Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let's Get Skirty

Skirts from ModCloth

Skirts from Hell Bunny

I think if I had to choose a favourite clothing item, it would be skirts. I love the versatility of being able to dress one up with a blouse and a cardigan, or down with a t-shirt and a waist belt. They lend themselves to all seasons, with tights in winter and without in summer. If you've got a skirt you've got a plethora of choices, so I thought I would share some of my favourite recent skirt finds! As you can see, I'm really feeling the mid-lengths at the moment. If you have a favourite place to find cute skirts, please feel free to share it in the comments!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Cute Finds + On Being a Marshmallow Girl

I'm a little chubby, and I love cute clothes. Those aren't really shocking revelations as much as they are facts, but sometimes it can be a difficult combination. I really dig Japanese street styles like gyaru and lolita, but sometimes it feels near impossible to be able to track down cute pieces that will fit my cuddly, western measurements - until I discovered La Farfa, Plumprimo and the 'Marshmallow Girl'

In a step towards de-stigmatizing larger bodies in a society so focussed on being slim, Japanese magazine La Farfa features a whole host of super cute, plus sized models coined as 'pocchari' or marshmallow girls, a term that helps to connect being plus sized with being soft and cute rather than something negative. I personally love the phrase marshmallow girl, because it makes me think of someone who would be kind and nice to hug! 

I think that one of the problems with western plus size fashion is that if you don't have all your curves in exactly the right places then you're better off just covering everything up with layers of boring, neutral coloured fabric. Enter Plumprimo, a plus sized line produced by Japanese brand DreamV and available on Rakuten  While Plumprimo does have long skirts and oversized tops, it also has a number of ridiculously pretty dresses and skirts, with some styles going up to a size 6L (most end at a 4L with a waist of aroun 99cm) rather than the small/medium or 'free size' of many other Asian clothing labels. Many styles also feature elasticated shirring and stretchy fabric for even more ease of fit.

These are some of my very favourite pieces, note the styles that are usually reserved for teeny tiny measurements! While I haven't been able to order any Plumprimo pieces for myself yet, I've browsed through the Tumblr tag and it definitely looks like the clothes are just as nice on real people as they are on the website! 

The older I get, the more content I am with the way my body looks. I've never been long and lean and I most likely never will be, and that's okay. I've got chubby cheeks, batwing arms, and I'm a lifetime member of the chub rub club, and there's nothing wrong with that. The more that we tell ourselves that it's perfectly fine to not look like an airbrushed model on a billboard the happier we'll all be. The marshmallow girl movement proves that being plus sized and looking cute aren't mutually exclusive, you absolutely can have your peterpan collared, skater skirted cake and eat it too!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I'm Old Now + 100th Post!

Sass Dress // ModCloth Cardigan // American Apparel Shoes // Cotton On Headband

My birthday gift to myself was to finally take the plunge and dye my hair pink, which I've wanted since I was about fourteen years old and I'd first discovered Audrey Kitching. I don't have hair extensions at the moment so I'm trying to get the hang of wearing it short and it's hard! I feel like I've been drained of my lifeforce - putting in my extensions is like putting on armour, it makes me feel ready to face the world, I feel like Austin Powers when he lost his Mojo. But! The colour is so great and I'm so happy with it, I feel like it should grow out of my head like this! 

I had a pretty quiet birthday. I spent the day hanging out at home and went out for dinner with my parents and Sam, I filled my belly with too much Chinese food and had some serious deja vu because I did the exact same thing last year haha! I just really love food okay?!

And because I don't know when to stop, we went to Hello Kitty Café for dessert! I didn't get to take a photo of everyone's food because my dad had dug into his gateaux before I had a chance, and Sam had the same thing as usual (the chocolate potty plant), but how cute was my strawberry tart? It was so delicious, the strawberries were super fresh and sweet and the custard in the middle was extra creamy. I also had to take a picture of the little kitty face on top of mum's coffee, she was very taken with it too! I hope that we can all go there together again because it seemed like my parents really enjoyed their visit to kittyland.

And of course, presents! I was very very spoiled this year and I'm so grateful that I have such wonderful people in my life! Sam went above and beyond and got me a Pink (!!) 3DS with three Pokemon games (X, Y, & Omega Ruby), a handbook because I've never played Pokemon before (this is my very first handheld console!) and a BMO Pop figure. My friends Caitlin & Rhianon gave me some Lush goodies including Yuzu, Honey I Washed The Kids shower gel, and the Rockstar & Godmother soap stack (they've been reading my blog haha) and a Canberra snow globe which I forgot to include in the photo, but now I have every Australian city which is exciting. My friend Lily gave me the strawberry teapot, which was very sneaky because she saw me go gaga over it when we went to the art gallery together a couple of months ago. Sam's family gifted me a Twilight bath bomb and the Buttercup giftbox, which includes a Butterball bath bomb and a bar of Honey I Washed The Kids soap (I have so much HIWTK now and I'm so happy about it, it's my favourite Lush smell after Snow Fairy!). I also received a Peter Alexander voucher from my parents, and a MAC voucher from my kind friends Tahlia and Danielle. What a list, I am feeling super, super lucky now haha.

Oh, and this is also my 100th post on my baby blog so today is bursting with milestones, happy 100 posts and may we have a good hundred more!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I've always loved experimenting with my hair. I think the first time I did something to my hair was when I was about 8 years old when my mum let me get blonde streaks at the salon, and we dyed the highlights pink at home. I'm currently itching for a change because I'm turning 22 in less than a week and I think I'm going through a mini quarter life crisis, so I thought it would be fun to show you all my myriad of different hair colours (the good and the bad) through the years!

In 2007, when I was 14, my mum let me have my fringe dyed pink in the school holidays and I think that was when I really got hooked on fun coloured hair. It was the era of MySpace, scene kids, and skinny jeans so tight that they cut off the circulation to your ankles, and you weren't really anybody unless you had some kind of ridiculously over the top hairstyle, be it stripes, spots, leopard print, or backcombing so huge that it defied the laws of gravity.

2008 was when I really took it upon myself to push my hair as far as I possibly could, until I'd bleached it so much that it was completely fried and I had to dye it brown and cut it all off. The amount of times I ended up in detention (and nearly kicked out of school) for having 'inappropriately' coloured hair was more than I could count on my fingers, but I was always going to do exactly what I wanted with no concern for any kind of authority, haha. By the end of the year I'd gone back to black and gotten my first pair of clip in extensions, which I haven't been able to live without since.

2009 was a relatively simple year. I stuck with a combination of black and blonde for most of it, until around November when I decided that I wanted to be a redhead and because I never learn, completely fried my hair again in order to achieve it. I yoyo-d between red and black a couple of times, ending up with a dark reddish brown. Now that I'm reflecting on everything I've put my hair through I think I'm starting to understand why it never seems to grow!

2011 was pretty boring. I went from brown to black, stayed black for a while, and then decided to liven things up with a black and white split fringe. In 2012 I set my own personal best and managed to keep the same hairstyle for over 12 months, which for me was a pretty huge achievement! My hair also grew a pretty substantial amount over the year and I ended up not having to wear extensions at all - a feat I haven't achieved since.

2013 was the year that I discovered that my hair really should come out of my head purple. I completely destroyed my beautiful, long, thick hair because I was impatient and I bleached it three times in two days (DON'T EVER DO THIS, YOU WILL REGRET IT) because, as I mentioned earlier, I never learn. Like literally never. I spent most of 2013 searching for the perfect purple, and by the start of 2014 I'd found it and I should have never let it go! I also played around with pink roots and another split fringe during 2014, just to keep things interesting.

In July last year I decided that I wanted to go back to my natural colour in order to give my hair some time to recuperate, grow, and forgive and forget about everything I'd done to it. I'd also wanted to try a brown to blonde ombré for a while, so after two days in the hairdressers chair (don't ask, I can't even tell you why it ended up being so difficult because I have no clue) I emerged as my natural, boring state and I've been yawning ever since. I've tried to keep things exciting by dying the ends of my ombréd extensions pink, blue, and purple, but it's just not enough for me, so I'm embarking on a new adventure. It's something I've always dreamed of but have never managed to do, so I'm very excited to share it with you all when it's done!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Birthday Picks! ♡

In two weeks, I will be twenty two. If you asked eight year old me what she thought I'd be doing at this age, she'd probably tell you that I would be a successful dog groomer, astronaut, or penguin (or all three), with a big house, at least five pet dogs in the backyard, and a fridge full of delicious snacks. Unfortunately these dreams are all still yet to become reality, so I've distracted myself in the best way I know how- by compiling a list of material goods that I wish I owned. If there was one thing my mother really managed to engrain in me as a child, it was writing wishlists, and I know she'll be reading this so hi mum, you've created a monster.

Katy Perry Killer Queen: Spring Reign 100ml - Every time I walk past a chemist with this on display I have to stop and spray myself with way too much of it. It smells of sweet, fresh flowers and the pink theme is so cute that I feel like Katy was thinking about me when she thought this up. She probably wasn't, but I can dream, right?

Nintendo 3DS XL Console with Animal Crossing and Pokemon Y - I have never had a handheld gaming console and I feel like I've missed out on something, so better late than never right? And it would be nice to have something to play with on days when I'm stuck in bed.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - The holy grail of nude eyeshadow palettes, and it's coming to Australia! Urban Decay goes on sale at Mecca Maxima and the Mecca website on the 27th of March and I am so excited. I've been dying to get my stumpy li'l mitts on one of these babies for what feels like forever, and it'll be available just in time for my birthday so... nudge nudge haha!

The Ultimate Lush Gift - I mean, anything from Lush is an awesome gift, but these babies are my favourites. Yuzu Bubbleroon, Honey I Washed The Kids shower gel, Cupcake Fresh Face Mask, Butterball bath bomb, Fluffy Egg bath bomb, The Comforter bubble bar, Vanishing Cream moisturiser, and the Rockstar/Godmother soap stack are almost all so tastily scented that they make my mouth water a little, just imagining what opening a gift box full of these products would smell like - heaven I bet!

Wheels & Dollbaby Tiger Embroidery Cardigan - What's a birthday wishlist without some Wheels? I'm a sucker for vintage Japanese embroidered bomber jackets, and I love how this cardigan is reminiscent of them.

Suckered Apparel Eva Manga T-Shirt - I am a giant nerd for Evangelion and I am not ashamed to let the whole world know it. Any questions?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Ultimate Madoka Figure - She's almost impossible to find for under $300, but my goodness she is majestic (as is her counterpart, Devil Homura). When this was announced I actually cried, I am so lame that I got emotional about the beauty of a PVC figure. The smaller Figma version would look nice on my shelf too, I'm not picky.