Items of the Week 03/03/2014

ASOS CHECK SUITTop- £32, Asos Curve

Skirt: £38, Asos Curve

Cutting a Dash

Is it spring yet? It should be. Spring really ought to start on January 2nd with longer days and warmer weather. That way, by the time collections like this drop in February….

Evans The Cut

…the weather is ready for the explosion of colour, feel great optimism and all round joy.

But the reality is that the country is sinking under a deluge of water with no respite in sight. My showerproof coat is putting in crazy overtime and desperately trying to live up to its title that’s been relentlessly tested over recent weeks. I’ve got a terrible cold and haven’t been to work for two days and am so cold at night I’m sleeping in my fluffy dressing gown and wishing it had a hood. Spring has definitely not sprung but when it does, I’m coming for the aqua trousers and shirt, the cardigan and the geometric skirt and top.

What do you think of the range? Love it? Hate it?

Geometric deja vu

One of my all time favourite designer brands is Dutch label, Spijkers en Spijkers who have a long standing love affair with all things geometric, and seem to design every collection with me in mind. Their simple but striking detailing sings to my soul so much so that I check out their archives regularly to oooo and ahhh over what I could wear if I was ten sizes smaller and several zeros richer. I think I know every collection they’ve ever launched, inside out.

So while browsing the Navabi website today there were a few pieces by Mat that jumped out at me as they reminded me of previous Spjikers en Spijkers ranges that I’ve seen over the years…..

SpijkersIt appears my geometric loving clean cut, bold shapes time has come. And about time too.

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Anything but black

The LBD is the tried and tested default setting for party dressing. While reliable, it can get a little boring so I’ve scoured the internet to bring you nine of the best non- black party dresses that I could find, at all price points. However, I won’t be wearing any of these for Christmas dinner, as I’ve somehow managed to get myself talked into dressing as Mrs Christmas on Christmas day. I’ve promised my kid cousins that I’ll be in full Santa costume, complete with white fur trim and mince pies while they dress up as elves. If they turn up without pointy ears and a helpful disposition there will be trouble.

Non Black

1. Isabel Peplum dress, $208, Monif C

2. Regina dress, $175, Igigi

3. Sybel Dress, $188, Monif C

4. Tartan velour dress £44, Simply Be

5. Hermann Lange, £107.90 at Navabi

6. Wrap dress, £535, Roberto Cavalli

7. Rue 107, $95

8. Ashley Stewart, $32.72

9. Nora Dress, $165, Igigi




Check Trousers

Erm…. I’m actually speechless.

This should be further incentive to enter the Design a dress for Gabby contest….


IG1Its funny how you can see yourself one way but the rest of the world sees you as something different. I don’t really consider myself to be a girly girl but I’m surprised at how whenever I’m faced with an occasion to go anywhere more special than work, I throw on a dress. I like to think I’m more of a jeans and tee person but my blogging persona is definitely more “dress” than “jeans” as I tend to photograph myself more in the former.  This was particularly evident during my meetup with Buttercup where she commented that a tailored dress we were looking at was really typical of my style. I thought about it and yes, I guess that’s right. I really do like a tailored dress and I would have said I don’t much go for floaty frilly lacy numbers until I saw this…


Not an ounce of tailoring in sight but lots of float, sparkle and romance abound. What is happening to me? Am I going soft in the head? I REALLY like it. I love the colourway and despite it being far more romantic looking than I would usually go for, I’d wear it.

These dresses below are as Buttercup says, more typically me with their semi fitted shape and knee length hem.


So then the question I ask myself is this- just exactly how many different versions of me are there inhabiting this one body?

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Same But Different

See anyone you recognise?


On Friday I met up with Buttercup from Buttercup’s Frocks at Westfield Merry Hill, and we had a great time shopping, chatting and then shopping some more. I love meeting bloggers for the first time. Its a little like stepping into my computer in a Twilight Zone kinda way. I look at the photo we took and its kinda strange seeing us in the same pic, it’s like one of us has photobombed the others wardrobe shot. The surrealism of the photo is further amplified by the fact that we’re wearing the same dress. The photo was taken in Yours were we both liked the same frock but it didn’t fit either of us despite our different body shapes. It gaped in between the armhole and bust on both of us and looked pretty dreadful. Dear retailers, fat girl clothes need bust darts. You won’t win customers by cutting corners on the fit *shaking finger*.

We went into H&M but the plus section was so diabolically disasterous even by H&M’s usual poor show, that I won’t even comment any further. All that was missing was some petrol and a match. You would have to have seen it to really believe it.


We had more success in Evans where I bought a super bargainous dress from last years Clements Ribeiro collection for £18 (it was £20 but there was an easily repairable hole in the side seam) and Buttercup bought a jersey dress from the current Evans range.


I couldn’t wait to wear my new purchase and wore it to church the very next day. I was trying to do my very best Zadie Smith impersonation by teaming a very ladylike dress with black framed glasses and headwrap. Isn’t the resemblance uncanny…..

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Um- no.

Okay, so I looked nothing like her. There is in fact someone else a little closer to home who I do definitely resembled…

Mom at her cousins wedding

My mother.

Generally I don’t think we look much alike though some people think we do. However, there’s no denying a physical resemblance in this photo. As soon as I saw the pic it reminded me of this photo of my mom from the 60′s. The stance is the same and our arms even hang in a similar way for goodness sake, The head tilt and the side glance only reinforce the fact that I am slowly turning into my mother, something that I never thought would happen, physically, mentally or in any other possible way.


This metamorphosis isn’t a bad thing. I love my mother to bits, I think I just like to believe that all my traits and mannerisms are my own. I guess I’m wrong. My mom would have been in her thirties too around the time that this photo was taken. She’s 80 now and has no wrinkles to speak of so I certainly wouldn’t mind inheriting her good skin. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen though so I’ve probably sealed my fate as far as that’s concerned as I’m sure the constant glare ages you at an alarming rate. I’m just glad that make up for black skin has improved over the past fifty years and I have Bobbi Brown 6.5 to rely on. Whatever brand my mom was using really was not the one,

Anna Scholz Black Label 2013

The Anna Scholzl Black Label collection is one of the ranges that I look forward to each season.  I like the classically Anna Scholz print dresses from the White Label collection, but love the edgier vibe that the Black Label emits.

This season the look of the label is quite solemn and sober but with a military feel, and just enough magenta to crack a smile onto the face of a very serious colour palette.


AA115Houndstooth AA139-Khaki- AA134Black AA128Black+AA105Black AA143-Leopard

I LOVE that magenta skirt, it has my name all over it.

And while we’re on the subject of Anna Scholz, I’ve got to show you my favourite piece from the White Label Collection-

AA10-Cube-Lumo white


Typical me really. Graphic print, bright colours- whats not to love?!?!

The Black Label Collection will be available online later this week.

Putting the “dung” in dungarees

Subtitle: When fatshion goes bad.

It’s a rare day when I pick a fight with plus sized fashion because I like to keep this space as upbeat and encouraging as possible. However, there are times when I can bite my lip no longer and have to call certain items out. Like here, and here for instance.

Those who have been reading this blog for long enough already know I have a weakness for jumpsuits and wave the banner high in the jumpsuit corner. Dungarees are a natural progression from the JS, and I’ve been looking out for some great ones in my size but I’ve not come across any as yet. What I have come across though, is this monstrosity from ASOS. I’ve tried hard to ignore it over the past few days but it keeps punching me in the eyes.

The Dung in Dungarees

Now is it just me or are these awful? It looks as though ASOS just has not tried. They’re just about as basic as you could possibly get and look more like a template that you’d use to design a pair of kick- ass dungarees, not the finished item. Does anyone like them? Has anyone bought them? If so, please post a link to a pic of you wearing them and looking fantastic, as I would quite honestly love to see if anyone can make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear. ASOS can do so much better, and they usually do. I can only think that they accidentally put this into production when a strong gust of wind blew in through the design office window and mixed up all the paperwork, landing all the “WTF” sketches onto the “approved” pile. There has to be some mistake. ASOS- We expect better.



Have you ever discovered a new brand and almost fallen off your seat with excitement? Well that was pretty much my reaction when I discovered De-Mes’Tiks New York a few weeks back.


I never mentioned them before cause I figured you must all know about this new label already but today just rediscovered one of their items I favourited on Etsy and figured- WHATEVA. If the readers already know- they’re gonna know again!

If you’re a fan of African prints they are well worth checking out as they have some beautiful pieces available in all sizes. Yes, ALL SIZES, from a US4 to US28. This isn’t a plus size collection, it isn’t a straight sized collection- its just a collection of superb pieces for everyone. The way it should be. Oh- and they have a sale on too- what more incentive do you need?! Let me know your thoughts!

De-Mes’Tiks New York


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