Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to Layer Like a Pro

Here it comes ladies, can you feel it? Glorious winter is coming our way! (Cue “Winter is Coming” Game of Thrones themed montage in my head…)

I’m aware that isn’t the usual statement when it comes to the drearier season but I for one freaking LOVE winter. I see it this way – in summer it’s so hot you only get to wear a flowy dress OR a cute top and pants OR maybe a maxi skirt if you’re lucky and unlikely to sweat all day… But in winter, oh winter, here comes the opportunity to wear so many fabulous pieces ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Huzzah!

The only problem that arises from this situation is The Frump. The dreaded Frump is a situation many of us glorious gals find ourselves in but I promise it is avoidable – here’s how!

When it comes to layering you need to think about the silhouette. If you’re wearing loose, lovely harem pants and you know your legs are lost in metres of magnificent fabric, then don’t go for an oversized or puffy top. If you do your silhouette will end up resembling something along the lines of big foot or the hulk. Instead, opt for a fitted top with an undone jacket over-the-top. This keeps you warm but hints ever so tastefully at the spectacular bod you’ve got hidden underneath.

However, if your pins are your favourite body part & you’re in the mood to show them off, then go either bare (perhaps a hint of faux tan, just to keep away the pale winter blues) or in a nice slim pair of tights and you are free to go crazy up top. A nice comfy sweater, an oversized cardigan, a fluffy new jumper, the possibilities are almost endless. What I like to do when I have the legs on display though, is incorporate a belt into the ensemble, just to remind the world that under those many, many layers of delightful fabric is a waist

At the end of the day the opportunity to layer all my favourite pieces together is just too exciting not to encourage! So please have a go, and if you’re ever in doubt just remember the silhouette!

Happy layering lovelies x

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We'll be riding on the horses yeah yeah

 I'm not going to lie, when I first saw this dress I thought the print was of unicorns and got overly excited as I'm obsessed with all things unicorn right now. That's not to say I was disappointed when I realised that they're actually horses though. Sure unicorns would be awesome but horses are cool too and I love how it's an all over digital print which is very on trend right now. Plus whenever I wear the dress I get that awesome (in a so bad it's good kind of way) 90's Australian pop ballad 'The Horses' by Daryl Braithwaite in my head - now that's got to be a bonus (depending on which way you look at it).

Outfit details
Dress City Chic Wild Horses dress $99.95 AUD
Biker Jacket Vintage
Tights City Chic 120 Denier Opaque Tights $14.95
Holographic Heels Windsor Smith
Flower Headband Lady Petrova
Lipstick Lime Crime Pink Velvet

 Flower headbands are my go to for days when I want to make my outfit really pop and stand out. I love that my lipstick shade perfectly matches the flowers too.

 Yes unicorns would've been awesome but I do love the horses too.

These heels are my current great shoe loves. So fun but also so comfortable!

What song is currently in your head? 
♪♫♪♫That's the way it's gonna be little darlin'......And if you fall I'll pick you up, pick you up♪♫♪♫

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Arnold Sports Festival


Hey Guys,

Last month I flew to Ohio, USA to compete in the Arnold Sports Festival Strongwoman World Championships. It’s the second biggest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympics, with 18,000 people competing over 45 sports. At the event there’s also an EXPO with 800 stalls, attracting 175,000 people each year. 

I was feeling extremely intimidated after walking into the massive hall and seeing the strongwoman equipment lined up and ready to go. I’d never seen anything quite like it, but after meeting the other competitors I realised it was just like every competition I’d done before and I needed to focus and bring it! There were 5 events, some of which I loved and performed well, and others that were extremely challenging. I finished 8th overall and had an amazing time competing against the strongest women in the world. 

4th place in the farmers walk, 90kg in each hand for 23m in 11.61 seconds. There was only 2 seconds dividing the top 4!

3rd place in the super yoke, 250kg for 23m in 13.61 seconds. This is my best event and I placed well so I was really happy. 

For the deadlift medley I had to pick up a sandbag and giant dumbbell, run them down to the bucket, load them in and then lift it as many times as possible in 75 seconds. I did 10 reps and came 9th in this event.

Once the competition finished I was free to walk around the EXPO and check out the free samples and demonstrations. At the Con-cret stand I did a grip strength challenge and set the record for the most reps completed by a woman!

At the Oh Yeah stand I was challenged to bend a frying pan with my bare hands and I did it!! I was the only person at the whole EXPO able to do it - that’s including the men :P

At the Animal Cage I met up with Sam Byrd who got me a VIP pass to go inside and meet the team. The public aren’t allowed into the Cage, so that was a huge deal! I even got a big group photo with the boys.

I met famous body builders and powerlifters Phil Heath, Andrey Malanichev, Sam Byrd and Mark Bell.

Then the coolest part…I got to see Arnold Schwarzenegger! While walking around we were asked to clear a path in the crowd and Arnold walked through with his entourage of security guards. He was about 1 metre away and I got heaps of photos.

It was the most amazing weekend and I can’t wait to go back again.

Asha xx

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Curvy Bloggers in this months Cleo Mag!

I love that seeing plus size women in the media is becoming more and more common. Thanks to curvy fashion bloggers like myself our voices are being heard and the media is finally taking note. This month I've been featured in Cleo magazine alongside my stateside curvy bff Nicolette Mason and Canadian fatshion blogger Franceta Johnson, The cover story 'Bombshell Curves - The New Fashion Bloggers' takes a look at what inspires us, frustrates us and makes us blog all things plus size fashion and what style advice we would give to Cleo readers.

Nicolette's advice is "to wear what you love, because that's what inspires confidence - and nothing looks better than confidence."
Franceta muses "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't wear certain things because of your size - that's a huge lie. Wear whatever makes you feel amazing!"
My advice is to "try things on! Seriously! I have pieces in my wardrobe ranging from size 12 to 22, and the reason for this is sizing varies so much between stores. Get to know what shapes work on your body and don't get disenheartened when things don't work out. I try on a lot more than I but but am never left with that 'if only' feeling - at least I gave it a shot." I must say though that I am always the same size at City Chic which makes things a lot easier. Thanks City Chic!!! What I love is being able to mix designer with vintage with City Chic - which is where the ignoring the size on the label comes in. You can make designer and vintage work for you too!

The April issue of Cleo magazine is on stands now. Have you got your copy yet?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pitt Street Sydney Grand Opening

Last week I was flown up to Sydney to attend the grand opening of the new City Chic Pitt Street store. To say I was excited is an understatement. It was to be my first trip back to Sydney after living there for three years and moving back to Melbourne exactly one year ago. Plus it was a chance to catch up with the lovely City Chic team and put some faces to names of the new team members I've been in touch with via email. The most exciting thing of all was that the Sydney CBD now has it's own City Chic store, something I always thought was missing when I lived in Sydney. AND it's an amazing store at that. A true flagship store in design and atmosphere with a chandelier, styling lounge and plenty of space to showcase the new collections. I loved the store so hard and am very proud of the City Chic team for putting it together.

Watch your step, curves ahead!

Drinks on arrival., don't mind if I do.

Guests mingled with shop staff from around the country flown in for the event with members from Head Office.

Plenty of sweets to go around, these macaroons were so delicious.

Goodie bags galore!

Me posing with City Chic shop staff from around the country who were flown in for the event.

The Style Lounge was being used as a dressing room for the models for the nights fashion presentation so I couldn't snap a photo but trust me when I say it's an amazing space!

I got to meet fellow City Chic blogger Sally at last who was gushing over the sneak peek of the new collection we had just seen. We both loved the exact same pieces!

Everyone got a goodie bag.

City Chic customers with Inside City Chic's resident beauty blogger Lauren from Bella Box.

Westfield and Sunrise's fashion stylist extraordinaire Donny Galella gave us all a sneak peek at City Chic's Autumn/Winter collection which will start arriving in stores this week. Donny is passionate about styling curves - he specialises in makeovers and knows exactly how to accentuate your best features in ways you may never have thought of before. Each piece that came out was given a little personal 'juje' to show just how versatile  and flattering the collection is.

Donny with City Chic's glamourous models.

The crowd went wild over this bold red dress.

Underneath was this chic and sexy work outfit.

Donny explained how the look works on all body types.

A simple belt transformed this dress from day to night.

I fell in love with this black trench coat. So classic and chic, this is the must have piece I'm waiting excitedly for.

A pretty floral dress

Looks even prettier with that pretty pink coat. 

What pieces from this sneak peek are you drooling over? Let me know in the comments bellow.