So. It’s got very quiet here on F&FF, hasn’t it?

I always have the very best intentions, but it’s hard sometimes for me to find the time to sit down and write an actual proper post. I take a bunch of photos, I edit them, I put my favourite on Instagram, and then I save the rest for a post that never seems to happen!

I’m going to try and Do Better, because I know not everyone is on Instagram, and it’s hard to link to things, and because of the wacky algorithm you miss a bunch of stuff anyway.

But looking at the huuuuuuge library of “when I get a moment” drafts I’ve got sitting in the back end makes me feel a bit anxious and overwhelmed so I’m going to just do a quick round-up of some of my favourites OOTD’s here and draw a line under it. I hope that’s ok!

So here we go: A (unacceptably huge) round-up of what I’ve been wearing over the past couple of months!

Stuff you can buy…

Jumpsuit: Made 590

Let me tell you, when Made 590 decided to branch out from awesome skirts and dresses into jumpsuits they did not f*ck around.

For their first foray they’ve somehow managed to produce the perfect jumpsuit. They’ve considered all the details like “how will people get it on and off without struggling?” (a fully functional fly, and a wrap top that buttons at the waist) and “how can we avoid wardrobe malfunctions?” (a concealed snap at the bust to help keep the wrap top wrapped). Include pockets, cuffed hems, belt-loops, and a size range that goes up to a size 24, and you’ve got a total winner in my book.

I love the pleated front on the pants, and the tapered shape fits my curvy thighs perfectly without making my legs look like fence posts. The denim fabric is divine too – it’s a light cotton with just enough stretch to ensure it wears comfortably and doesn’t crush as soon as you sit down.

I love it, I love it, I love it. They’re also doing a black linen that I was tragically too slow to snap up in my size, but I’m very much hoping that the #maisiemadesuit becomes a staple style for this terrific independent Australian label

Dress: Chasing Springtime
Shawl: Ezibuy
Boots: Ziera

This gorgeous Millican dress from Chasing Springtime is a serious contender for my ideal Brunswick Hipster Farmer’s Market Smock Dress: Comfy. Classic. Natural Fibers. Pockets.

I’ve been wearing it pretty much every second day since it arrived, and it’s seen me through several playground hangs, two nana naps, five long iso-walks, and three days of sick toddler clinginess.

The textured cotton-linen gingham somehow miraculously hadn’t shown any of the grub that’s been thrown at it over the past week, and is perfectly rumpled without looking crumpled.

Chasing Springtime is an independent local business in Melbourne with a focus on producing ethical slow fashion in an inclusive size range. Every item in the shop is informed by the designer Belinda’s lived experience as a plus-sized woman: tops that don’t assume your tummy doesn’t stick out as much as your boobs, necklines that don’t slip off shoulders, elbow length sleeves (and a size chart that tells you what bicep width they’ll fit), different cuts if you have a curvy bum or a curvy tum, POCKETS!

Dress: Joolz
Necklace: Jess Dare
Shoes: Funkis

It was a completely unacceptable 41 degrees in Melbourne the day I wore this, and even at home with the aircon on and the blinds closed I could feel it. Thank god for the lovely Airdrie from Joolz Fashion who delivered this divine black linen dress into my hot little hands just in time for the mercury to soar. It’s a beautifully made frock with some cunning seaming around the bodice, deep functional pockets, and a total hipster-smock-dress vibe. I’m looking forward to layering it over t-shirts and long sleeves and under long cardigans and cropped sweaters as the weather continues to keep me on my toes (I was complaining about it being 16 degrees the previous week).

Joolz Fashion is a fabulous independent label that offers a range of patterned and plain pieces that are eminently adaptable. You can custom design your perfect piece from range of different styles on offer, and you’ll be supporting a wonderful small business at the same time.

Top: Uniqlo
Skirt: Seed
Shoes: Shein

Melbourne’s really taking the whole “four seasons in one day” thing seriously, and we’ve gone from unbearably hot and sunny on Monday to bucketing down rain two days later!
I was working from home, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to wear a bit of sparkle with this silver skirt that I picked up from Seed (pleasantly surprised to see the elastic waist meant the 16 was a slight squeeze but fit). Downplayed the glittery skirt with a slouchy cotton sweater from Uniqlo.

The shoes are from Shein, and I’ll be honest I don’t intend to ever order from them again. Not because the shoes aren’t great quality (they cost under $30 and are actually better quality than I’d anticipated for that price) but just because as soon as I’d put the order through I felt grubby about supporting a fast-fashion company. I’d been looking for heart-toe shoes for YEARS, and these are the closest I’ve ever been able to find. It’s not a very good excuse, but it’s the best I’ve got.

If anyone is able to point me towards a design-your-own-shoes business (like the sadly no-longer-in-business Shoes of Prey) I’d be eternally grateful!

Top: Ezibuy
Skirt: Doops designs

I get where everyone’s coming from that the one positive aspect to this whole lockdown thing is being able to wear pajamas to work, but quick question: why are you wearing such uncomfortable clothes the rest of the time?

My wardrobe these days is mostly made up of elasticised waists, boxy fits, and natural fibers, and I actually (to the amusement of my tracksuit-bottomed partner) still get “dressed” for work.

Post-baby, post-iso, post-winter, I’m not feeling as comfortable in my skin as I’d like to be, but I always feel a little happier when I’ve been able to dress this new body of mine in something pretty.

Jumpsuit: Maker & Mineral

Why should toddlers get all the fun of dressing like a toddler?

Spotted this handsy jumpsuit on Pinterest and instantly fell in love. Was delighted to discover that it was made by a local Melbourne business Maker and Mineral. Was even more delighted to read that Maker and Mineral were small, independent, and eco-conscious. Finding out that while they had a limited size range they invited custom orders like it was no big thing sealed the deal. Placed my order immediately.

The Mica Jumpsuit is made of a gorgeous natural linen that’s been hand printed (ha ha). It’s roomy and comfortable with big pockets and tie-up straps. It’s not even a little bit “flattering”, and I absolutely adore it.

And stuff you can make…

Dress: Olivia Dress from StyleArc, fabric from Spoonflower

Top: Uniqlo
Pants: DIY Sculthorpe trousers from Muna & Broad, fabric from The Fabric Store

Dress: DIY Demeter Dress from Anna Allen, fabric from Spotlight

t-shirt: Etsy,
skirt: Estuary skirt from Sew Liberated, fabric from Spotlight

Top: Torrens Box Top from Muna & Broad, fabric from Ikea
Skirt: Modcloth

So there we go! Several months worth of posts crammed into one!

Stars in Your Eyes (Glitter Glasses Remix)

A couple of weeks ago I saw someone online sporting a very excellent pair of glitter glasses, and I became absolutely fixated on having a pair of my own. Despite many people begging to know where her glasses were from, she remained steadfastly mute (I’ve never really understood people who do this) so I had to do a bit of detective work myself, and it turned out they were these.

I would have bought them in a heartbeat, except literally two days previously I had spent a fairly breathtaking amount on a new pair of glasses (my lovely optometrist, bless his heart, is calling them “double lenses” to spare my feelings, but the truth is I now need to wear bifocals). I was still severely tempted to order them – $331 isn’t that bad after all, and don’t we all need multiple pairs of glasses? – but while I waiting for my optometrist to confirm my new prescription I stumbled across a tub of Modge Podge Glitter Top Coat on a trip to Spotlight and thought maybe the more sensible thing to do would be to have a stab at DIY’ing my own glitter glasses out of an old pair of spectacles that I already owned.

DIY your own glitter glasses frames

For this project you will need:

  • 1 pair of plastic-framed glasses (I’m using sunglasses for the tutorial, but the photo above shows the finished version of my regular prescription glasses)
  • 1 tub of Modge Podge Glitter Top Coat (actually, the tiniest quantity of 1 tub)
  • 1 small paintbrush
  • some masking tape
  • Sticky label big enough to cover both lenses

To start with you’re going to need to cover the parts of the glasses that you don’t want to glitter. The easiest way I found to do this was to cut a piece of sticky label big enough to cover the lens, and shape it into the edges of the frame with your fingernails. Once it’s properly stuck down run a sharp knife around the edge of the lens so that you can pull away the excess label, leaving only the lenses covered.

Next you want to also cover the parts of the frame that are going to be brushing up against your face – the nosepiece, and the bottom edges of the frame where it rests on your cheeks (I did the top of the frame too). The easiest way to do this is with a bit of masking tape or medical tape.

OK. Now you just have to take your little paintbrush and start smoothing the glitter topcoat over the exposed parts of the frame:

It goes on white, but dries to clear.

Unless you want a very discreet twinkle you’ll have to do several coats (especially if you’re starting with dark framed glasses in the first place). Make sure you give each coat ample time to dry before applying the next: at least an hour, ideally two. I did three coats of glitter on my glasses to get the desired result.

Once the final coat is on leave overnight, then the next day remove the masking tape and sticky label and get ready to tell a bunch of strangers where you got your awesome specs.

The finish can be the tiniest bit rough to touch, but the glitter shouldn’t flake off as it’s a top-coat already. If you’re desperate for a smoother finish you can do a final coat with a Modge Podge Gloss finish – even some clear nail polish should do the trick, but I’m not sure of its longevity.

Theoretically the Modge Podge should take 28 days to cure properly, by which I assume it becomes bullet proof (or at least dishwasher-safe) because the glitter layer on my glasses was certainly dry and hard enough to wear on day two.