Monday, October 31, 2011

My decision

If you caught my last post you would remember that I had a dilemma. My problem was I was in love with too many City Chic pieces and I couldn't decide what I wanted so I asked for your help. Well ladies, I finally made up my mind and needless to say I am THRILLED with the choice I made...



 It was a hard decision but I finally decided on the Rosey Denim Dress and I am so pleased with my choice. The dress is gorgeous, so comfortable and the pattern is so cute and very me! I love how versatile the dress is, I was wearing mine with my leggings and a bolero, prancing around my room in my wedges and I felt like a million dollars! I almost felt like if I grabbed my favourite clutch I could walk straight out the front door and into a nightclub and look and feel fantastic. I can also team it with sandals for a cute lunch date dress. I was feeling the Halloween spirit and tried my dress on with my gigantic hair bone to get in the spirit of things. Now I know the bangle set wasn't part of my wishlist but I have been looking for a cute bangle set for a long time. I wanted a set of bangles that I could wear to a fancy dinner but also to a Festival for an added touch of bling. The Black Chiffon Bangle Set is amazing! Aside from how great they look you get 9 bangles for $19.95, and you can't go wrong with that can you?

Don't forget I still want to hear what items are on your wishlist! If any of you are off to the Melbourne Cup tomorrow and are wearing your City Chic finest we want to see photos, add them to the City Chic Facebook Page!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A little outfit & a little Budapest...

I thought I could start with a little video!!

This week I am sharing two fabulous things with you. 
The first is an outfit I rocked this week, at work, here in Budapest. 

Believe it or not, this is a little bit of a different choice for me. I wear a lot of dresses that have beautiful, high waists but this is a skirt-cami combo! This skirt is the City Chic Assymentrical Fold Skirt that was released in July. I have teamed it with a basic cami and also gone in for tights, boots and a CC shrug. Now, when I first put this all on, I had the cami tucked out and went to breakfast looking quite different... I can honestly say, until this week, I had NEVER worn a skirt on my high waist with a top tucked IN. I have always thought I looked odd. After breakfast, I got back to my room and stood in front of the mirror for about ten minutes...

Tucking in, tucking out, tucking in, tucking out...

I decided I would try tucking IN for the day, took photos and went to work. 


I got SO many compliments. People kept saying, "I love your dress"... at which point I would sheepishly say thank you. I love this look. And it has suprised me. I think sometimes, us girls get a little safe in fashion - I certainly do. I often choose things I love, but because I KNOW the clothing style - they are also very easily safe and confidence building.

This week, without complete confidence, I tried something new. And... I TOTALLY rocked it! YEAH!!! It feels good, and I recommend giving it a go, even if you just try something new at home (or even in the change room! JUST to see!!).

The second thing I would like to share with you is a little bit of Budapest. After last week's post, so many girls on Facebook mentioned they had lived here or had parents from here. These photos of my walk along the Danube River are for everyone, but especially for them! Enjoy. xxx.




I will have some more photos from this beautiful city next week, but wanted to finish on one of my FAVOURITE shots I have captured here in Budapest... I was in a Christmas Shop and saw these Fancy Lady Christmas Ornaments, I HAD to share!


More soon!

Smooches - Em.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

At the races

Spring racing season is upon us and with events across the country to celebrate the "race that stops the nation" I thought I would share with you some ideas for your perfect fashions on the field look!

Derby Day is this Saturday 29th October. Its tradition on Derby Day to dress head to toe in black and white which is great as its such a classic and timeless look that suits everyone.
Hat A my fair lady inspired hat is sure to go down a treat.
Dress City Chic Sunday Best Dress $99.95 AUD A classic black and white design.
Bangle City Chic Glam Black Bangle set $19.95 AUD You will wear these again and again.
Clutch A vintage clutch in classic black and silver will make you stand out in the crowd.
Wedges The perfect shoe for the races, there will be no heels digging into the grass for you in these wedges.

Why not retro glam it up for the Melbourne Cup?
Dress City Chic Fifties Floral Penelope Dres $159.95 AUD The perfect dress for spring.
Hat Scour etsy and your local vintage stores for a uniquely vintage hat that no one else will have.
Bangles City Chic Black Chiffon Bangle Set $19.95 AUD A classic set of bangles.
Ring City Chic Black Dome Ring $14.95 AUD The perfect little bit of glam for the look.
Clutch A timeless black clutch is something every girl needs in her wardrobe.
Heels Statement heels in red complete the fifties film siren look.

Celebrate in the sun with this its so cute it melts in your mouth sorbet inspired look.
Dress City Chic Lemon Meringue Dress $159.95 AUD A super cute dress in a stunning shade of yellow.
Fascinator A peachy coloured fascinator will contrast perfectly with the lemon dress.
Ring City Chic Crystal Sorbet Ring $14.95 AUD A cute and fun ring.
Bangles City Chic Princess Bangle Set $19.95 AUD If its fit for a princess...
Heels By matching your heels to your fascinator you add "oomph" to the look.
Clutch A soft fabric clutch in pale yellow will help soften your look.

Are you going to the races this year? I hope you feel inspired to dress up and have an amazing time.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Quickie in Budapest!

This is a quickie fashion post from Budapest! Some of you will recall that earlier in the year, I was traveling for work and was in Malta... Well - now we're shooting in Budapest and because my Mr. Darcy isn't here to take the photos - it's me and my mirror!

Budapest is experiencing sunshiney skies, but, is still a little cold at the moment! AND as Europe moves to Winter, all my clothes are about looking good and staying warm.

I am wearing the City Chic Heather Rose Tunic - which, admittedly has an ultra sexy lace back panel that I can't show off due to it being so cool here! To combat some of the cold, covering my shoulders is my staple City Chic Party Knit Shrug (I LOVE CC boleros) and I have matched it all with leggings and my sweet knee length boots.

Do you know where I wore all this sexiness? WORK! BLARGH! Ha ha!

In the next post, if I get some time away from the my desk, maybe I should post shots of me looking FABULOUS in City Chic in Budapest!

That sounds AMAZING and just the thought, makes me smile!! xxx.

Have a beautiful day, ladies!

Smooches - Em. x.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ooh La La Lingerie - By Kirsty Kovacs

Ooh La La Lingerie

If there was ever a challenge (before City Chic) more difficult than finding a fabulous & fashion forward outfit, it would be finding sexy Lingerie in larger sizes suitable for a curvy body shape! This is no longer a problem. As always City Chic have come to our rescue and OH MY! I am having a total love affair with the new sexy & supportive (YES you heard correctly…SEXY & SUPPORTIVE) Lingerie collection. The quality of the fabrics is fantastic, there is a great selection and a lot of thought has gone into the fit and style of the range to give us exactly what we want from Lingerie.

There are 2 types of City Chic Lingerie with sizes ranging from 16B to 22G. Bra extenders are also available, suitable for the entire range to help with sizing and comfort concerns. Here is a breakdown of the collection to help you lovely ladies find what you are looking for.

Smooth & Chic Range:
These are items I would consider as your essentials. Finally, bras that can do it all plus look good and feel great.

Love T Shirt Bra – moulded cups for great shape and support. Detachable straps to convert to halter or cross over.

Adore Strapless Bra – back has 4 hooks for extra support, moulded contour cups for a great rounded look with support from boning in the side and back seams. Straps are fully removable or can be worn as a 1 shoulder, halter or cross over.

Love Briefs & Shapewear – you can mix and match both of these with any of the Love & Adore bras. Briefs have raw edging on leg & waist which is non fraying and smooth for comfort. Briefs also contain over 20% elastin for a super comfy fit that will move when you move. The shapewear is comfortable with good control. It has power net lining to help with a smooth tummy and gives stretch in both length and width.

This is a regular City Chic Range and comes mainly in shades of Black & Latte.

Chic Separates:
These items are fashion lingerie. Everything is seriously seductive but comfortable & supportive. Good for that special occasion or just because!.

Fifi – The black & nude combination with the stripe mesh and lace trims definitely gives Fifi the OOH LA LA factor.
• Control briefs sit high on waist
• Bra is a flattering balconette style
• Lace trims are all made from stretch lace so there is no cutting into the skin
• High waist control briefs have wide silicon elastic on the waist for a secure fit and to prevent rolling down.
• Waist cincher is boned, has hook & eye closure and detachable suspenders.

Paris – Nothing says bright and bold like hot pink with polka dots.

• Balconette style bra with power net lining
• High waist briefs with cute keyhole detail at the back
• A combination of micro fibre and black satin bows for comfort and sassy style

Diva – For those who aren’t afraid of the sheer and sexy. A gorgeous collection in stretch lace
• Contour bra has moulded cups and is lined with power net for smooth support
• Boy leg underwear has a satin waist band
• Suspender skirt to match (everybody wants one of those)

Coco – A classic range with a City Chic twist. Alluring in black and lace or playfully fun in black and white polka dot with hot pink bows.

• Stretch lace for comfort
• Under wire bra with soft cups
• Polka dot Boy leg or high waist briefs
• Black lace suspender skirt or high waist briefs

These are Limited Edition items and come in various styles, colours, & patterns.

*** Stay up stockings are on the way. Keep an eye out for them in stores, there will be sheer lace top and fishnet lace top styles ***

We have all at some point worn the wrong bra size. Some of you may still be wearing the wrong size and have no idea. We have all heard or said “with the right bra on this will sit better”, and it’s the truth. The right bra can help define your body shape, and will ultimately determine how your outfit looks. Getting it right underneath is just as important as selecting flattering clothing.

Those of you who have tried these items on have given great feedback saying it's true to size, fit is comfy and the cups give you good shape as well as good lift. If you haven’t had a chance to try any of it on, pleeeeeease, I encourage you all to get into your local stores. Check out the styles, feel the fabrics & try the collection on I guarantee you will not be disappointed! The new sleepwear looks fantastic too and goes perfectly with the Lingerie. Don’t be afraid to ask any of the City Chic team to measure you to help find you the perfect fitting bra.

My favourite is the Fifi collection whats yours? E-mail me at with any Lingerie feedback you have and I will pass it on to the Lingerie team J.

Glossy Kisses
Kirsty xxx

** Keep an eye out for the Lingerie competition that will be running in stores, The prize is too amazing to miss ;)

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Wishlist

I have been home sick this past week so sadly I haven't been on any adventures that I can tell you about. I have however spent a lot of time sprawled in front of the TV (watching Winners and Losers) and in bed on my laptop looking at clothes online. I thought I would share with you Five of my wanted items from City Chic. My closet is currently overflowing due to my online shopping addiction so I'm hoping you can help me narrow down my list to two (maybe three) items. Here goes...

Coco Dot Mesh U-Wire Bra & Coco Dot Mesh Control Brief

I absolutely adore City Chic's Intimates Collection. The pieces are all sexy but cute, revealing yet flattering, most importantly they are designed to be curve friendly! I adore the 'Coco' Bra and Brief combo, just wearing it would give me a confidence boost. Since the Bra and Briefs are sold separately this will have to be Wishlist items 1 and 2.

Tribal Future Dress

Usually I shy away from colour in favour of blacks with splashes of colour or patterns, but the moment I saw this dress I was mesmerised. I adore the bright colour, the cut, the length, and I love the black 'band' under the bust and the black straps. I would consider wearing this with a black bolero to the Melbourne Cup Races. I would be embracing something different but would still feel great.
Rosey Denim Dress

I LOVE this dress! I adore the flower pattern on top of the black. It is perfect for Spring, I could wear it to a lunch date with the girls, on a picnic, out clubbing, the options would be endless. Did I mention that I really love this dress?
Hi Lo Maxi Skirt

Last but not least is this fabulous skirt. I think it's amazing! Yes the famous 'Mullet Skirt' where it's all business at the back but a party in the front! This skirt is so funky and on trend, almost every shop I go to has a variation of the 'mullet skirt'. It's perfect for Spring and Summer. I could even wear it with sandals to a Festival!

 Now that you have seen my Wishlist, I need your help! Please help me narrow down my list and pick two (or three hehe) items.

 I also want to know what item is top of your wishlist? or if you're like me and spend way too much time browsing online stores, what City Chic items are in your Top Five?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

City Chic Intimate Range - A Little Va Va Voom!

The City Chic Lingerie Launch and Sale have gone off with an absolute BANG. AND it seems that whether you have a small bottom, large bottom, big boobies or little boobies - you have completely embraced the range.

I come in at a racy 18G bra size in Australia and was BEYOND excited to get my hands on the Coco Dot Mesh Underwire bra. Seriously. My boobs love it. I also adore the tummy and thigh shaper... I don't wear shapers too often, but when I do, I like to feel comfortable, confident and sexy - the City Chic Smooth and Chic Thigh Shaper, NAILS THAT!

It has been such a MEGA year for City Chic and intimates. When the sleepwear range was launched, I got SO excited - I now own the prettiest nighties, pajamas and robe that I have had in years. They fit me well and they make me feel so beautiful.


The City Chic Intimates Range is beautiful and made very well. From what I have heard through the Grapevine - City Chic got some experts in to really help craft these pieces for you. They wanted to look after you and your curves and make you feel like the beautiful women you are.

I love that the City Chic Intimates range is cute and sexy and supportive and comfortable. The range seems to have the word YES written ALL over it.

THAT's what I love about City Chic.

City Chic says YES to fashion.

YES to making us happy.

YES to Gorgeous Sleepwear.

YES to Beautiful Swimwear.

YES to Stunning Intimates.

And you know what? I think it is completely wonderful, that as fashionable women, we say YES to everything they push our way.

What a absolutely fabulous situation. 

Until Next Time... SMOOCH! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I'm wearing Hope's Festival Outfit!

Sweaty but CUTE! I LOVE this City Chic Diamond Monotone Top!

Between myself, and my fellow City Chic blogger Hope - there is ten years. But... strange things keep happening and we keep picking the same outfits for things! I usually try to plan my CC Blog posts on the weekend, before I am due to post. So this weekend I went out dressed in my City Chic fashions and took some pictures, ready to post during the week... Then. On Monday, I log in here and HOPE has gone ahead and posted my EXACT outfit as her FESTIVAL look!

Ha ha! So, here I am wearing it.

I forgot to snap a pick, but this look is BEYOND AWESOME with big, moody sunglasses!

Not only is this look perfect for the current Festival Season in Australia, but I am loving it here in London as we enjoy one final blast of sun for the season!

PhotobucketI decided to team my Diamond Monotone Longline Top with my City Chic Bolero, Denim Skirt and Crop Leggings. I LOVE this look - it was suddenly 28 degrees and I knew I wanted a light top, hint of skirt and crop leggings. I find the Monotone print on this top fantastic and love the shape and design. I was sweating like a block of melting ice all day, but loved the floaty nature of my clothing as well as the sunshine on my calves. I didn't see any rockstars, but I did feel sun kissed and beautiful!

I am heading into much colder weather here in the UK in the next few months. Things are going to get REALLY frosty. I am heading to Budapest for a month with work and then come back to freezing cold London and a fab holiday in Switzerland.

I need some new, lovely thick Winter Boots. Well, really, I just LOVE any excuse to shop!

Smooch - Em.

For all your fashion needs today, head to City Chic Australia or City Chic Stateside. xxx.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello Festival Season!

My favourite time of year has begun; FESTIVAL SEASON! My October started with a bang when I managed to score freebies to Parklife in Brisbane. You would all know by now that I'm not a huge dance music fan but I still won't say no to a Festival. I love them, some people like to shop, some people like to go to the movies but the way I relax 'Hope style' is by grabbing my friends and heading off to a festival or gig for a few drinks and a day or night of dancing and great music. I managed to catch sets from Mylo, Santigold and Diplo who were all very entertaining but there was only one band with one amazing front woman who I was excited to see...

The queen of curves in the music world; Beth Ditto from Gossip! I first wrote about Beth Ditto almost a year ago and my love for her confidence and fearless approach to fashion hasn't changed one bit! Although I won't be taking style tips from her anytime soon I will be taking a leaf out of her book and amping up my confidence! Gossip took the crowd by storm, I couldn't see anyone near me who wasn't on their feet dancing and singing, especially to Gossip's hit 'Standing in the way of control' which showcased Beth's amazing voice and some pretty awesome dance moves. Miss Ditto is a born entertainer and it is so great to see a plus sized woman gracing the stage at a Festival and getting the attention and appreciation she deserves. I left after Gossip because I didn't think anyone would be able to compare to their show. Beth Ditto is an amazing performer and such an inspiring woman, it has now become my number one wish to one day interview her so watch this space you never know what can happen ;).


I thought I would show you what my number one Festival essentials are, these are my must have items I bring with me to make sure I last the whole day! My iphone is sadly my pride and joy, I love my sparkly case and the photos and videos I can take throughout the day! I never bring my wallet to a Festival (I have a fear that I'll drop it somewhere and lose everything) so I always take a small coin purse with my money and I.D. A comb and hair tie is always handy so I can tie my hair up if I get too hot from dancing, a comb is a must have because my full fringe has a mind of its own on hot days. I always bring a small pack of panadol because you never know what can happen at a Festival with drinks, loud music and a long day of dancing! Make up wise I take a small powder compact, eyeliner, mascara and of course a bold lipstick. I am loving my RayBan sunglasses at the moment, especially because they are leopard print! My gold sandals from Kmart were a $10 bargain, they are comfortable and practical and if I break them I can cope with the loss. It was surprisingly windy and freezing at Parklife so I was glad I wore my black bolero which was a gift but City Chic have some amazing boleros and shrugs in stock at the moment, you can find them here. I am in love with the Diamond Monotone Longline Top on sale for $39.95 at the moment it is a steal! I ordered a size up for this top so it was more flowy and I could get a way with wearing it as a dress/tunic. It was perfect for Parklife, I teamed it with my Full Length Leggings. I couldn't have been more comfortable at the Festival!

City Chic have just released some more new arrivals as part of their Pretty Candy range. I LOVE the Plait Shoulder Tunic - I think it will soon become part of my 'Festival Wardrobe'

Now it's your turn, what are your Festival essentials? More importantly what City Chic piece would you rock at your next Festival or Gig?