A temporary goodbye

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Hi there,

Just dropping you all a note to let you know the blog will be out of action for a time – possibly months, as I face new, exciting but time consuming challenges in my offline life.  I’ve had to give in and realise I can’t keep all the balls in the air at the same time, something has to drop, and I need to prioritise a couple of other projects at the moment.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the blog, I’ve loved posting my thoughts and wish I would’ve had more time to make it look more professional and get some good quality photos for you all.  Maybe once things settle back down, I’ll be able to do this as it’s an extremely enjoyable hobby for me.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and peaceful few months until we next connect.

Lucy x

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Casual OOTD: Superdry T-shirt and beige slacks

Outfit of the day

Happy Saturday to you all :). I took a quick picture of my slouchy Saturday outfit today – I can’t work out whether it’s cool or American Tourist™ but this is basically the sort of thing I would be wearing most of the time if I could make it look ok.

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I feel like I look pretty straight-figured in this outfit and that may be part of why it works.     The main focus for me, looking at these pictures retrospectively, is the minimising effect this outfit has had on my hips/thighs. I mean, the thighs are still very clearly *there* but….just go with me on this one, ok? :p

I usually feel this type of outfit stands or falls on the thigh area – let’s be honest, it’s a masculine, ‘blokey’ look, and it suits straight, boyish figures more than it suits feminine figures.  So the figure sporting the outfit needs to kinda reflect that blokeyness for it to work well.  I think it’s the cut of these (old Quiksilver) what would now be Roxy clothing trousers that creates that loose, peg-leg trouser look without clinging to the hips.  I’ve worn the already low waist, low slung on my body to lengthen my torso and balance my proportions, and furthermore for reasons I can’t figure out, the rolled-up 3/4 leg effect creates a balanced lower half.

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I’ve lengthened my lower proportions by just over an inch with my ‘flatforms’ from this previous post which is subtle but certainly helps.  The Superdry t-shirt I ordered off Ebay and it’s a size too big at size 10, but it doesn’t look or feel too loose on.  I think it helped create a straighter waist section to complement the masculine look of the outfit, but it still vaguely follows the curves of the torso so doesn’t add too much upper-body volume.  I’ve had a few Superdry t-shirts over the years, and they last ages, always look great and can be quite fitted when you get them in your correct size.  What makes them so good for the female form in my opinion is the cut of the neckline, and the cap sleeves that have a flattering effect of widening the shoulder line a bit, which balances the hips.  So I’d highly recommend stocking up on several of these cute t-shirts, they’re great for combining with sports gear, with just jeans and sneakers, or if you’re me, you tuck them into maxi skirts and wear with Converse too (to work, as well)….I’ve not tried their vest/tank tops yet, and that would be next on my agenda to see how well they are cut also.

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Anyway, just a brief look at todays slouchy outfit for you – even if it is a bit American Tourist™, you can maybe take the principles and make them work for you with different colour trousers or lose the cap etc.  Have a great week, speak to you soon! ❤

Ps sorry to my American readers – let it comfort you that American Tourist™ is no where near as bad looking as British Tourist™, who sports socks with sandals, awful billowing Bermuda shorts and probably a full dress shirt and tie on the top half, because British.  And if you were my grandfather’s generation, you wore an undershirt (vest as we call it) 365 days a year, despite it being blazing summer or whatever, because it was practically pornography not to wear your undershirt.  So….maybe you feel better now….maybe…..? ;P

Football babe outfit inspiration with Fanny Neguesha – look 3

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These photo’s are adorable not just because she looks phenomenal but because she has that knowing look we all do when all the eyes are on us haha!  You know the ‘just gonna pretend I’m casually looking into the middle distance’ *quick hair swoop over shoulder* haha.  I love it.

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I don’t exactly know what she’s wearing on her lower half, but I think it’s just patterned leggings, like yoga pants or something.  She’s knotted her football shirt to the side, and layered some amazing body jewellery over the top.  And as per the other posts about her, she’s paid the most attention to having perfect hair, make-up, nails and skin – it’s worth noting that straight hair seems to go particularly well with casual outfits because it looks youthful and laid-back (like we all didn’t spend four hours washing, blow-drying and straightening that hair!) and goes well with baseball caps and the like.

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Quick OOTD: black co-ords for work

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Hey there!  Hope you are all having a great week ❤

Just some really quick shots of a simple outfit I wore for work today.  It’s all old items, the sort of thing any of us have in our wardrobes.   But it’s a very easy and classic combination and pretty flattering to an hourglass shape in my opinion.

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The high waisted A-line skirt is what makes the outfit – it’s flattering to my short and not particularly skinny legs (the 3″ court shoes help also – an old Marks and Spencer floral patterned heel, not for sale any more but they do some super cute low-to-mid-heeled patterned shoes there with all sorts of stiletto or block heels).  Just to draw attention to another point – I’ve always felt that 3/4 length sleeves and trousers work on my figure, and this black shirt is no different.  I can’t work out if it seems to work because I’m petite in height, and the 3/4 length stops the garments overwhelming my limbs.  Or whether it’s a more general hourglass body principle, such as the way it balances with our short torso perhaps?  I don’t know, but there seems to be a visual balance provided somehow by the 3/4 sleeves.  It could be worth playing around with as a really subtle way to make your casual outfits look a bit better – push the sleeves of your cardie or sweater up to your elbows or forearms and see what you think – it always seems to work for me.

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I was having a bit of a ‘fat legs’ week before I decided to go out in public with this outfit, as it’s where I carry most of my weight.  I’ve been looking at the prospect of covering them up all summer with a bit of regret, but this day I decided to try and make it work for my cute lil fat legs.  The wide hem of the A-line skirt really helps to visually slim down your legs, so this is a flattering option; I feel the length of this skirt, several inches above the knee, is also quite important – it seems to balance the rest of my outfit better than a shorter skirt would, and ends where my thighs are still a similar width to my calves.  But it’s short enough to look youthful and playful at the same time.

I was wearing some Marks and Spencer’s tights/pantyhose this day, ones with ‘support’ and 20 deniers and a relatively matte/natural tan finish.  These tights are fantastic and have lasted about 20 washes so far without getting holes in them.  Well worth the investment.  Just remember if you’re a bit self conscious of your legs, very natural looking tights are still an option in the summer, even under shorts, and the support ones hold wobbly legs in a bit tighter, almost like Spanx for your legs xD (also if you’re me and your legs swell, it helps with circulation).  I would recommend Aristoc 5-20 denier tights as some of the best on the market and extremely durable too.  But M&S has an excellent selection at cheaper prices.

Lastly, despite wanting what I can’t have (I want to wear ankle straps that cut me off at the ankle, and boots that come up to my ankle etc etc) I decided to go with the flattering ‘no-straps-at-the-ankle’ look and simply plumped for some cute mid-heel courts to lengthen my legs.  Sometimes I forget to just stick to the tried and tested, proven formulas for legs because I’m so focussed on wanting to be able to do what super-skinny legged girls can do (wear converse hi-tops with a mini skirt or whatever – I shudder at the thought of that on me….).  But the short skirt and court heels trick is probably always going to bring the best out in any girl’s legs.  So remember this as a trick with skirts or shorts over the summer.  It’s a bit higher maintenance than wearing flats, but if it gives us a little confidence boost, then it’s worth it.  Substitute stilettos for slingback peep-toe wedges for the warmer weather too.

Details pictures below:

  1. The button front of my shirt
  2. A close up of the green and navy smokey eye I paired with this simple look
  3. Another look at the make-up I wore – below these photos you can see the type of inspiration I was copying (with varying degrees of success xD).  The idea for me was to try echo the colours in my eyes with a cool yellow around the pupil and dark blue around the edges.  The middle of my corresponding makeup ended up looking goldy/green instead but I liked it either way and it got a few compliments.  Sadly the colours washed out quite a lot in the photos, but the professional make-up look below my photos is simply breathtaking, made more dramatic by the pale eye colour, and the eyeshadow beautifully echoing that.  Also my eyebrows are EXTREMELY jealous of the ones in the professional photo…think it’s time for me to drop $50 and get mine fixed up at Phoenix Salon again….

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Football babe casual outfits inspiration with Fanny Neguesha: look 2

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This look is adorable – I can’t see what the outfit does below the knees, but I feel like she may have on a maxi skirt or some cotton hareem-style trousers or something.  I absolutely love the pop-of-colour crop top which brings out the yellow details in the skirt.  And as per usual, she knocks the ball out of the park when it comes to the details – natural no-make-up make-up, perfect but not overdone hair (waist length extensions here too – they’re incredible), dainty jewellery and tons of happy I-know-you’re-all-looking-at-me energy.  Yes, darling, we all are – you enjoy that limelight ❤

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That is a stunning outfit: Jean from ExtraPetite

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Extrapetite.com is one of my favourite blogs EVER and hugely successful.  I’ve followed the blog since about 2011 and have watched Jean develop her blog into a powerful brand, she works like a boss and ensures every look is deployed perfectly.  I sometimes look at her TINY thighs and think I shouldn’t really be on her site xD – the term extra-petite is for really small framed and short girls, but she creates THE most beautiful outfits in just my favourite style, so I keep turning up!

I love this look below SO much and think it would also work for a curvier body.

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The neutral tones work incredibly well, creating an expensive-looking ensemble.  Here is a link to the original post on Extrapetite.com.

Football babe casual outfits inspiration with Fanny Neguesha

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Ms Neguesha is THE. MASTER. of pitch-side dressing, so if you have a sports-match date coming up and want to look amazing, take a leaf out of her book with these three looks.  I’ll put each look in it’s own separate post in a mini-series of three posts.

Look 1: knotted white tee and jeans

 

I really think this is one of the best examples of a casual jeans-and-tee outfit I’ve ever seen on an hourglass figure.  It helps that Fanny is model-tall and model-thin but she’s great inspiration for any hourglass woman because she very definitely has boobs, hips, and thighs.  She shows us that it’s not just the clothes that count, it’s how you wear them and what you wear them with.

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Now first up, lets take a look at the details.  Her hair is stunning, and she has natural toned, extremely well-blended extensions here, and I’d guarantee a whole lotta styling has gone into her ‘just woke up like this’ soft straight-waves style.  Jewellery-wise, she’s gone for high sparkle stud earrings which go great with the chilled vibe of the outfit, whilst still looking super pretty; don’t underestimate the effect of some really sparkly stud earrings, it seems like a silly point but it’s an easy and effective upgrade to any outfit and can cost next to nothing.  I love the statement metallic cuff on her wrist, as well as her pop-of-colour manicure.  The colourful pieces work nicely against the neutral background of a white tee and jeans, as well as natural hair and make-up that don’t compete for attention.  I love the stacked rings too.

She’s got a full face of extremely skilfully applied natural make up here, with a slight cat-eye eyeliner look.  Her skin looks glossy and perfect here, it looks just moisturised but she could also be wearing a subtle shimmer body lotion, something like Prty Peaushun.

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She’s chosen an extremely flattering tee-shirt here, with a scoop/v-neck, slouchy dropped shoulder-line, laid-back rolled sleeves and I love how she’s knotted the front to make it a bit cropped.

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She’s gone for mid-rise ripped skinny jeans in a mid-wash blue, and they look incredible. I normally shy away from lighter jeans shades as I find them less flattering than mid to darker shades, but she’s making me want to try a lighter coloured pair again xD

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You’ll see in the photo below she’s gone for some low-heels in the form of heeled sneakers and lastly has slung a football tee round her waist which covers her butt – a great trick if you want to wear skinny jeans but feel a bit over-exposed.

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She’s definitely one to watch, Fanny Neguesha, as she has millions of little tricks like the above to turn all her outfits into masterpieces without you realising why or how she looks so good.  She achieves the ideal which is that everyone looks at her and just sees an incredibly attractive woman, without paying attention to the numerous details that contribute.  Bravo.