Monday, April 10, 2017

Vixen

Get ready for one of the most detailed and possibly longest blog reviews I've ever had the pleasure of writing and this one is jam packed for of fit advice and images for a selection of Vixen goodies from my girl Micheline Pitt's range.

Last year I featured the first t-shirts to be released and then went on to model and shoot with Micheline when I was in LA. From the first moment I wiggled into her skirts, swing and pencil skirts and all of her amazing tops I knew I was up for a life long Vixen addiction. She has created the garments we have always wanted and needed with amazing fit, flattering shapes and all of those little details that make her range truly unique.

Better yet Vixen is not the only label Micheline has created! With Bad Girl Denim soon to be released, La Femmeen Noir for all our gothic needs and even a makeup collection. So 2017 will hold no shortage of amazing items to purchase from each and every range.

The honest truth about the Vixen label is that it's perfect and it has inspired me to try new styles, new colours and step out of my comfort zone. From pink fabrics to crop tops - I'm wearing styles I never thought I could with pride and I feel amazing. Now this shoot is only half of my collection and I can't wait to shoot more shortly and some newer stock!


I feel like every season with Vixen I'll be commenting and writing that one item above all others is my dream dress. It' true and with each release I discover that there are even more of my dream dresses, skirts and tops in this range.

The Vixen swing is however one of the most magical swing dresses I've ever owned. It flatters curves, created amazing shape, lifts and my bust and makes me feel sexy as hell. Size wise both Micheline and I were a little unsure about fit as I can be between sizes so with the help and advice of Lindsay one of her XL/L models we opted for the XL and a firm fit as the fabric has a little give.
The XL is perfection in the black swing and I'm wearing this style without a bra!



Yes you read that I'm bra free and it really holds you in, up and look deelish. The bow can be undone and tightened or loosened to suit you bust and there is no pancaking or squishing of the boobies.  

If you were not a fan of leopard print you will be now with this stunning fabric! I literally yelped when I saw this design and fabric and had to have it in my collection. Once you wear one of the Vixen swings you will want every fabric option as they are amazing.


Now the leopard is a lot firmer and less stretchy than the black but it still fits and looks great. Due to the firmer fabric I'm not as comfortable in this style as I am the black but I've now worn the black a dozen times so with a little more give I think the leopard would fit nicer. If you are in-between sizes and really want the Leopard style I suggest sizing up if you are on the higher end of the bust and waist measurements as it won't give as much as the other colours. 

I'm wearing PINK!! I never knew that pink could work with my colouring until Micheline popped my in a soft pink peasant top and now I'm addicted. It also helps that this swing is covered in vintage hair tools and makeup, everything I could possibly want in a print.


This dress was a gift form an amazing friend and I got a 2XL as I was genially interested to see the size difference. So here is the low down.



I can wear my bra with this size and it zips up perfectly, with the XL I can't wear a bra at all but it does not matter either way. There is more room in the waist and it's not as firm but with the help of the matching belt it cinches me in perfectly. It's also roomier at the sleeves so if you are worried about both your waist and arms and your in-between sizes I'd suggest the 2XL for this dress. My stats are always listed at the top right hand section of my blog so be sure to check them out.


What I love most about these items other than the amazing tailoring and shape has to be the super deep pockets that completely hidden and the flattering sleeves. I hate showing my upper arms but with all of the Vixen tops I wear them cardigan free and proud.


Earrings :


El Diablo Toro - $30.00

One of the other things I wanted to feature in this post is the amazing new selections of earrings I have from Reverefolie. From glitter lips to 60's hoops, adorable styles and the collaboration pair we designed together!


I wanted to get some of Vixen's gold and silver barbie style hoops for this shoot but then all of these babies arrived and I love how well they paired together.


Passion in Red - $30.00

I can't even explain the love I have for this brand and how amazing, like a little pieces of art, each pair is. I wear most of these pairs once a week and love how bold, lightweight and amazing each and every pair is. 

Troublemaker dresses are straight up pure HOTNESS! My husbands reaction to seeing me try the leopard version of this wiggle cemented this opinion as he was blown away with how my bod looked in it - so who am I to argue?

Super stretchy yet form fitting, long sleeved so perfect for the cooler months and the perfect length to shoe off a little leg while still creating those banging curves. The fit is amazing and due to the fabric I opted for an XL and it fits like a second skin.


The leopard fabric even has a little more magic added to it as it can hide any lumps and bumps you may have issues with as the fabric print really flatters and hides any issues.

The first time I wore this dress out I was bloated, felt really bad about myself and I was generally feeling shit but once I wiggled my but into the Troublemaker I felt amazing. It really has that power and there is a huge need for garments that hold such power. If only to cheer us up enough on a bloated day to then go out and rock it!


The black version of this amazing wiggle is a must have as everyone needs a little black dress like this in their collection. The fabric is a little firmer in this colour but the fit is still perfection. What I love most about these dresses has to be the ability to wear the neckline high or low. Wear the black higher to work then pop on some killer red heels and lower it for after work drinks.




With the great body hugging fit of this dress I'm no in need of all the Troublemaker Tops. I love the sleeve and neckline and I would wear the top versions daily. I would also pick up the top version of this in an XL due to the stretch.





LIMITED EDITION - Vixen Lipstick Print Full Skirt - AU$128.87

Now I've shown you guys the Powder Puff top (I wear the black one to absolute death) and the crop tops in two separate posts but I wanted to shoot and review the Vixen Top first in this post and shoot more of the other amazing tops in future shoots. 

The Vixen spiked my interest from the moment I saw the illustrated design as it looked like a great structured and curve friendly top. I've owned many pinup/retro style blouses all of which are non stretch, cotton almost shirt fabrics and after trying the Powder Puff top I was super keen to try this style. 

Well it's definitely a winner! The stretch fabric hugs me in all of the right places and the neckline is pure bliss. A very boobie friendly and comfortable fit with a higher neckline so it can be worn to work with ease and there is no need for a cam to hide cleavage. I'm wearing this in a XL and I really love the fit. The sleeves also hit at the perfect spot for my personal preference and I honestly can't get enough of this in all colours. 
I paired the Vixen top with the Lipstick Print full skirt and I love how they work together. The best thing about all of this range is that all tops and bottoms work perfectly together. The Vixen swing skirts are my new favourites as they are full and naturally shapely without adding too much bulk. Other swings I've owned in the past make me look super bottom heavy and I could not look at my side view but these are very flattering. 

With the same super deep hidden pockets, a great structured waistline and perfectly placed pleats this skirt will have you clearing out all of your other swings and snapping one of every print up in this design. I'm wearing a 2XL and it fits me perfectly as I like a secure yet movable waist fit for this kind of garment. 

I have this skirt in both the Lipstick print and plain black and I can't wait to add more prints to my collection. 

While I did not shoot all of my collection I wanted to show you a few DIY shots of the other garments I wear on a regular basis. 


I wear both of these styles in a 2XL. The powder puff top is amazing for my measurements and the sleeve is a perfect fit in this larger size. As I hate showing my upper arms feeling comfortable in such short sleeves is usually hard for my but with this I'm completely comfortable and feel amazing.

With the crop top I got the 2XL to for my bust and the waist as you can see is an inch or two larger for me but this is easily fixed with a belt. I never thought I'd feel so comfortable and love my reflection in a short sleeved crop top but I do and I rock it!! It has the perfect amount of coverage and really flatters my waistline so I'll definitely be getting the long sleeve version of this when it's released!!

Many thanks to the powerhouse that is Liz at L12 Photography or working with me on these shots! I can't wait to work and plan with you again.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Woodland Creature

A few short weeks ago I reviewed the most amazing cropped and curve hugging denim jacket from Dangerfield with the promise of much, much more to come. I'm now super excited to share with you images and my full review of the amazing dresses, knitwear and accessories from Dangerfield's current winter collection.



I fell head over heels in love with this stunning teal print online and instantly went into my local store to figure out the right size so I could snap it up. I'm an absolute sucker for adorable animals printed on clothing and this print really called out to me as it's full of bunnies, raccoons, squirrels and other woodland themed creatures. From a distance it almost looks like a delicate floral fabric and up close you will squeal in delight when you see the little critters.
  
The Watcher in the woods dress is a swing dress, full skirted with hidden pockets and a sweetheart neckline. I'm wearing this in a size 18 and the fit is absolutely perfect. It's firm and curve hugging around my waist, super lightweight and comfortable and the sweetheart neckline accommodates my GG bustline perfectly. At first it was a little firm on the twins and I was worried about that dreaded pancake boob effect but the fabric gives a little after the first wear and now it fits like it was made for me. This year Dangerfield have expanded their size range up to an 18 and I'm making sure I test as much as I can, review as often as possible and help you guys will all your fit questions, issues etc.

Having a rather large chest I was always worried that I was 'too big' to shop at Dangerfield but with the size upgrade to an 18 I've finally found my idea size in dresses!


The length on this is perfect as it hits just below the knee and can accommodate a petticoat with ease. I loved pairing all black and charcoal accessories with this teal shade as they really pop together.  I'll also be trying deep and bright shades or red paired with this dress.

As I'm all about cardigans day in and day out I knew I wanted to pair this amazing dress with an equally amazing cardigan but I did not want to take away too much from the print. The Break the spell cardigan was the perfect choice with it's full length sleeves, amazing beauty and the beast inspired embroidery and cropped fit.

It's so simple yet striking and the detailed embroidery really pops. I find the fit of the 16's in all knitwear at Dangerfield to be absolutely perfect. I can wear this buttoned up or open and it does not pop or have any fit issues. It's a great piece to add to your collection as Autumn hits full swing as it's perfect for layering and making those cross seasonal dresses into winter styles.


This cardigan is also available in a pale blue shade and up to a size 18. Each cardigan has a great amount of stretch and can accommodate all bust sizes. I shop for fit and for a busy lass it's hard to get the right fit on waist and bust but this dress really works. Since I went up to a GG cup I've gone up a size in no stretch garments and usually I have issues with the waist fitting firmly but Dangerfield seem to have designed this size for my body - he he he. 




Fruit Bat Dress  - $78.40

Next I wanted to try a higher neckline and test the fit around my chest. I searched and found the Fruit Bat dress and loved the more dark and almost gothic woodland feel to the print. This style is a little shorter (perfect for layering with stockings and boots this winter) fit and flare style dress with a faux button up front and some elastic smocking at the back. This adds to the fit and flare aspect as the elastic really hugs the waistline and the fabric waist tie just adds more and more definition.

This style is 100% Polyester, lined and has minimal stretch everywhere but the back as mentioned above. I'm wearing the bat frock in a 18 and it has a great fit around both my bust and waist and the neckline adds the right amount of skin and creates a flattering covered up style for bustier figures. It's hard to find necklines that work like this but it really does work!

The sleeves are capped and short. Not really my 'style' but as I wear cardigans constantly I can hide the upper arm when needed. The arm wholes are a little tight and I think this is something that needs to be looked into with many brands that go up to an 18. Sometimes a cap sleeve can be a little tight so opting for no sleeves or a 3/4 is best - or even a more floaty roomier sleeve could work.


This fabric is lush on camera but even more lovely in reality and I honesty can't wait until winter hits so I can wear  this exact outfit with black tights, big knee high boots, gloves and trench coats. This dress is also available in a rich burgundy/

I wanted to pair this print with a little more colour and I found this sweet bunny cardigan in green in store. Again I'm wearing this style in a 16 and it's perfect. The autumn colours, rabbit, leaves and floral features on this cardigan really pair perfectly with the darker bat print and I love the all of these shades when worn together.  You can also pick up this cardigan in a maroon shade but it's a lot darker than show on the website.

Both cardigans fit perfectly at the waist and really emphasize the hourglass shape. There is nothing worse that a boxy cardi and now that I've tried both of these I will be continuing to add more and more into my wardrobe as they are a daily essential.

Cat Tote - $46.40
Finally I had to, HAD TO feature this amazing cat tote from the bag collection for this season. Yes I've purchased a pink bag - can you actually believe this? But its the shade that won me over as it's so soft, creamy and really worked wonderfully when paired with the darker bat print. The kitty face might have swayed me a little as you all know I'm an official cat lady these days.
This pale pink really works with my current wardrobe and I'm surprised just how much wear I can get out of it. It's super roomy, full of all of those must have pockets, zips etc and can house everything I need on a daily basis. Now can we have this in black next season? I think the best thing about all of these pieces has to be how well they work together. All can be mixed and matched and still work perfectly and I'm even wearing all of the green and teal items at work as I type this post. 
So remember if you have any fit questions, need any help or just want me to try a garment and report back on fit be sure to comment or shoot me an email and I'll see what I can do to help you. I own both 16's and 18's in skirts from Dangerfield and as shown above I find the fit on different fabrics changes for my body so it's all about trying to find what works best for you.
 
Shot by L12 Photography!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Insect Diva

This week I wanted to share one of my all time favourite accessory brands based in the US - Insect Diva. Ever since I can remember I've had an obsession with bugs and creepy crawlies as accessories and the amazing Diana Michelle has created the BEST of the BEST pieces when it comes to this theme.

Now before I write this review I wanted to share a little information taken directly for the webstore so you are fully aware of how these insects are included in such amazing accessories. 

'Conservation is a prime concern, so only non-endangered insects are used, and our intention is to use insects and arthropods that have died naturally, or pest species that have passed as part of IPM to preserve native plants and animals. Insect Diva pieces showcase the utter beauty of insects, while educating people about them, making these beautiful creatures more real and accessible to everyone :). Thus raising our awareness of these stunning creatures, and connecting us more with our natural environment, and the importance of conserving it'



There is something magical about the designs of Insect Diva. Bold shapes, amazing colours and naturally sourced insects all come together to create amazingly unique and inspiring pieces. For years I've been wearing my favourite bugs forged from sterling silver but now I can actually wear the real thing!!

From the first moment I laid eyes on this necklace I knew it had to be mine. Such a simple yet striking pendant on a thin sterling silver chain of the perfect length - yes perfect! Having a large chest my boobies can devour most necklaces if the chain is too long but all of these pieces sit in the most perfect spot. 


The bright green and black beetle absolutely pops on my super pale skin and I love how it pairs with my red hair. Now I've been wearing this casually or with out on the town and I love how easily it pairs with everything in my wardrobe. 



Next is the perfect winter accessory set and one of the most divine pieces I've ever had the pleasure of wearing. The ice princess is a perfect jewelry version of the amazing way that ice, snow and water form in the winter. Creating stunning droplets paired with the silvery antler shapes that perfectly capture that winter feel and make for a very glamorous set. 


Who needs diamonds when you can have an amazing set like this that's completely unique and looks just as perfect. I love wearing these with a little black dress, a black fur stole and even a snow white angora beret. Although perfectly paired each piece works perfectly when worn on their own and add a little sparkle to any black dress or blouse. I can't wait for winter to hit Australia so I can wear these like crazy.

You can purchase this as a set or individually if you tend to wear one item more than the other.




Scorpion Queen  Necklace in Red - $87.84 (sold out)

Lastly I have one of the most bold and exciting pieces of jewelry I've ever owned. The Scorpion Queen necklace is a strong and striking necklace in ruby red, green and gold. This year I've discovered a real love for this shade and I'm working into my collection every month it seems. 

When you wear this necklace you will honestly feel like an queen as it creates such bold shapes and really pops. I can't wait to pair this with an amazing evening gown and shoot it very soon! I'm already on the hunt for a blood red full length style to wear with it. But you don't have to limit wearing this to only formal occasions. Pair this with boho style dresses and florals for an amazing look or even add this to a LBD as a statement piece. 


This style necklace also comes in a emerald green scarab beetle version and I'm dying to get my hands on that baby asap! Being a redhead I'm always on the hunt for the perfect green accessories and I think that will suit me perfectly! 

While this version is sadly sold out you can snap it up in Gold or there is a Regal Scorpion Necklace that is very similar in both design and colour. I've already started my next lust life for more Insect Diva creations with more bugs, mouths and spiders! It's creations like these that will never date and can be worn for ever.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pinup Couture Shoe Addiction!

Earlier this year I announced my brand Ambassadorship with Shoe Me Gorgeous and today I wanted to give you a more in depth review of two of the stunning new Pinup Couture styles I've been using in my photoshoots recently. This month I fell in love with the super feminine and very vintage inspired heels. Both in my favourite basic black with a twist and a colour I've been hunting high and low for - Yellow!



When I first laid eyes on the Bettie I just adored the little heart cut out features on the to and side of these classic sling back platforms. I've always found a sling black heel super comfortable but I love the attention to detail that has been taken when creating Bettie. From the hearts to the bow all of these items come together to create a very stunning shoe and the white pipping on the black faux leather really makes this style pop! 


As an Australian size 10 I wear a US11 in Pinup Couture and I found this specific style to be very comfortable due to the hidden heart of comfort that I mentioned in my first review. This cushioned heart sits under the sole of your foot for extra comfort and support when wearing these all day long. After modeling these a few weeks back I would not take them off and usually I'm dying to get out of my footwear and corsets at the end of a long shoot! 


How adorable are those hearts and bows??!!?? 

These are available in black, mint and baby pink  which are perfect for summer colours and prints. I opted for black as I tend not to wear too much of the other shades but I'm now lusting after these in mint. I can't wait to see what other shades are in store for the future - maybe ruby red? 



I have been dreaming of the perfect pair of pinup heels in yellow and Pinup Couture finally answered my prayers! The Bettie-01 in a vintage dream with this stunning bright yellow shade, white accents, scalloped edging and topped off with a sweet ankle strap and bow. 


With these it's all about those little details that make you swoon and I can't get enough of the style and ease of wear. I'm wearing this Bettie in an 11 as well and with the peep toe area I find it's a perfect fit as there is not much give. If yellow is not your colour then don't fret as they are also available in black, teal and hot pink! I think I need the black or hot pink in my collection asap. 

Now the heels on both of these platforms are 4 1/2 inches high and they are just the right height. I can wear these all day to work or out all evening without any issues or discomfort.


I think it's very clear now that I'm a very loyal fan of Pinup Couture shoes. The are a perfect retro reproduction shoe brand with a modern and functional twist and the designs are always amazing. If you are looking for the PERFECT vintage inspired shoe to pair with your modern or classic pinup wardrobe then Pinup Couture is for you. 


Monday, March 20, 2017

Rock Cats - Giveaway!





Last year I fell in love with a little kitty from Erstwilder who just happened to be the feline version of Bowie but never would I have imagined that this little kitty would start one of the coolest ranges to date from my favourite Australian accessory brands. 


Now let me start with the question why wear one Erstwilder accessory when you can wear them all!! As a lover of pins I have jackets covered with my favourite pieces so for this range I added some bling to my favourite Collectif moto and wore all my Rock Cats at once. 



The kitty that inspired this concept is now in adorable stud earring form. With the iconic makeup and eyes of David Bowie this item is a must have if you are a Ziggy fan. I feel hard for the Rebel, Rebel brooch and snapped it up as soon as it was available and now I have matching earrings. That adorable little face and very distinct lightening strike are purrfect in earring form.



Now one for the metal rock fans the one and only Kiss inspired brooch. How cool is the iconic Kiss makeup on a cat - if only this was real on cats! I've changed my brooches name to Detroit Rock Kitty and love how boldly the this little guy stands out on my lapel.





The King of Rock and Roll, the one and only Elvis! In his famous while jumpsuit and that iconic hair - oh my. Such a suave little fella with his sparkles, stars and bright blue peepers. This piece is perfect for the rockabilly fans out there.
This season I've been lucky enough to get my paws on an extra copy of each of these little guys and it's time for a giveaway!! But this time I'm going to do things a little differently.

What's on offer? Well one lucky reader will get all 3 of these kitties!!

How do you enter? I'm holding this competition on both my blog and on Instagram. Please post a comment below or on the 'Giveaway' post found on my Instagram account @teerwayde

What's the catch? To be in the draw tell me your absolute favourite rock icon is. It's that simple.

This giveaway is open to all of my readers worldwide and will run from the 21st of March until the 31st of March. So don't waste anymore time and enter now!







Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dangerfield for curves!

One of the most iconic Australian brands for alternative fashion - Dangerfield - has expanded two of their in house labels to a size 18 and I'm super excited to be able to bring you all the fit information you could ever need when it comes to their in house ranges styles in size 16 and 18.

I've been shopping at Dangerfield for as long as I can remember and I've always loved the mix of inhouse labels with a variety of styles and looks. Be it the Dangerfield label itself, Revival or Princess Highway each offshoot has its own brilliant style and look from retro to modern - it's all brilliant!



When I post a sneaky preview of myself in this jacket last weekend I remembered that I've not worn a denim jacket for over 20 years and then I wondered to myself exactly why I've been avoiding them? Well it's simple - most denim jackets can be stiff and bulky doing nothing for your figure and really making you look like a square. But the Ebony jacket is stretchy, cropped and so figure flattering. Hence why it's sold out so fast online!! I wear moto jackets day in and day out but it's nice to have a more casual and more summer appropriate jacket in my collection.

I'm wearing this style in a size 16 and the fit is absolutely perfect. Now I don't tend to focus on cropped jackets like this buttoning up as I tend to show off the items worn beneath or layer but if I wanted to button this up fully the 18 would have worked well.

The 16 really hugs my curves which is why I was absolutely smitten with this style as soon as I tried it on. I also adore the dark black wash denim colour as it pairs perfectly with all of my wardrobe.



I paired this amazing jacket with my stripped crops from Vixen by Micheline Pitt and I love the mixture of the bold strip print and dark denim, I instantly feel like a badass! I'm wearing the Bad Girl Crop on a 2XL and I could have sized down as it's roomy at my waist. Pictured are two things I never thought I'd wear again but I'm absolutely loving crops and denim.

For this look I wanted a little more length with my hair and tried to create that barbie high ponytail with an amazing clip in extension from Ponytail Shop!

So reasonably priced, the colour match is perfect for my dark red hair and the length adds just the right amount of hair. This hair piece is so simple to use as well. Just pop your read hair in a tight high pony. Clip the extention in on the top half of your own ponytail then use the velcro to wrap around and secure. Then you can wrap the extra piece of hair attached around the velcro to hide any connections and it looks like your own hair!! I'm going to wear this constantly and maybe even by a back up. This clip in is fake hair so don't try to heat style as it might melt. Luckily the natural wave is perfect and I did not need to do anything more to achieve this style. This colour is also available in a straight pony and that's next on my list.


As you can see from my accessories I've made this jacket a little more 'Me' as I tend to do with all of my outerwear. Complete with Milly Pins, Creep Co and an amazing Evil Dead back patch. I can't help but add my own flare to jackets and for this style I'm focusing on creepy/horror themed items such as Bates Motel and Vincent Price. 

Next week I've set up a shoot with the amazing Brooke Orchard to shoot two dresses and two cardigans in both 16 and 18 so I'll be able to give you guys even more fit information. 

Plus if you have any requests I can easily pop into a store and try any item on for you and give you all of the fit tips, so feel free to ask me via all social media, or shoot over an email to info@curvestokill.com or add a comment below. 

Many thanks to my brilliant husband for snapping these images of me.