Transeasonal Dressing At Its Best

You’ve slept through your alarm and you’ve woken up in a panic. You should be leaving your house but you know you’re going to be late. Stress is increasing and you still have no idea what you’re going to wear.  We’ve all been there, right?  So what do you wear when you don’t know what to wear? Something comfortable yet feminine? Something cool enough to wear in this abnormally warm autumn weather or wearing layers just incase the temperature drops. I’m talking about the shirt dress.

 

There’s so much to love about a shirt dress and this Jolie belted shirt dress by Atmos and Here is no exception.

 

 

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+ You can wear it while breastfeeding.

+ Has buttons so busty women like myself can undo a couple of the buttons to open up the chest area to elongate your neck

+ Perfect length for the vertically challenged and for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable showing too much leg

+ It has a belt that gives you shape

+ Convenience of two pockets

+ Floral pattern to make you feel like a lady

+ The material is lightweight so its comfortable to wear while it’s still warm

+ When the weather does get cooler, (I’m soo looking forward to it getting cooler) you can wear this shirt dress with tights, boots, scarf and a coat to keep you warm

It’s a piece you can get a lot of wear out of and good value for money. I think you’ll agree also that a skirt dress is one of the easiest transeasonal pieces for someone who is time poor.

 

So tell me readers, do you love shirt dresses?  Do you love the Jolie belted shirt dress as much as I do?

 

What I Wore To Work: Atmos&Here

 

I was meant to post this my first week back to work but I’ve been missing in action organising my friend’s hen’s celebration which was on the weekend.  On a side note, organising an event is stressful right? I’ve been dying to show you this dress for a while now and I hope you love it as much as I do.

 

 

What to wear to work Atmos and Here

 

 

I love the brand Atmos&Here.  I’m always guaranteed to find something I love by Atmos&Here on The Iconic website… every single time!

 

I haven’t bought much work attire in a long time so, my outfits for work are looking pretty average. I didn’t want to start work in the New Year wearing something quite ordinary to only end up feeling quite ordinary by the end of my first day back.  You want to feel confident at work and when you love what you’re wearing, you feel great and your confidence shines through.

 

 

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The Collette Jersey Wrap Dress is versatile, you’re not just limited to wearing it to work, it doubles as a weekeend dress.  I’m short, curvy and this style of dress compliments my figure.  A V neck gives the illusion of a longer neck than what I actually do and it’s also good for the bust area.

 

 

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I love the monochrome pattern and how comfortable it is especially in the warm weather.

 

So readers, what do you think of my new dress? Have you bought anything from Atmos&Here before?

 

What I Wore: Work Christmas Party

 

 

It was that time of the year again, when people drink too much and make a fool of themselves in front of their colleagues.  Yes I’m talking about the annual work Christmas party.  For the last four years there’s always been a certain dress theme so, it was a nice change to be able to dress up as myself, rather than Pocahontas who I dressed up as last year.

 

Last Friday night, I bought this Sunny girl dress a couple of weeks ago for my Christmas party and I couldn’t wait to show you it.  This dress was my first purchase from Evergreen clothing. I stumbled across this shop on Instagram.  If I ever need anything I just go on Instagram these days because that’s where I’ll find it and even if I don’t need anything I’ll still find something I want on Instagram.  If you’re broke or trying to save money stay off Instagram that would be my recommendation ladies, if you’re anything like me.

 

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I saw this dress on Evergreen clothing and I fell in love with the print. The v neckline which is great for busty women and its knee length is the perfect length for hanging out with work colleagues.  Just one problem, the store is in Mornington and I live in Sydney, I’m not traveling interstate for a dress.  I click on the link to their website in their Instagram profile and their website isn’t ready yet for purchasing online.  At this point I don’t know whether to give up and find another dress for my Christmas party or ask the question on Instagram, is there a way I can purchase this dress?  I sent them an email and they quickly responded. Mel always replied to my emails in a friendly and helpful manner.  I wanted to mention this because working in customer service myself I appreciate friendly and efficient people, adds to the buying experience.

 

If this Sunny girl dress isn’t for you and you have an Instagram account, you need to checkout Evergreen clothing because they have some beautiful clothing at affordable prices.  If you don’t have Instagram you need to get onto that ASAP!

 

The dress is made out of 100% spun rayon,  lightweight and breathable which is perfect for hot Australian summer days.  There is a zipper down the side and ribbon to tie a bow.  I’m wearing a size 12.

 

Tan or white shoes would be perfect to wear with this dress.

 

So readers do you love this dress too? Are you also addicted to Instagram?

 

Exercising And Looking Good While Doing It

 

 

Let me start off by saying I’ve never been a big fan of exercising. I’ve tried different forms of exercising from kickboxing to Zumba, pole dancing to jogging but have never found anything I’ve stuck with longer than two years. There’s also the sweating factor and my hair getting dirty and that’s just an inconvenience.

I got a big surprise when I had a blood test to find my cholesterol was a bit too high. It wasn’t high enough to be of great concern about but my doctor recommended for me to cut out the bad food and to start exercising. I’m only 28, I didn’t think I would have to worry about health issues like cholesterol till I was at least 50. Since I don’t like exercise and am very lazy, I found it hard to come up with an exercise plan I was going to stick too. I procrastinated and did nothing for a few months till I went bridesmaid dress shopping. I was aware I had put on weight as I don’t weigh myself but my clothes had become tight to the point I could no longer wear some of them. It’s such an awful feeling when you want to wear something and it doesn’t fit. So there I am, sitting on the lounge in the change room that’s bigger than my bedroom. In one hand is a glass of champagne and in the other the ten dresses that couldn’t zip up. As horrible as it felt it was the kick in the butt I needed.

I had this tutor in year 12 who tried ever so hard to get me to study. He suggested I buy a new desk lamp or stationery something that would entice me to sit at my desk. So if you haven’t already guessed what I bought to motivate me to exercise I bought new gym clothes!

I discovered Elsa Active on Instagram and I fell in love with all the colourful patterned active wear. There is something about patterns and colours that just makes me happy.

 

 

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Wearing the Ambra Short Sleeve Top in medium by Abi and Joseph. It comes in a range of colours. The material is gorgeous and so comfortable to wear.

The Dreamcatcher 7/8 tights are full length on me because I’m so short but this doesn’t bother me at all because I love the feel and the shape they give me. These are also by Abi and Joseph, wearing medium.

This year I will be ready for summer and I’ll be doing it in style.

Are you ready for summer? Do you enjoy exercising?

iCurvy’s September SPIN the PIN

 

 

 

Jo from iCurvy has taken this pin from They All Hate Us for this month’s challenge.  What I do is put my own spin to it, using my style but inspiration from the pin.  This pin shows two ladies looking hot and feminine wearing denim on denim.  I love chambray and light denim especially in warmer weather.  The leopard, stripes, scarf and heels really gives it that modern chic look.

 

Here is my comfortable but still chic spin.

 

 

September Spin the pin

The jacket was a gift but here is a similar one // Chambray dress is last seasons from Mix Apparel but here is a similar one from Mix Apparel // You can buy these Tory Burch thongs here // Necklace was from eBay here is a similar one from The Adorn Collective

Firstly I want to apologize about the picture quality this photo was taken as the sun was setting.  I went for more of a comfortable approach opting for thongs over heels, I live in Australia so thongs are totally acceptable.  These thongs have a leather strap and gold detail so they are still quite feminine.  I love tan and denim they go together like strawberries and chocolate.  To brake up the denim on denim and to add some sparkle to the outfit and also because I love some bling I’ve added a statement piece which I got from eBay a few years ago.  This chambray dress is really comfortable and practical to wear and it’s right on trend this season.  Denim jackets are a classic, who hasn’t owned a denim jacket in their life?  This one came all the way from Spain. 

To play along share your spin on instagram by tagging @icurvy #spinthepin.   

What would be your spin on this pin?

Outfits For Spring

 

Yesterday was the first day of spring. Spring is my favourite season cause its not too cold and not too hot, the perfect balance.  When I think of spring I think of flowers, Melbourne Cup, butterflies, weddings and radiant sunshine.  It’s a busy time on the social calendar with the races, weddings, formals, birthdays (does anybody else have a lot of birthdays coming up?) or for a night out and I’ve found the perfect outfit that will make you stand out from the crowd.

I browsed three stores that I know and love to find these outfits from Myer, Review and Forever New.  Here are the outfits from Myer:

 

Watercolour Floral Bella Dress by Charlie Brown – $199

If spring was not a season but a dress it would be this dress.  The colours and floral print scream ‘spring’. I know a lot of people who prefer strapless dresses, I love the print and the style of this dress.  The bow is a cute finishing touch and ends just above the knee.  This dress is suitable to wear to the races, school formal or to a wedding.

 

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Stripe Splice Fitted Dress by Jane Lamerton – $159

One of my very first work tops was by Jane Lamerton so, you could say we go way back. I love stripes and geometric shapes which is a trend at the moment so no surprise I love this dress.  The splash of green gives it that spring, calming feel.  You can wear this to a corporate function, christening or for a nice dinner.

 

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Indigo Jumpsuit by Seduce – $239.95

For all the ladies who love jumpsuits this one is for you.  I love navy, I love the detail of this jumpsuit and it’s different from others I have seen before.  It’s sleek, chic and sophisticated.  You could wear this jumpsuit to a corporate function or wedding, literally anywhere as it’s versatile.

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Here are my picks from Review.

Rouge Poppy Dress – $289.99

This vintage style dress is definitely one you could wear at the races.  With a beautiful floral pattern and a splash of red, what a great bright colour.  If you want to show off your curves this dress is for you.  You could wear it to just about any event.

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Margarita Dress – $289.99

I love the name of this dress.  Yes it’s another navy dress but I couldn’t help myself.  This strapless dress is timeless and feminine with the lace detail and swish skirt.  Any girl going to the formal would look beautiful in this dress but you could wear it to any special event.

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Catalina Dress – $279.99

This is the last floral dress I promise but it is spring after all.  Navy and white is such a classic combination and adding the little green detail is just divine. This dress isn’t as formal so you could probably get more wear out of it as you can dress it up or down.

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The below dresses are from Forever New – If you hate colour and prefer black the next two dresses are for you.

Phillipa V-neck Lace Swing Dress – $159.99

I’ve added a couple of black dresses because black is a classic, an old favourite for some but essential for any woman’s wardrobe.  I love a v neckline and I can’t go past lace I love it.  It is similar to the Margarita dress but it has a small sleeve.  You have so many options of what colour shoes you can wear with black which makes life just that little bit easier.

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Avery Cross Front High-Low Maxi Dress  – $99.99

For those of you who have beautiful long legs (I’m so jealous and I hate you ) this dress is for you.  I like this style of dress.  I like the sheer bottom, the belt that adds some class and gives you a more defined waistline and the v neckline. This dress was made to attend a party and with you in it.

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If you purchase any of the above, I would love to see a picture of you wearing it, just tag notsopeachie #notsopeachie.

So readers, do you love spring? Do you have a lot of events on in the next three months? Do you love bright colours and floral print as much as I do?

Necklace Inspiration

 

My cousin Radha purchased three necklaces and asked me if I could tell her what to wear with each of them.  My mum asks me the same question every time she buys a necklace too so I thought why not do a post on it!

Accessorising is my favourite part of getting dressed.  I can’t leave my house without wearing jewelry and not feel naked.  For me jewelry completes an outfit and makes not only a plain outfit brighter but it has that effect to make us sparkle just that little bit brighter.  On Monday’s I need all the sparkle I can get!

A necklace is the perfect accessory to wear in the warmer seasons just like a scarf is in the cooler seasons.  Whether you’re a t-shirt and shorts girl or live in dresses in summer there is a necklace you probably already own which would compliment your outfit.

 

Go Long – With any high neck, turtle or scoop neckline.  A long necklace adds character to any plain top.  Or chose a simple less detailed long necklace for a more sleek professional look for work.  This necklace was a gift.

 

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Make A Statement – Don’t be afraid to make a statement.  Whether you’re wearing a high neckline, scoop neckline or turtle neck.  If you like wearing turtle necks but think it makes your chest look too big if you wear a statement necklace it breaks it up.  This necklace is from ASOS.

 

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Don’t Settle For One – Why not try layering?  You can wear two or three it doesn’t matter as long as they are different lengths.  If you’re wearing a v neckline and want to take your cleavage out of the firing line I think this is a good way of splitting the focus.  The Love necklace is from Michael Hill and the heart necklace is from Tiffany.

 

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Go Cheerful – This necklace from mondayproject_ screams fun! The balls are the right size to be seen without getting lost.  This necklace comes in many wonderful colours and if your on Instagram you can purchase one from mondayproject_.  Support Australian businesses.

 

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Shine Bright Like A Diamond – This tunic was looking quite dull till I added this piece.  You might think there is already a lot going on with the tunic; collar and pockets but this piece adds the shine factor.  Blush & Co is another Australian company that makes beautiful necklaces, you will want to purchase them all.

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So readers, who loves wearing necklaces? What style of necklace do you like?

Must Have Trans-seasonal Piece

 

Can you believe July is nearly over! We are more than halfway through the year how scary is that!!  On the bright side for everyone who is over this cold weather there is only one more month of winter to go!

The period in between when the weather isn’t freezing but not yet hot enough for shorts and singlets can be a wardrobe challenge.  This is why I purchased a sleeveless vest.  It’s such a great trans-seasonal item.  I’m going to share what to wear it with to get your monies worth.

Sleeveless vests are right on trend at the moment and are in shops everywhere but I’m going to share my recent purchase because I’m in love with it.

I found Billy j. on Instagram, this is why I love Instagram it’s so easy to find great shops I, otherwise wouldn’t have known about.  They have $5 express shipping and free shipping on orders over $75. I received my order the next day which really impressed me and made me very happy.

 

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This beautiful vest I’m wearing is called the Pursuit Vest, it’s 65% cotton, 35% polyester.  It’s so light and comfortable to wear and perfect to throw over a jumper without feeling heavy or bulky.  It does come in a couple of other colour options but I’m personally loving grey this season.  I can hear my mum in my head saying “What colour’s would you wear with grey besides black?”  I love grey and white, pink and grey and also navy and grey together.

It’s really easy to stick to what we have always done in the past but don’t be afraid to try something new.  If you’ve never worn a long sleeveless vest before now is your time too.  As it’s so light and comfortable to wear and while the weather is still cold you can wear it over a long sleeve top or jumper like I have.  As it gets warmer you can wear it over a t-shirt with jeans or shorts.  Personally I’m looking forward to wearing it to an event over a sleeveless knitted dress with heels once it gets warm enough.  You can purchase this great versatile piece from Billy j. for only $54 http://billyj.com.au/collections/best-sellers/products/pursuit-vest-grey.  I’m wearing a Large.

 

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I have to mention the gorgeous knit I’m wearing known as Daylight Knit that is also from Billy j.  I love knits but I have a habit of pulling a thread within minutes of wearing them and this is why this one is great, it’s made from acrylic, it’s durable and comfortable.  It has a sexy split down both sides as well.  It is currently on sale for only $47.20 http://billyj.com.au/collections/winter/products/daylight-knit.  I’m wearing a size 12.

Dear readers, what do you think of this sleeveless vest? Do you own one or are thinking of purchasing one?

One Shirt + One Jumper = Three Outfits

Back in the 90’s, I remember watching this commercial for Tim Tams as a kid.  You might remember it, a lady rubs a lamp and a genie appears and grants her three wishes.  Her third and final wish was a never ending packet of Tim Tams.  If a genie ever came to me and I was granted a wish I would ask for a never ending wardrobe but until that happens, I have to learn how to get the most out of my wardrobe.

Two items that everyone has in their wardrobe is a white shirt and a jumper. I love jumpers! I could live in them for the entire duration of winter so, it gives me more of an incentive to mix it up sometimes. I love throwing a jumper on over a shirt I just think it looks so sleek, sophisticated and adds another layer to your outfit. Visually it looks like you’ve made a greater effort than what you actually have.

The shirt and jumper I’m wearing are from two companies I love.  This shirt is by Atmos & Here exclusive to The Iconic. I own a few Atmos & Here items because not only are the clothes nice but it’s also really affordable .  I loveee The Iconic, nothing makes my heart skip a beat like fast delivery and a website I can easily navigate around.  The shirt I’m wearing you can no longer find on The Iconic but there is a very similar one by Atmos & Here called ‘Hampton Summer Shirt’, it’s on sale for only $29.97

http://www.theiconic.com.au/Hampton-Summer-Shirt-199448.html

The jumper is from a company I’ve only recently discovered I like which surprised me because I didn’t expect to find anything I like, Mix Apparel.  They have free shipping on orders over $50 and their website is also easy to navigate around.  I’m wearing the ‘Hi-Lo Cable Jumper’ in grey, they don’t have many left. Their on sale at the moment for only $19 how good is that?

https://www.mixapparel.com.au/collection/product/mw23-30440/hi-lo_cable_jumper/light_grey-271

 

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Style One: This look is all about being comfortable and casual without looking like a dag.  Great for shopping, catching up with friends, school drop offs and for casual Fridays.  I love jeans and Converse together.  The great thing is this look won’t break the bank because everyone owns a pair of jeans and sneakers and if you don’t own sneakers you can wear flats instead.

 

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Style Two: I wore this outfit to Friday night drinks.  The pleather pants were on sale for $4.95 from the new Forever 21 store that has just opened on Pitt Street in Sydney.  So comfortable and sliming.  Its been so cold in Sydney lately so I chose to wear my new leather Django and Juliette boots with a small heel instead of wearing open toe lace up monochrome sandals which look amazing with this outfit.  I chose whatever is warmer in winter, I think this might be a sign of getting older.

 

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Style Three:  Off to work! Trousers and the same boots I wore in Style Two.  Just like everyone owns a pair of jeans and tights, if you work in a corporate environment you would also own a pair of black pants.

One shirt, one jumper three outfits.

So readers which style is your favourite? Have you shopped at The Iconic or Mix Apparel?