TESTING: REVOLUTION MAKEUP

I’ve been curious about Revolution Makeup (Revolution Beauty? Makeup Revolution? I Heart Revolution? They have so many different names??) for a long time. Super affordable products, great shipping costs to Australia, and they’ve collab’d with some of my favourite beauty youtubers. Combine that with the fact they’re cruelty free and mostly vegan (not all products but there’s an option on their website to shop only their vegan items), AND that they’ve been getting crazy hype on youtube for their concealer that is supposedly a dupe for Tarte Shape Tape concealer.

For clarity, all prices mentioned in this post are in Australian dollars. I’m gonna run you through the ordering and delivery process, swatches and photos of the products, and a few looks I did with the items. At the time of writing (5 September 2018) I’ve used all the items, though I don’t have pictures of everything in use.

ORDERING & DELIVERY

I decided it was time to take the plunge and just order some goodies. They often have perks or freebies, ie. spend over $50 and get a free palette, or brushes. I was impatient and ordered during a time they didn’t have a freebie special, but generally I think you may as well wait until they are running a promo and get extra product. I spent $162 all up, and got 17 items, plus a free lipliner. Plus, because I spent over $50 shipping was free. If you’re spending less that $50, shipping is only $2.95! Which is crazy good, considering that shipping costs to Australia from international retailers can be incredibly pricey.

I ordered on 21 July 2018, and my parcel arrived on 6 August 2018, so it took 11 business days/just over two weeks to arrived. That’s pretty slow, but I think for the cost it’s not unreasonable. Just don’t order anything that you desperately need! Everything was wrapped securely in bubble wrap, and packaged tightly together, so no breakages.

PRODUCTS

Revolution Eyeshadow Palette Soph Eyeshadow Palette * – $18 – Collaboration with YouTuber SophDoesNails

Soph X Palette and Swatches
Revolution Eyeshadow Palette Re-Loaded Palette – Iconic Fever  – $7 – dupe for Urban Decay ‘Naked Heat’ palette

Iconic Fever Palette and Swatches
 *- $7

Newtrals 2 Palette and Swatches
Revolution Eyeshadow Palette Re-Loaded Palette Velvet Rose * – $7 – dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Soft Glam’ Palette

(I just wanted to make a note about this palette specifically – while the mattes are beautiful and blend really nicely on the eyes, I’m not very impressed with the shimmers/pressed glitters. Even with a wet brush or a finger, I feel like they don’t show up well, and require a lot of effort to look good. I still think it’s worth the $7 for the matte shades, as the shimmers can be made to work, or you can use a single eyeshadow or a shimmer from another palette.)

Velvet Rose Palette and Swatches
Obsession Eyeshadow Palette Love Every Shade Eyeshadow Palette * – $9

Love Every Shade Palette and Swatches
Revolution Eye Glitter Pressed Glitter Palette Midas Touch * – $18
Revolution Eye Glitter Glitter Glue * – $8

Midas Touch Palette and Swatches
With and without glitter glue

Revolution Eyeliner Renaissance Flick  – $9
Revolution Liquid Lipstick Nudes Collection Gloss – Boudoir  – $5
Revolution Lipstick Soph Nude Lipstick Cake  – $8
Revolution Lipstick Rose Gold Lipstick – Chauffeur  – $5

Eye and Lip Products
L-R: Chauffeur, Boudoir, Cake, Renaissance Flick, Red Lipliner (freebie)

Revolution Concealer Fast Base Concealer C2 * – $9
Revolution Concealer Conceal & Define Concealer – C3  * – $7
Revolution Foundation Fast Base Stick Foundation – F2  * – $9
Revolution Pro Foundation Foundation Drops – F3  * – $13

(For shade matching reference, I use Mont Blanc in NARS Sheer Glow, Fair in IT Cosmetic CC Cream, and Alabaster in Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation)

Complexion Products

Revolution Blusher Blush Palette – Blush Goddess  * – $11
I Heart Revolution Bronzer Bronze and Glow *  – $11

(The highlighter in the Bronze and Glow duo is absolutely stunning, but it’s worth mentioning that the bronzer/contour shade is very pale and quite sheer. Even on my super fair skin tone, I could go in very heavy-handed and it still looked quite subtle. I like it, but if you have anything darker than a tan complexion I would give this one a pass.)

 

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LOOK 1: Pinks

Base Products 1

Bronzer, Highlight, Eyeshadow 1

Complete Look 1

LOOK 2: Reds/Browns

Base Products 2

Eyeshadow 2

Eyeliner Pen 2

Lip Products 2

Complete Look 2

FINAL THOUGHTS

With the exception of the comments I made on the Velvet Rose and Bronze and Glow palettes, I was absolutely astounded with the quality of all the products I tried. I ended up not doing a detailed breakdown on my thoughts for each product because I feel like the swatches and photos basically speak for themselves. I was pleased to see that the shades C2/F2 and C3/F3 all worked for me, so there is a bit of flexibility in trying to choose a shade that will match you. I would 100% recommend Makeup Revolution to anyone who has been curious about trying their products – they are always coming out with new things, and there are plenty of reviews circulating the internet if you’re curious about what to get.

Lots of love

Katie xx

 

Disclosure: Asterisk (*) indicates an affiliate link, meaning I earn a small commission if you choose to purchase these items. However this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: BOOHOO

The accessibility of trendy/fast fashion for plus size gals is improving all the time – think of Showpo extending to a Size 20, or the options available on Fashion Nova, Shein, or even ASOS. One brand I’d heard a lot about but never tried as boohoo. I always thought of them as a “skinny girl shop” but I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only is their stuff super cheap, but it also goes up to a size 28! They have sales pretty much constantly, so you should never pay full price, and the quality was pretty decent given how cheap everything was.

I will say that shipping probably took about two weeks, and returns can take up-to 28 days! So you’ve gotta have patience when it comes to receiving items or getting a refund.

I ordered a range of items in sizes 20 or 22 (I’d heard on the grapevine that their stuff runs small/is inconsistent, so I erred on the side of sizing up), and I’m normally a standard size 20 on the top and bottom. Check out my ‘About’ page for more detailed information on my size!

Plus Pastel Stripe Blazer & Tailored Trouser – Size 22

This was my favourite purchase! I wore this look to an interview and felt like an absolute boss. The pants fit great and have pockets (which not all of boohoo’s stuff does), and the blazer was a little tight through the arms but otherwise fit fine. I did end up having to reinforce the crotch seam in the pants after one wear, but given the price I didn’t mind that.

Plus Pastel Stripe Blazer Tailored Trouser (22) BLOG

Plus U Front Denim Jumpsuit – Size 22

I’m not sure this is the most flattering item of clothing I own, but I think it looks so cool, and the pop-stud front is sexy af! I was channeling some hardcore Rosie the Riveter vibes for these photos, and the main reason I decided to keep this one was just in case I ever had a dress up party to go to.

Plus U Front Denim Jumpsuit (22) BLOG

Plus Kimono Sleeve Tie Waist Wrap Dress – Size 20

This was one of the few items I ordered in my usual size (20) but I wish I’d sized up to a 22. It was just a bit too short and a bit too tight on my tummy. That being said, I think it’s a flattering cut and super cute style, just a bit too small for me.

Plus Kimono Sleeve Tie Waist Wrap Dress (20) BLOG

Plus Oversized Sleeve Trench Coat – Size 22 (Blush colour no longer available)

This coat is AMAZING! It’s lined, so is pretty warm for a trench, but is definitely not one for the middle of winter. It was also oversized enough that I could button it the whole way up to wear as a coat dress, but be warned, the pop studs can come open at any time, so I’d advise wearing a slip underneath if you want to try this style.

Plus Oversized Sleeve Trench Coat (22) BLOG

Plus Pastel Stripe Rib Crop – Size 20

The size 20 in this top fit really well, though that was probably due in part to the stretchy nature of the fabric. The pastel rainbow is so so pretty in real life, and I felt cute as a button in it! I will say that it’s pretty cropped, so if you’ve got a bigger chest like me, expect it to be quite short.

Plus Pastel Stripe Rib Crop (20) BLOG

Plus Contrast Stripe Sweater Dress – Size 22

I love the colours in this sweater, clashing pink and red is definitely on-trend at the moment. It’s a fairly thin fabric, so it’s not overly warm, and I probably could have sized up further to a Size 24 to get that oversized cozy jumper effect.

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Plus Check High Waisted Trouser – Size 22

These are my other favourite purchase!! I already owned the lilac blazer (from SimplyBe) and as soon as I saw the pants on the boohoo website, I knew they had to be mine! The fit is really comfy and loose (similar to the pants in the stripe coord set), and they also have pockets!

Plus Check High Waisted Trouser (22) BLOG

Plus Sports Stripe Co-ord Set – Size 22

I didn’t feel like the fit was as good on this set, probably would have liked it more if I sized up to a 24 (see what I mean about inconsistent sizing!). It’s a fun set, and would be great for a party, or to wear as separates (or together if you’re bold!).

Plus Keely Sports Stripe Co-ord Set (22) BLOG

 

There you have it! I would definitely order from boohoo again, there aren’t many places where plus size women can get affordable “trend” pieces, and I think boohoo really hit the nail on the head as far as the market that they’re targeting. There are so many cheap clothing options for slimmer people, so it’s great to see more retailers including plus sizes! You do get what you pay for, so don’t expect crazy high quality items, but everything was as I expected from looking on the website.

Love,

Katie xx

 

Disclaimer: I paid for these items with my own money, this review is not sponsored or influenced by boohoo.

ONE ITEM FIVE WAYS: NYATA, JUNE 2018

Hi all, long time no blog post!

Coming to you with the first in an exciting (well, exciting for me, and hopefully for you!) series of blog posts I’m going to be doing every month in collaboration with Nyata. For those who don’t know Nyata, it’s an amazing Australian-designed, ethically-manufactured line, catering to sizes 8-30! I highly encourage you to go on their website and read about the founder, Amber Gwynn, and their ethos of body positivity and ethical fashion.

I was approached by them to do an ongoing collaboration, where I would feature one of their items every month, styled in a number of different ways. For me, this sounded like such a fun challenge, as I think it can be easy to fall into complacency in reaching for the same items or styling things the same way! So I wanted to show you how versatile one piece can be in your wardrobe, taking you from work, to casual, to night, and everything in-between! So read on and let me know what you think.

The June Item

For June 2018, I was sent the Better Angle Bayi Top ($109) in size ‘Gorgeous’ – this is something I love about Nyata, rather than size with numbers, they size using statements about the kinds of women we all are!! (Handy conversion chart below). The item is definitely intended to be a tunic top, but as you can see in the featured image, if you’re on the shorter side (or just daring!) you could definitely rock it as a dress!

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Style 1: Casual Cool

Style 1

My first thought when I saw this top was that it would look AMAZING with my current obsession, these studded and ripped jeans from City Chic. The blousey style suits being tucked in, and the fabric is fine enough that it doesn’t bulge or bulk out the hip area where tucked. Continuing the studded theme with these white Spurr ankle boots finished the outfit off.

Rock Stud Skinny Jean – Size 18 – City Chic (seems to be unavailable on their website!)
Gorgina Ankle Boot – Size 8 – Spurr Shoes – $25.50 (on sale).

Style 2: Girls Night Out

Style 2

I think this is the perfect way to wear tunic length tops – black leggings, leather jacket, cool shoes. Can’t really go wrong! The silver sequins pick up on the silver hardware on the jacket, and the shiny, chelsea-style boot keep things fun and a bit unexpected. A classic and easy Friday night outfit.

Supplex Full Length Tight – Size 18 – Running Bare – $74.99
Frankie PU Biker Jacket – Size 20 – Atmos & Here Curvy – $99.95 (I recommend sizing up)
Erina Ankle Boots – Size 8 – Spurr Shoes – $25.50 (on sale)

Style 3: Weekend Vibes

Style 3

There is nothing that says ‘relaxed weekend’ as much as a denim pinafore, in my humble opinion. This one is an absolute staple in my wardrobe, looks good with so many different tops, and is really fun and trendy. It makes the top look casual and the sneakers keep the whole outfit relaxed and ready for anything!

Denim Bib Dress – Size L – City Chic (not available on the website)
Kmart Sneakers (unavailable, no tag)

Style 4: Office Chic

Style 4

I feel like grey is such a great alternative to black when you’re looking for an office neutral. There’s a lot of tonal and shade variety to be found in grey, and it looks great worn all-together as a monochromatic outfit. To balance the loose and flowy style of the tunic top, and let it really shine as the ‘hero’ of the outfit, a fitted grey jersey skirt (midi length!) and some patent heeled boots make this a fun but office-appropriate look.

CottonOn Skirt (unavailable, no tag)
Betts Shoes (unavailable)

Style 5: Boss Babe

Style 5

This final look may well be my favourite. Even though black isn’t a colour I reach for too often, there’s no denying that it works with everything. This tight, ruched knee-length skirt is professional yet sexy, and the relaxed blazer keeps it comfortable. Chuck on a pair of classic black pumps, and you’ve got yourself a bangin’ work outfit on days you really need to shine!

Final Thoughts

I really loved styling this top – it’s not an item I would have chosen for myself, but seeing all the different ways I can wear it makes me excited to pull it out of the wardrobe throughout the next few months. I think it’s going to make a great trans-seasonal piece in my wardrobe, and this styling challenge has got me thinking about how I can get more wear out of other things in my closet!

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Which was your favourite look? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Love,

Katie xx

 

Disclaimer: While this item was provided to me for the purpose of styling and review, all opinions are my own. I was not paid for this post.

BRAND FEATURE: ATMOS&HERE CURVY

If you’re a plus-size online shopper, I’d say there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Atmos&Here Curvy. Sold exclusively on The Iconic, Atmos&Here has an inclusive size range, with many items sold in both the regular (Size 6-16) and plus size (Size 18-26) categories. They sell casual, professional, and dressy clothes, which suit a broad range of body types and fashion preferences. They’re also one of my favourite brands, so I wanted to show you some of the different items I own, what sizes fit me, and if I’d recommend Atmos&Here Curvy to you!

For each item I’ll include: name, size, RRP, price I paid, and a link to the item if it’s still available. Scroll to the bottom for my final thoughts! (And as always, please head on over to my ‘About’ section to see details on my measurements and normal clothing sizes)

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The Atmos&Here ‘Raven’ Dress on a straight and plus model!

Note:  It’s worth saying that one of the things I like the most about buying Atmos&Here Curvy is that The Iconic has hands-down the best shipping and returns of anywhere I’ve shopped online. If you order before 3pm and live in metro areas, your delivery will arrive next day (with delivery options that include leaving at the front door! Yes!). Returns are as simple as re-sealing the delivery satchel the items came in, filling out an online form, printing the package return slip, and popping it in the post!

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Olivia Ruched Sleeve Top – Size 20 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $41.97
Veronica Ponte Pant – Size 22 – RRP $49.95 – I paid $29.97

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Lola Jumpsuit – Size 22 – RRP $89.95 – I paid $53.97

 

Veronica Ponte Pant – Size 22 – RRP $49.95 – I paid $29.97

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Harlow Frill Sleeve Jumper – Size 20 – RRP $59.95 – I paid $35.97
Priya Tailored Pants – Size 20 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $59.45

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Leila Faux Fur Jacket – Size 22 – RRP $119.95 – I paid $95.96

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Adele Wrap Top – Size 22 – RRP $44.95 – I paid $26.97
Priya Tailored Pants – Size 20 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $59.45

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Margo Wool Blend Cocoon Coat – Size 22 – RRP $139.95 – I paid $111.96
Sandy Check Pant – Size 20 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $62.95 (No longer available)

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Loriel Longline Blazer – Size 22 – RRP $99.95 – I paid $84.95

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Priya Tailored Pants – Size 20 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $59.45

Priya Tailored Pants - Size 20

Lydia Belted Pants – Size 22 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $62.95

Lydia Belted Pants - Size 22

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Haven Eyelet Wrap Dress – Size 22 – RRP $79.95 – I was given this by a friend 🙂

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Sandy Check Pant – Size 20 – RRP $69.95 – I paid $62.95

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Marie Wrap Pencil Skirt – Size 20 – RRP $59.95 – I paid $41.96

Marie Skirt - size 20.jpgSugar Me Tee – Size 20 – RRP $39.95 – I paid $27.96

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Frankie PU Biker Jacket – Size 20 – RRP $99.95 – I paid $89.95

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Lani Belted Longline Coat – Size 20 – RRP $139.95 – I paid $69.98
Angelica Tartan Wrap Dress – Size 20 – RRP $89.95 – I paid $80.95

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Raven Pencil Dress – Size 20 – RRP $89.95 – I paid $80.95

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Polly Paper Bag Waist Pant – Size 20 – RRP $69.96 – I paid $69.95

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Darling Wrap Dress – Size 20 – RRP $99.95 – I paid $99.95

Ada Wrap Dress – Size 20 – RRP $79.95 – I paid $39.18

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FINAL THOUGHTS

As you can probably tell by the sheer number of items I own from them, Atmos & Here Curvy are genuinely one of my all-time favourite brands. I love that they have professional items that I can wear at work, fancy items I can wear to events, and cool basics/casual wear that are great weekend pieces.

Some notes on sizing: I’m very consistently a size 20 in tops and dresses – while I do have some size 22 pieces, I find that these are roomy and I could easily have gone down to a size 20. When it comes to pants, I’m normally a size 20, but I should note that I tend to size up on pants because sometimes I buy Atmos&Here Curvy pants in a 20 and they absolutely do not fit. So if I want to be sure that it will fit, I size up. I also prefer sizing up to a size 22 for jackets and coats, because I feel like they fit better, and I like to be able to wear jumpers or thicker layers with these items.

My general suggestion when it comes to this brand is to just be unafraid to buy stuff knowing it might not fit. The returns process is so good that you really have nothing to lose, and I’ve found that the more pieces I buy, the better sense I have of what is going to fit me, what I need to size up in, etc. Sizing is variable between items, so keep that in mind, but don’t let it stop you from trying things! I find that I can very consistently order things I love from Atmos&Here Curvy, so it’s definitely a brand I recommend for plus size women!

Lots of Love

Katie xx

BAXTER BLUE: TESTED

There are very few jobs these days that don’t require some level of screen-time, especially if you work in any kind of office environment, you’re probably like me and spend 8+ hours a day under fluorescent lighting staring at a computer screen. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finishes work at the end of the day and just feels totally wiped, with sore, tired eyes and headaches. While I know that some of this strain relates to my on-going neck and shoulder tension, which I get from carrying stress in those areas, I have wondered whether the bright and harsh lights at work and from staring at screens is partially to blame for my tired eyes and sore head. Enter Baxter Blue.

never click on Facebook and Instagram ads. Generally, they’re just rubbish products like SkinnyTea or Sugarbear Hair Vitamins, but when I saw the ad for Baxter Blue on Facebook I was really intrigued. Glasses that could help with my eye strain, designed for people who work with screens all day? Colour me interested! Taken directly from their website, Baxter Blue glasses are intended to be “a fashionable range of non-prescription eyewear for those who use computers and digital devices, importantly protecting their eyes from the dangers of blue violet light and alleviating the symptoms of digital eye strain”.

Now this all sounds awesome, but I was admittedly sceptical, so did a bit of internet research on blue light glasses and whether or not they work. For all my google sleuthing, I couldn’t find any definitive data either way about the impact of blue-light glasses (Popsugar, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Business Insider Australia all had different views), so proceed at you own caution is the take home message I guess.

Despite this, I wanted to see for myself if this would be something that could help with my headaches and strain, so I purchased a snazzy pair of clark / gloss black for $89 and decided to test them out. For the purpose of trialling them, I wore them for two consecutive days (Monday and Tuesday), didn’t wear them for the rest of the week, and then wore them again for a few days the next week, so I could see if there was a noticeable difference. I also knew I would have to wear my regular, prescription glasses a fair bit during the testing period, and would also be away from my desk at meetings, etc, so thought this would help account for that.

Test Day 1

Baxter Blue - Day 1

My first day wearing them was actually my first day back at work after a 10-day holiday over the Easter long weekend (nothing like using 3 leave days to get 10 days off!) so I figured it would be the perfect time to put my new Baxter Blue glasses to the test. While I’ve been a glasses wearer for almost 14 years, I’m short-sighted and normally only wear my glasses while driving, at the movies, etc. For this reason, getting used to having glasses on that a) didn’t improve my vision, and b) were meant to be worn for close-up work on computer screens, was a big adjustment. They’re also slightly too large for my head, so I found that they slipped down my nose constantly, so that was slightly annoying, although fixable if I went for a different style I guess. It’s too early to tell whether they’ve reduced eye strain, neck/shoulder tension, or were the reason why I didn’t have a headache at the end of the day, since I don’t experience these symptoms every day at work. However, I feel relatively accustomed to wearing them constantly, so I’m interested to see if I feel like they’ve made a difference as the week goes on.

Note: I did take them off for about an hour over lunch while in the lunchroom aka a screen-free environment.

Test Day 2

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I think I’m over the weirdness of wearing glasses for close-up/computer work today, since it felt totally normal to sit down at my desk this morning and pop my Baxter Blue glasses on. As the day wore on, I was still getting a bit frustrated that they were sliding down my face and needed to be continually pushed up, but as I said, I think that would be fixable with a different style. I also found today that I’m a bit over wearing glasses all day – normally with my prescription pair, I’m only wearing them for short-ish stints, and I take them off relatively frequently, so I’m not used to such consistent wear. However, I’m still getting fairly positive results, and have been headache and eye strain-free for the last two days.

Test Day 3 (the next week)

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I put my Baxter Blue’s on at lunchtime (ish) as I had been away from my desk and computer for most of the morning. It felt quite comfortable and natural to sit down and chuck my glasses on, and I do think that my eyes have adjusted to wearing them for close-up work. It potentially helps that they’re quite a bit more bulky and ‘noticeable’ on the face than my prescription glasses, which are wire-rimmed and very light – maybe my brain kinda goes, “thick black rim glasses for computers, thin wire-rims for prescription”. Either way, I happily wore my glasses for the rest of the day, headache free! I noticed that yesterday I wasn’t wearing the glasses and I did have a bit of a headache by the end of the day, which could have also been due to lack of sleep/an early morning wake-up, but either way, I wanted to chuck them back on today to see if they could help mitigate the eye strain.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Aside from the three days I’ve talked about in detail here, I’ve worn my Baxter Blue’s on and off for the last 3 or so weeks. I’m not an optometrist, doctor or scientist, so if you want an opinion from someone qualified in those fields then I’m not your gal. However, as a regular, computer-using layperson, here’s what I think – whether it’s the glasses or placebo affect, I didn’t get a headache or suffer from eye strain on any of the days I remembered to wear the Baxter Blue glasses. While I’m an irregular sufferer of headaches and eye strain, it happens often enough that if these glasses help mitigate or removed those symptoms, I’m happy! However, if you’re really concerned about persistent headaches and eye strain, rather than trying a pair of these glasses as the first step, I’d recommend you talk to your doctor and/or optometrist, as there may be underlying health issues causing that pain.

If you’re like me, and work in an office or tech-industry, I think these are worth the $89 splurge to have a test and see what you think! Plus they have a 30-day return or exchange policy, which is plenty of time to wear and test them to see if they work for you.

What do you think, are you interested in trying blue-light reduction glasses? Have you tried them before or do you think they’re a gimmick?

Lots of Love

Katie xx

Disclaimer: I purchased these glasses with my own money, and this review is 100% my honest opinion. I was not sponsored or paid for this post.

BRAND FEATURE: LITTLE PARTY DRESS

One of my favourite Australian online stores that caters to a variety of shapes and sizes is Little Party Dress, run by the lovely Kelly Purvis. Full of gorgeous items (not just dresses!) in different prints and cuts, Little Party Dress carries sizes 6 to 18 and is currently restocking with new pieces every Monday night – though depending on when you’re reading this, best to check their instagram page for the most up-to-date information!

There are a few things that make LPD unique to me, the first being that Kelly is a “selfie model” for each and every item on the store, meaning that when you purchase anything, you can see it on a real person (she describes herself as “173cms tall & a size 12-14, top heavy. I wear a 12 in my standard fit/big make styles, and a 14 in the small make/small bust styles“).

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Under each item, she also links to instagram photos of customers wearing that style, so you can see how the different colours and sizes look on different people (can you spot someone familiar below?)

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Screenshot from the ‘Soul Mate Navy Floral Dress” – I’m featured 5th from the left!

Probably my favourite thing is the ‘length, fit, fabric’ section on each and every garment she sells. In this section, she provides information specific to each item on the exact length, and whether it is a ‘small, standard or generous’ fit. As someone who is more of a size 20, I’m always cautious about buying a size 18 from an online retailer, but I can consistently buy any size 18s that are listed as “generous fit”.

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Note: this is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive any of these items for free. I paid for everything listed here myself (with Afterpay, which LPD offers!), and all opinions are honest and my own. I just wanted to help other plus-sized women figure out what things might fit them!

WORK APPROPRIATE (or at least, appropriate at my work. See my ‘About’ page for more information)

Soul Mate Navy - Size 18

Soul Mate Navy Floral Dress – $64.95, polyester, generous fit

This is a newer release, and one of my favourites. I think it’s timeless and could be worn to a wedding or event, thought I felt perfectly comfortable wearing it to work as well.

Arlo Geo - Size 18

Arlo Geo Print Dress – $69.95, polyester, generous fit

This one is borderline too tight across my stomach, but the busy print helps distract from that (just something to note if your tummy area is particularly pronounced or something you’re self-conscious about). I got SO many compliments at work on this day, and I know this print comes in some of their other popular cuts, so if you love it, there are plenty of styles to choose from.

 

Frankie Pink Leopard - Size 18

Frankie Pink Leopard Dress – $69.96, polyester, generous fit

Easily one of LPDs most popular styles (this and the Gemma, which I don’t have) the Frankie dress is comfy, stylish, and appropriate for many different events and environments. I’ve work this to work and also casually a number of times, and I always feel fantastic in it. It’s a go-to dress, and always in rotation.

Green Floral - Size 18

Brave Green Floral Dress – (Sold Out) $45, polyester (semi-sheer), generous fit

Unfortunately this particular dress is sold out (I bought it on sale), but I thought I would feature it anyway since it is a different kind of cut to the others I own. The wrap/tie sections is quite unusual, and I love the retro wide lapel/collar area. Such a fun dress.

Mandy Wrap - Size 18

Mandy Pink Stripe Wrap Dress – $59.95, polyester, standard fit

The two wrap dresses I have (see below) are the two standard fit items I have and while they do both fit, as you can see in the photo, I did have to wear this one with a singlet underneath to avoid flashing a lil too much cleavage at work. However there is plenty of wrap in the skirt, so I felt pretty comfortable on the bottom half (and truthfully wear a singlet under most wrap items no matter how well they fit). Such a great colour combo too.

Frankie Abstract - Size 18

Frankie Abstract Print Dress – $69.95, cotton/polyester, generous fit

Another version of the popular Frankie – I did wear this to work as styled above, but honestly the print just felt too casual for me. I might wear it for a casual Friday again, but probably will keep it for non-work wear. Also, pro-tip, with dresses and tops that have buttons down the front, I tend to get boob-gape no matter how well it fits, so I recommend just hand-sewing a couple of stitches from the bottom button to your usual level of ‘unbuttoned’. Super simple and works a treat.

NOT WORK APPROPRIATE (in my personal opinion)

Fiesta Wrap Dress - Size 18.jpg

Fiesta Geometric Print Wrap Dress – $64.95, polyester, standard fit

As I said above about the Mandy dress, as a standard fit item, this did fit me, but when I tried it on as a dress I felt it was a little too revealing, so thus far I’ve only worn it as a kimono/cape with pants and a top underneath. I think I’d wear it as an actual dress with a slip underneath to an event or something though.

Monique Pink - Size 18

Monique Pink Dress – $69.95, polyester/cotton, generous fit

This is such a cute dress (and another very popular style) which comes in pink and black. It’s very soft and comfortable, and super on trend with the flared sleeves and embroidery. It is also quite short, just FYI (I’m only 165cm and it was short on me) and after I washed it, I found it shrunk somewhat. I think I could iron it back out to a better length, but just be cautious when washing it.

In Love Stripe - Size 18

In Love Stripe Shirt Dress – $64.95, polyester, generous fit

This is definitely a short shirt dress, so if you’re tall or not comfortable in shorter dresses, this might not be for you. I really like how it looks with leggings or tights, so it wasn’t a huge issue for me, but I probably wouldn’t brave it without something else covering my legs. This is probably the only item where I had an issue with the fabric, I just wish it was a cotton or similar, since the polyester just feels unexpected in a shirt-style dress.

 

 

Frankie Xmas Pets - Size 18

Frankie Xmas Pets Dress – (Sale) $40, cotton/polyester, generous fit

The frankie style in a Christmas print was a winner for me – I did actually wear this to my work Christmas function,  but wouldn’t have worn it on a regular December day to work. While obviously not the most versatile since it’s a festive print, I found it comfortable and cute for the season!

Eddie Lemon - Size 18

Eddie Lemon Print Dress – $69.96, cotton/polyester, generous fit

I probably could wear this to work on a summery day or casual Friday, but I personally don’t like spaghetti straps at work. This is another dress where I recommend sewing the buttons shut for more security, though as you can see I like wearing it with the top button undone and folded over. It’s such a cute print, and has ruching on the back to fit people with different bust sizes. It also looks cute with a thin brown belt around the waist.

 

 

So there you have it, a number of different Little Party Dresses that I own that fit a size 18-22. Even though LPD doesn’t go beyond a size 18 at this time, there are definitely plus-size friendly options at an affordable price. If you get anything, don’t forget to hashtag #LittlePartyDress on instagram so that Kelly can see you rocking your LPDs, and you can get 10% off your order by signing up for her email newletter.

Is there anything here you want to get? Let me know which style is your favourite!

Lots of Love,

Katie xx

 

WHAT IT’S LIKE SHOPPING AS A PLUS SIZE WOMAN

If you’ve had a look at my ‘About‘ page, you’d have seen that I normally wear something between a size 18 to a size 22, depending on style, fit, and what store I’m shopping in. You might also have noticed that most of my clothes come from online retailers. Here’s why…

Clothing Racks
The size options available at LOTS of retailers – apparently everyone is a size 8, 10, 12, 14 right?

As far as plus size women go, I’m actually lucky, as I’m what a lot of our community would call an ‘inbetweenie’ (check out this fantastic post by iCurvy where Jo talks about what that term means to her). For me, it means that I can shop in a lot of standard size stores, or at least the ones that go to a 16/18/20 (such as Katies, Crossroads, and Trenery – and weirdly, Gorman Size 14). However I also fall very firmly into the plus size category insofar as I feel MUCH more comfortable shopping in plus size stores, especially for trousers or fitted items.

I want to talk about clothes shopping as a plus size woman for a few reasons. One, I’m a clothes shopping fanatic, and am obsessed with buying new clothes and styling interesting outfits. But beyond just my own selfish enjoyment of buying clothes – I’m part of an beautiful online community of Australian plus-size women called ‘Curvy AU’ (find us on Facebook!) and the most common posts on there is ‘Where can I buy X in a plus size?’ or ‘Has anyone purchased X  from Y store, do they go up to my size?’. It’s conceptually something I’ve found that people just don’t understand if they’ve never been plus size. And I don’t just mean, “I’m bigger than all my other friends at a size 12 while they’re a size 8”. I mean, “Buying the plain undies in Kmart because the cute ones stop at a size 16 but at least I can buy undies here unlike at Bras & Things or Victoria’s Secret”.

Let me explain.


The other day, I really wanted to buy an fitted, but comfortably roomy, white button down shirt to wear to work. I’ve put on a bit of weight and had packed my work outfit without checking that everything still fitted, and lo and behold, when I got changed after the gym my shirt was gaping at the boobs and tight around my stomach. It wasn’t hugely noticeable to anyone who wasn’t me, but I still was feeling pretty uncomfortable so figured I would take an early lunch break and pop out to the city to grab something to wear for the rest of the day. And here’s the issue – in Hobart where I live, there are almost no plus sized stores in the city centre. Most of them are out in a shopping centre called Eastlands, a 10 minute drive from the city. So I try Target, normally a pretty safe bet since they go up to a size 20 and also have an ok plus sized range (if you only want basics); no luck there, the white button down shirts they had weren’t fitting me properly, so there was no point in substituting one poorly fitting shirt for another. I then went to Myer, again, a safe bet for work wear; again, they only had ‘fancy’ white shirts (what is the point of this? I don’t want diamantes on my shirt), nothing that met my ‘plain, white button down’ criteria. Shirts are a tricky beast for lots of women, but I find that being plus size, most of them pull very tight across my stomach and hips, and rarely fit across the shoulders and bust.

And that was it. There wasn’t anywhere else I could go that would have a shirt that would fit me that was also in my price range. (In the interest of transparency, there are two other plus sized shops in Hobart CBD, however they both cater to an older demographic, and have nothing that costs less than $100)

I don’t know how to explain that sensation to someone who hasn’t experienced it firsthand. This wasn’t a matter of me being picky – there was literally no where else I could get to in the Hobart CBD that STOCKED MY SIZE IN A PLAIN WHITE SHIRT.


I (and many other women who wear a size 18 and above) can’t just waltz into any old shop and expect to find things that fit me. I can’t just grab a cheap blazer or pair of jeans in a fashion emergency. I can’t shop for formal wear in the shops that cater to on-trend items or currently popular styles. When helping a friend look for a dress for an event she had to go to, I picked something out for her to try on and when I passed it to her, she said “Oh, I thought you picked that up for you to try on?”. What she didn’t realise was that nothing in the shop we were in would have come close to fitting me. This is the reality of shopping in a world that is socialised to hate fat people – things aren’t made to fit you.

You need to go to a special store, with a limited selection of items, and hope there’s something there that you like. You also need to hope that when you go into a ‘standard size’ shop that the sales assistant isn’t going to look you up and down with that pitying “oh you are SO not going to fit into anything here”. Or wondering if you’re going to rip the seam on pants as you try them on or get stuck with a zipper on a dress. Or worse, having the assistant actually saying to you (and this has happened to every plus size woman I know, including me), “I don’t think you’ll fit into anything here, sorry!”. (Notice how it’s me not fitting into the clothes, rather than the clothes not fitting me? That’s because, if you haven’t figured it out already, society is socialised to demonise fat people. But that’s a topic for another post altogether). Common variations on this theme include “I’m not sure we have anything in that size” and “this is one-size-fits-all so it might work”. Or if they’re really trying to up sell you into buying something, they steer you towards stretchy/loose knitwear, accessories or shoes.

Is it getting better? Yes, I’d argue so. Shops like Crossroads, Katies, Kmart and Big W have extended sizing in lots or all of their items. Online stores like Showpo have started extending their range up to size 20, and using both a ‘standard’ and ‘plus’ model to advertise their clothes.

But to be honest with you? There are few things that make you feel worse, as a plus size, fashion-conscious woman, than to be desperately trying to do up the zip on an item that you know isn’t going to fit you and to hear the sales assistant ask if they can “help you with sizes”. No, you can’t help me with sizes, because everything I brought into the change room with me is in the largest size you stock.  

Here’s what I want to say to all the brands that stop their sizing at a size 14 or 16. You are not doing this whole ‘catering to the market’ thing very well. If you aren’t interested in being a brand with a social conscience, at least be good at your core business of growth and profits and capitalism. Because there are a lot of women out there who make a good or great income, and they want to spend money in your stores – but they can’t. So get your act together and start making things in sizes that everyone can fit into. 

Lots of Love,

Katie xx

WEEKLY ROUND-UP #2

I’m a little late on the round-up post this week, but I feel like Tuesday is still pretty good (once you hit Wednesday do you just give up on the week before)? I missed a few days of outfits this week, plus Monday was a public holiday so I was in pyjamas and painting clothes all week! To account for the missing outfits, I’ve included a few other highlights from my week!

Tues-Wed

Tuesday:
Target – Blazer – Size 18 (unavailable)
Big W – Dress – Size XL (unavailable)
Betts – Autumn Boots (Grey) – Size 9 – $79.99 (unavailable)

Wednesday:
Atmos&Here Curvy (The Iconic) – Ada Wrap Dress – Size 20 –  $79.95
Target – Suede Mules – Size 8 (unavailable)

Thur-Sat

Thursday:
Adrift – Aarna Dress (Salt’n’Pepper) – Size 3XL/4XL – $25 (on sale)
Dr Marten – 1461Z (3 Eye) – $200

Saturday:
Gorman – Curious Ladies Dress – Size 14 – $229
Wittner – Sandals – Size 39 (unavailable)

Desk Project
(L) The desk as a work in progress, with the handles removed. (R) The finished product!

So I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my spare room since I moved into my house, and it has honestly just been a ‘box I can’t be bothered unpacking’ room. However, I recently decided I wanted to do more sewing, so decided to make at least part of the room into a little sewing corner, where I could store my fabric and patterns, and have my machine permanently set up. I didn’t want to buy a cheap and flimsy desk, but I also don’t have the dollars to splash on a super fancy one either – the solution, of course, was scouring the local tip shops to see what gems I could find! What I ended up finding wasn’t very pretty to begin with (and I WISH I had taken a ‘before’ photo) but after a few coats of white paint, it came up an absolute charm for only $25!

Food
(L) French Toast with Pears and Berries at The Picnic Basket. (R) Homemade pizza with 2-ingredient dough. 

Two little food favourite of last week – brunch and pizza! On Saturday I caught up with some old school friends and hit up Taroona haunt The Picnic Basket for a delicious French toast and berries. I’m thinking of doing a ‘Best Brunch in Hobart’ post, so comment below if that’s something you’d be interested in reading. The pizza is featured because I have been OBSESSED recently with this 2-ingredient bread dough that has been going around the internet and sounds too good to be true. To make a pizza-amount of dough (I usually split this in half and eat the other part for lunch the next day), you will need: 1 cup of greek yoghurt and 1.5 cups of self raising flour. THAT’S IT! Just combine and add flour as required while you knead into a dough consistency. Then just spread and cook for about 5 minutes or until brown, and use as you would any other kind of pizza base! I like to mix smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and mixed herbs into the dough to add a more savoury flavour, but you definitely don’t need to do that. It’s so delicious, and super quick and easy!

 

So that’s it for last week! Hope you’re having a great week, I’ll see you next time.

Lots of Love

Katie xx

HOW TO: MONOCHROME OUTFIT TREND

So often when I’m trying to put together a quick outfit for work as I rush out the door, rather than going for contrasting or complementary colours (the classic for many office workers is black pants/skirt and some kind of top – nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s not very me!) I tend to reach for monochrome outfits. For me, keeping everything in the same tonal family is a super easy way to quickly put together an outfit that looks very curated and thoughtful. Since this isn’t something everyone feels comfortable with, I thought I would put together a few tips that I use to make sure the matchy-matchy looks cool not kitsch! I’ve used examples pulled from my instagram, so if you’re interested in more looks like this, go check it out.

For those who don’t know, a monochrome outfit is when you stick to one colour or colour variants within the same tone. And it doesn’t just have to be black and white!

TEXTURE

This is a really nice way to break up a monochrome outfit – introduce texture! This could mean mixing fabrics, a fun earring or necklace, or a fuzzy jumper. I don’t do this one as often as some of the other tips I’m going to talk about, but I’ve included some ways I’ve worn textured monochrome below. On the left, I’ve kept the grey very tonally similar, but gone for this pleated skirt dress and patent grey boots to keep things interesting. On the right (also an example I will be using for my ‘pop of colour’ tip below) I’ve got for a LOT of pink, but added pom pom earrings, a fuzzy cardigan, and shiny-toed shoes in a rose gold. Both very different looks, but still using monochrome as the basis of putting the outfit together.

Texture - Monochrome

PRINTS

This is easily my favourite way to rock the monochrome vibe, as you can tell from how many examples I was able to find from my instagram archive! Sometimes trying to match prints can feel overwhelming and end up looking kitsch or not very together. However, I find that matching prints to otherwise cohesive tones or colour palettes allows the print to do all the talking, but keeps the whole look quite purposeful – these are often my ‘most complimented’ outfits!

If you’ve a sharp eye for detail, you will also notice that this is how I wear a lot of my Gorman prints – 4/6 outfits below have Gorman items in them! But you can see how keeping one piece bold and the others in the same tonal range makes everything look really thoughtfully put together. I particularly like the plaid grey pants in the bottom left and the subtle red print on the top right!

Print - monochromePrint - Monochrome - 2

POP OF COLOUR

This probably isn’t how a purist would recommend you tackle a monochrome outfit, but I find that just breaking up similar tones with a pop of something else can really ‘make’ the look. These are three examples where I’ve stuck to a relatively monotone colour palette, but just added something else to the outfit to ‘oomph’ it up – a maroon/purple skirt for the pink outfit, the grey skirt to the white outfit, and the black pinafore in the pink outfit.

Pop - monochrome

JUST GO FOR WHATEVER MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD

This isn’t so much a tip as it is an encouragement to just wear what makes you feel good! For me, I adore pink and often just want to wear as much of it as I can at one time. So the monochrome look works well for that, as long as I match my pink tones and keep things in the same colour family (ie warm pinks/blue-tone pinks). Find what works for you and wear the heck out of it!!

Just Do It - Monochrome

 

Which look is your favourite? Have you tried the monochrome trend? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of Love

Katie xx

WEEKLY ROUND-UP #1

Welcome to my weekly round-up! Rather than blogging about my individual outfits each day (which normally I post to instagram anyway), I’ve decided I’m going to do a regular Sunday evening round up of my whole weeks outfits. I’ll include links where items are still available, as well as sizes, brands, and prices.

In future weeks, I may expand this to a kind of weekly favourites, covering food, beauty, books or whatever else I’ve been loving that week. I apologise that not all of the below photos are the best quality (I’m looking at you, bathroom outfit selfie…) but I just wanted to make sure I had a photo of each outfit from the week.

mon-tues

Monday:
City Chic – Wild Animal Top – $20 (on sale, no longer on website) – Size M
Atmos&Here Curvy (The Iconic) – Lydia Belted Pants – $69.95 – Size 22
Henk Berg – Catie Bag – $198 – Natural Brown
Wittner – Black Leather Shoes – size 39 (unavailable)

Tuesday:
Gorman – Sugarbush Flannel Dress – Dana Kinter x Gorman AW17 Collaboration – $299 (unavailable) – Size 14
Kmart – Brown Sandals – Size 8 (unavailable)

wed-thur-fri

Wednesday:
Kmart – Striped Shirt – Size 22
Love Your Wardrobe (The Iconic) – Cropped Soft Cargo Pants – $59.95 (on sale) – Size 18
Betts – Leather Boots – Size 9 (unavailable)

Thursday:
Gorman – Stripe Top – Mireia Ruiz x Gorman SS18 Collaboration – $149 (unavailable) – Size 14
Atmos&Here Curvy (The Iconic) – Marie Wrap Pencil Skirt – $59.95 – Size 20
Luca & Marc (Harris Scarfe) – Pineapple Cardigan – Size XL (unavailable)
Betts – Black Velvet Mary Jane Heels – Size 9 (unavailable)

Friday:
Trenery – Blue Dress
Henk Berg – Catie Bag – $198 – Natural Brown

sat-sun

Saturday:
Kmart – Long Sleeve Shirt – $19 – Size 26
City Chic – Denim Bib Dress – $99.95 – Size L
Rivers – Sandals – Size 39 (unavailable)

Sunday:
ASOS – Playsuit – Size 20 (unavailable)
Saltwater Sandals – Classic SWS Silver – Size 6 (Australian Size 9) – $89.95

 

There you have it! Tomorrow is a public holiday in Australia, so my work week doesn’t start until Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend, if you have it off, or if you’re working I hope the public holiday pay is excellent!

Lots of Love

Katie xx