Posts Tagged ‘glamour’

Sonsi Full Figured Fashion Week

June 25, 2010

Hey everyone!

The Good…

Evans have reactivated my discount code – EVPOCKET – hurrah! This means if you spend £40 you get 10% off – AND, they have a sale on at the moment so get spending! Offer ends 6th July.

Also, I was lucky enough to be sent some lovely pieces from Torrid which I am going to feature very, very soon. There is one dress that I am utterly in love with and stomped around in all day yesterday!

The Bad…

I also have some super sad news: I’m unfortunately not able to make it to the YFF Conference next month. I am properly, utterly upset about this (I was going to represent the UK! Like in Eurovision or the Olympics!) but my life had to come first, and it’s in a bit of a mess right now. However, the fabulous Nicolette is taking my place, and I’m going to get up at a silly hour in the morning to live chat with everyone at the meet and greet. It really is going to be a fantastic event, I can’t wait to see it all unfold.

And the fabulous…

Speaking of awesome plus sized events, the second Sonsi Full Figured Fashion Week took place in NYC, yay! It gained a lot more media exposure this time around, with articles on the NY Times and Jezebel. Naturally, straight sized fashion fans derided and scorned the event, but I honestly believe the plus sized fashion industry is only just starting to veer into more adventurous territory.

From what I’ve seen of the photos there has been a definite improvement on last year, however I still felt it was a little hit and miss for me. That said, here are a couple of my highlights from the runway:

All images copyright Xtina @ http://musingsofafatshionista.com

L-R: Chan.nel Karama; Susan Moses; Monif C; Pheline

Obviously so much more went on than that! A few of my favourite plus bloggers attended and have given extensive write ups – it sounds amazing, check them out:

Musings of a Fatshionista
Garner Style
Fat Shopaholic
Curvy Fashionista
Les Petriries de Vanoue

The best bit though? Runway News has videos of all the shows here. It’s so much better to see the clothes in motion, as strange as that sounds. Here is the Susan Moses collection:

All in all I think it’s great to see this kind of event happening. What do you all think about the designs? I so wish we could do one over here, it would be awesome!

2 x OOTDs – Yes, Really!

June 14, 2010

…Because you miss my mug, right? These pics are special as they were taken by my lovely mum in our garden – so obviously I couldn’t get too Vogue. Apologies for the picture quality – you can click on the images to get the full size versions…


Lace overlay Dress: Simply Be
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Wee Sparrow

I’ve been buying clothes from Simply Be since I was a teenager, so I was super excited when they contacted me – they sent me this gorgeous dress I’d been eyeing for ages, from their Frock’n’Frill range. Frock’n’Frill is my favourite range in Simply Be at the moment though they have collections by Mica Paris, Anna Scholz and Joe Browns. Unfortunately while the dress was the perfect length on Valerie and a smidgen too short on Dee, I had to lop a good few inches off the bottom! But I think it’s the perfect length now, and I love it so much. It fits like a dream! The shoes are also wonderful:

Vintage style courts from New Look’s Wide Fit section.

I recently won my first ever competition = $50 worth of jewellery from Wee Sparrow – I didn’t even realise I’d entered! But I chose some lovely necklaces and this is one of them.


Dress: ASOS Curve
Heels: Evans

Words cannot express how much I love this dress. I love the fact that ASOS Curve had the balls to make it in the first place – not only do you have the outrageous ruffle, but both the front and back are fully ruched -the detailing is incredible. And you know what? It’s made of thick jersey knit, making it one of the most comfortable dresses I own. I have no idea when I’ll get to wear it in public but I’ll make an occasion if I have to!

Also, on the subject of ASOS Curve you should definitely check out the lovely Vanessa‘s blog – she’s their fit model and has really opened my eyes to the laborious processes retailers go through. Though I feel she should be their actual model as well as the fit model, she’s stunning!

Totally in love with these shoes – again, not only do they look fab, they’re really comfortable! A++, ASOS Curve & Evans!

Dressing room raid

May 13, 2010

You have until TOMORROW to get 10% off orders over £40 at Evans with EVPOCKET!

Oh, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these – a while since I’ve had the time to dedicate a whole day to shopping. But hurrah! Today was that day, and unlike before I was actually able to buy a few bits, too. Win all round. But enough of my waffle, and on to the photos, yes? Please note: I apologise for them being crappy quality iPhone photos (lost my SD card so can’t use my camera, hence the lack of OOTD’s too), I also apologise for my goofy face, lack of skirt and that one annoying strand of hair that keeps getting in my face.

Yours Clothing


Tulip hem dress. I’ve seen lots of different patterns of this, but this was the only one in store today. I love the shape of it though, and the pattern was gorge. SOLD!


I was so impressed with this! It’s from the Allison Hammond range, and it’s pretty much the only plus size garment that even hints at the Burberry Prorsum drapes from last year. Tried it with a belt too:


I pretty much love it (yes if I was to wear it outside, then there would be a skirt or leggings involved!). Was trying not to buy too much so left the top for another day. It will be mine though. And that fantastic belt: SOLD!

Evans


I hoped I’d be able to work this tunic as a dress, but sadly it didn’t look quite right on me. It’s beautiful though, definitely for someone much taller and with far ampler bosoms than myself.


Man. I wanted to love this so hard, but alas I seem to have a very different body to Evans’ fit model meaning that dresses never seem to look correct on me. Such a shame as it’s so cute and bang on trend. And in the sale if memory serves…


My khaki aversion is slowly being beaten down by the fashion business. This top isn’t normally my cup of tea but is definitely cute!


I think my face tells you everything you need to know here. Just when I thought all hope was lost, though…


Ahh, that’s better! Totally fell in love with this, despite not usually enjoying embroidered stuff. It’s delicate and pretty, but could be versatile, too. SOLD!

H&M


So I attempted to ‘make it work’ again! I believe the gorgeous Sakina has this jacket, and I thought I’d give it a go. This is an M, about a 10-12, but it is made of thick lovely jersey, the kind that feels like a nice hug when you wear it. Of course, it didn’t do up but there were no buttons anyway – it’s meant to be open! I really liked it, although an L would have been better I think.


(side view)


This skirt is also a size M. This looks like it belongs to Ulrika – to be honest I didn’t think I’d get it past my knees, but the stretch is ridiculous! It ticks all the boxes for me: flouncy, delicate, flowery… SOLD!


Attempting a mix and match. Not sure.


This dress was a size L, so 14-16. It fit but I feel these types of dresses are better when they flow. And, if I so much as put my head forward the back would ride up. Not bad, though!

New Look Inspire


Liked this cardigan on a lot more than I expected – I do like the buttoned at the top deal as it reminds me of 50′s twinsets. Here it is done up properly:


Not bad.


As nice as this looked, the material felt quite flimsy and as a result the top didn’t feel nice on. Which is a shame!


Similar to before, although the bottom half was made of a better material. I have to be honest though, I don’t understand why people would want bubble hemmed tops – dresses yes, but tops seems a little strange! This was sweet, though.

So there you have it! What is your fave item/look? I must say, I’m an idiot for passing up the Allison Hammond top as that with the belt is my favourite look, hands down. Next time!

So… that whole ‘making it work’ thing

April 4, 2010

Argh! I apologise for my lack of updates lately – I think my 9 hour work day combined with a 3 hour daily commute has impinged my ability to keep up with all things fashionable, sadly. I do have some very exciting stuff coming up though which I can’t WAIT to share with you all!

I know that most plus size bloggers advocate the ‘make it work’ mode of thinking – that you can find things to fit you in any store if you look hard enough. And while I agree, it’s not something I put into practice a lot, if I’m honest. For years now I have almost unconsciously avoided Topshop and similar stores because of their indignation about going larger – they clearly don’t want my money, so why spend it there? The problem is, though, that about 85% of my wardrobe comes from either Dorothy Perkins or Evans, both of which are under the Arcadia umbrella along with Topshop. So that mode of thinking is actually quite silly – surely it’s worth a look?

With that in mind I recruited one of my best friends Emily to be my straight size stylist and went to the Oxford Circus branch of Topshop to experiment. Here are the results. Do let me know what you reckon, I love your feedback! xx

Pink crop top, Size 14
Bodycon skirt, Size 16

This was a hit. It reminded me of a softer version of my friend Christina’s look, which hopefully I will be showcasing here before too long. The skirt was a bit too tight to be truly comfortable for me.

Floaty blouse, Size 14
Black vest, Size 14 tall
Bodycon skirt as before

See I understand that this kind of floaty, flowery 90′s is extremely now, but on me it just recalls the very worst that plus size fashion have had to offer in the past and the kind of blouses certain family and friends would hide themselves in. It was so pretty in itself though – in fact, Emily has her own version and looks amazing in it!

Mesh/Dot dress, Size 14
Vest and skirt as before

Now this overlay dress I absolutely fell in love with. A smidgen too small in the bust as a 14, however a 16 could probably work. And part of me quite liked it unbuttoned – made me feel like I had big boobs! I tried another skirt underneath which I think worked really well:

Skirt, size 16
Vest and dress as before

This reminded me of some of the Rodarte for Target range that came out a while ago and was definitely my favourite look of the whole afternoon.

Cream dress, Size 16
Mesh dress as before

I also liked layering it over something light, however for all its give the underdress was definitely a little uncomfortable for me to wear as it clung in a way I didn’t want it to. More confident gals could definitely rock it, though!

Knit dress, Size 16
Vest as before

Gettin’ my Mark Fast on! Haha. This wasn’t actually made by him although he is bringing out a Topshop line in the future. This was too tight – but not nearly as much as I’d expected. An 18 – if it existed – would have been pretty much perfect, though still smaller than my size is meant to be.

And finally, for one last blast of ridiculousness:

Ruffled shift, Size 16

This dress reminded me of those soft focus makeover shoots that women used to go on when I was a kid, so it felt natural to do a ~romantic~ pose, haha. I wasn’t completely horrified by this dress from the front and think it would be AWESOME in a bigger size. The zip on this totally didn’t go up at the back, though. ;)

Have I learned anything? Well, it’s definitely good to experiment and actually, window shopping is GREAT FUN. I’m not completely convinced that I can magically walk into a store and find stuff that fits – I do believe it is possible, but that it does take a lot of training. In the meantime, I’d still prefer to focus on retailers that are happy morally to see their garments on a woman like me, and egg them on to take more risks and be creative with their designs. It’s all good!

New dress x3

March 6, 2010

Oh my poor little blog! My life’s been incredibly hectic now I’m trying to branch out and do more fun stuff with my life. Which is sad because I enjoy this so much and don’t have the time to keep up with it and all of you. BOOOO. I hope everyone is well!

My stupidly busy weeks have been punctuated with nice purchases though, so I figured I should show you all here, complete with links to those still on sale – here goes…

Shift dress, Shoes: New Look Inspire/Wide Fit
Spot tights: Simply Be
Lace gloves: ASOS
Black shrug: Yours Clothing
Pink bow headband: Primark

Pictures just don’t do this dress justice. It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever bought from New Look Inspire, it has a lovely shape to it and fits beautifully!

Dogtooth dress/tunic: Yours Clothing
Red tights: Evans
Shoes: New Look Wide Fit

Black, white and red is probably my favourite colour combination, and I try to wear it as much as I can. Not sure if it started before or after I became an obsessed Interpol fan (now jovially referred to as InterLOLOLOLOL) but it’s stayed with me for a long time. As soon as I saw this top on the web I knew it had to be mine! This is one of the few perks of being a shortarse, in that I can wear longline tops as dresses, like this. Like the dress above, I’d say this is the best thing I’ve bought from Yours, and I’ve been buying from them for years. The turnaround is really cool to see.


Lace overlay dress: Dorothy Perkins Tall range
Velvet belt: Evans
Spot tights: Simply Be
Shoes: New Look Wide Fit
Sequin bow headband: Primark

I tried on and bought this dress in a rush last week, not sure whether I like it or not. I know now that I don’t like it. I fucking LOVE it! The underlay is tshirt material, so it’s deceptively comfy but still makes me feel all glam. All the lace around at the moment makes me so happy! I’ll probably wear this out to my birthday next week.

Let me know what your fave outfit is! xx

Evans SS10 – I’m sorry but I just can’t contain myself

January 30, 2010

So browsing this afternoon, I stumbled accross Evans’ SS10 PR shots and… wow, I’m actually in awe! Every major trend seen on the runway during the major fashion weeks has been translated here. I’m actually salivating!

I’m going to post the small preview shots with the logo that are available on the site – if anyone from prshots.com sees this and would like me to take them down, contact me and I will do so. But the clothes look this good, I can’t keep them to myself! Behold, my favourites:

Image copyright Evans

Inspired by Christopher Kane’s collection.

Image copyright Evans

Straight out of Balmain! As a fully paid up member of Balmania, I screamed when I saw this!

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This references a lot of the farmyard and prairie-girl looks that were seen at places like D&G, Alex Wang, Chanel etc. I don’t normally like denim but this is too cute!

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Image copyright Evans

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Ahhhh! You can see the full selection here: http://www.prshots.com/Evans/Images.aspx What are your favourite pieces?

Outfit: florals and (fake) fur

January 30, 2010

Talk about being all dressed up with nowhere to go.

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Dress: Evans
Faux fur coat: thrifted (cost me £5!)
Belt and boots: New Look
Headband: Primark

Has everyone seen the lovely article on fat fashion blogs in the Guardian? Check it out here. Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too!, Young Fat & Fabulous, Musings of a Fatshionista, Forays in Fatshion, Fatshionable, The Manfattan Project, Fatshionista, and Frocks & Frou Frou are all featured, photographed and/or interviewed. It’s so great, well done ladies! I have to say I’m pretty jealous – I bloody LOVE Kira Cochrane!

It’s so cool that there are incredible fashionable, stylish plus sized blogs popping up all over the net now. I try and add them all to my links but can barely keep up! So if you have a blog and I’ve forgotten to link you then badger me and I’ll make sure to add you. You’re all completely inspirational. Kiss Kiss!

Cheryl and THAT hairpiece…

October 29, 2009

I’m a rare breed of person, in that I prefer to stay in on Saturday nights, complete with Chinese takeaway, some chocolate and a good film. So like most of the country, I’ve been totally sucked in to X Factor (and Strictly, but that’s a WHOLE other post) against my wits! Fashion wise, both Dannii and Cheryl have gone to town in the fashion stakes this season with… shall we say, varied results. This week was Big Band week and as a result the female judges were dressed in a vintage Hollywood style – my favourite! – with the Geordie Barbie opting for a grecian wedding look:

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Yeah yeah so the dress (Atelier Versace, if you were wondering) is lovely. But… THAT HEAD PIECE!

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It was so pretty and left me mesmerised every time Chezza was on screen! I’ve had a soft spot for bridal-esque head pieces for a good few years anyway but this was possibly the most perfect I’ve seen.

Initially viewers assumed it was a bespoke Cartier piece, but it turns out it’s by celebrated bridal designer Jenny Packham, and is even on general sale for a surprisingly reasonable £350:

Me being me, I went on an etsy hunt for afforable vintagey goodness…


Croska Silver Bow Headband

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Lottieda Designs ‘Rena’ Headband

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LiveInStyle ‘Beverley’ Headband


Croska Vintage Glamour Headband


RetroBridal Tiara Headband

What do you think?

New York Fashion Week so far: my 8 top 5 collections

September 14, 2009

Sometimes I wonder why I started blogging about fashion. Don’t get me wrong – I adore clothes, dressing up, pretty dresses, etc… but the fashion industry itself? Zero interest. I don’t think it’s possible to be less interested in who’s sitting in the front row, who’s modelling the clothes or what’s going on backstage than I am. All I care about is the pretty. And one thing I do know about fashion is that fashion weeks feature pretty on a very, very large scale.

So now I feel a duty to report on New York Fashion Week – which, if I’m not mistaken, is the first of the big Spring/Summer ’10 Ready To Wear events – I’m wondering how to condense all that pretty into something digestible. My answer is to use simple logic, and go in blindly: read no reviews or anecdotes about the designers. Go through every collection, save picture of the outfits I like best/want to copy most, count them up and put them in order. Bam! Instant chart countdown! Here we go, then. All photos courtesy of WWD:

Joint Number 5: BCBG Max Azria, Ruffian

BCBG Max Azria:

I’ve always liked Max Azria’s BCBG range more than Herve Leger. My favourite aspect of this collection was the disjointed dresses made of contrasting fabrics – something that’s been featured in almost every SS’10 collection so far. I wonder what name the fashionistas have termed it. “Fabric blocking?” Either way, it’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, I can’t believe it’s actually happening!

View full collection: here.

Ruffian:

I’d not previously heard of Ruffian. I enjoyed their candy coloured military and punk details, but especially their victoriana collars and sleeves!

View full collection: here.

Number 4: Vivienne Tam


I’m an absolute sucker for butterflies, and they were all over Vivienne Tam’s show – from embroidered and sequinned ones fluttering on vests and dresses, butterfly printed lace, through to huge close up photo prints of butterfly wings. I think this is probably my favourite collection so far.

View full collection: here.

Joint Number 3: Mara Hoffman, Jason Wu, Andy & Debb

Andy & Debb:

Just a little Mad Men, no? I loved the simple, ladylike glamour of it all. And I’d never think to put maroon and duck egg blue together, but that middle outfit is utterly perfect to me.

View full collection: here.

Jason Wu:

Jason Wu, meanwhile, sat on the other end of the glamour scale. This was full on luxe, as showcased in the opulent settings (I do hope those models wore knickers) and in the maribou feathers adorning skirts and dresses alike. But I suppose he can relax in luxury, now he’s in with the with First Lady!

View full collection: here.

Mara Hoffman:

I think if I had gone by what I liked most, this would probably have been second to Vivienne Tam. It’s the colours. Look at them! Such utterly delicious hues – bright or pastel, and even thrown together they just work, like a visual feast. Nothing exemplary construction wise, but so gorgeous all the same.

View full collection: here.

Number 2: Whitney Eve


Yeah, I know. I’m sorry. I realise now it was one of the girls from The Hills, not that I’ve ever watched it, who everyone hates. Actually on second inspection Whitney Port’s set is much, much more ordinary than the other collections I favoured, but I’m still impressed with the colouring – more subtle than Mara Hoffman, it’s nonetheless incredibly pleasing to the eye. I want to hug the peplum dress, the colours on it are so pretty.

View full collection: here.

Aaaand… at number one…! *drumroll*

Number 1: Christian Siriano


Another US reality TV star – whoops! What can I say, I don’t know these peoples’ names! Should maybe have guessed the blue background had Project Runway connotations, though. But I genuinely enjoyed the drama, construction and colouring of this collection. The teal palette he used was completely sumptuous, and I loved the small details – chiffon peplum, overblown bubble hems… Liked the hats, too!

View full collection: here.

Well… That’s my view so far! I am very biased though, as I enjoy feminine looks. The abundance of chiffon, satin, draping and retro tailoring makes my heart leap!

What are your thoughts on this fashion week so far?

Platforms and Aspects

August 8, 2009

Since my introductory entry was a little on the dry side, I figured I should show my mug as soon as possible. Lucky you! A couple of months ago a friend of mine did a project on individual style for Platform Magazine. It featured pictures of people in their favourite outfits, followed by a few questions on where they shop, etc. Here is the picture used of me:

Me!
LBD: Additions Direct
Maribou feather stole: oli.co.uk
Leopard print stack platforms: Linzi
Purple tights: Marks and Spencer

Choosing an outfit was initially difficult. As it stands my fashion sense is quite an emotional one, and thus my answer to the question “What’s your favourite outfit?” will differ depending on a variety of factors: what time I woke up, how my last date went, what film I watched last night, how long it’s been since my last chocolate bar and so on.

So after a while faffing and panicing about what I could wear that would reflect me and my sartorial tastes, I hit a brainwave. Instead of choosing an outfit that showcased merely one aspect of my look, I could pick out a variety of pieces that together would collude to that one elusive goal I have in mind while getting dressed: glamour, darling!

Ever since I started being more adventurous with my clothes, all I’ve ever asked for is a little glamour. It doesn’t matter how it presents itself. Obviously I don’t strut around in heels and feather stoles every day, but I always find a way to add a string of pearls, a diamante brooch or an ornamental hair grip to whatever I’m wearing. I never feel comfortable unless I’m slightly overdressed.

So… there you have it. Maybe the end result was terrible and I’m not even qualified to be a fashion blogger, I don’t know. What do you think? Is there one specific look you strive for – glamour, edginess, romance – no matter what?


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