Friday, September 30, 2011

Pool Side

My glamourous Perth fashion week holiday nearly was a complete wash out, who knew it could rain every day for nearly two weeks in the desert city? Luckily there was one fabulous day of perfect Perth weather for me to break out my new City Chic retro-fabulous polka dot swimsuit in my glamourous hotel pool.

Beach bag Vintage original 1950's beach bag from Camberwell Market.
Fringe Cape City Chic Fringe Kaftan $79.95 AUD (Makes a great beach cover up as well as a glamourous nighttime shrug).
Sunnies My prescription Ray Ban's (I'm as blind as a bat without em!)
Trashy fash mag My week isn't complete without a flick through Grazia.
Swimsuit City Chic retro polka dot frill skirt one piece $99.95 AUD.
Sandals Melissa's jelly sandals are the perfect summer shoe!

If only I could be on holiday every day!

Store Style: Pretty Candy - Kirsty Kovacs

When I saw the Pretty Candy campaign in stores the colours instantly reminded me of Gelati (YUM! Who doesn’t love Gelati?). I love the light, floaty fabrics, & the soft, feminine prints in this collection. Some of you have said to me you don’t know how to wear colour or you’re scared because you think it might make you look bigger than you are. The trick to wearing colour is to pick a shade that compliments your skin tone, ensure the item flatters your body shape and choose something that reflects your personality. Colour draws attention so wear it on the part of your body you like to show off or keep it simple and inject a colourful cami or top amongst dark jeans and jackets to break up a solid outfit.

Myself & Store Manager Sharee share with you our favourite pieces from our pretty candy style file.

I love the Blue Eyes Jacket it works really well with neutral and lighter colours. I've paired it with Vintage Lace Spot Top over my black Glamourazon Jeans and added the Gold Heart Necklace for a bit of sparkle. I also really like the Self Diamond Cut Out Cami. It's a silky fabric in vibrant yellow, gives great contrast when paired with a Black Shrug and black pants or Jeans (a great example of how to add colour to your solid separates).

Sharee loves the Stone Military Jacket. It's a very versatile piece to have in your wardrobe as it can be worn with anything. She has chosen to team it with either Top Pretty Bloom Print or Ruffle Bust Candy Top and Lattice Stitch Skinny Jeans for her perfect spring outfit.

Customer on Pretty Candy:
“I’ve been waiting for dresses to come out like these for ages. The flowers are almost vintage like, I love it”.
– Tea Tree Plaza Store

** Pink dress was featured on the Catwalk in the Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Fashion Parade September 2011 WOO HOO**

There are so many gorgeous colours in this collection and they compliment each other well. Don't be afraid to mix and match. Have fun with your wardrobe :)

Glossy Kisses xxx

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hello Tiger!?

I mostly wear dresses.

For me, it is always novel to try out something new and that's what I am trying in this post. A while ago - my signature look involved a City Chic denim skirt, Black Cami top and tiny black bolero...

These days (mostly since moving to London), I am a Dress and Tights FANATIC. But. In the last month or two, I have wanted to branch out a little. Changing up your own fashion is kind of interesting... it can involve an entire overnight change, or a slow start with Baby Steps. For me - the look I am rocking today is a Baby Step look. I want to start wearing flowy tops, ruffles - things that are a little less clingy but still cute and sexy. I just want to TRY it.

This is the Jade Animal Print Top by City Chic that came out in July. I LOVE the jewel colour of the top combined with the ruffle, sparkle and tiger print. This is lovely and flowy... On the tube in London, things get so damn hot, so I've decided to try some clothing with a bit more movement to hopefully offset that. As you can see, I have harked back to my reliable skirt (Sigh! Such Love!) and bolero. I am liking this look but admit I AM a little unsure of myself. I feel casual and cute, but I would love to know your opinions...

Hello Tiger?!?

Ha ha! Let me know!

Em. x.

For Ruffle Tops in Australia: Go here!
For Ruffle Tops in North America: Go here! 
Oh, if you're in the States - check out this Waterfall Frill Top... It's on sale and just so cute!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Military Chic - Teer Wayde

Hi Guys!

I'm Teer Wayde a Melbourne based fashion blogger and plus size model. I've been a City Chic fan for years so imagine my delight when I was asked to be a part of their blogging team!

I have my own distinct style and flair and I can't wait to share all my in-store finds with you all. I'm sometimes kooky, have a obsession with all things spooky and an addiction to high heels and red lippy! Pinup, Military and Rock Chic are my go to styles but I'm never afraid to try something new. I wear an XS or 14 in all City Chic styles so if you ever need any measurements or help don't be afraid to ask.

So I wanted to share my latest fabulous find with you!

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City Chic Military Zippers Jacket $99.95 AUD

While we are getting to the warmer half of the year our nights are still slightly chilly so this is currently my go to Jacket when I'm out. The fitted cropped shape flatters your curves and the zip detail at the back (view bellow) give you a little more room if need be. Filled with all the Military features you would expect this is a very funky jacket. I love the clasp closure at the front and the detail on the collar.

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I've paired this up with a simple black pencil skirt from my wardrobe and some killer black pumps from Wittner but there are so many more styling options!

Here's a few items online right now I'd love to rock with this jacket. What would you wear this jacket with?

Wear it with a bright floral print! The City Chic Floral Fancy Dress $99.95 AUD will pop against the army green of the jacket.

Or for something a little more edgy how about this City Chic Strapless Inca Monotone Dress $139.95 AUD

Or casually with these these perfect City Chic Zip Me Up Black Skinny Jeans $89.95 AUD

Many Thanks to Michael Alesich from Lucky & Rice for working with me on these images.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My All Time FAV! - Lola Parker

First, let me just say that I am a “CLOTHESOHOLIC.” I have so many clothes that I am constantly going through my closet weeding through the items that I haven’t worn in awhile to make room for the new stuff. Dresses are my all time FAV but, right now I am in love with City Chic’s Feather Fantasy Skirt. I love this skirt so much that I have packed it in my suit case every time I have flown to a different state for business or holiday. It is the one clothing item I can not live without.

I have worn it for many nights out with the girls, to work, for a photo shoot and on a date. I love the movement of it. I like to dance and its fun the way the fringe and feathers seam to float in the air while I’m twirling. I like to wear it with a tank or a corset pulled up high with a belt for a high waist look. Every time I have worn this skirt I have gotten a plethora of compliments (from men and women).

Lola x

Friday, September 23, 2011

Perth Fashion Festival VIP Opening Night

As I said in my last post, I've been invited over to Perth as a VIP guest of the Perth Fashion Festival to bring Perth fashion to the rest of Australia. Day one of the festival saw Perth's number one fashion star Aurelio Costarella open the festival with a beautiful gala launch and runway show at the C Restaurant, a revolving restaurant in the heart of Perth with amazing views.

 It was a beautiful homecoming for Perthite Aurelio Costarella as he hasn't shown his collection to a local crowd for nearly five years, instead showing in Sydney or Melbourne. The crowd were very appreciative of him gracing them with his majestic gowns and cocktail dresses, it was a very glamourous affair.

Intricate detailing is key to a Aurelio Costarella gown. Feathers it seems are the next big thing as a few Perth designers have been using them.

The location was the perfect backdrop for the stunning dresses.

The invitation said to dress evening so I pulled out all the stops and donned this beautiful City Chic gown which constantly received compliments all night long. I was very excited to be so dressed up as I never get the chance to gown up and be elegant and glamourous, I felt like a princess.

Bag Borrowed my friends vintage bag
Necklace my friends jewellery label Make Believe

Have you got a formal or an elegant ball coming up? What will you be wearing, an elegant gown or a cocktail dress? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

All Black Affair - SommerLovely

My month of September has been none stop and of course I looked to City Chic to keep me looking unstoppable. In between my travels for work I made a stop in my hometown Los Angeles, CA. I was invited to several parties for Labor Day weekend. I decided to wear my City Chic Roxanne Dress to an All Black Affair in Hollywood, CA. It was perfect. Just the right shortness to show off my legs and stay looking young and chic. I was comfortable all night.

A few days later I was off to Washington D.C. for Fashion Night Out Plus in Alexandria, VA. I was modeling in the fashion show that night and wanted to mingle fashionable but comfortable. I choose to rock the City Chic Vinyl Waistband Tunic with leggings and pumps. It was definitely a conversation to. The vinyl waistband defines your shape nicely but also gives a bit of edge to the outfit. Just how I like it! Definitely another great City Chic piece.

SommerLovely xoxo

Monday, September 19, 2011


Hey City Chic Ladies, So its Spring here in New Zealand and I just had the urge to include colour in my wardrobe for this bright and lovely season, So I headed on down to my local City Chic store to pick me up something that looked spring or summer inspired. I typically wear a lot of black and so when I first glanced at this dress I thought nope this is so not for me, but of coarse being the adventurous person I am, and my subconscious saying “come on just give it a go”, I just took a chance at trying it on, and boy was I lucky I did, this Spliced Sailor Dress is everything I could imagine and more.

The first thing I noticed was that the style of the dress was amazingly flattering on my figure I couldn’t believe my eyes when I actually saw the shape this dress gave to my body, I am so use to being disappointed with my past experiences in buying dresses elsewhere that I strayed away from my love of wearing dresses until now, I have to give great credit to City Chic for designing clothing which fits us curvy ladies so perfectly, So a HUGE thank you to City Chic for helping me Re find the love of wearing dresses again, Here is a picture of how it looked on me.

And with this month being the Rugby World Cup Season here in New Zealand the dress sure came in handy for Saturday Night’s game, Here I am again and I am wearing my dress with a pair of Nude Pumps, And a couple of my City Chic bangles, and I could not finish the look off without my Irish Flag. This dress definitely is a Hit for me and sure to grab attention, I can definitely see this dress transitioning into summer, so I am above and beyond glad to have this sitting in my closet.

Thanks for reading ladies have a fabulous week and be sure to let me know what your dress picks are for the season you are in.?

Xox Sonya

Ladies Night

As women we all know the importance of having 'Ladies nights' for some it's staying home with girlfriends and cooking a dinner, or loading up on chocolates and wine and watching a movie with girlfriends, for others it's getting dolled up for a night on the town – that's my idea of a perfect ladies night! I made some new friends recently who originally bonded over our love for City Chic and other curve friendly fashions, they later formed a group that was devoted to living a healthy and positive lifestyle and learning the importance of self love. A Girls weekend was planned for last weekend and a night out was on the cards for the Friday night. We all met up at a hotel in Brisbane (my home town) dolled ourselves up, had a mini fashion parade, sang Adele at the top of our lungs and got ready for a night on the town (a few bottles of wine may have also been devoured). As you can tell by some of the photos most of the ladies are City Chic fans, the hotel room almost resembled a City Chic shop! Sisterhood is a very special thing and I would be lost without my friends (both new and old). I had such a great time bonding with new friends, and what made it even more special was that we were all  like minded Curvy Chic's who were ready to flaunt our curves on the dance floor, (with the help of some HOT City Chic dresses and a bold, sexy and sassy attitude!). The ladies also went out for a group dinner on the Saturday night which I sadly couldn't make, City Chic still made a huge appearance though ;).

Group Shot before hitting The Valley

Me with my new partner in crime Mel.

Myself and the gorgeous Karina

The lovely ladies on Saturday night

Beautiful Krystal and Tash

As you can see by the photos City Chic outfits were out in force! The Lace Back Floral Tunic, Stripe Military Girl Dress, and the Military Shirt Dress, all made an appearance, as well as City Chic jeans and even a few 'vintage' City Chic pieces! How amazing do all the girls look! I love how City Chic can make us curvy girls feel and look amazing. I am wearing the Fringe Detail Tunic in a Size M, honestly ladies how is this dress not sold out? It is amazing, yes at first when I tried it on I was a bit worried I looked a bit Jon Bon Jovi-ish circa his fringed jacket days but once I got over that I realised how amazing it looked on, and most importantly how comfortable it felt! It's extremely versatile as well and can be worn to a variety of occasions. I wore it with a pair of Full Length Leggings, Black peep-toe wedges and a flower halo in my hair. I would also wear it to festivals in the summer with leggings and a pair of sandals. The Fringe Detail Tunic is actually HALF PRICE on the City Chic website at the moment so I'm going to order another because I know I will wear mine until it falls apart. I'm going to order my best friend one as well and help share the City Chic love!

The City Chic Spring collection has just launched. I love the Pretty Mermaid Corsage dress and the Sexy Bandage Dress. Both would be perfect for a Ladies Night filled with cocktails and dancing.

 Now that you have seen the pictures and read about my perfect 'Ladies Night' I want to hear all about your idea of a perfect Ladies Night, more importantly what City Chic piece would you wear to your Ladies Night?

Friday, September 16, 2011

City Swim

 I'm off on a bit of a working holiday tomorrow, I'm headed to Perth for the Perth Fashion Festival. I'm going over a little bit early so that I can enjoy the lovely warm weather and beautiful beaches that Western Australia is known for. I've never been to Perth so I'm pretty excited about the trip, even with the massive work load I've got on for the festival (9am starts 11pm finishes...eep!!!) so the few days of relaxation beforehand will certainly come in handy. City Chic have perfectly timed the release of their new swimwear collection for my trip, I'm in desperate need of some new bathers and I love what City Chic have done for us curvy gals. The above swimsuit is my favourite in the collection as I am obsessed with polka dot everything at the moment and I have always favoured retro styled swimsuits. The flared ruffle skirt is flattering to all figures, I've actually always wanted a skirted swimsuit, can't wait to wear this poolside come tomorrow afternoon.

This dress style ruffled swimsuit is another figure flatterer. I love the purple ruffle trim.

A good pair of boardies is an Australian Summer essential.

Bikini bottom and tankini top separates you can mix and match.

An ultra glamourous swimsuit which comes in as a close second at being my favourite piece in the collection. The print is bang on trend, tie-dye style prints are huge again this Summer. Who knows, when I try them both on in store later today maybe this will come out as the winner?

All swimwear is in store now! It will be available online later today. What is your favourite piece in the collection?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's a Showy Business at The Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy Screening!

Last weekend, Mr. Darcy and I headed into London to go to the Cast and Crew Screening of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I did a small stint on the film and was lucky to get a glimpse of the finished movie before release. I really love this film and I'm very proud of it.

Now, a cast and crew screening isn't as glamorous as I would love it to be... it involves - waking up at 7am, ON A SUNDAY(!!) and heading to Leicester Square on the tube to be security screened (for recording devices) at 9am... before the film starts at 10am. They do the screenings early so that they don't interfere with regular showings later in the day. And while it's always listed as "Cast and Crew" it's really just crew members in the cinema at that time!

So. Last Sunday morning, in pouring rain - I woke up and with my man trudged into the city. While a "social" event, screenings are also work(ish) because you see all your colleagues. I always like to look casual, always NEED to be relaxed (it IS a Sunday, afterall), but always want to look a little "put together" too...

The look I went for is a current favourite and all of it comes from City Chic! Shorts, Grey Cami, Leggings, Sexy Boots and Party Shrug. I actually LOVE this look and have seen it become a "signature" way for me to dress. I think my body looks great in this combination and it lets me feel ULTRA comfortable, while also looking really nice.

The necklace, along with jam, was bought at a little English Countryside Fete! I like to embrace the Englishness of EVERYTHING! 

Here is a photo of the cast from Tinker Tailor at the Premiere last night... I might have worn strappy shoes and a dress for that one! ESPECIALLY with such a good looking cast!

Smooches - Em. x.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's in the bag?

It was my sister Ebony's 25th birthday last week and I was back home in Melbourne to help her celebrate. One thing she wanted for her birthday was to find the perfect party look that could go from dinner to dancing without too much hassle. Recently my sister has gone from a Aussie size 10-12 to a  size 14-16 and I guess she has been struggling with the change, finding pieces not fitting her in her own wardrobe and then the nightmare of negotiating shopping when your self esteem is already at a low. All I can say is thank god for City Chic. Going into a store and having everything she tried on fit her like a glove really made her day, and you can see it on her smile in the change room shots below.

My birthday pressie for my little sister was her very first manicure at a fancy Melbourne salon, don't the coral nails look fantastic alongside City Chic's latest offerings?

The first dress Ebony tried on was the City Chic beaded belt dress $179.95 AUD which she loved as purple is her favourite colour.

The second dress was the City Chic longline ruffle tunic $69.95 AUD which matched her coral manicure perfectly. Ebony has great legs from and she loves showing them off so this dress got a huge tick from her.

The third look was the City Chic stripe pencil skirt $69.95 AUD teamed with City Chic knit chiffon top $59.95 AUD. We felt this look would really work as an office look rather than a night of drinking and dancing at a bar but Ebony still had it in mind as the final look.

Ebony loves nautical sailor style dresses so as soon as she saw the City Chic spliced sailor dress $99.95 AUD on the mannequin she knew she had to try it on.

She picked up a pair of the City Chic crystal drop earrings $14.95 AUD to go with the outfit. So now comes the big question, what look do you think she went for?

What's in the bag?

What do you think she chose? What look would you have chosen? Let me know in the comments below. All will be revealed on Friday.