of the year and we almost have a mixture of styles that suit both climates, this tends to happen with Aussie Autumn and Spring and I love that I can shop these style year round.

Casually I'm all about black. It's my uniform and the shade I find myself constantly gravitating to so I wanted to share my current lust list from Simply Be as they have so many rock chick worthy style that make my heart sing.



I have been hunting for this exact style top for the last few months so I'm super excited to see that Simply Be have created a curve loving version of it. I've become a huge fan of off the shoulder tops and I specifically wanted this style to pair with disco pants and high waisted black jeans. Essentially creating the look that Sandy wears at the end of Grease. Pair with a pair of killer red mules and a red neck scarf and I've got it! 






Everybody needs a scoop neck 3/4 sleeve top in their collection but this is a better option for those who love to tuck into all high waisted skirts and pants. The Scoop Neck Body offers a comfortable way to tuck and it won't budge. You won't need to worry about visible lines under your pencil skirt or through your jeans as the bodysuit was made to pair with both of these styles. I find bodysuits at perfect with swing and pencil skirts and they also offer an extra element of shaping. 



Off the shoulder and a bodysuit? Shut up and take my money!!!! I'm absolutely smitten with this ruffled little number and need it for summer. The simple ruffle and shape pair perfectly with all casual skirts and jeans and when paired with a little leather skirt or full pinup swing style this bodysuit absolutely shines. Get it fast as this is selling like hotcakes and I hope I don't miss my chance to get this. 



Lastly we have my 70's gothic dreams combined in this super cute and sheer lace number. This season lace returns and it's time to bare some skin and take risks. Pair this lace top with a slinky little black tank dress, a bustier or even a cage bra. My favourite features have to be the fluted sleeves and peplum waist. 

Now to transfer these babies from my lust list into my shopping cart and style like crazy!




Hourglass

For the last few months I've been holding onto a huge secret and it's been oh so hard not to blurt it out due to excitement! When I was planning my trip to the US I received an email from one of my favourite labels - Trashy Diva, asking if I'd like to work with them on a photo shoot in New Orleans. While this was not a stop on my trip I quickly worked out the dates and booked it in! I was over the moon and bursting with excitement to work with a body loving, stunningly tailored and empowering clothing label. Now I'm no newbie when it comes to Trashy Diva's amazing fit and styling as I've shot some of their amazing styles for the blog in the past but being asked to model for them as their first plus size model well how could I not be over the moon with this news!

So just a few short weeks ago I jumped on a Delta flight to New Orleans and shot with one of the best crews in an absolutely remarkable town. Staying overnight in a stunning cottage I woke early and headed into the office to try on all the frocks and get started on one epic day of shooting. My looks were of the brand new print - Hourglass, how fitting that my body shape matches this name perfectly. I also had the chance to shoot a few more looks from other super secret ranges but I'll zip my lips tightly until those are released. Now people see many different things in this hourglass print be it bowties, a geometic print, the shape of a woman or what I found - Deadpool without a circle! Hourglass is a jazzy 50s 60s geometric print that is office ready and cocktail worthy.



I was lucky enough to model 3 stunning styles from this range that suit my curves perfectly. The first style that is now a part of my own collection is the Apple Tartlet Dress. Sister to the existing Apple Pie dress this is a flirty shorter version of this dress. So if you love to show off your pins this is the style for you! Featuring a ruffled bust with new skinny straps that detail four adjustable button holes on the back to achieve your desired fit. Fitted at the waist then flowing out to a short flirty skirt complete with pockets. 

I'm wearing this style in a size 14 and the fit is absolutely perfect! The shape of the dress is flattering on my hourglass shape and the bust accommodates my large chest, it really does and this is a rare thing these days! The fabric is a lightweight cotton with a little stretch so it molds to your curves and is perfect to wear all day and night. 

  


What I love most about this print is how stunningly it pairs with a variety of colours and how cute it can look with a variety of cardigans.You can mix and match separates as they work well with white, black and citron solids as seen above with the magenta cardigan. While I usually don't like wearing white I actually love this cropped cardigan and how it pops when paired with the print. 



These cardigans are super soft and so very comfortable to wear and with the selection of colours and such a brilliant price you will find it hard to buy just one. I plan to order all of these over time as they work with absolutely everything.

These images were shot at the world famous CafĂ© De Monde! I love how I got to see the sites and taste all the delights while shooting and after these shots were taken I devoured those beignets. If you haven't had he pleasure of trying a beignet you must get yourself to New Orleans asap and visit this cafe. I ended up making a fool of myself with powered sugar here, there and everywhere but it was worth it as these are divine! 



Now I'm no stranger to the Liz Dress  as I modeled another version of this many moons ago. I always loved and it flatters a large bust without covering up everything and the cap sleeve works well with my upper arms. Usually a cap sleeve can do me wrong but this style is flattering and almost slimming. The slim-fitting bodice shows of my small waist while the A-line skirt with gathered sides adds flow perfectly to just above my knees on this short style. I'm really loving the variety of both mid length and short styles currently in stock at Trashy Diva as they are perfect for girls of all shapes, sizes and heights. 

I'm wearing this style in and 14 and like the Tartet dress before it's perfect! I felt like every 14 I wore on this shoot was designed for me and that's the sign of a perfect size chart and body loving clothing brand. 



The Liz Dress comes with a matching hot pink belt which draws the print together perfectly and while I never wear thing belts I actually love this look. The small print works so much better with a thin style belt and I would love to see this dress with a citron green and white version of the bow belt. I cant' wait to add more Liz's to my collection as it's just a perfect frock. 




The Virginia Shirtwaist features a classic 1960s silhouette with its curved neckline and sweet collar, darted back, and fitted bodice complete with a knife pleated, knee-length skirt. A button up front with the extra addition of snap buttons between each button offers a gap free closure - What a brilliant idea!!!! If you are busty like myself you will have an ongoing battle with shirt dresses and your bustline but the inclusion of the extra snap buttons fixes this issue completely!

This dress is divine and I'm regretting the fact that I did not take it home with me as it's so easy to wear and effortlessly chic. Perfect for work or play, dresses up or down it's the dress of my dreams and I must have it back on my body asap. Plus this style suits everyone and I loved reading Miss Victory Violet's review of this style as I thought of her the moment I tried it on.


I'm wearing this style in a size 16 to accommodate my chest and while it's perfect for my bust it's a little roomy around my waist but that's becoming normal for me. I tend to size up in button ups for my bustline and with the extra addition of the waist belt the waist room is fixed instantly.

It was so amazing to work with the brilliant team at Trashy Diva and although briefly see the sites of New Orleans. I'm planning my next big trip and I'll be sure to head right back and spend more time in Louisiana and hopefully have the chance to shoot with them again! I can't wait to see what the future holds with Curves To Kill and Trashy Diva and I'm even more excited to share the new set of images we shot, but for now I have to keep quiet.

Many thanks to my amazing Photographers on the day Brittney and Sandy. Plus an extra big hug and love to Erin for sorting out pretty much everything and for awesome chats, driving me about a new town and for looking after me so well.






Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cat Crazy!!!

If you are a fan of Pinup Girl Clothing then you will be a collector and lover of all of the stunning Mary Blair featured on skirts, dresses, adorable peasant blouses and now luxurious silk scarves. My first purchase from the Magic of Mary Blair collection was the amazingly bright and unique Yellow Train Border Jenny Skirt and this one item started a long love affair with the detailed and beautiful illustrations featured on so many different styles at Pinup Girl Clothing. Mary's illustrations inspired the Disney loving child in us all while still keeping that perfect pinup look.

 

Now being a full blown crazy cat lady, I felt hard for all of the cat related prints from this range and from the moment I saw these adorable grey kitties on the Heidi Dress, I knew that I needed to have this in my collection. I've been a mad fan of the Heidi Dress for many years as it's not only a dream to wear but a brilliant cut for an hourglass figure such as mine. It's great for big busts yet slims out the waist with a stunning firm fit and matching skinny belt which was not used for this photo shoot. I wear the Heidi in an XL and the fit is phenomenal. This new Heidi offers a angular sweetheart neckline and a different gather on the sleeve area which gives a much better fit allowing for more movement and up and down bust sizes.


I'm usually not one to ever wear pale blue or pink but I honestly love how this colour blend works with my skin tone and how well it pairs with dark red locks. While I know that I can wear these colours I'm usually a little worried I might be too bright so I paired the Heidi with my beloved Sweet Sweater from Heart of Haute and I really love how the basic black breaks up the print and adds a little more depth. 


There is always something so very whimsical about each Mary Blair print and once you start your collection I'm afraid you'll not be able to stop at just one. Each print brings with it as many smiles and compliments and with new prints being added still you will have a huge selection available to add to your wardrobe. This year was the year of trying new colours, styles, theme and pushing my own boundaries so I'm testing the waters with pale pinks and blues and I just adore how they work with my colouring.


If you don't have a Heidi Dress in your collection yet you must literally run out right now and get one! I wear mine casually, to work, out on date nights and absolutely everywhere as they are perfect! Now if only I could magically have each and every print ever created in this style my life would be complete. This print has also started what I can only describe as a overwhelming need to own all the kitty prints. So I'm now hunting for the adorable ginger version of this dress and lots of other cat related pinup prints!


Many thanks to the brilliant Liz from L12 Photography for shooting these for me and for using this adorable barn door as the backdrop. Many thanks to the lovely owner of this amazing house who let us use her garage/barn door as a location.
 

 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Uniquely Brilliant

If you've been following my recent trip to the US across social media, you will have already discovered that I was lucky enough to shoot with some of my favourite brands while abroad. I will be doing a 'shooting in LA' post later this month but before this I wanted to share with you a super brilliant shoot I had just days before we jumped on the plane.

Armed with heaps of Unique Vintage outfits and Iron Fist shoes, L12 Photography and I headed to some adorable local locations and shot up a storm with my absolute favourite styles! So sit back, make a cuppa and prepare for one photo packed post!


Black Doris Top - Sold Out 

Every now and then and item of clothing enters your life and you feel like you've not lived to the fullest without it. This item has to be the stunning Watermelon Circle Skirt from UV. There is something absolutely magical about this watermelon print and I can honestly admit that I'm crazy for this swingtastic skirt! The layering of colours is what grabs you firstly with this print. I've seen fruit skirts all over the retro world but this is something magical about this style. 


Now this style was new to me at UV so I opted to get the 2XL for my waist measurement of 34 inches and there is still some room to move. The fit is super comfortable with or without a corset (yes I'm wearing one in this whole set of images) and I've worn this outfit so many times since the shoot! It has a zip at the back and one single button to hold everything in place, plus the extra bonus feature of pockets. Designers know our love for pockets on swing styles and I'm loving the extra details added these modern reproductions styles. 


I paired this skirt with my beloved Doris top in black and a thick waist belt. You could wear any of the colours featured within the skirt but I loved making the print the main focus with all black accessories. For extra volume I added the stunning coral Hell Bunny petticoat from Inspired Insanity and I love how the soft pink pairs with the green. After loving the fit of this skirt I had the pleasure of modeling a few more spooky prints for Halloween and I can't wait to get my hands on them asap! I'm inspired to shoot some super cute pinup horror themes this year.


Doris Top - Sold Out 

From a huge pop of colour to something a little more work and every day friendly. The Vivien Skirt is a sleek and super soft swing skirt that you will love in your work wardrobe. A perfect length, shape and fit (although the waistband is a little firmer than the previous skirt as it's a size down but it's still a great fit) and the look - completely sophisticated without any effort. 


I'm wearing the XL here petticoat free as I think the fabric does not really work with such layers beneath and I love how it skims over my hips and draws focus to my waist, I usually have an issue with hidden pockets and my hips but with this style and fit there are no issues! 


I paired this outfit with what have to be the most adorable Mermaid themed pumps from Iron Fist Australia. If you've followed my blog from the start you will know that I've always had an IF addiction as they make the most creative and stunning footwear and clothing. I love a shoe that makes an outfit pop and IF are definitely able to do that with their prints, themes and unique shapes. 

I chose the Midnight Mermaid shoe to pair with this look as the colours really work together and the print draws your eye straight to my pins! 


With a super high yet comfortable heel, adorable black iridescent shell applique and a open toe you can wear these babies all year round and I can't wait to style them with more nautical themed looks this summer. Size wise I went with a 10 and I found these a little tight but I own many 10's in this style from years gone by. With a size up I think I'd be more comfortable mainly in the toe area. Can we just take a moment to have a good look at the adorable little baby mermaids hidden in this print? So cute! 




I'm a sucker for gingham and when I saw the San Vicente Swing Dress I knew I had to try it asap to see if it would work with my shape. I'm really not a halter style girl and that's mainly due to being a GG cup, to be honest I've not worn a halter since I was a D cup! But this style is flattering due to the higher cut neckline and thicker fabric. I might have cheated and worn my normal bra with this but as I wear cardigans constantly it never shoes and I have no fear about having halter or strapless bra issues. 


I'm wearing this style in an 2XL and I could honestly fit better in a XL as there sheering at the back offers so much stretch and without a fitted belt or cardigan it's actually a little roomy on my waist. So if you are usually an XL in stretchy items like me I'd stick with that size as there is lots of room to move with this style. Pictured without a petticoat I love the fit and flow of the skirt and the fabric is great for traveling as you never have to steam or iron it. This was a huge time saver on my recent trip.



What's this? Yet another halter? Yes!!!! I could not help myself with these styles I just had to have them and I'm so glad I broke out of my 'say no to halters' mindframe as this has to be one of the most comfortable and adorable dresses I've ever owned. 

Now like the last style I'd really like to size down to the XL for a firmer fit at the waist. I was not 100% sure of the fabrics but now that I've worn this many times I can tell you to size down. The top half is a super soft and stretchy so it was at great fit at my chest but roomy at my waist. Then the skirt is non stretch but due to the swing style shape it fits up to any hip size.



The bottom half of this skirt is a showstopper and when I arrived in the US I wore this on my first day at Disneyland! I received so many compliments and due to the flowing soft fabric I was cool and comfortable all day. The skirt is also fully lined so you won't have any issues with see through fabric.



You may have seen this style pop up on my blog before and that's because it's a brilliant fit! The Delores is one of those styles that I make grabby hands at my computer screen every time a new colour way is released. It checks all of my dress needs boxes with 3/4 length sleeves, a pleated and low cut bust and a fitted waist. 


I'm wearing the Delores in an XL and this is my go to size always in the this super stretchy fabric. I'm also loving the bright blue/turquoise colour of this fabric combined with the most dainty small polka dot print. It works perfectly with my pale skin and dark red hair.  


While I'd usually go for a black petticoat beneath a dress of this colour I chose navy blue this time and I really love how well it works together. It adds as softer mixture of colours and compliments the brighter blue fabric perfectly. 



Now the Darcy dress is a completely new style to me but I wanted to try this after all of the great fits I'd had with other strapless styles from UV. This style does come with detachable straps so don't discount this stunning frock if strapless is not your thing. 


I'm wearing the Darcy in a 2XL and I really love the super firm fit! It's not as stretchy as other garments I own from UV but I think the thickness of the fabric and structure are due to it being a strapless style. The fabric is amazing in person and really pops when paired with a rich red cardigan. I felt like snow white in this look and loved it! 



This style is currently sold out in all larger plus sizes but there are some 2XL's left so get shopping asap! Hopefully this returns in other prints as it's a perfect spring/summer dress for Australian pinups. 




After showing you all my favourite swing styles I had to try the Broadway stretch wiggle dress! As this is the year of trying new styles I wanted to see how I'd look in a higher neckline super tight wiggle dress and the result is - I can rock it!! This wiggle is adorable! From the pleated ruffle flounce to the knitted top and peter pan collar the Broadway dress fits like a dream and really does flatter a curvy figure. 


I opted to try this style in and XL due to the stretchy fabric and it's perfect. The fabric is that strong and thick it's also acts like shapewear holding everything in like shapewear and that's the sign of a perfect fabric.


Now this style is sleeveless and as you know I'm not a huge fan of my upper arms but my husband recommended pairing this with my Deadly Dames Moto Bolero and the results are perfect. I think my lovely man has been absorbing a little too much of my fashion talk and has stylist dreams - love it! 


I paired this outfit with my absolute current favourite style and Iron Fist Australia Kind of a Freak Wedges! These stunning day of the dead inspired shoes are super tall, have a stunning floral embroidery all over the black velvet wedge and the text 'FREAK' adorns each back heel. If you look closely at the top of the back heel you will find a super sweet little white skull as well. I own this style in leopard print with a huge red heart saying 'Love Kills' at the back and I thought that they were my favourite shoe but the freaks have won me over! 


With the combination of black, red and green, bold text, studs and skulls these are my current favourite shoe and I can't wait to keep styling these over the next few months. I'm wearing these in an size 10 and they are a perfect fit so it's just a little bit of trail and error with some styles it seems. If it's a tighter fit I'll need an 11 if a standard I tend to go with my usual 10. Now that I'm back home I can't wait to wear these out on the town and pair with with disco pants and leather! 

Many thanks to the amazing Liz from L12 Photography for working so hard on this super fast last minute shoot! I have one more outfit/post from this day coming up asap so keep yours eyes peeled for that one. I also can't wait to get my hands on more Iron Fist styles next season as they keep blowing my mind with their unique creations. 





Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hola At Me

It's been way too long between Hola Chica features and as I sit at LAX waiting for my flight to San Francisco I think now is the best time to drool all over some of their stunning styles - suitable for both winter and spring.

From the moment I discovered this Sydney based brand I was hooked and I've been wearing their stunning dresses and separates ever since. Currently I'm in love with 3 perfect items and I was lucky enough to shoot these prior to heading off on my holiday.



The Vida Dress is that little black dress that you will live in all year round. For a girl that likes to cover up her arms the 3/4 sleeve design is perfect and the super stretchy fabric accentuates your curves and holds you in and the same time. This fabric is DIVINE!! Super soft and the amount of stretch is phenomenal . 


I'm wearing the Vida in an XL and although my measurements are a little over the size chart the fabric works with my shape perfectly. Even my - let's face it - 'giant rack' fits in the bust area, there is lots of stretch. The design itself flatters all shapes and sizes and can accommodate both large and small busts.


I paired this perfect little black wiggle with my new The Positano Blue Glove from Have to Have and I love the how soft pale blue shade pops with the black dress. My beret was purchased many moons ago from ebay so I sadly don't have a link for that.  Have to Have blow me away each and every season with their new styles and colours of leather gloves and I can't wait to see what's in store for them next winter! 



After falling for the Vida Dress you must try the Vida Top! This blouse has the same fit but can be paired with skirts, shorts and jeans. It's the perfect length to both tuck and wear outside of jeans and skirts and just as stretchy as the dress. Given the smaller amount of fabric I worry my bust may be a little too large for the cup on this top but I still love the fit and with a little more skin showing you can adjust this to fit by tucking a little tighter. I was also wearing a corset with this outfit so my bust appears even larger than usual! 


I paired the Vida Top with the delectable Scarlet Red Kitty Pencil skirt and they look amazing together. Made from a soft and luscious red scuba fabric this skirt is AMAZING! So very comfortable yet still super sexy. I would honestly live in scuba material if possible as it's a dream to wear. There is plenty of give at the waist and hips so this will easily fit a 16 to 18AU and with my 34 inch waist it still had room to move.


With the bright pop of red paired with the black I knew that the new Carnivale gloves from Have to Have would be the perfect match for this outfit. The classic black leather glove shape with a multicoloured pop of each and every shade popping through between your fingers! These gloves are so fun and cute and a must have for any glove collecting freak like myself. 


Many thanks to Elizabeth from L2 Photography for snapping these images of me before we left! We shot in record timing and I adore each and every image from this set and the next few blog posts! I can't wait to share them all! 

Anyway it's time to head off and enjoy the rest of our trip! I can't wait to share everything I did over here with you guys and shoot and review even more items when I return.