Dress: Wallis (Gifted by a reader)

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Belt: Kinki Gerlinki

Shoes: Chie Mihara

This Marimekko-style print dress is rapidly becoming a favourite, and it’s only just starting to show some signs of warmer weather in Melbourne. I’m ridiculously, eternally grateful to Rachel for sending it to me.

I’m looking forward to days when I can wear it without a cardigan over the top, and I’m also on the hunt for a belt for that eventuality. Green do you think? Or blue? I like it with the bright yellow from the last time I wore it but it would be nice to have something different, too.

There’s actually an honest-to-goodness Marimekko shop opening up in Melbourne in a few week (excitement!) and they’ll be carrying the clothing range.

I’m too scared to google the prices, but from memory they actually do a few items in larger sizes – hurrah! – and I love Marimekko home wares, so I’ll probably be there with bells on the moment the doors open.

Close to My Heart

T-shirt: Feel More Better

Skirt: City Chic

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Shoes: Milu

I’m a pretty easy-going individual. I don’t have many soapboxes that I like to get up on, but I am a fierce believer in body positivity.

It’s pretty hard to feel positive about yourself when you’re surrounded by a media that tells you every day that you’re not tall/petite/thin/curvy/white/tanned/sporty/busty/flat-chested/hairless enough to be seen out in public, and presents you with countless images of “perfect” women to prove how utterly inferior you are.

But, of course, even those “perfect” women have flaws. They’ve got pimples and wrinkles and folds of skin, just like the rest of us. The image that is sold to us is non-existent. And unattainable.

This dearth of real women (and I’m not using “real” in that excruciating way that some people use it, i.e. “REAL women have curves”) in the media is one of the reasons I started reading – and eventually became – a blogger.

I don’t get my fashion inspiration from magazines anymore, because I prefer to know how something is going to look on a human body that hasn’t been pushed and pulled and stretched and airbrushed into oblivion. (Just for kicks and giggles, check out Jezebel’s hall of photoshop shame). And I have never, never, never photoshopped an image on Frocks and Frou Frou.

This is why I was so delighted when I was invited to take part in Feel More Better’s “Not Photo Shopped” campaign.

Nearly thirty bloggers will be wearing this t-shirt proudly today to promote transparency in advertising and legislation that will require advertising and editorial that meaningfully changes the human form through photoshopping to label the image as such. It doesn’t hurt that for every tee purchased from Feel More Better they donate a book to an underprivileged girl. I work in publishing; childhood literacy is another of my soapboxes.

 So here I am, in all my non-photo-shopped glory, looking exactly the same as if you saw me walking down the street. And proud of it.

And just to push the message home a little more, check out this wonderful little glimpse at the one product you’ll ever need to look like a covergirl: