Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I got a magazine in the post today- it was advertising the Joe Browns collection @ Simply Be. I though to myself "Oh I have already seen everything, but I'll take a quick look anyway". WRONG. Apparently they only released about half of the new collection on the Simply Be Preview Site, and now the other half is up at the New Now Preview Site. And OMG, did they save the best for last or what?!
I already ordered the coral cardigan(pretty!) and the beach shorts (which are awaiting stock so I haven't got them yet), but when I saw all the floral tops & dresses in the magazine I almost died with excitement. Obviously I logged on straight away to place an order. I ended up choosing the 3 dresses above (yes I bit the bullet and ordered that beach dress after all!) & a pink lacy vest top, which is always useful for layering. I am especially in love with the middle dress, because although pastels are the in colour right now, nothing can break my love of brights!
I was also quite tempted by this dress on the left, as well as a multitude of different camis and floaty tops. But despite my obvious shopping addiction, I am not actually made of money! Although I would like to be. :) Donations are welcome! :P
Reviews will come in time, the items won't apparently ship til April, but the stuff I ordered from the Simply Be Preview Site came before it was supposed to be shipped(with the exception of the beach shorts), so hopefully there will be pics fairly soon.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
That dress I posted about from ASOS the other day also arrived with my delivery of the tshirt dress. I think it is super adorable, it now also comes in black with a nude trim. (still wishing they did one in all nude though!) The bust is made of jersey, which I didn't realise, but that gives me added stretch around the bust area that I need! I am loving the trim- the pieces of fabric sewn like little flowers are really cute.
I wore it with a puff sleeve tshirt underneath, but I think in future I might just wear a cardigan (can't decide on which one though), as although I like the pinafore look the tshirt gives it, I am not so sure about having so much of my arms on show. I think I need bigger "puffs". Anyone know where I can find a puff sleeve tshirt? They are so hard to find, this one I found at Evans in 2006, when puff sleeves had just become all the rage.
Also- here is a quick pic of one of my swap items- how adorable is this tunic/dress? I love the print- see the pic below for a close up! & the colours are pretty & spring/summery!these shoes from New Look. I love the colour and the little gold stud detail. And they have a heel! Which is unusual for me, but I can actually walk in these as they are only a mid heel, so yay!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Have any of you ever tried remixing clothes? I've made skirts from scratch before, and altered the fit of some items, but I have never really remixed an existing piece into something completely different. However when I saw the T-Shirt dress that ASOS has in it's Curve range, instead of thinking "ugh no" and moving on- I saw possibility. If I can't find a nude/pastel pink flowy chiffon dress with lots of ruffles and bows..I could use this as the base for such a dress. If I were to make a dress from scratch (a daunting task!), it would have to have some sort of underskirt or slip underneath as I want the top layer to be chiffon. So why not buy this simple dress, and then alter it to my needs? Much easier than starting from scratch. So I have ordered it, and cannot wait to get started! I have made a basic design in photoshop over the top of the existing dress, which is how I would like mine to turn out like. I am envisaging lots of ruffles around the body, a fitted bust with a huge bow, and getting rid of the ugly tshirt sleeves and either adding flutter sleeves or soft flowy sleeves. I am also even imagining some plaiting detail.. Let's just hope it goes to plan! Progress pics hopefully coming soon!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
So my order arrived last night..yes I may have been a little impatient and paid extra for same day delivery. I do hate waiting for packages! I think I ordered the dresses at around 11, and they arrived at 9pm. Not bad! Anyway...they fit! Perfectly actually, I was quite nervous that they wouldn't, but as you can see from the photos, they do! So all you UK size 30s out there, you can buy stuff from ASOS! Yay!
Detail shot. The fabric is polyester, but it is so silky and lightweight- perfect for summer! And as the sleeves are so pretty, you don't have to wear a cardigan unless you want to. (More often than not I wear a cardigan to cover ugly sleeves). I wasn't sure if I would like the bold print on me, but when I tried it on, I really did. It's like one of those dresses you would overlook at the rack because it is too bold/looks ugly, but on, it looks nice!
Next I ordered the lace dress. I was really worried about this fitting, not so much about the first dress as that looked more flowy. But as you can see, it also fits pretty perfectly. It does cling a tiny bit to my tummy, and I would prefer it being a size larger, but as the range only goes up to a size 26, I think I did quite well. Especially as I had heard the range either ran true to size, or small. Luckily some of the cuts ( i.e generous around the chest, flowy over the tummy/hips) have really worked for my shape. The sleeves on this dress are also really pretty!
Dress - ASOS Necklace - Local Shop Rest - see above
And look at my new necklace-I got it today! Nude<3>
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
I know many people were disappointed by the launch of ASOS Curve, noting the lack of any real "fashion forward" items. I was also a bit dismayed at the selection, but after checking out review+photos from other plus size bloggers, items I hadn't really noticed on the website became much more appealing. In the above photos I have tried to dress up some of the key pieces I feel look a little bland in their stock photos, but with a bit of imagination you could make them look fabulous!
I really wish the size range went further than a 26 though, I might have ordered some things if they had just gone a few sizes bigger. Other reviews state the items are true to size, so I am reluctant to try out things in case they don't fit. I wear anything from a 26 to a 30, but it depends on the item. I can buy a few things from New Look, but not everything I like as their sizing also stops at a 26. I am tempted to try placing an order though, as some of the dresses look decided roomy in the bust, which is probably where I would have the most problems with fit if it were too small.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
Another oufit of the day! I wore this to go over to see my grandparent's new puppy (see below pic- how cute?!). It was fairly sunny today so I wore rather colourful items, like my pink cardigan from Evans, and my handmade floral skirt. My taste is rather eclectic - I love girly pinks and florals and lace, but I love bright colours as well!
Their new dog is adorable, she is called Megan. We brought our 2 dogs (A shihtzu/lhasa cross, and a maltese) over as well. Our shihtzu Tallie loved her, they are about the same size, and were playing for ages, bouncing around! Button (the maltese) wasn't too keen, but we are sure he will get used to Megan. Megan is a retriever/collie cross, similar to their old dog that died just recently. Apparently she is keeping their hands full- chewing on everything, etc! :P