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?

Nautical and Nice

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Belt: Target

Midi Floral Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Lifestride Parigi via Shoebuy

Just a quickie, late on a Monday night before I put myself to bed!

I ordered this Midi Floral Skirt from Asos in the sales a couple of weeks ago, because I loved the full blown roses print and thought there was plenty of items in my closet it would go with.

I sized down, assuming that as it was a pull-on style it would probably be a similar fit to the recent scuba skirts that have been cropping up. The fabric’s a reasonably thin jersey, and that means there’s not as much volume as there would have been with a stiffer fabric, but the skirt’s a full circle so there’s still a lot of flare around the hips.

I love the combination of florals and stripes, and it’s something I’m seeing more and more of on blogs and in magazines. The stripes seem to lift an old-fashioned floral print into something a little more contemporary, where the florals pretty-up the minimalist simplicity of a nautical top.

I suspect this particular top is too loose for this outfit to be 100% successful, and the long sleeves create too even a balance between the two prints. In summer I’ll team the skirt with a closer fitting top that allows the rosy fabric to sing, without overwhelming it.

But of course, it’s winter, and it’s freezing, so this is what you get for now!