Top: Zara

Jeans: Old Navy

Belt: City Chic

Shoes: Easy Spirit

Hello from New York City!

I arrived safely on Friday night, and spent a lovely weekend catching up with The Sophisticate. It’s wonderful to see my husband again (Long distance sucks sincerely; don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy with modern technology. It’s really, really not.)

It’s been close to six months living apart now – much longer than either of us anticipated – and it doesn’t look like anything’s changing in the short term.

The good news is he’s made himself a really tight network in New York, and is surrounded by some great new friends. It was wonderful to be able to meet in person the people who crop up in his conversation so often, and to thank them for taking such good care of him.

Come Monday I donned my Official Blogger Hat, and headed into Manhattan for the first day of the 2013 Full Figured Fashion Week.

First thing on the schedule was a blogger breakfast hosted by plus size brand Ashley Stewart to profile some of their new lines for the upcoming Fall Season.

Ashley Stewart has been around since the early 90’s as a line of fashion specifically designed and targeted at women sized 12 to 26. They’d sort of dropped off the radar over the last few years, as their attention turned to growing their store-front business and away from the online Plus Size Community, but it looks like that’s changing now. They’ve got a highly successful Facebook page where fans can get sneak peeks of upcoming pieces and exclusive discounts.

It looks like their upcoming season is going to tap right into the current androgynous trend, with lots of jumpsuits, camouflage print, vests and frayed denim. Here’s a sneak peek at what we got to see showcased at the breakfast.DSCF1650_2 DSCF1646_2 DSCF1638_2 DSCF1648_2Ashley Stewart’s also a good resource for plus-size accessories, and they brought along a kind of buffet of sparkly goodies for their “Arm Party” – a huge range of bangles and bracelets suitable for larger hands and wrists.

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The bloggers in attendance were invited to help themselves to a set of bangles. Dani from Danimezza scored this great set with a stand-out hot pink bangle that suited her outfit to a tee.

DSCF1655_2I picked up an elasticised diamante cuff, that would be perfect for that evening’s official launch party.


The theme for the evening’s festivities was “Denim & Diamonds”, so I brought out my new favourite jeans – Old Navy’s “Rock Star” jeans. Officially they’re jeggings (eek!) but all that seems to mean is that the denim is lighter and stretchier than regular jeans. Perfect for the hot, muggy weather in New York this week.

I teamed the jeans with a starry printed top from Zara, and an outrageously sparkly necklace that I bought on sale from Forever New before I left Australia.DSCF1661_2


19 thoughts on “FFFWEEK – Day 1

  1. I am so proud to have you as our ambassador at FFF week! You look stunning! I am so excited to see more posts about what you get up to. 🙂

    May I ask a personal question – why haven’t you emigrated to the US with the sophisticate? I imagine that as his wife, you’d be entitled to some kind of visa, right? And a few months/years in NYC seem like they would be fun and life-expanding, especially with all the fashion there.

    I’m sure there’s a lot of issues involved that I can’t even imagine, but I was just a bit curious. I completely understand if you’d rather keep it to yourself, though. 🙂

    Good luck with the rest of the week!

  2. You’re looking lovely, and glad the week is off to a good start! Just wanted to say that I totally get the long distance thing and it sux but you can do it. My husband and I had a 4 year long-distance relationship between California and Perth before we got married, and even after we tied the knot I had to stay with my mom in NY for 3 months before my visa came through! But it’s 13 years later now and we usually manage to be in the same place at the same time. 🙂 I look forward to seeing more posts from FFFWeek!

  3. Lilli, you look fantastic! I’m not a fan of jeggings but I have to say you have managed to pull off this look fabulously! I love the shiny stretch wristlet. Perfect for any kind of outfit! Have fun in NY!

  4. Are you doing any ‘meet your fans’ type things while you are in NY? I’d love to say hello in person while you’re in my city.

  5. You look absolute fantastic. I wish you a great time in NYC, especially with your husband. I can’t imagine what it means to be seperated from my hubs for such a long time.

  6. Really sorry to hear that you and the Sophisticate may not be living in the same country again for a while – despite cheaper flights and better technology, the loneliness of being apart from someone you love hasn’t changed much from the early decades of the C20th when so many people had to go to the States for work.

    But, on a brighter note, you look beautiful and it sounds like you’re having a ball at FFF week! Looking forward to more posts 🙂

  7. Lily, you look so cool and hip – just gorgeous ! Have a fab time in New York (and with the fella!). Can’t wait to hear all of your New York adventures.

  8. I’m just too busy with a silent ‘eeeeeeeeeee’ of excitement that you’re in NY and looking all sparkly! NYC is sooooo awesome- and it’s just so exciting that you’re a fashion blog star! Getting goodies and previews!!
    Looking gorgeous and stylish- very hip and cool!
    Enjoy your time with the hubbie experiencing his life. Enjoy NYC!
    I can’t imagine summer in NYC- I’ve done snowing spring (minus 13-everything hurt!) and pleasant autumn. Feel the need to round out my weather experience!
    Can’t wait for more posts and purchases!
    PS no matter how gorgeous the model I just do not understand jumpsuits. NO! Just sat NO! And then there’s the toileting issue!

  9. You look gorgeous!!
    Can anyone attend fashion week or do you need to be invited? It would be amazing! All I think about are clothes. Sad…..but true!!

  10. Lovely shoes and bag. Love the overall look – attention to accessories is fabulous and you are glowing. Have a ball 🙂

  11. You look gorgeous Lili!!! Enjoy NY and your Sophisticate. Tell him to hurry the hell home. Can’t wait to continue reading all your updates from FFFW x

  12. Love the outfit, it’s so cute on you; I think it’s “just right” for a regular “day in the life” 😉 . I’d like a different shot of your hair in that style if you have any?

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