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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Office Chic - Pinup Style

I've recently started a new job and I'm back in an office environment. While I love suiting I try to keep to a smart casual look daily and like to sneak in my personality and flair with each outfit.

Recently I've noticed that my go to items are all a mixture of Heart of Haute and ASOS with accessories from Erstwilder. Given that HOH are my go to for smart, pinup styling I wanted to put together a dream list of goodies to get my through a working week. I already own some of these items (but in different colours or prints) and wear them to work already so it's a mixture of lust list and trusted items!

Button ups to suit big or small busts, adorable prints and great for layering or wearing on their own. I wear my Estelle and Ella weekly under my black and red Sweet Sweaters and would love a few more button up tops and bows to work with. I've get to try the Gretta top but I love the classic fit, high neckline and the selection of prints.

Every business wardrobe needs 3 types of skirts and one pair of tailored pants. Heart of Haute have all 3 covered with these amazing items. A solid black Aline skirt to pair with absolutely everything in your wardrobe. A high waisted pencil skirt to wear with sweaters, fitted shirts and more - why not try a bold red color and more subtle tops in black and white. Then finally another flattering shape skirt in a bold print. I've gone for the Twirl Skirt as I love wearing aline/twirl shapes to the office. The gold dot print is absolutely stunning and I need this in my collection.

For the warmer months I've got my eye on 3 stunning dresses! I'm a huge fan of the Monte Carlo Dress from Heart of Haute and need to purchase it's summer sister the Milan. The rich Charcoal Teal is perfect for my red hair and pale skin. Then the Hillary which I own in polkadot already but in the Midnight Stripe. The high neckline of these dresses work wonderfully for the office and they all pair perfectly with my collection of Heart of Haute boleros, cardigans and sweaters. Then finally a bronze and black number to make your heart skip a beat. The Aimee Dress in the Medallions print is simply divine and needs to be a core part of my summer and autumn wardrobe. 

Each of these dresses complement an hourglass figure perfectly as they nip you in at the waist and flair out at the hip. 

Then for the colder seasons I've gone with some warmer, thicker fabric choices to keep me toasty as Melbourne cools down. The Super Spy dress was featured in my last HOH blog review and is already a weekly staple so obviously I need the red versions asap. I love to pair my Spy dress with a thick waist belt to define my curves and a bold brooch from my collection. 

Flannel dresses for winter - yes please! The Alisa and Mitzi dresses are a must have for the cooler weather and are super chic. I'm loving the plaid and stripe prints and the brilliant necklines! The Alisa shows a little more skin white the Mitzi has a super high neckline. All 3 styles will be amazing paired with stockings, boots, leather gloves and beret's. 

A few more brilliant items to layer over tops and dresses or just wear on their own. The Sweet Sweater is my latest addiction and has taken no.1 spot in my wardrobe followed closely by the Betty Bolero. I adore the fit, the coverage and need one in every colour and print. The I wanted to go with something a little more man men for the office and the Lily Top stood out above all other cotton tops. With a 3/4 sleeve, stunning neckline and bow feature and teal colour this top will pair with all skirts and tailored pants. Then lastly the Perfect Cardigan in Argyle which I already own and adore. I have both the Argyle and the black and they are perfect for work or play. I hope more prints come out in this style.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little Critters

Well, well, well... it looks like I have yet another addiction to add to my ever growing list. But this addiction is absolutely adorable, kitschy and heaps of fun! Obviously I've discovered Erstwilder and I'm in love with their quirky designs.

Erstwilder is a Melbourne based accessory company available in selected boutiques across Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and Japan! They create fun, outrageous, limited edition,  collectible pieces of wearable art that are full of personality and style. For a full range of stockists please click here.

Now I've been a button or brooch girl for years now but this year I'm all about the 'statement brooch' and I wanted to share you with my stand out favourites from the Summer 2014 range. I was way too excited and could not bear to hold onto these any longer without sharing! DIY for the win! I could not wait till my next shoot!

Oscar Wildenfox - $29.00

I'm absolutely mad about foxes and I honestly have no idea why. But for the last few year all I've been wanting are adorable fox related goodies. Lucky for me Erstwilder have a rather large fondness for these stunning creatures and have featured quite a few in their Summer 2014 range. 

Oscar is a super spiffy little red fox with the cutest little spectacles and button nose. He is by far my favourite character in the range and has now gone from my cardigan to my trusty leather jacket.

More foxes! I could not stop at one! Sasha is a little different from Oscar and is a more sweet and feminine character. What I like most about her has to be the mint colouring and polka dot print of her coat.

How sweet is she? The pale mint shade pairs perfectly with all of my spring and summer dresses so I can't wait to work her into heaps of outfits.

Talulah Toucan - $29.00

While I opted for bright shades in the first two brooches I thought I'd choose a black style as well to pair with my red and green cardigan. Talulah works perfectly with my Heart of Haute Sweetie Sweater and really stands out. 

I was careless when changing and sadly lost a little piece of her perch (it feel from a great height) but the brooch still looks amazing minus the 2 missing leaves. Usually such an accident would make a design unwearable but Talulah is that brilliant she only needs a little foliage. 

Finally I have my 2nd favourite creature from the animal kingdom, a deer! Little Lockheart the deer is absolutely delightful! A prancing adorable little lady with a tiny little heart on her toosh. 

Her shape and style reminds me of Bambi which I was obsessed with in my youth! Now if only I could get a bunny brooch as cute as Thumper! 

So there you have it, my top 4 choices from the brilliant new summer range. Be sure to check out your local stockists both online and in store. You can also contact them directly via the website or Facebook. If you're not a fan of brooches but still love these adorable designs then you are in luck. Erstwilder also creates fantastic necklaces and earrings. So be sure to check out the range and start your collection!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wild without a trace

As you may know already I'm 100% addicted to Rimmel London. From foundation to mascara, eye liner to primer I could not live without these brilliant products. So a few weeks ago when a new product popped up online I yelped a little, composed myself and then had to try it out!

I'm a lipstick queen. I buy cheap ones, expensive ones, glosses, mattes and everything I can get my hands on. I'm forever searching for the best red, the perfect pink and an awesome nude. But what I'm always on the hunt for is a long lasting, kiss proof lippy. From previous blog trails I knew I loved the texture and colours of Rimmel lipsticks so I knew that in some way, shape or form I would love Provocalips.

Provocalips are a new range of long lasting, kiss proof lips colours that offers up to 16 hours of lip liberation. Kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour. There is no tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.

I was sent one of each of the new range to review and try. There are 8 shades in total and I found that 5 of the 8 suited my skin tone perfectly! That's more than I would have expected given my fair skin, freckles and red hair.

Firstly I have to say that colour wise I'm actually surprised at the shades I like most out of this range. I'm usually a lover of mostly red shades but after trying all of the Provocalips colours I'm actually loving the pinks and plum shades the most. My stand out favourite has to be I'll Call You. This dusty pink is my go to daytime shade and is absolutely perfect for my skin tone. I've been searching for a long time for a pink like this and I'm thrilled that I have found both the ride shade and that it's long lasting. 

But before I go into more detail about the brilliant colours within this range I will briefly tell you about the long lastingness of the product. Yes! This is a long lasting product that works. In previous years I've tried a few styles like this such a Covergirl's 25 hour super stay and a few others and I've always liked the concept but not the feel. While most products like this seem to such the moister out of your lips I've found that wearing this to work daily I barely even notice it's on my lips. 

The colour remains all day and by the end of the working day I might need a slight touch up in the inner area of my lips. It is as advertised - kiss proof (fully tested) and if you don't wash it off correctly yes it will last a good 16 hours. But I tend to change my lips from day to night so I've not tried to keep this on for longer than 8 or so hours. The top coat locks in the colour and moisturizes your lips all day. So you won't have that cracked, yucky feeling you get with most long stay lipsticks. 

My first choice for red in this selection is the deep and dark Play With Fire. This shade is a more crimson style red and darker than my usual cherry choice. But I love the deeper, darker style and love how it works with my pale skin. 

Now while the first shade shown is my all time favourite this has fast become my every day choice for work. The super pale nude tone in Make Your Move gives you just the right amount of colour without going overboard. A great mixture of pink and beige this is a few shades darker than my natural lip and pairs brilliantly with a smokey eye of minimal makeup. My freckles however seem to be rather distracting in this image - I'm super dotty!! 

230 Kiss Fatal - $14.36

I didn't expect this shade would suit me on first glance. The deep purple of on the outside of the package looked a little dark for my colouring but once I put it on there was no turning back. This colour is amazing! A soft yet slightly dark plum that works wonderfully with my hair. Currently I love wearing this darker shade with simple makeup and now eyeliner, making the lips the most bold feature.

Then finally the super bright and fiery red of Kiss Me You Fool. This is the the boyfriend's no.1 favourite and the perfect red for any pinups pout. This shade is so very bright so you have to be a very confident red lipstick wearer to pull this off. I usually go for a more blue tone red which this is not but it still seems to suit me. I'll be testing it out over the weekend to see what other style's of makeup it might suit. 

An extra little part of the press/advertising of this brilliant new product was the creation of a kiss list. Every fan of Rimmel London had the opportunity to enter their own 'Kiss List' and go into the draw to win a $100 asos voucher. I missed out but still involved myself in the promo! 

The funny thing was my taste in men is so different that I had to personally request all of these names be added to the hunks and spunks listed. While other girls added Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum I listed my all my loves. Ain't nothing finer than a pash from Freddy, right? 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Basics with a twist

It's officially time for another Heart of Haute feature! One of the most fantastic retro reproduction companies on the planet, run by the sweetest people and creators of all the core items in my wardrobe. This month I'm featuring some new funky fabrics and two of my all time favourite styles from the range.

The Marilyn top was one of the first styles I ever reviewed and has been worn to death ever since. Made from a stretchy cotton lycra this top hugs your curves and is super comfortable. In an XL the Marilyn is a perfect fit and I absolutely adore the houndstooth fabric. This style pairs wonderfully with jeans, shorts and skirts and can be worn tucked or out. 

I love pairing these tops with black skinny jeans and heels or even wearing them to work under a blazer with pencil skirt. My personal preference is to wear this top tucked in with a high waist but as you will see below you can style it either way. 

Leopard  Marilyn Top - $39.99

The same style again but this time in a new leopard print style! Now I'm usually not a huge fan of leopard print but this fabric is brilliant. While most leopard print tops are usually just blotchy and patchy this style is unique and looks like actual individual hairs. The end result is an almost 3D print!

As mentioned earlier these styles can work un-tucked as well and the length is perfect for pants and shorts. The long length is great for layering in the cooler months and I can't wait to style this when we hit autumn and winter with my HOH boleros and cardigans. I love the off the shoulder neckline of the Marilyn and need more tops and dresses in this style for summer!

Love the leopard fabric but want a bit more coverage? Then the Tara top is for you! I'm absolutely smitten with this 3/4 sleeve top of awesomeness. I own the black and white stripe version of the Tara and I've been wanting another version for a while now.

I adore the bold black cuff and edging on the scoop neck as it adds a little more shape and contrast to the leopard print. When paired with a black skirt and belt it almost looks like my dream dress. Hmm this gives me designing ideas!

I'm so sold on this top that I have the polka dot and houndstooth version on my current lust list. I've never been able to find a wide selection of tops that suit my waist and bust but Heart of Haute have all styles and colours covered! Button ups for work,

Ok I think I've found heaven, well my version of heaven and it's Shoe Me Gorgeous! When shooting so much leopard print I had to get the perfect shoes to compliment my outfit yes? Well the Tiki carved platform heels from Pinup Couture are PERFECT!  I've had my eye on these babies ever since Pinup Girl Clothing and Pleaser teamed up to create the Pinup Couture shoe range. 

A super comfy mule of medium height - 4 inches with a 3/4 platform. Featuring a stunning leopard print pony hair front and brilliant carved tiki heels.  

These mules are absolutely amazing and a dream to wear. A walking work of art for your feet and an accessory that will turn heads. I wear a size 11US in all Pleaser styles and that works out to be an Australian size 10. It think it's obvious now that I need to get another few pairs of the Teeze style heels that I featured in my last hell bunny shoot and one more pair of these. I think the black version of this shoe would be perfect for our super hot summers. 

My love for the Estelle Blouse actually bloomed from my addiction to the super cute Ella top. I'm a sucker for any button ups featuring bow ties or pussy bows and the Estelle is my absolute favourite top in the Heart of Haute Range. While most button up shirts fit you in the waist but not the bust or the visa versa the Estelle fits you perfectly in all the right places. 

With a cute cap sleeve and bow tie this top is a must have for any pinup wardrobe. I love how this top fits both my bust and waist without forgetting about my hourglass shape. The bow tie is my stand out favourite feature and I love layering this top with cardigans and jackets.

I actually own this style in the super funky Adele Floral print but I needed a solid black version for both work and play. Currently there are colours/prints so you will be sure to find the perfect version no matter what your taste might be. I may or may have my eye on the Mini Daisy print as it's so darn cute! 

Many moons ago when I first reviewed Heart of Haute (back then it was Heartbreaker Clothing) I fell hard for a brilliant little Mod number in a warm soft cotton knit. It's simple yet figure hugging design makes me feel like Joan from Mad Men! There is a reason this has been HOH's best selling dress since 2005 and it's obvious once you wear it. The fabric is effortless and hugs your curves and the sleeve length/skirt length are perfect for both work and play. 

Now this dress is stretchy and I absolutely forgot when I ordered this that I would need to size down as it has a lot of give and room in the waist. But this was easily fixed with my wonder accessory - the waist belt. The Super Spy is to put it simply effortlessly chic. I can't wait till next winter when I can pair this with back seemed stockings, long leather gloves and berets! 

Finally I need to share a few new items that I'm lusting after and can't help but include in this post. In multiple shoots I've featured the Sweet Sweater as it is PERFECT! I wear mine everywhere! I have both a black and red version of this sweater and it pairs perfectly with everything in my wardrobe. There are a few new fabrics available and I need both of these in my wardrobe stat! 

Many thanks to the ever so awesome Michael from Robin Elk for shooting these styles with me. It's so fun to create with you! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Summer Here, Winter There

While I'm currently working out my summer wardrobe, my girls across the pond are layering their winter warmers and going crazy for jackets and coats. As you know already I'm a coat collecting freak! I have trenches, bikers, boleros, capes and my casual favourite - Letterman Jackets. 

My current favourite letterman jacket is the Britney from Collectif Clothing. A super warm jacket with an adorable sporty pinup style. Collectif have out done themselves with the fit of this jacket due to the crop style. This means you can pair this with jeans, shorts and skirts as it nips in at the smallest part of your waist, giving you that hour glass shape. 

Featuring black and red cuffs and collar and topped off with a huge cherry motif this style will pair brilliantly with everything in my winter wardrobe. As you can see the fit is perfect. I've found that most jackets in this style can be rather boxy and shapeless but this is great for my curves. I'm wearing the Britney in a UK size 16.

There is also one very funky hidden feature to this jacket. While black and red on the outside this letterman is lined with silky leopard print fabric, making it a dream to wear.

Next year I will have my sights set on purchasing every winter jacket from Collectif! They are so wonderfully tailored and do wonders for a girl with curves. Here are a few of my favourites :

Hazel Coat - £175.00

More red and black! With a cuffs and hood this swing style coat is perfect for every winter pinup dress in my wardrobe. Not to mention how unbelievably warm this looks! 

My biggest love - Check/Plaid! Lilly I need you in my life! To be paired with high waisted pants, jeans and wiggle skirts. This is my dream blazer. 

Then lastly the Rachel. I love the dark houndstooth, such a unique play on the more common version of this print. More super soft fur details and a waist belt to nip you in at the waist. 

Many thanks to my brilliant photographer Robin Elk for snapping these an so many other shots for me. You are a dream to work with! 

Do you love the Britney? Or is Lilly on your lust list? What's your perfect winter coat? 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CLOSED! Nude Wear Giveaway!

With Christmas around the corner I think it is the perfect time to hold a giveaway of epic proportions to you, my amazing readers! I've teamed up with the brilliant team over at Physicians Formula and will be giving away 20 Nude Wear Nude Glow Bronzer's to my readers and followers! Yes you read that right, 20 people can win one of these amazing new products! 

Nude Wear™ Glowing Nude Bronzer is the secret to looking naturally flawless without looking made-up! Weightless coverage and skin glowing finishes create a fresh and beautiful bare-skin effect. Airy formula is infused with a natural extract which allows skin to breathe, as if completely “in the nude”, boosting your natural luminosity. Unlike most face makeup formulated with opaque pigments that can create a mask-like effect, Nude Wear features 100% Nude Glow Pigments that are translucent. Makeup is virtually invisible, allowing skin’s natural radiance and color to shine through. 

Plus Nude Wear™ is Hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free,  gluten free, non-comedogenic. dermatologist approved and perfect for all skin types.

With the summer heat already hitting us and the beach weather ahead now is the perfect time to try this amazing bronzer! 

What are you waiting for? Enter Now!!!

The Rules 

- Write ENTER ME bellow and YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS as this will be the only way to contact you if you win.- YOU MUST add my CURVES TO KILL PAGE on facebook!   - The giveaway begins on now November 21st and ends November 28th at 11pm EST - This is open to anyone internationally and within Australia - I will pick the winner randomly using a computer generated program. - Make sure you leave your e-mail address (or I can't contact you) with the words ENTER ME as a comment below or else I can't count your vote. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Trust in Rust

Rust and Regret have to my favourite accessory brand in Australia and for the last 2 years I've been 100% addicted to their fantastic creations. With bold chunky designs, lots of silver and a unisex appeal they are both mine and my partner's go to jewellery company.

So we teamed up with Alesich Photography and snapped our stand out favourite styles from this season. 

The Enhancer Necklace (Jay) - $34.95
Lapel Pin Package - (Teer) - $20.00

Our first set of necklaces are two that are close to my heart as they feature two things I love - beards and sleeping! My necklace features an adorable little bird sleeping flat on it's back and to be honest I thought it was a dead bird until I read the description. Either way I love it! 

Available in silver and on a 80cm chain this and all the styles shown in this review are perfect to wear with high cut tees and tops. I've also included the brilliant lapel pins that are new to this season and add that extra little bit of quirk to my leather jacket. 

I'm all about patches and pins so when I saw these I knew that they had a new home on this leather jacket. The set features a cat/meow, rad speech bubble, vampire lips and yo pins. I have issues with most pins as they tend to bend or fall off but these babies won't budge and are super secure.

Jay is wearing the Enhancer Necklace in silver and this is my stand out favourite style of the current season. As you can see I love a bearded fella and absolutely adore my man's bushy beard! The team at Rust and Regret love facial hair as well and have created 3 new products to pair with your beard and keep it looking perfect. 

The Enhancer is a full functioning beard comb in vintage antique silver, gotta love an accessory that looks great and actually works! The Enhancer is also available in gold and below you can see the black version that's currently not for sale. R & R have also introduced two new beard products to their collection with a nourishing beard balm and non-jewellery  beard enhancers. These are great gifts for the man in your life this Christmas. 

The Enhancer Necklace in black (Teer) 

From one love to another! Pizza is the one thing that we can't live without and the reason I've got killer curves. So it's fair to say we are total pizza sluts and proudly wear this awesome necklace. 

I've noticed a trend via social media and that trend is a huge love for all things cheesy and with this pizza slice shaped pendant you can show your love for your obsession in a guilt free way. 

I love how everything at Rust and Regret is unisex and no matter what the design may be you will always be able to swap/mix and match items with your partner. 

Lastly we have what every skull crazed person needs in their collection. Made of Stirling silver this ring is bold and chunky in all the right ways. It features text reading Skull & Bones Rust & Regret around a side profile of a skull. As you can we have a matching pair and I love that they look great on both a male and female finger. While I don't wear necklaces every day I do wear this ring as much as humanly possible!

If you're looking for something special for your loved one this silly season be sure to check out all the goodies that Rust & Regret have to offer.