Top: Luxx

Jacket: Veronika Maine

Skirt: Virtu

Belt: Sussan

Shoes: Milu

I’m back!

Just like the song says, New York’s a helluva town. Big and brash and loud, with little patches of serenity in the parks. Full of fascinating people from every walk of life, great food, good shops.

I got to meet the beautiful Louise from Sohomode in person, and thank her for making the gorgeous tea dresses for my bridesmaids. I also managed to find a pair of ankle boots that don’t make my legs look like fence posts (hurrah!) and as usual, I OD’d on buying knickers from Aerie, going back four times for MOAR PANTIES.

While I was away more and more exciting news rolled into my inbox, so I have a few little snippets of “yay!” to share with you this week.

First off, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Frocks and Frou Frou has been voted one of the 25 best Style & Beauty blogs in Kidspot’s “Voices of 2013” campaign. Hurrah!


It would be wonderful to make the finals, and I have a dream about winning the writing contract (in my deepest heart-of-hearts, I fantasise about writing professionally) but I’m up against some pretty serious professional blogger names, so I’m ridiculously chuffed to have even made the shortlist. Thank you to the mystery person who nominated me – you guys have such faith and belief in Frocks & Frou Frou that I’m humbled. I’m so lucky to have such generous and supportive readers.

 So that’s exciting news number one.

I won’t bang on too much, because I’m still recovering a bit from jet-lag and I’m about to fall face-first into the laptop, but let me finish by pointing out that on my little sidebar over to the right I have a NEW button. I’ve finally succumbed to Facebook, and have set up a page for Frocks & Frou Frou. If you’re interested, please head on over and “like” me. I’m still a bit of a newbie at it, so feel free to throw some suggestions and recommendations my way – what would you like to see on there? Recipes? Motivational statements? Shopping tips? Photos of my cat?

Aussie Curves: Mixing Patterns

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Top: Zara

Skirt: Virtu

Belt: Glassons

Shoes: Wittner

So I missed last week’s Aussie Curves Challenge (Orange) on account of being in Japan (woohoo!) but I’m squeaking in with this week’s challenge “Mixing Patterns” with two days to go.

I’m not great at pattern mixing. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really comfortable piecing together an outfit with disparate bits of clothing. I’m much too fond of my matchy-matchy.

When I do pattern mixing I usually start with the same colour palette, and I have discovered that polkadots and stripes are pretty much the “neutrals” of the pattern-mixing world.

Fortunately my voluminous star-print blouse matches my new striped skirt perfectly, though the elasticised waistband needed a belt over the top to make it look more finished.

The skirt’s current season at Virtu and it’s the same one that Jayne – the winner of the $100 Virtu gift voucher – spent her prize on.

It’s actually currently on sale at Virtu, and it definitely gets the thumbs up from me. It’s comfortable and all-day friendly, holding its shape well and so far there’s been no pilling on the jersey fabric. It’s a dense stretch fabric; somewhere between jersey and ponti, think enough to wear on hot days, but not so thing that you feel like every dimple and panty-seam is on display.

For the other entries in this week’s Aussie Curves Challenge, check out the link below and don’t forget to sign up to the lovely community on Facebook.

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