Lust List: Asos Curved

Over the last couple of years Asos has become a huge player in the fashion world in Australia. The combination of on-trend styles, affordable prices, a massive range, and free international shipping is obviously compelling.

Throw a reasonable size range into the mix, and a strong and ever-evolving plus size range in the Asos Curve line, and Asos has become one of my favourite places to shop online. The sizing can be a bit funky – I’d love to see the ability for customers to review items onsite – but the ability to do local returns has eliminated a lot of the risk that comes with online shopping for clothes.

They’ve had a few good sales in the lead-up to Christmas, and I’ve placed an order or two (or three) but my wishlist is ever full. There’s a number of really great plus size dresses in the Asos Curve section of the website at the moment (including some knockout formal gowns if you’re planning to attend a really fancy event over the holiday period).

Here’s what on my Lust List right now.

Gowns:

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Sequin Kimono Maxi Dress

This navy blue gown is a show-stopper. The plunging neckline and kimono sleeves give the bodice an understated elegance, and the shimmering sequinned overlay makes it sparkle like the night sky. The back is open, which makes an amazing statement, but might require some imaginative bra wrangling for those of us who can’t do without. Make sure you watch the catwalk video for the full, glittery effect.

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Holy moly, this dress! It’s only available in a size 24 at the moment (though the black and silver version is available 18-24) otherwise it would already be in my wardrobe. The bardot neckline over a sweetheart bodice, scalloped lace hem, illusion sleeves (this is a goodie if you’re shy about your arms), and can we talk about the colour? Phwoar.

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Embellished Frocks

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Heavily Embellished Mono Shift Dress

At AUD$270 this is one of the more expensive frocks in Asos’ Curve collection, but they don’t call it “Red Carpet” for nothing. On closer inspection the incredibly intricate detail on this frock is heavily beaded to absolutely devastating effect. The dress is fully lined, and has a perfectly simple silhouette to best showcase the beading. It’s not just on the front, either, the whole dress is embellished from cap sleeves to feature back.

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Premium Embroidered Dress

If the $270 price point’s just a bit too much for you there’s a similar dress available in the “Premium” range – black, with a white lace overlay – but personally I prefer the mint incarnation as seen above. The colour is so fresh, it’s perfect for a fancy summer ‘do in Australia. There’s a lovely scalloped trim on hem, cuff and neckline, and it’s a relaxed fit that’s perfect for “apples” to show off their pins.

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This is my favourite dress for New Year’s Eve right now, the deep-v neckline is super-sexy, and coupled with a sequin skirt that looks like glitter confetti, I am ALL OVER IT.

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Printed Dresses

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Mono Check Tunic Dress

I do like a good print, and this mod-style shift dress with a modern check print is pretty cute. I’m all shy and weird about my knees which makes this a smidgen too short, but I’d wear it with opaque tights in a heartbeat.

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Curve Midi Dress in Check Print

More checks, but how amazing is the colour? The ruching under the bust line means that this dress would be a great fit on someone busty, and there’s pockets (hell yeah!). It’s on sale at the moment, but it’s only available in a size 18, so if you like it you should snap it up quickly!.

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Bodycon Dress in Spot with Cross Back

Polkadots. Feature back. Bodycon. This dress is equal parts fun, and super sexy (though I’m a bit suspicious that the fabric looks a bit sheer in the product shots). These larger polkadots are great on fuller figures, and look smashingly defined, even from a distance.

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image1xxl-6Exclusive Midi Dress in Stripe

Confession: Today was the hottest day we’ve had in Melbourne for a long time – it seems like maybe summer’s decided to finally grace us with her presence – and everyone was walking around in boob tubes and spaghetti straps. I love the casual-strapless look that so many women seem to be able to pull off, but I’ve never managed to make strapless look laid-back. This dress looks like it could be a good option – the blouson style and beachy stripes make it look fresh and comfortable, and the straps look they’d be in the right position to mask your bra straps if you can’t bear the thought of a strapless.

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Exclusive One Shoulder Dress

This dress is understated elegance personified. The draped tulip hemline plays up your curves, and the one-shoulder neckline is a really classy way of flashing some skin without being overt. I think this looks like a great New Year’s dress, too, and I’d play it up with some really blingy earrings, maybe a sparkly bangle or cuff, and some sky-high heels (so a New Year’s party with plenty of seating)

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Exclusive Skater Dress with Tutu Skirt

The frustrated ballerina in me loves this dress. Truly, madly, deeply. I’ve been lusting after a tutu for some time, but I’ve never really quite known how I’d wear it for day to day use. This is perfection. The strappy jersey singlet plays down the glam factor, the little pouf of fabric at the elastic waist saves it from being too balletic, and the skirt has just enough volume to be swooshy without being OTT. I want to wear it and sashay around in it with a messy bun and perky little boobs just like the model. I’m interested to know if it’d suit someone a little more… endowed. Interested enough to buy? Maybe. Probably.

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Is there anything on Asos that’s caught your eye lately? What’s on your wishlist right now?  Or are you like me, buying up big every time they give you a discount code?

Besty Etsy

It’s no great secret that I’m a big fan of Etsy. I’ve been shopping there since 2006, and it was the subject of one of the very first posts I ever wrote on Frocks and Frou Frou (Oh God, those old posts look so rough!)

Etsy Australia just announced the finalists in their Etsy Design Awards, and they’ve showcased some really wonderful Antipodean designers and crafters in the list.

They’re running a competition for you to win a $250 Etsy Gift Voucher, just by letting them know who’s your favourite amongst the 58 finalists.

I’ve placed my vote, but it was hard picking between each of the amazing artisans. Here were my favourites from the list:

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Belinism is a Brisbane-based ceramics designer, and the contented little face on this bowl makes me happy just to look at.

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I pretty much have Britta from BoldB‘s entire shop in my Etsy wish list right now. She uses Australian wood and resin to create her gorgeous necklaces, rings and brooches, and I was one in every colour, size and shape. This one makes me think of coastlines; the yellow sand and deep blue water.

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There’s a delicacy, but also a real edginess to this 3D printed bracelet from Fairina Cheng. All of her jewellery has the same sculptural grace and contemporary aesthetic.

il_570xN.587365493_hlriHannakin‘s little sketches are just too cute for words, and this one (named “Everyone is Happy: Boy Beast Monster Adventure Gathering Friends friendly Cockroach Astronaut Spirit”… covers all bases, really.) has been made into an adorable brooch. She is Melbourne based, and also does little felt brooches and necklaces as well as limited edition prints.

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Another Melbourne-based artist, Jesses Messes, and I’m surprised that I haven’t stumbled across her before now, because her art is right up my alley. This bear print would look quite at home on my walls!

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This print’s a little more grown-up, and comes from Matouenpeluche and combines three of my favourite things: pretty dresses, the art deco period, and cats.

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I’d be hard pressed to choose a favourite print from textiles designer Maze and Vale, but this fabric panel “Flight” has got to be up there. You do what you want with the panel: frame it, make it a cushion, whatever… personally I like the idea of this one as a tote bag, lined in sunny yellow with leather straps.

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I see the team at MinPin occasionally at the Finders Keepers and MarkIt markets in Melbourne, and I’m always drawn to their use of colour and fun characters. This little collection of necklaces are so light and fun – I love the idea of them for bridesmaid’s gifts.

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There’s a lot to love at Mrs Peterson Pottery, especially for a space nut like me. There’s a full moon brooch that’s divine, some absolutely gorgeous cameo-inspired pendants and earrings, and this striking phases of the moon bangle.

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My Bearded Pigeon‘s signature item is a super-cute floor pillow printed with a world map, but they also have some really cute pennants with very true statements on them like “It’s Nice to be Nice” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”. For me, coming from the deepest, darkest realm of the dating world my catch-phrase is probably “I Lied About Being the Outdoor Type”. (Enjoys: camping, tennis, the beach etc…. NOT)

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Many, many years ago I bought a cute red bow brooch from Pirdy which I still wear from time to time. Oh how they’re grown up though! These elegant chandelier earrings are just divine.

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My dear friend Kate and I spotted the work of Sandra Eterovic earlier this year at a craft market at Fed Square. Her subversive folk-art inspired pieces caught both of our eyes (as did Sandra’s “Yeah No” vest). After my experiences last year this print gives me the giggles a bit.

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Everyone has little bits and pieces around the house. Mementos and souvenirs that accumulate like the flotsam and jetsam of a fulfilled life. This little mid-century inspired circular shadow-box from Senkki is a practical and effective way of displaying them.

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il_570xN.659315069_6tb7 The oxidised gumnut ring from Shabana Jacobson is a dainty little piece of Australiana, but I have to admit I also have an equally soft spot for her quirky and contemporary enamelled stacking rings.

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il_570xN.657530827_gts5I’m one of those “everything and the kitchen sink” kind of people when it comes to bags, so this cool tote from Squeak Design speaks to me.

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il_570xN.652575605_5ltiTruso‘s Deco-inspired wallets have been on my radar for a while now. They’re made from reclaimed leather (from upholstery and fashion off-cuts) and vintage fabrics, so they’re one of a kind. They’re big enough to hold boarding passes, an iPhone, or a passport, so they’re ideal all-purpose clutches for fashionable travellers.

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I’ve barely scratched the surface of the list of finalists, but these are my favourites for the crown! Don’t forget to vote for your chance to win the $250 Etsy gift voucher!

What would you buy if you won?

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