Sunday, August 25, 2013

Aussie Curves- LBD

You may have noticed I'm a big fan of colour. This week's little black dress challenge wasn't hard, since I have only a few black dresses. This dress I've only worn once. I just find black to be boring and depressing, so you're hardly ever likely to see me in a black dress (unless it has a great pattern on it or is all lacey and goth-like). This dress was an old buy from Yours Clothing. I bought it because I thought I should have a black dress in my wardrobe, in case I needed to go to a funeral or something (what a cheery thought). 

The dress itself is quite nice, it fits beautifully and has a nice swishy skirt. Pity it's black!

I tried to cheer up the outfit with my coloured necklace, bracelet and my polka dot bow. My bag used to be my Mum's.

Outfit Details
Dress: Yours Clothing (22)
Necklace: local markets
Bracelet: Thrifted
Shoes: Kmart (11)
Hair Bow: Olive Tree Markets

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Aussie Curves- Work

This week the Aussie Curves challenge is work. My work at the moment is being a single mum. Looking after my boys and running the household. I need to wear clothes that are easy to move in, soft, with no sharp necklaces so I'm always available for cuddles and comforting. Earrings are simple so they won't catch on little boy's faces when they hug me. Of course, my clothes are always colourful, which my boys greatly approve of. Sometimes when they look at my outfit for the day, one will add "You need a bit more rainbow Mummy". I'm always happy to oblige.

The weather is finally warm enough that my legs see the light of day. Blue and orange is a favourite colour combo of mine at the moment. My velvety skirt is from Autograph, that I picked up for $20 in the sales.

My cardigan and owl shirt are from Big W. I like the navy and orange styles they have in their shop right now. My shoes are cheap flats from Kmart that are my go to shoes, they are comfy and go with everything. Perfect when I'm rushing to get the kids in the car for the school run.

My orange sunnies are from Kmart (I have them in green and pink too). Lightning earrings are from an op shop, and my owl clip was sent to me from Kath, one of my lovely online friends.

Being a Mum is an important job. I'm very aware that I am the constant, loving adult in their life, and I see how they depend on me and take strength from that. Sometimes that's a bit scary, and I feel overwhelmed at all the responsibilities I juggle, with no one to talk over the decisions with, no one to step up and do the washing up for me when I'm tired. But I'm also aware that I'm very lucky. My kids and I have a place to live, I have a supportive family in my parents and siblings, and my church. My boys are usually happy, and they're still young enough to give me cuddles and tell me that they love me. We have fun playing computer games together, and at the moment I'm enjoying reading them their first Harry Potter book. I'm grateful for my life and my boys.

Outfit Details
Skirt: Autograph (22)
Shirt: Big W (24)
Cardigan: Big W (26)
Shoes: Kmart (11)
Earrings: Thrifted
Owl clip: from a friend
Sunglasses: Kmart

Monday, August 12, 2013

Aussie Curve- Feminine

I was wearing all pink today, and decided this would be a good outfit to show you for the feminine themed challenge this week. Feminine clothes of course are different for everyone, but for me, I had always associated the colour pink with girlyness. When I was younger, I avoided pink like the plague. I didn't think of myself as girly, and didn't want to be associated with it. I had the wrong idea that being "girly" was somehow of less value than being a Dungeon and Dragons playing, book reading, computer game playing geek. It took me a while to realise that there are many different ways of being a woman (as many as there are women really), and they don't cancel each other out. There's nothing wrong with being girly. There is also nothing wrong with my interests and hobbies (even if they were different to nearly every other girl I knew growing up). I can be both girly and enjoy gaming and other things. Not sure if I explained that very well, but basically, being a woman is awesome.    

This dress is from Autograph, that I got with a voucher (otherwise I would have saved up, it's not on sale at the moment). I love the bright colour, and it's very comfy. The material is stretchy and lined, and doesn't blow around in the wind as easily as some of my other dresses.

I decided to go with pink accessories, 'cos why not? If I'm wearing such a bright colour I may as well go all out, right?

Outfit Details

Dress: Autograph (22)
Leggings: Big W (22)
Belt: Asos Curve
Shoes: Kmart (11)
Earrings: (can't remember)
Hair Bow: Olive Tree Markets
Sunglasses: Kmart