Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How many X's?

In the words of Tofiga Fepulea’i, from Laughing with Samoans, ‘I represent all the X’s before the L’s and what better way to demonstrate this then to wear the biggest shirt I own, nuff said!


And for that bit of Xmas touch, a Reindeer skull. 

Shirt- ‘Party Girl’, Thrift, Saint Paul De Vince $5
Tights- Maya, Warehouse
Shoes- Chux 
Necklace- Love Love
Glasses- Le Specs ‘Riri’ 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Teachers Skirt

This top is perfect for summer, light coloured and sheer! I had brought the top on my birthday back in October, from the local Red Cross store. And Happy Birthday to me, all their plus size racks were half price making my top only $2! My skirt is a kick back to the 90’s, more specifically to the fashion of my primary school teachers. Although that would be a cringe factor for most, I find myself attracted to the old and mostly unusual. As the saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure and to me the best treasures are found at Op shops.  



Top- thrift, Red Cross $2
Skirt- thrift, St Paul De Vince $3
Hat- Garage, Warehouse
Glasses-‘Riri’ by Fiorelli (was $89.95 & I got it on SALE for $20!)
Necklace- Made by Me

 True style is never dictated by price

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Crochet Poncho

This crochet poncho was a Xmas gift many years ago and it had been 3years since I last wore it. Even though the trend had come and gone I still hung on to it, with the intention of wearing it ‘one day’. So what better way to put truth to the hoarder’s popular belief and actually wearing it ‘one day’ -that being last Saturday. Unlike other fat fashion bloggers who have embraced their bodies and flaunt their lusciousness, I admittedly still struggle from time to time, being in my own skin. Case in point my arms, aka my bat wings. I loathe them and so I cover them. If I wear a singlet or a top with sleeves that are too short for my liking, on goes a second shirt or a cardigan, jumper or jacket. Now I’m well insulated as it is, then you add summer to the mix with that extra layer covering the wings and I’m sweating balls! So to my delight, my debut of my poncho is like an unveiling for my upper arms to the world. It’s the closest to wearing nothing but it has the feeling of being covered which is comforting. Now I look forward to wearing singlet’s as I have another arm covering option available. I know it would be better to go totally nude on the arm front, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is conquering one’s body fear in single moment. So for now, my arms get to relish in the rays of the sun and flap in the summer breeze under the security of a crochet web.


My hat, spray painted black. If you can’t find what you want, then D.I.Y!

Obligatory Titanic shot. 

Poncho- Jay Jays
Singlet- Garage, Warehouse
Skirt- Thrift, Avondale flea market
Shoes- Number 1 Shoes
Hat- Thrift, SaveMart
Glasses- Le Specs
Necklace & Ring- Diva
Belt- Big W

Monday, November 28, 2011

Western Springs

Take two; my toga dress from my cousins 21st becomes my laid back Saturday outfit. And where dose one kick it back on a Saturday? Well you go chill out in nature, or a semi tame version of it also known as a park. We hit up up Western Springs, a huge park with a pond in the middle where families from all over come to have some G-rated fun. You can walk or bike round, play on the jungle gym or do the most popular activity of feeding ducks (as well as eels). I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed myself, even though there wasn’t anything eventful happing. I have to admit that I have become a real mall rat and had forgotten about the simple pleasures of just being. Being in a place that wasn’t aimed at selling me something (getting me in that feel good consumer mood), a place that isn’t artificial with its sights, sounds and even smells (although it is a park, so I do realise that there is a human element involved in it). You can feel quite nostalgic (and old) when visiting a place from your childhood, but being in a space that has remained relatively unchanged is quite comforting. I guess I took a moral away with me that the truly good things in life never really do change. 


Toga (poncho dress)- Made by Me
Tights- Maya, Warehouse
Necklace- Diva
Glasses- Le Specs
Hat- Warehouse
Roman Sandals- Number1 shoes

Western Springs, Good times and good stuff!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Back in Black

Saturdays outfit for a day of Op shopping.  For some reason I felt like being in black in the middle of spring, luckily the weather was overcast for me to do so. Not much else to say, unlike the spiel of my last post!

It’s been years since I last owned or even wore a pair of Roman sandals (High school to be exact) but like jandals they are the most comfortable shoes you could wear during those hot summer months. Although I maybe one of the few who wear it outside of the school yard, the nostalgia is still there.

Dress- City Chic
Top- Moda, Target
Cardi- City Chic
Shoes- Roman Sandals, Number 1 shoes
Bag- Thrift, Salvo
Necklace- some random store in Melbourne
Glasses- Cotton On

Monday, November 14, 2011

Big Red

The ‘Red Dress’ (RD) is quite an elusive piece of clothing. All woman search and usually do find their version of the perfect ‘Little Black Dress’ (LBD) but when it comes to big Red, its damn near impossible! Just like the LBD, I believe the RD could be one of the most classic pieces in a woman’s closet (once you’ve actually found it, that is). But is it elusive because no woman outside of red carpet event would wear it? Or maybe it’s the ideology of being the woman in red? Red is a colour that invokes the idea of power and passion and is a colour that I guess has a sexual connotation to it. Maybe there’s no RD’s because we are afraid of it, with no demand there’s no point and with no point they are not made to be sold and my hands will be forever empty. You can’t tell me that after the liberation that Sex and the City brought to woman’s sexuality and the freedom of expressing one’s self through fashion as Lady Gaga did, that the little red dress is still fashion taboo!?!! We need to change this perception, red is power and strength, a confidence to stand out, a ‘Boss Bitch’ colour! My perfect RD would be a deep candy red wrap dress with a low bust line and it hits at the knees, actually I got a few but this tops the list.


The red dress I’m wearing in all truth isn’t my most favourite thing. It’s red but not my preferable shade, it has short cap sleeve's which look like a shower caps sitting on my shoulders but it does have redeeming features. A low bust line shows off the assets and the dress clinches below the bust to define a waist and flows over the rest. It’s a give and take situation and when it comes to fashion, usually big girls take what they can get.


Dress- City Chic
Cropped Cardi- City Chic
Tights- Maya, Warehouse
Hat- Warehouse
Shoes- Chucks (all black, all leather)
Brooch-Thrift, St.Vinc Op Shop
Bag – Auckland Uni Flea Market
Glasses- Le Specs

In Blue Silk

This poncho top has quickly become one of my favourite summer go to tops. Made from silk and in a lovely vibrant blue, you can’t be missed in this get up. This summer I’m all about the over sized, loose tops. Yes it’s baggy and a lot of the time shapeless but fuck me if I’m going to be caught in a top that makes me feel like a sausage about to break its casing. Trinny and Susannah may cringe at the thought of tent like tops but these days rules and boundaries of fashion are being broken and it’s all about individuality (at lest it is for me). 


Top- Thrift, Savemart
Tights- Maya, Warehouse
Bag- Thrift, Salvation Army
Necklace- Made by me 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In the Park

Its spring, so it’s time to go outside and get some vitamin D! But only for a short moment, as I can roast up pretty quick in the heat of the sun.  Just give me an ice cold beverage, a magazine and some shade and I’m set, just don’t forget to slap on some SPF30 plus (prevent the UVA ageing and the UVB burning- a way to remember what your UV’s are when looking at sun screens). 

                                                     Ring from Lovisa (have to brag about this, was $20 and got it on Sale for $9)

                                                     Necklace (aka my breast plate, because it’s huge) made by me.

Hat from The Warehouse

Cardi- Garage from The Warehouse
T-shirt- Now Plus from Kmart
Top- turned into a mini, Thrift from Hospice
Tights- Garage, The Warehouse
Shoes- Kmart
Bag- Portmans
Glasses- Cotton On

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fat day

It’s weird how thin people will say their having a fat day where for a fat person, everyday is a fat day. Well you would think that wouldn’t you, but there are days where I don’t feel like I am the size that I am. But today wasn’t one of those days, I felt like a beached whale. Maybe it was the events of the weekend, the indulgence of a few cocktails, lack of sleep, or simply waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to fall into the trap of cutting social commitments to hide out at home. While in the past I have been guilty of doing just that, I sucked in the gut and got dressed to go out to eat with a mate. The best thing to do when you feel your size and then some, is to dress more for comfort than for fashion. Not to say that the two can’t go hand in hand, but I found that confidence is the best accessory to any outfit and if you’re feeling self conscious, naturally want to cover up. My solution was to wear loose and in layers- my skirt turned strapless dress skimmed over everything, a belt help define my waist and held in place my drape front cardigan and the tights were protection against the parachute behaviour of my skirt.

Skirt- Thrift, Salvation Army, Mt Eden
Cardi- Warehouse
Tights- Farmers
Belt- Farmers
Shoes- Rubi
Glasses – Dollar King Store

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Last night I attended my cousin Sina’s 21st birthday. As most 21st’s I’ve attended it was a themed party in which guests were asked to dress in Roman costumes. I had nothing remotely Romanesque in my closet but lucky enough I had just finished sewing a new poncho dress that would suit the occasion. Chuck a belt at the waist, slip on some gold accessories and toga it up for the night.

Dress – Made by Me
Headband- Made by Me
Necklace- Valley Girl
Shoes – Rubi

And to finish a picture with the birthday girl herself in centre.

Lost Boys

As the title puts it, I was channelling a bit of the 1987 film ‘The Lost Boys’. The glasses I was sporting was in fact Le Specs own version of the iconic frames seen throughout the movie and was appropriately named after it. The top is one of my favourite items in my closet and is the most comfortable thing to wear when shopping. Easy to whip on and off in the changing room (or in the middle of the store) and wont cling especially when you’re walking around in the summer sun. I got heaps of compliments on the shirt which alone looks like ‘mums closet rejects’ but styled with accessories I aimed for 80s rock. This proves that you can’t always judge an item strait off the rack.

Monday, September 5, 2011

All Hailwood

Last week I attended my first ever New Zealand Fashion Week show for the label Hailwood.
Now in all honesty I pretty much abandoned my admiration or rather my attention to that of the many designers and labels after I realised that I, my body was and probably never would be represented. The idea that designer wear was exclusive to that of the rich was a given in my youth but then delving further I saw that it was exclusive to a particular size.
The ‘designer’ infatuation faded but with a revelation that real style is something personal and is not an imitation of a designer’s mannequin. To me people won’t remember the labels you wear but the impression of your personal style.
Now although I sound like I have nothing but contempt, I have come to a point where there is mutual respect for designer world. They propel the industry forward, they invent, re-interpret, reprise and inspire but it’s up to you, what you take away from it.

Now for Hailwood, I took away inspiration. Some of the dresses were really beautiful and if I had the skills of a Korean seamstress, I would be producing knock off’s to fit me. But then there were items that I did not get, such as the Jumpsuit with fringing. Is it a matter of lost in translation to me? That it’s a theatrical piece made only for the runway? Or do they really expect woman to wear white jumpsuits with black fringe running along the outside seam? Who knows, maybe in a year’s time I’ll be rocking them, blogging it and forgetting that I found it so weird in the first place.

What was weird was my first encounter with a stranger that I asked to photograph. I blog myself and those I know so I haven’t had to put dialogue with my actions, but in this case I had an instant fashion crush that I had to have.
Now I’m naturally shy plus the fact it was an impulsive and of the moment move, I basically asked, pictured and walked off, leaving her in a confused manner. Only when I bumped into her again and she enquired that I explained what I was doing and for that I feel like such a rude dick.

So Stef, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry and I really appreciate that you were so cool about it (I hope)and that you still allowed me to share your Osum-ness.

                         Stef wearing Starfish

What I first noticed was the cropped peachy coral jacket against the black. To me it’s a simple way of punching up an otherwise black outfit but also a way of easing into the colour blocking trend. The sheer dress although simple in its nature allows the jacket with all its detailing elements to be the main focus. And to finish it off, the shoes with its wooden platform, adds another material element of interest.

What I wore was dictated by what I had left hanging in my closet. For events where you’re not too sure what to wear, items in black and white are your safest bet. The lil black dress, white top and black pants, these outfits serve as the foundation to which you can dress up or down with accessories. I choose to go in black but introduced a pop of colour through lippy and head scarf.
The safety pin necklace was my arty item of interest and is always a conversation starter.

Top – Target
Tights- Wild Child, Farmers
Shoes – Ozzy Osbourne edition, Chux
Necklace – Made by Me
Necklace turned bracelet – Thrift, Salvation Family Store
Headscarf - $1,2,3 shop
Bag – Portmans

And BIG THANKS to Sose who hooked me up, Much Love!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Sun makes an appearance

After a week of nipple piercing weather the sun came out just in time for the weekend!

In the afternoon I found myself getting cold despite the fact I was sitting in full beam of the sun. Always good to carry a scarf!

Top- Kmart
Skirt- Thrift, Avondale Market
Cardi- Warehouse
Belt- Farmers
Pantyhose- Curvaceous range, Razza Matazz
Beanie-Cotton On
Glasses- Dollar King Store
Earrings- Thrift, Avondale Market

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We like Blazers!

Nothing like spending time with one of your best friends! Eat, drink, shop, gossip and be merry in the company you keep.

Blazer – SixteenTwentySix, thrift –St .Vince, Onehunga
T-shirt - Now +Plus, Kmart
Pants - Warehouse
Hat- Warehouse
Scarf – 3rd Eye
Glasses – Dollar King Store
Badge & Necklace – Made by me
Shoes – Chuck Taylors

And the company I kept today was Sose and here is what she wore...

Dress – Suite 62
Blazer- Thrift, Avondale Flee Market
Leggings – Shanton
Boots – Hannah’s Shoes