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Do you see a picture of an outfit on social media and wonder where they got it? Where did they buy it, how they put it together? In these what’s inspiring Lucy blogs I gather some items currently available on the market that I like and share them with you. I am not paid or sponsored by any of these companies. I’m a consumer and I purchase products I mention.
I’m a working mum of young adult children. I’m not in the fashion industry but I like having my own style, that reflects me and keeping things interesting for me. We all have our own style in clothing. Sometimes it’s good to be brave by having a look in your wardrobe and trying different items you don’t normally wear together. It’s surprising when you do this how many outfits you have. By mixing and matching clothes you can revitalise your wardrobe.
Be a little brave, put yourself out there. Wear colour, be bold. I remember reading many years ago a statement from someone that said, be the person who people want to follow don’t be the follower. This can be applied in so many aspects of our lives. Create your own individuality.
I have been running an Instagram page for a while @surreyhouse where I post images of clothes, homes & hairstyles and much more that catches my eye. On my Instagram page I have posted images of styles all over the world. In this blog I’m going to concentrate on what’s available for current purchase, stuff I like that’s my style. So often I see a lovely item of clothing or outfit and it’s totally out of my price range or there no description of where it’s from. Everyone’s budget is different. If it’s out of your price range then it can sometimes be nice just to admire like it’s a piece of art. . The fabric choice, colour, and design.
I’m not tall, or big breasted, I’m pear shaped, average to thin build and have a 78cm waist. Being shorter where often loose fitting clothes make me look stumpy and even shorter, having the option to wear waisted clothes can be advantageous to give shape. It’s important to know what your assets are how to accentuate them and work with your body type in regard to proportion to help guide your purchases. Be prepared to have clothing adjusted by a professional seamstress to proportion your outfit to suit you. I use Look Smart Alterations or Alter it and some smaller independent tailors. Not only will this allow you more scope of buying off the rack, ready to wear items but will also make the clothes look so much better on you and at the time of buying you can factor alterations into your total cost for the outfit and whether the purchase is going to be worth it for you. No point buying a $50 dress if the altering is $30 if you don’t love the item and believe you will get at least your $80’s of wear out of it.
We’d all love to have the perfect figure but realistically very few women are gifted in such a way. You can’t help genetics and acceptance is key. Once you stop self loathing and accept your height and shape you can start to learn how to choose what clothing works best for you and when buying only purchasing if you know the item can be adjust to proportionately fit you to suit you and pricing feasible. No matter your height, shape or even If you are carrying an extra few kilograms you just can’t seem to get your head around shifting, you can still dress well if you understand proportion, shape, design and colour. I have many friends of all shapes and sizes and some I really admire their dress sense. They look great because they have a natural eye for design and in particular design for their body shape and height, they’ve worked it out by experimenting. We all know when something doesn’t look quite right. I think you can wear most things if the waist and lengths sit in the right place on your body. The rest is confidence to own it and rock it! Over the next few months keep your eye out for my guest segment where I will interview women of different ages, weight and height, where I explore their trends and how I think they get it right! Through this series I will tell you why I like a certain piece of clothing and why I would buy it.
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My Picks This Week
Still talking shoes!
Last week I was looking for a high wedge espadrille. I continued the search this week. I found these Garnet High Heel Wedge Espadrilles In Metalic Leather $199.95 by Jo Mercer, which I will consider.
I’m really liking this seasons shoes. These Rain low slides in bone leather ….
And Mustard $179.95AUD available at Jo Mercer
Banner Loafers, White Leather $189.95AUD available at Jo Mercer
let’s talk accessories!
We may not all be able to afford Dior but these little broaches by local designer Tiger Tree are very cute.
This little girl below won me over with her little red legs( $39.95AUD) and will take pride of place on my denim jacket
Another local designer, Zafino, earrings caught my eye.
My pick were these owls @$39.95AUD which remind me of my mum who loved owls so they had to come home with me 😉.
And these I just liked $29.95AUD
Below is a silver bangle $320AUD by another local designer, looked perfect with my gold bangle. These local designers items can be sourced at Acorn Nursery, Surrey Hills Victoria .Oversized waisted belts are back. I have one similar to this ( pays to hold onto things) . Below I chose because of its big gold buckle $295AUDby Zimmermann.
Coyote jumpsuit $250AUD by One Teaspoon
KMart satin cami and shorts $8AUD each.
Last Weeks Picks
These below are really lovely however I had a pair similar to this years ago with the clear top and blisters were an issue. I wonder how these would be, my blister memory perhaps not yet faded enough. The Tanya Clear Vynalite, Milk Capretto $219.95AUD by Tony Bianco
A lower more relaxed casual sandal Jula Low Heel Platform Espadrille $249.95AUD by Jo Mercer.
I really like these Storm Mustard Kid Suede Heels $199.95AUD from Tony Bianco, available in other colours but my pick is the mustard!
I like the white detail at the bottom of the black heel on the Preston Black Capretto $199.95AUD from Tony Bianco.
BAMBI Lemon Leather $169.95AUD by Alias Mae. Fine, squared toe sandal in lemon with side line strap. 🍋👌🏼
HESSIE black leather 189.95AUD by Alias Mae . I like the fine strap down the centre and square toe.
I bought these animal print flats last year and know I paid more than these Kmart flats (see below) these would be worth a look if wanting something similar.
Below available at Kmart
Ruby bandits denim shorts $99AUD by one teaspoon . How cool are these!
The Seaton Dress $218US by Christy Dawn
The Winslet dress $448US by Christy Dawn in cherry floral. I really like the print and colour of this dress. It’s soft and feminine.
The Dahlia dress in butterscotch floral $208US by Christy DawnThe Sebastian dress in midnight $228US by Christy Dawn
Gabella Skirt $
179AUD ON SALE $125.30 AUD and top $ 139AUD ON SALE $111.20AUD available at Maurie and Eve.
Update 28.08.2019 I received my Gabella skirt. In the online catalogue picture the pocket stitching around the outside of the front is more accentuated as if the pocket is sewn on the outside. On receiving my skirt it looks more like the pockets are only side pockets. The particular feature that drew me to this skirt was the pocket detail. So I was disappointed because it didn’t appear as the image indicated . I have been offered a refund by the company due to manufacturing fault.
I waiting on the pre order matching top
My love to dream this week is gowns.
This gown was worn at the Australian Football League Brownlow Medal Award . Designer Oglia Loro Couture. All these gowns from the website. Price enquire on contact with staff.
This is how I rocked some days last week
Mavi denim jacket, Sportscraft jumper, Maurie and Eve Billie Tee, Hansen and Gretel silk gingham pattern frill skirt, Sportsgirl gold loop earrings, Camilla over shoulder bag and Witchery white runners.
Country Road longline grey cardigan, Witchery grey woollen dress, Jo Mercer tan leather boots.
Sass and bide black Jumper with gold embellishment, Witchery white shirt, Country Road coated black jeans, Fairly earrings from For Artists Only, Gucci disco bag and Alias Mae patent leather boots.
Decjuba white Tee, Country Road track pant, 3rd Story The Label from White and Co windcheater or sweater as some may call them, and white runners from Witchery
You are unique and that’s your power….
For all the small breasted girls out there that big breasted girls revel in telling you how little you have, remember whenever you feel negative about having smaller boobs that your friend so kindly just pointed out to you incase you never knew, models do and other smart intelligent kind and incredible people like yourself do. We don’t look at them with distain we look and think they are beautiful people. Who you are makes you most beautiful. Being smart and kind is the height of beautifulness. But that topped with keeping fit and healthy is the package. No one is you, that’s your power!
You are so much more than a set of boobs! Don’t let others affect your day because of a snigger comment made them feel better about themselves. Often those pointing out your small bra cup have bigger circumferences elsewhere you don’t have and in which you are quite happy not to have, and if they lost that extra circumference to the same as yours it would be interesting to see their bra cup size. Just sayin’.
That comment is more about them than you as many unkind remarks are.
Walk with confidence today. Embrace your uniqueness!
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Love Lucy x
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