Shoes you can wear forever.

In 2004, my Mam bought me a pair of UGGs as a ‘well done, you managed to make it through secondary school without totally losing the plot’ present. I wore them in to the ground, which is understandable as they were my first pair of knee boots, period. My calves were chunky even then and I was yet to discover the wide-width-heaven that is Evans. When my UGG’s died, Mam brought me back some EMU boots from America. Practically the same thing, really. Pretty sure I’ve been living in the same EMU style for the last three-four years. I’ve definitely gone through a few pairs thanks to my conveniently placed family in Philadelphia – jokes on you, customs! Actually, hang on – 2004 was not three-four years ago. Wow. Okay. I’m old. *Having a moment….*

Ahem. My current EMU’s get worn everywhere. They’re warm, they’re black and they’re wrecked. If there wasn’t a nice splatter of white paint on them I reckon I wouldn’t be breaking up with them. As much as I love feeling like I strolling on clouds and wearing slippers everywhere, I think it might be time to move on and embrace a new pair of boots. My EMUs have done me proud, lasted for years at a time and I want something that’ll compete in the durability department. I’d also like something a little more tailored and feminine; as comfortable as my EMUs are, they kind of look like a pile of mush around my feet.

Say hello to my alternative: Dr. Martens ‘Darcie’ – Something tells me they may not be as comfortable first try, but I’m prepared to do some serious house walking to wear them in.

What do you guys think?

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2011 Fashion Resolutions

Hello, I’m Sara and I am a die-hard list maker.

New Years is one of the few times of year I can do some serious list making without looking like a total dork. Heaven. While I usually make resolutions I never stick to, I love the feeling of a fresh start each year with lots of possibilities.

What are you guys planning for your wardrobe in 2011?

1) Goodbye, jeans. Hello, dresses.

After spending the last year searching for a pair to suit both my height and chunkyness, I’ve decided to embrace my jeans-less wardrobe. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I wore a pair. I’ll just buy more dresses. Oh, no!

If you do fall in to the tall/chunky category, New Look’s Tall section stocks up to a size 18 and Dorothy Perkins’ Tall section goes up to a size 22, both of which have a maximum length of 36″. Excellent. My only issue is the low waist. Seeing as I’m carrying some spare tyres around my middle, low waist jeans leave everything to hang out. No thank you.

I live in dresses so it’s about time I start embracing them. On my 2011 wish list so far is this gorgeous sailor dress from Pin Up Couture. Also available on ModCloth.

Next up is the tulle skirt. I’m crushing on everything available from Ouma on Etsy, especially the hand dyed tea length skirt, which was also worn by Jay from Fatshionable when she visited New York this year. Nom. Alternatively, Get Go Retro do a custom tea length skirt and ‘Carrie’ tutu inspired by Sex and the City.

Hand Dyed Tea Length Tulle Skirt by Ouma

 

Clouds of Cotton Candy dress by Ouma

Tea Length Tulle Tutu Skirt by Get Go Retro

2) Oh hai, pale face.

I’m Irish. We get very little sun. Even when we do get the occasional summer rays, I’m grand inside. I’m pale, pasty and had very fair hair until my ovaries switched themselves off a few years back. When I was younger I swam, a lot, so I never really embraced the whole fake tan movement. The chlorine would melt it off in an hour anyway. I also suffer with sporadic combination skin. One day it’s super oily, the next day I wake up with half my face peeling off. Whoda thunk your ovaries could affect so much? I think it’s finally time to embrace some kind of skin regime, so here we go:

Nicola Roberts – Dainty Doll Foundation

Dainty Doll foundation by Nicola Roberts

Available on ASOS. The foundation, which comes in 3 shades, Ivory, Porcelain and White,  is currently sold out – not surprising when it’s priced at under £12. Haven’t been able to find anywhere stocking the brand in Ireland, although Jelly Pong Pong, who collaborated with Nicola on Dainty Doll, stock products in The Ivory Closet, Limerick. Their site isn’t up yet, so not sure if they’re stocking Nicola’s range. Fingers crossed the ASOS stock is replenished soon.

Alison Raffaele – Reality Base Foundation

Alison Raffaele - Reality Base Foundation

Stumbled across this product after searching through ever informative forum on Beaut.ie. On the forum, Synchronicity linked to a foundation matrix on Temptalia, which lists foundation brands and more importantly, those catering for light skin. A little more expensive than Dainty Doll, but $38 (around 28e) is hardly breaking the bank.

Proactiv

Proactiv Solution

When I was 19, just before I decided to stop swimming I went to Philadelphia for a while to stay with my family and scout out some colleges. I remember watching infomercials for Proactiv with Jessica Simpson on them and immediately being sucked in. It wasn’t until I finally stopped swimming and my ovaries went mental that my skin problems started. I’d never say I have bad skin, but it’s patchy and has a mind of its own. I think Proactiv is one of those products I just need to try. You can order online from their .co.uk (links to .ie for hiked up euro prices) or international sites. Personally, I’m going to order from the international site as it works out a little cheaper and the product combinations are different. Let’s see how it goes!

3) The Tall Doll

Shoes. I love shoes. I also love bags. The chubby girls go to pieces when nothing else fits. I tend to accumulate bags as I’m so tall. My plan for 2011 is to give the fingers to my tallness and wear whatever shoes I want, starting with a delicious pair of Jeffrey Campbell ‘Raid’ Wedges from Sole Struck. I’ve been watching them all year and can’t wait until they arrive, especially seeing as they have the Acne ‘Alexa’ metal bottom. Plus, when I bought them this morning, I refreshed the page and it said they were no longer available. Take that for a sign!

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell 'Raid' Wedge

4) Multicoloured legs

I can’t say goodbye to jeans without stocking up on some alternative leg wear. I usually buy my leggings from Matalan, aka my Mam buys them when she goes over to the U.K. Super cheap, long and stretchy and last for ages against the chub-rub. 

We Love Colors – Plus Size Tights

Solid Colour Plus Size Tights by We Love Color

I’ve already made one tights purchase from We Love Colors and I’ve been wearing them nearly every day. Will be buying lots more from their plus size section in 2011. They have 51 colours to choose from, how could I not?

Sock Dreams

Zurich Texture Tights by Sock Dreams

Also, can’t wait to get some thigh high (will totally be knee high on me) socks from Sock Dreams. They’ve a lovely plus size section with socks, fishnets, thigh highs and garters in every style you can think of.

The Art of: Self Portraits

Today, a postal warrior trekked to my house to deliver my new Interfit stand. Joy! (My joy was crushed by a second postal warrior who brought a double bass for my brother. I could fit in the box it was so big. Outshone my little stand in an instant so I thought I’d share it with you guys.) Now, my lovely stand is hardly glamorous, but a total necessity when you need a second pair of hands, particularly for self portraits. I’m pretty sure my brother is sick of holding my massive reflector at this stage, but it’s also irritating when I want to try a simple shot at home and can’t do it without help.

There she is, in all her standy glory.

The delivery got me thinking about the self portraits and outfit posts I’ve planned to include in my thesis project. I’ve been holding out on starting them until next semester, which is giving me a little bit of time to research and plan – essential – and make my life easier by acquiring cheap hands like my stand and reflector.

Okay, so I know I’m looking at this from a photography perspective, but how do you guys plan your self portraits and outfit shots?

What is your main objective – to show the outfit in all its glory or create an image similar to commercial/editorial magazine content?

What is it about self portraits that appeal to you so much?

I’m always curious about how other minds work when it comes to creative content like this. Personally, my answer is a mix of both. All I need to do now is quit stressing and put them online. A million other plus size girls do and they look incredible. Boo! Still, I love them. Viewing a self portrait is like a sneak peak inside your life, your wardrobe and your personality. Even if you use them as a way of projecting who you would like to be, is that really a bad thing? I don’t think so.

Here’s some favourites to get your creative juices flowing:

The Photographer: Miss Lulu & The Teaspoon Shortage aka Lucia Holm

This girl is incredible. Her Flickr profile was one of the first I found when I joined the site a few years back. I’ve been checking it weekly ever since. Apart from seriously crushing on Lucia’s hair, her self portraits are simple, clean, creative and incredibly well lit. The last image is my favourite.

Twitter || Model Mayhem || Lucia Holm Photography

The Blogger: Elsa Billgren – Need Help Dressing? (Swedish Elle)

I stumbled across an image of Elsa in a floral vintage dress on Lauren’s Tumblr (Lauren runs Pocket Rocket Fashion, a delicious plus size fashion blog) while I was researching curvy fashion for my thesis. Talk about crush at first sight. I think I’ve gone through all the archives on Elsa’s blog, which is hosted by Swedish Elle. The Swedish-to-English translations offered by Google are both hilarious and endearing, adding to Elsa’s alluring appeal. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with her cutesy demeanour, adorable apartment and lush collection of vintage dresses. She also likes cats. Win.


Alive, Christmas, 2011 x

To say I feel like I’ve fallen off the world feels like an understatement. Thought I’d do a little update before Christmas to let the world know I’m still alive.

So, as of Monday, I’m officially half way through my final year of college and I’m already looking forward to lots of Christmas snoozing and lounging over the holidays. I love to lounge. Isn’t it the best? I also love sweets, but you already knew that. My mind definitely needs the recoup after this semester if I’m going to get through next year unscathed. We’ll be having a quite Christmas in my house- my Dad, my brother, Steven, my Grandad and myself will be taking over the sitting room to watch Band of Brothers ALL day. WW2 combined with a massive dinner and lots of sweets; I can’t imagine a sweeter day.

I already got one of my presents already – how bold – a lovely Holga 120 GCFN from HolgaRama. They were super lovely to deal with and my camera arrived so quickly. In fact, out of all the presents I bought online, it’s the only one that’s already arrived. I’ve been using my film sparingly until the giant batch I ordered from 7DayShop arrives. Also bought lots of 35mm too. Planning to get everything developed in January so I’ll have lots of lovely surprise shots.

Also, m boyfriend bought me a Sega Mega Drive. Possibly the ultimate present ever. Can’t wait to relive my youth and play Sonic all day.

What are you guys planning to do on Christmas day? – apart from eating lovely dinners and opening presents, obviously! Did you ask for something specific from Santy?

Besides the looming holidays, I’ve also got my exams in January to think about. Trying to put them to the back of my mind until after New Years, but that’s always easier said than done. Luckily, I’ve only two exams to sit – phew! – but once they’re done, it’s dissertation time. Eeek! I’ve been literally hiding in my study cave, ahem, our box room, since October planning and prepping my dissertation. My final proposal has been submitted so now it’s just a case of waiting for the new semester to start. I did a little post on my project back in October but my idea has changed a little since then. Always the way!

Initially I wanted to create a plus size/tall/petite site to host an online PDF magazine. I’m still doing the site and magazine but concentrating on plus size and crafty fashion. One of the nicest things about crafty fashion is it’s open to girls of any size so I thought it would be a nice sister topic for plus size fashion. My PDF magazine, Kelsey, will have lots of lovely product and fashion photography, while the site will run as a blog. I’m really excited but it’s hard not to be nervous about it. Can’t wait to get started for a million reasons, but the main one is using it as an excuse to shop. I’m dying to get my hands on some super pale Nicola Robert’s Dainty Doll make-up from Asos. Obviously it will be a requirement for self portraits, you know. I’m tired of feeling orange from using Ivory foundation. Boo!

I’ll leave it there before I start listing out everything I want online. Thank you, Kaboodle!

Yay and Happy Christmas x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmakoma A/W

Bonjour, my fellow cuddleys.

Received a lovely e-mail from Dina at Carmakoma today complete with their delicious A/W Look book, which you can also check out online if you fancy.

I’m a total sucker for dark winter shades (black, black, black, black…) mixed with a little bit of glam to a) make me feel like a lady and b) to give a little nod at the holiday season. I live in a leggings/dress combo and Carmakoma have hit my winter nail on the head with this collection. Nom. Not to mention the amazing photoshoot with the poodles. Delicious!

Dissertation time! (Thoughts on a postcard, please.)

Hello world!

I can’t remember the last time I was here. How terrible is that? I’ll make up for it, I promise.

So, where have I been? At home, really. Going to lots of gigs and getting settled back in to college. Weaning myself off the internet in the hope of making it through my final year without spending every day on Facebook and Twitter. It’s going really well so far and I’ve been able to get loads of planning done for my Visual Media Dissertation. I also purchased the most incredible FiloFax from Paper Chase and my life is pretty much complete. Hurrah for stationery.

Time to tell you about my dissertation, which is still in the early stages of being anally planned.

I want to design and create the content for a plus size, petite and tall magazine. My first thought was to design it as an A5 free-sheet, which could be slipped in to any other fashion magazine. I love this idea because my target audience would have access to the content without taking up pages in an already jam packed fashion magazine. Don’t get me wrong, I would ideally like to see plus size, petite and tall fashion appearing regularly next to standard sizes, but I don’t work for a magazine. This is portfolio piece and if I design it as a slip in free-sheet, it means all the responsibility is with me. If I’m depending on a magazine to pick it up for my project to completed, well then I’m pretty screwed.

I also planned to design a website, you know, just to keep the magazine company but it quickly dawned on me that I could use the website to host the magazine online. Obviously one of the biggest restrictions about plus size fashion it the content turnover. There aren’t as many stores available to women size 16/18+ so being able to run a blog/ezine and produce a magazine, complete with plus size shoots, every couple of months sounds absolutely delicious to me.

As I said, everything is in the planning stages but I still need all the help I can get. I’ve market research to do so the more people I can get to complete my surveys, when I make them, ahem, the better. I’d just love to hear from any one has an opinion on my project, good or bad.

If you are involved in the fashion media, or the media in general, enjoy fashion and have something to say, you can comment here or send me an email to          lions and tigers and sara oh my at gmail dot com

I’m also looking for plus size models for next year. If you’re on Model Mayhem, here’s my profile. If not, mail away!

I feel like I’ve forgotten how to type/write. Maybe weaning myself off the internet wasn’t such a good idea after all.

 

 

 

Weekend photos: Bronwyn’s Birthday @ Killiney Hill

Hurray for the weekend. It was my lovely friend Bronwyn’s birthday on Sunday so we went out to Killiney Hill for a picnic. We ended up staying until it was dark and watched the shooting stars on the hill. I’d never seen one before, not for lack of trying. Last week, it was too bright near my house to see them, but last night definitely made up for it.

Also, technically this doesn’t count as an outfit post, but it’s close enough for me right now!

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It’s me. Eeek.

T-shirt from Matalan.

Skirt from Marks and Spencer. (Very old, but still amazing.)

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Pink tights from Evans.

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Shoes from Evans.

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The boy et moi. We like to co-ordinate with our closed eyes.

Cardigan from A-Wear

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Cats on my dashboard aka: Me and Bron. =)

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The BIRTHDAY girl herself with Dublin city behind her. x