Quick casual OOTD: Adidas leggings

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Hi all, so sorry for the long time no posts – I’ll hopefully be back on it from now on for a good while.  A short while ago I ordered some classic Adidas leggings – I was just feeling it at the moment, I don’t know why.  But the theory was that those awesome stripes down the side should be leg slimming and lengthening, and add an interesting detail to just plain black leggings which I’m not a great fan of.  In reality, I don’t feel they were actually particularly slimming, but I liked the look anyway, and it’s a feminine way to basically slob around in sportswear!

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(oh I must say – my mirror is a mess I’m so sorry; hopefully you can still get the gist)

When they arrived I noticed they’re a good thick stretchy fabric which doesn’t lose its shape throughout the day.  I slipped them on and they bunched up at the ankles xD which was not how I saw it going in my head!  I’m 5’2-3 so if you’re my height and you mind, you may have to take them up.  I don’t really mind, to be honest – what do you think?  I paired these comfy leggings with a white square-necked tank top (old one, from Primark), and as I tend to do with leggings, I tie a thin jumper or checked shirt round my waist for more coverage.  I wore my pink Adidas Cloudform Ortholite trainers with this outfit and chucked on my shades and a polka-dot red backpack and out the door I went.

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This outfit is great for anything from exploring the outdoors whilst avoiding looking too manly ha!  Also for running errands or going to college.  It’s pretty versatile from the fact it’s sporty but still reasonably decent for wearing round town.

I’ll be back soon! xx

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That is one stunning outfit…

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Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.50.43 AM.pngUp for this weeks ‘that’s a stunning outfit’ post is Miss World 2006, Tatiana Kucharova from the Czech Republic.  Whilst her figure is a bit straighter than an hourglass (I think, judging from other photos of her), this combination would look stunning on an hourglass girl, and you could be out on the town, or sitting sipping wine at a trendy bar in an outfit like this, or even having dinner with the in-laws.

The cropped top adds an understated bit of ‘sexy’ to this outfit, and the muted colours work very well with her blonde hair/blue eyed colourings.  Pair with an epic tan and black pointed pumps and you’re good to go.

As an aside, isn’t her shade of blonde just the butteriest, most beautiful sunlit colour?  I may have to have words with my hairdresser……

Spotty trousers and cami OOTD

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Hello all!  Today I’m bringing to you an outfit I recently bought from Glassons (an NZ store).  I have been enjoying playing with my proportions lately, trying to hint at high-waisted style but without looking like the woman on the left here.

Todays outfit is suitable for most workplaces, for going out shopping, or meeting the girls for some drinks after work.  It can be made smarter or more casual.  And the proportions appear to work, to my eye, so the outfit can be a useful template for anyone with similar proportions to mine.  Just switch up the colours and fabrics of the different components and you’ve got a bunch of ready-made work/casual outfits.img_2251

The camisole has some elegant strappy detailing at the front, and sits high enough on the chest to lengthen the torso, and prevent too much cleavage going on display.  The V-neckline at the back adds something pretty to the back view too.img_1185

The trousers are cropped (on people with longer legs than me xD) and mid-rise on most people.  I’ve added a patent black belt to make them look more dressed-up for work, but a pop of colour like a neon yellow skinny belt, or pillar-box red belt would look fab with this outfit.

I’ve added my CK heels to ensure the lower half proportions are balanced, given I’ve got cropped trousers on that can shorten the leg-line.  And I’d pair this look with a handbag that matches the shoes, like a matte leather/leatherette material.  img_8539img_7934_185

My tags are still on the back of my trousers xD and I have a normal bra on under this camisole – but if I was wearing it out and about, I’ll put an adhesive silicone bra on or some silicone nipple covers +/- boob tape to keep everything in place underneath.

Well groomed all the time, part I

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Something slightly different today, but still connected to the subject of looking good.  I thought I’d research and write a post on personal maintenance regimes, as this is a subject of interest to me and many women.  I am always very inspired when I see a woman who is immaculately groomed, from head to toe.  Furthermore, I’m extremely impressed when I get to know her over a longer time and she is always, always the same – immaculate at all time.  How does this type of woman manage it?

Time.  Time. Time. Time.

A good maintenance regime doesn’t have to be overbearing if you design it in a streamlined manner and invest a few dollars for quality beauty treatments that last.  But it does take time.  One thing I have learnt over the years observing and analysing this subject, and trying to work to become my ideal, is that there is no such thing as a woman who looks incredible all the time without a significant time (and money) commitment.

I think we all have this Victorian-era type ideal within us that true beauty is ‘natural’ and it is best to aim for the lowest-maintenance regime possible that allows you to look half decent.  We maybe also imagine these mythical women who are so naturally beautiful that they just wash their hair and slap some moisturiser on their face, and turn out like a Victoria’s Secret model.  And I think the underlying ideal beneath all this is something to do with authenticity.  The idea that if I am beautiful in my natural state, then I am truly beautiful.

Yes. Women are damn beautiful in their natural state.  I firmly believe women are the fairer sex, and our bodies are the works of a Master craftsman.  But that is not the reason that attractive woman catches your eye – she is not waking up that way.  That perfectly-kempt, perfumed,  naturally tanned, shiny haired friend of yours doesn’t just paint her nails from time to time.  She has waxing appointments on the regular, pays a fair bit at the nail salon to get a fresh coat of Shellac every two weeks, spends hours researching outfits and sitting in the hair salon.  Oh and her tan is not natural either.

What’s awesome about female beauty is that it’s directly related to the effort you put in.  Most attractive women you see simply put in more thought and effort than the women around them.  They aren’t necessarily blessed with more beauty than those around.  As Dita Von Teese rightly deduced, there are the naturally beautiful women among us who are the genetically blessed and we rightly applaud them as beautiful.  But there is another type of beauty that comes from being well put together that can even exceed natural beauty at times.

So in the next post in this mini-series, I’m going to discuss the different aspects of a beauty and body maintenance regime that are common amongst those immaculately put-together women I admire so much.  Speak soon! xx

 

A quick completely basic OOTD: jeans and t-shirt

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Hi guys, this outfit probably doesn’t warrant an OOTD post at all, but I’ve been photographing a few of my more casual daily looks with the purpose of sharing with you how I’m dressing my figure at the moment, on both casual and smart days.  And by documenting what I’m like currently, I can improve on the cut and styles gradually and hopefully we can all learn from it and get better outfits over time.

So that being said, my basic outfit above was all about trying to play with proportions on my short-waisted body.  I usually find T-shirts to come to a funny length on me that is neither short enough to show a bit of midriff, or long enough to be flattering (namely coming just an inch or so above the widest part of my hips).  So I selected this simple white round-neck t-shirt from Cotton On (NZ) because it flattered several aspects of my shape.

  1. Round neck is low so breaks up the boobs a bit (high neck line = long huge looking boob line)
  2. Short cap sleeves balance hips width making the overall look balanced and hourglassy
  3. The cropped cut gives a cute, understated bit of midriff showing, that you can play down with the cardie
  4. The ribbed fabric clings to the waist meaning the narrowest part of me is emphasised.

Plus I love cute lil buttons.  I paired this tee with a grey cardigan from Glassons.  I’ve actually gone and bought three colours of this style of cardi from Glassons over the past months because the first one I got (seen in this post) fitted so nicely and managed to be exactly what I am (unconsciously) looking for in a cardi.  Actually, I’ll dedicate a few lines to the subject of finding a good cardi for short hourglass girls because it’s been a bit of a long search for me and I’m really pleased with this cut of cardi.

The features of this cardi that seem to make it look nice are: close fitting to waist, and arms.  V-neckline that joins in the midline about and inch or two above the nipple.  No gathered, puffy effect on the body of the cardi – it’s straight up and down on the hanger, instead of bunching up just above the ribbed lower seam.  And it has lots of cute tiny buttons.  Oh and you will see the length is long enough to look slouchy and ‘boyfriend cardi-ish’ on me, but on a normal waisted gal, it’s just a waist-length cardi.  With my colourings, I’ve had to eschew the beige cardi for now despite being a great neutral (I may go back on this decision as I’ve always wanted a great, neutral toned boyfriend cardi), but I’ve bought grey as my neutral, and navy and mid-blue (as in the other post linked above) and these colours are catering well for my wardrobe.

Last of all, my faithful Levi jeans, in the style ‘slouch straight 504s’ are like a million years old and slightly flared at the end which dates them a bit, but when I’m as casual as this I couldn’t give a rats arse how dated they are.  These jeans fit the hips beautifully, give your bum a lift, and are even low-rise on a short ol’ body like mine!  I’d imagine they barely cover the bikini line on a girl with a normal torso xD.

Such a simple template for a casual outfit, but I felt pretty happy with it because I’d ensured all the individual component (T-shirt, cardi, jeans) are pulling their weight separately, being well-cut and flattering in their own right.  Once I know what shapes and styles I need, I can chop and change the colours of the garments, add accessories, add heels or flats, and thereby change up this look, whilst still feeling fab because the clothes work with my body.

A smart, high-waist OOTD for you

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Here is an outfit I recently wore to work, which I photographed because it’s an example of a high waisted outfit on my body.  There’s several aspects to point out on this outfit, and I’m sorry the lighting in the photo is poor.  But essentially, what I have is a sleeveless dark purple blouse in a light polyester fabric (old, Primark UK); a heavier slightly stretchy viscose/elastane mix pencil skirt in black (CUE, Au); a shiny patent black skinny belt knotted at the front (The Warehouse, NZ); and nude patent stiletto t-bar shoes from Principles (UK).

Reasons why the proportions on this high-waisted outfits works?

The high neckline

I have a sports bra on underneath to minimise the boobs with the high neckline

The relatively close colours of the top and skirt, and the belt mean that the high-waist effect is minimized visually

I got the skirt taken up to a length just on/below the knee which is great on my height and shape

I have lengthened the lower half of the outfit by having heels on, and this stops the long upper body (high neckline) from dominating the look.  If I had flats on I think the proportions would be a bit top-heavy with this look.

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A secret of great outfits: colours

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There are various ways to get your look to go from average to awesome, and I’ve been posting a lot about the fit and proportions of garments so far.  But another (really enjoyable) way of making your outfits truly pop is to pay attention to your own colourings, and how your clothes accentuate them.

The theory on colourings is by no means new – if you do a google search of ‘colour analysis’ you’ll find a million articles teaching you how to decipher what ‘season’ you are. There is plenty of advice out there for choosing to wear the right colours, and since learning about this I’ve grown used to picking out outfits that really suit me.

 

I’m going to very briefly explain what the colour analysis theory is, and point you to some excellent resources for finding your colours and sticking with them.  I myself am a soft summer colouring, which means cool-based tones generally, but with some ability to wear, for example, warm corals and some oranges and yellows.  No idea why.

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My palette…wait, WHERE’S THE BLACK?!!

Whilst colour theory has gotten more complex over the years, the basic premise was that there are four ‘seasons’ of colour palettes, corresponding to the real seasons.  The undertone of our skin, be it warm (yellow/olive based) or cool (pink/translucent), and the shade of our eyes and hair are the key components that decide which ‘season’ we fit into.

Summer and Winter are for those of us who suit ‘cool’ tones.  The colour palettes you should wear include blue-based reds, pinks, purples and of course, blues.  The yellows and greens you should wear tend to have no ‘warmth’ to them – so quite icy yellow or turquoise blue rather than yellow ochre and grass green.

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Spring and Autumn seasons have lots of warm shades, like burnt orange, khaki, deep gold yellows, browns and greens.  You tend to suit these colours more if you have less of the ‘cool’ tones to your features, and more warm tones – like golden or red tint to your hair, skin with warmth to it.

There are also many nuances to the seasons which have updated/developed the colour analysis theory and allowed it to explain why some of us don’t fit into any of the four groups fully.  Hence, soft summer, the palette I have the most experience with, tends to represent a subgroup of the cool-toned summer colouring, where there is low contrast between the tones of our colourings (say, yellowish skin and yellow hair; and we lack the sharp contrast of say, Katy Perry who has very cool skin and bright blue eyes).  The ‘soft’ subset tends to suit quite muted colours, with a hint of grey to them – think mauve lilac, dusky pink, duck egg blue instead of pastel lilac, baby pink and turquoise.

For further reading, the best of the best is Color Me Beautiful – they have a Kindle book of the same name (which looks a bit out-of-date now but the theory remains.  The website, The Chic Fashionista has an excellent article with a link to more information here.

Pretty Your World has an interesting explanation of why there are further categories beyond the standard four seasons, touching on how a pure tone can be altered by it’s tint, shade and tone.  There is also links down the side bar to DIY colour analysis.

So here are just some starter resources to look into the subject of personal colour analysis. You will hopefully see me following these rules a lot of the time in my choice of outfits on the blog (it’s become a bit second nature after learning this years ago, and moreover trying on bajillions of different colours in store changing rooms and going ‘ewwww’ when I get it wrong!).  You will also see me breaking the rules at times just because I have an odd penchant for what I can’t have (hence this entire blog) and for some reason I adore the warm, spring/autumn colours like nothing else.  One of the outfits I’m hoping to find and try at some point (these things hover around in the back of my head for a while usually) is an orange dress in a similar colour to this one on Kirsty Fleming (another of my fave instagrammers)…I’ll leave the cut of that dress to Kirsty though to be honest xD but I fell in love with the styling in that photoshoot of her, simply stunning.

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Hope this has been a helpful pointer towards building outfits that suit your body as well as your colourings.  I’ll be back with more soon ❤

 

That is one stunning outfit…

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While we were recently on the topic of high-waisted outfits….

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Yeah….I know dearest Miranda is not an hourglass, but bear with me people 🙂

I loved this picture of Miranda Kerr when I came across it online when researching my high waisted outfits, and might try something similar if I can pull off the proportions well.   Theoretically if a short-waisted hourglass tried this look, and the torso looked way too short due to the off shoulder neckline, she could pop a necklace on, one that is fairly close to her collarbones would be best, to create an artificial ‘neckline’ and lengthen out the upper body to be proportional with the high-waist, elongated lower half.

 

 

 

Off the shoulder OOTD

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Welcome back all!  Quick little OOTD and mini-review today.  I’m taking these selfies from my new apartment and haven’t found an aesthetically-pleasing background for my mirror selfies yet, so bear with me.  Shout out to my granny dressing gown in the back row there.  Love ya.  Also to note, last time I checked my legs don’t have the general texture of moon rock, but this filter has done something special to them.  Hey-ho!

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Here is a very simple summery outfit – a cotton, lace-trimmed off shoulder dress (a brighter colour would improve the look for warm summer days).  I was able to pair my black dress (last season from The Warehouse, NZ) with my…eeeeeee!…new Calvin Klein pointy pumps ❤ I’m getting a bit pedantic when it comes to pumps, because I find this shape shoe is my favourite smart-wear shape, but if you don’t get a well designed shoe, they often slob off the back of your heel, bunch your toes up or rub and cause pain.  For me, another key specification is maximum 3-3.5″ heel, because anything higher than that takes too much effort in a locomotor sense, when walking about the office.  By way of mini-review, I can highly recommend these heels, they’re a little bit of an investment (I got them from Macy’s in the US, I think they were about $99 at the time) but they are comfortable, well-fitting, easy to walk in and look incredibly chic.  I’m wearing them non-stop with just about every outfit at the moment, but they don’t go so well with my pyjamas or in the shower I’ve discovered.  #dontjudge #I’llgetoverit #withtimeandcounselling

 

An entire post dedicated to this beautiful hourglass woman

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Who art thou, most beautiful of women??!  Who knows, but thou canst rock(eth) the high waisted trouser like none other and your hairfacemakeupjewelleryoutfitbodyandaccessories is simply divine to behold(eth).  So, dearest lady, I salute you.    screen-shot-2017-01-14-at-12-04-38-amscreen-shot-2017-01-14-at-12-05-08-am

And yon dearest readers, sorry for thine bank accounts after you see this inspirational post and go out and drop some serious k’$ on seventeen different shades of high waisted trousers.

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And lastly, an incidental aside as I analyse how thick the waistband is on her trousers, I think this lady has more of a ‘cello’ type shape, with a normal length waist area, so be aware a shorter-waisted hourglass may need to invest in trousers with thinner waistbands so that your damn waistband doesn’t take up the entire region between chest and hips.  Just sayin’.

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Which is your fave look?  My favourite is number one.  Speak soon xx