Aussie Curves: Dark

Dress: Savannah @ Harris Scarfe

Shoes: Milu

Necklace: DIY

scorcher in Melbourne today! Forty degrees!

Don’t you find it funny how maxi-dresses seem to be such a great go-to for hot days? You’d think the longer hem and expanse of fabric would actually make you less comfortable in the heat, but I usually find it the other way round. Maybe it’s got to do with sweating, or chafing, or the heat of the sun on the skin, but when it gets really hot I’d take a loose, flowy maxi-dress over a teensy little pair of shorts every time.

I’m a brights girl (duh!) and as you know I wear a lot of colour. This week’s Aussie Curves challenge “Dark” was always going to be something a bit different from my usual ensembles just by virtue of the fact I haven’t got a HUGE amount of “dark” in my wardrobe (More than I have of shorts though. That’ll be a REAL challenge when it comes up in a few weeks!)

I think probably I subconsciously rail against wearing dark, because so much fashion that has been made to fit me used to be exclusively dark coloured. “They” say plus-sizes should wear dark colours because it’s slimming (that’s important, apparently). Personally I have my suspicions that it’s because it’s easier to hide in dark colours.

Anyway, when I wear black it’s because it looks good against my pale skin, it plays up my dark hair and eyes, and because it’s fun to accessorise with a blank palette. And I make sure I always get my colour fix.

Today’s colour fix is my tight-ass homage to the necklaces of Made By Emily Green. I’ve been lusting after one for years, but after hemming and hawing at countless craft markets over colour choices I came to the conclusion that they looked best in multiples… and I couldn’t afford two necklaces. So I decided to make my own.

They’re a little bodgy – you can see my fingerprints in the clay, and at least one has unintentional table-grit included – but buying the materials was a darn sight cheaper than buying the finished necklaces, and I have enough left over to make lots more beads for lots more necklaces, which means CHRISTMAS!

I’ll put up the DIY instructions tomorrow, so stay tuned!

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Vote #1 Lilli and Mae!

Dress: Leona By Leona Edmiston (via Myer)

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Shoes: Milu

This pretty little daisy print number is from Leona Edmiston’s exclusive line for Myer. I’m going to be honest here, the quality’s not a patch on the regular Leona Edmiston clothing; the jersey’s already fluffing and pilling where it rubs against other items of clothing, and I’ve only worn it twice! But the fit’s good, the style’s lovely, and the print’s pretty cute too. Plus, it was much cheaper than the usual LE lines, so perhaps it’s a case of “you get what you paid for”.

It’s sleeveless, and will be excellent in summer, but it’s cold again in Melbourne at the moment, so I’m taking advantage of my bright yellow cardigan and shoes to pick out the yellow details in the daisies.

Meanwhile, today I discovered something really lovely.

One of my readers nominated me for the Navabi Curvy Blog Award!

This amazing competition is being run until the 30th of November, and the winner will be treated to London Fashion Week trip with a friend…. or a sister.

(This is where I start twisting your arm:)

My little sister, Mae, has never been overseas and one of her lifelong dreams is to see squirrels. One of MY lifelong dreams is to see plus size fashion not only embraced, but absorbed into the general fashion world, and Navabi’s been at the forefront of that. They’ve got a fabulous online boutique with serious designer names like Elena Miro, Robert Cavalli and Anna Scholz and they run a great magazine featuring plus size fashion spreads (where the models are actually CLOTHED! Amaze!)

Both squirrels, and Plus Size fashion are in London in February next year, and with your help (and hopefully if Mae’s chemotherapy schedule allows for it) so could my sister and I be.

I would love to take her.

And I would love to bring you back the exciting new things happening in the fashion industry on the other side of the world.

Would you vote for me? Please? You don’t have to do anything dodgy like give them your email address, or “like” them on Facebook. I’m number 190. All you have to do is click.

navabi Curvy Blog Award 2012