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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Exoticathletica



I'm back on the fitness wagon but this time I'm focusing less on the scales as they drive me crazy but for this round I've taken on my own fitness regime, lots of my favourite diet plan - Chef Good - and I've fallen absolutely in love with Exoticathletica.  I'm ready to get my body back on track and get my butt into gear and what's better to help push me into wanting to do this than amazing workout wear. 

I've recently discovered Exoticathletica, an Australian based athletic company with a focus on creating the most perfect workout wear with all shapes and sizes in mind. With sizes ranging from 6 to 26, Exoticathletica have all bodies covered and the fit is absolutely amazing.

For years I've been wearing sub par leggings that either roll down or show my drawers. They never really fit correctly and when they do they are so very poorly made for the price - but those days have ended and I'm inspired to wiggle my way into these babies daily! 



You might have seen my toosh pop up on social media in these grey/black leopard printed leggings and while I'd usually not let a photo slip until I post a full review I had to share ASAP! I've never had a pair of high waisted leggings that were actually high waisted. 


I know this sounds really basic but every pair I've ever owned never hid my waist line and that's always made me paranoid about bending over, having to hike them up mid walk or showing my knickers mid Pilates session. But these actually hit past my waist!!


Plus the fabric, let me just quickly gush about the fabric used. It's tough, it's silky soft and stretchy without being sheer. I'm wearing the size large and they fit like a dream.



They fit firm and really hold you in plus the high waistline and thick waistband has been created to smooth out any tummy issues and make you feel confident while working out. I might not be the tallest, thinnest or have the most perfect skin but when I wear these all those issues fly right out the window. Plus a girl can't hide behind shapewear, corsets or awesome modelling poses when I shoot leggings and hell I'm proud of my bod in these. 


The size range of these brilliant leggings is brilliant as girls of all shapes and sizes are fit and love to work out. I might be a size 16 but that does not stop me playing basketball with my husband for fun.


Or working on my core with Pilates. The fact that an Australia based company welcomes all body types to wear their garments means we don't have to feel frumpy and horrid when we work out any more. 

Being a fashion writer I find that my workout gear adds a little more confidence to my exercise regime and I'm so glad I've found a brand that makes me feel this confident. 

So if you are on the look out for some brilliant high waisted leggings, short or 3/4's you will find great fitting leggings that will last you a lifetime at Exoticathletica. Be sure to use my discount code TEER01 at the checkout for 10% off your order. 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive commission if you make a purchase using this link. I only work with brands that I truly believe in and that inspire me or excite me so please use this discount and #slayallday with me!




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tis the most wonderful time of the year

December has finally hit and I'm in full festive swing mode! Being in Australia we have super hot summers and we always dream of all the winter looks, layers and White Christmases across the globe but I've found a few looks that will work with out summer heat and make you dazzle this silly season.

So I teamed up with L12 Photography, grabbed my stand out Christmas inspired seasonal favourites and a stunning selection of earrings from Reverefolie and shot up a storm!


ANGETTE TOP - $91.99

From the moment I picked these 3 items I knew that this was going to be the outfit I wear on Christmas day. The Blitzen skirt is the ever so popular 50's swing style that we have all come to know and love the fit off  - I'm in a size 2XL as I need some room to eat like crazy this season! The print on this skirt is absolutely adorable featuring reindeers, pinups, candy canes and much more.


I paired this stunning print with the new Angette top in sparkly red lurex. I've been hunting for curve hugging lurex for years and the Angette top has won my heart. From the plunging neckline to the adorable box and the most stunning sparkled lurex this top is a must have in all colours. I'm wearing this style in a size XL and the fit is perfect. Long enough to tuck into garments with ease or wear out with jeans and bright pumps. The fabric is pure magic and very soft and comfortable to wear. 


To complete this look I wore the Blitzen cropped cardigan which features the same candy canes as shown on the skirt. Now unlike all the other cardigans I own from Hell Bunny this style is a proper crop and hits me just at the waist in a 2XL, I usually would order an XL but for a gap free button fit I've gone up a size. Now for each outfit you will see some absolutely amazing earrings and I honestly can't get enough of the genius that is Revefolie! 


Snowflake Earrings - $TBA

Oh my lord! I did not think I'd love anything more than the Angette in red but the green has me in full lust mode. Being a super pale redhead I love all shades of green and the glitter jewel tone of this shade is perfect!! Now which do I wear at Christmas? 


I paired this green top with my amazing faux leather bolero from the Deadly Dames range at Pinup Girl Clothing. Wearing these together just screams Christmas with sass! I also went a little more demure with my earrings and chose these magical snowdrop dangles. They pop so well with my dark red hair and sparkle like crazy.




I could not contain my excitement when this dress popped up online as I'm an absolute sucker for a plaid swing style and had to get it into my hot little hands as soon as humanly possible. It seems I was not the only one as the Trudy Swing Dress has sold like hotcakes!


Let's just drool over this frock! Complete with 3/4 length sleeves, a structured bustline with black contrasting piping and collar to really make this style pop. The fabric is firm yet super stretchy and I originally wanted a 2XL as I've never tried this neckline before but the XL is an amazing fit! I was a little worried at fits but with a little zipper help it went up with ease. Plus the mixture of colours in this plaid has been on my mind since I modeled it in a wiggle dress back in August.

I paired the Trudy with some stunning Bordello Teeze pumps, my latest Christmas brooch from Erstwilder some glittering gold art deco inspired earrings. I love that there are so many fun options available this silly season to pair with each and every Christmas look



Lastly I have a little look that might not fit into the Christmas theme but it was actually released with the Hell Bunny Xmas range. The Stary Night blouse is a pussy bow lovers dream come true. With billowing sleeves, that retro button cuff and a deep neckline and pussy bow. The fit is perfect in a 2XL and I'm already wearing this once a week to work and it's perfect for the hot few months ahead. 


There is something so very flattering about blouses like this and even though there is a lot going on both print and features wise it's still super slimming and flattering. My only hope is that more prints and plain colours are released in this style so I can wear them every day of the week. The fabric seems to be sheer but I've not noticed anything popping through and I wore this to work with a black bra beneath so it's completely office friendly. 

I can't wait to pair this blouse with high waisted 40's style pants and create some magical deco looks. For a very art deco blouse I needed a bold and cool coloured drop earring to pair with this look and my Deco Dangles are perfect in black and silver! The colours work perfectly together! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

LaSculpte

I'm a sucker for great foundation garments and I'm always on the look out for new styles and great new bodysuits and slips to add to my collection. This past week I've been testing and falling in love with LaSculpte a local shapewear and fitness brand from right here in Australia!

Who are L Sculpt you ask? Well, they have explained themselves perfectly here :

In a nutshell: LaSculpte is what dreams are made of. We’re the shapewear and fitness clothing line for the every woman and her sister friend. What does this mean? It means that LaSculpte, our products and our company, were created specifically to support the female body at work, leisure and play. We work to help women everywhere look and feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.

So after a weeks worth testing I can no agree wholeheartedly with this description! The two items I've been wearing over the last week (both to work and going out) have been the go-to items I always wear - a bodysuit and a slip dress.

I honestly live in bodysuits as they provide shaping and comfort all day and I love the smooth base they offer.



This is another brilliant bodysuit that's light enough for all seasons and has a great amount of firmness so it holds in your tummy and really smoothes out those lumps and bumps. Now no bodysuit on earth will make you 4 sizes smaller but suits like this really help create a smooth base to start with. I wear this in an size XL and the fit is perfection. With a size range of small to 2xl you can find the right fit with ease. I'm an Australian 16 and the XL is spot on in terms of fit and firmness.
What I love most about this style is the high back. I tend not to wear too many low back dresses and find some suits really don't give too much coverage around the bra band area. This bodysuit covers and smoothes this area perfectly and the underbust design means you can wear your own bra!

It's taken me a while to get on board with shaping slips as I've not found many that actually work or fit in the right way. But this plunging style covers all the areas on my checklist - bra, sides and back and actually goes over your shoulders like a real slip. Others tend to just stop and then you have roll downs of fabric which is both uncomfortable and yucky looking.
This slip is perfect for wearing under midi skirts and maxis as the firm yet breathable fabric (on both garments) is perfect for the stinking hot summer we Aussies have a head of us. While I usually like a underbust slip style for these kinds of garments this actually works with my bustline perfectly and like the bodysuit I'm wearing an XL.
I'm really excited about this label and it's my goal to try every piece so I can help both you guys and myself get the right fit and the best products!



Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Lisa Dress

What's this? Another Pinup Girl Clothing review so soon? Well the Lisa Dress has finally returned to the Pinup Girl Website and I'm so excited to be sharing these images and this review with you guys. 


From the moment this amazing Art Deco wiggle dress was previewed I was crushing hard. The chevron overlay with a high scoop neckline and a sweetheart almost deep v neckline peeking out beneath create a sophisticated yet sexy shape and flatters both small and large bustlines. The fabric is a soft knit but there is limited stretch and due to the wiggle shape I opted to go up to as size 2XL for a perfect fit. The XL measurements were perfect for me but I know that sometimes non stretch items and wiggles can be a little less forgiving on my figure and if you are right on the larger end of the measurements I highly suggest sizing up.

 This dress was created to hug your curves and create bold and amazing shape.  My absolute favourite feature of this dress has to be the sleeves and the volume and shape they produce. Usually I'm slightly wary of sheer fabrics on my upper arms but this sleeve style and the pattern are really slimming and I feel absolutely amazing in this dress. With such a bold fabric and shape you won't need add much more to this look and I love wearing this with all black accessories and a little sparkle from a pair of earrings. While this style comes with a matching thin fabric belt I opted for my Deadly Dames faux leather buckle belt as I like a thicker more defined belt when wearing wiggle dresses.
With the sheerness at the bust also be mindful of what bra or foundation garments you choose place beneath as it might show through. I opted for a black bodysuit form of shapewear and a plunge Freya Deco.
The Lisa Dress is also available in a blouse and looks absolutely amazing with the Doris pants as I modeled this combo while shooting with Pinup Girl Clothing on my recent trip.
If there is one absolutely stunning little black dress you need this season the Lisa is it and everyone needs a little art deco styling in their life.




Saturday, November 19, 2016

Oh Valerie

Zoe Vine has done it again with their amazing Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. Stunningly classic and sophisticated designs to help all you girls on the other side of the world looks pinup perfect and classy this chilly season. 

With a rich colour palette and amazing tailoring you will find the dress of your dreams in the colour of your dreams with absolute ease. When the current look book was released I feel in love with the new colourways and the very classic and elegant necklines, draping and sleeves - oh, how I long for amazing detailed sleeves!! 



So when I laid my eyes on the Valerie Dress I knew I had to wiggle my way into this teal wonder immediately. Designed to suit the perfect hourglass silhouette, this dress has a fitted bodice with gathering under the bust and a flared deep pleated skirt with pockets - Yes, there is pockets hidden in there!!!

Yet again I've fallen hard for a high neckline and I really love how this style sits with my bust. The classic boat neckline shape and bishop sleeves (just look at those wide cuff details!) really even out my upper body and create a classic and sophisticated look. The soft, stretch fabric has a form-flattering fit but it's also light and drapes beautifully. Plus the pleats will have you twirling for days!

I'm wearing this style in a 16UK and the fit is super stretchy yet firm and this specific style really suits me perfectly. If you are a little smaller than the measurements listed I will suggest sizing down and the fabric has heaps of stretch.


Now this style does not come with a belt but I wanted to accentuate my figure a little more to balance out the high neckline and I love how the black and teal pair together. I also paired this with my favourite Bordello Heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous. This style also comes in a deep red and this is next on my lust list as I'm a sucker for a red frock!  

These and other styles are available via the online store and I would love to try them all! I have the Marilyn in black and the fit is absolutely amazing and forgiving if you have any tummy issues as the draping is designed to hug curves and hide any issues. 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

That New Voodoo

This season Voodoo Vixen has created absolute magic with stunning new dress styles, lots of separates and some amazing deco jumpsuits. With lush fabrics and prints, amazing tailoring and some of the most comfortable fabrics to date we are seriously spoilt for choice with this latest selection.

While a lot of these styles are limited to the standard size range there are a few stretchy garments that I can wear with ease. I recently tried two of my absolute favourites in this new range (the Zooey and Laura) but due to lack of stretch of the bust line the XL just didn't work on me. With non stretch at VV I tend to wear a 2XL or an XL depending on the cut of the garment. For all other items I wear an XL.



Dita Dress in Blue - £45.00

This year I've added so many high necklines to my wardrobe! As a busy girl I should not be afraid to show or not show my chest and it's great to know that styles like the Dita exist and look amazing on larger chests. The Dita Dress in blue is a super stretchy with a demi-flared skirt that perfectly skims past my hips and defines my curves. The high line features a button clasp and a classy keyhole chest cut out and the sleeves a slightly puffed shoulder and full-length sleeve. It's those little details that make this dress shine.



I'm wearing the Dita in and XL and the fit is superb as the fabric is stretchy yet super thick so it holds your in perfectly. While matching belts are really not my thing I really love it for this dress. This dress is a dream to wear and so very comfortable. The high neckline sits the right point on your neck so it does not give you that 'strangled' uncomfortable feeling and it's perfect for all you work or family Christmas parties.

While a blue as bright as this is usually not my colour I think it works perfectly with my hair and skin tone. I'm also lusting after the Burgundy version of the Dita I discovered via Unique Vintage's website. I need both in my collection!!



Willow Maxi Dress - £58.00

When the latest Voodoo Vixen look book was released I literally yelped at the sight of the Willow Maxi Dress. For the past year I've been completely obsessed with maxis and it's really hard to get a style that suits a pinup wardrobe. But Voodoo Vixen have come to the rescue with this stunning 40's inspired maxi dress in bold black floral print. Made from yet another stretchy fabric this time a little lighter in weight the Willow is the perfect 'Wrap' dress for an hour glass figure. It's my belief that every girl of every shape and size needs a maxi dress and this style will compliment so many different figures! 


I'm wearing the Willow in a size XL and the fit is spot on. It wraps beautifully around my figure, hugs my curves and works with my bust! The length hit my just as the  top of my feet and can dressed up or down depending on which accessories you choose. While the fabric looks to be 'showing through' a little whiter in these images I promise you that is not the case. With studio lights and the white underside of the fabric itself it seems to photograph like this. But in reality the fabric is perfect both top and bottom. I'm loving the addition of a maxi in the Voodoo Vixen range and I can't wait to get my hands on more. There is an amazing long velvet style I'm crushing on right now!

These styles are working perfectly with the chill we still get during the Melbourne spring but they are perfectly suited to Autumn and Winter and look amazing when layered with coats. Now these are just a small selection of what is on offer from the current range and I can't wait to see more and more girls and bloggers in all of the new season selections. On a side note I'd really love it some of the structured blouses, jumpsuits and pants were added to the plus section so I could rock these 1940's styles every day!

Many Thanks to Damien Bowerman for snapping these shots and for forever making me think I'm a superhero when wearing the Dita!




Tea for Me

This month I need to get my arse back into gear and get back into living life to the fullest and not being so lazy. I've purchased new trainers, I've ordered heaps of new work out gear, and I'm planning my menus ahead weeks in advance.

Lately I've just not felt like my usual self and I know when that blah feeling pops up that it's back on the getting fit wagon for me and I'm excited.



One of the biggest issues I've had in the past few months is bloating. Now matter what I eat, I bloat and as the day goes on, I feel like I just expand more and more. I wake up first thing in the morning and feel great but by the evening I can feel like a bloated mess.

I've tried pills but nothing seems to help but recently I tried Flat Tummy Tea - a bloat begone tea and I've fallen in love with not only the flavour but the real results! The taste is absolutely divine! I'm a mad fan of peppermint tea and there are definitely notes of this with both the activate and cleanse teas. I'm a warm herbal tea or English tea drinker in the cooler months and an iced tea lover in the summer and luckily these can work both warm and cold!!

The process is simple and once you start drinking the tea, it honestly becomes second nature! How does it work well let me explain :

Step 1. Activate

Wake up, get up and kick ass all day long with a cup of Activate tea at breakfast.
It will help*:
  • Reduce your bloating
  • Support your metabolism
  • Help maintain a healthy immune system
  • Boost your energy
  • Step 2. Cleanse


Get a flat tummy while you sleep (oh yeah!) - drink every couple of nights before bed to help*:
  • Detoxify your system
  • Reduce your bloating
  • Decrease your water retention
  • Cleanse your digestive system
You don't have to do step 2 every night but every second or third will help you achieve less bloat. While it does not make my tummy go away - because that would be absolute magic - it really does help with bloating and how it can mentally and physically make us feel like crap at times. 

It's also great for those 'Whoops' moments we all have of over indulgence. Over the weekend I may have consumed way too much pizza and next weekend I might slip up (I'm human) but I know that I can count on this tea to help get me back on track. 

This isn't a weight loss tea, so don't be fooled by that idea as no real liquid will magically get your bad bits into the shape you like them, but if you suffer from bloating like me then this can really help you feel better and love your refection from the side once again.