Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Emmanu-ELLE.


I love that the Herb Ritts photograph of supermodels from the 1980s is echoed in the shot that Matthias Vriens-McGrath took for Glamour last year.

I love that I can look at the Victoria's Secret girls and see their campaigns translated by Dove's Real Beauty Campaign...


I think it's wonderful that ASOS has listened to their curvy customers and that some of their sexy standard size range is being translated and made for curves, I mean - WOW:


And finally, I love how clever the French are... You see, in putting out their curvy issue of Elle, they are helping to break down a barrier by doing something which is outside the fashion world and media norm.

Those outside France (or non-film buffs), may not realise that the sexiest shot of Tara Lynn in Elle, where she is sitting naked on the wicker seat, is a gorgeous, curvy interpretation of a famous image from the french film, Emmanuelle. The film is utterly sexually explicit and back in 1974 when it was realeased, it pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on screen.

This issue of French Elle - pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable in fashion AND print.

I love French Elle, because it's not only realeased a curvy issue, but with amazing subtlety, it has taken an iconic, sensual, controversial French image and translated it with curves. Masterful.

Above: the iconic shot from Emmanuelle.
Tara Lynn in Elle.

I hope that just like Emmanuelle - which spawned over half a dozen sequels - that this trend will continue to be repeated again and again and again...


Smooch. x.

All images sourced through google images. Image of Tara Lynn sourced through Elle Magazine.
My apologies if any of the shots above, with nudity, caused offence.


Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Sunshiny Days!

The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world.

I recieved this from Weesha's World, I love this blog and it was one of my first ever daily reads in this fabulous curvy fashion-sphere - I bet you have already seen it, but if not - take a look. This is my first blogger to blogger award. x.

Thank you Lovely!

SUNSHINE AWARD

The rules are:

1. Post the logo on my blog.
2. Pass the award on to 12 other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees' blogs so others can get to know them.
4. Let nominees know they have won this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person you received this award from.

I have several favourite blogs (check out Kristen's amazing work at Idiosyncratic Style or, if you are a foodie - the team at Gourmet Lovers) but for this award, I am sticking to the sites which inspire me for all their pluses. It is a pity I can't forward this back to Weesha's World, or write more than 12 - but here goes...

There are so many great blogs - my trick is to always check blog rolls on the pages I go to and find the ones I will love.

Also - as an aside, my favourite Australian retailer City Chic is having a 20% sale on all full priced items this Easter weekend and are offering free shipping to all orders (national and international) over $75... this is such great news and worth a look. As an ex-pat this makes me just so happy!

Monday, 29 March 2010

Facebook Link...

Hey lovelies -

Just a heads up that you can "friend" me on Facebook. I have posted the link under my twitter feed on the right, but you can also just click HERE! I want to connect with people who are reading my blog, as well as fellow bloggers and of course retailers so I can get their discount codes and all!

See you there soon. x.


Friday, 26 March 2010

Fatshionable Art - Eva Hannah


The Judgement of Paris - Rubens

There is much art devoted to beautiful, curvy women. Indeed, the Flemish artist, Peter Paul Rubens, loved and painted curves so much that artists who followed him, painting curvy/chubby females, would often have their work considered "Rubenesque" in its execution.

My favourite artist, Edgar Degas, is renown for his amazing images of ballerinas. However, it is the painting After Bath, Woman Drying Herself that holds me captivated at the National Gallery in London:

After Bath, Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas


Picasso is another famous artist who painted women and loved to emphasise curves, breasts and bottoms. I love the image Woman with Book (left) because of this.

Recently I had an artist post in my comments section about his love for curvy women and it got me thinking about my favourite Sydney-based artist, Eva Hannah.

Eva was born in Holland but emigrated to Australia after World War Two. Eva paints landscapes, cities, still life and FAT LADIES. There is actually a section on her website devoted to FAT LADIES! And what fashionable, beautiful women they are! I LOVE Eva's work: Her Fat Ladies are colourful and are images of celebration. Some are seedy, some are sensual and some look like they are having more fun than you could ever imagine.

Girls Night Out - Eva Hannah

I am writing about Eva Hannah and her Fat Ladies because, innately, I feel that the women Eva paints are a lot like many of us. Her women are beautiful - just look at how they dress! Such colour! AND such an accent on curve and embracing those curves. I like that they flaunt their flesh and, as we often do, look fabulous with gorgeous hair and flawless make-up.

I wanted to share these paintings with you because of how much I love Eva's work. In Sydney, I actually have three of her prints in storage which my wonderful mum bought for me many years ago. I love this work and wanted to share these girls because they are curvy and gorgeous!

In the paintings I have selected, you see Eva's stunning Fatshionistas in colourful corset tops, suspender stockings, mini-dresses, knee-high boots, sexy tights and a whole lot of bling on top. I actually draw some fashion inspiration from these stylish women... I hope you can, too!

(And would you believe, the image just above on the left is called... GOING SHOPPING. That's RIGHT.)


Gossiping - Eva Hannah

Cheers - Eva Hannah

I would consider Eva Hannah's art a combined celebration of curves and fashion - something magazines are really starting to embrace, just imagine magazine pictorials identical to these paintings... And with that in mind, make sure you check out this month's edition of Elle France... it might not be an oil painting, but it does have 32 pages devoted to curvy women.

Wow...

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(All images sourced from Galleries, vivelesrons.com and the Eva Hannah website).

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Do you like my Porsche?


London sunshine decided to take an unreasonable break this weekend, so warmth was key. On Saturday, my very own Mr Darcy and I decided to head to Putney to walk by the water and then head over to Fulham.

I wore my favourite shrug, a black singlet top and my gorgeous, light, tulle skirt: Madonna by Carmakoma. The skirt is subtle but sexy and this is a really light outfit that I teamed with knee high socks, leggings and a jacket. I am quite fortunate actually - as an Australian living in London - that I have acclimatised well and know that as long as I get my base layer right, I should be fine all day.

Wearing all black and channeling the goth I once was, I added this gorgeous scarf to add colour and that extra little bit of warmth. And yeah, that's the Black Evans Biker Jacket... we all knew I'd cave on that one!

Do you like my Porsche?


(That's not my Porsche.)



Details:

Shrug: City Chic
Singlet Top: City Chic
Skirt: Madonna by Carmakoma
Jacket: Evans
Tights: BHS
Shoes: Sin City by Wittner
Scarf: Gift from my mum. x.
Necklace: Evans

Sunday, 21 March 2010

The Carrie Bradshaw Diaries.


As we all know and many of us are anticipating, the film, Sex and the City 2, will be released at the end of May... did you know that before that, on April 27th, a new book by Sex and The City author, Candace Bushnell will be released?

"The Carrie Diaries" will follow the life of Miss Carrie Bradshaw through her senior year of high school. The Amazon product description says, "Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself, and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins."

Like many people, I love The Sex and the City series but I'm not sure I'll love a book dealing with the angst from Carrie's teen years. I like her adult angst! I just finished Bushnell's last book, One Fifth Avenue, which I loved. In fact, I have read all of Bushnell's books and loved them all. No doubt, this one will be great too - but really, maybe I'm just ranting because I wish May would hurry up, so I can see what Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are up to now, and of course, see what they're wearing!!!

Friday, 19 March 2010

Model Me This...


EDIT - January 2011 - 

I just wanted to update this post. I look at fashion a wee bit differently than I did when I first started talking about the Model choices at ASOS. I think that ALL the women modeling are stunning. My earlier frustrations, looking back on these posts is more that they were not always a great representation. It is clear ASOS, with the amazing current choice of model has made a huge effort. All the clothes look amazing on the current models, and I think the women - who all look different and healthy and curvy are a great representation. I especially think this as it looks like the "sample" sizes are being MADE for their curves too - thereby better representing the shape on them, AND the shape on us. That, or the clthes are pinned VERY well.
I love the girls - Laura, Justine, Bree, Amy etc. are amazing! Stunning. I think they are great choices and beautiful women.

I thought about taking my earlier posts (below) down, but I know they brought up a lot of debate and indeed - responses from ASOS. I have a great deal of respect for their responses as well as your responses. Clearly - I have posted several ASOS Curve outfits on this site since writing these pieces and do love the clothes... These posts will stay, but if you read them, please note that my blog has organically changed in the last year. I believe in a complete celebration of fashion and curves - I respect what ASOS do and how they provide for us. I think they have made strides from the first early steps they made and think the clothes they make are beautifully represented... I haven't always loved the clothes or how they have showcased them... but I do now. 

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I was looking at the Evans Model, Hayley, recently and thinking what a stunner she is. On the Evans blog there is a link to go through to Hayley's representation at 12+ UK Model Management... so I clicked through. The first face I saw was Amy, the model from Asos Curve.


Let's face it, Amy is beautiful, astoundingly beautiful... but as I wrote in an earlier blog post - I had always thought it unlikely that Amy was a size 20 - therefore a poor representation of what Curve clothes would look like on the people they're actually made for... I then directly linked to three blogs - Saks In the City, Young Fat and Fabulous and Musings of a Fatshionista and suggested them as a better place to go for representation of the clothing (incidentally, Devon has some great reviews of the Curve range at her blog, The Fat Nurse). I am disappointed to see on the 12+ UK Model Management site that Amy is a size 14-16. I KNOW that makes her a plus-size model and I am not saying that she isn't completely beautiful - she is, but as a size 14-16, it doesn't make her a great choice by Asos - they have chosen someone smaller than the Curve size-range (20-26) to model the clothing. I love the Asos range, but I just wish they had chosen a size 20 model to sell me their clothes.


Incidentally (and perhaps controversially) - I am not a massive fan of Evans using Crystal Renn as much as they do - she is totally stunning - but as she fluxes between an 8 and a 12 - again, she is not a great representation of what the clothes will look like on Evans clientelle - but Hayley (again pictured above), Hayley is a size 14, Evans sell size 14.

I love the models that can and might wear the clothes they are selling - lots of the models from Torrid; Kecia Froberg, Maya Volmark and Line Mikkelsen for Carmakoma as well as Courtney Maxwell for City Chic:


What do other people think about this? I mean - I love the acknowledgment that plus-size women and fashion are getting at the moment and I know that all the models I have mentioned are completely beautiful - but I kind of feel that if this is going to be real and effective, the models who sell us the clothes we wear, should, at the very least, fit the clothes we are buying.

Thoughts?

Come on SUN!



I am so excited for the season change and sunshine in London makes me just so happy... after a very cold and SNOWY winter, it feels so nice to wake up in the morning and see the sun. I'm getting out my lighter dresses, ready for Summer, and although it's set to rain all weekend, I remain positive that in just a few weeks, the sun will shine high in the UK sky... I can not wait for lower cut dresses, bare legs, jacketless days and proper summer sandals.

Well - All my local friends tell me I am kidding myself - but heck, this Aussie is ready for a good Summer!


Dress: Torrid
Bolero: Peacocks
Scarf: H&M
Necklace: Moon Pendant by Hot Diamonds
Lipstick: Ruby Woo by Mac

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

March Evans Review.


This weekend I decided to go into Evans and do some coveting. I then thought I might take some photos to review later... I find that sometimes I impulse purchase (HA! Sometimes? I do it all the time), so instead of doing that this weekend, I thought - photos...

Photos for me, but also, photos for you...

You know Evans has a massive sale on right now, as well as loads of new stock. One of the most frustrating things about the Evans online store is how poor the clothes can sometimes look on the mannequins. I decided to try some different pieces, post links and impressions - so you can get an idea of what you are buying.

I found some inconsistencies with sizing... this may be because "over-sized" is currently in style... I have no qualms in admitting that I hate the over-sized look on my body. I think there are loads of hotties who can flaunt that style - but I am not one of them. I am listing sizes so you can judge a little for yourself. I usually wear a UK 18-20, I am 5'5". Another thing my body needs is some structure - you will see me in oversized, long-line tees below (which double as dresses), I don't like this look very much - but thought it may help people make some choices.

FLORALS.

This is a great cut and with ties in the back helps accentuate form. The empire-waist works well and I like this one particularly as the bottom is a little less flowy than many similar dresses. I picked this up off a sale rack, where it was listed at £20...

Great sizing with good room through the chest and back, the back also features a cut-out that you can see on the Evans site... Very pretty.
This is only available in a 14 online, but I found this size 18 on the sale racks. Love this dress. Back ties, empire-waist, floaty details. Lovely.

Hello Grandma. This is such a disappointing dress on. Unlike others where there has been some snugness in the bust, this dress just fits poorly - maybe it just doesn't suit my shape, the excess material at the front of my chest can attest to that, as can the strange drape from my hip. Not a great dress for me.

I love this and when shopping with my partner, this was his favourite that I tried on. The dress comes with a singlet top inside which is gently joined to the outer sheer layer so that it can sit correctly. This feels floaty and feminine on, it is not figure hugging, but it does have ties in the back and flatters form. Ultra feminine and really nice. I rekon I would rock a dress like this in the sunshine too - clothes look so lovely in the sun!
This is a size 18 and I possibly could have tried a size down. I am not into this style very much but think this looks okay with the leggings. Very comfy and it would be really easy just to throw on.

This Longline T-shirt (dress) hangs really nicely and is pretty comfy to wear. This is a little unstructured for me, but I think the over-size lovers will adore this. I wore a size smaller than usual here (16).

MISC

Like my purple biker jacket which I love (also currently on sale at Evans), this totally rocks. It is comfortable and feels great on. I also think it completely flatters - which isn't always easy for a lighter coloured jacket to do. I love it. I want it.

This dress looks okay in the picture, but is actually not the most flattering in real life... this is my normal size, but I found it very tight through the bottom of the bust and I was disappointed once I got this on.

There is something about this I love, I am in a size 16 here which seemed okay and certainly, was fine in the back. This is an extremely light feeling top and I like it. I wanted to try this top with a skirt (you can see my dress rolled down) but Evans had no skirts suitable in stock. Not one youthful or (gasp) short skirt. Just work-wear. How on earth can that be? Looking online there are no shorter skirts there either. The top is great, the lack of short skirts? Ridiculous.


This top is not easy to find on the Evans website, but if you like comfy tees that are longline and can double as dresses - this is for you! I am wearing a size smaller than usual here - a 16 and it fit me pretty well, if a smidge tight in the back. x.


I hope this is useful and helps some of the international Evans shoppers make some easier choices. The photos were taken through my phone but I think they give a fair and varied idea of current and sale Evans stock and certainly, some of the different shapes on offer... I hope so. x.

Happy Shopping. x.

Smooch. x.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Winter Sun in London


I wore this outfit earlier in the week when the sun was hitting high in the wintry London sky. I took my photos inside my flat and then thought about Le Blog De Big Beauty, Saks in the City and Fatshionable - they always have the most amazing outfit posts... so I thought - outfit photos look better outside in natural light. I love that I can take inspiration from fellow bloggers - whether for style OR photo tips!

Despite the gorgeous sunshine, it is still a little cold in London, even with two layers of tights, knee-high stockings and a bolero on! I need a jacket during the day, but especially at night, when we are still hitting a mere ZERO degrees!!! You have all seen me rocking my Purple Evans Biker jacket lately - it is my current "fashion love" and while sold-out in purple (UPDATE - PURPLE RE-AVAILABLE), the jacket is still available in Black or Cream. If I am really honest, I would love to own the black OR cream one as well - I think this style just rocks and the cut of the jacket is perfectly flattering and goes with almost anything!


Clothes:
Dress: Evans
Belt: City Chic
Tights: BHS
Bolero: Peacocks
Scarf: H&M
Jacket: Evans
Necklace: Accesorize