Two Ways Tuesday: Ruby & Lilli Lover Tee

Ruby & LilliI’ve been seeing this awesome “Hello Lover” t-shirt doing the rounds lately, which means that there’s probably a few bloggers like me who saw gorgeous Jojo of iCurvy rocking it on her blog, and decided that their wardrobe wasn’t complete without it.

It’s the most wonderful fabric; butter soft with a beautiful drape. The foil text shines against the heathered grey tee in a not-too-over-the-top fashion, and the wide twisted neckline and relaxed fit give it an air of casual chic.

It’s been made by the Australian company “Ruby And Lilli” (and with a store name like that I really didn’t have any other alternative but to buy it, right?) who specialise in on-trend t-shirts designed to flatter the fuller figure.

The site is easy to navigate, the shipping was super-quick, and my t-shirt arrived wrapped in tissue paper with a lovely little handwritten note encouraging me to visit the Ruby And Lilli Instagram page for inspiration on how other customers have styled their tees.

Well, here’s my contribution(s!)

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Cardigan: Boden

Tee-Shirt: Ruby & Lilli

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Seychelles Via DSW

 OK, so with the slogan “Hey Lover” it’s not really an office-friendly tee-shirt, but it does look pretty elegant with the grey skirt picking up the silver in the text. The addition of the cardigan makes the tee-shirt part of an outfit, rather than being the statement piece that draws all the attention.

Because the skirt is so voluminous I’ve tucked the top loosely into the waistband giving the outfit a bit more shape. Because the top is oversized you get a slight blouson effect that allows it to stay relaxed, but the waist gives the outfit a bit more polish.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTee-Shirt: as above

Jeans: Carmakoma

Shoes: Softwalk via Shoebuy

 My second Two-Ways outfit is a lot more casual. It’s a great weekend ensemble – the slouchy statement tee-shirt teamed with a pair of comfy skinny-leg jeans. I’ve half tucked the t-shirt this time, which helps to maintain my proportions and elongate my legs without sacrificing the relaxed effect of the t-shirt. I added a belt and a pair of low tan heels to break up the grey.

Frocks and Frou FrouIf you have your eye on this – or any of the other tee-shirts on offer at Ruby And Lilli – I’ve encourage you to put your order through soon, as they seem to be having a sale right now, and all the t-shirts are priced at $25, down from $45!

I’ve just bought my second…

Strike a Toes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop: Urbane at Myer

Trousers: Asos Curve

Shoes: Gino Ventori at Bob’s Shoe Store

Necklace: Made By Emily Green

I don’t wear trousers very often, and toe-baring shoes even less often, so this outfit is a bit out of my normal comfort zone. It includes two things I always swore I’d never wear: joggers (the last time I wore elastic cuffed trousers they were probably fleece, it was probably the 80’s, and I could probably count my age in single digits) and open-toed sandals (I don’t like showing my toes. It’s weird, I know. My toes are fine, I get that. I just don’t like them on display).

I’m a frocks and skirts girl usually, but on really sweltering days when things get a bit sticky and uncomfortable (ahem! stay tuned for an updated post on THAT particular issue) I often just want to reach for a breezy pair of trousers. These navy pants – currently on sale at Asos – look surprisingly put-together for something with elastic cuffs: the tailored detailing, high waist, and side pockets make them perfectly suitable for the office. Teamed with a cropped tee and some sandals they’re also great for casual weekend wear.

Watch out for your size – there’s non-stretch, and I bought the smallest size thinking they’d be too big, but they’re actually fairly snug. Unusually for Asos Curve I’d say the size chart is about bang on the money. They’re a tight fit on my thighs, but fit comfortably around the calves, and don’t cut in around my ankles (which look positively dainty).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShoes: Gino Ventori at Bob’s Shoe Store

I do a lot (a lot of a lot) of walking in my day-to-day life, so comfortable shoes are an absolute must. I’ve been looking for something a bit more open and breezy for those really hot days, but had basically given up of finding a pair of sandals that were versatile, comfortable, and didn’t make me hate my feet.

I was in Perth just before Christmas for work, and was meeting my little sister in Fremantle after I finished on the Friday so I took the opportunity to do a bit of shoe shopping. I spent the better part of an hour at Bob’s Shoe Store, putting a very patient salesperson through her paces while I tried on a good thirty percent of the store’s inventory. These, miraculously, ticked all the boxes: They’re soft and comfortable with a little bit of a wedge heel, a flexible sole, a versatile colour, and a style that worked with my wide calves. I tossed the box before I flew back to Melbourne so I haven’t the foggiest idea what the style is called, and I’m only about 75% sure they are even from Gino Ventori since I’ve managed to walk the logo off. Sorry, bad  blogger (obviously I need Penny from the Big Bang Theory’s shoe finder app).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANecklace: Made By Emily Green

I also bought myself a second Made By Emily Green necklace, and I’m loving the hell out of it. The nude shades work with pretty much everything in my wardrobe, and I like how the individual beads have different textures or patterns: polkadots, glitter, pin-pricks or a kind of granite effect. It’s goes well beyond my own bodgy DIY’d attempt (unless you count cat fur as a texture….)