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


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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