Thursday, 30 September 2010

September Recap & Reader Feature!

I have had such a lovely month. I have also had quite a few new people visit the site and have received a lot of link love from my fellow bloggers in the last 30 days, so thank you. If you are cruising by, looking for the gorgeous girls of plus-size fashion... check my blog roll a little lower down, on the right. I LOVE these blogs!

In the last month, I have been to Paris in City Chic, talked about Miro in Milan, been excited about the Beth Ditto Range and then REVIEWED said range, I have also RAVED about my latest underwear purchases from Simply Yours (and seriously feel all women should try a Banger Booster!). My first post for September closed out my Anna Scholz AW 2010 Collection reviews and I ended the month just like Molly Ringwald - Pretty in Pink.

I have LOVED blogging through September.

I have been thinking and would like to start featuring some of your fashions on my site. If I talk about a particular designer or item of clothing - I would love you, the readers of this blog, to email me, so I can see YOU & then SHARE you and your style with people. This may or may not work, but I would love to give it a shot. I will continue doing all my regular posts... but if you have something you would like to share, I want to try and generate some reader content.

The Theme for October is Curvettes in LBDs.

That's right, send me a picture of you in a Little Black Dress that you wear through October, and I will post it in my LBD feature at the end of the month.

If I am serious with you for a moment - this blog is a pretty empowering thing to do, I would love to share some of that empowerment with you.

The first reader feature though, for September, is someone I managed to convince to send me a picture of her in the Beth Ditto Blue Velvet Drape Pocket Dress. This is Rachie. Rachie is a reader of this blog and via email has kindly agreed to be featured - I am so pleased she is letting me share a photo and some of her fashion with everyone! The thing I like most about this - is the pairing of the dress with the Green Cardigan and Gold Chain - it looks pretty and elegant - and the best thing about it? I KNOW this is a comfortable dress. So Rachie looks classy and great, but I bet she feels pretty awesome too. LOVE:

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(If I am really honest, I never tried this dress on with a cardigan... I found it just didn't work on my body after I tried it on AS IS... This pic makes me really wish I had tried it with a cardi or bolero... DANG).

So come on Curvettes! Ante up and send me ONE pic for my LBD feature at the end of October (send your favourite)! There are no rules here either! I want anyone who wears an LBD and wants to contribute, to contribute - fashion shouldn't discriminate and I certainly won't.

UPDATED - And, finally - I have codes for you... Evans has a 20% off code right now - use EVESSTWE or get free shipping on purchases over £40 - use EVXM36! OH YEAH!

(The ASOS code listed turned out to be bogus for a few people, so has been removed - apologies).

See you through October and don't forget to email through those LBDs - boombandsblog (at) googlemail (dot) com!

xxx

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

OOTD: Pretty in Pink.

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Someone asked me recently via email, how often I dress up... the answer is, almost never (unless I am off to a wedding...) Put simply and honestly, I just dress, and what you see here in this blog - is literally just a capturing of my style. I always like to look a little edgy and feminine... I love my soft, natural makeup and the pretty touches my jewelry adds. I also LOVE sharing my looks and thoughts on fashion with you... so THANK YOU for reading! xxx.

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Recently, on my one day off a week, I went into London with my boyfriend to do a spot of retail therapy... makeup and shoes were on the cards and I wanted to head into town feeling fine. It is such a strange thing; my one day off is so important to me... I like to spend the morning loafing about in pjs or a nightie, eat a lazy breakfast and catch up with the papers - but when I go out, on this one day a week - I want to feel fantastic. And for me, that starts with a good sleep but also covers great company (hello, Mr. Darcy!) and a general feeling of feminine awesomeness.

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I really adore this City Chic dress. Many of you will know that I always defer to a high empire line. I like things to cut from under my bust and if a piece of clothing has back-ties - even better. Well... this dress has neither of these things, instead, the material has a gorgeous feminine cut and feels soft with a slight rigidity - meaning it holds shape well. LOVE.

Now, I wore this dress with tights (a current "Here comes Winter!" MUST in London)... and a pair of boots. These boots (which I've owned for over two years) are one of the reasons I went shopping... they need replacing.

As you can see from my photos, the slouch nature of the boot is now pretty much SLOPPY as opposed to slouchy - so a new pair is on the cards... I didn't find any suitable ones though - so UK babes - any suggestions would be great, and international curvettes - if you can suggest online store love - that would be perfect too. I want them to be black, calf boots with a baby heel...

HELP!

(These are Australian Wittner "Sin City" boots - but Wittner's international shipping rates are a little crazy for my liking).

In any case - shoe slouchiness aside, I DO feel very Pretty in this tiered Pink dress and that is cool for two reasons...

Firstly - I feel great - which is most important... and secondly, my blog post just referenced a fantastic film from the 80s.

I am SO Molly Ringwald, right now!

OH YEAH!


This dress was released by City Chic and while mostly sold out - you can find the top that matches the gorgeous pink pixel pattern - HERE!



Thursday, 23 September 2010

Elena Miro - STUNNING in Milan for Spring/Summer 2011

I LOVE Curvy Couture. You all know this. On this blog over the past ten months, I have regularly featured Curvy Couture - I mean, I made the whole of August Anna Scholz month here at Oh, The Places You'll Go! And why? Well, simply - because I LOVE Curvy Fashion.

Now, as some of you have heard, the Elena Miro fashion show - which, for the past five years has OPENED Milan Fashion Week, was this year excluded from the line up of designers on show. I have read about this on blogs (like The Curvy Fashionista), internet news sites and in world news (Sydney Morning Herald).

The show wasn't moved from that opening spot, it simply was not included!

BUT the show went ahead in a kind of, "Off Broadway" style, ANYWAY. Designer, Elena Miroglio (above) showed her collection to a packed house and presented her Spring/Summer 2011 Collection, despite the snub.

And what a beautiful collection it is, harking back to the 50s, when curves and soft round bodies were "de rigueur". The models, as ever, were PLUS-SIZE models - CURVY and STUNNING.

I love the silvers and greys in this collection, my favourite piece being the third one down (go look!!!). Just with some previous Elena Miro collections, I showcase here for you, my favourites from what I have found on various news sites on the web.

Details, structure, subtleties and femininity abounds.

OH HOW I LOVE CURVY COUTURE.

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Monday, 20 September 2010

Beth Ditto for Evans. AW 2010. Review...

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On Sunday, I made it to Evans Marble Arch for the Beth Ditto Collection. The store looked great with the windows dominated by Beth's photos, while the floor had mannequins wearing the collection and wigs to emulate Ms. Ditto. It all LOOKED really beautiful actually (MUCH lovelier than the collection display at Selfridges, which was not a patch on the Evans store-floor).

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The collection itself. Hmm. I LIKE the collection, but I AM disappointed by it. I wonder if the reason Evans kept it so secret before the launch was because, as opposed to being innovative and interesting - it is actually just very user-friendly. Shoppers outside the UK may not realise, but last year, a couple of pieces (the sequin jumper and stain-glass dress to name just two), stayed in store and were on sales racks into the New Year. I found the previous collection a lot more innovative - but maybe, for Evans - being AS innovative this year was not commercially sensible. And so we have this.

This collection IS lovely and there are certainly styles and shapes to fit a variety of curvy figures. There are dresses with structure, flowing pieces and even a maxi that allows the wearer to tailor it to their shape - I actually like a lot about the STYLE of the collection, but the problem is, overall - I am not excited by it. I LOVED the prints in the previous collection so am disappointed that effectively - all we have this time are hearts, florals, spots and ONE dress with a chevron print. NONE of that is particularly innovative.

NOW - before you think I am simply "hating on" the collection, rest assured this is not true. I LIKE certain pieces very much and bought myself some things, but as a whole, there was really nothing here that absolutely blew me away. I LOVE that Evans collaborated with Beth again, but wish, whole-heartedly, that they had stuck down a more interesting path... as opposed to the more commercial one (that being said, I do know that fashion IS a business). I do LIKE that this collection is a little different from Evans' usual fare and LOVE that women will buy it. For some consumers this Collection WILL be interesting and more accessible than last year's pieces.

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My only real criticism of the Collection is that Evans should have been more generous with fabric choices. A lot of the material is quite thin and I wonder how many wears I will get through, before fabric pilling occurs. Anyone who bought from the collection last year may recall much sturdier fabrics and while I appreciate trends change - the fabric feels soft, but a little on the mean side of cheap.

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This is a lovely piece. I LOVE the concept of the adjustable hem and shape. The horizontal pleats draw the eye and create a flattering silhouette. My photos of this dress are not the best, but you can see from the mid-shot, this fits my form quite nicely and the asymmetrical neckline, with the pleats, are lovely details. The real draw on this is the adjustable ruching which will allow a variety of curves to really look gorgeous while wearing it.
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Lightening Bolt Jumper - £49.50 and Heart Bubble Skirt (as yet unavailable online).

I am not a big fan of the lightening bolt on this jumper BUT you can see it fits me well. This is my usual size and is built to work round my curves. As you all know, I rock an F-cup bra and you can see this fits my breasts and then cuves nicely round my waist and hip - I actually imagine this would work well on most round figures and think the execution on this knit-wear piece is spot-on. Word to the wise though, this is a little itchy - so, from my perspective, a good wash and some fabric softener wouldn't go astray.

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The bubble hem skirt is probably quite daftly matched (by me) to this jumper - but I had to try it with something! I am rocking a size 20 and you can see, it fits nicely. The fabric is thin though, so I was greatful for the band at the bottom which would hold it in place... If you love this style of bubble skirt the print IS really nice, so certainly - watch out for when it gets online!
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You can see - this is pretty gorgeous on... I have sized DOWN for this though, to an 18 - so I wonder how much room I would have had in a 20. My breasts fit this, the 18, perfectly (incidentally the gorgeous Lauren also had similar sizing issues with the cut of the Chevron dress - check her reviews HERE). That being said - I didn't FEEL gorgeous in this. I felt a little awkward, which might have been because of my penchant for shorter sleeves (mind you, I realise these long sleeves will please MANY girls and women!)... or because I DID feel a little like I was dressed like the French school-girl Madeline. The dress comes with a slip and again, as you an see, it is very pretty. If you like structure - this may be a good choice for you.
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I like this and bought it. Anyone who's been reading my blog for a while will know this is NOT my usual choice of outfit, but the cut of this dress, as well as the tight band along the bottom of the hem gives it a definition which I love and find very feminine. I think this could work for quite a few figures too, as the shape isn't structured to ONLY fit a particular silhouette. My only downside to this dress if that the arm sleeves have quite a tight banding around them which I found very uncomfortable initially - I bought the dress anyway and wearing it today has seen me get used to the tightness. I feel pretty and am comfortable.
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LOVED and PURCHASED. My favourite piece and certainly the one that made me feel the most sexy and pretty. The cut on this dress is amazing and the drape through the front pockets is just lovely and very on-trend. LOVE.
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This is exactly the same style as the Floral Print Pocket dress but on MY body - this was not my favourite look (meanwhile, it looks amazing over on Lauren's site). I think Velvet and I were not meant to be. Now - I DID try and take some nice detail shots for you of how the velvet grabs and reflects the light (which is stunning, by the way), but these shots didn't turn out nearly as well as I would have liked... please, Evans, clean your change-room mirrors!
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Love it. This is such a consumer friendly piece, true to size and cute to boot. I didn't buy it yesterday, but I have ordered it online today. What can I say - too good to miss!
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This looks lovely in these photos, but I found this quite awkward on. I found that the line, where the print meets the jersey above my breasts sits in a strange place on my body. This is a lovely light item though, and again - with the long sleeves and a free-flowing shape, I am sure some women will absolutely LOVE this.

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And so, there ends my reviews of the pieces I bought and tried on.

As a side note, I did also buy some tights from the range which were basically the same style and quality as those released last year. I apologise if people were hoping I'd try the cape or any of the denim - I know I have been plugging Lauren's blog a little bit through this post - but really - it is something you need to check out to see more of the collection - she has done an amazing round-up and looks like the cutest woman ever wearing the Ditto Cape - also - Lauren has pics of herself in the Chevron dress - which sold out before I got there on Sunday (incidentally, the other hot item was the belt, which had ALSO sold out in all sizes).

I would love feedback and your thoughts on the collection (and by all means, I invite contrasting opinions to mine), and can not wait to hear what pieces you bought and loved!

Smooch!

xxx.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Beth Ditto Collection... tomorrow!

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Tomorrow, here at "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" I'll give you my rundown on the Beth Ditto collection. I'll show you what Evans looked like, share my change room pics, tell you what I purchased and also... what I thought of the display at Selfridges. I can not wait to see you then!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Beth Ditto Collection is ONLINE now!


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The site for the BETH DITTO at Evans Collection is now LIVE HERE!!! I know it is currently not available to buy and will be in less than twelve hours - but here is a peek.

I have taken screen grabs as I know the site is still being loaded and some of you are getting computer crashes... SO - until it officially goes live tomorrow - ENJOY!

(PS - Here is a VIDEO PREVIEW too - that J. just posted the link for on twitter!... YEAH!!)

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I know that several bloggers (like Lauren and Sakina) will get INSTORE tomorrow to give you the latest previews - my posts, from the change room will be up early in the week because I won't get instore until Sunday... until then though - ENJOY!!!

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Monday, 13 September 2010

You know it: I LOVE Paris!




I just LOVE living in the UK.

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Recently, on a rare weekend off from work, I headed to Paris with my Mr. Darcy. I have to say that one of the best things about living in London is the absolute EASE at which you can jump on a plane or indeed, the Eurostar and head somewhere. It is so different to Australia... two hours on a plane used to get me from Sydney to Adelaide, now - two hours on a TRAIN gets me from London to Paris.

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We were only in Paris for a couple of days and I always find it a bit hard to select those special outfits and accessories that get to make my little trips with me. I recently received a couple of dresses from City Chic though and wanted to wear them for my romantic getaway. One was bright yellow. Being honest, when I received this tiered yellow dress from the Ms Bouquet range by CityChic, I was unsure how the colour would go on my skin... well - it looked beautiful. My boyfriend and I decided to emphasise how lovely the colour is by using accent in our photos. When I was walking about, I heard a french lady tell her husband I looked "trés jolie". I LOVED that moment! (Trés jolie means "very pretty"). Now, I didn't realise until after we got home how well the wind was playing with some of the ruffles in the dress - but as you can see, windy or no - the dress is really gorgeous...

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Frankly, I had a gorgeous time in Paris and I felt gorgeous too.

Blogging has helped me explore a lot more colour and vivacious energy in my clothing choices and the weekend away was no exception. I have worn colour and dresses for a long while, but sharing outfits and moments has helped me feel extra confident and be a little more daring. Bright yellow is daring, for me! You may recall I showed you an outfit all in blue a couple of weeks ago... well, that was daring for me too! Such bold block colours!

In any case - my other outfit choice, again from the Ms Bouquet range by City Chic was this pretty red and black floral Sun Dress. This is actually one of my favourite dresses and it always makes me feel feminine and cute. As it stands, I felt quite feminine the whole weekend!

I love being in Paris and I love the feel of the city. If you are ever thinking of holidaying in the UK - jump on the Eurostar... even for just a couple of days - Paris is wonderful (oh, and fashionable too!)

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Outside the Louvre wearing the City Chic French Garden Party dress. The skirt is still available here!

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PS - For Sara who commented below... This wasn't taken in Paris, but here is a fuller shot of the Flower dress from City Chic! It also looks really lovely with a black belt. This was me after a LOOOONG day at work! I know I look tired, but you can still see more of how pretty it is!

I will get Mr. Darcy to send me some more photos of the Yellow dress! My camera ran out of battery on this trip - so he has way more shots! I will post more for you soon, Sara!

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xxx.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Beth Ditto Collection heading to SELFRIDGES!

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I nipped into Evans at Marble Arch for the latest Beth Ditto Collection news today... I spoke to one of the staff members, who despite having a rostered day off, was still there working. What a nice guy!

The collection is due for release in about two weeks time, making it available from about the 19th of September. I asked if there was any possibility the collection may get pushed (like what happened with Ruby Belle), and at the moment, it looks like that is HIGHLY unlikely - meaning Ditto goodness should/will be available in TWO WEEKS.

The most exciting news I heard (besides the collection being at Evans really soon!) is that the collection will ALSO be available in SELFRIDGES. I think this is a SCOOP! For anyone who doesn't know, Selfridges is one of the Luxury Department Stores here in London and sells a lot of high-end/luxury and boutique items. To be honest, I don't think Selfridges has a plus-size department any more, but the addition of this range is still very exciting. It is nice to see and it will probably make the collection accessible to a different group of consumers... it is also great that women who shop at Evans, who may not have the opportunity to buy clothes at Selfridges usually, will be able to enjoy that experience too.

(I must add, I LIKE that this collection will be available at Selfridges - but the fact they closed their plus-size department does completely suck...)

I am counting down the days and will get into Marble Arch as soon as I can after release to give you a change-room look... mind you, I bet LOADS of bloggers will do this - I can't wait to see!


Smooch!


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Friday, 3 September 2010

Sweet September!

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With the start of September, we now see the end of my month long look into the latest collections from the amazing Anna Scholz. I hope you have all enjoyed the amazing insight I have been able to give into the feel and wear of the latest collections. I don't take for granted these opportunities, so feel so pleased I could share this with you over this extended period of time.

My last two pieces are Black Label.

These two items in the image below aren't quite available yet. In fact, they won't be online until later in the month (so keep checking back in!).

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I don't know how to express how much I adore this whole ensemble. I am wearing Anna's Cotton Cashmere Bow Tunic (which will retail for £159 when it becomes available) and this piece kind of blew my mind. Last winter, I dedicated a large amount of time to trying to find a gorgeous, fitted, flattering piece of knit-wear. I did not find one (and I literally dragged Mr. Darcy to every store in London I could think of, to find a suitable one). This garment seems so simple, until you put it on. Within the cut of the garment there is room for your breasts without stretching the knit. It sits neatly on the hip and accepts round tummies and bottoms without sitting weirdly or feeling bulky. It feels gorgeous and is feminine. I LOVE the details of this piece - from the puff in the sleeves, to the bow pockets at the front. So simple, and yet EVERYTHING I couldn't find last winter. What a PERFECT piece of knitwear, which would translate well on ANY age. Love it.

In the picture above, you can also see gorgeous leggings of the Anna Scholz, KEY PRINT variety. They have black, brown, greys, orange and white. They will compliment SO MANY things and allow you to spice up plainer winter staples OR compliment something like this gorgeous tunic. The most important things to me with leggings are COMFORT and QUALITY. THESE HAVE BOTH! x.


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This shirt, like the leggings (above), is in Anna's definitive Black Label Key Print, I wear it here with Black Leggings. My favourite thing about this top is that its straight cut is offset and pulled in by an empire-waist tie. When I put this on, I was initially unsure if I would pull it off in the sense that I love me some structure... but look at the top! Comfortable, interesting, feminine and MADE for CURVES.

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MADE FOR CURVES! In fact, that is the best way for me to describe Anna's clothes. In the last month, I have shown you a variety of styles and fabrics for dresses, tops, tunics, leggings and even a jacket... each of these pieces have been thought about and made with you in mind. The quality is amazing, as is the comfort and fit. ALL of it is highly recommended.

To see all my reviews (latest and a little older) for Anna Scholz - please click HERE!

Thanks for reading and more soon!

Smooch.

xxx.