Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Aussie Curves: Animalistic


I’m willing to bet there will be a lot of fellow participants in this week’s “Animalistic” themed Aussie Curves who will be doing the same growl pose!

I wasn’t originally sure what to wear for the Animalistic theme as I don’t wear that much animal print. Mind you, everything I do own with a bit of leopard on it has been featured on the blog before:
- Here on boots
- Here on a retro 80s top
- Here on a thrifted Charlie Brown skirt
- and Here on a headscarf

So….yeah for someone who "doesn’t wear" animal print… I sure wear a lot of animal print!

Anyway I’d used up my quota of leopard print and was wondering what to pull out when I remembered this trash-tastic tracksuit jacket I got at Vinnies for $8. Something about the loud painted leopards and the sparkly finish was just CALLING me to it! 

I've been a bit obsessed with white-trash rap lately. I’m not sure if the rappers themselves would normally call themselves that, but they are all rappers who are white and they all have this kind of similar OTT aesthetic. I think it looks almost like a parody of white people who get it wrong when they try and channel hip-hop culture. 

The King of this look would have to be Riff-Raff (below right) who you might recognise as the inspiration for James Franco's pimp/rapper character in Spring Breakers (haven't seen it so pardon me if I got that wrong). 

Brooke Candy (above left – image from Unbr0ken on Tumblr) who you might recognise from the Grimes video clip Genesis, is slightly more of a Goth Spice Girl (all looks that I also thoroughly endorse) but she's definitely v Ghetto rapper too….I love when she raps about castrating men and reclaiming the word 'Slut'. 

She seems so unapologetically feminist while her stripper-aesthetic lends more of that trash-tastic vibe to her look. 

I’m also infatuated with Die Antwoord – the South African rap group (group member Yolandi Visser pictured above) who openly celebrate all things 'Zef' – a South African slang word that apparently encompasses a whole counter-culture movement and basically means common. (I wonder if the Aussie equivalent translation would be "Naff"?). 

Also one of their biggest song's is called "Fatty Boom Boom" which I like to embrace as my personal anthem (why not – seems appropriate for a plus-size blogger?) and it has the coolest fucking video clip in the whole world: 

Anyway as much as I'd love to be a proper Ghetto rapper like any of these guys I don’t think it’s gonna happen, so am just channelling them with my outfit instead. 

….And also by doing stupid not-very hoodlum poses too.

Note the necklace. I actually tried to order this TWICE from here on ASOS and both times it arrived broken in pieces. After emailing them photos they told me to just chuck it in the bin and they’d refund it. Not one to let these things go to waste, I stuck it back together with superglue and am now able to wear it.

I do feel slightly guilty though as I now have two repaired (albeit dodgily) necklaces and didn’t pay for either….

What I’m wearing:

- My favourite old little black dress from H&M for £8 a few years ago (similar ones by New Look  available on ASOS at the moment)
- REPAIRED Gold dragon necklace from ASOS
- Sparkly leopard tracksuit jacket – Vinnies (hoorah!)
- Black spandex leggings – Gisela Ramirez (the site's currently down but I believe she's got new stuff coming in this year).
- "Commes des Fuckdown" beanie – I forget but they have the brand on ASOS too (clearly am an ASOS groupie…no they don’t pay me. They totally should though)
- Black Chucks – Converse
-      Lipstick - Apocalips by Illamasqua from Myer

So yes. I hope you liked the look and I'm sure I fooled you all into believing that I'm very Gangsta.

Don’t forget to visit my Online Garage Sale to pick up some second hand, designer and vintage bargains.

Or visit my eBay page where I’ve been relisting some of the items as obviously it gets a lot more traffic there!

There's tons more items still to come too so make sure you follow my Facebook page for updates on when new stock is added.

Here's another Brooke Candy vid for the road:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Aussie Curves: Double Take

Well hello there Aussie Curvettes...it's been a while....

This week's theme is Double Take and rather than do two totally different looks (though I sort of did that too) I've done a couple of items that make the viewer do a double-take and go back for a second look.

First up is this crazy graphic cartoon/comic printed dress. The print is so cool you have to go back for a second look just to see all the different little details in the print. There's everything from cupcakes and the cookie monster to skulls, love hearts, flamingos and french fries. I got it after seeing Bek from Colourful Curves blog about it. It's from Yours Clothing in the UK. While that specific style has sold out they have one very similar here at the moment. The print is slightly different but it's still pretty colourful and cool with the same mesh detail at the neckline.

To go with the cartoon theme is this awesome cartoon backpack. You may have heard of the brand Jump From Paper that do these really cool cartoon style backpacks. I didn't actually get the official branded ones though as they're pretty pricey but I found a cheap knock off here on Storenvy. The quality still seems pretty good to me though! The style of these bags really does make you do a double take too as its mimics a comic illustration so well that its hard to tell if it's 2D or 3D.

To complete the cartoon theme are the red jelly flats for a bit plastic fantastic fabulousness and then for another look this fabulous bright green polka-dot trench coat which I think is very Minnie Mouse. It's by Aussie designer Charlie Brown but I picked it up in a local op-shop for a bargain price which I bartered down further as the top button was missing. Someone had actually just stuck the spare button in the coat pocket though so all I had to do was sew it back on (which of course I've never gotten round to! #lazypants).

The coat's fabulous because of the shape it can almost be worn as a dress on it's own - so slinging it over the dress creates a whole new look altogether while still staying on theme with the cartoon vibe.

So I'm wearing:

- Cartoon print dress from Yours Clothing 
- Red jelly flats from Rubi Shoes
- Green polka dot trench by Charlie Brown - thrifted
- Cartoon backpack from Storenvy 

If you like my threads, don't forget to check out the new Work it, Own it, Use it, store: Evie's Garage Sale where I'm selling off a chunk of my wardrobe after doing a clear out.

Some of it's old and vintage, some of it's designer and has never been worn and I've got shoes and accessories too - take a look!

I might list a bunch of it on eBay too, but make sure you follow the blog Facebook page to stay updated on when new stock is added.

Thanks all!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Work it, Shop it, Own it, Use it!

Oh look! Work it, Own it, Use it! has a shop!

It's an online garage sale to be precise and you can visit it here: http://workitownituseit.bigcartel.com/ 

As you all know I'm quite an op-shopaholic as well as a collector of vintage and second-hand fashion. I've sorted through my wardrobe as well as collected quite a collection of second-hand wares and have put them all up for sale HERE

Some of it's designer, some of it's vintage and some of it's just high-street stuff that I haven't worn much. There also accessories and shoes in sz 10-11. 

I don't know if the store is a bad idea as it may be hard to find. Perhaps I should list it on eBay to pick up those customers searching on there. I'll give it a go though and may list things on eBay too from time to time. 

I'd love your help in spreading the word though and if you know anyone who might be interested, please Facebook, Tweet email and Pin anything you like on Pinterest to help get the word out! Your help is much appreciated! Let's clear this damn wardrobe out!

Please keep checking back too cos there's PLENTY more items still to be listed.

You can also browse the Facebook store through the Work it, Own it, Use it! Facebook page. Follow and like the Facebook page here so you don't miss out when new items are added.

Thanks all - happy shopping! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pretty in Pastels

There's this whole pastels trend going on at the moment. It's a colour palette that normally irks me but I've been having a bit of fun with it this summer and enjoying all the candy-coloured shades. So when I spied this supercute vintage shift dress while opshopping at Vinnies it caught my eye. For 9 bucks who can resist?

I love the apple green colour contrasting with the pastel pink and orange florals. It's such a retro summer house-frock.

I also think it goes great with the Tatty Devine Lotus flower necklace that I got for half price in their sale last year. It's sold out now but they've got another end of season sale on now that I recommend checking out. I'm also sporting candy-pink lippy. I have no idea what it's called but it would've just been a cheapy one from Priceline!

My other candy-coloured accessories are my purple Docs sandals and hot pink Cambridge satchel from ASOS. I think the retro sunnies (also from ASOS) work well with the whole vintage vibe.

I do sometimes wonder about the little old Grannies who must've worn some of my old vintage frocks before me. I presume they must all be mad old cat ladies and that that's why the mood rubs off on me!

I think it's so great to give this garments a second life though - and that they all have a story to tell. Like an old house, or antiques - it's nice that they can get passed down and loved all over again in a whole new way. Makes such a contrast to so much of the disposable fashion up for grabs at your local Westfield.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Leopards, Giraffes... and not dead yet!

Happy New Year!   Hey look....



I have been very slack with this blogging caper. I am also aware that 95% of all blog posts ever written probably start with the same kind of bullshit-laziness-excuses so I shan't be giving one!

Had a break. Now I'm back. Let's move on....

This frock is a very cool and comfy one for summer which is apt as it's stinking hot in Sydney today. I got it at ASOS a few months ago. It was pretty cheap and it's cotton so it's perfect for the heat because it breathes and it's got minimal straps/arm/chest coverage.

Only thing is- it was from the main range rather than the plus-size range and I think as a consequence, it's really short - only just covers my bum. Doesn't matter too much as I always wear leggings anyway but I do spend a bit of time yanking it down which I realise, looking at these pics, results in my bra poking out the top. That's totally a look though right? Well I declare it is now. You can hardly tell with a black bra anyway.

Love the African-inspired Giraffe print and so above I've teamed it with this necklace which I think is a bit reminiscent of the beaded tribal necklaces worn in some African cultures. It's actually just made from recycled industrial rope and I got it from a vintage store in Wollongong mall called Medieval Disco on one of my Illawarra-region opshopping tours with my cousin Kate. The store has since changed hands and is now called Stillwater Haze but is still worth checking out as they've got some great retro threads. It's hidden away in an upstairs arcade and there's a really cute girly gift shop next door called The Milk Thieves which is also worth a visit.

Another way I've worn the frock (when it was a bit cooler) was to mix things up with this fab yellow leopard print cardi that I got from H & M in London a few years ago for about £15. I like a bit of a clashing print -  although I think these are actually both on the same theme with a safari-inspired look.

The creepers add a bit more animal print to the theme. They're my fave old Demonia ones that I got from Clubwear Australia and wear all the time. Although they are getting a bit worn out now.

The red necklace is a special one from Dinosaur Designs. I had to punch, claw and kill to get it at a discount at their annual warehouse sale a few years back.

All up I'm wearing:

Giraffe print frock - ASOS
Leopard print cardi - H&M London (a few years ago)
Fave black leggings - Next
Black Demonia Creepers - Clubwear Australia
Various wooden bangles - Mum's wardrobe and Sportsgirl 
Rope Necklace - Medieval Disco (now Stillwater Haze)
Red riverstone necklace - Dinosaur Designs

Anyway, it's good to be back - shall endeavour to make many more regular appearances on here soon and get involved with Aussie Curves again.

See you soon! xxx

Monday, August 19, 2013

Aussie Curves: WORK (IT BABY!)

I can't think of this week's Aussie Curves theme without immediately singing:

"Work! Work! Work! Work! Working on mah Shiit!"

Thanks Iggy Azalea:

I'm also immediately reminded of this scene from Pretty Woman - which also happens to be what this blog is named after. 

When Julia Roberts' Vivian is trying to score a job from Richard Gere's Edward, her friend Kit encourages her to strut her stuff with a cry of "Work it! Work it baby, Work it! Own it!"

I can't find a video or meme of that scene but here's a sound bite:

Kind of alarming really that all these references of women working only allude to prostitution. A fact that I was blissfully unaware of when I was a kid and my big cousin Kate (yes, my opshopping partner in crime) always used to yell out "Work it, work it baby, work it!!!" as a term of encouragement. 

I think the way she meant it, and hence the way I choose to use it in my blog name, is that it's about working what you've got, and showing it off to it's full advantage. That DOESN'T mean sexualising yourself to men. It just means don't ever feel limited by the way you look or if you're different to everyone else. That's probably your best damn asset, so show it off. 

ANYWAY, am diverging slightly from the point, which is clothes. I do actually have some photos of myself at work, not as a prostitute but as a proper business-type-lady in an office. 

See? There's a proper photocopier and everything.

Melanie Griffith circa Working Girl would be proud:

Not that I would EVER wear sneakers to work in order to change into heels. I find both kinds of footwear disgusting. I choose instead to wear flat comfy shoes all day long thank you very much!

You may notice I have long hair on both sides of my head in this pics. It was before I got the undercut - my friend Alison took them in the office one night after work. It's actually in our old office because we've moved floors since then - something I'm sure you all care deeply about ;) Anyhoo....reminiscing. 

This outfit is actually surprisingly business-like for me. What with a blazer and trousers and such.

I am not a big believer in 'work-wear' and if I ever worked anywhere where they told me I couldn't wear exactly what I wanted, I'd probably quit immediately. Or try and sue for discrimination.

Look! I'm at my desk doing business-type stuff.....with the computer switched off...

I understand that obviously if you work in a kitchen or a hospital or a building site, certain types of clothing are necessary for health and safety reasons. If you're sitting behind a desk all day though in a temperature controlled office, what possible advantages are going to be provided by wearing drab colours and uncomfortable tailoring?

I think just be comfortable...and add a bit of colour. Especially if your office is as grey and boring as ours. As long as you're not walking round with your genitals hanging out which kind of constitutes sexual harassment, what possible harm can come from dressing awesomely all the time?

So yes, pretty much all the outfits you've seen on this blog I have been known to wear to work. Hence the rather stiff, tailored look of this outfit is pretty damn businessy compared to my usual fare. So of course I had to pose on my desk to mix it up a bit:

I'm wearing:

 - Yellow woollen blazer - thrifted from a Southern Highlands op-shop
 - Black and white stripe peplum top from ASOS
 - Black skinny jeans from Shitty Chic 
 - Black skull boots by Demonia - thrifted from a local Vinnies for $15
 - Giant skull necklace by Tatty Devine via Ebay

Look - STAPLING! (Proper Business-type-lady stuff):

The bamboo plant on my desk (on the right) is actually my secretary. Her name is Helga. She is having an affair with Alison - the one who's taken these photos, but shh...don't tell anyone - Alison has a boyfriend.

See you next time. Til then, I'm just ...WORK WORK WORK WORK WORKING ON MAH SHIT!