Friday, July 29, 2011

Vogue Australia's first ever Plus Size Fashion Editorial!!!

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Australian plus size model Robyn Lawley, who we blogged about back in June when she landed the cover of Vogue Italia, has gone and done the unthinkable and shot with Vogue Australia. Vogue Australia isn't a title known for its risk taking, and in fact this is the first plus size editorial the magazine has produced in its 52 year life span. Styled by Vogue Australia's Fashion Editor Meg Gray (who, coincidentally, I blogged about back in May) and shot by Vogue Australia's photographer of choice Max Doyle, the shoot is notable when looked at in comparison to international plus size editorials in that Lawley is actually wearing clothes. Often in plus size fashion editorials we see plus size models wearing little more than lingerie or swimsuits and rarely do we get to see them in high end designer clothing. The reason for this is simple, sample sizes which stylists deal with don't come in larger sizes (I should know, I work as a stylist) so what Meg and her team have done here is sourced shop floor clothing that will fit Robyn's ample curves. The results are beautiful, a stunning editorial that hopefully pushes the Australian fashion industry into action, becoming more accepting and showcasing more beautiful curves inside our magazine pages, because as consumers that's what we want to see. Am I right?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Please, please me!

See the little cake at the front there? It first featured in my post last year about Birthday Cakes and completely pertained to the film I was working on here in London - CAPTAIN AMERICA!!

I admit it City Chic ladies, this is a completely "My life in UK" oriented post! Last year, you may recall, I posted a few posts about my work life - There was: Working Hard For a Living! and Days Into Night. At that stage, I couldn't divulge too much about the show I was on... but it was the latest Superhero Blockbuster, Captain America. I worked really hard on the show and I wanted to encourage you to see it. It is good old action based fun!

Here is the trailer!

While on the show, I got to meet Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell and even Chris Evans. So much fun! If you have any questions about working on the show - feel free to ask in the comments section, below!

In any case - I wanted to share. I feel lucky working here in London and the fact I can share it with all you stunners, makes me really happy. Speaking of stunners...

Remember a few weeks back when I mentioned Lucy in the We Love Lucy post and she was in the amazing Spliced Vinyl Cropped Jacket? Well, I would LOVE to know who got one?


Seriously, this jacket has brought me nothing but compliments and head turns! Please go ahead and tell me what you think of it, or better yet - upload your pictures to the City Chic Facebook page!

Don't forget - we have multiple sites for you to shop from! City Chic Australia and City Chic Amercia

Big Smooches Ladies...

Em. x.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Inspired by: Tess Munster

PHOTO: Tess wearing City Chic

I first became aware of Tess Munster through her fan page on facebook and later saw some of her modelling work, from the moment I saw her I was in awe. She is a true representation of a plus sized woman and what intrigued me even more was the fact she had a very alternative look (red hair and tattoos). If you look through some of her work past and present you will be amazed, Tess has pushed boundaries with her model work and is often seen wearing pieces most girls wouldn't be brave enough to wear, needless to say this is what makes her so intriguing and inspiring. I honestly wish I had half the amount of confidence Tess has. Don't get me wrong I am learning to embrace my 'fuller figure' and work what I have , blogging for City Chic and of course wearing my flattering City Chic clothes  has really helped me, but Tess just oozes  an amazing amount of confidence. I managed to get in contact with Tess and found out that she is one amazing woman who has become a lovely friend of mine, she loves our Inside Chic blog and is also a City Chic fan! This month I am inspired by Tess Munster, a girl who pushes the boundaries of plus sized fashion and carves a path we all should follow. This lady will inspire you to embrace your body and work what you've got! To stay connected to Tess you can follow her Facebook or Blog.

Photo 1 & Photo 2

 Tess, for our Australian readers who may not be familiar with your work could you please tell us a little about yourself and what you have been up to recently?
I am a Plus-Size Model, Beauty Editor for 'Skorch Magazine', Blogger, and activist for women empowerment. I can currently be seen in INKED Aus/NZ where they featured me for being a tattooed role model for women. I am also a model for a US Plus Clothing Company "Domino Dollhouse", as well as Sick For Cute, and other jewelry/accessory lines. I'm mostly known for being the 'face' of the US show 'HEAVY' where my face was splashed across buses, billboards, and magazines nationwide.

You are admired by many fans, how do you feel about being a role model for plus sized women?
Humbled. I never thought that I would have such a large following of women around the world, from all walks of life, that not only look up to me, but relate to me. That has been the best part of my modeling career thus far - meeting and talking to my fans. Women want to see other women that look like them and that represent them, and I think many of my fans feel that way about me. It's made me more aware of what I do and say,  I  also feel the pressure sometimes to make sure I'm setting a good example for them. It keeps me on my toes :).

You live in LA which is known to be a city that puts pressure on body image and acting a certain way in order to be successful. Have you ever felt pressure to look or act a certain way? If so how did you deal with this?
It's funny because I thought the pressure I sometimes feel to be a size 0 and tan would come from others around me, but instead it comes from the local media. There are  billboard ad's for 'Lap Band' (weight loss procedure) that have saturated Los Angeles, as well as numerous ad's for plastic surgery for just about everything. No one has ever said anything directly to me, but  you can't help but get the feeling that people almost "expect" you to look a certain way. Luckily, I have a great group of friends surrounding me that feel just as strongly as I do that being healthy doesn't mean being skinny. They encourage me to embrace my size and I feel confident enough with myself to not let the media make me feel pressured about being curvy. 

Your photos exude sexiness and you appear to have a huge amount of confidence that many of us wish we had half of. Do you have anything to say to ladies who may be feeling down and haven't yet embraced or loved their shape? 
 Listen to yourself and your body. If you try on clothing and you don't instantly love the way it makes you feel, or the way you look in it then put it down! Pay attention to the cuts of clothing that make you feel sexy and hug your curves. Sexy to me is all about the attitude and confidence. You have to believe that you are worthy of people drooling over you, and if you don't, I always say: "Fake it until you make it!". Also, dress up on the day's you feel crummy, you will be surprised what a little bit of mascara and lipstick will do to your confidence level.  

In Australia we have noticed that plus sized fashion and a more fuller figure is being embraced and accepted more by the public. This became particularly noticeable when City Chic became the first plus sized label to walk the runway earlier this year at Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. One might say a light is currently being shone on the plus sized industry in a positive way. Is this also the case in the U.S? Have you noticed a change in the way plus sized fashion is being looked at?
I have noticed, and it makes me proud of my curves and how far we have come. When I first started modeling people looked at me like I was crazy when I said I was a "Plus Model", now they smile at me and tell me how awesome they think it is that there is a market for us where we are embraced. We have many more choices with fashion now than we did 10 years ago, even 5 years ago! Designers are starting to notice that we want to be sexy too! Plus fashion around the world is no longer looked at as frumpy, but as fashion forward. 

City Chic launched their online U.S store earlier this year. How did you become aware of the brand?
I first learned of City Chic through Plus Model Magazine in the states. They posted a review of one of their dresses and I went to the AUS site and instantly fell in love. 

What makes City Chic stand out from other plus size stores in the U.S?
City Chic's styles are so edgy and different to anything I have seen in the Srates. My love affair began when I got my hands on one of their pieces and the quality was out of this world. I remember thinking how heavy my dress felt, and how well made it was. It had all of this intricate beading and you could tell a lot of thought had been put into the design of the garment. I also feel like that CC is so much sexier than most of the other clothing companies currently in the US. Lot's of sheer numbers, ruffles, lace, and romance. It's refreshing. 

How would you describe your style and take on fashion? are there any "rules" you swear by or do you prefer to carve your own path?
I carve my own path for sure. I like to describe my style as a cross between vintage and modern/horror punk. I am a vintage clothing collector, so I constantly mix era's regardless of if it's the newest style .I wear what makes me feel the best. I am the ultimate girly girl, so I love wearing hot pink lipstick, hello kitty necklaces, and dresses. You will never find me without a flower or bow in my hair, regardless of what era I'm dancing around in that day. On the other hand, I have a bit of a dark side too, and adore wearing statement necklaces with bats on them and pulling my hair in a bandanna. I'm a chameleon.

Lastly Tess, Who do you seek inspiration from and whose style do you admire most?
I cannot pick just one, there is too much fabulousness for one person! I adore Beth Ditto, Peg Bundy (Married with Children) and Gwen Stefani. They all play up bold colors, while mixing different prints, patterns and textures. In one way or another they push the style envelope and adorn themselves in leopard and red lips which are two things that make me swoon. They too have the same concepts I do when it comes to fashion, they don't follow what's the newest rage, or styles. They wear what they love and feel good in and people notice, it's all pure fashion magic.

I love how Tess said that to her being sexy is a mixture of attitude and confidence and that you also have to believe that you are worthy of people drooling over you. City Chic is all about bringing out your attitude and helping you find the confidence to feel sexy. Tess also said that on the days you don't feel your best then dress up to make yourself better, I know if I'm having an 'ugly day' I go straight to my wardrobe and pull on my favorite City Chic dress and my mood gets lifted. I encourage you to follow in Tess Munsters steps and embrace your confidence and carve your own path, don't be afraid to do something a little 'out there' and try something a little different, you might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.




Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birthday BABE...

This fierceness is entirely thanks to City Chic! Dress, Bolero, Belt! Oh MY!

Do you know what's awesome? Getting older. I actually LOVE it. This week, I turned 32 and I am pleased to say, I feel fab.

I am not one to go in for a MEGA crazy birthday, but I do enjoy time with my loved ones and birthday smooches with my man. In fact, my Mr, Darcy got me a Kindle. Amazing. I LOVE reading and when I moved from Australia to the UK, I donated almost all my books to charities. I feel so lucky, that I can replenish my collection to a device I can always have with me! YEAH!!!

Look at the amazing blingy detail. I love that this is sexy, fitted and FEMININE!!

For my day, I decided to wear my new City Chic Strappy Bling Betty dress with a Knitted Shrug and Belt. I am so surprised this dress hasn't sold out yet, because, seriously ladies? It is AMAZING. I have had so many compliments and seen heads turn. This dress, is a heavy cotton and so shape is strong and holds to your figure. I also love that it is understated, completely classy and has too functional pockets at the front.

 I am seeing more of Mr Darcy this week, so will have gorgeous full length shots next time!
He is a WONDERFUL photographer and takes my best shots!

I loves it. For birthday treats to myself, I decided on some pampering here in London which included getting waxed at my favourite salon - STRIP, getting a facial in the COWSHED and downloading HEAPS of books to read to my new Kindle.

I love special days - be they birthdays, days off or even days after taking an exam! Days when you feel good and relieved and special... When is your next special day?

Oh - before I go - one last thing. The Snake Charmer theme currently hitting City Chic stores is MEGA here in London right now. Mega all over Europe actually (the Chloe fashion show in Paris was especially WOW) - I mean check out this fierce look from Naomi Campbell.. I am so excited by this latest launch. Well done, CC!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I wear Colour Blocking my way

I headed down to my local City Chic store (holla lovely Eastgardens ladies) to check out the Want To Play range in person, and, well, have a play. Firstly I want to say I love how the collection is presented in the store window, I just had to take a snap of it, its just so bright and fun. By the way, did you know you can win $500 by taking a photo of the word PINK as it flashes up on the plasmas in store and sending it in? More info here. After my play I came home with two lovely and very bright items that I just had to wear that night which coincidentally was date night with my hubby.

Bright yellow, blue and fuchsia make for the perfect colour blocked look, the matching graffiti background is a happy accident as we chanced upon the wall on our way out to dinner. My yellow trench was picked up at  a vintage store in Newtown a few weeks ago for $40 but has proved hard to style. Well not any longer as it really pops with my new City Chic blouse and skirt, I'm loving wearing all that colour.

Blouse City Chic Chiffon Overlay Top $69.95 AUD
I decided to tuck the blouse into the skirt, creating a more body con and sexy silhouette, but it does look good worn loose too. I belted with my favourite vintage belt, picked up at Camberwell Market in Melbourne years ago for under $10. The set of coloured bangles are from City Chic a few months ago. I would have preferred to wear heels but as I'm still getting over a knee injury and relegated to flats for a while I wore my blue suede creepers, which are very Prada (remember this blog post) and tie in nicely with the blue of the skirt.

My yellow straw clutch is a vintage number from Tokyo a few years ago, it pays to hold onto things like this as you never know when you might wear them again. I picked up the neon yellow nail polish in New York last year and the ring is an old favourite from City Chic.

So that is how I wore the Colour Block trend. Have you worn it yet? How have you styled it?

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Formal Affair

As younger girls we dream about those formal occasions where we can wear a beautiful dress, heels, make up, and jewellery and make ourselves feel so special and grown up. For many girls their first chance at a formal occasion is their senior formal. I graduated in 2006 and my formal was in July, as a teenager I wasn't very fussed on dressing fancy and wearing gorgeous dresses, I was about three sizes bigger than I am now and was very much into the "Emo" trend. I wasn't aware of shops like City Chic so when it came time to finding my formal dress I just stuck to a very basic 'emo-esque' lace skirt and got a dress-maker to attach some material so it would form a dress. Don't get me wrong at the time I was so happy and I did feel beautiful. I had a dress that was my style, the make up, the hair, the date, and a corsage but now as a 'grown up' (well a 22 year old) I always look back and wish I got to search for that special dress. My sister turns 21 tomorrow and for her birthday party on Saturday night she had a Masquerade Ball. The dress code was Formal Attire so I was given a second chance to find that special formal dress!

When the Damn You Alexis/City Chic line came out the dress I was obsessed with was the Spliced Pleather Ponti Dress, I thought it was so rock n roll. I was instore during the City Chic sales and picked up the Spliced Pleather Ponti Dress to try on, at the same time my sister had picked up the Pleather Knit Maxi and demanded that I try that on. I only had time to try one dress on so I buckled to her demands and headed towards the change rooms. When I looked in the mirror I knew I HAD to get that dress, I didn't care where I would wear it, how many times, that it was too long for me, I just knew It had to be mine. It is the most flattering dress I have ever worn! Personally I find it really hard to find a dress that fits perfectly, let alone a strapless dress, my chest and waist measurements are not in proportion with my lower body and are much smaller so most dresses will slip off my chest but fit perfectly down the bottom. Not this dress though, it was made for me, it hugs and flatters my body like no other and I knew it was going to be mine and I knew I was going to be wearing it to my sisters 21st!

My family never does anything by halves especially parties and celebrations. Because my dad works in the entertainment industry and my mum used to work in hospitality we always take our parties very seriously and nothing is forgotten. My sisters 21st was no exception there was a candy buffet, loud music, disco lights, a marquee, and my parents even got up with their friends and had a band session! Watching my parents rock out with huge smiles on their faces made me so happy - it's just proof that you are never too old to be doing something that you love (even my mum was hopping around the room doing her best Angus Young impersonation while playing her guitar). The night was amazing, I wish I had more photos to share but we had a professional photographer and I don't have the photos back so here are just a few from the night:

The Candy Buffet

Me in my DYA for CC Maxi and my gorgeous nephew looking sharp in his suit.

Do you have a formal event or even your senior formal coming up? City Chic have some gorgeous dresses that will help you look and feel a million dollars! Here are just a few of my favourites;

1. Helena Bling Maxi - $149.95
2. Metallic Goddess Maxi - $199.95
3. Helena Chain Maxi - $159.95
4. Helena Bling Bust Maxi - $149.95

Make sure you post your outfit pics on the City Chic Facebook Page we all love seeing how you style your outfits! Have you checked out the new and fun Want To Play range? I have my eye on the Diamond Monotone Longline Top. Don't forget to enter the competition to win a $500 City Chic wardrobe! For full details visit the City Chic website.

Until next time,

Friday, July 8, 2011

Malta Baby!

For the latest film I am on, I have had to get completely JETSET and head to Malta. The call came through - "Em, we need you in Malta for three weeks" and within 24 hours I had relocated!

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To be honest - such a fast paced jolt isn't my favourite kind of move - but heck - I had some important decisions to make.

City Chic,plus size,pluse-size,fashion,Boombands,Boombands Em,Em,dresses,curves,curve,style,maltaAt the drop of a hat - what to wear? Malta, unlike London is actually very hot during Summer - so I had to consider cuteness and dresses for 30+ degree days and searing heat. My job actually keeps me indoors much of the day - I am working from a Hotel and so far - I have not had a day off to relax and enjoy Malta... BUT - I have had a few sneaky swims in the Hotel beach and despite my room being air conditioned - the heat has been high.

When deciding to come across - there were a few easy choices that made the journey with me... Pretty much, everything I am wearing in this post are things I have got from City Chic in the last year. I love the diversity of the dresses, but also the fact they are light and stylish.

PERFECT for Summer but also PERFECT for my line of work.

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Dresses + Boleros + Yours Truly = HAPPINESS!!

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Macrame Bolero from City Chic.

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Sexy LACE bolero from City Chic. I LOVE this detailing.

I am so happy and am hoping for a trip to the pool again before I head back to London on Saturday... Oh and just in case anyone is curious, I might be in Malta working on a show which stars THIS GUY...

Oh yeah.

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Smooches, until next time!

Em. x.

PS... next time, HOPEFULLY,  I might post some snaps from Malta's cities. They are beautiful and full of buildings with character. I have spent most of my time in hotels - so hopefully, if I trek about a bit this weekend, I might have something cool to share soon! x.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trend Alert: Colour Blocking

Colour Blocking is a big trend for the coming season, having made an appearance at both local and international fashion weeks with everyone from Prada to local Aussie designer Arnsdorf showing colour blocked collections. The key to getting it right is mixing three to five contrasting brights in the one look. Don't be afraid to have fun mixing and matching with pinks, greens, yellows, blues, purples and everything in between.

Even celebs have gotten in on the craze with everyone from Pippa Middleton to Rihanna mixing contrasting colours into their wardrobes.

And this is for all those naysayers out there who think plus size girls can't get away with bright colours. New York based Gabi Greg styled this amazing Colour Blocked plus size editorial for her blog Gabi Fresh and I think it proves those Negative Nancy's wrong, those curvy girls look hot in their colour blocked looks. Plus size girls out there hear me when I say you can wear anything you want, don't be afraid of any trend, colour or style, you can make it work!

Now I'm sure I've inspired you to want to play with colour blocking, and funnily enough City Chic's new collection is  titled just that; Want  To Play. Below I show you how to colour block with the colourful brights from the collection.

Look 1
Flowing fuchsia, seen on many a runway, this blouse is both flattering and on trend.
The ultimate colour blocking skirt, team it with basic black for a more toned down look and your still working the trend.
Bag Cambridge Satchel Company
This fluro yellow bag is the it bag of the season!
Lipstick Mac "Girl About Town" Fuchsia lipstick
You can colour block with your make up too!
The perfect statement piece.
Yellow Heels
These heels complete the look, paring back with the bag.

Look 2
Cami City Chic Chic Cami in Green Apple $19.95 AUD
Let this cute green apple cami peek through under a cardi or jacket.
Cardigan City Chic Cute Ruffle Hem Cardi $69.95 AUD
Layer up with this fun piece.
Pants City Chic Pant Rouched Leg Skinny $79.95 AUD
Show off your sexy legs with these hot trews.
Necklace City Chic Black Diva Necklace $29.95 AUD
Bold jewellery complements the look.
Ring City Chic Black Diva Ring $14.95 AUD
Layer a few of these on your fingers for a night out with the girls.
Heels & Bag
Mix and match your the colour of your accessories, matching with one or two pieces in your outfit.

Look 3
The puff shoulder always looks good.
A fun skirt in basic black.
Mix and match the colour of your leggings depending on your mood and then work your accessories around them.
Cinch in your waist with this on trend cut out belt.
Bag & Heels
Look out for accessories that are already colour blocked like the orange and pink bag and heels above.

Are you inspired to colour block? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, July 1, 2011

City Chic Haul Videos

For a while I've been aware of the phenomenon of youtube "haul" videos, which are essentially show and tell videos of things people have bought. The thing is I never sat down to watch any so imagine my delight at finding a plethora of haul vlogs dedicated to City Chic. What makes haul videos so nice is you get to see the clothes that people are buying (and loving) while listening to genuine reviews of the items from people all around the world. Its a little voyeuristic and a lot fun so here are a few of my fave vids so far for you to enjoy.

Sonya from New Zealand went top crazy in our recent sale, picking up not one, not two, not even three! but SIX different tops and also one fabulous ring. An exciting haul indeed.

Sydneysider Courtney shares her fabulous birthday pressie haul with us (Happy Birthday Courtney!!!) With her birthday money she bought herself a fabulous pair of City Chic skinny jeans with back pocket bow detailing which look amazing with her new top. A great birthday haul.

Crystal from the USA bought two retro fabulous pieces from our recent sale and love, love, loves them. She picked up a cute fire engine red cardi with bow detail and a dress with red bows to match. A super cute haul.

Have you ever made a haul video? This has inspired me to make my own, has it inspired you?