Eloquii-ent

Dress: Eloquii (available here in red)

Shoes: Rockport

It finally feel like spring in Melbourne. Daylight Savings kicked off over the weekend, and with it has come warmer weather, and sun. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

It’s been a long, cold, miserable winter, and a difficult one too. Thank you to everyone who left a comment or sent and email or a message on Facebook. I’m OK. I’ve been dealing with some really crappy health-related stuff in my Real Life which been taking up a lot of my mental space, and has given my hard-won body positivism a thorough kicking. It’s not something I really want to talk about at the moment (I hope you’ll forgive me for the vague-blogging) but rest assured I’m doing fine.

This week is probably the first time in months that I’ve felt like myself, and I’m definitely hoping to start writing a bit more regularly… thank you all for being so patient!

So, on that note: Eloquii is an independently-run online store that specializes in plus sizes. It was started in 2011 by The Limited, who decided to bail out less than two years later. Five of the original staff members, including designer Jodi Arnold, decided to relaunch the company, and in 2014 they managed to do so. Eloquii’s fashion-forward range made it a popular choice for plus-size fashionistas in the US, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that they started offering international shipping.

As soon as I found out I jumped on the site, and trawled the vast selection on offer. Eventually I decided to play it safe, and ordered this short-sleeved midi dress in black.

It’s a simply and flattering cut with fluttery sleeves and an elasticised waistband. The fabric’s a light knit that could probably survive a nuclear blast and come out the other side unwrinkled. It’s perfect for squishing into suitcases, and can easily be dressed up or down.

I was really impressed with the speed of delivery from Eloquii, and the quality of the dress is excellent. The range at Eloquii is enormous and varied. It’s often very trend-based, so there’s a few misses among the hits, but with regular site-wide sales, reasonable International shipping costs, and one of the more inclusive size-ranges on the market, it’s definitely on my go-to list for online shopping.

Necklace: Made by me!

Just a quick close-up of my necklace to finish off.

I mentioned in my last post (oh, er, nearly two months ago) that I’ve been doing a stack of craft short-courses over the weekends. One of the classes I’ve done recently is a polymer clay beading class with Sheree McCready of Polly Collective.

For my dear friend Fiona’s birthday this year I bought us passes for one of Sheree’s jewellery workshops, and we had so much fun, and learned so many great tips that over the last weekend we got together with a couple of other friends and had a crafternoon putting our skills to the test.

I made this black, grey and blush necklace (learning how to do tubular beads has rocked my world, let me tell you) and also a second bead necklace inspired by the art of Cassie Byrnes (who I’ve talked about before, here).

I would 100% encourage you to check out the Polly Collective workshops if you’re in Melbourne and looking for a fun way to spend a weekend.

Self-care casual

  Dress: Asos Curve

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Ziera

I’m sorry for how quiet it’s been on here lately. I’ve had a challenging couple of months, and it’s been monopolising my head-space a bit. Everything’s fine in the general scheme of things, and thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to leave a comment or sent me an email – I’m AOK, just a bit scattered and spread thin.

I’m looking forward to the warmer months, and the return of daylight savings. I miss walking home in the evenings (and being able to get my washing dry on the line!). In the meanwhile I’m getting plenty of wear out of this sweater dress, which I bought from Asos Curve at the start of winter.

I’ve been looking for a boxy, comfortable sweater dress for a while – the sort of thing I can mooch about it in over the weekend, but is perfectly suitable to also wear to work. I sized up, because I wanted to play up the oversize angle, and it actually looks a lot nicer in person than it does in these photos.

Teamed with a pair of trusty Sonsee tights and ankle boots, it’s the sort of easy outfit that I can throw on and be happy with (even if I’m one of those I-hate-every-item-of-clothing-that-I-own cycles that I only ever seem to fall into when I’m running late for work).

I recently bought a couple of pairs of earrings from a company called ComfyEarrings, and I’ll be honest: I’m never going back to regular studs.

I’m one of those lazy people who shower and sleep in their jewellery, and if you’re like me I probably don’t have to explain how uncomfortable it is to sleep in a pair of earrings with long posts that stab you in the neck while you’re sleeping (or when you’re holding the phone up to your ear for that matter). ComfyEarrings have a flat screw-back that sits flush against your lobe, so you can – in all seriousness – just forget that you’re wearing them. It’s a similar mechanism to the tiny labret or tragus studs which have been designed for nose or cartilage piercings, but the stud size is more like a traditional earring.

They’re a small company, and totally lovely. I’ve ordered from them twice now and have been really happy with both experiences (and delighted with the earrings). Shipping is fast and affordable, everything arrived beautifully packaged (you get extra backs, which is helpful because they can be a bit fiddly). I’ve been wearing the prong-set crystals non-stop for well over a month now, and they still look brand-new.

The other piece of jewellery that I’m wearing is a porcelain necklace that I – believe it or not – made myself.

Over the past couple of months I’ve done a few weekend craft classes. I’ve done a pottery class, a patisserie class, a polymer clay class, and this one: a porcelain class. (They all start with P – how funny, I didn’t realise until just then.)

It was a really easy and fun afternoon to spend with one of my best friends, and I was really happy with how this ended up.

Keeping myself entertained over the weekend has been part of my self-care strategy recently – along with trash TV, escapist books, and long baths.

And on that note, I’m off to have a long soak in the tub thanks to Butt Naked Skinfood who sent me a sachet of Himalayan and Lavender Scrub to enjoy. This Melbourne-based company makes lovely vegan, organic, and cruelty-free skin care products (and donate 5% of their profits to the Melbourne Animal shelter Save-A-Dog scheme).

The Himalayan and Lavender Scrub is a divinely fragrance mix that consists of Himalayan rock salt, sea salt, lavender and grapeseed oils, and it’s supposed to help with day-to-day stresses. You can use it as a scrub if you don’t have a bathtub, and I can highly recommend it both ways.