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Now, I had a decision to make… Would I go hipster as in the person or hipster as the style of pants just to be a smarty pants? No brainer for me really. Being long in the torso, hipster pants look a little pornographic on me. It’s awkward really all that belly and butt hanging out everywhere.

So yeah. Hipster-hipster it is. Bring on the chunky knits, plaid, horn rimmed glasses and pork pie hats. I’ve got this. But it turns out I didn’t really. I tried to put together outfit after outfit. I tried the festival style hipster, the vintage style hipster and bit by bit I got more annoyed. I’d give it a miss, I thought.

Then THIS happened.

My take on hipster was always going to be a wee but 90′s inspired. My entire winter wardrobe will probably be the same. I swing somewhere between a Ralph Lauren Rachel from Friends and Liv Tyler’s character in Empire Records. That apparently is my style inspiration this season. So when I put the pieces together I wasn’t surprised to find myself firmly in 90′s territory.

But what was old is new again right?

So I embraced the idea that my hipster look would be very 90′s indeed AND there would be lace up ankle boots, of course. Because I am nothing if not consistent. Try not to be bored! This new season 17 Sundays cut out skirt is AMAZING on. I ummed and ahhed about if it would work for me. Claire from the brand told me to shut up and take it. And she, as usual, was right. I’m wearing the 22 and since there is very little give in the material, the 24 would’ve worked too. I have a long torso, I’m highwaisted and you can see how it sits on me perfectly thanks to this CROP TOP. Yup! Eeek.  {Read on!}

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The team at 17 Sundays released the items from their Autumn/Winter range featuring the cut outs and I was all swoonie mcswoon. It made me think, are there a lot of plus-size brands doing cut outs, sheer panels or details this year or is it just me? And as our northern neighbours head into spring and summer I’m assuming we’ll see more and more of them.

Great news, right?

So cut outs, how do you wear them and will they work for you? But of course my friend. As you’ll see from the shopping board below you can got as big or small as you wish and even then there are sheer panels for modesty if that’s what you’re interested in. For me it’s going to be about small peeks of skin even during the cooler months as you work it with layers depending on your location.

And you ALL know I am not really a fan of the cold shoulder look top. Not at all. I’ve picked up a few along the way and am now a little more on board. This cut out thing is certainly something that you can find that will work for whatever your style. Small cuts {laser cuts} or cut outs to flash your assets. Think boobs, legs and midriff. Woot woo. So if you’re ready to embrace all the things, then let’s roll.  {Read on!}

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Why happy spreads.

April 22, 2014

in Confident You

I saw the video of Pharrell on Oprah moved to tears by the outpouring of love, joy and fun that was the response to Happy, the song. I cried. I’m not ashamed to admit that. I could picture it, something you had created making such a joyful difference in the world. That’s touching stuff. I love that sort of thing. Life’s work realised and all that.

It reminded me that happy spreads.

Not just the song Happy, as catchy as it is. But the feeling, the doing and the being happy. I wrote about it in my post “Five Things Happy People Do” and we all agreed that indeed happy is a practice, not a one time thing. Today I wanted to talk about how when you are happy, others get happy. When you are happy it spreads around you. Like the old saying goes, sunbeams from your face and all that.

We all know those people who just bring the party with them when they arrive. Those people who leave you feeling better about yourself, brighter, happier than before they were there. I love to be around those kind of people. When they smile I smile with them. They laugh with joy at life being great and I laugh with them.

And it’s not all sunshine and rainbows either. These people are the happy in dark times too. The light at the end of the tunnel, the soothing voice that tells you to try again. People who generate themselves as a space for joy to show up are a gift whenever and wherever they are. Like that song. I dare you to not feel happy hearing that song.

It spreads because people want to feel good. It spreads because people want to be picked up, not put down. That’s why if you can find a way to BE that person, you’ll never be on your own for long. Take the time to be joyful, fun, happy and see what happens. You might just find that YOU are the person spreading the happy. I’d almost wager that to someone you already are.

Are you spreading happy or know someone who does? 

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Did you know that? That my husband talks in his sleep? Well he does. Most the time he mumbles, sometimes he brings the sort of colourful language that would, as the saying goes, make a sailor blush. And then there’s the nights when he is halfway between being asleep and being awake. The times when he is so convincing I’m not sure he’s dreaming or making fun of me. Or finally, the ones where it’s such an interactive dream, usually aided by some form of caffeine where he reenact the dream in real-time for me, the private audience of one.

The other night was one of the latter.

I was woken a couple of times by the conversation he was having about line markings and construction type things. I was sick and snotty so the wakefulness wasn’t all his doing. I chuckled to myself as he walked out a line to be marked, detailing his travels and then heard an aerosol can discharge in the quiet of our silent bedroom. I was like, errr what? Maybe I’M dreaming.

But I wasn’t. I wish I was. What was happening was Hubby had grabbed a can of deodorant from his side table and was now waving it about the bed. I gagged and choked. What are you doing? I said loudly as I laughed my ass off. I knew, he was dreaming and had moved right into full on reenacting. Geez Louise. Oi stop it, I said, it stinks in here.

He mumbled abruptly that he KNEW what he was doing thank you very much and had to get these lines marked. I sighed. Tried not to breath in the fumes and hoped he’d put the darn can down. He had. Moments later as, I can only assume, a haze of antiperspirants rained down on us like fresh snow he rolled over and started snoring. Snoring. Yup. FML.

I wanted to punch him in the face. Seriously. I’m a lover not a fighter but the combination of him being so peacefully asleep, the choking smell and already feeling pretty darn under the weather made me SUPER cranky. I got up, removed the offending can in case there was to be a part two of this adventure and turned on the ensuite exhaust fan to suck some of the smell out.

Grumbling and complaining I climbed back into bed. Hubby was quietly mumbling to himself about people telling him what to do and I couldn’t help but chuckle quietly into the sheet covering my face. A barrier against the fumes, you see. And feeling all in all a little more cheery I snuggled into that sleeping man I love and started to drift off to sleep.

And then he rolled over and basically boob punched me.

Sleep talking. Active sleeping. Not so freaking cute today, let me tell you! And don’t you worry your pretty little heads, he’s still alive. Barely. You see come morning, as my head cold had really set in and I sat up to blow my nose for the billionth time, he said to me… Me, who had a still aching boob. Who was rubbing weary eye that stung from the probable chemical burn inflicted by a midnight aerosol raid. Who was awake listening to him snore on and off hourly pretty much the whole night. ME.

He said to me, gosh, I had THE WORST nights sleep last night.

Short version? Dead man walking. 

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Miso Soup for the Soul

April 16, 2014
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This recipe inspired by THIS amazing looking soup by The Bonjon Gourmet I pinned this recipe a LONG time ago. I bought the ingredients months ago. And tonight, a mere week before the tofu was due to go into the land of questionable food stuffs that is the after date of a best before I […]

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Are we a yes to a plaid vest?

April 16, 2014
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Well of course we are! The plaid shirt or vest is essential this winter. Absolutely. I still remember seeing it appear online and in shows and thinking I’m not so sure about this. It reminds me of grunge nineties hair {not a good thing} and boys who smell like sweat and cigarettes {sort of a […]

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You can’t outrun bad choices.

April 15, 2014
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Lately I’ve been feeling run down. Tired and full of the blahs. I sigh a lot, apparently. The quiet of my new office has shown me that. I’ve had such an amazing start to the year, there has been so much to do, so many people to see, things to celebrate and general making memories […]

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I still hate when people don’t like me.

April 14, 2014
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You know something, I was sitting here today wondering why someone had replied to all the comments on their thread and not me and it occurred to me, I still hate it when people don’t like me. I still love for people to love me and will go out of my way to make them […]

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More monochrome for rainy days.

April 13, 2014
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Welcome Monday, right? I learnt a lot this weekend about myself, about my abilities and how quickly I turn to procrastination when it rains. I like snuggles on the couch and being cradled in Hubby’s arm. I like light layers and wasting time deciding what to wear when we really aren’t going anywhere at all. […]

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When you can’t see the forest for the trees.

April 12, 2014
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I was chatting on Skype {thank you reasonable internet, I love you} to Lisa and Sam in Italy. Sam was heading off to collect the kids from school for lunch, Lisa was brimming with good health and excitement over her recent enrolment in B-School. We waved Sam off and started to talk about it. She […]

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Selling your skills not your soul.

April 12, 2014
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I almost, almost titled this one selling yourself but figured THAT could create some confusion online. So selling your skills it is. How do you sell the skills you have when the idea of talking yourself up, putting yourself out there makes you go a little green with vomit-inducing panic? I have a few ideas. […]

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Classic Black and White.

April 11, 2014
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I’m a big fan of the classics. I like a simple and chic all black ensemble. I looooove a black and white combination. I could live in a throw on denim jacket and never have any need for any other jacket ever. The classics are classic for a reason and in my opinion if you […]

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The pressure to be sexty.

April 10, 2014

I have these thoughts sometimes. Thoughts about what it must be like for girls in their teens right now. Girls who are navigating the whole world of changes that comes with their growing/changing body in a time where it seems to be socially acceptable, if not a requirement, for them to be sexy. Look at […]

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Simple dresses for changing seasons.

April 9, 2014
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This time of year in Queensland we finally start to see a little bit of cooler weather. Maybe an afternoon breeze with a bit more chill or evenings that require light jackets. Woooo. Finally, right? Our southern neighbours have all this and more long before we do. But what it means is that I continue […]

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But I tried to love my body and it’s just not that easy!

April 7, 2014
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I read this amazing article about the five things the author feels the body positive movement needs to move forward. I found myself nodding in agreement the entire time. I too cringe a little when people are adamant that ALL people are beautiful, that there’s someone out there for everyone, horse for courses and all […]

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Aussie Curves: Pattern Clash

April 7, 2014
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When the Aussie Curves ladies first took on Pattern Clash I was staying with Danielle at her place for a number of events and to just hang out. I mixed a stripe blazer with a chevron’ish dress and felt WAY out of my comfort zone. But I did it, the photos came out beautifully {derrr, […]

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You’re not the boss of me

April 6, 2014
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I finally got the chance to catch up with my sister yesterday after the whirlwind last few weeks. I’d missed her terribly. I’d missed all my family terribly, ask poor Hubby who has had to stick by my side like glue and tell me how much he loves me, misses me and that he thinks […]

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How to train yourself to be resourceful.

April 5, 2014
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I am certainly what you would call resourceful. Maybe not in a survival type environment built when it comes to an office I am the queen of resourceful. You need me to locate something, I can do it. Find a file lost since the beginning of time, I’m your girl. The short version is, resourceful […]

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She Wore What: Do you crop?

April 4, 2014
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How to wear a crop top as a plus-size woman is something that has been swirling in conversation in the blogger community for a while now. Lots of the ladies in the US and UK have well and truly embraced the style making it work in their own way. One thing I’ve learnt is that […]

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OMG Aussie Curves ladies know how to PARTY.

April 3, 2014
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On Saturday night I attended the Aussie Curves meet up in Melbourne. You know, while I was there. It didn’t feel like a Melbourne meet up because bloggers had come from all over the place for Curvy Couture Road Show and they were all keen to party! Well I was keen so I’m pretty sure […]

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