Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Layout!

I guess if you are reading this, then you have seen the new layout! Not majorly different, but much wider and (I think) a nicer colour scheme. I hope you guys all like it! I think also the new header gives a better idea of what this blog is about than the previous one, which was just adapted from my shop header. Still very "me" though! And the wider layout means that pictures can be bigger in the future, which I am looking forward to. Before I had very limited space to squeeze photos into, which was a bit annoying. Also means the sidebar isn't as dominating!
Georgina x

WANTED

Top - Yours Dress - ASOS Shoes - ASOS

Really want these pieces! The shoes are to die for, the dress is super cute, and the top, whilst not something I would normally go for, is really cute with it's lace detailing & pastel colour. It's from the Limited Collection @ Yours, which generally features more trend led pieces than the rest of their products. Unfortunately this also means they come with a bigger price tag, but's it's not much different to the prices other plus size retailers charge.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Illustration

Dress - ASOS Cardigan - Dorothy Perkins Shoes - New Look Bag - ASOS

Did another illustration! (Sorry if you don't like them). This one isn't an outfit of the day, although I do own the dress and the shoes. I also have my eye on that cardigan, it's so cute & I don't have a polka dot cardigan! It's really fun drawing real life garments, as opposed to made up things like I normally do. Hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Strawberries!

I love strawberries, both real and illustrated ones. So when my nail polish arrived today, I decided to try freehanding (eek!) a cute strawberry pattern on my nails. I wish I had green for the stalk/leafy part, but I think the black looks quite cute. I love having cute nails. This colour is Sugar High by China Glaze. It's a nice colour, a bit different from what I was expecting, since looking at other online swatches the colour looks a bit different to mine, probably due to monitor settings. It's a lovely bright pink with a hint of orange in real life.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

OOTD Illustrations

I've always loved illustrations of outfits, ever since I saw this flickr pool with other people's drawings. I tried to start a book of OOTDs, but the 3 illustrations above are as far as I got before I forgot all about it. I've also tried to do digital illustrations, like this one, but have never taken it further. Recently I've been really inspired by Melody Moore's drawings (if you remember she even drew an illustration of me here). So I decided to try my hand at a proper digital illustration of yesterday's outfit. Not perfect, but it turned out okay.

I don't know, what do you think? Are OOTD illustrations interesting? Should I do more?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

OOTD

Cardigan - New Look Cami - Evans Skirt - ASOS Tights - Ebay Shoes - New Look Belt - Evans Necklace - Birthday Present

Thought I would post pictures of my lovely new skirt, the one I posted about the other day in my "Cute Coral" post. It arrived the other day, and I got the chance to wear it today. It was a lovely day today- nice and warm for a change. The skirt is super cute & looks great worn high on the waist. However the elasticated waistband isn't that pretty, so I covered it with a belt, which I think looks quite cute? The colour is actually more orangey than appears here, it's a true coral, in between pink and orange. The fit is perfect, I wore it around my waist which is a size 26, so this is true to it's sizing, but due to the elastic I can also wear it around my hips quite comfortably, and they are a size 30, according to Evans sizing charts.

I got a chance to take photos outside today - well actually they are just a few quick snaps a family member took. I wish I could take more photos outside, but I feel kinda silly setting up a tripod in public, as we don't have our own garden (the one in the first pic is my grandparent's).

As you can see the second picture doesn't have the nicest setting (this is right outside our front door), but my skirt looked pretty blowing in the wind, and you can also see how see through this skirt is. I tried layering it with a white top to start with, but it showed through a lot. I think I may need to wear a half slip underneath if I want to pair it with anything but black. This probably means that if you wanted to wear it without the legwear, you might be revealing more than you would like!

All in all, a good buy for £20, I really do love this skirt!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cute Coral

Skirt-ASOS Dress - ASOS Cardigan-Joe Browns @ Simply Be Sandals-ASOS Clutch-Evans

Is anyone else loving the coral colour that also seems to be in this Spring? I really love it, in fact I already have the cardigan from this post, and I've just placed my order for the skirt & dress! And I do really love both the bag & the sandals, so I might just cave & get those too!

Coral is such a funny colour. Not quite a bright & not quite a pastel. Not quite a pink & not quite an orange.

Friday, March 19, 2010

OOTD

Well actually this is an outfit from another day, but oh well! I wore this to go trekking round the supermarket, it was lovely & comfy, but I still felt smart. This dress is actually a new purchase from New Look (yes I know I said I was going to try to avoid the place, but shh!). I couldn't resist this cute floral dress at £22, and I am glad I didn't, because 2 days after coming online it was sold out in the size 24 & 26. You have to grab stuff fast on New Look.

It is pretty in real life, & perfect for Spring/Summer. And for £22 you can't go wrong. The skirt is even lined, and it has sweet sequin embellishments embroidered on. You can't really see them in photos, but they are visible in person. This dress does make me look rather hippy (not hippy as in the 60s flower power etc, but hip hippy), but I do have big hips, so it is not the dress's fault. Not that there is even anything wrong with big hips!

Oh oh, and the dress even has pockets! SO useful- I didn't need to take a bag with me for a change, just kept my purse in a pocket.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blog Awards

I got tagged in this Beautiful Blogger award by Katrin of Rezende Rundungen today, how lovely! Thank you very much!

Award Rules: 1. Thank & link the person who gave you the award 2. Pass this award onto bloggers you recently discovered and think deserve this award 3. Contact said blogs & let them know they've won 4. State 7 facts about yourself

I would like to tag-

The seven facts about me-

  1. I always say my favourite colour is turquoise, but in reality I have a lot more pink stuff than any other colour!
  2. I have 2 dogs, a Maltese called Button, and a Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso cross called Tallie.
  3. I love said dogs very much.
  4. I used to have very short, bright hair, one half red, the other black, amongst other colours.
  5. I collect dolls, like kokeshi and matryoshka dolls.
  6. There are unworn items with tags on in my wardrobe.
  7. I have 7 jewellery boxes.

I also only just noticed I had also recieved this award, from the lovely Coco of Black Crushing Sea, thank you also!

For this award I would like to tag-

Dressing Up

Dress - ASOS Cardigan - New Look Headband - New Look Bracelet - Local Shop Shoes - New Look

I've been wanting to take photos of this dress for ages, but only just got around to it. Yes, you have already seen it here, but this is the nude & black version, which I think I may have mentioned I swapped with my sister? I'm not sure, but anyway, my sister bought this dress, decided she has nothing to go with it, & swapped it with me because I preferred it over my black version. You can't really tell in these photos, but the nude trim is not that white, it is a much deeper pinky peach. My camera likes to bleach things out!

I do really love this dress, it is really comfortable, & the trim adds a really cute touch. The bust and underskirt are made of a stretchy jersey, so it works for bigger bodies than the sizing suggests. You can dress it up or down, as you can see in the photos I've dressed it up with my huge bow! I do love bows! The length is rather short, but I am 5"8 & I don't mind short things anyway!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Feeling Girly

I recently came across some photos of some amazing nails on flickr, which really inspired me to start decorating my own. I decided to give Konad a try (it's this easy nail deco system) & bought some of their "special" nail polish, the stamper & scraper, & 1 image plate (M71). In the photos is my 2nd proper attempt, I don't think it is too bad. The first was a shimmery white base, with a black lace pattern. The first picture is before the top coat, the second after. I keep smudging the design when I do a top coat, which after a quick google, is completely normal & I should have invested in some of the Konad brand top coat, which doesn't smudge! I just placed my second order, for top coat, and some more image plates, so I shall have lots more lovely designs to deco my nails with. I think this one looks like some of that funky flocked damask wallpaper!

I got sent the wrong colour of a "special" nail polish. I emailed them & they sent me the right colour no hassle, & I got to keep the wrong one that they originally sent me. That is good service, unlike another shop I can mention...
I recently bought some stuff in the sale from New Look, one of which was supposed to be a grey & pink lacey top. Only trouble was, they sent me a black version instead. I emailed them & told them of their mistake. They emailed me back & told me I would have to return the top & get a refund. I told them that this was their mistake, & they should send me the right colour top, because there was no guarantee that after I sent the black top back, and re-ordered the grey, that they wouldn't make the same mistake again.
I was even more disheartened to discover that they had done exactly the same thing to a fellow blogger, it's seems like they are just sending out the wrong colour deliberately to everyone, and then being deliberately obnoxious about it via customer services. I am actually quite annoyed about it, I could just return the top & order another, but I don't see why I should have to, since it was their mistake, not mine. I kept getting a standard email sent to me too, until I asked them to actually read my email & not just send me an answer from a list they have.
It would have been nice of them to just send me the right top, like Konad did with their colour mistake. Being a shopkeeper/owner myself I know good customer service is very important. If I make a mistake with a customer's order, I always correct it at no cost or hassle for the customer. I realise I am an independent online shop owner, but seriously, other corporate companies have similar policies, why can't New Look?
Anyway this has quite discouraged me from shopping there again, unless I see something I really MUST have I don't think I will. Whereas Konad on the other hand will definately see me buying more things, because they dealt with their mistake perfectly, no hassle for me.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

New in @ ASOS

Over the past few days ASOS has been adding quite a few new things to their Curve collection. This lace up mac and coral dress have caught my eye! They also come in other colours, which is always nice to see. Also new in are various t-shirts, a nautical inspired cardigan, a few more dresses, mesh leggings, and it seems ASOS are even branching into plus size swimwear!

Hopefully we will continue to see more & more great items, which will be bad for my bank balance, but great news for fatshion as a whole. It's nice to have somewhere else to shop too, I have been keeping my eye on Evans, but nothing has come up recently that I really MUST buy, despite some of their promising previews. I am really despairing at all those new skirts they keep adding- at almost floor length, they aren't exactly for the fashion hungry. Really want to see some cute, SHORT, skirts! I did manage to snag a pair of oxford heels in their sale, & got an additional 20% off too! They cost me a mere £12, despite being made of real leather!

I was super busy yesterday altering all my clothes that didn't fit right. Although actually the aim was for all, but I only managed to alter 3 pieces! Still have a couple more to go (including that ASOS tshirt dress- arrgh I should get on with that!) I managed to alter a pair of bootcut black cords into skinnies, sewed together a top which gaped at the bust, and turned a really ill fitting sweater into a much nicer zip up jacket. Photos to come soon- I only managed to take super bad ones yesterday! I also have some new purchases to show off, so do check back for a more picture happy update.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Congratulations!

Thank you to all who entered my giveaway, and also all my new followers! I really appreciate it. Anyway, the giveaway has now closed, and the winner is:
Katrin please send me your address & we can also discuss what sort of colourway you would like for your new necklace! My email is cupcakeyeahbabay @ hotmail.co.uk.
Thanks to everyone else who entered, sorry you didn't win, but I'm sure I'll be having more giveaways soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Mellow Fashions

Img courtesy of Mellow Fashions

I'm sure some of you have seen the amazing illustrations by Melody Moore on Fatshionista. I did, and when I saw her blog post that she'd love some fatshionistas to volunteer to be drawn, of course I put my hand up! And look at the fabulous job she has done drawing some of my recent purchases, the controversial Dorothy Perkins cullottes, and my cute New Look cardigan! You should all definately check out her blog!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

OOTD & A Giveaway!

Cardigan - South @ Littlewoods Top - Evans Skirt - Remixed Evans Necklace - DIY Shoes - New Look

I finished my wholesale order so I'll hopefully have a lot more free time to post now. Not that I haven't been posting-I've had quite a lot to say this past week, & there's still more I want to do/say. Thought I would post an OOTD, as I haven't for a while (unless you count the photos of me trying on new clothes).

Anyway... I really quite like this outfit. The cardigan is amazing, I fell in love as soon as I saw it. I've actually got it in red as well, and am contemplating buying the other 2 colours it comes in (blue & white). The skirt is a second hand Evans one I bought off Ebay and altered so it was a lot shorter. It originally came past the knee, which isn't for me. Unless it is a maxi dress I don't do below the knee hemlines! I made the necklace myself, it looks like it is part of my top.

A closeup.

I started this blog pretty near enough a month ago, and I have had lots of lovely comments, and have got 29 followers so far, I never thought I get so many in such a short space of time. I can only hope that this blog grows bigger and better, & you all enjoy reading it!

To say thank you, I've decided to hold a giveaway! The prize will be a custom necklace similar to the one featured in my outfit. Just a leave a comment on this entry & you will be automatically entered. To gain a second entry, post a blog entry about this giveaway & post a second comment with a link to your entry! The entries should be submitted by 12pm GMT Saturday. A random number will be chosen as the winner. Good luck!

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