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 Frocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou Frou Frocks & Frou Frou Frocks & Frou FrouDress: Modcloth

Cardigan: Woolovers

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: ara via Shoebuy

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I spent mine sewing, shopping, and soaking up the sun.

I finally (I know, bad blogger) managed to make it out to the A Plus Market, which was even better than I’d hoped, and introduced me to a couple of new designers that I hadn’t heard of before. If you’re in Melbourne I’d definitely recommend penciling¬† November 15 into your diary and checking out the last one for the year. Theoretically I was just there to “look”, but of course I ended up buying an awesome skirt and a sparkly little belt that I’m planning to wear with ALL THE THINGS.

If you were in Melbourne today you won’t be surprised to learn that this tights-and-cardigan ensemble wasn’t actually the outfit I wore today, but the daisy print dress is one you’ll probably be seeing more of as the weather moves towards summer.

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Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Top: Ruby & Lilli

Skirt: Sussan

Cardigan: Sussan

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Spring feels tantalizingly close: it’s in the air, the new growth on the trees and the evening light.

It’s a fresh start for me, too. After my redundancy a few months ago I just started a new full-time job in a brand-new industry. After twenty years working with books I’ve found the change a little bit sad, and a little bit daunting, but mostly exciting. As much as I love bookselling and publishing it’ll be good to try my hand at something new for the first time in my professional life.

So transeasonal transition, huh?

I’ve always found that the secret to surviving these in-between months is layering, so I was really thrilled to be able to try a couple of Ruby & Lilli’s long-sleeved tees.

I’ve been a fan of the Ruby & Lilli fit every since I bought my Hello Lover tee, and I was interested to see what their winter range was like.

The fabric’s quite different, it doesn’t have the same slouchy softness of my three previous t-shirts, rather it’s a more structured cotton fabric. I did love how the gold foil dots were on the sleeves and the back of the tee as well as the front, (though on me the critical placement of two of the dots, um, raised eyebrows).

The fit, of course, is perfect. The body of the tee skims without clinging, and the neckline has that wide scoop that really flatters a full bust. One major issue I’ve found with other long sleeves tees has been that if they’re not skin-tight in the body then the shoulders and upper arms are way too big. It’s a real credit to the designers at Ruby & Lilli that they understand that making clothes for plus-size women doesn’t means just making them BIGGER all over.

And the sleeves are long enough to cover my wrists, hurrah!

Frocks and Frou FrouThe Ruby & Lilli long sleeved tees are only four dollars more than the regular short-sleeved versions, and they’re an ideal item to carry you over these inbetweeny months before summer hits for real.