Dress: Eloquii (available here in red)

Shoes: Rockport

It finally feel like spring in Melbourne. Daylight Savings kicked off over the weekend, and with it has come warmer weather, and sun. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

It’s been a long, cold, miserable winter, and a difficult one too. Thank you to everyone who left a comment or sent and email or a message on Facebook. I’m OK. I’ve been dealing with some really crappy health-related stuff in my Real Life which been taking up a lot of my mental space, and has given my hard-won body positivism a thorough kicking. It’s not something I really want to talk about at the moment (I hope you’ll forgive me for the vague-blogging) but rest assured I’m doing fine.

This week is probably the first time in months that I’ve felt like myself, and I’m definitely hoping to start writing a bit more regularly… thank you all for being so patient!

So, on that note: Eloquii is an independently-run online store that specializes in plus sizes. It was started in 2011 by The Limited, who decided to bail out less than two years later. Five of the original staff members, including designer Jodi Arnold, decided to relaunch the company, and in 2014 they managed to do so. Eloquii’s fashion-forward range made it a popular choice for plus-size fashionistas in the US, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that they started offering international shipping.

As soon as I found out I jumped on the site, and trawled the vast selection on offer. Eventually I decided to play it safe, and ordered this short-sleeved midi dress in black.

It’s a simply and flattering cut with fluttery sleeves and an elasticised waistband. The fabric’s a light knit that could probably survive a nuclear blast and come out the other side unwrinkled. It’s perfect for squishing into suitcases, and can easily be dressed up or down.

I was really impressed with the speed of delivery from Eloquii, and the quality of the dress is excellent. The range at Eloquii is enormous and varied. It’s often very trend-based, so there’s a few misses among the hits, but with regular site-wide sales, reasonable International shipping costs, and one of the more inclusive size-ranges on the market, it’s definitely on my go-to list for online shopping.

Necklace: Made by me!

Just a quick close-up of my necklace to finish off.

I mentioned in my last post (oh, er, nearly two months ago) that I’ve been doing a stack of craft short-courses over the weekends. One of the classes I’ve done recently is a polymer clay beading class with Sheree McCready of Polly Collective.

For my dear friend Fiona’s birthday this year I bought us passes for one of Sheree’s jewellery workshops, and we had so much fun, and learned so many great tips that over the last weekend we got together with a couple of other friends and had a crafternoon putting our skills to the test.

I made this black, grey and blush necklace (learning how to do tubular beads hasĀ rocked my world, let me tell you) and also a second bead necklace inspired by the art of Cassie Byrnes (who I’ve talked about before, here).

I would 100% encourage you to check out the Polly Collective workshops if you’re in Melbourne and looking for a fun way to spend a weekend.

Life Gets in the Way

Top: DIY from Marilla Walker top

Skirt: City Chic

Shoes: Rockport

Oh God, I’m a terrible blogger and it’s been over a month since I last posted. I’m still here, and happy, and well, and wearing clothes (believe it or not) but I’m afraid life has a way of getting in the way.

It’s been a wonderful life though. The Mister and I have started looking at potential wedding venues, and we’re also madly saving up for a house deposit. Work is a joy – I haven’t felt so enriched and rewarded for years – and the team that I work with are divine.

I’ve been sewing, and baking, and reading, and writing, and catching up with friends, and doing jewellery-making courses, and basically everything but blogging. You’ll forgive me, right?

At least today’s outfit is current! This skirt is available right now from City Chic, but I basically had to wrestle another shopper for the size (I’m joking of course), so you might want to get in quickly. I’ve been looking for a permanent-pleat midi skirt for a while, and this one’s a delicious ox-blood colour that will go with a slew of my wardrobe; including the boxy Maya top that I made from a Marilla Walker pattern earlier last year. It also comes in black, and pleather, if maroon isn’t your thing.

Speaking of sewing, I’m hilariously delighted to tell you that I’ve actually sewn a stack of pussy hats that are now available to buy from Readings Bookshop.

We wear our feminist bias proudly at Readings – it’s hard to work with such a remarkable bunch of amazing and talented women and not feel a little bit in awe of them – and we put our money where our mouth is, so $1 from the sale of each of the hats will go to our Readings Foundation to help promote literacy programs, and further 10% from me to Women’s Community Centres. Readings ships worldwide, so if you’ve ever wanted a Lilli original (LOL), this one will keep your head warm AND support some good causes.