Monday, October 29, 2012

Aussie Curves: Skirts

Just a quickie post this week as I’m lazy.

For this week’s skirts theme I’m featuring this colourful floral high-waisted number that I picked up for six bucks at Riverwood Vinnies on a recent excursion there with my cousin. She always tells me off for posting the names of all the best op-shops on the blogs: but I hardly think downtown Riverwood is about to be mobbed by vicious bargain-hunting bitches out to pillage my local Vinnies as a result of the blog.

There’s really not a lot going on in downtown Riverwood. Time stopped there somewhere around 1965 and has never moved forward since. I think that’s part of the appeal though. Hipster suburbs are useless for op-shopping. You've got to get out into true suburbia to score the best op-shop finds.

Anyway, the print of this skirt reminds me of a pair of overalls I had as a kid in the early 90s: and we know that era’s all back in again.

I'm wearing it here with:

- Sheer mint green sleeveless shirt from Domino Dollhouse
- Piano-key necklace from Dangerfield  though it must be acknowledged that this is a total rip-off of a design by Tatty Devine and I am very naughty for supporting the mass-produced version rather than the handmade-in-England original design …but at $10, this bargain was hard to resist.
- Retro-style sunnies from ASOS
- Skull-studded flat shoes from Payless shoes. These have been my go-to comfy black flats this season (they totally make your feet stink though: that’s the price you pay for comfort – ie. cheap synthetics).

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Oh my god I'M IN A MOTHERFUCKING BIKINI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's for this week's theme of 'Breaking the Rules' for Aussie Curves. Given that I never abide by any rules in everyday-wear, I took it to swimwear instead, where I'm normally far more comfortable in a one-piece. But why? I have no problem with my midriff: it is what it is, AND I THINK I LOOK DANG HOT!!!!!!

Well that's a big lie. I am very hung-up about putting this online but FUCK IT.

Whenever I see other women's bodies at the beach and the pool: of all shapes and sizes - I think they look fab - if its outside your own body and insecurities, everything's all fine! Because it's my own though I get all hung up.

Like I said it's not my tummy that bothers me anyway- so the difference between the one-piece that I'm used to and this bikini (while unfamiliar to me) is negligible. It's my thunder-thighs which piss me off as I feel they quite closely resemble PORRIDGE.

I don't get hung up normally about getting into my swimmers. I am not a gym-bunny and I don't like exercise in general but I DO love swimming. My Auntie Clare (who kindly took these pics for me - thanks Boo!), my Grandma and sometimes my little cousins, go swimming every Sunday morning at Carss Park pool together. It's nice to all catch up and to splash around in the water and try and out-do each other with lap-tallies.

Back to my thighs though: there's no point hiding them in board-shorts. They may be handy for the beach but not when you're doing lap after lap at the pool: they drag you down.

When I feel particularly active, in addition to the family Sunday tradition, I also go after work a couple of times a week at the pools near Sydney CBD after work (Vic Park at Broadway is a fave). I am a terribly slow swimmer: if I don't have flippers on, I am the slowest in the slow lane. But I'm a strong swimmer in the sense that I could stay in the water for hours and you couldn't drown me if you put your foot on my head. 

I love the water: Mum always called me a water-baby when I was growing up and it does make me happy splashing round in there!

I've never done a bikini before today: I only have the bikini top because being a swimmer, with a severe lack of swimsuits, I bought a bunch of them from Evans at their end of summer season sale. Suspecting that none would fit, I bought several in the varying sizes they had left hoping that one would fit. 

Well, they ALL fit. I bought this bikini top for eight pounds, intending to use it under a swimsuit as a bra for support: which is something that is severely lacking in Aussie plus-size swimsuits. I had an old pair of bottoms  from a tankini that had worn out at the top and voila! We have a bikini!


Anyhoo, hope you've enjoyed viewing my weird pudgy body and I hope it inspires you to get your own out there too! Because you've got nothing to be ashamed of: A girl's gotta swim!!!!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Aussie Curves: Knits

Knits knits knits. Bit too warm for knits today in Sydney but in the interest of Aussie Curves, I dug out this little number from Carmakoma.

This is actually two dresses: both matching, layered over each other, from Danish label Carmakoma – got them for a bargain basement price at their end of winter sale last year. I really like their designs: simple and flattering but funky and edgy at the same time. 

It's soooo wearable too. I don't normally do body-con/form-fitting things as I find they show too many lumps and bumps. Don’t get me wrong: I’m still a firm believer in 'Fuck-flattering' and if you're happy flaunting it all, I say go for it. Fact is, I personally just can’t get comfy in body-con things – end up spending all day constantly adjusting everything which just makes me look self-conscious when I'd rather be exuding confidence.

The thing with  this dress though is the clever knitted-ribbed design: it hugs and shows of curves without sticking to every lump and bump. The sparkly fabric also makes it great for a night-out – well, a night out in winter: it's a bit too warm to hit the dance floor in this at the mo.

I'm wearing:

- Carmakoma metallic striped racer-back knitted slip-dress under: 
- Carmakoma metallic striped long-sleeve tube dress 
- Demonia suede leopard-insert creepers from Clubwear Australia 
- Angular cat-eye sunglasses from Dangerfield 

*Correction: I earlier wrote that Carmakoma are Swedish: my bad - they're Danish!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blazin' ladies


Did anyone see the Prime Minister's speech to the high-priest of misogynist morons: Tony Abbott, during Question time in Parliament yesterday? Cos it was AWESOME! 

While I'm not Julia Gillard's biggest fan (particularly in regard to her immigration policies and stance on same-sex marriage) I do think it's fantastic that she's a trailblazer as our country's first female leader and that yesterday she finally spoke out against the deep undercurrents of sexism that pervade not only the every day lexicon of our nation but also the corridors of power in the highest office of the land.

With the laughable "Sensitive Tony" campaign and the revolting behaviour of a certain radio shock-jock getting way too much air-time lately, it seemed that the female voice in all this would be drowned out, with Gillard choosing to take the high road and keep tight lipped.

I'm glad she didn't though. Instead she called the Liberals out and said that calling our democratically elected leader names like "witch" and "bitch" and joking that her recently deceased father "died of shame" are highly offensive not only to the office of the state, but to her personally as a woman and a human being.

I get called things like this all the time: that and lesbian. Just for being feisty and saying what I think. That and for dressing how I like, and not in a manner that's all about sexualising myself, or blending in and being a nice demure lady-sheep.

 All the GIFs above are from Buzzfeed

I think her speech marks a defining moment in gender relations in this country: even if a lot of local journos have chosen not to run with that version of the story - perhaps because it wasn't the key pivotal moment in the Peter Slipper saga. I don't care: it this version that's gone viral round the globe - and with good reason. Her unabashed anger combined with amazing oratorial skills mark a rare moment in taking a stand against sexism.

It fucking shits me that there is no male equivalent to "witch or bitch". Feisty male characters get called boisterous, outspoken and articulate, when a lot of those who are characterised thusly are in fact just bigoted morons like Alan Jones

So I'm glad that she spoke up and let her anger burn through so fiercely and articulately. There is nothing wrong with being angry: there is a long way to go with gender relations in this country and there's plenty to be angry about.

And so today's outfit is a tribute to our trailblazin' lady leader and her blazer wearing styles. Yes, I'm rocking the blazer look today.  Yes Im aware that is one of the most ridiculous segues from politics to clothing, in the history of blogs! But whatever!


I'm Blazin it here wearing:

- Striped blazer from City Chic
- Pink sheer shirt dress from City Chic
- Sunglasses from ASOS
- Blue suede creepers by Underground from ASOS -Black perspex necklace from H & M in the UK

Gillard is known for her tailored blazers and jackets and has frequently been the subject of ridicule for it. Including one remark about them doing nothing for the size of her bum from no less than Germaine Greer, supposed feminist spokesperson. While I'm honest enough to admit I don't disagree with those remarks, I don't think that bringing them up are helpful, necessary or relevant to Gillard's role or her capability as leader.

I remember once hearing the amazing Leigh Sales of 7.30 in a Sunday Brunch interview on 702 ABC Sydney talk about how she chose hair, make up and clothing to go on national TV every night. She said her challenge was to pick looks that were as neat and as indistinctive and unremarkable as possible so that people would concentrate on what she was saying and not be distracted by the way she looks.

I think that Gillard's dilemma is similar. The blazers are the plainest, neatest smartest look she can go for and the size of her bottom has absolutely no bearing on her capability as leader. Sometimes it seems it would be easier for women to be taken seriously if they could be invisible so that people could only hear what they have to say and not judge them for the way they look. But then we might as well be living in an extremist religious state where women are forced to cover themselves from head to toe in burqas.

Well fuck that, I say. My arse is big, my clothing is loud and I have plenty to say. I don't think women should be forced to blend into the background with either their opinions or the way they style themselves.

Sorry if thats all a bit ranty but it's my blog, my place to vent and anyone who thinks that politics have no place in a fashion blog can BITE me. The fact that the two things are always treated as mutually exclusive just leads to a higher proliferation of total air-heads in the fashion industry! It also leads to too many colour-blind style-challenged campaigners in the political sphere. And trust me, both fields are already overflowing with such folk and need no more!

So in conclusion to this rant: get out there and be as loud as you possibly can: in your politics and your sense of style. Fashion and feminism unite! Fuck yeah Girl Power!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Aussie Curves: Blue (Hawaii)

So I'm going all Blue Hawaii Crush for this week's Aussie Curves theme of Blue, donning a blue shirt accessorised with pineapple bling.

This sheer blue oversized shirt is one of my earliest ASOS purchases – I got it a couple of years ago when I was still living in the UK. It features a cool cut-out detail in the back…..which you can admire complete with a nice shot of my VPL.

The necklace is new: the acquisition of which I entirely blame on Tabitha of T for Tabitha for tweeting a picture of herself wearing it just as I was heading out to the shops.

It’s a bargain from Diva Accessories and it’s bold, it’s brash and it weighs a ton. Proppa Gangsta bling Aaaaiiiight?

Perfect for living #thuglife …or adding with gold ham to make a very expensive pizza.

Also I love how it's a proper statement necklace but that, as Tabitha pointed out, it goes with absolutely everything too.

What I'm wearing:
  •          Sheer blue mesh oversized shirt from ASOS 
  •          Gold pineapple necklace from Diva 
  •          Gold studded belt from H&M
  •          Black slip by Love & Lustre
  •          Black leggings from Evans 
  •          Black and gold 'Zanita' clogs from Funkis 
  •     Also the leopard print bra you can see peaking through is from Target

Monday, October 1, 2012

Aussie Curves: Picnic

So yesterday I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather that we've had in Sydney over this long weekend and haul my arse to the beach.

I was mainly going to check out Bondi Markets as I haven’t been for a few years (and as sunny as it is, it’s not quite warm enough for a sea-dip) but I also had a wander down by the water and a lunch of sushi in the park by the beach (hence the “picnic” portion of the post for this week’s Aussie Curves theme).

Unfortunately, I went on my own so I didn't have anyone to snap any pics of me in the picnic context but here are some Instagram snaps to give you some context. Then scroll down for the full outfit shots which I took when I got home.

Picnic time

Getting the pins out - pale as they are....

Bondi beach

The Bondi markets have a reputation for being quite good start-up markets for budding young designers – indeed, quite a few successful Aussie designers started out peddling their wares at Bondi.
As it’s the first time I've been in a while though, it’s not as good as I remember it. It’s shrunk in size, and although there were still a couple of independent designers there, there was a lot of made-in-China crap too and only two vintage stores. As far as Sydney markets go, I definitely rate Rozelle, Marrickville and Surry Hills far higher for their excellent second-hand and vintage selection.

Beach Babe

Feeling a bit rebellious, I decided to don the Gisela Ramirez ‘Fuck Flattering’ crop T-shirt for the day. Felt it was quite appropriate for the beach, as it also really the Mecca of body-consciousness and someone needs to tell body consciousness where to go stick it.

So I decided to go all out and wear it with these bold extreme-cat eye sunnies (ASOS) and my leopard head scarf, tied African-style: inspired by the cool Caribbean chicks in Brixton, London where I used to live. 

The finger I felt, was appropriate for the mood and the cider (Strongbow low-carb – same alcohol content though – love it) was just to make up for the fact that I wasn't at Parklife (which was on in Sydney that day) for the first time in quite a few years. 

Parklife always signals the start of summer festival season and this year I've chosen to skip the festivals and retreat a bit from my former party-lifestyle. I do miss it though and still feel am entitled to a few ciders in the backyard on a beautiful summer long-weekend!

What I’m wearing:
- F*ck Flattering crop tee by Gisela Ramirez
- Black and pink sheer dip-dye maxi skirt from City Chic 
- Demonia suede leopard-insert creepers from Clubwear Australia 
- Leopard print headscarf from Rubi shoes 
- Extreme cat-eye sunglasses from ASOS