Stripey jumpsuit = 1970’s time!

Banter, Outfit of the day, Outfits, Reviews

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I saw this on Boohoo.com and just had to give it a go – how fun yet how risky, I thought to myself.  Chance of looking like Crusty the Clown in a Wham! video?  High.  Chance of looking 1970’s in a non-ironic way?  Also high.  Chance of having fun whilst all this is going on?  Well, I don’t know, at least a medium?

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Sorry about my messy dusty mirror and, well, messy dusty whole house really.  I enjoy cleaning and living in a perfect looking house, but I enjoy reading and thinking even more dammit.  Anyway, I slipped this jumpsuit on when it arrived promptly from Boohoo, and thought to myself: actually, this is working for me…just about.

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I wore this to work a while back actually, tried to pull off the look, with a mustard blazer over the top and some heels…but it looked a bit daft for a formal setting I think.

It certainly has a slightly clown-like tendencies, this outfit, maybe a bit of this goin’ on:

I think it was meant to be channelling a bit more Cheryl Cole like this:

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Anyway, I liked how the bodice is quite fitted in this jumpsuit, and the square neckline is flattering.  I think you could fit bra-straps under the straps of the jumpsuit, but the cut of the bodice makes cramming a bra under here a bit difficult unless you don’t mind it peeking out.  I think an adhesive bra or nothing would work best – it’s quite fitted and supportive on the bust.  The bodice fits the waist beautifully, and I think that is part of the reason I think this outfit could work.  I’ve come to think it should only be worn as a stand-alone piece, and only for an  evening do, a la Cheryl Cole, maybe with just a clutch.

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Here’s me showing you the wide trouser legs.  And below, the heels I paired it with.  I’m 5’2 and the heels are 3 inches, so you can see above the trouser legs bunch up just a little on the floor on me.  That should give you an indication of how the length will be on you if you buy it.

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What do you think, is it wearable without looking too daft?!  Thanks for visiting and supporting the blog, I’ll be back again soon.  With love ❤

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OOTD: dressy pink high waist trousers and chunky knit for autumn

Outfit of the day, Outfits

I thought I’d show you what I’ve been buying over the preceding months, what my style has been like and what’s been working for me.  I’ve not invested in much casual wear AT. ALL.  Which I’m ashamed to admit…but I occasionally lose interest in looking casual altogether because I tend not to look my best casual (haha still working on it, girls!  Why did I task myself with this blog?!!).  So yes, much of what I bought recently was smart stuff that I’ve been wearing to work and out for evening meals with friends etc.

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I haven’t really curated these photos too much, but you get the idea of the outfit front and back hopefully.  I love this outfit, I bought the pleated pink wide leg, high waist trousers from Glassons about half a year ago and despite the light colour and very long length, I’ve got a good bit of wear out of them.  I love pairing them with high platform heels (in this photo I have some old tan platform shoes that I wear with everything, from Asos ages ago, as below:)

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But back to the outfit, pairing the summery trousers with a knit and chunky scarf makes the look feel warm and wintery.  I chose an old burgundy thin-knit sweater rather than a chunky knit because the thin knit doesn’t add too much volume up top which is great, and the chunky knit of the scarf gives the impression of cosiness and warmth.

My inspiration was this outfit on Pinterest that I absolutely adore – the model has chosen the best colours for her hair and skin tone, and I love how colourful the overall effect is:

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Anyway here are some unfiltered shots – the filter brings out the warmth of the colours a bit more.  I’m afraid I’ve done these photo’s a bit quickly after work today, so apologies my hair is a bit fluffy and half my make-up has rubbed off through the day.  It doesn’t stop the outfit coming across however so hope it’s clear enough.

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Celebrations of the hourglass body in sculptures

Body, Philosophical rants, Struggles

I stumbled across the works of artists Sheri Ritchie, Emilio Casarotto and Valerie Hadid the other day, and I  absolutely adored these depictions of curvy, pear and hourglass shaped girls and women – they are adorable.  So I thought I’d share the fun with you lovely folks because we all want to see more curves celebrated in the world!  Sending hugs to you all whatever your week brings you.  You are beautiful, remember that.

Artist: Sheri Ritchie

 

Artist: Emilio Casarotto

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Artist: Valerie Hadid

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Autumn/Winter casual hourglass inspiration: Minka Kelly

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Wardrobe planning

WHO ELSE BUT MINKA?!  I’m on a total roll with the beautiful Minka since discovering how much internet photoage there exists of her casual outfits.  Not sure if that’s just due to outfits from shows she acts in (and gets incidentally photographed in too) – but whatevs, if the casual outfits are the work of a stylist, all the better!

Anyway, the topic in hand today, my beautiful readers, is autumn and winter style inspiration.  So I’ve curated a little gallery of wintery outfits that I loved on Minka and felt she was really knocking the ball out of the park with these.  Of note, I think Minka is a bit of a template dresser – you’ll see if you google her that her summer outfits often feature tight black tank top with loose lower half clothing like trousers or long skirts; then there’s the jeans and grey t-shirt template which works well on her; and for winter, I think she has a few shapes she tends to follow.  Personally I’m beginning to think this is absolutely essential for an hourglass for her casual outfit wardrobe – stick to the shapes and styles that suit you, and just change up the colours, fabrics and accessories for variety.

Hope you really enjoy and get some awesome inspiration from these pictures*.  See you next time! ❤

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*I don’t claim any ownership of photos.

 

Cute nod to the 1950’s: hourglass style

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits

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I adore this outfit and wear it all the time to work.  It manages to look put-together but is actually ridiculously practical – I don’t have to make sure my neckline is hoiked up, or my hemline is hoiked down, and I can (should I wish to :P) lunge, stretch and twist without being overly revealing.  There would be a problem if I tried to cartwheel but now I’m just thinking of exceptions to disprove my own initial assertions…why brain, why?  Anyway, back to Planet Earth.  I love this outfit, and I love the little nod to the 1950’s with the full skirt and retro-geometric print.  Incidentally, I noticed recently that Eva Mendes has been looking very 1950’s-esque with the designs for her clothing line – very put together and ladylike.  I’ll pop some example photos at the end of this post if I remember, but I’ve been loving the styling and photoshoots of her lately and finding a lot of inspiration for elegant put-together outfits which are my favourite.

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Both pieces are by Louche London, and are both in size 8/XS.  With a skirt like this, the only fit that counts of course is the waist.  This size sits comfortably on my waist, with an inch or two to spare for after lunch poochiness.

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I tend to wear this outfit with some basic suedette courts from Marks and Spencer’s and a smart structured handbag.

These exact items I don’t think are on sale any more, but have a look at the other gorgeous vintage style offerings by Louche London here.  They appear to sell via Asos also.

And here’s some gorgeous lady-like fashion from Eva Mendes:

Wishing you love and happiness for whatever you have to face this week ❤

 

Minka Kelly: casual outfit hits and misses

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits

Okay first things first: we’re not interested in pulling down ANY woman’s appearance here.  Minka Kelly is absolutely stunning and could wear a black binliner and still be a total 10/10.  That being said, I’m going to scrutinise a handful of her casual outfits today and see what really worked well with her curves and what was less perfect for her figure.  It’s not easy to find ‘miss’ outfits as she’s one of those rare people who seem to have learned to work with what she’s got!

None of these photos are my property by the way, they are snaps off the internet.

Hit: black tank, jeans and Ugg boots

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I think this really works well on her.  I’ll break down why.  The black top has a scoop neckline that minimises her boobs and makes her upper body look relatively petite; the racer back cut of the straps look amazing against square mesomorph (=hourglass) shoulders.  The length of the top goes down to just on her hip which works because she has relatively long legs for her height, which is typical of many hourglasses; lastly, the top is loose but not voluminous so you can still see she has a narrow waist.  For the jeans, they are flattering due to the dark colour of the denim minimising volume in her legs, they’re tight so you can see her hourglass shape, and the butt pocket sits low which from behind will make your butt look minimised and lifted.  It always surprises me when cutting the leg off at a 3/4 length (like Minka has done here) work on an hourglass, as I’d assume we’d need to lengthen legs with heels, not shorten them.  But I often find this tucked-in-to-mid-shin-boots look works on me too.  Maybe it’s because as I mentioned above, we can often have proportionally long legs because our short waist condenses the torso area down compared to the legs.  Anyway, it’s totally working proportionally, and I have no idea where Ugg boots stand in the fashion world right now, but I have a feeling they’re one of those perennial items like Converse that will come out every winter, so I’m still wearing mine – they’re like heaven for feet.  Lastly, I like how she’s thrown a taupe leather jacket over this combo with the cool added touch of scrunched up sleeves.

Miss: Low slung boyfriend jeans and floaty top

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Okay, I really like the delicate jewellery, hair/make-up style, colours, nails and I LOVE the aviator shades, they really suit her face.  I think the white top and low jeans mess up the body proportions too much for me: we lose any sign of her waist (although I feel if the jeans were tight, we could get away with the cute white tank more easily).  I think if the jeans were full length instead of rolled up, or if the white tank was tight so at least the eye could figure out her legs are not super short and squat, this would’ve worked better.

Hit: baggy tie-dye trousers and fitted tank top 

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Whilst this look hails back to the days of All Saints when I was a kid, I still think it looks current and very laid-back-cool on Minka.  The deep scoop neck and delicate straps of the tank, plus the way it sticks to her waist is really flattering, as well as that magic ‘just to the hip’ length.  Her torso looks super petite here, and that stops the trousers making this outfit too widening.  I love the low-slung and loose-billowy effect of the trousers, the ankle tie is cool but would work well untied also.  Having volume on the lower half of an hourglass figure seems to work well as long as the waist is respected.  The cut of these trousers is not too ‘hareem’ style which means the legs aren’t shortened too much.  Can we just…..her nailsbagandtoesallmatch….love…. Anyway, this outfit would be fab for summer, and I’m always looking for this sort of thing because I don’t always like my legs on show, especially if they’re swollen and heavy in the heat.

Miss: tulip-skirt summer dress and Ugg boots

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With all the ‘misses’ I found on the web, I had a distinct feeling they only happened because Minka didn’t give a crap about looking awesome that day.  She’s like the Chuck Norris of casual hourglass style – she only looks 9.99/10 instead of 10/10 when she damn well chooses to.   Anyway, this dress takes me back to a tulip skirt I used to own, and it looked about the same on me – too voluminous around the hips and belly, and over-emphasising muscular legs instead of flattering them.  This skirt length is not wonderful for hourglasses for some reason, especially those of us with heavier legs.  The Ugg boots also cut the legs in yet another place (so, skirt cuts them above the knee, shortening the visual effect, and Uggs cut just above the ankle) so you just have a heavy-looking section of leg in the middle.  Other than that, the dainty straps of the top part of the dress and fitted waist are super cute.  And there’s nothing wrong with her legs, I actually love them, but she would’ve looked better with some dainty flip-flops or strappy flat sandals here, or even better with a wedge or chunky heeled sandal.  Love her hair here, and the dangly earrings.


There’s actually an abundance of awesome Minka Kelly inspo online if you just google ‘Minka Kelly casual’, but I might do a similar ‘Hits and Misses’ post with some other outfits of hers as I feel she’s such a good candidate for us to learn from.  Hope this is helpful for giving you some templates for flattering summery outfits! ❤

Hourglass celebrity inspiration: Minka Kelly

Casual hourglass, Outfit of the day, Outfits

Just a super quick post here about a lady I spotted a few weeks back who I thought I’d point out to you.  Minka Kelly is an American actress and looking at pictures of her I think she’s an hourglass, and if not, she’s a really good icon for casual (and dressy) outfits for a woman with lots of boobs and bum and chunky sexy legs going on.  She’s an absolutely stunning woman, and personally I love seeing how women like her dress their curvy bodies, and I love having the hourglass figure represented well in the media.  Having someone in the public eye who you can identify with figure-wise and be inspired by is important.

I haven’t had time to curate the most excellent outfits, but instead I’ve taken a sampling of the casual outfits I’ve seen her in online, and she seems to pull off most things, and we can learn from the occasional average outfit she wears.  But she has no ‘bad outfit’ setting – the worst you see her in is ‘mildly below 10/10’ xD.  Hope you enjoy this inspo post!

Well I love the green-trousers outfit so much, I wanted to take a closer look, so here’s some shots of that outfit 😀

Definitely a fan of that, even with the very loose, billowy top – the sheerness somehow makes it a bit more suitable for an hourglass.

I think I’ll have to do a Minka Kelly Outfit Hits and Misses soon, so we can learn from what works for her and what doesn’t work so well.

Speak to you all soon, have a great weekend!

What my hair has been doing this year

Banter, Jokes

Because why treat your follicles with respect when you can dye them every colour of the rainbow?  That’s right, you couldn’t come up with a SINGLE reason, could you? xD This journey starts with long dark brown hair colour, and follows a progression to short, extensions, blonde, blonder, blue, faded-blue-lets-dye-it-something-else, blonde extensions again, red, curly, wavy and where it is today in the last pic.

I don’t often show work outfits on this blog but my last pic below was taken in work-wear with a cotton button-down blouse tucked into a paisley maxi skirt (the same one in this post) and a tan belt round the middle.  Oh and some dangly silver earrings.  Actually, come to think about it, the last seven of the photos below show part of my work outfits, so you’ll be able to see what colours and styles I’m going for as part of my work wardrobe.

You’ll see I take a lot of selfies in the last year or two – I’m a bit older than the selfie generation so find them a bit awkward still, but I take them for a specific reason.  In the absence of photos of myself looking nice with make-up on and hair done, I easily feel not-good-enough against the barrage of airbrushed images of stunningly beautiful women that I’m faced with every day as I browse Pinterest or read the paper or just walk down the street.  In the absence of nice photos of myself, my brain starts the comparison game with women who are 10s and when all I see is my face first thing in the morning, my self-esteem doesn’t have much of a chance against the 10’s.  But when I see myself in photos looking my best, I realise it’s not necessary to compete with 10’s – I can still look my best and be good with what I’ve got.  All of this is ultimately pointless vanity, but I find myself holding my head a bit higher and speaking a bit more confidently when I feel nice about myself, and that makes my work life and social life run more smoothly.

So I thought I’d share that slightly embarrassing fact with you and maybe if it’s right for you, inspire you to start your own little selfie record.  Take a little snap, especially on days you look extra special like at a friends wedding or just going out on a date; and when you are feeling spotty, bloated, greasy and unattractive, you can look back and remember what you look like made up and be gentle on yourself, remembering no-one can look great at all times.  And stop comparing un-made-up you with spend-four-hours-in-hair-and-make-up-before-being-airbrushed images of models and celebrities.  It will do wonders for your self esteem.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my little selfie album of my hairdos over the last year or two, and may my follicles RIP.

 

Work outfits details:

Photo 7: Boohoo pink floral midi dress, size 8, pretty much identical to this current offering.

Photo 8: Pepperberry/Bravissimo dress, size 8, no longer on sale but vaguely similar offering.  The size 8 was a little big in the general fit, sleeves, waist, shoulder, even though the bust was spacious enough.

Photo 9: Old khaki button-down blouse in polyester from Primark, size 10, knotted at waist, over Boohoo pink floral midi dress as above.  Nude court shoes.

Photo 10: Red floral un-preshrunk cotton dress, (sold out, this dress looks nothing like it but I also bought this) faux wrap style with waist tie, just above knee.  Wore a Burgundy cami beneath and Burgundy boyfriend cardi (old from New Look) on top.  Wore with beige sock boots.

Photo 11: The Danielle floral kimono-sleeve dress from Boohoo in size 8 – snug around the hips but a beautiful dress.  Wore with nude heels.

Photo 12: Boohoo grey wrap-top chiffon blouse (bodysuit) size 8; similar version but without bodysuit fastening – the grey shade will be the same most likely.  Great for tucking into high waist pencil skirt or jeans.

Photo 13: described above.

Trying casual styles on in Cotton On, Part 2

Outfits, Reviews, Struggles

Continued from Part 1 – I’ll just jump right in.

Sixth outfit: Black leather-look moto jeans with print crop top

I really liked the shape of this outfit, especially from the back with the pretty straps and overall curve-flattering (well, curve-adhering!) shape of the clothes.  I think everyone needs a good pair of wet-look/leather type of jeans in their closet, and I’m a huge fan of moto detailing ever since I first saw it about a decade ago.  It just adds something extra and the details are what make relatively cheap clothes look more expensive.

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Oh, here is the name of the jeans if it’s of use or interest to anyone.  They are a mid-rise so you’ll see how that sits on my short rise body – they’re nearly high-waist but not quite.  They don’t have the exact same in Cotton On right now but two very similar without the moto detailing here and here.IMG_1946

Seventh outfit: Orange slogan tee with stretch skinny jeans and tan heels

So this outfit I wore to the bar with my girlfriend on a warmish summer/autumn evening and it was perfect for the weather.  Here I am trying the all-tucked-in look with what felt like legs up to my chin (for once haha!) and I liked pairing it with a mid-heel to extend my legs but still remain comfortable and casual.  I tucked in the front of the T-shirt and left the back out, and wore some mirrored aviator-style shades and a tan cross-body bag to match my shoes.  Excuse my serious facial expressions, I look so much like my parents would taking these photos – the ‘looking at the button to press rather than the camera’ face…

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I actually had matching fingernails and toenails this day too, I’m so proud.  If only I’d gone for a red/orange lip too…Anyway, here is the tag from the jeans if it’s useful for anyone. I’ve found them on Cotton On too which is great, but I’m laughing my socks off because on NORMAL PEOPLE these jeans are mid-rise and CROPPED not full-length! Hahaha never mind…IMG_9751 3

Right that’s all for now so I’ll finish up and go look at how short the jeans look on the model on Cotton On compared to FULL. LENGTH. on my micro legs.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this 2-part post, I’m hoping some of you will try or have already tried the tucked in full butt on show style – let me know whether it worked for you or not.  Until next time  ❤

 

Trying casual styles on in Cotton On, Part 1

Outfit of the day, Outfits, Wardrobe planning

For those of you who live outside NZ, Cotton On is quite similar to The Gap, or H&M or New Look (UK).  A few months back I was there trying on some different styles as I tend to do, to see if any of the styles that I automatically write off would actually work with my figure.  I have a tendency to be quite conservative in my perceptions about new styles and shapes, and I assume some things will only work for less curvy girls, and not for me.  I’ve been wrong enough times now that I just give the new styles a try incase they happen to look ok; I mean, an hourglass figure has so many aspects to cater for that it can be quite difficult to predict what will actually work or not.  Sometimes, a garment will just sit right on the bust, or just nip in at the waist well enough that the whole outfit magically works when it really shouldn’t.  So for this reason, I’ve come to think that all the rules anyone makes about what you should and shouldn’t wear with an hourglass figure (myself 100% included) should be taken with a pinch of salt and should be a guideline rather than something that stops you experimenting.

Anyway without further ado I’ll get the photos in.  Now these are from so long ago, and I never posted them in time, so the items likely won’t be available from Cotton On still – but you’ll see this particular haul didn’t include any complicated or hard-to-find styles – similar things will be readily available on your local high street or online.

First outfit: Preppy autumn orange and denim

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I really loved this chunky woolly scarf when I saw it, and felt it paired with the sweater with the matching orange stripe in the scarf.  I was absolutely into winter brights last season, and will continue to be finding bright colours into our NZ spring and summer.  I absolutely love bright colours on a woman.

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Excuse my funny facial expression here!  I paired the knits with Cotton On’s high waisted lift and shape skinny jeans.  These jeans are very comfortable and have kept their shape well over winter; the one problem I have is that the waist never stays tight enough for me when there’s elastane in the denim.  I feel like I need a belt in order to stop the jeans shimmying down towards my ankles throughout the day, but skinny jeans always have this effect on my legs, I put it down to my muscly calves.IMG_3520

I wore the jumper tucked in at the front to emphasise my waist, and untucked at the back for a casual feel.  I tended to pair this outfit with some beige brown suedette sock-boots, which have a 2.5 inch heel to lengthen my lower body proportions and this outfit makes your legs look long and great with heels.  I’ve also put this outfit on with some Converse trainers so it’s pretty flexible.

Second outfit: Star Wars ‘band t-shirt’ with high-waisted stretch skinny jeans

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The ‘being brave and trying new things’ aspect of this outfit was me tucking in the t-shirt and having full butt-on-show.  This is new and scary when you’ve seen too many butts look about a mile long and all the wrong shape in the wrong high-waist jeans. I expect all of you are used to this look since like 5 years ago and I know I’m slow to uptake, but I was working from the old rule of having tops that are tight fitting and come down to just above the hip.  I was quite pleased with how it turned out as I didn’t think it looked ridiculous.  Most importantly, the T-shirt has Darth Vader on.  I think we can end this post/blog/year now this has happened.  Ok I’ll force myself to continue, but it all feels a little superfluous after that….So I wore this outfit out to things like casual drinks with friends, winter concert, coffee shop trips.  And I paired it with a thin black choker and leather block-heeled boots and a tasselled suede cross-body bag.  A black biker jacket would be the right jacket for this look in colder weather too.

Third outfit: Pastel off-shoulder knit and same stretchy jeans

I wasn’t super keen on the pastels against my colourings, it was a bit ‘meh’ when I felt it should’ve suited me theoretically.  But I liked the off-shoulder cut of this jumper and the outfit looked curvy, casual and great with some tight jeans (same as in last two outfits).  This is one of those old-faithful go-to outfits for an hourglass when she wants to look casual but good – it’s on the dressier side of casual, but that’s probably why it works for us.

 

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Fifth outfit: Stones t-shirt and black wet-look (coated) jeans

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Excuse the weird light reflecting on my hair; I think this outfit was okay, but didn’t make my heart sing.  I don’t know why, as it’s the same shape as the Darth Vader outfit, but maybe the light t-shirt adds more volume up-top?  Or the waist sits lower with these jeans?  Not sure.  But bottom line is I’m not enough of a Rolling Stones fan to feel very authentic wearing this, I just don’t know any songs beyond their most famous.  It’s such a cool slogan though.  The jeans I ended up buying, and have worn them non-stop – very comfortable and have some moto styling at the knees which looks cool.

I’ve got a few more outfits to go, so I’ll split this up into part 1 and 2 and be right back with part 2!