Saturday, April 5, 2014

H&M Melbourne Launch - H&M+ Plus Size Fashion Report

So, here in Melbourne the fashion world has been abuzz with the news of our iconic GPO being converted into a massive concept store for H&M. The store opened to the public today but on Thursday night there was a VIP launch party with 1000 guests - celebrities, models, socialites, the famous, the notorious and me! 

All of that was exciting, but what I was really interested in was the plus size range - H&M+. 

I wasn't sure what to expect - ideally they would have simply ranged up all their clothes into plus sizes and have them throughout the store (unlikely, but would be awesome) - I guess I was thinking there'd be a plus size section in a corner somewhere.

I didn't think I had my hopes up too high, but I have to be honest with you, when I actually found it, my heart sank a little.  It was tiny, much smaller than I was hoping, and worse, they had set up one of the main bar/service areas in front of it.

I took a quick video of the situation I was presented with which you can see here:

To actually look at and photograph the clothes I had to ask the bar staff to let me into their service area, which they were really nice about.

So the "plus size" range at H&M starts at a 14 (presumably because a fair quantity of their main range stops at a 12), and goes up to a pretty small looking 24. There are a lot of "oversized" pieces in the non-plus-size range that I could probably squeeze in to.. but I find myself less and less inclined to do that. I feel like I shouldn't be rewarding retailers who aren't supporting those of us who wear 14+ with my hard earned cash. 

I took some shots of some of the pieces I liked: 

I did a quick count and it looks as though there are about 30 lines in the plus size section. I got told that this is the largest plus size section of any H&M store in the world - so, that's good.. but if this is the biggest, what does the smallest look like? (Yes, that's right - it's just non-existent) 

There were some great pieces there, but nothing that I thought "WOW, I MUST HAVE THIS!" - there were probably at least 20 things I really, really liked in the non-plus-size range.. but we're all familiar with that sad feeling... "Why don't you make this for me? Look! Here is my money! Now, you won't have this money, because you only made this in small sizes. "

There was only one way to deal with my disappointment.. to drink many free cocktails and drown my sorrows.  Truly - It was an incredible party. The amazing cocktail bar 1806 had a special menu of cocktails and there were delicious canapés by Adam D’Sylva, they'd flown in famous DJs and everyone seemed to be having an utterly fabulous time. 

What did I buy? Not much, actually - but I did get this very silly hat - it's a woollen riding hat with kitty ears on it. 

I'm grateful to have been invited. I'm grateful that they have a plus size range at all, because many (many many) other brands don't. I'm glad the pieces look on-trend, are fairly affordable and that there's now another much-needed place to pop in and get a plus size garment in the CBD. I hope that if it's successful they will look at expanding this range in the future, and maybe (a girl can dream), expand the size range of their "main" ranges as well. 


Friday, March 28, 2014

Introducing Beauty Bohemia

Well, as (I hope) you may have noticed, it's been a bit quiet around here... there haven't been any new blog posts for a while. I can now reveal that there's been a pretty good reason for that. 

You see,  I have been putting every waking moment into launching a new venture, one I am pretty excited to tell you about. 

My love for makeup is no secret, and there is a special place in my heart for cool and awesome indie makeup brands - I love the geeky collections, the unique colours, the attention to detail, the great prices - they're my favourite kind of makeup. 

Being in Australia, though, they're not always easy to get - when you can find them, the shipping charges can be nasty - you either pay up, or organise a group order, or use a freight forwarder.. it's all a bit of a hassle, really.

Wouldn't it be awesome if someone was just shipping all the cool stuff here so you could buy it locally?? 

Well.. that's exactly what I am going to do. What I have already done, actually, as you'll see when you have a look at my shiny new makeup store - Beauty Bohemia.

I have, to my great delight, gotten some fantastic brands on board for my launch - Concrete Minerals, Glamour Doll Eyes, Shiro Cosmetics, Medusa's Makeup, Masquerade Cosmetics - and that's just the beginning, there are many more coming. I'm adding stock just as fast as my fingers can create the listings!

Please have a look and tell me what you think, your comments and feedback are very much appreciated. 


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Review: Bellabox January 2014

New Year, New Bellabox - here's what's inside the January box:

  • Vaseline Aloe Fresh Daily Body Lotion - a travel size of this nice lotion. Nothing terribly exciting abou this, just a good reliable product at a good price point. 
  • Avene Soothing Moisture Mask & Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream - Avene really dominates sample boxes - anyone who gets these boxes (of any brand) will get a steady stream of Avene samples. They're great products and you're certainly getting your money's worth on the boxes when you get these because it's a high-end brand. 
  • Model Co Fat Lash Volumising Mascara - this has a really unusually shaped brush, so it will be interesting to check it out. This is a full size sample worth  $20.
  • Scandalous Rock Chick Wave Spray - I've been getting into tousled hairstyles at the moment so this was a timely arrival for me. A full size sample worth $17.95
  • Also included was a nail file. 
Nothing massively exciting here - but another good solid offering from bellabox. 


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Plus Size Pick of the Day: The Bamboozle Singlet from Curvy Chic Sports

As any fatshionista who likes to exercise knows, finding cute exercise clothes in larger sizes is really tricky. I'm delighted to see this range being added to The Iconic's offering. I love how this is actually cut to show off a larger body. 


Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Violet Box January 2014

My January Violet Box has arrived - here's what's inside:

  • So Susan Water-based Pure Luminiser - Full size sample worth $49. This is a totally new brand for me, and it looks like a really lovely illuminator. It's got a great goldish tone and I'll definitely be using this very soon. 
  • So Susan Nail Laquer - Hot Pink, so this is going straight to the pink-loving daughter, it looks to be a good formulation. I had never heard of this "So Susan" brand before but based on these two samples they really look like they're worth investigating. 
  • LUSH Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser - a cute sample size of the "gorgeous" moisturiser. It's a freat product and one I have used before, I'm a big fan.
  • MOR essentials Collection Hand Cream - I love MOR products, I'm sad these are tiny sachets, but happy to get them nonetheless.
  • Villainess Soaps - Dulces En Fuego - I wouldn't normally get excited by a small soap sample but the scents of this are amazing - black pepper and cinnamon aren't notes you normally find in a scented soap - I am loving this, and the branding and packaging are just lovely. Going to get my hands on more of this stuff as soon as I can.
  • Acorelle Eau D Parfum - nice perfume sample - always fun to try some new scents. 

A great collection of products with a lot of "new to me" brands which is pleasing to see. 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Plus Size Pick of the Day: Red Leopard Swing Dress from Asos Curve

Leopard print always has an edge to it, and red leopard print is hard to find - I find it difficult to resist whenever this print pops up. I'd definitely wear this with a belt if I got it, but I really like the lines of it. Check it out here if you want a closer look. 


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Lust Have It Fashion and Beauty Box January 2014

 The Lust Have It Fashion and Beauty Box is always an interesting arrival - the January box has just hit my doorstep.

Here's what's inside:

  • Lime Crime Velvetines Pink Velvet Lip Stain - full size sample worth $24. I am so excited to try one of these, I keep hearing about how amazing they are. Sadly hot pink isn't a colour I'm likely to wear any time soon, but my teenage daughter was delighted to get her hands on this. 
  • Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream - full size sample worth $15.95. The medium tone is too dark for me but I can tell this is a great product, I'm going to experiment with using this for contouring. 
  • SunSense Sport Cream SPF 30+. Full size sample worth $23.95. Not a massively exciting addition to the box but a pratical product that will definitely get used - in fact it's currently at the park with my partner and my daughter and stepdaughter - sunscreen is much needed in our house, so to not have to buy it at full price is great. 
  • Le Tan In Le Can - full size sample worth $6.99. I don't use fake tan but will be happy to pass it on to friends who do.
And now for the accessories:

  • Gold Love Bracelet - this is super cute, unfortunately it broke almost as soon as it got out of the box. It's nothing a bit of work with a pair of pliers can't fix, I look forward to wearing this soon. 
  • Candy Coloured Chandelier Earrings - I don't have pierced ears, but I have a friend who I instantly thought of when I saw these - they are so her style so I'll be able to surprise her with a lovely little gift with these. 
  •  Delicate Stacking Rings - these are really nice looking. Not the sort of thing I would ever have thought to buy myself, but I really like them. 

 I'm finding that getting this box is revealing to me accessories that I quite like that I wouldn't think to buy for myself. It's definitely expanding my accessories wardrobe in new an interesting ways. 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Plus Size Pick of the Day

I'm loving the lines of this coat.. even though we're still in summer here my mind is already turning to the cooler months, I think this one is a winner! It's from Light in the Box and you can see all the details here


Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Apivita Express Beauty with Red Wine Face Mask

I've gotten into a rather delicious habit, on Sundays I have been taking time to do a bit of pampering.. I delve into my stash of face, hair and body products and choose something nice. 
Last Sunday I decided to get into the wine.. the red wine face mask, that is - this one is by Apivita, who do a huge range of these sorts of products.. you could try a different one every week for a year I think!
I love drinking red wine, and there's plenty of articles online that will tell you it's full of all sorts of healthy things.. stands to reason it'd be good for your skin as well. 
The red wine mask is, as expected a pinkish colour, and it feels cooling on the skin. It said to leave it on for ten minutes but that didn't seem like a lot of time to me, I was quite sceptical that it'd do anything in that amount of time. I washed it off after ten minutes though, and sure enough it did seem to do the trick. My skin felt amazing - soft and smooth. 
I was very happy with this - for such a reasonably priced product it had a great effect and was very enjoyable to use. 
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