Owled Over

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Dress: Kayemkay

Cardigan: Gorman

Tights: Big W

Boots: Miz Mooz

Belt: Asos

We had good weather over the weekend. Lovely weather, in fact. Warm enough to do a load of washing and put it out on the line, so that’s what I did on Saturday.

Apart from my short stint in a share house last year I haven’t had a washing line since I left home; everywhere I’ve lived I’ve either used laundromats or a dryer. While it’s convenient to be able to dry things quickly despite the weather it’s HELL on your clothes, bad for the environment and I have to admit that I bizarrely missed the routine of hanging the washing out (not so much the mad dash to get it back OFF the line when you realise it’s started to rain).

The apartment building I live in now has a shared backyard with lots of half-wild plants, a saucy sculpture garden, and a big old washing line. Suki and I go out together (officially she’s an indoor cat, but she’s too adventurous to be content with the four walls of our apartment) and I hang the washing on the line while she prowls the fence line for interesting smells.

I love these little routines: hanging the washing with Suki, dropping off a few biscuits from every batch to the lovely old guy who lives downstairs, grabbing a coffee every day on the way to work, and knowing that I don’t even have to tell them what I want because I’m a regular. I feel like after living in four different places last year I’ve put down some fledgling roots in my new home. It makes me happy.

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Owl brooch: Catrabbit

Also making me happy today is my favourite brooch from Melbourne-Craft-Goddess, CatRabbit. Her paired brooches are just so adorable, and work brilliantly as sweater clips and collar clips as well.

A Bright, Bright, Sunshiny Day

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 Dress: Sohomode

Cardigan: Boden

Belt: Asos

Shoes: Gorman (similar here)

Well, today was freezing.

Every year I seem to find myself saying “It’s way colder this year than last” but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that actually winter’s just winter, and I just forget how cold it is because I always forget to wear a coat.

It’s grey and winter and wet, and the trees outside my sunroom that in summer gave the most lovely dappled light are stripped bare and barren.

On my walk into work I’m starting to see some little hints of spring – early blossoms in the trees and new green growth – but yep: definitely still cold.

Fortunately this Sohomode tea dress – my very first! – is made out of a heavier bark-cloth, and is perfect for injecting a little bit of floral sunshine into a chilly day.

How’s your week been so far? Mine’s been hectic – I took a flying visit to Sydney for work, caught up with a couple of girlfriends for dinner, and met someone new for coffee. On Sunday I spent a day with Erika “the Queen of Curves” and the super lovely Kerry from Harlow at the Love Your Curves VIP Shopping Event at Doncaster Shopping Centre.

I’d never been to a stylist, and I’ve always been a bit wary about someone telling you what you should and shouldn’t wear (remember my number one fashion rule? Don’t follow fashion rules) so when Erika presented everyone with the old adage about “body shapes” and what styles “flatter” each shape, but then added “So that’s the “box”. Feel free to fuck the box” I wanted to give a little cheer.

I was enormously impressed and heartened by the day that Erika and her team put together – it was way less about “figure flattering” and “slimming” and “thou shalt not wear horizontal stripes”, and way more about body positivity, learning how to silence the negative voices in your head (and some good comebacks for the ones on the outside, too), and how to learn confidence and pride. It was like an empowering and supportive pow-wow with a group of girlfriends, cupcakes, and a bit of fun shopping on the side. Oh, and awesome goodie bags to take away!

It was also nice to be able to hear directly from Kerry about what her philosophy behind Harlow was, her design process, and her vision for the future of plus-size fashion. Plus, as you know I like my internet shopping, but really nothing compares to being able to try the items on and see how they look in person!

I’d definitely recommend bookmarking Erika’s Facebook page and if you’re in Melbourne and feeling a bit down, or if you have a friend who could do with a bit of a self-esteem boost then maybe thinking about coming along to one of the next Love Your Curves events.