Reposting some old favourite outfits

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I’m having a reminisce over some favourite blog posts that I made last year when I had a photographer’s help and a good camera haha!  If you want to look up any of those posts, I’ll include the links below.

Outfit 1: Mustard pleated skirt

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Outfit 2: Paisley skirt

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Outfit 3: cropped football shirt

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Outfit 4: cutout red bodysuit

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Outfit 5: brogues and blazer look

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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.

OOTD: Beige casual chinos for summer

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These photos were taken indoors on a dark evening so the lighting was awful to start with.  I’ve brightened them as much as I can in photoshop but lost a lot of quality on the way – but let’s just pretend they’re ok and carry on as friends would 😛

One day I promise I’ll invest in a good camera, tripod and lighting but that day is not today sadly xD.

ANYWAY I need to get on with the post!  I really enjoyed chilling in this outfit.  The gorgeous super comfy cotton trousers are from Quiksilver years ago (now Roxy clothing I believe).  I bought them after seeing this awesome promotional photo of a girl sitting in the side door of a VW camper van, with her grey t-shirt and beige chinos, ankles rolled up and some sweet Converse sneakers on.  It all looked so chill and cool that I totally bought into it.

Here’s me in my house.  Working on the VW camper van for now.  I’m sure I’ll get there….eventually….xD

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I paired the chinos with a boxy cropped t-shirt from K-mart NZ.  Similar chinos are available here by the way.  The garments are all boxy and straight which adds to the slightly masculine outline and chilled vibe of this combo.  The reason it probably works is that the shoulder-widening cap sleeves balance the hips nicely, the scoop neck of the tee shows a slim neckline.  The skin on show – arms, lower waistline and ankles, give the eye three narrow points of reference that make it obvious that there’s a slimmer figure beneath.  That’s why I chose a crop for this outfit – it worked better than a boxy full-length tee would.

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I love the low-slung waistline of the chinos and the loose but not-too-loose fit.  I added a small heel (from my Wearable Heels haul) of about 1.5 inches to lengthen and slim the leg and ankle, and it really helped to have the straps in a lovely nude colour to achieve this (plus it went with the beige chinos really well).Brightened pic 4

Speak to you soon xx

Football babe outfit Inspo: Georgina Rodriguez

Casual hourglass, Outfits, Wardrobe planning

Georgina Rodriguez is currently best known for being football player Ronaldo’s girlfriend and baby mama.  She’s a beautiful, 22 year old Spaniard who is now a mum to two baby twins.  I’m going to do a post on casual style inspo from Georgina as well as this post, but I really loved this casual outfit and think it could work well for an hourglass too.  It’s hard to tell from all the photos online if Georgina is an hourglass or not, but I think she has a pretty small waist and balanced upper and lower body proportions.

So that may give you a better idea of how well her outfits might work on you when looking at these inspiration pics.

Anyway!  Into the outfit: I just love this sporty outfit, it’s cute and summery and looks super-laid back…but there’s a lot of details she’s covered to make sure she looks incredible and laid back xD.  As is always the way with women who look amazing.

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Let’s start with the foundations laid for looking amazing wearing this outfit.  Her hair is blown-out and straightened to perfection – do you see a hair out of place (before Ronaldo’s arm messes the whole damn thing up)?  No.  No you don’t.

 

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Anyway, back to Georgina’s look 😀

She’s got a really pretty natural looking manicure here.  Also a great tan which may be natural or a spray tan.  Also her skin looks well moisturised and in great condition (incidentally so does Ronaldo’s, but that’s a whole other post: ‘how to look more manicured than most women, featuring Ronaldo’).

Also note her cute, minimal stud earrings and necklace, plus surfy bracelets round her wrist.  I think a set of surfy armbands/bracelets are an easy outfit upgrade for a casual outfit, which make a difference to the overall look without trying too hard.
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Ok, so foundations aside, there’s several things about this outfit that I think make it really flattering.  One is the neckline and fit of her t-shirt – it follows the line of her body without being tight-fitting (but tight-fitting would also work with this outfit, especially for emphasising the waist on an hourglass figure) and if you look at the picture below, you’ll see the neckline is a scooped v-neck.

She’s chosen some very sexy mid/high waist tiny denim shorts and tucked her t-shirt in, but what I feel makes the look a bit more wearable is the black top she’s tied round her waist, which covers the back of her thighs right down to her knees.  This is a great option for anyone with less than perfect thighs/back of legs (which is about all of us over the age of 12, even including Gwyneth Paltrow *shock horror*).

She’s snuck in a really wearable low-heeled boot which looks urban and cool, is fit for walking on a football pitch to celebrate your footballer-man’s successes, doesn’t look try-hard at all, but lengthens and therefore slims her legs.  I estimate the heel is two inches or less, and there may be a little platform effect on the front of the boot, but it all looks very ‘not-heels’ and chill if you didn’t look closely (similar here and here from Milanoo).  Every little bit of height helps when you’re showing so much leg.  I feel the ankle length boots might make my legs look a bit chunky, but Georgina doesn’t exactly have sparrow legs, she’s got good shapely legs with a little bit of flesh on them, so maybe I could try and make this look work in real life, we’ll see.  But I think Georgina has deceptively slim legs, it’s just that this outfit makes them look ‘medium’ rather than ‘thin’ because it would have that effect on the very thinnest legs anyway.

Anyway, more pics below for you to enjoy, hope you like this outfit post and tips on how to look incredible wearing a ‘oh this?  I just threw this on’ type of outfit xD.

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Leather dress in chartreuse

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Ok this is another of my recent series of OOTDs which show you what I’ve been wearing lately; the outfits have been admittedly more ‘smart hourglass’ than casual.  I’ll get back to my remit soon, I promise.  Maybe I’ll try arrange some hauls of certain casual brands and see how well their clothes fit on a curvy frame.

Anyway, back to todays outfit: this was from Milanoo.com over a year ago, and I’ve gotten a few wears out of it.  Milanoo is a cheap and cheerful website, I think they ship from China, it is legit but I do find the quality is variable, usually cheap quality.  They sell everything, including clothes and shoes.  If you ever want a fancy dress outfit or dress up wig, this is absolutely the place to go!  However I saw this dress in the women’s clothing pages and wanted to try it as I loved the idea and the styling on the model, and it turned out it’s really nice quality PU leather – most people think the dress is real leather close-up and I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference myself.  I’m not sure how well that comes across in the photos however.

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So this is a size large, as it’s in super petite Asian sizing.  I’m normally a size 8 in UK/NZ sizes.  It is fully lined, and zips up at the back.  It’s extremely comfortable and warm.  You will see that the waistline is pulled upwards by the fact that it’s not designed for a full bust, but a waist tie is provided and I feel like this enables me to compensate for the altered waistline.

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I tend to pair the round neckline with a fluffy scarf as it adds to the slightly 1940’s feel of the outfit, and matches my skintone more easily than chartreuse which I find a bit hard to pull off right next to my face.  I also add thick black eyeliner, pearl earrings, a pair of black court shoes and a structured black handbag.  Normally I’d have my hair curled at the ends too (max out that retro vibe!) but I was trying to do a lot of outfit photo’s at once back in mid-October to update you all on my smart outfits.  So forgive the slightly thrown together feel of these photos xD

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this outfit post!  This shape and length of dress is great for a work outfit for an hourglass, it tends to flatter all the right parts of your figure.  I feel that a leather/leatherette dress is easier to wear in a softer colour than black, and the length and style needs to be quite conservative.  Here’s a useful article I found on GlamRadar as I was looking for good examples of leather dresses, about how to wear a leather dress.

Kim Kardashian casual style hits and misses – 2017 edition

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The beautiful Kim is an absolute hourglass icon – she works hard to maintain her figure, is always immaculately put-together and the work she puts in pays off.  I also applaud her as a businesswoman, because regardless of whether one likes or dislikes her self-branding, she knows how to create and sell a product.  It’s not always apparent how much work goes into the whole Kim Kardashian brand as a whole, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out she works some pretty long days, being a mum of two also.

Now I’m not a fan of anything close to public nudity, and I firmly believe that the most powerful people tend to wear the most clothes – think of top CEO’s, politicians, etc – whereas semi-nudity only gives pseudo-power via exploiting people’s base instincts.  I’d rather earn dignity and respect as a woman than have a limited power over people’s sexuality.

So anyway, I’ve overlooked the obviously sheer outfits of Kim’s, as they’re not my cup of tea, and I’ve stuck with the more day-to-day wearable styles that we could translate into our own wardrobes.

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HIT #1: The boss woman outfit

Worn to a recent Forbes summit, this Jean Paul Gaultier suit is an absolute win for Kim K.  There are many features which make it work but the key standout elements are the waist fit and importantly the shoulder-squaring effect of the shoulder pads.  Check out this outfit on Carli Bybel below and note how much awesomer her jacket looks due to the shoulders:

Anyway I digress: but never underestimate the value of a good shoulder line and a good waistline in the same garment.  The length of the jacket, it’s deep V neck and close fit all contribute extra fit points, and the way the trousers fit her thighs to the knee, then softly flare out, covering her heels is a great way to elongate the silhouette.

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MISS #1: The shapeless checked shirt

You probably knew I’d be against this from the start, didn’t you?  Well I am.  Where’s the waist in here?  Haha no in fact, it was a bit of a tough one because I secretly really like this laid back look, which doesn’t pay any heed to flattering the figure.  I’d probably still wear this type of thing, but I just wouldn’t expect to look great in it.  The trousers I find a bit naff – I mean she wears them well but it’s Kim.  On the plus point, the shoes are beautiful.  I also like the lip ring and long straight hair combo, it looks pretty rock and roll overall.

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HIT #2: the classic white tee and jeans

I think this is a shot from a Vogue edition, I’m not sure how recent it is.  But I love the instagrammy SoCal feel.  I absolutely adore this combination on Kim, and I know it’s nothing groundbreaking but once you get all the elements right for your figure, you’ll literally wear this a million times and look amazing each time you do so.  The white T has a great neckline to minimise the boob area; the shoulder-line is broadened by the cut of the mini-sleeve things – this balances out her hips.  The pocket on the Tee is quite low on her boob so it minimises the bust, just like low-placed butt pockets do for your butt.  The Tee follows the line of her waist without clinging to it; the length of the Tee is right on the hip which is perfect for the hourglass figure.  The jeans I can’t detect any particular features that make them look great other than they fit really well and she has great legs.  But I think the understated but significant platform heels lengthens and slims out the look – with flats she would look equally good but I feel you’d notice the width of her body more (she’s petite, and we petite ones look wider than you tall ones do dammit) :D. Lastly as always, Kim’s hair and makeup and tan are perfect, and I swear if you just did these three things every day, you could practically wear anything and look great.

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MISS #2: black oversized puffa jacket

I think overall I have to give this a MISS rating because it makes her look shorter and generally wider than she is.  Yes I also love this look like the rocky ‘miss’ above, because there’s something that resonates deeply with me about this ‘I’m not trying’ ‘I’m beyond comfortable in this’ ‘I’m impressing no-one’ type of look.  Her Keds are sweet, her hair and sunglasses together look sweet.  But she looks somewhat matronly with the high neck sweater, heavy bust, and wide hips.  Proceed with caution, and only deploy this look on ‘meh screw it’ days.

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HIT #3: hoodie and jeans look

Hmm I think I’m probably just proving to myself that I like hourglass figures better in heels than in flats in this outfit-judging exercise.  But I like this look more not only for the heels, but because the hoodie fits much more closely than the ‘miss’ looks above.  This is such a cool hoody – fluted sleeves, rounded waistband, amazing fit.  I think it’s by the brand Vetements (link to SSense site) for a hefty $600.  Her skinny jeans stick to her lower half and the heels lengthen her look.

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“MISS” #3: oversized sweater

Ok I’m just going to say it – I flaming love this look on her, look how cute and sweet she looks against it’s massive swathes of fabric.  No, technically it does absolutely nothing for her figure, but I’d enjoy wearing this at home or just on ‘meh screw it’ days.  I love that she keeps it feminine by having good hair, makeup, nails and jewellery (ring).  But I’ve labelled this a ‘miss’ because I’m slightly struggling to find misses that don’t involve visible nipples and stuff.  Shrug.

I’ll leave it there for this post, as it’s getting a bit long.  But I’ll do a part 2 with some of the hits that I haven’t been able to fit in here today.

Have a great week xx

 

Simple spring outfit: floral jacket and jeans

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Just a quick look at an outfit I keep returning to lately.  It’s a really simple template for an hourglass when you just want to wear jeans, and look nice but laid-back.  I bought a couple of stretchy, comfy blazers from Boohoo (they’re polyester 95% and elastane 5%) and the fabric feels cheap and cheerful but they are as comfortable as a cardigan.  So I find myself happy to sit in them at my desk all day at work, or push the sleeves up at an evening meal or drinks with friends.  I often find a few problems with tailored, non-stretch blazers in that they rarely accommodate boobs and waist and shoulders and arms all at once, and I usually feel constricted around my shoulders and unable to comfortable roll the sleeves up.  So these cheap ones were a great discovery for me.

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You’ll see I just popped a simple white tank top beneath the blazer – it counteracts the busyness of the print easily.  The blazer sits surprisingly nicely against the outline of my shape – this is available still from Boohoo here.  You know, Boohoo is just the friend of sloppy, late bloggers like me – all the stuff that has gone out of stock months ago in every other store I talk about is always still available on Boohoo hahah!  I’m grateful.

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I think this outfit would look lovely with a chunky statement necklace that co-ordinated with one of the colours in the blazer – I’ve just got a simple silver necklace and pendant on here because I don’t have a cool chunky necklace to go with this yet.  You’ll see I still rely on heels for a lot of my casual outfits – I’ll learn to use more flats eventually.  But these heels I adore, they are from Marks and Spencer and have a 3 inch heel, and their Insolia padding under the ball of the foot.  These particular heels aren’t in stock anymore (this ain’t Boohoo yeno) but if you’re a fan of comfy, wearable heels that leave a little more room in the foot-box for your toes, then check out M&S.  They do half sizes too.

Apart from my crazy tall platforms, I try to stick to 3 inch and below for my daytime heels because I find 3 inches doesn’t alter the locomotor dynamics of walking too much unlike higher heels which take too much effort when walking.  So I tend to buy and then not wear the higher heels, whereas I wear 3 inch heels on a daily basis and keep reaching for them.  Even the platform shoes, I try to keep the height difference between platform and heel to less than 3 inches.  So there’s my tips for wearable heels.

Stripey jumpsuit = 1970’s time!

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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 ❤

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

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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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