Wednesday, 1 July 2015

PENCIL SKIRTS AND GINGHAM.

On Thursday I was treated by April and Tammy as a plus one to the opening of the new Lush Stratford store (two doors down from their old one) and its was amazing. A post will be up soon (when I've sorted through the several hundred photos) but I wanted to share what I wore. 

I've found myself opting for pencil skirts as the weather is getting warmer as it avoids the extra layer of  petticoat, and I'm having fun mixing tops to wear with them.




Skirt: River Island (similar here)
Top: Collectif (similar here and here)
Belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Bag: Vintage (similar here )
Shoes: Rocket Dog

I don't know why but when I feeling less than confident about my body I always seem to go for a tight pencil skirt (FYI: all my pencil skirts are tight). I don't know if its a "fake it till you make it" act or that I know I look aw some in a tight skirt or just because I get a LOT less negative attention in comparison to a swing skirt or dress but Its how I roll.

I love this skirt from River Island that I have had for about 4 years and is still going strong. It just clings to all of the right places and a great length. I find that anything with stretch is better at hugging my curves (as it pulls into my waist) and I can easily size down for maximum hug (I'm wearing a size 14).

The top is last summers form Collectif (that I picked up months ago in a sale) but has only just got its first outing. I thought I would be brave a buy something mostly white as its somthing I don't usually wear, but ended up forgotten in my wardrobe because don't wear white. it was fortunate to be hanging next to a cardigan I wanted and so was picked for an appearance. it fits really nicely and accurate like all Collectif clothing (a size 18) while being both thick enough to hide my girls but thin enough for some air. I was worried about the lack of bra options (you basically cant wear one) but the halter neck provided just enough support.

Hopefully this will be my last extended silence for a while.
Jodie x

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

ZIGGY PUGDUST.

Apparently I am completely won over by any animal print item of clothing (hello Kitty and Katnis) but if you add a music reference in there I really can’t resist. I saw this "Ziggy Pugdust” tee by Nicky Rockets months ago and told myself it would be a present for handing in my next assignment (you have to justify these things as a student) and I actually handed in my essay early so I could buy it at the Curvy Convention.

I usually wear this tucked into my high waisted jeans (it’s basically the perfect rockabilly tee) but I think it looks equally great with my Pin Up Girl Clothing leopard print skirt and red Dr Martens.





Tee: Nicky Rockets (similar here)
Skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing (similar here)
Belt: New Look
Boots: Dr Martens
Petticoat: Hell Bunny
Headband: Thrifted

It’s a real sign to the quality of these tees as in how well it have lasted-I’ve worn it at least 20 times since buying it at the Curvy Convention and it’s still soft, thick and the print is perfect. I’m so glad I took the plunge and bought this is a ladies fit (XL if you’re wondering) for the perfect curves rather than the men’s fit of my “Curvy as Hell” tee. It is the perfect close fit plus the length actually reaches my thighs which is ideal.



I've once again changed my hair- if you couldn't tell. The dip dye is back (breaking my “no repeat haircut” rule) and a Bettie Page fringe that took literally an hour to cut in.   My fringe next to never sits perfectly but makes a big difference when I tie it up for work. On the down side I now need to buy shares in dry shampoo and I can’t seem to keep my finger away from it. Its also a firm favourite with the wind and wouldn't sit still for these photos!

Jodie x

P.S. I am aware that the David Bowie inspiration is actually Aladdin Zane- but Ziggy Stardust provides a FAR better pug pun.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

STRAW HATS & ALLY CATS.






Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen (similar here and here)
Cardigan c/o Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here)
Bag: Vintage
Brooch: Ella Mobbs
Hat:Vintage

Summer is coming and everything is getting warmer- so its time to brake out my straw accessories. With the summer approaching I'm risking the lack of rain and bringing out my most delicate vintage wears. I'm becoming a big fan of vintage fairs and increasing my true vintage wardrobe so this hat was a welcome addition to my life and my new (old) straw hat to cream tea with Chris was the perfect day out.

Paired with the Voodoo Vixen Ally Cat dress and Peggy Sue cardigan makes the perfect outfit. I was won over by this dresses name not 100% sure of this print now I can honestly say  I LOVE bowling prints!! I only wish I wore this outfit with my bowling shoes father than pumps for the ultimate look.

In terms of fit this dress is again different from my previous Voodoo Vixen dresses. They're cut similar to the Kitty dress but the shoulders are a little wider so makes this dress perfect all year round.

Fingers crossed it wont be so long for my next post- I am having an awful time with my Internet connection at present so when I can get online I am choosing to do Uni work.
Jodie x

Saturday, 30 May 2015

A LITTLE BIT PARISIAN.







Skirt: Vivian of Holloway (similar here)
Top: Primark
Pumps: Iron Fist
Hair Flower: Your Naked Without One

I couldn't help but feel this outfit was very Parisian, so much so I toyed with the idea of red lipstick but thought it would be a little too much.

I picked up this awesome top in Primark for the massive mount of £3! (I also bought one in black.) Its prefect. Its a little stubborn at staying on my shoulders but when it does its beautiful and so soft I feel like it will get a lot of use in the coming months.

I'm so tired lately I feel like I could do with a holiday- so I'm totally checking out swimming costumes and bikinis for a bit of British sea side fun! Pin up beachwear is my pinterest obsession so if when I get some time off I will be sure to share.
Jodie x 

Monday, 25 May 2015

THIS WEEK, I LOVE...

It feels like an especially long time since my last "This week..." post, being extra busy hasn't stopped me enjoying reading blogs although has stopped me writing them.

Orange has become a bit of a power colour for me as late- and Sammi in her Bernie Dexter dress has inspired me to up the stakes into my wardrobe...


....beyond excited to see myself in the Mirrors write up about the Curvy Convention...


... this photo of Rebecca by Florence is amazing- Totally crushing on her sarong (which is by Vivian of Holloway unless I'm mistaken)...


,,, and I love Amys comparison of Hell Bunny and Lindy Bop skirts- super informative when shopping.

Jodie x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

THE CURVY CONVENTION

Last Saturday was the best (and most exhausting) day- so much so I think I have only just recovered from it! I dressed up to the nines and joined Jo and Nicki (from Voodoo Vixen) at the Curvy Convention. Helping represent a brand I love was amazing, even though I was petrified at the start, and felt a little out of depth being in charge of Voodoo Vixens Instagram account -how did I do? (FYI this post in VERY photo heavy).



Dress:Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here)
Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Shoes: New Look
Belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Bag: Vintage

This is the second Plus Size fashion event I have attended quite a few events in my time (London Fashion Week, London Edge, Vintage fairs ect) but there's something about Plus Size events that are so comfortable. I would be lost without the absolute babes I've met through blogging (both plus size and not) as they really make blogging worthwhile (in particular Laura, April, Law, Debz, Betty, Claire and Becky to name a few), but what differs to the styles I see is that at plus size event I can actually recreate the looks. There is nothing better than seeing styles on a body like mine.

That's why I think the Curvy Convention was such a success- there was loads of plus size babes in clothes I wanted to steal that inspired me. Everyone I spoke to said the same thing- that seeing clothes on actual bodies was great as you could actually see how they fell. how they cut at the bust and waist, how supportive the straps where and (as the Curvy Convention used real people as models) how the clothes looked on a variety of body shapes.


It also meant I got to talk to everyone I met (including a lovely reporter and photographer form the Mirror and the lovely Gemma Collins who-as an Essex girl myself- came off exact how friendly she was on TOWIE) about the increase in plus size fashion. How various brands are catching up with mainstream fashion while still creating pieces appealing tot he more alternative. The fit of plus size clothes are improving more and more- rather that some brands that purely make bigger patterns and expect it to fit bigger woman, brands such as Voodoo Vixen, Evans and Simply Be are using fit models to cut clothes to better shapes and you can really tell the quality in their clothes. 

Plus size events are the best place to see the clothes in action.


All the models done an amazing job- my favourite being the swim wear from Simply Be (oh my God I need them), Nicky Rockers awesome tee range (which I couldn't help but buy to increase my rockabilly wardrobe) and obviously the pin up party of the Voodoo Vixen catwalk.  


As you can tell these are just a few highlights of my time- but I'm already looking forward to next year.






Jodie x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

LEOPARD AND LACE.





Skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing (similar here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here)
Top: Vintage
Sandals: Dr Martens (similar here and here)
Brooch: Ella Mobbs


How awesome are these photos? April done a fantastic job after a day out. Having someone to share my love of pin up with is great- especially when she offers to share her artistic skills.

I have a love/hate relationship with this skirt. In almost every way this skirt is perfect. The print, the length, the width, the softness and thickness of material- all perfect. the only down side is it has a slightly wider waist band than most skirts so tends to fold down a lot-something easily fixed with a belt.

I'm beyond excited about going to the Curvy Convention with Voodoo Vixen Saturday- I'm hope I see a lot of people there even though I am really nervous about the whole thing.
Jodie x