Black and Gold

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Yesstyle

Skirt: DIY from THIS fabric

Shoes: Shoebuy

Necklace: Evans

I’ve been eying up this glamorous gold-foil printed fabric ever since I stumbled across it on one of my Etsy-seach rabbit-holes (search term: “Confetti”). I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it, so in the end I bought two full yards with the thought that it would probably be enough for me to decide at a later date.

When it arrived the scattered dots were a lot smaller than I’d envisaged, and weren’t as randomly placed. It wasn’t going to suit a dress or a circle skirt where the repeating pattern would be dramatically obvious, so I decided just to whip up one of my easy DIY’d pleated skirts.

The fabric’s a breezy cotton which I think is going to be lovely to wear in the summer, and I think the skirt will look ace with the strappy singlet that I bought last year from City Chic. The gold dots are foiled with a matte metallic finish, and they have a pretty sheen in real life.

The skirt’s fairly basic, and I think I’ll probably end up hemming it a bit shorter come the warmer months – it’s not a total success at the midi-length.

I am liking it teamed with black and gold tee that I got from Yesstyle – there’s something really decadent about pattern matching with metallics, don’t you think?

The ensemble beautifully suits the pendant necklace that I bought from Evans at the same time as I bought the cowl neck dress that I reviewed last week (because I had to rationalise that International shipping, dontchaknow?)

It’s on sale right now for a meagre three pounds, and I don’t mind telling you I’ve been wearing the beejeezus out of it since it arrived.

Frocks and Frou FrouNecklace: Evans

Heaven and Earth

Starry Top & Black SkirtStarry Top & Black Skirt Starry Top & Black SkirtStarry Top & Black SkirtTop: Yesstyle

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.


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?