Heaven and Earth

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Cardigan: Target

Skirt: Target

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Easy Spirit

I love stars. Love them. When I was a kid I used to think I wanted to be an astronomer (that was before I found out how much math was required). I grew up in Canberra, so the night sky was pretty visible, and I remember going onto the neighbour’s balcony to look at Halley’s Comet when I was about seven or eight. I was obsessed with Star Wars into my early teens, and I still harbour a secret fantasy about going into space (though after watching Gravity my ardour for that particular endeavour has cooled dramatically).

Spacey, planety, starry, galaxy-themed clothing and accessories get me every time. Stars and hearts: my two favourite motifs.

I was on Yesstyle recently, ordering up some more of my favourite BB-cream and thought I’d have a bit of a peruse around the rest of the site so I wasn’t “wasting” the free shipping.

The “plus-size” line is pretty hilarious (most of what they consider to be plus-size would be lucky to fit a size 14 in Australia) but each clothing item has the real measurements listed, which means that you can usually take a safe punt on what will or won’t fit you. And most things are so cheap it’s worth giving it a whirl, anyway.

This black and gold starry print tee is also available in white, and is theoretically “one-size-fits-all”. At 46″ around the bust it’s fitted on my f-cups, and oversized on the teensy little model pictured. I’m not fussed though, I love the scattered star print, and the $28 price tag made it hard to say “no” to.

The fabric’s a stretchy, woven polyester that has enough drape and stretch to work over a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The wide neckline and dropped-shoulder-sleeves give it enough volume to work easily on my fuller-figure.

It’s better quality than what I would have expected for the price (under $30!), the gold-foil stars have a lovely spangly shimmer to them, and while the fabric doesn’t even pretend to be anything but 100% polyester, it’s a soft, wearable, utterly un-crushable tee that should be easy to dress up or down according to what it’s paired with.

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Necklace: Modcloth

I wanted to wear it to work, so I teamed it with tights, a skirt, a cardigan, and then – because I couldn’t resist – my shiny gold “There’s a Map For That” necklace from Modcloth. It goes so nicely – the earth, suspended again the background of starry heavens – don’t you agree?

Up the River

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 Top: Maison Jules at Macy’s

Belt: Dream Diva

Skirt: River Island (via Asos)

Shoes: Comfortview “Regina”

I bought this skirt some time ago from Asos, but haven’t worn it much due to the cold weather. I’m also having a bit of trouble understanding what best to pair it with (my dirty little secret? I mostly wear dresses because you don’t have to worry about what goes with what!)

I tried it with black t-shirts, and that didn’t work. Blouses and cardigan were OK, but a bit fussy-looking. I can’t find a blush top that works properly with the creamy blush of the skirt. I dream of wearing it with a blush and black striped top, but one hasn’t presented itself to me yet.

It seems to like pale grey though, so I thought I’d pair it with the cashmere owl sweater I bought over Christmas in New York. The dots are actually black, but with a navy belt and the navy detailing of the owl on the sweater I can sort of force an optical illusion to make suggest that the polkadots are blue too. Because – as you know – matching is important to me!

I don’t mind the skirt – I hadn’t bought anything from the River Island brand before, but took a punt that the size chart on their website was a better guide than the generic one on the Asos website which would mean sizing up, and I’m glad I did. They run about half a size (maybe a full size) smaller than Asos’ own brand clothing, but are very similar in style and quality.

The skirt is made of a non-stretch woven fabric and it’s a bit crush-prone, but it’s cottony to the touch and will be nice to wear on hot days when (if!) summer ever comes. The manufacturers seem to have made an effort to match the prints on the different panels of the skirt, so you don’t get that annoying thing where there’s half-dots on the seam line which I appreciate. Not all companies do this, and it’s annoying as hell and a hazard for people like me who a) shop online and b) like printed fabrics.

I didn’t actually realise until recently that River Island had their own website; I just thought they were a subsidiary house-brand at Asos. Actually Asos only stocks a selection of their full catalogue, so these days I’ve got River Island bookmarked for virtual browsing too. Like Asos they offer free shipping to Australia (on orders over $50) and regular discount offers.

Some of my favourite lust-worthy pieces at the moment include these:

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Yellow 3D floral lace midi skirt

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Striped Bardot Top

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Navy Heart Print Roll Sleeve Shirt

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Red floral tile boxy cropped jacket