For this month's sponsored post for Target, I thought I'd share some of the cute stuff they have for work in the plus size section.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Got the Lust Have It Sample Box for January 2013 on the doorstep this morning. They've abandoned the vanity bags and gone back to boxes - and not just any box, a gorgeous reusable one with a magnetic clasp. Elizabethan brocade pattern on the top - really lovely!
The contents too, are super awesome. Here's what we got:
Monday, January 28, 2013
My favourite purple is a really rich Royal Purple shade. The word "Purple" comes from a rare seashell, the pupura, that they used to grind up to make dye.. the dye was so rare and precious that only the Roman Senators, and the Emperor, and later, the Byzantine Royal Family were allowed to use things that had been dyed with it. Nowadays anyone can don this regal shade, and I'm glad, because I love wearing it.
I have two purple tops on here, they are close enough in tone to go together well, both I have owned for a decade or so. With them is my red chiffon skirt from Crossroads that regular readers will have seen many times before now, a belt over the top, my gold "knot" necklace and a black & gold beaded headband, both from Collette.
On my feet, super cute giraffe print flats sent to me from Crocs, which are both funky and incredibly comfortable to wear.
If you're wondering about where these photos were taken? Well, they are in the very glamorous location of out the back of my yard next to my chook shed. We have this purple-flowering bush that just goes wild if we don't cut it back constantly and at the moment it has reached jungle proportions. It's really quite a nasty thing with itchy leaves and sap... but does have pretty purple flowers :)
With the terrible weather going on up north where I used to live, I feel it would be in very poor form for me to complain about the glorious sunshine that's making me squint in these photos, so I won't.
In the more forgiving light of my bathroom you can see the bright purple makeup I put on. Illamasqua creme eyeshadow, and Illamasqua lip gloss in "Fierce"
Here's some other purple goodies you might want to check out - as usual around here all of these are available in a size 20 or above and ship to Australia.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
This week we showed off interestingly textured outfits, and played with some gorgeous goodies from Shu Uemura, we lusted after gorgeous garments from Cult of Califonia and after all that, it was time to kick back, relax and rehydrate..
Here's the posts:
- Aussie Curves: Texture
- Review: Shu Uemura Blossom Dream Collection
- Designer to Watch: Cult of California
- Review: Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque
Also this week, my personal stylist business., Body Positive Stylist, officially opened it's doors. If you want to see all the details of that, head on over to www.bodypositivestylist.com.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Some days you just need to kick back, relax, and pamper yourself a little bit, and having a stock of masques on hand is a great.
This one is a beauty - it's Dermalogica's Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. Like everything from Dermalogica, it's low on the frills and fancies and high on the lab-tested power ingredients. This masque is just packed full of antioxidants, with Vitamin A, C, E, and F as well. There's no artificial fragrances or colours in it either.
This is a light yellow cream, and it stays wet while you wear it. They recommend you leave it on for 10 minutes. While it's on, it doesn't feel like it's doing anything, but after you rinse it off you can really see the difference, your skin feels softer and looks clearer and brighter.
Like everything from dermalogica it's a good idea to take advantage of their expert advice, they'll let you know whether this one is right for your skin or not. I've really enjoyed using this, and can see how it could become a staple.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Their clothes are made up to a size 30 US and they ship internationally too.
I've picked out a few of my favourites for you to peek at, but you can see all the rest of the goodies at their site http://www.cultofca.com/.
If you own anything from them, tell me about it in the comments, I'd love to hear your experiences with these.
Hit the "read more" link for more pictures.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
- Glow On Blush/Highlighter in Light Yellow - this is a gold with gold microglitter blush/highlighter. It's really finely milled and adds a golden shimmer to the skin. Because I am so pale this works as a blush for me (albeit an unusually toned one), if your skin is darker this would make a really nice highlighter to add a golden glow to your complexion.
- False Eyelashes called "Rainbow Feathers Small". These are really unique, they have a ruff of pastel rainbow feathers and black lashes as well.. they're actually quite subtle when you put them on.. right up until you blink! I had people complimenting me on these all night long.. and often with surprise they'd come up and talk to me, and then I'd blink and they'd say "WOW!! YOUR LASHES!!". They were very comfortable to wear, too, and they look as though they'll last a long time with the usual gentle treatment.
- Gloss Unlimited in "AT-20g" (everything else has a cool name, so not sure why they didn't name the glosses?) . It's an opalescent gold with gold glitter in it, really pretty. It's nice and shiny but not sticky on the lips, and has good staying power for a gloss. It's stunning enough to wear on it's own but you can also layer it over the top of lipsticks for extra sparkle.
- Drawing Pencil in Pearly Gold - this is a really nice soft pencil that has a light gold sheen, it's a light and subtle effect, so if you wanted the gold look without getting all "Midas' Touch" this would be a really good choice.
- Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Bright Orange. This was a really pleasant surprise. I have always avoided orange lipsticks, believing that they'd clash with my hair. When I tried it though, it looked really cool! Always goes to show you should try new things even if you think you know what does and doesn't work. This is a sheer colour that has a lot of pop to it.
This is a really strong collection, each piece I was sent is really cool in it's own right and together they work together beautifully. If pastel rainbows with gold highlights are your thing you are definitely going to want to check this out at the Shu Uemura counter at David Jones.
Monday, January 21, 2013
I've styled it two ways here, one that could nominally be called a "daytime" look, if you're a goth inclined person like me, and a nighttime look that can only be described as, well.. let's say a bit sassy. This is a "third date" outfit, if that means anything to you, you're probably smiling right now!
So for the "daytime" look, I have put a lace dress over the top - this is not a nasty scratchy lace but a lovely soft one, and the red underneath makes the pattern stand out really nicely. I put on a chunky necklace (that also covered up most of the dramatic cleavage I was displaying. In both outfits I am wearing my cute and comfy wedges from Crocs.
I've kept things light and fresh for my "daytime" makeup look. A sweep of pink eyeshadow("Be my Valentine from Vani-T, some gold eyeliner and a slick of the new gold-flecked gloss from the Shu Uemura "Blossom" collection
To change up things up in my outfit, I've worn my knot necklace which emphasises rather than obscures the plunging neckline of this dress. With a dress like this, you really don't need a lot of other accessories - it's a statement piece all on it's own, so it's good just to keep everything else simple. A bit of volumiser in my hair, and darken up my makeup, and I am ready for an evening of fun.
This is not the sort of dress to put on if you want to blend in, and don't like lots of attention. I think all too often women, especially plus sized ones, are encouraged to try and minimise and diminish themselves, to not wear bright colours or provocative things, but, well, I'm sure you can guess what I think about that. Hiding your light under a bushel has never really been a concept that appeals to me very much. I'm not always in the mood to stand out this much, but when I am feeling super vampy, I let this dress out to play.
What do you wear when you're on the prowl?
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
As part of my cool deal with the Arts Centre, I thought I'd tell you about the shows coming up that I am going to.. they both look like they're going to be a lot of fun!
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